As the world turns its eyes on Austin, therepubliq will host its first-ever showcase of LGBTQ artists during #SXSW. Festivities include the 2015 #BigGay Kickoff Party, in partnership with the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce on Friday March 13, 2015; and a 4-day music showcase of queer artists from Wednesday March 18 – Saturday March 21, all at Oilcan Harrys. Plus, there will be plenty of events in between to keep everyone, locals and visitors alike, entertained. SCHEDULE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 - 4PM - 12 MIDNIGHT Austin Singer/Songwriter Showcase 4 - Johnny Holden (Austin, TX) 5 - John McDonough LIVE (Austin, TX) 6 - Patrick Boothe: The Music (Austin, TX) 7 - Phil Dutra Music (Austin, TX) 8 - Jonathan Ackley (Austin, TX) 9 - Skye Strickler(Austin, TX) 10 - Lisa Marshall (Austin, TX) 11 - Julie Nolen (Austin, TX) THURSDAY, MARCH 19 - 4 - 10 PM Hip-Hop Showcase 4 - TBA 5 - TBA 6 - Titty Little Liars (Brooklyn, NY) 7 - TBA 8 - Big Dipper (New York, NY) 9 - WiLL Sheridan (New York, NY) Afterwards, join us for Stripper Circus All Stars Thursdays With Choreographed Dancers @ Oilcan Harry's! FRIDAY, MARCH 20 - 4-10 PM Rock Showcase 4 - Jenuine Cello (Austin, TX) 5 - Kristen Ford (New Orleans, LA) 6 - Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds (Kansas City, MO) 7 - The 7th Squeeze (Albany, NY) 8 - The Please Please Me (Austin, TX) 9 - Random Order (Toronto, Canada) SATURDAY, MARCH 21 - 4-10 PM Folk/Pop Showcase 2 - Carrie Williams (San Antonio, TX) 3 - TBA 4 - Skye Strickler (Austin, TX) 5 - Villain's Kiss (El Paso, Texas) 6 - TBA 7 - Vanilla Sugar (Houston, TX) 8 - Prom Date (New Orleans, LA) 9 - Adam Carmichael Music (Austin, TX) NO BADGE. NO WRISTBAND. NO PROBLEM. Started in 2009, therepubliq has since become a leading resource for Austin's LGBTQ community, providing information about community news and events through its website, social networks, monthly print publication and its partner outlets. Since its inception, therepubliq has covered arts and entertainment, including new and established LGBTQ artists, locally and beyond. Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Email Chase Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.