A Music Festival For The Modern Day South By Southwest (SXSW)

By Matt Weiner. Austin, TX, March 13, 2014

south by southwest music festival Austin is considered by most these days, the music Mecca of the United States.  The South by Southwest Music Festival has been an icon of the music world and the “place to go” to see an eclectic mix of every style of music for almost 30 years. Whether If you’re an audiophile, music lover or just want a great experience for a “get away trip” from Virginia Beach, this is a perfect place to pursue your passion.

The casual atmosphere, friendly locals and the free flowing music in almost every single local “venue” on the famous 6th Street walk is  an incredible experience.  I have never seen such a varied mix of bands in one place as I have here at SXSW in Austin. Brightest moments of the day included the incredible sound of Andy Frasco and the U.N. at The Nook and the Lydia Loveless Band at the famous Continental Club to name a few of the many bands we came to check out.

On a more mainstream historical note, the unveiling ceremony at Butler Park of the Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp was a monumental event.  There is no argument that Jimi Hendrix was one of the most influential artist in rock and roll as well as the 20th century in general.  The United States Postal Service agrees, dedicating the stamp jointly with Vice President of the USPS, Joseph Corbet and Janie Hendrix, sister of the late rock legend. Other rock legends appearing to commemorate the event included Slash, Robbie Krieger, Rusty Anderson, Perry Ferrell and Mary Bridges-Todd.

Air transportation to Austin was relatively inexpensive, easy and trouble free from Virginia Beach.  However, hotel accommodations are extremely pricey anywhere within the Austin City limits and I highly recommend making reservations very early for next year’s event. If renting a car, prepare to shell out between $15 -$30 a day for parking, that’s if you can find some. You’re better off NOT driving and taking a taxi or utilizing the famous local pedal cabs…besides who wouldn’t want support a college kid working for tuition?  There numerous places to for the Foodie in you, however this writers all time fave... The Iron Works BBQ for some Texas size Ribs! I recommend the Sampler Platter with a side of slaw… you won’t regret the effort.

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