Here's a down 'n' dirty roundup of all the Black rock and Black alt stuff happening @ SXSW.  No, you're not going be able to see it all.  The advice I got was to pick the one show you absolutely MUST see and get to the venue early.  Showing up fashionably late will have you trying to catch bits and pieces of music from the street outside the venue.  Yeah, it's going to be that packed.

So, without further ado:


  • SXSW Soul featuring Wayna, Maya Azucena + more @ Mohawk Patio
  • Zion I @ Back Alley Social
  • BLK JKS @ KEXP Party @
  • Janelle Monae @ Stubbs


  • A Dream Deferred: Black rock–a panel discussion with Kandia Crazy Horse, Rob Fields, Daphne Brooks, Wendy Fonarow, and Duane Harriott @ Austin Convention Center, room 17AB
  • Afro-Punk Showcase featuring Big Boi (Outkast), Dallas Austin, Janelle Monae, The London Souls + more @ Austin Music Hall
  • Pacific Division and Myka 9 @ Back Alley Social
  • BLK JKS @  Mohawk Patio
  • J*Davey @ Pangaea
  • Idle Warship, John Forte, Jean Grae, Reflection Eternal @ Scoot Inn
  • Amplive @Speakeasy Kabaret
  • The Barkays @ Dirty Dog Bar
  • Ben Harper and Relentless7 @ Stubb's


  • Tricky @ Austin Music Hall
  • Mickey Factz @ Back Alley Social
  • Chiwoniso @ Copa
  • Remezcla new Latin showcase @ Fuse
  • Ben Harper and Relentless7 @ SXSW Live (The Bat Bar) @ Austin Convention Center
  • Solange and the Hadley Street Dream @ The Bat Bar/Austin Convention Center
  • BLK JKS @ Other Music +Dig For Fire Party/French  Legation Museum


  • Ghetto Metal Showcase featuring Bazaar Royale, DJ Beverly Bond, Dead Prez, Killer Mike + others @ Austin Music Hall
  • Afro-Punk Showcase featuring Disaster Us, The Smyrk, J.U.S. Evolution, Whole Wheat Bread + others @ The Parish Downstairs
  • Ebony Bones @ Red 7 Patio
  • The Knux and Janelle Monae @ Vice
  • UPDATE: The Cannabinoids featuring Erykah Badu
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