Chuck D Talks Music and Race at SXSW Conference, Public Enemy Hits The Road


and music will be the topic of discussion when Public Enemy founder Chuck D. joins

a panel of music insiders for this year's South by Southwest Music (SXSW) conference.The

rapper, along with rocker/writer Garland Jeffreys, and Alejandro Escovedo, will

lead the panel, titled "Say It Loud, I'm What? And I'm Proud."The

discussion, which is scheduled for March 17, is one of four new events planned

for the conference, which takes place March 14-17 at the Austin Convention Center

in Austin, Texas.Others

slated to appear include Myspace president and co-founder Tom Anderson, who will

speak at an SXSW interview on March 15; David Cross, who will address "Comedy

on the Music Circuit on March 16 with Patton Oswalt and Zach Galifianakis and

impressario Lou Adler, rock icon Michelle Phillips and legendary manager Andrew

Loog Oldham who will speak on the Monterey Pop at 40 music festival.The

new additions join previously announced speakers such as Pete Townshend, Emmylou

Harris, Terry McBride, David Byrne, Rickie Lee Jones, Booker T Jones and Iggy


attendees will also be able to network with more than 125 companies that will

have booths at the SXSW trade show and exhibition at the convention center. Over

1,400 musical acts will perform on more than 65 stages at the SXSW Music Festival,

which will invade downtown Austin.In

all, more than 70 separate panels, workshops, demo listening sessions and the

SXSW mentor program will be featured at the conference.Entertainment attorneys

can receive credit from the SXSW continuing legal education program.For

conference event details, visit

related news, Public Enemy will embark upon the PE Beats To Mecca Tour, which

kicks off Mar. 7 in Cincinnati and winds down Mar. 25 in Atlanta, GA.Tour

dates are listed below: Wed-Mar-07

Cincinnati Madison TheatreThu-Mar-08 Chicago House of BluesFri-Mar-09

Toronto Kool HausSat-Mar-10 Boston Worcester PalladiumSun-Mar-11 NYC BB

King'sMon-Mar-12 Burlington, VT Higher GroundTue-Mar-13 Baltimore Ram's

Head LiveWed-Mar-14 Myrtle Beach, SC House of BluesFri-Mar-16 Austin BMI

EventSat-Mar-17 Dallas Gypsy Tea Room ?Sun-Mar-18 Houston Meridian Wed-Mar-21

New Orleans House of BluesThu-Mar-22 Orlando Hard RockFri-Mar-23 St Petersberg

Jannus LandingSat-Mar-24 Miami UltraMusicFestival Sun-Mar-25 Atlanta,

GA. Sugarhill