Ready to see some local shows this weekend? We are! That’s why we’re back again with 10 more recommendations from our music critic, Lauren Gribble. If this post gets your head nodding, make sure to enter your email below to get them delivered every Thursday!
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Friday, September 11th
Good reggae music can sometimes be hard to find, though Black Slate is one of the bands that represents the genre well. Formed in the late 1970’s in the UK, the group has toured the United Kingdom several times (along with a tour in Europe) before embarking on their first American tour in 2013. Black Slate is back in America this weekend as they rock the stage at Flamingo Cantina this Friday night. If you are fan of reggae great Bob Marley, Black Slate is a band that you want to pay attention to.
Mixing Duke Ellington and Hall and Oates is not something that you usually find in Austin, however local group Denim on Denim does just that, and their glistening tunes are a great introduction to the weekend as you settle in and kick back with a beer in hand. The band, which is a trio, perform together well with a chemistry that flows and feels natural when hearing them play together. While the Austin Beer Garden and Brewing Company is becoming a happenin’ place, we encourage you to head on down to the venue early to guarantee yourself a spot.
The Heavenly States are a San Francisco band that sounds like they march to the beat of their own drummer, with a simplistic sound that sounds enjoyable. On tracks such as “Pretty Life” we get a chance to see just how unique the band truly is while understanding why they won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. If you are up for taking a risk this weekend and experiencing something new, The Heavenly States will be a good band to watch.
Saturday, September 12th
Soul-pop band Supermoon is gracing the stage this Saturday at The Mohawk and their brand of dreamy tunes will provide some much needed relaxation for your weekend, as the music allows you to unwind and put the week behind you.
Tickets: $7 (21+) $9 (minors)
Jerry Jeff Walker, one of country music’s great guitarists, will hit the stage of ACL Live on Saturday night to a packed house of enthusiastic fans. With an easy and relaxed playing style, it’s no mystery as to why Walker is one of the most celebrated musicians in Texas music, as his warm boy next door performance style makes everyone feel welcome and at home, and we are sure that you will feel the same if you catch his show this weekend.
El Ten Eleven, a post-rock band from Los Angeles, will be treating music fans at The Mohawk this weekend to their jam style songs that have a very likeable vibe to them. With only two members to round out their sound, the group makes do by switching between a variety of instruments to give their songs a much fuller feeling, while utilizing a plethora of different sounds throughout their music.
Great Peacock, a folk band from Nashville, Tennessee will start your weekend off right with their smooth and laidback folk and country tunes that invite you to sit and stay awhile. While the band has only been around a short time, we wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t blow up soon, as their songs feel like they could reach people on a universal level. If you are up for not only great food, but flavorful musical accompaniment, head on down to Lambert’s to check out the Great Peacock.
Tickets: $8 (21+)
Our city certainly has its fair share of tribute bands, paying homage to everyone from Queen to The Grateful Dead, and today we are focusing on The Super Creeps, Austin’s David Bowie tribute band, as they rip the roof of downtown coffee joint Spider House. The lively and funky band not only gives a great live performance, but they do excellent covers of Bowie tunes that won’t disappoint music fans, let alone fans of Bowie himself. So grab some coffee and enjoy the evening.
Tickets: at the door
Sunday, September 13th
With his relaxed pop and acoustic offerings, Tallest Man on Earth is the perfect way to say goodbye to the weekend, as his tracks have a dreamy feel, allowing fans to escape and savor the last day of the weekend until we head back to the office. Releasing his latest album Dark Bird is Home earlier this year, Tallest Man of Earth will have plenty of new material to choose from, leaving fans with a set list that hasn’t gone stale.
Known for his innovations as a reggae producer, Lee “Scratch” Perry puts on an entertaining show that fans of reggae will love and for anyone just discovering the genre, they will be pleasantly surprised at how likeable reggae is. As we welcome the last of the warm weather, Perry is a perfect musician to close out your weekend with.
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