As the time approaches for me to gas up the car and point it South By Southwest, I'm going through a survival checklist for making it through this year's Buffalo Lounge in Austin without face-planting in the middle of Sixth Street. It is an endurance test, and I am in training.
This Tuesday through Thursday, I will be at Friends, 208 E 6, doing live coverage of the Oklahoma Film and Music Office's Buffalo Lounge, shooting episodes of Static, Tweeting and filing daily news stories from the event, all sponsored by CNGNow.com. Dave Morris and I will be shooting these new Static performances and uploading them as quickly as possible, so even if you stay home and defer SXSW for another year, you can still experience the great performers at the Buffalo Lounge interact with me, Dave and several of the performers on static.newsok.com/sxsw.
Most people I know are getting on the road early on Tuesday to get through the (theoretically) seven-hour drive, endure the expanding snarl of Austin traffic, throw their gear down and head to the club. Tired? Well, caffeine up or partake of the Buffalo Lounge's new juice bar to keep energy at peak levels for the next eight hours, so start out at 4 p.m. with the Oklahoma Film + Interactive + Music event. Hosted by the OKPOP Museum and the Woody Guthrie Center and Archive, the three-hour show will feature performances by Modern Rock Diaries, Desi and Cody, Wink Burcham with Jesse Aycock. After a short refueling break, head back to the stage for the CNGNow.com-sponsored Okie Soundcheck at 8 p.m., featuring O Fidelis, Black Canyon, Mont Lyons, Pretty Black Chains, DEERPEOPLE, Josh Sallee, Daniel(s), and Chrome Pony. Then you can fall down.Static SXSW 2012