Monday, May 14, 2012

Coventry Lions Club Announces 3rd Annual Chester County Blues Barbecue

The Coventry Lions Club is proud to announce that the 2012 Chester County Blues Barbecue will be held at Wyndsor Farm on June 9th. This year’s event offers the blues enthusiast an opportunity to hear both national and local blues acts in an idyllic, family oriented setting.

This year’s event is being held in conjunction with the Thorncroft Equestrian Center and will benefit both Thorncroft’s therapeutic equestrian programs and Lions Club programs to assist disadvantaged and visually impaired in the local community.

The barbecue headliner, Gary Allegretto is a highly acclaimed, internationally touring Bluesman from Los Angeles - originally born in Delaware. Blues Revue magazine calls Gary “…one of the best harp players you'll hear”. He is not only one of the hottest Blues artists in the country, with a long list of awards and accolades, but also a humanitarian who provides harmonicas and music therapy to kids with special challenges worldwide through his nonprofit organization Harmonikids (

Come ready to dance, because Gary will rock the house (pasture) 'til the cows come home... literally!

Other acts include Pennsylvania blues veterans, Midnight Shift and The Roger Girke Band. Their names are familiar to area blues fans but their reputations as extend far beyond the Keystone State. Midnight Shift“…infuses the best elements of rockabilly, rock and blues that would keep any dance floor bopping until it drops. ” ( Greg Szalony/Blues Blast Magazine). And the Roger Girke band has been a leader in the Philadelphia and Delaware blues scene since 1978 – they continue to evolve each year with a solid mix of contemporary and traditional blues.

This is the third year for the Chester County Blues Barbecue – it was an instant success at its inception in 2010 and has raised over $20,000 to fund equipment the Lions Club’s KidSight program which provides early vision testing for preschool children in Chester and Berks County.

The barbecue is held in the picturesque horse pastures of Wyndsor Farm – with the bands playing on a natural raised stage area. A wide range of food and spirits are available from local vendors and civic organizations.

In the words of the Coventry Lions club member and local blues musician, Ray Bentley , “The blues are a uniquely American genre, the foundation for almost everything you hear on the radio today - it cuts across generational boundaries…there is a certain joy to hearing it played outdoors by musicians who truly enjoy performing, we’re glad to offer our guests a chance to do that while helping out some great causes”.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit .

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jaxon Film Fest Preview Party, March 17. 2012

Join us this coming Saturday, March 17 at the Carnegie Branch Library (that's the main library in downtown Jackson ) for our very first Jaxon Film Fest Preview Party. The library is located at 244 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI 49201.

Watch movies and voice your opinion regarding movies, features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, ad infinitum, we receive and whether you think they are strong enough and good enough to appear in the upcoming Jaxon Film Fest, scheduled September 29, 2012. Your opinion matters.

This Preview Party starts at 10:00 AM and runs until whenever. Admission is FREE. As this is our very first such party, we will see whether food and drink are allowed.

This coming Saturday we will Preview independent writer/ director/ producer David Spaltro's newest release "Things I Don't Understand." David Spaltro grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the Hudson from New York City. He graduated with a BFA in Directing at the School of Visual Arts in 2005. After a few years of traveling abroad and working as an editor he wrote, directed and produced his first feature film "...Around" in 2007. A love-letter to NYC and part auto-biography of his time at film school, "...Around" made the rounds on the festival circuit to much critical acclaim and found release through Cinetic Media online, VOD and on Netflix in 2009. It had it's television debut on PB on Christmas Day in 2010. Spaltro wrapped his second feature film, the drama-comedy "Things I Don't Understand" he also wrote, directed and produced in 2011. Adapting the biography "Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons"

Trivia Regarding David Spaltro
Financed his first feature "...Around", a semi-autobiographical tale of attending school in New York City while living out of Penn Station.

Lived and taught English for six months in Korea in 2006 where he both helped design a language and SAT prep program and wrote the first draft of a screenplay for what would become his first feature "...Around" (then called "Two More Years").

Worked as an editor on a behind the scenes feature for "Where the Wilds Things Are".

Avid boxer and has trained in several forms of fighting and defense including Akido, Brazilian Jui Jitsu, Tae Kwan Do and Wushu.