Crucial Gigs for the Week Ahead: Jackie Venson, Dangerous Toys, Zachary Williams, Cordae, Matthew Logan Vasquez and More Local Shows to See – Music

Jackie Venson February Residency

Lamberts, Saturday 5 – Saturday 26

Counting the last two years, Jackie Venson breaks down her performances: outdoor shows (60%), indoor sets at reduced capacity (30%), cancellations (10%). Four consecutive Saturdays at historic Lamberts BBQ paradise comply with health protocols.

“The last two years, how difficult has it been? So the first year, I didn’t play at all. The second year, things fell into place a bit. And then now, we are in this challenging year, where people are so tired.

“I understand, but I’m sorry, the pandemic is not over because you overcame it.”

The Plague Couldn’t Have Helped September’s Southland Roots Nugget love transcends.

“I’ve spent the last two years bombarding my subscribers with exponential growth, so this album was, like, 200% better than any release I’ve ever had,” the Prince-like ATX native reveals. , also a singing multi-instrumentalist. dynamo. “It’s so ironic, ‘So Jackie, you’re going to get there, but it’s going to take a pandemic.'”

Arrive early for the R&B quartet warming up on opening night, Venson’s 32nd birthday.

“My father will open,” she says.

Andrew Venson taught her everything the Broadway-loving headliner doctor mother didn’t.

“He does a really good version of Keb ‘Mo’s ‘Dangerous Mood’, a blues song about being sexy for a woman,” she laughs. “He really plays, but he’s also a crooner. The women in the audience, they’re all like, ‘Wow!’ He’s irresistible. He has 10 kids for a reason.” –Raoul Hernandez

MadeinTYO, UnoTheActivist

Garage Empire, Saturday 5

Yokohama, the December 2021 debut collaborative mixtape for Atlanta hosts MadeinTYO and UnoTheActivist, sees two SoundCloud graduates come together for a relatively unlikely but fun pairing. The name and cover of the 16-track project pay homage to Japanese culture – MadeinTYO lived in Tokyo for six years. TYO’s high-energy style meshes surprisingly well with Uno’s whispery, snarky rhymes on a lot of beats, mostly due to the infusion of fast-paced hyperpop melodies (“Talk to Me Nice”, “Margiela Man” ) in rap as well as the resurgence of the plugg music subgenre in 2021 (“Mexikodro”). Opening of BigBabyGucci in North Carolina. – Derek Udensi

Dangerous toys

Come take it live, Saturday the 5th

Austin’s Dangerous Toys Rock Monsters are for those born too late, who wish they could party on the Sunset Strip, smash cans in the heavy metal car park, or for those who did and lived to tell the tale. It’s music for good times with attitude, à la LA Guns and Skid Row. Adding more hair to the party, the California Leather Duchess provides a mainstay. The show is at Come & Take It Live, but you’ll feel like you’re raging in an arena in the Reagan years. Crunch opens and DJ Devil Woman offers tracks in between.–Robert Penson

Zachary Williams, buffalo hunt

04 Center, Saturday 5

Dirty Camaro, the debut solo album from Lone Bellow’s Zachary Williams last year, was born amid pain, confusion and relief from his wife’s paralysis and recovery from an accident. This emotional calculus twists throughout the LP, but with a playful and, at times, even exuberant recalibration of the songwriter’s priorities, both personally and artistically. Produced by Robert Ellis and Josh Block, with guest spots from Anderson East, John Paul White and others, the album swoons with lush, vibrant charm and stylistic adventure, from melodic, bobbing country to hard-hitting rock. and soul-swelling, tinged with gospel steel. Buffalo Hunt’s seductive art-pop songwriting opens.–Doug Freeman


Emo’s, Saturday 5

Cordae, a 24-year-old rapper with an undying adoration of ’90s hip-hop, last performed locally nearly two years ago at C&TIL on the penultimate leg of his tour. Lost Boy in America perfect at 33 for 33. Now without YBN in front of his name, he hits the streets fresh off his second studio albumFrom a bird’s eye view. Austinites can also send BLK ODYSSY on before the mighty band soaked in a cageless sound intermingling jazz, funk and hip-hop leave Texas to embark on not just Cordae’s nationwide tour, but also a likely journey that will be widely acclaimed.– Derek Udensi

Matthew Logan Vasquez, Why Bonnie

The Rustic Tap, Sunday 6, 1-4 p.m.

Ranch Rider Spirits, purveyor of locally crafted sparkling seltzer, celebrates two years with two selections of locally crafted bubbly music – presented free of charge. Known for leading triple-A heartbeat hitters Delta Spirit and Americana’s flagship collaboration Glorietta, Matthew Logan Vasquez joins. The evocative Wimberley-based guitarist and wordsmith has nurtured exploratory, region-rooted solo efforts since 2014. Back after a spiky indie rock showpieceVoicemail, Why Bonnie offered singer Blair Howerton’s beautifully nostalgic Texas ode “Galveston” in November. The pop guitar quintet was recently led by Austin’s big backing band Ten Atoms.–Rachel Rascoe

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