Weekend Events Celebrate Clifford Antone and Barry “Frosty” Smith

From Thursday’s Austin American Statesman:

Friday: Clifford Antone Birthday Celebration at Antone’s. The founder of Austin’s most storied blues club would have been 68 on this day, and this year’s party is a two-show affair that focuses on many local women performers Antone championed over the decades. The first show benefits Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers, with performances by Marcia Ball, Shelley King, Carolyn Wonderland, Rosie Flores and more (7 p.m., $15-20). Stick around for a dynamite late double bill with Lou Ann Barton and the Sue Foley Band (10 p.m., $12-$15). 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com.

Sunday: Barry “Frosty” Smith memorial at Antone’s. Austin lost one of its best-ever drummers in April when Barry Smith, long known to his peers and fans simply as “Frosty,” died at 71. A fixture in the 1990s rock band Soulhat, Frosty was much-sought-after as both a session and live player by most of the city’s top roots acts. Some of them will perform in his honor at this free 2 p.m. show, including Jimmie Vaughan, Mike Flanigin, Tex Thomas, Leeann Atherton and the Tommy Shannon Blues Band. Stick around later for Miss Lavelle White’s weekly residency (6:30 p.m., $5), plus a late show by Alligator Records guitarist Selwyn Birchwood of Tampa, Fla. (9:30 p.m., $10). 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com.