SXSW: March 13 2019

Goodbye, SXSW Interactive. Hello, SXSW Music. No Film for me today. Instead, I listened a talk by David Byrne, enjoyed an outdoor lunch on a sunny spring day, visited some of recently-turned-over venues on Rainey Street, and heard lots of great music.

Reasons to be Cheerful with David Byrne

David Byrne spoke about his multimedia project encouraging positivity. His subfolders of “cheerful clippings” are: Science / Tech, Climate / Energy, Education, Civic Engagement, Urban / Transportation, Culture, Economics, and Health. His approach to talking about these subjects: tell good news, state problem, describe solution, give proof, and show if solution can be replicated. He touched on topics such as prison reform, mobility, and renewable energy. 

Sounds of Spain

Thank you to the country of Spain for providing me with a delicious paella in Republic Square Park. While eating, I enjoyed listening to two exciting guitarists, Pipe Romero and Diego Guerrero, along with their bands.

Sony 8K

I took a Virtual Tour of Tokyo by standing in front of a 440-inch screen. Sony’s technology was impressive (and large). The “tour” consisted a few detailed, high-definition photographs of city sights with a somewhat out-of-place commentary by an American actor living in Japan. 

Pipe Romero

Diego Guerrero

Kai Exos

DUO BUD

Tamino

Cimafunk

Yola

City of the Sun

J.S. Ondara

Madison Cunningham

Sweet Crude

The Comet is Coming

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

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