Austin Music Awards and More at SXSW

Escovedo Sexton Newcombe © Per Ole HagenWednesday night during SXSW is the night for the Austin Music Awards. The readers of the Austin Chronicle have voted for their favorite artists, musicians, venues, and what have you. In earlier years it was held at the Austin Music Hall but moved two years ago to a ballroom at the Convention Center. The show was sold out, and this year it was better and tighter than earlier years, even if the old venue had better atmosphere. After the show, I ran up to the Continental Club to see the end of JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, plus the Waco Brothers. (Picture above, Charlie Sexton, Scrappy Jud Newcombe, Alejandro Escovedo during the Ian McLagan tribute)

Ian McLagan © Per Ole HagenIan McLagan at the Continental Club at SXSW 2014. R.I.P

The award show this year was in honor of Ian McLagan, who died in December 2014. Since he moved to Austin in the 90s, he has been a central figure, playing with almost everybody and general being the nicest and most friendly guy in a town known for nice and friendly people. During the show, he was inducted posthumously into the Austin Music Hall of Fame, and the last live music section of the show was dedicated to him, with his band The Bump Band and guests.

You will find all the winners at the Austin Chronicle, and also all the live performers. The live band was lead by Charlie Sexton, and they did a great job the whole evening.

Patricia Vonne © Per Ole HagenPatricia Vonne

I was personally extra happy for two of the award winners – Redd Volkaert who was inducted into the Hall of Fame and was voted Best Guitarist, and Patricia Vonne, who won both Best female Singer and Best Miscellaneous Instrument (Castanets). You can read my earlier posts about Patricia here, and Redd here.

Little Steven © Per Ole HagenLittle Steven

Here are pictures of most of the live performers during the show, including special guest Little Steven. Below the Award Show pictures are the ones I took at the Continental after the show.

Little Steven © Per Ole HagenCharlie Sexton and Little Steven

Little Steven © Per Ole HagenLittle Steven and Tameca Jones

Patty Griffin © Per Ole HagenPatti Griffin

Scrappy Jud Newcombe © Per Ole HagenScrppy Jud Newcome with the Bump Band

Tameca Jones © Per Ole HagenTameca jones

Billy Joe Shaver © Per Ole HagenBilly Joe Shaver

Carson McHone © Per Ole Hagencarson McHone

Dana Falconberry © Per Ole HagenDana Falconberry

Eva Monsees © Per Ole HagenEva Monsee

Gary Clark Jr © Per Ole HagenGary Clark Jr.

Gina Chavez © Per Ole HagenGina Chavez

Nina Diaz © Per Ole HagenNina Diaz

Phranchyze © Per Ole HagenPhranchyze

Shakey Graves © Per Ole HagenShakey Graves

Sunny Sweeny © Per Ole HagenSunny Sweeny

Susanna Choffel © Per Ole HagenSasanna Choffel

Warren Hood © Per Ole HagenWarren Hood

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound © Per Ole HagenJC Brooks

I saw JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound at the Continental Club last year, too, and I think they were even better when I saw them last night, even if I only saw the last two or three songs. They are tight, well played, and JC Brooks have got that extra experience that transforms his fro a good to an excellent performer. Check them out!

Waco Brothers © Per Ole HagenThe Waco Brothers

The Waco Brothers could also have been called the Wacko Brothers, since their stage show is so much fun. They always play with a tongue in cheek approach, where the most important thing is to have fun. Their music is raw, rough and usually fast, shooing their punk roots. I don’t remember how many times I have seen them here in Austin, but it is as much fun every time.

Little Steven © Per Ole HagenCharlie Swxton and Little Steven

All photos are © Per Ole Hagen and must not be used without written permission.


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