We are sad to report that drummer Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson passed away on Sunday, March 21.
A native of both the Uptown and Treme neighborhoods of New Orleans, Bunchy Johnson had plenty of childhood experience second-lining with Mardi Gras Indians and brass bands. While still in his teens, Bunchy toured with King Floyd, Johnnie Taylor, and Candi Staton.
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.
Songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer Alex Chilton (b. 1950) passed away on March 17, 2010, here in New Orleans. He was scheduled to play with the latest version of Big Star at this year's South By Southwest festival in Austin, TX. The show was replaced with an all-star tribute performance on March 20.
This weekend's excitement begins with Friday night's live broadcast of Badal Roy from Snug Harbor. On Saturday, the Howlin’ Wolf is holding a Haiti benefit concert, and Super Sunday in Taylor Park features acts like the Hot 8 and DJ Captain Charles. Sunday night, Republic hosts a Heritage School of Music fundraiser concert with Big Sam’s Funky Nation. Support live, local music!