Sunday, November 14, 2010

Next Great Drummer Comes To San Francisco During The Beyond The Music Label Series Held Monthly At The Boom Boom Room

On November 16, 2010, Next Great Drummer will be in San Francisco. The competition is for kids, young adults, and adults. Chrystal O'Jon and Eric Seats, Patti LaBelle's drummer started The Next Great Drummer two years ago, and have been changing the lives of drummers across the United States. The drummer competition enables drummers to show their stuff, during a two minute solo which is judged by celebrity drummers. Semi- finals are held annually at Knott's Berry Farm and was covered by ABC's On The Red Carpet earlier this year when Patti LaBelle was a judge along with other celebrity drummers.

During the show, drummers perform a two minute drum compilation, which is critiqued based upon factors such as synchronization, presence, and technique. Winners of the local competitions have an opportunity to become part of a national drummer band, participate in jazz festivals, and become part of a network for drummers. Sam Ash is the national sponsor for Next Great Drummer and the majority of the competitions take place in cities where a Sam Ash is located. Next Great Drummer has plans of going to Europe next year and will continue it's quest to find amazing drummers. "We are happy to host The Next Great Drummer in San Francisco at Blue Bear School of Music and the Boom Boom Room. This is an amazing opportunity for drummers of all ages to be critiqued and encouraged by one of the most talented drummers and producers in the music industry, " states Jewell Sparks who is Executive Producer of The Beyond The Music Label Series, and the San Francisco producer and strategic alliance consultant for the Next Great Drummer.

Drummers can register for the San Francisco Next Great Drummer show by visiting: or sending an email to: Isaac "Bam" Richardson will be the host of the show. Isaac endorses ?ddrum drums, Supernatural Cymbal company, Vic Firth sticks, and Evans drum heads. He has work with artists such as: The Ohio Players, The Legendary Original Drifters, The Steve Roper Jazz Band, Da Chozen Brothaz, Marion Meadows, Melvin Miller and others. Eric Seats, Executive Producer of Next Great Drummer will both judge and host during the San Francisco competition. Eric Seats has produced and written projects for: Playa, 50 Cent, Travis Barker, T.I., DJ Drama, Young Dro, Jay-Z, Diddy, Pharell, Busta Rhymes, Chingy, Fabolous, Tank, Keyshia Cole, Kanye West, Bubba Sparxxx, Nelly Furtado and others.

Sponsors for the event include: Blue Bear School of Music, The Boom Boom Boom Room, Vitamin Water, Hotel Del Sol, ddrum, Performer, Strategic Diversity Group LLC, INDIE VIXENS LLC and Music Dish. The Boom Boom Room is a perfect spot for the music series due to its historic past in the Jazz District of San Francisco in the Fillmore. Support from local merchants enables the continued growth and development of the community and the music scene in the Fillmore district.

Beyond The Music Label® series is a next-generation music brand alliance competition that aligns bands with brands, film, tv, non profit entities and beyond. Founded by Jewell Sparks in 2010, the series focuses on enabling bands to both identify and value their brand by maximizing their earning potential via the utilization of online marketing, public access television, digital media, branding and non profit alliances. Each month three bands make it to the stage and at the end of the year in each city, the top bands of each month are offered an opportunity to be part of a compilation CD. A portion of sales will be used to further the careers of the bands involved and the music series. The series started in San Francisco at the Boom Boom Room and is expanding to Park City, Austin, Chicago, Dubai and China. Partners and Sponsors include: Blue Bear School of Music, Jimi Hendrix Foundation, Vitamin Water, Palm Connections, Music Dish China, Performer Magazine, Audio Technica, QSC, Universal Sound, and BNN. For more information visit:

Next Great Drummer was started by Eric Seats and Chrystal O'Jon. The show follows Eric Seats' life as he auditions drummers from far and near in his quest to find "The Next Great Drummer". The show seeks to identify drummers, both male and female with drum experience. Drummers are monitored to see if they are able to work well with others, follow directions, and pick up new music. Next Great Drummer is sponsored nationally by Sam Ash, Vater percussion, Papa John's, Izze, Spaun, and Comfort Suites. For more information about Next Great Drummer visit:

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