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African-American Music Appreciation Month – June 2021

Nationalday.com The United States has been celebrating African-American Music Appreciation Month in June since 1979. The month of June is set aside to appreciate the contributions of African-American musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters in American culture. The month honors the history and rich African traditions that gave birth to different styles of music such as…
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Pollstar 2021 Impact 50: One On One With Lance ‘KC’ Jackson and Bill Reeves

 By: Deborah Speer Long before their professional lives would intersect as co-founders of Roadies of Color United International, production and tour manager Bill Reeves and stage manager Lance “KC” Jackson came into their professional callings by following very different roads.  See Pollstar’s Full 2021 Impact 50 List Here   Reeves, 74, became enchanted with the stage…
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Jim Crow Union Forced to Change

New York Archives article written by Brian Purnell More Black history of the IATSE.Jim Crow Union Forced to Change”In existence since 1886, IA Stagehands Local 1 granted an all-Black auxiliary branch a charter in 1937 after Black workers in Harlem organized independently as a means of stopping white outsiders from hoarding all the theater jobs.…
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A Bit Of Nostalgia, An ‘Extraordinary Venue’ Turns 150: Royal Albert Hall Unveils Anniversary Program

 By: Gideon Gottfried Photo By: J Collingridge The Royal Albert Hall’s auditorium.Neil Warnock, global head of touring at UTA, told Pollstar, “I don’t think there’s another auditorium in the whole world that is like the Albert Hall.” London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall has unveiled the initial program for the upcoming 150th anniversary celebrations. Pollstar spoke…
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Racism on the Road: The Oral History of Black Artists Touring in the Segregated South

By Steve Knopper Billboard spoke with Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Booker T. Jones and other legendary acts who faced extreme racism to bring their music to the American South in the 1950s and ’60s. Powered byWordPress Support Excerpt of an Excellent Read. One day in the early ’50s, three jazz legends were on a road trip…
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Black Music Month 1979

President Jimmy Carter first designated June as Black Music Month in 1979, and celebrated the decree with a White House concert

Though Carter declared June Black Music Month with the event in 1979, and black music institutions celebrated every June thereafter, Black Music Month didn’t become an official observation until 2000. Dyana Williams discovered in the late ’90s that President Carter didn’t issue an official decree, so she worked with her local congresswoman to draft House…
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Joe Schaffner, Tour Manager For Aretha, Marvin Gaye & The Jacksons, Talks Back In The Day

Joe Schaffner is an old school touring professional. So old school, in fact, that when he started out in the early ’60s there weren’t titles like “tour manager” or “production manager.” Being based out of Detroit helped him to work for some of Motown’s hottest acts, including Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and The Supremes, and later arena- and stadium-fillers like Earth, Wind & Fire and The Jacksons. Pollstar caught up with Mr. Schaffner, at 80-years young, to get his recollections of what the business and the racial climiate was like back in the day and how it’s developed over his six-decade-spanning career.

An Update From SIR

We hope this message finds you and your families well. This has certainly been a challenging time for the music industry and we want to let you know you’re not alone in the fight. As we all try to navigate our ‘new normal’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, please know that we’re here to work with…
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A Lil Nostalgia… In The Studio: How The Sync Head (And The Overdub) Changed Recording Forever

By Bruce A. Miller In the beginning there was no recorded music, then limited recording capability, and things have taken off from there in making a significant impact on how music is made. Once upon a time there was no recorded music, and you could only listen to live music. Brilliant musical performances occurred and…
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Dream Series Interview

By Joel Parisole Our Co-Founder Lance “K.C.” Jackson was recently was called upon for an interview by an old friend on his new series called Dreams Interview In this episode we talk with Mr. Lance “KC” Jackson. One of the original OGs, the stories he tells are timeless. Be sure to follow him on Instagram…
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