Your Austin Music Minute maven fondly remembers seeing the White Ghost Shivers for the very first time, about ten years ago. It was a classic moment – an audience of five at Beerland, and two of those people were working behind the bar. It was one of the best damn shows I’d ever seen. I also recall the first time hearing vocalist Cella Blue when she joined the band. It was love at first listen with that gal. Through some line-up changes and seeing the Shivers’ annual Halloween Ball become the party of all parties, it’s been an ongoing love affair with this raging ragtime band of hoodlums.
WGS has a reputation for animating the stage with the best old-timey jazz, hoakum, western swing, jugband and hillbilly tunes around, both well-known classics and original pieces guaranteed to make you blush. And you’ll run straight to the dance floor, even if you don’t know how to dance. Make sure you see them play tonight at Threadgill’s World Headquarters, 301 W. Riverside Dr. Opening the show is a must-see local Texas folk quintet, Ghosts Along the Brazos, on hand to play songs from their latest full-length When It Rains, It Pours. Doors open at 8 p.m. This one comes highly recommended.