Sunset Sessions – Back in North County

Once of the cooler events in town is the long-running Sunset Sessions. Featuring veterans and newcomers to the music biz, it gives folks the unparalleled opportunity to rub shoulders with folks who have been there and done it.  There are a series of casual yet informative industry events, and a great line-up of shows at the Belly Up open to the public.

In its 17 years, the Sunset Sessions have helped launch the careers of countless artists, including The Black Keys, FUN., and Jason Mraz, and have even hosted legends such as Stevie Nicks, Billy Corgan, Serj Tankian and Carlos Santana.  Organized by music business veteran Michele Clark, the Sunset Sessions conventions are a key opportunity for musicians and industry power players, including record labels, radio station programmers, music supervisors, managers, agents and artists to get together and network.

sunset-sessionsThe February version I attended featured over 50 artists including Ziggy Marley, John Butler Trio, The Hold Steady, Needtobreathe, The Parlotones, Kodaline Jeremy Messersmith, Louise Goffin, and Eddie Money. Money had a heartfelt plea for returning veterans, and I was impressed. The post Sunset Sessions event party even made its way to 3x alumni Jason Mraz’s house for a Sunday Morning jam session of Jason’s new music.

This year’s lineup at the Belly Up is well worth checking out:

Thursday June 5th

DJs SNS Spinning

Galvinized Souls

Twelve Foot Ninja

The Last Year


Semi-Precious Weapons

Friday June 6th

SNS Spinning

Oh Be Clever

Kathryn Dean

Letters from the Fire

The Last Internationale

The Whigs

Open Air Stereo

Saturday June 7th

DJ Muggs spinning

Hero the Band

The Young Presidents


Welshly Arms

Wake The Sun


Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts



Brad Auerbach has been a journalist and editor covering the media, entertainment, travel and technology scene for many years. He has written for Forbes, Time Out London, SPIN, Village Voice, LA Weekly and early in his career won a New York State College Journalism Award.