Three Valentine’s Day Show Picks
Live music to put you in the mood
By Kevin Curtin,
1:35PM, Wed. Feb. 11, 2015
Cupid opens fire on Saturday. Whether the international lovers' holiday means date night with your main squeeze or rollin’ stag, Valentine’s Day presents a full bouquet of entertainment from Austin’s music scene. Here are three red roses.
Jonathan Terrell & Ben Ballinger
The new retro-swank cocktail bar and music lounge Stay Gold (1910 E. Cesar Chavez) taps two superb songwriters for their Valentine’s special. Terrell, of Not In the Face notoriety, debuts material from forthcoming solo album Past the Lights of Town with a new backing band (11:30pm). Meanwhile, Ballinger (10pm) woos you with wordy, uninhibited prose. A reserved table, bottle of wine, chocolate truffles, and a rose can be reserved at email@example.com for $40. No cover otherwise.
In this country-fried musical, a singer attempts to endure 100 failed romances so she can compose emotionally authentic country music. Austin’s Joanna Garner, who wrote it, takes the lead role of Charlane Tucker, whose songs come to life with a band led by Peter Stopschinski from the Golden Hornet Project. Tickets ($15) are sold out for Saturday’s 7pm show at the Sahara Lounge (1413 Webberville), but if you show up 30 minutes early, you can get on the wait list and have a good shot at getting in.
White Ghost Shivers
If you’re going to get dressed up on Saturday, you might as well don some mid-century duds and take in some of the most histrionic vintage Americana Austin has to offer. Confetti-tossing showstoppers the White Ghost Shivers put on an R-rated mixture of hot jazz, hokum, and ragtime with maximum vaudevillian flair at the Continental Club, 10pm. Born again sinner killers McMercy Family Band, who play at midnight, deliver hillbilly gospel with a theatrical touch first.