SXSW – Macnas

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Just when you thought SXSW had served up all of its insanity, along comes a performance company from Ireland.  Macnas describes themselves as a team that is “bringing stunning large-scale images and brilliant chaos to the streets of the world.”  They paraded down Sixth Street for SXSW and pretty much set the place on fire.  These photos will give you an idea of their brand of chaos, but please go and see them in person if you ever have the opportunity.

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SXSW – Mophie and Indian Motorcycle

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So the Mophie Team one-upped themselves this year at SXSW.  Last year, if you were low on battery power on your mobile device, you could text them and they would send out a human and a Saint Bernard to your rescue.  This year, they are sending them out on Indian motorcycles with sidecars.  Pretty awesome advertising, and they were collecting donations for the St. Bernard Rescue Foundation.

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SXSW by Day II

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The SXSW Interactive Festival never ceases to amaze me.  Have an empty parking lot downtown?  OK, we will install a Ferris Wheel for fun.  Or maybe an upside down church building.  Presidential traffic jams got you down?  Try to out grumpy old Grumpy Cat who is coming to town.  We also have R2-D2 and parties galore to boost your spirits.  This Festival is awesome, and it’s only the first day so far.

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President Obama at SXSW

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Getting near the Presidential Motorcade is probably the closest I will ever get to President Obama.  The Presidential Limo was looking pretty good today.  It was reported that he stopped for some Torchy’s Tacos in South Austin on his way to the SXSW event at the Long Center.  The crowds were out in force this afternoon, along with a few protesters and tons of security.  There were police motorcycles, vehicles, horses, foot patrol, boats, and helicopters.  President Obama then took off across an empty 1st Street Bridge on his way to the next event of the day.

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Meerkat

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The highlight of my day so far was installing Meerkat on my phone.  It is the App that gathered a ton of publicity at SXSW this year.  It is similar to the App I am most addicted to (Periscope), but Meerkat is now available on Android platforms, whereas Periscope is still limited to iOS platforms.  So now that the video sharing App is on my phone, I can share some of my adventures (like yesterday’s most awesome sunset) with anyone in real time as long as I have a phone connection.  The App is free, so give it a try if you are interested.

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One-Eyed Doll

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Here are a series of photos to give you an idea of what to expect when going to see One-Eyed Doll perform. 

  • Junior Sewell will set up the stage before the show, and get things organized.
  • Kimberly Freeman will make a grand entrance, looking awesome as usual.
  • Kimberly will engage the crowd with sweet words and offer a few laughs.
  • Kimberly will then surprise you by totally rocking out with Junior destroying the drums.
  • Costumes, funny hats, rockstar poses, screaming guitar, diving into the crowd, excellent music, and lots of fun!
  • Kimberly decides that the show is over and dive bombs into Junior’s drum kit.
  • Kimberly transforms back into the sweetest person you will ever meet and signs autographs for her fans.

They are going on tour in support of their new album, so please go to see them when they get to a town near you.  You are guaranteed to have a great time!

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