SXSW Day 4: Checking Out St. Paul & The Broken Bones at South By San Jose @StP_BrokenBones @SanJoseHotel #SXSJ

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My friend Malcolm, the owner of Memphis’ excellent Memphis Music record shop on Beale Street had introduced me to St. Paul and the Broken Bones back in February by showing me a YouTube video. Up until that point, I had not heard of the Birmingham-based band, which had recorded their album in Muscle Shoals, but I loved the soul-oriented style of the band, and their inclusion of live horns. When I saw that they were playing in Florence, Alabama, I planned to drive down for the performance, but a gig came up, and I was unable to go, and in the meanwhile, their debut album Half The City appeared on Spotify, and I found it very impressive indeed. So when I saw that they were performing at the South By San Jose event at the Hotel San Jose in Austin, I knew I had to be there. Fortunately I arrived as they were just setting up, and was able to get a spot directly in front of the stage. The South By San Jose event, known as SXSJ, is always a cool place to see bands anyway. The line-ups are generally great, the events are free and don’t require badges, and the outdoor location makes for great sound and plenty of room. Behind the crowd is always a collection of vendors selling all kinds of goods. As for the band, I was impressed with how tight their performance was on stage, and with St. Paul’s enthusiastic stage presence. The show was definitely a high point for my SXSW this year.

SXSW Day 2: Hanging Around the SoCo Neighborhood

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The funky neighborhood of SoCo in South Austin is one of the nerve centers of South By Southwest each year. Once a blighted area, redevelopment began in the 1980’s, and today the area is a bohemian mix of restored motels, trendy boutiques and great restaurants and food trucks. One of the bigger attractions of the area during SXSW is the unofficial South By San Jose (SXSJ) event at the San Jose Hotel, a 5-day event of free music and vendors in the boutique hotel’s courtyard.

SoCo on the Last Day of @SXSW 2013

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The South Congress area of South Austin seems to be at its most festive and busiest on the final Saturday of South By Southwest. Patios are jam-packed with diners, and outdoor stages are packed with fans, particularly the massive South By San Jose (SXSJ) stage that annually stands beside the San Jose Hotel. Each year, I end up spending at least part of the final Saturday on the South Austin side of the bridge.


The Hotel San Jose is a restored boutique hotel on South Congress, and the sponsor of a three-day festival known as South By San Jose or SXSJ, which featured appearances from soul/blues legend Barbara Lynn, Texas funksters Kool and Together and soulful gospelaires The Relatives. March 16, 2012