1) The unflappably cool city of Austin loves anything vintage, and that is one reason why, shortly after the band formed in 2007, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears became the toast of the town. With the mighty Honeybear horn section and Lewis’ chili-pepper-hot vocals, they are the sonic picture of James Brown and the Famous Flames, circa 1971. With hints of Howlin’ Wolf and Sly and the Family Stone also in their musical DNA, they are set to light the Rex Theater on fire today. Lewis is touring in support of his latest album Backlash. Lightnin’ Malcolm opens. 8 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. (NK, RH)
2) Our battlin’ Buccos play the Milwaukee Brewers tonight. There’s no promotions just good ‘ol baseball. Grab a hot dog, beer, and some Cracker Jack. The Pirates continue their series against the Brewers through Wednesday. 7:05 p.m. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.