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Willie Nelson is celebrating his 88th birthday in signature style. The Austin country music star announced he'll spend his birthday with marijuana-loving fans everywhere with a three-day virtual cannabis convention.

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Willie Nelson—you know him, you love him and he loves Austin. The red-headed stranger has spanned a 60-year career, putting Austin on the map, winning every award in the business, but has never been featured as a speaker for SXSW until today.

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South by Southwest 2021 may be online but anything is better than another cancellation. This year, SXSW focuses on themes that have been on the brain since the start of the pandemic: a new urgency, connecting in a disconnected world, the future of technology, the rebirth of businesses and transforming entertainment to meet our needs.

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Styx and stones may break bones but the pandemic couldn't stop Austin-based bassist Ricky Phillips from rocking via live stream when everyone began to quarantine.

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