As the city braces for Weekend Two of ACL Music Fest, many locals prefer to avoid the festival altogether. Luckily for those on the outside looking in, there’s plenty of fine music to experience this weekend. To satiate your hunger, we present smooth jazz in a classic setting, an Austin legend playing a post-ACL show, and an evening of eclectic, head-bobbing music. Whatever you do, enjoy the weekend and listen local!
Friday, Oct. 13
@ Elephant Room (315 Congress Ave.) – 9:30 p.m. – Small cover charge
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve recommended a jazz show, so why not the smooth, silky sound of Sharon Bourbonnais? Not only will you groove the evening away with a boogie woogie bounce, but you’ll be doing so at arguably the best jazz club in Austin. Elephant Room’s dimly lit ambiance, low ceilings, and sweet acoustics make you feel like an extra in “Swingers.” Wonderfully retro with a quality act providing the soundtrack.
Spoon – ACL Music Fest Late Night Show
@ Stubb’s (801 Red River St.) – 8 p.m. doors – Tickets
Missed out on Spoon at ACL Fest? You’ll have another opportunity this Friday at Stubb’s. With the reigning kings of Austin indie rock, lead singer Britt Daniel crafts earworm hooks and wry, clever lyrics unlike anybody in music. Maintaining your critical cred for over two decades is no easy feat. When you hear new tunes like “Hot Thoughts” and “Can I Sit Next to You,” you’ll understand why. Take it from someone who saw them during Weekend One of ACL Fest: Spoon still brings it live in concert. Required watching!
Saturday, Oct. 14
Ditch the Fest w/NAM, Whiite Walls, Batty Jr, Popsicle Queen, more
ACL Fest prices a touch too rich for your blood? Do as the Spider House marquee says, and ditch the festival for an evening of music curated to make you move. Tickets are only $5. Local highlights include electropop act NAM, dance/funk group Whiite Walls, garage rockers Popsicle Queen, and the hip-hop soul of Alesia Lani. With love to all the artists on the bill, my personal favorite is Batty Jr, a band the geniuses at CAPYAC called, “the embodiment of Austin music.” Experimental folk rock with a dreamy, Lou Reed vibe, I can’t help but agree. An awesome evening of music.
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
Where are you going for live local music this weekend in Austin?