Friday, November 10, 2017

REMINDER TONIGHT! David Yarrow "Wild Encounters" Opening Reception: Friday, November 10, 5:30 to 9 pm



You are cordially invited to meet legendary wildlife photographer 



opening reception

Friday  * November 10  *  5:30 to 9 pm

Hilton | Asmus Contemporary
716 N. Wells

David Yarrow has traveled to the world's most isolated locations to capture unique images of wildlife, indigenous communities and landscapes. Join us to experience the grandeur and majesty of life outside our realms and into the heart of the world.

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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Kerry Rhodes: Footballer to Filmmaker brings TRAGEDY GIRLS to Chicago!

From All-Pro football star to Hollywood producer/actor, Kerry Rhodes is about to score off the field with his soon to be released, critically-acclaimed horror-comedy, Tragedy Girls. Earning a 100% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, Tragedy Girls is slated for release on October 20th.

 Kerry stars opposite Deadpool’s Brianna Hildebrand, X Men: Apocolypse’s Alexandra Ship, Hall Pass’s Nicky Whelan in the film that’s being hailed as the next Scream. The All-Star cast also features Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine), Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games, Vinyl). Tragedy Girls follows two death-obsessed teenage girls who use their online show about real-life tragedies to send there small midwest town into a frenzy, cementing their legacy as modern horror legends. Tragedy Girls has won the Horror Channel Award, Best Movie at Fright Festival, and Macabre Award for Best Film at the Latin America Film Festival.

Critics are calling Tragedy Girls  “… impressively ballsy, stingingly funny…” and …”gruesomely creative…”

After an impressive 8 year career in the NFL as a leading safety for the NY Jets and the Arizona Cardinals, Kerry would pursue his passion to act and produce, beginning with the documentary Gone In A Instant, which follows Antoine Walker, a three-time NBA All Star who lost $110 Million in Las Vegas.  He then formed the production company The Comeback Kids (Gone in an Instant). He has produced Protocol, The Decision, General Education, Queen of Media, and Reservation.

Kerry’s other acting credits include;  Tyler Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong, Good Cop, Bike Cop, Slate Your Name, and #TheAssignment.

Named to Esquire Magazine’s “Best Dressed Player in the NFL” list, and as one Yahoo’s “Hottest NFL Stars,”  In addition to acting and producing, Kerry helms The Rhodes Foundation, a charity which “provides ooortunities for college-bound youth in impoverished communities.  Kerry recently married actress Nicky Whelan and resides in Los Angeles with their dog Yoda.

Savannah Music Festival 2018 Season Lineup Introduces Programmatic Expansion, New Venues, Commissioned Works and All-Day Festival Finale (Savannah,GA.)


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Gillian Welch Headline April 14th Finale

 From March 29th through April 14th, 2018, venues throughout Savannah’s Historic District will be filled with the extensive concerts, recitals, dance parties, film, theatrical and multi-disciplinary productions that make up the 29th edition of the Savannah Music Festival (SMF). Operating in multiple venues for the first 16 days of the 2018 festival, the organization presents its most ambitious classical music programming to date, extensive world music offerings and a hard-hitting week of jazz and acclaimed Americana and folk music artists, in addition to theatrical productions and films. On April 14th, the final day of SMF 2018, an all-day multi-stage event is scheduled for the newly-renovated event spaces at Trustees’ Garden. “We’re thrilled to incorporate two new venues including into this year’s festival,” remarks Executive & Artistic Director Rob Gibson. “In addition to the fabulous new Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts concert hall, we are elated to utilize one of Georgia’s most historical outdoor sites at Trustees’ Garden. With the multitude of artists and patrons that impact our city across nearly three weeks, these new spaces offer a unique opportunity to build on our mission of creating a high-quality exchange between artists and audiences in Savannah.” Tickets to the 2018 festival go on sale at 10am EST on November 10th, 2017, online at, by phone at 912.525.5050 and in person at 216 E. Broughton Street.

Chamber, symphonic, vocal music and recitals
Entering his 15th season as SMF Associate Artistic Director, violinist Daniel Hope welcomes his friends from across North America and Europe for SMF’s annual chamber music series, including a three-concert residency for the Zurich Chamber Orchestra at the start of the festival with soloists Hope, Sebastian Knauer, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Benny Kim, Daria Zappa Matesic, Simos Papanas and SMF Associate Artistic Director Marcus Roberts and his trio. Internationally-renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman, a musical hero of Hope’s, will perform with his Zukerman Trio alone and in a concert including Hope (their first time playing together). Also for the chamber music series, Daniel Hope & Friends play Alan Fletcher’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, which was co-commissioned by SMF, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Recitalists include luminary pianists Murray Perahia and Marc-André Hamelin, 2017 Van Cliburn Gold winner Yekwon Sunwoo and fortepiano virtuoso Kristian Bezuidenhout. Renaissance polyphony devotees Stile Antico return following their stunning SMF 2011 concert, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra makes their 13th consecutive appearance featuring Georgia native violinist Robert McDuffie and maestro Robert Spano. The renowned brass ensemble the American Brass Quintet plays two concerts at the Charles H. Morris Center. Classics from the American Songbook and musical theatre are featured in the return performance of diva Audra McDonald, and in the Savannah VOICE Festival co-production Classical Broadway.

Jazz, Blues and R&B
SMF celebrates the 50th anniversary of Savannah’s Benedetto Guitars with a one-time-only concert featuring Pat Martino, Howard Alden, Chico Pinheiro, Romero Lubambo and “King” Solomon Hicks. Up-and-coming jazz pianists Sullivan Fortner and Chris Pattishall perform in a variety of projects, including the original production entitled Trumpet Masters: Celebrating Louis Armstrong & Lee Morgan with Alphonso Horne and Terell Stafford. Jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith makes his SMF debut. Other original jazz productions include the premiere of a commissioned work by Trinidadian trumpet player Etienne Charles for his septet in Gullah Roots, a co-bill with Charleston’s Ranky Tanky. The annual Swing Central Jazz workshop and competition culminates in an all-star concert called Stomping the Blues and the annual Late Night Jazz Jam. Guitarists Bill Frisell and Julian Lage share a bill with their respective trios, and the Maria Schneider Orchestra makes its SMF debut. Lee Fields & The Expressions return to SMF for a special co-bill of throwback soul and R&B with The James Hunter Six.

American and global roots music
Bluegrass divas Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and Claire Lynch Band share the stage on opening night, followed the next day by the Mission Temple Fireworks Revival with Paul Thorn Band and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Songwriter-guitarist Margaret Glaspy performs on a double bill with Argentinian composer-singer-guitarist Juana Molina, and Tulsa’s John Moreland shares an alt-country bill with Nashville songwriter-guitarist Aaron Lee Tasjan. New acoustic music projects include Hawktail and the SMF debut of Kittel & Co., guitarist Tommy Emmanuel plays on a co-bill with Jayme Stone’s Folklife and the original production The Voice is a Traveler features Moira Smiley and Anna & Elizabeth. Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal return to the Lucas stage as a duo and Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives play Ships of the Sea, as do the North Mississippi Allstars. Recent MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Rhiannon Giddens plays her first theater show at SMF, and Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn return with music from their new project, Echo in the Valley. The music of Mali is well-represented with Trio Da Kali sharing a bill with South African guitarist Derek Gripper (a kora music practitioner), and kora master Toumani Diabaté performing with his son Sidiki Diabaté in A World of Strings, an original production also including Brazilian music played by SMF Associate Artistic Director and mandolinist Mike Marshall and pianist Jovino Santos Neto (who also plays a solo show). Iberian sounds include the great flamenco singer Diego El Cigala and Portuguese fado singer António Zambujo, cellist Mike Block performs with fellow Silk Road Ensemble musician Sandeep Das on tabla, and this season’s Latin Dance Party features the incomparable Cuban son ensemble, Septeto Santiaguero. Festival favorites Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien team up for a concert of Irish and Appalachian-influenced music, and Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas play on a double bill with an exciting new all-female acoustic music quartet called The Goodbye Girls.

Theatrical and film presentations
In Death of A King, Tavis Smiley delves into the final year of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life in a multi-media presentation with an original score by SMF Associate Artistic Director Marcus Roberts. Performance collective Manual Cinema performs their original work, Lula del Ray, a mythic reinvention of a classic coming-of-age story, and PIAF! The Show features Anne Carrere as Edith Piaf in a production directed by Nice-based theater maverick Gil Marsalla. Films at SMF 2018 include two with original live scores: BiRDMAN LiVE is a screening of the Academy Award-winning “Birdman or (the Unxpected Virtue of Ignorance)” scored by jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez, and “The Goddess,” a 1934 Chinese silent film with original score by Juana Molina. “Terezín: Refuge in Music” featuring Daniel Hope and Anne Sofie von Otter is a documentary about music composed by victims and survivors of the Nazi concentration camp. 

Savannah Music Festival at Trustees’ Garden: April 14th, 2018
SMF’s all-day festival finale at Trustees’ Garden is a multi-stage continuous presentation of live music featuring Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gillian Welch, Marc Broussard, Brent Cobb, Brett Dennen, Septeto Santiaguero, Mipso, Sammy Miller & the Congregation, Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo, Velvet Caravan with special guest Jessica Ann Best and the Acoustic Music Seminar finale, Stringband Spectacular. The 8.5-acre campus will also host a vendor marketplace containing local and regional food and refreshments. Block I General Admission tickets for SMF at Trustees’ Garden are $99.50 and VIP Access are $249.50. When Block I allotments are gone, prices will go up to Block II levels.

For the complete schedule, visit

About the Savannah Music Festival
A non-profit performing arts organization, the Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is dedicated to presenting world-class celebrations of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth and unite artists and audiences in Savannah. In addition to year-round music education and broadcast initiatives, SMF produces one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world. The 2018 festival runs from March 29 through April 14, including more than 100 performances in venues throughout Savannah’s historic district. For more information visit

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign Installs One-Millionth Free Smoke Alarm, Saves Hundreds of Lives

Fire Departments and other local partners team up with Red Cross volunteers to help reduce home fire tragedies in at-risk communities
 The American Red Cross announced today that one million s have been installed and 285 lives have been saved due to the efforts of the volunteers and community partners who have participated in the organization’s Home Fire Campaign.
“Since 2014, Red Cross volunteers in Chicago, northern Illinois and across the country have been working with local fire departments and community partners to reduce home fire tragedies in at-risk communities,” said Celena Roldán, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois. “We are grateful to everyone who has supported our Home Fire Campaign and helped us reach our one-millionth free smoke alarm milestone and save lives.” 
With the support of 4,400 partner organizations, the Red Cross has helped to make more than one million people safer through home visits to install free smoke alarms, assist families with developing fire escape plans and provide home fire safety education. Since 2014, the Campaign has also reached nearly 895,000 kids through youth preparedness programs, helped to create more than 340,000 home fire escape plans, and replaced more than 51,000 smoke alarm batteries.
American Red Cross CEO and President Gail McGovern was recently featured on the Wendy Williams show talking about the lifesaving importance of smoke alarms. Tomorrow, Greater New York Regional Executive Josh Lockwood will be featured on Good Morning America along with a representative of the Fire Department of New York to continue celebrating this milestone achievement.
This spring, the Red Cross will Sound the Alarm through a nationwide series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events from April 28 to May 13, 2018. Working with volunteers and partner organizations, the Red Cross plans to install 100,000 free smoke alarms across more than 100 major cities. Volunteers and financial contributions are needed.
Join this Red Cross effort today by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives. Visit for more information.
This work is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from national partners: Almost Family, Delta Air Lines and International Paper. The Red Cross has also received funding from FEMA through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
About the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois:
The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit us at or visit us on Twitter @ChicagoRedCross.

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Music Biz >> Who Are Live Music Attendees & Voice Controlled Speaker Users? Find out 11/16

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Who Are Live Music Attendees & Voice Controlled Speaker Users?
Your Questions, Answered.

Thursday, November 16 • 1 - 2 PM EST
Webinar presented by
Over the past few weeks, Music Biz has been asking members what questions they still had about consumers following the reveal of AudienceNet/LOOP’s “Music Consumption: The Overall Landscape 2017” report released in September. Following much interest, Live Music Purchasing and Voice-Controlled Speaker Users have risen to the top of the list and will be the focus of our next webinar. 
AudienceNet/LOOP’s Music & Entertainment Insight Lead, Robert Delmonte will present a top liner report entitled “Who Are Live Music Attendees” and an infographic quantifying and profiling users of Voice-Controlled Speaker Users (Amazon Alexa & Google Home). Both outputs will present a detailed overview of each kind of consumer, broken down by demographics, as well as produce detailed profiles of each, outlining who they are, their listening habits, their wider media consumption, and much more. The topliner report and infographic will be available for all Music Biz members following the webinar.

Up Next In The Common Ground Webinar Series
Thursday, November 30 • 2 - 3 PM EST
How You Can Get Your Groove Back: Understanding Copyright Termination and Recapture
U.S. copyright law provides songwriters and recording artists with a powerful tool, the right to terminate copyright transfers and reclaim their music. Despite its power, the creator's termination right is an industry secret that many artists, managers, and attorneys either do not understand or are unaware of the value of its application. Since 1978, even though a writer or artist signed a contract that transferred the copyrights in their songs to a publisher or label, 35 years later the writer or artist has the right to terminate that transfer and reclaim their music. (Separate rules apply to transfers made before 1978.) Recapturing copyrights can be a lucrative source of new revenue for creative professionals and their heirs, particularly artists active in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Music publishing and label executives, managers, attorneys, recording artists and songwriters should not miss this informative webinar presented by Robert King, CEO of Red Giant Rights Group and entertainment and intellectual property attorney and Belmont professor Vincent Peppe. The presentation will focus on the business and legal aspects of recapturing composition and sound recording rights for creators and their heirs.


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