Cell phone photos from one of my favorite parts of SXSW this year - United States of America’s Most Awesome Open Mic of All Time. Or something like that. It wasn’t reaaaaally an open mic, I’m quite sure it was by invitation, but all the super awesome folkies did sets of in-the-round the whole night long. The only bummer was everyone only got two songs, but all of them were great, so even though it wasn’t enough from any one artists, the good stuff just kept coming.
Photo by Amy Zamarripa
Saturday was fun. In the morning I took the bus downtown to check out the MPress Records party at the SoHo lounge, which really deserves a post to itself! I got to stay for the first few acts and then hopped on the bus to get to Fair Bean in time to see The Lovely Brigade’s set.
Things were running a little late but Amy said I could go ahead and do my full set, so I did 45 minutes. It wasn’t my first long set, but they are still rare enough for me that the difference between 45 minutes and even 30 minutes is noticeable for me, mostly in my voice I think, but also in terms of having more songs memorized and comfortable. Good to know. Another muscle to build. But in any case, I can now say I played a showcase during SXSW! I don’t think I would have believed you a year ago if you told me I would. :-)
Gary Graves & Tom Harvey were after me, so I stayed to listen to them and then headed over to Austin Java for the showcases there hosted by Killer Artist Agency and KC Turner Presents. Which also deserves a post!
Just a few shots from the Fair Bean Showcases that happened during SXSW. Tom Harvey, David Dennis and Daisy O’Connor.