In a welcome announcement on Friday, Brooks revealed that he will be headlining the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake on Saturday, March 18. "I can't remember the last time I've done this", he said, grinning broadly and clearly relishing a situation as far away from his usual arena-sized spectacles as the Broken Spoke was from downtown Austin, where the usual array of nightly showcases raged several miles away.
Brooks looked ecstatic on stage, and some fans in the crowd happily lucked into the St. Patrick's Day show, arriving without knowing he was even going to be there.
Country music star Garth Brooks snagged the spotlight Friday at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin with a press conference announcing a free concert in the capital city Saturday.
Amazon Music announced that admission by complimentary ticket to this event will be restricted to residents of Austin and surrounding areas. Sunny Sweeney, Nicole Atkins, Holly Macve, Shannon McNally, Cale Tyson, and Colter Wall will all perform before Brooks takes the stage at 8 pm. No ticket is required with a badge or wristband.
Brooks made a surprise appearance Friday night at Austin's Broken Spoke dance hall, playing a 45-minute solo acoustic show between sets by the house band.
Brooks' team retweeted the Amazon Music tweet with what could be interpreted as a bit of hubris. Check here for more information about tickets.