On Tour: Thee Phantom

Described as “part b-boy, part Beethoven,” Thee Phantom uniquely combines hip-hop with live orchestration. Read on to get the 411 on his upcoming College Tour that kicks off this week with a SOLD OUT show at the University of Texas, the advice he’d give someone who’s trying to break into the business, and more.

Hey Thee Phantom, thanks for being a part of our series! Introduce yourself – who is Thee Phantom?
Thee Phantom is the combination of all my childhood inspirations. Hip-Hop, Classical Music, Comic Books, Sports & of course my favorite Broadway musical, Phantom of the Opera. I am a Composer/MC/Producer who combines the raw energy and passion of Hip-Hop, with the beautiful melodies of live orchestral accompaniment.

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A Non-Definitive List of Nashville Music Venues

Are you new to the Nashville scene? Our Nashville-based CONNECT Manager Daren, who has lived in Music City for over a decade, rounded up a list of venues that are establishing the current music scene. Read on for the inside scoop.

I think it’s important when embarking on new territory, or maybe when needing a change of scenery, to forge ahead with a solid understanding of the lay of the land. While I do realize that this post exists within my bubble of the city I’ve lived and worked in for around 11 years, I think it’s important for bands, songwriters, and singer/songwriters to play Nashville. Music City cliché aside, there really is a ton of music (so much so that some people specifically seek out places without music) and a ton of people that support it, fans and industry included. This inevitably means there will need to be venues to support these artists. Below is my list of Nashville music venues that are establishing the current live music scene:

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Behind the Opportunity: Treehouse Festival

We’re so excited to share that we’re the official submission platform for the inaugural Treehouse Festival in L.A.! What started as a monthly event held at pop-up locations in L.A. where performers present their talents, has evolved into an all-day festival at The Ambassador Auditorium to expose upcoming artists to the crowd they deserve. We chatted with the inspiring team behind Treehouse to learn about the festival, exclusive ReverbNation opportunity, Kickstarter campaign, and more.

Hey Alex, Diana, and Charlsey! Thanks for chatting with us! Can you tell us a little about yourself.
Alex Wisner: Musician at AKW/Founder of Treehouse
Diana Mantis: Photographer
Charlsey Kellen: Founder of Dog-Eared Records

We are beyond excited to be the official submission platform for the First Annual Treehouse Festival! Can you tell us a little about Treehouse?
Alex: I’m so happy to be working with you guys. I know that this site has such a plethora of artists waiting to be found and that’s truly what we’re all about. Treehouse Festival is a one-day festival taking place in Los Angeles on October 15th. This festival is the result of a monthly event that I’ve been holding every month for the last year and a half. These monthly events started in my living room and quickly grew too large and became pop-up events all around Los Angeles. We showcase musicians, writers, actors and filmmakers. Each person has a 8-10 minute slot and we’ve ranged from 8 artists to sometimes 20 artists in one night. People submit via our website and we curate a night in a random location adorned with Christmas tree lights, an attentive audience and very memorable, touching performances.

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On Tour: Air Traffic Controller

Boston-based indie pop band Air Traffic Controller is hitting the road with Bronze Radio Return. They've recently been featured in Culture Collide, Gary V's Daily Vee, and included in the NHL 17 Spotify playlist. Check out their upcoming tour dates below and find a stop near you.

Air Traffic Controller 2016 Tour Stops:
September 28 – Grand Rapids, MI, Pyramid Scheme
September 29 – Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
October 1 – Columbus, OH, Rumba
October 2 – Ferndale, MI, Magic Bag
October 4 – Milwaukee, WI, Shank Hall
October 5 – Minneapolis, MN, Turf Club
October 6 – Davenport, IA, Redstone Room
October 8 – Dekalb, IL, House Cafe
October 9 – Saint Louis, MO, Delmar Hall
October 10 – Cincinnati, OH, Southgate House
October 11 – Nashville, TN, The Mercy Lounge
October 12 – Durham, NC, Motorco Music Hall
October 13 – Atlanta, GA, Vinyl
October 16 – Pittsburgh, PA, Diesel Club Lounge


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An Inside Look at The Bergamot’s Unity Tour

Have you seen a Volvo covered in inspiring messages in your city? The Bergamot have been driving across the U.S. on their Unity Tour, stopping in each state to perform and have people write messages of hope and unity on their Unity Car. We caught up with the husband and wife duo to talk about their amazing journey, their final show in NYC this weekend, and more.

In 10 words or less describe the Unity Tour.
Life changing – the greatest stories in life are real stories.

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Road to Sturgis: Meet Midnight Mob, Low Volts, and The Grizzled Mighty

What’s it like to hit the road and perform at Sturgis Buffalo Chip? We’re going behind the scenes with Midnight Mob, Low Volts, and The Grizzled Mighty on their journey to Sturgis, SD for the performance of a lifetime. Road to Sturgis promises to take you on each band's journey as the make their way to Sturgis Buffalo Chip to perform at the biggest motorcycle rally in the U.S.. Read on to meet the bands and follow their Road to Sturgis.

Hey everyone! We’re so excited to follow your journey to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip! What was it like to find out that you were selected for this opportunity out of thousands of bands?

Midnight Mob: We are so excited! It’s kind of unbelievable and frankly a little terrifying. We’ve been together 7 years and for the most of us this was our first band. Some of us never played our instruments before, so it’s kind of unfathomable that we get to be apart of this after the kind of humble beginnings we’ve had. I can’t imagine being in front of that many people opening for One, the only Metallica Tribute Band and Three Doors Down on a Saturday night. Then have the opportunity again to play then next night after Kid Rock’s set. We’re pretty speechless about all of this. We’re that stereotypical story that began by kicking out the jams in the back of a garage & believing in it all these years. 

Low Volts: It felt really great to be selected to play Sturgis, still does! I’m a motorcycle fiend!

The Grizzled Mighty: Pretty cool. Things are going to get weird in South Dakota.

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Introducing Road to Sturgis

Have you ever wondered what life on the road is like? We're following Midnight Mob, The Grizzled Mighty, and Low Volts as they travel to Sturgis, SD to perform at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. These rockin' bands were selected through an exclusive ReverbNation opportunity to play along a lineup that includes Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson, and more. Over the next few weeks, they'll be documenting their journey with GoPros, photos, and more to give you an inside look at what life is really like. Come along for the ride and get to know the bands.

Take an inside look at life on the road with Midnight Mob, The Grizzled Mighty, and Low Volts. Road to Sturgis promises to take you on each band’s journey as the make their way to Sturgis Buffalo Chip to perform at the biggest motorcycle rally in the U.S.. Follow three unique bands, all with different stories, each coming from different parts of the country, but with one mission — making it to Sturgis, South Dakota for the performance of a lifetime.

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Life on the Road: Good Graeff

From booking their first tour on their own to touring the country nonstop for the last three years, twins Brooke and Brit of indie-pop duo Good Graeff know a thing or two about living life on the road. They just premiered their music video for “Good Touch” on Galore Magazine and shared their go-to touring tips and rules for indie bands with us. If you’re about to hit the road, read on for advice from the ladies of Good Graeff.

Brooke and Brit here from Good Graeff!

We’ve been touring consistently for the last three (ahhh almost four!) years, the first of which was a three month tour we booked ourselves (Yikes!). Now we try and keep it to six weeks and under. Here are some tips we’ve learned, and some rules we have. Not to say these will totally resonate with you and your band, or work for every band… EVERY BAND IS SO DIFFERENT. Also, most bands are all guys, which I think also changes what can drive you crazy. So these are guides for an indie touring band. If you are about to embark on your first tour, there is a big learning curve I think, and you will have awesome highs, and probably a few tour lows, but hey! That’s kinda what it’s all about.

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