Friday, December 18th
A.A. Bondy will be taking the stage at The Mohawk this weekend to perform his relaxing and gorgeous folk tunes that are perfect to listen to during the winter season, due to their calm nature and quiet sound. With tracks such as “I Can See The Pines Are Dancing”, which gives fans a taste of the acoustic nature of his songs, you will soon be enamored with Bondy and his incredible talent, as he is a musician that you will want to tell your friends about.
Over the last few years, Beerland has become Austin’s best venue to see a good punk rock show, and this weekend they will certainly deliver as they have booked local punk act Body Pressure to play a show this Friday. For those who are looking for the gritty and dirty sounds of bands such as the Germs and The Causalities, Body Pressure will be right up your alley.
A spinoff of the popular Austin group Skyrocket, Bottlerocket is a new cover band that specializes in British rock, covering such legendary English musicians as The Beatles, The Faces, Elvis Costello, and The Who. While the group doesn’t sound identical to the artists they cover, they do a fantastic job at bringing old hits to life as they have become known throughout the city as one of the best cover bands in town, known for their energetic live shows and tight musicianship.
New Orleans has always been known for its great music scene, and one of the great acts to come out of it are jam band Galactic, a group who take different styles of music and mold it into something that makes fans passionate about the band. Their song “Church” is a perfect example of their improvisational style, blending funk, hip hop, and jazz to create something that feels fresh and magnetic. Galactic is a group that will stick with you for a long time, and we guarantee that you won’t regret heading on down to Emo’s to see them rock the house on Saturday.
Tickets: $24.00 (advance) $27.00 (day of show)
Local blues act Omar & The Howlers are an electric and lively blues band that are a great group to ease into the weekend with as we get closer to the holiday break. Getting their start in Mississippi in the early 1970’s, and eventually moving to Austin, the band has released over twenty records along with touring Europe several times.
Saturday, December 19th
Traveling all the way from Sweden to play the Live Music Capitol is hard rock band Graveyard. Incorporating grunge rock into their pop tinged tracks, which adds an edge to their songs and image, Graveyard are a band not to be missed. To get a feel for the groups sound and abilities, check out their hit “The Apple and The Tree” below, and we guarantee that that will be enough to get yourself a ticket to this weekend’s show.
While opera has come to be known as a music genre for the older generations, thirty-something year old vocalist Josh Groban made the stuffy genre cool again, when he came into the public eye back in the early 2000’s with his stunning vocal ability. While he has mainly focused on opera as that is his main style, over the past year he has branched out to experiment with singing Broadway hits, and that is where his new album Stages comes into his discography. Singing tracks from his favorite musicals, Groban is still appealing to a younger demographic, making him a hot artist to see, so if you haven’t gotten a chance to see him live we highly encourage you to do so.
Leo Rondeau, a folk artist originally from North Dakota and now settled permanently in Austin, Rondeau plays soft and soul stirring music that we think you will love. If you’re looking for something more relaxed to listen to this weekend, then Leo and his calming songs will be the perfect soundtrack to your evening.
Once in a great while, you’ll see a truly great musician pop in to one of Austin’s many clubs, and Saxon Pub happens to be one where this happens quite a bit. Shredding his guitar like only good blues guitarists do, David Grissom who has made Austin his home, will be taking over the small stage at the Saxon Pub to give his fans not only an intimate live performance, but also a night of exceptional music that will have you dancing late into the night.
Sunday, December 20th
For all the techno fans in town, we’ve got you covered this weekend as Empire Control Room and Garage is the new host of [BAS_MRKT], which is a day full of techno acts that will be a great end to weekend, filled with pulsing beats and colorful sound effects. Happening on the third Saturday of every month, you must be 21+ to attend this free event.
Featured photo: Josh Groban on Facebook.
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