Dutty Artz members are headed down to Austin this week for the annual SXSW music festival. Partnering with the Sol Collective, Dutty Artz crew will perform at both events organized by the Sacramento-based team. The first is the annual gathering of artist-activists from around the world at the Global Local event. To see the importance to myself, this label, and the music industry in general of this annual gathering of independent globalistas, read my post from last year. This year it will take place Friday, March, 20th, 1 – 7 pm at the same Kenny Dorham’s Backyard. It’s totally free and open to all members of the public!
Our crew will be handling DJ duties with Riobamba, and DJ Ripley holding down the decks. MPeach will be supporting with mic duties.
Other performers during the day include Ferguson-based rappers Tef Poe & T Dubb-O, native rock band from South Dakota Scatter Their Own, Bronx-based hip-hop collective Rebel Diaz, and cumbia band Buyepongo from Los Angeles (who appear on our own Rafi El’s LP Ay De Mi). Additional happenings include: Live art conducted by muralist crew Trust Your Struggle, Kalakari and LURAC. Local artisan market powered by Mujeres Mercado from San Antonio. Food, organization tabling, media airstream trailer and non-GMO seed giveaway, plus refreshing lemonade provided by Patreon!
Then on Saturday we will participate in the official Sol Life showcase, the launch of Sol Collective’s artist-run label at Speakeasy. MPeach will represent the Dutty Artz crew, backed by Riobamba. The two will perform earlier that week at the Russian House as well. See MPeach’s whole SXSW schedule here.
As far as non-musicking events, DJ Ripley will be at a panel sponsored by the DC group Public Knowledge called “How and Why to Let Others Remix/Mashup Your Work” on Saturday at 12:30pm
Lastly, be sure to stop by one of the many nights hosted by our local Austin family, Peligrosa. For years now, Orion and the crew have showcased the best in global electronic music talent, at the same time holding it down nice and strong for the local scene — making sure it’s not swallowed up by all the corporate hullabaloo. A night or two (or five) spent with Peligrosa will not disappoint.