To those about to melt in the unseasonable heat of ACL Fest, I salute your bravery. I’ll be joining your ranks for Weekend Two. But for those missing a wristband, there’s still a ton of great music to enjoy in our backyard. This weekend, we recommend two exceptional soul/funk bands and a heavy metal act celebrating its latest record release. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and listen local!
Friday, Oct. 4
Skymomma single release show w/Lunar Electric, Sydney Wright, Thelonious Love, Alyson Alonzo
@ Cheer Up Charlies (900 Red River) – 9 p.m. – Tickets
Combing soul, funk, and an entire menagerie of world influences, Skymomma is one of those pleasant surprises that simply brightens your day. Anchored by the one-two vocal punch of Brian Scartocci and Brooke Brockman, this seven-piece delivers head-nodding rhythms and spirit-lifting jams.
Spot on two-part harmonies atop Latin-inspired percussion hit a sweet spot in my ear, making this an easy recommendation for the weekend. Add to the mix Cheer Up Charlie’s fun and lively outdoor stage, and you have a Friday evening to remember.
Saturday, Oct. 5
Golden Dawn Arkestra w/Nilufer Yanya
@ Stubb’s (801 Red River) – 9:30 p.m. – Tickets
My first experience with Golden Dawn Arkestra was on a tiny stage on the roof of Maggie Mae’s during SXSW 2016. Watching nearly 15 musicians cram onto a small space and play blistering soul/funk was a defining ATX music experience.
In the span of three years, the group released a nationally-acclaimed record, played Austin’s biggest stages, and even did an NPR Tiny Desk concert. While ACL Fest wristbanders crane their neck for a glimpse of The Cure or Childish Gambino, you can be soaking in the pure musical joy of these positivity driven magicians. Sounds like a stunning alternative to the crazy crowds and major stages.
Eagle Claw w/Monte Luna, Amaru
@ Barracuda (611 E 7th) – 9 p.m. – Facebook event
If Sun Ra funk isn’t your jam, then allow me to turn your ears towards Eagle Claw. Technically inspiring prog-metal rife with hammering chords and screaming leads, the band peppers its sound with electronic swells, keys, and random percussion.
Seriously, I swear I heard a vibraslap on “Arisa,” off the brand new record “VALLIS.” The album itself effortlessly thunders and swells between subtle soundscapes and furious crunch. An exceptional antithesis to the ACL madness.
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
Where are you going for live, local music in Austin this weekend?
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