LAUNCH Thursday Evenings @Blaffer
ft. TC Superstar
Thursday, Aug 22 | 5-8 p.m.
Blaffer Art Museum
Free and open to the public
Mix and mingle with an evening of conversation, free food and drink, and entertainment to celebrate the museum’s new extended Thursday hours.
Performances and music by TC Superstar, Erick Zambrano, and Coog Radio.
5:00 p.m., 6:oo p.m.—Erick Zambrano
6:30 p.m.—TC Superstar
ABOUT TC SUPERSTAR
TC Superstar is a collaborative performance group fronted by Connor McCampbell. McCampbell’s production style is rooted in modern bedroom pop, but alludes to 80’s synthwave (Depeche Mode, New Order) and late 70’s dance music (Chic, David Bowie). TC Superstar’s live set features high-energy dance performances choreographed by LB Flett, Emily DiFranco, Francis Rodriguez, and Yuriko Roby — all graduates of the dance program at The University of Texas at Austin. Performing musicians include Julio Correa, Mitchell Webb, and Aaron Chavez.
The band formed in September of 2017 with the release of Masc, an album about notions of masculinity. TC Superstar quickly became a staple of the Austin scene, gigging frequently around the Red River cultural arts district.
In April of 2018 the band released Heat Death, a conceptual EP about the environment, consumerism, and grieving for the eventual death of humankind. TC Superstar followed this release with two national tours. In January 2019 the band was nominated by the Austin Chronicle for “Best New Austin Band.”
TC Superstar released their second full length album, R&D, in May of 2019, which was followed by a six week national tour. R&D explores notions of love, romance, and relationships through the lens of two characters, Ricky and Dana. The narrative structure of the album is broken up by interview audio with collaborators on the project. R&D is TC Superstar’s most collaborative album yet; it features Blair Howerton (Why Bonnie), Mary Bryce (Smiile), Caleb Doughty and Marcus Bell (Indoor Creature), as well as many other Austin musicians. R&D has a deeply personal feel and will resonate with anyone that has ever fallen in or out of love.
ABOUT ERICK ZAMBRANO
Ambulante (adjective) – itinerant, roving, mobile.
Vendedor Ambulante (noun) – hawker, peddler, street vendor.
Vendedores Ambulantes have unique calls, whistles, and nuanced identifiers within the communities they serve. Constantly crossing between streets and neighborhoods, moving from the field to the city and back again. So, too, do the products they sell. They move across local boundaries and national borders. So, too, do the farmers, laborers, and families that grow and process the fruits, legumes, and vegetables. This performance explores some nuances related to the mass consumption of products such as bananas, or “guineos,” as they are referred to in Ecuador, the world’s largest exporter of the edible fruit.
Erick Zambrano is a third-year MFA sculpture candidate at the University of Houston. Zambrano meanders the spaces between labor and ritual through task-based performances and sculptural processes that mine the rich material cultures of Houston’s parking lots, street sides, and construction sites. His work is an inquiry into relationships between the body, manual labor, and inherited means of Andean cultural production.