Packed and loaded, that silver bird made sure everyone made it to Texas on schedule.
The Texas crest lets you know you've arrived in the correct location.
Articles of the tourism variety can be had here, as once might expect.
Guitar themed eateries are more the rule than the exception here.
But I suppose when your baggage claim area has guitar sculptures anchoring it
One is quick to realize that laying at least partial claim to the title "music city" is serious business.
Bags in hand and hitting the ground running, I catch a ride with the legend that is Dead Leaf Echo and Vandelles guitarist Christo Buffan and head towards the action.
I headed off to catch the early part of Steven Matrick's Pianos and Prefix mag presents at Club Deville on Red River Street.
An early evening performance by local New York grunge n' electronic purveyors Tiny Victories set the night off just right.
They channel a big sound for just two dudes (though it should be noted there is quite a bit of electronic equipment there).
A spirited set concluded I set up to catch another performance by the next act (my first in Austin of theirs, however) - the glorious ExitMusic
Having developed a sincere appreciation for what this band presents over the many months preceding, I know what kind of quality to expect from these Brooklyn based musicians.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist Aleksa Palladino is the central focus, as her presence commands attention.
A gentle confidence is initially felt
The songs build to a heightened intensity
The other half of the songwriting team - guitarist Devon Church - delivers punch and power with star-like quality.
Together they create a most appealing tandem, both with unique songwriting and intense performance.
Percussionist Dru Prentiss adds rhythmic patterns that provide a fluid base for Aleksa and Devon's sonic forays.
The hooded druid
Back out onto the street for more adventures
Passing up the opportunity to get a tatoo and/or piercing - I know soon that another fave band of mind (this time an actual Austin based one) is about to play at The Bat Bar - so off I go.
The venue is layed out in a clever way that allows those watching from the street (and who cannot get in due to capacity already reached) to watch from wide open doors just behind the drummer.
Ume is already on stage and rockin' as I arrive - and if you've even attended one of their shows, then you know how intense it gets.
Having the unique perspective of practically sitting in the drum chair as the band plays is something of a magical experience.
This band kicks ass in so many ways that you practically have to catch your breath inbetween each song.
An appreciative (and some, no doubt - awe struck) packed house witness the throttle and mayhem
The Bat Bar experiences all that Ume has to deliver.
Lauren never disappoints
After the show I catch up with drummer Rachel - and help out with the gear.
Catching a breeze with Rachel
Then over to the East Side to catch my ride and prepare for a very busy Wednesday