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ScottWorks 2018 | The Raymond Scott Festival

We’re Reckless Night Music—Raymond Scott’s family—and no more future tense for now–our September 8th festival  is now over, and we were thrilled with the turnout and the way the whole day and night worked out–it was way better than we dared hope. and we feel we achieved our goal–to honor our Dad’s groundbreaking impact on music, culture and technology on his 110th birthday weekend.  Thanks to all the volunteers and team members (too many to list here), who worked so hard to make the day a success, and to all the panelists and presenters who made the day so special in so many ways.  And to our sponsors and partners, again too many to list here.  And to those who attended, it was so gratifying to us to share the day with the ever expanding Raymond Scott community.


Find out more about Raymond Scott’s life at our primary website

A Day-Long Symposium

Our daytime event will celebrate Scott’s creative and technical legacy, with music, panel discussions on Scott-related themes, and interactive exhibits. The ScottWorks symposium will pay tribute to the many facets of Raymond Scott’s life and work.

Presenters and Panelists

We’ve invited some special guests to contribute to the event: some who worked alongside him, and some who were inspired by him.

An Evening Concert

This unique concert will be an evening filled with interpretations of Raymond Scott’s timeless music, including electronic music performances.

PANELISTS, PRESENTERS AND SPECIAL GUESTS

Current invitees who are planning to attend include:

DJ Alxndr
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DJ Alxndr

Tiffany Anders
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Tiffany Anders

Jerry Beck
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Jerry Beck

Dave Brown
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Dave Brown

Stu Brown
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Stu Brown

Irwin Chusid
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Irwin Chusid

Jeremy Cohen
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Jeremy Cohen

Hoby Cook
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Hoby Cook

Herb Deutsch
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Herb Deutsch

Dr. Les Deutsch
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Dr. Les Deutsch

Jack Curtis Dubowsky
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Jack Curtis Dubowsky

Corey Goldberg
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Corey Goldberg

Daniel Goldmark
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Daniel Goldmark

Skip Heller
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Skip Heller

Jack Hertz
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Jack Hertz

Brian Kehew
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Brian Kehew

Morgan Neville
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Morgan Neville

Martin Olson
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Martin Olson

Ego Plum
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Ego Plum

Tom Rhea
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Tom Rhea

Chiacheng Sen
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Chiacheng Sen

Jeroen van der Schaaf
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Jeroen van der Schaaf

Beth Sorrentino
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Beth Sorrentino

Byron Werner
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Byron Werner

Michael Whelan
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Michael Whelan

Hal Willner
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Hal Willner

Jeff Winner
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Jeff Winner

DAYTIME PROGRAM

Registration – complimentary coffee and pastries from Porto’s

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Welcoming Remarks

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Deborah Scott Studebaker

Deborah Scott Studebaker started her career as an assistant engineer at Motown Studios, and went on to produce spoken word recordings and feature films. Transitioning from entertainment to education, Deb develops techniques to enhance writing, learning and creativity. She teaches poetry at The Willows Community School and is also developing a podcast about her father, […]

Stan Warnow

Stan Warnow is Raymond Scott’s only son and a career film professional—mainly as an editor on a wide range of projects including many music-centric films—one of which was the Academy Award-winning documentary Woodstock. As a filmmaker he directed and produced Deconstructing Dad, his 2010 award-winning personal documentary about his father.

Raymond’s Merry Melodies: An animated conversation

Generations have grown up, perhaps unknowingly, with the music of Raymond Scott. Scott's compositions are heard in over 100 cartoons for Warner Bros, home to Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. The Ren & Stimpy Show featured Scott's recordings extensively. The Simpsons have been known to use Powerhouse, Scott's most recognizable composition, throughout its 29-season run. Join a panel of experts as they discuss the animated Raymond Scott. Daniel Goldmark will moderate.

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Jerry Beck

Writer, animation producer, Cal Arts college professor and author of more than 15 books on animation history. Founder of Animation Research and a former studio exec with Nickelodeon Movies and Disney.

Jack Curtis Dubowsky

Composer and music editor Jack Curtis Dubowsky has worked in features, television, animation, and at Pixar. He’s the author of Intersecting Film, Music, and Queerness and the forthcoming Easy Listening and Film Scoring: 1953-1978.

Corey Goldberg

Producer, engineer, and voice artist for Newark Public Radio, WBGO, Corey wrote his Master’s thesis, Raymond Scott: Rediscovering the Forgotten Wit of Jazz, for Rutgers University’s Jazz History and Research program.

Daniel Goldmark

Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University; author/editor of Tunes for ‘Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon and The Cartoon Music Book.

http://music.case.edu/faculty/daniel-goldmark/

The 1937-’39 Quintette Music: Inside the notes and chords

Les Deutsch, from the keyboard, and Stu Brown, on the drums demonstrate how Scott combined elements of jazz, classical, ethnic strains, and a pop sensibility into confections for his famous Quintette. Irwin Chusid moderates this exploration of Raymond Scott’s early musical strategies.

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Stu Brown

Scottish drummer/composer/bandleader known for transcribing, arranging, performing and recording Raymond Scott’s music and other cartoon related repertoire in his group, Twisted Toons.

Dr. Les Deutsch

NASA scientist, jazz musician, arranger of Scott compositions

http://www.nightbloomingjazzmen.com/NBJ_Raymond_Scott.html
Irwin Chusid

Irwin Chusid serves as administrator for the musical estates of Raymond Scott, Sun Ra, and Esquivel. He has hosted a free-form radio program on WFMU since 1975, and is the author of Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music and four anthologies of Jim Flora’s art.

The Inventions – From the Mind of Raymond Scott: Creations Known and Unknown

After his tenure on television, Ray "went underground" and immersed himself in electronic inventing. From household items to complex musical devices, his ideas arrived almost daily. He obsessively notated these ideas, most of which only went as far as the drawing board. His fear that someone might steal his concepts thwarted any public release of the inventions. This panel explores the various artifacts that have been uncovered and discusses the potential (or not) of his mysterious innovations. Featuring Irwin Chusid and Jeff Winner, RS archivist.  Moderated by Brian Kehew.

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Irwin Chusid

Irwin Chusid: Raymond Scott historian/album producer, WFMU DJ, administrator for catalogs of Raymond Scott and Sun Ra

Brian Kehew

Brian Kehew is an author and engineer/producer who specializes in the history of Electronic Music. He lives and works in Los Angeles and is best known for his work on the Recording the Beatles book. Brian is co-owner of CurveBender Publishing and Round and Wound, a vintage-tape transfer service.

Jeff Winner

Jeff Winner is a music and film producer who has written for MIT Press, Oxford University Press’ Grove Dictionary of American Music, and been interviewed by The New York Times, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal. Since 1996 Winner has been a curator of The Raymond Scott Archives, and co-produced “Manhattan Research Inc.”

Raymond Scott’s Music in Film: Powerhouse and Beyond

Raymond Scott’s whole eclectic catalog is a natural for film and TV. There’s something there for every setting and mood—and the panel will explore that range with projected examples, from classics like Powerhouse and The Penguin all the way to electronic music like Portofino as well as Mountain High Valley Low from Scott's Broadway show Lute Song. The panel features Hal Willner, Grammy-winning music producer and creator of sketch music adaptations for SNL, as well as leading Hollywood music supervisor Tiffany Anders, and just-announced, Morgan Neville and Skip Heller.  Moderated by Stan Warnow.

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Tiffany Anders

Musician, music supervisor and music writer who curates the Don’t Knock the Rock Film and Music Festival.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0026054/
Skip Heller

Guitarist, singer, composer, producer, music journalist, historian; arranged Scott’s “Powerhouse” for the Bernie Mac Show

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skip_Heller
Morgan Neville

Morgan Neville is an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. For over twenty years he has been making films about music and cultural subjects including Troubadours, Search and Destroy and three Grammy-nominated films: Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story, Muddy Waters Can’t Be Satisfied, and Johnny Cash’s America.  In 2014, 20 Feet From Stardom, won numerous awards including the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary. […]

Hal Willner

Grammy-winning producer of albums by Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Lucinda Williams, and others; SNL sketch music adaptations, Executive Producer of the Raymond Scott CD Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Willner
Stan Warnow

Stan Warnow is Raymond Scott’s only son and a career film professional—mainly as an editor on a wide range of projects including many music-centric films—one of which was the Academy Award-winning documentary Woodstock. As a filmmaker he directed and produced Deconstructing Dad, his 2010 award-winning personal documentary about his father.

Lunch

There are many delicious food options near the venue!  Closest, right outside the front door on 3rd street wlll be Spyros Gyros, a fabulous food truck with all kinds of Greek options: http://www.spyrosgyrosla.com  And there's a whole range of restaurants of all kinds within a few minute walk.  Check out this Google Map, zoom into it until you see our venue, The Colony Theater, and explore your other options!

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Musical Moment #1 – Raymond Scott’s Suite for Violin and Piano with Jeremy Cohen and Chiacheng Sen

Most people aren't aware that in addition to his other accomplishments Raymond Scott wrote this beautiful and haunting piece of classical music.  He was classically trained and this piece, composed c. 1949 may well be a tribute to his older brother Mark,  who died of a sudden heart attack in 1949.  Mark had been a violinist as a youngster, and of course Raymond played the piano. For our violinist and pianist we're lucky to have Jeremy Cohen of Quartet San Francisco and pianist Chiacheng Sen.    

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Jeremy Cohen

Leader of three-time Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco, who have recorded string quartet versions of Scott tunes

http://jeremycohen.com/
Chiacheng Sen

Pianist Chiacheng Sen will be playing Raymond Scott’s Suite for Violin and Piano with Jeremy Cohen of Quartet San Francisco as part of our first Musical Moment.   In 2017, Chiacheng won the first prize in the Australian Vocal and Concerto Competition, second prize in the International Music Competition Grad Prize Virtuoso in Rome, third prize in the Risingstars Grandprix in Berlin.  In […]

Raymond Scott and Bob Moog: Decades of Friendship and Collaboration

This panel will delve into the unusual intergenerational friendship and professional collaboration between Moog Synthesizer inventor Bob Moog and Raymond Scott.  Scott always considered himself to have a doctorate in "Primitive Engineering" and he and Bob Moog had thousands of hours of conversations about music technology, theory and practice.  Herb Deutsch, co-creator of the Moog synth, will be on the panel and share his personal recollections of Scott and Moog. Corey Goldberg wrote his Rutgers University Masters Thesis  on Raymond Scott and therefore is an expert on all aspects of his career.  And Tom Rhea, will be joining us with pre-recorded video comments.  Moderated by Brian Kehew.

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Herb Deutsch

Co-inventor of the Moog synthesizer, 1964; Professor Emeritus of Music, Hofstra University; Raymond Scott colleague

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Deutsch
Corey Goldberg

Producer, engineer, and voice artist for Newark Public Radio, WBGO, Corey wrote his Master’s thesis, Raymond Scott: Rediscovering the Forgotten Wit of Jazz, for Rutgers University’s Jazz History and Research program.

Tom Rhea

Berklee College Electronic Music professor (ret.); Sr. Advisor, Electronic Music Education And Preservation Project; worked with Scott on electronic instrument marketing.  Tom’s schedule changed and while he can’t be at the festival in person, he has recorded specific video thoughts and comments that will be projected during the his panels

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrAFMi-VV6E
Brian Kehew

Brian Kehew is an author and engineer/producer who specializes in the history of Electronic Music. He lives and works in Los Angeles and is best known for his work on the Recording the Beatles book. Brian is co-owner of CurveBender Publishing and Round and Wound, a vintage-tape transfer service.

Celebration on the Planets Mars and Saturn: Raymond Scott and Sun Ra

Irwin Chusid administers the estates of Raymond Scott (RS) and Sun Ra (SR). He's discovered that these two historic musical figures—who on the surface seem so different—had many common traits. Chusid explores the curious (and comical) parallels.

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Irwin Chusid

Irwin Chusid serves as administrator for the musical estates of Raymond Scott, Sun Ra, and Esquivel. He has hosted a free-form radio program on WFMU since 1975, and is the author of Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music and four anthologies of Jim Flora’s art.

The Electronium: History, restoration, reincarnation

Without question, the most visible of Ray's artifacts is the Electronium. The ultimate Raymond Scott electronic project, it began in the 1960s with a series of smaller inventions. By 1970, he felt he had created a tangible, powerful product for simultaneous composition and performance. There was only one taker—Berry Gordy of Motown Records—who commissioned the sole production instrument. Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO purchased the abandoned Electronium after Raymond's passing, and it has recently begun a path of restoration. Experts including Herb Deutsch, Hoby Cook, and Jack Hertz will explore the history and potential of the Electronium, as well as similar "automatic composer" inventions in the music world.  Moderated by Brian Kehew.

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Hoby Cook

Scott Motown colleague and in a unique position–the only musician other than Scott to play and compose on the Motown Electronium.

Herb Deutsch

Co-inventor of the Moog synthesizer, 1964; Professor Emeritus of Music, Hofstra University; Raymond Scott colleague

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Deutsch
Jack Hertz

Artist/programmer/synthesist; producer of the Biography: Raymond Scott compilation; curator of the Encyclotronic electronic music archive

Tom Rhea

Berklee College Electronic Music professor (ret.); Sr. Advisor, Electronic Music Education And Preservation Project; worked with Scott on electronic instrument marketing.  Tom’s schedule changed and while he can’t be at the festival in person, he has recorded specific video thoughts and comments that will be projected during the his panels

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrAFMi-VV6E
Brian Kehew

Brian Kehew is an author and engineer/producer who specializes in the history of Electronic Music. He lives and works in Los Angeles and is best known for his work on the Recording the Beatles book. Brian is co-owner of CurveBender Publishing and Round and Wound, a vintage-tape transfer service.

Musical Moment #2 – Beth Sorrentino (piano, voice) and Michael Antony Whelan (guitar, bass and keyboard) perform renditions of Raymond Scott compositions, reflecting his genre-hopping diversity.

Beth sings a playful never-commercially released 1942 song, "Principles of Arithmetic," originally sung by Dorothy Collin on a demo disc found in the Marr Archives. Beth also covers one of Scott's most famous and oft-recorded works, "Mountain High, Valley Low," from the 1946 Broadway musical Lute Song. Whelan offers idiosyncratic takes on "Portofino," a 1962 electronic work by Scott, and "Square Dance for Eight Egyptian Mummies," a posthumously released 1938 work by Scott's seminal Quintette.

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Beth Sorrentino

Beth Sorrentino is a composer, teacher, and recording artist. She was lead singer/pianist/songwriter for the trio suddenly, tammy! who recorded two albums for WB Records.

Michael Whelan

Michael A. Whelan is a multi-instrumentalist/producer from Santa Clarita. Adept in a multitude of genres, he composes, arranges, and mixes. He also studies old film scores and hopes to compose for cinema.

Reception (featuring DJ Alxndr)

5:30 pm-6:30 pm. Complimentary beer, wine and light hors d’oeuvres.

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DJ Alxndr

DJ Alxndr will be spinning at Scottfest. Alxndr (Alex Warnow) is Raymond Scott’s grandson AND Stan Warnow’s son.  He’s working up an all Scott set for Scottworks. On his home turf in the Bay Area Alxndr DJ’s a wide range of world-influenced bass music: trap, hip-hop & future bass – “world crunk” for short. Representing the […]

http://www.leftcoastdj.com/

Dinner Break

There are many delicious food options near the venue!  Check out this Google Map, zoom into it until you see our venue, The Colony Theater, and explore your options!

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Concert

See full details below!

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NEWS AND UPDATES

We’ve added a News and Updates section to the website to keep all informed of latest developments.  New panelists, musicians, and exhibits, they’ll all be noted here, as well as more detailed info and biographies of already announced participants.  So be sure to check back often for the latest news!

Have a look back at the September 7th  L.A. Times article about Raymond Scott and the festival.  Click here to read.

Also–a pretty incredible new addition to our fest–a modern version of the Raymond Scott Fascination Machine, never built until now–it’s kind of a micro–Electronium with 5 different modes and random pattern generation. Huge thanks to everyone at Rebel Technology, the London based collective that pulled this off. off. https://www.rebeltech.org/  It just arrived from England yesterday–hear it in action at the fest on Saturday and see our promo video below.   Still some tickets available–if we still have any left tomorrow we will sell at the door, but safer to order in advance from here.

 

 

We have another musician joining us!  Pianist Chiacheng Sen will be playing Raymond Scott’s Suite for Violin and Piano with Jeremy Cohen of Quartet San Francisco as part of our first Musical Moment at 2:20 pm after the lunch break.  In 2017, Chiacheng won the first prize in the Australian Vocal and Concerto Competition, second prize in the International Music CompetitionGrad Prize Virtuoso in Rome, third prize in the Risingstars Grandprix in Berlin.  In previous years, she also won the first prize in the USOMC in Oakland, American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition which led to her Carnegie Hall debut. She received her Masters Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and doctoral degree in Piano Performance with full scholarship from UC Santa Barbara.

We’re delighted to announce that Morgan Neville has been added to the Raymond Scott Music in Film and TV panel.  Morgan is an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. For over twenty years he has been making films about music and cultural subjects including Troubadours, Search and Destroy and three Grammy-nominated films: Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story, Muddy Waters Can’t Be Satisfied, and Johnny Cash’s America.  In 2014, 20 Feet From Stardom, won numerous awards including the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Neville has used Raymond Scott music in two of his films, including  the 2018 current release Won’t You Be My Neighbor, his feature documentary about the lessons, ethics and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers.

Unfortunately we have learned that Darren cannot  join us.  Like most of us he has a regular job, and a work trip has come up that he is obligated to make.  In is email he wrote :”I wont be able to make the event, which kills me, but I am hopeful you will have one again next year, which I will not miss.” We still have plenty of guests for the Electronium panel, especially Hoby Cook who actually played and composed on the machine, and Herb Deutsch, who spent time with the machine at Raymond’s  Long Island studio.

Have a look at as Skip Heller rehearses his Reckless Night Ensemble for the festival concert.  Excerpts from three tunes, the mysterious and not so well known Naked City, the usually electronic Portofino done with traditional instruments, and Powerhouse. See below in video section or  click here.

Herbert A. Deutsch has devoted his life to new ways of hearing sound. In the early 1960s Herb conceived of a keyboard electronic instrument and brought his idea to Bob Moog — their collaboration resulted in the first Moog synthesizer, and led to a decades-long professional and personal relationship.

Herb met Raymond Scott through Bob Moog, and spent considerable time with him at his Three Willow Park studio participating in the development of the Electronium.

Herb is a composer, inventor, educator, recording artist, keyboardist, author and now Professor Emeritus of Music at Hofstra University.  He joins us as a panelist and performer at ScottWorks, and we’re honored to have him.

EVENING PROGRAM

On Saturday Night, Jeff Winner will produce a tribute to Scott’s legendary creativity and his multi-dimensional career. This unique concert will be an evening filled with interpretations of Raymond Scott’s timeless music, including electronic music performances.

Three-time Grammy Award nominees Quartet San Francisco, led by Jeremy Cohen, expand the reach of chamber music as they interpret 1930s ‘cartoon jazz” by the Raymond Scott Quintette.  Check out their YouTube performance of Scott’s The Penguin. 

Guitarist/Bandleader Skip Heller works in many musical genres — from Philly Jazz to rockabilly, soul and exotica.  He’s also a real authority on Raymond Scott.  Skip and his Reckless Night Ensemble will take a deep dive into the Raymond Scott catalogue to bring new life to Scott’s Quintette, big band, orchestral and electronic compositions from the 1940s-60s. 

Some very special guests will be sitting in too–stay tuned for more updates!

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Questions? email info@raymondscott.net

Please understand that the artists and/or lineup for the Event may not be final and is subject to change.

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VENUE

Join us at the beautiful Colony Theater in Burbank, CA.

One of the beautiful things about it is free parking!

555 N 3rd St,
Burbank, CA 91502

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DAY PASS

$65

Access to gallery displays, installations, on-stage panels, presentations, performances and reception (10:00am – 7:00pm)
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NIGHT PASS

$30

Access to gallery displays, installations, live evening concert starting at 8:00pm. No access to daytime events.
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DAY + NIGHT PASS

$85

Access to gallery displays, installations, on-stage panels, presentations, performances, reception and evening live concert starting at 8:00.
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ABOUT THE TEAM

Deborah Scott Studebaker
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Deborah Scott Studebaker

Producer and Managing Partner

Sheri Timmons
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Sheri Timmons

Event Producer

Brian Kehew
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Brian Kehew

Event Producer

Carrie Makover
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Carrie Makover

Web Crafter & Partner

Stan Warnow
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Stan Warnow

Producer and Managing Partner

Irwin Chusid
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Irwin Chusid

Master of Ceremonies

Jeff Winner
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Jeff Winner

Concert Producer

Elizabeth Adams
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Elizabeth Adams

Partner at Reckless Night Music