Zero Gravity Corporation Announces 2020 Flight Schedule

 

ZERO GRAVITY CORPORATION ANNOUNCES 2020 FLIGHT SCHEDULE
Weightless flights planned across the country

 Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) has released its 2020 flight schedule set to bring weightless experiences to eager flyers across the country. The 12-city tour will include Atlanta, Austin, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New England, New York City, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.

“We are excited to continue offering these incredible moments for flyers who want a taste of outer space adventure,” said Matt Gohd, ZERO-G CEO. “Whether you’re floating through the airplane cabin like Superman or flipping like a gymnast, it’s a moment our guests won’t soon forget.”

As the consumer space race heats up and interest in commercial space travel deepens, the flights offered by ZERO-G continue to be the only FAA-approved opportunities in the U.S. for individuals to experience true weightlessness without actually going to space. At a fraction of the cost of consumer space flights in development, ZERO-G is paving the way for the general public to enjoy the wonders of interstellar travel.

Each ZERO-G mission is designed for maximum fun. The aircraft’s interior is a zero-gravity playroom, complete with padded floors and walls and video cameras to record the unforgettable moments. When experiencing zero gravity, guests can fly the length of an airplane cabin, pour water in the air and watch the droplets hover before their eyes, release a handful of M&M’s and chase them down like a game of human Pac-Man, and enjoy 10-times more hang-time than the world’s best basketball player.

Valued at $5,400 per person, the ZERO-G experience includes breakfast, flight training, 15 periods of weightlessness, a ZERO-G flight suit, ZERO-G merchandise, a Regravitation Lunch Celebration, certificate of weightless completion and photos and video to remember this thrilling experience.

The full 2020 schedule can be found below:

  • Atlanta – March 21
  • Austin – April 4; October 3
  • Houston – March 28; June 6; November 7
  • Las Vegas – February 8; April 25; August 15; October 31
  • Los Angeles – February 15; April 18; June 27; July 25; October 24
  • Miami – February 29; March 7; May 23; August 29; November 21
  • New England – May 3
  • New York – May 9; September 26
  • Orlando – February 22; May 30; September 12; November 14
  • San Francisco – April 11; June 13; August 1; October 17
  • Seattle – June 20; August 8; October 10
  • Washington D.C. – May 16; September 19

Since operating its first commercial flight in 2004, ZERO-G has given more than 17,000 flyers the opportunity to feel true weightlessness while providing incredible experiences in 27 cities across the country. It has also hosted an impressive collection of celebrities and scientists including Stephen Hawking, Buzz Aldrin, Peter Jackson, George Takei, Justin Bieber, Kate Upton, Martha Stewart, The Osbournes, Ashton Kutcher and many others.

For more information about upcoming flights, please visit www.gozerog.com.

 

About ZERO-G

Zero Gravity Corporation is a privately held space entertainment and tourism company whose mission is to make the excitement and adventure of space accessible to the public.  ZERO-G is the first and only FAA-approved provider of weightless flight in the U.S. for the general public; entertainment and film industries; corporate and incentive markets; non-profit research and education sectors; and the government. ZERO-G’s attention to detail, excellent service and quality of experience combined with its exciting history has set the foundation for the most exhilarating adventure-based tourism.  For more information about ZERO-G, please visit www.gozerog.com.

Award-Winning Lip Smacking Foodie Tours Expands Group Offerings to Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L to R: Guests pose for a group photo during the first-ever Seattle Lip Smacking Foodie Tour experience. An array of dishes served at one of the Seattle tour locations.
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AWARD-WINNING LIP SMACKING FOODIE TOURS EXPANDS GROUP OFFERINGS
TO SEATTLE
 

Expansion Marks Fourth Location for the Innovative Culinary Walking Tour Company

 

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, proudly presents its newest VIP group dining experience which promises unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated establishments in Seattle’s buzzy neighborhood of Capitol Hill. This experience is available for private and corporate groups of 15 to 75 participants.

As with all its tours, this experience escorts groups to up to four restaurants, with each presenting an array of distinctive dishes while patrons relax, mingle and network. Guests are treated as VIP’s as they are personally greeted by chefs and proprietors and whisked to the best seats in the house at each venue. There is never any fussing with waiting in line or making reservations.

Since its founding four years ago in the entertainment center of the world, Las Vegas, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours has amassed a host of accolades for its innovative walking tours and is now ranked among the city’s top tour companies while maintaining a 5.0-rating on TripAdvisor. Seattle represents its third curated group experience outside its home base of Las Vegas.

Capitol Hill, Seattle’s most prominent nightlife and entertainment district, is packed with hip bars, eateries, inviting coffee spots and indie stores that are a magnet for young, high-tech and culturally adventurous locals.

The evening begins at Marmite, honored as one of “America’s Best New Restaurants’’ in 2017 by Bon Appetit magazine. Named after the classic French stock pot, the restaurant is renowned for its impeccable French cuisine built on a foundation of house-made broths that are simmered low and slow for hours. Chef and Owner Bruce Naftaly, who takes pride in sourcing ingredients hyper-locally, will showcase his skills in a cooking demonstration for guests during the first stop of the tour.

Next, Capitol Cider is sure to sate any thirst. As the largest independent cider bar in the country, this premiere public house in a 100-year-old building puts the spotlight on everything apple, from hundreds of ciders to potent spirits to house-made apple butter and other dishes made with the fragrant fruit. At this stop, guests will gather around for a tasting and talk about why this fizzy, fermented drink enjoyed as far back as Roman times is experiencing a new resurgence. Guests will also enjoy their signature dishes alongside the distinctive ciders.

That’s followed by a visit to Omega Ouzeri, where Proprietor Thomas Soukakos redefines traditional Greek cuisine through an array of delightful meze or small plates that make dining more fun and convivial.

Finally, it’s off to La Spiga, a modern-day temple to the authentic Northern Italian cuisine of the Emilia-Romagna region, where Executive Chef Sabrina Tinsley lived for many years and where her husband, General Manager and Co-Owner Pietro Borghesi, was raised. The soaring space of timber beams and bold wrought iron is the perfect backdrop for guests who will enjoy an exceptional dinner that no doubt will include the restaurant’s famed hand-made pastas crafted with organic eggs and heritage grains.

The Seattle tour is designed for private groups of locals and visitors, as well as corporate team-building groups. To book a private group or for more information, visit www.lipsmackingfoodietours.com or email Info@LipSmackingFoodieTours.com.

ABOUT LIP SMACKING FOODIE TOURS
In just a short time, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours has grown into the premier culinary walking tour in Las Vegas, garnering not only loyal fans but also outstanding accolades. Its variety of experiences offers guests personalized service and VIP access to the best tables in the house at the city’s most acclaimed restaurants – all without standing in line or the hassle of making reservations. Each tour includes an expert guide who entertains guests with insider knowledge about the sights along the way. At each of four restaurant stops on The Strip or downtown, guests indulge in signature dishes, as well as receive a warm welcome from the chefs. Guests can sit beside different patrons at every stop, gaining new friends and networking connections. The tours are perfect for everyone from locals to tourists to business travelers, including corporate groups of up to 250. In 2019, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours expanded for the first time outside of Vegas to include upscale Santana Row in San Jose, located in the heart of California’s dynamic Silicon Valley. 

Recent honors include: “Best Tour”, “Best Food Tour”, and “Best Date Night Spot” by Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2018; “Best Food/Beverage Tour Operations (Land)” by The World Food Travel Association 2018; “Best Tour,” “Best Fine Dining,” and “Best Brunch” by Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2017; “Best Tour” by Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2016; “Best Tour” by INVEGAS Magazine in 2015 and 2016; and “Best New Tour” by Thrillist in 2015. It has also earned inclusion in TripAdvisor’s “Top 3” tours in Las Vegas and ranked as the No. 1 tour on Yelp.

Additionally, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours has been given the honored distinction of being a “preferred partner member’’ of Virtuoso, the invitation-only member network catering to luxury travel advisors. That designation means that no other company offering similar experiences can become a member of this leading international travel agency network specializing in opulent experiential travel. For more information, visit lipsmackingfoodietours.com.

T-Mobile Arena Scheduled to Host BIG3 Championship Finals Saturday, August 26

BIG3 Releases Inaugural Season Game Schedule;
T-Mobile Arena Scheduled to Host Championship Finals Saturday, August 26

 
Tickets For Championship Finals On Sale Saturday, May 13 on AXS.com
 
More Than 40 Elite Basketball Stars Vying for Championship Title in Intensely Competitive Professional 3-on-3 Basketball 

Following the excitement of the BIG3 Draft in Las Vegas last weekend where all eight teams finalized their five-man rosters, the BIG3 has released the full 2017 season game matchups, including the BIG3 Championship Finals at T-Mobile Arena Saturday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. Tickets for the Finals at T-Mobile Arena go on sale Saturday, May 13 on AXS.com.

Each Sunday this summer, BIG3 will bring competitive 3-on-3 half-court basketball to cities throughout the country, including basketball hot beds Brooklyn, Charlotte, Tulsa, Philadelphia, Nashville, Dallas, Lexington (Ky.), Los Angeles, Seattle and Las Vegas. Fans will have the opportunity to experience high-energy match-ups and witness more than 40 of the sport’s most skilled competitors battle for the title of 2017 BIG3 Champions.

BIG3 games will be played every Sunday in a quadruple header at the same venue. Games will be presented the following night in primetime at 8 p.m. EST on FOX Sports 1 in a thrilling “Monday Night Basketball” experience. The league championship will be played on Saturday, Aug. 26 and broadcast live on the FOX broadcast network at 4:30 p.m. EST.

Featuring professional basketball’s first four-point shot, BIG3 games will be packed with highly skilled, intensely competitive matchups in the world’s most popular form of basketball – 3-on-3. The winning team will be the first to score 60 points. BIG3 games highlight the biggest basketball superstars competing at the highest competitive level. The league structure encourages this incredibly, competitive group of players to vie for a revenue share based on final league standings.

For more information and to sign up for news updates, visit BIG3.com.

The full season schedule is below including team match-ups and rosters:

2017 BIG3 SEASON SCHEDULE & TEAM MATCHUPS

WEEK 1 | June 25: Barclays Center | Brooklyn, New York
GAME 1: Ghost Ballers vs. 3 Headed Monsters
GAME 2: Tri-State vs. Power
GAME 3: 3’s Company vs. Ball Hogs
GAME 4: Killer 3’s vs. Trilogy

WEEK 2 | July 2: Spectrum Center | Charlotte, North Carolina
GAME 1: Ball Hogs vs. Tri-State
GAME 2: Trilogy vs. 3 Headed Monster
GAME 3: Power vs. Killer 3s
GAME 4: 3’s Company vs. Ghost Ballers

WEEK 3 | July 9: BOK Center | Tulsa, Oklahoma
GAME 1: Power vs. 3 Headed Monsters
GAME 2: Killer 3s vs. Tri- State
GAME 3: Ball Hogs vs. Ghost Ballers
GAME 4: Trilogy vs. 3’s Company

WEEK 4 | July 16: Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
GAME 1: Ghost Ballers vs. Power
GAME 2: Trilogy vs. Ball Hogs
GAME 3: Killer 3s vs. 3 Headed Monsters
GAME 4: 3’s Company vs. Tri-State

WEEK 5 | July 23: Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, Tennessee
GAME 1: Ball Hogs vs. Power
GAME 2: 3’s Company vs. 3 Headed Monsters
GAME 3: Tri-State vs. Trilogy
GAME 4: Killer 3s vs. Ghost Ballers

WEEK 6 | July 30: American Airlines Center | Dallas, Texas
GAME 1: Killer 3s vs. Ball Hogs
GAME 2: 3’s Company vs. Power
GAME 3: Trilogy vs. Ghost Ballers
GAME 4: Tri-State vs. 3 Headed Monsters

WEEK 7 | August 6: Rupp Arena | Lexington, Kentucky
GAME 1: Tri-State vs. Ghost Ballers
GAME 2: Trilogy vs. Power
GAME 3: Ball Hogs vs. 3 Headed Monsters
GAME 4: Killer 3s vs. 3’s Company

WEEK 8 | August 13: Staples Center | Los Angeles, California
GAME 1: Ghost Ballers vs. 3 Headed Monsters
GAME 2: Tri- State vs. Power
GAME 3: 3’s Company vs. Ball Hogs
GAME 4: Killer 3s vs. Trilogy

WEEK 9 | August 20: Key Arena | Seattle, Washington (Playoffs)
GAME 1: 1st Place vs. 4th Place
GAME 2: 2nd Place vs. 3rd Place
GAME 3: 5th Place vs. 6th Place
GAME 4: 7th Place vs. 8th Place

WEEK 10 | August 26: T-Mobile Arena | Las Vegas, Nevada (Championship Finals)
Championship Finals: Winner of Playoff Game 1 vs. Winner of Playoff Game 2
Consolation Finals: Loser of Playoff Game 1 vs. Loser of Playoff Game 2

2017 BIG3 TEAM ROSTERS:

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ABOUT BIG3:
BIG3 (www.BIG3.com) is where basketball superstars play. The premier half-court, 3-on-3 basketball league, BIG3 features many of the greatest, most popular and skilled NBA players of all time, including Allen Iverson, Chauncey Billups, Gary Payton, Kenyon Martin, Charles Oakley and more. Founded by producer, actor and music legend Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, the BIG3 will combine highly competitive, physical, fast basketball and incredible fan experiences. Comprising of eight teams of five, the league will tip off its 10-week season at Barclays Center on June 25 with games airing on Fox Sports in primetime on Monday nights. Tickets are on sale at TicketMaster.com and BarclaysCenter.com.

About T-Mobile Arena:
T-Mobile Arena, the new 20,000-seat venue located on the Las Vegas Strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, opened April 6, 2016. The arena hosts more than 100 events annually including major headline entertainment, awards shows, UFC, boxing, basketball and other sporting events, family shows and special events. This fall T-Mobile Arena will welcome the Vegas Golden Knights, a National Hockey League expansion team and the city’s first professional sports team. The city’s newest landmark features 50 luxury suites, more than two dozen private loge boxes, complete broadcast facilities, and other specially designed exclusive hospitality offerings and fan amenities destined to create a guest experience second to none. Toshiba Plaza, an adjacent two-acre outdoor entertainment space, features performance stages, a variety of video screens and other interactive content and display areas. Industry-leading architect Populous designed T-Mobile Arena to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for LEED® Gold Certification. T-Mobile Arena is a privately funded joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information, visit the T-Mobile Arena website at t-mobilearena.com.

Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada Joins New Sickle Cell Disease Collaborative

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Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada Joins New Sickle Cell Disease Collaborative

Partnership Brings Better and Consistent Care To Those With Sickle Cell Disease

The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada will join other well-known regional treatment centers in the Western United States to improve available services, as well as the long-term health, of those affected by sickle cell disease (SCD), the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States.

The Pacific Sickle Cell Regional Collaborative (PSCRC) part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will specifically address the unique needs of those affected by sickle cell disease. 

The vast majority of those with SCD are of African American and Hispanic descent. In many communities, economic disparities often pose barriers to receiving treatment. The sickest of those with SCD are often unable to work and must rely on Medicaid. However, fewer providers are willing to see these complex patients due to low reimbursement rates. Additionally, few physicians working with adult patients are trained to manage SCD and there are dwindling numbers of hematologists working with adult patients.

As such, health related quality of life is often poor for those with SCD and the lifespan is significantly shortened based on the absence of knowledgeable health care providers. 

PSCRC outlets, including the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada will provide:

  • Sickle Cell Comprehensive Care Team – knowledgeable health care providers who are up-to-date on the latest treatment methods, best outcome practices and clinical trials. Team members provide consistent medical access to SCD patients improving overall health and life expectancy.
  • Shared measurement and data monitoring – allows best treatment methods to be tracked and ultimately shared to providers in and outside of the collaborative.
  • Family to Family community based organizations – to help access patients/families in need of services.

“It is truly a great honor to be included with this great endeavor,” said Alan Ikeda, M.D., Director of Oncology at the Children’s Specialty Center.  “In addition to the ongoing clinical trials that are evaluating the efficacy of new therapeutic agents at the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada, the PSCRC will increase the cooperative interaction with other providers that treat sickle cell disease in order to identify other needs and decrease suffering for patients affected with sickle cell disease.”

“This is the type of collaboration that is much needed in our community and will provide access to a wider range of research for our sickle cell patients,” said Nik Abdul-Rashid, M.D. “To be able to work in close communication with the leading experts in this field is truly exciting.”

The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada will join other sickle cell disease treatment centers including, Providence Hospital, Anchorage, Alaska; University of Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, Arizona; St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute, Boise, Idaho; Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon; and Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, Washington. 

The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada and The Hemophilia Treatment Center of Nevada are programs of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization founded in 2007.

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Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Its mission is to provide funding and access to the latest medical treatments for those facing life-threatening diseases such as cancer, rare and ultra rare diseases, inherited bleeding disorders and rheumatological conditions.  Dr. Jonathan Bernstein founded Cure 4 The Kids Foundation in 2007. Bernstein saw firsthand the difficulties faced by families whose children were affected by major diseases but didn’t have the financial resources or health insurance to receive treatment.  Cure 4 The Kids Foundation was created with these families in mind.  Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s Charity Care Program ensures patients at the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada and the Hemophilia Treatment Center of Nevada receive medical treatment regardless of family income or presence of health insurance. www.cure4thekids.org

 

UNLV MEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Begin Four-Game Conference Homestand

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UNLV MEN’S SOCCER BEGINS FOUR-GAME CONFERENCE HOMESTAND

Rebels look to avenge one-goal losses in rematches with Seattle and San Jose State

The UNLV men’s soccer team is looking for a bounce back this weekend as it hosts WAC West division rivals Seattle and San Jose State on Friday (7 pm) and Sunday (1 pm) at Peter Johann Field. UNLV had started out the league schedule with a 2-0 win over the fourth team in the division (Bakersfield), but then suffered two disappointing one-goal losses on the road to the very same teams they are playing this weekend.
        Though they dropped the first meetings to Seattle and San Jose State last week, UNLV is happy to be at home for the rematches, as the Rebels have been very strong on their home field this season, averaging two goals a game at Peter Johann Field. That’s helped them post a 3-2 home record with one loss at the hands of No. 22 Gonzaga, and the second coming in overtime. The Rebels split against these two last year at home, with a 3-0 win over Seattle and a 2-1 loss to SJSU.
        Both games will be available on the Mountain West Network, shown on UNLVRebels.com, with the San Jose State game being provided by the student-run UNLV-TV production

UNLV vs. Seattle (Friday, 7 pm)
Live video – Mountain West Network (UNLVRebels.com
Live stats – Gametracker

UNLV vs. San Jose State (Sunday, 1 pm)
Live Webcast – Mountain West Network (UNLVRebels.com
Live stats – Gametracker

UNLV Weekly Release

All About The Rebels
         The top returning player for the Rebels this year is junior Las Vegas native Salvador Bernal, the top returning scorer from any team in the conference, and an all-region pick in 2012. Sophomore midfielder Rodrigo Fuentes is currently third in the WAC in points while senior forward Joaquin Rivas is tied for sixth, and Bernal is tied for second in assists with three. In goal is junior Ryan Harding, who is seeing action for the first time since 2011 after undergoing successful chemotherapy treatments, and he currently leads the league in GAA at 1.28.                        

Scouting Seattle
        The Redhawks are currently first in the West division by one points thanks to a two-game unbeaten streak, after its 2-1 overtime win over a shorthanded UNLV squad and a 2-2 tie with Bakersfield, also in overtime. Friday will be the Redhawks’ ninth road game of the year, they are 1-6-1 in the first eight games away from Seattle.
        Leading the team this year is Miguel Gonzalez with nine goals for 19 points. Hamza Haddadi is next on the team with seven points. In goal for the Redhawks is Jake Fenner, who is holding a 1.65 GAA this season with 91 saves.

Scouting San Jose State
        The Spartans are coming into the weekend off its first win of the year. However, the team has only played three road games all season, and this will be the first one since Sept. 22. After going four games without scoring a goal, they put together four total against Bakersfield and UNLV, but have been held to just two goals total away from Spartan Stadium.
        Rory Knibbs is the team’s top scorer with three goals and seven points. Four more players have one goal each. In the net is Emman Espinosa with a 1.34 GAA and two shutouts.

Next Time Out
        The Rebels closes out their home schedule with a two-game weekend, beginning with a Friday, Oct. 25 contest against Kansas City at 7 pm. That’s followed by Senior Day on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 pm against Houston Baptist.

UNLV MEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Shorthanded Rebels Suffer 2-1 Double-Overtime Heartbreaker At Seattle

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SHORTHANDED UNLV MEN’S SOCCER SUFFERS 2-1 DOUBLE OVERTIME HEARTBREAKER AT SEATTLE

Rebels fall on golden goal in final minutes of the second overtime

 A shorthanded UNLV squad was just 76 seconds away from escaping with a road tie, until Seattle scored a golden goal in the 109th minute to claim a 2-1 victory over the Rebels in WAC men’s soccer action on Friday night at Championship Field. The Rebels dropped to 3-7, 1-1 in league play with the loss, while Seattle improved to 3-8-1, 2-0 in the conference.

“I’m very proud of the way out guys battled tonight, having to play down a man from the 26th minute until the end,” said UNLV head coach Rich Ryerson. “You would never had known we were the team down a player unless you counted, the way we played tonight. Fortunately we get to play them again next Friday at home.”

The Rebels had to play a man down for the majority of the night after Bradley Kamdem was given a red card in the 26th minute. Despite playing shorthanded, the Rebels still managed to come up with the first score of the night, when junior Salvador Bernal posted his second goal of the season in the 51st minute. Bernal scored off an assist from Julian Portugal on a cross from the right side, that Bernal then shot down the middle of the goal for the score.

Seattle finished the night with a 20-12 edge on shots, though it was only a 13-11 margin in regulation. Shots on goal were even at nine apiece. Ryan Harding posted seven saves in goal for the Rebels, while Redhawk goalkeeper Jake Feener was credited with eight. Corner kicks were in favor of UNLV by a 3-2 margin.

The Rebels stay on the road for their next contest, at division rival San Jose State on Sunday with a 2:30 pm start.

Seattle’s Top-12 Finalist for Ford’s “Gimme the Gig II” Contest Releases New Album

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Seattle Finalist in Ford’s Nationwide Best Independent Musician Contest Releases New Album
“Letters to You” Available on iTunes and Spotify May 28; Music Video for the Single “Center Stage,” to be Released June 29

 

A top-12 finalist in Ford’s “Gimme the Gig II” nationwide search for the ultimate independent musician, Seattle pop singer and songwriter Rachel Wong will release her new album, “Letters to You,” on iTunes and on Spotify May 28. CDs will be available, and a new music video of the album’s single “Center Stage,” directed by Jordan Nicholson, will premiere at a free album release show in Portland, OR, June 29.  Wong will next perform in Seattle at the Wing Luke Museum’s Jamfest, July 18, and at the Bellevue Festival of the Arts, July 27. 

Wong was selected from more than 2,500 artists nationwide as a finalist in Ford’s “Gimme the Gig II” contest.  Finalists were chosen by popular online vote, Ford, Grammy-winning producer of the year Don Was, and Grammy-winning producer Krish Sharma.  During the competition, Wong’s acoustic, soulful pop sound was compared to “Sara Bareilles, but on the guitar.” 

Tracks from Rachel’s first album and single, “Curtain Fall,” can now be heard on radio stations in Canada and the Philippines. Her second album, “Letters to You,” takes you on a a 10-track musical journey from the pop anthem production of “Center Stage” to the island-flavored “Beach Bum Living.” Wong transforms her acoustic signature sound with fuller instrumentation, including strings, bongos, keys and handclaps. Album tracks feature her soothing, powerful vocals and catchy songs, accentuated by the sincere warmth of her lyrics. A music video to accompany “Center Stage,” directed by Jordan Nicholson, who also directed Seattle-based “The Blue Scholars” last video, will be released on YouTube and on RachelWongMusic.com shortly after the “Letters to You” album release show on June 29.

A Vancouver, WA, native, Wong began her musical training at age 3, by learning to play the piano. She learned to play drums in her elementary school band, and by the eighth grade she was writing her own songs and had taught herself how to play the guitar. She sang and played at her church and school choir, and she never stopped writing songs characterized as catchy, genuine, and relatable. Wong has an innate ability to draw from everyday love and loss, and uses it to connect with her Seattle fans, who have responded enthusiastically to her performances at the Triple Door, and other local venues.

“Center Stage” is available now on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rachel-wong/id403804552. “Letters to You” will be available for download May 28 for $9.99.

Wong’s album launch party will be June 29 at Portland’s Dragonwell Bistro, 735 SW First Ave, at 8 p.m. The intimate, acoustic show will include all new material from “Letters to You,” as well as popular covers. Admission is free, and reservations are recommended at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/391351.

About Brown Paper Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com ), the Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing company, revolutionized the industry by putting free, professional tools for ticketing any-sized gathering on the Internet, and continues to champion the rights of ticket-buyers with the lowest fee for the most service in the industry.  The company donates 5 percent of the profit from each ticket sale to build communities and nonprofits, pays its employees to work 40 hours each year for the cause of their choosing, and employs a team of “Doers,” experts in industries such as music, new media, makers, roller derby and more, to fix, improve and revolutionize the communities where we live, work and play.

Career Breaks … the new vacation?

 

Career Breaks … the new vacation?

Oct. 18 marks nationwide event designed to educate workforce on how to realize travel dreams

Ever dreamed of taking six months off to go to another country? Or to travel and see the world beyond Nevada? On Tuesday, Oct. 18, Meet, Plan, Go! (MPG) is hosting a local event in Las Vegas to teach the community the ins and outs of making a career-break a reality. 

The event, which takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 3085 East Russell Road, features four panelists – two career breakers, a life coach and a financial advisor. The discussion will focus on everything from first-hand experiences to the intricacies of planning a career break, to determining if a career break is right for the individual. The goal? To let people know they can take a career break.

“Because we live in a society that doesn’t find value in taking time off, we wanted to create a community for people who do want to break out of the norm and travel for an extended period of time,” said MPG co-founder Sherry Ott.

Panelists for the event are:

– Abby Tegnelia, editor of Vegas Magazine/travel blogger, former ex-pat (expatriate)

– Diana Edelman, public relations professional/travel blogger, former long-term traveler

– Judy Irving, life coach

– Becky Buckley, certified financial planner

 “When assembling the panel I wanted to make sure attendees could come away from the evening with a firm idea of what to expect from a career break, along with the tools necessary to do something of this magnitude,” said JoAnna Haugen, MPG’s localhost. “This event is designed to offer participants the opportunity to meet inspirational speakers and like-minded travelers; get motivation, contacts and resources necessary to plan the trip of a lifetime; and to start taking concrete steps forward to go on an adventure.”

In addition to offering tools and resources for planning a career break, they will also address the main concerns that prevent people from taking a career break, usually centered around financial, career-related, societal, and safety concerns.

Today, career breaks are becoming more and more of an option for workers. Last year, more than 2,400 people registered for the inaugural MPG event – 23 percent of which were in a trip planning stage pre-event. In a post-event survey, that number rose to 41 percent. “We want career breaks to be more acceptable in America,” says co-founder Michaela Potter. “In fact, we would love to see a career break on every resume. And with the support of our 17 inspiring hosts, their panelists, and our sponsors, including Intrepid Travel, we are making great inroads to achieving that goal.”

In addition to the Las Vegas event, this year’s MPG locations include: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington DC and Toronto.
Registration for the nationwide event is currently open. For more information, or to register:http://meetplango.com/national-event/2011-las-vegas-event/.

Cloud Cult Returns to the Stage After Lead Singer’s Heart Surgery

Cloud Cult Returns to the Stage After Lead Singer’s Heart Surgery

Band Releases New Music Video for “The Exploding People” and a Spring Headlining Tour Featuring New Cellist & New Visuals

Cloud Cult continue the Light Chasers storyline with a new music video for “The Exploding People” and a Spring headlining tour featuring a new cellist and new visuals. This all happens as Cloud Cult is coming out of a trying time during which lead singer and songwriter Craig Minowa experienced health issues and subsequently went through heart surgery.

The band found resounding support from fans and personally thanked them with a direct message: “The loving emails and positive energy were incredibly appreciated and powerful during the darkest parts of the experience. The heart surgery was a big success, and Craig now has more energy than ever!”

Now, the band returns to the stage, refreshed and rejuvenated, to do one of the things they enjoy most – performing for the numerous fans that have supported them throughout the years and making new friends along the way.

As a pre-launch to the tour, Cloud Cult is releasing an elaborate new video which is set to premiere on Mashable.com on Monday May 9th. This will be the first in a series of videos Cloud Cult is doing in conjunction with Light Chasers, the band’s newest album.

Less than two weeks after the video premiere, the band will embark on their second headlining tour of the US in support of the new album introducing a new cellist – Daniel Zamzow – as well as new visuals which come in the form of a reintroduced back screen video. This time around they will be pre-filmed and synched with the music – a must see.

The tour kicks off on May 21st at the Outland Live in Columbus, OH where the band will be performing songs from Light Chasers as well as fan favorites and some new songs from past albums that have never been played live before. Bringing their grand shows to a new level, their unique brand of orchestral indie rock will at once titillate new fans and gratify current fans and keeps them on the road through the summer with new dates being added daily.

For the most up-to-date tour news and band news please visit www.cloudcult.com and don’t forget to check out http://mashable.com/2011/05/09/music-monday-cloud-cult/ to see the new video for “The Exploding People” on Monday, May 9th!

Confirmed dates:

May 21st – Outland – Columbus, OH

22nd – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH

24th – Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ

25th – Paradise – Boston, MA

26th – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA

27th – Music Hall of Williamsburg – New York, NY

28th – Black Cat – Washington, DC

July 9th – Bayfront Park Festival – Duluth, MN

29th – Orchestra Hall – Minneapolis, MN

Aug. 25th – Neptune – Seattle, WA

26th – Mission Theatre – Portland, OR

27th – BurntWoodsStock – Blodgett, OR