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In 1995 I moved back to my hometown of Milwaukee with a group of college friends to start a band. We called ourselves The Virgins. Over the next five years this name would prove to be somewhat prescient. We played hundreds of shows throughout the Midwest, recorded one six-song cassette and two CDs, and made a lot of naive assumptions.
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Mariana Bell Invited To Perform She Grooves Live Showcase

New York-based singer/songwriter Mariana Bell will be performing a string of dates through February, culminating in her first appearance at the She Grooves Live showcase on February 26th at Caffe Vivaldi. She Grooves Live includes some of the best female singer songwriters from NYC.


Tuesday the 7th at The Door Lounge
(508 9th Ave bet. 38th and 39th street)
10 PM

Sunday the 12th at Alphabet lounge
(7th and C, Benefit for a theater Co.)
7 PM

Monday the 20th at Rockwood Music Hall
(Allen bet. Houston and Stanton)
11 PM

Wednesday the 26th at She Grooves Live showcase
Caffe Vivaldi
(32 Jones Street off Bleecker and 7th Ave)
5-8 PM

In addition to performing the showcase, Mariana will be interviewed for the She Grooves radio show by host and Female Musician founder Theresa Orlando, broadcast on WCVF 88.9 PM in Fredonia, NY and 102.7 FM CILU in Thunderbay, Canada.

"Mariana Bell has what many people I have come across say is missing from much of the music these days - passion. Whether it's an old jazz record, a new jazz artist, rock from the kids down the street or the Cream reunion concerts, good ole fashion honest passion is the thread running through all great music, be it primitive or mind-boggling in its sophistication. Ms. Bell has that in spades." Mark Kirby, MusicDish

Mariana was recently nominated for two major west coast music awards. She was nominated 'Best Female' at the 2nd Annual Inland Empire Music Awards (IEMAs), presented by radio station X103.9 FM and the producers of the Orange County Music Awards (OCMA) at Morongo Casino Resort and Spašs new Key Club. She has also been nominated 'Best Out of Area' at the First Annual Southern California Music Awards (SCMA) being held on February 11, 2006, at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. The Australian-born, Charlottesville-raised Mariana Bell has been a fixture at such popular New York venues as Caffe Vivaldi, Laila Lounge, The Bitter End, CBGB's and The Living Room. While her debut record, Dream of Italy, has been a consistently strong online seller through CD Baby, her more recent work branches out from her folksier roots, weaving elements of rock, jazz and country together with her trademark hook-filled melodies and evocative, passionate vocals. While critics have likened her music to that of a young Joni Mitchell, Mariana counts among her own influences Shawn Colvin, Bruce Cockburn, Dave Matthews, and Ani DiFranco.

Provided by the MusicDish Network. Copyright © MusicDish LLC. 2006 - Republished with Permission

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MusicDish Network Promotes 60's Love Child Astrella-Celeste

MusicDish, an Internet music magazine publisher and artist marketing/development firm, is proud to announce the addition of Pop/Jazz singer Astrella Celeste to the MusicDish Network roster. Combining a variety of online viral marketing strategies, the MusicDish Network will be coordinating a broad campaign in support of her debut album "Blue Star" (the Spanish translation of Astrella Celeste).


MusicDish At MIDEM: J-Music Distribution, France

J-Music Distribution describes itself as "the very first European distributor of Japanese music whose activities link Japanese artists and their management, Japanese record companies, and European distributors together to provide a stable framework of distribution from artists to music retail store."

Formed in December 2005, J-Music Distribution representatives brought their business vision to "MIDEM, The World Music Market's 40th Edition" conference in Cannes, France.


Toshi Reagon to Present Fanny with ROCKRGRL Women of Valor Award On April 20
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Musicians Turn to Short Run DVD Production
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