One of Austin’s best radio stations, KUT, and one of Austin’s best concert promoters, Couch Professor Entertainment, have hooked up to present an all-day event at one of Austin’s best venues, The Mohawk. That was a mouthful.
On Aug. 28, this big back-to-school bash, known as Maker’s Mark presents: Red River on the Rocks, will feature Dead Confederate of Athens, Ga., as a headliner and about two dozen local bands and DJs rounding out the lineup. In addition to music, there’s lots of other cool/free stuff happening. To help you figure it all out, here are 10 reasons to attend.
10. Free beverages from Maker’s Mark, Honest Tea and Red Bull.
9. San Antonio’s Hacienda, who you might recognize as Dan Auerbach’s backing band when he’s not playing in The Black Keys, is the co-headliner (9 p.m.). These retro-rockers are the real deal, as anyone catching them on their national tour is finding out.
8. Built By Snow is playing one of its rare 2010 shows. The 8-bit pop-rock band has been on a sort-of hiatus this year, after a 2009 that involved releasing a supremely catchy album and playing North By Northeast in Toronto.
7. There’s gonna be a photo booth, and before you tell us photo booths are so 2008, this booth will have take-home prints. We haven’t seen that before. Then again, it’s hard to tag a print on Facebook for all your “friends” to see how cool and happenin’ you are. We’re sure digital copies will also be available.
6. Ume will rock your face. This local power trio has built a name for itself nationally with the help of high-profile fans like Gang of Four’s Dave Allen. Not for nothing, but frontchick Lauren Larson shreds and does so while convulsing like a woman possessed by the Rock Gods.
5. The Noise Revival Orchestra is not afraid of the silence, but they’re not afraid of making noise either. This town is saturated with bands, but how many indie rock orchestras are there in Austin? Not enough. Just vibe on those battle horns after the three-minute mark in this video….
4. Free pizza will be provided by Hoboken Pie, one of the best late-night pizza spots in Austin. Nom nom nom.
3. STEREO IS A LIE is one of those best-kept-secrets that won’t be a secret much longer. This alt-rock quintet is wrapping up its debut album, and if it’s anything like the band’s pummeling and stylish live show, then SIAL will make an impression on fans of dark, heavy indie rock the world over. Check out this stripped down set the band recently played on the radio…
2. Frank Smith is a band, not a man. This quartet of Boston-to-Austin transplants is a fine representation of one of Austin’s most undervalued genres: indie country. Local bands like Crooks, East Cameron Folkcore and Frank Smith blend country and folk influences with the grit and whiskey breath of a heart-broken Red River rat. These bands are the essence of what country should be: people expressing their problems and the problems of their society through twangy chords and sincere (if not sometimes slurred) speech.
1. Red River Noise is a media sponsor for this party. We wouldn’t put our name on a show that we thought was full of mediocre music. Fuck that. We guarantee you’ll walk away the new fan of at least one Austin band if you attend Red River on the Rocks.
Tickets will be $25 at the door. Tickets are currently $20 at Front Gate Tickets. Use promo code SUGAR to get tickets for $15.