Friday, February 12th
With six decades of a successful career under his belt, Lubbock native Delbert McClinton has held down a colorful career in music starting out as a sideman and bandleader in the 1960’s, as well as having a successful solo career where he has recorded over ten albums. With a stage presence that illustrates Delbert’s energetic style and songs that are timeless, McClinton is certainly an artist that you won’t want to miss this weekend.
Known for his time as a guitarist in the band The Drive By Truckers, Jason Isbell has been a solo artist for quite a while now and his soul stirring acoustic music will add some much needed calm as you welcome in the weekend. With tracks such as “Something More Than Free” Jason has a seductive and soothing voice that takes us away to another world while placing his audience within the stories that he tells. With a relaxed and memorable live performance, everyone should take the chance and see Isbell live.
Brazilian Girls are a band that will certainly turn heads this weekend during their set at Empire Control Room and Garage. Known for their interesting twist on different electronic music genres, Brazilian Girls give their fans a live show that might raise a few eyebrows if you aren’t used to the group and their offbeat style. With front woman Sabina Sciubba wearing unique stage costumes, while also presenting an out of the box stage persona, the bands set is not the only entertaining aspect of their music. Their songs are different as well, with Sciubba taking on more of a spoken word approach to her lyrics, rather than traditional singing. While Austin is certainly a diverse music mecca, the bands local venues book are more even more so. If you are looking for something more off kilter, than Empire Control Room is where you need to be this Friday.
Tickets: Sold out (advanced) At The Door: $20.00
Austin hip hop outfit Riders Against The Storm, aren’t your typical hip hop band. Performing acapella style with hand claps and a trombone make their songs refreshingly catchy, while pulling us in with their addicting sound. Bringing hints of jazz into the mix makes their style even more appealing, and for anyone who isn’t into hardcore hip hop, Riders Against The Storm is the perfect group to catch this weekend.
Tickets: At The Door
Multi instrumentalist Emily Wells will be performing at Stubbs this weekend to showcase her unique take on music which involves cellos, violins and even samples, to write songs that we can’t recommend enough. With a new record coming out shortly, you will not be disappointed if you choose to see this young musician perform this weekend, as her rich songs will leave you wanting to hear more.
Tickets: $11.00 $13.00 (day of show)
Saturday, February 13th
For all of the rebellious and single music fans in town, if you don’t have anyone to spend Valentine’s Day with, we’ve got the right show for you. The Love Is Dead Punk Rock show at The Lazy Lizard will be the perfect concert to let go of your single woes, and escape into a genre that marches to the beat of its own drummer. Perfect for fans of Rancid and Operation Ivy, there will be plenty of local bands on the bill including Sorted Scoundrels who will definitely satisfy your energy this weekend.
For the Led Zeppelin fans that miss the original band, Led Zeppelin 2 will certainly meet your needs to watch the original group, as this popular cover band nails each Zeppelin song they perform all while having a successful career. Always authentic and true to the band that they love to cover, Led Zeppelin 2 is a tribute act that feels like the real deal, as it will seem like Led Zeppelin never left the stage.
Sunday, Feburary 14th
Swedish metal band At The Gates is one of the most energetic and jolting metal acts to come through Austin in quite awhile. In the video below of the band performing at the Wacken festival last year, you can feel the bands passion and the crowd’s energy, as they rip through a crushing three minute tune titled “Slaughter of the Soul.” With a band this good, we highly recommend that you don’t miss their set.
If you are looking to bring some needed racket and energy to your weekend, Headcrusher will be taking over the Mohawk on Saturday night to tear the roof off the venue and make the walls sweat. With songs such as “Swimming in the Sea of Death”, Headcrusher is in another league of metal that should not be missed. Consistently tight and jarring, Headcrusher will excite metal fans with their hard and bracing tunes, while giving them the urge to tell their friends about this memorable show.
Tickets: At The Door $5 (21+) $7 (minors) *free for all who attend At The Gates show
Earl Poole Ball is a musician who is best known for performing with some of music’s best known artists including Merle Haggard, Carl Perkins, and The Byrds, while spending two decades touring the world with country legend Johnny Cash. If you are looking for a relaxing Sunday evening before you head back to the office, than Austin Beer Garden and Brewery is the perfect place to be.
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