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Published: 2014/03/20

G. Love, Matisyahu, Suzanne Vega and More Perform at Quantum Collective SXSW Event

Photo: David French

Quantum Collective invaded South By Southwest this weekend, with two days worth of performances, art and food held on the Whole Foods rooftop in downtown Austin. Performers included the likes of G. Love, Suzanne Vega, Lisa Marie Presley, A Great Big World and Bad Things Matisyahu and many others.

G Love played a solo acoustic set on harmonica and guitar n support of his forthcoming album Sugar. He also gave out free promo motional sugar packets with his name on them. He joked during the show that despite it being after 12pm it was “early G. Love” He responded by playing morning-appropriate songs like “Milk and Sugar”The appearance was a rare acoustic spot during his reunion tour with the original G. Love & Special Sauce, who also appear on Sugar. The group is celebrating their 20th anniversary

Matisyahu played a set with his steady backing band Dub Trio before jumping on a plane home. He remarked that he had not been to SXSW in 8 or 9 years and also gave Austin credit for his success and said “it all started here” (his breakthrough album Live at Stubb’s was recorded in the city on February 19, 2005 and he recorded a sequel at the venue in 2010). He invited a number of guests to the stage during his set, including a friend he brought from the Bahamas and his recent tour support act, the MC Kosha Dillz

The two day event also featured performances by two noted drummers. Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk played with The Last Internationale and Stuart Johnson, who played in the Dawes precursor Simon Dawes with Blake Mills and Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith and Wylie Gelber, appeared with Leftover Cuties. Grieves also played a surprise set

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