Kris Kimura Quartet
Thursday, November 22nd
Parker Jazz Club, 8 PM
It’s Turkey Day this Thursday, but if you think that means there isn’t any music to see, then you don’t know Austin. For a chill night out after all the manic family action, check out the Kris Kimura Quartet at the Parker Jazz Club. Kimura has been working the Austin jazz scene for over 20 years, and this Thursday should be a special night indeed. These seasoned musicians have performed with a number of notables including Adam Sandler, Diana Krall, and Elvis Costello. Though Kimura calls Austin his home, his quartet has performed all over Texas. This Thursday though they’re bringing the party to the Parker Jazz Club. Be there or be square.
Friday, November 23rd
Oskar Blues Brewery from 6:30 – 8:30
If you want to skip the typical Black Friday madness this week, head down to the taproom at Oskar Blues Brewery. Take a free tour and see an equally free Scott Collins show while you’re at it. Collins, who is just off tour, is the perfect indie folk crooner to settle any post-holiday anxieties. A natural lyricist with an ear for the dramatic, Collins employs scant production with heavy material. Not falling into the typical cutesy indie sound, Collins’ tunes carry an authenticity with them to provide the perfect soundtrack to a Texas Fall. Cluck-N-Burger will be there for ya if you get hungry. The whole shindig starts at 6:30 PM and goes to 8:30.
Saturday, November 24th
Come & Take It Live, noon – 11 PM
Sometimes it seems like you can’t throw a hacky-sack in Austin without it hitting someone putting on a festival. Well, this weekend is no different. A mere few miles from downtown Austin sits Come and Take It Live. Saturday the 24th they’re putting on No Fest. The one-day, one-stage event features a wild line-up of Texas bands, many from right here in Austin. Featuring a homegrown, bluesy rock-funk fusion in Blue Tongue, No Fest also headlines the tight-yet-innovative Trace of Lime. This rock outfit generates ear-worm melodies and pairs them with fun, quirky lyrics for a uniquely Austin experience. No Fest starts at 12 PM, features over ten bands, and is only $15 dollars for the whole day. Other acts involved include Sunrise Police, No Clue Whatsoever, Goodbye Gloria, Kickaction Collective, Two Truths, Finding September, Autumn Walker, Dream Driver, The Irie Cation, and The Mackenzie Toys.
Saturday, November 24th
Swan Dive 9:30 PM – 2 AM
If you’re not looking for something quite as involved as No Fest, try checking out Rival Waves. Originally conceived as a conceptual studio project, Joel De La Garza found band mates Kelly Grizzle, Marc Shulz, and Erik Salinas in 2016 and took the sound to the stage. Rival Waves generates a raw rock energy that calls to mind post-grunge and alt-rock influences like Foo Fighters and Nickelback. De la Garza has his soaring frontman wail down pat. When you combine that with driving melodies and no-nonsense guitar riffs, it’s no wonder Rival Waves is quickly becoming known for putting on a raucous live show. And not to worry: the experimental touch De La Garza started with didn’t get left in the studio. Doors are at 10 pm this Saturday at Swan Dive
and Get there early for sets by North by North and Food Group.
Sunday, November 25th
Beerland, 9 PM
Finish off your Thanksgiving weekend with a real downtown Austin album party. Beerland and Holodeck Records is hosting Sungod and Future Museums to celebrate the groups’ two new albums. Sungod’s Wave Refraction, which came out August 24th, is a driving delve into psychedelic electronic. Sungod bounces from driving synth and percussion to chill synthesizer soundscapes with ease.
Future Museums put out the Rose Ceremony pt II: Guardian of Solitude album on October 19th. The band conjures tonal planes that rise and fall throughout, taking you with them. There’s too much going on here for this to be ambient; if you’ve ever wondered how you can feel solitary while standing in a crowd, head to Beerland this Sunday. Doors open at 9 PM, $5 dollar cover. Also on the bill are Jake Shrock, DJ Adult Themes, and Termagant.