The first Friday of ACL Festival was bittersweet because it was when we learned Fun Fun Fun Festival offshoot, SOS Festival had been canceled due to a major investor pulling out. Word got around that SOS Festival organizers Graham Williams and Johnny Sarkis went right to work the day they had to throw in the towel rebooking as many previously scheduled bands as possible in downtown Austin clubs November 10-12.
While there’s not actual jousting or axe throwing this year at SOS Fest, booking company, Margin Walker Presents did an admirable job salvaging the mess into an exciting weekend of performances from the likes of The Shins, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Washed Out, Cannibal Corpse, Boris and Ariel Pink. For those who don’t mind a drive down I-35, Ministry is slated for The Majestic Theater on Sunday. Not bad for a last-minute bill.
Our biggest disappointment in the rebooking process was the absence of Austin acts who were on the original festival bill. Margin Walker has begun addressing that issue by announcing Twin Peaks with ATX’s A Giant Dog on November 15 at the Mohawk this week. CAPYAC, an Austin electronic duo and electro-punks Octopus Project were the only acts included in the original rebooking announcement. CAPYAC play Friday at Emo’s with Washed Out. Octopus Project will share the stage with french dance act, Yelle late at the Mohawk on Saturday. We’re hoping more local acts will be confirmed for performances yet to be announced.
When asked about the potential for additional artists to be added to the schedule Williams had this to say:
“Maybe a couple small things, but as for the stuff Nov 10-12, those are all the artists that were routed through and we made homes for. everyone else were flying in, so we’re working on other dates to bring them back. Can’t say for sure that all will play, but I do think most will confirm for make up shows.”
That means there’s still hope Margin Walker will bring in the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Iggy Pop and Blood Orange at some point later in the year or early next year. It’s not a full-blown festival but for those who head out to the shows it will be a good time much like last year’s hastily salvaged LEVITATION festival which also rebooked into clubs following the event’s cancellation due to extreme weather.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10
ACL Live: Grizzly Bear ($45 / $55 mezzanine seats)
Mohawk: Doors 8:00 p.m.: Cannibal Corpse, Power Trip, Blanck Mass ($25)
Empire Control Room and Garage: Doors 5:30 pm.): Citizen, Hotelier, Sorority Noise, Alex Napping, Great Grandpa, Oso Oso ($23.50)
Emo’s: Doors 7:30 p.m.): Washed Out, CAPYAC ($35)
Cheer Up Charlies: Doors 9:00 p.m.): Lindstrom, Juan Maclean, Cap’n Tits ($25)
The New Movement: Naughty Bits, Sure Thing
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Mohawk (Matinee Show Doors at 3:30 p.m.): The Story So Far, Turnstile, Drug Church ($25)
Mohawk (Late Show | Doors at 9:30 p.m.): Yelle, Octopus Project ($20)
Emo’s (Doors 7:30 p.m.): Japandroids, Cloud Nothings ($32.50)
Cheer Up Charlies (Doors 7:00 p.m.): The Frights, Hockey Dad, Vundabar ($13)
Scoot Inn: Doors 7:00 p.m.): Noname, Arima Ederra ($25)
The New Movement: Sandbox, The Neighborhood: 7 Year Anniversary, Part 2
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12:
Mohawk (Doors 6:00 p.m.): Boris, Endon, USA/MEXICO ($20)
Empire (Doors 8:00 p.m.): Snow Tha Product, Castro Escobar, AJ Hernz, Kydd Jones & Tank Washington ($20)
Emo’s (Doors 7:00 p.m.): The Shins, Baio, Girlpool ($59.50)
Cheer Up Charlies (Doors 7:00 p.m.): Ariel Pink, Growl, Mild High Club ($25)
Vulcan Gas Company: Doors 8:00 p.m.): Hot Chip (DJ set), Tim Sweeney, Lovefingers, Flying Turns ($25)