SXSW 2014 Highlights: Jimi Hendrix Celebration with Wayne Kramer
SXSW attendees and Austinies alike were treated to a free star-studded tribute to Jimi Hendrix on Thursday (3/13) at Butler Park. The celebration marked the unveiling of a limited edition Forever stamp of the legendary musician by the U.S. Postal Service, followed by a collection of his most beloved songs. Iconic guitarist Wayne Kramer of MC5 curated the evening, which began with a word from Hendrix's sister, Janie.
Lucinda Williams kicked off the musical tribute with "Angel," while Dave Alvin and his brother Phil tackled "Killing Floor." The roster of participating artists was impressive, with Slash (Guns N' Roses), Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Chino Moreno (Deftones) and Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction) among them.
Mary Bridget Davies, star of the Broadway show "A Night With Janis Joplin," performed a spot-on rendition of "The Wind Cries Mary" and "Red House," while the entire lineup of special guests closed out the set with "All Along the Watchtower" and an electrified "Star Spangled Banner," just like Hendrix's closing of Woodstock in 1969.