River City Rockfest 2016

River City Rockfest 2016

We were extremely lucky this year, to get in as media for the 2016 River City Rockfest and WOW…. Just WOW. The lineup was outstanding as always, and included Avatar, Red Sun Rising, Pop Evil, Bullet For My Valentine, Hatebreed, Devil Driver, The Sword, Disturbed, POD, SixxAM, Sevendust, Megadeth, Scorpions, and local favorites, Donella Drive, Lynwood King Revival, and The Heroine. Between our resident sound guy, assistant artist manager, and promotions guy Roland and I, we couldn't hit all of the bands, and even passed out for one of my favorites, The Heroine. We did the best we could in the scorching Texas heat, for over nine hours, on our feet most of the day, and loving every bit of the media pits in front of the stages. Personally, I was there to see Scorpions, Megadeth, Donella Drive, The Heroine, and SixxAM, so four out of five ain't bad. Much love to The Heroine, and a tremendous amount of sadness for missing you guys on stage. Here's hoping you guys get in for another amazing year of River City Rock Fest! The event was chock full of food trucks, beer, music, passed out people on the floor, skimpy outfits, sweaty dudes, ear plugs, and tons of merch, and was the best concert experience ever, thanks to The AT&T Center and Spurs Entertainment allowing us to cover the event with media passes. There were over 27,800 in attendance, surpassing last years show and proving that San Antonio rocks and is always ready to party. Below are just some of the shots we got from the show. Enjoy!

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Local Music Week 2016

LMW2016_websquare (800x800)Local music week is right around the corner. Since 2009, the Local 782 has been putting on a series of events and shows over one week in order to raise awareness and generate exposure for the local music community. This year, Local Music Week will start on Sunday, June 12 and kick off with a hot dog social. The event is designed to be family friendly with a mix of musical genres and free hotdogs when you RSVP on social media. It starts at 3 in the afternoon and continues until 9 PM at Frank on South Alamo, so drop by and enjoy the free food and music. For those with specific interest in the music and media communities, there will be a music and media mixer on Wednesday, June 15. This event is designed to help foster communication between various parts of the larger groups involved with making the San Antonio local music scene successful. 210 Local Media will be celebrating Local Music Week as well, with daily podcast episodes. On June 12, 210 Local Media will put on a live podcast show at 502 Bar from 9-10 PM with a show from the band afterwards. Check in for further updates both from 210 Local Media and Local Music Week on Facebook as well as on the 210 Local Media webpage.

Remember the Punks

“Remember the Punks” Music Festival Unites The Vandals, The Exploited, MXPX and more in the Alamo City

-TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 27-

San Antonio, Texas (May 24, 2016) – San Antonio-based booking and promotions companies Twin Productions & Korova Entertainment are proud to present the inaugural Remember the Punks music festival featuring an all-punk lineup filled with old school headliners such as The Vandals, The Exploited, MXPX and support from up-and-comers PEARS, Potato Pirates and San Antonio's own Piñata Protest. This single-day festival will be held on Saturday, October 1 at Alamo City Music Hall, located at 1305 E. Houston Street in downtown San Antonio. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m.

The Remember the Punks lineup features over 25 bands across two stages. Appearing at their only Texas stop will be headliners The Exploited, The Vandals, MXPX, Sick of it All, TSOL (The Sons of Liberty), The Dickies, and Anti-Nowhere League. These iconic punk bands will come together for an experience similar to those of the early days of Warped Tour. Also on the bill are Texan bands 30footfall, Lower Class Brats, and Piñata Protest.

Other notable acts include Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Casualties, SlapShot, Sloppy Seconds, The Toasters and D.I. Maintaining the spirit of a homegrown, independent Texas festival, the lineup will also feature acts from San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and Corpus Christi.

“After a decade of working closely with the punk rock music community, I felt the time was now to bring San Antonio a festival to call our own. Inspired by startup festivals like Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas and The Fest in Florida, I collaborated with Erica (of Twin Productions) to curate a lineup that would feature a balance of national bands our city knows and loves year after year, along with some ‘first time in a long time’ type performances,” Angel Castorena, Festival Curator and Founder of Korova Entertainment.

“San Antonio is the city known for making its last stand at the Alamo. In priding ourselves for being a long-forgotten key component of the music industry, we feel it’s necessary to remind everyone that it's time to ‘Remember the Punks,” continued Castorena.

General admission tickets start at $49 and a limited amount of VIP tickets priced at $150 for the festival both go on sale Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m. at www.twinproductionstexas.com and www.rememberthepunks.com.

FREDSTOCK 2016

“FREDSTOCK, to you it’s a concert. To us, it’s a final exam.”

San Antonio, TX – Friday, April 29th is the date set for the Annual Fredstock Music Festival to be held at San Antonio College (SAC). The music festival is a chance for Music Business students to get hands-on learning of every aspect of putting together a music showcase. Festival organizer Donnie Meals, who is also the Music Business Program Coordinator and faculty at SAC, says, “Fredstock is hands-on training. It’s part of the process that our students will be doing out there in the industry.” The students get to perform music business roles from booking the bands and vendors to preparing stage logistics and creating festival promotions.

Every annual festival brings in an array of music fans to hear different performing bands and walk through the sponsored booths of art and crafts, community business sponsors, vendors and food trucks. This free event features popular local and regional talent. Headlining this year is Javier Escovedo, The Hickoids, Benny Harp and Anthony Wright with DJ Gibb spinning cool vinyl between acts. The first band performs at 5:00PM and the event will run until 10:00PM. It will be held on the San Antonio College campus at the Longwith Radio-TV-Film Bldg. in the parking lot at the corner of Courtland Place & N. Main Avenue.

Fredstock 2016 is also simulcast in its entirety on KSYM 90.1 FM.

Please visit www.FredStockSATX.com for more festival information and sponsorship details.

ABOUT FREDSTOCK

Fredstock is named for Fred Weiss, who headed the Music Business Program at San Antonio College (SAC). A professor in the Radio/TV/Film program at SAC for more than 20 years, Weiss passed away in 2008. Money raised from Fredstock will directly benefit the Music Business Program.

SAC Music Business students learn every aspect of putting together a music showcase. The MUSB students see direct results from the work they have done. Music Business Program classes including Live Music and Talent Management, Audio Production 3, Legal Aspects in the Entertainment Industry, Music Publishing, Concert Promotion and Venue Management and Survey of the Music Business. All these work together to form hands-on and how-to skills to produce a successful community-wide music festival.

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#RAQUELSTRONG2016

#RAQUELSTRONG2016

*****UPDATE***** We were able to help raise over $12,000 to assist Raquel with her medical bills and lost wages. Thank you to everyone involved in any capacity!*****

My friend Raquel is: a single mother to three amazing girls, a very happy individual, a fighter, one of my favorite people in the world, a partier, a lover of life, funny, beautiful, and battling against breast cancer and all that it brings. Right now, that battle includes chemo, then a double mastectomy, and afterwards, even more chemo. She’s already used all of her paid sick leave at work, and is now taking unpaid time off when her chemo treatments make her too sick to go to work. It’s estimated that “in 2015, about 589,430 Americans are expected to die of cancer,” – cancer.org. Currently, there are an estimated 14.5 million Americans that have either just tested positive for cancer, are alive and fighting, or are losing their battle. These numbers are staggering. Even more so though, is the cost to treat cancer, the cost of chemotherapy, and the cost of a double mastectomy. Your assistance with this project will allow us to get some shirts made to sell at the event and bring even more capacity for raising funds to help my friend Raquel. #RAQUELSTRONG2016 Thank You, Mario Zamarron CEO/210 Local Music & 210 Local Media

THE AKUZMA/SLOWLIKEFIRE LOCALS ONLY SHOWCASES

210 LOCAL MEDIA PODCAST HAS EXPANDED AS AN ARTIST MANAGEMENT AND SHOW PROMOTION COMPANY

THE AKUZMA/SLOWLIKEFIRE LOCALS ONLY SHOWCASES

The Akuzma - Zombies - 10.16.15

San Antonio, October 16, 2015 – Zombies

SLF - Jack's Patio - 10.24.15

San Antonio, October 24, 2015 – Jack’s Patio

 

210 Local Media owner Mario Zamarron started his company as a podcast in 2013 for the purpose of discovering local and original music. Since then, he has expanded his scope and has had the honor of interviewing numerous artists, musicians, filmmakers, and other entertainers in the greater San Antonio area. The podcast has also featured music from over 80 local bands and musicians, and has covered indie, alternative, hard rock, punk, country, metal, rap, R&B, electronic, Christian rock, and instrumental music in over 60 episodes. They’ve been able to share San Antonio with listeners in over 100 countries and have been downloaded over 13,000 times. Recently (under 210 Local Music), they’ve made the jump into managing two San Antonio artists, alternative rock band Slowlikefire and metal band, The Akuzma.

 

Slowlikefire was born out of now defunct mainstay bands in the San Antonio music scene. The band started in February 2013 and by August of that same year they released their debut “Thieves by Nature” with the riveting “My Name is Billie Jean Davy” quickly gaining airplay on 99.5 KISS and internet radio. Their sound is a mix of everything they love about music. They’ve been compared to The Cure, Incubus, Coheed and Cambria, and Thursday but the sound is all their own. Slowlikefire has opened for Glassjaw, Stolas, Hail the Sun, A Lot Like Birds and played River City Rockfest 2014 along with Deftones, Kid Rock, and Nothing More. In May 2015, Slowlikefire released its full length “City of Echoes,” under DKD Records (El Paso).

 

Formed in San Antonio in fall of 2011, The Akuzma is a mixture of sound ideas under the banner of metal and electronic music. Blending genres from Industrial, Rock, metal, electro, Goth, trance, EBM and more, The Akuzma writes what they feel straight from the heart. Its members all come from various industrial-metal bands around San Antonio that have played shows and worked together before. They have released two EPs and one single and have shared the stage with such national acts as: Static-x, Orgy, Mushroomhead, Wayne Static, One Eyed Doll, Murder FM, and countless, amazing local Texas acts.

 

This month, on October 16th, 210 Local Music will be hosting its first all locals, metal showcase at Zombies Bar on 4202 Thousand Oaks Drive. This is a 21+ show with a $5 cover and brings some of San Antonio’s best metal bands together in one night, Pedagogic, Pigweed, Aurorean, and The Akuzma. The doors open at 5pm and the music starts at 9:30pm.

 

On October 24th, 210 Local Music hosts their second “locals only” showcase. This showcase features alternative rock bands After Me (including members from disbanded Secrets and Irises), WAXPANEL, Sandoz, and Slowlikefire and will be held at Jack’s Patio Bar on 3030 Thousand Oaks Drive. This is an all ages show; $10 minors $7 21+. Doors open at 8pm and music starts at 9pm.

 

To learn more about 210 Local Media and 210 Local Music, visit www.210LocalMedia.com and www.210LocalMusic.com, respectively. To learn more about The Akuzma, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theakuzma and to learn more about Slowlikefire, visit www.Slowlikefire.com

 

If you would like more information on the bands, podcast, or Artist Management Company, please contact Mario Zamarron at (210) 802-1197 or email at info@210LocalMedia.com

MUSIC Project Walk To End Alzheimer’s

From our friends at MUSIC Project;

MUSIC & MEMORY IPOD DRIVE
DONATE IPODS AT WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S

San Antonio, TX- September 10, 2015 The Walk To End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research programs. The Alzheimer’s Association walk will take place Saturday September 19, 2015 at The Park at River City Community Church (formerly Verizon Amphitheater). This year the Alzheimer’s Association along with M.U.S.I.C. Project are asking for used or new iPods for the Music & Memory program in San Antonio.

M.U.S.I.C. Project is an acronym for Musicians Uniting and Supporting In Communities, whose mission is to strengthen relationships between musicians and their communities by creating unity and support through music. Founded in 2013 by San Antonio native Tim Slusher, MP has been providing music-related volunteerism for organizations such as Pre-K 4 SA centers, The Children's Shelter, Humor for Heroes, and elder care facilities. Their hope is to continue providing meaningful and inspiring musical experiences to the community and promoting music's ability to educate, heal, and unite. Their most recent endeavor is partnering with the Alzheimer's Association and The Department on Aging and Disability Services (DADS) to bring the Music & Memory program to San Antonio and enhance the quality of life for citizens with dementia.

MUSIC & MEMORY℠ was created by Dan Cohen, MSW, and is based on thorough neuroscience research. Since its inception, MUSIC & MEMORY℠ has received national recognition, including the prestigious Audience Award from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival for the documentary “Alive Inside”, which chronicles the effects personalized music has on Henry, a man with Alzheimer's disease. There is growing evidence that a personalized music program gives professionals one more tool in their effort to reduce reliance on anti-psychotic medications. DADS has started a 32 facility pilot program in Texas. DADS is using existing Civil Monetary Penalty funds to certify nursing homes to participate in the program.

M.U.S.I.C. Project is helping the pilot facilities to successfully implement this program, but more importantly, is sponsoring other Medicaid funded facilities in San Antonio to adopt the program. Expansion of this program will be achieved through the donation of personal listening devices. All personal listening devices that are donated will be distributed to the nursing homes participating in the Music & Memory Program or family caregivers through the Alzheimer’s Association. At the care setting, the iPods are loaded with personalized playlists and distributed to Music & Memory participants.

Donation boxes will be located at varied locations at the Walk. Permanent box locations can be found at Caring Companions and The Alzheimer’s Association office. A full list of donation stations can be found on the M.U.S.I.C. Project website www.musicprojecttx.org.

To learn more about M.U.S.I.C. Project visit: http://www.musicprojecttx.org/
To sign up for the Walk to End Alzheimer's® or to learn more about the Alzheimer's Association visit: http://act.alz.org/.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Candyce Slusher at 210-885-4213 or email at info@musicprojecttx.org.