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SXSW 2014 Diary: Archie Powell & the Exports, Day 2

Chicago at SXSW 2014Archie Powell & the Exports drummer RJ Schillaci chimes in for the latest entry from Austin. Looks like he's hitting all the SXSW festival high points: Free Stuff.
- Anne


Day Two of Archie Powell & The Exports take on SXSW started for me on the floor of an unfurnished apartment in a sleeping bag trying to recover from a long night of all the drinks and one of the most amazing shows we have ever played. Riding high on how well the showcase went, I soon realize that it's only Wednesday and I have $11 to my name. So my goals the whole day was to not spend a dime and see where the day took me!

Spoiler Alert: The day ends drunk on the floor of the unfurnished apartment.

Being and official SXSW artist did help when it came to free food/beverages/swag. Starting with an artist lounge in the Austin convention center containing beer, coffee, and our super rad artist backpack! The main perk and helpful to me not spending money was an artist tent on the street with cheeseburgers and an open bar. Also tons of Doritos.


For whatever reason there was also a Corvette they let me get into! I'm sure they washed the seat shortly thereafter.


Without much of a plan, I wandered from bar to bar finding bands to watch throughout the insane amount of day parties all going on at the same time. I was able to catch amazing performances by killer bands like The Kickback, The Delta Routine, Brett Newski, The Darcys, a band from South Korea I still have no clue how I ended up at or their name!


We all closed the night by telling everyone we knew to meet us at Hotel Vegas for a 1am set by the band Natural Child. And in that tiny, smoked out room, after 12-13 hours of walking and drinking and general over-stimulation we danced and yelled drank the rest of the night away. Leading me right back to my sleeping bag on the floor of an unfurnished apartment with $11 still in my bank account and 3 more days of this absurdly fun trip.

-RJ Schillaci


Archie Powell & the Exports' current (and subject to change) SXSW Music Fest schedule:
Tuesday, March 11 - Red 7, Official DCASE Showcase, 611 E. 7th St
Wednesday, March 12, 2pm - Convention Center, DCASE
Saturday, March 15, 2:45pm - Good Land Record Party
Saturday, March 15, 3:15pm - Freedman's Bar, 2402 San Gabriel St.
Saturday, March 15, 6:30pm - Jam in the Van

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