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Museum of History: Author David McCullough Is Coming to Raleigh

AN EVENING WITH DAVID MCCULLOUGH RALEIGH, NC March 25, 2015 - Widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history,” author David McCullough has received both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award (two times each), as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

David McCullough portrait courtesy of William McCullough.

David McCullough portrait courtesy of William McCullough.

The distinguished writer will share the lessons on leadership he learned while researching his latest work, The Wright Brothers. Hear him during An Evening With David McCullough on Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at Fletcher Opera Theater at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.

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The evening is presented and sponsored by the N.C. Museum of History Foundation and the Raleigh News & Observer, title sponsors of the event. Additional sponsors are First Tennessee Bank, Goodnight Educational Foundation, The Sherrill Fund, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth B. Howard, Smith Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Hoch Jr. and Northwestern Mutual.
The Wright Brothers book cover image courtesy of Simon & Schuster.

The Wright Brothers book cover image courtesy of Simon & Schuster.

General admission is $35 (balcony); $50 (orchestra); and $75 (box seats). Taxes and fees apply. Contact Ticketmaster (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com/venue/115203) or visit the Duke Energy Center Box Office on Wilmington Street. McCullough’s other books include The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris; 1776; and John Adams, which was published in 2001 and remains one of the most praised and widely read American biographies of all time. For information about the N.C. Museum of History, call 919-807-7900 or access www.ncmuseumofhistory.org or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or YouTube.   About the N.C. Museum of History The N.C. Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum collects and preserves artifacts of North Carolina history and educates the public on the history of the state and the nation through exhibits and educational programs. Each year more than 300,000 people visit the museum to see some of the 150,000 artifacts in the museum collection. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella. Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, State Historic Sites, and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state, developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities. NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives of North Carolina. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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Culture Club coming to Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, NC

Outback Concerts Presents

CULTURE CLUB

Culture Club

Culture Club

Tuesday · August 11 · 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for Koka Booth Amphitheatre Events

Tickets on Sale Friday, March 27 at 10 a.m.

(Ticket Limit 8 per person)

  ~ Reserved/$65 General Admission Lawn/ $35 (Price increases to $40 day of show) Reserved Table Seats/$50~   Tickets can be purchased at Booth Amphitheatre (Monday - Friday, noon - 6 p.m.) or through etix.com. By phone call (800) 514-3849 Etix hours: Monday-Friday/ 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. EST Saturday/10 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST & Sunday/12 p.m. – 8 p.m. EST   For complete concert information go to www.boothamphitheatre.com or call (919) 462-2025. About SMG Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 130 accounts worldwide.

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VAN HALEN announces North American tour including two stops in North Carolina

Van Halen to tour North America Summer/Fall 2015 - Van Halen to Perform March 30 on Hollywood Boulevard for ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ In Rare Television Concert Appearance - - Songs from the Concert to Air March 30 and March 31 - Van Halen - Live on Tour In celebration of a 2015 Summer/Fall North American Tour, VAN HALEN will perform a special concert for Jimmy Kimmel Live March 30 on Hollywood Boulevard. Featuring some of the band’s essential rock and roll classics, the concert will be broadcast over two nights, March 30 and March 31, on the late night talk show and marks VAN HALEN's first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central time on ABC.

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VAN HALEN is touring North America beginning July 5 in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheatre, with concerts scheduled through October 2 in Los Angeles, California at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will support all dates along the tour.   VAN HALEN will play Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Raleigh on September 9 and PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte on Friday September 11.  Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning April 3 at www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.   The special Hollywood Boulevard concert will be a hit-heavy set of songs featured on TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT, the first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan, TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT includes 23 songs spanning all seven of the band’s albums with Roth. It is being released as a double CD, four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl and digitally beginning March 31, 2015. Fans who pre-order TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT before its March 31 release date through Amazon and digitally at iTunes will instantly receive downloads of “Panama,” “Runnin’ With The Devil,”  “Jump” and “Hot For Teacher.” Also being released beginning March 31 are remastered versions of Van Halen and 1984, with remastered versions of Diver Down, Women and Children First, Van Halen II and Fair Warning due out later this spring. Each album has been cut straight from the quarter-inch tapes for CD, 180-gram vinyl and for the digital version by mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums for Bernie Grundman Studios, Hollywood, CA. These albums are being released beginning March 31 with pre-orders available now through Amazon and iTunes now.   Jimmy Kimmel Live is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format. Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers. Jason Schrift, Douglas DeLuca and Erin Irwin serve as co-executive producers. Emmy Award®-winning Jimmy Kimmel Live is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios. (CLOSED-CAPTIONED)   Enjoy Jimmy Kimmel Live on the web at www.abc.com/JimmyKimmeLive and at www.youtube/JimmyKimmelLive. Artwork is available on www.abcmedianet.com and on Facebook.com/JimmyKimmelLive; Twitter @JimmyKimmel #Kimmel   Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, VAN HALEN changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album and subsequently produced a repertoire of hits that remain some of the strongest and most influential rock songs ever written that fans will admire for decades to come. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, and more No. 1 hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart than any other artist, the band's record of achievement is hard to top. The eponymous debut album and 1984 were both certified Diamond, for U.S. sales in excess of 10 million, placing them on an elite short list of double RIAA-certified Diamond Award honorees. VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.   Go to http://van-halen.com/ for updates and more information.   Van Halen logoVAN HALEN 2015 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR: All dates, cities and venues subject to change.  
Sunday, July 5 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
Tuesday, July 7 Portland, OR Amphitheater Northwest
Thursday, July 9 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
Saturday, July 11 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
Tuesday, July 14 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Thursday, July 16 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Saturday, July 18 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Monday, July 20 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Wednesday, July 22 Kansas City, MO Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Friday, July 24 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sunday, July 26 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tuesday, July 28 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Thursday, July 30 Bangor, ME Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
Saturday, August 1 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
Monday, August 3 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
Wednesday, August 5 London, ON Western Fair District
Friday, August 7 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Sunday, August 9 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Tuesday, August 11 Hartford, CT Xfinity Center
Thursday, August 13 Wantagh, NY Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
Sunday, August 23 Hershey, PA Hershey Park
Tuesday, August 25 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Thursday, August 27 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Saturday, August 29 Washington DC Jiffy Lube Live
Monday, August 31 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Wednesday, September 2 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
Friday, September 4 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sunday, September 6 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Wednesday, September 9 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Friday, September 11 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Sunday, September 13 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tuesday, September 15 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Thursday, September 17 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Monday, September 21 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
Wednesday, September 23 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
Friday, September 25 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Monday, September 28 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Wednesday, September 30 San Diego, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Friday, October 2 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

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Summerland Tour 2015: Everclear * Fuel * Toadies * American Hi-Fi at Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte

Summerland Tour 2015

Summerland Tour 2015 - Everclear

EVERCLEAR * FUEL * TOADIES * AMERICAN HI-FI

Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte - Saturday June 13

  COLUMBIA, SC March 24, 2015 - 2015 marks the return of Summerland Tour, with Everclear, Fuel, Toadies, and American Hi-Fi, to Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte on Saturday June 13. Tickets go on sale Friday March 27 at 10am at LiveNation.com, via the Live Nation app, at the Fillmore Charlotte box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.   About Everclear: As familiar as the sound of a jet engine and as visceral as a ride on a speeding motorcycle, Everclear is heavier, darker and more balls-to-the-wall than ever before.  And frontman Art Alexakis has never been happier. Bombastic, hard-driving, generation-spanning rock n’ roll with instantly memorable, sharp-as-hell hooks propel Everclear’s new studio album, Black Is The New Black. Muscular but melodic, this is the sound of a band driven and united by singular, intense purpose. At an average of three-minutes each, the songs rip forward with palpable swagger, supercharged by a mix of autobiographical exorcism and narrative storytelling, from the gut and throat of Everclear’s singer, guitarist, cofounder and songwriter. “Hard rock, punk rock, big guitars that swallow me whole – I will never get over that,” says Alexakis, without apology or equivocation. “And this is a very honest recording.   No gimmicks. Not many bells and whistles. All the riffs on this record are things that really just resonated with me and the band, musically and lyrically - from the get-go.” Black Is The New Black is a diverse and timeless sounding collection, without ballads and without nostalgia.  This is a heavy guitar record. It’s a throwback to the potent passion and urgent delivery of Everclear’s heralded  indie debut (recorded for just $400 back in the day!) and subsequent major label classics, delivered through a modern lens. Across the album, the insistent kick of drummer Sean Winchester, athletic groove of bassist Freddy Herrera, and ridiculously skilled guitar shred of Davey French join forces behind the storm of giant guitar riffs swinging mightily from song to song. A bit of tasteful keyboards from Josh Crawley add atmospheric punch to songs that could crush a tiny dive bar or destroy the cheap seats in the world’s biggest arena with equal force. Everclear’s ninth studio album pummels from the get-go, with “Sugar Noise.” It’s an album opener with the same immediacy, and the same immersive feeling, of Rolling Stones “Rocks Off” or Pixies’ “Debaser.”  Anchored by a single-note riff, akin to ZZ Top or Jimi Hendrix on meth, it’s a tale of a guy who gets lost in the wilderness of substances. “It's about someone who ends up in the backseat of a dead guy's car. It's not something that's happened to me,” the singer points out. “But I could see it happening, if I ever chose to walk back over that line.” If a probe went to space, full of data on human history intended for a distant civilization, the Everclear section of the rock n’ roll music volume would surely kickoff with “The Man Who Broke His Own Heart,” a song that manages to encapsulate the spirited essence of everything that makes this band great. Confidence, selfdeprecation,  recrimination, and redemption all collide in the barnstorming rock radio anthem. The brutal kiss-off called “This Is Your Death Song” sugarcoats its confrontational vibe in soaring melodies, delivered with Alexakis’ steady and immediately identifiable voice. “I like the way that trouble rises to the top,” he sings in “American Monster.” “It makes my bitter life a little more sweet.” This album swings. But it also bites. “This is not an upbeat Everclear record. It’s pretty dark, lyrically and musically,” the band’s singer/guitarist explains. “When I would sit down with the guitar and start coming up with ideas, it was pushing toward a darker place. Which is kind of bizarre because right now things are really good! I feel safe enough to go to the dark places. And trust me, there's plenty of dark places in me. I've never had a shortage of that.” Alexakis has been candid about his past. His dad split when he was young. He and his mother lived in housing projects. He lost those closest to him to drugs and suicide and nearly lost himself in both, as well. This isn’t the stuff of VH1’s Behind The Music – this is the man’s life pre-music, a life he’s cracked open and explored in his art. It’s there in the “Heroin Girl,” from the band’s platinum commercial breakthrough, Sparkle and Fade. The double platinum So Much for the Afterglow produced enduring radio staples like “I Will Buy You A New Life” and “Father of Mine,” as ubiquitous on the radio now as then. A combination of the same classic ‘70s rock that drives Foo Fighters or Queens Of The Stone Age and the melodic punk that inspired Nirvana, Everclear emerged on the pop culture landscape as part of the wave The Pixies and Husker Dü ushered in, a time when abrasive guitars aligned with naked emotional expression to beat back the scourge of vapidity. Everclear shifted the culture alongside bands like Smashing Pumpkins, The Toadies and Weezer; all diverse acts who shared a forceful authenticity. “I’m learning to balance those dark places,” Alexakis says thoughtfully. “I am learning to respect them, but also, to keep them in their place.” Everclear’s frontman is 25 years clean-and-sober, with a wealth of darkness to stare into, but a perspective earned through experience, a healthy home life and a kickass band. Alexakis would write riffs and entire songs alone, then kick them around with fellow California residents Herrera and Crawley. The trio recorded with Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland (who coproduced with Alexakis, who has produced every other Everclear album before) in a studio owned by the band LIVE, with Alexakis tracking the vast majority of the guitars himself for the first time since 2003’s Slow Motion Daydream. French and Crawley came in from the Pacific Northwest to add their flavor to the album, too. It’s hard to imagine a singer digging deeper or offering up more vulnerability than on “You,” another Black Is The New Black song that’s quintessential Everclear: a juxtaposition of extremely personal sensitivities with massive riffs and a rhythm that hammers away. Two decades into a storied career with zero signs of slowing down, Alexakis reckons he will always draw upon the same mojo that first inspired him to play.  “I will be 98 years old and pissing off my great grandkids,” he predicts, with a hearty laugh. “’Grandpa is playing that horrible, loud music again!’ I’ll probably be deaf as a doornail by then, too, so I’ll be playing it really loud.  It’s a rock n’ roll thing.” “I think you’re born with it,” he concludes. “And I think you die with it, too.”   About Fuel: Fuel formed in 1993 while playing the club circuit in and around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The band signed to Sony Records and in 1998 released their critically lauded, debut album Sunburn with the massive hit single “Shimmer”. Their second album Something Like Human took the band to a new level of stardom, hitting multi-platinum status driven by the singles “Innocent” and “Hemorrhage”, which remained at #1 for ten weeks. In 2003 Fuel released their third record Natural Selection, and found success at radio again with the hit song “Falls On Me”. At that point the band had sold over 3.5 million records in the U.S alone, and had scored a trio of releases with top five singles. The band had headlined its own sold out tours, as well as supporting the likes of Aerosmith and Kid Rock. But even what seems like the best of circumstances can prove to be difficult and unhappy with the direction and lack of unity inside the band, Brett Scallions amicably parted ways with Fuel in 2004. During his time away from Fuel, Brett continued to write music and toured with Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger of the Doors.  “When I left Fuel I was miserable, it did not feel like a band anymore,” says Brett, continuing: “Unity was non-existent. Performing those amazing Doors songs with two legends, who are two of the architects of that sound was eye opening, life changing, and opened a whole new perspective on music and life. I realized much music is about freedom, and not being confined to formats.” The new decade, some life lessons, and 8 years away from the band he helped create and always loved, gave Brett a new desire to re-launch Fuel. Armed with guitarist Andy Andersson, drummer Shannon Boone, and Shinedown bassist Brad Stewart, the new lineup took to the road to reignite “Fuelies”, as their loyal fans are known. Fuel played to packed halls, sweaty rock clubs, and on festivals bills throughout the United States. The “Fuelies” wanted more, and they got it! In 2014 Fuel released Puppet Strings, on MRI/Red. Catapulted by the first single, the driving, hypnotic “Soul To Preach To”, the album entered the Billboard rock charts at #1.  The fans spoke loud and clear to the band and “Cold Summer” became the second single. The Fuelies were right, as “Cold Summer” became a staple on rock radio cracking the top 20 at rock radio throughout the summer, with a video that is a classic throw back to when rock videos were fun. “Rock n Roll is very much alive on this record,” says Scallions, “Fuel is fully reignited, and it feels like we are just getting started.”   About Toadies: Looking over his shoulder at Rubberneck, the Toadies’ platinum-selling 1994 debut, drummer Mark Reznicek is reflective. “Hard to believe it’s been 20 years,” he says. “It seems like yesterday. But, at the same time, it was a lifetime ago.” The songs on Rubberneck are fearless, literate and visceral. Their protagonists are perceived as anti-heroes: stalkers, serial killers and religious zealots (some are all three). Certainly, they’re not your average, accessible radio fodder. Well, the Toadies weren’t concerned about that. “We didn’t even have singles in mind,” Reznicek says. “Or the idea of even possibly getting on the radio. We didn’t think that would ever happen.” But “Possum Kingdom” remains a radio staple even today – and “Backslider” and “Tyler” still pop up. It’s because raw expression makes for  the most powerful art. The Toadies remain raw. Vaden Todd Lewis still sings as though he’s on the precipice of insanity, clinging tenaciously but perhaps already plummeting. Lewis’s and Clark Vogeler’s guitars rip and tear like thick fingernails at supple flesh. Reznicek and bass player Doni Blair (who joined the band in 2008) fuel the fury with relentless, seething rhythm. When these sounds and those images and themes mix, the effect is pure adrenaline. The manic, chugging-choogling strains of Rubberneck’s opening instrumental salvo “Mexican Hairless” run pell-mell into the equally breakneck “Mister Love,” a backhanded plea for salvation. The pace slows, a little, for “Backslider,” where a father drowns his nine-year-old son in deliverance. And then “Possum Kingdom,” the Toadies’ notoriously creepy megahit, slows things down again with a dangerous antihero’s offer of a different salvation. In just these four songs, Rubberneck leaves the listener feeling fed. The songs are meaty, with much to chew on: images to parse, significances to consider, guitar riffs and drum parts to mime. It continues for seven more tracks – including fan favorites like “Tyler” and “I Come From The Water” – and leaves you satisfied and a little uncomfortable. It’s the same with every spin of Rubberneck. That’s why it endures. And it’s why the Toadies, with their current label Kirtland Records, and the blessing of original label Interscope Records, are reissuing Rubberneck – remastered and beefed up with five unreleased tracks from the same era – for a new generation. Rubberneck’s staying power breeds new fans to go along with the Toadies’ early-adopters, whose faith never flagged even as the band struggled to release new music. When their would-be second album languished on the label shelf, they circulated demos and bought tickets. Even when a different second album, 2001’s Hell Below/Stars Above, fared poorly and the Toadies broke up, the fans’ steadfast evangelism continued. “These are fans from when Rubberneck first came out,” Reznicek says. “They’ve turned their younger siblings, and their kids, on to us. We see them all the time – whole families wearing Toadies shirts. It’s pretty cool.” A one-off show in Dallas in 2006 became a full-fledged reunion. The Toadies have since steadily built momentum. A third album, No Deliverance, came in 2008 and saw the band playing Lollapalooza. The heretofore-lost album, Feeler, finally materialized in 2010. A new album, Play.Rock.Music came out in 2012. Tours followed each release. The band’s annual Dia de Los Toadies festival – at which the likes of Gary Clark Jr., Ben Kweller, Centro-matic, Sarah Jaffe, The Sword and Black Joe Lewis have appeared, grows each year. Today the Toadies – and their magnum opus – are stronger than ever. Rubberneck’s new master makes it an even more striking listen. “Three of the five songs were actually recorded during same sessions,” Reznicek says. In their customary position at the end of the original sequence, these tunes actually sound as though they’re not bonuses. The loping “Run In With Dad,” where titular fanatic catches his son fornicating, could fit right in between “Backslider” and “Possum Kingdom.” Likewise “Stop It,” which is actually a Pylon cover – it wouldn’t be so out of place between “Tyler” and “Happyface.” The instrumental unfinished demo “Rockfish,” (part of which was used to create “Waterfall” from Feeler) could make a nice bookend with “Mexican Hairless.” The other rarities, Rubberneck-era live takes of “Possum Kingdom” and “Tyler” are snapshots of a band in original form. Of course, with 20 years and thousands of shows behind them, the Toadies sound even better. On the road in 2014, supported by the Supersuckers and Battleme, the Toadies will pay tribute to their fans’ support by playing Rubberneck start-to-finish. “I honestly cannot wait to get onstage in front of these fans and play the album front to back,” says Vogeler. “I've been looking forward to it for years and, after this anniversary tour, I can’t imagine that we’ll ever do it again.” Lewis is likewise stoked. “Performing these songs will never get old for me so long as I'm able to look out and see smiling, sweaty faces looking back,” says Lewis. The Toadies will also have vinyl copies of Rubberneck at the merch table. It’s a fitting celebration that the band can now toast with their new signature beer (brewed by fellow Texans as Martin House Brewing), aptly dubbed Rubberneck Red. And there’s loads more to look forward to in 2014 – including a new album due this Fall. “It’s gonna be our ‘chill set’ that we play on the first night of Dia de Los Toadies,” says Reznicek. “Acoustic, stripped-down versions of our songs. Probably some new songs, some previously unreleased songs and some new covers.” Recording is currently underway with Rob Schnapf, one of Rubberneck’s original producers. And there’ll be more where that came from. “[The Toadies] has been a hell of a lot of hard work,” says Lewis, “but also a hell of a lot of fun. And it continues to be every time we take the stage.”   About American Hi-Fi: Blood & Lemonade is American Hi-Fi’s fourth full length and their first since 2010’s Fight the Frequency. Featuring the “Golden State” and other notables “Allison” and “Armageddon Days,” the record wholly embraces the sound and spirit of classic, balls-to-the-wall, guitar rock mixed with the power pop sensibilities that lead to their worldwide smash “Flavor of The Weak.” Blood & Lemonade was released worldwide on September 16th via Rude Records. In support of the record, the band performed a special one-off at London’s famed 100 Club, which sold out quickly after being announced. The band also performed select shows in Los Angeles, New York City, and Boston in support of the album’s release.

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Special Guest Joan Osborne joins MerleFest 2015 Hillside Album Hour

WILKESBORO, NC March 24, 2015MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 23-26, will host artist Joan Osborne as special guest lead vocalist for this year’s Hillside Album Hour. The Hillside Album Hour – where a revered or iconic album is performed live from start to finish – has become one of the most anticipated regular performances at the yearly festival. Festival favorite The Waybacks will be producing the Saturday afternoon event at the Hillside Stage for the eighth consecutive year and are excited about their upcoming Album Hour reunion with Osborne.

Joan Osborne

Joan Osborne

"I can’t talk about Joan without gushing a little – everyone in the band is a long-time fan," says The Waybacks' lead guitarist and vocalist, James Nash. “She brings so many influences to the table: deep currents of Appalachia alongside gin-soaked blues, soul, all kinds of rock. A perfect match for a mixed- up band like The Waybacks! We've got a little history going with collaborations at MerleFest, as well as symphonic productions in Chattanooga and Philadelphia, and it's such a thrill to be back on the Hillside together again." Joan Osborne with Jim Nash An annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, MerleFest will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The full MerleFest 2015 lineup is viewable at www.MerleFest.org/lineup. Widely known for her mega-hit, “One of Us,” singer/songwriter Osborne delivers soulful R&B, rock sounds and folk sounds. She has connected with a large and loyal fanbase, which grew significantly after Osborne toured as part of the 1997 edition of Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair tour. Osborne also received numerous Grammy nominations in both 1996 and 1997. She is currently a member of Trigger Hippy, composed of Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, session guitarist Tom Bukovac, singer Joan Osborne, singer/songwriter and Black Crowes guitarist Jackie Greene and bassist Nick Govrik. Trigger Hippy released its self-titled debut album in September. As is the tradition for the Hillside Album Hour, the album being performed is a closely guarded secret until the show begins. Over the years, the HAH has showcased the albums “Led Zeppelin II;” The Rolling Stones’ “Sticky Fingers;” The Beatles’ “Abbey Road;” “Eat A Peach” by The Allman Brothers Band; “Are You Experienced” by Jimi Hendrix; “Before the Flood,” the classic 1974 live double album from Bob Dylan and The Band; and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s landmark 1970 album “Déjà Vu.” Osborne was the special guest lead vocalist for HAH 2011’s “Eat A Peach” performance; The Waybacks have also recruited the talents of such artists as Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Susan Tedeschi, Mike Farris, Sam Bush, Rob Ickes, John Cowan, Jerry Douglas, Jim Lauderdale and many others. The band has stated that selecting an album each year is both a fun and challenging process. In an interview last year, Michael Nash, manager of The Waybacks, who helps plan the top secret annual set, said, “Once we do decide on something, we begin to drop hints in regular intervals leading up to the show. As the years have gone by, we've found that we've had to make those harder and harder, as there are a lot of pretty sharp HAH fans out there. We love how people have taken to the adventure." In the coming weeks, The Waybacks will announce additional guests for the Hillside Album Hour, as well as provide clues about this year’s album. Fans can post their guesses or join the discussion at the “2015 Hillside Album Hour Guess-A-Thon” Facebook page. Tickets for MerleFest 2015 may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. An early bird ticket discount will run through April 22, 2015, in addition to gate pricing. MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of "traditional plus" music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

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Wheels of Soul 2015 Summer Tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Outback Concerts and Flat 5 Productions Present

Wheels of Soul 2015 Summer Tour - Tedeschi Trucks Band

Wheels of Soul 2015 Summer Tour Tedeschi Trucks Band

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “with special guest” Doyle Bramhall II

Koka Booth Amphitheatre - 15 Years 2001-2015 Saturday · July 18 · 6:30 p.m.   Tickets on Sale Friday, March 27 at 10 a.m. (Ticket limit 8 per person)   ~ Reserved Seats/$75, Reserved Table Seats/$75 General Admission Lawn/$44.50 4-Pack of General Admission Lawn ticket - $125 Kids 12 and under free on the lawn ~   Tickets can be purchased at Booth Amphitheatre (Monday - Friday, noon - 6 p.m.) or through etix.com. By phone call (800) 514-3849 Etix hours: Monday-Friday/ 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. EST Saturday/10 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST & Sunday/12 p.m. – 8 p.m. EST   For complete concert information go to www.boothamphitheatre.com or call (919) 462-2025.   About SMG Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 130 accounts worldwide.

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REVISED: Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum to host Underwater Heritage Symposium: A Salute to Pioneers of Diving

HATTERAS, NC March 20, 2015 – The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will be hosting the 2015 Underwater Heritage Symposium that will showcase significant members of the diving community. The symposium will take place on April 10 & 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   During the two-day symposium, The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will formally honor several divers who have impacted their profession through their passion for diving, documenting shipwrecks, lecturing and authoring books on their experiences, and mentoring new divers in the field.

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum plans to honor several divers who have impacted their profession.  (Courtesy of Jim Bunch)

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum plans to honor several divers who have impacted their profession. (Courtesy of Jim Bunch)

Join The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum as they explore our underwater heritage through presentations by twelve dive professionals, view artifacts from a private collection, meet the experts, hear about their amazing adventures, and have books signed at this exciting event.   “We owe a great deal to those early divers who took an active interest in historic shipwrecks and saw them as an irreplaceable part of our collective national and international heritage,” said North Carolina Maritime Museums Executive Director, Joseph K. Schwarzer. “It is important that all sectors, public and private, continue to work together to preserve, explore and interpret these irreplaceable cultural resources,” he said.   Speakers for the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Underwater Heritage Symposium: Gary Gentile - The author of 62 books, Gentile has published over 3,500 photographs and discovered more than 40 shipwrecks. He has done more than 2,500 dives, of which 1,867 were decompression dives. Of the thousands of decompression dives that Gentile has made, 200 of them were on the Grand Dame of the Sea: the Andrea Doria. Jim Bunch - During the mid-1970s, Bunch became interested in the U-85 saga and has since made more than 1000 dives to the site photographing and exploring the submarine, which was the first German U-boat sunk by a United States warship after America's entry into WWII. His two books, Diving the U-85 and U-85 A Shadow in the Sea, a Diver's Reflections, have enticed and encouraged many divers to visit this famous shipwreck. Robert “Bobby” Purifoy - Certified to dive at the age of twelve, Bobby has spent most of his life in and out of the water. Bobby is captain of the 65 foot Olympus, where he originally worked as first mate alongside his father, George. A graduate of East Carolina University and a NAUI Instructor, Bobby is also an accomplished spear fisherman and underwater photographer. He has also written several articles for Wreck Diver Magazine. Larry Cox - Owner of Blue Region Scuba, Inc. of Greenville, NC and Blue Region Imaging. He’s been diving for 56 years with the last 35 off the NC coast. Larry has been awarded the Platinum Pro 5000 Award that only an elite group of divers has achieved. Joe Poe - A member of the first civilian team to dive on the USS Monitor in 1990, Poe’s, photographs were selected by NOAA to illustrate its report to Congress on the Monitor's condition prior to recovery projects and his photos and articles on the USS Monitor and other North Carolina shipwrecks. Pam Malec Landrum - An avid diver familiar with the shipwrecks of the acclaimed Graveyard of the Atlantic, Landrum has been a NAUI Scuba Instructor for twenty years. She operates Roanoke Island Outfitters in Manteo. Landrum is also an accomplished kayaker and the author of Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina. Matt Landrum – Landrum has been a dive boat captain for more than 10 and is also an NAUI instructor and a boat builder. He grew up in Rodanthe diving on the wrecks in the 70s. Marc Corbett - is a diver and historical shipwreck researcher living and working on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He is currently putting together a book on the near shore wrecks of North Carolina. Capt. Bill Palmer - As owner and operator of Thunderfish Charters of Mystic, Connecticut and Point Judith, Rhode Island, Capt. Palmer is an avid shipwreck diver, videographer, historical enthusiast and author. He is a wreck diver sport pioneer with over 40 years’ experience. Palmer produced many historical shipwreck videos and is the author of The Last Battle of the Atlantic: The Sinking of the U-853. Ann Sommers – Along with her husband, Dave, Sommers owns and operates a dive charter Dive Hatteras, LLC in Cape Hatteras. Their boat, Lion’s Paw, was named for the prolific scallop that is widely found on Hatteras wrecks. When not diving in Hatteras waters, Ann is a senior manager at General Dynamics in Northern Virginia. Capt. Dave Sommers - An active shipwreck diver, Capt. Sommers has been exploring and documenting the shipwrecks off the North Carolina coast for over 30 years. Captain Sommers and his wife Ann, also an experienced diver, operate Dive Hatteras, LLC, a business providing dive charter services from Hatteras, NC. Capt. JT Barker - As a licensed captain for over 24 years, Capt. Barker started running dive trips in 1994. He has dived and led trips to many prestigious sites including Andre Doria, E.M. Clark, Bow Mariner, USS Monitor and the famous wrecks of the Billy Mitchell fleet, which includes the German battle ship Ostfriesland 380ft and Light Cruiser Frankfurt 420ft. Capt. JT is presently exploring new wrecks while also running dive charters.   For more information, call 252-986-2995 or email maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov.  Visit the website at www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.   The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is located at 59200 Museum Dr., Hatteras, NC 27943.  From April through mid-October, hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From mid-October through March, hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.      

Symposium Agenda

  April 10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.   Diving and History of the WWII Wrecks off the NC Coast Larry Cox   Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock : Is there A Ticking Bomb In Your Garage? Joe Poe   Past, Present and Future: 30 years of Diving on Northern OBX Dive Sites, Pam Malec Landrum, Matt Landrum   Diamond Shoals Shipwrecks Gary Gentile   Wreck of the SS Andrew Johnson on Currituck Beach Marc Corbett   The USS Tarpon Bill Palmer   Enigma 2946 M4 Jim Bunch   April 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Diving the U-85 Jim Bunch   Wreck Diving with George Purifoy Bobby Purifoy   Battles of the USS Monitor Gary Gentile   A Salute to the Pioneers of Diving Joseph Schwarzer   Sea Shells along the Outer Banks Ann Sommers   A Dive Into History Dave Sommers   Three Wars, Three Wrecks, In Three Days JT Barker       IMAGE: The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum plans to honor several divers who have impacted their profession. (Courtesy of Jim Bunch)   About the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras is named in honor of thousands of shipwrecks that sank off North Carolina’s coast. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the state’s coastal culture and maritime history, which includes these shipwrecks, this repository of history. The vessels are the centerpiece of rich relationships to piracy, war, (Revolutionary, Civil and World Wars I and II), lifesaving, commerce and coastal living. The Museum is filled with related artifacts, which include remnants of the earliest known shipwreck found in North Carolina waters, dating to 1650, objects from the USS Monitor, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, and the Huron. From April through mid-October, hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From mid-October through March, hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. The North Carolina Maritime Museum system is comprised of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. All three museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.   About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR's mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state's history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella. Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state's communities. NCDCR's Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina's rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR's State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped. NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state's creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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Phish announces 2015 Summer Tour including Raleigh, NC

PHISH ANNOUNCES 2015 SUMMER TOUR Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Raleigh – Friday August 14 tickets

 

Run Kicks Off July 21 With Series Of West Coast Dates, Including

July 25 Show At The Forum In Los Angeles tickets

Phish Summer 2015 Tour

Online Ticket Request Period Underway For All Other Shows;

Tickets Go On Sale To General Public Beginning Saturday, April 4

  Phish’s 2015 summer tour will begin on the West Coast and include a return to Watkins Glen International in New York, where the band will stage Magnaball, its 10th festival. The run will open with two evenings at Les Schwab Amphitheatre in Bend, OR (July 21 & 22). The band will also play two-night stands in Atlanta, GA (July 31 & August 1), East Troy, WI (August 8 & 9), Philadelphia, PA (August 11 & 12) and Columbia, MD (August 15 & 16). The West Coast dates will include a July 25 show at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA.   Phish will play Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh on Friday August 14. Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, April 4 at 10am and will be available at livenation.com, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre box office, Ticketmaster and by phone 800-745-3000. An online ticket request period is currently underway for all other shows at http://tickets.phish.com/.  For details, visit http://phish.com.   For the fifth straight year, Phish will wrap up its summer outing with a trio of Labor Day weekend shows at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO (9/4 – 6).  The band will not be touring this fall.   Phish will celebrate Record Store Day with the April 18 release of its first-ever full-length live vinyl box set, New Year’s Eve 1995: Live At Madison Square Garden. The band’s three-set performance was named one of the “Greatest Concerts of the ’90s” by Rolling Stone. The deluxe six-LP collection includes previously unpublished photos from the show and an essay by author Parke Puterbaugh. The collection will be available exclusively at participating independently owned record stores across the country.   12/16/99 Reynolds Coliseum, North Carolina State, Raleigh, NC, a new archival release from Phish, is available now at LivePhish.com. Fans with a LivePhish+ subscription can stream the show from the free LivePhish App. LivePhish+ is a subscription streaming service that offers users unlimited access to the entire LivePhish catalog – including the band’s studio albums, side projects and every Phish concert from 2003 to present. For more details, visit plus.livephish.com.

For additional information on PHISH, visit: http://phish.com

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Back to the Past, with a 21st-Century Twist: Cooking with Andy Montero

ELIZABETH CITY, NC March 18, 2015 - Join the Museum of the Albemarle for the lecture series, “Back to the Past, with a 21st - Century Twist”. Andy Montero, of Montero’s Restaurant, brings his passion for “Meet. Eat. Celebrate.” to the museum with his interpretation of foods with a twenty-first century twist on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 10 a.m. For More Information Call 252-335-1453 Back to the Past - April 14, 2015 The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252)335-1453. www.museumofthealbemarle.com. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, the Museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.   About The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.   Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art; NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state; developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.   NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum to host Underwater Heritage Symposium: A Salute to Pioneers of Diving

HATTERAS, NC March 18, 2015 – The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will be hosting the 2015 Underwater Heritage Symposium that will showcase significant members of the diving community. The symposium will take place on April 10 & 11, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the two-day symposium, The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will formally honor several divers who have impacted their profession through their passion for diving, documenting shipwrecks, lecturing and authoring books on their experiences, and mentoring new divers in the field.

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Underwater Symposium Photo: Jim Bunch_Photo

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum plans to honor several divers who have impacted their profession. (Courtesy of Jim Bunch)

Join The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum as they explore our underwater heritage through presentations by twelve dive professionals, view artifacts from a private collection, meet the experts, hear about their amazing adventures, and have books signed at this exciting event. “We owe a great deal to those early divers who took an active interest in historic shipwrecks and saw them as an irreplaceable part of our collective national and international heritage,” said North Carolina Maritime Museums Executive Director, Joseph K. Schwarzer. “It is important that all sectors, public and private, continue to work together to preserve, explore and interpret these irreplaceable cultural resources,” he said. Speakers for the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Underwater Heritage Symposium: Gary Gentile - The author of 62 books, Gentile has published over 3,500 photographs and discovered more than 40 shipwrecks. He has done more than 2,500 dives, of which 1,867 were decompression dives. Of the thousands of decompression dives that Gentile has made, 200 of them were on the Grand Dame of the Sea: the Andrea Doria.   Jim Bunch - During the mid-1970s, Bunch became interested in the U-85 saga and has since made more than 1000 dives to the site photographing and exploring the submarine, which was the first German U-boat sunk by a United States warship after America's entry into WWII. His two books, Diving the U-85 and U-85 A Shadow in the Sea, a Diver's Reflections, have enticed and encouraged many divers to visit this famous shipwreck.   Robert “Bobby” Purifoy - Certified to dive at the age of twelve, Bobby has spent most of his life in and out of the water. Bobby is captain of the 65 foot Olympus, where he originally worked as first mate alongside his father, George. A graduate of East Carolina University and a NAUI Instructor, Bobby is also an accomplished spear fisherman and underwater photographer. He has also written several articles for Wreck Diver Magazine. Larry Cox - Owner of Blue Region Scuba, Inc. of Greenville, NC and Blue Region Imaging. He’s been diving for 56 years with the last 35 off the NC coast. Larry has been awarded the Platinum Pro 5000 Award that only an elite group of divers has achieved.   Joe Poe - A member of the first civilian team to dive on the USS Monitor in 1990, Poe’s, photographs were selected by NOAA to illustrate its report to Congress on the Monitor's condition prior to recovery projects and his photos and articles on the USS Monitor and other North Carolina shipwrecks.   Pam Malec Landrum - An avid diver familiar with the shipwrecks of the acclaimed Graveyard of the Atlantic, Landrum has been a NAUI Scuba Instructor for twenty years. She operates Roanoke Island Outfitters in Manteo. Landrum is also an accomplished kayaker and the author of Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina.   Matt Landrum – Landrum has been a dive boat captain for more than 10 and is also an NAUI instructor and a boat builder. He grew up in Rodanthe diving on the wrecks in the 70s.     Marc Corbett - is a diver and historical shipwreck researcher living and working on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He is currently putting together a book on the near shore wrecks of North Carolina.   Capt. Bill Palmer - As owner and operator of Thunderfish Charters of Mystic, Connecticut and Point Judith, Rhode Island, Capt. Palmer is an avid shipwreck diver, videographer, historical enthusiast and author. He is a wreck diver sport pioneer with over 40 years’ experience. Palmer produced many historical shipwreck videos and is the author of The Last Battle of the Atlantic: The Sinking of the U-853.   Ann Sommers – Along with her husband, Dave, Sommers owns and operates a dive charter Dive Hatteras, LLC in Cape Hatteras. Their boat, Lion’s Paw, was named for the prolific scallop that is widely found on Hatteras wrecks. When not diving in Hatteras waters, Ann is a senior manager at General Dynamics in Northern Virginia.   Capt. Dave Sommers - An active shipwreck diver, Capt. Sommers has been exploring and documenting the shipwrecks off the North Carolina coast for over 30 years. Captain Sommers and his wife Ann, also an experienced diver, operate Dive Hatteras, LLC, a business providing dive charter services from Hatteras, NC.   Capt. JT Barker - As a licensed captain for over 24 years, Capt. Barker started running dive trips in 1994. He has dived and led trips to many prestigious sites including Andre Doria, E.M. Clark, Bow Mariner, USS Monitor and the famous wrecks of the Billy Mitchell fleet, which includes the German battle ship Ostfriesland 380ft and Light Cruiser Frankfurt 420ft. Capt. JT is presently exploring new wrecks while also running dive charters.     For more information, call 252-986-2995 or email maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov.  Visit the website at www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.   The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is located at 59200 Museum Dr., Hatteras, NC 27943.  The museum is open Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.           Symposium Agenda   April 10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.   Diving and History of the WWII Wrecks off the NC Coast Larry Cox   Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock : Is there A Ticking Bomb In Your Garage? Joe Poe   Past, Present and Future: 30 years of Diving on Northern OBX Dive Sites, Pam Malec Landrum, Matt Landrum   Diamond Shoals Shipwrecks Gary Gentile   Wreck of the SS Andrew Johnson on Currituck Beach Marc Corbett   The USS Tarpon Bill Palmer   Enigma 2946 M4 Jim Bunch   April 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Diving the U-85 Jim Bunch   Wreck Diving with George Purifoy Bobby Purifoy   Battles of the USS Monitor Gary Gentile   A Salute to the Pioneers of Diving Joseph Schwarzer   Sea Shells along the Outer Banks Ann Sommers   A Dive Into History Dave Sommers   Three Wars, Three Wrecks, In Three Days JT Barker   About the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras is named in honor of thousands of shipwrecks that sank off North Carolina’s coast. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the state’s coastal culture and maritime history, which includes these shipwrecks, this repository of history. The vessels are the centerpiece of rich relationships to piracy, war, (Revolutionary, Civil and World Wars I and II), lifesaving, commerce and coastal living. The Museum is filled with related artifacts, which include remnants of the earliest known shipwreck found in North Carolina waters, dating to 1650, objects from the USS Monitor, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, and the Huron. The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through thru mid-October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. mid-October through March. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. The North Carolina Maritime Museum system is comprised of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. All three museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.   About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR's mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state's history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella. Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state's communities. NCDCR's Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina's rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR's State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped. NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state's creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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