August 22, 2008

Live Music Capital of the World

Austin is such a great place to see live music.  Although to be honest, I've never lived in another major city, so my basis of comparison is by reputation alone....but,  I love that there are so many small venues around town where you can pop in almost any night and catch a great show. 

Mohawk was our venue of choice last night. Jonathan & I went with one of our friends, Kyle, to see Peel, White Denim & Brazos.  These are three really great local bands.  I was familiar with the first two and completely new to Brazos.

As with last time, Peel was almost done with their set when we arrived.  The two songs we did see where great.  The crowd was really into it last night and there was even an impromptu dance floor in front of the stage which was kinda crazy and oddly enough, seemed appropriate.

A short wait later and White Denim came on stage.  These guys had a packed show playing one song after another with little to no down time in between.  We were trying to decide how to best explain the style of White Denim.  We're reminded of bands like The Doors and Rolling Stones but then again not really.  Check out this Austinist article for a great description. Each one of the band members seems like they are amazing on their own & together they really put on a great energetic show.  

We took some amateur video at the concert last night...check it!

That was pretty much the highlight of the evening.  For some reason we missed the memo that Brazos was playing inside.  By the time we figured it out, the band was half way through and it was uber crowded.  The a/c inside Mohawk was having a hard time keeping up with the crowd.  The boys inched their way to the front near the stage and I stayed back by the bar & hung out under and air vent....I'm such a weenie.  On the plus side, I only got hit on once by a random dude who was smart enough to hit the road once I mentioned my husband in the other room.

All in all, it was a great night out in Austin!

Austin City Limits Music Festival

As I've mentioned on here several times before, Jonathan & I like to go to concerts together... it's our "thing".  Festivals are even better!  We went to the 2005 & 2006 Austin City Limits Festival (ACL) together.  Then last year, I had a work event in Chicago and I couldn't go.  It was torture for me to not be there.  I would talk to him every night and it would be hard to hear each other because some awesome band was about to start. And well, can he call me later?  It was not pleasant and I was determined that I was going to go to this year's event no matter what!

So, as soon as 3 day passes went on sale in early March, Jonathan and I scooped up a pair.  Not two days later and while talking to my boss about a possible tradeshow he tells me that not only will our company be exhibiting at this tradeshow but I HAVE to go... no ifs, ands, or buts.  And the tradeshow... it's the weekend of ACL.  ARG!  Devastation.

Jonathan tells one of his buddies, Scott, that he'll sell my ticket to him at face value.  Nice for our friend...bummer for me.

So...while at the grocery store on Tuesday, my day off, I got a text from one of my coworkers.  

"Dude! Buy your acl ticket...(insert tradeshow name) has been canceled!!!! Omg! Crazy!"

I was shocked...stopped dead in my tracks in the middle of the H-E-B Bakery.  I quickly check my blackberry for any emails I may have missed from this particular tradeshow... I find nothing.

I text my coworker back to tell her that it's not nice to toy with my emotions like that and if she's lying to me I will beat her up when I get back to the office.  She confirms that it is in fact true.  The most poorly timed tradeshow EVER is canceled!!


I call Jonathan...still standing in the Bakery section of H-E-B & let him know that Scott is going to have to find his own damn ACL ticket because oh my goodness I get to go!!

I'm super pumped that I get to go! I've even made my schedule.  Check it:  Of course it's all subject to change depending on Jiggity's preferences, but should be some sweet shows.