Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Welcome to Austin, Texas
Arrived Austin today for South by Southwest, the music portion of the festival starts tomorrow. I'm about halfway through the band list, 1,700 bands (plus or minus), mind boggling. Austin seems to have more music venues per capita than any other city on the planet. And for SXSW, every restaurant and bar becomes a venue, even pizza shops and record stores, of which Austin has one of the all time best, Waterloo Records.
To prepare for the music explosion that will take place over the next four days, the first order of business was to sample some Texas BBQ, check in at the festival and the hotel, then take a nice long walk across town, the weather could not have been more pleasant. The evening got underway with a BMI welcome party and a performance by Kaki King (New York, NY). As time allows I will post daily updates, links below.
Here are a few photos of Austin from today's walk; some of these places will require further study.
A statue of Barbara Jordan greets you in the Austin airport.
Some of the many venues on 6th Street.
Latitude 30 is home base for the 150 or so bands from the U.K. playing SXSW.
The Driskill Hotel, built in 1886 by a Texas cattle baron.
One of said places that may require further study.
Another of said places, could spend a day here.
Conveniently located next to Waterloo Records.
Old and new on Austin's skyline.