It's Friday, the midpoint of South by Southwest 2009, the biggest and most hyped music festival in North America. Thousands of bands, music execs, and fans from around the globe have made the pilgrimage to Austin, Texas, the city that bills itself as "the live music capitol of the world."
Given Austin's other identity as the "queer mecca of the south," it should come as no surprise that there's plenty of fun to be had in the margins at SXSW. This Sunday, queer musicians from across the U.S. and Canada will share a bill with local artists and visionaries at the fourth annual GaybiGayGay festival.
GaybiGayGay is one of many unofficial parties that flourish at SXSW. It's also the biggest of big tents, a petri dish of emerging identities, a place where winsome fauns sing paeans to three-pronged forks in uncharted harmony.
Past performers have included Dynasty Handbag, Lezzies on X, and Men. This year's line-up boasts Shunda K. (of Yo Majesty), Sissy Bounce, Gretchen Phillips, Romanteek, Dave End, Christeene Vale, and Butch County.