Rev Gusto plays the Homegrown for the Holidays show at the Midland tonight.
As far as holidays go, Thanksgiving usually reaches its fun capacity somewhere in between stuffing your face with, uh, stuffing and hiding from dreaded extended family members who have all these questions about your supposed "love life." If you find yourself in need of a viable excuse to escape this week, we've got you covered with a short list of some notable shows around town.
Wednesday, November 27
Ha Ha Tonka @ RecordBar
Local Americana heroes Ha Ha Tonka are back in town in the middle of their winter tour for a very special Thanksgiving Eve show at RecordBar. The band released its latest album, Lessons
, in October (see our feature on them here
). Ha Ha Tonka plays with indie rockers Antennas Up. This show is currently sold out, so you might have to pull some strings to get through the door.
Twist & Shout @ MiniBar
When all else fails, dance. DJ Madeline and Wilson Vance have put together a semiregular oldies dance night called Twist & Shout at MiniBar. Sounds like an occasion for you and your outrageous great-aunt to sweat off a few calories before you pack 'em on tomorrow.
Homegrown for the Holidays @ Midland
This benefit for Harvesters Community Food Network features a pretty stellar local lineup with the Mowgli's, Beautiful Bodies, Royal Teeth, Making Movies and Rev Gusto. Headliners the Mowgli's released Waiting for the Dawn
in June. This is a homecoming of sorts for the Los Angeles-based band, as lead singer Colin Dieden is a KC native. Bring a nonperishable food item and you get in for free.
Thursday, November 28
Watkins Glen Concert Tribute @ the Riot Room
Continuing its long history of coaxing you out of your post-turkey coma, the Riot Room has once again assembled a Thanksgiving show to make you forget all the other Thanksgiving shows that ever were. This year, should you find yourself at the venerable Westport venue, you will relive a little bit of history (other than the whole pilgrim thing). The Watkins Glen Concert of 1973 drew more than 600,000 music lovers - a larger crowd than Woodstock had - and featured the Allman Brothers, the Band and the Grateful Dead. The Watkins Glen Tribute will feature covers from all three of those legendary acts. Sounds like something you and Dad can bond over.
Friday, November 29
Found a Job @ RecordBar
A Talking Heads cover band is probably the best antidote to whatever hellish shopping excursion you will be dragged through on Black Friday, that most evil of all days. This Friday, Found a Job will be playing the classic album Stop Making Sense
from start to finish.
The Bel Airs @ Knuckleheads
Brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt have been bringing rhythm and blues to like-minded crowds for over two decades as frontmen for the Columbia, Missouri, band the Bel Airs. This Friday, you can work out your post-holiday sorrows with a little soulful guitar and danceable drum beats.