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If you’re an aspiring artist, music producer, artist manager or music industry executive, you should know that talent and skill can only take you so far. Those who truly thrive in today’s music business know how to network with others. Learn what it takes to successfully network in today’s music business.

Music Connection is sponsoring the Power of Networking in the Music Business panel at SXSW on Saturday, March 21, from 3:30-4:30 PM CST at the Austin Convention Center in Room 17A.

http://www.musicconnection.com

[Editor’s note: Funny – we do this at EVERY COMBO general meeting! You should come out and meet other people in Colorado who are really into music and the business of the music industry. You don’t even have to pay a ridiculous price to go to Texas to get the same info and to meet people who can help you out in your musical pursuits!]

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COmrades and Collaborators Celebrate CO Music at SXSW

YOU asked us to keep you up-to-date on Colorado music, and our annual trip to Austin. This year, we’re back for FIVE days and nights. We want to make sure you don’t forget to join the revolution, as CO rocks TX during The Colorado Music Party! COme join us at The 512 (408 E. Sixth St.) Tuesday March 17 – Saturday, March 21.

If you haven’t yet registered, now’s the time at: coloradomusicparty.com! Check out the lineup and COme say hello — the party is open to the public, ages 21+.

Highlights – March 17 – 21:
– Events kick off Tuesday at 3 p.m. with our opening ceremonies and flag-raising, sponsored by Colorado Innovation Network (COIN).
– Wednesday, it’s Colorado Hip-Hop on the Rooftop, all day and all night — doors at 11A.
– Our pals at New Belgium Brewing are sponsoring the sixth annual SpokesBUZZ showcase on Thursday, so expect some crafted-in-Colorado FUN!
– Speaking of fun, PLAY FORT COLLINS presents bands from Fort Collins, Colorado on Friday …
– … and Saturday features bands from Boulder, headliners presented by Colorado’s 7S Management, and Colorado-connected acts from across the ocean (and as close as Austin).

The Colorado Music Party is presented by SpokesBUZZ, the Colorado Tourism Office and Colorado Creative Industries.

RSVP today: http://www.coloradomusicparty.com/register

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COLORADO MUSIC PARTY ANNOUNCES FINAL 2015 LINEUP

FORT COLLINS — Organizers for the Colorado Music Party released the final lineup for next week’s events in Austin, adding more national and international acts with a Colorado connection to the lineup. The Colorado Music Party will present 142 performances on two stages at The 512 on Sixth Street, the party’s home base in Austin for five consecutive days and nights of live music. National acts from both coasts, including The Stone Foxes, Heather Maloney, NeW bEAt FUNd and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds will perform alongside up-and-coming Colorado bands such as In The Whale, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Rubedo, Inner Oceans and The Yawpers. From Tuesday, March 17 – Saturday, March 21, the Colorado Music Party has scheduled 142 performances, including hundreds of musicians from Colorado, presented by Colorado Creative Industries, the Colorado Tourism Office and SpokesBUZZ, along with media and music industry partners from throughout the state. The week’s festivities will kick off on Tuesday, March 17 with a celebration of Colorado’s commitment to creativity and innovation, presented by Colorado Innovation Network (COIN).

“From Scotland’s Dave Arcari to Austin’s Residual Kid, Colorado music industry connections extend well beyond the borders of our state,” said Dani Grant, executive director of SpokesBUZZ. “Colorado’s reputation for attracting talent, and for being a great place to experience live music — both from the perspective of bands and fans — is evidenced by the diverse lineup we’re presenting at the Colorado Music Party. The interest and enthusiasm being generated by this year’s events is unprecedented in our five years of putting Colorado culture and creativity in the spotlight in Austin. We are so proud of the story Colorado has to tell, and we’re grateful to the people from around the country that are joining us next week to share in the experience.”

Grant points out that national attention is already being attracted by the Colorado bands performing this year, such as Strawberry Runners, selected by National Public Radio for NPR’s “Austin 100” — a list of 100 bands worth discovering in Austin during South by Southwest 2015. Strawberry Runners, from Denver, will make two appearances at the Colorado Music Party: on Wednesday, March 18 and again on Saturday, March 21.

For those Colorado music fans from around the world who won’t be in attendance in Austin, this year’s Colorado Music Party will incorporate interactive screens to display real-time social media content created by attendees throughout the event. The interactive displays will be powered by Wayin, a fast-growing Denver-based company that aggregates social media content in real-time and displays it on any screen or device. The displays will not only show a genuine account of each day throughout the event, but will also encourage others to participate and act, ultimately creating a bigger conversation around the best of music and tech in Colorado. Participants are encouraged to use the hashtag #COmusic when sharing via social platforms.

Bands currently confirmed to play the Colorado Music Party 2015 include:

3Two, Altas, AMZY, Andy Sydow, Aspen Hourglass, Babah Fly, Ben Marshal, Better Than Bacon, Birch Street, Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir, Bonnie and the Beard, Branded Bandits, Brett Jarnagin, Bud Bronson & The Good Timers, Calder’s Revolvers, Candy Claws – Sound of Ceres, Caramel Carmela, Carson Block, Chris Dismuke, Cobary Jam, Cold River City, Covergeist, CRL CRRLL, Dave Arcari, David Michael Boyd, Dirty Few, Disguise the Silence, DOUBLEWIDE, Dragondeer, Edison, Eldren, Elise Wunder, Facing West, From Thin Air, Grim&Darling, Heather Maloney, High Five Hip Hop, In The Whale, Indigenous Robot, Inner Oceans, iZCALLi, Jack+Jill, Jilly.fm, JiM ChieF, Jordan Igoe, Kind Dub, Kitty Crimes, Lisa Bell Band, Lissa Hanner, Matt Mahern and Constitution, Matt Skinner Band, Maxwell Hughes, Montoneros, NeW bEAt FUNd, No Fair Fights, OKO TYGRA, Open Space, Palace Brands, Poor Me, Post Paradise, Professor Fox’s One Man Band, Publicist UK, Qbala, Red Fox Run, Residual Kid, RipRats, Rob Drabkin, Robby Wicks Band (Acoustic Duo), Robert Cline Jr., Rocktin Grove, Rootbeer & Mermentau, Rubedo, Rumours Follow, Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts, Sarah & The Meanies, Sarah Summers, SarCa$t*, Sexy Ester, Shaley Scott Band, Shatterproof, Shelby Britton, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Slow Caves, SPELLS, Steele & Colfax, Stella Luce, Strawberry Runners, The 14ers, The B.A.B.E.S., The Covz, The Echo Chamber, The FAMM, The Left Ready, The Lindsey Saunders Band, The LoLos, The Patti Fiasco, The Railsplitters, The Rayo Brothers, The Royal, The Seers, The Stone Foxes, The Sweet Lillies, The Yawpers, Thunderthief, Tight Thump, Travellers Music, Von Stomper, Wandering Monks, Wasteland Hop, We Are Not a Glum Lot, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Wild Wombat, Write Minded.

To RSVP to the Colorado Music Party, please visit http://www.coloradomusicparty.com.

SpokesBUZZ, Colorado Creative Industries and the Colorado Tourism Office are the presenting sponsors for the 2015 Colorado Music Party. Media partners include Westword, KUNC, KRFC, and Colorado Public Radio’s OpenAir.

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