Despite the fact that we’re only two weeks out from South by Southwest, the festival continues to build its 2012 lineup with the addition of two more musical performances. However, these unique performances are set to accompany two of its film premieres.
The first is for the work-in-progress documentary, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me. Set to premiere at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m., the film will be followed by a unique all-star performance of Big Star’s Third in its entirety. The set will include Jody Stephens of Big Star on drums; Mike Mills of R.E.M. on bass; Mitch Easter of Let’s Active and Chris Stamey on guitars; and Charles Cleaver on piano. Also appearing on select songs will be Peter Buck of R.E.M., Tommy Stinson of the Replacements, and Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of the Posies.
What’s more, the one-off supergroup will be supported by Austin’s own Tosca String Quartet in addition to Memphis’ Jim Spake and an assortment of guest brass and wind musicians, all of whom will perform original orchestrations from the LP. Both the screening and the performance will be open to all badge and wristband holders.
That’s not all. Closing the two-week festivities will be a screening of Emmett Malloy’s documentary BIG EASY EXPRESS on Saturday, March 17th. Also taking place at the Paramount Theatre, there will be an accompanying acoustic performance following the film’s Q&A which will include members of Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show. This event begins at 4:00pm and is also open to all badge and wristband holders.
So, now are you convinced at attending?