Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

 

Last night, Jackie and I had the opportunity to see our client, Ben Leftwich at The Social in Orlando.
Ben is very captivating on stage. His sense of humor is spectacular and he makes it a point to connect with his audience personally.

“Lovin’ Life”, New Music Video by The Jive Aces

Congratulations to our client The Jive Aces with the release of their new music video, “Lovin’ Life”, from their album “Spread A Little Happiness”.

Enjoy!

The Trouble With Taxes!

Debtor's Prison

Income Tax, Value Added Tax, Sales Tax, Excise Tax, Inheritance Tax, Corporate Tax, Payroll Tax, Gift Tax…the world is filled with hundreds of different types of taxes. There are so many to choose from it’s enough to keep a politician happy for life and after. So where do you begin? Well, if you are attending the Amsterdam Dance Event this upcoming October 19-23, our very own Cecile Glunt will be speaking to clear everything up for you!

The Trouble With Taxes! will be held on October 20th as one of the ADE Pro venues held that day. The 45-minute seminar will cover topics such as legitimate deductions, credits for  double taxations, everything you want to know about VATs but were afraid to ask and what to do with the abolishment of the VAR system in Holland. So click that link, mark it on your schedule and join Cecile, Harold Grams, Dick Molenaar and Moderator Dave Clarke as they help you navigate the pitfalls and grasp the joys of global entertainment taxation!

PAE in Orlando

The Performing Arts Exchange of the South is holding their annual conference in Orlando. I had a wonderful opportunity to welcome friends to my hometown.
Dinner tonight included Jennifer Morris – Siegel Artist Management, Jackie Page – CWA Management,  David Wannen – President of NAPAMA, Christine Barkley – Creative Booking Agency and Jeff Laramie – SRO Artists.

FOUR Nominations!

Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

 

I just received the great news that our client, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, from Prince Edward Island, Canada, scored FOUR nominations this year from their new album Auprès du Poêle at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, being held in Toronto this year, December 2 – 3. This is the most nominations for any performer at this year’s event!

Nominations were in the following categories:

  • Traditional Album of the Year
  • Traditional Singer of the Year
  • Ensemble of the Year
  • Pushing the Boundaries

If you are not familiar with these performers, they are amazingly talented; a bilingual mix of English and French combined with a Guitar, Fiddle and a Bodran, creating a modern Folk/Fusion sound. Check out the reviews on their website.

Congratulations guys and good luck at the awards!

Devin Townsend Project

 

Last evening, Jackie and I had the opportunity to meet our client Devin Townsend. He performed at The Plaza – a favorite Orlando venue I’ve talked about before. A few days ago, Devin had a bit of an accident and sprained his ankle. Backstage before the show, he was on crutches and could not walk. His ankle was the size of a grapefruit and had colors that a calligrapher would be proud of. On stage, he killed the packed house and no one knew – unless they had followed his Facebook page – which has some funny comments.

Professionals like Devin know how to give the audience an incredible show – and his fans loved it. When he hit the stage, the rush of the fans must have made his pain disappear.

Las Vegas!

Dash Berlin

Backstage at Las Vegas with Dash Berlin and Frank Page

 

While in Las Vegas for Psycho Las Vegas, Cecile and I were invited to be guests of Dash Berlin at an afternoon function he was performing at the Cosmopolitan. Here’s an action photo of him and me before he went on stage. The packed crowd went bonkers when he was introduced.

Psycho Las Vegas

This weekend we are heading to Psycho Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel.
We have a good number of clients performing at this event including one of the pioneers of Shock Rock and Heavy Metal, Arthur Brown.

Arthur Brown singing "Fire"

Arthur Brown singing “Fire”

Will be sending updates to the blog during the weekend.

No. 1 in the World!

 

Congratulations to our client We Banjo 3. Their album String Theory is NUMBER 1 on the Billboard World Albums chart this week. That’s the entire world folks, including Suriname, Tonga and Mauritania!

Great job guys!

Oceans Ate Alaska

Jackie and I had the opportunity to see another one of our British clients, Oceans Ate Alaska, perform. They are on the grueling Vans Warped Tour that came through Orlando last night. The weather was very fortunate to them as this is daily thunderstorm season but yesterday it was just a light sprinkle only. Jackie and I had a chance to have dinner with them. These guys are great fun to spend time with.