Henry Kapono Plays at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach Wed July 13th

Hawaii Music Icon Henry Kapono To Talk Story in San Diego

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The Author Joe Kennedy with wife Stacia, in-laws Gordon and Louise Loo and Hawaii Music Legend Henry Kapono

Fresh off of winning this year’s Na Hoku Hanohano award for best EP – “We Ride” with the Rough Riders (featuring Kapono, Brother Noland, and John Cruz) living Hawaii music legend Henry Kapono will play the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach tomorrow, Wednesday July 13th at 8pm.

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Select a Head Named Partner of Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

Select A Head Mayhem FestivalExclusive Select A Head Mayhem Drum Displays to be Available at Mayhem Shows

Select a Head, has announced their official partnership with this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Celebrating their 8th year as the world’s biggest traveling heavy metal music festival, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival lineup includes Slayer, King Diamond, HellYeah, The Devil Wears Prada, WhiteChapel, Thy Art is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her to the Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice and will include 26 cities throughout US and Canada.

Offering patent-pending Drum Displays, Select a Head’s partnership with the upcoming Mayhem Festival will include exclusive Mayhem Drum Displays which are a must-have for every fan. As a Mayhem sponsor, Select a Head will be offering Mayhem festival goers the opportunity to purchase the exclusive Mayhem heads on-site for a discounted rate. Those who are not able to attend can still purchase the Drum Displays from Select a Head online.

Additionally, two Mayhem Festival Drum Displays will be signed by the bands playing Mayhem and given away at the end of the festival to two lucky winners. Attendees can register to win at the Select a Head booth at each show OR on Facebook.

Select a Head will also offer additional Logo Drum Displays at their Mayhem booth including from Korn, Queensryche, Stryper, World Gone, Within Reason, George Lynch, Jeff LaBar of Cinderella, Lynch Mob,  Metal Church and Metal Cowboy.

Ray Luzier from Korn touts Select a Head as “”One of the ultimate souvenirs that you could own by your favorite band. It looks so bad ass hangin’ in my studio, like a kick drums literally busting out of the wall!! My friends all trip out when they come over & rant over it. Sticks, picks & photos are cool, but get yourself a Select a Head, truly a unique display & support of your fav band!!”

“Mayhem is a perfect festival to showcase Select a Head and the various artists we work with,” commented Steve Kenkman, founder of Select a Head. “People must see and hold our displays in order to really appreciate them and understand that they’re not just drum heads, but works of art that literally pop off your wall.”

Big Band Sound Comes to Blaine, WA During Drayton Harbor Music Festival, July 6th

Blaine Hosts Drayton Harbor Music Festival July 6-11

Blaine, Washington, June 24, 2015 – Love that unmistakable jazz sound? Want to hear big band music amidst small town charm? Then don’t miss Blaine’s 2015 Drayton Harbor Music Festival, with free daily concerts and by-donation evening performances from July 6 to 11. The festival features world-class musicians coming together in scenic Blaine, WA to teach young musicians each day and perform for the community at night.
Big Band Sound Blaine
Since 2002, Blaine’s music festival has charmed audiences near and far with live performances by distinguished performers, including the Pacific Northwest’s premier jazz vocalist, Greta Matassa. Renowned trumpeter Greg Hopkins will also be showcasing his talents as leader of the Big Band Benefit on July 9, at the picturesque Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club. Enjoy this unforgettable evening of music, dinner and dancing to support the festival. Visit www.draytonharbormusic.org for event tickets and complete festival schedule.

The Drayton Harbor Music Festival also includes a weeklong camp for students ages 12-19. Registrations are still open  for students with experience in all musical styles and instruments including, voice, violin and bassoon. Students who attend this music camp experience an intense and rewarding week of instruction from the music faculty.

For more festival information or to register for camp, visit www.draytonharbormusic.org.

About the Drayton Harbor Music Festival
The 14th annual Drayton Harbor Music Festival, previously known as the Blaine Jazz Festival, is a week of exciting ensemble classes and concerts in Blaine, Washington; a town nestled between the Canadian border and the Pacific Ocean (35 miles south of Vancouver, Canada and 110 miles north of Seattle). The Pacific Arts Association, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in the community, organizes the festival with the support of donors, sponsors and volunteers.

Symphony of Gardens Tour to Benefit Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra

Symphony of Gardens 2015Symphony of Gardens to Feature Five Eastside Gardens and Benefit Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra’s Symphony of Gardens fundraiser features five exciting private gardens in Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Kirkland and Mercer Island

The Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra is planning its 2nd Annual Symphony of Gardens Tour. This event, which benefits the East Side’s premier orchestra, will be Sunday, June 28th, from 11am to 4pm. The tour will offer garden enthusiasts a rare glimpse of gorgeous private gardens in Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Kirkland and Mercer Island. LWSO musicians will play chamber music in the gardens from 1 to 2pm, weather permitting.

The Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony of Gardens Tour is Sunday, June 28th, from 11am-4pm. Tickets are $25. Tickets are available at Grape Choice, Bellevue Nursery, Sky Nursery and Wells Medina Nursery or through Brown Paper Tickets, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1586858. For information about the LWSO, see http://lwso.org

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Marshawn Lynch Featured on New Ludacris Music Video ‘Beast Mode’

Seattle Seahawk’s All-Pro running back, Marshawn Lynch has been featured in a music video for a song appropriately named “Beast Mode”.  While Beastmode himself is in the video, it is not appropriate for all ages or audiences.  Watch it at your own risk.

MSTRKRFT and Swollen Members Added to the World Ski & Snowboard Festival Music Lineup

World Ski and Snowboard Festival 2015 Whistler BCPlus New Events: The Monster Energy In The Beginning Party At The Bearfoot Bistro, The Whistler Comedy Showdown and Girls Gettin’ It Done Movie Night 

WHISTLER, BC – March 27, 2015 – Even more music has been added to the Outdoor Concert Series and Kokanee Freeride Club Series lineup at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) in Whistler, BC.

MSTRKRFT will play a free show in Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain on Sunday, April 19 to close out the WSSF Outdoor Concert Series. MSTRKRFT will turn the energy up and have the crowd dancing one last time before the 20th annual WSSF begins to wind down for another year.

Swollen Members will play a free show in Skier’s Plaza on Saturday, April 11, following the Gibbon’s Big Air which will be held in the Nintendo Terrain Park on Blackcomb Mountain. Swollen Members has close ties with the Festival and have been a part of the WSSF Outdoor Concert Series lineup more times than any other band in WSSF’s 20 year history.

Longstride has joined the Outdoor Concert Series lineup on April 15 and will also play a Kokanee Freeride Club Series show at the Longhorn later that night.

Smalltown DJs, DJ Pump and Illo have all been confirmed to play Monster Energy’s In The Beginning party at the Bearfoot Bistro on Saturday, April 11. In The Beginning is a new event for 2015 and has been added to the WSSF schedule of events to kick things off in true Whistler style. Tickets are available for purchase at wssf.com/In-the-Beginning.

Also new for 2015, the Whistler Comedy Showdown is happening on Tuesday, April 14. The Whistler Comedy Showdown is a stand-up comedy competition featuring a lineup of both newbies and well-known comedians from the Sea to Sky Corridor. The competition will be held at Buffalo Bills with two preliminary rounds, the first on March 31 and the second on April 7. The top three comedians from each show (plus wildcards) will move on to the finale round on April 14 during WSSF. Details and ticket information available at wssf.com/Whistler-Comedy-Showdown.

Girls Gettin’ It Done: Monday Movie Night is another new event on the WSSF schedule for 2015. The event will celebrate women in sport and film and will leave viewers feeling empowered and inspired. The night will feature two films: The Little Things and Pretty Faces. The Little Things, by Darcy Turenne and Marie-France Roy is a snowboard movie project with a serious environmental message, while Pretty Faces from Unicorn Picnic Productions is an all-girl ski film that celebrates the women who are pushing the sport of skiing and living life to the fullest. More information about the event and the films is available at wssf.com/Girls-Gettin-It-Done.

For those who want to get involved with the World Ski & Snowboard Festival:

Registration is now open for the Monster Energy Shred Show Boarderstyle. Entry is free but interested athletes must register online in advance at wssf.com/The-Shred-Show. This year’s event will see a new women’s category and over $6,000 in total prize money. Online registration closes April 14 at 5pm PST.

Filmmakers can now register to compete in the OLYMPUS 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown. Participants have 72 hours to film, edit and deliver a three to five minute short film all shot within 100km of Whistler beginning April 10. Up to ten films will be selected by an esteemed review panel and screened at the Whistler Conference Centre in front of a live audience on Wednesday, April 15. There is over $10,000 in prizing on the line for the team that wins Best In Show and Olympus is offering a bonus prize of an additional $5,000 if the winning film is shot entirely using Olympus cameras and lenses. More information available at http://www.wssf.com/filmmaker-registration.

WSSF is always looking for volunteers to help out behind the scenes to help put on Whistler’s biggest party of the season. People interested in volunteering can register at wssf.com/Volunteer.

For those who want to make a difference:

The Sea to Sky Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser returns to WSSF on Sunday, April 12, where men from up and down the Sea to Sky Corridor will rally together to raise awareness in our community about the serious causes, effects and remediation of violence against women. Participants will don bright red high heels and march through Whistler Village at 4pm. Advanced registration is available at wssf.com/Walk-A-Mile-in-Her-Shoes or men can sign up on the day in front of Moguls Coffee House at 3pm. All proceeds from the event go to support the Whistler Women’s Centre.

Whistler Dog Fest returns to WSSF on Saturday, April 18. Dog Fest has been a part of the WSSF schedule since 1998 because Whistler knows canine companions like to party too. A fundraiser for the BC Humane Society, this year’s event will include a dog parade, exhibitions, agility demonstrations and competitions. More information will be posted to wssf.com/Whistler-DogFest as it becomes available.

WSSF’s annual Best of the Fest event will take place at the Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC) on Sunday, April 19. Tickets are available at wssf.com/Best-of-the-Fest with all proceeds from the event going to Playground Builders, a charitable organization that builds safe play areas for children in underprivileged or war-torn regions. The winning shows from the Olympus 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown, Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown and Intersection will be shown at the event.

For the kids and the young at heart:

Big Air Bear, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival’s official mascot, will celebrate his 13th birthday with his cuddly companions at Mascot Mayhem on Sunday, April 19. Families are welcome to join Big Air Bear and his best friends for cake, games and good times in Whistler’s Village Square at 12:30pm. More information available at wssf.com/Mascot-Mayhem.

Tickets to the evening gala events are now available for purchase at www.wssf.com.

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The World Ski & Snowboard Festival has a brand new mobile app called WSSF Live. It is available for FREE in the App Store for Apple and Android phones.

The World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) is produced by Watermark Communications, a Whistler‐based event production & communications company, and presented in partnership with Tourism Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb. April 2015 will mark the 20th annual World Ski & Snowboard Festival and will celebrate how the event has grown over the years into the largest annual winter sports and music festival in North America. WSSF is a 10 day and night showcase of the best of snow sports, music, arts and mountain culture. Featuring major professional ski and snowboarding competitions, the largest annual free outdoor concert series in Canada, photography and film showcases, and spring skiing at Whistler Blackcomb, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival is the poster child for the ultimate ski and snowboard festival experience. In blazing the way for the youth of tomorrow, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival embodies the mantra: ‘Party in April. Sleep in May.’