Benjamin Jaffe and Suzanne Santo of Americana group, HoneyHoney, were in our chapel recording last week! HoneyHoney is one of ten bands sponsored through our 2017 Jameson Music partnership with Jameson Irish Whiskey. This partnership helped emerging artists pair with one of the world’s most well-known brands, providing a national stage to be seen and heard. High-profile shows were held in the artists’ hometown as well as across the country, helping bands break into new markets for the first time and demonstrating Jameson’s love for local neighborhoods. Bands were included in large-scale Jameson festivals including Northside Festival in Brooklyn and Love Thy Neighborhood Festival in Brooklyn. Brand accounts created social media visibility to millions of new fans, and provided support for bands to take substantial steps toward self-sustaining careers. In addition to helping in-house artists, Refuge team members consulted with all ten Jameson Music artists to ensure they were spending funds wisely to achieve goals they wouldn’t otherwise be able to accomplish and support their path toward self-sustaining careers.
HoneyHoney used their grant funds toward mixing, mastering, art direction and production of a brand new live record, HoneyHoney Live at The Troubadour. Jameson funding helped the group release their first live record under their new self-made record label, a huge step on the path to artist sustainability. By premiering the first single, “Thin Line”, Jameson also provided HoneyHoney with visibility among millions of new potential fans. In addition, the grant allowed them to quickly travel between near back-to-back festivals to reach audiences in Texas, California, Indiana, Ohio, Montana, and Virginia.
We’ve been working hard on renovating our building to provide a safe and clean environment for our artists. Refuge team member Mark was hard at work on Monday patching holes and cracks, and giving the walls a fresh coat of paint after a recent asbestos abatement.
We’re excited to announce our next Feed The Body, Feed The Soul event in conjunction with Oshkosh Corporation! Join us April 14th at the Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh for Cory Chisel and friends as they salute Tom Petty. Proceeds from the event go toward Feed The Body, Feed The Soul as well as Refuge Foundation for the Arts. Tickets start at $33 and can be purchased by clicking the ‘Buy Now’ button below. We hope to see you there!
We are also partnering with Lamer’s Bus Line to provide transport! The coach bus will be leaving the Refuge Lounge at 6pm and is scheduled to return that night by around 11pm. The cost is $15, and we have a signup available at the Lounge. You can stop by the Refuge Lounge to reserve your seat!
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