In advance of their trip to SXSW in March, The Hypochondriacs will be performing a hometown show at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, February 17.
It’s not everyday we hear of a hometown act making a trek south to play a major music event. That is not to say it doesn’t happen. Over the past several years many New Brunswick musicians have found their way to stages across Canada and the United States to perform at major festivals and conferences. Blues musicians Matt Andersen and Ross Neilsen have both performed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee; Hard Charger have played major metal festivals around the world; and prior to the pandemic Motherhood were regularly heading south of the border playing shows and festivals in the central and eastern parts of the country. This year The Hypochondriacs will join this fraternity when they become the first New Brunswick act to showcase at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Since announcing their 2023 showcase at one of the biggest and most recognised music festivals and conferences to be found anywhere, The Hypos have been busy playing shows to raise money for the trip. Next week, the band is playing the Charlotte Street Arts Centre for what will mostly likely be their last hometown show before heading south to mingle with an international mix of industry professionals, festival organizers, and emerging and established artists.
“We’re going to go down for the whole week and we’ll be playing the Canadian Showcase Stage,” said Hypos front person Josh Bravener. “Our plan is to go and see as much as we can and meet as many people as we can. I think of this opportunity as one of our greatest accomplishments so far.”