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Patti Smith, Dave Matthews Band, more


Here are our top live music options in the Austin area from May 5-11.

Thursday: ‘Bamako to Birmingham’ at the Paramount Theater

Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia met at the Institute for Blind Youth in Bamako in the 1970s. Originally marketed as the “blind couple from Mali” in West Africa, they rose to prominence in Europe in the early 2000s after winning a hit on French radio. Subsequent tours with Coldplay and U2 made him one of Mali’s greatest exports. The original members of the Blind Boys of Alabama, including current bandleader Jimmy Carter, met as children at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s. Gaining popularity with their tight gospel harmonies shot in across the segregated south during the Jim Crow era, they would later contribute to the soundtrack of the civil rights movement. In recent years, the group has collaborated with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Taj Mahal and Valerie June. This show brings the two groups together for a lively cross-cultural outing. $35 to $60. 8 p.m. austintheatre.org. —SSD

Friday: Robert Earl Keen at the Round Rock Amp

He’s retiring from the road (what, doesn’t it last forever?) later this year, so grab Keen while you can. He’s a true Texas minstrel, one of the state’s top American performers for several decades. It’s also a good chance to see the new outdoor amphitheater in the northern suburbs, run by the folks who operated the now-closed Nutty Brown Cafe to the southwest of the city. 6 p.m. $45-$200. roundrockamp.com. —PB

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Saturday: Patti Smith at ACL Live

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, Smith, now 75, occupies a unique place in American music. From the influential 1975 proto-punk album “Horses” to his 1978 hit single “Because the Night” to his 1988 anthem “People Have the Power” to his 2010 National Book Award-winning memoir “Just Kids,” she constantly transcended borders with works of passion and compassion. $40 to $100. 8 p.m. acl-live.com. —PB

The John Doe Folk Trio plays Stateside at Paramount on Saturday.

Saturday: John Doe Folk Trio at Stateside at Paramount

You complain all you want about Californians moving to Austin, but our beautiful city had a big win when John Doe moved here a few years ago. Co-founder of legendary Los Angeles punk band X, Doe has also made numerous solo records that focus more on country/folk/Americana sounds. Expect this show to prioritize material from “Fables in a Foreign Land,” a new album due out May 20 on Fat Possum Records. His trio includes some local ringers in bassist Kevin Smith and drummer Conrad Choucroun, most often seen in the bands of Willie Nelson and Patty Griffin, respectively. The sunny war opens. $25 to $40. 8 p.m. austintheatre.org. —PB

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Saturday-Sunday: Patty Griffin, John Fulbright at Gruene Hall

The Austin Griffin singer-songwriter’s latest release, a 2019 self-titled album, won the Maine transplant its second Grammy Award. She’s joined by Oklahoma troubadour Fullbright, whose long-awaited follow-up to his 2014 sophomore album “Songs” is due out later this year. $59.50. 8 p.m. on May 7, 7 p.m. on May 8. gruenehall.com. —PB

Sunday: BenDeLaCreme at Emo’s

Any reservations we might have had about including drag queens in our regular music rosters were lifted when ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ star Trixie Mattel drew a huge crowd to the Austin City Limits Music Festival for her sparkling set. of ballads, pop ditties and costume reveals. Trixie’s teammate BenDeLaCreme won more challenges than any contestant in ‘Drag Race’ history when the two shared the screen on the third season of the franchise’s ‘All-Stars’ spin-off of reality TV. Self-described “terminally delicious,” Season 6’s Miss Congeniality beefs up her vaudevillian sensibility with some serious vocal chops. His new wedding-themed show mixes original songs, comedy and burlesque. $45 to $55. 7 p.m. emosaustin.com. —SSD

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The Dave Matthews Band plays Wednesday at UT's Moody Center.

Wednesday: Dave Matthews Band at the Moody Center

It’s a new venue for one of America’s most popular musical acts, following three stops over the past decade at the Circuit of the Americas’ outdoor amphitheater. Expect the same blend of multiple genres in an organic sound that has placed DMB at the top of the jam band circuit since their birth in Virginia in the 1990s. $95-$1,176. 7:30 p.m. moodycenteratx.com. —PB