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SXSW opening parties

TechKaraoke organizers singing Weezer's "Say It Ain't So." The event, which was sponsored by Twonky, had 2 karaoke rooms; one with a karaoke machine and the other with a live band.

Despite the Vancouver-esque weather here in Austin, many SXSW attendees managed to brave the winds and strong rains last night to attend the various happy hours and opening parties. We managed to attend 6 out of the 10 events we had scheduled. Some were hits, and the others were complete misses. Here are some photos from the coolest ones.

OnStar SXSW party hosted by TechSet had delicious food and an open bar for VIP guests.

L-R: Vijay Iyer (VP of PR, OnStar),  Stephanie Agresta (EVP, MD of Social Media, Weber Shadwick), and Brian Solis (principal at Altimeter Group).

Indeed, Austin might very well be the live music capital of the world, with live music blaring from almost every venue.

One of the many guests who signed up months in advance to sing with a live band at the TechKaraoke party.

L-R: Michael Schaus and Dana Herlihey of award-winning Canadian film production company, Stitch Media. On Monday, Herlihey will be presenting at a panel called "Saying Goodbye to Your Digital Self."

Party sponsor Jeri Lyn Egbert (director of corporate marketing, Twonky) holding up a swag bag.

Barbeque everywhere: Delicious food for guests at the TechKaraoke party sponsored by Twonky.

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