John Oates Creates All-Star Livestream For Charity

In response to food insecurity caused by COVID-19 pandemic, John Oates of Hall & Oates fame has assembled an all-star virtual event to raise funds for Feeding America. Here’s the official press release for Oates Song Fest 7908 scheduled for March 20, 2021.

John & Aimee Oates, Drive Entertainment Group and NugsTV are excited to announce more amazing artists who have recently signed on to perform and raise funds for Feeding America® on March 20, 2021 at 8 PM EST. Sharing duties as John’s co-host will be the mysterious, mystical and musical internet sensation Saxsquatch.

“We estimate approximately 50 million people could face food insecurity due to the ongoing economic fallout from COVID-19 and recovery will be long,” said Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot. “We are deeply grateful to John & Aimee Oates and all of the participants of Oates Song Fest 7908 for helping to raise awareness and funds to continue our support for our neighbors in need.”

Newly Announced Artists:
Dan+Shay / Michael McDonald /Darius Rucker/ Sara Bareilles / Gavin DeGraw / Jewel / Matt Nathanson, Infinity Song, Louis York , and Quinn Sullivan.

In addition to the all-star line-up of:
Dave Grohl, Daryl Hall, Bob Weir, Sammy Hagar, Jim James, Keb Mo, Shawn Colvin, Michael Franti, Big Kenny, Malina Moye , Sheila E. and Jim Lauderdale.

Plus, celebrity guest appearances by Tichina Arnold, Monica, Angie Harmon, Mike Wolf (American Pickers), The Professor (Basketball Genius), Hayley Orrantia (Goldbergs), Margo Rey.

Prior to the show, Nug.TV will stream a special, exclusive, one on one, in depth interview with Grammy winning, super producer Dave Cobb from the historic RCA Studio A in Nashville where he works. John will be talking to Dave about his musical influences and how he records with incredible legendary and award-winning artists to help them realize and record their songs. In addition, over the next few weeks leading up to the show, Oates will be hosting a series of Instagram Live interviews with some of the artists who will be performing.

During the broadcast of “Oates Song Fest 7908” viewers will be able to donate via a unique QR code and at www.feedingamerica.org/oatesfest.

Thank You for the Music: Ari Gold

It was 2006-2007 when first became aware of vocalist and performer Ari Gold. I’d received a press release for his album, Transport Systems, that featured glowing reviews from leading gay publications as well as Billboard and even Clive Davis. I reached out to Rich Overton who was handling his PR at the time for an interview with Ari after sharing my thoughts on the album on my previous blog and podcast, Mandrake Society Radio.


I remember Ari being a joy to talk to and I had an opportunity to record two interviews with him. He was adamant about LGTBQ artists being bold in their music and not waiting for mainstream pop acceptance. It was through him that I would become aware of organizations like OutMusic – The LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA). By the time he released his follow-up project, Between the Spirit and the Flesh, I’d gone on a sabbatical from regular blogging and podcasting.


We followed each other on Twitter and that’s where I first learned of his cancer diagnosis. I was so hopeful for a recovery. So it was a big shock to learn that he died this past Valentine’s Day – just three days after his 47th birthday.

I’m very grateful to have had an opportunity to know him and promote his music through my media channels.

Groove Loves Melody, round two: why the reboot.

From 2011 to 2014, I ran this Dallas-based music blog, Groove Loves Melody. It was an outgrowth of the work I did with another writer (based in Austin at the time) called Popolio. The concept behind the entries was relationships. Tunecrush speaks to catchy single tracks or album cuts, much like a crush on someone. It’s basically the song of the moment.

Around 2014, I decided to suspend writing and posting for the blog. While my passion for sharing recent music stays, I became overwhelmed with the staggering number of PR requests while balancing full time work. The FOMO (fear of missing out) began to cause burnout.

Now I’m reconnecting with the reason I began blogging in the first place – keeping my writing sharp using a subject I’m passionate about. So, with that, Groove Loves Melody begins again. To help combat the FOMO, I ground myself in the reality that I’m a GenX writer most influenced by the sounds of pop and funk from the 1970’s and 1980’s. I also have a soft spot for jazz fusion and acapella stylings, having performed in an acapella group myself. This is my perspective. I believe this is important for PR companies to know this before adding me to their e-distribution list.

I’m excited to share music in this format again and look forward to posting Q&A interviews as well. Another love of mine is craft beer. I’ll be sharing more of that at NTXBeer.net. Feel free to join me there if you share that passion too.

Welcome back to Groove Loves Melody. Let’s talk about music.