The music never stopped

This is the first of many band related posts we are going to be writing as our photos and thoughts roll in. I’m going to start by talking about a few bands who performed on the stage upstairs (yes, we had two stages. I know, it’s pretty amazing when you think about it). Here Rachael gets ready to introduce her husband’s band, The Cringe, who played a truly rocking set. This band gets better and better every time I see them play, which I’ll admit is alot. They’re currently in the recording studio working on their third album and at SXSW we were lucky enough to hear many new songs. John Cusimano, Rach’s hubby, jumped on the keyboards a few times, afterall the piano was the first instrument he learned at age 5!

John Cusimano on keyboard

They played again later that night at Maggie Mae’s (again) and were joined by NY Dolls guitarist, Steve Conte, for their rendition of the Thin Lizzy classic, Jailbreak. It was really awesome.

“Roto” of The Cringe

Speaking of The New York Dolls, when they played, we just all shut up. As one guy said, they have no business being that good after all these years. They’ve been around since the early 70’s and David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain are still leading the way. They rocked the house and made me realize I was seeing history being reborn. They’ve also got a new album coming out which was produced by Todd Rundgren, who incidentally produced their first album. On our stage they let loose on great songs like Dance Like a Monkey and Pills. If you get a chance, see these guys.

David Johansen of The New York Dolls

Steve Conte

Sylvain Sylvain and Sami Yaffa

Before either of these bands went on stage, {alright I’ll admit a little (big) crush here}, Bob Schneider and his band took the spotlight. Bob is a legend in Austin and one of Rachael’s favorite artists as she has been seeing him live for years. She first discovered his music as part of Austin City Limits and has been hooked every since.

Bob Schneider

Bob played one of my favorite songs, Big Blue Sea, but in a totally different and slowed-down almost ska type way, plus many other favorites, new and old.

Bob is a staple of the live music scene in Austin and headlines two bands, Bob Schneider and The Scabs. If you get to Austin, look for him at Threadgill’s as he often performs live there.

John Pringle kicked off our showcase upstairs and this guy stayed with us all day. We had this little side stage for surprise acts and for performers who finished their main act to get up and play on. John did that for a bit and kept a roomful of people happy above and beyond what we every expected, so thank you John.

John Pringle

John hails from South Carolina and makes his home base in Atlanta. You have to thank John for having the sense to quit his job as a Wall Street day trader and following his love of music. This guy rocks!

More music news to follow soon…

Photo credit: Emily Nash

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