Ziggy Marley & ASCAP Stir It Up at Sunset Sessions
ASCAP was on hand to watch reggae icon Ziggy Marley at his sold-out February 19th show at Solana Beach’s Belly Up. Marley was in San Diego just a few weeks after winning his sixth Grammy for the live album Ziggy Marley in Concert.
Michele Clark is the founder, sole owner and operator of the Sunset Sessions, music industry “conventions” that bring together artists with music industry gatekeepers. Michele began her journey as an independent promotions person in 1990 when she created Michele Clark Promotion, a company initially focused on NAC (smooth jazz) radio. Eventually, the company shifted focus to Triple A radio and became the leading independent radio promotion firm in that format.
Michele Clarke’s Sunset Sessions are always a great resource for discovering emerging talent– some alumni include Jason Mraz, Ryan Adams, Zac Brown Band, Fun., the Black Keys… we could go on for days! The next convention is this weekend, so we thought we’d share a playlist of some of the artists that are showcasing. Take a listen to the spotify playlist below- you may hear one of these songs in a future episode on MTV!
Sunset Sessions – Belly Up and Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort
One of the more intriguing events coming up has a 17 year history. The Sunset Sessions boosted the early careers of such notable acts as The Black Keys and Jason Mraz. Industry vet Michele Clark has been curating the event for all those years, and has brought in legacy artists such as Stevie Nicks and Carlos Santana. The purpose of the gathering is for all players in the music business foodchain to rub shoulders. Attending will be record labels, radio station programmers, music supervisors, managers, agents and artists.
Former UCSD student & Lollapalooza co-founder uses ‘good ears’ and innovative thinking to help shape the live-music industry.
UC San Diego has produced an array of distinguished graduates over the past half-century. International music industry powerhouse Marc Geiger, while extremely distinguished, is not quite one of them. “I’m 12 units shy,” said Geiger, who was enrolled from 1980 to 1984 and is a featured speaker Friday at the 17th annual Michele Clark’s Sunset Sessions music-industry conference in Carlsbad. The conference and its evening concerts at the Belly Up are open to the public, with paid admission required for both.
Sunset Sessions Music Conference Returns To San Diego
The 17th annual Sunset Sessions is back in Carlsbad staring on Thurs, Feb. 20 through Sat, Feb. 22. This year’s sessions take place in the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort with performances on the main stage at The Legendary Belly Up Tavern in Solano Beach. Artists that will be participating in this year’s event include, Ziggy Marley, John Butler Trio, Augustana, The Hold Steady, Needtobreathe, The Parlotones, Kodaline Jeremy Messersmith, Louise Goffin, The Wind and the Wave, Robert DeLong
Sunset Session, a music-industry insiders convention that has been visiting San Diego for several years, returns next week. The event brings together the people that put the music on the radio or in the commercials or video games ot TV shows or movies. It is an exclusive event that has typicially visited here twice a year — one event is for what they call Triple A or adult alternative, the other is for active or alternative rock — sort of like SxSW but scaled down so artists are actually able to reach the “tastemakers.
When I’m driving home from work listening to the radio I sometimes wonder, How do these radio programmers know what new music is out there? I hear the constant streaming of Top 40 hits, but where are the underground singer-songwriters? Where can radio and music lovers find the new IT group or artist that is going to blow up? Well I found the answer and I have three words for you… the Sunset Sessions.
STEVIE NICKS, SANTANA RING IN SUNSET SESSIONS 2012 IN LAS VEGAS
For nearly 15 years, Sunset Sessions has stayed true to its mission: to bridge the gap between artists, radio programmers, managers and other important industry professionals. Indeed, as music conferences go, the tightly curated event, which is taking place at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas from Nov. 8 to 10, can tout some impressive accomplishments of its own, like launching the careers of San Diego-based singer-songwriter Jason Mraz along with such Grammy winners as the Zac Brown Band and the Black Keys.
The music industry will experience twin sunsets in Carlsbad in 2014, and San Diego fans may reap double the amount of aural rewards as a result.The fourth annual edition of Michele Clark’s Sunset Sessions Rock will be held next June 5-7 at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, where this year’s Sunset Sessions Rock took place for the first time this June.
EXECUTIVE PROFILE: SUNSET SESSIONS CEO MICHELE CLARK
BACKGROUND: With 24 years of radio promotion under her belt, Michele Clark has been instrumental in breaking thousands of artists, both major and independent. In doing so, she became frustrated with the typical model for industry conventions and found herself inspired to create Sunset Sessions. Besides recently adding songwriting workshops and the popular social networking Passion Panel, she also co-manages South Africa’s Parlotones.
For any band poised to be the next big thing in the music industry, picking a name is a serious consideration. But for Detroit-natives Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott, the name of their electro-indie group was a funny after thought. “We were going to call it Counting Crows Part 2,” Josh explains. “And then my friend was like, ‘That is the worst name ever. You might as well call yourselves Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.,’ and then it kind of stuck.”
Featuring guest appearances by some of his favorite collaborators, and at least one surprising cover, Sammy Hagar‘s new album is shaping up to be one of the more eagerly anticipated of the fall. The Red Rocker premiered portions of the record during a recent interview. Hagar was on hand in Carlsbad, Calif., as part of Sunset Sessions 2013, where he sat for a Q&A session with host Terrie Carr.
Sammy Hagar took part in the recent 2013 Sunset Sessions music industry conference in Carlsbad, CA, where he sat down for an interview and to preview some new music from his forthcoming solo album. Due in September, “Sammy Hagar & Friends” sees the Red Rocker teaming up with his pals in Montrose, Chickenfoot, Journey guitarist Neal Schon, Kid Rock, and more.
Earlier this month I made my 3rd annual excursion to southern California for Sunset Sessions Rock! Sunset Sessions at its core is a music conference. Record labels, management, and individual artists and bands come out to perform for an audience of radio professionals, music supervisors (the people who make movie, tv, video game, and other soundtracks), and other music industry professionals. We spend 4 days talking music, discovering new bands, and building a network within the industry.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR 20TH SUNSET SESSIONS EVENT A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS!
On Thursday, June 6, 2013 over 500 attendees made their way to the 3rd Annual Sunset Sessions Rock! – at The Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa – Carlsbad, CA. By all accounts, the weekend was exciting, fun, and energizing! Our in-boxes are flooded with gratitude as folks call it their favorite SSR yet! We are all excited to see which of these bands break big time and which connections flourish as a result of this community-building gathering. Stations are adding records, music supervisors are licensing songs, artists are touring with each other…and the connections go on and on… It’s why we do what we do!
Heaven’s Basement makes its breakout at Sunset Sessions ROCK 2013
Sunset Sessions ROCK is one of my favorite annual events, but after several years of being hosted in San Diego it was time for it to move to other cities. Fortunately, this year it returns home and will showcase at the Belly Up with tickets open to the public. It’s a super cool event where various labels, managers and independent artists all vie for the attention of music supervisors, program directors and other music industry professionals.
Weekend Preview: Sunset Sessions, She’s So Unusual Tour And ‘Making Rumours’
The weekend ahead is looking bright for live music fans: one of the original pop princesses has a tour stop in San Diego, an LA-based experimental project will perform at the Casbah, a music industry insiders’ event finally allows the public to join in the fun and a Fleetwod Mac producer-turned-author stops by Warwick’s bookstore in La Jolla to promote his book. Sunset Sessions is a music industry insiders’ event that has propelled some now-household name acts into the spotlight (think Jason Mraz and Fun.) Founded by former independent radio promoter Michele Clark, the three-day convention brings together components of the music industry that are essential to getting fresh talent their big break.
Is a future rock star lurking somewhere among the nearly two dozen groups and solo artists set to perform at the Belly Up between tonight and Saturday? More specifically, will the next Black Keys, Jason Mraz, Ryan Adams or Zac Brown Band take the stage at the Solana Beach nightclub sometime over the next 36 hours? That’s certainly the hope of Michele Clark’s Sunset Sessions, the annual music industry conference that — over the past 16 years — has helped break all of the above acts, along with Jack Johnson, Five for Fighting and Fun.
For 16 years, Michele Clark has been hosting Sunset Sessions. The idea was simple- bring new music and sounds to people who can do something with them…radio program directors, film supervisors, advertising agencies and more all have incredible power to break new music. These industry professionals are flown in to attend daytime panels, listening parties, mixers and keynote speakers, and by night are required to attend music showcases. They actually call roll to make sure that the people who have been brought to hear music are actually present to hear it.
EXCLUSIVE:Michele Clark & the Rise of New Music at Sunset Sessions
There is a quote that hangs on Michele Clark’s wall that reads: “There are no limitations to the self except those you believe in.” That one simple sentence, which hangs as a daily reminder and reflection for Michele, captures the inspiration and spirit that fills so many entrepreneurs, artists and athletes. In all of us there is a burning passion, something we love and would love to do. The problem is that all too often we do not listen to that voice, we do not follow that passion, mostly because we do not believe in ourselves.
The annual music-industry confab, a key launching pad in the past for Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, Jason Mraz and more, will expand to include three showcase concerts at the Belly Up in June.
Michele Clark’s 16-year-old Sunset Sessions and 3-year-old Sunset Sessions Rock have annually drawn scores of music-industry professionals to talk business, scout out promising new artists and directly interact with such Grammy Award-winning stars as former Tijuana guitarist Carlos Santana, Oceanside troubadour Jason Mraz and Fleetwood Mac mainstay Stevie Nicks.
Michele Clark’s Sunset Sessions are music industry events bring together radio station programmers from across the country, music supervisors from film, TV, ads, games & sports, record companies, managers, publishers, press and booking agents together with the freshest new talent and some legendary favorites. Sunset Sessions has been instrumental in launching the careers of Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, The Black Keys,…