Attention, Local Bands: Get Out of Town!


One more incentive to go to Austin.

Somewhat bizarrely, I registered for SXSW this week — even though the shindig isn't until March 2007. Time sure flies, I guess. But then that got me thinking about how I could have more fun in Austin next year — oh, I know! With more St. Louis bands represented!

Oh, sure, it's an old story: We're just St. Louis, we can't compare to other cities, blah blah blah. But there are plenty of bands in town that can compete with the blogger darlings — if only they'd promote themselves a little better.

That's why I'm taking a cue from my colleague Jason Harper at the Pitch and reprinting the press release below. Come on, St. Louis bands — the application fee is only $30, and you can do it online. Don't make me start singling out individuals that should be applying in a public forum. 'Cause you know I will.

(Press release after the jump.)

SXSW 2007 Music Festival Showcase Application Final DeadlineAustin, Texas - October 31, 2006 - For over 20 years, South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference and Festival has been bringing musicians, record company executives, club owners, radio programmers, journalists, publicists and countless other people working in the music industry together. Over one thousand showcasing artists and solo acts from around the globe perform on 60 stages over the course of five nights, March 14 - 18, 2007 in Austin, Texas. Online applications to perform at this extraordinary event are being accepted until Friday, November 10, 2006.

Applications to perform, MP3s and press materials are now being accepted electronically. Please access the website at and fill out the application online. The final application deadline is November 10, 2006 for domestic acts, with a fee of $30. (The late application deadline for international acts has passed.) This year, all showcase applications must be filled out and paid for by credit card online. (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Diner's Club are accepted.) Once the online application has been completed, the primary contact will be sent a confirmation email with instructions on how to upload MP3s, a biography, an artist photograph and a press kit. No more packing CDs, paying postage or worrying if SXSW received the packet!

Some of the musical genres featured at the SXSW Music Festival include alternative country, bluegrass, blues, country, DJ, electronic, experimental, hip-hop, jazz, Latin, metal, pop, rock, punk, singer/songwriter, world, and reggae.

2007 will be the 21st Anniversary of SXSW Music taking place March 14 - 18 at the Austin Convention Center and on stages throughout downtown Austin. In addition to the music festival, the conference will gather music business professionals to participate in panel discussions, workshops, one-on-one interviews and the Trade Show and Exhibition.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit or e-mail

-Annie Zaleski

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