A concert featuring ’80s soft rockers Hall and Oates and ’90s rockers Train scheduled for July 28 at the Frank Erwin Center has been canceled.
An email sent to fans who purchased tickets cited “scheduling conflicts” as the reason for the cancellation and included the following refund information:
Customers who purchased tickets using a credit card either online or by phone through Texas Box Office will be automatically refunded. For all other ticket refunds, fans should return to their original point of purchase. If you have questions regarding your previously purchased tickets, call 512-477-6060 or 1-800-982-BEVO (2386).
Hot Summer Nights returns to the Red River Cultural District on July 26-29 with a blazing roster of free shows featuring many of Austin’s favorite bands.
The event mirrors, the popular Free Week mini-festival that takes over Austin clubs in the first week of January. Participating clubs, who will offer no cover shows, include the Mohawk, Stubb’s, Empire, Barracuda, Cheer Up Charlie’s, Swan Dive and Beerland. The lineups for the free shows feature a who’s who of the best bands in Austin, including space jazz crusaders, Golden Dawn Arkestra, punk rock wrecking crew, Riverboat Gamblers and recent Austin360 Artists of the Month, revolution rap kingpins, Blastfamous USA.
Gauzy dream pop artists Ringo Deathstarr and Moving Panoramas, Latin funk throwdown Cilantro Boombox, hip-hop producer Just Blaze, rapper Fat Tony and local psych rock torch-bearers Holy Wave are also on the roster alongside Sphynx, Sailor Poon, Blxpltn and our favorite emo puppet troupe, Fragile Rock.
GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA
BIG WY’S BRASS BAND
THINK NO THINK
RF SHANNON (SOLO)
RICKSHAW BILLIE’S BURGER PATROL
THE WILD NOW
BILLY KING AND THE BADD BAD BAD
CHIEF WHITE LIGHTNING
COMO LAS MOVIES
DJ BIG DADDY B
DJ DICK WOLF
FLYING TURNS (DJ SET)
GROWL (LAST SHOW)
HONEY & SALT
MARIJUANA SWEET TOOTH
NOLAN POTTER’S NIGHTMARE BAND
SAY GIRL SAY
SOMETIMES A LEGEND
THE GHOST WOLVES
THE YOUNG SOMETHING
Friday: Bill Kirchen’s 70th birthday bash at El Mercado Backstage. Originally from Connecticut, electrifying guitarist Kirchen rose to fame in Michigan and then the Bay Area with Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen, later moving to the D.C. area and rocking out with the trio Too Much Fun. For the past decade or so, he’s been in Austin, a constant presence in local clubs. He hits the big seven-oh on Friday, and the celebration will include performances by Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Albert & Gage, Ben Jones, Redd Volkaert and, of course, Kirchen himself. There’s no cover charge, but donations will be accepted for Swan Songs, which fulfills end-of-life wishes for music fans. 8 p.m. 1302 S. First St. elmercadorestaurant.com. — P.B.
Friday-Saturday: Alejandro Escovedo with Ben Dickey & Charlie Sexton at Continental Club. Long the Tuesday-night fixture in the Continental’s world-champion residency roster, Escovedo moved to Dallas a couple of years ago, but he comes back a few times a year to the city where he spent more than three decades. Those who stay late for the midnight set will get a special treat: Dickey and Sexton starred together in “Blaze,” the new film based on legendary Austin troubadour Blaze Foley, and Sexton recently produced a solo album for Dickey that should be released soon. $20-$22. 10 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — P.B.
Friday-Saturday: Antone’s 43rd anniversary opening weekend. Austin’s home of the blues got some hard news with the June deaths of Matt “Guitar” Murphey and Eddy Clearwater, both of whom were scheduled to play as part of the downtown club’s monthlong annual bash. But everything remains on track for a solid start, with hometown favorites Carolyn Wonderland and Jackie Venson joined on Friday by Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry. Saturday features two hot shows: Arrive early for a 6:30 p.m. Tex-Mex jam featuring Augie Meyers with Ernie Durawa, Westside Horns, Jack Barber and Murali Coryell, and stay late for New Orleans Night at 10 p.m. with Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters and New Breed Brass Band. $10-$20 (a $200 pass that covers all of the July shows as well is also available). 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.
Chris Brown, H.E.R., 6Lack, Rich the Kid at Austin360 Amphitheater
Trixie Mattel at Emo’s (two shows)
Shreya Ghoshal at HEB Center
David Ramirez live album recording, Matthew Wright at Parish
Octopus Project, Young Tongue at Mohawk outdoor
Sounding Clay at One World Theatre
Robotaki at Kingdom
Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, Jesse Ebaugh & the Tender Things at Sam’s Town Point
Brick & Mortar, Unlikely Candidates at 3Ten
Marcus Abogado send-off with Octopus Project, Young Tongue, more at Mohawk outdoor
Starlito at the Parish
Adrian Ruiz Quintet at Elephant Room
Tomar & the FCs, Rosie Flores at C-Boy’s
Roxy Roca, Continental Drift, Big Britches at Hotel Vegas
Wild Now, Quiet Hollers at Stubb’s indoor
Murali Coryell at Geraldine’s
Weezer, Pixies, Wombats at Austin360 Amphitheater
Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers, Grandson at Mohawk outdoor (sold out)
Shane Smith & the Saints, Jaime Wyatt at Scoot Inn
David Ramirez at Parish
Rhymin’ N Stealin’, Dr. Dugger at 3Ten
Dada Life at Vulcan Gas Company
Starlito at Parish
Dali Departed Surrealist Ball at Empire Control Room
Carson McHone, White Ghost Shivers, Dave Insley’s Careless Smokers at White Horse
Ramsay Midwood, Will Courtney, John Francis at Sam’s Town Point
Calliope Musicals, Trouble in the Streets at Cheer Up Charlie’s
Ray Prim, American Dreamer at Cactus Cafe
Danny Malone, Amy Cook at Townsend
Ringo Deathstarr, Smiile, Get a Life, Brother Sports at Hotel Vegas
Tomar & the FCs, Soul Man Sam at C-Boy’s
Arielle LaGuette, Charlie Faye & the Fayettes at Geraldine’s
Albert & Gage at Threadgill’s North
Chicago, REO Speedwagon at Austin360 Amphitheater
Supersuckers, Speedealer at 3Ten
Billy King & the Bad Bad Bad, Think No Think at Spider House Ballroom
Resentments, Jesse Vain at Saxon Pub
Lo Jinx Supper Club, Purgatory Players at El Mercado Backstage
Missy Beth & the Morning Afters at ABGB
Sleeping Pills, Crooked Bangs, Plague Boys at Beerland
Tuesday: Haley Heynderickx at Cactus Cafe. Portland, Ore., has consistently produced noteworthy indie acts for some time now, and Heynderickx (don’t try to spell it without a program) is the latest from the Rose City to attract nationwide attention. Her full-length debut “I Need to Start a Garden,” issued last fall, has drawn widespread critical acclaim for its intriguing folk-based songs that push traditional structures in inventive directions. $12-$15. 8:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org. — P.B.
Tuesday: Night Glitter EP release at Mohawk indoor. Perhaps you were among the thousands who heard them kicking off this year’s Blues on the Green series last month, opening for the Black Angels in Zilker Park. Centered on singer/keyboardist LouLou Ghelichkahani and bassist/guitarist John Michael Schoepf, Night Glitter also uses steel guitar to cast mesmerizing moods with music that transcends the indie realm. They’re celebrating the release of a new EP, “Hangin’ on a Dream,” at this show. $10-$13. 10 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — P.B.
JoJo, Malia Civetz at Antone’s
Annabelle Chairlegs, Navy Gangs, Cosmic Chaos, Beige Watch at Hotel Vegas
Have Mercy, Kississippi, Gleemer, Super American at Barracuda
Avantist, Boleys, Desilu, Black Basement at Beerland
Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
Chuck Fleming, Kathryn Legendre, Texas Tycoons at White Horse
Ruby Jane at Geraldine’s
Guy & Jeska Forsyth, Matt Hubbard, Brad Houser, Todd V. Wolfson at Monkey Nest Coffee
Artists like Anderson East, an Alabama rock-and-soul singer with a voice so startling and strong that it seems like the product of Greek mythology, are so singular that you almost have to grade them on a different curve.
For parallels, think of names like Whitney Houston or Amy Winehouse or Freddie Mercury; singers with pipes coated in brass, polished with velvet and powered by Tesla coils. You’d drop everything to listen to them read assembly instructions to an IKEA catalog, so the songwriting behind their creative works could be so-so and no one would put up much of a fuss.
East – born Michael Cameron Anderson – has channeled his vocal talents in a heartland direction and at this early stage of his career is in a vein something like what we’d get if Joe Cocker had more finesse and was aiming for the lyrical style of early Jason Isbell. Which is not a bad place to be.
East kicked off his “Austin City Limits” television performance Friday with his cover of Willie Nelson’s “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces,” a move that drew a distinct picture of where East is coming from stylistically. East’s interpretation turned Nelson’s sparse and forlorn playing into a more tortured picture of a singer turned inside out by his missteps, with backup singers and horns adding color and a church revival atmosphere.
From there much of East’s set kept with the white bread church singer feel, even if the lyrical themes dominated by romance realized and lost was firmly secular. Whether leaned back and roaring or bending forward for a smooth croon, East’s pure vocal power and control were the highlight early on while he mostly played the empty-armed romantic looking for The One.
Another highlight throughout the night was piano player Philip Towns, who grabbed the spotlight several times with colorful layered solos, including three of them alone on “Learning,” a song that stretched to nearly 10 minutes and proves the band would acclimate well in the jam band world if so moved.
The most thematically interesting turn of the 80-minute performance came in the last third, when a pair of minor-chord songs – “Girlfriend” and “All On My Mind” – saw the mood turn sinister and East taking on the role of the other man in a love triangle and a lover who knows he’s mixed up with a quintessentially bad girl. With a string quartet on hand to add even more dramatic tones, those songs saw East playing something of a villain or bad boy, showing even more swagger and confidence.
That change of tone made the night’s final few songs – especially a tune like “Satisfy Me” that is is an airtight example of how a rock-meets-soul song should be constructed – feel more human, like they were coming from a performer who can exhibit and embrace the light and dark of the human condition.
And, lest we forget, has the kind of voice to make just about anything work.
‘The Late Late Show’ just wrapped up a week of broadcasts in host James Corden’s native London with a trip to the British Midlands where he toured Liverpool with one of the city’s most famous sons, Sir Paul McCartney.
In a thoroughly charming installment of the show’s famous bit, “Carpool Karaoke,” McCartney shows Corden his childhood home, the church where he was a choirboy and the barbershop on “Penny Lane.” While cruising the town, McCartney and Corden duet on a medley of greatest hits including “Help,” “Drive My Car” and a misty-eyed rendition of “Let It Be,” a song McCartney says came to him in a dream about his mother who had recently died.
Here’s a Throwback Thursday for ya. Let’s travel in time to the spring of 1992, when Austin environmental activists launched the Save Our Springs Alliance to address concerns about the future of Barton Springs.
Among the activists were many Austin musicians. Over a couple of days in April 1992 at Cedar Creek studio, they recorded an anthem for their cause: “Barton Springs Eternal,” written by Bill Oliver.
Apparently the song is eternal too. The video above, which recently surfaced on YouTube, captures the spirit of that recording session. It features some of Austin’s top musicians of the era, mostly from the country-folk-rock realm, including Jerry Jeff Walker, Marcia Ball, Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, Christine Albert, Mitch Watkins and Bob Livingston.
A few radio luminaries of the era also appear, including Cecilia Nasti, Kevin Connor, Bryan Beck and Jim Ellinger, as well as “Greater Tuna” comic actors Joe Sears and Jaston Williams. And there are glimpses of two musicians no longer with us: Steven Fromholz and Sarah Elizabeth Campbell.
To celebrate the summer solstice, songwriter Oliver and ace musician Livingston are co-hosting a “Barton Springs Eternal” Reunion Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Threadgill’s South. Oliver and Livingston will perform and will welcome any special guests to the stage to join in, and the Save Our Springs Alliance and the Save Barton Creek Association will provide updates on current Barton Springs issues.
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded Beaumont R&B singer and guitarist, Barbara Lynn with a National Heritage Fellowship. Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts says the fellowship recognizes artists who “have dedicated their lives to mastering these distinctive art forms and sharing them with new audiences both within their communities and nationwide.”
Lynn carved a place for herself in Texas music history in the ’60s. She traveled the world, opened for the likes of Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, and appeared on “American Bandstand” twice. Her hit “You’ll Lose a Good Thing” was covered by both Aretha Franklin and Freddy Fender. An anomaly for her era, Lynn not only wrote her own R&B hits, she also played lead guitar in her band.
In 1964, the Rolling Stones covered her hit song “Oh Baby (We’ve Got A Good Thing Goin’).”
Her career tapered off in the early ’70s as she paused to have children, but it’s picked back up in the past 20 years or so.
Lynn will receive a $25,000 award and be honored in Washington, DC at an awards ceremony on September 26, 2018 and at a free concert on September 28, 2018. The concert will be streamed live at arts.gov.
Austin fans won’t have to wait that long to hear Lynn’s Gulf Coast soul. She’ll be at Antone’s on July 10 as part of the club’s 43rd anniversary bash.
What exactly is a double A-side single? Presumably Paul McCartney thinks highly enough of the two new songs he released Wednesday that he didn’t consider either of them a B-side, so that’s how “I Don’t Know” and “Come on to Me” are being marketed.
McCartney, who turned 76 on Tuesday, is the biggest name on the Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup at Zilker Park in October. Part of his agenda for this fall is “Egypt Station,” his first new album in five years. Today’s double-shot offers a sneak-preview of that album, due Sept. 7 on Capitol Records.
In addition to lyrics videos for both on YouTube (see “I Don’t Know” above and “Come on to Me” below), the tracks are available for digital purchase and streaming via sites such as Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.
Our take, after an initial listen to both songs? Feels more like a double B-side single. We’ll hold out hope for the full album, though. As for actual vinyl you could flip: We checked to see if Austin store Waterloo Records had physical copies, but none are currently available. Plans for a 7-inch may be in the works, however, according to a Universal Music rep.
If you’ve been to shows at the Long Center, likely they were in Dell Hall, the venue’s primary space for marquee events. But its smaller Rollins Theatre offers a more intimate music experience, and its Long Center Concert Club series provides chances to catch top local acts in that room.
This season’s lineup has just been announced: Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis on Sept. 19; Redd Volkaert & Bill Kirchen on Oct. 24; Whitney Rose on Jan. 30, 2019; Dale Watson on March 6, 2019; and Marcia Ball on May 8, 2019.
Single-event tickets start at $19-$29 (depending on the show) and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 22, via the venue’s website. There’s also a $500 Concert Club membership that includes pre-show buffet and drinks in addition to reserved seating for all five events.