Here's a great way to wrap up SXSW: barefoot on the lawn in front of the LBJ Library, under a stunning Venus-Jupiter conjunction, listening to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Mumford & Sons. The latter had the Stephen F Austin High School marching band join them onstage for a couple of songs. So sweet. The occasion was a screening of Big Easy Express, a short concert movie about the time those two bands, along with Old Crow Medicine Show, toured the southwest via rail. If you were wondering whether it's fun to ride the rails across the country playing the banjo & fiddle all night long with a couple dozen friends, it looks like the answer is YES.

At the end of the show, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Mumford & Sons all came on stage to play Old Crow Medicine Show's Wagon Wheel. As Dan was dancing, a young man danced up to him and said, "We're listening to Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Mumford & Sons play Old Crow Medicine Show!" and scamper-danced away, leaving Dan astonished for the rest of the night: "That's exactly what was going through my mind!" It was one of those situations where everyone has hearts shooting out of their eyes.

04/11/2012 10:59

My face just went numb from a combination of jealousy and awe. Please marry me.


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