Keith Urban Kept It Loose For His SXSW Performance At Stubb’s THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: Keith Urban @ Stubb's | SXSW 3/16/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Keith Urban: Getting the chance to watch and potentially photograph a modern-day country icon is an opportunity that not many aspiring music photo journalists would pass up. When I found out that Keith Urban would be headlining SXSW’s Friday night showcase at Stubb’s I decided to take advantage of the opportunity.
What I Thought Of Keith Urban’s Performance: Upon arriving on the scene, I found out that photographers, per Keith’s management, would be limited to only the first three songs from the soundboard before we were to be escorted from the venue. I was further advised that unless I was able to stow all of my gear somewhere, I would not be able to reenter the venue to watch the balance of the performance. This proved to be a bit of disappointment, as I was actually looking forward to hearing music from his latest album “Graffitti U”, which was released on April 27th, 2018.
As it would turn out, as I would later discover, his performance at Stubb’s focused more on his last two albums than his most recent work. He prefaced the performance by greeting the crowd with his intent to “keep it loose” for the evening, and for those lucky enough to enjoy the intimate performance (there was plenty of room for the patrons as the venue hadn’t reached capacity), he performed a 16-song set of crowd favorites like “Little Bit Of Everything” and “Raise ‘Em Up” and also included an appearance by Larkin Poe, a sister duo that I am personally very high on, for a performance of “Where The Blacktop Ends”.