Georgia Goes To SXSW

As festivals go, the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX is one of the biggest, most diverse and longest running music festival around. What started back in 1987 at the Driskill Hotel featuring a handful of up and coming and regional bands the festival has grown into an enormous gathering of passionate creators and consumers working in film, technology, gaming, comedy and of course, music. To be asked to showcase is high praise in itself but that’s where the work really starts. With thousands of bands in town performing at hundreds of venues over the course of 5 days it can be hard to get noticed and even harder to leave a mark. The state of Georgia and especially Atlanta’s rich hip-hop scene and Athens’ indie rock scene have made waves over the year with bands like Black Lips, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, playing a ton of shows and packing out clubs time and time again.


Next week from March 12th until Sunday March 17th Georgia is sending it’s best once again to represent the best in new music.


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AdELA is triple-threat. She’s a singer, songwriter, and rapper reaping the benefits of

pursuing her dreams of stardom. The tenacious South African-born, Atlanta-based beauty got her resolve for pursuing the life she wanted from her parents, who left lucrative careers in South Africa in order to escape apartheid in the ‘90s. AdELA’s family first settled in Miami exposing her to all styles of music from Miami Bass, Nas, Tupac, Royce Da 5’9 to Frank Sinatra – artists she describes as “timeless and an inspiration for her own creativity.” AdELA earned her first RIAA Certified Gold credit as a co-writer and performer on Meek Mill’s “Made it From Nothing.” In 2015, AdELA made her official debut with Off the Burner, followed by her EP Dreamers and Thinkers in 2017, where she decided to feature a well-known rapper on every track. AdELA landed collaborations with Royce Da 5’9, Skyzoo, Torae, Fat Joe, and Kool G Rap just to name a few. Dreamers and Thinkers peaked at number 21 on the iTunes Top 100 in the United States as well as breaking the Top 100 in the UK and France. AdELA’s next mission is breaking into the Top 20 with her latest project entitled, On the Line, set for release in 2019.



Date: Mar 16, 2019 –

Time: 8:55pm — 9:15pm



Date: Mar 14, 2019

Time: TBD




Artimus is an Atlanta-based group consisting of Brandon Boone (Tedeschi/Trucks), Kevin Leon (St. Paul & the Broken Bones), Patrick Arthur, Emmanuel Smith, and Will Hollifield. Together they’re stretching the creativity of EDM, jazz, funk, & hip-hop and follow in the legacy of Jojo Mayer & Nerve, Aphex Twin, Kneebody, and Donny McCaslin. Their upcoming debut LP ‘Boys Grown Tall’ is a collection of songs with depth, energy, and a belief in playing in the moment. Artimus has shared the stage with groups like Progger, the Mike Dillon Band, and the Lightning Orchestra.



Date: Mar 16, 2019

Time: 10:00pm — 10:40pm



How do you describe an album out of time, concerned with the disappearance of culture, of humanity, of nature, of logic and emotion? Why make this album in an era when attention spans have been reduced to next to nothing, and the tactile grains of making music have been further reduced to algorithms and projected playlist placement. Why wake up in the morning? Why hasn’t everything already disappeared?

Deerhunter’s eighth LP forgets the questions and makes up unrelated answers. It gets up, walks around, it records itself in several strategic geographic points across North America. It comes home, restructures itself and goes back to bed to avoid the bad news.


From the opening harpsichord and piano figures of ‘Death in Midsummer’, it is impossible to tell where the record came from. Is ‘No One’s Sleeping’ an outtake of an aborted Kinks recording session in 1977 Berlin with Eno producing? No. That is nostalgia. If there is one thing Deerhunter are making clear it is that they have exhausted themselves with that toxic concept.

Deerhunter are a band from Atlanta GA, comprised on Bradford Cox, Lockett Pundt, Moses Archuleta, and Josh McKay.



Date: Mar 11, 2019

Time: 10:45pm — 12:00am


Drivin N Cryin

Celebrating their 33rd Anniversary together, Atlanta-based folk rock act, Drivin N Cryin, have spent most of their career on tour. In October 1985, Drivin N Cryin played their first show at Atlanta’s famed 688 Club. They quickly gained attention for their blistering live shows, and amassed a rabid fan base in the 1980s Southeast music scene. Now, 33 years later, founding members, Kevn Kinney and Tim, Nielsen find themselves enjoying a milestone anniversary for the band; having survived the pressures of fame, a shifting musical landscape, multiple lineup changes, and miles of back roads and highways to arrive here.

Island Records re-released their much celebrated Mystery Road album through Universal Music Group (2017) & Darius Rucker cut Straight to Hell on his new album, When Was the Last Time, released October 2017. Mystery Road was named one of “The 50 Best Southern Rock Albums of All Time” by Paste Magazine that following year. In 2018, New West Records re-released their self-titled 1997 album with a new name, Too Late To Turn Back Now. The band also finished recording their first new, full- length, album in ten years with Nashville producer, Aaron Lee Tasjan.



Date: Mar 15, 2019

Time: 12:00am — 12:40am




GRIP is an American hip hop artist from the Eastside of Atlanta, Georgia. With his critically acclaimed debut project, “Porch”, GRIP snatched the attention of many listeners and publications across the globe. Hailed as “Atlanta’s Next Great Storyteller” (Pigeons & Planes), GRIP’s subject matter, witty & relatable lyrics, and true artistry of rap is undeniable.


Performance location and time TBD



Just Loud

Just Loud’s infectious, funky new song “Soul Train” features a very special guest – Debbie Harry. In the new video, Just Loud and Debbie engage in a high-speed chase brought to life through ’70s-inspired animation with a modern edge.

“I’m glad I had a minute to hang with Just Loud the other night in Brooklyn at my Vans show, says Debbie Harry. “Glad to be doing a little bit on his latest single Soul Train. I actually performed on the TV show of the same name. I hope you all like the song.”

“Soul Train” follows Just Loud’s debut EP, Episode I, which launched earlier last year and has set him up to be an intriguing artist to watch in 2018. Episode I features his debut single “Electrified”, proving itself to be a hit – garnering over 4 million streams since the release as well as climbing the Alt Radio charts, where it reached the top 25.

With an impressive range and sense of introspection, Just Loud is making personal discoveries in real time – expressing himself, finding his voice, sharing his pain and glories – through his compelling and impactful art that transcends genres.

Just Loud’s eponymous debut album is slated for release later this year and is now available for pre-order.



Date: Mar 14, 2019

Time: 6:00pm — 6:40pm



Date: Mar 14, 2019

Time: 10:45pm — 11:25pm


K Camp


K Camp began performing in high school, performing as part of a group called HBC (Head Busser Clique). After the group broke up, K Camp continued with music, performing at open mic contests which were also frequented by artists such as Waka Flocka Flame. He released a mix named “All Night” in 2009. It gained popularity in the Atlanta music scene and its popularity inspired K Camp to start taking music seriously. He followed up with other mixes that included “Fan4Life” and “Show Money,” and “Slumlords.” These mixes began a movement in Atlanta with his “slums,” a term coined to represent his family, friends, and fans. K Camp wanted to extend his career beyond the Atlanta music scene and landed a deal with Interscope Records where he released his debut EP in 2014.


In April 2014, K Camp released his debut EP In Due Time, remake of one of his original mixtapes. Its debut single “Cut Her Off” peaked at number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was also nominated for Best Club Banger at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards. 2019 K Camp returns with the new single and videos “Cant Get Enough”.


Performance details TBD


Lunar Vacation


Atlanta-based Lunar Vacation formed in the summer of 2016 as a way to escape the monotony of suburban Catholic-school life. The five members- guitarist/vocalist Grace Repasky, guitarist Maggie Geeslin, bassist John Michael Young, keys man Matteo De Lurgio, and drummer Connor Dowd- began writing and performing in their junior and senior years of high school. Unsure of how to label their fusion of dreamy melodies, surfy progressions, and psych-rock jams, the five-piece has described their music as “pool rock” Their first single, “Anna”, released in early 2017, and the band self-released their first EP, entitled “Swell”, later that year.

They released their second project, “Artificial Flavors”, in 2018, further crafting their sound. After the remaining members finally graduated high school, the five headed out on their first tour as a last hurrah before starting college.

Now, in 2019, Lunar Vacation is working very hard on crafting new tunes and tours as we speak.


Performance details TBD


The Queendom


THE QUEENDOM consists of two royal components with a musical chemistry that reigns in all aspects. AUDIADASOUND and Rocket Rhonnie, both Atlanta natives, joined forces and started creating music in July 2016. Since then, they have performed locally with aspirations of reaching global audiences.

Both queens are skilled in their crafts. AUDIADASOUND has been the primary producer of Avant Garde Exchange, LLC since 2007. Rhonnie has mastered audio engineering while having the opportunitiy to intern at Music Box Studios and Sound Resort Studios, both located in Atlanta, GA. Through collaborative songwriting, production and recording, these two combined embody the beacons of modern creativity in the realm where femininity is underestimated.

THE QUEENDOM’s first piece was featured on the CLASSIK Apparel compilation “Been Good, Vol. 1” on the track entitled “F.D.B.S.”. Since becoming a duo, they’ve released their debut album entitled “Queenshit Era” and promotional singles, “Come”, “#QUEENSHIT”, and “DUTY”. They have recently opened up for Trina and Lil Wayne during A3C Festival 2018 as well. Be on the lookout for their regional tour in the Spring of 2019.



Date: Mar 16, 2019

Time: 10:45pm — 11:00pm


The Redland


“Every step we take is a step of faith. Let’s take a stand now and

we can win the battle.” – The RedLand from the single, Survive

The RedLand is a young hip hop duo with a clear vision for the future and a deep

connection to the values and value “makers” of the past.

We are humanists on a mission to make social consciousness the norm. We are

music entrepreneurs who choose to support the everyday man or woman to play

their part in their own way. We are thought provoking, evolutionary, poetic

musical artists fueled by the legacy and philosophy of John Lennon, Bruce Lee,

Muhammad Ali, Bob Marley, Gil Scott Heron, Marvin Gaye and Bob Dylan, and

inspired by fellow contemporaries Dave Chappelle, Alicia Keys, Pink, Russell

Simmons, Banksy, Sean Penn, Russell Brand, Don Cheadle, Angelina Jolie,

Bono and others that exemplify the unification of entertainment and activism.

We have the ability to shine a light on a number of issues that otherwise go

unreported by the media. We focus on making music that moves people to get

involved in making the world a better place.



Date: Mar 15, 2019

Time: 12:10am — 12:25am


Royal Thunder


Royal Thunder (Miny Parsonz – bass/vocals, Josh Weaver – guitar, Evan Diprima – drums, Will Fiore – guitar) is a haunting hard rock band, luring listeners in with dark rhythms and soulful vocals. The band formed in 2007 and released an EP in late 2009 followed by the debut full-length CVI via Relapse Records in 2012. The band has shared the stage with Baroness, Wovenhand, Pallbearer & many more  



Date: Mar 16, 2019

Time: 10:00pm — 10:40pm




The healing hand and surgeon’s scalpel are intertwined on Shepherds’ new album ​Insignificant Whip​. The art-rock masterpiece encases the band’s vulnerable wisdom in flighty melodies that burn with intimacy and fragility as singer/lyricists Jonathan Merenivitch and Adrian Benedykt Świtoń address everything from toxic masculinity and Catholic guilt to Youtube comments and Tupac Shakur. Since their 2011 EP ​Holy Stain,​ the band have received accolades for their taut analyses of social ills and the resulting strain on body and mind, but even the skeletal no-wave that defined their early sound was bound with, in the broadest sense of the word, soul. The band’s ability to confront their deepest insecurities and doubts is more than simple catharsis, it serves to illuminate deeper questions of existence and identity, and frame them in context of systemic oppression, discrimination, and isolation. The band’s expansive new LP “Insignificant Whip” will be released on Arrowhawk Records in 2019



Date: Mar 14, 2019

Time: 8:35pm — 9:05pm


Yung Baby Tate


Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet traditionally comprise the rainbow.

Similarly, Yung Baby Tate flaunts a rainbow-worthy variety of vibrant talents as an entertainer: namely singer, producer, rapper, dancer, actress, and “dope ass chick,” she laughs. However, with her colorful aesthetic musically and stylistically, she lives up to all of the above—especially, “dope ass chick.” Music seemed predestined. Tate actually attended the 1996 GRAMMY® Awards in the womb of her mother Dionne Farris of iconic rap group Arrested Development. As a kid in Decatur, GA, she developed a passion for nineties R&B and hip-hop, citing Brandy, SWV, Missy and more as influences in addition to pop muse Gwen Stefani.

Sharpening a style of her own, the budding songstress made her introduction with 2015’s EP ROYGBIV, and several singles leading up to the 2018 breakout BOYS EP. The latter produced a viral hit in the form of fan favorite “Bob,” clocking nearly a half-million cumulative streams within six months. Widespread acclaim followed from The Fader, Creative Loafing, Mass Appeal, The Source, & more. In the end, this rainbow is about to shine brighter than ever in 2018 and beyond.



Date: Mar 16, 2019

Time: 1:05am — 1:25am


Lonnie Holley


Lonnie Holley is an Alabama-born visual artist, musician, and filmmaker. His visual art is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, and many other museums. He has released three critically acclaimed studio albums, including MITH in 2018. His first film, I Snuck Off the Slave Ship, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Like the song that inspired it, the film is a metaphor for African American transcendence.



Date: Mar 14, 2019

Time: 12:30pm — 1:10pm



Date: Mar 14, 2019

Time: 5:30pm — 6:35pm


DJ 0ceanz_


DJ 0ceanz_ is a 20-year-old, graduating senior at Valdosta State University who has been djing professionally for over 3 years. From the south side of Atlanta, 0ceanz_ has made her mark in the Atlanta and Valdosta scene working at 107.9 The Beat and hosting various showcases for underground Atlanta artists. The humble rockstar has brought together her passions of music and performing and build her reputation of demanding any crowd. This has gained the attention of the A3C Festival and Conference where she was able to DJ the main stage opening up for Trina, Saweetie, and Lightskin Keisha. She has since, DJ’d alongside buzzing Fresh Empire artist Killumantii in Canada at Break Out Festival for a crowd of over 5,000. One of her biggest inspirations in music, being Kanye West, helped build her confidence in herself and her craft, while Diddy influenced her work ethic and passion. The growing influencer is bound to be successful with God within her and a great team of friends and family.

With all that she have yet to accomplish, she can only go up from here and she looks forward to the future.



Date: Mar 16, 2019

Time: TBD


DJ Euts


As an adolescent growing up in the DMV, Music has always been a significant part of Atlanta-based DJ/rapper Atria “DJ Euts” Eutsey’s aka “Tria Tria’s”, life. The young music enthusiast pursued a bachelor’s degree in Music Engineering at Hampton University with the desire to learn the finer techniques of music production.

During college, with the help of GarageBand, she experimented with creating and mixing music, falling deeply in love with production, and sharing her passion with friends. Rapping took a backseat, and DJ Euts was borne from her curiosity of mixing two songs.

From that point forward, she never looked back. And after graduation, she started Djaying at a variety of venues, her own open mic nights aka “Jam Session”, while also spinning corporate gigs, such as Opus Salesforce, Nike, True Religion, G by Guess, 7 for All Mankind, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria’s Secret, Michael Kors, and Sneaker Con. Past clients have commented on her diverse song selection and her infectious personality. These days, DJ Euts is a regular fixture at Atlanta’s Edgewood Avenue clubs and party scenes, spinning Hip Hop, House, and remixes, with the ultimate goal of getting people dancing.



Date: Mar 16, 2019

Time: 8:00pm — 9:00pm





Date: Mar 14, 2019

Time: 11:45pm — 12:00am




James aka JA’REY is originally from a small town called Thomasville, Ga. He moved to Texas in pursuit of his dream in August 2016. Ja’rey has been singing since the age of 15. His vocals are informed by gospel, soul, and R&B. His own written lyrics are based off his experiences throughout life’s difficult times. He goes by the Artist name JA’REY in hopes of touching the souls of others with his lyrics. Performing gives him the opportunity to connect with his audience on a higher level and to inspire them that even though you’re experiencing difficult times , make it your story to help someone else. Only one person needs to that they’re not alone, GOD is still there. JR Believes, that alone will cause a strong change of circumstances.



Date: Mar 14, 2019

Time: 7:00pm — 7:20pm




Ayanis always knew she was destined to sing. Raised in Texas-Atlanta, 23 year-old singer and dancer Samantha Ayanis Miller (pronounced Ayeyaun-is) is a dreamer. She sang in church choir and did youth beauty pageants but decided at a young age that she was going to be a professional entertainer. “Gospel music and the choir was my first real introduction to music,” she says. “When I turned nine, I told my family that I wanted to be a singer.” Despite their skepticism, she performed at school talent shows, had a brief stint in a girl group at 14 and put out YouTube covers, including Bruno Mars’ “Billionare” and Justin Bieber’s “Mistletoe.” She laughs, looking back at those early videos. “Growth is real.”

She enrolled at Georgia State University and majored in PR and journalism. “I knew I wanted to be an artist but I chose that because I could learn how the media would be.” In 2013, a cover posted to Instagram piqued the interest of songwriter/producer Mello The Producer. “He was the person who taught me how to record and taught me how to really be an artist.” She found a kindred spirit in Mello and the two cut several demos. “We have a bond musically.” Mello was working with August A…



Date: Mar 16, 2019

Time: 12:25am — 12:40am


Chris Hicks


Since the age of seven, Chris Hicks’ only passion has been playing guitar.  He created his first band when he was 14 and has been a shooting star ever since.  Heading up The Loose Change Band from 1980 through 1988, Chris developed his distinctive style and grabbed the attention of listeners across the country.  The legendary Outlaws recruited Chris in 1989. He captivated a rapidly expanding coterie of supporters with smoldering hot guitar work, powerful blues vocals and expressive songwriting.  Chris played on and contributed songs to the Outlaws releases, “Hittin’ The Road Live” and “Diablo Canyon.” He returned home to produce his first solo album, “Funky Broadway” which was nationally distributed by Ichiban Records.  Soon after its release Chris was sought out by The Marshall Tucker Band. His signature licks and heart-pounding vocals fused perfectly with the band’s unique sound and can be heard on “Face Down In The Blues” “Beyond The Horizon” and “Carolina Christmas.”  Having gained a solid reputation as a well-respected solo artist, he continues to create a unique musical experience best described as “soulfully inspiring.”
   Chris’ talent and ability to provide an original and versatile sound has landed him opening spots for The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Jefferson Starship, .38 Special, The Charlie Daniels Band, Edgar Winter, Eddie Money, REO Speedwagon and several multi-band tours.  His song, “Love Is On The Line,” was featured in the film Fast Food, starring Jim Varney. His song “Blues Got Me Down,” was hand-picked by Taxim Records to appear on their European blues compilation, “Peach State Blues.” The record also highlights Chris’ lead vocals on Barry Richman’s “Here Again.”  
    Chris is currently lead guitar player, vocalist and songwriter for the Marshall Tucker Band.  In his free time, Chris plays with his band The Chris Hicks Band.



Date: Mar 14, 2019

Time: 12:00am — 12:40am


FKi 1st

FKi 1st is an award-winning producer, songwriter, and artist from Atlanta known for both his hit records and his influence shaping the sound of urban music. Credits include more than 15 Gold and Multi-Platinum records: “White Iverson” by Post Malone, Famous Dex ft. A$AP Rocky “Pick It Up,” Mac Miller ft. Miguel “Weekend,” Travis Porter “Bring It Back” &”Make It Rain,” 2 Chainz “Watch Out” and more. He also co-executive produced Post Malone’s record breaking debut album “Stoney” certified 3x Platinum. 1st was recently praised for his work on Grammy-nominated album “ASTROWORLD” from Travis Scott as well as 2Chainz featuring Chance the Rapper and Kodak Black.

In 2018, 1st teamed up with Mad Decent to introduce “Good Gas,” a curated series featuring an EP of new original releases mixed in a playlist of his favorite hip-hop songs of the moment. “Good Gas Vol. 1″ featured original collaborations with 2 Chainz, A$AP Ferg, UnoTheActivist, MadeinTYO and gained over 20 million streams. The debut single “How I Feel” hit #1 on Spotify’s Top 50 Global Viral and Top 50 U.S. Viral in the first week. “Good Gas Vol. 2” has amassed over 5M streams and counting.



Date: Mar 14, 2019

Time: TBD


Katie Pruitt


Katie Pruitt is a Nashville transplant from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. Pruitt tackles human topics such as religion, mental health, and contemporary love songs with a modern twist. Her passionate delivery and powerful message are the reason her name has graced the bills of festivals such as Americana, 420 Fest, Pilgrimage, and sold out shows across the US and internationally.

After the 2018 release of her live Ourvinyl EP, Pruitt was named NPR’s Slingshot Artist for 2019 and was also featured on All Song’s Considered for her song “Grace Has A Gun.” Not long after that she was chosen as the Luck Reunion Artist on the Rise for SXSW 2019. Pruitt has no plans of slowing down and when she isn’t on the road you can find her in the studio writing and recording her debut record.



Date: Mar 13, 2019

Time: 10:30pm — 11:10pm


Locate S,1


Having rotated between a handful of cast and characters under various titles over the years (Jepeto Solutions, CE Schneider Topical, Christina Schneider’s Genius Grant…) Schneider has settled on the pop moniker Locate S,1 for her newest album, Healing Contest.

Healing Contest stands out as the fully realized, high-fidelity collaboration pairing Schneider’s compositions with the iconic creative force behind of Montreal. Produced, engineered and mixed by Kevin Barnes, Healing Contest is the debut release from Barnes’ new label, Sybaritic Peer.

On Healing Contest, Schneider is back with a futuristic palette of electronic drums, funky bass lines, and quietly hyperactive chord progressions that are sure to impress even the most learned musical millennial. Locate S,1 is the result of a seasoned songwriter cum lo-fi home-recorder delving into the world of mid-fi pop, with results that are pleasantly difficult to define; a technical tour-de-force that extrapolates high-brow jazz harmonics and prog-rock time signatures into a whole menagerie of new forms—all while still passing as pop.



Date: Mar 12, 2019

Time: 9:00pm — 9:40pm




New York Transplant Quanna is a rapper and singer from Savannah, Ga. She graduated from Clark Atlanta University and relocated to New York to pursue her career in music. Since she began rapping in 2012, the artist has released several independent projects and performed throughout the Southeast. Combining lyrics with melody and rhythm, Quanna is the perfect mix of Southern rapper and Carefree Black Girl. She is the owner of the CareFreeBlackGirl, LLC and a dedicated leader in the movement.

Aiming to be one of the most influential artists of our time, Quanna hopes to inspire generations of modern thinkers through her music. Her song “Curve” has gained radio play on 94.1 the Beat (Savannah) and has helped her generate a growing buzz in the hip hop community.

Last year she opened for Rico Nasty in NYC and performed at A3C hip hop festival this past October.

Quanna is gearing up for her latest project “Miss Thang” with the release of her single “Big Mama”.



Date: Mar 16, 2019

Time: 12:45am — 1:00am




Wieuca is never minimalist. Since 2012, the group has been soaking twang, heavy beats and abstract sampling in heavy, textured layers of sound. Over their 14 releases (to date), the prolific foursome has plugged that aesthetic into styles ranging from alt-country to triphop to full-blown psychedelic freakout. The Baby Boys, as their followers call them, continue to expand their sound with frequent collaborations including tracks with Brooklyn rapper JAVAE, Georgia country artist Zach Wright, and many more.



Date: Mar 14, 2019

Time: 8:00pm — 8:40pm


Words by John McNicholas


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