Republic of Texas Biker Rally w/ Kings of Chaos, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer [main stage]; Honky, Billy Joe Shaver, MVP, Arrows to Fire, Chris Castaneda [Bud Zone Stage]; Cameron Nelson, Kody West, John Baumann, Texas Renegade [Cowboy Bar]
Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker
Led by Jón Þór “Jónsi” Birgisson’s soaring vocals and bowed guitar, Icelandic classical/minimalist post-rock trio Sigur Rós broke out internationally with 1999’s dreamy Ágætis byrjun (“A good beginning”), widely hailed as one of the greatest albums ever. 2013’s Kveikur, the band’s seventh studio LP, represented an aggressive departure from previous work, venturing into stormy, ominous tones.
ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.
True son of Austin music, Will Sexton never broke nationally with a solo album despite 1991’s criminally under-released Keep to Myself, but he’s maintained an epic career as a songwriter, guitarist, and producer. That’s proven on Hallelujah I’m a Dreamer, his 2015 collaboration with wife Amy LaVere, the extraordinarily talented, pixie-voiced upright bassist. The Memphis-based lovebirds are magic as an acoustic duo, re-creating her critically acclaimed catalog with Sexton’s extraordinary guitar work.
– Kevin Curtin
Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar
Bellowing blues colossus Howlin’ Wolf turns 107 Saturday – his 1976 death notwithstanding. Savage harp-blower Walter Daniels has long worshipped at the altar, even naming his local blues-punk act after the singer’s childhood nickname: Big Foot Chester. Ted Roddy’s got some Wolf in his howl, as does Churchwood’s avant-blues mystic Joe Doerr. They join eclectic songman John Wesley Coleman and roots eccentric Ralph White for an Austin tribute to blues’ greatest aggressor.
– Kevin Curtin