Nick Edelstein

Meeting Jim Peterik

June 6th, 2014

Cleaning out your email folders is often more rewarding than sofa cushions. Reading conversations from years past can be a trip back in time. If you’re really lucky, the words are accompanied by photographic gems like this one from Dunwoody Music Festival:

Nick Edelstein with Jim Peterik and Elliot Holden at Dunwoody Music Festival Oct 22nd 2011

Nick Edelstein with Jim Peterik and Elliot Holden at Dunwoody Music Festival Oct 22nd 2011

I had just finished performing on the main stage with my band, The Grooves. Elliot Holden, talented guitarist and friend, was our guest on two songs. Jim Peterik performed later that evening alongside Jeff Carlisi and other bonafide rockers. Apparently, Jimbo really enjoyed my songwriting and guitarring. He invited me into his backstage tent and showed me his custom guitar covered in shattered mirror pieces. It was extremely cool indeed. We had a good little chat. Of all the famous individuals I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, he is definitely one of the most “down to Earth.”

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Atlanta, GA, 06/18/14

June 4th, 2014

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Atlanta, GA, 06/17/14

June 4th, 2014

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Ribbon Cutting at 1st Global Realty’s New Office

May 31st, 2014

Yesterday morning was a big day at 1st Global Realty! The grand opening of their new offices at 901 Macy Drive, 30076 was attended by members of Roswell’s city council, board members of Roswell Inc., and close friends including yours truly. I was genuinely moved by the warm sense of community conveyed during the ribbon cutting ceremony speeches. Next time your lease expires, contact Alberto the Lease Doctor @ 404-567-5617

1st Global Realty ribbon cutting 901 Macy Dr Roswell 30076

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Decatur, GA, 06/21/14

May 25th, 2014

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Atlanta, GA, 06/09/14

April 21st, 2014

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Jagged Stones

September 3rd, 2013

I am pleased to announce that I’ll be joining The Jagged Stones this Saturday, September 7th on trombone. Some of you have seen me rock with them before, and know this energy-packed show is worth every penny! Come and bring your neighbors!

In addition to being excited about the concert, this will be my first time performing at the Grand Theatre in Cartersville, GA. I always love new venues. Every stage is different. The energy, the space, the lighting, and of course the acoustics are each like little fingerprints or DNA proteins.

If you’ve never been to Cartersville and you live in Atlanta, it’s not that far! A short ride up I-75 turn left and bam you’re there. See you soon! 8-)

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Under Construction

September 4th, 2012

I’ve received some much-deserved inquiries regarding my blog inactivity over the past year. Lyrics, Discography and Tour pages have gotten periodic updates, but my last blog entry was Dragon*Con 2011. The short story is that I focused my energy on Nick and The Grooves instead. We released Adapter, our debut record, in July. It’s an EP with four killer tracks, available on iTunes, Bandcamp, etc.

The medium-length story, which relates more to this entry’s title, goes like this: hired a graphics guy to redesign/code the site; he designed only the Home page and none of the coding; I looked into hiring other graphics guys to finish the job but they were only interested in starting from scratch with their own look/feel; I did not pursue with the proper energy because of the aforementioned project which has monopolized my time until now! :)

Plans are to slowly but surely update this website before Dragon*Con 2013. It’d be great if I could get it done by NYE but I’m trying to be realistic. If you’re a graphic designer looking for a gig, email me (try the Contact page).

Thanks for your patience as I work to improve your browsing experience :)


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Pros and Cons: My First Dragon*Con Experience

September 15th, 2011
Dragon Con

I had an awesome time at Dragon*Con 2011! My decision to attend was rather abrupt but I felt prepared, having seen the PBS documentary. I’ve also had my share of music and numismatic conventions ;-) . If you go, use their nifty iPhone app to navigate the plethora of panels and hotel maps. There were a TON of simultaneous events and over 40,000 people; you don’t want to get lost in the crowd. If you plan to buy merch, many dealers accept plastic but bring cash too – it’ll save you time. Also, you can save up to 50% by getting your badge in advance [online].

I thought my favorite part would be the celebrity guests – and seeing William Shatner, Carrie Fisher and more! was super cool – but I actually enjoyed cosplay and people-watching the most. If you haven’t heard, cosplay is short for costume play (think Halloween). The annual D*C parade – like most parades worldwide – is an excellent example of cosplay en masse. At first, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed donning my newly-acquired Starfleet uniform, complete with comm badge, pips and phaser. But once I reminded myself how much I’ve always loved dressing up in suits and tuxedos, it made perfect sense. See my modest collection of D*C photos on Facebook

If you have never been to a convention before, or don’t enjoy large crowds, I don’t recommend making D*C 2012 your first experience. Also, unsupervised kids is a bad idea. This is not a place to drop-off 12-yr-old Timmy for a few hours.

Now, I have seen many Con names hyped these past two weeks post-D*C. The pros (experienced Con-ners; Con-artists like myself) are all debating which Con to attend next – we need our fix! For my own sanity, I decided to compiled the dates and URLs into a chronological list. I only included those that interest me. I won’t get to most of them, but it’s fun to put it out there! Comment with corrections or additions:

Note: Don’t let distance prevent you from supporting the Comic and Sci-Fi Arts. Most Cons offer “Supporting Membership” packages for patrons who can’t attend.

Oct. 13 – 16 = NYCC, super mega huge comics event,
Oct. 28 – 30 = Vulcan Events (Orlando, FL) everything Star Trek!
Nov. 26 = Anime Day (ATL) check the site for other cities!
Jan. 28 – 29 = Wizard World’s Comic Con (New Orleans) comics!
Feb. 17 – 19 = Mega*Con (Orlando, FL) comics, Star Trek and Sci-Fi
Feb. 17 – 19 = Con*nooga (Chattanoogah, TN) Dr. Who and other Sci-Fi
TBA, Spring = Imagi*Con (Columbus, GA) Sci-Fi literature, TV and film
Mar. 16 – 18 = Wonder*Con (Anaheim, CA) huge comic con
Mar. 24 – 25 = Wizard World’s Comic Con (Toronto, Canada)
Apr. 20 – 22 = Trek Trax (ATL) everything Star Trek!
May 19 – 20 = Wizard World’s Comic Con (NYC)
May 25 – 28 = Mediawest (Lansing, MI) Memorial Day Weekend
June 1 – 3 = Wizard World’s Comic Con (Philly, PA)
Labor Day Weekend = Dragon*Con (ATL), awesome webcal of every Con that exists!, another neat webcal
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Creative Twitter Hurdles Simfy on FB

June 2nd, 2011
Creative Commons guidant les contributeurs

Some very interesting things happened online today.Twitter launched a photo sharing service. Simfy beat Spotify to Facebook. Facebook’s behavior re: Pages brought some artists to reconsider their methods of fan interaction. Creative Commons is now on YouTube. Overall it was a great day of progress, introspection and optomism.

The Twitter photo sharing thing doesn’t suprise me, honestly. NPR did an exposé on Twitpic’s Terms and Conditions clause recently, which generated a bit of negative buzz. Even Ellen DeGeneres announced she would never TwitPic again. So naturally Twitter has seized an opportunity to play hero. More suprising is Simfy! Talk about the underdog. Nobody predicted this: German music streaming service Simfy launched their Facebook player just a week after news broke that Spotify was working on FB integration. Awesome.

So, is Facebook commandeering mid-level artists’ Pages? Some successful, non-major-label artists such as Zoe Keating noticed their Pages have been reclassified (not replaced) as “Community Pages.” The official status they previously held has now been granted to a new, Wikipedia-fed Page. While it’s not clear whether the Wiki Pages were auto-generated or made by FB staff, this mystery doesn’t stop at reclassification. When I type “Zoe Keating” into the search bar, her Page doesn’t even show up! That’s right. When I do a blanket search for her name, select “show all results” and narrow the search to Pages, it does not appear. Since it’s been a few hours, this is unlikely due to propagation delays. Weird. Unsettling.
Update: Keating’s Page was restored to “Official” status hours later, after hundreds of emails and tweets and comments had been published. Other affected artists are still struggling. Luckily this did not affect any of the Pages owned by NESS Records.

In other / better news, the creative commons license - first discovered by this artist via the European community Tribe Of Noise – has now become so mainstream that YouTube offers it as an alternative to standard copyright. YouTube announced today that it now supports Creative Commons licenses and launched a huge library of 10,000 CC videos (read the official press release here). Awesome, yes. In no way do I wish to diminish the awesomeness. However, this illustrates one HUGE way that major-label artists, major news orgs, etc. will be and have always been separated from us independants. Those 10,000 videos in the library. They are from major networks. Part of the launch, the coverage, the hype. With me? No? Look at iTunes: major artists get iTunes Exclusives and other special extras. Major artists get first crack at major breakthroughs in social media and tech. Dave Matthews had a custom Page and vanity URL before any indie artist, for example. This will forever be a hurdle that indie artists attempt to jump.

I fondly remember the days when being on iTunes was impressive. It was brand new … most people still didn’t have iPods … smartphones were only found in the hands of businessmen. Telling people your music was on iTunes gave you instant street cred and often times, before you could finish uttering the sentence, you’d converted strangers into fans. Now, everyone and their brother has their music on iTunes. Who knows if an opportunity like that will present itself again?

… now, who doesn’t wanna watch Bill Cosby playing piano on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno?!?

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Nick in concert.