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Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair, JHAF, 360 MAGAZINE, Image Courtesy of Lucas Ayoub

Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair

Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair (JHFAF) closed its first edition on Sunday, September 15, 2019, with strong sales and high attendance. Over the four-day event, JHFAF reports about 2,000 visitors with $2 million in sales. JHFAF brought out some of Jackson Hole’s most prominent locals, as well as new visitors, all excited to see the museum-quality fair presented within Jackson Hole’s thriving arts community.

The fair presented 50 exhibitors who brought works that they felt matched the personal aesthetics of the Jackson Hole community. Works ranged in genre and price from world-renowned artists like Maynard Dixon, Ed Mell, Billy Schenck, Eanger Irving Couse, Thomas Hart Benton, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Ed Ruscha and Sam Francis. 

Fair Director Rick Friedman said, “Because JHFAF was the first international fine art fair in town, I think both collectors and exhibitors did not know what to expect. I’m so happy to report that all attendees I spoke to said it was far beyond their expectations. We heard the repeated comments, ‘loved it, fantastic, and terrific’ by fairgoers as they left the fair. We produced a multi-genre fair, with works within the Contemporary, Modern, Native American and Wildlife genres, with many of the early to mid 20th century pieces finding new homes. I see this as a breakthrough event that presented world-class and museum quality offerings across all of our showcased genres and I think the sales prove that. It was the wealthiest collectors as a percentage of the attendance of any of my fairs ever, over 10 years. ” 

Exhibitors reported strong sales with  Redfern Gallery, Nieto Fine Art, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Montana Trails and Mongerson Gallery reporting mostly sold out booths. 

Throughout the weekend, guests were treated to special programs and events including artist Q&A’s with Barbara Van Cleve, Donald Martiny, Larry Pirnie and Sarah Winkler. During the fair, JHFAF also produced a silent auction, which raised money for its institutional partner, The National Museum of Wildlife Art. 

JHFAF presented several awards throughout the weekend including the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to the late John Nieto and the 2019 Art Collectors of the Year Award to Anne Phillip, the 2019 Sculptor of the Year award to Bart Walter and the Contemporary Artist of the Year award to Paul Villinski. Quotes from Galleries:

Local dealer, Miriam Diehl of Diehl Gallery said, “It’s been incredibly exciting to see an art fair of this caliber in Jackson Hole. It’s been wonderful to have so many like-minded dealers and the camaraderie among them has been amazing and encouraging. It’s been tremendously successful for us and we look forward to the second edition.”

John Nieto Gallery who was awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award for the late John Nieto said, “The visitors have been very quality. They know the work and the artist’s history. We’ve even had a lot of collectors who own Nieto’s work come by. There have been many great conversations about art.” 

Rey Redfern of Redfern Gallery said, “The show has been much more than I expected. I’ve met a lot of people and I’ve sold a lot of paintings. They’ve been paintings I’ve had tucked away for a long time, but they’re high quality and that’s why they sold.” 

Brenda Linscott from Endeavor Fine Art said, “We had a chance to bond with our space and develop a sampling of five of our artists who we’ve worked with for many years. It’s been so nice for us to see our artists in a visual conversation with other artists at the fair. To walk through the show and see what everyone else brought has been really incredible too. There really is room for everyone.” 

Thomas Paul of Thomas Paul Fine Art said, “JHFAF did a great job putting this  fair together with such an excellent variety of artists on display. It was so nice to see such a powerful exhibition of contemporary art  brought to Jackson Hole.” 

2019 Galleries: 917 Fine Arts (Miami Beach), Abend Gallery (Denver), Addison Rowe Fine Art (Santa Fe), NM Andrew Smith Gallery (Tucson), Bill Hester Fine Art (Santa Fe) Bonhams (LA, NYC, London), Calabi Gallery (Santa Rosa) Childs Gallery (Boston), Diehl Gallery (Jackson), The Directed Art Modern Gallery (Miami), Elizabeth Gordon Gallery (Santa Barbara), Endeavor Fine Art (Nashville), Faust II (Santa Fe, Scottsdale),Gail Severn Gallery (Ketchum), Gallery 1261 (Denver), Gary Snyder Fine Art (NYC, Bozeman),GF Contemporary (Santa Fe), Green River Stone Company (Logan), HG Contemporary Art (Flushing), ILIAD (New York), Imago Galleries (Palm Desert), J Klein Gallery (Scottsdale), James Compton Gallery (Santa Fe), K Contemporary (Denver), Kiechel Fine Art (Lincoln), L.A. Design (Missoula), Legend Nano Gallery (Carlsbad), Mai Wyn Fine Art (Denver), Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery (Tucson), Matthew Rowe Fine Art (Santa Fe), Maynard Dixon Museum (Tucson), Melissa Morgan Fine Art (Palm Desert) Mike Clark Fine Art (Billings), Nieto Fine Art (Rockwall), Patricia Qualls Contemporary Art (Carmel Valley), Peace Waters Collective (San Diego), Prescott Gallery & Sculpture Garden (Santa Fe), Redfern Gallery (Laguna Beach), Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., (New York), Seagrave Gallery (Santa Cruz), Steidel Contemporary (Lake Worth), Stevens Fine Art (Phoenix), Studio Greytak (Missoula),T.H. Brennen Fine Art (Scottsdale), Tayloe Piggott Gallery (Jackson), Thomas Paul Fine Art  (West Hollywood),Timothy Yarger Fine Art (Los Angeles), Waddell Gallery (Scottsdale), Walker Fine Art, LTD (New York), Wilde Meyer Gallery (Scottsdale), Woolff Gallery (London).2019 Sponsors: American Art Collector, artnet,​ Art Collector’s Athenaeum, Bonhams Auction House, Family Management Corporation, George B. Stroer Foundation, Grand Teton National Park,  Jackson Hole Community Radio, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Jackson Hole Public Art, Montanya Distillers, Mountain Living, 96.9 The Mountain KMTN Radio, The National Museum of Wildlife Art, Snow King Hotel, Teton Distillery, Wyoming Arts Council, Young’s Market  
Venue: Snow King Sports and Events Center (100 E Snow King Ave)

About Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair
The Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair is the latest addition to the luxury, regional fairs produced under the leadership of Fair Director, Rick Friedman. Other fairs produced by Friedman include: the Hamptons, Aspen, Houston, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Silicon Valley and Philadelphia. JHFAF is excited to contribute to Jackson Hole’s vibrant arts community. 2019 Sponsors: American Art Collector, artnet,​ Art Collector’s Athenaeum, Bonhams Auction House, Family Management Corporation, George B. Stroer Foundation, Grand Teton National Park,  Jackson Hole Community Radio, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Jackson Hole Public Art, Montanya Distillers, Mountain Living, 96.9 The Mountain KMTN Radio, The National Museum of Wildlife Art, Snow King Hotel, Teton Distillery, Wyoming Arts Council, Young’s Market 

Image Courtesy of Lucas Ayoub. 

FindMyFans

FindMyFans wants to solve the problem of revenue generation for artists and bands by utilizing data already being generated from their social media and streaming profiles. This data, when combined and visualized in the app, will give users an accurate reflection of their fan activity and listener locations. This will empower them to plan better touring routes and create targeted marketing plans to maximize their profits. 

The app’s goal is to be a resource for everyone in the music industry from professionals to DIY artists. According to founder & CEO, Ravi Ramkeesoon, “Location intelligence is the most effective of the metrics from social and streaming from an artist and bands as it serves as markers for where they already have traction.  Many times, these markets are unknown or are overlooked butcan represent additional revenue opportunities.  They’re an artist’s pot of gold. FindMyFans will be able to identify these new opportunities.”The goal of the campaign is to raise $170,000USD to finalize the app’s development, test, and launch in the App Store and Google Play.

Key Features Include:

* Top Countries Played

* Top 50 Global Streaming Songs

* Social & Streaming Trends

* Top Songs by Genre

The timing for this type of app is perfect as streaming has continued to grow and social media is widely and regularly used all over the world. According to Nielsen’s 2018 Year-End Music Report, American music streaming volume continued to rise, with the total number of on-demand audio song streams reaching 611 billion in 2018, a sizable 49% increase over the same time period in 2017. Overall on-demand music streaming volume, including video, surpassed 900 billion streams, an increase of 43% over the same period last year. Additionally, 90% of millennials globally are active on social media (Emarketer, 2019). This means the data that artists and bands generate from their social and streaming accounts generate valuable and growing information into their brand awareness. 

Understanding where these listeners are coming from is vital to their long-term success. Momentum has been growing for FindMyFans as they are in the Project Music Portfolio Portfolioa program at Project Music in Nashville, TN.Additionally, they have entered into a strategic partnership with a leading US equipment instrument retailer Guitar Center. “A strategic partnership between FindMyFans and the Artist Relations Division of Guitar Center makes sense because of our shared vision. Guitar Center has been the leading source for music creators, empowering them with instruments. FindMyFans vision is to empower music creators with reliable data that will enable them to find their fan bases and ultimately, expand their brand presence and lead to more revenue opportunities.” Said, Judd Goldrich, Artist Relations Manager, East Coast, Guitar Center. The campaign launches on August 8th and runs until September 14th. Prospective donors can visit the Indiegogo page here.

Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair Announces 2019 Exhibitors List

Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair (JHFAF) is pleased to announce the exhibitors for its inaugural edition, hosted on September 12-15, 2019 at the Snow King Sports and Events Center (100 E Snow King Ave). Surrounded by the Teton mountain ranges, the city of Jackson Hole is an unparalleled, non-coastal art destination. The four-day fair will include works from 50 national and renowned exhibitors, carefully chosen for their curated booths which best reflect Jackson Hole’s distinctive American tastes. The galleries will be bringing in works by established, American artists from both Contemporary and Modern, as well as Western, Native American and Wildlife genres.

Fair Director Rick Friedman says, “We are so excited to provide the local arts community with such a wide range of significant Modern and Contemporary artworks, many of which have not yet been seen in Jackson Hole. With 50 exhibitors, we have a completely sold out show that demonstrates the respect and enthusiasm the international art world has for the Jackson Hole arts scene. The fair presents a fresh selection of over a thousand important pieces and I can’t wait for fairgoers to experience this unforgettable event” 

Spanning from every region of the United States, the exhibitors hail from 29 different cities, including two local galleries, Tayloe Piggott Gallery and Diehl Gallery. The JHFAF exhibitors represent nationally acclaimed artists like Thomas Hart Benton, Emil Bisttram, Deborah Butterfield, Alexander Calder, Raymond Jonson, Jeremy Kidd, Elaine de Kooning, John Nieto and Ed Ruscha.

Recognized for its wildlife scene and natural beauty, Jackson Hole offers an unprecedented art experience for all. The town’s rocky landscape, Western charm, dedicated community and world class museums create a uniquely American art scene. JHFAF is pleased to present their roster of exhibitors for the inaugural fair:

2019 Galleries:
917 Fine Arts, Miami Beach, FL
Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
Addison Rowe Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
Andrew Smith Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Bill Hester Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
Bonhams, LA, NYC, London
Calabi Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
Childs Gallery, Boston, MA
Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY
Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Faust II, Santa Fe, Scottsdale
Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
Gary Snyder Fine Art, NYC, Bozeman
GF Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Green River Stone Company, Logan, UT
HG Contemporary Art, Flushing, NY
ILIAD, New York, NY
Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
J Klein Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
James Compton Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
K Contemporary, Denver, CO
Kiechel Fine Art, Lincoln, NE
L.A. Design, Missoula, MT
Legend Nano Gallery, Carlsbad, CA
Mai Wyn Fine Art, Denver, CO
Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Matthew Rowe Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
Maxwell Alexander, Los Angeles, CA
Maynard Dixon Museum, Tucson, AZ
Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
Mike Clark Fine Art, Billings, MT
Nieto Fine Art, Rockwall, TX
Patricia Qualls Contemporary Art, Carmel Valley, CA
Peace Waters Collective, San Diego, CA
Prescott Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Santa Fe, NM
Redfern Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York, NY
Seagrave Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
Steidel Contemporary, Lake Worth, FL
Stevens Fine Art, Phoenix, AZ
Studio Greytak, Missoula, MT
T.H. Brennen Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ
Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WY
Thomas Paul Fine Art, West Hollywood, CA
Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
Waddell Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Walker Fine Art, LTD, New York, NY
Wilde Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Woolff Gallery, London, UK

About Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair
The Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair is the latest addition to the luxury, regional fairs produced under the leadership of Fair Director, Rick Friedman. Other fairs produced by Friedman include: the Hamptons, Aspen, Houston, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Silicon Valley and Philadelphia. JHFAF is excited to contribute to Jackson Hole’s vibrant arts community.

2019 Sponsors: Bonhams Auction House, Family Management Corporation, artnet

The Opening Sneak “Peak”
Thursday, September 12, 3-6pm

Show Hours
Friday, September 13, 12-6pm
Saturday, September 14, 12-6pm
The Harvest Moon Art Benefit | 6-8pm
Sunday, September 15, 12-4pm
General admission tickets are $25pp and can be purchased online or at the door.

Photo:  Sarah Winkler, Metamorphic Dreamscape, Acrylic on panel with Gold Mica,  Iron Oxide, Marble Dust, 60 x 60 in. Courtesy of K Contemporary.

Blue Devil

 

Young Stoner Life Records artist, Lil Duke just dropped his celebrity-filled mixtape, Blue Devil 2. The label’s CEO, Young Thug and label-mates Lil Keed and Gunna are featured, along side Lil Yachty, Lil Durk, Steezy, Trapboy Freddy, and Young Jordan. The 18-track project comes just one day after the release of his latest music video, “N****s It Ain’t Safe.”
Take a listen to Lil Duke’s latest mixtape, Blue Devil 2 out now via 300 Entertainment and Young Stoner Life Records.
BLUE DEVIL 2 MIXTAPE: https://lilduke.ffm.to/bluedevil2
Click to Watch Video
TRACKLIST:
1. Believe In Me
2. Too Many
3. Niggas It Ain’t Safe
4. To The Moon ft. Young Thug
5. Rosé ft. Young Jordan
6. Wet Like A Boat ft. Lil Keed & Lil Yachty
7. Look In My Eyez
8. Petty ft. Gunna [watch video]
9. Fatigue ft. Trapboy Freddy
10. Out Da Seal
11. Prodigy ft. Lil Durk
12. The One
13. Wreccless
14. Feel My Pain
15. Wishy Washy
16. She Mine
17. I’m There ft. Steezy
18. Head On My Shoulders
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Facebook Agrees To Work With The NCAC

The National Coalition Against Censorship has announced that Facebook is willing to collaborate with the group after the nude art action #wethenipple in New York City on June 2nd where 125 people posed nude in front of Facebook’s HQ. The Art Action, organized by the NCAC and world renowned photographer Spencer Tunick, was covered by CNN and picked up worldwide. 
 
Grab Them By The Ballot Founder, Harvard Law educated Dawn Robertson, participated in the photo shoot and worked with the NCAC to promote the event. She is optimistic about the collaboration but has some additional concerns to add.
 

Grab Them By The Ballot, a nude photo campaign to empower women and increase voter turnout in 2020, joined the art action to protest the behemoth’s policies regarding artistic female nudity used for activism and the shaming of women’s bodies. Frustrated by their own experience of censorship on the social media platforms and worried it could end their campaign, the grassroots non-profit eagerly got involved. Robertson posed in the photo shoot (details available upon request). 

Robertson wants to see the policies loosen and also be executed consistently with the context taken into consideration. She wants a fair appeals process with actual people readily available and the permanent disabling of ad accounts and use of an automated system addressed. 

“I was honored to be involved and respect that the NCAC and Tunick are primarily addressing the censorship and rights of artists. We are concerned about the censorship of the intersection of art, activism and the representation and treatment of female nudity. We want to create a cultural shift and normalize female sexuality and nudity” says Robertson. 

The NCAC said Facebook has agreed to put together a group including artists, art educators, museum curators, activists, and employees to consider new nudity guidelines for images posted to its social-media platforms.

“I’m a bit concerned and suggest that feminist activists and sex-positive healers, educators and entrepreneurs be included in this group to address nude expression used outside of the art world as well as the censorship of sexually related written content. Facebook may still censor content related to women’s sexual education, healing, sovereignty and empowerment.” adds Robertson.

Robertson is also concerned about the distinction between Facebook’s advertising policies and community standards and wants it to be addressed. “They are two different beasts and when advertising the censorship is far greater” she says. Robertson adds “Regarding the advertising policies, most importantly, they should apply the general community standards regarding female artistic nudity- including the exceptions allowing nudity as a form of protest -to their advertising policies. Facebook could have a opt-out feature so users aren’t solicited unexpectedly as that is their apparent concern. 
 
The strict advertising policies limit activists, artists, educators and healers from profiting from their message and building an audience” adds Robertson. “We are selling female empowerment and Facebook also needs to have actual people looking at the context of ads.”
 
“It’s important to note that there’s an option to advertise to only those who like your page which is akin to dispensing content to friends on a newsfeed. At the very least, we should be able to promote and advertise to this audience as they have essentially opted-in. It’s just as we can to our friends through our personal accounts.” Robertson adds.

Vevo and Jacquees Release Live Performance of Who’s

Vevo announces the release of Jacquees live performance of Who’s The Atlanta-based singer-songwriter has cooked up his own smooth, slick, and simmering brand of 21st century R&B with an old school twist. Jacquees first taste of the spotlight came at a young age, explaining, I got inspired and with encouragement from my mom I signed up for my first school talent show in 2004. He went on to win the show for the next four years. 

Years later, Jacquees decided to reach out to fellow rising star and frequent collaborator Rich Homie Quan about a meeting with Cash Money Records Co-C.E.O. Bryan Birdman Williams. Birdman saw the video for his swagger-driven soul anthem Soldier featuring Rich Homie Quan and offered him a deal with Cash Money Records and Rich Gang Management. Jacquees has one goal in mind  and it doesn’t differ much from that of his idols. I just want people to listen to my music and feel good. You know how a certain song will make you remember a certain time? That’s what I hope my music does. Who’s is streaming now on all platforms. Keep up with exclusive content from artists all over the world at YouTube.com/Vevo.

ABOUT VEVO: Vevo is the world’s largest all-premium music video provider, offering artists a global platform with enormous scale through its distribution partners. Vevo connects artists with their audience globally via music videos and original content, working directly with them to find unique ways to bring their music to life visually. Vevo also works with emerging artists, providing them with a platform of global scale and reach, to find and grow their audience. Reaching 26 billion monthly views globally, Vevo has over 350,000 music videos in its catalogue.

Art × Blockchain

NYC–Ilon Art Gallery and Intaglio Blockchain will host  Art x Blockchain and The Brave New World, at 204 W 123rd street, on May 16, 2019, from 6-8:30 pm. Email info@workhousepr.com to RSVP for the event. Ilon Art Gallery, which focuses on fine art and photo gallery, is nestled in the heart of Harlem and provides access to an amazing variety artists. Like-minded people assemble at the gallery to view the art in an unique and warm setting, although the gallery is not always open to the public, you can always make an appointment. Intaglio Blockchain provides blockchain as a service for artists, museums, galleries, collectors and auction houses to record authenticity and provenance of objects. These transactions are are date and time stamped, available to the public and cannot be changed. 

A panel of experts in the arts and tech communities will be having a conversation about Blockchain technology and this brave new world. The panel will explore the benefits of having blockchain technology, its potential and why it may be the piece we have been missing since the rise of the digital era. All panelists have years of experience in their fields of art and/or technology, many in both.  The speakers are storytellers within their own mediums whether it is photography, sculpture or writing. 

Moderator:

James Garfinkel is a co-founder of Intaglio Blockchain and a seasoned business entrepreneur with 40 years of experience in finance, art and photography.

Panelists:

Stuart Haber, an experienced cryptographer, is the co-inventor of the blockchain technique for ensuring the integrity of digital data. He functions as Chief Scientist of Intaglio Blockchain. Thanks to him and his co-founder, the integrity of digital data is secured.  

David Burnett, co-founder of Contact Press Images, is a photojournalist with more than five decades of experience.   His past work has included everything from world leaders to Olympic medalists and world conflicts. In the mid 70’s, Burnett focused his camera twice on Bob Marley and now currently on view at ilon Art Gallery, the host venue of our event.  

Phyllis Galembo, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, has photographs in various collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Galembo recent travels  has brought her to South America, Africa and the Caribbean, her current book now hitting store shelves Mexico Maskes | Riturals focuses on tribal peoples of Mexico  

Kevin Abosch works in photography, sculpture & installation, using emerging technologies as a method. His work has been exhibited internationally in museums and civic spaces. They explore ideas surrounding identity, value, and human currency.  

A.D. Coleman is an American critic, historian, educator, photography curator, commentator on new digital technologies. Coleman was the first photo critic for The New York Times, authoring 120 articles during his tenure. His work has been translated into 21 languages and published in 31 nations.

Currently on view at ilon Art Gallery are works by David Burnet form his series Bob Marley: Soul Rebel. All works int he show are tagged by Intaglio Blockchain and on their blockchain (chain.ilon.com*).

Galembo has collaborated with the Ilon Art Gallery and Intaglio Blockchain to offer you a unique editioned work. Xentolo, an image from her new book, and the back cover, and is available to collectors in a limited edition, 14×14 signed print, tagged and on Intaglio Blockchain’s network. Editions 1-10 are discounted, they will be available at the event or at currently at https://www.ilonartgallery.com/store/ucla-intaglio-exclusive-offer.

*Intaglio Blockchain allows for private licensing of blockchains. These chains are still part of the Intaglio Network and as always public, decentralized and unchangeable. Loni Efron, director and owner of ilon Art Gallery, has been certified by Intaglio to put artworks on her subscription chain.  Loni Efron’s certification allows her to enter works only by artists she represents at the ilon Art Gallery. The works of David Burnett and Phyllis Galembo are on the blockchain chain.ilon.com, a subscription by ilon Art Gallery. 

Kevin Abosch seated in front of his artwork Yellow Lambo and I Am a Coin

Malala Yousafzai by Kevin Abosch

          Stuart Haber | Ted X | December 2018

    Xantolo by Phyllis Galembo

                   Bob Marley: Soul Rebel by David Burnett

                       Bob Marley: Soul Rebel by David Burnett

 

*Featured image:  Lift Off, Apollo Xl ,1969 by David Burnett

Artists,Adventurers and Athletes at Hotel Joaquin

Caldera+Lab Presents Artists, Adventurers and Athletes at Hotel Joaquin

Wellness guru and mom of 2, Stacy Keibler made a rare appearance with husband Jared Pobre at  the Artists, Adventurers and Athletes experience presented by Caldera+Lab Non-Toxic Skincare for Men at Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach. The magical two-day beach retreat was hosted by Paul Makarechian, founder of Auric Road (Hotel Joaquin, Korakia Pensione and Lone Mountain Ranch), Pat Tenore, founder and President of internationally successful surf and skate label RVCA, Danny Fuller, pro-surfer and photographer and Sage Vaughn, California based artist.

Guests enjoyed daytime activities such as yoga, paddle boarding and surfing at the legendary Shaw’s Cove beach prior to being treated to an epic sunset viewing and cocktails by the pool complete with a live painting exhibition by Sage Vaughn. The magical evening continued with a private Mediterranean inspired dinner in the garden of Orange County’s best new restaurant Saline, prepared by famed Chef Leandro Bongarra. Post dinner, guests enjoyed a fireside performance by Hawaiian artist Lilly Meola.

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GLOBAL K-POP SUPERSTARS NCT 127

NCT 127 will embark on its first North American tour on April 24 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, performing 11 shows through mid-May. The band will perform national television shows, as well as engage in additional promotion activities in New York and Los Angeles.

According to Steve Barnett. We are thrilled to be partnering with Young-Min Kim (Group CEO of SM Group) and Nikki Semin Han (CEO of SM Entertainment) to further the phenomenon of NCT 127 around the world. The band’s potential for global success is virtually unlimited, and SM Entertainment is a powerhouse that we hope to be in business with for many years to come. Young-Min Kim added, CMG and Caroline have been early believers in the global potential and influence of the group. We are very excited about the new partnership between SM and CMG/Caroline that is sure to generate more diverse and intensive marketing, and look forward to the journey ahead to bring NCT 127 to the world starting from the U.S., with their support. Jacqueline Saturn and Caroline Executive Vice President Matt Sawin added, “While the K-Pop explosion is one of the most exciting developments in pop music, we have long set our sights on NCT 127 in particular. The members are extremely talented and incredibly hard working, and SM Entertainment is a powerhouse that brings incredible resources, experience and know-how to the table. Everyone at Caroline is beyond excited about this partnership.” NCT 127 is the acronym for Neo Culture Technology and the number 127, which represents the longitudinal coordinate of Seoul, Korea, the home of K-Pop. NCT 127 announced their arrival in July 2016 with the mega-hit Fire Truck,, sweeping rookie-of-the-year awards that year. Other hits like Cherry Bomb and Regular showcased their trendy music and stand-out performances, winning the hearts of fans all over the world. Their U.S. debut album charted at No. 86 on the Billboard 200 Chart, and claimed No. 1 on iTunes Album Charts in over 22 regions around the world. In October, the band was tapped by Apple Music as the Up_Next artist of the month & the first-ever K-Pop act to earn that coveted title. NCT 127 made their U.S. TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live with “Regular“, their all-English hit song, made a red carpet appearance at the 2018 American Music Awards, and was the fastest male K-Pop act to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Chart with their latest single Simon Says, proving their rapid rise as worldwide superstars.

With 4.5 million instagram followers and 1.3 million Twitter followers in tow, Seoul-based global pop powerhouse NCT 127 has shaken up the K-pop world since their 2016 mega-hit Fire Truck with their unique and conceptually-progressive artistry (Limitless, Cherry Bomb). In October, the breakout boy band was tapped by Apple Music as the Up_Next artist of the month, first-ever K-Pop act to take the coveted title. In addition, they were Billboard’s first K-pop act to hit No. 1 on the Emerging Artist Chart, Rolling_Stone’s 2018. K-Pop Artist to Watch, and declared to be leading the next generation of K-Pop by the LA_Times. Charting above world’s biggest artists including Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez on Billboard’s Social 50, the talented group delivers more of an experience than just a performance every time they hit the stage. Known for mixing genres, NCT 127 combines sounds in pop, R&B, hip-hop and Latin trap.NCT 127 made their U.S. TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Regular their all-English hit song which was included in Apple’s Best of 2018 playlist. NCT 127 returns to the U.S. this Spring on their first-ever headlining North American tour. Their debut full-length studio album NCT 127 Regular-Irregular is out everywhere now. For the latest on NCT 127, keep up with them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Gabe Kubanda’s “Damn Plans”

Gabe Kubanda’s “Damn Plans” is for Anyone that Doesn’t Have Life Figured Out Yet

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

ALSO AVAILABLE ON SPOTIFY

Last month, pop singer/songwriter Gabe Kubanda released his new single “Damn Plans.” Today, you can watch a music video for the track, one that shows how everyone has had a hard time figuring themselves out, no matter the decade. “The video goes through multiple time periods (80’s, 90’s, grunge era, emo era, modern day),” says Kubanda. “We’re all trying to figure ourselves out through the different decades and trying to find our place in the world, whether that be trying to fit in by dressing in the appropriate fashion for the era, or with a certain group of friends, etc. In the end, and after multiple attempts, the guy gets the girl by finally just being himself.” “Damn Plans” is about changing your thought process. Not getting stuck in the hamster wheel of negative “shoulda-coulda-woulda” thoughts and emotions, and learning to be OK with not having everything figured out just yet. Make some new plans and ideas to become the person you want to be. Make some new mistakes and learn from them, but stop repeating those “same mistakes” over and over again.

As an international touring artist, Kubanda knows a thing or two about having big plans. He launched his concert company Epic Proportions Tour in 2011, hitting the road in an old school bus powered by used vegetable oil. The singular goal was to bring national recognition to upcoming bands. Now, surpassing 650 concerts and 22 tours (including the US, Australia, and Europe), Kubanda still finds the time to steadily release catchy, indie-pop gems. Kubanda got his first taste of success after being a featured cast member on VH1 Classic’s: Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp reality show. That experience soon evolved into opportunities to tour/perform at Vans Warped Tour, Summerfest, SXSW, CMJ Festival, NAMM and many more. As if there wasn’t enough on Kubanda’s plate, he recently launched EduMusication, a non-profit program that promotes the importance of music education to high school and college students. The crew spends time inspiring the music students in their classrooms, providing live performances, workshops, and lectures.

Listen to “Damn Plans” on Spotify.

Connect with Gabe Kubanda:

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