On Tuesday, March 12th I landed at Austin, Texas airport with an all-access music pass to cover the world’s largest independent music festival – South by South West.
My assignment: Gather as wide variety of story leads as possible for a series of blog posts I would be writing for a client website. I decided to use Twitter and Instagram as methods for organizing my notes.
Take a 5-day multi-media tour of South by South West 2013.
True story: I was searching for a great burger. Not a good burger, a great burger. So I started asking around and found The Jackalope on 6th Street. Obscure fictional characters and I go way back, so I was hooked before even walking in the door. Then a woman outside asked me if I like geolocation apps. Um, yes I answered, thinking of telling her that Foursquare was so 2009. Then she handed me a card for Dropcast. I walked inside, got a demo, took notes, am writing a story and became their first follower on Instagram. Oh, and they bought me a bloody mary. And it was good.
Did I mention I was their first Instagram follower… #justsaying
The stars shone bright on Bobby Patterson that night. The guitar legend was in his element, with his people. Cheering. Dancing. Singing. And showering praise. Patterson didn’t disappoint, sliding into a guitar solo for an amazing string of classic blues rifts, reminiscent of that time I saw B.B. King at Harpers Ferry in Boston.
A big shout out to Erica Szuplat and Ben Allsup for introducing me to the music of Ryan Montebleau. Top 3 performances of the week for me. It’s been a minute since I saw this show and I still find myself humming 75 and Sunny about 3x per week.