Innovative Brands in the Music Industry

This started as a blog titled “Places Every NYC Musician Should Know About”. We had awesome feedback from NYC and figured: why stop there? We would like to thank everyone that participated! You truly helped make this an International Venture. Without further ado, 716 Live is proud to present: “Innovative Brands in the Music Industry”!

Rockwood Music Hall

Rockwood Music Hall is a live music venue located in New York City’s Lower East Side. Rockwood hosts 15 performances a night by local, national, and global artists. The venue is open 7 days a week and receives approximately 18,000 visitors a month. Shows start at 6pm on weekdays and 3pm on weekends, and continue till 2am or later. Rockwood consists of 3 performance stages. There are usually 3 shows occurring at any one time. Each stage provides great sound and a unique music experience. Through the years, the venue has grown the strongest reputation with both musicians and audiences, who know that if you come to Rockwood at any time, you will see a great show.

The Opera House

The Opera House is a unique and intimate venue, with a 950 person capacity, still holding all the charm of its original 1900’s vaudeville theatre architecture. For the past 28 years this landmark facility in Toronto’s downtown core has been host to some of the biggest, original and unique concert & special events in the Riverside Area.  Concerts from the legendary grunge band Nirvana, Iconic Metallica,  superstar Eminem have graced the stage for some of the most memorable special events. Not limited to concerts, the venue has hosted Charity Fundraisers, Weddings, Comedy Shows,  Movie Launches and has been featured in many tv specials, commercials, feature films and live video shoots.

The Opera House boasts 12,000 square feet with spectacular views from the balcony. Over the original stage is a gorgeous 35-foot proscenium arch and all modern lighting and sound equipment to compliment any performance. Seating can be arranged as general admission; theatre or cabaret style with fully licensed bar and catering facilities.

120 Diner

120 Diner is a live music and comedy venue in downtown Toronto. Started by Canada’s first trans woman comedian Mandy Goodhandy and multidisciplinary artist Todd Klinck, 120 Diner features live music (mostly jazz) 6 nights a week, as well as regular comedy shows.

The Gladstone Hotel

The Gladstone Hotel is Toronto’s oldest continually operating hotel—and a space local artists call home. Identifying as an art hotel and LGBT hub since 2005, when local artists came together to transform the original 19th century hotel rooms into 37 unique rooms/functional art installation spaces, the Gladstone knows that being an art hotel means more than hanging a few paintings. Inspired by the building’s history, exposed brick walls, high ceilings, huge Victorian windows, and longstanding neighbourhood connections to Toronto’s arts and culture scene, the Gladstone Hotel created an internationally recognized art venue that defies traditional expectations and fosters design and creativity.

JL Recording Studios

JL Recording Studios is a professional audio recording, editing and sound mixing studio. Services include Voice-Over, Music Production, and Multimedia recording for any audio need. JL Recording Studios prides itself in delivering exceptional client service and high quality recording solutions and has done so since it’s beginning in 1994. For more information call 1 416-598-7979.

Music Works NYC

Music Works is a state-of the-art designed, boutique facility located on Manhattan’s upper west side. Ideally suited for vocals, overdubs, mixing, voice-over, general audio production and have rooms available on hourly, monthly and membership basis. We also host and sponsor music industry events at our Manhattan studio location as well as other venues around NYC and provide event production and talent sourcing for private and corporate events.

InVoice Chicago Studio

InVoice Chicago Studio is a beautiful comfortable affordable place to record with an urban ambiance located in the River West area downtown Chicago. InVoice open 2 1/2 years ago and we are recording all genres of music and  E Books. The owner is also a musician. Mr Roo Jackson is the lead singer in his own band “The Street Jaxkson Band” and he knows what it takes to record, mix and master good quality music. We have two awesome engineers, vocal coaches, guitar teacher, beat makers and composers.

Lula Lounge

 Lula Lounge is Toronto’s home to great live salsa, jazz, Brazilian, African and world music. While we’re best known for our salsa Friday and Saturday dinner packages and salsa nights, Lula has hosted everything from classical to rock and blues. Over the past decade we’ve hosted groups such as Norah Jones, John Cale, Metric and Broken Social Scene. International latin and world artists Isaac Delgado, Charanga Habanera, SUN RA Arkestra (under the direction of Marshall Allen), Haila Mompie, Eliadas Ochoa, Ralph Irizarry, Alain Pérez, The Mahotella Queens, Seu Jorge, Claudio Rabeca and Changuito. Canadian luminaries such as Hilario Duran, Amanda Martinez, Jane Bunnet, Aline Morales, Alec Cuba and many more, have performed at Lula regularly over the years and still visit us for special concerts from time to time. Lula is the place to hear the city’s most exciting jazz, latin and world emerging talent while enjoying fabulous food and drinks!

The Linsmore Tavern

The Linsmore Tavern is one of the last of the old school tavern’s and hotels in the city of Toronto. The Linsmore Hotel was established on December 7th, 1934, the same year the Province of Ontario started licencing saloons.  Max Bloom was the first owner, and his nephew, Lou Campul, managed both the saloon and the hotel above it, while he and his wife brought up their 5 children on the second floor. In those early decades, Danforth Avenue, or the King’s Highway #5, was a main throughway for travellers coming west into the City of Toronto. The Linsmore Hotel catered to those visitors  who needed a room for the night. A ladies and escorts room was accessed through the side entrance on Linsmore Ave. In those days, there were no windows to look into at The Linsmore because the customers didn’t want the neighbourhood knowing who was drinking inside. Trays of 5 cent drafts in 6 ounce glasses were dropped at table after table. Following the pub tradition of the British Isles, the Linsmore was the social hub for it’s immediate neighbourhood.

The ownership of the Linsmore changed in 1982, when 31 year old Basil Mangano bought the place from Max Bloom. He still owns the Linsmore Tavern to this day. It is now one of the last remaining original hotel/taverns in Toronto.  There is a long history behind the Linsmore Tavern, and it seems like everyone has a story to tell about the place.

The bar and restaurant industry changed drastically over the years and the Linsmore Tavern had to evolve with these changes. Basil’s son Ryan came in to manage in 2010 and through trial and error, eventually transformed the Linsmore Tavern into a live music venue. Now the Linsmore Tavern hosts live music 5 to 7 days out of the week and book over 350 bands a year! With a unique, old-school tavern vibe, the Linsmore Tavern is an intimate venue with a great atmosphere and affordable prices! Located right beside the Greenwood Subway Station on 1298 Danforth Ave, the Linsmore Tavern is a place to see a big name in an intimate and fun setting!

Center Stage Atlanta

Rival Entertainment has been producing concerts and music-centric festivals in Atlanta since 2004. Principals Josh Antenucci and Lucy Freas each bring 20-plus years of experience in their respective areas of expertise, event production and show booking. Supported by an all-star concert production team in marketing, technical production, box office and vendor management, Rival creates positive and memorable event experiences for ticket buyers, artists, venues and event sponsors alike. The home base of Rival’s Atlanta concert production team is Center Stage Atlanta​​—which encompasses Center Stage Theater, The Loft and Vinyl—where the Rival crew produces 350+ shows annually. Beyond Center Stage’s doors, we also create live music events and work on behalf of clients to execute their event vision, whether on a city street, in a park, on private property or in a traditional venue. These include Centennial Olympic Park, The Arena at Gwinnett Center, The Fox Theatre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, Candler Park, Piedmont Park, Historic Fourth Ward Park and more!

WAX Recording Studios

WAX Recording Studios World-Famous Musicians Record in Canadian Music Producer’s Living Room!
London UK — In a music industry rocked by numerous classic recording studio closures, famous bands and some of the worlds most respected musicians are now making their way to a very special music recording studio in Dalston where a timeless Motown DIY ethos meets trendy East London mainstream gentrification.

From its modest birthplace in a converted carriage workshop, WAX has become host to an impressive list of bands and musicians all keen to find out what the buzz is about. WAX client highlight includes: Omar Lye-Fook MBE,  Andrew Roachford (Epic), Eneeks (Toyko Dawn), Rejjie Snow (Ninja Tune), Rumours, Xantone Blacq (Nigel Kennedy, Laura Mvula), Max Grunhard (Prince, Ibibio Sound Machine), James Sayer (BBC /Ruen Brothers),  Paul Jackson(Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters),  Antonio Sanchez (Pat Metheny Trio), Ian Thomas (Michael Jackson, Dire Straits, Bob Dylan), Swing Out Sister , Kelli Leigh (Adelle, Duke Dumont), Jimmy Norden (Alice Russell, Beth Rowley), Max Cliverd (Tom Odell), Thomas Jules (Rudimental, Prof. Green), Kwabs (Atlantic) plus hundreds of talented independent artists.

Robert Strauss, the Canadian music producer set up the studio sometime in 2010 in his living room, an ex-squat just off Brick lane. Strauss explains: “Having worked as a music producer in Toronto for many years, when I came to London I had all this equipment and no place to put it, so I just set it up in my living room, made an arrangement with the neighbours and we made music history for about 3 years. As rents in Shoreditch started to skyrocket, I was forced to relocate and moved 3 times, equally to similar and unique spaces.
“I work in all musical genres, and for me it’s about energy and people,” stresses Strauss. “I have had the honor and joy of working in so many genres. It’s all one music, it’s all one people. [It’s] a true privilege to be included in so many creative circles, and one that I wouldn’t trade for the world.”
Robert Strauss has more than 20 years’ experience in the music and entertainment business, and his work is respected by DJs, radio presenters, and avid music fans from all over the world. Strauss has worked as an artist-musician, producer, and sound engineer, and he has also worked to produce scores for films and TV shows. 
Robert continues: “We realized there we’re literally only a handful of studios to record live bands left in London, and thought taking it back to the basics just like they did back in the house of Motown was a way to get things moving in the industry again,”
“Most people record on their laptops today one at a time using a mouse and a pair of headphones, but I wanted WAX Recording Studios to provide a place where musicians and creative minded people are all able to get together and play in same room, reconnecting them with the roots of where the recorded industry started.” Make sure you check out their website to learn more and see what they have to offer!

Smith’s Olde Bar

The Music Room at Smith’s Olde Bar has hosted for the last 20+ years the likes of Widespread Panic, Kings Of Leon, My Morning Jacket, John Mayer, B.o.B, and thousands more. This 300-capacity room is “the best sounding room [Col. Bruce Hampton] has ever played” and we’d love to hear what you think about it! It is open 7-nights a week, and houses everything from Old Fashioned Rock & Roll to Comedy to Weddings!

The Dopeness Project

The mission of The Dopeness Project is to reignite the love for culture and art by providing artists platforms to perfect and showcase their talents! Giving these awesome individuals an outlet for exposure and the residents of the community a resource to see, hear, and feel the arts. Our hope is to inspire those whom we touch, to suport our own local small businesses and artists; thereby reinvesting into the communities in which we live. We truly believe in The Queen City and its ability to shine once again! We are dedicated to being part of its resurgence. We hope to remind people of why they too love this city and that they can be the change, be the light, and be dope!

716 Live Magazine

716 Live Magazine is an international publication dedicated to increasing brand awareness! We began as a music platform for artists in the Buffalo Area. We started running out of artists to feature, so we expanded to business owners. Once we had covered all of the WNY area, we decided it was time to take the business to the next level– international! We promote business owners, musicians, models, graphic designers, athletes, fashion designers and more! If you would like to learn more about 716 Live Magazine, send an email to! We will respond with 72 hours or a slot in our magazine is FREE!

Abztrakt BeatZz

Abztrakt BeatZz: Producer/ Entrepreneur from the East side of Buffalo, NY lives up to his name with his “out of the box” approach to music. With influences from Jazz, Afro-beat, Electronica, etc; Abztrakt is one of the hottest producers in Buffalo and his name resonates with the Hip-Hop crowd as one of the music producers for an international  multimedia platform: 716 Live. Abztrakt BeatZz has produced for artists such as Dirty Dickens, Angel SGP, Kapp Kapital, and Chase Dank. His music could be found on ReverbNation so make sure you support him by becoming a fan!

DB Studio

Our mission is to provide our clients with the top quality online audio services. We are motivated exceed customers’ expectations via a 100% satisfaction guarantee! We will not stop until the customers are completely happy with the service or they get their money back. We are in the music industry to provide superior customer service; we are not only sound engineers and producers. My enthusiasm, and my passion for music, including the DB Team, make us the best in the music business.

Brooklyn Bowl

First off, we would like to thank  Scott Harris for taking such an awesome photo! Brooklyn Bowl is a music venue, bowling alley and restaurant in Brooklyn. It is known for its high-tech green construction and variety of musical acts. In 2013 Rolling Stone named Brooklyn Bowl the 20th best music club in America. Brooklyn Bowl has over two thousand square feet of floor space that includes a sixteen-lane bowling alley, operating alongside the music floor. The 600 capacity music hall has hosted numerous notable acts, including Guns N’ Roses, Elvis Costello, and The Roots! If you want your band to play simply fill out the contact form on their website. Make sure you show support by liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter!

Charismatic Filmz

Our mission is to bring videos to life in the community. In the future, we want the client to reflect back to their picture or video and enjoy their memories! We here at Charismatic Filmz are the first step you should consider when you want to increase your business sales, display your talent to the world, or define your image! We produce music videos, tv shows and commercials. We can capture the important moments at your wedding, design/print album covers, and create biographies! Graduating soon? Let us cover it!  We can take care of all the your holiday selfies as well. Any event you are having, we can be your camera crew! If interested in any of our services send an email to!

The Barbican Centre

A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over 1.1 million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas One, Two and Three, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.

The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra; Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra;; Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and  Britten Sinfonia, Associate Producer Serious, and Artistic Partner  Create. Our Artistic Associates include Boy Blue Entertainment, Cheek by Jowl,, Deborah Warner, Drum Works and Michael Clark Company. International Associates are Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gewandhaus, Orchestra Leipzig, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Charles Chalkin Productions

Charlie Chalkin is a filmmaker based in NYC and is the founder of Charlie Chalkin Productions. His 2016 film collaborations include In Search of Lost Time and Erika on which he served as Director of Photography. Currently he is producing a short film, “Santi,” which tackles the issue of domestic violence. Charlie has worked with renown artists, musicians, and brands including Susan Sarandon, Google, the Women on 20s Campaign, SLAM Magazine, and New York City restaurants like Dos Caminos and Le Pain Quotidien. Charlie has the unique ability to transform chaos into commentary through the lens of a camera.