I’m approaching the gigantic South By Southwest conference-festival-tradeshow like I approach most things — starting with small exploratory trips around the periphery before diving in headfirst. Today I stood in various lines for about 90 minutes to get my “platinum” registration badge. The picture captures but a small portion of the endless queue, which snaked all the way around the gigantic Austin Convention Center.
My platinum badge is not some kind of VIP item, it just means I am here for all three segments of the 10-day event: Interactive, Film and Music.
While you’re at it, look around the site. It is a great community of musicians, writers, and music-loving folks of all kinds, and it has some videos that you can’t see anywhere else.
Buffalo News music writer Jeff Miers clearly gets the point of “Troubadour Blues” — that here’s an authentic part of our culture that will disappear before our eyes if we don’t pay more attention. Click here to read Jeff’s insightful article — it’s well worth the visit.