Saturday Night we attended the Bravo TV Party where Jessica was in her own personal, Reality TV heaven. The theme was a Bravo Picnic, and snacks included Mazel kettle chips, sliders, s’mores brownies, and refreshing Fresquila drinks, complete with Andy Cohen swizzle sticks. The night was made complete when Jessica got to meet Andy Cohen in the flesh, and managed to keep her cool long enough to snap a photo.
After the Bravo Party we headed to Swan Dive for the launch party of the new Vivogig iPhone app. Vivogig allows you to post photos of concerts, tagging the band and venue in each picture, providing a cool, one-stop site to check out photos of your favorite bands, and check out past concerts that have played at your favorite venues. In true SXSW style there was a good mix of new music with new technology as we listened to Wild Child and other exciting bands while we watched our pictures being posted to the site in real time.
Before we headed home for the night, we made a quick stop at one of the MANY free food trailers to try the Today Show’s biscuits with bacon jam. It was as delicious as it sounds!
Other great food included Artz Rib House, because Jessica felt that Jeremy needed to broaden his Austin BBQ horizons. This meal came complete with a good old-fashioned bluegrass band and finger-licking good baby back ribs.
On Monday, Skype hosted their “Eat. Drink. Be Human with Skype.” party that offered not only a delicious lunch from La Condessa, but also included a concert featuring the Parlotones and the Neon Trees. The weather was perfect that night and the Austin skyline was beautiful.
The Interactive session ended on Tuesday, and Jeremy headed back to Portland on Wednesday, but the SXSW fun didn’t end there. The Music session continued through the weekend, so it was a great opportunity to see some favorite bands!
Wednesday night – Plow Monday at Stompin’ Grounds
Thursday night – Texas Renegade at Rebel’s Honkey Tonk
And for the Saturday night finale, I attended the outdoor screening of Emmett Malloy’s documentary film “Big Easy Express,” that chronicled the journey of the Railroad Revival Tour, a concert series featuring Old Crow Medicine Show, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Mumford and Sons. The Austin office attended this concert last April, and it was so great to relive those moments through the film. The stage was set on the lawn of the LBJ Library on the University of Texas campus, and the night couldn’t have been more perfect. After the film screened, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Mumford and Sons played a full set concert drawing an end to another fantastic SXSW experience!