Weekend music picks: Celebrate Austin’s 179th birthday with a free bash

Music and family-friendly fun at Austin’s birthday bash, plus a benefit for a local guitar slinger and more.

OUR TOP PICKS

Friday-Saturday: Ian Moore’s 50th birthday celebration at Antone’s. A native Austinite who moved to the Northwest two decades ago, Moore has made a point to keep strong ties with his hometown. So it’s no surprise that he’s returning to mark a major-milestone birthday at the blues club that helped shape his musical identity as a youth. Moore’s own music has tended more toward rock than blues, especially his new EP “Toronto,” a six-song blast of energy and exuberance that highlights his guitar playing. Local blues guitar mainstay Eric Tessmer opens both nights. $20-$22. 9 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.

Saturday: Omar Apollo at Barracuda. The young singer-songwriter from Indiana was a wayward college dropout when he started releasing soulful bedroom pop on Soundcloud roughly a year ago. With Spanglish ballads that layer lovesick lyricism dripping with heart-on-sleeve sincerity over sunny meandering guitars, he rapidly started racking streams in the tens of thousands. He’s been remixing the songs for a larger release and this debut U.S. tour will probably be your last chance to catch him in such an intimate venue. $13-$15. Doors at 9 p.m. 611 E. Seventh St. barracudaaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Night Drive at ACL Fest 2015. (Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman)

Saturday: Austin’s Birthday Bash at Republic Square. Back in 1839, the first plots of land in Austin were auctioned under a group of oak trees in a space that would eventually become Republic Square. Celebrate our city’s 179th birthday and the grand re-opening of the park with an all-day, family-friendly bash that includes sets from Night Drive, Los Coast, Patricia Vonne, Chulita Vinyl Club and more. Free and open to the public. The party kicks off with the Farmer’s Market at 9 a.m. and runs to 10 p.m. 422 Guadalupe St. facebook.com/RepublicSquare. — D.S.S.

Sunday: Benefit for Omar Kent Dykes at Antone’s. Transplants from Hattiesburg, Miss., in the 1970s, Omar & the Howlers quickly became one of Austin’s liveliest and most successful blues-rock bands, releasing more than a dozen albums and touring internationally. Dykes, the band’s singer and guitar slinger and a distinctive, imposing frontman, hasn’t been able to play shows for more than a year because of a rare skin disease. Members of the Howlers will rally to help him on this Sunday afternoon, with guests including Marcia Ball, the LeRoi Brothers and Casper Rawls. $15-$20. 2 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.

ALSO PLAYING

Friday

Coheed & Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Story So Far at Austin360 Amphitheater

Kabah, JNS at ACL Live

Jim Lauderdale at Threadgill’s North

Dave Koz & Friends at One World Theatre

Gorilla Vs Bear presents Sales, No Vacation at Mohawk outdoor

Kevin Galloway album release at Continental Club (also 5 p.m. at Waterloo Records)

Slomo Drags album release, Sometimes a Legend at Mohawk indoor

Nightowls, Tameca Jones, Jai Malano, Aaron Stephens at Scoot Inn

Nicolay & the Hot at Nights, Wes Haynes Band at Stubb’s indoor

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains, Rosie Flores Revue at C-Boy’s

South Austin Moonlighters, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Will Courtney, Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders at Sam’s Town Point

Body Rock ATX at Empire

Lost Cosmos, Van Wilks at One-2-One Bar

James Polk’s CenterPeace at Elephant Room

Friday-Saturday

JerryFest with Deadeye at Threadgill’s World Headquarters

Saturday

311, Offspring at Austin360 Amphitheater

Jeff Williams’ Freelance Orchestra at ACL Live

Randy Rogers Band, Jon Wolfe, Kody West at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre

Alkaline Trio, Together Pangea, Ogikubo Station at Emo’s

Chingo Bling at Stateside at the Paramount

Nora En Pure at Vulcan Gas Company

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains, Kathy & the Kilowatts at C-Boy’s

Christian Bland & the Revelators, Leather Girls, Stacks, Mean Jolene at Hotel Vegas

Graham Wilkinson, Ray Prim, Paul Oscher at Continental Club

Charlie Mars, Guy Forsyth at Saxon Pub

Ramsay Midwood at Sam’s Town Point

Wild Moccasins at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Roni Size at Empire

Graham Weber, Ali Holder at Cactus Cafe

Tomas Ramirez at Elephant Room

Tyler Hilton, Corey Balsamo at Stubb’s indoor

Bodega, Big Bill, Chronophage at Mohawk indoor

Sunday

Lil B, Keyboard Kid, Pnthn at Mohawk outdoor

Resentments, John Gaar at Saxon Pub

Savage Poor at One-2-One Bar

Rosie Flores at ABGB

Lo Jinx Supper Club, Purgatory Players at El Mercado Backstage