As expected, almost two thirds of the bands are from the home country. I don’t know how this compares historically, but I would guess that the US share has been slowly declining as the event grows in size and notoriety.
US bands by state
This one you definitely want to click on so you can see in more detail. To my surprise, there are nearly as many Californian acts as there are Texan!
As expected, US-speaking Canada, UK, and Australia are the most represented. Southern neighbor Mexico is next. The biggest surprise in my opinion is that tiny Israel is next, with 10 bands! Good, since I like Israeli music. Saddest surprise: nothing from Colombia. Colombian bands are always a big draw. As circumstantial evidence, an old SXSW photo I posted with Bomba Estereo’s Colombian hottie lead singer Li Saumet is one of the top traffic referrers to The MKX®. Go ahead, look it up on Google Image.
And only because I can and because it’s cool (Google Docs Drive FTW!), here’s a World Map showing the number of bands per country:
When I was backpacking in Europe back in the summer of ’96, Jovanotti, one of my favorite musicians was touring his home country. Things didn’t work out back then – I had to “settle” for a Luciano Pavarotti.
Fast forward to 2012 and Lorenzo Cherubini comes Austin for ACL 2012. In Italy, I’d be standing behind 30,000 tall Italians. In the U.S. however… well, just look closely in the left bottom corner of the photo at the handsome guy with the hat.
We went last Saturday, also part of SF Jazz Festival. A great pianist and a great saxophonist playing Jazz for 2+ hours. Maybe it’s just me, but I think I prefer listening to Jazz while sitting at a table drinking beer.
On the last night of SXSW I headed over to Maggie Mae’s for some Chilean love music. First, Intimate Stranger – a band from Santiago, Chile with a British vocalist – but they all live in Austin now. Got it? Keep reading for more photos and video.
Top Israeli band HaDag Nachash (or Nahash – but the h is stronger) has been to Austin before. February 2008 to be precise.
Now they came back for SXSW all the way from the other side of the world. It’s very unfortunate that due to poor planning, the earlier shows at TenOak (formerly Cuba Libre) could not stick to their schedule apparently due to delays in setting up each show; so everything ran late and HaDag could not start playing until 1:45 AM, 15 minute before closing time.
When this happened last year at a different venue, they simply stopped serving alcohol and let the band finish their act… sure, after anti-Mubarak-like protests from the audience.
We were not so lucky this year. Shitheads. At least we got a good 15 minutes.