10 Shows To See This Weekend

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Thursday, April 30
Asleep at the Wheel


Formed in 1970 in West Virginia, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel made their claim to fame in Austin and nearby Gruene Hall, where the band is helping to celebrate the music joint’s 40th anniversary this weekend. The country masters are also celebrating the release of Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. As the title suggests, Asleep at the Wheel pays homage to Bob Wills, one of the founders of the Texas-brewed music known as Western Swing. $22.50, 7pm, Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene, (830) 606-1281



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Thursday, April 30
Parker Millsap

A 22-year-old Okie with a staunch Elvis chin, Parker Millsap is a young man fully read-up in the spirit of old country. His voice has the grainy texture and explosiveness of saltpeter, wielding it like an expert drunk holds a knife in a bar fight. “Quite Contrary” is Millsap’s most perfect song to date. Inspired by the violence of fables that gets filtered out of the years, the tune is packed with quick-witted turns of the blade. “Hey diddle diddle, the cat’s on the moon and the folks got a lighter underneath the spoon,” sings Millsap, oozing emotion and wit. As versed as he is in the gutter life, Millsap can do the cleaned-up thing, too. On “Truck Stop Gospel,” a rockabilly fiction of a travelling preacher, Millsaps hits in the ballpark of radio country without losing any of his individuality. $10-$45, 8:30pm, Sam's Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson, (210) 223-2830



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Friday, May 1
Beethoven Seven


Percussion expert Evelyn Glennie plays Corigliano’s 2014 Grammy-winning Conjurer, paired with Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, the composition that provided the background for King George’s radio broadcast in The King’s Speech. $25-$96, 7pm, Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium, (210) 223-8624



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Friday, May 1
H.R. of Bad Brains, Los De Esta Noche

Frontman of legendary D.C. punks Bad Brains, H.R. (born Paul D. Hudson) is a punk legend of the highest tier. San Antonio septet Los De Esta Noche are mockingbirds of style, picking up on genres and spitting them back with accuracy and attitude. On the new, self-titled album, the nocturnal homies take a swing at cumbia, ska, rocksteady and Tex-Mex rockabilly, trading Spanish for English as gracefully as they swap out their rhythms. With Kill Liberal. $12-$15, 8pm, The Korova, 107 E Martin, (210) 226-5070



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Friday, May 1
Sleep ∞ Over

Stefanie Franciotti of Austin pursues chill, brilliant creations of electronic pop. With Delenda, Moze Pray. $5, 8pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N St Mary's



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Friday, May 1
Wishbone Ash

In 1974, Wishbone Ash successfully turned a Shakespeare quote into a handjob joke, naming its album There’s The Rub after a line from Hamlet, while covering the record with a dick-looking cricket ball. Other points on their résumé include pioneering the dual lead guitar technique (see: Thin Lizzy, Mac DeMarco) and releasing 24 studio albums. With Ultra. $20-$50, 6:30pm, Aztec Theatre, 201 E Commerce, (210) 760-2196



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Saturday, May 2
Robert Earl Keen


Another Gruene Hall mainstay helps celebrate the 40th anniversary weekend of the iconic Texas venue. In their early 1980s, Keen emerged from South Texas to make his statement in Americana, a genre that he would help define. $50, 9pm, Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene, (830) 606-1281



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Saturday, May 2
Fredstock Music Festival

Each year, students and faculty of San Antonio College’s Music Business program put on the Fredstock Music Festival. Named after longtime program director Fred Weiss, the fest is part on-the-job training for students, part fundraiser and all fun. This year’s lineup is steeped in the traditions of the blues and roots rock, featuring performances from SA legends Los #3 Dinners, Jimmy Spacek and the Westside Horns, Ruben V, Granvil Poynter and more. The free event will also feature food trucks/booths and vendors of various types. Free, noon, Long Radio Television Film Building, San Antonio College, 1300 San Pedro, (210) 486-1380 



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Saturday, May 2
Kacey Musgraves


Perhaps the brightest young star in a genre that feels like it could really use them; Texas’ own Kacey Musgraves rightfully garnered glowing praise, inside and outside the country music community, with her stellar 2013 album Same Trailer Different Park. Now, she's got a cute but snarky new single out, "Biscuits," and she's slowly ramping up to the yet-to-be-announced release of her highly-anticipated follow up. Our advice is to catch this brilliant and defiant young performer at Floore’s while you still can — soon enough it’ll be all arena shows and big stages for Musgraves. $23-$28, 7pm, Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Rd., (210) 695-8827



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Sunday, May 3
The Barbacoa & Big Red Festival 

Driven home by Randy Garibay’s classic album Barbacoa Blues and Hacienda’s contemporary offering Big Red & Barbacoa, the Alamo City is the epicenter of the distinctly Texan combo of barbacoa and Big Red. Why slow-cooked beef head and bubble-gummy soda marry so well clearly lies in the mouth of the beholder. Five years strong, the Barbacoa & Big Red Festival celebrates the unlikely union with an all-ages event combining food trucks, beer and live music by Ernie Garibay & The Cats Don't Sleep, Network For Young Artists, Felix Truvere and Los Aguilares. $5-$10, 11am-7pm, R&J Music Pavilion, 18086 Pleasanton Rd., (210) 628-6200




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