January marked the return of Antone’s to Austin’s nightclub scene after a two-year absence. Now it’s time for the revival of the venue’s revered Blue Monday series, which makes its debut on Feb. 1 at the new 305 E. Fifth St. location.
Guitarist Derek O’Brien is in the driver’s seat again, leading an ace band that includes pianist Emily Gimble, harmonica player and singer Greg Izor, bassist Johnny Bradley and drummer Corey Keller. Shows will start at 6:30 p.m. each Monday. On Feb. 1, a late show follows with Speedy Sparks & the Koolerators.
This weekend brings one of the last living Chicago blues greats, Bobby Rush, for a 10 p.m. Saturday show, with local favorite Miss Lavelle White playing early at 6:30 p.m. Other weekend shows on the horizon include Ian Moore on Feb. 5, Jimmie Vaughan on Feb. 12, Little Freddie King Feb. 19-20, Bob Schneider on Feb. 26 and Carolyn Wonderland with Marcia Ball and Shelley King on Feb. 28.
Check out American-Statesman videographer Kelly West’s video feature on the club above, and also our photo gallery here from a Jan. 15 show in which Antone’s co-owner Gary Clark Jr. sat in with O’Brien and other Antone’s mainstays.