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Bassist BrownMark News – THE REVOLUTION Continues U.S. Tour Through the Summer



Bassist BrownMark News – THE REVOLUTION, the band Prince himself formed, has completed its first run of dates and now sets out on the second leg of their tour.

The group has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from fans across the country. Each night the band’s performance transports themselves and their audience with an incredible playlist from their catalogue of hits, highlights being classic cuts from Purple Rain. That album is due for a deluxe re-issuing from Warner Bros. Records on June 23rd.

From the reviews one could be forgiven for thinking THE REVOLUTION has been touring for years, but actually, it’s been over three decades since they had performed a full show together. The love has been overwhelming; but not just from the fans but also from the media. The band appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” sharing an intimate conversation with THE REVOLUTION legendary host Michel Martin, exploring insights and memories in tribute of their friend and band leader, PRINCE. The band was also featured, LIVE on SiriusXM’s VOLUME channel (106), for an hour Town Hall Q & A with esteemed journalist, Alan Light and former MTV VJ, Mark Goodman. Rave reviews have been pouring in from all corners of the media spectrum: Washington Post, Rolling Stone,Brooklyn Vegan, USA Today, Variety, Huffington Post, Village Voice, and more…

Of the New York stop, Variety stated that “The band was razor sharp, inspired, and knew exactly what the audience wanted: a concert that was a celebration, a reunion, a public mourning — and perhaps most of all, a release. And from the very beginning of the set, The Revolution made everyone in the crowd a participant.”

The Revolution is credited on three Prince albums, Purple Rain, Around the World In a Day and Parade. As NPR’s Michel Martin notes fans still in mourning “..and those paying tribute often return to one monumental work: “Purple Rain” The album and the film won three grammys and an Oscar, influenced countless musicians and made Prince a superstar. A critical ingredient in that success though, was his band, The Revolution..known for their big sound, tight discipline, and above all CHEMISTRY…” A testament to the power of their Chemistry is the band’s decision to reunite and tour after three decades.

THE REVOLUTION Tour Itinerary:
June 14 House of Blues Dallas, TX
June 15 House of Blues Houston, TX
June 16 The Aztec Theater San Antonio, TX
June 17 ACL Live Austin, TX
June 21 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV
June 22 House of Blues San Diego, CA
June 23 Wiltern Los Angeles, CA

July 11 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
July 12 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
July 13 Artown Reno, NV
July 14 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
July 15 The Showbox Seattle, WA
July 17 Britt Pavilion Jacksonville, OR
July 22 Walker Art Center / Minneapolis, MN
Rock The Garden Music Festival

August 11 Resorts Casino – Superstar Theatre Atlantic City, NJ *
August 12 Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Resort Uncasville, CT *

*New date, not previously announced

More dates TBA

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Blues Traveler Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Grammy Award-Winning Album four with Fall Tour



Blues Traveler Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Grammy® Award-Winning Album four with Fall Tour

The Iconic Band Blues Traveler Will Perform the Deeper Cuts from the Six-Time Platinum Record as well as Greatest Hits…

Blues Traveler has announced that they will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their seminal, six-time platinum album four with a cross-country tour this fall. Kicking off September 13 in Spencer, IA and hitting such legendary venues as The Fillmore and The Graceland Soundstage along the way, the routing will culminate November 17 in St. Petersburg, FL.

Tickets for the “Blues Traveler – 30 Years Of Four Tour” will be available starting Friday, June 28 at

Regarded as the album that catapulted Blues Traveler into the mainstream, four was the band’s fourth and most commercially successful release to date. The record peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 charts and generated two Top 40 hits including “Run-Around” and “Hook,” which charted at #8 and #23 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. “Run-Around” also earned the band their first Grammy® Award in 1996 for “Best Rock Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group” and set a record upon its release as the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history.

Perhaps more impressive than its accolades, though, is the indelible impression that four made on the Americana music landscape as a whole. Weaving a unique blend of blues, rock, folk, and roots with catchy choruses and bold rhythms that could only be defined as transformative, the record was hailed as one of the most genre-defining albums of its time. It is also one of the most enduring.

Fans can catch the Blues Traveler – 30 Years Of Four Tour at one of the following tour dates.
*Note: Dates and venues are subject to change.
Sept. 13 Clay County Fair Spencer, IA
Sept. 14 Val Air Ballroom Des Moines, IA
Sept. 15 Steelhouse Omaha Omaha, NE
Sept. 17 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Sept. 20 St. Louis Music Park St. Louis, MO
Sept. 21 The Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
Sept. 24 Citizens House of Blues Boston, MA
Sept. 26 The Rooftop at Pier 17 New York, NY
Sept. 27 Lebanon Opera House Lebanon, NH
Sept. 29 Oceans Calling Festival Ocean City, MD
Oct. 17 The Fillmore Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 18 Struthers Library Theatre Warren, PA
Oct. 19 Community Arts Center Williamsport, PA
Oct. 22 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
Oct. 24 Murat Theatre at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 26 Turfway Park Event Center Florence, KY
Nov. 2 Graceland Soundstage Memphis, TN
Nov. 3 The Signal Chattanooga, TN
Nov. 6 The Ritz Raleigh, NC
Nov. 8 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Nov. 10 Charleston Music Hall Charleston, SC
Nov. 12 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL
Nov. 15 House of Blues Orlando Orlando, FL
Nov. 16 Revolution Live Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov. 17 Jannus Live St. Petersburg, FL

For more information, visit and follow @bluestraveler

Photo courtesy DMK Publicity | Photographer, Graham Fielder

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Steve Di Giorgio’s & Jeroen Paul Thesseling’s Prog Metal-Fusion Quartet QUADVIUM Signs With Agonia Records



Steve Di Giorgio's & Jeroen Paul Thesseling's Prog Metal-Fusion Quartet QUADVIUM Signs With Agonia Records

Agonia Records proudly announces the highly anticipated release of the debut instrumental album by QUADVIUM, a formidable progressive metal-fusion quartet founded by legendary bassists Steve Di Giorgio and Jeroen Paul Thesseling. This album is a masterclass in musical innovation, showcasing the unparalleled talents of these iconic artists, along with drummer Yuma van Eekelen and guitarist Jennings Smith.

QUADVIUM’s debut album is a sonic journey that transcends traditional genre boundaries, blending technical precision with profound musicality. The album is an exploration of the rich textures and intricate compositions that only these two multi-string fretless bass virtuosos can deliver. Steve Di Giorgio and Jeroen Paul Thesseling, both renowned for their groundbreaking contributions to metal, bring their unique styles together in a way that redefines the instrumental metal genre.

Steve Di Giorgio, hailed as one of the most proficient and prolific bass players in extreme music, wields his 5-string custom shop fretless Ibanez SDG-B1 signature bass, delivering a powerful and dynamic performance. Jeroen Paul Thesseling, known for his signature fretless playing in death metal and world fusion, commands his 7-string fretless Warwick Thumb NT bass, providing a deep, resonant foundation. Their synergy creates a mesmerizing bass-driven soundscape that is both technically astounding and sonically captivating. Set for release in Autumn 2024 via Agonia Records, the album features stunning artwork by Travis Smith (Amorphis, King Diamond, Cynic), adding a visual dimension to the album’s intricate soundscapes.

Prepare for an unprecedented metal experience as QUADVIUM sets a new quality in instrumental music. This album is not just a collection of tracks but a declaration of musical mastery and innovation. Join us on this epic journey and witness the birth of a new era in metal.

The group comments: “We are looking very much forward to this long-term collaboration with Agonia Records. As instrumental progressive metal-fusion group we appreciate the opportunity and support from label manager Filip Jesion, which enables us to reach out with this unique musical concept.”

Photo, Judit Petrás, courtesy Agonia Records


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STYX Announces Terry Gowan As New Bass Player



STYX Announces Terry Gowan As New Bass Player

Band photo 2024 courtesy of ABC Public Relations. Photographer, Jason Powell. Left to right:  Todd Sucherman, Lawrence Gowan, Chuck Panozzo, James “JY” Young, Tommy Shaw, Terry Gowan, Will Evankovich

STYX Announces Terry Gowan As New Bass Player…

Terry Gowan declares, “It is within an honor and somewhere beyond a dream come true to be joining JY, Tommy, Chuck, Will, and my brother Lawrence – and to be reacquainted with decade long Gowan bandmate Todd — in taking on the mantle as the new bassist of the legendary STYX. Here’s to many years ahead on the Styx adventure!”

“I’m very pleased and proud to have my brother, Terry, join Styx,” says Lawrence Gowan. “Terry played on four of my six solo Gowan albums. He’s on records that include some of the world’s most renowned musicians: Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Jon Anderson, and Alex Lifeson, as well as touring with Gowan from 1985 to 1990 and again 2010 to this year of 2024. It’s really great to have him aboard!”

As Tommy Shaw exclaims, “We’re all looking forward to the Canadian shows that are coming up soon and introducing Terry Gowan on bass guitar and vocals as the newest Styx member!!! Are you ready to rock? We are too! See you soon!”

Drummer Todd Sucherman adds, “I’ve had the pleasure of being a rhythm section partner with Terry Gowan for several years in Gowan’s band, and I look forward to welcoming this talented multi-instrumentalist into the fold.”

STYX has five decades of hits and immortal rock songs. Like a symphony reaching a crescendo, a STYX show covers a wide range of styles. From “Suite Madame Blue” to “The Grand Illusion”, including “Lady”, “Blue Collar Man”, “Renegade”, “Miss America”, “Lorelei”, “Crystal Ball” and obviously “Come Sail Away,” the band has a virtually limitless supply of classics.

CRASH OF THE CROWN, STYX’s most recent album released in 2021, reached #1 on the Billboard Rock chart after its release.

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Bassist/Music Educator Andreas Farmakalidis Candidate for LAUSD District 3



Bassist:Music Educator Andreas Farmakalidis Candidate for LAUSD District 3

Bassist/Music Educator Andreas Farmakalidis Candidate for LAUSD District 3: A Champion for Music and Arts in Schools…

Andreas Farmakalidis, a renowned music educator and business owner, will be on the ballot for LAUSD District 3 School Board. As an independent candidate, Farmakalidis brings a fresh perspective and a passionate commitment to revitalizing music and arts programs in schools. With a proven track record of success and a vision for a brighter educational future, Farmakalidis aims to provide every child with a well-rounded education. Andreas Farmakalidis is not just an exceptional educator and business owner; he is also an accomplished movie composer, having contributed music to several renowned films.

His talent and dedication earned him a prestigious Spotify and Hollywood Music Award. Beyond music, Farmakalidis enjoys cooking, specializing in Greek and Cypriot cuisine. He is happily married to Alexis Lopez, a former American Idol finalist, and together they embrace the joy of parenting their two-year-old daughter, Mavis. Known for his unwavering hard work, dedication, and passion, Farmakalidis has always championed causes that are close to his heart, especially education. 

With a diverse and vibrant community in LAUSD District 3, Farmakalidis recognizes the unique challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. His commitment to this district is rooted in the belief that every child, regardless of their background or circumstances, deserves a high-quality education that equips them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life. 

“I have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of education in the lives of young people and the broader community,” says Farmakalidis. “It is our responsibility to invest in our schools, teachers, and students. By ensuring safe and welcoming learning environments and providing necessary resources and support to our educators, we can achieve equity and inclusivity in our educational system. 

Every child should have a fair shot at achieving their dreams.” Furthermore, Farmakalidis is dedicated to fostering strong partnerships between schools, parents, businesses, and the broader community. Recognizing that collaboration and engagement are essential to address the unique needs of the district, he aims to create opportunities for learning, growth, and success for all. In addition to his commitment to academic excellence, Farmakalidis firmly believes in the importance of the arts in education. 

He envisions a District 3 where every child has access to a comprehensive arts education, regardless of their background or neighborhood. By investing in music, visual arts, theater, and dance programs, and providing students with the necessary tools and resources, Farmakalidis aims to inspire creativity, foster innovation, and provide a powerful means of self-expression. The arts play a crucial role in developing critical thinking skills, enhancing cultural awareness, and building empathy by exploring diverse perspectives. “I am running for LAUSD District 3 because I believe that, with the right leadership, we can make our schools even better, provide our children with a brighter future, and strengthen our community as a whole,” says Farmakalidis.

 “Together, we can work towards a brighter, more equitable future for all our students.” In the upcoming election, LAUSD District 3 voters have a choice to make. Farmakalidis stands out as the only candidate who prioritizes bringing music and arts back to schools, recognizing the profound impact they have on students’ development and growth. The stakes are high in this election. The right candidate can shape the future of education in LAUSD District 3, ensuring that every child has access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to thrive. Andreas Farmakalidis’s proven dedication, commitment, and passion make him the ideal candidate to lead the way.

For more information on Andreas Farmakalidis and his campaign, please visit 

Follow him on social media @afarmakalidis.

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Freekbass Crowned TikTok LIVE Fest Finalist



TikTok LIVE Fest

Hometown bassist and frontman, Freekbass is representing Cincinnati as a Top 30 Award Winner for TikTok LIVE Fest, with a ceremony set to take place in January 2024, in Los Angeles, CA.

TikTok LIVE Fest is a global event across 50+ countries and regions that recognizes and celebrates top creators. The contest took place from December 1st-16th, with each talent accruing points based on support from their communities during their live streams. What began as thousands of streamers competing worldwide, was reduced to a cut of 300, then 150, and ultimately the final Top 30 were crowned as the winners. Freekbass, who just started streaming on TikTok in March of this year, placed as Top 24 creator, globally. To give context, social media influencer and TikTok veteran, Jeffree Star, placed third in the same competition. All Top 30 winners receive airfare, hotel and travel expenses to appear at the TikTok LIVE Fest Awards Ceremony, along with other prizes.

Freekbass performs a one-man show, creating live music with his signature bass-playing, and also plays guitar, percussion, keys and vocoder, using DJ beats and samples, while staying continually engaged with the viewers via chat. He accredits his rapid rise in popularity to his loyal community, lovingly dubbed the “Freek Squad”. To meet them virtually and check out a nightly Freekbass live stream, visit most evening, starting at 10pm ET.

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