Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Live music review: Still Time from San Luis Obispo brings the party to SXSW

Still Time Bassist jams in the front row
Greg Ackerman

During the raucous SxSW mess that 6th Street became last week, Austin Concerts Examiner stumbled upon a band (isn't that what Sx is supposed to be about?) that put on an entertaining live show and were pretty darn good musicians to boot. Still Time from San Luis Obispo (Central CA) played a set of jammy rock/blues tunes at Flamingo Cantina that brought to mind Blues Traveler and Phish, but with a laid-back California vibe mixed in. They were good.

Hard Proof Afrobeat had played a rousing a set earlier and several people encouraged fans to stay for Still Time who turned out to be quite an act. The show was sponsored by OrigAudio, a company that makes foldable speakers.

Still Time finished their set, which included their bassist jumping off the stage and landing in the front row (guitar and all) and continuing his solo. He also surprised his bandmates by turning up on the patio up behind the Flamingo stage in the middle of a song.

Afterwards, Examiner caught up with vocalist, Dan and guitarist, Haircut, who looked like Jeff Spiccoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, reincarnated. They talked about touring with 8 others in an RV, playing 60 dates nationwide in a little over 3 months. A grueling schedule for any band let alone one embarking on their first big tour.

Even at the epicenter of hipsterville, SxSW in Austin, Still Time generated a buzz with the crowd and several fans gathered at their merchandise table after the show, buying CDs and OrigAudio Speakers. Still Time continued their tour, playing San Antonio the next night. As their publiscist, Stephanie Ramirez remarked, "It's been crazy touring around with 8 others in an RV but really fun too." Dan said the band had been getting good audience responses almost everywhere they have played. We can believe that.

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