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Thursday, January 22, 2015

The long-awaited, all-access biography of a music legend: "Billy Joel"

In Billy Joel, acclaimed music journalist Fred Schruers draws upon more than one hundred hours of exclusive interviews with Joel to present an unprecedented look at the life, career, and legacy of the pint-sized kid from Long Island who became a rock icon.

Exhibiting unparalleled intimate knowledge, Schruers chronicles Joel’s rise to the top of the charts, from his working-class origins in Levittown and early days spent in boxing rings and sweaty clubs to his monumental success in the seventies and eighties. He also explores Joel’s creative transformation in the nineties, his dream performance with Paul McCartney at Shea Stadium in 2008, and beyond.

Along the way, Schruers reveals the stories behind all the key events and relationships—including Joel’s high-profile marriages and legal battles—that defined his path to stardom and inspired his signature songs, such as “Piano Man,” “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “New York State of Mind,” and “She’s Always a Woman.” Throughout, he captures the spirit of a restless artist determined to break through by sharing, in his deeply personal lyrics, the dreams and heartbreaks of suburban American life.

Comprehensive, vibrantly written, and filled with Joel’s memories and reflections—as well as those of the family, friends, and band members who have formed his inner circle, including Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray Joel, Jon Small, and Steve Cohen—this is the definitive account of a beloved rock star’s epic American journey.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Final En Fuego at @AnthemNashville #EnFuegoNashville.

After six years of making you move, shake and sweat at the city's largest Latin music event, this will be Colombian Party Cartel's final En Fuego.​

Let's make the last En Fuego the best ever!

Don't miss this grand finale.

LOCATION: ANTHEM, 125 12th Ave N

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Former Charter School Principal Sentenced in Connection with State Exam Cheating Scheme

A former Springfield charter school principal was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Springfield for a federal felony in connection with assisting students to cheat on the MCAS.

Janet Henry, 42, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to one year of probation and a $500 fine. In October 2014, Henry pleaded guilty to an Information charging her with mail fraud.

According to the Information, in 2009 Henry became Principal of the Robert M. Hughes Academy Charter School in Springfield. In March and April 2009, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests were administered to the student body during which time Henry instructed teachers to give clues and other tips to students. For example, if teachers saw students entering nonsense answers, then they were to tell students to review their answers again. During preparation meetings, Henry stated to teachers that “this is where we earn our money,” and warned that the school could close or everyone would lose their jobs, if the test scores were not satisfactory. On April 16, 2009, upon the completion of the MCAS examinations, Henry falsely certified that the tests had been administered honestly.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The exuberant and energetic Beethoven's Seventh starts tonight at @NashvilleSymph

Beethoven's Seventh at Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Exuberant and bursting with energy, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony is one of the composer's greatest achievements. Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 sparkles with elegance and exotic melodies that earned it the nickname "Turkish" — and the stunning soloist Caroline Goulding will bring it to life. Opening the concert, Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll" is an intimate piece, with music taken from his epic "Ring" cycle. Plus, a date package option is available including two tickets, two glasses of wine and two chocolate truffles.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Instrumental and Songwriting Greats Craig Market & Thomm Jutz to Release "Nowhere to Hide"

Craig Market and Thomm Jutz will release their duo project, Nowhere to Hide on January 29. This record was recorded over a span of twelve days (one song per day) at Jutz's log cabin studio outside of Nashville. It's fitting that the music recorded in a log cabin would be simple and free of clutter-this record is just that: two writers, two voices and two guitars, namely a 1937 Martin D18 played by Market and a 1948 Martin D18 played by Jutz.

Separately, both Market & Jutz have blazed their own successful musical trails. Market is one of the most recorded songwriters in today's world of acoustic music. His songs have been cut over 100 times, by artists like Dan Tyminski, Ronnie Bowman, Lonesome River Band, Blue Highway, and many more. Jutz is an award winning songwriter, guitar player, and producer who moved to Nashville in 2003 and became a favored contributor to the works of troubadours Nanci Griffith, Kim Richey, and David Olney. His production credits include Country Music Hall of Famer Mac Wiseman, songwriting genius Todd Snider, country-punk hero Jason Ringenberg, and others. Together, with Nowhere to Hide, they forge forward into unfamiliar yet musically comfortable territory.

Music historian and critic Peter Cooper says of Nowhere to Hide, "Together, they've made an album that's both thoughtful and visceral, elegant and raw. I listen to it all the damn time: To the intricate guitar interplay, to the harmony choices and to songs about indigo ink and acceptance, about war and peacefulness, about life and death and the places where those things intersect."

Tim Stafford, 2014 IBMA Songwriter of the Year, said, "This collaboration is pared down to two guitars and two songwriters, but in this case that's all that's needed.  By taking such a simple approach, Craig Market and Thomm Jutz, two of the best writers working in the bluegrass/Americana field, wanted to directly showcase their twelve original songs here, but in doing so, they squeezed just about everything out of the format that can be gathered...if you've been looking for a 'true' duet record with great songs, singing, ideas, melodies, and tasteful guitar teamwork, your search is over."

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

As the Flu Season Continues to Worsen, It's Not too Late to Get a Flu Shot from @NashvilleHealth

Flu has arrived in Nashville and many other cities across the U.S. According to CDC, this is going to be a more severe flu season because this year’s vaccine is not as effective as years past.

Everyone is encouraged to know the symptoms and what to do if you think you might have the flu.
Flu-like symptoms include:

  • A 100 degree F or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • A cough and/or sore throat.
  • A runny or stuffy nose.
  • Headaches and/or body aches.
  • Chills.
  • Fatigue.
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)
The Metro Public Health Department recommends taking the following steps to prevent the spread of flu:

  • Stay home if you are ill.
  • Wash your hands your hands often with warm water and soap.
  • Cover your cough.
  • See your doctor early if you develop flu-like symptoms. Antivirals such as Tamiflu offer help.
  • It is not too late to get a flu shot.
Flu shots are offered Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 the Health Department’s East Health Center, 1015 East Trinity Lane; Woodbine Health Center, 224 Oriel Avenue; and the new Lentz Health Center, 2500 Charlotte Avenue. Flu vaccine is offered for a $25 fee. TennCare and Medicare Part B are accepted (please remember to bring your Medicare Part B insurance card).

Even though this year’s vaccine is not as effective, the flu vaccine still offers the best protection against influenza. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials say it is not too late to get a flu shot. According to CDC, everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each year.

While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:

  • Pregnant women
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
  • Health care workers
  • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
  • Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
For more information about flu shots, please call 340-5616 option 5, or visit the Health Department’s website at

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Stats on Nashville's Historic Low Crime of Murder

For the second consecutive year, the crime of murder in Nashville has fallen to a historic low.
The 2014 total was 41 criminal homicides, the smallest number since the Metropolitan Nashville government was created in 1963.  Last year’s murder count reflects:

• 2 fewer victims (a 5% decrease) from 2013’s total of 43;
• 71 fewer victims (a 63% decrease) from the city’s highest murder total of 112 in 1997;
• 4 fewer victims (a 9% decrease) from 1963’s total of 45, which, until last year, had been the city’s low; and
• 33 fewer victims (a 44% decrease) from the 52-year Nashville murder average of 74.

“The further reduction in our cityMilitary Uniform Supply - Military & Tactical Gear’s homicide total is a reflection of the close
partnerships the police department shares with stakeholders throughout Nashville, including families at the neighborhood level, clergy, business and civic groups,” Chief Steve Anderson said.  “While even one murder is too many, our collective determination to dissuade extreme violence and enhance safety is meeting with positive results.”
The domestic homicide total for 2014 was 4, one of which involved intimate partners.  That is a 55% reduction from 2013’s total of 9, three of which involved intimate partners.  Last year’s domestic homicide total of 4 was the lowest since the MNPD’s Domestic Violence Division was created in 1994.
“The strong emphasis by Mayor Dean, law enforcement, and support organizations, such as the YWCA, on curtailing family violence is meeting with results,” Chief Anderson said.  “We all must remain engaged for the successes to continue.”
While major crime numbers for 2014 won’t be finalized for a few weeks, Chief Anderson said he anticipates an approximate 3% decrease from 2013.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Details of the @LiveNation Deal to manage Nashville's Cumberland River Amphitheater

The Metro Council recently approved an agreement between Metro Government and Live Nation Worldwide Inc. for management of the new amphitheater the city is building along the Cumberland River. Mayor Karl Dean's administration negotiated the agreement after Live Nation was selected to operate the facility through a competitive bidding process. The agreement passed the Council on third reading on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

The 6,800-seat amphitheater is under construction as part of a park Metro is developing on the site of the former Nashville Thermal Transfer Plant in downtown Nashville. The facility is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015.

"I appreciate the Metro Council signing off on this agreement, which is a great deal for the city," Mayor Dean said. "Live Nation is one of the world's premier concert venue operators, and we look forward to seeing some of the most exciting live acts perform on Music City's newest stage."

  • Live Nation Worldwide Inc. will manage the amphitheater, book and promote concerts, and secure vendors.
  • The contract term is 125 months, beginning Aug. 1, 2015 and running through 2025.
  • Live Nation will pay Metro $400,000 per year, plus $2 per ticket for each of the first 150,000 tickets sold in any calendar year, and $5 for each ticket sold beyond 150,000.
  • Live Nation also will pay Metro 50 percent of concession revenue for all non-concert events.
  • Live Nation is required to pay 50 cents per ticket to a group that will be created to support the new Metro park - similar to "friends" groups at other parks - and 50 cents per ticket to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which is managing a fund dedicated to the acquisition, maintenance and operation of park land in Davidson County.
  • Live Nation will build and pay for some enhancements to the amphitheater, such as concession equipment, furniture, sales kiosks and equipping of the dressing rooms, at an estimated cost of $1.5 million to $1.75 million.
  • Live Nation will be required to hire a general manager with experience managing comparable facilities.
  • Starting with the second year of the agreement, Live Nation will be required to hold at least 15 concerts at the amphitheater each year. If it doesn't hold 15 concerts in a year, the company will be required to pay Metro $12,000 for each concert below that number. For example, if only 13 concerts take place, Live Nation would pay Metro $24,000.
  • Live Nation is responsible for operating costs, including utilities, and is entitled to retain most revenues generated by operating the amphitheater, including ticket sales, sponsorships and sales of food and beverages.
  • Live Nation has naming rights, within the usual Metro limits.
  • Metro has the right to use the amphitheater for the CMA Music Festival, plus July 4 and December 31, as well as seven other "Civic Events" per year at city expense. Live Nation will not charge rent for any of those events.
  • The Nashville Symphony will be able to use the amphitheater under a separate agreement with Live Nation.
  • Metro will control scheduling of activities within the park surrounding the amphitheater.
  • Metro has the right to approve the size and location of all signs at the amphitheater.
  • Live Nation is responsible for securing and maintaining the facility. Metro is responsible for mowing and maintaining the grassy areas.
  • Live Nation is required to make quarterly reports on the amphitheater to the Metro Parks Board.

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