Tom Petty in Austin

Austin Mayor Steve Adler named October 20 as Tom Petty Day in Austin to mark Tom’s 67th birthday and his recent passing.  On this occasion, we are republishing photos from two of Tom’s shows in Austin, at Austin City Limits in 2006 and at UT’s Erwin Center in 2012, as well as the Rolling Stone review of ACL and a couple of photos from Tom’s performance at the Vegoose Festival in 2006.

 

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Tom Petty performing at the Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, May 5, 2012.

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Tom Petty performing at the Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, May 5, 2012.

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A Giant Dog

2017’s last installment of Austin’s Sound & Cinema series on July 26, 2017 featured A Giant Dog. The Austin-based punk-rock band is made up of Sabrina Ellis (lead-singer); Andrew Cashen (vocals, guitar); Andy Bauer (guitar); Graham Low (bass); and Daniel Blanchard (drums).  Despite high winds that delayed the start of the show and required the dismantling of the Alamo Drafthouse’s inflatable screen, the band torn through an amazing set between a rainbow-enhanced Austin skyline and the Long Center.  Here’s photos of the band members in action:A Giant DogA Giant DogA Giant DogA Giant DogSabrina Ellis

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A Giant Dog, Austin, Texas, July 26, 2017.

Eeyore’s Birthday Party, 2017!

An ever-expanding cast of costumed characters gathered in Pease Park on April 29, 2017 to celebrate Eeyore’s Birthday for the 54th time.  Here’s a look at the people I met:

 

 

 

Deep Eddy Turns 100

Deep Eddy Pool, the oldest concrete swimming pool in Texas, celebrated its 100th Birthday on May 21, 2016. Festivities hosted by the Friends of Deep Eddy included synchronized swimming by the H2Ho’s, music from the Melancholy Ramblers and Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers, and official proclamations presented Austin City Council Member Sheri Gallo and Texas State Representative Elliott Naishtat.  Most importantly everyone was treated to free swimming in the clear, cold water provided by Deep Eddy Pool.

 

 

Eeyore’s Birthday Party, 2016

Celebrants gathered in Pease Park to cheer Eeyore with a birthday party.   Begun in 1963 by UT English students, Austinites have turned out in costume every year since. Sponsored now by the Friends of the Forest Foundation, Eeyores benefits a number of local charities and features May Poles, drum circles, egg tosses, and beer and food.  Performing bands this year included the Uranium Savages and Flounders Without Eyes.

 

 

SX Portraits, vol. 3

SX Portraits, vol. 3

or a last look at the artists, models, actors, musicians, and heroes who I spent my SXSW vacation with:

 

 

 

People of SXSW 2016

Music, film, interactive, education, comedy, ecology, food — all these things make up a SXSW conference.  But the most important piece is the people who make the event happen.  Here’s a look a few of those people involved in SXSW 2016: