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Ben Nunery

Bands, Brands and Barbeque—South By Southwest Bound

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March means something different to everyone. To most, it means that spring is around the corner. To sports fans, it means March Madness is here. For us, it means it’s time to head south to the land of great BBQ and even better live music. That’s right, it’s time for SXSW!

We’re packing posters, merch and ourselves into a 15 passenger van and driving the 16 hours to Austin, Texas. The international film, interactive and music festival takes over the city of Austin for two weeks every March and we can’t wait to get down there and take part in the action. Read More

Bunbury, Forecastle and Pitchfork

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July is always a crazy month here at Powerhouse and this year proved no different.  As we’ve posted about here before, we travel around to as many music festivals as we can every summer to observe trends and sell our wares. Year after year, July is our busiest month, jam packed with festivals to attend.  We made it to Forecastle Music Festival in Louisville, Kentucky; Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois.

We’re happy to report that we survived them all and made it home to tell you all about it.  From bourbon bars and freak storms at Forecastle, to killer BBQ and a secret show at Bunbury, to the best non-dairy ice cream you’ve ever had and spontaneous dance parties at PItchfork, we were there for all of it and captured it below for those of you that didn’t make it out.

Bunbury

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Forecastle

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Pitchfork

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You can find the full galleries of all the photos we took at Bunbury and Forecastle here and at Pitchfork here.

This year, in addition to selling prints and being the catalyst for spontaneous dance parties at our booths, we organized and hosted a secret show with Cincinnati indie darlings, The Pinstripes, at our Bunbury Music Festival booth. Those guys are super cool and didn’t hesitate to leave straight from their official Bunbury performance to set up at our booth for a set. Check out the video below.

Secret Show—The Pinstripes Perform at Powerhouse Factories’ Bunbury Booth from Powerhouse Factories on Vimeo.

You check out The Pinstripes’ official Bunbury Music Festival poster we designed and printed here.

‘Roo Roundup—Observing Trends and Culture at Bonnaroo Music Festival

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We left the shop at 4 a.m., easing the RV onto the interstate in the dark and headed south. With our poster tubes, prints and a piñata in tow, we were officially Bonnaroo bound.

For seven years we’ve made the flatstock festival rounds, slangin’ prints and merch at music fests like SXSW, Bonnaroo, Forecastle, Bunbury, Pitchfork and MidPoint Music Festival.  We travel to these events not only to sell our wares, but to stay in tune with and immersed in a music scene that is distilled in its purest form in these highly charged environments. Read More

Different and Relevant—Crafting Our Company Culture with Screen Printing 101

By | Brand Building, Consumer Experiences, Cultural Trends, Design, Life at Powerhouse | One Comment

At Powerhouse Factories, we’re proud of our roots in the art of printmaking, or more specifically, screen printing. More than a decade ago, I was learning printmaking and design in a formal education setting, while simultaneously forging a path of my own making rock posters for my favorite bands. Back then, we built our own equipment, using whatever we had available to us. At the time, we scrounged up odds and ends, fashioning our own light tables, drying racks and printing stations. Our creative process was one of trial and error rather than a practiced and perfected science. We were in pursuit of something different, something real and something exciting. We didn’t really know where it would lead, but we knew that it was important, worthwhile and, most importantly, relevant.

Now as a full-fledged brand-building agency, we harness what we know from living and working at the intersection of pop culture and counterculture to help clients. Read More