SXSW Travelogues: The Photo Atlas electrifies the crowd at Peckerheads
Saturday, March 18
Over the last six years playing SXSW, I've watched the "Denver parties" grow more and more every year. Last night, as the Illegal Pete's Starving Artist Showcase pushed the walls of Peckerheads to the limits with a one in, one out line around the corner, Denver has made its official crushing mark on SXSW and the city of Austin Texas.
Our Day began around 3 p.m. after the bar closing night before. Mark picked us up outside a cafe where I had the nicest meal I'd had in weeks, and we went back to the house to prep for our two shows that night. Around 8 p.m., we headed for our first show at Annie's West for the SeaNow party (sponsored by the TV show, Whale Wars), nervously anticipating how we were gonna manage 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. sets back-to-back on opposite sides of the town.
And, of course, the SeaNow! party was running incredibly late. We ended up cutting our set short for a house full of hipsters to make the Illegal Pete's showcase on time. We raced across town nine blocks, guitars in hand cutting through the packed crowds of Sixth Street. We made it to the doors of Peckerheads minutes before we had to hit the stage, running up the stairs past tons of familiar faces, including Tim Pourbaix, Ben Desoto, Portugal.the man and the Halos.
The crowd waiting for us to play was packed up against the stage. The heat and the anticipation in the club was through the roof, as American Tomahawk finished up its set on the stage in the other room. I thought the heat would stop the mob from dancing, but this was the not the case; the club exploded when we struck our first notes fist pumping and feet twitching.
The first initial push left people falling on the stage. We finished up our sweat-drenched, tambourine-flying set to calls for "one more song," but the Epilogues had already started up in the next room. There lights blistered across the room as the packed crowd seemed to be 100 percent caught in the Epilogues visually and unbelievably passionately rocking set.
I can only imagine what next year will bring for Denver's presence at SXSW, seeing as how it keeps getting bigger and bigger. I was proud of what us little bands from Denver could do on this night. I'd never seen so many people at a Denver party. Today we'll be hitting up the Reverb party, and the Pure Volume house, as well as trying to catch a set from Air Dubai and then playing a final set at the Thirsty Nickel.