Sones de Mexico Ensemble Announces Summer/Fall 2011 Tour Dates

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 14, 2011

July 16: Melrose Park, IL – Bataan Park

July 17: Long Grove, IL – Sunset Foods Pavilion on Fountain Square

July 27: Chicago, IL – Moe’s Cantina

August 6: Elgin, IL – Wing Park Band Shell

August 14: Chicago, IL – Millennium Park

August 19: Beloit, WI – Riverside Park

August 21: Des Plaines, IL – Prairie Lakes Community Center Auditorium

August 27: Bolingbrook, IL – Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex (BRAC)

August 31: Chicago, IL – Moe’s Cantina

September 1: Chicago, IL – Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden

September 16: Chicago, IL – Moe’s Cantina

September 17: Aurora, IL – North River Street Park

September 18: Waukegan, IL – The College of Lake County Lakeshore Campus

September 19: Vernon Hills, IL – The College of Lake County Southlake Campus Student Center

September 25: Grayslake, IL – The College of Lake County James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, Studio Theatre

September 27: Bethlehem, PA – The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks Campus

September 29: Castleton, VT – Castleton State College Casella Theater

September 29: Castleton, VT – Castleton State College Casella Theater

September 29: Castleton, VT – Castleton State College Casella Theater

October 8: Janesville, WI – The Janesville Performing Arts Center

October 15: Cicero, IL – The Olympic Theatre

November 5: Wilwaukee, WI – Frontier Airlines Center

November 19: Chicago, IL – Benito Juarez Community Academy Performing Arts Center

November 20: Chicago, IL – The National Museum of Mexican Art

Two-time GRAMMY Award Nominee Sones de Mexico Ensemble announces Summer/Fall 2011 tour dates and will be hitting the road in support of their latest release entitled VIVA LA REVOLUCION! The groups fifth album is an upbeat celebration; a musical tribute to the 100th anniversary of The Mexican Revolution. Included in the live set are classic revolutionary songs from the early 20th Century, contemporary tributes to this historical period as well as familiar songs from their previous albums FIESTA MEXICANA, ESTA TIERRA ES TUYA, FANDANGO ON 18TH STREET, and QUE FLOREZCA.

Expect a dynamic show with tasty arrangements of traditional Mexican folk tunes and clever experiments with Bach, Led Zeppelin, Woody Guthrie and Buck Owens, lush three-part harmonies, and many instrumental colors as the multi-instrumentalist group works its way through a collection of over 30 string, wind and percussion instruments: harps, fiddles, marimba, guitars of all sizes and shapes, and even a donkey-jaw! There is colorful dancing with beautiful costume changes, and continuous leaps to different Mexican music styles: from an Aztec dance to a toe-tapping polka to a melodic huapango.

ABOUT SONES DE MEXICO ENSEMBLE CHICAGO: Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY Nominated Sones de Mexico Ensemble Chicago is a premier folk music ensemble specializing in Mexican “son”, including the regional styles of “huapango”, “gustos”, “chilenas”, “son jarocho”, and more. The group formed in 1994 to keep the tradition of Mexican “son” alive in its many regional forms. As a performer and recording artist, the ensemble has developed and popularized many original arrangements of Mexican traditional songs. Some of its original work has experimented cross-culturally with symphonic, Irish, folk, C&W, jazz, and rock music, though never abandoning its roots in Mexican “son”. The ensemble is also committed to teaching and has a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to quality education programs for children and adults of all ages. All band members reach out to young and old with award winning educational programs nationwide.

For updated concert listings, please visit the Sones de Mexico Ensemble Chicago Website at:

Sones de Mexico Ensemble is also online at: and YouTube at:

For More Information Contact:

W. Kelly Milionis, Consultant


New York Phone: 646-413-8687

Los Angeles Phone: 310-739-4351

Juan Dies

Executive Director, Producer


PO Box 13261

Chicago, IL 60613



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Ever increasing Demand For Diverse E Card Designs Has Prompted Katies Cards To Create Their First Labor Day E cards Which Challenges The American Market

Teddington, Middlesex (PRWEB) August 18, 2011

With demand ever increasing for e card companies to offer a more diverse range of e card styles and designs, Katies Cards has created their first Labor Day e card which will not only add a new category to their ever increasing library of e cards, but also help to increase their profile within American markets.

User numbers of Ecard websites have grown dramatically over the past ten years, with the USA seeing the highest uptake across the globe. Katies Cards is developing cards that will appeal to American and international audience’s to tap into this ever increasing market. The Katies Cards collection includes cards celebrating Labor Day, Independence day, St Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Hanukkah, Diwali, Ramadan, Chinese New Year, Canada day, Easter, Valentines day, Thanksgiving, Christmas as well as the occasions of birthdays, weddings, new babies and others.

The new Labor Day E-card harps back to the origins of Labor day showing a group of workers performing manual labor and pulling together to build a structure. The e-card animation portrays the different building and joinery skills highlighting the spirit of unity and teamwork that is characteristic of Labor Day. The laborers work hard together to create a huge Happy Labor Day sign. The imagery in the card also mirrors that of the mood at the time of Labor Day, marking the end of the summer for many Americans, and a gathering of people to celebrate the occasion. As with all Katies Cards e cards the slick animation is accompanied by inspirational music.

Labor Day is an occasion where many communities come together for large barbeques or fairs. The first Labor Day was observed on September 5th 1882 and became a federal holiday in 1894 following the deaths of a number of workers during the Pullman Strike. The first Labor Day celebrations were proposed as a street parade followed by a festival for workers and their families. Historically this day has also been attributed with a fashion etiquette that many would follow: that people should avoid wearing white before Memorial Day and after Labor Day (arguments suggest the reasoning behind this was because white clothes are light and heat reflective and make you cooler in summer).

The ecard market has seen a sharp growth in recent years as people are increasingly in need of last minute and quick greetings solutions in their busy lives. Being too busy to send the traditional paper cards to everyone they know, people are only opting to send paper cards to a small select group of special friends or family. The e card has filled the gap for a quick and efficient as well as cheap alternative to the traditional printed greeting card. Ecards are also very environmentally friendly, which is an added appeal to those concerned about their carbon footprint. Occasions including Labor Day are fast becoming a popular time for people to send e cards and greetings to friends and loved ones. An e card allows the user to send wishes to numerous people at once, with the addition of a personal message, enabling them to personalize the experience in a quick and cheap format.

Katies Cards is a small, family run e card company who have created over 160 different e-cards to suit all occasions, tastes and ages. The company was set up over 4 years ago by artist Katie Davies after she found that she was unable to find any high quality e cards to send to her friends and family. She created her first one to send to her mother and has been slowly adding more to the collection since.

The company is based in Teddington in the UK. There are 4 people in the team and they have just appointed a new marketing manager, Racheal Ellis, in order to grow the business. They charge a small subscription fee in return for unlimited access to every card they create and are adding new cards and game-cards all of the time. For more information and to preview the cards visit

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Second Annual Experience the Self Course July 27-August 4 at Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa

Fairfield, Iowa (PRWEB) July 14, 2013

This summer, tap into your inner peace and infinite potential with the “Experience the Self” Course in one of America’s most culturally creative towns, and unique university. Enjoy a series of lively presentations by special guest speakers and vibrant musical performances with various bands and artists from around the region. Visit the website for more information

According to organizer Adrienne Schoenfeld, those who attended last summers course reported wonderful and transformational experiences and many are returning this summer with their friends and family.

Guests will have the opportunity to learn the Transcendental Meditation

Steve Freund Brings Blues Trio and Chicago History to Local Music Studio

Benicia, CA (PRWEB) June 24, 2008

Blues guitarist Steve Freund will visit 851 Music Studio in Benicia. Freund will play a guided guitar tour of the evolution of modern blues with roots in country blues and a touch of 40′s jazz.

The idea for a concert/informal lecture was the idea of 851 Music Studio owner and guitar instructor, J. Shelby. Shelby said he wanted to create a special event where students and musicians could experience music and have a conversation.

Guitarist, producer and bandleader Steve Freund, praised by Rolling Stone for his “masterful, no-nonsense guitar work” relocated to the West Coast following 18 years as one of Chicago’s most respected musicians and currently lives in Vallejo.

Freund moved to Chicago from New York City in 1976 and began his education in blues playing the role of second guitar behind Hubert Sumlin, Lee Jackson, Homesick James, Louis Myers and many others. He spent two years working with Big Walter Horton and Floyd Jones.

In 1978, he became Sunnyland Slim’s main guitarist, playing just about every gig with the piano legend until the time of his death. Freund became the consummate piano accompanist working with Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Walker, Henry Gray, Erwin Helfer, David Maxwell and many more.

He will bring his music and stories to 851 Music Studio. Freund considers himself a “keeper” of the history of the Chicago blues and looks forward to sharing an afternoon playing and telling his story.

851 Music Studio Presents:

Steve Freund

Date: Saturday, July 26, 2008
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: 851 Music Studio 851 First Street Benicia, CA 94510
Free Admission -Open to the Public – Limited Seating – Reservations Required!
Call 707.747.0851 for reservations and information.

Reviews of Steve Freund:

“Steve Freund shines every time he steps forward, playing with sizzling drive, taste, and real creativity.” – Peter Welding, Downbeat
“…brings understated class to new originals and standards alike.” – Living Blues Magazine
“He is a great guitarist!” – Vintage Guitar Magazine
“Before you plunk down your dollars on today’s pop culture blues newcomer, do yourself a favor and first dig into the real thing.” – Boston Blues Society
About 851 Music Studio:

851 Music Studio provides private and group instruction for electric and acoustic guitar, bass, piano, violin, voice, saxophone, drums and harp. Lessons emphasize the fundamentals of music, and general musicianship with an eye towards creativity and improvisation.

The onsite teaching staff includes J. Shelby (guitar, bass, voice), Rhonda Lucile Hicks (piano), Josh Icban (guitar), Aina Davis (violin), Bryan McVicker (saxophone) and the offsite teaching staff includes Matt Guggemos (drums) and Cynthia Schultz (lever and Celtic harp).

The studio provides private and group instruction, student band development, computer learning, recording services, play nights, workshops, field trips and students performances. Beginning through advanced students are welcome.


Steve Freund

851 Music Studio

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HARP Refinance Rates Now Affordable for People with Bad Credit through Complete Home Loans

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 18, 2014

Now, people with all types of credit history are getting approved for lower interest refinance rates through the popular online application provided by Complete Home Loans. People who are looking to refinance their current home or get a home loan can now easily apply from the comfort of their own personal computer or mobile device. – 60 second application form

The unique online application process connects people with any type of credit history to lenders who can get them approved. Not only is the process easier because a loan shopper does not have to frequent local lenders to try and find the lowest interest rates but the likelihood of finding a lender who can approve an applicant at a lower interest is much higher than average loan application sources.

Its imperative that home refinance loan shoppers consider their credit score when applying.

Consumers who have bad credit are encouraged to get their credit score checked after filling out the free online application provided by Complete Home Loans. Bad credit can be fixed. The first step to fixing issues is to know where they are coming from. Complete Home Loans has helped thousands of people with bad credit save money on their home loan by getting a credit score check.

About Complete Home Loans:

The Home purchase, equity, and refinancing loan company services customers across America no matter their credit history. They specialize in matching people with good, bad, or no credit to lenders who may be able to qualify them for a home loan. Their network of lenders is the largest in the United States and offers low interest financing to home owners or shoppers.

People whove been turned down in the past are able to use their easy online application form to instantly get approved for a loan (no matter their credit history).