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The Midday Records team has summer covered
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 9, 2014

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NIGHT MOVES Charron and Moore.

If we could bestow a RI Music Community Achievement Award to anyone around here, I wouldn’t hesitate to crown Davey Moore the people’s champ. If you’ve ever attended a show anywhere around Lil Rhody, chances are Moore was there and/or booked the show. When he’s not shredding on guitar for Satellites Fall, Moore and bandmate Mark Charron are busy (like, ridiculously busy) lining up shows and events in just about every genre in just about every venue, from Mardi Gras to Dusk. Moore is a mastermind when it comes to stirring up a buzz via grassroots promotion and social media (I can picture him right now, cringing and hiding under his trademark blue zip-up hoodie). The Midday Records umbrella has a lot going on for your midsummer social calendar.

Davey Moore grew up in Attleboro playing drums in various metal and hardcore bands, and founded Midday Records with Charron in 2009. He had already earned a BA in Psychology from UMass Amherst, then eventually moved into the finance field and held his own practice for six years, and is now in his second year of law school at RWU. And yet he is out just about every night of the week supporting local music. I’m not sure this guy ever sleeps.

Moore and Charron are the dudes to thank for spearheading the successful Midday Social, a quarterly networking event that recently drew more than 350 attendees, including aspiring and established musical acts, plus radio, TV, and print media from around the region.

“The Social is simply our way of contributing and continuing to build a thriving local music community by helping artists find new opportunities,” said Moore. “Through Midday Records we were already releasing free compilations featuring local artists and booking ‘Midday Records Presents’ shows, so the idea of just getting as many industry reps into one room and inviting local artists out for a night of networking just made sense.

“We also try to add value with an industry panel and a short Q&A, and we try to fill it with reps that provide just as many opportunities for the seasoned pros as they do for the up-and-coming acts,” he said.

I was one of the speakers on the industry panel and must have uttered “I can’t believe how many people are here” at least five times to Moore throughout the night. It definitely was an affirming experience to see the music community bonding, networking, and partying under one roof. The Midday team has lined up a contest at Fatt Squirrel this Friday (the 11th) with six bands competing for the chance to perform at the next Social (scheduled for Thursday, August 28 at Platforms nightclub in PVD, free of charge).

There is plenty more action coming courtesy of Midday Records, including a number of Satellites Fall gigs (there’s a great on July 21 at Fête with Electric Six, VulGarrity, and Ravi Shavi). The label recently started an Artists Development division and scooped up local rock vets Pistol Shot Gypsy (which recently added former Kanerko singer Al Diaz on drums). Midday and Rambudikon Booking have joined forces for a rock-and-roll booze cruise in Boston on August 21 with Pistol Shot along with Sadie Vada, Devil’s Feedback, Without Warning, and more.

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