Houston in Austin: Hometown Folks Playing SXSW 2011

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m watching the SXSW coverage ramping up and feeling somewhat bummed that I’m not there to witness it. sigh.

This may sound a little crazy, but I’ve only ever been to SXSW one damn time, waaaaay back in college — a gang of us drove up in friend Marc‘s beaten-down old Volvo(?) station wagon to see awesome power-pop guys Too Much Joy (who were indeed awesome) play. It was a pretty epic trip: the car broke down on the outskirts of Austin; we miraculously found one lone mechanic still open (and then one of us nearly pissed him off by stupidly making an Aggie joke); with the car out of commission, we had to hike to a nearby hotel (where Ziggy Marley & his entourage were staying, it turned out) & then share cabs into downtown with a bunch of A&R guys; we saw the band play, our jaws dropped when they did a great cover of Billy Bragg’s “A New England”; and then all but Marc (who had to pick up the car in the AM) got on the Greyhound back home with a bunch of seeming schizophrenics all muttering to themselves & wearing soiled trenchcoats, arriving back in Houston around 2AM.

And sadly, that’s been it. One trip northwest for one band’s show (being perpetually-broke college students, we couldn’t afford to see more), in the 20-something years I’ve lived in Texas — sad, sad, sad. Every year I find myself thinking, “maybe next year I can make it work…,” but then the reality of budget, day-job, and family intrudes and smacks me back down (not to mention the fact that these days I do a Murtaugh every time I go see a show longer than about three hours, even down here close to home; I’m feeling like an old man, these days). One of these damn years…

But hey, I’m happy as hell to see that a lot of folks aren’t following my example, especially those in bands — I dunno how it stacks up to years past, but from what I’ve seen so far, there’re quite a few H-town bands and musicians who are heading up to Austin this week. Very, very cool; the more exposure they can get, the better.

I’ve gotten quite a few emails from various folks about where/when they’re playing (and have stumbled across info on others), so I figured it’d be worthwhile to plunk the list up here for those readers out there who’re SXSW-bound, as well. This is by no means comprehensive, mind you — for a fuller list check out Marc Brubaker‘s handy list over at the {Rocks Off} blog (which you can also check for a crap-ton of on-the-ground SXSW coverage, to boot), and David Cobb over at Houston Calling has been doing some great SXSW previews for what feels like a couple of weeks now, including H-town folks. There’s also been some cool coverage of the film/interactive stuff at the Free Press Houston site, and Adam Newton at Dryvetyme Onlyne is reportedly heading that way, as well.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve heard about, by day — sorry, I know I missed some early shows by dragging my feet ’til now (oh, and if anybody wants to be added to this list, just let me know, eh? I’ll add folks as I get a chance):



  • {Art Institute} @ The Monstrosity (12:45PM)
  • Black Congress — AmRep New Blood Showcase @ Obsolete Industries
  • Twisted Wires — Pendu/Switched On SXSW Party @ Victory Grill


  • {Art Institute} @ Zen Sushi (4PM)
  • B L A C K I E — Pop Montreal/Blue Skies Turn Black Day Party @ Club DeVille (4:40PM)
  • Finnegan — unSXSW Pop Fest III @ Carousel Lounge
  • The Fox Derby — unSXSW Pop Fest III @ Carousel Lounge
  • Hiss & Hum (mem. of Spain Colored Orange) — unSXSW Pop Fest III @ Carousel Lounge
  • Indian Jewelry — Ballistic Missile Party @ Iron Bear (11PM)
  • Orange Is In — Live Music Records Showcase @ Guero’s
  • Spain Colored Orange — unSXSW Pop Fest III @ Carousel Lounge



That’s all I’ve got for now; have fun out there…

3 Responses to “Houston in Austin: Hometown Folks Playing SXSW 2011”

  1. DAC on March 16th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    For four weeks, to be exact…

    Four LONG weeks. Heh!

  2. Bru on March 16th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    For a brief moment I was very confused, due to the fact that I as well have a beaten old Volvo station wagon – that I’m neglecting to drive up to Austin this year for the very fear of it breaking down.

  3. Jeremy Hart on March 16th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Hah! That’s pretty funny — no, different Marc (he now lives in Boston), different Volvo. That particular car ended up meeting its maker not long after, I believe.

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