Thursday, July 5, 2012

Typical Rockstar By Shamarr Allen Video Release

Mixed genre trumpeter Shamarr Allen just released to YouTube a video for his original tune “Typical Rock Star”. He is an independent artist who constantly works to build a name for himself in the music industry.

This New Orleans native trumpeter possesses distinct musical abilities. One genre cannot describe his musical style, as it is a mixture of Jazz, Rock, R&B, Urban, Blues, Pop, Hip Hop, Techno, and country. With his out of the ordinary music style and charming ways, he is winning over critics as he takes New Orleans music to another level.

“Typical Rock Star” is a tune that sets Shamarr apart as an artist. This tune illustrates his range of abilities as a trumpeter and songster. The video for this tune gives fans the opportunity to see his character up close, which is dynamic, charismatic, enjoyable, and amiable. With the release of the “Typical Rock Star” video, he is a step closer to achieving his musical goals of musically achieving the impossible.

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Independent Music Fest: Nashville Come Play!

Come Play, Pitch, Party & Path Find At The Independent Music Fest / Nashville

Indie music people from all points North, South, East and West will converge in Nashville, Tennessee, October 4, 5, 6 & 7, 2012 for the Independent Music Fest Nashville. Three days of music experiences where memories of a lifetime are created in a weekend on Music Row. Choose to perform as an artist seeking new material or singer-songwriter looking for cuts. Let your hair down at the Indie Music Masquerade where there will be dancing, food and fun! Or visit the Music Specialty Info Areas and Path Find to define your music future.

We're having a Pitch Fest. Come play or hang on multiple indoor stages as a performing artist or singer songwriter. The goal of the event is to pair performing artist with original songwriters who have the types of material the artist are seeking for their acts. By mixing the two together, we hope to get writers products directly in the hands of others who are working shows. This is Music Row and Music City, USA, so don't be shy!

Mid way thru the Fest on Saturday evening the event host an Indie Music Masquerade Gala. People are encouraged to come as they "ARE NOT" and hide behind a mask. With mask donned and costumes on, let the party begin. There will also be a silent auction, raffles and prizes.

Attend the Music Specialty Info Areas where 17 categories of the industry are discussed, asking the questions you want, about what you want, when you want and help define your career path. Sharpen the tools you need to be a serious indie musician!

All festival badge holders are automatically registered to attend and participate in all Performing or Non Performing / Industry opportunities, Music Specialty Needs Areas and Masquerade Gala at the Fest. Go to one or all at your own pace!

Registration is open. We would like to invite everyone out there who either is an Indie music professional or is trying to be one. This is the age of independents. 4 Ways To Sign Up at, or call 615-424-1491 for more info

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Virtuoso Jazz Bassist John Patitucci Debuts Interactive Online Bass School

ArtistWorks, the first collaborative, global learning community comprised of master musicians and ambitious amateurs, announces the June 29th launch of the online, interactive Bass Super School" featuring the Rock & Pop Bass School with GRAMMY™ award-winning Rock/Pop/R&B bassist Nathan East (Eric Clapton/Stevie Wonder/Fourplay), the Jazz Bass School from GRAMMY™ award-winning Jazz bassist John Patitucci (Chick Corea/Herbie Hancock/Sting) and the Bluegrass Bass School from 7-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award-winner, Missy Raines. The new ArtistWorks Bass Campus offers the everyday bass player unprecedented access to a “triple threat” of the world’s top bass players in three distinctly different musical genres and playing styles.

The Bass Campus utilizes ArtistWorks’ revolutionary Video Exchange™ Accelerated Learning Platform which enables members to film streaming video lessons at their own pace and then submit practice videos directly to their teaching artist for their feedback. Each submission is reviewed and responded to by the artist via video providing instruction on how the student can improve. These “Video Exchanges” are made available to the entire online community, creating a virtual classroom with an ever-evolving curriculum.

Nathan East is one of the most recorded contemporary bassists of all time, and has received a range of awards including: The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors most prestigious Ivor Novello Award; Most Valuable Player (bass category) at the International Rock Awards; three time Bassist of the Year at the U.S. National Smooth Jazz Awards; National Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) MVP; as well as ASCAP Awards for most performed work. In 2007, Nathan was honored awarded a Congressional Record for his contribution to the worldwide music community.

“It’s exciting to me to know that I will be interacting with students personally,” says East. “When you record a DVD – it’s done. Now I will get to respond to students’ playing and be directly engaged in watching their progress.”

John Patitucci is one of the world’s most respected musicians and educators. He has toured with some of music’s biggest names, and has served as Artistic Director of New York City’s Bass Collective, and is involved with The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. He currently teaches at the Berklee College of Music and his awards include: NARAS MVP (bass); two GRAMMY™ awards; Best Jazz Bassist in Guitar Player Magazine's Readers' Poll and Best Jazz Bassist in Bass Player Magazine's Readers' Poll and his debut solo recording, John Patitucci was number one on the Billboard Jazz chart.

“I enjoy teaching and sharing my passion for music with my students – but I am always limited to the amount of students who can come to me,” says Patitucci. “My online bass school will me to teach students all over the world, without them ever having to leave home.”

In addition to being one of the most awarded instrumentalists in her field, Missy Raines is the only woman to win more than one instrumental award from the prestigious IBMA. She has toured internationally with Jim Hurst and The Claire Lynch band and formed Missy Raines and the New Hip to explore fusions of Jazz, Bluegrass, Pop and Funk styles of bass and their debut record Inside Out was released in 2009 on Compass Records.

“The additions of both Nathan East and Jon Patitucci absolutely establish the ArtistWorks Bass Academy faculty as one of the most diverse and inspiring in the world,” says Raines. “I cannot imagine being in better company.”

Nathan East’s School of Rock & Pop Bass, John Patitucci’s Jazz Bass School and Missy Raines’ Bluegrass Bass School are open to players of all ages and levels of proficiency. Subscription fees are reasonably priced at $90.00 for 3 months, $150.00 for 6 months and $240.00 for a 12-month subscription. For more information go to


About ArtistWorks, Inc.

Founded in 2008 by former AOL executive David Butler, ArtistWorks, Inc. is a Napa California-based technology and music education company that provides a global online learning community of world-renowned artists and enthusiastic amateurs dedicated to unleashing the music that lies within all of us. Its Video Exchange Accelerated Learning Platform enables virtuoso musicians to "teach the world" by presenting their full method, technique or lesson list in HD video to subscribing students. Utilizing simple web cams, iPhones, iPads and more, students are able to submit videos for individualized video feedback and guidance - creating a two-way, online learning experience

ArtistWorks currently offers schools from such world-class, virtuoso artists as: Paul Gilbert (Rock guitar lessons), Andreas Oberg (Jazz guitar lessons), Martin Taylor(fingerstyle guitar lessons), Jason Vieaux (Classical guitar lessons), Howard Levy (harmonica lessons), DJ Qbert (DJ lessons), Christie Peery (piano lessons), Thomas Lang (Rock drum lessons), Billy Cobham (Jazz and Fusion drum lessons), Luis Conte (percussion lessons), as well as the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass with Tony Trischka (banjo lessons), Missy Raines (double bass lessons), guitar player Bryan Sutton (flatpick guitar lessons), Andy Hall (dobro lessons), Mike Marshall (mandolin lessons), and Darol Anger (fiddle lessons).

Jimi Hendrix's Brand Lives Via A Landmark Joint Venture Licensing Deal

It would seem that the spirit of rock guitar god and icon Jimi Hendrix is not only alive and well, but also hovering gently over the persona of his younger blood brother Leon Hendrix. On the heels of a landmark court victory, (Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., et al., Plaintiffs vs. LTD, et al., Defendants, Case No. C09-285Z, The Honorable Thomas S. Zilly, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle) which yields his company with Andrew Pitsicalis, Rockin Artwork, the right to use his sibling's name, likeness, artwork and song titles, he is also celebrating a landmark joint venture licensing deal with Barrett LaRoda and Matin Sed of The LaRoda Group LTD.

Matin Sed, the president and managing director of the LaRoda Group LTD originally initiated and sourced the Hendrix deal over several months of meetings. Barrett LaRoda, CEO of the LaRoda Group LTD successfully negotiated the joint venture opportunity. The partnership includes the creation of branded Jimi Hendrix licensed artwork with rights to be held by Leon Hendrix in conjunction with Rockin Artwork.

The deal is particularly sweet for Leon Hendrix, as his Las Vegas based business partner, Andrew Pitsicalis and their company Rockin Artwork, have been tied up for over two years in a trademark litigation with Hendrix licensing companies in Seattle controlled by Leon Hendrix's sister by adoption Janie Hendrix. Janie Hendrix originally inherited control of the Hendrix estate upon the death of their father, leaving Leon Hendrix shut out of the estate.

"I have always wanted my brother Jimi's true spirit to live and thrive through my company Rockin Artwork," Leon Hendrix, the owner, director and spiritual guide of Rockin Artwork expresses. "Now with the LaRoda Group, I have found the perfect partners to make that dream a reality, and in the biggest way possible. I can't wait to begin showing the public the true Jimi, as I knew him in my life and in my heart."

This year has been one of several triumphs and victories for the formerly much-maligned Leon Hendrix. In addition to embarking on a successful European tour with his own band, Hendrix recently lead over 7200 guitarists in a world record breaking live performance of "Hey Joe" in tribute to his legendary brother. He also recently released his memoir "Jimi Hendrix: A Brother's Story" on Thomas Dunne Books to rave review and acclaim.

Andrew Pitsicalis, CEO of Rockin Artwork notes, "When Rockin Artwork won our rights to deal in Jimi Hendrix products and projects after many years of struggle, I knew big things were on the horizon. This partnership is even bigger than what I foresaw. With all their vast experience and know-how, the LaRoda Group will take us to that next level and beyond."

Thomas Ted Osinski Jr., general counsel for Rockin Artwork cites, "As lead counsel for Rockin Artwork, I was able to help bring home a portion of Jimi Hendrix's legacy to its rightful place with his actual brother he grew up with. Now through this venture with the LaRoda Group, I will get to see this legacy flourish first hand. I'm in eager anticipation to see everyone's hard work and dedication to this cause finally pay off."

The Hendrix deal is a noted coup for Barrett La Roda as well. No stranger to iconic licensing deals, LaRoda is recognized for establishing The Sammy Davis Jr. Enterprises Inc., reclaiming the power behind Davis' institutional memory. His accomplishments on behalf of Sammy Davis, Jr. include the production of a live stage show in homage to Mr. Davis and the first ever celebrity branded on-line Internet casino. LaRoda's licensing clients also include the Empress of Soul, Mrs. Gladys Knight and celebrity lifestyle landscaper/contractor Ahmed Hasan.

"I believe what makes this joint venture so powerful in the intellectual property community is that the business model we created may be a first in the licensing industry," expounds Barrett LaRoda. "The experience of the Rockin Artwork executive team, the passion and history of Leon Hendrix, combined with the magic of the world's greatest guitar player of all time, Jimi Hendrix; this continuum sets a solid foundation for the LaRoda Group to build incredible opportunities. The entire venture not only sets an important precedent, but also creates a vehicle for the expression of a true legend that will not be denied. This is truly "One Rainy Wish" come true."

Jimi Hendrix is internationally recognized as the greatest of all time, and one of the most influential musicians of his era. He was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated to him in 1994 and Rolling Stone Magazine attributes him as one of the top guitarist on its list of the 100 Greatest.

To reach The LaRoda Group, contact


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Dirk LP's "With A Vengeance" To Be Released July 17

Most nine-year-olds can barely tie their shoes, let alone tell you what they want to do with their lives when they grow up. But Dirk LP knew at a young age that he wanted to be an entertainer, and with a beat machine and a 4-track recorder he set out to accomplish his dream.

Now with his own record company (Dirk Down Records), hit collaborations with big-time DJs and a third full-length studio release ready to launch, Dirk LP is living his dream, and he's only getting started. Once known only as Dirk, the Alabama native and veteran of the Dirty South music scene added "LP" to his name as "living proof" that with faith and hard work you can do anything.

"With a Vengeance" takes Dirk LP to new heights with the single "GetSumWare," produced by BBMG, which keeps the beats hoppin' and the lyrics flowin.' It's followed up by "Call 2 Greatness," expertly produced by Grim Reefah, and "Loudest of Loud," a song that hit the number one spot of several radio charts this spring. The release will be available through CD Baby on July 17, 2012.

Dirk's undeniable talent, fresh lyrics, and pulse-pounding beats make him a must-hear for all hip-hop fans.

He cites influences such as Outkast, Nas, and Jay-Z, and was featured in such notable magazines as The Source and XXL.

With his star on the rise, Dirk LP has taken great steps in the world of music, but to accomplish his dream he wants the world to hear and love his music. "With a Vengeance" is sure to make that happen.

To learn more about Dirk LP, please visit, follow him on Twitter: and meet him on Facebook:

For media inquiries, including interviews, photos and more please contact Laurena Marrone at Grit PR & Promotion,

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