Friday, December 11th
Los Angeles hardcore band Terror will be coming through Austin this weekend on their current tour along with Blistered, Malfunction, Take Offense, and Code Orange as opening acts. With dark and brooding guitar riffs and vocal growls that define the bands hardcore sound, Terror will definitely add some energy to your weekend, as they are a band that you will want to rave about to your friends when you head back to the office on Monday.
Joy to The Metal Christmas Show is one of the many holiday benefit events happening around the city for the holidays. If metal fans happen to miss Terror, they can check out the Toys For Tots benefit show on Friday night where bands such as Memories In Broken Glass, Momentous, and Drown The Coward will be performing and supporting those who are less fortunate. If you want to intertwine charity and plenty of fantastic bands, this weekend’s Joy To The Metal party is the right event to attend.
Memphis, Tennessee rock band Lucero are rolling through town this week to perform on the ACL Live stage for a fun and lively show. For those who haven’t experienced the bands southern style rock and roll, we guarantee that after watching Lucero perform live, you will become a part of the group’s passionate fan base who make attending one of the groups concerts an experience that you won’t forget.
On his latest release Blind Side of the Heart, released in September, Austin musician Josh Buckley plays country music infused with a pop sounding piano which will inspire you to put on your dancing shoes. Throughout tracks such as “4 AM” we hear Buckley’s addicting style that is far to good to miss. With a sound that at times feels similar to early Elvis Costello, Buckley is sure to become one of Austin’s most loved musicians.
Saturday, December 12th
Chk Chk Chk is a dance pop band from Sacramento, California, that is one of the catchiest groups you will hear this year, as each live performance is an energetic and lively party that anyone watching can get into. With soulful vocals and glimmering guitar licks that will immediately lift your mood, Chk Chk Chk is a band that you should not overlook this weekend.
For the music fans who are looking for a jam style band this weekend, Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios are an act from the dry Arizona desert that have no problem fulfilling this label. With carefree guitar riffs and gravely vocals, Rich Hopkins is a musician who never fails to impress, and the same can be said for his band. Highly entertaining and musical, Austin Beer Garden and Brewery will be hopping with fantastic music this Saturday, and will be a wonderful place to spend your evening.
Ska is a genre that has a hard time finding appreciation in Austin. With an overabundance of country and rock acts, ska music sometimes feels like a forgotten child. Houston ska act Los Skarnales will be changing that this Saturday, as they rock the stage at Flamingo Cantina, playing a mix of ska, reggae, and pop for their enthusiastic fans. Bright and lively is the perfect way to describe the group, and we are sure that if you decide to catch’s the bands set this weekend, you will want to explore more of Los Skarnales music.
For music fans that prefer acoustic tunes, than Jesse Marchant is the perfect artist to watch this weekend. Born in Canada, Marchant released his latest self-titled album last year. With enthralling guitar skills and a talent for storytelling, Marchant allows his audience to become lost in the music, while letting them be in the moment and settle into the weekend.
Sunday, December 13th
24 hour coffee shop Strange Brew, located in South Austin, has become one of the city’s most popular music venues for its daily round of live music, so local artist Rick Hornyak should have no problems filling up the house this Sunday, despite the early afternoon show time. Playing acoustic influenced rock and roll with a taste of country, Hornyak’s music is exciting and vibrant. Consistently tight and entertaining to watch, Rick and his band will not disappoint his audience this week. If you decide to head to this show, we suggest that you get to the venue early to find parking.
Local act Silo Road will be performing at Austin Beer Garden and Brewery this weekend, introducing music fans to their enjoyable country songs that we can’t get enough of. Great storytelling is what the group does best, and coupled with their entertaining tracks, Silo Road is a band certainly worth listening to as we close out the weekend and head back to the office.
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