yeah, if these were bonafide con artists, then your point would be valid. are you certain the people putting this on are con artists? or is that just your opinion? from my perspective it's that they are guilty of being overly ambitious, maybe a little naive.
the punk rock way of being in a band isn't the only way to do it. i personally think it's dumb to live by the "scrape shit together" business model b/c i think living out of a shitty van and barely surviving is a horrible way to live. but that's just my opinion. for some bands it works out great. for a lot it's a horrible decision.
with all that said, it would be better if this unofficial showcase had a great lineup of bands instead of a mediocre lineup. does anyone know what bands are participating?
Wait... so you don't even know who the bands are but you go on to spout off about their ambitions and naivete? WTF?
Seems to me most of them are usual suspects of the Cbus scene.
It's not about "scraping it together," its about getting a fucking job and working hard for what you want, instead of looking for a handout and hiding behind a weak co-op of the most mediocre talent in a scene. Some of these bands have been playing paying gigs around town for a long ass time. If they haven't earned enough cash to get a van and drive to Austin themselves, then they shouldn't be going, and definitely shouldn't claim to represent Cbus.
I don't even think a single one of them has a cool enough haircut to even approach
the girl form the Phantods, so let's just slow the hell down here.
These kind of groups tend toward the least common denominator, with one or two groups dominating and (possibly) benefiting from the "work" of the whole. Somebody is always getting taken for a ride.
In this case, they also expect the public to fund their vacation time, and have self labeled themselves as the banner holders for our town.
It's a crock of shit.
You've got to work for it.