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June 24, 2023

Un Homenaje A Brownout

By: Laurie Gallardo

Photography: Steven Alcala.

It’s a fact. Prince got it. Prince totally got Brownout. Surely, you do as well?

The Austin-based Afro-Latin funk/soul outfit proved it’s no mere Grupo Fantasma offshoot with the fiery 2008 debut, Homenaje. The collective pretty much bled its entire soul into this homage to their ’70s Latin funk influences, from Fela Kuti to Manu Dibango to Santana. Seeing Brownout unleash this level of fervor at a live show totally sealed the deal. Brownout is a force.

So many musical adventures paved the way for this band of badasses, from the mind-blowing Black Sabbath tributes Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath and Brown Sabbath Vol. II, which even won over some of the most diehard metal fans, to the originals on the four-track shredder Over the Covers, to the phenomenal Public Enemy-inspired Fear of A Brown Planet. This impressive resume led to opportunities to step in as a backing band for the likes of rapper GZA, keyboard maestro Bernie Worrell, and the aforementioned, His Royal Purple Highness.

It sounds weird to say it all started twenty years ago, but it’s true. Brownout has a lot to celebrate, including the 15-year anniversary of Homenaje. Catch the fire at their big anniversary show tonight, Saturday June 24, at Mohawk on the outside stage. Doors at 7 p.m., with Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band kicking off the party. This one’s so recommended it hurts…

Nolan Potter


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Genesis Owusu returns to Austin to perform tomorrow night at Empire Garage.


October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.