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February 3, 2016 / alunatunes

April 2&3- CrawDebauchery Food and Music Fest Hotel Deals

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Join us for the 2016 CrawDebauchery Food and Music Festival taking place on
April 2nd and 3rd at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater and receive 2 FREE Two-Day
General Admission tickets to the festival with your stay at one of the hotels below. A twonight
minimum stay is required. Tickets will be issued at check-in.

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa, 1200 N. Ocean Blvd, Pompano Beach, Fl. 33062

Phone: 954-782-0100   Rate: $239-$299 per night

MUST BOOK BY 2/15/16

Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale East, 5001 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale FL 33308  

Phone: 954-771-8100    Rate: $159 per night

MUST BOOK BY 3/11/16

LaQuinta Inn Fort Lauderdale Northeast, 5727 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale FL 33308

Phone: 954-491-2500    Rate: $119 per night




February 3, 2016 / alunatunes

April 2&3-CrawDebauchery Food and Music Festival features Galactic

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Chris Dirato, Bitner Goodman, (954) 703-7938,


New Orleans Band Galactic to Perform

At Third Annual CrawDebauchery Food & Music Festival


POMPANO BEACH, Fla.  (January 26, 2016) – The New Orleans band Galactic will be the featured act at the third annual CrawDebaucheryFood & Music Festival, April 2-3, at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater Field, it was announced here today.


The group’s music has been described as a mix of rap, funk, soul, rhythm and blues and New Orleans brass band jazz.


“We’re ecstatic to be able to have Galactic perform at this year’s festival,” said event organizer Don Matthews. “They are extremely popular and I’m confident everyone will enjoy their mind-blowing, incredible talent.”


It’s been more than 20 years since Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, Jeff Raines and Rich Vogel began exploring the seemingly limitless musical possibilities born out of their work together as Galactic. Since then, the seminal New Orleans band has consistently pushed the artistic boundaries on the road and in the studio, approaching their music with open ears and drawing inspiration as much from the sounds bubbling up from their city’s streets as they do from each other.


Featuring New Orleans crawfish and music, the festival has expanded to two days this year. In addition to a massive crawfish boil, food and art vendors, Matthews has booked other top tier musicians for this year’s event to complement Galactic.


On Saturday, Rockin’ Jake, Stan & the Streetwalkers and Maggie Koerner will perform, while the Cajun/Zydeco groups will include Chubby Carrier, Dwayne Dopsie and Geno Delafose.


Sunday’s highlighted acts will include the Papa John Gros Band, Bonerama and Raw Oyster Cult with The Porchdogs, the Lafayette Rhythm Devils, the Savoy Family Band and Carrier.


Tickets (priced at $25 to $125) are on sale now and can be purchased via

March 4, 2015 / alunatunes

Just Say No!

We have snow fatigue…..

Live & Learn


Source: Retrogasm

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March 4, 2015 / alunatunes

Behind The Kit episode #8 Terry Guinn (Drumiture)

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Interview with Paul Milkovich

Terry Guinn shares his passion that fuels his art which is “Drumiture”, art pieces constructed of old drums that tell a story.

Get your very own custom piece from Terry here. 

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February 2, 2015 / alunatunes

Poco’s Paul Cotton Releases new record

Paul Cotton by Ralph DePalma

100% Paul Cotton: Authentic, True music from an American Master

Paul Cotton, remembered most for his stellar work with Poco, has released 100% Paul Cotton, a new record, with eleven songs. The unique voice and lyricist for iconic tunes like “Heart of the Night” and “Bad Weather”, has been a resident of Key West, Florida for the past nine years.

“I feel really fortunate to live here and be surrounded by the multitude of talent-musically and theatrically, every kind of artist,” says Cotton. “I stay really busy with my group of musicians here, perform in venues and devote time to fund-raising and philanthropic projects.” Fans are delighted to find Cotton performing around Key West. “It’s always such a joy to meet fans and I’m encouraged by them to continue my career.”

Cotton’s career has spanned decades. He’s known best for his seminal work with Poco and counts among his musical friends from Poco – Richey Furay, Jim Messina and Timothy B. Schmidt of the Eagles. He still performs with legends from other bands in the country rock and rock and roll genre.

“I’ll be reunited with the members of Poco in January for our induction into the Colorado Hall of Fame along with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Manassas (Chris Hillman and Stephen Stills), Firefall and Steve Martin,” says Cotton. “There’s the big Paul Cotton Band Cruise from February 27- March 02, 2015. And I’ll be touring the US during the spring and summer.”

London native and Key West resident Ian Shaw, with Warmfuzz Records (Bill Blue, Matt Backer), mixed Cotton’s latest record.

“Coming from England, I’d heard of Poco, but the only track of theirs that I knew was”Rose Of Cimarron” which was a hit in the UK,” says Shaw. “I think in some way, this gave me some advantage in mixing new versions of some of Paul Cotton’s greatest songs, as I didn’t get bogged down by what the original versions sounded like.

“Working with Ian was an absolute pleasure,” adds Paul. “His knowledge and professional background was invaluable to me and my engineer, Russ Scavelli. Ian’s gear is vintage and modern. He is extremely creative in his approach to mixing. The legendary Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering in Scotland did a great job mastering 100% Paul Cotton.” Cotton notes this newest release is a volume one, and he is working on plans with Ian Shaw for a volume two along with more recordings featuring new material. “The first 500 copies of 100% Paul Cotton are autographed and the response for pre-sales have been overwhelming!” says Cotton.

January 14, 2015 / alunatunes

30 January: Matt Backer at Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborugh


Showdate: 30 January 2015
Rock Division with Matt Backer and Phil Spaulding
Support act: Faye Clements
The Horseshoe Inn
Showtime: 8pm
Tickets: free show

*Matt Backer’s new record Get Backer was just voted #1 Blues Record of 2014 by Birmingham’s Sunday Mercury
*Matt was voted Favourite International Artist of the Year by The Independent Music Network for 2015. He also garnered the award for 2014.
*Matt loves interviews! Let us know if we can arrange a time for you to speak with Matt

Matt Backer is the guitarist with 80’s super group ABC and can be heard
on double BRIT nominee Laura Mvula’s album “Sing To The Moon” as well
as albums by Rumer, Dionne Bromfield, Julian Lennon and many more. He
has appeared on stage, television, and toured the world with a
multitude of artists including Belinda Carlisle, Bananrama, Steve
Earle, Emmylou Harris and Alan Partridge. His 2013 album “Idle Hands”
featured duets with Martin Fry and Julian Lennon and received airplay
on UK commercial and BBC stations including Radio 2. He and Julian Lennon won “Top 40 New Group/Duo of the Year” from New Music Weekly in 2013. Matt was chosen “Favourite International Artist of 2014” by the Independent Music Network in LA and “Top 40 Breakthrough Artist” of 2014 by New Music Weekly.

January 12, 2015 / alunatunes

Heart Beat is a Sound and a Feeling

My dear friend Jason Hausman captured at work perfectly by photographer Mitchell Kearney

Mitchell Kearney


Jason Hausman operates in the realms of the heart and the mind, to create touching musical messages…

In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it’s not boring at all, but very interesting.

So… we were asked to solve a particular problem… I did as directed… “Now find another solution.” I did. “Another.” Again, I found one. “Another” and so on. Finally, I said “There are no more solutions.” So then, what is the principle underlying all of your solutions?

by John Cage from Silence

Mitchell Kearney’s Website

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January 8, 2015 / alunatunes

February 07- Intrepid Artists International celebrates 20th Anniversary with Concert at Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte NC

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Who: Rick Booth, Intrepid Artists International

What: 20th Anniversary Celebration “A Rock n’ Roll, Soul & Blues Revival”

When: Saturday February 7 2015 from 7pm until 2am

Where: The Historic Neighborhood Theatre

Tickets: $12/$15 All Ages

Ticket link:

Music from Selwyn Birchwood Band (Albert King GuitarAward Winner), The Steepwater Band (Chicago Rock n’ Roll), Simplified (Local Favorites), “The Original” Tishamingo feat. Jesse Franklin (Brantley Gilbert), John Nemeth (2014 Soul/Blues Artist of the Year), Hadden Sayers (Singer/Songwriter and guitarist for Grammy nominee, Ruthie Foster), Nick Schenebelen (Albert King Guitar Award Winner and lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for Trampled Under Foot). More Special Guests to be announced

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Intrepid Artists International celebrates 20th Anniversary

Rick Booth is the President and founder of Intrepid Artists Int’l. Booth is a native of Charlotte, born February 7, 1965 at Presbyterian Hospital. He is a graduate of Charlotte Latin High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology at Wofford College in 1987 and has been an active member in the Charlotte Community ever since. Over the years, Booth has represented the likes of Dickey Betts, Walter Trout, Leon Russell, Jimmy Thackery, Joe Louis Walker, Tab Benoit, Bobby Blue Bland, The Blue Dogs, Simplified and countless other Blues and Roots Rock musicians.

The music business is rife with agencies that pop up and disappear in the blink of an eye. The world of booking original, live music is an art and science and must be approached with passion and perseverance. It’s not for the fainthearted or frightened. Rick Booth knows this and has approached his corner of the music business with integrity and honesty. He’s a connoisseur of music and has made it his life’s work to put musicians in front of audiences world wide. He’s taken his passion for live music and a dedication to artists and talent buyers and parlayed it into one of the most prestigious, internationally recognized booking agencies in the world. In a business that is often marred by unethical behavior and downright greed, Rick remains a stalwart leader of a team of professionals who respect and believe in their award winning artists as well as the buyers who keep them busy.
“I believe in cultivating relationships,” says Booth from his office overlooking the beautiful skyline of Uptown Charlotte, NC. “I’ve always wanted Intrepid Artists to be thought of with honesty and integrity. When we make a commitment to an artist , we take care of them. When we make an arrangement with a talent buyer, we value that arrangement and relationship. It really is all about treating people right. “I am not that religious but I firmly believe in doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, You know, treat others the way you would like to be treated. Respect is not something that is given to you. You earn it. So many people just don’t seem to get that these days.”
“You must also surround yourself with good people and allow them to do their jobs. I could not do it all by myself. I have a great staff and most grateful for all of their hard work!”
Intrepid was voted Best Agency by The Blues Foundation in 1997 and 2011. Blues Wax Magazine has cited them as The Best in the Biz. American Blues Scene says,”“ Intrepid Artists may have more class than any other agency and in the meantime provides some of the best music being made to a worldwide audience.”
The event will take place Saturday February 7 at The Neighborhood Theatre and celebrates 20 years of Intrepid Artists history and will feature live music by multiple national and regional Acts and Artists. The event has a limited number of tickets and is open to the public.

December 16, 2014 / alunatunes

March 21, 2015- Crawdebauchery 2015 promises the best of New Orleans’ music, food and fun!

Crawdebauchery 2015 is scheduled for March 21, 2015 at The Pompano Beach Ampitheatre.
Southern Comfort Jam Stage features:
Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, The Lee Boys, The Soul Rebels Brass Band and Maggie Koerner and Slow Burn
Abita Zydeco Stage features:
Gal Holiday and the Honkytonk Revue, Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, and Grammy winner Chubby Carrier
The best New Orleans Cuisine at The Crescent City Bistreaux from
Shuck-n-Dive, Blue Moon, Texas Hold’em, Smoke BBQ, The Funky Biscuit, Catfish Deweys, and the Roast Chicken Shack
Questions, comments, interviews with the bands and organizers?
The Second Annual CrawDebauchery Festival is Saturday March 21, 2015 at Pompano Beach Amphitheater Field, Florida
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Second Annual CrawDebauchery Festival in Pompano Beach capitalizes on New Orleans crawfish, music and fun March 21, 2015

Crawdebauchery organizer, Don Matthews, remembers his motivation to bring a slice of New Orleans to the Fort Lauderdale area. “The old crawfish festivals are remembered with great fondness,” says Matthews. “That was the motivation to host CrawDebauchery 2014. It’s heartening to hear how happy people are when they learn what they treasured about past festivals- the New Orleans/Zydeco vibe, crawfish, music and food- will return with CrawDebauchery II in 2015 . We had over two thousand people show up at our first festival and are hoping to at least double that number this year.”

Glass Productions will host The Kids’ Zone at Crawdebauchery, open until dusk, with face painting, airbrush artists, jugglers, clowns, storytelling and interactive games, crawfish races and more. The Crawdebauchery vendors alley will feature art and artists from across the southeast.
Food is a focus at Crawdebauchery. The event had a dedicated food area called The Crescent City Bistreaux, presented by Shuck-n-Dive. Restaurants will feature the best in New Orleans fare from a massive crawfish boil, to classic New Orleans dishes like po’boys, beignets, redfish, gumbo, etouffee, pralines, and jambalaya.

“The things that New Orleans represents-the love of food, music and good times- is something I have a passion for, and all the positive feedback from CrawDebauchery 2014 has me convinced all the long days of planning were well worth the effort,” says Matthews. “We hope CrawDebauchery will continue to prosper and expand and we’ll be able to present the unique experience of New Orleans to patrons for a long time.”

September 3, 2014 / alunatunes

Opera National de Paris

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This is so beautiful!

Charlotte Hoather

Outside-Opera-National-De-Paris Outside The Opera National de Paris ( The Palais Garnier )

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The Palais Garnier is a magnificent building which seats 1979 people and was built between 1861 and 1875 for the Paris Opera. The architecture is in the Baroque style and designed by Charles Garnier who won the opportunity to design the new Opera House in a competition, (the project was designed by Napoleon III). It is situated at 8 rue Scribe, Place de l’Opera a stroll away from the Louvre and it’s ranked 4th out of 752 places to visit by tripadvisor. The interior is as stunning as the exterior complimented by its spectacular gold statues that glinted in the summer sunshine.

Opera-01 Such Beauty In The Fabulous Anti Rooms And Corridors

We did a self-guided tour which costed 10 euros for an adult and 6 euros for a student aged 10-25 years. There was an opportunity to…

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