On Thursday, June 6, 2013 over 500 attendees made their way to the
3rd Annual Sunset Sessions Rock!  - at
The Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa - Carlsbad, CA 
By all accounts, the weekend was exciting, fun, and energizing!  Our in-boxes are flooded with gratitude as folks call it their favorite SSR yet! 
We are all excited to see which of these bands break big time and which connections flourish as a result of this community-building gathering.
Stations are adding records, music supervisors are licensing songs, artists are touring with each other...and the connections go on and on...
  It's why
we do what we do!
Full recap below:
Thursday June 6th:

        MusiCares is always on site to help                  Oz checks in at registration with Peggy and Regan                                                         
Kick off began with the staple
 "Passion Panel: The Real Social Networking" 
Table Captains & attendees kept things interesting as people got to meet and connect face to face before the weekend got rolling.
Group Shot of Passion Panel Participants...  let's get this party started!  
  Yellow Marbles kicked off the weekend's music poolside before everyone boarded the buses to head to The Belly Up!
The Main Stage Night One:
Cameron Rafati rocked the "charmed" first main stage spot,
The Unlikely Candidates, (who won the SSR award for "Alt Band Most Likely to Break" showed us all why),
Faulkner (our 3x alumni), who's finishing up their amazing album right now! 
Semi Precious Weapons had The Belly Up blazing & everyone is still buzzing!
Monster Truck rocked that stage hard!

Semi Precious Weapons
Late Night Lounge:
Feral Vinca (one of our favorite alumni!)
Big B (also a 2x alumni who joined us AGAIN poolside on Friday - because we all begged him to come back and play another set). 
Have you heard his new single? Check out the video right here!  
Big B
Back at the Hilton, our darling alumni Gayle Skidmore hosted the weekend's first
Super Duper Late Night Lounge and alumni Jam Sessions that amazingly went into all hours of the night. Over a dozen artists treated us to acoustic impromptu sets. These have become so special! 
Friday June 7th:
Day 2 opened with a Pre-Panel set by Oleander which kicked off the
"Moguls of the New World"
Moderated by: Danny Goldberg - GoldVe
Powerhouse Panelists included: Cliff Chenfeld - Razor & Tie Music, Dave Kaplan - Surfdog Records, Andy Gould - Spectacle Entertainmebnt, Kevin Zinger - SRH/ Regime Mgmt., Merck Mercuriadis - RedZone, and our dear friend Gene Rumsey - Concord Music Group
followed immediately by an encore set by Big B!  Which lead us right into the  
 "Look At Me! How Radio Uses Social Media"
Moderated by: Axel Lowe - WNNX
Panelists: Christy Taylor - 91X, Ross Mahoney - WRMR, Dave Hill - WIYY, Brock Havens - KQRA, Matt Pinfield - MTV, Charese Fruge - KXTE,
  Zigz - WBUZ
Friday's delicious lunch and pool party was hosted by Epochal Artists Records with music poolside by Emphatic and Lonely Kings
Next, Red Rocker Sammy Hagar's World Premiered of 4 new brand songs, treated us all to his yummy Beach Bar Rum and chatted with WDHA's Terrie Carr Up Close & Personal.   Followed by the lively "Spin the Bottle" at the firepit with IDJ's rocker woman Christine "Chia" Chiappetta (pictured below with WLFM's Kim Monroe)
The afternoon festivities winded down with the very special One on One with Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg and Matt Pinfield. 
Jim even treated us to an acoustic set! 

The Main Stage Night Two:

Cheating Daylight graced our stage for the 3rd time! (and had to play before doors opened since they were too young!) 
Leogun who came all the way from London, wow'd our attendees!
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. had everyone throw up their hands
(for Detroit and Paul Jarvis - where was Jarvis?!) 
Michelle Delamor (of American Idol fame) dazzled the crowd
with her beauty & voice
7Lions (also an alum) just owned that stage!
Redlight King returned  as a "headliner" which was amazing since (they were the 1st band to play the 1st Sunset Sessions Rock! 3 years ago)
Heaven's Basement cranked up the stage
(and are getting adds like crazy since)
Ed Hale & the Transcendence connected with the crowd in the perfect way to close the night out!
Click here to check out a video of one of their amazing performances! 
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.                                           Redlight King
We were proud to once again host amazing DJ Skratch 'N Sniff, who spun in between sets Thursday and Friday night once again wowing the crowds for their 5th Sunset Sessions appearance!

Back at the Hilton, Feral Vinca sexy frontwoman Sloane, did a wonderful job of hosting the 2nd night's Super Duper LNL and alumni Jam Session in the glorious suite 1026.... 
Kicked off by scheduled performer Oleander! 
  Saturday June 8th:
Day 3 opened with a soulful Pre-Panel performance by Porter Lori
to open the Music Meeting Panel
Moderated by:
Tony Von Pervieux - ABC and Mike Karolyi - WCCC
Research provided by: Allen Kepler Consulting  
Panelists: Gabby D'Agostino - Music Choice, Phil Kukawinski - CIMX,
Jave Patterson - KDOT, Willobee - KRZQ, Jim Richards - WKQX, Mike Kaplan - KYSR, Raphaella Lima - Electronic Arts, Tricia Halloway - Path Music, Jenee DeAnglis - Swill Merchant, Billy Gottlieb - Playback Music
Click here for Music Meeting Panel Research results
Which songs will break, which songs won't - and WHY?!   
"Rock's Place In Music Supervision btw WTF is a Music Supervisor"
Moderated by: Ward Hake - 20th Century Fox
Panelists: Jon Ernst - ShowRunner Music, Madonna Wade-Reed - whoopsie daisy, Chuck Bein - See Music, Heather Guibert - Neophonic Music & Media,
  Frank Palazzolo - Mad Doll Productions
Poolside lunch attendees were treated to a special acoustic performances by 2x alumni Clay Priskorn (who had just joined Michele earlier that morning on San Diego 6 News!)
The afternoon brought a very special & inspiring keynote by
Warped Tour Creator
(among many other titles) Kevin Lyman with our own alumni Whitebread!  
Pre-Panel performance by Beachwood Coyotes opened the
Artist Development Panel moderated by our presenting company and partners - MX2's
Mike Parrish - with very special guest Kenny Aronoff (The World's Greatest Drummer - pictured below with Clear Channel's Jonathan Clarke),  concluded Saturday afternoon's events.
The 9 year old rockers The Negotiators (who won the "Shred Kids Cancer" spot that Sunset Sessions donated to help raise funds for the cause) impressed the crowd during the cocktail hour just before everyone boarded the buses for the last night at the Belly Up.
Main Stage Night Three:
Strange Native opened the stage with an amazing set!
(also pre-doors - oh so young)
The Boxer Rebellion were the talk of the night, and made it amazingly from an FBI lockdown on their way to The Tonight Show this week! 
Eve to Adam amped up the stage after making new friends all weekend long
ACIDIC (who we initially introduced at our Triple A Sunset Sessions years ago) really revved up the audience as well as the internet's as everyone watched them on our live stream on 
*if you want to get in touch with ACIDIC - Please note our brochure had wrong info - so reach out to us directly or their amazing momager: Mary Lyon - [email protected] 
Dig the Kid had an amazing set ending with a surprise performance by their new friend - fellow alum, Michelle Delamor!
Brand New Machine rocked the stage as a surprise last minute treat.
D-Strutters left attendees speechless as they were the winners of the Sonic Bids contest and we chose them over 100 other submissions! 

                        The Boxer Rebellion                                    Strange Native with Michele and Mike Parrish
And finally, wearing so many hats this weekend - our dear friend Whitebread hosted the final nights's SDLNL and Alumni Jam Session ...  we're still trying to figure out all the artists that knocked everyone's socks off (and robes?)
Our media row was buzzing everyday as 91x, KBZT, KX 93.5, EVNTLIVE, & The Recording Academy were meeting & interviewing artists - incredible exposure on site and off site too! Check out some of our press!
Here are some cool links to our pre and post media!
If you didn't receive a Sunset Sessions Rock Sampler (first volume), 
click here to check out the tunes! 
A super special additional thank you to MX2 (Mike & Mike - we did it again!!), CO5, Land Shark, Robert England, RAMP, The Recording Academy, MusiCares, NBC, 91X, FM94.9, KX93.5, EVNTLIVE,  Heather, Marty , Kim, Entertainment Tonight, Emilee King, The Hilton Oceanfront Carlsbad, Will Vasquez, Tom Walko, Promoventures, Lynn Grossman, The Musebox, Planet LA Music, The Belly Up, our beautiful volunteers and most importantly - OUR ATTENDEES WHO CAME WITH OPEN EARS AND OPEN HEARTS, AND ALL OF THE AMAZING ARTISTS WHO ROCKED THEM... 
Major Congratulations to all of our award winners! Recipients will be receiving them later this week (if you didn't grab yours in person)!
To see the full list of fine winners, click here! 
Michele, Kristi, Elisa & Donna - Team Sunset Sessions!

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