The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience will kick off their 2014 music festival season April 26 & 27 at Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville at Jacksonville, Florida’s scenic Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River. Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville (www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com) is a two-day destination music festival that anchors the World’s Loudest Month festival series and will feature a massive all-star rock lineup featuring Avenged Sevenfold, The Cult, Rob Zombie, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, and many more. The festival is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents.
The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience will also participate in Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion on May 3 & 4 near Charlotte, NC and Rock On The Range on May 16-18 in Columbus, OH. Details will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit www.facebook.com/CrazyDavesMusicExperience and http://www.crazydavesmusic.com for more info.
Crazy Dave’s Music Experience is a free, interactive “rock star” exhibit. Fans can expect to get hands-on interaction with tons of musical equipment, much of which is used by their favorite artists performing on stage at the show.
Visitors to Crazy Dave’s Music Experience will have the chance to test the latest music equipment from companies including: CAD, Chauvet, CHAUVET® DJ, Dunlop Manufacturing (MXR, Dunlop, Cry Baby, Way Huge), ESP Guitars, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (Jackson, Charvel, EVH), Hercules, Ibanez, Korg (Vox, Blackstar), Moog, PRS Guitars, and Yamaha & Steinberg.
Each musical product manufacturer in attendance will have representatives on hand to share the brand’s story, answer questions, and in some cases even give away merch or make impromptu recordings. There will be contests with some great prizes, and models of equipment on display will be available at special, discounted prices with free shipping from Crazy Dave’s. Most of the instruments for sale onsite also include a VIP ticket upgrade. Crazy Dave’s Music Experience will also host various artist appearances and signings.
In addition to the individual music equipment areas, the Yamaha & Steinberg Sound Lab will offer musicians the chance to instantly become part of a real recording session using Yamaha guitars, basses, THR amps, and keyboards. Performances will be recorded on the new Steinberg UR44 audio interface using Cubase 7.5 studio software for incredible professional sound. Performances will also be captured live on video with the mix directly from Cubase and then immediately uploaded to the Steinberg Facebook page. Once the videos are up on Facebook, people can “Like” their favorite videos and vote for their friends. The video with the most “Likes” will be broadcast on all the Steinberg U.S. social media outlets the following week.
“We are excited to keep growing the festival experience with everyone over at Crazy Dave’s Music,” says Clay Busch, Head of Marketing for Danny Wimmer Presents. “With public education and music programs losing government funding annually, it’s our responsibility to support creative artists and give them an outlet to learn, create and discover music with their favorite brands, rock stars and festivals.”
Here’s more information about the music equipment companies participating in this year’s Crazy Dave’s Music Experience:
Blackstar: From our new ID:Core practice amps to the flagship HT Venue series, all the way up to the high-end Series One and Artisan tube amps, our award-winning products are made for guitarists by guitarists, with a passion for tone that’s evident in everything we design. Our goal is to help guitarists express themselves with high-quality, affordable products that are different from the others. Whether you play rock, country, pop, or any other musical style, our products, and unique features such as the proprietary ISF (infinite Shape Feature), will help you to find the “sound in your head.”
CAD: CAD (Conneaut Audio Devices) Audio was initially formed in 1988 as the Pro Audio division of the Astatic Microphone (est. 1931) Company to design and manufacture microphones for the recording and live sound markets, segments not served by Astatic. Initially, CAD introduced a revolutionary servo circuit console and breakthrough processing products, then went on to develop a series of innovative and cost-effective high performance studio microphones. These included the highly acclaimed E100, E200 and E300 Equitek Series mics that literally defined the project studio and home recording revolution of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Today, CAD Audio is an industry leading manufacturer of headphones, live performance mics, studio mics, commercial installation products, wireless systems and USB microphones with an impressive roster of artist endorsees. CAD Audio products can be found on stages, in studios, TV and radio and wherever sound reinforcement is needed.
Chauvet: Chauvet, headquartered in the USA, is a leading global manufacturer of professional luminaires, truss and related equipment, fulfilling the needs of various industry sectors. Chauvet has four main brands: CHAUVET® DJ, CHAUVET® Professional, ILUMINARC® and TRUSST®. They share Chauvet’s unified strategy to pursue every market segment where it has a competitive advantage in terms of value, innovation and performance, with an emphasis on LED technology. For more information, please visit www.chauvetlighting.com.
CHAUVET® DJ: CHAUVET® DJ is a premier line of entertainment lighting, controllers and accessories for the mobile performer, DJs, clubs, corporate events and more — offering the most value in the industry. For more information, please visit www.chauvetdj.com.
Dunlop Manufacturing: Located in Benicia, California, Dunlop Manufacturing, Inc. was founded as a small, family-owned and operated company in 1965, and has since grown to be a leading manufacturer of electronic effects, picks, capos, slides, strings and other musical instrument accessories. Dunlop is the home of such legendary products as the Cry Baby wah-wah effect, Dunlop Strings, Tortex picks, as well as the MXR, Way Huge, and Custom Audio Electronics product lines.
ESP Guitars: Founded in 1975, the ESP Guitar Company is a leading global manufacturer of quality musical instruments. ESP brands include Custom Shop, Original Series, USA Series, E-II, and LTD. For more information call 800-423-8388 or visit www.espguitars.com.
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation: Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is a leading, global musical instruments company whose comprehensive portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Guild®, Tacoma®, Gretsch®, Jackson®, Charvel®, EVH®, SWR® and Groove Tubes®, among others. Fender® instruments include the Telecaster®, Stratocaster®, Precision Bass® and Jazz Bass® guitars. For more information, visit www.fender.com.
In 2007, FMIC acquired KMC Music, one of the largest independent U.S. distributors of musical instruments and accessories. In 2011, KMC Music and Musicorp united their sales and catalog divisions as KMC Musicorp, creating a leading wholesaler of musical instruments, accessories and lighting equipment. KMC Musicorp produces and/or distributes Ovation®, Takamine® and Hamer® guitars; Latin Percussion®, Gretsch® Drums, Gibraltar® Hardware, Toca® Percussion, Sabian® cymbals, Genz Benz® amplifiers and more. For more information, visit www.kmcmusic.com.
Hercules: Hercules has been an avid supporter of making DJing an accessible art form for everyone. The explosion in popularity of the MP3 phenomenon, laptop computers and high-speed Internet devices thrust Hercules in the development of its product ranges for the digital music market. Hercules offers niche targeted products (from entry level to high-end) with particular attention paid to design and software integration. The innovative functions developed allow users to discover and manage all aspects of DJing and digital music quickly and enjoyably. Hercules aims to support the cultural explosions that happen throughout the globe from the smallest venue to the largest stadium.
Ibanez: Although the Ibanez brand draws its lineage from a highly respected early 20th century Spanish classical guitar maker, the more modern chapter of its history starts in the 1960s when the company gained popularity in the U.S. for its startlingly good copies of American guitars. With the quality of those copies sometimes surpassing the originals, lawsuits ensued, driving the brand to seek its own direction. In hindsight, this was a fortuitous turn for the company. An era of enormous creativity commenced as Ibanez worked to develop its own identity…fast playing shred-worthy solid body electrics, refined hollow bodies adopted by the legends of jazz, some of the most popular basses in the world, traditional as well as uniquely styled modern acoustic instruments, effects such as the legendary Tube Screamer, and ultimately, as the bona fide leader in 7-string, 8-string, and now, 9-string guitars. Today, Ibanez stands as one of the few fretted instrument makers in the world that not only offers “something for everybody,” but accomplishes this objective with guitars and basses of unrivaled value.
Ibanez guitars are products of Hoshino Gakki, the company that also brought Tama drums to the music world.
Korg: Korg is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative manufacturers of electronic musical instruments––from keyboard music workstations and synthesizers to DJ and computer products, to recorders, tuners and effects processors. For over 40 years, Korg products have been used on stages and in studios by musicians of all genres around the globe, and have received countless industry awards and honors. Korg continues to be a leader today, crafting great-sounding, cutting-edge musical instruments and production tools.
Moog: Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog. All of Moog’s instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC.
PRS Guitars: Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of quality instruments in Stevensville , Maryland. Since 1985, the PRS team of highly skilled craftspeople has designed and built a wide variety of musical instruments and gear for worldwide distribution, including electric, acoustic, and bass guitars as well as boutique-inspired guitar amplifiers. The PRS SE line of products complements the Maryland-made PRS line by offering highly approachable and more affordable electric and acoustic guitars. Zach Myers of Shinedown, Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge, Dustie Waring of Between The Buried And Me, Clint Lowery of Sevendust, Fredrik Akesson and Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth, Marty Friedman, Orianthi, Neal Schon, and Carlos Santana are among the artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers.
Yamaha & Steinberg: Yamaha and Steinberg present their new interactive music event called Sound Lab, part of the Crazy Dave’s Music Experience tent. The Sound Lab is a chance for any and all musicians to instantly become part of a real recording session where they can use Yamaha guitars, basses, THR amps, and keyboards and have their performances recorded on the new Steinberg UR44 audio interface using Cubase 7.5 studio software for incredible professional sound. Performances will be captured live on video with the mix directly from Cubase and then immediately uploaded to the Steinberg Facebook page. Once the videos are up on Facebook, people can go and Like their favorite videos and vote for their friends. The video with the most Likes will be broadcast on all the Steinberg US social media outlets the following week.
Players of all ages and abilities are invited to come be part of the Sound Lab sessions to hear what they can sound like using professional recording tools. A producer will be on hand to put groups of up to 4 players together to record brand new songs written just for Sound Lab, and make them all sound great. There will also be special appearances by Yamaha artists during the event, and attendees can meet the artists and watch them play up close.
Sound Lab will be a great chance to interact with established artists, fellow musicians and the best production tools for playing and recording music. Bring your smart phone with a QR-code scanner app installed to get instant access to the videos on the Steinberg Facebook page, information on the tools being used, and special Sound Lab-only deals on Yamaha and Steinberg products from Crazy Dave’s Music Experience online.
Yamaha is the world’s largest musical instrument company with products including pianos, organs, guitars, basses, drums, keyboards, sound systems, recording technology, band and orchestra instruments, audio visual and commercial audio products.
Steinberg is the manufacturer of best in class audio interface products and world-leading recording, post production, and mastering software.
About Danny Wimmer Presents: Since 1995, DWP has created, developed and produced events from the club level to some of the largest North American festivals. Founded by industry veteran Danny Wimmer, DWP produces some of the largest festivals in the rock and alternative landscapes. Never satisfied with the status quo, Danny Wimmer Presents strives to create memorable and fulfilling concert experiences leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions.
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