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Friday, August 30, 2013

Label Day Debuts At Off Broadway This Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 6:44 AM

Bug Chaser will perform at Label Day with fifteen other local bands. - THEO WELLING FOR RFT

On Sunday, September 1, Off Broadway hosts what RFT Music hopes will become a Labor Day weekend tradition: Label Day! The inaugural event features sixteen local bands across two stages and a merchandise bazaar made up of goods from at least nine St. Louis-based record labels.

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"We're all cross-pollinated in so many ways, and it's kind of interesting to see how people do their thing.... We're putting everybody in the same place, showcasing people in bands and creating new rules for the music industry," says co-manager of the event and Tower Groove Records, Jason Hutto. "It will be great to see the results of people putting out records to remind us all why we're doing it and why we'll keep spitting music out."

Participating labels include Apop Records, BDR/Rerun Records, Blip Blap!, Euclid Records, Extension Chord Records, FarFetched Records, Pancake Productions, Problem Solved! Industries and Tower Groove Records. Each will have a booth selling its respective goods in an flea market-style outdoor bazaar. Expect the release of the latest Tower Groove Records single featuring Magic City and the Jungle Fire as well as a second pressing of Shaved Women's latest 7" from Apop Records.

Live music begins at 2 p.m. and runs until midnight, including everything from Americana and pop to hip-hop and rock. The schedule includes Bruiser Queen, Popular Mechanics, Franco-Hill, Hearskra-Z, Town Cars, Thelonius Kryptonite, the Defeated County, Scrub, Beth Bombara, Bunnygrunt, Bug Chaser, Middle Class Fashion, SnS, Union Electric, the Jungle Fire and MME. Check out the Label Day Bandcamp compilation below to get a sampling of what's in store.

"The labels will all pass but the music those labels put out will continue to circulate around. The more we're able to get people to start up, the more it elevates what we're all doing," says Hutto. "We don't have the means to distribute through big box stores. It's not our market. We're here for the people scraping around for good music. In order to cultivate that, we need more events like this and exposure to things that are happening underground to give labels a little leg up on getting the word out."

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