Last year one of the most buzzed about parties at South By Southwest was the big-ass Mess With Texas party at Waterloo park. Organized by Sean Carlson and Keith Morris of the F Yeah Fest, along with Austin promoter
Transition Transmission Entertainment (which does the great fall Fun Fun Fun Festival in Austin), last year's Mess with Texas party was one of the biggest day parties of SXSW, and delivered, among many others, the Breeders, NOFX, Yeasayer, Kimya Dawson, Atlas Sound, Simian Mobile Disco and a few dozen others, along with a handful of ace comedians (David Cross helped book the first MwT party).
It also raised the ire of the powers-that-be at SXSW, which didn't appreciate that the Breeders were gigging Carlson's and Morris's party, but not the official South by Southwest event.
Yesterday I talked to Carlson and he tossed me a list of the confirmed acts for Mess with Texas 2009 — and says that any difficulties with SXSW have been completely resolved. The below bands are confirmed to play the party, though more will no doubt be added. Look for a handful of bigger acts to be announced in the coming weeks, including at least one potential shocker that, if confirmed, will be the talk of the festival.
The Black Lips
Soft Pack (The Muslims)
King Khan & the Shrines