Band Takes Stand For LGBTQ Rights By Performing In Drag In North Carolina [Photos/Vidoes]

first_imgOn May 25th, MarchFourth is launching a Kickstarter for their fourth studio album, Magic Number, which was recorded at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans, LA, produced by Galactic’s Ben Ellman and featuring Stanton Moore and Trombone Shorty. Depending on your pledge, you’ll be able to pre-order the album through the program when it goes live later this month. Needless to say, this record is going to be off the charts!Catch MarchFourth later this month when they swing through Summer Camp for a late night Sunday set that promises a multi-faceted, indelible experience, as well as various guerilla parades throughout the weekend! They’ll be sure to keep it fresh all the way through! MarchFourth is a genre-breaking force of nature in the world of entertainment. Carrying nearly twenty musicians, dancers, and artisans around the country for a show that defies categorization and implores free-spirited joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring ambience sets the band apart from any other touring band. Able to catch the attention of any, the cast of characters recently used their position to an advantage of power.Following the new laws in North Carolina against the LGBTQ community, and the recent concert cancellations that some headlining acts chose to respond with, members of MarchFourth decided to respond to the situation in a different way. After a late night drunken conversation about the matter, the band unanimously decided to go forward with both their North Carolina shows, in Durham at Motorco and headlining the LEAF Festival outside of Asheville, in full drag. Over the weekend, they chose to perform in dresses, makeup, wigs, and all, both to poke fun at the state’s governor and to stand in solidarity with those who are being persecuted for who they are. While performing this way in the North Carolina towns was certainly a risky move, they were pleased to be overwhelmingly supported by their fans. Their sets, some of their best ever, included a brassy version of Prince‘s “Purple Rain” and “Hot Stepper” from their upcoming album.Purple RainHot Stepper“It was pretty surreal going on after Juan de Marcos and the Afro Cuban All Stars, them in suits and gowns,” trumpeter Paul Theodore Chandler told us about his experience at LEAF Fest. “And then it’s us getting on but with all the dudes in gowns and makeup. F***ing awesome.”Here are some stunning photos from their LEAF Festival performance, courtesy of Sandlin Gaither Photography:last_img read more

ECCO makes another record payout

first_img Tweet 16 Views   no discussions Share Share Photo credit: caribarena.comThe Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc., the St. Lucia based music royalty collection organization for the OECS, will today make royalty payments to its members and members of affiliated societies totaling over $450,000. This is a record achievement by this small regional organisation surpassing its disbursement of $¼ Million made in 2011.With further distributions scheduled for later in the year; September and December, in respect of Royalties for Jingles (music in advertisement) and for Major Live Events (Carnivals, St. Lucia Jazz, St. Kitts Music Festival & World Creole Music Festivals, etc.). ECCO’s total disbursement for the year could top the half million mark which will be more than double the total disbursement of last year.ECCO General Manager Steve Etienne says; “As revenue from record/CD sales have declined dramatically in our region, songwriters and music publishers are looking more and more towards the public performance right which ECCO manages for support. Therefore, it is imperative that the level of royalty payment received by the worldwide community of creators be proportionate to the use of their musical works. However, whilst collection levels in St. Lucia and Dominica continue to be relatively healthy, the organization is under achieving in the other OECS territories where only a few of the major events and music users are licensed”. ECCO’s general manager Steve Etienne adds: “Members at our recent AGM urged us to step up legal action against abusers of their music rights and as a result we will be very busy in the Courts across the ECCO territories”.ECCO is an association of composers, songwriters and music publishers and is the legal entity responsible for administering the performing right in the musical works of its members and members of Affiliated Societies in the OECS. Through reciprocal agreements with Affiliated Societies worldwide ECCO has control of the world’s music repertoire, that is to say, ECCO is responsible for licensing all public use of music in the OECS.Press Releasecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews ECCO makes another record payout by: – July 11, 2012last_img read more

Gunners close in on Debuchy

first_imgArsenal are expected to confirm the signing of France defender Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle on Thursday, and continue to track further new additions. The Wales international is determined to build on those achievements. “I am just happy (with my progress) and I want to keep on working on my game. Hopefully I can keep improving and get better and better. That’s my target now – just to improve on my game and keep on building every season,” Ramsey said on www.arsenal.com. “I have been through a lot in my short career so far. I’ve had a bit of everything so it was nice to have a good season, score the number of goals that I did and be recognised a lot more. “I’ve always believed in myself and what I can do, and I think a lot of people realised that last year and that’s what I’m more happy about.” Following their trip to the United States, Arsenal host the Emirates Cup on August 2/3, which is likely to present a debut for Sanchez as well as a chance for World Cup winners Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil to return following a well-deserved three-week break. Arsenal play Premier League champions Manchester City on August 9 before starting the new domestic campaign at home to Crystal Palace. Following the arrival of Holland full-back Daryl Janmaat from Feyenoord, the Magpies are now happy to finalise the departure of Debuchy, in what is expected to be a £10million deal. The 28-year-old, who was part of the French World Cup squad which reached the quarter-finals in Brazil, will present ready-made Barclays Premier League cover for Bacary Sagna, who earlier this summer left Arsenal to join Manchester City on a free transfer. Manager Arsene Wenger has now returned from his media duties in Brazil as the Gunners step up pre-season preparations ahead of a trip to New York at the end of the month. By then, Arsenal could well have further strengthened the squad following on from the £30million capture of Chile forward Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. German international midfielder Sami Khedira is one reported target, with sources in Spain claiming Real Madrid are ready to sell for around £25million, although the World Cup winner’s personal terms could prove a sticking point on any potential such deal with Arsenal. Borussia Dortmund’s Lars Bender, who missed the World Cup through injury, is another player Wenger has long admired. Arsenal also need a goalkeeper, with Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, of Nice, said to be on the club’s radar. Egypt international defender Ahmed Fathi is having a trial at Arsenal this week, while Atletico Madrid’s 20-year-old right-back Javi Manquillo is another a potential new recruit. The Gunners will take a select side to Boreham Wood on Saturday, so those who were not involved at the World Cup could get a first run-out. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey was player of the season last campaign, recovering from injury to help Arsenal win the FA Cup at Wembley. Press Associationlast_img read more

Governor wants a broad approach to dealing with mass shootings

first_imgJOHNSTON — Republican Governor Kim Reynolds is not changing her stance on new gun laws in the wake of recent mass shootings.“I’ve been pretty consistent in what I’ve said all along. There isn’t one single recommendation that’s going to solve these issues — that we need to look at it as a holistic perspective,” according to Reynolds. Reynolds was asked specifically about so-called Red Flag laws during an availability with reporters — and she says we have to get past looking at the gun and looking at one thing and letting people think that is the answer when it is not. She says an overall approach is needed.“That means taking a look at some of the other states that have put extensive guns laws into place — and looking at the data and seeing what the outcome of that has been. It means making sure that we’re following the laws that are on the books. It means making sure that the communication and coordination is where it should be,”Reynolds says. “We know we have very little time when something like this happens and so we need to make sure that we are communicating with local law enforcement, state law enforcement, first responders, all of that.”Reynolds says there are things already going on to address the issue. “Every one of our Iowa State Patrol have now participated in active shooter training. They are training the trainers, so then we are making them available. We’ve got to take a look at how we can scale this to local law enforcement and maybe this is something we can even provide to school districts, as well as maybe some of our churches,” Reynolds says, “so, we’re working on a whole bunch of things.”Reynolds spoke with reporters following the announcement of the new leader of the Iowa National Guard.last_img read more