What a week! Charlottesville, Raleigh-Durham and Chapel Hill (plus Dallas last night, recap of that on the next post). Beautiful part of the country, super-hospitable people, and lots of music. Been a while since I’ve seen so much green.
Thanks to everyone who attended the various meetings and talks. I left town energized and armed with a bunch of great new ideas. I’ve posted some pix and thoughts below… if you have any you’d like me to add, please send ’em in – tour@pandora.com
First stop was Charlottesville, VA and UVA’s gorgeous campus where I spoke to Prof. Fred Maus’s music theory class…

Not a bad looking music building!
Very cool to hear that they’re really integrating rock/pop music into the core curriculum. I learned how hard it is to keep chalk from squeaking when you write on a chalkboard…
Enjoyable lunch with Brad, the first luddite blogger I’ve met. He writes for thetechlounge.com. We both stopped by Plan9 Music store (clear favorite on the blog comments and emails – thanks everyone) to pick up some local discs. The impact of the DMB success is very noticeable – they’ve done a lot to promote music locally.
Raced across campus to Darden school to speak with a group of MBA students.
So much green everywhere… Thanks to Miguel and his entrepreneurs group for a stimulating discussion. Felt like something of an imposter given my rather lackluster educational history…
Drove back across town for a meetup at the Gravity Lounge – one of the best music rooms I’ve seen in a while. Paradise for an acoustic show – you don’t find a lot of spots that are clearly built with a music-appreciating audience in mind. Low ceilings, rugs and nice absorbent bookshelves around the room. Took a picture of the venue pre-meeting.
About 50 folks showed up for a lively dialogue. Lots of discussion about how we create ‘sets’ on pandora playlists.
Ran out of steam, so skipped the clubs that night. Recovering the previous night’s redeye.
Woke up bright and early the next day for the 4 hour drive to Raleigh Durham. Where I started the day at Duke with Prof. Marc Farris’ advanced music theory class. Some sharp kids there – learned that a IV-I cadence is called “plagal”. Suggested that modes would make for good genome genes – the “phrygian” construct of some rock is a signature style.
Spent the afternoon chatting with folks at Fuqua BSchool, followed by great dinner with some of the students. “I want to start my own company” was clearly the theme. The business discussions definitely are invaluable in stimulating thoughts about how to make this whole thing work. I also learned that undergrads campout for months to enter the lottery to get basketball season tickets… biz school students in RVs, ugrads in tents!
Another beautiful day on Wednesday, headed over to Chapel Hill with my wonderful host David – a million thanks to for being such an extraordinary host – driving me around, helping with boxes of hats and Tshirts. Can’t thank you enough. Music communities are sure to grow with people like you.
Started at Kenan Flagler, the UNC bschool to speak to a group of entrepreneurs. Sharp questions.
Then met up with some undergrads on the main campus in the blendCoLab group. Really dug talking to the students – about 12 or so. Young and eager to become entrepreneurs. Also some interesting perspective on community sites. On the way out David and I stopped by SchoolKids Records (thanks all ye commenters) to pick up local stuff. There are clearly some consensus local favs – headed for the Music Genome.
Got together with about 100 folks at the Carolina Theatre that evening for a terrific meetup. People talked a lot about different ways to start stations – mood, genre, and a random start station… also a strong desire to be able to control the playlists through specific musical attributes.
Also a lot about commerce – how to fulfill more of our catalogue. We went for a couple hours, and kept rapping afterwards with some hardy souls. It’s just so great to see such enthusiasm for music. Also very pleased by the reception of our new pandora gear! More options and finally some style 🙂
Topped the evening off with a great show from Calexico (thanks for rallying Jennifer!) at the fabled local Cat’s Cradle (definitely the consensus favorite spot among the blog commenters). Cool room and great sound. Had to capture the wall-o-posters. THis is giggin’ country.
Slept the sleep of the dead…
Up early and on to Dallas, TX… to be continued.


  1. amanda
    January 16, 2008 at 11:54am
    I've been hooked on pandora since I was introduced and thank you for introducing me to so many 'unknowns'! And in the meantime thought I would throw a band name in your direction. "Skywire" is from Raleigh, NC, and since I saw them in November, and subsequently purchased their cd, I can't seem to take it out of my cd player. :) Either way, just thought I'd throw it out there! You can check out their stuff on www.myspace.com/skywire and on i-tunes. Keep up the AWESOME JOB! -Amanda
  2. Andrew Scott
    January 23, 2008 at 10:45pm
    I think this is the best music website ever. It's Great. I would enjoy coming to one of your meeting in the near future. I live in Charlotte North Carolina so I will be looking forward to seeing you somewhere near by. By the way I am a student and could help find a meeting place in the Charlotte area so contact me via email if you come this way or anywhere near by. I have to say great ideal and great job. Thank you.
  3. Richard Pernicano
    May 18, 2008 at 7:01pm
    YO!! You have a great thing going,,,,,,,,,,,for us listeners!! I am in the DC area, and you have the BEST blues out there...........OK,,,,,,,,I want a hat and T shirt!!! If you get this, email me and I will send my address,,,,,,,,, Thanks for Pandora, Rich P.
  4. Pam Perkins
    September 11, 2008 at 9:33am
    Hey people! If you can vote for music, you can vote in this election. Please register to vote. I am meeting so many young North Carolina listeners who are not registered. This election is so important. Help make history, VOTE!
  5. MiceReara
    November 03, 2009 at 12:29am
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  6. andrew
    December 24, 2010 at 12:52pm
    will you please take the picture of the kid eating the marshmellows off. I understand it is intended to cute, but I dont want to anybody eating with their mouth gapped open with food. please remove.
  7. Joyce Hanselman
    January 31, 2011 at 9:08am
    When I choose the Moody Blues to listen to I ONLY want to listen to the Moody Blues. Can you offer this service?
  8. Greenville NC
    February 09, 2011 at 12:30am
    Great songs.. hope I can hear songs of my favorite artist..

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