Monday, December 28, 2015

Rockin New Years Eve Clarkesville Ga. 2015

Grant Street Music Room, Clarkesville Ga. - If you're looking for the ultimate New Year's Eve experience, then look no further than right here in Northeast Ga. Two rockin bands performing full sets with a variety of danceable rock, funk, country and blues music.

Plenty of seating area,huge dance floor, fully staffed bar, party favors,sumptuous appetizer buffet, live countdown at midnight, and champagne toast at midnight.

Performing is Melonfunky an Atlanta Ga. based roots rock band. They play inspired originals and cover material influenced by The Allman Brothers, The Beatles, The Everly Brothers, The Band, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Micheal Jackson and more.

Also performing is the Wyatt Band a top notch variety show band that cover the music of Styx, Journey, Foreigner, 38 Special, Michael McDonald, Stevie Nix, Mother's Finest, Van Halen, Boz Scaggs, Motown, Country and more to keep you dancing all night.

The event package includes all of the above plus reserved seating. Cash bar available. This event is 21 and over and doors open at 7:30 pm. Music starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $30 per person and parties of six or more will receive 10% off .Call and reserve your table now 706-839-7467. Grant Street Music Room/Habersham Event Center is located at 583 Grant St. Clarkesville Ga. 30523

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

NexGen Music Group Launches New Label And Release By UK Tribe Kachina

NexGen Music Group announced the launch of a brand new House, Garage, Bass, and Dance music sub-label: Affectionate Grooves. The launch coincides with a complete revamp of NexGen's website and online store, bringing together their family of imprints: NexGen Records, Migration Recordings, and now Affectionate Grooves all under one roof. Through it's three imprints, the label showcases an wide range of musical genres and styles, with NexGen Records focusing primarily on Drum & Bass, Downtempo, Chill, Nu/Future-Jazz, and other alternative styles, while Migration Recordings has a strong focus on Dubstep and Bass music .

To celebrate the new label launch, Affectionate Grooves gets its schedule underway, releasing two fresh EP's in quick succession named 'Smile' and 'Heisenberg' by artist UK Tribe Kachina. The lead single 'Smile' features Prangman (Migration) alongside highly talented UK vocalist Afua, and sends out a strong message about the quality and creativity of the Affectionate Grooves sound. Lead by the luscious and powerful vocals from Afua, 'Smile' serves up a nice healthy platter of sunshine covered in a sauce of warm and happy-vibes. You can listen to Affectionate Grooves' 'Smile EP' at

"Based-upon the feedback we have been getting, I believe we have produced a terrific debut release from Affectionate Grooves and Kachina. The first two EP's have been receiving strong DJ support from the likes of respected DJ and radio hosts Bunzero, Jenna G and others" cites NexGen Music label boss Dan Clarke. "This is just a taste of things to come, and make sure you check out Kachina's 'Heisenberg EP' — absolute killer tunes!"

Links for NexGen Music Group labels

Washington, DC. and London-based NexGen Music Group is a worldwide independent record label with more than a decade's history and recognition in delivering a distinct and pioneering sound within underground and mainstream music. Through its three labels - NexGen Music, Migration Recordings, and Affectionate Grooves - the label showcases a range of musical genres and styles such as; Downtempo, Chill, Nu/Future-Jazz, Drum & Bass, Bass Music, Dubstep, UK Garage, House, Electronica (EDM), Trap, Hip-Hop, Trip-Hop, Soul, Funk, Leftfield, Experimental, and more.

Contact info:
Dan Clarke
NexGen Music Group

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Cali Cvsh Is Truly A Genius On CAtCH ME If YOU CAn (EP)

"desire gave me fuel, i rose like jets. kinda like a jet pack, how i maneuver through the ruins. man im bout to do it BIG, born again through this music"

This EP (CAtCH ME IF YOU CAN ) by Cali Cvsh, has an abundance of gems on every record. Catch me if you Can is the 2nd installment of his EP trilogy series. This body of work represents a resilient and rebellious spirit, with the will to want more and to fight for it. Cali Cvsh unveils a new flow on the lead record "lots of paper", yet again show casing a menacing ability to captivate the hearts of the listeners; with lines like "I'm a do my best, I'm gon' make progress, I won't let no one stop me" the record is also displaying an unparalleled wit, like we haven't heard since the blue print by HOV. after the explosion which is the lead track, we ease into easily the standout song "thoughts materialized" the focus is obviously on growth, He pinpoints moments of clarity while reminiscing on advice. the unorthodox style and approach on the self produced beat, has an Erie feel. We can hear his early RZA and 4thDisciple influence.

The 3rd record "wen she looking back" sounds like Cali Cvsh traveled back in time to the NEPTUNES era and came back with a retro-futuristic banger. the hook is an attempt to reach a wider audience, but the lyrics are raw enough to keep the core listeners engaged. following that performance, We are welcomed on a journey via the mind of a criminal. On "tryina make enough" just like the title suggests, we can here schemes and plots boiling throughout the song. accompanied with a menacing hook and thought provoking content Cali Cvsh questions why some choose to imitate rather than innovate. Getting into "rolling it up" it is evident that the boy boy was extremely high while telling us this story (lol). its a fun record about reacting to rejection while encouraging self-admiration. the comedic aspect of this recording is showcasing a fearless versatile Cali Cvsh. the final record on #CAtCHMeifYOUCAN is a no nonsense, all or nothing theme song titled "aint worried". Boasting a progressive flow, cali advances the notion that even his haters love him. In closing, catch me if you can proves to be a key addition to his entire COLLECtION and as "aint worried" suggests, the anticipation for the ALTERNAtE ENDING is intolerable.!cali-intro/cxtz!catch-me-if-you-can/cvgo

Tuned Global Opens Asian HQ In Indonesia & Signs Strategic Deal With Musica Studios

Having identified key opportunities in the emerging markets of Southeast Asia and Indonesia, the Australian company has hired a local team of music and digital industry experts, who have already signed a strategic deal with the biggest independent Indonesian label, Musica Studios.

Funded partly by the investment of $5.1 million from Australian venture capital firm, Exto Partners, the new Tuned Global office in Senayan, Jakarta is now the Asian headquarters for the highly disruptive digital music firm.

It plans to grow its Jakarta team by recruiting more local specialists in business development, marketing, promotions and label relations roles in 2016.

Gary Mackenzie, Director of Music Partnerships Asia, has been chose to lead Tuned Global initiatives in Indonesia because of his 10 years of experience in digital marketing and music industry in Asia. Having already led the partnership agreements with Musica, Gary believes it is important for Tuned Global to have talented local people on the ground in Indonesia in order to build relationships with the key labels and grow its local business.

Tuned Global is currently in discussions with major telecoms companies, leading ad agencies, music companies and key brands, which will help the company to achieve its ambitious growth targets.

"We're excited to have established our Asian headquarters in the highly enigmatic city of Jakarta. We completely understand that business relationships are built over time in Southeast Asia and being located here and investing in the local Indonesian market was a logical step for Tuned Global. Our Asian hub will be instrumental in achieving our goal of becoming a global digital music company," said Con Raso, Managing Director, Tuned Global.

Newly signed partner, Musica Studios has an impressive line-up of the most popular and famous local Indonesian artists, including Noah, Nidji, Geisha and d'Masiv. The vast majority of music played on Indonesia radio and television is by its own local artists, so Tuned Global believed it was important to work with a label that represented the local Indonesian music scene.

"Tuned Global develops pioneering music solutions that provide extraordinary opportunities, not only for music labels like Musica, but also to our local Indonesian artists and most importantly it allows us to stream our extensive music catalogue to the Indonesian music fans, which promotes our artists while monetising our content. As the leading independent label in Indonesia, we are very excited to be working with such an innovator in digital music, which will enable us to protect our rich local culture and generate more revenue," said Gumilang Ramadhan, Managing Director, Musica Studios.

"Tuned Global intends to get more involved in the promotion of the local Indonesian music content as the relationship develops with Musica and its artists, because we are passionate about the music industry and want to help in the fight against widespread piracy here by offering new music business models that will make music fans, music labels AND artists happy," said Gary Mackenzie, Director of Music Partnerships Asia, Tuned Global.

About Tuned Global
Tuned Global is the leading business to business provider of white label digital music streaming and downloading solutions in Asia Pacific. The Australia and South East Asia headquartered company enables brands to harness the #PowerOfMusic as a potent marketing tool in their digital strategy to acquire, retain and engage customers, and collect valuable data to better know them. Clients include McDonalds, Coca Cola, Samsung, JB Hi-Fi, Virgin Mobile and L'Oreal. For more information please see:

About Musica Studios
Musica Studios is one of the leading independent music labels in Indonesia. Based in Jakarta, the company was previously known as Metropolitan Studios in the 1960s and then Music Studios in the 1970s. Musica Studios was founded by Yamin Widjaja, the owner of an electronics store. For more information, please see:

Jake Clayton's "What Not To Do" Video Premieres On The Heartland Network

Jake Clayton's new music video, "What Not To Do," premieres tomorrow, Friday, December 11 on The Heartland Network at 11 p.m. Central. The clip and its companion "behind-the-scenes" video will air multiple times over the next week; check local listings for broadcast times. "It's a song that tells the stories of three separate people, their actions and the resulting consequences," explains the talented artist and multi-instrumentalist. "We wanted a gritty video - and we got it." Clayton co-produced the clip with Rob Daniels for Please & Thank You Motion Pictures; Dylan White directed.

Taped in 115-degree heat, viewers are immediately drawn in with a sense of urgency, punctuated by blistering fiddle work, dynamic guitars and heart-pounding drums. While the video is a warning about straying from a virtuous path, and is based upon real crimes, it is related in a "by example" fashion and not in a "doom-and-gloom" way. There is nothing "preachy" about Jake's high-energy performance or ear-splitting grin, and both lighten the mood considerably. Split between performance footage shot in an abandoned barn just outside of Nashville, Tennessee and entertaining re-enactments taped in Chesapeake and Portsmouth, Virginia, the video definitely matches the single in intensity.

The radio-active track, a searing up-tempo, was released to Country radio in September. Music News Atlanta states "Clayton is in a league of his own when matched against most of the current young Country artists," and describes "What Not To Do" as a "powerful and honest song in the mold of how they used to make 'em." The tastemaker adds "Jake's on-the-money tenor... (is) definitely from deep Country roots and his delivery is filled with an energy that the genre hasn't seen in a while." The track is from Jake's current CD, BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, for Rebel Engine Entertainment.

Jake and his band have opened for Charlie Daniels, Jon Pardi and Jerrod Niemann. He recorded and produced the theme song for The Sportsman Channel's Legacy Trails TV show and, as a musician, he has entertained crowds at Madison Square Garden, the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Fans can stay social with Jake at:


Clayton's childhood in rural Mexico, Missouri was filled with the music his parents made, and he followed their path to the spotlights at the age of 13. Gifted with his late grandfather's fiddle, Jake immediately began blazing his own musical trail; fronting his own shows at 17, and hiring on as a fiddle player with The Oak Ridge Boys at the age of 19. He moved to Music City at the age of 20 and there, his highly-recognizable tenor - and ability to play over 20 instruments - quickly came to the notice of A-list players and a new generation of Country stars. Influenced by Garth Brooks, The Eagles and The Dixie Chicks, Jake also began honing his songwriting skills, inspired by writers like Tom T. Hall, Kacey Musgraves and Bob DiPiero. Jake's instrumental CD release, BARNYARD STOMP, is filled with his own compositions. He's been a valued utility player in live bands of Tanya Tucker, Sunny Sweeney, Jimmy Wayne, Jamie O'Neal and The Oak Ridge Boys and can be heard on Thompson Square's #1, "If I Didn't Have You" and on Sunny Sweeney's critically-acclaimed album, PROVOKED. A fan of National Public Radio, Jake enjoys studying geology, ancient history, and cooking.

MusicDishTV Review: Raquel Aurilia "Shattered"

Raquel Aurilia's, "Shattered" is a powerful, raw and vulnerable song. She sings of her intense heartbreak and the way love can strip us down until we are broken. Her country aesthetic and sounds are beautiful and a soft musical delight.

With the song coming straight out of Nashville it has all the makings of great country songs. A strong love story, an inner strength and the possibility that something is just around the corner.

The video clip is what makes this song pop the most however. Only focusing on Raquel's face and upper body, the zoomed in effect really demonstrates the way she is physically and emotionally shattered from this love.

At times in the video clip, her face has been hand drawn upon to look broken up and fragile. This only adds to the power of the up close shots and the simple backdrop. Raquel's heartbreak is the main focus. It isn't a fancy video clip. However, maybe that is the point. There is nothing fancy or exciting about heartbreak. It really does shatter the soul.

Aurilia has worked with Grammy award-winner Tony Papa (Willie Nelson, John Denver), Gardner Cole (Madonna, Jody Watley), Wade Martin (Art Kelly, 50 cent) and Grammy nominee Billy Smiley (WhiteHeart). Her latest release, "Long Way Home", became available 2015.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Shark in the Water Release New Album "Every Week Is Shark Week"

Oakland, CA-based surf rock trio Shark in the Water, have released their debut full length album "Every Week Is Shark Week" and are currently streaming the album online at The album is available now for purchase on CDBaby ( with iTunes, major streaming services and other digital retailers following shortly.

Comprised of guitarist Jim Utterback, bassist Jerry Langhorst, and drummer Dale Conboy, Shark in the Water prides themselves on their unique brand of hard-hitting, gritty surf music. Heavily blurring the lines between surf and hard rock, the band describes their work as "surf music with teeth." Accentuated by Utterback’s distinctive attack on the baritone guitar, and the relentless rhythm section of Langhorst and Conboy, Shark in the Water reveals a sound they truly believe you have never heard before.

"People dig Shark in the Water, because just like the three guys in the band, the music is unpolished, raw and fun," commented Utterback. "If you like sharks, like to party and have ears, this is the band for you."

Shark in The Water will be performing on Saturday, January 16th at Winter's Tavern in Pacifica, CA.

For more information check out and or email the band directly via

LOVE Garners 11th GRAMMY Award Nomination for Peter Kater, nominated for Best New Age Album in the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards

One might think that having ten previous GRAMMY® Award nominations would mellow Peter Kater's excitement about the GRAMMY Awards, but to him, every album is unique, every nomination an honor. This year, his peers in The Recording Academy nominated Love for Best New Age Album for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, to be aired on CBS at 8 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016, live from Los Angeles, CA. Love is the artist's first solo piano album in over a decade; it was released by Mysterium Music (Hanover, PA) on May 5, 2015.

Speaking from his Santa Monica, CA home, Kater shared, "I'm so excited to be once again nominated for the prestigious and elusive Grammy Award. I really barely slept last night in anticipation of this morning's announcements. I'm very moved by the support of my peers and touched that a solo piano album so close to my heart and so essential to my creative expression has received this great honor. In this album, I feel that I was able to express what is deep within my heart where words fell short and seemed colorless in comparison. After all, what is more compelling, alluring, mysterious, powerful and transformational than LOVE?"

Kater, now an 11-time GRAMMY Award nominee and multi-platinum selling pianist and composer, has been a leading innovator of New Age and Contemporary Instrumental music for over three decades. He has performed all over the world, including the at United Nations and Carnegie Hall, has released over 60 critically-acclaimed CDs, scored the music for over 100 television and film productions as well as for eleven on and off-Broadway productions. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with many of the world's most-talented musicians, actors and directors and is a proud recipient of many awards and honors including the Environment Leadership Award from the United Nations. His full biography, music and videos are available at

Love is a collection of seven composed pieces and six improvisations that share the common theme of love and its many wonders and emotions. Captured over a period of three years, the album is romantic yet poignant, with lush graphics and liner notes bordering on poetic. Kater bares his soul, explaining the basis or inspiration for each piece, giving deeper and more personal insight into the music. Alone at the piano, he explores the many facets of love, not just the more common musical themes of romance and infatuation. He also encompasses hurt, loss and healing as well as the love of self - a much more mature approach that translates beautifully into Peter's unique and distinctive musical language.

Critics have called Love "one of his best albums ever" with Hypnagogue Reviews recently writing, "New Age piano fans need to hear this. The quality and beauty of all of Kater's work is a well-known quantity and this return to the simple beauty of solo piano will surely please his existing fans while making new ones."

The year 2015 has been a highly meaningful and memorable one for Kater. Just before releasing Love, the horrific earthquake in Nepal occurred on April 26, and Kater immediately decided that the release of Love should serve a higher purpose. With the full support of Mysterium's founder, Trisha Bowden, the label donated all proceeds from the album's first week of downloads to the American Nepal Medical Foundation's 2015 Earthquake Relief Fundraising Campaign. In May, Kater was honored with the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award by the Zone Music Reporter Awards & Gala in New Orleans, and feted by friends from around the world in a touching tribute video ( In July, Kater joined Nawang Khechog (Tibetan Flute) and Michael Fitzpatrick (Cello) in creating a musical "Long Life Prayer" in honor of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's 80th birthday, produced by the Panchen Lama Tashi Lhunpo Project (

Bowden commented on the nomination this morning, saying, "It is with great honor we salute Peter Kater on his 11th GRAMMY nomination. The incredible depth of his creativity, and his devotion to meaningful and compassionate causes close to his heart, brings a beautiful energy to the new age music community and to Mysterium Music. We are truly Blessed to share his Love album with the world."

Love is Kater's fourth recording with Mysterium Music, the Hanover-PA based label founded by vocalist Trisha Bowden for the creation and networking of music for the healing arts and integrative medicine. Mysterium's music is in use for hospice care and in cancer centers, and in the treatment of PTSD and sleep disorders among many other modalities and health care areas. The label has received multiple awards in the area of healing/meditation music, now totaling four GRAMMY Award nominations with this year's nod to Love.

Mysterium's first release with Kater, Light Body, was both GRAMMY nominated and awarded Best Relaxation Meditation Album by the Zone Music Radio Awards. Light Body was followed in 2013 by Illumination, which earned Mysterium its second GRAMMY Award nomination (and Kater, his ninth.) In 2014, Kater reunited with acclaimed Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai for Ritual, their first collaboration in over ten years, resulting in a third GRAMMY Award nomination for Mysterium, and a win for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at the Zone Music Awards.

The GRAMMY-nominated album, Love, is for sale as physical CD or digital downloads from, and fine music stores everywhere, including but not limited to Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby.

Learn more about Love and listen to music clips on the official album page at

Media interviews and CD review requests welcome; please contact Beth Ann Hilton, The B Company, at bethhilton(at)thebcompany(dot)com.

Harry Mindgame feat Mr Mentz 'Love Life'

Music Video:

'Love Life' is a joint collaboration between DJ and Producer, Harry Mindgame and rapper Mr Mentz. This project will be part of an EP followed by an album in a quick minute.

'Love Life' weaves an addictive story of life in London. The challenges people face on the daily and of the unwaivering desire to keep your dreams alive and continue to strive and never give up, if you want to achieve success in what you want to do; something we should ALL never get tired of hearing…

Harry Mindgame is name that's synonymous in the UK Underground Hip Hop scene. DJing since the age of 15, before delving into the art of Beatmaking and promoting parties to showcase both his talent and that of his peers, for almost as long. As a youngster in the game, the Sampler and the TR808 Drum machine were the mediums he felt most at home with. He stuck with it over the years, upgrading in knowledge and equipment consistently bringing his music to the people in the best way he knew how;

On time and on point…

and this tough release called 'Love Life' is no exception to that rule…

Long time Emcee Mr Mentz's flow is a smooth symbiosis of rhythm and metaphor that is remisent of classic outfits like Camp Lo, Souls of Michief and early Outkast. Intelligent verses with that laid back swagger of Golden era mid-90s Rap, delivered with a modern, quintissentially British twist.

A prolific writer and Artist, he paints a vivid picture of the modern urban landscape. A detailed and thorough portrayal of the world he sees, through his lyrics.

Harry Mindgame and Mr Mentz have definitely done their Hip Hop homework on this one…

Mindlab Recordings Limited
PO Box 50045, London, SE6 2ZB, UK
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Twitter: @mindlabrecords

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

B.J. Jansen signs with Onpoint Management and upcoming appearances at JEN, APAP and NAMM in January 2016

Baritone Sax Artist, B.J. Jansen, newly signed with Onpoint Management, appears January 2016 at (JEN) Jazz Educators Network, (APAP) Association of Performing Arts Presenters and (NAMM) National Association of Music Merchants.

Important Appearance Dates:

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 at 12:17pm
JEN Conference - Louisville, KY
Presentation of Modern Marketing and Branding Basics for Jazz Artists
More Info:

Saturday, January 16th, 2016 at 7:19pm
APAP Conference - NYC, NY
Free APAP Showcase at Nabe Harlem
2367 Fredrick Douglas- Entrance on 127 St (follow the red gate downstairs), New York, New York 10027
More Info:

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 at 1:17pm
NAMM Conference - Anaheim, CA
Meet and Greet with Yanagisawa Artist, B.J. Jansen at Conn-Selmer Booth# 4600 (Hall C)
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"Baritone saxophonist, (B.J.) Jansen... hovers in a tasteful, straight-ahead swing... works a range of masterfully rounded tones." - Downbeat Magazine

"Rising Jazz Star"- Andy Hardy, Jazz Host on George Jazz FM, New Zealand
"Up-And-Coming and Soon-To-Be, Jazz Legend" - WQLN 91.3 FM
"A Soldier For Jazz" - Ty Bailey, Host of "Just Jazz" Radio Show on WVST FM
"This CD is the essence of Hard Bop!" - Disk Union - Tokyo, Japan
"BJ Jansen & Conjura are just the ticket for a smoking... night." - Philadelphia Weekly
" -- shades of Blue Note, indeed!" - Washington Post

About B.J. Jansen -

B.J. Jansen, born January 3rd 1981 in Cincinnati, has established himself as a charismatic and dynamic performer, composer, bandleader and educator on and off the stage. B.J.’s journey in music began at age 10 when his father bought him an Alto Saxophone and gave him recordings of Gerry Mulligan and Charlie Parker. He later found his true voice on the Baritone Saxophone while performing in various college ensembles.

His musical journey took him from the Midwest to the East Coast when he relocated to Philadelphia in 2004. It was in Philadelphia that he found the, "heart beat", of Jazz. He spent three years learning on the streets of Philadelphia before relocating yet again to New York City in 2007.

In New York City, B.J. has had the opportunity to learn from and perform with some of the greatest living musicians today. He continues to forge his own artistic path on the hallowed grounds of Jazz in New York. He has recorded multiple albums as a leader and led ensembles in many of the most respected Jazz venues in the City.

The life-long study of Music has taught B.J. many lessons about art and life. Realizing the importance of giving back, B.J. hopes to continue to form alliances to improve the lives of people through music.

B.J. holds an MBA in Music Management from the William Paterson University of New Jersey and a BA in Jazz Studies from the University of Louisville, School of Music.

In February of 2010, B.J. joined the Artists Recording Collective (ARC) label. As of 2012, B.J. Jansen also became an Endorsing Artist for Yanagisawa Saxophones of Japan and Harry Hartmann’s Fiberreed of Germany.

Management Contact:
Tippi Younger - Onpoint Management
Phone: 914.413.4277
Twitter: @onpointmanage

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sones de Mexico Ensemble Awarded a $30,000 NEA Grant

In its first 50 years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so. Today, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $30,000 to Sones de Mexico Ensemble to help fund a multi-state Musical Geography of Mexico lecture and demonstration series.

The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from Sone de Mexico Ensemble offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day."

Juan Dies, co-founder and Executive Director of Sones de Mexico Ensemble, said, "We're very happy that the National Endowment for the Arts continues to support the cultural and educational efforts of Sones de Mexico." He continues, "With A Musical Geography of Mexico, we'll be able to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the culture, not only among Mexican-American communities, but with the wider population across the United States."

A Musical Geography of Mexico will offer lectures and demonstrations of folk music and traditional dance from the various geographic regions of Mexico in a manner that is engaging, entertaining and informative. The program will be presented in both English and Spanish to reach as wide an audience as possible in several U.S. states. It is expected that the program will be presented in as many as 12 different states.


ABOUT SONES DE MEXICO ENSEMBLE: The group is Chicago's premier folk music organization specializing in Mexican 'son,' a genre encompassing the roots of mariachi music and other regional styles, including huapango, gustos, chilenas, son jarocho, and more. The ensemble was formed in 1994 and soon incorporated as a non-profit organization to keep the tradition of Mexican 'son' alive in its many regional forms. As a performer and recording artist, they have developed and popularized many original arrangements of Mexican traditional tunes. Its original work has experimented cross-culturally with symphonic, Irish, folk, blues, C&W, jazz and rock, though never abandoning its roots in Mexican son.

The group has released six CDs: Que Florezca! (Let it Bloom); Fandango on 18th Street; the GRAMMY nominated Esta Tierra Es Tuya (This Land is Your Land); Fiesta Mexicana (a children's album); Viva la Revolucion!; and 13 B'ak'tun.

The organization is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a commitment to teaching. The mission of Sones de Mexico Ensemble is to promote greater appreciation of Mexican folk and traditional music and culture through innovative performance, education, and dissemination.

Bobby Ross Avila Grabs 58Th Annual Grammy Award Accolades For Best R&B Album As Producer For Charlie Wilson's "Forever Charlie"

Bobby Ross Avila knows that music can heal the soul and his just released EP, BEATS, RIOTS & LIVES administers the sonic medicine to help ease unsettled hearts.

Now, the renowned producer, songwriter and artist has received accolades for his work with legendary R&B vocalist, Charlie Wilson in the form of a Grammy nomination in Category 21 for Best R&B Album. Wilson is up for best R&B album for his latest solo effort, "Forever Charlie."

A triple threat, the producer, singer/songwriter Avila also penned two of the albums tracks "Hey Lover" and "Me and You Forever." About the recognition and award nomination, Bobby Ross Avila said, "Charlie Wilson has always been a timeless artist. I have to thank Zapp, Big Robb, Lester Troutman, Sr. and Jr. for making the connection between Charlie and myself many years ago. They are truly the heroes worthy of this moment."

The Category 21 Best R&B Album nominees are: Forever Charlie: Charlie Wilson - Label: RCA Records; Coming Home: Leon Bridges - Label: Columbia Records; Black Messiah: D'Angelo And The Vanguard - Label: RCA Records; Cheers To The Fall: Andra Day - Label: Warner Bros. Records; Reality Show: Jazmine Sullivan - Label: RCA Records.

Bobby's New EP, BEATS, RIOTS & LIVES marks his return to being a solo artist. Earlier, this year, Avila helped Janet broker her own record label, Rhythm Nation Records, with BMG. He adds, "If I can be responsible for signing Janet Jackson to her new self-owned label deal and bring empowerment to her artistry and be responsible for creating timeless music for the likes of Usher, Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Mary J. Blige, Anthony Hamilton, Earth Wind & Fire, Chaka Kahn and many more -- alongside my incredible sonic architect brother ‘IZ' and producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis -- my time on hiatus as Bobby Ross Avila the artist is OVER!" Avila says. "This Latino from The I.E. is back and BEATS, RIOTS & LIVES is just a hello to you all … You haven't seen anything yet!" Avila's album, INSIDE THE EMPIRE, is due out in 2016.

About the Grammy Awards: Final-round GRAMMY® ballots will be mailed Dec. 16 and the preeminent award for excellence in music will be presented Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

James Moore And Independent Music Promotions Continue Rise As Premier Music PR Company With Commitment To Quality Artists And Guaranteed Results

"Getting quality press coverage is difficult for any indie artist trying to promote themselves in an already crowded marketplace. James Moore gets your music in front of the right people, leading to maximum exposure."
(Adam Reifsteck, Teknofonic Records)

(Vancouver, CA) – December 4, 2015
In today's music industry, style very often trumps substance. Autotuned vocals, airbrushed pictures, and soulless songs have become all too familiar. A company from Vancouver, Canada has achieved success by reversing this trend and providing increased recognition for unsigned artists whom they consider honest creators of music with depth. Independent Music Promotions is a leading music PR company that guarantees all clients a high amount of quality features in prominent publications. I.M.P was founded in 2011 by Your Band Is a Virus author James Moore, one of music PR's most innovative and followed thinkers. Moore's innovative approach to music PR has been featured in numerous major music magazines and blogs, including CDBaby, Reverbnation, and Reddit. Moore is currently Quora‘s most viewed writer on independent music.

So what is Moore doing that sets I.M.P. apart from today's crowded field of music PR companies? For one, I.M.P. only works with "music with depth" from what they consider to be genuine artists. Whereas some PR companies will work with whoever is willing to pay, I.M.P. works closely with musicians with whom Moore feels a connection. This allows Moore to follow through on his initial vision of taking "an ethical, DIY approach to music PR." Moore revels in the fact that I.M.P. is in a niche: "We don't accept American Idol pop, typical club hip-hop, radio rock, religious music, or low quality demos. Other than those, we're open to greatness within any genre."

In addition to Moore's unheralded selectivity, I.M.P. is the only "guaranteed" music PR company in the world. According to Moore, "PR means the delivery of press to every single client, every single time. This is one of the main differences between I.M.P. and most other promotion companies: We absolutely guarantee press to every single one of our artists. No exceptions. All of our clients receive exceptional results from their I.M.P campaigns. We plan to keep it that way."

Perhaps the most instrumental reason for I.M.P.'s success is the fact that Moore can relate to unsigned artists who are hungry for exposure. Moore played in bands all his life before being ripped off by a major PR firm that landed a mere three reviews following an expensive campaign. Moore realized that he "could probably do much better than that." Moore did just that, garnering seventy reviews of that same record - all on his own. His success inspired Moore to "work with underground artists and change the music PR business model."

Moore's "music with depth" movement has gained popularity among both artists and the music media, partially due to the "artist first" approach detailed in his books.

"We're getting more and more word-of-mouth, and I think it's because of the quality control. Saying "no" can be a powerful tool for a business. I operate the company essentially as a music fan. There's no industry in my eyes, just people."

Your Band Is A Virus was originally released in 2010 and again as an expanded edition in 2013. Moore is known for his critiques on industry protocol and artist attitudes, with his most successful piece being his Can We Get In Pitchfork? 6 Philosophical Reasons Indie Bands Fail article. According to Moore, I.M.P. is filling a void left by much of today's fake plastic pop: "It may not seem like it in our current blog culture, but people still want music with soul and meaning. There are still thousands of blogs and media outlets that focus on quality music content, and they share the same values as us. The key has been building a network of individuals and publications who view inspiring art as a critical part of our culture."

The company's current roster includes a wide array of artists, including Monks of Mellonwah, The Tomas Doncker Band, Arc & Stones, EndAnd, Joshua Worden, and Beijing. Each artist is the beneficiary of Moore's innovative approach to PR: "I.M.P.'s packages include all traditional marketing methods, but we also do something non-traditional. We work with an army of hundreds of freelance bloggers, journalists, and editors with whom we have forged personal relationships. This helps us get press for our clients in prominent publications every time."

For more info on Independent Music Promotions, visit their social media: FACEBOOK | TWITTER | OFFICIAL SITE

For media inquiries: Please contact James Moore at

Ex-Psychedelic Furs Guitarist John Ashton Returns With SATELLITE PARADISO's New Single And Video: "Angelic"

Contact: Patrick Ermlich / Effective Immediately PR
Phone: (212) 777-6727 ex. 206

"A monstrous, swaggering wall of sound." - Vive Le Rock (UK)

"Akin to his celebrated contemporaries, Johnny Marr and The Edge, John Ashton is that rare breed of guitar player whom you can identify in a single note or chord." - Tom Semioli, Huffington Post

Interstellar Sound is proud to announce the release of "Angelic," the 2nd single and video from the critically acclaimed debut album by SATELLITE PARADISO, the new all-star project from John Ashton, formerly of The Psychedelic Furs.

The album finds the iconic guitarist still pushing the sonic boundaries he forged a generation ago, with his penchant for anthemic melodies as strong as it ever was.

This is clearly demonstrated within the first few seconds of "Angelic." The song explodes in the kind of glorious, insanely catchy, sax-driven melodic rush that typifies the best of The Furs, while clearly setting its own agenda for the future. The video adds digital LSD.

See and hear for yourself on YouTube ( or on Facebook (

A little help from his friends has serendipitously shaped Ashton's crew for this voyage into an ensemble for the ages, including bassists Sara Lee (Gang of Four, B-52s) and Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz); drummer Paul Ferguson (Killing Joke); guitarist Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys, Rocket From the Tombs); Mercury Rev's Anthony Molina and Jonathan Donahue; Flo & Eddie's Mark Volman (The Turtles, Frank Zappa, T.Rex); and original Furs members Duncan Kilburn (sax) and Roger Morris (guitar, keys) - just to name a few.

"Angelic" features Sara Lee (bass); current Furs members Mars Williams (sax), Amanda Kramer (piano, keys) and Paul Garisto (drums); and new-found powerhouse Fred Schreck (The Ancients, Crush) on lead vocals and lyrics.

Schreck and drummer/pianist Frank Coleman (Bentmen/Secret Agent), who made the video, form the core of the live band and are among a number of "new faces" on the album (many with long careers) whose profiles have been elevated through Ashton's discovery.

The Psychedelic Furs first assaulted the American rock 'n' roll consciousness with Top 40 smash, "Love My Way," followed by "Heaven," "The Ghost in You," "Pretty In Pink," (which gave the John Hughes film its name) and "Heartbreak Beat."

SATELLITE PARADISO gives Ashton a new platform, liberating him to go where no six-string gunslinger has gone before. The group has amassed a grassroots following of die-hard fans, after a successful PledgeMusic campaign to launch the album. A second album and live performances in the US and Europe are being planned.

The album is available now on iTunes: ( and Amazon (

Follow Satellite Paradiso on Facebook here. Sign up for their mailing list at

"John Ashton unveils SATELLITE PARADISO, a long-gestating all-star project that explores cosmological questions uniting science, nature, and temporality with a totalizing virtuosity. Distortion becomes a palpable electromagnetic field as Ashton embarks on a Dante-esque sonic journey through a rhythmic wormhole in space-time that leads somewhere between 1984 and a timeless utopian future." - Aidan Levy, THE VILLAGE VOICE

"With its virtuoso riffs, sonic swirls, sassy sax, melancholic cello and powerful vocals, SATELLITE PARADISO is music of the highest calibre." - Manchester Review (UK)

"From power pop to rock 'n' roll aggression, this is a project just itching for airplay." - Vive Le Rock (UK)

Monday, December 14, 2015

JES, Shant & Clint Maximus Nominated For Grammy Award For "Hold On" (Fatum Remix)

The Recording Academy has announced the nominees for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards and dance music star JES is thrilled to be in consideration for BEST REMIXED RECORDING, NON-CLASSICAL, for the Fatum remix to her song with Shant & Clint Maximus, "Hold On."

The very first release off of JES' new label Intonenation Records, the nomination comes as no surprise to those who have followed the singer-songwriter's accomplished career from her beginnings as the featured vocalist on tracks with Tiesto, BT, Paul Oakenfold and more to her current reign as label head, DJ and producer.

"I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has supported "Hold On" this year," says JES. "I really hoped that the debut release on my label Intonenation Records would be something special so receiving this nomination means so much to everyone involved. I think we all felt the song had a unique quality from the start and Chad and Bill from FATUM managed to elevate it to another level with their incredible remix. Thank you all for believing in our dream and having the courage to pursue it."

The DJ and radio support for the Fatum remix was off the charts, seeing play from Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond, ATB, Myon and Shane, Cosmic Gate, Judge Jules, and many others. Fatum gives "A massive thank you to JES, Shant & Clint Maximus for asking us to remix such an awesome record. We've always been huge fans of JES' but we knew this vocal was special, and indeed it was!"

Shant & Clint Maximus "knew the track was a special one when JES wanted to release it on Intonenation Records as its first release. Her vocals were unreal and words cannot describe how powerful, how touching the lyrics are."

The 58th Grammy Awards will be broadcast on CBS on February 15, 2016 at 8/7c.

JES' latest release "Happy" with Austin Leeds & Redhead Roman is out now on Intonenation Records!

Twitter: @official_jes


New Drumming Invention by Benson Music

Kickstarter Link:

Pro and semi-pro musicians play a variety of gigs from house parties and bars to medium size clubs. Most venues do not have a carpet for the drum set. To solve the problem of Bass Drum Creep drummers must always carry a carpet on which to set the bass drum. Drum rugs, which tried to solve this problem, are expensive and, like a carpet, a hassle to haul around. After dealing with this for many years, and having a tough time fitting a carpet and his drum kit in his tiny Honda Civic, Gary Benson invented The Strap. The Strap cures the problem of bass drum creep with one simple, non-invasive and compact solution. The Strap keeps the bass drum in place by securely attaching to the bass drum via the foot pedal clamp and hooking to center post of the drum throne. You become the anchor for your bass drum.

Gary say's "I can't count how many times I've showed up at a club or bar with cement or tile floors. With The Strap I never have to be concerned. I can play on any surface with no worries about bass drum creep. I have been using The Strap for over 2 years and have found it a necessity. Never again will my lead singer have to hold my bass drum with his foot."

At the heart of the patent is the steel plate design, adjustable length and universal fit which sets it apart from other attempts at similar solutions. The Strap easily and securely attaches to the bottom of any foot pedal thus ensuring it is never forgotten.

Please visit us at for an overview of The Strap and "real use" videos. ®US In addition to The Strap Gary has also invented Hi-Hat restraint and several other drum accessories which will be released in 2016.

Benson Music

Life and Death Art Basel at Mana Wynwood

Life and Death and PL0T are happy to announce that After 8 will be in Miami for Art Basel 2015 and have partnered with III Points to bring you a VIP bottle service experience for iconic label event, Life and Death. We kick off the weekend with their annual showcase on Thursday, December 3rd at Mana Wynwood.

This is the first time that a VIP bottle service experience has been offered at a Life and Death event and we are happy to be the ones presenting it to you. Buzz from this great event has already garnered numerous bottle service requests that we are not confirming until we offer you, our friends, first reservation opportunity.

Now in its 4th year and a staple in the unofficial calendar of Art Basel weekend festivities, the lineup features Life and Death's top artists, including sonic visionaries and #2 in Resident Advisor's Top 100 DJ chart Tale of Us; purveyors of psychedelic dancefloor anthems Mind Against; and New York house duo Thugfucker; regrouping after a unforgettable summer-long Ibiza residency, joined in a surprise announcement by techno legend Richie Hawtin, bringing an added dimension to a party not to be missed.

This year, to further enhance the experience for attendees, the event expands and moves to Mana, a state-of-art venue in the heart of thriving Wynwood art district, where an unseen production design will transport attendees to an otherworldly, immersive environment against the unmatched sounds of Life and Death. For more than 8 years, PL0T has been a major contributor to the underground dance music scene in Miami promoting events in the cities best venues and presenting a number of international acts to the area, including Seth Troxler, Nicolas Jaar, DJ Tennis and Bob Moses to name a few.

III Points Presents is a concert production company committed to pairing vanguard talent, non-traditional venues and artist installations into the overall consumer experience challenging the conventional way of seeing live music with a roster of highly curated events ranging from intimate shows to their signature music art & technology festival in October.

For bottle service requests contact us directly so we can get you set up according to your preference to maximize your experience at Life and Death.

We hope to have you join us in this experience.

Charlotte, NC based Alternative Rockers Falling Through April Officially Joins Independent Ear

Falling Through April has toured the US extensively with bands such as Adelitas Way & The Pretty Reckless. The have also performed at SXSW, Vans Warped Tour, Florida Music Festival, Celebrate Fairfax, Sonorous Music Festival, Dewey Beach Music Conference. More recently the guys were awarded the IMEA award for "Rock Group of the Year". In early 2016 the will be performing alongside Breaking Benjamin, Adelitas Way, Flyleaf & others on the Axes & Anchors Cruise.

The music video for their song titled "Broken Feet" was recently selected to be played in retail locations across the country through the remainder of 2015 & into the new year. FTA has plans for a new single in early 2016 followed by a new EP in the summer throughout it all the guys will be hitting the road hard in 2016 both in the US as well as overseas.

Check out the video for "Broken Feet" here:

"To say we are excited about these guys would be a massive understatement! They are some of the hardest working artists in the industry today & have accomplished so much already. We have many big plans on the horizon for them & are looking forward to very successful future that is surely ahead for them. FTA will rise to the top of the Rock charts in 2016"
- Phillip Ryan Block Founder & President of Independent Ear.

To learn more about Falling Through April and Independent Ear, contact:
Phillip Ryan Block |
Jennifer Thorington |

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Connor Vance Debuts his Single RUN December 14

Connor Vance, an Alt-Rock Pop singer songwriter based out of Gainesville, FL, debuts his single 'Run' on December 14th, 2015. Recorded at world renowned Big3 Studios in St. Petersburg, FL, with producer Ian Bentley and head engineer Jim "Pinky" Beeman, 'Run' showcases Connor's unique vocals, catchy hooks, innovative drum sounds, and deep, meaningful lyrics. will feature the track in their Crowd Picks beginning December 15th. The music video for Run is available to view on his RN page, as well as at 'Run' will be available on all music streaming platforms such as Spotify, as well as iTunes.

'Run' was inspired from true traumatic events that took place in his dear auntie Teresa's shoes. While battling cancer and life threatening surgery, she had found out that her husband of 25 years had been having an affair.

Fortunately, Teresa survived. But upon her return home from months in the hospital, she had to face the fear of being alone, heart wrenching memories, anger, frustration, sadness, and so many questions as to why this was happening (the chorus ends with "I worried when things turned grey, that you'd run").

Originally hailing from B.C. Canada, Connor has been enthusiastically writing music from the age of 13. His style combines elements of catchy pop songs to rocking alt rock tunes.

"His voice is a time-traveled blend of 80s, 90s and now; nuanced, different, but still heart-throbby and marketable" – Sean Daly, Tampa Bay Times

Connor Vance will independently his debut EP in the Spring of 2016.

For all booking and industry inquiries, email

Amy Kress Releases Single And Music Video Through Secret House Show Experience

After her celebrated debut album release of "Secret Music" in January of 2015, Amy Kress has returned almost a year later with new music and is now releasing "Iceland". This is her long-awaited single and music video from her sophomore album titled, "Fly" – a project whose creation served as a form of therapy and healing for Kress during cancer treatment.

The video was shot under a full moon on a warm summer night this past August where Kress invited friends and fans to her home for a "Secret House Show." Guests were led into Amy's backyard, illuminated by over 6,000 lights and were invited to relax in one of over a dozen couches moved in for the occasion.

Kress credits a friend as inspiration for the song, "When my friend booked a trip to Iceland in January for her and her boyfriend, I couldn't imagine what she was thinking but then she explained she just wanted to be curled up warm in his arms while a cold dark winter raged on outside. The reasoning behind that trip seemed so deeply romantic and Iceland was an easy song to write from there."

Watch as the night unfolds in Amy's new music video "Iceland." Watch the video on YouTube here:

Friday, December 11, 2015

New York Based All Blind Latin Band "Los Ciegos Del Barrio" Announces Release Of Their New Single

New York City all blind Latin Band "los Ciegos Del Barrio" has released their new single "Baby Boy" on ITunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other on line outlets. Listen to the new track here as it has just been uploaded:

Los Ciegos Del Barrio, which translates to "The Blind Boys From The Hood", is a bilingual Latin band from New York City in which all of the members are legally blind. Most of its members were born in "El Barrio", a Latin neighborhood located in Harlem in New York City.

The band may be remembered for their feature on Univision's "Republica Deportiva", as part of a 2012 contest featuring numerous Latin bands around the United States. At that time, they were fresh off their previous album release "Live In Havana Cuba", an album that was recorded as they toured Cuba in 2011 and subsequently, again in 2013. They were the first American band to ever play the nationally televised live performance to cap off Cuba's annual international bookfare. Their 2009 song "Loco" was featured on that 2012 Univision contest.

The new single is called "Baby Boy", which is written and sung by band leader Alvin Suarez in English.

"The song addresses the topic of child abuse." says Alvin Suarez, percussionist, guitarist and lead singer of "Baby Boy". "The song embodies a protective father figure, making a promise to an abused little boy, which is also believed to be his childhood self. This topic, unfortunately, is one that too many people can relate with...I mean how many people grew up in an abusive environment and wished they had someone to protect them, or at very least wished they could somehow grow up quick enough to protect themselves? This song is for those people."

The song combines Bachata with Alternative Rock music, as did "Loco" in 2009, only this one is sung completely in English. While the band acknowledges that Bachata and either Rock or Pop music has been fused before thanks to such bands as "Aventura", but "Los Ciegos Del Barrio" is the first Latin band to combine the raw natural sound of Alternative Rock music, which later morphed into Grundge in the 1990's, with the beautiful danceable style of Bachata. The band calls it "Alternative Bachata".

In addition to this song release, the band has enjoyed much success resulting from their release of their Salsa version of "Mama Used To Say", a classic dance tune originally performed by "Junior" during the early 1980's. You can listen to that track here:

While "Los Ciegos Del Barrio", originally in jest, addresses their visual impairments bluntly through the name of their band, they want to clarify that while the name addresses what they are, their music is representative of who they are. They have released 4 albums since 2000, along with 4 singles and a new album is expected for release in 2016. They have toured the Eastern and Central United States, Russia, The Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Please contact Alvin Suarez, the director of the band for interviews, promotional copies and questions at:


Mayor Boss Releases New Single 'Mi Meow'

Mayor Boss independently releases his 2nd single Mi Meow. Mi Meow is a flute infectious, fun-loving, pop, hip-hop song that is sure to become another fan favorite.

Mayor Boss describes the song as follows, "This song is all a about you telling your woman, how you love her, showing her flute love as in kind love. I wanted to make a love song song but i decided to add a party vibe to it and let everyone know that you can be yourself with your love and still have a great time!"

Mayor Boss proves that he is here to stay and looks likely to have a lot more tracks ready over the course of the next few months.

About Mayor Boss: Mayor Boss is a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter and video producer based in Europe. He is a co-founding member of the Nigerian Hip-hop, R&B & Pop group called Young Paperboyz and also has developed a solo career for himself with a major debut release of his solo single called "My Diva". Mayor Boss has also founded his own record label, Naijamayor Records

Enjoy this Mayor Boss Mi Meow flute tune with honesty. Produced by Sutflute

Blank-Fest XIX: Back To Help The Homeless For The 19th Year

It takes an awful lot of love - not to mention care and preparation - to put together one show around the Holidays to raise blankets and public awareness for the homeless.

Try doing it for 19 years.

"When we started doing this we weren't thinking that far ahead", states Blank-Fest founder and MC, Kenn Rowell. "At the time, we were just trying to get all the acts together - and the sound man insisted on charging me, even though I didn't have a job at the time. I had to borrow $75.00 just to put on the first show. We weren't thinking of 20 years from then, or even ONE year from then. We were thinking that we'd be lucky if we could just pull off THAT one!"

Over the years, the annual Benefit (which collects blankets at the door as a price of admission) has gone on to garner over 15,000 total donations between the original Blank-Fest (which still happens in the same New York City suburb of Nyack, NY - where it began in 1997) and the various satellite shows which have taken place in New Jersey, Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia, Canada and the UK. For the NY "flagship" show, these blankets are handed out by volunteers - no middle-men involved - to the less fortunate on the streets of Manhattan and the other NYC boroughs, starting on Christmas Eve.

This year's show is scheduled for Sunday, December 20 at Nyack's Hudson House (134 Main Street - Phone: 845-353-1355), featuring upwards to 20 acts of local, NYC-based, indie and major label pedigrees. Past acts have included pedal steel guitar legend Buddy Cage (who appeared with pioneering radio great Meg Griffin's band, Train Wreck), Canadian Idol finalist Mookie Morris, and reknown guitarist Marc Rizzo from metal mainstays Soulfly and Ill Niño. "Mookie was just some 18 year old kid with a boatload of talent who appeared at the first Canadian Blank-Fest up in Guelph", remembers Rowell. "He kept asking me about the New York show and how he could be a part of it. He actually got on a bus with his brother, came to NY, paid for a cab to drive him up from the City, played his set and then left. Said he had to get home by the next morning because he had college finals to take. I thought he was nuts - but I really appreciated his enthusiasm and dedication to the cause. A few months later, someone sent me an email with a link for some Canadian Idol promotional stuff and there was Mookie's name and pic, front and center. He was all over national radio and TV. I was floored! This guy had a lot more going on than he originally let on; the fact that he wanted to be a part of our Benefit flatters me, still!"

On Buddy Cage: "Buddy was part of Meg Griffin's band. Just having Meg, who I grew up hearing on WNEW as a kid, was incredible enough. The fact that she brought this star to be a part of the show, man, I still can't get over that! I remember he got there while the club was still empty and he asks me if there was a place where he could get something to eat. I told him 'Buddy, you're a legend - you don't have to ask'.........I arranged for him to eat, on the house. How the Hell could you charge Buddy Cage after he volunteers to raise blankets for the homeless?".

Not just an organizer and the Master of Ceremonies, Rowell also fronts an indie band of his own, The Baghdaddios - an old school Lower East Side punk outfit that have been recording and touring for over 20 years. They'll be closing out the Noon-to-Midnight show with a pleasant mixture of originals and punked-out seasonal classics.

This year's returning greats include EMI alumna Patti Rothberg, former Misfits and front man for The Undead, Bobby Steele and ReW and Who talk show host ReW Starr. All have become traditions at the event.

"I've known Patti for over 20 years. I can still remember watching her on the Tonight Show, MTV and Letterman and marveling that this was the same girl-next-door that I met at CBGB. Then to think to today and how many times she's selflessly contributed to a majority of our shows - she played our second year show in 1998 and with rare exception has made nearly every one since - I'm still in awe."

"Bobby is just a sweetheart. He loves playing the standards as a solo artist and then switches gears and brings the band up on stage to rock the house. The only year we've had the show broadcast live, in it's entirety (2007) was Bobby's first show and when he went live it temporarily knocked the station off the 'net, we had so may people logging in to catch him!"

"With ReW we've known each other since she was part of the "Mother's Who Rock" concert series at the old Cutting Room back around '02. Her band features Television drummer Billy Ficca and she's had her stuff all over the Oxygen Network. When she started broadcasting she had a nice cult following that grew to the point where the NY Times online edition was featuring her show and she was taking it on the road to England and the West Coast. Needless to say, we're always grateful that she can take time away from her schedule to be a part of the fun!"

One of the newer acts added for this year is Rowell's long-time life-partner, celebrated L.E.S. bilingual poet Yvonnne Sotomayor. Sotomayor's latest poetry video ("Think 'music video' for spoken word, man!") for her published piece "Shrunken" was added, earlier this year, to the punk rock-driven BlankTV television, internet broadcast and YouTube channel's lineup. But the grass roots impressario bristles at any mention of favoritism when the subject is broached. "Seriously, I'm a little hyper-sensitive to that kind of critiscism. That's why I schedule The Baghdaddios for dead last - the earlier time slots are plum spots as far as playing for a packed house is concerned. In year's past we've played for 3 or 4 people at the very end of the night - and I'm more than happy with that, so long as we're involved. With Yvonne, we actually didn't include her for the first 3 years we were together because we didn't want anyone to say "Oh, there he goes, including 'the wife'. But over time, it just got too obvious to ignore. There's no way she would have been included this year if I didn't think her poetry was slammin' or if I thought it wasn't relevant to the spirit of the show. Her writings have found exposure in multiple countries and she's performed where Ginsburg used to do readings. She probably belongs on that stage more than I do!" True, her aptly named "Blank-Fest Poem" appears as a call to arms on the Blank-Fest official website.

Other returning acts include Lower East Side singer-songwriter Kama Linden, Hudson Valley regulars Johnny & The Alimonies, touring reggae masters Wadada and The Midnight Blackouts (featuring members from Warped Tour veterans Reflective Insight). Rounding out the lineup are Blank-Fest co-founders Joe D'Durso & Stone Caravan, Red Schoolhouse Records label mate Tim O'Donohue, NYC's eclectic rockers, Count of Nine and 2nd-year returnees River Acoustic Band. Sources report that Beki Brindle (Blues Hall of Fame) has not yet confirmed, but Rowell hopes that she returns for a second year.

"Beki actually has a show scheduled for later that night in Woodstock but she's trying to find a way of appearing at both venues. That's the way it usually goes with Blank-Fest shows: up until the very last minute we're adding acts, squeezing in another great band or songwriter - we always find a way of making it happen. That's sort of a microcosm of the whole series, in general!"

In a nod toward that epic, aforementioned show that was live-broadcast, as well as a dear, departed friend, this year's Blank-Fest show will be dedicated to the memory of Tommy Durkin (1970 - 2015), the late internet radio personality and originator of "Tommy Dee's Nutz", who brought the show to a world-wide audience, nearly a decade ago.

For more information, contact Kenn Rowell at or visit

Concert Review: Mark Gorenstein conducts The Novosibirsk Philarmonic Orchestra

With all the variety of musical genres and forms of music-making,respectively performing groups a Symphony Orchestra is the kernel, the core of any Philharmonic, and it determines the level of the concert organization. I think this is an objective law, as if a city has hundreds of great musicians that can play together and create a quality ensemble - so it (the city) all right with the musical art and artists for the other teams .

Novosibirsk Philharmonic is lucky - it has one of the best symphony orchestras of the Russian province, I believe it can compete with the teams in the capital . It is not surprising that the current concert season has started and is marked by the 60th anniversary of our Symphony Orchestra, which offers us extensive and varied programs, involving not only the artistic director of the orchestra G. Rinkevicius, principal guest conductors T. Sanderling and F. Mastrangelo, and numerous guest performers - major domestic and foreign conductors and soloists.

My attention was drawn to the concert, which was held a week ago, for many reasons: first, it sounded the beautiful French orchestral music of the second half of XIX - early XX century, and one of the pieces in the program was played for the first time in Russia; secondly, because the conductor was the famous musician in our country Mark Gorenstein, and among other things, a graduate of the founder of the Novosibirsk orchestra A. Katz, however, is not a frequent visitor to our city. Finally, it was interesting to get acquainted with the youngest member of the famous Ashkenazi musical dynasty - pianist Vladimir Sverdlov - Ashkenazy.

The whole concert sounded creative and interesting. Its program was designed and built with the knowledge and taste and did not contain a single "optional" element. The Russian premiere of "Dramatic Scenes" (Suite # 3 for orchestra) by Massenet was written in 1873 and had eliminated the historical injustice: it gave our audience an opportunity to get acquainted with a remarkable work created in the best traditions of French romantic orchestral music coming from H.Berlioz, the essence of which can be summarized as a desire for musical theater, brightness of images, the beauty of orchestral sound and showiness, but did not negate the substantial depth. It should be noted that the orchestra and the conductor felt and understood each other well, the performance gave the impression of an absolutely full and complete work, and the music itself made a strong emotional impact.

I think many were curious to hear the "Walpurgis Night" from "Faust" by Charles Gounod from the concert stage outside the context of the opera - that is, as a symphonic suite, not accompanied by the famous ballet scene. Conductor, free from the need to emphasize the so-called dance like of this score and consult with the technical capabilities of the dancers, eliminated all the usual "balletomane" fermata - ritenuto-sforzando and gave the music not only reticence and smoothess, but I would say, even a kind of nobility and elegance. The performance was perfect, but ... just the ballet charm, deliciousness, spicy sensuality of the work disappeared. But here, as it is said, who loves what - a refinement, or ballet "flavorings". I think M. Gorenstein in his creative manner generally tends to align with more subtle and lyrical fillings and impulses, and to "give" all the emotions in the energy-rich fragments,which was confirmed in the future course of the concert.

The pianist Vladimir Sverdlov-Ashkenazy played a well-known and very effective work - Concerto #2 by C. Saint-Saëns for Piano and Orchestra. He is effect, artistic, looks absolutely consistent with the image of a romantic musician (which is appropriate to the performance of this work), he has an excellent bright sound and superb technique. However,I did not have the subtleties in his performance and consistent dramaturgy, making it possible to fully perceive the architecture of the composition. I must say that the orchestra part in this work Saint-Saens brought virtually to a background, a modest accompaniment , but nevertheless it is an important component of the work.

Brilliant completion of the program was the performance of the suite from M. Ravel's Ballet "Daphnis and Chloe". Impressionistic sound, timbre wealth, deep expressiveness of the lyrical fragments, a fascinating change of sound "paintings" ecstatic passion in the final - it all was there and it captivated the audience as well as 100 years ago. Thus, for me, the concert ended with the climax, the anniversary season has just begun and there is hope that these culminations are still a lot in the future.

13th Floor Has The World "Dabbing"

Pleasing to the ears with a real, identifiable sound, 13th floor is bringing something to the game that its been lacking. A natural style and chemistry that is the perfect recipe for success.

13th floor is a teenage hip hop trio emerging from the shadows of East Side Atlanta. Focused and driven this trio consists of J'Mali, Jukebox and K2 whom are all Georgia bred. These guys are serious about their craft, their music brings a new refreshing spin to classic hip hop that is hypnotic to the ears.

Their latest single and video release titled "Dabb" will be the next trend amongst teens ​gaining attention and sure to go viral. "Dabb" is a fun, energetic display of what its like to hang on the 13th floor.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

IN THE MOOD, A 1940s Big Band Musical Revue, Announces 2016 U.S. Tour

To the delight of fans of American Big Bands and the Big Band era, the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing and all-American 1940s musical revue IN THE MOOD ( celebrates 22 years on the road with a new U.S. tour kicking off in January 2016. Much more than a concert, IN THE MOOD is a live, fully staged tribute to the American music and lyrics of the '30s & '40s. Nineteen cast members including the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and the In the Mood Singers & Dancers bring authentic, classy costumes, sizzling choreography and more than fifty unforgettable hits to the stage. IN THE MOOD will visit more than 60 cities for 125 performances.

"IN THE MOOD pays homage to America's greatest generation, when people listened to up-tempo big band rhythms and danced to intimate ballads," says Creator and Producer Bud Forrest. "The show's success over two decades is a sign that the swing era music is alive and well, plus we're introducing new generations to the swing, the rhythm and the jazzy, sentimental and patriotic music of a pivotal time in American history."

IN THE MOOD celebrates the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other idols of the 1940s. Hop aboard the "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and you'll soon be "In The Mood" to hear timeless melodies from the Great American Songbook. Hit songs include Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Tuxedo Junction, Well Git It, On The Sunny Side of the Street, In the Mood and many more. "These songs are still very popular and part of the core catalog for high school and college jazz bands performing today."

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Now in its 22nd season of touring, IN THE MOOD is a phenomenon among touring shows, performing in 49 states in the U.S, Canada, New Zealand, The Netherlands and two sold-out tours of Australia.

IN THE MOOD takes a look at America's Swing Era and recreates defining moments from the 1930s and 1940s. "From the happy-go-lucky era before WWII to the start of the war when thousands of our youth were going abroad to defend our freedoms and longing for the end of the war when loved ones would be reunited," says Forrest. The show pays tribute to all veterans – from WWII to today's men and women in uniform. The arrangements of these American songs evoke powerful emotions even in people who were born decades after WWII.

The late Vic Schoen, the show's primary arranger, created the musical arrangements for the entire career of the legendary Andrews Sisters and was Music Director for both Universal and Paramount Pictures. He was one of the seminal creators of the swing-era sound that he imbued into IN THE MOOD.

For the fifth year, stage director and the highly-in-demand choreographer Alex Sanchez, a veteran of 11 Broadway shows, is set to bring the IN THE MOOD Singers and Dancers alive with his staging and choreography. "He is committed to bringing a fresh, dynamic, ever-changing perspective on the culture of the Swing Era," says Forrest.

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A partial list of IN THE MOOD 2016 tour dates is listed below (subject to change). Visit www for a complete list:

January 28
Spartanburg, SC
Memorial Auditorium

January 29
Macon, GA
Grand Opera House

January 31
Charlotte, NC
Knight Theater

February 2
Huntsville, AL
Von Braun Center

February 4
Augusta, GA
Imperial Theatre

February 5
Athens, GA
UGA PAC - Hodgsen

February 8
Birmingham, AL
Alabama Theater

February 23
Riverside, CA
FOX Performing Arts Center

March 16-17
Kansas City, MO
Helzberg Hall-Kauffman Center

March 19
Galesburg, IL
Orpheum Theatre

March 23-26
Cleveland, OH
Ohio Theatre

April 2
Columbus, OH
Capitol Theatre

April 3
Carmel, IN
The Palladium

April 5-6
Pittsburgh, PA
Byham Theater

April 7
Dayton, OH
Victoria Theatre

April 8
Akron, OH
Akron Civic Theatre

April 9
Cincinnati, OH
Aronoff Center-Procter & Gamble Hall

April 20
Frederick, MD
Weinberg Center

April 22
Hartford, CT
The Bushnell

April 26
Burlington, VT
Flynn Center

April 27
Keene, NH
Colonial Theatre

April 28
Portsmouth, NH
Music Hall

April 29
Lynn, MA
Lynn Auditorium

April 30 - May 1
New Haven, CT
Shubert Theater

Whitney Tai Presents "Metamorphosis" live Dec 20th in NY

The emerging Singer, Songwriter, Entertainer and Designer Whitney Tai from New York City is performing an acoustic live show of her debut album "Metamorphosis" on December 20th at Rockwood Music Hall.

From the moment she was old enough to speak, Whitney Tai knew that she was destined to make the stage her home. She began singing and writing her own musicals in her backyard at the age of 10, filling her piles of notebooks with unending poetry and art, to stealing the spotlight in church choir and school plays.

Whitney Tai is an emerging Singer, Songwriter, Entertainer and Designer from New York City. Her vocal range is powerful and soulful with contrasts of raspy timbres and resonating falsettos. Influenced by Sade, Sarah McLachlan, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Anita Baker; Whitney pulls influence from versatile artistic genres and their unique vocal capacities. Whitney’s voice has been said to be, "amazing", "a star on the rise", "the missing link in today's Pop music scene."

In January 2014, Whitney released her first Pop single, "To Be Loved." the track received global attention, and in a number of statements described as "captivating" "brilliant vocals" and "an angelic voice with music composition to match." "To Be Loved" (Adrian Buster Remix) received Hot Shot of the week on two FM stations in the country of Holland gaining her recognition from DJ's and Producers worldwide. In April 2015, Whitney released her first debut Pop Alternative album, "Metamorphosis", written and co-produced with Billboard chart topping Composer, Tim Janssens (also known as Sunfreakz).

What lies at the heart of her goals is to reach out and touch others in ways that only music can ... from experience.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

From Phoenix to Wisconsin: Midwest Soul Xchange Debut Album

The Midwest Soul XChange, a collaborative effort between long-time friends and Chippewa Falls, Wis. natives Ryan Summers and Nate Cherrier, will be releasing its debut album on November 24. 'New American Century' is an eclectic powerhouse of influence.

The Midwest Soul XChange describes their sound as Americana infused with folk, progressive rock, and pop influence. With a passion for acts like Kula Shaker, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and many more, the project is a vehicle to meld those stylings into a coherent, exciting new product. Even though Summers lives in Marshfield, Wisconsin and Cherrier lives in Phoenix, Arizona, the two were able to collaborate in Phoenix during the recording process.

Many times during the creation of 'New American Country,' the Midwest Soul XChange did have to collaborate over a great distance. "What comes to mind is a theme of 'flying blind with precision," Summers explains. "When you can't sit in the same room and hash out a song, you have to wait for the other person to record, upload, and see how the recording fits. It can be challenging if it wasn't what you were expecting, but also exciting."

"There were a lot of happy accidents..."

'New American Country' features eleven new original songs from the two performers. With such a broad spectrum of influence, however, the XChange is somewhat difficult to classify into a genre. 'Americana' is a suitable blanket for the effort, since it doesn't "pigeonhole them into one specific genre." The Midwest Soul XChange often classifies their material as "American Melancholia."

"We tend to write with a national/autobiographical sense," Cherrier detailed. "We consider the tales of our history as well as the harsher realities of today." The core recipe for that creation? The duo considers it a "sprinkling of protest, a dash of sass, a pinch of progressive, and a light glaze of folk."

'New American Century' will be available November 24 on iTunes and many other online services.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Hip Hop Newcomer Jerzey Releases Debut Single 'In My Zone'

Hip hop artist Jerzey has released his first single entitled "In My Zone", demonstrating his musical and lyrical mastery. The song is available here:

Juggling multiple music styles, the Garden State musician layers electronic melodies over orchestral strings and low-key synths in an abbreviated, cyclical riff. The warring styles mirror the duality of the track as self-aggrandizing and disparaging. Jerzey is a skilled wordsmith, dropping lines that self-appoint him a cut above the rest, as his lyrical ingenuity confirms it in the song.

Hailing from the Garden State, Jerzey has recently signed to Blue Label Records. He's been featured on and worked with a wide array of players in the hip hop scene such as Shaggy, Harlemlanes Radio's Les Love, and Coast 2 Coast Live. He his currently working on his debut album Jerzey's Finest.

Davey Gray – Ghost U

Released independently out digitally from 11/13/2015

When it comes to producing inspirational trap music, Davey Gray has most definitely got the midas touch right now. The Los Angeles based producer just unveiled "Ghost U"; a melodic and futuristic trap/bass jam, which will join this talented musicians growing arsenal of online music.

When asked about the single and its message, Davey told us that 'Sometimes you really like someone and everything seems to be going well, then you get ghosted for some reason. "Ghost U" is about laughing it off and moving on'.

"Ghost U" follows Gray's collaboration with NGHTMRE , when the pair remixed Porter Robinson's "The Seconds". The remix received major support from a number of influential EDM blogs, resulting in a top 10 on the infamous HypeMachine.

If you're a fan of Trap music, then there's no doubt, Davey Gray should now be on your radar. With the promise of more good material, this West Coast producer is only heading in one direction.


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KAJ Brothers Wish "Merry Christmas To You" With Their New Single - Boy Band Kicks Off 1st Christmas Single With A Performance In Nashville

Pop/R&B trio the KAJ Brothers known for their mission to ‘make chivalry cool again’ announced their first Christmas single release "Merry Christmas To You" via iTunes on Monday, November 30, 2015.

The romantic "Merry Christmas To You" is an original song co-written with producer Gerry Williams who frequently collaborates with the KAJ Brothers. Gerry Williams is Orlando's renowned producer/vocal coach who helped shape the classic boy band sound of N’Sync and The Back Street Boys.

"Merry Christmas to you is a song which encompasses the feeling of Christmas with the addition of a romantic touch," says KAJ Brother Kyle Craichy.

"It is my prayer that this original song will help spread love to those who need it during this time of year," says Austin Craichy of the KAJ Brothers.

"My heart is with my native Paris as we all heal and share the love and joy of this special Christmas holiday season," adds fellow KAJ Brother and French native Johnny Atys.

The KAJ Brothers will kick off the release of their new Christmas single with a performance in Nashville at the "The Truth About Cancer" (TTAC) Black Tie Charity Gala at Gaylord Opryland on December 3rd. They will perform "Merry Christmas To You" live for the first time.

"Merry Christmas To You" is the fourth single from the popular boy band following "Star Spangled Banner" (4th of July); plus "Lady" (Valentine’s Day) and "Hello" released in 2014, which were both produced by Grammy winning producer Bryan Lenox (Elton John, Garth Brooks, Amy Grant, Wynonna Judd, Sara Bareillis, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Bolton, Sir Cliff Richard, Michael W. Smith).

The KAJ Brothers are an unusual trio of pop, rock, and R&B voices known for their sophisticated harmonies as well as their reinvention of old time romance, infused with orchestral sounds. The multi-talented Orlando based trio consists of 21-year old Kyle Craichy, vocals, piano, guitar, and dance; 19-year old sibling Austin Craichy, vocals, piano, guitar, drums, and dance; and 29-year old Johnny Atys, vocalist and national dance champion, who rounds out the group. Kyle and Austin were born in Tampa and raised in Orlando, while Johnny is originally from Paris, France.

The new KAJ Brothers single, "Merry Christmas To You" is now available for purchase on iTunes at

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Amaru Releases "The One"

Making his musical debut back in 2008 with the club track "Put Your Hands Up", which he recorded in Chicago, IL (USA), singer/songwriter and actor Amaru is back with his brand new single "The One"! Following the success of his sophomore hit, the US-number one single "I'm The One You Need" and his win in March 2015 at the Akademia Music Awards in Los Angeles, CA (USA), Amaru releases his brand new single today.

"I'm very excited about this new single", Amaru says. "While I wrote this song a couple of years ago, after re-writing certain parts I thought it was now ready for a proper release", he continues. Amaru describes his new single as a "perfect for a sunset at the beach" kind of song. "The One" by Amaru has that dreamy, mysterious yet romantic vibe and that panflute in the latter part of the song adds to that!

The accompanying video for Amaru's new single will make its debut on the 28th. of November 2015. "The concept for the video is very simple", Amaru explains. "It's an ode to a love interest and I present them with this "video message", so to speak, in which I express my feelings and profess my love and in doing so adding a little "sugar and spice to make everything nice", he laughs.

Amaru chose to release his new single on this date specifically in honour of his native country's Independence Day. "I'm not able to visit my country often and I do miss my family tremendously, but this is my tribute to them and to let know that they're never too far from my heart", Amaru continues. Amaru, born in the Republic of Suriname (South America) and residing in The Netherlands, celebrates his third independently released single with this release on his own label Amaru Music.

Amaru's music, including his new single "The One", is available on various outlets of digital music and his previous single "I'm The One You Need" is also available on a limited edition CD-single via his website.

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