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SERFA SouthEast Regional Folk Alliance conference

May 18, 2016 - May 22, 2016

I am looking forward to attending my first SERFA conference this week, down in Montreal North Carolina. I have been to most of the Folk Alliance Regional Conferences multiple times and they are always fun and a great way to meet people. The International Conference is so big that you can be there all week and not catch up with your friends. I always leave a regional feeling like I’ve made some great new friends.

Because it’s my first time at SERFA, I didn’t organize my usual Big Orange Tarp showcases for the conference, but many of my frequent showcasers will be on hand. If you are a presenter, I would encourage you to catch David Roth, Tim Rice, Meg Braun, No Fuss & Feathers Roadshow, Kerry Grombacher, Roby Lytle, Sarah Clanton, Will Pfrang, Brad Cole, Caroline Cotter, Eric Lee, Kirsten Maxwell, Betty Soo, Bryan Ashley Jones, Mike Agranoff, and Martyn Joseph. I have had the pleasure of working with all of these fine musicians and highly recommend them.

I will be Moderating a panel in the Promotion/Gigs track entitled Making Technology Work for You – Creating an internet Identity. On Saturday at 2-3:15pm in the Lakeside with Panelists Mike Kornfeld, Mike Vial, and Dave Curley. I have created an online handout for my portion of the workshop. It’s available online at Check it out for more info on what we will be covering.

I will also be mentoring as I do at NERFA and Rocky Mountain Song School. I am looking forward to getting some one-on-one time with a few of the conference participants. Over the years, I have done a couple hundred mentorings. No two have ever been the same. I have had just about every job you can have in music, so I do a quick interview with the performer and try to discern what they believe is holding them back and then we discuss strategies and solutions for overcoming those obstacles. I get a lot of good feedback from these. Upon further examination of the schedule, it looks like I have only 5 sessions total on Saturday Afternoon. If you want to reserve one, you may want to sign up ASAP. If you miss out, send me an email to and maybe we can arrange an ad hoc mentoring at some other time.


May 18, 2016
May 22, 2016
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Montreat Conference Center
401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, 28757 United States
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