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Geetar Gigs at Academia Nights

Geetar Gigs recently launched a brief stint of shows at Academia Nights, an initiative for students to gain valuable experience in the music industry, while putting on a string of fun-packed live shows- all welcome to attend.

We attended the inaugural event last Thursday and were super impressed- explosive live music, a sick beer-pong championship played between sets, cheap drinks and a tasty food truck meant it exceeded all expectations. There were students all around training on lights and sound, photographing, performing, and attending, creating a super cheerful, welcoming atmosphere.

The good times began with a pumping set from Common Concept DJs to kickstart the vibes, followed by Sunday Sesh Band making their live performance debut. The crowd was bouncing off the walls during their set, forming a wild, thrashing mosh pit that reflected the wicked energy of the boys onstage.

After some more rounds of beer-pong, it was time for the talented Local Safari to take to the stage. Their setlist was studded with fan-favorites, ‘Shots’ and ‘Generation’, unreleased treat ‘Felicity Meow’ and incredible covers of Lime Cordiale’s ‘Inappropriate Behaviour’ and Spacey Jane’s ‘Booster Seat’.

To top the night off killer Common Concepts DJ took to the stage again to deliver another all-time hype set, sending the crowd off with the sweet sounds of nostalgic throwbacks mixed with modern bangers.

Jim Sherwood serves as chief creative, brand strategist, lead developer, meticulous project manager, and station collaborator for all Skyrocket Radio sites and projects.

Jim got his start in radio at WLSM in the small town of Louisville, MS in 1988. Since then he has worked on-air in all day parts and has held nearly every other station position at one time or another. Jim has worked for radio stations in several states and for iHeartMedia (Clear Channel Radio), CBS Radio, Cumulus Broadcasting and a few small locally-owned stations. He even hosted a morning show on an aircraft carrier for two years while in the Navy. Jim has a passion for radio history, music, gadgets and all kinds of geeky web stuff.

After 14 years at Clear Channel Radio, Jim left the industry in 2013 to devote full-time attention to his company, Mediagin Creative, a small freelance creative agency that develops WordPress websites as well as produces commercials for radio and TV. After being asked by the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters to speak to a panel of small market station owners about the need for better websites, it became apparent that an easy to use and low-cost solution was needed to assist smaller markets in competing for online ad dollars. Skyrocket Radio was born.