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James McMurtry @10pm, The Push and Shove @12am

The Push and Shove @12am, James McMurtry @10pm – $10 cover at 9:30pm. No advance tickets. 21+ only.

Never one to rest on his laurels, James McMurtry continues to tour constantly, and consistently puts on a “must-see” powerhouse performance. ‘The Washington Post’ noted McMurtry’s live prowess: “Much attention is paid to James McMurtry’s lyrics, and rightfully so: He creates a novel’s worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he’s an accomplished rock guitar player.”

Moving to Austin after a lengthy stretch in San Francisco, where he gigged with various bands and led the nine-piece horn combo The Git Down Moses, Sean O'Connor decided that it was time to build his dream band. Determined to foster a collaborative creative vibe, he recruited a talented team of like-minded players including bassist Will Tanner, also owner of legendary Austin club the Hole in the Wall; guitarist Rob Bernard, a former member of the beloved Austin combos The Damnations and Prescott Curlywolf; Rob's brother, keyboardist Claude Bernard, a veteran of Austin legends The Gourds, and drummer Bill Coresello, whose resume includes stints as GM of influential local venues Emo's and Antone's, along with a powerful three-man horn section to help to build the expansive musical canvas of his dreams. O'Connor named the new combo The Push and Shove, borrowing the phrase from a line in the Les McCann/Eddie Harris jazz-funk classic "Compared to What."

December 27
The Continental Club
1315 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA