Kanye West performs at SXSW fest

March 24, 2009 at 1:10 PM
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AUSTIN, Texas, March 24 (UPI) -- Kanye West performed at gossip blogger Perez Hilton's party to celebrate the close of the South By Southwest Festival in Texas, organizers said.

Hilton partnered with Dell to bring his signature "One Night In..." series to Austin for a second time during the arts festival last Saturday night. The party kicked off with a performance by comedian Margaret Cho, followed by surprise act Indigo Girls. The night continued with appearances by artists including Ladyhawke, Yelle, Little Boots, Solange, Ida Maria, Thunderheist, Rye Rye, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, Aaron LaCrate, Kraak and Smaak and Jeppe.

"It was all about the music and we had some of the most amazing women and divas from all over the world and from all different musical genres, performing on one stage -- on one truly special night," Hilton said in a statement. "Dell really knows how to throw a party and that was evident by the great crowd and energy that this event produced."

West surprised the audience, which included actress and musician Juliette Lewis; actress/fashion designer/musician Taryn Manning; actor Ethan Suplee from "My Name is Earl;" and Jamie Burke, the new face of ck one, by rocking the stage with a 30-minute set about half way into the party.

To watch band performances, red carpet moments and behind-the-scenes footage, sign up at www.delllounge.com/perez to get a link that will grant VIP access to the party via the Web, Dell said.

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