Free Date Nights in Austin: January 12-15, 2017

Finish Austin’s FREE WEEK strong with some great shows this weekend, plus test out your lip sync skills and get fit with Ballet Austin!

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hard Proof In-Store Performance at Waterloo Records

Founded in 2008, Hard Proof is a super-group featuring members of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, The Calm Blue Sea, Cougar, Ocote Soul Sounds, the Echocentrics, and several other notable Austin acts. As if they weren’t busy enough between Hard Proof and their other bands, the Hard Proof Horns have found work as sidemen with notable acts such as Spoon, Antibalas, Gary Clark Jr., Broken Social Scene, the Walkmen, Band of Horses and others. Come out to Waterloo at 5 p.m. for a FREE performance to celebrate their latest release, Stinger. (Waterloo Records, 600 North Lamar Blvd, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Sour Bridges with Wild Bill and The Lost Knobs

Sour Bridges play “browngrass.” It’s like bluegrass, but a little dirtier. Based in Austin, TX, this folk-indie-bluegrass quintet formed in early 2009 and has been kicking up dust and boots ever since. This is a FREE show for 21+ as part of Austin’s FREE WEEK, doors open at 8 p.m. (The Sidewinder, 715 Red River Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Mama K & The Shades w/ Kev Bev & The Woodland Creatures, Lowin & Girling

Holla at yo Mama! Mama K and The Shades are an American funk, soul, with a drizzle of jazz band formed in Austin, Texas. Here to take you to funky wonderland church, Mama K and The Shades are ready for a groovin’ time. This FREE WEEK show opens at 8 p.m. and is presented by C3. (Stubb’s, 801 Red River Street, Austin)

Gallery Exhibit Opening – Cowboys: East Germany

Celebrate the gallery exhibit opening of Cowboys: East Germany, a unique visual anthropology exhibit created and curated by Eric O’Connell (MA Visual Anthropology). O’Connell will make a presentation about his work and answer questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of Frank, purveyors of artisan sausage. The exhibition is FREE and from 6-8 p.m. (Texas Folklife Gallery, 1708 Houston St, Austin)

Friday, January 13, 2017

FREE WEEK: Riverboat Gamblers, Eastside Suicides, Peelander Z, and Citylife

There was a point in time before everything fit into neat sub-genres, a period when rock music and the nascent punk scene were still discovering their sound and anything seemed possible. Looking back it’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment when these two genres converged but if you had to sum it up sonically it would probably sound a lot like the Riverboat Gamblers’ latest album The Wolf You Feed. This FREE week show starts at 9 p.m. (Barracuda, 611 East 7th Street, Austin)

The Friday Night Get Down with Lambda

On this 16th edition of the FNGD, we’ve got the one and only Lambda of Electric Tooth and Sound Control Records joining us to lay down a premium dose of Disco and Boogie action. Alongside Lambda, your FNGD crew will be on the decks delivering your expected monthly dose of Funk, Boogie, Classic Hip-Hop, and old-school dance party vibes. For the Get Down first-timers out there…free parking across the street, delicious craft cocktails, assorted food trucks, a chill outdoor patio, classic video games, and a ridiculous sound system is how the Get Down goes down. This FREE show is 21+ and starts at 9 p.m. (Dozen Street, 1808 East 12th Street, Austin)

Evil Friends: Stand-up Showcase

Introducing Evil Friends. It’s a stand up comedy showcase featuring some of Austin’s top comics. The best thing is that it’s absolutely FREE every Friday at 9 p.m.  Featuring sets from Chad Fisher (New Orleans Comedy Festival, Willie Nelson Festival, Zeitgeist Media Festival), Mikey Swenson (2 time FPIA semifinalist, Willie Nelson Festival), Derick Freire (Boston Comedy Festival), Ben Roscillo and Coy Hopper amongst MANY others. (Buffalo Billard’s, 201 East 6th Street, Austin)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

FREE WEEK: Ruby Jane and the Reckless w/ Alesia Lani, D-Soul Davis, Freerunner, Mojo Chyld, Wavy Mega

Fiddle prodigy Ruby Jane has been a fixture on the Austin roots scene since she was 11 years old, playing with everyone from Willie to Lady Gaga along the way. Now 21, Ruby has spent the last two years redefining herself as a songwriter and vocalist, assembling a band of young players whose musicianship matches her own. The result is the new album In My Head, a collection of psyche-tinged, fiddle-driven, hook-laden ear candy produced by Frenchie Smith. This FREE week show starts at 8 p.m. (Empire Control Room & Garage, 606 East 7th Street, Austin)

Lip Sync, Dammit! Lip Sync Competition

Lip Sync, Dammit! is the new show at The Highball presented by Laugh, Dammit! and hosted by Luke McClory where contestants are challenged to put on their best lip sync-ing performance to become The Highball Champion of Lip Sync. Prizes will be given to the most amazing lip-sync performers of the night. This FREE event starts at 7 p.m. (The Highball, 1120 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

UMLAUF Prize 2016 & Retrospective

This artists’ talk is your chance to meet the current UMLAUF Prize winner, Elizabeth McClellan and former winners: Adam Crosson, Ryan Hawk, and Mark Schatz. Find out what inspires them and where life has taken them since their exhibitions at the UMLAUF. This program is FREE and open to the public, from 2-4 p.m. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pub Church with Will Coates and Bill Kirchen: Beauty of Brokenness 

Each Pub Church gathering features a conversation instead of a sermon and a local musician provides the tunes. This Sunday, the host is local legend, Bill Kirchen, as the musical guest during a conversation about “The Beauty of Brokenness” with Will Coates and Front Porch director, Stephen Kinney. Go see why Pub Church is catching on here in Austin! This FREE event starts at 5:30 p.m., donations accepted. (Scholz Garden, 209 West 27th Street, Austin)

GET FIT 2017: Ballet Austin’s Day of Fitness & Pilates

GET FIT and celebrate lifelong health and well-being by kicking off the new year with this fun health and fitness event, Ballet Austin’s new year’s gift for a healthier Austin! FREE fitness and Pilates classes, health resources and screenings, and lectures from experts in health and wellness. First classes begin at 1:30 p.m. and last classes begin at 4:00 p.m. (doors open at 1:00 p.m.). For a full list of classes, visit here. (Ballet Austin, 501 West 3rd Street, Austin)