The Dentonite's Guide to SXSW 2018

Whether you’re making the journey down to Austin to experience South by Southwest in person, or you’re staying right here in Denton, The Dentonite has gathered all of the ways you can experience one of the largest festivals in the country. 

SXSW in Austin

Denton Music Showcase

Monday, March 12


The Sidewinder Inside

715 Red River St. 

Austin, TX 78701


Hosted by Discover Denton

All Ages

Find the event on Facebook here.


Musical Performances by:

Leoncarlo 7:30 PM-8:00 PM

Harry Zimm 8:20 PM-8:50 PM

TOMKAT 9:10 PM-9:40 PM

Wesley Jenson and The Penny Arcade 10:00 PM-10:40 PM

Kaela Sinclair 11:00 PM-11:40 PM

Pearl Earl 12:00 AM-12:40 AM

Josh T. Pearson 1:00 AM-1:50 AM


Pitch Accelerator

Saturday, March 10 | 9:30am-6:00pm at the Hilton Hotel, 4th Floor, Salon A/B

Sunday, March 119:30am-8:00pm at the Hilton Hotel, 4th Floor, Salon A/B

Monday, March 12 | 11:30am-1:00pm at the Hilton Hotel, 4th Floor, Salon C

Austin, Texas 78701


The SXSW Pitch Accelerator is a three-day Shark Tank-like experience where individuals and groups can present their ideas in front of talent scouts, investors and like-minded individuals. Representatives from Stoke Denton and the City of Denton Economic Development will be present to identify opportunities for the city of Denton.  

Pitches will be heard in the following categories:

  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Enterprise and Smart Data
  • Entertainment and Content
  • Health and Wearables
  • Hyper-Connected Communities
  • Payment and Fintech
  • Security and Privacy
  • Social and Culture
  • Sports and Performance Data
  • Transportation


Bonnie Whitmore & Her Band

Wednesday, March 14


Victorian Room at The Driskill

604 Brazos St.

Austin, TX 78701


Musical performance.


Troy Garrick

Saturday, March 17


Tap Room at The Market

319 Colorado St.

Austin, TX 78701


Musical performance.


Kate Auringer

Wednesday, March 14


Musical performance.


SXSW Online

Can't make it down to Austin? There are still ways to keep up with what's happening at the fest online.


The SXSW team has a daily schedule lined up of exclusive interviews that will be live streamed throughout the festival. 

Thursday, March 8
5:30 PM – 2018 SXSW Live Preview

Friday, March 9
10:00 AM – Interview with fashion designer and TV personality Rachel Zoe

11:00 AM – Interview with entrepreneur and Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin

12:45 PM – Interview with Blood Fest director Owen Egerton and actors Robbie Kay and Seychelle Gabriel

8:30 PM – American Animals Red Carpet

Saturday, March 10
9:15 AM – Interview with professional climber Alex Honnold

10:00 AM – Interview with The Daily Show‘s Roy Wood Jr. and producers: Jocelyn Conn and Ramin Hedayati

11:00 AM – SXSW Film Keynote Darren Aronofsky – Academy Award®-nominated director and founder of Protozoa Pictures

12:00 PM – Interview with Vida creator Tanya Saracho and actresses Melissa Barrera and Mishel Prada

3:00 PM – Interview with designer and technologist John Maeda

4:15 PM – Interview with psychotherapist and SXSW Interactive Keynote Esther Perel

7:00 PM – Blockers Red Carpet

Sunday, March 11
9:45 AM – Interview with Wild Nights With Emily director Madeleine Olnek and actresses Amy Seimetz and Molly Shannon

12:15 PM – Interview with SXSW Convergence Keynote Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

2:00 PM – SXSW Interactive Keynote Melinda Gates – philanthropist and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

3:00 PM – Interview with The Atlantic staff writer Vann R Newkirk II

4:30 PM – Interview with culture writer and editor for Slate Aisha Harris

Monday, March 12
10:00 AM – The Director and The Jedi Red Carpet

12:00 PM – Interview with You Can Choose Your Family director Miranda Bailey and actor and comedian Jim Gaffigan

2:00 PM – SXSW Interactive Keynote – Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

4:00 PM – Interview with Stockton California Mayor Michael Tubbs

5:00 PM – The Last O.G. Red Carpet

Tuesday, March 13
9:15 AM – Interview with digital creator Hannah Hart and the Ad Council’s Lina Renzina

9:50 AM – Interview with Warriors of Liberty City subject Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell and director Evan Rosenfeld

11:00 AM – SXSW Convergence Keynote – Nonny de la Pena – virtual and augmented reality pioneer; founder and CEO of Emblematic Group

12:00 PM – Interview with co-anchor of Nightline and weekend editions of Good Morning America and host of 10% Happier Dan Harris

2:00 PM – SXSW Convergence Keynote whurley – Founder and CEO of Strangeworks, a quantum computing startup based in Austin, Texas

3:30 PM – Interview with Noor Tagouri – Reporter, journalist, and motivational speaker

5:30 PM – Interview with Director of Engineering at Google Ray Kurzweil

Wednesday, March 14
11:00 AM – SXSW Music Keynote – Lyor Cohen – YouTube’s Global Head of Music

1:00 PM – Interview with Director of the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab Neha Narula

4:00 PM – Interview with Elvis Presley: The Searcher director Thom Zimny and Priscilla Presley

6:00 PM – Hearts Beat Loud Red Carpet

Thursday, March 15
10:00 AM – Interview with rapper and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan U-God

2:30 PM – Interview with recording artist, producer and avid technologist Ryan Leslie

Friday, March 16
12:00 PM – Interview with Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads and The Tom Tom Club

1:00 PM – Interview with Vice President of Marketing Catalog at Atlantic Records Tom Mullen

5:00 PM – Interview with founder and chairman of Fnatic Sam Mathews

Saturday, March 17
12:00 PM – Interview with singer-songwriter Lucy Rose

7:00 PM – Isle of Dogs Red Carpet


SXSW Social

SXSW on Twitter

SXSW on Facebook

SXSW on Instagram

SXSW on Spotify

SXSW on YouTube

SXSW on SoundCloud

Twitter List for SXSW

Denton CVB is attending and will be tweeting about it. 

The Dentonite will be sending some people as well so be on the lookout for content from us as well!


SXSW in Denton

Prefer to stay in Denton to get your music fix? Killer's Tacos is hosting a range of events from March 13-19 for those that are still in the area during the fest.


SXLD: South By Lil Denton


PreSXSW Showcase feat. Nominee, Keep Flying and more

Tuesday, March 13
Hosted by BLVR Booking and Michael Hightower
Nominee, Keep Flying, Something More, Special Explosion, Gold Steps, The Co Founder, Push, LUCA, Southway, 1 more tba
$10 -- Doors at 6pm

SXSW Emo Goodness at Killer's Tacos

Wednesday, March 14
Hosted by Casa De Monstros and Regina Bugarin
awakebutstillinbed, Pool Kids, Better Now, Sylvania Ave., Record Setter
$5 Donation -- 7:30pm

PostSXSW Showcase at Killer's Tacos

Friday, March 16
Hosted by Michael Hightower and BLVR Booking
The Young Step, Tongues of Fire, Quinn Cicala, PINE MARTYN Science for Giants, Can't Hardly Wait
$5, $7/2 with a friend -- Doors at 6:30pm

SxWTF!?: A Counter Intuitive Showcase

Monday, March 19
Hosted by Long Live Booking and Counter Intuitive Records
Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Two Knights, Retirement Party, PKEW PKEW PKEW, Mover Shaker, Toy Cars, Greet Death, oldsoul, Heart Attack Man, Sad Cops
$10 -- Doors at 4pm

Find a Spotify Playlist for most bands here.