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San Antonio will be better represented than usual at this year’s SXSW music festival, with a dozen acts cutting across a surprisingly wide range of genres.

Tenor-sax titan Spot Barnett will perform twice, once with O.S. Grant, and once in support of Latin-soul group Sexto Sol. DJ Jester the Filipino Fist, a highly familiar SXSW presence, returns with a Sunday, March 16, showcase at Emo’s Jr., while Girl in a Coma and Buttercup also make repeat visits. The Krayolas cap their comeback year (which includes a forthcoming full-length CD) with a SXSW appearance and fellow SA rock veterans Los #3 Dinners will also serve up a set.

The most intriguing SA selections, however, come from way outside the rock realm. The Richard Oppenheim Septet will unleash its brainy, avant-garde jazz with selections from John Cage and music set to the poetry of Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Even more remarkable, SOLI Chamber Ensemble will be the first chamber group featured at SXSW, with a March 12 gig at St. David’s Church focusing on contemporary mavericks such as John Adams and Steve Reich, and an opening set for Lou Reed the following day.

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