Meet the Music Staff

Music Conference Team

Melissa
Melissa O'Brien
Music Conference Chief
Favorite thing about music: Lyrics.
Favorite food: All the queso.
Hero: Dolly Parton.
Personal fashion quirk: Etched gold teeth.
Personality in 3 words: The responsible one.
Vice/guilty pleasure: Boots.
Nerdy obsession: Palindromes.
Potpourri: Occasionally bananas (see: The responsible one).

Bobby
Bobby Nall
Music Conference Coordinator
Favorite thing about music: Big riffs.
Favorite food: Dangerous hot sauce.
Hero: Andy Kaufman.
Personal fashion quirk: Dumb Tattoos.
Personality in 3 words: Nascent Peter Pan-ism.
Vice/guilty pleasure: Craft Beer.
Nerdy obsession: Anagrams.
Potpourri: Literally bananas.

Adam
Adam Wode
Music Conference Coordinator
Favorite thing about music: Corny hooks.
Favorite food: Tex-Mex 24/7.
Hero: Rasheed Wallace.
Personal fashion quirk: Too many shoes.
Personality in 3 words: Constant smart ass-ery.
Vice/guilty pleasure: Lone Star beer.
Nerdy obsession: Probably fantasy football.
Potpourri: Autumn pine cone scented.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth Derczo
Music Publicist
Favorite thing about music: It transports me.
Favorite food: Queso.
Personal fashion quirk: When everyone else wears black, I wear red or white.
Personality in 3 words: Optimistic, intuitive, trustworthy.
Vice/guilty pleasure: Day spas.
Nerdy obsession: The local papers & NYTimes.
Potpourri: Don't like the stuff, I prefer fresh cut roses.


Music Festival Team

James
James Minor
Music Fest General Manager
Favorite thing about music: Delay & reverb.
Favorite food: Tikka masala.
Hero: Blixa Bargeld.
Personal fashion quirk: Shades of black.
Personality in 3 words: Keep it together.
Vice/guilty pleasure: Scotch.
Nerdy obsession: Nashville.
Potpourri: Salt & vinegar.

Todd
Todd Puckhaber
Music Fest Programmer / Venues
Favorite thing about music: The way it sounds.
Favorite food: See below.
Hero: Sure, but no mustard or pickles.
Personal fashion quirk: Anti-fashion.
Personality in 3 words: Questionaire isagood indicator.
Vice/guilty pleasure: Comment deleted.
Nerdy obsession: Light switches.
Potpourri: Subtle, with a hint of fruit.

Alicia
Alicia Zertuche
Music Fest Programmer / SXAméricas
Favorite thing about music: Constantly changing my perception of the world.
Favorite food: Thai, the spicier the better.
Hero: My resilient grandmother Julia.
Personal fashion quirk: Black & White and Hello Kitty anything.
Personality in 3 words: Tequilera, spicy & adventurous.
Vice/guilty pleasure: Futbol.
Nerdy obsession: Herbalism, pharmacognosy /ethnomedicine reads.
Potpourri: Lavender.

Stacey
Stacey Wilhelm
Music Fest Programmer
Favorite thing about music: It's transformative & consolatory.
Favorite food: TOTINOS PARTY PIZZA.
Hero: My mom & my dad.
Personal fashion quirk: Dressing like it's 1993 since 1993.
Personality in 3 words: Hungry, sarcastic, thirsty.
Vice/guilty pleasure: Reality TV.
Nerdy obsession: Historical fiction.
Potpourri: Tastes terrible.

Brad
Brad First
Music Fest Programmer
Favorite thing about music: Everything. Music makes life tolerable.
Favorite food: Meat, vegetables & fruit.
Hero: I would not say I am a hero.
Personal fashion quirk: Not really.
Personality in 3 words: Happy, pragmatic, OCD.
Vice/guilty pleasure: Sci-fi fan.
Nerdy obsession: Poster art & vinyl records.
Potpourri: Beach & ocean, or cinnamon apple.

Julia
Julia Ervin
Music Fest Programmer
Favorite thing about music: The mental escape. (Who am I kidding, it’s the boys.)
Favorite food: Topo Chico.
Hero: Granny.
Personal fashion quirk: I love tight jeans.
Personality in 3 words: Don’t. Cross. Me.
Vice/guilty pleasure: I love smoking.
Nerdy obsession: Astronomy.
Potpourri: Please Hurry.

Jessica
Jessica Pickett
Music Fest Programmer
Favorite thing about music: It is a never-ending universal language.
Favorite food: Maryland blue crabs.
Hero: My wildly smart, brave, & talented mother.
Personal fashion quirk: Can't. Stop. Buying. Band t-shirts.
Personality in 3 words: Independent, passionate, gregarious.
Vice/guilty pleasure: Fancy.com.
Nerdy obsession: The Wizard of Oz.
Potpourri: It was always sitting on the back of the toilet at my grandma's house.

B. Hobbs
Brian Hobbs
Music Fest Programmer
Favorite thing about music: Lots of cursing.
Favorite food: Macaroni & cheese.
Hero: Ric Flair.
Personal fashion quirk: Shorts when it's cold.
Personality in 3 words: I'm usually chillin.
Vice/guilty pleasure: The city of Las Vegas.
Nerdy obsession: Fantasy football.
Potpourri: No.

Jes
Jes Elliott
Music Fest Programmer
Favorite thing about music: Its universal truth.
Favorite food: Probably Turkish...
Hero: Thomas Müller.
Personal fashion quirk: XL basic white T.
Personality in 3 words: Curious, 4 better/worse.
Vice/guilty pleasure: Oversleeping when time allows.
Nerdy obsession: strrr.tv/strrr/.
Potpourri: Only the good stuff.

Thorr
Thorr Thompson
Music Fest Advancement
Favorite thing about music: Its power over a mood.
Favorite food: Whatever is within reach.
Hero: A swift backhand.
Personal fashion quirk: Cargo shorts are timeless.
Personality in 3 words: Magnificent, majestic, thesaurus.
Vice/guilty pleasure: Compassion.
Nerdy obsession: Gonna need more internet.
Potpourri: Stale smoke, shame.

Elliott
Elliott Usrey
Music Fest Tech & Advancement
Favorite thing about music: Sonic Imagery.
Favorite food: Salted things & the pie with double z's.
Hero: He/she who has an ability to kindly coexist.
Personal fashion quirk: Dirty clean.
Personality in 3 words: Humor is healing.
Vice/guilty pleasure: ooooooooh.....HA!
Nerdy obsession: Video games, Sci-Fi, & Legos.
Potpourri: Nag Champa.

Rory
Rory Burbeck
Music Content Liaison / SXSWfm
Favorite thing about music: Instant memory recall.
Favorite food: Tacos & coffee.
Hero: My grandmother.
Personal fashion quirk: I rarely tie my shoes.
Personality in 3 words: Keep it simple.
Vice/guilty pleasure: Documentaries.
Nerdy obsession: Seinfeld.
Potpourri: Never touched the stuff.