It’s a movement, a festival, and an opportunity for endless musical discovery.
This year, Afropunk presents Planet Afropunk 2020, a virtual event with a global stage putting the spotlight on music, art, activism and creative thinking illuminating the experiences of Black artists around the world.
Today’s AMM shared a few artists participating this year: Saturday Oct. 24 – Ari Lennox, Jonah Mutono, trio Johnny Cradle, Blinky Bill, underground duo Duma, KIRBY, Larissa Luz; and Sunday Oct. 25 – Bootsy Collins, Grammy winner Robert Glasper, Grammy-nominated producer Terrace Martin, Cintia Ramos, the Balimaya Project, Juliana Vicente and more.
Full listings and schedule info can be found at the Planet Afropunk website.
-Artwork from Afropunk’s festival website.
There’s a lot in these line-ups, and they’re just getting started. The Love and Lightstream Drive-In series at the Haute Spot in Cedar Park is keeping the live music going in a way you can enjoy it safely. The following artists are the show bills for this weekend, and you’ll be pleased to know there’s more badassery on the way:
You can get tickets at the website. Haute Spot is located at 1501 E. New Hope Dr. (78613).
-Photo of Quiet Company at a recent Love and Lightstream Drive-In show by by Chris Pearce with Alive Coverage.
Several familiar Austin names pop up on the huge bill for Rock the Border, Stop the Wall, a virtual concert raising awareness for much-needed health, education, housing and other services for border communities in the U.S.
The livestream line-up includes performances by Black Pumas, Ozomatli, La Santa Cecilia, Gina Chavez (“Ella” is featured on today’s Austin Music Minute), Aloe Blacc & Maya Jupiter, Making Movies, and the Trans Border Orchestra, featuring Sergio Mendoza and the Mexican Institute of Sound; plus Tiarra Girls, Bidi Bidi Banda, Superfónicos and many others.
-Photo of Gina Chavez by Ismael Quintanilla III.
It’s a double dose of Wild Child this weekend with two shows coming up:
-The track “Think It Over” on today’s Austin Music Minute is from their album Expectations, but did you know Wild Child has a new EP coming out? They’re celebrating with a release show Saturday, October 24, at Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th St. The bill includes the fantastic “Authentic Essence” soul experience, Lunar Rae, and melodic artiste extraordinaire Dancy Jenkins. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. Seating is limited, and masks are required.
-Then it’s time for a stripped-down Wild Child acoustic set at Love and Lightstream Drive-In on Sunday, October 25, at 8:30 p.m. The entire line-up is a winner, featuring Matthew Logan Vasquez (7 p.m.), The Deer (5:30 p.m.), Ley Line (4 p.m.) and Altamesa (2:30 p.m.). Proceeds benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) and Black Fret.
-Photo of Wild Child courtesy of the artist.
The track you heard on today’s Austin Music Minute may have sounded a bit familiar, and with good reason. It’s a wonderful tribute, from one red headed stranger to another – though they may not be strangers to you.
Walker Lukens has recorded a few of Willie Nelson’s best-known hits and a few deep cuts for his new release Red Headed Strangers, described by Lukens as a reimagining of Nelson’s work. And proceeds from the album sales benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).
Join Walker Lukens for the release party at a limited capacity socially-distanced show, 6 p.m. Thursday October 22, at Central Machine Works, 4824 E. Cesar Chavez. The line-up features performances by Kalu James, Stiletto Feels and Sydney Wright.
-Artwork courtesy of Walker Lukens.