Crucial concerts for the week ahead: a few festivals, a handful of Halloween shows and more live music to see – Music
Tanya Tucker (Photo by Derrek Kupish)
Luck Ranch, Friday the 28th to Sunday the 30th
Originally planned as a 10-day extravaganza on Willie Nelson’s Spicewood Ranch, the first Lucktoberfest has shrunk to a long weekend that lends even more strength to the consolidation. Paul Cauthen kicks off the festivities on Friday with his Big Velvet Revue, the low-belt outlaw who delivers country funk with special guests David Ramirez, the Kernal, Kirby Brown and Ryan Quiet. Legendary Los Angeles roots rockers Los Lobos also lend their Latin soundtrack from the past four decades to the evening.
Saturday kicks off an outlaw masquerade ball led by masked country crooner Orville Peck, on this year’s second drama album, Broncoswhile Tanya Tucker continues her resurgent reign as the matriarch of a new generation of artists – after the queen of country’s exceptional return to the limelight behind Brandi Carlile in 2019, produces while i live. A full fashion show from provocative Central Texas designers including Sloane, NICÓ and DASHE lights up the runway with support from burlesque troupe the Jigglewatts, suave country rocker Jonathan Terrell and Vinyl Ranch’s Disko Cowboy.
Sunday ends with a real Bavarian Oktoberfest toast led by the glittering jive of the Shinyribs and Grammy-nominated polka maestro Alex Meixner. Games and competitions celebrate the unique German heritage of the Hill Country, with guests Sunny Sauceda, Walt & Tina Wilkins, the Walburg Boys, AlpenMusikanten, Tanzenfest and Yodel Blitz. Find individual overnight passes ($35) at lucktoberfest.com. – Doug Freeman
Thursday 27 – Sunday 30
Settling into its Halloweekend affiliation in various downtown locations – including Mohawk, Empire and Hotel Vegas – Levitation sticks with spooky vibes and genre surprise, beyond the old dust and psychedelia of Carson Creek. Catch the full preview from last week online, including an interview with Jesus and Mary Chain’s Jim Reid (as his outfit headlines Stubb tonight) and “Five Here and Now Picks to See in Levitation” ( Friday, October 21), from The catastrophic humor of the trio LA Automatic on the local dream-pop of Temple of Angels. As four-day passes are consumed, individually ticketed shows are still on sale at levitation.fm. Chess Club also announced a series of mostly local $10 levitation shows. –Rachel Rascoe
Far Out Lounge, Saturday 29
All treats and no gimmicks, Austin guitar sage Bill Callahan performs his first show since October release YTILAER for Halloween weekend. In a callback to the title, the record plucks moments from Callahan’s life — as a father of two, as a husband — and reflects them with folksy embellishments. It’s brighter, more contented storytelling than much of his three-decade career, which Callahan pairs with stormy horns and his consistently rich, whiskey-smooth baritone to open up vast American landscapes. The South Austin show kicks off a month-long tour of the UK and California, swarming to perhaps most especially callahan’s recent writing about the simple pleasures of home. –Abby Johnston
The Oxys Halloween Show
Voodoo donut, Monday the 31st
Voodoo’s flagship location in Portland, Oregon has long hosted garage/punk gigs. The Austin Sixth Street store kicks off its own live concert series with a special Halloween party for the new local punk supergroup, the Oxys debut album, A date with the Oxys, released three days earlier by Dead Beat Records. Centered around former Bulemics/Dead Boys/Syl guitarist Sylvain Jason “Ginchy” Kottwitz and the vocals of Nowherebound’s Phil Davis, the 10 songs brilliantly crossover Dead Boys and Cheap Trick. ATX hardcore luminaries Böndbreakr and User Unauthorized support. –Tim Stegall
Plains, MJ Lenderman
Scoot Inn, Tuesday 1
Growing up on the Chicks and Shania Twain probably prepared me and a generation of indie music devotees to follow with dedication the spiky, beautiful, and labeled indie-folk evolutions of Katie Crutchfield and Waxahatchee’s Jess Williamson — but I hadn’t really dealt with this until Plains. New duo of Alabaman Crutchfield and Texan Williamson clear the country through old-school waltzes and unflappable ’90s nods with their debut recordI walked a path with you. Considering the launch of the latter’s Mexican summer-backed cosmic odes while living in Austin and an Adriene Mishler “Abilene” video cameo fromYoga with Adriane – where Williamson sings the absolutely epic salute,“Texas in my rearview mirror, Plains in my heart” – I am ready to claim this as a Lone Star homecoming.–Rachel Rascoe
DIA on the celebration of Día de los Muertos
3ten ACL live, Wednesday 2
Austin-based musicians unite to celebrate Mexico’s beloved ancient tradition of honoring the dead and those dearly departed with a beefy lineup of more than 30 artists. Rising hip-hop/funk star BLK ODYSSY, roots legend Carrie Rodriguez and classical singer Sangeeta Kaur mingle with the hugely diverse lineup, while festival hosts/EQ board members Austin Tomar Williams (Tomar & the FCs), “Eastern soul” singer Nagavalli, and Alex Vallejo lead the evening’s backing bands. The melting pot party raises money for autism and other disability services through Easterseals Central Texas.– Christina Garcia
Mike Sailors & Tough Tenors
Elephant Room, Thursday 27
The trumpeter teams up with a stellar ensemble including Elias Haslanger, Daniel Dufour and new Butler School of Music associate professor Diego Rivera.
Rhyme Schemes Open Mic
Kick Butt Coffee, Friday the 28th
Ben Buck’s open-mic series continues with the addition of announced locations – including khxnid! – to highlight.
Velvet Crown Collective: Halloween House
Flamingo Cantina, Sunday 30
Incisive poet Blakchyl and storytelling-heavy MC Nez Tha Villain shine the spotlight on the local creative collective’s Halloween party.
Kick Butt Coffee, Monday the 31st
Nothing screams Halloween like swinging at a band known for wearing kabuki masks and literally setting things on fire while performing. Dallas punks Noogy and local outfit Narrow Haunts open.