John Pointer (http://johnpointer.com), a.k.a. “Squinty Phil”, grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He earned a degree in Cello Performance and Composition from UT Austin and has been a full time musician based there ever since.
He created and led the pioneering a cappella & body percussion ensemble Schrödinger’s Cat and was the beatboxer in the Chili’s Baby Back Ribs commercials. He’s a pretty ridiculous guitarist, played Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and Roger in RENT, has commercially released 9 albums with several different groups, and the Mayor and City Council of Austin declared January 27th 2005 “John Pointer Day”. What?! Yes… evidently they do that down there. Thank you, tax dollars!
He also founded and launched Patronism.com, a direct subscription platform for patrons to easily find and serially fund their favorite musicians in a way that benefits everyone. You can legally download unlimited albums, live recordings and other rare tracks of his while helping him make more at http://patronism.com/johnpointer.
Right now John is vying to win the Austin Music Award. Help him out by going to the Austin Chronicle 's online ballot to vote. The award winner is announced at the @Austin Music Awards in March at South by Southwest. Here's how to do it, in three easy steps:
1. Copy: John Pointer
2. Click here, and paste to taste: http://www.austinchronicle.com/polls/musicpoll/15/
3. Share this with your friends. Your votes and theirs are the only way I can have a shot at a Black Fret grant (which awards grants to amazing artists).
We cannot wait to welcome him to the Bend A Cappella Festival and get a taste of his amazing talents!