Barry “Frosty” Smith, 71, died unexpectedly last night at home, but he’ll live on forever when locals discuss Austin’s greatest drummers. In truth, there’s little debate of Smith’s placement on that list.
March 31, the day before Jim Caligiuri left Austin for California, we said goodbye outside Magnolia Cafe on South Congress. A rare moment of speechlessness overcame me, since editors depend on journalists like Caligiuri – clockwork about deadlines, fearlessly opinionated, physically rugged. “You’re the longest relationship I ever had,” he said.
Saturday at Carson Creek Ranch, during the third of Euphoria Fest’s four nights there, Young Thug – on a stage resembling a neo-pagan fusion of a weed leaf and a wolf face with blinking human eyes – demanded to know why Austin wasn’t “turnt up” enough.
Henry Threadgill makes an ultra-rare Austin appearance this weekend. The Chicago-born, New York City-stationed composer, flutist, and sax player appears at UT’s Music Recital Hall on Friday for a workshop and Q&A, then performs with his ensemble Zooid, Saturday at the Scottish Rite Theater.
When the team behind the new festival first announced Hot Luck, we suspected that it would be a hot ticket. After this morning’s announcement of additional chefs, a brunch series, and musical acts, Aaron Franklin, James Moody, and Mike Thelin’s inaugural shindig has become the dictionary definition of extra.
A novel concept to combat the rising mercury that divides central Texas music festivals into spring and fall events, Float Fest cools you down in the San Marcos river then heats you up with live music. German EDM giant Zedd, nerd rock godheads Weezer, indie wild bunch Cage the Elephant, and Pittsburgh MC Mac Miller highlight a buoyant bill.
The nation’s largest queer hip-hop music festival, Pink Elephant, returns to Austin this weekend to celebrate LGBTQ and POC artists. Founded by Japan aka Rashaud Hill – creator of rap group QURE – the second annual QTPOC music fest will feature 25 artists including some of the most prominent LGBTQ hip-hop, R&B, and rap performers in the country.