Looking to see some awesome live bands during SXSW, but don't wanna spring for a badge or wristband? Well, we have just the thing for you, Red Gorilla Music Festival.

The Red Gorilla Music Festival has been going on for about 13 years now and runs concurrently with SXSW from March,16th to the 21st in the heart of the action in some of your favorite clubs on and near 6th Street in downtown Austin; Chuggin' Monkey, The Thirsty Nickel, Amped Austin, Blind Pig Pub, Darwin's Pub , The Handlebar and Touché.

The best part is that it's totally FREE! No badges or wristbands required to attend.

The Red Gorilla Music Festival is known for bringing in up and coming bands that have eventually blown up into some of the world's top acts. Alumni include: The National, Andrew WK, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Foster the People, Cage The Elephant, Kendrick Lamar, Talib Kweli, Imagine Dragons, And You Will know Us By The Trail of the Dead, and hundreds more. 

This year some of the featured acts are Collective Soul, The Down and Outlaws, Nappy Roots, The Statesboro Revue, and tons of yet to be announced "special guests". There are literally too many acts to list, click here for the full schedule.  so here's a link to the full schedule or download a .pdf of the schedule here

Check out the Red Gorilla Music Festival Website for all the info you need.

See you there!