Award-Winning Drunk Unkles Play Vegas, Again, at InfoComm

The NSCA Education Foundation is excited to announce the Drunk Unkles’ first 2018 fundraiser, scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas. Now in their 13th year of supporting the NSCA Education Foundation, the Drunk Unkles have generated more than $1 million for the industry through this annual event.

In February, the Drunk Unkles received NSCA’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year award to recognize their continuous efforts to make the systems integration industry better. This fundraiser will not only strengthen the NSCA Education Foundation’s efforts to grow the AV industry, but will also give the industry the chance to thank its beloved Drunk Unkles for all they’ve done.

Dubbed “Awards are Nice … Like Tequila on Ice” as a toast to the band’s recent accomplishment, the Drunk Unkles concert kicks off InfoComm this year. Tickets for the event can be picked up at designated sponsor booths during InfoComm 2018, or downloaded here or here.

Thanks to the generosity of Cleerline’s Rob D’Addario, the Drunk Unkles will auction off a Music Man guitar with an authenticated signature from renowned guitarist Albert Lee – with strings attached (featuring the latest D’Addario strings and accessories). The funds generated from this auction will be donated to the NSCA Education Foundation.

Donations from industry professionals, manufacturers, consultant firms, dealers, distributors, rep firms, and integrators as part of this annual event allow the NSCA Education Foundation to establish meaningful and impactful programs, offer scholarships and provide training opportunities for new professionals and industry veterans.

“The Drunk Unkles are a very humble group that will likely want to hide from the attention and recognition of all they’ve done,” says Chuck Wilson, director of the NSCA Education Foundation. “It does appear, however, that tequila is their sweet spot. The Drunk Unkles have supported our industry in a way that no other group has.”

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The band performed its first fundraising event 16 years ago to help the family of an industry peer who unexpectedly lost his life. Not only is the annual Drunk Unkles performance during InfoComm a great party and a fun way to reconnect, but it more importantly brings in funds that allow the NSCA Education Foundation to continue to support the systems integration industry.

Their support helps fund industry programs like IGNITE and the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS K-12).

The all-star band features Felix Robinson, “Unkle” Steve Emspak and Marc Hochlerin of Shen Milsom & Wilke, Mike Phillips of Hudson Marketing Inc., John Cardone of Cardone Solomon and Associates and “Aunt” Lisa Wenger, formerly of Bosch Communications Systems and now with the Lisa Wenger Band. On June 6, a number of special guests will also be welcomed, including Mark Peterson, Billy Larson and Rob D’Addario.

Here are details on the concert. 

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..