SAT. MAR. 16, 2002
SXSW showcases around 1,000 bands over the course of 5 nights. Recommending any one of them is more of an exercise in subjectivity and taste rather than an assessment of skills and relevance. This is not to say that any given night won’t run the qualitative gamut from marginal to transcendent, but by and large every act has something worth watching. $105 worth watching? Check the schedule and decide for yourself. Even if you decide not to pony up however, you can still catch a really great night of music courtesy SXSW. Saturday night’s free concert at Auditorium Shores features 5 of the best bands you’re likely to see anywhere. First up are Wichita natives Split Lip Rayfield, who play energetic junkabilly on a freakish assortment of instruments, then comes Alejandro Escovedo, one of Austin’s music royalty, followed by Louisiana’s Geno Delfose, who is nearly a native himself. Rounding out the bill are the ever popular Austin folkountry outfit The Gourds followed by the irascible, irrepressible country sensation Charlie Robison. All of that and you’re out by 10:00. You could still catch 3 more bands!