Discovering Akina Adderley at The Driskill Hotel @SXSW 2013

entertainment, events, Hotels, music, Music Conferences

I had wanted to see Akina Adderley and the Vintage Playboys ever since I saw the name on the SXSW schedule. I figured that she had to be kin to either Cannonball or Nat Adderley, and I was right. She is in fact the granddaughter of Nat Adderley, and an Austin resident. But, unfortunately, earlier in the week, I had been thwarted in my effort to see her, because the venue would not allow me inside with my camera, and if I had walked back to my car to put the camera away, she would have been off stage by the time I made it back. Thankfully, she was scheduled to perform again on Saturday night, this time in the bar of the Driskill Hotel on 6th Street, and this particularly venue allowed me to walk right in with my camera.
Akina Adderley is a neo-soul singer, and her Vintage Playboy band is a truly large ensemble with a large brass section. Her selections feature jazzy horn parts, and the overall sound of her group is one that would please jazz fans and soul fans alike.

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