Photos: Berklee at SXSW

By 
Margot Edwards
April 14, 2011
Jen de la Osa '01 and Henry Beguiristain '01 of Aloud
Stage be damned! Jen de la Osa '01 kick-starts Aloud’s set, singing sans amplification from the audience.
Three-fourths of Art Decade’s string quartet: students Scarlett Deering, Ada Pasternak, and Kim Lonetree
Ben Talmi '10 of Art Decade brings down the full force of his ax.
Ryan Daniel, Berkleemusic student Gerritt Tisdale, and Andy Gonzalez of Audio Runner
Audio Runner pumped up the crowd with its rocktronic stylings.
Kailynn West '10 of Black Kettle
Keeley Bumford '09 of Black Kettle
Austin-based artist Dave Madden '03 MC'd the event.
Student Emily Elbert performs with the Boston Boys, left to right: student Duncan Wickel, Josh Hari '09, Elbert, and Eric Robertson '10.
Eric Robertson '10 of the Boston Boys tears it up on electrified mandolin.
Student Julia Easterlin created a one-woman band with her trusty looping machine.
Laura Jansen '04 performed songs from her U.S. debut, Bells.
Nikki Dessingue and Kurt Schneider '03 of Stereo Telescope
The Clem's ranch in Johnson City, Texas
Zebras greeted attendees on arrival.
President Roger Brown, Kathy Clem, and trustee David Clem
David Clem prepares to present the Ruba Cup to the winners of the shootout.
The aftermath
Photo by Kelly Davidson
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In March, 13 bands containing nearly 30 alumni and students played Berklee's three events at the 25th anniversary of Austin's SXSW Music and Media Conference—one of the largest music festivals in the country.

Berklee, Berkleemusic.com, and Heavy Rotation Records (HRR) hosted their sixth annual official SXSW day party at Friends with a stellar lineup featuring Boston bands Aloud, Art Decade, Stereo Telescope, and the Boston Boys (HRR); Julia Easterlin (HRR) from Augusta, Georgia; Emily Elbert (HRR) from Coppell, Texas; Audio Runner from Houston; and Los Angeles artists Laura Jansen (Decca/Universal Records) and Black Kettle (HRR). The event attracted its biggest audience yet, with attendees numbering nearly 750 throughout the day.

A crowd also came out on St. Patrick's Day to party and hear some great music at Berklee's second unofficial SXSW show at the Lucky Lounge. Austinites were well represented with performances by Royal Forest (formerly Loxsly), Tucker Jameson and the Hot Mugs, and the Jitterbug Vipers featuring Austin alumni chapter head Sarah Sharp, who also MC'd the event. New York group Teletextile also played, along with Easterlin, Elbert and the Boston Boys.

Easterlin, Elbert, and the Boston Boys made it a hat trick, performing at all three events, culminating with a private barbeque hosted by Berklee trustee David Clem and his wife Kathy at their picturesque ranch outside of Austin. This year, the ranch was the site of the Ruba Cup Barbeque Shootout, where four of the top barbeque teams in the state competed for the title, judged by Berklee president Roger Brown and others in attendance.

Click the image at the left to see photos from Friends and the barbeque, and check out Berklee-Blogs.com for photos from the Lucky Lounge and performance videos from all three events.