March 28, 2011 — The University of Miami’s student-run record label, ’Cane Records, has announced its latest project, a combination of a promotional music compilation album titled Breaking the Surface, Vol. 1 – Miami Artists on the Rise and a live music performance showcase. The showcase will be held at Transit Lounge, 729 SW First Avenue, Miami, on Thursday, April 7, from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. Admission to the showcase is free and open to ages 18 and older.
Promotional copies of the compilation album, in CD form and as digital download cards, will be given away at the event and on UM’s Coral Gables campus during the days leading up to the event. A free bus will be running continuously between Gusman Concert Hall on the Coral Gables campus and the Transit Lounge beginning at 7:30 p.m. and ending with a final drop-off on campus at 2 a.m.
Thanks to a grant provided by the University of Miami Citizens Board, ’Cane Records launched an initiative to assist up-and-coming music artists in the greater Miami area. Six artists were selected to participate in the project. Some of the artists are UM students. Each artist has two recordings featured on the compilation album and will perform live at the showcase. The six artists are John Paul Sindoni, an indie/techno acoustic rock-tronica singer/songwriter; depgroov, a three-member band whose musical blend includes R&B, jazz, rock, soul, hip-hop, and funk; John Splithoff (sophomore, Studio Music and Jazz Vocal Performance), an electronic/pop/rock singer/songwriter; Juke, a high-energy, dirty, groove-based indie blues band; Eddy Bayes (junior, Music Engineering), a contemporary/folk singer/songwriter; and Ketchy Shuby, a six-piece collective that describes their musical mix of psychedelic, soul, Afrobeat, blues, jazz, and reggae as “downtown soul.”
’Cane Records staff members and all UM undergraduate and graduate students in the Music Business and Entertainment Industries Program, are working with each of the participating artists to assist them with many different aspects of their career, including music production, website design, bio and press kit creation, development of a social networking presence, and digital distribution.
Breaking the Surface, Vol. 1 provides six up-and-coming music artists a leg up in launching their careers while giving students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the music business. “We hope that Miami will take notice of these new artists, become fans, and support the growth of their careers,” said Jordan Chadsey, the student president of ’Cane Records.
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