Throughout the week, it always seems that there is too much live music to sort through in Austin to decide on who you want to see perform. So instead of doing it yourself, we’ve decided to do it for you. With acts such as All Them Witches, Connor Oberst, and City and Colour, here are 10 events (plus one more in the future) that you must see this weekend.
Thursday, May 18th
Stopping by Waterloo Records ahead of their performance at Antones, Nashville rock band All Them Witches will be playing a free in store. Guaranteed to be at capacity, we suggest you get their early before their 5pm performance time. Their album Sleeping Through the War is out now. Refreshments will be provided by Shiner Beer.
May 18th | 5 pm | Waterloo Records | 600 N. Lamar
May 18th | 5 pm | Waterloo Records | 600 N. Lamar
Fresh out of Atlanta’s red hot hip hop scene, rapper 24 Hrs is coming to Austin as part of his Night Shift tour. With slow burn hits such as his single “Time” 24 Hrs is an upcoming artist that everyone should take a listen to.
May 18th | 8 pm | Grizzly Hall | 2015 E. Riverside Drive
Coming back for the Thursday night concert series at Shady Grove, Austin guitarist James McMurty will be performing a set at the popular summer event beginning at 8pm. With songs such as “Choctaw Bingo,” McMurty has been a beloved musician in Austin for a long time. If you want to start your weekend off right, Shady Grove is the place to be on Thursday night.
May 18th | 8 pm | Shady Grove | 1624 Barton Springs Road
Best known for their hit “Love Shack,” Athens, Georgia band The B-52’s formed in the mid 1970’s has continued their success into the modern day. Stopping at ACL Live this weekend along with the Sh-Booms as their opening act, The B-52’s will be playing fan favorites plus some new tunes.
May 18th | 8 pm | ACL Live | 310 Willie Nelson Blvd
Friday, May 19th
Best known for his work as the front man of Nebraska indie band Bright Eyes, Connor Oberst has released his new solo effort Salutations and will be playing an in store at Waterloo Records to celebrate the release. With acoustic songs that move and stir the soul, Oberst is a musician not to miss. Being supported by opening acts Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker at his show later that night at ACL Live, this intimate venue is perfect for watching this singer-songwriter perform.
May 19th | 3 pm | Waterloo Records | 600 North Lamar
Hailing all the way from Chicago, The Reverent Few are a blues group making their name known from coast to coast, gaining notice for their soulful sound and passionate performances. To get a taste for their live sound and presence, you can check out the video of the group performing “I Go Blind” at Martyrs live in Chicago.
May 19th | 9 pm | Austin Beer Garden and Brewery | 1305 W. Oltorf
Labeling their music as eccentric, funky, and otherworldly, Austin indie act Ladyfang will be performing at Stubbs (inside) to a house that is guaranteed to be packed. With heavy and heartfelt tracks such as “How Long” Stubbs is the perfect venue to highlight the bands memorable tunes.
May 19th | 9:30 pm | Stubbs | 801 Red River
Saturday, May 20th
Known for his time in the band American Aquarium, guitarist and vocalist BJ Barham released his debut solo album last year, with the single “Rockingham” leading the way to pave a new future for the former front man. Now calling his own shots, he will be performing at The Parish this weekend for an intimate evening of fantastic music.
May 20th | 8 pm | Stubbs | 214 East 6th
With hits such as “Drops of Jupiter” and more recently, “Hey, Soul Sister,” San Francisco act Train will be coming to Austin this weekend to perform alongside OAR and Natasha Benningfield. All with notable hit songs of their own, if you are looking to see acts that know how to tear up the music charts (and have a devoted fan base as OAR does,) then Train is the perfect band to see this weekend in one of Austin’s newest venues.
May 20th | 7:30 pm | Austin360 Ampitheatre | 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd
Sunday, May 21’st
Breaking out of their hometown of Philadelphia in the 90’s singing R&B ballads that became popular with women, Boyz II Men have released albums full of sultry beats and incredible vocals that illustrate how this vocal group has managed to stay around for so long. Performing with Paula Abdul and newly reunited New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men are one of R&B’s bests acts, so don’t miss them when they are in town this week.
May 21st | 7:30 pm | Frank Erwin Center | 1701 Red River Street
Looking to the future:
Playing a mixture of acoustic and indie-folk music, Canadian musician Dallas Green, who goes by his stage name City and Colour, is best known for his work with the hardcore act Alexisonfire. With songs such as “Comin’ Home” off his 2007 debut album Sometimes, City and Colour write relaxed tunes that is perfect for winding down the week. While he isn’t playing at Stubbs until August 29th, his inside performance is guaranteed to be a popular one so we highly encourage you to get your tickets now.
August 29th | 7 pm | Stubbs | 801 Red River
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