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5 Reasons to Make the Drive to Austin for SXSW

Reason No. 1: Joe Biden.

By Rafa Farihah March 9, 2017

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Deep in the heart of Texas, 70,000 people flock to Austin's acclaimed South by Southwest music, film and tech festival every March. Celebrating its 30th year, renowned speakers, like former Vice President Joe Biden, and top performers, like Houston's own Doeman DYNA, will talk and perform at the popular showcase. Save the dates for our top 5 picks from this year's lineup. 

Joe Biden 

March 12 at 3:30 | Austin Convention Center

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Just when you thought Biden memes were over, the lovable VP steps back into the spotlight to share his latest initiative, Cancer Moonshot, which accelerates cancer research and gives patients the best treatment options. The battle against cancer hits close to home for Biden, who lost his son to brain cancer in 2015. Can’t make it to this talk? It will also be streamed online.

Seth Rogen

March 11 at 2 | Austin Convention Center

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Known for his hilarious roles in Neighbors, The Interview and Super Bad, Rogan has spent the past 15 years paving his way as a lauded actor, writer and director in Hollywood. Learn the ins-and-outs of film production from the funny man and his fellow executive producers as they discuss the new AMC supernatural drama, Preacher, during their featured SXSW session.

Rachael Ray

March 17 at 12:30Austin Convention Center

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From 30 Minute Meals to Simple Solutions, learn the cooking ropes from the famous TV host and bestselling author. Ray is no stranger to SXSW, as she has hosted food events at the festival for the past 9 years. Don't miss the Food Network darling this year at her featured session, “Conversation with Rachael Ray.”

Game of Thrones Panel

 March 12 at 3:30 p.m. | Austin Convention Center

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From the most popular (and pirated) TV show in 2016, meet show runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff from the Emmy Award-winning series as they host a panel with GOT actresses Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner to discuss the hit show and, fingers crossed, share the scoop on season 7.

Doeman DYNA                                                      

March 14 at midnight | 512 Bar 

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Representing the Bayou City, the up-and-coming hip-hop artist is known for his rap albums The Gold Blooded (2014) and OBE (2016). The 22-year-old, who runs the independent music label Dyna Music Group, garnered national attention with his music videos Andele and Jodeci, plus more than 2 million spins on Pandora. Hear the Houstonian in Austin at the 512 Bar on famous 6th Street.

For the full lineup and ticket information, visit

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