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a southby(southwest) drive by

March 20, 2012

This year marks my first official plunge into what is commonly referred to as one of the largest musical festivals in the world. The 2012 South By South West was 10 day blur of unknown and chart-topping music, independent films, awesomely geeky interactive panels, and enough second hand smoke and hipster paraphernalia to last you until next year. It’s a super fun time.

Amist all the festivity, my mom was in town from Iowa. We ate, we shopped, and we ate some more. But enough about me, let’s talk about the music (and the food)!

I didn’t hop on the badge train and mostly enjoyed the freebies that spotted the majority of downtown Austin so this is definitely a drive-by commentary on a considerably small amount of the awesomeness. At the time it seemed like we did a lot more—probably because between the two days we walked an estimated 32 miles and spent a lot of time people watching. Here are a few of my highlights:

The Counting Crows at Auditorium Shores

I love me some mid-90s rock almost as much as I love outdoor concerts. We got there early (in my novice knowledge of these types of events, I figured queuing up a couple hours in advance was probably good. We ended up sitting rooftop at a nearby bar because even at 4:00 when the doors officially opened, there were *maybe* 25 people in line). Items of note: M tried alligator on a stick — consensus was that it wasn’t too shabby, if maybe a tad on the salty side. Also of note: I bought a new hat and I am never going to take it off! 🙂

This was a evening concert so most of my pictures are dark and blurry. Bummer.

Rachael Ray’s Feedback Party at Stubbs BBQ

We stood awash in a sea of green in observance of St. Patty’s Day as we noshed on some finger foods (the only veg option consisted of nachos and cheese…I can’t really knock Rachael for that though, she’s so damn cute), jammed out to a truly eclectic lineup of bands and musicians, and, well, got a little snockered (thus completing our civic duty to unashamedly take advantage of the free drinks).

Of Monsters and Men playing Little Talks

Train 

Rachael Ray singing along with Train frontman Patrick Monahan (easily my fave picture from the night).

I considered cropping out Madame Green-Hat, but I sort of loved her cameo appearance.

Liquor before beer….coast is clear.

My girl friend Kate drove in for the weekend from Louisiana. We went to college together and were enrolled in the SLP program (yeah, speechies!) before I transfered….so the last time I saw this lovely lady was about 4 years ago! I love how with some people, the time lapse doesn’t make a difference, we had such a good time!

Coat and Thai

This cleverly coined little food truck on S. Congress has been on my to-eat list for a long time. Kate, M, and I trekked our barkin’ dogs up the hill to check it out and it did not disappoint. I could have sat on their lime green picnic tables for the rest of the afternoon but the fro-yo was calling our names from back down the hill.

Between all the walking, the excessive eye candy spilling out everywhere, and awesome performances, this girl is pretty satisfied with my inaugural SXSW adventure–and I’m already looking forward to next year!

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