Cactus Lee, Nemegata, Font, Grace Sorensen Set for the Chronicle’s Hair of the 3-Legged Dog Party

Freebie springtime standby returns to Hotel Vegas March 15

Changing venues, delayed set times, notoriously erratic Texas weather: Almost nothing about South by Southwest is predictable. Right as rain, however, comes Hair of the 3-Legged Dog, the Chronicle’s annual March day party.

Now in its ninth year, the festivities return to Hotel Vegas from 12 to 4pm on Friday, March 15. As always, entry is free and open to the (21 and up) public with RSVP. Following a chilly 2023 run featuring Being Dead, Kydd Jones, Rattlesnake Milk, and Urban Heat, this year’s show promises performances from Cactus Lee, Nemegata, Font, and Grace Sorensen.

Nominated for Songwriter of the Year in the 2024-2023 Austin Music Poll, Kevin Dehan issues introspective country compositions as Cactus Lee. Focusing on acoustic guitar rather than stereotypical honky tonk-twang, his latest LP, Caravan, arrived in October. Of his newest works, the Chronicle wrote earlier this year: “Dehan has a voice as easy as a rocking chair and lyrics that feel like you're thumbing through a scrapbook found at a rural Texas estate sale.”

Recent UT-Austin grads and/or frequent Ballroom attendees likely know Font, post-punks who for years set off live shows with energetic, jammy energy – but released almost no recorded material. Fortunately for everyone else, the band now has two singles to their name, and nabbed a Best Rock nomination in the latest Austin Music Poll. The art-rock guitar of “Sentence I” is all fun and games, while “It” breaks down, glitching with an insistent synth and Thom Waddill’s agitated vocals.

Grace Sorensen makes sultry R&B, both as a solo artist and collaborator. Check “Digits” with Magna Carda and back-to-back BLK ODYSSY album appearances for a who’s who of local soulful talent. Of her cool girl, no-fucks-given image, the singer told the Chronicle in an October 2023 cover story: “Femininity doesn’t look one way. I wanted to shine a little more light on different types of ways that it can look, and the different ways we express [femininity].”

On new LP Voces, up for Album of the Year in the 2024-2023 Music Poll, Colombian trio Nemegata traverses psychedelia, synth rock, and post-punk. Metallic percussion clangs against scratchy guitar in “Pasos,” while a Chronicle recommendation of “Ni Con Palo Ni Con Bala” read: “The song's mortal battle between capitalism and human connection to nature and ourselves matches its furious, clattering crescendo, [Victor Andrés] Cruz's call to arms against soulless capitulation to modern zombiehood exploding like a Molotov cocktail.”

In addition to live music, the event offers drink specials from Bloody Revolution and Island Getaway Rum, plus samples of Tejas Tonic’s non-alcoholic, THC- and CBD-infused beverages and gummies. Eldorado Cafe will be slinging free tacos, MOOD Aura Nomad will be snapping aura portraits, and, of course, Chron office dog Hank the Tripaw may be hanging around for cuddles. Even better, proceeds from the event support Austin Pets Alive.

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