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Jade Castle Studios is an asset to the upstate area, the Carolinas, and beyond. It is a place where actors, performing artists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and artists of all kinds can meet and rub shoulders with one another. You can attend classes or rent space for your projects such as a songwriter's club, writer's club or as a space where you could audition actors for your upcoming film.
Started earlier this year and operated by Crystal Tyler it is just beginning to take hold and needs your help. If you are able to give just a small amount to assist with this well intensioned project it will help filmmaking and the performing arts thrive in the community and their will be some perks for you as well.
"Crystal and Jade Castle have been a great resource for me in connecting with other professionals. Whenever Other Vision needs to look for talent, I give Crystal a call. Through Jade Castle, she's already helped connect me with so many other great film professionals in the Greenville area." - Collins Abbott White - Other Vision Studios
If you can't afford to donate then please share this message with your friends so they can learn about Jade Castle Studios and how it might benefit them.
Learn more about Jade Castle Studios in the article below by The Greenville News and in my conversation with Crystal.
Kevin Skinner America's Got Talent 2009 in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood Casino (Photo credit: bcbusinesshub via Wikipedia)
America's Got Talent is a popular TV series featuring a variety of performers competing to be the winner with a Las Vegas show of their own.
The finalist and many of the favorite and top acts will also appear in the America's Got Talent Live Tour after the TV competition ends. So this is a great opportunity to break into the big time.
Don't miss your chance when they come to a city near you.
Find the city closest to you below.
Kira Bursky is a talented young lady, filmmaker, and musician. I always look forward to finding out what comes next from her. She splits her time between home in Ahseville, NC and Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. A boarding high school where she is in the Motion Pictures Arts program.
Actors, singers, dancers. The Southeastern Theatre Conference has their professional acting auditions coming up this September. The auditions will be held at the Atlanta Airport Hilton. Representatives from dinner theatres, professional stock, repertory, touring, theme parks, and cruise lines will be there to see your audition and choose talent for their productions.
To qualify you must have a minimum of two paid acting contracts in theatre or be a fully paid and current member of the Actors Equity Association. You must also be 19 years old or older and, have recommendations from two professional credits listed on your application unless you are an Equity member.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a traveling show of films on the environment. It will be coming to Valle Crucis, North Carolina at the end of this month in conjunction with Riverfest. There will be 10 short films along with music, food, a raffle, and a moonlight river float.
A climate of change is the theme for this years lineup. The raffle will be for outdoor gear and there will also be a star party after the films to view the stars in the dark skies of Valle Crucis.
Conceived by John who enlisted the help of Stephen King as the writer, it's a southern gothic musical about a sibling rivalry that turns to tragedy. John wrote all the songs for the musical. After more that 10 years of collaboration they brought on T-Bone Burnett (music producer of O Brother, Where Art Thou? and many others) to help pull it all together.
The musical will have shows coming this October and November in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, and Iowa. In addition it will be released as a digital and hardcover book. The soundtrack which is available on iTunes includes Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham, Roseanne Cash, and John Mellencamp with Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz.
See the promotional video for the musical below.
Debbie's Angels Productions is holding auditions for its popular revue Broadway After Dark. This is a racy, rowdy revue of some of Broadway's biggest hits including songs from Chicago, Rent, Gypsy, Smokey Joe's Cafe, etc. They are looking for men and women. You will be performing songs, dances, scenes and monologues from various shows when you audition so please be prepared.
- Must be 18 years or older.
- 32 bars (a verse and a chorus) of a Broadway song. If you don't know any Broadway songs, prepare a pop, rock, gospel or country song. Bring sheet music if you have it but also be prepared to sing acapella.
- If you are NOT a singer, please prepare a 1-2 minute comedic or dramatic monologue.
- Bring a headshot and resume if you have it. If you don't, no worries. Just come anyway!
Debbie's Angels Productions is seeking a music director for their Spring theatre classes. You must be able to read music, teach vocal parts and play the piano. There is some pay. Please email your resumes to debbiesangelsproductions@
gmail.com. Looking for someone in the Onslow County or surrounding areas of North Carolina.
A ball of fire singer out of Tennessee with an acoustic guitar, and a harmonica playing rhythm section of a fella from Texas punching out the beat. That's what you get when you see Shovels and Rope.
and Michael Trent now call Charleston, South Carolina home and have recently been touring the U.S. in support of their new album O' Be Joyful.
Check them out below in their recent appearance on The David Letterman Show.
Let's send Christy Johnson and the Dreamkiller Band to Russia. You can help by liking them on the ULikeUs page now through January 31st.
ULikeUS is a competition where artists compete to bring their music to Russia. The top twenty bands that gain the most attention at this stage will compete for a panel of judges to see who gets to go to Russia and play their music. More about that here.
To vote for Dreamkiller go to the ULikeUs voting page. Find Dreamkiller and vote by clicking on the Facebook or VK.com icons.
Check out the Dreamkiller Watch This video below and visit their web page. Also, like this page so all your friends can vote too!
Darrell Scott wowed a packed audience at the McCelvey Center last night with his guitar prowess and remarkable vocals. The event is part of the Southern Sound Series being presented at the center over the next few months. Other performers coming up in the series include The Secret Sisters, Ruthie Foster, Suzy Boggus, and Abigail Washburn.
Keeepers of The Culture Awards were presented to Alan Miller, Pat Veasey, and Joe Zdenek for their contribution in keeping cultural events and education alive in York County, SC followed by Scott's performance.
Darrell is a Nashville session musician as well as singer/songwriter and performing artist. He has collaborated with other performers such as Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Tim O'Brien, and Guy Clark. Scott's song Long Time Gone, from his album Real Time with Tim O'Brien was covered by The Dixie Chicks sending it to number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
The $500 Days of Summer website is offering professional videos for 5 bands to be filmed in the Charlotte, North Carolina area for $500. This may still sound like a lot of money but these guys have made music videos in the $20k range and knows how to produce a video that will keep a viewer engaged.
Each video will be directed by UNC-Charlotte and the Art Institute of Charlotte film professor William S. Davis. who has worked with local as well as international artists. He is also president of Yellow Arrow Film, Inc.
There are only 5 slots open. So if you are a band or solo artist in need of a quality music video on the cheap then check into this site.
American Idol Season 12 will be holding auditions soon in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Charlotte, Newark, Chicago, New Orleans, and Oklahoma City.
Registration: June 5th - 6th
Auditions: June 7th
1000 Elysian Park Avenue
Los Angeles, California
Registration: June 12th - June 13th
Auditions: June 14th
100 Montana St.
San Antonio, Texas
Registration: June 17th - 18th
Auditions: June 19th
Time Warner Cable Arena
1333 East Trade Street
Charlotte, North Carolina
Coming up next weekend will be the first of two Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festivals. Starting this year there will be two festivals held on consecutive weekends. It's so popular they're holding it twice!
Some of the acts that are scheduled to perform are the Black Keys, Mazzy Star, Radio Head, Bon Iver, The Shins, SBTRKT, Zeds Dead, We Were Promised Jet Packs, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Florence the Machine, Girl Talk, and many, many more..
Besides all the great acts there will be plenty of good food and drink to choose from. Need a quick bite? There will be food trucks available. Want something more relaxed and satisfying then go to one of the several restaurants or bars setup on the site.
Most of the tickets are sold out but there are a few premium camping passes left. For those of you that can't be there in person you can watch the live stream on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/coachella/live
Zia Record Exchange will be open during the festival so you can purchase new or used records and CDs. Record Store Day will feature special releases, and artist signings will be available. in the Zia tent.
Lionel Ritchie, Kelly Clarkson, Alan Thicke, and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland will be auditioning singers and mentoring them along the way. Each star will sing a duet with their contestant and in the end the best duet wins. That contestant will win a record deal with Hollywood Records.
You Will Need to Send:
- Where you are located.
- Phone number.
- Email address
- 2 recent photos
- Brief description of your singing ability and why you want to sing with your specific superstar.
Send the above information to:
Film, music, and interactive are the three main ingredients of this conference and festival located in the heart of Texas. Austin will host thousands of fans over the course of it's 10 day run.
South by Southwest
Friday, March 9th - Sunday, March 18th
This is a big festival with over 5,000 events so it's impossible to see everything. Plan your visit wisely.
Below are some links to get you started.
opening in May.
- Students, hobbyists, volunteers, and professionals welcome.
- Guild members, musicians, street characters.
- Be prepared to recite 90 seconds of a memorized or well read dialogue. Could be a poem, from a play, or a joke.
- The Faire provides classes in improvisational theater, dialect, and other skills.
Also needed are volunteers to help with construction, grounds crew, front gate, information booth, and other areas.