Recap: Sound Dessert Day Party | SXSW 2016

This year’s unofficial SXSW 2016 Sound Dessert Day Party went down at our favorite Austin watering hole, Stay Gold, and was literally a full day. Nine hours to be exact, showcasing eleven phenomenal acts: The Blind Suns, Daniel Eyes & The Vibes, David C Clements, Danny Malone, The Vanity, Santah, Edison, Matt Woods, Freedom Fry, Liza Anne, and Yoko and the Oh No’s.

To round out the event, we had Reyka Vodka and Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey cocktails on hand. With a nod to the music and to Saint Patrick’s Day, there was also Rhythm Superfoods kale chips for snacking. Lastly, to support these buzz bands, attendees were also treated to some Bumble swag including emoji-laden temporary tattoos (my favorite being the “Queen Bee”).

The Sound Dessert Day Party would not have been possible without the above mentioned sponsors, as well as our wonderful partners, Austin Mixtape and Glitter Tribe. Plus Breezy Ritter Photography who captured some fantastic photos.

Endless gratitude to everyone who made the Day Party the killer showcase that it was. It was truly a privilege to have so many incredible, talented musicians play the Sound Dessert stage. What a trip. Can’t wait to do it once again next year.


Freedom Fry at the Sound Dessert SXSW Day Party by Breezy Ritter Photography

Freedom Fry at the Sound Dessert SXSW Day Party by Breezy Ritter Photography

France’s The Blind Suns kicked off the party in psychedelia splendor, followed be Austin’s Daniel Eyes & The Vibes who keept the energy high with their heady rock ‘n’ roll.

Belfast Singer/songwriter David C. Clements slowed things down with a winsome solo set, while Austin darling Danny Malone had fans swooning over his emotive ballads. Fellow locals The Vanity turned up the heat with their gritty, zesty dose of rock.

Introducing some honeyed, melodic sounds to the milieu was wondrous Chicagoan’s, Santah. Striking folk trio Edison followed suit, with lead singer Sarah devouring the stage – kneeling on the floor, standing on speakers – and working her angles just right.

Then there was Matt Woods who silenced every person in the room with his breathtaking vocals. Multiple people asked, “Where did he come from?” Geographically speaking the UK. In actuality, outer space.

LA’s Freedom Fry added some flavor with their spirited pop sounds. The highlight of their set being an infectious reggae interpretation of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The inimitable Liza Anne followed, blowing fans away with her vocals, guitar playing and artistry.

Closing out the show in raucous form was Yoko and the Oh No’s. A wardrobe malfunction led to frontman Max Goldstein going pantsless for the set (only to further show off his sublime ice cream thigh-tattoo). The sweatiest band of the day, there intensity was unmatched.

There couldn’t have been a higher note to end the night on.

See all the photos from the SXSW 2016 Unofficial Sound Dessert Day Party here.



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