Thursday, March 15, 2012


By: Sam Desmond

If you love Jersey, by default, you must love The Boss.

As they keynote speaker at this year’s SXSW Music Festival, Bruce Springsteen is taking Austin by storm. Speaking early this afternoon at the Austin Convention Center, the New Jersey native talked about what makes an artist truly special, and how he himself used the musical influences around him to become what he is today – a rock legend and musical powerhouse (our words, not his). The surprisingly humble (let’s face it, he’s famous and he could totally flaunt it) speech to full ballroom at the Austin Convention Center was, thus far, the most anticipated and attended event witnessed by the crew from WSOU.

While his keynote address has been on all of our schedules since we found out he would be taking the stage this year, we were thrilled to discover that certain SXSW badge holders would be drawn for an exclusive show. Tickets could not be purchased for this show – you had to win. Upon waking up this morning, myself, The Brooklyn Dodger and our trusty engineer Frank all discovered that we were three lucky winners of a single ticket to Springsteen’s only performance (not counting his sporadic break-outs into song during his keynote) in Austin during SXSW.

The show, which is slated for 7:00 p.m. local time, will be held at the ACL – Live at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin. Look for live tweets from the show from myself (@Sam_Desmond) and The Brooklyn Dodger (@WSOUBrklynDodger) as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform for a packed house of lucky winners for one night, and one night only!

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