Friday, October 17, 2014

7 Shows To See This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Super Soul Shakedown (Friday, October 17)

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In 2007, DJs Scuba Gooding, Donnie Dee and JJ Lopez combined their turntable talents to provide more outlets for soul and funk in SA. Inspired by the city’s rich history in soul (see the Numero Group’s Eccentric Soul reissue of SA artists), the trio visualized a party series celebrating the past and present of the music in South Texas. On Friday, SA’s Fourth Quarter band flaunts a high-octane songbook, bringing the hits of Marvin Gaye and George Clinton. DJ Donnie Dee, who won the Texas title in Red Bull’s 2013 Thre3style competition, digs deeper into the soul and funk catalog. Free, 6pm, Travis Park, 301 E Travis, (210) 207-3677 —Matt Stieb

Willie Nelson & Family (Friday, October 17, Saturday, October 18)

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Willie Nelson hardly needs an introduction, especially in the Lone Star State. One of the most remarkable things about the man, aside from his agelessness and uniquely relatable genius, is his ability to keep his songwriting fresh as he navigates through the upper-echelons of celebrity and the natural progressions of life. For two special nights this weekend, you can marvel at the Redheaded Stranger in all his glory. Nelson will be joined on the bill by his “family,” which includes members of his band, his actual family and Texas Music Hall of Famer Billy Joe Shaver. $40-$45, 7pm, Floore's Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera, (210) 695-8827 James Courtney

The Tontons (Saturday, October 18)

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You don’t have to be well-versed with the UGK catalog or familiar with a good recipe for lean to know Houston is a hip-hop town. But from relatively humble origins in the city’s downtown district, there’s sprung a small but solid rock scene, with the Tontons at its center. The quartet has been at it since 2008, building their sound from an indie rock foundation to incorporate subtle flourishes of psychedelic, ambient and bubblegum pop. If their studio recordings are carefully considered efforts, the band is all kinetic energy live, propelled by dynamic frontwoman Asli Omar. $10-$40, 9pm, Sam's Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson, (210) 223-2830 —J.D. Swerzenski

Noah Harris (Saturday, October 18)

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With a keen ear for melody and an even keener eye for imagery, Chicago chanteur Noah Harris writes deft little folk numbers in the guise of old-school rock ‘n’ roll. On his Bad Debts EP, Harris uses a clean electric tone and graceful stage organ to drive the six-song debut, delivering like Sufjan Stevens on a reticent day. Throughout the EP, Harris holds his songs at shoulder length, never quite breaking into long bombastic parts, but never quite needing to. Though the music of Bad Debts keep a careful, weighted posture, Harris lets his words run wild—“living in a borrowed house, fighting for our stolen time” on “LA Language.” While Harris will perform alone, robbing an SA audience of the EP’s lovely arrangements, the strength of his writing and guitar keep Bad Debts from defaulting in solo form. 8pm, The Compound, 1145 S St. Mary's, (210) 225-4009  Matt Stieb

Los #3 Dinners (Saturday, October 18)

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In a recent listicle called "Top 10 most San Anto Songs," we aimed to capture the city's musical and cultural vibe, from Doug Sahm to Selena. Foolishly, we left out Los #3 Dinners, whose songs "Livin' Inside the Loop" and "South Presa Man" are the epitome of SA. 9pm, The Cove, 606 W Cypress, (210) 227-2683 Matt Stieb

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull (Saturday, October 18)

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From Fonovisa to international fame, Enrique Iglesias has sold a staggering 100 million records since his recording debut in 1995. Pitbull's impending eighth release Globalization in an appropriate name, since "We Are One,"  the official tune of the 2014 World Cup, was criticized by Brazilians as a globalist pop homogenization by a foreign artist. $19.50 - $99.50, 7pm, Alamodome, 100 Montana, (210) 207-3663 Matt Stieb

 Cheetah Chrome, Sons of Hercules (Sunday, October 19)

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With his time in Rocket From the Tombs and the Dead Boys, Eugene O'Connor, aka Cheetah Chrome, helped establish the sound and attitude of CBGB punk. Since the mid-'90s days on Unclean Records, the Sons of Hercules have delivered an unwavering fury of garage punk in South Texas. With the Flash Boys, DJ Smoak. $3, 9pm, Hi-Tones, 621 E. Dewey, (210) 573-6220 Matt Stieb

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