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2010 SXSW – A Look Back at GSD&M Events

Editor’s Note: As we ramp up for this year’s SXSW, let’s take a look back at GSD&M’s 2010 legendary SXSW events.

Interactive

  • GSD&M started its first SXSurrogates program which involved sending 35 people to SXSWi to report back on panels and events
  • GSD&M’s SVP/Managing GCD, Luke Sullivan participated in the SXSW Core Conversation panel: “How Does an Advertising Pro Adapt to New Communication Techniques?”
  • GSD&M SXSW Interactive Happy Hour Lounge

Music

  • Welcome to Roqlandia/ Latin Rock Fest which featured La Santa Cecilia, David Garza, Girl in a Coma, Charanga Cakewalk and more
  • GSD&M Showcase which featured artists from New West Records, Reprise and Cherry Lane
  • GSD&M Presented the Antone’s SXSW Music Showcase featuring Big Star, which became a tribute to Big Star’s Alex Chilton after his untimely death two days before the show

 

Press Recap

Rolling Stone

Big Star’s SXSW Show Turns Into Powerful Tribute to Alex Chilton

By Michael Hoinski

March 21, 2010 11:42 AM ET

Just as everyone at the SXSW Music Festival was finding their groove Wednesday, news of the death of Alex Chilton hit. “Austin’s in shock about Alex,” read one of the countless social media memes. On Saturday, heartsick Big Star fans got to hear Chilton songs performed by a cast of guest musicians sitting in on the regularly scheduled Big Star showcase, held down by the remaining members of the band’s current incarnation, Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow and Jody Stephens. Read more here.

 

Chicago Tribune

SXSW 2010: Alex Chilton, Big Star tribute concert

By: Greg Kot

AUSTIN, Texas — The 24th South by Southwest ended in the early morning Sunday at a jam-packed Antone’s, the legendary blues club on 5th Street, with a poignant, powerful reminder of how music can redeem even the most tragic events. Read more here.

 

Billboard

Alex Chilton’s Life, Music Honored At SXSW

by Gary Graff, Austin  |   March 21, 2010 10:00 EDT

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The late Alex Chilton was memorialized by colleagues, friends and admirers on Saturday at South By Southewest — with words and, most importantly, with music. Following a warmly reverent and nostalgic afternoon panel at the Austin Convention Center — with Big Star co-founders Jody Stephens and Andy Hummel, latter-day members Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, original producer John Frye and others — Big Star’s scheduled showcase that night at Antone’s was turned into a kind of musical wake for Chilton, with numerous guests taking turns during the 80-minute show. But the performance was also preceded by more words. Read more here.

Chicago Tribune

Top concerts 2010

As 2010 winds down, we’ve still got a bunch of potentially terrific shows to look forward to, including Ludacris at the Allstate Arena (Sunday), Elvis Costello at the Chicago Theatre (Monday) and the Hold Steady at Lincoln Hall (Dec. 30), plus a gaggle of New Year’s Eve shows that we’ll preview in future columns. But it’s also time to take stock and look back on a year of heavy-duty concert-going. Out of more than 100 shows I attended, here are my favorites from 2010:

2. Alex Chilton tribute, March 20 at Antone’s in Austin, Texas

Read more here.

 

Creativity

SXSW Trax

Things to follow—whether you’re going to Austin or just doing it virtual style.

Published: Mar 12, 2010

 

Track SXSW interactive on Twitter.
Or go a little more niche and check out this selection of interesting happenings, points of interest and curated updates from industry attendees. Read more here.

 

Brooklyn Vegan

Big Star members & many special guests paid tribute to Alex Chilton Saturday night @ SXSW – pics, video & setlist

photos by Ryan Barkan

Big Star Tribute

Just as everyone at the SXSW Music Festival was finding their groove Wednesday, news of the death of Alex Chilton hit. “Austin’s in shock about Alex,” read one of the countless social media memes. On Saturday, heartsick Big Star fans got to hear Chilton songs performed by a cast of guest musicians sitting in on the regularly scheduled Big Star showcase, held down by the remaining members of the band’s current incarnation, Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow and Jody Stephens. Read more here.

 

Austin360

SXSW review: Big Star-Alex Chilton tribute at Antone’s

By Patrick Beach | Sunday, March 21, 2010, 10:38 AM

Alex Chilton was everywhere at SXSW 2010, the fact that he died suddenly Wednesday notwithstanding: His passing was Topic A on the street, there was a panel about him and his peerless band, Big Star, Saturday at the Austin Convention Center and showcase bands made a point of playing Big Star out of venue PAs before they came on stage. Read more here.

 

Contagious

SXSW INTERACTIVE / CREATIVE MARKETING’S CRITICAL MASS

16 March 2010

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Contagious’s North American Editor Nick Parish made his third trip South to soak in the stimulating conversation and sample more than his fair share of fine BBQ. Here’s his take on a few key themes emerging during his time in Austin. Read more here.

Agency Spy

GSD&M Has 35 ‘SXSurrogates’ at the Conference

By Matt Van Hoven on Mar 12, 2010 01:07 PM

clip_image001GSD&M Idea City, one of the largest local agencies here in Austin, is sending 35 “SXSurrogates” to the event over the next few days to send “learnings back to the agency and community through social media (Posterous, Twitter, etc.) and postings on sxsurrogates.com.” Read more here.

Pitchfork

A Tribute to Alex Chilton and Big Star [Antone’s; 12:30 a.m.]

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Big Star leader Alex Chilton’s passing on Wednesday got this year’s SXSW off to an unsettling start. Considering the countless bands inspired by Chilton both directly and indirectly over the years, the singer-songwriter’s death loomed large over Austin all week. But even more heartbreaking was the fact that Chilton and the current incarnation of Big Star– featuring original drummer Jody Stephens, and power-pop lifers Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of the Posies (above)– was set to close out Saturday night with a set at Antone’s. Instead of canceling the gig altogether (which would’ve been entirely understandable), Stephens, Stringfellow, and Auer decided to pay tribute to their friend with a night of Big Star songs played by the trio along with a revolving door of special guests including 1970s Big Star member Andy Hummel, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, M. Ward, Evan Dando, Sondre Lerche, John Doe, the Watson Twins, Chuck Prophet, the dB’s Chris Stamey and Meat Puppets leader Curt Kirkwood. Read more here.

 

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