Rik Emmett, lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Triumph, will make his debut appearance at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, Mass., on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. Emmett will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Triumph with a special acoustic performance featuring the music of Triumph and much more. Tickets can be purchased HERE.
Emmett gained international notoriety as the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist of the rock trio Triumph. From 1975 until 1988, the band released nine albums that were certified gold or platinum in the US and Canada thanks to the massive singles “Follow Your Heart,” “Magic Power,” “Lay It On The Line,” “Hold On,” and “Somebody’s Out There.” After leaving the band, Emmett went on to form a successful solo career, which showcased him as a proficient songwriter and guitarist.
Audiences marvel at the versatility of Emmett as he continues his prolific run of solo indie CDs, from classical to jazz to acoustic pop and folk vocal stylings through to the hard rock and heavy metal that made his reputation in the first place. His wide catalogue of songs garners radio airplay on classic rock stations throughout North America. A former VP of the Songwriter’s Association of Canada, and formerly the Artistic Director of the Humber Songwriting Workshop, Emmett helped to develop the Music Business course in the Humber Music program and currently teaches songwriting there, as well as consulting on several student recording projects.
The Narrows Center for the Arts is located at 16 Anawan Street. Tickets to his show can be purchased online at 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.
The biggest Super Megafest Comic Con in history is coming with over 75,000-square feet of spectacular! The New England Super Megafest Spring Spectacular is here! Hollywood and comic book fun comes back to New England this spring! Comics, movies, super heroes, music, wrestling and intergalactic fun come together in Marlborough, Mass., at the Super Megafest, New England’s premier comic celebrity pop culture fan fest!
The Super Megafest Comic Con Spring Spectacular takes place Friday, April 17th from 5pm to 10pm, Saturday, April 18th from 10:30am to 6pm, & Sunday, April 19th from 10:30am to 5pm at the Royal Plaza Trade Convention Center, located at 181 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlborough, MA 01752.
Comic, movie and TV fans will be thrilled with the rare appearances of:
JONATHAN FRAKES – Commander Riker of Star Trek!
SYLVESTER McCOY – Dr Who and Raddagast of the Hobbit series!
JOSH MCDERMITT – Eugene of WALKING DEAD!
CHRIS SARANDON – Princess Bride, Fright Night and the voice of Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas!
KEN PAGE (FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY) – voice of Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas!
ERIK ESTRADA and LARRY WILCOX – CHiPs Ponch and Jon!
HELEN SLATER (FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY) – of Supergirl fame!
RODDY PIPER – Wrestling Superstar!
BRET HART (SATURDAY ONLY) – Wrestling Superstar!
CHRIS JERICHO (SUNDAY ONLY) – WWE Superstar!
WILLIAM KIRCHER – Bifur the Dwarf and Tom Troll of the HOBBIT TRILOGY
BARRY BOSTWICK – Brad of Rocky Horror Picture Show!
PATRICIA QUINN is best known for her role as Magenta in The Rocky Horror Picture Show!
KATHERINE HELMOND of SOAP, Who’s the Boss and EVERYONE LOVES RAYMOND!
DIANA CANOVA (FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY) – of SOAP
SANDAHL BERGMEN – who starred as Valeria in Conan the Barbarian!
RAE DAWN CHONG – starred in Commando and Quest for Fire!
ILAN MITCHEL-SMITH – Co-Star of Weird Science!
BROOKE ADAMS – multi-time TNA Impact Knockouts Champion and model!
MARIA KANELLIS – Former WWE Diva, Actress
BILL DIAMOND – Puppeteer of Monster TV Network, Great Space Coaster, Dark Crystal, Fraggle Rock, Dr. Rock’s Dinosaur Adventure (FOX) and Sesame Street!
Comic artists include:
CARY NORD – Conan, Dare Devil!
BOB CAMP – Co-Creator of Ren and Stimpy!
MARK TEXEIRA – know for Marvel and DC Comics plus much more!
ETHAN VAN SCIVER – Doing custom super hero sketches throughout the weekend!
JOE ST. PIERRE – artist of Spiderman, Green Lantern, Batman and a vast array of other heroes!
JOHN HEBERT- X-Men Adventures, Punisher, Deathlok and current Captain Action artist!
MARK MCKENNA – almost 30 years of Marvel and DC comic work and much more!
BOB MCLEOD – Spider-man & New Mutants
The stars will be signing autographs and doing Q & A sessions with fans throughout the day. Professional photos with most celebrities will be available on site!
The Super Megafest features the best exhibitors on the East Coast with one of the largest selections of comics, toys, videos, non-sports cards and memorabilia from TV, movies, and rock & roll that you will ever find.
Other attractions include an amazing costume contest (including a children’s category), stunning movie cars, mischievous pirate madness, personal 3D ccan-to-figure souvenir and much more! After hours, enjoy a multitude of shadowcast movie performances and parties, including the CosCLUB Dance Party, ensuring the event has something for all ages!
Power rock trio King’s X returns to the road for two exclusive New England dates in June that are presented by JKB Entertainment Group. The critically respected band will perform at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA, on June 11 and the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA on June 12. Both venues are intimate and these will be the only dates in the six New England states. They also offer free parking!
Tickets for their show at the Regent Theatre can be purchased HERE, while tickets for the Narrows can be purchased HERE.
Few hard rock bands are as widely respected yet overlooked as King’s X. The band, which combines progressive rock and soul with vocal arrangements influenced by gospel, blues and British Invasion groups, still features original members Doug Pinnick (vocals/bass), Ty Tabor (guitar) and Jerry Gaskill (drums). They were ranked #83 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and released over a dozen albums featuring the radio hits “Over My Head,” “It’s Love,” “Black Flag” and “Dogman.”
King’s X released their first studio album, Out of the Silent Planet, in 1988 and followed it up with the stellar Gretchen Goes to Nebraska. Their third album, Faith, Hope, Love, was the group’s first release to crack the US Top 100, with the help of the successful single “It’s Love”. The band landed a gig opening for AC/DC in the U.S. and Europe for the first half of 1991. They also toured with Living Colour and were nearing the peak of their popularity.
King’s X signed with major label Atlantic Records for their next self-titled release. After parting ways with their longtime manager, the band enlisted veteran producer Brendan O’Brien, who had previously produced albums for Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam. The ensuing release, Dogman, performed respectfully on the charts. This success resulted in the band opening shows for Pearl Jam and a show-stopping performance on the opening night of the mammoth Woodstock ’94 festival
King’s X completed their contract with Atlantic Records with Ear Candy in 1996, before moving to Metal Blade Records where they released four studio albums and one live release. The band’s latest studio albums, Ogre Tones (2005) and XV (2008), were released on the InsideOut label. XV was their first album since Ear Candy to chart on the Billboard Top 200, ushering in a new wave of popularity for the band.
The independent horror movie It Follows, directed by David Robert Mitchell, has been getting rave reviews by critics and fans alike, with it currently certified a stellar 96% fresh on the Rotten Tomatoes website. The breakout hit is about a teenage girl who finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her. While we won’t say anymore about the film because it needs to be seen in a theater to be best appreciated, the soundtrack by video game composer Disasterpeace (also known as Rich Vreeland) has been equally praised by anyone who has seen the film. The synth-heavy score is very much in the vein of legendary filmmaker and composer John Carpenter’s work on Halloween and The Fog, but has its own originality, especially with conveying a sense of dread. Quite frankly, it’s one of the best horror film soundtracks in years and is definitely worth listening to or purchasing. While Vreeland is currently in New Zealand designing new music for a game about subway systems, he graciously took the time out of his extremely busy schedule to answer our questions by e-mail about the soundtrack and what the future holds for Disasterpeace.
LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE (LM): When you composed the score for It Follows, it was the first time you created music for a feature length film. How did you get involved with this project? RICH VREELAND: I scored a game called FEZ a few years ago. David loved the music and reached out to me via e-mail. Our initial discussions were straight-forward. We talked logistics and expressed our interest in working together. David touched base right before he started filming and then we fell out of touch for a year. When he came back to me, prepared to start scoring, I had a lot of work underway and did not have much time. I turned him down at first, but he could tell that I wanted to work on the film. After much discussion, I gave in to his persistence. I’m glad I did! We at first talked about exploring an aesthetic with guitars and other acoustic instruments. Over time, we realized that synths had the versatility we needed.
LM: I’ve read that you initially had six months to develop the score, but when the film was accepted into Cannes, your timeline was condensed to only three weeks. How did you end up creating such a haunting masterpiece in so little time? RICH VREELAND: My familiarity with synths and the strength of the temp score allowed us to make it happen. When you are comfortable with your tools, the feedback loop is more immediate. Getting good results doesn’t take as long.
LM: I also read that writer-director David Robert Mitchell created a temp score to go with the film when the timeline was condensed. Did you have to work within the parameters of the temp score when you created yours and how much give and take went into the process? RICH VREELAND: I wanted to work within those parameters. I thought the temp score was solid, and it was a great help given the scenario. As someone with limited familiarity of the horror genre, it was nice to have a guide. I tried to boil down each reference piece to a general feeling. Then I’d build that feeling back up into something fresh.
LM: Upon listening to the soundtrack to It Follows, it’s very much in the vein of legendary filmmaker and composer John Carpenter’s synth heavy scores for Halloween and The Fog. Were you already familiar with Carpenter’s work when you created the score for It Follows? RICH VREELAND: I had heard some of his stuff in passing, but wouldn’t call myself well-versed. We did reference some Carpenter pieces for the score, though.
LM: I saw the movie in New York City on March 15th when it was playing on only four screens across the country. Since then it has expanded to over 1,200 locations and is going to expand to 1,655 screens this weekend. Did you ever expect the movie to take off the way it did and become one of the most talked about horror films in years? RICH VREELAND: I knew the potential was there based on the feedback we were getting. But it still came as a surprise!
LM: Has the movie’s success had any impact on your career so far or plans for the future? RICH VREELAND: I’ve had a lot of folks ask me to work on film projects. I think David and I will work together in the future too.
LM: Prior to your work on It Follows, you created music for video games, most notably the eight-bit soundtrack for the game FEZ. How much of a difference is it to compose a soundtrack for a video game compared to that of a film? RICH VREELAND: Scoring film is in some ways a nice reprieve from working on games. I’m working on music for a game right now that allows you to be a subway designer. I’m coding, playtesting, and doing lots of logistical problem-solving. I’m trying to make each interaction between the game and the sound symbiotic. It is intense and often a rewarding process. Scoring linear media for me tends to be more zen than problem-solving. I’m also working on an episode of Adventure Time right now. My creative process for that is a lot like flinging paint on a canvas. The structure of a film is more of a known quantity, and I can just get on with it. The linearity of scoring film makes it easier for me to perceive the outer limits.
LM: Now that you have one feature film under your belt, would you like to compose another one? RICH VREELAND: Sure! I care less about the medium than the experience and the value.
LM: How did you get involved with music and who are some of your biggest musical influences? RICH VREELAND: I grew up in a musical household. My step-father was the music director of our church. He would hold band practice in our basement, and I would go down there to play the drums. My mom sings and plays the piano and my sister has been singing since she could speak. I fooled around for a while but took up guitar in high school. I was big into bands like Tool and Rage Against the Machine. In the last few years my influences have been all over the map. I’ve been listening to a lot of jazz and impressionism.
LM: What are your plans for Disasterpeace for the rest of 2015? RICH VREELAND: I’m finishing music for a guest episode of Adventure Time. I’m in New Zealand right now designing a music system for a game about subway systems. Later this year I’ll be scoring a game inspired by the book Flatland.
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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.
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
Unsung Hero Award
Young Performer of the Year As We Know It (RUNNER UP)
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)
On Your Deathbed
Revisions Without Warning (RUNNER UP)
Country Artist of the Year
Ben Cesare Brianna Grace (RUNNER UP)
Mariah Rose Shana Stack Band (WINNER)
New Artist of the Year Angry Ginger (RUNNER UP)
Dionysus Park Ranger The Dust Ruffles (WINNER)
Jones River Band
Live Act of the Year
Smith & Weeden Marianne Toilet and The Runs (WINNER) 21st Century Fugitives (RUNNER UP)
Singer-Songwriter of the Year
Emily Correia Amy Fairchild (WINNER)
Leighann Alexandra Hodgkins
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
Jen Kearney Jenna Lotti (WINNER)
Molly Pinto Madigan
Alissa Musto Bethany Pierce (RUNNER UP – TIE) Ilene Springer (RUNNER UP – TIE)
Male Vocalist of the Year Walter Barlow (WINNER)
Bruce Macksoud Seth Newton (RUNNER UP – TIE) Michael Spaulding (RUNNER UP – TIE)
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
Elephants of Scotland The House on Cliff (WINNER)
Karma and the Truth
Most Dangerous Men Alive
The October Accord
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