SXSW 2013: Live Music Weekend + Foodie Heaven

SXSW 2013: Weekend - Volted Magazine

A week full of live music, tired feet, lost phones, and you’ve made it to the weekend! SXSW isn’t done with you just yet.

Kicking off the day at noon is Austin Vida with “Barrio Bash,” a new showcase series featuring the best in Latin music. Volume 1 of the series will feature Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta, La Santa Cecilia, Piñata Protest, Las Cafeteras, and Susan Torres y Conjunto Clemencia. The show is in East Austin, at the Sahara Lounge (1413 Webberville Rd.). Event information here.

I can appreciate this next event, as everything about it just works.

The Altercation Punk Rock BBQ starts at 12:30pm, by which time night owls can realistically make it out. And what’s more, it’s a BBQ! And music, of course. Playing the small outdoor stage this year: Teenage Bottlerocket, Lower Class Brats, Off With Their Heads, Say Hello To The Angels, The Scandals, New Red Scare, Lost In Society, and Sniper 66.

Want the backyard BBQ experience during SXSW? Head to The Vortex in East Austin, at 2307 Manor Rd. Find more information here.


While in East Austin, explore the great food truck fare. It’s heaven for any foodie.

Paul Qui (Top Chef Texas) fans can find the “East Side King” truck parked in the Liberty Bar courtyard (1618 E. 6th). And you’re bound to bump into huddles of food trailers while walking along towards the highway. So choose wisely.

Looking for not-so-wise decisions (from a health perspective, that is)?

Try “Fried and True.” You will no doubt have to give in to guilty pleasures like funnel cakes, fried oreos, and even chocolate dipped bacon. But the menu is not limited to your typical carnival fare.

This food truck offers comfort in the form of deep fried sandwiches, which I’d consider the main attraction at “Fried and True.” Ol’ faves like the Grilled Cheese and PBJ sandwich get a golden sheen from the fryer. They’ve also got a dessert sandwich, which is a combination that gives me a sugar rush just thinking about it: The Nutella & Marshmallow Deep Fried Sandwich (with powered sugar).

Another food truck with Nutella on the brain is “The Waffle Bus,” visiting from Houston. They offer sweet and savory sandwiches, one of which is the Nutella and Banana Waffle Sandwich.

Everything on the menu sounds delicious, actually. I’ll order the Smores Waffle Sandwich for breakfast, have a Waffle Burger with a side of waffle fries for lunch, and eat the Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffle for dinner. Find the bus on Cesar Chavez and Red River. Today is their last day in Austin, as a part of the selection of gourmet food trucks that make up Paul Qui’s SouthBites.

But don’t get too attached to the drifting aromas that you forget about the music! Pearl St. Co-op (2000 Pearl St.) is your destination for a fun and wild night with some of our favorite bands.


Get Thrashed is a party hosted by Vagabond Collective with 16 bands, local and touring, on two stages at Pearl St Co-op. The show starts with Gospel & the Wolf at 6 p.m. and Loma Prieta ends the night at 12:45 a.m.

Show up for bands you love and get a taste of a few bands you haven’t gotten into yet. Really great line-up and a free event.

Bands playing include The Tired and True, Illustrations, Fingers Crossed, and Thieves–all previously featured on Volted–with Mothman, Candy Hearts, Creative Adult, Homewrecker, Rescuer, Allison Weiss Band, Pentimento, Ivy League, Driver Friendly.

Set times and more information here.


The Green Armadillo Shamrock Spectacular at Scoot Inn (1308 East 4th St.). begins at 10 a.m. with green beer and live music. Event information here.

Unofficial Brazilian SXSW Showcase at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant (506 West Avenue) at 2:30 p.m. Free entry. Info here.
So you’re in Austin for SXSW, but you’ll want to be in San Antonio on Sunday evening. Make the one-hour trip for another good show, this one hosted by Bexar Naked Booking: What’s Eating Gilbert (Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory) with Thieves, Suckerpunch, and Better Luck Tomorrow at The Korova (107 E. Martin). All Ages event at 7 p.m. Pre-sale tickets: $8, Door: $10.
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