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Thursday, March 17 • 11:00pm - Friday, March 18 •12:00am
David Garza

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For artist David Garza, everything’s connected. Consider this: the release of his BEST-OF Shed Light (2000-2010), comes on the heels of a feverishly popular exhibition tour of Garza’s Paintings and Pastels. Which follows the premiere of his acclaimed musical score for the theatrical work, “Fantasmaville.” Which shared the spotlight with Garza’s scene-stealing performance in the independent feature, Largo The Movie. Which includes highlights of Garza’s recent soul-shaking and revelatory live performances in Los Angeles. Which… You get the idea. After two decades encompassing national tours, critical-acclaim, fan hysteria and stalkers-a-plenty, David keeps it real by keeping it surreal. In his world, poetry and power chords coexist peacefully. And the lion and lamb don’t just lie down together, they do a little Cumbia. For fans of the enigmatic artist who launched his career busking on Austin’s shady West Mall, nothing comes as a complete surprise. Devouring his prolific and spontaneous new music releases – about one a year since 1989 – they have rewarded him with the love reserved for legends. His euphoric performances at dearly departed live music landmarks are the stuff of lore. And in 1999, David was voted runner-up for Austin Chronicle Musician of the Decade—second only to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Artistic reinvention is nothing new to the touring singer-songwriter-painter-composer. Born and raised in Irving, Texas, Garza attended high school by day and performed in Dallas’ Deep Ellum by night. While still a teenager, David became a mainstay in this hotbed of alternative Texas music, trading licks with icons including the New Bohemians along the way. These days David collaborates with alternative music's hippest, hottest and most-respected. Alejandro Escovedo and Fiona Apple handpicked David to join their national tours, both as opening act and as band member. Juliana Hatfield enlisted him as producer. Sara Watkins (from Nickel Creek) is set to release David’s “Too Much” as the first single of her solo album, produced by none other than John Paul Jones. David’s wildly diverse audience includes more than a few FWP’s (fans with privileges) –notables like Jon Brion, Nickel Creek, Zach Galifianakis, and Joe Henry, who share the stage with him during live performances. A self-confessed diehard 4-track junkie, David has made peace with the digital forum as an outlet for his multimedia releases, visual compilations and musings. His unconventional online presence has evoked a flood of response via social networking (thanks to his digital only EPs), audience response (especially at LA’s Largo and UT Austin’s Cactus Café), and national media attention (garnering praise from KCRW, Village Voice, NY Daily News, Austin Chronicle). During SXSW 2010, David Garza released Shed Light (2000-2010) – his 22nd full-length album – to the universe, beginning another chapter in his uncompromisingly personal artistic journey. A multi-instrumentalist, Garza wrote, performed and produced all tracks on Shed Light (2000-2010) himself, along with producer/friend Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Maroon 5).

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Thursday March 17, 2011 11:00pm - Friday March 18, 2011 12:00am CDT
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