Sister Hazel and partner Sixthman Management developed "The Rock Slope" as a supplement to the highly successful "Rock Boat" - an annual floating music festival that will hold its seventh cruise in January 2007. Both events are fan-oriented, where attendees get treated to live music day and night, and get to interact with the groups in a relaxed setting. BMI has been a supporter of both events since their inception.
"We started 'The Rock Boat' because Sister Hazel fans wanted a convention, which we had done informally over a holiday weekend in Charleston, SC," recalls Andy Levine of Sixthman. "After developing the cruise, we felt that the next step was to replicate it in the winter at a ski resort. Since we introduced 'The Rock Slope,' it's been a huge success, helping bands interact and connect with their fans and vice versa."
Over 1000 people are expected to attend the five-day ski event, which will feature an intimate acoustic set from BMI songwriter Bo Bice on Friday, March 31. Sister Hazel will perform on April 1 at an all-star jam closing the event.
"This is a great event to be involved with," said BMI's Lynn Oliver, Associate Director of Writer/Publisher Relations in Atlanta. "The artists get a real connection with loyal music fans and it's a great place to work out new material in front of an appreciative crowd."