Austin Music Mama Monthly Roundup: Special SXSW March Edition

Austin Music Mama Monthly Roundup

Here at LiveMom, we understand that you had a life before you had kids. While the decision to become a parent can rock your world in ways you didn’t anticipate, it can also cause you to temporarily put aside what you used to enjoy…and guarantee that you are in bed by 9pm.

You say you love music? When’s the last time you saw a band in person? Living here in Austin, we are very lucky to have access to live music, every day of the week. With South by Southwest right around the corner, there will be opportunities aplenty to get your fill of acts, both local and from across the globe. For those of you who scored wristbands or badges, we salute you. For those of you who haven’t, like me, you can do what I do and RSVP to any party you see (some folks choose to set up a separate email address for this) and then see what shows you can get into. Also, new this year are SXSW Guest Passes, which are required for entry at some SX events and which, when you register, can enter you to win prizes throughout SXSWeek.

Of course, the dilemma about SX is that it’s our Spring Break, so we are likely burning the candle at both ends if we hope to get out and see live music at night and entertain the kids all day. What’s a music mama to do? Here are some suggestions:

  • Take in some day shows you can take the kids to. Check out Your Guide to Family-Friendly Fun During SXSW 2014, which we will post here on LiveMom on Saturday, March 1st for some ideas. Yes, there are a lot of options and it can be overwhelming, but if you plan for one music-related outing a day, it’s doable. You can check out our Family-Friendly SXSW 2014 Pinterest Board for a sampling of what’s out there.
  • Make a (Satur)day of it. If you have been with the kids all week for Spring Break, it’s fair to hand them off to your partner, grab a friend and hit all the shows you can on Saturday. Check out our SXSW 2014 No Wristbands Required Pinterest Board for a whole lot of ideas or see our picks below.
  • Use technology to your advantage. Use your Google Calendar and/or Eventbrite app to enter in all the parties you have responded to, so you can have a Plan B if the line is a mile long at the party you were hoping to attend. Keep in mind, however, that mobile coverage can be spotty when you are out and about during the week, so you might consider having a hard copy of your schedule on hand too.
  • Location, location. First of all, look at where events are taking place and try to “cluster” your options. If an event is taking place on Sixth Street, see what else you can find nearby so you can have other options. Also, consider events taking place outside of downtown. I’ve had luck on Saturdays parking around noon by Huston-Tillotson and walking from there to the Brixton, the Grackle and other bars nearby.
  • The earlier, the better. If you are going without your kids, the earlier you can get out, the better. The earliest shows at the W and the Four Seasons are easier to get in — you even miss the roughest of the traffic heading downtown. Since the Music Festival starts the latest — the 11th — the shows which happen earlier in the week will be slightly less crazy.
  • Ditch fashion for comfort. Speaking of parking and walking, like ACL, SX involves lots of walking and standing, so although you will want to avoid the yoga pants, dress for comfort. Wear walking shoes.

 

All that said, here are a few things we’d recommend trying this SXSW (none of which require wristbands):

3/10

The funny guys (and gals) at the Onion have a great lineup for their Reload party at the Mohawk, which is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:30pm.

3/12-15

The KGSR Broadcasts at the W has a killer lineup and can get you up and at ‘em while many SXSWgoers are still in their jammies. Music starts at (gasp!) 6am, except for Saturday, when tunes begin at a respectable time of 8am. $5

3/12-15

If you’d rather sleep in that extra hour, the Four Seasons starts its broadcasts at 7am (except for Saturday, when music begins at 8am). Admission is $10.

3/13-15

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Music for Listeners is hosting a 3-day series of day parties at El Sapo, which used to be FlatTop Burger and is opening just in time for SX. Music starts at noon.

3/13

This is the first night of concerts at the Outdoor Stage at Butler Park, which is free and open to the public. Admission is available to those who have a SXSW Guest Pass wristband. The performer is still TBA.

3/14

Foster the People plays the Outdoor Stage at Butler Park, which is free and open to the public. Admission is available to those who have a SXSW Guest Pass wristband.

3/15

The Reverb Party at SXSW, taking place at Dirty Dog, has Kishi Bashi headlining at at 5:15pm. Doors open at 11 for this free party.

3/15

The Statesman is hosting its annual free Rock the Lot show in its parking lot, featuring local artists such as Vallejo and Del Castillo. Doors open at 2pm.

3/15

The Outdoor Stage at Butler Park features Take Me To the River and Childish Gambino. Times TBA. Shows are free and open to the public, although you need a SXSW Guest Pass wristband to attend.

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A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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