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SXSW Day 1 - The How To Rawk Panel

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LAist is representing at the SXSW. Yesterday was the first day of the Interactive and Film Festivals and yours truly (far left) was a panelist of the "How To Rawk at SXSW" discussion.

Providing tips to about 150 attendees in our session, we suggested that people go to that one extra panel, party, or show. We suggested that people sign up for Twitter so they can be contacted via SMS the minute someone wants to report an excellent (or crappy) party or event. We also suggested for the peeps not to stay in their safe little circles of established friends and branch out and omg meet people - which might be a stretch for the admitted geeks in the house.

While our panel doled out these bits of wisdom we did something that we hope spreads not just on other SXSW panels, but through panels worldwide: after each panelist spoke, they were required to take a swig from a huge bottle of Jack Daniel's wrapped in a brown paper bag.

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Not only was the bottle drained by the end of the hour discussion but, needless to say, as the panel went on the conversations grew more lively and... loose.

More reports of this groundbreaking panel here here here and here.

photo by Aeioux