This week’s music picks: Mobley, Thor, Nakia among Free Week highlights

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Starting Monday: Free Week in Red River Cultural District and beyond. This annual new-calendar kickoff has become a favorite of local clubgoers. Though Red River Street remains the core, some associated shows extend to East and West Sixth, Rainey Street and even the UT campus area. (It’s worth noting, too, that other shows around town on these days also are free, even if they’re not officially associated with Free Week; we’ve noted some of them below.) Here’s a top pick for each of the first four days: Monday, Duncan Fellows, Delmer Dennis and Poly Action at Hotel Vegas; Tuesday, Jeff Plankenhorn, Peterson Brothers, Nakia & the Blues Grifters and the Bluebonnets at Empire; Wednesday, Smiile, Thor & Friends and Kraken Quartet at Mohawk outdoor; Thursday, Jackie Venson, Mobley and Melat at Stubb’s indoor. Full listings are at; check individual venue websites for addresses and times. — P.B.

Peelander-Z helps to kick off Free Week at the Mohawk on Monday, January 1, 2018. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN





  • Dale Watson & His Lonestars, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
  • Michael Hale Organ Trio with Mac McIntosh at Continental Gallery (free)
  • Beth/James at Geraldine’s (free)
  • Bluegrass Night at Radio Coffee & Beer (free)
  • Matchmaker Band at Highball (free)




  • James McMurtry Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery
  • Antone’s Big Trio (free)
  • Fingerpistol at Little Longhorn Saloon (free)
  • Seela at One-2-One Bar




  • Thee Unseen Eye, Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s
  • Texas Radio Live with Duncan Fellows, Texas Tycoons at Guero’s (free)
  • Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery
  • Trube Farrell & Snizz, Matt Hubbard Trio at C-Boy’s
  • Chris Gage & Friends at El Mercado Backstage (free)
  • Warren Hood at ABGB (free)
  • John Bush, Bruce Salmon & Cole El-Salah at One-2-One Bar
  • Uranium Savages at Little Longhorn Saloon (free)




  • Henry + the Invisibles at Antone’s (free)
  • Bonnie Whitmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery
  • Thor & Friends, Don Piper, Seth Sherman at Lemon Lounge
  • Aaron McDonnell at Geraldine’s (free)
  • Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s
  • Alvin Crow at Little Longhorn Saloon (free)

Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Twitter: @Blackstock360

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