The Yawpers perform at the Colorado Music Party at South By Southwest in 2014.

(Photo: CPR)

The Colorado Music Party is back for its third year in Austin, Texas, serving as an unofficial event happening alongside the South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival next month. This year the event and lineup has expanded from two days and 30 bands to five days (March 17-21) with over 120 bands! 

The first round of artists performing at this year's Colorado Music Party was announced today, with set times and additional performers still to come.

There are many Colorado artists returning to the party this year including The Yawpers, Dragondeer and Rob Drabkin. The lineup also includes newcomers In the Whale, Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir, Dirty Few, Kitty Crimes and Bonnie & the Beard.  

As the Colorado Music Party takes place during SXSW, there is some cross-over with local acts that will also play the official showcase, namely: Wheelchair Sports Camp, Inner Oceans, Publicist UK and SPELLS. 

Similarly to last year when Austin's Shakey Graves performed, a few national acts with Colorado music industry connections have joined this year's roster, including teenage rockers Residual Kid, who frequent Colorado thanks in part to their Denver-based manager Bart Dahl. 

“While the overall lineup remains heavily centered on Colorado bands, that’s only part of the story when it comes to Colorado music,” said Dani Grant, executive director of SpokesBUZZ and Colorado Music Party organizer. 

“The Colorado Music Party gives us an unparalleled opportunity to show off the incredible musical talent found across the state -- especially this year, with five days and nights of highly visible performances,” said Grant. “But what it also allows us to showcase is the experienced, well-connected creative professionals that represent the Colorado music industry. Our partners include venues, management and marketing agencies, festival organizers, event producers and other industry experts that support national and international talent. The expertise on display at the Colorado Music Party isn’t just limited to the musicians onstage.”

The Colorado Music Party is presented by Colorado Creative Industries, the Colorado Tourism Office and SpokesBUZZ, along with media and music industry partners from throughout the state including OpenAir. The multi-day event returns to Austin's The 512, a two-stage venue in the heart of Sixth Street, from March 17-21. 

Check out the lineup below: 

  • 3Two
  • Albny 
  • Altas 
  • AMZY
  • Andy Sydow
  • Aspen Hourglass
  • Babah Fly
  • Ben Marshal
  • Better Than Bacon
  • Birch Street
  • Branded Bandits
  • Brett Jarnagin
  • Bud Bronson & The Good Timers
  • Calder’s Revolvers 
  • Caramel Carmela
  • Carson Block
  • Cobary Jam
  • Cold River City
  • C  ōvergeist
  • CRL CRRLL
  • Disguise the Silence
  • DOUBLEWIDE
  • Dr. Death + Mr. Vile
  • Edison
  • Eldren
  • Elise Wunder
  • Facing West
  • Filthy T
  • From Thin Air
  • Grim&Darling
  • High Five Hip Hop
  • Indigenous Robot
  • iZCALLi
  • Jack+Jill
  • Jesse Manley and His Band
  • Jilly.fm
  • JiM ChieF
  • Jordan Igoe
  • Kind Dub
  • Lisa Bell Band
  • Lissa Hanner
  • Matt Mahern and Constitution
  • Maxwell Hughes (formerly of The Lumineers)
  • Montoneros
  • No Fair Fights
  • OKO TYGRA
  • Open Space
  • Palace Brands
  • Poor Me
  • Post Paradise
  • Professor Fox’s One Man Band
  • Qbala, Red Fox Run
  • RipRats
  • Robert Cline Jr.
  • Rocktin Grove
  • Rootbeer & Mermentau
  • Rumours Follow
  • Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts
  • Rubedo
  • Sarah & the Meanies
  • SarCa$t*
  • Sexy Ester
  • Shaley Scott Band
  • Shatterproof
  • Shelby Britton
  • Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
  • Slow Caves
  • Sound of Ceres
  • Steele & Colfax
  • Stella Luce
  • Stephen Langstaff
  • Strawberry Runners
  • The 14ers
  • the B.A.B.E.S.
  • The Covz
  • The Cumberland Collective
  • The Echo Chamber
  • The FAMM
  • The Left Ready
  • The Lindsey Saunders Band
  • The LoLos
  • The Patti Fiasco
  • The Railsplitters
  • The Rayo Brothers
  • The Robby Wicks Band
  • The Royal
  • The Seers
  • The Sweet Lillies
  • The Wendy Woo Band
  • Thunderthief
  • Tight Thump
  • Tommy Metz
  • Travellers Music
  • Von Stomper
  • Wandering Monks
  • Wasteland Hop
  • We Are Not a Glum Lot
  • Wild Wombat
  • Wiredogs
  • Write Minded

Band announcements, showcase RSVP, lineup details, set times and more information is available via: www.coloradomusicparty.com/lineup

View our past Colorado Music Party coverage.