We need more Wisconsin music in Austin, Texas! The first annual SXWI day party commenced in Austin on St. Patrick’s day during the South by Southwest music festival. Fueled by a collective of Wisconsin musicians, bloggers, promoters and creatives the event showcased the state’s progressive culture and music. In addition, a complimentary flow of Wisconsin microbrew and mouth watering brats kept the crowd’s energy level intact.
Rock of the Arts is excited to be part of the very first SXWI Showcase in Austin, Texas happening Thursday March 17th from noon to 8pm outside of Rainey Manor. It’s all part of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival, the largest independent music event of the year.
Somehow Rock of the Arts became the official YouTube videographers for the "Rock for YOUR Rights" solidarity concert at Monona Terrace in Madison. This was all part of the Act 10 Capitol protests. Hey, we were just doing what Tom Morello suggested. With Wayne Kramer of the MC5 looking on, how could we refuse?
The ongoing labor union debate in Madison has spread across the country, attracting the interest of high profile musicians who want to lend a hand for the cause. Tom Morello aka The Nightwatchmen and formerly of Rage Against the Machine and Wayne Kramer of the legendary MC5 join Mike McColgan (Dropkick Murphys), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Tommy Gabel (Against Me!) and Ike Reilly for a Wisconsin Worker Rally show Monday at Monona Terrace, starting at 6pm. Tom Morello will speak on the steps of the Capitol at 5pm just before the show.