South By South Lawn, a new event hosted by President Barack Obama, will take place on the White House South Lawn on October 3. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and The Lumineers are among the musicians tapped to perform at the inaugural event.
President Obama reached out to the organizers of the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference, held annually in Austin, Texas, to help produce the one-day event in Washington D.C. The music lineup also includes DJ Beverly Bond and more acts are expected to be added. The SXSL event will stream live on WhiteHouse.gov, Facebook.com/WhiteHouse and sxsw.com/live.
The SXSL event will also include the White House Student Film Fest, a number of Interactive Exhibits, various panel discussions and more. President Obama is expected to participate in a discussion with climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and actor Leonardo DiCaprio ahead of the premiere screening of DiCaprio’s National Geographic-presented documentary film Before the Flood.