This is the latest in a series of spotlights on the bands and artists participating in the 2014 Boston & Beyond party at SXSW, a collaborative effort between Berklee College of Music and Vanyaland. The party is Thursday, March 13 at Brush Square Park (409 East 5th St.) in Austin, runs from noon to 6 p.m., and is free, all-ages, and open to the public. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for entry.
Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: OldJack’s “Chorus Line” is one of the best songs to come out of Boston over the past 10 years. The weathered soul of Dan Nicklin still burns bright, and the OldJack frontman is a true Austin hustler, playing a string of SXSW shows with his eight-piece band while also co-organizing the South By NorthEast two-day party later in the week at Big Bang Bar.
It’s a stacked deck, but so is OldJack: “With two guitars, bass, drums, organ/keys, three female background singers, and a front man from yesterday, OldJack belts out their original soul/rock material with lots of harmonies, big vocals, and guitar solos galore.”
A recent runner-up in the Rock And Roll Rumble, OldJack don’t play to win, they play to play. A true Boston band’s Boston band.