Tom Hamilton’s American Babies Announce Major Fall Tour With Special ‘Masquerade Ball’ Shows

first_imgBeloved guitarist Tom Hamilton is set to hit the road hard with his group American Babies this fall! Hamilton is a tour-de-force in the live music scene, playing with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Billy & The Kids, Electron and more, but his home is right here with American Babies. Having just released their recent album An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark, Hamilton and co will hit the road for a major fall tour that includes stops at festivals like Catskill Chill, Luna Light and more!The tour has some unique performances lined up, including a handful of dates that will be “Masquerade Ball” themed. Live For Live Music is proud to be a presenting partner for two of these exciting performances, including a Masquerade Ball on October 29th at the Tonic Room in Chicago, IL (ticket info here) and another on November 5th at American Beauty on November 5th (ticket info here – will be live on Friday, 8/19). These Halloween-type shows are sure to be wild parties, hosted by the American Babies crew.Tickets for the shows will go on sale either this Friday or Saturday, so be sure to check with your local venue as to not miss out! The full tour schedule can be seen below:Tom Hamilton’s American Babies Fall TourSept. 2 – Denver CO – Mile High SpiritsSept. 15 – Bridgeport, CT – The AcousticSept. 16 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall ^Sept. 17 – Blakeslee, PA – Midnight Mountain Music ShowSept. 24 – Pottstown, PA – CanjamSept. 25 – Lakewood, PA – Catskill ChillSept. 30 – Petaskala, OH – Fennario Music FestivalOct. 1 – Athens, OH – DrxvmsOct. 13 – Darlington, MD – Luna Light FestivalOct. 14 – Darlington, MD – Luna Light FestivalOct. 15 – Ithaca, NY – The HauntOct. 19 – St. Louis, MO – The Bootleg @ Atomic CowboyOct. 21 – Fort Collins, CO – Hodi’s Half NoteOct. 22 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre  ^^Oct. 26 – Columbia, MO – Rose Music HallOct. 28 – Milwaukee, WI – Miramar TheatreOct. 29 – Chicago, IL – Tonic Room ^^Nov. 2 – Buffalo, NY – Iron WorksNov. 3 – Syracuse, NY – The Westcott TheaterNov. 4 – Albany, NY – The HollowNov. 5 – New York, NY – American Beauty ^^Nov. 18 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall ^^Nov. 19 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall ^^Nov. 25 – Plains, PA – River Street Jazz Cafe^ Philly Is The Boss: A Musical Tribute to Bruce Springsteen^^ Masquerade Balllast_img read more

Parker Riehle: Federal stimulus funds for tourism promotion can boost Vermont’s economy

first_imgThe Vermont legislature is currently considering a proposal by Governor Douglas, which he announced along with members of the Senate Economic Development Committee, to dedicate $8.67 million in available federal stimulus funds for economic development.  Part of that proposal would appropriate up to an additional $500,000 to the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) for the promotion of Vermont as a winter destination.  At less than 6 percent of the available federal stimulus package, $500,000 is a small portion of those funds but can help tremendously with this winter s tourism economy.The appropriation is critical to the Vermont economy.  At a time when the tourism economy has continued to hold up well despite incredibly challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to ensure we are making an adequate investment to promote winter tourism.  Vermont enjoys the tremendous advantage of being within a day s drive of 80 million people in the metropolitan markets to the north and south, but it is not an advantage that we have exclusively.  We share this advantage with Maine, New Hampshire and New York, and, with more and more winter visitors opting to stay closer to home and forego the trip to an airline-dependent destination, it is critically important that we be competitive with our northeastern neighbors when getting the word out to our core markets.  Vermont s ski areas spend upwards of $20 million on marketing winter in Vermont, and these funds are an opportunity to bolster VDTM s existing budget for promoting the collective brand of our unique state.The return on investment for Vermont s economy is proven.  The state s economist has confirmed for VDTM that there is a positive return for the state s tax revenues from the Department s marketing and promotional efforts.  And it s a quick return, with VDTM s expenditures generating revenue returns within 3-6 months.  That certainly makes for a worthwhile investment when the state is faced with budget shortfalls in the near and long term.The economic impacts of winter travel go far beyond the ski areas.  Skiers and snowboarders annually spend upwards of $700 million when they visit Vermont, and it is important to note that 2/3 s of those expenditures occur off-mountain at the numerous businesses throughout Vermont communities that are integral to the ski economy.  In addition, the seven ski areas that lease land from the state provide over $2.5 million in lease payments annually to the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation on a performance-based formula the better the ski business, the more revenue for the Department.  Not only do those ski area payments provide nearly half of the Department s state parks budget, but those dollars translate into capital improvements and employment throughout the summertime park season.  In addition, the funds would bolster VDTM s marketing campaign which prominently features the Cabot brand and the farmers of the Cabot cooperative which are so integral to Vermont s agricultural heritage. The timing for this appropriation is perfect.  Our mountains are coming off of strong business over the Christmas/New Years and MLK holiday periods, snowmaking conditions have been ideal and our ski areas have been able to offer excellent trail coverage.  This, along with frequent snowfall in the backyards of our metropolitan markets this season, sets up Vermont s ski industry with tremendous momentum for the critical Presidents Week holiday period and for the remainder of the ski season which goes through the entire month of March and typically extends well into April depending on conditions.  Therefore, it is vital that this appropriation be approved quickly so that VDTM can get the additional ad dollars in motion for maximum return.Parker Riehle of South Burlington is President of the Vermont Ski Areas Association and member of the Travel Recreation Council.Parker M. Riehle, PresidentVermont Ski Areas AssociationP.O. Box 368, 26 State StreetMontpelier, VT  05601P: 802.223.2439  F: is external)last_img read more

Badgers end tough streak with higher expectations

first_imgThe No. 15 Wisconsin volleyball team endured a challenge that no other team in the country has faced this season. Spanning the last few weeks, the Badgers (17-5, 6-4 Big Ten) completed a six-match streak of ranked opponents last Wednesday, a test that no other team in the country has encountered this season.Wisconsin finished 3-3 in that stretch, including the first time in program history the team has defeated back-to-back top ten opponents.With the team entering the second half of league play this weekend, Wisconsin currently sits tied for fourth place in a Big Ten conference with seven ranked squads and three others receiving votes.The Badgers have beaten five ranked opponents this year, including four in the Big Ten. This is the most victories over ranked teams since the 2006 Badger squad recorded six top-25 wins.Junior outside hitter Ellen Chapman said this is not a position most teams expected Wisconsin to be in at the start of the year.“I don’t see ourselves as an underdog, but I know starting the season off everyone saw us as an underdog,” Chapman said. “Now that they realize how good of a team we actually have, they’re starting to scout us more and take us more seriously — that’s going to make our job a little bit harder.”A highlight of Wisconsin’s difficult stretch of matches was the two straight victories over then No. 5 Michigan State and No. 7 Minnesota. In the win over the Golden Gophers, the Badgers tallied the second-most kills and third-most assists of any match they have played this season.Chapman said she wasn’t surprised at Wisconsin’s performance over two high-caliber teams — she said if the team plays to its full potential, it can beat anyone in the conference.Senior libero Annemarie Hickey said wins over two of the best teams in the league does not come close to the expectations the team has yet to fulfill.“Those two wins were great, but we can do a lot more,” Hickey said. “This team has a lot to prove; we’re just going to keep working harder and harder each week to prove [to] everybody that we are a great team, and that we’re not going to fall flat the second half of the season.”An important change from prior seasons and prior months has been Wisconsin’s surge in confidence. Head coach Kelly Sheffield said he has seen a competitive fire in players like Chapman and junior outside hitter Deme Morales that was previous lacking.In wins over then No. 14 Ohio State, Michigan State and Minnesota, Wisconsin had lost the first set by at least five points, but the team bounced back to take the second set in each match. Against Michigan State and Minnesota, Wisconsin proceeded to win three straight sets after the game one stumble.Sheffield said in recent weeks the team as a whole has displayed an increased willingness to battle and an overall better feistiness during matches.“I’ve been really, really impressed with our ability to get after it every match,” Sheffield said. “We’ve really been ready to play every one of our conference matches. That’s really hard, and it’s not something every team is doing.”Now in her third season, Chapman said this is the highest level of volleyball Wisconsin has displayed in her career. With the arrival of Sheffield at the helm of the program, she said there is a sense of effort and determination on the team she has never seen before.“Our togetherness is way better than it has ever been in the past two to three years,” Chapman said. “Everything on the court is just different — the mentality is different, we’re all trying our hardest out there. [With] the second half of the season rolling around, none of us are going to give up on anyone. That’s very different from what’s happened in the past.”Battling back during matches and after tough losses has become the name of the game for Wisconsin during the past three weeks. Before defeating Michigan State, Wisconsin was swept by No. 16 Michigan at home. The Badgers also dropped a match to Illinois 1-3 on Sunday — a contest in which Wisconsin outscored Illinois in every offensive category.Sheffield said in the Big Ten, there is not much separation of teams near the top and bottom of the conference. Illinois has undergone the toughest schedule in the country this year — it is the only team in the top 75 of the RPI with a record below .500.Even though the Badgers are coming off the toughest streak of matches in the country, UW’s schedule doesn’t let up in the team’s remaining 10 games. Wisconsin faces six ranked opponents in its last 10 matches, including a rematch with No. 16 on the road this Saturday.Sheffield said if the Badgers are playing at the high level that he expects, no opponent is too difficult an obstacle to tackle.“I think we’ve got talent,” Sheffield said. “I think all of us think we can win, think we can beat anybody. We’ve got a lot of confidence in ourselves.”last_img read more