Austin Music Mama Monthly Roundup: February

Austin Music Mama Monthly Roundup

Here at LiveMom, we understand that you had a life before you had kids. While the decision to become a parent can rock your world in ways you didn’t anticipate, it can also cause you to temporarily put aside what you used to enjoy…and guarantee that you are in bed by 9pm.

You say you love music? When’s the last time you saw a band in person? Living here in Austin, we are very lucky to have access to live music, every day of the week. Yes, you can choose to listen to a year’s worth of bands during festivals like ACL and SXSW, or you can make an effort to catch one show each month. In some cases, you can even bring your kids along. In the hopes of giving you a reason to get out of the house, an excuse to get a group of friends together and permission add a new band to your playlist, we’ll be issuing recommendations for shows for the coming month. Admittedly, the next day you might need an extra cup of coffee, but we promise, you’ll be glad you remember what it was like to be out with adults again.

Featured event

SIMS Benefit

The SIMS Foundation will be presenting its fifth annual Benefit Bash on Saturday, February 15, from 8-11pm at the Scottish Rite Theater. This year’s show, Heart of the City: A Celebration of Soul is led by musical director and Grammy award-winner Adrian Quesada and will feature performances by Bobby Paterson, Tameca Jones, Dan Dyer, Nakia, Daniel James Leopold, DJ Mahealani, along with a house band starring the Grupo Fantasma horns and, emcee Rick “Daddy” McNulty of KUTX.

In addition to all-star musical performances, the evening will feature a luxury raffle, signature cocktails by Fun House, step-and-repeat with art installations by Resolve Creative Project House, limited edition poster, and a midnight snack provided by Louis Singh.

VIP tickets are $120 and include Underground Soul Lounge access, VIP seating and signature cocktails. General admission tickets are $50 and include bar and midnight snack.

In advance of the show, the SIMS Foundation released “I Need You”, a preview track produced by Adrian Quesada. Downloads of the song and ticket sales benefit the SIMS Foundation and help Austin musicians and their families get access to mental health and addiction treatment.

February Music Roundup



We met up with a few of the School of Rock musicians at ACL and we were super impressed with their poise and, of course, their musical chops. Catch their Best of the Season show at North Door from 3-5:30pm. Kid friendly, of course. $7 cover.


In the spirit of the gospel brunches which take place around town, you might want to check out the Holy Hangover Hour with Cracker Box Gospel Band at Javelina from 2-4pm. Cracker Box Gospel Band “delivers spiritual salvation by way of super-tight soul gospel and other uplifting music”. The show is kid-friendly, and there is no cover.


Jitterbug Vipers will be part of SXSW this year, but you can also catch the band at Continental Club at 6:30pm. No cover. The Jitterbug Vipers specialize in a cult jazz offshoot called “viper jazz,” a screeching U-Turn back to the party where jazz music packed the dance floor and dazzled the audience with brilliant streams of improvisatory musicianship. You can check out their new single “Stuff It” here.


Enjoy local faves The Bright Light Social Hour with The Tontons with your Valentine at Stubb’s outside. Listen to a Spotify playlist of BLSH songs here and watch a YouTube playlist for the Tontons here. The headliners, who describe themselves as a mix of “southern rock, hard dance, psychedelic blues, and deep soul”, have been recording a full-length album which will be released this year. Doors at 8pm and tickets start at $17.50.


After a 14-year hiatus (yes, you read that right), Sebadoh is celebrating the release of their new EP at Red 7. You can listen to the indie band in the new album Defend Yourself in its entirety at Bandcamp. Doors at 9pm, and tickets start at $15.


The Weeks are playing the Scoot Inn in support of their full-length, Dear Bo Jackson. The band’s music combines classic flavors of soul, R&B, funk, and heavy boogie that has allowed the band to create their own unique take on contemporary Southern rock. You can watch the video for The Weeks’ new single, “King Sized Death Bed”, here. Doors open at 7pm, and admission is $8.


Dana Falconberry is headlining a special Valentine’s Day show with Jack Wilson and Grace Park & The Deer at Swan Dive. We interviewed Dana in advance of the band’s ACL performance last year, and her dreamy, romantic sound would be a nice way to celebrate the holiday with that special someone. Formal attire is encouraged. Doors open at 9pm and music will go into the wee hours. Tickets available online and ticket prices start at $15.


Bob Schneider fans, take note: if you didn’t already know, he will be playing ACL Live with special guests Sarah Jaffe, Charlie Mars, Matthew Mayfield, Max Frost and Lex Land. That’s quite a lineup! Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets start at $25.


Houndmouth is another band which played ACL and will be performing with Willie Watson at the Parish. The band’s catchy Americana songs might remind you of the Avett Brothers or Alabama Shakes. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are $12.



So, this isn’t technically a show, but music-lovin’ mamas might want to consider signing up for Ladies Rock Camp, which is a fundraiser for Girls Rock Camp Austin. Following the Girls Rock Camp format, women with all levels of musical experience come together for a weekend to rock. The cost is $350 per person or $500 if you bring a friend.


Imagine Dragons will be playing a show with The Naked & Famous / Nico Vega at the Erwin Center. Doors open at 6pm, and tickets start at $29.50.


Yet another ACL performer (at least for Weekend One) is Dublin-based Kodaline, who will be sharing the stage with LP at Emo’s. You may recognize the band’s song, “All I Want”. Doors at 7pm, and tickets start at $13.50.


We featured the band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. last summer for Tunes Tuesday. The band will bring their upbeat, indie pop sound to a show with Chad Valley  at Emo’s. Doors open at 9pm, and tickets start at $16.


The Young Africans, a group of singers, musicians and dancers who were all once a part of the world-renowned African Children’s Choir, will perform at Bethany United Methodist Church at 7pm. Concerts are free and open to all. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support programs such as education, care and relief and development programs.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 7-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau’s words, her mission is to “suck out all the marrow of life”, or in her son’s words, to cultivate in him a love of “advenchers”.[/author_info] [/author]

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A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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