From more than 250 bands/solo artists nationwide, 51 of the nation’s top teen bands/solo artists have been selected for Music Forward Foundation’s Bringing Down the House Class of 2016.
From the 51 bands/solo artists selected nationally, the Las Vegas class includes Kiara Brown, Incarnate, Isabella Brito, Noah Stephens, Noelle Chiodo, Prism Tribe and Social Amnesia. The bands/solo artists have been granted exclusive access to music industry insider panels and an opportunity to perform live on stage at House of Blues Las Vegas on Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Free tickets are available from the participating bands/solo artists and at the box office on the day of the show.
“Playing at the House of Blues has definitely taken us to another level. Before our showcase, House of Blues was our ceiling. It is now our floor,” says Grady Jones, 2015 participant and lead guitarist of the Las Vegas-based band Almost Awake. “Playing for that many people on that stage and environment automatically lands us more credibility and confidence. We feel like we bring a piece of House of Blues wherever we play now.”
The 156 young musicians spent four Saturdays gathered in eight cities nationwide to learn about music marketing, music creation, music as a business, and live production. Livestreaming sessions brought the participants face to face with top-tier experts who hail from companies like Live Nation, Atlantic Records, Musicians Institute, Red Bull, and more.
“My favorite part of Bringing Down the House is the opportunity to learn and work with music industry professionals and collaborate with our peers,” said Lauren Bowen, 2015 participant and lead vocalist of the Orlando-based band, The Charter. “The industry insider panels were meant for our experience level, but were still professional so it didn’t feel like we were in school…it was a group of professionals and young musicians across the nation talking about something they care about live over the internet.”
Live showcases are taking place throughout April on the legendary House of Blues main stage in Orlando, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, and at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.