SXSW Announces Nile Rodgers as Keynote Speaker

SXSW Announces Nile Rodgers as Keynote Speaker for Music

The South by Southwest® Conference and Festivals (SXSW®) has announced Nile Rodgers as a Keynote Speaker, along with more than 200 additional artists set to perform at the 2017 event. Rodgers, a multi-Grammy Award-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist joins previously announced Zane Lowe as a 2017 Music Keynote. Austin, TX is the destination for industry professionals, influencers and international media who share a passion for collaboration and discovery. SXSW takes place Friday, March 10 - Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Keynote (Music)
SXSW has announced Nile Rodgers as a Keynote Speaker appearing on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in the Austin Convention Center. Having already established a legacy as a composer, producer, arranger and guitarist with multiple Grammy Award wins, Rodgers is considered exceptional among music legends. As a cultural icon and music innovator with more than 200 production credits to his name, he transcends all styles of music across generations.

As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that sparked the advent of hip-hop with "Good Times," distinguished CHIC as the "most sampled band in history" (The Guardian, 2011), won CHIC 11 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations, and generated groundbreaking pop hits like "Le Freak," which was inducted into the 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame. His productions for David Bowie (Let's Dance), Madonna (Like A Virgin), Diana Ross (diana) and Sister Sledge (We Are Family); plus his work with artists like Duran Duran, INXS, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Steve Winwood, Peter Gabriel, the B-52’s, Bryan Ferry and Michael Jackson; have sold more than 200 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide while his innovative collaborations with Daft Punk, Christina Aguilera, Avicii, Disclosure and Sam Smith place him in the vanguard of contemporary music.

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Festival Artists
The SXSW Music Festival hosts a mix of new, up-and-coming, international and established artists performing in venues around downtown Austin. A few highlights are Aminé, Apache, Avi Buffalo, Cherry Glazerr, Billie Eilish, Greg Graffin, Sven Helbig, Oliver Heldens, Hayley Kiyoko, Liniker e os Caramelows, Walker Lukens, Bridgit Mendler, Tunde Olaniran, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Saint, Noah Slee, Tei Shi, Temples, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear and Whitest Taino Alive.

Attendees can listen to the artists that will be performing at SXSW 2017 by tuning in on a mobile device or desktop to SXSWfm® at

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, TX, SXSW is known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries. The event, a destination for global professionals, features conference programming, showcases, screenings, exhibitions and a variety of networking opportunities.

New for 2017, the Interactive, Film and Music badges will now include expanded access to more of the SXSW Conference & Festivals experience. Attendees will still receive primary entry to programming associated with their badge type but now also enjoy secondary access to most other SXSW events. SXSW’s next registration deadline is Nov. 18.

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