Berklee's Events at SXSW Multiply

By 
Margot Edwards
April 11, 2010
Ann Driscoll's band rocks the house: students Devin Caucci and Driscoll, and Justin Hancock '09.
Shyana Zaid '05 and Yan Izquierdo of Shayna Zaid and the Catch
Dave Sherman '03 and Exposition of Audible Mainframe play a killer hip-hop version of "Magnificent Seven" by the Clash.
Julian Saporiti '07 of the Young Republic
Jordan Tarrant's band: (left to right) Thomas Bohlen '09 and students Derek McWilliams, Curran McDowell, Tarrant, and Russell Lacy
Kristin Weber '07 of the Young Republic
Nini & Ben. Left to right: students Derek McWilliams, Nini Fabi, and Jake Cohen, and Ben Gebert '09.
LoveLikeFire: Marty Mattern '05 and Ann Yu
Berkleemusic student Stefan Wm plays a rehabbed 1898 Bechstein upright, accompanied by drums and trumpet.
Melissa Ferrick '90 performs at Lucky Lounge.
Merry Go Round: Evelyn Brown '09 and Ashley Root '09
A House A Home: Sara Houser '09, Ali McGinley '09, and Grant Himmler '09
Berkleemusic alumna Amber Rubarth
Student Ada Pasternak performs at the Berklee barbecue, which was moved indoors due to inclement weather.
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Margot Edwards
Photo by Margot Edwards
Photo by Margot Edwards
Photo by Margot Edwards
Photo by Margot Edwards

Austin's SXSW Conferences and Festivals seems to expand exponentially, with a dizzying number of bands, venues, and events added every year.  Likewise, Berklee's presence there has also grown quickly, from one party showcasing alumni and student bands in 2006 to three events over as many days at the festival. This year, 12 acts containing 30 alumni and students performed at Berklee's events in genres including rock, pop, folk, country, Americana, and hip-hop.

Berklee, Berkleemusic.com, and Heavy Rotation Records returned to Friends Bar for their fifth annual official SXSW party showcasing up-and-coming artists. The lineup featured Audible Mainframe, Ann Driscoll, LoveLikeFire, Nini & Ben, Stefan Wm, Jordan Tarrant, the Young Republic, and Shayna Zaid and the Catch. The event has become a popular gathering, attracting hundreds of alumni, students, SXSW conference-goers, and music fans perusing the multitude of offerings on Austin's famed Sixth Street. 

An enthusiastic crowd also came out for Berklee's first unofficial SXSW show at Lucky Lounge, an intimate venue on nearby Fifth Street. A House A Home, Melissa Ferrick, Merry Go Round, and Amber Rubarth were on hand to perform, while Nini & Ben, Driscoll, and Tarrant did double duty, playing at both shows.

Make that triple duty for Nini & Ben, who also performed a semi-acoustic set at Berklee's third event of the week, a cookout hosted by trustee David Clem and his wife Kathy—attended by Berklee president Roger Brown, alumni, parents, students, faculty, and staff—at the Clems' ranch 35 miles outside of Austin. After guests devoured fabulous home-cooked barbeque, student violinist Ada Pasternak gave an impromptu performance that included a Béla Fleck tune.  

Click the photo to browse through a gallery of the events; read more about SXSW and watch videos at Berklee Blogs.