Wednesday, March 21, 2012


SXSW- just one of the manymany things that makes Austin so great. Over 2000 bands over, over a week or so- just music and people everywhere.

I met C for lunch one afternoon- at 11 am- to watch one of my co-workers band. It was packed! At 11am on a Wednesday- bars, streets, everywhere packed! Too fun!

Day 1- we started at Dogwood- to see Deadman.

I have heard a lot about the Brew Exchange- so we had to take advantage of being out and about on a "school day" (one more thing to love about school and daycare) So we headed over between bands to see what it was all about.

 Prices fluctuate like the stock exchange- so if a beer is in high demand- then it costs more. But if no one is drinking it- then you might get a good deal.

out enjoying our day

 We ran into S&T and the Waterloo stage. We saw a really funky band from South Africa. Then a screaming rock band took the stage- not really my style- in fact I was pretty scared of them. So we headed out.

 Back to the Dogwood. oh oh- do you see who that is? LOL- Nakia- from The Voice. We ran into him everywhere.

Time to call it a day- head home, cook dinner and do homework-

Day 2- we had the opportunity to attend the Grammy's Party. yes- like the Grammy Grammys- like the music awards that come on TV party. That was fun! Here is Paul Wall giving his welcoming speech.
 This was at the Four Seasons. Out on the lawn by the river. Weather was great. It was so nice. We were front row- well really there weren't even rows... we were front stage for Josh Abbott Band- love them.


and DJ Spinderella was kicking it up one time!

 Josh Abbott Band taking pictures with Paul Wall.

Then the ah-maz-ing Gary Clark Jr.

I mean- just WOW- this guy can play the guitar. He can sing too.

        we were so close.

us and Josh Abbott.

Day 3- we met up for another leisurely live music lunch hour- no biggie.

Day 4- also St. Patrick's Day! we took the kids to Granny's and enjoyed some fun with friends! We started at Lucy's Fried Chicken- with... well what else... live music, fried chicken- and these fire roasted oysters that were SO good. and we just had to get some deep fried deviled eggs... can you even imagine how healthy those are for you? and they tasted good too!

The girls- how come I am the only one in green? they must have wanted pinches..

 The boys- all in green

 this is a HUGE electronic display that was put up just for SXSW- it was flashing all kinds of messages across it- you can see C posing down there.

interesting marching band- added some excitement to our afternoon. Lead by that guy in the blue and red with the onion head. No idea how he could see out of that thing?

who's behind us? no idea? this party had free beer- but a really bad band. and do you want to know how bad? soooo bad- we had one free beer and left- now that's bad- or we hadn't had enough of the free beer yet.
 Street performers are some of my favorite things to catch at SXSW- this guy was a puppet-tier. He was excellent. This was so cool. He would make that little skeleton sing and dance- grab the microphone and lip sync to all the words. so cool.

 K decided to try her hand at being a jell-o shot girl- I say she has it down!
hmmmmm... not sure.

more street performers. These guys were really good.

All in all- a great week- weekend. Can't wait for next year.

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