Weekend music picks: Fall festival season kicks off with Pecan Street

Friday: Flatlanders, Dan Penn at Paramount Theatre. Last year’s rare appearance at the Paramount’s sister venue Stateside by Southern songwriting legend Penn, on his 75th birthday, was one of 2016’s best live shows. Now here’s a bar-raising encore: He’ll open for Austin country-folk greats the Flatlanders, featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. $25-$55. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.

Friday-Saturday: Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains at C-Boy’s. You could say it’s from the sublime to the ridiculous, the way that these guys are going from gigs at Madison Square Garden and the Los Angeles Forum last week (opening for Eric Clapton) to playing a 100-odd-capacity South Austin club this weekend. But this has been home base for the trio for a while now, so much so that they have a new album out on an overseas label that was recorded right here at C-Boy’s. $15. 10:30 p.m. 2008 Congress Ave. cboys.com. — P.B.

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Saturday: Roger McGuinn at Paramount Theatre. Now 75, Byrds founder McGuinn is an elder statesman of rock’s golden age, and he’s especially important for mixing in folk and country influences and helping to lay some of the foundational stones for what became Americana. He’s played rooms large and small in Austin over the decades, but the century-old Paramount is fitting for such a historically important figure. $20-$40. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.

Saturday: Descendents at Stubb’s outdoor. The influential punk band released their first new music in 12 years, 2016’s “Hypercaffium Spazzinate,” more than 30 years after their debut album, “Milo Goes to College,” dropped in 1982. These days, the band members are scattered across the country, and they wrote the album remotely over a three-year period, taking their time to develop a tightly wound collection of hard-driving, lyrically incisive blasts of blistering noise. Riverboat Gamblers open. $30 advance. 7 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Jackie Venson performs on the Oak Stage as they make their way into the Vic Mathias Shores on New Years eve Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. People had the chance to enjoy music, art, and special performances from Sky during the event.

Saturday-Sunday: Fall Pecan Street Festival on Sixth Street. The biannual art and music festival takes over Sixth Street for its 37th fall edition. The event features free music on several stages, and the lineup includes Louisiana act Royal Teeth and rising blues artist Jackie Venson, back from a couple summer stints supporting Gary Clark Jr. on tour. The Peligrosa DJ collective, who are celebrating 10 years fusing hip-hop funk and Latin sounds this fall, will make an appearance alongside local acts such as Moving Panoramas, Kay Odyssey and Kiko Villamizar. Free. Full schedule at pecanstreetfestival.org. — D.S.S.



  • Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” hurricane relief benefit with Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ryan Bingham, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Ha*Ash at Erwin Center (sold out; a portion airs 9-10 p.m. on KVUE-TV)
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates, St. Paul & the Broken Bones at HEB Center (a portion of proceeds will go to the Red Cross for hurricane relief)
  • TajMo (Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band) at ACL Live
  • Dark Star Orchestra at Stubb’s outdoor
  • Krewella at Emo’s
  • Lee Fields & the Expressions, Mama K & the Shades at Mohawk outdoor
  • Balmorhea, Caroline Says at Stateside at the Paramount
  • Walker Lukens at Waterloo Records
  • Overcoats, Yoke Lore at Antone’s
  • Sarah Jaffee, SaulPaul at Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater
  • Gary Nicholson, Lee Roy Parnell at Cactus Cafe
  • Milligan Vaughan Project, Blues Specialists at Continental Club
  • Bluebonnets at One-2-One Bar
  • Leroy Sanchez, Mario Jose at Parish
  • Rachel Reese, Grace Pettis at El Mercado Backstage
  • Mrs. Glass at Lamberts
  • Wild Bill Ogden album release at ABGB


  • Tedeschi Trucks Band, Hard Working Americans at ACL Live (sold out)
  • Moon Taxi, Los Coast at Emo’s
  • Cigarettes After Sex at the Parish (sold out)
  • Electric Guest, Tomi at Mohawk outdoor
  • Matt Wertz, Dustin Ransom at Stateside at the Paramount
  • Caesar Brothers Funk Box with Big Chief Juan Pardo at Antone’s
  • Tameca Jones, Ray Prim, Redd Volkaert at Continental Club
  • Papa Mali & Carolyn Wonderland at One-2-One Bar
  • Mayeux & Broussard, Carson McHone at White Horse
  • Matt the Electrician, Southpaw Jones at Cactus Cafe
  • Moeller Brothers at ABGB


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