Richmond Mens Chorus Fri, 23 Sep 2022 15:13:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Richmond Mens Chorus 32 32 Green Day at Hard Rock Live Fri, 23 Sep 2022 14:15:23 +0000

Green Day knows how to build an audience into a frenzy of anticipation, even when it’s not their music that’s doing the building. As with all of their recent gigs, last night’s performance at Hard Rock Live opened with a recording of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” every six minutes, followed by a recording of the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” in which the only “performer” on stage was the Drunk Bunny: a dude in a bunny suit, whose presence has made Green Day gigs look like a joke for the past 20 years, turning into a stunner before breaking into collapsing on the ground and being dragged by a stagehand. The energy in the room was that of a bubble expanding to its breaking point. We were, indeed, all excited and ready to go.

These songs represent the twin poles of what Green Day has become, particularly as a live act: part theatrical, arena-rock-powerful, part humble, three-chord Northern California punks. The trio, complemented by three other touring musicians, represented both ends of the spectrum in top form last night, delivering a hit-packed show that earned all the pogoing, pogoing, slam-dancing and crowdsurfing it deserved.

The band opened with the one-two-three punch of “American Idiot”, “Holiday” and “Know Your Enemy”, setting a high bar that the band still managed to jump throughout the night. The latter included Billie Joe Armstrong’s usual invitation to a fan to sing the last bridge with him; the guest in question was warmly welcomed with a hug and some off-mic words from Armstrong. Later, during the band’s cover of the ska-punk reference “Knowledge” from Operation Ivy, Armstrong brought a 9-year-old boy on stage to play guitar, and he killed him, even nailing the final note jumping off a raised platform with skillful rock. -the gravity of the stars.

The band was as tight as one would expect from a band that has been together for 35 years. Tré Cool’s drumming was technically precise and as thunderous as a thunderstorm. Mike Dirnt’s bass lines could cut through steel, while his walking introduction to “Longview,” like Pavlovian a moment like anything in the Green Day catalog, was a joy to experience. Armstrong’s guitar straddled the interrelated genres of punk, metal and alternative, with the resounding headbanger “Brain Stew” landing with the heaviness of Thor’s hammer.

Could I have done without the superfluous cover of “Rock and Roll All Nite” by Kiss? Sure, especially considering it’s a spot on the set list that could have gone to any number of Green Day originals that would have driven the theater crazy, like “She or “Bang Bang” or “Nice Guys Finish Last” or “The Grouch” or “Warning”. 39/Smooth. The inclusion of “Disappearing Boy,” which Armstrong dedicated to Venus and Serena Williams, was truly surprising.

Armstrong wasn’t much for the crowd banter last night, aside from the obligatory shoutouts to Florida and its southern metropolises, but by limiting the chatter, it just left more time for the songs. The cascade of hits is linked, each performance more grandiose than the previous one. “Minority” sounded like a rooftop noise closer to night, but also “Basket Case”, but also “King For a Day”.

Completed with pyrotechnics, sparks and confetti, the band even left room for a gripping drum solo – a feature that would have been frankly verboten in the era of purist punk – and an absolutely weeping sax solo that cheekily incorporated an excerpt from Wham! “Careless Whisper.” I’ve lost count of how many moments of communal ecstasy this show has inspired. By the time it got closer to “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”, Armstrong had effectively purged the song of its original bitter irony and embraced its lyrics with fervor. We certainly had the time of our lives.


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All together: the sprawling universe of “High School Musical” Fri, 23 Sep 2022 04:27:33 +0000

“Breaking Bad.” “Star Wars.” “High School Musical.” What do these have in common? They’re all sprawling franchises with movies and TV shows, all of which tell a cohesive story. (If any of them seem out of place, I don’t blame you. I also didn’t know Breaking Bad had a movie out.) Kidding aside, it’s time to “get your head in the game” , as I’m about to break down the vast High School Musical franchise.

The easiest place to start is the movies: “High School Musical”, “HSM 2” and “HSM 3: Senior Year”. The first two films were released on the Disney Channel in 2006 and 2007 respectively, with the third receiving a theatrical release in 2008. A fourth film, “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure”, debuted in 2011, returning to the direct-to-TV model. There was also a pilot for a television spin-off, but it was never shown to the public. This takes us through the American installments of the franchise – with an emphasis on “American.”

In 2008, the franchise found itself “breaking free” from the United States, with the release of two separate films released in Argentina and Mexico with both films titled “El Desafío”. A third adaptation, aimed at the Brazilian market, was released two years later, with a slightly different title: “O Desafio”. All three shared the same plot. A fourth spin-off, “High School Musical: China – College Dreams” was also released in 2010.

The franchise is still ongoing, moving from Disney Channel to Disney+. “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” makes the films a fictional series (in the series’ universe) that students perform as their school plays, and the upcoming fourth season focuses on the fictional film “High School Musical 4: Reunion.” This morphs nicely into the next piece of the High School Musical machine: real-world domination. In 2006, Disney held a series of touring concerts to promote the film. Theater companies may license the performance rights to a stage adaptation of the first and second film. Additionally, there have been several reality shows to aid Disney in minor roles in the third film (“Get in the Picture”) and foreign market films (“A Seleção”).

Now, this is where things get weird. In the second film, during the final musical number, a new character appears: Miley Stewart, from “Hannah Montana”, interpreted by Miley Cyrus. This blows the door wide open. “Hannah Montana” already exists in a connected universe of Disney TV shows, dating as far back as “Boy Meets World” to recent shows like 2015’s “Best Friends Whenever.” But that’s just Disney. We can go much further. It’s time for the lightning round!

Hannah Montana appeared in an episode of “Suite Life of Zack and Cody”. “Suite Life” character Mr. Moseby guest starred in an episode of “Jessie,” whose cast of characters appeared in an episode of “Ultimate Spider-Man.” Spider-Man teamed up with the Avengers, who encountered the Simpsons. Homer Simpsons went to “Cheers”. “Cheers” introduced “Frasier”. Frasier’s Niles was on “Caroline in the City,” whose title character met Joey and Chandler from “FRIENDS.” Phoebe from “FRIENDS” is the sister of Ursula, the waitress at “Crazy of you.” Kramer of “Seinfeld” made an appearance on “Mad About You.” And so, the “High School Musical” to “Seinfield” pipeline is complete, clearly Disney Channel’s intention all along.

Dear readers, this is just the tip of the iceberg, but our time is up. The next time you watch “High School Musical,” think about what you know now. It might change the way you view the movie. I know it’s for me.

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Blacklist Announces Feature Lab Participants and Mentors – Deadline Thu, 22 Sep 2022 22:31:00 +0000

The Blacklist has finalized the names of six writers who will be part of their 2022 Feature Lab and will participate in a hybrid workshop that will include virtual sessions culminating in an intensive in-person weekend in Los Angeles.

Each screenwriter will participate in a screenplay workshop through peer groups and one-on-one sessions with professional screenwriting mentors, including Kiwi Smith (Revenge of a Blonde), David Rabinowitz (Blackkklansman), Jonathan Stokes (The Gringo), Natalie Krinski (The gallery of broken hearts), Phil Hay (The invite), Guinevere Turner (American psycho), Michael Mitnick (The current war), and Scott Myers of Go Into The Story.

The Blacklist has also selected a scholarship recipient for the Blacklist’s first-ever musical film scholarship. The Fellow will receive mentorship from professional screenwriting mentors with expertise in the musical world.

Feature Lab 2022 participants and their projects are:


A young female intern at a large Silicon Valley tech company vies for a full-time job offer. She decides to take extreme measures when another programmer threatens her chances.

Yeon Jin Lee is a Korean-American writer of suspense thrillers centered on women in technology. Yeon Jin is informed by her experience navigating between worlds, including first- and next-generation American dynamics, Asian and American identities, female identity in male-dominated environments, and technical and artistic personalities. of Silicon Valley and Hollywood.

THE QUIET KIND by Justin Geldzahler

Hired by an orphan to avenge the murders of his parents, a taciturn bounty hunter plunges into a mystery of white supremacists and land grabbing conspiracies to confront the toughest question: Can the strong, silent guy learn to communicate?

Justin Geldzahler is a New York-based writer and filmmaker from Virginia who currently works as a consultant on HBO. Succession. He recently wrote, directed and produced his first feature film, a cringe-worthy horror comedy titled Glue trapand would like to be paid to do the next movie.


On an overnight train through the rural Pacific Northwest, a newlywed couple returning home to feuding families are trapped in a bloody, high-intensity conflict – where they must choose a side to survive.

Ali Imran Zaidi is a Los Angeles-based thriller, sci-fi, crime, and alternate history writer, and a Florida escapee who has lived on three continents. A 2022 Riz Ahmed’s Pillars Fund Artist Fellowship sponsored by Amazon and Netflix, he is currently writing an original narrative audio series alongside Hillman Grad Productions, with Janina Gavankar and Hasan Minhaj attached to co-produce and star.

WHITE TOOTH by Cody Pearce

A pregnant great white shark makes a perilous journey across the ocean to give birth, while an expectant mother uses shark fishing to pay off her gambling debt. Jaws meets Uncut Gems.

Cody Pearce is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter specializing in genre feature films, primarily horror, sci-fi, and action/adventure. He has worked as a forest ranger, producer of online educational content, and currently works at Nickelodeon Animation Studios.


Callie, the black sheep of her family, shows up at her father’s wedding ready to try a relationship with him. Things get complicated when she encounters a mysterious man in the bathroom, only to find out that he is her future half-brother, Nate.

Amy Huckabay is a trained writer, director, comedian and drama actress who realized she was funny and hasn’t looked back since. She is dedicated to telling female-centric stories where the characters don’t have to be likable, they just have to be real.


Based on true events, a dysfunctional Armenian family flees the Lebanese Civil War to open a successful chain of roast chicken restaurants in Los Angeles, only to see ambition, greed and generational trauma tear the family apart, leading to betrayal, revenge and murder. .

Nadia Osman has recently penned animated episodes slated for Netflix and additional literary work for BET, as well as writing and performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles where her work has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, and more. The Chicken Murders was a Script Pipeline finalist this year, while its pilot and web series Depressed was a Vimeo Staff Pick, rented by Vulture and placed at Sundance Labs and AFF.

The 2022 Musical Film Fellow and his project are:

NO TE OLVIDES by Nerris Nevarez-Nassiri

When a shy and withdrawn Chicana brings her rambunctious, dying grandmother back to their ancestral Mexican village, they both get more than expected as they each begin unusual romances that will reveal long-held secrets.

Nerris Nevarez-Nassiri is a first generation Mexican filmmaker and musician and a proud graduate of UCLA Film & TV. Her mixed-race upbringing compelled her to write musical films about coming of age and fish out of water.

Submissions for Feature Lab 2023 are now open with more details on The Black List website.

Mayor Bhalla invites residents to annual Hoboken Fall Arts and Music Festival Thu, 22 Sep 2022 14:45:43 +0000

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken invite residents to the Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival on Sunday, October 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Washington Street between Observer Highway and Seventh Street.

The free festival features exhibits and sales by more than 250 artists, artisans, food vendors and local businesses.

“The Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival is a centuries-old tradition that sustains our vibrant arts and business communities, bringing them together with our residents and visitors to ring in the fall,” said Mayor Bhalla. “I encourage everyone to stop by and find a new treasure to take home or gift to a friend this upcoming holiday season. Thank you to our sponsors and Cultural Affairs Administrator Geri Fallo for working together to make this festival possible again.

There will also be two live musical performance stages located on Washington Street between Newark Street and Observer Highway and on Washington Street between Sixth Street and Seventh Street.

This year’s headliner will be Alejandro Escovedo and the Rant Band. Escovedo is a famous singer and songwriter with an impressive background in punk, alt-country and rock. He was a member of The Nuns, Rank & File and the True Believers before launching his solo career, in which he collaborated with Bruce Springsteen, John Cale and Tony Visconti.

Other artists this year include Freedy Johnston, Cliff Westfall, Rio the Messenger, Frankie Morales and the Mambo of the Times Orchestra, The Gentlemen of Soul, Hudson City Rats, Matt Madly (AKA Matt Azzarto), 3 Dollars and Sir Synthesis.

The Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State’s Division of Travel and Tourism. ( and sponsored by Burgiss, Veolia, The Rockefeller Group, Ironstate, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, JP Bagel Express, Anthony Davids, Choc O Pain French Bakery and Café, This Is It Stageworks, Muller Insurance, My Gym Hoboken and the county of Hudson Parks and Roads Division

For a performance schedule and more information about this year’s festival, go to

CAPTION: Alejandro Escovedo and the Rant Band will perform at the Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival on Sunday October 2.
BTS’s Busan concert will be livestreamed and streamed for free Wed, 21 Sep 2022 14:32:02 +0000

BTS announced that their highly anticipated upcoming concert “Yet To Come” in Busan will be streamed live on Weverse and South Korean TV for free.

On September 20, Big Hit Music took to BTS’ official Weverse page to announce that the upcoming concert will be live streamed for free on the fan community platform.

The concert will be streamed in real time starting October 15 at 6 p.m. KST (5 a.m. EST), with subtitles available in eight languages, including English, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish. Fans will have the option to watch the concert live via Weverse’s mobile or smart apps.

The free concert in Busan supports the city’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo. The performance will take place at the Busan Ilgwang Special Stage in Gijang-gun. The date is also one day after the end of the Busan International Film Festival.

Organizer Big Hit Music said the in-person concert is expected to attract 100,000 people. An in-person live broadcast LIVE PLAY will welcome around 10,000 people at the outdoor parking lot of the Busan International Port Passenger Terminal.

Although the concert is free, reservations will be required. The concert kicks off BTS’ activities as ambassadors for World Expo 2030 in Busan, Korea. At the ambassador appointment ceremony last month, BTS said, “We will make extra efforts not only to support the bid, but also to promote the beautiful nature and culture of the Republic of Korea to the world.”

As a group, BTS is currently on hiatus to allow the members to focus on solo material. However, they still seem to be somewhat active given an upcoming cookbook and the recent release of their collaboration with Benny Blanco and Snoop Dogg, “Bad decisions.” Also earlier in August, Swedish duo Galantis announced their own collaboration with the band.

At the end of July, rapper BTS J Hope made history as the first South Korean artist to headline Lollapalooza, performing tracks from the BTS catalog as well as his recent debut solo album, jack in the box. Earlier this week, J-Hope announced a limited edition vinyl pressing of the album.

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TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL breaks box office records Tue, 20 Sep 2022 22:49:56 +0000

Tickets to the critically acclaimed hit TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSIC went on sale last week and broke box office records! The show has sold more tickets during the pre-sale period than any other show at the Theater Royal Sydney since its reopening.

Produced by TEG DAINTY in special collaboration with Stage Entertainment, Tali Pelman and Tina Turner, the musical reveals a comeback story unlike any other, of a woman who dared to challenge the boundaries of her age, gender and culture. race to become the world queen of rock. n’ Roll. TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL is a celebration of resilience and an inspiration to triumph over adversity.

Written by Tony Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner Katori Hall, starring Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL is directed by Tony Award nominee Phyllida Lloyd, with choreography by Tony Award nominee Anthony van Laast Tony Awards, and sets and costumes by the Tony Award nominee. Mark Thompson, musical supervision, additional music and arrangements by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Tony Award nominee Bruno Poet, sound by Tony Award nominee Nevin Steinberg, projection design by Tony Award nominee Jeff Sugg, orchestrations by the Tony Award-nominated Ethan Popp and Drama Desk Award-winning wigs, hair and makeup design by Campbell Young Associates.

This new musical based on the life of legendary entertainer Tina Turner and presented in association with Tina Turner herself, received its world premiere in April 2018 in London, where it opened to five-star reviews and received broke box office records at the Aldwych Theatre. In March 2019 the German production opened at the Stage Operettenhaus in Hamburg, the Broadway production followed in November 2019 and was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The Dutch production opened at the Beatrix Theatre, Utrecht in February 2020. A third European production opened in Autumn 2021 at the Teatro Coliseum in Madrid, Spain, and the North American tour began in September 2022.

Listen to the cast recording of Simply The Best below.:

One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner has won 12 Grammy Awards and her concerts have been seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo artist in history. music. When she was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in October 2021, Tina Turner became one of only three women in the institution’s history to be inducted twice (she was originally inducted in 1991, alongside Ike Turner).

Season details


Venue: Theatre, Royal – Sydney
Dates: From May 2023

Book your tickets HERE

10 Best Music Documentaries to Stream on HBO Max Mon, 19 Sep 2022 21:30:00 +0000

The June 2022 release of biographical musical drama, Elvis, continues to have many theater fans and critics talking. The film not only noted a loose interpretation of Elvis Presley’s life, but also documented his musical journey to fame. There have been many music documentaries over the years that have shown just that with many other famous musicians and bands.

These documentaries have been broadcast around the world, giving fans around the world the opportunity to not only appreciate the artists’ music, but also learn where and how they got their start. From Amy Winehouse to Kurt Cobain, HBO Max offers a variety of great music documentaries that span not just time but musical genres as well.


DMX: Don’t Try to Understand (2021)

A popular rapper and actor who got his start in the late ’90s, Earl “DMX” Simmons was a talented musician. Releasing eight studio albums and 47 singles, he earned his status in the rap community. From 1998 to 2021, he faced many setbacks with legal issues and addiction, however, he continued to be active in the entertainment industry until his death in April 2021.

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In DMX: Don’t try to understand, the documentary followed DMX after he was released from prison for tax evasion in early 2019. Viewers got an in-depth look at his upbringing in Yonkers, New York, to his rise to fame in the 90s, all from point of view of DMX itself. This stunning documentary paints a picture of DMX as a human and not just a music legend, showcasing his struggles and successes with commentary from his family and DMX himself.

Elvis Presley: The Seeker (2018)

With the movie Elvis one of the best movies to watch on HBO Max this month, fans of the legendary artist can also find the two-part documentary, Elvis Presley: The Seeker, on the streaming giant. The series features interviews with musicians like Bruce Springsteen and Emmylou Harris and delves into Elvis Presley’s rise as a rock and roll pioneer and pop culture icon.

Close examination of Elvis’ declining health and recording sessions a year before his death helps to understand him not only as a musical icon, but also as a struggling man. The film breaks down every aspect of Elvis’ life that served as his rise and fall significance and does an incredible job of doing so.

Juice Wrld: Into the Abyss (2021)Promotional image for the documentary Juice Wrld Into The Abyss

An artist gone too soon, Jarad Anthony Higgins (Juice Wrld) entered the music scene as an independent artist in 2015 and signed with Interscope Records in 2017. Before his death, he successfully released two studio albums which gave him earned praise for its genre. musical style and over a billion streams on Spotify.

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The 21-year-old rapper died of an overdose in California in December 2019. After his death, Tommy Oliver released the documentary film Juice Wrld: in the abyss in 2021, which focused on the life and death of the popular rapper. With footage from Juice Wrld’s senior year and interviews with artists like The Kid Laroi and Polo G, the documentary examines every facet of Higgins’ life and influential career.

Kurt Cobain: Devil Edit (2015)

Another talented musician gone too soon, Kurt Cobain was the lead singer of the popular group Nirvana. Through never-before-seen videos and personal recordings, Kurt Cobain: Editing From Hell follows the rise of the star from birth to the end of his life and everything in between.

The only documentary made with the cooperation of Kurt Cobain’s family, the film doesn’t shy away from the troubled musician’s real-life struggles. With supporting footage from numerous interviews given throughout the film, viewers essentially get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most important moments in Cobain’s life up until his death in 1994.

Tina (2021)

A living music industry icon and “Queen of Rock and Roll”, Tina Turner rose to fame in her band with her ex-husband, Ike Turner, before going on to pursue a highly successful solo career. From hits like “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and “Private Dancer”, Turner became a force to be reckoned with in the 80s and 90s.

While the documentary explores his rise to fame and early life, it also dives a bit deeper. Viewers learn about the personal and professional issues that plagued the star, but also served as the fuse for one of the biggest comebacks of the 80s, making her a musician deserving of a biopic.

Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage (2021)

An infamous festival that still reigns as one of the most chaotic in history, Woodstock 99 was supposed to be a music festival promoting peace and love, but it quickly turned into chaos and panic. Beginning over three days, the 1999 festival featured a range of artists from Metallica to Alanis Morrissette giving incredible performances, and that’s where the fun ended.

Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage traverses mosh pits and sexual assault to poor environmental conditions to understand how a festival promoting peace and love quickly descended into debauchery and violence. Viewers see footage from the festival with stories from some of the musical acts in attendance, as well as the people in attendance.

Amy (2015)

Probably one of the best musical documentaries of the last 15 years, Amy focuses on the life of the eclectic and talented Amy Winehouse. Known for her dynamic vocals and mixed use of multiple genres, Winehouse, whose career began as early as 2002, took the music scene by storm with her international success in 2006 with the release of her second album, Back to black.

Winehouse sadly lost his life in 2011, but his music lives on and in 2015 the documentary film Amy premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. It then hit theaters the same year, winning 30 awards, including a Grammy and an Academy Award. The documentary successfully follows Winehouse’s career before and after her addiction, while showing the talent and genius of Winehouse herself.

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019)

As one of the first women to lead a male-dominated music industry, Linda Ronstadt chronicles her life and career in the 2019 documentary, Linda Ronstadt: The sound of my voice. The documentary explores his outstanding career across genres which includes country and rock and his move into opera.

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Through interviews with his family, friends and collaborators, viewers learn about Rondstadt’s advocacy in a male-centric industry and the things in his personal life that proved both a hindrance and an advantage in his career. .

The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020)

A documentary film that earned him an Emmy and critical acclaim, The Bee Gees: How to mend a broken heart was released in 2020 and directed by Frank Marshall. The film observed the career and life of the legendary family band, The Bee Gees, made up of brothers Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb.

Featuring interviews with artists from Mark Ronson to Chris Martin, the film sought to explore the hardships of stardom that come with working in the spotlight and with family. Through these interviews, the documentary sheds light on how the band’s influence in the music industry has expanded genres and broken boundaries. One of the best documentaries for those who liked that of Jennifer Lopez half timethe doc is available to watch on HBO Max.

Mavis! (2015)

Debuting in a successful group with her siblings (Staple Singers), Mavis Staples shot to fame in 1956 with the group’s first hit, “Uncloudy Day.” From then on, she became a notable voice in the 60s, 70s and beyond. From songs with Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Prince and many others, Mavis has become a spiritual and musical voice for the civil rights movement.

Throughout the Mavis! documentary, audiences will see the impact she and her music had during the era of the civil rights movement. It also delves into his personal life and relationship with his early career. The film chronicles the gospel and soul singer’s 60-year career from the start and expresses how her music has helped shape a decade or two.

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]]> “Our people can do without major festivals” Mon, 19 Sep 2022 14:45:00 +0000

DOUGLASS PARK — The West Siders held their own music festival on Saturday to protest Riot Fest taking over part of nearby Douglass Park over the weekend.

The popular music festival took place on the corner of Cermak Road and Marshall Boulevard on Saturday as part of residents’ long-running efforts to remove Riot Fest and other mega festivals from Douglass Park.

Attendees listened to live music, ate snacks and painted while mingling near signs on the lawn that read, “NO MEGA FESTS IN DOUGLASS PARK!”

Residents have for years expressed concerns about holding the festival in Douglass Park – and their frustrations came to a head this summer after a third major festival moved to the park. Douglass Park now hosts Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash, Heatwave and Riot Fest in the summer and early fall, which means residents are locked out of part of the park for weeks during the warmer months.

Residents demanded that the festivals start, display posters and protest in other ways.

Credit: Frankie Perez/La De Paulia
People gather at Cermak Road and Marshall Boulevard to celebrate the People’s Music Fest.

In August, the Park District held an open forum where neighbors said the festivals dragged traffic, slowed down emergency vehicles, cut off residents’ access to the park, displaced local football leagues and programs, and created public safety concerns.

The Park District Board is currently considering a proposal that would require event organizers to obtain council approval to hold an event with 10,000 or more people per day in a park.

But Riot Fest continued as usual over the weekend. Festival representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Emily, a West Side neighbor who did not wish to share her last name, said she attended People’s Fest because “we are here to fight for our community and our young people.”

Brianna Tong, one of the musicians who performed at People’s Fest, said the lyrics of her punk songs focus on the lack of care officials have for members of the community.

money [Riot Fest] raised is up to the aldermen,” she said.

The Chicago Reader reported that Riot Fest has donated tens of thousands of dollars to political action committees linked to local aldermen, and the Park District has given the festival a steep discount on permit fees — including a 90% reduction in 2015 that saw Riot Fest pay just $233,508 of the $2.35 million it was supposed to make.

The Park District did not immediately respond to questions about the reduction.

Ana Solano, a member of Unete La Villita, a West Side organization that fights mega festivals, said the big discount the Park District gave Riot Fest is that the money isn’t put back into the community. .

“Who are these festivals really for? ” she says. “They are not for us.”

Credit: Frankie Perez/La De Paulia
Members of the community sit on a bench at the People’s Music Fest.

But some locals have supported the festivals, saying they bring investment to the community and help boost local businesses.

Nicole Delgadillo, a Brighton Park resident who has attended Riot Fest four times, said she has never had a bad experience there.

“It’s one of those festivals that doesn’t get out of hand. It’s a nice environment,” she said.

Festival organizers hold clean-up events and offer free tickets and other perks to park neighbors. Riot Fest recruits residents for temporary festival jobs and organizes beautification events, and lyrical lemonade organize park clean-ups.

Riot Fest also made commercials showcasing West Side businesses and played them on big screens between sets throughout the weekend.

The companies behind the festivals also have to pay to repair the parks after their events.

Juan Otalora said he supports mega festivals because they give him job opportunities.

“The pay is great, but the networking opportunities are even better,” he said, and Riot Fest is his “favorite event to work” among the big events he’s attended this year.

Edith Tovar, a member of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, said Riot Fest may provide jobs, but the community continues to see disinvestment.

“Having concert organizers suspended from temporary jobs is a joke,” Tovar said. “It’s not an economic improvement. It will not help our community and our neighbors out of poverty.

Emily said her frustration with the community goes beyond the disruption caused by mega festivals.

“We constantly fight for clean air, community resources, health care, housing and safety,” she said. “Riot Fest needs to understand that they are not welcome here.

“They were never invited by the people, and our people can do without big festivals here.”

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The Aiken Symphony Orchestra season continues with the Indigo Girls concert | Local News Sun, 18 Sep 2022 20:36:00 +0000

The Aiken Symphony Orchestra teamed up with the Indigo Girls for their second event of the 2022-23 season on Friday night.

The concert began shortly after 7:30 p.m. at the Etherredge Center on the USC Aiken campus.

The Indigo Girls are a folk rock duo from the Atlanta area. From 1987 to 2020, they released about fifteen albums including “Shaming of the Sun” in 1997 (reached 7th place on the Billboard 200) and “Swamp Ophelia” (reached 9th place). The duo are also known to be politically active and to identify as lesbians.

Ann Rundorff attended the concert with her daughter, Adrienne Knowles.

She said she had known the Indigo Girls for a long time but had never seen them live. Rundorff added that she goes to the symphony when she can. She said she was happy the symphony was back.

“It’s wonderful that they’re back here,” Rundoff said. “We are delighted to be here.”

Florida resident Theresa Guerriero wore an Indigo Girls shirt to the concert.

She said she was a huge fan. Guerriero said he saw the group open for Neil Young in 1989 and have followed them ever since.

Guerriero said the band’s lyrics are amazing and give her goosebumps no matter how many times she hears the songs.

North Carolina resident Victoria Bartelson also wore an Indigo Girls shirt.

She said she was a huge fan of the group. Bartelson said she was introduced to the group by her best friend in the 1980s. She said the first song she heard was “Galileo”.

Aiken native Ann-Ray Crocker also wore Indigo Girls clothes and brought her mother, Trina Crocker, to her first Indigo Girls concert.

She said she first heard of the band in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Crocker said she attended her first gig then, but hasn’t been since. several years when she joined a few Facebook groups for the Indigo Girls about five years ago.

Crocker said it was great to be able to bring his mother to the concert.

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“My mom never saw them and really doesn’t know what they are about and what they meant to me as someone who came out as a lesbian in college,” Crocker said. “They’re like the backstory of my life. They’re my soundtrack.”

The Aiken Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-2023 season is titled “Feel Every Note.” The performance program is divided into three segments: the masterpiece series, the chamber music series and the pop series.

The Masterpieces series began with Pictures at an Exhibition featuring solo pianist Nathan Lee and works by Rossini, Gershwin and Mussorgsky/Ravel on September 10.

The next concert is Mendelssohn’s Scottish on October 15th. The concert will feature solo violinist SooBeen Lee and works by Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns.

There are also masterpiece concerts on February 12 and April 22.

The chamber music series will begin November 29 with a performance of Handel’s Messiah at Saint Mary Help of Christians Church located at 138 Fairfield St. SE and will also include a Winter in Vienna performance on January 15 at the Amentum Center for the Performing Arts. located at 126 Newberry St.

The pop series will kick off on December 11 with Home for the Holidays, a performance that also includes the Aiken Civic Ballet. The series and the season will conclude with a concert on May 14.

With the exception of the Chamber Series concerts, all concerts are held at the Etherredge Center at USC Aiken. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and theater doors open at 7 p.m.

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NPSD students will show off their musical talents in honor sets – The Knight Crier Sun, 18 Sep 2022 13:48:18 +0000

Anissa Gardizy

FILE PHOTO: The North Penn Band performs at the annual holiday concert.

LANSDALE – Music students from the North Penn School District have been selected to perform in honorary ensembles at the 2023 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Conference in Pocono Manor, PA and the Pennsylvania East Division Conference. National Association for Music Education (NAfME) in Rochester, NY. Nearly 200 elementary, middle and high school students from the North Penn School District will perform at the conferences.

PMEA 2023 will be held April 19-22, 2023 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Pocono Manor, PA. Performances will be the NPHS Wind Ensemble led by Joseph Santanello, the NPHS Troubadours led by Matthew Klenk, The North Penn Middle Schools Sinfonia led by Ralph Jackson, Krista Feliciani and Erica Milbourne, and the Bridle Path and Montgomery Select Strings led by Ralph Jackson.

The NAFME Eastern Division Conference will be held April 13-16, 2023 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY. The Pennbrook Orchestra conducted by David Pimentel and the NPHS Navy Jazz Band conducted by David DiValentino will perform. David Orehowsky, director of the Pennfield Middle School group, will present a session at the conference titled “Jazz Rehearsal Techniques for the Creative Director.”

“Participating in the PMEA and NAFME conferences is a tremendous honor for North Penn School District ensembles and educators who work hard every day to bring music to our schools,” said Joseph Santanello, Director of Bands at North Penn High School. . “I am thrilled to share the talents of our incredible musicians with educators, administrators and students across the state.”

PMEA is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance, and the promotion and support of music education in schools and communities. To learn more about PMEA, please visit their website.

NAFME is a non-profit organization dedicated to music education that provides resources for teachers, parents and administrators to support music education in all its aspects. The Eastern Division includes 13 states from Maryland to Maine. To learn more about NAFME, please visit their website.