The first night of South By Southwest is an eclectic affair, with "mellow" being the word that seemingly links all of our suggestions together.
Folk-rock isn't a rare commodity, with showcases tonight from longtime veterans Mary Lou Lord, Beth Orton, and Kathy McCarty, as well as a few newcomers, such as Jose Gonzales, Jennifer O'Connor, and Robert Skoro.
If you're a fan of the rock, there's plenty to be found tonight as well, with showcases from great acts like The Sun, Knife In The Water, Single Frame, and Bound Stems all taking the stage.
For those who want to check out more experimental fare, check out Brian Glaze, Rachel Goldstar, Luminous Orange, or The Weird Weeds.
Also, a number of bands that are aimed towards the "next big thing" status will be performing their tunes tonight as well. You can catch some really great sets from really great bands like Voxtrot, Zykos, Irving, Saturday Looks Good to Me and Midlake, as well as a rare US appearance from Canadian orchestra popsters The Heavy Blinkers
Finally, a few veteran acts will be performing, either in solo form, or with a new band, including Meat Puppets' Curt Kirkwood, Maritime (one-half of The Promise Ring), the legendary Jad Fair, and a rare reunion of The Plimsouls!
Luminous Orange -- Habana Calle 6, 709 E. 6th St.
Jad Fair & Lumberob -- The Hideout, 617 Congress
Robert Skoro -- Nuno's Upstairs, 422 E. 6th St.
Coaxial -- Room 710, 710 Red River
Mary Lou Lord -- Soho Lounge, 217 E. 6th St.
Jennifer O'Connor -- Stubbs, 801 Red River
The Sun -- Velvet Spade, 912 Red River
Kathy McCarty -- Caribbean Lights, 614 E. 6th St.
Single Frame -- Elysium, 705 Red River St.
Headlights -- Emo's Jr, 603 Red River
Voxtrot -- Emo's Main Room, 603 Red River
(9:30) Jose Gonzalez -- Eternal, 418 E. 6th St
Rachel Goldstar -- Habana Calle 6, 709 E. 6th
Pilotdrift -- Dirty Dog Bar, 505 E. 6th St.
(10:30) Bound Stems -- Lava Lounge, 405 E. 7th St.
Knife In The Water -- Spiro's, 615 Red River
Curt Kirkwood -- The 18th Floor at Capitol Palace, 500 N. IH 35
Beth Orton -- Antone's, 213 W. 5th Street
The Weird Weeds -- Karma Lounge, 119 W. 8th St.
(11:45) The Jai-Alai Savant -- Room 710, 710 Red River
(12:15) Brian Glaze -- Club Deville, 900 Red River
WHY? -- Emo's Annex, 600 Red River
The Plimsouls -- Exodus, 302 E. 6th St.
Midlake -- The Fox and Hound, 401 Guadalupe St.
(12:45) Maritime -- Lava Lounge, 405 E. 7th St
Irving -- Velvet Spade Patio, 912 Red River
The Heavy Blinkers -- The Copa, 217 N. Congress
Saturday Looks Good to Me -- Emo's Jr, 603 Red River
Zykos -- Friends, 208 E. 6th St.