Learn About The Florida Jazz And Blues Festival 2017!


Tallahassee, Fla. – The festival lineup and early bird tickets for Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017 were announced today for Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 at Cascades Park in Tallahassee, Florida.The Saturday show is scheduled for 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday is slated for 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. The festival is a ticketed event, ranging from $30-$65 for 1-Day tickets, $55-$120 for a 2-Day Pass and discounted Student/Military ticket options. Additionally, the festival offers 3-tiered pricing with discounts to encourage early ticket purchases.

This second year festival promises a 2-day event filled with funky blues, boogie-woogie guitar, dazzling horns, lift-your-feet jazz and electrifying, soul-stirring performances by jazz and blues artists from around the world, and will feature a variety of merchant and food vendors for festival-goers to experience. 

Headliners this year are Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child” and the New Orleans Suspects, along with jazz legends Carmen Bradford with Scotty Barnhart. Mr. Sipp will bring down the house with his upbeat, soulful blues and his outlandish performance that make him the blues powerhouse that he is. The New Orleans Suspects will be putting their own spin on the music of New Orleans, as they layer boogie-woogie piano, soulful blues guitar and jazzy horns on top of funky bass lines and complex rhythms. Jazz royalty, Carmen Bradford and Scotty Barnhart will offer a classic, rousing “Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” featuring Carmen’s vocal prowess and Scotty’s command on the jazz trumpet. Notably, Barnhart wears many hats for the festival, and in life. As the current director of the Count Basie Orchestra, which he has been a member of for the last 24 years, Barnhart tours the world leading the world’s oldest and most acclaimed jazz orchestra. He is also Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Florida State University College of Music, and Artistic Director for the Florida Jazz & Blues Festival. Barnhart’s diverse leadership and experiences offer him the unique position to be able to bring a world-class level of talent to the capital city of Florida.

“I’ve carefully curated the artists we have invited to this year’s festival to appeal to both jazz and blues enthusiasts,” said Barnhart. “And, we’ve also mixed in Latin Jazz, New Orleans-style jazz/blues, classic jazz and blues performances, as well as more contemporary artists.
“In cooperation with the Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017, the Unity Music Foundation is contributing $3,000 for music scholarships to FAMU and FSU students.

“Our goal with this annual festival is to attract world-renowned performers, as well as jazz and blues music lovers from across the region and country,” said Jon D. Brown, Festival Co-Director. “Creating and cultivating a center point for tourists, culture and music strengthens and enriches the fabric of our community here in Tallahassee and Leon County.”

The festival is open to sponsors, food vendors, merchants and volunteers. Interested parties can find more information at http://www.FLJazzAndBlues.com or by email info@FLJazzAndBlues.com.
“We invite everyone to come out in support of this festival in a big way, so the entire region benefits from it today, tomorrow, and into the future,” said Barnhart.
What: ​​Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017

When: ​​Saturday, October 28, 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday, October 29, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: ​​Cascades Park, Tallahassee, Florida

 Tickets & Festival Info: ​www.FLJAzzAndBlues.com

 2017 Festival Lineup

*Artists and times subject to change. Gates open at 2 p.m.

 Saturday, October 28 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Bill Wharton “The Sauce Boss”

Fusion Beat – Latin Jazz

The Jon Faddis Quartet – A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie

*Headliner – Carmen Bradford with Scotty Barnhart – A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

*Headliner – Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child”

 Sunday, October 29 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Frank Jones Band

Lauren Mitchell

The Wycliffe Gordon Quartet with Sabine

Beautiful Bobby Blackmon & the B3 Band

*Headliner – New Orleans Suspects

Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017

Festival Lineup

*Artists and times subject to change

 Saturday, October 28 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Bill Wharton “The Sauce Boss”

Fusion Beat – Latin Jazz

The Jon Faddis Quartet – A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie

*Headliner – Carmen Bradford with Scotty Barnhart – A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

*Headliner – Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child”

Sunday, October 29 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

FSU Jazz Orchestra 1

Frank Jones Band

Lauren Mitchell

The Wycliffe Gordon Quartet with Sabine

Beautiful Bobby Blackmon & the B3 Band

*Headliner – New Orleans Suspects

WHAT WHEN WHERE:

 What: ​Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017

When: ​Saturday, October 28, 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday, October 29, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: ​Cascades Park, Tallahassee, Florida

Tickets & Festival Info: ​www.FLJAzzAndBlues.com

GATES OPEN AT 2PM

 We’re JAZZED to announce the Florida Jazz and Blues Festival 2017!

• It will be held October 28-29, at beautiful Cascades Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

• Get ready for a 2-day festival filled with funky blues, boogie-woogie guitar, dazzling horns, lift-your-feet jazz and electrifying, soul-stirring performances by jazz and blues artists from around the world.

• The festival runs from 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday.

 TICKETS

• ADVANCE tickets are on sale now through October 15 with up to 20% savings from regular price at http://www.FLJazzAndBlues.com. After Oct 15, ticket prices go to REGULAR FULL PRICE.

• If you plan on coming to the festival, you want to buy early for the best prices available.

• NOW is a great time to snap up your tickets!

• See the ticket prices below for prices and savings now.

• Tickets start at $40 plus discounts for military/students.

 FOOD & VENDORS  

• The festival will feature treats and sweets from delicious Food Trucks and lots of merchants with bling designs, original artwork, jewelry, and much more.

 ARTISTS & PERFORMANCES

• Headliners for the 2017 Festival are and “The Mississippi Blues Child” himself, Mr. Sipp on Saturday and the New Orleans Suspects on Sunday.

• Mr. Sipp will be bringing down the house with his upbeat, soulful blues and his outlandish performance that make him the blues powerhouse that he is.

• The New Orleans Suspects will be putting their own spin on the music of New Orleans as they layer boogie-woogie piano, soulful blues guitar and jazzy horns on top of funky bass lines and complex rhythms.

• Saturday night, the illustrious Jazz Diva Carmen Bradford with legendary Jazz Trumpeteer, Scotty Barnhart will dazzle with a classic Jazz ‘Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald”

• Local artists Bill Wharton “The Sauce Boss” is a recipe for a good time, and the foot stomping energy and tasty funky bass playing of The Frank Jones Band will have you up and dancing.

• So much of the best of Jazz & Blues will be featured at the Festival:

o Rousing Latin Jazz

o Funky Bluesy Jams

o Classical Jazz Performances

o Southern Soul Blues Guitar

o Dazzling Horns

o Sultry Vocal Power Performances

o Smooth Jazz Piano

o Full Throttle Blues

o Foot Stomping Energy

o Tasty Funky Bass.

o New Orleans Jazz

o Crescent City Funk

o One of the best Trombonists of our Time

o Local, Regional, National and International Artists

 • If you don’t think you like Jazz & Blues, this festival will change your mind!

 VOLUNTEERS AND FOOD AND MERCHANT VENDORS

• We are accepting applications for Food and Merchant Vendors NOW
 www.FLJazzAndBlues.com

 • If you want to VOLUNTEER at the festival, folks can sign up NOW

http://www.FLJazzAndBlues.com

 THIS IS A HOMEGROWN FESTIVAL

Festival Organizers are LOCAL NATIVE Tallahasseans
“Our goal with this annual festival is to attract world-renowned performers, as well as jazz and blues music lovers from across the region and country,” said Jon D. Brown, Festival Co-Director. “Creating and cultivating a center point for tourists, culture and music strengthens and enriches the fabric of our community here in Tallahassee and Leon County.”
• FESTIVAL ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Scotty Barnhart wears many hats for the festival, and in life. As the current director of the Count Basie Orchestra, which he has been a member of for the last 24 years, Barnhart tours the world leading the world’s oldest and most acclaimed jazz orchestra.
• He is also Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Florida State University College of Music, and Artistic Director for the Florida Jazz & Blues Festival. Barnhart’s diverse leadership and experiences offer him the unique position to be able to bring a world-class level of talent to the capital city of Florida.

“I’ve carefully curated the artists we have invited to this year’s festival to appeal to both jazz and blues enthusiasts,” said Barnhart. “And, we’ve also mixed in Latin Jazz, New Orleans-style jazz/blues, classic jazz and blues performances, as well as more contemporary artists.”
“We invite everyone to come out in support of this festival in a big way, so the entire region benefits from it today, tomorrow, and into the future,” said Barnhart.
In cooperation with the Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017, the Unity Music Foundation is contributing $3,000 for music scholarships to FAMU and FSU students.
ARTIST INFORMATION
Carmen Bradford
Jazz

Carmen Bradford grew up with music in her heart. It was only natural that Carmen would follow in the footsteps of her great family legacy, being the daughter of legendary trumpeter/ composer Bobby Bradford and world renowned vocalist/composer Melba Joyce. Her grandfather Melvin Moore sang with Lucky Millender and Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band in the 1940’s, making Carmen the third generation of incredible musicians. She has carved out a place in music history for herself and is playing an integral role in this uniquely American art form called jazz. Carmen Bradford is Jazz Royalty.

In 1982, Carmen was discovered and hired by William “Count” Basie, and was the featured vocalist in the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra for nine years. Carmen performed on two Grammy Award Winning albums with the Basie Band, and collaborated with George Benson on the Grammy Award Winning album “Big Boss Band”. In her electrifying performances around the world, Carmen proves again and again her outstanding ability to sing all forms of jazz, be it straight ahead jazz, blues, or jazz fusion — and swing it like nobody can.  
Scotty Barnhart
Jazz

SCOTTY BARNHART is an internationally acclaimed Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, author, two-time Grammy Winner, and in 2013 was selected to be Director of The Count Basie Orchestra. Prior to 2013, he was CBO’s featured trumpet soloist for 20 years, and in 2015 was Executive Producer of #1 charted A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas!

 SCOTTY IS THE CO-FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR THE FLORIDA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL AND A GEM IN OUR COMMUNITY. He is a Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Florida State University. Scotty has recorded with Marcus Roberts,Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, and Ray Charles and has performed with Frank Sinatra, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Nat Adderley, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand and George Benson, performed at The Academy Awards, and is in demand as a soloist and lecturer on jazz history all over the world. In 2009, his solo CD, Say It Plain reached #3 on the Jazz Charts.

His groundbreaking book, The World of Jazz Trumpet – a Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy, was published in December 2005 to rave reviews. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University and in 2017 he was honored with a permanent plaque in the Gallery Of Distinction in the FAMU Department of Music. He is also profiled in the book Trumpet Kings which places him among the greatest jazz trumpeters in history. He resides in Los Angeles, California and Tallahassee, Florida.

Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child”

Blues

Don’t be fooled by his boyish appearance or the Erkel glasses he and his bandmates wear on stage or the astronomical ascendance he achieved after winning the International Blues Challenge 3 years ago – Mr. Sipp isn’t a blues child, as his on stage alter ego implies. He’s definitely a man among men as soon as he steps foot on stage. One of Sipp’s favorite expressions is “Let’s knock a hole in it,” and The Mississippi Blues Child does just that, as evidenced by his recent win at the Blues Music Awards for Best New Artist Blues Album. Born in Magnolia, Mississippi, his given name, Castro Coleman, Mr.Sipp has already paid his dues with a remarkable 26 years as band leader, singer-songwriter, producer, session guitarist and label boss in the gospel market.

His band dives into deep grooves with a rare sense of timing that uses the vibe as an energy boost. On songs like ‘Juke Joint’ he brilliantly fuses his intensity with the kind of ‘call and response’ moments that were the bread and butter of his gospel past and now form an essential part of his current guitar-led bluster. It’s soulfully funky and fresh. Mr. Sipp’s performance is fire cracker stuff that can match any powerhouse rock band you care to mention, but he replaces macho posturing with exhortations to join him in one big blues party.

New Orleans Suspects

Jazz/Blues

New Orleans Suspects, riding their Top 10 blues radio-charted album Kaleidoscoped, and fresh from tours with Bonerama, Leftover Salmon, New Mastersounds and Paul Barerre and Fred Tackett of Little Feat, make their debut appearance at the Florida Jazz and Blues Festival Oct. 29, 2017. The New Orleans Suspects are a band that’s fallen into a groove and are rapidly working their way into the consciousness of educated music fans around the country. With a sound that’s familiar enough to be welcoming, yet challenging enough to please the most critical of purists, The Suspects are putting their own spin on the music of New Orleans as they layer boogie-woogie piano, soulful blues guitar and jazzy horns on top of funky bass lines and complex rhythms. The result is a wildly infectious sound that pays tribute to everyone from James Booker and Bobby Charles, to The Meters and Galactic.

Refugees from a variety of New Orleans outfits such as The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Neville Brothers and The Radiators join for a rousing celebration of rock, world beat, and lots of Crescent City funk. With the backbeats of veteran drummer Mean Willie Green (Neville Bros., Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Grateful Dead) these guys lock together and explode on stage.

 Bill Wharton “The Sauce Boss”

Blues

2017 Florida Music Awards Hall of Fame Inductee! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvPgt9E4YsI

Sauce Boss brings his own hot sauce to every gig, and cooks a pot of gumbo while smoking his side guitar. At the end of the show, everyone gets a bowl of spicy, smoky goodness. Bill Wharton not only plays slide, sings his tamales off, makes gumbo and feeds everyone…he also plays the drum kit with his feet! “You take that 53 Telecaster, pump it through that 48 Fender amp, add a bass rig, mix in some drums all simmered down over some funky swamp blues and smothered in gumbo, you’ve got a recipe for a good time.”

 “Beautiful” Bobby Blackmon

Blues Guitarist/Vocalist

Beautiful Bobby is a soulful entertainer who truly plays for his audience. Bobby lays down the Blues with Contemporary Southern Soul/Blues & Classic R&B music. Bobby has opened for Buddy Guy and for the Legendary BB King. His goal is to keep the Blues alive and not let people forget that Soul Music, Funk & Jazz was all born from Blues. His current 2017 CD, “Throwback Blues” has enjoyed excellent reviews and airplay in the U.S. and other countries. His high energy blues show is not one to miss.

 Fusion Beat

Latin Jazz

Fusion Beat performs different musical styles such as Jazz, World Music, Latin and Funk. This group is from Orlando, Florida. Their influences range from Puerto Rican, Afro‐Cuban, South American, New Orleans, Be‐Bop, European and different Jazz styles. Each one comes from many musical backgrounds and influences. Together, they blend and create a fresh sound in a sextet format. They were nominated in the Jazz Instrumental Album Category in the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards.

Jon Faddis Quartet

Jazz

Jon Faddis is a complete and consummate musician – conductor, composer, and educator. Marked by both intense integrity and humor, Faddis earned accolades from his close friend and mentor John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, who declared of Faddis, “He’s the best ever, including me!” As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the practically impossible seem effortless. He is known as one of the most innovative and inspiring jazz trumpeters of our time. Whatever the context – classroom or concert hall – and whatever the style, Jon Faddis epitomizes the best in Jazz.

 Frank Jones Band

Blues

The Frank Jones Band is a dance driven Soul and Blues band made up of some of Tallahassee’s finest musicians. The group has southern soul vocalist/guitar player, Frank Jones, leading the show with influences ranging from Albert Collins, The Funky Meters, Clarence Carter and Ray Charles. Bringing the beats to the music is legendary Steve Howell on drums accompanied by Kevan McCann and his foot stomping energy and tasty funky bass playing. Last, but not least, Clyde Ramsey on harmonica/keyboards as well as vocals; imagine John Lennon and Little Walter had a son. This band has a wonderful array of dance music and never fails to get the booties shaking!

Lauren Mitchell

Blues

Lauren Mitchell has a soul-stirring voice and an arresting presence. A mesmerizing performer with a voice for the ages. Lauren is a student of the blues, a music that at its core is about taking difficult experiences and finding a way to transform them into something cathartic, about finding deep truths in a sea of raw-nerve emotion. She makes each song her own whether they are covers or her own compositions. Lauren connects with the audience and sings with emotions that go deep inside and she leaves every drop of herself on the stage. With her seasoned bluesmen backing her up, be prepared for a full throttle blues performance!

The Wycliffe Gordon Trio with Sabine

Jazz

Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon has had an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz with high acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound, has solidified Gordon a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonists of his generation.

Sabine

Jazz

Widely respected as an award-winning classical pianist in the United States and Europe, and also respected greatly as a major jazz pianist from her work with Scotty Barnhart Quintet (Barnhart is also director of the Count Basie Orchestra) at the San Jose Jazz Festival, Idyllwild Jazz Festival and other venues, Sabine Pothier is one of most talented musicians in the world. Fans and critics alike are welcoming a new and powerful voice in the world of jazz piano.

 

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Learn About Driftaway Float Center!

How did Driftaway Float Center get started?

It all started after I injured my back in 2012. I had tried everything available to help the chronic pain. Chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, acupuncture, you name it. Eventually I stumbled upon this Float Therapy thing and gave it a shot. After my first float I was absolutely hooked. I knew it was something I had to bring back home to Tallahassee! For the next few years I debated back and forth if it was viable, if I could raise the funds, if I could even pull off something like owning a float center. Eventually I decided to go for it. I made a basic website October 2015 and started doing all the research I could. April 2016 I filed to start an LLC and July 29th, 2017 I opened the doors.
What do you want visitors and locals to know about Driftaway Float Center that they may not already know?
I opened Driftaway because I saw how much it helped me, and how much it could help others. Even if you don’t have chronic pain or anxiety, we all need a little break from everyday stress. There is nothing like floating, and it’s worth trying a couple times to really get a feel for it. You don’t always get the float that you want, but you get the float that you need!
How has Driftaway Float Center grown in the short time it has started?
We are slowly growing as word of mouth spreads. Once you try floating, it is hard not to tell everyone about it! We have done almost 200 floats in these first two months, and will only get busier!
What brings people to Driftaway Float Center? 
Stress. We live in such an overstimulated society these days. Constantly dealing with light, sound, touch, gravity, cellphones 24/7, etc, really takes a toll on someone’s well being. Hopping in a Float Tank lets the body shed all of that pressure and turn inwards to heal itself. 
What’s next for Driftaway Float Center?
For now we just have one tank, so the next step will be getting a 2nd and 3rd tank. This will allow for more date nights and friends to come float at the same time. More people floating makes for a more relaxed and healthier city!
What social media does Driftaway Float Center use?
Driftaway is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! You can find us on all platforms using @FloatTally 
Describe Driftaway Float Center in 5 words or less
“The Ultimate Escape”

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Meet The Candidate : Bill Schack

Happy What brings you to Tallahassee?

I came to Tallahasse to attend FSU in 1985.

How has Tallahassee grown over the years?

Over the years, Tallahassee has grown to be a very large City. However, the growth is concentrated in only a few areas, which is hurting other areas of town. We are not this quaint little town anymore, and we need to treat it that way.

What made you want to run for city commission?

I have been involved in charitable work for almost 20 years. I was Executive Director of a charity for the intellectually disabled, and during that time, I got to know many volunteers and Directors who run other non-profits. They all seem to have to beg the City Commission for money each year from this small pot of funds, yet they all do so much to actually impact lives daily. Add my work, at the homeless shelter the past 2 years, and I became concerned that our City Officials had no problem spending money on projects, studies, and raising taxes, but not helping important charities who need funds to survive. I hope to change the priorities at City Hall, and how we spend our money. That is why I am running. 

If elected what are your goals for the city?

If elected, my goals are to tackle the tough issues that our current Commissioners talk about every year, but never solve. Besides helping non-profits secure funding they need to continue their great work, we need to address crime. The crime rate must be lowered, and our Law Enforcement need to have the tools, police officers, and facility to do a better job. That includes moving the Police Station to the Southside, which has been talked about for years.

What social media do you use?

I am all over social media, I think it is a terrific tool to get the message across about everything, good and bad. I have a Facebook page Bill Schack for City Commission 2018, I am on twitter @SchackBill, and of course I have a website at billschack.com 

Describe Tallahassee in 5 words or less

In 5 words, I would describe Tallahassee as caring, fun, and growing City.

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Learn About Zenescope Entertainment!

How did zenescope get started?

Zenescope Entertainment was founded in 2005 by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco. They originally wrote screenplays together and realized that writing comics uses a similar process. After putting together some creative teams, Joe, Ralph and crew launched our flagship title Grimm Fairy Tales and did some licensed work as well, such as the comic adaptation of the movie Se7en. 

What do you want visitors and locals to know about zenescope that they may not already know?

The main takeaway I would want people to get who see us for the first time is this: there’s a lot more to the company than beautiful covers and pinups. Sure, we’re known for our variant covers, but we also have the largest female-driven shared universe in comic books, and Grimm Fairy Tales is one of the longest-running independently published comic books ever. I’d just like everyone to approach our titles with an open mind; I promise if you’re a fan of comics, there’s something for you to like in one of our books, whether it’s something fantasy-related like Grimm Fairy Tales, or extremely gritty like The Courier.  Visitors should know that our office is pretty messy, sorry in advance. Also, the VA hospital is next door, it’s not the door with Sela on it drawn by J. Scott Campbell. That one’s us.
How has zenescope grown since it started?
Zenescope has grown into one of the most recognized independent comic book and graphic novel publishers in the world. We publish and develop both original and licensed comic books and graphic novels such as Grimm Fairy Tales, Neverland, Return To Wonderland, The Courier, The Library, Inferno, and Spirit Hunters to name a few. Some of Zenescope’s past and present publishing and media partnerships include Discovery Channel, History Channel, CBS Consumer Products, New Line Cinema, Scholastic, Titmouse Studios and several others. We also have made some moves in the film and TV industry, with a show on SyFy inspired by our Van Helsing series, a Robyn Hood short film (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RH-wRgxFaU), and an upcoming Grimm Tales of Terror film.
Was there a pitch for a story that didn’t make it to print because it went too far?
We’re still waiting for a pitch that goes too far, bring it on! We like to push the envelope, so there really haven’t been many times where something doesn’t happen in a book the way it was pitched. I was informed there was an idea for some severed genitalia action in Wonderland back in the day, and that was shut down. There was some wild stuff going on in that original Wonderland trilogy, that’s my favorite trilogy of ours. That incident was well before my time though, as long as I’ve been here everything’s been printed. [SPOILER WARNING] One of my personal favorites was when Hellchild split open Jezebel’s head completely in half at the end of Hellchild: The Unholy #4. We don’t shy away from gore here, and Renzo [Rodriguez, artist] knocked that one out of the park. Very gnarly. 
What’s the craziest thing to happen when promoting zenescope?
For me personally, I think the craziest thing that happens is when really talented and awesome cosplayers follow us and cosplay as some of our characters. My favorite so far was a recreation of J. Scott Campbell’s cover that you can see on the Wonderland omnibus. The models and photographer all did an incredible job with that. Also, me and my good friend, our VIP & Sales Manager Kirby, used to do videos every week introducing and promoting the new books. She gets recognized all the time at cons from the videos which is pretty cool. Nothing too crazy on my end since I’m more behind-the-scenes, but it’s always great to see people caring about what we do here. I think Eliza Dushku posed with a cosplayer one time that was dressed as Van Helsing, that’s pretty cool. Buffy the Vampire Slayer rules. 

What’s next for zenescope?

We have lots coming up. We’re finishing out the rest of the year with some con appearances (http://blog.zenescope.com/2017/01/2017-convention-schedule/), a few

in-store appearances, as I said the Grimm Tales of Terror movie is in the

works, and we’ll be putting out lots more comics as usual. We have a few

titles that are a bit different than what you’re used to seeing from us.

Those would be The Black Sable and Vessel, both more on the sci-fi side of

things rather than fantasy or horror. Keep your eyes peeled!

What social media does zenescope use?
We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat, and YouTube. I run

all of those, come say what’s up!

Describe zenescope in 5 words or less

Fun, craziness, family.

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Learn About Tallahassee Comic Con!

How did Tallahassee comic con come about?

Tallahassee Comic Con came about due to three things.

1. We needed to grow up as a convention and ALT*Con has always been viewed as a Mom & Pop convention. We were never taken seriously. That needed to end.
2. That being said, we were still growing and needed to become more organized. After the Nicholas Brendan debacle. We realized that once I left the convention to deal with him, no one else knew what to do. That hurt us in many ways. We needed a group of professionals to run the convention, not just two people with some helpers.

3. The final reason was we needed the convention to be it’s own entity as opposed to an event put on by another company, like ALT*Con was. So Tallahassee Comic Con Inc. is a Florida 501c3 Charity and is run as such. It is it’s own entity with a Board of Directors which I am the President of and it’s own Officers. Now it is no longer just my decision, everything we do has to go through a board meeting and get voted on from the guests we bring in all the way down to where we purchase a table from.

What do you want visitors and locals to know about Tallahassee comic con that they may not already know?

Most importantly we want them to feel at home. We want them to realize we will never sell out to a corporate shell. We are a locally owned business, we live right here in Tallahassee and often times when you are handed a flyer that is one of the Board of Directors handing it to you. You may be standing in front of the President of the convention and have the perfect opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns. We actually do all of the hard work ourselves. We want their input on things, who do they want to see as a guest. At the same time they need to understand that you don’t just “invite” someone to be a guest, you have to pay for them. We have no problem bringing Peter Capaldi in, as long as they understand that our tickets would go up to $75/Weekend overnight. We can bring in much bigger names, but without support from local businesses or higher ticket prices, it simply isn’t realistic.

How can people be a part of Tallahassee comic con?
That one is easy. Simply go to our website athttps://tallahasseecomiccon.org/index.php/attendee-info/volunteerand follow the directions. Or simply go to our Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/TallyComicConand send us a message.

What can attendees expect at Tallahassee comic con?

Well it is a comic con, so of course you can expect comic book artists, writers, inkers and dealers, vendors selling things from numerous fandoms, film/TV stars from different eras of pop culture like Naomi Grossman from American Horror Story, voice over artists like Beau Billingslea, and others that we have not even announced yet. Demonstrations from different organizations like the SCA, displays from groups like the 501st and other. They can expect entertainment which we have yet to announce, after parties, the Muggles & Magic party on Friday night that will involve the different houses competing for limited edition swag. A lot of things will be going on.
What social media does Tallahassee comic con use?
Simple enough, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and then of course our own website.

Describe Tallahassee comic con in 5 words or less.

TCC, The Place To Be.

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Learn About The Alzheimer’s Association!


How did the Alzheimer’s Association get started?The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals interested in Alzheimer’s research. The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all those affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.

What do you want visitors and locals to know about the Alzheimer’s Association that they may not already know?

Many folks don’t know that there are over 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. This number is set to increase to over . In Florida, more than a half-million people a million by the year 2030. In Florida, more than a half-million people are currently diagnosed—making the Sunshine State the second highest state in the country for prevalence. 

 Alzheimer’s disease is the only Top 10 leading cause of death in America without a prevention, treatment, or cure and is currently the most expensive disease in the country. In 2017, the United States will spend over $259 billion in caring for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia making it the most expensive disease in America. Despite staggering statistics, the Alzheimer’s Association remains optimistic that the first survivor of Alzheimer’s disease is out there. 

How has the Alzheimer’s Association grown over the years?

The Alzheimer’s Association has grown drastically over the past (almost) 40 years is serving families living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in communities all around the nation. Locally, we are providing care and support to over 5,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in the Big Bend Region through training and education programs, support groups, and our new Memories in the Making(R) program. We also offer a 24/7 toll-free helpline at 800.272.3900.

How can people become involved with the Alzheimer’s Association?

We’re gearing up for our 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and we’d love your help! This year’s Walk will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Cascades Park. Check-in will begin at 8:00 AM and the opening ceremony will begin at 9:00 AM. Visit act.alz.org/tallahassee to register your team and join in the fight against Alzheimer’s today!

What’s next for the Alzheimer’s Association?

The Alzheimer’s Association has a heavy focus on research and advocacy on the National scene. We are advocating in front of Congress for increased funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Alzheimer’s research funding, as well as policies that will help families living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In fiscal year 2017, Congress approved an increase of $414 million to funding to NIH for Alzheimer’s research, and we are hopeful that Congress will again increase funding by another $400 million in fiscal year 2018. Additionally, the Association is working with scientists all around the world to find better forms of treatment, prevention, and– ultimately– a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

What social media does the Alzheimer’s Association use?

You can follow the Central and North Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and on our blog ! Also be sure to join the Tallahassee Walk to End Alzheimer’s Facebook Group! Be sure to use the hashtag #ENDALZ! 

Describe the Alzheimer’s Association in 5 words or less

Working together to end Alzheimer’s.

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Meet TaReef KnockOut!

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📸: @luxlvrs

Where did TaReef KnockOut come from?

TaReef KnockOut originally came from my friend Michael “Murkem” Wright who at the time around 2010 called me “KO” for my ability to “knockout” songs with my punchlines and record them in a quick time. I’m Muslim, so I later added TaReef which is Arabic, and means rare or uncommon to complete the acronym of “TKO”. And that’s what I feel my style has brought to the music industry and business moving forward. I’m striving for my legacy to be up there with the all time hip hop heavyweights.

Who/what has been an influence in your music?

Man, I have so many influences musically I can’t name them all. A few of my favorites are Jay-Z, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West and Tupac. Of the new age rappers J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Nipsey Hussle. I listen to a lot Hip-Hop obviously, Jazz, and Reggae music as well as alternative music which has molded my sound over the years and continues to grow with time.

How has the industry evolved over the years?

It has become a microwave society in recent years and consuming music is way easier for fans to attain via internet streaming services etc. The great thing about it is that new artist(s) are being discovered daily, but the flip side of that is I feel like good music isn’t appreciated collectively anymore. A majority of people now consider new music old after only a few weeks of being released which is sad personally. Only real music will last when it’s all said and done.

What’s the craziest thing to happen at a show?

Definitely having people who I’ve absolutely never met or seen in my life come up and tell me they’re a huge fan of my music. It’s extremely humbling to hear. I had a show recently where a few fans were there for a show I opened and they asked me to play a song I didn’t have on my set that night. I chuckled on stage in rebuttal and couldn’t believe it ,”they know my music?!” But that’s always cool and one of the great things about performing live, you never know who might show up.

 

What brings people to your shows?

If you’re a true fan of hip hop music and respect the passion behind it then come to my show(s). More recently people have showed up because they want to see me perform live to resolve their internal uncertainties about me and my music. Once you leave from one of my shows it’ll give you a much clearer vision and understanding of who and what TaReef KnockOut is all about.

What’s next for you?

Musically, the second half of 2017 will be amazing and I’m super excited. I’m currently working on a new song for the Florida State Football team this season, which will release this August. I have a new album in the early stages of development. And I have teamed up with a local domestic violence activist group to do a song on promoting healthy teen/adult dating which will be coming later this fall. I’m always working on new ways for branding/marketing so expect more TaReef KnockOut merchandise as well to wrap up the year.

Where can people find you on social media?

You can easily find me worldwide @ TaReef KnockOut on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, SoundCloud and YouTube. Make sure to follow me and subscribe! You can also check out my official website at http://www.tareefknockout.com

https://www.instagram.com/tareefknockout

https://www.facebook.com/TaReefKnockOut

Describe TaReef KnockOut in 5 words or less?

I believe I will fly.

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📸: Robert Jenkins

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📸: @theaxiommag

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