Whitney Rose CD Release Party at the Continental Club. Rose is kicking off a night of live tunes with the release of her sophomore effort, “South Texas Suite,” a love letter to the Lone Star State. The EP will feature more of her “vintage-pop-infused-neo-traditional-country” songs. Ramsay Midwood and the Lonesome Heroes will also play. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com/austin/.
“The Bowie Project 3: A Rock & Roll Soundpainting.” 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. $10-$35. Ironwood Hall, 505 E. Seventh St. thebowieproject.bpt.me. Following two successful runs of “The Bowie Project” in 2014 and 2015, Ariel Dance Theatre is once again collaborating with local David Bowie tribute band Super Creeps and New York’s Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble for this one-of-a-kind production that ventures into a dance, theater and rock ‘n’ roll journey through superstar David Bowie’s life and music. The performance will use soundpainting — a live composing sign language used to lead improvised performances.
String Quartet Smackdown III. 7 p.m. Saturday. $10.83. Alamo Drafthouse, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-861-7040, drafthouse.com. It’s March Madness for the ears. A follow-up to the sold-out String Quartet Smackdown I and II from late 2012 and 2015, this competition works like a bracketed NCAA basketball tournament but features original string quartet compositions submitted by composers and musicians from around the world. The audience will help the jury of experts select the favorites, which will be performed live by the Mother Falcon String Quartet, of the former Mother Falcon band.
Joe King Carrasco at the ABGB. Known as the king of Tex-Mex rock and roll, Carrasco has created a stylistic borderland of pop rock and Latin rhythms — a cross-cultural stew that blends cumbias, vamp, salsa, surf, reggae, blues and Latin-tinged polkas. He’ll bring this unique brand of music to the ABGB, which means you’ll be moving your feet to the beat while trying not to spill your beer. 9 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1305 W. Oltorf St. theabgb.com.
“Unplug This” 20th Anniversary at Hole in the Wall. 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. 2538 Guadalupe St. holeinthewallaustin.com. The four-decades-plus history of Hole in the Wall has about a million little side-chapters. One of them was “Unplug This,” a Monday night series in the mid-late 1990s that spurred many of Austin’s rock acts at the time to go acoustic for an evening. An “Unplug This” compilation disc documented the sound and spirit of the series, and many of the participants are gathering to celebrate the record’s 20th anniversary: Mike Nicolai, Wheel, Rice Moorehead, Andrew Duplantis, Michael Fracasso, Beaver Nelson, Pam Peltz, Brit Jones, Kevin Carney and Matt Harmon. — Peter Blackstock