Perez Hilton’s One Night in Austin is becoming one of my favorite SXSW staples. Each year, the blogger brings together a diverse lineup of rising stars, many of which have found Internet fame, but are still breaking out into the wider music world. This year, Perez’s lineup came packed with plenty of girl power and ladies such as Betty Who, Mary Lambert, Lindsey Stirling and the iconic Blondie performed for the charity event.
For the most part, the show was smooth and with hardly a dull moment. DJs such as Clinton Sparks kept the beat going during stage changes and even technical difficulties before Betty Who’s headlining set couldn’t slow her down. She came out and performed a few stripped down songs before her full electronics support was up and running. Speaking of malfunctions, A Great Big World had an issue with the pianists chair. But he laughed it off well and a substitute seat was quickly found.
While many were thrilled to see the influential Blondie, violinist Lindsey Stirling stole the show with her combination of interpretative dance and skilled violin playing. She proved that instrumental music could rock just as hard as anything.
The One Night in Austin event is a charity concert that raises money for VH1’s Save the Music campaign. This year, it raised $37,500 for foundation.