The Festival Experience

Music Festivals Live On
grassroots movement

Music festival fans keep the grassroots movement alive

The great American music- festival weekend has long been an important rite of passage for our nation’s youth. Back in the 60s, before Conquer Entertainment’s blog reporter Tim Boehm was even born, the camping side of things – pitching your tent next to someone who, after three days, would either end up a lifelong friend or someone you would gladly see fall into the ‘long drop’ toilets – was as exciting, sometimes more so, than the bands.

The times, however, are a-changing, as no one sings around a campfire anymore. In this week’s blog, Tim  suggests the old school camping model is under threat from newer, fancier, more metropolitan events where everyone can go home after a hard day in the field.

Fair enough. Time is an increasingly precious commodity. The expense of a festival weekend can rival that of a foreign holiday, except with less chance of coming home with a tan.

Keeping the fans on their feet

But you can’t help but worry that making the outdoor gig experience easier and more disposable may ultimately have an impact on the thing that really matters: the music. Anyone who’s endured a wet folk festival in northern California will know the healing power of the perfect set at the perfect time, and how entire audiences can bond with artists for life as they overcome adversity together.

But, while the increasing drive towards shorter, more accessible events – not to mention the rise of golden circles and glamping areas – may ultimately help festival bottom lines, it threatens to rob the festival experience of its most important component: that feeling of community.

After all, if we’re not all in it together at a festival, then we might as well all stay at home. Now, that’s just Tim’s opinion and yours may differ; either way get the conversation started. Conquer Entertainment supports all festivals, large and small, from country venue in the Appalachians to a ‘back of the bus’ city concert.

This is just a small option piece but basically, just get out and enjoy the music wherever you can.

 

Conquer Remembers 9-11

NEVER FORGET: 9/11 Tribute Post

If you were born before the 90’s, you probably witnessed 9/11.  It’s a day that’s hard to forget.  Though it’s been 16 years since that horrible day, the sorrow felt is something that doesn’t ever disappear.  Each year, the Big Apple shines their lights bright in the sky, commemorating where the buildings once stood.

The city of New York also created a beautiful memorial for those who lost their lives that day, at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.  If you haven’t been, I encourage you to go experience this heartfelt place.  For as much sadness that is present, there’s an equal amount of hope, and I am so glad that I had the chance to pay tribute to the victims.

Today we at Conquer recognize all of the families that lost someone on that dreadful day, and in case you haven’t heard, here are a few songs from our artists that also pay tribute to the 9/11 victims.  May we never forget.

Caroline Messina“The Fall (9/11)”

Post Partum Productions – “911 – Children Of Zion”

#FlashbackFriday CONQUER TAKEOVER!

FlashbackFriday: BEST OF THE BOOTH Performers

A few Fridays ago, Conquer premiered our first ever booth contest, “Best of The Booth”, at our partner company, Market America’s International Convention (and also 25th anniversary). We put a post out to the local Triad, NC community (Greensboro, Raleigh, Winston, and surrounding areas), and got back such AMAZING artists and talent!

This week, we want to give a special shoutout and thanks to all of the artists and judges that participated in our contest!

*Special thanks to TISHMONE’ for putting together this cool recap vid of the day’s performers!  Check it out!

TISHMONE’
pop/soul

A.D. Scott

rap/funk/soul

Lauren Mullinex

pop/instrumental

J. Paradox Crews

hip hop/rap

SunQueen Kelcey

soul/hip hop/singer-songwriter

Honorable Mentions:

Jeneen Terrana

folk/americana

 

jeneenterrana.com

 

Judges:

HOST –

Shiragirl

pop/dance/rock

 

shiragirl.com

 

Jon Eric Zayas

entrepreneur/music lover/co-founder of LoopLabs

looplabs.com is his music creation platform

 

 

TA The Great TS

rap/hip-hop

 

 

Eddie Sarit

Internet Marketer/Certified Artist Developer

Dana Galpern

Internet Entrepreneur

 

 

Wake Up to The Morning Birds

Folktronica at its best
Jennifer Thorington

Indie / Pop rock / Folktronica Artists: The Morning Birds

Conquer Entertainment blog reporter Tim Boehm, spent part of his life in southern California and one of his favorite things to do was to make the drive up to Idyllwild near the base of the mountains. There he would hike and sample the local art culture. This past weekend, traveling from CE headquarters back out to his next assignment required no GPS or directions. The roads were ver familiar. He was on his way to a small coffee shop to meet up with the members of The Morning Birds for a discussion about folktronica (their special blend of folk music and electronica) and to see what being on our platform has meant to them.

To say that Jennifer Thorington and Samuel Markus, the couple that make up ‘The Morning Birds’, have a full life, is quite the understatement. Not only do they write, produce, and direct their own music but they also do videos and run their own public relations that represents numerous artists and bands.

One of their music videos, “It’s Then You’ll Know”, has soared to over 500,000 views on YouTube. Dang!  Check out why here

Jennifer, above, had been a professional make-up artist for fifteen years but quit to go after her music career. She met Sam, a former Idyllwild Arts film student, in Los Angeles back in 2008. Now, over 9 years and one baby later, they can look back on all the touring through the East Coast, Canada, and working on an album together.

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Samuel Markus

Sam, above, had the main stay in the groups name of ‘Samuel Markus and the Only Ones’ until they decided to take a break from all the song writing and focus on a new name. After sitting around all night long trying to find one, he came up with ‘The Morning Birds”. It captured the essence of the love they share and how they live their lives; always fresh, always awake, always in the early morning light.

With a new band name, they decided they also needed a new place to call home. They started looking for places closer to nature. LA, with the smog and traffic, was just getting to be too much to deal with and definitely not inspiring their music so a fellow musician suggested that he try out his boyhood home of Idyllwild, CA. It seems to have everything they were complaining they didn’t have. The area was ideal to inspire their unique blend of folk + electronica; they call it folktronica. The eclectic community with the arts and craft stores, local health food stops, and vegan atmosphere contribute deeply to the music and the inspirations they derive from all around them.

Likewise, when they moved over to Conquer Entertainment, they wanted something fresh and new as well. The appeal was the way the platform emphasized ‘life style’ with music. Although they have much to learn, the time on the platform has opened their eyes to the other ways a musician and bands can create revenue by sharing their lifestyle with their fans. Very cool idea!

With their coffees done, they shook hands and after some local salutations were exchanged they stepped out into the cool mountain air. We’ll definitely be hearing more from this energetic couple. So,…. from Idyllwild, CA, Conquer Entertainment’s blog reporters are traveling to their next destinations. Check back next week to see where he’ll be….

In the meantime: The Morning Birds and their music is hitting airwaves and popping up everywhere.

Check out his music at https://www.getconquer.com/themorningbirds/

Norway influences the music of Philly

alt-Rock Artist: Cris Valkyrie

Conquer Entertainment’s blog reporter Tim Boehm spent an epic week working the 25th Anniversary convention of Market America & Conquer’s booth from Greensboro, NC. Soon after, he was on the road again; this time to ‘Philadelphia PA’ where he followed up on rumors of a band who’s lead singer hailed from Norway and was bringing that unique Nordic sound to the local bars and pubs. Night after night he seemed to be one step behind as he followed up on leads but finally, late one Wednesday evening he happened into Bob & Barbara’s Lounge over on South Street near 15th. You know the place, its a dive bar but that night it felt like anything other than that when she took the stage and grabbed that mike. We’re talking about none other than Cris Valkyria. Our senior blog writer Kris Bailey did an excellent expose a few months back on her -> Check It Out Here. So you can totally understand how surprised Tim was when he found out the rumors of Nordic tunes was all about the Valkyrian herself.

After her performance Tim was able to catch her backstage and found out that she was born and raised in Moss, Norway. Cris said that she had lived and traveled the world most of her adult life. This, along with her educational background as a psychologist, her various hobbies like martial arts (2nd Dan, Taekwondo), horses, clothes design, arts & crafts, and passion for most hedonistic pleasures like food, music & arts, are all contributing factors tinting her musical compositions. Her music is ethereal and eclectic and her voice is mostly described as haunting. She considers herself a Musician, mother and psychotherapist. With a distinct Nordic accent intertwined with her English, Tim mentioned that many people in the area seemed to feel her music was ‘not from this place’ to which she laughed. “Right”, she said, “its more than just across the pond, the influences ascend from the lands of the Northern lights.” With a quick smile she said, “må gå” and noticing the quizzical look on his face, stated, “It means I gotta go”. They both laughed and after thanking her for her time, Tim finished up his soda water and organized his notes.

It seems she is following up to her solo EP with a new release! Her very epic debut album with her band, Valkyrians. Word on the street is the fanbase is abuzz.  The album, which will carry an updated version of her original six songs from the EP along with six additional brand new tracks, is expected to gain interest from around the world; from Norway to the States.

The Norway influences are all throughout her music and tonight it was heard all over Philly from a little dive bar near the corner of South St and 15th. Until next time, that was Conquer Entertainment blog reporter Tim Boehm. In her words, (not mine), må gå (I gotta go). Thanks, and hey, do look into her music from the link below.

Check out her music at: https://www.getconquer.com/crisvalkyria/music

 

Back in Brooklyn

Laney is all smiles
The nine views of Lanie

Conquer Artist: Laney Lynx

Back home in Brooklyn, NY, Laney sits comfortably in her favorite sofa as the Conquer Entertainment team of reporters catches up on the latest in her career. Three summers ago, Laney took the stage during Conquer Entertainment’s sponsored stage for Van’s Warped Tour along with fellow CE artist Shira Girl. Her infectious and lush voice mesmerized the crowd with her then first EP, ‘Naked Heart’. Later this performance and that song were featured in countless blogs across the nation.

Her latest single ‘Love Sick’ was a pivotal moment in her career as she combined a new sound that blended in electronic and dance music. As a singer & song writer, she was able to put those dual talents on display with the accompanying music video for ‘Love Sick’. https://youtu.be/5-ivaDExeI0

The YouTube hit video tells the story of a couple brought together by a fortune telling event in which Laney plays the fortune teller to a mysteriously handsome man that has shown up late at her clairvoyant abode inside her Airstream trailer parked in the forest. She begins to read his palms and moves on to the tarot cards, all the while trying to understand the strange attraction to him and the mystical connection they seem to share. She manages to cast a spell, that while it lasts, brings the two strangers into a passionate and mesmerizing intertwine upon the nearby bed.

Looking skyward as her career goes up

“Sizzling Hot!”, she giggles as she recounts how the music video won MTV’s recent competition and inclusion on mtvU: The Freshmen.  For 2017, she’s performed at a number of music series nationwide and at notable events like “Sofar Sounds” and ‘The Family Reunion” acoustic series. While this summer continues to unwind, Laney has managed to inject her feel-good downtempo dance music into ears everywhere. With her refreshing pop hooks, lush harmonies, and sensual bass lines, we can hardly wait to hear her forthcoming ‘Getaway’ EP coming out this week.

Her name is Laney Lynx and her music is creating a buzz and popping up everywhere. Thanks for inviting us to Brooklyn to catch up with you. We’ll catch up with you again soon and next time hope to meet your bassist: Antoine, the drummer: Zach, and Big Tone on Guitar.

Check out her music at https://www.getconquer.com/laneylynx

Hey Y’all: Celebrating Country!

Dust off your cowboy boots, pull out your hats get ready for some good country music with a side of BBQ to celebrate National Cowboy Day! July 22nd was the day for celebrating the western lifestyle, and honoring cowboy roots. We are going to the place that has it all “TEXAS”!

Country music is not hard to find in Texas. There are however some historical locations that make you feel like everybody is somebody. That is right I am talking about Luckenbach. Know for its old west style saloon, dance hall & general store located in Fredericksburg, TX. It all started back in the summer of  1973 when Jerry Jeff Walker, along with the Lost Gonzo Band, recorded the live album Viva Terlingua at the Luckenbach dance hall. The album became an outlaw country classic. Later in 1977, after Crouch’s death in 1976, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson vaulted Luckenbach in the national spotlight with the #1 country and #25 Pop charting song “Luckenbach, Texas” (Back to the basics of Love)

Texas barbecue has no peer on earth. Usually they are small establishments with little décor but the warmest atmosphere and delicious food that will have you coming back to savor over and over. Once in a while you will find them located out in a field with picnic tables seating over 800 and a barbeque sauce that has no tomatoes so it won’t burn. The Salt Lick has over 50 years’ experience cooking their slowly over an open fire fed by live oak. On a Saturday night you may have a little bit of a wait they serve over 2,000 in just one night.

The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is located in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. It features more than 100 inductees. Well-known names include country music legend George Strait and 9-time world champion rodeo cowboy.
You can also visit the Frontier Times Museum located in the Cowboy capital of the world. You certainly don’t want to miss The Fort Worth Stockyards while celebrating the American cowboy. It was named “The best tribute event” by American Cowboy Magazine. If you are ready for some live rodeo action head over to the historic Cowtown Coliseum of the Forth Worth Stockyards. There’s nothing that says cowboy better than hopping on horseback for a trail ride.

Jess Taylor – A New Sound

Jess Taylor Profile

Alternative Country Artist: Jess Taylor

Website: www.jesstaylormusic.com

GetConquer Page: www.getconquer.com/jesstaylor/

Bandtwango project page: https://bandtwango.com/projects/jess-taylor/

We here at Conquer had the awesome opportunity to interview Alternative Country artist (though one would consider her unrestricted by genre) Jess Taylor about her ongoing crowdfunding project. Hitting the ground running in High-school, Jess’s songwriting and vocal skills quickly led to a large fan following within mainstream country. 5 years later, and Jess is back in a way you’ve never heard her before.

For full in depth artist interview head to: http://www.conquerentertainment.com/conquer-artist-interview-jess-taylor/

COUNTRY ARTIST CAITLIN KOCH

Country Artist: Caitlin Koch

Caitlin Koch is a Nashville-based Country Artist best known for her performances on Simon Cowell’s production,. “The X Factor, USA” Season 1.

Originally from Orchard Park, NY, Caitlin started singing in church. Early on, she was influenced by Elvis Presley due to her parents’ musical tastes. Caitlin attended Orchard Park HS where she was a scholar athlete.

In 2011, Caitlin took her talent to the international stage when featured as the singing rugby coach on Simon Cowell’s production, “The X Factor USA” on FOX network. Caitlin received a standing ovation for her version of “Stop In The Name Of Love” by The Supremes. She ranked in the TOP 8 of Cowell’s team, but was cut before the show went to a live audience.

Caitlin Koch – “The X Factor, USA” Season 1 Auditions. Performs “Stop In The Name Of Love” by The Supremes but done a little bit different.

In 2015, Caitlin followed her dream to Nashville, TN in pursuit of music as an independent artist.

“I was at a crossroads in my life. I was not where I wanted to be in my career, so I had two choices: give up, or make a move. I made a move”, says Caitlin.

She relocated to Nashville and immersed herself in all the city had to offer.

You can learn more about her and check out her music at http://www.getconquer.com/caitlin

HEY GUYS – FOCUS ON THE FUN

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Alternative Art Rock: Hey Guy

“Focus on the fun and the love of the art rather than on the success. And then success will have no choice but to find you.” The perfect adage for this group of fun-loving oddballs, Hey Guy brings a quirky and bold spin to today’s rock scene!  Spanning the globe from Russia to Brazil, Hey Guy’s diverse crew comes together to create a sound that is as equally diverse as they are. Innovative original music with unique melodies, catchy tunes, and a sort of genre-bending freedom that is rare in today’s music, coupled with their hilarious onstage antics and bright personalities creates a new experience for the crowd  that they never expected. After seeing a Hey Guy show, they’ll feel like your long time friends; and you always want to hang with your pals!

For an in depth artist interview, head to:

http://www.conquerentertainment.com/conquer-artist-interview-hey-guy/