With The Solstice Festival, The Second Street Soundcheck, and Father’s Day festivities popping up on the calendar, you know you’re in for a busy weekend. Drink some ice-cold beer (and be sure to stay hydrated!), ’cause the next few days are stocked full of musicians spanning all genres and styles.


Tele Novella

Tele Novella, Dreamboat, Edison Chair, Fair City Fire, and Casual Interference

When: Friday, June 17th, 8 PM
Where: The Sidewinder
Cost: $10 at the door

The Solstice Festival is taking over downtown Austin this weekend, and this evening of local licks is just a portion of the delectable tunes you can hear throughout the city. Tele Novella’s dark, psychedelic pop would make any member of the Adam’s Family swoon with joy. Dreamboat’s summery pop compositions will make even the hottest days of the year feel breezy and cool, and Fair City Fire’s rock and roll is sure to get your hips swaying. This entire evening of music is only $10, but those with a Solstice Fest wristband get in for free. If I were you, I’d go ahead and spring for a wristband. This event is just a pre-party, after all, and there’s tons more where this came from.

“Hair of the Dog” by Tele Novella


Tameca Jones

2nd Street Soundcheck with Tameca Jones, GOBI, Keeper, and more

When: Saturday, June 18th, 1:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: 2nd Street District
Cost: Free

Yet another festival is sweeping through downtown Austin, and us Austinites wouldn’t have it any other way. This free shindig will spread throughout the 2nd Street District and feature copious amounts of music, food, and shopping. Tameca Jones’ buttery smooth voice, Moving Panoramas’ delightful shoegaze melodies, and the Warplanes’ classic rock and roll will float from San Antonio St. to Colorado St. all afternoon. The event kicks off at 1:00 and wraps up at 8:00, so rest up! You’ve got a full day of music-loving ahead of you.

“Hot and Bothered” by Tameca Jones



A Celebration of Music By Talking Heads with Zettajoule, Palm Daze, Casual Strangers, and Abram Shook

When: Sunday, June 19th, 5:00 PM
Where: The Mohawk
Cost: $6, $8 Minors, Free for Dads

The usual gift-wrapped box full of golf balls and Snoopy neckties are always adorable, but let’s face it– it’s predictable. If you want to really impress your father this Sunday, take him out to The Mohawk for an all-local tribute night to The Talking Heads. Zettajoule’s quirky, electronic pop will bring new life to Talking Heads classics. When you add Palm Daze, Casual Strangers, and Abram Shook to the mix, you’re in for a memorable night. Even David Byrne would have to say that this must be the place for Father’s Day festivities. Dad’s get in for free, so you won’t even have to foot his cover charge.

“Be My Mango” by Zettajoule


The Echocentrics

The Echocentrics Album Release with Ocote Soul Sounds and DJ JLA

When: Thursday, June 23rd, 8:00 PM
Where: The Parish
Cost: $13

The Echocentrics’ latest album Echo Hotel features a kaleidoscope of musical influences. And with so many musicians collaborating on it– it’s no wonder the sound is so textured. White Denim’s James Petralli adds soulful edge, Bill Calahan gives vulnerable grit, and Natalia Clavier throws in some smooth, Spanish sultriness. Adrian Quesada’s songwriting will grip you right from the start. Go ahead- absorb it all. Unlike most of the venues on sixth street, The Parish’s crystalline acoustics will let you soak up this music free from distractions.