Once again, we check in with James Collier and Ryan Jones — two Fresno guys who are in the thick of the madness that is the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Tx. They’re tracking some of our local bands as they wade through the throngs of shows happening every day. In this installment, that web of local music has tangled in a most lovely way.
Here are some words by James and photos by Ryan:
Okay, so the story goes something like this:
- Strange Vine books a show at a house party for Tuesday. Due to travel delays, they have to cancel the show.
- On Monday, Ryan receives a call from a music connection, asking about equipment. His friend mentions that Kat Jones is in town looking for gigs. Ryan helps Kat connect to the house party.
- Kat invites Nick and Frick from Old Tire Swingers (pictured above) to stop by after her show, in hopes that they can set up a gig with Tara, the organizer.
- Tara books Old Tire Swingers for Shiner’s Saloon the next day.
- At Shiner’s, we meet the guys from From Indian Lakes (they’re actually from Oakhurst, but they showed up to support another valley band).
- After Old Tire Swingers play, San Diego band Family Wagon sets up — they played with Strange Vine and Stone Foxes last time they were in Fresno.
After Shiner’s, we caught another set from Old Tire Swingers down the street, walked across an alley to catch Strange Vine (above), the hopped in a cab to catch Fierce Creatures. We split from the crew for a bit to catch M. Ward, Alabama Shakes and Andrew Bird (tough gig), but caught a second Fierce Creatures show (below).They killed it. And members from all of the local bands mentioned above (along with John Hadden of Rademacher) were there to see it.
Here are a couple pics from the Andrew Bird set:
[all photos: Ryan C. Jones / Special to The Bee]