Even though summer does not officially begin until June 20, considering the temperatures and plethora of hot shows coming up we are going to go ahead and call it summer in Austin now. See our list to learn about five live music performances you should know about this weekend. Ok, so the shows actually start tonight (Wednesday) but there is a little something for everyone; Jamaican music, Alt-country, Latin and electronic sounds are all represented in our preview. We even got the scoop on a special guest at Friday’s Austin Music Volume 12 CD release.
All of the artists listed in this week’s preview are local bands, so plan on seeing a show and supporting Austin music. Ticket prices are inexpensive and there is even a free show listed so you have no excuse for staying home on the couch. Besides, you will have more fun seeing live music than reruns of Nash Bridges. We promise!
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Blues on the Green w/ Wheeler Brothers and Whiskey Sisters – Wednesday, June 12
Long-running free concert at Zilker Park sponsored by KGSR returns tonight with one of our favorite local bands, the Wheeler Brothers. The Wheelers have a great new album out and have been touring non-stop since it’s release early in the year. This show is free, but arrive early to park and get a good spot to watch the show. Music fans can bring food and drink (yes, even alcohol) as long as there is no glass. So pack up your coolers, bring your camp chairs and spread out a blanket with some good friends and family. If you prefer not to prepare food to bring, don’t worry, some of Austin’s best food vendors will be on hand to serve delicious bites. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Get more details from KGSR here.
Don Chani CD release – Thursday, June 13 at Stubb’s BBQ
Jamaican-style music act, Don Chani have been entertaining Austin fans with authentic Carribean music for quite some time now. Their polished, high-energy stage show is proof of their longevity. They have a new album out today. We got to preview the new material and it is worth a listen. The group is celebrating the CD release Thursday at Stubb’s BBQ inside. Ticket prices are only $10 and the venue is not only air-conditioned, there’s great BBQ and lots of cold beer available too.
Get tickets to the show at the Stubb’s website.
Sour Bridges Browngrass social – Thursday, June 13 at The Scoot Inn
Austin Browngrass act, Sour Bridges play a month long residency at the historic Scoot Inn beginning this Thursday. Go see them play music from their new release, “Catfish Charlie” for only five dollars. We have heard the new album and it hits the right mix of fiddle, banjo and good old timey fun.
Mockingbird Loyals, Southbound Drive and Carpetbaggers open. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Bring your foot-stomping shoes.
Austin Music Volume 12 CD release – June 14 at The Belmont
There is no better way to learn about local Austin bands than by going to the Austin Music Volume 12 CD release party “with performances from artists featured on the CD including Suite 709, an Austin, Texas based blues/soul band and Este Vato whose sound can be described as a blend of English and Spanish lyrics with many styles from Cumbia to Rock to Hip-Hop to Reggae and everything in between.”
Some of our favorite bands are on the new CD including The Boxing Lesson, The Eastern Sea, Shakey Graves and Whiskey Shivers.
We got word from Austin music maven, Amanda Garcia there will be a special guest performing, so grab tickets while they are still available and head to the Belmont Friday.
The first 300 people in the door get a copy of the new CD with admission. RSVP on Do512.com for $3 off tickets here.
Mexicans with Guns at The Parish – Saturday, June 15
So Mexicans with Guns is not an Austin band. The San Antonio-based DJ is so good, we could not post this preview without telling you about this show at The Parish on Saturday. Known for wearing brightly colored Mexican wrestling masks while spinning some of the best electronic sounds to come out of San Antonio, DJ Ernesto Gonzales will surely have you on your feet and dancing if you head out to the show.
Tickets are available online at The Parish website. Corduroi open at 10 p.m.