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Blind Children at Wuhan City School in a rock band established by teacher Zhang Long

Beijing, China, Jul-19-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Wuhan School for The Blind is the only school of its kind in Hubei province, central China. Not only does it cater to pupils who face enormous challenges because of their disabilities, but it is also proud to have a star teacher who has given new hope to the pupils.

China, with its huge population, has a large number of blind people. More than 5.5 million people are registered blind, among them, some 120,000 children. Though there are more than 50 special schools in major cities catering to the needs of these individuals, the task is never easy. Special facilities and teacher training is hard to come by and the children often feel alienated from society and lack ambition.

Zhang Long, born in 1975, volunteered to teach at Wuhan City School for the Blind in 2011. Though she had no experience teaching children with visual impairment, after seeing the difficulties faced by pupils there, she decided to change the course of her life and accept the challenge of making a difference to their future.

It wasn’t long before the gravity of the situation sunk in. As a music teacher she discovered many pupils at the school of 150 lacked the motivation to even turn up to class, believing their only career option would be to become a massage therapist, a common occupation for blind people in China.

Persevering, Zhang Long established a school radio station, a rock band for the most talented children, and invited performances from other schools. Eventually, the children responded to this new approach revealing both passion for music and hidden talent. One student, Gan Wenjun, proved gifted at piano, for which he won several national awards and even played with famous pianist Richard Clayderman in concert.

Among other successes, Zhang Long was awarded titles such as “Most Admirable Teacher in Wuhan” and a national honor “The Most Beautiful Teacher of China”,“I’ve never treated them as blind children,” says Zhang of the pupils. “It doesn’t matter that those kids can’t see. They can use their own ways to express themselves. I’ve never lowered my standards for them because they are blind, because to me they are just children.” Her approach seems to have worked and now pupils harbor ambitions such as to become a teacher, a professional singer and even an astronaut.

Wuhan City School for the Blind holds the belief that blind children are perfectly capable of the same achievements as sighted kids, given the right guidance and a little courage. Since its establishment, it has helped over 500 children pursue their dreams and been a cradle of many rising stars in music, sports, teaching and other fields. It aims to keep making contribution to China’s endeavors in special education.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Jeff Martin (The Tea Party) Produces Exquisite Debut EP for New Australian Indie Duo, Secret Solis, with Terepai Richmond (The Whitlams) on the Drums

Adelaide, Australia, 2017-May-18 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Between sold out tours of Australia and Canada in 2016, Jeff Martin (The Tea Party) invited new Australian indie folk / rock duo Secret Solis to record their debut EP, “Deep Down” at River House Studios near Byron Bay. The sessions produced a five track album of indie folk / rock anthems, the tracks resonating with both Led Zeppelin’s driving acoustic rock and the ethereal ballads of Pink Floyd. Jeff’s eastern palette adds an eclectic flavour to the EP that is reminiscent of his early albums with The Tea Party, as in Splendor Solis and Edges of Twilight. Terepai Richmond (The Whitlams) joins the line up on drums providing a John Bonham / Ginger Baker style foundation for the albums songs.

When asked to describe the project Martin says “I have been waiting for years to produce a sound like this at River House Studios. Of all the production work I have done over the last 25 years, including my work with The Tea Party, Secret Solis’ EP “Deep Down” is in the top five of work that I am most proud of.”

Secret Solis was formed in 2012 when established Cairns-based singer/songwriter, Kian Eder met Cally Pysden, a pianist and singer/songwriter from Adelaide. Before meeting Cally, Kian’s music was heavily influenced by Pink Floyd, The Tea Party, A Perfect Circle, and acoustic rock cross-over artists like Ben Harper. Collaborating with Cally added a new dimension to Kian’s vision, elevating the music to new heights with her soaring ethereal vocals the likes of Enya, Dido, Sia and Amy-Lee. Enter Jeff Martin as producer and musician using production techniques straight out of Jimmy Page’s playbook, and Terepai Richmond (The Whitlams) on drums and you have a special magic happening in the mix.

Martin agreed to produce the band after hearing only a small section of their demo, “Speechless Soul” and the rest is history. Jeff plays all the heavy guitars and solos, hurdy gurdy and synths including his boutique theremin. He also lends his voice to the band’s debut single, “Sunshine”. The second single, “Are You Listening?” features Jeff playing an old school rock solo unlike many have ever heard.

Both singles are now available at secretsolis.bandcamp.com

When asked what the songs are about Kian says “The songs are based on our personal experiences but ultimately we are aiming to create relatable themes that resonate with everyone. We want this music to heal, uplift and empower people to face and overcome the many challenges of life as our favourite music has done for us.”

The Debut EP “Deep Down” will be released via bandcamp on the 16th of June, 2017.

Secret Solis are currently seeking expressions of interest from record labels, managers and booking agents to take the project to the next level.
Secret Solis EPK

“Beautiful, warm and rich vocal harmonies. Makes me feel like crying, dancing and laughing. These guys really have something.” – Producer, James Sanger (Dido, Sinead O’Connor, Annie Lennox, U2, The Cure, Madonna)
Contact-Details: Company: Secret Solis

Contact: Kian Eder

Phone: +61 4 3152 2362 // +61 8 8956 2955 // +61 8 8956 8956

Website: secretsolis.com

EPK: http://onepagelink.com/secretsolis/

Sales: https://secretsolis.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/secretsolis/

Email: music@secretsolis.com

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Behind the Lyric

Richmond, Texas, 2017-May-02 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — “Go Away” A song that is available on itunes and amazon.com was written after the incident where Rapper Fifty cent mocked an autistic man. It was out of empathy for that man intertwined with my own hurt, that this song was written.

I was struggling emotionally and solicited the help of an ex-coworker. Instead of responding in a respectful manner, he berated me. I was in a difficult situation and had ongoing health issues. I reached out believing he would surely help or offer advice, but I misjudged who he was as a person and his response was unexpected.

That was emotionally difficult for me although, I was not publicly humiliated the way Andrew that autistic man was but because of my experience, I could empathize.

That lead to the creation of the lyrics to the song, “Go Away.”

I keep hearing the mean things you said.
Your words keep repeating, they play in my head.
I had nowhere to go but you made me wanna hide.
Because of struggles, many days I curled up and cried.
Go away, go away, but don’t fill me with shame.
I’m nothing more than a pawn in your game.
Go away, go away, I’m just trying to survive.
But hash words and bullying has claimed many lives.
I didn’t want to live life locked in.
You formed your conclusion without question.
You believed I chose to look the way that I do.
I didn’t and I wouldn’t choose to behave like you.
I’m grown up but inside I’m a kid.
And that doesn’t cause some to bat an eyelid.
You need to know that’s how it’ll always be for me.
With Autism, I’ll live and I’ll never be really free.

My hope is that this song might help to curb insensitive obnoxious individuals, and somehow soften the way we respond to others.

Available on line from itunes at (http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1178363030?ls=1&app=itunes)
And also from Amazon.com

Other song and lyrics written by Author Ruth Garnes were carved from love, hurt and sorrow. At times, it was my own, other times, I echoed the pain of the world around me.

A poet and advocate of hurting children, my author’s profile and poetic anthologies are available on line at (https://www.amazon.com/Ruth-Garnes/e/B00T6H1I2C)

Contact-Details: Ruth Garnes
1810 McCrary Rd, Richmond Texas
713-562-7904 at https://soundcloud.com/ruth-garnes/garnes-ruth-go-away
https://www.amazon.com/Ruth-Garnes/e/B00T6H1I2C

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British pop act OMYO to use Blingby’s ad technology to turn its music videos into unique shopping experiences

NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-21 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Blingby has today announced a cutting-edge partnership with emerging British pop act OMYO, which sees its patented advertising technology turn the band’s music videos, concerts and more into unique shopping experiences for consumers around the world.

As part of the deal, the innovative advertising and marketing omnichannel platform will curate a series of unique videos that lets viewers shop the stars’ styles as they see them with its ‘bbstream technology’ – a portable scrolling selection of fashion, products and destinations as seen in the videos. Viewers can watch and purchase the styles or book a flight or hotel inspired by the video with the click or tap of a button.

Oxfordshire-born urban pop act OMYO found fame last year when they provided the soundtrack to New Look’s Autumn/Winter fashion campaign with critically acclaimed single ‘Lady’. They have since gone on to become BBC Introducing favourites and receive plays from the likes of BBC Radio 1 Xtra’s Charlie Sloth.

OMYO’s close links to fashion retailers – ranging from New Look to Ellesse – made the band a natural fit for Blingby’s advertising capabilities. As fans watch their music videos, live performances and more, they can simultaneously watch and shop interactively through the bbstream.

At a recent headline show in New York, OMYO also became the first band to use Blingby’s Live technology – the world’s first real-time consumer shopping experience designed for concerts, fashion shows and more.

OMYO and Blingby will also be collaborating on the duo’s next music video for their upcoming single, ‘Days With You’. The video will be bbTagged by Blingby and will feature items of clothing from fashion retailer River Island.

Founder and CEO of Blingby, Marcia Favale, commented on the partnership: “OMYO is right there fusing the boundaries of music and fashion. They have worked with some absolutely aspirational fashion brands – ASOS, Adidas, Ellesse, Blood Brother and more. They know exactly what their fans want to wear and OMYO is inspiring new trends. Through Blingby, OMYO can promote labels whilst maintaining creative integrity. Blingby is the platform designed to bridge that gap and make a connection between music fans and what the stars are wearing.”

OMYO added: “We are always looking for brand new ways of engaging with our fans and followers and Blingby adds a whole new dimension to our videos. Incorporating the Blingby videos into our Facebook page and posts is especially helpful as it is so difficult to stand out on social media these days, but having a video that doubles as an interactive browsing experience provides exactly that.”

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Norwegian rock legend Gudny Aspaas to launch her new album in Oslo on April 5 at the Rockefeller Music Hall

OSLO, Norway, 07-Jan-2017 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Tickets for the concert are now on sale, and can be ordered through www.gudnyaspaas.com which also features samples from “No Stranger”. The concert will also feature tracks from Gudny’s back catalog.

“The concert and album are the culmination of several months of work – and I’m thrilled with how “No Stranger” has turned out,” said Gudny. “I was lucky to work with some incredibly talented musicians and a wonderful team, and the result is, I think, the best work I’ve ever produced. I’m really looking forward to being back on stage, and I can’t wait for people to hear the new album in April.”

“No Stranger” is representative of the eclecticism of Gudny’s extensive career in music, with all of her – and her musicians’ – many talents represented in tracks such as the vocally complex “Galactic Child” (which allows her to show off her distinctive voice) through the eloquent piano/vocal piece “Hello Again” to the classic rock ‘n’ roll of “You Can Run”. From haunting simplicity to wall of sound, “No Stranger” fully demonstrates the breadth and depth of Gudny’s musical genius and her pioneering versatility as a composer and performer.

Gudny represented Norway four times in the Eurovision Song Contest, and fronted iconic progressive rock group Ruphus in the 1970s, returning for a reunion in the 1990s and again in 2010 – also at the Rockefeller Music Hall. Ruphus’s “New Born Day” was voted as one of the top 50 best Norwegian albums ever made. She has also released numerous solo singles and albums.

Originally from Meråker but now living in Oslo, Gudny comes from a musical family in which almost every member could play an instrument. Singing shyly for her family from the age of four, she and three friends formed “The Singing Goats” at the age of 12, supporting their vocals with guitars and tambourine. Having won a music competition, she released her first single in 1969.

Gudny is also a supremely talented creative artist, working mainly in silver jewellery. She graduated from the Statens Kunst og Håndverksskole (State Academy of Craft and Art Industry) and now has her “Silverland” gallery/workshop in the centre of Oslo near the Slottsparken.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Christmas Around The World music CD

Four (4) generations of international music artists, from 9 countries around the world, performing your favorite Christmas songs in English & their native languages, including some NEW original Christmas songs, on a never before undertaken magical Christmas Music CD!

Northridge CA, 2016-Dec-20 — /EPR Network/ — The Paris5000 Media Entertainment Group and Paris5000 Music & Film Production Company are extremely proud, to release their “Christmas Around The World” CD.  Consisting of 14 music artists/singers, from around the world, spanning four generations of talent, this CD is sure to be a collector’s item. The music has been wonderfully arranged and mixed, by industry professional, multi-instrumentalist, music composer/producer, Michael “Mickey” Durio. From Motown To Christmas Town.

Amazing singers like Pat Boone, Dave Crosby ( The Grandson of Bing Crosby), Ambrosia, Freda Payne, Mario Max (Germany), Egberto Garcia (Ecuador), Kayla Bohan (China), Abby Cubey (Philippines), Angel Ray (Mexico), to name but a few of the artists on this magical Christmas CD.

A portion of all sales proceeds will go to support MusiCares, Safe Passage and Make-A-Wish – Greater Los Angeles Chapter.

The “Christmas Around The World” music CD is available online on the Paris5000 special Christmas website: www.christmasmusicstars.com, Amazon.com, under Christmas Around the World CD 2016, and soon ITunes. Sales begin immediately!!

MEDIA CONTACT:
Russ Neibert
Paris Media Ent.
Phone: (818) 251-0641
Office: (818) 833-1905
parismedia5000@gmail.com

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TORONTO’S THE NURSERY RELEASE NEW EP PACKED WITH DYNAMIC AND AMBITIOUS SYNTH-POP COMPOSITIONS

Toronto, ON, Canada, 2016-Jul-28 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Toronto’s synth-pop foursome The Nursery are back with a new EP entitled Digital Ashes. Recorded in a converted monastery in Buffalo, NY by Justin Rose (James Taylor, Lil’ Wayne), the dramatic space left its mark on the tracks.

Chartattack.com has been streaming the EP, describing the sound as “big and glossy, 3D-modelled, rose quartz and serene-colored pop music”.

The band recently released a video for the title track, Digital Ashes, exploring the paradoxical fragility of digital data through dizzying glitch sequences, post-internet visuals and virtual reality.

They will be touring this fall in support of the EP before releasing their debut full-length LP.

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/thenursery/sets/digital-ashes-ep

EPK: http://www.thisisthenursery.com/epk

Contact-Details: Genevieve Blais
Blais Marketing
416.389.5181
gblais@thisisthenursery.com

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Fresh new artist TinaMazyck releases her EP “Mazyck”

Montclair, NJ, 2016-Jun-19 — /EPR Network/ — TinaMazyck is a Bronx raised R&B artist with an Alternative-pop twist. Her newest single “Musik” has been released from the upcoming EP titled “Mazyck”. Reactions from a very diverse group of fans were all very positive. Some of the reactions are; “This is a classic” ; “You are a breath of fresh air” ; “I can leave this song on repeat all day and not get tired of it”. The single has gained a lot of attention on social media platforms, complemented by top producers and has even been picked up by internet radio stations. Eager fans are now anticipating more music from the budding vocalist. Listen to the classic Single titled “Musik” right here (https://soundcloud.com/tinamazyck)

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Whats sets “Mazyck” apart from the bunch is its fun, classic and unique sound that jerks emotion from listeners. The EP to come, embodies the spirit of a rebel and gives off positive vibes. This EP encourages young adults to stand tall and be themselves. It gives encouragement to un-apologetically do what feels right and embrace confidence.

“The world can never have enough positive role models and thats what our music scene needs” TinaMazyck expressed in an interview. Collaborating with the multiplatinum producer, Sean Gill who is represented by celebrity manager Bernadette Brennan has worked close on TinaMazyck’s EP. The talented, well known, R&B producer- Mookie has leant a hand on piano and in production. Lastly, Ari Freedman teamed up on bass, putting the final touches on her songs. TinaMazyck works diligently to deliver expressive and well crafted songs.

With a drive to continue the line of great music, TinaMazyck will officially be releasing her EP, “Mazyck” on 6/17/16. You can now purchase it on Band camp here (https://tinamazyck.bandcamp.com/album/mazyck)
It will be available on iTunes, amazon, spotify etc. very soon.

It will undoubtedly be an EP to remember.

Please get in touch with TinaMazyck for inquiries and interviews at:

Email: cemazyck@gmail.com

Website: (tina-mazyck.com)

Social Media: (https://www.facebook.com/tinamazyck/)

Contact-Details: Christina Mazyck, 5 Carlton Drive Montclair NJ, 3479725148, cemazyck@gmail.com, tina-mazyck.com

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Denon MCX8000 is Coming to DJkit, Will Debut at NAMM 2016

Newbury, Berkshire, UK, January 15, 2016 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Top DJ hardware seller will be offering new DJ player and controller in stores soon

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Denon is playing it coy for the meantime, but its latest product, the MCX8000, will be making its way to DJkit shelves very soon. The company has confirmed, however, that the device is a standalone DJ player and controller, meaning one that wouldn’t require any computer working alongside it.

Denon has promised more information on the MCX8000 at the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, which takes place from 21 January through 24 January, 2016. It’s going to be an exciting event, for sure, and DJkit will be there; till then, anticipation should be heating up ahead of the device’s official release.

No Computer Needed – A Purely Standalone Device for Serato DJ

The Denon MCX8000 is a DJ player and controller that can be used as a standalone device for Serato DJ. For those who are unfamiliar, Serato DJ is a software suite from New Zealand-based company Serato that, according to the company, “delivers all the features and performance to meet the demands of DJs at the top of their game.” It also supports a wide range of hardware devices, including Denon’s previous MCX6000 release, but the new MCX8000 will do the same, working with the latest version of Serato DJ, but with a key difference.

That key difference is that you can use the Denon MCX8000 without any computer, and that should mean instant convenience for professional DJs using the device. Ever dreamed of carrying less gear for your DJ-ing job and not having to lug all that stuff (or drive with it in the back seats) from one club to another? The MCX8000 should help you with that.

Basic Features of the Denon MCX8000

At this point, Denon has preferred to stay mum about the MCX8000’s features until it debuts at Hall A of the Anaheim Convention Center as part of the 2016 NAMM Show. Aside from its being a standalone controller and player for Serato DJ, the MC X8000 boasts of a similar design to the Numark NS7 III and Numark NV, and comes with two large screens and eight performance pads. Based on the press photos, the device comes with four XLR outputs and what appear to be multiple USB ports.

Pricing and availability details have not yet been announced, but DJkit promises to deliver that information the moment Denon confirms the details at NAMM 2016.

About DJkit:
DJkit is the UK’s leading DJ equipment retailer, offering an unrivalled range of over 25,000 products and packages for professional musicians and amateurs alike.

Contact:
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DJKit.com
Unit B1 Shannon House, Newbury,
West Berkshire RG14 5SS,
United Kingdom
sales@djkit.com

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Salvation RMX ( 2nd single from album “Raise Up”) by PTtheGospelSpitter

ATLANTA, October 27, 2015 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — PT is the quintessential advocate for Jesus and has an organic passion for leading people to God. PT’s focus is not bringing to God, the very people that know him, but those that don’t. Much like the contemporary styles of Kirk Franklin, Deitrick Haddon, and Mary Mary, PT has been blessed with the spirit of gospel in a very unique manner. He believes that by becoming familiar to individuals who come from secular or hip hop backgrounds, that he will influence people, especially youth to come to God. PT is making it cool to have swag and praise God, and hopes that people traditionally thought lost, will turn to God, without having to fit the traditional conception of what saved people are expected to look like.

On his latest release the Salvation RMX. The talented entertainer creates a perfect world, where swag and the word of God collaborate to spread the gospel, while making it cool to give thanks. Check out the single now and be sure to drop by Indie Reign (below) for the visual compliment to this amazing single.

Salvation RMX at iTunes

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Salvation RMX – Single by PTtheGospelSpitter on iTunes

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Preview buy and download songs from the album Salvation RMX – Single including ”Salvation RMX.” Buy the album for $0.99. Songs start at $0.99.

https://www.indiereign.com/video/salvation-rmx

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Salvation RMX

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A youth choir and their director lift the spiritual life of a church and preacher. Winner of the Audience Choice Award, nominee for Best Music Video and Best Directed Music Video for 2015 Gwinnett Center International Film Festival.

ABOUT SERVING THE PEACE ENTERTAINMENT
Serving the Peace LLC, is the place for edifying entertainment from an evolving and growing startup in the entertainment industry.  For additional information visit website http://servingthepeace.com/

ABOUT Gospel Artist P.T. the Gospel Spitter
For additional information visit http://www.imdb.me/ptthegospelspitter
Or http://www.ptthegospelspitter.com

ABOUT Salvation RMX
For additional information visit Salvation RMX music video on IMDb or
Salvation RMX at iTunes
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Media Contact
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Contact Person: Hamilton Ford
Email: hamiltonford@yahoo.com

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Website: https://www.indiereign.com/video/salvation-rmx

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Lua Hadar with Twist Swings it in French at Society Cabaret Bastille Party

San Francisco, CA, July 03, 2015 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — To celebrate French Independence Day, Lua Hadar with Twist returns for an encore performance of their popular French Music Hall show, “C’est Magnifique!” This Bastille-Day-with-a-Twist features Lua on French and English vocals, Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Kelly Park on drums, and special guest Dave Sturdevant on guitar and harmonica. Saturday, July 11 at 8pm (seating from 7pm) at Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex Union Square, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Tickets start at $25 (NO FEES) at Ticketmaster or societycabaret.com Or call 415-857-1896. Full bar, great food. More info at www.luahadar.com.

The show presents a variety of songs from the popular traditions of Paris, including those of American songwriter Cole Porter; hence the title “C’est Magnifique!” a song from Cole Porter’s 1953 musical, Can-Can.

Dave Sturdevant’s harmonica brings a Toots Thielemans-style to the show, in addition to the gypsy sound of his swinging guitar.

French songs by Charles Trenet, Maxime LeForestier, Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg round out the set list, and as ever, Lua’s fun and quirky stories provide her personalized bridge to the songs, whether you speak French or not.

Hadar is no stranger to France or French music, having just returned from teaching a master class in France on American Jazz Standards.

[VIDEO: https://youtu.be/EuohiSigShk]

[TICKETS: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/229943/1911076?Brand=societycab]

ABOUT TWIST:
Since its inception in 2007, Hadar’s cosmopolitan jazz ensemble TWIST has developed a multi-lingual world jazz fusion that twists the styles of international standards and brings new material into the jazz idiom.

Lua has charmed audiences from New York’s Iridium Jazz Club to Bangkok’s Thailand Cultural Center to the Swan Bar in Paris, where, on a return engagement, she previewed “C’est Magnifique!” to an enthusiastic full house before bringing it to San Francisco’s Society Cabaret for its first run in November 2013. The show was reprised last year and became a Society Cabaret tradition, presented each time with a different featured instrumentalist.

Hadar has released three CDs with Music Director Jason Martineau and Twist. The most recent, “Like A Bridge,” was recorded in 2012 as the centerpiece of her Bridges Project. The “Like A Bridge” DVD was nominated for an Independent Music Award and was released at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland in September of 2013 after its premiere at San Francisco’s Historic Balboa Theater.

“…such a lovely variety of songs from cabaret traditions of Paris (and beyond), that we might as well have been in a brick-walled basement room in the Quartier Latin.” – Talkin’ Broadway

“First call band of international talent and an innate gift of swing.” – Critical Jazz

For more information on Lua Hadar with Twist, see luahadar.com, iTunes, youtube, facebook, twitter and most major music sites.

ABOUT THE HOTEL REX AND SOCIETY CABARET:
The Hotel Rex is San Francisco’s answer to New York’s legendary Algonquin Hotel, located at 562 Sutter Street between Powell and Mason. Surrounded by 1920’s and 30’s style artwork and glamour, guests can linger in the Library Bar for cocktails and conversation. A menu of American classics with a European influence is available in the cabaret room as small plates or dinner. Society Cabaret patrons are immersed in an ambiance of arts and culture, in a true cabaret setting. Society Cabaret has received acclaim from the San Francisco Mayor’s Office and has expanded this year with venues in San Diego and San José. (http://societycabaret.com)

Contact-Details: Lua Hadar

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LondonTown.com: Best events in London in May 2015

Stormtroopers descend on the capital on 16th May 2015 when Star Wars – also the theme for Secret Cinema’s summer extravaganza in London – opens at Madame Tussauds, one of the best London events to look forward to in May 2015.

May 2015 begins with a Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 1st until Monday 4th May and the extra day off makes this a great time to visit London with the London Sketchfest, Breakin’ Convention, the free Canalway Cavalcade in Little Venice, and Grand Designs Live showing the great variety of events on offer in the city.

The London Coffee Festival, Pick Me Up graphic design festival continue throughout the May Bank Holiday weekend when the Wellcome Collection offers illumination in free festival ‘On Light’, the Southbank is transformed into the Streets of Spain, Vaisakhi Festival offers free entertainment in Trafalgar Square, and Land of Kings brings music, theatre and movies to Dalston on Sunday 3rd May.

Take inspiration from Richard Curtis’ movie and visit the Notting Hill May Fair on Saturday 9th May, part of the month-long Notting Hill MayFest. On Sunday 10th May the Dulwich Festival Fair, just one of the many Dulwich Festival events, comes to Goose Green, and the Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary. Later in the month Alchemy brings ten days of Indian culture to the Southbank Centre, and there’s more festival fun to feast on when the Foodies Festival comes to Syon Park.

London theatre highlights for new productions beginning in May include Simon Russell Beale starring in Steve Waters’ new play ‘Temple’ at the Donmar Warehouse, and Oscar nominated actor Bradley Cooper who reprises his acclaimed Broadway role as Joseph Merrick in ‘The Elephant Man’.

James Phillips’s new play ‘McQueen’ starring award-winning actor Stephen Wight, named Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards, premieres at St James’s Theatre on Tuesday 12th May. Gurinder Chadha brings her hit film Bend It Like Beckham to the London stage on 15th May 2015 when this season’s Regents Park Open Air Theatre programme launches with Peter Pan.

Major photography fair Photo London brings commissioned exhibitions and live events to Somerset House, Art15 attracts collectors looking for something new and different to Olympia, Clerkenwell Design Week includes Exmouth Market and its surrounds for the first time, and the new city-wide London Craft Week showcases work by top designer-makers in a specially created pop-up pavilion.

May’s live music highlights include Essex X Factor success story Olly Murs and throwback bands S Club 7 and Fleetwood Mac who welcome back former member Christine McVie after a sixteen-year hiatus. Texas, Belle and Sebastian, Maroon 5, and The Maccabees offer more memorable musical moments while Nick Cave and Eric Clapton both appear at the Royal Albert Hall. For a free classical music concert, catch the London Symphony Orchestra performing an open air concert in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 17th May.

London’s pop-up cinemas are back! The Rooftop Film Club returns to the Bussey Building, Hot Tub Cinema comes to a disused railway station in Shoreditch, and Pop Up Screens invites us to look at the science behind films like Alien at Chelsea Old Town Hall. From science to nature, the Chelsea Flower Show showcases stunning floral displays, and there are four days of fashion as Graduate Fashion Week sashays into the Old Truman Brewery from 30th May 2015.

Hundreds of museums, galleries and historic spaces across the UK and London open their doors late for Museums at Night. The Museum of Childhood marks the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with The Alice Look.

In dance, Wayne McGregor presents his first full length ballet for The Royal Ballet Woolf Works, and the full ranks of Tredegar Town Band accompany Rambert’s dancers in the world premiere of Dark Arteries at Sadler’s Wells.

Meet crocodile Joe and Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick when the London Pet Show comes to London’s ExCeL centre on 9th & 10th May.

See a star studded comedy cast at Channel 4’s Comedy Gala including Michael McIntyre, Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jason Byrne and Jonathan Ross, and book in for the splendid London Wonderground Spiegeltent which launches on 7th May with headline show Scotch & Soda, bringing Coney Island-style attractions and cabaret performed in the shadow of the Southbank Centre.

For more information on these and other great London events in May 2015, go to LondonTown.com where a wide choice of London hotels to suit all budgets is given as well as information on restaurants, attractions and all the latest London happenings.

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Guitarists Improve Their Skills Up To 72% Faster With Invention That Revolutionizes The Way People Learn Guitar

Chicago, IL, March 03, 2015 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Tom Hess Music Corporation releases The Guitar Playing Accelerator – a new invention that enables guitarists and guitar students to track the exact improvements gained from their guitar practice, evaluate the effectiveness of their guitar learning efforts and increase their musical progress by up to 72%.

Online guitar teacher and inventor of the Guitar Playing Accelerator – Tom Hess, says: “Tracking one’s guitar progress is the flossing of the guitar playing world. Everyone knows they need to do it, but only the guitarists making the most rapid progress actually do it. For years I’ve been telling my guitar students to track their progress, and now I finally have created the tool that makes this process super simple, transparent and highly effective”.

With the overabundance of online guitar lessons, resources and information about guitar playing, the only way to know what works and what doesn’t is to have hard proof of one’s progress, or lack of it. Being able to see one’s improvement makes it possible to quickly make changes in what one does to learn and practice guitar – without wasting time on practicing using guesswork and trial and error.

Hess adds: “What makes tracking musical progress so difficult for most people is the fact that one needs to track literally everything…hundreds of specific elements of their guitar playing and musical skills. It’s an extremely time-consuming process, even if one knows how to do it and is committed to doing it regularly.

So for the last 6 and ½ years, my team and I have worked to invent a tool that will make this process incredibly easy, fast and effective, enabling guitarists to easily track it all, organize it all, analyze it all and combine it all, to quickly see both the big picture of their overall musical progress AND the little details that must be refined to make it possible for bigger progress to occur. This goes far beyond merely tracking one’s metronome speed and includes literally single piece of one’s musical skills and knowledge. It’s by far the biggest thing we’ve ever done…”

To learn more about the Guitar Playing Accelerator, visit: http://tomhess.net

Contact-Details: Tom Hess:
hess@tomhess.net
Tom Hess Music Corporation
PO Box 113
Cary, IL
60013-0113
USA

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The Smash Group Releases 18 Year Old Artist, Dylan Hartigan and Love Seems To Be Awake Video

New York, NY, November 25, 2014 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — The Smash Group is proud to announce the release of Dylan Hartigan, a young successful actor and musician. At the age of 3 he booked his first acting gig for a nationwide commercial. Soon after, he was cast in 2004 in his first film, “The Stepford Wives”, playing Nicole Kidman and Matthew Broderick’s son. At 14 Dylan booked his first lead in a major motion picture as Andy in “The Funeral Kings” and most recently he was featured in “Unforgettable” on CBS. In 2014 he launched his music career, produced by Clay Sheff and The Smash Group. Dylan Hartigan music is groove pop with a rock edge and his style on his recordings are only rivaled by his flair on stage.

In association with the Dylan Hartigan Release, The Smash Group also has released Dylan’s First music video, Love Seems To Be. The video is directed by Andrew Wilson (creative director of The Smash Group) and produced by Clay Sheff. The song was written by Dylan Hartigan and Nunzio Signouri. Love Seems To Be Awake features beautiful model Brookelyn Kelly in intimate scenes with Dylan Hartigan. Shot on a Bridgehampton estate, the video depicts young love in a fantasy world.

For more on Dylan Hartigan go to www.dylanhartigan.com or contact the Smash Group at 212-244-9066.

Contact-Details: Clay Sheff
The Smash Group
Phone 212-244-9066
Fax 212-244-6268
info@smashny.com

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DJ Zeke Spinningin the Akademiks shop at JC Penney Herald Square

New York, NY, November 19, 2014 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — New York legend DJ Zeke, will be spinning tracks in the Akademiks shop at the JC Penney store located in the Manhattan Mall at Herald Square on Saturday, November 22, from 1PM to 3PM. The first 150 visitors to the Akademiks shop will receive a branded string backpack.

The Akademiks collection for guys features the top trends in street wear. Inspired by the intersection of art, music and fashion, the line is available in over 2,000 specialty stores throughout the U.S. Now those same boutique styles are available at select JCPenney stores throughout all five boroughs.

Check it out on Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Akademiks Shop at JCPenney located in the Manhattan Mall at Herald Square (100 W 32nd St), New York, NY 10001

About: Akademiks
Launched 15 years ago, the brand has been a favorite of top music artists and DJs, and continues to set the trend for street wear.
Follow us on Twitter @akdmksclothing

About: DJ Zeke
A rising star in the entertainment industry, and a permanent fixture on the NY club scene, DJ Zeke is known throughout the music industry. DJ Zeke keeps the party going with high energy.

Contact-Details: info@akademiks.com

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Orange County Band “Moxy and The Influence” (ages 17 – 21) Wins 2014 HMMA Award for Rock Song of the Year

On behalf of the OC rock band “Moxy and The Influence,” 17-year old vocalist Moxy Anne accepts the 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Award at the Fonda Theater on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 for the original song “Vampire Valentine.”

LOS ANGELES, CA, November 11, 2014 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Since 2009, the Annual Hollywood Music in Media Moxy And The Influence Logo Awards have attracted Music Supervisors, Composers, Recording Artists, Songwriters, and other music industry professionals from around the globe, honoring mainstream and independent artists who have contributed to the creation, placement, and supervision of the music featured in visual mediums such as television, film, and video games.  This year marks the 5th Annual HMMA Awards Banquet and Red Carpet Gala, which was held at the Fonda Theatre on November 4th, 2014.

Over the past 9 months, HMMA judges have accepted submissions and narrowed the selections with their monthly nomination reveals.  In February 2014, Orange County teen rock band Moxy and The Influence received recognition from the HMMA panel, being selected as a nominee in the Rock genre for their recently released single “Vampire Valentine.”

Moxy and The Influence is a female-fronted rock band whose members range in age from 17 to 21 years.  Vocalist Moxy Anne (17) hails from Costa Mesa, while lead guitarist Sydney Ellen (19) and drummer Ignacio Barrientos (21) are from Huntington Beach.  Bassist Carly Wasserman (17) from Mission Viejo rounds out the band.

Moxy and The Influence formed in 2013 and hit the OC music scene with a vengeance.  In 2013 the band received their first HMMA Award nomination for the single “Take Me Down.”  At the end of 2013, they won a contest with the website Big and Famous, for which the Grand Prize was a $100,000 fully-produced music video; this video was released in August of 2014 for the band’s original single “ME4ME.”  In early 2014, Moxy and The Influence was nominated for an OC Music Award in the People’s Choice Award category.  The band has played at iconic venues such as The Whisky A Go-Go, The Orange County Fair, The House of Blues Anaheim, M15, The Coach House, and Chain Reaction.  The band’s 80’s Rock & Roll sound infused with current modern elements captures the attention of various demographics of music lovers and industry professional with an appreciation for solid rock.

For media requests and interview opportunities, please contact jason@StarCrossedArtist.com.  To book Moxy and The Influence, visit www.MoxyAndTheInfluence or email booking@MoxyAndTheInfluence.com.  For additional details about the HMMA awards, please visit www.HMMAwards.org.

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Orange County Band “Moxy and The Influence” Wins 2014 HMMA Award for Rock Song of the Year

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LondonTown.com: London’s Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

More than 80,000 people are expected to attend the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, taking place in the historical maritime district of London from 20th to 28th June 2014, the UK ‘s largest annual programme of outdoor dance. Visitors coming to London to see this free street theatre spectacle can choose from many hotels including cheap London hotels. With so much of the entertainment at the nine day GDIF being free, it’s both a fun and affordable way to enjoy the city.

The Greenwich & Docklands International Festival is especially good at putting on outdoor dance spectaculars, something the festival’s Artistic Director, Bradley Hemmings, appointed Co-Artistic Director (along with Jenny Sealey of the London based Graeae Theatre Company) showed to a worldwide audience at the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony.

The festival always opens with an epic outdoor spectacular and this year kicks off with Muaré on Friday 20th June 2014 which sees aerialists from Spanish-Argentinean company Voala present a bright and physical show in which a group of aerial performers descend from large and revolving mobiles, showcasing beautiful choreography while suspended above the audience at the National Maritime Museum, London SE10.

Further highlights of this year’s festival include ‘Safe House’ from the team behind last year’s ‘As The World Tipped’; ‘Global Streets’, which takes place at the festival’s newest venue the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; ‘Arka’, a Polish theatre spectacular; and ‘Deblozay’ by French company Rara Woulib who celebrate the rise of the dead.

The festival takes place in outdoor areas in south east London and in the town centres of Greenwich and Woolwich, Canary Wharf, Whitechapel and Bow. Venues including landmarks like the Maritime Museum, Old Royal Naval College and Cutty Sark.

For information on all theatre, drama and performance in London this summer, visit the website LondonTown.com where full listings on all the top shows are given. For visitors coming from outside London the website gives a wide choice of accommodation to suit all budgets and requirements.

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LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.

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LondonTown.com: The City of London Festival returns for its 52nd year in 2014

For three weeks this summer the City of London will be taken over by live music, visual arts, film, walks and talks for the 52nd City of London Festival. The festival takes place at numerous venues across the City, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Drapers’ Hall and Devonshire Square. Festival goers travelling from outside of London can find a great selection of cheap hotels in London on LondonTown.com.

The festival runs from 22nd June to 12th July and commences with a Festival Service at St Paul’s Cathedral. Directed by Andrew Carwood, the Cathedral Choir’s Director of Music, the morning service will provide an uplifting start to the three-week programme.

This year’s festival pays homage to the former uniform of the City with a giant inflatable Bowler Hat. Located in Paternoster Square, next to St Paul’s Cathedral, the pop up venue will host a large percentage of the festival’s events, including children’s theatre, cabaret, comedy and circus. Highlights include Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, brought to life by London’s Little Angel Theatre; live comedy from Professional Grumpy Old Woman, Jenny Eclair; a discussion on Smallness with Russell Kane; and Richard Herring’s Lord of the Dance Settee.

Visit LondonTown.com for more information on the festival and all of the other best events taking place in London this summer.

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LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.

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LondonTown.com: Victoria Park set for The Pixies as Field Day returns

Now into its eighth year, Victoria Park’s Field Day Festival has become something of an institution in London’s live music calendar and one of the capital’s best loved festivals.

Taking place over the weekend of April 7th and 8th, this year’s Field Day returns to Victoria Park in East London with arguably its finest line-up yet. As ever the festival prioritises indie credibility over mainstream pop and it doesn’t get much more indie or credible than Sunday’s headline act, Boston’s proto-Grunge legends the Pixies.

Having just release Indie Cindy, their first full album since 1991’s Trompe le Monde, the Pixies are reportedly in the finest live form of their hugely influential career and promise to deliver blistering renditions of much-loved classics like Where Is My Mind?, Debaser and Bone Machine as well as numbers from their hugely anticipated new record.

Joining the Pixies on the Field Day bill will be Saturday’s headline act Metronomy, who return to the festival after a memorable main stage performance in 2012 in support of new album Love Letters. Psychedelic rock outfit Temples, livewire rapper Danny Brown and Drenge, NME’s recently crowned Best New Band, are among a wonderfully eclectic array of acts filling out the bill.

Tickets are available at £48.50 for Saturday, £38.50 for Sunday or £78 for a weekend pass. Attendees looking for handy accommodation in the area will be pleased to learn thatLondon events and hotels specialist LondonTown.com is supporting the festival by offering a selection discounted hotels within easy walking distance of Victoria Park.

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LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.

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LondonTown.com: The Eagles Bring their Story to London

Rock stalwarts the Eagles are bringing their ‘History Of’ tour to London with a hotly-anticipated one night stand at the O2 Arena on June 16th. The show will feature original members Glenn Frey and Don Henley trawl their considerable back catalog, interspersing hits such as ‘Desperado’ and ‘Witchy Woman’ with anecdotes about their long, fruitful career.

The tour has attracted widespread critical acclaim for the intimate approach it takes to the Eagles’ canon. Henley and Frey open the show with nothing but a pair of acoustic guitars and stools. The two perform early hits and explain the founding of the band and the introduction of key members. The excitement builds with each addition to the stage: Timothy B. Schmit, a small drum kit, Joe Walsh, a bigger drumkit – so it goes on until the stage is filled with the supporting musicians and lavish sound associated with the Eagles’ hitmaking latter 70s heyday.

The live performance is accompanied by video content charting the evolution of the band, and the Eagles do what they do best, bringing the show to a thrilling climax with two encores. For eager British audiences, the £ 50+ ticket prices are well worth it to see bona fide 20 th century rock aristocracy in action.

Many will travel from across the country (and beyond) to see their heroes, and a number of London hotels have teamed up with LondonTown.com to offer fans the chance to stay close to the 02 without paying full room rates.

Some of the best hotels in the capital are situated in the Docklands area, close to the arena, and LondonTown.com is offering special rates on many of them, exclusively for guests who book through the site.

For more information on the 02 Arena, the History of the Eagles Tour, and to see moreLondon hotels, visit LondonTown.com.

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About LondonTown.com
LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.

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