A quick introduction – my name is Amy Mantis and I play guitar in and write songs for Canary, a five-piece rock n roll band comprised entirely of Berklee students. You can download our new EP (for free!) at www.canarytheband.com.
Last week dozens (hundreds?) of Berklee alumni, students, faculty, and staff traveled to Austin, TX to participate in the SXSW 2012 Music, Film, and Interactive Conferences. We played shows, threw parties, presented and attended panels, networked with fans and industry pros, and consumed massive amounts of barbeque. At the center of all this activity was our seventh annual Official Day Party at Friends bar on 6th Street.
The day was a huge success, featuring student and Heavy Rotation Records band Canary (above), as well as 7 different alumni acts from all around the country.
Just a short ride away from the harbor of Boston, Zac Zinger and Friends performed on Spectacle Island last Sunday. With some thunder threatening and people crowding in the tent, the show went better than anyone could have hoped!
Below, Jordan Tarrant at Off the Record: Berklee’s Unofficial SXSW Showcase at Lucky Lounge:
So this year, thanks so some very generous people, we were able to throw two parties at SXSW. The first, yesterday at Lucky Lounge, was a great success, with a killer lineup of Berklee students and alumni: Amber Rubarth, Jordan Tarrant, Nini & Ben, Merry Go Round, Ann Driscoll (check out her performance), A House A Home, and Melissa Ferrick. We’ll be posting more video and pics as we go. Now we’re up and off to our second party of the week at Friends, where we get to hear Ann, Jordan, and Nini & Ben again, plus Audible Mainframe, The Young Republic, Stefan WM, Love Like Fire, and Shayna Zaid & The Catch. Stay tuned!