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SXSW: AllHipHop Concerts @ Fuze, Austin, 3/12 – 3/15

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The music festival portion of SXSW kicks off today. That means that Austin will see a mass exodus of Silicon Valley folks, replaced by a mass influx of Hollywood folks. Lucky for you, the mighty Ustream.TV crew will be staying put, bringing some of the best that SXSW has to offer.

In association with AllHipHop.com, Ustream.TV announces the live broadcast series of nightly jam-packed hip-hop shows, kicking things off tonight, March 12, with a LIVE performance by the legendary Bun B of UGK. Amongst a army of up-and-coming performers, the notable and/or legendary artists in the lineup include M-1 of Dead Prez on Thursday, Chingo Bling and Mr. Capone-E on Friday, and Mr. Pookie & Mr. Lucci on Saturday

We’re currently confirming connectivity at a bunch of venues soon! More updates and big names to come!

In the meantime, check out the full schedules of the AllHipHop events confirmed:

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Wednesday, March 12:

1:15 a.m. – 2:00 a.m CDT – Bun B (Port Arthur, TX)

1:00 a.m. – 1:15 a.m. CDT – MDDL FNGZ (Houston, TX)

12:45 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. CDT – Vicious (Lake Charles, LA)

12:30 a.m. – 12:45 a.m. CDT – Hezeleo & Big Bubb (Port Arthur, TX)

12:10 a.m. – 12:25 a.m. CDT- XVII (Pass Christian, MS)

11:50 p.m. – 12:05 a.m. CDT – Bido & Toe (Port Arthur, TX)

11:30 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. CDT – Bankroll Jones (Houston, TX)

11:00 p.m. – 11:20 p.m. CDT – Chalie Boy (Hearne/Calvert, TX)

10:30 p.m. – 10:50 p.m. CDT – Gerald G (Austin, TX)

10:00 p.m. – 10:20 p.m. CDT – Public Offenders (Austin, TX)

9:30 p.m. – 9:50 p.m. CDT – Slykat (San Antonio, TX)

9:00 p.m. – 9:20 p.m. CDT – Circle G’z (Houston, TX)

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. CDT – DJ Rapid Ric (Austin, TX)

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Thursday, March 13:


1:15 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. CDT – M-1 of Dead Prez (Brooklyn, NY)

12:40 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. CDT – Ryno and Slim Gutta (Austin, TX)

12:15 a.m. – 12:35 a.m. CDT – Drojo (Corpus Christi, TX)

11:45 p.m. – 12:05 a.m. CDT – South Bound (Austin, TX)

(International Hip Hop)

11:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. CDT – Akala (London, UK)

10:20 p.m. – 10:50 p.m. CDT – Killa Kela (London, UK)

9:50 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. CDT – Lars Vaular (Bergen, Norway)

9:20 p.m. – 9:40 p.m. CDT – A-Laget (Bergen, Norway)

8:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. CDT – Dok Holiday (Austin, TX)

8:15 p.m. – 8:40 p.m. CDT – PLA (Austin, TX)

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Friday, March 14:

1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. CDT – Chingo Bling (Houston, TX)

12:15 a.m. – 12:45 a.m. CDT – Mr. Capone-E (Los Angeles, CA)

11:40 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. CDT – Lil J da Mex Connect (Houston, TX)

11:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. CDT – Lucky (Houston, TX)

10:30 p.m. – 10:50 p.m. CDT – J. Kapone (Austin, TX)

10:10 p.m. – 10:25 p.m. CDT – Jezufavio (Houston, TX)

9:40 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. CDT – Coast (Houston, TX)

9:10 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. CDT – Stunta (Houston, TX)

8:40 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. CDT – Da C.O.D. (Austin, TX)

8:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CDT – Da Wetbacks (Houston, TX)

ABE THE ASSASSIN IN THE MIX!

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Saturday, March 15

1:15 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. CDT – Mr. Pookie & Mr. Lucci (Dallas, TX)

12:50 a.m. – 1:10 a.m. CDT – Kottonmouf Jesse (Dallas, TX)

12:20 a.m. – 12:40 a.m. CDT – MC Fatal (Austin, TX)

11:50 p.m. – 12:10 a.m. CDT – Grit Boys (Houston, TX)

11:20 p.m. – 11:40 p.m. CDT – Mr. Mike of South Circle (Corpus Christi, TX)

10:45 p.m. – 11:15 p.m. CDT – K-Rino & South Park Coalition (Houston, TX)

10:30 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. CDT – Klondike Kat (Houston, TX)

10:15 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. CDT – Point Blank (Houston, TX)

10:00 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. CDT -144 Elite (Houston, TX)

9:30 p.m. – 9:50 p.m. CDT – Papa Chuk (Austin, TX)

9:00 p.m. – 9:20 p.m. CDT – Basswood Lane (Austin, TX)

8:30 p.m. – 8:50 p.m. CDT- Lumba (Dallas, TX)

8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CDT – DJ Wrecka (Waco, TX)

Are You Ready? SXSW Has Landed.

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img_8226.JPGIt’s here. The event of the year from my wonderful state of Texas. You’re in my country now people! We have soooo much planned for the next ten days. C

oncerts. Interviews. Parties. And crazy Texans.

We kick it off tomorrow with three full days of Viral LIVE by Veoh.com from our booth at the Interactive Festival of SXSW. Sunny, the host of Viral, will be interviewing Internet and Music’s creme of the crop.

Everyone from Ask A Ninja to Gary Vaynerchuk to Kevin Rose to Pete Cashmore.

Best of all, you can chat and ask them your questions yourself!

Viral LIVE Begins tomorrow at 12pm CST through 4pm CST. We’ll also be live Monday and Tuesday as well.img_8225.JPG

I’ll try to keep a updated list here of the speakers and what times so you all can plan to attend!

Sunday’s Interviews:

12:00-12:25 Lea Alcantara Lealea Design
12:30-12:55 Christopher Allen Smith Zanzibar19/Snowmen Hunters
1:00-1:25 Kent Nichols Ask a Ninja
1:30-1:55 Clare Richardson Girlstart
2:00-2:25 G. Kofi Annan
2:30-2:55 Pete Cashmore (Brad) Mashable
3:00-3:25 Lance Weiler
3:30-3:55 Roger Erik Tinch CineVegas
4:00-4:25 Lindsay Campbell Moblogic
4:30-4:55 Mario Sundar Linked In
5:00-5:25 Gary Vaynerchuck Wine Library TV

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Future of Web Apps – A Tale of Screaming, Drinking, and Networking (Doing it All at Once Takes Practice)

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fowabeachmiami.jpgIt took Mazy Kazerooni, my right hand Ustream Biz Dev, a little over a month to convince me to go to the Future of Web Apps in Miami (FOWA). Immediately after getting back from The Crunchies he mentioned it – and pushed hard. “Its going to be awesome dude, tons of great speakers!”. I wasn’t convinced. I mean come on, if I’m going to spend hundreds of dollars to fly across the country I want to be sure its going to be worth it. “DUDE! MATT! FOWA is next week! We need to make a decision!”. I was in a corner… I wanted to go…but I didn’t want to spend the money. “Matt Mullenwag and Kevin Rose are speaking!”. SOLD! I agreed to go and we quickly packed our carry-ons.

After two flights, a two hour layover, and multiple unfulfilling bags of peanuts, we made it Miami. Strangely enough Miami is exactly what it looks like in the movies – lots of tan people rollerblading. It almost wanted to make me laugh. I mean I’m from Orange County, which is nothing like “The OC”…but these guys were exactly how TV and Hollywood said they were. Anyways… I digress.

We checked out Barcamp and then later headed over to the Nokia party. There we participated in some crazy game where we were supposed to yell as loud as possible. Sounds fun right? Maybe…but the burn in my throat was nothing compared to how it caught fire after I started drinking. I bet there’s a Nokia guy laughing at my pain this very moment. Jerks.

Finally, Friday, it was time for the Future of Web Apps. We got in around 9am and with only four hours of sleep – just in time for Mullenwag’s speech. The thing about Mullenwag is that he’s so intelligent that he could tell you anything and you’d believe it. He’s also a super nice guy. When he responds to someone with a different opinion, he’ll do it with a friendly attitude but at the same time he totally obliterates whatever they just said. Then to top it off he gives this little chuckle after he’s done talking that has “I just owned you” written all over it. Its amazing.

The talks were okay, mainly everyone was discussing how to scale and technical stuff like that. The one highlight would be when Blaine from Twitter was on stage telling everyone how he’s so glad that Twitter had been up for the past few days. Joke was on him though – Twitter was down during his speech. His phone was ringing constantly throughout everything, and like many of us expected, turns out it was Twitter calling. Blaine hurried off stage to fix everyones favorite microblogger among heckles from the crowd “Help us Blaine! We need Twitter!”.

The parties alone made the trip worth while. Mazy and I were literally attacked by people who wanted access to Ustream’s API. It was insane… it was also a wake up call – We’ll be releasing a public API soon. We also met with a bunch of companies and people who could use Ustream by either integrating it with their site and/or doing a live show. From FOWA alone we made a lot of good contacts and Ustream is going to be all the better because of it.

Even though the actual conference wasn’t amazing, our trip to Miami was a major success. The tech community as a whole is highly intelligent and willing to help each other out – its great. So many eager entrepreneurs and so much energy in this industry… it really makes it an exciting business to be in. We’ll definitely be going back.

With FOWA over its time for SXSW! I hope to see a lot of Ustreamers there.

For now though, its time to sleep. Got to wake up in time for my flight tomorrow…