Rockin’ Out in the New Year

I’m kicking off 2015 with rock, jazz, soul, hip-hop and Latin music.   That’s the type of variety you’ll find at the Springboard South Music Festival.

Between a new job and several other changes, I’ve finally managed to get my hands on the TV show I hosted at Houston Community College that highlighted what this event is all about.

Below you’ll see how a year of preparation by the festival’s organizers came together to produce a showcase aimed at helping budding musicians get their foot in the door of the music industry.

Find the original post I wrote about Springboard here.


“An NFL Combine for Musicians”

Artists trying to break into the music industry, or at least navigate it if they’re already in it, may want to mark their calendars for June 19-22. That’s when the Springboard South Music Festival and Conference kicks off in Houston.  With events and performances taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center and Warehouse Live, 120 artists and  attendees will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals, receive mentoring and critiques, plus experience intensive training and development sessions at the Band Mall and Bootcamp.

Springboard is the brainchild of producer, composer, songwriter and publisher Barry Coffing. His music has been placed in TV and film and he’s worked as a musician both in Los Angeles and Houston. I interviewed Coffing on my show, “Is It Art, Yet?,” about this initiative and another organization he’s created to help connect individuals in the music business, WeGetNetworking.

The show wasn’t all talk though! Jazz musician Dean James performed with Nick Greer and the Gs and up-and-coming rapper Len.Knox.

Sidenote: Designer Alfredo Saucedo let me wear some of the items from his collection throughout the show. Below is a pic of the rack he brought for me. He somehow managed to fit everything in his Volkswagen Beetle and hauled it to our studios!

photo 3 (7)