Confirmed to Play: Hey Marseilles

Austin, TX - Saturday 3/17
19 Acts & Completely Free!


Hey Marseilles - To Travels & Trunks
photos by Haley Young

The Hey Marseilles sound is immediate, evocative, mostly acoustic, always emotive. It's classically-trained brothers Sam and Jacob Anderson on cello and viola, their strings grand and mournful on To Travels and Trunks' sweeping title track. It's the wheeze and moan of Philip Kobernik's accordion, simultaneously the gawkiest and most romantic of all instruments, opening the gorgeous "From a Terrace," and his kid-at-a-carnival Rhodes on the 6/8 spin of "Gasworks." It's Nick Ward's electric guitar on the epic "Calabasas," stretching into the distance like an open road. It's the Dixieland swagger of Patrick Brannon's trumpet on uptempo lead single "Rio”—recently Song of the Day at NPR,, and KEXP. It's a songwriter's urgent expression via vocalist Matt Bishop, expanded with huge singalong choruses, unraveled by a virtuoso band's sinuous arrangements. It's modern vintage, a folk-pop jam session at a vanished cabaret on the Seine, an indie rocker's fantasy of his grandparents' first kiss.

By developing this sound—a process captured on To Travels and Trunks—Hey Marseilles discovered that the band isn't any one of these things but all of them. And none of them, too: When Hey Marseilles headlined a holiday party at Neumo's in Seattle, nobody expected MC Thomas Grey of local party-hop outfit Champagne Chamgpagne to spit a few bars over a Christmas-song medley, but there he was, and somehow it made sense. Just like the inclusion of their cover of Daniel Johnston’sTrue Love Will Find You in the End” in the Starbucks-compiled Sweetheart 2010. Moments like that—and more, during Hey Marseilles' headlining slots at local clubs and winning appearances at major Northwest festivals like Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party, Doe Bay Fest—keep fans guessing while rendering them true believers.

THE OUTLAW ROADSHOW - We are so happy to have Hey Marseilles with us in Austin on March 17th. They join a lineup packed with talent both known and unknown to our readers. The goal here is to provide fans in Austin with an unparalleled free music experience. We have seven hours to deliver that show you to you on three stages. RSVP now at We are limited to legal capacity. Arrive at noon to guarantee access.

"Hey Marseilles are favorites of mine... Their music is just so beautiful and unexpectedly uplifting. So gifted, they make it all look so easy! An amazing live act - you do not want to miss this." - Ryan Spaulding

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