Though tomorrow night's South-by-Seattle kickoff concert at The Crocodile begins at 8 p.m. ($12 gets you inside if you waited until today to pay, and all of that goes to help the night's performing acts D. Black, Wild Orchid Children, State of the Artist, and Tea Cozies fund their appearances at Austin's South by Southwest festival), but the real once-in-a-tour-season fun starts a little earlier. At 5 p.m., The Croc's back room opens for a free, all-ages bazaar where you can not only hang with your favorite musicians but help fund their festival attendance in exchange for limited-edition gear. In addition to standard CD-and-T's merch, some of the specialty goods up for grabs include drum lessons and a house party show from Black Whales, Tea Cozies' beer cozies, a custom-rapped voice mail courtesy of SOTA, and a kissing booth featuring Campfire OK. Also listed is a "lucky satchel" with beard hair from each member of Ravenna Woods--one of you is sure to want that, right?
Brian Barr wrote a few words on the kickoff's headliner for this week's Short List:
Last year was local rapper D. Black's first trip to SXSW. Being a religious man (Orthodox Judaism), one can assume the non-stop booze-and-tweak-fest that is the music industry's spring break is not necessarily D. Black's scene. But he's headed back for a repeat performance and tonight is his send-off party. Though his music took a turn for the mature and inspirational with the release of 2009's Ali'Yah, his focus and commitment have only grown stronger. Proof being The Blackest Brown EP he released last year with producer B. Brown, which owes much to the collaborations of Kanye and Common circa Be. B. Brown provides some serious soul-jacking beats, allowing D. Black to rhyme about his life, his faith, and his responsibilities. With any luck, he'll give those hedonists in Austin something to ponder.