Brent Grulke was a behind-the-scenes music man that made things happen. He died on Monday, August 13, 2012. He made a huge impact on the music industry. Below are excerpts and links to articles from different sources about what he meant to the industry.
Brent Grulke, 51, long-serving creative director of the South by Southwest Music Festival, died of a heart attack Monday at the dentist’s office after oral surgery. Dedicating his life to music both as fanatic and professional, his impact on the industry is immeasurable. – Kevin Curtin – The Austin Chronicle
In 1994 Brent became the Creative Director of SXSW Music and was responsible for booking the music festival. Under Brent’s leadership, SXSW Music became one of the most respected and well known events in the world. Roland – SXSW
The news of Grulke’s death from a heart attack prompted an outpouring of messages on social media sites. Grulke made a major impact on the world of music as creative director at SXSW for nearly 20 years, playing a central role in the festival’s transformation into an international event and helping to further define Austin as a cultural destination. Peter Mongillo – Austin 360
What mattered was the music, to which Mr. Grulke listened acutely in his frequent round-the-globe travels in search of lesser-known artists. Though the music festival has long booked big-name acts (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen and 50 Cent have performed there), its focus remains on independent and unsigned bands. Margalit Fox – NY Times
Grulke was a man of many talents throughout his career in the music industry, working as a sound engineer and tour manager for a number of bands in the 1980s and in the marketing division of Spindletop Records in the early 1990s, an indie label that boasted the likes of the Neville Brothers and Boney James. Billboard
Below is a video: Alejandro Escovedo and Jon Dee Graham stopped by Studio 1A at KUT in Austin to talk about their late friend and share a few songs –