If you follow us on social media, you’ve probably figured out that ZRock is sponsoring The Midgetmen’s Jumpstart 10 alongside our good pals TBD Media, Bird’s Barbershop, and Eastline Guitars and Airline Guitars. And you know what they say, “If you don’t know, well now you know.”
Friday March 17 at The Sidebar in Austin, Texas from 12-6, multiple bands will participate in an unofficial SXSW Showcase hosted by The Midgetmen. We know what that voice inside your head is telling you, “But everyone and their mom is throwing an unofficial SXSW showcase.” OK, maybe….but this truly is something special. Wanna know why?
- FREE BEER! Don’t double take because, YES, we did say it—FREE BEER! We teamed up with TBD Media to make sure to keep our guests nice and boozed up on the cheap. Just make sure to head to Facebook and like both of our pages and you’re golden. Two clicks = free beer. What a country!
- It’s St. Patrick’s Day! (see Number 1 above)
- THE TALENT! We’re not biased because this is all The Midgetmen’s doing. These guys did such a killer job of curating the lineup for this showcase. From Glasgow to Brooklyn, there is no shortage of diverse talent hitting the stage on Friday.
We”re gearing up for the big bash by highlighting the bands that will be performing on Friday. Not even a week ago, we celebrated International Women’s Day. One of the first things we noticed about this lineup is how many #BossLadies and female-fronted bands are struttin’’ their stuff at Jumpstart. We want to take a moment to highlight each of them because this one’s for the ladies!
Colleen Green (@collengreen420)
“Colleen Green isn’t a band, she’s a person,” she once stated in an interview with LA Weekly. Deemed as “stoner punk,” this former pothead has been on an up and up tear with her most recent releases I Want to Grow Up and Colleen Green. As many pop punk bands do (think pop punk bands in the late 90s/early 00s like Blink 182, Simple Plan, etc), anti-cool, anti-establishment artists often have to come to terms with the fine line between raucous teenage rebellion and a refined, more “adult” sound. Green has done a perfect job of bridging this gap and remaining true to herself and her artistry. She has become a hot act to catch on the national circuit, so make sure to catch her play an intimate show on the outdoor stage at 3:50.
Amy Klein (@amyrebeccaklein)
“Amy is a writer and musician. She finds bios challenging and prefers poetry.” This is the only thing her Facebook profile reads. While it may come off as lazy, elusive, or quirky, this statement is actually the god honest truth. Fans of indie rock and punk may recognize Klein from her past outfits Titus Andronicus Leda, and Hilly Eye, but her solo project allows her to blossom into the poet she’s always been. Anyone who can appreciate the full spectrum of poignant lyricism to playful tributes will be captivated and turned into a lifelong fan. She performs inside The Side Bar at 1:50.
Summer Cannibals (@scannibalsband)
Hailing out of Portland Oregon and fronted by the Patti Smith-esque Jessica Boudreaux, Summer Cannibals have been putting their noses to the grindstone on their local circuit for quite some time. As The Midgetmen exclaimed on the event page, “So very stoked that Summer Cannibals can *finally* play our party this year!” Their video for “Full Of It” emcompasses Pacific Northwest grit in an authentic and creative manner as the band assembles and plays all around the (presumable) home of one of the band members finding themselves cramped inside the kitchen, a closet, a basement, and out on the front proch. You can get down with Summer Cannibals at 12:30 on the outside stage.
Daddy Issues (@daddyissuesband)
Three badass chicks playing “grunge pop, alien punk” who enjoy popsicles, egg rolls, and puppies sound not only like a band we want to see, but some ladies we want to be friends with. Dive into their discography and not only is that point recognized further with releases such as Pizza Girl, Ugly When I Cry, and Can We Still Hang (which features the girls sitting in front of a pink wall eating rainbow cake) and we realize that these gals sing anthems that boast a fun-loving “IDGAF” attitude that we can all embrace a little more. These guys have a kickass SXSW experience written all over them. If you hate having fun, don’t you dare show up to this show. If you’re a fan of fun (aka you have a pulse), we’ll see you inside The Side Bar at 3:20.
If Colleen Green isn’t enough stoner punk for you? Then you’re in luck with the dynamic duo turned quartet GYMSHORTS on board for the showcase. Sarah Greenwell fronts the band on guitar and vocals and boasts a voice reminiscent of some of punk’s most iconic females. Just imagine Joan Jett singing anthems about burritos and marijuana. If you’re watching Daddy Issues, stick around as GYMSHORTS takes the stage after at 4:10.
Come on down and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us!