After the tragedy on Wednesday night, SXSW attendees displayed great resiliency yesterday, attending intriguing conference sessions during the day and going back out at night to see some incredible live music.
Artist Ben Davis presented his Pi In The Sky piece shortly after 6pm last night, skywriting the first few hundred numbers of Pi’s infinite and non-repeating sequence. According to the artist, the piece pays tribute to the unrelenting endurance of the human race and was meant to be a tribute to the people of this city following the events of Wednesday night.
Our other highlights include everything from an oddly amazing performance by Lady Gaga to well-attended conference interviews featuring luminaries like Gary Numan and Spandau Ballet.
Read on for a brief refresher before you get your Friday started!
Electronic music pioneer Gary Numan discussed anxiety and creativity in songwriting during his interview at the Austin Convention Center.
Spandau Ballet sat down for a Q&A one night after a triumphant return to the United States for their first show here in nearly 30 years.
The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart donned a cap covered with wires and electrodes connected to multiple screens showing his brain activity as he played drums.
Bungalow on Rainey was absolutely packed for the ANIT- Records showcase featuring BRONCHO and Tinariwen.
The Avenue on Congress Rooftop was bananas for the Southern Hospitality showcase which included performances by DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia, Ty Dolla $ign and more!
The US Postal Service unveiled their far out Jimi Hendrix stamp design just prior to Wayne Kramer, Slash and many more taking the stage to pay tribute to the late rock guitar legend.
Lady Gaga put on an interesting show on the Doritos Bold Stage, to say the least, highlighted by a vomit artist throwing up on Gaga’s chest shortly before starting her set.
Fans of Wiz Khalifa and Steve Aoki showed up in full force for their showcase at Austin Music Hall yesterday.
Those in attendance at the Red Eyed Fly showcase were treated to a night of unbelievably diverse interpretations of Rolling Stones songs, ranging in musical genre from Americana to electronic.
Tons of people showed up at Cheer Up Charlie’s after they opened their doors back up for the 4AD showcase, headlined by Baltimore’s Future Islands.
Check back each day for more recaps. Have a great day!
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