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Volunteer Opportunity: Guerrilla Union is Looking for Volunteers for Rock the Bells 2012!

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Guerrilla Union is looking for volunteers for Rock the Bells!

The following message is from Music Business Network member Elnaz Nesva, who is heading the search for volunteers this year. If you are interested, please send the requested information (listed below) to her at elnaz.nesva@gmail.com

It’s that time of year again!! Rock The Bells NYC show is searching for volunteers!

This year the show is being held at PNC Bank Arts Center (Exit 116, Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ 07733) on September 1st and 2nd 2012.

We are looking for unpaid volunteers to help out for the entire day on 9/1/12 and 9/2/12, starting at around 8am and going to around 11pm. Volunteers can help one one day or both days). Each day is a long day so only serious and professional volunteers need apply!

Where: PNC Bank Arts Center, Exit 116, Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ 07733

Volunteers will be helping the Guerilla Union team (organizers of Rock the Bells) with the VIP ticket holders area, artist meet and greet, general admission area, 1 or 2 professional volunteers will be asked to help with backstage area duties and runners to help with all kinds of stuff around the show. Its a great experience and opportunity to make contacts with the organizers and everyone will have breaks to watch some of the show.

This is a show that brings together some of the World’s best Hip Hop veterans for two days of live music to perform at Rock the Bells. This year the line up is amazing including: Lauryn Hill, Nas, Erykah Badu, Cypress Hill, Black Star, Common, Raekwon and Ghostface, Immortal Technique, Mobb Deep, Genius and Gza, Mac Miller, Curren$y, Slaughterhouse and many many many more!

Check out the website for more details:  www.rockthebells.net

All interested volunteers please e-mail Elnaz Nesva the following information: DEADLINE IS FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2011

  • Which day you can help (if both, please indicate you are available for both days)
  • Full name
  • Address
  • Cell Phone Number
  • Age (You will need photo ID – 18 and over only)
  • 2 Work References (Title, Full Name, E-mail, Telephone Number)

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Send Your Info To:

Ms. Elnaz Nesva
NYC Regional Coordinator, Rock The Bells
E: elnaz.nesva@gmail.com

ONLY SERIOUS AND PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEERS NEED APPLY!

 

About Guerilla Union

Established in 2000, Guerilla Union has developed into one of the premiere core urban lifestyle brands in the U.S., manifesting itself in many forms including music, events, media and fashion. Guerilla Union’s mission is to create experiential platforms, unique content and provide services that develop artists and their communities. Guerilla Union is a creative engineering corps dedicated to supporting artists and shaping urban culture.

Volunteer Opportunity: Guerrilla Union is Looking for Volunteers for Rock the Bells!

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Guerrilla Union is looking for volunteers for Rock the Bells!

The following message is from Music Business Network member Elnaz Nesva, who is heading the search for volunteers this year. If you are interested, please send the requested information (listed below) to her at elnaz.nesva@gmail.com

It’s that time of year again!! Rock The Bells NYC show is searching for volunteers!

This year the show is being held at Governor’s Island on Saturday September 3rd.

We are looking for unpaid volunteers to help out for the entire day, starting at around 8am to around 11pm, its a long day so only serious and professional volunteers need apply!

Volunteers will be helping the Guerilla Union team (organizers of Rock the Bells) with the VIP ticket holders area, artist meet and greet, general admission area, 1 or 2 professional volunteers will be asked to help with backstage area duties and runners to help with all kinds of stuff around the show. Its a great experience and opportunity to make contacts with the organizers and everyone will have breaks to watch some of the show.

This year the roster consists of Lauryn Hill, Nas, Erykah Badu, Cypress Hill, Black Star, Common, Raekwon and Ghostface, Immortal Technique, Mobb Deep, Genius and Gza, Mac Miller, Curren$y, Slaughterhouse and many many many more! Check out the website for full listings www.rockthebells.net

All interested volunteers please e-mail me the following information: DEADLINE IS FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2011

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Cell Phone Number
  • Age (You will need photo ID – 18 and over only)
  • 2 Work References (Title, Full Name, E-mail, Telephone Number)

Send Your Info To:

Ms. Elnaz Nesva
NYC Regional Coordinator, Rock the Earth
E: elnaz.nesva@gmail.com
C: 347.445.9036

ONLY SERIOUS AND PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEERS NEED APPLY!

About Guerilla Union

Established in 2000, Guerilla Union has developed into one of the premiere core urban lifestyle brands in the U.S., manifesting itself in many forms including music, events, media and fashion. Guerilla Union’s mission is to create experiential platforms, unique content and provide services that develop artists and their communities. Guerilla Union is a creative engineering corps dedicated to supporting artists and shaping urban culture.

Artist Profile: MesAyah

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MesAyah’s Bio:

Norwegian rapper from Oslo whose on a journey of seducing the world with a poetic lyrical approach to music that you have not seen since the progressive rock era in the 70´s.

Ever since he started rapping back in ’05, MesAyah has focused on the listeners and provided them with something new. He wants to evoke feelings and thoughts both on a personal and collective level, and let the audience get more out of the lyrics when giving them another listen. MesAyah has an artistic approach, allowing the listener to interpret his music in their own way rather than adopting his beliefs.

Check Him Out: http://cyberpr.biz/clients/2943


Article About Music Business Network Member Ralph Rolle & His Soul Snacks Cookie Company

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Red Carpet Treatment for Apollo Drummer’s “Soul Snacks”

This Article Was Written By Gary C. Clement of G-Tube Network Media


If you’ve ever been to the World Famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, on show nights, it’s straight lights, camera, action and the who’s who of the music and entertainment industry could be standing just a few footsteps away. Ralph Rolle, the Show Time At The Apollo Veteran Drummer and businessman has gotten use to all the star-studded hoopla after 18 years of playing with the best in a line up that has included hundreds of performers, established and new comers. He’s also no stranger to making cookies, and watching how the tasty treats bring a smile to everyone’s face lucky enough to eat one. Yea that’s right- a drummer who bakes cookies? Wow, now that’s original and for sure worthy of a day in the spotlight. Rolle is the proud owner of The Soul Snacks Cookie Company, a sweeter secret than he and his family ever imagined. To celebrate the return of the company, Rolle is working harder than ever to balance a career in music while becoming a king in the snack industry.

“This is a recipe that came from many generations of my family, “ explains Rolle. “Baking cookies is just something that I was taught since I was kid growing up”. The Soul Snacks Cookie Company was founded in 1996, while Ralph was living in an apartment. Today the company is housed in a bakery in Long Island City, New York. “Yea this was something that I had my former girlfriend to help me with, “ as he continues. “ We were baking cookies out of the house and people loved them. I actually had a music studio in the house and all the different musicians and singers that came by, we didn’t go all out and get expensive foods or any of that, we just gave them cookies. So people were like ‘ you need to sell them cookies’, and finally we put our heads together and took a shot at it”. What resulted was people throughout the surrounding areas began asking for the tasty treats and Rolle was in business. The business lasted, but the then relationship failed. The cookie flavors cover a variety including the Down Home Double Chocolate Chip, the Georgia Oatmeal Raisin, the Miami Raisin Nut, the Chunked Up Chocolate Walnut, the Peanut Peanut Butter cookie, the Grampy’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie, and the recently added Sweet Potato Cookie. Cookie tins are $12.50 each, or you can purchase a gift box, which includes an assortment of cookies for $65.00.

Beyond his passion to bake cookies, Rolle is a gifted and inspiring musician who has traveled the world, working with a variety of artist, including Biggie Smalls, Queen Latifah, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, India Arie, Roberta Flack, and is the drummer for Showtime At The Apollo along with Ray Chew and The Crew. “ I started playing drums in 1978 after experience from the Drum and Bugle Corp, “continues Rolle. “This group was everything for me. I learned so much and it gave me so much exposure to all kinds of people and techniques. My first professional job was when I turned 19 years old. I was on the road and I played with anyone that would give me a paycheck. Back in those days playing the clubs and bars was totally different, and after playing all night you might have $100.00. So in doing the roadwork, I landed the job of A&R for Jive Records. One of my major accounts at the time was that of the group High Five, which really gave me an opportunity to gain exposure and experience. The next project was Robert Kelly (R. Kelly), I had a hand in working with him as well.”

Rolle has been a musician for 33 years, where he got his start in music as a member of the Drum and Bugle Corp. He remembers how at age 9 he would visit The Apollo Theater for the first time. “When I was young my mother would only allow my sister to go to the Apollo if she would take me with her. So for me this was great because I will never forget one of the shows we went to, which had on the marquee, The Jackson 5, and I thought to myself, why do they have a Gospel Group as the headliners? We went inside and I saw this little small kid named Michael Jackson, singing, tearing the Apollo up. I was hooked, and I’ve been going ever since. For me, The Apollo is like our very own Smithsonian Institute, with all the lights and everything. It was very fascinating and exciting for me. The way I got the gig as drummer for The Apollo, was that the lead drummer at the time, Buddy Williams, was real busy, and he asked if I would sub for him. The Executive Producer of the show and Ray Chew got together and decided they liked what I was doing and I worked well with the other musicians and they hired me on full time”. But the magic is in what Rolle would love to do for today’s generation, “ My other passion is working with our youth, “ as he continues. “ Something that I have not done and wish to establish is something like the Drum and Bugle Corp, similar to what I had growing up. With all the music programs being cut in the schools, and money for the arts slowly being cut everywhere, I feel that young people would really benefit from such a venture. So to establish a funding source for kids to get instruments would be a program I could see investing in for the future”.

Searching for that perfect solution to merge entertainment and baking, Rolle depends on family to make all of his operations run smoothly. His nephew is owner and operator of Jaia Distributing, which is responsible for delivering his Soul Snack Cookies throughout the city and other areas, while his sister handles the day-to-day business administration duties. In building his brand, he utilizes the skills and talents of PR guru Angelo Ellerbe and Double Exposure Public Relations. Just a few of the celebrities who have enjoyed Rolle’s tasty snacks include Singer Gladys Knight, Academy Award Winners’ Whoppi Goldberg and Monique, Actor Chris Rock, TV personality Lou Dobbs, Actress/Singer Jennifer Lopez, Actor Steve Harvey, Singer Roberta Flack, Singer D’Angelo, DJ Kid Capri, Rapper Doggie Fresh and others. “We’re one big family, “ says Rolle. “ I’m so busy and I can’t do it all so I have other people who help me make it all happen. But with technology today, I might be out of the country, but with the Blackberry, and computers, I can still do what I do even though I’m not there. The way I see it there are no excuses any more. We have the tools; you just have to be willing to put in the time. Sometimes sleep is a commodity in my life. I have started a many businesses sitting on the phone and on the computer at the same time. So it can be done, we just have to be willing to put in the time to make it work.”

For the future, look for Rolle as he continues his gig at Showtime At The Apollo. In closing he says, “ Live with passion. I don’t want a single day to go by that I didn’t do something good in the world”. Upcoming events for Ralph Rolle include touring with Recording Artist Nile Rodgers and Chic in China and Japan. He’s also in the process of completing some voice over work and recently created an online social networking company entitled http://www.imgiggin.com/. His company, Rolle Entertainment is currently developing and working with singer Danielle Ashley and Singer/Counselor Dr. Eric Turner. The Soul Snack Cookie Brand (888-SOUL-NYC) or (http://www.soulsnacksnyc.com/Soul_Snacks/Home.html) is soon to be available nationwide via The Chef’s Warehouse Distributing Company.

For more information about Ralph Rolle visit http://web.mac.com/phatkatproductions/Ralph_Rolle/Welcome.html

Artist Profile: Traum Diggs

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Traum Diggs’ Bio:

In the same tradition as classic no-nonsense Brooklyn emcees such as Sean Price, Big Daddy Kane and Jay-Z, comes East Flatbush native, Traum Diggs. The son of Caribbean immigrants, Diggs wrote his first rhyme at the age of ten and has dedicated his life to hip-hop ever since. “I don’t want to be in a time warp but I do want people to say ‘he was one of those dudes who reminded us of the dudes that paved the way as far as lyricism and real hip-hop,’” says Diggs.

Diggs’ straight forward, crystal clear delivery is a throwback to when hip-hop was more authentic but is still relevant to today’s landscape. When you listen to a Traum Diggs song you get humor, pain, social commentary and real raw lyricism all wrapped up in one package. “I’m an autobiographical emcee,” says Diggs. “My raps are my life.”

Though he wanted to be a rapper since he was a kid, Diggs heeded his mom’s advice and left Brooklyn to go to college at Temple University in Philadelphia. The then 17-year-old vowed to finish school in four years so he could get back to the rap and he did just that graduating with a BA in journalism.

During his time at Temple, Diggs honed his skills on the mic in legendary sessions with some of the best emcees in the city. He also formed the group H.M.P. with two old friends from Brooklyn and some new affiliates from school. H.M.P. released the EP, Dead End Kids in 2000. Shortly after the release, the group disbanded and Diggs joined with a former group member, ASAV, to form the Traum ‘N ASAV Show. The duo released two mixtapes, Opening Credits (2004) and The Throwback Series: Episode One (2006) which was hosted by NY mixtape staple, Bedtyme 357. The Throwback Series garnered critical acclaim in the US and overseas and was the launching pad for Traum Diggs’ new company, 623 Entertainment.

Capitalizing on the success of The Throwback Series, Traum Diggs released a collection of previously recorded solo material titled The Essential Traum Diggs in the summer of 2008. The Essential quickly led to the kickoff of The Mission Tour.

2009 was quite a year for Traum Diggs and 623 Entertainment. While successfully headlining Mission Tour dates from NY to DC, he also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with industry vets such as Talib Kweli, DJ Premier, Styles P, and Pharoahe Monch. Diggs also released a follow up installment of The Throwback Series (Episode 2) which features classic remakes of songs by KRS-One, Rakim, and Jay-Z and an incredible dedication to the late, great, Michael Jackson titled, “Mike Jackin’ 4 Beats.”

2010 has also been a landmark year so far for Traum Diggs, from playing live with his hip hop band, Bullyfoot Massive, to going on a 13-week grooming strike. Unfortunately for his barber, Diggs spent nearly three months forgoing a haircut or shave while he attempted to finish his debut EP, Major Journalism. The EP, which was scheduled for a fourth quarter release, features all live instrumentation (totally sample-free) and will see the light of day in early 2011. He also contributed the lead single, “On My Way 2 the Store” featuring Tex1 and Khaliba from the duo’s album, The Day The Job Market Crumbled. The single and album (which Traum Diggs is heavily featured on) are available for download via iTunes and Amazon.

Though Diggs stopped the strike before finishing the EP he had good reason. That reason came in the form of the recently released mixtape titled, For Colored Girls (& White Chicks Too). The DJ Tunes assisted tape is his first conceptual project and was inspired by Ntozake Shange’s play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf and Nina Simone’s classic song “Four Women.” On the 19-track opus, Diggs gives his take on women and relationships through the stories of four different individuals.

Traum’s body of work shows that he is one of the most versatile and real emcees doing it today. The beauty of it is that he is doing it for the love and not the typical rapper trappings. “I want my legacy to be that ‘he really gave us his life’ because it’s relatable and also to hopefully inspire someone that feels like there is no outlet for them in this current state of hip-hop.”

 Check Him Out: http://cyberpr.biz/clients/2885