Monday, November 14, 2016

Salinas Valley Comic Con Returns December 16-18

The National Steinbeck Center’s annual celebration of zines, comic books, and pop culture, Salinas Valley Comic Con, returns December 16-18 at the Hartnell College Student Center.

Salinas, CA, November 15, 2016 - The National Steinbeck Center’s annual celebration of zines, comic books, and pop culture, Salinas Valley Comic Con, returns December 16-18 at the Hartnell College Student Center.
Salinas Valley Comic Con begins on Friday, December 16 with a kick off party where vendors, exhibitors, panelists, and guests will have an opportunity to mingle before the convention floor opens on Saturday, December 17. Guests will be treated to over 22 vendors, interesting panel discussions, cosplay contests, and more on December 17 and December 18. Special treats include the popular 501st Legion, a photo spot with custom Salinas Valley Comic Con backdrops, and an exhibit of comic books from UC Santa Cruz’s collection.

Brigget Spicer, a local artist and volunteer coordinator for Salinas Valley Comic Con, stresses the need for programs like SVCC in the Salinas area. “People were just so excited when the Salinas Valley Comic Con came onto the scene.” Spicer said. “ Usually comic conventions happen in larger cities like San Francisco or San Jose. SVCC was happening HERE, in Salinas. I’ve been a vendor at both prior events. I saw families showing up with their kids, all ages cosplay, and local talent being spot-lighted. They all shared an enthusiasm for comics. This is what needs to happen here in our community: people coming together over comics.”

Tickets are available online through EventBrite and range from $5 for a one day children’s ticket to $25 for a two-day pass.

About the National Steinbeck Center
The National Steinbeck Center opened in 1998 as the only museum in the world solely dedicated to the life, works, and legacy of John Steinbeck. Located in Salinas, California the National Steinbeck Center is situated in the heart of Steinbeck Country and the sites and sounds immortalized in dozens of Steinbeck's novels.

Eric Mora
Marketing Coordinator
National Steinbeck Center
Salinas, CA 93901

Indie Folk/Rock Band Cranky George Featuring Actor Dermot Mulroney to Release Latest Video, Single “Misery Road”

“Misery Road”will be released November 18 and is the second single from the band’s debut full length album Fat Lot of Good, available now!

Los Angeles, CA, November 15, 2016 – “Misery Road,” the latest video and single from Los Angeles-based indie folk/rock band Cranky George, will be released on November 18. The song is the second single from the groups debut full-length album ‘Fat Lot of Good,’ following September’s release of the first single “Nighttime.” “Misery Road” features co-founder and actor Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding, current CBS series Pure Genius) on vocals and co-founder of both Cranky George and The Pogues, James Fearnley on accordion.

Cranky George describes “Misery Road” as “a song with a country flair” and says the song wears its “emotions on the sleeve.” The lyrics, sung by Dermot Mulroney, center around “a love affair gone wrong and a man leaving town to find answers” and the music video continues to explore this theme with a narrative following a man struggling with his love life and jumping in his car to escape. All of this action – including the band performing in a junkyard – is “set against a toe-tapping beat, led by a hooky accordion line.”

Recorded over a span of five years at bassist/producer Brad Wood’s Seagrass Studio, Cranky George’s debut full-length album Fat Lot of Good tips music from the bucket that dredges the confluence of the Danube, the Shannon and the Missouri. The album embraces fourteen songs, individually divergent, but which together ply a course from haven, round horn and back to harbor, by means of lullaby, torch song, sea shanty and murder ballad – an album which, with compassion, irony, humor and sometimes horror, tells stories of desire, love, loss, cruelty, ruination and pity. The music on the record, while diverse, features common threads such as Cranky George’s signature folk-inspired instrumentation – including accordion, violin, mandolin, acoustic guitars and ukuleles. Fat Lot of Good is available now via major digital outlets, on CD, and in a 450-copy limited edition double vinyl.

About Cranky George:
Los Angeles based Cranky George has brought together members and musical styles from both sides of the Atlantic to create a unique take on folk-influenced indie rock that is as special and diverse as the members themselves.

James Fearnley, co- founder and accordionist for the London-Irish folk-punk band, The Pogues, and the Mulroney brothers, Kieran and Dermot, siblings from a large, Irish-American family from Alexandria, VA, first came together as neighbors in Hollywood, California. While both of the Mulroney siblings are known for their work on and behind the screen with movies, they are both classically trained musicians; Dermot on the cello, mandolin, and guitar and Kieran on violin, ukulele, and tenor guitar. In 1994, they formed the LA based band, The Low and Sweet Orchestra, which released an acclaimed record, Goodbye to All That, on Interscope Records in 1996. After The Low and Sweet Orchestra split, both Mulroney brothers and Fearnley formed the Cranky George Trio.

During this time, Brad Wood, who has produced records for artist from the likes of The Bangles, Ben Lee, Pete Yorn, and Veruca Salt, was added on bass. To round out the new line up of Cranky George, Sebastian Sheehan Visconti, a sound designer and sound effects editor who notably worked on the television series The Muppets and The Flash, joined on percussion. After five years of work, Cranky George’s full-length debut – Fat Lot of Good – is available now. Dermot Mulroney and other band members are available for interviews about the group.

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See Cranky George Live:
November 19 – Molly Malone’s – Los Angeles
December 3 – Molly Malone’s – Los Angeles

For more information, to request an interview, or for a review copy of ‘Fat Lot of Good’ or “Misery Road”

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
PO Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093