BMI, Billboard, Suntrust and Austin's Four Seasons Hotel teamed up to host the BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at the South by Southwest Music Festival on Friday. A favorite among festival attendees, the brunch boasted a dynamic lineup featuring Andrea Balency, Bonnie Bishop, Jillette, Sugar & the Hi Lows, Lyle Divinsky, Milo Greene, Callagahn, and Tucker Jameson.
The packed lawn party had the bloody marys and mimosas flowing, starting at 10 a.m. "...Sounds like South by to me!" tweeted singer/songwriter Bleu McAuley.
at the Four Seasons (BMI brunch) @ sxsw ...open bar at 10am?...sounds like southby to mE!
- bleu (@bleutopia) March 16, 2012
The three-hour confab was heavy on good food (the popular egg-and-potato breakfast tacos ran out by noon) and industry power players, including attorney John Frankenheimer (No. 75 on Billboard's Power 100 list), longtime music supervisors George Drakoulias and Jonathan McHugh, and the advertising and synch teams from Downtown Music Publishing.
And there was even more power just inside the doors of the Four Seasons at restaurant Trio. Red Light's Coran Capshaw (Billboard's No. 2 Power player) was holding court in a packed lunch meeting that literally faced opposite the Billboard/BMI brunch, while Sirius XM host and forthcoming "America's Got Talent" judge Howard Stern made a surprise appearance across the room.
Pictured at the BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch presented by Suntrust during SXSW are BMI's Clay Bradley and Mike O'Neill, singer Donovan, and BMI's Jody Williams. (Photo: Erika Goldring)
Southwest Airlines' Laurel Moffat (second from left) and Whitney Eichinger (far right) pause for a photo with The Lumineers at the brunch. (Photo: Erika Goldring)
(L-R) BMI's Jake Simon, brunch performer Lyle Divinsky, and BMI's Brandon Haas and Samantha Cox. (Photo: Erika Goldring)
(L-R) BMI's Porfirio Pina and Mike O'Neill, brunch performer Andrea Balency, and BMI's Marissa Lopez and Jody Williams. (Photo: Erika Goldring)
Members of the band Milo Greene perform at the brunch. (Photo: Erika Goldring)
Loeb & Loeb's John Frankenheimer, Borman Entertainment's Erin Frankenheimer (his daughter) and Billboard's Bill Werde gather for a photo (Photo: Erika Goldring)
The scene at the BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch. (Photo: Erika Goldring)
George Drakoulias (left) with Jonathan McHugh. (Photo: Erika Goldring)
Bonnie Bishop performs for the crowd. (Photo: Erika Goldring)
MTV Games/Harmonix's Cheryl Gehbauer poses for a photo with MIDEM's JP Bommel (Photo: Erika Goldring)
(L-R) Downtown Music Publishing's Josh Kessler, Jumee Park and Jeremy Yohai pose together at the brunch. (Photo: Erika Goldring)