AUSTIN -- Where else but South By Southwest can one see 10 days worth of film festivals and music on the streets?
From up-and-coming bands to some of the most famous, to local artists and groups from other states, the annual performing and recording industry shindig known as SXSW is a music fan's fantasy come to life.
Private parties, bands playing where vehicles normally roam, celebrity sightings and keynote speakers such as Foo Fighters main man Dave Grohl have ruled throughout the fest this year. And it's not too late to catch the action. The gathering that emphasizes metal and hard rock but also tosses in some hip-hop and R&B wraps up Sunday.
Grohl spoke about the music business Thursday at the Austin Convention Center to those who requested (and were approved for) special badges, then was scheduled to jam at Stubb's BBQ with Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor and other guests. R&B star Usher tweeted a photo of himself on the premises Friday, while World Wrestling Entertainment star Mark "World's Strongest Man" Henry tweeted pictures of himself hanging out with Wyclef Jean. Those are just a few examples.
While fans, publicists and the like came from as far as Canada, the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner strolled the streets Thursday to bring you a small sample of what Austin is like during the annual musical Spring Break.
San Antonio bands Memory of a Melody and Immortal Guardian did their part to bring their music to the masses. Click on the slideshow above, as well as video footage of Memory of a Melody here and on the box at bottom for Immortal Guardian to see what you may have missed. Even Green Day singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong caught one of Immortal Guardian's sets in the street.
San Antonio's The Heroine go on tonight at 7 at the Ale House (301 E. 6th St.), then play Headhunters (720 Red River St.) at 10 p.m.
Memory of a Melody and The Heroine were announced yesterday as the opening acts for the inaugural River City Rockfest on Sunday, May 26 at the AT&T Center. Guns N' Roses and Alice In Chains are headlining that Memorial Day weekend festival (link in blue below) in San Antonio on the same day as the final day of Rocklahoma.
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