6 must-see live music shows to kick off May in Austin


May is here, and right off the bat there’s a whole slew of quality local shows that need to be on your radar. See below for more details on what’s happening in Austin’s live music scene in the first half of the month.

Celebrating the life of Daniel Sahad at EmpireFriday, May 6
A memorial concert for Daniel Sahad (from Nané) is taking place at Empire this Friday, May 6th. BLK ODYSSY, Sir Woman, The Bright Light Social Hour, Animals on TV, Quentin and the Pastlives, James Robinson and more are set to perform. The show is free with a suggested donation of $10.

Andrew Cashen at the Vegas Hotel – Friday, May 6
Giant Dog and Sweet Spirit member Andrew Cashen, who recently released a solo album titled The Cosmic Silence, will perform at the Vegas Hotel this Friday, May 6. Hong Kong Wigs and White Lightning Co. tickets are $10.

ATX Tornado Relief Parish Fundraiser – Saturday, May 7
The ATX Tornado Relief fundraiser is scheduled to take place at the parish this Saturday, May 7. Different types, and much more. You can also expect raffles and various giveaways throughout the night. Tickets are $10, but that drops to $7 if you bring canned food.

Caleb De Casper at the Vegas Hotel – Saturday, May 7
Caleb De Casper’s wonderfully glamorous new album, Femme Boy, has already been released worldwide, but the launch party won’t take place until this Saturday, May 7 at the Vegas Hotel. Mama Duke, Babiboi and Casperella (Caleb De Casper + Sabrina Ellis) complete the line-up. Tickets are $15. By the way, there’s a $5 morning show on the same night that features Black Books and Grand Maximum, also locals.

Jake Ames Benefit Show at The Vegas Hotel – Friday, May 13
Stop by the Vegas Hotel on Friday, May 13 for a benefit for guitarist Jake Ames (of Good Looks, Half Dream, etc.), who recently suffered serious injuries after being hit by a car while he was leaving a show. The bill features Lola Tried, Pollen Rx, Harry & Emmy and Brody Price, plus a set from DJ Sailor Poon. Tickets are $10.

Twist ‘N Snap Crawfish Boil at Fiesta Gardens – Saturday May 14
Fiesta Gardens will host the Twist ‘N Snap Crawfish Boil on Saturday, May 14. Along with the “10,000 Pounds of Crawfish” that will be at your fingertips, you’ll also find a jam-packed musical lineup with the likes of Black Joe Lewis, Zach Person, Calder Allen and more. Tickets range from $14.99 to $69.99.


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