Jackie Venson kicks off residency at Antone's, plus more Austin music picks for the start of January
New year, new you, new shows. Here are some local gigs you should try to get out for in the first part of January, from the return of the annual Free Week to month-long residencies you should definitely have on your radar.
FREE WEEK – January 2-7
Red River Cultural District’s annual FREE WEEK is currently underway. If you’re looking to participate, here are six shows that should be on your radar. For more information on participating venues, check out our previous coverage, or visit redriverculturaldistrict.org.
- Thursday, January 5: The wild and heavy Tear Dungan will play the Mohawk with Big Bill, Megafauna, Bad Markings, Exotic Fruits, and Exercise.
- Friday, January 6: Post punk act Urban Heat is headlining a bill at Elysium which will includesRosegarden Funeral Party and Curse Mackey. Soul rocker Chief Cleopatra is playing Stubb’s along with Blue Tongue and Midnight Snack.
- Saturday, January 7: Indie stalwarts The Bright Light Social Hour will play at Empire with Shelly Knicks, Billy Glitter, Prixo, Foxtales, and The Selfless Lovers. Post punkers Sailor Poon are set to play at Chess Club with Being Dead, Orvy, and Transy Warhol. Psych pop band Annabelle Chairlegs will perform at Hotel Vegas with Queen Serene, Heavy Meddo, and Chuck (Emily NG).
Jackie Venson at Antone’s – January 7, 14, 21, 28
Guitar virtuoso Jackie Venson is set to kick off a residency at Antone’s this Saturday, January 7. Openers for each Saturday show are as follows: Kydd Jones for January 7, We Don’t Ride Llamas for January 14, The Tiarras for January 21, and Aaron Stephens for January 28. Each gig is $20. (And in case you missed it, Venson recently went viral.)
Ley Line & Buffalo Hunt at Antone’s – January 12
If you love great vocal work, then be sure to swing by Antone’s on Thursday, January 12 for a loaded double bill featuring the folk-leaning Ley Line and the versatile Buffalo Hunt. Tickets are $20.
Why Bonnie & Sun June at Antone’s – January 15
Two great up-and-coming indie acts are set to play Antone’s on Sunday, January 15. Yes, it’s a school night, but Why Bonnie and Sun June are certainly worth the effort. Redbud will open the show. Tickets are $18.