I'm not sure what happened recently to invite the wave of nostalgia into our lives, but this weekend is just bumpin' with nostalgic events that will have you feeling like you're living the dreams of yesteryear.
Sometimes it's nice to have an opportunity to relive those glory days, and here are some perfect excuses to pop on that old letterman jacket and tease your hair up extra big for just a few more nights of fun.
On Friday night, you can show everyone those killer disco moves you used to pull out on the dance floor in order to impress the ladies. At Salvage Vanguard Theater, a number of Austin's favorite comedians have coordinated an evening of competitive dance called, appropriately, Dance Fights. Doesn't matter what era or style you choose to use, but you're encouraged to find some partners to join your crew and prepare at least one routine to vie for the evening's coveted Most Creative award. Six teams enter, one team wins.
Saturday, you'll have the chance to relive the early 90s at ACL Live when they feature Barenaked Ladies and Blues Traveler in one nostalgic concert entitled The Last Summer On Earth Tour. Both of these fast-talking super groups made huge radio waves back in the day with hits like "One Week" and "The Hook," respectively; and they're joined by Big Head Todd & The Monsters and Cracker. Practice on the way to the theater, and impress your friends with your flow once again.
Not to be outdone, The Backyard at Bee Cave is hosting Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis and the News on Sunday night. You know Cocker best from the Beatles cover he did for the theme song of The Wonder Years, and Huey Lewis is practically the sum of early 80s easy rock wrapped up into an aged, smiling package. This is a perfect concert to wear your ripped denim Canadian Tuxedo to, for sure.
Roller derby is one of those old school gems that thankfully made a triumphant return into our lives. To satisfy your cravings for all out warfare on wheels, The Texas Rollergirls welcome three of the other top roller derby teams from around the country to the Star of Texas Bowl at the Austin Convention Center. Saturday and Sunday, you can catch the Texecutioners in their all-star glory, picking off the lethal ladies from San Francisco, New York and Seattle. Gotta love a little blood on the track.
If you like your roller skating with a little less internal hemorrhaging, the Broadway musical Xanadu springs to glorious, bubbly life over at ZACH Theatre this weekend. Based on the ridiculous 70s film starring Olivia Newton-John, and entirely aware of its own inanity, the musical stars the always impressive Jill Blackwood in the role she was born to play: a muse sent from heaven to help an aspiring entrepreneur open the world's first roller disco. You clearly can't go wrong with this piece of spot-on musical nostalgia.
Does it count as nostalgia if it's only three years ago? Either way, our favorite little restaurant in nearby East 6th is celebrating its third anniversary, and everyone is invited to the party. On Sunday evening, East Side Showroom is throwing a 3rd Anniversary Party that will include live music, decorations and drink specials all night long. It's free to attend, so everyone is invited to come hang out and enjoy a vintage cocktail or three.
Finally, it's not about nostalgia, but it's too great to leave off the list. The Mohawk is hosting the 2012 Quesoff on Saturday evening, and it's open to the public to come stop up your digestive system with all of the amazing entries in this year's competition for the Best Queso in Austin. The winners in three categories (Meaty, Veggie, and Spicy) will be invited to take their cheeses to a series of national cheese dip contests. And a certain CultureMap editor (it's me!) will be in attendance as one of the special guest judges...
So there you have it, y'all. A retro, rad weekend full of sports, shows, music and more to keep you looking back on the best of times. Remember those times fondly, but be ready to come on back to reality when Monday hits. You don't want to show up at the office having shaved Vanilla Ice stripes on to the sides of your head.
Or on second thought, maybe you do?