Musicians fly into Austin for SXSW

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News and chief photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

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Posted on March 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 13 at 5:27 PM

AUSTIN -- Musicians are flying into Austin getting ready to take the stage at South by Southwest.

“It's just really inspiring seeing people really living their dream," said musician Em Brownlowe. "It sounds cheesy and stuff, but people just come for a good time and just share their art and their music.”
 
As musicians are making their way into town, guests and speakers at the Interactive conference are leaving. The tech-fueled portion of SXSW ends Tuesday evening. Film will continue as the music portion begins.
 
There are 2,000 acts scheduled at this year’s SXSW. They come from across the state, the nation, even the world; 50 different nations will be represented.
 
For some performers, it's a first time experience.
 
“(I’m) just excited to get to share our music with some new people,” said Jonathan Miner of the band Barbaric Merits.
 
“And the experience, obviously, there will be a couple of people down here that we'll we want to see for ourselves,” added band mate Mike Jochum. “(We’ll) really kind of see how we fit in with all of the people traveling in from around the world."
 
The musicians on the SXSW schedule will perform on one of 90 different stages set up across downtown Austin.
 
Access to most shows requires a SXSW badge or wristband. However, several free concerts are also planned for the week for those who didn't secure a pass. The city is hosting a series of performances and other live shows will play out at Auditorium Shores.
 
The music lasts through Sunday. 

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