Missives From SXSW: Exene Cervenka Finally Arrives at SXSW
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Finally today got to the Texas hill country. Passing bands' vans pulling trailers, and then, at last, Austin!
Every venue in town has live music--every restaurant, record store, live music everywhere. I hear a pass to the whole fest is around $1,200, then I hear $500 just for the music side, not film.
It's not cheap or easy. There's absolutely no parking and no cabs. It can take an hour to drive six blocks. You can't always get in to the shows you want to see, even with a laminate or wristband. Yet, this is the biggest SXSW yet because, thank goodness, people are crazy about music! (Me included.)
Tomorrow at 9 a.m., I get my credentials and play two shows. One for Sea Now!/Popantipop, one for a Florida radio station--'cause I'm from Florida and they were nice to ask me.
I love Austin and I love SXSW, even though it's a tough gig in some ways. But where else can you walk to the restaurant next to your hotel and see Roky Erickson playing with Billy Gibbons!?! That's on Thursday. I will do my best to see that and let you all know about it. Lots more tomorrow. Lots more . . .