firekid joins DME Entertainment’s Larry Gordon and Aprilann for performances at 12th & Porter
16 Dec 2016
Posted by Dakota Lindstrom
(Nashville, Tenn. — December 16, 2016) — firekid has joined the line-up of performing talent set to appear at 12th & Porter (114 12th Ave. North) on January 19, 2017.
The public show, which is presented by the newly announced marketing/management company, DME Entertainment Group, will open doors at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free. firekid will follow performances by DME Ent. Group artists, Larry Gordon (Curb Records) and indie pop artist Aprilann.
firekid is the alter ego of virtuoso guitarist and singer-songwriter, Dillon Hodges. A child prodigy at guitar, firekid won the National Guitar Championship at the age of 17, the second youngest contestant to win in the competition’s history. Originally from Muscle Shoals, AL, firekid’s self-titled debut album combines his bluegrass roots with a big band sound.
Larry Gordon came to the attention of Mike Curb, Chairman of Curb Records, who immediately signed him to a record and publishing deal. Gordon has commercial success as a songwriter with “MVP” on Love & Hip Hop (LA and NY), “End of the World” from Yoga Hosers starring Johnny Depp and Hoovey (on Netflix). Additionally, he performs frequently with his father – GRAMMY-nominee Dr. Larry T-Byrd Gordon’s Orchestra/Show band where he has been featured since the age of four.
A graduate from the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Aprilann is both a singer-songwriter and actress. Her independent single, “Crown and the Girls,” produced by Arty Skye from SkyeLab Music, continues to generate buzz digitally. She has a starring role in her first feature film, Johnny Gruesome, set for release in September 2017.
About DME Entertainment Group:
Former head of Belmont University’s Mike Curb Music Business Program, Pam Browne, partnered with DME Delivers/DME Sports President, Mike Panaggio, to launch new marketing/management company, DME Ent. Group. Forthcoming plans for the company include an independent label, a music publishing division, and film production.
Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, DME Ent. Group combines the collective expertise of Browne and Panaggio in music, marketing, sports and entertainment for the purpose of creating unique opportunities for their clients.
In addition to Mike Curb Music Business Program, Browne practiced as an entertainment attorney, was certified as an NFL agent for 10 years, started a music publishing/production company and was the artist manager of the multi-platinum group Tag Team whose single, “Whoomp There It Is,” was voted by Billboard Magazine as one of the top songs of its decade. Browne also serves as Executive Director of the Curb Institute at Bethune-Cookman University where she mentors students seeking careers in music business, sports and entertainment.
Mike Panaggio founded DME Delivers, a full-service, direct marketing agency, over 20 years ago. As President of the DME umbrella, he developed DME Sports, a major player in sports marketing and a highly sought-after sports academy for basketball, soccer and football players across the globe.