What a sight of pure humanity in action. I feel like I have never witnessed a more mixed up group of people in the world; the irony and clash came together with a beauty only known to those who bear witness. With hipsters of all shapes, sizes, and flavors; musicians being chased by industry suits; fans, friends, and frights; cowboys, college kids, and carnies; with a few sprinkled bachelor parties all descending on the capital of the lone star state, you’re sure to feel sensory overload to a severe degree… in a good way.
For those who don’t know, Austin is home to the largest college in America and serves as a laid back arts-infused oasis right in the heart of Texas. With the capital building a stone’s throw from 6th St, the main bar/club/gluttony center, the borderline hippie-esque feel is right on the front lawn of the state’s business; so much so in fact that George W refused to live in the city while serving as Governor from 1995 to 2000.
Ideally I would have sized up the city while there wasn’t a music festival happening but I try to avoid the shoulda’ coulda’s, also I hear its almost that crazy all the time Overall, Austin treated me well and I would go back in heart beat. I don’t consider myself any kind of foodie but Austin showed me, by far the best BBQ of my life.
The moral of the story? Go there, eat the food, drink the Shiner, ride the bull, and don’t get caught staring; after all, “Austin is where the girls are too pretty and the dope is too cheap” – Steve Earle …although I can’t attest to the dope
I met these sweet dudes outside the hotel…
and this was just plain awesome
A more sxsw specific post to come…