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Akron/Family join Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom Presented by Normaltown Records!

Our 15th anniversary showcase is only a few weeks away, and so far we’ve already announced amazing acts like The Olivia Tremor Control, Bear In Heaven, Dent May, Crooked Fingers, and more. We have another artist joining our Friday night lineup, and it is Akron/Family!

The long weekend consists of two nights of showcases and one finale party called Prom, all of which are open to the public. Over three nights, Thursday through Sunday, July 26, 27 & 28, two showcases will be held at the Georgia Theatre, and the third night (Saturday July 28) will be Team Clermont’s infamous prom held at The Melting Point.

Astronautalis (aka Andy Bothwell) will be performing Saturday morning at the return of the highly competitive “K’s vs W’s Kickball Showdown.” In addition, we will be hosting our first record fair with Team Clermont’s label partners, individual local vendors and community record store friends.

Three-day wristbands are available now through TicketBiscuit for only $25!

About Akron/Family:
Akron/Family is a folk influenced experimental rock group formed in 2002, currently comprised of Dana Janssen, Seth Olinsky, and Miles Seaton. The group spent the end of 2009 and half of 2010 exploring the future of sound through Bent Acid Punk Diamond fuzz and Underground Japanese noise cassettes, lower case micro tone poems and emotional Cagean field recordings, rebuilding electronic drums from the 70’s and playing them with sticks they carved themselves. Upon miraculous resuscitation of the original AKAK hard drive, the album layers thousands of minute imperceptible samples of their first recordings with fuzzed-out representations of their present beings to induce pleasant emotional feeling states and many momentary transcendent inspirations. The resulting record, released in February, 2011 is titled S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT.

Theme Announced For Normaltown Records Presents Team Clermont Summer Showcase! + Prom!

We’re excited to announce that this year’s prom theme is “Back To The Future”. Time to track down a DeLorean you can rent for the evening to transport your date, and start planning which era or character you’ll channel with your outfit. We invite you to dress as a character from any era the films visit, meaning 1885, 1955, 1985 or 2015!

It’s all part of the return of the Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom presented by Normaltown Records, as the Athens, GA firm celebrates 15 years of excellence in music publicity and radio promotion.

The long weekend also consists of two nights of showcases, all of which are open to the public. Over three nights, Thursday through Sunday, July 26, 27 & 28, two showcases will be held at the Georgia Theatre, headlined by critically acclaimed national act Bear In Heaven (Brooklyn, NY) psych-pop pioneers The Olivia Tremor Control (Athens, GA)

The third night (Saturday July 28) will be our prom held at The Melting Point. A favorite for out-of-towners and locals alike, the Prom takes the attendees back to the times of cover bands, questionable outfits, photo booths and punch bowls, without all of the awkwardness of being a teenager. Get ready to dance, as Yacht Rock Revue performs a set of 80s cover songs they call “Reagan Rock Prom!”

Also scheduled to perform: Dent May, Crooked Fingers, Pattern Is Movement, Wild Moccasins, Astronautalis, and more!

Normaltown Records to present Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom + Wild Moccasins To Perfom Friday!

We are pleased to announce that Normaltown Records will be presenting the weekend festivities. Normaltown Records is an imprint label of New West Records, co-founded in 2012 by George Fontaine, Sr. and George Fontaine, Jr. Normaltown focuses on developing emerging artists, providing full label services out of their Athens, GA headquarters. The initial label roster is Daniel Romano, Kalen Nash, Lilly Hiatt, Ronnie Fauss and White Violet.

We are happy to see them join our official partners* MailChimp, Jittery Joe’s, The Branded Butcher,* and Merge Records!

We are also excited to announce that Houston TX’s Wild Moccasins are joining our line up, courtesy of New West Records! Athenians might remember Wild Moccasins from their amazing opening set for Kishi Bashi/of Montreal earlier this year.

Wild Moccasins join our Friday lineup which includes Bear In Heaven and Pattern Is Movement!

Check out more info about Normaltown Records here!

Dent May Added To Team Clermont Summer Showcase And Prom This July 26-28!

We’re pleased to announce the addition of Paw Tracks artist Dent May to our lineup for the Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom! Dent May joins The Olivia Tremor Control, Bear In Heaven, Crooked Fingers, Astronautalis, Pattern Is Movement, and more!

Our showcase happens this July 26-28 here in Athens GA, with two nights of music at the Georgia Theatre, as well as a “K’s vs. W’s Kickball Game” (to be announced by Astronautalis) and an industry record fair. Our weekend closes out with our Prom, which features Yacht Rock Revue’s “Reagan Prom” as well as local favorite, DJ Mahogany.

Three-day wristbands and single night tickets are available through TicketBiscuit!

About Dent May:
“The chorus of “Fun” feels like the record’s quick-beating heart: “I don’t know what’s in store for me, but I think it’s gonna be fun.” That youthful sentiment is a long way from the angst of getting older, or worrying about the economy; instead Dent May just wants to kick back with major chords and party. He’s even ditched his magnificent ukelele. In its place are spritely synths, airy acoustic guitars, and hints of psychedelia.” – Pitchfork

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Pattern Is Movement Joins Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom!

We’re super excited to announce our latest addition to the Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom: Philadelphia’s own Pattern Is Movement!

Pattern Is Movement joins a lineup that already includes The Olivia Tremor Control, Bear In Heaven, Crooked Fingers (Eric Bachmann from Archers Of Loaf), and Astronautalis!

Our Summer Showcase weekend will be held here in Athens, GA from July 26-28. In addition to two showcases hosted by the Georgia Theatre, there will be a kickball game as well as an afternoon record fair!

Three-Day passes as well as single night tickets can be purchased now through TicketBiscuit!

About Pattern Is Movement:
Following their first three records, endless shows and tours (among them dates with friends St. Vincent, David Bazan, and The Forms), and the transition from five-to-four-to-three-to-two members, Pattern is Movement turned themselves inside out with their last release, All Together. Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward embody the two-man wall of sound; it‘s music that‘s been a long time building, rising out of the ether of left-behind evangelical childhoods (see Jesus Camp), best friendship (kindled as kids listening to The Chronic), and life in Philadelphia. All Together continued the mysterious narrative of the band, both documenting and foretelling the pounding energy of their near-legendary live show: Chris and Andrew side-by-side, hammering drums and keys (among other things), sweat flying, voices hollering. This is what resides in the ten exquisitely constructed tracks of All Together, the kind of stuff that compelled Stereogum to declare that “Pattern is Movement deserve your worship.”

Crooked Fingers Joins Team Clermont Summer Showcase!

Eric Bachmann (also of Archers of Loaf) writes, records, and performs songs under the name Crooked Fingers. Though he resides in Los Angeles, he spends much of his time in Athens, GA, where he recorded last year’s brilliant Breaks in the Armor at The Bakery with Matt Yelton (live sound engineer for the Pixies) throughout the winter of 2010/2011, enlisting the help of Liz Durrett on backing vocals. It’s a cohesive and diverse set of songs with less adorned and more direct and affecting arrangements. Beautifully understated, artfully phrased, and ultimately a paean to perseverance, the album seems to suggest that the breaks in the armor are more important than the armor itself.

Crooked Fingers joins our lineup, which includes Bear In Heaven, The Olivia Tremor Control, Astronautalis, Yacht Rock Revue, and more as we celebrate our 15 year anniversary here in Athens, GA!

Tickets and three-day wristbands are available now from TicketBiscuit!

Full details for our event, including Prom details and the K’s vs. W’s Kickball Showdown can be viewed here:

Our event on Facebook:

VIDEO: Bear In Heaven's "Sinful Nature", directed by Yoonha Park!

Bear In Heaven have unveiled their video for “Sinful Nature”, directed by Yoonha Park. You’ll see some distorted “Pretty Woman”-like characters in a neon-soaked 80s colorfield. Also, be sure to make your plans to come down to Athens from July 26th-28th for our Summer Showcase and Prom! Bear In Heaven will be headlining one night and tickets and three-day passes are available on the Georgia Theatre website.

Team Clermont's 15th Anniversary Summer Showcase: Bear In Heaven, Olivia Tremor Control, & more!

We are excited to announce the return of the Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom, as we celebrate 15 years of excellence in radio promotion and PR! This will be the first summer festival since our massive 10th anniversary, and we’re putting together the biggest celebration to date.

Over the July 26-28 weekend two showcases will be held at the Georgia Theatre, headlined by critically acclaimed national act Bear In Heaven (Brooklyn, NY) and psych-pop pioneers The Olivia Tremor Control (Athens, GA.)

We’ll be closing out the weekend with our Prom, to be held at The Melting Point on Saturday night. A favorite among out-of-towners and locals alike, the Prom brings the attendees back to the times of cover bands, questionable outfits, photo booths and punch bowls, without all of the awkwardness of being a teenager.

In addition to these events, we will see the return of our highly competitive “K’s vs W’s Kickball Showdown,” and our first ever Record Fair with vinyl goodies at your perusal from our label partners, individual local vendors and community record store friends.

Three day passes ($25) as well as individual tickets ($10 advance, $12 at door) will be available soon!

Team Clermont has secured a block of rooms at a reduced rate at The Foundry, where The Melting Point is located, so you can sleep stumbling distance from Prom! Be sure to let them know you are with the Team Clermont party to receive the discounted rate when booking.

We’ll be announcing additional artists and few more surprises soon, so stay tuned! Be sure you are following our Twitter and a Facebook fan to follow all the action.

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Past performers have included:
Azure Ray, Contra Band (now Bit Brigade,) Bobby Conn, Bottom Of The Hudson, Calvin Johnson, Castanets, Cinemechanica, Danger Mouse, Dark Meat, Deerhunter, Elf Power, Enon, Idaho, King Of Prussia, Ladybug Transistor, Man Man, Megafaun, Modern Skirts, The Mountain Goats, Now It’s Overhead, of Montreal, Pattern Is Movement, Phosphorescent, The Polyphonic Spree, The Radar Bros., The Rosebuds, Songs:Ohia, Starlight Mints, Summer Hymns, Trans Am, Troubled Hubble, John Vanderslice, The Wrens, and many more!

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