Monday, March 23, 2009

SXSW Day 4, Saturday 3-21 at Threadgill's

Decided to spend Saturday at Threadgill's. They had a good lineup both inside and out. You have comfortable seating, good food and after Friday's events that is what I needed.
Inside they had a gig called MusicFog Showcase. It was being broadcast over the internet at, a new venture from what I gathered. At 11am Jimmy LaFave opened the show. He was followed by 7 other artists. Outside there were 2 stages, the main and a temporary one set up in the grass. That way they could have music going continuously outdoors. The outside shows were sponsored by Folk Alliance International.
Spent most of the morning inside and the afternoon outside. A couple of highlights were hearing Ray Bonneville and Stonehoney for the first time.
The jaw dropping event of the day however, was when 3 sisters from Sweden called Baskery hit the stage. I cannot rave enough about this band. Country punk with great harmony vocals, high energy, simply fantastic. Their sound is led by a slide, 6 string banjo player who also plays drums and harmonica, all at the same time. On one song she was absolutely wailing on all 3 instruments and you really have to see it to believe it. When finished, they received a standing ovation and cheering like you hadn't heard all day long. By far, the best performance I saw during my 4 days of SXSW.
Check out the video I took of them here:

Also, hit their myspace page:

Honestly, they are TERRIFIC!

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