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Music by the Green at Lone Tree Golf & Event Center, Thursday evening

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

6:00pm to 9:00pm: Music, Food, Fun and Libations

Featuring the music of David McClellan

An award winning actor/singer, David has performed on stages throughout the Bay Area, toured as a singer with professional shows throughout the USA, Canada and toured Japan as “El Gallo” in “The Fantasticks”.  David recently appeared in Brentwood’s “Broadway Under The Stars” production of “Guys & Dolls” as Arvide, and “Hot ‘n’ Cole, a Cole Porter Celebration!”

For more information visit www.LoneTreeGolfCourse.com.

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Grammy Winner Mads Tolling: Mads Men at Antioch’s El Campanil Theatre, April 12

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

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Internationally renowned violinist Mads Tolling makes his El Campanil Theatre debut on Sunday, April 12 at 3pm with his program entitled Mads Men: A Celebration of Instrumental Hits from the 1960′s Mad Men Era. The program includes popular TV & Movie Themes and Top 10 hit recordings ranging from “Mission Impossible”, ”The Pink Panther”, and “Meet The Flintstones” to “Georgia On My Mind” and “Classical Gas.”

Antioch’s Nicholas Crossen (“American Idol” contestant, Season 12) is the Guest Vocalist to perform classics including the Theme from “A Summer Place”, “A Time For Us” (from Romeo & Juliet), “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing), and “What A Wonderful World.”

Having recently and triumphantly debuted his Violin Concerto composition with The Oakland East Bay Symphony, Mads is originally from Copenhagen, Denmark.  He won two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover albums, was nominated for a third Grammy this year, and is a featured Yamaha Artist.

He has appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious Jazz Festivals and performance venues, and continues to tour nationally and internationally with over 1,000 concert appearances to his credit from around the globe.  He is a former member of both Turtle Island Quartet and Stanley Clarke’s band.

Joining Mads in his Mads Tolling Quartet are world-class musicians Colin Hogan at piano, Sam Bevan on bass, and Eric Garland on drums.

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Mads Tolling

Two-Time Grammy Award Winner MADS TOLLING

MADS MEN: A Celebration of Instrumental Hits from the 60′s Mad Men Era

with local Guest Vocalist Nicholas Crossen

SUNDAY, APRIL 12 at 3pm

El Campanil Theatre

602 W. Second Street, Antioch CA 94509

Box Office: (925) 757-9500

Tickets: Adults $25, Seniors $20, Students $10

(Youth under 18: Free when accompanied by an Adult or Senior)

www.elcampaniltheatre.com/mads-tolling.html

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Brazilian Night at Tailgaters in Antioch, Saturday, March 21

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Forro Brasil Brazilian Night at Tailgaters in Antioch, Saturday, March 21

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Elvis tribute, Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Easter Parade in March at El Campanil Theatre

Monday, March 16th, 2015

James Clark as Elvis Elvis tribute, Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Easter Parade in March at El Campanil Theatre

James Clark & the Jail House Rockers – A Tribute To Elvis  

Saturday, March 21, 2015  2:00 pm 

James Clark has opened for Jerry Lee Lewis, The Drifters, Juice Newton and others. He is certain to bring back your fondest memories of Elvis!

RESERVED SEATING Tickets: Adults: $27  Seniors (62 & Over): $25 Youth (Ages 6 – 17): Free with paid Adult or Senior

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Immortal Beloved

Saturday, March 28, 2015  2:00 pm

Music by Ludwig van Beethoven

Adults: $15    Seniors (62 & Over): $12     Youth (17 and Under): $7

Easter Parade Elvis tribute, Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Easter Parade in March at El Campanil TheatreEASTER PARADE”: In Concert

A Celebration of Irving Berlin’s Academy Award-winning Songs from the Classic Holiday Film

Sunday, March 29, 2015  3:00 pm

A Celebration of Irving Berlin’s Academy Award-winning Songs from the Classic Holiday Film.

All Seats (Reserved): $25

Youth (Under 18): Free when accompanied by an adult or senior.

Tickets available online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com or at the Box Office next door at 604 W 2nd Street, Antioch or call (925) 757-9500.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream play at LMC, this month – Wednesday is opening night

Monday, March 16th, 2015

A Midsummer Nights Dream art A Midsummer Nights Dream play at LMC, this month – Wednesday is opening night

March 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 25 at 11 a.m.

Tickets are $7 with student or military ID, $10 General Admission,$5 with high school or middle school ID at the door.

In the Los Menanos College LITTLE THEATER, 2700 East Leland Road, Pittsburg

For more information about the Drama Department at LMC please visit www.losmedanos.edu/drama/productions.asp.

Campus theater map A Midsummer Nights Dream play at LMC, this month – Wednesday is opening night

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Lone Tree Golf & Event Center Tuesday night

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

St. Patties Day at Lone Tree Celebrate St. Patricks Day at Lone Tree Golf & Event Center Tuesday night

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Middle School students’ art to be on display at Antioch’s Lynn House Gallery in March

Monday, March 9th, 2015

The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch is proud to present artworks from students from Antioch Middle, Black Diamond and Dallas Ranch Middle Schools beginning March 11th and continuing through March 28th. There will be an opening reception on March 11th from 4-6 PM. There are many talented students in Antioch and this an opportunity to showcase their art like a professional artist in a local gallery.

The Arts4Schools Program is sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch, the City of Antioch and Keller Canyon Mitigation Fund and Cal Pine Grants from Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover.

In addition to sponsoring the gallery exhibit, Supervisor Glover through the Keller Canyon Mitigation Grant, provides $500 to each participating school to be used for art and cultural supplies and educational endeavors. For more information about each exhibit call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897 or email Diane@Art4Antioch.org. The Lynn House Gallery is located in the Rivertown District at 809 W. 1st Street, Antioch (across from the AMTRAK Train Station) and is open from 1 – 4 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays during exhibits and admission is free.

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Antioch’s Ashley Morgan advances on The Voice, family, friends watch with excitement

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
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The Morgan family and friends watch Ashley perform at her parents’ home, Tuesday night.

By Allen Payton

Watching with anticipation at the Antioch home of Ashley Morgan’s parents, Keith and Patti, they, plus a group of family friends, as well as her brother Stephen and his wife Becky, cheered when she came on first, on Tuesday night’s showing of The Voice musical competition television show.

Before the show began, Patti distributed poppers and small toot horns for everyone to use when and if at least one of the four judges turned their chair around, signaling Ashley’s advancement to the next round.

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Ashley Morgan performs on The Voice on Tuesday night, March 3, 2015.

With raised hands, and squeals of excitement, Keith and Patti, expressed their excitement, even though it was the second time they watched. They both traveled to Southern California and were in attendance during Ashley’s performance before the judges.

Following her performance of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” made famous by the late Whitney Houston, both country music star Blake Shelton and singer, songwriter Pharrell Williams turned their chairs around, indicating they wanted her on their teams.

Ashley received positive comments from the judges.

You were hitting some notes, let me tell you,” said pop star Christina Aguilera. “That was no joke, Ashley.”

When she goes back to the theme park she’ll be the headliner,” Shelton stated.

There’s nobody like you in this competition,” he said, hoping to coax her onto his team. “This is your chance to become Ashley the artist in front of millions of people, by the way. I have not been this excited about an artist on this stage in a long time. I love you.”

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Ashley’s friends, mom and dad watch her perform from the viewing room during the taping of The Voice.

You cannot buy that type of training,” Williams said. “What kind of music do you want to make?” Ashley responded “I’m still figuring out who I am as an artist. But, I do want to make music that has an impact and makes a difference in the world.”

Then she chose Williams as her coach for the competition.

She’s an all American. She can win,” Shelton added, as Ashley left the stage, even though he couldn’t convince her to choose him for her coach.

Her dad and mom were at the taping of tonight’s episode, and appeared on TV a few times, showing them watching her from their viewing room.

It was incredible. I am ecstatic, happy, pleased, proud but not surprised,” her father, Keith said, after watching, tonight. “It was just as thrilling as the first time, even though I knew what was going to happen.”

Her mom was more focused on the future.

I’m excited for her, for the adventure and the journey she’s been given right, now,” Patti said. “We’ll see where it takes her in the next round, which is the Battle Rounds.”

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Ashley’s voice teacher, Nuhad Levasseur, right, her husband Michael, seated to her right, and Walt Black, a Morgan family friend, (standing) watch Ashley’s performance at her parents’ home, Tuesday night.

Ashley’s voice teacher Nuhad Levasseur, who taught her for 12 years.

I think she was absolutely incredible, tonight,” she said. “I felt so proud to have been her voice teacher all those years. We still talk and are still really close.”

She always had amazing work ethic in her singing and was always very focused on wanting to make it in the industry,” Levasseur shared. “She’s definitely on her way. She has the talent to be a big star one day.”

Ashley’s older brother Stephen said “She knocked it out of the park. She killed it! Great song choice. It fit her voice very well.”

I’m very proud of her,” he added.

Her oldest brother David wasn’t at the party, but watched from home with his family and had a teasing, tongue-in-cheek comment on Facebook, just like big brothers do.

All of Facebook is talking about this Ashley chick,” he wrote. “She’s pretty good, I guess! Proud to know her.”

The next round of the competition on The Voice will be shown next Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC at 8:00 p.m.

To watch her performance on Tuesday night’s show, it’s available on YouTube, by clicking here.

Ashley is a 2006 graduate of Antioch High School and a 2010 graduate of Azusa Pacific University in Music Business. She now lives in Costa Mesa, California.

To learn more about Ashley, read an earlier Herald article here or visit The Voice’s website at www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/season-8/ashley-morgan.

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