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11a: Doors 11:15a Watermelon 12p: Fort Lean 1p: Guadalupe Plata 2p: American Royalty 3p: The Bright Light Social Hour 4p: Kids These Days 5p: Cuckoo Chaos 6p: The Features 7p: Chali2na 7:30p Dead Confederate 9p: Special Guest 10p: Gangstagrass 11p: Special Guest 12:30a: Nobody Beats The Drum
Sat 3/17: 11am-Late Now in its 6th year, The Big One is back and it's bigger and better than ever. As always, this party is FREE w/ RSVP on Do512 (21+ only, NO exceptions), and complimentary bevies from our awesome sponsors: Shiner Beer, Deep Eddy Vodka, Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort.
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About the Venue:The ALL NEW Belmont (coming SXSW 2012) will share the same name as what it used to be, but otherwise it's a totally new concept. Soon to become Austin's most AWESOME music venue, the Belmont boasts 20,000+ sq. foot of indoor/outdoor space, 5 completely remodeled bars, a rooftop deck with Austin skyline views, a VIP box area, a huge draft beer and wine selection, and small-plate lounge dining, all in an upscale setting in the heart of the Warehouse District.
The Lineup (Additional Special Guests TBA):
Dead Confederate (Athens, GA) After a few years of touring hard in the States and overseas, Dead Confederate has more or less remained off the radar for the last year. In this short time,the band adapted to their drummer leaving to start a family, learning to work with a handful of new drummers, and half of the remaining members getting married (not to each other). 2011 saw it's fair share of music from them, although not thetypical side of Dead Confederate: There were many solo performances from members, an expanded incarnation of the band that ventured out on mini-tours playing Neil Young's Tonightʼs The Night in it's entirety and, most recently, the formation of Diamond Rugs (a "super group" featuring Dead Confederate's Hardy Morris, Deer Tick's John McCauley & Robbie Crowell, Black Lips' Ian St Pe, Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, and Brian Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite.) For Dead Confederate, 2012 is shaping up to be an interesting year. They will be releasing a new record and hitting the road for a tour, and the Diamond Rugs side project will also be in the mix throughout the year.
The Features (Nashville, TN)is a Nashville-based indie rock quartet whose live shows are highlighted by a powerful array of pop hooks and instrumentation that will really get the blood pumping. The band were recent guests for a live-streamed performance at the Do512 Lounge, where they ripped through a fantastic yet short set that included songs from their latest album, Wilderness, released Kings of Leon’s label Serpents and Snakes label in 2011. The Nashville-based quartet played to a capacity crowd at Stubb's indoor later that night, and we were so impressed with these guys that we invited them to play a slot at The Big One during SXSW 2012. The Features is Matthew Pelham (guitar, vocals) Roger Dabbs (bass), Mark Bond (keyboards), and Rollum Haas (drums.) Their songs are marvels of pop ingenuity, animated by vivid lyrics, unshakable hooks, and a whole lot of soul.
Guadalupe Plata (Ubeda, Spain) Rockabilly in español? Si! Guadalupe Plata is a rockin' and rollin' dirty blues trio that hails from Ubeda, Spain. Pedro de Dios Barcelo handles the guitar and vocals, his compadre Paco Luis Martos wields the washtub bass, and Carlos Jimena keeps time on the drums and maracas. Their devilish, rhythmic rock and roll concoctions draw inspiration from legendary American blues artists such as John Lee Hooker and R.L.Burnside, with the madness of Screamin' Jay Hawkins, the sweet sound of Tampa Red, the killer slide guitar of Elmore James, and the essence of Son House. Guadalupe Plata are blazing ball of energy on stage as the band jams on revved-up instrumental blues tracks, full of wild slide guitars and deranged drumming. The vocals are lo-fi, distorted, and hypnotizing, sounding like Spanish voo-doo chants. If the Reverend Horton Heat had grown up around the barrios of Spain instead of the mean streets of Dallas, he might have sounded something like this.
Chali2na(LA/Chicago) With one of the most unmistakable baritone voices in hip hop, former Jurrasic 5 frontman Chali 2na has been a trend setter in hip-hop and popular music for more than a decade. Originally from the southside of Chicago, Chali 2na made a name for himself as one of the founding members of the popular West Coast hip-hop group Jurassic 5. He was also a founding member of the band Ozomatli, whose music was a fusion of worldbeat, rock, hip-hop, and Latin dance/funk. With a lengthy discography that also includes a number of collaborations and three solo releases, Chali has firmly established himself as one of the most distinctive, charismatic personalities not just in hip-hop, but music in general. He's rocked microphones in front of thousands at a sold-out arena in Tokyo, spit rhymes at Lollapalooza, and lent his distinctive, bass-heavy voice to brands such as Coca-Cola and Sega. There’s still plenty of fire in Chali’s lyrical arsenal, and his articulate rhymes will never go out of style.
Cuckoo Chaos (San Diego, CA)is a band that you might refer to as a San Diego “Super Group.” The five-piece is comprised of players from other bands including The Vision of a Dying World, The Paddle Boat, Black Mamba, and Cousins. The immense musical talent in this line up is apparent in Cuckoo Chaos’ live show. These players are tight, energetic, and show personality that is rare in a climate of “cool kids” stoic expression in indie music theses days. In 2010 they won “Best Alternative Band” at the San Diego Music Awards, and in 2011 released their highly anticipated debut full length album through Lefse Records (Neon Indian, Tape Deck Mountain.) Then in October of 2011 Cuckoo Chaos played four shows at the annual CMJ music fest in NYC, as well as recording two live in-studio sessions (one for Daytrotter) and performing a Windish Agency showcase. Their CMJ set at Pianos on the Lower East Side of NYC on October 18 earned a rave review from the New York Times.
The Bright Light Social Hour (Austin, TX) is a quartet that delivers dance-friendly, funk-infused indie rock. The band's music is a jamtastic mixture of classic rock, soul, funk, indie and electronic, sounding like a 21st century Deep Purple. Bright Light brought the house down at the Austin City Limits Festival in 2009, appeared at SXSW in 2010, and were named 'Best Indie Band' at the 2010 Austin Music Awards. The band’s bluesy “Detroit” was awarded song of the year, and their diverse sound also includes funk-inspired radio favorite “Back and Forth” and songs with more traditional Americana and southern rock elements. The Bright Light Social Hour also released "New Year's Live," a 4-track live EP recorded during their sold-out set at The Parish Austin on New Year's 2011. Re-teaming with producer/engineer Danny Reisch, "New Year's Live" marks the first audio recording to capture the band's raw live energy, consummated with masterfully directed live video by Hussain Pirani. The rock 'n roll dance-party vibe of their live show has put the group of Austin natives on the national music map.
Fort Lean (Brooklyn NY)Fort Lean is a five-piece garage pop band from Brooklyn. They write big, anthemic rock songs powered by by the huge impassioned vocals of Keenan Mitchell---and they deliver a powerful live show. One of the standout acts at the CMJ's, Fort Lean's debut 7" single will soon be unleashed on Neon Gold Records (Passion Pit, Marina and The Diamonds) and Black Bell Records (The Joy Formidable.) The tracks pack one hell of a one-two punch and make you pine for a getaway to just about anywhere. If The Walkmen were fronted by the long lost son of Iggy Pop and raised on a sundrenched beach, you'd have a blurry outline of Fort Lean.
Kids These Days (Chicago, IL)Kids These Days comes from Chicago but their music comes from everywhere. With three horns, a rapper, a blues-rock trio and a female singer, Kids These Days blends a wide range of influences -- hip-hop, jazz, soul, blues, and classic rock -- into a unique, fresh sound that breaks musical boundaries. The band members are relatively young, ranging from 17 to 21 years old, with Macie Stewart on vocals/keys, Nico Segal on trumpet, J.P. Floyd on trombone, Vic Mensa on the mic, Lane Beckstrom on bass, Greg Landfair Jr on drums, and Liam Cunningham on additional guitar/vocals. Kids These Days met in high school, while many of them were undergoing advanced training at Merit School of Music in a program focused on improvisation and jazz. With only an EP to its name, the group drew a large crowd at Lollapalooza 2011 where the band was one of the surprises on the opening afternoon. Their style of live performance is infectious and engaging, with a ton of energy and crowd interaction. Besides Lollapalooza, the group’s other major bookings have included Summerfest in Milwaukee and the Ottawa Bluesfest in Ontario.
Gangstagrass (Brooklyn, NY) Best known for making the theme song to the hit FX Network show
"Justified", for which they are nominated for an Emmy award,
Gangstagrass is a groundbreaking hybrid of the most urban and rural
sounds of American music, lovingly and expertly melded into a new
American sound: Hip-Hop as hard as the Brooklyn pavement and bluegrass
straight out of the Appalachian mountains seamlessly melded into one
gritty, funky, and utterly infectious new sound. Pioneering
country-hip-hop producer Rench directs this collaboration between
rappers like T.O.N.E-z (brother of early hip-hop stars Special K of the
Treacherous Three and T La Rock) from the Bronx, and talented pickers
from New York’s burgeoning bluegrass scene.
Nobody Beats The Drum (Amsterdam, Holland) Nobody
Beats The Drum are in the front line of Dutch electronic dance music.
While Sjam and Jori produce all the music Rogier produces all the video
projections. Together, the trio delivers a uniquely unforgettable live
audio/visual experience that has brought them high praise from
trendsetters such as Kanye West, Vice Magazine and more. To fully
appreciate their fusion of breaks, electro, hip-hop and every other form
of music that whips a crowd up into a sweaty, writhing heap of body
parts, it's best to see NBTD live where the pounding music is enhanced
by their one of a kind over-the-top visuals.
ADDITIONAL ACTS AND SECRET SPECIAL GUEST TBA! Keep an eye on this page for updates!