Santa Monica, CA
Venue Address (Get Directions)Musicians Institute, Performance Center
Date and Time
Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 8:00pm
✭6:30: DOORS Open: Musicians Institute, Performance Center, 6752 Hollywood Blvd, 90028.
Musicians Institute is a privately owned for-profit music vocational school located in Hollywood, California. Graduates have played with Elton John, Velvet Revolver, Korn, and Pink, and earned top placing positions on American Idol.
✭6:45 -7:10: MUSICAL GUEST APPEARANCE: Zana Messia and The Balkan Soul Orchestra.
A native of Bosnia and Herzegovina who now lives in Los Angeles, Zana Messia joins forces with an ensemble of top L.A. musicians (The Balkan Soul Orchestra) to share a unique musical journey that combines her lifelong love of traditional jazz with the spirit of the Balkan Roma music that first captivated her as a child. Zana just finished recording her new album Balkan Soul executive produced by Harvey Mason, who has been a leading producer and musicians in jazz for decades. Says Christopher Levine, author of Eclectiblogs, “Think really great female jazz vocalist with a touch of Tom Waits…on a world tour adapting the music to each culture along the way. She along with the Balkan Soul Orchestra plays some very addicting, not to mention some really great music.” www.zanamessia.com
✭7:15 - 8:10: KEY NOTE SPEAKER: Michael Levine, on Obsession, Optimism, and Obligation.
With more than 25 years experience and having worked with some of modern society's biggest names and companies, Michael Levine is the founder of LCO. As the author of 19 books, including Guerrilla PR - considered the most widely used introduction to Public Relations in the world - Levine is an industry expert who is frequently called upon by national media to provide PR insight into topical news and events. Called by USA Today, "one of Hollywood's brightest and most respected executives," Levine has been responsible for public relations campaigns for, among others, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Charlton Heston, Linda Evans, Jon Voight, Suzanne Somers, Demi Moore and Michael J. Fox. His clients have run from movie & TV stars, to sports heroes, to music figures, comics, producers and multi-national corporations. When not in the office, Levine can be found speaking at national conferences, conducting philanthropic work for the community, including annual motivational speeches to LA County prison inmates, following political developments or enjoying photographing life and local scenery.