Austin Concert Calendar 4/12 – 4/14

//Austin Concert Calendar 4/12 – 4/14

Austin Concert Calendar 4/12 – 4/14

Slaid Cleaves
Friday, April 12th, 8 PM
The Cactus Cafe, $30

Yeah, he may be from Washington, D.C. Originally, but Slaid Cleaves is an Austinite now. Cleaves may not be a staple in the current folk/country canon, but he damn well should be. The man has a keen ear for narrative and rhyme, and he weaves them effortlessly into compact Americana jams. Cleaves gets labeled as a folk artist, and sure, he is—but there are elements of blues and his voice carries an unmistakable twang. If you’re a connoisseur of songwriters, add this guy to your collection. Get acquainted. What better opportunity than this Friday at the Cactus? Sure, the door price may seem a little steep, but I guarantee the show will be worth the admission. And hey, I’ll let you in on a secret: if you can’t make Friday, he’s playing again on Saturday. There. Now you don’t have an excuse.

Jon Dee Graham
Saturday, April 13th, 10 PM
The Saxon Pub, $10

Let’s say you got to see Slaid Cleaves on Friday and now you need something for your late Saturday evening. If you’ve read this column before, you could probably guess I’d send you over to the Saxon Pub. And if you’re a real friend-o-mine you might even guess I’d suggest the local legend Jon Dee Graham. An original member (to my knowledge) of The Purgatory Players, Graham is an accomplished songwriter and guitar strummer that has most likely played with all of your favorite troubadours. Yeah, I’m a little biased in that Graham has penned one of my very favorite Christmas songs. Will he play it Saturday? Probably not, it’s April after all. Does he have a vast repertoire of tight, Texas rock numbers? Yes, yes he does. And he’ll be driving them all home with his gravel-infused voice and his classic, southern charisma. (Seriously though, I know it’s only spring, but spin “I Hate Christmas” sometime and discover another seasonal fave for when holidays come around.)

Jeff Lofton Trio
Sunday, April 14th, 11 am

I’m a broken record, I get know, I know. It’s Sunday, so you know I’ll be suggesting some brunch show. And this week I won’t veer from my norms. Get on down to Geraldine’s and get yourself some groovy jazz action. The Jeff Lofton Trio will be playing there this weekend, so if you’re looking for some damn good jazz, look no further. Lofton is a fantastic trumpeter, and him and his trio are always In the Pocket. (See what I did there?) It’s a free show, but call ahead of time to make sure you get a table. Lofton may be most famous for his Miles Davis tribute, but he’s an incredible composer in his own right. In fact, little did you (probably) know, but in 2009, January 15 was declared “Jeff Lofton Day” in Austin. I know it’s the middle of April, but there is never a bad time to celebrate and appreciate a musician like Lofton. Check him and his buddies out this Sunday and see one of the most forward-thinking, progressive jazz musicians in Texas.

By |2019-04-13T02:01:53+00:00April 13th, 2019|Austin Music Roundup|0 Comments

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