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JORTSFEST is an annual DIY music and arts festival in Atlanta, Georgia whose motto is “always free, always all ages, always accessible"
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What are jorts?

Jorts /jôrts/ noun 

  • Origin: North American (informal) 
  • Definition: Shorts made of denim fabric. 
  • Usage: "Turn all your jeans into jorts!" 

What is JORTSFEST?

JORTSFEST is an annual DIY music and arts festival in Atlanta, Georgia whose motto is “always free, always all ages, always accessible.” The festival was conceived as a way to bring various music scenes together to bid farewell to summer by celebrating everyone’s favorite piece of summer attire: cutoff JORTS!

Since its inception in 2013 at Under the Couch on the campus of Georgia Tech, the festival has garnered an average of 250 attendees annually and played host to over 30 bands, including local and national acts. The festival has maintained its motto by holding the event in an ADA and transit accessible venue that is all ages and by not charging patrons admission fees or artists and organizations tabling fees. This intentional inclusivity has fostered conversation and collaboration by attendees and resulted in the formation of new bands.

This year JORTSFEST is taking direct action to promote and support the establishment of low cost, all ages, physically accessible performance spaces in Atlanta. JORTSFEST 2016 is scheduled to take place on Saturday August 20 at the Mammal Gallery in South Downtown to accommodate more attendees and more tabling spots.

How can I help?

JORTSFEST is seeking support in raising $3,000 to cover venue production costs, pay performers, and purchase a Roll-a-Ramp portable ramp that will be stored at Mammal Gallery and be made available to local performance spaces that want to make their spaces and stages accessible to patrons and performers with disabilities. 

Roll-A-Ramp® is a highly customizable portable ramp that can be made virtually any length and easily transported from location to location.
Roll-A-Ramp® is a highly customizable portable ramp that can be made virtually any length and easily transported from location to location.

What do I get in return?

If you contribute to the JORTSFEST 2016 Kickstarter, there are some really awesome rewards from previous JORTSFEST performers, local artists, and so much more.

JORTSFEST Gear

Hand-screened JORTSFEST patches! Sew this patch on your jorts for extra jort-cred!
Hand-screened JORTSFEST patches! Sew this patch on your jorts for extra jort-cred!
Limited edition JORTSFEST t-shirt!
Limited edition JORTSFEST t-shirt!

JORTSFEST Mix CDs

Your choice of a digital or handmade mix CD composed of songs from past JORTSFEST events. Artists that have played JORTSFEST include: Isaac Bishop, Kidbrat, Sunday Whiskey, Gibberish F*ckattack, Third World Labor Force, Leotards, Gold-Bears, Small Reactions, Champagne Room, We Few, Momcat, The Marrows, Antbrain, Pallow, Surrogates, The Frutones, Man Up Yancey, Sex BBQ, Word Travels Fast, Merry Go Rounds, muuy biien, Shelf Life, No Clouds, Femignome, Antarcticats, Sea Ghost, Dakota Floyd, The Scraps, Dog Years, Tape Waves, Gillian Carter, and Twin Studies.

Local Artwork

Have the essence of your being perfectly captured with a custom portrait by local Atlanta artist Rayne Garnett! (Sample artwork)
Have the essence of your being perfectly captured with a custom portrait by local Atlanta artist Rayne Garnett! (Sample artwork)
A brilliant 18” x 24” print of the JORTSFEST 2016 poster will be designed by rad local artist Stewart Harding of No Breaks Records! (Sample artwork)
A brilliant 18” x 24” print of the JORTSFEST 2016 poster will be designed by rad local artist Stewart Harding of No Breaks Records! (Sample artwork)
A Voodoo Doughnut-inspired Squishiepuss piece! (Actual artwork)
A Voodoo Doughnut-inspired Squishiepuss piece! (Actual artwork)
A lovely 11"x17" Atlanta poster by @BlackCatTips Kyle Brooks!
A lovely 11"x17" Atlanta poster by @BlackCatTips Kyle Brooks!
A rad skateboard deck painted by @BlackCatTips Kyle Brooks!
A rad skateboard deck painted by @BlackCatTips Kyle Brooks!

Contact us

JORTSFEST organizers, Carter Sutherland and Maria Sotnikova, can be reached at jortsfest@gmail.com.

Website: http://www.jortsfest.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jortsfest

Twitter: @jortsfestATL

Risks and challenges

JORTSFEST organizers foresee very few challenges once this project is funded. There is already a hold on Mammal Gallery so an indoor venue is secured and weather is not of great concern. Over 50 musicians have applied to perform at JORTSFEST. The Roll-a-Ramp portable ramp has a 6-8 week lead time so 10 weeks were allotted between the end of the Kickstarter campaign (June 11, 2016) and JORTSFEST 2016 (August 20, 2016) to ensure on-time delivery.

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    Jorts Salute - We will salute our jorts to you in a video that will be posted on our website and Facebook page, as well as played at JORTSFEST 2016.

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    JORTSFEST Patch - We will mail you a hand-screened JORTSFEST patch. Sew this patch on your jorts for extra jort-cred! + Jorts Salute

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    Digital Mixtape - We will email you a digital mixtape of music from previous JORTSFEST artists. + Jorts Salute

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    Handmade Mix CD - We will hand-make a mix CD of music from previous JORTSFEST artists and mail it to you. + Jorts Salute

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    Digital Recording of JORTSFEST 2016 - Can’t make it but still want to feel like you were there? We’ll record the event for you and email it to you. + Jorts Salute

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    Custom Portrait - Have the essence of your being perfectly captured by local Atlanta artist Rayne Garnett on 5" x 7" cardstock . + Jorts Salute

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    JORTSFEST T-shirt - We will mail you a limited edition JORTSFEST t-shirt. + Jorts Salute

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    JORTSFEST 2016 Poster - The writing’s on the wall and it says JORTSFEST 2016 on brilliant 18” x 24” prints designed by rad local artist, Stewart Harding of No Breaks Records. + Jorts Salute

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    Jorts-making Session - We will take you thrift shopping, tell you which jeans make your butt look best, and then help you make the perfect pair of jorts. + Jorts Salute

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    The Full JORTSFEST Experience - JORTSFEST patch, Digital Recording of JORTSFEST 2016, JORTSFEST t-shirt, JORTSFEST 2016 poster. + Jorts Salute

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    Fund a Performer - Make sure all of our performers get paid! We will have the musicians you funded sign a thank you card and send it to you. + Jorts Salute

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    Local Artwork - Show your ATL pride with a 11"x17" Atlanta poster by @BlackCatTips Kyle Brooks. + Jorts Salute

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    Local Artwork - One of a kind 23" x 24" piece by local street artist Squishiepuss. + Jorts Salute

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    Local Artwork - A rad painted skateboard deck (8"x22") by @BlackCatTips Kyle Brooks. + Jorts Salute

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    Roll-A-Ramp Naming Rights - Have a name of your choice be engraved on the portable ramp. + Jorts Salute

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