Thursday is Abraham Lincoln's Birthday and what better way to celebrate than with progressive jam rock band, Umphrey's McGee! Umphrey's will be at The National. Tix are $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with Tauk and you'll want to get there early to see them. They're pretty good. If you have to miss the Umph show or just want more, their next six shows will be streamed online for $9.99 a show or $49.99 for all six. If you're interested, check that out at http://tourgigs.com/show/umphreysmcgee_wintertour_live/. Here's UMG doing "Bad Friday > Auld Lang Syne" amid New Year's Eve mayhem in Atlanta. They don't usually have the horn section. That was a special NYE thing.
Talking Heads tribute band Fear of Music is at The Broadberry Friday night. Tix are $8 in advance and $10 at door. Doors open at 8 and The Invasion will open the show at 9. I am assuming Fear of Music will play "Love/Building on Fire", "Love For Sale" and the song that leads off this show which is one of my favorites:
Out at Uptown Alley, country rock band Everwilde take the stage in The Rotunda bar at 8:30 and will play until 11:30. It's $5 to get in starting at 8. Here they are "Still Trying":
If you don't want to celebrate Valentine's Day on Saturday, head to the Anti-Valentine's Day Party at Center of the Universe Brewery in Ashland. It's run from 1 PM until 8:30 PM with special kegs of Imperial Stout, other delicious beers for you to drink, southern food and live music from Undercover Bandwagon (they are on from 4 - 7). It's FREE to get in. Here's Undercover Bandwagon's original "Screen Time":
More beer and music with FREE admission at Hardywood on Saturday with the Sidamo Coffee Stout release. That will get tapped at 2 PM. There's square dancing from 4 - 6 with music provided by The Hashbrown Belly Boys from Charlotte NC so be prepared to do-si-do. At 6:30, Jay Turner & The Swinging Doors will play classic honky-tonk country. Andy Vaughan & The Driveline close things out starting at 8 with more Americana honky-tonk country rock. Here they are playing "Her Body's On My Mind":
At The National Saturday night, it's indie pop rock group, The New Pornographers, and really, what goes better with Valentine's Day than pornography? Ok, there won't really be porn there (unless you bring it yourself), that's just the band name which is designed to shock and titillate you. Tix are $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door, doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8 with Jaill. The New Pornographers hail from Vancouver and this video has been nominated for the Prism Prize for the Best Canadian Video of the year.
That'll do it. See you at the Umphrey's McGee show! Here's Bruce with "Valentine's Day":
And what the hell, here's another one for the season from the Drive-By Truckers, "Feb. 14":