The ultimate guide to live Austin music this spring and summer

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Spring is here, and summer is coming. In the Live Music Capital of the World, that means music is coming. Lots and lots and lots of it — from big concerts at major venues both inside and outside, to smaller shows at theaters and concert halls, to niche festivals that fill the gap between South by Southwest and Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Our Austin360 Spring-Summer Concert Guide gathers hundreds of options for music fans from April through September. Things might change as the pandemic continues, but for now, it looks like a hot time in the hot months ahead.

April 21

H.E.R. at Waterloo Park. More than just a singer, the 24-year-old R&B artist flexes an astonishing range of skills in her live shows. She seamlessly switches instruments throughout her sets, laying down melody on keys, fierce licks on guitar, bubbling grooves on bass and tasteful beats on the drum kit. Best known for sultry love duets with the likes of Bryson Tiller and Daniel Caesar, the Grammy-winning singer is adept at using the framework of a love song to explore the nuances of hard-won self-discovery. $32.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. — D.S.S.

Pinegrove at Stubb’s

Testament at Emo’s 

Hot Flash Heat Wave at Empire

Widowspeak at Mohawk indoor (sold out)

ABBArama at 3Ten

Arc Angels at Gruene Hall

April 22

Billy Strings at Waterloo Park. Still in his 20s, new-school bluegrasser Strings emerged from Michigan over the past decade to become one of the top draws in Americana music, thanks to a high-energy live show that has attracted fans from jam-band and indie-punk realms. He followed up his Grammy-winning 2019 album “Home” with last year’s acclaimed “Renewal.”  $58-$110. 8:30 p.m. — P.B.

Citizen Cope at ACL Live

Jacob Collier at Emo’s (sold out) 

Jxdn at Scoot Inn

Over the Rhine at 3Ten 

Spirit Adrift at Mohawk indoor

Sarah Jarosz, Taylor Ashton at Gruene Hall

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April 23

Bon Jovi at Moody Center. The band’s most recent album, “2020,” finds Jon Bon Jovi and crew in a reflective mood, creating earnest rock songs about reaching your own potential (“Limitless”) and the profound challenges facing our country today (“American Reckoning”) alongside the formulaic clichés repurposed as arena anthems that have always been their bread and butter (“Beautiful Drug”). Bon Jovi, who just turned 60 last month, is the only remaining original member of the group. The set list from the early tour dates is liberally sprinkled with your favorite hits, but reports indicate that the hair metal titan, who was forced to cancel some dates due to COVID last year, might not be at full vocal strength. $129 and up. — D.S.S.

Pat Green at ACL Live

Girl Talk at Emo’s

Palace at Empire Garage

Movement at Mohawk

Kate Clover at Mohawk indoor

April 24

St. Paul & the Broken Bones at Stubb’s

Tai Verdes, Renforshort at Scoot Inn

Gavin DeGraw at Antone’s (sold out)

Everclear at Empire Garage

Pom Pom Squad at Empire Control Room

April 25

Code Orange at Empire Garage

Value Select at Empire Control Room 

High Pulp, Mattson at Mohawk indoor 

April 26

Robert Finley at 3Ten. Austinites got introduced to Finley a few years ago when the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach brought him out as a special guest at an “Austin City Limits” TV taping. The 68-year-old bluesman has had a late-career resurgence with records on Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound label. The latest, last year’s “Sharecropper’s Son,” deals with Finley’s childhood in rural Louisiana. $20-$23. 8 p.m. — P.B.

Regrettes, Alex Lahey at Scoot Inn

Nilufer Yanya at Antone’s

Interpol, Tycho, Matthew Dear at ACL Live (sold out)

Molchat Doma, Pompeya at Empire Control Room (sold out) 

April 26-27

Circle Jerks at Mohawk (night one sold out) 

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April 27

Justin Bieber at Moody Center. The teen sensation turned 20-something bad boy turned redemption-rocking man of faith rolls into town for what appears to be his first Austin concert. (It is certainly priced like a once in a lifetime experience.) The tour is centered around Bieber’s pandemic release “Justice,” a sprawling release that explored a wide sonic palette, but recent set lists have also mixed in early bops like “Baby” and “Boyfriend.” According to reports from recent shows, the global superstar has also taken preach and praise breaks to share his renewed faith with his Beliebers. Jaden (Smith), Eddie Benjamin and Teo open. $298 and up. 7:30 p.m.  — D.S.S.

Robert Earl Keen "Austin City Limits" taping at ACL Live

Chats at Emo’s 

Cut Copy, Suzanne Kraft at Stubb’s

Ricky Montgomery at Antone’s (sold out)

April 28

Mack, Jack & McConaughey presents Kenny Chesney at ACL Live (sold out)

Brian Jonestown Massacre, Mercury Rev at Stubb’s

Ween at Waterloo Park

Wet at Mohawk

Justin Furstenfeld at Paramount Theatre

Mariah the Scientist at Empire Control Room (sold out)

Will Wood at 3Ten

LS Dream at Concourse Project

Tempers at Mohawk indoor

April 29

My Morning Jacket, Madison Cunningham at Waterloo Park. After gradually building a sizable audience with six albums from 1999 to 2011, My Morning Jacket noticeably slowed down over the past decade, releasing just 2015’s acclaimed “The Waterfall” plus a subsequent set of “Waterfall” outtakes in 2020. It wasn’t necessarily clear the Kentucky band would continue, especially since leader Jim James issued several solo albums during that stretch. But MMJ returned last fall with a self-titled album that re-established the band’s reputation for merging indie-rock with psych-tinged folk and country. Opening act Madison Cunningham, a Southern California singer-songwriter, earned a Grammy nomination for her latest release. $38-$202. 7 p.m. — P.B.

Mack, Jack & McConaughey presents Jack Ingram with Morgan Wade, Rodney Crowell, Lori McKenna, more at ACL Live

AJR, Gayle at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Modest Mouse, Cribs at Luck TX

Built to Spill at Mohawk

Steve Forbert at 04 Center

Penny & Sparrow at Paramount Theatre

Pup at Stubb’s

Menzingers, Oso Oso, Sincere Engineer at Empire Garage

Homeshake at Hotel Vegas

Jan Blomqvist at Concourse Project

Martin Zellar at 3Ten

April 29-30

George Strait, Willie Nelson, Randy Rogers Band at Moody Center. Though the new UT-campus arena’s first shows are April 20-21 with John Mayer, this Texas-themed triple bill is billed as the Moody Center’s official grand opening bash. It’s also a two-day 89th birthday party for Willie, which is fitting given that he was born just before midnight on April 29, 1933, but his birthday was recorded on his birth certificate as April 30. It’s a rare treat to have Nelson and Poteet native Strait, who’s had more chart-topping country hits than any other artist, on the same bill. (King George will turn 70 in May.) Opening both nights is the San Marcos-based Randy Rogers Band. This show ain’t cheap; upper-level tickets start at $375, with stage-side seats going as high as $3,000. 7:30 p.m. — P.B.

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram plays ACL Live on April 30.
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram plays ACL Live on April 30.

April 30

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram at ACL Live. The 23-year-old blues guitarist shaped his sound at the Delta Blues Museum in hometown Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he took guitar lessons as a child. With a deep voice, an intuitive approach to phrasing and a knack for coaxing emotion from his six-string, he has become one of the leading voices in the new generation of blues players. Earlier this month, Ingram won his first Grammy, taking home the contemporary blues album award for his 2021 release, “662.” Maggie Rose opens. $25-$45. 7:30 p.m. — D.S.S.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats at Waterloo Park

Hot Chip at Stubb’s

Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs at Antone’s (sold out)

Role Model at Scoot Inn

Wailers at Haute Spot

Talbott Brothers at 3Ten

Dance With the Dead, Magic Sword at Empire Garage

Jeremy Olander, Cristoph at Concourse Project

Trout Fishing in America at 04 Center

May 1

Willie Nelson Birthday Tribute at Luck TX. If those Strait/Nelson shows at the Moody Center are too rich for your blood, this Sunday show at Nelson’s ranch west of Austin is a more than worthy alternative for celebrating the Red Headed Stranger’s birthday. Co-presented by Luck and Bruce Robison’s venture Next Waltz, the concert will feature an appearance by Willie himself plus sets from Nashville’s Margo Price, Colorado’s Nathaniel Rateliff and three-named Texans Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Vincent Neil Emerson. $35-$150. 7 p.m. — P.B.

Snow tha Product at Emo’s. Raised by undocumented immigrants in California, the artist born Claudia Alexandra Feliciano has spent a decade steadily rising through the ranks to become the head chingona in charge of the Latinx hip-hop underground. Rapping in English and Spanish, she slips hard topics like immigration and social justice into rowdy, ratchet rap shows. $27. 7 p.m. — D.S.S.

Tori Amos at ACL Live

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May 2

Snail Mail at ACL Live

Henry Rollins at Paramount Theatre

May 3

The Who at Moody Center. Roger Daltrey is 78 and Pete Townshend is 76, so hopes to die before they got old didn’t pan out. Still, if you went to see The Who at the Erwin Center in 2015, you know that these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers still have a lot left in the tank. The touring lineup includes Pete’s brother, Simon Townshend, on guitar and drummer Zak Starkey, son of Ringo Starr. Expect strings, too: The Moody Center site notes that the tour stops will feature “some of the finest orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.”  $41-$302. 7:30 p.m. — P.B.

Rosanne Cash at Paramount Theatre. Being Johnny Cash’s daughter may have helped in terms of name recognition, but it was clear that Rosanne had the goods as a singer-songwriter from the moment her breakthrough single, “Seven Year Ache,” hit the airwaves in 1981. Across four-plus decades, she’s released 14 albums and won four Grammys, winning wide acclaim for her incisive songwriting set to richly melodic acoustic-based arrangements. Tickets for the originally scheduled Feb. 15 show will be honored. $30-$75. 8 p.m. — P.B.

Orville Peck at Stubb’s

Juan Wauters at Mohawk indoor

Cimafunk “Austin City Limits” taping at ACL Live

HAIM is at Waterloo Park on May 4.
HAIM is at Waterloo Park on May 4.

May 4

HAIM at Waterloo Park. Sisters Alana, Danielle and Este formed the band that carries their surname in California in 2007. During the South by Southwest Music Festival in 2012, their career began to pick up steam, as the alt-rock trio piqued the interest of industry insiders and tastemakers. The following year, they won the inaugural Grulke Prize for developing U.S. act. Now, with three albums, a slew of hit singles and a movie (“Licorice Pizza”) under their belts, they return to remind us that family ties can create powerful rock synergy on one of Austin’s biggest stages. Faye Webster opens. $47.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. — D.S.S.

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Car Seat Headrest at Stubb’s

Hi How Are You Day with Grouplove, Polyphonic Spree, more at ACL Live

Todd Snider at Paramount Theatre

Kevin Devine at Antone’s

May 5

Bamako to Birmingham: Amadou & Mariam and Blind Boys of Alabama at Paramount Theatre. Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia met at Bamako’s Institute for the Young Blind in the 1970s. Originally marketed as “the blind couple of Mali” in West Africa, they came to prominence in Europe in the early 2000s after scoring a hit on French radio. Subsequent tours with the likes of Coldplay and U2 made them one of Mali’s biggest exports. The original members of the Blind Boys of Alabama, including current bandleader Jimmy Carter, met as children at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s. Winning popularity with their tight-laced gospel harmonies toured through the segregated South during the Jim Crow era, they would later help soundtrack the Civil Rights movement. In recent years, the group has collaborated with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Taj Mahal and Valerie June. This show brings the two groups together for a lively cross-cultural outing. $35-$60. 8 p.m. — D.S.S.

Indigo Girls at Stubb’s

MadeinTYO, UnoTheActivist, more at Empire Garage

Last Bandoleros, Lisa Morales, Nuevo at 04 Center

May 6

Robert Earl Keen at Round Rock Amp. He’s retiring from the road (what, it doesn’t actually go on forever?) later this year, so catch Keen while you can. He’s a true Texas troubadour, one of the state’s top draws among Americana artists for several decades. This is also a good chance to see the northern suburb’s new outdoor amphitheater, run by the folks who operated the now-shuttered Nutty Brown Cafe southwest of town. 6 p.m. $45-$200. — P.B.

Kurt Vile & the Violators, Chastity Belt at ACL Live

Josh Rouse, Vetiver at 04 Center

Turnstile at Stubb’s (sold out)

New York BeeGees at Paramount Theatre

Mndsgn at Empire Control Room

May 6-7

Avett Brothers at Whitewater Amphitheater

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May 7

Patti Smith at ACL Live. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, Smith, now 75, occupies a singular place in American music. From the influential 1975 proto-punk album “Horses” to her 1978 hit single “Because the Night” to her 1988 anthem “People Have the Power” to her 2010 National Book Award-winning memoir “Just Kids,” she’s consistently transcended boundaries with works of passion and compassion. $40-$100. 8 p.m. — P.B.

BAKAR at Scoot Inn

Typhoon at Empire Garage

Colin Hay at Paramount Theatre

Okilly Dokilly, Steaksauce Mustache at Empire Control Room

Max Frost at 3Ten

John Doe Trio at Stateside at the Paramount

May 7-8

Patty Griffin, John Fullbright at Gruene Hall. Austin singer-songwriter Griffin’s latest release, a self-titled album from 2019, won the Maine transplant her second Grammy Award. Joining her is Oklahoma troubadour Fullbright, whose long-awaited follow-up to his 2014 sophomore album “Songs” is tentatively due out later this year. $59.50. 8 p.m. May 7, 7 p.m. May 8. — P.B.

Bikini Kill at Far Out Lounge, Mohawk (both shows sold out)

Stick Figure at Stubb’s (night one sold out) 

May 8

Ben DeLaCreme at Emo’s. Any reservations we might have had about including drag queens in our regular music listings were laid to rest when “RuPaul's Drag Race” star Trixie Mattel drew a huge crowd at Austin City Limits Music Festival for her sparkling set of ballads, pop ditties and costume reveals. Trixie’s castmate, Ben DeLaCreme, won more challenges than any contestant in “Drag Race” history when the two shared the screen on the third season of the reality franchise's “All-Stars” spin-off. Self-described as “terminally delightful,” Season 6’s Miss Congeniality bolsters her vaudevillian sensibility with serious vocal chops. Her new, marriage-themed show combines original songs, comedy and burlesque. $45-$55. 7 p.m. — D.S.S.

Clinton Kane at Antone’s

Erin Rae at 3Ten

British Invasion Live on Stage at ACL Live

Kelsy Karter at Mohawk indoor

May 9

Sylvan Esso "Austin City Limits" taping at ACL Live

Covet at Antone’s

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May 11

Dave Matthews Band at Moody Center. It’s a new venue for one of America’s top-drawing musical acts, after three stops in the past decade at Circuit of the Americas’ outdoor amphitheater. Expect the same blend of multiple genres into an organic sound that has put the DMB at the top of the jam-band circuit since they arose from Virginia in the 1990s. $95-$1,176. 7:30 p.m. — P.B.

King Hannah at Mohawk indoor

Darius, Cezaire at Parish

May 12

Angélique Kidjo at Bass Concert Hall. On her 2021 album “Mother Nature,” the 61-year-old Beninese Afropop artist delivers sharp observations about the climate crisis and global injustice with her forceful voice and wraps her sweeping calls for pan-African unity in jubilant rhythm and harmony. Her fifth Grammy win this month makes her the most awarded African musician of all time, and the cast of up-and-coming Afrobeat stars who contributed to “Mother Nature” cement her status as a living legend who’s helping to shape the next generation. For this show, Kidjo will be revisiting her 2018 project “Remain in Light,” a recreation of the 1980 Talking Heads album. $10-$55. 7:30 p.m. — D.S.S.

Royal Blood at Stubb’s

OMD at ACL Live

Antlers at Antone’s

Lala Kent at Emo’s

Franc Moody at Scoot Inn

Prince Daddy & the Hyena at Parish

May 13

Olivia Rodrigo at Waterloo Park (sold out)

LP at Stubb’s

Syd at Scoot Inn

Masked Singer at Bass Concert Hall 

Lo Moon at 3Ten

Dehd at Antone’s

May 13-14

Eric Prydz at Concourse Project

May 14

H-Town Throwdown at Round Rock Amp. Get ready to party like 2001 and the world just discovered the slowed-down grooves and souped up cars of Houston’s storied rap scene. This all-star cast of H-Town heavies includes a pantheon of kingpins from Geto Boys’ Scarface to UGK’s Bun B to the People’s Champ Paul Wall. If that’s not enough heat for you, Slim Thug, Z-ro, Lil' Flip, Mike Jones, Lil' Keke and DJ Michael 5000 Watts round out the bill. $30 and up. 6 p.m. — D.S.S.

Ray LaMontagne, Sierra Ferrell at Waterloo Park

Peter Poland at Scoot Inn

Maxo Kream at Emo’s

81355 at Mohawk indoor

May 15

Russ at H-E-B Center

Lil Tecca at Emo’s

Emily Scott Robinson at 3Ten

Palms at Mohawk indoor

May 15-16

Wallows at Stubb’s (night two sold out) 

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May 17

Carla Morrison at ACL Live

Still Woozy at Stubb’s (sold out)

Destroyer at Mohawk

Prep at Empire Control Room

T Pain at Emo’s

May 18

Bombino at Paramount Theatre 

Honne at Emo’s

After the Burial, Thy Art Is Murder at Empire Garage

May 19

Omar Apollo at Emo’s. After releasing three critically acclaimed EPs, the steamy R&B/pop singer dropped his debut full-length in April. It’s a sprawling album that includes guest appearances from Daniel Caesar and Pharrell Williams. The Indiana native’s silky falsetto and heartfelt balladry in English and Spanish have earned him indie heartthrob status; the new release aims to push him into the realm of mainstream hit-makers. Deb Never and Niko Rubio open. $29.50 and up. — D.S.S.

Danzig, Cradle of Filth, Crobot at Stubb’s

Anomalie at Antone’s

Vincint at Empire Control Room

May 19-20

The Eagles at Moody Center. When the Eagles last played Austin at the Erwin Center in 2015, Glenn Frey was still with them. His death in 2016 left Don Henley as the only remaining founding member. But guitarist Joe Walsh and bassist Timothy B. Schmidt, both of whom joined the Eagles in the 1970s, are still aboard, and the addition of platinum-selling country star Vince Gill to the lineup is an intriguing development. $195-$1,243. 8 p.m. — P.B.

May 20

Phoebe Bridgers at Waterloo Park

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Rex Orange County at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Jimmie Allen, Neon Union at Haute Spot

Aly & AJ at Emo’s

A Live One at Scoot Inn

Broods at Antone’s

Post Animal at Empire Control Room

Kings Kaleidoscope at Mohawk

Seth Walker, Bonnie Bishop at 04 Center

May 21

Raveena at Parish. For the past several years, this Indian American artist has been wooing us with soft-filter, queer-love anthems and introspective R&B explorations. On her latest release, “Asha’s Awakening,” a concept album about a Punjabi space princess, she stretches her sonic palette, mixing sunny pop songs like “Mystery” with the sparse hip-hop seduction “Secret” (featuring Vince Staples) and “Asha’s Kiss,” an airy bedroom burner with a steady tabla backbeat and passages in Hindi. Technically sold out. — D.S.S.

Bright Eyes, Hurray for the Riff Raff at ACL Live

Said the Sky at Emo’s

Drumcode Austin with Adam Beyer, more at Concourse Project

May 21-22

Bleachers at Stubb’s

May 22

Carrie Rodriguez's Laboratorio at Stateside at the Paramount. Austin violinist and singer-songwriter Rodriguez began these Laboratorio shows a few years ago and recently brought them back after an extended pandemic break. Past shows have mostly focused on connections with other local performers of Latin music, but this show broadens the series’ geographical and topical horizons. Singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno is a Guatemala native who lives in Los Angeles, while Oscar Cásares is a University of Texas creative writing professor and author of the books “Brownsville: Stories” and “Amigoland.” $25-$150. 7 p.m. — P.B.

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Daryl Hall & the Daryl’s House Band at ACL Live

Black Violin at Long Center

Weathers at Empire Control Room

May 23

Gang of Youths at Scoot Inn

May 23-24

Sigur Rós at ACL Live

May 24-25

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at Stubb’s. When he’s not accompanying his father, Texas icon Willie Nelson, or touring in the band of Neil Young, another living legend of popular music, Lukas is often touring and recording with Promise of the Real, the band he’s fronted for more than a decade. They’ve released three excellent records in the past five years, including last year’s “A Few Stars Apart.” Expect selections from all of them in this two-night stand. $40-$45. 6:30 p.m. — P.B.

May 25

Jack White at Moody Center

Allison Russell "Austin City Limits" taping at ACL Live

Hayden James, Cassian at Emo’s

Son Lux, Kiah Victoria, Black Taffy at Scoot Inn

Helado Negro at Mohawk

Vundabar at Empire Garage

May 26

Big K.R.I.T., Elhae, Price at Emo’s

May 27-29

Willie Nelson at Whitewater Amphitheater

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May 27

Grupo Fantasma with Joe Bataan at Paramount Theatre. The mighty 9-piece from Austin via Laredo has thrilled audiences around the globe with their world-class blend of hip-shimmying cumbia and border funk for over two decades. For this performance, the group will be joined by Joe Bataan, an Afro-Filipino artist who grew up in Spanish Harlem in the ‘50s and ‘60s surrounded by R&B, Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican music. His synthesis of those sounds over a career that spanned four decades and 23 albums earned him the title “King of Latin Soul.” Group Fantasma will play a short set before backing Bataan for the rest of the night. Brown-eyed soul band Eddie and the Valiants from San Antonio opens. $20-$45. 8 p.m. — D.S.S.

Kathleen Edwards, John Paul White at Stateside at the Paramount

Strand of Oaks at Antone’s

Slaughter Beach, Dog, Trace Mountains at Empire Control Room

May 28

Mxmtoon at Antone’s

Eastghost at Empire Control Room

STS9, Sunsquabi, Golden Dawn Arkestra at Long Center

Morgan James at 04 Center

May 29

Noahfinnce, Sophie Powers at Empire Control Room

May 31

Animal Collective at Emo’s

Old Crow Medicine Show at ACL Live

Andy Grammer at Paramount Theatre

June 1

Neko Case at Paramount Theatre. Like Wilco, Case first gained attention in the 1990s as an alt-country performer but soon gravitated more toward indie rock. Her commercial peak came with 2009’s “Middle Cyclone,” which reached No. 3 on the Billboard charts. She’s released just two solo albums since then and seems due for another, though those years also produced a splendid collaboration with K.D. Lang and Laura Veirs, plus a few more records with the New Pornographers. M. Ward opens. $36-$66. 8 p.m. — P.B.

Cooper Alan at Antone’s

June 3

Dwight Yoakam at Round Rock Amp

Jackopierce at 3Ten

Emily Wells at Parish

Wynonna Judd at Haute Spot

Diane Coffee at Mohawk indoor

Jarreau Vandal at Empire Control Room

Raul Malo brings the Mavericks back to ACL Live June 3-4.
Raul Malo brings the Mavericks back to ACL Live June 3-4.

June 3-4

Mavericks En Español at ACL Live. The Mavericks arose from Florida in the 1990s as a country band, but they were always destined to be more than that, largely because of spectacular singer Raul Malo’s Cuban heritage. They wove in elements of Latin, jazz and other styles along the way, winning a Grammy for 2017’s “Brand New Day.” But 2020’s “En Español” was a breakthrough, the group’s first all-Spanish album. They’ll focus on that material at this concert, which brings them back to the room where they taped the “Austin City Limits” TV show without an audience during the pandemic. Maggie Rose opens. $32-$50. 8 p.m. — P.B.

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June 4

The Suffers at Mohawk. When we caught up with the Houston band’s vocal powerhouse, Kam Franklin, during SXSW, she said she used the pandemic break as a boot camp to build her already-formidable skills. As the band charges into their second decade, she believes “this is the tightest we've ever been,” she said, “and the most connected that we've ever been. We are ready to show a healthier, more energetic, more free version of the band.” This party celebrates the release of the band’s third studio album, “It Starts With Love,” which comes out on June 3. — D.S.S.

Symphony X, Haken, Trope at Empire Garage

Whores at Parish

Infected Rain at Empire Control Room

Willis Alan Ramsey at Saxon Pub

June 5 

Lawrence, Misterwives at Stubb’s

Jim Messina at Haute Spot

June 5-6

Steely Dan at ACL Live

Kishi Bashi plays the Mohawk on June 6.
Kishi Bashi plays the Mohawk on June 6.

June 6

Kishi Bashi at Mohawk. The singer-songwriter and violinist, aka Kaoru Ishibashi, was in Austin during SXSW for the world premiere of his new documentary “Omoiyari,” a meditation on World War II Japanese internment camps that unfolds as a powerful exploration of his Japanese American heritage. Ishibashi just released a 10-year anniversary edition of “151a,” the debut full-length that launched his solo career. He celebrates by playing a track-by-track setlist of the whole album. $25. 6:30 p.m. — D.S.S.

Slenderbodies at Scoot Inn

June 7

Alyssa Edwards at Paramount Theatre

June 8

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall at Paramount Theatre. Still touring at age 87, Alpert has led a legendary life, from his 1960s instrumental hits leading the Tijuana Brass band to co-founding the influential label A&M Records with Jerry Moss. He’s won eight Grammys (plus a Lifetime Achievement Award) and a Tony; was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006; and received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2013. He’s worked often over the decades with his wife, singer Lani Hall; she’ll join him for this concert. Tickets to the originally scheduled Jan. 27 date will be honored. $35-$55. 8 p.m. — P.B.

Machine Gun Kelly at Moody Center

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June 9

Sarah Darling, Thomas Csorba at 04 Center

June 10

Dishwalla at Haute Spot

June 11

Jimmy Buffett at Moody Center. Though Buffett has long been big enough to play the biggest hall in town, occasionally Austin gets treated to smaller-venue shows, because he typically rehearses here with his band before heading on tour. We last saw him with a yard full of Parrotheads at Stubb’s in 2015, but this time he’s helping to break in the new Moody Center. Expect plenty of margaritas to be served when he revisits the city where he wrote “Margaritaville” in the 1970s. $54-$969. 8 p.m. — P.B.

Earthgang at Emo’s. It is very tempting to cast the Atlanta duo, who lace sharp lyricism with syrupy Southern harmonies, as the next Outkast. Like the “ATLiens,” they unwind street wisdom and understand the power of a soulful hook. But their sound is distinctly post-trap, with a millennial approach to social issues that informs songs like the mental health check-in “Strong Friends.” Along with the rest of their Spillage Village crew, which includes Dreamville labelmates J.I.D. and R&B singer 6lack, they are emerging as leaders of the next generation and this is probably your last chance to catch them at a mid-size venue. $38-$99. 7 p.m. doors. — D.S.S.

Amos Lee at ACL Live

Belle & Sebastian, Los Bitchos at Stubb’s

Cactus Blossoms at 3Ten

June 12

Umi at Scoot Inn

June 13

Jesse McCartney at Emo’s

Arcadian Wild at 04 Center

June 14

As I Lay Dying, Whitechapel, Shadow Of Intent, Ov Sulfur at Empire Garage

Last Dinosaurs at Antone’s

Brit Floyd at ACL Live

Failure at Mohawk

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June 15

Calexico at Scoot Inn. Touring bands largely stayed off the road over the past couple of years, but Arizona’s eclectic Calexico kept busy enough in the studio to produce two albums. “Seasonal Shift” came out in December 2020, followed this month by “El Mirador.” It’s now been a quarter-century since Joey Burns and John Convertino spun off from Giant Sand to create this cinematic desert-rock band with Mexican influences, and they seem to get better with each passing year. $30-$35. 6 p.m. doors. — P.B.

Puscifer at Bass Concert Hall

Joe Jackson at Paramount Theatre

June 16

Dean Lewis at Emo’s

Shenandoah at Haute Spot

June 17

Broncho at Empire Garage

Léon at Scoot Inn

Greer at Empire Control Room

Casey Donahew at Haute Spot

June 18

Ty Segall & Freedom Band at Mohawk

Penelope Scott at Empire Control Room

Crystal Gayle at Haute Spot

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June 20

Weather Station at 3Ten. Singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman’s Canadian outfit is known for elegantly arranged indie-folk music that incorporates horns and winds, but there’s also activism in their approach: “Ignorance,” the group’s acclaimed 2021 album, addressed climate change. Last month’s “How Is It That I Should Look at the Stars” is the Weather Station’s sixth album since its 2009 debut, “The Line.” $20-$23. 8 p.m. — P.B.

June 21

Aldous Harding at Mohawk

Thrice, Bayside at Emo’s

June 22

Andrea Bocelli at Moody Center

Boz Scaggs at Paramount Theatre

June 23

Keshi at Emo’s

June 24

5 Seconds of Summer, Pale Waves at Waterloo Park

Steve Earle & the Dukes, Whitmore Sisters at Gruene Hall

Tom Kiefer Band, LA Guns, Faster Pussycat at Haute Spot

June 25

Crowder at Round Rock Amp

MewithoutYou at Mohawk

Radney Foster at Gruene Hall

Robert Earl Keen at Whitewater Amphitheater

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June 26

Denzel Curry at Stubb’s. For the most part, the rapidly rising Miami rapper eschews club bangers for reflective self-exploration on “Melt My Eyez See Your Future,” his fifth studio album. He flexes his jazz chops over a feathery vocal hook from Bridget Perez on “Mental” and gets battle ready with funk innovator Thundercat on “The Smell of Death.” Will it be a kinder, gentler Curry show? Maybe, but we still predict at least three mosh pits will break out before the night is over. Redveil, Skiifall and Playthatboizay open. $32.50. 7 p.m.— D.S.S.

Don McLean at Paramount Theatre

A Wilhelm Scream at Mohawk indoor

June 27

Kraftwerk 3-D at ACL Live

July 1

Motion City Soundtrack at Emo’s

July 2

Cola at Parish

July 3

Fleet Foxes at Waterloo Park

July 8

Criticals, CHLSY at Empire Control Room

Mandy Moore at Paramount Theatre

July 9

Rainbow Kitten Surprise at Whitewater Amphitheater

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July 15

Brandi Carlile at Waterloo Park. When Carlile first gained attention with her 2005 self-titled debut album, it was hard to know just how influential and broad-reaching her music would become. Early on, she was more of an indie-folk artist, but she soon gravitated toward Americana, winning a Grammy in that category for her 2018 album, “By the Way, I Forgive You.” Then came a crossover into country: She spearheaded the formation of supergroup the Highwomen, and she produced a comeback album for Tanya Tucker. Her live performances are very much a band affair, with twin brothers Tim and Phil Hanseroth a significant part of her sound and show. $125-$365. 7 p.m. — P.B.

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Purity Ring, Dawn Richard at ACL Live. Oh what’s that, you like your shimmery synths with a side of sweaty ecstasy? Well here’s the double bill you’ve been waiting for. Expect Canadian trip-pop duo Purity Ring to serve up kitten-voiced savagery and evocative electronics on the twice-delayed tour for their 2020 album, “Womb.” Richard, a New Orleans native who first grabbed the national spotlight as a member of Diddy-engineered girl group Danity Kane, brought the house down with her futuristic remixes of classic NOLA grooves at SXSW. $31 and up. 8 p.m.  — D.S.S.

July 16

Kenny Wayne Shepherd at ACL Live

Coheed & Cambria at Whitewater Amphitheater

July 19

Train, Jewel, Blues Traveler at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

RuPaul’s Drag Race Werq the World Tour 2022 at ACL Live

Dirty Heads at Waterloo Park

Fish Narc at Empire Control Room

July 21

King Princess at Stubb’s. Three years after she dropped her debut full-length, “Cheap Queen,” the Brooklyn bedroom-pop artist who became an international sensation with queer anthems like “1950” has a new album on the way. As of press time, there’s no release date for “Hold On Baby,” but the lead track is a soaring ode to lifelong friendships, and we’re guessing this would be a lovely show to share with your old-school besties. $32.50. 7 p.m. doors. — D.S.S.

July 22

James Taylor at Moody Center. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Check. Presidential Medal of Freedom? Check. Grammy MusiCares Person of the Year? Check. There’s not much Taylor hasn’t done in his 50-plus-year career, but he’s still making records, winning a traditional pop vocal Grammy for his 2020 album “American Standards.” That one featured material from 20th-century masters such as Henry Mancini and Rodgers & Hammerstein, but expect this show to be filled with many of Taylor’s own American standards. $59-$1,114. 8 p.m. — P.B.

Styx, REO Speedwagon at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

July 23

Killer Queen at ACL Live

Joe Purdy at 3Ten

July 25

Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Julien Baker at Waterloo Park

July 28

Rebelution at ACL Live

July 29

A.R. Rahman at Bass Concert Hall. The acclaimed Indian composer has over 100 Bollywood film scores under his belt. Beloved in India since the ‘90s, he caught the attention of Western audiences with the critically acclaimed soundtrack to the 2001 cricket epic “Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India” and the Grammy and Academy Award-winning score to 2008 smash “Slumdog Millionaire.” He’s also scored Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Bombay Dreams” and collaborated with the likes of Mick Jagger, U2 and Coldplay. $59.50 and up. – D.S.S.

Strfkr at Stubb’s

Boy Harsher w/ Hiro Kone at Empire Control Room 

July 30

Third Eye Blind at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

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July 31

Sum 41, Simple Plan at Stubb’s

Jordan Rudess at Paramount Theatre

August 1-2

The Head and the Heart, Dawes at ACL Live. Splitting with co-founder Josiah Johnson a few years ago was a difficult hurdle for Seattle-based indie-folk outfit the Head and the Heart, but Jonathan Russell stepped up as leader and kept the band on track. “Every Shade of Blue,” due out in late April, is the group’s third album for Warner/Reprise after two Sub Pop releases that launched their career. Opener Dawes, led by brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, is capable of headlining sizable venues in its own right, having been ingrained in Southern California’s fertile folk-rock scene for more than a decade. $40-$65. 8 p.m. — P.B.

August 2

Cobra Man at Parish

August 4

Big Time Rush at Waterloo Park

August 4-5

David Gray at ACL Live

August 5

Coin at Stubb’s

Leon Bridges plays the Moody Center on Aug. 6.
Leon Bridges plays the Moody Center on Aug. 6.

August 6

Leon Bridges at Moody Center. The Fort Worth singer-songwriter vaulted to stardom with his 2015 debut, "Coming Home." He's since released two more acclaimed albums, 2018's "Good Thing" (which included the Grammy-winning traditional-R&B track "Bet Ain't Worth the Hand") and last year's "Gold-Diggers Sound," which have further established him as a major neo-soul talent. Little Dragon opens. $60-$266. 8 p.m. — P.B.

Franz Ferdinand at Stubb’s

August 7

Crash Test Dummies at 3Ten

August 12

Father John Misty, Suki Waterhouse at Waterloo Park

Samantha Fish at Mohawk

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever at Empire Control Room

August 13

Why Don’t We at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

August 16

Loving at Hotel Vegas

August 18

Rob Zombie at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

August 19

Odesza, Sylvan Esso at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

August 20

The Lumineers, James Bay at Moody Center

Incubus, Sublime at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Gary Allan at Round Rock Amp

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August 21

“Lost ’80s Live” at Haute Spot. If the 1980s was your favorite decade for music, this revue-styled show in Cedar Park may be for you. It’s packed with acts whose music rarely lasted past that era but helped define it: A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Naked Eyes, Missing Persons, Musical Youth, Dramarama, Animotion, Stacey Q and Trans X. $49-$169. 5 p.m. — P.B.

August 22

Doobie at Empire Control Room

August 25

Swedish House Mafia at Moody Center

OneRepublic, NEEDTOBREATHE at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

August 26

Kid Laroi at Stubb’s

August 27

Gloria Trevi at Waterloo Park. The career trajectory of the so-called Mexican Madonna is a wild and bumpy ride. After bursting onto the scene in the late ‘80s, with a rebel image that reshaped ideas about what a Mexican pop star could be, she was a dominant force for a decade. Then a shocking scandal in which she was accused of grooming young singers to become sex slaves for her manager and mentor sent her to jail for almost five years. She was exonerated due to a lack of evidence in 2004. Upon her release, she moved to the U.S. and remade herself as the Supreme Diva of Latin Pop, with a string of chart-topping albums and international hits. $39.50 and up. — D.S.S.

Jack Johnson at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

(Expletive) Up at Parish

August 30-31

Peter Hook & the Light at Mohawk

September 2

Eric Church at Whitewater Amphitheater

September 7

Enter Shikari at Mohawk

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September 8

Dispatch, O.A.R., G. Love at ACL Live

September 9

The Killers at Moody Center

Stereolab at ACL Live

Ocean Blue at 3Ten

September 13

Iron Maiden at Moody Center

Foxing at Parish

September 14

Alice in Chains, Breaking Benjamin, Bush at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

September 18

Alan Jackson at Moody Center. Country star Jackson is billing this tour as “Last Call: One More for the Road,” but if we’ve learned anything from supposed farewell tours, it’s that they’re likely not. Still, it’s a rare chance to catch Jackson in Austin, where he hasn’t performed in more than a decade. Jackson, 63, released his 21st album, “Where Have You Gone,” last year. $31-$585. 7 p.m. — P.B.

Dinosaur Jr. at ACL Live

September 21

Roxy Music, St. Vincent at Moody Center

Agnostic Front, Sick of It All at Parish

Spring and summer music festivals

Old Settler’s Music Festival

April 21-24: For its first spring festival in 2019, Old Settler’s has added an “artist-in-residence” designation, and it’s a good one: Bluegrass legend Del McCoury, who’s played the festival several times over the years. Also in the lineup are JJ Grey & Mofro, Railroad Earth, Galactic, Leftover Salmon, American Squarium, Los Texmaniacs with Flaco Jimenez and Peter Rowan, the Suffers, Sir woman, Brownout and Shinyribs. Thursday and Sunday feature music on the smaller campground stage at the fest’s property just south of Lockhart; two larger stages run all day Friday and Saturday. General admission tickets range from $70 to $255, with add-ons for camping and VIP available. — P.B.

Austin Reggae Fest at Auditorium Shores

April 22-24: Austin has celebrated spring with sunny grooves, tasty food and open enthusiasm for that sacred herb Bob Marley called “Kaya” at this bash for 27 years. The festival draws a diverse crowd with a fine selection of artists from the U.S., Jamaica and beyond. This year’s lineups include the Expendables and Mykal Rose on Friday, Anthony B and Kabaka Pyramid on Saturday and Julian Marley and Third World on Sunday. The music soundtracks a larger experience which includes an eclectic vendor’s market, international food options and lakefront lounging with an iconic skyline view. The event is the largest annual fundraiser for Central Texas Food Bank. $20 Friday, $30 Saturday, $15 Sunday. — D.S.S.

iHeartCountry Festival at Moody Center

May 7: The mainstream radio conglomerate’s annual bash is really more a long concert than a festival, but it has become an Austin fixture since its debut at the Erwin Center in 2014. This year it moves to the new Moody Center with a lineup that includes Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, the Zac Brown Band, Jimmie Allen, Dustin Lynch, Scotty McCreery and Cody Johnson. $54-$650. 7:30 p.m. — P.B.

Oblivion Access Festival

May 12-15: The heavy metal festival expanded to four days this year with events taking place at popular Red River Cultural District venues, Hotel Vegas and Central Presbyterian Church. In addition to music, there’s a stand-up comedy showcase with Eddie Pepitone and JT Habersaat, plus a four-day vendor market, record shop and merch store at Native Hostel. Full festival passes sold out earlier this year, but at press time tickets remained for several shows including a rage rap showcase with Danny Brown and H099099, an indie rock bill featuring Blonde Redhead and Xiu Xiu and a church showcase with Grouper and Alex Zhang Hungtai. — D.S.S.

Hot Luck Fest

May 26-28: Whole Enchilada tickets that include entry to all events for the music and food fest curated by pitmaster Aaron Franklin, Mohawk owner James Moody and Mike Thelin of Feast Portland sold out earlier this year. But individual tickets remain for some food events as well as all of this year’s concerts. The music program includes turntable legend, DJ Jazzy Jeff, ‘90s rockers Superchunk, retro garage rockers Shannon and the Clams and more. — D.S.S.

Kerrville Folk Festival

May 26-June 12: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the storied Hill Country gathering that stretches so far back, former president Lyndon Johnson attended the first one. Kerrville isn’t like any other festival in the area: It’s more immersive, running for 18 days and centered around the camping experience, though you can also buy single-day tickets. Highlights this year include Shawn Colvin, Jackie Venson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kathleen Edwards, Valerie June, Michael Martin Murphey, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, David Ramirez, Gina Chavez and David Amram. Tickets range from $25 for some midweek days to $657 for a package covering the festival’s full run plus camping. — P.B.

Lone Star Jam at Round Rock Amp

May 28-29: This annual gathering of Texas roadhouse country-circuit mainstays has hopscotched across several locations over the past decade, but the opening of a new amphitheater in Round Rock seems like a promising long-term home. Performers this year include Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen, the Eli Young Band, Shane Smith & The Saints, Reckless Kelly and Morgan Wade. $70-$300. — P.B.

Austin Live Music Revival

May 28-29: This two-day event features over 20 performances from Texas acts split between Empire Control Room and Garage and Antone’s. Notable artists include Houston rapper Lil Flip, Austin rapper Abhi the Nomad, Austin blues phenom Jackie Venson and crunk step producer Crizzly. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit the Black Austin Musicians Collective, who will also program part of the lineup. $70-$90 two-day, $50-$70 single-day. — D.S.S.

Camp Nowhere at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

June 10: Chart-topping international star Porter Robinson headlines the traveling electronic music festival which has dates in Austin and Dallas this year. Other artists on the bill include deep house DJs Lane 8 and Nora En Pure and DJ, multi-instrumentalist and Femme House co-founder, LP Giobbi. In addition to music, organizers promise art installations and activities. $39.50 and up. — D.S.S.

Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic at Q2 Stadium

July 4: It's a new venue for this half-century-old tradition, as Austin's shiny new soccer stadium follows a five-year Picnic run at Circuit of the Americas. Nelson headlines, as always; the bill also includes Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Tyler Childers, Brothers Osborne, Midland, Charley Crockett, Allison Russell, Particle Kid, Steve Earle & the Dukes and Asleep at the Wheel. Noon to 10 p.m. Ticket prices TBA. — P.B.

Float Fest in Gonzales

July 23-24: Float the river in a tube then rock out to a diverse selection of cross-genre hit makers programmed on two stages with no overlap. The lineup features EDM artists Marshmello and Deadmaus, rockers Vampire Weekend and Cage the Elephant and emcees Chance the Rapper and Pusha T. The stacked bill also includes Chvrches, Kaytranada, Tove Lo and more. Weekend passes start at $199 with add-ons for camping and tubing available. Single-day tickets start at $129. — D.S.S.

Kokefest at Brushy Creek in Hutto

August 5-6: This fifth annual event associated with country station KOKE is is a two-day affair that features headliners Clint Black on Friday and Turnpike Troubadours on Saturday, with additional appearances by Aaron Watson, American Aquarium, Jamie Lin Wilson and others. — P.B.

lookOUT at Long Center

According to organizers, the single-day event in September will feature “six genre-defying artists, food trucks, and additional activations on the Long Center lawn.” Lineup, date, ticket information and more details TBA. — D.S.S.

Free summer music in Austin

KUTX Rock the Park

The family friendly music series from Austin's NPR affiliate still has two spring installments on the books. Each show pairs an artist with youth appeal with an act for the whole family. On May 13, motivational speaker and hip-hop artist SaulPaul appears alongside Bavu Blakes’ Classic Hip-hop Live. On June 3, singer-songwriter Joe McDermott opens for Kelsey Wilson’s Sir Woman. Shows begin at 6:45 p.m. on May 13 and 6:30 p.m. on June 3.  

Blues on the Green

ACL Radio’s popular summer concert series will return to Zilker Park for four dates this summer hosting two back to back shows in June and two more in July.

Hot Summer Nights

The Red River Cultural District will celebrate the summer version of Free Week, hosting no cover shows by local and regional acts throughout the district, on August 4-7.

Hillside Summer Concert Series

The longest running outdoor concert series in the city is programmed by the Oswaldo A.B. Cantu Pan American Recreation Center’s community advisory board. For over 60 years, they have been presenting family friendly gatherings that highlight the neighborhood’s Tejano heritage in the amphitheater at Pan Am Park. Concerts traditionally take place every Tuesday in July.

Austin Symphony Orchestra Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park

From June 5-August 28, the symphony hosts small ensemble performances on the Long Center lawn from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Sunday evening (except July 3).

The Drop-In at the Long Center

The 12-concert series, presented in partnership with ACL Radio,  features a diverse lineup of popular and emerging Austin artists. Concerts take place on the Long Center lawn on Thursday nights from May through August. Lineups and RSVP information coming soon.

Pecan Street Festival

The long-running arts festival takes over the Sixth Street district for a two day street fair featuring arts vendors, food and family activities. The festival programs free music on several stages throughout the event. Spring festival takes place May 7-8. Fall festival is set for Sept. 17-18.

This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: Live music in Austin: Guide to concerts for spring and summer 2022