South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Film Festival Not To Be Missed!
South by Southwest festival has become one of the most iconic festivals in America as fans of all different tastes and backgrounds descend on the venues of Austin, Texas to enjoy a week of diverse live events in intimate settings. As it has grown in popularity, SXSW has expanded its program and the 2016 line up for sees a mixture of music, film and interactive events across March. The music element takes place between March 15th and 20th and this year, blues fans can travel down to see two incredible blues bands.
30 YEARS OF SXSW in Austin
Part of the charm of a festival like South by Southwest is that it offers music fans the chance to discover new talent. For every high profile artist downsizing to provide a unique and intimate experience, there is an emerging artist getting the chance to play to a larger room and win over new support. Marcus King is precisely that sort of breakthrough act. He has performed his fair share of shows across the country, as he has developed his craft, and performed as a warm-up act for acts like Foo Fighters but, at SXSW, he has the chance to showcase his songs at a headline show.
Incredibly, Marcus has all of this experience under his belt despite being only 19 years old. Under the influence of his father, Marvin King, this Carolina songwriter developed his talent for the guitar from an early age and his album, Soul Insight, is actually the embodiment of years of hard graft and world experience – something that many other teenage stars can only dream of. King may have many of the usual influences and traits of classic Southern blues singers but his youth, voice and personal take on the scene means that he is definitely one to watch.
You really don’t know who may turn up and play a set somewhere in the bars and clubs of Austin over SXSW and there is a wide selection of diverse musicians to enjoy across the festival. Another treat for blues fans is the announcement that Paul Oscher will be appearing. Oscher is a man at the other end of the scale than Marcus King when it comes to recognition and experience. Long before King was born, Oscher was working as a multi-instrumentalist in the blues scene, his big break coming with the Muddy Water’s Blues Band in 1967. From there, Oscher hasn’t looked back and has spent the next five decades recording, touring and collaborating with a host of acclaimed musicians as diverse as Mos Def and Keith Richards. Now a resident of Austin, the SXSW show provides the perfect hometown gig and a chance for blues fans from across the country to see a legend during the festival.
Catch these top blues bands in Austin this March 15-20, 2016.
For now, there is no detailed information on venues and ticket prices for the acts at South by Southwest music venue, so keep an eye out for further announcements on SXSW to read how you can see these fantastic blues talents at this festival in 2016.