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Early birds really do get the worm, at least when it comes to South-by-Southwest and the hottest ticket in town.

For more than a decade, locals have gotten their festival fix – for a fraction of the cost – at early-morning broadcasts hosted by Four Seasons Hotel Austin and KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience.

The annual four-day event, which is held in an intimate ballroom-turned-lounge setting, features 20 to 25-minute sets and interviews with 16 of the festival’s most anticipated performers. This year’s broadcasts take place Wednesday, March 14 through Saturday, March 17 with live music from 7:00 am to 10:30 am daily (8:00 am to 11:30 am on Saturday).

In addition to the regular shows, KUTX and Four Seasons will once again offer family-friendly “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child” showcases at 8:30 and 9:30 am daily.

Main Stage 2018 Lineup

Wednesday, March 14
7:00 am: Kalu and The Electric Joint, the only-in-Austin conception of African polyrhythms, American soul and blues-rock that sounds as if all the genres had grown up together
8:00 am: Knox Fortune, one of NPR Music’s 2018 Slingshot artists
9:00 am: Nashville indie-rockers Bully
10:00 am: Erika Wennerstrom, lead singer of Heartless Bastards, who has embarked on a solo endeavor

Thursday, March 15
7:00 am: Austin’s Mélat, often called “the eclectic soul of modern RnB”
8:00 am: Seattle power trio Naked Giants
9:00 am: Indie Americana singer-songwriter David Ramirez
10:00 am: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, whose sound reflects their influences of folk, Americana and vintage rhythm & blues

Friday, March 16
7:00 am: Indie rockers Duncan Fellows
8:00 am: British singer, songwriter and musician Jade Bird, who Rolling Stone called a new country artist to watch in 2017
9:00 am: Singer, rapper and writer Dessa
10:00 am: California rockers Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Saturday, March 17
8:00 am: Colombian Canadian musician, singer and songwriter Lido Pimienta, whose 2016 album, “La Papessa,” won the 2017 Polaris Music Prize
9:00 am: French-American electronic indie pop artist CLARA-NOVA
10:00 am: Singer-songwriter Bekon, who has produced albums for Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Snoop Dogg
11:00 am: Austin’s favorite electro/dance/funk band, Ghostland Observatory

“Spare the Rock Spoil the Child” 2018 Lineup

Wednesday March 14
8:30 am: Red Yarn, who weaves folksongs and puppetry into engaging shows for all ages
9:30 am: JareBear

Thursday, March 15
8:30 am: Austin-based kids musician Ms. Kat
9:30 am: SaulPaul, the musician with a message who entertains and educates through song and rap

Friday, March 16
8:30 am: Laura Doherty, who performs sweet, folk-inspired songs for children and families
9:30 am: Bogotá, Colombia native 123 Andrés, whose music gets kids singing and dancing in Spanish and English

Saturday, March 17
9:30 am: Latin Grammy winners Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
10:30 am: Family funk super duo Sugar Free Allstars

Admission to the main show is $15 per adult ($5 for children 12 and under) and includes a complimentary breakfast taco, KIND bar and bottomless coffee. New this year, those interested in attending the children’s shows only may purchase a wristband for $5 per person; benefits still include a complimentary breakfast taco, KIND bar and coffee, however this wristband does not allow entry to the main stage.

All KUTX Live event proceeds in 2018 will be donated to The Trail Foundation to support the organization’s Brazos Bluff project. Aimed at restoring, beautifying and enhancing the public parkland area directly beneath the hotel, the project will add a much-needed stopping point along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail for people to take a quick stretch, meet for a picnic or watch a fiery sunset from a newly constructed viewing deck.

“The Trail is an integral part of Austin and we consider ourselves fortunate to be one of the stewards helping to ensure it is enjoyed – by both locals and visitors – for many generations to come,” said Rob Hagelberg, general manager at Four Seasons Hotel Austin.

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