Brittany Howard “Stay High” (ATO)
Commonheart “Do Right” (Jullian)
Dhani Harrison “Motorways (Erase It)” (BMG)
Delbert McClinton Tall, Dark, & Handsome (Independent/Thirty Tigers)
Dime Box Band Happy (Independent)
Doe Paoro “Midnight Choir” (Anti-)
Gerry Beckley “Life Lessons” (Blue Elan)
Grahams Kids Like Us (Independent)
Grand Canyon “Yesterday’s News” (Independent)
Head and The Heart “See You Through My Eyes” (Warner)
Jackie and The Treehorns It’s Never Too Late (Independent)
Jason Spooner “All Things Equal” (Independent)
JS Ondara “Lebanon” (Interscope)
Leeroy Stagger “Strange Attractor” (True North)
Michael Franti & Spearhead “You’re Number One” (Independent/Thirty Tigers)
Orville Peck “Winds Change” (Sub Pop)
Preservation Hall Jazz Band “Keep Your Head Up” (Sub Pop)
Ryan Martin “New England Song” (Independent)
Season Ammons “Show Me Your Love” (Blue Cobalt)
Tanya Tucker “Hard Luck” (Fantasy/Concord)
Total Heat “On The FM” (Dangerbird)
Weyes Blood “Something To The Believe” (Sub Pop)
William DuVall “‘Til The Light Guides Me Home” (Independent)
Wyo Changes (Independent)
Boulder: More Artists To Be Announced
Look for more artists to be added to the Triple A Conference, August 7-10 at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa and the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO, later this week. The working agenda has already been released and can be found on the Triple A Conference page of FMQB.com. Things kick off on Wednesday, August 7 at 4 p.m. with WFUV’s Rita Houston interviewing Glassnote head Daniel Glass, and things wrap on Saturday, August 10 with the Awards Brunch. In between, there are performances from Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Black Oxygen, Charley Crockett, Citizen Cope, Dan Luke & The Raid, Death Cab For Cutie: An Intimate Acoustic Performance, Hiss Golden Messenger, Illiterate Light, Izzy Spring, Jade Bird, Jamie N Commons, JD Simo, Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, Joel Rafael, Katie Toupin, Keane, Los Coast, Neal Francis, Noah Kahan, Pete Yorn, Ryan Martin, Season Ammons, Seratones, SOAK, The Commonheart, The Nude Party, Tyler Childers, Wilder Woods and Willa Amai featuring Linda Perry, as well as panels guaranteed to get you thinking about navigating the industry’s future. It’s also time to submit songs for the Music Meeting! Please send songs that will not have gone to radio before August 10 to VuHaus’ Mark Abuzzahab before July 31. You can send your submissions to email@example.com.
Online Registration is available through July 31 for only $429 at fmqb.registration.com. Also, you can reserve your room at the St. Julien at special Conference rates starting at $249 by going to www.stjulien.com and using group code GRPQ86 or calling (720) 406-9696. Keep checking FMQB.com for updates as more artists join the lineup.
Guster To Headline Riverfest
WXRV/Boston (92.5 The River) announced Guster will headline the 18th Annual Riverfest Seaside Music Festival. The 2019 Festival will be held on Sat., August 24, 2019 from 12 noon – 6 pm at its new location at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, MA. The perfect festival for music fans of all ages, the Riverfest Seaside Music Festival is presented by Bud Light. In addition to Guster, the festival will feature performances from Noah Kahan, Mt. Joy and Tall Heights, along with food trucks, multiple vendors and KidZone, an interactive area for children with inflatables, face painting and other activities. For the adults, there will be the Bud Light Build-a-Bar and Tito’s Handmade Vodka pop-up lounge.
“We are looking forward to bringing this year’s Riverfest to the beautiful Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, overlooking Gloucester harbor,” said Donald St. Sauveur, General Manager for WXRV/92.5 the River. “Many of our listeners come from Essex County especially Gloucester, Cape Ann and the surrounding communities and it just makes sense to bring Riverfest to them. Plus, Stage Fort Park provides an opportunity to grow the event in a safe and family friendly manner.”
Emmis Q1 Revenue Flat
Emmis Communications Corporation has announced results for its first fiscal quarter, which ended May 31, 2019. Emmis’ radio net revenues for the first fiscal quarter were $26.4 million, which is flat compared to a year ago. Pro forma for radio station divestitures, Emmis’ Q1 radio revenues were up three percent, which matched the three percent growth in Emmis’ markets.
Subsequent to the first quarter’s end, Emmis announced an agreement to sell its controlling interest in a partnership that owns and operates six Austin radio stations and two FM translators to Sinclair Telecable, Inc. Additionally, Emmis announced an agreement to form a new public company, Mediaco, with New York investment firm Standard General. Mediaco will purchase WBLS-FM and WQHT-FM (HOT 97) from the company, but Emmis will continue to manage operations of the stations.
After closing these transactions, Emmis expects to have approximately $88 million of cash available for reinvestment and other corporate purposes, after settling all tax obligations, closing costs, and assuming $13 million remains outstanding under the mortgage on its corporate headquarters.
“In the past 14 years, we’ve paid off more than $1.3 billion of debt while making the conscious decision to take our entrepreneurial skills and transition Emmis into new areas of growth. We believe that this fiscal year will reveal a new Emmis, and I couldn’t be more excited,” stated Jeff Smulyan, Emmis CEO/Chairman.
“Looking ahead, Emmis’ radio net revenues for its second fiscal quarter are currently pacing up double digits, largely thanks to a record-breaking HOT 97 Summer Jam concert in New York. Due to hard work and superior execution by our New York team, coupled with a terrific artist lineup, ticket revenue was the strongest in the 26-year history of Summer Jam. We are also seeing a nice strengthening in advertising sales overall, which points to an outstanding quarter ahead,” Smulyan added.
Elliot Roberts Passes
Elliot Roberts, who was Neil Young’s manager for over five decades along with stints managing Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tom Petty and many, many others, and who also co-founded Asylum Records with David Geffen, died on Friday, June 21 in Los Angeles. He was 76. While tributes continue to pour out from friends, clients and colleagues, possibly the most heartfelt tribute comes from Young and appears on the Neil Young Archives website:
My friend for over 50 years, Elliot Roberts, has passed away. We are all heartbroken, but want to share what a great human being Elliot has been. Never one to think about himself, he put everyone else first. That’s what he did for me for over fifty years of friendship love and laughter, managing my life, protecting our art in the business of music. That’s what he did.
He was devoted to each of his kids from the very beginning. He would fly half way around the world just to see his family for one day. That’s just the way he loved them. He was so happy with his soul-mate Dana. No matter where I was in the world, no matter his other obligations, he was always by the side of the stage as much as he could be.
Elliot was the funniest human being on earth with his uncanny wit and a heart filled with love. You never knew what he was going to say, but almost always a laugh was coming. Elliot never thought of himself, always someone else. He was my best friend in the world for so many years, and he was so happy for me and the life I had found, with Daryl [Hannah], my wonderful wife and soul sharer. All the words in the world could not express my sense of love and thanks to Elliot Rabinowitz and his beautiful family, who adored him. He was there for all of us.
When it came to our business, Elliot guided me through every move. Often I would call him multiple times in a day, arguing, discussing, planning and sharing. He was there for me and protected my music with a fierceness. He loved music and managed over the years many greats, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, David Blue, Tracey Chapman, Tegan and Sara, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Tom Petty, the Eagles, among others.
Elliot loved making deals for all of us, saving our publishing rights, ensuring we were treated well, helping book our concerts, as well as booking the Bridge Concert with Marsha Vlasssic from the very beginning for over 30 years. He made it happen. This world is forever changed for me, for all who knew him and loved him. His memory shines with love.
Elliot Roberts was the greatest manager of all time. See you at the gig, Elliot.
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Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Servants of the Sun
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Everything Hits At Once: The Best Of Spoon
On the Line
Father Of The Bride
We Get By
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Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)
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Years to Burn