Crucial Gigs for the Week Ahead: A June 16th Celebration, Taméca Jones, Howdy Gals Pride Celebration, Mad Professor, and Other Weekly Recommendations – Music


The Teeta (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Stay Black and Live

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, Sunday 19

The third free edition of the June 19 Stay Black & Live celebration culminates with a stacked event combining great local black musical talent and black-owned food trucks. Stay Black & Live began as a livestream founded in 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and increasingly disruptive violence against black and brown people. The married hip-hop duo and three-time Austin Music Award winner for Group of the Year Riders Against the Storm will rightfully host the liberating occasion featuring artists spanning multiple genres. WC Clark, aka the “godfather of Austin Blues,” adds another milestone date to his incredibly consistent schedule. Singer-songwriter Ivy Roots delivers smooth R&B while Charmin Greene breathes soul with her saxophone. Quentin & the Past Lives, led by frontman Quentin Arispe, brings electric rock to the figurative barbecue. Featured rappers include Cha’keeta B, Mama Duke and La Teeta. Mama Duke, who currently marks Austin’s only hip-hop representative on the 2022 ACL Festival lineup, transforms a self-proclaimed “triple whammy” intersection of marginalization into a swagger dripping with defiant pride. Although Cha’keeta B’s musical output has dwindled over the past two years, she reminds listeners of her fierce flow and stage presence with every appearance. Work will begin at noon and continue until dusk. – Derek Udensi

Tameca Jones

Antone Disco, Friday the 17th

Taméca Jones always leaves everything on stage, but that will be especially true on Friday. The melodically dynamic and emotionally expressive soul singer — who moved to Los Angeles last fall citing disenchantment with Austin and the career struggles of being a black woman in the city’s music ecosystem — considers returning to the Friday house as his “last public show”. Jones, who exploded with a residency Thursday at the tiny Continental Club Gallery before performing on Blues on the Green, ACL Fest and PBS’ Austin city limits, in addition to winning Best Singer at the Austin Music Awards, the finals have come full circle to where she made her debut. Mama Duke and Ivy Roots are in the lead. – Kevin Curtin

Howdy Gals Pride Celebration

Swan Dive, Friday the 17th

Howdy Gals brings together a showcase of queer musicians and vendors from Austin to celebrate Pride on the Red River Strip. Sabrina Ellis, an uninterrupted invigorating force on stage, continues her solo adventures alongside firecracker rock creations from Sweet Spirit to A Giant Dog, while new alt-pop trio Flora & Fawna conjure up elegant, distant grooves. Gothess Jasmine ups production value as a drag performer adept at fairytale beauty transformations. As one half of The Groove Brothers, ASH-MAR deploys laid-back hip-hop storytelling. Flyer Club represents the sonic alter ego of TC Superstar dance-pop machine players. Plus, buy pop-ups from Desired Objects, Not Bad Hot Stuff, Goddess Gatherings, and Little Gay Shop.–Rachel Rascoe

Crazy teacher, Edica+, Dr Dubbist

Flamingo Cantina, Saturday 18

Straight out of Guyana in the heart of London as a teenager, Neil Joseph Stephen Fraser pioneered the second wave of British dub. As the 67-year-old Mad Professor, the sonic titan will appear larger than life on Flamingo Cantina’s Thunderdome stage, which often hosted the headliner’s audio antecedent, Lee “Scratch” Perry. Collaborating with him and the peers of the Jamaican dub mystic (U-Roy, Yabby You), producing reggae/dancehall/trip-hop (Kofi, Pato Banton, Massive Attack), remixing soul pioneers (Sade), flagship synths (Depeche Mode, KLF, the Orb), and alt-nation rulers (Beastie Boys, Rancid), MP marked 40 years of solo joints in MarchSistren Songs & Dubs alongside the Uruguayan femcee Alicia Dal Monte.–Raoul Hernandez


Chess Club, Sunday 19

Still freshly named, but already very famous, the Chess Club, a newcomer to the Red River Cultural District, brings yet another blow this Sabbath. Delivering their blackened, atmospheric and muddy soundscapes, local doomsayers Communion (including the members of Deep Cross) are making headlines. Only their second show of the year, it would be inadvisable to miss out on this dark, gloomy and somewhat experimental sound experience. Ritually oscillating between ethereal and overwhelming, Houston Midnight Burial’s doom outfit provides mainstay support, while the denizens of Left to Rot ramp things up slightly with their pulverizing brand of death metal. And all this on the Lord’s Day, no less.–Robert Penson

Aldous Harding

Mohawk, Tuesday 21

It would be dishonest to say too strongly about what to expect from an Aldous Harding show…except to say that you should probably expect multiple Aldous Hardings. Or, perhaps, no Aldous Hardings at all. In an indie era where the most acclaimed music tends to put performer identity at the forefront, this New Zealand singer/songwriter/trickster leverages her vocal range to abdicate her personality. March LPWarm Chris finds Harding hopping through his most expansive array of enigmatic characters to date – from creepy coo to haughty superior, their narrative darkness always balanced by the quirky, rustic minimalism of his folkloric chamber instrumentation.– Julian Towers

Chiquis Rivera

Friday the 17th, the Colosseum

Eldest daughter of the late Latin singer Jenni Rivera, who specialized in Banda music. The Los Angeles native’s third studio album, Playlist, won the 2020 Latin Grammy for Best Banda Album.– Derek Udensi


Friday 17, South Central Market

A delicious jazz led by singer Akina Adderley.– Derek Udensi

Rhyme Schemes open mic

Friday the 17th, Kick Butt Coffee

Ben Buck hosts his first open mic event through Speaker Bump Presents.– Derek Udensi

Rick Ross

Saturday 18, Cour de Buck

Music ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-maybach! The Miami boss boasts an immaculate tag for his label that leaves no doubt as to who’s about to speak, a deep voice still among rap’s best, and a longevity exceeding 20 years. Paul Wall appears at the opening.– Derek Udensi


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