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Legendary Guitarist Don Mancuso Returns With His First Holiday CD
Don Mancuso (DDrive, Black Sheep, Lou Gramm Band) returns with a brand new release, a two track Holiday CD single featuring a beautiful rendition of the classic Blue Christmas made famous by Elvis and written by Billy Hays & Jay W. Johnson.
Mancuso also captures the spirit of Christmas with a brand new song “Its Christmas” that is sure to become a holiday classic, featuring the extraordinary talents of long time friend and musical companion Lou Gramm (Foreigner, Black Sheep, Shadow King).
written and directed Randy Johnson
in the Kreeger
September 28 – November 4, 2012
“If you never got the chance to see Joplin live … this feels as close as you’re going to get.” – The Oregonian
With a voice like whiskey and a laugh like pure joy, Janis Joplin took the music scene by storm. Simultaneously rough and vulnerable, Joplin was dubbed the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, proving music wasn’t just a man’s world anymore. Packed with classics (“Piece of My Heart,” “Summertime,” “Mercedes Benz”) the show also shines the spotlight on trailblazers who influenced Janis like Bessie Smith, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. Now, in a new musical event featuring more than a dozen singers and band members, playwright-director Randy Johnson creates “a compelling portrait of an artist” (Culturemob) through the words, inspiration and music of one of America’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll originals.
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Attention European Fans!
Your requests have been heard… Summers [www.officialsummers.com] will be taking the stage in the big city of London, September 21st, 2012 (7:30pm), at The Garage London; supporting Takida.
Don’t miss these British Bad Boys as they show up and show out!
ACADEMY TO SCREEN “THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY” IN NYC
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Monday Nights with Oscar® screening series will present “Thank God It’s Friday” (1978) on Monday, August 6, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City. Hosted by drag icon Hedda Lettuce, the evening features a rarely seen clip of legendary disco diva Donna Summer performing at the 51st Annual Academy Awards®.
Produced at the height of the disco craze, “Thank God It’s Friday” follows a motley assortment of staff and patrons of a fictitious nightclub, revealing their escapades in a series of intertwining stories. The film’s all-star ensemble cast creates a vibrant, comedic portrait of an era filled with extravagant fashion, recreational drugs and a groovy beat.
“Thank God It’s Friday,” which marked the only feature film appearance by Summer, won an Academy Award® for Original Song for “Last Dance” by Paul Jabara. Read the rest of this entry
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents a new print of the 1965 musical classic “The Sound of Music” as the fourth film in its series “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will also welcome actress Kym Karath, who played Gretl, the youngest of the seven Von Trapp children in the film.
Based on the Broadway musical, the film follows Maria (played by Julie Andrews in her second Oscar®-nominated role) a young woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the seven children of a widowed navy captain (Christopher Plummer). The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards® including Actress (Julie Andrews, “Maria”), Actress in a supporting role (Peggy Wood,” Mother Abbess), Art Direction – Color (Art Direction: Boris Leven; Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott, Ruby Levitt), Cinematography – Color (Ted McCord), Costume Design, Color (Dorothy Jenkins), and won awards for Directing (Robert Wise), Film Editing (William Reynolds), Music – Scoring of Music–adaptation or treatment (Irwin Kostal), Best Picture (Robert Wise, Producer), and Sound (20th Century-Fox Studio Sound Department, James P. Corcoran, sound director; and Todd-AO Sound Department, Fred Hynes, sound director).
Chuck Mead’s Kickstarter campaign earned significant support for his album project.
Photo credit: courtesy of Kickstarter
When Chuck Mead set out to make Back at the Quonset Hut, an album of classic Country songs, he wanted to kick the project up a notch.
He was recording at the Quonset Hut, the recently reactivated studio erected by Harold and Owen Bradley on 16th Avenue, where Patsy Cline, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Roger Miller, Ray Price, Marty Robbins, Tammy Wynette and many others recorded some of Country’s most enduring hits.
With such a rich history, Mead wanted to include a film about the making of his album and about the Quonset Hut itself, as part of a CD/DVD package. The only problem was the added cost of producing it — about $10,000.
Kellie Pickler salutes the troops on the cover of Maxim.
Credit: Maxim Magazine
On Newsstands Nationwide Tuesday, July 31
Pickler is the leading lady in the special newsstand issue, Maxim Salutes the Military, in stores Tuesday, July 31. Her show-stopping cover and centerfold images are reminiscent of the 1940s-50s era with a modern flare, and in her in-depth personal interview Pickler shares her experience performing for troops overseas on five USO tours and why she will always be an avid supporter of our troops. The story and full photo spread is LIVE now on Maxim.com.