Archive for the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ Category
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
Saturday, March 28, 2015 2:00 pm
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Adults: $15 Seniors (62 & Over): $12 Youth (17 and Under): $7
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.”
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.
By Allen Payton
Ashley Morgan, from Antioch, the youngest member of a musical family, auditioned for the TV show The Voice, earlier this month.
She wasn’t on either of this week’s shows on Monday or Tuesday. So, we’ll have to watch, again next Monday and Tuesday night, to see if she makes it and how she does.
Ashley’s mother Patti and father Keith sing in the choir and he plays the bass guitar as part of the worship team at Golden Hills Community Church, where her brother David is the music minister. Her brother, Stephen is also a music minister, at Concord Bible Church.
She’s already experienced some success in her blossoming musical career. According to her Facebook fan page, the 27-year-old, 2006 graduate of Antioch High School has provided background vocals for many recording projects and live performances including, The Voice, American Idol, The X-Factor, America’s Got Talent, The Grammys, the AMA’s, Duets, Dancing With The Stars, Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, Seal, Jackie Evancho, Janelle Monae, and Austin Mahone when he opened for Taylor Swift. She is also a session singer, worship leader, vocal arranger, performer as Alice in the Mad Hatter Band for Mad T Party and Cici for Freeze The Night, singing “Let It Go” at Disney California Adventure.
Ashley has also been a featured soloist at many churches and events around the world and is currently a freelance vocalist in the Orange County/Los Angeles area.
A 2010 graduate of Azusa Pacific University in Music Business, she was a student of local vocal teacher Nuhad Levasseur, owner of In The Light Voice Studio in Brentwood and is a singer with the band Faultlines, self-described as a Los Angeles folk outfit, which she and friends started, last summer.
You can follow her career by liking her fan page on Facebook. To see a sampling of her singing, visit www.youtube.com/user/ashleymorgan72. Follow Faultlines on Facebook at www.facebook.com/officialfaultlines and Twitter at https://twitter.com/faultlinesongs.
Good luck on The Voice, Ashley!