SXSW Day 5: Walking Down 6th Street

When I left the Austin Convention Center, I walked down Sixth Street, trying to see if any street musicians were out performing, but there wasn’t a lot going on other than huge crowds of people. So I decided to head over to the Avenue on Congress where there was supposed to be a bounce music showcase going on.

Friday Evening on the Eastside @SXSW 2013

As the sun began to sink in the west, East Austin was alive with parties, showcases, bands and lines of people waiting to get into events. The weather was so awesome that many people were out on patios and balconies, watching the beautiful madness which is SXSW.

Is @SXSW Evil? Sixth Street Evangelists, and More

Austin’s Sixth Street got far more crowded far earlier on Friday afternoon, and in the thick of it was a troupe of Christian evangelists carrying a large sign warning against homosexuals, liars, drunks, abortionists and many other types of sinners. What I wasn’t sure of was why they targeted the South By Southwest Conference for this kind of approach. Does our conference contain more homosexuals, drunks and liars than society at large? And I’m not really sure what abortionists have to do with SXSW, since we’re not exactly a medical conference. Fortunately, instead of getting angry, most of the young people on the street seemed amused by the whole thing, many of them stopping to take pictures of the sign with its warning “Hell Awaits You.” The unfortunate thing from my point of view is that many of them will take from that encounter an idea of Christianity as a faith of prohibitions and threats, not a personal relationship with a living Jesus Christ. How much better it would have been if the sign had read “Jesus is the answer for your loneliness, sadness, emptiness, addiction, anger or confusion.”

Spin Magazine’s Spin House @SPINMagazine @SXSW 2013

#013 Spin House SPIN Magazine used to be an innovative, cutting-edge print music magazine, but after several ownership changes, it now exists only as an online publication. But as one of the earliest publication to emphasize the importance of Austin, it’s not surprising that SPIN chose to create a performance space along Brushy Creek beside the Hilton Garden Inn.

6th Street Drummer and Dancer @SXSW 2013 @Omen

The second drummer for Chicago rap artist Omen (who is also a bass player) followed the first drummer’s solo with one of his own that inspired an improvised dance from an old man in the crowd on 6th Street in Austin during SXSW. Really amazing was how the older man tailored his movements to exactly what the drummer was doing in his solo.