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SXSW Parties, Americana style

Peter Blackstock

Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 24, 2014

Free day parties Wednesday and Thursday during SXSW at two venues just west and east of downtown offer an array of rising and established acts in genres under the broad Americana umbrella. Wednesday brings the long-running Guitartown/Conqueroo Kickoff to two stages at the Dogwood, 715 W. Sixth St, while Wednesday and Thursday finds the second annual Billy Reid/American Songwriter Shindig at Weather Up, 1808 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Guitartown, a North Carolina Internet discussion group, teams with publicist Cary Baker’s Conqueroo company to present acts from from late-morning to mid-evening at the Dogwood. Highlights include Dave & Phil Alvin, Los Lonely Boys, Billy Joe Shaver and James McMurtry.

Fashion designer Billy Reid and bimonthly magazine American Songwriter drew big crowds to Weather Up last year, and should do so again with a Wednesday bill that includes Hurray for the Riff Raff, Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller and Jessica Lea Mayfield, plus a Thursday lineup with Kurt Vile, Robert Ellis, Shakey Graves and others. Admission requires an online RSVP.

Here are the complete lineups:


Wednesday, March 12, at the Dogwood

Outside Stage:

11 a.m.: James McMurtry

Noon: Jon Dee Graham

1 p.m.: Howlin’ Brothers

2 p.m.: Blackie & the Rodeo Kings

3 p.m.: Future Monarchs with Pat Sansone

4 p.m.: Los Lonely Boys

5 p.m.: Chuck Mead & the Grassy Knoll Boys

6 p.m.: Billy Joe Shaver

6:55 p.m.: Dave & Phil Alvin

Inside Stage:

10:30 a.m.: Kelly Mickwee

11:30 a.m.: Bobby Rush

12:30 p.m.: The Silos

1:30 p.m.: Bonnie Whitmore

2:30 p.m.: Johnny Two Bags

3:30 p.m.: Painted Redstarts

4:30 p.m.: Ian Moore

5:30 p.m.: Rosie Flores

6:30 p.m.: Bukka Allen

7:30 p.m.: Tom Freund

8:30 p.m.: Steve Poltz


March 12-13, at Weather Up


Noon-12: 30 p.m.: Majestico

12:50-1:20 p.m.: Belle Brigade

1:40-2:10 p.m.: Rhett Miller

2:30-3 p.m.: Jessica Lea Mayfield

3:20-4 p.m.: Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang

4:20-5 p.m.: Benjamin Booker

5:20-6:05 p.m.: Hurray for the Riff Raff

6:25-7:15 p.m.: J. Roddy Walston & the Business


11:30-11:50 a.m.: Matrimony

Noon-12:30 p.m.: Felice Brothers

12:50-1:20 p.m.: Shakey Graves

1:40-2:10 p.m.: Apache Relay

2:30-3 p.m.: Kurt Vile

3:20-4 p.m.: Billy Joe Shaver

4:20-5 p.m.: Spanish Gold

5:20-6:05 p.m.: Robert Ellis

6:25-7:15 p.m.: St. Paul & the Broken Bones

Find more side parties in our mobile-friendly and frequently updated SXSW Side Party Guide.