Truckers in Car, Benny the Butcher, Ruthie Foster

The Rolling Stones won’t be the only group to rock Austin this week. Here are our picks for the other best shows in town from November 18th to 2nd.

Thursday Friday

Drive-by Truckers, Buffalo Nichols at Scoot Inn. One of the great American rock bands of the 21st century, the Truckers began in the 1990s but took off like a rocket with the 2001 epic “Southern Rock Opera”, then added a young Jason Isbell to their mix for a while. several years. Lead songwriter Patterson Hood hasn’t shied away from socio-political topics on recent records such as “The Unraveling” and “The New OK”, both released last year. Local opener Buffalo Nichols has been making waves beyond Austin lately with a blues debut album that was released last month on acclaimed indie label Fat Possum. $ 25. (Tickets for the postponed dates of August 8 to 9 will be honored on the corresponding dates.) Doors at 6 p.m. – PB


Benny the Butcher at Empire Garage. Westside legend Snoop Dogg calls on Black Soprano Family rapper to drop a main verse from his latest “Murder Music”, a grimy tale of gangsta life and rap domination that includes Jadakiss features and Busta Rhymes. Benny’s from Buffalo, not New York, but his entire 2020 ‘Burden of Proof’ is a moving and lyrical collection of street bangers that will resonate with old school fans on the East Coast like Ghostface, Mobb Deep and Nas. . $ 35. 8 p.m. – DSS

Cory Wong brings his group the Wongnotes to the Mohawk on Saturday.


Cory Wong and the Wongnotes in Mohawk. The live version of his popular YouTube variety show finds electric guitarist Cory Wong ace backed by an 11-piece big band with a six-piece brass section. Wong was recently nominated for a Grammy alongside “Tonight Show” conductor Jon Batiste for the new age album “Meditations”, but quiet contemplation is not on the menu for this show, which should be a highlight. exuberant and funky fall. $ 25. Doors from 7 p.m. – DSS

Ruthie Foster, Hadden Sayers at Haute Spot. “I grew up with a lot of gospel in house, blues and soul, and a little bit of country because it’s Texas,” Foster told the audience when she recorded the TV show “Austin City. Limits “last year. Austin’s strongest attraction as the capital of live music has always been in the way artists are informed by a wide range of genres, and the music of this powerful singer is one of the best examples that we have. The Houston Sayers guitarist, who was on guitar with Foster on that “ACL” recording but has also released numerous albums, opens the show at this cozy outdoor venue in Cedar Park which has been a welcome arrival for those. who live at the north end of town. $ 24.50 to $ 55. Doors from 6 p.m. – PB

Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival at the Electric Church. “Coming back from the dead is a hardship,” reads on Facebook about the Electric Church event. The organizers of the East Austin Creative Performance Space describe this eight-band all-day eruption as a “celebration of life” that “will restore your faith in existence.” The lo-fi garage rock duo (wait for it…) Being Dead brings you back to the land of the living. Other artists on the bill include Greenbeard, Geranium Drive, Gumma, and Queen Serene. In addition to music, the event will feature vendors and food pop-ups. $ 15 to $ 25. 4 p.m. – DSS

Ruthie Foster plays the High Spot on Saturday.

Saturday Sunday

East Austin Studio Tour Weekend Two at Central Machine Works. This annual event, which kicked off earlier this month and ends this Saturday and Sunday, is aimed primarily at visual artists. But Central Machine Works, a new brewery on Cesar Chavez Street near US 183, adds musical action to the mix with free shows on both days. Saturday features a Spaceflight Records showcase featuring Primo the Alien, Think No Think, Croy & the Boys, Slomo Drags and Wil Cope & the Dope. Sunday’s poster turns to American cuisine with Sour Bridges, Harvest Thieves and Robynn Shayne. Works of art from the Swec family and the Mangus collective will be presented. 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. – PB


Montopolis at Meanwhile Brewing. The adventurous, mainly instrumental ensemble of composer Justin Sherburn specializes in combining sheet music with film projects. The band’s 2019 album “The Legend of Big Bend” is one of their best in this area. They’ll perform his songs along with footage from scenic West Texas National Park in this free outdoor performance. 7:00 p.m. during this time – PB


Slaid Cleaves’ annual Thanksgiving Show at the Saxon Pub. On a dozen outings since arriving from Maine three decades ago, Cleaves has established himself as one of Austin’s best singer-songwriters. Much of his blues-folk-country melodies revolve around carefully written and always compelling character sketches. The pandemic canceled last year’s Thanksgiving show, but it’s picking up that holiday tradition in one of the city’s premier listening rooms. At the artist’s request, proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test are required, as well as masks, to be worn at the entrance. $ 30 to $ 40. 8 p.m. – PB

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