Friday, February 26th
On what would have been his 84th birthday, the Whip In will be celebrating country music legend Johnny Cash also known as The Man In Black, where they will be serving outlaw food and beer in his honor. A legendary meal fit for an exceptional musician, this is one birthday bash that you won’t want to skip. Food will include iron pot chili with cornbread, fried chicken with Indian gravy, mac and cheese balls, and for dessert fans can indulge themselves with a slice of delicious pecan pie and Jack tarts with chocolate bits and whipped cream.
Michigan post punk act Protomartyr will be coming into town this weekend to perform at The Sidewinder in support of their most recent album The Agent Intellect released last year. With a lively playing style that is sure to get your weekend off to a great start, Protomartyr is a group that you should see this weekend and tell your friends about afterward.
Austin dream pop band Common Velvet will be performing another fantastic show this weekend at Independence Brewery which is the perfect show for anyone looking for some good quality dream pop songs. Fronted by vocalist Lauren Sanders, Common Velvet is a group that has a similar musical style to Texas band Explosions In the Sky due to their melodic and calming sound as well as their fantastic songwriting.
Louisiana blues guitarist Sonny Landreth will be taking the stage to perform at The Stateside Theatre this weekend as he treats his fans to his soulful licks along with some of the best guitar skills we’ve heard in quite awhile. With a tremendous guitar technique that cannot be matched, Landreth is a musician who pulls people in with his creativity and groovy guitar playing that simply cannot be imitated.
The Austin Symphony is at it again this week, as the ensemble will once again be focusing on a theme for their performance. While they have focused on different countries and cultures in past performances, this time they are keeping the music a little closer to home as they have chosen to focus on playing pieces with an Austin connection. Sure to be an interesting evening, we encourage you to check out our cities extremely talented symphony that never fails to surprise us.
Local rock band MAAJR will be releasing their first EP titled Debut with the band having support from Demi The Daredevil, Flavor Raid, and New Age Love as they introduce listeners to their psychedelic flavored music.
Saturday, February 27th
Tomar and the FC’s is a funk band from Austin who can perform like no other. Sounding a bit like oldies band The Drifters, Tomar and his band are certainly a step back in time. To give Austin.com readers a sense of the band and their sound, we suggest checking out the song “Day By Day” below for a flavorful tune mixed with bursts of soul.
Local punk and Irish act Black Irish Texas is a local group that doesn’t want to billed alongside the typical Irish music acts. While the group takes pride in their ethnic roots, the group wants to be put into a category all of their own. With rowdy tunes such as “Year After Year” Black Irish Texas will be a great way to kick off your Saturday evening.
Tickets: free entry with Dropkick Murphy’s ticket, capacity permitting $5 if not going to Dropkick Murphys
Sunday, February 28th
Country crooner and local musician Sophia Johnson will be bringing her show to the popular Austin Beer Garden and Brewery this Sunday night, as she displays a natural talent for singing and songwriting. Sure to draw a crowd, we encourage you to get to the venue early to secure yourself a good spot to watch Johnson’s set.
SuperEtte, a local Austin rock band, will be stopping by Waterloo Records to perform some songs from their new EP When People Are Cold and Hard and Hate. With tracks such as “Need Somebody” you will immediately realize what makes the band so appealing with their unique approach to music. Due to the small space Waterloo has set aside for in store performances, we encourage you to get to the store early for a spot.
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