Dec 09,2016: Photo Times With Santa at Cross Creek Mall

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Dec 07,2016: North Carolina Symphony-Holiday Pops-Fayetteville

TANTRIC is dead! Long live TANTRIC! A band that garnered a Platinum record with their self titled debut, featuring their 1 single “Breakdown”, a strong sophomore release (AFTER WE GO) on Maverick Records, and considerable critical acclaim saw members depart, their label change direction and the bottom drop out of their future. Not one to give up, vocalist and remaining original member Hugo Ferriera pressed on and turned it all around.

THE END BEGINS truly closes the door on what TANTRIC used to be and shows rock fans everywhere what can be done with talent, passion and a unique take on what modern Rock Roll should sound like.”Every ending gives birth to a new beginning,” says vocalist Hugo Ferreira. “The previous lineup is gone and that enabled me to bring in people with a whole new perspective.” Now joining Ferreira is Kevin Miller (ex-FUEL) a hard-hitting drummer and a human metronome, with the experience of being in a multi platinum band on his side, Joe Pessia, an intricate, detailed player “really internalizes the guitar parts and puts this incredible spin on them, Erik Leonhardt, a great bass player AND a great singer, he makes the harmonies in the songs pop, and a most unusual addition, classically trained violin player, Marcus Ratzenboeck. “We are treating his violin like a guitar,” Ferriera says. “Marcus comes from a classical background and he brings that to the rock music we are making… it sounds so fresh and different.”

The fresh sound permeates THE END BEGINS. “The One” features guest vocals from Kevin Martin of label mates Candlebox, over a sweeping melody anchored by keyboard and guitar alike. “Down and Out” redefines the use of the violin in rock music. Its switch from stabbing and aggressive to sweet and melodic bolster s Ferreira’s deep, stirring vocals and makes this focus track really MOVE. The soulful and pensive “Lay” as well and the layered sound and time shifts of the album’s opener “Regret” widen the TANTRIC experience at both ends of the spectrum.

Beginning this particular ‘end’ was the band’s deal with Jeff Hanson’s (Creed, Paramore) Silent Majority Records. The album was being written and, according to Hugo he “was in limbo, not sure what he was going to do,” until the SMG deal breathed life into his process. Giving up was not an option for Ferreira “I had the band name tattooed on me, so there was no going back,” he joked. “Everything in my life was invested toward this. Ultimately I’d rather just survive and do what I love rather than do anything else.” The new lineup wanted to bring back producer and ‘6th band member,’ Toby Wright (Slayer, Alice In Chains, Korn, Corrosion of Conformity). “The band has created a new sound that hits you hard and sticks in your head” says Wright. Hanson says “I always loved Hugo’s voice but I thought the band may be done. Then I heard the new songs the band had written and I immediately knew there would be another chapter in this book.”

The story of TANTRIC is far from over. One listen to the band’s brand new material and it all begins again!

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Dec 07,2016: Murchison Road Community Farmers Market

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Dec 06,2016: Photo Times With Santa at Cross Creek Mall

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Dec 05,2016: Photo Times With Santa at Cross Creek Mall

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Dec 03,2016: Kansas

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Dec 02,2016: Seasons After

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AmericanTown’s Heroes: Firefighters Rescue Stranded Tourists

As flames consumed parts of Tennessee, including popular tourist towns like Gatlinburg, firefighters from all over the country were pitching in to help. Thousands of people have been evacuated and local fire crews are being credited with rescuing hundreds, including a dozen people with their dogs taking shelter in their cars as the fire surrounded them on all sides.

Oak Ridge Firefighters were hampered in reaching the stranded caravan by fallen trees and downed power lines, but after cutting the trees and having the power cut off in the area, they found the group of mostly elderly people frantically waiting to be rescued. 

The Oak Ridge Chief was interviewed by local media and dismissed the hero status. Besides being part of the job his crew is trained for, he cited the contributions being made by firefighters from all over to help get the fires in Tennessee under control.

While the area has gotten some much needed rain, fires continue to burn in parts of the Southeast, so the firefighters who can will be moving on to where they are needed most.

Do you know a firefighter or first responder in your area deserving of praise? Nominate them for next week’s AmericanTown’s Heroes.

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Dec 02,2016: Photo Times With Santa at Cross Creek Mall

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Earth Talk: Making Colleges More Green

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways I can get my college to be more green?    — B.OTT

 

In recent years, colleges and universities have recognized the capacity for their independent communities to lead the nation as examples of sustainable and carbon-neutral institutions. Colleges in the U.S. and around the world have introduced conservation measures to reduce waste, installed solar panels to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and promoted shared vehicles to reduce carbon emissions, among other initiatives.

 

Many colleges have followed the lead of Stanford University’s “Green Campus” program by replacing disposable plastic utensils with organic alternatives. Cutlery made from potato starch and sugarcane allows students to simply put all waste in compost bins, including the utensils themselves. This compost is reintroduced in turn as fertilizer for use on university gardens.

 

Reusable mug programs accomplish similar goals. At Portland Community College in Oregon, bringing your own mug gets you a five-cent discount per drink, while other colleges with meal plans offer similar incentive programs. And efforts to reduce waste aren’t limited to the dining hall. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University have partnered with Kimberly-Clark Professional’s RightCycle program to recycle non-hazardous lab waste. Since joining the program in 2013, the colleges have redirected six tons of plastic waste from landfills for use as shelving, flowerpots and furniture.

 

Meanwhile, 48 different colleges—from Harvard to UC Santa Cruz—have signed on with the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), which helps universities reduce waste through plastic-free initiatives, waste audits and move-in/move-out collections and subsequent sales.

 

Universities can also employ renewable energies to offset power demands from fossil fuels. Campus solar installations have risen dramatically in the past decade. Large, tall structures—the style of many academic buildings—are ideal locations for photovoltaic panels, especially as peak electrical production correlates with peak demand during daytime hours. And photovoltaic installations are not limited to sunny states; Colby College completed a 1.9 megawatt project in 2015 that is currently the largest system in Maine.

 

Other forms of renewable energy have also seen tremendous success on college campuses. A University of New Hampshire project provides over 80 percent of its energy using landfill gas. And Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana has replaced its outdated coal boilers with 3,750 geothermal wells that utilize the Earth’s interior temperature to regulate heat in campus buildings.

 

Colleges have also taken steps to green up transportation. Vermont’s Middlebury College introduced its Yellow Bikes Cooperative in 2001 to offer public bicycles to students for just $6 per year. And students there who complete a free class on bicycle repair are rewarded with a free discarded bike. Many colleges also now partner with Zipcar to offer student rates, reducing the need for personal vehicles on campus. And dozens of colleges nationwide have replaced campus car and bus fleets with electric vehicles.

 

These are just a few examples of how higher education is walking the talk on the environment. If your school isn’t already moving in the same direction, there’s no time like the present to team up with students, faculty and administrators to initiate earth-friendly policies and encourage greener behaviors.

 

CONTACTS: Sustainable Stanford, sustainable.stanford.edu; Post-Landfill Action Network, www.postlandfill.org; RightCycle, www.kcprofessional.com/brands/kimtech/rightcycle.

 

 

 

EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of the nonprofit Earth Action Network. To donate, visit www.earthtalk.orgSend questions to: question@earthtalk.org.

 

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