South by Southwest (SXSW)

12:54pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Colorado @ SXSW

'South By's Watching Us' And Other Colorado Music Party Successes

Scottish bluesman Dave Arcari played the Colorado Music Party and hopes to come to the Centennial state soon.
Stacy Nick KUNC

The Colorado Music Party five-day music binge is over, but the energy and excitement remain as bands wind their way back home. Wrapping up its sixth year, the party brought in a steady crowd at Austin's SXSW. Returning fans – like Roxanne Urias from New Braunfels, Texas – came back to the venue for one reason.

"Literally last year, it was because there was free Colorado beer," Urias admitted. "I'm not gonna lie. I'm sorry. But we found so many other artists and we kept following them."

That's exactly what these acts are hoping for.

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9:30am

Fri March 20, 2015
Colorado @ SXSW

For The Colorado Bands Who Do Get To SXSW, 'You Can't Stop Us'

Brian Weikel of Wasteland Hop plays his new bass guitar at the Colorado Music Party showcase. His old bass was stolen only weeks before the event.
Stacy Nick KUNC

Getting there isn't always half the fun as some Colorado bands that headed to Austin for the 2015 South By Southwest music fest found out.

The perils of making the trek ranged from the minor – Write Minded found themselves stranded for a few hours in Oklahoma thanks to a dead battery – to the major – Eldren's violinist was almost deported just before the band headed out for the festival – to the miraculous – a very good Samaritan took to Facebook to return a wallet to Stella Luce bassist Brett Schreiber.

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9:17am

Thu March 19, 2015
Colorado @ SXSW

Wheelchair Sports Camp, 3Two Bring The Mile High Hip-Hop Sound To Austin

High Five Hip Hop's Brian Blake strikes a pose during the band's set at the Colorado Music Party's Rooftop Hip-hop showcase at SXSW.
Stacy Nick KUNC

Under the hot sun in Austin, Texas acts including Wheelchair Sports Camp and 3Two raised the roof for the hip-hop celebration Wednesday at the Colorado Music Party at SXSW.

"Oh it's so much fun, you know," Wheelchair Sports Camp's Kalyn Heffernan said after a blistering set that packed the small rooftop patio at 512 at Sixth Street. "Especially when we have so many of the band people up there. You know it's just a big party on stage."

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9:28am

Wed March 18, 2015
Colorado @ SXSW

It's On, Colorado Music Party Plants Their Flag At SXSW

Instrumentalist Maxwell Hughes tried out his vocals at the Colorado Music Party as one of the event's opening acts at South By Southwest.
Stacy Nick KUNC

While the opening day of the Colorado Music Party – an unofficial South By Southwest showcase – was focused on some obviously talented folks, some hidden talents were unveiled as well. Day one was about stepping outside your comfort zone, new material, fun and letting the music party's flag fly.

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5:00am

Tue March 17, 2015
Music

Six SXSW Colorado Music Party Bands To Watch

Maxwell Hughes, one of the artists who will be featured at the Colorado Music Pary at SXSW.
Chelsea Call courtesy of Jetpack Promotions

More than 120 bands will be performing at the 2015 Colorado Music Party at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.

Can't make it out to Austin? Here are six Colorado Music Party acts you should make a point of checking out live when they return home.

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