Monday, Dec 31st
Spider House, Doors at 7 PM, $30 at the door
Everyone is looking for something to do on New Years Eve. Lucky for us, we’re in Austin. You can’t not find a party around this festive time. If you want to bring in the new year with some Texas cheer, head on down to The Spider House Cafe & Ballroom this Monday. Spider House is saying goodbye to 2018 with the help of The Texas Gentleman. Maybe these gents cut their teeth in the studio, but they’re rocking the live stage now. After getting a lot of attention for performing and then touring with Kris Kristofferson, the boys released TX Jelly and have been rocking joints around Texas with their signature trippy, country-rock stylings. Catch them in Austin while they’re here (Dallas is their hometown) and enjoy whiskey specials while you count down the last seconds of 2018. Spider House advises to bring your best faux-fur coat; it’s bound to be cold. Also, make sure you don’t forget your boots. This is a Texas New Year’s Eve, after all.
Also on the ticket are Croy and the Boys, Wil Cope, Ramsay Midwood, Carson McHone, Big Wy’s Brass Band, Think No Think, and Mrs. Glass.
Tuesday, January 1
The White Horse, 11:59 PM, free
It’s a new year and a new you. Or, maybe it’s still an old you. Regardless, you could probably go for some good ole country-folk, complete with guitar picking, banjo, bass, and fiddle. Well, you’re just in luck. It’s the start of Free Week in Austin and The White Horse is welcoming back Sad Daddy at just around midnight on the first night of 2019. Check out some honest-to-goodness American folk. The tight four-piece group is exactly what you get when some extremely talented musicians get together and decide they all want the same thing. Travel to rural Arkansas while never leaving the bright lights of Austin, TX with Sad Daddy this Tuesday night.
Wednesday, Jan 2
Elysium, doors at 8 PM, band plays at 11 PM
Free Week continues. Why not take the moment to see as many different types of bands and shows as possible? After all, it is the only two days into the new year. It’s 2019. Live a little. Or, live a lot. Either way, you should check out Elysium this Wednesday for a wild night of musical mayhem. Austin’s own UNWRITTEN will be returning to the popular party spot for a mini-anniversary night. The band combines hard metalcore thrashing with surprisingly melodic guitar trippings. Ruben Zamora’s vocals glue the noise together into a uniquely Austin metal experience. Free Week means the show is not gonna hit your wallet, but it is 21 and up. Also on the the bill are Ziggy Jones and Wild Tinderbox.
Thursday, Jan 3
The Townsend, 7:30 – 9:30 PM , $15 at the door
If you’re tuckered out from all the dive bars and honky tonk taverns that rule Free Week, take this Thursday to skip that madness and head over to The Townsend off Congress. Known for their fantastic acoustics, The Townsend is a far cry from the typical student infested hipster joints that make up a good portion of Austin’s venue scene. Although, McFarland could probably do pretty well playing anywhere in town. Head over to The Townsend this Thursday to see the L.A. based indie outfit put on what the bar is calling “a night of rockabilly flavored shenanigans.” That’s quite a promise. But if you’ve heard McFarland before, you know they can deliver. The sound is a familiar type of Americana that carries healthy portions of ’60s rock-pop influence. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The show starts at 7:30 PM. Remember… if you ain’t around, you’re square.
Friday, Jan 4
Let’s say you’ve been partying pretty hard this week because it’s a new year. Let’s say you’ve been going out as much as possible because it’s Free Week and it’s Friday night and you’ve found yourself physically exhausted. Checking out Vista Brewing in Driftwood, TX might be just what you need to recharge. It’s outside the city, so you’d be dodging a bit of the hectic Austin energy that every weekend seems to carry. Daisy O’Connor will be at Vista Brewing this Friday though, and she’ll be wielding her floaty folk-pop like a magic wand. The frankness and honesty in O’Connor’s lyrics is refreshing, but at the same time she sidesteps naivety. Recharge this Friday while still stepping out of the house with O’Connor and Vista Brewing. It’s not June yet, but maybe we can get a little tipsy on early January.
Saturday, Jan 5
Giddy Ups, 8:30 PM
It’s Saturday night! Why not treat yourself!? Every first Saturday at Giddy Ups you can check out The Pearl Snaps. This is true honky tonk cowboy country. Lisa Rainbolt and the boys know how to get people off a bar stool and on to the dance floor. Two step to your heart’s content or be a wallflower nursing a whiskey in the corner. Whatever you do, don’t forget your boots and hat. Even a California transplant can feel like a Texan here. Get on up to Giddy Ups this Saturday.
Alex Coke Quartet
Sunday, Jan 6
Chez Zee American Bistro, 3 PM – 5 PM, all ages show
Wind down from a wild week at Chez Zee American Bistro while they host the start of The Austin Jazz Society’s new season. Alex Coke is an accomplished jazz saxophonist AND flutist. The composer will team up with fellow composer and pianist Rich Harney, drummer Masumi Jones, and bassist Daniel Durham. If the appeal of some fantastic Austin jazz in a delightfully comfortable atmosphere isn’t enticing enough, how about the fact that parking is a breeze at Chez Zee. Yes, that’s right. An actual venue that provides decent parking for its patrons. It feels like an impossibility in Austin, but in reality, you just gotta know where to look. Check out this Austin gem of a restaurant and slip into 2019 like a real cool cat. Stay groovy, y’all.