Connecting the Dots at South By Southwest 2018

SoundDiego does SxsW: Day 1 of the 2018 music festival included sets by San Diego's own Night Howls, San Diego native Dorothy and soon-to-be-in San Diego band Kolars.

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No good army marches on an empty stomach -- nor does the SoundDiego crew -- we tucked in to brisket and ribs at Iron Works to kick off our day.
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Then we dashed over the to west side of Austin for some unofficial showcases, the first of which was at the Dogwood.
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These days, country artist Barbara Nesbitt calls Austin home, but, according to her South By Southwest artist profile, it wasn't so long ago that she was nominated for San Diego Music Awards for Best Album and Best Americana
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Austin is an eclectic mix of brand new and the faraway past.
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One short block away, the L.A. band Kolars -- seen on SoundDiego headlining Tour de Fat a few years back -- were shaking things up at the Key Bar.
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As night fell, we made our way to 6th Street -- the beating heart of South By -- to the Roof Top.
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The San Diego band the Night Howls played an appropriately very dark set
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Frontwoman Kimmi Bitter and her indie-rock band booked a handful of unofficial showcases all over town. Respect the hustle.
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The Townsend sits astride Austin on Congress Street, which divided the Texas capitol east and west.
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Hidden at the back of the main room is a concert venue where alt rocker Dorothy and her band were playing their only official showcase of the week.
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Dorothy''s clear, powerful vocals overpowered the room.
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Dorothy Martin was born in Budapest but grew up in San Diego before relocating to L.A. as an adult.
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SoundDiego closed out the evening at the Elysium, where Cut Chemist brought the late-night beats.
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