The night before Thanksgiving is huge on the nightlife circuit — no work, Wednesday drink specials, and all you’ve got to do the next day is laze around and eat. In fact, I can’t remember a Thanksgiving (after I was in high school) that I’ve woken up without a hangover. But spending the entirety of Thanksgiving inside with The Parentals, your cousin’s bratty kids, and extended relatives that want to argue about your political views warrants another night out, so here’s our picks.
I’ll personally be starting my weekend off at Scout Bar tonight (after baking pecan pies) to see local up-and-comers Cult to Follow. The band is led by Bryan Scott of Union Underground fame, and features Todd Connally on guitar, Troy Doebbler on bass, and Jason “Shakes” West behind the kit. Though three-fourths of the band is from San Antonio, it’s not fair to pigeonhole them simply as a “local band” — the Texas scene has already been buzzing about their regional touring and big plans await the foursome in the new year. They headed to the studio this September to finish up their forthcoming, and still untitled, full-length album, which will debut early 2009. Spinning Chain and Ghandis Gun open up for CTF, and the show serves as the official Staind, Seether, and Papa Roach after party. $10 21+ only, no cover with a Staind ticket stub, 8 p.m. doors.
A Thanksgiving night best-bet is the annual show by local rockers Sun*Day — the band rocked out to a full house at Royal Palace Ballroom during their first Thanksgiving show in ’91 without knowing it would become a 17-year tradition. The Next Day, Ledaswan, and One Last Shot share the White Rabbit stage. $5 all ages, 8 p.m. doors.
Other Thanksgiving hotspots will be The Mix, Limelight, and Scout Bar. The Mix caters to its drinking crowd with Thursday night regulars The Undercovers providing the tunes — $3.25 Crown and $2.25 Kamikazis, Kickstarters, and Kathlicpussys behind the bar. Limelight’s resident DJ troupe Fuck Yeah! won’t be taking Thanksgiving night off either. The popular quartet will be heating up the joint with electro, indie-rock, and ’80s tunes, so expect the dance floor to be packed ‘n’ sweaty. Perfect way to work off that turkey. Scout Bar’s Big Ass Beer Night will also be in full effect — it’s $3 for a 23-ounce souvenir glass, $2 domestic refills, $3 import refills, and $2.50 wells. No cover and Jar of Flies onstage.