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Funky Bots Launches Atomic Bands for Smart Bluetooth Body Motion Gaming

Los Angeles, CA, 2017-Mar-23 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Funky Bots announces the launch of Atomic Bands on IndieGoGo. Atomic Bands are smart bluetooth gaming and the first wearables for gesture based gameplay. They feature advanced bluetooth motion tracking, single or multi player options. No camera or remote control needed and most of all these bands teach players real skills. Features include: gesture recognition, haptics for advanced rhythm training and a rad wireless oracle charging station. Play augmented reality games and make fitness fun.

DETAILS:
Atomic Bands are a pair of wearables, worn on the wrists or ankles, that aim to accurately approximate full skeletal body tracking. They have haptic feedback, OLED displays and LED lighting to give a variety of feedback points as part of dance, martial arts and fitness focused gameplay. These smart bluetooth gaming devices offer new options for Augmented Reality gaming. No camera, console or remote control needed. Single or multiplayer options. Make fitness FUN!

Atomic Bands were chosen as one of the Top New Gadgets of CES 2017 (CNET, BBC Science, 2one5 and NewsHacker). “The perfect product for the fitness junkie, the gamer, and everyone in between was being showcased at CES this year. Funky Bots Atomic Bands are super-hero inspired and here to make all of your dreams a reality, seriously. The Atomic Bands are a new device for body motion gaming and are the first of their kind offering single and multiplayer options. You can learn those sick dance moves that have always been on your bucket list or create things in an AR 3D world with the simplest gestures with advanced real-time motion tracking and pattern recognition.” – 2one5, Best of CES

Atomic Bands add a whole new dimension to body motion gaming. Now gamers can play anywhere and don’t have to stand in range of a camera. Players can move anywhere and still be in the game. Moreover, the devices are connected to an entire Funky Bots app platform where players learn real movement skills: how to toprock, salsa or practice monkey kung fu. Seamus Byrne of CNET wrote, “Don’t dismiss these bands as just another gaming peripheral. Atomic Bands want to become the Duolingo of dance and martial arts education.”

Funky Bots currently is developing innovative gesture based games to be available with Atomic Bands. They created three apps that were chosen by Apple as Best New App as well as the first motion sensor apps for Taichi and street dance. They were also winners of the Alcatel Innovation Challenge (Paris) and part of the Technogym Wellness Accelerator (Venice).

ALL these games for Atomic Bands will be FREE to download on iOS and Android platforms. This means after players have Atomic Bands, they no longer have to pay for games (which normally runs between $20-40 EACH! for Kinect or Xbox… ) Funky Bots is also releasing an SDK so developers can also create games for the Atomic Bands as well. The devices are on pre-order at IndieGogo and scheduled to ship in October with titles such as KAPOW (fighting robots Rockem Sockem style), House Dance with Jardy (Youtube king of house dance), Sonic Utopia (where players can make music and bend air with gesture), Monkey Kung Fu, Gym Rat, and more…

Atomic Bands feature an innovative Yin Yang design where the two sides come together like a Temple of Doom inspired magic oracle, so charging the device is fun, not an eyesore with cords hanging everywhere. The oracle base station uses innovative wireless charging to power up the devices. The LEDs lights and OLED screens make it as fun as pinball on your wrists. Advanced piezo haptics with 2 different microhammers for musical rhythm training means players can feel both the BASS and the HIGH HAT beats. Boom KLAK, Boom Boom KLAK. The devices also have advanced pattern matching and gesture recognition, which approximates skeletal tracking of body movements without the use of a camera or infrared technology.

FEATURES
These rad new gaming bands not only teach players real skillz through body motion gaming, but also allow players to create new AR worlds in 3d. Gestures can make music, bend air and build whole cities.

  • Bluetooth single or multi-player options
  • Real time motion tracking without field of view restrictions
  • Advanced pattern matching technology
  • 9-axis sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope
  • NFC communication
  • Piezo haptics for rhythm training
  • Wireless Yin Yang oracle charging station
  • OLED screen & RGB LED lights
  • Onboard audio + Speaker
  • Upgradable Firmware and audio over the air
  • Syncing 50-100 ft range unobstructed
  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Apps for street dance (popping, house dance, breakdance, locking), martial arts, fitness training for correct form analysis, free weights and kettle bells, augmented reality game play, creative play where gestures create soundscapes and 3d environments.
  • 2-3 hours battery life for constant use
  • Straps for wrist and ankles

Tech in Asia praised the innovation of Atomic Bands, “These haptic motion trackers literally show you how to groove. These weird wearables can teach you dance or kung fu.”

The Indiegogo crowdfunding site offeres complete details, full specifications and full list of pledges available starting at $159 for earlybird backers with shipping expected to take place during October 2017.

About Funky Bots
Based in Los Angeles (US), Antwerp (BE) and Prague (CZ), Funky Bots was founded in 2014 by Rosa Mei. The Funky Bots team is made up of professional performing artists and athletes, movement junkies who want to teach the world to dance, groove and create music and new 3d worlds with gesture. The company has created three apps which have been featured by Apple as Best New App (7 Minute Chi, Funky Bots and BoomKLAKers) as well as the first motion sensor apps for tai chi and street dance. Funky Bots was the winner of two accelerator programs, The Alcatel Innovation Challange (Paris, FR) and The Technogym Wellness Accelerator (Venice, IT). As the only startup in the Augmented Reality Gaming section of CES 2017, Funky Bots beat the odds, with their Atomic Bands making four Best of CES Lists (CNET, BBC Science, etc). The Funky Bots team consists of top international gesture recognition and gaming experts as well as world champion dancers and athletes.

Contact-Details: FUNKY BOTS
3332 Manor Ridge Dr
Raleigh, NC 27603
t: 240-273-5766
e: info@funkybots.com
w: www.atomicbands.com

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Mobbed Music Launched Its NEW MUSIC REVIEW Blog Last Week

MobbedMusic welcomes record labels and artists to submit new material for review and exposure on it’s website. We not only review new music but we showcase the album cover prominently on our website with link backs to the artist, label, or where to buy.

Jared Stratton has joined MobbedMusic as Music Review Editor and enjoys reviewing all musical genre’s and can be reached at: j.stratton@mobbedmusic.com. Jared has written extensively on music and has co-edited the e-anthology Beer Time and his fiction collection, Bar Flys was published in 2010.

“We are very excited to have Jared on board, now fans, artists, labels, the music industry insiders can easily access new and established artists,” says Corwin. “And we’re adding more reviews every day. You can come to the site again and again because you will be entertained every time.”

To have new music reviewed is simple; just send us either a CD or links to your tacks, send us artwork to post on the site with the review so we can showcase your work.

Featured bands benefit in two ways: Exposure plus site traffic. The name of each bands website can be prominently displayed and links to websites are provided as well. Users are able to rate, save and comment on each review, creating a dialogue with others in the industry and fans.

For more information about Mobbed Music, visit the live site: www.mobbedmusic.com.

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Wedding Band Showcase To Be Hosted At Edinburgh Music Box In March

Entertainment agency Music for Scotland will be hosting a live wedding band showcase at the Music Box, Stevenson college, Edinburgh on Wednesday 3rd March, f r o m 7.45pm. Six of the agencies top bands will be performing live including The Strides, Athens, Wildcard, Get The Funk, Four Souls 4 Sale and Franco. Each band will perform for 15 minutes each giving the clients a real opportunity to listen to the bands playing live. Music for Scotland recently invested in filming one of their previous wedding band showcases f r o m January last year so before coming to the live showcase, visitors can browse the website and see all of the bands highlighted in High definition video at www.musicforscotland.co.uk.

Wedding Band Showcase To Be Hosted At Edinburgh Music Box In March

Richard Lyon f r o m Music for Scotland says “We are really excited about using the Music Box at Edinburgh’s Stevenson College again.” He went on to say “Having used the Music Box before, we are confident that we have found an ideal venue that is both accessible and comfortable for our customers. F r o m our past experience of hosting wedding band showcases feedback has always been very positive as it gives prospective clients the chance to see a variety of bands all under one roof”.

The Music for Scotland team will be on hand to answer any questions and a deal with booking enquiries. To secure any of the bands f r o m the showcase a £50 booking fee will be required and can be paid by cash or cheque. Details on how to get to the venue can be found on the Stevenson College website.

Music for Scotland represents a selection of Scotland’s best live wedding bands, artists and DJs. Wedding bands f r o m Edinburgh, as well as Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Central Scotland and Fife are represented by the agency. To find the right band or entertainment for events, customers can browse the Music for Scotland website and submit a booking enquiry f r o m through the website. Music for Scotland provides a guarantee that every enquiry receives a reply within 24 hours.

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Historic Cirque Room of the Fairmont Hotel Sings Again Cabaret at the Cirque, a Sing Out Loud Concert – SOLD OUT

The Sing Out Loud! Performance Workshop for Singers will present Cabaret at the Cirque, a cabaret concert hosted by master teachers Lua Hadar, Linda Kosut and Barry Lloyd. The concert brings music back to the historic Cirque Room at San Francisco’s renowned Fairmont Hotel this Saturday, November 21, at 7:30 pm. Sing Out Loud! is an 8-week master class culminating in a final concert, produced by Kitchenette Productions,. This Saturday’s concert features Kikelomo Adedeji, Paul Arleo, Joe Cohen, Diane Cohen, Cortez,

Louise deBlanc, Maria Diamond, Jonathan Francis, Mary Haley Young, Jamie Mamikunian, Ann-Marie Olsson, Jessica Richman and Elena Ruggiero. The concert sold out even before announced. Co-founder of Kitchenette Productions, Lua Hadar, noted “the excitement around performing at the Fairmont has brought us thirteen of the most avid and talented performers in the Bay Area. Each student has gone way beyond expectations.” Co-producer/Teacher Linda Kosut noted “singers from all levels benefit from the class, as each performer is encouraged to reach his or her own ‘next level.’” Music Director/Teacher Barry Lloyd is the third piece in this dynamic teaching triangle. In the Sing Out Loud class, students work on songs in a master class setting, addressing interpretation of lyrics, stage presence, mic technique, verbal introduction to a song, how to work with instrumentalists, selling the song in performance, designing a one-man/woman show. Sing Out Loud’s 8-class Winter Session will begin Tuesday, February 2, with specific Tuesday dates and location to be announced. For information & registration contact info@kitchenetteproductions.com.

ABOUT KITCHENETTE PRODUCTIONS:
San Francisco vocalists LUA HADAR and LINDA KOSUT are co-founders of KITCHENETTE PRODUCTIONS. Their longtime collaborator, BARRY LLOYD, known as the Crown Prince of Cabaret, is a master accompanist and vocal entertainer. All three of these jazz/cabaret vocalist-entertainers have established reputations for their individual nationally and internationally acclaimed performances.

For further information:
email: info@kitchenetteproductions.com
Kitchenette Productions: www.kitchenetteproductions.com
Lua Hadar – www.luahadar.com
Linda Kosut – www.lindakosut.com
Barry Lloyd – www.myspace.com/barrylloydsf
Fairmont Hotel – www.fairmont.com/sanfrancisco

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International Vocalist Lua Hadar Heads To San Francisco’s Stylish Bliss Bar

Fresh from a success in Paris and a sell-out debut of her new show, French Connection, at San Francisco’s Rrazz Room, internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Lua Hadar appears with music director Jason Martineau in the Bliss Bar’s Sunday Afternoon Jazz Series: The Art of the Duo, curated by Yugoslavian-born jazz great, Larry Vuckovich. Multi-lingual vocalist Hadar and pianist Martineau play three sets of internationally-flavored jazz with some surprise guests. The Bliss Bar, in the heart of San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood, is stylish, yet unpretentious, like the Paris jazz bistro-caves of the ’50s. Sunday, November 22, from 4:30-7:30 pm, $10 cover. Bliss Bar, 4026 24th Street, San Francisco. (415) 826-6200. Free Parking.

International Vocalist Lua Hadar Heads To San Francisco’s Stylish Bliss Bar

Lua Hadar sings “jazz without borders,” influenced by pop, funk, Latin and international cabaret. This astonishingly talented, Broadway-influenced performer has garnered raves for her soaring range, her charming, swinging delivery, and her ability to interpret lyrics in several languages. Hadar’s love for The Great American Songbook, her appreciation for new songwriting, and her fascination with world cultures influence her music. Lua’s style as a vocalist has been molded by exchange experiences in places as diverse as Bali, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, France and Italy. Her interest in world cultures is reflected in the sophisticated song choices for her high-octane band, TWIST. The multi-lingual singer and her band were presented at the 10th International Festival of Dance & Music in Bangkok, Thailand, a year ago, following the successful New York City debut of their latest CD, Lua Hadar with TWIST, at Broadway’s Iridium Jazz Club. More info at www.luahadar.com.

…a real vocalist with some long range and power – Jazz USA
…vivacious brand of jazz…inspired…swinging…cool – Luna Kafé, Sweden
…seductive… polished vocal phrasing… irresistible – Blast Radio 1386, UK
…stunning…sheer beauty… she rocked! – Cabaret Scenes, New York City

Nightlife/Cabaret listings:
WHO: Vocalist Lua Hadar with pianist Jason Martineau
WHAT: Sunday Afternoon Jazz Series: The Art of the Duo
WHEN: Sunday, November 22, from 4:30-7:30 pm
WHERE: Bliss Bar, 4026 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Free Parking.
COVER: $10
PHONE: (415) 826-6200.
WEB: http://www.blissbarsf.com
YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/luahadar

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Tangerine Masters Feelies Re-Issues for Bar-None

Tangerine Mastering is proud to have recently re-mastered two classic albums: Crazy Rhythms and The Good Earth by the Feelies, critically acclaimed alt rockers that had a powerful influence on the sound of indie music for the 1980s and beyond.

Tangerine Masters Feelies Re-Issues for Bar-None

Both albums were re-mastered by Andreas Meyer at Tangerine Mastering in Weehawken N.J. The sessions were attended by band members Glenn Mercer and Bill Million who closely supervised the reworking of their classic albums. Meyer utilized Tangerine’s original Abbey Road EMI Mastering console to give the CD and LP an appropriate warm analog feel. Separate masters were created for both the CD and VINYL releases. Both re-issues are available on Bar-none records. (www.bar-none.com)

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But oh the glorious sound. I am not someone who relaxes on an animal hides in front of four-foot tall speakers and compares the relative merits of recordings, but I will tell you that these remasters sound fantastic– crisp, nuanced, and all kinds of other luxurious adjectives. Apparently, there’s a dog barking the background of The Good Earth interlude “When Company Comes”. Someone mumbles during the guitar break on “Let’s Go”. And the coat rack, as clear and unexpected as ever. — PITCHFORK – Mike Powell, September 2009

The Feelies Crazy Rhythms’ four and a half stars — ROLLING STONE September 2009

I will admit to a small amount of consternation when I first learned that the vinyl reissues of Crazy Rhythms and The Good Earth would not be mastered from the original analog master tapes. Now that I have actually heard them, I will also admit that any sense of concern about that was totally misplaced and misguided. Major kudos are due to Andreas Meyer from Tangerine Mastering for the magic he has worked in remastering these albums for vinyl. —FLOWERING TOILET – Pete Bilderback September 2009

I was hard pressed to hear any differences between a Stiff original pressing —WE ARE HUNTED – the 99 most popular songs in the world right now

Update on two essential albums mentioned earlier. It’s been a good month. First, The Feelies’ Crazy Rhythms (Stiff Records, 1980) is reissued by Bar/None on vinyl and the sound is incredible. Andreas Meyer at Tangerine Mastering in Weehawken, you’re a genius. — ALBUMS THAT HOLD UP – Bryan Sinclair OCTOBER 2009

For more information contact Tangerine Mastering at 201 865 1000
www.tangerinemastering.com

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Mixposure.com Teams up with Stratege Guitars, Cakewalk and Sam Ash

Mixposure today announced that they are teaming up with Stratege` Guitars, Cakewalk by Roland and Sam Ash Music for the Ultimate Gear Giveaway. The online music directory and it’s sponsors are running a song contest through December 7th. The $5000 prize value giveaway features a hand-crafted, custom shop Statege` guitar, recording software from Cakewalk and various other items.

Musicians registered at MIXposure® are putting their best foot forward, by entering their chosen songs in a “Battle of the Bands”-type competition. Points will be awarded by listener voting, and the top five bands with the most votes advance to the final selection process. The finals will be judged by an independent panel of professionals in the music industry.

Membership for artists and listeners is free, requiring only a brief registration. Songs can be uploaded to the artist page provided, and artists can make use of space and tools provided by the site to promote their song and encourage listener participation. Details for the contest are available by visiting www.mixposure.com, and viewing the contest promotion information on the main artist (portal) page. Visiting the site and listening to the music does not require registration, however contest entry, free music downloads and voting do require membership.

Mixposure.com is an online music directory, promoting independent artists and their music, providing entertaining and interactive internet radio programming seven days a week, and free music downloads for the artist and listener membership. Forums are also provided for technical support and help with recording and mixing.

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The New Album By Paramore, The Grammy-Nominated Band, BRAND NEW EYES Is A Monumental Milestone In The Progression Of Alternative Music

Paramore The album, “brand new eyes” by the alternative band sensation Paramore was released September 29, 2009. Fans have lined-up all over the world for the newest ground-breaking and innovative Paramore CD. With a beautifully foreshadowing performance on MTV’s Unplugged, this album is certain to be Paramore’s biggest hit album to date. The official music video for the first single from the album, “Ignorance” aired on MTV on August 13, 2009.

Paramore has presence. With a nomination for Best Alternative for the 2009 MTV European Music Awards, it would seem that this band knows no bounds. It is evident from the “Brand New Eyes” album that the band has grown considerably to become more experienced musicians and deeper human beings. The sound is all Paramore with increased depth, feeling and candor.

Each of the eleven songs not only helps one see Paramore in a different way, but also alternative music in a whole new way. It is as though the Paramore Album has been able to induce a state of auditory synesthesia transforming every note and vocal expression into a visual array of bliss with a fresh alternative twist. It is clear that the Paramore CD is born out of profound reflection, faith and growing-up fast. There is still the hard hitting and soft contrast that has defined Paramore in the past done only with greater balance and refinement.

The hallmark of a great rock band is that they sound better live than they do on their albums; this is certainly true for Paramore. It is not a mark against the recording studio or the album, rather a tribute to true talent and musical abilities of the members. There is nothing worse than going to a show only to have less of an appreciation for the performers than before the show. This is not the case with Paramore. When this band is on tour, it is has a must see show. Not only do they sound great live, but the band also makes the stage overflow with charisma that is all their own. Paramore will be on tour from September 29, 2009 with shows in the United States, Canada, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Ireland. Many of the venues are already sold out.

The encouraging reception from the rest of the world is evidenced through the increased number of Paramore t-Shirts that are worn by band supporters and sold-out shows booked across the globe. The band is still young and is producing albums that are not only beyond their time, but also have the potential to become some of the greatest alternative albums of all time. Paramore is gaining momentum in the music industry and with their album, “Brand New Eyes” they are moving forward and taking the alternative rock music industry along with them.

The Grammy-nominated band Paramore kicked-off their debut album in 2005 titled, “All We Know Is Falling” followed by, “Riot!” in 2007. “Riot!” went platinum in the United States and gold in three other countries across two continents. The newest Paramore Album, “brand new eyes” will certainly be another platinum album. One can pick-up the new paramore cd online or at a local record store.

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Entertainment Agency Music For Scotland Will Be Hosting A Live Wedding Band Showcase At The Music Box

Entertainment agency Music for Scotland will be hosting a live wedding band showcase at the Music Box, Stevenson college, Edinburgh on Wednesday 14 th October, from 7.45pm.  There will be six of the agencies top bands performing live including The Strides, The Jammy devils, Cut the cake, Ceilidhdonia, Crannachan and Franco. Each band will perform for 15 minutes each giving the clients a real opportunity to listen to the bands playing live.  Music for Scotland recently invested in filming one of their previous wedding band showcases f r o m January this year so before coming to the live showcase you can go their website and see all of the bands highlighted above in High definition video at www.musicforscotland.co.uk.

Richard Lyon f r o m Music for Scotland says “We are really excited about using the Music Box at Edinburgh ‘s Stevenson College for the first time. He went on to say that “it is one of Edinburgh ‘s most prestigious purpose built music venues that can hold up to 220 people in its main auditorium and is fully equipped with a state of the art sound and light system.”

“We have been looking for a suitable venue for some time that would not only be a quality venue for potential customers to view the bands but would also recreate the feeling and atmosphere of a real wedding venue.  F r o m our past experience of hosting wedding band showcases feedback has always been very positive as it gives prospective clients the chance to see a variety of bands all under one roof”.

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The Music for Scotland team will be on hand to answer any questions and a deal with booking enquiries.  To secure any of the bands f r o m the showcase a £50 booking fee will be required and can be paid by cash or cheque. Details on how to get to the venue can be found on the Stevenson College website.

Music for Scotland represents a selection of Scotland ‘s best live wedding bands, artists and DJs. Bands f r o m Glasgow, Edinburgh , Aberdeen , Dundee, Central Scotland and Fife are represented by the agency. To find the right band or entertainment for events, customers can browse the Music for Scotland website and submit a booking enquiry f r o m through the website. Music for Scotland provides a guarantee that every enquiry receives a reply within 24 hours.

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Lua Hadar Debuts “French Connection” With Her Band, TWIST, At San Francisco’s Rrazz Room

Multi-talented and multi-lingual singer Lua Hadar and her band TWIST will debut their new show, “French Connection,” at The Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko Union Square, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco, on Sunday September 13 at 3 PM. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.therrazzroom.com or directly through www.ticketweb.com or 866-468-3399.

Lua Hadar, a unique and original vocalist with a soaring range, interprets lyrics in several languages with a charming, swinging delivery. Just back from a hit in Paris and following acclaimed performances in New York and Bangkok, Lua Hadar presents an afternoon of her signature “jazz without borders.” The show features new arrangements of international standards, original songs, and of course, lots of French tunes. “I was blown away by the appreciation of the Parisian public,” says Hadar, “and I am so inspired to sing the French music I collected.”

Lua Hadar sings jazz influenced by pop, funk, Latin and international cabaret. This astonishingly talented, Broadway-influenced performer has garnered raves around the world. Hadar’s love for The Great American Songbook, her appreciation for new songwriting, and her fascination with world cultures influence her music. Lua’s style as a vocalist has been molded by exchange experiences in places as diverse as Bali, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, France and Italy. Her interest in world cultures is reflected in the sophisticated song choices for TWIST.

After graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre Performance, Lua attended Manhattan’s celebrated Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and The Dalcroze School of Music. As a young actress, she did everything from delivering singing telegrams dressed as a gorilla to appearing in Off Broadway shows. Her love for languages led to a 5-year residency in Italy, with a Verona-based Italian theatre company, where she played hundreds of performances on tour in Spain, Switzerland and all over Italy.

Her company, New Performance Group, produces original material and music performances, and delivers instruction in the performing arts.

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GAME.co.uk Is Offering Its Music-Loving Customers The Chance To Win Tickets To The UK’s Premier Rock Festival, Download

The festival takes place in Donington Park between 12-14th June and GAME has three sets of exclusive VIP all-weekend camping tickets up for grabs.

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The three lucky Download Festival winners will get to see some of the biggest rock and metal bands performing live, including Slipknot, Korn, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Marilyn Manson and Faith No More. Those attending the festival can also experience what it feels like to be a real rock star with the opportunity to play Guitar Hero Metallica on stage in front of a crowd of up to a thousand people. Other events planned for the Download Festival include laser quest, drumming workshops, human table-football and much more.

With camping tickets for Download Festival 2009 now officially sold out and all other tickets selling out fast, the three pairs of tickets offered by GAME could be one of the last opportunities rock fans have to attend the festival.

To be in with a chance of winning a full weekend at this summer’s Download Festival, all music fans have to do is go to the GAME website and answer one simple Slipknot-related
question. The competition ends on 29th May 2009 and full details of the festival can be found on the official Download Festival website.

According to the IFPI, the download music industry was worth an estimated 3.7 billion US dollars in 2008, accounting for around 20% of all recorded music sales. With game downloads also increasing in popularity, GAME is more committed than ever to growing its online digital strategy and now stocks a range of iPods, including the iPod Touch. Part games console, part PDA and part web browser, the iPod Touch is a must for tech lovers who want to get much more out of a music player than just great sounds. For more information visit the iPod Buyers Guide on the GAME website.

More about GAME 
GAME is a specialist European retailer of PC and video games, video consoles and related accessories. GAME caters for all formats, including Xbox, Wii, PS3 and all the relevant accessories such as the wii remote. GAME operates from over 1,300 stores, concessions and franchises in the UK, Eire, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Portugal, France and Australia. Together with the company’s online shopping services, GAME’s aim is to be the destination of choice for every consumer.

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BISTRO/BMI AWARD WINNER And NEW YORK MAC NOMINEE, LINDA KOSUT Is Back In New York For This ONE NIGHT ONLY Performance At New York’s Prestigious Iridium Jazz Club

Linda will be backed by a stellar JAZZ QUARTET headed by bandleader Max Perkoff on piano & trombone, Tom Hubbard on bass, Scott Latzky on drums and “Sweet” Sue Terry on saxophone & flute. The Iridium Jazz Club is located 1650 Broadway @ 51st Street in New York City. Doors open at 6:00pm and showtime is 6:30pm. Tix: $20 + $15 food/drink minimum. Reservations: 212.582.2121 or www.iridiumjazzclub.com.

In this new show “The Newness of You”, award-winning vocalist Linda Kosut headlining the Max Perkoff Band, will explore the standards – ones that are and ones that should be – including such songwriters as Hoagy Carmichael, Randy Newman, Bob Dylan, as well as never before heard tunes by current composers such as New York-based bob Levy and Sue Terry, as well as Max Perkoff.

Linda is a vocalist with strong acting chops who effortlessly weaves through differing genres with an ability to touch your heart or have you tapping your feet.

Growing up in New York City and transplanted to San Francisco over 20 years ago, Linda only began pursuing her dream of performing a few years ago as she approached “boomer” status, and she has not stopped since. “I am sure that I am not alone in my journey to satisfy a creative bug I’ve had my whole life; but one that up until nearing ‘retirement’ status, I did not pursue,” says Linda. “My excitement of doing my dreams translates to my audience. I have nothing to give but myself and I know that I give that to them. They tell me how I have inspired them. It is my sheer pleasure to do so.”

Her recent national tour – a deeply heartfelt tribute to the late jazz great Oscar Brown Jr., celebrated her sophomore CD and garnered packed houses, awards and national recognition. The Los Angeles Times’ Don Heckman said of her, “… a style of her own with its warm, dark sound and articulate, theatrically trained phrasing, deserved a far longer run.” And the San Francisco Bay Times wrote, “[She] is the real thing. Multi-talented Kosut knows just when to play it small and quiet and when to let ‘er rip … A perfect accompaniment to dinner with friends.”

Last year, Kosut received BackStage Magazine’s 2008 BISTRO/BMI AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING RECORDING. She also received nominations for BEST FEMALE JAZZ VOCALIST and BEST JAZZ RECORDING from MAC, Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs; plus the Cabaret Hotline 2008 MEMBERS’ CHOICE AWARD.

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Four Great Singers & One Hot Band Kick-Off at Yoshi’s San Francisco Monday April 20 2009

Bay Area jazz vocalist Elaine Lucia and BMI/Bistro Award Winner Linda Kosut have formed Lucia | Kosut Productions to present the Bay Area’s own vocalists and musicians at San Francisco’s premier Jazz club, Yoshi’s. The kick-off event for this continuing series is on Monday, April 20, 2009 at 8:00pm and 10:00pm. (future concert dates to be announced)

Yoshi’s Jazz Club & Japanese Restaurant is located in the historic Fillmore Heritage Center at 1330 Fillmore St. (at Eddy) in San Francisco. Tickets are $10. Reservations: 415.655.5600 or online at yoshis.com.

This collaboration is the result of a vision both Lucia and Kosut had independently – a way to present quality entertainment at affordable prices to new audiences at a time when finances are tight and so many venues are closing.

This first concert, billed as Four Great Singers and One Hot Band, will feature the hosts, Elaine Lucia and Linda Kosut, along with “The Queen of Boogie Woogie”, Wendy DeWitt and jazz vocal virtuoso Kenny Washington. The band is Max Perkoff (piano & trombone), Jonathan Alford (piano), Tom Shader (bass), Alan Hall (drums).

The Singers: 
Elaine Lucia has been fronting and promoting her own jazz combos in the Bay Area for over fifteen years. Known as “a musician’s singer,” she combines her classically trained vocal instrument with a wide variety of styles for an eclectic repertoire and unique style. A recording studio veteran, Elaine has released three jazz CDs, and works as a voice-over artist as well as a singer/songwriter. “…you will remember this voice.” JazzUSA.com www.elainelucia.com

Linda Kosut is a jazz/cabaret vocalist who effortlessly weaves through differing genres with an ability to touch your heart or have you tapping your feet. Known for her ability to tell a story through a song’s poetic images, Linda is an engaging entertainer. Linda has performed coast-to-coast, most recently with her nationally acclaimed CD and tribute to jazz legend Oscar Brown Jr. The LA Times – Don Heckman – “… a style of her own with its warm, dark sound and articulate phrasing, deserved a far longer run. “ www.lindakosut.com

Wendy DeWitt, from Seattle to Paris, this “Queen of Boogie Woogie” spreads the gospel of Chicago-based blues piano and boogie woogie. She’s well steeped in the stylings of Otis Spann, Memphis Slim, Sunnyland Slim and Albert Ammons – the greats of boogie and blues, and honed her skills working with contemporary artists Steve Freund, Otis Rush and the late Hank Ballard. “…her piano work is of the first order… a sweet-voiced chanteuse with a strong reliance on jazz phrasing and inflection.” www.wendydewitt.com

Kenny Washington is a jazz vocalist virtuoso. Emulating the classic styles of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn and infusing colors of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, Kenny’s free, playful approach, with over a four-octave range is awe inspiring. His tone on ballads is liquid, his scat is rapid-fire, passionate, melodious and inventive. “a vocalist with an exuberantly supple tenor that glides effortlessly into the stratosphere. Capable of astounding improvisational flights, he can also croon with an emotional intensity that’s bracing.” – San Francisco Chronicle www.kennywashingtonvocalist.com

The Band:
Max Perkoff (piano & trombone), an active musician in the San Francisco Bay Area, Max tours the country and has played at many of the great jazz rooms including Jazz at Lincoln Center and Yoshi’s. He has also played with such as Johnny Mathis, Jamie Davis, Jon Hendricks and is playing trombone for Keely Smith in her March appearance in the Bay Area. Max’s recordings total six as leader. “a musician of grace, depth and impressive achievement” www.maxperkoff.com

Jonathan Alford (piano) Jonathan is an Oakland-based pianist who has performed or recorded with many Bay Area Latin bands including Avance, Los Compas, Los Kimbos, Julius Melendez , Machete Ensemble and others. As well being a mainstay of the Latin scene, he is also jazz pianist who lends his talents to accompanying singers like Daria, Elaine Lucia, Jenna Mamina, Maria Marquez and Roberta Donnay. Trained classically, Jonathan started learning jazz at the late age of 25. www.cdbaby.com/jonathanalford

Alan Hall (percussion) Just back in the Bay Area from playing Cirque du Soleil in New York City, Alan has performed and/or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Harris, Paul McCandless, Art Lande, Stuart Hamm, Kai Eckhardt, Billy Childs, Kenny Werner, Bob Sheppard, Kit Walker, Tom Coster, Rebecca Parris, Betty Buckley, John Handy, Joyce Cooling, Smith Dobson, Victor Mendoza and many more. He taught at Berklee College of Music. www.jazzdrumming.com

Tom Shader (bass) is an acoustic player raised in the Detroit area. As a youth, he played classical music and studied the violin, cello, viola, string bass & voice. His early professional career was dedicated to playing the electric bass and exploring many of the rock/pop genres. Since jazz has become Tom’s passion, he has had the privilege of performing and recording with many fine musicians, including Steve Allen, Henry Mancini, Tommy Newsome, Jesse Colin-Young, Bob Lucas, Calvin Keys, & Phil Smith. 

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HEAVYWEIGHT DUB CHAMPION Set To Release Rise Of The Champion Nation On May 5th, 2009

Founded in a log cabin at 9,000 feet in the mountains of Colorado, and now based in San Francisco, California, Heavyweight Dub Champion is a movement of interdimensional warriors representing the Army of the Last Champion. Firmly rooted in hip hop, dancehall, dub and electronic music, founder and Last Champion Manifesto author Resurrector transcends space and time wielding an arsenal of deep revolutionary audio with support from a evolving crew of co-conspirators that include co-founder Patch, Totter Todd, Dr. Israel, A.P.O.S.T.L.E, Jillian Ann and Stero-Lion. At the collective’s core is the universal intention of inspiration, mind expansion and transformation through creative expression – all of which manifests in their collective artistic performance known as The Liberation Process.

Their award-winning debut album Survival Guide for the End of Time is a hard-hitting slab of revolutionary consciousness that continues to galvanize a growing legion of followers across the globe. Their unique sound, powerful presence and evolutionary message of self-determination have attracted the attention of many notable artists, critics and international festivals. Their music has been remixed by the legendary FreQ Nasty who included his mix of “Snared” on the recent FabricLive 42 compilation and, by rising star Bassnectar, whose mix of “Arrival” was released by the seminal San Francisco electronic label, OM Records. 2009 is poised to be a landmark year for Heavyweight Dub Champion with the global release of their new album Rise of the Champion Nation and their continued success on the international touring circuit.

Heavyweight Dub Champion – Rise of the Champion Nation

Rise of the Champion Nation is the highly anticipated, genre-bending new album from Heavyweight Dub Champion. Produced by Resurrector and Patch and recorded over the span of five years on multiple continents, Rise features collaborations with some of contemporary music’s most incendiary vocalists, including Killah Priest, Dr. Israel, A.P.O.S.T.L.E. and three tracks with the legendary KRS ONE. More than 25 artists contributed to the album with additional production from Totter Todd. Building on the foundations of hip hop, dub, electronic music and ancient trance ritual – Heavyweight Dub Champion is breaking new ground and blazing new paths in what they term Sonic Shamanistic Alchemy.

Picking up where their debut album Survival Guide for the End of Time and its included 60 page Last Champion Manifesto left off, Rise of the Champion Nation is a”conceptual” album that follows the inner battle of the “Warrior,” from the Arrival (of the Last Champion), through Warrior Divination One, Two and Three, to his emergence as the King Of The Mountain and the journey’s end with the entrance to the Promised Land. Throughout the album Emcee VILL is again beckoned by “N.A.F. Agents” while on his quest to infiltrate Champion Nation and assassinate the Last Champion. Heavyweight Dub Champion’s mission is simple: “The Unconditional Liberation of the Human Race.”

“An ill-bent mix of apocalyptic hip hop dubtronica.” – Westword Magazine

“Some of the hottest dub hop on the planet.” – Marquee Magazine

“Their genius is the great virtue of 70’s dub – never overdoing it.” – L.A. Weekly

Rise of the Champion Nation features contributions from KRS ONE, Killah Priest, A.P.O.S.T.L.E., Dr. Israel, Totter Todd, Stero-Lion, Elf Tranzporter, Ganga Giri, Lady K, Emcee Vill, Lady K, J Criminology, Wailer B, Lynelle Moran, Dan West, Ivan”Choi” Khatchoyan, Hector Becerra, Emcee Vill, Vida-Sunshyne and DJ Illnaughty.

Mix Engineered by Oz Fritz 
Mastered by Brian “Big Bass” Gardner

To request screening copies, set up interviews, discuss promotional opportunities, or for more info…

CONTACT:

Randall Frazier
Massive Music America
p: 720.221.8370
e: randall@massivemusicameric.com
http://www.massivemusicamerica.com

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House of Euro Asia is the 5th compilation album released by Acossi Records. It does a fine job of combining house music in different parts of the world

You will be put into a trance when you listen to this album. It really gets you going. House electro doesn’t have anything like this album that’s why its House of Euro Asia Vol 1. As people say, Acossi Records is well-known to try something of its own and not conforming to other standards.

There are many featured artists on this album which includes people like Benjamin (France), Astarta DJ (MaxKorovaev) (Russia), Halmadaxx & Danny Verde (Italy), Natacha (mixmaster) (USA), DJ Morano and JFI Lab (UK – Italy), The Clones (Australia), and Erica Lji. This is one of the best DJ mix funky house albums you will come across in a long time.

If you are looking for a good music download or MP3, this funky house album is now available for music distribution through most online stores. Many people who have this progressive house album available for iTunes download include online radio stations, bands, trance, digital distribution and more. You can also visit the websites and have direct access to this House / eletro mix album, which includes acossi.com/produt05.htm.

Some people like to buy the entire album on CD or they just want the music download for their MP3 player or iPod. You can do either on the Acossi website. You might decide you want to download the songs and burn them later. You will be pleased you made the choice for this rare selection of deep house funk.

The Acossi record label is one of the best royalty music downloads you can enjoy that includes some progressive deep house music. You can buy find MP3 downloads and even buy a music tshirt, read about artists, check out royalty music and more. This indie label will put you into a groove and you will really like it.

 

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iStarLive.com seeks folks for Live Tv shows, Live Contests, Bands and Musical Artists for Live Concerts and Jam-sessions

iStarLive.com is now holding Youtube Auditions. Add your video/audition or vlog to this group; we are seeking folks for Live Tv shows, Live Contests, Bands and Musical Artists for Live Concerts and Jam sessions, We also are seeking moderators for our programing line up.

 

iStarLive.com is a very powerfull Social, Personal and Professional Networking site. It will help you to find like minded people from all over the world. With iStarLive you can: build your own Galaxy of contacts who share your interests use built-in communication services Featuring VidChat our Community Video Chat Multi-Party Live Streaming Video Chat Rooms – hangout with your friends or meet new ones. where you can see, hear, and chat with many users at once. Create and display multiple profiles each looking individually unique create classified ads and get responses create your own event or attend other members’ events create clubs and invite people, who share your interests.

Dr.X Will Be our First VJ and Video Host in the Game Nexus ChannelStay Tuned for his Live game reviews, blogs,DDR Dance off contests and more. Now Holding YouTube Auditions for: Bands and Music Artists offer your fans Live Video Chats, Cd release parties, streaming concerts or just Jam sessions 24/7 or even hold international auditions!

Submit your videos here to this group http://www.youtube.com/group/istarlive

Dj’s we are now seeking our First House DJ. Submit your videos here to this group http://www.youtube.com/group/istarlive

Business and Organizations, We offer great Web Conferencing Services, Broadcast and offer Live Streaming Meetings, Events, Seminars or even use to Interview potential new hires from a worldwide audience or just your invited group.

Submit your videos here to this group http://www.youtube.com/group/istarlive. Start and Host your own TV show and or Broadcast channel http://www.youtube.com/group/istarlive

Join Us Now @ istarlive.com, submit your videos here on youtube and Stay Tuned For a Galaxy of New Shows Band,Music Artists, Tv Shows and Trivia, Video Gamers-Live Contests and and much more on the only website where you can say “I Star Live”!

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