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Wayne Kramer And Chuck D At San Diego Music Thing

Workshops And Music This Weekend

Above: Chuck D and Wayne Kramer are guest speakers at this year's San Diego Music Thing.

Aired 9/10/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Marjy Taylor, Development Director San Diego Music Foundation

Wayne Kramer, guitarist, singler, film and TV composer and original member of pioneering Detroit punk band MC5

Transcript

A host of music industry professionals will be gathering in North Park this weekend to hold conversations and workshops with local musicians at the San Diego Music Thing. And, as you might imagine, there will also be lots and lots of music.

Even if you are brimming with talent and dedication, making a living making music is not easy. It's not enough to know how to play, you also need to know how to make it pay. Disseminating that kind of knowledge is the goal of the San Diego Music Thing. Now in its 5th year, San Diego Music Thing is described by Mary Taylor as a SXSW-style celebration of music, seminars,and workshops. Taylor is the Development Director of the San Diego Music Foundation that sponsors the annual event.

Among the featured speakers this year are Chuck D, founder of Public Enemy,and one of the most influential figures in the history of hip-hop, and Wayne Kramer co-founder of Detroit's pioneering MC5. Kramer has also co-founded the charity Jail Guitar Doors that brings musical instruments into prisons.

The workshop schedule is here and a complete list of bands is here. There is also a library of panel videos from the past two years available online.

The San Diego Music Thing is a 2-day music conference that takes place Friday and Saturday, September 14th and 15th at the historic Lafayette Hotel in North Park.

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