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Concert Tue Mar 09 2010
A surefire sign that spring is just around the corner is when everyone in the music industry starts packing up their suitcases (or band van) and heading to Austin, TX for the SXSW music festival, a yearly gathering of some of the hottest bands coming up through the ranks today.
The festival has exploded in popularity since it first started in 1987, and now includes a film and interactive offshoot, both their own massive event. The music version basically takes over downtown Austin, with every band ever written about on a music blog playing venues, bars, bbq joints, and even the sidewalk. I'd like to think of it as a working spring break for the music industry, emphasis on working for the bands that play multiple shows a day during SXSW.
The festival is a lot of fun, but it's a long way from home for the many Chicago bands that make the trek to Austin. So the fine folks over at the Hideout are planning a send off party to benefit the Chicago artists that are heading south later this month. For $10 you get a full day of music featuring 11 hometown acts including Tom Schraeder, Mittens on String, Waco Brothers, Life During Wartime DJs, and The Hood Internet. A pretty diverse bill, and just a handful of some of the bands that will represent Chicago this year in Austin. So stop by the Hideout, dance your ass off, and give some gas money to the folks heading down to SXSW.
The 4th annual SXSW send off party is this Saturday, March 13th at the Hideout. Music starts at 3pm, the show is 21+ and tickets are $10.
You can buy tickets online here Correction: Tickets are now only available at the door, first come, first served.