The long-awaited SXSW Conference and Festivals makes its highly anticipated return to stages across Austin on March 11-20, 2022. The SXSW Music Festival brings together artists, industry professionals and music aficionados from around the world to network, enhance their careers and celebrate the magic of live music – from legendary performers to emerging new talent.
Among the 300+ showcasing artists who are set to perform this March are 28 musicians who call the Live Music Capital of the World® home. Here are 10 of those Austin-based artists we recommend putting on your must-watch list at this year's music festival. Be sure to buy your pass for the festival and explore the full schedule.
Beat Root Revival is a multi-instrumentalist roots duo, combining elements of folk, blues, country and rock ‘n roll to create a melodic sound, made up of powerhouse harmonic vocalists Andrea Magee and Ben Jones. Originally hailing from England and Ireland, Jones and Magee came to the states just four years ago and quickly found Austin as their new home, while their ever-growing fan base developed and the gigs kept rolling in.
2. Eric Tessmer
Named after guitar giants Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, Austin-based guitarist and singer-songwriter, Eric James Tessmer, lives up to his namesake predecessors as one of the most vibrant guitarists in Austin. Named "Best Guitarist in the City" at the 2017-2018 Austin Chronical Austin Music Awards, Tessmer continues to capture audiences across the US as a powerhouse of wickedly fast guitar licks that bring the house down every time he takes the stage.
3. Jake Lloyd
Austin-based artist Jake Lloyd can not be confined to just one genre of music. His signature sound fuses together a blend of soul, R&B, hip-hop and alternative rock, making Lloyd a prominent, multi-faceted artist in the Austin music community.
Lloyd’s hard work paid off in 2021 when he received a grant from music non-profit Black Fret along with 20 other local artists.
4. Kydd Jones
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Kydd Jones is a singer-songwriter/producer that embodies Austin hip-hop. Named "Creative Ambassador for the City of Austin" by Mayor Steve Adler, Jones is a two time winner of the Austin "Hip-Hop Producer of the Year” award in 2019 and 2020, as well a two time nominee for “Best Hip-Hop Act” in the Austin Music Awards.
5. Ley Line
Ley Line was created in 2016 as the merging of two duos. Inspired by their world travels, the four women transcend genres and languages, creating a global soundscape that blends together influences from Brazil, Latin America and West Africa. Nominated for the Austin Chronicle’s 2020 "Band of the Year" and "Album of the Year," this multilingual folk group from Austin evokes the beauty of the human experience, taking listeners on a musical journey.
Among Austin Chronicle’s "Top 10 New Local Acts of 2019" and "Austin’s Top 100 Albums of 2020," the power-trance trio, Nemegata, pays tribute to their traditional Latin roots while fusing together a new age psychedelia sound that is all their own. This mystical power trio takes listeners on a shamanstic journey into the many channels of influence this band possesses, where worlds and language collide.
Combine explosive experimental garage punk with fierce femme-rock and you get Austin’s very own Pleasure Venom. Exploring topics of love, sex, resentment and racial injustice, Pleasure Venom was named one of the "Top 8 New Punk Bands on the Planet" by Afropunk in 2018.
8. Sue Foley
One of the finest blues and roots artists working today, Sue Foley is a multi-award winning musician. With over 30 years in the industry, she has earned the title "Best Traditional Blues Female” at the International Blues Music Awards in Memphis in 2020. With an infectious joy for her craft, it’s no wonder Foley is regarded as one of the world’s greatest blues guitarists.
9. Sweet Spirit
What began as a solo project evolved into the six eclectic members of Sweet Spirit. Known for their ferocity on stage, powerful hooks, high energy and sweaty live shows, Sweet Spirit quickly captivated the Austin music scene. Pulling influences as varied as Prince, Roy Orbison, ABBA and William Onyeabor, Sweet Spirit will satisfy your need for release and make you want to dance.
10. Robynn Shayne
Country recording artist Robynn Shayne is a singer-songwriter based out of Austin, Texas. When she’s not touring the country, you can find her angelic voice charming audiences at local favorite, Saxon Pub. Voted "Female Artist of the Year" in 2020 by Country Underdog’s fan voted poll and officially nominated by Texas Regional Radio for "New Female Vocalist of the Year," Shayne has made a name for herself as a Texas country star.
Other Local Artists
Interested in discovering more local talent at this year's showcase? Check out the growing list of artists below and at sxsw.com:
- Andrea Magee
- Buenos Diaz
- Danny B. Harvey & Annie Maire Lewis
- DJ SHANI
- exociety (Rav / Kill Bill: The Rapper / Airospace / Scuare)
- Good Looks
- JM Stevens
- Jon Muq
- Lisa Morales
- Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band
- Sweeping Promises
- TC Superstar
- Thee Unemployed
- Van Mary
- Warren Hood
- Western Youth
- Whitney Rose
To hear more from these artists, listen to the Spotify playlist below. To discover even more local Austin musicians at SXSW 2022, check out our Music Austin Spotify channel and keep up with the latest happenings @MusicAustin!