Several Charlotte area bands or national acts with local connections perform at Austin's South By Southwest festival starting today. Charlotte's Grown Up Avenger Stuff managed to book multiple shows, including two today and three on Saturday, during the festival.
Junior Astronomers kicks its stay off with a house show tonight followed by a performance at Twin Creek Hall on Saturday.
Brooklyn-based Ex Cops, which features area native Brian Harding (formerly of Hymns), plays a 40-minute set tonight at The Parish as well as a showcase at Hotel Vegas/Volstead Thursday.
Fellow Brooklynites Beach Fossils - led by Dustin Payseur, who grew up in Dilworth - return to the festival for two showcases. It plays Thursday at Hype Hotel and Saturday at The Parish. You can watch Beach Fossils perform "Daydreams" at SXSW 2012 above.
Charlotte's Flagship and HRVRD are also part of the official showcase schedule. Flagship plays Blackheart Friday while HRVRD plays Six Lounge. HRVRD also plays the “Alternative Press” magazine party at Red 7 on Saturday.
Lancaster native and country singer Julie Roberts, who restarted her career in 2011 after getting sidetracked by multiple sclerosis and having her home destroyed by the Nashville flood in 2010, will also perform. Roberts plays Rebels Honky Tonk Saturday.
Unfortunately due to lineup changes Charlotte jazz-funk fusion ensemble Groove 8 will not make its previously announced SXSW debut this year. The group has found replacements in order to make showcases for Blue Note and Sony in New York later this month.