Every year around this time musicians, filmmakers and artists of all forms head to Austin, TX for the two-week-long smorgasbord of performances, expression and, well, partying that is SXSW. This festival has catapulted itself into the conversation of the country’s best music festivals (though it’s stages now house film, podcasts, writers and more) and every year a group of Chicago’s best established and up-and-coming bands hit the road for Austin. But before they do we like to bring them all to the stage to let them showcase their sets, put a little extra cash in their pockets and hit the road on a high note. This year’s Send-Off, which starts this Saturday at 3:00pm (doors at 2:00pm), is no different. The party goes all day with performances from Varsity, Waco Brothers, Ariel Zetina, James Swanberg, Bunny, Moonrise Nation, and Pixel Grip.
Julian Ramirez of 3CR (third coast review) wrote up a preview of this weekend, take a read.