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SXSW's free 3-day concert series takes over Auditorium Shores with all-star lineup

SXSW's free concert series takes over Auditorium Shores with star acts

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SXSW returns to Auditorium Shores March 15-17. Photo by Tye Truitt

On March 13, SXSW revealed its highly anticipated Outdoor Stage lineup. Running March 15-17, the free outdoor concert series features both local and national acts and has become a capstone for the 10-day mega festival.

The music begins on Thursday, March 15, with longtime Los Angeles rockers Los Lobos headlining. Thursday's lineup also includes El Freaky Colectivo & Friends, Centavrvs, and a yet-to-be-named guest. El Freaky Colectivo kicks off the music at 5:15 pm, with Los Lobos taking the stage at a very reasonable 8:30 pm. 

The party continues on Friday, March 16, with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Austin's own Shakey Graves, as well as former Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. and Caamp. Friday night's performances begin at 6 pm and end with Rateliff's set at 8:45 pm.

And not to be outdone, Saturday, March 17, promises to be one spectacular finale to SXSW. Roky Erickson, Shinyribs, A Giant Dog, Night Drive, and Bidi Bidi Banda round out Saturday's impressive lineup. 

Hosted at Auditorium Shores, SXSW Outdoor Stage is open to all festival badge and wristband holders, as well as the general public, who can gain entry by registering for a free SXSW Guest Pass.

In addition to Outdoor Stage shows, the SXSW Guest Pass also grants entry to other free events, such as Flatstock 65, Job Market, SXSW Wellness Expo, SXSW Marketplace, and the SXSW outdoor film screenings.

To see the full SXSW Outdoor Stage lineup and exact set times, please go here.