Friday, August 6, 2010

Tinderbox Music Festival: September 26th - Brooklyn, NY

[3:00PM, Tickets: $17 Advance/ $20 Day of Show]

Tinderbox Music Festival, which will be held on September 26, 2010, at Southpaw in Brooklyn, NY, aims to promote and coalesce the music of an eclectic group of approximately 20 female artists who span across the entire musical spectrum. Artists include Bitch, Jenny Owen Youngs,Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers and Kalae All Day, all of whom have already confirmed their performances at the festival.

Tinderbox fosters community by providing opportunities to perform, collaborate, and connect within the vibrant NYC music scene. By donating 100 % of net proceeds to organizations involved in helping the next generation of women musicians, Tinderbox strives to ensure that the fire it ignites will long outlive and outgrow the festival itself. Due to the positive feedback that Tinderbox has already accumulated, along with sponsorships from companies such as Venus Zine, BUST Magazine, and ASCAP, the festival is looking to take a showcase to the annual SXSW festival in Texas next March in hopes of garnering enough attention to create a buzz about the second Tinderbox Festival that will be held in 2011.

Hearing that the music festival, Lilith Fair, was making a comeback in 2010, multi-talented singer/songwriter, Alyson Greenfield, decided to start “Dear Lilith Fair 2010,” a blog zealously dedicated to trying to get a spot on the tour. Being named one of The Deli Magazine’s “NYC Artists on the Rise,” receiving accolades from a myriad of publications such as PASTE Magazine, and having song placements on shows on FOX, Alyson is an esteemed artist in her own right. Though many people were supportive and receptive to the blog, her plea to get on the tour fell on the deaf ears of Lilith Fair and consequently, the fervent musician took the initiative to spearhead her own music festival.

Being somewhat of a Renaissance woman, Alyson knew that her vision for the music festival could become reality with her uncanny and seemingly divine abilities to excel in many fields as well as prolifically generate grandeur out of nothingness. Her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing; various magazine, screenplay, and acting credits; and credentials as a Board Member of the Chicago National Organization for Women, high school teacher, and tolerance educator, are all testament to her legitimate and natural ability to achieve virtually anything.

With the additional experience she gained from helping to set up and book artists for two BUST Magazine sponsored showcases, Mundi Fest and Shimmer Fest, during the annual SXSW festival in Texas, along with her frequent encounters with success, Alyson had the confidence to fashion a thrilling new festival that would later be known as Tinderbox.

TINDERBOX will be donating 100% of net proceeds to these NYC organizations:


Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education and activities that foster self-respect, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.


Girls Write Now provides guidance, support, and opportunities for New York City’s underserved or at-risk high school girls, enabling them to develop their creative, independent voices, explore careers in professional writing, and learn how to make healthy choices in school, career, and life. Alyson Greenfield is an active member of this organization.

The Tinderbox team also includes:

Jennifer Newman:

Jennifer Newman is an entertainment attorney* (NY bar admission pending) in New York City as well as a singer, songwriter, and music producer.

Alicia Matusheski:

Alicia is the Manager of Business Affairs and Supervising Paralegal at Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields LLP, an entertainment law firm in New York City.

Presenting Sponsors are PAI Media, MusicDish/MI2N, BUST Magazine, and VENUS Zine

Twitter: @tinderboxfest

Expanded European Festival Awards Return To Eurosonic Noordeerslag

Following its successful debut last January, the EUROPEAN FESTIVAL AWARDS, presented by YOUROPE and Virtual Festivals Europe, will return to Groningen in the New Year with a larger venue and more categories.

Taking place on Wednesday 12th January 2011 at Groningen's Stadsschouwburg in The Netherlands, the second edition of the EUROPEAN FESTIVAL AWARDS will launch the 25th Anniversary edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag in style with live acts and aftershow party.

Decided by a combination of public vote and industry juries, these Awards are the only pan-European body solely dedicated to recognising the contributions and achievements of the event organisers and performing artists that generate billions of Euros for local economies and brighten up the summer for tens of millions of festival-goers each year.

Public voting in this year's Awards will commence in September. More details will follow.
Events wishing to be included should email for more information.

Tickets (up to 6 tickets per buyer) to the European Festival Awards, which will include a drinks reception, buffet dinner, live performances and an aftershow party will be exclusively available, on a strict first-come-first-served basis, for festivals and promoters (Eurosonic Noorderslag registration is required).

Below you find the EFA 2011 link. It is secured with password; EFA2011

Register for EuroSonic Noorderslag 2011:

YOUROPE Chairman Christof Huber commented: "The first edition of the EFA's worked out really well and it was the gathering of festivals that we had hoped for. We are proud to be co-promoter of the European Festival Awards and are looking forward to a successful second edition in this unique venue"

Virtual Festivals founder Steve Jenner added: "The European festival scene has never been more exciting with new territories springing up on the map and more established markets undergoing rapid maturation. It all bodes for a thrilling Festival Awards and another great celebration in Groningen."

EuroSonic Noorderslag Creative Director Peter Smidt concluded: "With so many European festivals attending EuroSonic Noorderslag, we are happy to open by celebrating the best of them at the European Festival Awards".

This year's Award Categories are as follows:
1. Best Major European Festival
2. Best Medium-Sized European Festival
3. Best Small European Festival
4. Best New European Festival
5. Best Indoor Festival (new!)
6. Best European Festival Line-Up
7. YOUROPE Green ‘N' Clean Festival Of The Year
8. Artist's Favourite European Festival
9. Best Newcomer
10. Best Headliner
11. Festival Anthem of the Year
12. Virtual Festivals Europe presents Promoter Of The Year
13. Yourope Lifetime Achievement Award

Last year, more than 100,000 public votes saw Belgium claim the most awards with Dour winning ‘Best Medium Sized Festival', Cactusfestival named the ‘Best Small Festival', ‘Best New European Festival' went to Openfields and Rock Werchter was voted ‘Best Line Up' and ‘Artists' Favourite Festival'. Live Nation's Herman Schueremans was also designated ‘Promoter Of The Year' by an industry jury that included a selection of the continent's most prominent trade music journalists, booking agents and related professionals.

"Things don't get much better than winning in 3 categories at the very first European Festival Awards in January 2010 at EuroSonic Noorderslag, the yearly European Live Music conference event which is dedicated to new European Music. Again, many thanks from all of us at Rock Werchter!" Herman Schueremans, Rock Werchter

For a full list of last year's winners click here

Yourope was founded in November 1998. The association currently has over 60 members which are among the most well established festivals in Europe. All Yourope's members are dedicated to improving the European festival scene in terms of working conditions, health and safety music talent.The overall aim of the association is to collaborate and share best practice, and to pinpoint areas that would benefit from a joint approach.

Yourope is founding partner of the European Talent Exchange Programm and the live music lobby European Live Music Forum

Since 2006, the YES Yourope Event Safety Group organised a series of health & safety seminars for festival security staff from all over Europe. In 2006/7, the association launched environmental guidelines for music festivals. The original printed booklet "Green'n'Clean" has been supplemented by a new online tool, providing festival organisers with customised environmental advice plus a "Green'n'Clean Award" for festivals who achieve a defined number of criterias in terms of environmental measures.

Since 2008, Yourope in cooperation with Bucks New University organised a series of seminars about sustainability with strong partners. Besides that, Yourope will also works on other key topics in the upcoming years to create even more value for its members and the festival business as such.

For more information contact: Christof Huber - | +41 (0) 71 223 41 01

About Virtual-Festivals Europe:
Virtual has grown by purely organic means since 1999 to become the UK's market leading online portal and social network for music festivals, successfully consolidating this marketplace (from the hundreds of events that take place to the millions who attend them) in one place on the web.

The website - which also co-produces the UK Festival Awards and European Festival Awards - currently commands more influence and credibility with both industry and consumers in the festival sector than any

other single media property. Building on its UK success, Virtual Festivals Europe was launched in collaboration with YOUROPE in July 2008 to aggregate the pan-European festival marketplace in a similar way.

For more information contact: Steve Jenner - | +44 (0) 207 785 7394

About Eurosonic: The European Music Conference and Showcase Festival
EuroSonic Noorderslag is Europe's most important live music industry conference and showcase festival for European talent. With over 2800 delegates, showcases by 260 artists and a conference with 100 panels, keynote speakers, interviews and meetings, EuroSonic Noorderslag is the key exchange and networking platform for European music, European artists, international music industry professionals and organizations.

In 2011 the event will celebrate its 25th birthday and as EuroSonic Noorderslag focuses each edition on a different European country, featuring performances by the best artists and organizing panels about the specifics of that market, it only felt natural to do the 2011 focus on The Netherlands.

Wednesday 12: The European Festival Awards / The European Border Breakers Awards
Thursday 13: EuroSonic Festival and Conference
Friday 14: EuroSonic Festival and Conference
Saturday 15: Noorderslag Festival and Conference

EuroSonic festival presents a broad variety of the best European talent throughout the city of Groningen. Being the largest European showcase festival in Europe, EuroSonic Noorderslag is the most important platform for new European talent. With the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Yourope and Network Europe giving additional exposure to the performing artists, EuroSonic Noorderslag plays a vital role in the development and circulation of talent in Europe and beyond. Instrumental in this circulation is our own ETEP (European Talent Exchange Program). Since the start of the ETEP program in 2003 a total of 965 shows by 346 European artists took place at the 60 ETEP festivals (2003 - 2009)

Noorderslag festival has been the main barometer of Dutch pop music for 24 years. On Saturday 15 January, Noorderslag presents the very best Dutch acts in every genre, from hip-hop and urban to pop music, avant-garde, dance, alternative and everything in between.

Conference: During the three day conference over 100 panels and meetings will address the current developments and state of affairs within the European music industry, focusing on European music, touring, festivals, the (live) music industry and media developments. The conference also features industry meetings by: Yourope, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), European Talent Exchange Program (ETEP), The European Export Office(s) and Network Europe.

Awards: EuroSonic Noorderslag is the proud home of various awards ceremonies such as The European Border Breakers Award, The European Festivals Awards, The Interactive Award and more.
In 2010 The show of the European Border Breakers Awards 2010, presented by TV legend Jools Holland, will be broadcasted on TV in 12 different European countries.

International media coverage: EuroSonic Noorderslag receives international coverage in Europe and beyond, working closely with European media to give more exposure to the performing artists. During 2009, a total of 334 artist performances were broadcast on 21 European Broadcasting Union radio stations. With the EBU group firmly behind the festival, radio shows containing EuroSonic and Noorderslag concerts will reach out as far as Eastern and Southern Europe and audience of millions.

For more info contact: Ruud Berends-, + 31(0)356727400

Video: Robert Lauri - Sweet Milla

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Robert Lauri's latest music video for the song "Sweet Milla," is full of beautiful imagery. This selection for Lauri's forthcoming album, "United Souls," is a soulful combination of picture and song. The smooth piano music is soothing and images of nature, birth and beauty evoke strong feelings of awe and inspiration. Much like Philip Glass' "Koyaanisqatsi," there is no defined story or plot here, but rather a series of moving images that fit the music perfectly and elicit raw emotions specific to the viewer. Lauri appropriately dedicates this video to the parents of the world.

'United Souls', the new album of Robert Lauri, is on iTunes at


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Steve Garcia - "Waiting On a Train"

Listen to Steve Garcia on Fairtilizer:

Steve Garcia's latest single from his debut album, "8 West," is a catchy tune reminiscent of Bob Dylan and Jack Johnson but with a distinctive twist of his own. The guitar lines and vocals are quintessential american folk but the percussion accompaniment is a latin bongo groove. Garcia blends these two styles effortlessly and creates a seriously mellow feel. Garcia is successful in taking classic American folk themes, like riding a train home to his girl, and making them his own though innovative genre blending and a distinctive playing style.

"8 West" is due to release on August 24th on Sunset Records.

Play Prague, A Music Conference And Concert In Central Europe

The "Play Prague" Music Conference and Concert will be from Tuesday, September 21 to Sunday, September 26 in Prague, the capitol of the Czech Republic . The 6 day event will feature seminars/workshops by music industry professionals, performances by artists, bands and singers and talent competitions. The official website of Play Prague is

Record label executives and music management professionals throughout Europe have been invited to attend as guests of the event. This is integral to the mission of the music conference is to give major exposure to "undiscovered" recording artists, bands, singers and songwriters.

Music industry executives, producers, and artists from Nashville who will participate in "Play Prague" include Rich Adler, Kimberley Dahme, Stan Webb, Evert Wilbrink and Dan Wunsch. For their individual credits and achievements from Grammy nominations to hit songs, visit the website for their biographies.

The highlight of the conference is the final night concert on Saturday, September 25, which will be podcast live on the internet. The concert will feature Stan Webb, an award winning country music singer-songwriter, and Kimberley Dahme, a member of the legendary rock band Boston and also an accomplished solo recording artist in her own right. Both artists will be backed up by a band of Czech musicians with Czech Honza Prucha as band leader and guitarist. Opening for the headliners will be the "best of best" of the conference chosen by music industry judges from the performances/showcases on September 22, 23 and 24 leading up to the final concert. Also the winners of the song collaboration competition will perform.

The concert will close with the children's song, "Let Us Play In Peace In Our World," expressing the universal hope of children around the world that one day they will not be the innocent victims of war. To end the song, artists from different countries will sing the title in their native language representing the children of their country. The chorus of the song can be played on the website.

The music conference will take place in Prague at Club Na Slamniku and Pub Na Slamniku with the final concert at Club Vagon.

For agenda, registration and general information, visit the Play Prague website

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

French Pop-Rock, Soul Duo, Jawen, Debuts Their First US CD Called "1,2,2 Is Five" On Believe Digital, October 19th, 2010


JAWEN consists of two brothers, singer/guitarist Olivier and multi-instrumentalist Nicolas. They have had success in France and this CD is the first time they are bringing their music to the US and it will be available on iTunes and other online music services.

The first single from JAWEN'S CD, also called "1,2,2 is Five," is being promoted to US radio and is supported by a fun, edgy video directed by Marc Obin (Luc Besson, Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard).

Drawing from the flavors of funk, rock and classic soul music, they stir the pot by adding catchy hooks and an electronic vibe.

JAWEN's prior album, released in Europe in 2008 was a great success. The French magazine, "Les Inrokuptibles" said: "their music has a bright future… Jawen is an explosive discovery!" They described Jawen's music as "…a diverse musical style based on classic rock-soul songs, electro-pop, and soul music."

En Toute Independence Magazine said: "Jawen's music blends diverse and sophisticated rhythms with a little bit of jazz, and a marvelous voice... Jawen is a natural talent."

About the new CD "1,2,2 is Five" in Olivier's words:

"My vision for the CD is for it to be wide-open, but at the same time to have its own sound.
We always try to include rock, pop, R&B, and funk elements in our music. We enjoy playing diverse musical genres.

"Writing a song or a story is a unique moment in your life, we can't choose what is good or bad, we are serving the music. Thus, I would describe the new CD as a distillation of pop and soul music.
For me that era of music is open for doing whatever you want with no musical boundaries; think about food - you don't want to eat the same stuff every day.

"The single, 1,2,2 is Five is based on spontaneity. I really think that life should be lived in this way."

"Nicolas had the basic idea for the groove. The melody and the meaning should be easy to remember. I found an unusual title just for the sound of it. I was uncomfortable at first because I wasn't sure what it meant, but it was very spontaneous. In the end we have the sensation of something easily perceived by the mind."

Nicolas had a taste of America when he went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and Olivier finished his studies in London. After college, both brothers re-united and moved to Paris where they spent a couple of years songwriting and gigging. At a jam session in Paris they met bassist-producer, Yann Cortella, who was so enamored by their music that he later became the duo's producer. Not long after, the JAWEN brothers moved back to their home in Normandy to write and produce their first CD in 2007. Subsequently they released their self-produced CD in 2008 which resulted in them signing a deal with French label Neogene Music.

Olivier has written and been a featured vocalist for several artists. He was featured on Cortella's hit single, "I Feel." He also wrote songs for Michael Robinson (Martin Solveig, Bob Sinclar) and Charles West (The Golden Gate Quartet). Nicolas was also very successful - he too, played with Michael Robinson and toured with different French Hip-Hop bands.

In 2010, JAWEN began touring and promoting "1,2,2 is Five" in Europe. They opened for the soul legend Andre Williams as well as Alice Russell, Mickey Green and many more. The new CD "1,2,2 is Five," on Believe Digital Label, is the first time they are being promoted in the US.

Fan Comments:

"Definitely a fan of your sound... I admire the savvy riffs and voices from another world. I've always said Evreux creates great musicians!" - Just Eat

"Super concert last night! Very Fun!" - The Eskapad

"Excellent... I adore you. Your cd verryyyy often turns up my garden!" - Cathy

"I think ya'll have a great sound, one that nobody really does anymore." - Marah Murphy from USA


"I listen to a loop in my car! I love it!" - Brigitte Lapierre-Bouysset

Press Contact: Ellyn Harris, President of Buzz Publicity, NYC, NY, USA
Tel: 212-860-0500, Fax: 212-410-7353

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

MusicDish*China Sponsors "Small World" Shanghai Word Expo Tour

Online media site MusicDish*China is joining St. Barthelemy-based BAZ BAR in presenting the Tomas Doncker Band "Small World" Shanghai Word Expo 2010 Tour. Tomas Doncker and his band were invited to unveil the release of his successful Global/Soul CD "Small World Pt.1 Deluxe Edition" during the 12th China Shanghai International Arts Festival Performing Arts Fair (SPAF) in late September at the World Expo.

On September 27th, Tomas Doncker will be playing songs from his World Soul album during a full concert at SPAF. Distributed worldwide by Sony/Red, "Small World" features guest appearances by world music legends Bill Laswell, GIGI, Selam Woldermariam, Ayib Dieng, and Martha Redbone. The Tomas Doncker Band will also be joining other international bands for joint performances during the New Folk Music Festival on September 28th and 29th.

Tomas Doncker live at NY's City Winery featured on MOGO, China's only online music TV channel

"We are so pleased to be working with such a world act as Tomas Doncker on our first China tour," said Eric de Fontenay. "I could not think of a better MusicDish*China brand ambassador for the world's largest and grandest stage ever." Tomas will be performing for an expected audience of 50,000 to 70,000 persons. The Expo has attracted up to 500,000 visitors per day, for an expected total of 70 million over the six months.

"Small World Pt.1 Deluxe Edition" was designed as a love letter to the planet," explained Tomas". The first leg of the tour took us to St. Barth's in the Caribbean where we performed at the prestigious BAZ BAR. With their support, and an exclusive invitation from the Chinese Ministry of Cultural affairs, we are able to bring the 2nd leg of the tour to China. The final Piece of the puzzle was promotion. We are very fortunate to have MusicDish*China as our media sponsor for the tour. With the help of both, we are looking forward to sharing our message of peace, love and unity with the Chinese people."

"New singers enter our circle every year, as Tomas Doncker did last season," noted Baz Bar owner Jean-Marc Lefranc. "Very few of them though are indisputable gems. Tomas is definitely one! Bazbar takes pride and honor in helping such talent in many different ways. This year we are happy to bring Tomas Doncker Band to the Shanghai Expo 2010 in association with MusicDish*China."

Producer, Singer, Songwriter & Guitarist Tomas Doncker has been a mainstay on the New York music scene for over twenty years. He cut his teeth hanging out downtown in the fertile punk-funk explosion of the 1980s. He quickly found himself among the ranks of New York's groundbreaking musical elite and in such groups as: James Chance & The Contortions, James White & The Blacks, Defunkt, Latin-groove-meisters Konk and New York's absolute 1st hip hop group, J. Walter Negro & The Loose Joints (featuring Grammy-nominated pianist Arturo O'Farrill).

Tomas has amassed performance and recording credits with a diverse List of musical luminaries including: Bootsy Collins, Ivan Neville, Yoko Ono, Amp Fiddler, Bonnie Raitt, folk-pop-diva Morley, Japanese saxophonist Sadao Watanabe, Grammy winner Prince Charles Alexander's City Beat Band & spoken word / hip-hop pioneers Sonya Sanchez & Toni Blackman.

The China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF) is a state-level international arts festival hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and undertaken by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government. The SPAF is a major sector of the CSIAF. Every year, delegates of world mainstream famous performing arts organizations, agencies, companies and arts festivals of over thirty different countries and regions are in attendance.

Launched at MIDEM 2010 in Cannes, France, MusicDish*China is the latest online brand from MusicDish LLC, a digital music company, focused on the transforming music market in China. Leveraging its various online properties and growing network of Asian partners, MusicDish*China capitalizes on the growing interest in the Chinese market to educate and influence music executives and professionals worldwide. MusicDish*China also co-produces a monthly podcast in association with Hong Kong based Metal Postcard Records that covers the music and artists shaping the independent scene in China and Mandarin-speaking Asia.

Jean-Marc Lefranc, the owner of Baz Bar, has hosted singer songwriters over the past twelve years. His passion for music has brought the club to become the leading venue of the island of St Barthelemy in the French West Indies, jewel of the Caribbean. Most bands that come to perform originate from the Boston area, music capitals like Chicago, Nashville and New Orleans, as well as New York City of course. Over the years, our goal has been to introduce new talent to an international clientele visiting the island. During 8 months in the year, Bazbar has a 3-week rotation program that includes dozens of amazing bands such as KJ Denhert and the NY unit, Adam Falcon, Evan Goodrow and Martha Redbone.

Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival EBay VIP Ticket Auction Puts You ONSTAGE With Your Favorite Band!

July 30, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA - The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is proud to announce the first-ever eBay Charity Ticket Auction in support of Child Find of America, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and resolution of child abduction. Beginning Sunday, August 1, 2010 and running for ten-days, fans can bid on eBay for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive two (2) VIP tickets to the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival. In addition, the top bidder and their guest will watch their favorite band perform from the best seats in the house: ONSTAGE! They will also receive: Level 1 premium reserved seats OR General Admission 'Pit' tickets, a backstage guided tour to see the "inner workings" of a large scale concert festival (who knows who you'll meet?), limited edition “Working Crew” shirts, all-day access to the VIP Rockstar Energy Drink Lounge, front-of-the-line access to all Best Buy artist signings, and one (1) limited edition, custom tour art EVANS drumhead hand-signed by Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour and Halestorm.

The all-day outdoor UPROAR Festival, drawing as many as 10,000 to 15,000 fans per event, will make stops in 35 US and Canadian cities, coast-to-coast, beginning on August 17, 2010, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and concluding October 4, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Each festival date features eight of the biggest names in active rock music, performing on two stages, as well as other attractions, including concourse midway filled with vendors and activities. Projected to be one of the most successful, audacious and not-to-be-missed concert events of 2010, The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival will feature multi-platinum co-headliners Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold, along with Stone Sour and Halestorm.

The potent rock lineup for the touring music and lifestyle jaunt also features performances from Jägermeister Second Stage headliners Hellyeah, as well as Airbourne, Hail The Villain, New Medicine and the local Jägermeister-sponsored opener in each city. (Airbourne will not be performing on the Canadian dates.)

Child Find of America offers families various services including free investigation and location services, free kidnapping prevention programs, free referral and support services and free mediation services for parental abduction cases. Their efforts positively impact the lives of thousands of children and families and directly bring more than 400 children to a safe and legal environment every year. Proceeds from the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival eBay ticket auctions will benefit the ongoing efforts of Child Find of America. More information on Child Find of America can be found at

The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival eBay ticket auctions will begin on Sunday, August 1, 2010, when 35 pairs of tickets with accompanying stage access passes for all 35 UPROAR dates will be posted to eBay as TEN-Day Auctions. Those individuals interested in bidding on these very special UPROAR FESTIVAL VIP tickets can access the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival eBay ticket auctions by clicking on the “UPROAR on eBay” link found at or by searching for “UPROAR VIP TICKETS” on

For more info about the VIP Ticket Auction, please contact Greg Gura, Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival Philanthropy Project Manager, Tel: 818-508-1243 or Email:

Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival Publicity Contact: Kristine Ashton-Magnuson/ASHTON-MAGNUSON MEDIA: email: or tel: (818) 996-2496

For more info about the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, please check out:

Heavy Tunes from Steel City


The "JugendEventClub" (JEC) in Kapfenberg, Austria, attracts the attention of a nationwide public sector stakeholder in establishing the underground scene. How is it possible to do this kind of work without much money, only with hope in mind and ambition in heart? We asked Daniel Graf and Stefan Schaffer of JEC in Kapfenberg about their plans and promoting concerts in the heart of Styria, just a few miles away from Arnold Schwarzenegger's hometown.

Please let our readers know about the concept behind "JugendEventClub".

The "JugendEventClub" is a community effort. Our purpose is about consistently following this idea. In fact, our members take the decisions. It makes them more responsible. If there is a suggestion for an event by one of our members, we try to implement this idea. Each member knows about upcoming dates through our newsletter infrastructure.

When it comes to subsidized youth culture, Kapfenberg is a sleepy town in Upper Styria. How did taking a step into the direction of music underground in the "City of Böhler" (the steel and welding corporation) come to mind?

We know that it is very tough to get gigs as a newcomer band. We decided to take it into our own hands, so we turned our rehearsal room into a concert location. In fact, we were successful. We planned gigs for local bands, and with pleasure, we had the infrastructure in place and learned quite a lot. All of the income we gained through our concerts we re-invested in the show. So, it was possible to book some national "big players" for our concerts. We took a huge step, making night life in Kapfenberg grow. Our club provides newcomers with opportunities to expose themselves in front of considerable crowds. There are some critical aspects in terms of municipal development we have to explain. We "own" the only opportunity of doing shows and planning events on the municipal territory without hurdles of red-tape.

What can the audience expect from JEC in Kapfenberg? How often are concerts staged at the venue?

Our visitors will be overwhelmed by the family-like atmosphere. We are doing everything we can to make the crowd enjoy their visit. While the visitor at a big event assumes the role of spectator, at the JEC he will become part of the event. We always try to use any slot available, so it is possible to organize live performances once a month.

Are there any preferred genres you are staging? Are there any local bands involved?

We always try to provide some kind of mixture in our events. Most of the time, it is highly guitar-driven; from rock to ska to punk, metal is another genre we highlight. Local bands play an important role at the JEC. This is due to our past. We know how hard it can be to get gigs. Many famous acts from the local scene have good memories of the JEC.

The venue is an old place near the city of Kapfenberg. What's the capacity? What are the conditions bands should expect?

Our events are well-visited, but it is very difficult to increase audience figures without any support. We are trying to keep the family-like atmosphere at the JEC, and so our capacity is 200. We follow the increasing trend to organizing private parties. Conditions are very flexible. It depends on the artist.

What about sponsoring? Is there any financial support by the City of Kapfenberg, the Styrian funds or by private-sector patrons? Are there any media co-operations and how important is that kind of co-operation in this region of Austria?

We receive an annual subsidy by the Secretary of Youth in Styria. The "Pot" administered by the City of Kapfenberg is something we don't have access to (don't ask me why not). Sometimes we receive "subsidies" by them, like a bit of motivation or words. We are not scared about it, and so we're trying to find some private-sector sponsors. This kind of sponsoring is not that easy to find, but with good communication, everything is possible. Media co-operation is something, we are into. But there truly is some development work to do. Still, we're optimistic about it, because the 21st century gives us the tool of the Internet, so we are able to find different channels, to distribute our message.

Between the late 1990s and the beginning of the new century, Kapfenberg sported venues like the "Bunte Fabrik" or an annual festival called "CityRock". What happened to those "monoliths of cultural expression" in Styria?

Like before, the "Bunte Fabrik" is a spot for young people to meet and do workshops or learn about prevention of abuse. Only rarely are concerts organized, let alone pull a crowd. CityRock is a great event on May 1. Many people visit this spectacle of underground music. Only one event a year is quite lousy for a city like Kapfenberg when it is about satisfying those interested in culture. Much more should be done!

Both the gastronomy sector and nightlife are growing in Kapfenberg because of some kind of local stimulus program initiated by the City of Kapfenberg. What are your plans for turning Kapfenberg into an entertainment hot spot?

We are strict advocates of the ideas in terms of the stimulus program at the "University Kapfenberg". There are some good ideas which have gone unnoticed but have been initiated autonomously by city dwellers. The JEC prepared a catalogue of innovations and presented a dossier. We try to turn a grayish, archaic city into a green, future-oriented biotope. We try to initiate this through our events.

Are booking agents invited to learning about the meaning of your inventions in terms of event culture? How are they able to get in touch with the JEC?

Sure, we try to answer every single request. Because of our reduced financial clout, we can't fulfill all wishes in terms of co-operation. But we can try if the opportunity will make both of us happy.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Hong Kong Soundscape: Prins Nitram Live in Hong Kong w/ Logo and Sushi Robot

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Since the advent of photography, music and image have always been intertwined. The photos of the jazz legends always stuck with me, giving me a unique window into some of my favorite artists and the scene they created. More recently, I've been influenced by the works of Matthew Niederhauser whose photographic anthology of Beijing's indie scene "Sound Capital" probably paints the most vivid portrait of the early days of that emerging movement.

So when I met Ka-Ho Pang on my last trip to Hong Kong, a young French contemporary photographer, the opportunity to collaborate on photographic anthology of Hong Kong's indie scene seemed ripe. Born in Paris from a family of Hong Kong origin, Ka Ho disembarked the corporate world and Paris to pursue his journey in Asia's "Fragrant Harbour".

This first edition in our photographic anthology series "Hong Kong Soundscape" were taken during Danish visual rock/jazz/electro artist Prins Nitram's only show in Hong Kong on July 17. Presented by The Underground, the concert also featured Hong Kong based psychedelic pop band Logo and live D&B electronica act Sushi Robot.

Logo perform a disparate mix of songs, inspired by their experiences of life, Hong Kong transcience and dislocation. Dark love songs and makevolent ballads emerge from the workshop where they practice, amongst stage props from forgotten parties. The trio - Chris (Lead Guitar), James (Drums & Vocal) and yan yan pang (Bass) - are presently working on their debut album set for release this fall.

That Prins Nitram is a unique artist becomes immediately apparent upon hearing this debut album, which is in fine keeping with, and at least as peculiar, self-aware and totally surprising as His Royal Oddness himself. On Bomty Bomty, Prins Nitram combines genre and traditions in his own particular way, as can also be heard on the single "Breaking Through My Peel" that is receiving airplay on the Danish Radio P3 program.

Probably the best rhythm section in the world!! The creation of Sushi Robot comes from a partnership involving three musicians wanting people to dance. Wanting people to feel the bass. To feel the beats. Made up from members of bands such as "New Yorks Finest Taxi Service", "The Projects", the Sushi's create infectious beats and solid grooves built around two drummers and a bass player. Formed after playing a one off set at J7. the reaction was so good and positive that the band had to be formed.