By: Joanie Cox-Henry Contributing Writer
Getting one’s original music heard can be tougher than scoring “Hamilton” tickets. Partner and COO of Rock N Roll Tequila Scott Woolley would like to change that. Woolley has teamed up with Chris Montague of SoFlo Music School in Delray Beach to create the SOFLO SESSIONS, which allows local bands and artists a chance have a live performance taped by a professional camera crew and promoted on YouTube and other social media platforms.
“We are trying to give unsung artists a voice,” said Woolley whose friend, football legend Dan Marino, is a partner is the Rock N Roll Tequila brand. “This is our fourth or fifth session we’ve done and the performers get a chance to be filmed and the most popular acts from the videos will then have a chance to perform at festivals Rock N Roll Tequila is sponsoring.”
The SOFLO SESSIONS happen at SoFlo Music School in front of an intimate audience. On Feb. 5, jazz funk band Public Sounds Collective performed. “We welcome all genres of music for these sessions. We’ve had everyone from reggae and jazz to blues and rock and roll perform,” Woolley said.
Woolley decided to partner with SoFlo Music School after his three daughters began taking music lessons there. Woolley, who brought concerts to TV from legends such as Paul McCartney and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, feels there are various TV shows that offer opportunities for vocalists to be heard but not many outlets for musicians to get exposure.
“To sign up for a chance to perform in the SOFLO SESSIONS, all you have to do is go to Rocknrolltequila.com/bandpage and submit three original songs. All bands or artists must play an instrument,” Woolley said.
The SOFLO SESSIONS have been a popular element to Montague’s school, which offers guitar, piano, voice, drums, ukulele, bass, violin, viola, saxophone, flute, clarinet and bassoon lessons to students of all ages. “We’ve had about four bands a month performing in the SOFLO SESSIONS and we’ve had a lot of very good bands come through,” Montague said. “It’s been a really great experience. Our whole vibe is about keeping it fun here while making some great music.”
The next SOFLO SESSION is scheduled for March 5 at 7 p.m. with reggae artist Paul Anthony. The sessions are filmed at SoFlo Music School, 885 S.E. Sixth Ave., in Delray Beach. For more on the school, call 561-674-1151 or visit Soflomusicschool.com