Back from SXSW in Austin, where Berklee hosted three events again this year. The thirteen alumni and student bands who played at Berklee’s parties made their mark among the dozens of alumni bands performing at shows and parties around Austin last week (who were in turn among 2,000 plus (!) bands playing at the 25th Anniversary of SXSW.

We had a good turnout at Off the Record at the Lucky Lounge (St. Patrick’s Day no less) and possibly our biggest crowd yet at Friends on 6th St. the following day for Berklee’s 6th Annual Official SXSW Party. The club counted nearly 750 people during the course of the day.

Glad the weather cooperated.  While Friends  isn’t outdoors (unlike many other venues in Austin), the windows behind  the stage open onto the street, so good weather makes it a lot more enjoyable.  Although some folks complained of the heat inside and outside the club, I didn’t mind, considering I was greeted with snow (?!) upon arriving back in Boston…

All of the bands turned in great sets! Student acts Julia Easterlin, Emily Elbert, and the Boston Boys pulled triple duty, performing at both public parties, and also at Berklee’s private BBQ at trustee David Clem’s picturesque ranch outside the city. Video clips from many of the sets are posted in the Berklee at SXSW 2011 playlist on YouTube, including Aloud, Jitterbug Vipers, Black Kettle, Laura Jansen, The Boston Boys, Stereo Telescope, Julia Easterlin, and Emily Elbert. More video from the other acts will be posted soon.

Here are some photos from the Lucky Lounge.  I left the photography at Friends to pro Kelly Davidson.  Her awesome photos will be coming soon to a photo gallery on

The consensus was Tucker Jameson & the Hot Mugs were the loudest act of the day (in a good way!)

Royal Forest


Julia Easterlin brought her one-woman band.

Emily Elbert and The Boston Boys

Sarah Sharp pulled double duty, MC'ing and performing with her band The Jitterbug Vipers.

The ladies at far right got into the St. Paddy's Day spirit!