Temperatures should be pleasant this weekend, making it a perfect one for daylong outdoor concerts. As it so happens, there are a couple happening around town, each with multiple performers.
Rice University’s KTRU may no longer be audible on terrestrial radio, but the radio station has continued to host its always well-curated KTRU Outdoor Show. This year’s event is headlined by Cloud Nothings, a terrific indie rock band from Cleveland, Ohio, that can turn out jagged garage rock as well as more melodic tunes, as evidenced by one of last year’s best albums, “Attack on Memory.” Also on the bill will be Marcel Everett’s electronic act XXYYXX and two unique Houston talents, B L A C K I E and Fat Tony. When: noon Saturday; Where: Rice University Central Quad, 6100 Main; Admission: free.
And KPFT (90.1 FM) is celebrating its 43rd birthday with its annual fundraising concert. As has been the case for years, it will take place under the big tent outside McGonigel’s Mucky Duck and will feature multiple acts, most of which have Texas ties, and many of whom are Mucky Duck favorites. The Carper Family is an Austin three-piece that turns out a mix of bluegrass, swing and country music with lovely harmonies. Following the familial theme, the Mastersons — a Brooklyn-based husband-and-wife duo featuring Houston guitarist Chris Masterson and Fort Worth multi-instrumentalist Eleanor Whitmore — make an often sad, often pretty sort of roots rock. Shifting from family to friends, Sideshow Tramps ringleader Craig Kinsey likely will play an explosive sort of folk with Craig Kinsey & Friends. On the singer-songwriter front, there will be San Antonio’s Lisa Morales, who, after leaving Sisters Morales, released a terrific 2011 album in “Beautiful Mistake”; Austin’s Patrice Pike, a powerful singer equally at home doing rock or folkier fare; and Houston’s Matt Harlan, a promising young writer and performer whose music reflects an affinity for travel. And Austin’s Uncle Lucius is a rock band like the Band was a rock band: a band with plenty of kick but also the ability to dig into the earthy sounds of country, folk, blues and soul. When: noon Sunday; Where: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk; Tickets: $20-$22; 713-528-5999 or www.mcgonigels.com.
Feeling a general dissatisfaction with your station in life and anxiety about the dwindling of your time in the world? Then roll over to Kerouac Fest 2013, which will celebrate the work of writer Jack Kerouac, whose “On the Road” just made its way to the big screen. There will be poetry (naturally) and live jazz (naturally) and other music, readings from “On the Road” and some Beat-related films. When: 3 p.m. Saturday; Where: Orange Show, 2402 Munger; Tickets: $10-$15; www.orangeshow.org.