SXSW: Roky Erickson's Ice Cream Social With ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons and J. Mascis

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

When you visit a city other than your own, it's always important to explore that place's unique treasures. And one of Austin's gems is Roky Erickson.

He is to Austin what Luther Campbell is to Miami. Or ... He is to Austin music what the beach is to Miami. You get the gist of it. He's amazing!

Formerly of '60s psychedelic band the 13 Floor Elevators, Erickson has long struggled with schizophrenia. And after many years, he made a comeback.

On Thursday, at Threadgill's, Erickson hosted his ninth annual Ice Cream Social during the South By Southwest festivities.

The Social starred famous folks like J. Mascis, PLander Z, and the Riverboat Gamblers. But the biggest treat was watching Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top join Erickson onstage for an amazing SXSW moment. There's nothing like watching two rock 'n' roll legends do what they do best, especially if one of them is Roky fucking Erickson. The crowd was totally a mix of every sort of music fanatic from every age group, all completely enthralled.

"Don't Slander Me"

Clip from "I Walked with a Zombie" featuring Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top.

Follow Crossfade on Facebook and Twitter @Crossfade_SFL.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.