by Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez
Twitter at @lsgoriginal
HOT spotlight – Emerge Festival
NOT SURE WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN CT FOR LIVE MUSIC? Well, the folks at Emerge Festival – and namely Chip McCabe – have made the decision fairly simple. Get to Arch Street Tavern in Hartford http://nectarspresents.com/ this coming Saturday (3/2) and Sunday (3/3) for 13 of CT’s best acts!
There’s something for everyone here in this 2-day event. Many of the bands have just recently released or are on the cusp of releasing new records. I am pretty stoked to see so many bands under one roof that are some of my favorites as well as a couple that I haven’t seen before (HOW is that possible?)
So what IS Emerge Festival, you ask? “Emerge Fest is a 2-day music festival to raise money for bands trying to tour in South By Southwest. We did a show last year with M.T. Bearington to help raise money for them. So I got this idea for a festival, because I like grandiose ideas”, says Emerge Fest Founder, Chip McCabe (of Chip’s Unnamed Band Show and Live & Local fame.)
Cost of entry is $7 or $12 (2 day pass) in Advance:
or $10 or $15 (2 day pass) at the door.
All proceeds will be distributed to the bands attending SXSW to help defray their costs to perform there. “Unfortunately”, adds Chip, “I was only aware of 3 bands playing SXSW when we put this together. I had no idea Lord Fowl is also playing until someone posted it on the Emerge FB page.” At that point, it was too late to add them to the bill. In order to help Chip in planning for Emerge Fest 2014, he will be looking for submissions at the end of the year so bands who are planning to play SXSW can participate in Emerge.
Special-edition show posters will be sold at the venue, with proceeds going to the bands. There will also be merch tables set up for the bands to sell their individual records and other swag.
Below is the line up for both days. If you aren’t already acquainted with each band, we give you a video for each.
Please give some love to Lord Fowl and wish them well on their SXSW adventure too.
Go to one day. Go to both (you REALLY should)! But make sure you get down to Arch Street this weekend and help support our local bands going to SXSW. We are VERY proud to have them represent the CT music scene in Austin!!
All you need to know about what will be an annual event can be found here:
Saturday, March 2:
8:30-9:00 – Sidewalk Dave – Playing SXSW
9:15-9:45 – Daphne Lee Martin – Playing SXSW
10:00-10:30 – Jose Oyola & The Astronauts
10:45-11:15 – Fake Babies
11:30-12:00 – Modern Merchant
12:15-12:45 – Elison Jackson – Playing SXSW
1:00-1:30 – Little Ugly
Sunday, March 3
8:00-8:30 – Ports of Spain
8:45-9:15 – Oh, Cassius!
9:30-10:00 – Sun Dagger
Unfortunately, I was unable to locate a vid so here is their FB Page. https://www.facebook.com/SunDagger?ref=ts&fref=ts
10:15-10:45 – Bedroom Rehab Corp.
11:00-11:30 – 1974
11:45-12:15 – Atrina
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