therepubliq is proud to present its third annual music showcase of out LGBTQ+ talent from Wednesday, March 15 through Saturday, March 18, 2017 in the heart of Austin’s historic district at Oilcan Harry’s.
therepubliqfest is a 4-day showcase of out LGBTQ+ artists from multiple genres from all across America and beyond, who have come to Austin to share their music with you and the world during Spring Festival week. The entire showcase is FREE and open to the public. No badges or wristbands are required.
This year’s showcase will run from Wednesday, March 15, 2017 staring at 4 PM to Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10 PM. Oilcan Harry’s opens Monday through Friday at 2 PM and Saturday and Sunday at 12 NOON.
Oilcan Harry’s is Austin’s oldest running gay bar and is located in the heart of the historic Warehouse District, just a few blocks away from the Austin Convention Center and the famous 6th Street. Located at 211 West 4th Street, between, Colorado and Lavaca Streets. Just look for the row of rainbow flags flying over 4th Street.
During Austin’s Spring Festival week, with the hundreds of showcases happening around the area, covering just about every genre of music, it’s important to note that there are only a handful of showcases that exclusively feature out LGBTQ+ artists. With a limited number of queer-oriented showcases out there, it’s hard to show the full range and diversity of talent within the LGBTQ+ community. In addition, we also wanted to use the opportunity to spotlight local talent to the visiting crowds.
While many of us live in relatively safe and inclusive cities, like Austin, many of the artists who do come to play at events like ours come from places that may not be as welcoming and opening to out LGBTQ+ artists. As the country becomes more polarized, many of these places are becoming outright and openly hostile to members of LGBTQ+ community. Our mission with the showcase is to give LGBTQ+ artists a safe and affirming space where they can play openly as their authentic selves to a receptive audience.
This year features a collection of veteran and rising talent. We’re lucky enough to have some of our artists from last year’s showcase return to Austin as well as some talent that is making the pilgrimage for the first time.