Drinking In SXSW: The Billy Reid Shindig, Soundgarden & Band Of Skulls
More often than not, attempting to see everything on one’s South by Southwest list will lead to hours upon hours of running around like a freshly beheaded chicken. Who knew that a solution would come in the form of one two-day party held Wednesday and Thursday at a somewhat rough corner in East Austin: Billy Reid’s Shindig at Weather Up.
After a solid first day – featuring standout performances from the likes of Old 97s’ Rhett Miller, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang and newcomer Benjamin Booker – the afternoon bash was mightily appealing as a place to settle down for a few hours during the 28th annual music conference’s third day.
The only downside all day was that the bands got a late start, so an early appearance from the Felice Brothers was cut short. Still, the group gave its all and roused the already sizable audience with their peppy closing number “Penn Station.”
To further whet your appetite for this musical fiesta, here’s a preview of some more artists playing Day 2 of the festivities. And check out our rundown of other Shindig artists like Jessica Lea Mayfield and Hurray For The Riff Raff.
To further whet your appetite for this musical fiesta, here’s a preview of four more artists who are playing Day 1 of the festivities. And check out our rundown of other Shindig artists like Jessica Lea Mayfield and Rhett Miller of Old 97′s here.
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The Billy Reid + Weather Up Austin Shindig Sampler
American Songwriter is proud to present The Billy Reid + Weather Up Austin Shindig, a two-day musical extravaganza deep in the heart of Texas. The event goes down March 12 and March 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Weather Up in East Austin (1808 E Cesar Chavez Street). This month’s digital sampler features a smattering of tracks from artists playing the party. Go here to download. https://americansongwriter2013.bandcamp.com/
Caught somewhere between the minor-key funk of the “Shaft” soundtrack, the retro garage-soul of Black Keys, and Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me,” “Out On The Street” is one convincing tribute to getting out of the house … and getting down.
I looked around us. The Shoals Theatre, a mid-century auditorium filled with old-school carpeting and rickety seating, looked cool enough. I asked Austin to clarify.
“I mean this city,” he explained. “Florence. The Shoals. Baby boomers used to listen to good music here, and bands like the Rolling Stones used to come to town, but now the baby boomers have grown up and no one cares about cool music anymore. We’ve become a retirement community.”