It’s another weekend full of great live music, and we’ve got a wide variety of picks for your live listening pleasure. And hey, Selena Gomez may not actually be good for you, but her concert should at least be a good time
Friday, June 17th
Old Crow Medicine Show at Stubbs
Nashville string act Old Crow Medicine Show will be coming through Austin this weekend to perform at Stubbs to promote their 2014 album Remedy. The band is giving fans a taste of the origins of country while also including influences from sister genre, bluegrass. Old Crow Medicine Band will be a welcome addition to your weekend, as the group is a great band to relax and unwind with.
Tickets: $30.00 (advance) $32.00 (day of show) $130.00 (VIP venue ticket)
Selena Gomez at The Frank Erwin Center
Famous for her catchy pop songs as well as a relationship with Justin Bieber, Texas native Selena Gomez is currently out on her second major tour in several years in support of her 2015 release Revival. She’s also brought out pop band DNCE, vocalist Bea Miller, and others to open for her. While the tour is hitting major cities across the U.S., Gomez will be stopping in Austin for the first time at The Frank Erwin Center to sing her pop hits along with some fan favorites.
Toro Y Moi at Empire Control Room and Garage
Toro Y Moi, a recording producer and musician, will be taking over Empire Control Room and Garage for a DJ set this Friday night. With tracks like “So Many Details” from his 2012 record Anything In Return, Toro Y Moi (meaning “bull” and “and” in Spanish, along with “moi” meaning “me” in French,) will put on an entertaining live set that will have you dancing all night long. With his large variety of influences and sounds flowing out of his songs, we can guarantee that this won’t be your average DJ set.
After originally forming in 2008 under the name Daylight, Pennsylvania rock act Superheaven continues to perform heavy rock jams that will get your attention immediately. The track “I’ve Been Bored” off of their 2015 album Ours Is Chrome, is a great example of their overall sound. This is what makes Superheaven a great choice for fans of rock music and heavy songs that convey emotions in an honest and genuine way.
Tickets: $25.00 (advanced) $27.00 (day of show) 18+
With a punchy beat featuring vocals from Delaney Jane, the collaborative track between Oliver Helden and Shaun Frank, “Shades of Grey,” will become lodged in your brain immediately. The song has a seamless flow that we can’t erase from our minds.
Saturday, June 18th
Bruce Robison is an Austin based musician who plays quiet country tunes reminiscent of Willie Nelson. Since releasing his debut record in 1995, Robison has gone on to write several songs that became hits for other artists including “Travelin’ Solider” by The Dixie Chicks and “Angry All The Time,” by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Always willing to tell a story through his music like most country musicians, Robison is a soulful and honest performer who draws the audience in and keeps them hooked until the end.
Darius Rucker at Austin360 Amphitheatre
Best known for his time in the South Carolina rock band Hootie and The Blowfish, Darius Rucker has spent the last few years working his way up the country ladder. He’s been trying to forge a career as a country music star, with much success. On every solo tour so far, Rucker has hit up various Austin venues, and this time he will be stopping in town to perform at 360 Amphitheatre. There he will treat his audience to a night of fun and a show that functions like a party.
Tickets: $49.75 (general admission pit) $25.00-$59.75 (reserved floor) $17.50 (general admission lawn)
Local H at Empire Control and Garage
Formed in Zion, Illinois in 1987, grunge band Local H play energetic live shows that take on a creative approach to performing, such as letting fans pick songs or albums out of a hat and then playing the selection in its entirety. With songs such as “Bound For The Floor,” the band’s sound is a bit milder than traditional grunge bands, but their passion and enthusiasm for their craft never fails to shine through.
Jonas Wilson has been working since the age of fifteen as a blues guitarist in Austin, giving him plenty of time to gain a solid fan base. For those who aren’t already fans, hearing the song “The Bleeder” will convert you quickly. The song takes non-traditional sounds and makes them into something new. By using an old piano and eerie sounding strings, Wilson hits the mark when it comes to creativity.
Sunday, June 19th
Greek composer and keyboardist Yanni will be playing Bass Concert Hall this Sunday to introduce Austin to his flavorful and gorgeous melodies that are addictive and spicy all the way through. With songs such as “The Rain Must Fall,” it becomes clear that Yanni has an innate ability for writing music that sounds good, making for an entertaining and enjoyable performance for all who watch him live.
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