Pop-Ed: Austin TX Calling, Warped Tour ESPN Main Event, Montrose

I can already smell the delicious BBQ, taste the ice cold Lone Star, feel the hot Texas sun and hear the sound of a thousand bands”it’s SXSW time, friends. If you’re planning on being there, please join us at The Parish (214 E. 6th St in Austin) between 11am-3pm on March 16th, as we film the big finale of The OurStage Panel, featuring live performances by the four finalists and special guests Blondfire. It’s an official SXSW party, so you can get in with a badge, but the best thing to do is RSVP to our Facebook invite.

And if you’re going to be hanging for the whole festival, we’ve complied a nice little guide to the OurStage artists you should check out. Listen to all fifteen here.

Meanwhile, catch up on the first three episodes of The OurStage Panel, where the competition has been reeeeaaaallly tight with some awesome music.

Oh, breaking news: some swank competitions coming up. We’ve got a chance for solo hip-hop and R&B artists to perform a song in front of a huge crowd at ONE FEST in Miami. Get started here. And, get this”we are giving twenty-two artists the chance to perform at the one and only Vans Warped Tour this summer. And one artist will play ALL twenty-two dates, traveling from city to city in style, via the OurStage tour bus. Damn. You can enter your song as of noon on March 6th.

And remember when you were sitting there, minding your own business, watching the NCAA basketball games on ESPN and you heard a bunch of OurStage artists? I do. Yes, I remember it like it was two weeks ago. Well, get ready for the Main Event. Literally, ESPN’s Main Event, where OurStage artists will be selected to go head-to-head on the Main Event Facebook page for a chance at some valuable exposure on ESPN’s boxing broadcasts. Launching March 15th.

Finally, we here at OurStage would like to say farewell to Ronnie Montrose, guitar monster, who played one Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey and was the force behind Montrose, featuring a young and not-yet-totally-awful Sammy Hagar:

Hope to see you in Texas, freakazoids!