Crucial concerts for the week ahead: a Joe Bataan/Grupo Fantasma collaboration, Strand of Oaks, Christelle Bofale, some festivals and other recommended shows – Music

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Grupo Fantasma feat. Joe Batan

Paramount Theatre, Friday the 27th

Nine deep and 21 years in the making, Austin’s Grammy-winning Latin brass powerhouse Grupo Fantasma backs Harlem’s Spanish soul pioneer Joe Bataan just once – solamente una vez! — as arranged by Paramount booker/music apostle Zach Ernst. Bassist Greg Gonzalez answered a crucial question.

Austin Chronicle: Describe the importance of Joe Bataan and this opportunity for the inhabitants to experience him live and in the flesh?

Greg Gonzalez: Joe is a Smithsonian-acclaimed Afro-Filipino musician, singer, and songwriter who grew up in East Harlem in the 1940s and 50s. He spent time in a local street gang and ended up in jail. When he left, he turned to music with the conviction of changing his life. He soon formed his first group of teenage Puerto Rican musicians, including Willie Colón and Bobby Valentín, mixing local boogaloo, salsa and doo-wop.

At 19, he released “Gypsy Woman” on Fania Records and [scored a] cross blow. In 1973 he combined salsa, disco and soul and co-founded the Salsoul label, one of the most memorable imprints of the disco era. A chance meeting there led to him recording one of the first rap songs, “Rap-O Clap-O”.

Joe represents one of the last remaining members of the New York music community whose innovations and experimentation have led to some of the most influential Latin music. His musical heritage mirrored our own as an outlier individual who embraced a more expansive Pan American sound, unafraid to take risks and mix genres. –Raoul Hernandez

Strand of Oaks, Pat Finnerty

At Antone, Friday 27

For God’s sake, support newly sober songwriter Timothy Showalter on his eighth album as Strand of Oaks, In Paradise, and see how you don’t have to be in your cups to be or create fun. On his soaring folk-rock-country album, Showalter tastefully crushes (for rockers) synths while specifically aiming for emotional generosity. It lands on bubbly and comforting Americana and pop builds alongside Nick Cave and John Prine-inspired meditations. Everything is optimistic, even when he sings that he no longer has his pal, Stan – his late cat. Professional shit talker Pat Finnerty opens.– Christina Garcia

Christelle Bofale, Equals Sells

Radio Café & Bière, Saturday 28

Christelle Bofale, one of Austin’s brightest singer-songwriters/guitarists, is moving to New York. With only six tracks recorded on Father/Daughter Records, Bofale’s solo performances and songs are so moving that fans like me probably know every word to each. Not for a second spared, his smooth works in indie rock move like water (under the appropriate title of the debut EP swimming team) thanks to an innovative structure, highlighted in the quintessential seven-minute “U Ouchea”. Locally based Equals Sells, new outlet for BluMoon’s Kendra Sells, joins the farewell show after last year’s elegantly exploratory LP All In the head.–Rachel Rascoe

Live Music Revival Festival

Empire, Chez Antone, Saturday 28-Sunday 29

A regional, flexible and affordable ($25-45) festival, LMR kicks off Saturday at Empire with a Black Austin Musicians Collective party (11:30am-5:15pm) featuring kaleidoscopic rockers Kalu & the Electric Joint, punks Pleasure Venom, lyricists Ifé Neuro , the Teeta and Magna Carda; and contemporary R&B Daniel Fears. That night, Screwed Up Click veteran Lil Flip (7:15 p.m.) spotlights a bill headlined by local crunkstepper Crizzly (midnight). Sunday’s 11 a.m. run at Antone’s features chamber popcrafters Fuvk (3:45 p.m.), punk eccentrics Big Bill (7:45 p.m.) and melodic drive Jackie Venson (8:45 p.m.). Meanwhile, Empire brings in laid-back neo-soul jazzer Kindkeith (3:15 p.m.) and dynamic singer/rapper Abhi the Nomad (9:30 p.m.).– Kevin Curtin

Women in Jazz Spring Concert

Monks Jazz Club, Sunday 29

Co-founded by ATX jazz queen Pamela Hart, the Women in Jazz Association promotes not only women in the local jazz arena, but female vocalists in particular, as female singers surprisingly get far fewer bookings in town than their instrumental peers. . Hosted by stage avatar Monks Jazz Club, the organization’s biannual concert helps fill in the gaps. Singers Melissa Briggs and Candance Bellamy and trumpeter Rachael Spencer team up with Hart for round-the-clock presentations, backed by pianist Juliana Silveira, bassist Jessica Valls and drummer Masumi Jones. In-person tickets went fast, but Monks is streaming live. –Michael Toland

Jad Fair, Being an Angel

Chess Club, Tuesday 31

The convergence of former alt statesmen, up-and-coming slowcore and Sublime covers could only be the varied work of the offbeat series Swass Night. Half Japanese half Jad Fair – marking a notable visitor to the increasingly bustling small stage at Red River’s new chess club – contains last year’s first American reissue of the Kramer collaboration A story of tears. Last month, On Being an Angel singer Paige Applin joined the Lemonheads onstage in Los Angeles for “Bit Part” after befriending Evan Dando during the act’s SXSW visit. 90s. On Tuesday, Applin performs acoustically after Bradfish, aka Carlton Bostock of Sublime’s version of Lo Country – Quiche DJs. –Rachel Rascoe

Shingles and friends

Thursday 26, Feels So Good Records

Country outfit Shinglers are spearheading a benefit concert for the Texas abortion relief fund, Buckle Bunnies.– Derek Udensi

Charley Croquet

Friday 27, Whitewater Amphitheater

The reigning Austin Music Awards Musician of the Year opens for Willie Nelson and his family on the first day of Nelson’s Memorial Day weekend triple header at the New Braunfels venue.– Derek Udensi

dream party

Saturday 28, Dreamland

After – or in between – playing mini golf, enjoy an all-day musical bonanza with local stars such as Gina Chavez, Bob Schneider and Sir Woman. Songs from Carolyn Wonderland.– Derek Udensi

Fidel Nadal

Saturday 28, Flamingo Cantina

Argentinian reggae/rock musician best known for the Latin Grammy nominated single “Te Robaste Mi Corazón” and his work in the rasta-punk band Todos Tus Muertos.– Derek Udensi

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