I said that the 2015 Barn Dance may have been the best post SXSW Barn Dance ever, but after yesterday’s event I may have to moderate this. Yesterday didn’t have the warmest weather, but it was around 70 F, and it was probably the biggest crowd I have ever seen there. On top of that everyone seemed super happy. Photo above: Darling West and Leeann Atherton)
The Post SXSW Barn Dance is a great tradition at Leeann Atherton’s place. It attracts a big crowd, many who went to her Maria’s TacoXPress Friday nights, plus many others South Austin friends, And also a contingent of Norwegians who have understood that this is the place to be the Sunday after SXSW is over. There have also been one or two Norwegian bands playing there ever since 2002, and I have been lucky to provide the bands for the event.
This year Darling West represented Norway, together with a host of other bands of different nationality Spain, Sweden, Germany, Austria and of course the US. The Barn Dance is music, dancing, eating BBQ and side dishes made by the participants plus beer and wine. Everybody are friendly, there is no aggression, and if Texas wasn’t that far from Norway, I would gladly spend a lot more time of the year in Austin, and then preferably in the neighborhood of Leeann Atherton.
Here are the bands that played at the barn this year:
Jon Langfords with friends
Bror Gunnar Jansson
Ulrich Ellison & Tribe
Wood & Wire
All photos are © Per Ole Hagen and must not be used without written permission.