I didn't get any pictures of the Interactive (technology) events that we attended, and we didn't do any Film events (although it looks like some huge names brought big films to premier here!). Brandon had several celebrity sighting moments (although his "celebrities" are leading tech writers/journalists and I feel weird blogging about that!). He snapped pictures of a couple of them, but this was the first "event" that we got pictures of:
And it's not even an event. After we got back from Bastrop, I was going to lay down for a nap because I had call that night, and Brandon laid down too and began playing on his phone. He happened to check Twitter, and noticed that Aoife O'Donovan (one of our very favorite music artists!) had tweeted twenty SECONDS earlier that she was about to begin recording behind the Four Seasons Hotel. Wait. The Four Seasons? Isn't that the hotel just across the Congress (for those who have visited: bat) bridge?! AGH!!! So we jumped out of bed and grabbed Smokey's collar and leash. Wait-- scratch that. She will be a hassle. We put the leash up and flung open the door. Wait-- wouldn't bikes be faster than walking/running?! YES! So we hopped on our bikes and pedaled as fast as we could down the street and across the bridge. And there she was. Waiting. Setting up with her crew. AGH!!!
And that's how we had private concert with Aoife. Just her, us, and a couple of other people that I think were just family/friends/crew. SO AMAZING!
That night we walked down to Auditorium Shores (a usual walk for us-- it's just past the second bridge we come to on the hike/bike trail) for a real concert. We met a friend there and listened to the hottest name in Latin America: Cafe Tacuba.
It was super awesome. We left a little early so that we could walk down South Congress to see a real concert of Aoife's at the Continental Club-- one of Austin's oldest and coolest music clubs. We got all the way there and realized we didn't have enough cash. So we walked all the way back down the street (got ice cream on the way!) and to the ATM for more. We arrived at the Club at 10pm on the dot, right when she was scheduled to begin, and at the door the ?bouncer? asked for our IDs. What? IDs? Awwwwww, I totally forgot mine!!! :( major sad face. So we went across the street and chatted away the hours with our friend, and that was just fine.
It was way more fine the next day when we got to see Aoife for 1/3 the price, and probably 1/100 the crowd. She played at a small East Austin venue, and there were only a handful of people in attendance. Woohoo!! "Front row" seats (there wasn't really any competition) for a REAL, hour-long set with Aoife O'Donovan at SXSW. Yes.
I had to get Brandon in all the shots just to prove that we were there :)