After last year’s South by Southwest, post-festival talk focused largely on a pair of superstars. It’s not every day that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and Jay-Z drop into Texas to play relatively intimate venues. Meanwhile, nearly 2,000 other acts were showcased, including fun., Ed Sheeran and the Lumineers, who all went from being virtual unknowns to Grammy performers just ten months later.
This year (the festival runs through March 17), Green Day and Dave Grohl’s star-studded Sound City Players are expected to fulfill the big-name quotient. The artists on the underbill include nearly 400 Texas-based acts, each hoping to walk away with new fans, a handful of press clippings and music-industry contacts.
Here are some of the Texans being showcased, from the obvious to the relatively obscure:
As a teenage singer-songwriter, she wrote and recorded demos with one of her city’s most successful musical exports, the Grammy-winning producer Clif Magness, who had previously worked on hit records with Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson. Now 21, Vasquez did an