More than a dozen local acts gathered at the Mohawk on Thursday night for "A Celebration of the Late Great Daniel Johnston," performing the songs of the legendary former Austinite who died last month at age 58.
Among those who performed were Kathy McCarty, whose 1995 album "Dead Dog's Eyeball" consisted entirely of Johnston songs; Jad Fair and Kramer, outsider musicians who worked with Johnston on several records circa 1990; and prominent local acts Moving Panoramas, Walker Lukens, Jane Ellen Bryant and Little Mazarn.
McCarty, Bryant and Moving Panoramas had appeared at this same venue in January 2018 along with other artists to help Johnston celebrate his 57th birthday. Johnston himself performed at that event, singing "True Love Will Find You in the End." Many of Thursday night's performers joined in to sing that song a cappella to close the memorial celebration.
Daniel's brother, Dick Johnston, and his longtime manager, Tom Gimbel, spoke briefly about Johnston at the start and end of the evening. The event was a fundraiser for the Hi, How Are You Project, a Johnston-inspired organization that deals with mental health issues.
Here's a video compilation of excerpts from performances at Thursday's event: