Never before has SU seen an event of this musical magnitude. On Saturday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. in our beloved Howry Center. four local bands will take the stage to benefit SU Radio.
“As long as I’ve been here, there hasn’t been a showcase featuring numerous local bands. There are concerts, but not anything on this scale. I am personally really excited to see this idea come to fruition, and I hope everyone else is getting pumped too!” said Vickie Valadez, the event’s primary organizer.
The lineup for the evening is as follows:
The Brood (8:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.)
Mike and the Moonpies (9:00 – 9:45 p.m.)
The Bright Light Social Hour (10:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.)
The Frontier Brothers (11:00 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.)
Party Bomb! – DJs Hayden Bagot and Phillip Cantu (12:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.)
All of the artists – many of which are current SU students and alums – have graciously agreed to play the showcase for free. The event is free to the public, but a suggested donation of $3 is being requested to support SU’s sole student radio station.
South by Southwestern’s openers The Brood – composed of current SU students senior Walker Lukens, senior Eric Franco, and junior Kyle Hermes – will bring to the Howry stage what they characterize as folk/rock/soul. The Brood has played a number of Southwestern events for no pay, and are sure to bring to South by Southwestern another crowd-pleasing performance. A sampling of their music can be found at http://www.myspace.com/popiswar.
Second in the lineup, Mike and the Moonpies – which contains senior Jeff Elliott – is a seasoned quartet that plays especially danceable country/bluegrass.
According to AustinSound.net, “Mike and the Moonpies delivers the kind of country music we love – tear-in-our-beer, steel and fiddle-laden honky tonk with a classic sensibility that keeps you company in a dark bar on a lonely and rowdy night.” They go on to say, “to catch one of their shows at the Hole in the Wall is to experience Austin at its most essential.”
Several of their songs are available at http://www.myspace.com/mikeandthemoonpies.
When 10 o’clock rolls around The Bright Light Social Hour, which includes SU Alum ’05 Curtis Roush and SU Alum ’06 Jack O’Brien, will continue the night with psychedelic-tinged indie rock. This group won the 2007 Raw Deal Productions Battle of the Bands, competing for six rounds and ultimately beating out 30 other bands. Interestingly, the band will soon be releasing a new single entitled “Back in Force” as well as an accompanying video. Additionally, they are planning a tour of the southwest for the summer.
When asked why they agreed to play the event for free, O’Brien replied, “We all met and fell and love at Southwestern, so we wouldn’t hesitate to give anything back, and are really excited to play with some really great friends.”
To listen to The Bright Light Social Hour check out http://www.myspace.com/thebrightlightsocialhour.
The final band for the evening is the indie rock group The Frontier Bros, which includes SU Alum ’06 Travis Newman.
When asked to describe The Frontier Brothers, Valadez said, “They’re just a lot of fun… plus, they like to sing about robots.”
For a taste of The Frontier Brothers’ upbeat tunes visit http://www.myspace.com/thefrontierbrothers.
The night will be closed out by a dance party with DJ duo PartyBomb! Both Hayden Bagot and Phillip Cantu are ’08 SU graduates, and will keep the party going and the crowd dancing until South by Southwestern closes out at 2 a.m.
There are already 124 confirmed guests. To learn more and join in on the fun visit the Facebook page here.
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