Oklahoma teen 'braves' the Buffalo Lounge stage at South By Southwest

Singer-songwriter Brave found herself living up to her stage name Wednesday when she performed her first South By Southwest set in Austin.
BY GEORGE LANG glang@opubco.com Published: March 14, 2013
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— Singer-songwriter Brave found herself living up to her stage name Wednesday when she performed her first South By Southwest set in Austin.

At 16, Brave, aka Sierra Brown, is the youngest musician performing at this year's Buffalo Lounge, and to take advantage of the opportunity, she put together a backing band in record time.

“We formed the band, like, a week and a half ago,” said Brave, a student at Classen School of Advanced Studies. “It was kind of a last minute thing and I just had my EP release party this Saturday. I was on a vacation and I randomly heard that Derek Brown (of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma and the Flaming Lips) had asked us to play South By. So I threw a band together and here we are.”

For artists such as Brave, who distributed free copies of her six-song EP, “Your Girl,” at the event, the benefits are self-evident.

About the event

The Buffalo Lounge, a three-day showcase for Oklahoma musicians, filmmakers and interactive businesses, is the largest event held by any U.S. state at the annual music conference.

While a large number of attendees are from Oklahoma, RSVPs from non-Oklahomans have spiked this year, said David Kittredge, of The Idea Collective, one of the principal organizers of the event.