Total Bummer is a Total Winner (PLAYLIST)

A secretly-impressive collection of 100+ bands is coming to Orlando this weekend. $30 gets you in all 4 days; $10 is good for a day pass. Here’s a little background info on the event and why we think it’s the start of something great.


So there are a lot of music festivals lately – have you noticed? And they’re getting bigger; much bigger. Ten bands in one day used to qualify as a “festival”. Now SXSW has 1000 bands and lasts 6 months (I think). With all these festivals popping up, surely there’s one out there with allure past a few interesting headliners AND doesn’t cost $300. Maybe? No? Bummer.

SEGUE into obvious counterpoint: yes, such a festival exists and it’s called Total Bummer, happening this weekend in Orlando. Unless you’re pretty actively seeking out music, the lineup, which spans 4 days (Thur-Sun) probably looks unfamiliar. Let me promise you that this roster is somewhat of a triumph of promising, under-the-radar artists. Certainly a triumph by Florida standards. While other festivals feel like an exercise in market targeting, Total Bummer looks like a curated collection of artists that have been earning nods from music geeks, Bandcamp scouts, and tumblrerers. It’s a sign that maybe self-publishing music – and, in many cases, sharing it for free – is the new way to connect with listeners, build a fan base, and perhaps even make a living out of creating music without getting pimped around by a label.

Total Bummer’s artists range from dance floor sensations Pictureplane and Teengirl Fantasy to performance art to unapologetically subtle instrumental acts. In between there dozens of Florida’s most promising new(er) acts, including a showcase from Tiny Waves.

Total Bummer 3D: Dance Mix

In total there are 103 bands. And because the majority of the artists aren’t reined by mid-major labels, the price is low. Very low. $30 gives you a weekend pass. Radical!

Here’s the full line-up:

Thursday

Unstoppable Death Machines
Surfin Serf
Filthy Savages
Basements of Florida
The Great Deceivers
Ex Breathers
Plains
Alias Punch
Sloppy Kisses
Khann
Trails
Thee Holy Ghosts
USA Holes

Friday

Pictureplane
Teengirl Fantasy
Michael Parallax
Michael Collins
Yip Yip
The Back Pockets
Guy Harvey
The Dewars
Sumsun
Wowser Bowser
The Pauses
Messy Sparkles
Bayatas
Thee Wilt Chamberlain
Roadkill Ghost Choir
Spindrift
Cats in the Basement
Wet Nurse
Acoqui
Attached Hands
Fortune Howl
Lung of Flowers
Dolphyn Rydyrs
Ice Jet
Fine Peduncle
A.T.T.I.C.
Birdfeeder
Meth Dad
Boat Party
Billy
Strangers Family Band

Saturday

Reptar
Junk Culture
Hundred Waters
Levek
COOLRUNNINGS
Yung Life
Telethon
Oh Fortuna
Saskatchewan
Catamaran
Hear Hums
Mutual Benefit
Maximino
Alligator Indian
Blastoids
Ghost Fields
Woset
Bubbly Mommy Gun
2ppm
Young Adult
Permanent Naps
Coral Legs
Orchard Thief
Little Spoon
Kodak to Graph
Great Beer
Cuddle Formation
MSNRA
Jovian Junction Orchestra
Godboat
Days of Beyond Thunder
Henry Krinkle
Mini Prophets
JSHIH
Bwedge
Jazz Prison
Vir
Ironing

Sunday

Tiny Waves Showcase

Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt
Dark Seas of Awareness
Aircraft
Alien House
The Band in Heaven
Fruit Flesh
Southern Nights
Moonlasso
Wood Thrush
Roamer X

Portals Showcase

Walsh
Persona La Ave
Kohwi
Million Young
Ming Ming
Dream Peter
XXYYXX
Sad Souls
Day Joy
fthrsn
Emily Reo

Obvious conclusion: I genuinely recommend making it out to this. Support Florida bands and self-supported musicians/artists*

*that are inventive and talented. don’t support the other ones, someone needs to wait all these tables

derek

I am the creator of Brasky.org. Tampa is my hometown, where I attended USF and met most of the current collaborators on the site. Brasky is a project with friends - my day job is working professionally as a digital marketing consultant. Not as cool.

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