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Guitarist Available - Largo, TampaBay Area FL ... Submitted: 11-21-2014 ... 18:28 EST
Lead/Rhythm Guitar available for good band playing local Gigs (or ready to) in Pinellas, Hillsborough. Gear, wheels, enjoy rocking heavy and having good time with other professionals. Kick Ass Lead and Rhythm chops. AC-DC, Nugent, Zep, SRV, Hendrix, Clapton, Nazareth, STP, ZZ Top, Velvet Revolver, Molly Hatchet etc...Mid 40's with lots of experience. ... 284972 ... Contact:
Guitarist Wanted - Clearwater, TampaBay Area FL ... Submitted: 10-15-2014 ... 18:20 EST
TOMMY ROXX (& NUTHIN' FANCY) is looking for a new full time guitar player. TOMMY ROXX is am original/cover band with one CD out and a second one in the works. NUTHIN' FANCY is the ultimate Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute experience with National exposure. ~ You would get to be in BOTH bands.You must be able to play multiple styles on the guitar. You need to be able to play Southern Rock like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, & the Allman Brothers, Classic Rock like Bad Co, Stevie Ray & Bob Seger, Nugent, and Dance Funk Soul styles as well. You must be a real team player, no drug or alcohol issues, and a pro attitude and gear etc.....NOTE: If you don't have a day job or other means of survival ~ you will not make a living playing in this band - we do it for the music and the fun.... ... 5773941 ... Contact: Tommy 727-204-0491
Drummer Wanted - Dunedian, TampaBay Area FL ... Submitted: 09-02-2014 ... 23:34 EST
Professional rock cover band seeks drummer (tampa bay area)Band with upcoming shows need drummer. Professional musicians need only apply. Please submit a portfolio/PROMO IF AVAILABLE with ANY VIDEOS for further consideration. No druggies, drunks or drama queens. Band does have major backing and gigs booked. Please have capability of learning material in next 3 weeks for upcoming shows. Go to www.fullthrottledriven.com to see a list of Cover songs we do. Only serious professionals need apply. Paying Gigs with upcoming tour in spring. Thank you. ... 4497819 ... Contact: Michele Haldeman,
Vocalist Wanted - St. Petersburg, FL ... Submitted: 06-11-2014 ... 06:02 EST
Forming "Who" Tribute band. (Florida +) We are seeking a Roger Daltrey singe-A-Like. Rest of band is in place. Above average $$$$. MUST have good attitude, personality, be a team player. Also must have equipment and transportation. Management in place, bookings to follow. Serious musicians only,., Please submit all you tube videos and bio to us. Thanks Gene Santa Maria GSM Talent Management ... 2361047 ... Contact: Gene
ABOARD THE AMERICAN VICTORY SHIP DECEMBER 20, 2014, 6:30PM – 9:00PM
The S.S. AMERICAN VICTORY will host viewing of Tampa’s annual holiday “Boat Parade of Lights” as a fundraiser event to help support the maintenance of this historic World War II merchant steamship and national landmark, Saturday, December 20, 2014.
The S.S. AMERICAN VICTORY will offer “best seats in Tampa” for viewing of decorated holiday boats as the “Boat Parade of Lights” tours Davis Islands, Harbour Island, and the Channelside District, along with music and light refreshments and beverages for purchase to celebrate the holidays and American history. The S.S. AMERICAN VICTORY, built in 1945, is one of only four operational World War II merchant steamships in the U.S. The ship is supported by public donations, special events, training services, educational activities and historical tours for children and adults.
The viewing of the “Boat Parade of Lights” will take place aboard the S.S. AMERICAN VICTORY located at 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL, behind The Florida Aquarium.
Saturday, December 20, 2014, 6:30pm-9:00pm.
To help raise funds for the maintenance and operation of the S.S. AMERCIAN VICTORY.
Admission: $12/adults; $7/youths 4-12; $10/seniors, active military and veterans. Discount for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets at ticketweb.com, call 1-866-468-7630, or at ship. For more information, visit www.americanvictory.org or call 813-228-8766.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Announces Plans For $13 Million Renovation
Nov 25 2014
Continuing to invest in its market leading product, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa today announced details of the $13 million property-wide renovation taking place over the next several months. Improvements include a complete redesign of the Borgata Buffet, renovations to Spa Toccare, the casino floor, front desk, Borgata suites, and back-of-the-house Talent areas.
"Borgata's market leading casino and resort product has been its strength since it opened 2003," said Tom Ballance, President and COO of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. "Our commitment to continued development and exceeding our customers' expectations when it comes to keeping our property fresh and inviting is of central importance in strengthening Borgata's position as the East Coast's premier resort destination. We are dedicated to providing a world-class, full-service guest experience, unlike anything else in the region by investing $13 million towards our dining, spa, casino, room product and employees."
From December 1-24 Borgata will completely renovate and redesign its award-winning buffet by devoting $2 million to porcelain stone flooring, as well as strikingly resurfaced sky-like ceilings, all by Avenue Interior Design. Featuring a color scheme of warm whites, light taupe, and grey tones, the space will be highlighted by its exquisite architectural details. The carpeting will offer a new take on a traditional Italian fresco, while the vertical surfaces will receive a textured, patterned-wall covering paired with a conventional sconce to give the iconic buffet a comfortable, residential feel.
Named one of the "Best Casino Spas" in the country by SpaFinder, Spa Toccare will experience an update to both its men's and women's lounges as well as a complete revamp of its workout facility, the Pump Room, adding new Life Fitness cardio equipment including 9 treadmills, 6 cross-training ellipticals, 2 Powermill stepping machines, 2 recumbent bicycles, 2 lifestyle (spin) bicycles, and 1 upright bicycle. These updates come on the heels of a $1 million makeover earlier this year which included enhancements to Spa Toccare's 27 treatment rooms complete with new massage tables and a redecorating of carpets, wall treatments, lighting, cabinets, and linens.
The evolution of Borgata's guestrooms began in 2012 with a complete $50 million redesign to all 1,566 Classic guestrooms and hotel corridors, and continues in 2015 with an additional $6 million dedicated to restyle 39 Opus suites in addition to two 5,000 square-foot Residence suites. Borgata's decade-long relationship with the accomplished interior design firm Laurence Lee Associates created a seamless vision for the redesign of the finely-appointed suites, blending authentic, welcoming shades with proficient opulence. Excellence radiates from every inch of the space with contemporary carpeting, wall coverings and furniture, creating an atmosphere of ultimate hospitality the moment you step into the room.
Never is the property's inviting and approachable nature more evident than upon arrival, where guests are greeted by a smiling team member and, starting next year, a redesigned lobby with a complete resurfacing of the front desk, a brand new ceiling, and the unveiling of an exclusive art piece located behind the check-in area. Additional refashions to give the casino floor a more modern Italian feel will be comprised of new carpeting, wall treatments, ceiling drapery, and light fixtures, in addition to the refinishing of columns, accounting for over $4 million in capital spend.
Borgata will also continue to invest in its more than 5,000 team members with newly renovated changing areas and restrooms located in the back-of-the house areas.
About Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Located at Renaissance Pointe in Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa features 2,000 guest rooms and suites; 161,000 square feet of gaming; 182 gaming tables; 3,094 slot machines; an 80+ table poker room; 10 retail boutiques; 5 acclaimed fine dining restaurants by renowned chefs; 8 casual dining options; a 54,000 square foot spa; 70,000 square feet of event space; 4 signature nightlife experiences; and parking for 7,100 cars. The market-leading resort also features Atlantic City's first cosmopolitan hotel experience, The Water Club at Borgata, with 800 guest rooms and suites; a 36,000 square foot spa; 18,000 square feet of meeting space; 6 designer retail boutiques; and 5 heated indoor and outdoor pools. Borgata also offers online gaming within the state of New Jersey through its real-money gaming sites, BorgataCasino.com and BorgataPoker.com.
freeFall Theatre presents FREE reading of world-premiere musical by actress Katie Berger.
Dec 08 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, FL. (December 8, 2014) – – freeFall Theatre presents a reading of an all-new musical on December 15 at 7pm. Admission is free of charge and there will a post show discussion with the cast and playwright.
How does a person find herself again when she's lost everything? In this original musical by Katie Berger (TTB Award Winner, THE BURNT PART BOYS), we explore the pursuit of a thriving life, in spite of the daily demons that make us feel insubstantial and powerless. How do we continue to fight? Whose voice do we listen to? And which one is our own? Join us for a world premiere public reading of the script and a sampling of songs that are in this powerful new musical.
“I wrote FULL when I realized I was empty. I gave a name to the demon that was silencing me, and through that found my voice.” Says actress/ playwright Katie Berger. FULL isn't a musical about eating disorders. It's a musical about finding yourself and being the hero of your own story.”
FULL stars freeFall favorites Katie Berger, Kelly Pekar, Taylor Simmons, Susan Haldeman and Jim Sorensen. This reading will be presented at freeFall Theatre located at 6099 Central Avenue. There is no charge and seating will be general admission. Doors open at 6:30pm. For more information call 727-498-5205.
A Christmas Carol returns to freeFall with all-new cast!
Nov 20 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, FL. (November 19, 2014) – – A freeFall tradition is reinvented as an all-new cast joins us this holiday season for Keith Ferguson's and Bruce Greer's enchanting new musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. With a soaring and inspirational score, and faithful incarnations of all of the memorable characters, Dickens’ ghost story leaps from the page and delights with stunning theatricality, lush scenery & costumes, and surprising special effects. Plan early to get your seats for this perfect holiday outing. A Christmas Carol, will run November 29 thru December 24, 2014. Special performances are scheduled the week before Christmas in order for patrons to share this classic with their family and friends visiting for the holidays.
freeFall’s A Christmas Carol is one of Tampa Bay’s Favorite holiday traditions, says Community Outreach Director Matthew McGee. This year, the show promises an array of new surprises, including new staging and an all-new cast. It’s also the perfect opportunity to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with family, friends and co-workers as part of your annual holiday party or family get-together.”
freeFall favorite David Mann (Emcee in CABARET) plays Ebenezer Scrooge with Joey Panek as Bob Cratchit, Stephan Jones as Jacob Marley/Mr. Fezziwig and Kelly Pekar (Cinderella in freeFall’s smash INTO THE WOODS) as The Ghost of Christmas Past. This brand new cast also features Megan Buzzard, Cara Lynn Craig, Kali Rabaut, Taylor Simmons, Daniel Schwab and Mark Richard Taylor with William Garrabant as Tiny Tim. The cast is also joined by a talented group of Bay area children.
A Christmas Carol: A New Musical begins previews on November 28. Tickets can be obtained by contacting the box office. Contact Matthew at 727-498-5205 (X 7) for information on group rates and show availability. The theatre is located at 6099 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.
Tiny Tim’s Toy Drive will take place on Saturday December 13 (2pm matinee). Bring an unwrapped toy and receive a free child’s ticket. All toys will be donated to Toys for Tots.
For more information and tickets visit www.freefalltheatre.com or call (727) 498-5205.
Runar Halonen & Tron Syversen Combine Talents For Ambient Recording
Oct 29 2014
RUNAR HALONEN & TRON SYVERSEN VOICES FROM HEAVEN
Best-selling Norwegian new age music keyboardist Tron Syversen has teamed with wordless vocalist Runar Halonen to create the powerful and therapeutic recording, Voices From Heaven, a masterpiece of ambient and improvisational sound healing.
Syversen has created more than a dozen albums that have led him to the forefront of the new age music field. His music serves as a sanctuary for relaxation, rejuvenation and well-being. He is known for making music that is healing, meditative, healthful, stress-reducing and peaceful. Syversen has worked with many wordless vocalists on his previous recordings, so teaming up with sound-healer Halonen was a logical step. The duo has previously worked together on musical guided meditation recordings (Activation of Your Inner Healing and Create The Life You Want).
Syversen is acknowledged as a pioneer in the Northern-European relaxation-healing music community, but each year his music and influence has spread farther afield. Syversen’s CD, Piano Poems, went to #6 on the international monthly Top 100 Zone Music Reporter airplay chart followed by the #5 Peaceful Journey and the #6 Sacred Dreams -- some of the most-played new age music recordings of the past few years. On these albums he often plays piano and electronic keyboards with occasional guest musicians on acoustic instruments. Syversen also composes, arranges and produces the music.
Voices From Heaven and other recordings by Tron Syversen are available from his website (tronmusic.com), alegro-music.com, amazon.com and many other online CD and digital download sales sites as well as at many large retail stores as well as music, gift and new age lifestyle shops throughout North America and Europe. His music has become extremely popular with holistic healers, massage therapists, spa managers, yoga teachers, reiki masters, doctors, school teachers and care-givers.
Halonen has been working in the healing industry since 1996 (“It is an in-born ability to convey universal energy.”). He completed a study of reflexology in 2000 and began working in the field fulltime in 2003. He is an Approved MNHA Healer in the Nordic Healing Association (qualifying members’ education, practice and ethical conduct) which is, in turn, approved by the government’s regulating Social Affairs department. Halonen does private healing sessions, as well as group meetings, seminars, conferences and concerts.
For Voices From Heaven, both Halonen and Syversen felt they “channeled” the music. “These tracks were created without previous planning,” explains Syversen. “We put ourselves into a state of mind so that the music could come to us freely.”
According to Halonen, “Sound healing is a powerful tool to use. I experience it as a deep form of healing. The energy created from sound healing is very sharp, and it can best be described as a kind of needle-energy. Sound healing creates unique frequencies that are very specific for each situation. The energies use my voice as an instrument to reach specific areas in your body or mind. The sound carries the energies. Different vocal sounds appear -- both high and low notes. Through inner images, I see where the sound is working on the client or within a group.”
Voices From Heaven is comprised of three lengthy tunes -- Voices in Heaven’s Cathedral,” “Voices for Mother Earth” and “Voice of Dreams.” Each piece features Syversen playing spacey, ambient, floating synthesizer music with occasional synthesized percussion or strings effects while Halonen adds soaring, sailing, drone-like, mood-setting, uplifting wordless vocalizing.
In his book, My Amazing Transformation, Halonen tells his own personal story of healing. He received this message, which he then passed along to his readers and clients: “You will bring heaven to earth and the people back to heaven. You are to build bridges between heaven and earth.” The Voices From Heaven CD is a continuation of this practice.
Syversen says, “I attended meditation training using the Silva Method some years ago, and one of the things I learned was to trust the ideas that came into my head. One of these ideas was to incorporate into my music a human voice as an instrument. This has added another deep human dimension to my music. It is like recreating a primal experience, the singing or humming that most mothers do with their babies.
“When composing,” Syversen explains, “I use both my improvisational skills as a jazz pianist and my understanding about how music affects our mental and physical health. We often live with a lot of stress that includes appointments on our agendas as well as expectations from ourselves and others. I realized that there is a big demand for music that can relax and heal the listeners both mentally and physically, so I always keep that in mind while I am creating the music.”
According to Syversen, “My mother played the piano and I started playing at age seven. I also received early musical training in classical piano music at the local music school.” A few years later he began playing trumpet and joined the school’s band. Later Syversen learned other important musical lessons such as jazz improvisation by studying with trumpeter Eckland Baur, a member of the award-winning Geir Lysne Ensemble. “I analyzed jazz tunes and found out how to move to other keys within a tune and I also discovered notes that could be used in melody lines in ways I did not consider possible before starting to play jazz.”
For years Tron played piano accompanying various choirs. He also played in many big bands including the Kings Guards Band. “This was when I started arranging music and it was a great period of musical development for me.” Syverson’s musical influences include Rick Wakeman from Yes, early Vangelis, Kitaro and the Irish-Norwegian duo Secret Garden.
Syversen had a successful career as a businessman, but never gave up playing music. In fact, at one point he built a warehouse, but added a music studio on the top floor and began arranging and producing records for other artists in his spare time. “It was easy for me to come up with musical arrangements. I always had ideas in my head.” Syversen began composing his own music for meditation purposes and for a doctor who specializes in patients with pain problems. “I recorded some of my own music which I sent to the Fonix Musik record company in Denmark and they accepted it for release.” This led to a fulltime music career for Syversen and eventually to the creation of his own record company. Now Syversen has a catalog of successful recordings such as Gentle Moments, Inner Balance, Garden of Visions and Whispers of Assisi.
“My goal has always been to make enjoyable music that people like to listen to,” explains Syversen. “But I also want the music to be good for deep relaxation, meditation, sharp concentration or improved sleep. If my music helps people in their daily lives, I have accomplished more than just entertainment. The music on Voices From Heaveen can be used soley for sound healing or in conjunction with other holistic therapies including massage, spa treatments or aromatherapy.”
Halonen says, “We believe this music will promote the listener’s inner balance. This energy, represented here as music, is the driving force of everything we see around us, yes, in the entire universe. We want to activate your own healing processes. All humans have the ability to heal themselves, and we want this music to help facilitate that therapy.”
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Megan Chaskey Created CD Perfect For Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation And Listening
Oct 15 2014
Megan Chaskey would like to take you to the “higher realms” with the music on her fourth album, Naam Radiance, which features her chanting and singing traditional Sanskrit lyrics to melodies she mostly composed with backing from top musicians. She not only is a vocalist-composer and a flutist, but also a Naam Yoga Therapies teacher, a published poet, a spiritual coach, a Harmonyum Healing practitioner, and a Universal Kabbalist.
On Naam Radiance Chaskey is joined by a stellar lineup of musicians: cellist David Darling (a New Age Album Grammy Award winner), guitarist and pianist Scott Petito (who studied at the Berklee College of Music), percussionist Mike Guglielmo (who attended Molloy College for Music Therapy and is a board-certified music therapist), Celtic harpist Aine Minogue (a popular Irish recording artist, folklorist and lecturer), and supporting vocalists Leslie Ritter (Amy Fradon, James Taylor, Shawn Colvin) and Beth Reineke (Rick Danko, Pete Seeger, Anne Hills).
More information on Megan Chaskey is available at her website (meganchaskey dot com). Her CDs -- Golden Bowl of Naam, Surrounded by Naam, Light of Naam and Naam Radiance -- and digital download tracks from those recordings are available at online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many others. Chaskey’s books of poetry -- Voice, Heartwood and the just-released Birdsong Under the Wisdom Tree -- are also available at her website where she additionally offers one-on-one enlightened life coaching and Harmonyum healing treatments.
“My Naam Radiance album is structured similarly to one of my Naam Yoga therapy sessions which starts with a brief meditation, followed by time to get in touch with one’s present state through meditative movement while singing mantras, then our movements become very rhythmic and energetic during the middle portion, and finally it winds down again until at the end we are relaxing and settling into a deep sense of release. Throughout we are moving in coordination with our breathing,” explains Chaskey.
“Practicing Naam Yoga promotes radiant health through asana postures, rhythmic movements, mudras which are hand and finger positions, breath, and ‘naam’ or sound to harmonize all levels of your being -- physically, mentally and emotionally. It stimulates the life force within us and helps us develop intuitive awareness, spiritual intelligence and health.
“I wanted the album to serve as enjoyable music to listen to, but also as a relaxing and healing experience. You can simply listen or you can sing along. The music is as appropriate for a quiet, candelight dinner as it is for exercising, stress management or massage therapy. To make the music connect as fully as possible with the human experience, it is almost completely vocals and acoustic instrumentation including percussion for the rhythmic movement quality,” Chaskey states.
“The words for the chants are Gurumukhi, a form of Sanskrit that means ‘from the mouth of the guru.’ The words were written down about 600 years ago in a book of teachings by mystics and Sikh gurus, minstrel spiritual teachers, who traveled throughout India and sang their teachings in order for people to more easily absorb and remember them. These chants were passed down from generation to generation. In my own way I am trying to carry the teachings and chants forward by writing my own new melodies to allow the music to have broad appeal for modern audiences.”
Naam Radiance begins with “Invocation,” the one piece in which she uses the traditional melody instead of her own. “This serves as an introductory prayer. I always start my personal morning meditation as well as my Naam Yoga sessions with this.” Chaskey considers the rest of the album to move through three developments. “The next three tracks slowly lift us up. ‘Aardas Bahee’ and ‘Aapa Sahaee Hoa’ musically provide the sweet melancholy of a love song, and lyrically bring hope and blessings in the former and positive energy and opening of the heart in the latter.” Between these two long tracks is the only instrumental on the album, the two-minute “Cello Interlude” in which David Darling overdubbed many highly-variant cello parts.
The second in the trilogy of tunes “gets into the energetic, dynamic, percussive pieces that represent the movement of Naam yoga.” The final three tracks bring the energy level back down. “Haray Guray/Jazz Ballad” uses the same “Haray Guray” mantra as previously, but this time with a more lyrical arrangement that slows it down and presents it with piano-cello backing. Chaskey ends the album with the emotive, relaxing “Sat Nam” in which she overdubs her voice several times as if singing in a temple.
Chaskey brings to this project many years of experience as both a yoga teacher and a musician. As a youngster she gravitated toward folk music such as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Peter Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger and Joni Mitchell. Megan started on violin at age 11, but was playing Baroque recorder in an ensemble when she was 14 (“which contributed to my life-long love of Baroque, Medieval and modal music such as the Aeolian scale.”). Two years later she discovered the flute (“the instrument closest to my heart”). During high school in Pennsylvania she studied with the principal flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Chaskey earned her BA Degree in Literature with a minor in Music at Bennington College in Vermont. During those years she also studied choreography, music composition, and jazz and classical flute. She went on to earn her Masters Degree in Education at Lesley College in Massachusetts.
She lived in England for eight years where she first learned about meditation, chanting and throat singing. After returning to the United States, Chaskey started Zen Meditation followed by Kundalini Yoga (she became a certified instructor), Naam Yoga and Universal Kabbalah. She eventually began teaching yoga on a regular basis not only to adults, but also to junior and senior high students. She now teaches privately and at workshops, summer camps and retreats. Her musical tastes have always embraced Irish folk and new age musicians such as Solas and Enya, and later Chaskey enjoyed Kundalini and Kirtan chants by artists including Snatam Kaur and Deva Premal.
Chaskey’s form of meditation practice singing Naam “opened me to my true voice. I began singing at the end of my yoga classes, while people rested in deep relaxation, and their positive responses planted a new seed of creative expression which led me to capture and share this music by recording albums.” She did some early recording with flutist Jay Loomis and practiced creating her own melodies behind traditional mantras. She met musician Steve Eaton who helped her create her first two albums -- Golden Bowl of Naam and Surrounded by Naam -- “sacred music based on the powerful mantras of Naam Yoga.” Chaskey began to recognize the power of live percussion as the underlying foundation for the vibratory effects of sacred music. This led her to enlist music therapist and innovative percussionist Mike Guglielmo to work with her on her most recent recordings -- Light of Naam and Naam Radiance. Guglielmo introduced Chaskey to multi-instrumentalist, arranger and recording engineer Scott Petito (Brubeck Brothers, Chick Corea, Stevie Wonder, The Band and numerous other major acts).
“Although there are different varieties of yoga and chanting, these practices have become beneficial to many people,” explains Chaskey. “The opening up to everyone of these once-elusive, sacred teachings that at one time were passed down only to the elect few in order to keep the traditions intact, has now allowed us access to ways to evolve spiritually by means of taking care of all levels of our being, physically and emotionally, in harmony with the universal laws of nature. My purpose for creating the music on Naam Radiance is to further propagate and enhance these practices, this beneficial personal journey that anyone can take.”
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