Americana: Parker Millsap
Rolling Stone recently named Parker Millsap on their “Top Ten Country Artists To Watch: March 2016” list. He has opened for artists like Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell, Patty Griffin and more. Millsap was also named one of Americana Music Association’s 2014 Emerging Artists of the Year.
Hip Hop: Pell
New Orleans hip-hop artist Pell is taking 2016 by storm, with appearances at Hangout and Firefly, after 4 showcases in Austin. He was previously featured on Complex’s “Top 25 Rappers to Know” and Pigeons & Planes’ “25 Rappers You Should get to Know Before They Blow Up” and was named Spotify’s 2015 “Emerge” Artist.
Pop: Secret Weapons
Recently appearing on the Today Show, and opening for Nate Ruess (.fun) and A Great Big World, pop duo Secret Weapons are making a splash on the music scene with their hit “Something New.” After their SXSW show, they will be on tour with Atlas Genius and Skylar Grey.
Atlanta-based Elhae is on the brink of becoming the next big thing, with multiple 1M+ tracks on Soundcloud, and playing shows with artists like Jazmine Sullivan. Kehlani and Goldlink.
Rock: Residual Kid
Teen rockers, and Austin natives, Residual Kid have been a must-see Austin staple for years. The punk rock trio has won several Austin music awards and played at festivals like CMJ, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Way Out West and more.
Alternative/ Indie: Air Traffic Controller
Real-life US Navy air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro and bandmate Casey Sullivan created an alt-rock, indie-pop blend that will have you hooked. They are on NPR’s Hot 100 List for SXSW and were named Guardian UK Band of the Day, and Best Indie Alternative Song in the Independent Music Awards.
Country: Hailey Whitters
Newcomer Hailey Whitters is already turning heads with her old-school, outspoken style, similar to that of Kasey Musgrave and emerging Maren Morris. After SXSW, she’ll be spending spring on the road, opening for artists like Jon Pardi and Corey Smith.
Elle Magazine dubbed Monogem “the Female Answer to Passion Pit.” The Electronica songstress has also captured the ears of Noisey, NYLON, Elle Magazine, Hype Machine, and countless others with her synth-pop tracks and soulful voice.
Folk: The National Parks
Indie-folk group The National Parks released their second album last fall, which gained high recognition on NPR’s All Songs Considered, All Music, SLUG Magazine and PopMatters. They also climbed both iTunes and Billboard charts. Last week they were also named “Utah’s Band of the Year.”
Blues: Jackie Venson
Blues singer-songwriter Jackie Venson is an Austin alum. The Belk Southern Musician Showcase Winner has received praise from Guitar World Magazine (comparing her to Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse), Popdose, and Joonbug.
Can’t Miss Showcase: Pursuit by ReverbNation CONNECT & Shout Out Loud Music
ReverbNation CONNECT and Shout It Out Loud Music are taking over Cheer Up Charlie’s for a must-see Friday night showcase. The packed lineup includes Lena Fayre, Chad Valley, New Myths, Monogem, Ron Gallo, Carlson, Thaddeus Anna Greene, AKW, Phebe Starr, Coral Bones, Flying Turns, Learning Secrets, Nathan Ritholz, and Francis Garcia. Get all of the #PursuitATX details here.