The Texas KGB
Monday, January 21st
One-2-One Bar, 8 PM, $10 cover
There isn’t a secret arm of the Russian KGB playing on South Lamar this Monday. Upon closer inspection, it’s The Texas KGB or Kelly Green Band. Playing what they dub as “original Americana music,” The Texas KGB is a fusion of sorts. A healthy dab of hippie, good doses of harmony, and alternative-country flair gives the band its unique sound. The group is from Austin, but they tour through Texas, too. Catch them while they’re here at One-2-One for a start of the week treat.
Tuesday, January 22nd
The Saxon Pub, 10 PM, $5 cover
Get your weekly dose of the Saxon Pub on Tuesday this week by checking out Anthony Garcia. Lubbock, TX is known for producing its fair share of musical legends. Buddy Holly, Delbert McClinton, Joe Ely, and yes, Anthony Garcia. A talented songwriter, singer, and guitar player, Garcia is a triple threat on the mic. He has that rare ability to fully integrate his person with his voice and his guitar. He becomes one with the song, getting completely immersed in the music. The audience can’t help but do the same. At five bucks, this is a steal of a show. And if you can’t possibly make Tuesday, good news. He’s playing Wednesday night as well.
Shivery Shakes with Lechuza
Wednesday, January 23rd
It’s over three weeks into 2019. Life is still terrible. It’s cold outside. Work is less than ideal, to say the least. Are any of the following statements true? If so, you need a healthy dose of rock ‘n roll. Head over to Mohawk this Wednesday and revel in the cunningly clever melodies of Shivery Shakes. Fronted by long-time Austin rocker William Glosup, the group is a tight blend of sharp guitar and infectious, catchy hooks. Is this surf rock in the middle of Texas? Maybe. Whatever it is, you’re going to like what Glosup and the boys hook you up with. Trust me. Also on the bill, the dreamy, jangly blues-tinted Lechuza.
Thursday, January 24th
Parker Jazz Club, 8 PM
Get into the weekend groove with the smooth, heavenly singing of Kenny Williams at the Parker Jazz Club this Thursday. Williams has years of experience in New York where he performed in The Lion King and The Color Purple: The Musical. He was raised in Austin though, so in a lot ways, Williams is home. When you see jazz, the performer is a part of the draw, but a good venue is a necessity as well. The Parker Jazz Club has the vibes, acoustics, and general aesthetic for jazz enthusiasts and casual fans alike.
You wanna feel nostalgic? Get yourself to the Moody Theater this Friday for a trifecta of Texan rock ‘n roll. Those native to the great Lone Star State will surely remember the Boys—and if you’re not from here, I promise, you know them anyway. Their 2004 self-titled album featured a few singles, the most popular of them being the national hit “Heaven” which undoubtedly helped the album go double platinum. Los Lobos, fresh off their induction into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame, will be there as well as the poetically-charged Lisa Morales. Strap in for a wild night this Saturday if you happen to be at The Moody Theater.
Guy Forsyth Band
Saturday, January 26th
Threadgills North, 8 PM, $15 – $25
Yes, Threadgills World HQ on Riverside is no more. But, the spirit of Austin lives on at Threadgills North, where Guy Forsyth and his band will be rocking out this Saturday night for an all ages show. There are few artists working in the city that embody the quirky, Texas-blues-infused soul that has developed here in Austin. Having released a number of records throughout his career, Forsyth is a treat to see live. You can never tell what you’ll see at one of these shows. Forsyth can rock the harmonica, guitar, ukulele, musical saw, and more. The cherry on top is that Guy plays with some some consummate Austin rockers. The band is always in the pocket.
Drunk Piano with Susanna Lee and Casie Luong
Sunday, January 27th
Dozen Street, 10 PM
Another week at its end, another chill Sunday to lick your wounds, recover, or get into a little more mischief. Pick your own adventure, eh? If you’re struggling to decide where to spend your Sunday night, head over to Dozen Street for a interesting spin on the open mic night. Susanna Lee and Casie Luong will be hosting Drunk Piano, a invitation to musicians and artists alike to jam out in a low-pressure atmosphere with like minded folks. Other artistic types are welcome as well, including comedians, magicians, poets, and everything in between. If you’ve ever gotten to see either of these women live, you know what a treat it is to jam with them. Not the performing type? Just bring your good attitude and join the crowd instead. It’s a guaranteed trip.