Chamber Music Society Tour Coming to PA, NJ and DC October 14, 15 & 16

Esperanza Spalding may have just been ranked #24 in the Root 100, but we are proud to present her as the first performer with a featured artist page on My Music Thing.  We have been planning to provide a more permanent connection to the artists featured on MMT, but wanted to do something more than a list of names on a blogroll.

Enter ThingLink (ThingLink Oy for all you Finlanders out there), winner of 2011 Fammy for best url: thinglink.com.  CMO Neil Vineberg (known as Shambhu to world music fans) presented ThingLink at the Future of Music Policy Summit in DC last week.

ThingLink allows you to connect images to anywhere on the internet and provides tools to help embed and share the final product.  For musicians, there are currently rich media tags that support SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, and a few other services.  Hover over the image below to see how this works.

How this works

Here at MMT, we plan to have a page dedicated to each of the artists we feature in our posts.  The page for Esperanza Spalding is here.  Things may change as new capabilities are added, but in our first outing, you can see that links to posts on My Music Thing are top right, a link crediting the photographer is bottom left, and links for purchasing music and merchandise are at the bottom right. Links for Facebook, streaming music, and other pages are seeded throughout the image.

Since we feel that you should purchase your music directly from the artist, we will first provide a link to their online store or bandcamp site when available.  If you prefer to get your music from iTunes or Amazon, using the links on the featured artist pages will help support MMT through our affiliate relationships.  And because we care about audio quality, HD audio tracks will also be included when we can find them.

Esperanza was chosen to premiere the featured artist pages because she is fantastically talented, quite photogenic, coming to DC this Sunday, and the subject of some amazing shots by the gifted photographer Sandrine Lee.  So click around her page, let us know what you think in the comments below, and pick up some tickets to see her live.

Date City Venue

Tour: Chamber Music Society

10/14/11 Philadelphia, PA Merriam Theatre
10/15/11 Union, NJ Kean University – Wilkins Theatre
10/16/11 Washington, DC Warner Theatre
Tour: Joe Lovano Us Five
10/20/11 Baton Rouge, LA Manship Theatre
10/21/11 Kansas City, MO Gem Theatre
10/22/11 Hopkins, MN Hopkins Center for the Arts
10/23/11 Wichita, KS Abode Venue
10/25/11 South Milwaukee, WI South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
10/26/11 Interlochen, MI Corson Auditorium
10/27/11 Grand Rapids, MI St. Cecilia Music Center
10/28/11 New York City, NY Zankel Hall
10/29/11 Toronto Koerner Hall
10/30/11 Quebec, QC Palais Montcalm