Yes- it’s official! The Long Center is happy to confirm that Jimmy Kimmel Live! is headed back to Austin for another week of South by Southwest fun. Below please find the official press release announcing Jimmy Kimmel’s hyped return.
“The Long Center is thrilled to be working with Jimmy Kimmel Live! and our good friends at SXSW again in 2015,” said Jamie Grant, President and CEO, “What better way to showcase the amazing things going on in this wonderful city, than with a week of live national television broadcast straight from Austin’s Creative Home!”
Please find the official Jimmy Kimmel Live! press release below:
Austin, TX – ABC announced today that “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will return to Austin, Texas this spring to air five original shows beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. The show will hit the road for a weeklong trip, timed to the 29th annual SXSW – a unique convergence of original music, independent films and emerging technologies.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! will broadcast five original shows from The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts overlooking downtown Austin, Auditorium Shores and Lady Bird Lake. Jimmy will welcome celebrity guests, showcase musical performances and shoot comedy segments around Texas and at SXSW.
On returning to Texas, Jimmy Kimmel said, “We had so much fun in Austin last year, we’re doing it again. This time we might never come back.”
Last year’s successful broadcast from Austin, TX welcomed guests Lady Gaga, Seth Rogen, Snoop Dogg, Rosario Dawson, Gov. Rick Perry, Robert Duvall, Lil Wayne and Willie Nelson along with musical guests Aloe Blacc, White Denim, Damon Albarn and The Preatures. The show’s unforgettable weeklong trip to the Texas state capital was capped off on Friday, March 14, 2014 when Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell declared the day as the city’s official “Jimmy Kimmel Day.”
About SXSW (March 13 – 22, 2015)
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery. Year after year, the event is a launching pad for creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the Trade Shows and global networking opportunities abound. Austin serves as the perfect backdrop for SXSW, where career development flourishes amid the relaxed atmosphere. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the event’s conclusion. sxsw.com
About the Long Center
The Long Center is Austin’s Creative Home, built “by the community, for the community.” The organization is primarily funded by private citizens and corporations and by nature understands the importance of giving. As a non-profit, the Long Center collaborates with community partners to sponsor educational programs, host free events on the City Terrace, subsidize rental costs for emerging art groups, and gift tickets to charitable and community-minded organizations. The Long Center also provides the best overall live entertainment experience of any venue in Austin. It is home to the Symphony, Opera and Ballet and boasts additional eclectic programming spanning diverse audiences. A commitment to acoustic excellence combined with exceptional theater site lines and an unparalleled outdoor view of Austin creates a magical experience and lasting memories. Austinites of all ages and interests are invited to explore the Long Center to expand their cultural perspective and appreciation of the arts. For more information, please visit TheLongCenter.org or call (512) 474-LONG (5664) for ticket information.
More information on Jimmy Kimmel’s arrival can be found on SXSW.com.