The annual Austin tradition known as “Free Week” is in full steam and we couldn’t be happier about it. It is the event that kicks off the new year like no other during a time when no major touting acts or major mega-fests are coming through our fine and ever-changing city. All the venues on and off Red River host live music showcases from local and/or regional bands free of charge. Think of South by Southwest without the tourists or wristbands. It’s that crazy and exciting.
This year Red River Noise partnered with the good folks (new management) at Spider House Ballroom, formerly known as 29th Street Ballroom, to bring the best of the Red River scene to Guadalupe. They gave us the keys to program six shows, one of which we produced via our sister site Austin Vida. So far, we’ve had a blast. Did anyone else see Truck Month?
We get started again Wednesday night with the second leg of our Red River Noise presents Free Week showcases at Spider House Ballroom with the second installment of our Super Soul Party series. We follow with the biggest non-hipster showcase of Free Week this side of Quiet Company. We get back to the sounds of the river on Friday and Saturday night to close out Free Week right. See the full lineup and details below. See you at 2906 Fruth Street!
Jan. 8 – Super Soul Party Vol. II
We’re bringing back the incredible Latasha Lee & The BlackTies and Roxy Roca to headline the second installment of our Super Soul Party at Spider House Ballroom. To add to the party, we’ve invited indie-electro rockers The Shears, fronted by the lovely and soulful Inné Shears. Opening the party is Austin’s answer to The Brand New Heavies, KP and the Boom Boom. Details here on Facebook.
Jan. 9 – Suite 709, Hydra Melody, The Reynolds Number and Mobley
Not every showcase during Free Week has to be cooler than thou, just as every band in Austin is not trying to cater to the hipster market. That doesn’t make it bad or better, just something different for a pop audience who appreciate quality, radio friendly alt-rock. Austin’s Suite 709 is a huge name in this market locally and loved by many. San Antonio’s Hydra Melody joins the show fresh off their tour with Third Eye Blind. The Reynolds Number and Mobley blow your minds early. Details here on Facebook.
Jan. 10 – Mighty Mountain, Deer Vibes, Casual Strangers, Migrant Kids
We bring the best of what you would see on Red River to Guadalupe with three of Austin’s best and a special guest from San Antonio. Austin-based Mighty Mountain is folk-fusion at its best. While the debut record they released early in 2013 is a great listen, their live set is what sets them apart from the crowd. San Antonio’s indie-folk collective Deer Vibes co-headlines while Austin’s Casual Strangers (Boxing Lesson peeps) and Migrant Kids open with headline worthy sets. Details here on Facebook.
Jan. 11 – Shmu, Boyfrndz, Gnarwhal, Feuding Fathers
Holy experimental math rock! If you’re a fan of Sargent House, experimental indie or crazy inventive shit, then this is your best and only Free Week showcase happening this weekend. Zorch side-project Shmu is fresh off the release of their new EP, Chroma Key. Experimental prog-rock faves Boyfrndz is playing this show and nothing else in Austin before South by Southwest. Joining the party is Tennessee’s own Gnarwhal, courtesy of the three performing artists wanting to give them a proper Austin gig while touring. Math rockers Feuding Fathers open. Details here on Facebook.