TVD Recommends: The Nightowls at Magnolia Motor Lounge, 1/9

Funkytown is about to get a whole lot funkier.

This Friday, Austin, Texas-based group The Nightowls are bringing their old-school soul stylings to Fort Worth. Set to perform at Magnolia Motor Lounge, the 10-piece band faces the challenge of squeezing onto Magnolia’s quaint stage. But with modern-day Motown tunes bigger than the Supremes’ hair, and synchronized dance moves to boot, their performance promises to be anything but small.

Since the 2013 release of their debut LP, Good as Gold, The Nightowls have risen to critical acclaim for their retro, straight-off-the-needle sound and horn-backed, dance-worthy grooves. The crew ranks highly among other celebrated revivalists—like St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Allen Stone—but bring to the stage a distinct, authentically vintage look and feel unmatched by their contemporaries.

It’s no secret that Austinites have jumped on The Nightowls’ neo-soul train, inviting the band to play at the 2014 Austin City Limits Music festival and commissioning them to write and produce the city’s official theme song, “Nobody Ever Wants to Leave.” But it won’t be before long that America climbs aboard as well.

Currently on tour throughout Texas, the band is still gaining momentum in the touring arena. But big things lie ahead in 2015—namely the release of a sophomore album recorded at the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals. If the crew’s second record is anything like their first, it’s going to be, well, good as gold.

The Nightowls bring the best of classic soul and modern music to audiences: feel-good melodies, dazzling energy, and wide-eyed Southern charm. So, bring your boogie shoes and check out their show in Fort Worth this Friday. Motor City vibes mixed with Austinite edge, on a stage in the heart of Funkytown—in the world of live music, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Show starts at 10 p.m., Friday, January 9, at Magnolia Motor Lounge. For tickets, visit the venue’s website.

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