Dale Watson and His Lone Stars
Monday, January 14th
Continental Club, 9:30 PM, $7 at the door
You might notice that here at In The Pocket, we suggest a lot of shows at The Continental Club. If you’re an Austin native, there’s no mystery to this fact. The Club is a staple of South Congress (around way before it became So-Co) and hosts an array of talented acts throughout the week. But yes, it is almost always a good place to go two-stepping. This Monday might be one of the best days to hit the dance floor. The one, the only, the Texan: Mr. Dale Watson and His Lone Stars will be tearing it up so you can cut a rug. The show is absurdly cheap. All you’ve gotta do is get out of bed on a Monday night and be over 21. Dale is one of the greats! Don’t miss this great show to start your week.
Tuesday, January 15th
C-Boy’s Heart & Soul Bar, 9:30 PM, $7
He may by from the DFW area, but Tuesday night, Dylan Bishop will be at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul Bar here in Austin. Bishop was influenced by the legends, and you can tell. It should be no wonder Dylan Bishop is a staple at C-Boy’s. The club frequently showcases wonderful groups from a range of styles. See everything from R&B, soul, blues, and jazz at the Heart & Soul. And it’s right off Congress! Bishop plays all around Texas, but he’s in Austin Tuesday, so head down to C-Boy’s Heart & Soul for some authentic southern Blues.
Marshall Hood & Friends
Wednesday, January 16th
The ABGB, 6:30 PM
What better way to celebrate getting through the first half of the work week than beer, pizza, and good local music? Head over to ABGB’s this Wednesday for their all-night-happy-hour-hump-day party. Happy hour all night means a dollar off all pints with a reduced price for pitchers. Sounds to good to be true? Well pinch yourself and keep reading. Marshall Hood is joined by his brother Warren, and the two are quite a force. If you haven’t gotten to see Warren Hood tear it up on the fiddle, you’re in for a treat. The Hood brothers and their band come together for unique blend of country and rock that you can only find here in Austin.
Sometimes when you’re bouncing around the small venues and checking out local talent, you miss prolific, absurdly talented, world famous musicians that just happen to be skipping through Austin. This Thursday, ACL Live proudly hosts Meshell Ndegeocello at 3TEN. Working for well over 20 years in the industry, Ndegeocello has been nominated for a whopping ten Grammys. Her work is eclectic and varied, spanning a plethora of genres. The 2018 album Ventriloquism has Ndegedocello creating pop and R&B cover tracks from the 80s and 90s. Hanna Benn will also be there Thursday, performing the for audience her dreamy, drifting pieces. ACL Live always provides us with something special, but this Thursday night it will be downright magical.
Friday, January 18th
Giddy Ups, 8:30 PM
The weekend is upon us. If it hasn’t officially arrived, we can at least feel it’s presence. You don’t have anything to do Saturday morning? Why not go out Friday night? Check out Giddy Ups for a treat from Tennessee. Yes, Johnny McGowan isn’t from the Lonestar state, but he’s here now—and in the capital no less. McGowan calls Austin home now, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t miss him at Giddy Ups. Check this guy out whenever you get the chance. He’s new to Austin, but he’s a vet when it comes to the scene. McGowan has his honky tonk down, and he’s infused it with a bite. This Friday take a shot of moonshine, put on your boots, and get ready to rock out to what McGowan likes to call “dieselbilly.”
Sarah Grace & The Soul
Saturday, January 19th
The Parish, 8 PM – 11 PM, $15
Straight off her appearance on The Voice, Sarah Grace and her band The Soul haven’t really seemed to slow down. After getting all the way to the semi-finals, Grace’s version of “Amazing Grace” garnered massive attention. But despite the tune appearing on iTunes Gospel/Christian charts, Grace and company don’t seem like they’re trying to get into the Christian rock scene. Rather, the young band is putting out tracks that align more with the blues and soul world. The band may be green as far as age goes (Grace herself is astonishingly only 16) but in terms of sound, they are very much beyond their years. Right now the group is working on a new album for 2019 with original material. Check them out at The Parish before they blow up.
Sunday, January 20th
The Saxon Pub, 3 PM, $10,
Being on a tour bus from a young age, Paula Nelson is no stranger to the stage. Nelson hasn’t released an album since 2014, but locals might recognize her from her stint as a radio DJ on the Texas station “Sun Radio” out of Dripping Springs. Now she hosts “The Paula Nelson Show” on the Outlaw Country channel for Sirius XM. Nelson’s voice isn’t just for the airwaves though. She puts on a hell of a live show and has a voice crafted for the country ballad. This should come as no surprise to those in the know; after all, her father is a musician himself. Willie Nelson. You may have heard of him. Wind down from the week with a midday show from a woman who knows her way around a true Texas tune.