The 2018 SXSW Jammie Award for BEST PERFORMANCE goes to…. KOLARS!
Congratulations to these overall nice people. They are the real deal. For the record Calliope Musicals was a very close runner up and takes home the award for best SXSW 2018 AUSTIN BAND and SXSW 2018 BEST SATURDAY PERFORMANCE.
BEST TUESDAY PERFORMANCE – Caitlyn Smith, who impressed us with her belting voice and fresh performance.
BEST WEDNESDAY PERFORMANCE – Kernel, who should consider changing their name to Mother Klucker! The real winner today was the Weather Up bar who hosted a fantastic lineup in a great environment with lovely free drinks!
Also, if we hadn’t been so exhausted we may have chosen Okkervil River‘s performance at Stubb’s. Those who stayed said it was stellar.
BEST THURSDAY PERFORMANCE – KOLARS, who won best overall performance as well. They have the talent, the showmanship, the sound, and are actually really nice people. See this band! They will be in San Francisco @ Bottom of the Hill March 28. Expect a crowd!
BEST FRIDAY PERFORMANCE – Paul Cauthen, country musician from Austin, he is a hipster cowboy who says that he is on a mission: to make music he can be proud of that also serves a higher purpose. “On this album, I wanted to push a message that tells people that life’s short. Love the ones you’re with. Just take any opportunity to run with it––don’t think twice.” That fit’s well with how we feel this week too.
BEST SATURDAY PERFORMANCE – Calliope Musicals, an Austin band that brings the fun of a Flaming Lips show (complete with dancing animals and confetti) and combines it with a strong female front woman with incredible pipes! Woo! This is a party!!!
BEST SUNDAY PERFORMANCE – Shinyribs , another Austin band, formed from the ashes of the Gourds, has created a major following. Seeing them play the small stage at Lucy’s Fried Chicken during a rainstorm was perfect.
The 2018 SXSW Jammie Awards are sponsored by sitting in our pajamas (aka “jammies”) on Sunday morning after SXSW with a big pot of coffee.
Who was your favorite band of SXSW?
A few of ours are:
- Calliope Musicals
- Okkervil River (Rob’s Favorite)
- Caroline Rose
- Caitlyn Smith
- Beatnik Bandits
- Western Youth
- Paul Cauthen
- Moving Panoramas
- David Ramirez
We also heard these folks were great: