Love Me Some Townes Van Zandt

The legendary singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt would have been 67 years old this year had he lived long enough. The Texan’s forty-year romance with booze prevented him from making it past 52, but he left behind a hefty batch of songs (“Pancho & Lefty”, “If I Needed You”) that rank among the finest ever written, period. Like most great American writers, Van Zandt was out to prove that one could write pretty and still be a man. Tonight, Star Anna, Rusty Willoughby, Pete Droge, and a whole host of local Americana faves will gather to drink heartily and celebrate Van Zandt’s birthday while performing his knee-weakening tunes about death, love, drifting, gambling, and drinking. With Justin Davis, Kasey Anderson, Kevin Large, Gary Westlake, Elaine Summers. BRIAN J. BARR

Mon., March 7, 8 p.m., 2011

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