Musical groups – Pinehurst Kids Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:50:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Musical groups – Pinehurst Kids 32 32 Mother-daughter country group ONE The duo sets out to spread love and compassion Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:00:46 +0000

Blacks, like the music they originated, are not a monolith and have influenced the global community for eons with their rhythmic innovations. It is therefore not surprising that many black artists are turning to the genre of country music, an art form that stems from blues music and West African musical traditions, according at black history.

Mother-daughter duo Tekitha Washington and Prana Supreme Diggs are the newest members of the country music scene with their band ONE The duo. The name reflects their personalities and musical flair: O is observant, N is noetic and E is effervescent, the Tennessee Grandstand reports.

Their transition to the white male-dominated music genre is an exciting story given the common roots of hip-hop. Washington is a former singer of Wu-Tang Clanand her daughter’s father is the famous Wu-Tang Clan producer RZAaccording to Tennessee Grandstand.

In 2014, Washington hosted jam sessions with various musicians, poets, rappers and visual artists where mother and daughter stylized a melody that moved their guests. The reception sparked an idea with Diggs. She asked her mother, “What if we sang and wrote our own songs together,” she recalled, according to rolling stone.

Washington was initially hesitant to join a singing group with her daughter because she understood how tough the music industry is for young female artists. However, Diggs remained unfazed and convinced her mother to jump on the opportunity with her, rolling stone reports.

“I felt like if I wanted to do music, or if I wanted to be in the arts, no one would protect me better than my mom,” Diggs said in a Zoom interview with the music entertainment outlet.

“And she’s not a stage mom. She’s not trying to live vicariously through her child.

Washington warned his daughter that their collaboration would require an all-out effort.

“She’s like, ‘We’re not going to do this as a hobby. You want to do this, so we’re going to do this to the best of our ability,’ Diggs explains.

Washington wanted to create a sound that would be “a complete departure” from her past contributions to hip-hop and R&B and decided that country music would be the category in which she would spread her artistic wings.

The group now resides in Nashville, Tennessee, and experiments with pedal steel guitars, banjos, and fiddles to cultivate their unique sound, the Tennessee Grandstand reports.

In an interview with Ebony, Diggs described how their dynamic relationship influences their songwriting: “Mom and I really like writing with other people because usually we’re already on the same page or on the same wave length.”

ONE The Duo is fully aware that the growing number of black artists in country music is meeting resistance from critics who have expressed their irritation at the growing mainstreaming of the genre. However, the mother-daughter duo intend to overcome racial barriers by doling out love and compassion.

]]> Paul McCartney’s historic Glastonbury setlist in full as he’s joined on stage by Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen Sun, 26 Jun 2022 09:09:00 +0000

As he took to the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night, the former Beatle became the festival’s oldest solo headliner, a week after celebrating his 80th birthday.

To mark the momentous occasion, Sir Paul treated the masses in the crowd to a selection of his own songs as well as beloved tracks from the Beatles and his latest band Wings.

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During his over two hour set he played a range of classic songs including Hey Jude, Blackbird, Live And Let Die, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da and Get Back.

Paul McCartney, left, and Dave Grohl perform at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, England on Saturday June 25, 2022.

The electrifying spectacle was further amplified when it featured Grohl on stage to sing I Saw Her Standing There and Band On The Run.

The Foo Fighters frontman revealed he flew in from the US specifically for the appearance, but admitted the trip was not without a few bumps as he had several canceled flights, but noted that he “wouldn’t would never fail to be on stage” alongside Sir Paul.

After Grohl, Sir Paul announced he had another surprise from the East Coast of America as Springsteen took the stage.

After the American rocker wished Sir Paul a happy 80th birthday, they played Glory Days and I Wanna Be Your Man.

Paul McCartney, left, and Bruce Springsteen perform at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, England on Saturday June 25, 2022.

Sir Paul also remembered his loved ones during the headline, including dedicating a piano version of My Valentine to his wife Nancy and Something to Beatles bandmate George Harrison.

Ahead of the song Here Today, he revealed he wrote it after John Lennon’s death, describing it as a “form of letter” he never got to write to his bandmate as he did. said when they were kids they “couldn’t express”. too much affection for each other” as they were “too busy trying to be tough and cool”.

At the end of the song, he added, “If you want to tell someone you love them, don’t wait, don’t delay.”

Elsewhere in the set, Sir Paul delivered an energetic guitar solo after performing Let Me Roll It.

After the performance, he explained that he added this section at the end as a tribute to the “late great Jimi Hendrix”.

He also shared a touching anecdote about Hendrix, recalling how he took his guitar out of tune while covering the Beatles song Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, leading him to ask guitar maestro Eric Clapton who was in the audience at help repair the instrument.

During the story, Sir Paul briefly stopped to allow festival staff to check on a situation in the crowd and resumed after being told everything had been sorted out.

After finishing his main set with Hey Jude, the crowd sang the famous lyrics to the singer until he returned for an encore.

When he returned to the stage, he was waving the Ukrainian flag while his band members displayed a Pride rainbow flag and the Union Jack.

As part of the encore, thanks to special technology that could isolate Lennon’s vocals from old recordings, Sir Paul was able to duet the Beatles’ track I’ve Got A Feeling alongside his former bandmate on the Pyramid stage. .

To end the historic set, he sang the Beatles song The End to a cheering crowd with Springsteen and Grohl also returning to provide guitar solos.

Although the majority of Glastonbury’s headline performances are shown live on BBC iPlayer, Sir Paul only appeared on the broadcaster’s channels an hour into his set.

The BBC has been contacted for comment.

Ahead of his historic set on the Pyramid Stage, Sir Paul delivered a surprise preview performance at an intimate venue in Frome, Somerset, where he performed some of his best-known tunes.

Earlier on Saturday, the Pyramid Stage also hosted a speech by Greta Thunberg where she called on society to shoulder its “historic responsibility to turn the tables” with the global climate crisis.

The 19-year-old environmental activist told the crowd that she believed there was still hope for the world to choose a path that was “sustainable” and “leading to a future for all”.

Ms Thunberg’s speech was followed by a set by pop rock band Haim, with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on the Pyramid Stage after them.

The Pyramid Stage also hosted musical stars Haim, AJ Tracey, Easy Life, Joy Crookes and Les Amazones d’Afrique on Saturday.

American pop star Olivia Rodrigo and rapper Megan Thee Stallion both performed on the other stage, while Mercury winner Celeste performed on the West Holts stage.

Billie Eilish gave an electrifying performance on the Pyramid Stage on Friday to end the first day of performances at Glastonbury.

Her appearance was a highlight for the festival as she became Glastonbury’s youngest solo headliner.

Sir Paul McCartney’s Glastonbury setlist in full

I have to bring you into my life

nineteen eighty-five

Despite all the dangers

Be for the benefit of Mr. Kite!

You never give me your money

She came in through the bathroom window

I Saw Her Up (with Dave Grohl)

Band on the Run (with Dave Grohl)

I want to be your man (with Bruce Springsteen)

I’ve Got a Feeling (virtual duet with John Lennon)

The End (with Dave Grohl) (also with Bruce Springsteen)

Color of Music festival performs at CUNY for New York debut – The Ticker Sat, 25 Jun 2022 01:33:07 +0000

The Color of Music Festival made its New York debut at the CUNY Graduate Center on June 15.

During a public performance at the Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall, attendees were able to listen to classical music by black composers for free.

Based in Charleston, South Carolina, the festival has been touring the United States with black musicians since 2013. Performances include baroque, classical and 20emusical standards of the last century by composers of African descent.

The objective of the COMF is to make black composers known. These artists, like the Franco-African composer Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, are better known internationally, according to the festival’s website.

“Thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and in partnership with the CUNY Graduate Center and CUNY TV, we are thrilled to bring this historic performance to America’s cultural capital,” said COMF Founder and Artistic Director Lee. Pringles. Broadway World. “Our home base of Charleston, SC is itself known for its iconic arts festivals and we are proud to bring New York audiences the classic Black contributions of a region where 40% of all Africans arrived on the North American continent.”

The ensemble of musicians includes Alexandria D’Amico, Caleb Georges, Michael Jorgensen, James Keene, Kenneth Law and Ryan Murphy. The group was joined by German-born violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport and French violinist Romuald Grimbert-Barré.

The performance featured chamber music composed by Black, including a string quartet arrangement of Valerie Coleman’s “Umoja” and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s String Quartet No. 1 “Calvary.”

The evening also featured “The String Octet in E flat major, Op. 20” by German composer Felix Mendelssohn.

The event was hosted by CUNY’s Office of Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation. Brian Peterson, Dean of the Office and Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance, told Broadway World he was thrilled to welcome COMF’s debut to the city.

“The performance showcases the rich and diverse talents of performers and composers at a time when we need to be intellectually inspired and spiritually uplifted,” Peterson said. “We are proud to embark on this new partnership with the Color of Music festival and know that audience members will be energized by the live performance.”

Complimentary tickets were available on the COMF website and at the Graduate Center box office on the day of the performance. Tickets were required for entry.

CUNY’s performance was the first of two in COMF’s “New York Chamber Music Series.” The festival then performed at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on June 17.

Both performances were early celebrations of Juneteenth, which was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.

“Thanks to civil rights activist Opal Lee, Juneteenth is now a national holiday and the Festival is honored to have our first New York performance celebrating this milestone,” said Peterson.

La Salle hosts its summer party, two fireworks shows planned – Shaw Local Thu, 23 Jun 2022 10:30:00 +0000

1 – Celebrate La Salle this weekend. The city’s annual summer festival on Downtown Second Street runs Thursday through Sunday with the carnival opening at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Special wristbands are $25 from 5-9 p.m. Thursday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The festival will feature live music from Hairbanger’s Ball (7-10 p.m. Thursday); Leg 2 Clingers (Friday 5-8pm) and Brushville (Friday 8-11pm); Happy Wanderers (3 p.m. Saturday), 303 (6 p.m. Saturday) and Resurrection, a Journey tribute band (9 p.m. Saturday). Fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m. Saturday. Food vendors, a beer garden, garage sales throughout the city, a craft fair, a 5k run, and Magic Matt (noon to 4 p.m. Sundays) are some of the other highlights of the festival. The weekend will end with the auto show Sunday morning at 3 p.m. Visit the Celebrate La Salle Facebook page for more information.

2 – Have a classic Friday experience in Utica. Downtown Utica will be filled with classic cars for the Starved Rock Street Cars Cruise Night sponsored by the Utica Business Association. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday. To register as a participant, it costs $10. Several downtown businesses are planning their own activities around the event.

Food vendors will accompany the musical performances of the Music in the Park series in Ottawa.

3 – Listen to free music on Saturday at Ottawa’s Washington Square. The Music in the Park series begins with Demolition Men performing from 6-8 p.m. The series will continue every Saturday at the same time and place until August 27. Free entry. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, or sit on one of the park benches. Street and lot parking is available nearby. For more information, visit the Ottawa Special Events Group Facebook page.

4 – Start early to celebrate Independence Day in Mendota. The city’s fireworks are scheduled to begin Saturday at 9:30 p.m. at Lake Mendota. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Free entry. There will be a concession stand, lighted merchandise and additional food from Lions Club Corn Dogs, Tacos Guzman and Paulie’s Snack Shack. Go to or call 815-539-6507 for more information.

5 – Catch a family show this weekend in Princeton. Performances are Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at the Grace Theatre, 316 S. Main St. The play leaps into the pages of Mo Willems’ bestselling children’s book series when ‘Elephant and Piggie’s’ We Are in a Play!'” running through Saturday, July 2. An elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are the “bestus” of friends, according to the script. In this “Flippy Floppy Floory” show, Gerald and Piggie sing their way through a day where anything is possible. They wear silly hats, go to a party with squirrels, learn a new dance and eat ice cream. To buy tickets, go to and click on the box office tab The box office can also be reached at 815-879-5656 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday and one hour before each performance.

Bonus: start your weekend with color in Streator. Safe Journeys (formerly ADV & SAS) is hosting its first Color Run for kids ages 5-14 on Saturday, June 25 at Twister Hill Park on Broadway Street, just south of Streator High School. Same-day registration is at 8 a.m. and the event starts at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $25 and includes a t-shirt, water, and a snack. Register online at For any questions, contact Melissa, the race director, at or by phone at 815-672-2353.

Chamber Announces Freedom Fest Music Lineup Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:47:29 +0000

GENTRY – The Gentry Chamber of Commerce has announced the musical lineup for this year’s Freedom Festival at Gentry City Park from noon until dark on Monday, July 4.

Mitch Ryder and 2022 All Star Band members Peter Rivera, Larry Boyd and Michael Supe Granda, backed by the Back Line Band, will perform in Gentry at the Freedom Festival in City Park on the evening of July 4. Ryder, born William Sherille Levise Jr. in 1945, is known for his rock and roll, rhythm and blues, blue-eyed soul, frat rock and hard rock hits. Granda is the founding member of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Boyd was a founding member of Head East and Rivera the original lead singer of Rare Earth.

The Swade Diablos and the Butler Creek Boys will also perform in the afternoon and early evening.

The Butler Creek Boys are a southern bluegrass and gospel band based in Siloam Springs. According to the band’s website, members include Dustin Butler, Austin Butler, Dillon Butler, Nick Braschler, Tanner Andrews and Nathanael Stone. Brothers Dustin, Austin and Dillon are the eighth generation of Butlers to live and farm Butler Creek (from which the group takes its name), located near the Fairmount community just east of Siloam Springs. The Butlers’ love of music can be attributed to the many nights spent around the piano with family and friends singing hymns.

The Swade Diablos features Mark Shields on lead guitar, Jamie Pruner on double bass and Jeff Tennant on drums. According to the band’s website, The Swade Diablos create a rockabilly sound straight out of the 50s. bands like the Stray Cats.

In addition to musical entertainment, the 4th of July event will feature food, inflatable rides, a car show, competitions, craft vendors, the splash pad, a local team doing skateboard demonstrations skateboarding in the skate park, a kid’s zone sponsored by Meek’s Lumber, face painting and balloon art, to name a few!

And, of course, at dusk, the festival offers one of the best fireworks displays in Northwest Arkansas!

For more information on the event, contact the Gentry Chamber of Commerce at 479-736-2358 or by email at [email protected]

SUBMITTED The Butler Creek Boys, a gospel and bluegrass band from the southern Siloam Springs area, will perform at the Gentry Freedom Festival on July 4 at Gentry City Park.

What’s Happening in the Mid-Hudson Valley as of June 20, 2022 – Daily Freeman Mon, 20 Jun 2022 04:01:22 +0000

• The Friends of the Saugerties Library are hosting a Bring Your Own Picnic and Annual Meeting at 6:00 pm on Monday, June 20 at the Library Park on Division Street. The Bring Your Own picnic replaces the annual potluck. Bring your own chair and note that the library is closed at this time so bathrooms are not available.

• The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle Series at Bard College Olin Hall in Annandale-on-Hudson concludes with “Beloved Piano Quartets” on Saturday, June 25 at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $35; $5 for students. (845) 758-7900;

• The Gardiner Library, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner, will have a Repair Café on Sunday, June 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. . Broken items include small appliances, lamps, picture frames, chairs and more. Visit for more information.

• The Stewart House and Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society will host a fundraiser on Sunday, June 26, 3-5 p.m., at the River Grill at Stewart House, 1 N. Water St., Athens. Tickets are available at The Stewart House, by visiting or by calling (518) 828-5294.

• The Vassar College Music Department and the Hudson Valley Society for Musicians are hosting a Sunday Choir and Orchestra as part of the college’s Bach Fest, June 26, 2 p.m. at the college’s Skinner Hall of Music, 100 Raymond Avenue, Arlington. Conducted by Christine Howlett, the band Der Herr Denket an uns BWV 196, the “Brandenburger Concerto” No. 5 BWV 1050 and Christ Lag in Todes Banden BWV 4 S. For tickets, visit For a complete listing of Vassar’s BachFest events, visit

• The registration period for the Bard College Lifelong Learning Institute runs until June 21st. LLI provides members with educational and social opportunities to share their love of learning and exchange ideas and experiences. Membership is limited to 350 people; existing members have renewal priority. In the event that the applications exceed the places available, the new members will be selected by lot. The annual membership fee is $175. Bard LLI welcomes applications from a diverse and inclusive group of all potential members. For more information, see the organization’s website at

• The Sainte-Croix/Santa Cruz Church exhibit “Celebrating Sainte-Croix/Santa Cruz…Its Artists, Its Mission, Its Preservation” on Saturday, June 25, from 1 to 4 p.m., features works by artisans talented parishioners. See paintings, jewelry, quilts, needlework and fabric artists on display in the church and parish hall at 30 Pine Grove Ave., Kingston and meet a recently published children’s book author. Tours of the church and the history of the carvings in the sanctuary will be available, the Ulster Immigrant Advocacy Network will have an information board and the thrift store will be open. For more information, call the church office at (845) 331-6796.

• The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is coming to the Bearsville Center, 277 – 297 Tinker Street, Woodstock, October 21-23. Admire fine, contemporary, handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments displayed by their creators in an intimate gathering of stringed instrument makers, players, collectors and aficionados and enjoy the music live streaming, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each event day at The Bearsville Theater Lounge. Seminars, workshops and additional concerts with separate entrance. General admission is $25 per day. A three-day pass costs $60. Advance tickets through the Bearsville Theater Box Office will go on sale in June.

• The United Methodist Church, 12 Lafayette Avenue, Coxsackie, will be sponsoring a take-out-only chicken barbecue on Thursday, June 30, from 4-6 p.m. Tickets, which must be purchased by Thursday, June 23, are $15 per person. Dinners will include half a chicken, a baked potato, corn, coleslaw, a bun, butter and cookies. Orders can be picked up at the parking lot on Avenue Lafayette. Tickets are available from any church member or by calling (518) 428-9600 or (518) 731-8072. Dial (518) 428-9600 for delivery.

• An outdoor summer music concert series, ‘Twilight Music in the Parks’, takes place Thursdays from 6-7pm at the Ulster Visitor Center on the Highlands side of Walkway Over the Hudson, off US Route 9W, through September 1.

• People’s Place, in partnership with Institute for Animal Happiness, brought the Happy Cart back to the parking lot at 17 St. James St., Kingston every Wednesday from 4-6pm. The Happy Cart offers plant-based foods to our community for taste and is free.

• The People’s Place Wellness Empowerment Center monthly Evening Of Holistic Health collaboration with the Holistic Health Community continues. The first Wednesday evening of each month from 3-7 p.m. at 775 Broadway, Kingston.

• Coach House Players at 12 Augusta St., Kingston, will present “On Golden Pond” for six performances from Friday July 1 to Sunday July 10. The Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m., with the Sunday matinee performance at 2 p.m. Prices are $20, $18 for seniors 62 and older, and $10 for students 18 and younger. Tickets can be purchased by calling (845) 331-2476 or by going online to

• The People’s Place Wellness Empowerment Center offers free weekly workshops, including wellness classes, health screenings, nutritional counseling, alternative health modalities and financial education. 775 Broadway, Kingston. For more information and to register for workshops, visit or call (845) 338-4030.

• People’s Place Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday evenings 5 ​​p.m. to 7 p.m. at 17 St. James St., Kingston. Donations of fresh and shelf stable food are accepted. Dial (845) 338-4030.

• The People’s Place Bounty table, located just outside the doors, offers free produce, bread, baked goods, dairy and protein. Items change daily and are on a first-come, first-served basis during business hours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (845) 338-4030 for more information.

• The Hurley Heritage Society Museum at 52 Main St, Hurley has opened for the season. See the current exhibition “Winslow Homer at Hurley – an artist’s view”. featuring reproductions of the paintings and illustrations that Homer created during his visits to Hurley between 1870 and 1875. The exhibition features five new paintings this year. The museum’s opening hours are Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

• Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Ice Cream Sundays train rides run on Sundays through September 18th. Trains depart from the railway’s Westbrook Lane station in Kingston, near the Hannaford supermarket in Kingston Plaza, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for a duration of approximately one hour. stroll. Tickets are $20 for adults; $14 for children (2 to 12 years old); $19 for seniors, active military and veterans; and free for toddlers 2 and under on laps. Visit

• Bike Friendly Kingston will host a monthly “Slow Rides” night on the first Thursday of every month through October. Guided rides, lasting five to 20 miles, depart from the Kingston & Ulster YMCA parking lot at 507 Broadway at 6 p.m. The dates are July 7, August 8, September 9 and October 6. Email for more information.

• The Tivoli Wide Yard sale, now in its 33rd year, will take place on Saturday, July 30 starting at 9 am. A map showing the locations of each sale will be published and distributed at Four Corners. For more information, call the village office at (845) 757-2021.

• The Thomas Cole National Historic Site exhibit “Thomas Cole’s Studio: Memory and Inspiration” will run through October 20, 2022, at the site, 218 Spring St., Catskill. The exhibit examines the famous Hudson River School artist’s final years before his death in February 1848. For more information and exhibit times, visit

• Stone Ridge Orchard, 3012 State Route 213, Stone Ridge, will host Findings, a curated market of 40 vendors from specialty growers, nurseries, antique dealers from around the world and local makers from the Catskills, Hudson Valley and Besides. The market will feature a plethora of plants, garden antiques, and artisan and farm-fresh produce. Tickets are $15 and are available on Eventbrite by visiting

• The Hudson Wednesday Market returns to 7th Street Park on Warren Street, Hudson, every Wednesday from 4-7pm until October 26. The Basic Farmers Market features a diverse group of vendors. Local artisans interested in selling and showcasing their crafts can email Visit

• Girl Named Tom performs at Bardavon, 35 Market, St., Poughkeepsie, July 15 at 8 p.m. in a special benefit concert for Mid-Hudson Love Inc. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by calling (845) 473-5288, (845) 339-6088 by emailing, and Bardavon and UPAC in Kingston, 601 Broadway. Tickets can also be purchased at (but charges will apply).

• New York City Opera and Teatro Grattacielo headline the Phenicia International Festival of the Voice in Phenicia August 5-7. Featured performances include Teatro Grattacielo’s production of Mozart’s “Don Giovani” on August 5 at 8:30 p.m., New York City Opera’s Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” on August 6 at 8:30 p.m., and “Opera in the Movies” in partnership with the Woodstock Film Festival on August 7 at 8:30 p.m. Visit

• The Rhinebeck Farmers Market has opened for the season in the municipal parking lot at 61 E. Market St., Rhinebeck. The market will take place every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., except from December 4 to December 18. Visit for more information.

• The Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Catskill Flyer scenic trains are back on the tracks of the old Ulster and Delaware Railroad. Trips take place from Saturday to September 17. Trains depart from Westbrook Lane rail station near Hannaford supermarket at Kingston Plaza in Kingston at 11am 1pm and 3pm for a journey of approximately one hour. Tickets are $16, adults; $10 children (2 to 12 years old); $15, seniors, military and veterans: and free for toddlers 2 and under on lap. Visit

• The Senate Chamber State Historic Site in downtown Kingston is open. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. until Halloween. Tours depart hourly, with the last tour departing at 4 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, call (845) 338-2786 or visit

• The Kingston Farmers’ Market has returned to its outdoor location in the Ulster County Courthouse parking lot, 285 Wall Street. The market will take place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until November 19.

Everyone relax: K-pop superfans say BTS’ break is NBD | BTS Sat, 18 Jun 2022 13:18:00 +0000

ADuring a pre-recorded dinner this week celebrating their ninth anniversary as a group, K-pop superstars BTS announced that they would be taking a “hiatus.” Over crab and rice wine, rapper Suga got into a serious 40-minute discussion about that choice, including the exhaustion they felt and why exploring their personal tastes through solo projects was so exciting.

“It’s not that we’re breaking up,” he said, laughing at the absurdity of the idea, “we’re just living apart for a while.”

As other members of the world’s best-selling musical act dabbed at their eyes with napkins, RM added, “I want BTS to go on for a long time.” Eventually, Suga concluded, “We have to go through this to do this.”

But that painstaking explanation was quickly lost in the shuffle of the rabid Western news cycle. Outlets got their hands on the word “hiatus” and ran with it. “Are BTS Breaking Up?” asked Esquire. “[BTS] went through a tough time and want to work on solo projects,” ABC News told ABC News, “their millions of loyal fans tonight are very upset knowing how it usually goes,” suggesting viewers that BTS would go the way of others. world-renowned bands from the past like One Direction or NSYNC, who announced a hiatus and never returned.

BTS fans knew better. In a tweet with over 60,000 likes, noted the “good and exciting” parts of BTS’s hiatus. Those familiar with K-pop know that a “break” in the Korean music industry is not the break of Western pop groups of the past. It’s very common for K-pop groups to take months to years off and for members to have thriving solo careers as their groups retreat from the spotlight between releases. Even if they don’t release new music as a group, individual artists often remain active in the public eye.

A break is especially common for BTS-aged boy groups, like fellow K-pop group EXO, who are currently pursuing solo careers while other members are on “break” to complete South Korean military service. compulsory before turning 29. (BTS has already received an extension to 30, and its oldest member, Jin, turns 30 in December.)

All that to say: relax. All is well with BTS and their diehard fans, ARMY.

K-pop fan notes on a wall inside a BTS pop-up store to promote the Proof album in Los Angeles, California this week. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/AFP/Getty Images

Seeing the press-inspired confusion, HYBE Entertainment, BTS’s management company, released a statement aimed directly at the press, changing “break” to “temporary break.” On Wednesday, the group’s youngest member, Jungkook, 24, took to popular live-streaming app VLive to set the record straight. “There was so much news about BTS breaking up and stopping all activities and I wanted to clarify that,” he said with a laugh. “I don’t want you to get me wrong, we’re not breaking up.” And it’s not really a break either, he noted. “We are still filming [our reality show] Run BTS,” he said before concluding with a smile, “BTS is forever.

The proof that they are going nowhere is already there. Solo projects have been announced for all seven members, starting with rapper J-Hope who will likely release an album before headlining the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in July; J-Hope’s mixtape Hope World, as well as RM’s Mono and Suga’s D-2 (released under his alias Agust D) all reached the top 40 of the Billboard 200 upon release.

BTS’ announcement comes hot on the heels of the release of their anthology album, Proof, last week, and a new single, Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment), which brings their current chapter to a warm close and looks to the future. In the track’s music video, the members appear with images symbolic of their time as a group.

Reflecting on how far we’ve come, RM confessed, “We’re not that special or that smart, but the seven of us went towards a common goal with everything we have… We just started from a small place in Nonhyeon-dong and we kind of made it to the White House,” he said, referring to the band’s recent visit to DC. “This version of the universe is the best version I can think of.”

K-pop legends and kings of “soft power”: BTS from South Korea Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:53:23 +0000

SEOUL, June 15 – Popstars, diplomats, activists: South Korean megastars BTS are like modern Renaissance men, dominating the charts even as they represent their country and campaign for causes close to their hearts, according to reports. analysts.

The pioneering boy band, who announced they would be going on hiatus yesterday, are credited with transforming the global music industry – the first all-Korean band to top the US and UK charts and build a fanbase truly global.

They have spoken at the United Nations and appeared at the White House to fight racism, while remaining one of the most popular groups in the world on TikTok, Instagram and Twitter.

“No one has more global cultural power or soft power than BTS,” Linda Hasunuma, a political scientist at Temple University, told AFP.

“They have more power to influence culture than any politician or celebrity,” she said, pointing to their record number of social followings.

But at the height of their powers, the band said on Tuesday they were “exhausted” and would be taking a break, telling their fans they needed some time apart.

“The problem with K-pop and the whole idol system is that they don’t give you time to mature,” said RM, 27, referring to southern music’s notoriously difficult business model. -Korean.

relentless industry

Like almost every K-pop group, BTS — or Bangtan Sonyeondan, which translates to Bulletproof Boy Scouts — was formed by an entertainment agency.

Big Hit Entertainment brought together J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Suga, and V through a combination of direct recruitment and auditions.

Local reports say the band – who are known for their hard work – underwent intensive training ahead of their 2013 debut.

Leader RM was already known in the underground hip hop scene in the South for his rapping skills, while Jimin had been enrolled in an art school in Busan, majoring in contemporary dance.

The group has since become a global superstar, having been nominated twice for a Grammy and hosting a series of sold-out shows in cities including London, Paris and Los Angeles.

Their lyrics are socially responsible and they consistently and candidly engage with domestic and overseas fans through social media, amassing some 86 million followers on Twitter alone.

The group has become “an icon of progressive globalism”, said Vladimir Tikhonov, professor of Korean studies at the University of Oslo.

“They are part of the entrepreneurial world, being run by a for-profit agency and earning astronomical sums… But at the same time, they and their fans were supporting anti-racism movements,” he said.

In 2020, they donated US$1 million (RM4.4 million) to the Black Lives Matter movement, urging fans to contribute the same amount.

And they spoke in Korean at the White House on May 31 to raise awareness of anti-Asian racism in America — a phenomenon many blame on the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Member Suga called for tolerance, saying “it’s not wrong to be different. I think equality starts when we open up and accept all of our differences.”

The group “has already surpassed the level of a famous pop star in some ways,” Jiyoung Lee, a research professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, told AFP.

“Their symbolic meaning is believed to embody to some extent the zeitgeist of the current times.”

fierce competition

Beneath its glitz and glamour, the South Korean K-pop industry is known for its fierce competition and relentless public pressure to maintain a healthy image at all times and at all costs.

In yesterday’s YouTube video, the members of BTS, credited with generating billions of dollars for the South Korean economy, candidly shared their struggles within the industry.

“I don’t have time to grow because I have to keep filming and keep doing something,” RM said, referring to the team’s busy work schedule.

Although the group is currently at the “peak” of its success, RM said that he “didn’t know what kind of group we were anymore.”

Member Suga confessed that he hasn’t had much fun writing lyrics since their debut in 2013.

“It was always sore, always hard, and I had to squeeze something out,” he said.

Local media say the group could be on hiatus for up to seven years, given the members’ upcoming mandatory military service in South Korea.

But experts say the group will not be forgotten.

“Beyond their music, they’ve woven a multi-faceted story…bringing their message and story beyond the elements typically associated with K-pop,” said author Tamar Herman.

“BTS does this in a way that is immensely relatable and resonates on a personal level with many people around the world,” Herman wrote. BTS: Blood, Sweat and Tears, told AFP. —AFP

New Taipei opens song contest for migrant workers Tue, 14 Jun 2022 04:56:00 +0000

Taipei, June 14 (CNA) New Taipei has opened a labor singing competition to migrant workers for the first time this year in its 16-year history, giving more people a chance to win the NT$300,000 ( US$10,073) in prize money, the city’s Department of Labor Affairs announced on Tuesday.

“The 2022 Labor Star Singing Competition,” which begins with a preliminary round on July 23, will include a “Migrant Group” category for migrant workers aged 18 and over who have lived or worked in the city for the past three years.

Other competing groups are for Taiwanese – the “Vitality star group” for 18-45 year olds and the “Charming star group” for over 46 year olds.

Registration is from June 13 until July 15 at 6 p.m.

The preliminary round for migrant workers will take place on August 7. They will have to sing one of 140 pre-selected songs in Mandarin and Taiwanese listed on the event’s website, and will not be allowed to bring their own musical accompaniment, the Labor Affairs department says.

Although many migrant workers in Taiwan come from Southeast Asia, they are asked to sing songs in Mandarin or Taiwanese to promote music in the languages ​​used in Taiwan, said Lee Wen-huan (李文煥), head of the Department’s Labor Education and Recreation Division. ANC.

They will be judged on their skills in pitch (40%), tone and emotion (40%), direction (10%) and style (10%). The top 20 applicants for migrant workers will advance to the semifinals, which will take place on August 28, according to the city department.

The top 10 will reach the final on September 25, where the champion will win a prize of NT$30,000, and prizes of NT$20,000, NT$15,000, NT$10,000 and NT$6,000 will go to the next four respectively. first.

Others finishing in the top 10 will each receive a prize of NT$3,000.

There were a total of 86,870 migrant workers in New Taipei, according to Labor Ministry statistics as of the end of April.

(By William Yen)

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Resurgam Family Festival Draws Crowds to Celebrate Maine Musicians and Artists Sun, 12 Jun 2022 22:32:21 +0000

Anthem of Hypocrisy bassist and vocalist James Grimsley performs during the Resurgam Music and Arts Festival at Thompson’s Point in Portland on Sunday. Ben McCanna / Personal Photographer

After the death of the city’s Old Port festival and two years of a quiet pandemic, Portland’s music and culture scene surged again on Sunday as more than 60 performing bands played loud and proud for an estimated crowd of 5,000. at the Resurgam Music and Arts Festival held on Thompson’s Indicate.

“Portland is known as a beer town, a food town. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a city the size of Portland that has so many amazing cultural attractions for kids and families,” said Jeff Shaw, executive director of the Maine Academy of Modern Music, which organized the festival. , prompted by the annual Old Port Festival which ends in 2019 after 46 years. The Maine Academy of Modern Music had sponsored a stage at the Old Port Festival in years past, but in Resurgam – named after the town’s Latin motto, which means, I’ll rise again – children took center stage for audiences of all ages.

“Portland wanted this. Let’s celebrate these children. It’s about the opportunity to be seen and heard. And to see and hear. It’s very inspiring for all the kids watching,” Shaw said.

Student bands and performers from the Maine Academy of Modern Music made up about half of the musical acts at the festival. Spectators spread out on blankets on the grass to watch the show on the Academy stage, with various food trucks set up around the perimeter.

As five-piece band Up in the Air played a catchy cover of a Weezer song, the three members of Cherryfield Goatmen — named after an old Maine legend — waited, calm and cool, to ride then on stage. “We have played in front of large crowds before. We’re not nervous,” said drummer Henry Grohman, 14, of Biddeford, a refrain heard by many young academy musicians on Sunday.

“I did a lot of shows. I just got used to it, I guess,” said 11-year-old Molly Fitzpatrick, bassist for girl pop and rock band Shadows. But Fitzpatrick’s Shadows bandmate Isla Murdoch, 12, said she first felt a flutter or two on stage.

“It was kind of scary. There are more people here and it’s the biggest stage we’ve played on,” said Murdoch, nonetheless elated by the electric thrust of their strong performance. Meanwhile, Cherryfield Goatmen , now on stage, ripped through an amped-up cover of The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry,” with Grohman’s driving drum beat providing the band’s core power.

One of the first bands to greet spectators on Sunday was Batimbo United, a Portland-based percussion and vocal band, playing on the festival’s international stage outside the Children’s Museum & Theater in Maine. Dressed in bright red and green ceremonial costumes, the nine members of Batimbo pounded to waist-high conga-style drums, laying down infectious beats while singing and dancing traditional songs from Burundi.

Up in the Air performs Sunday at the Resurgam Music and Arts Festival at Thompson’s Point in Portland. Ben McCanna / Personal Photographer

On the community stage outside Brick South, all-ukulele band The Flukes blasted their way through Bach and Beatles covers to an older, more intimate but appreciative crowd. Various artists and artisans were set up in booths inside Brick South to sell their wares. Across Brick South, music lovers sat at tables sipping beer as Coyote Island – one of eight bands to fill the festival’s Rock Stage Sunday – delivered danceable grooves in their indie style psychedelic.

Festival-goers seemed more than happy to enjoy outdoor music and culture on a glorious June day. As for comparisons with the Fête du Vieux-Port, the outlook was just as bright.

“I think the festival concept will work better here,” said Jacob Thich, 37, from Freeport. Thich was a bartender at the Old Port Festival and said the event felt cramped compared to the open space of Thompson’s Point. He added that people who were intoxicated sometimes made the Old Port event less than family-friendly.

“It ruined everything for the young kids,” Thich said. “If this festival takes off like it looks like it will, it could blow the Old Port Festival out of the water.”

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