There are just some moments of your life you never forget. One such moment for me was during Psych Fest 2011 at Seaholm Power Plant. Standing and waiting for Roky Erickson to perform, with more than a little amount of Indian Pale Ales in my bloodstream, I stood with friends and checked Twitter, looking to find testimonials about the fest. Instead, I was sidetracked with the huge news that evening: Osama bin Laden had been killed. “Wait, what?!” Immediately I looked around and began to notice everyone was sharing the news as well, cheering, high-fiving, and drinking. Just then, the room went black to the deafening sounds of cheers and Roky stepped out on the stage. Admidst the fog and loud echo of the landmark power plant, this Austin legend provided the creepy soundtrack to our celebration. We all sang in unison and fist-pumped, especially when Roky played his classic “Night of the Vampire.”
Needless to say, a Halloween weekend isn’t complete without a little eerie psych-rock. Roky Erickson is about as good as they come; he was one of the founding members of 13th Floor Elevators, not to mention he is generally considered one of the founding fathers of the psychedelic sound we know and love today. Legal trouble and mental illness hasn’t stopped this Austin hero from continuing his musical trek, warping minds one awesome concert at a time. Your next opportunity is this Saturday at the Parish, where Roky is guaranteed to bring yet another memorable soundtrack, this time to your Halloween weekend in the city he calls home. Hounds of Baskervilles and Cartright will also perform, so don’t miss out on this amazing evening. Because when you’re granted the gift of experiencing the King of Psych with a swarm of costumed freaks, that’s too good to pass up!