Austin will be hosting the 20th annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. SXSW is an interactive, film and music festival and conference that has taken place every spring in Austin, Texas since 1987. The music festival is one of the biggest in the United States, with over a thousand performers playing in dozens of venues around downtown Austin for a week in March.
Points of History and Interest
Antone’s, Austin’s Home of the Blues, http://www.myspace.com/antonesnightclub
The film, “Antone’s Home of the Blues” premiered at the SXSW 2004 Conference, chronicles Clifford Antone and his legendary Antone’s music club.
For some thirty years Antone supported the blues with a single minded passion and zeal, treating blues legends like royalty and encouraging a generation of youngsters to carry the torch. Antone died a month before this film was released on DVD and one couldn’t think of a more fitting epitaph. All of Antone’s burning passion and love for the music is brought to life through amazing live performances, photographs and reminiscences all stitched together in this heartfelt tribute.
Clifford Jamal Antone, Godfather of the Blues in Austin. http://www.cliffordantone.com/index.html
Another major venue responsible for establishing Austin as the live music capital of the world from 1970-1980 was the Armadillo World Headquarters. http://www.awhq.com/awhq.htm
Inspired by Austin, Texas’ burgeoning live music scene in the early ’70s, Austin City Limits has featured more than 500 different regional and internationally acclaimed artists on its stage over the years. From B.B. King and Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ray Charles and Leonard Cohen, each new season presents some of the best original music in every music genre. Its ability to consistently present an amiable mix of musical styles makes it a standout among television music programs.
Austin City Limits Music Festival an annual event http://www.aclfestival.com/default.aspx
Austin Music captured in photos by a great photographer, Steve Hopson
Austin Musicians of Note
By no means complete a list of some of Austin’s influential musicians
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Los Lonely Boys (They rock! Texican)
Where to Buy Music in Austin and Online
A great independent music store to buy Texas music, Waterloo Records http://www.waterloorecords.com/
If you are a music memorabilia collector like me, check out Wild About Music, http://wildaboutmusic.com