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New Haiti 10 Documentary Featuring Victor Wooten Debuts



Haiti 10 Documentary with 5x GRAMMY® Winner Victor Wooten Debuts…

Culturally and spiritually, music has an impact on communities around the world. This new 69 minute documentary focuses on a Haitian family who helps their neighbors in a time of great distress and later, their son gets a surprise visit from his hero, five-time GRAMMY Award-winner Victor Wooten.

This basic human truth is celebrated in Haiti 10, an incredible story of faith, love, and music helping a community rise above the horrific 2010 earthquake that devastated the island nation. Now available for public viewing on YouTube, Haiti 10 will inspire new audiences with its positive message of hope and resilience.

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010 left hundreds of thousands dead and more than 1 million homeless. While photojournalist Jon Moyer was visiting the country in September 2010 to help with recovery efforts, he met a pastor, his wife, and their 10 children, who were doing extraordinary things to help their community recover. With the support of their congregation, Pastor Pierre and his family committed to raising 20 orphaned or homeless children.

On a second visit to Haiti in 2011, Moyer learned that Pastor Pierre’s second eldest child, Bekenson Pierre, played bass guitar, but his instrument was damaged after the earthquake. Moyer, with colleague Pete Johnston, teamed up with music industry insider Josh Vittek to help give this aspiring musician the greatest surprise—a visit from his musical hero, Victor Wooten.

In 2012, Wooten and his wife Holly, along with a film crew consisting of Moyer (director), Johnston (director of photography), Vittek (producer), Kindra French and Joe Brandi (co-producers), flew to Haiti to meet the Pierre family and deliver musical instruments.

Manufacturers donated generously to this project. Dean Markley USA donated a lifetime of bass strings, shirts, wristbands, and glow-in-the-dark, guitar-shaped lapel pins for children in the community; Hartke provided a new A25 Bass Combo amplifier; and Cort Guitars donated an EARTH100 acoustic guitar and Arona 5 electric bass, the latter of which is featured prominently when Bekenson and Wooten have the opportunity to play for each other.

“When I first heard the story of Bekenson and his family, I knew I wanted to help. When I heard that Bekenson was a fan of my music, I knew that God had made a way,” Wooten narrates.

Haiti 10 shows how music helps to inspire and heal an amazing community. Now the film’s production team is excited to make this documentary available on YouTube for free viewing, while recognizing that Haiti is still recovering from the earthquake as well as the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Ultimately, this film conveys a message of unity, both within the Haitian community and with support from other nations.

“I can’t wait for my kids to see this film because I think it’s not only going to help them, but I think this film can help the world,” Wooten concludes.

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Blues Traveler Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Grammy Award-Winning Album four with Fall Tour



Blues Traveler Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Grammy® Award-Winning Album four with Fall Tour

The Iconic Band Blues Traveler Will Perform the Deeper Cuts from the Six-Time Platinum Record as well as Greatest Hits…

Blues Traveler has announced that they will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their seminal, six-time platinum album four with a cross-country tour this fall. Kicking off September 13 in Spencer, IA and hitting such legendary venues as The Fillmore and The Graceland Soundstage along the way, the routing will culminate November 17 in St. Petersburg, FL.

Tickets for the “Blues Traveler – 30 Years Of Four Tour” will be available starting Friday, June 28 at

Regarded as the album that catapulted Blues Traveler into the mainstream, four was the band’s fourth and most commercially successful release to date. The record peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 charts and generated two Top 40 hits including “Run-Around” and “Hook,” which charted at #8 and #23 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. “Run-Around” also earned the band their first Grammy® Award in 1996 for “Best Rock Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group” and set a record upon its release as the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history.

Perhaps more impressive than its accolades, though, is the indelible impression that four made on the Americana music landscape as a whole. Weaving a unique blend of blues, rock, folk, and roots with catchy choruses and bold rhythms that could only be defined as transformative, the record was hailed as one of the most genre-defining albums of its time. It is also one of the most enduring.

Fans can catch the Blues Traveler – 30 Years Of Four Tour at one of the following tour dates.
*Note: Dates and venues are subject to change.
Sept. 13 Clay County Fair Spencer, IA
Sept. 14 Val Air Ballroom Des Moines, IA
Sept. 15 Steelhouse Omaha Omaha, NE
Sept. 17 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Sept. 20 St. Louis Music Park St. Louis, MO
Sept. 21 The Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
Sept. 24 Citizens House of Blues Boston, MA
Sept. 26 The Rooftop at Pier 17 New York, NY
Sept. 27 Lebanon Opera House Lebanon, NH
Sept. 29 Oceans Calling Festival Ocean City, MD
Oct. 17 The Fillmore Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 18 Struthers Library Theatre Warren, PA
Oct. 19 Community Arts Center Williamsport, PA
Oct. 22 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
Oct. 24 Murat Theatre at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 26 Turfway Park Event Center Florence, KY
Nov. 2 Graceland Soundstage Memphis, TN
Nov. 3 The Signal Chattanooga, TN
Nov. 6 The Ritz Raleigh, NC
Nov. 8 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Nov. 10 Charleston Music Hall Charleston, SC
Nov. 12 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL
Nov. 15 House of Blues Orlando Orlando, FL
Nov. 16 Revolution Live Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov. 17 Jannus Live St. Petersburg, FL

For more information, visit and follow @bluestraveler

Photo courtesy DMK Publicity | Photographer, Graham Fielder

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Steve Di Giorgio’s & Jeroen Paul Thesseling’s Prog Metal-Fusion Quartet QUADVIUM Signs With Agonia Records



Steve Di Giorgio's & Jeroen Paul Thesseling's Prog Metal-Fusion Quartet QUADVIUM Signs With Agonia Records

Agonia Records proudly announces the highly anticipated release of the debut instrumental album by QUADVIUM, a formidable progressive metal-fusion quartet founded by legendary bassists Steve Di Giorgio and Jeroen Paul Thesseling. This album is a masterclass in musical innovation, showcasing the unparalleled talents of these iconic artists, along with drummer Yuma van Eekelen and guitarist Jennings Smith.

QUADVIUM’s debut album is a sonic journey that transcends traditional genre boundaries, blending technical precision with profound musicality. The album is an exploration of the rich textures and intricate compositions that only these two multi-string fretless bass virtuosos can deliver. Steve Di Giorgio and Jeroen Paul Thesseling, both renowned for their groundbreaking contributions to metal, bring their unique styles together in a way that redefines the instrumental metal genre.

Steve Di Giorgio, hailed as one of the most proficient and prolific bass players in extreme music, wields his 5-string custom shop fretless Ibanez SDG-B1 signature bass, delivering a powerful and dynamic performance. Jeroen Paul Thesseling, known for his signature fretless playing in death metal and world fusion, commands his 7-string fretless Warwick Thumb NT bass, providing a deep, resonant foundation. Their synergy creates a mesmerizing bass-driven soundscape that is both technically astounding and sonically captivating. Set for release in Autumn 2024 via Agonia Records, the album features stunning artwork by Travis Smith (Amorphis, King Diamond, Cynic), adding a visual dimension to the album’s intricate soundscapes.

Prepare for an unprecedented metal experience as QUADVIUM sets a new quality in instrumental music. This album is not just a collection of tracks but a declaration of musical mastery and innovation. Join us on this epic journey and witness the birth of a new era in metal.

The group comments: “We are looking very much forward to this long-term collaboration with Agonia Records. As instrumental progressive metal-fusion group we appreciate the opportunity and support from label manager Filip Jesion, which enables us to reach out with this unique musical concept.”

Photo, Judit Petrás, courtesy Agonia Records


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STYX Announces Terry Gowan As New Bass Player



STYX Announces Terry Gowan As New Bass Player

Band photo 2024 courtesy of ABC Public Relations. Photographer, Jason Powell. Left to right:  Todd Sucherman, Lawrence Gowan, Chuck Panozzo, James “JY” Young, Tommy Shaw, Terry Gowan, Will Evankovich

STYX Announces Terry Gowan As New Bass Player…

Terry Gowan declares, “It is within an honor and somewhere beyond a dream come true to be joining JY, Tommy, Chuck, Will, and my brother Lawrence – and to be reacquainted with decade long Gowan bandmate Todd — in taking on the mantle as the new bassist of the legendary STYX. Here’s to many years ahead on the Styx adventure!”

“I’m very pleased and proud to have my brother, Terry, join Styx,” says Lawrence Gowan. “Terry played on four of my six solo Gowan albums. He’s on records that include some of the world’s most renowned musicians: Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Jon Anderson, and Alex Lifeson, as well as touring with Gowan from 1985 to 1990 and again 2010 to this year of 2024. It’s really great to have him aboard!”

As Tommy Shaw exclaims, “We’re all looking forward to the Canadian shows that are coming up soon and introducing Terry Gowan on bass guitar and vocals as the newest Styx member!!! Are you ready to rock? We are too! See you soon!”

Drummer Todd Sucherman adds, “I’ve had the pleasure of being a rhythm section partner with Terry Gowan for several years in Gowan’s band, and I look forward to welcoming this talented multi-instrumentalist into the fold.”

STYX has five decades of hits and immortal rock songs. Like a symphony reaching a crescendo, a STYX show covers a wide range of styles. From “Suite Madame Blue” to “The Grand Illusion”, including “Lady”, “Blue Collar Man”, “Renegade”, “Miss America”, “Lorelei”, “Crystal Ball” and obviously “Come Sail Away,” the band has a virtually limitless supply of classics.

CRASH OF THE CROWN, STYX’s most recent album released in 2021, reached #1 on the Billboard Rock chart after its release.

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Bassist/Music Educator Andreas Farmakalidis Candidate for LAUSD District 3



Bassist:Music Educator Andreas Farmakalidis Candidate for LAUSD District 3

Bassist/Music Educator Andreas Farmakalidis Candidate for LAUSD District 3: A Champion for Music and Arts in Schools…

Andreas Farmakalidis, a renowned music educator and business owner, will be on the ballot for LAUSD District 3 School Board. As an independent candidate, Farmakalidis brings a fresh perspective and a passionate commitment to revitalizing music and arts programs in schools. With a proven track record of success and a vision for a brighter educational future, Farmakalidis aims to provide every child with a well-rounded education. Andreas Farmakalidis is not just an exceptional educator and business owner; he is also an accomplished movie composer, having contributed music to several renowned films.

His talent and dedication earned him a prestigious Spotify and Hollywood Music Award. Beyond music, Farmakalidis enjoys cooking, specializing in Greek and Cypriot cuisine. He is happily married to Alexis Lopez, a former American Idol finalist, and together they embrace the joy of parenting their two-year-old daughter, Mavis. Known for his unwavering hard work, dedication, and passion, Farmakalidis has always championed causes that are close to his heart, especially education. 

With a diverse and vibrant community in LAUSD District 3, Farmakalidis recognizes the unique challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. His commitment to this district is rooted in the belief that every child, regardless of their background or circumstances, deserves a high-quality education that equips them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life. 

“I have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of education in the lives of young people and the broader community,” says Farmakalidis. “It is our responsibility to invest in our schools, teachers, and students. By ensuring safe and welcoming learning environments and providing necessary resources and support to our educators, we can achieve equity and inclusivity in our educational system. 

Every child should have a fair shot at achieving their dreams.” Furthermore, Farmakalidis is dedicated to fostering strong partnerships between schools, parents, businesses, and the broader community. Recognizing that collaboration and engagement are essential to address the unique needs of the district, he aims to create opportunities for learning, growth, and success for all. In addition to his commitment to academic excellence, Farmakalidis firmly believes in the importance of the arts in education. 

He envisions a District 3 where every child has access to a comprehensive arts education, regardless of their background or neighborhood. By investing in music, visual arts, theater, and dance programs, and providing students with the necessary tools and resources, Farmakalidis aims to inspire creativity, foster innovation, and provide a powerful means of self-expression. The arts play a crucial role in developing critical thinking skills, enhancing cultural awareness, and building empathy by exploring diverse perspectives. “I am running for LAUSD District 3 because I believe that, with the right leadership, we can make our schools even better, provide our children with a brighter future, and strengthen our community as a whole,” says Farmakalidis.

 “Together, we can work towards a brighter, more equitable future for all our students.” In the upcoming election, LAUSD District 3 voters have a choice to make. Farmakalidis stands out as the only candidate who prioritizes bringing music and arts back to schools, recognizing the profound impact they have on students’ development and growth. The stakes are high in this election. The right candidate can shape the future of education in LAUSD District 3, ensuring that every child has access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to thrive. Andreas Farmakalidis’s proven dedication, commitment, and passion make him the ideal candidate to lead the way.

For more information on Andreas Farmakalidis and his campaign, please visit 

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Freekbass Crowned TikTok LIVE Fest Finalist



TikTok LIVE Fest

Hometown bassist and frontman, Freekbass is representing Cincinnati as a Top 30 Award Winner for TikTok LIVE Fest, with a ceremony set to take place in January 2024, in Los Angeles, CA.

TikTok LIVE Fest is a global event across 50+ countries and regions that recognizes and celebrates top creators. The contest took place from December 1st-16th, with each talent accruing points based on support from their communities during their live streams. What began as thousands of streamers competing worldwide, was reduced to a cut of 300, then 150, and ultimately the final Top 30 were crowned as the winners. Freekbass, who just started streaming on TikTok in March of this year, placed as Top 24 creator, globally. To give context, social media influencer and TikTok veteran, Jeffree Star, placed third in the same competition. All Top 30 winners receive airfare, hotel and travel expenses to appear at the TikTok LIVE Fest Awards Ceremony, along with other prizes.

Freekbass performs a one-man show, creating live music with his signature bass-playing, and also plays guitar, percussion, keys and vocoder, using DJ beats and samples, while staying continually engaged with the viewers via chat. He accredits his rapid rise in popularity to his loyal community, lovingly dubbed the “Freek Squad”. To meet them virtually and check out a nightly Freekbass live stream, visit most evening, starting at 10pm ET.

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