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9th Annual IMA Artist Judges


Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel
She & Him

The multi-talented Zooey Deschanel is best known for her deadpan supporting roles in films such as Almost Famous (2000), The New Guy (2002), All the Real Girls (2003), Elf (2003), Winter Passing (2005), Tin Man (2007) and Yes Man (2008). In many of these films -- as viewers heard -- she’s showed off her beautiful set of lungs. Basking in her passion for music, Deschanel has performed in the jazz cabaret act If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies with fellow actress Samantha Shelton. She also plays the piano, percussion, xylophone, banjo and ukulele. More critical acclaim came her way with the release of Volume One, her debut album, recorded with M. Ward (a fellow IMA Judge this year) under the moniker She & Him in March 2008. Find out more at www.sheandhim.com.


M Ward
M. Ward
She & Him

Armed with a guitar, harmonica, sparse percussion and a tin-pan alley-esque piano, Portland, Oregon based songwriter M. Ward spins timeless classics that seem to flow effortlessly; simple yet eloquent tales alive with metaphor and imagery, told in a raspy, sepia-toned croon. His music bridges the gaps between the roots of various American musical traditions—Folk, Country, Blues and Rock. He has guested on recordings by Cat Power, Beth Orton (with whom he co-wrote the title track to her album Comfort of Strangers), The Court & Spark, Bright Eyes (with whom he toured on the 2004 Vote For Change tour with R.E.M. and Bruce Springsteen), Jenny Lewis (whose debut solo album, Rabbit Fur Coat, he co-produced) and My Morning Jacket. Recently, he made headlines alongside Zooey Deschanel (also an IMA Judge this year) for their collaborative effort, She & Him. Visit him on the web at www.mwardmusic.com and www.sheandhim.com.


Aimee Mann
Aimee Mann

From her work in the 80’s with MTV favorite Til Tuesday, through her acclaimed solo discs Whatever and I’m With Stupid in the 90s, Aimee Mann has always been at the forefront of contemporary songwriters. The close of the millennium brought her greatest success, with the simultaneous releases of Bachelor No. 2 and the soundtrack to the film Magnolia, which garnered nominations for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and three Grammys. Mann continued her solo career with Lost in Space (2002), the second release on SuperEgo Records, the label she co-founded with manager and former Til Tuesday band mate Michael Hausmann. The opportunity to release her own CD’s independently allowed Mann the power to soar creatively. Her newest release, Smilers, took shape during the last two years as Mann was releasing her concept album, The Forgotten Arm (2005) and then her seasonal CD Another Drifter in the Snow (2006). More info on Aimee can be found at www.aimeemann.com.


Mike Viola
Mike Viola
The Candy Butchers

Mike Viola is best known as singer, songwriter and musical architect of the Candy Butchers, a highly regarded pop-rock band from New York that recorded three critically-acclaimed albums for Sony, including 2003’s fan-favorite Hang On Mike. The success of the Candy Butchers led to multiple appearances on Late Night With Conan O’Brien and Last Call With Carson Daly. It also found the group touring alongside the likes of They Might Be Giants, Robyn Hitchcock, Sparklehorse, and Ivy. Viola simultaneously began a career in film-work a decade ago as the co-producer and lead singer of the Oscar®-nominated title track from “That Thing You Do!” Walk Hard, the recent Jake Kasdan/Judd Apatow film starring John C. Reilly, featured nearly a dozen songs written by Viola. A spoof on the Hollywood music biopic, Walk Hard proved to be the perfect playground for Viola’s subversive, witty lyrics and catchy-pop expertise. Viola joined the indie ranks in 2005 when he released an album of new songs on his own label, Good Morning Monkey Records. Recorded live at Largo in L.A., Just Before Dark showcases Mike's sharp abilities as a live performer. Once available on his website, mikeviola.com, the vinyl-only album sold out in three months. His latest album, Lurch, is alive with the classic-pop euphoria and vivid storybook imagery that Viola’s fans have come to treasure. Lurch has captured audiences internationally, thanks to tracks like album-opener “Maybe, Maybe Not” and first single “So Much Better.” Viola’s songwriting and production can also be heard on Amanda Leigh, the forthcoming release by Mandy Moore, for whom he is the musical director. Visit his site at www.mikeviola.com.


Shelby Lynne
Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne began playing music as teenager in Frankville, Alabama as a means to support herself and her younger sister Allison Moorer (also now a country recording artist) after the tragic death of her parents. She eventually moved to Nashville and appeared on TNN's Nashville Now in 1987, and soon landed a recording contract with Epic Records. Her first Epic recording was a duet with George Jones, "If I Could Bottle This Up", which became a top-50 hit in 1988. She took more of a mainstream direction in 2001 and won the Best New Artist Grammy Award, despite the fact that she had been recording and releasing records for more than ten years. Her latest album, Just a Little Lovin', released on January 29, 2008 — is a tribute to singer Dusty Springfield. She also keeps busy by acting. Lynne portrayed Carrie Cash in Walk the Line and has appeared in an episode of the Showtime original series Head Case. Keep up with Shelby at www.shelbylynne.com.


 Brian 'Head' Welch
Brian "Head" Welch
Korn

Soon after co-founding nu-metal band Korn, Brian “HEAD” Welch saw his band quickly become a Grammy® award-winning, multi-Platinum selling act that rose to the top of the music world while selling 40 million+ records internationally. In early 2005, Head rocked the music world by announcing his resignation from Korn. Only months from his Korn exodus, Head traveled to India to open up his first Head Home, an orphanage that provided housing, food, and education to some 200 orphans in the most unreachable parts of India. Head also continued other philanthropic efforts in other areas in the United States. Thereafter, Head began composing and recording his debut album, Save Me From Myself, on his own Driven Music Group label. The album debuted on Billboard‘s “Top Hard Rock Albums” chart at #13, #7 on Billboard’s “Top Independent Albums” chart and #21 on SoundScan’s “Top Current Rock Albums” chart. Alongside, Head penned a biography of his life, picked up and released by HarperCollins. The book quickly hit the New York Times “Best Seller” list (non-fiction). He’s currently on his first solo USA tour, so be sure to catch the show. For more, visit www.brianheadwelch.net.


Jonatha Brooke
Jonatha Brooke

Folk singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke began her career in the late 1980s as one half of the folk duo The Story. In the late 1990's, Brooke's vocals were featured in Goodyear Tire's commercial jingle, "Serious Freedom, Goodyear, Goodyear." In 2002, she performed a pair of songs on Disney's Return to Never Land soundtrack. Brooke has been featured as a guest vocalist with artists such as Lisa Loeb, Chris Botti and Patty Larkin, and has co-written tracks for Joe Sample's The Pecan Tree. Her song "Inconsolable" (from Plumb) was featured in an episode of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and most recently, her tune "What You Don't Know" became the theme song of the new series Dollhouse. Jonatha's website is www.jonathabrooke.com.


Jesse Malin
Jesse Malin

Jesse Malin began his music career at the age of 16, as the front-man for the seminal New York City hardcore band, Heart Attack. Following its 1983 demise, Jesse worked on several other projects, including the band Hope, before forming glam punk band D Generation, for which he was the lead singer for eight years. As one of New York City's most noted bands of the 90s, D Generation released three albums, before eventually disbanding in April 1999. In 2000, he launched his solo career with an album produced by former Whiskeytown front-man Ryan Adams. A deal with Artemis Records soon followed. The Fine Art of Self Destruction appeared in the United Kingdom in October 2002; lead off first single, "Queen of the Underworld" gained recognition and the British press quickly hailed Malin's debut as one of the year's best. He is currently working on the release of his eighth solo-effort, which will be available on Adeline Records. Visit him at www.jessemalin.com for more.


Judy Collins
Judy Collins

Legendary Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Judy Collins is known for the stunning purity of her soprano, her eclectic taste in the material she records (which has included Folk, Standards, Chansons, Pop and Rock 'n Roll, etc.) and her social activism. She has won two Grammy Awards (Best Folk Performance or Folk Recording, "Both Sides Now", 1968 and Song of the Year, "Send in the Clowns", 1975). In addition, Collins was nominated for an Academy Award in 1975 for the documentary, "Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman," a film that honors her classical piano instructor, conductor Antonia Brico. See www.JudyCollins.com for more.


Jeremy Taggart
Jeremy Taggart
Our Lady Peace

Jeremy Ronald John Taggart is the current drummer for the Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace. Music was a central part of his youth, as his parents were also musicians. Taggart learned to play drums at an early age and was displaying a reasonably large amount of talent by the time he was in high school. He joined the then up-and-coming band 1993. In addition to drumming for Our Lady Peace, Taggart has worked on various side projects, including providing the drums for Chantal Kreviazuk, Geddy Lee As well as working on a mentor level with The Arkells. He started guest hosting on radio shows in the late 90's with pals George Stroumboulopoulos and Jim Richards, then began his insane guest spots at The Edge in Toronto on the Dean Blundell morning show. He started his own Podcast Taggarts Take in 2006, it can be heard weekly on The Strombo Show and is also available on iTunes.


Rob Wasserman
Rob Wasserman

Rob Wasserman's greatest musical joy and challenge is the art of collaboration. He's put that ability to the test in a variety of contexts over the years, most notably on a series of three Grammy Award-winning albums -- SOLO, DUETS AND TRIOS -- All of which have been recently released as a boxed set called “TRILOGY.” They feature Rob and his various basses on originally written collaborations with Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, Les Claypool, Rickie Lee Jones, Elvis Costello, Willie Dixon, Stephane Grappelli, Brian Wilson among sixteen others others. Additional musical partners in crime over the years have included Lou Reed, The Mark Morris Dance Group, and Bob Weir, first as a partner in the duo Weir/Wasserman, and then later in the band they founded together, RatDog. Rob is currently collaborating with the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archive and producers Joe Henry and Hal Willner, on an album of unreleased Woody Guthrie lyrics and poems -- all interpreted by Rob and his bass, along with Ani di Franco, Lou Reed, Studs Terkel, Nellie McKay, Michael Franti, Pete Seeger and others. This project will be released in 2009. See Rob's website at www.RobWasserman.com.


Tim Pagnotta
Tim Pagnotta
Sugarcult

As frontman for veteran Santa Barbara, California Pop-Punk rockers, Sugarcult, Tim Pagnotta and his bandmates have taken their characteristic DIY attitude to the limit. Sugarcult has toured throughout the US, UK, Japan and Europe, stopping only to make new records. The band's career highlights include playing the Main Stage at Warped Tour, opening for Green Day on the band's American Idiot tour and hitting stages at Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds in the U.K. and Summer Sonic in Japan. The band found fans at modern rock radio and MTV 2, and earned critical acclaim in magazines like Alternative Press. With three studio albums and one live album/DVD, Sugarcult has crafted hit singles ("Bouncing Off the Walls," "Pretty Girl," "Stuck in America") and MTV hits ("Memory," which was also featured in Burnout 3 and NHL 2005, and "She's the Blade"), that have appeared in films such National Lampoon's
Van Wilder
, Old School, American Wedding and Employee of the Month. Sugarcult's on the web at www.sugarcult.com.


The Apples In Stereo
The Apples in stereo

The Apples in stereo are the indie-rock flag wavers of sunny pop. Formed in 1993 in Denver, Colorado, the band consists of guitarist/vocalist (and Elephant 6 collective co-founder) Robert Schneider, guitarist John Hill, bassist Eric Allen, and drummer Hilarie Sidney. Their discography includes eight full-length recordings and mini-masterpieces such as the Let's Go! EP, a homage to the cartoon super-heroines, The Powerpuff Girls. The Apples released their pop triumph, New Magnetic Wonder on February 6th, 2007 as the debut album to be distributed on Elijah Wood's new joint venture with Yep Roc, Simian Records (co-released and distributed via Yep Roc Records/Elephant 6/Redeye Distribution). The band won the 7th Annual Independent Music Award for Pop/Rock song. On August 4, 2008, the band appeared again on The Colbert Report. They performed their song "Can You Feel It?" More recently, American Idol's long-running weekly Ford commercial featuring AI contestants singing pop classics featured a re-recorded version of The Apples' song "Energy" by the remaining contestants. The Ford-sponsored segment has also included artists such as Britney Spears, Queen, Lykke Li and the J. Geils Band. Check out their site atwww.applesinstereo.com.


Arturo O'Farrill
Arturo O'Farrill

Arturo O’ Farrill, pianist, composer, educator and winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. In 2002, O’Farrill created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for Jazz at Lincoln Center. His debut album with the Orchestra “Una Noche Inolvidable” earned a GRAMMY award nomination in 2006. Educated at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, O’Farrill played piano with the Carla Bley Big Band from 1979 through 1983. He then went on to develop as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, The Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. He has performed throughout the world as a solo artist and with his smaller groups. See more at www.arturoofarrill.com.


Lee Ritenour
Lee Ritenour

Say the name Lee Ritenour and a whole litany of sounds and images come to mind. The master guitarist, composer, arranger and producer has worked with nearly every recording artist in the contemporary Jazz, Pop and R&B catalog. His incredible career, which spans more than 30 years and an equal number of timeless recordings, began at age 16, as he backed Lena Horne and Tony Bennett on tour and recorded with '60s pop stars The Mamas & The Papas. By his 20s, Ritenour had performed on more than 3,000 sessions and been dubbed "Captain Fingers" for his dexterity on the strings. At 23, he launched a solo career, which has since netted him 17 Grammy nominations, several gold albums, numerous Number 1 spots in guitar polls, and a 1985 Grammy with Dave Grusin on the Harlequin album. In the 90s, he joined with Bob James, Nathan East, and Harvey Mason to form the pioneering supergroup, Fourplay. Their 1991 debut spent an unprecedented 33 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart. The innovative guitarist just released an exciting live CD recording, OverTime, and is enjoying the prospect of new musical horizons. His official website is at www.leeritenour.com.


Jennifer Arroyo
Jennifer Arroyo
Suicide City,
ex-Kittie

Jennifer Arroyo began to make a name for herself with her own style and vivacious bass playing in bands and touring since the tender age of 14. Some of Arroyo’s former bands include Open Defiance, SPiNE and Kittie. She currently plays with the acclaimed Brooklyn-based aggressive outfit Suicide City. When she’s not on stage, Arroyo is DJ-ing and hosting parties through her Jenncity Productions and posting a video blog column, “Ask Ms. Jenncity,” for NoneLouder.com. She can also be seen lighting up the stage on Broadway, playing bass in the all female rock opera, Super Chix.


Hanson
Hanson

Hanson formed in Tulsa, Oklahoma by brothers Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson. They are best known for the 1997 hit song "MMMBop" from their major label debut album Middle of Nowhere that earned three Grammy nominations. Despite the enormous commercial success of Middle of Nowhere, the band suffered from the merge that eliminated Mercury Records and were moved to Island Def Jam Music Group. After a three year struggle, depicted in the documentary film Strong Enough to Break by Ashley Greyson, the brothers left Island Def Jam Records. The band now records under its own label, 3CG Records, and has distribution deals through Alternative Distribution Alliance in the United States, Cooking Vinyl in Europe and Sony BMG in Asia. Released on April 20, 2004, Underneath debuted at #1 on Billboard Top Independent Albums chart and #25 on the Billboard 200 album chart, making Underneath one of the most successful self-released albums of all time. On September 10, 2007, Hanson began "The Walk Tour" in Nashville. During tours, Hanson continues their work against poverty and AIDS in Africa, partnering with American company, TOMS Shoes. The band hosts 1-mile walks before each show and donates money for each participant towards helping to fight poverty in Africa. Hanson is currently working on a 2009 release and in the meantime, Taylor is playing select shows as frontman for Tinted Windows, his collaboration with Bun E.Carlos of Cheap Trick , Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne , and ex-Smashing Pumpkins member James Iha. Their official website is www.Hanson.net.


Ken Jordan
Ken Jordan
The Crystal Method

The Crystal Method is a Grammy nominated electronic music duo which formed in Los Angeles, California in the early 1990s. The duo, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, is well known for having many of their songs featured in films, television shows and video games. They have become one of the best-selling and well-known Electronica bands in the United States, with their platinum-status album, Vegas. Featured guests, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland, and others, like Doug Grean, DJ Swamp, Ryan "Ryu" Maginn, and Julie Gallios, have all appeared on tracks with the group.


DJ Spooky
DJ Spooky

Paul D. Miller is a conceptual artist, writer, and musician working in New York. His written work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Source, Artforum, Raygun, Rap Pages, Paper
Magazine
, and a host of other periodicals. Miller's first collection of essays, Rhythm Science, was published by MIT Press in April 2004, and was included in several year-end lists of the best books of 2004, including the Guardian (UK) and Publishers Weekly. Miller's work as a media artist has appeared in a wide variety of contexts such as the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture, The Venice Biennial of Art, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries. But even with all this, Miller is most well known under the moniker of his "constructed persona" as "DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid.” Miller has recorded a huge volume of music and has collaborated a wide variety of musicians and composers such as Iannis Xenakis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kronos Quartet, Kool Keith a.k.a. Doctor Octagon, Pierre Boulez, Killa Priest from Wu-Tang Clan, Steve Reich, Yoko Ono and Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth among many others. He also composed and recorded the music score for the Cannes and Sundance Award winning film Slam, starring critically acclaimed poet Saul Williams. Keep up with him at www.djspooky.com.


Vijay Iyer
Vijay Iyer

Voted the #1 Rising Star Jazz Artist and #1 Rising Star Composer in the Downbeat Magazine International Critics' Poll for both 2006 and 2007, Vijay Iyer was described in The Village Voice as "the most commanding pianist and composer to emerge in recent years." The son of Indian immigrants, he is a largely self-taught creative musician grounded in the American jazz lexicon and drawing from a range of Western and non-Western traditions. His widely acclaimed recordings include Panoptic Modes (2001), Blood Sutra (2003), Reimagining (2005), and Tragicomic (2008) with his trio/quartet; Your Life Flashes (2002), Simulated Progress (2005), and Door (2008) with the experimental three-piece unit Fieldwork; Raw Materials (2006) in his longstanding duo with saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa; and In What Language? (2004) and Still Life with Commentator (2007), his large-scale works in collaboration with poet-performer Mike Ladd. His website is www.vijay-iyer.com.


Butch Walker
Butch Walker

Butch Walker has seen success as a solo artist and front man while also producing and writing GRAMMY-nominated songs and immediate hit albums for some of the world’s biggest artists including Pink, Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne, The All American Rejects and Dashboard Confessional. However, no formal bio represents Butch Walker as well as his own music. Over the past decade, proclaiming his independence from multiple major label deals, crafting hit songs (beginning with “Freak of the Week” from his Marvelous 3 days), playing sold-out tours and releasing four acclaimed solo albums have earned Walker respect and admiration from legions of fans and peers. His latest release, Sycamore Meadows, features his first #1 selling single on Billboard’s Hot 100 Single Sales Chart- “Here Comes The…” featuring Pink. In May 2009, the album also reached the #1 slot on Amazon.com and landed Walker as the #1 artist on the site. Visit www.TheRecordBusinessIsFucked.com and www.MySpace.com/ButchWalker for more information.


Charlie Musselwhite
Charlie Musselwhite

Blues harmonica icon Charlie Musselwhite was born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis, and headed north to Chicago in the 1950s where he met and performed with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker and others. His 1967 debut, 'Stand Back!,' established him as a blues master in his own right. Charlie has performed and/or recorded with everyone from Ben Harper to INXS to the Blind Boys of Alabama, the North Mississippi Allstars to G. Love to Gov't Mule, and many others. He's won 18 W.C. Handy Blues Awards and received multiple Grammy nominations. Recently, Charlie was the big winner at the 28th annual Blues Music Awards, walking away with four of the five trophies he was nominated for including: Album of the Year (Delta Hardware), Song of the Year ("Church Is Out"), Traditional Blues Album of the Year, and Instrumentalist - Harmonica. For Tour Dates and more, see www.CharlieMusselwhite.com.


Nicole Atkins
Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins is known for her mix of traditional vocal styles and introspective lyrics that made her a standout performer in New York City’s anti-folk scene. She honed her sound with help from friends including David Muller (occasionally a member of Yoko Ono’s band, Fiery Furnaces and Fischer Spooner) and eventually found herself in the middle of a bidding war between Columbia and Roadrunner Records. Columbia won and released her debut album, Neptune City (named after her hometown in New Jersey) in 2007. It landed at number 20 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart. Prior to the release, Atkins and her band, the Sea, filmed a television commercial for the American Express credit card's "Are You A Cardmember?" The track “Maybe Tonight” has been used in two TV spots / web minisodes for the Old Navy Summer 2008 Spotlight Collection. Atkins has made several appearances on late night television shows, including The Late Show with David Letterman. She not only performed her own tune, “The Way It Is,” but returned to join a chorus backing up Canadian singer-songwriter Feist on “1 2 3 4,” along with members of Broken Social Scene, The National, Grizzly Bear and The New Pornographers, and Mates of State. Keep up with her at www.NicoleAtkins.com.


Dan Auerbach
Dan Auerbach
The Black Keys

Akron, Ohio Blues Rock duo Dan Auerbach (vocalist/guitarist) and Patrick Carney (drummer/producer) have has achieved increasing critical acclaim and recognition as The Black Keys since their debut album, which was praised by Rolling Stone and landed them as one of the "10 Best Acts of 2003" by Time magazine. They’ve toured opening for Sleater-Kinney, Beck and Radiohead, and performed at Lollapalooza 2005 and 2008. Commercial success includes the use of the songs for television promo for Sony, Victoria’s Secret and American Express as well as on episodes of The O.C., Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, Big Love and Entourage and in video games including Grand Theft Auto and NHL 08. The Black Keys are hitting the festival circuit this summer, which includes a performance at All Points West. Keep up to date at www.TheBlackKeys.com.


Patrick Carney
Patrick Carney
The Black Keys

Akron, Ohio Blues Rock duo Dan Auerbach (vocalist/guitarist) and Patrick Carney (drummer/producer) have has achieved increasing critical acclaim and recognition as The Black Keys since their debut album, which was praised by Rolling Stone and landed them as one of the "10 Best Acts of 2003" by Time magazine. They’ve toured opening for Sleater-Kinney, Beck and Radiohead, and performed at Lollapalooza 2005 and 2008. Commercial success includes the use of the songs for television promo for Sony, Victoria’s Secret and American Express as well as on episodes of The O.C., Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, Big Love and Entourage and in video games including Grand Theft Auto and NHL 08. The Black Keys are hitting the festival circuit this summer, which includes a performance at All Points West. Keep up to date at www.TheBlackKeys.com.


Bettye Lavette
Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette is hailed as one of the greatest soul singers in American music history, due to her incredibly expressive voice that one moment will exude a formidable level of strength and intensity and the next will appear vulnerable, reflective, reeking of heartbreak. LaVette has been recording for over four decades beginning with her first record at age16. But despite signing with Atlantic Records in 1972 and Motown a decade later, she remained criminally unknown until her 2005 release, I've Got My Own Hell to Raise. Rock/Alt-Country outfit Drive-By Truckers served as the back-up band for her 2007 album, Child of the Seventies. In December 2008 at the Kennedy Center Honors, LaVette delivered a stunning rendition of "Love Reign O'er Me" in tribute to Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, who were among the year's honorees. Most recently, she performed a duet at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" with Jon Bon Jovi. Check out her site at www.BettyeLaVette.com.


Suzanne Vega
Suzanne Vega

Known for her highly literate lyrics and eclectic folk-inspired music, Suzanne Vega became a household name in 1985 when her self-titled debut reached platinum status in Britain. Her next effort, Solitude Standing, garnered critical and commercial success including two hit singles, "Tom's Diner" and "Luka," which was an international success. Vega followed this breakthrough album with four critically and commercially successful releases and then a 21-song greatest hits compilation, Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega. In 2006, Vega became the first major recording artist to perform live in the online, virtual universe called "Second Life." She put out an incredibly successful album last fall, Beauty and Crime, her first recording on Blue Note Records, and followed it up with a major tour throughout North America and Europe. www.SuzanneVega.com is her official site.


Dennis Diken
Dennis Diken
The Smithereens

Drummer-historian-author-songwriter Dennis Diken is a founding member of The Smithereens. Having released 7 albums -- and reaching Gold and Platinum status along the way -- during their career, The Smithereens spawned several Top 40 radio hits, including, "A Girl Like You," "Too Much Passion" and "Blood and Roses.” The group first gained publicity when a single from its first album, Blood and Roses, was included on the soundtrack for, and as the theme song of the 1986 Albert Pyun movie, Dangerously Close, and the video got some moderately heavy rotation on MTV. The Smithereens’ 1960s-influenced power pop has another unique place in musical history. It was the Smithereens music that inspired Kurt Cobain during the period he was writing Nevermind. In addition to writing music, Diken also writes about the subject. He’s a contributing author to The Encyclopedia of Record Producers. The Smithereens recently released 'The Smithereens Play Tommy', a tribute to the landmark rock opera by The Who, and are working on 12 new tracks for a 2009 release. Visit him at www.OfficialSmithereens.com.


Mark Hoppus
Mark Hoppus
Blink 182

Mark Hoppus is a founding member of the chart-topping Pop Punk band Blink 182, best known for its 1999 album Enema of the State. Produced by Jerry Finn, Enema… propelled the band into the mainstream, generating the hit singles "What's My Age Again?," "All the Small Things" and "Adam's Song," and an incredible amount of airtime on radio and MTV. Enema of the State went on to sell over 15 million copies worldwide making it the band's best selling album. During Blink’s downtime in 2005, Hoppus launched a podcast- “HiMyNameIsMark"- and was awarded Best Podcast of the year. In 2006, Hoppus co-founded Alternative band +44, for which he also plays bass and provides vocals. In addition, he’s seen success as a producer and has worked on albums for Motion City Soundtrack, New Found Glory, the Matches and Idiot Pilot. Hoppus is currently working on new Blink 182 material. The band announced its reunion on stage during the 51st Grammy Awards. Their website is www.Blink182.com.


Pete Wentz
Pete Wentz
Fall Out Boy/
Owner, Decaydance Records

Pete Wentz is best known as the primary lyricist/bassist for multi-platinum selling band Fall Out Boy. In 2005, he began the first of his multi-entrepreneurial efforts thru the formation of Decaydance Records. The New York City-based label was originally launched as an imprint of Fueled by Ramen. It now stands alone and is home to hit-making acts including Panic At The Disco, The Academy Is…, Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, Lifetime and Hey Monday. Not long after the launch of Decaydance, Wentz formed Clandestine Industries, which distributes books and clothing. He’s also part-owner Angels & Kings, a well-trafficked bar chain with locations in New York City, Chicago and Barcelona, along with members and managers of the Crush Music Management family. Keep up with his busy schedule at www.FallOutBoy.com and www.Decaydance.com.


Tom Waits
Tom Waits &
Kathleen Brennan

It's been nearly 40 years since Tom Waits made his recording debut. In that time his music has taken adventurous twists and turns, from confessional country-blues and jazz-flavored lounge to primal rock and avant-garde musical theatre. By turns tender and poignant, strange and twisted, his songs have tended to explore the dark underbelly of society as he has given his voice to a litany of characters and tales on the fringe and in the fray. Waits and his wife and collaborator Kathleen Brennan were recently named number four in a list of the "100 Best Living Songwriters" published by America's Paste magazine. "In literature only a handful of writers have pulled off the near impossible. In music, it happens on every Tom Waits recording," said the magazine. His official site is www.tomwaits.com.


Ricky Skaggs
Ricky Skaggs

Fourteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Ricky Skaggs’ career is easily among the most significant in recent country music history. If Skaggs’ burgeoning trophy case full of awards wasn’t already enough evidence of that fact, consider that legendary guitarist Chet Atkins once credited Skaggs with “single-handedly saving country music.” Not one to rest on his laurels, Ricky Skaggs is now actively defining and re-shaping the direction of another indigenous American genre of music – bluegrass. Visit him on the web at www.RickySkaggs.com.


JD Samson
JD Samson
Le Tigre

JD Samson is one-third of the electronic feminist punk band and performance project, Le Tigre. In 2007, MEN was begun as the DJ team of JD Samson and Johanna Fateman of the band Le Tigre. At the same time, JD became involved in another project, Hirsute, featuring Michael O'Neill and Ginger Brooks Takahashi formerly of the New York indie-pop group The Ballet, and artist/writer Emily Roysdon. In 2008, MEN continued to tour as DJs, while Hirsute continued to write songs and create a live performance. Eventually, Johanna decided to take a break from the touring life, and the two projects merged to become one. MEN became a band focusing on the energy of live performance and the radical potential of dance music, with lyrics speaking to issues such as wartime economies, sexual compromise and demanding liberties. In addition, JD Samson played keyboards and sampler with Peaches on her "Impeach My Bush" world tour, and has DJ'ed internationally since 2001 throughout several different party scenes. JD Samson has also created the 2003 Calendar entitled “JD's Lesbian Calendar,” as well as “JD's Lesbian Utopia 2006,” which launched at Deitch Projects Gallery in New York City in the fall of 2005. JD Samson is currently touring as a DJ solo, “Creating space for rad people to dance and smile and hold each other.” Visit www.myspace.com/djjdsamson for more information.


James 'Blood' Ulmer
James "Blood" Ulmer

James Blood Ulmer was once described by the Village Voice as: “…the missing link between Jimi Hendrix and Wes Montgomery…between P-Funk and Mississippi Fred McDowell.” After a stint in the juke joint scene, he dove headlong into jazz. While still struggling to develop his own unique voice, Blood wound up a sideman on a handful of Blue Note recordings. In New York City in ’71 he met the legendary avant-garde jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman, which led to a stint in Coleman’s revolutionary group, as well as collaborations with groundbreaking experimental musicians such as Larry Young and Joe Henderson. His solo debut Tales of Captain Black (’78) saw him finally beginning to stake his claim to the American music tapestry. Critics touted him as the hottest new thing on the scene and fans packing his NYC performances. He recorded Are You Glad To Be In America? for Rough Trade, a frentic concoction of free funk and jazz that pushed the concept of harmolodic guitar towards previously unimagined frontiers. On the back of ecstatic reviews of his album and live show, CBS bought out his contract and released three landmark records: Free Lancing (’81), Black Rock (’82), and Odyssey (’83). Blending blues, jazz, funk, country and freeform noise in dense musical themes and sonic structures, Odyssey is considered by many as a peak moment in American music daring. In 2003, Memphis Blood: The Sun Sessions, reawoke fans and critics alike to his power and electricity and earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Traditional Blues Album.” Birthright was Blood’s first ever recording completely solo, digging into deep, haunted blues. His latest effort is Bad Blood In The City, a cycle of songs that deal with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Visit www.myspace.com/jamesbloodulmer for more.


Zakk Wylde
Zakk Wylde
Ozzy Osbourne,
Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde is best known for his roles as a guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and founder of Black Label Society. He was lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory, who released one self-titled album in 1994 before disbanding. As a solo artist, he released Book of Shadows in 1996. Black Label Society headlined the 2nd stage at the 2006 Ozzfest, with Wylde playing double duty with Ozzy on certain dates. Zakk Wylde is currently working a new film called The Berserkers, with Zakk taking on responsibilities for script and production.


Martin 

Atkins
Martin Atkins
Public Image Ltd.
Nine Inch Nails

From Public Image Ltd. to Nine Inch Nails, Atkins is known for his innovative tribal drumming, groundbreaking production, and his 20 year-old label Invisible. This entrepreneur now has a new book, Tour:Smart, has guest-lectured worldwide on the business of touring, and writes a weekly band advice column on The Suicide Girls site........catch him out on some Ozzfest dates and in a town near you soon! For more on his label visit www.InvisibleRecords.com, for his book, visit www.tstouring.com.

More To Come...

9th Annual IMA Industry Judges


Jason Olaine
Jason Olaine
Artistic Director - Yoshi's San Francisco, General Manager - Monterey Jazz Festival Records, Talent Buyer - George Wein's Newport 55 Jazz Festival, Independent Producer

Jason Olaine has been a leader in a wide variety of music-related activities. From 1993-1999 he was Artistic Director of Yoshi’s in the Bay Area, where he helped usher the nightclub into prosperity and national acclaim. In 1999 he was then hired at Verve Records in New York City as Director of A&R and Staff Producer. While at Verve, Olaine won a Grammy for producing Directions in Music by Herbie Hancock/Michael Brecker/Roy Hargove and was nominated for producing John Scofield's uberjam and Roy Hargrove's RH Factor. He also executive produced Michael Brecker’s last Grammy-winning large ensemble record, Wide Angles & co-produced the multi-million selling Verve Remixed series, where established and up-and-coming DJs and producers re-mixed classic songs by such legends as Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington. He also signed songwriter Jesse Harris, who wrote Norah Jones’ breakthrough hit “Don’t Know Why,” the electro-pop group Brazilian Girls, jam drummer Stanton Moore and saxophonist Chris Potter. In 2006 Olaine was hired as General Manager of Monterey Jazz Festival Records, and charged with overseeing the digitization and monetization of the storied festival’s 50 year archive and bringing such performances by Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck and Dizzy Gillespie to market. He is currently the Artistic Director of Yoshi's San Francisco; Artistic Director and talent buyer for George Wein's Jazz Festival 55 in Newport, the nation's oldest jazz festival and GM of MJF Records. Up until this past November, he was the head of programming for Festival Network. He is currently finishing up the debut record JAZZ for Disney Records due out in July 2009 which features Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Regina Carter, Roy Hargrove, The Bad Plus, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Marco Benevento, and Sasha Dobson, among others. He also produced trumpeter Mark Rapp’s recently released 2009 album, Token Tales.


Anthony DeCurtis
Anthony DeCurtis
Contributing Editor
Rolling Stone

Anthony DeCurtis is the author of In Other Words: Artists Talk About Life and Work and Rocking My Life Away: Writing About Music and Other Matters. He is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, and also writes for the New York Times and other publications. He has won a Grammy in the "Best Album Notes" category. He holds a PhD in American literature, and teaches in the writing program at the University of Pennsylvania.


Aubin Paul
Aubin Paul
Founder/Editor,
Punknews.org

Aubin Paul is the founder/editor of Punknews.org, a music-focused news site that aims to provide an inclusive place for fans of punk, ska, hardcore, emo, metal and indie. Along with covering bands and the independent scene at large, the site provides technology and political coverage specifically skewed towards music fans and industry insiders. From NOFX to Fall Out Boy to DRM and Guitar Hero, Punknews.org is the destination for people who want to talk about and participate in their culture.


K. Tighe
K. Tighe
Editor-In-Chief,
Venus Zine

While she still misses the rounds of Maryland Crab Cakes and National Bohemian beer, K. Tighe doesn't agree with the city benches that proclaim her hometown of Baltimore to be "The Greatest City in America." At age seventeen, Tighe fled Charm City for San Francisco where she attended San Francisco State University by day and designed light shows for rock bands by night: She spent six years behind the lighting board at the Great American Music Hall. Although keeping the lumens night after night is a habit she kicked back in California, she still loves writing about music in her new home city of Chicago. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of Venus Zine and venuszine.com, where she began as Music Reviews Editor, and is a contributing writer to the San Francisco Bay Guardian and the Chicago Sun-Times.


Ben McLane
Ben McLane
Entertainment Lawyer

Ben McLane is a successful and "highly-credited" Los Angeles based music and entertainment lawyer. Earning his law degree from Pepperdine University and Kansas State University, he quickly earned his credits by working in legal and business affairs at Rhino Records & Priority Records, was the head of business affairs/CFO for JWP-USA/BMG & also acting as talent scout with Sire Records. He has also worked for major management company Tim Neece Management were they represented several artists like Bruce Hornsby, Rickie Lee Jones, Martha Davis, The Posies, Leon Russel, Big Star and many more. He has over 75 published articles on the music business in magazines and books. In 1995 and 2006, he was awarded at the Los Angeles Music Awards for "Attorney of the Year". Over the years he has earned several Gold/Platinum Records with artists like the Dixie Chicks, the Eagles, Cher, 311, Alicia Keys, Mya and Afroman. Visit him online at www.benmclane.com.


Dalis Allen
Dalis Allen
Director,
Kerrville Folk Festival

The Kerrville Folk Festival is a music festival held for 18 consecutive days in the late spring/early summer at Quiet Valley Ranch near Kerrville, Texas. The event is the longest continuously-running Music Festival in North America, and has run on a yearly basis since 1972. In November 2008, the Kerrville Folk Festival and Kerrville Wine & Music Festival were acquired by the Texas Folk Music Foundation, a 501(c)3 Texas Non-profit Corporation. The “Kerrville Folk Festival,” will now benefit from the tax-free donation of private and public monies to support and promote songwriters, songwriting, folk music education and live performances of traditional folk, bluegrass, acoustic rock, blues, country, jazz and Americana music. Donations from Foundation and Festival supporters made this possible.


Evan Schlansky
Evan Schlansky
American Songwriter

Evan Schlansky is a singer/songwriter, journalist, and music critic living in New York City. He has written for Rolling Stone, Guitar World, and American Songwriter. His column "The Schlansky Files" appears regularly in each issue of American Songwriter.


Kevin Lyman
Kevin Lyman
Founder,
Vans Warped Tour,
Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour,
& Mayhem Festival

Kevin Lyman is best known as the producer and creator of the hugely successful Vans Warped Tour, the longest running traveling music and extreme sports festival in the world today. Now entering its 15th year, the tour reaches more than 600,000 kids each summer. In 2005 Kevin teamed up with John Reese to form Taste of Chaos, LLC (TOC, LLC) and produce the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour. Known to many as “Winter Warped” this tour has featured bands such as My Chemical Romance, The Used, Deftones, 30 Seconds to Mars and Avenged Sevenfold. A separate Rockstar Taste of Chaos International tour runs from Australia to Japan to Europe and everywhere in between. He has also since founded the Mayhem Festival, a traveling roadshow of modern Metal, and is developing a Country tour to debut next year. In addition to production, Kevin is part owner of Side One Dummy Record Company, which has an impressive yet diverse roster including Flogging Molly, punk icons Suicidal Tendencies, Bedouin Soundclash, Gogol Bordello and swing favorites Royal Crown Review.


Melinda Newman
Melinda Newman
The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Hollywood Reporter, msn.com, M-Life, People's Grammy Daily

Melinda Newman, the former West Coast Bureau Chief for Billboard Magazine, has more than 15 years of experience in the music industry. She now covers music and entertainment for the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Associated Press, MSN, AOL, Performing Songwriter, Variety and other outlets. She is the music blogger for entertainment news site, www.hitfix.com. Recent interviews include Taylor Swift, Pink, Lily Allen, Yusuf, Rob Thomas, Brad Paisley, Foo Fighters, Jonas Bros., Marianne Faithfull, and Snow Patrol.


Michael Smith
Michael Smith
Michael Smith Event Music

Michael Smith is a DJ and selector of choice for the world’s most elite clientele. Since 2001, he has worked with famed media properties (Vanity Fair, Vogue, C Magazine), marquee fashion houses (Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi), automotive companies (Jaguar, Mercedes Benz) and major motion picture studios (Touchstone Pictures, 20th Century Fox). He has performed for the Oscars, Golden Globes and Olympics, opened for Kanye West and the Killers and toured internationally at top venues in Tokyo, Sao Paolo and London. Visit www.smitheventmusic.com for more.


Richard Reines
Richard Reines
Co-founder,
Drive-Thru Records

Drive-Thru Records began in 1996 on the dining room table of brother and sister, Richard and Stefanie Reines' apartment. Over the years, they signed and broke bands including New Found Glory, Hellogoodbye, Dashboard Confessional, The Starting Line, Senses Fail, Finch, Midtown, The Early November and many others. They have 5 Gold albums and 1 Platinum single (last year's hellogoodbye hit, "Here in your Arms").


Shahendra Ohneswere
Shahendra Ohneswere
GIANT Magazine

Shahendra Ohneswere is the senior editor of GIANT Magazine where he oversees the coverage upcoming talent and reviews of all music releases. Since at GIANT, he has shined the spotlight on emerging acts such as KiD CuDi, Melanie Fiona and Mickey Factz. Born in Paramaribo, Suriname and raised between New York City and Minneapolis, Minnesota, his writing has appeared in publications including Complex and Rides. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Tommy Merrill
Tommy Merrill
Senior Director of Booking, Rockwood Music Hall

Tommy Merrill is the Senior Director of Booking at the Rockwood Music Hall


Lior Goldenberg
Lior Goldenberg
Producer

Producer/Mixer Lior Goldenberg has recorded with some of the biggest names across the musical spectrum including: Ringo Starr, Sheryl Crow, Rancid, Alanis Morissette, MxPx, H20, Macy Gray, Alice Cooper, Vanessa Carlton, Juliana Hatfield, Ozzy Osbourne, Ziggy Marley, Robert Downey Jr. and Lindsay Lohan and additionally, with some of the greatest up-and-coming artists around including: The Hanks, The Ringers, Oliver Future, Boy In The Bubble, The Forward, and Phathom, to name a few. His website is www.liorgoldenberg.com.


Jennifer DaRe

Jennifer DaRe
President
ATN Management

Jennifer DaRe, President of ATN Management and a hands-on independent manager, represents The Hanks, producer/mixer Lior Goldenberg and actors David Basila and Lisa Zane. With 20 years in the music industry, and 8 years in talent management, Ms. DaRe, has amassed a network of industry contacts with whom to collaborate in developing and growing ATN Management. Ms. DaRe, with a well-rounded and proven managerial style unique in the music industry, is especially known for managing and supporting artists in every aspect of their work and life enabling them to achieve their goals for a long-term and successful career in music. This year, her “Give More Love” showcase at SXSW was sponsored by To Write Love on Her Arms and featured 65 acts over four days and included IMA Winner Val Emmich and & IMA Finalists, the Matches.


Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen
Producer/Engineer

Ethan Allen began his musical career playing in bands and writing songs in Austin, Texas. It was also there that he began learning to record, working first at a small jingle studio, and later at Arlyn and Pedernales, Willie Nelson's two studios and at the time the largest studios in town. In 1995, Ethan accepted an invitation to come and work at Kingsway, producer Daniel Lanois' recording studio located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. While there, he eventually became house engineer and worked on many major label and independent records with a wide variety of artists, producers, engineers, and musical styles. In 2000, Ethan left that position to become a freelance engineer and producer, and also helped to found the Truck Farm Studio in the upper ninth ward of New Orleans. In 2003, he moved to Los Angeles where he now lives and has a studio in Silverlake. Some of his credits include albums from Better Than Ezra, Throwing Muses, Luscious Jackson, Tricky, Ani DiFranco, Galactic, Patty Griffin, and Melissa Ferrick. His most recent credits include The Forward, The 88, and Gram Rabbit.


Alex Springer
Alex Springer
Executive Director of Music Rights, Licensing and the Music Library, ABC Television

Alex Springer has been at ABC Television for 9 years and is currently the Executive Director of Music Rights, Licensing and the Music Library. She oversees Music Licensing for ABC produced programming in Entertainment, Daytime, News, Sports and Promos as well as working with the various production units to come up with creative solutions to their music needs. Prior to that Alex handled footage and photo licensing for ABC News. Before coming to ABC Alex worked in the Business Affairs department at Sony Music where she licensed music for Sony's long-form videos and in house television production company, Automatic Productions.


Sarah Lewitinn aka Ultragrrrl
Sarah Lewitinn
AKA Ultragrrrl

Sarah Lewitinn, aka Ultragrrrl, began her career as an assistant editor at Spin Magazine, and soon helped champion rock bands like My Chemical Romance and The Killers, which led to her starting her own record label, Stolen Transmission, in partnership with Island Def Jam and Rob Stevenson, the Island Def Jam A&R executive responsible for signing The Killers as well as Fall Out Boy, Thrice, and The Bravery. In 2002, she was the first manager for both rock bands stellastarr* and My Chemical Romance, both prior to their first major record deals. By 2006, New York magazine named Lewitinn as one of "The Most Influential People in Music", citing that "she has more power than any print music critic." In January, 2008, Lewitinn, along with Stevenson and former Stolen Transmission general manager Joanna Noyes, launched For The Win! Media, an Internet marketing company focused on promoting bands and Web sites. In addition to For The Win! Media, in November, 2008, Lewitinn became a featured presenter and on-air talent for FUSE's show "Fuse On Tour" where she presents "The Ultragrrrl Report". Lewitinn has published two books, The Pocket DJ and Pocket Karaoke, both released by Simon Spotlight, a division of Simon & Schuster.


Bebe Buell
Bebe Buell

Musician, muse & manager, the multi-faceted Bebe Buell has left an indelible mark on pop music and culture. In addition to inspiring numerous pop classics, Buell has had success as a singer-songwriter/performer in her own right. In 1981 Buell recorded a four song EP on Rhino Records produced by Rick Derringer and Ric Ocasek with the Cars backing her on 2 tracks. She founded the influential underground female hard rock unit, The Gargoyles in 1985 with whom she toured throughout the USA & Europe and subsequently opened for The Ramones. Buell withdrew from performing in the '90s to manage the career of her actress daughter Liv Tyler and to co-manage Deborah Harry’s solo career. Buell’s recent recording “Air Kisses to the Masses,” was released in April ’09 on iTunes and Amazon.com and will appear on an album due out later this summer. Her official website is at www.bebebuell.org.


Machine
Machine
Producer

Producer/songwriter Machine has just opened his doors to his new studio, just minutes from Manhattan. Machine has been acclaimed for his creative productions and the sounds he gets from the equipment he uses. He is also one of the more visible record producers, producing an array of bands such as the godfathers of Prog rock King Crimson to the Grammy nominated Lamb of God, and also no stranger to the pop world with one-off tracks with Fall Out Boy and Gym Class Heroes. Machine has appeared in numerous press publications such as AP, Mix Magazine, and was a featured artist on Apple's website. Visit him at www.TheMachineShop.org.


Tom Beaujour
Tom Beaujour
Editor-in-Chief,
Revolver Magazine

Every month, "The World's Loudest Rock Magazine," tunes readers into underground and up-and-coming bands alongside guitar heroes from all over the world. Led by Editor-in-Chief Tom Beaujour, Revolver Magazine also produced America’s first metal awards show, The Golden Gods Awards, in Los Angeles earlier this year. Magazines and awards shows, however, aren’t the only line of production to which Beaujour turns his attention. He runs Nuthouse Recordings in Hoboken, New Jersey, where he recorded Sasha Frere-Jones for his New Yorker piece on Auto-Tune and has also worked with Nada Surf and the Virgins. When he’s not behind-the-scenes, Beaujour can be seen fronting power-pop band TrueLove.


Richard Gottehrer
Richard Gottehrer
The Orchard

As Founder & Chief Creative Officer of The Orchard (global leader in digital music, video, new media and brand services), Richard Gottehrer is among the first industry evangelists of digital distribution. Over the past decade, his influence has helped transform The Orchard from a digital distribution company to a full-fledged global music and film organization with a comprehensive suite of marketing, distribution and media services, simultaneously developing and shaping the way content is distributed and sold throughout the world. He began his career in the music industry as a songwriter, penning classics such as "My Boyfriend's Back" and "I Want Candy," and was an artist in a 1960s pop group, The Strangeloves. He co-founded leading independent record label Sire Records with fellow luminary Seymour Stein in 1966. Sire was later sold to the Time Warner Corporation, and Mr. Gottehrer went on to make a name as a multi-platinum producer for well-known music acts, including Blondie, The Go-Go's, The Raveonettes and Joan Armatrading.


Skip the Funktologist
Skip The Funktologist
A Funk Above the Rest Syndicated Radio Show

Skip The Funktologist has been a part of the entertainment business for over 35years. As a drummer, he has performed, toured, recorded, and shared the stage with both major and independent artists. He was a co-producer of the popular local television/radio program Bigmouth & Knuckleheads “Readertertainment.” Skip is currently the radio host a syndicated, funk & soul music show called “A Funk Above The Rest” which features the music of major and independent artists from the past to the present.


Pat McGuire
Pat McGuire
Editor-In-Chief,
Filter Magazine

Pat McGuire is the Editor-in-Chief of Filter Magazine and the Filter Good Music Guide. A Kentucky native and resident of Los Angeles, he is also a "member" of the "poorly-categorized" L.A. "art gang" Bagavagabonds.


Celina Denkins
Celina Denkins
Senior Booking Agent/
National Talent Buyer,
Whisky a Go-Go

Celina Denkins has successfully booked celebrity and local talent for the legendary Whisky a Go-Go in West Hollywood, California for the past 4 years. As the Senior Booking Agent and National Talent Buyer for the Whisky, Celina orchestrates the nightlife of this legendary rock stage with everyone from The Doors 40th Anniversary Celebration to The Police reunification performance. The Whisky a Go-Go, founded in 1964, has a long history of birthing some of the greatest acts in music, such as the Doors, Johnny Rivers, Love, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, James Brown, Motley Crue, Van Halen & Joan Jett to name a few. The Whisky is nationally and internationally most noted for The Doors being the weekly house band in 1966 and has been inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Whisky is presently, the only surviving venue to be inducted. Celina has been hailed for such famed shows as Velvet Revolver in 2007 and most recently she assembled one of the most noted shows for the Sunset Strip Music Festival in which she headlined Cypress Hill & Slash together in 2008. Though a National Talent Buyer, Celina is most known for her love of booking local, unsigned and Indie musicians. Though Celina works in the Whisky booking office during the day, you can also find her supporting the talent she books, nightly. Her uniquely personal approach to booking makes Celina Denkins a favorite with unsigned artists and bands that perform the Whisky’s historic stage. www.myspace.com/celinadenkins


Dennis 'The Menace'
Dennis
"The Menace"
Scheyer
Radio Personality/
Host/Creative Director,
Crystal Media Networks

Dennis “The Menace” Scheyer has been in the music industry since he was 14 years old (1972!) when he was given his very own “Top 25” show on Homecast 55, the first cable radio station in the U.S. Since then he has been a radio air personality and Club DJ in New York, Florida and San Francisco. Highlights: Co-hosting “Music Scene” considered one of the first “Specialty Shows” in the early 80’s on KISS-108, Boston. Interviewing the Talking Heads for “The Rolling Stone Continuous History of Rock and Roll” in 1977. And more recently, a legendary interview with Mick Jones by the Austin Hyatt pool at SXSW 2008! Since 2001, he has presented two Specialty Shows: “The Menace’s Attic” – six decades of rock and roll by theme, and “Just Another Menace Sunday” – featuring interviews and the music of cutting edge indie bands, both on KUSF, San Francisco. www.menaceattic.com He is also Host/Creative Director for radio syndicator Crystal Media Networks, curating rock channels and video sessions for My Rock Network. (www.myrocknet.com) His creative influence also extends to the world of Advertising where his former agency Scheyer/SF introduced downloadable music to the world for EMusic.com and Film, as Consulting Creative Director for the Mlll Valley Film Festival.


Josh Rabinowitz
Josh Rabinowitz
SVP/Director of Music
for Grey Group

Josh Rabinowitz has produced 1000+ tracks for commercials globally. He’s been called a “New Music Mogul” by Fast Company, Beethoven’s Greatest Fan by NPR, and is a recognized voice in music/branding. He’s been an adjunct at NUY and the New School, a columnist for Billboard, and a bandleader/trombonist in NYC.


Carrie Hughes
Carrie Hughes
Music Supervisor, MTV
Reflection Music Management

As if her daily responsibilities as music supervisor for MTV weren't enough to keep her occupied, Hughes recently launched her own management firm, Reflection Music Management, to shepherd the careers of artists and bands she uncovers along the way. Prior to joining the MTV staff, she coordinated the music for the venerable TV reality-based, docudrama syndicator Bunim Murray Productions. Hughes has also held positions with Dreamworks Records, Universal Records, Aware Records and was the head of Campus Entertainment at CSU. See www.ReflectionMusic.com for more.


Joy Rose
Joy Rose
Founder,
Mamapalooza

Joy Rose is President and Founder of Mamapalooza Inc. company by women, promoting (m)others for social, cultural and economic benefit, and Mamapalooza Festivals creating large-scale events that put women at the center and on the stage. She is also acting Executive Director for The Motherhood Foundation working towards the Museum Of Motherhood. Joy was appointed the Susan B. Anthony Award from NOW-NYC in recognition of her grassroots activism and dedication to advancing equality and improving the lives of women and girls in 2009. Committed a lasting legacy of empowerment and support, while redefining what it means to be a modern mother, Joy has successfully pioneered a new culture of mom-branded art and performance. She’s also the founder and lead singer of the rock band, 'Housewives On Prozac'. Inspired by her experiences as a feminist mother in the arts, she works tirelessly with women, and volunteers around the country co-creating events and programming, changing the way women's voices are heard in the media, education and performing arts.


Joy Rose
Carol Lester
VP Communications, A&R Mamapublooza Music Publishing & Mamapalooza Records

Carol Lester is an active leader in the grassroots and social-cause music scene as well as an award-winning ASCAP and UNISONG writer. She has been featured on "Sounds of Hope, NYC Artists Remember 9/11 and songs from her three independent albums have been licensed for TV, film and radio including USA Network, Red Cross and 9/11 Memorial Commission. Ms. Lester worked A&R in 2009 for Mamapalooza Records' new full length release "Moms Gone Mad/Mamalove", which featured award winning songwriters in the US, UK and Australia. On behalf of mothers and children, Ms. Lester served two terms as Board President of LCCS a highly successful urban Charter School; and founded and ran a local Environmental Coalition to protect school children from unscrupulous Developers. Visit her website at www.CarolLester.com.


Larry Gold, S.O.B.'s
Larry Gold
Owner/Creative Director S.O.B.'s, New York, NY

Larry Gold represents over 27 years of live World Music presentation in New York. Pioneering the New York World Music scene by opening the doors to the legendary S.O.B.'s in 1982, he has cultivated a home for international artists, musicians and fans alike; where Mana had their first New York City performance and Tito Puente had his last. Today S.O.B.'s Concert Productions has grown to become a leader in Latin (Traditional and Alternative), 'World', R&B, Hip-Hop music and much more representation throughout the Northeast region of the U.S. Their website is www.sobs.com.


Christopher Healy
Christopher Healy
Senior Culture Editor,
Cookie Mag

For the past five years, Christopher Healy has been the senior culture editor of Cookie magazine, for which he compiles and writes a monthly reviews section, including a full page devoted to children's music. He is also the author of Pop Culture: The Sane Man's Guide to the Insane World of New Fatherhood.


Ed Post, Benders Tavern
Ed Post
Booking Manager
Benders Tavern
Denver, CO

Ed Post is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Booking Manager at Benders Tavern in Denver, and the hsot of "Under the Mattress" on Radio 1190 (KVCU Boulder) - a weekly program that focuses on vintage and contemporary Rock N' Roll. Visit Benders at www.benderstavern.com.


Kelly Goldby
Kelly Goldby
Booking Agent,
Backstage Lounge,
Vancouver, BC

Kelly Golby has been an independent booking agent in Vancouver, BC, Canada for the past 10 years. He also works in film and television in vairous roles from Coordinator, Editor and Music Supervision. Kelly often shoots and edits live music performances for artists that he books. Kelly has a Diploma in Broadcasting from BCIT and a certificate in Music Business Administration from the Trebas Institute. Kelly enjoys working with independent artists and looks forward to continued success working with them. The Backstage Lounge's site is www.thebackstagelounge.com.


Chrissy Faessen
Chrissy Faessen
Booking Agent,
Backstage Lounge,
Vancouver, BC

Chrissy joined Rock the Vote in January of 2008, overseeing the organization’s communications advertising and marketing strategies. In 2008, Rock the Vote ran the largest non partisan youth registration drive in history, using a combination of online, mobile and grassroots outreach, generating more than 2.6 million voter registration applications and fueled a third consecutive increase in young voter turnout. From star studded events at the Conventions to summer festivals, bus tours and inaugural celebrations Rock the Vote used music, popular culture and new technology to engage and mobilize millions of young people in the political process. Prior to joining Rock the Vote, Chrissy was a Business Director at DDB Issues & Advocacy, a progressive issues advertising/marketing/communications practice, which is part of DDB Worldwide Communications. At DDB, Chrissy developed campaigns for clients such as the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Save the Children, Philips Sonicare and HopeLab just to name a few. Her work included waging advocacy, public policy and advertising strategies including placing stories in the top U.S. media outlets. Her work has received awards from the Public Relations Society of America, International Association of Business Communicators, The Webby’s and many others.


Pilley 

Bianchi
Pilley Bianchi
A&R
Mamapalooza Records

Pilley Bianchi is an ASCAP award winning songwriter and featured artist in the organization's showcase series at the Sundance Film Festival, where she has shared the stage with Jen Chapin and India.Arie.  As a pianist, she had her debut with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at 16 years old and was First Prize winner of the prestigious Mozart competition.  She has appeared as a rock/pop keyboardist in video and television programs on MTV, BET, PBS, HBO & the Lifetime Network and was the featured keyboardist/talent for MTV's ace award winning show, "Turn It Up," and "Spotlight Cafe" with Denis Leary, for which she co-wrote both theme songs. Her original band, Ila's Dress, debut CD Ignorance & Bad Manners, received critical acclaim, charting on CMJ and landed her a recording contract with Allen Kovak's label, Beyond (BMG), and co-publishing contract with TRIO Publishing (Nashville).  Her music is currently featured in several soundtracks.  She was the music director for seven years of the long running NYC hit "Tony & Tina's Wedding" and is currently head of A&R for Mamapalooza Records & Mamapublooza Publishing for which she is also a featured artist.  Most importantly, she is mother to six year-old Aidan Bianchi, her eternal inspiration and VP of the PS 84 PTA in Brooklyn! Check out her official website at www.PilleyBianchi.com.


Kris Kerry, Plush, Tucson, AZ
Kris Kerry
Owner/Agent,
Lost Barrio Artists
Talent Buyer, Plush, Tucson, AZ

For the past seven years, Kris Kerry has booked Plush in Tucson, AZ (www.plushtucson.com). His interest in live music and recognizing talent soon led to the creation of Lost Barrio Artists (www.lostbarrioartists.com), a boutique booking agency that works with several up and coming independent artists. Kris has a BA, a BS, an MA and almost a PhD in fields totally unrelated to the music business.


Rhiannon Clark, Eddie's Attic, Decatur, GA
Rhiannon Clark
Special Events Coordinator
Eddie's Attic, Decatur, GA

Rhiannon Clark moved to Atlanta in the spring of 2007 from Dayton, Ohio to pursue new dreams. She began working at one of the most well respected venues in the country, Eddie’s Attic – located in beautiful downtown Decatur, Georgia, just months after re-locating to the area. Rhiannon has been a lifelong fanatic of music – her father owned a few record shops when she was very young, therefore, she was introduced to a large range of music genres at a very young age. Rhiannon handles the booking, box office management, special events coordination and marketing/promotions for Eddie’s Attic. Their website is www.eddiesattic.com.


Logan Cheek, The Muse, Nashville, TN
Logan Cheek
Owner/Talent Buyer
The Muse, Nashville, TN

Logan Cheek is the Owner/Talent Buyer for The Muse in Nashville. The Muse is a well known music venue that hosts a wide variety of artists/bands. Visit their site at www.themusenashville.com for more.


Will Evans, Emo's, Austin, TX
Will Evans
In-House Booker
Emo's, Austin, TX

Will Evans is an in-house Booker for the legendary Emo's in Austin, TX. Their website is www.emosaustin.com.


Justin Moralez, The Rave/Eagles Club, Milwaukee, WI
Justin Moralez
Talent Buyer
The Rave/Eagles Club, Milwaukee, WI

Justin Moralez is the Talent Buyer at The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, WI. See their site at www.therave.com for a calendar and more.


Josh Baron, Relix Magazine
Josh Baron
Editor-in-Chief
Relix Magazine

Josh Baron is editor-in-chief of Relix magazine. Baron has been with the magazine since 2001. In addition to his duties at Relix, he has contributed to other magazines including Black Book, Teen Vogue, Surfer, American Songwriter and Plenty, among others. Baron has also served as associate producer of The Jammys held at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. He is currently working on a book about the history of the concert industry.

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