Hotel Vegas turns 11, along with Bob Dylan, Alt-J, and more.

Here are our top non-SXSW picks of live music options in the Austin area from March 10-16. Check venue websites for COVID-19 protocols.


Vegas Hotel 11th Anniversary Party. Eleven years ago, two musicians serving life sentences from Austin opened an East Austin restaurant that has since nurtured some of the city’s best garage punk, psych pop and indie rock. After two years of careful programming due to the pandemic, the club is throwing an explosive party with 11 bands, 11 DJs and 11 comedians. There’s also a drag show, screen printing (free tees for the first 111 guests), and vendors. The stacked lineup includes A Giant Dog, Ringo Deathstarr, Sailor Poon, Borzoi, Pleasure Venom and more. Free. Doors at 4 p.m. —SSD

TWRP, Rich Aucoin at Empire. After several postponements, including a canceled 2022 Free Week concert, Canadian synth-rockers formerly known as Tupper Ware Remix Party are finally landing in Austin. Austin’s first independent booking agency, Resound, and Empire team, Heard Presents, had planned to use this show to launch the renamed and relocated Parish (soon to open in the former North Door space), but instead opted to move it to Empire and make it a free show. Canadian indie rocker Rich Aucoin opens. 8 p.m. —SSD

Marcia Ball plays a fundraiser for housing opportunities for musicians and artists at Mozart on Thursday.

“Pianorama” fundraiser for HOME at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters. Legendary Austin musician Marcia Ball and longtime local booking agent Nancy Coplin share a birthday, and they will celebrate together to benefit Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers, an organization they co-founded to help aging musicians from the region to pay their basic living expenses. The main event is a free-for-all piano featuring Ball, Red Young, Floyd Domino, Nick Connolly and Johnny Nicholas; also featuring the Zack Morgan Band with Tje Austin and Miggy Milla. $40 to $120. 7 p.m. —PB

Alt-J will play at the Germania Insurance Amphitheater on Saturday.


Alt-J at the Germania Insurance Amphitheater. The first show of the year for the Circuit of the Americas outdoor amphitheater features the Grammy-nominated British indie rock band, who broke through with their 2014 top 5 album, ‘This Is All Yours “. This tour will focus on the band’s fourth album, “The Dream”, which was released last month. Portugal the Man and Sir Chloe open. $29.50 to $79.50. 7 p.m. —PB


Gang of four at Mohawk. Formed in England in 1976, Gang of Four were one of the most influential first-wave punk bands, renowned for their eclectic sound and sociopolitical lyrics. Co-founding guitarist Andy Gill died two years ago, but vocalist Jon King and Hugo Burnham return from the original lineup for this tour, joined by early ’80s bassist Sara Lee and recent rookie David Pajo at the guitar. $29.50. 7 p.m. —PB

Swollen Circus at C-Boy’s. Started at Hole in the Wall in the 1990s by local songwriter-journalist Michael Hall and Silos frontman Walter Salas-Humara as an unofficial welcome party for their many musician friends coming to SXSW, the Swollen Circus is a rare survivor of those early days. Salas-Humara won’t be there this year, but Hall and his band the Wild Seeds will play with Michael Fracasso, Kathy McCarty, The Fighting Brothers McCarthy, Hilary York, Living Pins, Transgressors, Sugar Ransom and Rotten Mangos. $10. 9 p.m. —PB


Bob Dylan at the Bass Concert Hall. At 80, living legend Dylan seems more musically active than ever. Last year saw the release of “Rough and Rowdy Ways”, which included the longest song he had ever released, “Murder Most Foul” at almost 17 minutes. Dylan hit the road again in the fall, after nearly two years off during the pandemic. He played most of the new album, along with a sparse assortment of songs from his, uh, considerable repertoire. Austin’s Charlie Sexton is no longer in the band, but Nashville ace guitarist Doug Lancio has been added, along with famed drummer Charley Drayton. $59.50 – $129.50. 8 p.m. —PB

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