Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Can't Make it to SXSW? Us Either. Time for a Lit Super Group!

The SXSW official logo.
South by Southwest is a GIANT festival in Austin, Texas that happens every year in the middle of March. It's several days of bands and shows and amazingness.  I'm guessing that you didn't get to go to it this year because of school (and living in the wrong state, and being underage), well this librarian didn't get to go either. But, while I was at work, listening to the concerts I was missing , I started to think about all the literary characters who happen to be in bands. What if we got them all together for one amazing rock concert?

One seriously rocking super group, that's what. Let's take a look at the potential line-up.

On Drums: Paisley Tillery from Paradise by Jill S. Alexander
Paisley is ready to keep the beat and she's spent years honing her craft while hiding it from her mama. She's a girl you want in your corner and she's got plenty of talent to keep the band on track and the music flowing (Read more about Paisley here)

On Bass: Nick O'Leary from Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
 Nick will bring a little more of a hard-core edge to this band. We swear this will be a short term thing, we don't want to steal him away from his normal Thom and Dev for too long. (Read more about Nick here)

On Rhythm Guitar:Jasmine from Amplified by Tara Kelly
 In her band, C-Side, Jasmine plays psychedelic riffs on lead. We're pulling here for the rhythm spot to bring the funk. She's a California girl with a tough edge and she will fight for her parts to be the best that they can be.    

On Horns: Joe Fontaine from The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. I mean, if you've got a musical genius hanging around, you gotta draft him in your band, right? This band has got a mean rhythm section and it's getting a boost from this guy who can play most of the things he can put his hands on. Expect to hear some trumpet, some sax and more.  (read more about Joe here)

On Harmonica: Thomas Mackee from The Piper's Son and Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Oh, and he can play guitar too, but this band is kind of hemorrhaging guitar players and frankly, he's a little flaky these days and we don't want to count on him too much. It's no secret that basically everyone who writes for this blog is a fan of Mr. Mackee, so he's a shoe-in for the band. And who doesn't love a harmonica? People with no hearts, that's who. (read more about Thomas Mackee here)

On Keyboards:  Lucas from This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
It was very necessary to have SOMEONE from Truth Squad/The G-Flats in the band and we were sorely missing a keyboardist. So Lucas, this is your lucky day, you "eggbert" you. Welcome to the band! Hate SpinnerBait!
On Rhythm Guitar and Lead Vocals: Sammy Bojar from Struts & Frets by Jon Skovron. 
Alright Sammy, we're putting you out front. He proved he could handle the spotlight in fine form, so let's keep a good thing going. Also Jen5 should definitely design the band's posters, because that would be awesome. (read more about Sammy here)

On Lead Guitar and Lyrics: Adam Wilde from If I Stay and Where She Went
We didn't want to take advantage of Adam's celebrity too much, but his song writing talents are undeniable, so, though we imagine he'll be happy to give over the lead vocals to Sammy, we're still tapping him for lyrics. Also, lead guitar, as our oldest (by the time W.S.W.  is over) and most experienced guitarist, he's got no choice but to show off his guitar chops.  (read more about Adam here)

Because this is a super group, we're pulling in a few non-musicians to do some very important band related jobs as well.

Band Manager: Piper Vaughan from Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
Is there any more devoted manager than Piper? We think not. She will not only make sure that every venue our super group hits fulfills all their obligations in style, but she's a one woman promotion machine. Also, she's good at managing drama (we like to think the members of this super group are pretty low key, but they are all musicians, so you never know). All in all, if there is an option to have Piper around, you should take it, so we are.  (read more about Piper here)

Tour Bus Driver: Colby from The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Because someone has to get the band to the show on time and not only is Colby a good driver, he's got the keys to a pretty cool transportation device- a vintage van with the name of Melinda. Colby also now has a bunch of contacts in dives and clubs that might come in handy. Finally, the man knows how to make a mean mixtape and that's a tour essential. (read more about Colby here)

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