Category Archives: Music events

Ladies Rock Camp – Experience Optional. Enthusiasm Required!

Ladies, have you always wanted to rock out but were too afraid to try? Wish no further. Ladies Rock Camp, is taking applications for 2009. The camps fill up fast, so don’t wait to apply. Don’t take my word for it – even Oprah and the Huffington Post touted its awesome-ness.

As written about before and just recently by our good friends at BlogHer, Ladies Rock Camp is a four-day rock immersion program designed for women ages 18 and over. Recent college grads mix with rocker mamas and grandmamas. It’s a fundraiser for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls.

Here’s the deal:

  • Cost is $375 (includes meals, instrument training, and even a self-defense workshop)
  • Learn drums, bass, keyboards, vocals, or guitar, or just improve your skills
  • Form a band, write an original song, and perform it four days later at the LRC Showcase
  • Have a great time with staff, volunteers, and women from around the US (and beyond)
  • And of course, there’s the infamous Saturday night Karaoke party at the Rock Camp and the party bus to Portland’s late night spots.

Do not hesitate. Sign up now. I’ll be there rockin’ the bass guitar.

Two Cool Music-Related Events Coming Up!

The music industry business model, as we have known it, is going away. I know, we’ve been saying this for years, but really folks, it is happening now. Here are a couple of events that are about what’s here, not what’s coming. And, look for Silicon Valley Rocks! deals and discounts to these events:

Music Makers and Technology Shakers

Wednesday., October 15th, 2008, 6pm – 9pm, at Slide in San Francisco, CA

Register at to participate in this thought-provoking discussion. Use discount code “w2alison” – for a 10% off musician ticket price.

Join the discussion with artists, seasoned executives and music industry disrupters who will join us from KCRW to Real Networks to (all the way from the Netherlands). Hear influential technology and music leader’s talk about the changes in the music industry, new business models, current trends and how the startup community can empower change for artists around the globe. This is open to everyone from professionals to musicians to technology entrepreneurs with an interest in music / media entertainment startups.

» Angelina Moysov (Singer / Songerwriter for Persephones Bees)
» Lucia Iman (top-selling artist on SellaBand)
» Pim Betist (Founder and Creative Director of SellaBand)
» Celia Hirschman (KCRW Commentator “On the Beat”)
» Cecily Mak (Senior Counsel at RealNetworks and Rhapsody)
» Jay Durgan (President of Raiden Holdings and former Head of Bus. Dev. at Warner Music)
» Elise Nordling (Music Director and DJ for Indie Pop Rocks!)

For more information:

SanFran MusicTech Summit

Monday, October 20th, 2008, 9am (start), at Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco, CA

Buy a ticket to the Summit and get your Silicon Valley Rocks! ticket included in the price. Use discount code “svr” to ensure proper handling.

The SanFran MusicTech Summit will bring together the best and brightest developers in the Music/Technology Space, along with the musicians, entrepreneurial business people, press, investors, service providers, and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We will meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem in a proactive, conducive to dealmaking environment.

Select list of speakers include:
» Glenn Otis Brown, Esq. – YouTube, Strategic Partner Developer
» Peter Gotcher – Topspin, Co-Founder & Chairman / Director of Pandora Media, Dolby Laboratories, Line 6, Avnera Corporation and Dash Navigation
» Steve Jang – imeem, CMO & Head of Business Development
» Ethan Kaplan – Warner Bros Records, VP of Technology
» Paris – Guerrilla Funk Recordings
» Derek Slater – Google, Policy Analyst
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