On the first Friday of each month, Denver Open Media hosts a community event with local performance groups, musical acts and nonprofit partners. These events are broadcast live on Comcast Channel 57 in Denver as well as streamed on DOM’s website.  Events are cablecast and streamed live in Denver Open Media’s Studio A.

Join DOM for this month’s Open Music Sessions on Friday, April 3, featuring a live musical performance by High Five.

High Five is is a unique Denver-based Hip Hop collective that finds its roots and inspiration in the break beats and rhyme styling of Hip Hop’s golden era.

The show will also feature comedy from Kevin O’Brien.

When: Friday, April 3
Where: Denver Open Media Studios, 700 Kalamath Street, Denver
Time: Doors at 7:00 p.m.; Live Show 8 – 10 pm
Cost: FREE!

Food by Illegal Pete’s

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CU Denver’s Department of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies is pleased  to present its Fifth Annual Digital Music Business Seminar at the King Center on the Auraria Campus, on Friday, April 3, and Tuesday, April 7.

“Surviving and Thriving in the Digital Age 2015” is free to all and will feature an impressive array of industry speakers. Immediately following the last panel at 4:45pm on April 7, there will be a reception, with food and beverages and a speakers’ meet-and-greet, in the King Center Dance Studio. For further information: CU Denver Department of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies, 303-556-3480.

Here is the Seminar schedule:

Friday, April 3, 2015, in the King Center Concert Hall

1 to 3 p.m. – “A Dream Goes On Forever,” Todd Rundgren interview about the music business, moderated by popular CU Denver faculty member and Colorado Music Hall of Famer Chris Daniels

Tuesday, April 7, in the King Center Recital Hall

12:30 to 1:45 p.m. – “Music Publishing in the Digital Era,” featuring Jeff Brabec, Vice President of Business Affairs for BMG Chrysalis, representing the catalogs of OutKast, Sheryl Crow, Gnarls Barkley, Danger Mouse and many more; Todd Brabec, entertainment lawyer, industry consultant and former Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Membership for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) – the Brabecs are also co-authors of the widely referenced book “Music Money and Success”; and Benom Plumb, CU Denver Assistant Professor Clinical Track and former VP for Licensing & Administration at Bluewater Music, Nashville. Moderated by Stan Soocher, CU Denver Associate Professor of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies whose new book “Baby, You’re a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun and Profit” will be released in September 2015.

2:00 to 3:30 p.m. –  “The Record Business: Do You Need a Label in the Digital Age?”, featuring JJ Italiano, CU Denver adjunct faculty, co-founder of Clubhouse, producer (Modern Logic Music) and artist manager (MC Lars, I Fight Dragons) who has served as Director of Marketing for Universal Republic Records; Andy Guerrero, head of CAM Records and adjunct faculty at CU Denver, and band leader/guitar player/vocalist for the Flobots, Bop Skizzum and more; and Brian Schwartz, former tour accountant for Ozzy Osborne and staff manager at Red Light Management who is now co-founder of the Denver-based 7S Management, which represents John Denver’s Estate and artists like Big Head Todd and the Monsters,  Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lucero, Dinosaur Jr., Nathaniel Rateliff and the Dandy Warhols. Moderated by Chris Daniels.

3:30 to 4:45 p.m. – “The Concert Business: Is Bigger Better?”, featuring Steve Szymanski, Vice President of Planet Bluegrass in Telluride, Rockygrass, Folksfest and more; Sean O’Connell, District General Manager of the Rocky Mountain Region for Live Nation, the world’s largest concert promotion and tour management company; Pollstar Magazine Talent Buyer of the Year Award winner Don Strasburg of AEG Live Rocky Mountain, which is the largest concert promoter in Colorado and whose parent company is the second largest concert promoter in the world; and Steve Knopper, contributing editor for Rolling Stone and author of a new biography of Michael Jackson that is due in October 2015 from Scribner/Simon & Schuster; his previous book was “Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age” from Free Press/Simon & Schuster.

Tuesday, April 7, in the King Center Dance Studio
5:00 p.m. – Catered Reception and Speaker Meet-and-Greet

Best Regards,

Stan Soocher, J.D. | Associate Professor, Music & Entertainment Industry Studies
University of Colorado, Denver Campus
Office: 303-556-4066
E-mail: Stan.Soocher@ucdenver.edu
Website: www.stansoocher.com

Stan Soocher is Associate Professor of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado’s Denver Campus. He is also an entertainment attorney and the long-time Editor-in-Chief of the publication Entertainment Law & Finance. His new book on Beatles legal issues will be published in September 2015.

In May 2015, Stan will present “Cutting-Edge Case Developments in Entertainment Law” at the Annual Spring Meeting of the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

In March 2015, Stan spoke on the panel “Litigation: The Cases We Need to Know” at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin.

In November 2014, Stan was very pleased to have received the State Bar of Texas Entertainment & Sports Law Section’s “Texas Star Award.” The award is given to an individual “who has made a major and noteworthy contribution to the practice of entertainment law.”

[Editor’s note: Dr. Soocher also authored “They Fought the Law: Rock Music Goes to Court.” The book provides an investigative behind-the-scenes look at landmark and famous court cases involving Elvis Presley, Billy Joel, George Michael, the Shirelles, B.J. Thomas, Gene Pitney, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, the 2 Live Crew and Roy Orbison. The book is currently out of print so keep your eyes open for it in used book stores or on eBay. Well worth your read and you’ll learn a LOT about some heavy hitting music business deals.]

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APRIL “HOOKS” AT THE PARK HOUSE – APRIL 14th – with special guest Richie Furay

We have a real special treat at the Park House on Tuesday, April 14th.

In addition to a set by SongSMITH, the legendary Richie Furay will be joining the songwriter circle lineup along with Richard Dean, David Starr and Ed Skibbe. Put this date on your calendar. It isn’t everyday that a veteran of the Buffalo Springfield and Poco is part of an intimate gathering such as this!

SongSMITH will kick things off starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the four singer/songwriters at about 7:30 p.m. Come early as we are expecting a packed house!

The Park House is located on the Northwest corner of Colfax and Madison (1515 Madison Street – 303 321 0585).

Spencer Pyne – Bassist for SongSMITH

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COMBO will hold its next General Meeting on Sunday, April 19th at the Breckenridge Brewery – Ballpark Pub, 2222 Blake Street, Denver (catty-corner from Coors Field). The program will be on “The Music Scene in Other Countries”. We will have guest speakers from Norway, Spain, Mexico, Thailand, and England.

What: COMBO’s General Meeting
When: Sunday, April 19th
Where: Breckenridge Brewery – Ballpark Pub, 2222 Blake Street, Denver
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Please note that the panel will start at 7:15 due to the wealth of information being offered by our panelists!
Cost: FREE!
Ages: All ages – the BB is a restaurant as well!

The meeting is totally free and open to the public. All musicians or those affiliated with music are welcome to attend. Come early and have supper. The BB has really good food as well as fine beers and spirits!

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