Night 1, Wednesday, was the Austin Music Awards and that is the official kickoff to the music portion of SXSW. This was much fun. The highlight of the evening were 2 songs to get things started featuring Ruthie Foster, Carolyn Wonderland, Suzanna Choffel and Nakia all singing/playing together. They did a great version of Ruthie's "Stone Love" followed by a cover of Ray Charles's "Yes, Indeed." One thing is certain, Nakia will make a name for himself. What a soulful voice this guy has. The 4 of them together are a great example of the Austin music scene. Ruthie, Carolyn and Suzanna really define soul in this town and Nakia can belt it right along with them.
Also outstanding on this night was a tribute to Doug Sahm, which had his son Shawn playing with his band the Tex Mex Experience. They did a rousing "She's About A Mover" and closed the night with Alejandro Escovedo joining them for "Too Little Too Late."