What a whirlwind of events! Ok, where to start…we woke up and I went for a walk in the morning around the neighborhood where we’re staying. Refreshing!
Then we called the band and planned to meet up over at Bryan’s Aunt Diana’s house (great place just east of downtown Austin off Ceasar Chavez where Bryan and I are staying) so we could all go to breakfast. Because of the INSANITY of the parking situation downtown, we knew we wouldn’t probably return home till late at night, so we went ahead and dressed for the gigs.
Anyway, we planned to eat at the Magnolia Café (great breakfast place on S. Congress) but by the time we got there to eat, there was a huge crowd…this has become the theme of the time here…people…everywhere…ev-e-ry-where! 🙂 So, we drove on over to Mozart’s Coffee Roasters off Lake Austin Blvd. where we were able to get some good coffee and bagels, or in Bryan and Brad’s case, BROWNIES, for breakfast. They had these sourdough bagels, called “Rockstars” that WERE INCREDIBLE. Needless to say, I had one 🙂 Yummmm. We were able to sit outside on the lake and just chill. Very nice, peaceful way to start the day. However, while we were sitting there, two giant blackbirds tried to attack our drummer, Brent. He didn’t find that so relaxing.
After that, the guys went over to Ray Hennings’ Heart of Texas Music store and I went with my mother-in-law to Whole Foods to get my secret weapon Yogi tea called, “Throat Comfort.” (it ROCKS!) Good compromise for me, because I LOVE WHOLE FOODS…it’s like the Circus of Food and other Treasures. I did, however, have a mishap in the natural oils section of the store. It turns out mixing peppermint, lemon, and eucalyptus on your hands smells like bug spray. Lesson learned.
We met up with the guys and went to hang on S. Congress for a while. We went to Uncommon Objects, which is full of both common and uncommon objects. I walked down and got a hot water for my tea at a bar where the dude who helped me had a burr haircut and was also wearing giant flower earrings and long red nails. No one else seemed to notice. At one point Bryan said, “Hey, I just walked right by Laura Dern!” He was pretty sure it was her — if it wasn’t you Laura…you have a twin. There’s live music everywhere down here, which has been so fun. We stopped by and saw my friends at Crofts Originals — Corey and Tyler, and then we headed downtown for the Oklahoma SXSW Day Party.
We got to The Palm Door for the SXSW Oklahoma party, “Sax, Clogs, and Rock-n-Roll” at 2:30pm. We set up our acoustic rig on the patio and then went inside where we met Stars Go Dim after they sound checked. I also met Ali Harter and saw Samantha Crain there hanging out. It was relaxed, and people just mingled and ate and listened to music. Our 15 minute set on the patio (4 songs) began when Stars Go Dim’s 20 minute set was over inside. We performed “Into My Head,” “Finding You,” “Grace,” and “Another Thing.” The first and last songs are brand new but they are quickly becoming crowd favs already! We were so thankful to be asked to do this party along side so many other great artists! We met and talked with people from DFEST and the Oklahoma Film & Music Commission. Great folks! Very welcoming! My friend Brine Webb was there playing with Ryan Lindsey, who sounded great too. Thank you so much to Angie DeVore-Green from DFEST for inviting us to play! And we already got a little photo prop from the event!
After we left the SXSW party we went and sat in traffic till we could find a place to park close to Touché for loading in our gear. Then we walked over to the restaurant, Paradise, and ate a late lunch. It was good to chill for a minute before we headed back to get our stuff from the car and wheel it all over to Touché. Thankfully we had purchased a keyboard sustain pedal that morning just in case! (I forgot to mention that at the Chuggin’ Monkey when they sent someone off to find a keyboard sustain pedal, the guy comes back in proudly holding a drum pedal. I said, uh oh, wrong pedal. And Brent (our drummer) said, “well, unless he knows something that I don’t know.” So that was when I had to go without one. We learned our lesson. 🙂
So, anyway, we got set up and great friends and family showed up again to hear us — and then the crowd really picked up when we started playing. We were more relaxed and the gig went even better than the night before…just flowed better. Our set order was: Runaway Train, Enough, Finding You, Grace, Into My Head (new), House of Mourning, Another Thing (new), and Never Ending. The groove on “Another Thing” is really getting the crowd engaged. My voice thankfully held out till the end, and the band was incredible! I’m so proud and thankful for them! 40 minutes goes by so fast, and before we knew it we were finished! Thanks again to my family who “worked the streets” getting the word out before and during the show. We handed out free “Awake” CD Digital Downloads again and they were a great hit again — kudos to Bryan!
We loaded up the gear again and then walked 6th Street listening to bands, and then the guys went to Carlos Santana’s restaurant, Maria Maria while I met up with friends at Woodland on S. Congress (the guys met up with us after dinner there.) GREAT FOOD AT WOODLAND! Loved getting to hang and talk about the crazy 48 hours we’ve had.
We still have one more gig (Bryan and I) at my cousin Billy Crockett’s place, Blue Rock Artist Ranch & Studio on Saturday, but Friday night we’re planning to see our friends, Aranda, perform at a showcase downtown. More updates to come!
The rest of the band is already heading back to Oklahoma…sad, sad. HUGE shout out to Mike Jones who came down with us and documented the whole event on film. Brent Burgess, Fred Hanradt, and Brad Stone…thank you for being an incredible band. Love you guys!
Thank you to everyone who has chipped-in and enabled us to take this trip! It has been quite a memorable and valuable trip.
More updates to come! Stay tuned!