Friday night at Empire Control Room was the place to be in Austin, TX. Heard Entertainment came through again by booking a monster Friday night lineup, selling out the show in just a few days after it was announced.
Of course the headline of the night was RJD2, which always brings a good crowd out in Austin, TX. On top of that, they were able to book 2 of Austin’s top rising bands, with Chipper Jones and Resonant Frequency.
The night began at 8pm with Resonant Frequency, who has been on fire lately. They recently lit up the inside room at Empire for the sold out STS9 After Party, and topped it all off with this opener for RJD2. The band continues to draw a bigger crowd each show they play, and for the opening slot at 8am, this local band was the reason the party got started early. I even had someone in the crowd say to me during the show that “These guys should be closing the night out over RJD2.” As crazy of a statement as that might sound, I think the guy actually had a point. Yes, these guys are young, and yes they were opening the night up, but their unique combination of funk, hip hop, and electronic music creates one hell of a show, and they are clearly starting to build a loyal following in Austin…A following that will show up at 8pm right when the doors open to catch these guys play at a sold-out empire show.
The only thing Resonant Frequency didn’t have going for them that night, was that they should’ve opened directly in front of RJD2, instead of opening in front of Chipper Jones. Nothing against Chipper Jones, they are incredibly talented as well, but for the vibe of that event, Resonant Frequency would’ve made a lot more sense to put in that 2nd slot, and everyone in the crowd knew it.
By the time RJD2 came on, Empire was packed, and the crowd was ready to hear this talented producer in Austin for the first time in a while. He immediately got the crowd going by coming out solo and showing off his production and turn table skills, mixing all sorts of unique sounds together to create an amazing live experience. Then, he did what everyone else came to see, he brought out some live instrumentation to support his show, and the crowd lost it. He brought out a live bass player and drummer for multiple songs, and even had a soul-vocalist and rapper STS come out and perform “Doin’ it Right” which was an awesome experience of the unique electronic / hip-hop blend.
RJD2 and his live band lived up to the crowd’s expectations, and everyone left with a big smile on their face, worn out from dancing and grooving all night. Heard Entertainment and Empire Control Room continue to put on amazing showcases for the local Austin crowd, and we are excited to continue this great run of music leading into SXSW.
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– JamFeed Team