Lucy in the Southby with Chicken: Check out this great four-day free bash

Jaimee Harris plays Friday, March 16, as part of this year’s Lucy’s Fried Chicken SXSW day party series on South Congress. Tamir Kalifa/American-Statesman

From South by San Jose to Yard Dog to the Continental and beyond, South Congress is always a hub of day-party activity during South by Southwest. One of the best and biggest for the past eight years has been at Lucy’s Fried Chicken. This year’s lineup delivers the goods as well: More than two dozen acts will perform across four days, including some of Austin’s top local roots-music acts plus a few out-of-town ringers.

Highlights include Seattle-area Austin expat Ian Moore on Thursday, North Carolina indie-folk sensation Hiss Golden Messenger on Friday, and a weekend-closing set from Shinyribs on Sunday. The Saturday lineup is particularly strong, with X leader John Doe’s new Folk Trio, a rare Grand Champeen reunion performance, and a set from Ben Dickey, star of the SXSW-screening Blaze Foley biopic “Blaze.”

MORE SXSW: Check out our guide to unofficial parties

Admission is free. Here’s the full docket:

Thursday, March 15
(presented in partnership with Atomic Music Group)
Noon: Beaver Nelson
1 p.m.: Patrice Pike
2 p.m.: Peterson Brothers
3 p.m.: Jesse Dayton
4 p.m: Eve & the Exiles
5 p.m.: Bukka Allen
6 p.m.: Ian Moore

Friday, March 16
Noon: Michael Fracasso
1 p.m.: Jon Dee Graham & William Harries Graham
2 p.m.: Jaimee Harris
3 p.m.: Johnny Nicholas
4 p.m.: Hiss Golden Messenger
5 p.m.: TBA
6 p.m.: Patrick Sweany

Saturday, March 17
Noon: Ice Cold Singles
1 p.m.: Rubilators
2 p.m.: John Doe Folk Trio
3 p.m.: English Teeth (Sex Pistols tribute)
4 p.m.: Grand Champeen
5 p.m.: Barfield
6 p.m.: Ben Dickey & Friends

Sunday, March 18
Noon: Walter Salas-Humara
1 p.m.: Hilary York
2 p.m.: Dustin Welch
3 p.m.: John Paul Keith
4 p.m.: Otis Gibbs
5 p.m.: Mike & the Moonpies
6 p.m.: Shinyribs

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Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and austin360.com. Twitter: @Blackstock360

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