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July 30, 2013

BMI Presents At Rockwood Music Hall Lyle Divinsky, Frances Cone and a Must-See Special Guest on August 2

Surprise performer has earned praise from USA Today and the New York Times, and comparisons to the likes of Stevie Wonder and Donnie Hathaway.

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WHO:
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, and emerging singer-songwriters Lyle Divinsky, Frances Cone and a soon-to-be announced Special Guest performer to be announced on Friday, August 2.

WHAT:
BMI Presents at Rockwood Music Hall, an exciting showcase featuring up-and-coming singer-songwriters from all genres. This event is designed to expose BMI singer-songwriters to the public and the music industry through an intimate showcase. This show will feature a special performance from a rising troubadour. Admission is free.

WHEN:
Friday, August 2 2013. Show begins at 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 2 (196 Allen Street, NYC 10002)

WHY:
BMI Presents at Rockwood Music Hall offers bourgeoning performers an opportunity to showcase their talents and underscores BMI’s commitment to supporting its songwriters. As an initial point of contact for burgeoning artists, BMI serves as a fundamental bridge, connecting promising talent with industry decision-makers, as well as invaluable opportunities, including performance slots on stages at SXSW, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza and more.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:

Lyle Divinsky:
Lyle Divinsky, a.k.a. The Sasquatch of Soul, “doesn’t front: he sings soul and R&B, and that’s that. There are no tags or modifiers needed: his music is pure and honest. His focus is so spectacular that his originals sound like instant classics that might have had a life on 45s and crackly AM radio for decades,” says Todd Richard from The Portland Phoenix. Hailing from Portland, ME, Divinsky moved to the Big Apple just over 3 years ago, and has been crooning his way into the hearts and hips of the five boroughs ever since. To quote NYC blogger/music aficionado, Sami Promisloff, “Lyle Divinsky is the minister of soul and master of babymaking music for ALL TIME… and scene.” http://www.lyledivinsky.com/

Frances Cone:
Hailing from the low-country of Charleston, SC to the Mississippi Delta, now Brooklyn-based Frances Cone, creates an indie pop that harkens back to old time folk and blues. With soulful, smoky vocals, and lyrics that both comfort and challenge, the band subverts tradition to live in a world of delicate sensibilities and mesmerizing heartbreak, reaching a place that sings you through the ups and the downs, remarking on the heavy while lightening the load. Fronted by Frances Cone, she is joined onstage by Owen Beverly, Ward Williams, Andrew Dougherty, and Benji Lee. Already acclaimed by the likes of Vanity Fair, American Songwriter, Paste and Brooklyn Vegan, their reach is proving far and wide, their authenticity and captivating melodies undeniable. http://www.musicboxmedia.com/francescone/francesconepress.html

Special Surprise Guest:
This soulful crooner, who has sold out venues around the world and captivated festival goers at SXSW, Coachella and Bonnaroo, has earned praise from USA Today and the New York Times, and comparisons to the likes of Stevie Wonder and Donnie Hathaway.

ABOUT BMI
Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 7.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) Facebook page.

Contact:
Jamil Walker – BMI
212-220-3143
jwalker@bmi.com