History Making "Seven Sites" Virtual Music Tour Breaking New Ground For Artists

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For the first time in music history, two unsigned artists and seven high-profile online destinations have come together to embark on the "Seven Sites Virtual Tour". Foregoing the "on the road" style of touring and all that goes with it, this tour has the potential to reach one hundred million music fans who never have to leave the comfort of their homes.

Seven Sites Tour

This was so much fun to do and I hope that the good folks out there in the online communities dig this whole thing. Maybe next time we can do it with an actual live audience!

For the first time in music history, two artists, Jason Damato and Tom Freund, will embark on a "Seven Sites Virtual Tour". Each artist will feature seven songs recorded live, and then one song per artist will be broadcast weekly on seven sites over a period of seven weeks. Foregoing the "on the road" style of touring and all that goes with it, this tour will have the artists tour virtually to a potential audience of 100 million music fans.

The sites confirmed to participate include YouTube, Imeem, iLike, RockYou, DoSomething.org, Daytrotter and Joost.

Jason Damato is an LA-based singer-songwriter whose debut EP, Floating Down A River, was released digitally in late January. As an indie artist, Damato thinks the tour is a unique and fun opportunity to reach more fans, "This was so much fun to do and I hope that the good folks out there in the online communities dig this whole thing. Maybe next time we can do it with an actual live audience!"

Tom Freund is a seasoned musician who has previously worked with Ben Harper, The Silos, and various other artists. His latest album, Collapsible Plans, was released in July of 2008. Freund, who is no stranger to touring, believes the tour is great not only for fans but for music discovery. "The virtual tour really sparked my interest in reaching the fans without leaving LA county. Same intensity of a live gig, or live TV cause you know they're out there tuning in."

The "Seven Sites Virtual Tour" which is the first of its kind has many benefits aside from the artists never having to pile into a van. In the current economic state, the tour gives music lovers a chance to see two artists from the comfort of their own home without spending a dime on tickets, fees, parking and gas. The tour also helps alleviate some of the environmental problems of touring such as air pollution.

Drake Sutton Shearer, the Executive Producer of "Seven Sites Virtual Tour", says, "Currently, nothing comes close to the real thing, but we wanted to experiment and create a tour that would mix live performance with social media on somewhat of a regular tour schedule. In the process we hope more folks will discover the unsigned talents of Jason Damato and Tom Freund."

The tour was recorded and filmed live at Broken Wave Music in Glendale, CA. Three time Grammy winner Warren Riker engineered and mixed the performances. In addition to the live music performance, each tour stop will feature an on camera interview with Damato and Freund, hosted by Jason Hollis from Broken Wave Music.

The tour begins on April 6th on imeem and runs through May 24th ending on Joost. The songs from both artists will be available online at the end of the tour through various digital service providers.

For more information visit: http://www.sevensitestour.com
For more info on Jason Damato visit: http://www.jasondamato.com
For info on Tom Freund visit: http://www.tomfreund.com


WEEK 1:    4/6 - 4/12:     imeem.com
WEEK 2:    4/13 - 4/19:     Youtube.com
WEEK 3:    4/20 - 4/26:    iLike.com
WEEK 4:    4/27 - 5/3:     DoSomething.org
WEEK 5:    5/4 - 5/10:     RockYou.com
WEEK 6:    5/11 - 5/17:     Daytrotter.com
WEEK 7:    5/18 - 5/24:     Joost.com


JASON DAMATO                

04/07/09    Room 5                     Los Angeles, CA
05/27/09 Asana Tea House             Santa Cruz, CA
05/28/09    Sue's Coffee Roasting Co.    Gilroy, CA
05/30/09    Mongo's                     Grover Beach, CA
07/22/09    Asana Tea House                 Santa Cruz, CA
07/24/09    Linnaea's Café             San Luis Obispo, CA


04/11/09    East Coast Blues & Roots Festival     Byron Bay, Australia
04/12/09    East Coast Blues & Roots Festival     Byron Bay, Australia
04/14/09    Hopetown Hotel                     Sydney, Australia
04/18/09    Blues Highway Festival                 Utrecht, The Netherlands
04/19/09    Paradiso/Amsterdam             Amsterdam, The Netherlands
04/22/09    The Cobblestone                     Oldenzaal, The Netherlands

The seven sites music tour was made possible through the good people at Re:wind Entertainment, Broken Wave Music, Rocket Science and Dash Go.

For more info on Broken Wave Music visit: http://www.brokenwavemusic.com
For more info on Rocket Science visit: http://www.myrocketscience.com
For more info on Dash Go visit: http://www.dashgo.com

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