Weekend music picks: Free family-friendly concert series from KUTX is back

Austin will also host shows from jazz great Fred Hersch, post-hardcore outfit the Jesus Lizard and Texas country-folk legends the Flatlanders this weekend.


Friday: Fred Hersch Trio at UT McCullough Theatre. A 10-time Grammy nominee, pianist Hersch is one of the most accomplished living jazz musicians, one we’re fortunate to still have with us. A decade ago, Hersch, who’s lived with AIDS for 30 years, nearly died from a serious bout with pneumonia; he eventually recovered and composed the theatrical piece “My Coma Dreams” about the experience. His 2017 book “Good Things Happen Slowly” got major props from the Washington Post, which named it one of the top five memoirs of last year. This is Hersch’s first-ever major performance in Austin, and it might not happen again, given that he’s 62 and still lives with the effects of his illness. But his music continues to be extraordinary, and for local jazz fans, this show is something special. $10-$40. 8 p.m. 2375 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org. — P.B.

Mobley. Jay Janner/American-Statesman

Friday: KUTX Rock the Park at Mueller Amphitheater. The public radio station’s free concert series returns for a run of fall shows. The event, curated in part by KUTX’s Sunday kids show Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, pairs a kid-friendly act with an artist music lovers of all ages can appreciate. The kickoff features expressive artist Mobley, who delivers powerful messages in deceptively hooky pop songs alongside the Groundwork Music Orchestra. In addition to music there’s face painting and coloring for the kids as well as food trucks on site. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. 4550 Mueller Blvd. kutx.org — D.S.S.

Saturday: Jesus Lizard at ACL Live. After eight years on hiatus, the influential post-hardcore outfit that formed in Austin over 30 years ago played a string of reunion shows in late 2017, including a riotous set that critics lauded as one of the best shows at Houston’s Day for Night Festival. This year’s tour corresponds with the 20th anniversary of the band’s final album, “Blue,” and the eight tour dates are the only live appearances the band has planned. Suckling opens. $32-$39. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com — D.S.S.

Saturday: Flatlanders, Dan Penn at Paramount Theatre. Last fall’s Paramount pairing of these two American music legends apparently went so well that they rebooked it for an encore. Penn, a songwriter responsible for some of the best Southern soul music of the 20th century, will open the show for Austin’s transcendental country-folk trio featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. Either of these acts on their own would make for a memorable night. Together, it’s something worth becoming an annual tradition. $25-$55. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.

Sunday: “Three Women and the Truth” with Eliza Gilkyson, Mary Gauthier and Gretchen Peters at One World Theatre. Each accomplished singer-songwriters probably capable of headlining this room on their own, these three women are known for writing songs that dig far deeper than typical radio fare, even if all have had songs recorded by major artists. Gilkyson’s our local hero of the trio, a two-time Grammy nominee whose new album “Secularia” has drawn raves since its release two months ago. Gauthier’s 2017 album “Rifles & Rosary Beads,” a fascinating project in which she worked with veterans from Austinite Darden Smith’s “Songwriting With:Soldiers” organization, was a finalist for the Americana Music Association’s album of the year. Peters has released a dozen albums across two decades, including this year’s “Dancing With the Beast.” $20-$93. 7 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road. oneworldtheatre.org. — P.B.



  • Dwight Yoakam, Two Tons of Steel, Dalton Domino at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre
  • Shinyribs, Justin Stewart at Paramount Theatre
  • Kidz Bop at H-E-B Center
  • Parker McCollum, Jonathan Terrell at Stubb’s outdoor
  • Benefit for Lauren Bruno at Musx HQ
  • Propagandhi, Riverboat Gamblers at Mohawk outdoor
  • Western Youth album release, Mike Schoenfeld at Spider House Ballroom
  • Frights, Hunny, Hot Flash Heat Wave at Barracuda
  • DJ Mel at Scoot Inn (early show)
  • Droeloe at Vulcan Gas Company
  • Lost Bayou Ramblers, Rayo Brothers, Blues Specialists at Continental Club
  • Flow Tribe, Shaggadelic at Antone’s
  • Swells, Canvas People, Smiile at 3Ten
  • Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains at C-Boy’s
  • Lesly Reynaga, Latin at Heart, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub
  • A-Town Getdown at ABGB
  • Michael Hearne & Shake Russell at Threadgill’s North
  • Maoli, Free’Dem Sesh, Lakandon at Flamingo Cantina
  • Slow Caves, Residual Kid, Pollen Rx at Hotel Vegas
  • Silo Road, Roger Wallace, Missy Beth & the Morning Afters at White Horse
  • Will Taylor & Strings Attached at Townsend
  • Wagoneers at Broken Spoke


  • Longhorn City Limits with Aloe Blacc, Jackie Venson at LBJ Library Lawn
  • Troye Sivan, Kim Petras, Leland at ACL Live
  • Intocable at H-E-B Center
  • Future Islands, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat at Stubb’s outdoor
  • Bullet for My Valentine at Emo’s
  • Laraaji, Arji, Dallas Acid at Zach Theatre
  • Andrew W.K. at Mohawk outdoor
  • Meg Myers, Adam Jones at Antone’s
  • Darden Smith at Stateside at the Paramount
  • Jackopierce at 3Ten
  • Malia Moore benefit with Rey Arteaga, Two Hoots & a Holler, Erin Jaimes & Jimmie Dreams, Twilight Trio at Threadgill’s South
  • Monte Montgomery, Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel, George Ensle at Saxon Pub
  • Lindsay Beaver & the 24th Street Wailers, Carolyn Wonderland, Bill Kirchen at Continental Club
  • 888, Frankie Cosmos at Barracuda
  • Lucy Spraggan at Mohawk indoor
  • Bluebonnets at Southpark Meadows Shopping Center
  • Hector Ward & the Big Time, Honey Made, Funkapotamus, Van Wilks at One-2-One Bar
  • Oliver Rajamani Gypsy Fire at Cactus Cafe
  • Connie Kirk & Jazz Quintet, Wheelwrights, Sanco Loop at Townsend
  • Ephraim Owens Quintet at Elephant Room
  • Tomar & the FCs at ABGB


  • Pecan Street Festival with Nakia & the Blues Grifters, Night Glitter, Magna Carda, Johnny Goudie, Belcurve, more on East Sixth Street
  • B-Boy City XXIV Pro Breaking Tour at North Door


  • Fall Out Boy, Machine Gun Kelly at Erwin Center
  • Yo La Tengo at Mohawk outdoor
  • Palm School Choir reunion at ABGB
  • Pacific Dub, Ries Brothers at Stubb’s indoor
  • Ruins, Lavelle White at Antone’s
  • Carry Illinois, Co-Founder, Belcurve, Otis Wilkins at Hotel Vegas
  • Soul of a Musician series with Jonathan Terrell at Threadgill’s North
  • Greg Izor & the Box Kickers, Palm School Choir Reunion at ABGB
  • Hilary York, Imperial Starlighters, Mike Stinson at C-Boy’s

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