South by Southwest leave you hungry for bacchanalia? One thousand pounds of brass bands cluster Downtown, Midtown, and on the Eastside to raise a percussive, horn-fueled racket heard all the way to New Orleans. Founder of the Dead Music Capital Band and an organizer of Honk!TX, Chris McMillan – he of the bass drum and megaphone – described the weekend for the uninitiated:
“Imagine you’re out to meet friends on SoCo Friday evening, grocery shopping Saturday at Wheatsville, or grabbing tacos at Las Cazuelas Sunday morning, and you hear brass music in the distance. You follow the sound and suddenly find yourself in the middle of a brass party.
“There are colorful bands everywhere and everyone’s dancing. There are no stages, no amplification, no one asks you to pay a cover.
“It’s free for everyone, regardless of age or where you’re from.”
Spider House Amphitheater (2908 Fruth)Biohazard Brass Band (12:30pm), Regan HS Drum & Bass (1:30), Perhaps Contraption (2:30), Shree Kripalu Banda (3:30), Yes Ma’am Brass Band (4), Interrobang (5), Free Rads 2nd Line (6), Fandango Texas (7)
Spider House Parking Lot (2908 Fruth)Dead Music Capital Band (noon), LoveBomb Go-Go (1pm), Minor Mishap Marching Band (2), Environmental Encroachment (3), Chaotic Noise Marching Corps (4), Perhaps Contraption (5), Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band (6), Party Band (7)
Trudy’s Back Wall (409 W. 30th)Interrobang (noon), Black Sheep Ensemble (1pm), Biohazard Brass Band (2), Party Band (3), Hey Lolly Brass Band (4), Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour (4:30), Ten Man Brass Band (5), BateBunda (6), LoveBomb Go-Go (7)
Grove/Triangle Stage Adams-Hemphill Park (201 W. 30th)Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band (noon), Urban Achievers Brass band (1pm), BateBunda (2), Ten Man Brass Band (3), Dead Music Capital Band (4), March Madness Marching Band (5), Minor Mishap Marching Band (6), Chaotic Noise Marching Corps (7)
Adams Park Stage Adams-Hemphill Park (201 W. 30th)March Madness Marching Band (11:30am), Free Rads 2nd Line (12:30pm), Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour (1), Yes Ma’am Brass Band (1:30), Urban Achievers Brass Band (2:30), Regan HS Drum & Bass (3:30), Black Sheep Ensemble (4:30), Shree Kripalu Banda (5:30), Hey Lolly Brass Band (6), Environmental Encroachment (6:30) – Raoul Hernandez
Bookended by Austin country outlaws Willie Nelson and Kevin Fowler, the latter a former metal maverick and now a local precursor to Eric Church, Rodeo Austin rides into the sunset of another year with a trademark yee haw. Last Sunday saw two elementary school girls in mutton bustin’ – kids taming sheep – bettering their counterparts in barrel racing, with the honchos of bareback riding and bull riding neither trampled nor gored. Carnival rides, multiple music stages, pig races – don’t wait another 50 weeks for true Texicana.– Raoul Hernandez