Announcing our official showcase, day parties, and co-sponsorship of Sin City’s Cosmic American Roadshow

By Richard Skanse

(LSM March/April 2011/vol. 4 – Issue 2)

Just about all of us here at LoneStarMusic (and LoneStarMusic Magazine) have been fans of the world-famous South By Southwest Music and Media Conference for years — some of us going all the way back to the festival’s very beginning. So it’s with great pride that, just in time for SXSW’s 25th Anniversary, we will be presenting our first “LoneStarMusic Magazine Presents” Official SXSW Showcase, scheduled for Saturday, March 19 at the legendary Antone’s (213 W. Fifth Street). Because it’s an official SXSW event, you will need a badge or wristband or pay a cover charge to get in, but the music promises to be killer. Check out this lineup:

8 p.m. Sons of Bill
9 p.m. Cody Canada & Seth James
10 p.m. Carolyn Wonderland
11 p.m. Joe Ely

Not too shabby, eh? Also, courtesy of our friends at Gibson, we will be giving away a Gibson SG guitar to one lucky LoneStarMusic fan. You can enter to win at the merch table.

In addition to our official SXSW showcase on Saturday night, we’ve teamed with Freebirds!, St. Vincent de Paul and Gibson to present even more great live music all week long — free and open to the public, all ages welcome. The LoneStarMusic Stage presented by Freebirds! Word Burrito & St. Vincent de Paul will be located in the St. Vincent de Paul parking lot at 1327 S. Congress, at the corner of Congress and Gibson. The music runs from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, March 19. Stage times are still being finalized, and all lineups are subject to change (please check back on for updates), but as of press time, here’s who we’ve got lined up:

* Thurs., March 17: Stonehoney; Shurman;
Thrift Store Cowboys with Amanda Shires;
American Aquarium; Deadman

* Fri., March 18: Charlie Shafter; Gurf Morlix;
Band of Heathens: The Trishas;
Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines

* Sat., March 19: Hudson Moore;
Mike Ethan Messick; Eddie Spaghetti;
Robert Ellis & the Boys; Matt King

But wait — there’s more! Having recently welcomed Shilah Morrow of Sin City Social Club into the LoneStarMusic family, we’re proud to announce our co-sponsorship (with Graham’s Sweet Tea Vodka) of one of the most happening parties in town: Sin City’s Cosmic American Roadshow. Scheduled for Friday, March 18 from noon-9 p.m. at Maria’s Taco Xpress (2529 S. Lamar), the Sin City bash is also free and open to the public. And the lineup’s a doozie: American Aquarium; The Small Ponds (featuring Caitlin Cary from Whiskeytown); Wagons; Chris Gates & Gatesville; Leroy Powell & the Messengers; Tim Easton; The Mighty Stef; Maxim Ludwig & the Santa Fe Seven; Deadman; Stonehoney; Shurman; Ponderosa; Keith Gattis; Mike Stinson; Jesse Dayton; and (whew!) Michael Des Barnes. For a complete schedule and stage times, visit