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SXSW Free Butler Park Concert Series

Schedule for Music fest’s all-star weekend extravanganzas

By Chase Hoffberger, 1:35PM, Thu. Mar. 6

Slash performing at the Austin Convention Center last fall for Dell World.
Slash performing at the Austin Convention Center last fall for Dell World.
photo by Gary Miller

South by Short Wallet? The dream’s still possible. Between in-stores, day parties, Flatstock, the Gear Expo, and South by Southwest’s free concert series in Butler Park, the music festival that’s A Million Music Festivals in One posted its schedule for the latter.

What traditionally occurs every SXSW at Auditorium Shores now moves just across Riverside Drive to Butler Park, adjacent to the Long Center and Palmer Events Center. Last year, that was the Flaming Lips, Cafe Tacuba, and a tribute to Levon Helm.

This year’s crop begins with Slash-anchored fireworks for Jimi Hendrix, subject of Outkast MC André 3000’s new biopic on the psychedelic six-stringer, which premieres at SXSW Film. On Friday, Foster the People takes its brand new sophomore disc out for a spin alongside Washed Out, and Young & Sick, who dish out a healthy dose of indie melodies. Saturday’s celebration of Memphis soul starring Snoop Dogg crowns the weekend.

These shows are free with registration for a SXSW Guest Pass, which requires you sign up through Facebook and provide your name, gender, email, and date of birth.

THURSDAY, MARCH 13 (Gates 3pm)

6: Los Lonely Boys
7: Vintage Trouble
8: A Jimi Hendrix Celebration presented by the U.S. Postal Service and curated by Wayne Kramer (MC5), featuring Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney), Doug Pinnick (King’s X), Robby Krieger (the Doors), and more

FRIDAY, MARCH 14 (Gates 3pm)

6: Young & Sick
7: Washed Out
8: Foster the People

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 (Gates noon)

1: DJ Jester the Filipino Fist
2: Take Me to the River featuring Hi-Rhythm (Ben Cauley & the Royal Horns of Memphis), Booker T, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, North Mississippi Allstars, Charlie Musselwhite, Al Kapone, Bobby Rush, Snoop Dogg, etc.
6: Lion Babe
6:30: the Cool Kids
8: Childish Gambino

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