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First Session of Jukebox Initiative Is Immense Success

(New Orleans, LA) October 21, 1997 -- "Taking It to the Streets," the Louisiana Music Commission's first session of its new jukebox initiative, was a huge success this past Tuesday evening at Parlay's Pub in Lakeview. The jukebox initiative was instigated by LMC Director Bernie Cyrus in order to facilitate the playing of local music in clubs and other areas frequented by music consumers. Starting this past Tuesday, any musician or producer who wants to hear his or her music played to the public via Parlay's great sound system is encouraged to arrive with CD in hand. If the audience is particularly receptive, an artist's CD could possibly make it to Parlay's jukebox where it would remain for four weeks.

Local performers Grace Darling, Randall Powell and Timothea were just a few of the artists who attended the first session of the jukebox initiative this past Tuesday. "I think it's great that Parlay's and Bernie Cyrus are helping to support and spread the music of local recording artists," said singer Grace Darling. "I hope other musicians will take advantage of the opportunity."

"It's a great opportunity for local musicians, and the Louisiana Music Commission continues to be the strongest and most devoted champion to the promotion of Louisiana music," said musician Randall Powell.

Blue Soul Records President Bill Davies said, "This is a great push for the local music scene, letting the undiscovered musicians play their music in an atmosphere that is conducive to our night life."

The fact is Bernie Cyrus believes that jukeboxes still serve a purpose. "In an age of high-tech digital CD players and computers," he says, "and because of the lack of commercial radio support, jukeboxes still offer artists an opportunity to break records."

 

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