Prepare for the onslaught of South by Southwest day shows with a locally packed afternoon north of the impending Downtown fray. Cedar Park scene the Haute Spot hosts the Unity Show, benefitting a number of nonprofits (DAWA, Free Lunch, and the Other Ones Foundation) and organized by songwriters Graham Weber and Graham Wilkinson’s “Grahams Give Back” campaign. Holding down the headlining slot for the wildly eclectic lineup, Heartless Bastards tap into A Beautiful Life, empowering and anthemic behind Erika Wennerstrom’s soaring vocals and golden guitar crescendos. Freshly tapped Austin Music Awards winner for Best Hip-Hop/Rap, Deezie Brown rolls out masterpiece 5th Wheel Fairytale and latest Geto Gala single “Champagne Wishes,” while Buffalo Hunt swirls in the art-pop Ambitions of Ambiguity. Supergroup of indie pop KVN unites Primo the Alien, Dossey, and Lady Heartwing into a danceable barrage, and Goldie Pipes belts his own low-down blues and funk from 2020’s The Chocolate Quarters. Country troubadour Jonathan Terrell continues his rise between rockers and ballads, and “Beaumonster” Jesse Dayton revs up his hard-charging guitar scorchers. Songwriters Gordy Quist (Band of Heathens) and Grace Rowland (The Deer) round out with solo turns alongside Wilkinson and Weber.
Sun., March 5, 3pm