Join Mellow Johnny’s and KEXP for free day shows from March 14-16th for free live performances as part of SXSW 2012.
Why does a bike shop host 3 days of music on their sales floor? We asked ourselves the same question when we decided to do it in 2011. Mellow Johnny’s aspires to be a community hub. Not just a bike shop. In our goal of getting everyone on bikes, we must first engage ourselves with our neighbors as a whole who aren’t racers, fitness fiends, or daily commuters. So we open our doors for discourse, socializing, and entertainment. We are sitting in the nucleus of one of the most creative cities in the world, and during SXSW, the most musical. We’d be crazy not to be a part of this spectacle. So, welcome KEXP. And welcome music lovers.
DJ’s Cheryl Walters and Kevin Cole will be broadcasting live between sets. Relax and enjoy tasty Stumptown coffee, breakfast, lunch or just a snack in newly expanded Juan Pelota Cafe. Take a look at the 2011 recap complete with music, photos, video from last years performances HERE.
Wednesday, March 14th
11:30am – Howler
A great wake-up set to kick it off. Garagey smirk-rock whose melodies rose above the surfy noise.
1:30pm – The Barr Brothers
Lush, sparse, and melodic, with an occasional Delta Blues surprise. The bicycle as percussion center was a great and appropos instrumentation treat. And we provided the bike. When they finished their set, we sent the bike on a rental ride.
3:30pm – Wussy
Punk-Americana-Front Porch-Rock. With some gutsy male-female vocal peaks. They rocked.
5:30pm – Allen Stone
Bump, twitch, groove, sway, repeat. Allen Stone’s super-sweet soul voice is faithful to his R&B influences, but still all his own.
7:30pm – Of Monsters and Men
The house was packed for the Icelanders new to mile Texas heat and humidity. We’re proud that this was their first U.S. performance, and they brought heart-moving, soaring sound with endearing charm. A great end to the day.
Thursday, March 15th
11:30am – Imperial Teen
Imperial Teen started the day with this supergroup of alt-gay-punk-rockers from San Francisco. Bubblegum hooks with dark themes made the set compelling and inspiring. They looked like they had a lot of fun.
1:30pm – The Wedding Present
When you think of SXSW, you think of emerging music. And though the Wedding Present has been at it on several labels, releasing at least 9 records since 1985, they seem fresh and new here in 2012. Their accelerated indie rock throws sweet melodies with life-leary attitudes. Fans were thrilled with this intimate treat in the shop. And, for the 4th time so far, a member said, “We’ve never played in a bike shop before.”
3:30pm – Choir of Young Believers
What a sonic treat Choir of Young Believers was. A multi-gender amix of Beach Boys-Fleet Foxes cathedral vocals with symphonic textures & rhythms. These Danish songsters made us hold our breaths at every tonal bend in the road.
5:30pm – Nada Surf
Friday, March 16th
11:30am – Pickwick
1:30pm– The War On Drugs
3:30pm – JD McPherson
5:30pm – The Men
7:30pm – Youth Lagoon