Looking For 2017 Sponsors

As we get ready for Ugly Whale Music Fest in 2017, we are looking for some great music-related companies to sponsor our event.  This is a great opportunity to put your brand in front of thousands of people on one of the busiest nights in downtown Austin. We already have an evening showcase confirmed for Thursday March 16 at Darwin’s Pub, and can acquire another day time showcase as well.

We have two sponsorship levels available:
MOBY DICK: $5,000
FREE WILLY: $2,500

Please see our Sponsor Deck for more details!


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Get Ready for Ugly Whale #2!

Ugly Whale Fest #2 is Thursday March 16 at Darwin’s Pub!  We’re excited to have the same venue as last year since Darwin’s has a great stage, a  strategic location in the middle of buzzing 6th Street, and an awesome staff.  Personally I feel like Darwin’s has become home to Ugly Whale and plan to hold showcases there every year if I can.

I am proud to announce an extremely talented line-up featuring Bay Area favorites DangermakerEyes on the Shore, The Go AheadCitabria, and Sit Kitty Sit!  We can’t wait to rock Darwin’s on St. Patrick’s Day, showing the music hungry Austin audience what amazing artists the Bay Area has!

Please RSVP on, Eventbrite, and/or Facebook to let us know you’re coming!



Ugly Whale 2016!

Ugly Whale Music Fest is underway for 2016! We are in process of securing one to two showcases in Austin during SXSW week. We already have Citabria, Eyes on the Shore, The Go Ahead, Sit Kitty Sit, and The Trims confirmed. If two showcases are confirmed, there will be an additional 5 or more slots open for booking. Stay tuned for more details as they come!

We are also looking for a Sponsor to help out with the buy-in costs. If you know a music and/or tech company that wants some great SXSW exposure, please let me know.


Ugly Whale Fest Fully Funded!

I apologize for the delayed update, but a lot has happened since the SUCCESSFUL Austin debut!

Not only did all five band do an amazing job, but I received a lot of wonderful feedback from the fans, venue, staff, etc. Looks like there will be another Ugly Whale Fest next year in Austin, possibly even two. I’m so excited, I can’t even express to you how much!

If it wasn’t for so many generous and supportive people, I would not have surpassed my goal, so I would like to thank each and every one of you for donating from the bottom of my heart. It was truly wonderful to see so many people believe in Bay Area music and help expose Austin to talented bands. Please give yourself a hand for making all this possible!

I am honored to be part of such an amazing and talented music community and will keep working hard to get these bands heard.

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#UglyWhaleFest Austin is 1 Week Away!

We are so excited that one week from today we are debuting five amazing Bay Area bands in Austin!

Here is the line-up with set times:
9pm: The Go Ahead
10pm: Eyes on the Shore
11pm: The Frail
12am: The Trims
1am: Beautiful Machines

We look forward to seeing you at Darwin’s Pub and making a huge impression on the Austin audience!

There’s also 7 days left in our Kickstarter Campaign to raise the buy-in value for our showcase, so if you haven’t donated yet, now’s your chance to help us out to meet our goal.