Tuesday SXSW Showcases

First night hangs – showcases!

Gina Chavez
Gina Chavez

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Two stages, nine local music ambassadors. Outside five woman-led acts present different versions of howdy. Austin Music Awards Musician of the Year last year, Gina Chavez followed with an incredible year of support for breakout LP Up.rooted, continental Latinate falling somewhere between Lhasa and Lila Downs. Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, the latest project from the acclaimed singer-songwriter, includes BettySoo and Akina Adderley, both bandleaders on their own. The trio's delicious debut, a throwback to Sixties girl groups, comes out in April. On her own, Akina Adderley draws from a deep well of Texas soul and jazz heritage including father Nat and great-uncle Cannonball Adderley. Grunge trio Ume, featuring guitar dynamo/singer Lauren Larson, are currently working on new material after a fab 2015 featuring festival dates in Austin and in Europe. A trip-hop quartet led by vibrant vox Chantell Moody, the Digital Wild were among the big $12,000 winners at this year's Black Fret Ball. The bar stage adds more ladies in Ghost Wolves front shriek Carley Wolf leading her punk-blues duo, and female threesome Moving Panoramas, whose 2015 debut One took Austin by storm with 4AD pop. Otherwise, Hunter Sharpe, 19, teams with Charlie Sexton scion Marlon Sexton to rock, while guitarist Matt Gilmour shreds off the family tree of Pink Floyd axe fiend David Gilmour.

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