Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 6, 2014
Mandy Barnett at the Continental Club. Known primarily for playing the title role in the musical theater piece "Always … Patsy Cline" that enjoyed a long run at Nashville’s storied Ryman Auditorium, Barnett now has turned her attention to another classic country artist. Last fall, Cracker Barrel’s record label released "I Can’t Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson," which features Barnett singing not only the Gibson-penned Cline smash "Sweet Dreams" but also such classics as "Oh Lonesome Me" and "Legend in My Time." Austin honky-tonk stalwarts the Derailers close the show. $10. 10 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — Peter Blackstock
Body Rock ATX Fouth Anniversary Jam at the Sahara Lounge. It’s been just over four years since the husband/wife powerhouse Riders Against the Storm landed in Austin with a dual mission: to join forces with like-minded locals to elevate the consciousness of the city’s hip-hop scene and to move the masses. The monthly Body Rock, helmed by beatmaster Chorizo Funk, falls into the latter category. It’s a sweat-it-out dance party with good vibes and talented guests in abundance. This month, Austin’s premiere party rocker DJ Mel will join Chorizo on the wheels. You know the drill: Show up ready to shake something. 10 p.m. 1413 Webberville Rd. $5. saharalounge.com — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Also: Charismatic singer and former Storyville frontman Malford Milligan is at the Saxon Pub. … Don Harvey’s instrumental project A is Red plays Strange Brew. … Power-pop locals Moonlight Towers are at ABGB. … Jamaican upsetter Warrior King skanks up Flamingo Cantina. … Demographics presents I Heart Kpop at Elysium. … Casual Strangers spin dreamy psychedelia at the Mohawk.
David Grissom CD release at Saxon Pub. Though he’s been one of Austin’s top guitarists since the 1980s — playing with everyone from Joe Ely and Storyville to the Dixie Chicks and Buddy Guy — David Grissom didn’t start making music under his own name until 2007. He’s quickly made up for lost time: "How It Feels to Fly," out this week, is his fourth record, and they’ve all been good enough to make one wonder why he waited so long. The new disc includes four live tracks (recorded at the Saxon last April) along with eight studio recordings; while he shreds on the live Allman Brothers and ZZ Top covers, the light shines brightest on Grissom’s own songs. $10. 8 p.m. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. thesaxonpub.com. — P.B.
Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off at the White Horse. For the past eight years local rockers Chili Cold Blood have been warming the winter months with this fiery chili competition. Last year, the band dedicated the event to the memory of fellow rocker and friend Nick Curran who died in October of 2012. The event raised more than $3,500 for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Once again, all proceeds from the event will benefit HAAM. Organizers will also be collecting soaps and travel-sized toiletries for the Austin Resource Center for the homeless in exchange for chili tasting tickets. $10 suggested donation. 3 p.m. 500 Comal St. whitehorseaustin.com. — D.S.S.
Also: American Friends of Traditional Music presents its Midwinter Festival from 1-9 p.m. at Dougherty Arts Center. … Acclaimed Nashville singer-songwriters Amelia White and Anne McCue play early at Strange Brew, with electic rockers Shoulders in the late slot. … Sahara Lounge’s house band, the African ensemble Zoumountchi, puts a global spin on Saturday night. … The Rocketboys bring their lushly arranged indie rock to Stubb’s. … Los Super Avengers headline a mid-winter beach party at Second Saturday Surf at Nomad Bar. … Catch Kevin Russell’s post-Gourds outfit Shinyribs up north at the Roost in Wells Branch. … Long-running bluegrass humorists the Austin Lounge Lizards are pickin’ and grinnin’ at the Cactus Cafe.
"Soul of a Musician" series with MilkDrive at Spicewood Tavern. For someone who grew up in comfortable but culture-barren Northwest Hills, the notion that it now has a venue with a weekly series that can draw the likes of Dana Falconberry, Elizabeth McQueen and even the Dream Syndicate’s Steve Wynn is hard to imagine. They’re among the artists slated for the next couple of months of this St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church series, presented across the street from the church at Spicewood Tavern. This Sunday’s guest is MilkDrive, a hot young string band who backed Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson at his recent CD-release in-store at Waterloo; they’ll play some tunes and talk about their music, per the series’ regular format. Free. 7:30 p.m. 8127 Mesa Drive. spicewoodtavern.com. — P.B.
Snorky’s Rhythm Kings at Holy Mountain. You could call this band part of the speakeasy jazz movement that’s been sweeping the country or you could note that they’re carrying on an Austin tradition of retro music excavation that has been alive and well long before steampunk was a thing. Either way this seven-piece classic jazz combo aims to set your week off swinging. 9 p.m. 617 E. 7th Street. holymountainaustin.com. — D.S.S.
Also: The Brewbirds, with Warren Hood, Emily Gimble and Willie Pipkin, are at Strange Brew most Sundays through March. … The everlasting proto-Austin band Greezy Wheels is at One-2-One Bar. … Head down to the Second Sunday Sock Hop at the White Horse for vintage Motown, doo-wop and early rock ‘n’ roll.
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