Paper Boat Music Features Austin-based Musicians at Free, Unofficial SXSW Showcases

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Austin will soon be swarming with an array of national and regional music acts during this year's SXSW. With so much buzz about the visiting entertainment, Austin's own musical talents sometimes are overshadowed. Paper Boat music, a local management company, is hosting free, unofficial SXSW events to showcase their emerging talent.

Paper Boat Music, a local management company headed by Austin transplant Susan Funderburk, is hosting several unofficial South by Southwest (SXSW) events to showcase Austin-based emerging talent. Eleisha Eagle and Kacy Crowley along with several other acts will perform free Austin-flavored shows at The Amsterdam, Big Red Sun and The Cactus Café.

"SXSW attracts thousands of music acts from around the world every year," said Susan Funderburk, founder of Paper Boat music. "With so many visiting acts attending, Austin's own talent can at times be overshadowed. These shows provide a platform for great local talent."

Local acts scheduled to play include:

Eleisha Eagle, a classically trained pianist with distinct vocals, unique arrangements and a prolific songwriter who has released three albums.

Kacy Crowley, an Austin-based singer/songwriter whose latest album, "Cave," mixes an indie spirit with hummable pop melodies. Billboard, Time, USA Today and Vanity Fair have all sung her praises. Jim Caligiuri of The Austin Chronicle wrote "Cave" is "one of the most intriguing local releases of the year."

Catch these Paper Boat Music Performers and Others March 19-21 at these free shows:

Thursday, March 19
The Amsterdam
121 West 8th Street
Austin, TX 78701
12p.m. - Arthur Yoria
1p.m. - Danny Malone
2p.m. - Matt the Electrician
3p.m. - Kacy Crowley
4p.m. - Tara Holloway
5p.m. - Jets Under Fire

Friday, March 20
Big Red Sun
1102 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78702
11a.m. - Eleisha Eagle
12p.m. - Molly Venter
1p.m. - Bill Harvey
2p.m. - Jeremy Messersmith
3p.m. - Tara Holloway
4p.m. - Kacy Crowley
5p.m. - Soldier Thread
6p.m. - Wide Awake

Saturday, March 21
The Cactus Café
UT Campus
2247 Guadalupe
Austin, TX 78705
11p.m. - Eleisha Eagle


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