The last time Hayes Carll, the rising Texas singer-songwriter, played Austin City Limits Live, in April, he had one heck of a day. He started it off with a round of golf at Coach Mack Brown’s charity tournament, in a foursome that included Lance Armstrong and Matthew McConaughey. “Whenever I would hit a respectable shot,” Carll said, “McConaughey would come over and do the ‘all right, all right, all right.’” Later that night, at ACL Live, Carll played for one of his musical heroes, Kris Kristofferson, whose song “The Pilgrim” gave Carll what he refers to as an “out-of-body experience” when he was fifteen. On Saturday night Carll will try to channel the magic from his last performance at ACL Live when he returns with Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, the headliners, and Warren Hood and the Goods, the opening act. A major difference between this set and his last will be the addition of Hood, a fiddler, whose band has been backing Carll during his recent tour. Carll had never played with a fiddler or a pianist on tour, and now he can pull off songs he doesn’t normally play, including the new one “The Magic Kid,” about his son, Elijah, an aspiring magician. “It’s about someone following their dream,” Carll said, “and not listening to the naysayers.”
Austin City Limits Live, June 22, 8 p.m., acl-live.com
Paparazzi are not welcome at the Marfa Film Festival. “We joke, ‘Wanna see some stars? Look up!’.” Robin Lambaria, the festival director, said in an email. The truth is, celebrities are usually commonplace because of the trendy yet secluded West Texas location. Dennis Hopper, who appeared in Giant (which was filmed in Marfa in 1955), and Heath Ledger were festival alumni. But stars are likely to blend in with civilians at the Marfa Municipal Golf Course, during open-air screenings of classics like Wild at Heart and Paris, Texas, as well as the festival’s opening film, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, by the Texas filmmaker David Lowery. This is the first year there will be screenings in Alpine, a neighboring town, which will expand the options for cultural immersion. “At MFF you basically choose, ‘Do I want to see this film or go see art, eat, relax or ride a bike?’” Lambaria said, “which makes things very mellow.”
Various locations, June 26-30, marfafilmfestival.org
The Golden God
There are rumors of a Led Zeppelin reunion in 2014, but for those who prefer a sure thing, Robert Plant, the Zeppelin frontman who lives in Austin with the singer-songwriter Patty Griffin, is currently on a world tour with the Sensational Space Shifters. This new band follows Band of Joy, Plant’s collaboration with Griffin, and has allowed him to return to what he calls a “British condition,” a mix of blues-rock and world music. “I’m able to get the R.P. voice back out there again,” he told L.A. Weekly earlier this month. With Plant back to front and center—and a mean version of “Black Dog” in the set—it may be the closest thing fans actually get to a Zeppelin show.
Bayou Music Center, June 21, 9 p.m., robertplant.com
Back in the Saddle
An artifact in the Briscoe Western Art Museum that will be a holy grail to some is the saddle of the Mexican revolutionary leader Pancho Villa. Steven M. Karr, the museum’s executive director, described it in an email as “a strikingly ornate leather and silver braided parade-style saddle” made for Villa shortly before his assassination in 1923. Unfortunately people have to wait until this fall to see it—and the other pieces reflecting this region’s rich Western heritage. The museum, which former Governor Dolph Briscoe, a rancher and historian, helped conceptualize and finance, is not scheduled to open until October 26. But at the museum’s Summer Sol Fest on Thursday, you can learn more about it, during a night of live music and food-truck cuisine.
The Briscoe Western Art Museum, June 27, 5 p.m., briscoe 2museum.org
The Houston lawyer David Berg’s reading of his new memoir, Run, Brother, Run, will reveal two strange family tales: one about the murder of his brother, Alan, in 1968, and another about Alan’s accused killer, Charles Harrelson, who was the father of the actor Woody Harrelson.
Brazos Bookstore, June 21, 7 p.m., runbrotherrun.com
Frank Schlather was a colorful small-town character whom people at Gruene Hall loved so much that there is now an annual Frank Schlather Day (his birthday), when dancers and drinkers belly up to the bar, buy fifty-cent beers and drink to Schlather’s memory.
Gruene Hall, noon, June 23, gruenetexas.com