Howdy, quarantined Austin! While news of partial openings have locals both horrified and hopeful in equal measure, the safest place to be still remains in your home, on the couch. Luckily, our music scene continues to churn out quality live music online. This weekend, I suggest a world music master, a stunning jazz vocalist, and an acoustic brunch served up by an Austin legend. Stay safe and keep listening local!
Friday, May 1
Streaming via Facebook Live @ 7 p.m.
Soul, rock, reggae, and positive vibes are all part of the Frederico 7 experience. During the first five minutes of last week’s 90-minute livestream, this dynamic performer improvised over three layers of loop pedals, finger drummed a tambourine, and played the vibraphone. Yes, the man has a vibraphone in his home. A wonderful DIY stream for those who love world music.
Streaming via Facebook Live @ 10:30 a.m.
With clever guitar picking and a voice clothed in the garb of a ’40s-era songstress, Lex Land’s marathon streams are pure sunshine. On Monday’s performance, Land’s butter smooth jazz vocals captured my quarantine blues and swiftly swept them away. If you’re in need of a similar cleansing, then click, sit back, and enjoy.
Sunday, May 3
Graham Wilkinson’s Backyard Brunch
Streaming on Facebook Live @ 12 p.m.
Stayed up until 2:30 a.m. binging Netflix, woke up at 10:30, and eating brunch at noon? Invite some solid music from Austin country/soul stalwart Graham Wilkinson to the party. His bright and sunny livestream pairs well with mimosas and homemade migas. Enjoy all three this weekend with an ATX all-star.
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
Who’s been your musical quarantine go-to during the COVID crisis?