To think, only a few days earlier in the week, Austin and the entirety of Central Texas were covered in one of those rare winter flurries, a damp blanket of harsh cold. Yet, on Friday evening, we were clad in some of our most good-natured show-wear—t-shirts, cut-offs and more—to witness a pair of Texas-made spectacles: The Tontons, of Houston, and hometown heroes The Bright Light Social Hour at the one-and-only Stubb’s BBQ in Austin.
And if it weren’t for this peculiar turn for good weather, I’d say the show would have perhaps been a bust. Instead, it was sold-out and packed before the opener—The Tontons—even took the stage. But what do I know?
For those who have been keeping up with the calendar, this last Friday was Valentine’s Day. But honestly, even to the point of admitting towards the existence of the holiday, I figured that would be another turn-off towards the venue actually packing out. Still, there were plenty of couples pecking and kissing away as both bands jammed their way through the night.
Again, what do I know?
What I do know is that both bands touched on a few of the crowd favorites, as well as some new material.
As for the openers, The Tontons—in the midst of this particular leg of the suthern luvspred tur, you know, the stop between Dallas and Houston, I think they call it the “Live Music Capital of the World,”—their setlist featured a mixture of both their previous album and their album to be released Feb. 18, Make Out Kings and Other Stories of Love, from behind the Foxy Cleopatra look-alike of a lead vocalist, Asli Omar.
While in regards to the headliners, The Bright Light Social Hour, they played through the majority of their discography, including songs from their 2010 self-titled debut album: “Shanty” and “Detroit,” for example. Although, for those who avidly catch these guys from Austin, you could notice how their set varied a little bit differently from the norm, such as the track “Sea of Edge,” even though their next record has still yet to be released.
To encore, The Bright Light Social Hour did what was only appropriate to do on a day like Valentine’s—they crowd-surfed with a heart-shaped cake after closing their set with the soulful, Marvin Gaye-cover, “Let’s Get It On.”
That was the gist of the show: great weather, a strong turn-out, a solid opening act and a celebrated hometown headliner. As Austinites, we’re spoiled to have these kind of playgrounds in our backyard.
The Bright Light Social Hour performed at Stubb’s in Austin on Feb. 14. Check out our exclusive photo gallery below.