Over the better part of the past decade, one of the best components of SXSW has been its free outdoor shows. No badges, no wristbands, no cover required, just lots of warm bodies and lots of local and national headliners. This year, rather than cordoning off already crowded downtown streets and/or parking lots, the biggest musical festival in the country utilized one of the biggest and best places in Austin for free, outdoor shows: Auditorium Shores, natch. Considering the crowd that turned out for NARAS's huge Hispanic throwdown, featuring Houston's La Mafia, we're not the only ones who thought the idea was muy bueno!
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