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Music industry forum series continues with Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

March 9, 2012

The music industry studies program at Loyola University New Orleans presents Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, in “Friends, Funk and Fortitude,” a forum about their lives, music and success as one of New Orleans’ favorite local funk/rock bands on Monday, March 12 at 5 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall. The forum, which is part of the weekly “Get Inforumed” series, is free and open to the public and will be streamed live online at http://www.cfmae.org/category/forums/.

Founded in 2001, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes is a collective of a group of friends from Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts. The current roster includes drummer Andre Bohren, guitarist/vocalist Marc Paradis ‘02 (aka Johnny Sketch), bassist Dave Pomerleau, trumpeter Omar Ramirez ‘02 and saxophonist Andre Mouton ’06.

All classically trained musicians, the band got their start when they steered away from classical music to win the Loyola Battle of the Bands in 2001 with a unique blend of funk and rock music. Since then, they’ve established an impressive reputation, complete with carefully crafted alter egos, occasional bizarre costumes and an ongoing stream of odd antics.

Regular gigs at local venues like Tipitina’s and the Maple Leaf Bar, consistent appearances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, along with constant touring, have helped the band create a devout following throughout the region, especially in New Orleans and on the East Coast. Their discography to date includes three studio albums and “Live at the Spleaf,” recorded onstage at the Maple Leaf Bar.

“Get Inforumed,” a weekly forum throughout the spring featuring experienced music professionals from across the industry, is organized by Loyola students with a mind for arts and entrepreneurship. Each forum is designed to excite the community of creative minds and art entrepreneurs through conversations, with the most experienced, sincere and relatable professionals in the industry.

Other speakers scheduled for the spring “Get Inforumed” series include:

March 26

James Willis – “When Visual Art and Music Collide”

Willis is a post-modern impressionist cityscape painter and sculptor, best known for his intimate portraits of New York City. In November 2011, he became the inaugural recipient of Gibson Custom Guitars’ new Artist in Residence program in Nashville. The first initiative of its kind in the musical-instrument industry, the program was established to inspire fine art through the support of established and emerging artists. Following the completion of his residency, Willis will remain an integral part of the program as chairman and aid in the selection process of future artists.

April 16

Rich Holtzman – “Portugal. The Man(ager)”

Holtzman has managed the Oregon rock band, Portugal. The Man, for five years. Since its inception, he has helped the band grow a strong following of millions of fans and develop close relationships with them through social media. He also worked with the band to develop a creative marketing plan that has proven extremely successful.

April 23

Jesse von Doom – “Cash Music: Open Source Digital Tools”

At the intersection of technology and DIY culture, von Doom helps creative people go digital. Spending part of his time with the creative team, Dutchmoney, and part at CASH Music, a nonprofit organization that builds open source digital tools for musicians and labels, von Doom is completely committed to empowering artists to take control of the Internet.

For more information, contact John Paul at john@getinforumed.net.

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