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Debo Band branches out from Boston roots

Uses SXSW itinerary to attract new audience

AUSTIN, Texas - Among the more than 2,000 bands that descended on this city last week for the South by Southwest music festival, it is safe to say none had quite the itinerary of Boston’s Debo Band.

It began at noon on Friday at Joe’s Crab Shack, a chain of seafood restaurants of all places. As families picked at plates of fried shrimp, the band squeezed onto the back patio and unleashed its big, brassy take on Ethiopian pop music.

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