Day 1 of the 7th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards concluded with a live showcase produced by Live Nation at New York's Gramercy Theater. Attendees swarmed the venue to check out hot acts including Laura Warshauer, Sick Puppies, Bad Rabbits, London Souls, The Gracious Few, The Postelles, and A Place to Bury Strangers.
Alternative/Pop/Rock songstress Laura Warshauer kicked off the event with her vintage, smoky sound and upbeat jams. She is signed to Atlantic Records and has previously toured with Jakob Dylan and Augustana. Keep an eye out for this saucy starlett.
Warshauer takes advantage of some down time and networks with 101.9 WRXP DJ and industry veteran, Matt Pinfield.
From left: Sick Puppies Mark Goodwin on drums; Shimon Moore, vocalist and guitarist; and Emma Anzai, their truly sick bass player pose here for a photo before taking the stage and bringing down the roof at The Gramercy Theatre.
EMI/Virgin Records' artists Sick Puppies brought their alternative rock sound across the pond from Sydney, Australia. Their 2007 album "Dressed up as Life" entered the Billboard top 200 at No. 181. They are currently on the road in support of their 2009 release "Tri-polar".
Boston, MA based band, Bad Rabbits provided the most lively and unique set of the night with their pop/soul/R&B sound they have dubbed "New Crack Swing". They have been buzzing on the scene since a monumental performance at NYC's CMJ Music Marathon last month.
Bad Rabbits members brought the crowd back to the late 80's and early 90's with the Kid n Play dance "The Funky Charleston".
The Postelles' pop/garage/rock sound got the crowd got the crowd pumping and there was no doubt about why Capitol/Astralwerks Records signed this promising act. They have a vintage, fun 50s feel to their songs that you can check out while they're on tour from Nov. 27 – Dec. 13.
Concert attendees went wild for London Souls, who are a bluesy, funk jam rock band from NYC and closely identify with the Afro-Punk community there. The trio is set to play a show at Terminal 5 with State Radio in December and their song "She's So Mad" has received airplay on FOX TV's show Fearless Music. From left: Chris St. Hilaire, Tash Neal, and Kiyoshi Matsuyama enjoy a couple laughs before taking the stage.
Attendees mingle in the downstairs bar between sets
Crowd favorites, The Gracious Few took the stage and blew the roof off the house. Lead singer, Kevin Martin (also lead singer of Candlebox) who spoke on the "ARTIST DEVELOPMENT: HOW ARE WE DOING?" panel earlier in the day, captivated the crowd with his energy and the range of his voice.
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