SXSW @ The Dogwood

This is my second post for the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge.

Thanks to Terri at Perspectives On… for nominating me for this challenge. I had been planning to try some photo challenge blogging events recently, but hadn’t quite to started yet so this little nudge helps. Yesterday Julia at Julia’s Odyssey accepted my challenge in my Day One post on Lake Texas Water Levels.

Last Wednesday I went to a day party at The Dogwood for the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival here in Austin, Texas. These are some photos I took for several bands I watched perform there. I will also be creating some music posts for the bands that I heard over the next several days, and then I will update this post with those links too.

The weather was lovely that day in the mid-70’s so it was a great day to be out enjoying the music downtown (with thousands of others). Since it was also Spring Break for my grandkids, we agreed to have them at our house for a sleepover from Friday – Sunday. It was supposed to rain then anyway, although we did get some breaks in the rain to play some tennis with them and go to the park for a while. I didn’t want to go listen to more music and leave my wife alone with them for several days. I also decided to skip going on Thursday for a break before the kids arrived.

The Dogwood

This was the Guitartown/Conqueroo Kickoff 2015 Party at The Dogwood on 6th Street. It featured alt-country and Americana music all day, but I only stayed for about 3 hours. There were two stages available, where the bands performed in alternate half-hour sets. After watching outside on the patio, you could go inside (which was air conditioned) for the next band, etc. Right next to the outdoor stage was all this cactus that I thought might make an interesting shot, although it didn’t really turn out that good after cropping out all the heads in front of me.

IMG_3562 Cactus at The Belmont

I didn’t get going earlier like I had planned after getting a call from the assisted living facility where my mom lives. I needed to stop at Walmart to pick up some more underwear since she was out and they were borrowing from other residents. When I dropped them off, I noticed that she was sleeping in a chair in the living room (right after lunch) so I decided not to wake her up to visit that day since I didn’t want be even later than I was. It takes me about an hour to drive to downtown Austin, so I didn’t get there until about 2:30 pm. Luckily I was able to find a parking space on the street not too far from the venue which had a 5-hour time limit.

Day Party

I saw singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard from Wimberley, Texas at 3:00 outside, Aaron Lee Tasjan from New Albany, Ohio at 3:30 inside, American Aquarium from Raleigh, North Carolina at 4:00 outside, The Mastersons from Brooklyn, New York at 4:30 inside, and Bill Carter & Will Sexton from Austin at 5:00 outside. Here are several photos that I took during their performances.

Street Scene

I walked down 6th Street to take in the unique “music everywhere” atmosphere. Lots of interesting people watching with so many different people (and styles) from all over the world. I started receiving low battery warnings from my iPhone 5 so unfortunately I had to give up the idea of taking more photos since it was completely drained before dinner, and I didn’t have any place to use my charger. I guess I need to figure out what’s draining my battery so quickly or else get some battery booster so I can at least get through the day, especially while traveling.

SXSW 6th Street Crowd

SXSW 6th Street Crowd

SXSW 2015 Banner

SXSW 2015 Banner











I had dinner at the Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill where I had Green Chili Macaroni with grilled chicken, corn bisque, and bacon gratin (shown below), along with complimentary jalapeño corn bread, and a glass of wine. Check out their photo gallery slideshow which highlights their menu and atmosphere, which features “an innovative take on classic American comfort food”.


Evening Showcases

Also I went to the official SXSW evening showcases at 18th Over Austin on the top floor of the Hilton Garden Inn with table seating and large windows behind the musicians and all around the room for great views at sunset and nighttime of the city.

At 8:00 I saw Alice Phoebe Lou from South Africa and now Berlin, Germany. See my folk music post for Alice Phoebe Lou which includes her music, videos, and links. Then at 9:00 folk singer/songwriter Joan Shelley from Louisville, Kentucky performed, and finally at 10:00 folk pop singer/songwriter Jenn Grant from Prince Edward Island, Canada and now based in Halifax, Nova Scotia came on. I decided it was probably my time to leave so I could get home by midnight.

It was a fun day, and I enjoyed the music. I also hope you liked the photos.

The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you.

Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge. Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command. And actually everyone can join in. So feel free to if you like the idea.

I would like to invite Elizabeth at Tea and Paper to join the party. She was another participant in Photography 101 during November 2014 when I received comments on my photos from her. I also notice she likes poetry, which I have tried recently during Poetry 101. Since she seems to like photography too, I thought that she might be a good candidate to join this challenge. Also, I appreciate that she mentioned that my blog gave her inspiration. As mentioned before, it is totally up to you to accept this challenge.

10 thoughts on “SXSW @ The Dogwood

  1. Hi Doug, thanks for inviting me, it seems a nice challenge, of course I accept it! Nice post, it’s good to see people in the South with light clothes, here is still freezing, gloves and coats everywhere. I can see you have a great time, the festival and the food (chilli macarone!) are perfect! Thanks again and have a great night!


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  7. Hi Doug. I saw your link on Elizabeth’s teaandpaper site. Love the SXSW! I was in Austin last week and found a cool food truck park up on 360.
    The idea of your photo challenge is really fun, and you have some great shots of the festival. I look forward to following your blog.

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