The Chili Dog Fest Caps SXSW Local Style

Impressive lineup of musicians to benefit Central Texas Food Bank

In its ninth year, the Chili Dog Fest serves as a gathering for local musicians and service industry pros to hang out with friends, take in a killer lineup of bands, and eat chili dogs. The fest is held on Sun., March 18, at noon, and features 50 bands spread out over three venues with all proceeds benefiting the Central Texas Food Bank.

Metz (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

Held at Empire Control Room, the Side Bar, and now Beerland, your $10 donation will net you entrance into the venues, a ticket for a free chili dog, and three raffle tickets. This is an unofficial showcase, no credentials needed.

Other highlights include the Hot Dog Piñata Bust for the kids at 3:15pm and the Crack Pipes leading A Howl for Mike Carroll honoring the recently passed local blues punk legend of Poison 13, Lord High Fixers, and Total Sound Group Direct Action Committee fame.

With your three raffle tickets you can bid on items from the Little Darlin', South Austin Music, Blue Sky Design, El Chile, the Liberty, Hometown Amp Repair, and many more. Fine Southern Gentlemen will be on hand printing up high-quality Chili Dog Fest shirts, so be sure to bring some extra cash, and/or your own shirt if you wanna save a couple bucks.

Flesh Lights (Photo by Shelley Hiam)

But the main draw is the impressive lineup of 50 national and (mainly) local acts spread out over 10 hours and three venues [full disclosure: my band, the John-Pauls, will be performing]. Highlights include Canadian noise rockers Metz, Houston garage rockers Sugar Shack, and local punks OBN III's, Flesh Lights, and Eastside Suicides.

This piñata is blissfully ignorant of Sunday's Hot Dog Piñata Bust

Here's the full lineup listed from headliner to opener at each stage:

Teenage Cavegirl, Ugly Beats, John Paul Keith, Will Courtney & the Wild Bunch, Quin Galavis, Tender Things, Saddle Sores, Salem Walk, Adam Ostrar, Nox Boys, Pie Hole [Side Bar inside]

Think No Think, Amplified Heat, Eastside Suicides, Flesh Lights, the Golden Boys, Sugar Shack, A Howl for Mike Carroll, Crack Pipes, Poizon, Vertical Vice, Land Shark, Jerry David DeCicca & friends [Side Bar outside]

Hidden Ritual, Metz, OBN III's, A Place to Bury Strangers, Kay Odyssey, the Ripe, White Heat, Exhalants, Semihelix, Finite Fidelity [Empire Control Room garage stage]

Pleasure Venom, Viva L'American Death Ray, USA/Mexico, Gospel Truth, Knife in the Water, Rocket 808, Popper Burns, Genital Panic, Billy King & the Bad Bad Bad, Air Traffic Controllers, the Early Stages, the John-Pauls, Utinutin [Empire Control Room inside stage]

Daikaiju, Breaker Breaker, Fast Eddy, My Education, Scott Yoder, Sturle Dagsland, Austi!, Hot Dog Piñata Bust for the kids, Jerry David DeCicca & friends, Missing Pages [Empire Patio Hangover Cure stage]

A Very Chili Dog Austin Jukebox w/ Lung Letters, This Moment in Black History, Boss Eye, Obnox, Black Mercy [Beerland]

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More by Mark Fagan
Fall Concerts to Add to Your Calendar
Fall Concerts to Add to Your Calendar
Paul McCartney, the Jesus Lizard, and Saturnalia make the list

Sept. 4, 2018

ACL Fest Late Night Lineup Drops
ACL Fest Late Night Lineup Drops
St. Vincent, the Breeders, and Parquet Courts head the list

Aug. 21, 2018


Metz, Flesh Lights, Chili Dog Fest, Central Texas Food Bank

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle