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SXSW: Garth Brooks plays secret show Friday night

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Speculation is an unavoidable part of SXSW. Rumors of secret shows and surprise performers are passed around throughout the week, and sometimes, those rumors aren’t rumors at all.

For example, whispers around town claimed Garth Brooks would perform a surprise show at the Broken Spoke on Friday night, just hours after his keynote speech. Then, at 10:18 p.m., the country legend himself tweeted this photo:

And then, he actually showed up!

Garth Brooks steps onstage for a surprise show at the Broken Spoke. Sharon Chapman/American-Statesman.

Surprise, SXSW! We’ll have more photos from the performance later tonight.


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