While much of the South by Southwest Music schedule is still up in the air, fest organizers have started quietly filling in the grid for the music showcases. Most of the high profile venues still have plenty of open slots, but we know that Iggy Pop will be at ACL Live on Wednesday, March 16 and The Cult will be in Austin’s premiere large music venue on Friday. No events are down for the Mohawk or Stubb’s yet, but Empire Garage has one showcase listed with pop artists Savoir Adore and Tigertown and the Barracuda Backyard (formerly Red 7 outside) will host Shannon and the Clams, Vaadat Charigim and Mitski. The club’s recently closed neighbor, Holy Mountain will be called the Scratch House, hosting events inside and on the back patio throughout the fest.
Perennially popular Japan Nite will return to Elysium on Friday, March 18 and the full lineup is now available online. San Francisco rockers Thee Oh Sees will hit the stage at their Austin home base Hotel Vegas Patio. The Russian House and Flamingo Cantina will once again be ground zero for world music at the festival and the Continental Club kicks off activities with a Bloodshot Records showcase on Wednesday, March 16 and closes out with Austin soul heavies Tameca Jones and Tomar and the FCs on Saturday.
Mother Falcon is currently the only classical music band listed on the schedule, and we have no idea how they will all fit on the stage in the Hideout, where they’re scheduled to play on Thursday, March 18. Promiseland Churchwill once again host a series of holy hip-hop, R&B and gospel showcases, and it looks like the fest is confident they’ll resolve any permits issues they had with St. David’s, as they have shows listed at the church’s historic sanctuary and Bethel Hall.
Midsize club, The Parish tends to pack out during SXSW and this year Thao and the Get Down Stay Down will headline on Wednesday and Eleanor Friedberger of Fiery Furnace closes out the night with a solo set at the same club on Friday.
Schedules for other SXSW hot spots are just beginning to take shape. Cedar St. Courtyard has one showcase with Denton-born jazz fusion act Snarky Puppy and we know Philly rapper Lil Dicky will be at the Main(formerly the downtown location of Emo’s) on Tuesday.