EDISUN AND FACTORY UNDERGROUND CREW HIT THE ROAD TO AUSTIN TEXAS FOR SXSW: 4000 MILES FOR ONE SHOW, ONE MEETING AND ONE PARTY
In a surprise move, with just a few days notice to their fans, members of Factory Underground Records artist EDISUN decided to make a cross-country drive to Austin Texas to perform at the SXSW 2016 music conference.
According to Ethan Isaac, vocalist for the band: "We decided this so last minute--we had been offered a show that we really wanted to do-- hosted by our agent Ryan Darnell at 3Thirteen Entertainment-- and the only way to go was to drive our band bus, Virginia. 2000 miles, for one show!"
#TheRoadisLife: Edisun on the road to Austin TX
Joining Edisun for the trip was Aidan Gerety, photographer and videographer with Factory Underground Records, Billy Gardella- aka Bill Hope/Billy Blanks- a Factory Underground Studio engineer and social media marketer, and Marc Alan, Director of Marketing for Factory Underground Records.
"With Edisun--a trip like this isnt that unusual. But for my staffers, this was their first rock n roll tour--and a chance for them to see what their valuable work at home is a part of in the real world. They really brought it hard--and Factory Underground Records really represented at SXSW. I was really proud of these guys," Marc Alan said.
Joining the Factory Underground and Edisun crew on the trip, another unique travel companion by the name of Zyderma HS. An all natural skin care product with anti-microbial qualities, a sample was given to the band by Chloe Valentine of Artists by Chloe, a branding PR specialist from New York City. "We actually took it with us everywhere; we had a lot of fun getting everyone to take pictures with it--Zyderma was Edisun's special VIP guest--we took it to every party at SXSW that we went to." Ethan Isaac said.
Zyderma HS Parties on 6th Street
"It turns out the brand manager of the company loves hard rock music, and have become really valued supporters of the band. But I have to say all fun aside, the product is something I can stand behind-- all vegan, no chemicals, six ingredients, certified by PETA and the EPA--and it kills nasty little germs on the skin!!! And it's Road Tested!"
Ethan Isaac and Zyderma HS
The road trip started with a quick trip down to Roanoke Virginia where the band and crew stopped off to visit Black Dog Salvage, home of the Salvage Dogs--Ethan and Joel's favorite television show (DIY Network). Anyone who has seen the Factory Underground knows how much Ethan and Joel are into repurposing salvaged wood--so meeting the cast of Salvage Dogs was clearly a dream come true for the two musicians.
Crew of Salvage Dogs/Black Dog Salvage and Ethan Isaac
From there we rolled down to Franklin, Tennessee where we visited Kimbro's Cafe, Legendary Picking Parlor. They were having their regular Tuesday night songwriters open mic, so it was perfect timing--Edisun performed "Ready to Believe," and "Vampires and Wolves," as acoustic songs for an amazingly receptive audience. An incredible vibe at this venue, with so many incredible players and writers all a part of this thriving art and music scene-- we felt completely at home in Franklin.
Dirty Dog Bar, 505 E. 6th Street, Austin TX
15 hours of driving later, and 900 miles later Edisun finally arrived in Austin on the morning of March 17--about three hours before their show at the Dirty Dog Bar, 505 East 6th Street. The show was hosted by 3Thirteen Entertainment with additional sponsorship by Rock Rage Radio and Coldcock Whiskey. It was a fun show-- attending was Mike Cusanelli our radio distributor with ILS Music Group, and several of our radio promotions crew.
Ryan G. filling in for Edisun bassist Mike Russo at SXSW
Joel Kelley of Edisun Performs at SXSW
The first night of partying yielded a few surprises for the guitarist, as found himself partying with members of the rap group Wu Tang Clan. "I don't quite remember how I ended up at that party--or how I ended up on stage with them--but it was a blast!" Joel said.
Joel Kelley of Edisun with Ghost Face Killah of Wu Tang Clan
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