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British and Trinidad artists team up to spur interest in steel band music

British artist Jeremy Deller teamed up with Michelle Huggins-Watts, Trinidad's “First Lady” of the steel pan, on a project to bring more young people into steel band music.  Their collaboration combined their very different skills to create a brand new, one-off performance and music event in Trinidad.

Jeremy Deller, speaking before the collaboration said: “For a long time I’ve been interested in steel bands. Trinidad is the home of steel bands so it makes sense to go to that place and see what you can come up with.”  Jeremy is a celebrated conceptual, video and installation artist, a hugely influential figure on the international contemporary art scene.

Michelle Huggins-Watts, speaking about the song they planned to use in the collaboration said: “It’s really different, not something you’d readily hear on the pan – I’m really looking forward to working on this piece!”  Michelle is the band leader and musical arranger of a champion Trinidadian steel pan band, she has toured the world, and is a music teacher at Trinity College where she runs a junior pan band.

 

Marty,

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Fans give Dave Matthews a ride to his own show

Emily Kraus and her boyfriend were on their way to a Dave Matthews concert in Hershey, PA when guess who they saw stranded on the side of the road?…. grammy award winning musician DAVE MATTHEWS!!

Dave Matthews was on a quick bike ride before his show when his bike broke down.  Emily stopped the car, let him rack his bike, and drove him to the show!

"I did not have a cell phone on the bicycle. " Matthews said later at his concert. "And then a nice lady named Emily rode up in a red car with a bicycle rack on it and gave me a ride on to the gig."
 
"We didn't know how to make conversation with him in fact, so we were talking about his tour and where he had come from," Kraus said. "He had just been in Cincinnati and he said 'I'm taking a short break after this one because I have to drop my daughters off at camp.' He was just a very humble guy."

Dave Matthews gave the couple backstage passes, autographed their tickets AND invited them to dinner!

"My cheeks still hurt from smiling, giggling and laughing all night long," Emily said on her Facebook page.


And that's what's good,

Jon

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Miss British Columbia shaves head for charity

When most pageant contestants win, typically they say “I’m going to Disney world!”.  Well not Patricia Celan, who was crowned  Miss Charity British Columbia.  Patricia’s first act as current Miss B.C. was shaving her head on stage at Langley’s Chief Sepass Theatre, which raised $8,000 for COPS for Cancer which raises funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.  The pageant itself raised $20,000 in total as contestants took part in many group fundraisers for Cops for Cancer. 

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

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Actor Zach Galifianakis gives homeless woman the red carpet treatment

"Hangover" actor, Zach Galifianakis, is more than just laughs and entertainment. Zach has grown to stardom with his Hangover movies, but he has not forgotten about his friends.

When he discovered that his old friend, Elizabeth 'Mimi' Haist, was homeless, he came to the rescue.  He met Mimi 20 years ago at a laundromat that she worked at.  He used to take his clothes there when he first moved to LA as an aspiring actor.

“Maybe he has his own washer and dryer now,” Mimi said.

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Mimi is all smiles because of the comedian

Zach took her off the streets and got her a small apartment which he pays the monthly rent.  He has also taken her to several movie premiers including the recent Hangover III red carpet premier.  During a premier, Zach introduced Mimi to Renee Zellweger, whom furnished Mimi's apartment.  Zach also takes Mimi out to dinner and buys her groceries.

Zach's "wolf pack" is growing :)


And that's what's good,

Jon

 

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14 year old Filipino singer invited to Ellen show in U.S.

When 14 year old Aldrich Lloyd Talonding's video was posted on YouTube, he had no idea that it would make him famous.  His cousin posted the video of Aldrich singing Luther Vanross' Dance with My Father along with his cousin's guitar accompaniment.

Aldrich's rendition of the song is really amazing and spread quickly through YouTube.  It's so amazing that Ellen DeGeneres played it on her show and asked Aldrich to “please come here and sing to me and all of my friends here.”

After receiving a call from the show's producer, Aldrich is applying for a visa to come to the U.S.

Check out Aldrich's performance:



And that's what's good,

Jon

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Disco Biscuits band raises money for charity

Only 20 minutes after tickets went on sale, the Disco Biscuits sold out tickets to their "Feed the Rocks" Earth Day benefit show on April 27th, 2013!  The show will raise money for Denver's Parks and Rec in addition to the Love, Hope, and Strength Foundation - a music cancer charity organization.

The band has a strong following and it's wonderful to see them supporting such great causes.  Charity is nothing new to the Disco Biscuits.  Last year, bassist and founder Marc Brownstein, led the efforts to raise roughly $10,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief funds.

And that's what's good,
Jon

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Dad hacks Donkey Kong to put his daughter in the video game

What do you do when your daughter asks if she can save Mario in a video game?  Put her in the game of course!  Mike Mika spent hours into the night hacking the video game to insert his daughter, Pauline, as the main character while making Mario the character needing rescuing. 

"Now I'm up at midnight hacking the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline," Mika said. "I'm using the 2010 NES Donkey Kong ROM. I've redrawn Mario's frames and I swapped the palettes in the ROM. I replaced the M at the top with a P for Pauline."

Check out the Donkey Kong "Pauline edition" here:




And that's what's good,
Jon

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Billy Joel invites fan on stage to perform with him

OK, I'm speechless after seeing this video.  Just imagine getting the opportunity to perform on stage with your role model and inspiration!  It was a dream come true for Michael Pollack, a student at Vanderbilt University.

Billy Joel hosted a Q&A session after his concert at the university.  Michael happened to be one of the lucky people to ask a question.  His question?  "I was wondering if I could play with you…I would accompany you that is...", Michael asked with a shy voice.

Billy Joel's answer, a simple "ok", to a screaming crowd.

Their performance of "New York State of Mind" is absolutely magical.

"I love when that happens, that's nice.  Good luck to you Michael, I think you're going to do fine", Billy Joel stated after the performance.



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Jon

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Afghanistan youth orchestra makes it to Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall is an impressive feat for any musician, but for the Afghanistan National Institute of Music's youth orchestra, this was almost unimaginable…until now.

One may ask how this would be such an impressive event?  In Afghanistan, the Taliban banned music.  Fortunately, there are good people in the world that helped turn this around.

Ahmad Sarmast, who has a Ph. D. in music from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia founded the school with the help of several embassies. 

“Part of our commitment is to promote musical diversity in Afghanistan.”, Sarmast says.

The kids, many of whom are in orphanages, have picked up the music at an incredible pace.  The school was only founded two years ago and the kids are already playing for crowds.

Recently, 48 kids from the school flew to New York's Carnegie Hall to perform Afghan music to a crowd!

"With these two big concerts in New York and Washington, we are showing people not to give up on Afghanistan.”, says Mr. Harvey, the orchestra's conductor.  We couldn't have said it better :)

And that's what's good,
Jon
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Teen Jeopardy contestant wins with awesome final answer

Leonard Cooper, won the 'Teen Jeopardy' tournament this week with a $37,000 score and a $75,000 toal for first place.  It wasn't just the impressive amount of money that he came away with, or the even cooler afro that he was sporting, but it was his answer to final Jeopardy that received mass attention.


Closing out the second round, Leonard made a clutch daily double where he risked his $18,000 doubled it!  The final Jeopardy category was "Military Men".  The answer was "On June 6, 1944, he said, 'The eyes of the world are upon you.'" The question was: "Who is Dwight D. Eisenhower?".

Cooper was in the lead and didn't know the answer, so he said: "Who is some guy in Normandy. But I just won $75,000!"

He received an hilarious uproar from the crowd and a huge laugh and smile from host Alex Trebek! 

"One of the things I love about this teen tournament is these guys have marvelous senses of humor!", Alex Trebek exclaimed :)

Watch the video below:

And that's what's good,

Jon

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