About

i65 LIVE is a FREE to watch live-streaming variety show featuring an array of artistic performers who either live in, originated from, or perform regularly throughout America’s Midwest and Southern communities. The show was created to raise relief funds for its performing artists, musicians, recording studios and the other entertainment industry professionals whose primary source of income has been severely reduced or shut down as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to Sweet Relief Musicians fund, a non-profit charity based out of Los Angeles. 

 

i65 LIVE is produced in collaboration between Center Stage Magazine from Dark Horse Recording Studio in Nashville, and Darkstar TV from La La Land Studio in Louisville. The show is being executive produced by its founder, Jason Ashcraft. 

 

The show is closed to the public, has a limited production staff, and will operate in accordance with all current CDC recommended guidelines, including social distancing, for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

OUR GOALS

● To raise funds of emergency relief for artists & performers through individual viewer donations, and business partner sponsorships

● To raise awareness of the urgent needs of our vital and vibrant performing arts industry everywhere 

● To show our appreciation to the people who bring music and the arts into our lives

OUR charity partner

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. SweetRelief.org

OUR studio partners

Dark Horse Recording is an exclusive, destination recording facility set in the rolling hills of Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. Since 1993 their studios have been utilized by major-label and independent artists, hosting such names as Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Keith Urban, Relient K, Bela Fleck, Korn and many more. They host a large array of analog and digital equipment to meet the most demanding session needs. Darkhorserecording.com

La La Land is an analog/digital based recording studio in Louisville, Kentucky built around a 40 channel vintage Trident TSM40 board (originally built for the famed Record Plant in Sausalito, CA). With a full array of classic analog gear and with a 2500 square foot tracking room with 3 isolation booths, it’s a perfect environment to create, explore, and record any dream album. The studio has been a creative home over the years to Jim James, Ray Lamontagne, Jake Shears, GRLWood, Strands of Oak, Joan Shelley, Boa and countless others. Lalalandsound.com

PRODUCTION STAFF

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JASON ASHCRAFT

Founder & Executive Producer

Jason’s career in music & events began nearly 20 years ago throughout Kentucky after graduating in 2001 from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science, studying psychology and sociology. With a foundation built on honesty, integrity, determination, and discipline, Jason has operated outside the spotlight, creating and managing various events, concerts and other opportunities for artists, musicians and performers to showcase their talents.

In 2001 he co-produced the first ever rock n’ roll concert aboard the historic Belle of Louisville steamboat, selling it out.

In 2002 he co-founded & co-produced the Michelob Home Grown Music Series in Louisville, while serving on the board of directors for Louisville Music Industry Alliance, a non-profit organization.

In 2003 Jason co-founded the lifestyle publication The Ville Magazine, serving as Music Editor & Event Director. That perpetuated a 13+ year spell as a freelance music journalist where he authored numerous stories and interviews on musicians, concerts, festivals and album reviews for a variety of news outlets, magazines, blogs and other lifestyle and entertainment media. That spell concluded in 2016 after he served one year as Music Editor of GonzoToday.com, a literary collective for the modern-day interpretation of Hunter S. Thompson's Gonzo journalism. 

In 2018 Jason moved to Nashville and began helping guide the careers and telling the stories of such legendary artists as the Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, Crystal Gayle, Don McLean, Rhonda Vincent, Comedian Red Green, Lee Greenwood, T. Graham Brown, Deana Martin, J.D. Shelburne and others.

In 2020, Jason once again followed his conscience, moving back to his home state of Kentucky (because Willie was right) to work independently. Now, he continues his never-ending life's mission to bringing Music, Art & People together. For the greater good...

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CLAYTON LUCE

Production Lead, Darkstar TV (Louisville)

​With 15 years combined academic and field related experience in marketing, branding, graphic design, video production, editing, social media and advertising combined with innate talents for cinematography, photography, art and music Clayton has dipped his feet into a little bit of everything entertainment related.

His Qualifications include four years of undergraduate study in journalism, mass communications and political science. He has over 13 years field work in videography and video production, since founding Emagyn Media in 2007. 

 

He founded Gonzo Today in 2014, an online magazine and artistic collective dedicated to the art and style of journalist Hunter S. Thompson which grew to become the largest Gonzo dedicated site on the internet.

He also founded GonzoTodayTV (GTTV) in 2016 as a video repository of Gonzo and other related multimedia.

 

He was a managing production team member for GonzoFest, and currently serves as a managing partner and shareholder in Grateville Dead Music Festival in Louisville, KY. In 2018, Clayton founded Darkstar TV, a live performance and concert live streaming, recording and production company which he manages today full time.

 

Currently his hobbies include bourbon, vlogging and playing with flammable and explosive materials.

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TOMMY LEMON

Production Lead, Center Stage Mag (Nashville)

Tommy Lemon has 20+ years experience in web design and multimedia dating back to the late 1990s when websites were first becoming a trend. He has been a musician since early childhood and has toured extensively with his own bands as well as working with popular national touring artists.

 

Tommy shifted from music to technology in 2001 to pursue a full-time career in web design and development where he has helped companies development successful business models through interactive web technologies, eventually earning a position of Vice President in 2012 for a Murfreesboro, TN based web software company.  

 

Through his many years of web experience and creative interests in audio and video, he Co-Founded Center Stage Magazine in September of 2015 with Missy Wolf as a platform to promote independent music artists. Since the launch of Center Stage Magazine, Tommy has developed creative strategies to grow the Center Stage Magazine social media platforms to over 100,000 followers collectively, produced dozens of television oriented programs such as Track By Track, Center Stage Presents..., organized numerous live events suchs as Indie Fest Nashville, The Night Before Bash, Indie Nights Nashville, and a large network of social media entities working together to promote independent music worldwide. To date, Center Stage Magazine has interviewed over 1000 artists and their content has reached in excess of 80 million people worldwide via social media, streaming television and streaming radio networks.

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ADAM WATHEN

Sound Producer / Engineer, Dark Horse Recording

Adam Wathen is the Technical Director at Dark Horse Recording Studios in Franklin, Tennessee. He’s originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky, and found his love for music when he started playing drums at age 11. Years later he would receive a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Western Kentucky University in 2017 and graduate from the Dark Horse Institute audio engineering and music business programs in 2019. 

 

Currently, aside from being the Technical Director at Dark Horse, he is an assistant at FogoLabs, a production company that has filmed talent such as Slipknot, The Lumineers, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Grimes, Carlos Santana, Akon, and more. He also plays drums for his Alt-Rock band in Nashville, “The Wistful Larks” and has been a session drummer with a variety of artists and genres. 

 

His main goal in life is to help every musician/engineer he can become skilled in a way that they never thought possible for themselves.

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ANNE GAUTHIER

Sound Producer / Engineer, La La Land Sound

Anne is the Head Engineer/Producer at La La Land Sound in Louisville, Kentucky. She's originally from Montreal, Canada, and got her musical start playing drums at 15, eventually touring internationally with electronic act TR/ST after years of national tours with different Canadian acts.

 

These days, she spends most of her time in the studio, engineering, mixing and sharing the magic of record making with artists like Murder By Death, Bonnie Prince Billy, GRLwood, Joan Shelley, Strand of Oaks, By the Grace of God, and Rachel Grimes. She's also worked on albums by Ray Lamontagne, Jake Shears, Emma Ruth Rundle and White Reaper. Anne also had incredible opportunities to work with and learn from producers Kevin Ratterman, Jim James and Glyn Johns. 

 

​Her production style has been called organic and intimate and she specializes in creating punchy and warm drum sounds.

 

​Anne loves all styles of music: rock, country, experimental, pop, hip hop, and everything in between. She is always excited to help musicians craft and share their vision, whether they are new or established acts.

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