As was the case last year, with limited time before my flight, I spent Saturday frantically trying to see as much music as I could as fast as I could. I managed to get into Rachael Ray’s Feedback (with a bunch of moms and locals) early on for some brisket and biscuits, but when trying to return for LP a couple hours later was given the run around and then turned away (lesson learned, RSVP confirmation emails mean nothing – always pick up that extra badge).
Good thing there were only five or ten other excellent showcases on the same block. (more…)
I’m not sure if it was jetlag or excitement, but despite a bedtime of 3:15am, I was up and unable to get back to sleep at around 9:00am. Thankfully, almost all of my roommates seemed to be in the same boat.
With the annual South By Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival now just days away, industry professionals from blogger to supervisor are all hustling to catalog, notate and RSVP to entire inboxes full of artist schedules and event invitations. Of course, the day they land in Austin on March 14 (or earlier), the meticulous work will all be in vain, swept away by word of mouth and tagging along with friends to that secret show no one else knows about. Thus is the glorious standard operating procedure at SXSW.
For most people I know, the above rarely includes conference panels. It’s easy to enjoy the festival without spending the $500 – $750 on a badge, and avoiding the Austin Convention Center entirely. Still though, SXSW was founded on a conference and that is still at it’s core. (more…)