Thursday, November 18, 2010

Musician's Friend presents: The John Lennon Songwriting Contest Video Challenge!

This is HUGE and.... ready for it... FREE!

Now is the time to share your music video with others! Who knows, it may land you a Recording Session on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a new Gibson Guitar, Audio-Technica mics, or some serious attention generated from movie screens across the nation!

It doesn’t have to be a professional recording, grab a video camera and share your music with the world! Check out details below and click through to the Musician’s Friend facebook page.


Friday, November 12, 2010

30th Annual John Lennon Tribute @ Beacon Theater Tonight, presented by Theatre Within

Conceived from his passing, John Lennon’s life and spirit was honored by a gathering of mourning artists and appalled friends. Since, the gathering has become an annual tribute benefiting music communities, sending positive life messages, and honoring the great life we all miss so much.

This year, the Tribute will benefit the Playing For Change Foundation. This foundation’s goal is to “Create positive change through music education for all musicians and their communities.” (

If nothing about this event has caught your attention as impressive or inspiring yet, maybe understanding who is performing and attending will change your mind. Jackson Brown, Patti Smith, Cyndi Lauper, Aimee Mann, Keb’ Mo’, Joan Osborne, Martin Sexton, Taj Mahal, and many more will each perform one or two John Lennon songs!

Check out more on the event and it’s background here:

Friday, November 5, 2010

WINNER UPDATE: Village Kid announces last show of 2010 before heading into the studio.

JLSC Session I, 2010 Jazz Grand Prize winner, Village Kid, is gearing up for their last show of 2010 at The Velvet Lounge near Perth, Australia. The show is next Thursday, November 11 at 8pm!

Village Kid, forming late in 2009, has already tackled what many bands would consider a successful first 5-10 years or even a career. Usually, bands this young are still trying to pull their own weight at open mics and hole-in-the-wall bars. Maybe getting a gig as an opener for an opener, or being some sort of cover band should be where they are at in their career, right? Nah… Village Kid has already burned through a tour with Thirsty Merc, supported The Black Sorrows, won the JLSC, and released their debut EP, “Colourful Girl,” to a sold out crowd at The Paramount in Northbridge, Perth.

To finish a huge first year, Village Kid will be heading into the studio this December to record their next EP. So, look out for their EP sometime next year. Or, knowing Village Kid, it might just find you.

“Village Kid are really, really good.” – X-press Magazine, September 2010

“Aaron Malone is a damn good vocalist.” – Spaceship News, June 2010

“These guys have some real talent for playing and writing.” – Drum Media, May 2010


Announcement Update: Monday, Nov. 15 winners TBA on

Thanks to everyone who submitted a John Lennon inspired song to the special 70th Birthday Anniversary Songwriting Contest. We are currently listening to your entries and Yoko Ono will select the big winner! Winners will be announced Monday, November 15 on