Tuesday, March 15, BMI’s SXSW festivities begin with the Howdy Texas party, held at Stubb’s BBQ. The party features performances by the Peterson Brothers and Dale Watson.
The BMI and SAG-AFTRA present Iggy Pop at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre show will take place Wednesday, March 16. Iggy Pop has recently collaborated with Queen of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and this show will be one of the first times the pair showcases their collaboration live.
Thursday, March 17, from 12 to 6 p.m., Lamberts Downtown Barbeque will host a Day Party featuring electro-pop artist Mobley, dance band CAPYAC, dream pop group Twin Limb, Ohio-based rock and rollers Welshley Arms, alternative duo Armstrong Leigh, surf psych/Thai funk band Khraungbin and progressive indie performers Young Tongue.
The indie rock showcase, also Thursday, March 17, at Trinity Hall, will feature six acts in the alternative rock world: Electo-pop group Secret Weapons, Cleveland, rock and roll group Welshly Arms, indie hip-hop duo The Blancos, Chicago crooner Janelle Kroll, pop singer Fletcher and LA-based rockers Weathers. Past Indie rock showcase performers include breakout pop star Halsey and bluesy rockers All Them Witches. Prior to the showcase, BMI will host a happy hour, with music by Khruangbin.
Friday, March 18, the Acoustic Brunch, presented in partnership with SunTrust Bank, will highlight singer-songwriter Hailey Knox, synth-rocker Tor Miller, soulful pop singer Shawn Hook, L.A.-based pop-rockers Transviolet, Michigan’s alt-folk group The Accidentals, indie-soul performer JMR and country garage-rocker Aubrie Sellers.
BMI presents Acoustic Latin Sounds at Departure Lounge will take place Friday evening highlighting top songwriters in Latin genres such as reggaeton, traditional Mexican, pop and more. Alternative Mexican singer/songwriter/producer Mitre, reggaeton/hip-hop performer Joyce Santana, singer/songwriter Vanessa Zamora and alternative pop stars Pedrina y Rio will perform from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. The showcase was one of BMI’s biggest hits last year, featuring Raquel Sofia, Anna Sophia and more.
With more than 25 performers, the BMI events at South by Southwest will highlight the best of the up-and-coming songwriters, along with a few seasoned veterans, in genres including Latin, indie, rock and pop. Complete schedules will soon be available on bmi.com.