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Do512′s Mardi Gras Events

In America, Mardi Gras seems to be more synonymous with getting Bourbon-faced on Shit Street than celebrating for Lenten season. But, that’s what we love about this country– the perpetual yearning for reasons to dress up, party hard and eat cake.

Feb. 12 is Fat Tuesday and you don’t have to be in New Orleans to celebrate French Quarter style. Plenty of places around Austin will shovel out their fair share of NOLA food, stout drinks and of course, beads. The celebrations start as early as Feb. 08 so pull out your favorite purple, green and gold ensembles and prepare your bellies.



A Mardi Gras Party at Homefield Grill kicks off the Carnival Season with all of the essentials: beads, masks, parades, King Cake and NOLA booze favorites such as Hand Grenades, Hurricanes and Sazeracs. Speaking from personal experience here, if the grenades are true to their NOLA roots, one should suffice.

Then, at 7 p.m., Cajun and Creole foodie Todd Michael St. Pierre will present his new New Orleans cookbook, “Taste of Treme,” at Bookpeople just in time for the celebrations. Buy his cookbook in the store and get it signed before you set off to cook up some cajun-inspired favorites.



Antone’s presents World Carnaval, a show that will bring Austin musicians together to present an array of musical and dance styles that are represented around the world during Mardi Gras. Acts include: Suns of Orpheus, Austin Samba School, Morena Soul, Seu Jacinto and McCallum High School Knights Steel Drum band.


In lieu of the connotation of their name, Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden is going into Mardi Gras festivities with a bang for their Second Chance Sunday: Mardi Gras Edition. They are actually roasting an alligator, swamp rat and wild boar in the name of the crazy cajuns. The delicacies will be served at noon and feed salivating (maybe a little reluctant) mouths until it runs out. While you munch on gator, (which literally tastes like chicken), cajun music group Gumbo Ce Soir and the Dead Music Capital band will perform in full make-up and costume, making the revelry that much more authentic.


J. BLACK’S Feel Good Kitchen and Lounge will host Mardi Gras 2013 beginning at 4 p.m. with Bacardi Hurricanes and traditional Nawlins gumbo. At 9 p.m. they will hold a mask competition with first, second and third place prizes.

If you feel more inclined to keep the blood pumping while partaking in Mardi Gras merriment, join Rogue Running and Brooks Running for their Fat Tuesday Pub Run. They will set off at 5:30 p.m. after pre-drink warm ups with Hops & Grain Pale Dog and Alternation to get you warm and fuzzy before an estimated four miles of pub crawling.

Central Market Cooking School will host a Fat Tuesday Feast demonstration featuring Cindy Haenel, CM Cooking School instructor, who will show participants how to make classic cajun favorites such as Mini Muffulettas, Smoked Duck and Shrimp Jambalaya, Creole Grits and Andouille Sausage, Fried Catfish Po-boys and Beignets a la Mode.


Jambalaya photo via cookingwithleo.com

Flamingo Cantina will kick off their Fat Tuesday Carnaval Celebration at 7 p.m. with a dance party, plethora of beads and performances by Os Alqumistas, Austin Samba School and Morena Soul.

If you want to leave the gaudy hoopla out of it and just see some good, live music for Fat Tuesday, Gruene Hall will celebrate with Americana and bluegrass bands Slim Bawb and Cornbread. Brauntex Theatre will have a jazzy good time with Alex Meixner, The Thirsty Nickel has Mike V on the set for Fat Tuesday and The Sahara Lounge will entertain with Mardigras, Danny B. Harvey and Black Cadillac.

However you decide to celebrate, Mardi Gras annually gives us a reason to don ridiculous phallic-shaped necklaces, wear feather masks and get Cajun-boy wasted. It is also a great reassurance as to why you are part of the ones giving up alcohol for lent as you head into Ash Wednesday with a killer Hand Grenade hangover. Evil things. Regardless, don’t be upset if you cannot make it to The Big Easy for the biggest excuse ever to gorge yourselves with delicious Cajun food and King Cake, listen to jazz and blues music or get completely shmammered because Austin has you covered. In the meantime, go grab some King Cake from Easy Tiger for $15 starting now through Mardi Gras.


Click for the full Do512 list of Mardi Gras events.


via Courtney Goforth

Whiskey Shivers’ Hawg Falcon Variety Show at Antone’s 12/11

Whiskey Shivers’ Hawg Falcon Variety Show at Antone’s 12/11

You wake up in a cold sweat. The sweet perfusion of whiskey drips down your temples and the remnants gurgle in your belly. “God, I’m never drinkin’ again,” they all say. But then you think how you got here—a night full of boot stompin’, hand clappin’ and wettin’ your whistle with Jameson—and you realize the Whiskey Shivers are all worth the morning after.

Austin’s magnetic force pulled Andrew, Bobby, Horti, James and Joe from all across the country to band together and take the folky bluegrass scene by a bottle of whiskey. Thus, the aptly named Whiskey Shivers became a natural fit for a boozy good time.

“We recorded some songs and kind of ended up with a sound that’s… different,” upright bassist Andrew VanVoorhees said. “We were just getting drunk and playing together; we like our whiskey. Though we didn’t realize the consequences of putting ‘whiskey’ in our name. There are some nights you don’t want to have to take the obligatory whiskey shot from the audience.”

After one drunken meeting with Antone’s manager, John, Whiskey Shivers established a residency that began Nov. 6 and will come to its sobering end Dec. 18. Every Tuesday night, Whiskey Shiver’s Hawg Falcon Variety Show has featured local artists, comedians and various performers all in the name of charity. The five-dollar admission price is donated to youth programs like Attendance Records, Austin Bat Cave and Girls Rock Austin, which VanVoorhees believes is disappearing from the curriculum in schools.

“We get the chance to jam with all of our buddies,” VanVoorhees said. “We get to call up all these great bands, who are also really awesome people and get to spend the night with them and do something we care about. It’s a really positive experience.”

Photo via Wild Child on Facebook

The infamous Wild Bill who dons awesome homemade shirts like, “I fail every day” continues to play host for the second to last show on Dec. 11 that features Whiskey Shivers and fellow Austin bands Wild Child, Hello Wheels and The Bluebird Specials, as well as folk singer Sam Hadfield.

Although some may say Tuesday nights are not ideal for whiskey and a night of mild chaos, some say what better day than a Tuesday. Whether it be in the spirit of charity, supporting Wild Child’s kickstarter for their new album, The Runaround, or in the name of following a mantra like Whiskey Shiver’s Bobby does, “If venture finds you, venture,” the Hawg Falcon Variety Show is sure to call upon your spirit animal, or at the least, entertain you. Let’s get weird. 

Be sure to click ‘I Like It’ on the Do512 event listing for a chance to win a pair of tickets!

- via Courtney Goforth

The Legendary Wanda Jackson Will Rock Antone’s Saturday Night!

Image Credit: Smithsonian.Com

She dated Elvis (yes, THAT Elvis). She’s best friends with Jack White. She inspired Roseanne Cash and Cyndi Lauper. Justin Townes Earle produces her new album. She’s the Queen of Rock. The First Lady of Rockabilly. If we’re talking about old-school rock’n'roll and classic, no nonsense country music, Wanda Jackson is kind of a big deal. Even back in the day, as you’ll find out below, Wanda was turning heads by being one of the loudest, funnest, no-BS rockers out there. Rockabilly was considered a man’s game, but Wanda changed all that by being the toughest one in the room. And it doesn’t hurt that she can sing like no other.  Observe:

Wanda Jackson’s got a new album that takes her back to her hillbilly roots, and she’s turning Antone’s into a Western dance floor this Saturday, December 1st. Joining Wanda will be Jonny Fritz and the In-Laws. You might know Jonny by his former name, Jonny Corndawg. The name has changed, but the sound remains the same – in-your-face, straight-talking, no-gimmicks Americana rock. Take a listen to “Social Climbers,” Jonny’s takedown of all the phonies he’s met when visiting Los Angeles.

Austin’s own Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers will kick off the evening with their high-energy brand of hillbilly rock and Western swing. Antone’s is the hottest honky-tonk in the ATX this Saturday night with a living rockabilly legend and some up-and-comers that deliver the old sound in a new, completely awesome way. Shine up those dancing boots and don’t miss it!

The Black Lillies/The Preservation/Erik Larson and Peacemaker @ Antone’s Friday!

Ah, Tennessee. Elvis called it home. Country music fans call it heaven. But there’s one overlooked town in our favorite rectangle state – Knoxville. And from that fair city comes The Black Lillies, an up-and-coming Americana group turning heads and wowing a growing fanbase. The band hasn’t even been around five years, and they’ve already played the Grand Ol’ Opry five times (that’s a record for an independent group) and been featured as a fan favorite on CMT countdowns. That’s quite a resume, and with their new album 100 Miles of Wreckage, they continue to break records and deliver their signature brand of Appalachian-inspired roots rock.

The Black Lillies are set to make a stop at the legendary Antone’s this Friday for their Lone Star Music Free Americana Series, performing alongside Do512 favorites, Austin’s very own The Preservation. Check out their performance of “Hugs” in our swanky Do512 Lounge below.

But that’s not all. Your Antone’s and Lone Star Music Free Americana Series begins this Friday with Austin Americana mainstays Erik Larson and Peacemaker. They’re sure to kick off the night with a rocking set of alt-country favorites for their hometown crowd.

Mark your calendars this Friday for an evening of some of the finest Americana and roots rock around. Don’t miss the hottest touring crew in the country, along with a sampling of Austin’s best. And it’s all free at Antone’s!

The Dirty Dozen Cleans Up With Funky Freshness

Close your eyes. You’re in New Orleans, taking in the French Quarter vibe. What do you see? Creole townhouses lining the block? Perhaps a scent of beignets floats by as you order yourself a bowl of gumbo? Imagine the sound of streetcars clattering by as you pass the casinos on your way to the banks of the Mississippi. Do you hear a commotion coming from Frenchmen Street? Perhaps that’s a hobo throwing a trash can your way. Duck!


The things you might encounter in a trip to New Orleans might have a stereotypical air about them, but the Crescent City is anything but. Some aspects might seem typical, but one that hasn’t for over 25 years is the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Their funk is as atypical as their success, having toured successfully over much of their career and the globe. The Dirty Dozen has released over a dozen records and appeared alongside Elvis Costello and Modest Mouse, among others. The R&B-infused big brass sound they honed has influenced generations of beboppers and funk masters alike, and they are once more traveling from the Big Easy to the 512.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is performing at Antone’s this Saturday at 9 with the fully funkified Flyjack, and with chances to win at Do512 there is no reason not to quickstep down to 5th Street. It’s as close to Bourbon Street you can get without stepping in murky sewer juice.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Antone’s this Thursday (9/20)

From Black Crowes to Brotherhood

Are you a Black Crowes fan looking for a taste of the good ole’ days?  The Chris Robinson Brotherhood is the newest project from The Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson. During The Black Crowes hiatus, along with former Crowes keyboardist Adam MacDougall, Robinson teamed up to create a new southern rock quintet.

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His new project The Chris Robinson Brotherhood played over 100 shows before recording two new albums. Take a step into the Magic Door and discover the psychedelic blues sound of CRB’s new album. Recorded in concurrence with Big Moon Ritual, Magic Door is the perfect companion to their debut album. Big Moon Ritual has often been described as “the closest thing to new Grateful Dead music since Jerry died. The Brotherhood’s guitarist Neal Casal plays Garcia style licks all over these songs, and Robinson has a decidedly Robert Hunter vibe to his lyrics.” – Marquee Magazine

As The Black Crowes distinguished themselves in the live setting so does The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. For those of you that crave the dead head days, wish to remember The Black Crowes, or are simply a die-hard Chris Robinson fan this show is for you. Be sure and catch the Brotherhood performing this Thursday 9/20 at Antone’s and “Like” this page for a chance to win a pair of FREE tickets!

Uncle Lucius CD Release at Antone’s 8/25

Uncle Lucius CD Release at Antone’s 8/25

The formation of Austin’s own Uncle Lucius was an act of fate.  Like the story so often begins, frontman Kevin Galloway uprooted his East Texas life with not much more than a pickup truck and a guitar to find his way in the musical capital of the world.  After making the open-mic circuit for several years, Galloway collided with bassist Hal Vorpahl, a country boy with similar aspirations.  The band began to take shape when lead guitarist Mike Carpenter entered the picture.  Raised on rock and roll, he then transformed the group into a southern rock outfit with an Austin blues undertone.  The addition of a keyboardist and drummer solidified and gave focus to Uncle Lucius.

As the release for the third studio album, And You Are Me, nears, the band defines their sound and comes into their own light.  Each musician just so happens to be a lyricist as well, each bringing songs to the table on past records.  The cohesiveness of this new record is the direct result of collaborating on songwriting for the first time.  The new album will be available everywhere on August 28th, although you can get a sneak peak and place your pre-order now.

Photo via http://www.facebook.com/unclelucius

To kick of this momentous occasion, Uncle Lucius is releasing their long-awaited record at none other than the famed Antone’s Nightclub on Aug 25, where exclusive fan bundles, including autographed copies of the CD and access to their soundcheck, will be available.  Joining in the festivities will be local favorites Not In The Face and Whiskey Shivers.  Come celebrate the hometown release of the new album and the commencement of a lengthy promotional tour.  Word on the street is that the awesome horns section will be backing Galloway’s infamous hippie dancing.

Don’t delay, get your tickets today!


Merch Girl Documentary KickStarter Campaign

John Evans Band is a staple in the Austin music scene.  He frequents any and every honky tonk that will have him.  His daughter, Abbie, is always by his side as his accomplice and merch girl.  Based on her fearless spirit, you might not ever know that Abbie was born with an incurable skin disease, Epidermolysis Bullosa.  This passionate spitfire compelled Austin-based producers, Cary Bell and Jessica Miller, to capture the inspiring life of a true fighter.

Abbie insisted that she go on the road at 15 years old.  With much hesitation, her mother, Stacie Evans, agreed to let her make her own decisions.  Music gave Abbie a fire and strength that no one could have predicted.  This empowering story is proof that you can live life on your own terms, no matter what obstacles you might face.  Everyone can relate to Abbie at 18- figuring out who you are and who you want to be, overcoming fear of the unknown, and struggling to just be normal.

This film is bound to be one of the best documentaries of 2013 when it hits the film festival circuit this year.  As the filming wraps up, Merch Girl needs your help with the finishing touches.  They have started a KickStarter campaign in hopes of raising enough funds to get Abbie’s story told.  What is all this KickStarter hoopla, anyway?  It is an online threshold pledge system for funding creative projects.  Here, your generous donations are rewarded based on the amount you contribute, like tickets to a private screening of the film and a concert featuring Hayes Carll.  As per Kickstarter regulations, if fundraising goals are not met by Aug 23, no money will change hands.

This event will take place at Antone’s on February 10th at 2pm.  Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Abbie and the filmmakers.  Hayes Carll, John Evans, and Emily Bell will then perform in an intimate song swap.  Not only will people experience great music and a wonderful movie, but by purchasing a ticket, they will also be helping to finish the documentary and be ever connected to Abbie’s story.

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” -Bob Marley

Donate to the Merch Girl KickStarter campaign here.


Lindsey Buckingham at Antone’s!

Lindsey Buckingham.

Buckingham then

You guys know who were talking about here, right? The guy from Fleetwood Mac who MADE Rumours and Tusk so amazing?

In 1998 he made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the rest of Fleetwood Mac, and now he’s coming to Austin to play an intimate show at Antone’s on August 22.

Tickets for this show are already getting pretty limited, so hurry up and get one. Also, like our event page for a chance to win a free pair!

Buckingham has been a musical legend since the ’70s and has been making solo music since 1981. What’s different about his music now is that he’s free from the “big-record-company” stuff. After thirty years, the dude decided that Warner Bros. wasn’t who he wanted to make music for anymore, so he broke-up with them and put out his newest album, Seeds We Sow, on his own. Lindsey Buckingham is now an independent artist — kinda crazy, huh?

Buckingham now

Last week Buckingham played two nights in a row to sold-out audiences at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Manhattan. The raving reviews revealed that not only did he play his solo stuff, but he mixed in some of the music Fleetwood Mac became iconic for. One reviewer even said that the audience melted into his performance because it was not only rich in entertainment, but truly a wonderful experience.

“But as a perfect cherry on top to a perfect evening of classic rock n’ roll, Buckingham surprised many in attendance by bursting into the Fleetwood Mac super-hit, “Go Your Own Way.” The song was an instant face melter for the audience. We sang it word for word, while looking on in awe to an artist who gave us everything we wanted and then some,” he wrote.

All-in-all the man is still, and will forever be, a genius when it comes to playing and making music. A performer is a performer, but a legend is just unpredictable in their capabilities.

Antone’s 37th Anniversary Kickoff Party

Antone’s 37th Anniversary Kickoff Party


Antone’s Nightclub paved the way for budding blues musicians and music venues, converting Austin into the Live Music Capital of the World.  This world-renowned venue has launched the careers of greats like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Los Lonely Boys, and Bob Schneider, just to name a few.  There’s not enough time to list the countless famed musicians to take the stage at Antone’s in the past 37 years.  The month of July begins the celebration of the Austin cornerstone’s anniversary.

A kickoff party, dedicated to legends Doyle Bramhall and Hubert Sumlin, will be held on July 11, 2012, to commence the festivities.  This will be the grandest of birthday parties, culminating some of the best rock and blues musicians to date.  The lineup includes talented Texas natives: Doyle Bramhall II, Marcia Ball, Denny Freeman, Malford Milligan, Derek O’Brien, Mike Flanigan, Jason Moeller, Larry Fulcher, George Rains, and Casper Rawls.

This is a chance for music fans to pay homage to a venue that has surpassed all others, a history that has shaped music for generations, and musicians that now carry the torch. God Bless the late Clifford Antone for all that he contributed to our culture.

photo by susan antone (c.)

Doors open at 7:00 and tickets range from $15 to $20.