East Cameron Folkcore Presents A Celebration of Jon Pettis, Tonight at Red 7
It’s accurate to say that any show with folk rock outfit East Cameron Folkcore is one big celebration. If you’ve seen them before, you know what I’m talking about. It’s always a major party whenever they play, with ten-plus people all playing at once and having a blast. When it comes to celebrating the life of one of their dearest friends, though, there’s a little something more to the occasion, perhaps bittersweet but flooded with fond memories for friends and loved ones. It’s no ordinary occasion. It’s someone spirit being kept alive.
Sound & Fury: Songs In the Key of Love and Death, East Cameron Folkcore’s 2011 full-length debut album, is a powerful concept piece presented in the tradition of a Greek tragedy, but everything in it – from the artwork to the song lyrics – is a loving tribute to the late Jon Pettis. ECF vocalist and guitarist Jesse Moore used to perform in the band Bankrupt and the Borrowers alongside the young horn player and songwriter.
In 2009, Pettis died in a house fire, leaving behind a musical legacy that his friends vowed to carry on. Moore completed a collection of songs he’d previously worked on with Pettis, which ultimately became the tracks used on Sound & Fury.
To this day, Moore and the ECF clan continue to honor Pettis’ memory through song. They’re playing a special tribute show tonight at Red Seven, 611 E. 7th St., featuring local bands El Pan, Mockingbird Loyals, Harvest Thieves, and David Olvera. Proceeds from the show will benefit The Revival Fund, a non-profit organization that provides temporary financial assistance to Austin-based musicians and their families in times of crisis. Door open at 8 p.m. Recommended.