Saturday SXSW Showcases
Trinidad & Tobago9pm, Buffalo Billiards
Best known for bringing the world the type of intensely rhythmic dance music known as soca, the twin island country located off the northern coast of South America expands its range by adding a couple of alternative rock bands to the mix. From Trinidad, 5 Miles to Midnight is a long-running sextet bringing a hard rock sound that's drawn favorable comparisons to Fall Out Boy and Maroon 5. Sidekick Envy, four youngsters from Port of Spain, provides a smoother take on alternative rock with chiming guitars and soaring vocals. A nearly 20-year veteran of the local scene, Destra Garcia remains one of soca's stars with an international fan base and a sound that mixes traditional beats with electronic vocals and unremitting energy. Among the favorite performers at Carnival 2016, stylish vocalist Isasha brings a positive and political message to his soca and reggae rhythms.