Thursday, July 2, 2015

Electro-Pop Singer C’NKY Siwela Debuts with “Distant Cry” on June 30th

South Africa based, Electro/Pop singer and flautist, C’nky Siwela has announced the digital release of his debut single “Distant Cry” for June 19, 2015 via iTunes.

Los Angeles, CA, July 02, 2015 - South Africa based, Electro/Pop singer and flautist, C’nky Siwela has announced the digital release of his debut single “Distant Cry” for June 19, 2015 via iTunes. Siwela has been garnering considerable buzz in South Africa; in 2014 he won the award for Best Afro-Pop Artist at the SACRA Awards following the release of his album, Reminiscent of the Sounds. With his new single and upcoming album, Another Side of Me on; C’nky is ready to further broaden his market into the United States.


Distant Cry” (featuring rapper/producer Louis M. Songz), displays C’nky’s versatile musical concept by blending a contemporary mix of jazz influenced flute melodies, along with his soulful vocals into a House/Pop composition. This inspiring track intends to motivate people who are suffering from any struggles during their journey to reach their ultimate goals. “Distant Cry” reminds listeners to show love and respect to one another in order for everyone to reach their greatest achievements in life. The song has already received more than 19,000 listens on SoundCloud.

Distant Cry’ is lyrically inspirational, courageous and friendly which is combined with a nice electronic groove. I identify my music as an original style fused with a traditional South African vibe. It is meant to be fun and energetic that can make anyone lighten up,” says C’nky Siwela.

For more information please: http://www.cnkysiwela.com

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323-806-0400
chip@mileshighproductions.com
http://www.mileshighproductions.com/

Rising Super Star Rachel London Drops New Contemporary Pop Hit “Runnin” Now Available on iTunes

Singer-songwriter Rachel London has dropped the essential summer pop anthem with “Runnin.”

Los Angeles, CA, July 02, 2015 - Singer-songwriter Rachel London has dropped the essential summer pop anthem with “Runnin.” Distributed by Sony, produced by Mike Gonsolin and co-written by Nick Nittoli, “Runnin,” will have your pulse racing with its polished unapologetic lyricism and big beats.


Ready to take the pop world by storm, London’s new single is a complete 180 from her previous releases. A dance-heavy, dark, and mature pop song, “Runnin” is both catchy and relatable.

With her powerful vocals, London honestly belts out the whirlwind that is new love and the trials and tribulations of relationships. Listeners are in for the emotional roller coaster ride with perfectly timed unpredictable drops and peaks of aural excellence.

“Start me with a kiss, There’s no stopping this, There’s no stopping this, I can’t get enough … This song is about exploring boundaries, not scorning yourself for desiring passion, figuring out how to let go of "right" and "wrong" as well as communicating that vulnerability is strength.“

"Runnin is a beautiful mix of light and darkness, like a yin and yang making it a perfect representation of Rachel," states co-writer Nick Nittoli.

London is carving out a spot for herself in the music industry and will hope to excite fans with her upcoming EP due out this fall and a brand new music video for “Runnin,” which will be out in July. Both soulful and raw lyricism coupled with contemporary pop sounds, London takes inspiration from growing up on Alanis Morissette and Madonna.

Stream“Runnin”on Soundcloud
Watch the “Runnin” Lyric Video on VEVO
Purchase “Runnin” on iTunes

Follow Rachel London:
facebook.com/rachellondonmusic
twitter.com/xorachellondon
instagram.com/xorachellondon
youtube.com/RachelLondonVEVO

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323-806-0400
chip@mileshighproductions.com
http://www.mileshighproductions.com/

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sweet Honey in the Rock Set for Australian Concert Tour and Headlining Engagement at Festival of Voices July 8-17 2015

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, the Grammy-nominated a cappella ensemble who've built a legacy for merging an inimitable and distinct harmonic vocal blend with a veracious commitment to activism

New York, NY, July 01, 2015 - SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, the Grammy-nominated a cappella ensemble who've built a legacy for merging an inimitable and distinct harmonic vocal blend with a veracious commitment to activism, social justice, equality and freedom are returning to Australia for a mini-tour July 8th - July 18th. The tour will be highlighted by their special guest appearance at the 12th Annual Festival of Voices scheduled for July 2-12 in Hobart, Tasmania. The Festival attracts thousands of singers throughout Australia who learn new repertoire and skills, work with exceptional teachers, meet fellow vocalists and choristers and perform at the host venue, the Music Recital Hall in Hobart. Sweet Honey will be hosting workshops from July 8th - 12th. They will headline their own concert at the Music Recital Hall on July 10th and deliver an abbreviated performance with some of featured choir participants as part the Festival's finale concert on July 12th.


Sweet Honey will also perform major concerts at the Princess Theatre in Launceston, Tasmania, July 14th, City Recital Hall in Sydney, July 16th and the Melbourne Recital Hall in Melbourne, July 18th. The ensemble last toured Australia in 2013 which was highlighted by their performance at the internationally renowned Byron Bay Bluesfest.

"We're truly honored and excited to be invited by The Festival Of Voices to share the power of our unique musical offerings and global experience," stated Carol Maillard, one of the group's founding members. "We're looking forward to collaborating with all the choral ensembles in the workshops and performing concerts for our loyal Australian and Aboriginal fans in Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne and Sydney."

Sweet Honey will be jetting to Australia fresh from the recording studio in their home base of Washington, DC. The ensemble has been putting the finishing touches on their first album comprised of primarily original songs since "Go In Grace," (released in 2008 as the soundtrack for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company's 50th Anniversary theatrical piece of the same title). Their new album will also feature several notable cover songs from their live show of which they are recording for the first time. The album is set for release this fall on Appleseed Recordings.

Last month the group completed their fourth international US Embassy tour this year in Swaziland. They were previously invited by the US Embassies in Ethiopia, Peru and Jamaica in February to help them honor and celebrate Black History Month.

They performed several major concerts and contributed to community programs sponsored by the Embassy in each respective country. Last year, Sweet Honey made their premiere US Embassy tour (August 27- 31) as part of the Arts Envoy program to Belize. The Arts Envoy Program is a longstanding outreach program and initiative sponsored by the US State Department.

One of the major highlights of their visit to Swaziland was their debut appearance at the MTN Bushfire Festival (May 29-31) which featured a special collaboration on two songs (one by each artist) with noted songwriter/singer Floewe (real name Fikile Dhladhla) a native of Swaziland. CNN recently noted the Festival is one of the top seven "must attend music festivals" in Africa.

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, which celebrated their 40th Anniversary last year is comprised of vocalist's Louise Robinson, Carol Maillard, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil and Shirley Childress (American Sign Language Interpreter). The ensemble also features special guest bassist (acoustic upright and electric bass) Romeir Mendez.

For further information about SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK go to: www.sweethoneyintherock.org

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323-806-0400
chip@mileshighproductions.com
http://www.mileshighproductions.com/

Legendary Singer-Songwriter and Producer Bunny Sigler Releases New Single “Buttermilk and Cornbread” Featuring Instant Funk out July 7

Remix Produced by Joe Gallagher, Saint Man, Bunny Sigler, and Instant Funk

Los Angeles, CA, July 01, 2015 - Four-time Grammy winning producer-singer-songwriter Bunny Sigler releases his second single, “Buttermilk and Cornbread” from the brand new, critically acclaimed album Bundino. The prolific songwriter who produced the “Philly Sound” intrigues his audience once again by showcasing his classic R&B sound going back to his roots with the funky, stand-out track as his follow-up on the R&B driven album featuring disco band, Instant Funk.


Complete with soulful ballads honing in a contemporary sound, Sigler pushes his vocals on this upbeat and lighthearted tune.“Buttermilk and Cornbread,” Bunny describes is a “blues track that reminisces of southern cooking and sweet country memories.” Sizzling with that down south sound, “Buttermilk and Cornbread” has a catchy chorus and a sensory smorgasbord of lyrics.

This feel good song recalls relaxing times and nostalgic jam sessions – uninhibited sing-alongs with friends that seem endless. The six minute song’s highlight is the unexpected trumpet solo that cuts in between at the halfway mark and the blend of unison backup vocals.

Backed by longtime collaborators, Instant Funk, the band has teamed up once again with Sigler. Currently in the studio working on new material, they’re ready to hit the road again and bring their live performances worldwide.

“…Sigler has no problem with shaking things up, and he demonstrates his comfort with envelope pushing through Bundino.” –Soul Tracks

Along with the original mix of “Buttermilk and Cornbread,” Bunny will also release a special remix version of the song – an upbeat rendition of the standout single produced by Joe Gallagher, Bunny Sigler, Instant Funk, and Saint Man. The remix will have listeners wanting more and radio hosts playing the track on repeat. A music video to accompany the single featuring Instant Funk will also be released in July.

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323-806-0400
chip@mileshighproductions.com
http://www.mileshighproductions.com/

Holman Ranch’s 87th Annual Fiesta de los Amigos to be Held on September 10th

The Ranch’s Birthday Celebration will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

Carmel Valley, CA, July 01, 2015 - Holman Ranch will be celebrating its birthday on September 10th from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. with its Annual Fiesta del los Amigos and a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Fiesta de los Amigos – a part of Holman Ranch’s history! The popular Fiesta de los Amigos which began in 1928, the Ranch’s birthday celebration, was an annual highlight, often attracting more than 2,000 guests. In the 1960’s – 1980’s the Ranch was known for its rodeos and horse shows, daily trail rides, barbecues, and fiestas filled the calendar.

This year, the celebration will be filled with flavorful food, Holman Ranch estate wines to sip, lively entertainment to enjoy and more! Capture the moment of the Fiesta in our own photo booth or head to the game tent and enjoy games for the entire family.

In addition, attendees can sign up to support the Holman Ranch team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The walk will be held on September 26, 2015 and depart from Custom House Plaza in Monterey. Attendees can sign up to join the team or pledge their support!

The event will cost $50 per person or wine club members get 2 free tickets and all additional wine club member tickets are $35 per person. If the event is not sold out, tickets will be available at the door for $60.00 per person. Five dollars from each ticket sale will be donated to the Alzheimer Association. RSVP is required. RSVP by September 2nd to (831) 659-2640. Upon confirmation by Holman Ranch of your RSVP, you will be provided a gate pass to Holman Ranch.

Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery Background:
Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate.

Holman Ranch estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 19 acres of undulating terrain. The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle. The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of their wines. The warmth of the inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has proven to be an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The vineyards' Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils.

The estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our trees has a delightfully distinctive flavor.

Holman Ranch Background:
Holman Ranch: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning Property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox
Carmel, CA 93923
831-747-7455
http://www.holmanranch.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa Weddings Announces Indian and Southwest Asian Wedding Celebrations

Hotel also Hires New Wedding Specialists Samantha Davis and George Romero

Monterey, CA, June 23, 2015 - The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa wedding planning offers something for everyone, from traditional wedding ceremonies to Indian and Southwest Asian wedding celebrations.

Whether you envision a simple gathering with a few family and friends or an elaborate formal affair, you’ll discover just what you are wishing for at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa. Our team of expert on-site event planners will assist you from beginning to end, from selecting your wedding site and caterer to ensuring that no detail is overlooked.

Our event planners are well-versed in the unique requirements for Indian and Southwest Asian wedding celebrations.

“Our mission is a simple one...we aspire to exceed all of your expectations, creating imaginative and memorable experiences that will delight all of your senses,” said Jerry Malone, Director of Catering at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa. “Our dedicated professional staff brings experience and desire to every event and thrives on making sure our clients are extremely delighted with our service.”

From an outdoor baraat reception, Indian catering offered by two premiere Santa Clara Catering Companies, and the Hyatt’s world-renowned service, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa will bring your Indian Wedding dreams to life!

Indian Wedding Package Includes:
* Largest ballroom in Monterey and surrounding area
* Perfect path for the baraat
* Ample space for Mendhi & Brunch the day after the wedding
* Spacious, resort feel
* 550 rooms, including 32 suites, for the three-day long celebrations
* Ability to bring in outside caterers
* Large garden terrace for your ceremony or cocktail reception

Now when you celebrate your special day at Hyatt®, you can earn free honeymoon nights on us. Whichever honeymoon destination you choose, you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime. Simply book and hold your wedding or commitment ceremony at a participating Hyatt hotel by Dec. 31, 2015, and you will earn Hyatt Gold Passport® bonus points. Points are redeemable for free nights with no blackout dates at any Hyatt hotel or resort worldwide.

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa Weddings are treated as a one-of-a-kind event, and include:
• A professional wedding specialist
• A tempting array of food and beverages to fit whichever type of reception you select, including hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, plated dinners and wine service
• Choice of wedding sites throughout our Monterey hotel, for ceremony and reception
• Complimentary honeymoon suite for the bride and groom
• Variety of dining options featuring TusCA Ristorante and Fireplace Lounge
• Extensive activities for you and your guests, including golf, tennis, pools and more
• Beautiful backdrops for photographs, including our gazebo with fireplace and gardens
• Special rates in our spacious guestrooms for family and friends from out-of-town
• Complimentary parking
• Great location, adjacent to Pebble Beach Company’s 18-hole Del Monte Golf Course, with direct access to Cannery Row and Monterey Bay Aquarium

In addition, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa has hired Samantha Davis and George Romero as its new Wedding Specialists.

Upon graduation from Arizona State University in 1998, Sam started working for Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Since then she has more than 16 years of hospitality experience, including previous assignments at Hyatt Hotels in Lake Tahoe, Huntington Beach and Denver.

Sam brings extensive knowledge and coordination of both social and corporate events to the position. Sam’s past clients and groups have outstanding praise for her organizational skills, creativity and attention to detail. They also appreciated the personal care she gave to every special occasion.

Originally from Australia, Sam currently lives in Monterey with her 7-year-old pitbull mix Gracie.

She is looking forward to exploring the area with her canine companion, as well as enjoying local food, wines and the spectacular scenery of the Monterey Peninsula and its surrounding areas.

George is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and has worked for Hyatt Hotels for almost 17 years, starting as a Deli Café attendant at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix.

He has worked in and helped manage casual and fine-dining restaurants, bars and banquets during his 17 years, and is now in his dream job as a wedding specialist in the hotel's Event Planning Department.

George comes from a large family — he's the middle child of eight brothers and sisters — and calls himself an “extreme socializer,” a talent that comes in handy in wedding and event planning.

He says he “loves taking pictures, dogs, cooking, traveling, ‘Orange is the New Black,’ green tea, dancing, real Mexican food, making people laugh, tennis and a great cocktail!”

Although usually fearless, George admits to being scared of heights and “Bridezillas.” And he has unusual taste in cocktails. His favorite drink is the unheard-of red wine with Coca-Cola!

Wedding Locations
Choose the perfect spot for your wedding from our extensive array of locations, ranging from outdoor gardens to elegant ballrooms. From the opulent Regency Grand Ballroom to our romantic Outdoor Gazebo, you’re sure to find just the right wedding location to suit your style and needs.

• Regency Grand Ballroom — Our largest wedding location, this expansive yet welcoming ballroom can accommodate the longest of guest lists. Enjoy a formal banquet, complete with dance floor and stage for entertainment, with seating for 800. The room easily divides into several separate salons, with capacity to seat from 70 to 400 guests.

Bordered on two sides by outdoor heated terraces, with natural lighting and vaulted ceilings (the highest ceiling of all hotels in the area), this ballroom provides a wonderful Monterey Bay location for both wedding reception and ceremony.

The adjacent pre-function foyer includes an outdoor heated patio and retractable awning — perfect for your cocktail hour.

• Monterey Ballroom — Prominent indoor and outdoor function space conveniently located adjacent to the hotel lobby and Main Building. Designed for that more intimate feel, select the entire room for a seated banquet with 300 guests or 600 for a classic reception. For smaller groups, the ballroom can be configured into various combinations to fit your needs. The ballroom is complete with an outdoor terrace and is located adjacent to the main building.

• President's House — This very unique residence offers a secluded hideaway, perfect for a newlywed couple. This historic and luxurious residence offers over 2,500 square feet of living space, including four master suites, living room with stone fireplace, and library with fireplace and gourmet kitchen. A large covered lanai, extensive stonework and landscaping surround a private swimming pool. Select this one-of-a-kind locale for a special rehearsal dinner, cocktails for the wedding party or other exclusive events surrounding your wedding.

• Gazebo — The perfect location for your wedding ceremony, this gracious gazebo overlooking the gardens offers a romantic Monterey Bay setting not to be missed. In cooler weather, a fireplace provides a warm glow to the festivities.

About Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
Nestled in 22 acres of soaring Monterey Pines, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course is a destination resort providing the discerning traveler the quintessential Monterey experience. Its location offers guests close proximity to downtown Monterey and Monterey Airport and easy access to some of the Peninsula’s most well-known attractions.

With its warm, contemporary ambiance, elegant furnishings and convenient amenities, the hotel offers both leisure and business travelers a Northern California respite of unmatched serenity and comfort.

Features include 550 guestrooms including 32 suites, and the President’s House, TusCA Ristorante, Knuckles Sports Bar, Fireplace Lounge featuring live entertainment, a 2,000-square-foot fitness facility, Monterey Bay Racquet Club, two pools and whirlpools, and 12,000-square-foot full-service luxury spa.

The hotel is located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, California. For information call (831) 372-1234 or visit www.hyattregencymonterey.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox Public Relations
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.hyattregencymonterey.com

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa Weddings Announces LGBT Wedding Celebrations

Hotel also Hires New Wedding Specialists Samantha Davis and George Romero

Monterey, CA, June 21, 2015 - The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa wedding planning offers something for everyone, from traditional wedding ceremonies to LGBT wedding celebrations.

Whether you envision a simple gathering with a few family and friends or an elaborate formal affair, you’ll discover just what you are wishing for at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa. Our team of expert on-site event planners will assist you from beginning to end, from selecting your wedding site and caterer to ensuring that no detail is overlooked.

Our event planners are well-versed in the unique requirements for LGBT wedding celebrations as well as providing access to all the amenities and services you would expect from Hyatt Hotels.

“Our mission is a simple one...we aspire to exceed all of your expectations, creating imaginative and memorable experiences that will delight all of your senses,” said Jerry Malone, Director of Events at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa. “Our dedicated professional staff brings experience and desire to every event and thrives on making sure our clients are extremely delighted with our service.”

Venue choices that range from natural outdoor settings to Grand Ballrooms to the private and intimate “President’s House” villa coupled with Hyatt’s world-renowned service, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa will bring your LGBT wedding dreams to life!

Wedding Package Includes:
* Largest ballroom in Monterey and surrounding area
* Ample space for brunch the day after the wedding
* Spacious, resort feel
* 550 rooms, including 32 suites, for the entire wedding party
* Large garden terrace for your ceremony or cocktail reception

Now when you celebrate your special day at Hyatt®, you can earn free honeymoon nights on us. Whichever honeymoon destination you choose, you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime. Simply book and hold your wedding or commitment ceremony at a participating Hyatt hotel by Dec. 31, 2015, and you will earn Hyatt Gold Passport® bonus points. Points are redeemable for free nights with no blackout dates at any Hyatt hotel or resort worldwide.

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa Weddings are treated as a one-of- a-kind event, and include:
• A professional wedding specialist
• A tempting array of food and beverages to fit whichever type of reception you select, including hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, plated dinners and wine service
• Choice of wedding sites throughout our Monterey hotel, for ceremony and reception
• Complimentary honeymoon suite for the bride and groom
• Variety of dining options featuring TusCA Ristorante and Fireplace Lounge
• Extensive activities for you and your guests, including golf, tennis, pools and more
• Beautiful backdrops for photographs, including our gazebo with fireplace and gardens
• Special rates in our spacious guestrooms for family and friends from out-of-town
• Complimentary parking
• Great location, adjacent to Pebble Beach Company’s 18-hole Del Monte Golf Course, with direct access to Cannery Row and Monterey Bay Aquarium

In addition, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa has hired Samantha Davis and George Romero as its new Wedding Specialists.

Samantha Davis started working for Hyatt Regency Phoenix upon her graduation from Arizona State University. Since then she has more than 16 years of hospitality experience, including previous assignments at Hyatt Hotels in Lake Tahoe, Huntington Beach and Denver.

Sam brings extensive knowledge and coordination of both social and corporate events to the position. Sam’s past clients and groups have outstanding praise for her organizational skills, creativity and attention to detail. They also appreciated the personal care she gave to every special occasion.

Originally from Australia, Sam currently lives in Monterey with her 7-year-old pitbull mix Gracie.

She is looking forward to exploring the area with her canine companion, enjoying local food, wines and the spectacular scenery of the Monterey Peninsula and sharing her insights with her wedding clients.

George Romero is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and has worked for Hyatt Hotels for almost 17 years, starting as a Deli Café attendant at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix.

He has worked in and helped manage casual and fine-dining restaurants, bars and banquets during his 17 years, and is now in his dream job as a wedding specialist in the hotel's Event Planning Department.

George comes from a large family — he's the middle child of eight brothers and sisters — and calls himself an “extreme socializer,” a talent that comes in handy in wedding and event planning.

He says he “loves taking pictures, dogs, cooking, traveling, ‘Orange is the New Black,’ green tea, dancing, real Mexican food, making people laugh, tennis and a great cocktail!”

Although usually fearless, George admits to being scared of heights and “bad wine” , although he does admit to unusual taste in cocktails including his favorite drink of red wine with Coca Cola!

Wedding Locations:
Choose the perfect spot for your wedding from our extensive array of locations, ranging from outdoor gardens to elegant ballrooms. From the opulent Regency Grand Ballroom to our romantic Outdoor spaces, you’re sure to find just the right wedding location to suit your style and needs.

• Regency Grand Ballroom — Our largest wedding location, this expansive yet welcoming ballroom can accommodate the longest of guest lists. Enjoy a formal banquet, complete with dance floor and stage for entertainment, with seating for 800. The room easily divides into several separate salons, with capacity to seat from 70 to 400 guests.

Bordered on two sides by outdoor heated terraces, with natural lighting and vaulted ceilings (the highest ceiling of all hotels in the area), this ballroom provides a wonderful Monterey Bay location for both wedding reception and ceremony.

The adjacent pre-function foyer includes an outdoor heated patio and retractable awning — perfect for your cocktail hour.

• Monterey Ballroom — Prominent indoor and outdoor function space conveniently located adjacent to the hotel lobby and Main Building. Designed for that more intimate feel, select the entire room for a seated banquet with 300 guests or 600 for a classic reception. For smaller groups, the ballroom can be configured into various combinations to fit your needs. The ballroom is complete with an outdoor terrace and is located adjacent to the main building.

• President's House — This very unique residence offers a secluded hideaway, perfect for a newlywed couple. This historic and luxurious residence offers over 2,500 square feet of living space, including four master suites, living room with stone fireplace, and library with fireplace and gourmet kitchen. A large covered lanai, extensive stonework and landscaping surround a private swimming pool. Select this one-of-a-kind locale for a special rehearsal dinner, cocktails for the wedding party or other exclusive events surrounding your wedding.

• Garden Terrace Courtyard — Over 5000 square feet of flexible outdoor space … open to the sky or tented … it’s the perfect venue place for your wedding ceremony or reception

About Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
Nestled in 22 acres of soaring Monterey Pines, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course is a destination resort providing the discerning traveler the quintessential Monterey experience. Its location offers guests close proximity to downtown Monterey and Monterey Airport and easy access to some of the Peninsula’s most well-known attractions.

With its warm, contemporary ambiance, elegant furnishings and convenient amenities, the hotel offers both leisure and business travelers a Northern California respite of unmatched serenity and comfort.

Features include 550 guestrooms including 32 suites, and the President’s House, TusCA Ristorante, Knuckles Sports Bar, Fireplace Lounge featuring live entertainment, a 2,000-square-foot fitness facility, Monterey Bay Racquet Club, two pools and whirlpools, and 12,000-square-foot full-service luxury spa.

The hotel is located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, California. For information call (831) 372-1234 or visit www.hyattregencymonterey.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox Public Relations
Monterey, CA 93942
(831) 747-7455
http://www.hyattregencymonterey.com

The Clement Palo Alto, Opening Fall 2015, Offers A 6-Star Experience in the Heart of Silicon Valley with Unparalleled Personal Service in All-Inclusive Luxury

When The Clement Palo Alto opens its doors in Fall 2015, it will be one of the most innovative, personalized and unique luxury hotels in the Country.

Palo Alto, CA, June 20, 2015 — When The Clement Palo Alto opens its doors in Fall 2015, it will be one of the most innovative, personalized and unique luxury hotels in the Country.

With 23 spacious and richly appointed one-bedroom suites, The Clement Palo Alto sets a new standard for personalized luxury accommodations in a contemporary residential-style atmosphere.
While unparalleled service is key to any great luxury hotel, The Clement Palo Alto takes its impeccable service to another level with an all-inclusive policy, including personalized concierge services, breakfast, lunch and dinner in an on-premise location of the guest's choice. All wine, beer and cocktails, in-room mini-refrigerator (stocked with the guest's favorites), and fully-stocked Guest Pantry available around the clock, are just a few of the amenities included in this all-inclusive experience.

In fact, The Clement Palo Alto is more than all-inclusive, it is all-exclusive, catering exclusively to the guest's personal tastes and desires.

No detail has been overlooked at The Clement Hotel, from the guest's favorite sparkling water and snacks in the mini-fridge to the plush Stearns & Foster European pillow top California King beds with luxurious Frette bed linens.

“The inspiration for this hotel came about when my wife and I took a getaway trip to the island of Bali,” says Clement Chen III, president of Pacific Hotel Management, LLC, creators of The Clement Palo Alto. “We stayed at a small hotel there that left a deep impression on us. Everybody at the hotel - even the gardening staff - knew our names, and everyone there was so warm and personable.

And, since all of the staff knew who we were, we never had to sign a check for anything. We didn’t feel like we were customers at a hotel - we were able to just relax and enjoy our stay, like being at home, only better!”
That memorable hotel stay convinced Mr. Chen that the same experience would be well-received in the U.S., and that has been the guiding vision for The Clement Hotel.

“I want each guest to feel like a guest, not a customer,” says Chen. “I loved the feeling of not having to sign a check or worry about tipping every time I turned around. That is why we have all-inclusive pricing. We want our guests to feel like they are house guests at a great residence with a terrific service staff.”

The moment guests arrive at the front door, they will step into an oasis of sophistication, service and comfort. Instead of the typical lobby and registration desk of most hotels, guests at The Clement Palo Alto will be greeted by their personal Guest Experience Manager.

This personal Guest Experience Manager will have an iPad with all the pertinent information about the guests, including their wants and needs, and take them directly to their rooms. The Guest Experience Manager will take care of the guests for the duration of their stay and take care of all their personal needs.

During their stay, guests can have breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared in The Kitchen, the hotel's open kitchen, with an executive chef presiding over the menu tailored to their tastes and requirements. Guests can dine in The Dining Room, the outdoor Dining Terrace, the privacy of their guest suite, or in a private cabana on the private roof-top pool deck overlooking the picturesque Stanford University campus.

Guests also have access to the beautifully appointed communal guest kitchen, which is similar to a high-end residential kitchen, with access to a fully stocked guest pantry that is available around the clock.

The 650-square-foot, one-bedroom suites offer modern and sophisticated comfort reflecting the Northern California lifestyle. Each suite provides an intuitive layout with an array of carefully curated amenities to enhance the guest's stay.

State-of-the-art technology is combined with comfort of the highest quality, such as sumptuous Frette linens, 65-inch Samsung Smart TVs, Nespresso Vertuoline coffee machines, and fully stocked in-room refrigerators.

Spacious stone-lined bathrooms include a soaking tub and a separate glass-enclosed shower, lighted makeup mirrors at a dry vanity area, and a TV behind the mirrors, just a few of the features that will delight their senses.

Other luxurious touches include remote-controlled motorized draperies, a desk fully stocked with office supplies and a connectivity panel for Internet and charging, robe options and slippers of the guest's choice in the spacious closets.

The common areas of the hotel feature the elegant Living Room, which is accented with a stone fireplace and is the perfect location to relax with a favorite cocktail or glass of wine. Or they can enjoy the firepit on the outdoor Dining Terrace or at the roof-top deck with a swimming pool, whirlpool and private cabanas.

In addition, there is a fully equipped exercise room on the second floor of the hotel available to guests 24 hours.

The interior design of The Clement Palo Alto was created by Stanford Hughes of the renowned, award-winning San Francisco hotel design firm Brayton Hughes Design Studios.

Hughes says his design takes its inspiration from the hotel's architecture, which he describes as “an abstraction of traditional Manor House.”

“The decor is contemporary, elegant and comfortable. It offers a warm, alluring ambiance in an intimate residential scale,” says Hughes, whose firm's award-winning designs include Four Seasons Hotel Chicago and The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe. “The interior design offers a perfect blend of contemporary and classic elements. The palette of warm neutral colors and natural materials creates a soothing, cozy and relaxing environment. It is elegant and minimal, yet highly livable. The Clement Palo Alto is more than a hotel, it is a home away from home.”

The Clement Palo Alto's all-inclusive services and amenities include:

• All-inclusive breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
• All-inclusive wine, beer and cocktails (charges apply for premium brands)
• All-inclusive in-room dining
• All-inclusive mini-bar
• All-inclusive fully-stocked Guest Pantry available around the clock
• All-inclusive Business Center
• All-inclusive valet parking
• All-inclusive twice-daily housekeeping services
• All-inclusive overnight shoe shine services
• All-inclusive high-speed Internet
• All-inclusive personal assistants
• All-inclusive gratuities

The Clement Palo Alto is ideally located across from Stanford University and next to downtown Palo Alto, with its award-winning restaurants, world-class shopping and upscale spas. It is just 45 minutes south of San Francisco and only 30 minutes north of San Jose, not only making it convenient, but easily accessible to the world-famous sights and myriad activities of both cities.

Overall, The Clement Palo Alto offers a unique, one-of-a-kind 6-star experience in the heart of Silicon Valley with unparalleled personal service, all-inclusive luxury and privacy in a warm, inviting and luxurious residential environment.

The Clement Hotel
711 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94301
650.322.7111
www.theclementpaloalto.com

Press Contact: Marci Bracco Cain or Andria Cambridge/Chatterbox PR (831) 747-7455

About Pacific Hotel Management, LLC:
The Clement Hotel is owned and managed by Pacific Hotel Management, LLC. Pacific Hotel Management, LLC. is a privately-owned company that specializes in the development and management of high quality hotels using a variety of franchise brands. Pacific Hotel Management, LLC (PHM) manages all of the hotels owned by affiliates of Clement Chen & Associates, combining a focused corporate administrative staff with a "hands on" management philosophy to operate profitable, well-maintained hotels. PHM is based in San Mateo, California, and can be visited on the Web at www.phmhotels.com.

Contact:
Andria Cambridge
The Clement Hotel
711 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94301
650-322-7111
http://www.theclementpaloalto.com

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Vendange Carmel Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Only Wine Themed Hotel Introduces its the Charms and Delights of #Carmel

Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites has partnered with 14 Monterey County wineries to create a unique guest experience, celebrating the bounty of Monterey County’s vineyards.

Carmel, CA, June 20, 2015 -- Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites has partnered with 14 Monterey County wineries to create a unique guest experience, celebrating the bounty of Monterey County’s vineyards. Each winery sponsors one room or suite, providing its own creative touches. From the McIntyre Vineyards room with its impressive 100-year-old section of grapevine to J. Lohr’s wine barrel on the balcony, every winery’s room offers a signature luxury experience. The participating wineries are: Blair, Cima Collina, Dawn’s Dream, Galante, Holman Ranch, J. Lohr, Joullian, Manzoni, McIntyre, Otter Cove, Tudor, Twisted Roots and Ventana.


The rooms have sleek, modern bathrooms, with imported Spanish marble. Sleeping areas have memory foam-top beds, deluxe linens, and high-definition flat screen televisions. The separate Cottage Suite offers 650 sq. ft. of space, with a California King bed, 50” HF television, and kitchenette. It’s the perfect place for a honeymoon or romantic getaway. The Inn offers breakfast daily and wine tasting on weekends.

The hotel has now launched its new package The Charms and Delights of #Carmel. The Charms and Delights of #Carmel are not easily experienced in a single day. So why not take advantage of a special offer of two nights in the luxurious surroundings of #VendangeCarmelInnAndSuites, Carmel’s only wine-themed hotel. Book two nights, Monday through Thursday, for only $20 more, and get a $50 gift certificate to Carmel’s popular seafood restaurant #FlahertysSeafood Grill & Oyster Bar or #AndresBouchee, the chic French bistro with a #California coastal flair. But take advantage of this special offer soon, it's only valid through July 30th, online only at vendangecarmel.com. (This offer is only valid when booking through our website and while supplies last.)

To book these packages, go to www.vendangecarmel.com When you reserve your room, please choose the package and will have the price included with your stay.

Vendange is located at 24815 Carpenter Street in Carmel, a short drive away from the Monterey Peninsula Airport, just off of scenic Highway 1, with free parking for guests. It’s minutes from downtown Carmel’s shopping, fine dining, scenic 17-Mile Drive, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Telephone 831- 624-6400; email: reservations@vendangecarmel.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox
Carmel, CA 93923
831-747-7455
http://www.vendangecarmel.com

July is National Picnic Month

Celebrate with a Special Picnic from Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar

Carmel Valley, CA, June 20, 2015 - With the summer season in full swing, it’s that time of the year to grab your basket, get outside, and enjoy a picnic with family and friends! Picnics are the perfect time to enjoy light, fresh, and healthy meals and snacks while enjoying the fresh air and great outdoors. In honor of National Picnic Month this July, visitors can purchase specialized picnic experiences with three distinct themes from Holman Ranch Tasting Room, Jarman Wines Tasting Room and Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar.


Themed Picnics:

Ranch Picnic
• Includes Club Sandwich, Turkey, Avocado, Mayonnaise, Tomato, Lettuce, Bacon and Provolone Cheese
• Or
• Vegetable Sandwich with Avocado, Mayonnaise, Tomato, Lettuce, Gruyere
• Sea Salt Chips, Fruit Salad, Assorted Cookies and a Bottle of Sparkling or Still Water
• $20.00 per person plus service charge and tax

French Picnic
• Quiche Lorraine, Saucisson Sec, Cornichon, Moutarde De Dijon
• Pate a la Truffe Noir, Fromage D’ Affinois, French Baguette, Beurre Sale, Salade Mesclun and Macaroons with Perrier or Evian Sparkling Water
• $30.00 per person plus service charge and tax

Classic Picnic
• Smoked Salmon, Toast, Lemon Crème Fraiche, Capers, Red Onions
• Prosciutto San Daniele, Sliced Apples, Cornichon, Grilled Local Asparagus, Heirloom Tomatoes & Mozzarella, Holman Ranch Olive Oil, Balsamic Reduction, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Macaroons with Pellegrino and Panna Water
• 2 Splits of Chandon Rose Sparkling Wine
• $40.00 per person plus service charge and tax

Upgrade your picnic to include a bottle of wine, flowers, blanket, and/or photography. Or book time at the idyllic Holman Ranch through your Premier Cru or Grand Cru wine experiences. Create your own unique afternoon, basking in the sun and the glow of friends and loved ones; perfect for proposals, anniversaries or any other celebration. All picnic orders must be placed 24 hours in advance.

To experience a picnic in the vineyard, please contact one of our team members to see availability. http://jarmanwine.com/tasting-room/

Jarman Tasting Room
18 W. Carmel Valley Road,
Carmel Valley, CA
Website: jarmanwine.com
Phone: 831-298-7300
Will's Fargo Steakhouse + Bar
16 W Carmel Valley Rd.,
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Website: wfrestaurant.com
Office: 831-659-2774
Holman Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room & Offices
19 E Carmel Valley Rd.,
Carmel Valley, CA, 93924
Website: holmanranch.com
Office: 831-659-2640

Background on Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar:
Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar became a landmark steakhouse in 1959 and has been a peninsula favorite for over 55 years. Entering Will's is stepping back into a time when fine food and service were the rule, rather than the exception. An intimate courtyard patio offers seasonal outdoor dining. Will's also features an intriguing small saloon with a full bar that pours an honest drink and features a lighter menu, including such standards as salads, burgers, and other delectable items. Dinner from 4:30pm nightly. Indoor and outdoor seating available as well as a pet friendly patio.

About The Owners:
Carmel Valley’s iconic steakhouse Will’s Fargo is owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Nick Elliott and Hunter Lowder, who also team up to run nearby Holman Ranch, a wedding and special event venue that also produces wine and olive oil. Lowder formerly served as manager of Rio Grill in Carmel, while Elliott is a culinary school graduate. At Will’s, Lowder manages the front of the house while Elliott runs the bar. The couple maintains Will’s Fargo’s reputation as an elite steakhouse and popular locals’ hangout, while also using the property as an off-site option for Holman Ranch guests.

The History of Will's Fargo:
The Will’s building was constructed in the late 1920’s to be a tea room and later served as a Road House located on the “milk run” between Monterey and Tassajara, eventually becoming a dinner house named The Carousel. Will Fay established Will’s Fargo Restaurant in 1959; the name simply a take-off on his first name which seemed appropriate for what he called the “dressed up saloon” interior. With the use of antiques and collectibles, Will merged the gracious aura of a Victorian parlor with a western “Fargo” way station. An evening at Will’s Fargo brings back a bygone era.

Background on Chef Jérôme Viel:
A classically trained French chef born in Brittany, Jérôme Viel began studying the culinary arts at the age of 15. Traveling throughout Europe to study each region’s specialties, Chef Viel worked with some of the world’s greatest chefs.

He left Europe in 1999 and landed in Carmel Valley, Calif., working at two prestigious resorts, Bernardus Lodge and Stonepine Estate. Viel fell in love with bucolic Carmel Valley, met his wife and started a family (the couple have two daughters). For the last 12 years Viel has worked as executive chef at Carmel Valley’s iconic Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar.

Chef Viel learned the basics of traditional French cuisine, working with Pierre Estival at Le Métropole in Beaulieu-sur-Mer and at L'Hotel Antares, at Meribel in the French Alps, a one-star Michelin restaurant. He learned Italian influences from Pierre Carrier at the Albert 1er, a two-star Michelin restaurant in Chamonix.

Chef Viel left the French Alps and ended up in another magical place, Corsica, at Hotel Cala Rossa in Porto Vecchio. He then spent two years in Switzerland working between Hotel Des Trois Rois in Basel and with Roland Pierroz, at Le Rosalp in Verbier, where he had the privilege of working alongside some of that country’s most prestigious chefs, including Philippe Rochat and Fredy Girardet.

Address: 16 W Carmel Valley Rd Carmel Valley, California
Phone Number: (831) 659-2774
Hours: Dinner Everyday from 4:30PM till closing
http://wfrestaurant.com/

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox
Carmel, CA 93923
831-747-7455
http://jarmanwine.com/tasting-room/

Monday, June 15, 2015

Kwame Binea Shakedown Announce Second Single and Video, "Hang On" Set for June 16th

Harlem-based roots rock singer/songwriter Kwame Binea, who fronts the Kwame Binea Shakedown, has announced the worldwide digital release of their second single

New York, NY, June 15, 2015 - Harlem-based roots rock singer/songwriter Kwame Binea, who fronts the Kwame Binea Shakedown, has announced the worldwide digital release of their second single, "Hang On" for Tuesday, June 16, 2015 via CDbaby.com and all their major digital distribution partners including iTunes and Amazon.com.


"Hang On" is catchy, upbeat, funk/rock/soul dance song layered with a poignant, hopeful and uplifting universal message that encourages "little brothers to hang on."

It was co-written and produced by Kwame Binea and guitarist Justin Wilcox for Binea's indie imprint, Pelopos Entertainment Group. The song also features the rest of Shakedown band, drummer Medley Shabazz, guitarist Art Vanterpool, bassist Phil Bass, Daron Wright on keyboards, Kengo Yamada and Michael Quigley on saxophone, Brian Varneke on trumpet, and guest background vocalists Dietrice Bolden and Jindai Joseph.

The video meshes live performance footage with compelling images that accentuate the broader symbolism and inspiration behind the song. The video was edited by Kate Peterson.

"I really wanted to create an anthem-like track to encourage young brothers to keep their heads up and never stop believing in themselves," explains Binea. "These are tough times and a lot of our young people are a bit lost and aren't getting the level of support they need. So, just trying to give them some of the same kind of positive reinforcement and encouragement I received growing up," he added.

"Hang On" follows the group's debut single/video "Let Go" (released in April). The video was culled from a Kwame Binea Shakedown live performance at the Brooklyn Bowl earlier this year.

Binea grew up splitting time in West London (his birth place) and in his native origins, Ghana. He later moved to Cherry Hill, NJ as a teenager where he started to unearth his artistic aspirations as a burgeoning songwriter/singer/guitarist. While in college he teamed up with guitarist/vocalist Justin Wilcox as a duo, which became the nucleus that spawned the rock/funk collective Kwame Shakedown in Harlem, NY (2011). Over the past several years they have built a legion of loyal fans performing at most of the city's most noted music venues including Joe's Pub, Arlene Grocery, Rockwood Music Hall and Brooklyn Bowl, to name just a few.

The Kwame Binea Shakedown will also be releasing their self-titled debut EP July 17.

For more information on Kwame Binea Shakedown:http://kwamebineashakedown.com

View the new video for “Hang On”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MknpsYKwe0I

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323-806-0400
chip@mileshighproductions.com
http://www.mileshighproductions.com

Sunday, June 14, 2015

17th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival on November 20-22, 2015 Announces Its Slate of Award-Winning Performers

The 17th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival is pleased to announce an outstanding line-up of multi-award-winning performers this year

Monterey, CA, June 13, 2015 - The 17th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival is pleased to announce an outstanding line-up of multi-award-winning performers this year that are not to be missed: Michael Martin Murphey, Don Edwards, Sons of the San Joaquin, Waddie Mitchell, RW Hampton, Katy Moffatt, Dave Stamey, Belinda Gail, Bruce Forman & Cow Bop, Sourdough Slim, Jesse Smith, Adrian, Jeff Gore, Pat Richardson, Karen Ross and Jim Ross. The Festival will take place on Friday through Sunday, November 20-22, 2015 at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. Tickets will go on sale on June 1st including the popular Monterey Cowboy Festival All Event Pass and tickets to each of the individual shows.


The Festival will be held for the first time ever in the beautiful 22-oak studded acres of the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, in Monterey, CA, with performances and vendors inside the spacious Monterey and Salinas Rooms. There is free adjacent parking with many hotels/motels, restaurants and stores located nearby in the adjacent North Fremont Business District of Monterey.

About The Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival:
The Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival is a popular annual event for all ages. It celebrates Monterey's contribution to our western heritage with cowboy poetry, music and a first class Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace. The festival brings together people from all over the United States and Canada to enjoy and learn more about the "cowboy way of life," including its culturally diverse history, including the Vaqueros, Californios and the Mexican and Spanish traditions, plus its current values and cowboy culture.

The festival has many shows scheduled over the three days plus a Cowboy Happy Hour with a “Meet and Greet” with some of the performers on Friday night. There is a Late Night Jam Session on Friday night, the Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace, and Adult and Kids Open Mic and more. There is a special Sunday morning Cowboy Church, which benefits The Salvation Army and features many of the top performers of the weekend.

There are different performance sessions throughout the weekend that fits everyone’s schedule and interests, with a great mix of cowboy music and poetry. Come out and celebrate the “Cowboy Way of Life.”

About the Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace:
The Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace will be held inside the Salinas Room, located directly across from the Monterey Room, and features over two dozen artisans that offer an array of interesting items for Christmas gifts and collectors, including outstanding Western art, photography and books, clothing, (hats, jewelry, handmade boots, belts, purses, jackets, etc.), custom and antique saddles, Navajo blankets and much more.

About the Cowboys in the Schools Program:
The Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival has also coordinated the popular “Cowboys in the Schools Program” with a special educational event that was held at the Carmel Valley Trail and Saddle Club in early October, 2014 for hundreds of visiting schoolchildren. During the school year, volunteers worked with local educators to introduce the concept of Cowboy Culture and the influence of the vaquero to a diverse group of elementary school students. The "Cowboy Way of Life" program helps to teach youth self-esteem, ethics, values, writing, art and history. Young people also participate in the "Open Mic" event during the festival weekend. Monterey County has a long historic cowboy tradition that is celebrated at the Festival events.

Sponsors
Sponsors are now being sought to underwrite the costs of the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival. Festival sponsors will enjoy a wide array of great benefits described on www.montereycowboy.org.

Contact
For more information about the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, to become a valued sponsor, or a volunteer, visit the website at www.montereycowboy.org or call Bob Massaro at (831) 649 6544 or email bmassaro@bostrommanagement.com. To schedule performer interviews and jpg photos, contact Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444 or email brickman@brickmanmarketing.com.

About the Performers
DON EDWARDS - The six time winner of the prestigious Wrangler Awards for Outstanding Traditional Music from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in OKC, as well as their Founders Award, sets Don Edwards apart from other western performers. The songster from Hico, Texas is a historian, author, musicologist, songwriter and a true American patriot. Bobby Weaver of the Cowboy Hall of Fame referred to Don Edwards as the “….the best purveyor of cowboy music in America today.” However, he remains a most humble man. Don is also one of the nicest persons you’ll ever meet. A real prince of a guy! The late, singing cowboy of the silver screen Rex Allen, in his opinion, said Don was: “The Best of the best.

SONS OF THE SAN JOAQUIN – The Hannah Boys are simply the best harmony trio to ever come along in western music. Starting out singing songs of the Sons of Pioneers, Joe and Jack added Joe’s son Lon and they formed the Sons of the San Joaquin over 25 years ago. The WMA Hall of Fame trio have won numerous awards including, among others, the Western Music Association’s (WMA) Traditional Group eight times; three Wrangler Awards from the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Jack has won the Songwriter of the Year WMA award six times. They are cutting back on their tours nowadays and sticking closer to home, so this is a rare opportunity to see them perform.

WADDIE MITCHELL – For a guy who spent the majority of his life as a hired man on horseback, Waddie Mitchell has been honored by many in art and culture organizations. Waddie Mitchell, Co-Founder of the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering, was named by People as the “Best Known Cowboy Poet.” He was commissioned by the 2002 Cultural Olympiad to compose a commemorative poem. Since then Waddie received the Cowboy Spirit Award by Arizona’s Festival of the West; Nevada’s Heritage Award; American Cowboy Culture Award; inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame; and an honorary Adjunct Professor from the University of Wyoming. Not bad for a cowboy who talks for a living.

R W HAMPTON – American Cowboy selected RW as one of the Top 50 Country and Western Singers of All Time. The genuine, sure nuff’ cowboy from New Mexico, has been awarded by the Academy of Western Artists (AWA) with the Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year (3 times), and Album of the Year. The Western Music Association (WMA) inducted him into their prestigious Hall of Fame, as well as presented awards for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Male Performer of the Year. RW has also won 3 Wrangler Awards from the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Dave Stamey once introduced RW at one of earlier shows as “the Voice” of western music; due to his unique baritone sound…it fits.

KATY MOFFATT – Nick Dalton of The London Express, noted: “If ever there was the perfect singer/songwriter, it is Katy Moffatt. Her voice is perhaps the most searingly beautiful thing you’ll ever here.” This Texan has a following around the world. Katy has shared the stage with the likes of Muddy Waters, Everly Brothers, Hoyt Axton and our own Tom Russell, and appeared in four movies. Known for her versatility in music and not selling out to the suits in Nashville to suit the masses, Katy recorded the highly acclaimed Cowboy Girl album in 2001, co-produced by David Wilkie (Cowboy Celtic) and Scott O’Malley. This lady puts more emotion into her music than anyone else in the music business today. We’re glad to welcome Katy to her first Monterey Cowboy Festival.

DAVE STAMEY – He’s one of the most sought out western performers today out on the sawdust trail. Cowboys and Indians called Dave “The Charley Russell of Western Music.” The 4 times WMA Entertainer of the Year, 5 times Male Performer of the Year and 5 times Songwriter of the Year is a remarkable singer/songwriter. True West in 2010 identified him as the “Best Living Western Solo Musician” and Western Horseman said his The Vaquero Song is “one of the greatest Western songs of all time.” How can someone disagree! Dave Stamey has a large following at the Monterey Cowboy Festival. There is a reason.

BELINDA GAIL – Known as “America’s Western Sweetheart”, Belinda keeps racking up the awards from the WMA. Last November, she received the WMA Album of the Year award for her highly acclaimed Granite Mountain CD. Belinda also has won their Female Performer of the Year award a remarkable 7 times!!! They may as well name the award after her. Belinda has won Duo of the Year twice with the late, wonder singer/songwriter Curly Musgrave and the AWA’s Female Vocalist of the Year 2 times as well. Belinda also is known for her wonderful rendition of Amazing Grace, which she performs in her gospel sets. Belinda also was selected by American Cowboy as one of the Top 50 Country and Western Singers of All Time. Way to go gal!!

BRUCE FORMAN & COW BOP – Led by the legendary jazz guitarist Bruce Forman, Cow Bop was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame. The San Francisco Chronicle said: “It’s hot, jazzy and has a drawl.” The late Herb Jeffries, The Bronze Buckaroo, after seeing them perform, commented: “These guys cook! The most fun you can have with your spurs on. Pinto Pammy is a wonderful vocalist and a star in her own right. Bruce of the Bruce Forman Trio has recorded 18 albums, 4 of which were with Cow Bop. He is the resident instructor in Guitar at the prestigious Thornton School of Music at USC. Rich O’Brien, western music producer extraordinaire and popular studio guitarist said: “Bruce Forman is my hero.” That’s good enough for us.

SOURDOUGH SLIM – There is only one Sourdough Slim. He is truly the “Last of the Vaudeville Cowboys”. Relegated to the role of a “sidekick” he takes it in stride and masters the role. The accordion playing songster, who also plays harmonica, guitar, does rope tricks, dances a gig, and yodels, all at the time, well almost, is referred to as a “on-man extravaganza”. He’s performed at venues such as the Elko Cowboy Gathering, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Don Edwards says “He is a master showman and one of the finest musicians I know.” Welcome back to Old Monterey Slim.

JESSE SMITH - He has lived most of his life as the hired man on horseback. Jesse Smith, who grew up in Glennville, CA, called isolated cow camps home for many a year. He started composing poetry at an early age while working on the historic Tejon Ranch. He was invited to the first Elko Cowboy Gathering in 1985. Jesse knows the classics and recites them as well as anyone. He’s also written serious poetry such as High Sierras; however audiences love his sense of humor with poems such as the New Suit of Clothes or Jumper Cables. Jesse and the late Sunny Hancock has a book of their work – COWBOY POETRY Horse Tracks Through The Sage. Chris Isaacs, cowboy poet, calls Jesse “a natural comic and the kind of a guy that makes you laugh just to see that he is on the show.” We can all attest to that. Welcome back Jesse!

ADRIAN - The 24 year old “Buckaroo Girl”, with 3 albums of western music under her belt, returns to the Monterey Cowboy Festival. Truth be told, Adrian Brannan’s first cowboy/girl performance, was at the Open Mic session in Monterey, when she was only 14. Western Horseman identified her composition The Will James Days as one of the 13 Best Western Songs of All Time. Adrian has a powerful voice, infectious laugh, vivacious personality and positive attitude. Her folks raised her right! Bill Reynolds, Publisher of Ranch and Reata, once commented on Adrian: “The new, young artist is a buckaroo’s Taylor Swift.” We like her just as she is!!

JEFF GORE – This is a return visit to the Monterey Cowboy Festival for Texan Jeff Gore. He was recently profiled in an article by Jennifer Dennison in Western Horseman (Jan 2015), entitled A Cowboy’s Mission. Yes, Jeff Gore is an ordained minister, however he rides, ropes and doctors cattle as part of being a “cowboy missionary”. He’s also a popular speaker in public schools on the subjects of the Old West, Cattle Drives and making wise decisions. Jeff also had the role of “Mr. Fox” in Tommy Lee Jones The Good Old Boys TV movie (1995) and in a Maxwell Coffee commercial. He is a gifted songwriter and has a wonderful tenor voice. His album Old Glory contains the song by Sonny Throckmorton – Jesus Always Chose the Weakest Man, which has become Jeff’s personal life story.

PAT RICHARDSON – The Monterey Cowboy Festival just wouldn’t be the same without Pat Richardson reciting his irreverent but always humorous poetry. The former professional Rodeo Bronc and Bull rider….that explains it…..won the AWA’s Best Male Poet (2003), as well as another Will Rogers Award from the AWA for his book of poems Unhobbled. The book also contains some his drawings. Most people probably don’t know he was once the cartoonist for Rodeo Sports News. Baxter Black once said “Pat’s poems are always a treasure trove of cleverness gone awry.” Glad to have you back Pat…..however we’re watching you.

KAREN ROSS - The other part of the Jim Ross family, is his witty wife Karen. Karen is a cowboy poet aficionado and appreciates the classics such as English playwright and theater critic - Frank Desprez’s dramatic Lasca. It was first published in a London magazine in 1882 based upon Desprez’s adventures as a cowboy in Texas in the 1860s. Karen is most known for her amazing recitation of Rinderfella, a comical satire on the Cinderella story, previously recited by the late Alice Hancock, wife of the cowboy poet Sunny Hancock. The story is it was from a Hee Haw skit featuring Archie Campbell. It is worth the price of admission to hear Karen recite it. Priceless!

JIM ROSS – A longtime favorite cowboy poet of the Monterey Cowboy Festival is Jim Ross, from the Jamestown area of the Gold Country. The former working cowboy from the Mt. Shasta area recites the classic cowboy poems as well as own compositions. One of the best is his Hot Shot Wars. If you’ve worked the chutes before, you’ll have an appreciation what might just happen when cowboys play at work and the foreman is not around. Jim also sports one of the best mustaches among the cowboy poets. He has recited his poetry many times at the Elko Gathering.

Contact:
Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940
831-633-4444
brickman@brickmanmarketing.com
http://www.montereycowboy.org