It's almost like the rains in April are giving way to more road shows than flowers around Austin, though there are plenty of Bluebonnets to enjoy as well.
Although not technically a road show nor technically the is it the first look at Austin's new Backyard "The First Look Festival" May 1st at The Backyard in Bee Caves will be the first chance for many to scope out the new digs and listen to a whole slew of great local artists including Carolyn Wonderland, Gary Clark Jr., Malford Milligan, Omar & The Howlers, Suzanna Choffel, W.C. Clark and many many more. The same night Nashville Pussy makes a stop at the Red Eyed Fly, and Norah Jones makes the first of a 2 night stand at Stubb's BarBQ.
Cage The Elephant plays La Zona Rosa on May 4th, followed by Toots & The Maytals the next night. Alexisonfire is at Emo's also on May 5th, Dax Riggs is at Lambert's BBQ May 6th and the same night the Gipsy Kings are out at the Backyard. Ben Folds brings his piano to Stubb's May 7th, and that same night British legend Graham Parker plays the Cactus Cafe.
May 7th also starts the Rockabilly Festival out at the Nutty Brown Cafe with Lee Rocker and The Blasters followed the next night by "the killer" Jerry Lee Lewis and Junior Brown. If your not in the mood for rockabilly Blue October plays Stubb's on May 8th as well.
Cannibal Corpse and Dying Fetus bring the pain to Emo's on May 11th. Chevelle pulls into Stubb's May 12th followed by Cypress Hill the next night. Also May 13th A Rocket To The Moon and Mayday Parade are both at Emo's, and Cowboy Mouth is at Antone's.
The B-52's raid La Zona Rosa May 15th followed by Minus the Bear on May 16th. Also that night Toad The Wet Sprocket plays Antone's.
Hard core stalwarts M.D.C. play Red 7 May 21st while the metal returns to Emo's May 24th with Job For A Cowboy and Cattle Decapitation.
On the other side of the musical planet Cute Is What We Aim For plays Antone's on May 26th, followed by Robert Cray on the 27th. The Indigo Girls are at La Zona Rosa May 29th and last but not least Barenaked Ladies are at Bass Concert Hall on May 31st.