DENVER — Groove Science Studios, creator of virtual reality music platform Soundscape VR (SVR), has announced the addition of multi-platinum-selling rock band Evanescence, electronic music sensation Griz, American jam band Umphrey’s McGee, and fresh news faces in electronic music Memo Rex and Crescendoll to the Soundscape VR Magic Mirror content platform.

Magic Mirror, introduced to Soundscape VR’s musical metaverse last year, provides a platform for artists to position their music in an immersive shared digital space, combining virtual reality, augmented reality and the internet. Magic Mirror provides a dynamic virtual concert experience, giving music fans from around the world an opportunity to participate in a completely new and shared sonic-visual experience that is designed to scale infinitely, with no limit to the number of participants.

“The fact that such prestigious and progressive artists as Evanescence, Griz and Umphrey’s McGee have chosen to showcase their art on our platform is truly humbling,” Soundscape VR Founder and Creator Eric Alexander explained. “It should serve as a signal to the entire industry that Soundscape VR is THE place for a truly immersive experience that will power the music world into the metaverse like no other platform or technology. Eight years in the making, the future has arrived and it is Soundscape VR.”

To further enhance the experience, the platform is also introducing new avatar customizations for users to personalize their own virtual appearance, including new hairstyles, outfits and more. Armed with their new avatars, users can explore immersive, audio-reactive worlds, including the recently added Neo-Nexus, an abstract world that spans for miles above a futuristic skyline overflowing with lasers and reactive geometry. This world is inspired by the technological trappings of today’s pop-culture.

In concert with Evanescence and the newly added artists to the Magic Mirror musical metaverse, fans are eligible to win a new Valve Index VR headset. To experience exclusive Magic Mirror performances, users can download SVR for FREE from Steam VR and Oculus Home. For more information about upcoming Magic Mirror content and events in virtual reality, users are encouraged to follow the company on social media and visit the website where a complete compendium of available Magic Mirror content is also available.

About Soundscape VR:

Groundbreaking music, arts, and gaming VR platform Soundscape VR (SVR) is enabling a new generation of live concerts, music experiences and sound visualization, paving the way for the next technological expansion of the music industry. Friends across the globe can listen, fly, paint, explore, watch, dance, compete and more – with infinite groups of players together in a sonic-visual adventure functioning as a 24/7 music festival. SVR’s Sonic AI allows the software to visualize any genre of music, automatically, from Electronic to Jazz, deeply integrating the music into the audio-reactive environments provided by SVR. Engineered by an independent collective of artists, musicians and developers to be the premier destination for musical and artistic virtual reality content, SVR is regarded as one of the most immersive and technically impressive virtual reality apps in the world.

Soundscape VR is part of the Soundscape Universe, a collection of virtual, mixed

and augmented reality software developed by Groove Science Studios (GSS). 

39th Blues Music Awards slated for Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Memphis, TN


39th Blues Music Awards • Thursday, May 10, 2018 • Memphis, TN


The sounds, and the stars, of the blues rule Memphis when Blues Music Week kicks off on May 8.

Little Steven photographed during International Blues Challenge 2018

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — There has never been a Blues Music Week quite like one that will be happening this May, and it all starts and ends with Little Steven Van Zandt. Back in January, Little Steven served as a finals judge for the International Blues Challenge, and came away so impressed with the Blues Foundation’s work to preserve blues heritage and celebrate blues recording and performance that he offered to return as the host of the Blues Music Awards in order to help bring even greater awareness to the significance of this music form. He will launch Blues Music Week with a special Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul show at Memphis’ Minglewood Hall on Tuesday, May 8. Then, on Thursday, May 10, he’ll emcee the biggest awards show in Blues at the Cook Convention Center, where he will be joined on stage by such big-name award presenters as Steve Miller, Joe Louis Walker, Janiva Magness, Tito JacksonCandi Staton, and Tony Joe White.

Wednesday, May 9 holds its own rewards for music fans when The Halloran Centre for Performing Arts will open its doors for the Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. There is a cocktail reception at 5:30 pm, which leads into the ceremony at 6:30 pm. This event is open to the public; tickets are $75 per person and are available at 2018 Blues Hall of Fame Ceremony Tickets

The 39th class of Hall of Fame inductees features an illustrious lineup: guitar great Roebuck “Pops” Staples, the incomparable drummer Sam Lay, the renowned blues pianist and songwriter Georgia Tom Dorsey, the acclaimed Chicago blues band The Aces, and the first “Queen of the Blues,” singer Mamie Smith. 

After the joy-filled BHOF ceremony concludes, everyone is invited attend Big LLou’s 6th Annual Blues Hall of Fame Tribute Jam & Juke Joynt Party at the Warehouse. The show, which begins at 9 pm, serves as a fundraiser for the Blues Foundation and Generation Blues, a program that sends qualified music students to blues camps or workshops to study their instrument of choice. 

The Blues Hall of Fame Museum is the starting point for the festivities on Thursday, May 10. Visitors will get a first look at newly installed memorabilia from its 2018 inductee class, to include such items as Sam Lay’s cape and cane to Aces’ member Louis Myers’ harmonica. Then, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., the museum will host a special meet-and-greet with painter Michael P. Maness, whose art is currently on display in its Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise Gallery. The exhibit showcases his portraits of Blues Hall of Famers and past Blues Music Award winners, and many are signed by the performers represented in the works. Don’t be surprised if a number of the musicians depicted in the paintings visit this program to sign paintings. All the artwork is available for purchase, with a portion of each sale being donated by the artist to the Blues Foundation.  

Also May 10, from noon-2:30 pm, the Blues Foundation’s HART Fund will hold health screenings for all musicians, free of charge, on the mezzanine level of Sheraton Hotel, which is the official BMA host hotel. MusicCares will be on hand to fit musicians who qualify for custom-made ear molds to protect their hearing. Additionally, The Memphis, Chicago and Texas chapters of the Recording Academy will host their annual BMA reception, at 1 pm. Taking place at the Sheraton Downtown Memphis Hotel, this event is open to all BMA attendees.

The day’s main event is the Blues Music Awards, which starts off with a reception beginning at 5:30 pm in the Grand Lobby of the Memphis Cook Convention Center. There will be live music from various nominees, along with a cash bar. The BMA ceremony, hosted by Little Steven, commences at 7 p.m. sharp in the Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom. The exciting evening includes a seated dinner, 26 award presentations and a full night of nominee performances. The fun will spill out into the Grand Ballroom’s foyer, where you’ll find a one-of-a-kind silent auction. BMA tickets are available to the public and are on sale now — $150 per person or a table of 10 for $1500 — at

The first big event for Little Steven during Blues Music Week is the Minglewood Hall concert on Tuesday, May 8. This Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul show is part of their landmark tour benefiting the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s TeachRock initiative, which is centered around a national middle and high school curriculum. This outreach program fits in with the Blues Foundation’s own educational mission to bring more blues to the next generation. Before the concert’s sound-check, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation will also host free TeachRock Professional Development Workshops, and educators who attend will receive a complimentary ticket to that evening’s show. Educators in the Memphis area can contact for more information.

About the Blues Foundation: This world-renowned, Memphis-based organization holds a mission to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Founded in 1980, the Blues Foundation has over 4,000 individual members and close to 200 affiliated blues societies representing another 50,000 fans and professionals around the world. Its signature honors and events — the Blues Music Awards, International Blues Challenge, and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards — make it the international hub of blues music. Its HART Fund provides the blues community with medical assistance for musicians in need, while Blues in the Schools programs and Generation Blues Scholarships expose new generations to blues music. Throughout the year, the Foundation staff serves the global blues community with answers, information, and news.

About the Blues Hall of Fame Museum: Since opening in May of 2015, the Blues Hall of Fame Museum has become a must-see destination for blues aficionados and casual fans alike. Through its ten permanent galleries and the Upstairs Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise Gallery’s temporary exhibit space, the museum exposes, educates, and entertains visitors, providing them a unique way to explore blues culture and history, while also highlighting its 400 inductees. Visitors can use interactive touchscreens to access databases that allow them to hear music, watch videos, and read stories about every museum’s inductees. Guests can also view one-of-a-kind memorabilia, from musical instruments and tour attire to awards and artwork. Located at 421 S. Main Street, Memphis, the museum is open seven days a week (Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m.). Admission is $10 per person; free for children and Blues Foundation members. The museum is also available for private parties and events after hours. For more information, call 901-527-2583. 

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For more information regarding The Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Week, please contact Conqueroo

Topspin tips: Maximizing Direct-to-Fan


Topspin tips: Maximizing Direct-to-Fan

In Jason Spitz’ SXSW recap of a Direct-To-Fan panel, the topic of DTF “was explored in depth by Brendan, Benji, and fellow panelists Nicole St. Jean of Topspin, Emily White of Brendan Benson’s management/Readymade Records, and independent artist & YouTube sensation Julia Nunes. Brendan led the group in discussing four specific elements of the Direct-To-Fan (D2F) model. First, he posed the question “What kind of packages work best when selling D2F, and how should I price them?” The panelists recommended unique, memorable offers that enhanced the art or resonated with the audience. Nicole cited Arcade Fire’s animated digital accompaniment to their album The Suburbs and Trent Reznor’s razor-blade USB necklace. Benji urged artists to personalize their offers and ask themselves “what would a true fan love to get, and how can I create it for them?” Emily recommended tiered pricing to reach all levels of fans, from those who can only spend $10 to those willing to spend $100.”

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Memphian Alex Botwin makes waves as Paper Diamond


<snip> “Botwin will be talking about his experiences as a musician and business owner as part of a “Backstage Pass” event before his Memphis show at Newby’s, sponsored by the Memphis Music Foundation.

“I’ll do anything I can for Cameron [Mann, director of the foundation’s Music Resource Center]. He’s a great person in the Memphis music scene and with what he’s doing at the Music Foundation,” Botwin says.

“When it comes to creating a career in the music business, that’s something I’m confident in, and not just for myself but for other artists I’ve been helping.”

The “Backstage Pass” event will take place at 7 p.m. at Newby’s. Admission to the talk is $5 or free for Music Foundation members.

“I look forward to coming to Memphis,” Botwin says of this homecoming of sorts.

“We’re definitely bringing a top-notch show and it’s going to be great to come back. Some of my favorite food in the world is in Memphis.”

Heartache in Memphis Compiles Best of Music from Memphians


The Memphis Music Foundation has teamed up with Indie Memphis and the Memphis Shelby County Film Commission to create a Memphis music sampler for music supervisors and creative directors. On November 3rd, in conjunction with the launch of the Indie Memphis Film Festival, Heartache in Memphis, a compilation of 20 songs will be available to stream live on SoundCloud.
A limited number of CDs will be available at the Indie Memphis Film Festival.

“Memphis music is so many things. We have wellspring of diverse sounds. The theme of heartache gives music directors and music supervisors a thematic perspective,” noted Memphis Music Foundation Director of Development & Communications, Pat Mitchell. “Heartache in Memphis explores heartache through a diverse collection of artists.”

The Heartache in Memphis selection committee included representatives from Indie Memphis, The Memphis Music Foundation, The Memphis Shelby County Film Commission and members of the Music Resource Center.

Included in Heartache in Memphis are
Furry Lewis “Worried Blues”
Amy LeVere “Cry My Eyes Out”
Grace Askew “Jupe”
Nancy Apple “Hard Luck ‘N’ Old Dogs”
Susan Marshall “It’s Hitting Me”
Black Rock Revival “Lola Falana”
Deering and Down “Love is a Rock”
The Bo-Keys “Sundown on Beale”
Trashed Romeos “Gotta Find New Love”
Tiger High “Why Oh Why”
Jeffrey James and the Haul “Rain’s Coming Down”
Chris Milan “Always in Love”
Glorie “Water Drops”
Hot Freak Nation “12th of Never”
Marcela Pinilla “Mientras No Estes” (While You Were Away)
Jim Mize “Looking for You”
Star & Micey “Carly”
The Late Show “Judy”
The Tim Terry Experience “Can’t Get You”
Musaria featuring Saturna “Moment” (jazz re-mix)

Preview of a new album, worthy cause – Great American Taxi (via Coal Country)


PREVIEW OF NEW ALBUM FOR A WORTHY CAUSE -  Great American Taxi For Great American Taxi and frontman Vince Herman, who grew up in West Virginia, fighting for social justice in Appalachia and calling for an end to mountaintop removal seems the natural thing to do. According to a recent study published last week in the journal Environmental Research, a "significantly higher" rate of birth defects exists in babies born near mountaintop removal mining sites than those in non-mining areas. Mountaintop removal mini … Read More

via Coal Country

Memphis Music Launch


Memphis Music Launch is almost here, and if you’re still not sure whether you’re going to put your name (and your idea) in the mix for Launch Weekend, you’ll want to clear some time out on Saturday afternoon to join us at EmergeMemphis.

This Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. is MML Pitch Night. It’s a time to try out a pitch that you’d like to work on during the Launch Weekend, but it’s also a time to get your questions answered and learn more about MML, the process and the huge prizes at stake for the winner. Join us for a beer, some information and to hear some of the ideas you may be up against when Launch Weekend arrives. You’ll be able to register for the Launch right then and there, and you can take advantage of a special extended early bird discount if you do.

In the meantime, if you want to read up on MML you can check out a great FAQ here, and of course read the full synopsis of the entire Launch by clicking here. You can also give us a shout with specific questions by e-mailing Cameron or John, or stop by the MRC at 431 S. Main Street.

Fresh out of the oven – Free Music from Great American Taxi 03-17-2011 at Hodi’s Hafe Note in Ft. Collins, CO.

Artist Great American Taxi
Show St. Patrick’s Day – Hodi’s Hafe Note in FT. Collins, CO.
Torrent G.A.T 03-12-2011 Hodi’s Hafe Note FT. Collins.torrent (click to download)
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Description 03-17-2011
Great America Taxi w/ Tim Carbone
Hodi’s Hafe Note
FT. Collins, CO


Set I
01.) Flying Cloud Catillion
02.) Red Mountain Wine
03.) Penny Arcade
04.) Wanderin’->
05.) ?
06.) Brown Eyed Women
07.) Wild Bill Jones
08.) Unpromised Land ->
09.) Whiskey Before Breakfast ->
10.) Unpromised Land

Set II
01.) Liza Jane
02.) The Shape I’m In
03.) Straw Man ->
04.) Half Note Jam ->
05.) Straw Man
06.) ?
07.) Irish Washerwoman
08.) One Of These Days
09.) Fuzzy Little Hippy Girl
10.) Reckless Habits
11.) Lazy John
12.) Get No Better
13.) Homegrown
14.) ?