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This month we hit the streets to find that, despite the flu scare, marching bands and grass root music distribution channels are thriving. You can drop in a sessions at Avatar and Maple Jam and hear what's new at downtown's
Conga room. We meet up with Hollywood's best in Santa Monica-- hear how Eugene Levy and friends are helping keep the music alive in our communities. It's back to Bacharach through May 17 at the Music Box with Idol singers. Ascap Music Award winners for 2009 are announced. Simply, music moves and changes lives every day.
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Spektor At Avatar

This Russian-born, Bronx-bred singer-songwriter-pianist, who emerged from the NYC café circuit, continues to expand her vision."The ... Björk-style vocal acrobatics and offbeat wit are all over tunes like the spiritual plea "Laughing With" and "The Wallet," about a lost billfold," says the Rolling Stone of her new release. The style known as "anti-folk," as realized by practitioners like Ani DiFranco and Billy Bragg, is derived from a punk aesthetic, and thus tends to be spare and confrontational. Sire artist Regina Spektor, who employs this style masterfully, is recording at New York's Avatar Studio A with producer David Kahne, engineer Joe Barresi assisted by Justin Gerrish. The collaborators add cool layers and textures, like Lynne's ELO-style strings on "Blue Lips" and the rockabilly groove of "Folding Chair." "I wanted to learn from as many people as I could," Spektor says. "If I had more time, I probably would have used six more producers," says

Artists who have been recording in beautiful Avatar Studio C in March include: Hiromi Uehara & producer Michael Bishop; Chris Potter; John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble session and Sachal Vasandani recorded in Studio C with producer John Clayton, engineer Todd Whitelock assisted by Fernando Lodeiro





Dianne Krall
Quiet Nights

Krall’s twelfth album is poetic. Recorded at Capitol studios, it uses Brazil as a musical point of reference. The award–winning pianist and singer is not suggesting a night out; she means to stay in. "I feel this album’s very womanly – like you’re lying next to your lover in bed whispering this in their ear,” says Krall whose publicity shots looks like she has just crawled out of bed, appropriately!
Krall is the first to credit the musical team she assembled – her loyal quartet, ace producer Tommy LiPuma, engineer Al Schmitt plus legendary arranger Claus Ogerman – for much of the seductive power on Quiet Nights. "She approaches her vocal phrasing much more like an instrumentalist than a straight singer. It’s in her reading of the lyrics, and the timbre of her voice, much more misty like Peggy Lee in her mature period,” says LiPuma. “I was inspired to do this record because of my trip last year to Brazil,” says Krall, who returned to Rio de Janeiro to shoot a concert for a new DVD release. “Then I just kept going back and found that everywhere you go you still hear the sounds of Jobim and bossa nova.” Ogerman was the arranger on many of bossa nova’s first wave of recordings, working with the likes of Jobim and Gilberto, as well as Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz and Bill Evans. “When we did ‘Walk On By,’ Claus said ‘Ja, I think this is gonna be good.’ And then we listened to those French horns playing the Burt Bacharach melody? We all had a meltdown. "It’s my love letter to my husband (Elvis Costello)– just an intimate, romantic album.” As they say in Rio – obrigado! Watch The Making Of here



Twitter for Sugar…After winning the trophy for the Academy of Country Music's Duo of the Year, Sugarland is at the top of their game. Jennifer Nettles was listed on People.com’s Best Dressed following the ACM awards and the dynamic duo recently had a successful appearance on Oprah. Sugarland has also led the 2009 CMT Music Awards, receiving six nominations. The nods include Video of the Year for “All I want to Do,” Collaborative Video of the Year for “Life in a Northern Town,” CMT Performance of the Year for the 2008 CMT Music Awards performance of “Life in a Northern Town,” and 3 nods for Duo Video of the Year for “All I Want to Do,” “Already Gone” and “Love.” You can now get news & blog updates from Sugarland send directly to your phone via Twitter. So tweet away, and vote for Sugarland on http://www.cmt.com/cmt-music-awards/vote.jhtml today. See if they win, June 17th on CMT. Listen for “It Happens,” Sugarland’s latest single from LOVE ON THE INSIDE.

Julianne Hough
stole the fans’ hearts when she was named Top New Artist at the Academy of Country Music Awards. This dancing beauty says she’s very thankful to all her fans who voted for her, and it looks as though she’s got a lot more to thankful about. People Magazine and theboot.com named Julianne among the ACM’s Best Dressed Female and she recently announced she will being touring with country legend, George Strait, this summer.

A Verse Unsung has signed to Photo Finish Records, an imprint label owned by booking agent Matt Galle who books My Chemical Romance, Boys Like Girls, Metro Station, and Circa Survive. The band has upcoming dates on Vans Warped Tour. And if you're headed to The Bamboozle this weekend in New Jersey? Be sure to check out the Photo Finish Records bands while you are there. Saturday May 2nd ZUMIEZ STAGE 2:10 - 2:40 THE FRIDAY NIGHT BOYS 5:10 - 5:40 DANGER RADIO Sunday May 3rd IMAGINATION STAGE 3:40 - 4:10 3OH!3 Continue

Regina Spektor recording in Avatar Studio in New York City in March
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ATC Speakers For Ladanyi's Maple Jam Studios

Producer and engineer Greg Ladanyi, well-known for his work with Jackson Browne, Fleetwood Mac, Don Henley and Toto, has installed a pair of ATC (Acoustic Transducer Company) SCM50ASL Pro active three-way monitors in his studio at Maple Jam Music Group. The one-room facility focuses on pre-production, tracking and mixing for the group's roster of artists, which include Anna Vissi, Type O Negative, and Hollywood Undead.

The SCM50ASL Pro mid-field systems, which each incorporate a one-inch dome tweeter, three-inch custom Super Linear soft dome mid-driver and a 12.4-inch Super Linear woofer, driven by three optimally matched MOSFET amp blocks, are the main reference monitors in Ladanyi's Maple Jam Sound studio. "These speakers have incredible imaging. I was fascinated with that, which has probably been the most fun thing for me," comments Ladanyi, a thirty-year record production and live sound veteran who is president of the Maple Jam Music Group.

He elaborates, "I do a lot of stuff with mono. I'd rather have three mono guitars than a stereo guitar, all with slightly different parts and slightly different playing. With these ATC speakers I seem to be able to identify mono pockets with mono reverbs where you really want to create 3-D or a depth in the record as opposed to just width. I could really hear that in more detail, and when I took it home or in the car (I surround myself with various ways to listen to everything) I could really hear the work I did. I like that."

The ATC monitors were purchased to replace a 5.1 setup - underemployed as surround work dried up - that simply wasn't loud enough as a stereo system.
"A lot of the hip-hop guys I've worked with like to play it loud," observes Ladanyi, "so I needed a speaker to push more bottom than the previous system. The ATC speakers are really a lot of fun at loud volumes, and people love them. I can listen at loud volumes for a long time and not find myself fatigued, but at low and medium volume they're just great, too. I probably have enjoyed working on these speakers more than any speaker I've ever worked with."

Maple Jam Music Group was created in response to the changing music industry landscape, evolving out of the original Maple Jam Records label, formed in 2004, to bring together additional artist support mechanisms under one roof, such as management, publishing and publicity, as well as the label and the in-house Maple Jam Sound production facility. "We're doing some good work here," reports Ladanyi. "This room is primarily for pre-production, organizing the songs and arrangements, into the final work, recording keyboards, guitars and vocals, and mixing. I go to other studios for drums and strings or anything that I need ambient space for. But when you get into the personal work that really requires time and detail, the artists love it here."

For Ladanyi, whose work has contributed to sixteen Grammy nominations for the artists with whom he has worked, a personal nomination for Producer of the Year and a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording (for Toto's 1982 release, "Toto IV"), the in-house arrangement suits him just fine. "The upside to all of the changes that have happened to the recording process is, for me, to take advantage of it and to use it to make better records. This is not a home studio but more of a production studio, and I use it to its fullest. I want music to sound good. That's important for everybody."

ATCs also grace the legendary EastWest Recording Studios in Hollywood. For ATC Loudspeakers (UK) products email Brad Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit LasVegasProAudio.com, a division of TransAudio Group, is the launch pad for the brands of tomorrow. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term support to their clients.

TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes A-Designs (USA),ATC Loudspeakers (UK), Bock Audio (USA), Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA) Drawmer (UK), George Massenburg Labs (GML USA), SABRA SOM (Brazil), SoundField Microphones (UK), Tonelux, True Systems, Tube-Tech
LasVegasProAudio.com, LasVegasProAudio.com, a division of TransAudio Group, is the launch pad for the brands of tomorrow. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term support to their clients.LVPA product line includes: Accusound Cable, Economy 50mm Shockmount,
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Renowned engineer/producer Bruce Swedien has mixed the new album from UK artist Lisa Greene and mastered the project with mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. Swedien mixed the new material at his West Viking Studio in Ocala, Florida, from tracks that were recordied in Los Angeles at Westlake Recording Studios.

"Lisa is an incredible new artist," remarked Swedien. "After I received some demos of her work I immediately felt that I should be a part of her career. I would describe her work as rooted in jazz, combining some retro elements with a very fresh, modern approach. She's a very talented songwriter and boy can she sing!"

Greene was born in Zimbabwe, Africa, to a single mother and raised there until the age of 15 when she moved to London and attended university, studying law. While working part time at a recording studio, she studied songwriting and landed a position with a prominent music publishing firm.? After a number of her songs were recorded by major artists such as Tom Jones, Greene began performing and recording her own material.

























Pictured at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA are (L-R) mastering engineer Bernie Grundman, Lisa Greene, and recording engineer/mixer Bruce Swedien. hoto by David Goggin.


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Enjoy Spanish Wines, Network and Music. Olé!
MySymphony Wine Tasting Series is Presented by the Affiliates of the New West Symphony
at LeChateau, Berverly Hills
9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills
Tuesday, June 2, 7pm

Musical guest artist is 16-year-old Tim Callobre , guitar. Tim who has played in Carnegie Hall, has won first place in the US ASTA Awards. His original composition was performed at Disney Hall and he has studied with Pepe Romero, New West Symphony Masterpiece series guest soloist in 2008. The first wine will be served at the adjacent Denis Bloch Fine Art Gallery where you'll hear talk on Spanish artists Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso. Limited Space Available! RESERVE TODAY
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$35 per person* includes Two-hour FREE hotel parking & Tapas served with Spanish Wines

Proceeds from this event support local musicians and music programs of the New West Symphony in three communities of Santa Monica, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks. "This is a great way to bring your friends and meet new ones," says studioexpresso's Claris Dodge, who is an Affiliate of the New West Symphony.

Tee Off With Sound Folks

For golf and sound lovers, LA Mix Open is Industry's leading golf tournee where production facilities and talent will converge for the 14th Annual TE
C L.A. This year's Honorary Chairman is famed recording engineer Al Schmitt, the winner of 20 Grammys ®, as well as the Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented by the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the popular charity event will be sponsored for the second consecutive year by Guitar Center Professional. Proceeds of the tournament support the Foundation's numerous programs, including the Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards, the world's foremost recognition of technical and artistic achievement in audio production and product design.
Open, to be held Monday, May 11 at the Malibu Country Club.

For more information about these and the silent auction or raffle, please visit www.mixfoundation.org or contact Karen Dunn at (925) 939-6149 or via e-mail at KarenTEC@aol.com.


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Matt Wallace Interviewed At his Delux Studios in LA for Record Production
L-R: Producer Matt Wallace,
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Ken Allardyce - Sarm West, UK
Lenise Bent - Village Studios. LA, CA
Niko Bolas - Watersound Studios, Studio CIty, CA
Pete Byrne - Glenwood Place, CA
Andre Fischer - Village Studios, Los Angels, CA
Chris Fogel
- Fig, Glendale, CA
Brad Gilderman - Little Big Room, Burbank, CA
Greg Ladanyi - Maple Jam Productions, Studio City, CA
Joseph Magee - O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA
Scott Mathews - Tiki Town Studios
Oscar Paul - Roundhouse Studios, London
Greg Penny - Sphere Studios, London
Steve Parr - Hear No Evil Studios
Michael C Ross - Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Rafa Sardina - Abbey Road, UK
Elliot Scheiner - Presense studios, CT NEW!
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Robert Shahnazarian Jr.
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Tolbert & Sutton - Studio Atlantis, Hollywood, CA
Matt Wallace - Delux Studios, Van Nuys, CA
John Wooler - Village Studios, Los Angels, CA

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26th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards
Winners Celebrated at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood on April 22nd

Songwriter of the Year: Stargate's Mikkel Eriksen & Tor Hermansen
Song of the Year: "Bleeding Love," written by Jesse McCartney and Ryan Tedder
Publisher of the Year (tie): EMI Music Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Special awards were presented to Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart who were honored with the ASCAP Founders Award; Wyclef Jean who received the ASCAP Creative Voice Award; and Santigold who received ASCAP's Vanguard Award. Awards were also presented to the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2008.

The Top 5 most performed songs of 2008 (in alpha order) were:
"Apologize," written by Ryan Tedder
"Bleeding Love," written by Jesse McCartney and Ryan Tedder
"Love Song," written by Sara Bareilles
"Low," written by Flo-Rida
"No One," written by Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, DJ Dirty Harry and Alicia Keys

ASCAP Publisher of the Year honors went to both EMI Music Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing , who tied with 20 award-winning songs each. ASCAP CEO John A. LoFrumento and Chairman of Paramount Allegra Music and ASCAP Board Member Irwin Z. Robinson presented the awards to Roger Faxon, Chairman and CEO of EMI Music Publishing and Martin Bandier, Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing and their creative teams. Jerry Cantrell of the influential band Alice in Chains and ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams presented Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart with ASCAP's Founders Award (Past recipients include Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Melissa Etheridge, Annie Lennox, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Tom Waits and Neil Young, to name a few). ASCAP Senior Vice President Domestic Membership Randall Grimmett presented Wyclef Jean with ASCAP's Creative Voice Award (Past recipients of ASCAP's Creative Voice Award are Metallica and Green Day, who received this honor in 2004 and 2006, respectively). The awards celebration featured several performances throughout the evening, including those by special honorees Ann & Nancy Wilson and Wyclef Jean. New ASCAP member Natasha Bedingfield performed two songs, including "Pocketful of Sunshine" which earned her co-writer John Shanks a Pop Award. Jesse McCartney sang his hit "Leavin'," which was penned by Corron Cole, Terius "The Dream" Nash and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart . OneRepublic performed their Pop Award-winning hits "Apologize" and "Stop and Stare;" and Jason Reeves and Mikal Blue were on stage to sing their award-winner, "Realize" (a hit for Colbie Caillat) with songwriter and American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, who signed Reeves to Warner Bros. Records. Many of the evening's winning songwriters were on hand to collect their awards, including multiple winners Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald who received four awards; Terius "The Dream" Nash, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and Ryan Tedder who collected three awards each; Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson, Andre Merritt, Jason Reeves, and Brian Kennedy Seals who won two awards each; and Jimmy Jam who won for "Bust It Baby (Part 2);" Quincy Jones for "Good Life;" Kardinal Offishall for "Dangerous;" Johntá Austin for "With You;" and Webbie for "Independent." list of winners here.
Move over Susan Boyle! A week after the Scottish woman became a global sensation following a barnstorming audition on "Britain's Got Talent," a 12-year-old Welsh boy, Shaheen Jafargholi, with a Motown voice has been hailed for his "life-changing" performance on the TV show after earning a standing ovation from Simon Cowell. The little dude with big voice and dimples! Gentlemen and ladies at labels -- line up with your offers! He'll be choosing carefully after receiving the TV talent show's £100,000 ($146,000) prize. 4,461,365 views on YouTube.

Friends of Music In Santa Monica Celebrate with Honoree Eugene Levy

New West Symphony Gala at Sheraton Delfina honoring Eugene Levy on April 26 with Fritz Coleman, Emcee and guests Tamara Sardina, Nelson Dodge (NWS), Ramsey Jay Jr. (NEW board), Rafa Sardina, Martin Short, and studioexpresso's Claris Sayadian-Dodge with Pianist Arnaldo Cohen

On Sunday, April 26, 2009, Emmy® and Grammy® Award Winner, Eugene Levy (Jim’s Dad in American Pie, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind and Waiting for Guffman which he co-wrote) received the 2009 New West Symphony Bravo Award.
He was specifically recognized for his dedication to the arts, music, and support of New West Symphony and its efforts to enhance the Greater Los Angeles community through music and education at The New West Symphony’s Westside Gala.
The Master of Ceremonies for the luncheon, Fritz Coleman, KNBC-TV, Channel 4, “Weathercaster”, guided attendees through a fun-filled afternoon of Music, Live Auction, and Special Surprises. Founding Music Director of the New West Symphony, Boris Brott, presented the 2009 Bravo Award to Mr. Levy at Barnum Hall in Santa Monica, CA. Eugene who was elequent and gracious in his remarks about the important role of music in people's life, was accompanied by his good friends, Martin and Nancy Short and Catherine O'Hara. Gala guests included: Rafa Sardina and his wife Tamar.

New West Symphony's Danielle Bellen-Nesmith, Assistant Concertmaster, Mark Tanner, Principal Cello and Evan Wilson, Viola; New West Symphony with Arnaldo Coehn, Piano

The luncheon musical guest included New West Symphony musicians, Mayumi Kanagawa. At 14 Kanagawa, began playing the violin when she was four years old and was a student in the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division for three years. Currently studying with Robert Lipsett, at the Colburn School, Mayumi won first place in the Connecticut International String Competition in 2006 and recently performed with the New West Symphony during Symphonic Adventure Series. Guests also enjoyed music by New West Symphony musicians: Danielle Belen-Nesmith, violin, Mark Tanner , cello and Evan N. Wilson, viola.
The well attended luncheon was followed by the orchestra performing at the recently renovated (8 million dollars later) Barnum Hall (Santa Monica High School). The concert program included: Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, Kodály's Dances of Galánt, and Liszt's Concerto No.1 in E-flat Major for Piano & Orchestra S.124 with renown pianist, Arnaldo Cohen. 2009/2010 Masterpiece Series Season For the best available seats call 1-866-776-8400 or visit www.NewWestSymphony.org New West Symphony is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization (Tax ID 77-0406042)

Taking Woodstock Eugene Levy is starring in the next Ang Lee directed comedy based on the memoir “Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, Concert, and a Life,” by Elliot Tiber and Tom Monte. Max Yasgur was an American farmer, best known as the owner of the dairy farm in Bethel, New York at which the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held between August 15 and August 18, 1969. Watch the trailer here
Joni Mitchell's song 'Woodstock' (also covered by Eva Cassidy, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Richie Havens) includes a reference to 'Yasgur's Farm':

I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm
I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band
I'm going to get back to the land
And get my soul free...

Back To Bacharach
New Show Opens at The Music Box in Hollywood

Don’t go in expecting to hear Warwick’s vintage version of “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” or Karen Carpenter’s patented “Close to You.” The production — created by Steve Gunderson, who did the musical and vocal arrangements as well as the orchestrations, and actress Kathy Najimy, who also directed — is made to sound light hearted. Smart. Bacharach classics are jewels, with no room to improve. Led by musical director Ben Toth and genially choreographed by Javier Velasco, the show is tong in cheek cabaret. A talented foursome approaches the music in a whimsical vein, with doze of reverence for the composer. Diana DeGarmo, a runner-up on the third season of “American Idol,” maintains a loopy go-go air as she sings her heart out. Tressa Thomas seems content to snatch spotlighted moments without milking anything. Tom Lowe, another “American Idol” alum, and Susan Mosher, who was part of the show’s original off-Broadway company, are content to hit all the right notes while playing the cut-ups. the producers say Bacharach gave his green light few months back. He must have approved the larger than life images projected onto a hanging screen not so much to illustrate lyrics as establish the right ambience — a close-up of a flower, a civil rights rally and (for “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”) a poetic drizzle. Issues of gay and lesbian equality and other progressive causes.

Back to Bacharach and David," The Music Box @ Fonda, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. (Call for exceptions.) Ends May 17. Tickets: $25-$100. (800) 514-3849 or www.etix.com. Running time 1 hour, 10 minutes.

The Singing Road A Musical road is a road, or part of a road, which when driven over causes a tactile vibration and audible rumbling transmitted through the wheels into the car body in the form of a musical tune. Musical roads are known to exist in four countries: Denmark, Japan, South Korea, and the United States of America. To name that tune, drive on this scenic road. in Gunma, Japan which consist of 2,559 grooves cut into a 175 meter stretch of existing roadway and when driven over at 50 km/h, produce the tune of "Memories of Summer".

Peermusic has announced the appointment of Mary Megan Peer as Vice President of Business Development. Ms. Peer, who will report to CFO Bill Gorjance, joins peermusic from Investment Banking where she executed transactions for clients in the media and entertainment sector at S.G. Cowen and Jeffries & Company. Most recently, she was Vice President in the New York-based media and telecom group of Piper Jaffray.

The Dream Love Vs Money is in the stores now. With over a decade of hit-making experience and a certified smash in Rihanna's 1 single, "Umbrella; Terius "The-Dream" Nash is stepping out. "Music is uninspiring right now" says the confident Atlanta native. "The bar needs to be raised," he adds. We couldn't agree more.

Simplify, Manage, Organize. The updated Studio Suite 9 management software from Alter Media is now released. According to president, Joel Stoner, the fairly-priced, user-friendly and user-customizable package fits today’s economy. "It’s more attractive than ever and gives studios a highly-evolved, “ready-to-go” solution for organization and management,”says Joel. Those who manage business in video/film production, TV, game development, rentals, music publishing, DVD, mastering, radio, graphics, music recording, duplication, web development, etc. will yield maximum return on investment (ROI) through increased productivity with Studio Suite 9. For more details about AlterMedia, Inc. or Studio Suite 9, please visit http://www.studiosuite.com or contact Trish Silverman, Director of Sales, at 800.450.5740 (outside of the US and Canada: + 1.818.752.3900).

Denny's Allnighter Featuring Your Band
is embracing its history as an after-party haven for young, hungry drunks (and, the company is quick to point out, sober people too). For years, countless 20-somethings across the country, after a night of carousing, have suddenly craved a Grand Slam — pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, the works — to soak up the alcoholic suds in their stomachs. It's 3 a.m., the bars are closed ... let's go to Denny's. (Not that I, for one, know any of this from personal experience.) "When all of us were 18 to 24, we'd give up a lot of things when we didn't have money, but partying wasn't one of them," says Marchioli. "When it comes to disposable income, [young adults] might have less, but let me tell you, their priorities haven't changed." To tap into this base — which the company says it has lost over the past decade — Denny's has created something called the Allnighter program. From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the chain has started playing alternative-rock music. It has sponsored more than 30 emerging bands — they get free meals while on tour — and organized late-night meet and greets, and occasional jam sessions, with the musicians in the restaurants. The servers wear casual black T shirts instead of buttoned-up uniforms. Denny's has also just introduced four new late-night menu items, each priced between $3 and $4. These include the "Pancake Puppy 12-pack," a dozen bite-size hotcakes rolled in cinnamon and sugar, and "Kickin' Flavor Wraps," two tortillas served with chicken strips. The company is marketing its new late-night program directly to young people, using Facebook, Twitter and other social-media channels to spread the word. Denny's is well aware that it needs to get younger. After all, the company is over half a century old, and famous for attracting the senior set for 10 a.m. powwows over coffee. Saturday Night Live recently skewered the chain's reputation with this doozy from "Weekend Update" comedian Seth Meyers: "The director of Iowa's Department of Aging said he will not use the abbreviation DOA, since it is also code for 'Dead on Arrival.' Some are suggesting that the Department of Aging go back to its original name, Denny's." Who wants coffee now?' " says Polydoroff. " 'I know where you're at; I've got what you need.' "
For more info: info@dennysallnighter.com

Los Angeles-based ARTISTdirect, which operates an online consumer music portal, along with operating MediaDefender, a business which helps prevent media piracy of content from motion picture studios, record labels, and others, said last week that it has acquired MediaSentry, a unit of SafeNet. According to ARTISTdirect, it paid $936K for the business, made up of $136,000 in cash plus $800,000 in a 1-year note. MediaSentry tracks and measures digital media, including locating unauthorized digital content on peer-to-peer and user generated content sites.

Street Distribution
Hollywood Blvd Connects Artists Directly To Fans

So where do you go when you come to Los Angeles? Hollywood Blvd, of course! We found a unique distribution system on the street complete with "starbuck like" listen then buy underground kyosks. There's an eager audience on every corner who will listen to just about anything offered while shopping for memorabilia from tensil town or catching the Jimmy Kimmel show.
And we noticed money exchanged. One way to grow your music fan base!


Special guest appearance by Jeffrey Osborne and his short set of hits followed the once 12-year-old finalist of Star Search 90 - Junior Vocalist, Kat Adams. All grown up, Kat sang her heart out with a stellar band to include drummer Curt Bisquera and guitarist/prodcuer Josh Sklair (Etta James) at the Conga room on April 21. The debut Diva who will be releasing an album of originals (penned by her) plus covers, was not far behind Osborne who truly wooed his audience singing "Whoo, whoo, whoo." They equally commanded the love and adoration of a nearly packed house.
BOCA's prefix dinner for the evening, on the other hand (I ordered the Cuban dish with black beans), was pricy and not as remarkable.

Kat Adams, Los Angeles
Who Meets Who: Diana DeGarmo meets Celine Dionne
Milestone: Star Search 90 Finalist, new album produced by Josh Sklair, Debut show with Jeffrey Osborne and stellar band.

King Krystian's Protest
The Pianist's Vocal Performance At Disney Hall

Photograph: Grzegorz Michalowski/EPA/Corbis

The performer sat silently at the piano for a moment, almost began to play, but then turned to the audience. In a quiet but angry voice that did not project well, he indicated that he could no longer play in a country whose military wants to control the whole world. Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman, widely admired for his virtuosic performances, created a furor at Disney Hall on Sunday night when he stopped his recital to announce that this would be his last American appearance -- in protest of the nation's military policies overseas. "Get your hands off my country," he said. Then he turned to the piano and played Szymanowski's "Variations on a Polish Folk Theme" with such passion and intensity that the stunned audience gave him multiple ovations. Earlier, about 30 or 40 people in the audience had walked out after Zimerman's declaration, some shouting obscenities. "Yes," the pianist, known in Poland as "King Krystian the Glorious," answered, "some people, when they hear the word military, start marching."Zimerman then said that America has far finer exports than its military -- and he thanked those who supported democracy. He left the stage without further comment and was unavailable for press the week following.

Zimerman has had problems in the United States in recent years. He travels with his own Steinway piano, which he has altered himself. But shortly after 9/11, the instrument was confiscated at JFK Airport when he landed in New York to give a recital at Carnegie Hall. Thinking the glue smelled funny, the TSA decided to take no chances and destroyed the instrument. Since then he has shipped his pianos in parts, which he reassembles by hand after he lands. He also drives the truck himself when he carries his instrument from city to city over land, as he did after playing a recital in Berkeley on Friday.

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