Monday, May 14, 2012

Coventry Lions Club Announces 3rd Annual Chester County Blues Barbecue

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The Coventry Lions Club is proud to announce that the 2012 Chester County Blues Barbecue will be held at Wyndsor Farm on June 9th. This year’s event offers the blues enthusiast an opportunity to hear both national and local blues acts in an idyllic, family oriented setting.


This year’s event is being held in conjunction with the Thorncroft Equestrian Center and will benefit both Thorncroft’s therapeutic equestrian programs and Lions Club programs to assist disadvantaged and visually impaired in the local community.


The barbecue headliner, Gary Allegretto is a highly acclaimed, internationally touring Bluesman from Los Angeles - originally born in Delaware. Blues Revue magazine calls Gary “…one of the best harp players you'll hear”. He is not only one of the hottest Blues artists in the country, with a long list of awards and accolades, but also a humanitarian who provides harmonicas and music therapy to kids with special challenges worldwide through his nonprofit organization Harmonikids (www.harmonikids.com).


Come ready to dance, because Gary will rock the house (pasture) 'til the cows come home... literally!


Other acts include Pennsylvania blues veterans, Midnight Shift and The Roger Girke Band. Their names are familiar to area blues fans but their reputations as extend far beyond the Keystone State. Midnight Shift“…infuses the best elements of rockabilly, rock and blues that would keep any dance floor bopping until it drops. ” ( Greg Szalony/Blues Blast Magazine). And the Roger Girke band has been a leader in the Philadelphia and Delaware blues scene since 1978 – they continue to evolve each year with a solid mix of contemporary and traditional blues.


This is the third year for the Chester County Blues Barbecue – it was an instant success at its inception in 2010 and has raised over $20,000 to fund equipment the Lions Club’s KidSight program which provides early vision testing for preschool children in Chester and Berks County.


The barbecue is held in the picturesque horse pastures of Wyndsor Farm – with the bands playing on a natural raised stage area. A wide range of food and spirits are available from local vendors and civic organizations.


In the words of the Coventry Lions club member and local blues musician, Ray Bentley , “The blues are a uniquely American genre, the foundation for almost everything you hear on the radio today - it cuts across generational boundaries…there is a certain joy to hearing it played outdoors by musicians who truly enjoy performing, we’re glad to offer our guests a chance to do that while helping out some great causes”.


For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.chestercountyblues.com .

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jaxon Film Fest Preview Party, March 17. 2012


Join us this coming Saturday, March 17 at the Carnegie Branch Library (that's the main library in downtown Jackson ) for our very first Jaxon Film Fest Preview Party. The library is located at 244 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI 49201.



Watch movies and voice your opinion regarding movies, features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, ad infinitum, we receive and whether you think they are strong enough and good enough to appear in the upcoming Jaxon Film Fest, scheduled September 29, 2012. Your opinion matters.

This Preview Party starts at 10:00 AM and runs until whenever. Admission is FREE. As this is our very first such party, we will see whether food and drink are allowed.

This coming Saturday we will Preview independent writer/ director/ producer David Spaltro's newest release "Things I Don't Understand." David Spaltro grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the Hudson from New York City. He graduated with a BFA in Directing at the School of Visual Arts in 2005. After a few years of traveling abroad and working as an editor he wrote, directed and produced his first feature film "...Around" in 2007. A love-letter to NYC and part auto-biography of his time at film school, "...Around" made the rounds on the festival circuit to much critical acclaim and found release through Cinetic Media online, VOD and on Netflix in 2009. It had it's television debut on PB on Christmas Day in 2010. Spaltro wrapped his second feature film, the drama-comedy "Things I Don't Understand" he also wrote, directed and produced in 2011. Adapting the biography "Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons"

Trivia Regarding David Spaltro
Financed his first feature "...Around", a semi-autobiographical tale of attending school in New York City while living out of Penn Station.

Lived and taught English for six months in Korea in 2006 where he both helped design a language and SAT prep program and wrote the first draft of a screenplay for what would become his first feature "...Around" (then called "Two More Years").

Worked as an editor on a behind the scenes feature for "Where the Wilds Things Are".

Avid boxer and has trained in several forms of fighting and defense including Akido, Brazilian Jui Jitsu, Tae Kwan Do and Wushu.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

BuzzFest 2011 w/ Evans Blue, Nonpoint, Egypt Central, Sore Eyes, Motograter Less Than Two Weeks Away

In two weeks Tim Corser, and Kings of Rock Entertainment fire up the monster music machinery for one last run this summer as they join 102.5 to present BuzzFest 2011, August 14

23 bands will take one of three big stages Sunday, August 14 as Tim Corser, the King of Rock Entertainment and 102.5 FM presents Buzzfest 2011. This show will take place at the Riverwalk Amphitheater. Jackson, Michigan.

Although it has only been a month since Tim Corser and the Kings of Rock Entertainment produced Rockapalooza 2011, in less than a month they will crank up the monster music machinery again and present Buzzfest 2011. Rockapalooza 2011, which an estimated 8,000 people attended kicked off what was the official start of summer; Buzzfest 2011 will mark summer's coming end. Firing on all cylinders this machine will a emit a sound that will once rock downtown Jackson, Michigan area and shake the walls of the city.

Featuring twenty three big bands on three separate stages, this show will be an almost non-stop, hard charging thirteen hours long. Featured are:

Main Stage: Evans Blue, Nonpoint, Egypt Central, Janus, Sore Eyes, Lifeline Revolution, Heads of Our Enemies, Jackson, Blackened Earth, Miles Away

Stage 2: Motograter, It Lies Within, Hollow Drive, Blackstone Masquerade, Evan Russell Safer, Last Born Legend, Caeser.

Stage 3: Anew Revolution, State Your Cause, As Summer Dies, Dreams for the Sleepless, In This Life From Standish, Thee Unknown, Circus Asylum, Know Lyfe.

If you have never attended a Tim Corser and Kings of Rock Entertainment show before, but your tastes in music favor alternative rock with an emphasis on original songwriting, these shows are a "can't miss."

C'mon out. Make the drive. Make this music the soundtrack of your summer 2011.

Riverwalk Amphitheater
1 Energy Plaza Dr.
Jackson, MI 49201

For more information:
Kings of Rock Entertainment
823 N. Wisner St.
Jackson, MI 49202
timcorser AT hotmail DOT com
For the official Buzzfest Facebook page:
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Kings of Rock Entertainment and 102.5 Present Buzzfest 2011, August 14

Tim Corser, Kings of Rock Entertainment fire up the monster music machinery for one last run this summer as they join 102.5 to present BuzzFest 2011, August 14


23 bands will take one of three big stages Sunday, August 14 as Tim Corser, the King of Rock Entertainment and 102.5 FM presents Buzzfest 2011. This show will take place at the Riverwalk Amphitheater. Jackson, Michigan.


Although it has only been a month since Tim Corser and the Kings of Rock Entertainment produced Rockapalooza 2011, in less than a month they will crank up the monster music machinery again and present Buzzfest 2011. Rockapalooza 2011, which an estimated 8,000 people attended kicked off what was the official start of summer; Buzzfest 2011 will mark summer's coming end.


Featuring twenty three big bands on three separate stages, this show will be an almost non-stop, hard charging thirteen hours long. Featured are:


Main Stage: Evans Blue, Nonpoint, Egypt Central, Janus, Sore Eyes, Lifeline Revolution, Heads of Our Enemies, Jackson, Blackened Earth, Miles Away


Stage 2: Motograter, It Lies Within, Hollow Drive, Blackstone Masquerade, Evan Russell Safer, Last Born Legend, Caeser.


Stage 3: Anew Revolution, State Your Cause, As Summer Dies, Dreams for the Sleepless, In This Life From Standish, Thee Unknown, Circus Asylum, Know Lyfe.


If you have never attended a Tim Corser and Kings of Rock Entertainment show before, but your tastes in music favor hard edged alternative rock with an emphasis on original songwriting, these shows are a "can't miss" event. Rockapalooza 2011 was a genuine crowd pleasing experience.


Some of the bands which played Rockapalooza 2011 also play Buzzfest 2011. (In case you weren't able to attend Rockapalooza 2011.) Here are some video links:


Motograter Rockapalooza 2011 Faceless
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Rockapalooza 2011 - Mushroomhead w/ Motograter
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Big Black & BamBam (from MTV) with Sore Eyes at Rockapalooza 2011
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Violets For Verona Rockapalooza 2011
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Although shot at Rockapalooza 2010, Egypt Central will appear at Buzzfest 2011. Here we are introduced on stage to the man, Tim Corser.
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What Rockapalooza 2011 attendees had to say regarding the show:


Great show guys, great atmosphere. m/ This was my first Rockapalooza but I'm already looking forward to next year. B.Wozny


Thanks Tim and the rest of the Rockapalooza staff for putting on a great show today!! I can't wait to be back next year! Natalie Jones of The Jack Town Derby Girls


Last night was awesome I love Mushroomhead and i love Rockapalooza Z. Willis


Congrats guys on a job well done so much better laid out then last year and most of the bands were great; very approchable nice people! .... I will be counting down the days till next year, I can't wait! B. Foor


Yesterday was awesome. Can't wait for next year S.Stone


Doors for this show will open at 12PM and will the show will run until 1:00AM Tickets are $10advance; $15 day of show Purchase tickets at CK Barrymore in downtown Jackson or Wizards Smoke Shop located at 2008 Lansing Ave, Jackson, MI Or online at etix.com


C'mon out. Make the drive and make this music the soundtrack of your summer 2011.


Presented by Budweiser, Jam Heads, A Logo Tee.


Location:
Riverwalk Amphitheater
1 Energy Plaza Dr.
Jackson, MI 49201


For more information:
Kings of Rock Entertainment
823 N. Wisner St.
Jackson, MI 49202
timcorser AT hotmail DOT com
For the official Facebook page for Buzzfest:
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hybrid Car to Blame for Neil Young Warehouse Fire

A one-of-a-kind hybrid vehicle is the cause of a recent fire at a San Francisco warehouse that stored Neil Young’s musical equipment, memorabilia and more. Belmont-San Carlos Fire Marshal Jim Palisi said that the three-alarm blaze began in Young’s 1959 Lincoln Continental, called LincVolt because it runs on electric batteries and a biodiesel-powered generator, according to MercuryNews.com.


Young famously hired workers to turn the Continental into a hybrid vehicle and documented the process in a four-part film series in 2008. In a statement, the Canadian rocker said the problem with LincVolt seems “to be an operator error that occurred in an untested part of the charging system.” The car’s computer was recovered from the fire and might provide more information.


The fire did more than $1 million worth of damage to Young’s items and the 10,000 square-foot building they were housed in. Young praised firefighters, who prevented the destruction of 70 percent of the contents, including five other classic cars. “A lot of archival items were threatened and the fire department did a first-class job protecting them,” he said.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Join Forces with Los Amigos Invisibles; Co-Headline Tour Dates Set for February 2011



LOS ANGELES, Calif
. — Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue join forces with Los Amigos Invisibles for what promises to be a knockout, high-energy tour that celebrates the new year. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, the fast-rising 24-year-old funk/rock star, has kicked his already impressive career into high gear worldwide with the release of Backatown, his Verve Forecast debut in April of this year. Los Amigos Invisibles, the Grammy-nominated, Venezuelan-rooted, New York City-based Latin-funk sextet, are sure to be the perfect match to create an explosive mix of musical and cultural styles destined to wring every bit of energy out of their audiences.


The February co-headline tour includes such highlights as a double bill at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore Auditorium, a Grammy eve performance at L.A. Live’s Conga Room and a very special show during Fan Appreciation Week celebrating the new Austin City Limits Live venue at Moody Theatre.


Trombone Shorty, who possesses “the presence of a rock star” (The New York Times) and has built his reputation on “blistering, bold, exuberant and cutting edge” (USA Today) live performances, has a style perfectly complemented by co-headliners Los Amigos Invisibles, who “emanate pure Groove . . . walking bass lines, percolating percussion, scratchy guitar and relentless drums of a band that knows no difference between arty fun and sensual fire” (Rolling Stone).


Both artists have developed into global touring machines, each with a high level of swagger and visibility.


Los Amigos Invisibles were originally discovered by David Byrne in a Manhattan record shop. The multi-dimensional disco funk stars signed with Luaka Bop, moved to New York City from their native Venezuela and soon established themselves in the dance music scene with their elevated grooves. Los Amigos have appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and played major festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. The band won their first career Latin Grammy in 2009 with an acclaimed studio album, Commercial (Nacional Records), which includes guests Dimitri From Paris and Mexican singer Natalia Lafourcade. Their new EP, Not So Commercial, features B-sides and alternate versions from the group’s award-winning album’s studio sessions.


For Trombone Shorty and his six-piece touring band, Orleans Avenue, 2010 was a breakout year. Their live performance schedule caught fire when Backatown debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart, holding the top spot for nine weeks and currently at #3 over six months later. Shorty and the band headlined concerts across North America, including a triumphant set with special guest Mystikal at Jazzfest, a rousing return to Bonnaroo, and a debut performance at the Hollywood Bowl for the Playboy Jazz Festival. They made their Japanese debut at the acclaimed Fuji Rock Festival, followed by gigs in Rio and Sao Paolo. After an historic performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival (and breaking the Festival’s all-time CD sales record), Shorty set off on a cross-Europe tour, highlighted by five shows in the coveted opening slot on Jeff Beck’s U.K. tour. This November Shorty and Orleans Avenue support Dave Matthews Band on tour and in December, Troy will serve as curator for the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Red Hot + New Orleans, a premiere concert event dedicated to funding AIDS research.


Trombone Shorty’s visibility quotient on national television continues at an explosive pace including recent appearances on the Late Show With David Letterman, NFL Kickoff 2010, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show, Austin City Limits, and HBO’s hit New Orleans drama Tremé. The band’s “Hurricane Season” was heard weekly on MTV’s The Real World, New Orleans as the opening title track and there is much more to come.


Los Amigos Invisibles and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue itinerary:


Mon., Feb. 7 SEATTLE, WA Neumos

Tues., Feb. 8 PORTLAND, OR Dante’s

Wed., Feb. 9 ARCATA, CA Humboldt Brews

Thurs., Feb. 10 SANTA CRUZ, CA The Catalyst

Fri., Feb. 11 SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Fillmore

Sat., Feb. 12 LOS ANGELES, CA Conga Room

Tues., Feb. 15 DENVER, CO Bluebird Theatre

Wed., Feb. 16 BOULDER, CO Fox Theatre

Fri., Feb. 18 AUSTIN, TX Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater

Sat., Feb. 19 HOUSTON, TX House of Blues

Sun., Feb. 20 DALLAS, TX House of Blues

Wed., Feb. 23 ASHEVILLE, NC The Orange Peel

Thurs., Feb 24 ATLANTA, GA Variety Playhouse


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For more information about Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and to arrange interviews, please contact Conqueroo:


Cary Baker • (323) 656-1600 • cary@conqueroo.com
Brian O’Neal • (310) 702-8844 • brian@conqueroo.com


or


UME/Verve:
Sujata Murthy • (310) 865 7812 • sujata.murthy@umusic.com


For more information about Los Amigos Invisibles and the arrange interviews, please contact:
Nacional Records: Paul Dryden • 818-763-1397 • paul.dryden@cookman.com

Ballet Featuring White Stripes Songs Coming to Canada



TORONTO — When British composer Joby Talbot set out to adapt the White Stripes' stripped-down garage-blues tunes for the grandeur of a full orchestra, he felt he first needed the blessing of the Detroit duo's frontman Jack White.


If White -- famously fastidious about every esthetic detail of his band's sound and look -- didn't approve of the idea, it would be bound for the "dust bin."


So Talbot was understandably nervous when XL recordings honcho Richard Russell played a couple of Talbot's preliminary tracks for White while the band was on tour.


As Talbot remembers it, the tour had been taxing and White was exhausted and dealing with "various problems in his life" when he first heard Talbot's clattering, unsettled take on "Aluminium." Still, he responded well.


What happened next surprised even Talbot. Award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor heard "Aluminium" and decided he wanted to develop Talbot's arrangements into a piece of dance by London's Royal Ballet called "Chroma."


The production, featuring three White Stripes songs alongside some of Talbot's original compositions, opened in the U.K. in 2006 and will make its Canadian debut with performances by the National Ballet of Canada beginning Nov. 24. It will be performed with George Balanchine's "Serenade" and Crystal Pite's "Emergence."


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