Where it's at, in San Francisco. http://t.co/VtUVRjFt
a place to bury strangers on fountain square tonight for #midpoint indie summer series. # @ Fountain Square http://t.co/hZCHGFhn
the field. not even two minutes in and people can't stand still. #festever #pitchfork http://t.co/X10oIQg4
#Phantogram silver on black. July 24 at Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR @ Powerhouse http://t.co/TB6L8WpR
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March means something different to everyone. To most, it means that spring is around the corner. To sports fans, it means March Madness is here. For us, it means it’s time to head south to the land of great BBQ and even better live music. That’s right, it’s time for SXSW!
We’re packing posters, merch and ourselves into a 15 passenger van. The international film, interactive and music festival takes over the city of Austin for two weeks every March and we can’t wait to get down there and take part in the action. We’ll be exhibiting with a bunch of other rad poster shops from across the country at Flatstock 43. When we’re not at the booth we’ll be catching shows all over the city. Couldn’t make the trip this year? We’ll be documenting our epic roadtrip every step of the way. You can follow along and keep up with what we’re getting into by checking us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! See you in a week!
Every year we anxiously anticipate the lineup reveals for the festivals we attend. We cross our fingers and hope that our favorite new artists make the cut. As seasoned festival-goers, we know that it’s impossible to be everywhere and to see everyone. So we scour the lineup lists, picking and choosing, to create our own personalized festival schedules. Everyone knows who the headliners are but here are the small type bands we’re looking forward to checking out as we hit the road again this year. First up, SXSW!
In between packing their bags and getting ready to hit the road, Art Director Aaron May and Music Business Strategist Sebastien Schultz share their picks.
PUP — Royal Mountain Records
This punk band from Toronto plays a riff-heavy, angsty style of rock. According to the band they, “Drink, sleep on a lot of floors and get shitty.” They’re a must see for my trip to SXSW. They’ll be tearing it up March 13th at Headhunters Patio at 720 Red River Street.
DONOVAN WOLFINGTON — Topshelf Records
Noisy. Catchy. Heartfelt. From my favorite label Topshelf Records, this band’s style of music is my heart song. They’re playing March 12th and 13th at SOHO Lounge at 217 E. 6th Street.
Withered Hand — Slumberland Records
How could I make a SXSW list without including a Scottish band? Indie. Folk. Pop. The really, really good kind…trust me. They’ll be playing March 12th at Maggie Mae’s at 323 E. 6th Street and March 14th at Latitude 30 at 512 San Jacinto Street.
Flashlights — Hard Rock Records
Catchy. Punk. Pop. Garage. Anthemic. ALL THESE AWESOME THINGS. You can catch them March 13th at Holy Mountain Backyard at 617 E. 7th Street.
Aaron and Seb will be tweeting and instagramming from SXSW all week. Stay tuned to our Twitter @PHFDesign and to our Instagram @powerhousefactories throughout the festival.
We’re whipping up our holiday batch o’ moonshine, decorating our satellite dishes with twinkly lights and hanging grandpa’s stockings by the woodstove with care. All that’s left to do is to put on your best flannel and get ‘Housed for the Hollerdays at Powerhouse Factories’ annual holiday party Friday, December 13th, 2013 from 6 PM – Midnight.
There will be plenty of hootin’ and hollerin’ to be had as we open the doors to our creative studio to the public. The free event will feature a musical performance by local Cincinnati, indie favorite Pop Goes the Evil from 10:00 PM — 11:00 PM. Those who still don’t have their holiday card photo picked out, can pop into our “Home for the Hollerdays” photo booth with their friends and make a scene. Seasonal beverages will be provided help guests get in the holiday spirit.
Attendees looking to cross a few more people off their holiday gift list can peruse our selection of classic Powerhouse rock posters, plus tons of new work featuring the likes of Neko Case, Motion City Soundtrack, The Head and the Heart, David Byrne and St. Vincent and many more.
The first 50 guests will receive a free holiday party poster and our entire library of prints are buy-one-get-one half off. You’ll even find a limited selection of prints as low as $5 in the holiday poster bargain box.
At Powerhouse, we’ve been bridging the gap between the art and music scenes since we began designing and screen printing gig posters for musicians ten years ago. We count ourselves lucky to be a part of a creative community that is bursting at the seams with amazing artists, musicians and the local arts organizations that support it all. When we began thinking about how we could up our game with our MidPoint Music Festival experience this year, we knew there had to be an opportunity to serve as a catalyst and bring them all together to create something new and unique.
In our recent collaboration with our friends at Cincinnati’s 21c Museum Hotel, Contemporary Arts Center, SpringBoard, ArtWorks and MidPoint Music Festival we think we managed to do just that. We captured the culmination of all our work with these groups during the week of MPMF and are pumped to debut a video celebrating it. The video includes footage from our MPMF Poster Expo, the Powerhouse Print Lab at the SpringBoard Box Truck Carnival and Flooded, a gig poster exhibit hosted at 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati.
The Flooded exhibit—co-curated by Eli Meiners and Michael Hurst of Cincinnati’s 21c; Joshua Mattie of Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center; Pat Jones, Ben Nunery and Emily Lang of Powerhouse Factories—was a joint effort to highlight the design and print process behind crafting screen printed show posters in conjunction with MPMF. The exhibit featured seven of our local artist friends, including prints by Southpaw Prints, Cryptogram, Feralmade, Andrew Neyer, Powerhouse Factories, Keith Neltner and Rob Warnick.
To promote the exhibit in the MPMF spirit, our collaboration with 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati continued outside of the gallery, with five secret shows with regional musicians in and around the hotel. The shows featured musical performances by Joey Cook, Halvsies, Daniel Martin Moore, Public and Young Heirlooms.
At MPMF, we also continued our annual tradition of displaying and selling prints alongside other gig poster artists at the MPMF Poster Expo. After getting inspired while browsing gig posters in the Expo, festival-goers were encouraged to explore the Powerhouse Print Lab box truck, part of SpringBoard and ArtWork’s Box Truck Carnival located in the MidPoint Midway. Inside, individuals could tie on an apron and try their hand printing their own MPMF 2013 poster. You’ll find a selection of photos from the week below or you can see the full gallery here.
Check out our official MPMF show prints for Youth Lagoon, The Head & The Heart and Warpaint. Be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or check out other Powerhouse Factories’ print shop projects and news at www.phfdesign.com.
July is always a crazy month here at Powerhouse and this year proved no different. As we’ve posted about here before, we travel around to as many music festivals as we can every summer to observe trends and sell our wares. Year after year, July is our busiest month, jam packed with festivals to attend. We made it to Forecastle Music Festival in Louisville, Kentucky; Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois.
We’re happy to report that we survived them all and made it home to tell you all about it. From bourbon bars and freak storms at Forecastle, to killer BBQ and a secret show at Bunbury, to the best non-dairy ice cream you’ve ever had and spontaneous dance parties at PItchfork, we were there for all of it and captured it below for those of you that didn’t make it out.
You can find the full galleries of all the photos we took at Bunbury and Forecastle here and at Pitchfork here.
This year, in addition to selling prints and being the catalyst for spontaneous dance parties at our booths, we organized and hosted a secret show with Cincinnati indie darlings, The Pinstripes, at our Bunbury Music Festival booth. Those guys are super cool and didn’t hesitate to leave straight from their official Bunbury performance to set up at our booth for a set. Check out the video below.
You check out The Pinstripes’ official Bunbury Music Festival poster we designed and printed here.
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