Devendra Banhart, Nataly Dawn, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Lianne La Havas, Iron & Wine Head to SXSW
The 27th South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference gets under way in Austin, Texas, as thousands of bands and music lovers from all over the world descend on the live-music capital for several days of non-stop music making. Nonesuch artists will be well represented among them, with several performances throughout the week from Devendra Banhart, Nataly Dawn, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Lianne La Havas, and Iron and Wine.
Devendra Banhart—whose Nonesuch debut album, Mala, was released this week—kicks things off when he stops by the Austin Convention Center's Radio Day Stage this evening at 5 PM for the closing set in the Official Day Showcase from LA's KCRW. Banhart also helps close out the week with the penultimate performance in the SXSW Official Showcase at the Central Presbyterian Church at 11 PM on Saturday night.
Playing the final set of that that Saturday night showcase at the Central Presbyterian Church, at midnight, is Iron and Wine, which makes its Nonesuch debut next month with the April 16 release of the album Ghost on Ghost. There's much more in store in Austin before then for Iron and Wine (the pen name of singer-songwriter Sam Beam), beginning with a live broadcast on Austin radio station KGSR, 93.3 FM, from the Great Room at the W hotel at 8:30 AM this morning. At the end of the day, it's just around the corner to Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater for an Official SXSW Showcase at 11 PM.
On Thursday, there's another opportunity to hear Iron and Wine on the radio with a live broadcast on Seattle's KEXP, streaming at kexp.org, from Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, starting at 3:30 PM CDT. On Friday at 1:10 PM, the band plays the Official Day Showcase on the Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center.
Later that day, Nataly Dawn, who made her Nonesuch debut with the February release of her solo album How I Knew Her, performs songs from the new album in the central slot of a SXSW Official Showcase at the Creekside at Hilton Garden Inn, Friday at 10 PM.
Dawn launches a three-week US tour at The Walnut Room in Denver, Colorado, on Monday.
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell recently released to critical acclaim the album Old Yellow Moon, their first official collaboration together since Crowell joined Harris’ Hot Band in 1975. Their SXSW adventure begins Thursday night at Antone's at 11 PM, as they perform at the SXSW Official Showcase presented by Americana Music Association/Pandora, preceded by Richard Thompson, whose Electric Trio joins Harris and Crowell on their US tour starting on Sunday.
On Friday, Harris and Crowell make an appearance at the Official Day Showcase on the Radio Day Stage at the Convention Center, starting at 12:45 PM. That evening, the duo performs for Austinites both in and outside of SXSW as they close out a free day of shows at Waterloo Records at 6 PM, streaming live online at waterloorecords.com.
The next day, there's another chance to hear the pair in and outside of Austin as they join the KGSR broadcast from the W hotel, Saturday at 11 AM CDT.
Lianne La Havas is making her way across the Atlantic following two sold-out shows at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire in her hometown of London. (The Guardian gives four stars to the first of those shows, describing her as "composer and proud, yet heartachingly real and raw.") She makes her SXSW debut with a performance at the Nikon Warner Sound Showcase at The Belmont Thursday morning at 11 AM. Later that night, she performs at the SXSW Official Showcase AUSTINROX presented by The Roxy at Empire Automotive at 9:15 PM.
La Havas launches a month-long North American tour at the House of Blues in Dallas on Sunday. The our includes sold-out shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and New York and stops across the country.
For additional details on all of these events and other upcoming shows, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.