Weekend music picks: Little Steven, Steely Dan, Cupcakke, more

Friday: Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul at Paramount Theatre. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his long tenure in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, the guitarist born Steven Van Zandt has been known as Little Steven, Miami Steve and, on “The Sopranos,” Silvio. Nowadays he might be most widely heard on “Underground Garage,” a syndicated radio program and Sirius XM satellite channel. He’s still making his own music, though, with a new album titled “Soulfire” that came out last year. (It’s not named for him, but we wonder if he’ll be staying at the Hotel Van Zandt.) $25-$35. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.

Friday: Sa-Roc at Empire Control Room. The self-described Goddess MC from the Rhymesayers crew tackles heavy themes such as spiritual evolution and social injustice with powerful lyricism laid over soulful grooves. Her new single, “Forever,” is the flip-side of Beyonce’s “Flawless,” a self-love anthem that refuses to deny the struggle. She opens up about eating disorders and episodes of self-harm while encouraging the listener to never let the scars stop you from shining bright. $10-$15. 9 p.m. doors. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com. — D.S.S.

Saturday-Sunday: Lone Star Jam at Travis County Exposition Center. Taking over the Rodeo Austin grounds, this annual Texas-country, weekend-long throwdown gathers many of the top draws on the regional roadhouse circuit. Saturday’s lineup features Gary Allan, Reckless Kelly, Stoney LaRue, Roger Creager, Flatland Cavalry, Charlie Robison, Dalton Domino, Kody West, Randall King and Drugstore Gypsies; on Sunday, it’s the Randy Rogers Band, Casey Donahew, Kevin Fowler, William Clark Green, Parker McCollum, Kyle Park, Mike & the Moonpies, Read Southall, Troy Cartwright and Grant Gilbert. $40 each day, or $70 for two-day pass. Noon to 11 p.m. 7311 Decker Lane. lonestarjam.com. — P.B.

Saturday: Cupcakke at Empire. 20-year-old Chicago rapper Cupcakke, who attended the same Southside elementary school as drill king Chief Keef, is best known for her gleefully obscene sex raps and her freaky stage shows. But on her 2017 album “Queen Elizabitch,” and this year’s “Ephorize,” she deftly tackles a range of subjects — the cycle of violence and poverty that is savaging her city, body issues, relationships and the LGBT community that has embraced her from the beginning — with astonishing lyricism and skill. $18. 9 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Blackillac at Barracuda. The new hip-hop crew featuring production and vocals from Gary Clark Jr. and bars by Zeale and Phranchyze debuted in February, but this is a project that’s been waiting to happen for well over a decade, since the three longtime friends were aspiring artists at Austin High. Sonically, the group covers a broad swath of territory, playing a mix of soulful love jams with catchy hooks, bass heavy club-bangers and “blaze one in the air” stoner rallying cries. This performance, part of the Hot Luck food and music festival, will be their first show in Austin with a live band, which should take the steady-building hype around the group up to the next level. Blood Pumps open. $15. 8 p.m. doors. 611 E. Seventh St. barracudaaustin.com — D.S.S.

Saturday: Red Baraat at 3Ten. NOLA brass band meets Bollywood dance party in the best only-in-America sonic mashup you can ask for. Austin singer Jai Malano opens. $20. 8:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Sunday: Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers at Austin360 Amphitheater. The death of Walter Becker last year means that Steely Dan is now steered only by co-founder Donald Fagen. But the songs they wrote together are a lasting legacy, and Fagen’s distinctive vocals are central enough to the band’s big hits that longtime fans likely will want to be there. The Doobies are sort of the flip side of the equation, missing showcase singer Michael McDonald; but the group had racked up hits before he’d joined the band, and they’ve proven plenty capable of pulling off a quality opening set on previous Austin visits in recent years. $35-$149.50. 7:30 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — P.B.

Patricia Vonne celebrates the release of her new album on Saturday at the Continental Club with Joe King Carrasco. Contributed/Mark Guerra

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