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Posted: 12:00 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014
SXSW official events
Lady Gaga keynote: She’ll be interviewed by music journalist John Norris of Fuse. Badgeholders can attend the 11 a.m. session at the Hilton Grand Ballroom downtown, 500 E. Fourth St. (a badge does not guarantee entry). All the Little Monsters who can’t go can watch and listen to NPR’s live stream and webcast. That’s at npr.org/sxsw and sxsw.com.
Butler Park Outdoor Stage: SXSW’s free, official outdoor shows offer big names in a big space and have always been popular with festival attendees and Austin residents. Because of renovations at Auditorium Shores, this year’s festivities will be at Butler Park. Friday night kicks off at 6 p.m. and includes Young & Sick, Washed Out and Foster the People. The start time for Saturday is 1:30 p.m. with DJ Jester the Filipino First. At 2:45 p.m., there’s a Memphis soul music tribute with Hi-Rhythm and a lengthy list of special guests, including Charlie Musslewhite, Bobby Rush and Snoop Dogg, followed by the Cool Kids at 6:30 p.m. and headliner Childish Gambino at 8 p.m. 1000 Barton Springs Road. www.sxsw.com/music/shows/butler-park. People without badges or wristbands do need a SXSW guest pass. Details: guestpass.sxsw.com.
Flatstock Stage and show: You can check out the poster show for free from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Exhibit Hall 4 in the Austin Convention Center. Music starting at 1 p.m., last set at 5:30 p.m. both days, too. People without badges or wristbands do need a SXSW guest pass. Details: guestpass.sxsw.com. Also free and open to the public: The Renegade Craft Fair from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.
SXSW spotlight showcase: Two nights of gospel music are free and open to the public Friday and Saturday at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. The music starts at 7:10 p.m. Friday, with the last act at 11:40 p.m. On the lineup: The Clevelands, Norris J, Ethan Kent, Bishop Ridge and more. On Saturday, the first act is at 6:15 p.m. and the last at 11 p.m. That day’s lineup is packed with acts mostly doing 15-minute sets. 1165 Angelina St.
Side parties and shows
Rock the Lot: The Austin American-Statesman parking lot will be transformed into a live music venue with X Games Austin on site, presenting demos and activities for fest attendees. Park for free in the Texas Department of Transportation lot and enjoy live music from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m to 11 p.m. Saturday. Performers include Vallejo and Del Castillo on Friday and Ben Kweller and Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy Stars on Saturday. Food from trailers and locally brewed beer will be available for sale on site. Friday-Saturday; Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., www.austin360.com/rockthelot.
Rachael Ray’s Feedback Party: The popular food and music party returns for the seventh year. On the music lineup: CeeLo Green, Blondie, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Yelawolf, Har Mar Superstar, the Wild Feathers, the Cringe, Spanish Gold, Jamestown Revival and Bad Suns. Food: Whiskey Chicken Drummers, 7-Hour Smoked Brisket Sliders, Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Sliders with Spicy Tahini, and Park’s Finest Cracked Dijon Mustard Frankfurter with Kimchi Chow Chow Relish, with drinks from Blue Moon Brewing Company. Free and open to the public. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Stubb’s, 801 Red River St. feedback.rachaelray.com.
Music by the Slice: Home Slice Pizza’s annual event offers a laid-back outdoor experience for all ages, starting at 12:10 p.m. Friday’s lineup includes Mirah, the Whigs and G. Love & Special Sauce, while Saturday’s will include Avi Buffalo, Saint Rich and the Octopus Project. Proceeds from the event will benefit Urban Roots. Home Slice Pizza, 1415 S. Congress Ave. www.homeslicepizza.com.
KGSR at SXSW: Starts at 6 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. Friday’s sets include Lucius, Jamestown Revival, Charlie Mars and ZZ Ward. Saturday: Wild Cub, Wild Feathers and Suzanne Vega, among others. The $5 you’ll pay goes toward Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas. W Austin Hotel, 200 Lavaca St. www.kgsr.com/sxsw.
KUTX Live at the Four Seasons: 7 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. Check out Mother Falcon, Spanish Gold, Andrew Belle and Lee Fields and the Expressions. Saturday: Asgeir, Black Pistol Fire, Shinyribs and Tinariwen. The $10 attendance cost will be donated to the Seton Shivers Cancer Foundation. 98 San Jacinto Blvd. kutx.org/sxsw/kutx-live-at-the-four-seasons.
ABGB’s Festival Week: The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. won’t just be a brewpub serving up pizza and beer next week; it’s also a great place to find live music, everything from death metal band Vulgaari to Rosie and the Ramblers. There are a lot of shows and other events planned — including a beer collaboration release between Real Ale, Three Floys and Surly Brewing on Saturday — as well as an extra way for you to grab a beer. ABGB is pouring some of their mainstays outside for the first time. Noon Friday-Sunday. Free. 1305 W. Oltorf St. theabgb.com/events/.
Waterloo Records Day Parties: These all-ages day parties start at noon and allow you to catch some big name performances; artists also will meet fans and sign autographs in the store following their performances. If you’re scared of the crowds, Waterloo offers a live stream of their performances on their website. Friday and Saturday; 600A N. Lamar Blvd., www.waterloorecords.com.
South by San Jose:The parking lot is transformed into a free, open to the public live music venue with music starting at noon and local vendors and concessions on site. Friday and Saturday; 1316 S. Congress Ave., www.sanjosehotel.com.
Statesman at SXSW
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At austin360.com/sxsw, see all our live coverage from Interactive and Film, with many photos, videos, interviews, scene reports and reviews.
See more critcs picks and recommendations for music, plus our live coverage so far.
Look for more parties in our side party guide at www.austin360.com/sideparties.
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Our team says these are just of the bands worth hearing in the next two days or whenever you can:
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