Acclaimed Austin singer-songwriter-guitarist James McMurtry and his band play a Sunday Roadhouse and 1% co-production at Waiting Room Tuesday, July 2, 8 p.m. McMurtry’s tautly crafted songs are stories of people on the edge. Pitch.com observed, “Pissy and poetic, wry but scowling…rewarding rock-and-roll storytelling, a James McMurtry show promises soul and insight rare in a rock club.” The Bottlerockets opens. See sundayroadhouse.com.
Austin singer-songwriter Bonnie Whitmore is at Barley Street for an early show Sunday, June 30, 6 p.m. Whitmore has appeared in Omaha with Hayes Carll, both opening and backing him on bass and vocals. She has also appeared on Austin City Limits with Carll. Whitmore is a solo artist with a beguiling presence, fine songs and emotive voice. She’ll be doing a duo show at the Barley with her fiddle player as they head north for a Canadian tour. Whitmore just released There I Go Again (This Is American Music). See facebook.com/BonnieWhitmore.
Zoo Bar 40th Anniversary
Festivities ramp up with great shows this weekend. Friday, June 28, 5 p.m. Honeyboy Turner is featured with Chicago’s Kilborn Alley Blues Band. The always dance-floor-filling Bel Airs plug in at 9 p.m. Then Saturday, June 29, Blues Project plays 6-8 p.m. followed by Billy Bacon at 9 p.m. Bacon returns Sunday, June 30, for a 6 p.m. show that is the official Zoo Bar 40th kickoff.
Monday, July 1, Lil’ Slim Blues Band is featured. Tuesday, July 2, it’s funk and blues with Bernie Worrell and The Bel Airs. Wednesday, July 3, longtime Zoo Bar favorite James Harman returns along with John Nemeth Band and Sean Benjamin Band.
Thursday, July 4, the party moves to 14th Street in front of the bar for a stellar roster of blues and roots favorites. Thursday’s schedule is Lloyd McCarter (1 p.m.), James Harman & The 44s (3 p.m.), John Primer (5 p.m.), Terrance Simien (7 p.m.), Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers (9 p.m.) and Universe Contest (11 p.m.) See the full schedule and details at zoobarfestival.com.
Soul-blues musician Terry Evans is at The 21st Saloon Thursday, June 27, 5:30 p.m. See terryevansmusic.com. Dylan Bloom Band brings country to Buck’s in Venice, Nebr., Friday June 28, 9 p.m.
Travelling Mercies is on the bill with The Betties and Moses Prey at The Sydney Saturday, June 29, 9 p.m.
40 Sinners has a solo gig at Dave & Busters, 2502 S. 133rd Plaza, Saturday, June 29, 8 p.m.
British band The Dunwells plays Slowdown Saturday, June 29, 9 p.m. They have garnered quite a buzz for their sweet harmonies and fresh folk-rock approach.