SXSW Day 2
Today we had a relaxing day off. We spent most of our time moseying around the convention center and checking out the booths. There was an incredible guitar showcase and we also saw a nice installation with a new device called “Jamlink” that allows you to jam in real-time over the internet. The technology isn’t quite there to reach across the Atlantic ocean, but it can go for hundreds of kilometers with hardly any latency (drums are actually in sync). Something to keep an eye on for a world-wide jam session one day…
From the convention center, we split up because I left my i.d. at the hotel and it’s impossible to get anywhere around here without an i.d. When I arrived, I gave Continental airlines another desperate try to see if the luggage had arrived. It took an hour or so, but finally they found it. I got all the promo kits and cds, stuffed them in my bag, and proudly carried them back to meet up with the band.
Finally, we could all relax and get into the swing of things!
From there, we had dinner at arguably the best BBQ restaurant in America, Stubbs. It was delicious, we ordered everything on the main course menu a couple of times and devoured it all.
After dinner, we went to check out the Japanese band, Caucus, and accidentally met up with TVWest crew along the way. They joined us for the show, and we all had a blast dancing and really kicking back. After the concert, Satoshi talked with the band about setting up a future tour in Japan, and they were very enthusiastic.
In the night, John Dear Mowing Club performed their showcase. They had a very cozy setting with a seated audience. It was perfect for their music, very intimate but also with a lot of people. At the end of the show, the audience all joined in and sang along in the last song. I walked out of there gleaming with good vibes.
From there, we went on to see So What play in a crowded bar late at night. Once again, a perfect setting. The weather was warm and clear, so there was a large crowd that formed outside the window. Bram, the singer, was going back and forth between the audience inside to the audience outside. The music was great, and by the end of the night, around 3 a.m., we finally decided to call it a night and head back to the hotel.
Today was a good day : )