Even the Austin Police are feeling the Garth Brooks SXSW spirit

 

Sing us a song, Mr. Policeman.

The City of Austin is prepared for any events that might happen during Saturday night’s free Garth Brooks show (happening right now), but it looks like one Austin police officer got in the performing spirit early Saturday.

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In a tweet posted by the Austin Police Department a little after 3 p.m., an Austin police officer appears to be playing a tune at a piano downtown.

We don’t know what song he played, but we’re betting it was a good one based on the expression of the man peering behind the palm tree in the background.

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Is this Garth Brooks SXSW tweet shameless? Let’s let the friends in low places decide

 

By now, the news is out— Garth Brooks is indeed playing a free show Saturday night at Auditorium Shores for South By Southwest. He announced the free show at an 11 a.m. press conference Friday at the Austin Convention Center, where he previewed a snippet of his new single “Ask Me How I Know.”

Garth Brooks discusses his upcoming show at Auditorium Shores during a press conference at SXSW on Friday, March 17, 2017. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Tickets for the show were available at noon Friday but sold out within minutes.

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Brooks’ streaming partner, Amazon Music (he famously refused to put any of his music on any streaming service until October 2016) tweeted out that the show was sold out a mere five minutes after they went on sale.

Brooks’ team retweeted the Amazon Music tweet with what could be interpreted as a bit of hubris.

What does this mean? Are we to understand the implication of that tweet is that Garth Brooks LITERALLY the epitome of SXSW? Does his ego need to be fenced in? Is this just a shameless attempt to rope the wind of social media?

Maybe, but it also looks like the @SXSW part of that tweet was meant to literally mean “Garth Brooks is at the SXSW Conference” and not meant to equivocate Garth Brooks with the event.

At any rate, tomorrow will come, and it will bring a free Garth Brooks show.

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Garth Brooks addresses recent shootings, dedicates song to Dallas during concert in New York

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Garth Brooks performs at Yankee Stadium on July 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 08: Garth Brooks performs at Yankee Stadium on July 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Garth Brooks’ two-night performance at Yankee Stadium in New York City kicked off Friday night, marking his first time returning to the region in 19 years.

But his performance came just one day after four Dallas police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer were fatally shot at a protest downtown. And Brooks made sure to take a moment to address the events in Dallas and the police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Brooks paused midway though his performance and said people had been asking him for a statement regarding the shooting.

“We have the same statement [as for] what happened in Orlando down in Florida, or what happened over in Paris at a concert,” he said. “People, we’ve got to love one another. That’s what it’s all about. That’s our only hope.”

Then, he performed and dedicated his 2014 hit “People Loving People” to the city.