On Tuesday, August 21, Rob Thomas and Kyle Cook of American rock band Matchbox Twenty will officially open the new “Daphne’s iHeartRadio Music Lounge,” a collaboration of Daphne’s California Greek and Clear Channel Media + Entertainment San Diego, where local music fans will be able to meet and experience today’s established or emerging musicians in an intimate, 50-seat setting.
The duo will share new music from the band’s much-anticipated album, “North,” due out in September.
Located at Clear Channel studios in San Diego, the Daphne’s iHeartRadio Music Lounge had a soft opening in July and has featured performances by Sean Kingston, P.O.D., Hedley, Big Time Rush, Rita Ora, Cher Lloyd, Neon Trees, and Trey Songz.
The lounge will continue to feature musicians and bands heard on San Diego Clear Channel radio stations including Channel 933 (KHTS-FM), Rock 105.3 (KIOZ-FM), Star 94.1 (KMYI-FM), and 101KGB (KGB-FM).
Fans can win tickets to the concerts by “liking” Daphne’s Facebook page and checking news for contest announcements, or through contests conducted on participating Clear Channel radio stations and their websites.
For Daphne’s, this is an extension of its music discovery program that enhances the dining experience and provides a platform for emerging musicians to reach a broader audience.
Daphne’s music initiative also extends beyond the restaurant to include an iPhone app, a streaming radio channel, video production, events, an Artist of the Month program with free downloads, and a “Fuel the Soundcheck” series.
“The Daphne’s iHeartRadio Music Lounge lets us take our music discovery program to a new level and connect our fans with today’s most-talked-about musicians,” says Bill Trefethen, CEO, Daphne’s California Greek. “Daphne’s is about great food and flavor, but it’s also about community, fueling inspiration, and supporting fuller lives through music and the arts.”
Concerts in the “Daphne’s iHeartRadio Music Lounge” are usually planned about two weeks in advance based on musicians’ tour schedules and appearances at local venues. Future concerts will be announced on Daphne’s Facebook  page.