It was all very bittersweet- with that as a back drop. I really really enjoy volunteering. I was promoted to shift leader this year- a much much preferred role. Ian and Joey were shift leaders too.
We volunteered 60 hours in 5 days in order to earn a platinum badge. The platinum badge gains you entrance into every part of the festival: Interactive, Film, and Music.
I am so so fortunate to live in Austin and have the opportunity to participate in such an amazing event!!!!
So, here is how I spent my SXSW:
Shepard Fairey spoke at Art and Soul, The Global Renaissance of the Gig Poster, and then painted a mural on the side of Empire Control Room.
Tara McPherson, among many others (but let me geek out a minute on Tara!!) had a booth at the Flatstock show.
I saw a lot of live music!!! These are just the showcases that I remember. I saw at least 50 bands in 10 days. It was just so much fun!!! I danced so much and walked from one end of downtown to the other so many times I think my legs will continue to hurt for a few more days.
Portugal. The Man
The Black Angels
Charon Po Rantan
Zola JesusCloud Nothings
Chelsea Light Moving
Eagles of Death Metal
Schaffer the Dark LordThe littlest Viking
PLUS, I had a lovely dinner and tons of drinks with Irish filmmaker Peter Ferris.
Spent an evening watching hip hop with MC Frontalot and MC Lars. MC Frontalot is super sweet- we hung out with him a bit last year too, since he is friends with Ian, so I was happy to see him again. MC Lars was super sweet and happy. I really enjoyed hanging out with both of them!!
I also spent an afternoon drinking Yager shots with the famous Lifto- of the Jim Rose Circus. I have known Lifto for about 25 years- yet it never stops amazing me how people gawk at him. We watched the Japanese gore porn movie Dead Sushi.
I also saw lots of comedy. Sarah Silverman and Reggie Watts are the names I remember- but I went to several comedy shows at Esther's Follies over the course of the 10 days.
Rob Zombie screened Lords of Salem, gave a public talk and then signed books.
Dave Grohl gave a wonderful keynote speech.
I had a ball!!!! I hung out with friends, made new ones, had some PDA with my boyfriend, stayed drunk for 10 days, it was wonderful!! The best part of all? I spent $27. $27 for 10 days of awesome? Gotta love SXSW!!!!!!
Ian's badge. I love the stupid face he is making. I know how much he loathes having his picture taken.
Playing with pedals. We entered a drawing to win $3000 worth of pedals! I don't even play guitar and I was excited about it!!