Friday kicks off another Fun Fun Fun Fest at Waterloo Park near the University of Texas campus. This year, the independent music festival begins on Friday evening rather than Saturday. Their special guest? Weird Al Yankovic. If you have been following along with antics of Matt Beaden and Graham Williams then Weird Al makes perfect sense with their unorthodox parody of a press conference announcing the event.
Readers may remember listening to Weird Al lampoon Queen, Michael Jackson and just about every other well-known music act in the past. His renditions of famous tunes often ended up overshadowing the original song. He’s won three Grammy Awards and been nominated for nine total. He’s sold over 12 million records. Impressive stats for a guy most artists were simply annoyed with early in his career and then sought after by most later. These days, Weird Al recording a satire of your hit ligitimizes the song commercially.
Other acts performing Friday evening include, ARC Attack: Live Tesla Coil Show which we’ve seen video of, but this will be our first live performance. After viewing the bolts of electricity shooting all over the place in the video, we’re apt to stand well away from the stage for this show. The visuals should be stunning, however.
Pop act, The Apples in Stereo are set to play as well. Robert Schneider (Elephant Six Recording Co.) and John Dufilho (Deathray Davies) formed this indie-pop group that has a new disc out, Travelers in Space and Time. The title is descriptive says Schneider who wanted to make an album that centered on the sci-fi, space themes some of their previous releases has explored.
On Thursday The Austinist is hosting their annual FFF Fest kick-off with Local Music is Sexy at The Mohawk. The event is free (Facebook link.) Here’s how The Austinist describes their own party:
“The outside stage will host TV Torso, Sally Crewe & the Sudden Moves, Watch Out For Rockets, Markov, Rayon Beach and Hundred Visions (ex-Corto Maltese). The inside stage will rock out with Bill Baird, Weird Weeds, Sleep Good, Botany, Mutual Benefit, Dana Falconberry, and Amasa Ghana (members of Survive, Silver Pines and more). The music starts at 7:30pm, but be sure to get there early for the drink specials.”
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