Saturday at RedGorilla was absolutely incredible! Besides some fabulously warm weather there were dozens of artists rockin’ 6th St. all day long. I started my day off at the Chuggin’ Monkey with a little hip/rock from Mike’s Pawn Shop. Their combination of garage-punk and guitar-laced hip/hop had people pouring in from the street and instantly rockin’ out. Thanks to Mike’s for coming to Austin for RedGorilla, it was an awesome set.
I also caught Mumpsy & The Street Corner Champs at Nina’s. They played a solid set that started off strong with heavy guitars, and plenty of them. Street Corner Champs definitely love to play and you can see it in the way they move on stage. It was great to have these guys on the festival this year.
Dizzy Balloon & The Matches played the Blind Pig. Despite the heat people packed out the patio for both sets Dizzy Balloon played a short set of favorites like “Chinatown” and “Raise A Glass” and The Matches entertained with their usual combination of quirky attitude and infectious melodies.
One of the highlights of my day was Flight 409’s set at Darwin’s Pub. I fell in love with this band right away! Their alternative edge and strong vocals mimic The Used and Saosin, who they’re recently had the opportunity to tour with. People poured into Darwin’s Pub the second they started playing and hung around the front windows to check out their set. This five-piece from Fresno, CA brought an intense energy to Darwin’s laid-back bar crowd, and everyone seemed to love their set. Hopefully you got the check out some of their set because it was amazing.
The last big hoorah of the night came courtesy of AutoVaughn, who put on an amazing set at The Chuggin’ Monkey. They played a slew of new material, intertwined with old classics like “Cycles,” and the set closer, “Hell Of A Place” which brought down the house. It was the perfect way to end the night: the perfect little set with all the basics and new a bunch of soon-to-be favorites.
Hopefully everyone got to check out some great shows today! This has been a fantastic week full of great music, and great people in a great city. Everyone’s sets Saturday were fantastic! I couldn’t have asked for a better block of shows.
Special thanks to all the bands who played this year’s festival. Without you, RedGorilla would be just another music festival…and that would be boring.
If you’re still around Sunday, RedGorilla will be hosting a post-party at Darwin’s Pub at 9:00 pm. There will be live music from special guests, including The Effects, and THERE IS NO COVER! Come out and celebrate the success of this year’s festival and listen to one more round of fantastic independent music.