Red River is getting an intense dose of rock ‘n’ roll this Friday as RRN presents a 4/20 showcase tailor-made for fans of psychedelic, bluesy metal. Our third showcase of the year will feature Amplified Heat, Scorpion Child and Professor Cowboy & The Space Crazies at Swan Dive.
Blues-rock trio Amplified Heat will be headlining the showcase. Among mountains of loud, vintage Fender amps, the Colombian-American brothers—Jim, Gian and Chris Ortiz—will be basking in the limelight as they perform electrifying rock ‘n’ roll influenced by punk, the blues and heavy metal. The band’s 2011 album, On The Hunt, released on Gonzolandia Records, showcases this loud, passionate and technical sound brilliantly. Amplified Heat is a band that should be experienced live.
Sharing the bill with Amplified Heat is the epitome of a rock-star performers, Scorpion Child. This band can be dissected into the components of what rock ‘n’ roll truly is—part metal, part psychedelic, part electrifying progressive, and a whole lot of energy conspiring for a whole lot of attitude. Together, this gives Scorpion Child their knack for excellent rebellion, harnessing the essence of 1970s metal as they destroy their instruments with distortion, impressive guitar-riffs, and the pounding of the drum kit. Aside from performing a few shows in the South, Scorpion Child is working on their debut full-length album with Frenchie Smith Records.
The heavy rock ‘n’ roll dosage will begin with blues-rock band Professor Cowboy & The Space Crazies. The band, composed of Andrew Weber, Jack Pearl and Davis Cambell, has recently surfaced in the Austin music scene. With a voice as thick and sweet as molasses, ruthless guitar riffs and distortion, and adamant percussion—Professor Cowboy & The Space Crazies are trying to say something, and with that sound, they will be heard. In the last couple of months, The Space Crazies have performed at the Oh Snap! Festival and West by West Campus, and have recently shared the stage with Rebecca Butler and The Richards. This showcase is the last time to see them in Austin for a while as they are taking a break to record.