Laurie Berkner Announces Details For Family Friendly Halloween Concerts

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Family music entertainer Laurie Berkner is offering audiences a safe, family friendly way to celebrate Halloween this year.

Berkner is scheduled to hold two separate, virtual concerts on Halloween. The first is scheduled to take place at noon ET and the second at 5 p.m. ET.

Berkner said in a prepared statement that concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic led to the decision to return to livestream concerts.

“Out of an abundance of caution to protect my fans and their families, I have made the difficult decision to cancel the rest of my 2021 in-person concerts, so, I am bringing my livestreams back!,” said Berkner. “I’m so excited to be able to have a Halloween Concert this year that anyone can attend – and that keeps all of my fans safe.  It will be filled with extra on-screen Halloween magic and even a brand new Halloween song. I can’t wait to get back to joining families in their homes to sing and celebrate together!”

The new song in question is ‘I Picked a Little Pumpkin.’ Along with that song, audiences will enjoy other songs, such as ‘The Cat Came Back,’ ‘Monster Boogie,’ and ‘What Am I Gonna Be (For Halloween)?’

Tickets and virtual meet-and-greets are available here. Regular admission virtual tickets include access to one of both performances on one device and an exclusive “welcome” video from Berkner.

The meet-and-greet packages feature a group of extras noted below.

– Two-Minute Virtual 1-on-1 Private Meet & Greet with Laurie Berkner after the show. Participants will be called directly when it is their turn.
– Virtual Photo Opportunity with Laurie Berkner.
– Recording of video session emailed to ticket holder 3 days post-event.
– Opportunity for parents to chat with fellow families in the Virtual Waiting Room while awaiting their turn in line.
– Live tech support.

“Doors open” an hour prior to showtime. A pre-show will run for audiences’ entertainment and to test connections.

More information on Berkner’s new concerts are available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.laurieberkner.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/LaurieBerknerBand

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/LaurieBerkner

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Gemini Syndrome Announces New Live Dates

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Gemini Syndrome is scheduled to head back out on the road next month in support of its new album.

The band is scheduled to launch its new headlining tour in support of 3rd DegreeThe Raising, Oct. 28. The album is scheduled for release Oct. 15 through Century Media Records. Ovtlier, Oh! The Horror, Pushing Veronica, and Them Damn Kings are scheduled to serve as support throughout the nearly month-long run.

Front man Aaron Nordstrom spoke about the upcoming tour in a prepared statement.

“We’re very excited to be back out in the road again this fall,” said Nordstrom. “It’s a time of transformation on our planet and our lives in preparation for the rebirth of the approaching solstice. We’re grateful to share this INITIATION with all you Spiritual Soldiers on the frontline helping to bring music back to this f***** up world.”

Added Nordstrom, “Our hope is that through sharing our experiences, lessons learned, and battles overcome, that we can help others to examine their own consciousness. Their role in the world in its almost infinite capacity, and to help remind each other that we are ALL in this together. We are a family, and when we are United in our commonality, we can achieve things worthy of the attention of the GODS. If you want to change the world, quietly go to work on yourself.” 

Drummer Brian Steele Medina expanded on Nordstrom’s comments.

“We love nothing more than performing and creating a sacred space for transmutation with our brothers and sisters,” he said. “Now more than ever, it feels like everything is trying to pull us apart and perpetuate the illusion that we are separate. That we are not ONE. It’s all b*******. Give us your pandemics, your Pentagon UFO videos, and your barriers… It’s all f****** noise, but we’re louder and we will rise above it all.”

3rd Degree The Raising has produced five singles to date:  ‘Broken Reflection,‘ ‘Abandoned,‘ ‘Die With Me,’ ‘IDK‘ and ‘Reintegration.‘

The schedule for Gemini Syndrome’s upcoming live run is noted below. The tour comes on the heels of another tour that the band recently ran, and most recently, a performance at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival on Sept. 10. Tickets and VIP packages for the band’s upcoming tour are available here.

GEMINI SYNDROME ‘Initiation’ USA Fall 2021 tour dates:

10/28 – Chippewa Falls, WI – Joel’s 4Corners *

10/29 – Green Bay, WI – EPIC Event Center *

10/30 – Racine, WI – Rt 20 (WIIL Rock Halloween Bash) *

10/31 – Battle Creek, MI – The Music Factory *

11/02 – Lakewood, OH – The Winchester Music Tavern *

11/04 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop *

11/05 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works *

11/06 – Liverpool, NY – Sharkey’s *

11/07 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance *

11/08 – New York City, NY – Mercury Lounge ****

11/09 – Albany, NY – Empire Underground *

11/10 – Reading, PA – Reverb *

11/12 – Johnson City, TN – Capones *

11/13 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger *

11/14 – Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks ***

11/16 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box **

11/17 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey **

11/20 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar

11/22 – El Paso, TX – Rockhouse **

11/23 – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock **

11/24 – West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey a Go Go **

11/26 – Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar **

11/27 – Reno, NV – Reno Brewhouse ** 

* Direct support is Ovtlier

** Direct support is Oh! The Horror

*** Show with Smile Empty Soul, Ovtlier, Sunflower Dead, Pushing V, Tommy Gibbons

**** GEMINI SYNDROME and Ovtlier only

More information on Gemini Syndrome’s new album, single, video and live appearances is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://geminisyndrome.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/GeminiSyndrome

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/GeminiSyndrome

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SaulPaul Encourages Young Listeners To Do Their Best With New Single, Video

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Family music entertainer SaulPaul debuted the video for his latest single this week.

SaulPaul premiered the video for his single, ‘Ace It‘ Friday. The single is featured in his brand new EP, Okay to be Different, which was released the same day through 8 Pound Gorilla Records. The EP’s track listing is noted below.

SaulPaul talked about his new album in a prepared statement.

“This album is all about the heart and mindset,” said SaulPaul. “My goal is to inspire kids to celebrate their individuality through acceptance of others and self-confidence. If I had to describe each song with one word, I’d list them as Joy. Hope. Heart. Friendship. Energy. Inspiration. Motivation. The basic message is to love yourself and love others.”

‘Ace It’ features a musical arrangement that will appeal to fans of today’s mainstream rap and hip-hop songs. That is proven through the voice articulation that is used, the keyboards, beats, and even the violin line.

The lyrical theme featured in SaulPaul’s new single is an uplifting message that encourages listeners to do their best in life and school. He reminds listeners that the best way to do even relatively well in life is by doing their best in school, even pointing out that yes, school should be treated just like a job. This is a message that every parent uses with his/her child(ren) and is thankfully echoed here.

The video for ‘Ace It’ features SaulPaul on a soundstage with a group of young people who have recently graduated from high school. The video shoot actually is part of the video’s story, as SaulPaul had invited the students to take part in the shoot. That footage is paired with footage of the students’ journey from elementary school up to their high school graduation, and will put a smile on anyone’s face.

In other news, SaulPaul is scheduled to host a virtual graduation ceremony for graduates everywhere in the Class of 2021 on May 22. Admission for the public event is free. Attendees can RSVP here.

More information on SaulPaul’s upcoming virtual graduation ceremony, his new single, video, and EP is available along with all of his latest news at:

Website: https://saulpaul.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaulPaul

Twitter: https://twitter.com/saulpaul

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Laurie Berkner Announces Details For Latest Virtual Concerts

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Family music entertainer Laurie Berkner will continue her virtual concert series next month.

Berkner announced Tuesday, she will host two live, interactive concerts to celebrate Father’s Day, June 20. The concerts are scheduled to take place at noon and 5 p.m. ET respectively on that day. They are the latest virtual concerts from Berkner, who last hosted live virtual concerts last month.

Berkner was upbeat as she talked about the upcoming concerts.

“It’s hard to believe that our next virtual livestream, on Father’s Day, will mark the one-year anniversary of when I started doing these performances!” said Berkner. “I’m thrilled that we have been able to create such fun experiences for families during this time when I can’t tour in person, and that we have reached so many fans who might not otherwise get to see me live. It’s also exciting to watch as families keep coming back, concert after concert! I’m really honored to be sharing live music with so many people.”

As part of the celebration of Father’s Day, Berkner will perform related songs, such as ‘I Love You Daddy’ and ‘My Family.’ The concerts will also offer other songs from Berkner’s catalog, such as ‘VIctor Vito,’ ‘Pig On Her Head,’ and ‘Moon Moon Moon.’ Additionally, the concerts will feature songs from Berkner’s latest album, Let’s Go!

Along with the music, Berkner will have activities for families to enjoy. Families can make their own musical instruments and sing/play along with her. The pre-show lobby will offer assorted games for families, as well as a star-decorating activity.

Meet-and-greet packages and tickets are available here. Tickets are $20. Those dealing with financial hardships can purchase tickets at a reduced price of $10. General admission tickets allow access to one or both performances on one device along with a “welcome” video from Berkner.

The meet-and-greet packages feature a variety of extras noted below.

– Two-Minute Virtual 1-on-1 Private Meet & Greet with Laurie Berkner after the show. Participants will be called directly when it is their turn.
– Virtual Photo Opportunity with Laurie Berkner.
– Recording of video session emailed to ticket holder 3 days post-event.
– Opportunity for parents to chat with fellow families in the Virtual Waiting Room while awaiting their turn in line.
– Live tech support.

“Doors open” an hour prior to showtime. A pre-show will run for audiences’ entertainment and to test connections.

More information on Berkner’s new concerts and album are available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.laurieberkner.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/LaurieBerknerBand

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/LaurieBerkner

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Laurie Berkner To Hold Two More Concerts, Release New Album Next Month

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Family music entertainer Laurie Berkner has two more livestream concerts planned for next month.

Berkner is scheduled to hold the concerts at noon and 5 p.m. ET on March 28. Audiences can watch the ticketed events here. Tickets are $20 while Meet-and-Greet packages are $80. General admission tickets allow access to one or both performances on one device along with a “welcome” video from Berkner while the Meet-and-Greet packages allow for a variety of extra experiences, all of which are noted below.

– Two-Minute Virtual 1-on-1 Private Meet & Greet with Laurie Berkner after the show. Participants will be called directly when it is their turn.
– Virtual Photo Opportunity with Laurie Berkner.
– Recording of video session emailed to ticket holder 3 days post-event.
– Opportunity for parents to chat with fellow families in the Virtual Waiting Room while awaiting their turn in line.
– Live tech support.

“Doors open” an hour prior to showtime. A pre-show will run for audiences’ entertainment and to test connections.

Berkner’s upcoming concerts are just her latest livestream performances. Most recently, she performed live Feb. 14 online.

Courtesy: Waldmania PR

In other news, Berkner will release her latest album next month.

Let’s Go! is scheduled for release March 5. The album is her 14th full-length studio recording.

Berkner discussed the album during a recent interview.

“A pandemic is a strange and challenging time to make and release a new album,” said Berkner. “What’s really important? What’s going to change completely by tomorrow? I didn’t expect a song about handwashing to end up on this album, or a song about wearing a mask, and I waited to release the title track until after we were no longer under strict stay-at-home orders because … well, where were we going to GO? Somehow, through the remote help of my amazing producer, Dave Darlington, my great bandmates, and my incredible Two Tomatoes team, I was able to finish Let’s Go! from my home and put it out into the world. I love the shape of this album, and I hope families will, too.”

Berkner’s new album features songs, such as ‘When It’s Cold,’ ‘I’m On Vacation,’ and ‘Listen to the Sounds.’

Of the latter of that group, Berkner had the following to say:

“Quiet listening to what’s around me has always felt somewhat magical, but actually listening to my own heartbeat and breathing – my own life force – is something I only learned to truly love as an adult. I wrote this song hoping to open up the possibility for kids to feel that love for themselves.”

More information on Berkner’s new album are available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.laurieberkner.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/LaurieBerknerBand

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/LaurieBerkner

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Ricky Byrd Announces New Distribution Deal; Debuts New Single

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Ricky Byrd’s latest album is getting renewed attention months after its release.

Sobering Times was released in 2020 as a limited release, but thanks to a deal between The Orchard and BFD, the record — his third — the record will now be distributed globally to retail outlets and digital retailers.

Byrd spoke positively of the new deal in a prepared statement.

“With music and lyrics we press on and pass it on….that being said, BFD is the perfect company to help spread this rock’n’roll recovery message to the masses,” said Byrd. “This partnership marks the next chapter of Sobering Times.”

BFD CEO Bob Frank expanded on Byrd’s comments.

“We are thrilled to release this great new album from Ricky and the BFD team is proud to partner with him,” said Frank.

In related news, Byrd celebrated the new deal by debuting a new single from Sobering Times, in the form of the song ‘Together.’ Steven Van Zant added the song to his ever-growing “The Coolest Song on Earth” list in December on his Sirius XM Radio show, “Little Steven’s Underground Garage.

More information on Byrd’s new distribution deal, single, and album is available along with all of Byrd’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.RickyByrd.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ricky.byrd1

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/Byrdman20

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Dropkick Murphys To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Another Virtual Concert; Announces New LP Coming

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Dropkick Murphys announced its early plans for 2021 Monday.

The band revealed through a press release, that it has a new livestream show and album on the way this year. The livestream, dubbed “Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Stream 2021” is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. ET March 17 here. As with its concert that it held last year, this performance will be free to view.

Band founder Ken Casey talked about making the concert free through a prepared statement.

“Instead of charging for tickets, we’re going to ‘pass the virtual hat’ so you can donate what you’d like to help support us in our efforts to keep paying our employees,” he said. “When we did the first two free live streams for charity, our fans were super generous and we raised lots of money for good causes. But frankly, we’ve been out of work for over a year, so this one, we’ve gotta make about us. Of course, a portion will also go to charity, as always! ”

Donors will get to see their names scroll across the bottom of the screen during the performance. The concert will feature a variety of classic Dropkick Murphys songs and a selection of songs featured on the band’s forthcoming album. The band is expected to announce the first details on that album next week.

Dropkick Murphys’ streaming concerts held in 2020 — “Streaming Up From Boston” and “Streaming Outta Fenway” — raised collectively, $760,000 to help charities and to help pay the band’s employees. The first of the concerts raised $60,000 while the latter — “Streaming Outta Fenway” — raised $700,000. Audiences can watch that latter show streaming here.

More information on Dropick Murphys’ upcoming livestream and album is available along with all of Dropkick Murphys’ latest news at:

Website: https://www.dropkickmurphys.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DropkickMurphys

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DropkickMurphys

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Tracy Bonham Debuts New Single, ‘Me Symphony,’ Companion Video

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Tracy Bonham will release her debut children’s album this spring.

In anticipation of the release of the album, Young Maestros Vol. 1, — set for release April 16 — the Grammy-nominated rock star debuted the album’s lead single Friday in the form of ‘Me Symphony‘ along with its companion video.

The single debuted through BrooklynVegan. The song and album come through Bonham’s own label, Melodeon Music House.

The song features a musical arrangement that has a distinct New Orleans jazz style approach. That approach is especially evident in the song’s clarinet and horns. Bonham meanwhile sings alongside the instrumentation almost in the style of a stage performer.

The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement is a message of empowerment, according to comments that Bonham made during her interview with BrooklynVegan.

“I grew up with crippling insecurity as a child, especially when it came to expressing myself,” she said. “I would hide behind my mother’s legs if anyone approached me. The stage, on the other hand, was my place to express myself and not hide in the shadows, or behind instruments. If I can impart one thing to children it is that you do not have to hide or have the perfect instrument, or the perfect circumstance, to feel empowered and strong and use your voice”.

Pre-orders for Bonham’s new album are open now.

More information on Tracy Bonham’s new single, video and album is available along with her latest news at:

Website: https://www.ecrmusicgrop.com/artists/tracy-bonham

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TracyBonhamMusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tracy_bonham

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Film Movement Announces Domestic Release Date For Indie Import

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Film Movement is bringing the Israeli drama God of the Piano to American audiences.

Originally released in 2019, the movie is scheduled for domestic release Feb. 16 through Film Movement on DVD. The family drama centers on the relationship between a mother and her deaf son, and how her relationship with her own father played into her relationship with her son.

Anat (Naama Preis — The Grave, Tel Aviv, Azimuth) is a woman whose life is music. It is all that she has. She has tried to live up to her father’s own musical legacy, but has never reached his level. As a result, when Anat has her own child, she pushes the boy to become a musical prodigy, essentially trying to force him to be what she wants him to be. This leads her to confront her own dysfunctional relationship with her own musician parent.

The trailer for God of the Piano is streaming here.

As an added bonus, the movie features the short film The Audition as extra content. Directed by Guy Lichtenstein, the story centers on a young woman named Sarah. Sarah has an unexpected run-in with someone from her past while performing at a wedding. the short runs approximately 22 minutes.

God of the Piano was nominated for the Big Screen Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and for the “Best Israeli Feature” at the Jerusalem Film Festival. Preis received the award for “Best Actress” for her role in the film at the festival.

More information on this and other titles from Film Movement is available at:

Websitehttps://www.filmmovement.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/FilmMovement

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Film_Movement

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Laurie Berkner Announces Two New Livestream Concerts

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Laurie Berkner will celebrate Valentine’s Day with two livestream concerts.

The famed family music entertainer will hold the ticketed events at noon and 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 14. General admission tickets are $20 while VIP meet-and-greet packages are $80.Grup discounts are available. Tickets and VIP packages are available here.

Each regular admission ticket allows access to one or both livestream concerts for one device. Additionally, audiences will get a pre-recorded “welcome” video from Laurie herself. Details on the VIP packages are noted below.

– Two-Minute Virtual 1-on-1 Private Meet & Greet with Laurie Berkner after the show. Participants will be called directly when it is their turn.
– Virtual Photo Opportunity with Laurie Berkner.
– Recording of video session emailed to ticket holder 3 days post-event.
– Opportunity for parents to chat with fellow families in the Virtual Waiting Room while awaiting their turn in line.
– Live tech support.

Courtesy: Waldmania PR

In other news, Berkner will release her latest album this winter.

Let’s Go! is scheduled for release March 5. The album is her 14th full-length studio recording.

Berkner discussed the album during a recent interview.

“A pandemic is a strange and challenging time to make and release a new album,” said Berkner. “What’s really important? What’s going to change completely by tomorrow? I didn’t expect a song about handwashing to end up on this album, or a song about wearing a mask, and I waited to release the title track until after we were no longer under strict stay-at-home orders because … well, where were we going to GO? Somehow, through the remote help of my amazing producer, Dave Darlington, my great bandmates, and my incredible Two Tomatoes team, I was able to finish Let’s Go! from my home and put it out into the world. I love the shape of this album, and I hope families will, too.”

Berkner’s new album features songs, such as ‘When It’s Cold,’ ‘I’m On Vacation,’ and ‘Listen to the Sounds.’

Of the latter of that group, Berkner had the following to say:

“Quiet listening to what’s around me has always felt somewhat magical, but actually listening to my own heartbeat and breathing – my own life force – is something I only learned to truly love as an adult. I wrote this song hoping to open up the possibility for kids to feel that love for themselves.”

More information on Berkner’s new album are available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.laurieberkner.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/LaurieBerknerBand

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/LaurieBerkner

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.