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mifghty uke day
“Mighty Uke Day is a celebration of the diminutive yet dynamic ukulele and honors its unique ties to Michigan culture as well as its contributions to music education and appreciation in the schools and community.”

MIGHTY UKE DAY 4 will be held May 9 & 10, 2014 in Old Town with Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee as headliners! See their cool promo video here: http://youtu.be/f-J_0kEC3m8
Web site: www.mightyukeday.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/mightyukeday/
Email: mightyukeday@gmail.com

Tickets information and ordering:
http://benhassenger.com/mighty-uke-day/mudtickets/

Your Mighty Uke Day donations and support have helped us raise money to establish the following projects:

1) An ukulele program for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders at Sheridan Road School in Lansing; a district whose elementary music program has been decimated due to budget cuts. Video - Sheridan Road Elementary School Mighty Jukes: http://youtu.be/9ZsBtB-qYV4

2) On the other end of the spectrum, money raised at Mighty Uke Day funded the introduction of a uke program for senior citizens in East Lansing, which has brought a lot of joy to the players and audience alike. Video - East Lansing Prime Time Strummers: http://youtu.be/-mZIPtbe7kc

3) Funds also went to the Clinton County special education music therapy program for handicapped students from 3 - 26 years of age.

4) Mid-Michigan's first Guitars in the Classroom workshops began in the fall of 2013; 20 Lansing Public School teachers are now becoming comfortable using guitars and ukuleles in their classrooms.

This is just the beginning. Over the next year, we are looking at expanding the ukulele program in the Lansing School District to other buildings and classrooms as funds permit. The Guitars in the Classroom workshops have proven to be so popular that we are looking at additional classes in Lansing and other hard-hit Michigan cities. The seniors program in East Lansing has set an example for other organizations in the area who are looking at getting their own groups started. The Clinton County special education music therapy project will continue into its third year.
ROOT DOCTOR featuring Freddie Cunningham is Among Nominees of the 13th Independent Music Awards

Michigan band, ROOT DOCTOR, has earned two nominations to join nearly 400 independent label artists as Nominees in the 13th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs). The IMA is an influential awards program for independent bands and fans.

ROOT DOCTOR is nominated for BLUES ALBUM of the YEAR, NEW ATTITUDE, and blues song of the year, BABY, YOU’RE BAD. The song nominated for an award was written by Mike Skory and Lisa Bonotto.   Root Doctor joins a diverse blend of established artists and rising artists including Melissa Ferrick, Yuck, The Soul of John Black, Omar Sosa, Willie Sugarcapps, Born Of Osiris, Vienna Teng and Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche, among many other artists whose recordings were released during the 13th IMA program eligibility period.

Representing the broad spectrum of today’s global independent music scene, the Nominees in over 80 Album, Song, Music Video and Design categories were culled from thousands of submissions from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Greenland and Europe.

Winners will be determined by a panel of influential artist and industry judges including Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson, Sharon Jones, Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega, Meshell Ndegeocello, Chiddy Bang, Shelby Lynne, Joshua Redman, G. Love, Aoife O’Donovan, Jim Lauderdale, Chris Wood & Oliver Wood, Band Of Skulls, Judy Collins, Raul Midon, Bernie Worrell, Dennis Diken, Arturo Sandoval, Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), Terry McBride (Nettwerk Music Group), Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Jason Olaine (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Hillary McAndrew Plate (Lincoln Center) Bob Ludwig (Gateway Mastering), Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records), Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter), Delphine Robertson (Playtone Productions), Benji Rogers (PledgeMusic), Megan West (SoundCloud)
The results will be announced in May, 2014.

In addition to industry-determined Winners, music fans from around the world have until Friday, July 18, 2014 to cast their votes at The IMA Vox Pop Jukebox (http://www.independentmusicawards.com/imanominee/13th) to determine fan-selected program winners.

The Independent Music Award Winners will be promoted to nearly 1 billion music fans worldwide.

Winners of the 13th IMAs will receive active promotions, distribution and performance opportunities placing them in front of nearly 1 billion music fans. Artists, managers and labels credit The IMAs with increasing recognition among music fans and industry gatekeepers.

Entries for the 14th Independent Music Awards are now open.  Album, Song, EP, Music Producer, Music Video and Design entries are being accepted at: http://www.TheIndependentMusicAwards.com

jazz is blue

‘Jazz Is Blue’ is part one in a four CD recording project launched by TRY JAZZ.com.  An initiative with purpose, TRY JAZZ seeks to highlight links between popular roots genres and their Jazz heritage.

Your applause will be captured in the recording in photo op’s and on film as ‘Jazz Is Blue’ showcases the Blues enriched with elements of Jazz. Adding to the uniqueness of this extraordinary event – visual artist/author/painter Mr. Julian Van Dyke will be painting LIVE during each set – capturing the moment on canvas later to become the official ‘Jazz Is Blue’ poster and album cover.

The ‘Jazz Is Blue’ band boasts international recording artists, award winning performers, professors of Jazz and regional top flight talent. A project with purpose – ‘Jazz Is Blue’ selected each player for their expertise in both the Blues & Jazz genres.

Performers Include:
* Jim Alfredson / Organ  (www.jimalfredson.com)
* Twyla Birdsong / Vocals  (www.twylabirdsong.com)
* Sean Dobbins / Drums   (www.seandobbinsmusic.com)
* Derrick Gardner / Trumpet   (www.derrickgardnermusic.com)
* Brian Lange / Saxophones & Vocals (Executive Producer)
* Ralph Tope / Guitar

‘Jazz Is Blue’ offers an early show 5:30-8:00pm & late show 9:00-11:30pm (recording two exact sets) April 26, 2014.

Location: Old Town Marquee 319 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906 Venue Phone: 517-853-5880

General admission tickets $30 and include:
* Open seating
* FREE ‘Jazz Is Blue’ CD upon release
* Complimentary non-alcoholic light refreshment bar
* Participation in LIVE music video & photography

VIP Table for 4 includes:
* Reserved table seating
* FREE autographed ‘Jazz Is Blue’ CD upon release
* FREE ‘Jazz Is Blue’ art poster by Julian VanDyke
* Complimentary non-alcoholic light refreshment bar

Premiere/VIP Table for 6 includes:
* Front row reserved seating
* FREE autographed ‘Jazz Is Blue’ CD upon release
*FREE ‘Jazz Is Blue’ art poster by Julian VanDyke
* Complimentary non-alcoholic light refreshment bar
* Waitstaff and personal service
* Complimentary appetizer tray
* Personal meet & greet with ‘Jazz Is Blue’ band

Contact tryjazzproject@gmail.com for VIP & Premiere Table reservations

Advance Ticket Sales Only

The project Artistic Director, trumpeter Mr. Derrick Gardner, is an award winning composer, arranger, international recording artist and professor of Jazz. He leads TRY JAZZ on four albums that are being recorded live to celebrate the Blues, Soul, Funk & Hip Hop genres highlighted by the presence of their Jazz ancestry.

Visit www/tryjazz.com for more information on the project and future LIVE audience events!

National News and Beyond
Rockers KISS, Nirvana, Hall and Oates inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The rock group KISS, singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, grunge band Nirvana, and Hall and Oates entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 10, 2014 but the original KISS quartet did not perform.

Also inducted were country rock star Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens, the British musician known as Yusuf Islam after converting to Islam and shunning the stage for decades.

The E Street Band, the group behind Bruce Springsteen, was inducted by the rocker through the Award for Musical Excellence.

Two prominent band managers - Brian Epstein for The Beatles until his death in 1967 and the Rolling Stones' Andrew Loog Oldham - rounded out the 2014 roster, each receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Awards for lifetime achievement.

The 1970s shock-rockers KISS, known for their outrageous costumes and makeup stayed true to their vow not to perform. The four inductees did not all comment on the Hall of Fame's decision to honor only the band's original line-up, leaving out current band members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.

Gabriel, lead vocalist for the progressive rock band Genesis who later had solo hits such as "Sledgehammer," was inducted by Chris Martin and sang "Digging in the Dirt" with him.

While Ronstadt was absent, top female stars paid musical tribute to her oeuvre with Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks bringing the audience at a Brooklyn arena to its feet with rousing renditions of "You're No Good," "Different Drum" and "When Will I Be Loved".

Stevens, inducted by Art Garfunkel, kicked off his remarks quipping "I never thought I'd be on the same stage as KISS." The induction could signal a return to the spotlight after decades of not performing for Stevens, who sang old favorites like "Wild World" and "Peace Train" live on Thursday night.

After the E Street Band held the stage for over an hour with each member speaking and singing several songs, Hall and Oates garnered applause with Daryl Hall's quip: "Lucky for all of you there are only two of us."

Nirvana's ceremony-capping induction, in its first year of eligibility, was made by REM's Michael Stipe. It was accepted by Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl.

The inductees, who will join the Hall of Fame's 719 other musicians and executives as members, were chosen by more than 700 voters from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

Fans were allowed to cast votes online for the artists they believe were the most deserving of induction, with three of their top five choices making the cut this year.