Hoxeyville Music Festival Finalizes 2019 Lineup: Billy Strings, Dave Bruzza, Fruition, More

first_imgHoxeyville Music Festival has finalized the artist lineup for their 2019 event, set to take place from August 16th through 18th in Wellston, MI. The 18th annual edition of Hoxeyville will feature headlining sets from Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Railroad Earth, as well as two sets from Billy Strings.The three-day event will also see performances from Dave Bruzza (Unsafe At Any Speed set), Keller & The Keels, Fruition, Lindsay Lou, May Erlenwine & The Motivators, Larry Keel Experience, Airborne or Aquatic, The Crane Wives, Front Country, Trout Steak Revival, Luke Winslow-King and many more.Nestled on 150 acres of farmland surrounded by the Manistee National Forest, Hoxeyville Music Festival is a testament to pure north country peace and celebration. Hoxeyville is the Midwest’s premier Americana and Roots festival. It boasts two stages featuring nationally touring artists as well as the best and brightest Michigan talent with an intimate capacity of three thousand.The festival takes pride in building a supportive, safe, and family-friendly including kids’ tent programming, top-notch food, and easily accessible and traversable festival grounds. Hoxeyville is strategically located near various mountain biking trails and the Pine River—a national wild and scenic river, world-class blue-ribbon trout stream and a renowned paddle sports playground.Tickets for Hoxeyville Music Festival’s 18th annual event are on sale now here.For more information, head to Hoxeyville’s website.last_img read more

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Students enjoy bonfire despite rain

first_imgSaint Mary’s students braved the rain Wednesday evening to attend the annual Student Diversity Board (SDB) bonfire, featuring local performers, three blazing fires and food. Board member Jean Osberger said the bonfire was the start of great year of SDB events to come. “Tonight is a kickoff for the year and to get everyone excited for other SDB events,” Osberger said. Saint Mary’s singing group Bellacappella performed renditions of popular songs such as “Some Nights,” complete with background beat boxing. Local poet Pam Blair recited two poems she had written titled “The Carousel of Life” and “I Want to Dream.”   Notre Dame student rapper D. Montayne performed a set, including a rap to the tune of the Notre Dame fight song. He also performed his song “Broken Mirrors,” for which a music video will soon be filmed. Students danced and put their hands up as the rapper performed, in preparation for his upcoming show at Club Fever this Saturday. The TroopND hip-hop dance team and the ND/SMC Irish dance team followed these performances. Raffles took place throughout the night for three buckets of candy, an SDB t-shirt and a rubber bracelet. Students also enjoyed s’mores, caramel apples and cider. Later this year, SDB will host the Diverse Students Leadership Conference on diversities in various settings, the challenges in incorporating diversity and the benefits of diversity, which will be held March 19 to 20. The theme for this school year’s conference is “From Awareness to Action.” SDB bonfire chair Abby Burgan said she was pleased with the number of students who attended. “Despite the rain and all the obstacles we still had a great turnout,” Burgan said. SDB president Maggie Galvin said she also thought the event was successful despite the inclement weather. “I would like to thank everyone for coming out in the rain to support our amazing performers,” Galvin said. “A little rain didn’t ruin our fun.” Board member Rachel Chaddah said the event has grown in popularity. “It’s a testament to the tradition of (the bonfire) that so many people came out,” she said. “I’ve been on the board since freshman year, [and] it’s gotten bigger and bigger each year.”last_img read more

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Hairspray Live!’s Creative Team on Making NBC’s Musicals Bigger

first_imgTop: ‘Hairspray Live!’ Bottom (L to R): Kenny Leon, Jerry Mitchell & Harvey Fierstein(Photos: Trae Patton/NBC, Bruce Glikas & Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) View Comments When Tony-winning director Kenny Leon staged The Wiz Live! for NBC last year, audiences tuned in to catch a talented cast in a multi-set proscenium space. When the cameras roll on Hairspray Live! on December 7, however, there won’t be a fourth wall. At times, there won’t even be the other three walls.Following The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz!, Hairspray Live! marks the first of the Peacock network’s era of live musicals to shoot in Los Angeles on the Universal Studios back lot. When the cast of characters takes to the streets of Baltimore to sing, dance or march, they’ll do so without the confines of a proscenium—or a roof.“I equate it to the Super Bowl,” Leon said in a recent conference call with press. “We’re preparing for the Super Bowl of theater.”With the new approach comes a new co-director: Alex Rudzinski, who won an Emmy for his technical work on Fox’s Grease: Live earlier this year. “It’s about trying to put the viewer in the heat of the action and trying to make them feel that it’s less of a proscenium production and more about placing the viewer right in the heart of that action,” Rudzinski said. “It’s a little bit like doing theater in the round,” added choreographer Jerry Mitchell.Part of creating that cinematic universe involves shooting outside, which will comprise about 40% of Hairspray: Live! (compared to Grease: Live’s 15%, by Rudzinski’s estimate).Like Grease: Live, Hairspray Live! will incorporate a studio audience—another first for NBC. But don’t expect to see audiences looking on in Tracy’s bedroom or in Motormouth Maybelle’s record shop. “I never wanted us to shoot the audience looking at the art,” said Leon. Rudzinski elaborated, “We’re being very cautious about making sure that when the audience is shown, it’s very much a part of the production.” Instead, look out for audience shots during The Corny Collins Show, the fictional ‘60s teen dance show.For its use of space and the added element of an audience, Hairspray Live! is executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron’s most ambitious musical telecast. “The other shows were more contained in their conception,” explained Zadan. “This show is not contained.” Meron added, “ The footprint of this production is probably the biggest of any of the live musical setups done on television, Grease: Live included.”Tasked with adapting the musical for the small screen is Harvey Fierstein, who considers himself an uncredited writer of the original production, and is reprising his Tony-winning performance as Edna in the telecast. (Fierstein also contributed to the screenplay for last year’s The Wiz Live!)For Fierstein, the challenge is making sure the show’s high-energy attitude crosses through the screen. “If you’re watching at home, you could be in your underwear,” he said. “How do we reach you and tell that story, but still get you excited about life?”While Hairspray aims to energize viewers, Fierstein, Leon and the entire team are aware of the urgency a story like Hairspray’s takes on in the current political climate. “Hairspray is a reminder that just a few years ago in our history, we couldn’t even dance together,” says Fierstein. “I think we need to remember that and say, ‘Is that really what we want to go back to?’”Leon will emphasize the show’s sense of history with “subtle visual suggestions that remind us that this may also sync up to us in 2016.” And though its themes of integration and acceptance are increasingly necessary, so is its upbeat sense of resilience: “This is an important opportunity for us to use theater and music in a way that can bring joy into the lives of Americans when they most need it.” That beat can’t be stopped.Catch Hairspray Live!, starring Maddie Baillio, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth and more, on December 7 on NBC.last_img read more

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Vermont Board of Education announces new officers

first_imgThe State Board of Education elected new officers at its September 15, 2009 meeting, the Department of Education announced today. Fayneese Miller of South Burlington was elected Board chair, Ruth Stokes of Williston will continue serving as co-vice-chair, along with Kathy Larsen of Wilmington as second vice-chair.The election was necessitated by the retirement of Chair Tom James. The governor recently appointed Stephan Morse of Newfane to complete the term vacated by James. Morse s first Board meeting will be on October 20.Miller of South Burlington is the Dean of the College of Education and Social Services at University of Vermont. She came to Vermont after a 20-year career at Brown University where she was associate professor of education and human development and an internationally recognized expert on the social, academic and political development of adolescents. She led Brown s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and was the university s first coordinator and chair of ethnic studies. Her State Board term will expire in 2012.Stokes has been a Board member since 2005. Since 1999, she has been the Executive Director of the Vermont Student Opportunity Scholarship Fund (VTSOS). From 1989 to 1992, she served as a state representative for Williston and Richmond. In addition, Stokes was a member of the University of Vermont Board of Trustees from 1989 to 1995, serving the last two years as chair. She served as a member of her town s school board from 1975 to 1987, serving the last six years as chair. Stokes has also served on the executive board of the Vermont School Boards Association, and has taught high school science. Her State Board term will end in 2011.Kathy Larsen of Wilmington spent her 33-year career teaching Vermont students. She spent one year as a paraprofessional, 24 years as a primary grade teacher, and eight as an elementary teaching principal. After one year in Williston, she spent the rest of her career at Deerfield Valley Elementary School, retiring in 2005. She also does mentoring and Formative Assessment Project trainings, as well as some substitute teaching to stay in touch with students and acting as interim principal. She serves as a member of the advisory board for the Wings Community Program afterschool program and the Deerfield Valley Health Care Volunteers local healthcare assistance program. Her term expires in 2013.In addition, student member Robert Kelley of Brandon, who was appointed by Governor Douglas to the Board in August, participated in his first meeting. He is also a student school board member at Otter Valley Union High School.Source: Vermont DOE. 9.15.2009last_img read more

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