Judd Apatow, Bob Weir, Oteil Burbridge, The Avett Brothers, Béla Fleck, and more have been added to the featured speaker lineup for Americana Music Association Foundation‘s (AMAF) upcoming Thriving Roots: A Virtual Community Music Conference on September 16th–18th.
According to the event announcement shared on Thursday, “Thriving Roots will host intimate conversations between pairings you won’t find anywhere else.” The various conversation pairings will treat virtual attendees to discussions from Judd Apatow with The Avett Brothers, Bob Weir with his Dead & Company bandmate Oteil Burbridge, Béla Fleck with Sierra Hull, and Sarah Jarosz with producer John Leventhal and former Live From Here host Chris Thile.
The announcement also details Apatow and The Avett Brothers will discuss the intersection of film and music, as well as the fine line between fine art and commerce, Weir and Burbridge will explore the influence that Black musicians had on the music of the Grateful Dead, Fleck and Hull will discuss how Americana and roots music breaks barriers to connect with a wide range of audiences, and Jarosz and Leventhal will discuss the creative connection between artist and producer as moderated by Thile.
Some of the other newly-announced programming for the three-day virtual conference includes Jessica Nicholls (Metropolitan Groove Merchants), Blair Clark (Brooklyn Basement Records), Maria Ivey (IVPR), and Michelle Szeto (Paquin Entertainment Group) leading the “Independent Control: The Power of Collaboration” discussion while sharing an inside look into how industry professionals are empowering today’s indie artists. Other discussions with special guests will be themed around “Building a Streaming Strategy in 2020,” “The Show Must Go On: Musicians in Recovery,” and “Songlines Music Meeting.”
The above-mentioned artists now join a previously-announced roster of virtual guests for Thriving Roots including Brandi Carlile, Yola, Emmylou Harris, acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns, Jackson Browne, Mavis Staples, Rosanne Cash, Ry Cooder, Angela Davis, Bonnie Raitt, and Alice Randall.
Earlier this month Bob Weir joined Oteil Burbridge on the latter’s new Comes A Time podcast, where they not only discussed the musical legacy of the Grateful Dead, but how younger fans can address and engage in social activism.
A full schedule for Thriving Roots will be shared closer to the event. Click here for more info.
JUST ANNOUNCED / THREAD: The announcements keep on coming! Today we revealed even more speakers and panels for #ThrivingRoots, our virtual conference Sept. 16-18. Read it all here: https://t.co/E6GEAIEjZJ
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