Austin trumpeter Jeff Lofton will kick off this summer's Artpace Rooftop Jazz Concert Series, a collaboration between the gallery and KRTU. Inspired by the avant-garde of the '60s, including John Coltrane, Don Cherry and AACM, Lofton and his quartet will take the music to its rawest improvisational forms. On his five albums, Lofton has evoked the clear, ringing timbre of early Miles Davis, though on this date, expect a more biting tone from the versatile trumpeter and his rhythm section of pianist Collin Shook, bassist Jimmy Blazer and drummer Kory Cook. Joining the weird-out, video artist Chris Jackson will broadcast his visual performance from the lovely Artpace roof.
$15 per individual, $25 per couple (Free for Artpace and KRTU members) 8pm, Artpace, 445 N Main, (210) 212-4900, artpace.org
Max Baca, leader of the critically acclaimed Tejano/conjunto outfit Los Texmaniacs, plays the bajo sexto like a man possessed. With Los Texmaniacs (formed in 1997), Baca and company continue in the rich tradition of acts like Texas Tornados, blending conjunto with elements of jazz, rock and blues to create a singularly arresting cultural and sonic creole. Lose Texmaniacs even won a Grammy for their most recent outing, 2009's magnificent Borders y Bailes.
$5, 9pm, Hi-Tones, 621 E Dewey, (210) 573-6220
The Rich Hands Album Release Show
Out of My Head moves the Rich Hands' rock retrospective forward a decade, shuffling between the massive guitar glam of T. Rex and solo Lou Reed on "No Harm Blues" and album-closer "I Get By," and Ramones-style pop-punk on the album's first single, "Teenager." With the dual support of Fountain Records and tape distribution by tastemaker Burger Records, the Rich Hands can afford to slack on the national tour, letting the internet do the promotional work for them. "Just having that Burger name is massive," said drummer Nick Ivarra, "They have so many awesome bands that get so much airplay and press, people take a look at Burger bands because there's a hype to it, there's that name to it." With the Oblio's, Nick Ivarra's "heavy fuzz band," power trio Crown, Mount Sherpa, Parallelephants, and up-and-comers The Bolos.
$7-$10, 9pm Friday, May 23, Limelight, 2718 N St. Mary's, (210) 735-7775, thelimelightsa.com
"For the Rodfather"
Marking the end of an era, this year’s Kerrville Folk Festival will be the first without founder Rod Kennedy, who passed away in April at the age of 84. Outlined in his book Music from the Heart, Kennedy was many things—jazz impresario, sports car racer and broadcasting pioneer—and the 18-day, songwriting-focused festival he launched in 1972 has factored into the careers of many Texas music legends. While camping on the Quiet Valley Ranch is arguably the best way to experience this delightfully crunchy gathering, if time only allows for a limited excursion, the first Saturday evening offers a well-rounded lineup that culminates with “For the Rodfather,” a tribute concert uniting Tom Prasada-Rao, Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines, Butch Morgan, Eric Schwartz, Buddy Mondlock, Bill and Mary Muse, Michael McNevin, Tish Hinojosa and others.
$40, 7pm Saturday, May 24, Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Hwy (Kerrville), (830) 257-3600, kerrville-music.com