Check out our picks for must-see conferences, panels, performances and experiences! (And come talk to us if you see us around!) Descriptions are pulled from the official SXSW website and SXSW Go app.

TOC:

Conferences and Panels

3/11 FRIDAY

10 – 11 a.m.: The Elephant in our Womb: The Fight For Women

Wendy Davis

“Texas has passed a de-facto ban on abortion and brought this country to a crossroads. If allowed to remain in effect, SB8 will be used as a template for GOP-controlled legislatures across the country; with multiple states poised to pass identical pieces of legislation in the coming year.”

Speakers:

  • Wendy Davis – Founder of Deeds Not Words
  • Donna Howard – State Rep/Chairwoman of Texas House of Representatives

Location: Hilton Austin Downtown Salon C

11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.: How the Metaverse can Rebuild Society, But Better

“The metaverse is the most futuristic iteration of the Internet — a virtual universe built on AR/VR to create shared, 3D digital spaces. How do we build this new digital reality to advance humanity … and solve the issues of the real world?”

Speakers:

  • Aleatha Parker-Wood – Principal Privacy Engineer at Amazon Web Services
  • Taj Reid – Global Chief Experience Officer – Edelman Austin
  • Adi Robertson – Senior Reporter – The Verge
  • Darren Shou – CTO – NortonLifeLock

Location: Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K

1 – 2 p.m.: KEYNOTE: Alexis McGill Johnson

“Alexis McGill Johnson is the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.”

Location: Austin Convention Center Ballroom D

4 – 5 p.m.: Remote Inc: How to Thrive at Work Wherever You Are

“The new hybrid workplace can make for a stronger organizational culture, happier employees and more productive teams… In this session, you’ll find out how to unlock that potential by thinking like a ‘business of one’.

Speakers:

  • James Russell – Assistant Director at Design-Build Institute of America Southwest Division
  • Alexandra Samuel – Contributor at the Wall Street Journal

Location: Austin Convention Center Room 10AB

4 – 5 p.m.: #TikTokMadeMeBuyIt: Small Business Edition

“TikTok is home to a new generation of storytellers that are defining culture, and SMBs are sharing their stories from their workshop, boardroom, or store-front. In this session, Becca Sawyer, Global Head of SMB at TikTok will lead a conversation with entrepreneurs on getting started on TikTok and building community. “

Speakers:

  • Qiana Allen – Founder of Munchiez Restaurant
  • Max Kruemcke – Co-owner of Bastrop Cattle Company
  • Becca Sawyer – Global Head of SMB at TikTok
  • Ritika Shamdasani – Co-Founder at Sani Designs

Location: Hilton Austin Downtown Salon F

3/13 SUNDAY:

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: KEYNOTE: Lizzo

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Lizzo, Photo by weeklydig

“3x-GRAMMY Award winning superstar Lizzo has become a household name with well over 6 billion global streams and a Platinum selling debut album to date. Lizzo released her Nice Life Recording Company/Atlantic Records debut album CUZ I LOVE YOU on April 19th, 2019, debuting at #6 on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 albums chart and spending 24 consecutive weeks in the chart’s Top 10…”

Location: Austin Convention Center Ballroom D

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: NFTs — New Friend Technology

“Join the team from FLUF World and friends for a conversation on finding your tribe and community building in the metaverse.”

Location: The Contemporary Austin (XR)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Be a Betty White: Accomplices & Advocates in Media

“Another year, another same ol’ award season failed to meet the call for social justice in the film industry. What if there was a way to truly do things differently? What if we hired underrepresented creators to run our biggest film projects?..”

Speakers:

  • Aiko Bethea – Rare Consulting
  • Pamala Buzick – FREE THE WORK
  • Angelique Roche
  • Yvette Urbina – Warner Media

Location: Austin Convention Center Room 12AB

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Gender Bias in Medicine: Advancing Women’s Health

“Gender bias in the workplace has been recognized for decades, but only recently has the impact of gender bias on the health care of women been recognized. Although men and women are biologically distinct, medicine largely views them as the same. “

Speakers:

  • Beth Battaglino RN-C – HealthyWomen.org
  • Lisa Larkin MD – Ms. Medicine
  • Alyson McGregor, MD – University of South Carolina and School of Medicine Greenville
  • Lauren Thaman – Procter & Gamble

Location: Austin Marriott Downtown – Waterloo Ballroom 3

3/14 MONDAY

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.: Featured Session Jonathan Van Ness & ALOK

Jonathan Van Ness is an Emmy-nominated television personality, New York Times best-selling author, podcaster, and hairstylist to the stars. He stars on Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning reboot series “Queer Eye,” where he shines as the hair guru and self-care advocate, and he is the host and executive producer of the Netflix series “Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness,” based on Jonathan’s popular podcast of the same name…

ALOK (they/them) is an internationally acclaimed writer, performer, and public speaker. As a mixed-media artist their work explores themes of trauma, belonging, and the human condition. They are the author of Femme in Public (2017), Beyond the Gender Binary (2020), and Your Wound/My Garden (2021). “

Location: JW Marriott Salon 6-8

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.: What the “She-cession” Will Teach Us About Hiring

“Today’s workforce is undergoing a transformational shift as women leave in record numbers. Whether reducing hours, taking a leave of absence or exiting the labor market altogether, women’s career choices have been accelerated by Covid-related concerns and continuing wage gaps. What lessons does this “she-cession” hold for tomorrow’s hiring?..”

Speakers:

  • Janet Gipson – VP of Talent Acquisition at Global Medical Response
  • Jessica Jenson – CMO at Indeed
  • Mandy Price – CEO of Kanary’s Inc.
  • Jennifer Tracy – VP of Talent Attraction & Acquisition at Spectrum

Location: JW Marriott – Salon GH

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Future of Sex, As Told By Women

“The world of sex has been historically driven by cisgender white men and often stories told from the male lens. But we’re already seeing a major shift as underrepresented voices begin to lead this space from all different aspects and ushering a new wave of sexual wellness and pleasure for all…”

Speakers:

  • Gabrielle Evans – The Minority Sex Report
  • Shadeen Francis – The People’s Therapy Group
  • Anna Lee – Lioness
  • Lilly Sparks – afterglow

Location: Austin Marriott Downtown Waller Ballroom ABC

3/15 TUESDAY

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Featured Session: Psychedelics for Therapeutics and Well-being

“Modern research on psychedelics is turning the “turn-on, tune-in, and drop-out” culture of the 1960’s upside down. What was once considered a recreational activity is now an evidence-based treatment for psychiatric disease. But how can psychedelics be widely used to alleviate human suffering through clinician-guided treatment of illnesses such as depression, PTSD, and addiction?..”

Speakers:

  • Tim Ferriss
  • Roland Griffiths – Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • John Krystal, MD – Yale
  • Rosalind Watts, PhD

Location: Austin Convention Center Ballroom D

3/16 WEDNESDAY

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Now + How: Climate Revolution at Your Doorstep

“In November 2021, Baltimore Blue Green Just, a coalition of organizations and individuals advocating for new approaches to address environmental and social justice issues in Baltimore, gathered communities together to ask, How can we be greater than the sum of our parts?..”

Speakers:

  • Tanaira Cullens – Biohabitats
  • Niamh McQuillan – Baltimore County Public Schools

Location: Hilton Austin Downtown Salon F

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Cancel the 3rd Shift: Improving Retention of Women

“We’ve all heard of women’s Second Shift at home, but it turns out women also have a Third Shift at work. Women disproportionately carry the burden of “office housework” — that’s what some experts call non-promotable, less valued work — in addition to official work functions.”

Speakers:

  • Chandra Adusei – The Fempreneur Consultant
  • Aubrey Blanche – Culture Amp
  • Ana Bracic – Michigan State University
  • M. Alejandra Parra-Orlandoni – Facebook

Location: Austin Marriott Downtown Waller Ballroom ABC

3/17 THURSDAY

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Feminism in Rock: Sunflower Bean & Little Quirks

“In honor of Women’s History Month, Billboard is rounding up the ladies of rock bands Sunflower Bean and Little Quirks to speak about representation for women in the rock music genre. They’ll also share their predictions on how the trajectory for females in the genre will change in years to come.”

Location: Smash ATX

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Featured Session: We don’t have time – Act on climate now

“Our governments currently spend more than $5 trillion per year supporting fossil fuels. This nonsensical subsidizing of oil, gas and coal is unnecessarily destroying our planet when we have better, cleaner options available to us today. So how do we get our leaders to listen and understand that we must end the subsidies that have led us into our current 6th mass extinction?”

Speakers:

  • Dr. Sweta Chakraborty – We Don’t Have Time
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Undp Goodwill Ambassador
  • Boaz Paldi – United Nations Development Programme
  • Mik Thobo-Carlsen – Mindpool

Location: Austin Convention Center Room 16AB

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Across the Metaverse: Independent Music in XR

“The metaverse and XR offers a vast and untapped playground and revenue source for the music industry but figuring out how to access the tech-forward fans who inhabit the space is still a work in progress. Megastars like Lil Nas X and Ariana Grande have made triumphant appearances in front of millions of fans in the technicolor open-worlds of Roblox and Fortnite and festivals from Glastonbury to Burning Man have hosted amazing virtual events to great acclaim. But if I’m an independent music-maker or label just getting back on my feet after lockdown how do I get started in XR? Who holds the keys to the kingdom and how do I make the metaverse work for me? This panel will explore these questions and offer insights and practical advice to help get you started.”

Speakers

  • Theon Cross
  • Anne Mckinnon – Ristband Inc
  • Crispin Parry – British Underground
  • Jon Vlassopulos – ROBLOX

Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 17AB

3/19 Saturday

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Elevating Communities That Created Pop Music

“The popular music that is our country’s #1 cultural export and drives a billion-dollar global business – hip hop, dance music, R&B, blues, jazz, gospel – comes from primarily Black communities. This music has been a driving force in cultivating culture, both in America and globally, while creating a safe space for creative youth to cultivate their identities.

Unfortunately, 5 million youth do not have access to this creative outlet in their school programs. Join Save The Music, members of its music advisory board, and leading artists in the industry in a discussion on the necessity of ensuring that today’s youth have direct access in their classrooms to the rich musical and cultural legacies in their communities.”

Speakers:

  • Sway Calloway – Sirius XM
  • Gina Chavez
  • Henry Donahue – Save The Music Foundation
  • Kelefa Sanneh – The New Yorker
  • Noelle Scaggs – Diversify the Stage

Meet Ups and Experiences

3/11 FRIDAY

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Young Professionals: The Future is Us Meet Up

“Millennials and other young professionals are the largest and most diverse workforce in the United States. Now is the time for our generation to step up at work & in the community to make a significant impact.”

Location: Austin Marriott Downtown Room 401

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Big Gay Kick-Off Party – Presented by Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce

“Celebrate the start of SXSW 2022 with the biggest, gayest party in town. Whether you’re in town for the conference or a local looking to take in all the excitement and festivities, the 2022 #BigGayKickoff Party is the place to be. Get your photo taken, celebrate the start of SXSW 2022 and meet new friends from all over the world.”

Location: Rain

3/12 SATURDAY

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Yoga with Adrienne – Find What Feels Good

“Join Austin native and international yoga teacher, Adriene Mishler, for this special, all levels yoga class! This session is designed to inspire mindful and intelligent connection, leaving you feeling stretched out and centered.”

Location: Palmer Events Center – Fitness Stage

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Celsius’ First Women’s Hackathon

“Celsius will host the hackathon together with The Female Quotient at the Equality Lounge® at SXSW 2022 in Austin.”

Location: Equality Lounge

3/14 MONDAY

12:00 – 6:00 p.m: Superheroes & Superstars Experience (This event is open Friday-Monday)

“Prime Video kicks off SXSW with an experience that allows you to enter the worlds of Superheroes and Superstars. ‘The Boys’ invite you to power-up at Diabolical’s signature Vought A Burger stand then take a whirl on a Starlight’s Carousel of Dreams at Voughtland. Lizzo’s ‘Watch Out for the Big Grrrls’ will help guests prep for stardom with a relaxing glow-up and Lizzo-inspired cocktail at the supersized Juicebox bar. Come see where it takes you!”

Location: 604 Driskill Lot

3/15 TUESDAY

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Future of Women at Work Networking Social

“To celebrate Women’s History Month through the lens of mentorship, we want to create space for women and allies to connect in authentic – and fun – ways while also discussing what the future may look like for women in leadership.”

Location: JW Marriott Room 206

3/16 WEDESDAY

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Best Friends Animal Society Happy Hour

“Come join Best Friends Animal Society for a happy hour with cocktails, food, and some adorable adoptable pets!”

Location: Easy Tiger South

All Day Events

3/11 FRIDAY – 3/19 SATURDAY

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: SXSW Art Program Installation: “Offer Them Comfort. Offer Them Rest.” by Desireé Vaniecia

“Offer Them Comfort. Offer Them Rest by Desireé Vaniecia, derives from a poem written by author Nayyirah Waheed regarding fear. In this exhibition, Desiree is documenting her fears of motherhood and coming to terms with situations she has no control over. Desiree Vanieciais a contemporary painter who lives and works in Dallas, Texas.

Raised in a matriarchal home, her work pays homage to her family and their legacy. Her distinctive personal style challenges a stereotype of Black women constructed by the media. Her portraits evoke both vulnerability and strength through posture, physical interaction, or compositional format. Gestures and poses are presented as powerful, whether through sexuality or assurance, while facial expressions and anatomical detail are left reduced and neutral within the empty or vague settings.”

3/12 SATURDAY

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Capital Factory House Startup Crawl

“Capital Factory House brings the brightest minds in our tech ecosystem together for an inspiring collection of educational sessions, workshops, interactive experiences, and lots of surprises along the way. We welcome all who are curious about the startup ecosystem and are open to exciting experiences — whether you’re a tech enthusiast, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, or somewhere in between.”

Location: Capital Factory

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Norton Bright Lounge

“Find a daily, refreshing reprieve at The Norton Bright Lounge. Experience the power of digital living on the bright side with light and uplifting refreshments, giveaways, happy hour events, and more.”

Location: Hilton Austin Downtown Room 602

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Slack Digital HQ Experience

“Be part of the future of work in our free interactive pop-up experience, where work and play go hand in hand. Make your way around a larger-than-life Digital HQube, snap a fresh profile pic in our immersive 3D scenes and cozy up (and get a few things done) in the Work from Anywhere lounge. Plus, we’ve got sweet treats, exclusive Slack swag and all the Wi-Fi you’ll ever need.”

Location: 3rd & Congress

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Stellar Lounge

“Interested in blockchain, finance, or payments? Stop by the Stellar Lounge during the Finance 3.0 Summit for access to all-day coffee, daily happy hours from 4:30-6:00, networking, lounge space, a hackathon, Stellar swag, and a chance to say hello to The Stellar Development Foundation team. We look forward to seeing you there!”

Location: JW Marriott Room 303-304

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: The Trip An Atlanta Cafe

“In anticipation of the Emmy® Award-winning comedy’s third season, FX is set to welcome fans to an immersive pop-up entitled “The Trip: An Atlanta Café,” inspired by the upcoming season, where guests can catch glimpses of what is to come through exploration of a multi-floor experience. This full-sensory, transportive pop up features an Amsterdam-inspired coffee shop with look and look-again installations at every turn.”

Location: Higher Ground

5:00 – 10:00 p.m.: Bala’s Boot Scootin’ Disco

“Join Bala for an evening of Boot Scooting’ Disco. Be sure to wear your finest rhinestone cowboy boots to enjoy a night of live entertainment, cocktails, light bites, and much more. Additionally, we are offering two Balacize workout classes earlier in the day. Visit our website for more details, and be sure to RSVP as space is limited.”

Location: Banger’s Basement

3/13 – 3/15

11:oo a.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Breonna’s Garden

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“In solidarity with Breonna Taylor’s family, notable artist and curator Lady PheØnix developed Breonna’s Garden: a revolutionary framework for veneration through Augmented Reality. As a sacred space, the Garden is brimming with flowers, butterflies, and a few of Breonna’s favorite things. Now, for the first time in Virtual Reality, audiences are able to fully immerse themselves in Breonna’s Garden.

Hear about Breonna from her family, those who knew her best: Ms Tamika Palmer, Ju’Niyah Palmer and Kenneth Walker. Breonna’s Garden honors the life and memory of Breonna Taylor while cultivating a safe healing space for anyone to plant a message of hope for Breonna’s family or a personal message in remembrance of someone they miss.”

Location: Congressional Ballroom

3/17 THURSDAY

10:00 a.m. – 4: p.m.: Samsung | Billboard Galaxy House

“Come stop by the Samsung | Billboard Galaxy House to watch artist panels curated by Billboard and grab drinks & food along with fun popsicles from our Samsung Galaxy S22 Taste of Galaxy stand. Snap one-of-a-kind photos in immersive spaces that’ll fill yours feeds with color, nature and surreal dreamscapes.”

Location: Smash ATX

Film Screenings

3/12 SATURDAY

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: WeCrashed

“The series is inspired by actual events — and the love story at the center of it all. WeWork grew from a single coworking space into a global brand worth $47 billion in under a decade. Then, in less than a year, its value plummeted. What happened?”

Starring:

  • Jared Leto
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Kyle Marvin
  • America Ferrera
  • O-T Fagbenle

Location: Paramount

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.: The Lost City

“Brilliant, but reclusive author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) has spent her career writing about exotic places in romance-adventure novels featuring cover model Alan (Channing Tatum), who has dedicated his life to embodying the hero character, “Dash.” While on her book tour with Alan, Loretta is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who hopes that she can lead him to the lost city’s treasure from her story.”

Starring:

  • Sandra Bullock
  • Channing Tatum
  • Daniel Radcliffe
  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph
  • Oscar Nuñez
  • Patti Harrison
  • Bowen Yang

Location: Paramount

3/19 SATURDAY

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Atlanta

“Taking place almost entirely in Europe, Season 3 of FX’s Atlanta finds Earn, Alfred ‘Paper Boi,’ Darius and Van in the midst of a successful European tour, as the group navigates their new surroundings as outsiders, and struggle to adjust to the newfound success they had aspired to.”

Starring:

  • Donald Glover
  • Brian Tyree Henry
  • LaKeith Stanfield
  • Zazie Beetz

Location: Paramount

Comedy

3/12 SATURDAY

8:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Upright Citizens Brigade’s ASSSSCAT

“Created by the Upright Citizen’s Brigade (founded by Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts), ASSSSCAT features true tales from a celebrity guest monologist and inspired scenes acted out by some of today’s most skilled improvisers. “

Location: Esther Follies

3/15 TUESDAY

10:00 – 11:30 p.m.: Gotham Comedy Showcase

“Often featured in numerous film and television productions, Gotham Comedy Club is one of New York’s most popular stand-up destinations. For 25 years their coveted stage has hosted national acts and fostered generations of young comedians into comedy heavyweights who still consider the club a home today.”

Location: Esther Follies

3/16 WEDNESDAY

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.: improv4humans Podcast Recording

“Created by Upright Citizen Brigade (UCB) Theatre co-founder Matt Besser (Parks & Recreation, Modern Family), improv4humans is one of the premier comedy podcasts. The fully improvised weekly show features some of the best performers in the industry. Each week, Besser guides a new panel of comedians through various scenes based on random suggestions from the audience.”

Location: Esther Follies

MUSIC

3/15 TUESDAY

8:30 – 10:40 p.m.: DAWA Fund Presents: U*N*I*T*Y

Presented by the DAWA Fund (grant funded by DAWA Heals), U*N*I*T*Y highlights local artists including Cha’Keeta B, Mélat and Magna Carda. Founded by Jonathan “Chaka” Mahone, DAWA Heals “is a safety net for people of color who are experiencing short term life crisis.  More specifically, people of color who are: musicians, artists, social workers, teachers, healing practitioners, and service industry workers. These are the people who GIVE to others/serve day in and day out for a living, and are often at the highest risk for mental health crisis.”

9:00 – 9:45 p.m.: Robynn Shayne

“Robynn Shayne is an Austin, TX-based singer-songwriter/country recording artist who has been sharing her sweeter than sweet ear candy with the world for the past 10 years. Robynn is well known for her famous viral video where she sang “Royals” by Lorde on a plane. Lorde gave Robynn praise for her rendition via Twitter!”

Location: Saxon Pub

3/16 WEDNESDAY

2:00 – 2:40 p.m.: The Tiarras

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(l to r) Tiffany, Tori and Sophia Baltierra

“Coming into natural formation as biological sisters turned bandmates, three-time Austin Music Award-winning trio, The Tiarras, are multi-faceted artists creating global music by pursuing sound without restrictions. “

Location: Radio Day Stage at Austin Convention Center

10:00 – 10:40 p.m.: Lisa Morales

“Singer-songwriter Lisa Morales draws from a creative palette informed by the rhythms, colors, and flavors of the Southwest — from the painted-desert skies of her native Tucson, Arizona, where she and cousin Linda Ronstadt grew up, to the sea-salted air of Houston, where she moved at 18, and the history of San Antonio, and the music-filled city of Austin where she now lives.”

Location: Continental Club

11:00 p.m. – 11:40 p.m.: Gina Chávez

“In an industry that looks to define artists, Gina Chávez refuses to fit into a box. With more than 1.3 million views on her Tiny Desk, a major sync deal with Target, multiple features on Brené Brown’s “Unlocking Us” podcast—for which she co-wrote the theme music—the genre-bending bilingual musician has become a force to be reckoned with. Chávez—a self-made, independent recording artist—saw the fruits of her labor pay off in 2020 when her first all-Spanish language album La Que Manda was nominated for a Latin Grammy and tapped to perform for the award show.

Now, the Texas native can be seen everywhere as one of the faces of LifeWTR’s #LifeUnseen campaign—with her own bottle and a commercial airing nationwide. Gina Chávez is La Que Manda.”

Location: Saxon Pub

8 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Futuristic Femmes Showcase 

“After years of waiting, the show you didn’t think you needed to see is finally taking place during one of the largest music festivals in the country. We welcome your attendance and can’t wait to read what you thought about this epic line-up!”

Location: Speakeasy

10:00 p.m. – 2 a.m.: House of Lepore Presents The Dirty South Ball

“At the beginning of 2022, House of Lepore made history by bringing the first “Austin Vogue Nights” to Swan Dive ATX, a monthly night dedicated to ballroom where members of Austin’s Queer community can learn, compete, and begin to form their own families. Once again, House of Lepore is prepared to create history by throwing the very first SXSW Official Ball.”

Location: Coconut Club Rooftop

3/17 THURSDAY – 3/19 SATURDAY

4:00 – 10 p.m.: Mike’s Hard Lemonade Backyard @ SXSW Outdoor Stage

“Welcome to the Mike’s Hard Lemonade Backyard! This is the perfect place to enjoy a cold Mike’s Hard Lemonade while watching artist perform from the second level viewing deck. In between artists, be sure to snap a photo at our lemon themed photo op!”

Location: SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake

8:oo p.m. – 2:oo a.m.: Stones Throw Showcase

For over the past 25 years Peanut Butter Wolf’s Stones Throw Records has become synonymous with compelling music that isn’t outside the box, it blows the damn box to smithereens. The former home to legends like J Dilla and Madvillain, Stones Throw is the industry standard for music that subverts expectation and sets the bar for what music can be. The showcase includes performances from Sudan Archives, Angela Muñoz and Houston native Peyton.

Location: Empire Garage

3/19 Saturday

12:30 a.m. – 1:50 a.m.: Sir Woman

“Sir Woman is the latest project from Wild Child front-woman and Glorietta contributor Kelsey Wilson. Since forming the group in 2019, Wilson has assembled an impeccable group of players whose musical precision and execution is matched only by the fun they have together on stage. Tapping into her love of RnB, Funk, and Pop, Wilson has moved distinctly away from the peppy folk of Wild Child and the guitar-driven Americana of Glorietta. ‘I’ve always been drawn to Soul music, but I had doubts about my own capabilities,’ says Wilson. ‘After the first day in the studio, though, I knew I had to bring Sir Woman to life. People needed to hear this music just as much as I needed to make it. The tunes made us feel good. I had finally found my voice and I was ready to share the love.'”

Location: Creek and the Cave

11:30 p.m. – 12:10 a.m.: Free Radicals

“Five years in the making, Free Radicals’ White Power Outage, the band’s vision of the end of white supremacy is embodied in the wild cover art by John Kitses, featuring the power-of-the-people pulling the white-power fossil fuel plug out of the socket, and a Trump-tank riding to armageddon with battalions of MAGA hat guys and cocktail swishing executives. The over 50 musicians include 4 year old kids from Peace Camp Houston chanting their hearts out, 92 year old Harry Sheppard playing with the power of a lifetime of experience on the vibraphone, and every single generation in between.

White Power Outage vocalists and musicians represent so many of the beautiful shades of Black, LatinX, white, Asian, mixed, and indigenous people that make up the culture of Houston, Texas. They came together to make revolutionary music, and to demand an end to white supremacy in the arts, culture, politics, the economy, and in their personal lives. Now the band is about to drop White Power Outage volume 2!”

Location: Elephant Room

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