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Final Free Summer Concert, tonight in downtown Antioch – Toree McGee & Rodeo House

Saturday, August 29th, 2015
Toree McGee Rodeo House Final Free Summer Concert, tonight in downtown Antioch – Toree McGee & Rodeo House

Toree McGee & Rodeo House

The final concert of the 2015 Free Antioch Summer series will feature Toree McGee & Rodeo House, tonight in Waldie Plaza in historic downtown Rivertown from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The band will perform country western music, including Toree’s new single, Amen.

Sponsored in part by the Antioch Herald, the series is presented by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch.

Be sure to bring your own lawn chairs or blanket to sit on and enjoy the music. You can also pick up dinner from downtown restaurants including La Fiesta Fresh Mexican Food restaurant, the New Beer Garden, Nuce Nuce Deli, Canton City on G Street and Riverview Lodge.

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Antioch’s Lynn House Gallery exhibit to feature art from adults with intellectual disabilities

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
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Art by (from left) Alexa Espinoza, Laurence Harding, Kenny Lane and other artists will be on display at the Lynn House Gallery.

Meet the Artists at a Reception on Thursday, August 27

A group of talented adults with developmental disabilities will showcase their art at the Lynn House Gallery, located in downtown Antioch. P.A.I.N.T. (Promoting Arts, Individuals, & Natural Talents) is a multi-faceted fine arts program designed to serve individuals showing talent, interest or motivation in the art. The program is a division of Community Integrated Support Services, a Non-Profit Agency Serving Contra Costa County Adults With Intellectual Disabilities Since 2002. You may meet the artists at a reception August 27th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM and view the exhibit on August 29th and September 1st.

The Lynn House Gallery is located at 809 West 1st Street in downtown Antioch (across the street from AMTRAK) and is open from 1-4 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays during exhibits. For more information email Diane@Art4Antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897.

Participating Artists: Omar Arciniega, Gage Burns, George Browning, Alexa Espinoza, Brandon Espinoza, Samantha Giannini, Laurence Harding,Casey Hyland, Kenny Lane, Jessicah Leavenworth, Ghesal Maiwand, Dillon Pettit, Kevin Randolph and Daniel Yoshino.

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Antioch teen, Derek King launches R&B career

Monday, August 24th, 2015

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By Allen Payton

Deer Valley High Class of 2013 graduate Derek King started out singing rap, but switched to rhythm and blues, and it seems to be a fit. He got signed with his first label when he was 16 and is now with a large label, 300 Entertainment.

Now 19, Derek just finished touring with Kalin & Myles, a very popular Bay Area duet. The “Dedication Tour” lasted two months, and included stops in Florida and Chicago.

He also traveled to Great Britain, last year, on a tour with singer Sage The Gemini.

Derek was born in Walnut Creek and raised in Antioch, where he lives with his parents, Eric and Dietra King. He used to work as a waiter at his family’s restaurant, Dad’s BBQ in Pittsburg. But, now he’s working on a new EP (electronic play album) and some new videos, as well.

Derek responded to a brief Q&A session:

Q. How did you get into making music?

A. Music started off as a hobby for me. But, as I started playing with it and getting more serious with it, I started to really enjoying making music. It’s just a great feeling for me to listen to harmonies and how stuff comes together.

Q. What is your favorite part about making music?

A. My favorite part about making music is having people listen to your music and getting their reaction on things and how it made them feel and how they like it. So, basically I love when my music can make someone happy. That’s my favorite part of music.

Q. What are your plans for the future?

A. My plan for the future is to stay consistent and stay focused and to master my craft in music and maybe help others get to where they want to be and help them understand what I know in this music business.

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Prince Charming” is his latest single, which he dropped onto YouTube, this year.

When asked how he got into making music, Derek replied, “

He has several write-ups online, which you can see if you search his name.

A series of mentions about his songs can be seen on www.thisisrnb.com.

One of our favorite new radio friendly records of the moment now has an accompanying video. Released just about a week ago, emerging teen singer Derek Kingteams up with fellow Bay Area rapper IAMSU! for the visual to their infectious new song What It Do,’” reads one of their posts.

Another was written, last year, when Derek was chosen the Young California Pick of the Week on May 14, 2014. That can be viewed here: www.youngcalifornia.com/tag/derek-king/

To listen to his music and view his videos, go to www.youtube.com/user/DerekKingOnline. You can also follow him on Twitter @DerekKingOnline where he has over 63,000 followers.

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Win free tickets to see the Beatles tribute band at the Pittsburg California Theatre, August 21

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
 Win free tickets to see the Beatles tribute band at the Pittsburg California Theatre, August 21

Abbey Road in a remake of a photo of the Beatles on Old Grunge Street.

Special to the online readers of the Antioch Herald!

As a sponsor of the upcoming Abbey Road, the Beatles Tribute Band concert, at the Pittsburg California Theater on Friday, August 21 the Antioch Herald has three individual seat tickets and a set of two tickets together to give away.

To qualify simply “Like” our Facebook page, if you haven’t already done so, by clicking here then email us at info@antiochherald.com with your name and phone numbers and let us know if you want one or two tickets.

We will contact the first four people to do so.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. For more information about the band and concert, click here.

Thanks for reading the Antioch Herald and good luck!

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Auditions for scenes from Shakespeare’s Macbeth to be held in Antioch, Sept 1 and 2

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

The Drama Factory presents auditions for Shakespearean Death Scenes vol.1 MACBETH

9/1, 9/2 7:00 pm

Nick Rodriguez Community Theatre

213 F Street, Antioch

Ages 12+

No Participation Fee

This is their unique take on one of Shakespeare’s most loved plays. Just the exciting parts and narrated by Mr. Shakespeare himself.

The Drama Factory

The Drama Factory is a 501(c)3 non-profit company and all contributions are tax deductible. For more information visit www.dramafactory.org.

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Award-winning musical biography of Beatles comes to Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center, September 13

Friday, August 7th, 2015

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Musical retelling of Beatles story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein features the live music of renowned tribute Abbey Road; Local high school string quartet joins touring show on stage for five songs

WALNUT CREEK, CA – Almost everyone knows that The Beatles are one of the most acclaimed bands in rock and roll history because their music has the hypnotic qualities that made teenage girls scream and artists today and yesterday cite them as one of their influences.

While many of us don’t have the opportunity to see the two surviving Beatles Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr live in concert these days, the closest thing to watching an actual Beatles concert will be In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek on Sunday, September 13 at 2 pm. The show is sponsored in part by the Antioch Herald.

You mean just another tribute band? No, because not all tribute bands are alike.

This one portrays the Beatles—John Lennon (Nathaniel Bott), Paul McCartney (Christopher Overall), George Harrison (Jesse Wilder) and Ringo Starr (Axel Clarke)—as authentically as possible, from their singing to the myriad of guitars used throughout the band’s decade-long career. Listening to songs like “Penny Lane” or “I Want To Hold Your Hand” from this tribute band is almost like listening to the original icons themselves. The cast members are age appropriate for the Beatles, between 22 – 32 years of age. The Las Lomas High School (Walnut Creek) string quartet will join the touring show on stage for five songs.

While the great repertoire of songs bind this musical together, the audience also gets the opportunity to relive the most important moments of The Beatles’ epic legacy, which spans the entire 1960s period. The actors that portray the band members connect with the crowd through their lovable sense of humors and cheeky banter.

As one watches The Beatles progress throughout that decade, the band’s manager Brian Epstein (Murphy Martin) makes his presence known throughout the musical, narrating his side of the story starting from his discovery of the Fab Four at the Cavern Club in Liverpool up until after the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Epstein plays a very important role in this show, not only because he was the man who discovered the group, but he also influenced their personal touch with audiences and, of course, their fashion sense. Who could forget the image of the four dressed up in suits on their arrival at New York’s JFK Airport in 1964?

Sponsored in part by the Antioch Herald, this show is not just about reliving the breakthrough Ed Sullivan Show performance on February 9, 1964 that 78 million people watched on television, or reviving their deafening and packed Shea Stadium concert in 1965, it also touches on the band’s intimate moments in the recording studio. The audience observes the four in the studio as they struggle to reconcile their creative differences after Epstein’s death in 1967, a couple months after the release of Sgt. Pepper.

As for inspiration for the musical, Tom Maher, one of the co-producers alongside Andy Nagle, said that a friend gave him a biography on Epstein, which was the basis of the “In My Life” musical.

It took a while to get the pacing, but we are happy with the results,” Maher said.

Maher added that he wanted to make the portrayal as accurate as possible, with the band using the exact gear from the box amps to the guitars. Even the costumes they used throughout the performance – from the suits to the ensembles they wore during their Sgt. Pepper’s period – mirror the originals designs.

The show in Walnut Creek is part of a 125 stop tour of the U.S. and Canada. The show has been touring since 2008.

The San Diego Theatre Review called the show “the most original of all Beatles shows” and a “flat out great show!” The Los Angeles Times said “the show delivers,” and the Idaho Statesman said “this is the ticket for you!”

Las Lomas High School (Walnut Creek) students Lile Donoghue, Claire Yu, Sarah Tero and Reilly Terao will join the band for the songs “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hello Goodbye,” and “Hey Jude.” In a special touch, “Yesterday” is played as a scene in which the Paul McCartney character plays the song for the first time for Beatles producer George Martin, with the songwriter explaining that he envisioned a string-quartet accompaniment.

CALENDAR:

In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to The Beatles is the award-winning musical biography of The Beatles through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein and features the live music of renowned tribute band Abbey Road. The show is widely considered by industry insiders to be the most unique Beatles show in decades. The multi-media musical comes to the Lesher Center on Sunday, September 13 at 2 pm. The show is appropriate for all ages.

Tickets are $29 – $90 and may be purchased online at www.lesherartscenter.org, by phone at 925-943-7469 or at the theatre box office. The Lesher Center is located at 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek, CA 94596.

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Free Antioch Summer Concerts continue Saturday nights in August

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

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Nationally touring Beatles tribute band returns to Pittsburg stage on August 21

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
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Remake of a photo of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show (l-r) Nate Bott (“John”), Axel Clarke (“Ringo”), Jesse Wilder (“George”) and Chris Paul Overall (“Paul”)

Abbey Road performs at California Theatre as part of 125 city tour

PITTSBURG, CA – Almost everyone knows that The Beatles are one of the most acclaimed bands in rock and roll history because their music has the hypnotic qualities that made teenage girls scream and artists today and yesterday cite them as one of their influences.

While many of us don’t have the opportunity to see the two surviving Beatles Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr live in concert these days, the closest thing to watching an actual Beatles concert will be Abbey Road – A Tribute to the Beatles on Friday, August 21 at 7:30 pm at the California Theatre in Pittsburg.

With their tight harmonies, flawless note for note renditions of Beatles hits, custom–tailored costumes, vintage instruments, Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to every detail, Abbey Road has honed their show to become one of the most musically and visually satisfying Beatle tribute acts in the world.

Three costume changes cover the full range of the Beatle experience and beyond, with authentic early black Beatle suits, Sgt. Pepper’s regalia and Abbey Road attire. Hear the piccolo trumpet solo on Penny Lane and the full orchestration of A Day in the Life. Relive the emotional intensity of Paul’s moving Yesterday solo, as well as the high energy of stadium songs like Twist and Shout and other Beatle hits.

The show delivers!” said the L.A. Times. “If you see one tribute show, see this one – smart and loads of fun,” said the O.C. Register. “This is the ticket for you,” said the Idaho Statesman.

The band recently concluded a three month run at the Harrah’s Reno showroom and will perform a 30 show residency at the Harrah’s Laughlin showroom this summer. Abbey Road also headlines Harrah’s Tahoe and Houses of Blues across the country. The Abbey Road band performs in musical biography of the Beatles called “In My Life,” which performed to a capacity audience at the California Theatre last year.

The show in Pittsburg is part of a 125 stop tour of the U.S. and Canada. The show has been touring since 2008.

For more information visit www.abbeyroadtributeband.com or www.facebook.com/abbeyroadtribute.

CALENDAR:

Abbey Road – A Tribute to the Beatles plays at the California Theatre in Old Town Pittsburg on Friday, August 21 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are  $25 – $45 and may be purchased online at www.PittsburgCaliforniaTheatre.com, by phoning 925.427.1611 or by visiting the theatre box office. The box office is open Tuesday – Friday from noon – 5 pm and one hour before shows. The California Theatre is located at 351 Railroad Avenue in Old Town Pittsburg, California. The show is appropriate for all ages.

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