This image is actually projected up on a big wall screen
Heading down to the Austin Convention Center, it was time to check out some of the ongoing exhibits.
People chilling out on couches, perusing the various attractions to be found.
One wonders what it might be like to travel the country in this baby.
The gear expo was particularly entertaining. You could try out a wide variety of instruments on display.
As I headed back to the center of town, another woman seemed to be drawing a bit of a crowd. She encouraged those around to snap a few photos. Well, it would have been rude of me not to.
Between show diversions over, it was time to head over to the Audio Perv Purveyors showcase at the cheekily named Peckerheads for another shredtastic Ume show!
No from-behind-view this time, it was front and center for Lauren and this amazing band.
The band was firing on all cylinders right from the very first note.
Lauren moves around so fast, that freezing a single frame without a flash is nearly impossible.
It is truly a wondrous sound that this band produces.
Great songs - masterful playing - a true rock tour-de-force.
Check out their latest album Phantoms
One of the great side activities of SXSW is all the meetups you try to arrange. Usually done via text (since you are in a loud venue) I made arrangements with fellow music lover Dale - who I got to know on the MOG music site. We had preplanned to assist each other with sharing information about all the best shows. Of course I told him about this one.
Dale and I plot out the night's further activites
Also in the frequent texting loop was producer/sound engineer and additional MOG alumni Robin Danar.
We caught up with RD for a spirited chat, before he headed off to venues of importance to him.
Dale and I headed onward toward our own quest.
Along the way we came across some amazing street activity.
This guy was a phenominal drummer who also ran electronics though that unique looking tube in front of him
Coming across this sort of accidental musical sideshow find was an all too common occurrence.
But our mission was to find out exactly what time the band Mahogany would be performing that night at
The Karma Lounge
The Karma Lounge
Popping into the venue, we learned it would be about an hour or so before they would play.
As we were leaving, the bands second guitarist - Jaclyn Slimm spotted me and came out to greet us.
Jackie and I had met the previous October when I was assigned by The Deli Magazine to interview the band - and cover their CMJ show. We snapped a quick photo to document this moment in time.
Back out on the street, we noticed an interesting looking band was mid set,and took a few moments to check them out.
We found this particular brand of theatrical rock to be more than adequate time spent.
But now it was time for Mahogany's official SXSW showcase
Jaclyn presents a most stylish figure on stage
Additionally, the guitar she plays delivers a sonic and visual appeal of equal quality.
Live drumming made this performance quite different than the CMJ show I witness previously. That former show relied more on electronic enhancement, as frontman Andrew would explain to me when we chatted after the show.
A dreamy image that evokes Belinda of My Bloody Valentine
For images of Andrew, Khaya and the rest of the band, see here: