Thursday, May 26, 2016

Nashville @Margaritaville Streety Party on Broadwa with @Jrodfromoz, to Precede @JimmyBuffett Concert at @Ascend_Amp

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville will host a street party to coincide with Jimmy Buffett’s concert at Ascend Amphitheater on Thursday, May 26. The party will be on Broadway between 3rd and 4th Avenue in front of the Margaritaville restaurant. The fun begins at 11 am with an all-day outdoor street party with interactive games, great food and drinks, and live entertainment by multiple bands including event headliner Jerrod Neimann. Plus, stop by for a chance to win tickets to Buffett's show that night.

Margaritaville Street Party
THURSDAY, MAY 26, 11 AM - 6 PM

Monday, May 23, 2016

Catch @THEHUNNABAND on tour

June 11 2016 - WRFF Birthday Show @ BB&T Pavilion - Camden, NJ
June 12 2016 - Great Scott - Boston, MA
June 14 2016 - DC9 - Washington, DC
June 15 2016 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
June 16 2016 - The Rivoli (NXNE) - Toronto, ON
June 18 2016 - Metro - Chicago, IL (supporting Black Pistol Fire)
June 19 2016 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
June 21 2016 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
June 23 2016 - Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA
June 25 2016 - Barboza - Seattle, WA
June 26 2016 - Lola’s @ Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
June 28 2016 - Bootleg Theater (Bar Stage) - Los Angeles, CA

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Special Concert Hosted by @TyHerndoncom & Friends at @CityWineryNSH

Ty Herndon will host a special concert, Ty Herndon & Friends, presented by Buddy Lee Attractions, on June 9th at the City Winery in Nashville, Tenn. Joining Herndon and performing at the event are Jason Michael Carroll, Andy Griggs, American Idol’s Kree Harrison, Radio Romance, Julie Roberts, and SaraBeth.  Venue doors will open at 6 p.m. allowing attendees to have the option to wine and dine before the show begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available with Premier Tickets (includes meet-and-greet with Ty Herndon) also being available. Ticket purchase does not cover food or beverage costs.

This time last year, Herndon hosted the inaugural Concert for Love and Acceptance.  The second annual Concert for Love and Acceptance is scheduled to take place later in the year.  Specific dates and event information will be released in the coming months.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Justice Department Settles Civil Contempt Claim against @ASCAP for Entering into 150 Exclusive Contracts with Songwriters and Music Publishers

The Department of Justice announced that the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has agreed to pay $1.75 million and reform certain practices to settle allegations that ASCAP violated a court-ordered consent decree designed to prevent anticompetitive effects arising from its collective licensing of music performance rights.  Despite provisions in that court order prohibiting ASCAP from interfering with its members’ ability to directly license their songs, ASCAP entered into approximately 150 contracts with songwriter and publisher members that made ASCAP the exclusive licensor of their performance rights.  As part of the settlement, ASCAP has also promised not to enter into further exclusive contracts and agreed to reform its licensing practices to remove music publishers from overseeing ASCAP’s licensing.

The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division today filed a petition in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to have ASCAP held in civil contempt for violating the consent decree.  At the same time, the department filed a proposed settlement agreement and order that, if approved by the court, would resolve the department’s concerns.

“By blocking members’ ability to license their songs themselves, ASCAP undermined a critical protection of competition contained in the consent decree,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Renata B. Hesse, head of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.  “The Supreme Court said that ASCAP’s consent decree is supposed to provide music users with a ‘real choice’ in how they can access the millions of songs in ASCAP’s repertory – through ASCAP’s blanket license or through direct negotiations with individual songwriters and publishers.  Today’s settlement restores that choice and thereby promotes competition among the songwriters, the publishers and ASCAP.  This settlement also sends an important message to ASCAP and others subject to antitrust consent decrees that they must abide by the terms of the decrees or face significant consequences.”

ASCAP is a performing rights organization that licenses public performance rights in compositions held by its hundreds of thousands of songwriter and publisher members.  Since 1941, when the United States originally brought a civil antitrust lawsuit against ASCAP for price fixing, ASCAP has been subject to a consent decree, amended twice since then, that imposes a number of restrictions on ASCAP designed to prevent its anticompetitive exercise of market power.  Among its restrictions, the consent decree prohibits ASCAP from entering into exclusive contracts with songwriters or music publishers or otherwise impeding direct licensing so that music users retain the ability to seek licenses directly from songwriters or music publishers.

The department’s investigation into ASCAP’s decree violation also revealed the existence of a conflict in the interests of the music publishers that serve on ASCAP’s board of directors.  Those publisher board members are customers of ASCAP when ASCAP licenses their performance rights and competitors of ASCAP when they seek to license their rights directly.  To ensure that this conflict does not prevent ASCAP and its publisher board members from competing with each other in licensing, ASCAP has agreed in the proposed settlement to cease publisher board members’ involvement in ASCAP’s licensing activities.

The proposed settlement also requires ASCAP to adopt an improved compliance program in order to minimize the likelihood of future consent decree violations.

Upcoming Tour Schedule for Soul Singer/Songwriter @MattBrownSongs


5/16 – Nashville, TN / South
5/19 – Nashville, TN / Tennessee Brew Works

5/28 – Goldendale, WA / Maryhill Winery
6/4 - La Conner, WA / Seeds Bistro
7/1 – Richland, WA / Bookwalter Winery
7/2 – Pasco, WA / Milbrandt Vineyards
7/3 – Ridgefield, WA / Confluence Winery
7/29 – Nashville, TN / Bluebird CafĂ©
8/27 – Arlington, WA / private show
9/5 – Goldendale, WA / Maryhill Winery

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A Shore Thing from @Snooki

It’s a summer to remember . . . at the Jersey Shore.

Giovanna “Gia” Spumanti and her cousin Isabella “Bella” Rizzoli are going to have the sexiest summer ever. While they couldn’t be more different—pint-size Gia is a carefree, outspoken party girl and Bella is a tall, slender athlete who always holds her tongue—for the next month they’re ready to pouf up their hair, put on their stilettos, and soak up all that Seaside Heights, New Jersey, has to offer: hot guidos, cool clubs, fried Oreos, and lots of tequila.

So far, Gia’s summer is on fire. Between nearly burning down their rented bungalow, inventing the popular “tan-tags” at the Tantastic Salon where she works, and rescuing a shark on the beach, she becomes a local celebrity overnight. Luckily, she meets the perfect guy to help her keep the flames under control. Firefighter Frank Rossi is exactly her type: big, tan, and Italian. But is he tough enough to handle Gia when things really heat up?

Bella is more than ready for some fun in the sun. Finally free of her bonehead ex-boyfriend, she left home in Brooklyn with one goal in mind: hooking up with a sexy gorilla for a no-strings-attached summer fling. In no time, she lands a job leading “Beat Up the Beat” dance classes at a local gym, and is scooped up by Beemer-driving, preppy Bender Newberry. Only problem: Bella can’t get her romantic and ripped boss Tony “Trouble” Troublino out of her head. He’s relationship material. Suddenly, Bella’s not surewhatshe wants.

The cousins soon realize that for every friend they make on the boardwalk, there are also rivals, slummers, and frenemies who will do anything to ruin their summer—and try their relationship. Before July ends, the bonds of family and friendship will be stretched to the breaking point. Will the haters prevail, or will Gia and Bella find love at the Shore?

For everyone who loves MTV’s hit reality show, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s sweet, funny, and sexy novel, A Shore Thing, perfectly captures the heat, the energy, the fun,and the drama of Jersey Shore.

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