[SXSW Recap] Part 3
Thursday morning was not the sprightliest of awakenings to say the least... After we gathered our thoughts and composed ourselves, we were able to revel in the fact that we had just accomplished what we set out to (thanks to everyone involved who made our showcase possible).
We awoke to a lovely and wholesome home-cooked breakfast in bed a la Jesus Sons; making it possible to leave the house and venture out into the madness that is SXSW. Our East Austin locale made it easy to stop by Hotel Vegas first to catch the gritty and raucous Black Lips set.
A few Lonestars and burgers later, we were off to help curate a last-minute showcase at Remedy Bar on 5th. Luckily, we knew a slue of talented musicians who were willing to play more shows - sorted! After a quick run through with the venue manager, our work was done and we headed to the Empire to meet with our dear friend and fellow Willow Wood Austin family member, Lillian Lee. We all shared a few cheeky dance moves side-stage before heading over to Side Bar to consume the strongest drinks in town (seriously, get involved).
Lauren jaunted over to Clive Bar for a quick viewing of Kelis' more stripped back set. Only at SX, do you get the opportunity to stumble upon musicians such as Kelis performing in an intimate and more unorthodox setting. The evening (morning) ended on a fitting note, enjoying BBQ on Red River with new friends over interesting conversations (namely, planning an impromptu trip to Alaska). And for this, we love you Austin.
Just as no ATX evening would be complete without BBQ, the same can be said about starting your mornings with Bloody Mary's at Rio Ritas in East (our new local). Feeling refreshed and revived from the umm... tomato juice, we made our way to the Pandora stage for some down-home sets from Boy & Bear and The Felice Brothers.
We swung by one of our favorite blogs' showcase, The Wild Honey Pie at one of our regular haunts, Side Bar. It's always inspiring for us young guns to meet others pursuing their [music publication] dreams. Thanks for the motivation guys!
We captured Lillian and acquired more friends before heading over to catch one of our most anticipated shows, BANKS at the Filter showcase at Clive Bar. As expected, BANKS sultrily emerged onto the stage in a demure, all black look; pairing perfectly with her deep and mysterious vocals. Her performance was one to remember, although unfortunately at times we questioned if she was singing live... (we'll try to give her the benefit of the doubt on this one and relate this to that fact that she possibly lost her voice...?) Do not let BANKS petite figure mislead you, she is a musician full of passion, soul and strength -- evident through her live performance.
Celebratory whiskey shots were in order before rushing over to the Austin Music Hall for an evening of Thundercat, Flying Lotus, A$AP Mob and B.o.B (yes, did we mention that we were ghetto?!). Despite Nas' disappointingly short set, it was still refreshing to brush up on our dance moves.
We heard from Jesus Sons that Nashville rockers Natural Child were playing a secret show (under a fake name) at our favorite Austin bar, the Yellow Jacket Social Club. So, naturally we ran over to the East Side to barely catch the last of their packed show. Our crew all congregated from their respective parts of town to yet again carry out the evening and share the day's ridiculousness at the Willow house over Moonshine.
Over and out.