This was an interesting week in New York City as the CMJ Music Marathon for 2010 had arrived in force and brought with it a number of amazing musical acts and events for all to enjoy. The annual event that the College Music Journal holds hosts panels and showcases around the city and really lets music lovers and industry personnel alike sink their teeth into a number of different things. Sadly, my Metal Reporting activity during this particular week didn’t allow me the luxury of too much free time to participate in as many things as I would have liked to check out for I had the Black Veil Brides show just this past Monday and the Nevermore show the night immediately following. The funny thing was how I was expecting to be at the Black Label Society show this evening but my plans didn’t go as I had expected so the night was free to explore the other things that were taking place in the city that never sleeps.
That morning a call came in from WeRoqq PR’s Shukmei Wong who had been invited to a gathering being held at the popular Mexican restaurant Gonzalez & Gonzalez and she added how there would be good music, good networking and perhaps even something to eat. Count me in since I am a big fan of this kind of cuisine. The showcase was care of Eric Fontenay of Music Dish and he has been a media colleague of Shukmei’s for awhile. I’ve not been to this place in a number of years so I was happy to see that the economic downturn that many restaurants face had not fixed its eye on them and they were still doing a booming business. Walking in the smells from the evening’s fare was getting a little hard to concentrate amidst. It was not a smart idea to arrive at this event hungry that’s for sure. The back room of the restaurant offers a small stage and that was where a couple of bands would be performing tonight. One performer was named Maya Solovey and she’s a Folk singer who was showcasing a very different idea to the public. A photograph of her flyer is below to help me explain.
Continue reading CMJ 2010 Event Adventures & Maya Solovey Showcase
Artist: Autumn Black
Venue: The Bowery Poetry Club (New York, NY)
Label: Tyburn Records
Once again we found the Big Apple besieged by the annual CMJ Convention and all of the parties, gatherings and showcases that come along with it. I had to admit that even if you were not someone who was partaking in the convention, that this particular week in New York City was a very busy one with shows from bands such as Amon Amarth starting it off and Yngwie Malmsteen closing it out. These two killer shows had actually been preceded by incendiary gigs from Iced Earth, Kamelot, Children of Bodom, Testament and even Overkill. If you were looking for Metal this month it was very clear that The Big Apple was the place to be. Tonight’s adventuring would actually be a part of the annual Skateboard Marketing showcase which is held by the company’s founder Munsey Ricci. Ricci has been an industry staple for many years, so it’s really cool to be invited down to see what he has planned for the media folks that he knows. The party would be held in the Bowery Poetry Club and feature two new rising stars on the Metal scene. The first band would be Ionia who had a very Melodic Rock sound to them and the main band for the night would come by the way of Autumn Black who hail from the Los Angeles/San Diego, CA area.
Continue reading Autumn Black @ Bowery Poetry Club (10/23/2008)
Event: Skateboard Marketing 14th Anniversary Industry Showcase
Venue: Don Hills (New York, NY)
Band: Fear Factory
Label: Calvin Records
The CMJ Music Marathon is a musical force plain and simple. Short for The College Music Journal, this magazine is the industry resource for College Radio and Retail people. This year the event would be no different as it brings together artists and all sorts of industry personnel as it has done for the past 20 years. In addition to the great music there are often fantastic gatherings spread out across the City. PiercingMetal.com had the pleasure of attending one of the many killer parties that come along with it being the CMJ. This particular party would be the 14th Anniversary Party of Skateboard Marketing; Host Munsey Ricci was on hand to make sure everyone in attendance had a great time. This party was not only held in the popular NYC Club Don Hills, but would feature a special musical performance by the one and only Fear Factory. The band just completed a successful appearance as one of the Main Stage bands for Megadeth’s Gigantour and being able to see them knock out some tunes in a small venue like this would be very intense indeed. The band was also celebrating their release of the new CD “Trangression” on Calvin Records. That evening the bar was sponsored by both Budweiser and Jagermeister so you can imagine that a lot of drinking got done.
Continue reading Skateboard Marketing’s CMJ Showcase & Fear Factory @ Don Hills (9/15/2005)