Sun shines fierce on Kansas City's Country Club Plaza. The business district bustles with affluent types and prom-goers.
After a seven-hour sojourn with stops at Williamsburg's Crane's Country Store, the inimitable Ozarkland and Columbia, Mo. for alcoholic slushies from Tropical Liqueurs, the crew of Stephen Baier and Nick Blackburn of Dots Not Feather, Joel Burton of Bear Hive and myself find our hotel room in the Hilton Garden Inn.
With only two earnest SXSW Music nights left, and an overstuffed head of unforgettable memories and music, I set out with a now insatiable appetite for more. More venues, more music, more Austin, as much as possible, as much as I could live; the unfortunate end to the sheer dreamlike sequence I'd been savoring was looming.
People came from all over the world came to perform and be a part of the SXSW festivities in Austin, Texas this year.
In Austin, "live music capital of the world," one will find music and a crowd no matter where he or she goes during SXSW: people line every street and bands wanting an extra show occupy sidewalks. Open bar windows let the sound spill out to make damn sure everybody knows there's another gig to be enjoyed.
Armed with pens, notepads and, most motivating, the sense I'm well in over my head even before the trip to SXSW 2013 – thousands of bands, at dozens of venues, sprawling over six days and only a few square miles – the pure sense of Austin as Elysium is crossed with the inherent need to stay abreast of it all.
The SXSCity music festival rambled to a close on Monday night with an eclectic bill taking the stage at Off Broadway.