WPMH 1380 Interview with Seth Walker

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WPHM 1380 Paul Miller interview with LRB Greg Hind

Paul Miller of WPHM interviewed Greg Hind of the Little River Band.

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Times Herald article: Little River Band plays in Lexington by Bob Gross

Feeling in a late 70s, early 80s frame of mind?

Maybe even reminiscing?

The Little River Band, which first hit the charts in 1975 with the original members in their home country of Australia, will perform at 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday at the Lexington Village Theatre, 7318 Huron Ave.

Wayne Nelson plays bass and shares lead vocals — he says he “hired somebody younger” to do the high harmonies on hits like “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change” and “Lonesome Loser.” He’s been with the band for 35 years — since 1979.

“I got a lot of miles under my belt,” he said.

He said he took over as the front man in 2000.

“I get to sing all the cool lyrics,” he said.

The show in Lexington, Nelson said, will have something of a Christmas theme.

“We have a Christmas CD that’s been out for a couple of years,” he said.

He said they’re not likely to be singing “Sleigh Ride” or “White Christmas.”

“Ours are less traditional Christmas songs – pop songs about Christmas like Keb’ Mo’, Mariah Carey and Kenny Loggins, Neil Diamond,” he said.

He said the group is all about giving the people what they expect when they hear the name “Little River Band.” That includes people who grew up in the 70s and people who grew up in the 90s.

“We play for people in their mid-20s who grew up with the music in their house or their car because their parents were listening to it,” he said.

“People go to a show of a vintage band for one thing, and that’s memories. They want to hear it the way they used to.”

After their Lexington gig, the band will be playing in Florida before returning to Michigan at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant on Jan. 17.

“We have a lot of fun,” Nelson said. “There’s way too much travel not to.

“I’m the tour manager as well, and it’s a huge workload to coordinate everyone’s travel.

“It’s pretty grueling when we’re not doing what we love, which is onstage playing the music,” he said. “That 90 minutes makes it worthwhile.”

He said the band’s sets are “no smoke and mirrors,” no fog machines or pyrotechnics, just five guys playing music.

And, he said, it’s something they love to do.

“If it got to be just a job, we would have to quit,” Nelson said.

Contact Bob Gross at (810) 989-6263 or rgross@gannett.com.

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LRB Wayne Nelson interview with WPMH 1380 Paul Miller

Little River Band Wayne Nelson discusses the upcoming Christmas Show at the Lexington Village Theatre on Sunday, December 14th with Paul Miller of WPHM 1380.

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Glenn Douglas Packard interview with Paul Miller 1380 WPHM

Glenn Douglas Packard, originally from Michigan, is the choreographer for Men of the Strip.

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WPHM 1380 Paul Miller Interview with Michael Grimm

Michael Grimm

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The Times Herald article – Michael Grimm

Grimm shows his Talent

Michael Grimm will be showing why he was the America’s Got Talent’s fifth season winner Saturday at the Lexington Village Theatre.

Grimm will perform some of the songs that put him in front of judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, as well as a song he released online as a download called “Starting Over.” Concert-goers might even get a sneak peek from the new album he is working on, he said.

Being on the show, he said, “was a life-changing experience. I got to meet some wonderful people along the way.”

A native of Waveland, Mississippi, Grimm, 35, said he thought he would be passed over for the show as its producers were slow to reach him initially, but he got the call to go to Hollywood while on the road touring with Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers.

“They called me up and there I was in Hollywood,” he said. “I really didn’t know that I was going to be in front of the judges so suddenly. I thought I was going to do the whole cattle call again.”

After his two shows in Lexington, Grimm said he plans on leaving for Switzerland to celebrate his wife, Lucie’s, birthday. Grimm said he proposed to his wife on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

“I only did that because she said to me, ‘I don’t care if you marry me in a courtroom, but when you propose make sure it’s good’,” he said.

Lexington Village Theater event coordinator Becky Hortop described Grimm as a soulful singer.

“He has kind of that Southern blues sound,” she said. This will be Grimm’s first appearance at the recently re-opened theater, she said. “We are expecting a really good turn out.”

Show times for the Saturday performance are 5 and 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $19, $25 and $39

The theater is in its first year of business under new owners Mike and Lanae Kettlewell. It was vacant for more than two years. The owners have added a new sound system and upgraded the lighting.

“What we’re trying to do is bring top talent from the area and also nationally. Michael Grimm certainly fits that,” Mike Kettlewell said.

Further plans for the theater include introducing reserved seating, adding season tickets for people who would like to attend multiple events with one purchase, and to publish a list of upcoming events so people can plan ahead, he said.

“This year was more sporadic. We had to catch (performers) on the route as they came through Michigan,” Kettlewell said. “Next year we’re going to have a much more planned approach.”

Tickets are available through the Lexington Village Theatre website, or call the theater box office at (810) 359-5108. Tickets are also at the door.

Contact Syeda Ferguson at (810) 989-6276 or email her at syeda@thetimesherald.com

IF YOU GO

MICHAEL GRIMM

• When: 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Lexington Village Theatre

• Cost: $19, $25 and $39 at www.lexingtonvillagetheatre.com or by calling (810) 359-5108

More Information: www.lexingtonvillagetheatre.com or www.michaelgrimmmusic.com

 

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Times Herald Article – Julianne Ankley performs in Lexington

Julianne Ankley performs in Lexington

Julianne Ankley photo by Rachael Ankley

LEXINGTON Expect a lot of original music from Julianne Ankley when she performs Saturday at the Lexington Village Theatre.

“I’m going to be doing almost entirely original music,” Ankley said. “I’m an award-winning singer-songwriter, so I should do my own music.”

Ankley, who is a fixture on the local music scene, received a 2014 Detroit Music Award as outstanding country songwriter. Her group, Julianne Ankley and the Rogues, was selected as outstanding country artist/group.

She said she’s proud to be from southeast Michigan, and that Detroit country music is different from country music in other parts of the country.

“I’ve got country blood deep,” said Ankley, who writes in her biography about riding a tractor with her dad on their Thumb-area farm with the radio playing. “That’s the root of it. Country music sounds different here than in other parts of the country.

“There’s a lot of Detroit influence.”

There’s also a lot of Port Huron influence. A video for her single, “No Place for a Lullabye,” was shot in 2009 in the area behind the Raven Café. The song is about what it’s like to be homeless.

“That was nominated for a Detroit Music Award,” she said.

She said performing is “a piece of my soul.”

“Once I started, it was like being bit by a vampire — you’re in it for life,” she said.

“There’s something about connecting with your audience,” she said. “There’s a moment when I’m on the stage and singing and playing a song I wrote, and you look out, and the audience gets it.”

She said she’s currently working on a new album. She also will be among the women featured in a 13-episode series, “Embrace of Aging: The Female Perspective on Growing Old,” that starts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on WTVS-TV (Channel 56).

Ankley will be singing with other performers on the series soundtrack.

She said she’s been performing professionally for 10 years — five years as a solo artist — but she still describes herself as a struggling performer and songwriter.

“Hopefully, I’m building a fan base,” she said.

Inspiration, she said, is “all around you every day… it depends on what you tap into.

“You can find inspiration everywhere.”

Contact Bob Gross at (810) 989-6263 or rgross@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @RobertGross477

IF YOU GO

JULIANNE ANKLEY AND THE ROGUES

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lexington Village Theatre, 7318 Huron Ave., Lexington, MI 48450

Cost: Tickets are $17, $22 and $27.

For more information: www.lexingtonvillagetheatre.com or www.julianneankley.com or call 810-359-5108

This article is credited to Bob Gross and the Times Herald, Port Huron, Michigan.  http://www.thetimesherald.com/

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Andy Gross Interview with Paul Miller on WPHM 1380

Illusionist Andy Gross discusses his upcoming show on Friday, August 29, 2014 with Paul Miller on WPHM1380.  Andy will be performing at the Lexington Village Theatre in Lexington, MI.

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Interactive Rock Opera Coming to Lexington

Null Paradox’s Saturday shows could end one of two ways, and it will be up to the audience to decide.

The group will perform two interactive shows of “Gertrude and Grace” at the Lexington Village Theatre, 7318 Huron Ave.

It is based on a fiction book the group’s bass player, Tom Libertiny, co-authored. The performance has been in the works for five years, Libertiny said.

Saturday’s shows will be the group’s launch of its tour.

Eric Scott Baker performs as “The Bully.” Photo by Dave Lamarand

Eric Scott Baker performs as “The Bully.” Photo by Dave Lamarand

“If you really love rock music and live theater, this is the best of both worlds,” Libertiny said.

The story is about two girls who have grown up together, but their relationship is crumbling. They must decide if they want to go after their passions, which will lead them away from each other, or fix their relationship, he said.

“Each song on the CD is one chapter of the book, and it’s brought to life,” Libertiny said.

This is the first part of the story’s trilogy, so expect more from the group down the road, he said.

He said he has found descriptions vary when people try to explain the group’s sound.

“I have found people comparing us to Evanescence meets the circus,” Libertiny said, noting he’s also had other people compare them to Janis Joplin.

Although the show features many opportunities for audience interactions, deciding the ending is the biggest role the audience will have.

“If you have to pick between the love of your life or the one thing you believe your mission in life is, which would you choose?” Libertiny said. “The audience will vote, and depending how they vote, we’ll do that ending.”

Tickets are $15, $20 and $25. They are available online at www.lexingtonvillagetheatre.com or by calling (810) 359-5108. For more information about Null Paradox, visit www.nullparadox.com.

 

Contact Crystal Garcia at (810) 989-6276 or cagarcia@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @THCrystalGarcia

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This article is credited to Crystal Garcia and the Times Herald, Port Huron, Michigan.  www.thetimesherald.com

Reprinted by permission of the Times Herald.