The dish on SXSW sides: Rachael Ray, Fader Fort, South by San Jose return
Rachael Ray, who might just be one of Austin's biggest fans, is returning on March 17 to host her fifth annual South by Southwest party at Stubb's.
The free 21-and-older event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on that Saturday, has become one of the highlights of the 10-day SXSW madness that sweeps our city. Every year, she brings in an eclectic mix of bands (Wanda Jackson, Billy Gibbons and the Bravery were among the big names last year, and She and Him and Neko Case braved the 30-degree temperatures in 2010) and puts her signature Ray Ray spin on Tex-Mex and barbecue favorites.
This year's menu includes Lil' Devils, which are "slider-size corn dogs"; Brisket on a Biscuit with Smoky BBQ Sauce and Sweet ‘n Spicy Pickles; Sloppy Chicken Suiza Sliders; Veg-Head Nachos with Green Chile Queso and Spicy Refried Beans, which are vegetarian and gluten free. The drink menu features Blue Moon beer, Honest Teas, Bacardi rum, Cazadores tequila and the locally made Deep Eddy vodka.
Ray just announced the music lineup for this year's party, which includes Train, Jimmy Cliff, Blitzen Trapper, the Cringe with Billy Gibbons and Bob Schneider.
You can follow RRStubbs on Twitter for updates. The party is free, and once the venue reaches capacity, there is a one in, one out entrance policy. Look for updates at austin360.com/relishaustin and austin360.com/sxsw.
More free shows
Here's a sampling of more free events happening during SXSW.
For events such as Waterloo Records parking lot shows and South by San Jose, see the full day-by-day lineups at austin360.com/sxsw and in our party database, which is available in a mobile version at www. austin360.com/sxswm.
Mini Hot Spot: Free Wi-Fi from Terra Ferma, Mini Coopers on site and more. Noon to 8 p.m. March 16 and 17 in the parking lot of the Statesman (by the Congress Avenue Bridge entrance).
Beatles Complete on Ukulele: Exactly what it sounds like — every Beatles song ever performed over six hours, starting at noon March 15. Free and open to the public for the third year. Hickory Street Bar and Grill, 800 Congress Ave. With Roger Greenawalt and various guest musicians and singers; confirmed guests this year include Suzanna Choffel, Nakia and Lovely Liar.
Folks also can bring their ukuleles and join in on the "uke mob" at noon as they play the first three songs. beatlescompleteonukulele.com.
Waterloo Records: As usual, Austin's famous indie record store will be a great place to catch fantastic free public shows.
Waterloo will transform its parking lot into an outdoor stage while playing host to smaller acts inside the store for music fans who want to do something really novel like, you know, buy music while they take in copious amounts of blissful free noise.
The March 14-17 lineup includes Brit rockers Tribes, Foxy Shazam and Bass Drum of Death, Blitzen Trapper, Norah Jones with the Little Willies, Lucero, Talib Kweli, Jimmy Cliff, Of Montreal, Gary Clark Jr., Youth Lagoon, Nada Surf and Love Inks.
South by San Jose: This now-annual tradition takes over the parking lot shared by ultra-hip Hotel San Jose and Jo's Coffee on South Congress Avenue. The party will go down from noon to 8 p.m. March 14-18 and will feature food from Jo's Coffee, beer and music.
The musical lineup includes the buzz-heavy Alabama Shakes, Great Lake Swimmers, Built to Spill, Alejandro Escovedo, Billy Joe Shaver, Barbara Lynn and many, many more.
Red Bull Party: The DJ-heavy downtown dance party returns. Gates at 7 p.m. March 17, with the music starting at 8 p.m. Eighth and Trinity streets. The lineup includes DJ Jazzy Jeff, Erykah Badu and the Cannabinoids and headliner Z-Trip.
Google+: In addition to a mess of events going down during SXSW Interactive fest, the ever-more-ubiquitous search behemoth is hosting two days of free concerts on top of a parking lot at Ninth and Trinity streets.
The concerts are presented by Google Music and YouTube (the latter of which will livestream the performances) and will include appearances by the Ting Tings, the Shins, Titus Andronicus, Cults, Two Gallants and Heartless Bastards.
The day parties will be free and open to the public, with badgeholders receiving priority upon capacity. www.google.com/events/ sxsw/music.
The Fader Fort: The well-established don of SXSW side parties, the Fader Fort has teamed with Converse and FuseTV to produce this year's Fort, which will be an official SXSW party for the first time. Both badgeholders and the public will need to RSVP for a Fader Fort wristband, and organizers say badgeholders will get priority entrance.
The Fort will be open from 1 to 9 p.m. March 14-17, and confirmed artists include Santigold, Zola Jesus, and hip-hop collective Black Hippy featuring Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul.
Because hipsters get thirsty and even trendy folk need to eat, Bushmills Irish Whiskey will flow and Roberta's, a Brooklyn pizzeria, will be serving up wood-fired pizza. Fuse.tv will livestream the event.
Look for the RSVP to go live at thefader.com/fort.
Bruce Springsteen keynote: Not exactly a party, but you won't need a badge to hear or watch the Boss' keynote on March 15 at the Austin Convention Center. NPR will carry the talk live on the Web and radio.
It's the first time a SXSW keynote has been streamed for all to see and hear, according to NPR, and it will be available at www.npr.org/music, SXSW.com, on participating NPR stations (including KUT) and through the NPR Music iPhone and iPad apps.
The keynote is scheduled to begin at noon.
Lucy's South By South Austin Fried Chicken Revival: Five days of music at the fried chicken joint. Alejandro Escovedo, Freedy Johnston, Li'l Cap'n Travis, Shinyribs and Beaver Nelson are among the performers. Noon to 6 p.m. March 14-18 on the patio, which seats about 100. 2218 College Ave. 297-2423; lucysfried chicken.com.
The Mexican American Experience 2012: A two-day music showcase featuring rhythms from Tejano to Latin rock is back for the second time at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on March 14 and 15. Music starts at 6 p.m. for these free family-friendly concerts.
The Pan Americana Festival follows on March 16 and 17 as an official SXSW showcase, featuring both Latin traditional and urban rhythms. No badges or wristbands required, though. Doors open at 4 p.m. Shuttle service will be available to and from parking lots at Sanchez Elementary School, Martin Middle School and Fiesta Gardens. Food and refreshments will be sold.
Mexican American Experience 2012 lineup:
March 14: Little Joe y La Familia, Los A-T Boyz, Mike Torres III and the Grooveland Chicano Band, Ashley Borrero, Haydn Vitera
March 15: Sunny and The Sunliners, Shelly Lares, Patricia Vonne, Susan Torres y Conjunto Clemencia
Pan Americana Festival 2012 lineup includes:
March 16: La Calma, Grupo FAMA, Rio Jordan, Alfredo y Tortilla Factory, Ricardo Castillon y La Diferenzia, Paul Wall
March 17: Maneja Beto, Charanga Cakewalk, Master Blaster Sound System, Bang Data, Suénalo, Nortec Collective: Hiperboreal
Sharon Chapman, Nancy Flores, Peter Mongillo, Deborah Sengupta Stith contributed to this report.