LISTEN LOCAL FIRST, RYAN HOLLADAY FROM BLUEBRAIN & SASHA LORD CONFIRMED FOR SXSW DEBRIEF PANEL

The Metro Music Source & DC Setlist will be hosting a SXSW debrief panel discussion next Thursday, March 29th at The Dunes as part of their monthly music industry meet-up event. Fresh from their return from Austin, Texas, the Listen Local First team, Ryan Holladay from BLUEBRAIN, and promoter Sasha Lord will be sharing their experiences about SXSW 2012. The evening will feature a performance from Gypsy jazz vocalist and Strathmore Artist In Residence, Mary Alouette.

Listen Local First DC (LLF) is a local music initiative devoted to building awareness and creating opportunities for local musicians and venues in order to raise the profile of DC’s local music scene. At the beginning of the year, LLF launched a campaign to get a mobile music venue to SXSW with the aim of showcasing the talent and diversity of the DC area music scene to a wider audience. With money raised from a Kickstarter campaign, Listen Local First (LLF) purchased a van, decked it out with sound equipment, and took to the road. They successfully showcased 15 DC bands/ musicians and hosted upwards of 25 different mobile music venue performances over the course of 3 days. The process, adventure and music were documented via their blog, and soon-to-be-released web series.

Ryan Holladay is one half of the innovative music duo, BLUEBRAIN. They’ve been featured in everything from WIRED Magazine to the New York Times for their work, which blurs the line between art and technology. Their “location-aware album” for The National Mall is the first ever iPhone app to be included in the Washington Post’s Top 10 Albums of the Year awards. Ryan also serves as the new media curator at Artisphere.

Sasha Lord is the booker and promoter for Comet Ping Pong in DC. She co-produced the “DC Does SXSW” event which showcased a diversity of DC artists including Hume, Deleted Scenes, Edie Sedgwick and DJ Baby Alcatraz. In addition Sasha has partnered, promoted or booked with Civilian Art Projects, The Pink Line Project, U Street Music Hall, The Fridge, Gold Leaf Studios/443 Eye St, Albus Cavus, The Hirshhorns Art Lab program & Tranformer.

The evening will end with music from Gypsy jazz vocalist and Strathmore Artist In Residence Mary Alouette. Alouette describes her sound as “Gypsy jazz, post dubstep, beautiful music and dangerous rhythms”. Her core inspiration is the gypsy legend virtuoso guitarist Django Reinhardt, but her musical influences also range from the great Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Edith Piaf through to progressive contemporaries like Grimes, St. Vincent, and Modeselektor. Mary will be previewing tracks from her debut EP Midas, ahead of her CD Release Show on April 25th at the Mansion at Strathmore.

The Metro Music Source (MMS) is proud to have Ryan Holladay, LLF founders Christopher Naoum and René Moffatt, Sasha Lord and Mary Alouette at their March Meet- Up. MMS is an informal monthly music industry meet-up event with the goal of bringing focus to the vibrant DC music scene, encouraging support, collaboration, and knowledge sharing amongst music creators and industry professionals. Past MMS events have brought together local musicians, record label reps, artist managers, publicists, filmmakers, music publishers, producer/engineers, and many others. This month’s event is co-hosted with DC Setlist, a popular music platform which recommends, discovers and discusses all things music in the DC area and beyond.

Event Details:

When: Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Time: 6pm-9pm
Venue: The Dunes, 1402 Meridian Place, NW Washington, DC 20009

Cost: Free!

The event will be hosted by Jem Bahaijoub (Founder, imaginePR. Contributor, IndieAmbassador.com), Dave Mallen (Producer, Innovation Station Music) and Jennifer Vinson (Editor, DC Setlist).

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