Happy Valentine’s Day, Austin! With all the dinner reservations, flower purchases, and stacks of chocolate being bought, it’s hard to lose sight of what really makes a relationship tick: experiencing life as a couple. And what better way to do so than by checking out live music!
This weekend, we recommend a Latin ska blowout, tender acoustic set by a famed Austin band, and chill ’70s-style psych. Lots to love with your love, so listen local!
Friday, Feb. 14
Valentine’s Day w/Los Skarnales, Tiarra Girls, Rockin’ Lloyd Tripp
@ Flamingo Cantina (515 E. 6th) – 9 p.m. – Tickets
Feel like sweeping your beloved off his/her feet? Literally do so with a night of dancing and grooving at Flamingo Cantina. You’ll be moving to the energetic Spanish ska/punk of Los Skarnales, and the Tiarra Girls’ multi-faceted blend of jazz, Latin, and dancehall groove.
Whether you’re swaying to a laid-back Caribbean vibe or bouncing around a dance circle, you’ll have a wild Valentine’s Day with the one you love.
Valentine’s Day Acoustic Show w/Wild Child
@ Cactus Cafe (2247 Guadalupe) – 8:30 p.m. – Tickets
If you want your Valentine’s Day more coffee shop than ska/punk madness, then may I recommend this must-see show? Austin’s own Wild Child will be performing a rare acoustic set at the uber-intimate Cactus Cafe.
With soft guitar tunes like last year’s stunning “Sinking Ship” and 2016’s “Meadows” already primed for the unplugged treatment, it’ll be fun to see how Kelsey Wilson handles her more upbeat tunes. Expect a night of smiles, laughs, and quiet beauty.
Saturday, Feb. 15
@ Stubb’s Inside (801 Red River) – 11 p.m. – Tickets
Smokey psych rock peppered with a hint of Austin blues, and a smidgen of ’70s snarl, Mopac continues to make waves in the local music community. Tunes like the lazy Sunday vibe of “Dead Bone Strut” and the cruise-down-the-highway summer gleam of “Kayfabe” prove the range and variety within this group’s core sound.
The latest single, “Burn & Soothe,” opens with an urgent bass line before settling into a punchy groove of haunting vocals, and tight guitar lines. Perfect late night chill music.
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
Where are you going for live, local music this weekend in Austin?
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