SXSW 2010 Recap :: Funk Aid Party w/ Wax Poetics

The Dubspot + Wax Poetics Funk Aid Party, presented by Puma, Serato, & Avid/M-Audio,  saw a critical mass of musical talent turn a showcase into musical celebration.  Artists from across the country, styles of old and new, musicians of many generations, all joined together to help raise money for African & Haitian children in need, to create one of the best parties during South By this year, and for one night only, to pack the Scoot Inn full of the luckiest people in Austin on Thursday, March 18th.

Beginning at 8pm, and running until 2am, the event saw performances by a variety of top-notch groups, divided up by sets from a select group of DJs.  By the end of the night, the audience had seen Brownout, DJ OBaH, Keys N Krates, Rich Medina, Grimy Styles, Jovi Rockwell, DJ Smiles Davis, Chico Mann, Chicken George, Ocote Soul Sounds, J.Boogie, and Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra.

We would like to again thank our generous sponsors, Puma, Serato, Avid/M-Audio, and Makers Mark – who provided libations, and matched all funds donated during the event, helping us raise thousands of dollars for our cause.  Also our promoters in Austin, Jeff Strange from Strange Tribe Productions & Scott Romero, aka Papa Chop, from Soul of the Boot Entertainment.

Lots of people were also signing up for our M-Audio giveaway, which includes two prize packages, both worth over $1500 - that contest is still open until April 18th, so check it out and sign up now!

Finally, we were also at the SXSW Music Trade Show, where we showed off lots of M-Audio gear and gave mini-tutorials for 3 days straight.  Some great artists came by the check out our spot, like Diplo.  Recap of that experience is also up now.

Below is a selection of pictures from the evening, courtesy of our friends from Yaggi Photography.  Also some videos from our boys over at Wax Poetics.


  • John Anthony
  • 4/8/2010

Sounds interesting. There’s really an infinite sampling of dynamic music and more poignantly an enigmatic movement of new sounds for a newer generation that has been influenced by a digital world of music which doesn’t always resemble the traditional instrumentation of let’s say an orchestral or band beat or rhythm. What I find fascinating with these generational bands is their ability to infuse musical technology which traditional instruments and almost always augmenting the presumably traditional sound, and yet I’m finding this musical arena is far from traditional and yet easy to listen to, dance to and most importantly, listen to. Thanks for the post.