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How to Prepare for SXSW Music

South by South West, also referred to SXSW, is a three part conference and festival that includes interactive, film, and music. It is a weeklong event that takes place annually in Austin, TX. SXSW Inc. is a private owned company that is headquartered in Austin that works all year to get the best lineup of musicians, actors, and media industry professionals. The first festival took place in 1987 and has been going strong and growing in attendance every year. How should you prepare for such a big event? Here are some tips for preparing for the SXSW five days of music portion of the festival.

If you are traveling from out of town, the first step is to book your hotel and travel arrangements. Hotels in the downtown area, where the festival takes place, fill up in advance. Making your hotel arrangements should be done first and early. There are a lot of places to stay downtown so that you can walk to different music shows. If you stay somewhere that isn’t of walking distance, you can arrange to rent a vehicle or take a taxi cab. The cabs are very busy during the week so renting a car may be more convenient. There are a lot of Pedi-cabs, bicycle driven buggies, which can take you around downtown.

Once you know where you are going to stay you can start packing. You will need comfortable walking shoes because you will be walking around the many different venues to check out as many shows as you can fit in during the week. You will also be standing and dancing a lot throughout the festival. Dress comfortable yet trendy. There are a lot of day parties and dinner parties, so it’s good to pack a few really nice outfits. Most importantly, you want to be comfortable. Austin has really great weather in March and you can expect the temperatures to be in the 70s.

Before you head down to the festival, you should look at the music schedule to see who is playing and where and when they take the stage. Music starts during the middle of the day and lasts until two in the morning. There are a lot of up and coming bands, and bands from all over the world at SXSW. You can listen to the bands’ online music to hear if you are interested in seeing them. Take advantage of the music lineup and research some of the bands and venues. If you want to be more spontaneous, you can walk around downtown and listen to the bands from the street. Once you hear a sound that you like, show your badge and walk into the bar or music venue where the band in playing.

If you stay out from noon until the early morning hours, be sure to stop and eat lunch and dinner. You want to have enough energy to walk around and check out as much music as you can fit into the day. It is also very important to stay hydrated. There will be a lot of free alcohol at the events and different venues, but be sure to switch up the alcoholic drink for some water. Please remember to follow all drinking laws and be safe. Austin has great barbeque and Tex Mex restaurants, so if you are interested in local cuisine, talk to your hotel concierge or do some research online for great eats you may want to try.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Trans Siberian Orchestra on Tour in Austin, TX

Trans Siberian Orchestra, or commonly referred to as TSO, is currently on tour selling out live concerts all over the nation. The TSO winter tour of 2009/2010 made a stop in Austin, TX and Matt and Krystle were lucky enough to have been there. Here are some things that they have said about the concert.

The concert was amazing! They had the best set, the best musicians, and the best singers at the concert. They even showcased songs from their most current album, Night Castle. The concert had the most incredible lights, lasers, and pyrotechnics which made the concert unique and outstanding. The light show went along with the songs they were playing and were synchronized perfectly. When a guitarist would play and use the whammy bar, laser streams would light up the stage. Also, when the entire orchestra, guitarists, and main violinists would rock out the stage would light up and fire would be blasted from the stage. Without these effects the concert still would’ve been good, but the use of such effects made it even more incredible.

The guitarists couldn’t have been any better. They all had long hair which was always being used for head banging and flaring around. They would rock out with their guitars and moved and ran around the stage. Some of the best musicians tour with TSO and make up the band. One of the lead guitarists produced amazing rock bands such as Aerosmith. The guitarists had amazing stage presence and got the crowd involved with cheering and clapping. Angus was always pointing and smiling at Matt and Krystle.

There were two crazy and incredible violinists. They would play madly and wildly, run around the stage and the concert venue, and flare the hair around while rocking out on their violins. They had very interesting violins that must have been made specifically for the genre they play which is rock and roll mixed classical music. The violins were hollow. At one point during the concert Matt noticed that the girl violinist’s hair got stuck. Krystle also noticed that she was playing so hard that some of the strings broke on the violin.

The singers’ voices were beautiful. The girls could carry out any tune. One man who had a lot of solos throughout the concert, has toured and sung with Journey during his career. His voice was so strong and loud and represented the essence of rock and roll. He also had long hair that was never short of a hair flip or some type of head banging.

TSO is such an awesome rock band that transforms classical Christmas music for their concerts. Matt and Krystle would recommend anyone to go to one of their concerts and support their music. Not only are they a great band, but they are also very charitable. TSO donates proceeds from every concert to a local organization or school from every city they tour in.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

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  • About the Author:
    Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile.

    For more information please visit 977music.com.