Friday, July 11, 2008

Things to See and Do

There is plenty of good stuff to check out in Austin this weekend. Here's a quick list of some of it with handy info & links.
  • Tonight - Friday, July 11
Doyle Bramhall II combines forces with Gary Clark Jr. for the first of two shows at Antone's. Bramhall is a guitar legend; He's the second guitarist in Eric Clapton's band, he's played with The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Roger Waters, and once formed a band with Stevie Ray Vaughan's rhythm section Double Trouble. This event celebrates the anniversary of Antone's and the life of Clifford Antone.

The Austin Symphony Orchestra and a local choir will perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive entertainment experience. It's called Video Games Live!, which is a concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. There is also interactive game demos, a costume contest, prize give-a-ways, game competitions and the very popular meet-and-greet with top game composers and designers.

Get some coffee mixed with good, local, live music. Weird Weeds, who we told you about, and Brazos, who we told you about, are plugging it in at Progress Coffee, which we just so happened to tell you about.
  • Saturday, July 12
The local eight-piece folk rock collective Brothers and Sisters get their CD release party on at Club de Ville, and admission includes a copy of the new record. Openers Shapes Have Fangs do Kinks-ish garage-pop, and Frank Smith open with some progressive alt-country.

Check out the one-man band-off at Emo's. Bob Log III does lo-fi punk blues while wearing a full-body jumpsuit and a microphone-equipped motorcycle helmet, which allows him to devote his hands and feet to guitar and drums. One of his traditional numbers involves inviting people onstage to stir his beverage with a certain body part. Local one-man bands Scott H. Biram and Possessed By Paul James will get the party started.

Get some local Russian music at Beerland. A buffet of local artists will take part in a Russian Classical Music Hoot Night, including composer Graham Reynolds' Golden Arm Trio, the Invincible Czars, and many more. Definitely something out of the ordinary.
  • Sunday, July 13
Spend your Sunday with Afrofreque at Red 7. They've got funky bass lines, elements of electronica, afrobeat, reggae, and spontaneous fits of boogiement. Plus, the folks at Red 7 will be firing up the grill at around 4pm. Afrofreque gets funky at 7.

Wilco guitarist Nels Cline brings his improv/free jazz ensemble to Stubb's. The Nels Cline Singers have recorded three albums, and Cline himself has performed on over 100 albums in multiple genres. He was featured in the cover story of Guitar Player Magazine for his collaboration with Wilco, and was chosen by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 New Guitar Gods.

  • On the horizon:
Dizzee Rascal, Girl Talk, Heiroglyphics, and Warlocks coming to Emo's
Ratatat, Toadies, coming to Stubb's
Republic Tigers and Flosstradamus coming to Mohawk
Strange Boys doing The Hole, Wolf Parade doing La Zona