Friday, August 19th
Formed in 1975 in England, Def Leppard became a part of the British heavy metal movement which started in the UK. During this time metal bands started to become popular, as punk rock’s dominance began to decline. After years of international success, the group released a self-titled album last year.
Cuban singer Omara Portuondo has become an important figure in the Cuban music scene for many years after collaborating with many important Cuban musicians including Julio Gutierrez. She will be coming to ACL Live this weekend to perform and pump some energy into your weekend.
Known for playing a neo-traditional country style, which focuses on an instrumental background with twangy vocals, Mark Chesnutt has made a name for himself writing heartfelt country songs. Anyone who needs a good dose of country music this weekend should head over to Omni Barton Creek and Spa to catch Chesnutt’s amazing show.
After being inspired to play music after picking up a David Bowie album, Louisiana born vocalist Kyle Craft began channeling his musical ambitions and eventually released his album Dolls of Highland. Tonight he is coming through Austin to perform at Stubb’s and his Gerard Way style voice will certainly have fans talking, so head to Stubb’s this Friday evening to experience Craft’s performance.
Tickets: $10 (advance) $12 (day of show)
Known for his innovative studio techniques, Jamaican producer and musician Lee “Scratch” Perry will be performing at Flamingo Cantina this weekend. His laid back tunes will certainly be a great way to start off your Friday night with some infectious reggae jams.
Saturday, August 20th
Put on by Australian and American PR firm Penny Loafer PR, Empire Control Room and Garage is hosting a one-day festival called Pennyfest featuring plenty of local bands such as Quiet Company, Otis The Destroyer, and Riverboat Gamblers. Sure to be a festival that rocks, Pennyfest is not an event to miss.
For the jazz fanatics in Austin, this weekend Dallas jazz musician Ephraim Owens will be coming to the Elephant Room to perform his hypnotizing songs that will help you ease into the last day of the weekend. With songs such as “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” Owens is one of the most talented jazz musicians out there today.
With fans calling him “the next great electronic producer” Attlas has taken the EDM (electronic dance music) world by storm, leading to a successful signing on DeadMau5’s label Mau5trap, giving him the chance to introduce his songs to the world. Listen below to “Aural Psynapse” to get a taste for his live show.
Tickets: $10 $15 (priority pass) +18
Sunday, August 21st
One of Austin’s newest country bands, Country Fool’s Gold, will be performing at the Sunday Best at Austin Beer Garden and Brewery this Sunday. Labeling their music as “funky-tonk,” the groups relaxed tunes are the perfect way to wrap up the weekend. You can listen to some of the band’s music over at Wade Through This.
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