Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Two Great Shows Tomorrow

As is often the case in Austin, there are TWO really great shows I want to see tomorrow night. This happens a lot but it's generally on the weekends not on a Wednesday night. The thing that sets my mind at ease a bit about tomorrow night's dual shows are the venues in which they are happening. The first show is Raphael Saadiq at Stubb's. As of this moment tickets are still available and, like with most shows at Stubb's, they're going to set you back about $30. My saving grace is that shows at Stubb's on a Wednesday night have a hard curfew of 10:30pm and generally the set times are scheduled so the music is actually done by 10:00 or 10:15. I'll explain why this is a good thing after the break...

Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin' video via YouTube

So, since Raphael Saadiq will be done between 10:00 and 10:30, that will give me a chance to rush over to Antone's in time for Givers' headlining set. See, since Antone's is an inside venue they usually don't have the headliners on until between 10:00 and 10:30, this means I might miss a song or two from both artists tomorrow night but it's quite possible I'll catch complete sets from BOTH! How cool is that? I WILL miss the Givers support acts and that does make me sad but I also like the idea of Raphael Saadiq opening for Givers in my own custom concert.

Givers - Saw You First video via YouTube

I'm really surprised with the show being a little more than 24 hours away and tickets costing about $15 that they are still available. There is a lot of, deserved, buzz around Givers and I expected this show to be sold-out. Don't sleep on this show Austin, I would compare this to when Local Natives played Antone's after their SXSW whirlwind. Trust me, when I tell you the next time you have the chance to see Givers in Austin the venue will be less intimate, the show will sell-out fast and/or it will be at a festival AND/OR it will be at a sold-out, festival.