Tuesday was the kickoff day for the music portion of SXSW. Not every venue was up and running, but there were still some fine shows to catch. I got to see four bands last night, all quite different, but all excellent.
|Gina Chavez||Gina’s music has everything in it: Latin, soul, rock, hip hop and pop. If it’s out there it ends up in here, powerfully sung in English or Spanish and played by a multi instrumental seven piece band (which included horns). Even though this music doesn’t fit neatly in any category, it is winning.|
|Charlie Faye and the Fayettes||Long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Charlie Faye switches gears and moves from Americana to new songs in the mode of early 60s pop and girl groups. Expertly pulled off by this seven piece band, which includes BettySoo and Akina Adderley on backing vocals. A great deal of fun.|
|Akina Adderley and The Vintage Playboys||Big bands seemed to be the theme of the night. Akina lead an eight piece band (which included a horn section) through an energetic set full of funk and soul. This set showed what a powerful and soulful singer Akina is.|
|Uncle Lucius||This five piece band (guitars, bass drums and keys) included an amplified acoustic guitar. But if that would lead you to believe that Uncle Lucius would end up as another Americana band, forget it. Yes there is a bit of a The Band vibe about UC, but the best summary of their set is “they rocked.”|