Day one of SXSW 2014 was no joke! House of Marley teamed up with Largeup.com to help throw the inaugural Rice and Peas party in Austin Texas. Rice and Peas is a big deal in NYC, but this week it landed on Texas soil and blew the roof off of the Empire Patio. Rice and Peas is known to bring only the hottest dj’s and musicians in the Caribbean music scene to the party, and that’s exactly what they did at SXSW.
Dj Max Glazer, DJ Gravy, Jubilee, and Deejay Theory kept the crowd dancing and moving between performances by Screechy Dan, Los Rakas, and The Heatwave. NYC dancehall queen Miss Likkle Bit taught everyone how to move, and if that wasn’t enough, special guests Jesse Royal and Bunji Garlin and Fayann Lyons showed up and completely shut it down.
Bunji Garlin and his wife, fellow soca artist Fayann Lyons, were the first two-soca artists to ever play SXSW, and they showed Austin, Texas exactly how they do in Trinidad! They had everyone jumping up and down and dancing so much that it felt like the Empire Patio was going to collapse. Caribbean music showed up with a presence this year at SXSW, and House of Marley couldn’t be more excited. We can tell that it’s only going to keep growing bigger and bigger, and we’re going to be there every step of the way.