SXSW: March 21 2015


The final day of SXSW was wet and dreary. Standing around in the rain did not seem appealing, so I hung out again at the Austin Convention Center. While there, I visited the Music Gear Expo and the Flatstock 48 Poster Show, and listened to a few more bands. I was glad to hear that the free concert at the recently-remodeled Auditorium Shores was canceled. It would have been a shame to wreck the new turf so quickly.


Cold Fronts


Codrington Pan Family


The Shivas


Bill and I went to a Doug Sahm Tribute at the Paramount Theater in the evening. This concert was held in conjunction with a new documentary, Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove – A Gathering of the Tribes, which Bill had watched earlier in the day. We were surprised to learn that the first group, Freda and the Firedogs, was actually Marcia Ball’s original band.


The show featured a variety of family members, friends, and admirers of Doug Sahm. Most played covers of his songs. The lineup included local musicians Charlie Sexton and Rosie Flores, Australian duo Luluc (we also saw them earlier in the week), and even film director Robert Rodriquez. The headliners were Doug Sahm’s band, Texas Tornados, now featuring his son, Shawn Sahm. Another son, Shandon, played drums on a few songs.


All of the musicians were invited back up on stage for several closing numbers, including Doug Sahm hits She’s About a Mover and Give Back the Key to My Heart. The concert lasted about three hours.


 I ended my SXSW 2015 listening to a few songs by Johnny Gray over at Lamberts.

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