Australian String Quartet creates new interactive adventure with experience design company, Sandpit







Australian String Quartet creates new interactive adventure with experience design company, Sandpit

Australian String Quartet

In the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth, the ASQ pays homage to Beethoven in a brand-new interactive experience for music-lovers young and old, presented in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

The Quartet has teamed up with Sandpit, the experience design company behind exhibitions at ACMI (Melbourne), Arts Centre Melbourne, Google’s Creative Lab, the University of South Australia’s MoD (Adelaide), Beyond Blue, Penguin Books, Melbourne Zoo and more, to deliver Project Ludwig – an interactive journey into Beethoven’s sound-world, where the audience determines the program.

Deviating from the traditional string quartet performance, audiences will be able to participate in this interactive adventure by walking through the performance space gathering information about Beethoven’s famous Opus 18 string quartets, listening to excerpts through ‘bone-conductive sound technology’, and ultimately, using NFC-chip technology to vote for which movements they’d like the ASQ to perform. This show is designed to be enjoyed by everybody, regardless of age, classical music knowledge, experience or expertise.

Collaborations at the core, the State Library of New South Wales, Museum of Brisbane and SAHMRI (South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute) all join the project as presentation partners with the ethos of learning and discovery truly at the project’s core, and Adelaide-based luthier URTEXT Stringed Instruments joins as the project’s Listening Installation Partner.


“There are so many ways to enjoy music other than just sitting in a seat and quietly listening. We believe that behind every sound, lies a journey of discovery waiting to be explored. Through Beethoven’s stunning Opus 18 string quartets, with the inspiring and creative minds at Sandpit, we hope to help illuminate the path of musical discovery for everyone!” Francesca Hiew, Violin 2, Australian String Quartet


“Sandpit’s approach, as with much of our work, is to create an immersive, magical experience for the audience – where technology is hidden into seemingly ordinary objects that come to life during the performance.” Sam Haren, Creative Director, Sandpit


This is the second time the ASQ has created a new interactive listening experience for Adelaide Fringe audiences, following the success of its sell-out, five-star hit PitchFork, a collaboration with food experience producers Post Dining, which went on to win a Fringe Weekly Award for Best Interactive, Film or Digital Work  and currently shortlisted for an Adelaide Critics Circle award for Independent Arts Foundation Award for Innovation.


Melbourne Mon 24 February, 6.30pm, Melbourne Recital Centre (Salon)
Sydney Wed 26 February, 6.30pm, State Library of NSW
Brisbane Thu 27 February, 6.30pm, Museum of Brisbane
Adelaide Sun 1 March, 2pm & 4pm Mon 2 March, 6pm, SAHMRI Auditorium

Australian String Quartet creates new interactive adventure with experience design company, Sandpit

Heart Transplant Recipient Victoria McGee Joins Star-Studded Line Up For Rodeo 4 Life







Australia’s Largest MHeart Transplant Recipient Victoria McGee Joins Star-Studded Line Up For Rodeo 4 Lifeusician Marketplace, Allegro Live, closes seed funding round lead by Uluwatu Capital

Country Singer

Today, Rodeo 4 Life producers announced Victoria McGee, one of Australia’s queens of country music, will join the Rodeo 4 Life star-studded line-up alongside Travis Collins, John Jarratt and 25 superstar bull riding cowboys in the explosive rodeo and country music arena spectacular at WIN Entertainment Centre on Saturday 30 November.

The Rodeo 4 Life arena spectacular will mark 7 months to the day since Victoria McGee received the heart transplant that saved her life.

Passionate about donating her time and talent to many worthwhile charity causes, McGee now brings her vocal talents to the centre arena to open Rodeo 4 Life by performing the Australian National Anthem.

Overwhelmed by the generosity of her donor, McGee said, “I’m one of the lucky ones whose life was saved because someone cared enough to register to become an organ donor and because of many years of dedicated research into organ transplantation.

“It’s an incredible honour to be part of this special event to raise vital funds for the RPA Transplant Institute’s important research to enable more lives to be saved by increasing organ transplants,” she said.

“I will always be grateful for this gift of life my donor entrusted to me; and I’m humbled to be given the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Rodeo 4 Life to give something back to transplant research while being a voice for all those whose lives have been saved and to pay tribute to the wonderful donors who’ve given many of us a second chance at life,” Ms McGee said.

A country girl, McGee is no stranger to bull riding rodeos. Hailing from “The Bull Riding McGees” – a family considered among Australia’s rodeo royalty, McGee’s uncle is one of the only cowboys to ever ride the notorious rodeo bull, “Chainsaw” for the full 8 seconds.

Rodeo 4 Life’s producer Doug Vickers OAM said, “It’s an absolute honour to have Victoria join our line-up of extreme talent to play such a poignant role of singing our National Anthem on behalf of all of us who owe our lives to the researchers, surgeons, nurses, medical staff and above all, our generous donors. 

“We owe this talented young woman a sincere debt of gratitude for getting behind Rodeo 4 Life and together we’ll help save the lives of others in need of a transplant with 100% of profits supporting the vital work of the RPA Transplant Institute to help increase the number of lives that can be saved each year.

“The audience should be prepared for an ‘edge of their seat’ experience when Rodeo 4 Life explodes with a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment,” Mr Vickers said.

Rodeo 4 Life’s star-studded line-up includes Victoria McGee, John Jarratt as MC and seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing a full length concert with some of Australia’s toughest bull riding superstars fighting the odds to stay mounted on the legendary JP Gill and Sons’ mightiest rodeo bulls as they compete for the championship title and a whopping $30,000 in prize money!

Rodeo 4 Life will also star Australia’s legendary rodeo clown, Big Al Wilson, rodeo protection clowns Gene McDonald and Rodney-Ray (Rude) Mancell – both risk takers who’ll put their lives on the line to distract the bulls away from the grounded riders, rodeo announcer Glen Morgan whose name is synonymous with Australian rodeo sports; and, the spectacular mighty rodeo bulls bred by John “Happy” Gill and Sons Rodeo Contractors who’ll be doing their darnedest to send Rodeo 4 Life’s bull riding superstars flying!

For tickets to the Rodeo 4 Life arena spectacular visit Ticketmaster or 

Heart Transplant Recipient Victoria McGee Joins Star-Studded Line Up For Rodeo 4 Life

‘Pick It Up! Ska In The 90’s’ – The Definitive Third Wave Skacumentary







Australia’s Largest Musician Marketplace, Allegro Live, closes seed funding round lead by Uluwatu Capital

90s Music Documentary

PopMotion Pictures’ critically-acclaimed third wave ska documentary ‘Pick It Up! Ska in the 90’s‘, directed by Taylor Morden, has been a fan favorite on the festival circuit and now the film is coming to DVD & Blu-Ray on November 18!

The film will also be available for purchase digitally soon via Vimeo and Amazon.

Vimeo pre-orders have launched at: .

The feature-length documentary explores the third-wave ska explosion of the 1990’s, and tells the story of 90’s ska from a wide variety of points of view, including dozens of the key figures who lived it, such as members of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, No Doubt, and Sublime.

A “love letter” to third-wave ska, the film delves deep into how the genre of ska evolved from its original Jamaican form, through British “two-tone” in the 80s, into an entirely new global sensation in the 90’s, when it became wildly popular for an all too brief moment in music history; From the early years of bands like No Doubt, Fishbone, The Toasters, Let’s Go Bowling and Skankin’ Pickle, to the massive radio success of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, and Save Ferris.

‘Pick It Up’ is narrated by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and features commentary from the likes of No Doubt, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, the Pietasters, Fishbone, Save Ferris, Let’s Go Bowling, Dance Hall Crashers, the Specials, Mustard Plug, the Toasters, Skankin’ Pickle, Hepcat, the Slackers, Kemuri, Blink 182/the Aquabats, the Hippos, The Skatalites, Sublime and many more!



Ska Parade 30th Anniversary Tour (1/18-2/1)

JAN 18 Twilight Cafe and Bar- Portland, OR

JAN 19 924 Gilman- Berkeley, CA

JAN 20 Holy Diver- Sa2cramento, CA

JAN 21 Thee Parkside- San Francisco, CA

JAN 22 Fulton 55- Fresno, CA

JAN 23 The Siren- Morro Bay, CA

JAN 24 Chain Reaction- Anaheim, CA

JAN 25 Pub Rock Live- Scottsdale, AZ

JAN 30 The Bluebird Theater- Denver, CO

FEB 1 Backstage Bar & Billiards- Las Vegas, NV

‘Pick It Up! Ska In The 90’s’ – The Definitive Third Wave Skacumentary


Australia’s Largest Musician Marketplace, Allegro Live, closes seed funding round lead by Uluwatu Capital







Australia’s Largest Musician Marketplace, Allegro Live, closes seed funding round lead by Uluwatu Capital

Music News Website

Melbourne-founded  Allegro Live, the startup behind  Australia’s largest musician marketplace that wants to make it easy to book a musician or band for your event, has closed a seed funding round led by Uluwatu Capital.

The funding will be used to expand its team and begin paid marketing in a bid to increase the demand side of its marketplace given that the marketplace already has thousands of musicians registered.

Led by Heather Clarke, Allegro Live was born to provide the fastest, most transparent way to find and book great musicians for weddings and other events – corporate, private and public. It is another example of a company that disrupts the traditional agency model, where agents typically add margins of 100% + on top of the fees that musicians are paid.

Heather Clarke, CEO and co-founder of Allegro Live, said “Finding musicians for an event can be daunting, unless you’re prepared to pay huge booking agency fees and deal with reams of contracts, invoices and old-school payments. Finding musicians yourself can take weeks. Once you’ve finally found the right musicians, the phone calls and text messages begin, along with organising the logistics of the venue, deposit payments . . . And what if the musicians don’t show up?

“I founded Allegro Live to demystify the process of hiring bands, musicians, singers and DJs, allowing event hosts to find musicians that match their requirements quickly and for a fraction of the price of booking agencies.”

James Cotton, Founding Partner of Uluwatu Capital, said: “In addition to making it easier to book musicians and bands, Allegro Live will have a huge impact on musicians who are tired of being ripped off by traditional agents. The marketplace aims to improve pay and conditions for the musicians themselves by cutting out (and replacing) the traditional agencies who often don’t have the musicians’ best interests at heart, thus bringing transparency to an industry that desperately needs it”.

Australia’s Largest Musician Marketplace, Allegro Live, closes seed funding round lead by Uluwatu Capital








Neo-Classical/Ambient Composer Juan Sanchez Announces New Website and Free Album Download

The Carbons to Show Off “Comforts That Kill” with Australian Tour

Rock Band

American bass player Steve Di Giorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS, DEATH) and Dutch bass player Jeroen Paul Thesseling (SALAZH TRIO, OBSCURA, PESTILENCE), globally renown for their fretless signature playing, team up to work on a brand new world-fusion-metal group named QUADVIUM. Furthermore, talented Dutch fusion-metal drummer Yuma van Eekelen (OUR OCEANS, EXIVIOUS, PESTILENCE) joins the group as permanent member.

‘About ten years ago we already had the idea in mind to form a group together. Using two fretless basses in one production is a different concept, we often discussed it in the past. Further completion of the line-up is in progress. Soon we start writing, collecting ideas for a debut and expect to announce a fourth member on short notice’, add Steve and Jeroen

In addition, TESTAMENT will release their upcoming album in 2020. Also OUR OCEANS who just finished studio recordings expect to release their second album that same year. SALAZH TRIO released their debut album ‘Circulations’ in 2017 and postponed the recordings for a second album.

QUADVIUM line-up (in progress):

Steve Di Giorgio – bass
Jeroen Paul Thesseling – bass
Yuma van Eekelen – drums

The fretless guru, STEVE DI GIORGIO doesn’t need any longer introductions, as he is widely renowned as a pioneer on the fretless bass in heavy metal music, being the bassist of TESTAMENT, DEATH and SADUS, among others. Within his genre, STEVE DI GIORGIO is respected for his playing skills, versatility and incredible technique. He has more than 40 studio album recordings and over 20 years of touring the world.

STEVE DI GIORGIO is available for studio sessions as well as session bassist for tours.

Fretless Bassists Steve Di Giorgio and Jeroen Paul Thesseling Build New Group QUADVIUM








Neo-Classical/Ambient Composer Juan Sanchez Announces New Website and Free Album Download

The Carbons to Show Off “Comforts That Kill” with Australian Tour

Rebirth Album

Neo-classical/Ambient/New Age composer Juan Sánchez makes dream-like inspirational music. Sánchez’s atmospheric melodies evoke the deepest feelings of the heart. Many listeners even go as far as to say his music has given them a new perspective on life. Now Juan Sánchez has launched a brand new website, where his stunning new album ‘Rebirth’ can be downloaded.


By simply entering an e-mail address, listeners will receive a link to a free download of ‘Rebirth.’ The album is already a hit with critics, with Stereo Stickman calling it “Stunning, a genuinely mighty and special collection of original compositions,” and The Ark Of Music praising it as “etheric and beautiful”. Led be Juan Sánchez’s emotive and passionate piano playing, the album’s nine tracks are deeply moving. Soaring string melodies intertwine with aching arpeggios to transport the listener away from the mundane and into the sublime.

“People often ask me why I chose the name “Rebirth” for my first album,” Juan Sánchez explains. “My goal is to completely overcome my limiting self beliefs. I feel that in some way I am becoming a new person. I have been reborn.”

‘Rebirth’ is available everywhere now.


For more information about Juan Sánchez and to download his ‘Rebirth’ album for free, visit his new website:

Neo-Classical/Ambient Composer Juan Sanchez Announces New Website and Free Album Download

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The Carbons to Show Off “Comforts That Kill” with Australian Tour







The Carbons to Show Off “Comforts That Kill” with Australian Tour

Rock Band The Carbons

Hailing from Canada, rock trio The Carbons deliver their newest single “Comforts That Kill” ahead of some special Australian tour dates which can give fans a long awaited taste of the Canadians special blend down under. Officially showcasing at Australian Music Week in Cronulla, they’re playing shows in Sydney and Brisbane to round out their trip!


“Whether it’s alcohol or narcotics, substance addiction affects millions of people around the world. Much like the effects of the substances, Comforts That Kill uncovers the topic of addiction in a multi-climactic, clean AND distorted rock ride.” The Carbons on “Comforts That Kill”


Forged in Western Canada, The Carbons are a rock trio known for their multi-climactic live shows, deep powerful vocals and huge groovy drums. Their debut LP August Ash is a 10-song groove rock ride that explores the shallower waters of young adulthood and progressively dives into deeper human challenges like mental health and temptation. With songs such as “Jerry, Can I Dance with Your Sister?”, “All I Need”, and “Stuck in Your Head”, the trio delivers melodies that grab you by the earlobes and lyrics that tickle your soul. Their latest single Black Mirror is a continuation of the dive. Fun and entertaining at first glance, the song uncovers the common fear that our best years may be behind us.


Off-stage, The Carbons can be found shredding some gnar, ripping through waves, and revving motorcycles through the Canadian Rockies. They often end the day with a craft beer in hand, a movie quote battle and depending on the number of beers, a lengthy conversation about all the world’s problems. Their environment fuels them with inspiration and they are currently preparing the next album. 

Thursday 7th November | Footstomp Party  | Cronulla, NSW
Friday 8th November | Australian Music Week Showcase | Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 9th November | Frankies Pizza | Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 27th November | Triffid Beergarden (SOLO) | Brisbane, QLD

The Carbons to Show Off “Comforts That Kill” with Australian Tour

Music Talks’ Massive Giveaway Event – in Conjunction with its Fourth Birthday







Music Talks’ Massive Giveaway Event

Giveaways from Music Talks

Based in Sydney, Australia, Music Talks is a music website that began in 2015 as a place for independent Australian artists to showcase their talents. Four years have passed since and Music Talks has grown by leaps and bounds, functioning as an information hub for artists, fans, musicians, labels and those in the independent music business. An overwhelming response from the overseas community, artists and indie labels quickly expanded Music Talks on a global scale within the first year, in 2016. And, Music Talks is celebrating their fourth birthday, marking it with a massive giveaway  spanning four weeks of November 2019, its birthday month, with giveaways  worth more than $1,000 USD. ($2,000 AUD)


Music Talks regards their supporters and participants as a family and the site is using social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to allow the participants to win peachy-keen prizes that include Music Talks’ special backpacks, caps, video animation, artist directory listings and full 35 video  online singing lessons courses. By checking in regularly, Music Talks’ followers can update themselves on what’s new and win the cool and exclusive prizes. Everyone has the opportunity to participate in the Music Talks’ grand giveaways. Access for participants has begun at 10am Australian eastern standard time (AEST) on Sunday 27th, (11pm UTC, Saturday 26th).

Music Talks’ Founder, Tracey Arbon expresses her delight of seeing Music Talks’ robust growth,

“Music Talks has exceeded my initial idea and plan by developing into something that is not only helping independent artists but creating awareness of what indie music is to the general music listeners who are receptive to all kinds of music from all kinds of artists. We still have a long way to go to spread the word about indie music and how incredible it has become, not only in the quality of sound but songwriting abilities from independent musicians. This is the biggest giveaway to date endeavoured with the hope people and artists will share and spread the word and get it out to the music listeners. It’s truly a joint effort from both artists, blogs, and radio to grab the attention of the average music listener.”

Besides the funky Music Talks’ backpacks and caps giveaways, what Tracey Arbon is really looking to push, is the full online singing course  that will act as a valuable learning curve for indie singers  who are looking to polish their professional singing abilities. As for artist branding and social media, Music Talks personalised video animation giveaways would help enhance and promote brands and names on the cyberspace connected community. As for Artist Directory listing, that includes tracks for the Music Talks’ Radio Portal  enabling radio to download tracks to their own shows in a straightforward manner, with minimum hassle.

The whole giveaway event is designed to delight winners with Music Talks’ merchandise as well as help indie artists consolidate their talents and for radio to have easy access to independent artistsvmelodic stuff. Indeed, there’s no better way for Music Talks to celebrate its fourth anniversary.



Tracey Arbon Website:

Music Talks’ Massive Giveaway Event

Superstars Raising Bucks For Charity in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular!

Australian Radio Supports New world/Pop Sound







Australian Radio Supports New world/Pop Sound

Australian Indian SingerA recent collaboration between Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and singer-songwriter Mahmood Khan represents Australia’s continuous growth as the World’s most culturally diversified country.

His new single ‘One line down’ is airing across Australia on community and commercial radio stations.

This overwhelming response has prompted a national radio tour. Mahmood will become first Pakistan born singer-songwriter to tour the Australian radio circuit which began October 7th, 2019.


Stations supporting this new genre are:

Tribe FM –South Australia
5 Triple Z – S.A
Coast FM – S.A
Inner FM –VIC
Yarra Valley FM –VIC
Radio Alex (Goolwa) – S.A
Goldfields FM – VIC
Plenty Valley FM –VIC
Donnybrooke FM –WA
2 Oceans FM –WA
Tank FM – NSW
Happy FM –S.A
Eastern FM –VIC

Australia’s rich and deep music history from Indigenous folklores, rhythms, and chants to the modern storytellers like Paul Kelly has been inspiring souls across the globe for many generations.

In 2009 Mahmood Khan’s single Like the River went to number one on the Aria pop charts. Like the River was recorded live at the Sydney Opera House and has undoubtedly influenced a change in the Australian music industry. Once considered a hard industry to crack it became a hotbed for fostering diverse international singer-songwriters.

But is the industry set up for migrant artists? There isn’t really a single artist with a (Subcontinental) South Asian or Asian continent background who commands a respectful audience in Australia. There are no labels, promoters or managers to support and develop the special needs of such artists.
Under these extreme conditions, defying all odds there are artists bubbling along who keep releasing music and adding to the ever-evolving Australian sound.


“Vastness inspires thoughts and for a songwriter, it purely means creative juice”.

‘Here in Australia, there is plenty of that. And it is serene and as I get to explore more, I can see my expansion as a writer. My expression has diversified. And as this brings me more peace within I write more effortlessly. It is a cycle, continuous evolution’, said Mahmood Khan.

‘Yes, it is tough for a migrant Artists to create a new audience but it is difficult no matter where you are. Important thing is to stay focused and keep creating your work. I have received tremendous support from Australian Community radio networks and some Industry folks have been very kind as well. Through the ‘Jagamarra’ song project, I was able to make some amazing friends in the Aboriginal world. I would not have experienced this incredible culture if I had not come to Australia. I think it is my greatest find and what to place to develop your craft’, he added.

Mahmood’s new single ‘One Line Down’, which features some of the Latin Music Industry’s greatest musicians, is out now exclusively on 






Australian Radio Supports New world/Pop Sound

Superstars Raising Bucks For Charity in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular!

Elite Bull Riding Superstars Raising Bucks For Charity in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular!







Elite Bull Riding Superstars Raising Bucks For Charity in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular!Rodeo 4 Life Banner

Today, Rodeo 4 Life announced its line-up of elite bull riding champions* who’ll thrill audiences when Australia’s richest bull ride and country music arena spectacular explodes at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong on Saturday 30 November to help save lives!

18th Annual dependent Music Awar

In an Australian first, Rodeo 4 Life combines electrifying rodeo sports entertainment starring Australia’s toughest bull riding champions from across Australia with a full length live concert by seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins, performing some of his greatest hits.


Australian Country SingerRodeo 4 Life will be a thrilling night of entertainment featuring a star-studded line-up of bull riding daredevil cowboys who’ll fight the odds to stay mounted for the full 8 seconds on the legendary JP Gill and Sons’ mightiest rodeo bulls as they compete for the championship title and a whopping $30,000 in prize money!

Rodeo 4 Life’s cowboy line-up includes bull riding superstars Cliff Richardson (NSW), Troy Wilkinson (NSW), Wade McCarthy (WA), Mathew Bee (QLD), Troy Cross (NSW) and Toby Collins (VIC) who’ll be going for gold to take home the Rodeo 4 Life inaugural title and the grand prize! But these bull riding legends won’t have an easy ride! They’ll be challenged by young gun cowboys already with a string of titles under their belts including; Wyatt Milgate (QLD), Sam Woodall (VIC), Joe Down (VIC), Bryden Atkins (VIC) and Ty Thomson (QLD) – all aiming to smash records to win the Rodeo 4 Life title and the pot of gold!

Producer Doug Vickers OAM, a long-time rodeo man who’s produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia said,

“We’re thrilled to have such a fine line up of champions in this spectacular event that will keep the audience on the ‘edge of their seats’ when Rodeo 4 Life rocks The Gong in a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment.”

While Rodeo 4 Life will be exhilarating, Australia’s bull riding champions won’t just be bucking for the grand prize when they burst from chutes on powerful  bulls in the ride of their lives; they’ll risk all by ‘riding for a greater cause’ – to raise bucks that can save lives through funding organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute (RPATI).

Champion cowboy Troy Wilkinson who currently holds the highest bull riding score in Australia with a record of 93 and the titles of 2015 APRA Bull Riding Champion, 2017 PBR Australia Champion and 2017 PBR World Finals Qualifier, said, “Rodeo 4 Life will be massive and the competition as tough as it gets!”

“We’ll all be riding our hearts out for this important cause and hoping to bring home the grand prize in Australia’s richest bull riding rodeo arena spectacular.”

Rodeo 4 Life producer Doug Vickers is more than a businessman, he’s also a grateful RPA liver transplant recipient who’s doing much more than setting the bar high for Australian rodeo sports entertainment; he’s also increasing awareness of organ donation and funding essential life-saving organ transplant research with 100% of profits dedicated to research conducted at the RPATI.


Bull Riding

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) has long been Australia’s pioneers in organ transplant research and surgery having saved thousands of lives through developing breakthroughs to benefit all Australians.


Thanks to the funds raised from Rodeo 4 Life, the RPATI will be able to continue with the development of a world first organ perfusion system that will be able to extend organ viability from the current length of just a few hours to become viable for several days. This will allow more organs to be made available for transplant and a greater number of Australian lives to be saved.

“Rodeo 4 Life champion bull riders and the audience will be part of something that’s so much more than a night of exciting entertainment – they’ll have the time of their lives while giving seriously ill people time to live,” Mr Vickers said.

“By promoting the need to register to become an organ donor and funding this vital research at RPATI, we’ll be increasing the number of organs that can be transplanted and together we’ll save more lives,” he said.

Travis Collins, who’s well known for his tireless fundraising efforts by dedicating his talents to causes close to his heart to help others said,

“It’s an incredible honour to perform at Rodeo 4 Life. While music, song writing, recording and performing is my life, there is something very special about being part of something bigger that has the power to save the lives of many.”

Book now at Ticketmaster  or


Rodeo 4 Life Website:

Rodeo 4 Life Facebook:

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Organ Donor Register:

Superstars Raising Bucks For Charity in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular!

Canadian Musician Ed Roman Supports Dyslexia



Canadian musician Ed Roman has been a champion for many causes over the years. He has helped deliver humanitarian aid and teach music to children in Jamaica. He has helped raise funds for veterans through the Heart Songs for Veterans organization. Ed has brought awareness to global environmental and sociopolitical issues through his music and press interviews. Now, Ed is raising funds and awareness for a cause that is near and dear to his heart…dyslexia.

You see, Ed Roman is dyslexic. Dyslexia is something that he refers to as “The Gift.”

With the EXCLUSIVE Amazon Prime Video release of his award-winning animated music video for “Red Omen,” Ed is partnering with The Whole Dyslexic Society (WDS). Ed will donate a portion of the Amazon Prime Video sales and rentals of the music video to WDS.

“I know with everybody’s help, love and support this can all be something extraordinary,” said Ed. “There has been a tremendous amount of effort that has gone into this project, and I am excited to have it evolving the way it is…A bigger than me kind of thing.”

The Whole Dyslexic Society’s mission is to offer coordinated and central approach to addressing the needs of the dyslexic individual, their families and their community, while ensuring a safe place for accelerated learning, healing, education, social interaction, and support of individual growth and development. Your contribution will go towards our bursary objective, ensuring that anyone with the ‘gift of dyslexia’ will be able to take a program to fit their needs, no matter their financial status. 

“Red Omen” was directed by Ed and Nelson Diaz with There Be Dragons Creative Media (Kung Fu Panda 2, Sponge Bob). The animated music video has won Official Selection status, Semi-Finalist, Finalist and Winner awards at film festivals around the globe, including the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival, Lift Off Amsterdam, Cult Critic Film Awards, Twister Alley Film Festival, Jersey Shore Film Festival and many others. The track itself reached the iTunes Canada Pop Songs chart Top 20.

ABOUT ED ROMAN: Ed Roman is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres, Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 600 stations, worldwide. Ed is a 2014 Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, a 2014 and 2018 International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a two-time 2015 IMEA Award nominee, a 2015 and 2016 Josie Show Awards winner, an Akademia Awards Winner, and a two-time Indie Music Channel Award winner. Ed won a 2017 Radio Music Award for Best Americana Artist.

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Canadian Musician Ed Roman Supports Dyslexia


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“The Last Scene”

A Documentary About Punk and Emo at the Dawn of a New Millennium







A Documentary About Punk and Emo at the Dawn of a New Millennium


Kickstarter Project

LA-based director Kyle Kilday has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his still-in-production documentary film “The Last Scene” which examines the musical and cultural roots of the various underground DIY music scenes popping up around the country at the start of the new Millennium.

To view the trailer and back “The Last Scene” Kickstarter campaign, please visit:

“The Last Scene” will be the FIRST comprehensive chronicle of what many believe is the LAST underground, DIY music scene. One forged in VFW halls and community recreation centers across the United States in the Late 1990’s/Early 2000’s. It’s the story of the hardcore, punk and emo kids who gave us the last new thing in rock music, during an era of change for the music industry and youth culture at large.

The film will feature interviews and perspectives from many of the key figures of the scene, including:

Travis Shettel (Piebald)
Vinnie Caruana (The Movielife/I Am The Avalanche)
Peter Munters (Over It/Runner Runner)
Shane Told (Silverstein/Lead Singer Syndrome Podcast)
Mark Rose (Spitalfield/Mark Rose/
Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday/The Color Fred)
Chris Conley (Saves The Day)
Amy Fleisher Madden (Fiddler Records)
Ben Jorgensen (Armor For Sleep)
John Tran (Home Grown)
Chris No. 2 (Anti-Flag)
JT Woodruff (Hawthorne Heights)
Geoff Rickly (Thursday)
and many more to be announced soon.

Kilday says,

“My first exposure to this underground punk scene came when I went to college in Boston. I remember everything about the first show I went to. The small space, the acoustic ceiling tiles, the barely-raised stage; the guitarist hitting the opening chord and sending a shockwave through the room. Kids all around me started to jump and sway into one another, like kernels inside of a microwave popcorn bag. They moved in waves towards the stage, singing along, extending their fists and shaking them in unison. There was pushing and shoving, but when the song ended everyone smiled and hugged one another. Zero pretense, near zero production value. Just electricity, instruments and you. Exactly what playing music for other people is supposed to be. We were all peers and it was something built for (and by) us all.”

The inspiration for the film came after he moved to LA. He explains,

“After college, I moved to Los Angeles and started working in reality/doc TV. I continued going to shows with the friend who took me to that very first punk show and still goes to shows with me today. Going to these bands’ album anniversary tours and feeling the general sense you get when you enter that “20 years since” realm, I started thinking more retrospectively about this era of music and why it’s meant SO MUCH to me (and I know to millions of other people, too!)”

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116 Young Talents for the 3rd Zhuhai Mozart Competition in September







After the pre-selection in the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, 116 young pianists and violinists from 16 countries and regions will enter the 3rd Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians, an event organized by Huafa Group. In its first press conference held on August 8th, it was announced that this year’s competition will be held from September 10th to 22nd in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China. The 116 candidates will show the best of them in 3 groups for each instrument based on the age, and the grand winner will claim the highest award of USD 30,000.

The inaugural Zhuhai Mozart Competition was held in 2015 and followed by the successful second competition in 2017, with the full support from the Mozarteum University Salzburg, and the certification by the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Genova and the Alink-Argerich Foundation. The competition has connected the name of Mozart with the city of Zhuhai, and empowered the city with the charm of music and art.

Many of the winners from previous competitions have made great further achievements, winning top prizes from the International Mozart Competition Salzburg, the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition, the Junior Division of the 2018 Menuhin Competition and most recently, the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019.

For the 3rd Zhuhai Mozart Competition, an important new rule has been set that forbids the students of the juries to participate in the competition, to ensure an open and fair competition. In addition, an award for “Best Interpretation of Chinese Works” has also been introduced for the candidates to discover the beauty of Chinese music masterpieces.

Furthermore, a group of “young critics” including 10 students from non-conservatory schools in China has been assembled, they will review and select their favorite candidates from the 3rd Zhuhai Mozart Competition. This is a first for any music competitions in China.

A series of concerts, exhibitions, lectures and workshops will also be held in Zhuhai during the two weeks, under the title of the first “Mozart Festival – Music plus Life”, making it a carnival not only for the music lovers but also for all the people in Zhuhai. The city of Zhuhai welcomes all the guests from the world to enjoy the music and witness the rising of future stars.

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2X Grammy Nominated Artist, Bebe Rexha Has Paired Up With Namesake Fashion Brand, bebe To Debut New Marketing Campaign, Titled ‘BEBE LOVES BEBE’







2X Grammy nominated artist, Bebe Rexha, has partnered up with fashion brand bebe, to debut an empowering national marketing campaign ‘BEBE LOVES BEBE.’ Rexha appears in the brand’s Fall 2019 campaign, which will debut throughout the U.S. on social, out of home, and in print with the launch of Vogue’s September issue. Visit to learn more. Source: Bluestar Alliance
2X Grammy nominated artist, Bebe Rexha has partnered up with fashion brand bebe, to debut an empowering national marketing campaign ‘BEBE LOVES BEBE.’The campaign was created to celebrate the powerful idea of loving and accepting yourself, feeling incredible at any time, all the time.  Rexha appears in the brand’s Fall 2019 campaign, which will debut throughout the U.S. on social, out of home, and in print with the launch of Vogue’s September issue.
The campaign was inspired by Rexha, her honest unveiling of the fashion community and their injustice when she was nominated for a Grammy earlier this year. In an empowering video on Instagram, Rexha called out designers who failed to dress all celebrities, and those who do not fit “a runway size.” Rexha urged women and men to love their bodies and feel beautiful at any size, hence the campaign hashtag, #LoveYourself.
“It’s incredible to be part of this bebe campaign, it’s not only about me loving the brand, but more importantly about me loving myself!  I hope to inspire and empower women all over the world with this message of self-love, I believe it is super important,” commented Bebe Rexha. “I grew up wearing bebe, it was the coolest piece of fashion you could have, so to be able to mix fashion and my music is so fun,” Rexha added.
Joey Gabbay, CEO of Bluestar Alliance and manager of the bebe brand commented, “The bebe brand has a passionate consumer following, one that loves the brand and all it has to offer. Similarly, Bebe Rexha has passionate fans around the world that love her, her music and what she stands for. Beyond sharing a name, this was a natural partnership as Bebe is a longtime fan of the brand herself.”
Rexha will be making a personal appearance at Macy’s Herald Square on November 7th, to promote the bebe Fall/holiday collection.  The collection includes sportswear, outerwear, swimwear, active footwear, handbags, watches, jewelry, eyewear, accessories and kids. The full 2019 bebe collection is available at department stores nationwide, as well as online at
“bebe is a full lifestyle brand, and continues to garner a strong following: its clothing is sexy yet comfortable, and can take any customer from day to night,” comments Ralph Gindi, COO of Bluestar Alliance. “The bebe customer, after all, is a notoriously loyal one, and stays true to the brand by accessorizing its apparel, from head-to-toe, with all its product offerings.” The bebe brand has consistently remained true to its DNA since its inception, known to accentuate the customer’s body, but also fit into one’s lifestyle with ease. 
For exclusive behind the scenes photos and video please visit To stay up to date with the latest news from Bebe follow us at @bebe_stores on Instagram and become a fan of Bebe on Facebook at .
About bebe:
bebe is the go-to destination for chic, contemporary fashion. The brand evokes a mindset – an attitude, not an age. It’s a true original, always defining fashion’s next stride forward. Designed for the confident, sexy, modern woman, bebe is a global  lifestyle brand that embodies a sensual, sophisticated lifestyle.
About Bebe Rexha
Two-time Grammy®-nominated New York City native Bebe Rexha is a musical force to be reckoned with.  She has accumulated over 12 million overall single sales, over 6 billion total global streams, and a radio audience over 10 billion.  Her debut, RIAA Gold album, Expectations (released June 2018) contained the massive singleI’m a Mess and global chart-topping smash “Meant To Be” (featuring Florida Georgia Line), now RIAA Certified 7x Platinum.  #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for a record-setting 50 straight weeks, the longest reign ever by a female lead artist, “Meant To Be” won Best Collaboration at the 2018 iHeart Radio Music Awards.  It was subsequently nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 61st annual Grammy Awards® in February 2019, where Bebe was also nominated for Best New Artist. Most recently, Bebe debuted her newest single, “Last Hurrah,” which sets the stage for her upcoming second album release. Reviewing the song, Billboard said, “‘Last Hurrah’ is also a triumphant sequel to Rexha’s last single, ‘I’m a Mess.'” Rexha will debut new music this summer, with her new album coming early next year. 
One of the youngest artists to receive the Songwriters Hall Of Fame’s prestigious AbeOlman Scholarship award (2012), Bebe formally burst onto the scene the following year, when she wrote “Monster,” a worldwide hit for Eminem and Rihanna that was certified 6x-platinum by the RIAA.  Bebe went on to co-write and carry the instantly recognizable hook for the 3x-platinum “Hey Mama,”by David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Afrojack, nominated for a Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Song.  Bebe also hit #1 on the Billboard Pop and Rap charts with her RIAA platinum “Me, Myself & I” with G-Eazy. In 2017, Bebe released the critically acclaimed EPs, All Your Fault: Part 1 (with “I Got You”), and All Your Fault: Part 2 (with “Meant To Be”). Now in 2019, Bebe has amassed over 2 billion YouTube views and counting. In conjunction with Grammy® Week 2019, Bebe launched the Grammy® Music Education Coalition’s (GMEC) national campaign on behalf of its new All-Star Ambassador program, whose members also include Luis Fonsi, Rita OraKristin Chenoweth, Regina Spektor, War on Drugs, and others.
About Bluestar Alliance LLC
Founded by Joseph Gabbay and Ralph Gindi in 2006, Bluestar owns, manages, and markets a portfolio of consumer brands that span across many tiers of distribution from luxury to mass market. This portfolio consists of major department store retail brands including Brookstone, Tahari, Bebe, Kensie, Catherine MalandrinoNanette LeporeJoan VassMichael Bastian, English Laundry and Limited Too.
Each brand is uniquely positioned maintaining the brand heritage and equity, considering new categories and current tiers of distribution. Bluestar’s current network of international and domestic partners offers the opportunity to take a niche brand to a visible worldwide lifestyle brand. Since its inception, Bluestar has acquired select brands with current retail sales exceeding $3.0 billion.  The company manages a current portfolio of over 300 licensees and a growing branded retail platform of over 100 stores worldwide throughout North AmericaEuropeAustraliaSouth AmericaAsiaUnited Arab EmiratesMiddle EastIndia and Russia
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