SXSW Announces Array Of Panels And Speakers
The SXSW Music Conference and Festival always provides an interesting and eclectic group of panels and speakers, and this year is certainly no exception. Ranging from Miles Davis to Devo to The Hold Steady, from Woodstock to Mendocino, there is something that is sure to interest everyone.
Kind of Blue at 50 – The great Miles Davis. No other artist can compare to his significant contributions to music and his universal appeal. 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of his landmark album Kind of Blue, the best-selling jazz album of all time. The album is now out in a reissue that contains previously unheard music and rare footage. The panel is on Thursday, March 19 at 5:00 PM and includes: Ashley Kahn – a music historian and author of the critically acclaimed book Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece. George Avakian – a record executive and producer for Columbia Records who worked with Miles Davis. Erin Davis – Miles’ youngest son and part of The Miles Davis Properties, whose goal is to oversee and keep Miles’ music alive and deliver it to the public. David Fricke – senior editor at Rolling Stone magazine. Vincent Wilburn Jr. – Miles’ nephew and CEO of Nefdrum Productions.
SXSW Featured Speakers: Devo – Shorthand for “de-evolution” and so named by co-founders Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh, the name says it all. With a focus on the cultural shortcomings all around them, Devo was able to manifest these observations through their music and visual art. They became cultural icons, best known for their unique style featured in the Whip It video (seen below). They will appear on the dais Thursday afternoon, March 19.
The Hold Steady Interview – Join producer John Agnello and band members Craig Finn (vocals/guitar) and Tad Kubler (guitar) as they talk about the inception, rise, and future of The Hold Steady. Hailing from New York, Minneapolis, and Ybor City the band now finds itself with international acclaim and playing to increasingly large audiences. Catch the interview on Saturday, March 21.
Doug Sahm’s Mendocino – The Sir Douglas Quintet was a rock band with a Tex-Mex sound that came straight out of San Antonio and had two major hits: She’s About A Mover in 1965 and Mendocino in 1969. The quintet was led by Doug Sahm, a singer/songwriter and all around musical prodigy who continued playing for 30 more years, including with the Texas Tornados. You can see him play his hit She’s About A Mover at an early Austin City Limits taping in the video below. The panel is on Saturday, March 1 at 12:00 PM and includes: Bill Bentley – CEO of Sonic Boomers, Jan Reid – author of Texas Tornado: The Times and Music of Doug Sahm, Shawn Sahm – son of Doug Sahm, Augie Myers – keyboardist for the Sir Douglas Quintet and the Texas Tornados, Harvery Kagan – bass player for the Sir Douglas Quintet, and Margaret Moser – journalist for The Austin Chronicle.
Woodstock: Untold Story – Join the performers, filmmakers, and key technicians who helped create the Oscar-winning documentary Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music as they discuss their experiences and untold stories. You will also get a sneak peek at the new HD picture and sound in the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD rerelease. You will also see some of the newly discovered performances included in the two hours of bonus footage. The panel is on Saturday, March 21 at 3:00 PM and includes: Michael Lang – producer of Woodstock and co-author of The Road To Woodstock, Stu Cook – bass player for Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eddie Kramer – producer/engineer for Jimi Hendrix and chief engineer for Woodstock, Jocko Marcellino – drummer for Sha Na Na, Gregg Rolie – lead vocals/keyboard for Santana, Michael Shrieve – drummer for Santana, Barbara Kopple – Oscar-winning documentarian, Wavy Gravy – life-long peace activist and “official clown” of the Grateful Dead, and Holly George-Warren – co-author of The Road To Woodstock.