Weekend music picks: A country double-dip, east side fests and more

Friday: Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Dale Watson & Ray Benson at ACL Live. If Wimbledon had an Austin country music equivalent, this would be like the doubles final. Watson & Benson were already honky-tonk and western swing title holders in their own right before they teamed up this year for their “Dale & Ray” duo album. Husband-wife Robison and Willis have been mixed-doubles champs for a while now, releasing two records together before Robison’s recent release with his Back Porch Band. His touring behind that record was halted recently by a bout with pneumonia and a bacterial infection; this show marks a welcome return to the stage after a string of postponed tour dates. $29-$39. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.

RELATED: Bruce Robison looks toward the future of music with ‘The Next Waltz’

The Milligan Vaughan Project makes its Antone’s debut on Friday. Contributed/Stan Martin

Friday: Milligan Vaughan Project at Antone’s. It’s convenient that the initials work out to MVP, but this new pairing of soulful vocalist Malford Milligan and guitarist Tyrone Vaughan would have been a fine idea no matter the name. Vaughan, following in the footsteps of his blues-legend father Jimmie, recently spent a couple of years with Cyril Neville’s group Royal Southern Brotherhood. Milligan, renowned for his work with local bands Storyville, Big Cat and Stick People, has long been one of the city’s most distinctive singers. They’re working on a debut album at Arlyn Studios with ace guitarist David Grissom producing.  $10-$12. 10 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.

Saturday: Solstice Fest at Pan Am Park. After two nights of precursor shows in a handful of Red River District venues, Solstice Fest hits full gear in this east side park with headlining sets from out-of-towners JJ Grey & Mofro, the indie-swamp-rockers from Florida, and Built to Spill, proto-indie-rockers from the Northwest. The big-name local on the bill is psych-rock outfit Bright Light Social Hour, but there’s lot’s more, including early main-stage sets by Los Coast, Sweet Crude and the Halfways, plus a second stages featuring Golden Dawn Arkestra, Radio Moscow, Capyac, Mobley, Hunter Sharpe and Slomo Drags. $35. 11 am. doors; full schedule at solsticeatx.com. 2100 E. Third St. — P.B.

Saturday: Fasten Fest at Fair Market. The big ride-hailing news of the month was the state legislature-mandated return of Uber and Lyft to Austin. But Fasten, one of the companies that established a foothold here when the transportation giants left town last year, is celebrating a year in Austin with a free party that also includes free brunch and free booze. The music lineup includes out-of-towners Beach Fossils, El Rancho and DJ Justin Martin, as well as locals Quiet Company, the Nightowls and Mama K & the Shades. According to the event’s Facebook page, doors open at 11 a.m., free brunch runs until 2 p.m. and free drinks go until 5 p.m. with the music stopping at 1 a.m. 1100 E. Fifth St. — D.S.S.

Saturday: 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 played a solo show in April 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.” $25-$142.50. 7:30 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — P.B.

Saturday: 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. $13-$15. 9 p.m. doors. 611 E. Seventh St. barracudaaustin.com. — D.S.S.




  • White Ghost Shivers at C-Boy’s



  • Revolution at ACL Live
  • Jean-Luc Ponty at One World Theatre
  • Bob Schneider at Threadgill’s South
  • Jonathan Fox, Elijah Ford, P.T. Banks at Stubb’s indoor
  • My Education, Honey & Salt, Kay Odyssey at ABGB
  • Wheelwrights, Greg Vanderpool at Cactus Cafe
  • Jake Penrod, Whitney Rose, Dave Insley at White Horse
  • Renee Woodward at Townsend
  • Microsessions with Mike Schoenfeld, Nichole Wagner, Cassandra Bellamy and Wilson Marks at Music Lab Saint Elmo
  • Jonathan Terrell, Carson McHone at 3Ten (2 p.m., free)
  • Graham Wilkinson, Suzanna Choffel at Cedar Street Courtyard (2 p.m., free)
  • American Dreamer, Akina Adderley at Speakeasy (2 p.m., free)
  • D-Soul Savis, Saul Paul at Austin Visitor Center (2 p.m., free)
  • Alan Haynes, Brad Stivers at Antone’s (1:30 p.m., free)


  • Bokante at Antone’s
  • Double Eagle String Band at Blackheart
  • Soul of a Musician series: Swimming With Bears at Iron Cactus North
  • Wagoneers, Rosie Flores, Hilary York at C-Boy’s
  • Timberos Del Norte, John Bush Band at One-2-One Bar
  • Thelma & the Sleaze, Birdcloud, Rated Exes, Mean Jolene at Hotel Vegas
  • RG Lowe at Waterloo Records


Reader Comments 0

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Basic HTML is allowed. Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS