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SF Playhouse announces 2021-22 season and sets up in-person summer shows


The always breathtaking and impressive SF Playhouse near Union Square is resurfacing with live performances earlier than some of its bigger Bay Area counterparts, and they announced their next full season today.

The 2021-22 season will be crowned by the major musical production that was scheduled for the end of the 2019-2020 season of the company, that of Stephen Sondheim Follies. The show depicts a reunion taking place in 1971 of the former choir of Weismann’s fictional “Follies”, based on the famous Ziegfeld Follies, which had its last performances in the early 1940s. The complicated show, which includes classic songs de Sondheim as “I’m Still Here” and “Losing My Mind”, was last revived on Broadway in 2011.

The production of SF Playhouse will be directed by company co-founder and artistic director Bill English.

“We passionately believe that at this point in American history our 19th season just might be the most important,” said English. “We will happily collaborate with artists who speak from largely unique perspectives on universal themes that generate greater empathy and compassion.”

The new season starts on October 12th with The Grand Kahn, a world premiere by Michael Gene Sullivan, and a co-production with SF Mime Troupe. It’s the story of two African-American teenagers confronted with what it means to grow up black and be coerced into certain stereotypes – then Genghis Kahn gets involved.

Previews start on November 24th is a new musical adaptation by Shakespeare Twelfth Night, on an original jazz-funk score by Shaina Taub. It is managed by the co-founder of the company Susi Damilano. And from January 15 is a production of Heroes of the Fourth Turn, Pulitzer Prize finalist for dramatic theater from playwright Will Arbery.

Harry Chin’s paper dreams, a drama based on the true story of an immigrant who circumvented China’s exclusion law, opens in March, and is followed by a production by the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner, Water with a spoon by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Follies premieres June 29, 2022.

First off, SF Playhouse is presenting two productions this summer with a limited in-person audience and a streaming option.

The first, titled The song of summer from playwright Lauren Yee, is about a young pop superstar who unexpectedly achieved fame with a summer earworm – and escapes a world tour to revisit her childhood home. It runs from July 20 to August 14, and you can find tickets here. (A video on demand option is available for $ 30.)

And on August 31 there will be a production of Start here, start now, a musical review using songs by Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire (Big baby, Closer than ever). “Using songs from their various early musicals (produced or not), this daring, outgoing journey takes an alluring cast of three through the maze of modern relationships with its heart firmly on its sleeve,” says the theater. This is also available for in-person or video tickets, which will go on sale soon.

Award-winning Sunday at the Reno Chalk Art and Music Festival (photos)


By Maria Palma

The Reno Chalk Art and Music Festival wrapped up Sunday with a final bouquet of vibrant colors and excitement.

For three days, artists from across the country showcased their skills in the West Parking Lot of the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa while battling for prizes in categories such as Best Use of Color, Best 3D Design, and Best Color Reproduction. ‘a master’s job.

A record 151 artists took part in the fifth edition of the event which returned in 2021 after being canceled last year due to the pandemic.

Local artist Chloe Payne has participated in the chalk art event for the fourth time. In this version, she competed with a recreation of the self-portrait of “The Desperate Man” by French artist Gustave Courbet.

“It means a lot because last year we didn’t have the opportunity to be a part of this festival,” she said.

Recreation of the self-portrait of “The Desperate Man” (Gustave Courbet) by Chloe Payne at the 5th Annual Reno Chalk Art and Music Festival on July 10, 2021 in Reno, Nevada María Palma / This Is Reno

Live concerts during the festival included Eddie Cotton, JP Soars, David Gerald, Whesli, Onoleigh Pommier and Hot Rod Rebellion. There was also a variety of local food, drink, and craft vendors on hand.

Sojung Lee, one of the festival attendees, came despite the heat over the weekend.

“It’s great to see these vibrant and colorful paintings. One of the things I liked is that they offered free water and places to sit in the shade to withstand the high temperatures, ”said Lee.

This year’s winners are:

  • Team division in 1st place: Sherri and Eric Majors – “Heart and Soul”
  • 1st Place Individual Division: Tiffany Manchip – “New Moon”
  • 1st place Student Division / People’s Choice: Faith Phillips – “Wonder”
  • Best Use of Color: Reilly Moss – “Sea Turtles”
  • Best use of 3D: Nestor Mendoza – “Shark”
  • Best Reproduction of a Masterpiece: Ashlyn Miles – “Drawing Hands” by MC Escher

For more information visit Chalk Art (atlantiscasino.com)

Beckmen YOLA Center designed by Frank Gehry to open in September


Three years after first unveiling the design of a new music education complex designed by Frank Gehry and Gehry Partners, LLC, in Inglewood, Calif., The Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) announced that it is now expected to welcome students in September. Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, housed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a structure designed by Gehry, the Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center will provide performance space and educational facilities for budding musicians from Inglewood and neighboring districts.

With an expected cost of $ 14.5 million, the Beckmen YOLA Center is one of the few adaptive reuse projects completed by the company, transforming an 18,000 square foot former bank building, designed in 1965 by Austin, Field & Fry, in a 25,000 square foot complex. Overall, the project is reminiscent of earlier, more minimalist work from Gehry’s career, such as the Danzinger Studio or the Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library. The building’s glassy exterior recalls the square silhouette of the bank that preceded it, while the decision to retain the columns of the original structure facing the street adds a sense of sobriety and symmetry – rare qualities in the work of the architect indeed.

Although recently released footage of the Edgerton Foundation performance hall reveals a decidedly more humble interior than the concert hall, it is an equally joyful temple to music thanks to the abundant natural light it provides. receives from a raised part of the roof (which Gehry calls the “lighthouse”) and an equally powerful musical space. Using a movable acoustic wall, the hall can be divided into two smaller rehearsal rooms, each large enough for a full YOLA orchestra, and features an impressive 45-foot ceiling made possible by the excavation of the basement of the original structure.

“The high ceiling also reflects sound with an even distribution of delays to create excellent clarity to balance richness,” according to the press release from Gehry Partners. “Heavy materials were chosen for the interior construction to reflect sound energy over a wide range of frequencies, improving bass response and warmth. Sloped walls and sloped ceiling panels help prevent damaging floating echoes from occurring.

This main space can accommodate 190 seated spectators, with seats that can collapse into the ground to provide more performance space, and a balcony on the second floor that can accommodate an additional 70 people. Smaller rooms surround the performance hall, offering additional community services including individual practice studios, a tech-equipped classroom, a family lounge, and the YOLA Music Library.

When complete, the Beckman YOLA Center will be the newest cultural and architectural addition to the Inglewood Civic Center. The 29-acre Brutalist campus was designed by Charles Luckman Associates in 1973 and includes Inglewood Town Hall, the Public Library, the Fire Hall, and the Public Health Complex.

Foodman: Yasuragi Land Album Review


Foodman’s music brings together tiny sounds into complex grooves. Short clicks and pops, cut gurgles and swishs, and tiny synth snippets organize themselves into tangled beats that refer to different types of electronic music, from house and footwork to classic video game soundtracks. , but still feel biased and toy-like. Often times, this feels like a miniature approximation of dance music, like he’s built a club out of a colorful assortment of Legos, just waiting for the tiny figures to come alive and find their rhythm. It’s a whirlwind of joy and creative energy, leaving an unmistakable impression of the awe of the Japanese producer as he discovers the answer to the question “What if I do?” this? ”over and over again. No matter how difficult or obtuse the rhythms become, a sense of joyful exploration is evident.

The Lilliputian scale of the music highlights its warm playfulness. “I want to make music from these funny little moments in our everyday life”, Foodman, aka Takahide Higuchi, mentionned A few years ago. “I really enjoy those psychedelic sensations that you can sometimes get from little things, like totally forgetting yourself while taking a bath because it feels so good, or eating curry at home … I want to transpose what I feel at those moments into the music. At Yasuragi Land, Foodman’s first full-length feature film in three years, he delves into this aspect of his music, leaning into the intimate familiarity of the acoustic guitar and squeezing out any low-end leftovers from the mix. Yasuragi translates to “peace of mind” or “serenity”; it is also the name of a japanese bath in Sweden, which may not be a coincidence, given documented affinity for saunas and spas. Although the music on Yasuragi Land is not at all a new age at all, it reveals a calm and focused mind agile assembling hundreds of different sounds and textures.

Yasuragi Land has more in common with the whimsical cut-and-paste style Foodman perfected in 2018 Aru Otoko No Densetsu than with the more direct, almost club-ready EPs he’s released for Mad Decent and Highball over the past two years. It tends towards an omnivorous approach, throwing everything to the wall, and while almost every track has a loose groove tying it to dry land, the syncopated hits and added wandering beats can make it endlessly complex. One of the defining characteristics of the album is its very sparse use of bass, a technique that improves the crispness of the sound. Endless kicks and strong bass pulses can be exhilarating but also exhausting; at the end of each listening through Yasuragi Land I felt rejuvenated and light, having experienced the unused energy and movement of music as a purely uplifting force.

The muffled twang of the digitally rendered acoustic guitar is a pervasive, yet subtle presence. It often appears as a counterpoint to synth blips and complex percussive strikes, either wildly strummed, as on “Shiboritate”, or existing in the margin, buried among sampled flutes, squeaks and claves that strike, as on “Food Court “. Several years ago, Higuchi moved to his hometown of Nagoya, and talked about the surge of nostalgia that followed his return, including memories of playing guitar and playing in the streets outside train stations. His music has always existed just beyond the grid, but the loose and untamed nature of the guitar makes the album feel like the random effervescence of the real world is creeping into the vivid but orderly digital environment. These happy memories of playing music for others for the first time seem to be a powerful source of inspiration, adding to the album’s feel of sweet euphoria.

Whether it’s getting lost in the gooey umami of a shoyu tamago – as Foodman’s name suggests, eating has been a major influence on Higuchi – or feeling your body slowly being enveloped in steam, the experiences on which he draws his inspiration are moments when the ego dissolves into a pure sensory experience. Yasuragi Land, with all of its bizarre nooks and silly tangents, doesn’t attempt to replicate the stillness of those moments, but rather serves as a reminder of the spirit of curiosity that makes them possible. The complexity of the album is an invitation to listen up close and decipher all of its little sleight-of-hand details, letting the simple joy of the music excite its own little moment of everyday happiness.

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NASCAR stars in new Post Malone music video


The worlds of mainstream rap and stock cars finally collided in the strangest way imaginable: NASCAR serves as the backdrop for Post Malone’s new music video, “Motley Crew.”

I don’t know what else to say, so I’ll let you watch for yourself:

The song was officially dropped on Friday by the six-time Grammy-nominated artist who also won 10 Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. The video, which was directed by Cole Bennett and co-produced by DreVision Media, features stellar cameos from NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin and Bubba Wallace alongside stars like Tommy Lee, Big Sean, French Montana, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ ign and several other names that I don’t recognize.

This was mostly a collaboration with 23XI racing, the team owned by Hamlin and Michael Jordan and for which Wallace races. Wallace’s Root Insurance car is featured in the video, alongside a 23XI wrapped car designed to look like Hamlins, a traditional NRE No.43 car, and a car with Raising Cane chicken wrap.

Here are a few more from the NASCAR website:

“The Post Malone video was a good time,” Hamlin said. “I’m a Post Malone fan and being able to represent NASCAR and 23XI Racing in his last clip was awesome. We experienced their side of things, now I’d like to take these guys to a race and show them our team and the ins and outs of NASCAR, take them to the track in one of our Camrys and let them feel our cars . It was a good day overall. Can’t wait to see the finished video this week with everyone.

“It was a really cool experience,” Wallace said. “It all fell into place quite quickly, but a great opportunity and a lot of fun. These are the things we need to keep doing to bring new eyes and new fans to our sport. Since meeting Post Malone, everyone involved, being in the video, seeing it all come together, a 24 hour whirlwind, but great weather.

Wallace and Malone have a story; in 2018, Wallace invited Malone and Drake to play with him. It’s unclear if this actually happened, but Malone responded to Wallace’s tweet.

I’m not a rap fanatic so I can’t really comment on the quality of the music, but the video is… actually pretty awesome.

‘Loki’ songwriter Natalie Holt wrote this glorious theme without ever seeing the show


The jury still doesn’t know where Loki Will rank in the growing Marvel TV universe, but Natalie Holt’s musical score has been a mind-blowing highlight since Episode 1.

British composer who grew up playing the violin, Holt gives Loki a sound both strange and playful – the most perfect musical accompaniment imaginable for the god of mischief in his first solo release. Mashable spoke with Holt about the challenges (and surprisingly easy) of scoring Loki, which ends July 14.

“You know that feeling when you sit in a symphony orchestra and hear that power and weight of a large orchestra playing a theme? I wanted it to have that, but also to have the scale to be enough. nimble too, “she said via the Zoom interview. “He’s pretty mercurial and he’s not always tall and daring, he’s a little sneaky sometimes and… I just knew you had to have this lineup.”

Despite the challenge of impersonating Loki’s multitudes via the melody, Holt says she came up with the main Loki theme before her pitch meeting with director Kate Herron – based purely on scripts.

“I found the theme for him very quickly,” she recalls. “So he’s been there for me in my head, associated with him since day one.”

Herron requested the use of the electronic theremin to give Loki that sound from another world. Holt had recently met thereminist Charlie Draper, “the perfect guy to collaborate with” and a Marvel fan to boot. Holt had never composed for theremin before, nor even worked with a large brass section like that heard in the Loki theme, but Herron and Kevin Feige encouraged her to experiment with “pushing it too far.”

“I feel like I always want to do something a little twisted and unusual in what I write, I always want to turn things around a bit,” Holt says. “All on Loki I was doing something unusual, I was just really creative and I was trying stuff … So it was amazing to have their support to try something different. “

the Thor films do not have a common composer – Patrick Doyle wrote the score for the first Thor, Bryan Tyler did The dark world, and Ragnarok‘s Mark Mothersbaugh will return for Love and thunder. While a few themes repeat themselves throughout the series, Marvel agreed with Loki being entirely new.

The main themes of Loki are simple, but Holt enriches them with layered harmonies, surprising chord progressions and, of course, that heavy brass. As The Falcon and the Winter Soldier composer Henry Jackman, she admires Alan Silvestri and his work on The Avengers – “his coloring and the type of textures he creates”.

Holt also worked extensively with the Swedish nyckelharpa and the Norwegian hardanger violin, two stringed instruments that were still difficult to translate from the violin. She ended up entrusting experienced folk musicians with the task of improvising the right sound for pieces like “Frigga”.

“I was like, ‘Just play it’,” she said. “” Give it some heart, and you can also add folk ornaments to it. “

“I always think that composers should be very grateful for the incredible skills of the musicians they work with,” she adds. bad violin on top – if it was just me all alone, that would sound awful. I have to be very grateful for everyone I work with. “

Loki airs Wednesdays on Disney +.

“Beauty and the Beat” at 40: The Go-Go’s Landmark Debut ushered in a New Wave of Music


On July 8, 1981, the Go-Go released their first album, “Beauty and the Beat”. To call the LP a defining musical moment would be to underestimate the influence of the album.

Musically, the mix of edgy pop, gritty punk, rock and harmonic girl group glow was a revelation. The five members – singer Belinda Carlisle, guitarists Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin, bassist Kathy Valentine and drummer Gina Schock – were cool and confident on stage. They were talented women who made music in their own way, went their own way and showed legions of fans that they too could carve out a place for themselves anywhere.

Thematically, the band softened the provocative stance of punk with lyrics related to everyday life. Like the Go-Goes themselves, the characters in “Beauty and the Beat” were smart and intelligent. Even if things didn’t go as planned – for example, “You can’t walk in your sleep” uses the extended metaphor of insomnia and sleep disturbance (relatable!) Feeling gloomy or trapped.

For example, the most personal and introverted songs offer complexity and the knowledge that the gap between what you want – and what you get – can be vast. “How Much More” is smoldering with nostalgia, as well as a bit of jealousy and self-loathing (“She looks good / Just like I would / If it could be me”) while the iconic “Lust to Love ”is about the universal experience of falling in love with someone (and losing“ control of the game ”) that was meant to be an emotionless adventure.

Yet the characters in “Beauty and the Beat” have agency and are not passive participants in any life experience. The romantic co-conspirators of “Our Lips Are Sealed” use (what else?) The Silent Cure to fight rumors or jealousy. And the main character of “Fading Fast” tries to convince himself that an ex is a distant stranger (“Are you just another boy / Who I met a long time ago?”) Because they’re a jerk : “You had me all to yourself / I thought you were such a prize / I finally came to my senses / When I heard one lie too many.”

“Beauty and the Beat” also updates common lyrical imagery for the modern era. This collision of classical and contemporary sounds fresh: “We Got the Beat” mentions dance moves such as Watusi and Pony as inspirations for today’s youth, while “Skidmarks on My Heart” uses a metaphor from the car to talk to a faltering relationship torpedoed by personality differences with a future ex: “I buy you cologne / You want axle grease / You say take a mechanic / I say take a shrink. ” And “This Town” showcases the courage and glamor of their hometown of LA, with piercing observations and incisive commentary.

Despite high visibility on the LA club circuit, the Go-Go’s initially struggled to land a recording deal. “We were told, ‘We love you. We can see that everyone loves you, but there has never been an all-girl group that has been great. I mean, you’ve had some cult hits, like the Runaways and Fanny, but in terms of having a great chance of success, because you’re all women, there’s never been anything before, you know, like you, so I’m sorry we’ll move on, ”Carlisle said Yahoo Entertainment in 2020.

There are several layers to the sexism that permeates this quote. A past lack of (perceived) success should not be an indication of future musical fortunes. Blaming the lack of precedent for conveying something that sounds new or different is why music often sounds so seamless – and why many non-cis men have to work twice as hard to be successful.

More than that, the idea that only one woman (or group of women) can be successful at a time is an unfortunately common (and pernicious) sentiment. It causes artists to pit against each other – Madonna vs. Cyndi Lauper, Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera, Taylor Swift vs. Katy Perry – and negates opportunities for other acts. Moreover, it is absurd, insulting and condescending to regard women as some kind of monolith. As has been said many times, in so many words, “fronted female” or “women rocker” is not a genre.

And for Go-Go’s to transcend that Stone Age mindset, it was pretty impressive. But the fact that the Go-Go’s so skillfully distinguished between pop, rock, and punk made them so unique. Today, countless bands mix these influences; however, at the time, this fusion of sounds and scenes gave them a distinct advantage.

“To me that’s still what our band is: we have these pop melodies, but we have this punk motivation, the undercurrent of being a punk band,” said drummer Gina Schock. NPR Music in 2020. “I feel like our music is still like this, but this debut album sounds pretty pop.”

For the latter, credit can go to “Beauty and the Beat” producer Richard Gottehrer, who co-wrote the indelible ’60s hits “My Boyfriend’s Back” and “I Want Candy” and also produced the first two albums. by Blondie, in Beat form. ”At first, his approach to the album – the songs were slower and more polished than the Go-Go’s were used to – was difficult for the band to embrace.

“We were crying and cursing him, and it didn’t even look like us, because it didn’t look like us live,” Charlotte Caffey told NPR Music in 2020. “A few months later when we finally got“ Our Lips ” Are Sealed ‘on the radio, so I understood, at that point, what he was trying to accomplish: people would listen to us. “

It’s hard to believe now, but it wasn’t necessarily obvious. To illustrate how new Go-Goes were in 1981, it’s instructive to look at the rock charts of the time. For example, the band’s first single, “Our Lips Are Sealed,” peaked at No. 15 on Billboard’s Rock Top Tracks charts for the week of December 5, 1981.

That week, the Go-Go’s were the highest-ranked girl group on the table; every song in front of them was by a male solo artist or an all-male group. Overall, only nine out of 60 songs (or 15%) featured female singers. The only other prominent women to feature in the overall top 60 were Stevie Nicks (who had three songs, all from her debut album “Bella Donna”), Pat Benatar, Rindy Ross of Quarterflash, and Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders.

There were small signs that things were changing: That same week, Plasmatics and Joan Jett were new additions to the chart. However, when the band’s second single, “We Got the Beat” reached No. 7 on the rock singles charts on April 17, 1982, things were still dominated by men. Joan Jett had two songs in the top 20, while a live song by Stevie Nicks, the Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” co-ed and one song each by Bonnie Raitt and Quarterflash were. This time only 11.7% of the rock chart had a female vocal presence.

There has never been any doubt that “Beauty and the Beat” has a permanent place in the history of music. In March 1982, the album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (then known as Top LPs & Tape Chart), where it remained for six consecutive weeks. It was the first album released by an all-female group who played their own instruments and wrote their own songs to top the Billboard Albums chart. However, 40 years later, the Go-Go are still the only all-girl group to have achieved this feat, which clearly shows how far the music has yet to go.

Still, the group’s punk verve helped bring out rock and pop music from the staid 1970s and into the 80s more colorful and dancing. The Go-Go’s preceded the rise of invading British bands such as Duran Duran and Culture Club, pop greats Madonna and Michael Jackson, and a whole wave of shameless new wave acts. The fact that the Go-Go’s are finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year is an important step in recognizing not only their cultural influence, but also their enduring status as music pioneers.

Watch: WEi presents a passionate performance and strong competitive streak on “Immortal Songs”


On July 10, the “Immortal songs“hosted a special” Summer Gayo Daejeon “with guests from” Gayo Top 10 “and” Music Bank. “” Gayo Top 10 “was a music ranking television show that aired from 1981 to 1998, preceding the current music show of KBS “Music Bank”.


The summer special will be split into two parts, with the full artist lineup being Hyun Jin Young, Goo Jun Yeop (DJ Koo), Sang Min Park, Lee Ki Chan, Hong Kyung Min and NRG in the “Gayo Top 10” team, and Go Yoo Jin, Changmin of 2AM, Shin Seung Tae & Jiha, N.Flying, HYNN and WEi in the “Music Bank” team .

The first match was between Park Sang Min and WEi. Park Sang Min said he made his debut in 1993 and the members of WEi shocked him by revealing that none of them were born around that time. Jang Daehyeon is the oldest member of WEi, born in 1997, and Park Sang Min said, “I had just left the military at that time.” WEi also showed his sense of competition by declaring: “Our leader [Jang Daehyeon] says if we don’t win at least once he will cease to be the leader.

For their performance, WEi covered “Passion” from Seven, showcasing perfect timing in a powerful performance on love.

Park Sang Min sang “You In My Arms” by Yoo Jae Ha with his characteristic hoarse voice. In the end, WEi won the round and the members shared, “This is the first time we have won in a competition.

They later lost to Hyun Jin Young, and the overall Part 1 victory went to 2AM’s Changmin, who sang Lim Chang Jung’s “Dancing with Wolves”.

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The Heartshakers concert is scheduled for Wednesday at the Holmes Theater


“We like to play both outdoors (at Music on the Mountain) and indoors (at Holmes),” Mark Childers, the band’s bassist, said in an interview with Zoom on Wednesday. “It’s gonna be fun.”

The group also can’t wait to spend a few days in the heart of the Minnesota Lake District during the Detroit Lakes Northwest Water Carnival.

“We are delighted to be coming to Detroit Lakes,” said Ty Smith, the band’s lead singer, adding that he was very impressed with what he had seen of the Holmes Theater facilities online.

Although they have only been performing together as The Heartshakers for a few years now, Childers said they all had extensive experience as professional musicians. “I play for Carrie Underwood, Ty played for Easton Corbin and Ronny Milsap – he’s a drummer by trade,” he added. “Our guitarist also plays for Leann Rimes – everyone does whatever they want when we’re not together.”

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All five of the band members landed on the music of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers not only because of their mutual love of music, but also because of Smith’s eerie resemblance to the American rock icon.

“It was kind of crazy how it all started,” Smith said. “It was in the mid-2000s… I was playing in Los Angeles with a guy named Gary Puckett (from famous Union Gap)… we had finished our show and this lady came up to me and asked: Someone you Said it, do you look like Tom Petty? ‘”

When he said yes, the lady asked him if he could sing like Petty too, so Smith sang a few bars of one of the Heartbreakers’ most famous hits.

“She pulled out that business card and said, ‘I’m booking a tribute show in (Las) Vegas, and I’d like to book you. “”

Although Smith was obviously flattered by his interest, he said, “I was too busy being a touring musician at the time.” So he refused it.

It wasn’t until about a decade and a half later that he and Childers came up with the idea of ​​doing their own Petty tribute show. Although they decided on the concept before Petty’s unexpected death in 2017, it wasn’t until after the singer’s death that it became reality.

“I only really knew him as a drummer,” Childers noted, but once he heard Smith’s voice he thought, “He’s really good at it, connecting with an audience. . “

“We do about 20-21 songs,” Smith said. “We obviously cover all the hits, but we also try to work on some of them in a way that only true Petty fans will know. We have a few surprises in there.”

For example, he added, a lot of people don’t know that Petty and her guitarist, Mike Campbell, wrote some of the band’s hits together – and Campbell wrote a few for other musicians in course. Some of those songs could have been Heartbreakers hits as well, Smith said.

“Campbell wrote this song and brought it to Tom, who passed it on,” he recalls. “So he brought it to his good friend Don.”

The song, titled “The Boys of Summer”, became the single biggest hit in the solo career of Eagles singer-drummer Don Henley. He also made the cut for the Heartshakers playlist.

“We do it kind of in a cool way,” Smith said. “I let our guitarist – who’s also a great singer – do a little bit of it, and I’m showing people how it could have been a Tom Petty song.”

Although their show is expected to be around 90 minutes long, he added, “Sometimes if I feel very sassy it can go a little longer – because I’ve talked so much.”

Like many musicians, the Heartshakers only recently started performing live again, after an unexpected COVID-related hiatus that lasted for several months.

“We’ve done about four shows so far,” Childers said. “We are really enjoying what is going on.”

At a recent show, the audience “didn’t stop dancing the night away,” he added. “They were having a good time.

“We can’t wait to get to Minnesota,” Childers continued. “We heard that there are a lot of Tom Petty fans out there, so we’re pretty happy to be here.”

If you are going to

What: “The Heartshakers: A Tom Petty Experience”

Or: Historic Holmes Theater, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes

When: Wednesday July 14, 7:30 p.m.

How? ‘Or’ What: All tickets $ 30; order online at dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html or call 218-844-7469.

Cast, ‘Seize The Day’ Crew to Bring ‘Newsies’ to Life on the Greenville Stage | Local News


By Alice Reese

Herald-Banner Contributor

“Extra! Extra!”

Meet the newspaper vendors and the girls selling publisher Joseph Pulitzer’s “New York World” newspaper on the streets of the big city in “Newsies,” a wild Broadway musical on stage at the City Hall of Greenville in downtown Greenville.

The Greenville Family Theater follows its incredible series of theatrical accomplishments with the presentation of a classic underdog story inspired by the newspaper vendor strike of 1899. With a huge (75-plus) cast of singers, dancers and acrobats, ” Newsies “mixes romance, comedic antics and dramatic social issues in a dynamic production featuring a Tony Award-winning musical score and stunning dance numbers.

Because the Greenville Family Theater has so many talented artists, some roles have been double. For example, reporter Katherine is played by Mary Alyce Holleman as well as Makenzie Hyde. Adele Money and Alex Delgado both portray Newsie Racetrack. The triple casting allows Bobby Hale, Ella Selph and Charlie Holleman to each play young Les.

The charismatic Jack Kelly (Juan Botero) leads reporters and journalists in a strike against Pulitzer (Austin Hutson), the wealthy owner who has raised newspaper prices from 50 cents to 60 cents per 100 newspapers. Despite the newspaper’s struggles with rising prices, Pulitzer is simply focused on making profits.

“But it’s so hard on the kids,” says Pulitzer secretary Hannah (Avery Tibboel). To make matters worse, newspaper distributor Weisel (Abigail Weimar) likes to torment newspapers with “Cash up front.” New day! New price!”

As Jack, Davey (Gus Holleman), Davy Les’s little brother and the other reporters are beaten up by hired bullies, Crutchie (George Holleman, Emily Collins) is attacked with the crutch and delivered to the miserable detention center known as the name of Refuge.

Katherine shows off a copy of the New York Sun front page photo with her story on the strikers, and previously demoralized reporters instantly rejoice. The title “Newsies Stop the World” inspires joy. Racetrack sings “Look at me I’m the King of New York” and is joined by the ensemble of singers and dancers.

Each musical number remains memorable: Jack’s dream of “Santa Fe”, the “Carry the Banner” of the TV news, the “That’s Rich” of Miss Medda Larkin (Sydnee Hawkins, Rebekah Oglesby), the Bowery Beauties, Jack and Katherine “I Never Planned on You / Don’t Come A-Knocking”, “The World Will Know” by Jack, Davey and Crutchie, picked up by journalists, “Something to Believe In” by Jack and Katherine and the journalists’ anthem “Sixteen the Day”.

“Newsies” features breathtaking dance sequences and spectacular gymnastic stunts. The frenzied dance numbers reflect the time period with Irish jigs and flawless step dancing. Congratulations to choreographer Margaret Smith and her assistant Ariel Ross, as well as acroreographer Jennifer Snyder. Smith and Ross also choreographed the compelling fight scenes.

Four massive mobile structures provide an elaborate setting serving as the main setting for the “Newsies”. The construction represents various places such as the newsies’ shelter and its roof, Jack’s “penthouse”.

The steps and ladders suggest the back alleys and fire escape stairs where reporters walk away from the Delancey brothers (Quinn Lucas and Tristan Hall), henchmen and cops. In addition, the set provides “windows” in a church where nuns feed and drink newsies. Jimmy Hyde designed the set.

With “Newsies,” veteran Greenville Family Theater Creative Director Amy Hale skillfully directs another challenging and thrilling Broadway show. Hale is also the musical director. Ellene Weimar conducts the orchestra.


” We are a family ! “If it’s not in the newspaper, it never happened.” “Welcome to my theater and to your revolution! “A gang of ragtaguffins want to face the King of New York!” “” You put yourself in the paper! “” It’s so much better than school! “

“Newsies” continues at the Municipal Auditorium in Greenville Sat. July 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Fri July 16 at 7 p.m. and Sat July 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are available at https://showtimeatthegma.com/events/. Call 903-457-3179 or visit the GMA counter at 2821 Washington St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The many faces of Kate Torralba – Manila bulletin


After music and fashion, cinema is his new passion

MODERN PERFORMANCE OF A CLASSIC Kate Torralba as Lidi Makbet, the Visayan embodiment of Lady Macbeth

There’s a new manager in the neighborhood: musician and fashion designer Kate Torralba! We were invited to review the Mowelfund Film Institute’s Master Class in Film Director “recital” under the direction of Jose Javier Reyes last month and were surprised to see the Little Piano Princess of the Philippines perform and direct her short film. , Kulba, a suspenseful doppelganger.

Her life as a touring musician was cut short due to the global pandemic. She has lost loved ones to COVID-19. “In my family alone, 17 people have contracted the virus,” she admits. Depression arrived, but luckily her art saved her. “I’m honestly surprised at how much creative I am doing,” says the former piano prodigy. The post-pandemic creative renaissance is something Kate looks forward to in the coming months. “We have a lot of pent-up energy inside – imagine the colors, the music, the movies, the art that comes with it! “

An instant authority in music and fashion, Kate believes that in screenwriting and directing she has limited experience. But learning never stops for her even at the height of confinement. “As I’m always thirsty to learn, I managed to get scholarships that kept me busy throughout the pandemic,” she volunteered. She applied to Ricky Lee’s first online screenplay writing workshop, took music theory lessons with her mentor, National Music Artist Ryan Cayabyab, and took Cherie Gil’s acting master class. .

Kate started her creative journey in music, then drawing, turned to fashion and now film. “I really love beautiful things and I love doing beautiful and meaningful things,” Cebuana says. “I had a non-linear journey as an artist, but everything makes sense to me now – cinema is all these different mediums. I don’t think I’ve ever been so prolific in my artistic life, a silver lining of the pandemic. “

The former front of alternative pop-rock group Hard Candy isn’t returning to styling anytime soon. “I never considered going back, but maybe through costume design for a movie or a limited edition collaboration,” she says.

Demands for her clothes keep coming from interested customers. “Nakakatuwa (warming)”, radiates the Drunk with your love singer. She is tagged in the return posts of her clients wearing her designs. “I swear if I had a good business partner to run the show for me I would go back, but it’s a really tough and demanding business,” she says, the San Miguel’s first singer of the year. Cebu Music Awards. “Only those who are fashionable know how unglamorous it is! “

DRAWN IN KATE Robert Alejandro illustration by Kate Torralba

His first album, Long overdue was released in 2013. Does it offer a new repertoire after acclaimed performances in Bangkok, Singapore, Paris, Berlin, London, among others? “I was about to record my long awaited second album Moods in Berlin last year, ”she says. “It was all sorted out, but Germany declared the lockdown and we had to cancel just the night before we started recording. But his distinctive music thrives. Long lost, “Freefall” is gaining popularity thanks to her good friend, Ellen Adarna, who played it during her engagement. “Apparently it became sort of a theme song as she and Derek Ramsey got to know each other – it’s a song about taking a leap and falling in love.”

As an artist who works internationally, I always feel a huge urge to see how governments abroad like France, South Korea, Norway and New Zealand defend and support their artists.

A song almost forgotten two decades ago can take on new life unexpectedly. “It’s the sound of young KT, who also plays the terrible violin,” she squeaks. “I was channeling Andrea Corr and was cheeky enough to record!” Nostalgic and gentle, he portrays the multi-talented artist during his youth. “I think that’s the beauty of art, whether it’s music, cinema or any other medium,” she adds. “It captures who the artist is at that moment, at that moment.”

RETROSPECTIVE MUSIC Kate Torralba’s Long Delay Album

Recently, his music concerts include Visayas Filipino Music Festival Stage with Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas and Project Yazz. He was also featured in the Pinoy Jam Paris show. “Thanks to the virtual performance, I was able to perform in two countries this festival! She exclaims. The songwriter also played Lidi Makbet, the Visayan embodiment of Lady Macbeth for Khavn de la Cruz. Makbetamaximus Theater of Destruction.

Today, what keeps her busy is being the founder and creative director of a transcontinental artists’ initiative called Pandemic Pop-up. “I put it in place at the height of the pandemic to foster community and mutual support among my artist friends around the world,” she says. “As an artist who works internationally, I always feel a huge urge to envy when I see how foreign governments like France, South Korea, Norway and New Zealand defend and support their artists. . “

She is pushing for the Philippines Creative Industries Act (House Bill No. 8101) to recognize the potential of our country’s creative economy. “The Philippines is brimming with talent, it’s mind-boggling, but the lack of infrastructure and support hinders the greatest success we could have as a creative economy,” she says.

The aspiring director also stars in her shorts and we asked her if she aspires to be the next Angelina Jolie, Woody Allen, or Clint Eastwood from artists turned directors. “I only act in my short films by default. There is no one else to shoot at the moment! she laughs.



Where to celebrate July 14 around the Bay


July 14 is Bastille Day, the French national holiday which commemorates the capture of the Bastille prison in 1789 and the overthrow of the French monarchy. What better excuse to celebrate Liberty, Equality and Fraternity while enjoying French food, music and drinks? Hoodline has hosted some July 14 celebrations in the Bay Area.

July 10, 1 pm-4pm: C’est Si Bon
Umbriaso at Treasure Island Wines, 995 Ninth St., Building 201, Treasure Island, San Francisco.

This Treasure Island spot transforms its parklet into a Parisian bistro terrace for July 14. There will be live French café music and classic bistro cuisine to accompany Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Pouilly Fuissé Chardonnay, Pinot Bourguignon and Sparkling Wine.

More information: tiwines.net

July 11-18: Bastille Photo Week – Visit French companies in the Bay to win prizes

Residents of the Greater Bay Area can win some pretty impressive prizes by posting photos online of their visits to French and French restaurants, wineries, shops and more – even French artists, hairdressers and schools. ! (You can also enter by ordering online.) Just take photos or videos of yourself on site (or of yourself with a product from this merchant if you ordered online), then post them.

Winners will be chosen based on the number of posts and visits they have made throughout the week.
Many prices include Club Med vacations; gift certificates for meals, wine, beauty treatments, etc. ; gift boxes; event tickets and more. Many participating businesses will also have special promotions during this week.

For all the details and more information: www.bastilledaysf.org

Wednesday July 14, 8 p.m .: BARDOT A GO GO Bastille Day Dance Party
Rickshaw stop, 155 Fell Street, San Francisco

Decadent ’60s French pop from Brigitte Bardot, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Dutronc, Françoise Hardy and many more, plus other international garage / soul / bubblegum sounds, featuring DJ Brother Grimm. This groovy night features fun drink specials and 60s French videos. Hosts say “shagadelic attire” is encouraged. $ 10 / all ages

* All participants must present full proof of vaccination. *

More information: bardotagogo.com

Source: Café Bastille / Facebook

Wednesday July 14: Celebration of July 14 at Café Bastille / B44
Café Bastille / B44, 44 Belden Place, San Francisco

The traditional Café Bastille celebration will take place at B44, with a DJ, dinner, drinks and more. Café Bastille and B44 merged into one location during the pandemic, which serves separate menus for both restaurants; both will be available during the party.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/CafeBastille/posts/4701176743250423

Live music for July 14 Photo: Brasserie Rive Gauche

Wednesday July 14: Celebration of July 14 at the Brasserie Rive Gauche
Three locations: 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, San José; 635 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park; 507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur

Local French restaurant Left Bank Brasserie will host Bastille Day celebrations at its three locations, with special menu additions, festive decorations, live music (12 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Larkspur; 5 to 8 p.m. in San Jose and Menlo Park) and special entertainment: a unicyclist and a magician in San José, a unicyclist in Menlo Park and a wader and a make-up artist in Larkspur.

Special additions to the “Plats de la Révolution” menu will be “Freedom Fries” with caramelized onions, bacon and melted Swiss cheese ($ 10.00); French dip with Kaiser roll, roast beef, caramelized onions and Comté cheese ($ 19); apricot tart with almond cream and pistachio ice cream ($ 9); a martini tower with your choice of classic lemon, Kir Royal or blueberry candy ($ 14); and Moët & Chandon staff in a souvenir flute ($ 25).

More information: www.leftbank.com/events-calendar/

Album review: Angélique Kidjo – Mother Nature


Album review: Angélique Kidjo - Mother Nature

The cultural musical vision of Angélique Kidjo

Country of origin of Benin in West Africa, singer-songwriter, actress and activist Angélique Kidjo places culture at the center of her art. The four-time Grammy winner released her 15th studio album on June 18, titled Mother Nature. Kidjo stirred a pot with various flavors of sounds native to the black community. Featuring a series of black artists from countries like Zimbabwe, Mali, Nigeria and the United States, she has crafted a bouncy and versatile project true to the heart of the Afrobeat genre and African spirituality.

Mother Nature is not only dynamic for its mix of sounds but also for the use of different languages ​​which highlight its value in the culture as well as the emphasis on its activism. Kidjo sings in Yoruba, French, Fon and English as she uplifts the next generation of Africa raised by political discontent and calls for women’s sovereignty. Serving as a call for the empowerment of women, “Dignity” cries out for courtesy to marginalized people with words like “Respect is reciprocal”. Kidjo and Nigerian artist Yemi Alade join forces in this track to sing about their growth as women and those who raised them, gently crisscrossing pop and Afrobeats.

“Africa, One Of A Kind” mixes three generations of pan-African pride, Mr Eazi (Nigerian singer Banku), Salif Keita (legend of Mailan) and Kidjo, to confront those who claim their devotion to Africa to celebrate cultural pride. Kidjo puts Nigerian feature film Burna Boy in the spotlight in “Do Yourself,” sprinkling a sprinkle of vocal riffs that tell stories and add eccentricity. This accentuates his attention to detail which gives fullness to the project. “Oman Oba” and “Take It Or Leave It” are unmistakably inspired by old-school Zimbabwean music and the mundane style / tones of highlife (a genre originating in Ghana).

Leaving powerful messages throughout this project, Kidjo once again shouts his activism from the rooftops in “Fired Up.” It speaks of mobilizing action in times of mourning and marginalization and pays homage to those who before it stood up against deception and colonialism. She puts together the last piece of a stimulating quilt, shouting, “Get set, get set, we’re excited! The album’s title track is also filled with important messages about the power of mother nature and union. An African urban legend claims that the environment / weather is a clear sign of dark and harsh times and is a way for Mother Nature to try and say something to those who pay attention. Kidjo underlines this by proclaiming, “Mother Nature has a way to warn us / we need each other now. ”

Kidjo’s trajectory throughout his career has been to show love to his home while changing both the perspective of its inhabitants and the world at large, which is clear in Mother Nature. She gives young Pan-African artists a chance to shine while incorporating powerful storytelling and structured idiosyncrasies.


Acclaimed Musical “Songs for a New World” Airs at the Monumental Theater


Monumental Theater Company: Songs for a New World

Fans of songwriter / lyricist Jason Robert Brown are in luck, with not one but two of his musicals being shown by two local theater companies.

Until Sunday July 11, you can watch the Constellation Theater stream from The last five years with Adelina Mitchell and Alex Stone.

Meanwhile, Monumental Theater Company has just launched a large-scale virtual offering of the famous Songs for a New World, a cycle of pop / rock songs created in limited edition Off-Broadway in 1995.

The show introduced the world to both Brown, who also served as a pianist in the production’s five-piece group, and Billy Porter, who performed alongside Brooks Ashmanskas, Andrea Burns and Jessical Molaskey in the original cast. .

A series of seemingly unrelated stories revealing personal truths confidently shared as part of a small support group, Songs for a New World presents a demanding and varied vocal and emotional showcase for its performers, and includes acts that have since become showtune standards, including “Stars and the Moon”, “King of the World” and “I’m Not Afraid of Anything . “

Directed by Megan Bunn with choreography by David Singleton, the production of Monumental, based on the 2018 New York City Center Encores! version, includes Kylie Clare Smith, Sarah Anne Sillers, Elvie Ellis and Ryan Burke, as well as a nine-piece orchestra conducted by Marika Countouris. Nearly double the group size in the original Off-Broadway series, the Monumental production adds a luscious string section to four pieces.

Songs for a New World talks about how growth is constant, but not always linear – it’s the mess of being human, ”Bunn says in the show’s press release.

“After the past year of isolation, reflection and judgment, the potential for compassion and community in the stories of these characters resonates more than ever with us.”

Songs for a New World is available to stream on demand until July 31. Tickets, allowing unlimited views within a 48-hour window, start at $ 25 for one viewer on one device, or $ 30 for multiple viewers per device, plus a service charge. Visit www.monumentalheatre.org.

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“Space Jam: A New Legacy” soundtrack has surfaced


It’s been over 24 years since the iconic Space Jam movie starring goat Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes was released. We all know and love the joy this has brought us as young children and teenagers and it is certainly a warm feeling to have the following with Lebron James among us. The highly anticipated film not only came with some great moments for the new generation to treasure, but it was the soundtrack that provided more substance overall. If you had high expectations for it, you’re in luck because if it were classified as an emoji, it would be the flame emoji for sure. Today we are honored to Space Jam: a new legacy with its star-studded soundtrack.

The soundtrack of the first Space jam The film was huge, going six times platinum thanks to songs like “I Believe I Can Fly”, “Fly Like an Eagle” and artists like Monica, Quad City DJ’s and D’Angelo. Now programming the soundtrack to Space Jam: a new legacy is in full effect and it does a good job of giving the Space jam soundtrack gets its money’s worth.

“It’s a type of heritage building stuff. Space Jam is so revered in the hearts of young and old alike. And now the next generation is going to be able to have the same experience with this one, ”24kGoldn shared with Rolling Stone about his track with Lil Wayne. One of the bands joining 24kGoldn and Weezy on the soundtrack is Salt-N-Pepa, the only one that appears on both the 1996 and 2021 soundtracks.

The 16-track effort includes musical contributions from Lil Baby, Kirk Franklin, Lil Wayne, 24kGoldn, SZA, Saint JHN, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Damian Lillard (aka Dame DOLLA), G-Eazy, P-Lo, White Dave Symba and Saweetie. Make sure to check Space Jam: a new legacy and vibrate on the accompanying LP.

Number Thirty Eight announces live music partnership with AEG


What could be better than spending an evening at Number thirty eight a huge outdoor patio with some of Colorado’s finest spirits, ciders and beers? Well, doing it to the tune of your favorite musical number could make it even better. Number thirty-eight located in RiNo, unique for its distribution Breweries, distilleries, cider houses, wineries, chefs, artists and musicians, all representative of Colorado, have also lived up to its mission of providing customers with free live music since it opened last year. Now, a new promotional partnership with AEG Presents promises to bring the best national artists to the local Mile Hile scene in the booming RiNo Art District.

AEG Presents, a global leader in the music and entertainment industries, will present its first live performance of Wynonna Judd and the Big Noise, at number thirty-eight on Friday, August 27. Stephen Marley is also announced on Thursday, September 2.

“Live music is the backbone of Number Thirty Eight. From the start, we recognized the opportunity to enhance the experience we can provide our guests by bringing artists on a national tour, ”said Spencer Fronk, CEO of Number Thirty Eight. “The partnership with AEG brings national talent to our intimate outdoor venue. We look forward to building on AEG’s unparalleled expertise and success as we continue to bring live music to Colorado. “

The 1,000-seat open-air venue will continue to host free concerts every week, but the new partnership wants to add another element with national acts and paid concerts in the unique location of Number Thirty Eight.

“AEG Presents Rocky Mountains is excited to partner with Number Thirty Eight to attract national talent to this unique new outdoor location in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood,” said Brent Fedrizzi, Co-President and COO of AEG Presents Rocky Mountains. “It’s perfectly complementary, which is a win-win for fans and artists.”

For AEG shows, fans will have access to general admission and VIP ticket options. While only two performances have been announced so far, there are plenty more to come.

All the photographs of Brittany Werges

Springfield’s Legacy Theater to Present “The Music Man”


After not being seen on stage locally for over a decade and rehearsals suspended for over a year due to the pandemic, the group will be reunited again. The Legacy Theater presents the classic Broadway and movie “The Music Man” from Friday to August 1, 76 trombones and all.

“Originally slated for production in July 2020,” said executive director and show director of The Legacy Scott Richardson, “that we’re opening this wellness show right now is essentially a fortuitous event. But what a perfect convergence it is. This story in which all the characters are sort of broken up and an entire city is self-centered and isolated is redeemed just over two hours later. The outlook is changed and the spirits are uplifted. And don’t we all need that right now too?

While many people may be familiar with the story of the fasting vendor forcing locals to buy instruments for an imaginary band and falling in love with the town librarian, the cast is what makes this production unique, said Richardson. . Rich Beans plays Harold Hill (“Newsies” and “Bright Star” from Legacy “) and Diane Dietz (” Mary Poppins “from Legacy,” Violet “and” Bright Star “) as librarian Marian Paroo. “These two wonderful performers bring a warmth and charm to the stage that will delight the audience. And the rest of the cast are filled with the loudest bunch of hooligans ever assembled. Each of them brings their own unique sense of clowning to the stage, and most of us spend the majority of rehearsals laughing. “

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Rich Beans recalled that he grew up watching the film version of this production with Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. “I was delighted with it. I loved the charm and arrogance of Harold Hill, the beauty and intelligence of Marian Paroo, and the gullibility and innocence of the people of the small town of River City. I have spent most of my life living in small rural towns like River City, and although people who live in small towns are not saints, they support each other through thick and thin. This earth-grade salt is endearing, and our cast captures it beautifully. I love how the series combines humor, romance, pathos, and redemption in one package. “

Although the show contains many memorable songs, some of the performers have their favorites and a calling to be a part of the musical. Diane Dietz liked the production because “Marian Paroo has been on my list ever since I learned the song ‘Till There Was You’ as a vocal student in my teenage years. She’s the show’s ballad singer, singing some of the familiar tunes that will stay etched in your head when you leave the theater.

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“Marianne is an independent and determined truth seeker who guards her heart,” continued Dietz. “She strives to improve the quality of life in River City, Iowa, by reading books and exploring music. She is a part-time librarian and piano teacher. She lives with her mother and younger brother, not having much luck in the area of ​​love. I guess Marian and I share some similarities. She’s a dreamer, but she also keeps a very practical sense of herself.

While the cast originally auditioned in December 2019, most of the cast stayed with the production – impressive for a cast of 38 with nearly 200 costumes. “The nicest part of the process,” said Richardson, “has been working with this beautiful group of performers. The cast is a wonderful mix of familiar names and new faces making their Legacy debut. tell that our first rehearsal featured our salespeople for the train scene. The group of gentlemen are between 20 and 70 years old, and when they got to the theater it was like a group of third graders running for them. swings Everyone was really giddy to get out of the house and sing a few songs and be creative with each other.

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Beans added, “This pandemic has been difficult for so many people. Many have lost loved ones and family members. Collectively, our mental and physical health has suffered. Therefore, as we come out of this pandemic we all need an escape and this show is the perfect escape. It reminds us that in the midst of all this suffering and bickering, there is still good in the world. The music is still there if we are willing to come together and listen to each other. As Harold says, ‘I still think there’s a band, kid.’ “

More information

When: July 9-August 1. Performances 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Or: The Legacy Theater, 101 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield.

Tickets: $ 25 in advance, $ 30 daytime show, $ 23 for seniors and children on Wednesday and Thursday with advance purchase only.

Visit www.AtTheLegacy.com or call 217-528-9760.

Chillicothe Civic Theater presents “Shrek: The Musical”


CHILLICOTHE – Shrek is love, Shrek is life, Shrek arrives on a stage near you.

The spotlight has been on and the Chillicothe Civic Theater is preparing to perform for the public for the first time since March 2020. With their return comes the musical version of the beloved film Dreamworks. “Shrek: The Musical” is an unconventional fairy tale containing important messages about tolerance, inner beauty, love and friendship.

“It’s just one of those shows that if you’ve got the talent, you have to do it,” director Tahrea Maynard said. “He has a lot of heart with good morals and a good message.”

CCT planned to do the production last year and opened applications for directors at the end of 2019. At the time, Maynard had taken a hiatus from directing and had never been interested in the series but decided on him. give a chance.

After viewing, she understood.

Drawn to the great comedy, Maynard was captivated by the lovable ogre and the gang of misfits he met along the way. Amid the crass humor and musical numbers, there are even valuable messages about accepting oneself and accepting one’s differences.

Joseph Herzog stars as Lord Farquaad in the production of Chillicothe Civic Theater "Shrek: The musical."

The show picks up on the nostalgic points of the film while also featuring new songs that echo the essence of the soundtrack. But it also pokes fun at other musicals, making it a great choice for novice and seasoned theatergoers alike.

Although CCT was able to perform “Blithe Spirit” in March via online streaming, “Shrek: The Musical” will be the community theater’s first in-person production since COVID-19.

For local comedians, that’s it.

“I haven’t been on stage since high school,” said Emily Schafer who was a choreographer and part of the ensemble and the Ugly Duckling, Captain of the Guard. After graduating from Chillicothe High School in 2019, she moved to Dayton. “I’m willing to make this trip to my hometown because of what it means.”

Other cast members are commuting from Jackson, Athens and Grove City, according to Maynard. She said it shows the commitment and dedication of the actors who translate into the show.

Samuel Jeffries and Kelly Frailly star as Shrek and Fiona in the Chillicothe Civic Theater's production of

Rehearsals started in mid-May and the actors quickly worked together. In addition to memorizing their lines, they also learn numbers and musical routines as well as cues for props and lighting. The actors also wear several hats, helping to create and teach choreography and sew costumes.

“We have teachers and pastors, moms and dads. People of all sizes, ages and races. It’s so varied and they’re all thirsty for an outlet,” Maynard said. “It is such a relief to work those muscles again.”

She added that she felt lucky to even have the chance to host a performance as not all theaters have reopened. Although the Civic Theater could have hosted the performance at their Walnut Street location, they chose Chillicothe High School as the venue to accommodate a larger audience.

“Shrek: The Musical” will be played at 7pm July 8-10 and 2pm on Sunday July 11th. The live broadcast will also be available for the 7 p.m. show on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $ 17.50 to attend the show in person and $ 30 for the streaming link. For more information, please visit http://cctchillicothe.com/.

Do you have a tip or a comment? Contact Toria at [email protected] or 740-349-1106. Follow her on Twitter @ToriaBarnhart or on facebook.com/ToriaBarnhartNews.

Newport Music Festival has classical music pro Gillian Friedman Fox


Amanda M. Grosvenor

Starting a highly visible and stimulating job in an unfamiliar city is never easy. But leading a festival planning organization during a pandemic that has crippled events around the world requires a special level of courage, clarity and resilience.

After speaking with Gillian Friedman Fox, it becomes clear why the Newport Music Festival selected her from over 100 applicants to become the organization’s new executive director. If Fox is able to replicate the kind of visionary success it has achieved by launching the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s SOLUNA Festival, then NMF should be well positioned to attract new audiences and launch new creative endeavors as well.

Some might be surprised by his appointment at first. “I’m young and I think that sometimes disarms people,” acknowledges Fox. But a look at her career path and character traits reveals a past that has beautifully prepared her for this particular opportunity at this particular time. The trajectory, however, was anything but sharp.

Fox certainly has a long-standing love of music: piano lessons from age three, then jazz and tap lessons, musical theater, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Rochester. Although singing is her passion, she never saw it as a real career option; his childhood dream was to be a marine biologist, and scuba diving is still one of his favorite hobbies.

“It’s funny,” Fox mused. “As much as I loved music and studied it, I didn’t really have a real game plan. It wasn’t until she found herself applying for doctoral programs in music composition in her senior year that Fox was contacted by a friend and alumnus, Daniel Israel, who worked as an agent at Addeo. Music International in New York. He asked about his post-graduate projects.

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“I said, ‘I’m applying for a doctorate. programs, ”Fox recalls. “And he said,” No. No. You have too much personality to spend seven more years in school. Have you ever thought about becoming an agent? I didn’t even know what it was.

Addeo needed an intern, and Fox was chosen. She enjoyed working with emerging jazz artists (now “big business”) Robert Glasper and José James. The internship work was mostly administrative, but Fox “got to observe and see everything… and see a ton of shows,” she says. “I was just completely addicted.”

Back then, there weren’t the types of arts administration programs that many colleges offer today. “Everything I did I learned on the job,” says Fox. She attributes her success to being a very observant person and a quick learner, with a long-standing propensity for planning and organizing. After Addeo, she worked for boutique agency Unlimited Myles, managing artists like Regina Carter, Vijay Iyer, Kenny Baron and the Yellowjackets before becoming an agent for the West Coast of Columbia Artists Music. There Fox entered the realm of classical music and orchestra, working with artists like Ray Chen, Cameron Carpenter, and a list of brilliant conductors.

“It rekindled my love for classical music,” she said, noting how fortuitous the moment was. “There has been this kind of resurgence of interest and an incredible group of new generation musicians looking to make classical music more inclusive and celebrate it as a living art form. She heard industry leaders question the lack of diversity in classical music and what could be done to engage the younger generations.

“I really wanted to be a part of this conversation and the solution,” Fox says.

This quest led her to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, then in the process of launching their now world-renowned international music and art festival SOLUNA, designed to create new audiences (and new relevance) for the orchestra.

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“We adopted an inter-gender and interdisciplinary programming approach, which required [Fox] to forge a number of new partnerships and work with talent from around the world, ”said former Dallas Symphony Association President and CEO Jonathan Martin. “From the start, Gillian demonstrated her intelligence and integrity. She is relentlessly focused, lucid and radiates optimism, which has allowed her to succeed in a very complex company that previously had no track record.

The Harlem Quartet will perform on July 9 on the lawn of The Breakers Mansion as part of the Newport Music Festival.

Fox’s many relationships with the music industry are obviously beneficial, as is his ability to think quickly while projecting a warm and accessible atmosphere. It’s another attribute she attributes to her smooth transition from agent to festival planner: her empathy with touring musicians. “What has served me the most,” she explains, “is having a deep understanding of what it takes for an artist to tour. This allows you to make very well-organized decisions that work not only for your organization, but also for the health of the tour and the artist’s artistic goals.

Fox’s career path also led him to meet her husband, fellow music agent Michael Fox, at the Arts Midwest 2014 conference in Minneapolis. “I knew him and he knew me, but we met at the opening conference and we immediately hit it off.”

This will be the first time living in Newport for the Foxes, but both have spent time in the Northeast. She grew up in New Jersey and lived in Massachusetts for seven years, and both look forward to reconnecting with their friends and family in the area. As an agent for some of the best jazz musicians in the world, Michael has attended the Newport Jazz Festival on several occasions, often thinking, “How cool would it be to live here?” He shared the sentiment with Gillian when the NMF position opened. They moved in December and enjoyed watching their dog, Penelope, experience her first snowfall.

Governor Dan McKee:“There will be music in Newport this summer”

Of course, Newport residents will not forget the indelible impact left by longtime NMF general manager Mark Malkovich III, who for 36 seasons helped bring the festival to world renown before his untimely passing. in 2010. “For a long time the Newport Music Festival and Malkovich were synonymous, so I imagine anyone following that legacy would be a tough change,” Fox said. Her appointment appears to enjoy broad community support, she notes, in large part thanks to NMF’s passionate board and forward-looking vision.

Fox knows that what makes NMF so unique is attending classical music concerts in more intimate settings such as historic mansions. “There is something really magical about experiencing this high quality of classical music with only 200 to 300 other people, instead of the 2,000 to 3,000 you would have in a symphony hall,” she says.

This summer’s festival is being held outdoors with limited capacity and social distancing in place. The public seems eager to rediscover live music; by the end of May almost all 17 concerts were sold out. Fox looks forward to welcoming new viewers with a series of collaborative events hosted for families and voters at the Martin Luther King Center. The festival is also commissioning new musical works from under-represented artists in this genre, starting with a piece written by composer Stacy Garrop and inspired by the Castle Hill Lighthouse and its role in protecting Newport for over 130 years. .

More live music:Here’s where you can listen to live music all summer long in Newport

Fox’s hope for the commissioning initiative is that “Newport will have an impact on classical music in the future. It gives our clients the opportunity to see what’s going on in the composition and what that entails, ”she says. She also hopes it prompts young girls to say to themselves, “This is a career path for me. Because I love music and it’s something that fascinates me, I can do that too.

Perhaps Fox’s own career will be just as inspiring.

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Route 358 plays River Bottom; DeMeo in the spa town


Route 358 occurs at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Ten penny gypsy occurs at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Vineyard at the bottom of the river, 13810 Combee Lane, Roland. (501) 868-8860.

◼️ Long way performance at 7 p.m. on Friday, Wightman harris occurs on Saturday noon and Mecappelerob occurs at 9 p.m. on Saturday at Fassler room, 311 E. Capitol Ave., Little Rock. (501) 246-4757.

◼️ Ross Cooper occurs at 8 p.m. on Friday at Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 107 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Tickets for seats at the table are $ 10 in advance, $ 13 at the door (if any remainder); some standing tickets are $ 8 in advance, $ 10 at the door. Dawson hollow performance at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $ 12 in advance, $ 15 at the door; tickets for standing are $ 10 in advance, $ 12 at the door. (501) 372-7707; stickyz.com.

◼️ Smokey emerson play at 6 pm today; Buh Jones Band occurs at 8:30 p.m. on Friday; and Jack Fantasy performance at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at JJ’s Grill, 12111 W. Markham St., Little Rock. Free entry. (501) 414-0843.

◼️ Rob leines occurs at 9 p.m. on Friday and Woody and Sun performance at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at Four quarters bar, 415 Main Street, North Little Rock. Admission is $ 7 each night. (501) 313-4704; quatrequartbar.com.

◼️ Mafia Moonshine occurs at 11 p.m. on Friday and Stay like vegas occurs at 11 p.m. on Saturday at Midtown billiards, 1316 Main Street, Little Rock. (501) 372-9990.

◼️ Chad Marshall Band performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday at The marshalling yard, 1212 E. Sixth St., Little Rock. (501) 372-9273.

◼️ Jameson Burton and Tai Nishiuchi performance, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, at Stone’s Throw Rigid Station, 3015 W. Markham St., Little Rock. Free entry. (501) 379-8663; stonethrowbeer.com.

◼️ The Kitchen + Living Room Library, 313 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, offers “Friday evening live”, 7 pm-10pm on Friday, and “The musical madness of Saturday” 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. (501) 916-9826.

◼️ Mortal, with Omnibane, occurs at 8 p.m. on Friday at Vino’s, Seventh and Chester Streets, Little Rock. Admission is $ 15. The pizzeria-club will host a drag show at 8 p.m. on Saturday. (501) 375-8466; vinosbrewpub.com.

◼️ Seth Freeman occurs at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Jay’s sandbank (formerly Goal Post), 7607 John Harden Drive, Jacksonville. (501) 982-2900.

◼️ There will be music from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday during the 12th anniversary celebration of The green corner store, 1423 Main Street, Little Rock. (501) 374-1111.

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the BKLR Quartet Convention will take place until Saturday at Antioch Full Gospel Baptist Church, 3824 Antioch Blvd., College Station. The convention ends with a final concert at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Luke Baptist Church, 8205 Arkansas 161, North Little Rock. Registration is $ 175 for groups, $ 125 for solo artists and $ 100 for individuals. Grand prizes for groups are $ 1,000 for first place, $ 500 for second place and $ 250 for third place; and $ 300 for solo artists. (501) 291-9099; e-mail [email protected]

The schedule: The Golatt Links of Harmony, Voices of victory and Blessed, Totally committed and the Women in White Women’s Choir at 7 pm today; The Gospel Crusaders, Victory Travelers, The troop of God and The fantastic Jones family at 7:30 p.m. on Friday; Mellotones at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday; and for the final concert on Sunday, Bishop Neal Roberson, Pastor Darrell Petties and Take 2, Pastor Tim Rogers and the guys, Lisa Knowles-Smith and the Brown Singers, The Racy Brothers, The echoaries, The Sonz of God, Bishop Kenneth Robinson & CHOISI, The exciting holy sons and Victory Travelers.

Sunday admission is $ 20 in advance, $ 25 at the door, $ 35 for “VIP”; tickets are available at branches of the Robinson Mortuary.


Presley drake occurs at 8 p.m. on Friday and Bluesboy Jag & Learn to Crawl performance at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Live music of kings, 1020 Front Street, Conway. Admission is $ 5. (501) 205-8512: kingslivemusic.com.

◼️ Jason and Robby occurs at 7:30 p.m. today; Jack Fantasy occurs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday; and Morgan Road performance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at JJ’s Grill, 1010 Main Street. Free entry. (501) 336-0100.


Jason crabb performs an evening of worship music, with the comedian Mickey bell, at 7 p.m. today at Premier Music Hall Financial, 101 E. Locust St. (870) 863-4547.


The blue brothers “On a mission from God” will be on stage at 7:30 p.m. today, with “Dreams: a tribute to Fleetwood Mac” 7:30 p.m. Friday and “Motown & More” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at The Legendary Steamer Club, 315 Park Ave. Tickets for each show are $ 45, available through Eventbrite.com; (501) 463-4463; banjostrings.com.

◼️ Christine DeMeo occurs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday at 420 eats the food court, 420 Malvern Ave., Hot Springs. Free entry. (501) 420-3286. And DeMeo is performing at 6 p.m. Saturday at mom taco, 1209 Malvern Ave. Free entry. (501) 624-6262.

◼️ Collective, with first part After grace, occurs at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Magic Springs Theme and Water Park, 1701 E. Grand Ave. (US 70 East). (501) 624-0100; magicsprings.com. Seasonal subscriptions and day tickets are available.

◼️ Cinema “Playing with sharks” will have a waterfront screening at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Futrell Marine, 4918 Central Ave. (Arkansas 7), Hot Springs, as part of “Docs on the quay”, sponsored by the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. (501) 538-0452.

◼️ Alex and Liv performance at 8:30 p.m. on Friday at Fat Jack’s Oyster Sports Bar & Grill, 101 central avenue (501) 623-5225.


Shannon Hushaw occurs at 7 p.m. on Friday and Liquid kitty occurs at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Hive, 220 route de Menorca. (501) 777-8176.


Platinum hit, a multi-instrumental and vocal R&B group, performs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday Live @ 5 of the Arts and Sciences Center concert series at Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center, 701 S. Main St, Pine Bluff. Admission is $ 10; $ 5 for members of the center. (870) 536-3375.


Alanis Morissette, with opening acts Garbage and Liz Phair, will perform on August 18 at Rogers’ Walmart AMP. (AP File Photo / Greg Allen / Invision)

Outdoor shows are back, especially at Walmart AMP at Rogers. For more information on the shows there, see amptickets.com or call (479) 443-5600. The latest bookings there:

  • ◼️ Phishing, 7 p.m. on July 28; $ 189 to $ 579 (reprogrammed from July 29, 2020)
  • ◼️ Alanis Morissette, with Garbage and Liz Phair, 7 p.m. on August 18; $ 50 to $ 105 (reprogrammed from June 18, 2020)
  • ◼️ Luke Bryan, 7 p.m. on August 27; $ 70 to $ 260
  • ◼️ Trippi redd, with Iann Dior and SoFaygo, 7 p.m. on August 29; $ 29.50 – $ 69.50
  • ◼️ Kelly machine gun, 7 p.m. on October 2; $ 79 to $ 167
  • ◼️ Dave Matthews Group, 7:30 p.m. October 13; $ 63 to $ 302 (rescheduled from September 22, 2020 and September 21, 2021)
  • ◼️ Rapper from Michigan NF, with first part Michael, 8 p.m. October 14; $ 29.50 to $ 59.50
  • ◼️ Jonah Brothers with Kelsea Ballerini, 7 p.m. October 21; $ 84 to $ 303.

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Looking ahead to 2022, Jojo silwa performs at 7 p.m. on January 31 at North Little Rock’s Simmons Bank Arena. Tickets are $ 33 to $ 128, available at the arena box office and Ticketmaster.com.


Matt stell and compatriot Arkansan Collin raye will be part of the free Frontline Festival at 6 p.m. Monday in Nashville, Tenn., which will also feature Walker hayes, Arts of the Tenille, Adam Doléac, Hannah dasher and Southern countries. The festival is described as “an event in honor of frontline healthcare workers. The concert, open to those 21 and over, takes place in the parking lot of Losers Bar & Grill, 1911 Division Street, Nashville.

Stell, a native of Center Ridge in Conway County, is thrilled to perform, according to a press release, as his aunt is a frontline home health care worker in Arkansas, and he also expects that. .. I can play in Collin Raye’s band and he’s gonna sing ‘Little Rock’, yeah! “

Food bank milestone and live music galore


Pender Harbor Community Food Bank is pleased to announce that the food bank operating out of Pender Harbor Community Church for 25 years has been granted charitable status.

Pender Harbor Community Food Bank is pleased to announce that the food bank operating out of Pender Harbor Community Church for 25 years has been granted charitable status. They so appreciate the support of the community throughout these years and welcome continued support to help members of our vital community who have gone through difficult times. They continue to operate from the site of the church. Their contact details are: Pender Harbor Food Bank Society, PO Box 436, Madeira Park, BC V0N 2H0, email [email protected]

Friday July 9 at the Clubhouse dinner-show, the dynamic Patricia Burnett will host from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday’s show will be the long-awaited return of the fantastic Steve Hinton Band, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Reserve your table now. $ 5 covered on Sunday.

Every Saturday, the Backeddy Resort and Marina features live music with the incredibly talented Joe Stanton, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A big thank you to the Mellquist family who gave us a most enjoyable afternoon of good music on the water with the Peter Van Trio.

Are you ready? Thursday night Bingo at the hall will be back very soon. Sunny is working hard to make it happen! Stay tuned for the big announcement.

The Madeira Market, Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, thrives with a variety of talented new vendors “making it, baking it, growing it, writing it”. In addition, there are information centers for Sunshine Coast Bear Alliance and ElderDog. Come visit! Come shop! Call the musicians and singers – come have fun from noon to 2 p.m. for the Mad Market Acoustic Jam. For more information, call 604-989-0851. Organized by the Pender Harbor Community Club.

FibreWorks Studio and Gallery is presenting The Poetry of Line, an exhibition by Alexis Bach, Jill Denton and Catherine Nicholls, until August 1. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.fibreworksgallery.com, email [email protected] or call 604-883-2380.

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