Photos by Allison Theisen
Photos and Review by Alexis Solomon
When I first got word that I would be covering Third String Production’s South By So What music festival, I didn’t quite know what to expect. The only experience I’d had with festivals involved Warped Tour. Yet, the two events proved to have their differences. I wasn’t suffering through the brutal summer weather, but was instead experiencing drastically cooler temperatures. I also wasn’t searching for the nearest place to buy a printed set list, because all the times had been released several days beforehand. South By So What began to earn my approval through their organization and diversity.
Each day appeared to have a thought out selection of performers. Day one consisted of pop, punk & indie acts. I got to catch the familiar faces of Bryce Gilbertson, Mike Mains & The Branches, as well as Taking Back Sunday. Although, I was additionally exposed to new acts such as From Indian Lakes, I See Stars, Chiodos, and We Came As Romans. Day two consisted of metal bands- a genre far from my comfort zone; but even so, I found myself pleasantly watching each set. There was no denying the
expertise of engagement from bands like Myka Relocate, Issues, Letlive, and InDirections. Several bands I saw frequently went towards the barricade in order to get closer to the crowd. Jason Butler, the singer for Letlive, even dared to climb one of the support beams. The second go around exposed me to a scene I began to commend more than I ever had before.
This festival is usually perceived as one with a single overpowering genre, but within its three day duration you're bound to find artist with styles to your liking. You may even find yourself enjoying bands outside of your norm. Not everyone can drive down to Austin for SXSW, but thankfully you can witness some of the same music right here in Dallas thanks to Third String Productions.
for KING & COUNTRY is currently on tour with Casting Crowns. We caught up with the tour in Duluth, MN and got some great shots of for KING & COUNTRY. They put on a great performance, so if you ever have the chance to go out and see them, don't miss it!
Here is a preview of the pictures of for KING & COUNTRY. click here to see more from their show in Duluth!