Thursday, August 9, 2018

The 7th Annual Liberty Musicfest - The Industry panels

The 7th Annual Liberty Musicfest
Wed. Aug 23rd thru Sunday Aug 26th

The Grape Room - Broken Goblet Brewery
Event Page: Click Here 

Bringing together musicians, fans and industry professionals for one incredible weekend filled with entertaining & informative events. The festival seeks to introduce music enthusiasts to up-and-coming original independent on the cusp regional and national artists. As well as provide tips and tricks to attendees on music industry topics such as publishing, touring, and social media. It is a huge networking festival that you can meet artists and music professionals.

The Music Industry Panels
The panels are designed for you the DIY Artist trying to get building blocks that will help your career going forward. 
​These are great opportunities for all artists to network and gain varied perspectives of the current music industry. We have  assemble a unique panels to share their knowledge and experiences with musicians in an intimate group setting. During each session, participants will get to hear a select number of panelists representing different backgrounds give advice regarding the development, management and progression of their music careers. The Panels are not about pipe dreams but tools and knowledge to enhance your career.

Thursday, August 23rd, 7pm - Main Stage
We want to work with DVT Entertainment?

DVT Entertainment will discuss everything from booking clubs, festivals, tours and artist development. Jim and Vince will discuss all the future opportunities for DVT in the Fall and 2019. They will also discuss ways artists can be apart of these events and what DVT looks for in an artist or band. There will be an open forum for questions regarding anything related to 
booking clubs, festivals, tours and artist development.

Jim Thorpe
Mr. Thorpe has been in the music industry for over 20+ years as a musician, club owner, promoter, artist manager, talent buyer and Festival director to try and sum up. A former Board Member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy (2009-2015). Jim made his stamp on the Philly Music scene when he was at The Grape Street Pub from 1992 to 2007 as a partner, promotions/marketing/branding and booking agent. Booking Agent for  Legendary Dobbs on South St to booking the venues Broken Goblet Brewery, Bar 2300/2300 Arena, the Grape Room. DVT is also the booking agents for the South St. Spring Festival, 2nd St Festival (Piazza in Northern Liberties) and The Liberty Music Festival (Manayunk) which was developed by DVT to provided music showcases, networking and music industry panels.
Jim has managed several artists over the years including Carfax Abbey, Noosphere, Da Rezarekt, Rowboat Casino, currently In The Presence of Wolves and Stereotytans. DVT continues to help artists with their development on the music scene from music development, promotions, booking and touring.

Vince Volz
Based in Philadelphia, PA, Vince Volz is an independent booking agent dedicated to bringing music and entertainment acts of the highest quality to the area, our focus is on excellent customer service, high-quality entertainment, and dedication to the artists' well-being and satisfaction. Double V Bookings is the culmination of those efforts. Having Worked at and maintained a great relationship with the many venues we’ve booked events at since 1999(Dr Watson's Pub(rip), The Tin Angel, The TLA, Dave & Buster's Dockside & more), we have the ability to offer a variety of options for artists of any style or genre and we have worked with a number of higher profile acts in the past including The Dreaming(Stabbing Westward), Automatic Fire(Silvertide/Peppers Ghost), Charm City Devils, Dizzy Reed's Hookers & Blow and countless others.We are continually on the search for the best bands in all genres that perform extremely well live & work hard and act professional for each event they do. Whether you have been together for 10 years or 10 months, we aim to put you in a position to do what you do best.

Friday, August 24th, 7pm - Main Stage
The Secret to our DIY Success

This panel is totally about DIY from artists/bands that are currently out there creating opportunities for their music career. The panel will discuss ways they got their tours, bigger shows, branding and merchandise success. Also tapping into out of the box thinking in building larger fanbases.

Damon St. Alborne - Stereotytans
The Philadelphia-based, comic book inspired, hard rock band, is taking Olympus and Earth by storm. These aren’t your ordinary rockers, however.  The Tytans describe their sound as “if Living Color, Fishbone and Radiohead had a three-way while Public Enemy watched and then birthed sweet, sweet musical babies with hints of soul, funk and metal mixed in for good measure.” Fans who experience crew’s elemental superpowers will be transformed through a truly unique musical experience.
Currently the band has had major success on the Comic-Con Circuit. The also just partnered with Round Guys Brewing and releasing their on beer "Bubble Wheat" - it will be available at The Grape Room during the Festival.
Mason Ingling - In the Presence of Wolves
In the Presence of Wolves is a Progressive Rock band based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An idea that had been brewing in the minds of bassist Vini Stamato and guitarist Chris Capitanio since 2009, they wished to do something different from conventional rock and local music; they chose to challenge themselves musically and creatively in a way that is unique to the Philly scene. After a series of setbacks and side projects, the two reconvened and got to work on their music. They embraced the freedom of prog, where they were free to experiment without labels or expectations. Mason Ingling joined as drummer in 2012 followed by Jim Ellis on guitar in 2015 to solidify the current lineup. Now, they're making waves and unleashing their own brand of rock.

Drinking, fighting, stealing your girlfriends, wrestling, and more drinking… and that’s just in the first six minutes. Sounds like one hell of a fun night, right? The Riverside Odds will deliver to you Philadelphia speed punk rock n roll like a freight train fueled off cigarettes PBR and scotch whiskey.
 Currently the band has just finished up a few tours this summer one with the UK's V8 Wankers and this years Warped Tour.

Up until now, Frank Viele has been something of a regional secret throughout New England. His quadruple-threat reputation as a singer, guitarist, songwriter and performer is unrivaled there, as recognized by the New England Music Awards for Album of the Year, Male Performer of the Year, and Live Act of The Year he has stashed somewhere in his Connecticut home.Truth be told, audiences around the country have begun taking notice as Viele plays in further-flung venues. Since his first album, Fall Your Way, dropped in 2015, he’s been called to open for Will Hoge, Blues Traveler, Howie Day,  Lee DeWyze, Zach Myers of Shinedown, The Marshall Tucker Band,   Foreigner, Gavin DeGraw, and Bob Marley's Wailers and in his somewhat wonder-struck words, “artists who have been on my personal playlists for years.”

Saturday, August 25th, 3pm - 2nd Floor
Promotions - Radio, Streaming, Insights

This panel is one that is a must for all artists interested in understanding how to do correctly do promotions from radio and digital outlets. Stephanie is wealth of knowledge and continues to be involved in developing new outlets to better serve the artist in today's ever changing music industry

Stephanie Seiple 1608-Reviver Records / Crank Media Intelligence
Stephanie has been in the music business for nearly two decades, starting out in radio promotion and marketing with major labels like RCA, Wind-Up, Epic, Columbia, Sony Nashville, etc. under the BMG and Sony Music umbrellas. She later traveled the country producing national branded tours working with artists like Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys), Phoenix, and Kings of Leon, and was also a Production Manager for a concert production company servicing clients including Eric Church, Cameo, Rick Ross, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, and others. Stephanie is the co-founder of Tri State Indie in Philadelphia – a concert production management, PR and web design firm. She’s created music marketing activations for clients like Live Nation, vitaminwater, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Chevy, and Hard Rock, and has managed teams in video and press coverage of major events like: Austin City Limits, FireFly Music Festival, Lollapalooza, and SXSW. In 2014 Stephanie was elected as Advisor to the Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter, and in 2015 she was elected as the chapter’s Secretary. In 2015 she was hired as Director of Promotion for Nine North Records to manage the Northeast and Midwest regions, and also joined the team at Crank Media Intelligence – a new entertainment industry network for promotion, distribution and touring combining insights and metrics from radio, digital, TV and OTT. Stephanie is currently an elected member to the City of Philadelphia’s Music Industry Task Force, and an elected Governor to the board of the Recording Academy’s Philly Chapter.

Saturday, August 25th, 4pm - 2nd Floor
BandGogh - Tour Booking App Presentation

BandGogh is a tour booking app geared towards empowering all different services within the music industry. From performs to smaller scaled record labels, BandGogh is built to connect different members of the industry in hopes to grow your unique brand. BandGogh consists of three different tabs including the Directory (geared towards bands, promoters, and music venues), a News Feed, and the Let Us Book You tab (geared towards helping services directly connect with one another). The app is set to officially launch in early October. Presented by: John Leahy

Saturday, August 25th, 4:40pm - 2nd Floor
Building a Team and Game Plan for Success

This panel is help you build a game plan and a slowly build a team that will help you build you music project. Where do i find and need a manager? Producer? Publisher? Booking Agent? Publisher? Lawyer? etc.  We will discuss how to build a 3, 6 and12 month game plans that will guide you in your career. 

Jim Thorpe
DVT Entertainment
- See Bio Above -

Songwriter/Producer - Horizon Music Group

Vic Steffens has been a fixture in the music scene for  forty years.   During that time he has held positions ranging from drummer and bandleader to studio owner and label head as well as everything in between.  Steffens heads Horizon Music Group, which is comprised of Horizon Recording Studios two rooms and HMG Recordings, distributed by SelectoHits..  Recent Projects include "Love Wins" with Harry Connick Jr and Saturday Night Live Band’s Christine Ohlman’s The Deep End CD featuring guests Ian Hunter, Levon Helm, Marshal Crenshaw and Dion DiMucci.  Steffens has engineered sessions for a broad range of national artists including Bobby Brown, Sly Stone, SWV, The Blues Brothers, and Big L and noted regionals Mighty Purple and Gargantua Soul. 
 Starting in the 1970s Steffens led several successful New England based groups, including the immensely successful Scratch Band, which spawned the careers of G.E. Smith (Hall and Oates, Saturday Night Live)  Christine Ohlman (Saturday Night Live), Paul Ossola (Saturday Night Live, Levon Helm, Peter Wolfe, etc.), and Mickey Curry (Bryan Adams). Steffens also made session appearances on numerous projects including the Rolling Stones, Donovan, and Angela Clemmons, and Ben R. King. After touring and freelancing for 15 years, Steffens decided to concentrate on recording and producing.  He became staff producer and studio manager at Connecticut Recording studios in Bridgeport Ct., where he worked under producer Paul Leka (Harry Chapin, REO Speedwagon, Summer of 42 and more), until he left to pursue independent production. 

In 1990 Horizon moved to its current location.  Steffens engineered literally hundred of sessions, including platinum sessions for R&B girl group SWV, gold for The Blues Brothers 2000 movie,  and rapper Big L’s posthumous release “The Big Picture”.  Other noteworthy sessions include Roesch Records noted Blues/Jazz series featuring Jesse Austin, Matt, “Guitar” Murphy, jazz piano legend Ahmad Jamal. and the W. C. Handy award winning “Another Cow is Dead” by Eddie Milton King.  Steffens also recorded and mixed the lion’s share of Jeff Pitchell’s Billboard Top 10 debut, Heavy Hitter and produced four CDs with Jam scene mainstays The Breakfast, winning Relix magazine’s New Groove award.  In addition to Jazz and Blues, Steffens is a first call engineer for gospel recordings, having worked with gospel icon Edwin Hawkins, Stellar Award nominees Youthful Praise,  Kevin Monroe and Devotion, Dion Kipping and New Covenant and others.

Lou Plaia Co-Founder/EVP Music Industry & Artist Relations - ReverbNation

In 2006, I co-founded ReverbNation which is now the leading online music marketing platform used by more than 3 million artists, managers, labels, venues, festival/event/tour promoters and other music industry professionals to grow their reach and business across the internet. ReverbNation provides artists and those that support them with powerful marketing & business tools to compete in the social media age as well as offering high quality opportunities for artists in the form of licensing deals, lucrative brand sponsorship programs, and high-profile concert bookings. 
ReverbNation is laser-focused on the Artist, and it is this unique perspective that has made us successful. We are the ONLY technology company that puts the Artists FIRST! We’re the business partners you keep and we are still GROWING at a rate of 50,000+ new artists/bands per month! 

Prior to ReverbNation, I worked twelve years at Atlantic Records before becoming the Head of Marketing and Artist Development for Atlantic imprint, Lava Records, where I worked for three years with artists such as Kid Rock, O.A.R., Simple Plan, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Uncle Kracker, Matchbox 20, Unwritten Law, Skindred, Nonpoint and many others. I was also responsible for negotiating strategic partnerships such as Nascar's Chevy Rock n Roll 400, Schick's Intuition Tour, Disney's Grad Night and many other sponsorship deals.

Others TBA

Saturday, August 25th, 6:00pm - Main Stage
Songwriting, Producing Great Songs

This esteem panel is going to discuss the art of putting together great songs, producing, arranging and recording them. They will also discuss everything from songwriting to licensing and publishing. 

Dr. Louis DeLise 
 Composer, Producer and Author
Bocage Music Publishing, LLC (ASCAP) | Black Walnut Music (BMI)
Dr. Louis Anthony deLise is a composer and producer who has worked on recordings for many major labels, including CBS, EMI, Mercury, Vanguard and Def-Soul. He has composed and produced for television and film and has arranged and or conducted for Grammy winners, Patti LaBelle, Halestorm, Peter Nero and many others. For additional information, contact

Songwriter/Producer - Groove Control Recordings

Keath Lowry is a prime influencer in the high quality, internationally competitive music coming out of Philly. His versatile songwriting and production chops are apparent in his professional credits which include a few dozen songs co-written with Naté McNair-Rogers for the hit Lifetime show “Bring It!” (new placements currently airing), up-and-coming R&B artist Mal!k’s single "Saucy" and 2018 debut EP, LektroMelodica's electronic hip hop single "Mix It Up (feat. Khidar & Rob Diioia), featured on Vh1's "K. Michelle: My Life" in 2017, and TKA's Latin Freestyle hit "You Are the One" ("Lean On Me" soundtrack).  Keath claims a Top 20 Billboard Dance hit and 2 Billboard Hot 100 singles; and generates consistent music licensing income through his company’s publishing efforts. 
His company Groove Control Productions, Inc. is both a songwriting/production and music licensing giant that represents writers including Austin Woodlin (2017 Stellar Gospel Music Awards nominee), Nate McNair-Rogers (music featured in “Bring It”, “Lille Soldat”), and FortuneWest (iStandard Producer Showcase Philly winner).Today Keath is an active, voting member of the Recording Academy and continues to work with up-and-coming as well as established artists.

Ash Kernen, Esq.
Entertainment Lawyer
Ash is the founder and principal attorney at Kernen Law, a Philadelphia-based boutique Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law firm focused predominantly on the music industry. Having spent over 10 years as an artist, songwriter, and entrepreneur prior to becoming a lawyer, Ash has built a niche transactional practice working closely with DIY, independent, and mid-stream artists, producers, publishers and labels in various facets of their legal & business affairs including in the areas of licensing, recording agreements, publishing, and entity formation.  Ash also frequently volunteers as pro bono counsel to PhillyVIP, a Philadelphia non-profit legal services provider.
In addition to his law practice, Ash continues to produce music as one-half of the electro-indie rock duo Lovecartel and is an active member the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Recording Industry Professionals as well as the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences where he has taken a lead role in in the latter’s pro-Creator legislative advocacy efforts.

Steve "Mr. Mig" Migliore 
Music Consultant / Producer - MigTight Productions, Inc. 

Owner at Headhunter Music Promotions (, AudioMaxx Studios (, and MaxxBeats (

Mr. Mig is one of the most versatile producers/Remixers/ and Songwriters in music today. He had his first #1 remixed record at the age of 24. The record was Le Ann Rimes’ “How Do I Live” . That remix sold close to half a million copies in 3 months.The record eventually was certified 3x’s platinum. Following a string of successes with records on major artists such as Brian McKnight, Faith Hill, Hanson, Vitamin C., No Authority and many others, He signed his first publishing deal as a songwriter with Emerald Forest/Monileigh Music , an independent publisher who also housed writers and artists such as Macy Gray, Marilyn Manson, Sophie Hawkins, The Eagles and others. 11 years later and hundreds of records later, he has written, produced, remixed and engineered projects for some of the most noteable acts in modern music including Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Omarion, Lucas Prata, John Legend, Bow Wow, Akon and many others. Mig has provided his production skills to hundreds of songs collaborating under the name “Funk Generation” . He has produced and written music for film, tv, and advertising clients such as Sony Pictures, Walmart, and Reebok.

Sunday, August 26th, 6:00pm - Main Stage

This esteem panel is going to discuss the art of putting together great songs, producing, arranging and recording them. They will also discuss everything from songwriting to licensing and publishing. 

Electric City Music Conference - Scranton, PA.
Talent Buyer/ Booking Agent

The Electric City Music Conference has become a Scranton, PA tradition. Annually, over three Autumn days the city is transformed into a haven for musicians and music industry professionals. The unique event consists of an award ceremony, education panels, seminars, meet and greets and a city wide music festival. The ECMC begins with Scranton’s premier night of music, The Steamtown Music Awards, where the area’s best musicians are honored and recognized for their annual achievements. On Friday and Saturday, a two-day, multi-venue music festival sees local musicians and acts from from across the United States descend upon the city’s various bars and music venues. Saturday’s educational conference connects musicians with veteran music industry professionals through intimate panels, seminars and networking sessions.

Over the past 5 years, artists from every genre have performed at the Electric City Music Conference. With over 150 acts from 20 different states brought their unique musical styling to downtown Scranton. Many artists who have graced out stages have gone on to become house hold names. Don’t miss your chance to discover new music and potentially see or become the next big thing!
Find out more about Joe
Alchemy in Providence, RI
Davey has been performing in bands and booking shows in the beautiful city of Providence since the mid-90’s. Performing drums in a various punk, hardcore, and metal bands, most notably Fall From Grace, a mid 90’s band part of the emerging metalcore scene with bands like Converge, Hatebreed, Overcast, Shadows Fall, Corrin (Jesse Leach later went on to Killswitch Engage), and many other genre defining acts, and later playing guitar in indie rock acts such as Satellites Fall. Even with going off to college to earn a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from University of Massachusetts at Amherst (previously earning an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts), working corporate jobs as a Stock Broker and Financial Advisor and later going to Law School at Roger Williams University School of Law, Davey’s passion for local arts never wavered. He started Midday Records, in 2009 releasing compilations featuring local artists, booking shows across the city, and hosting events such as The Midday Social, a networking event for local musicians, and benefits such as Music For Paws. Alchemy was an extension of the work started through Midday Records and functions as part live music venue, art gallery, and nightclub. Through Alchemy & Midday Davey continues to advocate for independent artists and the local music community.

Alchemy is Providence, RI’s newest live music venue and nightclub. Our beautiful room holds 261 and offers a full bar, food, VIP seating, couches, a pool table, darts, free wifi, arcade games, jukebox, and more. The room functions as a live music venue with a stage for performers as well as a nightclub with an amazing sound system and lights.

John Leahy Allway Entertainment
Booking Agent/Tour Booking -PA
John Leahy has done work in multiple aspects of the music industry including: local booking, tour booking, and management. 
John has worked at local Philadelphia venues including: The Trocadero, Voltage Lounge, Chaplin’s, Siren Records, and more. Recently John got hired by Concert Crave, a booking agency that works with some of the hottest rappers like: Lil Pump, Famous Dex, Lil Xan, and more.
Though John dabbles in many aspects of booking, his main goal is to empower artists in the music industry; varying on their unique story and come up. Also John is brainchild of the Band Gogh Touring App - See Above for Info
Mikey Primmadonna The Tusk @ Woolly Mammoth - Philadelphia
Booking Agent Mikey has been a fixture in the Philly Music Scene since the 80's as a Musician, Promoter, booking Agent, Soundman and over all original music scene supporter. REBEL ROCK BAR*- SOUND,BOOKING,NATIONAL TALENT BUYER. DOBBS- DOOR GUY BOOKING. STAGE HAND ROCK & ROLL CANTINA* - BOOKING, SOUND IRISH POL*- BOOKING, SOUND THE CUBE- NATIONAL TALENT BUYER, BOOKING THE TUSK*- CREATOR, BOOKING, SOUND
He is currently the booking agent for The Tusk located on South St in Philadelphia. Its the only room left on the street doing full original unsigned bands. We feature live music, burlesque, art shows and rock and roll djs