Where to catch 8 of Austin's favorite local musicians this winter
Baby, it’s cold outside, so what better way to warm up this winter than in some of the city's best venues listening to some of Austin’s favorite musicians? As luck would have it, many local musicians have residencies running throughout January and February, so the odds of catching one of their performances are good.
Jesse Ebaugh and the Tender Things at the White Horse — Sundays at 6:30 pm through January
Perhaps best known as an instrumentalist and back-up vocalist for the Heartless Bastards, Jesse Ebaugh and his band, the Tender Things, return to the White Horse for a month-long residency. With an encyclopedic knowledge of music and a fondness for mixing rock with country and bluegrass, see Ebaugh showcase his immense talents every Sunday.
Peterson Brothers at the Continental Club — Mondays at 6:30 pm through February
If you want to say you saw them when, catch this duo during their weekly residency. The Peterson Brothers from Bastrop — Alex, 18, on bass and vocals, and Glenn, 21, on guitar and lead vocals — blend blues, soul, and funk for a sound all their own. Their self-titled debut album won the Living Critics Award for "Best Debut Blues Album of 2015" and the best is yet to come. Peterson Brothers performances fill up quickly, so get there early to get a good spot.
Nakia and The Blues Grifters at Skylark Social Club — Mondays at 8 pm through January
Since 2011, when he made it to the semifinals of The Voice, Austinites have been following the career of Nakia. Alongside his band, The Blues Grifters, Nakia never disappoints. If you love the kind of blues that makes you want to shout, head over to this dive bar/live music venue for a performance you won’t forget.
Sarah Sharp at Elephant Room
— Tuesdays at 6 pm through March
A former member of the Jitterbug Vipers, Sharp is an Austin Music Award-winning songwriter and jazz singer. She performs her siren songs in the perfect location for her sultry sound. Sharp's new album is slated to come out later this year (it's her solo debut), so be among the first to catch her newest offerings.
Rosie Flores and the Blue Moon Jazz Quartet at the Continental Gallery — Wednesdays at 8:30 pm through February
Rosie Flores is an award-winning guitarist, singer-songwriter, and Austin icon with an eclectic career that spans more than four decades and encompasses every genre from punk rock to country to rockabilly and jazz. In 2017, the City of Austin honored her with “Rosie Flores Day,” and her latest album, A Simple Case of the Blues, has Flores tackling a whole new genre. Filled with heartfelt songs, the album shines a light on Flores at her emotional and soulful best. Catch her along with Jim Stringer, T. Jarrod Bonta, and Larry Eisenberg in one of Austin’s most intimate settings.
Jon Dee Graham at The Continental Club — Wednesdays at 10:30 pm through January
Jon Dee Graham has the distinction of being the only musician ever to be inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times, which could account for his large and loyal fan base. The guitarist and singer/songwriter, perhaps best known for his solo work, is also a former member of the True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo. Catch him in his element, rocking one of Austin’s most iconic venues.
Henry and the Invisibles at Antone’s — Thursdays at 6:30 pm through January
Multi-instrumentalist Henry Roland is a one-man band, the likes of which you have never seen before. It is hard to tell whether the audience or Roland has more fun in his high-energy dance party performances. His brand of funk is getting buzz nationally, so go see him now.
Jimmie Vaughan with the Mike Flanigin at C-Boys Heart and Soul — January 12-13, 19- 20 and February 8-9 and 23-24 at 10:30 pm
When Jimmie Vaughan is not out touring with his Tilt-A Whirl band, there is nothing he likes better than grooving at C-Boys. Brother of the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan and original lead guitarist for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Vaughan has made his mark as a singer/songwriter, stellar guitarist, and bandleader. Buy the newly released CD, Jimmie Vaughan Trio featuring Mike Flanigin Live at C-Boys, then head on over to the club where it was recorded to hear them live.