A cracking time was had by all
16.03.2012 - 17.03.2012 26 °C
After a huuuuge night Wednesday, we slept about 10 hours Thursday morning. Oops. We missed Springsteen's keynote talk and thought we'd missed out on getting to see him, but as our first stop was to check our emails...at 4.40pm...we found we had BOTH won tickets to his show that night, provided we picked them up by 5pm! Amazingly lucky as it was a 3,000 person venue and no doubt at least half the participants at SXSW would have gone in the draw for a ticket. Our plans were immediately chucked out the window in favour of going to what we thought would be a once in a lifetime show (even though neither of us particularly care for Springsteen).
After we picked up the tickets we headed off to the free drink tent for our obligatory Monster and vodka, then next door to the New Zealand party. Free wine! That's always a winner in my book, and it was actually really nice wine. Those Kiwis know how to rock! We hung out there for about an hour then set off to find ACL at Moody Theater for Springers.
Talk about security - anyone would think he was an assassination target the way they carried on with checking bags and wristbands and badges etc. We went and sat up the top and saw the second half of the Alejandro Escovedo show. He was pretty good, not my normal style of music but the show was good. Once he finished we had to wait...and wait...and WAIT for Springers, which was a right pain in the arse. There are tons of artists on all at the same time that we could have been seeing but nooooo obviously Springers thought he was more important than any of those bands. Once he started, the crowd was really going off - I have no idea why, but they all loved it. He had 17 other band members (the E Street Band) playing trumpets, trombones, keyboards and even tambourines. The music was ridiculously loud but it was a good show, just not really my kind of music...
After we left there we went off to Stubb's to see the Kaiser Chiefs, token popular famous band who I'm sure have had a billion other gigs before but I'd never seen them . They were rocking! We could've hung around after them to see Temper Trap but decided to get the bus home - it was already midnight and judging by the horrors of the Night Owl bus the two nights before, we thought we'd leave a bit earlier and save extra party energy for Friday night.
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Leaped out of bed refreshed by the extra sleep and headed off to the free party at Buffalo Billiard's by 12.20pm. When we got there we found it was FREE drinks and FREE food until 5pm - wow, what a bargain. All you have to do is tip. We had some food and a bloody mary, then a couple of vodkas each, all for the low low price of about $10. Paddy started asking me about some movie with some guy who always has his shirt off. I had no idea what or who he was talking about then I realised he meant Matthew McConaughey. "He's been standing right there for about an hour," Paddy says. OMG OMG I nearly hyperventilated and died!! I don't even like Matthew McConaughey that much but he was RIGHT THERE in little old Buffalos with his kid and some friends. WOW, famous person.
After we'd had a gutful of that place we went off for the free Monster and vodka again and a place called Bar Louie's for food. Paddy really wanted buffalo wings. To our delight they had boneless ones so I decided I'd try a couple too. Yum! They were delicious! I also had a vegie wrap. This joint was also a bargain - we had a wine each, $4 each, then the wings and wrap and it all came to $22. Of course then you have to tip but even so, the same thing in Australia would've been at least $35 straight up.
My favourite Australian band at the moment is Husky and they were playing at the Sony Club 7 Patio at 8pm. We were right up the front and they were AWESOME - really awesome. I got to talk to Husky and Gideon afterwards and even got a photo (which will forevermore be my profile picture once I can upload it). We started chatting to some Texans afterwards and they recommended we come back for Blitzen Trapper, so we said we'd see them again at 1am (!).
We went to see Crystal Fighters, Bleeding Knees Club and one other thing I can't remember before we got back to Sony Club. Got the bus from hell at aout 3.30am...a big night indeed. So many drunk people in the streets and 6th street was a nightmare to walk through - PACKED. There were heaps of people just out for an ordinary Friday night so the crowds were massive.