Friday, May 6th
Over the past seven years, Mike and The Moonpies have been making a name for themselves as one of Austin’s premiere honky tonk bands while also playing to fans throughout the country and the entire state of Texas through heavy national and regional touring. After gaining popularity through several different residencies at clubs around the Live Music Capitol, the band self-released their album The Hard Way in 2012. With an energetic live show that thrills audiences every time, you do not want to miss the bands one night only intimate set at The Paramount Theatre this Friday. With no bad seats in the house, this historic venue will provide fans with the opportunity to get up close and personal with one of our cities favorite country acts, so if you want to attend, get your tickets now.
Elijah Ford and The Bloom at The Mohawk
When we discover new musicians, many times we come across one that is exceptionally talented, and in this case, that musician is Elijah Ford, a California guitarist turned Austin musician. The son of former Black Crowe’s guitarist Marc Ford, Elijah has learned his craft well, while performing soulful and easygoing tunes all of his own. Below, you can watch a performance of the track “The Lion” at The Homestead Sessions back in 2012, which will give perspective fans a chance to hear Ford’s performance style in addition to his raw and innate talent.
Tickets: $6.00 (21+) $8.00 (minors)
Saturday, May 7th
Born in France to families with Spanish roots, the band members who make up The Gipsy Kings have a rich cultural heritage while also bringing this distinct flavor into their music. Their songs have been described as “Spanish flamenco and gypsy rhapsody that meets salsa funk” due to the member’s parents being gitanos, or Spanish gypsies who fled Catalonia in Spain during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930’s before making their way to France. With energizing songs that are guaranteed to get your weekend hopping, ACL Live is the venue to be at this weekend for a vibrant and cultural experience from different parts of Europe.
Forming in New Orleans in 2007, The Revivalists bring a deep southern vibe into their sound, and as it oozes through every note, we become mesmerized by the bands ability to create a simple and comforting feeling throughout their songs, while enticing us to explore more from the group. Their magnetic performance of the track “Keep Going” below will certainly convince you to head on down to the Scoot Inn to catch the groups set this weekend, and we know that you won’t regret it.
Releasing their album East In The Morning last year, local bluegrass and folk band Friendly Savages is a group who you should not miss. Treating fans to their pure and beautiful harmonies, their Lumineers style music will delight anyone watching them. Labeled as one of the hardest working bands in town by Austin radio station The Horn, Friendly Savages are an act that will get your weekend started off right.
Iowa blues singer William Elliott Whitmore sings with a raspy passion that digs into his genre’s soulful and emotional roots, while also being something that he tries to convey in his music. Sharing the stage with such bands as City and Colour, Murder By Death, and Chris Cornell, Whitmore has been exciting audiences for quite some time. Making an appearance at The Sidewinder this Saturday, this is the perfect setting to experience this intimate performer and his songs, which are meant to be heard in a small environment so that it can pull you in and let you experience the music.
Kicking off his career in his home state of Virginia, Shane Cooley began writing songs at an early age and always knew he wanted to pursue music, but did not do so until he graduated from college in 2010. Several years later, he applied to perform at SXSW in 2013 and ended up being persuaded by a friend to stay in his spare bedroom for one month where he would end up writing most of his debut album Kings Highway. After recording the album in Virginia, he decided to make Austin his permanent home where he has been ever since. With a relaxed stage presence and relatable tunes, Cooley is not a songwriter to miss, so head on down to the Swan Dive and take in his performance.
DJ’s will be taking over the W Hotel in Austin this weekend as the hotel chain hosts Sound Wave, a night for DJ’s to showcase their material. Featuring Houston area DJ Bird Peterson, you will be introduced to Bird’s addicting mixtapes and catchy songs that will satisfy any hardcore DJ and EDM fan, along with other seasoned DJ’s to get your Saturday evening thumping.
Mobley at The Mohawk
Emerging local hip hop artist Mobley will be making an appearance at The Mohawk this weekend to perform tracks with pulsing beats and engaging vocals. Reminding fans of Maryland R&B artist Mario for his smooth vocal delivery, Mobley gives fans not only engrossing songs, but also a great live show. There is no doubt in our minds that Mobley will quickly explode, so if discovering an upcoming artist before everyone else is your thing, then Mobley’s show at The Mohawk is a must see.
Sunday, May 8th
With smash hits such as “Can’t Sleep Love,” we can’t deny the uniqueness of Arlington vocal group Pentatonix, who will be making an appearance at the Frank Erwin Center as part of their world tour. Sure to be an entertaining evening, Pentatonix are an enchanting group that will win over any music fan looking for soaring harmonies and solid pop songs. With natural vocal ability and charming pop tunes, Pentatonix are a group that is a rarity in pop music as their style is one of a kind.
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