The annual music conference known as MACROCK began in Harrisonburg, VA in 1996 as a branch of James Madison University’s student-run radio station, WXJM. The aims of the founders were to bring independent music and DIY culture to the Mid-Atlantic region. Since cutting ties with the school and the radio station, MACROCK has been run by a small committee of volunteers with immeasurable help from local businesses and residents. MACROCK’s objectives remain the same as in its founding: showcase independent musical acts from across the country, as well as inform attendees of current happenings within the DIY realm through label expositions and panels. MACROCK continues to exist as an independent, not-for-profit organization.
MACROCK has been, and always will be perpetuated by the belief that music can thrive without a corporate influence.
Some past bands that have taken part include:
Aloha, An Albatross, Algernon Cadwallader, Anathallo, Animal Collective, The Appleseed Cast, Avail, Best Coast, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Black Mountain, Bouncing Souls, Bowerbirds, Bracewar, Brooke Wagner, Cloak Dagger, Cloud Nothings, Converge, Darkest Hour, Dashboard Confessional, Dillinger Escape Plan, Discount, The Dismemberment Plan, Double Negative, Earthride, Elliott Smith, Eternal Summers, The Faint, Fugazi, Fucked Up, Government Warning, Hot Water Music, Magnolia Electric Co., Magrudergrind, Man Man, Maps and Atlases, Mates of State, Matt Pond PA, Mastodon, Menzingers, Mewithoutyou, Mock Orange, Municipal Waste Obits, Owen, Pattern is Movement, Pg. 99, Prefuse 73, Pygmy Lush, Pulling Teeth, Q and not U, Saves the Day, S. Carey, Screaming Females, Slingshot Dakota, Sufjan Stevens Superchunk, Tim Barry, US Christmas, Video Hippos, The Walkmen, War on Drugs, Wolf Eyes, The Wrens, Young Widows + many, many more.”