Gigantic Bicycle Festival | Centennial Fields Park (Snoqualmie, WA)

Ready for the Big Ride Along?

The Gigantic Bicycle Festival 2015 is set to commence in August, but the excitement and buzz have already started. It is a wonderful event for Pacific Northwest’s annual summer celebration of bicycle culture. The festival goes on for two days with amazing, yet diverse forms of recreation such as live music, hand-built bicycles, visual & performance art, film, comedy, guest speakers, sculpture, and interactive installation pieces.

What does it entail?
The 2015 Gigantic Bicycle Festival is held in Centennial Fields Park in Snoqualmie, Washington. A supported road bike ride departs from Magnuson Park on the first day of the festival, with riders arriving shortly after that. The weekend passes of the festival is included in the registration fees the riders need to pay for participation. They get free admission to all Bike Reels and Inky Spokes events, along with a full zip bike jersey with the Gigantic Bicycle Festival poster design.

The fun ride begins!
The rides are generally divided into two sections – 77 and 100 mile riders who are supposed to follow small spray painted anteaters who direct them about the turns and stops. For the 100 mile riders there were 5 stops while the 77 mile participants had 4. Each stop has mouth-watering goodies, and people wolf them up immediately! Gatorade, fruit, bagels, nut butters, granola bars, and chocolate filled tents – who can resist such temptation, especially when you are constantly moving your legs up and down?

Face the music…
The music part of the festival is also interesting. There were tents showcasing hip and trendy bike products and giveaways as well as healthy on-the-go bike food, as mentioned before. There is usually one big stage where bands play for an hour at a time. In the past, Hey Marseilles, Menomena, Telekinesis, Moondoggies, have performed there, along with well-known local DJs. They mostly have rock and rock crossover bands due to the makeup of the crowd, which usually consist of bike enthusiasts rather than fans of music. This doesn’t mean the performances are not worth mentioning – they play catchy tunes and keep the audience entertained for hours.

If you love biking and/or music, you should definitely come to this event from 21st to 23rd August. The transportation, camping, and registration costs are affordable, and quite easy on the pocket. But the popularity of this festival has skyrocketed, so you should get your tickets right away before they get sold out. Get ready for a weekend of fun, excitement, music, and entertainment.

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The Fantastiks | Snapple Theater (New York)

A “Fantasticks” Spectacle Indeed

When a show moves into the 20,000 performance range, there is no doubt regarding its popularity and acceptance. It truly becomes a legend, like The Fantasticks, which is the world’s longest running musical and even if you are not much of a theatre person, missing a live performance of this caliber is a crime!

 

The simplistic backdrops
The USP of the show is its “old wine in a new bottle” format of boy meets girl with a fresh style of storytelling. The Narrator and other cast speak to the audience directly throughout the duration of the play. The small, simple stage with a bench, a chair, a trunk and a sheet displaying logo of the show, makes up the entire setting. Pierce Cravens is amazing as the Mute and wall that fills up all visual voids. The music is great, especially the customary “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” by Harvey Schmidt. The two-member orchestra with Robert Felstein at the piano and Maria Banks at the harp do a great job as well.

 

Captivating performances
The present cast comprises 8 members with MacIntyre Dixon, turning in a brilliant performance as The Old Actor with his charm and persona that combines traits of being world weary and flamboyant at the same time. The Man Who Dies, whose forte lies in faking deaths using create methods has excellent timing, which is augmented by his spontaneous personality – Michael Nostrand more than does justice to his role.

Talent galore
The crafty co-conspirators, the two fathers – Don Sharkey and Kevin R. Free, have powerful chemistry, which can be experienced first-hand on the stage. Their duets deserve a special mention as they are infused with modern musical comedy finesse and vaudevillian style. Michael Sharon as the Narrator bewitches with his dimple grin and cunning mannerisms. As for the protagonists, The Boy and The Girl played by Max Crumm and Samantha Bruce respectively set the stage on fire with their romance and witty comedy. Bruce’s sincerity shines through, as does her wonderful voice, while Crum has an off-handed, low-key delivery and a nice singing voice. Overall, you root for these characters, even though you are already aware of how their story concludes.

The musical does have its off moments when its mysticism becomes slightly self-aware, but this can be attributed to the show being conceptualized in the early 60s, when everything was drastically different. Nevertheless, you should definitely watch this iconic show at the Snapple Theatre in New York.

Chataeu Ste Michelle | Woodinville WA

A concert in a winery – now that sounds like an intriguing event, one that is certainly worth purchasing tickets for well in advance! The Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, Washington is hosting a special evening on the 5th of September 2015, with Pink Martini, a musical group that was formed a couple of decades back by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon. It dabbles in music spanning multiple genres such as classical, Latin, jazz and classic pop.

The History of Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
A common belief about wines was that the best ones were available only in California or Italy, but ever since Chateau Ste. Michelle was built more than 100 years ago, they have continued to push past this stereotypical mindset and their award winning wines are the biggest testament of the fact Washington can hold its own and how! It blends Old World winemaking customs with New World techniques to create some of the finest red and white wines in the world. There are separate breweries for the red and white – they are made in Chateau Ste. Michelle and Canoe Ridge Estate winery (East Washington) respectively.

Pink Martini – A Heady Cocktail
When you combine music with wine, the result is bound to be exhilarating and one that is not to be forgotten. You get a great opportunity to learn more about the history and rich cultural heritage surrounding wine making while listening to some wonderful music. Pink Martini features a 13-member little orchestra as they like to be referred, with lead vocalists China Forbes and Storm Large. Their multi-lingual prowess is more than praiseworthy and they have performed on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia and New Zealand and North America. They have had a great run since 2003 with several concerts being sold out, and impressive events such as shows at Carnegie Hall, opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in NYC, Governor’s Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards, and Sydney Festival in Australia (2008).

The Pink Martini event will no doubt be amazing and the seating arrangement is perfectly put together, so you have a clear view from every spot. You get to enjoy beautiful music while sipping on some of the finest wines. Please keep in mind you can’t bring wine from the outside, although they sometimes make an exception for their own bottles. There are several options when it comes to food and basic amenities like clean bathrooms, cooling stations, and so on. Book your tickets without further delay to avoid disappointment – hurry!

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Chataeu Ste Michelle in Woodinville, WA.

 

Delve into the Intoxication of Sin City | Jubilee! (Las Vegas)

Whenever we hear the words “Las Vegas”, images of casinos, gambling, strip shows, lap dances, card games, stand up comedies, and so on, flash through the mind. Thousands of tourists come here from all corners of the world to catch a glimpse of the pleasures this town has to offer, and showgirls play an integral role in it.

 

Showgirls rule the roost
A common misconception is that showgirls are just what their name indicates – they are just for “show” without any real talent to provide quality entertainment. However, that is completely untrue. Showgirls are extremely skilled in various feats, which comprise a major part of attractions in this town. In fact, Bally’s Las Vegas is one of the few places where you can watch real showgirls giving performances.

 

Extremely popular
After more than 3 decades in the business, Jubilee! has achieved cult status, by outlasting other showgirl productions and other shows in Vegas – no wonder it is hailed as a legend. Jubilee! embodies the glamour and true spirit of this town – a complete Vegas revue with topless performers donning feathers and rhinestones, just like you see in the movies.

 

The performances
Jubilee! has maintained a historical touch, while making detailed changes to ensure the overall shows are even better. For instance, the revamped version retains the candor and freshness of the original program, while incorporating elements of a contemporary culture. Almost 100 performers, including boys and girls, dance, jive, and sing through 95 minutes of non-stop tracks like the sinking of the Titanic, and Samson and Delilah. The sparkling and vibrant costumes are spectacular, while the feathered headdresses and scintillating entries through the grand staircase captivates you throughout the show.

Smooth operation
The unique factor about Jubilee! is it functions like clockwork – the same way it has been over the last 30 years. The wardrobe team has to sew, repair, and clean costumes by hand, while stagehands and other crew help to disassemble and reassemble sets and props for the show on a regular basis. Did you know the stage is enormous – almost half the size of a football field, and is touted to be 3rd on a list of most technologically advanced stages in the world.

Almost 10 performances are staged every week, so attending Jubilee! is a must. You should also check out the backstage tour and Vintage Vegas that is the original revue of showgirls. A ticket for Jubilee! at Bally’s also includes a free dinner buffet at Paris Las Vegas – enjoy!

 

Timberfest 2015 | Seattle, WA

 

Eventsfy will be at Timberfest! Will you? Timberfest is Coming to the NW July 16-18,  2015 Timber! Outdoor Music Festival. Uniting music, community and the beautiful natural environment of the Pacific Northwest.

TIMBER! OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015 SCHEDULE

JULY 16 THURSDAY

Campfire Stage
5:00p – 5:45p Emma Lee Toyoda
6:00p – 6:45p Evening Bell
7:00p – 7:45p Yves
8:00p – 8:45p Tomo Nakayama
9:00p – 10:00p Alela Diane
10:30p – 12:00a Timber! Comedy Hour Featuring: Derek Sheen, Bri Pruett and Evan Morrison
Thursday After Party at Pete’s Club Grill  (website)
10:30p – 11:15p Bigfoot Wallace & His Wicked Sons
11:30p – 12:15a Lonesome Shack

JULY 17 FRIDAY

Camp Timber! Kids Concert
10:30a – 11:30a Eli Rosenblatt
Main Stage
1:10p – 1:55p Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
2:20p – 3:05p Bigfoot Wallace & His Wicked Sons
3:30p – 4:15p Gibraltar
4:40p – 5:25p The Hoot Hoots
5:50p – 6:35p Grace Love & The True Loves
7:00p – 8:00p Shaprece
8:30p – 9:30p Beat Connection
Campfire Stage
10:30p – TBD Jon, Josiah & Charity (The Head and the Heart)

JULY 18 SATURDAY

Camp Timber! Kids Concert
10:30a – 11:30a Recess Monkey
Main Stage
1:10p – 1:55p Emma Lee Toyoda
2:20p – 3:05p Tom Eddy
3:30p – 4:15p Talkative
4:40p – 5:25p Naked Giants
5:50p – 6:35p Tacocat
7:00p – 8:00p La Luz
8:30p – 9:30p The Dead Milkmen
Campfire Stage
10:30p – TBD David Bazan

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Timberfest! 2015

Chris Brown | One Hell of a Nite Tour

A Helluva Tour for Sure!

Music doesn’t follow rules or equations – it creates its own path and niche. It allows you to break open the shackles that restrict your freedom and take you to a happy place – as an artist, you shouldn’t be afraid to step out of the comfort zone, a statement, which Chris Brown greatly believed in. He is a triple threat – artist, dance, and actor, which comes as no surprise since he started dabbling in singing and dancing from a very young age.

Rise to stardom
Brown was born in Tappahannock, Virginia and due to his fascination with music; he was closely involved with the church choir and participated in numerous locally held talent shows. His debut album, in association with Jive Records gained the number two position on the US Billboard 200 and received a double platinum certification with record breaking sales. He followed it up with Exclusive that achieved similar sales figures.

…and the dominos fall
It all went downhill in 2009 when Brown was subjected to harsh media glares due to the felony assault of his girlfriend at the time, well-known singer Rihanna. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 5 years of probation as well as 6 months of community service. Needless to say, it was a very rough patch in Brown’s life but his fans gave him strength to pull through, so he could put all transgressions in the past and move on.

Lazarus can rise yet again
His dedicated fans welcomed their hero with open arms when he began to release music online, including the mix tapes with his # 1 singles “Deuces” and “No BS.” Encouraged with the brilliant response, he titled his new album as F.A.M.E, an acronym for Fans Are My Everything. He repeatedly thanked his fans for their love and support, and how they are an important part of his rebound and albeit slow, but steady progress up the ladder of success yet again. The hot favorite of F.A.M.E. was “Beautiful People”.

Concert tour details
The summer amphitheatre tour, also known as “One Hell of a Nite Tour” produced by Live Nation and Haymon Events, will take Brown from Kansas City, which is the first stop, on 12th August, through Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Miami and San Diego, with the final performance in Concord on 19th September. It also features performances by Kid Ink, Omarion, Fetty Wap and Teyana Taylor. The tour is interestingly timed during a major event in Brown’s life – his attempts to reconcile with Karrueche Tran, with whom he has a daughter named Royalty. He is doing his best to smooth over stuff with Tran and be a part of his kid’s life at the same time.

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Miguel Live in Concert | Wildhearts Tour 2015

Experience the Power of Wildheart

The wait is finally over for Miguel fans! After the success of Kaleidoscope Dream in 2012, he had announced a follow-up, which is due about 3 years later, on 30th June, just days away. The new album is called Wildheart, and needless to say, has generated enormous hype and fans are literally counting the hours with bated breath.

Earlier portfolio
Right before Wildheart, Miguel scored several one-off singles and collaborations, which features duets with Jessie Ware and Janelle Monáe, Adult Swim song “Can’t Sleep Together”, and of course, his musical inputs to the soundtracks of the Girls and Hunger Games. The reason why there is an increasing buzz around Wildheart’s release is that he hasn’t been too forthcoming with details about the album. Although, he has admitted to working in the studio with Pharrell and producer DJ Premier, who is well-known for his association with D’Angelo, Jay Z, and Nas.

His summer tour
To popularize his album, he shared “Coffee (F*cking)” that went viral instantly. It was basically a revamped form of the “Coffee Track” that originated about a year back, and was among the his surprise three-song EP in December as well. It features guest bars from Wale and highlights a double shot of sexual desire – a fantastic marketing idea that truly hit home! He is all set to hit the road for an official summer tour, where he exclusively promotes Wildheart. It starts in late July and spans across Houston, Atlanta, New York City, Toronto, Chicago, and many more. The final performance will be in Los Angeles at the onset of September. Pre-orders for the album have shot up like crazy on iTunes, and it looks like the Adorn star has yet another winner on his hands.

Bring out the wildness
Wildheart is supposed to be a love letter dedicated to his hometown of Los Angeles with strong influences of hip-hop tunes and rock music to portray how California soul sounds in 2015. Apparently, the music from the album is being streamed in certain regions already, before its release via NPR Music’s First Listen. The whole idea is to let fans enjoy the music and feel it, which is why the Grammy winner is staging a special First Listen Live performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City on June 30, before he heads out for his summer tour. Other First Listen Live performers include Arcade Fire, ScHoolboy Q, Iggy and The Stooges and Alabama Shakes.

Special guest Dorothy, who performs in an LA-based band of the same name with guitarist Mark Jackson, bassist Gregg Cash and drummer Zac Morris, is joining Miguel on the tour. They mostly play traditional rock with a blues vibe, so it will be interesting to see what the powerful combination of Miguel and Dorothy will create.