Folks from all over the world know about SXSW. It’s an annual event that puts Austin into chaos for the better part of nine days. Some call it a “hipster fest” but this gathering is much more than that. Do you like Beyonce? How about harsh noise music? Garage rock? Hip hop? Korean dance pop? You get the point, right? Everything is is available at arms length. The best part is catching up with old friends over shared beers though. Many people come from out of town and escape a drudging winter for a week in a sunny city where good looking people and hot weather are expected. It’s an escape. Luckily I live in Austin now and get to experience this city all year long. Locals may bitch that people should go back home but the March activities boost the local economy and morale in general. Unfortunately this year was marked by an unnecessary and despicable tragedy as a drunk driver with a stolen car mowed through a crowd of festival goers, murdering at least three and injuring many more. The next morning a dark cloud hung over Austin but people rallied together and raised over 100k for the victims and their families. There is hope, people. Let’s all enjoy music and be good to each other, after all that’s what SXSW really is about.
FILMMAKERS JORGE AND COLBY FROM OHIO
THE LEGENDARY CHEETAH CHROME
EDDIE AKA JOHNNY LA ROCK, WRITER AND MUSICIAN FROM CLEVELAND
OPEN MIKE EAGLE OF PROJECT BLOWED
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