RFSL Brad and I had been talking about South By Southwest all year, scheming about booking showcases, plotting our caravan out to Austin. But in the end with the numbers on the board, it just wasn’t to be. Then at the eleventh hour Manhattan Murder Mystery asked us to present a showcase of LA bands at District 301, including The Henry Clay People, Seasons, Torches, Judson McKinney and Salt Petal. Even without your intrepid writers in Texas, the first Radio Free Silver Lake SXSW show was born. At the same time some really good people from the Eastside music community stepped up to help us out with tour reports, photos and all manner of assistance. Here are some photos from Austin and reports from the road. As bands return from tour we will continue to update you with their tour diaries.
John Seasons (of Seasons):
“Our Trip in Austin was amazing. We played nine shows in five days and made new friends and fans, we stayed with an amazing journalist called Duggan Flanakin where like four other bands were staying, partied by the river in front of house every night, ate free bbq and beer everyday, it was amazing. To any band who has ever wondered if SXSW is worth your time, money, and effort the answer is yes!! It will be a experience you will never forget, SEASONS will be forever grateful to the people of Austin for taking us in as one of their own and promise to return every year!” (More photos after the jump.)
The Lonely Wild played so often that they posted a map that so fans could find every show, drunk or sober. One stop was the Tofu BBQ Blowout where Rich Russell of Texas band The Lonesome Heroes (who are playing Los Angeles in May) captured these photos. (Photos of The Lonely Wild by Rich Russell)