Austin, Texas – March 28-31
Day 1: Brass Band Blitz 7
Featured 30-minute sets from several of the visiting bands. From 9pm to 12:30am we heard from Chaotic Noise Marching Corps (Seattle, WA), Clamor & Lace Noise Brigade (Chicago, IL), Damas de Ferro (Rio, Brazil), Desperate Measures Street Band (Somerville, MA), Emperor Noron’s Stationary Marching Band (Somerville, MA), Funkrust Brass Band (Brooklyn, NY) and Vibrass Project (San Salvador, El Salvador). Here’s the link to the Facebook event. Because it’s an indoor event, you get to enjoy delicious beer:
Day 2: Friday Night in Mueller Park
Six locations, four 30-minute time slots from 6:30pm to 8pm. After catching a set by Austin locals MeowNow, we settled into another location to hear Funkrust (they impressed heavily the night before), followed by Minor Mishap and then Chaotic Noise. At 8pm in the park’s amphitheatre we had a preview from each band as they played one song a piece. We volunteered to help with set-up so I didn’t bring my camera.
Day 3: Saturday in Adams Park
Seven locations, 45-minute sets. We enjoyed back-to-back sets by Vibrass Project, Big Blitz and Funkrust and managed to catch snippets of a couple others, including March Madness Marching Band…
…and Minor Mishap Marching Band:
Day 3: East Austin Parades and Band Review (Pan Am Park). Just past noon, we joined one of the sidewalk processionals. In this photo, you can see me on the left lending my prodigious clave talents to the group (a lot of musicians are not playing; hope it wasn’t my fault):
Day 4: Wrap Party
Also indoors, also featuring beer. Too dark for photos (that’s my excuse, not the beer).
Can’t wait for next year!
In the meantime, it’s off to Pittonkatonk in Pittsburgh this weekend!