Austin was a hoot!

We had another fantastic party at the South by Southwest Music Festival this year . I am not sure how next year can get any better, but we will be coming back and we will have another year of great music, food and hopefully Rose’s Mojitos. This year blew me away. I loved the bands we had last year, including Auto Vaughn, Scissors for Lefty and the Knux, but this year was a whole new lineup (except of course John’s band, The Cringe-you can expect them every year!). We had two levels to our party which meant two stages of official lineups. As if that wasn’t enough, there was a little side stage in another room for surprise guests like Gary Clark Jr. and for other guys to get up and play after they came off the big stage.

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I stayed at a new hotel this year, a little off the beaten path, but still in the heart of Austin. But it reminded me of why I love Austin so much. Everywhere you turn there’s music. This place had a record player in the bedroom and you could go to the front desk to request old LPs. They had a great selection too! While I was in Austin I stopped by Antone’s Record Shop to get John a few surprise records too. He was psyched!

A couple of shout outs are needed here-the folks at Maggie Mae’s, where we had the party, were great and had us back later that night for another Cringe show. The caterers, Austin Catering Co. made me proud by preparing and serving up my recipes well. The guys who worked security kept everything moving smoothly and of course Rose’s Mojitos were just what we needed to cool down. I gotta thank the bands for coming and giving it their all-John Pringle, The Cringe :), The New York Dolls, my pal Bob Schneider, The Hold Steady, Semi-Precious Weapons (I want those boots!), The Thermals, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Ra Ra Riot and The Airborne Toxic Event. Plus, Gary Clark Jr on the side stage. Last but not least, thank you to everyone who made it to the party. It was great to have you there and we’ll see you again next year!

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