By popular demand, the Industry Jam made its return to the Music Biz convention on Monday, May 15. Attendees came together for an evening of live music, special tributes, awards presentations, signed instrument raffles, giveaways, and more with all proceeds benefitting the Music Biz Scholarship Foundation. We’re proud to announce that the event raised more than $10,000!
Scroll below to read more about the event and check out photos from the night here.
SiriusXM ‘80s host Richard Blade served as the emcee for the evening, leading the audience through a reunion of the original Alice Cooper Group and tributes to Emerson Lake & Palmer, featuring band member Carl Palmer; the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, featuring Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals), Cathy Richardson (Jefferson Starship), and Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge); the 50th anniversary of The Doors’ self-titled debut album; Joe Cocker’s partnership with Leon Russell; Chicago; Janis Joplin; and Jefferson Airplane. A special award was also presented by Producer Bob Ezrin to the Alice Cooper Group accepted by original members Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce, and Neal Smith. Manager Toby Mamis was also honored. A special award also honored Glen Campbell (accepted by his wife, Kimberly Woolen, with a special performance featuring Ashley Campbell, Shannon Campbell, and Cal Campbell). The night also featured performances from the Nashville Symphony Quartet with Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, Country star Mark Collie, and The Fisk Jubilee Singers. Music Biz also payed tribute to its former Treasurer John Trickett, who passed away last year.
The Jam closed with a live performance from house band The R.A.T.S. (Rock Against Terrorism), featuring a lineup of top musicians and industry executives. Band members include John Esposito (Warner Music Nashville), Adam Kury (Candlebox, Legs Diamond), Mike Aquino (Kevin Cronin, Jack Blades, Jim Peterik), Dave Dederer (Amazon Music, Presidents of the United States of America), Mike Gillespie (Concord Music Group), Vince Szydlowski (Capitol Music Group), Music Biz Chairman Fred Beteille (Facebook), Music Biz Vice Chairman Steve Harkins (Baker & Taylor), Randy Antlept (Off-Broadway, Todd Rundgren), Marty Silber (Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck), Island Styles (Candlebox, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack), Judy Tint (Counselor-at-Law, performs with The Four Tops), Joe Rapolla (Monmouth University), Hillel Frankel (Leavens, Strand & Glover LLC), Adam Parness (Pandora), Ty Roberts (Universal Music Group), Richard Storms (Record Archive), Kevin Quigley (Cinedigm), and Steve Herrman (Delbert McClinton, Lyle Lovett, Kenny Chesney, Waylon Jennings).
A full rundown of the Jam can be found below.