A feast for fans of live music
Need a break from family this holiday weekend? Austin clubs serve an impressive spread
Many Americans will be with their families this Thanksgiving weekend. Which means that many Americans will need, at some point, or at multiple points, to get out of the house.
Fortunately, Austin is designed to get you out of the house and hearing some live music. Across town, clubs are throwing special shows or trotting along, business as usual.
On this most American of holidays, Antone's delivers that most American of musics, the blues (and, um, Bob Schneider).
The Scabs and Dahebegebees play at 10 p.m. Thursday ($18 to $22), and there are two shows on Friday, with Austin blues titan Marcia Ball on at 7:30 p.m. ($15 to $140) and Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real at 10 p.m. ($12 to $15).
Speaking of the blues and roots music, Carolyn Wonderland plays the early show Saturday night (8 p.m. $15 to $125) while Reckless Kelly takes the later slot. The Derailers play "Sun Records Sunday" the next night, a rockabilly dance party that starts at 7 p.m. (Antone's is at 213 W. Fifth St.; www.antones.net .)
Over at Momo's, it costs all of $5 to see Bruce Salmon and Jason Blum Thursday (8 p.m.). Friday, Band of Heathens takes the stage with the Beckham Brothers (8 p.m.), with a portion of each $17 ticket going to the anti-hunger organization Feed Them With Music (feedthemwithmusic.com ). Saturday, Tody Castillo, Wendy Colonna, Dan Dyer and George Devore all play sets (7 p.m., $10), and Warren Hood and the Goods and King Biscuit play Sunday (6:30 p.m., $7). (Momo's is at 618 W. Sixth St.; www.momosclub.com.)
Wayne Hancock plays the Continental Club Thursday with the Peterson Brothers and Tameca Jones in the Gallery (8 p.m., no cover). Alejandro Escovedo and the Mother Truckers play Friday and Saturday for their second annual Thanksgiving Weekend gig. (10 p.m., $20). Redd Volkaert plays his Saturday matinee at 3:30 p.m. (no cover). Sunday, Junior Brown and Tanya Rae play an early show (7:30 p.m., $15) while Heybale! plays at 10 p.m. ($8). Singer/songwriter/ex-punk rocker Katy McCarty joins Jon Dee Graham in the Gallery at 8:30 p.m. ($10). (The Continental Club is at 1315 S. Congress Ave.; www.continentalclub.com .)
The Saxon Pub gets into the action Thursday with W.C. Clark (8 p.m. $10) and Eric Tessmer (midnight, $10). Friday, it's the White Ghost Shivers (9 p.m., $15) and Van Wilks (11:30 p.m., $10). Austin blues and rock fixtures can be found on Saturday: Guy Forsyth plays at 8 p.m. ($10 advance, $12 at the door) while Patrice Pike throws down at 10 p.m. ($12 advance, $15 at the door). Bobby Whitlock and Coco Carmel play at 6 p.m. ($10), The Resentments (7:30 p.m. $7), John Evans (10 p.m., $5) and Hunter McKithan all play Sunday. (The Saxon Pub is at 1320 S. Lamar Blvd.; www.thesaxonpub.com. )
A special show is going on Sunday night at Salvage Vanguard Theater, when Church of the Friendly Ghost hosts "Immersion II," a sound and vision experience with Christopher Petkus, Adam Clark, Jonathan Cash and Thomas Fang providing sound and visuals by Katie Rose Pipkin and Laurel Barickman. (7 p.m. $5 to $15; www.salvagevanguard.org .).
The Red River and east side clubs scenes have some killer Friday shows as well, with punk band the Queers at Emo's, avant-garde roots music with Ralph White & Walter Daniels, Golden Boy Wes Coleman, and Precious Blood at Beerland and trance act Tom Colontonio at Elysium. Over at Flamingo Cantina, Dimitri's Ascent plays the first of two nights.
Saturday is similarly packed, with a night of savvy punk at Beerland with Ruleta Rusa, Criaturas, the Creamers and Antitheist. Scott H. Biram plays the Mohawk, This Will Destroy You is at Emo's, with a Sons of Fathers CD release gig at the Scoot Inn and a Maryann and the Revival Band CD release party at the Parish.
Dale Watson at the Continental Club.Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and others all recorded at legendary Memphis music hub Sun Studio. Austin-based country musician Dale Watson and the Texas Two's "Sun Sessions" are part homage, part new addition to the legacy. 10 p.m. $5 1315 S. Congress Ave. www.continentalclub.com/austin.html .
Also playing:Gashcat at the Mohawk, Boessi Kreh does the songs of Nick Cave at Momo's.
The Zoltars at Beerland. Formed a few years back after film student turned lead singer/songwriter Jared Zoltar relocated to Austin from Chicago, the Zoltars make weird, stripped-down rock music. $5. 9 p.m. 711 Red River St. www.beerlandtexas.com .
Also playing:Alejandro Escovedo at the Continental Club, Lusitania and Jamestown Revival at Mohawk, Blue Tuesday with Derek O'Brien and Malford Milligan plus Mike Flanigin at Antone's, Unearth and Chimaira at Emo's East, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Emo's, He's My Brother, She's My Sister, The Sweet Nuthin' at Stubb's, Songwriters Series at Momo's.
The Beta Rhythm, Lola-Cola and The Sweet Nuthin' at Frank.The Velvet Underground is just one of the several classic rock influences on the Sweet Nuthin', who join glittery punks Lola-Cola and psych-rock influenced band the Beta Rhythm for a night of music at a fancy hot dog joint. 9:30 p.m. $6 407 Colorado St. www.hotdogscoldbeer.com .
Also playing:ST37 at Beerland, Sons of Fathers at Momo's, Tab Benoit at Emo's, Jon Dee Graham, James McMurtry at the Continental Club, Black Red Black at the Highball.
— Peter Mongillo