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9 Shows You Can Attend to Avoid Your Family During Thanksgiving



Does your family suck? Or is there just that one homophobic relative that can't keep their ignorant opinions to themselves? Need an excuse to get the hell out of the house while supporting local music in the process? Well, you're in luck. Here's nine shows happening between Thursday and Saturday to get you out of those uncomfortable conversations and kicking it with your friends at a local watering holes.

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Thanksgiving Day Dance
Thursday, November 23
For those looking for a special Tex-Mex outing on Thanksgiving Day, look no further than Cowboys Dancehall. Cowboys will host a special holiday event with a number of legendary Texas artists from the world of Tejano, Tex-Mex, and country including David Lee Garza, Jay Perez and Jimmy Gonzalez. Pre-sale tickets $15/$20 at the door, 7pm, Cowboys Dancehall, 3030 NE Loop 410 at I-35, 210-646-9378,
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SB The Moore, Randal Bravery + More
Thursday, November 23

In an era of time where hip-hop listeners are being asphyxiated by this plague of trap music sweeping the planet, there are the few and the mighty lyricists with some actual shit to say producers who push hip-hop into previously unreached territories. Randal Bravery, SB The Moore, Chisme, Satin Hooks and Apaso are all artists who fall into this category. $3-$5, 9pm, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary’s St.,

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Slaid Cleaves
Friday, November 24
With the amount of country, folk, and singer-songwriters we've got in our Lone Star state Austin’s Slaid Cleaves manages to stand out from the heard with his own distinct sound. For a taste of really good folk to go along with that Thanksgiving dinner, you won't want to miss this show. $22-$90, 7:30pm, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830,
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Blue October
Saturday, November 25
While the Texas boys have a heavy mainstream radio rock sound, traces remain of Americana and even post-rock – that is, along with the kind of heavy production that just goes with the territory of being a huge rock ‘n’ roll band. 9pm, $49.50, $65, $75, Aztec Theater, 104 N. St. Mary’s St,
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Volcán Single Release Show
Friday, November 24
While it may be true that Volcán, a nueva orquestra Latina de San Anto, has been gigging more frequently of late (around SA and elsewhere in Tejas), we can scarcely get enough of the powerhouse performers. The large group offers up organic yet impressively sophisticated music that’s a total cultural mestizaje, combining elements of classic psych-rock with jazz, soul, cumbia, and Latin pop. $7, 10:30pm, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 735-7775,
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Saturn Skies, Macho Peach + More
Saturday, November 25

Local duo Saturn Skies plays a range of contemporary classical to experimental electronic music. The duo is joined by Macho Peach, Harvey McLaughlin, and Helix Theory, and if you've never been to Imagine, this is the perfect local lineup to catch at this DIY space. $5, 8pm, Imagine Books and Records, 8373 Culebra Rd. Suite 201 B,
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Thankful For My Music Festival,
Saturday, November 25th

Hosted By 210 Skyline Hoodies, Thankful For My Music Festival aims to bring a movement for appreciation for many emerging artists, ranging from hip hop, rock, R&B, Rap and dance crews. The line-up includes Otto Silence, Ramblo, Jessica Mendoza, Like Minded, Danyo G, Lil Aubrey and MCHL Met$ & NDO. $10, 7pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary's St.,

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Thanksgiving Throwdown
Thursday, November 23

You and all your friends are back home for the holidays. What do you do after Thanksgiving dinner? Turn up at Bottom Bracket Social Club duh. With drink specials and the fierce flows from rappers like Spy Mc and Robby Raps amongst other performers, this is definitely a spot to hit up to get away from the 'rents. $2, 10pm, 1603 N. Colorado,
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Lonely Horse + Harvey Mclaughlin
Thursday, November 24
San Antonio's favorite desert rock duo will be bringing turkey day to a close with their tumultuous rock 'n' roll alongside sometimes-Lonely Horse member Harvey Mclaughlin and more acts TBA. Suggested donation $5, (210) 267-9160, Hi-Tones, 621 E. Dewey Pl.,

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