Machine Gun Kelly, Mavericks, Kishi Bashi


Here are our top live music options in the Austin area from June 2-8.

Thursday: Ray Prim, Natalie Price at Long Center Lawn

The second weekly installment of the Long Center’s “Drop-In” seasonal series featuring local artists features Prim, a self-proclaimed “soul-songwriter,” whose prolific output over the past decade has included nearly 20 releases (including full albums, EPs, live records and archival content from his former band 7 Stones). Indie artist/American Price, recently announced as a finalist for the Black Fret Fellowship for 2022, opens the 8 p.m. show. Free with RSVP at


The Mavericks play songs from their first all-Spanish album "In Spanish" at ACL Live on Friday and Saturday.

Friday-Saturday: The Mavericks En Español at ACL Live

The Mavericks were born in Florida in the 1990s as a country band, but they were always meant to be more than that. Spectacular vocalist Raul Malo and his bandmates have woven elements of Latin, jazz and other styles along the way, winning a Grammy for 2017’s “Brand New Day.” But 2020’s “En Español” was Breakthrough, the band’s first all-Spanish album. They’ll be focusing on that material at this concert, which will take them back to the room where they recorded the TV show “Austin City Limits” without an audience during the pandemic. Maggie Rose opens. $32 to $50. 8 p.m.


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Saturday: The Suffers at Mohawk

When we caught up with the band’s vocal powerhouse from Houston, Kam Franklin, during SXSW, she said she used the pandemic hiatus as a boot camp to hone her already formidable skills. As the group enters its second decade, she thinks “it’s the tightest we’ve ever been,” she said, “and the most connected we’ve ever been. We’re ready to show a healthier, more energetic and freer version of the band. This party celebrates the release of the band’s third studio album, “It Starts With Love,” which is out June 3. — SSD

Saturday-Sunday: Willis Alan Ramsey at the Saxon Pub

“What was wrong with the first one?” It’s long been Ramsey’s answer to those who ask why he never released another album beyond his 1972 self-titled debut. absentia: This year marks half a century since that landmark album changed the face of songwriting in Texas. Almost all of its 11 songs have been recorded by other artists over the decades, from Jimmy Buffett and Shawn Colvin to Jimmie Dale Gilmore and The Captain & Tennille. Ramsey, who grew up in Dallas, was living in Austin when the album was released; he still visits occasionally, playing those old favorites as well as some he wrote more recently but didn’t publish. There are two chances to catch him at the Saxon this weekend, at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. $20 to $35.


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Sunday: Jim Messina at the Haute Spot

A key figure in SoCal’s golden age of folk-rock around the 1970s, Messina spent time in influential bands Buffalo Springfield and Poco before co-founding the duo Loggins & Messina. Her partner, Kenny Loggins, became a bigger star in a later solo career, but Messina also continued making music over the decades. He has released several solo albums, including the most recent “In the Groove” in 2017, while working as a songwriter, engineer and producer in the Nashville area. $25 to $40.


Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi plays the Mohawk on Monday.

Monday: Kishi Bashi at Mohawk

The singer-songwriter and violinist, aka Kaoru Ishibashi, was in Austin during SXSW for the world premiere of his new documentary “Omoiyari,” a meditation on World War II internment camps that unfolds like a powerful exploration of his Japanese American heritage. Ishibashi has just released a 10-year anniversary edition of “151a,” the first feature film that launched his solo career. He celebrates by playing a track-by-track setlist of the entire album. Great big open trees. $25. 6:30 p.m.


Monday: ‘Monday Night Supper Club’ at El Mercado Backstage

After a decade of “Mystery Monday” shows at this classic Tex-Mex joint, Christine Albert presciently ended the series in early March 2020, just before the pandemic shut everything down for an extended period. About a year ago, local singer-songwriters Ben Jones, Barbara Nesbitt and Pat Byrne hatched plans for a new series on the site, but spikes in COVID-19 and other issues delayed its launch. . It’s finally happened, and the first guest of the “Monday Night Supper Club” will be Albert herself, symbolically passing the torch. $10. 7 p.m.


Wednesday: Herb Alpert & Lani Hall at the Paramount Theater

Still touring at 87, Alpert has led a legendary life, from his 1960s instrumental hits leading the Tijuana Brass Band to co-founding the influential A&M Records label with Jerry Moss. He has won eight Grammys (plus a lifetime achievement award) and a Tony; was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006; and received President Barack Obama’s National Medal of Arts in 2013. He has often worked over the decades with his wife, singer Lani Hall; she will join him for this concert. Tickets for the originally scheduled date of January 27 will be honored. $35 to $55. 8 p.m.


Wednesday: Machine Gun Kelly at the Moody Center

“What’s an MGK again?” I asked. “A force of nature or a natural disaster,” replied Eric Webb, the fearless leader of Team 360 and Hot Topic’s top bad boy rap pundit-turned-rocker. In a must-see Austin360 review of the 2021 Austin City Limits Music Festival, Webb fired back at critics who question MGK’s authenticity, calling Colson Baker’s stage mayhem “pop-punk pop art.”

“Long, lanky, sluggishly alive – I’m so sorry to tell the haters, but the man is a rock star,” Webb wrote. $25 to $296.



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