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March 8th Showcase Schedule

We are happy to announce the final performance schedule for the Ivy Hill Entertainment Artist Showcase on March 8th at PianoFight in San Francisco!

Doors at 6:30pm

Cocktail Hour*
7:00pm | The New Classics
7:25pm | The Ivy Hill Jazz Band

*Come join us for Cocktail Hour from 7pm - 8pm for a chance to chat and schmooze with our artists and Ivy Hill Entertainment founders before the Main Stage performances begin!

The Bar Stage
7:50pm | Zen Zenith
8:05pm | JD Lyon
8:25pm | Debbie Ilana
8:45pm | Kyle O'Brien
9:05pm | The Denalis

The Main Stage
8:15pm | Peter Smith
8:35pm | Ben Flanagan
8:50pm | Jonathan Devoto
9:00pm | Erin Honeywell
9:10pm | Roem Baur
9:25pm | The Ivy Hill House Band

DJ Dance Party
9:35pm | DJ Marshall

For more information on our free-to-the-public Artist Showcase go here or check out the event on Facebook.

Work vs. Play: Finding Balance

Something that I’ve struggled with for a while is finding a balance between work and life. I know I’m not the only one. It’s a common trend among full-time musicians, artists, creators, and really anybody who’s working for themselves. When you choose to do what you love for a career, it can be a beautiful thing. I’m incredibly blessed that I get to wake up everyday to do what I’m passionate about, share my skills, and work for myself.

But there can be a dark side too. As a self-employed independent contractor, there’s obviously the uncertainty about how much money you’re making. Even if you’ve had a busy and lucrative past few months, there’s always the fear that the next few months might be slow, so you feel the need to keep pushing harder. Another less-talked about issue is the blurring of work and play. If I choose to do music as a full-time career (because I love it so much), it’s easy over time to start viewing it strictly as work, and loose track of why I fell in love with music to begin with. This can also lead to feelings of guilt - knowing I should feel lucky and appreciative that I get to do what I love, but really feeling bogged down by the weight of it all - which can lead to a vicious cycle. Then of course there’s the feeling that you should always be saying “yes” to things, lest you miss out on a great opportunity. All of this can be extremely detrimental to mental, physical, social, and emotional well-being. 

Some things that have been helpful for me:

  • Yoga/meditation practice
  • Focused breath
  • Talking and sharing when you’re feeling overwhelmed
  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Remembering why you choose to do music full-time… You love it!

Anybody who works for themselves and does what they love for a living will have to deal with this at some point. This is not to say that you shouldn’t follow your dreams and passions. You should! But it’s not always easy, and you need to be open and honest with yourself about the struggles, and make an effort to find balance. It will be better for your quality of life, friendship, connections, and of course, your quality of work (*wink*).

-Jonathan