Secret Agent 23 Skidoo “Jumps For Joy” Over New Album’s Release

Courtesy:  Underground Playground Records

Courtesy: Underground Playground Records

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s new album The Perfect Quirk hit stores and online outlets this week. In celebration of the album’s release, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo himself took to the skies and went sky diving! That’s right! And the full video from pre jump to landing can be viewed online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5sDUqLX6Pc. The whole thing is set against the song ‘Imaginary Friend,’ which is just one of many songs included on The Perfect Quirk.

A summer tour in support of The Perfect Quirk has already been set beginning with a performance in Hurst, TX on July 11th. He will also be in his home state of North Carolina for a pair of dates on July 23rd and July 27th respectively. On July 23rd, Skidoo will perform live in Black Mountain, North Carolina at the Black Mountain Music Festival. And on July 27th, he will play a home town show in Asheville, North Carolina at the city’s famed Orange Peel. The current schedule of dates for Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s summer tour is listed below.

SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO IN PERFORMANCE

Highlights – Summer 2014

July 11 – Masterworks Concert Series, Hurst, TX

July 13 – 18 – Summerstage Series, NYC

July 19 – Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA

July 23 – Black Mountain Concert Series, Black Mountain, NC

July 27 – The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

Aug. 2 – Rox in Sox Festival, Lake Oswego, OR

Aug. 3 – The Vera Project, Seattle, WA

Aug. 4 – Bonney Lake Kids’ Club, Bonney Lake, WA

Aug. 6 – Kent Summer Concert Series, Kent, WA

Aug. 7 – Everett Summer Concert Series, Everett, WA

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Starz, Anchor Bay Reveal Release Date, Info For Spartacus: The Complete Series

Courtesy: Starz

Courtesy: Starz

Officials with Starz and Anchor Bay Entertainment announced this week that the companies will release Spartacus: The Complete Series this fall.

Courtesy:  Starz/Anchor Bay Entertainment

Courtesy: Starz/Anchor Bay Entertainment

Spartacus: The Complete

Series will be released on DVD and Blu-ray +Digital HD with Ultraviolet on Tuesday, September 16th. The Blu-ray+Digital HD with

Ultraviolet edition of the box set will come in two formats. The first format will include three new audio commentaries for the series’ first season. The other will include a Spartacus collector’s figurine. All three of the box sets include a handful of bonus material. That bonus material is listed below.

New Bonus Features:           

  • SPARTACUS Fan Favorites With Liam McIntyre                     
  • Scoring A Hit: Composer Joseph LoDuca             
  • An Eye Full: Roger Murray                       
  • SPARTACUS: Paul Grinder                     
  • The Last Word: John Hannah       
Spartacus Special Edition BD Box Set

Courtesy: Starz/Anchor Bay Entertainment

Series creator and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight commented on the series in a recent interview promoting the upcoming box set. He explained just how important the series remains to all that worked on it even today and added a note for audiences. “The gods finally bless us with the complete collection,” he said. “Spartacus was a true labor of love for everyone who worked on it and I’m incredibly proud to present all 39 episodes in stunning High-def for the fans to enjoy at their leisure, but make sure you watch them in the order they first aired to revel in the experience as originally intended.”

Spartacus originally starred Andy Whitfield in the series’ leading role. Whitfield would then be replaced in Seasons Two and Three by Liam Mcintyre. Also featured throughout the series are: John Hannah (The Mummy, Four Weddings and a Funeral), Peter Mensah (300, The Incredible Hulk), Manu Bennett (30 Days of Night), Nick E. Tarabay (Crash), Dustin Clare (Underbelly), Dan Feuerrigel (Home and Away), Simon Werrells (The Wolfman) Todd Lasance (Cloudstreet), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Flashforward), and Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Battlestar Galactica, Parks and Recreation).

The standard definition box set of Spartacus: The Complete Series retail for SRP of $119.98. Blu-ray+Digital HD with Ultraviolet set will retail for $149.99. The Blu-ray+Digital HD with Ultraviolet and bonus Spartacus collector’s figurine will retail for SRP of $199.99. More information on the upcoming release is available online at http://www.facebook.com/spartacus.starz, http://www.starz.com/spartacus, and http://twitter.com/spartacus_starz. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

NC University’s Theatre Event Returns For Sixth Year

Courtesy:  Fayetteville State University

Courtesy: Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University is bringing back its hugely popular “24 Hour Theatre” for the sixth straight year.  The annual event will run this year from Friday, September 13th to Saturday, September 14th.  The university welcomes participation from not just students at Fayetteville State University, but from university staff and faculty, high school students, and members of the community.  The yearly event allows participants to create plays, and then design and rehearse them before putting them on over the course of twenty-four hours.

This year’s event will kick off on Friday, September 13th at 7:30pm.  The opening events will be followed by an overnight playwriting session.  There will also be movies, theatre games, and training sessions for others.  The scripts crated during the overnight playwriting session will be collected the following mornings by directors, actors, designers, managers, and technicians.  They will then be rehearsed through the event’s second day before putting on the plays at 7:30pm Saturday, September 14th.  Those that attend the event will be able to take part in the plays both in front of and behind the curtain.  Participation in the plays is limited.  Participation in writing and producing roles is extremely limited.  Applications to participate can be downloaded and printed out online at http://www.uncfsu.edu/arts/FSU-Theatre.  Applicants can choose on their application in which of the productions area they want to take part by way of ranking them according to preference.  Participation in the “24 Hour theatre” is not a twenty-four hour commitment.  Special circumstances can be considered.  However, all participants will be expected to take part in the event’s kickoff as production teams and casts will be signed during the event.

The ultimate goal of the annual “24 Hour Theatre” project is to teach those with an interest in theater arts the stresses and processes involved with the creation of plays.  Each play will last anywhere from five to fifteen minutes.  It also helps to build bonds between those that take part in the event.  And it is a boon for Fayetteville State University as it serves as an effective tool for the university’s theatre program.  Performances begin on Saturday, September 14th at 7:00pm at Fayetteville State University’s Butler Theater.  Audiences should note that new plays may not be suitable for all audiences.  Discretion should be exercised.  Admission to this year’s event is two dollars, or one dollar plus a canned good.  All canned goods collected at this year’s event will be donated to a local charity.

More information on the “24 Hour Theatre” is available on the Fayetteville State University website and Facebook page at http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCsQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.uncfsu.edu%2Farts%2Ftheatre-and-dance-home&ei=ioMgUvvxHIzUsASh4oGgCg&usg=AFQjCNE_hxgLIZ4Kxq6toI8FMhmzCUqxxA&bvm=bv.51495398,d.cWc and http://www.facebook.com/Admissions.FSU.

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STS9 Coming To Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheatre This Summer

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater will welcome one of the country’s most well-known electronic rock acts this Summer.  STS9 is coming to North Carolina’s capitol city Sunday, August 25th.  The Santa Cruz, CA based five-piece will perform alongside Umphrey’s McGee.  The bands are sharing headlining duties throughout their tour.  This means that STS9 will be opening for Umphrey’s McGee when the band’s come to Raleigh.  The band has earned positive reviews throughout its mostly sold-out Winter tour and recent Spring tour, which included a sold-out show at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom. 

The band—Hunter Brown (guitars/keyboards), Jeffree Lerner (percussion), David Murphy (bass, synths), David Phipps (keyboards), and Zach Velmer (drums) is working on its twelfth full length studio release.  The self-titled release is currently expected to be released this year on the band’s self-owned record label, 1320 Records.  Its most recent release is its 2011 EP, When The Dust Settles.  The EP debuted at #1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart and even garnered the band a spot in Billboard’s “Top 25 Albums” chart. 

The band’s tour with Umphrey’s McGee is just one part of its busy tour schedule.  The band is also slated to perform at a number of festivals this year, including:  Camp Bisco, All Good Music Festival, and the new Life is Beautiful Festival.  It also has on its schedule back-to-back headlining dates at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado on September 6th and 7th.

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Music Legends To be Inducted Into Memphis Music Hall Of Fame Thursday

Courtesy: Bob Merlis/M.H.F.

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame will become a reality this week.  After years of talks and work, the very first class of musicians will be inducted into the Hall this Thursday at the Canon Center for Performing Arts.  Among the artist included in the inaugural class of inductees are:  W.C. Handy, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Al Green.  Also included in this year’s class are some lesser known but still respected musicians such as:  jazz saxophonist George Coleman, gospel songwriter Lucie Campbell, and W.T. McDaniel, Booker T. Washington High School bandmaster.

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame initiative is part of the Smithsonian-connected Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.  Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum Executive Director John Doyle shared his thoughts on the importance of the Music Hall’s inaugural event.  “We wanted to keep the ticket prices low, in order for the public to be able to come out”, said Doyle.  General admission tickets for the event are available for as little as $30.  Doyle added noting, “A lot of what we want to do with the Hall of Fame is about education both through the website and the gallery, but a lot of it is about paying tribute and really giving tribute to the musicians who put Memphis on a global map.  And we want the public to share in that.”

The inaugural Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place this Thursday at 7pm at the Canon Center for Performing Arts at 225 N. Main in Memphis.  Tickets are available for $30, $50, and $100.  They can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com.  They can also be purchased via phone at 1-800-745-3000.  More information on this Thursday’s even it available online at http://memphisrocknsoul.org

The inaugural class of inductees into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame is as follows:

Estelle Axton and Jim Stewart

Bobby “Blue” Bland

Booker T. and the M.G.’s

Lucie Campbell

George Coleman

Jim Dickinson

Al Green

W.C. Handy

Isaac Hayes

Howlin’ Wolf

B.B. King

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jimmie Lunceford

Professor W.T. McDaniel

Memphis Minnie

Willie Mitchell

Dewey Phillips

Sam Phillips

Elvis Presley

Otis Redding

The Staple Singers

Rufus Thomas

Three 6 Mafia

Nat D. Williams

ZZ Top

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Hendrix Woodstock Performance Coming To Theaters Nationwide

Courtesy: Experience Hendrix

Music lovers the world over are celebrating a big anniversary this year.  AS 2012 has rolled on, fans of music legend Jimi Hendrix have celebrated the seventieth anniversary of Hendrix’s birthday.  Now another addition has been made to the year-long celebration courtesy of Experience Hendrix.  The original recording of Jimi’s legendary Woodstock 1969 concert will run in select theaters across the globe very soon.  Among the theaters here in the states holding screenings of the iconic performance is the Rave Southpoint 17 + IMAX in Durham, North Carolina. 

The Rave Southpoint 17 + IMAX will have two showings of the concert.  The first of the pair will be on Wednesday, November 28th.  The second planned showing is set for Wednesday, December 5th.  Both screenings will be at 7:00pm.  Tickets for each showing are $12.50 per person.  For more information on the showings, fans can go online to the theater’s website at http://www.streetsatsouthpoint.com/movies.  Fans can also get all the latest news on the year-long celebration of Hendrix’s birthday on his official website, http://www.jimihendrix.com.

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Spare Change Band Headlining Final Alive At Five Concert

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C.– Summer is winding down.  And as Summer is winding down, so is Morehead City’s annual Alive at Five concert series.  And closing out the annual concert series is the Spare Change Band. 

The Spare Change Band will perform Friday, August 31st from 5pm – 8pm at Katherine Davis Park.  the locally and regionally renowned band covers songs from artists the likes of:  Kenny Chesney, Alicia Keys, LMFAO, Adele, and a bevy of others.  The band is from LaGrange, North Carolina and has been performing together for a decade.  More information on the Spare Change Band is available online at the band’s website, http://www.sparechangemusic.net.

Morehead City’s annual Alive at Five Summer Concert Series is presented by R.A. Jeffreys and Bud Light.  Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant and Catering also serve as sponsors alongside Twice The Ice and Potash Corp. of Aurora.  It is hosted by the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association (DMCRA).  More information on the DMCRA and its annual events, go online to http://www.downtownmoreheadcity.com.

Duck Jazz Festival Organizers Accepting Contributions For Festival Workshops

This year’s festival is Sunday, October 7th at 11am.  As part of the annual festival, education workshops will be held on Friday, October 5th.  Jazz Festival organizers are now accepting contributions to help pay for the workshops. 

Students with First Flight and the Manteo High School Jazz Band will work with members of The Fuzz Band during the workshops.  There will be Q&A sessions, as well as opportunities to work on musical composition with The Fuzz Band. 

Anyone wishing to make a donation for the Duck Jazz Festival can make checks payable to the Outer Banks Community Foundation.  Donations made via check should include “Duck Jazz Festival Fund” in the memo line.  All contributions made through the Outer Banks Community Foundation are tax deductible and will be recognized in the Duck Jazz Festival brochure.  Contributions should be mailed to Outer Banks Community Foundation. 13 Skyline Road. Southern Shores, North Carolina 278949. 

The Duck Jazz Festival is free and open to the public.  Gates for the festival open at 10am.  Along with the Fuzz Band, this year’s list of performers includes:  The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Paula Atherton, and Emme St. James.  More information on the Duck Jazz Festival is available online at http://www.duckjazz.com, http://www.facebook.com/DuckJazzFestival, http://twitter.com/duckjazzfest, and on its own Youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/DuckPR.  Information is also available by phone at 252-255-1234.

Nitrograss to perform at “Duck Unplugged” Series

DUCK, N.C.–The town of Duck is pleased to announce that Nitrograss will perform tomorrow, Tuesday, August 7th as part of the town’s “Duck Unplugged” series.  the concert is the series closer for the year.

Nitrograss is based in Asheville, North Carolina.  The band is known for its mix of contemporary and alternative bluegrass stylings.  The band’s performance tomorrow night is the first of its tour of the Outer Banks.  Fans can check out the band’s tour dates online at http://www.nitrograss.com, on its Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nitrograss/155437011177260, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/nitrograss.  Anyone that wants a taste of the group’s music can also check out its official Youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/nitrograsspr.

More information on events going on in the Town of Duck is available online at http://www.townofduck.com, http://www.facebook.com/townofduck, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/DuckPR.  The town also has its own Youtube channel that can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/userDuckPR.  More information is also available by phone and e-mail at 252-255-1286 and at info@townofduck.com.

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ opens annual Carolina Shakespeare Festival

NEW BERN. N.C.–The Carolina Shakespeare Festival opens its fourteenth season August 2nd.  And to officially open the season, Shakespeare’s classic rom/com ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ will be presented at Tryon Palace’s Cullman Performance Hall.  The play centers on lovers Beatrice and Benedick who try not to admit their feelings for one another, going tit for tat along the way, until, of course, it all reaches a happy ending.  It truly is one of Shakespeare’s finest–if not his finest–romantic comedy.  Countless movies and plays since can count this work as their influence.

The Carolina Shakespeare Festival will begin performances of the play with a very special preview performance on Thursday, August 2nd at 7pm.  Official opening night is Friday, August 3rd.  It all ends August 19th.  Tickets for the preview show for the special preview show can be purchased at a discount price of $12 for all seats.  General admission tickets for adults are $28, $22 for senior citizens, and $20 for Tryon Palace Council of Friends Members.  Students and active duty military personnel can purchase tickets for $14.  Tickets can be purchased by phone at 252-639-3524 and 1-800-767-1560.  They can also be purchased in person at the North Carolina History Center Ticket Desk at Tryon Palace. 

Along with the presentations of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, the Carolina Shakepseare Festival will offer two free concert readings of ‘Henry IV Part 2′ on August 8th and 11th.  The reading on August 8th will be presented at the Old Theatre in Oriental at 7pm that evening.  The second of the two readings will be offered August 11th at 2pm at Tryon Palace.

For more information on the Carolina Shakespeare Festival and Tryon Palace, go online to http://www.csfest.net and http://www.tryonpalace.org.