There will be a Music Hackathon
at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin Texas this year. For the first time, developers, designers and musicians, can participate in the first ever SXSW Music Hackathon where they will present in front of a judging panel. The event is no-charge and open to the public!
The Hackathon will be March 12th- March 13th, 2:00 PM- 2:00 PM (24 hours), Hilton Austin Downtown Championship Awards will be March 14th, 6:30 PM + afterparty, Base at the old La Zona Rosa.
Using their programming know-how and a collection of music-tech APIs, teams will have 24 hours to work on their prototypes and compete for the AT&T Grand Prize of $10,000
plus a grand prize package; 2nd prize of $2,500 and 3rd prize of $1,000. The Hackathon Championship Awards Show will be held on Friday, March 14th from 6:00PM – 8:00PM
(formerly La Zona Rosa).
Judges will include Shawn Fanning
(founder of Napster and Destroyer), Ian Rogers
(CEO of Beats Music), Alex Ebert
(frontman for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), Jermaine “Mack Maine” Preyan
(rapper and President of Young Money Ent.), and Stephen White
(President of Gracenote).
The Music Hackathon Championship is proud to have AT&T U-verse with GigaPower as the event’s presenting sponsor.…
Carnival in Brazil’s sprawling Rio de Janeiro
took over its streets for its annual event from February 28 through March 4, 2014, another year, we sadly missed being there directly. That said, we’ve been watching it from the road and was excited to see people packing the streets for parades, dancing and raucous open-air parties that began at daybreak the night before the kick off and pulsated throuhout the week.
The Carnaval in Rio
is a world famous festival held before Lent every year and considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets. The first festivals of Rio date back to 1723. Above is from this year and the below shot is from 1999.
Every year, the carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats and adornments from numerous samba schools which are located in Rio (more than 200 approximately, divided into 5 leagues/ divisions). A samba school is composed of a collaboration of local neighbours that want to attend carnival together, with some kind of regional, geographical common background.
One of the many main purposes of the Rio carnival parade is for samba schools to…
A barren land stretches to eternity on both sides of this empty road. Pale and lifeless, like the sands we just left behind, to the extent that the only semblance of life seem to be the tufts of the dead grass, rendered a golden hue by the Sun which refuses to relent even in the winter months.
Remorseless. And as we have crossed Jaisalmer on our way to Jodhpur, the horizon is marked not by sand dunes but by several windmills, in all directions. My friend from Mumbai has taken a liking to the cool morning breeze and is off to sleep. And so I’m left with little more than these windmills and the music of 90s Bollywood movies to give me company. Above The ubiquituous Ravanhattha of Rajasthan.
From the foothills of the Himalayas to the desert in Rajasthan, 90s Bollywood music is the all- time favourite of bus drivers in the Indian countryside. And I must concede here that it’s not always soothing. For instance, the driver in this bus is playing, ‘Teri yaad satati hai.. milne ko bulati hai’. My friend’s lucky he’s off to sleep.…
One of my travel goals is to explore more cities in the United States and Nashville was at the top of that list. Oh, and if I’m going to be completely honest here, the ABC hit show of the same name might have had something to do with it. Although I don’t own a TV, I started to notice that every week I came up with some silly excuse to watch an episode on Hulu. Nashville was never far from my mind but the show definitely reignited my interested in visiting.
I also chose to explore Nashville in the winter because I simply love off-season travel. As a newcomer to Music City, there were a few things I noticed right off the bat that I think are worth sharing. Here are five reasons travelers will appreciate this cultural and creative city.
1. Nashville IS and IS NOT a walking city
Clearly, I didn’t do too much research before boarding my flight because I always assumed that Nashville was a walking city…and it is in some ways. On one hand, many of the main touristic attractions are located downtown – The Country Music Hall of Fame, the famous honky-tonks and The…
This from Pitchfork:
Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann and indie-punk fixture Ted Leo toured together in 2012 and 2013, resulting in a collaborative songwriting project called the Both. (Thankfully they’ve dropped the hashtag from the name). On April 15, they’ll release a self-titled collaborative album through Mann’s label SuperEgo. Check out “Milwaukee”, the first Leo-Mann hybrid recording.
Just as I predicted. Supergroups in the mainstream and in the indie world will be a big part of the music industry in 2014.
Why? Probably because.
More Voynostradamous predictions to come true soon. Watch for the signs!
Southern culture is alive and well and apparently having a great time in Charleston, South Carolina
The inaugural Jubilee
Made in the South Weekend celebrated the best of the South’s food, drink, crafts, music and more on the grounds of historic Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, December 6-8, 2013.
“In the South, there’s an appreciation for things that are made right,” said David DiBenedetto, editor-in-chief of Garden & Gun, the Southern lifestyle magazine that helped sponsor Jubilee. “It’s an appreciation of the high and the low,” DiBenedetto said. “(Barbecue master) Rodney Scott is as much of an artist as the painter John Alexander.” Both of them have had their work celebrated by Garden & Gun, and Scott’s barbecue served as the culinary centerpiece of Jubilee’s culminating event, a traditional Southern pig roast.
In fact, visiting Jubilee felt like a walk through the pages of an issue of Garden & Gun, its glossy pictures, characters and crafts coming to life in the shade of live oaks covered in Spanish moss. Among the festival’s features: a flycasting station, a concert from country guitar legend Junior Brown, and a Southern Food Pantry offering samples of…
The eight annual Crescent City BBQ Blues Festival was held on October 18 – 20, 2013 at Lafayette Square in the CBD in New Orleans. It was my first one but it will become an annual event for me. There were a mix of New Orleans blues bands and those from elsewhere, mostly the US South.
Great BBQ from a variety of traditions fueled the audience over the three days. On Saturday and Sunday there were two stages with performances timed so one started as the other finished. You did not have to make choices, like many other multi-stage events. You simply had to keep moving from one side of Lafayette Park to the other with no wait time between acts.
Saturday began with New Orleans’ own Guitar Lightning Lee, who played a significant role in the HBO series, Treme. I have seen him in town and he is one of the better blues players in the city.
Blind Boy Paxton played a solo acoustic set. His strong presence carried the stage without needing an electric band behind him. It was the only solo act and he displayed a wide range of roots blues, playing…
The Billboard Latin Music Conference
will be held on April 22-25, 2013 at JW Marriot Marquis in Miami, Florida. Musical Rhythms Promotions presents “MAS Y MAS MÚSICA” Showcase and over the duration, there will be live performances by AlfaBeto, Angello Black, Jae Camilo, Dany Dayan, Jeo Andre Marcel, Victor Muñoz, Pumva, Sean Riva, Kevin Riva and Cathey Rod. Then there’s the BMI/PeerMusic/Sony Music Latin Billboard Showcase with live performances by A Band of Bitches, Kat Dahlia, Niña Dioz, Dyland & Lenny and Rio Roma.
There will be panel discussions on digital media and music including angles, marketing and new business models. Labels and artists are working with brands and agencies in increasingly innovative ways to promote and finance music. Speakers to include Bruno del Granado, CEO, RM Entertainment Group / Manager, Ricky Martin, Javier Farfan, Senior Director of Cultural Branding, PepsiCo, Claudia Hoyos, General Manager, Marca Colombia, Ruben Leyva, SVP of Business Development, Latin Region, Spain & Portugal,Sony Music, Fernando Rodriguez, CEO, Terra Networks USA and Rafael Toro, Director of Public Relations, Goya Foods.
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