KUTX 98.9 and Four Seasons Hotel Austin are partnering again this year to connect you to some of the most anticipated artists at the 2017 SXSW Music Conference, while raising money for the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. This year’s lineup includes heavy-hitters like Spoon, Real Estate, Temples and The Black Angels, plus break-out artists, like Maggie Rogers, Middle Kids, OJR and Little Simz.
Got little ones in tow? Spare the Rock Spoil the Child, our Sunday-evening kids’ show, will offer kid-friendly (but parent-friendly, too) sets between the main-stage acts in the hotel’s Lobby Lounge each day.
We’ll air four early-morning broadcasts live from the Four Seasons ballroom from 7 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 15, through Friday, March 17, and from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 18.
The event is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is a $10 per adult and $5 per child (ages 10 and under) per day, with all money benefiting the Seton Shivers Cancer Center (cash only please!) Admission includes a breakfast taco, a granola bar, and coffee. Limited self-parking is available in the hotel garage on a first-come, first served basis at a discounted rate of $5 per car until 1 p.m.
The KUTX Live at the Four Seasons – SXSW edition – has raised nearly $200,000 for Seton over the past six years.
Here’s this year’s lineup:
Wednesday, March 15
Main Stage Lineup:
7 a.m. French-Columbian, Brooklyn-based, multi-instrumentalist R&B artist Gabriel Garzón-Montano
8 a.m. Folk-blues and Americana band Hurray For The Riff Raff out of New Orleans
9 a.m. Central Texas Hip Hop group Third Root
10 a.m. New Jersey’s hazy indie rockers Real Estate
Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child Lineup:
8:30 a.m. Indie rocker, songwriter, playwright and children’s book author Ralph’s World
9:30 a.m. Red Yarn, who weaves folk songs and puppetry into engaging shows for all ages
Thursday, March 16
Main Stage Lineup:
7 a.m. Texan Jonathan Terrell who has written hits for Bart Crow and Mike and the Moonpies
8 a.m. Maggie Rogers, the electro-pop folk singer made famous by Pharrell’s endorsement last year
9 a.m. Three-piece band Middle Kids from Sydney, Australia
10 a.m. English rockers Temples
Friday, March 17
Main Stage Lineup:
7 a.m. Asheville, North Carolina Americana quartet River Whyless
8 a.m. Oliver John-Rodgers, aka OJR, who plays a range of styles from indie-folk, blues and Americana to grunge, psychedelia, and rock ‘n’ roll
9 a.m. Texas Troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard
10 a.m. Austin psychedelic rock band The Black Angels
Saturday, March 18
Main Stage Lineup:
8 a.m. Austin-based singer and songwriter Molly Burch
9 a.m. Austin blues, funk and soul artist Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
10 a.m. British rapper, singer (and actress) Little Simz
11 a.m. Spoon drops its ninth album “Hot Thoughts” March 17
KUTX LIVE at the Four Seasons is sponsored by:
Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s music accentuates odd angles like a funhouse mirror. The juxtapositions are pretty great: mandolin mixed with hip-hop beats, spiky guitar with Thao Nguyen’s wide-ranging voice. Every song sounds like a call-to-arms, and they often are. Thao can rail against misogyny and the economic inequality of San Francisco, sounding less like a preacher than a concerned citizen who’s lived it and had enough.
It makes perfect sense the band would team up with Merrill Garbus (a.k.a. tUnE-yArDs) for their latest album, A Man Alive, and as producer, she helps enhance their sandbox sound. The songs truly pop onstage, and today’s song of the day comes from the band’s live set at the Four Seasons. “Nobody Dies” is anxious but also a lot of fun. Listen to the song below and mark your calendar: Thao Nguyen is the guest DJ on My KUTX this Saturday (March 26) at 6 p.m.
photo by Mark Bowman Images
On the Sunday morning after South By when most music lovers are catching some zzzz’s, Rolling Stone Senior Writer David Fricke joins our own Jody Denberg on the KUTX airwaves for their annual four-hour “SXSW Wrap Up Show”. In years past they have been joined by guests Robyn Hitchcock, Sean Lennon and Alejandro Escovedo – and this year they were visited by the legendary Irish DJ, journalist, publicist and self-proclaimed dodgy geezer BP Fallon.
On this first day of Spring, SX shows were discussed, new CDs were premiered, vintage record-store finds were unwrapped and someone’s cell phone rang throughout one whole break (it was Robert Plant calling BP’s cell phone to try and join the fray). If you were still asleep or missed the show, here it is in all its glory – with the playlist right HERE.
Wednesday March 16th
Thursday March 17th
Friday March 18th
Saturday March 19th
Photo by Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUTX
White Denim is the KUTX Artist of the Month for March. Learn more here.
In his recent My KUTX episode, White Denim bassist Steve Terebecki thoroughly underlined his band’s motley collection of influences. His song picks included everything from proto-metal and punk to funk and jazz, and White Denim has a way of wearing these influences well while also saying something completely new.
The Austin band’s particular alchemy was upset a bit last year after losing two members to Leon Bridges’ touring outfit, but founding members James Petralli and Terebecki soldier on with Jonathan Horne and Jeff Olson. White Denim sounded invigorated and fiery live at the Four Seasons last week. They previewed songs from their upcoming seventh album, Stiff, out this Friday. “Holda You (I’m Psycho)” finds the band in full-on rock and roll mode, and when Petralli bellows “I’m gonna have what’s mine,” it’s hard to disagree. Listen to the song below.