Weekend music picks: Alejandro Escovedo, Jackie Venson, more

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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.

Alejandro Escovedo will perform at Plaidstock. Photo by Ashley Landis.

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.

Friday

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

Saturday

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

Sunday

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

Jim Stringer Country Jam at Sam’s Town Point

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