Friday Music Feature: Sydney Leigh

Happy Friday Coho Fam! Today we’re happy to bring an incredible young talent to your attention! Sydney Leigh is a 17 year old electro-pop singer-songwriter with an incredible career in front of her. We wish we would have come across her sooner, as she would have been a great fit at the Born And Raised DetroitDon’t Stop The Music” event! Maybe next year!

You won’t want to miss out on this rising pop star from Michigan. Last week she released a fabulous four song EP titled “Reinvented,” the follow up to her first EP “Crazy Beautiful.” As Sydney released “Crazy Beautiful” at the young(er) age of 15, titling the EP “Reinvented” was a perfect decision. Miss Leigh has seriously amped up her songwriting and singing chops, maturing her sound to match a polished modern-pop brand aesthetic. These tracks will certainly get peoples attention, as they’ve gotten ours! (labels lookout)

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Each song on the EP has a bit of a different feel within the electronic-pop music genre. “Bailando Loco” has a latin-dance feel that would make Shakira move her hips, and “Out Of Air” definitely gives Katy Perry’s recent radio hits a run for their money. We can’t wait to see how SL steps off of this musical foundation to reach new heights.

We encourage you all to check out Sydney Leigh‘s website and stream her brand new EP “Reinvented” exclusively on Spotify below! Maybe one day soon you’ll be able to pick up your SL concert tickets via Coho Events. Until then, make sure to support Sydney’s musical adventure and look out for music coverage here on the Coho Events Blog. TGIF!

 

 

ATX Music Series: Daniel Eyes & The Vibes

Austin is superb at attracting talented folks from around the country. Daniel Eyes, the frontman of revered Austin rock-band Daniel Eyes & the Vibes, has been loving his time in the ATX, hustling to take the group to new heights. As the act has already been voted the #2 group in 2015 at the Austin Music Awards, Daniel Eyes & The Vibes are certainly on the right track. Coho Events can’t wait to see Dan and the gang hit the stage tomorrow at the ATX Music Series Kickoff Finale, and it was a pleasure to chat with Dan to learn a bit more about the group’s vision!

Meeting with Dan was invigorating. We were seemingly stuffing our faces with Hopdoddy burgers faster and faster just to get back to yapping it up. We spoke on Austin’s need for music industry support and how it’s filled in by a community of musicians and music organizations (like Black Fret) all itching to build a brand that lasts. We explored the group’s current songwriting experimentation, identifying that the band’s success might not come in a single dimension, and according to Dan, they want their next release to be bigger and better than before, and he’s putting in work to digest and apply influences that stray far beyond your typical rock band.

With a serious respect for pop music, it’s easy to see how the band’s music could find mainstream success on a national scale, and to them, that means making sure their ears and eyes are open to all types of influences. Daniel says he certainly owes a part of his success with the Vibes to the openness and opportunity the Austin ecosystem offers it’s native immigrants.

Daniel Eyes & The Vibes will be performing much more sparsely as the year draws to a close, so you certainly don’t want to miss their set TOMORROW at Lucky Lounge! Coho Events is thrilled to reign in one of the most talented acts in Austin to rock the house. Make sure to purchase your tickets HERE, as we’re expecting the house to be packed! Stream Daniel Eyes & The Vibes latest release, “Sweet Dreaming,” via Spotify below!

ATX Music Series: The Wild Now

If The Wild Now haven’t come across your Austin radar yet then you’ve been missing out! Coho Events is thrilled to have the trending indie-alt act The Wild Now shine bright at our ATX Music Series Kickoff Finale at Lucky Lounge this coming Saturday. The act, fronted by singer/songwriter Taylor and songwriter Drew Walker, combines soulful melody lines with cleanly crafted and catchy instrumentals, grabbing listeners and guiding them through a positively powerful atmosphere.

Taylor and I caught up with a wonderful conversation earlier this week. She mentioned that TWN sounds a bit like Glass Animals meets Alabama Shakes and I couldn’t agree more. The band’s latest release, April’s “Tides,” has received a phenomenal reception from fans and press in Austin and across the US. The combination of sweetness, snappiness, and soul of the 6 track offering has helped The Wild Now earn close to 60,000 monthly listeners via Spotify, hinting at bigger leaps in growth in the coming months and 2017.

Taylor, the band’s lead vocalist and lyricist, also mentioned an interesting personal connection to the venue we’ll all be jamming in; Lucky Lounge. She mentioned performing one her very first shows publically several years ago at the Lucky Lounge and loving her experience. I’m sure the grand energy and fond memories brought about by the familiar scenery will add just an extra bit of magic to The Wild Now’s performance.

Don’t miss your chance to see The Wild Now mesmerize the audience at our ATX Music Series Kickoff Finale this coming Saturday at Lucky Lounge! The Coho Events team is confident that TWN is well on it’s way to stardom, and we wouldn’t be surprised to hear the band’s music on an upcoming iPhone commercial. Stream the band’s latest release, “Tides,” via Spotify below, and keep an eye out for new music and a brand new music video from the band. Cheers!

ATX Music Series: The Eastern Sea

Who’s ready for the ATX Music Series Kickoff Finale party? We know we are! In anticipation of a rocking evening at Lucky Lounge, I had the pleasure of chatting with Matt Hines, the captain of Austin veteran folk and roll act The Eastern Sea. Matt is a hard working fellow who turned his bedroom project into a band worth remembering, and we’re eager for TES to shine bright on the Lucky Lounge stage.

Matt had been releasing music as The Eastern Sea for 11 years now, so he’s seen a lot of bands come and go through the 512 music crowd. The Eastern Sea has earned a steady following within their home market, connecting with fans through earnest songwriting and a collaborating with other bands in the scene (despite the feeling that his band was more of a lone wolf act.) As Matt ran through his range of influences and interests (say, religion as a societal and sociological entity, for example) it was apparent that the tunes produced by The Eastern Sea dive much deeper than the average folk/rock/pop hits of today.

The band has now self-released 3 full length albums, and has its eyes set on creating a larger splash in an increased number of national markets. It’s difficult for a band to handle all of their business needs while writing and performing material, so we hope that the band can pick up the right support team ASAP. Matt and the gang have something special, as the songs in their catalog may certainly resonate with a diverse range of people and tastes.

Coho Events is honored to host The Eastern Sea this Saturday at Lucky Lounge for the ATX Music Series Kickoff Finale party! Make sure to reserve your tickets now as the event is sure to fill up fast! As well, be sure to check out The Eastern Sea’s latest album, “The Witness.” Stream it via Spotify below!

Don’t Stop The Music! Born And Raised Detroit

Don’t stop the music, Detroit! Coho Events is thrilled to be supporting Born And Raised Foundation (501c3, aka BARD) and their partner, Detroit Homecoming, in their efforts to amplify community engagement raise awareness of the need for community support in Detroit today.

Parker Lynch, Born And Raised Detroit’s head honcho, is passionate about improving the wellbeing and foundation of the city of Detroit. Parker and BARD focus on supporting smaller and more impactful organizations in Detroit, making sure the resources earned from fundraising and events are used as effectively as possible. This year, 100% of proceeds will benefit the Music Hall’s program for educating kids in DPS and Reaching Higher!

Parker has been giving his time and energy for 10+ years to re-engage Detroit expats around the country. Starting with a Thanksgiving-time gathering called “The Gobble Wobble” (he thanks his mom for helping with the original idea,) Parker has organized and mobilized hundreds of current and former Detroiters to raise money for those who need it most.

BARD believes in and leads with the turnkey approach, engaging all who wish to be involved and never turning a helpful soul away. Partnering with Detroit Homecoming has allowed BARD to reach an incredibly vast audience. Even people who’ve never been to Detroit have come on board to help with the cause! For BARD and Detroit Homecoming, “Detroit” is more than a buzzword to sell merchandise. Detroit is an important American metro with a vibrant culture and storied history, though today it’s in need of some TLC. With people like Parker on the job, the Coho team is confident that the Detroit of tomorrow is right around the corner.

BARD is hosting “Don’t Stop The Music,” the final event after the week of Detroit Homecoming activities. Live music provided by Drew Machak, JohnFM, 2LANES, and Mekato, will certainly get the crowd up and dancing. Live art from TYP and an auction of over 50+ Detroit partners will also help add to the giving atmosphere of the event. Ultimately, the funds raised throughout the evening will be given to The Detroit Music Hall, which sends music educators into Detroit Public Schools to teach students to express themselves in creative ways through music.

Detroit Homecoming has drawn more than 300 expats back home to inspire their participation in Detroit’s rebirth, and efforts continue to grow year after year. Parker is confident that the heavy hitters attending this year’s festivities, as well as the “Don’t Stop The Music” event, will help the cause continue to pick up speed, leaving the doors wide open for upcoming events to bigger and better than ever before. You won’t want to miss this incredible evening of goodwill and good fun in the name of Detroit!

The party begins on September 16th on the rooftop of the famous Detroit Music Hall at 7 PM. Grab your tickets to the event HERE. We hope to see you there!

The Crisis In Music In Austin: Crisis Or Opportunity?

How can we protect the unique soul of Austin and its musical history, identity, and culture, without prohibiting growth, innovation and the inclusion of new ideas & people into Austin’s ecosystem? This seems to be one of the most pressing questions of the hour. Thankfully, Austin has citizens like Stephen Kinney and Philip Marshall, passionate enough to pioneer the next wave of reform for the good of Austin’s coveted musical environment.

I was lucky enough to spend over an hour’s time chatting with the two masterminds of the upcoming industry event, “The Crisis of Music in Austin.” Philip, a veteran musician in the Austin scene, and Steve, founder of The Front Porch, a local non-profit focused on building community through music and dialogue, were the driving force behind curating what’s to be an invigorating and informative event.

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On September the 15th, the All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Austin will be filled to the brim with industry leaders and community members from across the ATX, all working towards bettering Austin’s Music ecosystem. NPR’s John Burnett will moderate an engaging panel including Mayor Steve Adler, Jennifer Houlihan (Austin Music People), Harold McMillan (Kenny Dorham’s Backyard), Dr. John Mills (Butler School of Music, UT Austin), Nicole Bogatz (Austin Federation of Musicians), Eve Monsees (Antone’s Records), Will Bridges (Deep Eddy Cabaret/Arlyn Studios).

The event will also include a keynote presentation by acclaimed music author and music historian Ted Gioia, as well as a live performance from the Philip Marshall Trio. Simultaneously, KUT’s Views and Brews will also be recording and podcasting the entire event. This event is SXSW level serious, and the parties involved hope to use the credibility of this influential group to fuel the conversation and stimulate action towards fixing the current issues in Austin’s music industry.

“The Crisis In Music In Austin” is shaping up to be one of the most credible and impactful music industry events of the year, and it’s effects will be felt in Austin’s music industry for months to come. As a community, we need to re-insert value into music and the arts in Austin.

We need to develop the opportunities afforded to creatives, professionals and amateurs alike, and protect them from being manipulated or leveraged maliciously by other industry sectors. This event is turning a crisis into an opportunity, to start building momentum and to begin working towards molding our vision of Austin’s music industry of tomorrow.

Stephen and Philip know that this event will be the first of many, as a follow-up event for the Spring is already in the works. More gatherings will be planned, more people connected, more solutions identified. Coho events is proud to partner with The Front Porch, Mayor Adler, and all of the incredible parties included to curate this special evening of analysis and action. Make sure to reserve your tickets now, as there is limited seating available. Can’t wait to see you there!

ATX Music Series: Hunter Sharpe

Hunter Sharpe is one of the brightest young musicians Austin has to offer. After sharing some coffee and conversation with the 20 year old rocker and his manager Jake Turner, it’s easy to see why Hunter is loved by his fans. He’s a genuine artist with the clearest intentions; bring the jams, have fun, get famous in the process (ain’t nothing wrong with that!)

Hunter and his band offer an electrifying live show that ignites the crowd wherever he performs. Hunter’s been playing ever since he could pick up a guitar, and was gigging throughout his high school years, so he’s well versed in capturing a room at this point. As well, he’s got generations of familial musicality and energy to support his venture and fuel his fire. Hunter shared a few stories of listening to The Beatles with his Grandfather and the memories instantly brought smiles around our table.

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Hunter has got his sights set on some of the meccas of music, already making several trips to perform in New York City and Los Angeles. His manager, Jake, and Loophole Management can certainly take credit for some of his accelerated success story. Jake is a hard-working and knowledgeable, to say the least. At one point our conversation side-tracked into a deep analysis of the (lacking) music industry infrastructure Austin offers, and explored all of the effects that the musical environment has on Austin’s home-grown talent. We lost Hunter along the way, but it was clear that Hunter is lucky to have Jake on his team supporting the business side of his musical adventure.

Hunter expressed excitement for the upcoming ATX Music Series Kick Off Party, ramped up by the talented artists he’ll be supporting on stage (Netherfriends & Patrick Simms.) Jake saw Coho Events’ ATX Music Series as an opportunity to create a new regular and reputable music event in Austin, one that does right by the performing artists and adds to the unique culture of the Austin live music scene. Coho Events is honored to begin building the ATX Music Series out with the help of Hunter and his music, and the team can’t wait to see how far we can take the concept.

Make sure to grab your tickets HERE and join us this Saturday at Grizzly Hall for our ATX Music Series Kick Off Party! You won’t want to miss this.

ATX Music Series: Netherfriends

Netherfriends is creativity incarnate. Shawn Rosenblatt, the man behind the wheel, lives a life in which he’s free to create whatever he pleases. His labors bear enough fruit to fuel his fire, and the consistent cycle of creation continues.

Spending an afternoon with Shawn was as enlightening as it was humanizing. In awe of a man living the dream, the most surreal feeling came from realizing that the trail Netherfriends is blazing is one that anybody can follow. All you have to do is put in the work, think creatively, and never give up…easier said than done.

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Shawn said he wanted to be the “most prolific artist in every genre.” It sounded like a bit of a stretch, but break it down logically and it isn’t so farfetched. If you wanted to be the best in every genre, you would need to be in every genre. So what has Shawn been doing since the year began? Since January, Netherfriends as released a concept album every single month, with monthly album releases continuing until of the year. He’s put out 118 high-quality, fully conceptualized, well produced tracks in 2016 ALONE.

These projects are versatile, jumping from instrumental yoga tunes to reggaeton tracks, from acapella productions to blues trap beats and beyond. He’s written the soundtrack to a stoner rom-com flick and an album about money. This doesn’t even include the 2 music videos he’s put out with each album, or the 2013 50 track behemoth “50 Songs and 50 States.”

Shawn Rosenblatt fell in love with his work and earned himself seventy-five thousand monthly listeners on Spotify. Nestled in a comfy corner in East Austin, his Netherfriends music den is a safe haven for ideas to develop and come to life. He’s earned himself a break from six years of touring across the US. The coming months will see a country-trap album, an album made with trash, jazz exploration and more. I couldn’t be more excited.

Coho Events is excited for Netherfriends to hit the stage at the brand new Grizzly Hall this coming Saturday, September 10th. Spending over thirty-six months on the road has allowed Shawn to own his one man show. Shawn employs a combination of live instruments and electronics to shake the audience and stir up the moment.

Shawn’s live performances may be few and far between until next year rolls around, so we’re honored to host him as the headliner on opening night of the ATX Music Series. Don’t miss this magic! Grab your tickets HERE.