Category: Events


If you’re in Austin for SxSW, and you haven’t yet put your name on our RSVP list for the 2014 Bonfire Sessions kick-off in Austin…what are you waiting for?!

We’ve got one of the best lineups of the festival with sets from Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, The Orwells, Gardens & Villa, and Natural Child. Did we mention that beverages are free? That’s right- on us!

Click here to RSVP. You must RSVP to attend!

Set times as follows:

9PM: Natural Child

10PM: Gardens & Villa

11PM: Cloud Nothings

Midnight: Kurt Vile

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JanSport at SXSW

March 4, 2014   |   Events, Music, News   |   0 Comments
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The Bonfire Sessions are back

February 25, 2014   |   Events, Music, News, Outside   |   0 Comments

The Bonfire Sessions are back for 2014 with events in five cities across North America. We’re kicking off the year in Austin alongside the annual SXSW music festival.

Join us at Cheer Up Charlies (formerly Club De Ville) on Wednesday, March 12th for a stellar showcase featuring Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, The Orwells, and Gardens & Villa. The party kicks off at 8pm and we’ll be keeping the Bonfire Sessions tradition alive with on-the-house beverages [...] Read More >



A huge congratulations to the guys in White Like Fire on their win!  We’re super psyched to have these guys perform down in Austin in March at our SXSW day party!

From the guys:

“We’re proud of our fans for being ever-stalwart in their resolution, and grateful to Sonicbids and JanSport for quarterbacking this big break. To us, y’all are bigger than Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl,” says guitarist/vocalist Blake Clawson

Stay tuned this week and we’ll be sharing more from White Like Fire including a [...] Read More >



Thanks For Voting!

February 20, 2014   |   Events, Music, News   |   0 Comments

Voting for the 6th Annual JanSport Battle of the Bands has come to a close. Stay tuned and we’ll announce our winner on Monday.

In the meantime, you can still check out the top 100 artists and discover tons of new music!

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Live Outside SF w/Painted Palms

February 15, 2014   |   Art, Events, Music, News   |   0 Comments

We’re throwing a big old party in San Francisco tomorrow to unveil the first of 2014′s Live Outside murals, this one created by SF street art duo Alynn-Mags.

The party will feature a performance from one of our favorite new SF bands, Painted Palms. The duo (comprised of cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme), just released their debut LP, Forever and it’s been in regular rotation here at JanSport HQ. We think you should listen to it too!

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With the 6th annual JanSport Battle of the Bands kicking off this coming Tuesday, January 21st, we thought we should take a moment to catch up with last year’s winner: Philadelphia’s Cold Fronts.

The guys have definitely had an incredible year, and front man Craig Almquist filled us in on some of the details, along with some SXSW tips for bands making the trip for the first time:

JS: We’ve seen lots of big news from Cold Fronts this year. What have you guys been up to [...] Read More >



Grab some new tunes and enter to win free gear

December 16, 2013   |   Events, Music, News   |   1 Comment

Our friends at Dine Alone Records have brought back their annual Holiday Sampler, and this year’s comp features 23 tracks of pure bliss. Click here to download an awesomely eclectic collection of tracks from The Dodos, Hannah Georgas, Monster Truck, Shovels & Rope, The Lumineers, City and Colour, Fidlar, and more.

By downloading, you’ll also be automatically entered to win some awesome prize packs, including some sweet Yamaha guitars, Sector-9 Longboards, audiophile goodies from Denon, and Read More >



Second Wave of SXSW Artists Announced

November 21, 2013   |   Events, Music, News   |   0 Comments

South By Southwest 2014 is just around the corner and we’re already getting excited for what is hands down our favorite week of the year. JanSport will be back in Austin with some great events (which we’ll be announcing in the coming months), but in the meantime make sure to get your SX fix by checking out the first two waves of artists announcements here.

There’s already a few names we’re excited about, including a few of our favorite SXSW discoveries [...] Read More >



CMJ blasted our ear drums

October 22, 2013   |   Events, Music, News   |   0 Comments

But man… what a great week. What’s better than NYC and five straight days and nights of live music? We had a great time hanging out at the CMJ Artists Lounge at the Hotel On Rivington and hooking up 2000 artists with our special edition CMJ Artist Right Pack. We heard all sorts of great road stories, and we especially loved the stories involving beloved JanSport packs that have traveled the world in the backs of tour vans.

Even better was all of [...] Read More >