Ever wonder how the Philadelphia music biz "ticks" from a marketing/promotion and technical perspective? Some seasoned vets of the game will be sharing war stories in free events at Drexel University tonight (Wednesday) and then again next Wednesday.
Man With The Golden Touch: Kal Rudman, kingpin of the music industry tip sheet Friday Morning Quarterback, will tell tales out of school tonight about how he steered radio programmers to the next big things. Oh the stories he could tell – and we hope he will – about how record companies would, um, improve their odds for success. Rudman also had a highly public persona as a music tipster on the Merv Griffin and Today shows, and in his youth as a “Big Beat” radio DJ. And wasn’t he also a color man for the WWF, for a while?
Rudman and his better half Lucille have given back lots to various charities and education institutions, including so much funding for Drexel’s music industry educational program that there’s an institute named after them. The music maven will share his pearls of wisdom at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Mitchell Auditorium of the Bosson Research Center, 3140 Market St. A VIP reception follows along with a performance by the Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy Choir of Camden, recently back from taking second place in the Young Prague Music Competition thanks to the last minute funding generosity of the Rudmans.
They Was There: Some recording studios seem to possess a special “magic.” Philly’s Sigma Sound Studios was one of them, in the 1960s, ‘70s and ’80s churning out a gazillion hits not only for artists in the Philadelphia International stable (O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, etc) but also for visiting stars like David Bowie and The Jacksons who hoped to catch the good vibrations.
Next Wednesday, you can learn some of the secrets of the trade - illustrated with primo sound bites – from Sigma founder Joe Tarsia and a bunch of his fellow engineers – Arthur Stoppe, Carl Paroulo, Jay Mark Snyder, Jim Gallagher and Mike Tarsia. And be prepared to ask good questions. as Philadelphia music historian George Manney will be capturing the whole thing on video tape for the Philly Pop Music archives and Philadelphia Music Scene collection at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. It’s all happening Wednesday, June 6th at 6 p.m at Drexel’s Stein Auditorium, 3215 Market St.
For more info, about both free events call 215-895-1029 or visit here.