Friday, March 20, 2015

Country Summer Announces The Fender Contender Challenge

Producers of Country Summer, Northern California's biggest country music festival June 5-7 at Sonoma County Event Center, have announced the Fender Contender Challenge, a worldwide talent competition to open the show on June 5.

In partnership with the world's leading musical instrument manufacturer, the Fender Contender Challenge is a great opportunity for the fans' favorite country music act to open the show and make it big on the Montgomery Village Stage, Country Summer's main stage.

Is your country music act ready for a big break? The challenge is open to all country music acts over age 18. Submissions, including a recorded performance no longer than 5 minutes in length, must be received no later than March 31, 2015. Visit for the entry form and guidelines.

The Country Summer judging panel will select the Top 10 qualifiers. From April 2 through April 15, 2015, the public will be invited to vote for their favorite band narrowing the Top 10 to the Final 4. A second round of voting will be from April 16 through April 29, 2015 to select the grand prize winner. The winner will be announced on May 1, 2015.

In addition to recognition as a Country Summer superstar opening the show, the grand prize winner will receive $5,000.

"We encourage aspiring country music acts from around the globe to participate," Country Summer Executive Producer Alan Jacoby, said. "With the help of our fans who will determine the winner, we're looking to discover country music's next big break-out star.”

To date, Country Summer presented by Lithia RAM of Santa Rosa, has announced 13 of 14 entertainers. Country Summer 2015 headliners include Jake Owen on June 5, The Band Perry on June 6 and Brantley Gilbert on June 7.

In addition to the headliners, the June 5 lineup includes Gary Allan, Chris Young and Parmalee; June 6 includes Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, Frankie Ballard and The Swon Brothers; and June 7 includes Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin and Cassadee Pope.

Daily tickets start from $69 for general admission, $99 for reserved seats. A limited number of discount three-day packages are available.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 800.514.3849 to order by phone.

Event sponsors include Lithia RAM of Santa Rosa, Bud Light, Montgomery Village, Les Schwab Tire Centers of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, Leese-Fitch Wines, Jack Daniel's, River Rock Casino, Fender, Creams, the City of Santa Rosa, American AgCredit, Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Froggy 92.9.

Legendary Stax Guitarist Steve Cropper And Rock Newcomer Matt Miller Make Beautiful Music Together

Cleveland, Ohio may be the "rock and roll capital of the world," but Matt Miller, Cleveland’s newest rock export, has been making beautiful music with Memphis legend and renowned Stax guitarist, Steve Cropper.

Cropper plays guitar on Miller’s re-make of the 1967 classic, "The Hunter," previously recorded by Albert King, Ike & Tina Turner and Led Zeppelin. Additionally, Miller and Cropper co-wrote (with producer, Eddie Gore) two new songs, "Remember Us," and "Last Ride" for Miller’s debut album.

"It was a huge honor to work with Steve," says Miller. "I'll never forget the first encounter. Imagine waiting in a studio anticipating that at any second someone you've always aspired to is about to walk through that door. It was all nerves for me up until that point, but once we sat down with our guitars, we just let the music flow. It was as incredible experience that I'll always reminisce upon. Play it, Steve!"

Cropper’s legendary reputation began with his years as the guitarist of the infamous Stax Records house band, Booker T. & the MG’s, playing behind Memphis’ own musical royalty, artists like Sam & Dave, Johnny Taylor, Rufus Thomas and the inimitable Otis Redding. He later appeared in the classic film, "The Blues Brothers" and toured as a member of the Blues Brothers band. He is considered one of the world’s greatest guitarists, and was named by Mojo Magazine as the second-best guitarist ever, with only Jimi Hendrix beating him in the rankings.

Miller, who recently celebrated his 21st birthday, discovered his love for music in high school with the formation of his alternative rock band Shred Rot in 2010. "We captured pure raw energy, he states about the power trio that emerged from the Cleveland School of Rock. "We just got on stage and gave it our all. Sometimes music can get a message across better than words can, and we wanted to be the ones to deliver that message."

After the band broke up, Miller still wanted to "deliver that message," and moved forward as a solo artist. "The solo experience has helped me grow as an artist, evolve as a songwriter, and develop my artistry."

"Writing with Steve Cropper has been an unforgettable learning experience," continues Miller. "I’m learning about the craft of songwriting – from a legendary songwriter, and I’m learning about the industry from musicians who have navigated it for years. All of this has had a huge influence on me. It is monumental to have someone like Steve Cropper to look up to!"

Cameras were rolling during the extraordinary sessions and a trio of short clips have been released with commentary from Miller, Cropper and Gore which can be viewed here:

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Geoff Westen's "I'm Not Crazy" Goes To Radio

"I'm Not Crazy," the eponymous first single from Geoff Westen's April 7 release on Disturbing Music is going for adds on March 17.

On INC, Geoff continues to follow his own musical muse, fearlessly traversing the line between PowerPop and PowerPunk. INC (the single) is one of the 10 songs (plus 2 alternative mixes) that make up his joyful pop-rock album. And it's definitive Westen - featuring his highly stylized Punkish Pop tracks.

Westen's songs are drawn from observations made over the course of the eccentric, yet sophisticated life of the career artist and performer. Both reviewers and fans alike have responded to Westen's instinctive feel, traditional songwriting chops, catchy melodies and memorable hooks.

Westen's first two songs albums anointed him a Power Pop artist supreme. The Pigs--OINK! and Vidiots - Tune In!! showcased his dark humor and sarcasm, and affirmed his position as a hardpop specialist. Three other CDs recorded under the pseudonym, Digital Activity, explore instrumental territory, creating a Rock Ambient hybrid on his albums, BIRTH, ACTIVATE and his Xmas anthology, XMAS VOL. 1.

Contact: for broadcast quality files.'mNotCrazy.mp3

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Style Fashion Week, The Official Fashion Week Of Los Angeles Launches Its 10th Season With Nikki Lund & A Star Studded Lineup

As we kick off the official LA Fashion Week with another round of unforgettable performances, diverse cultures of the world and continue to bring in international commerce.We are excited to announce our partnership with Nicolas G Perez, an agent with the Covina Valley office of New York Life, a Fortune 100 company that is one of the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States and one of the largest life insurers in the world and the American Heart Association. Together we will bring a superior level of class, entertainment and community impact unrivaled by any other. The series of Style shows continues to be the highlight of Fashion Week with international designers and celebrity attendance and garners millions impressions from local, national and international media. Since 2009 Style Fashion Week has been premiering world-renowned collection during Los Angeles, New York and Dubai Fashion Week. This Style show presents a world-renowned collection of masterpieces crafted by designers, including Nikki Lund, Andre Soriano, Coco Johnson, Ophelia Song, Kinsman Swim, Latrodectus Lingerie, Nancy Vuu, Daiki Shimizu, R Michelle, Antti Asplund and Ashton Michael all benefiting the American Heart Association.

As Style Fashion Week is full of surprises, Opening night will debut an incredible collaboration our very own runway: Nikki Lund of Nikki Rich has teamed up with Larry Rudolph, manager to Miley Cyrus and Brittany Spears to unveil their Fall Winter 2015 Collection.

Day two of Los Angeles Fashion Week, March 19th 2015, 8pm, the City of Los Angeles and Style Fashion Week LA will showcase amazing international designer Ophelia Song and following Coco Johnson, Kinsman Swim and Latrosdectus Lingerie. Of course, closing the night with a cause with GO RED For Women - Celebrity Red Dress Fashion Show in its aim to raise awareness and support the fight against heart disease in women. We would love to have your support in this exclusive event as a supporter for this cause. In New York, celebrities including Barbara Eden, Thalia, La La Anthony, Donna Mills, Jenette McCurdy, Zendaya Coleman, Alexa Ray Joel, Fifth Harmony, Hoda Kotb, Laverne Cox, Kristin Cavallari, Ciara, and others have graced the runway for Go Red in pieces designed by Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, Monique Lhuillier, Carmen Marc Valvo.

Continuing the excitement of Style Fashion Week, on March 20th Ashton Michael will be opening the night with his new collection that he describes as "if you can imagine Sporty Spice and and Rocky Balboa had a transgender love child who was fascinated by TRON". Sam Sarapong and Boy London will be closing Friday night with their “Mr. Fashion” tour, incorporating music, fashion and skateboarding into Style Fashion Week.

After the shows we will have celebrity performances for a great cause as Pop/Rock chanteuse, Christine Storm promotes awareness through her charity, JAM FOR JOY which raises money for anti-bullying and at risk youth programs.

With influences from cosmopolitan cities worldwide and on the red carpets, Andre Soriano brings ICONS: A tribute to womanhood -- celebrating the evolution of femininity of this planet; She who makes a difference through her story, a true icon to the runway on Saturday, March 21st 2015, 7pm. Saturday night we also have Nancy Vuu, Daiki Shimizu, R- Michelle and Quynh Paris hitting the runways with their latest collections.

Closing night of Style Fashion Week will be presented by Frontiers Magazine and curated by their VP of Operations Tristan Schukraft. Headlining designers include Andrew Christian and Antti Asplund.

For Press & Media inquires please contact Tiffany Gaines of SS Music Group at


Eventide is pleased to announce our presence at the upcoming South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Festival in Austin, Texas. Stop by our booth at the Gear Expo to say hello, hear demonstrations of our products and enter to win an H9 Max. We're even offering a sneak peek at some of the latest things to emerge from our labs. Hint: it's dirty.

If you're not able to stop by the booth, you'll still be able to participate and win. Tag a Facebook post, Tweet, Vine or Instagram pic related to SXSW 2015 with #EventideSXSW2015 and you'll be entered to win a standard H9.

Booth 427: Gear Expo
Austin Convention Center
Thursday, March 19 - Saturday, March 21
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Music Gear Expo is open to the public with free Guest Pass wristbands, available in advance or onsite at the event. Visit for more information. SXSW Badge and Wristband holders do not need a Guest Pass to attend.

To find out more about Eventide or the award-winning H9 Harmonizer® stompbox, please visit our website:

About Eventide
Eventide was founded in 1971 in New York City. Eventide is a leading developer and manufacturer of digital audio processing products for recording, broadcast, and live performance. Headquartered in Little Ferry, NJ, Eventide invented the H910, the first Harmonizer effects processor in 1975, followed in 1977 by the H949, the first de-glitched Harmonizer with additional delay. Visit Eventide online at

Aleynu. New Video From LENKA LICHTENBERG Is Upon Us!

'Aleynu' is a Hebrew prayer that concludes most Jewish services. The word itself means "it is upon us". Now, this sacred ancient liturgy is set to a stunning new video, which unites the visionary music of award-winning Canadian world-roots soprano Lenka Lichtenberg with the visual talents of Toronto-based videography agency Unikron.

Directed by Sergio Lasky of Unikron, with cinematography and editing by the award-winning Brazilian filmmaker Danilo Baracho, the ‘Aleynu' video is given a powerful visual gravitas by three distinctive locations: Kiever Synagogue in Kensington Market, which is the oldest standing synagogue in Toronto and also the very first building of Jewish significance to receive designation by the province of Ontario as a historical site; the sanctuary of Lenka's own home synagogue, Darchei Noam; and one of Toronto's great natural treasures, the Scarborough Bluffs on the shores of Lake Ontario.

"This is the first full video treatment of one of my original compositions," according to Lichtenberg. "My goal was for us to create a contemporary yet spiritual visual tableau that would complement my song and do this sacred prayer justice. I am immensely proud of this video, and so grateful to everyone involved from Unikron to my band for realizing its fruition."

The song ‘Aleynu' is one of the many highlights from Embrace, Lichtenberg's globally acclaimed 2013 album with her band Fray, which features some of the most luminous global music talents in Canada.

Fray is:
Lenka Lichtenberg -vocals, composition & arrangements
Alan Hetherington - drums & percussion,
Ravi Naimpally - tabla
Chris Gartner - bass
John Gzowski - guitar
Ernie Tollar - woodwinds

with special guests:
Hugh Marsh - violin
Roula Said - qanun

About Lenka Lichtenberg:
Vocalist & composer Lenka Lichtenberg shines as one of the most ambitious and visionary artistic builders in a nation that proudly defines its human identity as a multicultural mosaic. The Prague-born soprano's voice soars in no less than six languages -- Yiddish, English, Czech, French, Russian, and Hebrew -- in collaboration with leading world-roots instrumentalists and vocalists from the global diaspora. Her eight albums to date are far more than mere recordings in sequence; each one is its own groundbreaking idea, carefully manifested from the selection of songs and performers, to the recording environments, to the form and shape in which they are presented to the world. From her inspirational roots in Jewish liturgy and Yiddish poetry, Lichtenberg has branched out to become a bona fide world-roots troubairitz.

Lichtenberg's stunning most recent contribution to the world-roots canon, in the company of her ensemble Fray (Yiddish for "Free"), is Embrace. Continuing in the tradition of the ensemble's eponymous 2010 debut album, Embrace boldly forges uncharted terrain in new Yiddish music -- drawing on traditional songs and contemporary Yiddish poetry. Lichtenberg blends the tradition and language of Eastern European Jewish culture with unexpected sounds from Middle Eastern, Brazilian and North Indian music, expertly animated by Canada's leading Indo-Canadian and world fusion artists, including: Alan Hetherington (musical co-director, drums, pandeiro, percussion), Ravi Naimpally (tabla, darbuka), Ernie Tollar (flutes, saxophones), John Gzowski (guitars, oud), and Chris Gartner (bass). It was officially released in April 2013 at one of Canada's signature performance venues, the Canadian Broadcasting Company's Glenn Gould Studio.

Her newest collaboration is Lullabies from Exile, with world-renowned Iraqi-Jewish violinist, oud master and vocalist Yair Dalal. Released in September 2014, Lullabies was recorded on three continents over a two-year span. The project intertwines Babylonian and Yiddish traditional music -- two branches of a tree that, while born from the same roots and trunk, grew in separate ways for over two millennia. She is also working on a collection of remixes from her extensive catalogue with Canada's top global-fusion producers Andrew McPherson, who has remixed the likes of Transglobal Underground and Vieux Farka Toure, and Delhi 2 Dublin and leads the 2-time Juno nominated band Eccodek.

Lenka's links:
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For publicity & media requests:
Sebastian Cook
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Artist management:
Ian Menzies
Menzies Mixed Media

Celebrate Music For Women's History Month With Taking Back Eden

In honor of the countless women who have blazed their path in making music history, Taking Back Eden will be playing three shows in March.

Saturday, March 7, at The Arts Block, 285-291 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.
Saturday, March 14, at the Thirsty Mind, 23 College Street, in Hadley, MA
Saturday, March 28, at Mocha Maya's, 47 Main Street, Shelburne Falls, MA

All shows start at 8:00 p.m.

Taking Back Eden, based out of the five-college town of Amherst, Massachusetts is an original acoustic rock band featuring five women. The band is fronted by Carolyn Walker on lead vocals and violin, backed by Sylvie Abate on acoustic and classical guitars, Heather Sommerlad on violin and cello, Jen Spingla on bass and Christine "Tina" Abate on full kit and percussion.

With ties to folk, indie, rock, and classical music, the band writes and performs music with a message. Each women in Eden is a songwriter in her own right and together they spin thoughtful lyrics about women's issues, the environment, LGBT rights, social justice, love and relationships.

In addition to live performances, Taking Back Eden is donating fifty-percent of song sale proceeds to the non-for-profit organization, Every Mother Counts. You can purchase songs

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Melissa B. Releases "Breathe," First Single Off Debut Album "Exclusively"

New York based songwriter/artist Melissa B. presents "Breathe," the first single off of her debut album "Exclusively." The song is about when you breathe life, and the thoughts one has when their life is flashing before their eyes before leaving this world. Melissa B. captivates you in with her impressive vocal skills and the powerful trap beat produced by B. Howard draws you into the moment.

About Melissa B:
Melissa B. is an American recording artist,songwriter,and a rising star in the global music scene. Her music is energetic, and international,blending the best of the Gritty Glam Pop,Club, and even that classic live band feeling. While Melissa is a girl geek by day, she's a powerhouse singer and songwriter,with an undeniable talent for crafting melodic,catchy pop songs.

"Breathe" is available for purchase on iTunes and other online platforms.

Youtube Lyric Video of "Breathe"

Social Media:

How To Promote Your Music In Today's Music Industry

In this day and age, the music business is a fast-paced and shape-shifting environment where the lines between independent artists, small labels and major players within the industry are getting blurred and hard to define. While the changing situation might set off many alarm sirens, we feel very optimistic about the future and the way technology is empowering newcomers and up&coming artists carve their niche within the business.

With such a mindset,, a music promotion service based in Berlin, Germany, is all about placing artists under the spotlight. They work with a vast worldwide network of radio plugger, publicists, promoters, bloggers, tastemakers and industry insider who are passionate about spreading great music to the public and helping budding artists achieve their goals and expose their work to a wider audience.

Music-Promotion.Net helps artists and record labels to promote their music to more than 3,000 music magazines in no time at all. By simply submitting your music to their website they will be your dedicated Promotion Manager, making sure that your music promotion campaign is designed and implemented professionally.

The company is the brainchild of Jonathan Bouchard, who got the chance to learn the ins and outs of the industry by working as a freelance A&R consultant. Over the span of more than 10 years, Jonathan had the chance to accumulate a significant load of expertise within the music business, having work with major and indie labels alike. Through the network, Jonathan strives to bring back a personal and genuine approach to music promotion & music pr, helping artists and labels build great long-term relationships between artists and journalists.

Find out more and feel free to get in touch for further details!

[VIDEO] @ThisAlexandria's Controversial New Video For "Stay"

Canadian artist, Alexandria, who has previously worked with producer Brandon Paddock (produced for Avril Lavigne), award winning producer Gavin Brown and Canadian icon Dan Hill, and United Kingdom talent Ill Phil, releases her debut single and video "Stay" as her latest project. Written and directed by Darius Bashar, the public will be able to purchase the single on iTunes.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Alexandria is no stranger to the Canadian music scene. Grabbing the attention of and working with Canadian icon Dan Hill, Alexandria has had the opportunity to collaborate with talent such as Brandon Paddock - who previously worked with Avril Lavigne, Gavin Brown - award winner producer, UK outfits Frequency and Ill Phil as well as Canadian artist/producer Cugini.Alexandria’s music has been heard on CHRY 105.5 FM, Radio Humber 96.9 FM, OMNI TV V-Mix program as well as Party 94.3 FM in Boulder, Colorado. With her new new debut single "Stay" off of her upcoming album, Alexandria is quickly settling as one Canada’s promising rising stars.

Check out the video here:

Ouija Entertainment Producing Premier Music And Lifestyle Events In Los Angeles

Ouija Entertainment is an events music and lifestyle company with an innovative passion in showcasing unique talent from all over the world. Ouija Entertainment is based out of Los Angeles and will be curating a variety of spectacular music events for every fan. Opening many doors bringing in talent that you may have heard of or need to experience, you'll have music choices with endless possibilities. The events are first class and sure to be an amazing journey.

Founder and CEO Matt Orlove says, "Although we are the new kids on the block, we plan on shedding the moniker rather quickly. We fired out of the gates at our highly successful launch party with Penguin Prison, SNBRN, filous, and Afrowhitey. (Goldroom, Karl Kling from RAC, and JPatt from the Knocks even did a surprise B2B set)."

"In an effort to build on that momentum, we teamed up with L'Affaire Musicale to bring LA and eventually, other markets, the best in music and overall party experience. I am personally beyond enthusiastic for what the future holds."

Upcoming Ouija Entertainment events will take place at the 8,000 square foot, DJ mecca, Sound Nightclub - Los Angeles, CA.

March 12th - Le Youth w/ Solidisco, Kedd Cook, Templeton, & kidb
March 25th - Satin Jackets w/ Cassian, Durante, Dino Soccio, & Maikol

All events are sponsored by Absolut Vodka, Jameson Irish Whiskey, & Tequila Avion

More to come stay tuned!

For further info:

Celebrities, MLB Players To Celebrate Raquel Aurilia's Album Release In Phoenix March 8th

Scottsdale celebrity and recording artist Raquel Aurilia will host an album release party for her new album, "Long Way Home" on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 6pm-9pm at the Arizona Country Club in Phoenix. Celebrities and MLB players will be in attendance including Russ Ortiz and Ron Villone mixing with friends and VIPs including former NFL Cleveland Browns linebacker Mason Unck, and the Cowboy Lifestyle Network. Cox TV's J.R. Cardenas and his television show "Su Vida" will be taping from the party. The event will feature special live musical performances by Raquel Aurilia with special guest artist Stanley Serrano. A portion of the CD album proceeds at the event will benefit charity Pitch 4 Kidz – a program of Hope Network.

"It's been an amazing journey writing this album and I'm honored to be hosting the album release party for 'Long Way Home' in my hometown of Phoenix," says singer-songwriter Raquel Aurilia. "I'm so proud of these songs and this album that producer Billy Smiley and I have created, and definitely want to celebrate it!"

Recording Artist Raquel Aurilia is an accomplished singer-songwriter who has toured opening for John Waite, B.B. King, Gin Blossoms, Eddie Money, Riders in the Sky and Pat Benatar... Plus, Raquel has worked with Grammy Award winning producer Tony Papa (James Brown, Willie Nelson, John Denver) and Gardner Cole (Madonna, Jodi Whatley), as well as Grammy nominated producer Billy Smiley (Johnny Cash, Bebe and Cece Winans) on her new album, "Long Way Home".

"Long Way Home" was recorded in Nashville with Producer Billy Smiley. It is Aurilia's third album highlighting her authentic, powerful talent as a storyteller. It offers a Country/Pop style and features some of Nashville's top studio musicians including: Steve Brewster (drums), Ken Lewis (drums), Byron House (upright bass), Brennan Smiley (guitars), Blair Masters (keyboards), Sal Oliveri (keyboards), and Andy Leftwich (violin) who have recorded with icons such as Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks, Brett Eldridge, Amy Grant, Dierks Bentley, Peter Frampton, Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton.

"Long Way Home" offers an authentic next chapter for Raquel Aurilia with her heartfelt original self-penned songs including: Shattered; Little Things I Love; Reach for the Stars; and the title track Long Way Home.

Aurilia's music has been featured on MTV's hit series "The Hills," "The City" and "Taking the Stage." Her hit single "Feels Like" from her debut record, "Finding My Way," cracked the ultra-competitive R&R Top 30 AC and Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary charts at #28, and is still receiving national air play today.

Musicians on "Long Way Home" include:
Raquel Aurilia, Lead Vocals
Drums: Steve Brewster, Ken Lewis
Acoustic Guitars: Billy Smiley, Scott Dente
Bass: Matt Pierson, Anthony Sallee
Upright Bass: Byron House
Electric Guitar: Brennan Smiley, George Cocchini
Keyboards: Blair Masters, Sal Oliveri, and Billy Smiley
Violin: Andy Leftwich
Background Vocals: Raquel Aurilia, Billy Smiley, and Michelle Swift

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While the party is an invitation-only event, members of the media are welcome to cover the event by sending an RSVP request to Publicist Liz Motley at