Mitski, Dropkick Murphys, Drama, more

Here are our top picks of live music options in the Austin area from February 24 through March 2. Check venue websites for COVID-19 protocols and any possible pandemic-related postponements or cancellations.


Drama in Mohawk

Describing themselves as “happy and sad music handmade in Chicago”, the duo layer the soulful vocals of the Austin singer Via Rosa with the expressive dance beats of Na’el Shehade. Together they create easy chillwave vibes that will get your body moving while getting you into your feelings. $20. 7 p.m. – SSD

Dana Cooper at Cactus Cafe

Originally from Missouri, singer-songwriter Cooper made his solo debut on Elektra in 1973 before moving to Texas and teaming up with Shake Russell for several well-received duet records. A new solo album, “I Can Face the Truth”, was released last week. The Cactus, a historic venue in the University of Texas Student Union Building, had been closed for nearly two years when it quietly reopened recently, with open mics on Tuesdays and occasional performances by local and touring musicians. Free. 7:30 p.m. – PB

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‘A Fistful of Tango’ with Montopolis at Esquina Tango

Pianist Justin Sherburn and violinist Leigh Mahoney of Austin’s classical crossover ensemble Montopolis will perform traditional tango arrangements by fellow local musician Glover Gill to accompany “The Toll Gate,” a silent 1920 western, during this unusual event which will also include an introductory tango class. The original film was reinterpreted by comedian Carlos Larotta “in the irreverent style of the Alamo Drafthouse Master Pancake Theater production,” according to the event’s Facebook description. $20. 7 p.m. doors. – PB


Mitski at ACL Live

In 2019, the 31-year-old singer and master of evocative pop composition spooked her fans by announcing that a performance at Summerstage in New York would be her “last show indefinitely.” To quell the ensuing panic among lovers of her intimate singing, she later took to Twitter to clarify that she was just taking a well-deserved break. Two and a half years later, she has a new album (the last under contract with her label), “Laurel Hell”, which reinforces her ability to weave powerful emotion through breathtaking soundscapes. She will be joined by the Japanese group Chai. 8 p.m. Technically complete. – SSD

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Austin Symphony Orchestra presents “West Side Story” at the Long Center

Steven Spielberg’s recent Oscar-nominated remake has revived interest in the classic 20th-century musical theater production that was first adapted for the screen in 1961. The orchestra will show the original film and perform its score iconic live. $19 to $79. 8 p.m. – PB

‘United Vol. 6: A Black History Month Boogie’ at Cheer Up Charlies

After postponing last year’s boogie due to the pandemic, Groove Temple is bringing back its annual Black History Month celebration. While keeping the dance floor hot, the party aims to educate Austin about the black and LGBTQ roots of house music. “We cannot express our excitement about reviving this celebration of darkness, house music culture, women, sisterhood and dance in Austin,” organizers said in a post on Facebook about the event. Houston-based DJ Ms. Melodic will join Chicago-born DJ Shani on the tables. Queen Deelah will be the host. $5. 9 p.m. – SSD

Mike Norton Instrument Drive with the Houston Jazz Collective at Antone’s

Norton, a renowned Houston-based booking agent who died in 2016, wanted the guitars he had collected over decades to be donated to young musicians in need. His friend Steve Haas helped make it possible, teaming up with Austin’s Cannonball Instruments and Anthropos Arts to add 20 horns to 20 amps and guitars that will be showcased for Austin-area youth that night. The Houston Jazz Collective, featuring Darrel Lavigne plus Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People, will perform a Mardi Gras-inspired celebratory set. $20. 8 p.m. – PB

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Dropkick Murphys at Stubb

St. Patrick’s Day is still weeks away, but the Murphys will ring in March with their decidedly Celtic take on the punk music that has made them a favorite in their native Massachusetts and beyond for more than 25 years. The group released their 10th album, “Turn Up That Dial”, in 2021. $39.50-$45. 5:30 p.m. doors. – PB

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