The 1st Annual NoDA Summer Musicfest

The 1st Annual NoDA Summer Musicfest presented by the Midatlantic Music Conference

The NoDa Summer Musicfest is a live music festival designed to promote the North Davidson, an diverse artistic area in Charlotte, NC. Known as the NODA district. This area has tremendous music and art resources which our event will assist in exposing the rich culture and opportunities to regional artists, bands and other industry related professionals. The event will host over 50 independent musical acts that span across many genres. The event will be held on 3 stages that will simultaneously crank the region’s best talent. We are also providing an international performance opportunity for a regional band. The band will perform a live simulcast during our event from the City of Fort Saskatchewan, Canada Day Celebrations July 1st in front of 10k-15k people.

The event is being hosted at The Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St, Charlotte, NC 28205. The venue offers more than 5000 sq. feet of bar space with a spacious multi-level stage, room for over 400 patrons and an awesome atmosphere for pure enjoyment.

This event is being organized by the founders of the Midatlantic Music Conference. From 2002 – 2008, the Mid-Atlantic Music Conference solidified itself as the largest and longest running music conference in the Mid-Atlantic States. The event has hosted over 1000 performers, artists and bands from the US, Canada and around the world. Additionally, more than 450 music, film and digital entertainment industry professionals have participated in interactive panels, displays and demonstrations, making it the premier music industry networking event in the market!

Past participants in their events have included executives from major and independent record labels such as Sony/BMG, J-Records, Universal, BME, EMI Music Group, SoSoDef, Arista and Interscope Records. Other industry sponsors and participants include CD Baby, ASCAP, Electronic Musician, XM Radio, Masterwriter, Select-O-Hits, NC Bar Association as well as film and video game companies such as Southern Tip Films, Talent Link, The NC Film Commission and GRS Games, makers of the SIMS. During the 2008 conference, over 100 artists & bands crossing all genres of music performed in 5 of Charlottes hottest performance venues.

The event will take place on June 30th and July 1st from 4pm to 11pm nightly and it will be hosted at The Chop Shop NoDa at 399 35th Street, Charlotte, NC 28205.

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Independent Music Awards Nominee Matthias Sturm

German rock/acoustic artist and Independent Music Awards Nominee Matthias Sturm comes across both as a seasoned songwriter and communicator on his US debut “Blood and Thunder”, due for release on Jan 17, 2012.

When he sings “I’m going to the Underworld” on the stunning track “Peace on Earth”, you feel the unlikely urge to go with him, and the reason becomes perfectly clear as his masterful backup vocal choices guide the song through Beatles-inspired, dark atmospheres. The Single is recently aired on several AAA-programs in theUSand theUK, garnering rave reviews. “Baxter Galloway Meets Mr. Handsome” has hints of “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” in the composition and circus/carnival mood. This is an artist who is not afraid to experiment because he is confident in his song writing ability.I would put his approach somewhere between Roger Waters and David Bowie, yet he has his own unique delivery.

Matthias Sturm, reputed as a painter as well, started out as one of the young talented painter generation hailing fromEast Germany. His mixed-media paintings and monotypes are part of some more important public and private art collections inGermany,Austriaand theUSA.

“Blood and Thunder” is recommended listening for fans of lush, story telling in their rock and folk music. Devotees of Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and The Beatles should find something to enjoy here. Listen to Matthias’s music and find out more on his Facebook page