SxSW: March 13 2014

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We woke up on Thursday morning to the sad news about the hit-and-run accident outside the Mohawk on Red River. Throughout the day, many of the performers observed a moment of silence for the victims. I did not go over that way, but I hear that an impromptu memorial has been set up.

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I started off the morning with the KGSR Live Broadcast from the W Hotel. Lots of acts performed, but I was there to hear The Hold Steady play an acoustic set.

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There were plenty of guitars to swoon over at the Music Trade Show.

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We had a delicious—and free—lunch at Casa Brazil on Rainey Street, with food provided by local Brazilian restaurant, Sao Paulo’s.

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In the afternoon, we listened to various bands on Rainey Street and on Sixth Street.

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In the evening, we enjoyed hearing The Paralotones at The Paramount Theatre. We met a rabid fan who gushed that this was the top band in South Africa, but they recently relocated to California to try to “break out.” Although only two members of the band performed, I must agree that they were very good.

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Bill and I were able to get into the Samsung party at the old Antone’s location, to hear Austin’s own Gary Clark Jr. You just know it’s going to be a great show when he is only the warm-up act.

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Janelle Monáe was the headliner for this party. Bill and I had seen her show a few months ago at the ACL-Live Theatre, and loved her voice, songs, and energy. She is one talented lady, and even more impressive in a small venue.

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Janelle ended the show by taking the entire crowd out of the building and out onto Fifth Street. The storyline of her show has something to do with escaping from a mental institution and so about a block later, she was “captured” and wheeled back into the building by attendants.

3 thoughts on “SxSW: March 13 2014

  1. Love your SXSW posts, Janis! Very cool living so close to the action. I’ll look for your and Bill’s movie recommendations. Went environmental and saw “Seeds of Time” and “Song From the Forest”–both excellent!

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