On Saturday, August 20, 2011, Blue Note Records recording artist Amos Lee, special guest Joey Burns of the critically acclaimed band Calexico, the Grammy Foundation, the Grammy Museum and 150 students from colleges, high schools and nonprofit organizations around Los Angeles will converge for a special day of Grammy Camp. The event, which is closed to the public, will be held at the Grammy Museum at AEG’s LA Live.
Grammy Camp– SoundCheck Backstage Pass with guitarist and singer/songwriter Amos Lee will give high school students the coveted chance-of-a lifetime opportunity to experience a sound check rehearsal with a rising star. Lee, who has released four albums, has toured with icons including Bob Dylan and the Dave Matthews Band. After watching the Lee prepare for his performance, there will be a question-and-answer discourse. Grammy Camp – SoundCheck provides young people with a glimpse into the realities of music careers by inviting them to attend rehearsals and concert soundchecks of major artists.
This special event is being held to allow students offers real-life insight into an important aspect of the music business. It will give the students access to dialogue with recording artists and their touring staff about the specifics of their careers and the necessary preparation for a career as a performer. CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE BELOW THIS ADVERTISEMENT.
Numerous Grammy-winning and Grammy nominated artists have participated in Grammy Camp- Sound Check, including Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Coldplay, the Dave Matthews Band, Destiny’s Child, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Macy Gray, Billy Joel, John Mayer, No Doubt, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, U2 and Kanye West, among many others. Production professionals, technical crews, tour managers, and other behind-the-scenes professionals have also participated in the program to give information of the wide range of careers that exist in music business in addition to performing.
Amos Lee’s self-titled 2005 album is highly acclaimed, due much in part to his prowess as a songwriter. Named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Top 10 Artists to Watch,” his two subsequent albums, “Supply and Demand,” released in 2006, and his 2008 release “Last Days at the Lodge” furthered his reputation. His songs have been heard in several films and television shows. The folky, soulful Lee has often been compared to singer/songwriters James Taylor and Bill Withers.
Like the Grammy-winning Sting, Lee was once a school teacher.
Lee’s fourth album “Mission Bell” was released this year. Produced by the band Calexico’s Joey Burns, its tracks are infused with an enviable collection of guests, including Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, James Gadson, Priscilla Ahn, Pieta Brown, and the musical backing of Calexico.
On August 3, British rockers Coldplay played a Los Angeles concert to raise funds for Grammy In The Schools.
The Grammy Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture, from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. Campbell’s Labels For Education program is proud to be the official education partner of the Grammy In The Schools programs. For more information, please visit www.grammyintheschools.com.
The Grammy Museum’s Backstage Pass is a career exploration program that gives students a first hand look at what it takes to produce an album or concert from the artists’ or manager’s perspective. The bedrock of the program is watching an artist conduct a live sound check, when preparing for an evening concert at Staples Center, Nokia Theatre, Club Nokia or The Grammy Museum and participating in a question and answer session with the artists and members of their managerial and production teams. Additionally, all students are invited to tour the Grammy Museum.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the Grammy Awards, the sole and preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music, the Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, and a YouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.
Paying tribute to music’s rich cultural history, the Grammy Museum is a one-of-a-kind, 21st-century cultural institution that explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music, the Grammy Award. The Grammy Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. Live, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The Grammy Museum can deliver. For more information about The Grammy Museum please visit www.grammymuseum.org.
The Grammy Museum is located at 800 W. Olympic Blvd. Ste. A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015.