March 16, 2013

Pandora’s Paradox

by @ 1:28 am. Filed under concerts, Music, sxsw

I had planned to camp at the Pandora Den last night in order to see Talib Kweli in a smaller setting close to “grown up town.”  I was hanging out with a friend,  I discovered a new artist, Angel Haze.  Things were looking good.

Next up, Third Eye Blind. Not so excited by this.  Sure, there was a little high school nostalgia going on, but for the most part, I could have lived with out it (BTW, they announced themselves as a new band.  Seriously.  You can’t do that when your audience is comprised mostly of 30 somethings.   Oh well, at least there was a place to sit down.  I could take care of email and such on my phone.

No such luck. Not only was there no 4g signal, but apparently the cops were shutting the venue down.  While I was complaining about first world problems, people had filled the streets and the parking garage behind me.


The crowd gathers for Talib Kweli (I hope)

I know my wish was for them to stop, but I didn’t want the whole venue to close.  Of all the places to get shut down, this was an alcohol free, all ages show.  But, what can you do when a mob of people has decided to camp out on the street and block traffic? The folks at Pandora tried to remedy the situation by blocking the view of the people on the street, but by then they were out of time.  It was pretty close to curfew for the noise ordinance so they had to shut the venue down completely. I ended up going inside Antone’s to catch a few bands and wait until the angry mob cleared out.  The 4g signal came back and I chuckled at the irony that was Third Eye Blind performing “Jumper” to a crowd of people camped out on the upper floors  of a parking structure.

Pandora Den by @yojeffho

Parking Garage view of the Pandora Discovery Den by @yojeffho

“I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend, You could cut ties with all the lies, That you’ve been living in, And if you do not want to see me again, I would understand. I would understand.”  Deep down, I think that they knew the crowd was there for Talib.



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