Hand Drawn Records: The Unofficial South-By Showcases 2018 #HDRATX

Hand Drawn Records returns to the Live Music Capital of the World with it's sixth year of unofficial panels, parties and partnerships


DAY 1: Live Shots: The Unofficial South-By Showcases 2016 at Brass House // Photo by Larissa Shouga #HDRATX


(DALLAS, TEXAS — source: CultureHype) — Hand Drawn Records heads to Austin, Texas once again during South-By’s annual festivities with more unofficial panels and showcases. After opening its state-of-the-art vinyl pressing plant over a year ago, the Dallas-based, artist-centric label is taking its talent to ATX during the annual South by Southwest festival in March for an unofficial panel discussion on the current state of independent music services with varied business partners; Smith Music Group, Welcome to 1979 Studios, Culture-Hype, Blue Lark Entertainment, Texas Music Pickers. The label will also host two unofficial live music showcases featuring both label artists and friends of HDR.

Some of the metroplex’s must-see musicians call Hand Drawn Records home, but the label’s innovative influence extends far beyond the DFW metroplex.

The label’s manufacturing arm, Hand Drawn Pressing, has answered the needs of the “vinyl revolution” with unmatched speed: The plant’s WarmTone machines produce records three times as fast as vintage automated record presses, which has pressed hundreds of thousands of records this past year. Hand Drawn Records is at the center of the vinyl business boom, which means their events are a must-see for music fans and aficionados craving insight into the intricacies of vinyl pressing and music labels in 2018 and beyond.

Hand Drawn Records "The BBQ Party" at Monument House Sound Co. #HDRATX // Courtesy Brooke Diane Photography 2017

#HDRATX Sponsor – COOP Ale Works www.coopaleworks.com

Hand Drawn Records and Smith Music Group’s Austin takeover begins withHand Drawn x Smith Music Presents: The Unofficial Day Party + Panel #HDRATX at 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at THREADGILLS with a panel featuring Hand Drawn Records’ Alex Cushing, Smith Music Group’s Ricky Smith, Welcome to 1979’s Chris Mara, Blue Lark Entertainment’s Tifini Brock and Texas Music Pickers’ Chris Fox. The panel, moderated by the independent film producer, Charles Kirby, will touch on the talent and technology powering the vinyl revolution, and will also look ahead to the future. The event also features performances by Dead Vinyl, The Sideshow Tragedy, Royal Sons, Matt Mason, and Steve Helms.

Smith Music Group - Partner #HDRATX 2018

#HDRATX Partner – Smith Music Group www.smithmusic.com

The festivities continue later that day, when Hand Drawn joins forces for the Hand Drawn x Smith Music Presents: The Unofficial Night Showcase #HDRATX to end the night with unforgettable tunes. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, March 15 at STAY GOLD. The event features performances by Ansley, Shadows of Jets, Brandon Callies w/ Heart of the City, Cut Throat Finches, Henry the Archer, Vodeo, Meach Pango, and War Party.

FULL SCHEDULE: HDR Unofficial Events:

Hand Drawn Records, The Unofficial Showcases 2018 #HDRATX

HAND DRAWN RECORDS: The Day Party + Panel

Thursday, March 15: THREADGILLS SOUTH

*DO512: RSVP HERE – Address: 301 West Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

Artists Showcase + Panel: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.


  • Dead Vinyl – 12p
  • Royal Sons – 1p
  • Matt Mason – 2p
  • PANEL 3p
  • The Sideshow Tragedy – 4p
  • Steve Helms – 5p


Thursday, March 15 @ STAY GOLD

*DO512: RSVP HERE – Address: 1910 Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702

Showcase: 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.


  • Ansley – 6p
  • Shadows of Jets – 7p
  • Heart of the City – 8p
  • Cut Throat Finches – 9p
  • Henry the Archer – 10p
  • Vodeo – 11a
  • Meach Pango – 12a
  • War Party – 1a



Hand Drawn Records "The BBQ Party" at Monument House Sound Co. #HDRATX // Courtesy Brooke Diane Photography 2017

Last year @ Monument House Sound Studios #HDRATX 2017 – Photo by Brooke Adams

All events are FREE of charge and will show Hand Drawn doing what they do best: Bringing music to the masses in new and exciting ways. As the records keep spinning, Hand Drawn’s events and innovations prove that the revolution will be pressed — on vinyl.