All official South by Southwest Music Festival events may be canceled, but as usual, lots of unofficial day parties were in the works before the city of Austin’s March 6 cancellation of the event. Since the festival was canceled, Austin venues and promoters have been hustling to fill the void.
On Wednesday, representatives from the Red River Cultural District, along with other live music venues around the city, announced "We Can Do Magic," a series of events conjured to spark excitement during this very unusual spring break.
According to a release about the series, venues are adding hand washing and sanitizer stations and they plan to double cleaning visits and perform deep cleaning before shows.
However, remember to follow recommended safety tips if you go out: cough/sneeze into your sleeve, wash your hands for 20 seconds, don’t touch your face and if you don’t feel well and if you have a fever, please stay home. We’ll rock with you next time.
Check out our rolling list of SXSW events for an up-to-date and comprehensive look at parties happening in Austin.
OUR TOP PICKS
Friday: ATX Embassy at Antone’s. "Let's wash our hands and rock!" guitar hero and scene leader Jackie Venson wrote on Twitter just hours after the festival was canceled. Along with live band hip-hop outfit Magna Carda, she leads the bill for this free showcase that’s stacked top to bottom with top local talent. The show features sets from rock ’n’ soul acts Los Coast and Kalu & the Electric Joint; bluesman Eric Tessmer; and country crooner Croy & the Boys. The event also features complimentary barbecue sliders from Lamberts and drinks from Ranch Rider. Free. Doors at 5 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — D.S.S.
Friday-Saturday: Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express at Continental Club. The San Francisco rocker long ago figured out that the weekend before SXSW’s music fest kicked into gear was a great time to set up shop at the granddaddy of South Congress nightclubs. For years, these have been some of the best shows in Austin in March, even when the fest was in full swing. $22. Friday: Prophet at 10 p.m., with LeRoi Brothers at midnight. Saturday: Prophet at 8 p.m. and midnight, with Dumptruck at 10:15 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — P.B.
Friday-Monday: Music Tech Mashup at Empire. The Red River Cultural District club’s 10th annual celebration of life and art at the intersection of music and technology expands to a four-day affair, featuring music, speakers, tech demos and more. Organizers promise each day will be a "unique experience." Friday’s kickoff features electronica artist Paul Oakenfold on the big stage, while the Control Room hosts a celebration for the launch of new LGBTQ+ community app Molly Tommy. On Saturday, America’s most famous band leader and top musicologist Questlove drops in for a DJ set in the garage while excellent Austin groove theorists Trouble in the Streets lead an ElectrOrganics showcase inside. On Sunday, the club hosts a crawfish boil with White Denim and Sir Woman, the new solo project from Kelsey Wilson of Wild Child. A Monday blowout is still in the works as of this writing. There’s a limited RSVP for free entry until 7 p.m. each day, or you can skip the line with $10-$15 tickets. Check musictechmashup2020.splashthat.com for daily schedules. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com. — D.S.S.
Saturday-Thursday: Rodeo Austin at Travis County Exposition Center. Austin’s other big music-related March event aasn’t shut down as of Wednesday morning, so head east to the Expo Center for a lineup that focuses on Texas country troubadours but includes a few acts that broaden the scope. Aaron Watson kicks it off on Saturday; other highlights of the two-week run include La Energia Nortena on Sunday, Ryan Bingham on Thursday, Sara Evans on March 22, Melissa Etheridge on March 24 and Robert Earl Keen on March 27. $20-$175. Concerts begin at 9 p.m. (after the rodeo event), or 5 p.m. on Sunday. 7311 Decker Lane. rodeoaustin.com. — P.B.
Sunday: Southby Cypher 2020 at Parish. Just because the festival proper has been canceled doesn’t mean this week won’t be about discovery. Get to know all the hottest artists on the ATX hip-hop scene at this beat fanatic’s bonanza of a showcase. Magna Carda, pretty boy trap artist the Teeta and recent Austin360 Artists of the Month Harry Edohoukwa and Kydd Jones take top billing, but the undercard is also packed with talent. Show up early for sets by Deezie Brown, J Soulja, Ben Buck and Mama Duke. $5. 4 p.m. doors. 214 E. Sixth St. parishaustin.com — D.S.S.
Sunday: Austin Town Hall vs. Side One, Track One at Hotel Vegas. Two of Austin’s top indie-music blogs duke it out, and music fans of all stripes come out on top. Blackillac, the raucous rap project from ATX battle champs Zeale and Phrachyze, and expressive pop artist Mobley lead an amazing roster of exceptional Austin talent. Psych-folk outfit Calliope Musicals, urgent protest punks Blxpltn and Latin pop standouts Como Las Movies will all put in appearances as part of a solid bill that’s 30 bands deep. Free. 1 p.m. gates. 1502 E. Sixth St. texashotelvegas.com. — D.S.S.
Sunday: Cyberbabes at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Boss Babes ATX presents a one-night mini-fest "amplifying the work of femme and queer musicians, DJs, performance and visual artists." Latina trap queen La Goony Chonga headlines. $5 suggested donation. Skip-the-line pass is $10. 4 p.m. doors. 900 Red River St. bossbabes.org. — D.S.S.
Monday: Mastersons at Waterloo Records. Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore moved to Los Angeles recently after several years here, but their country-folk-rock music still has a natural home in Austin. They’ve been in Steve Earle’s band for a decade or so, making their own records when there’s time between tours. "No Time for Love Songs" came out last week and was produced by Shooter Jennings, who also recruited the Mastersons as backing musicians for Tanya Tucker’s recent Grammy-winning comeback album. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com. — P.B.
Tuesday: Ray Benson’s Birthday Bash at Paramount Theatre. Moved from its traditional GSD&M courtyard location, this annual event benefiting the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians will feature sets from Benson’s band, Asleep at the Wheel, as well as Shinyribs and more local acts to be announced. Beyond the initial allocation of tickets for the original event, more seats were scheduled to be released to the public, with prices to be announced. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.
Wednesday through March 21: Sun Radio Sessions at Cosmic Coffee + Beer. The local radio station’s lineup for this four-day event looks to be strong despite SXSW fallout, with acts including Raul Malo, Margo Price and Shakey Graves apparently still on board. Look for full updated lineup details at sunradio.com/sessions. 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day. $20 daily donation to the Sun Radio Foundation. 121 Pickle Road. — P.B.
Wednesday through March 21: Blackfinger Fiesta De Musica at Dogwood. This 11th annual event features dozens of local acts across four days, including the Mau Mau Chaplains (Wednesday), Graveltooth (Thursday) and Hector Ward & the Big Time (March 20-21). Free. Noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, noon to midnight March 20-21. 715 W. Sixth St. thedogwoodaustin.com. — P.B.
Wednesday through March 22: 10th annual Revival at Lucy’s Fried Chicken. One of the city’s best mid-March daytime events for the past decade, the Revival put together an especially strong lineup this year. It’s possible there may be a few dropouts before next week, but this is likely to be a top destination if Lucy’s retains most of the scheduled acts, which include Ian Moore and Tomar & the FCs on Wednesday, Dream Syndicate and Fastball on Thursday, Charlie Sexton and Shannon McNally on Friday, Shinyribs and the Iguanas on Saturday and Ray Wylie Hubbard plus Western Youth with Jaimee Harris on Sunday. Free. Noon to 7 p.m. each day. 2218 College Ave. lucysfriedchicken.com. — P.B.
Thursday: Skylab 2020 at Scholz Garten. Spaceflight Records and Mosaic Sound Collective present a 30-band, two-stage bash featuring psych outfit the Black Angels alongside heavy metal outfit the Sword, recently reunited indie band ... And They Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead and Latin funk kingpins Brownout. Golden Dawn Arkestra, Holy Wave, Residual Kid, Think No Think, Kalu and the Electric Joint and Peelander Z also are on the roster. 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. scholzgarten.com. — D.S.S.
CANCELED: Thursday: Yard Dog Presents at ABGB. Even before the SXSW cancellation, change was already in the air for this quarter-century-old day party that used to be on South Congress Avenue. When folk-art shop Yard Dog moved to East Austin recently, they partnered with ABGB to move a couple of their longstanding day events there. This one will feature Jon Langford, Churchwood, Casey Neill, Bob Schneider, Wild Seeds, Dream Syndicate, Dressy Bessy, Walter Salas-Humara and William Harries Graham & Jon Dee Graham. (ALSO CANCELED: ABGB also will host the Bloodshot Records day party that was formerly a Yard Dog mainstay on March 20, with acts including Jason Hawk Harris, Banditos and Sarah Shook & the Disarmers.) Free. Noon to 7 p.m. 1305 W. Oltorf St. theabgb.com. — P.B.
March 20: Far East Equinox at Webberville Church. Austin’s art-jazz pranksters take over the parking lot of Webberville Road Baptist Church (adjacent to the Sahara Lounge) to "celebrate the vernal equinox with music, magic and libations." The diverse bill includes sets from rising indie rockers TC Superstar and Latin funk powerhouse Superfónicos alongside punks Sailor Poon and the Minor Mishap Marching Band. $20. 4 p.m. gates. 1402 Webberville Road. See facebook.com/events/204544570727487 for more info. — D.S.S.
March 21: Young Hearts Roadside Attraction at Stay Gold. The all-day bash curated by Go Fever’s Acey Monaro features performances from explosive local pop-rock outfit Sweet Spirit; Fea, the Chicana punk outfit from Girl In A Coma’s Phanie Diaz and Jenn Alva; and Calliope Musicals. Go Fever, Kills Birds (LA), Fanclub, Lord Friday the 13th, Nevil, Credit Card and Violinda also will perform. The event includes a market featuring art, vintage and tattoo vendors and a food truck serving all-day brunch. Gates are at noon and the $10 cover ensures every band gets paid. 1910 E. Cesar Chavez St. staygoldaustin.com. — D.S.S.
Friday, March 13
Galactic Interactive with Capyac, Pnthn, more at Hotel Vegas
Quiet Company, Elijah Ford, Mt Grey at Barracuda
Plan Sonidero, Ex Romantika, more at Sahara Lounge
James Hand, Fancy, Golden Roses at White Horse
Bill Carter at Sam’s Town Point
Susan Gibson at Threadgill’s
Sun Valley Station, David Beck’s Tejano Weekend, David Grissom at Saxon Pub
11:59 Songwriting Group at Cactus Cafe
Barfield, Rosie Flores at C-Boy’s
Tje Austin, Quentin Moore at Stay Gold
Ghost Wolves, Naked Tungs at ABGB
Elias Haslanger Quintet, TripTrio with Lissa Hattersley at Elephant Room
Two Tons of Steel at Broken Spoke
Lost Counts, Emily Gimble at Continental Gallery
Downlowd, Wallace K at Venue ATX
Butch Miles & the Jazz Express at Parker Jazz Club
Scrapelli at Radio
Saturday, March 14
Rüfüs Du Soul, Channel Tres, Crooked Colours at Austin360 Amphitheater
Soundcheck Saturday with White Denim at Hotel Vegas, Calliope Musicals, Annabelle Chairlegs, Sailor Poon, more at Hotel Vegas
Songwriters Across Texas with Skunks, Sarah Sharp, Ginger Leigh, Wendy Colonna, Suede, more at El Mercado Backstage
Marshall Charloff & the Purple Xperience (Prince tribute) at One World Theatre
Peterson Brothers, Johnny Nicholas, Giulia Millanta at Saxon Pub
Ray Prim at Geraldine’s
Jake Penrod, Roger Wallace, Dave Insley at White Horse
Dale Watson at Broken Spoke
Barfield the Tyrant, Lavelle White at C-Boy’s
Sour Bridges, Lonesome Heroes at ABGB
Henri Herbert at Sam’s Town Point
Lost Counts, Beaver Nelson at Continental Gallery
Africa Night with Abou and the Crew at Sahara Lounge
Double Dope & the Fam at Venue ATX
SXSatellite with SkyAcre, Gentlemen Rogues, Fire Walk With Me, more at Kick Butt Coffee
Big Cedar Fever at Radio
Brew at Elephant Room
Sunday, March 15
Keane, Saint Sister at Emo’s
Chris Knight, Memphis Kee at Far Out Lounge
James Junius, Resentments, Ulla, Matt the Electrician at Saxon Pub
Sir Woman, Dylan Meek at Radio
Big Britches, Hilary York, Johnny McGowan at C-Boy’s
Willie Pipkin, Heybale, Marshall Hood at Continental Club
Merles at ABGB
Modular Sun, RVRCT, No. 44, Cosmic Chaos at Sahara Lounge
Purgatory Players at El Mercado Backstage
Watters at Cosmic
Jeff Hellmer Trio at Elephant Room
Kenny Williams at Geraldine’s
Monday, March 16
Campfire Gathering with Margo Price, Delta Spirit, White Denim at Camp Lucy (Dripping Springs)
Ian Moore at Antone’s
Carolyn Wonderland at Friends & Allies Brewing
Steel Monday with Gary Newcomb, Bobby Horton, George Carver, Herb Steiner, Steel Vibes, Rose Sinclair at Sam’s Town Point
Lonelyland, Bonnie Bishop at Saxon Pub
Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
James Moritz, Kathryn Legendre, Texas Tycoons at White Horse
Andy MacIntyre, Madam Radar at One-2-One Bar
Rob Baird at Geraldine’s
Tuesday, March 17
Campfire Gathering with Shakey Graves, Paul Cauthen, Colter Wall, Orville Peck, Deer Tick, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Robert Ellis, Sir Woman, Israel Nash, Chris Roberts at Camp Lucy (Dripping Springs)
Traffic Music Group presents Pike & Sutton, Los Coast, Texas Gentlemen, Lisa Morales, Kalu & the Electric Joint, Jon Muq at Continental Club
Rare Clover day party with Western Youth & Jaimee Harris, Eric Tessmer, Torino Black, Jacks, Leon III, Moon Fever, Grace Pettis at Continental Club
Swollen Circus with Walter Salas-Humara, Bird Streets, Casey Neill, Hilary York, Mitch Webb, Demitasse, Bergamot, Larry Seaman at C-Boy’s
Shooks day party with Nane, Sadie & the Ladies, Cuckoos at C-Boy’s
Silver Thistle Pipe & Drum Corps, Ed Miller & Rich Brotherton, Michael Fracasso, Chalkboard Poets, Siobahn O’Brien, Gypsy Rox, Knockferry Bridge at Opal Divine’s Austin Grill
Ben Goldsmith, Deanna Wheeler, Love & Chaos, Walt Wilkins, Robynn Shayne, Rubilators, David Grissom, Johnny Chops, Walks of Life, Wink Keziah, Buenos Diaz, Landon Bullard at Saxon Pub
Ricky Duran, Jennifer Ellen Cook, Sidepiece Collective, Nether Hour, Ex Romantika, Contrabandits, more at Stay Gold
Ed Miller & Rich Brotherton at Hyde Park Bar & Grill Westgate
Ephraim Owens, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery
Ali Holder at Geraldine’s
Dirty River Boys at Cosmic
Wednesday, March 18
South by SoupFest benefit for Caritas with Nathan Hamilton, Matt the Electrician, Raina Rose, Jeff Plankenhorn & Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Curtis McMutry, Beaver Nelson, JM Stevens, Nobody’s Girl, Stephen Clair, Better Halves at Guero’s
Latinapalooza day party with Tiarra Girls, Marachis Las Corenales, Patricia Vonne, Cecilia & the Broken Hearts, Tish Hinojosa, Lolita Lynne, Pilar Andujar, Liah Alonzo at Continental Club
Yawpers, Waco Brothers, Jon Dee Graham, Banditos, Rookie, William Harries Graham at Continental Club
Mosaic Sound Collective/Project ATX6 present Altamesa, Moving Panoramas, A. Sinclair, Matt Gilmour, Booher, more at Scholz Garten
Graham Weber & Jaimee Harris, Sheridan Reed, Liah Alonzo, Shelley King, Wendy Colonna, Andrea Magee, Pat Byrne, George Devore, Esme Patterson at Saxon Pub
Mike & the Moonpies, Leo Rondeau, Jonathan Tyler, more at Sam’s Town Point
Haus of Femme with Belcurve, Cosmic Chaos, TC Superstar, more at Far Out Lounge
Warren Hood, Thelma & the Sleaze, Lechuza, Living Pins at ABGB
Trube Farrell & Snizz, Matt Hubbard Trio, John X Reed at C-Boy’s
Brannen & Red, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery
Jana Pochop, Shawnee Kilgore at Threadgill’s
Thursday, March 19
Luck Reunion with Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, more at Luck TX (sold out)
Black Fret day party with Sweet Spirit, Black Tones, Otis the Destroyer, Harvest Thieves, Deer, Tomo Nakayama at Shady Grove
Panhandlers at Gruene Hall
Ben Kweller, Danny Malone at Little Woodrow’s Downtown
Tomar & the FCs, Barfield, Soul Man Sam at Continental Club
Nine Mile Touring day party with Reb Fountain, Nadia Red, Dirty Streets, Whitney Rose, Hot Club of Cowtown at Continental Club
Barbara Nesbitt, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery
Benefit for HAAM & Capital Area Dental Foundation with Shelley King, Tyne Darling, Sally Semrad, Michael Hale Trio, Dr. John Butler, Roadie, Ginger Leigh, Damn Torpedoes, Obsession at Mean Eyed Cat
Ugly Beats, Sloths, more at Opal Divine’s Austin Grill
Kevin Daniel, Johnny Chops & the Razors, Lizzie & the Makers, Walks of Life, Love & Chaos, Aaron Beavers, Karen Jonas at Saxon Pub
Conjunto Los Pinkys at Radio
B-Rock Moving Company, Suzanna Choffel at C-Boy’s
Rattlesnake Milk, Hormones, more at Still Austin
Utopia Sessions with Graveltooth, Zettajoule, more at Zilker Brewing
Sexy Finger Champs, Obnosticon, Adam Sultan Moment, Andy Nolte, Fontanelles, MC Hung Lo at Hi Hat Public House
Friday, March 20
Iris DeMent, Anna Egge at 04 Center
Dallas Acid, Go Fever, Being Dead at Hotel Vegas
4onthefloor, Delta Bombers, Vandoliers, Volk, Mastersons, Beat Root Revival at Continental Club
Distortion House with Sam Houston & Blk Odyssy at 512 Studios
Atomic Music Group day party with Suenatron, Jeff Plankenhorn, Sue Foley, Love & Chaos, James Steinle at Continental Club
Jon Langford & friends, Mike McCoy, Eric Hisaw Band, Dunebuggy, Hungry Onions, Rite Flyers, Utley3, Cordy Lavery, Cohen Project, Larry Seaman, Ramblin Deano, Denny DeGorio, Brit Jones at Opal Divine’s Austin Grill
Bob Schneider at Threadgill’s
Deer, Zettajoule, Sun June at Radio
Alabama Boogie, Shinyribs, more at Sam’s Town Point
Harvest Thieves, Sour Bridges, Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light, Dylan Bishop, more at Stay Gold
A Taste of ATX day party with Magna Carda, Tribe Mafia, PartyBoiRokk, 3Fortiori, YouthSoulLove, J Soulja, Billy Racxx, Sertified, CP Loony, Marshe, Jaehross, Kid Crio at Tellers
Iguanas, Tina Schlieske, Soul Man Sam, Archie Bell at C-Boy’s
Chicha Summit day party with Superfonicos, Kiko Villamizar, Making Movies, Suenatron, Money Chicha at C-Boy’s
Stephen Clair, Barbara Nesbitt, Chris Berardo, Denny Freeman, Caleb & the Homegrown Tomatoes at Saxon Pub
Utopia Sessions with Batty Jr., Stealing Sheep, more at Zilker Brewing
Lost Counts, Emily Gimble at Continental Gallery
Dead Poet Society, Elizabeth Moen, more at Still Austin
Saturday, March 21
Bun-B’s Birthday Bash at Antone’s
Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan, Archie Bell, Bobby Patterson at C-Boy’s
Max Frost, Beach Slang, more at Little Woodrow’s Downtown
Black Lips, Charley Crockett, Whitney Rose, Garrett T. Capps, Croy & the Boys, more at Scholz Garten
Posies, Iguanas, Sue Foley at Continental Club
Mojo’s Mayhem day party with Mojo Nixon & the Toadliquors, Iguanas, Genital Panic, Jon Doe Duo, Jon Dee Graham, Mooks, Allen Oldies Band at Continental Club
Secret Handshake day party with John Doe, David Dondero, Beaver Nelson, Star Parks, Whiffs, American Field Day, more at Hole in the Wall
Ghost Notes: Pioneering Spirits of Texas Music with Up Around the Sun, Jack Henry and the Tao Jones at Oakwood Cemetery Chapel
Siobhan O’Brien, Kay Miracle, Giulia Millanta, Jenny Van West, Edan Archer, Pi Jacobs, Mary Battiata, Melissa Ruth, Mandy Rowden, HawtThorns, Ever More Nest, Beth Lee at Opal Divine’s Austin Grill
Ramsay Midwood, Banditos, Bad Lovers, Warm Sugar, more at Sam’s Town Point
Tinted Vision, Buenos Diaz, Dustin Welch, Karen Jones, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel, Walt Wilkins, Chris Berardo, Lizzie & the Makers, Kevin Daniel, Bill Small at Saxon Pub
Nine Mile Touring party with Nick Pagliari, Elijah Ford, Harkrider, more at ABGB
Texas Gentlemen, Tender Things at Long Time
Bad Girls Upset by the Truth at Spider House Ballroom
Utopia Sessions with Swimwear, Bummertown, more at Zilker Brewing
Lost Counts, Beaver Nelson at Continental Gallery
Dub Equis, Great Highway, more at Still Austin
Donovan Keith at Geraldine’s
Sunday, March 22
Buddy Guy, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram at ACL Live
Jessy Napier, Resentments, Ulla, Chelsea Williams at Saxon Pub
Jon Dee Graham & friends’ Orphans Sunday at Continental Gallery
Jon Langford & friends at Carousel Lounge
Linda Gail Lewis, Hot Club of Cowtown at Gruene Hall
Jennifer Ellen Cook, Steve McCarthy at Knomad
Mustangs of the West at Giddy Up’s
Georgia Parker at ABGB
Glenn Rexach Group at Elephant Room
Purgatory Players at El Mercado Backstage
Nothing Heavies at Sam’s Town Point
John Branch at Stay Gold