Archive for Austin
# of bands: 12
cds bought: 0 [will buy David Olney’s cd when it comes out in a couple months]
Mexican food meals: 1 [dinner at Guero’s]
Highlights: James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, David Olney, Raul Malo
We had our traditional pre-sxsw meal at Katz’s Deli [Katz’s Never Klozes]. This time it was bfast, instead of lunch. Then we were off to listen to music starting at 11 am.
The 11 am first day gig is a tough one, but David Olney was playing, and he’s one of my favorites. there was a bigger than expected crowd there…around 50 people.
The guy next to me was from Newcastle, England and saw him in a pub with 4 other people. He couldn’t believe that David isn’t playing for 10,000 people. For me, when David is “on”, he gets maniacal. He got a bit maniacal in his short 30 set. It was great!
Since I’ve been coming here every year for probably 13 years, I tend to see the same people year after year…and all week long, Since we like the same music. I immediately saw the 2 guys from Norway. I went up to say hi, and they acted like they didn’t know who I was. every year, they act like they don’t know who I am…and I will see them every day. Later in the day I saw the 2 guys from Omaha, who told us to go see Phil Lee [good tip]. Then we saw the 3 guys from somewhere in CA.
This is the biggest crowd this early in the fest. However, yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day, so people tend to come out for that. There also seemed to be more people/accents from places outside of states than usual, so that is good and fun.
We ended the nite seeing Raul Malo [ex Mavericks] for free. I’m the only one who felt devious [in a good way] they we sneaked in. How can you sneak into a free event? There was a line…and we hopped a fence. THEN we managed to get right in front of the stage.
** Photos to be added next week **
I’m on my way to Austin for sxsw, a music festival. Sxsw [south by southwest] originally started as a way for unsigned bands to get a contract. Now it has grown and branched out. It used to just be official sxsw nite time showcases, now there are thousands of artists/bands and unofficial day and night time activities, a lot of them are free.
EVERYTHING becomes a venue. The parking lot of a coffee shoppe. In fact any parking lot. Move some furniture aside in an antique store…now it’s a venue!
For me, free music starts tomorrow/Wednesday at 11 am!