Vegas Music Summit Brings Together Industry Veterans, Local Artists

Musicians and wanna-be musicians alike should mark their calendars for the Vegas Music Summit, coming to Fremont East from August 1-3. The event will combine educational workshops from music industry leaders with artist showcases at neighborhood venues. Confirmed speakers include Adrian Amodeo (Interscope Records, Marketing/Artist Development), Evan Peters (Virgin Records, A&R), Lindsay Gabler (Grammys), Lucas Diaz (Warner/Chappell Music), Brad Smith (producer/songwriter/musician, Blind Melon) and John “Lou” Lousteau (producer/engineer, Foo Fighters).

Below are seven panels that caught our eye, along with seven not-to-be-missed artist showcases (descriptions provided by the organizers). All panels will be held in the El Cortez second-floor ballrooms.

Panels:

Friday, Aug. 2

1:30-2:30 p.m. INDIE LABELS , PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Traditionally focusing on a niche market and the taste of the label proprietor, how are indie labels (new and old) surviving or thriving in today’s ever-changing music landscape?

3-4 p.m. A&R AT THE MAJORS

What was considered the coolest job in the biz doesn’t hold the same stature today, but the Artist & Repertoire executive is still vital and the successful ones have adapted.

4-5 p.m. CAPITALIZING ON YOUTUBE (PRESENTATION)

The music-video site is a premier talent-discovery resource for not just fans, but for labels, brands and entertainment companies. Find out how to successfully build and maintain a music career through online videos.

Saturday, Aug. 3

1-2 p.m. EFFECTIVE SOCIAL MEDIA TO FILL THE ROOM

What’s the recipe for a successful tour-marketing strategy? Social media experts and music marketers share the best ways to connect with fans and drive them to shows.

1:30-2:30 p.m. THE STRIPPERS’ PANEL…CAUSE IT’S VEGAS AND WE CAN

Join dancers from Spearmint Rhino, Olympic Gardens and Sapphire, as they share their stories of working in Sin City.

3:30-4:30 p.m. DTLV PLAYERS

Meet the venue and business owners/promoters who are changing the face of Fremont East.

4-5 p.m. CROWDFUNDING 101 (PRESENTATION)

It’s not as easy as it looks and with only half of all Kickstarter projects get funding, how do artists successfully launch a crowd-funding campaign? Experts will share some success stories.

Artist Showcases:

Thursday, Aug. 1

8-11 p.m.

Venue: Commonwealth, Upstairs/Outdoors

Beau Hodges, Jesse Pino, Mercy Musick, Alaska Reid

 

8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Squidhat Records Showcase

Venue: Backstage Bar & Billiards

The Quitters, the People’s Whiskey, the Gashers, Surrounded by Thieves, the Dirty Panties, Pet Tigers

 

9 p.m.-midnight

Venue: Beauty Bar back patio

The Dirty Hooks, Terraplane Sun, the Solid Suns, Runaway Lives

 

Friday, Aug. 2

Midnight-2 a.m.

Venue: Backstage Bar & Billiards

Home Cookin*

(* = Free show)

 

8 p.m.-midnight

Venue: Fremont Country Club

Lydia, Parade of Lights

 

8-11 p.m.

Venue: Commonwealth, Upstairs/Outdoors

Bobby Meader, Audra Mae, No Red Alice, Alanna Clarke

 

8 p.m.-midnight

Venue: Fremont Country Club

Paper Tigers, Arising Tide, Hell or High Water, Roxy Gunn

For the full schedule of panels and artist showcases, more information, or to register ($99), go to VegasMusicSummit.com. Tickets for individual artist showcases are $10 in advance at Ticketfly.com or $15 at the door. 21 and older.

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