Weekend picks: Peligrosa with Kiko Villamizar, Jimmy LaFave, Kawehi

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Kiko Villamizar celebrates the release of his new album ‘Aguas Frias’ Friday.  (RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Friday: Peligrosa, Kiko Villamizar CD release party at Empire.For almost a decade, on the third Thursday of every month, the mighty DJ collective has served a broad mix of Pan-Latin dance sounds from cumbia to merengue, tropical bass to reggaeton. This month’s event includes the release party for Austin360 April Artist of the Month Kiko Villamizar, whose new album, “Aguas Frias,” came out this month on the Discos Peligrosa record label. With most of the songs built around traditional Colombian drum and flute (gaita, in Spanish) composition, Villamizar’s powerful voice carries an emotional album that he considers a prayer for the water. $10. 10 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com. — D.S.S.

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Friday: Jimmy LaFave at Threadgill’s. A couple of weeks ago, on a balmy early evening to open a seasonal outdoor series in San Antonio, we were reminded of what a treasure Jimmy LaFave’s music is to the local community. Mixing original material from nearly 30 years’ worth of albums with cover tunes from sources both expected (Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie) and unexpected (Procol Harum, John Waite), LaFave and a top-shelf band of local backers played a thoroughly enjoyable set that highlighted his distinctive singing. Still strong as he’s passed 60, it’s a voice that balances high folk sweetness with deep bluesy grit. Ever since he moved to Austin in the mid-1980s and raised eyebrows with a cassette-only release that still holds up well three decades later, he’s made music that has helped make Austin special. $15-$20. 8 p.m. 301 W. Riverside Drive. threadgills.com. — P.B.

Saturday: Kawehi at 3Ten.Part singer-songwriter, part electronica one-woman band, this Kansas-via-Hawaii YouTube sensation is touring behind her recent release “Eve,” which she calls “a sci-fi visual album.” In her latest video, she’s walking down a city sidewalk with a drum machine strapped to her torso, a keyboard attached to her arm and a headset mic rigged for her vocals. This is clearly a 21st-century artist. Heidi Lynne Gluck opens. $15. 7:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — P.B.

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Friday

Mack, Jack & McConaughey’s Jack Ingram & Friends Concert with Kris Kristofferson, Little Big Town, Todd Snider, Lori McKenna, Butch Walker and more at ACL Live

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at Cedar Park Center

Doyle Bramhall II, Larkin Poe, Peterson Brothers Band at Mohawk outdoor

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Laura Gibson at Sidewinder

A Thousand Horses at Emo’s

The Deer perform Portishead’s “Dummy” at Spider House Ballroom

Smooth Hound Smith at Stubb’s indoor

Wiretree, Good Field at Lamberts

Joe King Carrasco at El Mercado Backstage

JD Clark, Hartley Hall at ABGB

Shaun Young & the Blue Dots at Continental Gallery

Shaun Martin & the Funky Knuckles at One-2-One Bar

Malford Milligan & Greg Coch, Jeff Plankenhorn, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Saturday

Lonestar Crawfish Festival with Josh Abbott at Stubb’s

Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, Stephen Kellogg at Antone’s

NF at Emo’s

Kim Lenz, Roger Wallace at ABGB

Wild Reeds, Blank Range, Wesley Jensen at Barracuda

Dangerous Toys at Grizzly Hall

Ninth annual Pocket FishRmen Fish Fry at Hole in the Wall

Trouble Boys, Gino and the Goons, The Cops, Cheap Fur at Hotel Vegas

Charley Crockett at Threadgill’s

Mary Fahl at Cactus Cafe

Bill Kirchen at El Mercado Backstage

Microsessions with Belcurve, Little Brave, Boone Graham, Brandon Luedtke at St. Elmo Music Lab

Lost Counts record release at Continental Gallery

Alyse Black record release at One-2-One Bar

Chili Cold Blood record release at White Horse

Sunday

Sallie Ford, Molly Burch at Stubb’s indoor

Soul of a Musician series with Carson McHone at Iron Cactus North

Semihelix, Sounds del Mar, Booher, Miranda Brown at Barracuda

Heybale, Willie Pipkin & Friends, Conjunto Los Pinkys at Continental Club

Jon Dee Graham & the Lo Jinx Orchestra at Continental Gallery

Wagoneers, Teri Joyce & the Tagalongs at C-Boy’s

Strange Mothers, Brother Sports, Dead Balloons, Magic Rockers of Texas at Hotel Vegas

Black Map at Hole in the Wall

Tres Bourbonnais at Elephant Room

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