The final day of SXSW.
Am pleased to report the day went off without a hitch.
2 ETB gigs that day. Early matinee 4-hour set at Agave, then a later short set at Moontower Saloon.
Used Goldie Hawn to transport gear downtown as Boss Hoss was still sitting in a parking lot. Traffic aside made it to same loading area for Agave (5th and something) without incident. Well, the only place available to park and unload was also being occupied by some pedicabs so I unfortunately had to be a dick and block them temporarily. Sorry bout that.
But they weren't normal pedicabs, they were Samsung pedicabs who were only taking people who had a Samsung Galaxy 4S. Um what? Yeah. There was a guy running late to a show he wanted to see, and the pedicab could not take him under strict orders from Samsung. Crazy.
Anyway. Loaded in to Agave. The entire block of 6th Street was a convoy of beer trucks re-stocking the bars. Or I guess the venue finally read our rider, ha! Played an awesome 4-hour show to a packed house. Had a blast. Rob is really expanding on his drum solos and going more and more out there with them. Awesome! Great set and a great crowd, mostly foot traffic walking by.
Loaded out without incident or golf carts. Went home to catch some rest before the later show.
Moontower Saloon was pretty damn awesome. Outdoor stage in the beer garden, firepits under Live Oaks. Great weather. Venue and staff were top notch and great. And being that it was way south off of Manchaca Rd, it was NO WHERE NEAR DOWNTOWN \m/,
Our good friend JT Coldfire had set this up. Arrived in time to catch the rest of his set, jamming with our other good friend Andy McIntyre. Great crowd. We were a little concerned with noise problems as we were the last band and loud as shit, but the wooden stage soaked up enough sound to where we didn't have to turn down much, if at all.
Very fun and short set, pretty much a blur to me from exhaustion. But the camera crew who'd filmed us a few weeks back for a documentary called "For The Love Of It" were there and got it on tape. Good to see those guys again as well. A great night all around and a great night to end SXSW.
Afterwards Trin and I went to our good friend Jason Soules' new house for a nightcap. Good to hang with him for awhile away from the noise and distraction of a show. Played with him in Velvet Brick from 2004-2006, and he currently plays with Rob in Hyde Park Showdown.
And got to see a lot of our musical family this year over SXSW. Goons in golf carts aside, it was a good one.
Thank y'all for reading about it.