SXSW Travelogue: Kalyn Heffernan of Wheelchair Sports Camp checks in from Austin

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Wednesday March 16, 8 p.m.
Kalyn here from Wheelchair Sports Camp writing about our very first trip to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas! Sitting here in the back of my van while the girlfriend drives us to Austin from the town of Denton, where we played two nights ago. The trip has already been nuts after our great going away show at the Oriental late Saturday night.

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We left Sunday morning, with only a couple hours of sleep, to play Albuquerque with the ever so strange and famous B.Dolan that night. It was my first time meeting B.Dolan offstage, and instantly, I knew we found ourselves a new friend very near and dear to our heart! B.Dolan is the man and shame on any of you (including myself) who missed his show in Denver last week at the Summit Music Hall. Anyways, we pulled into the cute and tiny town of Denton, Texas, the next night again with our buddy B. and played such a fantastic show! The venue was great, and the love we received was more than any of us could have asked for.

Unfortunately, after the show, the town turned on us when a roommate of the kind fellow who offered to host us called the cops reporting that a group of us were graffiti'n in the area. Drummer man Isaac's car was dragging a trailer full of our instruments and equipment when he was pulled over with three others from our traveling group. Sexy saxist Abi and Isaac were arrested for possession of marijuana, while our friend Kegan was arrested for graffiti, without hesitation. DJ B*Money was the only person to be let go from that group.

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Meanwhile, I drove back to follow Isaac's towed-away car, in hopes of locating the tow yard and to figure out what it would take to get it back when we were also pulled over. My van was searched. James was arrested for graffiti and possession of marijuana, while girlfriend Jennah was arrested for the smallest amount of THC residue in
a pouch and the next day, was called back to jail for a graffiti warrant.

Luckily, I was only charged with a citation for drug paraphernalia, and the Photo Roadies were tucked away in Dallas before there was even a chance to get them into trouble. Needless to say the term "Don't mess with Texas" is one to be taken with great seriousness. We already were aware of harsher restrictions on marijuana than our beloved hometown and any other illegal activity, but didn't realize we'd have to witness it first hand.

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B. Dolan helped us out so much. He even stayed back from a San Marcos show he invited us to play just to make sure we had all our ducks in a row as we headed in the right direction to march to Austin. We are all forever grateful for the immense support and generosity he has shown us this trip and expect to make more magic together in the future.

Everyone's out now, though, and we are currently stuck in SXSW traffic, so hopefully we'll make it in by 9 p.m. to start our show frenzy! I'm already prepared to miss a lot of the things I want to do and see because of the great music overload we are throwing ourselves into! SXSW here we are and we're ready to show you how the Mile High City gets down!!!

Trying to catch tonight:
Grieves & Budo @ Mohawk Patio
Four Fists (P.O.S & Astronautalis) @ Flamingo Cantina
Zion I & The Grouch @ Mohawk Patio
Macklemore & Ryan Lews @ Mohawk Patio
*DeVothchKa @ ACL Live at The moody Theater
Bad Brains @ Emo's Main Room
Binary Star @ Fuze
Dessa @ Flamingo Cantina
J-Live @ Fuze
Raphael Saadiq @ Stubb's
The Black Lips @ Emo's Main Room
Artifacts @ Fuze
Duran Duran @ Stubbs
P.O.S. @ Flamingo Cantina
DJ Premier @ Fuze
Doomtree @ Flamingo Cantina w/ B.Dolan

Bummed to miss today:
Ben Harper
*The Knew
Brett Dennen

All week, various Denverites will be checking in from Austin with travelogues about their trip to SXSW this year. Read the various exploits of Brian Frederick, The Epilogues, A. Tom Collins, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, the Photo Atlas, Air Dubai, Take to the Oars and Wheelchair Sports Camp.

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Sorry to hear about your legal woes in Denton. But being arrested in Texas is a rock star right of passage.


It is pretty rude to graffiti in a town where you're invited to play. Guests should have better manners.


Much respect to the music of Wheelchair Sports Camp, funky and fun, skilled musicians.

That said, it's not clear from the post if anyone in the group was actually involved in said graffiti .. that's probably wise.

But anyone tagging up someone's town needs to grow up and knock it off. You want to paint up someone's property, get their permission. It's unfair to mark up someone else's things with paint. It's a pain in the butt to get off the building/property and it's unappreciated. Graffiti practitioners need to respect other people's things.


Where do you live? Cross streets would be awesome.

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