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January 2, 2017 / alunatunes

The Rooms of your Life….


“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. “~Edith Lovejoy Pierce
January is named for the Roman god Janus, the God of the Gateway, the keeper of doors and beginnings and ruler of “the Journey”. Janus possessed two faces; one to look forward and the other forever looking back, able to see at one time the past and the future. Imagine the ability to keep apprised of past mistakes without encumbrances but able to face the future and show up fully to each day. Quite a feat. The past constantly tugs at us no matter how we try to banish it. The trick is to learn from the past, to not repeat failure but to not beat ourselves up too badly when we succumb to old habits.
We tend to be harsh with ourselves on New Year’s Day. The resolutions we make often result not in progress forward, but a hard look at what went wrong last year.  We spend too much time hashing over mistakes and not nearly enough time sizing up potential.
“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.” says author Ellen Goodman. “Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.”
Search your rooms for musical potential but search too for life potential. Balance life with art. The musician is a craftsman, and as such, can mold and carve life and work creatively.
Allow your soul to search the rooms of your heart and your head and resolve to seek potential and possibilities. Tidy your corners. Straighten your thoughts and let this new year’s day be one of hope and happiness.

 

December 17, 2016 / alunatunes

South Florida Crawfish Festival Performer Nominated for Two Grammy Awards


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Chris Dirato, Bitner Group, (954) 703-7938, chris@bitnergroup.com

 

South Florida Crawfish Festival Performer

Nominated for Two Grammy Awards

 

 

POMPANO BEACH, Fla.  (December 15, 2016) – Roddie Romero and the Hub City All Stars, who will perform at the 2017 South Florida Crawfish Festival, April 1-2, has been nominated for two GRAMMY awards.

 

The Louisiana band has been nominated for Best American Roots Song – Gulfstream – and for Best Regional Roots Music Album.

 

Considered music’s biggest night, the 59th annual GRAMMY Awards will be presented on February 12, 2017.

 

Scheduled to perform on both days of the festival at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater Field, Roddie Romero and the Hub City All Stars has been performing worldwide at the most prestigious festivals and venues for over 20 years.

 

The band is celebrated not only for their authenticity when performing or recording traditional Cajun and Creole music indigenous to South Louisiana, but also for their original songwriting which stays true to Louisiana inspirations. They are notorious “Louisiana-Roots-Rockers” who put on an energetic show which is bound to make everyone get up and dance.

 

Previous to their 2017 GRAMMY nominations, the band also garnered a GRAMMY nomination for their double record, “The La Louisianne Sessions.”

 

Advance tickets for the 2017 South Florida Crawfish Festival, presented by CrawDebauchery, are currently on sale via www.crawdebauchery.com.

 

General admission tickets normally priced at $35 are available for just $25 for a limited time, while VIP tickets normally priced at $75 are available for $65 for a limited time. Additionally, there are discounts offered for two-day tickets (both general admission and VIP).

 

The fourth annual event will also feature the popular New Orleans band The Revivalists, who recently performed on The Today Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

 

Among the other festival performers booked include Maggie Koerner; Chubby Carrier; The Revelers; Cha Wa featuring Mardi Gras Indians; Dwayne Dopsie; The Suitcase Junket; Raw Oyster Cult; The Hip Abduction; The Stooges Brass Band; Darcy Malone & The Tangle; and The Rodeo Clowns.

 

In addition to New Orleans-style music and food, the festival will include a Gumbo Rumble, Krewe Competition, massive crawfish boil and art vendors.

 

On both days, the festival will position a hardwood Zydeco dance floor by one of the music stages for swing dancers. Additionally, there will be an area for kids complete with crawfish races, face painting and jugglers.

December 8, 2016 / alunatunes

Advance Tickets for 2017 South Florida Crawfish Festival available beginning Saturday December 10


CONTACT: 

Chris Dirato, Bitner Group, (954) 703-7938, chris@bitnergroup.com

Advance Tickets for 2017 South Florida Crawfish Festival

Available Beginning Saturday, December 10

 

POMPANO BEACH, Fla.  (December 8, 2016) – Advance tickets for the 2017 South Florida Crawfish Festival, presented by CrawDebauchery, will go on sale starting Saturday, December 10, via www.crawdebauchery.com.

General admission tickets normally priced at $35 will be available for just $25 for a limited time, while VIP tickets normally priced at $75 will be available for $65 for a limited time. Additionally, there will be discounts offered for two-day tickets (both general admission and VIP).

“We hope folks take advantage of this terrific opportunity while it lasts,” said festival organizer Don Matthews. “Given the rising popularity of the festival, we anticipate tickets will be going real fast in the coming months.”

The fourth annual South Florida Crawfish Festival will take place April 1-2, at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater Field.

The popular New Orleans band “The Revivalists” will be the featured act. The group recently performed on The Today Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show and is scheduled to perform on Conan on December 19.

The group is touring in support of its most recent album Men Amongst Mountains, which produced the hit single “Wish I Knew You.” The song reached number one on Billboard.com’s Adult Alternative chart and has now garnered over eight million streams on Spotify.

Among the other performers Matthews has booked include Maggie Koerner; Chubby Carrier; The Revelers; Roddie Romero & The Hub City All-Stars; Cha Wa featuring Mardi Gras Indians; Dwayne Dopsie; The Suitcase Junket; Raw Oyster Cult; The Hip Abduction; The Stooges Brass Band; Darcy Malone & The Tangle; and The Rodeo Clowns.

Carrier, The Revelers, as well as Roddie Romero & The Hub City All-Stars, will perform on both days of the festival.

In addition to New Orleans-style music and food, the festival will include a Gumbo Rumble, Krewe Competition, massive crawfish boil and art vendors.

On both days, the festival will position a hardwood Zydeco dance floor by one of the music stages for swing dancers. Additionally, there will be an area for kids complete with crawfish races, face painting and jugglers.

November 11, 2016 / alunatunes

CrawDebauchery presents The South Florida Crawfish Festival April 1 and 2


CONTACT: 

Chris Dirato, Bitner Group, (954) 703-7938, chris@bitnergroup.com

 Performer Lineup Set for South Florida Crawfish Festival

 Maggie Koerner will be one of the performers at the 2017 South Florida Crawfish Festival.

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 POMPANO BEACH, Fla.  (November 2, 2016) – The 2017 South Florida Crawfish Festival, presented by CrawDebauchery, will offer a New Orleans-flavored performer lineup that will be sure to draw big crowds to the Pompano Beach Amphitheater Field over the April 1-2 weekend.

Among the performers event organizer Don Matthews has booked include Maggie Koerner; Chubby Carrier; The Revelers; Roddie Romero & The Hub City All-Stars; Cha Wa featuring Mardi Gras Indians; Dwayne Dopsie; The Suitcase Junket; Raw Oyster Cult; The Hip Abduction; The Stooges Brass Band; Darcy Malone & The Tangle; and The Rodeo Clowns.

Carrier, The Revelers, as well as Roddie Romero & The Hub City All-Stars, will perform on both days of the festival.

“We feel this a terrific lineup with some great performers,” said Matthews. “We’ll be finalizing the headliner next week, which I’m sure will draw attention.”

Koerner, a Shreveport, La.-born songwriter, will be making a return trip to Pompano Beach after staging a sizzling show at the 2016 festival. The former front-woman for the New Orleans funk-band Galactic, her CDs include, “Neutral Ground” (2013) and “Quarter Life” (2011).

Considered “the world’s premier Zydeco showman,” Carrier will also be returning to perform at the South Florida Crawfish Festival. He has recorded 10 CDs during his 22-year professional career. He and his band travel 150-175 days a year playing at various festivals around the world.

“Maggie and Chubby are certainly fan favorites,” said Matthews. “But, I believe our 2017 event will offer a diversified musical lineup that will appeal to everyone.”

In addition to New Orleans-style music and food, the festival will include a Gumbo Rumble, Krewe Competition, massive crawfish boil and art vendors.

On both days, the festival will position a hardwood Zydeco dance floor by one of the music stages for swing dancers. Additionally, there will be an area for kids complete with crawfish races, face painting and jugglers.

“We’re very excited about next year’s event,” added Matthews. “We feel it’s going to be even bigger and better than the 2016 version.”

 

Advance tickets for the festival will be on sale soon via the event’s website – www.crawdebauchery.com. Single-day as well as two-day general admission and VIP ticket packages will be available.

September 22, 2016 / alunatunes

Happy family memories shouldn’t have to be purchased…a message from Gallmeyer Farms


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“Happy family memories shouldn’t have to be purchased.”- Steve Gallmeyer Please take a moment to read this message from Farmer Steve.
Gallmeyer Farms has three festivals each year. All three festivals have the same underlying theme; “Customer Appreciation”. These three festivals are Gallmeyer Farms way of giving back to the customers and the entire Richmond community that supports us.
The FREE things at these festivals are not FREE to Gallmeyer Farms, rather Gallmeyer Farms sponsors these things so that they can be FREE to you. (FREE parking, FREE admission, FREE hayride shuttle, FREE on farm hayride, FREE live music/entertainment, FREE strawbale maze, FREE bounce house visits and FREE picnic and play area.) Even our vendor’s fees are
extremely nominal as compared to other Richmond area festivals. This allows these vendor guests an opportunity to inexpensively raise public awareness to their own small businesses and crafts. In all honesty, we hope that our festival visitors will decide to purchase pumpkins or produce or mums and possibly an item or two from
some of the vendors but,… the fact is that you don’t have to. Happy family memories shouldn’t have to be purchased. Gallmeyer Farms has been “giving” these festival experiences for years now,… and we hope to be able to continue this tradition for many years to come. May God bless you and each of your loved ones,… and have a happy Gallmeyer Farms Fall Festival! See you there! Steve
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September 14, 2016 / alunatunes

Mobile Band Home


In tour world, the van or vehicle, bus, plane or train becomes home. I often refer to tour vehicles as mobile homes, as bands are in them much of the time.

Be sure your mobile home has some of the creature comforts of a real place. Bunks offer each band member solitude and a place to call his own.  Depending on your level of touring, buses can be not only comfortable but homey as well, with sofas, tables and small kitchenettes.

Not all of us are lucky enough to tour in buses. Sometimes a van is our mode of transportation. Each member may seek out a specific area or spot to call their own. Be mindful of the fact that the body chooses where it is most comfortable and allow people to gravitate to their own space. Respect the comforts of personal pillows, music devices, phones, etc. These are often the only connections to friends, family and the comforts of home.

Above all, keep the travel vehicle clean and in good repair. Clean the van twice a day. Have a quick inspection before leaving the parking lot, especially if you’re traveling across the desert or wide expanses during the night.  Keep paper towels and antiseptic gel close at hand. Understand vans can be carriers of germs and disease and work to keep them clean inside and out.

Care for your transportation as you would any other facet of your touring.

September 14, 2016 / alunatunes

Mobile Band Home- Keep it clean


In tour world, the van or vehicle, bus, plane or train becomes home. I often refer to tour vehicles as mobile homes, as bands are in them much of the time.

Be sure your mobile home has some of the creature comforts of a real place. Bunks offer each band member solitude and a place to call his own.  Depending on your level of touring, buses can be not only comfortable but homey as well, with sofas, tables and small kitchenettes.

Not all of us are lucky enough to tour in buses. Sometimes a van is our mode of transportation. Each member may seek out a specific area or spot to call their own. Be mindful of the fact that the body chooses where it is most comfortable and allow people to gravitate to their own space. Respect the comforts of personal pillows, music devices, phones, etc. These are often the only connections to friends, family and the comforts of home.

Above all, keep the travel vehicle clean and in good repair. Clean the van twice a day. Have a quick inspection before leaving the parking lot, especially if you’re traveling across the desert or wide expanses during the night.  Keep paper towels and antiseptic gel close at hand. Understand vans can be carriers of germs and disease and work to keep them clean inside and out.

Care for your transportation as you would any other facet of your touring.

June 13, 2016 / alunatunes

Meet our new instructor Andrea!


 

Andrea is currently attending Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, towards a Bachelor in Music Education, with an expected graduation date of May 2018. At the university, she’s currently participating in the chorale, chamber choirs, and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Andrea has been involved in music since middle school throughout high school, performing in shows, choirs, ensembles, and solos in her church. She also attended music theater camps while in high school, and was music director at her church for a Christmas program. Andrea has studied voice privately since middle school, piano since high school, and guitar on her own studies since middle school. Andrea has been teaching since 2016, and offers classical, Musical Theatre, pop, and most contemporary styles.

June 12, 2016 / alunatunes

June Journal a Day- June 02


“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers But above all The world needs dreamers who do.” ― Sarah Ban Breathnach Today’s journal is an accordion fold 3×3 scrap journal made of …

Source: June Journal a Day- June 02

May 23, 2016 / alunatunes

Key Largo Original Music Festival presents Adrienne


 

Adrienne Zolondick by Marissa

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From Key West to Key Largo, the Florida Keys will host some of the most aspiring and accomplished songwriters in the month of May with two incredible festivals. And to celebrate, the Keys Weekly is honoring some of our own in a series of interviews with local, legendary artists such as Paul Cotton, C.W.Colt, Adrienne Z, John Bartus and more.

This week we profile Adrienne Z., who will be a big part of the Key Largo Original Music Festival this weekend (see keylargooriginalmusicfest.com for the schedule). Her sounds are grounded in influences such as James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchel and Crosby Stills Nash. Adrienne has been writing, singing and collaborating on original music in the Florida Keys since the ’90s.

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Name: Adrienne Zolondick (stage name: Adrienne Z).

Written: Over 200 songs, 4 solo albums and two band albums (Aye and Injade)

From: Wilmington, MA

BMI member: Since early ’90s

Performs at: My New Joint, Boondocks, Blue Macaw, Gas Monkey, Postcard Inn, and Havana Jacks.

Finish these sentences….

I prefer songs … with really good melodies. I mostly write alone but have written with many people over the years and write melodies and words to their music. It is super fun for me.

My most successful song … at the moment I think my song “Blue Day” is the most popular song from my recent album “Chameleons.” It’s an intense tune. I think a lot of people relate to that feeling of being overwhelmed with sadness. The melody and chords together have a haunting and mesmerizing sound to it.

My most meaningful song … is perhaps a song on my third solo record called “Private Wars.” It was inspired after I watched the movie “Born on the Fourth of July.” My jaw was in a dropped position a good part of that movie. I was pretty sheltered as a child so it hit me hard to see and learn what really happened in Vietnam.

My most recent song … is a tune with Gary Woods called “Louie’s Backyard.” I wrote the melody to his lyrics.

I write songs … because I love to.

People once said … I sounded like Stevie Nicks, Ricki Lee Jones, Joni Mitchel, and now I sound like Jewel, Sheryl Crow and Norah Jones. What about when I sing my songs? Curious about that one.

I can tell when a song is honest … when I am moved inside.

I once cried … when I hurt my wrist while packing up my gear.

A song can … take you back to a place in time.

I never had … that ability some musicians have to be —  as Gene Simmons says of himself — “a shameless self promoter,” though I’m changing that.

I remember listening to … “Dog and Butterfly” [Heart] and I just had to learn how to play it just like the record.

For more, check out Adrienne on Facebook, YouTube or www.adriennemusic.com