Although it’s brutally hot in Central Texas this month, some artists are just worth braving the triple-digit temperatures for. From three established singer-songwriters to a favorite local band, these are the shows that will make your summer a lot cooler over the next two weeks.
A sultry presence on the Austin music scene for more than twenty years, Ginger Leigh is easily one of the best female vocalists in town. On stage, she’s a force of nature and her live shows have become legendary, earning her a monthly residency at The Saxon Pub, as well as countless accolades. This week, she’ll be going acoustic as she plays the Westin Hotel on Thursday, August 13th, from 6-9 PM for a three-hour set that promises to be as incendiary as the singer herself.
The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) holds its official fundraising day on September 1st, but Native Waves Collective with The Happen-Ins: A Day Party for HAAM, will serve as a musical appetizer with “cold beer, hot drinks, and sweet folks.” The music starts at 1pm and features rock blues favorites The Happen-Ins, as well as The Rare Birds and Darkbird. A portion of the proceeds will benefit HAAM. What better way to beat the heat and support the community than an afternoon of live music at The ABGB this Saturday, August 15th, from 1-7 PM.
Elizabeth McQueen has one of the best voices in town, with a lilting, effortless style that transports listeners to another time. From her years with Asleep at the Wheel to her solo debut last year, she has shown an impressive body of work that just keeps getting better. She’ll be performing material from all phases of her musical career this Saturday, August 15th, at The Bugle Boy. The set starts at 8PM.
Formed almost a decade ago, The Black and White Years are one of Austin’s most exciting, unique indie bands. On Saturday, August 22nd, they’ll be joined at Cheer Up Charlie’s by The Cover Letter, who are easily one of the best bands in Austin right now, as well as Canvas People, Sons of Santos and Mattresses. This is going to be a night of phenomenal music from five great bands. Doors open at 8pm.
Texas Radio Live is a beloved Austin tradition and this show features the mighty Barbara Nesbitt. As one of the two frontwomen for the mega-talented and much-missed Austin band The Whiskey Sisters, Barbara belted out songs with a force and passion that had to be seen to be believed. Now, her band will be playing Guero’s with a whole new batch of songs. Barbara is an Austin treasure, so do not miss this show on August 26th at 6PM.