When not on the road, different jobs seem to come my way. In Texas, two events are now going on that I have been involved in before: South By Southwest and the Houston Rodeo.I got a call to work at an event for SXSW which is a music based TV show presented by Direct TV. For the next 4 days bands big and small will come to the two stages we have at the Austin Convention Center and play a 40 minute set. It will be broadcast on Direct TV.

I’m working for a company who provides band equipment for performers who haven’t brought any gear. It’s basically the same job I usually do except I don’t know the band and I don’t know the gear. Today we have only 2 bands; it’s kind of a test run for tomorrow through Saturday when we have about a dozen bands a day performing live on TV. This will lead to a few things; nerves and what I call the “Kid In A Candy Store” effect. By having all this gear lying around, some of these young guys want to try stuff they haven’t yet been able to afford.

We’ll be seeing acts likeTracy Lawrence,Ozomatli,Ian Moore,The Bravery,The Buzzcocks, Pam Tillis, Rachel Fuller (probably with boyfriend Pete Townsend),
The Polyphonic Spree,Peter, Bjorn and John, Rickie Lee Jones, Bowling for Soup, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. ,Lee “Scratch” Perry and Mando Diao.

( Yup, Mando Diao, Bobby’s favorite band.)

You can too if you have Direct TV.

The energy and variety in the streets even during the day makes Austin seem like it’s not part of Texas… well even more so than usual. Black t-shirts are everywhere. I’ll write more tomorrow.