BandSwap 2014

If there's one thing DIY musicians can agree on, it's that connecting with the right people in cities across the country can be pretty tough. That's why BandSwap, a national music competition and exchange program, was founded — to ease the difficulty artists have in finding resources like the best media contacts, venues that suit a band's style, and like-minded artists that fit the bill.

This year, This is Noteworthy, an educational initiative for musicians, brought BandSwap to Charleston, joining other cities like Athens, Nashville, and Portland. Nearly 30 Charleston bands competed in May to win a trip to BandSwap's Colorado headquarters for a week full of paid gigs, valuable industry connections, and advice on the music business. The winners from the nine participating cities have all been paired up with a similar band from Colorado, and those artists will get to travel and perform at its counterpart's hometown BandSwap bash.

In June, the City Paper announced Jordan Igoe as the Holy City's winner. Igoe's band will headline the Charleston BandSwap Concert at the Royal American this weekend (schedule below, tickets here). The all-day fest will feature nearly 20 artists, both local and visiting, including Americana rockers The Yawpers — Igoe's Colorado counterpart. — Kelly Rae Smith

The Yawpers pair good reads with great rock
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According to The Longman Anthology, poet Walt Whitman "received little public acclaim for his poems during his lifetime for several reasons: his openness regarding sex, his self-presentation as a rough working man, and his stylistic innovations." — Patrick Wall

Bombshell Charleston songstress Jordan Igoe is on top of her game
Bombshell Charleston songstress Jordan Igoe is on top of her game Won Love

Jordan Igoe is in a good place right now. She's perched up at an oceanfront bar on Folly Beach, one piña colada down, and chatting under the sun about life lately — BandSwap, boyfriend, and all. — Kelly Rae Smith

Who to see at BandSwap
Who to see at BandSwap The Highlights

Here are just a few of the acts worth catching at BandSwap this weekend... — City Paper Editorial Staff

BandSwap gives local artists an opportunity to win a free trip, paying gigs, and priceless exposure
BandSwap gives local artists an opportunity to win a free trip, paying gigs, and priceless exposure Reaching for the Stars

Last month, This is Noteworthy, an educational initiative created for musicians, helped bring BandSwap, a national music competition, to Charleston. — Kelly Rae Smith

BandSwap wants your favorite band
BandSwap wants your favorite band Vote now for favorite local musicians to win paid trip to Colorado

BandSwap is a chance for one lucky Charleston band to travel to Colorado alongside other winning bands from participating cities. — Kelly Rae Smith

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Budweiser Stage
1 p.m. - ET Anderson
2:30 p.m. - Dunder Chiefs
4 p.m. - Elonzo
5:30 p.m. - SUSTO
7 p.m. Dangermuffin
8:30 p.m - Yawpers
10 p.m. - Jordan Igoe

Workplace Benefits Stage
1:45 p.m. - Super Nova Drift
3:15 p.m. - Savage Souls
4:45 p.m. - Sun-Dried Vibes
6:15 p.m. - Lectra Lust

Fox Music Stage (Inside)
1:15 p.m. - Rene Russell
2 p.m. - Logan Venderlic
2:45 p.m. - Loners Society
3:30 p.m. - Tyler Boone
4:15 p.m. - Avi Jacob
5 p.m. - Estee Gabay
6 p.m. - Sinners and Saints

SynchroniCity VIP Party

5-7 p.m.

Any musician, with or without a ticket to BandSwap, can attend the free networking VIP party happening next door at GrowFood Carolina. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beer will be served while BandSwap organizers offer artists packets full of advice and info "that will assist any musician with how to tour," says Becca Finley, executive director of Charleston's This Is Noteworthy. The handy packet includes media and venue contacts for 12 different cities. Although free, all musicians must RSVP in order to attend.

Musicians Education & Health Initiative (MEHI)

All BandSwap Concert proceeds (from both tickets and beer) go to a fund managed by the Musicians Education & Health Initiative, which helps provide working musicians with financial assistance for healthcare-related needs. Half of that fund will be used to award qualifying artists with money to subsidize an insurance policy. "The goal is for this to be an annual event that continues to help build these funds, so then these musicians can learn how to better take care of themselves," Finley says. Musicians attending BandSwap are encouraged to stop by the Workplace Benefits stage in front of the venue for advice on how to navigate and qualify for insurance.

The other half of the fund will allow MEHI to grant funding for musicians in times of catastrophic need.

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