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for Sat., Feb. 4
  • Guy Forsyth and Will Taylor at Concerts in the Dark

    Award-winning violinist Will Taylor has created a new series of indoor acoustic music concerts, with this one featuring Guy Forsyth The show begins and ends in darkness, with music and a poem or two surrounding and soothing you. The audience can bring pillows or yoga matts to gaze at the shadows, or sit around the performance in a circle.
    Fri. Mar. 1, 7:30pm-9:30pm  
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    KOOP 28th birthday bash w/ Brownout, Hot Texas Swing Band

    Bittersweet birthday, somewhat, for KOOP, given last week’s passing of foundational figure Rod Moag. The homepage of 91.7FM Austin Community Radio calls the late scholar, musician, and deejay “an integral part of KOOP since day one.” Since orchids mark anniversaries reaching 28, love, luxury, strength, and beauty hopefully signal 2023 for the homegrown culture beacon. Grupo Fantasma’s spinoff Brownout makes this a pachanga, the local Latin guitar crew putting a fine point on any performance. Moag’s beloved Lone Star sound tributes KOOP’s Texan focus in veteran Austin two-step machine Hot Texas Swing Band. Much to celebrate, anticipate, and wake.
    Sat., Feb. 4, 8pm 
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    El Combo Oscuro, Organizacion Kumbiambera, Las Chicas en 512

    Fusing Peruvian Sixties psychedelic and loose rhythmic Latin, El Combo Oscuro highlights a night of cumbia at Chess Club. Last year the local sextet released Cumbia Capital, a mezcal-fermented brew of slinky keyboard modulations, polyrhythmic percussion, and serpentine surf rock. An extension of Que Sonido Tan Rico (2021), the four-track EP unravels into a peyote hypnosis as sinewy-limbed six-strings uncoil (“El Ventarron”) and organs cut loose, swirling into zigzagged flourishes. Expect more cumbia and Tejano classics by fellow locals Organización Kumbiambera and Las Chicas en 512.
    Sat., Feb. 4, 10pm. $10 cover.
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    Van Wilks, Pat Byrne & BettySoo, Willis Alan Ramsey Band (5:00)

    We’ve been promised a sophomore album now for decades, but over 50 years after Willis Alan Ramsey delivered his iconic eponymous debut (and only) LP, the songwriter still captivates. Joining Jimmy Buffett onstage in Austin last year to sing his “Ballad of Spider John,” Ramsey’s voice proved preserved but deepened with wisdom, as do the new songs he’ll be offering over two nights at the Saxon alongside his oft-covered classics like “Satin Sheets” and “Muskrat Candlelight” (i.e., “Muskrat Love”). The one-time local helped put Austin songwriting on the map in the Seventies, and the city continues to return the favor to help prime his reemergence.
    Sat., Feb. 4
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