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Willy Moon

Willy Moon
Event on 2013-06-04 20:00:00

Supporting Acts: Elle King

Willy Moon

Willy Moon doesn’t like to waste time. His debut album, ‘Here’s Willy Moon’, is less than 29 minutes long. Only one of its 12 songs lasts more than three minutes and not a single note is squandered. No bets were hedged during the making of this record. “Generally the most interesting stuff happen in the first two minutes anyway, the rest of it just bores me to tears,” he reasons. “I’m a great believer in simplicity and brevity. It’s also down to having a short attention span. I don’t even read books anymore, just short stories.” Willy is 23, and whip-smart with a tinder-dry sense of humour. He loves the physical energy of Cab Calloway and Michael Jackson, the concision of the Ramones, and the style of film noir. He writes, records and produces everything on his own and he doesn’t blend different sounds; he smashes them together. There’s no middle ground. It’s as if rock’n’roll had been deep-frozen in 1965, just before the Beatles discovered acid, and abruptly reanimated 45 years later by a laptop hip hop producer. Willy’s 2011 release, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’, was the kind of truly great debut single that makes the listener ask: Who is this person? And where did they come from? In the video he struts and jerks and testifies in a spotlight, over a monstrously metallic Bo Diddley beat. It was quite an introduction and it made him some discerning fans. Jack White released ‘Railroad Track’ on his Third Man label and invited him to support him on his UK tour. Apple picked up his Wu-Tang-sampling barnburner ‘Yeah Yeah’ for its latest iPod ad while French director Alex Courtes (White Stripes, U2, Justice) directed the song’s thrilling video. Willy spent last summer playing festivals across Europe, including Cannes film festival and recently made his startling debut on BBC2’s Later… With Jools Holland. ‘Here’s Willy Moon’ stays true to Willy’s love of extreme contrast. ‘Railroad Track’ is like Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Walks’ rearranged for a 1930s chain gang. ‘She Loves Me’ crunches Hamburg Beatles into shuddering quasi-dubstep. ‘Get Up’ is seize-the-day hip-hop blues. The instrumental ‘Murder Ballad’ sounds like Tom Waits wandering through a haunted car yard. The cover versions make alliances with the weirdos of 50s rock’n’roll: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ ‘I Put a Spell on You’ and Little Willie John’s neurotically horny ‘I’m Shakin’’ (recently covered by – who else? – Jack White). Then there are the songs that sound like they should be covers but aren’t: the blue-collar howl of ‘Working for the Company’ and industrial Phil Spectorisms of ‘My Girl’. It’s an unusual record because Willy Moon is an unusual man. Willy grew up in New Zealand. When he was 12 his mother died of cancer. His father lost his job due to the time taken off caring for his mother, and was forced to find work abroad in Saudi Arabia, leaving 12-year-old Willy and his 16-year-old sister to raise each other. “I was always getting in trouble at school and they’d say we have to get your parents in. I’d say, well that’s difficult.” Formerly a gifted student, he effectively gave up on school, attending occasionally only to see his friends and read science fiction novels. He was thrown out of one school, then another, and dropped out of formal education all together when he was 16. “I thought what’s the point? I am allergic to authority and besides, I have always been more of an autodidact anyway.” Eventually he decided that something had to give so for his 18th birthday he saved up and bought himself a one-way plane ticket to London, where he found hedonism, strife, financial insecurity and a surprising musical breakthrough. When Willy met his girlfriend she played him an album by 1940s forces’ sweethearts the Andrew Sisters, which triggered an obsession with pre-1960 pop music. “I still listen to jazz more than anything, like Woody Allen!” he laughs. After losing his job and being kicked out for not making rent, Willy and his girlfriend bought the cheapest available plane tickets — to Valencia, Spain. From there they jumped a train down to Morocco. “It was ridiculous,” he says. “Who knew what we were meant to do once we got there?” They eventually made their way to Berlin, where they would live for the next year, and crucially where Willy’s music would begin to take form. There he began writing primal rock’n’roll songs but found it too constricting. “There was a whole revivalist scene, but it felt a bit like locking oneself up and throwing away the key.” Returning to London, he worked on developing his own sound, the first fruit of which was ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’. He posted it online and acquired a record deal. “I’d hate to be in a band, too many opinions,” he says. “I’m a dictator at heart.” Now, finally, he is relatively settled and secure and he has an extraordinary debut under his belt. “I’ve always been ambitious,” he says. “I’ve always thought one day, no matter what, I’m going to be successful.”

at Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, United States

Kathleen Madigan

Kathleen Madigan
Event on 2013-11-15 20:00:00
Kathleen Madigan

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In her 22 year career, Kathleen Madigan has never been hotter. With her new Showtime special, "Gone Madigan," in constant rotation and the DVD-CD of the special topping the Amazon and iTunes charts, Madigan has the entire year booked with over 100 theater gigs across the country and numerous television appearances.

She's recently back from her second Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's USO Holiday Tour of Iraq and Afghanistan. This year, Madigan shared the stage with Robin Williams, Lewis Black, Lance Armstrong, Kix Brooks and Admiral Mike Mullen who hosted the tour. After the ten day tour, she returned home to tape appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "The Green Room with Paul Provenza" and "The Joy Behar Show in New" York. She's had countless appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and every other late night show that has come and gone. She's had her own hour specials on HBO and Comedy Central.

In addition to the stand-up appearances, Madigan has been a correspondent for "The Dr. Phil Show," ESPN 2 and done commentary on VH1, CNN, E! , CMT and TV Guide's Emmy Red Carpet. She's performed not only in the US, but in Canada, China, Ireland and England. Madigan has won the American Comedy Award for "Best Female Comedian" and the Phyllis Diller Award for "Best Female Comedian." Although she's has turned down many writing jobs because she loves performing more, Madigan has written and produced for Lewis Black's "Root of All Evil" on Comedy Central and for Garry Shandling. "I'll write for other people–not many– but a few and only if they have a clear voice and persona that I already think is funny and if they let me write in my pajamas and smoke."

She remains the only comedian in the history of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" to go unchallenged by any other comedian–meaning no other comedian would say they were funnier than her. Madigan was a finalist in season 2 of "Last Comic Standing" and a judge on season 5. "It was fun to judge it once, but never again. I just can't think of 2000 ways to tell someone they're not funny without turning into a full blown alcoholic." She's a favorite on nationally syndicated radio shows such as "The Bob and Tom Show" and "The Stephanie Miller Show." She's also a constant on SIRIUS-XM Radio and last year beat out all the guys–including Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White and Jeff Foxworthy– to win the listener determined "SIRIUS Challenge Cup," deeming her the number one favorite comedian played on SIRIUS radio.

Madigan has released four CDs and two hour long DVDs. Born in St. Louis, she now lives in Los Angeles but spends, as she puts it, "inordinate amounts of time," with her 6 siblings and parents who live in the Midwest where she hangs out on her farm and on a raft in a lake. After 22 years of 300 nights on the road, her goal remains to move to Ireland and drink Guinness while feeding her sheep herding dogs.

at Midland Theater
1228 Main
Kansas City, United States

ProGroup Network Donates Paint in Support of BJs Wholesale Club and the Primrose Center

Fairhaven, MA (PRWEB) April 11, 2013

As part of their ongoing initiative to give back to the community, residential and commercial painting company, ProGroup Network recently partnered with Sherwin Williams to provide 266 gallons of paint towards the restoration and transformation of the Primrose Center, Inc. in Orlando, Florida. ProGroup Network is currently one of the main painting contractors for the large retailer, BJs Wholesale Club, which took on this project as one of the companys annual charitable Team Building activities.

On March 19, 2013, the Primrose Center welcomed more than 400 BJs Team Members to assist with transforming the Orlando facility. The center, which is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to discover and explore new opportunities, offers day programs where adults can access job-training programs, therapeutic activities, daily living seminars and support services. The BJs team, with support from ProGroup Network and using paint donated for the project, was able to repaint the exterior as well as some rooms of the facility, landscape several therapeutic gardens, refresh flowerpots and patio areas, build new planter boxes and fences, as well as work alongside the Primrose clients on various craft projects.

We cant think of a better way to support one of our most important clients (BJs Wholesale Club) and at the same time helping to restore the amazing center that is the Primrose, states Dave Moura, Owner and President of ProGroup Network.

The Primrose Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has been fulfilling a community need for more than 55 years by offering a comprehensive array of services including vocational training, job placement, behavioral therapies and housing options for adults with developmental disabilities. Their team goes beyond just providing basic services to addressing real quality life issues. They have developed a culture where staff can explore the major barriers that inhibit people with disabilities from achieving greater independence and develop strategies for increasing regular opportunities for personal growth.

Giving back is in the DNA of BJs Wholesale Club, and each year when we gather our leaders for planning, we try to do something for the community in which we are having the conference, said Ted Bell, regional manager at BJs. Every single Team Member walked a little taller after finishing our projects at Primrose with the feeling that they had done something wonderful for others.

The Primrose Center was happy to partner with BJs Wholesale Club with support from ProGroup Network on this exciting project, which directly benefited the clients and families the center serves. Maintenance projects such as these can take up valuable time and resources needed to keep the center operating. Because of partnerships with local businesses such as BJs and donations from groups like ProGroup Network, the Primrose Center staff is able to focus on providing the services their clients need the most.

ProGroup Network, a residential and commercial painting company based in New England, has taken on several community service projects over the last year as part of their continued effort to give back to the community. In addition to donating paint for the Primrose Center project, projects such as a childrens coat and hat drive prior to the Nemo Blizzard and the donation of school and art supplies to a local elementary school were also very successful.

With more than two decades of service to the local community, ProGroup Network continues to give back to the community that has allowed them to become one of the most successful and respected painting companies in the New England region. To learn more about their community involvement or to request a quote for your next painting project whether residential or commercial painting they encourage you to join them online at today.

Private Investigators London Comment on the Importance of Tackling the Problem of Human Trafficking in Light of Recent BBC News Article: Human Trafficking: Co-ordinator Role Needs More Teeth

(PRWEB UK) 6 April 2013

According to the BBC News Wales article anti-human trafficking charities have warned a job set up to tackle the problem of children being moved around Wales for sexual exploitation needs more power and lacks independence. In 2011 Wales were the first country to appoint an anti-human trafficking coordinator. Part of the role, filled at the moment by Stephen Chapman, is to help professionals, including police, councils, health service providers and voluntary organisations, identify and intervene in cases.

However the report goes on to say that the Welsh anti-human trafficking forum feel the role is too closely aligned to the Welsh government to be effective.

Barbara Natasegara, chief executive of Safer Wales, told BBC Wales: I think the post needs to have teeth. I dont think its really got those teeth at the moment.

According to the report human trafficking is now the second most prevalent crime worldwide after drugs. Private Investigators London believes that the Welsh governments initiative in setting up this job is an excellent starting point in the move to clamp down on the illegal trafficking in Wales. This private detective in London has experience in human trafficking cases and has provided investigation services. This together with the police has helped victims of this horrendous crime.

Spokesperson from Private Investigators London, Diane Chivers said:

In my professional opinion human trafficking is a despicable crime filled with deception, violation of human rights, coercion and violence among other things. Anything that can be done to stop this from happening or that can help the victims who fall foul to it, should only be praised.

Private Investigators London along with their sister private detective in Manchester, Private Detectives Manchester is a team of highly trained professional and discreet private investigators and detectives with over 35 years experience in the industry. Their understanding and approachable team of male and female detectives are available 24/7 to conduct matrimonial, corporate and private investigations.

Infocasts Port & Intermodal Finance & Investment Summit Comes to Miami, FL this April

Woodland Hills, CA (PRWEB) March 06, 2013

Infocast brings its highly acclaimed Port & Intermodal Finance & Investment Summit to Miami, FL on April 16-18, 2013, which will be hosted and sponsored by the Port of Miami.

In order to increase maritime commerce competitiveness, expand revenues, and create jobs, American ports are promoting multimillion dollar plans to seize the benefits of the greater number of post-Panamax ships expected to call at American ports as result of increased traffic through the Panama and Suez Canals. AAPA reports that U.S. ports and their private sector marine terminal partners are planning to spend at least a combined $ 46 billion in port-related improvements through 2016. The success of these plans will be considerably tied to ports ability to access financing.

A combination of reduced revenues and cut-backs in federal, state and municipal public funding make it a tough financing environment. As a consequence, port authorities are exploring how they can best create partnerships with private sector partners and the financial community to develop creative financial approaches that will enable them to move their plans forward. At the same time, terminal operators, third-party investors and other private sector players recognize that ports are sound investments and are looking for opportunities to support the financing of port and intermodal infrastructure expansion.

The Port & Intermodal Finance & Investment Summit will bring together port authorities, terminal operators, shipping lines, intermodal carriers and financial players to share their perspectives, establish a constructive dialogue, build understanding and ultimately develop the financial models that will support the pipeline of capital intensive projects on the drawing board. The Summit will serve as the major venue where the port, intermodal and financial communities gather to engage in the important work of creating new financial structures and to network in order to establish ongoing relationships.

Key players from the port, intermodal and financial communities participating in the summit include Hon. Governor Haley Barbour, Founding Partner of the BGR Group, who will be the keynote speaker and representatives from the Jacksonville Port Authority, APM Terminals, the Florida Department of Transportation, Goldman Sachs, the Port of Miami, Virginia Port Authority and Port of Houston Authority, along with many more.

For more information, to register for the Summit, or to participate as a speaker or sponsor, visit the event website at or contact the Event Producer, Alice Barsoomian at 818-888-4445 ext. 19.

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Yonder Mountain String Band

Yonder Mountain String Band
Event on 2013-03-07 19:30:00
Yonder Mountain String Band
with The Deadly Gentlemen
Doors open at 7pm. Must be 18+ to enter.
in advance. at the door.
Yonder Mountain String Band has always played music by its own set of rules. Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences that the band cites, Yonder has pioneered a sound of their own. With their traditional lineup of instruments, the band may look like a traditional bluegrass band at first glance but they’ve created their own music that transcends any genre. Dave Johnston points out “What could be more pure than making your own music.” Yonder’s sound cannot be classified purely as “bluegrass” or “string music” but rather it’s an original sound created from “looking at music from [their] own experiences and doing the best job possible.” The band continues to play by their own rules on their new record The Show.

The Colorado-based foursome has crisscrossed the country over the past eleven years playing such varied settings as festivals, rock clubs, Red Rocks Amphitheater in the band’s home state, and recently the Democratic National Convention in Denver at Mile High Stadium opening for Barack Obama. Their loyal fanbase has been built from this diverse setting of music venues as fans latched on to their genre-defying original sound.

at Canopy
708 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, United States

Attention job-seekers: astronauts wanted

Ever dreamt of becoming an astronaut? This might be your chance. The European Space Agency is on a recruitment drive for talented individuals to join its demanding training program and become the space explorers of the future. The job profile of an astronaut
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