Now that the Super Bowl is over your significant other is probably asking you where you will be celebrating Valentine's Day. Currently single or on the market? No problem. We recommended some shows you can rock out to solo or with a friend. Actually, we feel this short list of great live shows in Austin has something for everyone from sit down performances by Bob Schneider and Dana Falconberry to rocking shows by The Bright Light Social Hour and Sebadoh.
We realize some of these shows are not "traditional" Valentine's Day fodder but we like to think any day is a good day to see live music. Besides, why should you miss out on great music because it is Valentine's Day and you don't have a date? The unorthodox approach might be the best option. Instead of dinner reservations at a swanky restaurant, head to your favorite food trailer (we love East Side King and Veracruz), then work off the meal by jumping up and down at your favorite venue. Either way, have a good time next week. Click "view photos" above to get more details.
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Bob Schneider and the Moonlight Orchestra with Tosca Strings at ACL Live
Bob Schneider is one of the most recognizable working musicians in Austin currently. His Valentine's Day show at ACL Live at the Moody Theater might be the best bet for couples looking to take in a romantic live music performance next Friday. Not only will Schneider be performing with an orchestra in the best downtown indoor venue but he will be joined on stage by Sarah Jaffe, Charlie Mars, Matthew Mayfield, Max Frost and Lex Land.
Tickets start at $25 for this performance which begins with the opening acts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for those lovebirds who like to arrive early. Get tickets here.
The Bright Light Social Hour with The Tontons at Stubb's BBQ
One of our favorite Austin bands, The Bright Light Social Hour have scheduled a performance at Stubb's BBQ with Houston upstarts, The Tontons for what promises to be a rocking Valentine's Day show. The last time TBLSH played Stubb's they sold out the venue. Expect a similarly crowded show when they hit the stage with The Tontons who impressed at Fun Fun Fun Fest last year. As far as rock and roll options go for Austin concertgoers on the holiday, this double bill is hard to beat for good, old-fashioned rock and roll.
Listen to TBLSH's ode to Texas Governor candidate Wendy Davis and more on Souncloud. You can also sample the sounds of Houston's The Tontons over here. Both bands are currently on tour until SXSW so if you are thinking of seeing this show, grab tickets soon. It is likely to sell out.
Dana Falconberry w/ Jack Wilson and Grace Park
For a smaller venue with a romantic bill, try hitting art-deco themed bar, Swan Dive on Red River. The venue has lots of seating, a back patio and a great songwriter, Dana Falconberry planned for the Valentine's Day evening. Falconberry has been a mainstay on the local songwriter circuit. Her latest album, "Leelanau" landed on several best albums by Austin musicians lists. The singer is a SXSW veterans with wholesome good looks to go with a plaintive, thoughtful voice and great lyrics.
Tickets start at $15 making this show fairly affordable given the typical high priced events taking place. There are VIP table options that come with a reserved table and a bottle of champagne if that is your style. Purchase tickets in advance via Eventbrite.
Sebadoh w/ Octogrape, Phantom Lakes at Red 7
If you are not already familiar with Lou Barlow band, Sebadoh who hit big in the early 90s grunge scene, this is a great opportunity to see the band in a small venue at Red 7. The band helped popularize the low-fi recording movement in indie-rock made popular by peers, Pavement and Guided by Voices. Sebadoh has put out their first album in 14 years, "Defend Yourself" as well as a "Secret EP." The limited edition EP as well as the new material will be available for purchase at the show.
Advance tickets are available for $15 at the Red 7 website (link above). Octogrape and Phantom Lakes open.
El Ten Eleven w/ Bronze Whale at The Mohawk
Post-rock duo from Los Angeles, El Ten Eleven are coming through town on Valentine's Day at The Mohawk with Bronze Whale supporting. For an ultra-hip evening of progressive music, head to the Red River District for this show planned for the outside stage.
More on El Ten Eleven:
“I really hope people don’t say that we are a math rock band!” double neck guitar/bass virtuoso Kristian Dunn exclaims while discussing his duo, El Ten Eleven’s, new album Transitions. Acoustic and electronic drummer Tim Fogarty adds, “We get labeled all kinds of things from post-rock to ambient to experimental... all of those make us cringe. So far my personal favorite label for the band has been 'Power Duo'... it's kind of ridiculous but I like it.”Despite the absence of lyrics, their latest release, their fifth studio full-length album, may be the most personal to date. “Tim and I have been through a lot in the past couple of years,” Dunn reflects. “We’ve both been divorced, moved to different cities, Tim went through some really dark times, I got remarried and had a kid … for a while things were uncertain and we threw ourselves into the new record and it called for more than just short pop structures. - Do512
The Mohawk is our favorite downtown outdoor venue for good reason. There is plenty of great sight lines on multiple levels around the venue. This all ages show is $13. Tickets are still available.