Temp Control: Ariel and Culture (photo by Clarissa Medrano)
A summer of record temperatures certainly qualifies for the upcoming title of hot summer nightsrunning tonight, Thursday August 4th through Saturday August 6th.
Designed to stimulate business in the downtown district during the summer months, the Free week an emanation began in 2017 following the formalization of the Red River Cultural District. The presenting nonprofit uses sponsors’ money to pay musicians at no charge at the door. The totally free annual convergence brings together more than 100 artists for three nights of performances. The massive Central Texas cull includes Big Bill, Borzoi, Luna Luna, p1nkstar, Pleasure Venom, Riverboat Gamblers, Sailor Poon, TC Superstar, Urban Heat, the Well, and last week the Chronicle star blanket Mom Duke.
This summer in particular, venues and musicians could certainly take advantage of the deal. Whether it’s due to everyone’s pandemic-delayed travel plans, the constant sweltering heat, or dwindling outing crowds suffering from inflation, the the Chronicle The music team heard reports from business owners and gamers around town of remarkably slow July nights.
Eleven Red River-affiliated venues are hosting Hot Summer Nights this weekend, marking the first-ever participation of chess club of the old Stuffed toy building. The team behind the closed district club in 2020 Barracuda opened their new venue in March and weren’t afraid to pack long punk bills and famous names into the small space.
Top Austin Independent Promoters Resonate Gifts organize the weekend schedule for both Empire Control Room and Mohawk. Presenter bookings at Empire have increased following a business partnership in May and the merger of staff between Resound and Present heardthe latter manages operations at the East Seventh Street site.
Whereas the moody amphitheater not taking part like last year, Waterloo Park is offering a free 25th anniversary screening of SelenaFriday at 7 p.m., preceded by a performance by Bidi Bidi Banda. To chew the triple-digit lineup even further, here are 10 totally free picks in neighboring sites. The perfect, risk-free opportunity to hear something new, find loads of new bands, new names and new releases below.
Chess Club, Thursday 4
with Borzoï, Daniel from television, Billy Glitter, DJ La Scum
After bursting onto the live scene last year, this quartet – pronounced like “shoe shoe” – debuted in March with the crisp, disco post-punk single “DayQuil.” Next to May Wells and Emily Kolb (solar machine), the band recognizably incorporates a regularly hovering drummer Gaby Rodriguez (Hi Cowboy!) and dreamy singer/bassist Carol Gonzalez (Manifest Destiny’s Child) on their only release to date.
Mala Vida, Thursday 4
with All Day Ray, DJ Ortiz
Organized by recent the Chronicle cover topic Gabriela Bucio (a.k.a DJ Gabby got it) at his own multi-story club at 708 E. Sixth, this week’s edition of the popular 18+”Frikitona Thursdaysacts as the kickoff to Hot Summer Nights. DJ Trochez, a veteran of regional Mexican nightclubs for over a decade, leads the way in perreo, reggaeton and beyond.
Cheer Up Charlies, Thursday 4
with Chief Cleopatra, Mama Duke, Jane Leo, Felt Out
Find local enthusiasm Nine Mile Tour and KUTX based on second record of 2020 I was almost happy, the San Antonio-launched singer/rapper spins a subtly loving reverie on the latest “Crazy.” The goofy and glam video for “Don’t Change” is also worth watching.
Ariel and Culture
Empire Control Room, Friday the 5th
with Luna Luna, Foxtales, Selfles
Back after a first run at South by Southwestmulti-instrumentalist Jason “Ariel” Bobadilla presents a playful take on alternative R&B on their May Live Audio Tree session, including “Dame Tu Amor”. Respectfully, the bio of their popular ICT Tac reads, “not a group.”
Walhalla, Friday the 5th
with P$O Kwama, Norman Ba$e, Cush with a C, Shoose McGee, Frederick Boom, FunkRula!
Communautary development Aaron “Fresh” Knighthalf of the KUTX The breaks, hosts a hip-hop lineup featuring Brooklyn/Austin producer DatBoyCraig. Boasting all the following beatmaking in the music market Off topicthe artist made his Spotify debut on “Bunny” with Brendan White. Preview more song credits in the video for “When I Trap” by AVDSCraig’s musical partner formerly known as Dama Nilz.
Cheer on Charlies, Friday the 5th
with Dorio, The Stacks, On Being An Angel, Transy Warhol, Theo Love
This mononymous Austin DJ has become synonymous with Cheer Ups and Coconut club on the roof in a post-pandemic booking explosion. She rules the dance floor with a glamorous, down-to-earth presence, unafraid to drop a perfectly kitschy Y2K surprise. To be transparent, the band I’m in (Dorio) is playing this show, and I take comfort in the assurance that people will show up to see Orya. The place gave him New Year’s Eve for a reason.
Flamingo Cantina, Friday the 5th
with El Combo Oscuro, Grupo Frackaso
For those behind Austin’s longtime sister trio (they won their first Under-18 Austin Music Award in 2015), the former Tiarra Girls are now just the Tiarras, as traded earlier this year. Check out the trio in their matured new era, heard on the March single “They Don’t See Us” with the Texas label Lucky Hound Musicin a stronghold of original music on the Sixth Street Strip.
Chess Club, Saturday 6
with Big Bill, Mom’s Plate, Marmalakes
A new four-part project led by Leslie Crunkiltonformerly of the popular and often playing dream-pop project fan club. This is their very first show, making it an ideal free discovery experience.
Swan Dive, Saturday 6
with Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad, Lola Tried, Favor
We recently elated the wildly energetic antics of this muddy, grungy rock quartet during a July residency at the Vegas Hotel and numerous other local performances. So if you haven’t caught Die Spitz yet, there’s really no excuse. Half the act even managed to bully a cool meal with a parent the other day at El Dorado Cafe.
Green Jay, Saturday 6
with the Ripe, Kiko Villamizar, the Foolish Ones
A new trio with known players in the city, no registrations yet and a reserved calendar covering electric church at East Coast Celebration of Kings makes a perfect candidate for check-out. Je’Texas does seventies acid blues with a drummer Damien Llanes (Los Coast), bass player Gian Ortiz (Amplified heat), and guitarist/singer/by Lambert usual Dylan Bishopincoming album.
Happy birthday, Denny Freeman
In his April 2021 obituary for Denny Freeman, the Chronicle music editor Kevin Curtin described the mainstay of Austin music as “the graceful guitarist who made everyone sound better.”
To commemorate Freeman’s birthday on August 7, the Society for the Preservation of Music of Texas in conjunction with the Austin Museum of Popular Culture and Arts+Work produced a video celebrating Freeman’s life and influence; find this video monday on the the Chroniclethe website and social networks of .