On March 18, It's All Austin - and All TuneGO: Saxon Pub to Host All Austin Talent SXSW Showcase Featuring Six Artists on Innovative Career Development Platform

Austin Artist Development to Present TuneGO-Affiliated Musicians Across Multiple Genres During Official SXSW Showcase

Mar 07, 2016, 06:05 ET from TuneGO

AUSTIN, Texas, March 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Austin, the "Live Music Capital of the World," will get a chance to show off its homegrown chops during SXSW, as Austin Artist Development (AAD) presents The All Austin Talent Showcase, an official SXSW event featuring six local acts – all of them active on the new TuneGO (www.tunego.com) career development platform.

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The All Austin Talent Showcase will be held Friday, March 18, at the popular Saxon Pub.  The official SXSW Showcase will feature six acts representing the multiple genres for which Austin has become famous, including Jackie Venson, a 2016 Austin Chronicle "Clicks 2 Pick" recommendation (http://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2016-03-04/seven-the-hard-way-jackie-venson/).  The All Austin Talent Showcase begins at 8:00 p.m.  Badges and wristbands are given first priority, although tickets are available for the entire evening for $10 at the door.  The Saxon Pub is located at 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. in Austin.

TuneGO was created for artists who aspire to work with some of the music industry's top producers, play exclusive live events, secure a recording contract, and attract more fans.  TuneGO is LinkedIn for artists, a haven for serious musicians on the rise and a veritable farm system for the music business, with genuine potential to reshape the industry landscape. 

"Austin is internationally known as a hotbed of musical talent and we're proud to focus exclusively on Austin talent for SXSW," said Nancy Coplin, AAD partner.  "We're delighted that all six artists are working with TuneGO, an important new platform for musicians who need to be heard and supported.  While they represent various genres, what all six share is outsized talent."

"TuneGO truly is an extension of the music industry, and there is no more exciting venue to discover and nurture talent than SXSW," said John Kohl, CEO, TuneGO.  "With our platform, for the first time artists can feel confident that someone is listening, someone who can actually matter to their future.  We fill gaps in the market for music professionals, for consumers, and for fans by offering new channels to find and support up-and-coming artists.  That's the very same spirit that animates The All Austin Talent Showcase."

The All Austin Talent Showcase line up:

8:00 p.m. 

Sarah Pierce (sarahpierce.com)  

"Down to earth, authentic and as American as wild horses running free on a prairie" -- No Depression 

9:00 p.m. 

Wendy Colonna  (wendycolonna.com)

Has been featured on Starbucks in-store playlists, on a Coke TV commercial, and has received rave reviews from The Wall Street Journal to Huffington Post to No Depression.                                                                

10:00 p.m.

Redd Volkaert (reddvolkaert.com)

GRAMMY Best Country Instrumental Performance

"A true master of the Telecaster" -- Fender USA

11:00 p.m. 

Barbara Nesbitt (barbaranesbitt.com)

"Barbara Nesbitt serves up a special blend of singer-songwriter fare that is as warm and intoxicating as anything this side of Emmylou Harris and Kasey Chambers."  -- Lone Star Magazine

12:00 a.m.

Shelley King  (shelleyking.com)

2012 Texas State Musician of the Year

"(Her) voice is as natural a wonder as you're likely to hear today . . .

She obviously has some kind of direct line to greatness" --

Bill Bentley, Bentley's Bandstand

1:00 a.m. 

Jackie Venson (jackievenson.com)

"Venson, a Berklee College of Music graduate, channels the soulful sounds of Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse in her tunes." -- Guitar World Magazine

About Austin Artist Development
Austin Artist Development consists of Nancy Coplin (nancycoplin.com), Judy Hubbard (bordelloarstistmanagement.com) and Marsha Milam (marshamilammusic.com), music veterans who are donating their time and expertise with a select group of Austin talent.  

About TuneGO
TuneGO (https://www.tunego.com/) is a comprehensive platform created by the career development professionals who have worked with the biggest names in the music business – artists like David Bowie, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Elton John, Prince and Britney Spears. At the heart of TuneGO platform is the Producers Circle, which includes such luminaries as Ron Dante, Al Kasha, Desmond Child, Gary Katz, James "Jae-E" Earley, John "Jellybean" Benitez, Kevin Churko, Lamont Dozier,  Michael Lloyd, Peter Asher and Val Garay.

Media contacts:
Ken Greenberg
Edge Communications, Inc., for TuneGO
(323) 469-3397

Marsha Milam
Austin Artist Development
(512) 695-2208