SXSW 2017: Rick Ross, Danny Brown, Mastodon, Robert Glasper to play Empire

Danny Brown opens for A$AP Rocky at Austin Music Hall on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

Danny Brown opens for A$AP Rocky at Austin Music Hall on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

Seventh Street venue Empire Control Room and Garage will be hosting the Mazda Studio powered by SPIN, Stereogum & Vibe during South by Southwest and they just announced a doozy of a lineup including several artists not previously announced for the festival including rappers Danny Brown, Rick Ross and Yo Gotti. Also featured in the Empire showcases are metal band Mastodon, rapper Lil Yachty, Sleigh Bells and Robert Glasper and friends, an ensemble that includes soul singer Bilal, composer/multi-instrumentalist Taylor McFerrin and more.

Priority will be given to wristband and badge-holders, but there is an RSVP for all events.

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Here’s a rundown of Empire’s highlights for the week:

3/13 – Music Tech Mashup feat Robert Glasper & Friends, Jacob Banks, Maggie Koerner, Tameca Jones, Circling Drones, Cut Chemist, Mr. Lif, Techno Self (Deantoni Parks), Open Mike Eagle, Mobley

3/14 –

DAY: Spin party with Lil Yachty, The Drums, Sofi Tukker, Kweku Collins

NIGHT: Sterogum presents Sleigh Bells, Real Estate, Girlpool, Julie Byrne, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Mothers

3/15 –

DAY: Stereogum party with  The New Pornographers, Jamila Woods, Hand Habits, Tkay Maizda

NIGHT: Spin showcase with Danny Brown, DJ Esco, Bibi Bourelly, Japanese Breakfast, Hippo Campus, Bearson, youngr & more

3/16 –

DAY: Vibe day party with Talib Kweli + band, JoJo, Rapsody, Daniel Caesar

NIGHT: Vibe presents Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, Kent Jones, Divine Council, Nick Grant, Kodie Shane, Pell, Junglepussy & more

3/17 –

DAY: Spin day party with Kelela, Saba, Vagabon, Diet Cig

NIGHT (G):Spin presents Mastodon, Beach Slang, Chastidy Belt, Potty Mouth, The Regrettes

NIGHT (CR): Smino, Monte Booker, Jean Deux, Jay2, Via Rosa, Bari

3/18 –

DAY: ACLU Fundraiser feat Kat Graham, Japanese Wallpaper, Ruby & The Reckless, Duncan Fellows, Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), Riders Against the Storm & more (Free party)

NIGHT: Denzel Curry, Jazz Cartier, Saba & more

3/19 – Uncle Flann’s Hangover Cure (Bloody Mary bar, gourmet food trailer, massages) feat Daikaiju, Breaker Breaker, Shinobi Ninja, Mejor Muerte & more (Free party)


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