Category Archives: Contest

America’s Got Talent 3/20-3/21


Three strikes, you’re out. Contestants of America’s Got Talent do not want Mel B., Howie Mandel, Howard Stern or new judge Heidi Klum buzzing in a bright red ‘X’ above their heads, or their 15 minutes of fame quickly becomes 15 seconds.

America’s Got Talent is making a stop in San Antonio for two days (Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21) at The Lila Cockrell Theatre to record two sessions of the judge’s auditions where contestants hope to not get X’ed and proceed to compete in the eighth season of the NBC show.

Fans can be a part of the live studio audience as contestants perform in front of the four judges and host Nick Cannon for FREE. All you have to do is go here and choose which date you would like to attend.

Who knows? Maybe you will get to see the next Jackie Evancho, or you can just relish in the fact you are in the presence of a SPICE GIRL.

Don’t forget to ‘like‘ it and save it onto your Do512 profile!

via Courtney Goforth

Win a Bohemian Guitar!

Bohemian is the embodiment of an unconventional way of life: an undying spirit and passion for the ideals of freedom, love, and music.  Bohemian Guitars portray this lifestyle in every aspect of their design and mission.  Crafted from a one-of-a-kind premium oil can, these unique instruments put a spin on traditional guitars with a funk and originality that aim to shake up the music scene.

motor_oil_grandeDon’t let the sole aesthetic of these beauties capture your attention.  These bad boys have heart, too.  Inspired by South African childhood memories of turning scraps into functioning instruments, brothers Adam and Shaun Lee have turned their parent’s basement into a full-functioning guitar workshop.  With a kickstarter campaign just wrapping up and reaching their funding goal, the siblings can take their mission of providing  instruments to youth organizations and schools (and moving out of their parents basement) to the masses.

The shredding specs of the Boho Series include:

  • 3165_hires_largeWorks with any amp
  • Maplewood neck with a rosewood fingerboard
  • Strap buttons
  • 24 frets
  • Single coil pickup
  • Volume & tone control
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • Adjustable bridge
  • Choose from 3 BOHO styles: Honey, Motor Oil, or Moonshine


NOW, you want one? For free? Our fine friends have one with your name on it.  All you have to do is click “I like it” on this here page and it could be yours.  Yes, really- it’s that easy.

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures Season Opening: Win One of Two Zipline Tours through Do512

When you think of a zipline, it could conjure up images of a small rope connected between two pillars and harnessing yourself on for a 10-second slide at a ropes course for your high school teen leadership class. But these dinky amateur thrills pale in comparison to the legitimate ziplines that fly you 250 to 2,800 feet across canyons and Lake Travis at Lake Austin Zipline Adventures, just 25 minutes from downtown Austin.   Included in these 28 acres of beauty is the grand finale, the last run of the ziplines running 2,800 feet long, the 9th longest in the world!  After its temporary closure for the winter season, they are ready to start zipping people around for their grand re-opening on March 1, 2013 and want you to book your excursion now!

Photo via Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

Photo via Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

The three-hour zipline tour takes you around 10 acres of the Texas Hill Country and allows you to feast your eyes upon some of the prettiest scenery in the south. Between the five ziplines, you follow tour guides through hikes and nature walks that give you the opportunity to take in your surroundings and learn about native flora and fauna. The final hoorah is a cliff launch 20 stories above Lake Travis for a zipline over 2,000 feet– the largest in Texas. After an adventurous and educational day of zipping all over Lake Travis, the beachfront is open for water sports, beach games and picnicking. A moonlight zip is also available for those who want to experience the thrill with glowsticks and headlamps.

 - 118 out of 124 users on Tripadvisor have rated Lake Austin Zipline Adventures ‘Excellent’ with the other six rating them ‘Pretty good.’ That and the customer comments seem to be convincing enough to make us want to try it out:


Stacy W. from Austin, Texas:
“My husband and I went for date night and had the best time! Loved every moment from the boat ride across the lake, to the leisurely hike up to the zip lines and most of all the exhilirating experience of flying across the lake! I can’t wait to take my kids!”

Jennifer D. from Richmond, Texas:
“This was such a fun experience! We had been zip lining before in Cabo San Lucas. This zip line was much easier and twice as fun! The staff was fun and friendly. Definitely a must do/see!”

“This zip lining company rocks! Id definitely recommend them. It was my first time and the two tour guides made it a very wonderful experience. They were very entertaining and knowledgable. I will definitely be returning very soon! Thanks for making Austin a memorable experience for me.”

Lucky for you, we are giving away two free zipline tours and all you have to do is click ‘like’ on our Do512 Lake Travis Zipline Adventures event page for a chance to win! If you don’t get so lucky, LTZA is still an affordable and great date idea, family outing and bucket list item right in your backyard.


via Courtney Goforth

QuiltCon – Presented by the Modern Quilt Guild 2/21-2/24


Remember that fresh faced you that promised yourself on January 1, 2013 that you would have new life experiences this year and would take a lesson from Jim Carrey & Zooey Deschanel’s co-starring movie, Yes Man?

We remember that you…you were the ones that emailed saying, “we want to do all of the things! We want our Instagram feeds to be rad! We want to have lives full of random experience and whimsy!”

We got zero of those emails – but we know you’re out there. To you we say, see you at QuiltCon this weekend? Yes, like QUILTS QuiltCon.


Presented by the Modern Quilt Guild (what? You mean you’re not a member?) QuiltCon at the Convention Center promises to be the first modern quilt show of its kind and will feature a show featuring more than 50 exhibitors and vendors. There will be designer and author appearances, as well as the perfect amount of supply for sewists and textile crafters to be in shopping heaven.

Also taking place during the QC is more than 30 lectures. Some of sewing’s olympic champions will be there to chat chat away and a full schedule of who will be speaking can be found here.


Now now now – don’t even THINK to forget about the scavenger hunt and 80′s dance party that will be going down during QuiltCon too. If you get cold during the party, we’d image there’s plenty of well, quilts, that have you covered. Ages 21 and older are welcome at the Hilton Austin on 4th St for the chance to dance holes in their pants….for which there will be interactive sewing opportunities present at the party to fix! That and a cash bar so throw back some brewskies and let’s sew some stuff.


Tickets to QuiltCon are $10 a day with a wide variety of ticket options to patch up your attendance needs. Let’s go learn about the things that keep us warm and make our houses look rad at the same time. It’ll be sew fun! (HEYO only one sew pun!) You CAN however, win one of ten four day show passes right here on Do512 by clicking “I Like It” so go do that right quick.

See you there!


Do512′s SXSW ’13 Pro-Tip Guide


The allure to SXSW is the big names who come to town and the little guys who get to play next to them. It is the free Taco Bell and the pricier food trucks that both hit the spot after a day of drinking. It is the crowded parties that make you rub elbows with too many drunk people and the surprise intimate shows that you find by chance.

Whatever the appeal of SXSW is to you, it can seem overwhelming for those trying to plan their week, or for those who decided to “wing it” and soon felt like they were missing out. Lucky for you all, Do512 has been working hard to make this annual much-anticipated event run as smoothly as possible for you and your comrades. Here, we will break down all the important things to keep in mind, give you some recommendations from experienced South by Southwesters and have you coming out a SXSW pro of your own.

  • First, how many bands will there be exactly during March 12-17?

A lot. You can view our comprehensive list of artists that have been officially announced here. However, every SXSW veteran knows that there will always be surprise guests. That’s why we have also kept up with all of the rumors flowing through the SX mill on our twitter account.

Pro Tip: Keep your phone charged! It is always difficult to maintain flawless service when Austin is packed to the brim of the city limits, but social media is the key to unveiling surprise shows. Add us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay in the loop as soon as we catch wind of confirmed SXSW information.

  • How can I keep track of the artists I want to see?

While you are perusing our list of announced SXSW acts, all you have to do is click ‘follow’ and it automatically adds the artist or band to your ‘My SX’ tab. In that section, you will find all of the parties and artists you have decided to like or follow and from there you can click on them for the event details and performances.

Pro Tip: Don’t limit yourselves to only the bands you know. Take some time and check out the artists you haven’t heard of before by clicking on their page and watching their music videos or live performances we have put up for you. Festivals are the easiest way to discover your new favorite band.


Now that it has become apparent to you that SXSW does a phenomenal job of bringing in amazing acts and excavating the local talent to bring to a larger stage, you are ready to make the next step. If you are coming from out-of-town you are probably thinking:

  • “Where am I going to stay?” and “How will I afford this?” 

If you have friends in Austin, call dibs on the couch now. Trust us, Austinites expect a house full of people during SX and piling around someone’s living room is part of the experience. But, if your friend’s couches will already be stuffed with warm bodies and you need accommodations, we have compiled a list of places to stay during this physically taxing week that makes a comfortable bed feel like heaven at the end of the night.

Now, as far as affordability, there is no other festival in Austin that seems to be on the same caliber as SXSW when it comes to the amount of crazy talent putting on free performances and providing free food and beverages. But, if you want to go big this year, there is still time to enter in many contests that are giving away badges, VIP packages and other goodies. THAT MEANS FREE FOLKS.

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  • Okay, so how do I RSVP to the free shows and events?

Number 1 rule: create an email address JUST for SX or use one that you’ll remember you signed up for everything under the sun with. Done? Step 2.

Easy. We have dug up all of the announced events and free stuff coming this SXSW and put them on our site for you to simply click ‘RSVP‘ and put yourself on the list. Voila.

Pro Tip: Make sure after you RSVP that you share it on Facebook or Twitter so that your friends can do the same. You don’t want to miss out on a show because your buddies forgot to get on the list.


My organization, company, brand, band etc… would really like to host an unofficial party during SXSW, how do I find a good venue and their information?

Yes, we are here to help the people behind the parties too. We have put together a Pinterest board full of great venues around the city and provided their location and capacity. Once you click on a venue you are interested in, it will direct you back to our main site that provides contact information for booking.

  • How can I get involved and be a part of the SXSW action?

Volunteer! SX is still looking for walk in volunteers as long as you’re a local. Register online before heading to their office.

TaskRabbit, an online and mobile marketplace that gets people in the same area to help each other out has created a portal for SXSW’s interactive portion. Users will go to the site and see a list of temporary tasks to sign up for such as street teams, product delivery and event staffs.

  • How else can I prepare for South by Southwest?

Listen to our SXSW ’13 Spotify Playlist.

Subscribe. Listen. Learn the words. Revisit some old favorites and experience the unfamiliar. Use this playlist as the ultimate pre-workout before the music marathon ahead.

  • Stay on top of the SXSW band rumors.

We are bonafide rumor mongers. They are swirling like madness. Follow Do512 on Twitter to keep up. From the Postal Service reunion that has everyone in a tizzy to the new Strokes album drop, we’re watching the bands as they make their moves and we’ll let you know as soon as we do!

To further your excitement, we have compiled a staff list of our most anticipated acts for this year’s SXSW:

Rachel Daily: The Zombies, Delorean, Telekinesis, Thee Oh Sees, Mount Moriah, Amanda Shires, Wild Belle, and The Whigs

Jamie Jett: Bonobo, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Prince Rama, Beach Fossils, Alt-J and Allah-Las

Lawrence Boone: Al Lover, Mikal Cronin, Thee Oh Sees, Allah-LasBlack Lips, The Growlers, John McCauley and Friends, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister

Matt Mandrella: Alt-J, Flaming Lips and Japandroids

Amanda Shaftel: Alt-J, Monophonics, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Gringo Star, Poolside and Lissie

Jimmy Stewart: Alt-J, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cold War Kids, Portugal. The Man, Brushy One String, Aloe Blacc, Delicate Steve, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Field Report, Nathanial Rateliff, Kids These Days and Houndmouth

Courtney Goforth: Flaming Lips, Daniel Johnston, Toro y Moi, Best Coast, Grimes, Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips and The Postal Service


- via Courtney Goforth

Fit and Fearless Photo Contest

Fit and Fearless Photo Contest

Free your feet and the rest will follow! Bare it all for the Do512 Naked Foot Contest to win a “Fit and Fearless Package” from Naked Foot 5k Austin!

Proudly Bare your bare feet, Snap a photo, and Send it to  Bare, Snap, Send. The old BSS. And in your email along with your photo, tell us where your bare feet could take you. What inspires you to go outside and move around? What do you like to do outside in your bare feet? Whatever you want to tell us, let us know and you could win a the Fit and Fearless Package valued at over $350!

The Naked Foot 5k is a multisport, family-friendly, outdoors lifestyle festival with a barefoot friendly course, SUPATX Paddleboard race, Fearless CrossFit/Texas Parkour obstacle course and live music of course. Also, kids under 12 fun for free!

The contest starts NOW and all entries are due by Wednesday, September 26 at noon. A winner will be chosen later that day.

The winner gets ALL OF THIS STUFF:

  • Bare Water Bottle
  • Naked Foot Draw String Backpack
  • A free entry in the race
  • Pair of ALTRA running shoes (~$120 value) 
  • 2 Free meal vouchers to Snap Kitchen
  • Free Parkour Classes (one month’s worth)
  • Free Fit and Fearless Crossfit sessions (one month’s worth)
  • Free camp session at the Fit and Fearless training camp ($200 value):

Check out more details and Naked Foot 5k Race information.


“View From the Passenger Seat” Photo Contest

“View From the Passenger Seat” Photo Contest

I bet you’ve seen a lot of crazy stuff in your travels. Maybe a naked biker riding down the highway, your friend’s amazing back-seat free-style session, a flash mob on the subway or any number of odd bus encounters. Next time, take a damn picture! Show us how you get around and what you see while you’re getting there and let the photo do the talking. On an EPIC road trip? Got a wacky pedicab driver? Document it with a photo that tells a story. 

We’re not trying to scare you, but Summer is half way over. It’s about that time you get in a grand river floatin’ adventure with a busload of friends. 

Send us a photo of your “view from the passenger seat” and enter to win a half-priced river trip for up to 29 people on the Big Brown BusWin a round-trip ride to New Braunfels for the price of $225 (usually $450) + 10 free tubes from Rockin ‘R’ Rentals on the Guadalupe River, valued at $140. Take the bus for up to 8 hours. $125/hr for each additional hour used.

Here are the details:

  • Limit 1 photo entry per person.
  • Submit entry to by Wednesday, August 1 @ 11:59pm.
  • Photos will be added to Do512′s Facebook Photo Album. Vote on your favorite photos and share the album with your friends.
  • Winner will be announced Friday, August 3 @ 4pm.
Wondering what a ride on the Big Brown Bus is like?…