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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


 

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Photo credit: http://www.motherturtle.com/photography

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

May 23, 2016 / alunatunes

Adrienne: The Keys Musician with only one name


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April 26, 2016 / alunatunes

Florida Musician Ericson Holt releases Broken Beauty


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“Lyrical ingredients: raucous nights in sex-charged backseats, burned out party girls who ache for affection or clutch at sanity, broken-hearted acts of betrayal and double-betrayal, tenuous faith, and that old, company-lovin’ millstone, misery. Ericson Holt lays down a brilliant soundtrack—from rollicking to romantic—for hard living, hard loving, and hard loss. And just enough humor to guarantee redemption—that reclamation we all crave—showing us we can, indeed, patch up our tattered spirits . . . and simply travel on.”
—Suzanne Hudson, prize-winning author of All the Way to Memphis
 
Florida musician Ericson Holt is celebrating the release of
his new CD “Broken Beauty” and will be in concert at The
Sandwich Opera House Saturday April 9, 2016. Holt will
be performing with his band which features well known
Chicago area musicians; Geoffrey Lowe, Larry Ortega and
John Kattke. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are
$25.00.
 
Holt’s debut CD, “The Blue Side”, reached the Top 30 of
the Americana Music Chart and #4 on The Roots Rock
Report. He has toured the world and recorded with
hundreds of artists including The Mavericks, Mike Farris,
Phil Lee, Jim Lauderdale, Mike Farris and The Coal Men,
to name just a few.
 
“Living in Nashville, playing keyboards on recording
sessions and with all those great acts, was a tremendous
opportunity to learn and grow. I was the music director
and a featured artist every week on Billy Block’s Western
Beat Radio Show and opened a lot of shows for the acts I
was touring with. I was also spending 8 to 12 weeks a
year playing my own shows at The Hog’s Breath Saloon
in Key West, Florida and an ever growing list of venues
throughout the Southeast and beyond. I never wanted
to write specifically for the Nashville market, or any
market for that matter. I’m from a family of writers and
I’ve been trying to dig down to my most authentic,
soulful, self. To find my true voice, if you will.”
 
In 2010, he left Nashville and made Key West his home
base, joining the remarkable community of musicians
who perform and record on the island. It is a community
in which he has thrived and built life long friendships.
 
“Like many of my Nashville and Chicago friends, I already
had deep roots there, so it was very comfortable move to
make.” Ericson is profiled in the Ralph DePalma book,
“The Soul Of Key West – Volume One”, a collection of
photographs and profiles of the musicians who make up
the unique fabric of the Key West music scene.
In November of 2015 he was a featured performer at the
Riverhawk festival in Florida and The Mesa Music Festival
in Arizona.
 
“The past four or five years I’ve been singing and playing
at least 250 nights a year,” says Holt. And that hard
work shows on “Broken Beauty”. “I’m more comfortable
singing in the studio now; much more knowledgeable
about studio microphone technique and how to get
myself into the right headspace,” he explains. “There’s
no substitute for singing lead vocals. Like any athlete,
you have to stay in training.”
 
“All of the life experiences that I’ve gone through in the
last years; the loss of my grandmother and one of my
brothers, moving to the one of a kind artist’s community
that is Key West, and the friendships that I’ve formed
there, show in my voice and my songwriting”, adds Holt.
“And I’m thankful for that.”
#gratefulistheword
April 12, 2016 / alunatunes

April 24-Adrienne Z at Smokin Tuna, CD release and Benefit for Montessori School


Adrienne Z’s official release of her new CD Chameleons is set for Sunday April 24, 2016 at The Smokin Tuna in Key West. The event is hosted by The Southernmost Coconut Castaways and doubles as a fund raiser for The Montessori Charter School, where Adrienne teaches music. Event is from 2pm until 5pm.
 
Recently Adrienne was a featured performer at The Ramble at the Key West Theatre, and performed with Paul Cotton (Poco) during the Womens Hope Concert at The Tennessee Williams Theater. She has been featured in the international guitar blog Guitar Nerding, as an expert in acoustic guitar performance and theory as well as recording techniques.
 
Her song “Blue Day” is featured in the Lifetime Network Movie The Wrong Car.
“Adrienne Z and her session musicians weave an awesome and beautiful aural tapestry (of) new folk, pop and americana…do yourself a favor and get this cd…” 
Foley Walker, Florida Keys Magazine
 

Her first single, “Blue Day” was an instant hit on my station – Pirate Radio Key West – and still a top 5 AirPlay request since the day we started playing it.” – Jack Smith Pirate Radio Key West

 
Adrienne’s voice (very reminiscent of Stevie Nicks) holds the hint of a smile as she sings about light, energy and the inevitability of change. Chameleons strikes a note of  bravery and hopeful optimism and is a fitting title track to Adrienne’s newest solo record.