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Austin, 2011: Headliners will Include (E)pic (P)eople (M)aking (D)ope Music.

Or Erick and Parrish Making Dollars.  WHAT WHAT!! EPMD will be rocking it at VENUE 222 (formerly Aces), 222 6th Street, Austin TX on March 18 at 12-5:30.  Full lineup for the L4M hip hop show AND the L4M rock show will be up soon.  Stay tuned!

2011 Austin: Rumors Abound

 

We here at L4M are known for a few things: useful information to musicians and musid industry professionals, witty banter and throwing killer shows in Austin, TX. 

The last two years in Austin have been “bananas”.  We have moved from Momo’s to Aces with our hip hop oriented unofficial showcase.  Last year at Aces, we packed the place with about 850 fans who seemed to instantenously decide to forget their weeklong festival hangover and party once more.  Dialted Peoples, The Cool Kids, 88 Keys, Travie McCoy, Bad Rabbits, Kidz in the Hall, and others helped to make a day party spill over into the night. 

L4M has expanded since 2010.  We’ve added a couple more lawyers who generally do not suck.  We have also partnered with a pretty bad ass music venue here in Chicago, The Bottom Lounge to host more shows here in our home town.  Naturally, we felt the need to expand our showcase for Austin. 

While details are still being put together, we can put a muzzle on some of the rumors and answer some of the questions we have been getting about this year’s festival.  L4M, The Bottom Lounge and some otherh sweet partners will be sponsoring a two day unofficial showcase featuring one day of hip hop and one day of rock.  As the kids say: that’s what’s up!

Confirmed artists include: The Cool Kids, the Doomtree crew, Pac Div, Blah Blah Blah, The Idle Hands, Empires, Elephant Stone and more.  The hip hop show is slated for Friday at Aces (again) and the Rock show will most likely be in the same vicinity on Saturday.  Obviously, more details will follow.  Stay tuned!

Is Anyone Going to South By Southwest? Anyone?

Go back to your bunker Eugene.

Go back to your bunker Eugene.

Man am I sick of reading, listening, and writing about that crappy economy.  If you don’t know that our economy is bad then go back to your Y2K bunker and hunker down for another 4 or 5 years.  Trust me, you’ll be happy you did.

The music industry has been hit HARD by the recession.  All facets of the business have been effected.  Labels, distributors, marketing companies and venues have shuttered their windows and locked their doors.  Still, the concert scene has been relatively healthy.  Lollapalooza and Coachella had record crowds again this past year.  Madonna made a ridiculous amount of money on tour (nice move by Live Nation) as did the Boss (nice work Azoff and Ticketmaster), the Police and Metallica.   CMJ was packed with a lot of promising new artists and some main stays who have some exciting new material.

Which leads to my surprise about the rather unorganized and lackluster roster for the premier music conference, South By Southwest.  In the past independent artists and freshly signed artists flocked to Austin for the opportunity to strut their stuff in front of the industry big wigs and peers.  This year the industry big wigs may not be able to afford the air fare and hotel prices (which surprisingly have not gone down).  So the result seems to be a scaled back festival.

Not to fear.  Rather than bash blog about SXSW and complain from a far, I am going to take Obama’s lead and do something about it.  I have taken it upon myself (with the help of Catharsis NYC, Big Like Giants, Music Dealers and my colleague Brian Troglia) to provide SXSW with an amazing showcase featuring artists that are both brand new, on the cusp and already established.

I give you the first annual (hopefully) Lawyer 4 Independent Musicians Showcase!!!!  On March 21, 2009 from Noon to 6pm at Momo’s on 6th Street we will be showcasing amazing music and demonstrating how important a good legal team is t the success of a musician (but mostly amazing music).  Already confirmed are:  Whatsizface, French Horn Rebellion, Hey Champ, DJ White Shadow, Fat Lip, and Kidz in the Hall, with several more surprises in the works.  Its free (obviously) and will be sponsored by L4M, Stahl Cowen and Music Dealers (read more about them below).  So if you are coming to SXSW, you have to come to this showcase.

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Let me know your thoughts about this year’s SXSW or if you need more details about the L4M showcase.

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