Sunday, March 18, 2007

Hold on there Skippy, I know it's Sunday but the much talked about music festival South By Southwest (SXSW) just wrapped up and it was jam packed with some killer Minnesota artists who either deserve recognition or have already achieved it.

MNStories has a Vlog post featuring MSPMag's Megan Wiley interviewing Rhymesayers Entertainment rappers Slug and Brother Ali.

On the news side of things, former CBS anchor Dan Rather was at SXSW where MNStories and Blogumentary genius interviewed the legend who is currently forging ahead at Mark Cuban's HDNet. I still feel that, despite what happened at CBS, Rather is a relevant force in the journalism business.

With more music, The Current was in Austin, Texas with hosts Mary Lucia and Steve Seel broadcasting live for eight hours each day with live interviews and performances. The standouts from their two days at the festival include an interview with former Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello, Swedish newcomers after three albums (whose breakout single "Young Folks" can be heard on both The Current and Drive 105 locally) Peter Bjorn & John and a performance and sit down with aforementioned rapper Brother Ali whose second full length album hits stores in April.

And just one last thing. Yesterday's St. Paddy's Day festivities were just fine. Of course the highlight was the Metro Pipe Band bagpiping and drumming their way through the bars and pubs; bringing a real dose of old world music to the revelers right here in Minnesota. Their rendition of "Amazing Grace" was better than I remember it from last year and I saw more than a few bar patrons who must have been touched by that particular tune due to the tears in their eyes. I felt the tingle up my spine from that one too. It makes me look forward to next year. An added bonus for us lucky few was having the bagpipers stick around long after they had finished playing at a private party nearby. They even played a few tunes and chatted with the hosts. For me, it's like being in the company of royalty.

1 comment:

mist1 said...

Sometimes, I really, really miss Mpls. Thanks.