Carla Harvey, Charlie Benante To Take Part In Upcoming Art Show

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Butcher Babies member Carla Harvey will have her art on display this fall at a special art show.

Punk Rock & Paintbrushes will host the free event from 6 – 11 p.m. ET on Nov. 14 at ZHOU B Art Gallery in Chicago, IL. The all ages event is free to attend with a VIP option. It will feature artwork that Harvey created this year.

Harvey talked about her new works in a recent interview.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to end this crazy year than by immersing people in an atmosphere celebrating art and music (with a little booze, none the less), after all we have been through!,” she said.  “Drawing daily during this pandemic saved my sanity and I’m thrilled to be able to showcase new pieces born out of the darkness of this year.  We’ve all been starved for entertainment in 2020, so creating safe experiences like this event where we can have fun as we adhere to social distance guidelines are crucial. I’m especially excited to showcase side by side with [Anthrax drummer] Charlie Benante, as our relationship started years ago by sharing art we had created. Our styles are very different…expect a show the runs the gamut of comic book art to fine art from the imaginations of two metal musicians that had their first date in an art store. “

Deep Eddy Vodka will provide the noted adult beverages. Guests can also sample Benante’s own signature coffee line, Dark Matter Coffee while they take in Harvey’s artwork. Benante’s own VANS custom footwear will also be part of Harvey’s art.

More information on the upcoming at show is available here.

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Haunt ‘O Ween LA Organizers Announce More Details For Upcoming Drive-Thru Trick-Or-Treating Event

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Organizers of the first-ever Hauntoween LA are providing more details about the drive-thru event.

According to information provided about the event, is scheduled to take place daily from Oct. 9-31 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pacific Time at 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA.  Experiential Supply is hosting the nearly month-long celebration.

Experiential Supply Founder and Chief Experience Officer Jasen Smith said of the company’s involvement in Hauntoween LA, “We can’t wait to show off our creation with all of Los Angeles. The excitement and support have been overwhelming.  There are also a few surprises we haven’t announced yet!”

Families will enter the expansive experience through a large tunnel that is lit by more than 1,000 brightly-lit pumpkins.  From there, guests will make their way through a blacklight tunnel that is powered by the creative forces behind FX network’s hit show What We Do In The Shadows.  The series’ first two seasons are streaming on Hulu.

Also featured in the presentation are mini-maze routes, a pumpkin patch that will let guests pick a pumpkin to take home,  and costumed actors who will provide in-vehicle trick-or-treating on a two-street, built-out neighborhood with lots of candy and decorations for children.

Additionally, family music act The Beatbuds will provide musical entertainment during the event at select, surprise times.  Select photo and video opportunities will also allow families to make their own memories.

Much of Hauntoween LA’s decorations are provided through national retailer Party City. Julie Roehm, the company’s Chief Marketing and Experience Officer, spoke on behalf of the organization about taking part in the festivities.

“We are so thrilled to support the inaugural Hauntoween LA as Party City shares the same mission to help families continue to safely celebrate Halloween,” said Roehm. “Despite an already scary year, there are still reasons to celebrate and plenty of new ways to make the season spook-tacular.”

As added measures, families will have to fill out waiver forms this year before entering.  Off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officers will also patrol the region nightly.  Anytime a vehicle’s windows are open, the vehicle’s occupants are required to wear masks.

Staff working in the pumpkin patch and trick-or-treat areas will have to wear gloves and masks.  All candy will be sanitized prior to being given to families.

Space is limited for the event as a result of precautions taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Tickets are $70 per vehicle.  Advance purchase is recommended due to the limited space.  A limited number of drive-up tickets will also be available.

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Sabaton Debuts ‘The Future Of Warfare’ Video

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Sabaton debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘The Future of Warfare‘ Tuesday. the song and its video are the seventh from the band’s latest album The Great War.  Its debut follows that of the singles ‘Great War,’ ‘82nd All The Way,’ ‘The Red Baron,’ ‘Fields of Verdun,’ ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom,’ and ‘The Attack of the Dead Men‘ and their companion videos.

The video takes a new approach from that of the band’s past videos.  This time out, the band presented the song’s story through the use of Legos.  The stop motion style presentation tells the story of The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, which took place on Sept. 15, 1916.  British and French military forces fought against the German military during the battle, which was part of the bigger Battle of the Somme.

The overall Battle of the Somme was a tactical loss for the German forces, and was a key moment in the German’s eventual defeat during World War I.

The musical arrangement featured in Sabaton’s new single is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band, presenting the band’s very distinct, familiar power metal approach.

In other news, Sabaton is scheduled to launch the latest leg of its tour in support of The Great War on Nov. 4 in Kazakhstan.  The tour is scheduled to run through Dec. 13.  From there, the band will take some time off before heading back out on the road on Jan. 22 for yet another leg of its tour, which will take the band across Sweden, Europe and the United States.

The tours’ full schedules are noted below.

SABATON Live:

2020: 
04.11.      KZ     Almaty – Bariber Club
07.11.      RUS   Chelyabinsk – Entertainment Galaxy
08.11.      RUS   Yekaterinburg – Tele Club
10.11.      RUS   Ufa – Tinkoff Hall
12.11.      RUS   Samara – Zvezda
14.11.      RUS   Volgograd – Vs Club
16.11.      RUS   Nizhny Novgorod – Milo
17.11.      RUS   Nizhny Novgorod – Milo
19.11.      RUS   Voronezh – Arena Hall
20.11.      RUS   Voronezh – Arena Hall
21.11.      RUS   Rostov-on-Don – Krop Arena
23.11.      RUS   Krasnodar – Krop Arena
24.11.      RUS   Stavropol – Major
26.11.      BLR    Minsk – Falcon Club

13.12.       SE      Baltic Sea – M/S Baltic Queen *SOLD OUT*

2021:
22.01.      SE      Karlstad – Nöjesfabriken
23.01.      SE      Örebro – Conventum
25.01.      SE      Umeå  – Idun, Folkets hus
26.01.      SE      Östersund – Folkets hus
28.01.      SE      Piteå – Pite Havsbad
29.01.      SE      Luleå – Kulturens hus
30.01.      SE      Skellefteå – Folkparken
01.02.      SE      Helsingborg – Sundspärlan
02.02.      SE      Malmö – Slagthusetmmx
03.02.      SE      Halmstad – Live
04.02.      SE      Trollhättan – Folkets Hus
06.02.      SE      Ronneby – Klubb Ron
07.02.      SE      Eskilstuna – Lokomotivet
08.02       SE      Uppsala – Uppsala Konsert & Kongress
09.02.      SE      Huskvarna – Folkets Park
10.02.      SE      Kristianstad – Södra Kasern
12.02.      SE      Älmhult – Arenan
13.02.      SE      Borås – Ahaga
14.02.      SE      Linköping – Konsert & Kongress
15.02.      SE      Kalmar – Kalmarsalen
17.02.      SE      Norrköping – Flygeln
18.02.      SE      Gävle – Gasklockorna
19.02.      SE      Borlänge – Galaxen
20.02.      SE      Falun – Magasinet
22.02.      SE      Sundsvall – Avenyn
24.02.      SE      Värnamo – Gummifabriken
25.02.      SE      Mölnlycke – Råda Rum
26.02.      SE      Karlshamm – Bellevueparken
27.02.      SE      Skövde – Valhall

15.07.      BG      Mogilovo – Midalidare Rock 2021
07.08.      SE       Falun – Sabaton Open Air
29.08.      CH       Aarburg – Riverside Open Air
13.09.      US       Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
17.09.      US       Youngstown, OH – Covelli Center
22.09.      US       Milwaukee, WI – Miller Life High Theater
25.09.      US       St. Louis, MO- Saint Louis Music Park
29.09.      US       Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
06.10.      US       Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
08.10.      US       Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theatre at Planet Hollywood
09.10.      US       Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
12.10.      US       San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
13.10.      US       Austin, TX – H-E-B Center
15.10.      US       Dallas, TX – Pavillion at Toyota Music Factory
16.10.      US       Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
28.10.      US       Oxon Hill, MD – MGM National Harbor
30.10.      US       Ledyard, CT – Foxwood Casino Arena

Tickets are available now on https://www.sabaton.net/tour/

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Officials Find New Way To Keep Halloween Alive Despite Pandemic

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Families in the greater Los Angeles area have a new way to safely celebrate Halloween this year.

A new event called Hauntoween LA is scheduled to launch this year.  The event will run from Oct. 9-31 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pacific Time daily.  It will start at 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA.

Space is limited for the event as a result of precautions taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Tickets are $70 per vehicle.  Advance purchase is recommended due to the limited space.  A limited number of drive-up tickets will also be available.

The nearly month-long event will feature drive-through “door-to-door” trick-or-treating, a jack-o-lantern tunnel that has more than 1,000 illuminated pumpkins, mini-mazes, and even an interactive drive-through pumpkin patch.  Staff will sanitize every pumpkin and pass them to families in plastic bags to avoid contact as much as possible.

Families can also take part in video and photo ops as they make their way through the display.

As added measures, families will have to fill out waiver forms this year before entering.  Off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officers will also patrol the region nightly.  Anytime a vehicle’s windows are open, the vehicle’s occupants are required to wear masks.

Staff working in the pumpkin patch and trick-or-treat areas will have to wear gloves and masks.  All candy will be sanitized prior to being given to families.

More information on Hauntoween L.A. is available at:

 

Website: http://www.hauntoweenla.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/hauntoweenla

 

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Yes Announces Release Date, Specs For New Live Recording

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Veteran rock band Yes is doing its part to help people get their live fix.

The band is scheduled to release its new live recording The Royal Affair Tour – Live from Las Vegas Oct. 30 through BMG Records.  Audiences who do not want to wait for the recording’s in-store and digital release can get it almost a month early on Oct. 2 through the band’s online store.  The recording will release as a digital recording; 2LP gatefold with 12″ booklet and CD digi-pack with 12-page booklet.

Yes Drummer Alan White had the following to say of the recording.

“The Royal Affair tour album, being released in October, is a welcome new chapter in the wide expanse of YES live recordings. I hope you enjoy it.”

Guitarist Steve Howe also said he was looking forward to the recording’s release.

“Having the opportunity to bring together the band members in the development of a well-refined set of songs that captures the band’s true potential is simply an honor for me.”

The performance featured in The Royal Affair Tour was recorded July 26, 2019 during the band’s performance at the hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas.  Its set list features songs recorded by Yes in the 10-year span from 1970-1980, such as ‘Tempus  Fugit,’ ‘Siberian Khatru,’ and ‘Going For The One.’  Other songs featured in the set list are works, such as ‘Roundabout’ and ‘Starship Trooper.’

The recording’s set list is featured below.

The Royal Affair Tour – Live in Las Vegas track listing:

  1. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed
  2. Tempus Fugit
  3. Going For The One
  4. I’ve Seen All Good People
  5. Siberian Khatru
  6. Onward
  7. America
  8. Imagine
  9. Roundabout
  10. Starship Trooper

 Along with the classic songs, The Royal Affair Tour – Live in Las Vegas also features artwork by artist Roger Dean.  Much of Dean’s work was featured throughout the “Royal Affair Tour.”  Billy Sherwood mixed the recording.

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Grandpa Loves Rhinos Debuts New LP’s Second Single

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Independent rock band Grandpa Loves Rhinos is taking on a tough topic in its latest single.

The band debuted its new single ‘Fostering Patience for Patients’ Thursday.  The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album Searching in the Sarchasm.  Its debut comes approximately a week after the band debuted the album’s lead single ‘Gimme, Gimme.’

‘Fostering Patience for Patients’ is available to stream through Soundcloud, Spotify and Apple Music.

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Fostering Patience for Patients’ is a familiar stylistic approach that will appeal to fans of pop punk and emo.  Its lyrical theme takes on a topic that is rarely, if ever, addressed by any act across the musical universe, as explained in a recent interview by front man Seth Hyde.

“The song describes our experience of foster care…trying to help someone who is seriously hurt (and fighting your help) with some inadequate methods because we thought we were awesome,” he said. “In the end, we gave up. If only there was something bigger than us that won’t give up. Good news, there is.”

The “our” that he mentions is himself and his wife.  He explained during the interview that the couple attempted to serve as foster parents for a year, bt ultimately were not able to keep going.

“My wife and I did foster care for a year…and it messed us up.
It started with excitement as a noble call from God to help the broken kids out there. We wanted to break their cycle of trauma – stop hurt people from hurting people. We knew it would be tough but, hey, we were awesome parents, super capable and loving.

Foster care sucks. It sucks for everyone: the kids, the biological parents, the foster parents, and the state workers. These foster kids needed so much, and we gave and gave and gave over and over. Despite all the training,our parenting and attempts at showing love, it felt like the kids pretty much rejected everything we had to offer. We invited hurt, depressed, abusive, and disruptive people into our home. What ensued was total madness. You are not responsible for all the sin that these kids inherited or went through but you get to deal with all the consequences.

Despite our best efforts, it left me feeling very hopeless and angry that these kids might not become all that I wanted them to be. After getting ignored, spat in the face, punched, disrespected, our biological kids being hurt by the foster kids, you think things that make you realize ‘I’m no saint’. All I wanted to do was help. It humbled us also to think that we’re not these perfect, loving, awesome parents.

The short story is that after a year I made the decision to put in our notice that we couldn’t do it anymore. It felt like we gave up our lives for these kids for a year, and then gave up on them because I wanted my life back. The stress of it was too much and my mental health was not in a good place. I have to hope that some good came out of a year of what felt like torture. I was messed up thinking about how much I grew to dislike them for ‘ruining my happiness’. Then came the guilt of taking care of myselfand my family above other people who actually need help. I’m still left with the thought of what God would have me do…is it even about me? Should I be able to just fight through the feelings of misery, hardship, depression? If not me, who is going to care for the unwanted kids? Who will care for the abandoned kid and show them that they matter?

Although it was maybe one of the worst years of my adult life, the three things I learned where this: 1) “love” is an action (taking care of them, welcoming them into your home, driving them places, trying to teach them things)that doesn’t have to go along with a good feeling despite what I felt day to day (inconvenienced, uncaring, not appreciated, etc.); 2) It shows me how incredible the love that God has for his kids when we do the same thing to him, yet he never fails, never leaves, never stops loving us; and 3) We need more foster parents. I could only give 1 year before it took me out. Just because I got wounded and taken out of the war doesn’t mean I’m a bad soldier. It means I need to get healing, send reinforcements to jump into the fight after me, and maybe I’ll be able to get back in it someday.

Pre-orders are open now for Searching in the Sarchasm.

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PJ Library To Take Families On Virtual Israel Tour Next Week

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PJ Library will take families on a virtual trip through Jerusalem Monday.

The award-winning program, started by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation — which is aimed at improving life for the Jewish community around the world — will host a free, hour-long webinar from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET.

Dubbed “You Be The Detective: A Family Tour Of Jerusalem,” the live tour will be hosted by guide veteran Israel tour guide Jonty Blackman.  Although the event is free, space is limited, so registration is required.

The tour will feature stops in areas, such as Jaffa Gate, the Knesset, the City of David and world-renowned Machane Yehudah outdoor market.  “Tourists” will get to discover secrets found in the nation’s archaeological finds, as well as find some of the nation’s most delectable culinary treats during their virtual visit to Israel.

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Fozzy Reaches Its Peak With ‘Judas’

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Veteran hard rock band Fozzy launched the latest leg of its “Judas Rising” tour on Friday.  The tour, which currently runs through September 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, includes performances in Charlotte and Jacksonville, North Carolina on September 19 and 20 respectively.  The tour’s launch also follows the release of the band’s latest single, ‘Burn Me Out,’ which is taken from the band’s most recent album, Judas (2017).  Judas is an interesting change of pace for Fozzy at least stylistically speaking.  That is not a bad thing, either.  In fact, the change in the band’s sound exhibited in this record is a big part of what makes the record such an interesting new offering.  ‘Painless,’ which comes a little early in the record’s run, is just one example of that welcome change.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Elevator,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is another example of the change exhibited in the record this time out, and another of the most notable of those examples, too.  It will be discussed a little later.  The full-throttle ‘Wolves at Bay,’ which closes out the album is one more example of the change that is evident in this record that makes it another interesting new effort.  Of course it is not the last of the songs that shows the change from the band this time out.  Keeping that in mind, there are also some more familiar works early on in the record.  When those songs are considered along with the songs noted here and those not noted, the whole of Judas proves to be a record that presents Fozzy at the top of its game.

Veteran hard rock band Fozzy’s most recent full-length studio recording, 2017’s Judas is one of the best albums that this band has released to date.  Simply put, it presents Fozzy at the top of its game.  That is thanks to the growth and change exhibited by the band throughout the album.  The first real sign of that change comes early in the album’s run in the form of ‘Painless.’  Musically speaking, this song is one of the most radio friendly songs that the band has composed to date.  At the same time, it doesn’t sacrifice the hard rock edge for which the band has come to be known in its previous albums in order to achieve that accessibility.  It shows similarities to works from the likes of Breaking Benjamin, Five Finger Death Punch and other similar hard rock acts, showing again, that accessibility.

The song’s lyrical content shows a certain growth, too, as it presents a subject in a distinctly difficult place emotionally and psychologically.  What’s interesting here is that it doesn’t just come right out and give away the situation, perhaps intentionally leaving interpretation to apply to any difficult situation.  This is inferred as front man Chris Jericho sings in the song’s lead verse, “My life trapped in between/A whisper and a scream/A suicide machine of my own making/You medicate my brain/Like needles in my veins/Consumed in your embrace/There’s no escaping/My fix I the misery/Won’t stop till the end of me/I can’t feel anything.”  This alone comes across as perhaps someone dealing with the impacts of drug abuse.  That is just this critic’s own take on this verse, though.  He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Killing me one breath at a time/Caught in your web/I’m paralyzed/So go on and lay me down to rest/You make it painless, painless.”  What’s even more interesting is that later in the song’s third verse, Jericho switches things up even more, singing, “Do you know what it’s like/To be hollow inside my life, my grave/Do you love me enough to finish me off/Don’t leave me here this way?” before reprising the song’s chorus.  At this point, it’s as if Jericho is hinting at a relationship issue making things even more difficult.  Simply put, this song is just as deep lyrically as it is musically.  Keeping that in mind along with the song’s musical arrangement, the song in whole shows quite a bit of positive and welcome growth and change from the band.  That growth makes this song just one example of what makes Judas another strong effort from Fozzy.  It is of course just one of the songs that serves to show that welcome change.  ‘Elevator,’ which comes later in the record’s run, is another example of the change that makes Judas an interesting new offering from the band.

The growth exhibited in ‘Elevator’ comes instantly in its musical arrangement, as it opens with the driving guitar and keyboard lines that open the song.  That combination, which runs through the course of the song, gives the song a little bit of an industrial sound.  It’s a sound that Fozzy has used very rarely, if at all in its past records.  The expert balance of the elements along with the solid time keeping (and Jericho’s vocal delivery) makes for an overall musical arrangement that itself shows even more the change in the band’s musical direction this time out.  When that change is coupled with the song’s lyrical content, the two elements make the song in whole another notable addition to Judas.

Where ‘Painless’ presented someone in a very low place, ‘Elevator’ is the polar opposite so to speak.  Jericho sings here, “Step in/We’re gonna take a ride/To the promised land/Heaven is in our hands/We’ve all been down/There’s only one way out/’Cause when you’re feeling low/There’s only one way to go/I’m your elevator.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “We crawl through dirt/You know we’ve been hurt/Put your faith in me/’Cause I’ve got the golden key/So wave goodbye/I’m gonna get you high/High above the crowd/Nothing can stop us now/I’m your elevator.”  It goes without saying that unlike ‘Painless,’ this song is quite the uplifting piece.  Now whether the song was intentionally supposed to be religious in its wording or if that was purely metaphorical language is left for the band to explain.  That aside, the positive, uplifting message here, coupled with the song’s equally empowering musical arrangement shows even more the change in Fozzy in this record.  That exhibited change shows even more why the record in whole is some of the band’s best work to date.  It still is not the last of the songs to show that noted change and how that change is a positive for the album in whole.  ‘Wolves at Bay,’ the album’s closer, is one more strong example of that change and its positive impact on the album.

‘Wolves at Bay’ stands out – as with the previously discussed songs – in part because of its musical arrangement.  Its opening bars present a thrash metal style approach before switching over to the band’s more familiar melodic hard rock sound a la Sevendust, etc. in the verses.  That thrash metal approach, which again the band has rarely if ever, used returns in the chorus.  The driving energy in the song’s musical arrangement is echoed in its equally powerful and aggressive lyrics.  Jericho sings here, “You like to hunt/Your game is fear/I was the one, your souvenir/This is a fight/The one that you’ve been fighting for/You did incite the call for us to go to war.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Pushing and pushing/Giving me no choice/Humiliate/Intimidate/Until I hit the breaking point/Back to the wall/Keeping the wolves at bay/Fight my way out/’Cause it’s the only way.”  The song continues on lyrically in similar fashion from here.  Simply put, there’s a certain level of aggression and confidence here.  This is someone saying, “back off, you’ve caused me to be this way, and I won’t hesitate to attack if I have to,”  It’s a strong song and an interesting contrast to the album’s opener.  Those powerful lyrics and the song’s equally powerful musical arrangement shows again the change evident from the band in this album.  That welcome change also again shows what makes Judas such a strong new offering from Fozzy.  When it is considered along with the previously discussed songs and the rest of this record, the whole of the album proves to be not just a strong new album, but some of the band’s best work to date.

Fozzy’s new album Judas is some of the band’s best work to date.  That’s because while it does present some familiarity to listeners, it also exhibits continued positive growth and change from the band.  That is exhibited in the song’s discussed here clearly.  When they are considered along with the songs not discussed here, that change becomes even more evident and appreciated.  When it is considered in whole, the result is a record that every Fozzy fan will enjoy.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Judas, Fozzy’s new tour, its latest news and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Ellefson Coffee Company Announces Another Year-End Celebration

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Ellefson Coffee Company has announced a special new holiday event to celebrate its new retail outlets.

The company will hold a special event Dec. 16 at Maverick Coffee in Scottsdale, AZ to celebrate the company’s expansion into that and a number of other stores nationwide. The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature a number of events including a meet and greet with Dave Ellefson, the company’s founder, and acoustic performances from EMP Label Group acts Doll Skin and Co-Op, featuring Dash Cooper and a holiday toy driveto benefit AZ Helping Hands.

Ellefson said in a recent interview about the event that he was looking forward to the celebration.

“Maverick is a terrific cafe that I frequent when I’m home in Scottsdale,” Ellefson said. “I’m thrilled to have Ellefson Coffee Company as part of their offerings. I look forward to seeing you all ther efor a final, year-end celebration with two of our hometown EMP Label group artists!”

Ellefson partnered with Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain early this year at the Rock N’ Roll Ribs in Coconut Creek, Fla — another ECC outlet — for another of ECC’s events. Along with that store, others that currently carry Ellefson Coffee Company’s various blends are: Rock N’ Roll Land in Green Bay, WI; Kat’s Hog Heaven in Jackson, MN and the What’s Up Lounge in Makato, MN.

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Ellefson Coffee Company To Mark Its Expansion Next Month With Hometown Party

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Ellefson Coffee Company is expanding its presence in its hometown, and its founder will be on hand to help mark the occasion.  .

Dave Ellefson, the company’s founder (and Megadeth bassist) will return to his hometown (and his company’s home town) Nov. 18 to celebrate the birthday of Kat’s Hog Heaven, the latest of the town’s local retailers to carry the company’s coffee.  The special birthday/end-of-year celebration will feature a display of various memorabilia from Ellefson’s Museum of Deth, which includes items from throughout Ellefson’s career.

The Ron Keel Band, who recently signed to EMP Label Group’s new Southern Rock/Outlaw Country imprint EMP Outlaw will provide musical entertainment for the event.  As an added touch, the celebration will also feature the debut of Ellefson Coffee Company’s new Jackson House Blend line.

Ellefson said in a recent interview that he was looking forward to the forthcoming event.

“I am so excited to return to Jackson and welcome our newest ECC retailer, Kat’s Hog Heaven, and unveil the Jackson House Blend!,” Ellefson said.  “Since we started ECC we have scoured the world to find a reasonably priced coffee that will adhere to the high quality standards we have set for ECC, and we are sure we have hit the jackpot with the Jackson House Blend.  I am also extremely excited to welcome my old friend Ron Keel to Jackson and showcase the latest addition to the EMP family!”

Ellefson Coffee Company Marketing/Operations Director Thom Hazaert agreed.

“The last time we went to Jackson, it was an absolute blast,” Hazert said.  “We’re so stoked to go back and introduce our new blend that pays homage to David’s hometown, and the great people of Minnesota!  And this time we’re dragging Ron Keel along for the ride!  We’ll also have tons of giveaways and surprises, so definitely get down and see us at Kat’s!!! (And try some of Donnie’s amazing BBQ).”

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Website: http://Ellefsoncoffeecompany.com

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