Weekend music picks: Mavericks, Judy Collins, Indie Orchestra Night

Friday-Saturday: Mavericks at ACL Live. Exactly why the Mavericks — a Nashville-by-way-of-Florida band — are so big in Austin is kind of a mystery, but the numbers don’t lie. On their current tour, most of the venues they’re playing are around 1,000 capacity, maybe 2,000 tops — but here, they can do two nights at ACL Live, selling around 5,000 tickets total. Partly it’s just musical demographics: The Mavs’ left-of-center country and rock with Latin influences plays well in a city that has long championed acts such as Texas Tornados and Alejandro Escovedo. Or maybe we’re just wise enough to understand that Raul Malo is among the great singers of his (or any) generation. Whatever the reason, it’s always a blast when they blow through town. Liz Brasher opens. $35-$49. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com.

Saturday: Judy Collins at One World Theatre. A central figure of the 1960s folk revival, Collins is in the midst of a late-career resurgence, releasing four albums in the past three years including last fall’s “Everybody Knows,” a collaboration with fellow traveler Stephen Stills. She wowed audiences at South by Southwest in 2016 when she appeared with younger-generation singer-songwriter Ari Hest, performing songs from their Grammy-nominated collaborative album “Silver Skies Blue.” She’ll sing songs old and new across two separately ticketed shows on this night. $30-$103. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.. 7701 Bee Caves Road. oneworldtheatre.org.

Sunday: Indie Orchestra Night at Fair Market. This third annual event organized by the collaborative choral group Panoramic Voices brings together more than 100 singers, orchestra musicians and members of the local scene for a unique evening of music presented on a grand scale. This year’s guest performers include Nakia, Calliope Musicals, Moving Panoramas, Dustin Welch, Big Bill and Star Parks. The $20 admission charge benefits the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 1100 E. Fifth St. ion2018.brownpapertickets.com.

 

Sue Foley celebrates the release of her new album with performances at Antone’s on Thursday, Cactus Cafe on Friday and Waterloo Records on Sunday. Contributed/Scott Doubt

ALSO PLAYING

Friday-Saturday

  • Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains at C-Boy’s
  • Uncle Lucius at Continental Club

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