There are a million reasons why I love Austin -- the vibe, the people, the food. And now I have one more thing to add to the list -- my party at South by Southwest, an annual indie-music festival. Under a hot Saturday sun, hundreds of fans rocked out to some of the best new bands around. John's group, The Cringe, got in on the act, too, putting on an awesome show for the packed house. But the real action happened between sets, as the crowd noshed on grub fit for big Texas appetites: gooey mac 'n' cheese, spicy Tex-Mex sliders and the tastiest ribs this side of the Mississippi.
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Interested in rocking out like Rach at the next South by Southwest? Check out the SXSW website for the announcement and schedule of the next festival.