Check out Gary Hannan & Julianne Ankley’s radio interview with Paul Miller of WPHM 1380. They discuss their upcoming performance “Stories Behind the Songs” at the Lexington Village Theatre on Friday, June 10th. Purchase tickets online at http://www.lexingtonvillagetheatre.com/tickets or call 810-359-5108.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support Round 1 of the Lexington Village Theatre & Pub Karaoke Contest. Congratulations to the contestants who are advancing to Semi-Finals on Sat, Jan 23rd:
Round 2 is on Sat, Jan 16th at 8pm. Register for Round 2 by downloading the rules and registration form at http://villagepublexington.com/lexington-villag…/activities/
E-mail the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org All registration forms MUST BE turned in BEFORE 7pm on Sat, Jan 16th. For questions, please message the Lexington Village Theatre & Pub page or call 810-359-5108.
Illusionist Jason Bishop spoke with Paul Miller of WPHM 1380. Listen to the interview HERE
Listen to Mountain Heart’s Josh Shilling interview with Paul Miller of WPHM 1380 HERE
Sanilac 100 women fundraiser is in need of more women
Nicole Hayden, Times Herald
A night to dress to the nines, drink wine, and network with caring women is even better when funds from the event get donated to a local cause.
The Sanilac Women Who Care is hosting its third annual fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lexington Village Theater.
The event aims to gather 100 women together to make a difference, but 37 women are still needed to sign up to hit that mark.
Each of the 100 women are required to bring $100 to attend the event with the goal of raising $10,000 for a local organization.
Three participating women are randomly chosen to pitch a local charity that should receive the money raised from the night.
All women in attendance then vote once the pitches are complete.
The sole winner receives all of the funds.
“There is no end to the need for funding,” said Nona Walker, Sanilac Women Who Care board member. “There are many different causes from the county museum needing updates to food pantries needing money.”
Last year the winning organization was the Sanilac County Child Advocacy Center which took home $7,200.
“We have never hit the 100-women mark, which is our ultimate goal, we would love to do that,” Walker said. “But really our goal is to do better than we did the previous year.”
Last year, 72 women attended the event. So far 63 women, which equates to $6,300, have signed up to attend. Pre-registration is not required; women can sign up at the door.
“We try to keep it classy, the venue itself adds to the ambiance of it,” Walker said. “Ladies come dressed up, not in formal wear, but not in sweatshirts either. A lot of networking goes on and a lot of wine gets consumed, too.”
Walker said the networking portion of the event allows various local organizations to discuss how they can work together and to introduce others to charities they may not have heard of.
“Not every woman who comes is here to represent an organization that needs funds,” Walker said. “Some women just come to support local causes. Part of the networking is trying to convince women to pitch your organization if they are one of the ones randomly chosen to present on a charity.”
This year local Paul Shonk will be providing the musical entertainment throughout the night. Volunteer men will also be dressed up in tuxedos serving complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be open.
For more information or to register call Walker at (810) 622-9209.
Contact Nicole Hayden at (810) 989-6279 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @NicoleHayden_TH.
If you go
• Sanilac Women Who Care, 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lexington Village Theater, 7318 Huron Ave., Lexington. Cost is $100.
• For more information or to register call Nona Walker at (810) 622-9209.
Read the original article HERE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the original Times Herald article HERE
Julianne Ankley performs in Lexington
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 email@example.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.
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.
“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.”
Contact Crystal Garcia at (810) 989-6276 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @THCrystalGarcia
Reprinted by permission of the Times Herald.