Former MTV funnyman Tom Green to bring laughs to Fall River

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FALL RIVER – Stand-up comedian and actor Tom Green, who starred in such feature films as “Road Trip” and “Charlie’s Angels,” will make his debut performance at the Narrows Center for the Arts on Friday, June 19, 2015. Purchase tickets HERE.

In the 1990s, Green sparked a TV revolution with his hit MTV comedy series “The Tom Green Show.” One of MTV’s top-rated programs, “The Tom Green Show,” paved the way for shows like “Jackass,” “Punk’d” and “Fear Factor. With its guerrilla video tactics and outrageous stunts, it was unlike anything that had been seen before.

After his show was acquired and broadcasted by MTV, Green went on to produce, direct and star in several films, including such blockbusters as “Road Trip” and “Charlie’s Angels,” as well as the cult classics “Freddy Got Fingered,” and “Stealing Harvard.”

Green has appeared multiple times on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show,” “Oprah,” “The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” “The View,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Live with Regis & Kelly,” and “The Wendy Williams Show.” In fact, he is one of the few comedians in history given the chance to guest-host David Letterman’s program. He has also hosted “Saturday Night Live,” and has appeared on numerous magazine covers including the coveted cover of “Rolling Stone” magazine.

Green’s comedy hasn’t mellowed a bit with age and this show promises to have you laughing hysterically all night.

The Narrows Center for the Arts is located at 16 Anawan Street. Tickets to his show can be purchased online at http://www.narrowscenter.org or by calling the box office at 508-324-1926. For those wanting to purchase tickets in person, box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Scenes from Monster Mania in Cherry Hill, NJ (March 13, 2015)

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From left, American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Entertainment, “The Toxic Avenger,” and a Tromette. (Photo by Domenic Mendez)
Monster Mania 2 (Domenic)
Blood drenched horror mannequins (Photo by Domenic Mendez)
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People dressed in costumes. (Photo by Jay Kenney)
Monster Mania 3 (Domenic)
Horror related items for sale at a vendor table. (Photo by Domenic Mendez)
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Showing off her costume (Photo by Domenic Mendez)

 

 

 

2015 Limelight Magazine Music Award Winners

We’d like to thank everyone involved with last night’s 7th Annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards. The performances by John Fannon and Hirsh Gardner of New England, Blue Cat Groove, Cardboard Ox, Cold Engines & Sarah Blacker, Christa Gniadek, Ashley Jordan, Jenna Lotti, Most Dangerous Men Alive, Seth Newton and Ilene Springer were amazing! A big shout out to all of the nominees, the entire staff of the Spire Center for Performing Arts, the radio DJs who helped promote the event, the generosity of our sponsors (Cannery Music Hall, Carmela’s Restaurant, Mamma Mia’s Restaurant, Rokpix by Kristen Pierson, and Tiny & Sons Auto Glass Repair), and the capacity crowd that attended. We’d also like to extend our sincere gratitude to singer-songwriter Ashley Jordan for hosting the event and for being such a positive person to work with and Kenzie Klem for assisting Ashley on stage. Again, it was such a great night for the local music scene. A run down of all the nominees, including the winners and runner ups appears below.

– Jay & Katie, Co-Owners, Limelight Magazine/JKB Entertainment Group

Legend Award

New England

Unsung Hero Award

Robin Lane

Young Performer of the Year
As We Know It (RUNNER UP)
Black Diamonds
Dogtown
Coda Sky
Conundrum Nine
Joey Grieve
Emily Hodges (WINNER)
Aaron Norcross, Jr.

Tribute Band of the Year
Beatles for Sale – Tribute to The Beatles (WINNER)
Bikini Whale – Tribute to B52s
Gun Powder Gelatine: Tribute to Queen
Let It Bleed – Tribute to The Rolling Stones
Pretendica – A Tribute to The Pretenders & Elastica
Stormbringer – Tribute to early Deep Purple
Welcome to the Jungle – Tribute to Guns N Roses (RUNNER UP)
Young Rust – Tribute to Neil Young

Metal Act of the Year
Absense of Despair
All For Blood
Along Came the Flood (WINNER)
False Images
On Your Deathbed
Protean Collective
Revisions
Without Warning (RUNNER UP)

Country Artist of the Year
Kate Cameron
Matt Casey
Ben Cesare
Brianna Grace (RUNNER UP)
Alec MacGillivray
Katie Perkins
Mariah Rose
Shana Stack Band (WINNER)

New Artist of the Year
Angry Ginger (RUNNER UP)
Cardboard Ox
Cold Engines
Dionysus Park Ranger
The Dust Ruffles (WINNER)
Jones River Band
Shell Shock
Wild Surfaces

Live Act of the Year
The Copacetics
Mindset X
The Quins
Sidewalk Driver
The Sleepeaters
Smith & Weeden
Marianne Toilet and The Runs (WINNER)
21st Century Fugitives (RUNNER UP)

Singer-Songwriter of the Year
Emily Correia
Amy Fairchild (WINNER)
Jeff Gobush
Jake Hill
Leighann Alexandra Hodgkins
Esmeree Skye
Monica Rizzio
Jennifer Teft (RUNNER UP)

Song of the Year
Bim Skala Bim – “Buses, Boats. Plabes, Trains & Taxis”
Crooked Coast – “Loose Tooth”
Christa Gniadek – “You”
Jenna Lotti – “Medicine”
The October Accord – “Better Off Without You” (WINNER)
Hayley Sabella – “February”
Sex Coffee – “What It Takes” (RUNNER UP)
We Own Land – “Life”

Female Vocalist of the Year
Petrina Foley
Jen Kearney
Jenna Lotti (WINNER)
Molly Pinto Madigan
Alissa Musto
Bethany Pierce (RUNNER UP – TIE)
Ilene Springer (RUNNER UP – TIE)
Lisa Yves

Male Vocalist of the Year
Walter Barlow (WINNER)
Paul Horton
Joe Macey
Bruce Macksoud
Seth Newton (RUNNER UP – TIE)
Michael Spaulding (RUNNER UP – TIE)
Carlin Tripp
Mark Whitaker

Album of the Year (Group)
Bees Deluxe – Trouble In Paradise
Blocks of Seven – Outta Nowhere
Haunt the House – Jack Rabbit Jones
Dan Lawson Band – Soldiers of Fortune (WINNER – TIE)
Rula Bula – Townies
Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers – Love Whip Blues
The Quins – A Tale of Love and Evil (WINNER – TIE)
We Were Astronauts – Artificial Light (RUNNER UP)

Album of the Year (Solo)
Krista Baroni – The Alabaster Girl (RUNNER UP)
Susan Cattaneo – Haunted Heart (WINNER)
Mark Erelli – Milltowns
Jane Fallon – Tangled in a Tree
Dan Masterson – Learn To Live
My Silent Bravery (Matthew Wade) – Diamond From Coal
Jeff Root – The Pig in the Python
Carlin Tripp – Back To The Soil

Video of the Year (Group)
Aurora – “Changing Winds”
Parsonsfield — “Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me”
A Simple Complex – “Felo-de-se”
Singlecast – “Running to You” (WINNER)
Special Guests – “What You Do To Me”
Trophy Wives – “I’m Gonna Make You Famous” (RUNNER UP)
War Games – “Mountains (Acoustic)”
Weld Square – “Rip That Sucker Off”

Video of the Year (Solo)
Boston Catalano – “Stronger” (WINNER – TIE)
Sam Chase – “Nebraska”
Jessie Chris – “Chameleon”
Munk Duane -“Some Rivers”
Jenna Lotti – “Red Line Love” (RUNNER UP)
Jilly Martin – “Kiss Somebody Tonight”
Joe Merrick – “Kiss Me Like It’s New Year’s Eve” (WINNER – TIE)
Andrew Smith – “Pop”

Band of the Year
Blue Cat Groove (RUNNER UP)
Closer Than We Appear
Didn’t Planet
Elephants of Scotland
The House on Cliff (WINNER)
Karma and the Truth
Most Dangerous Men Alive
The October Accord

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New England to receive Legend Award

New England
New England

New England will receive the Legend Award at this year’s seventh annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards ceremony that will take place at the Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth, Mass, on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Hailing from Boston, Mass., New England is a four-piece rock band that features John Fannon (guitar and vocals), Hirsh Gardner (drums and vocals), Gary Shea (bass), and Jimmy Waldo (keyboards and vocals). The band broke out of the local music scene in 1979 with the release of their self-titled debut album, New England, on Infinity/MCA Records. It was produced by Mike Stone and Paul Stanley of KISS and contained the Top 40 single “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya.”

After touring extensively throughout most of 1979, they released their second album Explorer Suite in 1980 and their third album Waking Wild in 1981. The band also spent a lot of time on the road, touring with bands such as AC/DC, Journey, Kiss, Rush, among others. They eventually broke up due to a lack of support from their record label.

While New England reunited for a few short sets since then, they performed their first full length concert since 1983 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Mass., on August 15, 2014. They are now gearing up for the release of their first new album in over 30 years and are ready to start a new chapter in their career.

“We’re really excited to present this special award to New England this year,” said Jay Kenney, who co-founded Limelight Magazine in October 2006. “I had the opportunity to see New England perform live at their reunion concert last summer. People came from all over the United States and the rest of the world to see them. They are a talented band who will finally be recognized for their stellar musicianship and great songwriting skills.”

The Legend Award is presented annually to a band or musician from New England who has been around for at least 25 years and is still going strong today. Past recipients of this award include Extreme (2014), BOSTON (2013), The Fools (2012) and MASS (2011).

The Limelight Magazine Music Awards honors bands and musicians from New England who were selected by readers of the magazine in an online poll. This year’s event will be hosted by singer-songwriter Ashley Jordan, of Harvard, Mass. Performers scheduled to appear include Blue Cat Groove, Cardboard Ox, Cold Engines, Christa Gniadek, Jenna Lotti, Most Dangerous Men Alive, Seth Newton and Ilene Springer.

The Spire Center for Performing Arts is located at 25 ½ Court Street in Plymouth. The venue has a full bar and homemade goodies will be available for sale.

Tickets for the awards show are $10.50 in advance and $13 day of show. They can be purchased online HERE.

Robin Lane to receive Unsung Hero award

Robin Lane
Robin Lane

Singer-songwriter Robin Lane will receive the Unsung Hero Award at this year’s seventh annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards ceremony that will take place at the Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth, MA, on March 21st.

Lane began her musical career singing with Neil Young on his Everybody Knows This is Nowhere album. After relocating to Cambridge, Mass., in the ‘70s, she went on to form her renowned band Robin Lane & The Chartbusters, whose hit single “When Things Go Wrong” was the eleventh video broadcast on the debut day of MTV.

After releasing two more albums (5 Live and Imitation Life), Lane disbanded her group to focus on raising her child. In 2001, she moved to Western Massachusetts and began working with women who had survived sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and trafficking. As a survivor of domestic violence as a child and adult, Lane eventually founded Songbird Sings – a non-profit organization dedicated to helping survivors of abuse through the use of songwriting as a therapeutic tool.

“The songs written in our programs help women and girls find their voices, bringing their stories to light so that healing can occur,” said Lane in a statement on her organization’s website. “This opportunity to tell their stories to witnesses with similar experiences becomes a cathartic jumping-off point; a validating first step in the transformation of many lives. Songbird Sings exists to help break the silence abuse hides behind so that one day we can live in a world free of violence.”

Furthermore, Lane has been a presenter at conferences, universities, corporations, prisons, and private events throughout the country. She is involved with the Foundation to be Named Later and Hot Stove Cool Music, helping to raise funds for the Red Sox charitable roster.

A recipient of the E-chievement award from E-town Radio and The Ripple Effect Award from the Women’s Fund of Western MA, Lane has also compiled a CD entitled A Woman’s Voice from over 100 songs written by women in her A Woman’s Voice program.

The Unsung Hero award is given to a musician from New England who has made a significant contribution to the lives of others without asking for anything in return. Lane is the third recipient of this award. It was presented to Lisa Guyer in 2013 and Ayla Brown in 2014.

“Each year we always pick an influential musician who gives generously of his or her time for our Unsung Hero award and this year isn’t any different,” said Katie Botelho, co-owner of Limelight Magazine. “It’s an honor to present this award to Robin and we’re excited that she’ll be attending the ceremony to accept it.”

The Limelight Magazine Music Awards honors bands and musicians from New England who were selected by readers of the magazine in an online poll. This year’s event will be hosted by singer-songwriter Ashley Jordan, of Harvard, Mass. Performers scheduled to appear include Blue Cat Groove, Cardboard Ox, Cold Engines, Christa Gniadek, Jenna Lotti, Most Dangerous Men Alive, Seth Newton and Ilene Springer.

Sponsors for this year’s event include Cannery Music Hall, Carmela’s Restaurant, Mamma Mia’s Restaurant, Rok Pix by Kristen Pierson, and Tiny & Son’s Auto Glass Repair.

The Spire Center for Performing Arts is located at 25 ½ Court Street in Plymouth. The venue has a full bar and homemade goodies will be available for sale.

Tickets for the awards show are $10.50 in advance and $13 day of show. They can be purchased online by clicking HERE.

Editor’s Note: Robin Lane will appear on “Twilight Showcase Radio” on 95.9 WATD-FM at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, to discuss her music career and work with Songbird Sings. “Twilight Showcase Radio” is hosted by singer/songwriters Sandy Streid and Keith James. Tune in live or listen online at http://www.959watd.com.

Meytal Cohen: Versatile drummer and YouTube sensation blazes her own path

Meytal Cohen
Meytal Cohen

Born and raised in Israel and the youngest of seven children, Meytal Cohen started playing drums at age 18. After serving a mandatory two year stint in the Israeli Defense Force, Cohen relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a drumming career. She enrolled in the Los Angeles Music Academy and graduated with a degree.

It wasn’t easy at first, but Cohen caught her first big break when she and some of her friends filmed an audition video for America’s Got Talent of an electric string rendition of System of a Down’s “Toxicity.” The show didn’t think much of them, but the video went on to become a viral hit with almost 10 million views. As a result, she decided to continue uploading YouTube videos of her doing cover songs and her viewership has grown to over 120,000,000 views, with over 1,000,000 likes on Facebook.

Last December, Cohen headlined a sold out performance at the Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles and is embarking on a two-date East Coast tour that will hit Brighton Music Hall in Brighton, Mass., on March 24, 2015. At this show, she will play a mix of songs from her upcoming studio album of original tunes and covers that her fans have grown to know and love.

We recently caught up with Cohen who graciously answered our questions for this interview.

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE (LM): You were born and raised in Israel, graduating with a theater major from Blich High School and serving for two years in the Israel Defense Force, before relocating to Los Angeles and enrolling in the Los Angeles Music Academy to focus on drumming. Why did you eventually decide to play the drums and relocate to Los Angeles?
METYAL COHEN: I remember being drawn to drums from a young age, and even asking my mom if I could have a drum set. But she said no, and put me in the tap dancing class instead (I actually really liked it, it’s kind of similar to drumming in a way) Then, later on, in high school, I got into metal music and that really sparked my interest in drums again, as they’re so prominent in that style of music. So, I decided I was going to get a drum set and take lessons, even though my mom was still against it. I got a really shitty job till I was able to buy my first drum set and started taking drum lessons. My teacher at the time was a graduate from a music school in L.A. so I assume that’s how I got the idea in my head. When I eventually decided to go for it, I wasn’t playing for very long, but felt it was now or never type of thing. I was just released from the Israeli Defense Force and was supposed to go to med school, but then changed my plans and decided to relocate to Los Angeles and try to become a professional drummer. I figured I can always go study in a year or two if it didn’t work out. Of course, it didn’t work out in a year or two. It took way longer, but I just kept hoping and trying different ways to make it work. I really didn’t want to go to med school. It was really my mom that wanted that.
LM: The Los Angeles Music Academy has world class drum instructors on their staff. How did your time there help you as a musician?
COHEN: Since I wasn’t playing for very long when I enrolled at the L.A. Music Academy, I feel that I wasn’t really able to make the best of it. The true school for me was covering my favorite songs. I would pick songs that were way harder than what I was capable of playing, and worked my way into being able to play them. That helped me develop my ears as well as my technique.
LM: Since attending the Los Angeles Music Academy, you’ve made a name for yourself. What advice would you give to aspiring female musicians, especially those that want to pursue drumming as a career?
COHEN: Follow your heart, learn from but don’t compare yourself to other drummers, have patience, and remember there are no rules for how your success will come.
LM: Your website contains a number of videos of you playing cover songs, including songs by Dream Theater, Rush, System of a Down and Tool. You’ve obviously invested a lot of time into your online videos and you’ve reached a jaw dropping number of views. What made you decide to start making drum videos? Did you expect them to become so popular online?
COHEN: Me and some friends shot an audition video to America’s Got Talent of an electric string rendition of System of a Down’s “Toxicity.” The show didn’t think much of us, but the video went on to become a viral hit (almost 10 million views now). I was getting a lot of requests from people for more videos and I was practicing a few songs at the time already. So, I decided to shoot those covers, just by myself, as the girls at the time were busy with other projects. The response was pretty amazing. I have to give a lot of the credit to my boyfriend, Lior, who at the time was shooting the videos and editing them. He saw the amazing potential and really encouraged me to shoot more video. We decided to shoot 100 drum covers and see what happens as a result. I personally never imagined that I would gain so much support and feel incredibly fortunate.
LM: Most of your drum covers are of metal, hard rock or progressive rock bands. What draws you to this type of music? How do you go about selecting a song to cover?
COHEN: I was introduced to metal music through my first boyfriend when I was about 17. He gave me a mix tape and it had Pantera, Korn, Deftones, Metallica and some other amazing bands. I totally got into it and the best thing about it was the drumming. The songs I cover are a mix of my favorite songs and songs people request.
LM: In some of your videos you are playing barefoot. Do you have a preference? Does it make a difference either way?
COHEN: Lately, I’ve come to the realization that I have way more power with shoes on. My opinion already changed several times since I started playing. Both work!
LM: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
COHEN: Tool would have to be my biggest influence. I love everything about that band. Danny Carey’s drum patterns, Maynard’s vocals, lyrics that make you feel, and melodies that are not that complicated and yet brilliant.
LM: Given your strong following online, have your considered offering drum lessons online or even becoming a drum instructor someday?
COHEN: No, I don’t think I’m the greatest teacher. Doing something and explaining how you do it are two very different things.
LM: You played a sold out show at the Whiskey a Go Go in December. How did that show go? What was the audience reaction like to your set?
COHEN: I was really nervous about that show, but it went great and it was amazing to meet everyone that’s been following and supporting me for so long. The response was overwhelmingly positive and so many good things have happened as a result. I was able to sign with a really good management and booking agencies, here in the U.S. and in Europe, and I was also offered two headlining shows in New York and in Boston this coming March. You should come out!
LM: How much time do you spend rehearsing for a show with your band?
COHEN: For this first show we did, I was practicing like a mad woman because I was so nervous, as it was the first time I played live since I made YouTube my home-base. As a band, we rehearsed for two weeks. My singer lives in Ohio and my guitarist lives in Salt Lake City, which makes practicing very expensive. For these next shows, we’ll probably only rehearse together once or twice before the show.
LM: For your show at Brighton Music Hall in Brighton, MA, on March 24, will you be playing your own songs, covers or both?
COHEN: We’ll be playing songs from my soon-to-be released album. I’ve posted a few of my original songs on my Facebook page already, and the response has been amazing with over 10,000 likes within the first day. We’ll definitely play a couple of covers too, after all that’s how it all began!
LM: Do you already have a band in place for this show? If so, who will be performing with you on stage?
COHEN: I’ve been so fortunate to collaborate with some amazingly talented musicians. My singer, Eric Emery, has the most amazing vocal range I’ve ever heard. My lead guitarist, Travis Montgomery, is like a machine with feel; my second guitarist, Doc Coyle, of God Forbid, needs no introduction, and my awesome bassist Anel Pedrero.
LM: Given your versatility as a drummer, I would think you’d be in demand from other musicians. Are you open to collaborating with other musicians?
COHEN: I’m always open for new and exciting opportunities!
LM: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
COHEN: Thank you so much for this interview!

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‘Falcon Crest’ filming locations

Falcon Crest is an American television show that aired on CBS for nine seasons from December 4, 1981, to May 17, 1990. It aired after Dallas at 10 p.m. on Friday nights for most of its run and a total of 227 episodes were produced. It was a top 30 show for its first six seasons, reaching a peak of #7 during its third season (1983-1984). On a recent trip to Napa Valley, I couldn’t resist taking screen shots from the DVDs of the first two seasons and finding the actual filming locations to see what they looked like today. Unfortunately, I was unable to get any photos at the Spring Mountain Winery which served as the exterior of the estate of Angela Channing (portrayed by the late Jane Wyman).

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