Daniel Johnston @ Austin Convention Center, 3/16
He's probably best known for his "Hi How Are You" tshirt that Kurt Cobain often wore, but if you don't know Daniel Johnston's music you're really missing out and you should definitely pick up the award-winning DVD, "The Devil and Daniel Johnston". Equally amateurish and darkly genius, Johnston's tunes lie somewhere between Brian Wilson and Wesley Willis while being heavily influenced by the Beatles.
He took to the stage yesterday at the Convention Center in an appearance only open to artists and platinum badge holders but that limitation did not stop the room from being standing room only with hundreds being turned away at the door. Joined by a group of string instruments, guitar and bass, Johnston stood at a podium and sang to an appreciative crowd who laughed with him as his voice cracked on some of the high notes, and marveled at his honesty, simplicity, and lack of ego.
Tonight's 4:20 video is a song from his 30-minute set yesterday, a cover of the Wing's classic "Band on the Run".