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Meanwhile, Black Joe Lewis Is Out to Rock The Vote.

Black Joe Lewis campaigns for Obama (Photo by Keith Gaddis)

Every once in a while, a quaint little band will get a phone call from a frantic local booker looking to fill a short-notice role in a TV show or a celebrity event. We’ve seen local bands dive into slots on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and pick up gigs for star-laden film festival parties. But lately, nothing is more coveted than the opening slot for Barack Obama’s campaign rallies. Chicago’s extravaganza featured the venerable Wilco, and Bright Eyes has been a rally frequenter in the Northwest.

While the Dallas event disappointed in the live music front, it’s not a surprise that tomorrow’s rally in the Live Music Capital of the World will indeed showcase a musical act. At around 7 p.m. in front of the Texas Capitol, Austin-based Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears will play a set that I’m pretty sure will get the crowd rolling.

Black Joe Lewis may not yet be well known in these parts, but considering their considerable buzz, they should be soon. Spoon’s Britt Daniel counts them among his favorite bands, Drew Barrymore was spotted at a recent sell-out show at the Continental Club in Austin, and by God—if you can think of a better campaign song than “Bitch, I Love You”, I want to hear about it. The Dallas connection? Bassist Bill Stevenson hails from Farmer’s Branch and the whole outfit will be coming to town on April 5th to open for Okkervil River at the Granada.

In the meantime, if you didn’t make it in to the Obama rally here yesterday, hit the road early tomorrow, camp out at the Capitol and enjoy the Black Joe Lewis bonus. Their update on raw soul, blues and Motown sounds is instantly refreshing, different, and, well...fun. Sounds like a frantic booker’s coup to me. --Jennifer Elaine Davis

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