National Public Radio’s annual showcase at the South by Southwest Music Festival will take place Wednesday, March 16 at Stubb’s BBQ with rapper Vince Staples, who skyrocketed out of the fest last year as one of 2015’s biggest breakouts headlines. The 22-year-old Long Beach, California rapper’s “Summertime ’06’ was a stunningly good release that ended up on many critics’ best of lists last year. With prominent placements throughout this year’s SXSW festival, Staples is set to see a serious elevation of his profile following the fest.
Afro-Korean singer-rapper Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals, who’s gone from largely unknown to “next big thing” overnight, is positioned to follow Staples’ trajectory this year. Paak will also play the NPR showcase.
Soul dynamo Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires will also play the show and emerging country star Margo Price, indie singer Mitski and alt-Latino artist Chicano Batman round out the bill.
The NPR showcase at Stubb’s is open to SXSW badge and wristband holders. In past years it has also streamed live on local NPR affiliate KUTX 98.9.