Colorado nonprofit SpokesBUZZ recently wrapped up the third successful year of BandSwap 2014, the program that Hypebot calls “an excellent example of creative innovation in the music industry.” The program, even broader this year in scope and concept, brought together fans and industry professionals with 16 bands for 88 events in nine cities over four weeks. The events featured BandSwap performances by the participating bands and other local artists, music video premieres and screenings, educational discussions with an impressive list of panelists (below), networking SynchroniCITY mixers, Cultural Spotlight presentations shedding light on each city’s unique characteristics, presentations on innovative startups via InnovationSwap, and more!
BandSwap collaborators Dani Grant (Fort Collins) Lisa Gedgaudas (Denver) and Karin Wolf (Madison) will continue the collaboration this weekend at Washington D.C.’s Future of Music Policy Summit, appearing on a panel alongside The Future of Music Coalition co-founder Michael Bracy. The panel will discuss how innovators across the country are developing new models for the music industry as grassroots communities in conjunction with civic policymakers. SpokesBUZZ will present the kickoff party on October 26, with performances by Denver band Wiredogs and Washington D.C. band lowercase letters.
BandSwap 2014’s 16 chosen bands hailed from nine innovative cities across the country: Athens Ga., Charleston S. C., Chico Calif., Denver Colo., Fort Collins Colo., Madison Wis., Nashville Tenn., Lafayette La., and Portland Ore. They hit the road from September 11th through September 27th, playing shows in the partner cities. In mid-September, SpokesBUZZ released a compilation of songs from bands participating in BandSwap 2014 to celebrate the Homecoming events that took place in early October in Colorado, when all bands returned to home base in Fort Collins and Denver for five days of performances at eight venues, including including the Hi-Dive, The Walnut Room, and Galvanize in Denver and the Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Powerhouse, Downtown Artery, Avogadro’s Number, and Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins.
Three new programs were introduced as part of BandSwap’s expansion from a musical touring construct to a civic collaboration connecting diverse cultural and innovative ideas: SynchroniCITY, InnovationSwap, and Cultural Spotlight. These events allowed for an introduction to different audiences in the communities for musicians, innovative startups, and other culture contributors.
The 2014 Colorado bands were: Stella Luce (Fort Collins), The Yawpers (Denver), Gasoline Lollipops (Boulder), Eldren (Denver), Winchester Holiday (Fort Collins), The Deadwood Saints (Fort Collins), Shatterproof (Fort Collins), and Maxwell Hughes (Fort Collins).
The 2014 partner bands were: Lords of the Trident (Madison, Wis.), Jordan Igoe (Charleston, S.C.), Bonsoir, Catin (Lafayette, La.), k i d s (Athens, Ga.), Phin (Nashville, Tenn.), Amanda Broadway (Nashville, Tenn.), The LoLos (Chico, Calif.), and Lewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters (Portland, Ore.).
- Athens: UGA Music Business program director David Barbe, Alyssa DeHayes from Riot Act Media, Andrew Rieger from Elf Power, Maserati‘s Coley Dennis and Mike Turner from Crashing Through Publicity
- Denver: Cheryl Liguori (Z2 Entertainment/GM Boulder Theater), Mike Barsch (Soda Jerk Presents), Ross Hostage (Allout Helter), Bryan Knoebel (Denver band D.O.R.K.), Josiah Albertson (Denver Music Task Force) and Jami Duffy (Youth on Record)
- Fort Collins: Dr. Kris Kodrich, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Journalism and Technical Communication at Colorado State University, musician Liz Barnez, entrepreneurs Chris Snook, Justin Discoe and De Von Dent (owner of CD Man in Madison)
- Madison: moderated by Guy Hankel (Yahara Music Library), Preston Austin (Murfie Music), Beth Kille (Girls & Ladies Rock Camp, Madison), Ankur Malhotra (Amarrass Records, musicologist) and Mike Bailey (Program Chair Entertainment and Media Business Program Madison Media Institute); moderated by Guy Hankel.
- Chico: Dani Grant (SpokesBUZZ), Anita Rivas (Chico State University), Val Reddemann (Hero CMO) and Karin Williams (DownLo music venue)
BandSwap is a musical and cultural alliance among like-minded cities combining the best of grassroots collaboration, cross-promotion, creative connectivity and most of all, the unrivaled experience of live music. Please stay in touch until next year’s program by bookmarking the BandSwap website and liking the SpokesBUZZ Facebook page
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