Purple Hatter’s Ball Unveils Thursday Pre-Party, Lineup Additions, And Polish Ambassador Action Day

first_imgThe ninth annual Purple Hatter’s Ball is going down at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park over June 17-19 weekend, with headlining acts from livetronica favorites Papadosio, cutting edge live electronic brotherly duo The Floozies, energetic musician and activist The Polish Ambassador, Jerry Garcia Band founding member and longtime collaborator Melvin Seals and JGB, New Orleans prog-funk five-piece Earphunk, the conscious world-reggae sounds of DubConscious, progressive jam band The Mantras, the one-and-only sacred steel master Roosevelt Collier, rising stars The Hip Abduction, and many more. Today, Purple Hatter’s Ball comes together with a bucket of exciting news just days before the Early-Bird Ticket prices go up on Saturday, May 21st. The festival has been upgraded with the exciting plans for a first-ever Action Day with activist The Polish Ambassador, a Thursday Pre-Party, and the line-ups for the Silent Disco and the Beach Stage.Fitting to the spirit of giving, The Polish Ambassador launched a platform to gather musicians and fans to instigate community action called actiondays.us. He’ll be hosting a meeting at the intersection of music and activism on the banks of the Suwanee River, welcoming all festival attendees to come together early on Thursday, June 16 to unite in action. The experience is sure to build important skills, strengthen relationships, and provide tangible regenerative projects that will make Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park better for all participants to come. You can sign up right now HERE. The projects go as follows:Project 1: Restore and prepare garden areas to plant a Food Forest that will nourish the land and people for generations to come.Project 2: Build multi-purpose Waste Management Stations that reduce the amount of waste, energy, and resources consumed by inefficient disposal practices.Project 3: Learn about Soil Testing (what is in the dirt, and is it good for you?), Mycoremediation (mushrooms that clean it up!), Permaculture (how plants, animals, and people interact together) and more.As important as these food forests, waste management stations, and soil testing are, Purple Hatter’s Ball is happy to extend free camping and admission for anyone who participates in the Action Day to the Thursday Night Pre-Party, which will feature Sunsquabi, Savi Fernandez Birthday Band, Space Kadet, and Gypsy Elise. Tickets currently on sale to the public here.In addition to these newly announced Thursday Pre-Party artists, they’ve also unveiled the line-up for the Beach Stage, which is located along the wild black-water Suwannee River, and perfect for dancing away on hot summer days, and the late night Silent Disco, which will keep the party going until the wee hours of the morning. Featured artists include Vlad the Inhaler, Sir Charles, Elliot Mess, Combustible, and many others. Check out the full lineup card below:Purple Hatter’s Ball also features live art, yoga, and workshops. It’s the perfect environment to experience the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park festival grounds, famous for hosting Wanee, Suwannee Hulaween, AURA, and more, during a laid-back and intimate event. Festivalgoers are encouraged to take advantage of the park’s endless activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, biking, and disc golf.Purple Hatter’s Ball benefits The Rachel Morningstar Foundation in honor of longtime SOSMP friend and music festival lover Rachel Morningstar Hoffman. You can learn more about the horrific story of her loss here. Rachel’s story has been featured on 60 Minutes, Dateline, and 20/20.Early-Bird Tickets are currently on sale through the festival’s website, but increase in price on Saturday, May 21. There are also Morningstar Miracle VIP Packages that include VIP area access, dinner (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), an official poster, and t-shirt. For a limited time, the park is also offering a very special deal – a cabin for 4 and a golf cart for $575. There is no better way to experience Spirit of the Suwannee in style!last_img read more

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Chicago Celebrates 20 Years of Making the Great White Way Red Hot

first_img Ryan Silverman Star Files from $49.50 ‘Chicago’ 20th anniversary celebration(Photo: Caitlyn Gallip) View Comments Chicagocenter_img Amra-Faye Wright Charlotte d’Amboise Related Shows November 14 marks 20 years of hotcha, whoopee and jazz on the Great White Way. Chicago’s anniversary celebration drew a crowd of both original and current cast members and the Tony-winning revival’s die-hard fans. Those in attendance included Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth, Tony-winning director Walter Bobbie, legendary composer John Kander, script adapter David Thompson, original music director Rob Fisher and original cast members Ann Reinking, David Sabella, Michael Berresse, Jim Borstelmann and Mamie Duncan-Gibbs. Other notable alumni cast members also stepped out for the anniversary, including Charlotte d’Amboise, Christopher McDonald, Paul Nolan, Ron Orbach, Vincent Pastore, Christine Pedi, Ernie Sabella, Christopher Sieber, Ryan Silverman, Lavon Fisher Wilson, Carol Woods, Tom Wopat and Amra‐Faye Wright. Both previous and current cast members snapped an epic family photo in front of the Ambassador Theatre, where Kander and Ebb’s iconic tuner is still bringing razzle dazzle to the Great White Way. Check out the hot shot above, and happy anniversary, Chicago!last_img read more

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NBA free agency: Lakers agree to deal with Jordan Clarkson

first_imgThe Lakers may have struck out on landing a marquee free agent. But they managed to keep one of their rising stars from leaving.The Lakers and second-year guard Jordan Clarkson agreed to a four-year deal worth $50 million, according to league sources. The deal cannot be signed until the NBA moratorium ends on July 7. The Lakers could have waited considering they could have matched any offer sheet Clarkson received from other teams. That move also could have given the Lakers some short-term relief. Under the so-called Gilbert Arenas rule, the Lakers could pay Clarkson around $5.5 million for the next seasons before receiving a hefty pay raise around $22-$23 million per season. Still, that approach could have hurt the Lakers’ future cap space when the free agency classes might be considered more talented. The Lakers also wanted to send the message that they value the 24-year-old Clarkson after finishing last season second in points (15.5) and first in minutes played (32.5). The Lakers bought the rights from the Washington Wizards to select Clarkson 46th overall in the 2014 NBA draft. He then landed on the NBA’s All-Rookie team and became a fixture in the team’s starting rotation. “We had two tough years, but I don’t want to be a guy that is afraid and will run away from challenges,” Clarkson said last month. “I want to be a part of the situation when it turns around because I was here when it was down. I never want to leave.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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