SXSW Day 4: A day of BBQ and meat sweats

Kaleo wins Day 4, and that's a wrap

March 22, 2016

Greetings from Austin, Texas and the South By Southwest Music Festival, the epicenter of the music world for the next few days. Since I like music and you like muaic (and someone was dumb enough to give me all access passes to everything) I thought it would be cool to share my experiences with you.

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10 Things from Day 3 at SXSW

  1. My voice is so shot I had to do vocal exercises before leaving the hotel room this morning.  That’s a problem. Also, I am not sleeping before my flight tonight.  That’s right kids, ya boi is going to rock SXSW until the wheels fall off.  <takes deep breath> Lets go.
     
  2. After complaining about not being able to find any coffee around here, I just drank about three liters worth in the span of an hour.  I really should’ve said no to one of the four people who asked to grab a cup this morning…or consolidated visits…or something. #WIRED
     
  3. Today is a big day for me - growing up in Milwaukee, and more importantly since The Sonics are on time out <ANGRY>, I pull for the Bucks when it comes to hoops.  One of their players who retired last year because he wanted to smoke weed and make art (really) is playing here. I am headed there right now.
     
  4. Nevermind..That dude is charging $50 at the door.  I mean, its hard out there for a former NBA baller I guess? 
     
  5. 95% of the time you see someone at a concert drinking out of a corporate branded water squirt bottle, they aren’t having water, folks.  This dude next to me is BLITZED.
     
  6. KALEO KALEO KALEO KALEO KALEO KALEO KALEO KALEO KALEO.  Woooooooow!!
     
  7. When someone asks you if you want to go see Too $hort at 1a.m., the only acceptable answer is “You’re damn right I do!”
     
  8. I just saw the Strumbellas doing a real acoustic show. Like, no mics or amps at all.  I also just realized I saw them last night at about 2a.m., so I’m outta here. Too quiet and too many Canadians in this place (jk Canada, I love you eh!)
     
  9. I’m at the Too $hort show and the opener is on.  This fella has about 89 people on stage with him. Seriously, there are more people up there than down here. This is going to be weird.
     
  10. TOO $HORT is in the house!!!!  He just said he was on drugs.  Now he’s playing “I’m A Player” and I am rapping along to every word, to the absolute astonishment of my friend and everyone around me. And now….he’s….done?  That’s it?  15 minute show.  Screw this, I’m going home.  Like legitimately, I have a flight to catch.  Made it to the end of SXSW and partied through the whole thing!

 

TL;DR
Bands I saw: NOT Larry Sanders / Kaleo / Blondefire / The Strumbellas / Too $hort

Best Band of Day 4: Kaleo. No contest.

Noms: Hey I FINALLY got some BBQ!  Went to Cooper’s with my friend Andrew from Seattle band Colorworks and tried some brisket, a hot link (mandatory!), pork loin, beans, mac and cheese, and some beef ribs.  I was a little disappointed that it was beef rib and not pork…but then I ate it. Hot damn!  The brisket was the star, but everything was great. I had to use some white bread to wipe the meat sweat off my brow.  It was a little ridiculous.

Plan for Day 5: There is no Day 5 in Austin, I’ll be in airports all morning and then it is couch time with the Mookiedog!  Can’t wait to get home to Seattle.