This is now the 5th post about the epic Village Voice/ Frank 151 SXSW Showcase and it’s finally the last one. I covered the crowd shots and the two stand out performances of the night the surprising Rocky Business and the headliners Wu-Tang, but now I am gonna give you a quick run down of all the other fantastic sets from the night. And since I broke this down into a bunch of smaller galleries we are going to do this a bit differently.
I got to the show a little late so I missed Ume and Wild Flag. (I did catch Wild Flag at the Mog party a few days later but I will get to that next week. I got a lot more SXSW shots to get up.) I came in right before Trouble Andrew’s set. I had just shot Trouble Andrew when they opened for Rocky Business at the Rocky Business mix tape release party (Rocky Business repaid the favor by opening Trouble Andrew’s release party on Thursday) and thought the guys were a lot of fun. Prince Terrance drummed for them at the SXSW show and I got some great shots of the band. These dudes are killing it.
Next up was Rocky Business which I already covered. Following them was the stunning Marz Lovejoy. This girl was fucking awesome. She can sing, she can rap and she is unreasonably adorable. I just wanna take her picture all day. She is totally muse worthy. Plus after killing it at the VVM/Frank showcase I saw her the next day with her (also babelicious) mom putting up stickers all over the place. That is the type of commitment I appreciate coming from a dude who gets up everywhere. I feel like you are going to be hearing a lot more from Marz Lovejoy in the future.
Next up was Trea Tha Truth. This Houston rapper came out with about a dozen dudes, half of which were just hype men. One guy was actually just video taping the whole thing. It was pretty intense. I had never heard of him but clearly in Texas they know who the fuck he has. The almost local crowd got completely live when he performed and they got one hell of a show from the dozen guys on stage. Also according to his Wikipedia Trea once got into a fight with Mike Jones at something called the Ozone Awards which I find hilarious.
One of the acts I was really excited to see was Yelawolf. I actually haven’t heard a lot of his music before but there was an amazing photo essay on Yelawolf in the October ’1o Fader photo issue. I had never really picked up a Fader before but I shot an event they did and the photography blew me away but the cover story on Yelawolf was really something. The photographer spent a lot of time just hanging out rural Alabama with Yelawolf and his friends and family and came away with some amazing shots. It was like an old Life magazine story and made me really want to shoot for Fader. I was not really prepared for the show that Yelawolf put on. He came out full blast and just destroyed the crowd at 100 miles an hour. He moved so fast that he was actually really hard to photograph. He got progressively more naked as the show went on and Bam Margera came out in the middle of his set. It was a pretty epic performance. I need to catch him again ASAP so I can do a better job shooting him.
Right before Fishbone went on comedian Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino made a surprise appearance. The Village Voice was working on a story on Donald and I guess they asked him to do a quick set before the headliners. I had met him the day before to get some shots for the story and I had quickly listened to his free EP but I gotta say I was not expecting him to be as good as he was. He killed it both as a rapper an as a performer. I love his TV show Community, but now I am a fan of the dudes music and just a fan of the guy himself. He is a rad dude, funny as hell and great fucking rapper. Plus he really digs my photography so I am in full support of the guy. I think you should be too.
Lastly we had your co-headliners Fishbone. Honestly I had no idea that Fishbone was even still around. I saw their frontman back stage doing like somersaults and shit and was just sort of wondering who the hell the 50 year old in the wig just completely losing it was. I probably should have guessed. For a bunch of kinda old dudes they had so much fucking energy and intensity. I saw Bad Brains a few days earlier and they are sort of from the same era and they just sort of stood there. I mean Bad Brains rocked my face off but Fishbone were electric. People were knocking over the barricades during their set. At this point in the night I realized that if I left the back stage area I might not get back in so I only shot them from the side of the stage so the shots aren’t as good as some of my others, but I think you can get a good idea of the show these guys put on. Plus they covered Sublime’s “Date Rape” which was pretty hilarious and one of the guys was wearing a 9:30 Club T-shirt. The 9:30 Club is a legendary spot in DC that I grew up with so that was pretty great for me. Afte Fishbone Wu-Tang fucked everyone’s life up and Erykah Badu DJ’d to end the set. It was truly and epic fucking show.