festivals schmestivals (bah humbug)

South by Soutwest film and interactive festivals kick off today. Music gets started next Wednesday. I’m sad to say I barely even know what’s on the schedule this year; either I’m working too hard or my hipness quotient took a sudden, steep dive when I hit thirty.

I’m also, for the first time since we moved to Austin, unsure about whether I’ll get to see any of this year’s Old Settler’s Music Festival. That’s especially sad considering the the festival has Tim O’Brien doing a solo set and playing with his old band Hot Rize (with the amazing Bryan Sutton in tow), plus the David Grisman Quintet. An incredible lineup.

We’ll just see what happens…

folks before you had this to say:

  1. Rob

    Nice to see you dropping by and leaving comments, Oliver… do I know you from somewhere in the physical world?

    As for OSMF, I’d agree that the sound engineering can be spotty and it really sucks that you can’t get into the campsite to jam without a weekend ticket. Other than that, I haven’t actually experienced the other issues you mentioned. Buy tickets early and the price is really reasonable; beer’s dirt cheap compared to most other music festivals; staff has never bothered me; we’ve never waited more than 10 minutes to get in and stake out our campsite.

    I guess this is why they invented the phrase "your mileage may vary," huh?

  2. Oliver Sudden

    Pshaw. Prices way too high. Beer too expensive. Can’t get in to jam without buying a 3-day campground ticket. Pushy staff members. Bad sound engineering. Traffic jams at the entrance. Who needs it?

    Still, I haven’t seen Hot Rize in, what, 20 years?

    What to do, what to do?

  3. Boogie

    C’mon Rob! You have to at least make an appearance at the campgrounds!

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