The Drop Everything List

Roky Erickson, the Orchid Festival, Texas Literary Life with Sarah Bird and Stephen Harrigan, and SXSW Eco . . .
The Drop Everything List

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from tuning in to Roky Erickson in Dallas and stopping to smell the orchids in Orange to watching wild (Ford) Mustangs travel to the coast. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[Sep 30–Oct 8]

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Dallas

Roky and Roll
Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators were getting people in Texas to turn on, tune in and drop out a whole year before San Francisco hosted the Summer of Love. New documentation of the Austin psych-rock outfit’s early influence recently surfaced on the blog A History of the Underground Recording Industry, the Dallas Observer reported, in the form of the band’s earliest live performances. Recorded in March and May 1966 on “Sump’n Else,” the dance show broadcast on Dallas’s WFAA-TV in the late 1960s, these songs will thrill you with their drug-addled intensity. They will also fire you up for Erickson’s Dallas show. Will you get the Erickson who transcended mental hospitals, shock treatment, and alien encounters to record last year’s triumphant, ballad-buoyant album True Love

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