OffBeat cover subject MyNameIsJohnMichael will be part of the contingent from Louisiana going to Austin, Texas for South by Southwest, the annual music festival and conference. This year, more than 20 acts will play official or unofficial showcases over the long weekend from March 17-20. One of this year’s highlights will take place Saturday night at Submerged, where there will be a bounce night with DJ Jubilee, Partners N Crime, Magnolia Shorty, Big Freedia, Ms Tee, Katey Red, Big Al, Vockah Redu & the Cru and host Wild Wayne.
Bounce will also figure prominently in the “Only in Louisiana” party thrown Thursday at Brush Square Park near the Convention Center by the office of Louisiana Economic Development. The office will also have a booth at the trade show for the music, film and interactive components of SXSW to let people know about business opportunities in the state, and Big Sam’s Funky Nation will lead a second line to its party from noon to 3 p.m. It will feature Big Sam, DJ Jubilee, Partners N Crime, New Orleans Block Party Collaboration and more.
Other artists performing include a mix of indie rock, hip-hop, folk, rock and funk with Shreveport’s Dylan LeBlanc, DJ Pasta, Giant Cloud, Blair, Generationals, Truth Universal, the Givers from Lafayette and Dash Rip Rock. On March 17 and 18 local Chckn & Egg Productions will present a showcase of local bands at the Agave Bar, including MyNameIsJohnMichael, Dirty Bourbon River Show, The Revivalists, Andrew Duhon and more.
There are also a number of unofficial events including “Carnival on Congress,” Friday afternoon party at the Continental Club sponsored by Gankendorff & Provosty, L.L.C., Blue Moon, Bug Music, True North, the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission and Festival International de Louisiane. It will feature Sam Rey, the new project by the Bluerunners’ Mark Meaux, and Lynn Miles, Cory Branan, Catherine Maclellan, Randy Weeks, the Givers, and more. Heavy rock band Suplecs has signed with Small Stone Records and will play its party at 5:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon at Encore on Red River, and Park the Van Records and Defend New Orleans are throwing a party Friday afternoon.
For a detailed schedule of Louisiana’s SXSW events, go to OffBeat.com. —Alex Rawls