The Eight Fifteens are excited to perform at “Idiots With Instruments” because of a connection the band has with The Village Idiot.
“That is really where it all started for The Eight Fifteens,” wrote guitarist and vocalist Josh Q. Whitney in an email. “It is more than a bar; it is a community of people, a family that cares for one another.”
Twelve acts will perform from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 6 at The Village Idiot, 309 Conant St. The show is open to all ages and will showcase talent from Maumee and Toledo that have played and still play at The Village Idiot.
“We are very lucky to have a large group of musicians in this town that, instead of stepping on each other to get ahead, help and respect one another,” said Whitney, who coordinated and helped plan the event.
This is the first time for the show but Whitney hopes it will not be the last.
“I have been tossing the idea of a music fest around in my head for a little while now — to get local bands with originals and covers to perform a ‘Toledo Woodstock,’ if you will,” he said.
Nicole Khoury of Arctic Clam, who will perform at the show, said The Village Idiot is the greatest place in town to have a musical event and Toledo musicians are second to none.
“To be part of any event that combines the two is always top on our priority list,” Khoury said in an email.
The show will include Evan Bates, The House Band, Barile and May, The Killer Flamingos, Andrew Ellis, Old State Line, Bob Rex, The Eight Fifteens, Mike Fisher, Clarence Clamwater, Arctic Clam and Dooley Wilson. Each band will play 45-minute sets. There is a suggested, but not required, $5 donation at the door. Checks can be made to “Idiots With Instruments Trust Fund” and mailed to 3818 Frampton Drive, Toledo, Ohio, 43614.
“Old State Line is proud to be considered part of the Village Idiot extended family,” Larry Meyer of Old State Line said in an email. “There is a sticker on the door that says ‘Be nice or go home.’ A lot of great people pass through that door, following that simple rule, and we’re happy to be part of that, let alone this amazing lineup of talent.”
Clamwater is looking forward to the show.
“Any time this many musicians get together and bring this many genres to the table, good things happen,” he said in an email. “It’s great for the community to gain exposure to the local music scene and it’s always a blast for the musicians.”
Archive for September, 2013
The Eight Fifteens are excited to perform at “Idiots With Instruments” because of a connection the band has with The Village Idiot.
Nine teenagers will take the stage during “From the Top.”
The show will feature young musicians during an 8 p.m. performance Sept. 28 at Kobacker Hall at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts.
The performance will be recorded as a radio broadcast for the NPR program on WGTE Public Media 91.3 FM.
Fifteen-year-old pianist Patrick Pan will perform during the show. The last time the Houston native was in the area, he won first place in BGSU’s David D. Dubois Piano Competition.
“From the Top” contacted Pan to play for the upcoming show.
“We had our eyes on him for a little while,” producer David Balsom said. “From the Top” organizers saw Pan play over a year ago. “When he won the Dubois competition, this seemed to be the best place to bring him because we’re bringing him back to celebrate really one of the best piano competitions in the country.”
Pan said he was about to turn in an application to the show when he received a phone call from them asking him to play in Bowling Green.
“It was really encouraging … when they invited me first,” Pan said. “It was really such an honor [to be asked to play].”
Quartet Lumiére, which won first place in the Junior Division of the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, will perform the first movement from the String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26, by Edvard Grieg. The quartet includes 18-year-old violinist Rebecca Benjamin, 16-year-old violinist Gallia Kastner, 15-year-old violist Mira Williams and 15-year-old cellist Josiah Yoo.
The quartet will also perform a piece composed by 17-year-old Chason Goldfinger from Malvern, Pa., who will also appear at the show.
Contrabassist Lena Goodson and violinist Sein An will also perform.
“From the Top” quickly became one of the fastest growing weekly classical music programs on public radio after starting as an experiment in 2000, according to a news release. It is broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000 listeners.
It is an independent, nonprofit organization headquartered in Boston aims to celebrate the power of music from young people.
The show has 20 live concert recordings every year, and has for the past 14 years. They change performers every show.
This show will be the first time “From the Top” will be in Northwest Ohio. It can be heard locally on WGTE 91.3 FM on Sundays at noon. This episode is set to air later this year.
For tickets to the show, visit bgsu.edu/cultural_arts.
When you go to a traditional comedy show, there’s a format to the proceedings. You’ll see a host, or emcee, who starts the night off, makes some announcements and does a little material, usually while the crowd is settling in and placing food and drink orders. It’s the low rung on the club-gig ladder and it can be a thankless job. Then the middle act, or “feature,” gets 20-35 minutes to get everyone laughing and enjoying themselves. The headliner comes up and, on a good night, takes the warmed-up crowd and knocks the show out of the park. Open mic night is another beast entirely. You may have a host who brings up each comic — or each person may just introduce the next one on the list. And it can be chaos. In bigger cities it’s not uncommon to see more than 30 people on the sign-up sheet, with various audience members coming, going, talking through the show and getting drunk. If the show is not exclusive to comedy, you may see someone working out their new R-rated material between a folk singer and a slam poet, often to everyone’s dismay.
One common newbie mistake is to think you’re ready to make a move when you’re not. In Georgia I talked to an open-mic regular, 10 months into doing it, who confidently boasted of his 90 minutes of material. I have no doubt that this guy could stand in one place and speak words into a microphone for an hour and a half. But based on the 10 minutes I saw that night, I wasn’t eager to hear the other 80.
Most comedy fans have witnessed someone out of their depth at a show. It can be a hapless emcee bombing right out of the gate, or an unknown comedian headlining before they’ve developed enough material or the skill to hold a room’s attention. It can be career suicide — impressions are hard to shake, once formed. I know people who haven’t seen me perform since my first year, and the jokes of mine that they still associate with my act embarrass me now.
It’s the great life conundrum, comedy-style: You’re not as far along as you probably think you are, but you’ll never know you if can take that next step unless you walk off the cliff and see if you’ve figured out how to fly.
Two things I try to keep in mind — the world will generally let you know where you are in the pecking order and no matter where that is, even taking your first steps into the open mic spotlight, others are standing in the wings wishing they had the cojones to make that leap. I’d rather be the doofus on stage going down in flames than the guy in the back wondering what it’d feel like to try.
Keith Bergman hosts the Two-Buck Yuks comedy show every Wednesday at 8 pm. at The Blarney Event Center, 601 Monroe St. D.K. Hamilton headlines Sept. 25, while Dave Landau tops the bill Oct. 2.
Tommy Davidson has been performing in comedy since 1983. Three decades. For a comedian of any experience, it’s an impressive run to maintain a fan base for all that time. But for the star of “In Living Color,” “Booty Call,” “Black Dynamite” and more, it seems as though little has changed in the interim.
“More emphasis has been placed on TV,” Davidson said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “Other than that, it’s pretty much the same. You get your message across faster, you know?
“I’m just lucky that I’m really funny and a lot of people know it, so I still go around the country and they still go and see you.”
Davidson’s latest gig will run Sept. 27 at the Funny Bone at Fat Fish Blue in Perrysburg, the latest of many tour stops in the Glass City for the comedian over the years. He said despite making a name for himself through his character work, he has maintained utter confidence in his ability to perform comedy in a wide range of circumstances.
“I’m as good in all of them, it’s just that this is the one that I’m doing now, you know? If I was just an actor, I’d be in trouble,” Davidson said. “Yeah, [stand-up is] still like the neutral zone — it’s just timeless.”
But traveling the country is just one of many ways Davidson is plying his trade as he kicks off his fourth decade of making people laugh. He is also one of the cast members of the spinoff of “Black Dynamite,” Michael Jai White’s loving parody of blaxploitation films. The second season of the show is scheduled to begin airing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim either later this year or early 2014.
“Just as happy as can be. Wish it’d hurry up and get on the air, you know?” Davidson said of the show. “It’s a genius piece of work.
“It’s by the right people. Everybody involved knows what they’re doing. It’s just in the right lane. It worked as a movie, and then as a cartoon, it’s a no-brainer.”
He also said that any plans for a sequel to the original, live-action “Dynamite” are still very much in the planning/pipe dream stages. His entire film career, in fact, has taken a back seat to stand-up right now — and Davidson admitted that not breaking out bigger on the big screen irks him.
“The story’s still being written. Is it frustrating? Of course it is. But the fat lady hasn’t sung yet. This is what I’m doing now, and it’s like being with the New Orleans Saints. They were obscure and sucked forever, and now they’re like Super Bowl champs. They never stopped being a team. They never stopped. They showed up for every kickoff. So that’s the way I look at it.”
Still, Davidson said he is incredibly proud of his contributions to pop culture, and admits that when people relate to him, even now, 20 years or more later, it’s through the prism of his experiences performing on “In Living Color” and other projects from that era.
“It’s like the thing that’s sustaining me. That’s a real solid body of work.”
And even as he waits for the opportunity to break into other media once again, Davidson said that there is no thrill quite like taking the stage to make people laugh.
“It’s stand-up. It would have to be. It’s happening, you know? It’s happening. Like, I remember my friend told me when he was a kid, his grandmother told him, ‘Don’t worry about the girls that don’t like you, pay attention to the ones that do.’”
Tickets to see Davidson perform are $22-$27. Showtimes are 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sept. 27; 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sept. 28; and 7 p.m. Sept. 29.
He and his TV family may have gone missing on 1965’s “Lost in Space,” but former child star Bill Mumy has stuck to a creative path since the show’s 1968 cancellation.
The 59-year-old actor, musician and writer spoke with Toledo Free Press Star about his latest projects and Me-TV’s revival of his classic series.
TFP Star: “Lost in Space” is airing on Me-TV nearly 50 years after its initial CBS telecast. What kind of attention have the Me-TV airings garnered you?
Bill Mumy: I’m glad Me-TV is running “Lost in Space.” It makes it easier for new viewers to discover the show. I get a little cranky that we actors get no residuals from that, but that’s showbiz. It’s all good. I’ve noticed more fan mail and Facebook posts since Me-TV has been running the series.
TFP Star: How much of you was in your character Will Robinson? How much of Will Robinson might still be in you?
Mumy: Well, there was a lot of Billy Mumy in Will Robinson. I’d love to say there was a lot of Will Robinson in Billy Mumy, but that would be quite egotistical! Will was a big-time genius. He was smarter than anyone else in his family. He was smarter than Don or Dr. Smith. He programmed the robot, etc.
I’m not in his league. But we both were adventurous, impulsive and reasonably well-mannered!
TFP Star: Do you consider yourself fortunate among former child stars to have been able to continue performing as an adult? How did you survive the shift?
Mumy: I consider myself fortunate. Period. I kept working because — all ego aside — I was a decent actor.
TFP Star: Tell us a little about your new CD, “Illuminations.”
Mumy: I’ve been a musician since “Lost in Space.” There are several “Lost in Space” episodes where Will was strumming his guitar and singing. The road continues.
My current reality has produced a brand-new solo album, “Illuminations,” on the GRA (Global Recording Artists) label. I’m very proud of this CD. It looks at things that are seen and unseen. It has deeply personal songs and “journalistic” songs. I wrote and performed the entire album.
Currently there are two videos from the album — “What I Got” and “Nothing You Or I Can Do About It” — running on YouTube and two more in production.
TFP Star: What’s the coolest thing for you about your current comic book project “Curse of the Mumy?” How would you describe it to a potential reader?
Mumy: I’ve written comic books for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and other publishers since 1986. I’ve loved comic books since I was 4 years old. “Curse of the Mumy” for Bluewater is a very stylistic project. I’m attempting — successfully I hope — to tell a modern day sci-fi story in an early Golden Age, 1939-41, style, both art- and script-wise.
The kicker: The characters are based on me and my wife and a mix-up of TV, film and video characters I’ve created as an actor. Once you get past the weirdness of writing yourself as a superhero, it’s been easy and a lot of fun!
Dirk Manning smiles. The Toledo-based horror comic book author has made audiences the world over cringe with delight during the course of his career, with stories like “The Tales of Mr. Rhee” and “Nightmare World” garnering a huge following.
His latest work is a departure in more ways than one. “Love Stories (to Die For)” — which, like most of Manning’s work, began life as an online comic — comes to print with two previously unpublished stories brought together in one double-length book.
“I tell people that ‘Love Stories (to Die For)’ is very scary and very romantic. Just like me. As the title suggests, they are very horror-infused love stories,” Manning said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “One of them is a vampires versus Vikings story from the Middle Ages, and the other is a futuristic story about three people trapped on a space station overrun with aliens, and there’s only one escape pod left for two people.”
The series originated as a series of stories on the website Shadowline (shadowlineonline.com). Three installments were posted there, leading to the publication of this set of two new stories. And Manning said there’s plenty more where those came from.
“The reaction has been incredibly positive, people really stoked about it. So I’m definitely hoping to do more stories in this format. This is the successor to ‘Nightmare World,’ in a way,” Manning said. “I would love to do more.”
The introduction of “Love Stories” to print is just one part of a roller coaster month for Manning. He is also preparing to take over for an arc on Big Dog Ink’s series “Legend of Oz: The Wicked West,” which reimagines the classic L. Frank Baum franchise as a Western.
“I’m getting to do the flying monkeys, which … is a little in my wheelhouse anyway,” Manning noted. “That’s some of the scariest pop culture characters out there.”
It’s a bit unusual for Manning to work on such a project for a few reasons — not the least of which being that he almost always works with in his own universe, with his own characters.
“For many, many years — most of my career, almost all of my career — I’ve been staunchly creator owned,” he said. “I do my own thing. I did ‘Nightmare World,’ I did ‘Tales of Mr. Rhee’ … ‘Farseeker,’ ‘To Die For,’ everything has been creator owned. And, honestly, it took a certain property for me to say, ‘Yeah, I’d be willing to do that.’”
Then there’s the Kickstarter. With an eye on bringing his enormously popular online series “Tales of Mr. Rhee” to print, Manning will launch a specialized fundraiser on the website around the end of the month — a process that he’s actually had some misgivings about.
“‘Mr. Rhee’ was a book that would be a perfect Kickstarter. People really like it, it’s self-contained, it’s done. I even had a great cover artist on board, Riley Rossmo, who did ‘Proof’ and ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking,’ who wanted to do the covers — very well established artist. So all the pieces were there, but my dilemma was, I couldn’t pull the trigger because I didn’t want to cut out the comic shops.”
The solution: Offering fans that back the Kickstarter a deluxe hardcover edition of “Mr. Rhee,” exclusive to them, then creating a straightforward paperback for the direct market.
“I’m going to be telling people straight out … what I want to do with Kickstarter is to raise the funds to produce a really nice hardcover for everyone that contributes, and there’ll be other bonuses they can get,” Manning said. “But also raise the money so that we can print a direct market edition, so that comic shops and casual readers — people who don’t want to spend money on a hardcover, who would rather spend 15 bucks or 20 bucks on a paperback — can.”
In support of all these projects, Manning is heading out on his most ambitious tour ever — 13 signing dates over the course of 13 weeks, with appearances at numerous comic shops and conventions all throughout Ohio and Michigan. But the one he’s most nervous about? Right here in his own backyard — a signing at Seann’s Anime and Comics in Sylvania at 2-6 p.m. Sept. 28.
“It’s one of those things where I come home and I do a signing in Toledo, and my biggest fear is to show up and be in the comic shop for four or five hours and, you know, crickets,” Manning said. “So it’s much more frightening to do a hometown signing than to be out on the road. Come hang out with me, kick it. It’s a rare, old-school hometown appearance.”
Though relatively young as a network, Memorable Entertainment Television, or Me-TV, has already become a staple for many, offering a steady diet of classic television series for viewers across the nation. Neal Sabin, president of content and networks for Me-TV’s owner, Weigel Broadcasting, said the key to its success is knowing exactly who its fans are.
“We’ve had the same mission statement since the day we launched it, — to be the definitive destination for classic television and to treat our viewers with respect,” he said.
Those viewers are baby boomers, of course, ranging in age from 35 to 64, though Sabin said Me-TV has been attracting a good number of younger fans, too, introduced to its programs by parents and grandparents.
“There are a lot of families watching because they know we’re a safe harbor — we don’t have any content that would be objectionable to families,” he said.
Started in Chicago in 2003 as a block of local programming, Me-TV went national in 2010 as a broadcast network, not a cable network. It’s designed to air on digital subchannels; in Toledo, Buckeye Cablesystem placed it on its channel No. 111, WTOL’s 11.2. And its growth to now include more than 150 affiliates has been, in Sabin’s words, an “amazing, phenomenal process.”
“We’re nationally rated now,” he said. “When you look at second quarter, in daytime 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., if you compared us to all the cable networks we come in at No. 17, pretty good for a little broadcast network. We really have a very loyal and large audience that seems to be growing as we get more affiliates and word spreads about what we’re doing.”
What they’re doing is offering the classic shows that people want to watch.
“Another part of our success is that we’re so different from the reality television craze of today,” Sabin said. “The more of that there is, the better we do.”
“Our whole vision of being the definitive destination for classic television was that we had to have a lot of shows and we weren’t going to do this unless we got many of the greatest shows ever produced for television that are still available,” Sabin said. “And so we set out to buy iconic series that are real classics: ‘M*A*S*H,’ ‘I Love Lucy’ — as well as shows that we thought were great quality, but might not have the biggest audience in the world. Those may be kind of cultish, but we found a place for them on our schedule, like ‘The Fugitive,’ ‘Peter Gunn,’ series like that, that add to the credibility of being a network with a wide variety of programs.
“We also want to cast a wide net to build our audience by having so many different genres and types of shows from so many different decades that it just makes our fanbase larger. These are memorable shows; we want shows that give people a warm, fuzzy feeling.”
No cutting corners
Me-TV edits its shows as little as possible, claiming that it offers more content than any other similar nostalgic channel. While other channels may show “M*A*S*H,” for example, Me-TV can ensure that a viewer is seeing as much of the original edit as possible with modern commercial break demands.
“We also try and keep our network clean,” Sabin said. “If you notice we only have a little bug in the corner. There are never any snipes going across promoting other shows or sponsors, and we don’t talk over the credits. That’s another thing that people love — that we run the open and closes without interruption.”
Many popular re-run-based channels of the past have devolved into “original programming,” running newly created shows that eventually obscured their original formats. Me-TV recognizes that concern among their faithful viewers.
“We have about 22,000 fan letters from people and the No. 1 thing they say is, ‘Don’t become TV Land, don’t change, don’t do all of those things.’” Sabin said. “If we do any first-run programming, it will be either interstitial type things, like hosted shows, or it’ll be directly related to the Me-TV classic television series, like a one-time documentary about a series. A good example is when Peter Falk got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; we co-sponsored that and we put interstitial pieces between a ‘Colombo’ movie.”
The channel is also not afraid of potential controversy, as is evident in its recent acquisition of the 1960s comedy series “F-Troop,” which in more recent times has raised eyebrows over its depiction of Native Americans.
“I purposefully stayed away from it because I thought there would be a problem,” Sabin said. “So before we did it, I went online and looked at sites on the show and I looked for controversy and I really couldn’t find any. That doesn’t mean it isn’t out there, but as deep as I went I didn’t see any real problems. The ratings in its first couple of days were outstanding. I haven’t gotten any negative feedback. It’s all done in good fun.”
“F-Troop” entered the Me-TV line-up as part of its new fall prime-time programming, along with “Gilligan’s Island” and “Hogan’s Heroes,” a block that Sabin calls a “fun, goofy, younger-skewing lineup” that’s already pulling in high ratings.
“‘Gilligan’s Island’ I call a guilty pleasure,” he said. “It was not the ‘Masterpiece Theatre’ of CBS when it was on, but people love that show. They keep watching it thinking one of these times they’re really going to get off the island. And the ratings have been phenomenal just in the first couple of days we had it on.
“What else is exciting,” he added, “is that our viewers have asked for us to put more of the cop shows on the air, so we put a block of ‘Kojak,’ ‘Remington Steele,’ ‘The Rockford Files,’ ‘Cannon’ and ‘The Streets of San Francisco’ on Sunday afternoons every week. It starts out at 2 p.m. with ‘The Love Boat,’ which is one of our most requested shows. We’ve got about 65 different shows every week and that is so different from any of the other cable or broadcast classic TV outlets. We just have more shows, more variety, and that’s part of who we are. We’re old-school programs in an old-school format.”
Where no network has gone before
One of the most fascinating blocks of Me-TV’s programming, its “Sci-Fi Saturday” line-up, has captured the acclaim of fantasy television fans everywhere. Beginning at 7 p.m., it includes “Batman,” “Lost in Space,” “Star Trek,” “Svengoolie” and “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.”
“We bought those shows with the intention of running them as a block around our hosted horror movie,” Sabin said. “‘Svengoolie’ has been on the air in Chicago for more than 30 years and he has a huge following here and in other cities. It’s a cheesy throwback to the ’60s and ’70s horror hosts that used to be on the air. We had him and we wanted to build around it and so we did that.
“Saturday prime-time is a hard time to get ratings no matter who you are, so we decided to go with the Sheldon and Leonard ‘Big Bang Theory’-type of guys who are home on Saturday night and families who want some fun stuff. Those shows are sort of over-the-top with kitsch, like with ‘Batman.’ We’ll be adding some more to that, but we’ll have ‘Batman’ on for a long time.”
One of the shows that will be added is the classic 1970s Lynda Carter “Wonder Woman” series, most likely replacing “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” in the block, Sabin said. That rotation and replacement of shows is something that will continue on the network.
“We’ve bought many shows and people say, “Where’s “Happy Days” and “Cheers?” and the reason they’re not on the air currently is because we need to keep this fresh for many years,” Sabin said. “Down the road those shows are going to be on the network, but you own shows for a certain period of time and we want to maximize the time we have with certain shows. Some things will go away and then come back; other things will go away and not come back, depending on business arrangements and what’s doable and not.”
Some series stand as tough nuts to crack for Me-TV, owing to the fees involved in their purchase. The residuals that need to be paid to both the casts and crews on the shows make them cost-prohibitive to a young entity like the network.
“It’s interesting that cable networks have a much different and lower scale than broadcast does for these things,” Sabin said, “That’s left from the days when cable was the poor step-child just coming of age and broadcast was always a big gorilla.
“It’s kind of slipped the other way, at least in our case, so they’re things like ‘The Sonny and Cher Show’ or ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ that have terrible music licensing problems — its just way, way too expensive to be able do them right now. Hopefully some day that can be worked out or we’ll be so successful that we can afford crazy money.”
To infinity and beyond
Sabin said that the Me-TV website, www.metvnetwork.com, will get a makeover in the coming months, all part of the drive to be the ultimate destination for fans of vintage television.
“Our goal is to have a website for when people want to know something about a classic show, they’re going to find the information whether we run the shows or not,” he said, “and links to things about classic TV, the ability to buy product, to watch some shows online, and some other things we’re working on.
“This is a small company and not some giant network and there’s very few of us doing all this, so it takes some time to get these things done. The philosophy is to have a website that can stand as itself, for classic TV viewers even if you’re not watching the network.”
The older I get the, more I do believe the words of the inspirational song made famous by the late, great Whitney Houston, “The Greatest Love of All.” When I was a kid it all seemed cliché, but now as an adult, Houston’s lyrics, “I believe the children are our future,” has become something I know to be true. Music and arts have always been the first cut in schools plagued by standardized testing requirements. In Michigan, Detroit’s School of Arts (DSA) is an art school battling the same fate, leading me to wonder, are there any schools left that hold the arts sacred? After all, if it can happen in a major city up the road, can it happen to us? Rising crime rates in any city reflects not only the lack of financial stability among individuals, and it also reflects the lack of outside extracurricular activities and talents geared towards youth and inspired by artistic/skill- based community school programs. I am excited when our community recognizes such a need and springs into action with programs like the Here 2 Help Music and Mentoring Program is for all children ages 7-17. Robert Campbell of Wall Music Group, a young local group of musicians known for their musical prowess ranging from vocals to production, wants to help our youth interested in becoming musicians.
Martini Rox: What led you to do this? When did you recognize the need?
Robert Campbell: I was inspired by conversations that I have had with young teenage musicians, and I have noticed a lack of skillful guidance throughout the community. The need has always been there, but the opportunity to present it is better now than before.
Martini Rox: Are there certain instruments in particular that you plan to teach the kids? If so, why those particular ones?
Robert Campbell: Yes, piano and drums. Those are usually the most needed and frequently used instruments. We are offering vocal training as well for kids that desire to sing.
Martini Rox: What are your desired end results for the participants?
Robert Campbell: To enlighten our future singers and musicians on the importance of exercising and expanding their craft, while keeping themselves grounded and focused.
Martini Rox: Any encouraging words to help parents get their children involved and a little about the importance of music education?
Robert Campbell: We have a team of professional music instructors. Recording artist and producer, Chris Byrd helping to instruct with piano, multi-talented singer and community activist, Jacob Bates helping to instruct with vocals, and I will be helping to instruct with drums. We will also have a host of different motivational speakers, musicians and singers coming each week to impart into the kids. There will be food provided at the program, as well as T-shirt giveaways. At the end of the program, there will be a recital for family and friends to come and enjoy.
Martini Rox: When does the program start & how long will it run?
Robert Campbell: The first day of the program is Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Precious Blood Church, 1836 Dorr Street. Registration begins at 11a.m. and classes run from 12:30-2:30. This is an 8 week program that runs every Saturday from October 5, 2013 through November 23, 2013.
To register your child for the Here 2 Help Music and Mentoring Program contact: Brittney Byrd: 419-509-0268 or myself, Robert Campbell: 419-932-5056. The can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration starts at 11am on October 5th, it is $1 to start and $16 bi-weekly.
As we continue on…
In “Madden NFL 25,” Electronic Arts (EA) amazes again with extensive gameplay modes, a new owner’s mode, new content sharing options, and improved graphics/mechanics in several available formats. The title commemorates the 25th version of the game since the groundbreaking 11-on-11 for the Apple II computer and later the PC and game consoles. The “Madden NFL” games series is also known as the NFL’s “33rd Franchise” due to the authentic gameplay, Barry Sanders edged out Adrian Peterson for his appearance on the cover. “Madden NFL 25″ is currently on PlayStation 3, covered in this review, and Xbox 360 with a special anniversary edition also available on both (includes unlock codes for DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket services through the TV or on computers, tablets, and mobile devices – depends on service availability).
This review covers the standard PlayStation 3 version, which includes the new owner game mode where players manage one of the 32 professional football franchises. Day-to-day operations in the role-playing mode of the owner cover high profiles tasks like choosing a new stadium to increasing the fan base or even setting concession prices. The online game modes let players enjoy gameplay with others as a player, coach or owner. The new Madden Share feature allows sharing of the content roster and playbooks plus players can also save and share highlights (up to 10) of their most memorable plays.
The Infinity Engine 2 graphics experience is sharp while the all-new force impact system yields more realistic hits and many entertaining actions. The new stumble recovery feature even gives players the chance to fight for extra yards after a big hit. The defensive features help players get back into a play after missing a tackle.
The Ultimate Teams are an important element, but it a good idea to know how each special player fits into your playing own style before finalizing a team because team chemistry factors into the success. The anniversary editions include special player packs for every regular season week (17). Ultimate team items will carry over to the upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions (on launch date).
Be sure to try the skill trainer for practicing and mastering the run free option, which feature 30 new moves and special combination moves to impress and defeat the competition. Published by EA and developed by EA Tiburon, “Madden NFL 25″ celebrates professional football in every possible way with players receiving the gift of seemingly endless experiences, customization, and options (****, rated E for everyone). Other available versions on iPhone and iPad with a Google Play version coming soon.
This past weekend, four of us jumped into the most-reliable-yet-still-with-quirks car out of everyone to make the eight hour drive to Door County, Wisconsin for our friends’ wedding. Eight hours turned into ten hours, but alas I was speeding down the unlit northern roads as we gradually got closer to our friends-waiting-with-wine by twelve mile increments.
When we arrived to the resort on Lake Michigan, we could hear talking and laughing from the second floor balcony where friends of Jane and Doug were excitedly catching up, making new friends, and cheering when Wes arrived with cases of beer from the next town over (we were in a dry town). Jane and Doug were engaged last Spring; the high school sweet hearts had been dating eleven years before they both decided to lock in their love with rings and vows before family and friends.
We ran upstairs and were met by the bride, looking cheery, spirited, beautiful and…broken. Her arms were already in hug position, bent at ninety degree angles and wrapped from knuckle to just past the elbow in a splint cast. Jane broke both of her wrists in a tree climbing accident on the eve of her birthday, just one week prior to her and Doug’s wedding day.
A semi-experienced climber, Jane had climbed twenty feet up a tree in her neighborhood, but when she went to put her weight on a branch she didn’t notice it was a dead limb. She heard a snap and that was the last she remembered. Witnesses told her she had fallen head first but thankfully her instincts put her arms out to stop her fall. She spent nine and a half hours in the hospital with her husband-to-be by her side.
I spoke to her on the phone the day after she arrived home from the hospital. I hadn’t heard Jane sound that sad or tired, EVER. Her neck, back, arms, face…her entire body, was extremely sore and she had cuts on her face. She had little energy and was relying on Doug for most everything. I knew without asking that the wedding would still take place, although she was considering scheduling an additional photo shoot for the couple. Fortunately she had family and friends arriving just two days later for the wedding and would provide help and comfort.
Jane is motivated, efficient, curious, intelligent, adventurous, spontaneous, subtle and coy in manner yet precise and candid in thought and speech. She didn’t want to drag out the stresses of planning a wedding so kept the engagement short; they had been together eleven years anyway. She wanted the wedding to be simple, small, non-traditional, relaxed and romantic.
Jane and Doug had forty-six of their closest friends and family travel from all over the country to be with them. Most of us were planning on helping with preparations in some way once we got there, but since Jane was now the wedding director without being able to do any of the jobs, everyone happily made sure everything was taken care of. The night before the wedding, I, along with three other girlfriends, helped Jane with the simple job of getting ready for bed. We dressed her wounds, applied muscle relieving pads, helped her brush her teeth and gave her water through a straw. She took her wedding ring out of the shoebox next to her bed to show us. It was so intricate and beautiful, “…from the twenties”, she kept repeating; it was the most perfect ring for her.
Throughout the weekend Jane handled her disadvantage and misfortune with a smile. Although, at times I could sense her frustration or longing to feel more freedom on her wedding day. She did get emotional at the hair salon when other brides were getting their hair done, unbroken. She did not, however, feel sorry for herself, nor did she expect anyone else to. She did not have to sacrifice any aspect of the wedding and laughed throughout.
Saturday afternoon was a perfect sunny day, not too hot and not too cold. The wedding party hiked down a short trail to an overlook of the bay. The bagpiper played “Here Comes the Bride” as Jane and her father walked down the trail. Jane looked perfect, and I’m not just saying that to be nice. Her vintage dress was just above the knees, a white laced v-neck with thick shoulder straps. The color of the splint wrap was subtle and almost matched her skin tone. Her gorgeous auburn hair was done in a honeycomb up-do, and she wore pearl earrings and Chaco sandals.
The ceremony was beautifully curated to the personalities and beliefs of Jane and Doug, and their community of friends and family were there, as we have been and will be, to support them and give our blessings and love.
Regardless of how much money is spent on a wedding or whether it is done in a courtroom or without recognition from the state; regardless of what is worn or what challenges each person endures, true love, as emphasized by the pastor at Jane and Doug’s wedding, is the most important element of any union.