Get a jump on SXSW before all the tech/movie/music touristas descend upon our fair city at the 2ND Street Soundcheck on Saturday, Mar. 1 from 1 – 8 pm in the 2nd Street District. The FREE day of music, shopping, food, fun and philanthropy is a joint venture presented by the 2ND Street District, Austin Monthly, BMW of Austin and the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease.


With a lineup featuring seven local and national bands, emceed by singer-songwriter and Austin native Ginger Leigh and culminating in a performance by Bob Schneider, it’s sure to be jam-packed fun. Plus, you’ll get a chance to say “I saw them when…” after seeing and hearing some of the emerging talent, including:

In addition, catch performances by ten-piece folk rock collective East Cameron Folkcore and rap sensation Zeale, two of Austin Monthly’s “10 Bands to watch in 2014.” Here’s the music lineup:

East Stage

  • 1 pm –> East Cameron Folkcore
  • 3 pm –> Broken Anchor
  • 5 pm –> Leagues
  • 7 pm –> Bob Schneider

West Stage

  • 2 pm –> Zeale
  • 4 pm –> The Digital Wild
  • 6 pm –> Black Milk

During the festival, sample local cuisine, have a cold one at Shiner’s Beer Garden, and enjoy souvenirs and food from more than 20 food vendors, restaurants and brands – all raising awareness and funds for Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease. For event details, a list of sponsors and parking information, click here.

– Claudia

Claudia Weber is a transplanted Austin mom, local realtor who loves to share the best of Austin with families like hers – whether they’re moving to town or just looking to embrace the best Austin has to offer. Find out more at