The dog days of summer are here as indicated by the weeklong 100 degree temperatures. The local music calendar is even hotter with several highly recommended shows on tap. While Ozzy Osborne is in town with Black Sabbath, Austin has its own amazing metal act, The Sword slated to appear at Red 7. Another band that owes a debt to metal, critically acclaimed 80’s rockers, Living Color are in town tonight at Emo’s with Austin’s Hard Proof. Daytime events Saturday include Quesoff III at The Mohawk and the Moonage Daydream Festival next door at Club de Ville. Saturday night music maven, Laurie Gallardo and The Good Music Club return to The North Door with a special Utopia Fest edition you will not want to miss. Austin music fans have much to be excited about in this weekend music preview. Read on to get all the details.
Friday, July 26
Living Colour with Hard Proof – Emo’s – 8 p.m. – $22
Living Colour with innovative guitarist, Vernon Reid and charismatic lead vocalist, Cory Glover have set out on a 25th anniversary tour of their seminal album, “Vivid”. The album produced radio and MTV hit, “Cult of Personality” and “Type”. The former won a Grammy in 1989 for “Best Hard Rock Performance”. The band broke up in 1995 and got back together in 2000. Metal is only one element of the group’s repertoire. Their music is really a fusion of metal, funk, jazz, punk and hip hop. The fusion aspect of the Living Colour sound makes local Afrobeat, funk, jazz act, Hard Proof a no-brainer opener. The Afrobeat band members are excited about opening for their heroes and we got word they may bust out a special cover song for fans tonight. If you want to see truly accomplished musicians perform in a venue with superior sound, head to Emo’s this evening.
Watch the hit video for “Cult of Personality” on MTV then grab yourself a spot at this show. Tickets are available online at Emo’s website. Do512 is also giving away tickets for fans who like the event listing on their website.
The Sword with American Sharks – Red 7 – 9 p.m. – SOLD OUT
Austin metal band, The Sword has built a steady following since forming in 2003. Black Sabbath is listed as one of their influences. Indeed, the stoner metal band plays music that pays homage to Ozzy and company, most notably their 2010 concept album, “Warp Riders”. They have since released the well-received, “Apocryphon” in 2012. The band has performed at SXSW several times. Last year they opened a “secret show” at SXSW for Smashing Pumpkins. The band is heading back out on the road for a 40-date, North American tour following tonight’s sold out gig.
Watch video of the band playing, “Tres Brujas” which is guaranteed to melt your face off at the bottom of the page.
Saturday, July 27
Quesoff III – The Mohawk – 2-6 p.m. – FREE
Technically, Quesoff, the brain child of Austin music scene veteran, Adi Anand is not a music event. The Austin queso contest has shared billing with Pachanga Latino Music Festival before and features hot sauce from many of Austin’s finest melted cheese and chile purveyors.
More on the event from Adi:
“Amateurs and professionals, home cooks and chefs from restaurants around town will go up against each other to battle for the crown of the best spicy, veggie and meaty queso maker in town. The winner in each category will be awarded a sweet cheesy trophy along with unending fame and acclaim. And there will be an overall winner as well who will be awarded a pair of USP…that’s right, Ultimate Smooth Passes to this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov. 8-10 at Auditorium Shores).
This year, Austin’s finest queso will be judged by a panel of local all-stars – Jesse Herman (La Condesa, Sway), Jennifer Houlihan (Austin Music People), Agnes Varnum (The Texas Tribune), Raoul Hernandez (The Austin Chronicle), and Will Bridges (Lambert’s, Arlyn Studios) comprise this year’s esteemed judges.
As for the participating teams, last year’s winners, Papi Tino’s (Spicy and Overall), Frank (Meaty), and team Thunda Fromunda (Veggie) are all back. Plus fabulously named teams like the Por Queso Serious, ESTEphanie VATO, Cream Team, Que PaSO?, Lord Cheeses, Anarqueso, along with entities such as Pelon’s, Vegan Yacht, Austin Daily Press, and TopGolf Austin, will all aim to please the panel and of course, the masses.”
Bags of chips will be available for $5 so you can sample all the cheesy goodness to your heart’s content. Johnny Hottub will be spinning tunes.
Moonage Daydream Festival – Club de Ville – 2 p.m. – $8
Next door to the Mohawk, Club de Ville is hosting the Moonage Daydream Festival which presents Austin psych-rock bands like Deep Space, The Vliets and Thousand Foot Whale Claw (you gotta love the name). In all, over a dozen acts are scheduled to play for a low ticket price. A mix tape stream of the bands performing is available on Soundcloud has been provided by event producer, Ether Wave. Examiner covered Deep Space earlier in the year at Red 7 and we can attest to their skill on stage. Guitarist and band leader, Robbie Love is fun to watch.
If you get hungry Cazamance Cafe will have food available or you can hop over to The Mohawk and gorge on queso when you get the munchies. There will be a Hollowdeck Record Store set up for fans to grab vinyl and CDs. Between sets, Entheo Sounds Records will be spinning trippy tunes for attendees.
The Good Music Club Utopia Fest Special – The North Door – 9 p.m. – $5
If you have not been to a Good Music Club taping yet this one is worth checking out. Founder Laurie Gallardo (KUTX) has invited Utopia Fest to curate this month’s edition. Henry + The Invisibles, Holiday Mountain and The Bellmen are scheduled to appear at The North Door (formerly the ND at 501 Studios). The show is always fun and it is a good way to support quality local music.
The latter two bands will be joined at the limited attendance Utopia Fest the weekend of September 19-21 by some great acts including; Galactic, !!! (Chk, Chk, Chk), EOTO, Grupo Fantasma, Wheeler Brothers and Bernie Worrel (Talking Heads) with Brownout. Utopia Fest tops out at fewer than 2,000 fans. The acts play on two stages with no overlapping sets, so fans never have to decide who they are going to see. Camping at the event is free. The best news? The festival is BYOB, which means concertgoers will not have to shell out $7 for a can of Budweiser. Sounds like a good deal to us. Examiner will publish a full festival preview before the summer festival season is over. If you are thinking of going, grab your tickets now as the festival has sold out every year.
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