Mike & The Moonpies Play Tonight at The White Horse
You’ll have an opportunity tonight to check out the very scenario that I’m about to describe to you.
Picture it (thank you, Sophia Petrillo): It’s a Thursday night, not too early but not too late. Whatever that means. A lot of Austinites enjoy their Thursday nights out, especially local music fans, so downtown, Red River and E. 6th St. are bustling. Let’s say you wander up E. 6th and find yourself at Comal St., with Cisco’s at the corner. Turn right, saunter past The Eastern, and there is no way you’ll miss the hullabaloo goin’ down at The White Horse – not to mention the packed patio and the real live horse parked between the motorcycles.
Once you’re inside, you’re greeted with the unmistakable sounds of ultimate honky-tonk hoodlums Mike & The Moonpies. There is no room on the dance floor. The music, the atmosphere and the venue are collectively one big match made in heaven.
Mike & The Moonpies is the sort of band that plays real country but rocks out at the same time. While they do have a great reverence for those classic sounds, they also know how to put their own spin on them. I like to call it “hardcore country.” And Thursday nights at at The White Horse is where Mike and company get everybody on the dance floor, even those of us who are…well…two-step impaired. (White Horse proprietor Denis O’Donnell will testify that I desperately need dance lessons – it was like dragging dead weight around for that poor man).
Do yourself a favor and check out Mike & The Moonpies tonight at the WH, 500 Comal St. Although play the midnight slot, it is wise to get there as early as possible. The room gets packed pretty quickly. Folks know how great the show is. You can join Roger Wallace for happy hour at 7 p.m., and Dave Insley at 10 p.m. Highly recommended.