Entertainment Promotions and Marketing: Music, Bands – REP Hot

December 27, 2006

Site update

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Hi All.

I’m in the process of redoing http://ravenentertainmentpromotions.com but that wont stop Raven Entertainment Promotions from getting updated.

I want to congratulate Jane F. of PA for winner REP’s first annual Holiday Spectacular Contest. The contest was a huge success. Our next contest will be added in a day or two.

Recent updates to the site are a review of “The Forgotten Prophecy” By Ray LaCara JR. REP has also added a new section “Matthew’s Reviews”. REP gave Matthew his own section because of the huge response we have been getting from Matthew’s reviews.

I hope everyone is having a safe and happy holiday season! Thank you for your continuing support!






December 14, 2006

Huge Holiday Contest Ending Soon

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Hi All. Raven Entertainment Promotions (http://ravenentertainmentpromotions.com) Huge Holiday Spectacular contest ends on Friday Dec 15 at midnight. So if you haven’t entered yet get your entries in now.



December 6, 2006

Free Copy of Bandit A&R Newsletter

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ARE YOU an unsigned act, songwriter or producer??
Looking for a Record, Publishing, Management and Licensing deal
especially in the UK and USA? Each month the BANDIT A&R NEWSLETTER
publishes features on Labels, Publishers, Managements etc looking
to sign acts, songs or masters.
Get yourself a FREE SAMPLE COPY from:  bandit.281@aweber.com Just send an email to request it!!

December 3, 2006

Raven Entertainment Promotions Site Update

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Hi All.

I wanted to update you on all the new and exciting things happening at Raven Entertainment Promotions. One of the biggest things going right now is our Spectacular Holiday Contest. There is a little less than two weeks to enter. So get your entries in now before it is to late.

Raven Entertainment Promotions has also added a new section to the site in the past month for book reviews and author interviews. The most recent addition to the book section is a review of Eldon Thompson’s Crimson Sword. For our young adults we have a 12 year old reviewer as well.

For our wrestling fans we have added an interview with Belgium indie wrestler Steve Venom, an interview with Kevin Paine , and an interview with Insane Lane.

In the indie movie section we have added an interview with indie director Leah Meyerhoff and an interview with indie director Eric Morgret.

In the reviews section we have added a CD review for Orlando’s own Kabang’s cd Equilibrium.

In the interview section we have added an interview with Chri§teele of Detroit band Sex & Patriotism.

Also on November 23,2006 I was interviewed by Wayne Hurlbert of the hugely popular Internet radio show “Blog Business Success” The interview is available in the archives section. Check it out and feel free to contact me with any thoughts or comments.


November 22, 2006

Review of “Don’t Eat Platypus Stew”

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Review of “Don’t Eat Platypus Stew”
Margot Finke
Review By Matthew Penton

This book is about bush rhymes. I loved the
illustrations by Rebecca M. Holdsworth.

The first part “Don’t Eat Platypus Stew” had a lot
of good information about platypus’s. Also it
tells you about what they look like. I do agree
with Margot they do have a ridiculous name.

The second section of the book is called “Koala
Capers”. Once again I loved Rebecca’s
illustrations. It had a lot of good information
about what koala’s like to eat. I think it is cool
how they drink water from a gum leaves entire

The third section of the book is called “Kooky
Kookaburra”. I think it is funny how they laugh. I
think it is cool how they like wake up games. It is
amazing how their beak is ready for attack. I
think any kids interested in birds would really
like Kooky Kookaburra because it has a lot of
good illustrations and information about

I think this is a great book. I really enjoyed all of
the stories and learned a lot. Another reason it’s
a great book is there is a glossary of  Aussie
words in the back with their meanings.

New Book Reviewer

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Young Adult Book Reviews by Matthew P.

Matthew is Heather’s son and here
is a little bit about him in his
own words.

Hi my name is Matthew Penton.
I am 12 years old.  I am dyslexic so I read
slower then other people. Because my brain doesn’t
allow me to see words like other people.
Sometimes letters are backwards other times they
are jumbled.  That is why it takes me longer to
read then most my age.
My favorite type
of book is fantasy. I like these because
they are about dragons and magical creatures.
But I also like SciFi, spy, mysteries
and nature books.  I like these because they
are exciting to me.

I’ll be on an internet radio program tomorrow

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Promotions and marketing consultant Heather Burke, of Raven Entertainment Promotions, describes how contests can be a powerful promotional tool for your business, as my internet radio show guest on Blog Business Success.

The show airs live on Thursday, November 23, at 8:00 pm Eastern Time.

Heather Burke discusses how contests can widen add visitor traffic to your site and strenthen your business relationship with customers. You will learn:

* How to create a contest for your website or offline business

* How to get sponsors to donate prizes

* How to spread the word and receive huge numbers of entries

* How to get word of mouth, MySpace, and street team buzz working for you

* How to use contests for special events promotions

Heather Burke (photo left) has extensive experience in promotions for online and offline events ranging from rock bands to professional wrestling. Heather has long been a believer in the value of starting a buzz with street teams and community based promotional techniques.

Her company online company called Raven Entertainment Promotions provides promotional services for a wide range of entertainers. Her clients include independent rock bands, singers, authors, independent film producers, and professional wrestlers. Combining internet experience with old fashioned offline promotions and media relations, Heather has helped further the careers of many successful members of the entertainment field.

Heather Burke lives with her son just outside of Disney World in Florida.

Heather’s website: Raven Entertainment Promotions

Heather’s blog: REP Hot

August 11, 2006

Matisyahu’s devout reggae makes deep connection

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The following was taken from the Internet. It was not written by REP or anyone affiliated with REP.

By Craig Rosen Thu Aug 10, 9:48 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – It happened toward the end of Matisyahu’s 90-minute set. While performing his signature hit “King Without a Crown,” the Hasidic Jewish reggae singer knelt down at the lip of the stage and shook hands with a Mohawk-sporting punk. That one moment effectively illustrated the universal appeal of pop music’s most unlikely star.

The devoutly religious Jew has managed to take authentic reggae into the mainstream and garner a diverse following whose loyalty runs deeper than radio-driven fandom. That was made clear by Matisyahu’s show Wednesday at the Greek.

It’s been more than a year since the White Plains, N.Y.-based singer emerged seemingly from nowhere with his independently released “Live at Stubbs,” which subsequently was upstreamed to Sony BMG’s Epic label and spawned the top 10 modern rock hit “King Without a Crown.” His follow-up major-label debut, “Youth,” debuted in the top five of the nation’s sales charts in March, but since then the industry buzz surrounding Matisyahu has subsided. Yet fans at the Greek were on their feet for most of Matisyahu’s set, strongly suggesting that the former Phish-head born Matthew Miller will maintain a healthy cult following long after the novelty has worn off.

Wearing the traditional Hasid garb of a dark suit, tallit, a white shirt and a broad-brimmed black hat, the lanky, bespectacled and bearded singer commanded the stage with charisma to burn. At times, he stood nearly motionless, punctuating his vocals with a single hand movement. At others, he bounded around the stage like a light-footed prizefighter.

Backed by the three-piece Roots Tonic plus an auxiliary keyboardist and percussionist, Matisyahu and company dug deep reggae grooves that had much of the crowd dancing in the aisles. The trio of guitarist Aaron Dugan, bassist Josh Werner and drummer Jonah David was particularly tight, bringing to mind the instrumental prowess of the premiere reggae crossover act, the Police.

Matisyahu’s brand of reggae is more authentic than the version that the Sting-led trio rode to the top of the charts in the ’80s, but so far his two hits are only as memorable as some of the Police’s album tracks, not close to the trio’s indelible smashes.

Perhaps to make up for the lack of standout material, Matisyahu employed a few tricks to keep the set interesting. A rapper guested during one number, and a dancer made an appearance during another. At other points, Matis perched on an amplifier and showed off his skills as a human beatbox.

More important than the gimmicks, however, was a deep-seated passion and spirituality that flowed from his music. It was moving — even if you didn’t know exactly what Matisyahu was singing about — and transcended religious and ethnic boundaries.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Carmen Divorcing Dave

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The following was taken from the Internet. It was not written by REP or anyone affiliated with REP.

By Sarah Hall Thu Aug 10, 4:49 PM ET

Carmen and Dave: ‘Til divorce do them part. Less than one month after she and her former MTV reality costar, Dave Navarro, announced they were “amicably separating,” Carmen Electra is looking to make the split official.

The former Baywatch babe (real name: Tara Patrick) filed for divorce Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing the ever-popular “irreconcilable differences.”

In her documents, she requested that all her own assets be confirmed as separate property and that the couple’s premarital agreement be upheld.

Electra’s move comes one day after rumors began circulating that Navarro was dating porn star Jenna Jameson, who, according to TMZ.com, also recently broke things off with her husband.

Neither Navarro nor Jameson’s reps had any comment on their clients’ reported involvement, nor was there any indication that the speculations were behind Electra’s decision to file.

The former Jane’s Addiction guitarist and Electra wed on camera in 2003 as part of their reality series, Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen and Dave.

It was the second marriage for Electra, who was previously hitched to Dennis Rodman, and the third for Navarro.

They have since joined a growing list of MTV couples who went bust after the cameras were turned off. (See: Nick and Jessica; Travis and Shanna.)

Last month, Navarro wrote on his blog that he and his estranged wife “love each other, we are and always will be best friends. In fact, we are supporting each other through this time. What better way to get through a tough spot than with your best friend?”

Some might argue that hooking up with an adult film star could also do the trick.

MTV Ponders Fate of `Where My Dogs At?’

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The following was taken from the Internet. It was not written by REP or anyone affiliated with REP.

Thu Aug 10, 11:43 PM ET

NEW YORK – The MTV2 network said it had not decided whether it will ever again air a cartoon criticized as offensive for depicting women being led around on leashes.

It’s also not certain whether the series, “Where My Dogs At?” will come back for a second season, spokesman Jeff Castaneda said Wednesday. Its first season ended during the last week of July.

One episode, aired in the early afternoon, featured an appearance by a cartoon Snoop Dogg accompanied by two women in neck collars and chains. MTV2 said the episode was a satire of an actual Snoop appearance where women were in collars and chains.

“We certainly do not condone Snoop’s actions and the goal was to take aim at that incident for its insensitivity and outrageousness,” Castaneda said. “Even one of the dogs, a main character on the show, states, `I find that degrading and I am a dog.'”

The watchdog group that complained about the episode, Industry Ears, said in a statement late Thursday that the network was “hiding behind words like satire and parody.”

“It is not art, it is an assault,” Industry Ears said of the episode.

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