Music Festivals

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

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.

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Liz Tracy has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, Refinery29, W, Glamour, and, of course, Miami New Times. She was New Times Broward-Palm Beach's music editor for three years. Now she plays one mean monster with her 2-year-old son and obsessively watches British mysteries.
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