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  • Roland Sharette
    From: info@coloradomusic.org Sent: Friday, September 04, 2009 Subject: Announcements from COMBO SEE BELOW FOR A CAPPELLA NEWS Colorado Music Business
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      From: info@...
      Sent: Friday, September 04, 2009
      Subject: Announcements from COMBO
      SEE BELOW FOR A CAPPELLA NEWS
      combo logo Colorado Music Business Organization
      http://www.ColoradoMusic.org
      Meetings of the Colorado Music Business Organization are Free and Open to everyone interested in the music scene.
      Colorado Music Business Organization” | *COMBO*
      www.coloradomusic.org |  myspace.com/coloradomusic | myspace.com/coloradobandsonly
                 
      (Save paper & trees – Please print only if absolutely necessary!)
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      SEPTEMBER COMBO MEETING - THE BEST “EDUCATIONAL MEETING” YOU’LL EVER ATTEND!
      AND WHAT DOES THIS ARTICLE HAVE TO DO WITH OUR SEPT. 20th MEETING? READ IT AND THEN COME AND FIND OUT!!
      Back to business on September 20th! We’ll be meeting at Red & Jerry’s at Oxford & Santa Fe at 6:30 p.m. (Please note time change – very important!) Since it is COMBO’s 10th Anniversary, we have a very special event planned. You’ll LOVE it!
      Red & Jerry’s has great food and drink, and we’ll have a nice private room for our meeting. No introductions of guests are planned so there will not be a social hour to start. The Broncos game is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. so we suggest that if you’re a fan come early and stay late! R&J’s has tons of televisions (some big ones, too) that you can watch the game on and then join us for our anniversary celebration at 6:30! We’ll also have drawings for prizes and other little goodies to share with you.
      We will also take applications for the COMBO Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving on the board, please talk to one of the board members or call the office ahead of time at 720-570-2280 and leave a message to that effect with your return contact info. Thanks!
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      DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR...
      Wed’s - Starting August 19th - Talent Show a Nardo T’s
      Fri - Su, September 4-6 (Labor Day Weekend) - Aspen/Snowmass Jazz Festival
      Fri - Mo, September 4-7 (Labor Day Weekend) - Festival of Mountain & Plain, a/k/a Taste of Colorado
      Sat & Sun, September 12th & 13th - Monolith Festival - Red Rocks
      Thu, September 17th - Next COMBO Showcase at the D-Note
      Sun - September 20th - NEXT COMBO MEETING! 6:30 p.m. (Note that time change)
      Wed, September 23 - Battle of the Lawyers’ Bands (This should be GOOD!)
      Thu - Su, October 8 - 10 - Durango Songwriters Expo - Colorado Springs, CO
      Sun, October 18th - COMBO MEETING - Tribute to Les Paul w/special guests
      Sun, November 22nd - David Barber Presents “GIGGING 101" - COMBO Special Workshop
      Sun, December 14th - COMBO Holiday Party at Gennaro’s
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      COMBO’S OPEN MIC NIGHT
      COMBO Vice-President Steve Werges is running an open mic night at Gennero’s Italian Restaurant at 2598 South Broadway, 303-722-1044, on Tuesdays. The open mic will be in the bar which has a cool, small stage and will provide a more intimate setting. PA will be provided by Steve, and will be run by Doc Wilson. The “sound” is awesome for this setting. Sign up is at 7:00 and the show runs until 11:00 p.m.
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      COMBO’S BAND SHOWCASE WILL BE HELD AT THE D-NOTE IN ARVADA...
      The D-Note in Arvada has graciously agreed to host COMBO’s Band Showcase. Contact Steve at SteveWerg@... if you are interested in performing. No pay but a great place to perform and you can sell your merchandise while building a following in the north area! Next showcase is scheduled for Thursday, September 17th.
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      DENVER’S GOT TALENT!
      Jimmy Abeyta, a national and local comedian, will be hosting a weekly talent show starting Wednesday, August 19th, at 8:00 P.M. at Nardo T’s.
      There will be a winner each week for the next ten weeks. The winner will receive a $50 cash prize. The tenth week there will be a $500 winner!
      On October 21st, Innervision will film the show for Comcast 56, so tell all your friends! Jimmy will be accepting donations for Innervision, a non-profit that works with disabled artists. We accept donations on line through Paypal. For more info, see below.
      Where: Nardo T's, 4343 Sheridan Blvd, Montview, CO 80212, 720 366-4369
      When: Starting Wednesday, August 19th
      Time: 8:00 p.m.
      www.innervisionrecords.org
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      RIDES AND RODS LOOKING FOR BANDS FOR A BENEFIT
      The Rides and Rods Weekend will benefit Autism Speaks. They are looking for bands to donate their time to the cause. There will be a lot of exposure though.
      They need a cover band for their Wheels and Heels (black tie and leather) Ball on Friday, September 11th. The demographic is local celebrities, news and probably age 35+ crowd.
      Then they are looking for more bands to play on the streets of Central City. They will have a stage and the street will be shut down.  One band to play at a time.  The demo graphic will range from age 21 and up, but the majority of the people will be age 30 and up.  This will be motorcycle riders, hot rod drivers, and vintage car drivers.
      Thank you in advance!
      Ben Brown
      Source 4 Media
      O: 303.872.6141
      F: 720.874.9661
      Source4media.com
      info@...
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      SEEKING A CAPPELLA GROUPS OF 4 to 10 MEMBERS FOR A NEW PRIMETIME COMPETITION SHOW!
      McNulty Casting is holding auditions in September for a new show called The Sing-Off, NBC's Ultimate A Cappella Competition! Each week, a cappella groups from around the country will compete for a Sony Recording Contract and national acclaim! Priority audition appointments are available so CONTACT US NOW to book your group!
      888-404-SING [7464]
      sing@...
      www.myspace.com/TheSingOff
      Michelle McNulty, Casting Director
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      COLORADO MUSIC BUZZ - FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLUB (FAC)
      Next FAC scheduled for September 11th. Location: TBA. Come join us at 4 p.m. for live music, drinks, food....
      Bands: Let me know if you are interested in playing CMB's FAC events.
      Fans, come support your local artists! There is amazing talent right here in your own back yard!
      NO COVER, but there will be tickets sold for a drawing to give away various cool prizes and 100% of ticket sales will go towards benefitting a worthy local charity!
      Colorado Music Buzz - Chris Murphy - cmurphy@...
      P.S. You can pick up a COMBO brochure / application at the CMB/FAC, too!
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      SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC PRODUCTS STORE!
      Yeah, we know... we’re in a “recession” but if every musician went out right now and bought an extra set of drumsticks or a few more picks from your local music store, it just might help them to get through this! Only a couple more months to go so help them out!
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      SNOWMASS/ASPEN JAZZ FESTIVAL
      Dates: Friday, September 4th thru Sunday, September 6th
      Where: Snowmass Village (Snowmass Park), Colorado
      Go to http://www.jazzaspen.org/p-Labor-Day-Festival-18.html for more information! Featuring the Black Eyed Peas, the Doobie Brothers, the Allman Brothers Band, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, the Drive-By Truckers, and others. Not sure how “jazzy” these bands are but it sounds like one heck of a line up!
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      FESTIVAL OF MOUNTAIN & PLAIN, a/k/a TASTE OF COLORADO
      The Taste of Colorado will be held at Civic Center Park on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, September 5th-7th (Labor Day Weekend). Many local musical acts will appear on several stages around the park with national act headliners each night. Come on down! It's a great place to "staycation"!
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      MONOLITH FESTIVAL
      The Monolith Festival will be held at Red Rocks on Saturday & Sunday, September 12th & 13th. Bands playing include The Thermals, The Glitch Mob, Mars Volta, Of Montreal, Method Man and Red Man, OK Go, and many, many others!
      Go to www.monolithfestival.com for lots more information...
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      BATTLE OF THE ATTORNEY BANDS BENEFIT – ALL LAWYER-MUSICIANS!!! (This should be GOOOOOD!)
      Denver has spoken — the votes have been tallied and the winners are: The Hip Replacements, The Propane Daisies, Togad, Not Mona Lisa and The Downtown Girls!
      SAVE THE DATE! Battle of the Bands - Wednesday, September 23rd, doors open at 6 p.m. at La Rumba, 99 West 9th Avenue, Denver - http://www.larumba-denver.com
      Details: 5 bands will be competing, all featuring local attorneys. Spectators will need to buy a ticket to get into the venue (includes light appetizers); drinks for purchase; and tickets will be available to purchase for raffle prizes. Please join us for a fun and memorable night out while supporting a great cause! All proceeds will go to Children's Outreach Project, a certified nonprofit and vital community resource organization that has provided early childhood education to developmentally delayed and disadvantaged children in the Denver-metro area for more than 30 years.
      Who knew there were so many rock star attorneys in the Denver area?! Visit our event page to buy your tickets, donate to the cause, listen to music samples and vote for your favorites. Early bird ticket pricing and voting ends Aug. 31.
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      DURANGO SONGWRITERS EXPO
      The DSE will be held again in Colorado Springs, October 8-10th, at the Double Tree Hotel  Convention Center near the World Arena (south end of CS) (800-222-8733). If you are a songwriter or want to know more about the songwriting end of the music industry, you seriously need to attend this event.
      On My Soapbox: I’ve attended this event twice, and I’m not even a Songwriter! But I can certainly see how networking with professional songwriters and label reps would help you immensely! To all of COMBO’s songwriters – You are so lucky to have an event like this in Colorado. Most of these dedicated songwriter events take place in Nashville (i.e., NSAI – Nashville Songwriters) and other cities where expenses for you to attend would be budget-busting. This one will be held at a convention facility only an hour’s drive from Denver. And I’d be willing to bet that a lot of you have family or friends in the CO Spgs area that you could camp out with for a few nights to save some bucks if you needed.
      The people that you meet and learn from at this event are top-notch. Many of them have had million selling records, i.e., Chuck Cannon who wrote “American Soldier” for Toby Keith, and Sarah Buxton who’s written for Taylor Swift and Kelley Pickler. You’ll get to talk to these people on a personal basis. Last year, out of the blue, Carlene Carter showed up to sing and play for the attendees. You would have needed a serious VIP Backstage pass to get to meet these people otherwise. The event covers all styles of music – not just country but those are the names I remember offhand.
      Stop wasting time if you’re serious about making it as a songwriter – whether as a songwriter only or as a performing singer/songwriter/musician. Get some help, great advice, and some direction in where to go next. Attend this event!! It will be worth your time and money.
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      COMBO OFFICE HOURS:
      Mark King has been holding regular office hours for COMBO on Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. If you have something you’d like to discuss in reference to COMBO, any suggestions for programs, or have a music business question you’d like to have answered, please call us at 720-570-2280 or come by! Call first to make sure someone is there and/or will be available to open the security gate.
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      COMBO’s website is www.coloradomusic.org. There is a lot of information there that will benefit you. Sign up as a friend on our satellite websites: www.myspace.com/coloradomusic and (only if you’re a Colorado artist) www.myspace.com/coloradobandsonly. We’d LOVE to have you as a *friend*!
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      Barb has had a couple of bands contact her needing country guitarists. One band is in the SW area of Colorado, and the other is a singer who needs a guitarist that can travel and we do mean “travel”. This singer has been picked up by a group similar to the old Bob Hope USO Tours and the band will be traveling all over the world. It is also a paying gig. Please contact Barb Dye by leaving a message at the office at 720-570-2280 or info @ colorado music.org.
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      40 YEARS LATER, WOODSTOCK LEGEND LIVES ON...
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      ANGEL VENTURA IS SENTENCED TO 2 ½ YEARS IN PRISON IN SURINAM
      (This article is as it appears on the net. The basis of the case is that Angel Ventura booked a professional impersonator (Trina Johnson-Finn) for his show in Surinam, claiming that the real Toni Braxton would be appearing. In spite of contracts clearly stating that Ms. Johnson-Finn was an impersonator, she ended up spending three months in jail for her part in the fraud. Lawyers and government people were finally able to intervene on her behalf and secured her release. Moral of the story: Be very careful in appearing in out-of-the-country shows].
      8/18/09
      Paramaribo - The show promoter Angel Ventura was yesterday found guilty of fraud and sentenced to two and a half years in prison. The requirement was three years. His ex - concubine Signet Sampson is the requirement of the public prosecutor acquitted. In February 2009 was by show promoter Ventura announced that the world famous singer Toni Braxton on February 27 would be appearing in Suriname. By Ventura action cards [tickets] were offered for sale to the public and agreements with various companies and individuals for the provision of services. The advent of the artist was also advertised through the media and announced on posters in many places in the city were displayed. On these posters was the prominent figure of the artist Toni Braxton made.
      On February 26 it was on that day in Surinam arrived Trina Johnson-Finn at our international airport before the people gathered there announced as the manager of Toni Braxton. Johnson-Finn was the press to answer and assured them the arrival of Braxton. These images were broadcast that evening on television. On the evening of February 27 was the audience in the sold out Anthony Nesty Hal vergast in an action known Surinamese music formations. Just after midnight were finally Toni Braxton announced the enthusiastic audience. It appears indeed a woman on the weak-lit stage, which started with the performance of a familiar song. After a few moments created turmoil in the hall as it is clear that both the appearance as the voice of the lady on stage differs from the appearance and voice of the world famous Toni Braxton.
      When it penetrates the public that it is not the artist Toni Braxton, but another person on stage, became the wife on stage with bekogeld objects are made to damage the room and the bar was plundered. The woman on stage was for her own safety by the hired security away from the angry crowd. In the subsequent hours calls throughout Suriname understanding that part of the community under false pretenses is to move substantial amounts of money to stand for a performance of an artist who never appeared. This awareness will cause great outrage in the Surinamese community.
      Trina Johnson-Finn is earlier this year acquitted of fraud. The court found that there were too many ambiguities in the case. In addition, the thickness right speaker that ignorance about the world imitation this case was loaded with too much emotion. The tensions were not necessary.
      Widjai Ganesh (reporter/translator)
      Submitted by:
      Janna Joos
      International Celebrity Images
      818.780.4433
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      THE COLORADO SOUND
      Also a COMBO member and former board member, Chris K has a new music program on his website at www.TheColoradoSound.com featuring some more TERRIFIC local artists’ songs! Chris is also a columnist for The Colorado Music Buzz so check out his column sometime as well.
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      (Editor’s note: In honor of Mr. Paul, we will be presenting a special “Tribute to Les Paul” at our October 18th meeting. We’ll have some very special guests and more. Mark that date on your calendars now).
      LES PAUL, RENOWNED GUITARIST & INVENTOR, DIES AT AGE 94
      Les Paul, the virtuoso guitarist and inventor whose solid-body electric guitar and recording studio innovations changed the course of 20th-century popular music, died Thursday, August 6th in White Plains, N.Y. He was 94.
      The cause was complications of pneumonia, the Gibson Guitar Corporation and his family announced.
      Mr. Paul was a remarkable musician as well as a tireless tinkerer. He played guitar alongside leading prewar jazz and pop musicians from Louis Armstrong to Bing Crosby. In the 1930s he began experimenting with guitar amplification, and by 1941 he had built what was probably the first solid-body electric guitar, although there are other claimants. With his guitar and the vocals of his wife, Mary Ford, he used overdubbing, multitrack recording and new electronic effects to create a string of hits in the 1950s.
      Mr. Paul’s style encompassed the twang of country music, the harmonic richness of jazz and, later, the bite of rock ’n’ roll. For all his technological impact, though, he remained a down-home performer whose main goal, he often said, was to make people happy.
      Mr. Paul, whose original name was Lester William Polsfuss, was born on June 9, 1915, in Waukesha, Wis. His childhood piano teacher wrote to his mother, “Your boy, Lester, will never learn music.” But he picked up harmonica, guitar and banjo by the time he was a teenager and started playing with country bands in the Midwest. In Chicago he performed for radio broadcasts on WLS and led the house band at WJJD; he billed himself as the Wizard of Waukesha, Hot Rod Red and Rhubarb Red.
      His interest in gadgets came early. At the age of 10 he devised a harmonica holder from a coat hanger. Soon afterward he made his first amplified guitar by opening the back of a Sears acoustic model and inserting, behind the strings, the pickup from a dismantled Victrola. With the record player on, the acoustic guitar became an electric one. Later, he built his own pickup from ham radio earphone parts and assembled a recording machine using a Cadillac flywheel and the belt from a dentist’s drill.
      From country music Mr. Paul moved into jazz, influenced by players like Django Reinhardt and Eddie Lang, who were using amplified hollow-body guitars to play hornlike single-note solo lines. He formed the Les Paul Trio in 1936 and moved to New York, where he was heard regularly on Fred Waring’s radio show from 1938 to 1941.
      In 1940 or 1941 — the exact date is unknown — , Mr. Paul made his guitar breakthrough. Seeking to create electronically sustained notes on the guitar, he attached strings and two pickups to a wooden board with a guitar neck. “The log,” as he called it, if not the first solid-body electric guitar, became the most influential one.
      “You could go out and eat and come back and the note would still be sounding,” Mr. Paul once said.
      The odd-looking instrument drew derision when he first played it in public, so he hid the works inside a conventional-looking guitar. But the log was a conceptual turning point. With no acoustic resonance of its own, it was designed to generate an electronic signal that could be amplified and processed — the beginning of a sonic transformation of the world’s music.
      Mr. Paul was drafted in 1942 and worked in California for the Armed Forces Radio Service, accompanying Rudy Vallee, Kate Smith and others. When he was discharged in 1943, he was hired as a staff musician for NBC radio in Los Angeles. His trio toured with the Andrews Sisters and backed Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby, with whom he recorded the hit “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” in 1945. Crosby encouraged Mr. Paul to build his own recording studio, and so he did, in his garage in Los Angeles.
      There he experimented with recording techniques, using them to create not realistic replicas of a performance but electronically enhanced fabrications. Toying with his mother’s old Victrola had shown him that changing the speed of a recording could alter both pitch and timbre. He could record at half-speed and replay the results at normal speed, creating the illusion of superhuman agility. He altered instrumental textures through microphone positioning and reverberation. Technology and studio effects, he realized, were instruments themselves.
      He also noticed that by playing along with previous recordings, he could become a one-man ensemble. As early as his 1948 hit “Lover,” he made elaborate, multilayered recordings, using two acetate disc machines, which demanded that each layer of music be captured in a single take. >From discs he moved to magnetic tape, and in the late 1950s he built the first eight-track multitrack recorder. Each track could be recorded and altered separately, without affecting the others. The machine ushered in the modern recording era.
      In 1947 Mr. Paul teamed up with Colleen Summers, who had been singing with Gene Autry’s band. He changed her name to Mary Ford, a name found in a telephone book.
      New York Times Article - (Contributed by Steve Garvan)
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      TOP 10 SINGLES & ALBUMS ON I-TUNES
      http://www.thedenverchannel.com:80/entertainment/20545091/detail.html?treets=den&tid=2652145929813&tml=den_9am&tmi=den_9am_1_10000108252009&ts=H
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      ILLEGAL DOWNLOADERS IN BRITAIN MAY LOSE WEB ACCESS (OUCH!!!)
      RAPPER BEHIND “ROXANNE’S REVENGE” GETS WARNER MUSIC TO PAY FOR PH.D (VERY SMART GAL!)
      Read more:
      http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/queens/2009/08/23/2009-08-23_rapper_schools_record_label_qns_ma_makes_warner_music_foot_bill_for_phd.html#ixzz0PE5rCPZa
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      UK TO INVESTIGATE ROLLING STONES GUITARIST’S DEATH
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      PUBLIC RADIO SIGNS ROYALTY DEAL WITH SOUNDEXCHANGE
      On August 3, SoundExchange announced four new streaming royaltyagreements with webcaster groups: college radio, noncommercial religious broadcasters, Sirius XM and a fourth group to be
      named later. The fourth group turned out to be public radio, as the Corporation For Public Broadcasting has inked a new royalty agreement with SoundExchange.
      The CPB will pay out at least $2.4 million to SoundExchange to cover 2011-2015 in a deal covering CPB qualified stations, National Public Radio member stations and National Federation of Community Broadcasters participant member stations (along with NPR, American Public Media, Public Radio International and the Public Radio Exchange). The amount could increase if “usage exceeds expectations.” SoundExchange notes that the rate is below market value” due to public radio’s “special public service mission and non-commercial nature.”
       
      FINA!
    • Roland Sharette
      The business of music making: Highlights for a cappellists in bold and red: Colorado Music Business Organization http://www.ColoradoMusic.org Meetings of the
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 7, 2010
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        The business of music making:
        Highlights for a cappellists in bold and red:

        combo logo Colorado Music Business Organization
        http://www.ColoradoMusic.org
        Meetings of the Colorado Music Business Organization are Free and Open to everyone interested in the music scene.

        COMBO MUSIC EXPO - SUNDAY, APRIL 18th, 2010!
        E-mail Info @ Colorado Music .org if you want more info or for an application.

        JANUARY 31st COMBO MEETING: “THE BASICS OF GIGGING
        Where: Cervantes’ Other Side (f/k/a Quixote’s True Blue)
        Location: 2679 Welton Street, Denver
        Time: 3:30 p.m until 6:30 p.m.
        Cost: FREE!
        Ages: Open to ALL AGES!

        David Barber will be hosting a workshop on "The Basics of Gigging". He will have a panel of guests ranging from door guys to sound men to stage managers to help you get the most out of your gig. They’ll give you the ins and outs to be a band that gets asked back again and again. The workshop is for bands/musicians who have never played out, haven't played out much, have played out a bunch but keep having problems, and for seasoned performers who want to share their wisdom.

        Sponsored by COMBO!!

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        DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR...

        Fr, January 8th - Creative Connections meeting - 9:00 a.m.
        Su, January 10th - Open Rock Jam night at Patrick’s
        We, January 13th - COMBO Open Mic Night at Katie Mullens’
        Mo, January 25th - Guitar Lesson with Karl Sanders from the band Nile
        Su, January 31st - COMBO’s General Meeting - “Basics of Gigging” (note date change)
        Su, February 21st - COMBO’s General Meeting - “On Being a Music News Writer”
        Th-Sa, February 25th - 27th - Durango Songwriters Expo in Santa Inez, CA
        March 27th & 28th - Attend the DOCA (3/27) and CHUN/UMX (3/27-28) events
        Su, April 18th  - COMBO MUSIC EXPO – Write it on your calendars NOW
        Th-Sa, April 22nd - 24th  - ASCAP’s “I Create Music” Expo - Los Angeles. See below...

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        COMBO’S OPEN MIC NIGHT

        Where: Katie Mullens, 16th Street & Court Place, Downtown Denver
        Time: 7:45 until 11:00 p.m.
        Date: Wednesdays – next on January 13th
        Cost: Free!

        COMBO Vice-President Steve Werges is running an open mic night at the exquisite Katie Mullens Irish Bar downtown Denver, 16th & Court. Sign up is at 7:45 p.m. Lots of fun and a wonderful place to play. The sound system is provided by COMBO Board Member Steve “Doc” Wilson and is perfect for such a lovely venue.

        www.katiemullens.com
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        COMBO’S BAND SHOWCASE AT THE D-NOTE IN ARVADA...

        Date: Tuesday, January 19th
        Location: The D-Note in Olde Towne Arvada
        Time: 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
        Cost: Free!

        The D-Note in Arvada is hosting COMBO’s Band Showcase. The next artists to be showcased are Dan McCrimmon (singer songwriter); Janine and Dan (classical guitar and vocalist); and Janine and her Rythym (Jazz combo).

        Contact Steve at SteveWerg@... if you are interested in performing.

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        ROCK JAM NIGHT - SUNDAYS AT PATRICK’S

        Where: Patrick’s, 1770 South Buckley Road, Aurora
        Time: 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
        Cost: Free!
        Ages: Under 21 up until 10:00 p.m. when the dreaded “Curfew Bell” tolls!

        The band Penchant will be hosting a rock jam night on Sundays through January at Patrick’s, 1770 South Buckley Road from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Under 21 year olds are welcome until 10:00 p.m. so music students are encouraged to come play. There is NO cover charge and a full menu is available.

        Go to www.penchantmusic.com for more information. A suggested song list can also be found there under the "Jam Night" page although improvisation is welcome!

        Daniel and Lori Gorklo
        Danny Masters Music Studio
        3401 South Oneida Way
        Denver, CO 80224
        720-233-7228Danny Masters Band / Penchant

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        CREATIVE CONNECTIONS - FRIDAY, JANUARY 8th

        The next meeting will be Friday, January 8th at 9:00 a.m. Come on over to meet with your friends at Creative Connections at Colorado Community Church, just south of Hampden on Colorado Blvd. As always, it’ll be informative and fun!

        Ed Campbell
        www.5280cc.com
        www.yourmarketinggal.com

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        GUITAR LESSONS WITH KARL SANDERS AT THE BLUEBIRD THEATER

        Karl Sanders of the metal band NILE will be offering guitar lessons across the U.S. during the forthcoming Nile tour (with support bands Krisiun, Immolation, Dreaming Dead, and Abagail Williams). The lessons at the Bluebird Theater in Denver will be held on Monday, January 25th.

        Lessons will include, but are not necessarily limited to:
        * Extreme metal guitar techniques;
        * Melodic guitar application within a death metal context;
        * Warm-up routines;
        * Chops-building exercises.

        Sessions are intended for intermediate to advanced students .

        There will be a maximum of 4 students per day to insure that every student gets personal attention and a quality learning experience.
        Students will be invited to stay to watch Nile's sound-check after the lesson, and all students will be put on the guest list for the show. The cost of lessons are $100 per hour.

        Please see the tour dates at www.myspace.com/nilecatacombs.
        Email NileGuitarLessons@... for Information and to reserve a lesson.

        We had a lot of fun last time, and are looking forward to seeing previous students and meeting new ones!

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        FEBRUARY 21st COMBO MEETING - ON BEING A MUSIC NEWS WRITER!

        Guest speaker will be Peter Jones of the Community Newspaper chain. Peter has interviewed tons of big-name musicians and used to write for Billboard. More info later but mark the date on your calendar!

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        COMBO MUSIC EXPO - SUNDAY, APRIL 18th!!!

        Put this date on your calendar NOW: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We’re going to be holding an exposition at Red & Jerry’s, Oxford and Santa Fe, in their events center. All kinds of music services – from recording studios to CD duplicators to clothiers to music instrument supply stores – will be there to connect with musicians from all over the Front Range area. On the agenda as well will be short seminars presented by professionals on topics such as “Be the Media - Podcasting and Broadcasting Your Music”, “Publishing: What Is It and Why Do You Need It”, “Basics of Gigging”, “DIY Band Management”, “What is Mastering?”, and more. And COMBO member bands will be playing on the CarToys/AfterShock stage!

        Current sponsors include CODA, Inc., CarToys, Cherry Sound Studios, and Red & Jerry’s. Look for more info coming soon. We have room for more “vendors” – if you or someone you know might be interested, send us a message to  info@.... We have a limited number of spaces available so first come, first served!

        www.coda-inc.com
        www.cartoys.com
        www.redandjerrys.com
        www.thecoloradowave.com
        www.cherrysoundstudios.com

        Other participants as of this writing:
        ASCAP
        Asilomar Records
        BMI
        Colorado Contemporary Music College
        Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA)
        Evolution Marketing Group
        GigStar Talent Agency
        Mars Amp Repair
        Shadow Sportswear

        Don’t get left out! Sign your business up NOW...

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        DURANGO SONGWRITERS NEWS & UPDATE

        If you haven't registered yet for the February Expo in Santa Inez, CA, call Jim Attebery at 970.259.9747 and leave a message.

        Announcing an incredible new addition to the upcoming Expo: Alexandra Patsavas is coming! The DSE has been inviting her for years as the need for film and TV music supervisors has become a major component of the Expo...indeed, music supervisors have taken on a huge role in the "A&R" world. Don't miss her!

        CALL JIM!

        www.durango-songwriters-expo.com

        Editor’s note: I attended the DSE in Santa Inez last winter and not only was it fantastic and helped me to make some great connections, the hotel/convention center was fabulous, and the countryside was so beautiful. I believe Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is in the area and I can sure see why he built his home there. So gorgeous year ‘round.

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        ASCAP “I CREATE MUSIC” EXPO – APRIL 22-24, 2010, IN LOS ANGELES

        The world doesn't need more music. It needs more great music! If you have lyrics in your head, melodies in your heart and rhythm in your soul, then music is your life. But before you can make it a career, you need to master your craft. The ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO puts you face to face with some of the world's most successful songwriters, composers and producers, all who willingly share their knowledge and expertise and give you the know-how to take your music to the next level.

        Register Early, Pay Less! Early Bird Registration starts November 2. Early Bird registration price is just $235 for ASCAP Members, $260 for Partner Members and $285 for others. ISC is a partner of ASCAP, so make sure you get the Partner discount when you sign up! This is one of the best events for songwriters, so you don't want to miss it. Go to www.ascap.com for more
        information.

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        CONGRATULATIONS TO TROY HOSS!

        This is sort of weird and a “small world” story: Troy Hoss, who lived in Canon City,  won the Colgate Country Showdown competition for Walsenburg, Colorado, earlier this year. Troy wrote a song called “Whiskey’s Got a Job To Do” which was picked up by a publisher who was looking for songs for Karla Davis who just happened to be another of the Country Showdown’s winners, winning the SE Regional CCS. She has recorded the song and will be appearing on the finals of the Country Showdown in January 2010 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. She’ll be singing Troy’s song. Through a completely unrelated set of circumstances, Troy has been asked to perform with the stage band for the television show! He’s hoping to be able to perform his version of the song. However, if you want to hear Karla’s version, go to www.countryshowdown.com, click on the “National Final”, then “National Finalists” tabs, scroll down to Karla’s bio and you can hear the song there. Karla is also the featured performer on the Country Showdown site for this month.

        SO – Congratulations are due to Troy Hoss for getting on the show, for getting his song published, and for having it recorded by another up & coming country artist!

        BTW: Troy served in the armed forces for many years (recently in Iraq) and is owed many thanks for his service to our country.

        www.myspace.com/troyhoss
        www.karladavismusic.com

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        CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LEGACY & RAMPART HS MARCHING BANDS!

        http://coloradomusic.org/l/igxevs/1921904;http://cbs4denver.com/local/Colorado.Marching.Bands.2.1394603.html

        They flew to London for a NYE parade!!

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        BOOK FOR JANUARY:

        Colorado Rocks! A Half-Century of Music in Colorado by Colorado resident and music writer and radio talk-show host G. Brown, © 2004, Pruett Publishing Company, 7464 Arapahoe Road, Suite A9, Boulder, Colorado 80303, www.pruettpublishing.com. This 80 page book covers bios of bands from Ted Nugent to The Doobie Brothers to – you name ‘em – whose careers took a road through Colorado. Amazing the number of bands who played our clubs and recorded in our studios! You’ll just love reading this book and flipping through all the wonderful photographs.

        Don’t forget: Even if you don’t have the money to buy or rent a DVD or a book, there are libraries. Yes, they still exist... and they not only loan you books, but many of them also have DVDs to loan out as well.

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        COMBO OFFICE HOURS:

        Mark King has been holding regular office hours for COMBO on Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. If you have something you’d like to discuss in reference to COMBO, any suggestions for programs, or have a music business question you’d like to have answered, please call us at 720-570-2280 or come by! Call first to make sure someone is there and/or will be available to open the security gate.

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        COMBO’s website is www.coloradomusic.org. There is a lot of information there that will benefit you. Sign up as a friend on our satellite websites: www.myspace.com/coloradomusic and (only if you’re a Colorado artist) www.myspace.com/coloradobandsonly. We’d LOVE to have you as a *friend*!

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        SUSAN BOYLE SETS NEW RECORDS (No pun intended!) AND HOLDS ONTO #1 FOR A STAGGERING SIXTH WEEK IN A ROW WHILE ALL OTHERS NOSEDIVE!

        Susan’s album, “I Dreamed a Dream”, has hit sales marks of close to 6,000,000 world wide in just SIX weeks! As of this writing, she is coming close to Taylor Swift’s sales of “Fearless” in the U.S. of 2.93 million but sales of TS’s album have taken most of 2009 to reach. Susan has done what no other female has done in decades!

        http://coloradomusic.org/l/iarlxp/1921904;http://www.vh1.com/artists/news/1629127/20100106/lady_gaga.jhtml?rsspartner=rssYahooNewscrawler

        (Ask if the music industry is reeling over this! They’ve had a 101 excuses as to why actual physical CD sales have been slow and, boy, does this have them – and every musician on the planet thinking...)

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        The Swallow Hill Music Organization always has lots going on. Check out their website at www.swallowhillmusic.org for concerts, festivals, band camps, and more!

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        COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS – A NEW DOCUMENTARY FILM

        From www.RockRap.com

        For more than thirty years, as hip-hop evolved from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion dollar industry, hip-hop performers and producers have been re-using portions of previously recorded music in new, otherwise original compositions. But when lawyers and record companies got involved, what was once referred to as a “borrowed melody” became a “copyright infringement.”

        COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS, a new film by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod, will air on the PBS series Independent Lens January 19 (check local listings).

        COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS showcases many of hip-hop's founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul and Digital Underground, along with emerging artists such as audiovisual remixers Eclectic Method. It also provides an in-depth look at artists who have been sampled, such as Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown's drummer and the world's most sampled musician), as well as commentary by another highly sampled musician, funk legend George Clinton.

        Computers, mobile phones, and other interactive technologies are changing our relationship with media, blurring the line between producer and consumer, and radically changing what it means to be creative. As artists find ever more inventive ways to insert old influences into new material, the film asks a critical question: can anyone really own a sound?

        You can view a trailer here: http://www.copyrightcriminals.com/?page_id=6

        (Contributed by Steve Garvan)

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        WANT TO GET AIRPLAY FOR YOUR SONGS???

        (Editor’s note: Your song(s) need to be licensed by ASCAP, BMI or SESAC. If you do not belong to one of these societies, do not bother to send your CD to KDTN. It will be a total waste of your time and postage money. If you want to join one of these organizations, COMBO has brochures available for free that describe each organization. Pick one up at the next COMBO meeting, at the next Colorado Music Buzz FAC, or at the COMBO office. Call ahead to make sure someone is there – 720-570-2280).

        http://www.live365.com/stations/kdtn - Rate our Station!!

        Dear Folks,
        Just a note to let you know, that we play unsigned songwriters and singers music on our playlist. We would like artists' songs that are licensed by ASCAP, BMI or SESAC, as we pay airplay royalties to these clearance houses. Your songs are on the playlist with other great recording artists that spread over the decades.

        We are a subsidiary of the D-Town Records/SDC OmniMedia Group (www.sdcog.net) with our own radio station. We are a little over the top, and we play almost everything we get. We let the listening audience decide what stays on the playlist. So everyone gets a chance to be heard.

        We prefer to have "hard copies" of the music by snail mail. If you would like to have your artists played on our playlist, please send your CD's and/or CD-Rs to:

        KDTN Radio One
        Attn: Kenny Smith, MD
        1880 Circle Lane, Suite 25
        Limon, CO 80828-9114
        1.719.297.8218

        To make a quick check of the playlist, have your artists' put their names in the search engine at www.live365.com.

        Thank you in advance for spreading the word.

        Sincerely,

        Kenneth Howard Smith
        KDTN Radio One Network
        http://www.live365.com/stations/kdtn

        SDC OmniMedia Group
        http://coloradomusic.org/l/92vqin/1921904;http://www.sdcog.net

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        TWO COLORADO BANDS SET TO APPEAR ON NATIONAL TV SHOWS!

        http://blogs.denverpost.com/reverb/2010/01/05/news-yonder-mountain-and-matt-morris-looking-forward-to-late-night-tv-performances/

        Two Colorado acts will be hanging out with some of the largest television audiences of their lives in the coming weeks. That’s right, Boulder-based Yonder Mountain String Band and Denver-based Matt Morris (who is releasing his debut LP on Justin Timberlake’s Tennman Records a week from today) will be hanging with the late-night TV boys in January.

        Yonder will hang with Craig Ferguson on “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” tonight on CBS, surely playing a track from its “The Show” — the band’s best CD to date. (Listen to the excellent newish tracks “Fingerprint” and “Complicated” here.) The band is fresh off three big New Year’s shows — all of which were reviewed here at Reverb. Check them out here, here and here.

        Morris will play the show before Ferguson’s — CBS’s “The Late Show With David Letterman” — in a couple Fridays on Jan. 15. Morris’ “When Everything Breaks Open” comes out a week from today on a record label that was founded by a former mouseketeer buddy of his, Justin Timberlake.

        Ricardo Baca is the founder and co-editor of Reverb and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post. He is also the executive director of the Underground Music Showcase, Colorado’s premier indie music festival. Follow his whimsies at Twitter, his live music habit at Gigbot and his iTunes addictions at Last.fm.


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