There really is no place to be that tops San Diego, CA on September 13 and 14. One will be hard pressed to top the talent, learning opportunities and that typically gorgeous weather. The San Diego Music Thing (SDMT) hosts its annual Kick Off Party on Thursday, September 12 with New Politics appearing at The Casbah. Tickets for the party will be $13.91 and are currently onsale.
SDMT has always enjoyed the support of famed radio station 91X but this year things have gone up a notch. The two have collaborated on a Saturday outdoor event, the 91X Local Break Stage which will feature The Silent Comedy, Dead Feather Moon and another artist TBA. The Local Break Stage will be a street stage located in the heart of North Park’s University District on University and Ohio Streets and it will be live and cracking on Saturday, September 14 from 5:00-9:00PM before the evening showcases at the numerous venues commence. Tickets for the 91X Local Break Stage will be on sale on Tuesday, August 6 at 9AM Pacific and the cost is $12.
Music showcases by night from already critically acclaimed bands plus “ones to watch” take place on Friday and Saturday nights throughout North Park. Daytime panel and mentoring events take place on Friday and Saturday at the new SDMT host hotel Sheraton Mission Valley. For a full line up of performers and daytime panels, visit www.sandiegomusicthing.com.
This year features outstanding panelists including Ben Westhoff, music editor of the L.A. Weekly, Michael Schneider from BandPage, manager Pat Magnarella (Green Day), Rebecca Haithcoat from newly revamped My Space, Benji Rogers from Pledge Music and many others. Brett Anderson from the Donnas has been added to the mentoring Artist Sessions, joining Lol Tolhurst from The Cure and Scott Page from Pink Floyd.
Industry experts will share on a variety of panels with such topics as radio promotion, music supervision, finding affordable health care as an indie artist, tour marketing, songwriting, music distribution and much more. Musicians will learn how to pitch their band to media, be more creative in their social media approaches and network.
The San Diego Music Thing provides a great service to artists, industry personnel and fans. It has all the top talent and workshops of some of the larger music conferences but offers a more up close and intimate view of the inner workings of the music business from those who love to share their enthusiasm and knowledge.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.sandiegomusicthing.com, and follow on Facebook and Twitter.