On Thursday, March 17th, HBO presents Treme – A Special SXSW Day Event produced by Giant Step. The festivities kick off at 12:00 Noon in true New Orleans style with a Second Line led by Dancingman504 and heralded by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band as it winds through 6th street in downtown Austin, TX. At 1pm the Second Line will return to its starting point at The Ghost Room for the rest of the party. Featuring live performances by legendary pianist Henry Butler, followed by the Grammy nominated Pine Leaf Boys, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, with DJ Paul Craven spinning throughout the afternoon. Delicious cajun food from Austin’s own Evangeline Café will be served, so make sure you come ready to throw down LA style.
It’s that time of year. Austin is heating up with big plans for SXSW 2011. Blaqstarr is one of the talented new artists out to showcase his skills – you can catch him at any of the performances listed below. Blaqstarr also just released some remixes of “Rider Girl,” a track from his new Divine EP. The single gets a full remix treatment from Sydney Samson, Mux Mool, Nadastrom and Blaqstarr himself. The remixes shine a different kind of light on Blaqstarr’s voice, giving new life to the single. “Rider Girl” also came with a great video; watch it here.
Blaqstarr – “Rider Girl” (Mux Mool Remix)
Blaqstarr at SXSW 2011
Thursday, March 17th – RCRDLABEL SHOWCASE
Thursday, March 17th – Baltimore Love Thing
Friday, March 18th – 508 House sponsored by Virgin Mobile
Friday, March 18th – Loose Control Party at VICE
Saturday, March 19th – La Zona Rosa – WME Showcase
Ellie Goulding‘s album Lights is on its way to North America. In March, Ellie begins a tour at SXSW in Austin, and wraps it up on April 17th at the (sold out) Coachella festival. This won’t be her first official tour in North America but after being featured in the year’s big important music festivals, the US is sure to catch on.
Check Tour Dates & Buy Tickets After the Jump
Sometime around their non-Cali debut in Austin for SXSW, Rehes sat down with another Bay Area group on the rise: Grillade and even brought us an album sampler for download.
Grillade [gree-YAHD] presents the very delicious mixture of Bay Area based rhythm section The Park, San Francisco dwelling producer Keelay, and Portland bred songbird Ragen Fykes. Some of my favorite artists from the west coast have joined and I just about can’t hold it together any longer.
The group blends soul, hip-hop, and funk with The Park’s trade live band groove that leaves you yearning for more. And more, and more, and…yeah.
Talent abounds. Ragen’s voice, while sweet and soothing, still carries a control that lets you know she can be bad as she wanna be. The Park approaches music with a very natural and communal ideology, making you feel like it’s everyone on stage having a party. Keelay’s humble genius provides the backbone with tight production that just makes you want to clap your hands, even if it’s Wednesday.
Also, just in knowing these folks as down to Earth as hell and extremely eager to create and grow, I already see the beginnings of an incredible chemistry brewing.
This same chemistry left Ragen feeling herself and raging at one SXSW performance so hard that she might have forgotten who she was for a little second. Or a long second. We forgot who we were too – shit. Homegirl got it in. I haven’t seen The Park or Keelay get lost in the music like that before either – and I’ve seen those fools hella times. Explosive.
So how’d these folkers get started anyway? Like, who? What? Where in the frick did they come from and how do they even EXIST?
Answers and MP3 After the Jump
Hot off her SXSW tour, Seher sits down with Zoë Keating, experimental, electronic cellist.
My first time hearing Zoë Keating was truly ethereal; the “one-woman orchestra” completely transcends this world with her music. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to layer and loop her instrument…
[more info + MP3 after the jump]