Aaron Watson, Reckless Kelly, Walker McGuire
Young County Arena, Graham
Saturday, June 3
Following a day of Texas’s best food trucks competing for the top spot at the third annual Food Truck Championship of Texas, Aaron Watson, Reckless Kelly, and Walker McGuire will take the stage for their own unofficial competition: Was last year’s best song Watson’s “Outta Style,” Reckless Kelly’s “Moment in the Sun,” or McGuire’s “Til Tomorrow”? The event takes place in America’s Largest Downtown Square.
Eleanor Tinsley Park
Sunday, June 4
The younger Knowles daughter returns to her native Houston for the closing day of Free Press Summer Fest, H-Town’s kickoff for the summer festival season. Aside from heat in the mid-afternoon performance, expect perfectly coordinated outfits, dance moves—a little more attainable for the layman than her sister’s—and the arresting pipes as Solange works her way through A Seat at the Table.
Indian Spring Park, Waco
Sunday, June 4
Combining music and charity, Wade Bowen and his wife, Shelby, started Bowen MusicFest in 1998 to raise money for local children’s organizations in their hometown of Waco. This year, the Bowens have assembled the best lineup to date: Charlie Daniels Band, Shinyribs, and a who’s who of Texas music including Randy Rogers, William Clark Green, Cody Canada, and Stoney LaRue. Kids under 12 are admitted for free.
Victoria Bach Festival
Various venues, Victoria
Tuesday, June 6 to Saturday, June 10
It’s safe to say that the Victoria can boast the region’s largest Bach festival. A combination of elegant soloist exhibitions and al freso family-friendly events, the event has brought crowds to South Texas since 1976. The work of J.S. Bach will be interpreted by soloists and ensembles alike.
At The Drive-In
Aztec Theater, San Antonio
Friday, June 9
El Paso natives At The Drive-in circle back through Texas for a four-stop tour, the second home-state swing for the hard-charging indie rockers. The band is touring behind its first new album since 2000, in•ter a•li•a, so brace for dense and dedicated crowds to turn out for the band that many thought would never return.
Blues on the Green
Zilker Park, Austin
Wednesday, June 14
Blues on the Green, Austin’s longest-running free summer concert series, has far evolved from its genre roots. Case in point: Grupo Fantasma and Hard Proof, a melange of funky world music homegrown in Austin. Grupo Fantasma, an nine-piece funk orchestra, will bring Latin inspired brass, and ten-piece Hard Proof’s hard driving percussions will prove them as dedicated students of Fela Kuti.
The Broken Spoke, Austin
Friday, June 16
Back when he was merely a hard-chargin’ country singer, Jesse Dayton played a weekly show at the Broken Smoke that was as good as any in Austin. Now that he has added acting, directing and screenwriting to his resume, dayton’s live shows seem to have gone a bit Hollywood too. The good news is that, whenever he returns to the Spoke, he takes these precious gigs seriously. Expect plenty of Haggard and Jones mixed in with the songs that made Dayton an Austin legend.