While it may be a pointless notion to try and debate I definitely heard that question asked during her performance last night with Gordon Grdina and Kenton Loewen upstairs at the Blue Nile. The impromptu trio performed a show that proved to be everything I could hope for from a “free jazz” show: daring, visceral, transcendent…an incredible display of creativity and musicianship.
Mattanja Joy Bradley, the lead singer, and "Jimmy the Lounge", the lead guitarist, of Bradley's Circus will join us at the crossroad on Wed to show how they are doing the blues in Holland. Their website is bradleyscircus.com. Listen for them in the 3 o'clock hour on Wednesday.
We'll be spending much of the show playing music from New Orleans and Louisiana artists in 1951. Also Matt Perrine is going to stop by around 11:30 to share two songs from his upcoming Threadhead Records release, Bayou Road Suite,, due out on April 8th. Saxophonist Jimmy Carpenter will be in at noon to talk about some exciting upcoming gigs.
As SXSW has grown it has spread out virtually all over town, making for some long walks (unless you catch the bike cabs) from venue to venue. The day played out much like yesterday, bouncing around to some of the day parties, the highlight being filter magazine’s party.
Alex Chilton died in New Orleans a few days ago. He was from Memphis, which spreads all the way down to New Orleans for musicians. And we all know that New Orleans is a jealous mistress. So New Orleans it was for LX.
He would have been playing at South by Southwest in Austin this week, but never left New Orleans.
Drove up Wednesday Night after a short stop at the Old Tyme in Lafayette for a poboy. I met up with Scott Borne in Austin around midnight and we headed to our crashing place.
Made it downtown by noon and stopped at the "Only In Louisiana" Party sponsored by the state of Louisiana.
I'm flying somewhere over Memphis right now, taking advantage of a wireless connection on a flight to Virginia. As plenty of you already know, Alex Chilton, a musician whose "quiet as thunder" impact on the rock and indie music scene is beyond measure, passed away yesterday at the age of 59.
One thing to realize when you go to sxsw....you are going to miss something. the shear number of bands in town and playing numerous gigs is staggering. Each day is full of sponsored day parties (free w/ rsvp) virtually all over town, featuring bands all day (everybody gets about 45min. to hour sets). As day turns to night sxsw takes over about 78 clubs/venues.