Austin’s biggest music festival has added auxiliary showcases and attractions since its inception in 1988. Starting in 1994 they included a SXSW Film and Multimedia Conference—the following year it was divided into two separate events—and since then they’ve added comedy and technology components. In 2010, SXSW added a Gear Expo for gearheads to swarm the halls and try out new toys from industry stalwarts like PRS and Seymour Duncan to the local companies like Moniker Guitars and Square Amps.
Chris Kies has degrees in Journalism and History from the University of Iowa and has been with PG dating back to his days as an intern in 2007. He's now the multimedia manager maintaining the website and social media accounts, coordinating Rig Rundown shoots (also hosting and/or filming them) and product demos, and occasionally writing an artist feature, all while still shooting/editing video for NAMM-show coverage. Other than that, he spends time with his pitbull and enjoys non-guitar-related hobbies.
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