We started Band Jam at the DAMA International (Enterprise Data World) Conferences as 1 in 4 data 'geeks' are musicians. The crowds loved it and we brought in bands to back performers and the host invited special guests (like Lynyrd Skynyrds' guitarist) and the crowds went wild. We added the digital component and engaged the audience completely. It became an event that was held at six different conferences in five different cities in the US to rave reviews.
The enjoyment of seeing others so completely involved and mesmerized in the show (rooting for their favorite musicians, texting thoughts and pictures to the big screens, answering trivia questions about the event / venue / genre, playing stage games like "Pick the guitar case" and "Spin the drum stick" and seeing the emotions of what they had won, ...) that generated the teams passion to make this show concept into a reality. We created and protected the Intellectual Property, scripted the show, worked with PR and marketing firms and here we are today with a great show event and a recognizable brand.
Meet the Team
The Band Jam team is led by host Robert Abate, accomplished professional touring musician and acclaimed IT industry thought leader, conference speaker, and published author. He previously was Sr. Director EIM & Analytics for Kimberly Clark and Walmart. He has played with The Byrds, Harry Chapin, Nerds, Girl Talk, Salvation, Riverside, The Other Side Band, Jukebox 45 and many others.
Robert Abate has teamed with Carina Sayles for marketing & PR, who for the past 15 years has led a PR and brand strategy firm in NYC (Sayles & Winnikoff) and previously held management positions at CBS Network, Disney and Paramount; and by the well-established intellectual property lawyer Brian K. Johnson who has held a corporate counsel position in a number of organizations.
Founder & CEO
Robert is a world touring accomplished musician and often hosts jams with other professional musicians. He has played at music festivals as a guest in GA, FL, NJ, NY and CA. Most recently the FL Keys Music Festival (one of his favorite locations to play)...
Head of Marketing & PR
Carina is the CEO at Sayles & Winnikoff Communications and an accomplished PR and media specialist in entertainment. Previously, she was an executive with major entertainment organizations including CBS Network, Disney and Paramount. She brings a wealth of experience to the show and team.
Brian K. Johnson, Esq.
Brian has been corporate counsel for a number of corporations and brings with him a wealth of Intellectual Property and Corporate Contract experience. He has been a close friend of Robert's for many years.
Send Us A Show Request
We would love to hear from you regarding your unique shows needs and venue. We have performed at smaller events to large concert halls and enjoy working with venue teams.