I had such an amazing first experience with SXSW. The people in Austin were extremely friendly and engaging. The organizations involved in putting together this special showcase did a great job of providing us with amazing accommodations and a unique performance venue. We were able to watch some amazing acts at the Global Fest Showcase on Friday night including my brother from another mother Vox Sambou, Tribu Baharu from Colombia, DakhaBrakha from the Ukraine, and Liniker e os Caramellos from Brazil. On Saturday, we witnessed the magic of Austins local music scene clashing with talent from Rhode Island in an all day mash up of cool music from all genres. Some of my favorites were Rudy De Anda from Long Beach Cali, Yonatan Gat from NYC, Austins own Jackie Venson, Hard Proof, Mobley, and Leti Garza. RI definitely represented and left a deep footprint in Austin this year. Big shout out to all of the RI representatives who made the experience so much more meaningful to me. I had a blast on stage and loved shaking hands and giving sweaty hugs as I greeted a line full of smiling faces who patiently waited my free cds. Thank you Austin. I will be back!!!!