INDIE NEWS BEAT
March 5, 2006 Edition
* MPress Records To Host Official SXSW ’07 Party
* Her Calling (America) Available For Radio Airplay
* Music & Entertainment Job Fair – March 9 – 11, 2007
* Sky Slope Music Takes Off!
* "Little Nashville" Lead Singer Performs At Home Of Grand Ole Opry
* Acoustic Fuel Features Karlex’s Single "I’ve Got News For You…"
* Amy Speace Signs Up To The MusicDish Network
* MusicDish Takes Its First Dip Into SXSW
* Kobo Town Plays In Support Of Canadian Friends Of Sudan And Burma
* Haitian-American Singer Karlex Signs Up To MusicDish Network
MPress Records will host an Official Party at this year’s South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas on Saturday March 17, 2007 to promote their latest release New Arrivals: Volume Two (NAV2). The event will take place at the Copa Bar and Grill (located at 217 Congress Avenue in downtown Austin) from noon until 5pm and will be open to the public. MpressFest 2007 is sponsored by Artists Against Hunger and Poverty, Music Dish, and OnlineGigs.com. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
The showcase will feature performers whose music can be heard in the New Arrivals series. Among those performing will be StarbucksTM Emerging Artist Mieka Pauley, GrammyFest® Winner Gregory Douglass, and Hotel Café Tour performer Jim Bianco. Notable indie pioneers Melissa Ferrick and Anne Heaton add to the diverse and talented roster, along with Independent Music Award Winner and MPress founder Rachael Sage.
Like its predecessor, New Arrivals: Vol. One, 100% of the proceeds from sales of New Arrivals: Volume Two (NAV2) will benefit another worthy organization, World Hunger Year (http://www.worldhungeryear.org/). Sales from New Arrivals: Volume One (NAV1) continue to benefit Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief, following the devastation of the region by Hurricane Katrina in September 2005. New Arrivals: Volume Two (NAV2) will be available in stores nationwide May 1, 2007.
"This is a new mix that features some of my great player friends" says Denzien. "We wanted to put this out as a single in advance of the new CD release". "Exit 21 has had some great reviews so we thought people would like the remix".
On the upcoming CD (working title: AirDate – an anagram for the actual title) Denzien is joined by Drummer – Anton Fig (Paul Shaffer – Late Night with David Letterman); Guitarist – Allen James; Bass – Kjell Benner; Drummer – Chuck Treece (McRad, Bad Brains, Urge Overkill, the Mosquitos, King Britt, Buck-O-Nine, Res and G. Love, Huffamoose); Backing Vocals – FRUiT, Lyra Project, Debra Lee. Rick Denzien is also Co-Producing several songs with Grammy Nominated David Ivory (The Roots) in the slot-1 studio along with Emmy winning Drummer – Daoud Shaw (Van Morrison, Saturday Night Live)
The new CD features 12 new songs in Denzien’s rock / acoustic style. What is the scheduled airdate for AirDate? "We are in the studio now" , says Denzien. "Rik Tinory (Arrowsmith Pump) called me up one day and I learned from him that it took a year of solid recording everyday to produce "Pump" – good things take time".
Women in Music National Network is hosting a "Virtual Job Fair" for the Music and Entertainment industries, March 9-11, 2007.
Job seekers are invited to participate in this cutting-edge event specifically designed for men and women interested in music & entertainment related careers.
The Music and Entertainment Job Fair is an Internet event using a technology platform that provides all the features and benefits of a traditional job fair. Virtual 3D booths will present hundreds of job openings and company profiles.
This 3-day job fair is a one-of-a-kind virtual event that creates new opportunities for those who are looking for a wide variety of music & entertainment employment.
The M&E Job Fair will provide attendees with job opportunities in various segments of the Music & Entertainment industry‹jobs that may not be widely advertised or jobs that you may not of known existed in music & entertainment.
The Music & Entertainment job fair takes place entirely on the Internet, which means no travel expense and you can discover new employment options, with a variety of different companies; all in a relaxed environment — the comfort of your home or office.
Participants will be able to:
· View Company Profiles
· See Current Openings & Job Descriptions
· Submit Resumes
· Enter Drawing to Win Prizes
To register for the job fair go to: http://www.womeninmusic.com/JobFair_Attend.htm
Sky Slope Music, a new indie label, began as a support team for the community of talented, eclectic, aspiring musical artists, predominantly based in Brooklyn. It has progressed into a record label, tailored to nurture the independent spirit of groove based pop, neo-soul and jazz. For the launch, Sky Slope will showcase two Brooklyn favorites. Beyondo is a funky/jazzy band led by trumpeter/vocalist Eric Biondo. Also a member of Antibalas and Volney Litmus, he blends pop sensibilities with jazz inspired rhythms and a wry sense of humor. Thought keeps the groove going with blaxploitation horns, Funkadelic inspired guitar and strong lyrics.
Friday, March 2nd, 9:00 PM
Rose Live, 345 Grand Street between Havemeyer/Marcy Aves.
J Juliano, lead singer of Little Nashville, a popular children’s group performing music with today’s "hot" Country sound, has proved beyond a doubt that he appeals to adult listeners as much as to children by standing toe-to-toe with adult Country’s best aspiring artists in the recent Colgate Country Showdown.
J Juliano made his way through a field of over 60,000 contestants to compete against four other adult acts for the National Title in the 25th Anniversary Colgate Country Showdown at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on January 25, 2007. His outstanding performance in the competition will be nationally televised on stations such as ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and GAC (Great American Country) during the months of March, April, and early May.
The Colgate Country Showdown, billed as America’s Largest Country Music Talent Search, is as well known in country music circles as American Idol is in pop music circles. Virtually every major country music entertainer of the past 25 years has participated in the Showdown.
Because the Showdown is an adult-focused competition, the songs Juliano chose for the competition were not Little Nashville songs. However, the professionalism and fun, high-energy spirit he brought to the stage was exactly the same level of performance you¹d see at a Little Nashville show. His polished stage presence and Juliano’s excellent guitar skills had many audience members staunchly rooting for him and standing in their seats.
The role of music in promoting well-being, whether physical or emotional, has been widely documented and resulted in a new breed of websites. Acoustic Fuel, offering "Music Therapy for relaxation, meditation, inspiration and more," has selected MusicDish Network artist Karlex‘ single "I’ve Got News For You…" as their ‘Daily ReFill – In Celebration of Black History Month.’ Karlex had been previously invited to perform the song by Phillipe Lefait on France 2’s prestigious ‘Live Acoustic’ TV show.
The track is from Karlex’ debut album "Ghetto Fabulous" was released in France in September 2006 and will be available in the Netherlands in March. The album has been making waves from the start, having been selected by "Arte TV" as an October Event and Album Of The Week by "Radio Africa No 1." The album’s first music video "Farewell Angel" has been receiving regular play on the "Europe 2" cable channel.
MusicDish LLC, an artist development firm and magazine publisher, announced the addition of New York-based country/folk artist Amy Speace to its MusicDish Network roster. MusicDish will provide full online marketing and management support as well as seeking booking and business opportunities in the Canadian music market.
MusicDish founder Eric de Fontenay initially met Amy and her management team Grassy Hill Entertainment at Dewey Beach Music Festival in 2005 and has been following her career ever since she released and gained critical acclaim for her album "Songs For Bright Street."
"It’s ironic that it would take two years and halfway across the world at MIDEM in Cannes, France for us to decide to work together," noted Eric de Fontenay. "It was well worth the wait, though, she is one of the most exciting indie folk singers on the scene."
Amy’s "Songs For Bright Street" has been attracting lots of attention, spending 3 months in the Top 10 of Folk Radio Charts and 10 weeks in the Top 10 of Roots Americana Charts (both in the summer of 2006). The album was chosen as one of Indie-Music.com’s Top 25 Indie Releases. Amy was recently nominated "Emerging Artist of the Year" for the 2007 Folk Alliance Awards and has been asked to open for Little Feat, Heartland, Phil Vassar, John Corbett Roger McGuinn, John Gorka, Peter Mulvey, Tracy Grammer, Sloan Wainright and Steve Forbert.
She’s also won considerable critical acclaim. The Village Voice (NYC) observed that Speace is "taking her Americana away from twangy contemplation toward tangy confrontation" and noted that she’s "not another of those breathy would-be child poets, but a real singing writer of songs." Time Out New York stated, "Amy Speace plays sweet, twangy folk music with a clear voice and an innocent vulnerability." The Nashville Scene noted that she "balances wry humor with open-hearted honesty" and renowned Nashville critic Robert K. Oermann, writing in Music Row, dubbed her a "new star."
MusicDish LLC, a leading music magazine publisher and artist development firm, is making its presence felt at Austin’s South by Southwest Conference for the first time in celebration of it’s 10th anniversary in the industry. MusicDish gift bags will be distributed at the showcases, featuring an array of goodies such as MusicDish’s "MIDEM 2007" sampler, Grassy Hill Entertainment sampler, free software from MusicWorld3D, and much more.
MusicDish is sponsoring the First Annual MPress Records Official SXSW Showcase, taking place on Saturday March 17th at the Copa Bar and Grill from 12 noon – 5pm. The show will feature a variety of independent artists who appear on MPress Records’ latest release "New Arrivals Vol. 2" from which all proceeds will benefit Artists Against Hunger and Poverty and World Hunger Year.
MusicDish is also sponsoring GoGirlsMusic.com’s 7th annual "Invasion of the GoGirls" being held March 15-18, 2007 at Trophy¹s Bar and other Austin area venues. Supporting Hep C Aware, dedicated to raising awareness of hepatitis C, the showcases will coincide with the conference and feature the best emerging GoGirls talent.
Toronto-based roots-calypso act, Kobo Town will perform a special concert in support of Canadian Friends of Sudan and Burma at Barrymore’s Music Hall on Saturday March 10th in Ottawa, Ontario. Jokko and the Souljazz Orchestra will also be performing. Admission is $15.
"It’s important for us to participate in this event to help raise funds and more importantly, awareness of the corruption and injustice affecting the people living in these regions," comments Kobo Town front-man Drew Gonsalves.
Gonsalves speaks from far more than an observational standpoint. He named his band after the vibrant and turbulent neighborhood in old Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where both he and calypso were born. Kobo Town strives to recover the social conscience, satirical storytelling and strong acoustic/organic rhythms that characterized Trinidadian music in the past. For members of the eight-piece outfit, the name suggests an origin as well as a destination.
Kobo Town produced and self-released their debut album Independence in November 2006. Drawing heavily upon the sounds of traditional calypso, roots reggae and dub poetry, the album is a collection of stories which offer a running commentary on a wide variety of social and political themes including domestic violence, homelessness, globalization, the war on Iraq, and the various frustrations and betrayals of the post-colonial era. Independence was co-produced by Lyndon Livingstone (David Rudder, Andre Tanker, Mighty Scrunter) and Drew Gonsalves at the Razorshop in Maraval, Trinidad.
MusicDish, LLC, a music magazine publisher and artist marketing/development firm, announced the addition of Haitian American singer/songwriter Karlex to its MusicDish Network roster. Karlex, who is currently based in the south of France, soulfully fuses the vibes of his native island with funky guitar sounds and heavy bass, in a unique blend called Afro Groove. MusicDish founder Eric de Fontenay and Karlex, who had first met in September 2006, struck the deal in the Press Club of the Palais des Festivals on the closing day of MIDEM 2007 in Cannes, France.
MusicDish will provide full online management support, including brand development and marketing, as well as seeking licensing and business opportunities for his album "Ghetto Fabulous". Released in France in September 2006, "Ghetto Fabulous" will be released in Benelux in February 2007, followed by a six city tour in the Netherlands in April. He is also currently seeking distribution in the North American market.
The album has been making waves from the start, having been selected by "Arte TV" as an October Event and by "Radio Africa No 1" as Album Of The Week leading up to the release. Karlex was invited by Phillipe Lefait on France 2’s ‘Live Acoustic’ to play his song "I’ve Got News For You…", while the album’s first music video "Farewell Angel" has been receiving regular play on the "Europe 2" cable channel.
Provided by the MusicDish Network. Copyright © MusicDish LLC 2007 – Republished with Permission