SXSW – Texas Best Festival is in Austin

6th Street craziness at night.
SXSW (South by Southwest) Music Conference, Film and Interactive Festival takes over the city of Austin. Our most important annual event. Bringing in close to $200 million to our economy.

Any description will be woefully wanting. You can’t explain in words what it is like. There are over 2,000 acts performing on 104 stages at participating venues all over Austin representing every kind of music from 49 different countries.

Plus 270 films being screened from 67 countries at theaters throughout Austin and over 24,000 Interactive Conference participants from 72 countries.

Austin Convention Center front entrance.
Conferences, seminars and trade shows during the day. Music at night. Grueling and brutal. Too much to do. Not enough time. People every where.

SXSW will soon become so large it will consume itself. They’ve even published a First-timers Guide to the SXSW Experience to help sort through the madness.

I urge you to stay at a downtown hotel for the conference. And make your plans well in advance. Their web site walks you through the registration process and offers discounted hotel rates at selected locations. Sign up online to get advance notice of availability and a lot of other useful info including online registration (SXSW.com). And check out the First-timers Guide.

You can expect badge fees to range from several hundred dollars to over $1,000 depending on badge type chosen and when you purchase it. Register early and save. Spend it on a room upgrade or scour the Austin music stores for a great deal.

Lou Reed was the keynote speaker for the Music Conference in 2008. My, this festival has come a long long way from the early days at the old Austin Opera House.

 

Auditorium Shores Stage.
South By Southwest, Austin Chronicle, Austin City Limits, PBS Concert Series and the ACL Festival leave no doubt Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World. These are the folks responsible for making Austin the World’s #1 Music Destination and South By Southwest is the most influential in the world.

Media moguls, reporters, artists, celebrities, agents, record execs, distributors share the same space. Right next to your space. Every kind of animal imaginable prowls this festival. Making big deals, signing bands or just watching the amazing performances.

In the early ’90s I saw a showcase at the Austin Opera House that included Lucky 7, Del Lords, Marcia Ball, Steve Earle and Los Lobos.

Everyone that is and will ever be has played at this festival. The list of talent is too long to list. As diverse as the Buzzcocks to Donovan. Rickie Lee Jones to Public Enemy.

Many live music Austin clubs are not host venues but offer their own showcases. Every Texas music fan is in town and it’s a party that lasts for days.

My favorite host venues include;

Antone’s – Always top level showcases, good service and great sound system. Get there early and stay for the entire show.

Continental Club – Best roots music played here. Live music Austin style. Oh if these walls could talk.

Elephant Room – You will hear the best jazz has to to offer.

Austin Music Hall – Ballroom size, real big. Talent is eclectic and exceptional.  Rentals Available At Sarah Williams Realty Austin

For more about Austin live music click here for my club reviews.

Here’s a word to the wise from a veteran of South By Southwest. Several days of eating, drinking and nonstop partying can take a significant amount of energy to survive. If you try to see five different bands in five different venues every night you won’t survive and will be disappointed.

Once a venue is full they do not let anymore people in – period.

Here’s my advice for a great experience.

Reserve a room at the Austin Motel on South Congress. It’s got drive-up parking and is cheap compared to many downtown hotels. You may have to reserve from Thursday until Sunday but it affords you a great location to enjoy the festival. Across the street from the Continental Club and less than a mile to Antone’s, La Zona Rosa, Austin Music Hall and Saxon Pub.

Reserve the new rooms. One’s from the original hotel are small.

Visit SXSW, but you don’t have to break the bank. You can forgo the film and interactive festivals and just buy a music badge for a few hundred dollars.

Rather than several different clubs every night, consider one or two well chosen clubs each night.

Claim your space early for the entire night. This adds much needed sanity to your experience.

After the shows I recommend Sam’s BBQ or Kerbey Lane. For good late night fast Mexican food, Taco Cabana stays open all night, is cheap and can hit the spot. Another low cost all nighter is Jim’s Restaurant. A big upgrade over I-Hop or Denny’s in my opinion.

And if your staying at the Austin Motel, you don’t have to pull the car out of the lot to take advantage of Austin’s most trendy and unique shops on South Congress. Known as the SoCo district.

Party, stay up late, sleep late, eat, relax, go for a swim, shop, eat, go to a club or two, eat, stay up late, sleep late, etc.

A pool at the hotel makes relaxing easy. That’s how I learned to enjoy SXSW. It’s the very best of the Texas music scene. But you can’t see and do it all without mindless insanity.

Austin Film

 

Paramount Theatre downtown.
The Austin film festival arm of SXSW is nothing to sneeze at in its own right. It’s not the biggest, baddest film festival in the world like SXSW is for music.

That’s a good thing in my opinion. The Austin film festival is manageable.

You can attend all functions of the SXSW music/film/interactive festivals with a platinum badge.

The South by Southwest Austin film festival includes panels, workshops and mentoring sessions. Hundreds of films are presented at participating venues across the city. Try to catch a film at the Alamo Draft House on S. Lamar and the Paramount Theatre. The Dobie Mall facility is a winner as well.

The film festival can’t compare with the music festival. Austin is the only city in the world that can offer such a musical extravaganza. Austin transforms itself into a gigantic music theme park. People and musicians come from all over the globe to participate in SXSW.

For good reason. It’s musical mecca. Every music fan must attend at least one SXSW in their lifetime.

A rare experience. Dramatic off the meter. Full tilt exhausting excitement. Being young helps.

 

Austin Music Festivals

Austin City Limits Music Festival :: Old Settler’s Music Festival
Republic of Texas Biker Rally :: SXSW Music, Film & Interactive

 

Do you believe in having a soulmate?

Soulmates or “twin flames” are the most mysterious phenomenon in a human life. Often times we think that having a soulmate refers to our love life only. But the truth is, a soulmate can be anyone with whom we experience a deeply emotional, spiritual, mental and physical connection.

How can I find out who my twin flame is

twin flames soul mates

People often think that soulmate is someone who fits you perfectly. But many spiritualists, psychics, and coaches will disagree with that. A soulmate or a twin flame is someone who is mirroring us. Someone who can challenge us to become the best version of ourselves.

In the spiritual world, soulmates lived united, but when they come to the physical realm they get separated. However, their souls remain connected, which allows them to meet again. They have an important mission that needs to fulfill together. That’s why they are mutually connected on a much deeper level than other people.

Is a twin flame someone I’m in love with

A twin flame is not just your romantic partner. A twin flame can be your best friend, a co-worker, a mentor, a parent. Any two souls that have a profound understanding of each other, on their needs and wants can consider themselves twin flames. Find out more at this twinflame stages information page.

When you get around your twin flame, you will intuitively know that someone important has entered your life. Most people who found their twin flames reported that they knew it was a person they were looking for their whole life. They felt strange in their presence – as they knew them before. Something “clicked” when their eyes met, but they can’t describe what it was.

Will I meet my twin flame

twinflame stages information

No one knew that a person they just met was their twin flame until afterward. The feelings that surrounded both of them could not be explained in words. Yes, they felt strange but excited at the same time. They knew something big was happening – and they were a part of it.

If you think that there is a “step-by-step” guide on how to find a twin flame – you’re wrong. There’s no secret formula that can help you with that. The best thing is to open up your heart and soul towards the universe. Be positive and prepared to receive the gift of love and life.

Another thing that will help you to find your twin flame is – personal development. You have to heal your mind, body, and spirit in order to attract your twin flame and reunite again. Think about yourself, and your mission on this planet. What do you want to do with your life? How do you want to help people? What is your purpose? You may not find the answers yet, but you will start an extensive process of self-discovery. And it will help you to find out who your soulmate is – because once you find out who you are and what makes you tick, it would be easier to find out who is your soulmate.

twin flames stages

What will happen when I find my soulmate

When you find a twin flame, you might not end up happy. There are some stages that every soulmate couple will face in their reunion phase. It all starts with the yearning to find your soulmate. And when you successfully attract her into your life, your fairy tale can begin.

But, there were be tensions and charged emotions, regardless of the fact that you found your soulmate. Eventually, one of the two might decide to leave, which is called a “runner-and-chaser” phase. It means that one soulmate chooses to run from the other, because of their personal fears, issues or insufficient understanding of their needs. On the other hand, a chaser will feel lost and frustrated because a runner left, and this may go on for years or even decades. You don’t know when you will find him/her again – and that’s the most frustrating thing you feel.

After you reunite again, you will begin to surrender to each other. It is a slow and emotionally intense process, but it’s one step closer to a total union of the souls.

Different Types Of Festivals Throughout The World

The term “festival” has been derived from the Middle English word “fest” which further comes from the Middle French word “festivus”. The word “festivus” was adopted from Latin. The word “festival” was first used as a noun in the year 1589 and before that, it was used in the form of an adjective. It meant celebrating a religious or church holiday. There are different varieties of festivals celebrated throughout the world for meeting the specific requirements of specific groups, countries and communities. Festivals are a way of entertainment and they are also one of the best means of taking a break from the regular everyday life. Nevertheless, there are even ethnic and cultural festivals celebrated for educating people about different pastimes and traditions.

Different Varieties of Modern Festivals

Festivals have a direct connection to the human religious past. However, the modern festivals are found based on common interest rather than any spiritual glory. The different varieties of modern festivals include:

  • Beer Fest
  • Arts Festival
  • Film Fest
  • Comedy Fest
  • Music Fest
  • Literary Fest
  • Food Fest
  • Wine Fest
  • Science Fest

Choosing the Best in Modern Festivals

Considering the world population constantly on the rise, it does not come as a surprise that there are thousands of exclusive celebrations across the world. However, there is only one lifetime for an individual making it very difficult for people to choose the modern festivals that they must attend and the ones that are not worth it. It is always good to start with the basics first. The different categories of festivals tend to overlap especially due to the fact that performing arts, dance and music have an important role to play ion most festivals. This also goes for eating and drinking. Here, we will be exploring some important categories of modern festivals.