It’s the last Tuesday in February, and outside James Minor’s office in the South by Southwest building in downtown Austin, skyscrapers loom in the distance, hiding both extremes of the live music capital’s stages — at one end the still shiny, 3,000-capacity ACL Live; at the other, the much older, smaller rooms on Red River and East Sixth streets.
Now, with SXSW Music in full swing, all those stages are occupied, from midday until the middle of the night, with more than 2,000 bands, both famous and unknown.
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Tribute to Brent Grulke
The longtime creative director who died suddenly last year will be honored at the Austin Music Awards. Performing in Grulke’s honor will be the Wild Seeds featuring Susan Cowsill, Britt Daniel, Alejandro Escovedo, Robin Hitchcock, and Adrian Quesada and the Grupo Fantasma horns. The show starts at its traditional 7:09 p.m. Wednesday at the Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces St. The show is open to the public (tickets are $15), and to SXSW wristband and badgeholders.