- Eric Webb American-Statesman Staff
Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 18, 2014
SXSW has announced the first act set for this year’s official free shows: “Pumped Up Kicks” hitmakers Foster the People.
The Los Angeles indie pop act, also known for radio jams like “Helena Beat” and “Houdini,” are scheduled to play the fest’s outdoor stage at Butler Park on Friday, March 14. SXSW’s massive free shows, which draw throngs of music fans on a budget each year, usually set up shop at Auditorium Shores, which is undergoing renovations this year. The free shows run each night from March 13-15.
Foster the People’s performance comes four days before their sophomore album “Supermodel” drops; lead single “Coming of Age” was released in January. Their debut album, 2011’s “Torches,” went gold and earned the band three Grammy nods.
Past SXSW free show acts include The Flaming Lips and Divine Fits last year, The Shins in 2012, The Strokes in 2011, and Cheap Trick in 2010.
According to the SXSW website, the free shows at Butler Park are open to fest registrants, wristband-holders, and the public with free Guest Passes , which are available in advance or at the event.