- September 11, 2014

You Can’t Afford To Miss These Five Girl-Powered Austin Rock Bands


September in Austin marks the beginning of festivals, CD release parties, and wall-to-wall live music almost everywhere  you go around town. There’s so much music available in Austin on the weekends, it can be overwhelming just settling on which show to check out.

That’s why we’ve got you covered. From the return of a renowned singer/songwriter to the new EP release from a relatively new local sensation, these are the five shows this coming weekend that you cannot afford to miss.

Wendy Colonna at Central Market Westgate — Friday, September 12, 6:30 p.m.

After a long summer on the road, Austin’s beloved singer/songwriter is back in town. Since the release of her CD, “Nectar” last September, Wendy has garnered rave reviews, toured the country, and written and performed a commercial for Coca-Cola that has been airing nationally for months. Catch this local gem while she’s still in town at Central Market Westgate.

Give a listen to her tune “Right Where I Belong” below:

The Belle Sounds’ “BLACK STONE” EP Release Show at One-2-One Bar — Saturday, September 13 at 9 p.m.


The Belle Sounds. Photo: Courtesy, Noelle Hampton.

Formed a little more than a year ago, The Belle Sounds are already hot. Featuring the beautiful vocals of Noelle Hampton and the blistering guitar of Andre Moran, this trio has already been featured on KUTX ‘s “Live from Studio A” and in No Depression magazine. They will be playing songs from their new EP “Black Stone” this weekend at One-2-One Bar, one of Austin’s most popular clubs.

Give a listen to their track “Rockingham Lane” below:

The Whiskey Sisters at The Continental Club — Thursday, September 11, 6:30

The Whiskey Sisters. Photo: Courtesy, Christopher Durst.

The Whiskey Sisters. Photo: Courtesy, Christopher Durst.

Continuing their Thursday residency at The Continental Club, The Whiskey Sisters feature some of the finest talent in Austin. Fronted by Barbara Nesbitt and Teal Collins of The Mother Truckers, these ladies belt tunes like they belt shots of whiskey. These shows are always filled to the brim, so make sure to get to The Continental Club early.

Check out their rockin’ cover of Motorhead’s famous song “Ace of Spades” below:

Rattletree, with special guests SeVana & Kupira Marimba, at Central Market North Lamar — Saturday, September 13, 6:30 p.m.

In the past few years, Joel Laviolette and Rattletree Marimba have brought African music with an electronic flavor to Austin. Judging from the crowds at their packed shows, their high-energy dance music is taking off in a big way. Played on giant Marimbas, which Laviolette builds himself, this Central Market North Lamar show will feature joyous, shake-your-booty music that’s sure to lift your mood and spirit.

Check out one of their unique performances below (music starts at 1:31):

The Bluebonnets and Carolyn Wonderland at Threadgill’s — Saturday, September 13, 10 p.m.


Photo: Courtesy, Jim Chapin Photography.

Part garage-band, part pure Texas blues, The Bluebonnets are one of the best local groups in town. Featuring the mighty Kathy Valentine and Dominique Davalos of the Go-Gos, they are a force to be reckoned with and must be experienced live to be fully appreciated. They will share the Saturday night at Threadgills with the legendary Carolyn Wonderland, who is one of Austin’s finest. Don’t miss this double bill of incredible girl-power.

Here’s The Bluebonnets performing “Time Bomb”:

And here’s Carolyn Wonderland’s “I Live Alone With Someone”: