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KUTX Live at the Four Seasons


March 16

For most, SXSW serves as an awesome opportunity to get out and enjoy Austin’s music scene in full force. Parents, however, can’t drop everything and spend a week dragging their kids to bars in search of amazing bands. Fortunately, this year’s fest boasts plenty of events where bringing the kids isn’t just allowed, but encouraged. In some cases, they’re actually the target demographic.

One such event is the kid-friendly portion of KUTX Live at the Four Seasons on March 16, which will feature sets by Suz Slezak of David Wax Museum and Red Yarn (Austin native Andy Ferguson), whose unique show combines folk music and puppetry to entertain children and adults alike.

“I try to make it appealing for kids and grown-ups,” Ferguson says. “The most wonderful shows I perform are when parents are singing along too. That’s kind of a magical experience when that all clicks.”

This event, put on in conjunction with, is just one of the kid-focused SXSW shows on the roster for KUTX’s Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. Bill Childs’ radio program featuring “indie rock for indie kids” is producing several events throughout the festival and aims not just to entertain but to foster a true love and appreciation for music among the younger set.

“It’s an opportunity to build up music and radio here,” explains Childs, “and to raise another generation of radio listeners and music listeners.”

The Spare the Rock sets will take place at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. on March 16th on the lawn of the Four Seasons. Admission is $10 or $5 for ages 12 and under. Find more kid-friendly events at

Read more from the Music + Film Issue | March 2016