Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Kid Cudi, more

Here are our top picks for live music events in the Austin area August 25-31.

Thursday-Sunday: Front Fest

The organization formerly known as Boss Babes brings back its annual summer bash celebrating women and LGBTQ creators. The festivities kick off Thursday with a pool party at the Line Hotel featuring tunes by DJ Lavender Thug, a member of the Central Texas ballroom family House of Lepore. On Friday, the party moves to Paris, where Austin’s soulful rock outfit We Don’t Ride Llamas headlines. This will be your last chance to catch the breakout family band before they leave for a string of dates opening for Courtney Barnett in early September. Also on the bill are glam punk duo Lord Friday the 13th and Kiki Machine. On Saturday, the festival moves to Laguna Gloria for a storytelling panel, a musical set by the Burns Sisters and a film showcase. The event closes with a pool party pop-up by Pereo Club on Sunday Line. $10 Thursday; $15 Friday and Saturday; $40 weekend pass.


More:Boss Babes rebrands as Future Front Texas

Thursday-Friday: Lyle Lovett and his big band at ACL Live

“To have the opportunity to do something I’ve loved for so many years, for it to actually turn into my life, I never would have dreamed,” Lovett told me in an extensive interview shortly after about his music and life. 12th of June,” his first album in a decade, came out this spring. Lovett will turn 65 in November, but he’s clearly rejuvenated by becoming a father at 59. (The title “12th of June” refers to the 2017 birthdays of his twins with wife April Kimble .) His long-running big band is one of the best backing ensembles in popular music; they’ll play new album material and favorites from their 36-year recording career in these two concerts that come at the end of a summer national tour. $49-$110. 8 p.m.

– PB

Friday: David Ramirez Jamboree at Far Out Lounge

A rising star among local singer-songwriters, Ramirez will celebrate his birthday by gathering with a bunch of his musician friends at one of Austin’s coolest outdoor spots. The bill promises Matthew Logan Vasquez (of Delta Spirit), the Greyhounds, Kalu and Electric Joint, Matthew Mayfield and Andy Davis, among other special guests. $15-$20. Doors at 8 p.m.

– PB

Gloria Trevi, shown here speaking at South by Southwest in 2015, performs Saturday in Waterloo Park.

Saturday: Gloria Trevi at Waterloo Park

The career trajectory of the so-called Mexican Madonna has been a wild and bumpy ride. Bursting onto the scene in the late 80s, she was a dominant force for a decade, with a rebellious image that reshaped the idea of ​​what a Mexican pop star could be. A shocking scandal followed in which he was accused of grooming young singers to be sex slaves for his manager and mentor, and he was jailed for nearly five years. She was acquitted in 2004 due to lack of evidence. After her release, she moved to America and reinvented herself as Latin pop’s supreme diva with a string of chart-topping albums and international hits. $39.50 and up.


The Geto Gala is part of the lineup for the KUTX and Kazi Summer Jam on Saturday at the Long Center.

Saturday: KUTX and Qazi Summer Jam at Long Center Terrace

Austin’s NPR affiliate KUTX 98.9 FM and community radio station KAZI 88.7 FM team up to present a showcase of Austin’s top emerging hip-hop and R&B talent. The show features the best rap duo of Geto Gala, Dizzy Brown and Jake Lloyd. Their self-titled debut, slow-drip with hip-hop bangers with Texas soul, was one of the best albums to come out of Austin in 2021. Also on the bill is Anastasia Hera, a rapper who showcases her skills. A rising R&B singer on the excellent 2021 release “This Is Anastasia”. Charming singer Moody Bank$ and rap duo Tribe Mafia round out the bill. $24. 6:30 pm


More:Our 2021 interview with Anastasia Hera

Sunday-Monday: Robert Earl Keen at ACL Live

Let’s call ACL Live “Texas A&M West” this week. On the heels of Lyle Lovett’s Thursday and Friday shows at Downtown Concert Hall, his friend and fellow 1980 Aggie grad Keen pulls in for just two nights a week before he’s set to play his final show at the John T. Floor near San Antonio. Ken is retiring from the road but promises to still write songs, make records, and pursue video and podcast projects. But if you want another chance to sing along to “Merry Christmas From the Family” and “The Road Goes On Forever,” this is it. $49-$99. at 8 p.m.

– PB

More:Our interview with Robert Earl Keen about his retirement from touring

Kid Cudi plays the Moody Center on August 31st.

Wednesday: Baby Cuddy at Moody Center

The 38-year-old Ohio rapper was in town in March for the South by Southwest Film Festival premiere of the slasher film “X,” but this will be his first Austin concert since 2016. Cudi’s 2020 release “Man on the Moon III: The Choice,” a follow-up to his first and second albums of the same title in 2009 and 2010, reached No. 2 on the Billboard album charts. A new album, “Entergalactic,” is due this fall; it’s out Sept. 30. is the soundtrack to a new Netflix animated series of the same name set to premiere in. Cudi, who has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows over the past decade, also collaborated with Ariana Grande on a song from the Oscar-nominated 2021 film “Don’t Look Up.” Don Toliver, 070 Shake and Strick will open the event. $50-$483. 7 pm

– PB

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