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LAMN Jam Launches In Los Angeles As An Antidote To American Idol


The Los Angeles Music Network’s “LAMN Jam,” which launched this month at The Scene nightclub in Glendale, goes beyond a traditional showcase by featuring artists performing original songs, followed by instant professional critiques from a panel of industry experts.

The newest live performance event in Los Angeles is called “LAMN Jam” and the emphasis is all positive. Unlike the often harsh atmosphere of “American Idol,” the LAMN Jam approach focuses on both the strengths and weaknesses of artists’ music, lyrics and performances.

And that’s another key point. With LAMN Jam, the music is created by the artists themselves, not assigned from a song catalog controlled by the producers of the event.

The emphasis is on creativity, originality and communication, not on eyebrow-raising put-downs or songs selected for maximum profit by the publishers. “We will discover great songs as well as great artists,” states LAMN Jam founder Tess Taylor, President of both the Los Angeles Music Network (LAMN) and the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP).

The LAMN Jam rotating panel of experts will offer live performance reviews and feedback on the first Monday of every month.

At the debut performance of LAMN Jam, feedback from the following pros helped performers improve their songwriting and build their careers: John Braheny (professional songwriter, author, co-founder and director of the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase), Mandi Martin (Producer, Pinball Champ Prod.), Robert Walls (publisher, Four Jays Music) and Harriet Schock (Grammy-nominated songwriter, recording artist and author).

LAMN Jam performers not only received criticism, but also suggestions about where to place their music. Publisher Robert Walls recommended that one artist submit his music to a popular network television show and even offered to do it for him and make contact with the show’s music supervisor.

The performers at the debut of LAMN Jam were Farshad Rezai, Stephanie Riggio, Dan Freyer, Joseph Johns and Tim Fagan. The five artists presented a wide range of styles, from mandolin bluegrass to rockin’ piano rhythms.

Those interested in performing at upcoming LAMN Jam presentations may call Tara Smith at (818) 769-6095 or email

LAMN Jam performers are all members of LAMN but all performances are open to the public and admission is free. More details at

{Item prepared by Scott G (The G-Man).}

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