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Nashville-Based Rock Band SWEETTALKER Releases “Black Magic” In Time For Halloween

Nashville-based roots rock band, SWEETTALKER, just released a new single, “Black Magic”, on October 26th.

The dark, riffy, hard driving rock song is a nod back to timeless classic rockers, punk and psychedelic rock bands.  The song is about being unable to shake the “spell” that an ex-lover casts upon you as they re-appear in your life just when you least expect it never quite allowing you to forget them as you are drawn back into their “web”.  Something I think most can relate to if you have ever had an ex you find difficult to get over when they keep re-appearing in your life.

They first hit the Nashville scene in early 2016, and can best be described as root rock revival of warm and vintage sounds filled with hard driving guitar riffs.

SWEETTALKER got their name from the mom of one of the band members saying out of frustration that they would probably become a car salesman one day because could sweet talk their way out of almost anything or into it as a young kid.  Looking for a catchy name, it just seemed to be the perfect fit for the band and it stuck.

SWEETTALKER have spent the past two years touring all over the Southeast and Midwest U.S., honing their craft and growing their fanbase.

Catch them in a city near you as they set out in support of their new single, “Black Magic”.

Listen to SWEETTALKER’s new single “Black Magic”https://soundcloud.com/swttlkr/black-magic/s-xF9s6

For more information on SWEETTALKER, please visit:  http://www.sweettalker.co

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The Nashville Ballet Presents LIZZIE BORDEN With THE RAVEN Just In Time For Halloween

The Nashville Ballet presents “Lizzie Borden” and “The Raven” for Halloween. Did she or didn’t she? Viewers will judge for themselves when Lizzie Borden’s real-life double homicide case of 1892 hauntingly unfolds on stage this Halloween. Acquitted for the brutal ax murders of her father and stepmother, Lizzie Borden’s notorious courtroom trial remains one of the most controversial and sensationalized in American history. Nashville Ballet’s gripping interpretation takes audiences into the mind of the woman embroiled in the scandal to show that there may be more to the story than previously thought. The world premiere of The Raven explores Edgar Allan Poe’s dark poem by blending movement with a classical score. 😊

Lizzie Borden with The Raven will be at TPAC’s Polk Theater for three (3) performances only:

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets today at: www.nashvilleballet.com.

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Nashville Ballet Presents Lizzie Borden And The Raven For Halloween

Nashville Ballet Explores Lizzie Borden’s Infamous Murder Case this Halloween
Lizzie Borden Paired with World Premiere of The Raven

Nashville Ballet will present a haunting double feature of original works just in time for Halloween—the long-awaited return of Lizzie Borden based on the infamous double murder and the world premiere of The Raven inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem—October 26-28, 2017, at TPAC’s Polk Theater.

Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling’s Lizzie Borden examines the real-life double murder case of 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie Borden was famously accused, tried and acquitted for the brutal ax murders of her father and stepmother in a case that remains one of the most controversial and sensationalized in American history.

“Because Lizzie Borden was acquitted and no one was ever charged for the murders, endless speculation still surrounds the case that makes it as fascinating as ever,” Vasterling said. “I have my own theories about what may have happened in the Borden household on the day of the murders, and leading up to it. This ballet explores the dark backstory and delves into the mind of Lizzie Borden—taking place in her memories—to show that there may be more to the story than meets the eye.”

Lizzie Borden has remained a fixture in American culture for more than a century as the subject of popular books, movies, television shows and even a well-known children’s rhyme (“Lizzie Borden took an ax…”). Nashville Ballet’s version was originally presented in 2006, and this time around will feature a newly commissioned score by English composer Philip Feeney along with updates to the choreography. Unique to this version, Vasterling explores the phenomenon of “shadow people,” ghostlike figures often attributed to the presence of the supernatural, who influence Lizzie Borden throughout the ballet.

Lizzie Borden will be complemented by the world premiere of Nashville Ballet company dancer Christopher Stuart’s The Raven. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem, the ballet follows a mysterious raven that ultimately drives a heartbroken lover into madness. The brand-new work will feature a classical score by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt.

Lizzie Borden with The Raven is presented by STF Events & Catering and Lightning 100. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or at NashvilleBallet.com. A complete performance schedule and more information can be found at NashvilleBallet.com/Lizzie-Borden. Viewer discretion is advised; this production contains mature content.

About Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2 (a pre-professional training company), provide more than 70,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its Community Engagement programming. Curriculum-based Community Engagement programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class dance instruction to students age 2 to 70.

Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from local, regional and national institutional funders and community partners, as well as hundreds of generous individuals, provide ongoing support of Nashville Ballet’s mission-critical programs.

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5 Creepy Halloween Cocktails To Make To Spice Up Your Halloween Festivities

Halloween is just around the corner & the award-winning, family-owned distillery of William Grant & Sons has five cocktail concoctions (and one deadly spirit) to complete your Halloween festivities.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Sailor Jerry Candy Apple

2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

8 parts warm (real) apple cider

Stir ingredients. Garnish with Cinnamon stick. Serve in desired tempered after dinner glassware.

The special blend of Caribbean rum, natural spices and flavors of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is the perfect complement to the warm apple cider on a crisp Halloween night. www.sailorjerry.com

Milagro Ofrenda

2 parts Milagro Reposado

1 part Fresh Mandarin Juice

½ part Fresh Lemon Juice

¼ part Green Cardamom (Orange Blossom) Honey Syrup

½ part Egg White

Put all ingredients into a Boston shaker, add ice and shake until cold. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass/coupe. Garnish with Edible Marigold.

The award-winning Milagro Tequila ages their Reposado for six months in American oak barrels, four months longer than most other reposados, the result is an inviting balance of oak and agave that creates a robust, balanced and festive cocktail. www.milagrotequila.com

The Bloody Fall

2 parts Reyka Vodka

2 parts Fresh-squeezed Heirloom Tomato Juice

¼ part Lime Juice

2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce

2 dashes Tabasco

Pinch of Celery Salt, Cumin, Salt & Black Pepper

Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker except and roll back and forth. Serve in Collins glass and garnish with lime wedges, mini peppers and cherry tomatoes on a rosemary skewer.

Enjoy this bloody favorite made with Reyka Vodka, which hails from Iceland and even uses lava rocks as a natural filtration system to create a silky smooth finish. www.reyka.com

We couldn’t help share these frightening cocktails one last time. Both are made with Tullamore D.E.W., the triple distilled blend of three types of Irish whiskey and the world’s second largest Irish whiskey brand. www.tullamoredew.com

 

 

Vampire’s Weakness (a Boulevardier)

1 ¼ part Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey

1 part Campari

1 part Sweet vermouth

Garnish: 1 Bloodied Eyeball – Made using a Lychee, a blueberry and fruit preserves which create the veins.

Pumpkin Fright (Irish Old Fashioned)

2 part Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey

¾ part Bénédictine

2 dashes Angostura bitters

2 dashes Orange bitters

Garnish: Orange slice, Pumpkin Face Garnish

 

Day of the Dead – November 1

 

“Tequila to wake the living, mezcal to wake the dead.” Celebrate the Day of the Dead with the spirit that wakes the dead, Montelobos Mezcal, an artisanal mezcal produced with 100% organically certified agave espadín in Oaxaca, Mexico. www.montelobos.com

 

 The team at William Grant & Sons asks that you please measure responsibly.

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The Big 98’s 2nd Annual Battle For the Bones Halloween Music Festival: Four Stages, 13 Acts, One Cause

imageIt’s a familiar notion in the close-knit Nashville community: artists, musicians and industry coming together for a great cause, but rarely do so many take off their label, radio, or otherwise affiliated hats and come together under one roof. Such is the scenario with The Big 98’s 2nd Annual Battle For The Bones Halloween Music Festival on October 31 benefitting one of the music industry’s most worthwhile causes. For one night only, 13 acts including Jake Owen, Gary Allan, Big & Rich, Scotty McCreery, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, and more will come together to throw Nashville’s biggest Halloween party – with proceeds benefitting the FTL Sarcoma Fund, www.ftlsarcomafund.org, which was created from the last wishes of 28-year-old music business star Lindsay Walleman who lost her battle with sarcoma last April. Continue Reading →

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