Heading down to Austin, TX for SXSW next week? Even if you weren’t planning on going, this news might make you want to pack your bags and plan an escape route out of snowy Philly (Austin’s only 1,600 miles away, after all).
There’s never a shortage of events to attend, bands to see, or tacos to eat at the annual mega-conference-slash-festival, but this year NPR Music, in collaboration with several member stations including XPN, has put together something truly special. Public radio showcases will be happening throughout the week at locations all over Austin, with some individual stations hosting their own shows, but the stations come together on Wednesday, March 14 for NPR Music’s Public Radio Showcase at the famous Stubb’s BBQ. NPR kicks off the event with a stacked lineup of Lucy Dacus, Superorganism, Low, Okkervil River, Tank and the Bangas and August Greene on the outdoor stage, and the member stations follow with #NPRSlingshot artists Gracie & Rachel, Liz Brasher, Hembree, WebsterX and Mt. Joy.
The collaboration culminates with the Public Radio Day Stage — happening Friday, March 16 at the Austin Convention Center, the stage brings together more of public radio’s favorite artists for a full day of tunes. The showcase kicks off with recent Free at Noon guests Sunflower Bean, followed by 2017 Slingshot artist Lo Moon, Natalie Prass, and Nikki Lane, and wraps up with Melat and current Slingshot artist The Shacks. This last lineup is one you’ll be able to experience without traveling all the way to Austin, as the whole day will be video webcast via VuHaus.
Find NPR’s full schedule of public radio events with exact times and locations here. If you’re following along with the excitement from home, keep an eye on npr.org’s SWSW page for updates throughout the week, including videos, podcasts and more.
Check NPR’s Austin 100 Spotify playlist below.
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