Pit Bulls and Parolees cast member Sui Gordon has spent much of the last year making a name for himself in the Houston music scene. Along with Houston concert promoter John Janatsch, Gordon has played host to a number of concerts across the Houston area and has used the opportunity to spread the word about the work of Villalobos Rescue Center — the focus of the hugely popular Animal Planet series.
Now, Gordon and Janatsch are teaming up for a one-of-a-kind competition for emerging bands. Though there are countless ‘battle of the bands’ type competitions, Gordon says his new contest will be unique in several ways.
“The way this came together was amazing,” said Gordon. “I spent so much time bouncing from New Orleans to Houston and all around, and I’ve seen so many good nights and so many bad nights (for attendance). We were talking about ideas to bring more people out and give new bands more exposure, and we talked about a battle of the bands type thing, but we didn’t want to make it like all the others.”
That’s when the two put their heads together and reached out to the large network of connections they share in the music industry.
“With John’s background… he’s the baddest promoter in the city of Houston, if not in Texas, with his representation of this project and his contacts in the rock music business, we can’t lose,” said Gordon.
One of those contacts came to the forefront quickly.
“We’re going to have CJ Pierce of Drowning Pool record a song for each of the winners, from each city. The winners will just need to get themselves to Dallas and they’ll get to record with a platinum recording artist. For some of these bands, it might be the first time they’ve ever been recorded, and they’ll have one of the best in the business working to make them sound the best they can.”
Gordon said that he and Janatsch have already locked down four cities to participate in the contest, and they plan to take the promotion nationwide. And, the list of prizes keeps growing.
“We’ve got one venue owner who has offered a merch deal for the winner, and we know we’ll be adding more prizes,” said Gordon. “This is going to be a great opportunity for people. I’m excited, and I’m not even in a band. I almost want to put a band together just to see what will happen!”
That’s good for the bands who want to participate for a chance to win, but Gordon said there’s another good cause behind the scenes.
“We’re going to do something we think is totally unique to a battle of the bands competition. We’re going to take all the songs recorded for the winners at CJ’s studio and put them on a compilation CD. We’ll be selling the CD with proceeds going back to the Villalobos Rescue Center.”
Gordon also said that plans are in the works to invite all the winners to New Orleans for a big concert and day-long event that could draw thousands and double as additional exposure for the bands while raising money to support the rescue center.
While the plans for the contest are well underway, with more details to be released in the coming weeks, Gordon said he also has another thing to be excited about this week: The new season of Pit Bulls and Parolees debuts Saturday night, September 19. And the season premier will feature a rescue involving Sui Gordon himself.
“I hope everyone takes the time to watch, to learn what we do and how important it is, and I hope this contest we’re working on will be good for the bands and will help Villalobos also.”