DAve Crespo from Full Scene Ahead headed to Austin last weekend to see what the Bat City was all about on a regular ‘ol weekend (meaning NOT SXSW time). He chose wisely (in my humble opinion) and focused his energy on getting right on over to The Blackheart to get down with ROXY ROCA. In his words
While I am curious about the unusual look of the dark Rainey Street, I am focused on finding the Black Heart. I’d done my homework and found out that Roxy Roca was playing there on this night.
Through the garden fenced entrance, the Black Heart feels like I’m walking into a party in a frat house. There’s an inside stage, but I can hear the party out back. Literally the stage in the back felt like the scene in Old School when Snoop Dog plays at the Luke Olsen’s frat house. It was killer, and so was the band. Roxy Roca is the Jenny D & The Deelinquints of Austin, but with a male front man. Their horn section is tighter than any I have seen and their guitar player sure knows how important not playing is… and his tone. Damn!
So, I am bouncing my feet to this band and thinking of how James Brown would give this set at least a B+… JB was hard on musicians. I take a sip of my $3 Lone Star and look around. There are about 250 bar-goers watching this set at 10 PM at night.
Read the full article, including photos and video: DAve is Weirder Than Austin Part 1 of 4: Austin, Texas sans SXSW
Check out this awesome gallery of photos from that night, courtesy of Milton Otto: Photos from The Blackheart