Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Podcast: JaGoFF discusses the Chicago Promoters' Ordinance & Documentary Screening on Fearless Radio.

Fearless Radio has just posted the podcast of our snowed-in interview discussing the Promoters' Ordinance and documentary screening. The interview comes in at around 18 minutes or so into the program. If you are familar with our music, it begins just after "Shock and Awe" or I guess a more appropriate way of saying it, is that it begins after "Shock and Awe" gets interrupted by a JaGoFF . Hehe.

Give it a listen and/or download it here.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Nothing short of delicious ...

An evening of wine, music, film and politics ...

We would like to thank all who attended the documentary screening on Saturday. The evening was pure electricity! Despite the snow, 30 mile per hour winds and sub-zero temperatures, the night went off without a hitch. We were thrilled by everyone's participation during the open panel discussion. There was certainly no lack of questions. This is just the start and gives us much to build on. We expect to do a few more of these in the beginning of the new year.

For those of you who were snowed in, had frozen fuel lines or were otherwise not willing to deal with Old Man Winter, we will be posting the video/podcast of the panel after the holiday madness. If you went away empty-handed (we ran out of DVDs) we apologize, there were a bit more people than copies... no worries, you can download and/or embed it

Special thanks (in no particular order) to:
The Chicago Art Department, Hank Perritt, 3pHaze, Fearless Radio, Jim DeRogatis, WBEZ's "Radio M", TheRecordIndustry.com and all of you Bloggers, MySpacers, Yelpers. Facebookers for helping in one form or another. We greatly appreciate it.

Thanks to YOB for the panel discussion photo!

We look forward to seeing you out in the new year.

Oh yeah... if you haven't yet, for your new year resolution, you may want to
do this.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Jim DeRogatis covers the Promoters' Ordinance Documentary Screening

The Chicago Sun-Times' Jim DeRogatis wrote a great piece on the screening of our promoters' ordinance documentary calling it, "A far more radical (and entertaining) view". Beautiful. Thanks Jim.

We look forward to seeing you all out. The doors open at 6:30. Film starts at 7:30 with discussion panel to follow (featuring Henry H. Perritt, Jr. and TheRecordIndustry.com ). The weather looks like it is going to be a bit hairy - but expect tonight's event to be nothing short of delicious.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Trapped in the basement ...

It's 5:55 and has snowed about 4 inches in the last couple of hours. We were supposed to be at Fearless Radio twenty minutes ago for an interview about the documentary. Mofo is stranded downtown and cannot catch a cab to get to the radio station. I am stranded at home. What would be a 20 minute drive has become literally a 4 hour drive . Some cars have run out of gas on the expressways. Brutal.

I am going to have to phone mine in. Hopefully mofo catches a cab.

The interview is in 5 minutes, dag...

Feel free to call in with comments and questions.
Radio Studio: 312/224-8273
IM: fearlessradio00 on AIM & Yahoo
fearlessradio on MSN

4. 3. 2. and ...Lights. Camera. Action.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Fearless Radio interview Re: Promoters' Ordinance, documentary and screening. 12/16 - Listen in.

We will be on Fearless Radio's "New Music Binge" on Tues, Dec 16th @ 6PM discussing the world premiere screening of JaGoFF's documentary "Chicago's Promoters' Ordinance Kills Independent Music" as well as, the implications and reach of the proposed ordinance. Joining us in the discussion will be independent artist advocate, Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Law Professor & Former Dean of Chicago-Kent College of Law and author of the white paper, "Why the event promoters ordinance should be rejected".

Listen in. We invite you to call in with your questions and concerns.

To listen: www.fearlessradio.com - choose "Listen Now".
Call JaGoFF at Fearless Radio's studio: 312/224-8273
IM us during the show: fearlessradio00 on AIM & Yahoo;
fearlessradio on MSN

For those wishing to attend the screening/discussion, it will be taking place Dec 20th @ 6:30 at The Chicago Art Department, located at 1837 S. Halsted (in Chicago's Pilsen-area). There will be and open discussion following the film. You can find more information here.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Premiere Film Screening: "Chicago Promoters' Ordinance Kills Independent Music" and Panel Discussion @ The Chicago Art Department - Dec. 20th / 6:30PM

JaGoFF is absolutely THRILLED to announce that we have teamed-up with The Chicago Art Department for the WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING of our documentary "Chicago's Promoters' Ordinance Kills Independent Music", Saturday, Decemember 20th, from 6:30 - 10PM. After the movie, we will be holding a panel discussion fielding the questions and concerns of the community. TheRecordIndustry.com will be taking part, as will be the former dean & professor of law of Chicago Kent College of Law, Henry H. Perritt, Jr. Henry has been a very strong advocate concerning the rights of the independent artist and authored the white paper "Why the event promoters ordinance should be rejected", in which he found the Promoters' Ordinance to be unconstitutional. This is also the white paper on which JaGoFF used as the basis for the documentary.

Following the panel discussion we lighten things up a bit and open the floor to the DJs to spin late into the evening. If you are not hip to the proposed ordinance this is a great starting point. If you are aware of it, this is a great time to voice your questions, concerns and more importantly, for Chicago's creative community to come together as this law if passed would effect the entire creative community. The bottom line is that as written, the proposed ordinance is UNCONSTITUTIONAL and
should not pass in any form whatsoever.

For those of you who think that this is a local issue... it is not. The war on the independent artist has crossed over the Atlantic and London now has a similar proposal entitled
"Form 696". The city of San Jose just passed an ordinance as well. This is very scary $h!t people, as this effects the future of our culture, our right to free speech and freedom of expression.

Please feel free to spread the word and repost, as we need to reach out to as much of the community as possible. If you not in/from the Chicago-area, but wish to
do something (which we strongly encourage) you can contact (email, fax, snail mail) City Hall here. We have posted the documentary online, please feel free to watch it, embed it, email it, whatever...

Thank you all so very much and we look forward to seeing you at the screening.

Dec.20th (6:30 - 10PM)
TheRecordIndustry.com & 3pHaze present:
World Premiere Screening of ...
"The Chicago Promoters' Ordinance Kills Independent Music: A Documentary by JaGoFF"
@ The Chicago Art Department
1837 S. Halsted (Pilsen nieghborhood)
Chicago, IL

View the press release
Reviews of the documentary
"Not Done Yet" - Arts and Entertainment (DePaul)

Because it didn't just go away... (Gaper's Block)

Sword of Damocles (Chicagoist)

More On The Promoters Ordinance (AVANT/CHICAGO)

Possible return of Promoter Ordinance to kill Windy City indie scene (Examiner)

Lives Shows Under Threat in Chicago (indyish)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The New Mu$ic Capitol? / Chicago Music Commission: Panel Discussion

If you are a part of the creative community in Chicago, this should be of great interest to you. This Thursday, the Chicago Music Commission (CMC) is hosting a panel discussion focusing on the recent study, "Chicago: Music City" [PDF], released by CMC and University of Chicago. If you are not familiar with the CMC, they hold monthly panels dealing with a wide range of subject matter, as it pertains to musicians and the business of entertainment. They have several of their past panel discussions available for download and there is vast amounts of actionable knowledge right off the bat.


Hope to see you there.

Below you will find more info pulled from their newsletter.

Chicago: The New Mu$ic Capitol?


On Thursday, January 24, the Chicago Music Commission will convene a diverse panel of experts for a groundbreaking public conversation on the economic opportunities being generated by Chicago¹s growing music industry. The event will take place at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Street at 6 p.m., and is open to the public and free of charge. Never before has a panel of such caliber come together in public to discuss Chicago¹smusic industry, its future, and its impact on Chicago¹s economy at large.

The CMC is convening the panel in response to publicity surrounding the recent publication of the CMC¹s groundbreaking economic impact study "Chicago: Music City" [PDF] , conducted by the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago. The study exposes the strengths and weaknesses of Chicago¹s music industry in comparison with those of other North American cities. Along with co-authors Dan Silve and Sarah Lee, Lawrence Rothfield, faculty director of the Cultural Policy Center, will summarize the study¹s findings to open the event and the panelists will address the steps Chicago must take to be recognized as a world-class music city.

The panel of experts will include industry leaders representing many facets of Chicago¹s music economy, including media, promoters, venues, performers, educators, government, urban planners, record label owners, trade associations, recording studio executives and music industry unions.

Confirmed panelists to date include:

Shala Akintunde
The Movement Worldwide (Producer and Performing Artist)

Martin Atkins
Invisible Records, Columbia College

Julie Burros
City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs

Laura Chmielewski
City of Chicago, Department of Tourism

Kenard Karter
WGCI Radio

Rita Lee
Nu Face Entertainment

Gary Matts
President, Chicago Federation of Musicians

Jerry Mickelson
Jam Productions

David Miranda
Univision Radio

Rich Moskal
Chicago Film Office

Shawn Murphy

Paul Natkin
Photo Reserve, Inc.

Heather M. Nelson-Beverly
Entertainment Attorney

Henry Perritt, Jr.
Co-Chair, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Task Force ³The Global Edge: An Agenda for Chicago's Future²

Lawrence Rothfield
Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago

Alan Salzenstein
DePaul Music Business School

Chris Schneider
Pressure Point Recording Studios

Michael Yerke
Live Nation, House of Blues

Dan Lurie of the CMC will moderate the discussion.


³Chicago: Music City² is the first serious comparative study of music industries and music communities in the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the U.S. The study provides an accurate portrait of music¹s power in influencing Chicago¹s economic health and will serve as a benchmark for measuring the future growth of the city¹s music community. The authors found that Chicago¹s music community is a significant economic engine:


· Chicago has the third largest number of music businesses among its peer national competitors

· Chicago has the third largest music-related workforce, with over 53,000 people generating over $1 billion in payroll

· Chicago¹s live music scene generates $80 million in revenues‹dwarfing better known scenes such as Austin (known as the ³Live Music Capital of America²)

· It is an ³omnivore¹s paradise² with affordable and diverse music offerings, and an aggregate concert capacity larger than any other city besides Los Angeles


The Chicago Music Commission is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation
founded in 2005 by a group of concerned Chicagoans dedicated to heightening the local, national and international visibility of Chicago music; nurturing Chicago¹s vibrant music community; and organizing and advocating independently on behalf of the Chicago music community in the government and private sectors.

The Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago was founded in
1999as a joint initiative of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies and the Division of Humanities. The Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago is an interdisciplinary research center and nationally recognizedleader in the emerging field of cultural policy research and education. Its mission is to provide research and inform policy that affects the arts, humanities and cultural heritage.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Friday, January 4, 2008

AC/DC !!!

On this day in history... Thomas Edison electrocuted Topsy the elephant, in an effort to protect his interests in electricity and discredit Tesla's competing & superior AC/alternating current (vs his own DC/direct current version of distribution).

Sound familiar?


Thursday, January 3, 2008