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First-of-its-Kind, Montessori-inspired Little Kitchen Academy Cooks Up An Enviable List of Strategic Partners

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, March 3, 2020 / — Little Kitchen Academy (LKA), the first-of-its-kind, Montessori-inspired cooking academy for children ages three through teen, announced today it has curated a slate of global brand partners to ensure each franchisee will receive key products and support that help deliver the signature experience on a global scale. Strategic partners to date include: Iron Chef Cat Cora, BIRKENSTOCK, ChopValue, Emeco, ChefWorks, AeroGrow and Welcome Industries. Little Kitchen Academy’s flagship location opened in June 2019. Shortly thereafter, it announced its first single and then multi-franchise deals. The company has an aggressive global expansion plan underway on multiple continents.

“With more than 20 years’ experience with multiple franchise concepts in various industries as the vendor, franchisor, franchisee and master franchisee, I know the value of identifying and solidifying global partnerships to ensure a unique environment and experience will be replicated around the world,” said CEO and Co-founder Brian Curin. “I’m excited and honored to have attracted such amazing brand partners as we ramp up our footprint — some new, some from my past experiences.” Curin is recognized as a global franchise authority, branding expert, and serial entrepreneur having grown and led several Inc. 500|5000 companies and built some of the most exciting brands globally including Flip Flop Shops, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Cold Stone Creamery.

Little Kitchen Academy has hand-selected the following global partners:

• Celebrity Iron Chef Cat Cora – Cora serves as the company’s brand ambassador, honorary head of recipe development, and advisory board member.
• BIRKENSTOCK – Exclusive provider of kitchen shoes worn by all staff and students.
• AeroGrow International, Inc.(a Scotts Miracle Grow company) – Exclusive provider of the live organic food wall and indoor gardening materials that provide students with fresh produce and herbs used in lesson recipes.
• ChopValue – Exclusive provider of the proprietary community table made with more than 33,000 recycled chopsticks.
• ChefWorks – Exclusive provider of the Little Kitchen Academy-branded chef coats.
• Emeco – Exclusive provider of chairs made from recycled plastic bottles that students dine on around the community table at the end of each lesson.
• Welcome Industries – Exclusive provider of educational cooking tools, including the measuring cups shaped like fractions that help students learn math.

“I’m all about family, food and love,” said Cat Cora, world-renowned chef, top-selling author, restauranteur, philanthropist and mother of six children. “So, when Little Kitchen Academy Founder Felicity Curin shared her vision and presented the opportunity for me to be part of this venture, it made perfect sense. The concept mirrors my vision for my own children’s future with food. I wanted to collaborate to make this our legacy together. It’s such a needed concept with a strong social mission. Our core values are so aligned, and I know our collective passion, experience and commitment will make this idea a global success. I’m thrilled to be a partner, a brand ambassador, and a huge fan.”

“I’ve known Brian for almost a decade and always enjoyed working with him. When he called and shared the concept he and Felicity created, for Little Kitchen Academy, my immediate response was – count us in.,” said David Kahan, who serves as CEO of BIRKENSTOCK Americas. “I can’t imagine any project that is more aligned with the values of our brand and our organization. This is an empowering business model for both the franchisees and the students. I could not be more proud to have BIRKENSTOCK partner in this adventure. Little Kitchen Academy is the lynchpin of our entire culinary professional business, and we especially love engaging with the next generation of healthy “chefs”.”

Little Kitchen Academy empowers children with practical life skills and teaches the power of making healthy food choices in an inclusive and modern kitchen environment, complete with 10 individual cooking stations (aka Little Kitchens), each with its own oven, cooktop, sink, prep table, Kitchen Aid mixer, and all the equipment and utensils needed to make “from scratch” creations. Sessions run year-round and focus on seasonal, locally grown and organic produce and ingredients. Classes run three hours each and are taught by age group by three instructors, who can host up to 10 students per class. The learning begins as soon as students enter the “for student chefs only” environment. Each student dons a chef coat and a fitted pair of BIRKENSTOCK kitchen shoes to begin his or her personalized cooking journey, which includes experimenting with math and science concepts; testing one’s reading skills; learning social etiquette and table manners while enjoying a meal together; learning sustainable decision making as students learn about local, in-season, and organic produce; and sharing the fruits of their labor by dining together at the end of every lesson at the community table. For older students, Little Kitchen Academy offers LKA Late Nights on weekend nights customized for teens.

To fulfill its global growth plans, the company seeks like-minded franchisees. Potential franchisees who share the company’s mission, vision and values can learn more at

About Little Kitchen Academy
Little Kitchen Academy (LKA) is the first-of-its-kind, Montessori-inspired cooking academy for kids ages three through teen, focused on providing a safe, inspiring, and empowering space for children to identify, develop and refine their senses. Based in Vancouver, Canada, the global franchise concept was co-founded by proven global brand and franchise expert and serial entrepreneur Brian Curin, his wife, Montessori-trained, culinary expert and visionary Felicity Curin, and social impact investor and entrepreneur Praveen Varshney, on the belief that by empowering children with practical life skills and knowledge in a positive and joyful environment, they and their company will affect positive lifestyle changes that result in a healthier world. True to its mission, LKA lives to create a more educated, able and healthy society through mindful, healthy eating choices, and is committed to changing lives, from scratch to consumption. LKA has forged strategic partnerships with Iron Chef Cat Cora, AeroGrow, BIRKENSTOCK, ChefWorks, ChopValue, Emeco and Welcome Industries. For a taste, visit

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Distinguished Publicist Yvette Noel-Schure Joins Caribbean-Founded TEMPO Networks

Yvette Noel-Schure

Yvette Noel-Schure

NEWARK, NJ, UNITED STATES, March 3, 2020 / — For Immediate Release

Distinguished Publicist Yvette Noel-Schure Joins Caribbean-Founded TEMPO Networks, the Caribbean’s premier Lifestyle, Media & Entertainment Company
As Executive Producer, Content, Noel-Schure will assist in the production of programming aimed at spotlighting the extraordinary contributions of Caribbean talent worldwide.

Music publicist Yvette Noel-Schure, who counts Beyoncé, Chloe x Halle and Buju Banton as clients, has joined TEMPO Networks, the network known for its celebratory and critical programming on all things Caribbean.
Noel-Schure, a native of Grenada, maintains her roles as a communication strategist for her own company, Schure Media Group, and as head of media for Parkwood Entertainment, the company founded by global entertainer Beyoncé in 2008.

“It is an honor and a dream realized to add Yvette to our TEMPO family,” said Frederick A. Morton, Jr., Founder, Chairman & CEO of TEMPO Networks. “She joins us as an Executive Producer of our series, Caribbean Dream, where she was featured in our first episode. Yvette brought her joy and honesty to the series and I knew she would be the right person to help us expand our mission to tell compelling stories of Caribbean immigrants living their dream.“

In her role, Noel-Schure will work closely with Morton, Jr. in finding executives, entertainers, athletes and creatives to highlight their journey from islands to boardrooms and from shores to the peak of success.
“I have known Frederick for quite some time,” Noel-Schure offers. “I have admired his craft and his passion in telling Caribbean stories that resonate globally. I am excited to contribute in the smallest way to a vision that is strong and a lens that TEMPO uniquely magnifies.”
The Caribbean Dream series, available through the TEMPO App, as well as on its 24/7 linear network, currently features Noel-Schure, Moana Luu, a native of Martinique and the Chief Content and Creative Officer at Essence Magazine, and Neal Farinah of Trinidad and Tobago, the owner of Neal Farinah Salon. Farinah is a hair genius who counts Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige and Kelly Rowland among his clientele.

About TEMPO Networks
TEMPO Networks is a leading media, entertainment and production Company, capturing Caribbean life & culture worldwide. With its flagship 24/7 linear TV station broadcasting throughout the Caribbean and the USA on cable to over 5M viewers, TEMPO produces popular Caribbean life-style content, featuring travel, tourism, music, cuisine, pop-culture and diasporalife. TEMPO is currently developing its streaming platform, currently available on Apple, Android, Amazon Fire, etc. with an exciting and ground-breaking slate of original and 2 exclusively curated programming and content for the very significant and varied worldwide demographic who love and enjoy all things Caribbean.

About Yvette Noel-Schure
Yvette Noel-Schure began her career as a publicist at Columbia Records/Sony Music in 1993. Her first client was Mariah Carey. She crafted successful press campaigns for a host of artists including Destiny’s Child, John Legend, Maxwell, Diana King, Wyclef Jean, Jessica Simpson and Beyoncé. She co-founded the PR and events company, Schure Media Group with her husband David Schure in 2010, with Beyoncé as the first client. SMG now handles press for Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Tina Knowles Lawson, Chloe x Halle, Buju Banton and others. Noel-Schure holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The City College of New York and an honorary doctorate from St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey. In 2019 she received the first Masters in Global Entertainment from Berklee School of Music in Valencia, Spain, where she serves as a visiting lecturer every spring. She has been named a tourism ambassador by the Grenada Tourism Authority.

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HIP Video Promo presents: Kellie-Anne premieres new "Legacy" music video on Talent In Borders to raise ALS awareness


Her powerful new single is “Legacy,” which is very close to Kellie-Anne’s heart, as her close family friend, John, lives with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

WEEHAWKEN, NJ, USA, March 3, 2020 / — Watch the new "Legacy" music video on Talent In Borders


About Kellie-Anne

At just 17, Kellie-Anne's already got a traveler's wisdom, a wanderer's honesty, and perspective. The pop and soul singer/songwriter recently transplanted to NYC by way of Dubai, by way of Quebec City, so she understands that there are a lot of stories that she has the ability and the obligation to tell. And she's got the innate ability to relate instantly, to fill someone else's shoes while still managing to speak from her heart. She's released singles written to empower the victims of bullying and encourage anyone with a lifelong dream growing cold on the backburner. Able to turn heads and catch ears in venues ranging from international music festivals to legendary Greenwich Village clubs like The Bitter End to the Voice Kids in Canada, she proudly accepts comparisons to artists like Sia, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran. With a top 5 chart placement on Reverbnation and over 140k streams on Spotify, the time is right to release her strongest offering yet, the epic piano ballad "Legacy."

A slowly building tour de force riding on Kellie-Anne moving, cathartic vocals and emotive piano melodies, the true power of "Legacy" lies in its lyrics. Kellie-Anne's close family friend, John, lives with ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, an incurable condition that slowly robs you of the ability to perform even the simplest tasks. It's as human a trait as the will to live, to want to leave something behind after you've shuffled off: descendants, art, or simply a lasting impression upon those who knew you. Sadly, ALS limits one's options when it comes to their legacy. The story of "Legacy," told by Kellie-Anne's rich, octave-climbing singing, is the indelible mark John is leaving. This is a rare song that is powerful in every way.

Kellie-Anne, who also directed, and producer Rob Fitzgerald achieve a powerful subtlety and pull rock-solid performances out of the actors in his videos, especially considering these aren't actors at all. Her friends and relatives stepped up to portray a family at home, navigating the everyday hurdles that ALS throws their way. Kellie-Anne's performance of "Legacy" here is simple, striking, elegant — her sonorous voice itself seems to fill the frame when the camera rests on her. The video comes full circle in the coda, which features John giving his thoughts on the track, and as you watch and listen, you realize that this is more than just a song, more than just a video, it's a once-in-a-lifetime partnership, a legacy like no other. Art like this is a powerful motivator.

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HIP Video Promo presents: Frogbelly And Symphony premiere eclectic "Benjamin Went Fishing" music video on PopMatters

Frogbelly And Symphony

Frogbelly And Symphony's upended folk on display in the part pastoral, part detective story music video testimony to their wonderfully theatrical stage show.

BROOKLYN, NY, USA, March 3, 2020 / — Watch the "Benjamin Went Fishing" music video on PopMatters

Some of the most exciting music of the last half-century has been made at the intersection of folk and progressive rock. That these two styles work so well together shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody: they're both expansive and deeply narrative, and they reward artists who take chances and refuse to be pigeonholed. A great folk-prog hybrid is simultaneously approachable and ambitious, rustic and forward-looking.

To the list of artists who've performed this alchemy with skill and dexterity, we can add the name Frogbelly and Symphony. The multinational quartet makes music that draws on the best qualities of the styles the band combines so effortlessly. They're always defying expectations, they're always welcoming, and they always exude offbeat personality. They've learned from the best. Guitarist Benjamin Trott was a member of the rebooted version of The Albion Band – one of the cornerstone acts in the British folk revival. The Albion Band were famous for taking folk forms and classic songs as jumping-off places for crazed and brilliant detours, and Trott has brought that inventiveness to his work with Frogbelly and Symphony.

Liz Hanley is a singer with the sort of crystal-clear, instantly ingratiating voice that has always been a hallmark of progressive folk-rock. Hanley is based in the U.S., but her view is an international one: she's also a singer and fiddler for The Green Fields Of America, Mick Moloney's long-running exploration of Irish music, storytelling and folklore in America. Frogbelly and Symphony’s rhythm section is rounded off by drummer, writer, singer and producer Ray Rizzo, whose resume starts with Josh Ritter, Bob Weir, Julia Stone, and continues with too many big names to count. A legendary New York City rocker, Ray’s talent and tenacity is a matter of public record.

"Benjamin Went Fishing” is the group's radiant new single, and the first release from the upcoming Canis Major album, which was superbly produced by band leader and musical mastermind Thomas Lebioda. He plays bass and joins Liz on the band’s characteristic double-lead vocal parts

Hanley is the focus of the amusing Benjamin Went Fishing video. Keeping with the band’s aesthetic to share vocal and performance parts, the other members of the group get plenty of screen time and play their roles to the hilt, dressing in period costumes and romping around the British countryside.

The winning clip is the creation of frequent collaborator Juha Hansen, a gently experimental filmmaker and videographer based in Hamburg, Germany. Hansen is a celebrated photographer (he's also a musician in his own right), who helps the group craft a visual signature that's just as singular as its sound. His latest work for Frogbelly and Symphony is part pastoral, part detective story, and part testimony to the band's wonderfully theatrical stage show.

Spring tour dates for Frogbelly And Symphony

March 21 – Austin Texas – Petefest
March 23 – New Orleans, LA – HiHo Lounge w/ Drift Mouth
March 24 – Birmingham, AL – The Nick w/ Medusa's Disco and and Soul Desert
March 25 – Nashville, TN – Proper Sake w/ Crave On
March 26 – Louisville KY – Bellarmine Spring Fling (noon set)
March 26 – Disputanta KY – Clear Creek School House w/ Tyrone Cotton
March 27 – Louisville KY – The Odeon w/ Tyrone Cotton and The Get Down
March 28 – Pittsburgh PA – Collision
March 29 – Brooklyn NYC – The Sultan Room w/ .357 Lover and Imaginary Tricks
March 31 – Hamden CT – Best Video and Performance w/ Burning Sensations
April 1 – Cambridge NY – Argyle Brewing
April 2 – Cambridge MA – Lizard Lounge w/ Singer Mali

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Singer-Songwriter, Amelia Presley, Seeks to Spread Awareness Against Child Abuse by Sharing Her Own Story

Amelia Presley recording “Harm Nobody Else” at Wonderland Studios, Austin, TX

Presley recently became an advocate against child abuse by publicly telling the story of her childhood through her song, “Harm Nobody Else” (releasing in 2020).

The blame is not yours. The shame is not yours. This is not your secret.”

— Amelia Presley

FORT WORTH, TX, UNITED STATES, March 3, 2020 / — Amelia Presley recently became an advocate against child abuse by publicly telling the story of her own childhood through her song, “Harm Nobody Else” and a podcast called “The Insignificant Diary of a Burden Named Phoenix” in which she tells the story of the 13 years of abuse she endured from her adoptive step-mother from the age of 3 years to 16 years old. She hopes to help survivors to validate their own feelings by facing them head on rather than living under the burden of their abuser’s secret.

“I am documenting my healing process in sequence, so that others may feel empowered to do the same. If you have a similar story, please hear this;You didn’t ask for the cards you were dealt. It’s time to pass them back to the dealer. Your abuser will more than likely never accept the blame, but that does not mean that you have to hold onto it. The blame is not yours. The shame is not yours. This is not your secret.”, Amelia Presley said about her mission. “I hope that people will see it’s ok to tell the truth. If not publicly, say it to yourself. Bad people get away with bad things, because their victims are too ashamed to expose a secret that shouldn’t be a victim’s burden to begin with. I think change, and healing begin with starting a conversation.”

While recording the song, Amelia broke down in the studio. Watch the emotional video here:

To properly promote the single “Harm Nobody Else” to radio, a GoFundMe has been launched. Donations will go directly to promoting the song to terrestrial radio. If you or your business would like to inquire about sponsoring the radio tour, please email If you would like to donate via GoFundMe, please visit:

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Southern Halo Embarks On New Musical Journey As Duo

Southern Halo - sister country duo

Southern Halo (Nata & Tinka Morris) Credit: Danielle Del Valle

Youngest Morris sister to pursue her education. Southern Halo becomes duo and enters studio with renowned producer Cliff Downs

When Hannah decided she wanted to pursue her education and her passion for Interior Design, Tinka and I celebrated with her and re-dedicated ourselves to our passion, which is music.”

— Nata Morris

PLEASANT VIEW, TN, UNITED STATES, March 2, 2020 / — Southern Halo is embarking on a new musical journey, transitioning from a trio to duo, with respected industry insider Cliff Downs (Wynonna Judd, B.J. Thomas, Glenn Campbell) taking the production helm.

“We love and respect each other so much,” notes Nata Morris, lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter for the group. “When Hannah decided she wanted to pursue her education and her passion for Interior Design, Tinka and I celebrated with her and re-dedicated ourselves to our passion, which is music.”

As they say, when one door closes another opens, and the Morris sisters didn’t hesitate to explore the other side. They’re adding a keyboard to further showcase their instrumental versatility, and rehearsals are underway as the group preps for a busy festival season. As always, the talented siblings will continue to focus on their musicianship, songwriting and vibrant harmonies, bringing a fresh level of confidence and depth to the studio and their live performances.

Collaborating with the duo, Downs has consistently encouraged them to break down walls, claim their independence, and connect to their audience instead of focusing on industry expectations. As a result, Southern Halo’s new music is enhanced while retaining the core of its Southern Rock grittiness and honest vulnerability.

For drummer Tinka, the opportunity for change and growth is creatively inspiring. “That’s the best part of the music business,” she observes. “You never stop growing – and you’re not expected to. We were so young when we started, but we’re in our 20s now, and the world is a different place. Change can be good and we’re embracing it.”

Stay tuned for new music soon!

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ABOUT Southern Halo
Following the release of a Jeff Cook (Alabama) produced debut EP in 2014, the (then) trio teamed up next with hit songwriters Gerald O’ Brien and Catt Gravitt for two full-length projects in 2015 and 2018. The latter, Just Like In The Movies, generated two Top 25 hits on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart with “Anything Is Possible” and “I Think Too Much.” Using each project as a stepping stone, the sisters embarked on multiple radio tours and three trips to the UK to perform for global audiences. Their finely tuned stage shows have earned them spots at CMA Fest, Bluebird Café, Grammy Museum Mississippi, and Grammy Museum Los Angeles, among others. Media coverage from Billboard, MusicRow, All Access, iHeart Radio, and Radio Disney Country has helped solidify performances with headliners Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Randy Houser, Easton Corbin, Brantley Gilbert, and legends Dionne Warwick and B.B. King.Originally from Cleveland, Mississippi, Nata and Tinka now call Nashville home.

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Violinist and Dancer Lindsey Stirling announces North American Leg of ARTEMIS Tour

World renowned Violinist and Dancer Lindsey Stirling to be joined on North American Leg of ARTEMIS Tour with Artists Kiesza and Mako



Special Guests Kiesza and Mako to join the North American leg of Tour

Award-winning violinist and dancer Lindsey Stirling will hit the road this Summer
in support of her ARTEMIS album. The 36-city tour kicks off on Thursday, June 25th in Minneapolis, MN and ends on August 14th in Toronto, ON. Stirling will bring an all new production to audiences throughout North America in iconic venues including Red Rocks in Denver, CO on July 8th and her inaugural appearance at New York’s Radio
City Music Hall on August 3rd, which will feature surprise special guests.

The ARTEMIS tour has traveled through Mexico and Europe and 2020 dates in South America and Australia have already been announced.
“After taking the Artemis tour all over the world, I can't wait to FINALLY bring it home to the states,” Stirling said. "I never know how to describe my shows but they are theatrical, full of choreography, costumes, and a light show that would make a Dj feel quite at home. This Artemis tour is my biggest and boldest show yet and it’s a joy to perform. I hope you love it.”

Fans can gain access to a special pre-sale by signing up on her website today: Pre-sale begins
Wednesday, March 4th at 10am local. Tickets will be available to the public Friday, March 6th at 10am local.
Special VIP packages will be available on the North American Tour, including limited Meet & Greet Experiences, an
invitation to Lindsey’s World – a pre-show party where Lindsey will share her experiences in life and music – a
chance to see an exhibit of Lindsey’s costumes and memorabilia, and much more. VIP details here.

Stirling’s fourth studio album, ARTEMIS, was released in fall of 2019 and made an appearance on the Billboard Top 200 chart as well as topping the Billboard Independent and Electronic Charts. Lindsey’s recent TV appearances include the Champions finale of America’s Got Talent and appearances on NBC’s The Kelly Clarkson Show and ABC’s Kelly and Ryan in addition to filming several new videos and working on her accompanying Artemis-inspired Comic book series. Joining Lindsey on the road will be notable artists Kiesza and Mako.

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Tickets available to the public Friday, March 6th at 10am local.

Thu-Jun-25-20 Minneapolis, MN The Armory
Sat-Jun-27-20 Rothbury, MI Electric Forest Festival
Tue-Jun-30-20 Westbrook, ME Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
Wed-Jul-01-20 Boston, MA Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Thu-Jul-02-20 Wallingford, CT Toyota Oakdale Theatre
Fri-Jul-03-20 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Mon-Jul-06-20 St Louis, MO St Louis Music Park
Tue-Jul-07-20 Omaha, NE Baxter Arena
Wed-Jul-08-20 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Thu-Jul-09-20 Vail, CO Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Fri-Jul-10-20 Grand Junction, CO Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park
Sat-Jul-11-20 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Mon-Jul-13-20 Seattle, WA WAMU Theater
Wed-Jul-15-20 Portland, OR Theatre of the Clouds at Moda Center
Fri-Jul-17-20 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Theatre
Sat-Jul-18-20 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
Mon-Jul-20-20 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre
Tue-Jul-21-20 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theater
Wed-Jul-22-20 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Federal Theatre
Fri-Jul-24-20 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Sat-Jul-25-20 Houston, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Mon-Jul-27-20 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre New Orleans
Tue-Jul-28-20 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP
Thu-Jul-30-20 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater
Fri-Jul-31-20 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Sat-Aug-01-20 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
Mon-Aug-03-20 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
Tue-Aug-04-20 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
Wed-Aug-05-20 Philadelphia, PA TD Pavilion at the Mann
Fri-Aug-07-20 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion
Sat-Aug-08-20 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Mon-Aug-10-20 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Tue-Aug-11-20 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
Wed-Aug-12-20 Indianapolis, IN Amphitheater At White River State Park
Thu-Aug-13-20 Detroit, MI Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Fri-Aug-14-20 Toronto, ON, CAN Budweiser Stage

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Cinequest welcomes the Maverick Spirit Award to legendary beat poet ruth weiss.

Poet ruth weiss was as equal an artistic force and influence as many of her Beat contemporaries.

Poet ruth weiss was as equal an artistic force and influence as many of her Beat contemporaries, and she is still going strong at 93.

Jazz and poetry come from the soul. The unexpected is always around the corner.”

— ruth weiss

SAN JOSE, CA, UNITED STATES, March 2, 2020 / — Kerouac, Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti- the names evoke images of smoke-filled San Francisco jazz clubs filled with goateed men wearing black berets- but the Beat generation was not just a boy’s club. Too often the women of that artistic movement have been pushed into the shadows, their works and contributions marginalized.

Poet ruth weiss (who has been spelling her name in all lower case since the 1960s) was as equal an artistic force and influence as many of her Beat contemporaries, and she is still going strong at 93. On March 8, weiss will receive Cinequest’s Maverick Spirit Award after the World Premiere screening of the moving story on her life, ruth weiss: beat goddess. Previous Maverick Spirit Award recipients include Nicolas Cage, Elle Fanning, J.J. Abrams, Neil Gaiman, and Harrison Ford.

While still a young girl, weiss fled Nazi Germany with her family before the start of World War II and settled in Chicago. During the 1940s she led a peripatetic existence, returning to Europe for a few years after the end of the war and then moving back to Chicago to live in the bohemian artists’ colony before hitchhiking to San Francisco in 1952.

In San Francisco, weiss eagerly joined the literary and music community that was fast developing in North Beach. She began holding some of the earliest poetry slams at The Cellar where readings would dovetail into spontaneous jam sessions with local jazz musicians. As Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady and others left New York and came to San Francisco they embraced and popularized the scene that weiss had helped pioneer. Legendary San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen dubbed weiss the “goddess of the Beat Generation.”

For weiss, music and poetry have always been linked.

“Jazz and poetry come from the soul. The unexpected is always around the corner,” weiss said in a 2012 interview.

The life and art of weiss is the subject of the documentary ruth weiss: the beat goddess that will premiere at the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival before the Maverick Spirit Award presentation. Filmmaker Melody Miller brilliantly captures the work, the legend and the soul of weiss.

Following the screening, weiss will read her poetry while accompanied by musicians Hal Davis, Doug O’Connor and Rent Romas. weiss will then accept her award and participate in a panel discussion with Miller, Poetry Center San Jose President Robert Pesich, Beat Museum founder Jerry Cimino, Brenda Knight, author of Women of the Beat Generation and Frameline Film Festival co-founder and noted photographer Daniel Nicoletta. Poets Kmart (Kimy Martinez) and Gary Singh will also read at the event.

The event takes place on March 8 at the Hammer Theatre in Downtown San Jose. It will open with the reading of a pair of Beat poems by two of the festival’s favorite poets: Kimy Martinez and Gary Singh. Tickets available in advance at, and, if available, at the door.

About Cinequest:
Cinequest fuses innovation with the arts to empower great creations and to connect audiences, youth, artists, and innovators with these creations and with each other—forging community, joy, and our future. Set in Silicon Valley, Cinequest’s uniqueness, impact, and legacy result from applying this powerful integration of creativity and technology to democratize opportunity and to transform lives. Cinequest does this through the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival, Mavericks Studio, and Picture The Possibilities global youth programs. The Story of Cinequest video.
The 30th edition of the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival occurs March 3 – 15 in San Jose and Redwood City, CA (Silicon Valley) We're commemorating CINEQUEST's 30th Anniversary by celebrating the power of creativity today and the future of CINEQUEST itself! All of us who bring you Cinequest are elated with the experiences, events and community involvement that will stir and uplift your hearts, spirits, and minds! Thus we've chosen the theme "Elation" and we hope you feel all the power of this special 2020 year!

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TJ & Valeta Rodgers, Clos De La Tech, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), Applied Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT), Kaiser Permanente, ZOOM (NASDAQ: ZM), Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), Canon (NYSE: CAJ), Seagate (NASDAQ: STX), AT&T (NYSE: T), Panasonic (OTCMKTS:PCRFY), Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Hint Water, Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA), Agile Ticketing Solutions, Barco (BAR.BR), Cinionic, VTA, Eddie Lira, The Wolff Family, NBC Bay Area, Metro, KQED, SF Media Co., T48 Telemundo, El Observador, India Currents, Cinemark (NYSE: CNK), Fairmont San Jose, Marriott San Jose (NYSE: MAR), AC Hotels by Marriott San Jose * Santa Clara, SV Creates, San Jose Downtown Association, The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Team San Jose, Stabbydoll Media, and the City of San Jose.

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HIP Video Promo presents: Heartracer premieres electrifying "Darling" music video on Atwood Magazine


Heartracer – Darling

Heartracer’s pulsing power-ballad conveys a universal truth

RICHMOND, VA, USA, March 2, 2020 / — Watch the "Darling" music video from Heartracer on Atwood Magazine

Heartracer traffics in the best kind of razor-sharp synth-pop nostalgia. They're a bottomless well of the timeless hooks, resonant lyrics, and emotional wallops that make the radio days the throwback soundtrack to the most important years of everyone's lives. And you know what Heartracer sounds like, but they got so good at it so quickly, and they've made it so their own ever since, that you simply can't nail down who they sound like. Brothers Chris and Chip Cosby formed Heartracer in Richmond, Virginia a few years and a few records ago. These days, the band is Chris on lead vocals and keyboards, Chip on guitar and vocals, Wes Tatum on bass, keyboards, and backup vocals, and Bryan Reyes on drums and percussion. They've shared the stage with acts like Walk The Moon, 4AD's Future Islands, Third Eye Blind, Banks, Joywave, and Pvris. Their new single "Darling" was engineered at Fidelitorium Recording Studio in Kernersville, NC by Ted Comerford (Jukebox the Ghost) and mixed in Los Angeles by Paul David Hager (Katy Perry, Beck).

It's pretty fitting that Heartracer is named after Chris' Tachycardia diagnosis, a lifelong condition that causes the heart to speed up and slow down at random. "Darling," like much of the band's song work, mimics the emotional jumpstarts and comedowns of navigating love, and either rejoicing in the triumph or wandering the ruins. One minute a low-key nervous energy, a staccato, angular bass groove and electronic clap-kick dominate. There's a fragility, a hopefulness that gives way to Chris' deft, full vocals, supremely confident and in full control, even while delivering highly charged, highly personal turns of phrase. The icy guitar chimes, propulsive beat and atmospheric chorus backups intertwine in a headrush mesh of echoes and reverb. "Darling" is how people who've really been in love write songs about love: a vulnerability worn like a medal pinned permanently to their chest.

In Heartracer's performance video for "Darling," the band tears into the track inside a dimly-lit space that appears to have no walls or ceiling. Racks upon racks of magenta and blue bulbs illuminate the haze that surrounds the band. The whole clip feels very evocative of a time when our go-to records only needed the visuals of the band entirely in the moment, as joyously lost in the track as we were. The band moves to the rhythm like genuine fans, their fitted blazers and sunglasses at night completing their aesthetic. We see ourselves on that screen because what we did we always do when our new favorite song came on, and it spoke to us like it was written just for us? We danced.

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Announcing Houston Based Vocalist, Michelle Raymon, Passes Blind Auditions Season 2 as a Contestant of #LaVoz, Team Vives

Michelle Raymon, The Voice Season 2, #TeamVives

Join Houston in Supporting our very own Michelle Raymon, Season 2 Contestant of LaVoz, #TeamVives

De aquí en adelante seguiremos soñando y luchando por cada uno de mis sueños y con la mentalidad correcta para la próxima etapa.”

— Michelle Raymon

HOUSTON, TX, UNITED STATES, March 1, 2020 / — Telemundo broadcasted series, Season 2, LaVoz welcomes Houstonian, Michelle Raymon to its cast of vocalists, officially on Sunday March 1, 2020 as she passes through the blind auditions to the next round of competition under Carlos Vives’ direction, the battle rounds. A recent Houston transplant, Michelle hails from a family of well-known musicians in Colombia, her father being Gabriel Raymon, famous Colombian musician known for some of his traditional works such as include: Alma Negra, Te quiero y qué, El Emigrante, y La Medallita de Oro.

A member of Team Vives, Michelle is excited to explore her talent and vocal specialty “canciones boleros” under Carlos’ direction. Carlos Vives, her coach, turned his chair for her after hearing her powerhouse vocals.

A rigorous competition of over a thousand initial applicants has now narrowed down to 76 individuals for the blind auditions which will be then narrowed down to 48 individuals for the next round of battle rounds. Michelle has cleared the first round or the blind auditions and will continue on to represent Houston during the course of the next qualifiers, the “Battle Rounds.”

Michelle’s musical interest began at a young age when her father allowed for her to practice alongside him and shortly thereafter realized he had a talent on his hands. He then encouraged her to follow her dreams and began to help her develop her skills. To date, Michelle’s gift will light up a room and her personality completely changes into that of a true performer in front of a microphone. Otherwise known as shy and docile, when in front of the microphone, her fierce vocal talent unveils itself and Michelle shows how she is a force to be recon with.

Michelle is no stranger to the stage and has also competed in many other famous reality TV singing shows in Colombia from 2009 to 2016 such as “Factor XS,” “Idol Colombia,” and “A Otro Nivel,” showcasing her love for music, captivating performing skills, and fierce persona on stage.

For Michelle, this opportunity allows her the ability to show others that no dream is too large, and that through hard work and persistence, one can achieve anything. She concludes saying that she is incredibly thankful to Carlos Vives for allowing her the opportunity to showcase her skills and compete in the competition.

“Gracias a él me atreví a cumplir uno de los sueños más grandes que siempre tuve. Participar en “LA VOZ US.” Fue un proceso increíblemente largo, repleto de miedos, incertidumbre, sueños y mucho pero mucho amor.”- Michelle Raymon

“De aquí en adelante seguiremos soñando y luchando por cada uno de mis sueños y con la mentalidad correcta para la próxima etapa.”

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