Say sayonara to 2013 at one of Austin’s magnificent New Years Eve music events. There are literally dozens to chose from, so I took the liberty of handicapping your evening.
NYE 1994 at Hotel Vegas
Thirty bands on five stages take the hip East Austin haunt back to 1994, when Sonic Youth ruled and Oasis was more than just a band of brothers who bickered over trivial shit. Exact lineups remain a mystery, but we’re hearing American Sharks will cover Nirvana, Tia Carrera shakes walls as the Melvins, and Flesh Lights guitar wiz Max Vandever recreates Teenage Fanclub.
Foot Patrol at Red 7
Toe-sucking funk oddballs Foot Patrol, led by blind keyboardist and singer TJ Wade, pay tribute to Prince with an airing of the Purple One’s 1994 classic Purple Rain.
Scott H. Biram, Honky, Chili Cold Blood at the North Door
A rough looking crew invades the North Door as red-hot gothic ruralist Scott H. Biram previews his highly anticipated Nothin’ But Blood alongside blues metalheads Honky, whose frontmen spent much of 2013 with the Melvins and Down, and the gothic southern doom boogie of Chili Cold Blood. Whiskey shots mandatory.
Mariachi Maskerade Ball: Grupo Fantasma, Piñata Protest at the Belmont
Masks, mariachi, and mucho mucho champagne are promised in accompaniment of Austin’s Grammy winning Latin groove orchestra Grupo Fantasma and one of central Texas’ most exciting young bands, accordion smashing Tex-Mex punks Piñata Protest.
Whitman’s Last Stand at Crown Plaza Hotel
Indie rock crew Whitman call it quits after eight years, and they’re going out in style with a hotel party. Their regrets, according to singer Ram Vela, are few: never touring through Delaware, never being selected as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, and never receiving their plaque after winning Best Rock Band at the 2013 Austin Music Awards.
The band’s list of accomplishments runs longer: seven national tours, a spot opening for Olivia Tremor Control just days before Bill Doss died, and the release of one great album in 2012’s Weekends. Also sweet that their last show is at a hotel in North Austin on New Years Eve. Why the fuck not?
Shakey Graves, Robert Ellis, Whiskey Shivers at the Parish
Three of Texas’ most popular young acoustic allegiants – thrashgrass rattlers Whiskey Shivers, soul-stirring songwriter Robert Ellis, and suitcase-stomping soloist Shakey Graves, each headliners in their own right – combine for a mega-bill at Dirty Sixth Street’s musical stronghold the Parish.
Willie Nelson and Friends at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
The red headed stranger rolls the hits every year at the Moody, and the vibe is always unbeatable. It’s like being in a room with the Dalai Lama, except Gyatso’s stoned and noodling on an old guitar. Expect an appearance from both Father Time and Baby New Year, the latter of which broke free from 2012 in the form of a tiny black guy in a diaper.
Joe Ely at the Roost
One of the great Texas troubadours helps uncork North Austin’s newest venue, the Roost, a deluxe 700-person capacity club decorated with a lot of Austin musical history, including several vintage Joe Ely concert posters. Clearly the venue was made for him.
Phranchyze, Kid Slyce, Mighty Mountain, BLXPLTN at Holy Mountain
Seventh Street hotspot Holy Mountain keeps it local with a family affair featuring deft record scratcher and producer Kid Slyce, the fresh indie-folk of Mighty Mountain, and funnyman Phranchyze, plus a very special guest you’ll have to climb the Mountain to see.
Barfield at C-Boys Heart & Soul
The laid-back hangout that South Congress sorely needed, C-Boys opened last weekend in the old Trophy’s space as a two-story soul and blues lounge founded by Continental Club owner Steve Wertheimer in tribute to his late musical mentor C-Boy Parks. The black and red, dimly lit club opens for good on Tuesday night with the “Tyrant of Texas Funk,” Mike Barfield.
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