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Music Launch Summit's Seven Days Of Interactive Learning

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Music Launch Summit, created by Australian musician and entrepreneur Steve Palfreyman, just released their Seven Days of Interactive Learning to Build Your Career in Music.

This event series is here to help artists and industry professionals up-skill, to gain insights and inspiration, meet and collaborate with your peers, and most of all, to walk away with completed work to help you launch. 🚀

I urge you to watch the replays and learn from those that specialize in these topics and provide great information so you can take charge of your music career!

Sign up and then watch here! I also posted my notes from each session in my dropbox.

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Frantic Romantic Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos With New Song/Video

In honor of Dia De Los Muertos, San Jose dream-pop rockers Frantic Romantic released their second single and music video today with an awesome premiere in No Depression magazine! Writer Mary Roberts states:
“With Alt-Pop hooks, the group easily wins over your heart and your ears which does the soul good. Vibrant melodies take over the track as it captures the nature of the band and also the video. Bound to win you over, Frantic Romantic quickly proves they have staying power in the modern era.“

The band was lucky enough to get another write-up via Music Existence, who’s writer Stephen Vicino wrote:
”The video not only shows the essence of the group in song, but also as a visual masterpiece. Their sonically alluring sound blends perfectly with a strong melodic flow that resonates throughout. The video perfectly captures the essence of the song with solid instrumentation and intriguing vocals which helps to convey the story of the piece.”

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Music Driven Rockumentary Releasing October 31st!

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My friends at Tabrizi Productions made an awesome rockumentary called Music Driven and they are releasing it this Halloween 10/31/18 through Vimeo On Demand!

Music Driven features a filmmaker and a musician that hit the road and journey across the US to take a pulse on the current state of unsigned rock and roll bands. If you're a musician, promoter or just a fan of music, there is something here for you. I guarantee by the time you finish the film, you'll have found at least one new band to follow.

Watch from the comfort of your home on the big screen or your computer through Vimeo On Demand. Streaming ($3.99) and Download ($12.99) available. Pre-order the film today, first 20 that use promo code: FREE20 will be able to rent the premiere for free!!! Slots are going fast!

Link: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/musicdriven

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The Go Ahead Playing Two Female-Themed SF Shows on 10/27

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The Go Ahead are bombarding San Francisco with two shows this Saturday, October 27th! First, the band takes the stage at Bandwagon’s “Women In Music” event with The She’s and Zelma Stone from 12-6pm, part of their Summer Music Series at Anchor Taps. Then, the band rocks PianoFight’s Femme Fatale Halloween Party with Thrown Out Bones from 10pm on, so dress as your favorite lady of the night and join in on the dancing and costume contests for the best dressed lethal enchantress!

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The Go Ahead Selected For Topgolf's Who Will Rock You Season 2!

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After auditioning in LA back in September, The Go Ahead were selected for Season 2 of Topgolf’s Who Will Rock You digital series! The band will compete with 23 other bands from all around the US with the hopes to advance to the finals in Nashville and win! If you’re in Las Vegas on Oct 21st or Oct 22nd, you can apply to be in the audience for the filming and get paid for it. As of right now, The Go Ahead are scheduled to film on Monday October 22nd. Stay tuned for more info; the band and I can’t wait to share this experience with you!

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Guest Blog: The Benefits of Art and Music Therapy for Individuals in Recovery

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Photo Credit: Daddy_E_Photography via Pixabay

For many years now, art and music have played a big part in the recovery of individuals who have battled things like depression, substance abuse, and PTSD. Waking up the creative side of the brain can have so many positive effects on a person’s life that music and art have been incorporated into therapies for these issues and many others. Not only can it help with expressing emotions, it can help a person become more social--effectively battling loneliness--and boost self-confidence, which is essential in overcoming many hurdles.

There are many ways to utilize art and music for the best benefits, so it’s important to find the one that works best for you. Many people who have told themselves for years that they “just aren’t creative” have found that they actually do have a hidden talent, or a passion for a form of creativity that they hadn’t previously explored. Do a little research first and explore the various ways creativity can help you overcome the things that are holding you back during recovery.

Here are a few tips on how to get started.

Learn to play an instrument
Learning to play an instrument can help you express yourself in a positive way while boosting your self-esteem, something that is so important when you are in recovery. Nowadays, it’s so easy to learn something new; there are tutorials and informative articles all over the internet, so do a bit of research to figure out what you might like to play. Woodwinds are very popular because they offer such a huge variety of sound, so you may want to start there. The saxophone and clarinet are wonderful instruments that can be adapted for many different musical styles. If woodwinds aren’t your thing, consider trying the trumpet; check out some reviews of the best trumpets on the market before you pick one up.

Help your body recover
In substance abuse recovery, it’s important to make sure that both your mind and body are taken care of. Art and music can help with both of those, and, in fact, are often employed in therapies for seniors who are in treatment for Alzheimer’s disease for that reason. Activities such as painting or playing an instrument are wonderful for gaining strength and control in the muscles, and they can both help reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Helping your body heal is a major part of recovery, and pursuing creative activities is a great way to start.

Get social
Not everyone is born knowing how to paint a masterpiece, so most of us need to learn at least the basics of art or music before creating our own. Taking a class will help you get social and make new connections, an essential part of recovery. You may feel reluctant to meet new people or talk about your past, but with creative endeavors, you don’t have to. Sharing your passion for painting or playing guitar is a way to bond with others and will help battle loneliness.

Boost your self-esteem
Turning to a creative pursuit during recovery will help boost your self-esteem in ways you might never have thought of. Learning what you’re good at and finding a passion for something new will allow you to form new friendships, take ownership of your actions, express both negative and positive emotions, and give you something to look forward to. In using art or music, you will be raising your self-esteem and self-confidence every day.

Creative activities don’t have to be limited to the visual arts or the musical; you can think outside the box and unite them, or pair music with another expression, such as dancing. Finding ways to express yourself can help you get through even the darkest of days during recovery and will allow you to live the life you want to live.


Big thanks to life and career coach Julie Morris for this great guest blog!

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Meet San Jose's Newest Band Frantic Romantic

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For all the fans of Skyway View, the band has reemerged on the Bay Area scene today as Frantic Romantic after teasing the new project on social media for the last few weeks.  Reminiscent of 80’s new wave sound and 90’s pop culture, the band’s signature dream-pop sound is sure to captivate audiences of all ages. Here's a sneak peek of their first single "At Night," which comes out in October!

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Life Size Models Playing Bandwagon Summer Series Aug 25th

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BandWagon announced their SF Summer Music Series taking place the last Saturday of each month August through October.  Each concert will have a different music theme, from indie rock to funk and soul and beyond. BandWagon, a unique mobile music venue, will curate its stage with local talent to keep the crowd movin’ and groovin’ all day. 

At each event, they’ll be pouring a special, small-batch BandWagon collaboration beer on tap. For August’s event, try BandWagon Wheat, a light, fruity, and refreshing beer brewed at Anchor Public Taps.

Life Size Models will be headlining Saturday, August 25th date, which also features performances by Your Fearless Leader and The Cires.

For more information, check out their Facebook Event.  There is a $5 cover at the door for 21+.

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Balanced BreakFEST 2018 Announced!

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Music industry community Balanced Breakfast announced their first ever Balanced BreakFEST taking place September 20-22 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) at 7 venues in the Mission District of San Francisco with over 60 Bay Area bands.  Early bird tickets for $32 are on sale now, so buy them before price goes up!

SCHEDULE:

Delirium - DAY 1
5:00 PM The Oakland Mind (Oakland)
6:00 PM VIQUEEN (San Francisco)
7:00 PM OUTERS (San Francisco)

Amnesia - DAY 1 HAPPY HOUR
5:00 PM Little Spiral (Concord)
6:00 PM RESONANCE (San Francisco)
7:00 PM MAAYAN (San Francisco)

Revolution Cafe - DAY 1
5:00 PM Amalgamation (San Francisco)
6:00 PM Eve Fleishman (San Francisco)
7:00 PM Matthew DePasquale (San Francisco)
8:00 PM Reisender (San Francisco)
9:00 PM Loveangelists (Oakland)
10:00 PM Dillingers (San Francisco)

Make-Out Room - DAY 1
7:00 PM Swamp Child (Berkeley)
8:00 PM The Bikini Complex (San Francisco)
9:00 PM Sit Kitty Sit (San Francisco)

The Knockout - DAY 1
9:00 PM Trez Maschine (San Jose)
10:00 PM The Living (San Francisco)
11:00 PM Alvie & the Breakfast Pigs (San Francisco)

Amnesia - DAY 1
9:00 PM SPECIAL GUEST
10:00 PM New Spell (San Francisco)
11:00 PM Fellow Vessel (Pittsburg)

Elbo Room - DAY 1
9:00 PM Vice Reine (San Francisco)
10:00 PM Great Highway (San Francisco)
11:00 PM Californicorns (Oakland)


Amnesia - DAY 2 HAPPY HOUR
5:00 PM Veins (Oakland)
6:00 PM Aurora Beam (Watsonville)
7:00 PM Manos Lindas (San Francisco)

Revolution Cafe - DAY 2
5:00 PM CJ Storm (San Jose)
6:00 PM E.G. Phillips (San Francisco)
7:00 PM Brother Spellbinder (San Francisco)
8:00 PM Martay (Salinas but living in Kansas City)
9:00 PM Shelby, Texas (San Francisco)
10:00 PM on dolphin (Oakland/Grass Valley)
11:00 PM Grey Davies (Berkeley)

Make-Out Room - DAY 2
7:00 PM William Robert (Oakland)
8:00 PM Unlikely Heroes (Oakland)
9:00 PM The Y Axes (San Francisco)

Amnesia - DAY 2
9:00 PM Agouti (San Francisco)
10:00 PM The HA (San Francisco)
11:00 PM The Crux (Santa Rosa)

Elbo Room - DAY 2
9:00 PM Serf and James (Napa)
10:00 PM Pamela Parker’s Fantastic Machine (San Francisco)
11:00 PM Love Jerks (San Francisco)


Amnesia - DAY 3 HAPPY HOUR
5:00 PM Clara Bellino (San Francisco)
6:00 PM Sayla Dobro (San Francisco)
7:00 PM Blonde Toledo (San Francisco)

Revolution Cafe - DAY 3
5:00 PM Zak Fennie (Napa)
6:00 PM Clementine Darling (Santa Rosa)
7:00 PM Phoenix Tweak (Oakland)
8:00 PM Ziva (San Francisco)
9:00 PM Justin Seagrave (San Francisco)
10:00 PM Gutter Swan (San Francisco)
11:00 PM SPECIAL GUEST

Amnesia - DAY 3
9:00 PM Skank Bank (Berkeley)
10:00 PM The Urban Renewal Project (Los Angeles)
11:00 PM Van Goat (Oakland)

EL Rio - DAY 3
9:00 PM The Wyatt Act (San Francisco)
10:00 PM Gooferman (San Francisco/Oakland)
11:00 PM Doctor Striker (San Francisco/Oakland)


If you’re curious what their events look like, check out their 3-day showcase last year at SxSW. It featured 24 prominent bands from Austin, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

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Guest Blog: 8 Ways to Make a Skill Stick

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Learning a new skill, whether for fun or career advancement, takes some discipline. Thankfully, there are tons of practical skills and talents that you can learn. You might start off with a jet pack of motivation, but it might dwindle as weeks go by and new challenges are encountered. Here’s a few tips and tricks on how to learn a new skill and make it stick.

1. Set SMART goals
You might have heard of a SMART goal: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound. This is a great way to start off new skills: setting smaller goals that are easy to achieve. Learning a new skill isn't easy. It's OK to start with small, achievable goals, and in fact, that's what will help you build the confidence to keep going. As you set smaller goals using the SMART template, remember to make distinctions between tasks and projects.

2. Set yourself up for success
Make your goals super easy to achieve. Let’s say you’re learning the guitar. Sometimes, taking it out of the case can be more effort than it’s worth. To solve this problem, you would buy a guitar stand and have your guitar on display so you remember to practice. Or, if you have a goal to exercise after work more often, store some workout clothes at your job that make it more convenient for you to hit the gym when you’re done in the office.

3. Control distractions
Part of finding the dedication to learn a new skill requires you to identify things that derail your focus and dealing with them. According to Lifehacker, changing your environment can help you reduce distraction and prevent bad practice habits that adversely affect your accomplishment of your goal. This can mean avoiding specific areas, or maybe cleaning your house so you can focus more easily.

4. Vary the way you do a task
Research has shown that subtly changing the way that you practice or perform a new skill, especially motor skills like learning a new instrument, causes your brain to reorganize information and improve your ability to learn something new. If you’re repeating the same musical sequences or language phrases, vary slightly when you practice so your brain starts getting into a new habit.

5. Tell a friend to keep you accountable
A friend can either learn with you or follow up with you. If necessary, make some ludicrous promise to them that you must fulfill if you don’t achieve your goal. This might mean giving your friend $100, or donating to a cause instead.

6. Reward yourself
This one is part of most attempts to learn a new skill, but finding the right kind of incentive is what’s really important. There are some rewards you can receive when you achieve a goal or learn a new skill, and there are others that you can use to reinforce successful actions or behavior. Find out what works for you, and don’t reward yourself until you’ve checked off your task.

7. Take a break after a focused session
According to the New York Times, taking a short break after you perform a focused session of work helps switch your brain into a mode where the information can be processed and new neural connections can be made.

8. Find a mentor
For many of the skills or talents that you want to learn, it’s likely that you can find someone who has already accomplished what you want to do. Talk with someone about the steps they took to accomplish the same goal. This gives you a good blueprint for how you will succeed.

Accomplishing really small goals in the beginning can help you get a good idea for how you can succeed in learning a new skill. Focus on just learning a little bit each day instead of trying to learn everything. You’ll find confidence as you continue to accomplish more goals.


Big thanks to life and career coach Julie Morris for this great guest blog!

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Planet Booty Joins Ninja Sex Party's Tour De Force

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In case you missed the big Booty news: in addition to their 20+ remaining dates on tour with TWRP this summer, they've just been added to the rest of Ninja Sex Party’s Tour De Force (all dates except Houston)!

Have you ever had a sex sandwich because that’s exactly what will be on the menu every night with this insane lineup. Many shows have already sold out so buy your tickets now while you still can! 🤘💖🍑🌍 

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Planet Booty & TWRP Unite For New Single & Tour

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Oakland's Planet Booty and Toronto's TWRP partnered on the single “Tactile Sensation,” which is featured on TWRP’s new album Together Through Time, releasing today May 18th.  You can stream the single here, plus check out the great article about these two bands uniting for this awesome song in The Bay Bridged.  Planet Booty is opening for TWRP during their album release concert at The Opera House in Toronto tonight, then the bands will tour together this summer, playing about 30 dates across the US including a show at Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco on July 7th.bri

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The Go Ahead Announce San Francisco & Santa Monica Shows

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San Francisco rockers The Go Ahead just announced back-to-back shows in San Francisco and Santa Monica!  First up is their show at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco headlining Sit Kitty Sit's album release show on Friday May 4th.  Then celebrating Cinco De Mayo and their drummer's birthday, the band is performing Saturday May 5th at TRiP Santa Monica.  Whether you live in NorCal or SoCal, there's no excuse to miss them playing!

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Singer/Songwriter Levi J Releases Lyric Video For "Red"

Bay Area singer/songwriter Levi J just released an awesome lyric video for his beautiful song "Red"!  Not only is Levi J a West Coast Songwriter Competition multi-award winner, but his live performances really captivate the audience.  I encourage you to check out his live EP titled Heart & Soul, which you can find on iTunes and Spotify.  If you're a San Jose local, there's plenty of shows for you to see him play live, so don't miss out!

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Santa Cruz Music Festival Coming March 10th & 11th

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Santa Cruz Music Festival 2018
March 10 & 11

Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2ktJ7OA

Phase 1 Artists:
Mr. Carmack - Ghostface Killah - K?D - Mija - CloZee - Justin Jay's Fantastic VoyageSacha Robotti - CharlestheFirst

Phase 2 Artists:

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Smoke Dza  -  LOSTBOYS (Mimosa & BOGL)  -  Forrest Day  -  El Papachango  -  Labrat  -  Eliquate (Full Band Reunion)  -  The Redlight District  -  Ancestree  -  Fulminante  -  Soulwise  -  No Accion  - Light The Band  -  The Bad Light  -  Coffee Zombie Collective  -  Driftr  -  Wild Iris  -   Stereo Stereo  -  Van Goat  -  Olright  -  Gnarboots  -  Pan Dulce  -  Death Monk  -  Cosmic Reef Temple  - Misamore  -  Pretty, Handsome  -  Life Size Models  -  Redublic  -  Phers  -  Concentrate  -  Womp Rat  -  Hoven  -  Mike Jones  -  SVNKA  -  Kyle Warren  -  Highend  -  Moist Boiz  -  Dirt Track Hereos  -  Birdo  -  Entoptic  -  Cement Ship  -  Nickel Experience  -  Sweet Hayah  -  Shoobies  -  Jive Machine  -  Paul Damon & The Healers  -  Money For Helicopters  -  The Vampirates  -  Boss' Daughter  -  The Randy Savages  -  F.U.X.  -  Frootie Flavors  -  Noise Clinic  -  Sourpatch Kid  -  ION  -  Vybrant Vibes  -  Kuhteeuh  -  A-Vlust  -  Berto8  -  Xolotl  -  A Chan-Kai  -  Miggle  -  $ylan  -  Torio Van Grol  -  Keith Lowell Jensen  -  Emily Catalano  -  BJ Rankin  -  Tony Zavala  -  DNA

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Breakout your brightest attire and get the festival fam together because the Santa Cruz Music Festival returns March 10th and 11th! For two days SCMF takes over Pacific Avenue and the Downtown Area for an experience fun for the whole family! Celebrating its fifth anniversary, SCMF is the premiere Bay Area music festival featuring musicians and artists--along with societal movers and shakers--from Santa Cruz and beyond!

Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2ktJ7OA
Check out the Facebook Event

FULL EXPERIENCE PASS - 18+
This pass will give the holder access to ALL PARTICIPATING VENUES including the Civic Auditorium (21+ age restrictions apply to the other venues). THE CIVIC AUDITORIUM WILL BE THE ONLY VENUE that any under 21-year-olds can go to after 10:00pm on Saturday (3/10/18) and Sunday (3/11/18).

LOCALS' PASS - 21+
This pass will give the holder access to these local venues (Motiv, The Blue Lagoon, Rosie McCann's, Museum of Art & History & Cafe Mare). THIS PASS WILL NOT GIVE THE HOLDER ACCESS TO THE CIVIC AUDITORIUM. All the above venues will be 21+ after 10:00pm on both Saturday (3/10/18) & Sunday (3/11/18). Due to this, the Locals' Pass will only be sold to those over 21. 

Venues:
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
San Lorenzo Park
MOTIV
The Blue Lagoon
Cafe Mare
Tannery Arts Center
Rosie McCann's Irish Pub & Restaurant - Santa Cruz
99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall
Streetlight Records-Santa Cruz
Woodstock's Pizza Santa Cruz
Abbott Square Market
Poet Patriot
Felix Kulpa Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Village Yoga Santa Cruz

More Information: www.santacruzmusicfestival.com
Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2ktJ7OA

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Barb Rocks On Artist Management Panel For Balanced Breakfast Music Industry Summit

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Balanced Breakfast announced their 1st National Music Industry Summit, taking place at PianoFight in San Francisco on Saturday February 10th, with a Pre-Party on Friday February 9th with Oakland electro-funk trio Planet Booty and DéCollage from Denver.  Meet professionals from San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Denver, Nashville, Austin, Charlotte and more. Learn from panels discussing everything from social media to licensing.

Check out the Schedule & Panels:

SATURDAY
10:00 AM Doors open
10:30 AM • Front Cabaret Stage
Welcome & Warm-up
Stefan Aronsen • BB Co-founder

11:00 AM • Front Cabaret Stage
Move Your Body, Train Your Mind: A Path To Peak Performance
Eve Fleishman (moderator) - Yoga Therapist & Musician
Jonathan Devoto - Dancer, Health Coach & Musician
Loryn Barbeau - Holistic Vocal and Performance Coach
Barb Siller - Yoga Instructor & Musician

11:00 AM • Small Theater
PROMOtivation! - Inspire and Enhance Connections through Marketing and Promotions
Paige Clem (mod) - Marketing Director for High Sierra Music
Mindi Levine - DJ at 99.3 The Vine & Music Marketer
M Florentino Buenaventura - CEO at EnterTalk Radio
Barbara Leung - RemixNoise

11:00 AM • Big Theater
Revival of Vinyl
Gordon Elgart (moderator) - Founder Spinning Platters
Ben Givarz - Artist Relations Mgr
Michael David Carney - Co-owner of Gulch Alley Music Studio
Jacob Horowitz - Record Scientist
Sarah Sexton - Owner at OIM Records

12:00 PM • Front Cabaret Stage
How to Use Social Media Better
Isabelle Garson (moderator) - CCO at Second Octave Media
Michael Brandvold - CEO Michael Brandvold Marketing
Bryce David Dow-Williamson - CEO at Second Octave Media
David A Sikorski - Senior Editor at EARMILK
Bob Duskis - President & Co-Founder of Six Degrees Records

12:00 PM • Small Theater
The Musician's Tech Tool Kit
Peter B. Jacobsen (moderator)- Studio Manager at Music City SF
Patti Silverman - Advisor at SF MusicTech Summit & Consultant
Todd Tate - Co-founder of Musical Turk
Aliza Hava - Founder of Musician's BASS
Cory Zechmann - Project Manager at TuneIn

12:00 PM • Large Theater
Got Gigs? Coffeeshops, Corporate, and Clubs
Brian Bergeron (moderator) - Ivy Hill Entertainment
Travis Hayes Busse - Talent Buyer at Neck of The Woods
Sarah - Booking at Boom Boom Room
Omar Peña - Event Coordinator and Promoter
KC Turner - Concert Promoter via KC Turner Presents

LUNCH BREAK

2:00 PM • Front Cabaret Stage
Artist Management
Josh Windmiller (moderator) - Manager, Producer & Artist
Casey Shafer - CEO Burning House Management
Victor Casillas Valle - Artist Manager at Counter Culture Group
Barbara M Wahli - Artist Manager via Barb Rocks
Brendan Dreaper - Band Manager at Mixtape Artist Management
Fred Hausman III - CEO Prize Fighter Records

2:00 PM • Small Theater
How to Write Better Songs
Jared Swanson (moderator) - Lead Singer of Abbot Kinney
Emily Moldenhauer - Lead Singer of Emily Afton
Adam Brookes - Lead Singer of Dangermaker
Matt Roads - Freelance Musician & Ivy Hill Entertainment
Mona Khalifa Magno - Lead Singer of Twin Flame Medicine
Roem Baur - Singer-Songwriter

2:00 PM • Big Theater
BRANDING: How Defining Your Message Will Skyrocket Your Career
Kit Russell (moderator) Creative Consultant & Strategist
Lyle Burns - Creative Consultant & Strategist
Zen Zenith - Musician & Podcaster
Angela Mastrogiacomo - Music Publicist
Annie Bacon - Musician & Blogger

3:00 PM • Front Cabaret Stage
Musician Showmanship/Performance
Kanoa Blodgett (moderator) - Owner of Neck of The Woods
Dylan Charles Germick - Lead Singer of Planet Booty (Oakland)
Reed Cameron Fox - Lead Singer of DéCollage (Denver)
Lalin St. Juste - Lead Singer of The Seshen (Bay Area)
Sivan Lioncub - Lead Singer of Everyone Is Dirty (Oakland)
Emily Sevin - Photographer

3:00 PM • Small Theater
Music Law: Online and On Stage
Mark Pearson (moderator) - Entertainment Attorney
Vivek Sridharan - Entertainment Attorney
Jon Duman - Entertainment Attorney
Ben Van Houten - Entertainment Office City Hall

3:00 PM • Big Theater
Sound & Engineering
Seth Lael (moderator) - Sound Engineer
Michael Romanowski - Mastering Engineer at Coast Mastering
Starita - Producer, Engineer & Artist
Jesse Cassar - Audio Engineer & Talent Buyer
Carmen Caruso - Music Producer
Gabriel Sean Armstrong - Sound engineer

4:00 PM • Big Theater
Keynote: What is Success?
Stefan Aronsen (Moderator) - Balanced Breakfast Co-Founder
Aaron Axelsen - Alt 105 Music Director
John Vanderslice - Tiny Telphone Recording
Mike Deni - Geographer

5:00 PM - CLOSE • Front Cabaret Stage

AFTER PARTY
LIVE MUSIC BY:
Gutter Swan
Moonray
Mona Khalifa Magno

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Barb Rocks' Best of 2017

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I know I'm behind on this as most blogs have already released their best of lists, but it's better late than never!

2017 was a big year of music for me.  A few of my favorite artists/bands released wonderful albums, plus there were many songs that touched my soul in one way or another.  Here's my Best of 2017 list, comprised of a few albums and some songs that ended up on repeat a lot, all with some commentary on why I selected each one.  The list could be longer, but I forced myself to keep it somewhat short as I know attention spans don't last long for such things.


Lorde - Melodrama
I've loved Ella Yelich-O'Connor since the first time I heard "Royals" via some small music blog, which was a good six months before the hit made it onto radio and propelled her into stardom.  Her debut album "Pure Heroin" was a breath a fresh air for me, something different from the mainstream Max Martin influenced pop that we hear daily, and "Melodrama" touched me just as deeply.  Each song adds it's own story to the house party concept album, with some raw emotions of a love lost and dealing with ones own reflection and pain.  I love the nostalgic feeling of "Supercut" and "Hard Feelings" really cut me deep, though I'm pretty sure I was already smitten when I heard "Green Light."


The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
What a great follow up to "Lost In The Dream," which was my favorite album back in 2014.  This band just strikes a chord in me with their melodic shoegaze sound.  Perfect album to play in the background during a dinner party or while enjoying a fire pit with friends.  What a joy to see them in the Coachella 2018 line-up!


HAIM - Something To Tell You
One can't help to love the sisters HAIM with their harmonies and chick rock lyrics of love and life that I can relate to.  "Right Now" and "Want You Back" are stand-out tracks that had me yearning to hear the whole album, plus their set at the Fox Theater in Oakland (despite Danielle being sick) was an unforgettable night that tops my concert list for 2017.


Greta Van Fleet - From The Fires
If you haven't heard of this young Michigan band yet, then you better get schooled because their Led Zeppelin-era sound is taking over the airwaves.  I was lucky enough to be introduced to their 4-song EP "Black Smoke Rising" by a good friend of mine last summer and I was instantly hooked by their classic rock hooks and lead singer Josh Kiszka's wailing howl, which is very reminiscent of Robert Plant and would surely make him proud.  Composed of three brothers and a good friend, these 18-21 year olds are sure to become your next favorite rock band.


Halsey - Now Or Never
Oh how I love Halsey, let me count the ways.  She's just amazing with a sultry voice and heartfelt lyrics, plus add in that she's absolutely gorgeous.  I was so skeptical of her back when "New Americana" came out, but then I saw her live and was blown away, leading me to download "Badlands" and loving that album.  When I heard "Now or Never" last year, I was once again reminded how much I adore her and it became one of my go-to songs.  Maybe I should put the whole "Hopeless Fountain Kingdom" album on this list...


Banks - Underdog
When I heard that growling bark in the first verse, I was instantly hooked.  There's just something fierce and full of angst that resonates with me in this new single from the talented Los Angeles R&B pop singer.  I hope this tune brings in a new era of Banks, as I much prefer the fiery upbeat songs over the ballads.


Arcade Fire - Everything Now
This song combines a few of my favorite things: ABBA, Simple Minds, ABC, INXS, Tom Tom Club, and the Never Ending Story theme.  I love the 70's disco overtones with 80's New Wave undertones -- you can't help but dance to this catchy tune.  I was also a big fan of their live show; their whole branding was spot on with a boxing ring stage the band moved freely around on, providing that 360 feel for everyone in the arena.


Yoke Lore - Good Pain
Not many people know that Adrian Galvin used to drum for Walk The Moon, but he left the band due to artistic differences.  Last year he carved his own mark with some great singles & an EP, including this one that tops my list.  I have a feeling this is only the beginning of a fruitful musical endeavor as he continues to tell stories about how things are connected.  If you're wondering about the name, it's based on a yoke that binds things together, and lore, which is a set of stories.


Gryffin, Illenium, Daya - Feel Good
My favorite electro-pop song of the year, probably because I bonded with my camping neighbors at Coachella over it, which we experienced live in the Sahara tent.  Been a fan of Gryffin since I heard "Heading Home" in 2016 and I'm hoping he'll continually surprise me with good electronic tunes and remixes.  This song also introduced me to Illenium, who's album "Awake" is also worth a listen.


Alan Walker - The Spectre
My other favorite DJ, Alan Walker took my heart with his debut song "Faded" back in 2015, and again in 2016 with "Sing Me To Sleep" and "Alone."  2017 brings this Norwegian DJ to the forefront of the EDM scene, leading to a Coachella 2018 booking, which pleases me beyond my wildest electronic dreams.  Did you know that in early 2017, Walker's YouTube channel became the most subscribed channel registered in Norway?  And he's only 20 years old!


Imagine Dragons - Mouth Of The River
Let's be honest, Imagine Dragons haven't nailed a full album since their debut "Night Visions" even though I'll say that "Evolve" did surpass "Smoke + Mirrors" by far.  Despite that, this song really impacted me and ended up on repeat enough to make this list.  Maybe it's the choir-like feel of the chorus, or maybe it's that hard-hitting drum beat that syncs well with my heart.  Let's just say I sing out loud every time I hear it, especially  the part where Dan Reynolds chants "I'm pacing, and I'm pacing."


Walk The Moon - One Foot
Let's just call it my guilty pleasure, because this song just makes me smile and wanna dance.  From Nicholas Petricca's opening howls to the 80's synth pop feel of the music, it's one of those catchy earworms that gets stuck in your head for the rest of the day.  I often catch myself humming and singing the lyrics, all while remembering those high schools days dancing around my house to Duran Duran.  Even the video captures it's wild and upbeat feel that just radiates positivity.


K.Flay - Blood In The Cut
My girl Kristine has come so far since her Stanford days!  I'm just so proud to see an artist I've known since she first came out in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene make it big.  Getting signed to Dan Reynolds' Night Street Records and opening for his band on their Evolve Tour was just what she needed to thrust her into the spotlight and earn her a Grammy nomination.  Having suffered my own heart-break at the beginning of 2017, her lyrics really hit the spot, especially "lately, I’ve been killing all my time, reading through your messages my favorite way to die."


Planet Booty - Naked
Yes Planet Booty is on my management roster, but that doesn't necessarily mean I'm being biased here.  "Naked" is simply a great dance song with lyrics that make you smile.  You can't help but shake your booty when you hear it and I'm sure many have added this to their bedroom playlist for getting it on.  Every person that experiences this bootylicious trio's high energy live performance walks away in awe and sweat.  Trust me, this electro-funk band will someday hit mainstream radio and you'll remember you heard it here first.

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Get It On Vinyl Review of The Go Ahead's EP "In Harms Way"

Get It On Vinyl wrote the most amazing review of "In Harms Way" by The Go Ahead, stating "their synchronicity is as vibrant and beautiful as a freshly blooming flower after the rain" and "'In Harms Way' truly establishes their knack for capturing a mood and riding that wave of feelings into lyrical finesse."

Read the whole review and see why they say "The Go Ahead is an undiscovered gem with a charismatic sound and style."

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Balanced Breakfast Launches App On iOS & Android

You know that feeling you get when you realize you’ve found your tribe? For many, it feels like everything has clicked, and your journey has finally led you to a community that supports your efforts. This support gives you stronger motivation, you now have people who are counting on you. The people in your tribe want you to succeed, and they are by your side to aid you through the tough times. Sound like something you’re looking for? Good news! These are the core values of Balanced Breakfast!

Balanced Breakfast had its first meeting in 2013, with co-founders Stefan Aronsen and Andy Freeman. The original concept was a support group for their close friends. They envisioned a weekly breakfast meeting of five to ten friends around a small table at a diner in San Francisco. Their small group quickly grew, however, and in a short period of time Balanced Breakfast had spread to 20 U.S. cities and 2 international cities: Toronto and Bogota.

“In an industry where you often do business with friends, Balanced Breakfast is a way to find the friends you want to do business with.” - Andy Freeman

Balanced Breakfast meetings vary by location, but they share the same format; each meeting discusses solutions to the challenges that every professional faces in the music industry. Balanced Breakfast’s community helps launch individual careers by strengthening the city’s existing music scene. While there is a strong networking component to Balanced Breakfast, it is at its core about building community, and the idea that we are stronger together than we are alone—a philosophy that has allowed for its massive expansion in the three years since its inception.

“Breakfast was a good way to bring local communities together to chat about projects and discuss topics in the music industry” explains Aronsen. “When we started, I couldn’t have predicted how much interest there would be, both nationally and internationally. Other cities recognized the power of grassroots collaboration, the music and art that spring forth from that energy, and the meaningful human connections gained.”

In 2017, after nearly three years of eating breakfast and listening to the needs of music industry professionals, Stefan finally realized what music industry professionals needed. In an industry that thrives on who you know, members of BB were hungry for more connections to the scene. After heavy research into how professionals connect digitally, Stefan knew it was time to create the BB app. It was then that he recruited his long-time friend Levi Winkler to help him make Balanced Breakfast an LLC and launch its first product.

"Our city meetups created the physical foundation for Breakfast. The BB Music App provides our members a digital framework to build on that foundation," Levi says.

With the introduction of the brand new BB app, Balanced Breakfast is expanding its reach. They have experienced success with IRL meetings, the app will help increase the network reach, digitally. The goal of the app is similar to the goal of the meetings, aid people with finding community and offer a resource of industry information. Currently the app is a great way to find fans, musicians, and industry professionals in your city and around the world. Users can filter the people in the app based on profession, skill, genre, and specific needs, like “looking for show.” Ultimately, the app makes it more convenient than ever to connect with the community around you. It’s like LinkedIn for the music industry—but cooler … way cooler!

Download the BB Music App to start connecting with industry professionals in your city and around the world!

Check out the interview with Stefan Aronsen in The Prelude Press!

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