LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival Announces 2018 Panelist Lineup

Entering its tenth year, LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival is set to return to Lancaster, PA on April 12-15, 2018. The event is full of panels, seminars, parties, events, and performances, as well as music executives to speak and perform to a crowd of artists and industry go-getters.

Entering its tenth year, LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival is set to return to Lancaster, PA on April 12-15, 2018. The event is full of panels, seminars, parties, events, and performances, as well as music executives to speak and perform to a crowd of artists and industry go-getters.

Today, LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival is thrilled to introduce its panelist lineup, including: August Burns Red, Brian Lamtman (CB Entertainment and Events), Brian A. Rosenblatt (Bryce Downey & Lenkov, LLC), Chad Schreck (Tour Manager), Chad Taylor (Think Loud Studios / +Live+), Chris Bianchi (CB Entertainment, Mercenary Management, LEGEND Recordings, HuffPost), Chris Smith (Adjust Creative), Deborah “Zuke” Smith (zuketunes, LLC), E. Michael Harrington (Berklee Online), Eyal Levi (URM Academy), Finn McKenty (CreativeLive, The Punk Rock MBA), Frank Fanelli (Tour Manager), Heather Griffin (Fearless Records), Jeanne M. Hoffman(Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC), Jen Appel (The Catalyst Publicity Group), Jen Kellogg (Vans Warped Tour, The Entertainment Institute, Launch Music Conference and Festival), Jenny Reader (Fearless Records), Jeremy Weiss (Founder and Owner of Launch Music Conference & Festival, The CI Companies), Jim Digby (Founder and Chairman of Event Safety Alliance), Joe Bogdan (Culhane Meadows, Columbia College Chicago), Joe Ferree (Live Nation), Jonny Boucher (Hope For The Day), Karl Hensel (Kings Road Merch), Kate Truscott (4Fini Inc.), K Enagonio (Photography / Alternative Press Magazine), Kent Smith (Trumpet player, Arranger, Producer), Kevin Rife (Tour Manager), Kristin Gypsy Schloesser (We are Team Hans), Kyla Lombardo (Red Frog Events), Larry Martin (FakeLife Clothing), Loren Wells (Pierson // Wells), Lou Plaia (Reverbnation), Mark Mosley (Music City Booking), Mark Schultz (Recording Academy), Matt Halpern (Periphery), Michael Ciprari (SJC Drums), Mike Carpenter (Adjust Creative), Mike Mowery (Outerloop Management), Randy Nichols (Force Media Management), Shawn Young (York College of Pennsylvania), Shawna Potter (War on Women), Steph Mirsky (4Fini Inc.), Suzanne Paulinski (The Rock/Star Advocate, LLC), Tim Borror (United Talent Agency), Ulf Oesterle (Syracuse University), and Uncle O (Power 99).

In addition, LAUNCH is bringing back Fest Friday, the only night where every LAUNCH attendee is gathered during the nighttime programming. The all-ages event will take place at Binns Park on April 13 and include food, drinks, and alcohol on site. Attendance is free to all LAUNCH badge holders and open to the public for $10. Fest Friday will feature 15 acts across three stages, with more than hours of music, including America’s #1 Blink-182 tribute band, Blink 180 True, Lancaster’s own Stonewall Vessels, who bring a broad musical palette that will sure to draw in fans with their pure rock n’ roll sound, and Stacked Like Pancakes, a boisterous Baltimore-based brass-rock band with a high-energy live show.

“I wanted to organize one special event within LAUNCH, where there’d be no concurrent programming; where every attendee would gather together in one place, along with the greater Lancaster community, for a night of terrific music, food and drink, and a heck of a good time,” said Jeremy Weiss, LAUNCH Music Conference Co-Director and Founder. “The outdoor experience and splendor of Binns Park, and the incredible energy of the people and performers gathered there, make this particular event incredibly special.”

“Every year Launch Music Conference comes to a close, my immediate thought is that I cannot wait for the next year,” said Kellen McKay, vocalist of Stacked Like Pancakes. “This will be our fifth year attending and performing. This isn’t just a gig – LAUNCH is an experience, and one that we can credit as the root of many of our achievements in recent years.”

The weekend of LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival features a number of events, including a screening of the world premiere of the Lancaster metal documentary, “Barn Burner: The Rise of The Lancaster County Metal Scene.” The screening will take place at Freedom Hall A at The Lancaster County Convention Center on Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. Spotlighting acts such as August Burns Red, Texas In July, This or The Apocalypse, and more, the documentary takes the audience on a remarkable journey of the heavy/metalcore scene from Lancaster County, an area considered to be a quiet, steady, conservative Christian community.

The weekend continues with a special performance from two-time Grammy-nominated band and Lancaster natives, August Burns Red, on Saturday, April 14 at 5 p.m. at Freedom Hall in The Lancaster County Convention Center in Historic Downtown Lancaster. Members of August Burns Red have offered their expertise at several different LAUNCH annual events, but will be performing for the first time at the festival in celebration of their 15-year anniversary as a band. The performance will include guest appearances by members of the band’s line-up during their earliest years, from their early records, “Looks Fragile After All” and “Thrill Seeker.” Tickets for the documentary screening and special performance from August Burns Red are available at

Admission is included to both events — and all LAUNCH programming throughout the weekend — to those who purchase a LAUNCH 2018 VIP Badge. This badge provides attendance to each of the 140+ live performances by night throughout the City of Lancaster, including the Fest Friday outdoor concert event. The badge also provides full access to the LAUNCH daytime educational program, consisting of panels and sessions that feature dozens of the country’s foremost music industry professionals, speaking on their respective areas of expertise, for aspiring artists and persons seeking to learn more about the industry.

“We are looking forward to another great year of conference programming to help our developing artists and aspiring industry professionals take their careers to the next level,” said Jen Kellogg, LAUNCH Music Conference Co-Director. “In addition to many returning speakers and favorite sessions, we are working to bring in new faces to the conference to keep it fresh, relevant, and extra informative.”

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