Get Over It!

RECEIVED Mon., March 21, 2005

Dear Editor,
    This is in response to Raad German's Postmark from the March 18 Chronicle and all the other whiny locals that hate SXSW. Get over it! It's not the Eighties anymore, wristbands aren't $10, Liberty Lunch is gone, Stevie Ray is dead. Any true fan of live music would embrace a four-to-five-day onslaught of bands from all over the world. What are these out-of-towners doing for us, you ask? How about bringing not only their music, but their money. I'm sure the local restaurant/bar owners aren't complaining about the extra business. It's the best event, in the best town in the world. Embrace it! It's only Thursday and I've seen a dozen bands, mostly for free or a low cover charge. Being a regular patron of live music here in Austin, I've gotten the “local” hookup you whine about not getting. Learn to grow with your surroundings or get left behind, stuck in the Eighties, making us look bad.
Fletcher Leroy
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