Gonerfest 11 + Win A Poster and a Shirt (Giveaway Ended)
Gonerfest is Memphis' epic gathering of punk, garage, and indie rock bands from all over the world, and it starts next Thursday. Here's everything you need to know.
Eric Friedl and Zac Ives, co-owners of Goner Records, decided in 2005 to bring in a few bands for some weekend shows. Then fans from all over the world (most famously, enthusiastic Australians) started appearing, and the rest is history. Eleven fests later, and Memphis is a destination for rock fans around the world every year at Gonerfest.
– There are 37 bands from Memphis and around the world playing at five different venues over four days. The best deal is to get the Golden Pass for $70. It will get you in to all official Gonerfest events. Here's the schedule.
– The festival works like this: Opening ceremonies at the Cooper Young Gazebo (right by Goner Records) on Thursday . Three big night shows at the Hi-Tone Thu. – Sat. ($25 each night). Friday afternoon shows at the Buc ($5). Saturday afternoon "ten-band blowout" at Murphy's with indoor and outdoor stages ($10). Closing ceremonies back at the Gazebo on Sunday. Plus a few other DJ sets and such. Go here for the whole schedule.
– In their first (and only) U.S. appearance ever, Len Bright Combo is reuniting for Gonerfest. They're getting back together pretty much just because the band wants to play Gonerfest. This is a huge deal. Memphis is awesome. Get excited. Check out the backstory on Len Bright Combo on MOJO.
– If you want to get a preview of the music you'll hear, there's a handy dandy Gonerfest 11 mixtape with tracks from all the bands on SoundCloud that you can listen to here.
– Are you curious, but not super sure that you're really into the kinds of punk/metal/heavier music that usually rocks Gonerfest? There are a couple indie and pop leaning bands coming that you need to check out, including Len Bright Combo, The Stevens, Connections, and So Cow – who just released their album through Goner this week. Check out two of So Cow's tracks here and here.
– Expect to see some international visitors hanging around Midtown and Crosstown next week. They're here to see the Memphis bands we get to see all time: Grifters, Gimp Teeth, Buldgerz, Mancontrol, Dutch Masters, Son of Vom, Nots. Get a rundown of those Memphis bands and what times they're playing on the I Love Memphis Tumblr.
– This year, Memphis Made Brewing has produced two beers in honor of Gonerfest. You can get 750 ml bottles of the Guitar Attack IPA and the GBR (Goner Blue Ribbon) at Cash Saver, Joe's Wine, The Growler, Tamp & Tap and a few other places around town (just ask). Get a full description of the beer on the I Love Memphis Tumblr.
– Another new thing this year: the first-ever Gonerfest art show. "Anyway Anyhow" features five folk- and mixed-media artists' work. The show opens on Wednesday, September 24 at Crosstown Arts from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and is on display through Sunday. Go here for more info.
All shows are ages 18 and up.
September 25 – 28
Cooper Young Gazebo / Hi-Tone Cafe / Buccaneer / Murphy’s / Crosstown Arts
Goner Story Contest: Win This T-Shirt and This Poster (Giveaway Ended)
Tell me your favorite Gonerfest memory or what show you're most looking forward to. Leave it in the comments. The teller of the weirdest, wildest, or otherwise most entertaining tale wins a shirt and the big poster.
1. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m.
2. The winner has to be willing to go by Goner Records to pick up your prizes next week between Tuesday and Thursday.
3. In order to win, your story has to be left in the comments section here.
** Congrats Micah! Your dystopian tale won the contest.**