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Good Grief Charlie Brown – We Love You

(I wanted to rerun this as Halloween is not the same without the Great Pumpkin – Still can not help but feel that Charles Schulz did something so very right)

Had the privilege of taking in The Peanuts Movie and couldn’t help feeling that Charles Schulz would be so proud of his son Craig and grandson Bryan with the beautiful homage paid to him and the characters he so lovingly created.

The particular animation and vibrant colour they fought for set an ambience that took every Peanuts lover back to the excitement of days gone by – holiday specials with Charlie Brown and those delicious Kraft commercials.

Staying true to Charles’ vision it was refreshing to see not an iphone, ipod or any other technological device in sight. Instead relying on colour, dialogue and sound effects to lead the way.

This screen play was written by Cornelius Uliano who honoured the storyline and as Bryan Schulz said “If you change one line it’s not a Peanuts comic strip. If you need inspiration you go back and look at the old comic strips Grandpa had done.”

“Peanuts” comic strip “isn’t a laugh-out-loud strip, it’s a chuckle strip. I told them that this is sophisticated humor. You almost had to grow up with my dad to be able to write this movie.” Craig Schulz said.

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David Ramirez- On Tour Now

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Photography by: Ruben Marin

Written by: Britt Nicole 

David Ramirez is a man in love. In love with music, the world and the very art of both: their intimate power to change people and affect change, in a multitude of ways. You can feel that he writes from experience, from his heart and explorations with the world and with himself—not just what he imagines it to be.

Since his late teens, he’s written his way through life, and you can hear it in his music, song-to-song, album-to-album. It’s completely organic and relatable—his voice changes and molds with his character, the visions he’s seen and stories he tells, just like growing up.

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A born-Texan now based in Austin, he and his new band take you through childhood, death and everything in between. He shares moments he’s felt free, and moments he’s felt confined, visions of his more conservative childhood and visions of an open world. All with beautiful country/folk/rock, Tom Petty-esque tunes and a melodic Johnny Cash-like voice, wise beyond its years.

The music is nothing short of healing, invigorating, like the best music is.

“After the show, I would hope that [my fans] feel something. When you go see a great movie, you’re a different person walking out of that film then you were going into it. I want to do great work, and that applies to the shows as well. I want it to be a good time, but I do hope that people walk out of here differently then they came. That’s always the goal.”

And with the crowd as it was—it was clear that everyone felt more than just a good time. Clusters of fans sang along, cheered exuberantly at the start of a melodic love ballad, even slow-danced. Maybe they, too, had lived a free life, traveling in their car for 6-months, like David, or maybe they had experienced another similar feeling, through a completely different experience. Regardless, his music is relatable.

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Though the event was at a popular bar and music venue, it was clear that a majority of the fans came specifically for David and his headline tour, maybe even back from his last San Diego show in May.

With a musician who believes in growth, life and reflection—and with a new band he’s excited to tour with—we can only expect much greater things.

David Ramirez On Tour Now

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Leon Bridges Takes The Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver

all photo credits: Fabrizio Belardetti

Old soul meets new as Leon Bridges rocked the heart of the Commodore Ballroom Tuesday night in Vancouver.

Opening the evening was Kali Uchis Virginia raised, Columbian born singer, songwriter who commands the presence of a new Amy Winehouse. She was a great choice transitioning you from the bustle of Granville Street and encouraging you to leave it all outside.

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With smiles infectious the moment Leon walked on stage it was apparent he was simply meant to be there. This gent of soul, with rhythm and beats flowing in around and through resonated effortlessly with all who came in.

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I looked out over the crowd watching the room bounce with energy washing over all with the roaring hush of his stage presence. It felt a privilege to be a part of this circle of happiness.
Music moves us in many ways and Leon simply makes you feel good and leaves you wondering where does all that come from?
Having learned to play guitar a mere four years ago and securing interest to record with Sony and Niles City Sound in August of 2014 there has hardly been time for him to catch his breath.
Recording straight to tape seems natural allowing you to get what you feel and what you feel with Leon is the real deal.

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With songs born from his humble yet predetermined destination.
He’s been effortlessly winning hearts of music lovers one by one with ‘Coming Home’ which he says “is a simple song about faithfulness” – something the human race could use more of.

Leon Bridges was born with a gift and the ability to shine light on a world that is thirsty for what he has to offer. His refreshing presence is long over due and definitely here to stay.

Our greatest wish for him is that he will always hold on to the sense of joy and wonder that he holds today and continue to rise up and honour his calling.

Leon Bridges ‘take me to your river, I wanna go.’

L E O N   B R I D G E S 

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