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Jewelry Brand HEART OF BONE Launch NFT Collab with Club Amnesia Ibiza + Digital Artist Hipworth

DT: JUNE 24, 2020

FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER, KELLY WALSH / SRO PR

AUSTRALIAN JEWELRY BRAND
HEART OF BONE
LAUNCH COLLABORATION WITH
CLUB AMNESIA IBIZA
&
DIGITAL ARTIST HIPWORTH
FOR LIMITED-EDITION VIP NFT MEDALLION

Internationally renowned club AMNESIA IBIZA is the first Ibiza brand to launch a collection of NFT digital artworks in collaboration with Hipworth—the digital artist behind the famous Carl Cox portrait—and Australian bespoke jewelry and lifestyle brand HEART OF BONE. The drop, on Makersplace, includes three unique pieces of art including a limited-edition medallion designed and handcrafted by HEART OF BONE. The drop is available now at www.amnesia.es/nft.

The drop includes:

  • An extremely rare edition of 100 numbered NFT copies based on the iconic Amnesia pyramid. Buyers of this limited-edition NFT will receive a unique medallion in the shape of the Amnesia pyramid designed and handcrafted by HEART OF BONE (as seen above with) and a psychedelic NFT fractal created by Mirage Mahal. The pyramid will contain a RFID chip that gives VIP access to the club for two people with two drinks, every day of the season.
  • A giant 1:1 piece signed by Hipworth which will exist both virtually as an NFT on the blockchain and physically with a giant frame installed inside the Amnesia club in Ibiza. The lucky owner will have a lifetime VIP table at the club for themselves and up to three guests which includes free access to enter the club at any time to admire the physical art piece. The artwork will also a unique experience for party goers with a special augmented reality effect.
  • A limited-edition (up to 999 copies) animated artwork based on the history of the club including unreleased music by Mar-T (Amnesia Ibiza’s resident DJ) and access to a secured vault where NFT owners can listen to a playlist of 45 handpicked iconic tracks covering the last 45 years of Ibiza & Amnesia music history—a unique musical time travel experience.

“We have always been excited about new technologies at Amnesia, we were the first to

install CO2 cannons inside the club, the first Ibiza club to have a website in the early days of the web and we will be the first Ibiza club to open in the metaverse with Decentral Games, with this NFT collection and the precious help of Hipworth & Heart of Bone our aim is to be the first club to give a physical extension to to this virtual technology, to make the NFTs become alive, physically inside the club and daily around your neck,” says Martin F. Vega (CEO and artistic director at Amnesia Ibiza).

“Making material manifestations of the metaverse is something that we have been exploring for some time now so coming together on a collaboration of this nature was exciting and equally inspirational. Fusing together conceptual and experimental design elements with the latest technology still using traditional bespoke craftsmanship is the kind of project that really got our heartbeats up. We are thrilled to be collaborating with the extraordinary and brilliant team at Amnesia Ibiza and Hipworth,” says Emma Addams (Founder and Creative Director at Heart of Bone) and Lenny Cohen (jewelry designer at Heart of Bone).

“It is an honor for us at MakersPlace to work with Amnesia Ibiza, one of the most iconic

clubs in the world, and the supremely talented Hipworth, an artist with a mesmerizing style who has been a force within the crypto art and NFT community from the beginning. Told through Hipworth’s unique collage art style, this collaboration symbolizes a celebration and unification of physical and digital connections, extending Amnesia Ibiza’s legacy onto the blockchain for the first time ever. This expansion of the physical world into the digital allows for a global celebration as we emerge from the covid lockdown era. We are extremely excited to be a part of this celebration!” says Aisha Arif (Community Marketing at Makersplace).

“I couldn’t be more excited to be collaborating with Amnesia on their first NFT which will also find a home in the club as a physical print. Showcasing my work with an institution like this is a super honour and I can’t wait to share the pieces.” says Hipworth.

About Amnesia Ibiza
Amnesia Ibiza is a club of the Amnesia Group. Since its opening in 1976, it has become one of the most popular Ibiza music venues globally. Big names from the music industry have performed at Amnesia Ibiza such as: Jamie Jones, Steve Aoki, Ricardo Villalobos, Armin Van Buuren, Calvin Harris, among others and globally renowned alternative artists such as Snoop Dogg, Justice, 50 Cent that are part of the huge list of its history. Amnesia has also won the Best Club in the World award in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 at the IDMA Awards in Miami.
https://www.instagram.com/amnesiaibiza/
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About Makersplace
MakersPlace is the premier marketplace for rare digital art. Launched in early 2018 by a team of early Pinterest leaders, Yash Nelapati, Ryoma Ito, and Dannie Chu, MakersPlace is considered one of the rare digital art movement’s earliest enablers, paving the way for the immense growth we are seeing within the space. Their mission is simple: enable a vibrant future of creativity by empowering the digital creators of the world.
https://makersplace.com/

About Hipworth
Hipworth is a digital artist hailing from Melbourne, Australia who has worked with global brands such as Redbull, Carl Cox, Opera Victoria, Pioneer DJ and Bush Records to name a few. He has been active in the NFT and crypto art space since early 2020 and dropped NFTs on SuperRare, Nifty Gateway, MakersPlace, BlockParty and Kollectiv. His style combines collage, illustration, graphic design and 3D animation which he combines into rich textured landscapes that explore surreal and organic themes.
https://www.instagram.com/hip.worth/
https://www.facebook.com/hipworth.official

About Heart of Bone
Heart of Bone is an Australian born-and-bred jewelry, accessories and lifestyle brand founded in 2013 by Creative Director Emma Addams. Entirely handcrafted from their Melbourne-based atelier and studio, HEART OF BONE creates gender-neutral bespoke statement pieces, with a dark edge and a rock & roll spirit, that have been making a splash across the globe. HEART OF BONE, loved by loyal fans and customers everywhere, is highlighted by the brand’s most iconic style: the Bad Bunny ring, now a global cult sensation and a favorite style of loyal customer and worldwide sensation, artist Billie Eilish. Addams has since built a globally recognized and admired brand that has a heavy hitting VIP client list including Miley Cyrus, Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, Poppy, Drew Barrymore, Ghostemane, Courtney Love, Daphne Guinness, Karl Lagerfeld, Paris Hilton, The Blonds, Slash, Rick Owens, Dave Stewart, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dita Von Teese, Marc Jacobs, Diplo, Skrillex, Katy Perry, Janet Jackson, Kelly Rowland, Joel Madden, Kelly Osbourne, AC/DC and many more.
https://www.instagram.com/heartofbone_/
https://www.facebook.com/heartbonestudio/

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LOVE BY NUMB3RS Share Video For New Single “Red Sun.”

DATE: JUNE 17, 2021

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MARCEE RONDAN

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LOVE BY NUMB3RS
SHARE VIDEO FOR
NEW SINGLE “RED SUN”

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE HAUNTING
VIDEO SHOT IN THE SOUTHWESTERN U.S.

LOVE BY NUMB3RS today (June 17) have shared the haunting and beautifully filmed video for “Red Sun.” Click here to watch the Portland, Maine-based trio’s self-directed video for the newly released first single from their upcoming in-progress second album.

Written by the band–co-vocalists DAN CONNOR and ANNA LOMBARD and multi-instrumentalist JON ROODS“Red Sun” underlines the many charms of the group who chart a course through eloquent alternative, dusty blues, graceful folk, and rootsy rock. The clip was premiered yesterday (June 16) at antiMusic.

For the mysterious and evocative song, in which the characters undergo a transformative spiritual experience as they journey through the Southwestern United States, the group also travelled across the country to follow the path of the characters in the song.

The concept of “Red Sun,” explains ANNA, “started as an iPhone voice memo Dan sent with a chord progression on an acoustic along with a chorus of him singing ‘See you when we reach the shore, we’ll meet up in Vegas at Bellagio.’ He wanted to write a song about a journey into the unknown. As he handed off the rest of the lyric writing to me, he asked me to consider what it would be like to be a refugee, on a makeshift raft, trying to make my way to America. That is where the journey began…and by the time the chorus hit, it was clear our destination was Vegas…the city of Second Chances.”

She adds: “The characters in the song left home and everything they knew to try and create a better life for themselves…packing minimally with maybe a picture of a family member and a wad of dollar bills…just starting over completely.”

“Jon and I co-directed,” ANNA says. “Since I had never been to that side of the country before, I went into full research mode. Where would I hit first? Texas…that sounds good. Let’s follow the Rio Grande all the way to New Mexico. What might I see on the way to Nevada? And then Jon and I got the crazy idea to book flights out to Las Vegas. We went out west with scribbled notes, a half-assed mood board, and rented a car. We bought some smoke bombs at a fireworks store on the way to Death Valley with camera gear in tow and just went for it…without any real plan or idea what we we’re doing. We spent three days straight filming in Vegas, Death Valley, Mesquite Flat San Dunes, 20 Mule Canyon Road, Zabriskie Point, Dante’s View and Red Rock Canyon. It was really amazing to be so simultaneously connected to nature while so disconnected from the rest of the world. Then it was time to get into character.”

Meantime, LOVE BY NUMB3RS recently performed their first live show Anna explains, “We played our first full band live show in late May and the reception was incredible. The fact we started this project in the midst of a global pandemic and through all of Dan’s health issues…to be in front of a live, real human audience, and to receive a standing ovation was an out of body experience. We finished the 9-song set with ‘The Glory’…and right before we started playing, Dan mentioned how when he began writing ‘The Glory’ a few years back, it was meant to be a prayer song. Then, at the 8 o’clock hour town church bells went off like some sort of ominous queue for that gospel track to finish the set. It was so eerie. I cannot tell you how many people approached us after the set to tell us we made them cry and how moved they were from our performance. It felt so good. We hope to make music people really connect with…that’s the big reward.”

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Pictured (L to R):  JON ROODS, ANNA LOMBARD, DAN CONNOR

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JEREMY SQUIRES Reveals Touching Music Video For Second Single “FADE”

DT: JUNE 14, 2021

FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER, KELLY WALSH / SRO PR

JEREMY SQUIRES
REVEALS TOUCHING MUSIC VIDEO FOR SECOND SINGLE
“FADE”
RECORDED AT FOLK ARTIST’S LATE GRANDMOTHER’S HOUSE

WATCH HERE

TRACK FEATURED ON 11th STUDIO ALBUM
‘UNRAVEL’
OUT JULY 30 VIA BLACKBIRD RECORD LABEL

“There’s something about this album that is more dreamy. I can see where it’s definitely different than anything that I’ve released.”JEREMY SQUIRES, 2021

Music and family have always been central to dream-folk artist/multi-instrumentalist JEREMY SQUIRES’ story. On his 11th studio album UNRAVEL—due out July 30 via Blackbird Record LabelSQUIRES merges distinctive songcraft with deeply felt vocals and musical performances. With his second single, “Fade,” released last Friday (June 11), SQUIRES tackles the emotions he dealt with as he experienced the loss of his grandmother who raised him.

“‘Fade’ is about facing yourself and revisiting memories and/or demons and coming to terms with them,” shares SQUIRES. “There were so many things going through my head when I wrote this song. My grandmother had passed, my life was changing and the people around me were changing and spiraling. I was faced with difficult life choices I had to make, and this song was an outlet.”

The track is accompanied by a stirring black and white video (seen below) filmed across his favorite spots around his hometown of rural North Carolina and at his late grandmother’s home. The video was premiered on June 10 via Bluegrass Situation.

“The video for ‘Fade’ was filmed at various locations in my hometown and in a small neighboring town,” SQUIRES says. “I filmed multiple scenes in my granny’s old home that she left to me. I feel the lyrics reflect the imagery in the video. I filmed a specific scene as I burned a life’s worth of papers and collected memories outside in her yard one night with an old crutch and it was cathartic. ‘Fade’ is one of my favorite videos and I feel that it is one of the best songs on the album. It is definitely one that I am connected to.”


Jeremy Squires - “Fade” (Official Video)
JEREMY SQUIRES – “Fade” Official Music Video

On UNRAVEL, SQUIRES experiments with new instruments—writing his first-ever song on bass—and influences by building tracks with friends such as Erin Tate (ex-Minus The Bear) while somehow maintaining to effortlessly weave each track into a cohesive statement. “When I listened back to this album, it seems like you can really see and feel what I was talking or singing about…it’s like a story,” he shares. “Lyrically it seems more in-depth. There’s something about this album that is more dreamy. I can see where it’s definitely different than anything that I’ve released.”

UNRAVEL Track Listing

1. My Last Song
2. Fade
3. Only In My Dreams (Watch)
4. Aurora
5. Unravel
6. Dream Walking
7. Burst
8. Crosses
9. Diminish
10. Borderline

Pre-save/add UNRAVEL across all digital platforms here:
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CD’s and merch bundles will be offered exclusively via Bandcamp here: https://jeremysquires.bandcamp.com/merch.

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SLEEPING DOGS Release Debut Single/Music Video “NO MERCY”, Debut EP Due In November

DT: JUNE 9, 2021

FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER, KELLY WALSH/SRO PR

NEW SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OUTFIT
SLEEPING DOGS
REVEAL DEBUT SINGLE +
MUSIC VIDEO
“NO MERCY”
FROM DEBUT EP DUE THIS NOVEMBER

Q&A BELOW WITH THE BAND
WHICH IS THE SPINOFF OF WANK

“’No Mercy’ is laid-back mid-tempo ska at its best, led by a slinky guitar lead from Walker. The upstrokes are never in much of a hurry, laying down an almost-funky groove for Amodeo to deliver the song’s message.” –Matt Matasci, MXDWN, 6/8/21

SLEEPING DOGS marks the new spinoff project of the late 90’s SoCal group WANK who first made their mark in 1998 with their debut album on Maverick Records, which featured “Larry Brown” (produced by Mike Ness) and the KROQ hit “Forgiven.”

SLEEPING DOGS features WANK members Bobby Amodeo (bass, vocals), Danny Walker (lead guitar), Higgins X-13 (guitar), formerly of The Offspring, and Spider (drums), along with newly added keyboardist George Hughes Jr. (Ziggy Marley).

The outfit today (June 9) have shared their debut single and video “No Mercy,” an infectious slice of pop-anchored rock contrasted with lyrics “about frustration and wanting revenge,” says Walker. The track—which premiered yesterday (June 8) via MXDWN— was produced by Paul Miner (New Found Glory, Agnostic Front, Adolescents, Zebrahead, H2O) and will be featured on the band’s debut EP in November, to be followed by a full-length album in early 2022. Listen to “No Mercy” streaming now across all digital platforms HERE and check out its music video, directed by Kerry Donovan, streaming below or on YouTube.

Read a Q&A with SLEEPING DOGS about their new music below.

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SLEEPING DOGS – “No Mercy” Music Video

Q&A WITH SLEEPING DOGS
ON THE NEW SINGLE, “NO MERCY”

“’No Mercy’ is about frustration and wanting revenge. Remember the cartoon with the Devil on one shoulder and the Angel on the other, trying to persuade the person to do their evil or good deed? Well, this is the Devil talking smack to the Angel and the person. After all, we are just vessels, here for a while, to do good and evil.” –Danny Walker

“I think the timing is right for this tune. Fun right out of the gate and keeps you wanting more.” –Bobby Amodeo

ON MAKING THE “NO MERCY” VIDEO

“I said ‘NO–Absolutely Not!’  I will never wear a light blue suit in a rock video as long as I live! Since we had to cancel all the live shows, it was great to have the cameras on us. Things had started rolling again, and we were rolling right into it all as well!  It felt good to be getting back to the action.” –Higgins X-13

“It was a unique experience and loads of fun. We spent the day working with professionals, filmographers, a dance troupe and even squeezed in a photo shoot to boot! It was really a kick…!” –Spider

“It was a blast for us to go a different direction musically and visually for this project. Couldn’t be happier with the outcome” –Bobby Amodeo


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‘PERMANENT DAMAGE: MEMOIRS OF AN OUTRAGEOUS GIRL’ To Be Celebrated With Thursday, June 17 Event At Stories Books And Café Featuring Co-Author Q&A And Live Music Performances

DATE: JUNE 7, 2021

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER

 

THE NEW BOOK ‘PERMANENT DAMAGE:
MEMOIRS OF AN OUTRAGEOUS GIRL’
BY MERCY FONTENOT WITH LYNDSEY PARKER
TO BE CELEBRATED IN
LOS ANGELES
JUNE 17 EVENT AT STORIES BOOKS AND CAFÉ
TO FEATURE A CONVERSATION AND Q&A BETWEEN
CO-AUTHOR LYNDSEY PARKER
AND PAMELA DES BARRES,
PLUS A STARCRAWLER LIVE PERFORMANCE,
AND A DJ SET FROM MILES TACKETT

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Lyndsey Parker–co-author of the forthcoming autobiography of the late Miss Mercy, Permanent Damage: Memoirs of An Outrageous Girl (Rare Bird Books)–will celebrate the book’s release with a June 17 in-person event at Stories Books and Cafe in Los Angeles. Set to take place from 7:00-9:00 PM, this very special evening will feature a conversation and Q&A with Parker and Pamela Des Barres (who not only wrote the book’s afterword, but was a longtime friend of Fontenot’s), a Starcrawler live performance and a DJ set from Miles Tackett.

Due out June 9, Permanent Damage: Memoirs of An Outrageous Girl shows us the world of the 1960s and 1970s music scene through Mercy Fontenot’s eyes, as well as the fallout of that era–experiencing homelessness before sobering up and putting her life back together. Written just prior to her death in 2020 with veteran music journalist Lyndsey Parker, Miss Mercy’s journey is a can’t miss for anyone who was there and can’t remember, or just wishes they’d been there.

Mercy Fontenot was a Zelig who grew up in the San Francisco Haight Ashbury scene, where she crossed paths with Charles Manson, went to the first Acid Test, and was friends with Jimi Hendrix (she was later in his movie Rainbow Bridge). She predicted the Altamont disaster when reading the Rolling Stones’ tarot cards at a party and left San Francisco for the climes of Los Angeles in 1967 when the Haight “lost its magic.” Pre-order the book here.

Miss Mercy’s work in the GTOs, the Frank Zappa-produced all-female band, launched her into the pages of Rolling Stone in 1969. Her adventures saw her jumping out of a cake at Alice Cooper’s first record release party, while high on PCP, and had her travel to Memphis where she met Al Green and got a job working for the Bar-Kays. Along the way, she married and then divorced Shuggie Otis, before transitioning to punk rock and working with the Rockats and Gears. This is her story as she lived and saw it.

In a 6/2/21 feature in The Guardian, writer Jim Farber called Permanent Damage: Memoirs of An Outrageous Girl a “raucous new book” that details “the incredible, outrageous life of Miss Mercy.” He adds that “the book reads like a romp, aided by Mercy’s keen sense of the absurd and flair for black humor.”

About Lyndsey Parker:

Lyndsey Parker is the music editor at Yahoo Entertainment and host of the daily SiriusXM Volume show Volume West. Considered an expert in music and pop culture, Parker is an Online Journalism Award nominee and has written for Elle, MOJO, Rolling Stone, NME, and Guitar. She has appeared as a commentator for the ABC special The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story, AXS TV’s The Top Ten Revealed, and the documentary I Want My MTV, as well as for VH1’s Behind the Music, CNN, MTV, The Insider, and Good Day L.A.. She is the author of Careless Memories of Strange Behavior: My Notorious Life as a Duran Duran Fan (one of the first e-books published as part of Rhino Records’ all-digital music book series, which went to #1 on the iTunes Music Books chart).

Previous press releases about Permanent Damage: Memoirs of An Outrageous Girl are here.

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LOVE BY NUMB3RS Release Evocative New Single “Red Sun” Today

DATE: JUNE 4, 2021

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MARCEE RONDAN

LOVE BY NUMB3RS
FROM PORTLAND, MAINE
TODAY RELEASE EVOCATIVE NEW SINGLE “RED SUN”
LISTEN TO THE SONG
HERE

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Coming off their late 2020 indie debut album Parachute, Portland, Maine trio LOVE BY NUMB3RS have today (June 4) shared “Red Sun,” the first single from a planned upcoming album. Listen here to the mysterious and evocative song, in which the characters undergo a transformative spiritual experience as they travel through the Southwestern United States. Stay tuned for a desert-themed video for the song in the next few weeks.

Written by the band, the song underlines the many charms of the band–co-vocalists DAN CONNOR and ANNA LOMBARD and multi-instrumentalist JON ROODS–who chart a course through eloquent alternative, dusty blues, graceful folk, and rootsy rock.

The concept of “Red Sun,” explains ANNA, “started as a demo with just Dan on acoustic guitar with a chorus singing ‘See you when we reach the shore, we’ll meet up in Vegas at Bellagio.’ He had this idea to create a song about being a refugee and making it through the water to America–and landing in Vegas, the city of Second Chances.” She adds: “The characters in the song left everything they knew to make a better life…packed minimally with maybe a picture or two and a wad of dollar bills.”

This past March LOVE BY NUMB3RS released the single/video for Western Sonfrom Parachute. It was premiered at Glide Magazine which noted that the band “bring a sultry and twangy Nashville sound from the northeastern continental 48s. The band offers a timeless polished sound that brings the earthy smoky overtones of Linda Ronstadt, Gillian Welch, and Grace Potter.” PARACHUTE turned the page for a new chapter of three longtime friends and collaborators. After 15 years of friendship, countless memories, two albums and a 100-plus shows in the band Gypsy Tailwind, the trio thread together an unforgettable journey.

Photo by Heather Durgin

Pictured (L to R): JON ROODS, ANNA LOMBARD, DAN CONNOR

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GRAND FUNK RAILROAD Annnounce 2021 “Some Kind Of Wonderful Tour” Dates Starting July 2

 DT: JUNE 3, 2021

FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK
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GRAND FUNK RAILROAD
ANNNOUNCE 2021 “SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL TOUR” DATES
STARTING JULY 2
IN FAYETTEVILLE, GA

‘When we take the stage for the first time in over 15 months and hear the crowd and applause, I’m sure I will be thinking ‘Thank God!’”—DON BREWER

Grand Funk Railroad (Pictured L-R: Bruce Kulick (guitar), Mel Schacher (bass guitar), Max Carl (vocals), Don Brewer (drummer), Tim Cashion (keyboardist))
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“You cannot talk about rock in the 1970s without talking about Grand Funk Railroad!”
–David Fricke, Rolling Stone Magazine

GRAND FUNK RAILROAD–the legendary rock & roll powerhouse—are gearing up to return to the road in 2021 starting July 2 in Fayetteville, GA, with another 29 shows to follow this year. View the dates here and read a Q&A below with original founding member Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, “We’re An American Band”). Watch the tour trailer here.

After playing to millions of fans on the band’s tours from 1996 to 2019, GRAND FUNK will continue to reach both new and long-time fans on the “Some Kind Of Wonderful Tour,” named in honor of their 1975 Billboard pop smash. Originating from Flint, Michigan in 1969, this top-selling American rock group of the 70’s is “Comin’ To Your Town To Help You Party It Down.” Notably, this year marks the 50th anniversary of when the group’s show at New York’s Shea Stadium sold out faster than the Beatles.

Known as “The American Band,” the high-energy five-piece group GRAND FUNK RAILROAD includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, “We’re An American Band”) and bassist Mel Schacher, “The God of Thunder.” Joining Don and Mel are true “All Stars.” Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 Special. Max penned and sang 38’s biggest hit “Second Chance” and was co-founder of California’s legendary Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Don refers to Max as “the best blue-eyed soul singer on the planet.” Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and has credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and Billy Squier. (KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were influenced early on by Grand Funk.) Keyboardist Tim Cashion has a master’s degree in music from the University of Miami. Affectionately called “Dr. Tim,” his credits include stints with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and English soul man Robert Palmer.

Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi with its signature hard driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and forceful pop melodies. The fact that Grand Funk’s legacy still reigns over the Classic Rock landscape 50 years after is a testament to the group’s influence and staying power. Mega-hits “We’re An American Band,” “I’m Your Captain/Closer to Home,” “Locomotion,” and “Some Kind Of Wonderful” still receive continuous airplay on Classic Rock radio. “We’re An American Band” has received notoriety in recent years being used in movie soundtracks and in television/radio advertising. The huge hit was featured in a General Motors national TV ad campaign and in Disney’s animated feature film The Country Bears. “We’re An American Band” was featured in the Cuba Gooding Jr. film Radio, and in the swash buckler Sahara starring Matthew McConaughey.

Internationally acclaimed Grand Funk has toured the world, selling out in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and South America. A 1971 performance at New York’s Shea Stadium sold out faster than the Beatles. The group’s widespread appeal is also evident in its prestigious recording achievements. Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, 8 Top 40 hits and two Number One singles (“We’re An American Band” and “Locomotion,” both selling more than one million each). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales exceeding 25 million copies sold worldwide. The most recent gold CD award was presented to the band for their greatest hits package Grand Funk Railroad the Collectors Series.

The multi-talented band carries on the tradition of Grand Funk hits and creates a new chapter in the legacy of Grand Funk Railroad. GFR drew 25,000 people to their Molson Canal Series Concert outside Buffalo, 20,000 in Albany, New York, and 20,000 fans to downtown Orlando, Florida. EMI/Capitol (Universal Music) released a new Grand Funk Greatest Hits package that includes a bonus DVD of rare concert footage. Grand Funk Railroad’s 2019 “50 Years Of Funk Tour” was a huge success and now, with the group’s 2021 “Some Kind Of Wonderful Tour,” seasoned Grand Funk lovers and contemporary rock fans discovering the group for the first time will be able to celebrate 50 Years of Funk with Grand Funk Railroad.

Q&A with DON BREWER

What a great message you posted to fans on the band’s website: “After a long 15 months off due to Covid, the guys are excited to be back on stage playing across the USA. Kicking off in Fayetteville, GA July 2, with another 29 shows to follow this year.” Can you talk about your excitement of returning to the road? And when was the last time you had such a long break from the road?

BREWER: “I can’t wait to get back on stage and perform for people. This has been torture for me and the rest of the guys. We have been touring nonstop with this band since 2000 and the band and crew are family. Not seeing everyone on a regular basis has been very difficult. We have not had a break like this since 1982.”

When the reality of the pandemic initially set in and you knew you and the band couldn’t tour, what was going through your mind?

BREWER: “When it finally sunk in that the pandemic was going to be long term, my thought was: Is this it? Is this the end? Very depressing. So I stayed in touch with the guys by text and email and started rehearsing daily just to stay optimistic.”

During your time away from the road, did it give you the opportunity to spend some time doing things you perhaps hadn’t done in awhile?

BREWER: “While stuck at home during the pandemic I found things to do around the house that had been neglected for years. After nine months I ran out of projects.”

What did you miss most about touring? Well, maybe not the plane rides…

BREWER: “I miss two things touring. Being on stage in front of the fans playing our music and being with all the guys in the band and crew. We are brothers.”

Looking ahead to your first show on the 2021 “Some Kind of Wonderful Tour,” what thoughts do you think will be running through your head when you take stage and hear the crowd applause?

BREWER: “When we take the stage for the first time in over 15 months and hear the crowd and applause, I’m sure I will be thinking “Thank God!”

2021 GRAND FUNK RAILROAD tour dates:
7.2 Fayetteville, GA @ Southern Ground Amphitheater
7.4 Harrisburg, NC @ Harrisburg 4th of July Celebration
7.10 Chippewa Falls, WI @ Northern Wisconsin State Fair
7.24 Walker, MN @ Moondance Jam
7.31 Marion, IL @ Marion Cultural and Civic Center
8.6 Waterloo, NY @ del Lago Resort & Casino
8.8 Webster, MA @ Indian Ranch
8.14 Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
8.27 Big Flats, NY @ Summer Stage at Tag’s
9.4 Portsmouth, OH @ TBA
9.5 Wauseon, OH @ Fulton County Fair
9.9 Cohasset, MA @ South Shore Music Circus
9.10 Hyannis, MA @ Cape Cod Melody Tent
9.17 Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi
9.18 Kansas City, MO @ Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City
9.24 French Lick, IN @ French Lick Resort
10.1 TBA
10.3 Dallas, TX @ TBA
10.8 Northfield, OH @ MGM Northfield Park
10.9 TBA
10.15 Las Vegas, NV @ TBA
10.22 Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort
11.6 Florence, SC @ TBA
11.12 TBA
11.13 TBA
11.20 TBA
11.27 TBA
12.3 TBA

Grand Funk Railroad 2021 Tour Dates
https://www.grandfunkrailroad.com/tour.html

For more information on GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, visit:
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STATE FAIR ENTERTAINMENT Announce An All-New Entertainment Experience Coming To Los Angeles This July And August

DATE: MAY 26, 2021

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN

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A NEW STATE FAIR FOR LOS ANGELES
STATE FAIR ENTERTAINMENT
IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE AN ALL-NEW ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE COMING TO LOS ANGELES
THIS JULY AND AUGUST

STATE FAIR SANTA ANITA PARK
IS SET FOR
JULY 29-AUGUST 22, 2021
THURSDAYS-SUNDAYS FROM 11:00 AM TO 10:00 PM
FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT WILL INCLUDE RIDES, INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES, SHOPPING, FOOD AND MORE

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Look out Los Angeles, there’s a new STATE FAIR ANITA PARK set to debut this summer.

State Fair Entertainment is proud and excited to announce STATE FAIR SANTA ANITA PARK set over 16 days: July 29-August 22 (Thursdays-Sundays from 11:00 AM-10:00 PM). Onsite activities will include something for fans of all ages: fair rides and games, local and national entertainment, a social media stage, adult beverage sampling, vendor booths, and a designated kids area.

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“Our mission is to bring an affordable fair with world-class attractions and entertainment experiences to Los Angeles,” says Ron Severance, founder of State Fair Entertainment. “The 2021 State Fair will celebrate the variety of landscapes and cultures of Los Angeles. With the slogan of ‘Come Together,’ we are looking to produce an event that celebrates equality of all and our ability to come together to celebrate the diversity the city offers.”

“Our mission is to bring world-class fair experience and entertainment to Los Angeles, while leaving the smallest carbon footprint possible.” Ron explains. “We are dedicated to keeping our planet healthy so that we can pass it on to the next generations.”

Dedication to this cause begins with no single use beverage containers, plastic straws, or Styrofoam containers used at this event. Plans include 100% recyclable food and beverage containers or those made from 90% recycled material. Other concept projects include food stands with organic fresh meat and produce supplied by local farmers and ranchers, along with refillable water stations.

Early bird tickets are on sale now for a limited time. GA ticket prices begin at $10.00 (entry only) with daily unlimited ride packages priced from $40.00 (after purchase of entry), to season passes from $250.00 for a single and $500 for a family of four (**Season passes include unlimited rides and games). STATE FAIR SANTA ANITA PARK will operate as a ticketless event and will promote covid-friendly digital ticketing and a digital currency system. Contactless payment (through mobile apps or pre-loaded onto the event’s RFID wristband) throughout the park provides added safety. Onsite parking (GA and preferred) will be available and must be purchased in advance. For the most up-to-date information, please go to www.https://statefairent.com/

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AMERICA Share New Q&A As They Announce Their Return To The Road Starting This August

DATE: MAY 27, 2021

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK

AMERICA
SHARE NEW Q&A
AS THEY ANNOUNCE THEIR RETURN TO THE ROAD
STARTING THIS AUGUST

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Photo Credit: Henry Diltz
From left: Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell

The iconic multi-platinum-selling group AMERICA—co-founders GERRY BECKLEY and DEWEY BUNNELL—are excited to return to the road and will resume celebrating their 50th anniversary tour (see the extensive dates, starting this August, at https://www.venturahighway.com/). BECKLEY and BUNNELL share their thoughts in a new Q&A below about how their lives were affected when their tour was interrupted in March 2020 at the outset of the pandemic.

Last August, AMERICA released a lyric video for a newly recorded song, “Remembering,” which appeared on the August 28 release of their ultimate 8-disc anniversary box set HALF CENTURY (America Records). Watch the video here and listen to “Remembering” here. The song, written by BECKLEY, is classic AMERICA: harmony-rich rock, mixed with ringing guitars and pop smarts, with a compelling soul-searching lyric. “After 50 years together, this song is about the time spent looking back rather than looking forward…so much to be grateful for,” says BECKLEY, who produced and mixed the song with Jeff Larson. Watch the promotional film for the box set and read more about it here.

Also last year (November), AMERICA streamed their concert special “America–Live at the London Palladium” for the very first time. The concert, filmed in the fall of 2018 at the iconic London Palladium, had been commercially available as a DVD and CD. Watch the trailer here. In addition, May 2020 saw the release of the book America, the Band: An Authorized Biography by journalist Jude Warne (May, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers). She weaves original interviews with Beckley, Bunnell, and many others into a dynamic cultural history of America, the band, and America, the nation. Billy Bob Thornton wrote the foreword.

Q&A
with GERRY BECKLEY and DEWEY BUNNELL
(May 2021)

By the time AMERICA returns to touring this August, the band will have been off the road for a year and a half. Has this been the longest time the group has been away from the road?

Gerry: “I have never before in my professional life had this much time “off.” A year and a half. The word “off” is misleading because I’ve remained quite busy with writing and recording, something that usually takes a back seat to our hectic travel and performing schedule.”

Dewey: “Most definitely this time between shows is unprecedented! We are now in our 51st year as a performing band with barely ever more than a month break a few times a year for holidays and vacations”

Can you talk about your mindset during the pandemic and how it upended the touring/gypsy life you had become accustomed to?

Dewey: “I think for most people it helped not knowing actually how long the safety guidelines and work stoppage would be going into the shutdown. If we knew it was going to be 14 months, it may have been harder to endure. As each month passed, my mindset changed, slowly realizing it was going to be more of a marathon than simply a long-distance run. Thoughts and projections of when touring might resume seemed to change weekly and I missed the travel/performance life more each month.”

Gerry: “At my age (68), I’ve been very grateful to have the extended time to share with friends and family.”

During this time, have you done anything unexpected or new?

Gerry: “This break has given me time to explore my photography. I’m working toward another gallery exhibit here in Sydney, Australia.”

Dewey: “I spent more time with our horse for one thing, and I dabbled in a few artistic pursuits around the house, but it was actually ‘new and unexpected’ to have the opportunity to spend such a long period of time at home with my wife and pets every day for 14 months.”

Beyond the performances and band camaraderie, is there anything you missed about touring?

Dewey: There’s a certain rhythm and pattern to life that develops over decades on the road that I treat as a challenge. I’m a creature of habit, so airports and hotels and ground transport vehicles all have certain things in common that I respond to in a similar way each day that makes the experience more comfortable for me. I become more self-sustaining in many ways…doing laundry, carrying supplies and food items like a survivalist. The day is always focused on the evening show and it’s hard to beat the satisfaction I feel getting back to the room later in the evening after a successful show, leaving a happy audience headed home. Then it all starts again the following day.”

Gerry: “I’d say that missing my band and team has been the hardest part. We are all looking forward to feeling that energy from our fans and friends again.”

What do you think you will be thinking about when you take the stage for the first time in 2021?

Gerry: “I’m sure I’ll be thinking what a long strange trip it’s been.”

Dewey: “I’m prepared to be nervous because I have never really stopped having a bit of stage fright after all these years.”

With “Remembering” released in 2020 as a lyric video, might there be more new music on the horizon?

Dewey: “I imagine there will always be some project on the back burner.”

Gerry: “There is always something on the horizon in our evolving schedule. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some new music in our future.”

AMERICA at the London Palladium; Photo credit: Christie Goodwin

For more information on AMERICA, visit:
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM

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http://sropr.com/portfolio/america/

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Andrea Faulk (tour): afaulk@sropr.com

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‘PERMANENT DAMAGE: MEMOIRS OF AN OUTRAGEOUS GIRL’ (Mercy Fontenot With Lyndsey Parker) Celebrated With June 3 Grammy Museum® Event

DATE: MAY 27, 2021

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER

AUTHOR LYNDSEY PARKER, ALICE COOPER,
ARROW DE WILDE OF STARCRAWLER AND PAMELA DES BARRES
TO CELEBRATE THE JUNE 9 RELEASE OF
‘PERMANENT DAMAGE:
MEMOIRS OF AN OUTRAGEOUS GIRL’
MERCY FONTENOT WITH LYNDSEY PARKER
WITH JUNE 3 GRAMMY MUSEUM® EVENT

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In advance of the June 9 release of Permanent Damage: Memoirs of An Outrageous Girl, co-author Lyndsey Parker, Alice Cooper, singer Arrow de Wilde of Starcrawler and Pamela Des Barres with moderator Lina Lecaro will discuss the book at a GRAMMY MUSEUM® digital event available beginning June 3. The Permanent Damage event is as part of COLLECTION:live, the GRAMMY MUSEUM®’s new official online streaming service. More details can be found here about the event and read more here about key takeaways from the book.

Permanent Damage: Memoirs of An Outrageous Girl shows us the world of the 1960s and 1970s music scene through Mercy Fontenot’s eyes, as well as the fallout of that era–experiencing homelessness before sobering up and putting her life back together. Written just prior to her death in 2020 with veteran music journalist Lyndsey Parker, Miss Mercy’s journey is a can’t miss for anyone who was there and can’t remember, or just wishes they’d been there.

Mercy Fontenot was a Zelig who grew up in the San Francisco Haight Ashbury scene, where she crossed paths with Charles Manson, went to the first Acid Test, and was friends with Jimi Hendrix (she was later in his movie Rainbow Bridge). She predicted the Altamont disaster when reading the Rolling Stones’ tarot cards at a party and left San Francisco for the climes of Los Angeles in 1967 when the Haight “lost its magic.” Pre-order the book here.

Miss Mercy’s work in the GTOs, the Frank Zappa-produced all-female band, launched her into the pages of Rolling Stone in 1969. Her adventures saw her jumping out of a cake at Alice Cooper’s first record release party, while high on PCP, and had her travel to Memphis where she met Al Green and got a job working for the Bar-Kays. Along the way, she married and then divorced Shuggie Otis, before transitioning to punk rock and working with the Rockats and Gears. This is her story as she lived and saw it.

About Lyndsey Parker:

Lyndsey Parker is the music editor at Yahoo Entertainment and host of the daily SiriusXM Volume show Volume West. Considered an expert in music and pop culture, Parker is an Online Journalism Award nominee and has written for Elle, MOJO, Rolling Stone, NME, and Guitar. She has appeared as a commentator for the ABC special The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story, AXS TV’s The Top Ten Revealed, and the documentary I Want My MTV, as well as for VH1’s Behind the Music, CNN, MTV, The Insider, and Good Day L.A.. She is the author of Careless Memories of Strange Behavior: My Notorious Life as a Duran Duran Fan (one of the first e-books published as part of Rhino Records’ all-digital music book series, which went to #1 on the iTunes Music Books chart).

AVAILABLE IN HARDCOVER and E-BOOK

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9781644281826 | US $27.00 | 6 x 9 in. | 320 pp.

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