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Music Events (more headlines) 09-04-2012

7th Annual Aiken & Friends Fest Offers More Than Great Music

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Website: http://www.aikenandfriendsfest.com/about/index.htm

Nashville, TN (September 4, 2012) – The 7th Annual Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest offers more than just great music; the event also offers fun and informative workshops that benefit music education in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. A much-touted Fest feature, the annual educational seminars offer a variety of topic choices to those who wish to learn more about the various aspects of the music industry. This year’s program features:

• Songwriters’ workshop – hosted by singer/songwriters Mike Aiken, Elliot Lurie and Bonnie Bishop. Format is often governed by attendee questions, but this year writing for specific markets like film/TV placement will be addressed.

• Guitar seminar – taught by master guitarist Sam Dorsey (Chair of Norfolk State University's Music Dept., member of the Tidewater Guitar Orchestra); open to players of any age and skill level.

• Music Promotion 101 – insights from Northwind Records' President Amy Aiken and Lurie. Topics cover how the Indie artist can advance their career and song/artist promotion within film and TV.

All educational events are held on Saturday, September 29, and the cost to participate is included in the general ticket purchase price of $35. Special seminar-only tickets are available for $10. “The Saturday kick-off concert consists of musicians from our local schools,” comments Jim Abicht of Smithfield Music. “This gives our audience a chance to see what their money is doing for our communities and a chance for our students to perform before a non-biased audience. Both sides learn something.” Abicht comments on the educational workshops offered each year, “They have done a great job of engaging the participants--no matter the level of expertise they bring to the table. From beginners to those who could probably teach their own class, the leaders make sure everyone walks away with something that will advance their knowledge of music.”

Now in its seventh year, Smithfield Music's Aiken and Friends Fest benefits youth music education through its vibrant annual Americana/Roots festival. A "celebration of songwriters," this small-town Virginia event introduces music fans to national, regional and local artists in the rural splendor along the Pagan River. Smithfield’s very active music scene is due in part to the efforts of Jim & Elaine Abicht who head Smithfield Music.

Festival founder and Americana/Country/Roots artist Mike Aiken notes, “The benefits to area children are enormous, and we are humbled by the many folks who continue to participate.”

Click HERE for more information on the Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest.




ABOUT SMITHFIELD MUSIC
In 2005, the Isle of Wight Arts League entered into a partnership with Smithfield Music, a venture created by Jim and Elaine Abicht, to present performances by top tier professional musicians in the family-friendly venue, the Smithfield Little Theatre . Net proceeds from Smithfield Music events are donated to the school music programs in Isle of Wight County. As a program of the Isle of Wight Arts League, Smithfield Music is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and donations to Smithfield Music may be tax deductible.

ABOUT ELLIOT LURIE
For more than 25 years, Elliot Lurie has been a successful film & TV music supervisor in Hollywood. As an independent supervisor, he has contributed to hit movies like A Night At The Roxbury, Something's Gotta Give and Stuart Little. His television credits include: Clueless, The 4400 and Lizzie McGuire.

ABOUT AMY AIKEN
Amy's background was pure do-it-yourself, and she learned from the ground up. She has engineered albums for Mike Aiken, blues artist Bobby Blackhat Walters, pop artist Sonya Lorelle and others. She started the Indie label Northwind Records in 2002, and as label President she's produced and promoted numerous records to #1, Top 25 and Top 50 in U.S. and Europe.

ABOUT MIKE AIKEN
Northwind Records' recording artist Mike Aiken is a songwriter/artist known for his signature blend of Americana, Country and Roots which have garnered him #1 hits in the U.S. and Europe. Between performances Mike is writing new songs, recording and working on his philanthropic projects that include both the annual Aiken & Friends Fest and the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race that benefits environmental concerns.



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CONTACTS

Festival Media
Martha E. Moore
so much MOORE media
somuchmoore@charter.net

Northwind Records
Amy Aiken
pr@northwindrecords.us

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