What's happening to the music portion of the South by Southwest festival? If I would have stayed for music, I know I would have been at the Ozomatli
show. They're one of the best live bands I've seen. But it sounds like things got out of control
at the end of the night. Taking the music out to 6th street after the bar closes isn't anything new. Brave Combo
took their encore to the street in 2000 when the bar said stop, and it rocked. They played for 20 minutes or so with no amps, and there was no riot gear required. Maybe Austin is cracking down now, but arresting band members and spraying the audience with pepper spray seems excessive.
There are eyewitness accounts
and some conversation about what this says about the character of Austin
at the Ozomatli discussion board. There's video of the event at News 8 Austin: SXSW band's arrest raises questions about noise ordinance