If my head was swimming yesterday, it is completely awash and in danger of foundering after today. First, the rumors are flying... Townsend's going to play here, no he's going to play here, no, Roger Daltrey is coming and they will reform the Who with Sean Lennon. First Yoko Ono is playing Antone's, then she's not. Now, and take this as confirmed as posters appeared overnight all over downtown, the Jefferson Starship will land in Waterloo Park on the 14th and play a FREE SHOW!
Dan Rather had his interview today and we bumped into him in the hall at the Hilton. Clint got some great photos. I hooked up with the people from B & H photo to get some camera gear shipped in on the redeye for my interviews this week. Ray Wylie Hubbard and Troy Campbell stopped by the booth to say hello, and Troy invited us to film the Roky Erickson show on Thursday after my Hugh Cornwell video interview. That should be a great show because my understanding is that Peter Buck from REM will be playing in his band - and you never know who will show up when Roky plays, as his legendary 60s band the 13th Floor Elevators massively influenced a whole generation of musicians.
After the trade show the club kingsnake staff (Christie Keith, Therese Kopiwoda, Clint, and I) went out for dinner at the Iron Cactus. Clint and I ran into Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, creators of the wildly popular Ask A Ninja short films ,who promised to stop by because they liked our black t-shirts. The shirts were a HUGE hit, with people seeking us out all day asking for them, and they could be seen in great numbers, over the shoulders or on a substantial number of participants in the halls of the conference and on the trade show floor. We still have plenty left, though, so come on by the booth (I14) and pick one up!
After dinner Clint and I blazed over to La Zona Rosa for the Austin Chronicle film party, but I'll let Clint tell you about that when he wakes up...
clint gilders (center) with Ask A Ninja co-founders Kent Nichols (left) and Douglas Sarine (right) - photo by jeff barringer - staff photographer