Celia & The Broken Hearts, Tiarra Girls, Leti Garza y La Banda
International Women’s Day Gender Harmony Through Music
Friday, March 8th at 8 pm
Cactus Cafe, $15 in advance, $20 at the door
It’s already the second Friday of March (can that be right?!) and why not keep your year going in a positive direction? Head over to the Cactus Cafe for the Second Annual 2019 ATX International Women’s Day, where everyone will be celebrating “gender harmony through music, with deep-Austin, award winning, power house bands.” The bill includes Celia & The Broken Hearts, a groovy Afro-Chicano Futurism group that fully embodies the Heart of Texas. Half jam band and half straight rock outfit, Celia & The Broken Hearts blend a variety of Latino musical styles and genres. The Tiarra Girls will also be at the party. Sophia, Tori, and Tiffany Baltierra are three-time Austin Music Award winners. The sisters sing the poetic in a slick mix of English and Spanish. The songs can be catchy, but it’s far from pure pop. In addition to being rich in sound and composition, the tracks are deeply political; these young women are clearly adept at penning an inspiring anthem, and they do it with a killer groove.
As if this wasn’t enough of a party, Leti Garza y La Banda is also at the Cactus. Garza y La Banda bring together a number of groovy world music elements, but the group clearly has steadfast Latin roots. Garza does the impossible task of evoking the deeply personal or intimate and makes it enjoyable for any audience. And she makes it seem easy. To see Leti Garza is to witness magic. Make sure you get your soul recharged this Friday by heading to the Cactus Cafe. Doors are at 8:00 and the show goes on at 8:30.
Debra Watson & The Smokin’ Aces
Saturday, March 9th at 6:30 pm
Central Market Westgate
It’s official. SXSW has hit the ATX. If you haven’t gone into hiding yet, it’s too late. The festival is upon us and our little-big town of Austin will become even more hectic than a scorpion on a barbecue grill. If you have a pass, that’s great! Go out and enjoy the madness. But if you’re a normal local that still wants to have a good time this weekend without getting mobbed by the masses, head out to the Westgate Central Market for honest-to-goodness rockabilly. Debra Watson and her Smokin’ Aces will be throwing it down early this Saturday evening. It’s south enough to be away from all the South By noise and it’s at Central Market so you KNOW there will be parking. Check this swingin’ country-blues band out before they head to Port Aransas in April. Hey, it’s Debra Watson… you know she’ll be back in Austin; but why not make sure you catch her in town before she makes a break to play Sand Fest 2019 in Port A?
Sunday, March 10th at 4 pm
ABGB, the hip little pizzeria-slash-brewery, likes to call this weekly event The Sunday Best. Taking a look at the consistent flow of good talent, it’s no wonder the gig carries such a boastful name. Continue your dodge of the SXSW events by dealing with a show that’s all-together more chill. Mike Stinson, a true troubadour, will be rocking out this early evening this Sunday. Inspired by the legendary Gram Parsons, Stinson’s songs are something like honky-tonk that bites back as much as it cries. Though he’s originally from Virginia, Stinson seems to draw from a variety of states. And I don’t just mean the physical United ones. His tracks run the gamut; from pitifully regretful, to somber and lonesome, to full-on rebel swagger, Stinson can do it all. This is true Americana music and Stinson is a powerful poet. Grab a beer and some pizza slices. Even if you go to ABGB alone, you’ll be surrounded by people having a good time. So go ahead and grab some locally brewed draft. Here, you definitely have someone to drink with.