From PDX to ATX: Portland Artists Invade Austin for SXSW

Vortex Music Magazine

This week, a bevy of #PDXmusic makers will perform at the third annual Portland Party and official SXSW showcases, as well as on street corners and wherever else our industrious Portlanders can set up shop.

Some 40 Portland-based acts will reportedly make their way to the liberal bastion of the great state of Texas this week as the musical portion of the marathon 2014 South by Southwest festival runs from March 11 through 16.

With 2,000 artists and bands set to descend upon Austin, just navigating the SXSW schedule is to enter the chaos that's about to unfold. Beyond the oft-represented fare of folk, indie rock and experimental noise (and variations thereof), Portland is also sending a wealth of synth pop, math rock, hip-hop, soulful R&B, funk, trashy surf rock, beat makers and DJs down south.

If you're lucky (or crazy) enough to be in Austin this week, your one-stop shop for #PDXmusic is once again The Grackle (1700 E Sixth St.) on March 12 from 12 to 9pm

For the third year in a row, Portland performers will unite for an afternoon of making ATX feel like PDX by throwing their own unofficial showcase. Sponsored by amazing local, music-minded businesses and organizations like CD Baby, Tender Loving Empire, Party Damage RecordsA to Z Media, Marmoset, PDX Pop Now!, Rumblefish and Mississippi Studios, The Portland Party features free beer.

Oh yeah, and the following lineup—plus, a situation where Tope and Vikesh Kapoor will perform in between performances! (Note: You'll notice that some non-PDX acts were added to the mix after the venue agreed to let the party rage on till 9pm.)

8:15pm: Shaprece (Seattle)
7:30pm: Paper Lions (Prince Edward Island, CA)
6:45pm: My Body (Brooklyn) 
6:00pm: Animal Eyes 
5:15pm: Blouse 
4:30pm: Wild Ones 
3:45pm: Mimicking Birds 
3:00pm: Aan 
2:15pm: Magic Mouth 
1:30pm: Sun Angle 
12:45pm: Sons of Huns 
12:00pm: Sama Dams

RSVP and help support The Portland Party bands, even if you're not headed to SXSW!

As for who else'll be there, below is Vortex's list (catalogued via a very scientific process of email, Twitter, schedule and brain searches), but we're positive we've missed a few. Leave us a comment and let us know who—after you've waded through the thousands of musicians headed to Austin this year.

The Chicharones
Ages and Ages
Wild Ones

Natasha Kmeto
Mimicking Birds
Ape Machine
Animal Eyes
Reva DeVito
Pure Bathing Culture
Shy Girls
Guantanamo Baywatch
King Clifton
Bearcubbin'! (featuring Beaverton-boy and Smashing Pumpkins drummer Mike Byrne)
Magic Mouth
Sons Of Huns
Rare Monk
East Forest
Vikesh Kapoor
Christian Burghardt
Diane Birch
Tre Redeau
Sun Angle
Sama Dams
Tope (who you can check out below sampling Erykah Badu alongside instrumentation by Portland trumpeter by Farnell Newton—from his latest EP Troubleman)

And last but not least, possibly the most famous lineup of legacy musicians playing an up-and-comers music fest: The Baseball Project featuring Steve Wynn, Linda Pitmon, Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5) and Peter Buck (R.E.M.).

If all of the above doesn't remind you enough of home, there's always the panel Portlandia: Behind the Scenes with the Creators.

Now, enjoy your free beer, Tex-Mex and barbecue while attempting to squeeze your way into the endless array of Sixth Street bars as well as every other musical offering available. And remember: It's Portland who keeps Austin weird.

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