A red hot month packed with classic rock, hot hip-hop and superstar country kicks off with a trio of fantastic show options on Friday.
Friday: Suffers at Mohawk outdoor. “Good Day” by the Suffers is a steamy platter of gospel-laced goodness that simmers with so much heart and soul the band’s hometown, Houston, decided to use it in a tourism ad. And really, the city couldn’t ask for a better spokesperson than Kam Franklin, who exudes warmth and realness, even as she blows our minds with her unbelievable pipes. The rock solid big band behind her, skilled in everything from reggae to funk, doesn’t hurt either. Dallas electronic act Ishi and soulful Austinite Alesia Lani also perform and ATX hip-hop OG/beloved educator, Bavu Blakes hosts. $20. 8 p.m. 912 Red River St.– D.S.S.
Friday: Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers, Shakey Graves at Paramount Theatre. A violinist and singer-songwriter with an extensive Austin pedigree that included membership in string-band the Belleville Outfit, Hunt now lives in New York. She spent much of the last five years traveling, most notably to India where she studied with violinist Kala Ramnath. She weaves together elements of all her musical influences on “Shanti’s Shadow,” released this week. A late-added and high-profile opener on the show is hometown star Shakey Graves. $24.50. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.
Friday: Body Rock ATX 5th Annual tribute to Prince at Empire. Dearly beloved, we gather each month to “get through this thing called life” with buckets of “Booty Sweat” and supernatural grooves. The Body Rock party is always a throw down — DJ Chorizo Funk helms the wheels and Chaka and Qi Dada from Riders Against the Storm keep the stage live — but if you’re looking for a “Lovesexy” Glam slam to set your summer off right, this here is your jam. Special bonus: Bay Area DJ Pam the Funkstress, who served as Prince’s on-call DJ during the final months of his life will be in the house. Also, Chaka’s Prince get up is straight majestic. More info. $10. 10 p.m. 606 E. 7th St. empireatx.com— D.S.S.
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THE REST OF JUNE
4: T.I., Young Dro, Trae Tha Truth, Translee, Rara, Yung Booke, London Jae, Shauntrell Pender at Empire
4: Hurray for the Riff Raff, Making Movies at Mohawk
4: Capleton & the Prophecy Band at Flamingo Cantina
Tuesday, June 6: JMSN at Empire. The singer-songwriter from Detroit has been on a slow burn rise since his 2012 debut “Priscilla” caught the ears of Kendrick Lamar and landed him on “Good Kid/M.A.A.D City” doing vocal spots on several tracks including “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.” On his latest, “Whatever Makes You Happy,” released late last month he burns red hot, offering a potent antidote to the chilly vibe that’s become R&B’s sound du jour. $15. 9:30 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com — D.S.S.
Wednesday, June 7: Punch Brothers at ACL Live. World-class mandolinist Chris Thile finally got a day job — replacing public radio icon Garrison Keillor as host of “A Prairie Home Companion” — but it’s not like he was going to just call an end to his life as a touring musician. The adventurous Punch Brothers, launched after his formative band Nickel Creek went on hiatus, start at the edges of bluegrass and push out toward classical realms and beyond. $30-$39.50. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com — P.B.
7: At the Drive In, Le Butcherettes at Stubb’s outdoor (sold out)
8: Old 97’s, Shooter Jennings at Stubb’s outdoor
8: Unplugged at the Grove with Bob Schneider at Shady Grove
9-10: Sigur Ros at ACL Live
9: Com Truise, Clark at Mohawk outdoor
9-10: Sigur Rós at ACL Live
Saturday, June 10: Muse, Thirty Seconds to Mars at Austin360 Amphitheater. Muse was epic when the band headlined ACL Fest a couple years back. We’re betting their anti-authoritarian, dystopian rock spectacle, will have an even deeper resonance this go round. (technically sold out, VIP packages available) — D.S.S.
10: Sandy (Alex G) with Japanese Breakfast at the Parish
10: The Hood Internet at SideWinder
11: Miike Snow, Klangstof at Stubb’s outdoor
11: Tripping Daisy at Mohawk outdoor
11: Marshall Tucker Band at One World Theatre
Monday, June 12: Norah Jones, Candles at Stubb’s. Austin’s getting Jones at the tail end of an extended worldwide tour to support “Day Breaks,” her sixth solo album, which came out last fall. Jones’ piano-based brand of pop often has leaned toward jazz, so it’s fitting that she dipped into the songbooks of Duke Ellington and Horace Silver on “Day Breaks,” though most of the material is original. (Jones will tape an episode of “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live the night before her Stubb’s show, which is sold out.) — P.B.
12: Bethel Music, Housefires at Cedar Park Center
13: Joy Formidable, Radkey at Parish
Wednesday, June 14: Grupo Fantasma at Blues on the Green. What’s better than seeing one of the best Latin music ensembles on the planet? Seeing one of the best Latin music ensembles in the planet for free in one of the most beautiful city parks in the country. KGSR’s family-friendly concert series at Zilker Park continues with the mighty Grupo Fantasma. Hard Proof opens. — D.S.S.
14: Brit Floyd at ACL Live
June 15-17: Solstice Fest. The first two nights of this three-day event feature local bands at three Red River District venues, Mohawk, Empire and Sidewinder, before the action shifts to Pan Am Park for an all-day bash headlined by J.J. Grey and Mofro and Built to Spill on Saturday. Top acts on Thursday include Holiday Mountain and Henry + the Invisibles at the Mohawk, El Tule and Money Chicha at Empire, and Riders Against the Storm and Melat at Sidewinder. The Saturday bill includes local support from Bright Light Social Hour, Golden Dawn Arkestra and many more. The $35 ticket includes admission to Pan Am Park and to all the club events, space permitting. Start times and venue details are at solsticeatx.com. — P.B.
Saturday, June 17: Chicago, Doobie Brothers at Austin360 Amphitheater. These classic-rock hitmakers from the 1970s fit well together on a double bill, in part because both have soldiered on without their most identifiable vocalist. (Chicago’s Peter Cetera plays an Austin solo show on April 27 at the Paramount; the Doobies’ Michael McDonald has played here on his own several times in recent years.) Regardless, fans will get the hits, from “Black Water” to “Colour My World.” — PB
Saturday, June 17: Girlpool at Barracuda. For their new album, guitar and bass duo Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad added drummer Miles Wintner and his beats give their material a more rounded sound without overshadowing the sparse emotional rawness that made their last go round so appealing. — D.S.S.
17: The Revolution at ACL Live
Monday, June 19: “All Over the Map: Texas Salutes Music Pioneers” at Continental Club. In conjunction with former American-Statesman writer Michael Corcoran’s updated edition of “All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music,” out this week on UNT Press, Shinyribs frontman Kevin Russell is ringleading an Austin all-star tribute to many of the subjects in the book. Among those taking part are Kelly Willis, Carolyn Wonderland, Shawn Sahm, Suzanna Choffel, Monte Warden, Jackie Venson, Ramsay Midwood, Emily Gimble & Willie Pipkin, Brennen Leigh, James Robinson and Lisa Pankratz. The $10 admission benefits Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers. 8 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. (A 6 p.m. book-signing event precedes the show across the street at the Austin Motel.) — P.B.
20: Dispatch at Stubb’s BBQ
20: The Gypsy Kings at ACL Live
Wednesday, June 21: Jump On It kick off at Givens Park. Later this year, Austin’s original summer rap series is slated to bring heavyweights B.o.B. and Trae tha Truth to East Austin, but the event starts a two-month weekly run with a concert from Dallas rapper B.o.B, hosted by ATX’s own Nook. The all-ages party in the park includes a game zone for kids and community outreach organizations on site. Tickets. — D.S.S.
21: Boogarins at Sidewinder
21: Quintron and Miss Pussycat at Barracuda
22: David Bazan at Barracuda
Friday, June 23: Nobody Safe Tour with Future at Austin360 Amphitheater. Future is one of the biggest rap stars on the planet and a beast of a live performer, but that’s just the beginning. This bill goes deep with emotional trap rapper Young Thug, chart burning R&B/rap crooner Tory Lanez, breakout star A$AP Ferg and Zoey Dollaz. Tickets — D.S.S.
24: Cumbia Roots Fest at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard hosted by Kiko Villamizar.
25: Murder By Death & Tiger Army at Mohawk
27: The Districts at Sidewinder
28: Deftones and Rise Against at Austin360 Amphitheater
28: Chron at Emo’s