Guitar Center Drum-Off Event Filled With Stars
One of drumming's biggest night's returns next week. Tickets are on sale now for the drum event of the year, Guitar Center’s 27th Annual Drum-Off Finals. Join us on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 7pm at Club Nokia in LA LIVE, downtown Los Angeles. The night will be hosted by Gregg Bissonette, featuring exclusive musical performances by a host of renowned drummers including Taylor Hawkins, Gil Sharone, Robert "Sput" Searight, and Mike Mangini and a special ceremony honoring Jim Keltner and Vic Firths’s legendary career with an induction into Guitar Center’s RockWalk. All five finalists will perform live to compete for the winning title in front of a panel of celebrity judges and an audience full of fans and industry professionals. Between the host, performers, judges and RockWalk Inductees the event is one of drumming’s most celebrated events and brings together masters of the craft.
- Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Finalists:
- South East – Hilario Bell (Miami, FL)
- South Central – Jonathan Burks (North Little Rock, AR)
- North East – Luis Burgos Jr. (Brooklyn, NY)
- West – Brandon Zackey (Murrieta, CA)
- North Central – Tony Taylor Jr. ( Matteson, IL)
R.I.P. Jason Mackenroth Succumbs To Cancer At The Age Of 46
Former Rollins Band Drummer Spent Eight Years Performing In Blue Man Group's Las Vegas Production
Jason Mackenroth, the powerhouse drummer for Rollins Band from 1998 to 2004 who went on to release two solo albums and enjoy an eight-year run with Blue Man Group, passed away at home in Henderson, Nevada on Sunday, January 3, 2016 after a nearly four-year battle with prostate cancer. A memorial service will be held in the Las Vegas area later this month. Details will be announced shortly. Plans are also in the works for a benefit concert, which will take place later this year.
Jason is survived by his wife Janet (“Jaye”) Mackenroth and their two sons, Javan and Joren, as well as his father and mother, Dave and Gail Mackenroth, and siblings Anne Dunlap, Scott Mackenroth and Arlene Mackenroth. A GoFundMe campaign is underway here to help Janet and Joren Mackenroth with expenses so they can remain in Nevada until Joren graduates from high school in June 2016.
Born in Sacramento, California on May 9, 1969, Jason Mackenroth got his start playing drums in high school and went on to play center snare with the Sacramento Freelancers, a highly ranked DCI Drum and Bugle Corps. After moving to Los Angeles in 1989, he co-founded Mother Superior, a power pop trio that attracted the attention of Henry Rollins. The punk singer and author produced two Mother Superior albums and eventually asked the three musicians to join him in Rollins Band. Mackenroth was with Rollins Band for seven albums and four world tours. One of the highlights of this period was the recording of 2002’s Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three, which found the band backing Black Flag’s Rollins, Keith Morris and Chuck Dukowski along with an astounding array of guest vocalists, including Iggy Pop, Ice T, Tom Araya of Slayer, Exene Cervenka and Motorhead’s Lemmy.
After leaving Rollins Band and Mother Superior, Mackenroth formed his own band, Mack, which revealed him to be a talented vocalist and songwriter also. Mack’s self-titled debut album was released in 2005. 2011’s Pay to Play was hailed by the Las Vegas Review-Journal as “a modern-day update of the harder edges of Kiss' '70s catalog...powered by shout-along hooks, octopus-armed drumming and lots of fist-in-the-air guitar soloing…a visceral, overheated, organic-sounding recording.”
Mackenroth spent more than eight years with Blue Man Group, performing as a band musician in the Las Vegas production. He was also a kit drummer on the “Megastar World Tour” and at Blue Man Group’s 2013 Hollywood Bowl debut. His knowledge of music was encyclopedia and his passion and dedication were unsurpassed – he continued to perform with Blue Man Group throughout his illness. Blue Man Group Las Vegas ended its January 3 show with a tribute to Jason.
In the course of his career, Mackenroth also recorded with such artists as funk legend George Clinton, The Lovemakers and Robert Bradley and toured with Grammy-winning producer Daniel Lanois (U2, Neville Brothers, Bob Dylan) and MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer.
A longtime champion of music education, Jason taught private lessons over the years and was honored to perform at KISS Night In Las Vegas III – a 2014 benefit for the non-profit Imagine, which funds music education programs in Las Vegas area schools. He played drums on three tracks of the 2015 benefit CD, KISS Night In Las Vegas.
Former Rhythm Editor Joins HLAG Team.
The Hit Like A Girl contest is proud to announce that Louise King, the former editor of Rhythm Magazine, has joined the contest management team as a senior director. While Louise’s main responsibilities will be to solicit and manage HLAG judges and ambassadors, she will also be involved in planning and promoting many other aspects of the international drumming contest for women and girls.
Comments Louise, “I’m thrilled to be working on this, the fifth Hit Like A Girl Contest. What I want to see— and what I’ve always wanted to see— is more girls playing drums. Not only does the competition provide a fantastic platform for female drummers from around the world to showcase their talents, it’s also incredibly inspiring to see previous contestants such as Anika Nilles, Val Sepulveda, Venzella Joy, Louise Bartle and others enjoying great professional success.”
"Hit Like A Girl has always been considered an international contest so having a person from outside the U.S. in a high level position is an important step for us,” contest co-founder David Levine says. “And when that person is as knowledgeable, respected and connected as Louise is, it increases the reach and the strength of the program even more.”
With a background in journalism and graphic design, Louise King joined Rhythm in 1994 and proceeded to work her way up through the ranks; becoming editor of the magazine in 1999. Before leaving the magazine to start a family in 2007, Louise helped make Rhythm one of the most influential and important drum magazines in the world by balancing its coverage of legendry and up-and-coming drummers from the UK and the rest of the world with top-flight educational columns and the first-ever, cover-mounted tutorial CD.
Now in its fifth year, since the Hit Like A Girl Contest began there have been more than 1,600 entrants from 45 countries and more than 8,000,000 web impressions. Previous sponsors have included D’Addario, DRUM!, Drum Workshop, Mapex, Yamaha and Zildjian as well as many other leading drum, percussion, hardware, electronics and media companies. For 2016, Hit Like A Girl is expanding its activities with the Power Pack education bundle and live drum festivals in Los Angeles and New York.
Merge Media Network Features Drumming Podcasts
Professional drummer, entrepreneur and Drummer’s Resource founder / podcast host, Nick Ruffini has announced the launch of Merge Media Network. The focus of Merge Media is to deliver high-quality content for artists, creators and doers.
The initial rollout includes three drummer-centric podcasts
Drummer’s Resource Podcast (founded 2013) features conversations with and expert advice from the world’s greatest drummers, music industry pros and thought leaders.
The Daniel Glass Podcast (new Merge Media feature in 2016) offers a deeper look into Daniel’s unique take on music, drumming and life. Look for philosophy, motivation, musical “deconstructions,” and conversations with celebrity drummers.
Working Drummer Podcast (Founded 2014 – Joining Merge in 2016) features perspectives, experiences, and stories from ground-level, working pros, plus advice, tips, and secrets on how to build a career in the music business.
Podcast Advertising Drives Awareness
Enter Music Network, the advertising network from DRUM! Magazine that includes Drummagazine.com, OnlineDrummer.com, Drummercafe.com, TheBlackPage.net, Drum Channel, and other sites, helps market the Drummers Resource podcasts, offering exclusive ad placement options including "live reads" and "ad libs" as well as sponsorships.
About Enter Music Network
The Enter Music Network offers global ad reach to more than 500,000 drummers monthly through web banner advertising. Special placements, geographic targeting and video options are available. The network also offers complete social media and email campaigns.
For more information, contact Phil Hood, 408-971-8794 ext 203. For advertising Information on Enter Music Network visit http://www.entermusicnetwork.com.
Mike Mangini Joins Vater
Vater welcomes four-time Grammy Award Nominee and Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini as a Vater Drumstick Artist!
Mike has been working closely with Vater over the past few months. He also spent time at the Vater factory to develop a very unique design of which Mike has said: "It's not your ordinary stick. It is balanced, it is powerful. It is the Wicked Piston!"
Mike Mangini's "Wicked Piston" Vater Drumstick Model is made from American Hickory and will be introduced at the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA in January. Complete details and specs on Mike's new Vater Drumstick design coming to vater.com very soon.
Mike will also be the cover story in the February 2016 issue of DRUM! Magazine, which goes on sale January 12, 2016.