The 35 Conferette winds up 2010 with an announcement of some size: Big Boi will perform at the 2011 event. The Atlanta rapper and half of Outkast joins Mavis Staples and Dr. Dog among the bold names slated for the March 10-13 festival.
Big Boi’s Sir Luscious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty is nominated for a pair of Grammy awards and earned spots on several year-end best-of lists. More importantly for the festival, the booking shows that last year’s huge Flaming Lips/Midlake show wasn’t just a stroke of good luck, but a sign of more good things to come.
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35 Conferette Welcomes OutKast’s Big Boi to 2011 Lineup
DENTON, Texas (December 29, 2010) — Toasting 2010 goodbye with one last confirm of the year, 35 Conferette announces rapper Big Boi will join Mavis Staples, Dr. Dog, and others in downtown Denton, Texas, March 10-13, for what NPR’s Texas Music Matters christened last year as “the little conference that could”.
Four-day wristbands via Prekindle.com are available at a discounted price of $85 for a limited time.
Most recognized as half of the six-time Grammy Award winning duo OutKast, Big Boi (born in Savannah, GA as Antwan André Patton) is the rich-voiced, social-commentating emcee to his partner Andre 3000’s loud-outfitted, brightly spitting performer. Big Boi is heard by millions on tracks by Jay-Z, Missy Elliot, and Beyoncé, among other hip-hop contemporaries who’ve solicited the rapper’s rhymes, sometimes politically charged and sometimes, especially recently, decadently celebratory.
The “benevolent hustler, knuckle-dusting elder statesman, trickster smartass and street-level philosopher” [Pitchfork] stewed his own record for three years to much anticipation. Sir Luscious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty, Big Boi’s double Grammy nominated proper solo debut, made year-end best of lists fashioned by a spate of notable outlets: Vibe, Billboard, and Pitchfork ranked it among the top ten of 2010; NPR and SPIN were among other tastemakers to honor the record on longer lists.
“It’s one of the loosest, most varied, and entertaining albums of its time,” All Music Guide published of the record, which earned 4.5 out of 5 stars for an inventive onslaught of “electro zaps, scorching guitar flameout, and some piano fit for a power ballad’s coda … triumphant horns, a blasting opera choir.”
2010’s event in Denton saw the North American debut of Australia’s The Middle East [Brooklyn Vegan], a keynote address by seminal punk icon Steve Albini, and a free outdoor show featuring The Flaming Lips with Denton’s Midlake supporting that earned the number one spot on the Dallas Observer’s DC9 At Night-penned Best Shows of 2010 list.
Eleven venues were used for regular programming and about 225 bands from Denton [Best Music Scene, Paste, 2008] to Dublin were on the lineup, deemed a “scorcher” by the Austin American-Statesman. An estimated 20,000 people attended over the weekend.
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