11:30am-12:30pm - Molly Pitcher Room (Lower Level)
HARMONICA INSTRUCTIONAL CLINIC
Sandy cut his musical teeth in the early 1970s jamming in Asbury Park clubs with renowned NJ artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt & Southside Johnny. He has spent many years studying all the post war Chicago blues greats & is now generally considered to be one of NJ's premiere blues harmonica players. Recent highlights include: 2012 & 2013 winner of Asbury Music Awards Best Blues Band, 2010 induction into The Blues Hall of Fame as a Great Blues Artist from New Jersey, 2009 "Still Going Strong" CD with legendary guitarist Kid Ramos. Live performance credits include appearances at Chicago Blues Festival & Montreal Festiblues. As a current member of the Grateful Dead tribute band, Dead On Live he covers the songs of Ron "Pigpen" McKernan. Sandy also organizes the popular annual local musical charity event-Harpin' Help.
James takes performance very seriously. The vocalist and multi-instrumentalist has been hitting the stages of cafes, clubs and theaters across the country(Stone Pony, Brooklyn Bowl, The Orpheum in Flagstaff, Quixote's True Blue in Denver)and around the world(The Half Moon in London, Voodoo Lounge in Dublin, Von Krahl in Tallinn, Fontaine Palace in Liepaja, House of Blues and Jazz in Shanghai) for a number of years now. Along with all the accolades and press for his music, this Jersey Shore native's harmonica playing has been exciting audiences and turning heads with it's unique voicings and stripped down approach. He's been lucky to make music with numerous big name artists that have dominated the worlds of Blues, Folk and Rock-n-Roll (Chris Thomas King, Valerie June, Vini Lopez, Vince Welnick, Jon Fishman, etc) and he has been developing a simple style of teaching the instrument that shows instant results and allows the student to grow at their own pace.
James is excited to have joined the excellent crew involved with the clinics at the Brookdale Guitar Show and looks forward to sharing his experience with the harmonica and overall stage presence with people of all ages and skill levels.
1:30pm-2:30pm - Molly Pitcher Room (Lower Level)
HOW TO MARKET AND MERCHANDISE YOURSELF AND YOUR MUSIC
STEVE CERAGNO (Dropcards)
At Dropcards, Steve provides custom digital download cards to bands and artists to help connect their music with fans. Prior to Dropcards, Steve started his music career at EMI Music Marketing where he was the Soundscan guru and founded the College Rep Program. Additionally, Steve is also an accomplished guitarist who has performed with members of DANZIG (John Christ and Eerie Von) to Rob Halford's (Metal Mike) band.
JEANNE CRUMP (Bands On A Budget)
BandsOnABudget.com is a better way for your band, brand, or business to buy and sell custom merchandise and artist related services. We make merchandise simple and affordable for bands, brands, and businesses.
While superior customer service and ease of ordering is the core to our company's values, we specialize in custom t-shirts & apparel, stickers, our exclusive IndieCard digital download service, vinyl banners, tour posters, business cards, postcards, flyers, CD/DVDs, promotional products, & anything else a musician could possibly need.
View our products and all-in-one merch packages at www.bandsonabudget.com.
Jeanne Crump oversees marketing, social media, and brand development at Bands on a Budget. Jeanne has 5+ years experience working in various fields of the music and entertainment industries, with hands-on experience in digital marketing, brand activation, booking, public relations, and concert promotion. She also manages the NJ-based alt/punk act Lost In Society, and owns a boutique publicity firm, Gypsy Blood Music.
10:30am-11:30am - Monmouth Battleground Room (Lower Level)
This fingerpicking clinic provides a hands-on experience intended to de-mystify right-hand (or left-hand, if you’re left handed) fingerpicking techniques. The purpose is to simplify various thumb-finger techniques to get you started (and save the face of your guitar). In addition, left handed techniques will be discussed, including: hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends, and slides. If you bring a guitar, you’ll get more out of it. Come early for a front row seat and bring a guitar.
Charlie has been playing acoustic and electric finger picking styles for most of his life. His preferred style is delta blues with an emphasis on a heavy thumb. However, he’ll “acoustify” anything – from southern blues to the Beatles and will play anywhere, any style, any time, with anyone, and adapts finger-picking to any genre. He breaks down finger picking to a level where anyone can enjoy playing. He also makes his own finger-picks to allow him to play in a style that integrates aspects of: finger-picking, strumming, and flat-picking. He encourages anyone with the slightest interest to start playing ASAP (if they don’t play already) to relax, relieve stress, and get your ya-yas out. His main influences include: Mississippi John Hurt, Jorma Kaukonen, Stefan Grossman, Charlie Parker, the Allman Brothers, and the Stony Brook Friends of Old Time Music. His latest venture has been into old timey music. Pre- and post-clinic questions and requests should be sent through the Squirrel Stew contact page.
12:30pm-1:30pm - Monmouth Battleground Room (Lower Level)
Looping music in live performances has been around since the 1970s. Today, tape machines of that period have been replaced by the present day loop pedals that offer unlimited memory and tons of extra features. These loop boxes are resourceful tools for creating and pre producing original material. They are also helpful for woodshedding and playing solo gigs without vocals. Using a basic loop pedal may help you get to the next plateau and beyond. Check out how it's done live and check in on the latest loop pedals out on the market.
Bottleneck guitarist Pete Wagula has studied with jazz great Tal Farlow and has been a contributing writer for Guitar Player Magazine. He teaches guitar clinics and workshops throughout NY and NJ. For his solo instrumental performances Pete creates live loops to fill the room with sound and imageries as a backdrop for his bottleneck guitar. His 2009 CD release "Seventeen" is packed with instrumentals that were created through live looping. His follow up CD "The Other Side" was released in October 2013.
3:30pm-4:30pm - Monmouth Battleground Room (Lower Level)
PUBLISHING & COPYRIGHTS
BRAD HUNT (The WNS Group)
A revered promotion and marketing consultant, Hunt is president of the WNS Group, based in New York City and Lyndonville NY. Few in the industry bring as much well-rounded experience to the table as Hunt. He has worked in many facets of the music business. He took over management of a chain of record stores in upstate New York. He joined A&M Records’ promotion team in 1975. From there he went to MCA Records. Following a stint in L.A. as MCA’s vice president of promotion, he left the music business temporarily to pursue law. In the early 1980s, he was named Sr. Director of Marketing of Cambridge One Stop, parent company for the Strawberries record chain. He joined Elektra Records from 1983 -1992, working his way up to Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Elektra. After a year as VP and General Manager of Hollywood Records, he became the Sr. Vice President of Zoo Records. In 1995, he set up his own company. He also manages Steve Forbert, Sonny Landreth, Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart, Tim O’Brien.
11:30am-12:30pm - Fort Hancock Room (Upper Level)
HOW TO SET UP, MAINTAIN AND CUSTOMIZE YOUR GUITAR
With Kyle Roggendorf of RARITAN BAY GUITAR REPAIR
1:30pm-2:30pm - Fort Hancock Room (Upper Level)
After 5 years, 400+ shows, and four award-winning albums, New Jersey-based 21 year-old singer/songwriter Quincy Mumford is set to release his 5th album “Its Only Change” on July 30th, 2013. Its Only Change was recorded in Nashville, TN with producer Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) and features performances from Jerry Roe (K.D. Lang), David Labruyere (John Mayer) and Aubrey Freed (Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow). Producer Ken Coomer, states, “Quincy Mumford is a true artist that can bring raw 70?s style rock and funk highlighted with the voice of an old soul, it’s a perfect blend.”
James Dalton is a performer. He is a storyteller and a poet, a musician and a giver. He's huffed it around, reaching audiences the hard way:one person at a time, on stages and subway platforms, in living rooms and radio studios. In the past year alone, James has not only headlined local Jersey and NYC venues but has crossed the western hemisphere with stops from Eastern Europe past the deserts of the Southwest and all the way to Alaska. Since the late 90s, there've been thousands of performances across three continents in a vast array of settings. He's had the privilege to make music with such artists and characters as Valerie June, Ron Pope, Jerry Joseph, Nicole Atkins, David Bryan(Bon Jovi), Bill Sims Jr, Dave Schools(Widespread Panic), Chris Thomas King, Bernard Purdie, King Famous, Vinny Lopez(E Street Band), Michael Powers, Keaton Simons, Jenny Conlee-Drizos(the Decemberists), Jon Fishman(Phish) and numerous others.
and via Skype from the road
Darrin Bradbury has been writing songs, sleeping on couches, and living out of cars for a large portion of the past 8 years. He splits his time touring both solo and with his critically acclaimed NJ thrash folk collective "Big Wilson RIver". Averaging nearly 125 shows a year for the past 8 years.
When you meet Dave Tucker, it doesn’t take long to see that he’s the salt of the earth. A carpenter by day, Dave is a hard-working man who tells it like it is. “If I ain’t sweatin’ then I haven’t worked,” he says, “and if I haven’t worked, how can I justify the pay?” His homegrown pragmatism is also what so appropriately makes him an Americana singer/songwriter. Dave Tucker now prepares to release his fourth studio album, In Kind, on December 18, 2012. “In Kind is my statement of bartering for what I need,” and that’s exactly how this album, produced by recording artist and multi-platinum songwriter Wendy Waldman, came to be.
3:30pm-4:30pm - Fort Hancock Room (Upper Level)
HOW TO BE PREPARED WHEN YOU ENTER THE STUDIO. AND WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU GET THERE
JESSE CANNON (Cannon Found Soundation)
Jesse Cannon has worked in nearly every aspect of the music business. Most notably, recording bands like Animal Collective, The Misfits and The Menzingers. All the while he has also been writing for his own blog Musformation and publications like Tape Op, Punk Planet and Maximum RockNRoll and authoring the definite music business guide, Get More Fans: The DIY Guide To The Music Business which Hypebot exclaimed, “If you had to go with just one book on DIY music biz, this would be the one.” He has also produced and managed well known groups like Man Overboard and Transit, in addition to holding positions at Go Kart Records, WFMU, The Pipeline and presently teaching at educational web startup, CreativeLive. Jesse knows what makes the music business tick and has been explaining it to the rest of the world for nearly two decades.
PATRICK NOON (Eight Sixteen Studio)
EightSixteen Music Studio is a Rehearsal/Recording studio/ music store located in Ocean County (Bayville) New Jersey. For over 13 years, EightSixteen has provided the music community with great sounding records, great rooms to practice in and all the accessories a band could need! Owned and operated by producer/engineer/mixer Pat Noon. The studio boasts a list of credits including NBC Sports, Warner Brothers Records, Island/Def Jam (Brick + Mortar) Bar/None Records (The Front Bottoms) Atlantic Recording Artist (Lauriana Mae) Harry Fraud, Action Bronson, Smoke Dza, Whiz Khalifa, French Montana, Wu-Tang/Think Differently Corp., Duck Down Records (Smiff and Wessun), XOXO Records (River City Extension), Fake Chapter Records (The Mean Season)(Domenick Carino), and countless other artists from around the country.
ADAM VACCARELLI (Retromedia Sound Studio)
After getting a degree in Music Technology at NYU and interning under Bryce Goggin of Trout Recording, Adam Vaccarelli has been the primary engineer at Retromedia Sound Studios since 2005. Since then, he has worked with various artists including Kittie, Nicole Atkins and Jim Sclavunos(Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), John Eddie, and Joe Piscopo to name a few. In the summer of 2013, Adam Vaccarelli took over Retromedia from founder and mentor John Noll. He continues the tradition set forth by Mr. Noll and provides a creative environment for bands of all genres and experience to record their music. Capturing the energy and vibe of an artist is Adam’s top priority at Retromedia Sound Studios.
PAUL RITCHIE (Retromedia Sound Studio)
A producer, audio engineer, and musician has been a fixture on the local music scene since 1998.
Paul attended a specialty school to learn the technical aspects of record engineering and has continued to hone his craft in the 13 years that have followed. The bands and musicians he enjoys producing and engineering are those he enjoys listening to.
Paul has toured internationally with his band, The Parlor Mob, and is in the midst of launching his new project, Gods, with an EP debuting this summer.
ALAN DOUCHES (West West Side Music)
Even while entering college for Chemical Engineering, that other type of engineering could not be ignored. Joins the staff at famed Grand Slam Studios in West Orange, NJ. You know the tale…. starts as broom jockey, becomes Chief Engineer & Studio Manager. Works closely with top Producer Jack Douglas and with artists such as Aerosmith, Steve Taylor and George Benson. Hooks up with Production Team at Dark Cloud Music, which leads to Grandmaster Flash…Ray, Goodman & Brown, etc… and then inevitably onto engineering at Sugar Hill records…
Through it all he keeps tabs on musical cronies from Mid-Jersey/Northern Shore area and begins to make his growing Production expertise available on a free-lance basis. Results in work with the Whirling Dervishes, Glen Burtnik, Dave La Rue… During this time period, based largely out of North Jersey where he begins association with artist/producer/composer Rupert Holmes for projects including Barbra Streisand, the Jets… finds himself in Salsa/Latin music with Tito Nieves, Sergio George, etc., some Blue Grass with Vassar Clements, Dave Grisman, and then even mixes a few songs for “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” in surround… “Now this is cool!”
1990. Takes "the plunge", investing in large amount of equipment and starts WWSM in his sizeable apartment in West New York, N.J. Naturally, continues relationships with previous clients. Home studio concept allows for more relaxation & creative freedom. Many, if not all, sessions can take place in an environment where the clock does not tick so loudly. Blessed with control over production costs and a more copasetic arrangement with "precious time", skill in the Mixing and Vocal Production areas blossom. Contact with established Record labels (Elektra, Caroline, Profile, Sony/Tri-Star) ensues.
11:30am-12:30pm - Twin Lights Rooms (Lower Level)
Danny White established Beach Music Studios in January of 2004 to create a musical community on the Jersey Shore. Located in the beautiful family friendly seaside town of Belmar, BMS offers plenty of FREE parking! It is a place where musicians of all ages can have a clean, comfortable environment to learn, rehearse and create music in, a place where all levels of musicians are always welcome. Danny also teaches guitar on select days. Beach Music Studios is now the only place for all your musical needs.
12:30pm-1:30pm - Twin Lights Rooms (Lower Level)
ROCKIT - Performing Janis Joplin's "Pearl" in its entirety.
Founded in 2004, ROCKIT has taken their road show into the spotlight of the Count Basie Theatre, a landmark venue in the heart of Red Bank, New Jersey where every major artist performs. ROCKIT joined the theatre’s Performing Arts Academy and have since opened and performed with The Marshall Tucker Band, Bernard Purdie, Jonny Lang and Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. Rockit students have also gone on to perform on Fox TV with Keith Urban on the American Country Awards and X Factor.
The program also teaches students the importance of community charity efforts. Rockit regularly performs at fundraising events in support of children’s cancer and partner’s with various schools offering scholarships in the performing arts.
In the ROCKIT program, young musicians, ages 8-18 who pass auditions, participate in a seven-week group program where they learn a specific repertoire of songs supplemented with individual instruction. Around forty-five young musicians divvy up to form separate groups who together, at the program’s end, perform on stage with high-production gear and lighting. The set typically includes music from a wide range of artists like The Who, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles to Radiohead, The Raconteurs, and The Foo Fighters and also features Rockit original compositions.
ROCKIT is housed at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank and is now the leading rock band school for young musicians in New Jersey.
1:30pm-2:30pm - Twin Lights Rooms (Lower Level)
SCHOOL OF ROCK
Through our performance-based approach to music lessons, School of Rock students are more inspired to learn, more motivated to excel and more confident as a result. We teach guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums and vocals in an interactive environment.
3:30pm-5:00pm - Twin Lights Rooms (Lower Level)
CHRIS BUONO’S JUICED BLUES ALL-STARS
Chris Buono - Fretted/fretless guitars
Gerald Carboy – bass
Charlie Mills – drums
Dave Archer – keys
Eryn Shewell – vocals
James Dalton - vocals/harp
Chris Buono's Juiced Blues All-Stars is a vehicle for this adventurous guitarist to get his warped mojo on. Along with good friends from Buono's past and present Chris is taking forward-thinking playing concepts he developed during his years as a Berklee professor and now as a TrueFire artist and bringing them to the stage. Playing both fretted and fretless guitars propelled by his lauded approach to guitar sound design Chris Buono has conjured up a sophisticated, yet sinister sound that's just plain fonky!
10am-11am - Outdoor Tent (Upper Level)
Cat started performing at the age of 3, beginning her stage experience as a young ballerina. She received her first guitar at the age of 10 (later delving into piano), and by age 17 she was a full-fledged ‘gigging musician’ booking herself at local coffeehouses, and sponsored street busking events. Performing her original material at these locales gained momentum quickly, and Cat was able to build a strong and loyal fan-base in the Jersey Shore area. Cat is a graduate of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), where she received a degree in Communication: Radio, TV, and Film. While at TCNJ, she was a member of TCNJ Musical Theatre, a student-run theatre organization, as well as the Mixed Signals, an improv comedy troupe, and the campus radio station, WTSR, as a dayside DJ. Since 2009, she began opening for several national acts such as John Eddie, Jeffrey Gaines, The Head and the Heart, and Garland Jeffreys. Cat joined Glen Burtnik (Styx) on stage as a choral backup singer in November 2011 during a Beatles tribute tour. She is also a two-time (2010, 2011) Asbury Music Award nominee for Top Female Acoustic Act and Top Female Vocalist. CAT won the Jersey Acoustic Music Award for Top Pop/Rock Act in 2012.
11am-12pm - Outdoor Tent (Upper Level)
From the shadows of obscurity, and the swamps of Jersey… Tommy Strazza arrives with a passionate vigor and abandon not seen in these parts for quite some time. Armed with an artillery of songs, a voice full of truth, and soaring guitars that call on and channel the spirits of all that is righteous from Rock’s, past, while looking forward towards its future. He takes with him only the raw, bare essentials, and leaves all eccentricities at the door. Tommy’s credo is a simple one. By any means necessary… SHINE.
With his new album The Model Citizen L.P., Tommy does just that. Each song emanates an energy that connects from the get go. From the early rock and roll influenced “You’re Not The Only Show”‘s declaration of independence, to the very sad-but-true story of the murder of New Orleans musician Dinerral Shavers in “Dinerral’s Song”, to the Middle Eastern influenced “Ultimate Illusion” ‘s cautious warning of the pitfalls of everyday life, to the muffled cries of somebody desperate to be heard on “So Much More”, to name a few. There is an emotional tone to the lyrics that are not present on Tommy’s past recordings. He has found his voice… Or shall we say… voices (read on for further info).
With the simple aforementioned credo in mind, Tommy decided to let go of his apprehension to let loose and showcase his skills as an instrumentalist. “For years I felt like I’ve been keeping this a secret, on account of the fact that most Singer/Songwriters are not lead guitarists, as well as how they are perceived in the current state of Rock and Pop music. I wanted to fit in, so I kind of kept my guitar skills semi-quiet. Only occasionally showing off some signs of them.” “Now it’s quite the opposite. I feel like I have to use all of the gifts that I’ve been given, and give it all that I’ve got. What’s the worst that could happen? I might actually stand out?!”
With fire in his eyes, a restless heart, and a desire to play every single day of his life, Tommy cannot wait to release his new album, showcase his new, amazing band, and hit the road as soon as possible. “In this day and age, there is the potential to reach and connect with many more people, in more places than ever before. That is an amazing opportunity for an artist or band to have, use and by any means necessary…SHINE!”
12pm-1pm - Outdoor Tent (Upper Level)
ST. CHRIS TRIO
A rock/fusion (mostly) instrumental band featuring Chris Corley on guitar, Shaun College on bass and Jamie Johnson on drums. Chris' guitar talents have been spotlighted in Guitar World Magazine and as a songwriter he recently had a song featured in the opening credits of a movie starring Greg Kinnear and (Oscar winner) Alan Arkin.
"His guitar mojo's working and he writes great tunes, it won't be long before people start recognizing this talent" -MusicTap.net
"Chris is an exciting guitarist with incredible phrasing and exotic scales" -Guitar World Magazine
Shaun College brings the groove with his bass and songwriting skills and has created music for indie film. Asbury Park's own Jamie Johnson on drums adds his funk, R&B and rock prowess.
1pm-2pm - Outdoor Tent (Upper Level)
LEEDS has released one well received self-titled EP and is currently recording their second collection of original hard rock songs. They continue to grow as a band, and the new recordings are certain to be worth the wait. LEEDS took every opportunity in the past year to get back on the stage to let loose their brand of rock. The band has a multitude of influences but their style is all their own. They don’t try to be anything other than themselves and the purpose of their show is to entertain. When they take the stage you can tell that they love being there, and you'll hear it in the music. As they have said, they play every show like it's their last. Their energy is infectious and their songs are pure rock and roll.
2pm-3pm - Outdoor Tent (Upper Level)
Fronted by three sisters and two long-time friends, Hey Anna makes shimmering, summery indie rock that stays with you long after the show is over.
4pm-5pm - Outdoor Tent (Upper Level)
WE'RE GHOSTS NOW
What started off as three brothers jamming out in their spare time eventually spurred into something much more. Not long to follow keyboardist/vocalist Andrea Scaniello was thrown into the mix and We're Ghosts Now was born. Spawning from Freehold NJ We're Ghosts Now has played shows all over the Jersey/NY area. They are currently working on their first full length album which can be expected to be finished soon.