(New York, NY) - On October 13th, Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee Marky Ramone, along with ex-Misfits frontman Michale Graves, will take to the NYC stage at The Gramercy Theatre as Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg.  Fans can expect a bombastic high-energy set filled with all the classics that influenced and paved the way for generations of punk rockers.  "It's been roughly ten years since I last played in the city.  Michale and I are looking forward to having a great time with our fans and friends," commented Ramone.  Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg recently released two songs available on iTunes, "If And When" and "When We Were Angels." Both are available for download now on iTunes - click here and here to access.  Click here to check out Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg in action!  Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg will also play select tour dates nationwide; please see below for the itinerary.


13        New York, NY             Gramercy Theatre
14        Wilimington, DE          Mojo 13
15        Baltimore, MD             Sonar

Vic Firth
announced 10 new artist signings for Sept 2011. Welcomed to the Vic Firth family are Jarrod Alexander (My Chemical Romance, Dead Country, Matt Skiba), Brandon Barnes (Rise Against), MikeCoolen (Within Temptation), Sean Fuller (Justin Moore), Eric Harland (Sangam, James Farm, Overtone Quartet, SF Jazz Collective) Greg Hutchinson [pictured] (Hutchmaniacs), Elmo Laovano (Christina Perri), Adam Pierce (All Shall Perish), Omar Tavarez (Pitbull), Matt Traynor (Bless The Fall).


Featuring Andy Fusco, Mark Soskin, Vinny Valentino, Baron Browne Playing the Music of Vital Information and Jazz Legacy

In a musical world where keeping a working band has proven difficult for many bandleaders, drummer-bandleader Steve Smith has managed to keep two bands working for the past decade. Smith’s jazz-rock band Vital Information, has been working and recording for 29 years, while his straight-ahead group Jazz Legacy (which began as a Buddy Rich alumni group called Buddy’s Buddies) has been touring and recording since 1999. Therefore, it makes perfect sense for this prolific bandleader, who has made a career out of amalgamating the many twists of his musical calling, to create a new band, Vital Information – NYC Edition, which Smith refers to as, “The best of both worlds!”

Sets: 8 & 10pm
Tickets: $30
Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway (51st)
New York, NY 10019.
For reservations (212) 582-2121

Mapex Drums’ DRUMMER OF TOMORROW Contest
Quarterfinal Voting Round Open Now Through October 10th!

Mapex Drums’ DRUMMER OF TOMORROW contest is in the quarterfinalist voting stage! Each entry features a studio performance, along with approximately 90 seconds of personal footage shot of the contestant’s family, friends and music teachers. Voting runs from now until October 10th at 10am CST. The eight advancing participants (semifinalists) will be split up into groups of four, one group heading to Seattle and another group to Miami. They will perform at the annual Big Beat Competition hosted by the Five Star Drum Shops.
Since yesterday, over 1,000 new users have registered to vote and comment on videos! Voting is free and you can vote once per entry, per day. You can also login directly from your Facebook account! New users can register to vote at

The elite 15 were hand picked out of 500 entries from drummers ranging from ages 14 to 66 by the Mapex artist judging panel including Coheed & Cambria’s Chris Pennie, Derico Watson, Mark Bennett, and Mapex Staff Joe Hibbs (Artist Relations Manager) and Mike Robinson (Director of Marketing), with one other winner chosen by the viewers due to having the most votes during the voting period.
The winners of the DRUMMER OF TOMORROW contest will be entered to receive over $50,000 in prizes and drum gear. Prizes include Mapex drum sets, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads,  Vic Firth drumsticks and Alfred Music Publishing books. In addition, the top winner will win an Artist Endorsement Contract from Mapex Drums, and will appear on the company’s official Artist Roster.
The DRUMMER OF TOMORROW United States contest began the first of several elimination rounds on June 1st, 2011, and will continue through 2012, culminating at the Musik Messe show in Frankfurt, Germany. United States entries are now closed. As winners advance through the contest, they will be flown to various locales to perform.  Destinations include a studio in Nashville, Tennessee, the 2012 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, and the 2012 Musikmesse show in Germany.
For more information, please visit
Pearl Make A Wish
Everyday, wishes are made with the hope that they will one day come true; for Ben Hines, wishes really do come true.  Ben is a 19-year-old college student from Fort Smith, Arkansas, whose life was forever changed when he was diagnosed with Large Cell Lymphoma in December of 2009.  His disease was caused by the Thymus lymph node over-producing white blood cells and becoming cancerous.  Since the diagnosis, Ben has undergone treatment to successfully defeat the cancer.  Ben’s physician, Dr. Robert Saylors contacted the Make-A-Wish foundation, which met with Ben to discuss his options.  Ben’s wish was to visit Pearl and receive a custom built Pearl Masterworks kit.
Monday, September 26, 2011, Ben’s wish was came true when he and his family visited Pearl Corporation in Nashville, TN to take a tour of the facilities, meet the staff, and to witness the unveiling of his brand new custom “Emerald Fade over Tamo” finish Masterworks kit.  From the minute he entered the building, Ben was truly overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and hospitality of the Pearl staff.  He described his day at Pearl by saying, “This has been the best experience I could have wished for.  The amount of care and dedication given to the people and products is why Pearl is the best in the world.  Thank you for such much for going above and beyond to grant my wish!”
Since treatment, Ben has enrolled at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, pursuing a degree in Music Education; continuing his love for percussion through performances in the UA-Fort Smith Percussion Ensemble, the River Valley Independent indoor drumline, and local jazz bands.  As for the future, Ben plans to graduate and move to Nashville to pursue a career in the music industry.  Pearl wishes Ben and his family the best as he continues his musical career and continued recovery.  Pearl Corporation is proud to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make Ben’s dream come true.
For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit To find out more about Pearl Masterworks kits, visit
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