While Austin waits for the summer temperatures to dry up the roadways from flooding and heavy rain Thursday evening we were busy choosing the best live music and events to recommend this weekend. Besides Nick Cave performing back-to-back evenings at ACL Live and ACL TV there is a ton of fun stuff happening around town. Much of the events listed are free or offer inexpensive ticketing options.
Quiet Company will play a special performance tonight at Empire Control Room. NYC songstress Nicole Atkins headlines The Belmont before opening for Cave's sold-out ACL Live show Saturday. Cheese lovers can revel in a variety of queso to sample at The Mohawk for the fourth annual Quesoff contest. The Austin Chronicle is hosting a free Cook-Out with music curated by Chron music writers Kevin Curtin and Chase Hoffberger. There are more free, family-friendly events listed. So what are you waiting for? Dig into our weekend preview and make plans..
Friday, July 18
Quiet Company covers Weezer's "Pinkerton" - Empire Control Room - 10 p.m. - $10
There is no question there are a lot of indie-pop acts in Austin but perhaps none better than Quiet Company who have built an international following via social media. Austin is the final stop on a short regional tour the band has been on while performing the classic Weezer album "Pinkerton" from front to back.
While QC front man Taylor Muse looks nothing like Weezer leader Rivers Cuomo, Muse is an equally compelling artist who knows how to entertain and connect to his audience as is the rest of the band. While fans wait as the band prepares to release their latest album (due later this year), tonight's show is a great way to enjoy Quiet Company at a revamped Empire Control Room. Advance tickets are still available. Tickets will be available at the door for $13.
Nicole Atkins w/ Abram Shook - The Belmont - 8:30 p.m. - $12
Nicole Atkins has been quietly building a strong reputation as a singer-songwriter since her Columbia Records release "Neptune City" was released in 2007. The album rose up the Billboard Heatseekers chart and got some positive press. Atkins' band The Sea broke up not long after. Her current release, "Slow Phaser" is getting similar attention and for good reason. Atkins' songwriting is a step above most artists of her ilk.
While it will be difficult to find a ticket to her opening slot for the sold-out Nick Cave show Saturday at ACL Live, there are still tickets available for her headlining performance at The Belmont tonight.
We caught Atkins on the final day of South by Southwest (SXSW) last year on the recommendation of Austin writer, Lauren Modery. Modery dates independent film director, Geoff Marslett who has worked with Atkins on film projects. Turns out Modery was right. Atkins is a talented songwriter with an enticing vocal style.
Local artist, Abram Shook opens the show. Atkins is expected to hit the stage around 10 p.m.
Other notable events:
Warren Hood at the Continental Club Note: Catch the last performance by Emily Gimble (keyboard/vocalist) with the Warren Hood Band before she joins Asleep at the Wheel.
Saturday July 19
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds with Nicole Atkins - ACL Live - Sold Out
Can you guess how many Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds shows sold-out when the Australian act toured North America last year? That is correct, all of them. Saturday's performance at ACL Live with Nicole Atkins has also been sold-out for some time. This highly anticipated performance comes on the heels of Cave's latest record release, "Live at KCRW" which can be streamed on Spotify.
Cave is also slated to record an Austin City Limits television episode on Sunday which is why we are listing this show in our preview. While email lottery tickets have been distributed already, fans might gain entry to the performance by arriving at the venue well in advance of the scheduled 8 p.m. start time and wait in the stand by line that begins at the Willie Nelson statue on the corner of Second and Lavaca Streets. There is no guarantee fans will be admitted but it is worth the effort if you do get in.
Residual Kid w/ CUNTO, Obscured by Echoes, Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes - Empire Control Room - 9 p.m. - FREE
We previewed this show earlier this week when Residual Kid announced a charity single benefiting Livestrong and Hospice Austin. For those that missed that item, RK are an under-18 trio that plays garage rock that is getting national attention after playing live shows non-stop for the past several years.
The show is an all-ages free performance on the Empire patio that begins at 9 p.m. According to weather.com there is a 0% chance of rain Saturday.
Other notable events:
Quesoff IV at The Mohawk - FREE (bag of chips $5)