BBook x SXSW: The Universe Comes Together in Austin
This is by far the most insane experience of my entire life. I didn’t think it was possible, but this place got even crazier today than it was yesterday. More people are arriving for the music portion of the festival and the streets are overflowing. Last night Lorenna and I decided to just walk around and take in the scenes. We must have looked like we were on drugs because we were literally walking around with our mouths dropped and our eyes wide open, bumping into each other and tripping every five seconds. There is so much to take in, and no matter which direction you go in or how far down you walk, it just keeps going. It’s like Austin has transformed itself into this really weird, diverse night club. I mean there are lasers and smoke machines all over the streets! I am in awe of it all. I don’t know how y’all do this every year Austin — you guys must sleep for the other eleven months just to prepare yourselves.
We started our day by hitting up a performance of our good friend Sam Obey (aka Obey City), who was DJing at the Live For the Funk party at the Soho House. Per usual, he got us both groovin’ on the dance floor. It’s never too early to dance, people! Sam will be DJing for the Flatbush Zombies for the rest of SXSW, so if you get a chance, go check him out and get your groove on.
After grabbing some good eats at El Sol Y La Luna (a Mexican place that has vegan chorizo? Yes please!), we made our first SXSW mistake and decided to chill on a bench and enjoy the mild weather. What we should have been doing was heading to the Under The Radar party. Apparently, whether you are on the list or not, if you show up to a large showcase a half-hour before an act you want to see, you will end up waiting on line for an hour and miss it. But don’t worry, all was not lost because eventually we did get in and were able to see two AMAZING bands: The Love Language and The Drums.
The Love Language contains all things I love in a band. Multiple singers, a chick on a keyboard, and tunes that make me want to be a superfan and know all of the words to every song, so I can sing along with them while dancing my buns off. Then there was The Drums. OMG THE DRUMS! I want to listen to every single song by them in front of a giant video of the lead singer Johnny Pierce swaying his hips and waving his finger all day everyday for the rest of my life. I’m so excited and giddy for the opportunity to sit down with them this Friday.
God I missed live music. Going to shows and discovering new bands used to be such a huge part of my life. Somewhere along the line I just got tired and busy with life and work, and all of my passion for new music was just kind of shelved. I became more interested in discovering old tunes and then eventually just nothing at all. At the very least I will have gained from this SXSW experience a reminder of the importance of music in my life.
After a day full of dancing we were starving. On our first night here, we discovered the most amazing Thai restaurant on San Jacinto Boulevard called Mai Thai. Lorenna and I eat Thai food maybe three times a week on the regs, and this was by far the best Thai we have ever had. When contemplating what we would eat for dinner last night we both looked at each other and at the same time said “Mai Thai?” slightly cautious and both hoping that the other would agree that this would be a place we’d hit up every day this week. Thank God we are forever on the same page because, no joke, this shizz is deelish!
Once we were good and full, we began our night of exploration and walked everywhere. On our journey we bumped into Sam again and headed to the only empty bar on 6th Street where Lorenna complained about the music volume and we discussed how we may have just entered the lamest bar in Austin. Sam’s friend DJ Morris was DJing a show all the way across town, so we left the bar and walked and walked and walked. Never once on our walk did the street party stop. No matter how far we went there was always something crazy going on. When we got to the bar we met up with more friends from home. All of us are here to either perform or report on the festival. Somehow the universe has led us all to the same path and here we are in Texas getting ready to take this shit to the next level. Life, you amaze me.
I can’t believe this is still only the beginning. Check ya tomorrow world!