We're at the point of SXSW where the thrill of seeing a flood of good bands — for me, that list already includes Basia Bulat, Givers, Japandroids, Freelance Whales, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Joe Pug, These United States and Horse Feathers — gives way to my pants-wetting terror at a task before me.
As you hopefully know by now, NPR Music is sponsoring an incredible showcase tonight, featuring Spoon, Broken Bells, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Walkmen and Visqueen. As we also hope you know, we're teaming up for SXSW with five of our amazing partner stations: WFUV in New York, WXPN in Philadelphia, The Current in Minneapolis/St. Paul, KEXP in Seattle and KUT in Austin. Okay, so, I have to have all of the aforementioned information firmly encased in my brain so that I can recite it in front of the 2,000 or so people flooding into Stubb's this evening. I'm introducing Visqueen and Spoon from the stage tonight, and Andy Carvin, our social-media guru, would also appreciate it if I could mention that people should tweet about tonight's show using the hash tag #nprmusic.
So here's my challenge to you, dear readers: What is the worst thing that could possibly happen during my adventure in public speaking? I've already thought of forgetting the member stations' call letters, having my pants fall down around my ankles, experiencing some sort of last-minute technical difficulty in which I'm expected to filibuster for 20 minutes before the band can begin, and inadvertently pronouncing Spoon as "Spoob." But I'm sure I've forgotten some good ones, which is where you come in. Help me out! Write up the worst possible public-speaking nightmare you can possibly envision for me.
Do your worst, people!