The death on the first day of SXSW Interactive of co-founder Louis Meyers was felt throughout the full run of this year’s event. On Friday, an official SXSW Memorial Reception drew a visit from Austin mayor Steve Adler, who officially proclaimed Friday as “Louis Meyers Day” in the City of Austin.
Musical tributes to Meyers had been held Monday at Strange Brew, following a burial service at Memorial Park Cemetery in north Austin, and Wednesday at Threadgill’s for a day show that Meyers had helped put together.
Friday’s event was especially significant for Meyers’ out-of-town friends and acquaintances who were here for SXSW Music, longtime friend Mike Stewart noted. Especially notable was the presence of many international attendees with whom Meyers had worked during his years as SXSW music festival director from 1987 to 1994, and on subsequent events during his years living in Denmark and Amsterdam around the turn of the century.