SXSW 2011

I went to SXSW to give a talk so I was under no pressure to find the “next big thing”. I started the visit by seeing Austin’s own Roky Erickson and then I spent my time seeing friends and my son Kris Gruen play.

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top joined Roky Erickson at Threadgills outdoor stage.

Billy Gibbons & Roky Erikson, Austin - 2011
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top joined Roky Erickson at Threadgills outdoor stage.
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top joined Roky Erickson at Threadgills outdoor stage.

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Roky Erickson at Threadgills in Austin, Texas. March 17, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

BP Fallon, Irina Lazareanu and Sean Lennon after their "Operation Juliet" show at TenOak.

BP Fallon, Irina Lazareanu and Sean Lennon after their “Operation Juliet” show at TenOak.

BP Fallon, Irina Lazareanu, and Sean Lennon at TenOak in Austin, Texas. March 18 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Yoko Ono was the Keynote speaker on Friday in conversation with Austin radio KUT DJ Jody Denberg. Jody interviewed me and Kris on his KUT radio show on Thursday night.

Yoko Ono was the Keynote speaker on Friday in conversation with Austin radio KUT DJ Jody Denberg. Jody interviewed me and Kris on his KUT radio show on Thursday night.

Yoko Ono and Jody Denberg in Austin Texas. March 18, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

 

Jesse Malin showed he can rock out with his very hot band in the hot Austin sun.

Jesse Malin showed he can rock out with his very hot band in the hot Austin sun.

Jesse Malin performing in Ausin, Texas. March 18, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Friday afternoon Sean Lennon and his girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl, known as GHOSST played at a benefit for the Other Music record store. It was a nice sunny day for the lawn party, and Sean's mom Yoko Ono came to watch (far left)

Friday afternoon Sean Lennon and his girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl, known as GHOSST played at a benefit for the Other Music record store. It was a nice sunny day for the lawn party, and Sean’s mom Yoko Ono came to watch (far left)

Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl performing as GHOSST in Austin, Texas. March 18, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

BP Fallon put on his own show at Jovita's with Aaron Lee Tasjan, Mark Stepro and Nigel Harrison.

BP Fallon put on his own show at Jovita’s with Aaron Lee Tasjan, Mark Stepro and Nigel Harrison.

BP Fallon, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Mark Stepro, and Nigel Harrison performing at Jovita's in Austin, Texas. March 18, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

BP Fallon, Sir Bob Geldof and me backstage at Jovita's.

BP Fallon, Sir Bob Geldof and me backstage at Jovita’s.

BP Fallon, Sir Bob Geldof, and Bob Gruen at Jovita's in Austin, Texas. March 18, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Promoter Frank Murray jokes with Sir Bob before Geldof's show at Jovita's.

Promoter Frank Murray jokes with Sir Bob before Geldof’s show at Jovita’s.

Frank Murray joking with Sir Bob Geldof at Jovita's in Austin, Texas. March 18, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Sir Bob asked me to take a photo of him in front of this vintage sign, and he looks kind of Texan.

Sir Bob asked me to take a photo of him in front of this vintage sign, and he looks kind of Texan.

Sir Bob Geldof at Jovita's in Austin, Texas. March 18, 2011 © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

My son Kris Gruen played several showcases at SXSW, this one at the Bar 96.

Kris Gruen, Austin, 2011
My son Kris Gruen played several showcases at SXSW, this one at the Bar 96.
My son Kris Gruen played several showcases at SXSW, this one at the Bar 96.

Kris Gruen performing at Bar 96 in Austin, Texas. March 19, 2011 © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Kris says thank you to Alejandro Excovedo who invited Kris to play at Maria's Taco Xpress.

Kris says thank you to Alejandro Excovedo who invited Kris to play at Maria’s Taco Xpress.

Kris Gruen and Alejandro Excovedo at Maria's Taco Xpress in Austin, Texas. March 19, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Singer Masayo leads Lolita 18 in lively punk craziness at the Japan night at Elysium.

Singer Masayo leads Lolita 18 in lively punk craziness at the Japan night at Elysium.

Masayo performs with Lolita 18 at Elysium in Austin, Texas. March 18, 2011 © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

After my talk at the convention center I signed books and sold out all they had of my books.

After my talk at the convention center I signed books and sold out all they had of my books.

Bob Gruen at a book signing in Austin, Texas. March 19, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

I spoke at the Million Musician March for Peace in front of the Texas State Capitol. To see what I said click here

Bob Gruen, Austin - 2011
I spoke at the Million Musician March for Peace in front of the Texas State Capitol. To see what I said click here
I spoke at the Million Musician March for Peace in front of the Texas State Capitol.
To see what I said click here

Bob Gruen speaking at the Million Musician March for Peace in Austin, Texas. March 19, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Yuka Honda and her husband Nils (of Wilco) play at the Chimera records showcase event at Elysium.

Yuka Honda & Nels Cline, Austin - 2011
Yuka Honda and her husband Nils (of Wilco) play at the Chimera records showcase event at Elysium.
Yuka Honda and her husband Nils (of Wilco) play at the Chimera records showcase event at Elysium.

Yuka Honda and Nels Cline perform at Elysium in Austin, Texas. March 19, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Yoko Ono was rockin like a youngster at her 1 am show at Elysium and had the crowd cheering for more.

Yoko Ono, Austin - 2011
Yoko Ono was rockin like a youngster at her 1 am show at Elysium and had the crowd cheering for more.
Yoko Ono was rockin like a youngster at her 1 am show at Elysium and had the crowd cheering for more.

Yoko Ono performing at Elysium in Austin, Texas. March 19, 2011. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com