Thursday, October 22, 2009

Smokey Robinson will deliver the keynote address at SXSW 2010 Music Conference

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- South By Southwest (SXSW) is thrilled
to announce that the legendary Smokey Robinson will deliver the keynote
address at their 2010 Music Conference. The address will kick off SXSW
activities at the Austin Convention Center on Thursday, March 18, 2010.

Smokey Robinson is one of the architects of the "Motown sound" and his voice
and songs established the label's profound impact on culture across the globe.
 Robinson's artistry has been celebrated worldwide, having received Kennedy
Center Honors, a membership in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, a Grammy
Lifetime Achievement Award, the "UK Special Achievement Award" at the Ivor
Novello Awards and The ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Heritage Award.   Bob Dylan
called Robinson "America's greatest living poet," and his  work as an
executive at Motown was central in establishing a unique chapter in popular
music history.

Robinson continues to forge new trails, mentoring "American Idol" contestants
in 2009 and writing and recording new music. Robinson's current CD "Time Flies
When You're Having Fun," was released on August 25, 2009 on his own Robso
Records and the songs sound as fresh and timeless as his pioneering work from
the 60's.

Robinson's keynote anchors the twenty-fourth annual South By Southwest Music
Conference and Festival, a world-renowned gathering of artists and music
professionals. By day, registrants attend conference events and the trade show
at the Austin Convention Center. At night, hundreds of performers command
dozens of stages throughout downtown Austin. Registrations are now available
for SXSW 2010 at the website.

For more information on Mr. Robinson, visit For
more information on South By Southwest, visit
SXSW Music Conference and Festival is sponsored by Miller Lite, Sonicbids, and
the Austin Chronicle.

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