This was the first year since moving to Austin that I really tried to go hear some new music at South by Southwest. For the past 3 years, I either had gigs, or just didn’t want to bother with the crowds.
On Wednesday, I went to KGSR’s live broadcast from the W Hotel at 6am. The lineup was:
- Delta Rae
- Family of the Year
- Wake Owl
- Elle King
- Iron & Wine
- Court Yard Hounds
- Bob Schneider
I wanted to attend this concert because I already knew of Iron & Wine, Court Yard Hounds and Bob Schneider. All of the other groups were really great, but I particularly enjoyed Pickwick. Delta Rae and Wake Owl were also very good. Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend the other 3 days of their live broadcasts. But next year, I plan to go to as many as possible. As far as concerts go, it was a little unsatisfying because they had the bands scheduled every 30 minutes, so they really only had time for 2 songs. But it was a great way to be exposed to new music that I otherwise would not have heard.
On Thursday I went out to hear David Ramirez at the Sheraton. He put on a great concert. He’s one of those solo act songwriters/storytellers, kind of like Iron & Wine. Before he started playing, he stated that he was going to try to put on the best show that we would see all week, and he did not disappoint. So go check him out, if you get a chance!
Did anybody out there get to check out some music during SXSW?