Performing Arts Center Lionking 2019

Death Row Records Will Become ‘an NFT Label’

Snoop Dogg wants to make Death Row Records the first major record label in the metaverse.

The legendary Long Beach-born rapper announced this week that Death Row “will be an NFT label,” just days after acquiring the Los Angeles record label that launched his career and put West Coast hip-hop on the worldwide map. The announcement marks Snoop’s latest foray into blockchain technology, which has been quickly embraced by many in the music industry.


“We will be putting out artists through the metaverse,” Snoop said on social audio app Clubhouse. “Just like we broke the industry when we were the first independent to be major, I want to be the first major in the metaverse.”

Snoop purchased the Death Row Records brand last week, for an undisclosed amount, from a music group controlled by investment giant Blackstone. The label, co-founded in 1991 by producer Andre “Dr. Dre” Young and

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SaveLive to Save Small Music Venues Hurt by the Pandemic

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When it launched in 2020 as a venture to bail out small music venues crushed by the pandemic, SaveLive claimed it had raised $75 million from investors like its primary backer, Beverly Hills-based investment firm Deep Field Asset Management.

Now, it appears the Los Angeles-based startup has raised a lot more dry powder than previously known—having landed a total of $134.5 million from investors, according to an amended regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. The company secured that funding from nine different investors, it said.


SaveLive is spearheaded by music industry bigwig Marc Geiger, who co-founded the Lollapalooza alternative rock festival and formerly led talent agency William Morris Endeavor’s music division. The company was founded with the goal of purchasing majority stakes in dozens of struggling music

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Bethesda Fine Arts Festival this weekend!

Get excited for art, entertainment, food & more at the annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival on Saturday, May 14 (10am – 6pm) & Sunday, May 15 (10am – 5pm)! Stroll Norfolk & Auburn Avenues to see 100+ artist booths, listen to great music & enjoy food, wine & beer for the perfect weekend in downtown Bethesda.

All free and also plenty of free parking!

Details here.

You can see the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival 2022 artists here.

You know what’s coming next – my awards for top artists in the show.  As a brilliant juror, I can use my experienced eye from the thumbnails and website visits to award the Campello awards.

For the painters I liked  Zhiyi Li (from Enfield, CT) in Booth #66, and Thomas Williams (from Chicago, IL) in Booth #78.  

All three printmakers in the show are exceptional — I’ve written a lot about Joseph

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Events | Decentral Art Pavilion during Venice Art Biennale

About Decentral Art Pavilion

In parallel with the Venice Art Biennale, the Decentral Art Pavilion opens its doors on April 23, 2022, at Palazzo Giustinian Lolin

Curated and organized by Florencia S.M. Brück, Javier Krasuk, Diego Lijtmaer, and Simone Furian, with installation design by David Rodríguez Gimeno, the exhibition entitled “Singularity” will feature works by Coldie, Aaron Penne, Justin Aversano, Xcopy, Raphael Lacoste, Trevor Jones, Michael Yamashita, Annibale Siconolfi, Filip Custic, Matt Des Laurier, as well as over 200 NFT works of art created by 80+ leading international artists shaping the NFT space.

“Singularity” is a deep dive into decentralized art, aiming to educate, engage and enthrall the enthusiast, the collector, and the public.

Showing Decentralized Technologies

In such a fast-evolving creative dominion, fostering a dialogue around NFTs and their impact on mainstream art is crucial to developing a broader public understanding and appreciation of

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