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Harvardwood Presents: Harvard ROCKS 2011! - LA
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Harvardwood Presents: Harvard ROCKS 2011! - LA
Harvardwood Presents: Harvard ROCKS 2011! - LA


When: Wed., Jan. 26th
7:30pm - 11pm
Where: The Cat Club (21+)
8911 Sunset Blvd.
W. Hollywood, California  90069
United States
Kelley Nicole Purcell

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Back by popular demand is the musical showcase with both brains and brawn...

Harvard ROCKS 2011!!
Wed., Jan. 26th
The Cat Club - 21+
8911 Sunset Blvd.
W. Hollywood, CA 90069
Advance Tickets (available until Jan. 25th):
$6 - Full Members (limit one ticket per Full Members)
$8 - Affiliates, Guests, Friends of Harvardwood, and others
Tickets will be $10 for all at the door.

Started in New York in 2009, Harvard ROCKS brings out the best of the best in Harvard’s undiscovered musical talent.  This year's performers were chosen by a group of top tier industry judges (listed below!) and have promised to bring their A game.  The overall showcase winner will win the ultimate music industry prize package, including:
  • A world-wide digital distribution deal from Fulsircle Entertainment
  • A vocal recording session with hit songwriters Anne Preven ("Listen" from Dreamgirls and "Torn") and David "DQ" Quiones of The Writing Camp (Beyonce, Pussycat Dolls), recording the song chosen as the winner's most promising hit
  • An opportunity to play the House of Blues in 2011
  • Soundtrack consideration at Fox Music
  • A performance slot at the Red Light Lounge, one of LA's most popular monthly talent showcases
  • A brand new track from producers C-Aye Purcell (Jodeci, Nate Dogg) and Skye Lewin
Learn more about each artist** below and then COME SEE THEM LIVE on January 26th in LA!! 

(**You can buy your advance ticket in support of any of the artists listed below, or vote for your favorite at the show.)

Harvard ROCKS 2011 will feature performances by:

Katie Fitzgerald signed with Jive Records  (Sony-BMG) at fifteen and spent her teen years creating an album. After recording the end title for the "The Prince and Me” (Julia Stiles), Katie left the label to attend Harvard in 2005.  She began working with Japan’s most successful rock artist, Yoshiki (of X-Japan) on his new band, Violet UK, and signed on as the lead singer.  They have performed at the Tokyo Dome, contributed several tracks to films, and recorded an album, to be released next year.  At Harvard, Katie wrote a creative poetry thesis and worked extensively with religious and human rights groups.  Check out Katie's live performances on YouTube and MySpace and see her live on Jan. 26 at Harvard ROCKS!


Katie performs with Violet UK:


"Rosa” from Violet UK (audio):


"It Doesn’t Get Better Than This” from THE PRINCE AND ME soundtrack:


"Genetic Opera Ending” from Violet UK:


"Shawn Snyder's folk-rock is lyric-driven, with organic simplicity, utmost sincerity, and unmistakable groove” (BEAT, Australia). Whether mining the internal world of love, heartache, and striving, or playing curator to his eavesdropping on the world at large, his observations are always colored with an affirmation of life and beauty in the face of sadness and struggle.  Shawn has toured extensively both nationally and internationally. He recently relocated to NYC, but last resided in his hometown Miami.  There he earned repute as CityLink’s Best Songwriter (2009), and his album, ROMANTIC’S REQUIEM, was selected in MIAMI NEW TIMES’ Top Ten Local CDs (2008). 

Check out more from Shawn at his website,, and support him at Harvard ROCKS this January!

Comandante Zero is a Brooklyn-based drum/bass/laptop duo consisting of bassist/singer/producer Dan Freeman and hip hop drummer/producer Ken White -who mix the heavy live groove of bygone dance bands like Chic with a modern electro sound and baritone Leonard Cohen-esque vocals.  In 2008 they created a set fusing live grooves with laptops running Ableton Live and began a cutting-edge musical/visual collaboration with artist 0h10M1ke. They've shared the stage with acts including The Juan Maclean, The Brazilian Girlsand Stellastarr*, performed in London and Berlin, and were labeled one of the nation's best unsigned bands by Music Connection magazine.


Learn more about Comandante Zero at and vote for them at Harvard ROCKS 2011!

Doll Avant is a singer/songwriter/actress/producer/musician with a 5-octave vocal range.  This Harvard grad and Atlanta native is always into something big, including a European press and concert tour kicking off in London in March 2011.  She calls her musical sound, a tribute to R&B, funk, pop, soul, gospel, jazz, classical and even rock, "Dollhouse Rock.”  Her first single, "Masquerade,” (now spinning on radio in markets across U.S.!), is a pop-dance track that simultaneously reminds listeners of Prince, Motown, and Cyndi Lauper. She is currently in production for her own reality show "DollTV: From Dreams to Destiny.”

Visit to learn more about Doll and then come check her out LIVE on January 26th at Harvard ROCKS!


Rachel Brown is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter, born and raised in New York City with Bermudian and Ethiopian heritage. With her band of talented musicians from several African countries, she fuses pop, country, Caribbean, Hawaiian and world sounds into a captivating groove. Rachel graduated with honors this May from Harvard University where she was selected as one of Harvard’s "15 Most Interesting Seniors.” She is the 2010 recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Robert Allen Award for her song "Bumblebee.”  Visit Rachel at and vote for her at Harvard ROCKS 2011!

**You can buy your advance ticket in support of any of the artists above, or vote for your favorite artist the night of the show. 

Harvard ROCKS 2011 judges:
  • Robert Kraft, President, Fox Music
  • Anne Preven, Academy Award nominated songwriter ("Listen" from Dreamgirls, "Torn")
  • Ken Kragen, Music Mogul and manager (Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton Jon), Producer of "We Are The World" and "Hands Across America"
  • DA Wallach of the band CHESTER FRENCH
  • C-Aye Purcell, music producer and songwriter (Jodeci, Nate Dogg, Kirk Franklin)
  • Jeriel Johnson, President, Fulsircle Entertainment
  • James "Cashmere" Robinson, Artist and Event Producer of the Red Light Lounge
  • Aydin Abdollahi, Business Affairs, Warner Bros.
  • Ian Steaman, former Director of A&R, Tommy Boy Records
  • Skye Lewin, producer, engineer, and music editor for CSI: MIAMI
  • David "DQ" Quinones, hit songwriter, producer, and engineer, founding member of THE WRITING CAMP (Beyonce, Pussycat Dolls)
  • Bob Power, hit producer and sound engineer (Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, India. Arie)
  • Russell Graham, veteran keyboardist, guitarist, and vocalist (Mary J. Blige, Roberta Flack, Alicia Keys)
  • Brenda Walker, former A&R rep and Harvardwood Seattle Chapter Head


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