You don't have to cough up the cash for a wristband or a badge to get in on the SXSW Music action. Below we've picked a free (open to the public) official SXSW Music event for each day of the fest.
Tuesday, March 17: Riot Act and No Play showcases
Kick off your SXSW Music experience with free official showcases at Cheer Up Charlies. Inside, catch Austin darlings Abram Shook, Jess Williamson and Shivery Shakes. On the outside stage, see New York's Deaf Leaf Echo, Denver's In The Whale, and Houston's New York City Queens.
Wednesday, March 18: The Accidentals, Jessie Frye
Stripped down happy hour shows at the Hotel Second Play Stage offer a front-row seat for up-and-coming acts. Head to the Sheraton for The Accidentals at 5 pm and Jessie Frye at 6 pm.
Thursday, March 19: Spoon
Spoon will headline the first of three nights of music on the SXSW Auditorium Shores Stage. Gates open at 3 pm, and you'll want to arrive early to catch My Jerusalem, Mac McCaughan, and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. Spoon will take the stage at 8 pm.
Friday, March 20: The Lowest Pair, Sam Morrow
Cheers to the end of the work week at this Hotel Second Play Stage happy hour showcase. The Omni Hotel plays host to banjo duo The Lowest Pair at 6 pm and LA-based singer songwriter Sam Morrow at 7 pm.
Saturday, March 21: BoDeans
This Austin-centric afternoon show at Auditorium Shores starts just before 3 pm with Hunter Sharpe, The Eastern Sea and BoDeans filling the afternoon lineup. If you have the stamina, stick around for an evening of international sounds.
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