Set List Bonus: SXSW Road To Rogue Party
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By Brent Burns
The most exciting part of the Road to Rogue Party during South by Southwest was its multiple components that all came together on March 16 at the Rattle Inn in the popular west 6th Street district in downtown Austin, Texas.
As part of the promotional tour for the new TV series of the same name, the creative team behind "Rogue" made a strategic stop at SXSW to take advantage of both the interactive and music portions for a series of TV tapings, and a live concert that will later air as a television special.
The promotion began long before the festival with the Road to Rogue Tour, in which musician Johnny Stimson hosted intimate performances with 12 emerging artists in four cities leading up to SXSW. Stimson made his way through New York, Washington, D.C., and Nashville before reaching the Road to Rogue Party in Austin, where Stimson joined members of the "Rogue" cast for a performance, along with musicians Frank Turner and Josh Doyle in a celebratory finale.
The first artist to take the stage was Turner, who was performing as part of a concert taping for "Guitar Center Sessions." Comparable to the intensity of lighting a stick of dynamite, Turner's band took to the stage to screaming fans and a crowd of photographers, who zoomed in on the singer's entrance as he ignited the room.
The evening continued with an acoustic performance by Doyle to an at-capacity crowd on the venue's rooftop deck. Doyle's moonlit set lasted for approximately 45 minutes as he took fans through new material, as well as older songs that the crowd happily sang along to.
Midway through Doyle's set I snuck downstairs to catch Stimson's band perform a soundcheck. Knowing that the amount of foot traffic that was about to come from the rooftop and outside line was going to be substantial, securing my spot up front was essential.
For the final performance of the night Leah Gibson, one of the leading ladies of "Rogue," gave Stimson a heartfelt introduction. Fellow cast members Joshua Sasse and Matthew Beard joined Gibson in the audience as they danced along through Stimson's nine-song set.
Stimson premiered new material from his upcoming Human Man EP, which was the highlight of my entire SXSW experience. Songs such as "Lovedrug," "Here We Go Again" and the title track are so catchy the crowd danced as confidently and comfortably as if they were at a wedding reception and the DJ was playing "We Are Family." Stimson even threw in a cover of the Beatles' "Come Together" for good measure, which was more evidence of the Fab Four's lasting influence that was exhibited earlier in the week at SXSW.
It would be no exaggeration to say that this star-studded showcase truly had it all.
Johnny Stimson Set List:
"Here We Go Again"
"A Million Years"
"Someone I Used To Know"
"Come Together" (Beatles cover)
(Brent Burns is the dance/electronica GRAMMY.com Community Blogger.)