Day 3: SXSW & Aranda

Hello! 🙂

Well, I was sure that Friday (since it was a non-performing day for us) could not match the other days in excitement…and it was a little more relaxing, but still, most assuredly EXCITING!

The rest of the band headed home early in the morning and we missed having them around to share experiences.  However, at some point in the day we got a pic and text from @bestone letting us know they got pulled over!  Man, they were making such good time!

The Fruits of Brent Burgess and his Lead Foot

The Fruits of Brent Burgess and his Lead Foot

We went to a late breakfast with family (Bryan’s cousins, Khrystah and Lucas, and his mother, Sylvia) at the Blue Dahlia Bistro in a newly restored area of town.  It was incredible.  I actually decided against breakfast and went for the Hummus/Taboli/Olive Platter with assorted breads. And I tried the fresh squeezed Pomagranate Lemonade. I recommend it all!  Oh, yes i do.  Thank you to Aunt Diana for the suggestion.  We wanted to try again for the Magnolia Café but we were too hungry to wait!

When we dropped them off back at the house I was suddenly so tired I had to take a nap!  (I’m very glad I did, ’cause later we’d be going to bed at 2am!)  Bryan and I headed over to Progress Coffee where we went in and got something to drink and wanted to see Bryce Bandy, Abbie and Mauricio, but we happened to get there right after they left! 😦  However, the iced sugar-free vanilla latte with soy was DIVINE!  Progress Coffee is such a great hang, with two long porches on either side of the building, and a acoustic music showcase all day long.

Progress Coffee - what a wonderful place!

Progress Coffee - what a wonderful place!

So, with drinks in hand we walked under the bridge into downtown and listened to some great music like Steel Magnolia at the Chuggin’ Monkey and The Rules at the Gibson Guitars/Zone Energy Bar sponsored venue.  One more note about the Gibson/Zone venue…IT SMELLED JUST LIKE CHOCOLATE and it was so vibey with cool lighting and canvases for anyone to paint.  They also had a room with giant chocolate sculptures in it.  Bryan didn’t know this, but I was mere inches away from going to jail for consumption of property.  Dude, they looked good.

The Gibson Guitars/Zone Energy Bar Venue

The Gibson Guitars/Zone Energy Bar Venue

The Rules from Los Angeles

The Rules from Los Angeles

Closer to 4pm, we walked next door to the Hilton hotel lobby where I noticed lots of meetings going on between musicians and people working in the industry.  We, like others, were there to meet with Jon Delange of Tinderbox Music who has done a great job of promoting my album to college and independent radio and TV shows (right now, there are 6 shows that have contracted my album for use at a future date — more on that another time).  Very exciting!  It’s such a step by step process on how all that stuff gets accomplished.  You’ve gotta have the right team around you! — I learned that way back at OCU with my professor, Jim Halsey, manager of the Oak Ridge Boys.  We talked with Jon about what we’ve accomplished so far and set some goals for the next several months, which has refreshed my vision and made me ready to work when I get home!  I’d also like to report that Jon mentioned several times how incredible the band is that performed with me this week.  He said they just sounded amazingly polished.  I agree! Thank you to Jon for taking the time and initiating the meeting.  It was so valuable!

So, here’s where the story gets a little unexpectedly cool:  we were walking back up 6th Street looking at the best potential venues to play next year.  The Thirsty Nickel is on a corner with huge windows on both sides of the back of the stage — it’s very open and people love listening to music there because they can still see what’s going on outside.  We walked in and saw a guy playing the keys and singing very soulfully (the crowd was very into it and seemed to know his songs.)  Turns out his name is Andy Davis and he’s from Nashville.  He was fantastic vocally and had the whole vibe with the audience going.  So, a few minutes pass while we’re listening to him and Bryan says to me quietly, “Uh, is that Sara Bareilles standing over there?”  I turn and look over by the bar, and sure enough there she is staring out the door right in our direction just chilling with some friends.  That was fun!  Nobody was bothering her at the moment, though I did see some guys surround her later.  I believe she was there to see Andy.  Who knows — but cool moment!  We saw some other good artists along 6th, then headed home for dinner.  Sylvia made some incredible homemade spaghetti.  Around 9:30pm, we picked up our friend Brandon and headed downtown to see Aranda at the Creekside Lounge on 7th and Red River.

(Bryan note:  there was quite the buzz that Metallica was supposed to play a “surprise” show at Stubb’s Saturday night, but it was official wristband admission only and so a no-go.  However, there was a huge block party going on in the adjoining streets as the show was happening — I’m sure you could hear the roaring guitar amps for miles!  <makes rock hand-gesture and bangs head for a moment>)

Aranda was awesome!  They have such a way with the crowd and have worked so hard it’s great to see them shine.  They played about a 45 minute set, and then we talked with them out in front of the building till well after 1am with Joey Wallace, Mike Walker, Bryce Bandy, Abbie and Mauricio.  Gabe and Dameon are such kind, generous fellas with great hearts for other people. It looks like there might be some cool opportunities to work with them in the near future, which would be incredible.  I’ll update you later on that! 🙂

Aranda live!

Aranda live!

Aranda - these guys know how to ROCK!

Aranda - these guys know how to ROCK!

Saturday is Blue Rock Texas day.  We play a songwriter showcase at 1pm in Wimberly, TX.   So, check back for how the day went!

Peace out, and thank you again to all who made it happen.

Marcy 🙂

Great day, great fun.

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