What a great couple weeks… We had 5 town hall meetings across the country… New York City, Washington DC, Chicago (2), Seattle. What an amazing experience to spend so much time with Pandora listeners… 150 folks showed up for the NYC gathering – funny to think that just a couple months ago there were three… including me! Planning on many more.
New York City (Part 1)
Wonderful evening at NYU’s Stern School. After a fun get together with about 30 students in the school’s great music business program we spent almost THREE hours in a great only-in-new-york-city rowdy town hall meeting with 150 vocal music enthusiasts. Thanks to Jason Hirschorn from MTV (formerly) who joined me about midway through. These are just tremendous learning experiences for us as we hear how people are using and experiencing the service. Really dug the enthusiasm of everyone – tons of great questions, ideas and general commentary about the online radio thing.
Another very interactive evening at American University’s Greenberg Theatre. Joined by David Oxenford and Gary Greenstein, two attorneys who have been in the music rights debate trenches for some time, about 130 DC listeners.
Took advantage of the trip to visit some local music haunts including a local community music school for all ages and skills …the father-and-son-in-the-hallway-waiting-for-the-recital really brought me back…
the cozy Revolution Records (our original town hall meeting host, before we got 200 rsvps!)
2 Days in Chicago
Terrific location at the City Lit community theatre. Kurt Hanson from RAIN joined me for the first of two meetups. Another great set of discussions.
Wonderful location – The Experience Music Project, Paul Allen’s shrine to Jimi Hendrix and all things rock and roll (he’s apparently an avid pandora user). About 100 Seattle-ites filled the theatre for a free form Q&A.
it’s really an amazing experience to spend hours talking with folks – where the only point is to share ideas and love of music. Affection for music is a very powerful thing… Really looking forward to lots more of these. We’re going to blanket the country before we’re done…