The SXSW nightmare? Man you must have had to actually work there or something. I have a really good friend who got invited to play there about 8 years ago and I went down with him. As a music fan, I LOVED it. I especially loved how if anyone would play any SRV covers, they would get unplugged. How good is that? Are you in the music industry? I, of course, could not hang at a music festival now, but that was one of the better ones along with Bonaroo for me. Lots of blues and scorching guitars!
Umm, it's a much, much different place now than it was 8 years ago, even 4 years ago. 150,000 people descend upon poor little Austin. Here's 6th St. last Friday night.
For some reason can't get this to work with an Img tag, so here's the link which does work.
We are a teeny flea on the butt of what's left of the music biz. Label link is here:
I did see good music, but I can't say that it was worth it. Plus on Friday, it was 99F in the shade, which is where I was all day trying not to melt into a pool of Irish Texan butter.
Music is great. Heinous, drunken crowds not so much for me any more. To stray even further OT:
Antietam 4x (hey, they're on my label), Kaki King (sigh), Christian Kiefer, Hank IV, Yo La Tengo, Black Hollies, Valet, White Rainbow, Atlas Sound, Magic Christian, Stems, DiskJokke, Lindstrøm, Bjorn Torske, Anathallo (who were great), Gary Higgins, some wacky Japanese metal band named Ketchup Mania, and Carbon/Silicon (Mick Jones and Tony James) who I saw while I was just walking down the street and there they were playing.
So yeah, music was good but it still wasn't worth it.
Now back to your regularly scheduled MS.