AUSTIN, Texas -- Artists and venues slowly appeared to be returning to normal Thursday hours after a car plowed into a crowd of revelers, leaving two dead and 23 injured.
Venues near the tragedy canceled afternoon events and stated that concerts for this evening were "still pending," although early indications were that those shows would go on.
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"There's so many people partying, so much free booze, when some bastard does something wrong it wakes everyone up," said Harry Thynne, the Australian-born drummer for the L.A heavy metal band Drop Tank, who played several shows within blocks of the crash on Wednesday and again on Thursday afternoon.
"They do the best they can," he added, "but they need to accept that there is a limit to how big this can grow. When you play here it's just go-go-go, and I just hope everyone is more mindful and caretaking of each other."
Andy Hurst, tour manager for the electronic artist Itch, said he passed the scene on Red River Street just minutes after the incident.
"It happened on a street we were trying to go down, and we saw 15 or 20 police cars and ambulances blow right past us," he said. "I'm almost glad we didn't see more than we did. Everyone's going to get on with it and do their jobs here, but it's horrible to think about the drunk-driving and that someone could do that."
Martens reported from Los Angeles and Brown reported from Austin.