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Whether the worst of El Niño is over or we’re only in the eye of the storm, we’ve got some great weather and even better music coming to our lovely town this week. Plus, it’s Mardis Gras, so let’s throw some beads around and dance!


Monday, February 8

Aaron Neville Quintet ft. Charles Neville at The Rio Theatre

Get your Mardi Gras week started off right with the silky smooth falsetto of Aaron Neville, part of the famous New Orleans musical ensemble The Neville Brothers. After penning his first big hit in 1967, Aaron went on to win two Grammy Awards and play with just about every worthwhile musician who has called New Orleans home, creating quite the name for himself and his distinctive voice. Tickets: $40 adv/door

Wednesday, February 10

Autograf at The Catalyst

Since bursting onto the scene in 2014 with two debut #1 remix-singles on Hype Machine, Autograf has managed to remain relatively mysterious as one of the only DJ groups that made Rolling Stone’s “Artists To Watch” list in 2016. It’s clear that these three electronic savants from Chicago is that they aren’t looking backwards, with projects entitled “Future Soup” and “Future Summer”; they have their gaze pointed forward. Catch them on their “Metaphysical” tour this Wednesday. Tickets: $15 adv/door

Wednesday, February 10

Miss Tess and the Talkbacks at The Crepe Place

If electronica on a Wednesday doesn’t tickle your fancy, then this surely will. Miss Tess and the Talkbacks are currently based in Nashville, but with members from a range of locations and musical backgrounds, they don’t have one true home but the road. With a little bit of blues, honky-tonk, jazz, swing, and some good old fashioned American country, these guys are the embodiment of the classic travelin’ American rock band. Come get down. Tickets: $10

Thursday, February 11

Dead Winter Carpenters at Moe’s Alley

According to local lore, tucked deep in the snow blanketed Sierra Nevada mountains, rests a cabin secluded from the masses. After days of searching the shores of Lake Tahoe, I find a path of footsteps in the snow that winds through the moss-laden trees of the forest. After hours trudging through knee-deep snow, I find myself gazing at cabin where smoke is billowing from the chimney. To learn of what is inside, I crawl up to the window. As I wipe away the snow for a closer look, I find the crew consumed by their cause of crafting melodies and songs that warms the entire cabin. Here lies the heart and soul of Dead Winter Carpenters…” Traveling the American countryside and recording in secluded cabins may have left these guys a little “off”, but with a fiddler, upright bassist, three guitar players, a drummer, and a bio like that, it’s gonna be a good show. Tickets: $9 adv/$12 at the door

Saturday, February 13

The Growlers at The Catalyst

With a sound that could just as easily be coming from a classic 60s Woodstock recording, a futuristic rock-circus, or a West Coast punk show, one thing is clear: The Growlers are awesomely weird. After releasing their project “Hung at Heart” two years ago, they have stayed true to their grimy demeanor by touring constantly, crafting a following of greasy but die hard fans. Their new project is called “Gilded Pleasure” that the band says has a “Makin’ out on Mushrooms kinda vibe.” Sounds great to us. Tickets: $22 adv/$25 at the door