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SXSW 2011 was the first time REDEFINE has ever attempted to throw a SXSW event. We went big. We booked thirty amazing bands to play two stages at a 22-bedroom vegan co-op called House Of Commons. All party-attending patrons were treated to 3,000+ 16-ounce cans of beer, courtesy of Dos Equis. In short: a jolly good time!

The unofficial showcase, which took place on Friday, March 18th, was a hectic blur, as were the two days leading up to it. Let’s just say that we grossly underestimated the amount of work and pre-planning involved in throwing a party during SXSW week. Myself and Gina Altamura ran around like madwomen, with the help of House Of Commons residents Mike Garcia and Dana Vanderford, and all-around champ, Eric Anderson.

Together, we waited in line for equipment rentals for what seemed like ETERNITY. In-town music gear rental shops may claim online that they will be able to accomodate everyone’s needs, but that’s a dirty, dirty lie. Maybe during any other time of year, but not during SXSW. It is only thanks to Marjorie Owens from Clumsy N Shy, who we co-threw the party with, that we were able to successfully stock our party with all of the backline equipment we needed. Dallas-based equipment rental companies came through for us — at a price — when nobody in Austin could. The bands themselves were also champs, improvising when necessary, and often rearranging their schedules for the party to flow smoothly.

What’s more: our headliner, Starfucker, had to drop out due to… well, an arrest. Luckily, we did a community pull and managed to have three bands play in place of Starfucker, to close the night out in an epic way — narrowly avoiding a $300+ fine from the cops.

Check out the recaps for details! They are divided into three sections, with pics and videos:


Thanks to all who came out, all of the bands who played, all of the wonderful and giving residents of House Of Commons, and all of the media that partied and documented the event with us!

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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