2017 Sync Up Conference Panelists

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2017 Sync Up Music: April 28-29 and May 5; 2017 Sync Up Cinema: May 1-3; Sync Up Media Reception, May 6
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The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center
1225 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
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Pretty Lights

Pretty Lights

Pretty Lights (Derek Vincent Smith) had yet another year steeped in a retro-future landscape. Centered around a heavy focus in the studio, the result surfaced in 2016 with the release of “Only Yesterday.” On the back of the original single, Pretty Lights introduced ‘An Episodic Festival,’ a series of multi-day events in select U.S. cities that featured a new band, Pretty Lights Live.

AF THE NAYSAYER

AF THE NAYSAYER

Amahl Abdul-Khaliq is AF THE NAYSAYER - a flourishing producer in the electronic and instrumental hip-hop world. Within the last two years this New Orleans-based, Los Angeles-bred producer has dispersed his atmospheric productions across 70 cities and at over 300 shows in the US alone. His sound has been categorized as “electrifying soul-hop” whose core is best described by Atlanta producer DISTAL as, “Layered, intelligent design with a simple and easily digestible delivery.” His collaborations in New Orleans have led him to become the ambassador for Red Bull Music Academy, as well as the founder of beatmaker showcase Dolo Jazz Suite. AF has toured with artists such as Durazzo, Prism House, and Sports Coach, and has opened for Glitch Mob, Om Unit, Quantic, Lapalux, Young Fathers, and the 2016 Mad Decent BUKU Party (feat: Yellow Claw, NGHTMRE, Louis The Child, and Jazz Cartier).

Sami Slovy

Sami Slovy

Tour Manager, Neko Case

Sami is a freelance production manager, stage manager, and tour manager living in New Orleans, Louisiana. She moved to New Orleans from Chicago to attend Tulane University and got an internship with French Quarter Festival as a senior in college. The internship captivated her and fostered a love of festivals and live event production.

From there, she went to work with a local production company in New Orleans, fostering relationships with local, regional and national artists, agents, managers, and vendors. After 3-years of full time, she took a leap of faith into the world of being an independent contractor, growing an ever-increasing skill set and clientele base.

In the past year she has toured as production manager for artists such as Haim, Neko Case, Beach House, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, and Passion Pit. She has stage managed and worked on the production teams at several national festivals including Buku Music & Art Project, Bonnaroo, Essence Festival and Electric Forest Festival. Current projects include tour managing and production managing for Neko Case, serving as artist relations manager for Bottle Rock Napa Valley and stage managing at Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, and Forecastle Festival.

O.G. Blake Owens

O.G. Blake Owens

Blake Owens is a hip-hop artist and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Bike Rite/Get Up N Ride, a bicycle tour company that offers night rides through New Orleans and rents bicycles to participants. He is also an established rapper who performs under the name O.G. Blake Owens.

As an artist and concert promoter, Owens produced a highly successful hip-hop show “NOMW- Next Up” at the House of Blues which ran for three years. "Next Up" showcased the talent of up and coming artists, giving them a platform to perform for talent buyers, promoters, and the general public. With this experience, Blake was inspired to deliver a new sound, "Balcony Music."

Describing "Balcony Music" he says, “It is influenced by my life, and my experiences living in the French Quarter.” His lifestyle is captured in the reality music video, ”Riding High,” which shows his “Get Up-n-Ride” social bike club cruising through the Crescent City as he flows over the classic Faze-O song of the same title. Since the release of “Balcony Music,” critics and followers are referring to the mixtape as “epic, feel good music.”

Currently, Blake is releasing new music videos, making Balcony Music a visual mixtape and true listening experience.  As an artist who values his fans, he is working on new music with plans to release his first full original body of work.

Josh Rabinowitz

Josh Rabinowitz

EVP/Director of Music

Josh Rabinowitz has produced over 8500 tracks for brands, cinema, recording labels and television. His branded work includes several ground breaking initiatives utilizing artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Run DMC (their last known recording together), Rihanna and Sia.

Rabinowitz been called a “New Music Mogul” by Fast Company; “Beethoven’s Greatest Fan” by NPR; and “The Voice” of the music-branding space in the press. He’s spoken at every major music conference.
Rabinowitz is an Adjunct Professor at NYU and The New School, and has been a columnist for Billboard’s “With the Brand”.

He’s been cited in The NY Times, Rolling Stone, Crain’s, Forbes, Time, The New Yorker, etc. and has appeared on Bloomberg TV News and NPR as an expert on Music in Media. He has written several Op-Ed POV pieces for such major trade publications as AdAge, Adweek, Shoot, Creativity and Campaign.

Rabinowitz was chosen to be the inaugural President of the new Cannes Music Lions Jury in 2016.

He has been a bandleader and trombonist based in the world’s cultural capital – aka, Brooklyn.

Addie Olsen

Addie Olsen

Festival Director/Marketing & Administrative Director, AEG Live Gulf Coast and BUKU Music + Art Project

Upon graduating from Tulane University in 2012, Addie Olsen sought a career in the Music Business and began work at Winter Circle Productions, an independent concert promotion & production house. She started as a Marketing Manager and worked her way up to Festival Director for WCP’s annual BUKU Music + Art Project in 2014. Addie is now responsible for the festival’s budgeting as well as overseeing all of the various departments involved in producing the event, from marketing to ticketing to site operations to administration, and more. With WCP’s recent acquisition by AEG Live, Addie has also assumed the role of Marketing and Administrative Director for the world-wide live-entertainment companies' Gulf Coast Regional Office.

Nesby Phips

Nesby Phips

Nesby Phips has an internationally-inspired sound that draws from the great musical traditions of his native New Orleans. Phips is respected throughout the industry as a musical hybrid, rapping with and producing for some of today's brightest talents, including Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa, Fiend, Aaron Neville, Trombone Shorty, Juvenile, Lil Wayne and Mack Maine. As Director of the Mahalia Jackson Foundation, he continues to serve as an ambassador to the city for documentarians, writers and filmmakers traveling to New Orleans to document the art, music and culture of the city.

Brent McCrossen

Brent McCrossen

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Audiosocket

Brent McCrossen – As the CEO and founder of two media technology firms, Audiosocket and LIDCORE, Brent is responsible for the companies’ vision, direction and execution. Working with his employees, board of directors and customers Mr. McCrossen crafts a strategy that benefits not only the company but also the musicians, rights holders and broadcasters it has set out to assist. Ten plus years in the music tech space gives Brent a unique perspective on the industry and the changes it’s facing. Being born and raised in New Orleans, Brent has a deep passion for all things technology, music and culture. He has made that passion a career.

http://audiosocket.com
Greg Schatz

Greg Schatz

Entertainment Manager, French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

Greg Schatz moved to New Orleans in the mid 1990s to pursue a career as a musician. He started out playing accordion in the streets of the French Quarter, then moved his focus to performing upright bass and piano. This spring marks the release his sixth album of original music.

In the fall of 2008 he became the entertainment manager of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. Schatz is responsible for scheduling, contacting, advancing and parking musicians for all FQFI productions: French Quarter Festival, the largest free festival in the USA, which runs over four days on 23 stages; Satchmo SummerFest, a celebration of the music and legacy of Louis Armstrong; and Christmas New Orleans Style, a yearly concert series held in St. Louis Cathedral and St. Augustine Church.

Don Kelly

Don Kelly

Festival Director, C3 Presents
Don Kelly is a Festival Director at C3 Presents.  C3’s worldwide festival portfolio includes Lollapalooza in Chicago, Berlin, Paris, Santiago, Buenos Aires, and São Paulo, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, Shaky Knees, Shaky Beats, Middlelands, Free Press Summer Fest, Austin Food & Wine, and Music City Food & Wine among others. Day to day, Don oversees the A to Z of festival activities, from talent to production, operations to finance.  When not working on festivals, Don is hanging with his family - usually playing, coaching or watching soccer.

Alexandra Diaz-Hall

Alexandra Diaz-Hall

Tour Manager/ Front of House Engineer – Dirty Dozen Brass Band and North Mississippi Allstars

Alexandra Diaz-Hall is an internationally touring audio engineer, tour manager and production manager. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in sound design for film, with experience in film, live and studio recording.

Ms. Diaz-Hall has worked with bands, venues, and festivals in New Orleans and around the world. She is a veteran of work at venues and with artists including Tipitina’s, The Howlin’ Wolf, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, Grupo Fantasma, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and the North Mississippi Allstars.

She is experienced in managing crews. She has mixed sound in venues ranging from small clubs to arenas and festivals. But she happily wears a tall stack of hats when touring as a single crew member. She is extremely passionate about her work, and takes great pride in doing it right.

Alex has a reputation for producing great shows while creating a positive and fun work environment. She believes this is achieved through paying close attention to artist’s needs, efficiency, enthusiasm, experience, and taking pleasure in going above and beyond.

Her background in the arts of acting, visual art, set design, and creative writing. All contribute to the style she brings to her current work.

Sam D’Arcangelo

Sam D’Arcangelo

Sam D’Arcangelo has been Web Editor for OffBeat Magazine, New Orleans’ premier music and culture publication, since 2015. Before that he worked as an online editor for Relix Magazine and Jambands.com in New York City. There he interviewed a range of artists that includes classic rock icons like Bob Weir, Gregg Allman and T-Bone Burnett, alternative rock luminaries like Nels Cline (Radiohead), Brandon Boyd (Incubus), Les Claypool (Primus) and Phil Selway (Radiohead), and New Orleans favorites like Stanton Moore, Anders Osborne and Ivan Neville, among many others. He’s also covered an array of music festivals, from Jazz Fest and Bonnaroo to Electric Forest, Jam Cruise and much more. A native of New Orleans, Sam graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and Metairie Park Country Day School in 2008. He then attended LSU for a year before transferring to the New School in New York City, where he graduated in 2012. During his final year of college, Sam interned with HeadCount, a non-profit organization that registers people to vote at concerts, and which served as his entry point to music journalism.

David Shaw

David Shaw

Ohio born David Shaw is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the New Orleans based band, The Revivalists. David has collaborated with and written songs for New Orleans artists Galactic, Maggie Koerer and Trombone Shorty.

Zack Feinberg

Zack Feinberg

Zack Feinberg helped form The Revivalists as a 20-year-old college student at Tulane.  He first started playing the guitar in third grade and was really into blues music. This gave him a foundation for the emotive, improvisational soloing he continues to strive for today. As he grew older into adolescence Zack opened up more to different kinds of music. Appreciation for instrumental proficiency, improvisation, exploration and open-mindedness are important parts his and The Revivalists' harmony.

Andrew Campanelli

Andrew Campanelli

Andrew Campanelli grew up in Falls Church, VA and started playing drums at age 11. During his senior year of high school he worked in the kitchen of a music venue near his home called the State Theatre. Each night, the staff played The Meters and from that point forward he began to understand that there’s something different about the music in New Orleans. After seeing numerous New Orleans bands as the year drew to a close he decided to be near the music that he had grown to love and moved to New Orleans to attend Loyola University. Andrew immersed himself in the music scene of the city, and found himself inspired by the unique tradition of New Orleans to preserve its culture by actively teaching it to new generations. Through spending time at the Sunday music workshops held at Tipitina’s he met guitarist Zack Feinberg who was starting a band with a singer that he had just met. Four days later The Revivalists played their first show.

David Melerine

David Melerine

David Melerine is native of Chalmette, LA and a graduate of LSU.

He began working in music at Twiropa  (RIP) as a junior in high school, and has worked at dozens of music venues throughout New Orleans. He also has helped produce several major local festivals and events including Jazz Fest, the Super Bowl, MidCity Bayou Boogaloo, and French Quarter Festival.

David has worked with local artists such as: Luke Winslow-King, Soul Rebels, Debauche, and is currently the road manager for The Revivalists. In the past he’s also worked on tours for international acts such as George Strait, Jack White, and the late Prince Rogers Nelson; and on one occasion asked to body-double for Tim McGraw.

Jared Zeller

Jared Zeller

Jared Zeller is the founder and executive officer of the MotherShip Foundation, host of the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo. He has spent the last 17 years promoting and producing entertainment events in the New Orleans area.  His projects have been covered by local, national, and international media, including the Discovery Channel, HBO, New York Times, Offbeat Magazine, The Weather Channel, and WWLTV. Zeller helped develop several local artists, including the Soul Rebels Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, Lynn Drury and Davis Rogan. Following Hurricane Katrina, Zeller founded the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival in 2006 as a way to revitalize a neighborhood in peril. This grassroots community festival has become one of New Orleans’ signature events, drawing thousands of locals and visitors to a once-devastated neighborhood. Zeller’s work has been recognized by numerous organizations, including OffBeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Awards. In 2007, Gambit Weekly recognized him as one of New Orleans’ “Forty under Forty” for his work on the Bayou Boogaloo festival. In 2015, Zeller celebrated 10 years as the founder and executive officer of the MotherShip Foundation and was acknowledged with a proclamation from the City of New Orleans for producing an economically and environmentally sustainable festival.

Christine McBride

Christine McBride

Project Manager – The Solomon Group

After completing her Master’s in Diplomacy & International Relations at Seton Hall University and having returned from her final semester in South Africa, Christine was ready to take on the international relief work of the World Health Organization. As it turned out, Christine’s career path, was about to take a sharp detour. 9/11 occurred resulting in a 2 year hiring freeze on all international organizations leaving her to wonder “what now”? Without any experience in events, Christine took on a production coordinator role with the Revlon Run Walk for Women in NYC and within her first week, she knew that event production was exactly what she was supposed to be doing.

A few months later she was working on the Voodoo Music festival -energized and motivated to learn everything she could.

Fast forward, Christine has over 17 years of event production and management experience. She has had the amazing opportunity to be a part of and manage some of the most exciting events in Washington, DC, New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi, Rio de Janeiro and many other cities throughout the world. Her clients have included The Smithsonian, Revlon, Entertainment Industry Foundation, United Nations Environmental Program, Astra Zeneca, Bravo, The Daily Beast, Microsoft, among many others.

Christine is a leader who manages, motivates by being hands on from the beginning of the event process through to on-site execution. Whether it is designing an Indian inspired Gala or a 39-mile walkers route, creating and implementing extensive fundraising and national marketing campaigns, driving a forklift or getting behind the wheel of 24 foot truck; Christine does what it takes to get the job done. Her commitment to the client and the participant experience is unwavering and all in a day’s work.

Reeves Price

Reeves Price

Reeves Price is the Vice President for Operations with AEG Live Gulf Coast / Winter Circle Productions. He is a partner in the BUKU Music & Art Project festival. And he is a board member of the Upbeat Academy Foundation.

Sharita Cenac

Sharita Cenac

Sharita is a creative and purpose-driven woman who has always dreamed of working in entertainment and production. She got her start in 2008, when a single Tweet to a celebrity turned into the opportunity of a lifetime.

Since then, she has gone on to build a solid background with experience and skill sets that span various areas of the live events world including: festival administration, production coordination & management, artist relations, sponsorship activation, talent movement & hospitality, and public relations. 

Sharita has worked behind the scenes on some of the biggest music festivals and events to hit New Orleans. Some of those productions and brands include: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Essence Festival, The Voodoo Music Experience, Bayou Country Superfest, WWE Wrestlemania, The Esquire Network, and Strength of Nature to name a few.

More recently, she has fallen into recruiting and managing high quality freelance talent for out-of-town companies spearheading local productions. To date she’s had a hand in securing event staff for Essence Festival, NBA All Star Weekend, and Nike Basketball at Studio Be.

When she’s not handling the world’s biggest entertainers and events, she loves to travel and spend quality time with family, read books on astrology and personal growth, and take a stab at building her own empire with ventures like Sharita’s World, The Live Your Dream Tour, and Black Beard Crush.

Chris Finney

Chris Finney

Chris Finney is a Multi-Grammy Winning Producer, Engineer, and Mixer. He is a life long advocate of music and business education, on both the High School and College levels. His 25+ years in the recording studio include dates with REM, Robert Plant, B.B. King, Herbie Hancock, and New Orleans legends Dr. John, Harry Connick, Jr., Allen Toussaint, the Meters,
and Fats Domino. He has been instrumental in kicking off and developing the careers of New Orleans funk-rock mainstays Trombone Shorty, Galactic, The Revivalists, Naughty Professor
and newcomers like SexualThunder! and Organized Crime. Chris is currently adjunct professor of Music business at Tulane University in New Orleans and is an active member of the Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy, currently serving as a Chapter Governor, as well as Co-Chairman of the Producers and Engineers wing.

Josh Hefner

Josh Hefner

Joshua Hefner is a practicing entertainment attorney and the percussionist for the band Royal Teeth. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola Law School in 2016, and is a member of both the Louisiana Bar and the Tennessee Bar.

Josh joined Royal Teeth in 2011, as he began coursework at Loyola Law. During his first year of law school, Royal Teeth was signed by indie label, Dangerbird Records, and Warner Chapel Publishing, and began touring full time. Due to a heavy tour schedule of over 150 shows per year, Josh took a two-year hiatus from Loyola, during which time Royal Teeth signed a new recording contract with Elektra Records. By the following year, Josh finished his degree at Loyola Law. Over the course of that year, he passed both the LA and TN bar exams, while intermittingly touring with Royal Teeth. Josh has also been the tour manager of Royal Teeth since the band’s creation. 

As both an attorney and professional musician, Josh understands the business and creative issues faced by artists, songwriters, publishers and independent record labels.

Royal Teeth will be performing at this year’s Jazz Fest on May 6th.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.