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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"
JORTSFEST is an annual DIY music and arts festival in Atlanta, Georgia whose motto is “always free, always all ages, always accessible"
103 backers pledged $3,258 to help bring this project to life.

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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 hundreds of attendees annually and played host to dozens of bands, including local and national acts. Now entering its 5th year, 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 connections.

Last year with your help we were able to raise enough money to cover festival costs, pay all performers, and purchase a portable ramp that is available free of charge to arts and music events around Atlanta to make them more accessible to patrons and performers with disabilities. 

We want to do more work like this. This year we want to raise enough money to grow the event into something more: a formal organization that can work toward building intentionally inclusive art and music communities through grants and other opportunities. Help celebrate 5 years of JORTSFEST by supporting 

How can I help?

JORTSFEST 2017 is scheduled to take place on Saturday August 26 at the Mammal Gallery in Atlanta's South Downtown neighborhood. We are seeking support in raising $3,000 to cover venue production costs, pay performers, and cover the costs associated with formally incorporating as a 501(c)3 non-profit.

What do I get in return?

If you contribute to the JORTSFEST 2017 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!

 

Show JORTSFEST pride on your vest with these enamel pins by local Atlanta artist Cat Royal!
Show JORTSFEST pride on your vest with these enamel pins by local Atlanta artist Cat Royal!

 

Limited edition JORTSFEST t-shirt designed by local Atlanta artist Cat Royal!
Limited edition JORTSFEST t-shirt designed by local Atlanta artist Cat Royal!

 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 2017 poster will be designed by local Atlanta artist Yoyo Ferro! (Sample artwork)
A brilliant 18” x 24” print of the JORTSFEST 2017 poster will be designed by local Atlanta artist Yoyo Ferro! (Sample artwork)

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 and the lineup is almost complete. Similarly, many have expressed interest in tabling at the event.

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    Jorts Salute

    We will salute our jorts to you at JORTSFEST 2017.

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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 Recording of JORTSFEST 2017

    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 Enamel Pin - PINK

    Show JORTSFEST pride on your vest with this PINK enamel pin by local Atlanta artist Cat Royal. + Jorts Salute

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    JORTSFEST Enamel Pin - YELLOW

    Show JORTSFEST pride on your vest with this YELLOW enamel pin by local Atlanta artist Cat Royal. + Jorts Salute

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    JORTSFEST Zine

    Want to know how to make your events and communities more accessible and inclusive? We'll tell you how in this zine! + Jorts Salute

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    JORTSFEST T-shirt

    We will mail you a limited edition JORTSFEST t-shirt designed by local Atlanta artist Cat Royal. + Jorts Salute

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    JORTSFEST 2017 Poster

    The writing’s on the wall and it says JORTSFEST 2017 on brilliant 18” x 24” prints designed by local Atlanta artist Yoyo Ferro.

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    Jorts-making Party

    We will invite you to a party where JORTSFEST alumni will be performing. You'll get to try on jeans, we'll tell you which jeans make your butt look best, and then we'll help you make the perfect pair of jorts to take home and cherish. + Jorts Salute

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    The Full JORTSFEST Experience

    JORTSFEST patch, Digital Recording of JORTSFEST 2017, JORTSFEST t-shirt, JORTSFEST 2017 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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    Mammal Gallery Membership

    Get free entry to all events presented by Mammal Gallery for an entire year! + Jorts Salute

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- (30 days)