Featuring icons of punk, rock 'n' roll, soul and country music, including Timmy Thomas (whose "Why Can't We Live Together," is sampled on Drake's "Hotline Bling"), Javier Escovedo & The City Lights Band, Dash Rip Rock, Jack White favorite BP Fallon and Western Star, the show promises to be a memorable one in a lengthy history of Saustex sponsored SXSW showcases.
In a Facebook post, label head Jeff Smith perfectly summarized the disparities in modern music, the cult of youth and media that dictates much of our access to artists and the dismissal of anything or anyone without "brand recognition," something that is often painfully apparent at Austin's annual music and everything "innovative" festival.
If you saw the stupid ad featuring Drake during the Super Bowl, you've heard Timmy Thomas. Drake heavily sampled Timmy's 1973 hit "Why Can't We Live Together?" as the core of his recent mega-smash "Hotline Bling". [sic] I know 3000 idiots with Platinum Badges and another 7000 with wristbands would line up in front of Stubb's for four hours for a chance to see Drake. Why 150 of you wouldn't be willing to pay $5 or $10 to see the real deal in an intimate setting is beyond me.
In support of one of the most hardworking, sincere and San Anto of musical endeavors, step outside of the bubble of buzz bands and check out folks that aren't relying on the vast internet circle jerk that is the musical blogosphere to attract listeners but, instead, made a name for themselves the old fashioned way: by kicking ass consistently and for a long fucking time.