Create Local to Relaunch Soon!

Thanks for bearing with us everyone, Create Local Milledgeville will soon be relaunching under its own domain with tons of new features and information on all things creative here in the Milledgeville-Baldwin County area. If any of you have suggestions for new features or things that you would like to see on the site, by all means let us know down in the comments. Additionally, if there are any local artists who are interested in being listed on Create Local in a planned arts/culture directory to help spread the word about what you’re doing and to lead people to your own online resources, send us an e-mail at cre8localmville@gmail.com.

Hey Hey! Earth Day @ The Greenway Jamboree(ay)!

Many thanks to Colin Moore (shameless co-worker promotion: Colin’s excellent Tumblr photo/miscellany blog can be found at http://drifter.tumblr.com/) for sending me this press release for the upcoming Earth Day @ The Greenway Jamboree:

Earth Day @ The Greenway Community Event

 Milledgeville, GA – Apr. 14, 2011 – The Oconee River Greenway Foundation (ORGF), Georgia College Environmental Science Club and Z-97 invite the community to the First Earth Day @ The Greenway Community Event Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23.  

The event begins at 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 22 with an Earth Day Jamboree. Tori Lee and Ed Averett (of Mayview Road) will kick things off with Americana, jazz, folk and roots music at 4:30 p.m. Lee and Averett will be followed by the Visualizers’ mix of funk, blues, jazz, rock and country at 6:15 p.m. Headlining the evening will be the Redline Express bluegrass band at 8:00 p.m.

The suggested donation for the Earth Day Jamboree is $10.00, which includes a one-year membership to ORGF and a Greenway bumper sticker (admission is free for current ORGF members). Chairs, blankets, picnics and coolers are welcome. T-Shirts, drinks and snacks will be available for sale with proceeds benefiting the Oconee River Greenway.  

Saturday’s fun is totally free and begins at 10 a.m. with activities for children of all ages. The Easter Bunny, Smokey Bear and the Chik-fil-A Cows will be on hand and there will be kayak demonstrations. Face painting will be available, as well as inflatable Bounce Houses and lots of games for kids. Additionally, there will be education booths from the Master Gardeners, Animal Rescue Foundation and the National Children’s Study.  

The Goodie Gallery will have their classic boxed lunches on site for $5.00 at 11:30 a.m., and all T-Shirt, drink and snack purchases on Saturday will help support the Greenway.

The event culminates with the annual Z-97 Easter Egg Hunt at 1:00 p.m. Word on the Greenway is there will be plenty of special prizes!

With large crowds expected, parking will be available at 500 E. Hancock St. in the field behind Washington EMC with a golf cart shuttle for those requiring assistance getting to the Greenway.

 Contact: Heather Langston hlangston@gmc.cc.ga.us 478.387.4916

Colin Moore colin.moore@bobcats.gcsu.edu 478.787.4523

Now on to a bit of Friday Fun, CreateLocal style.  Joseph Ducreux, an eighteenth century French artist, painted some rather unusual and often hilarious self-portraits (see his Wikipedia entry here for a few samples). Once the interwebs rediscovered Mr. Ducreux’s timeless pieces, rap lyrics were repurposed and added to the paintings and the rest is meme history.

Ducreux, keepin' it real

The Yin(g) and Yang of the ‘Ville

Apologies for the infrequency of posts lately here at CreateLocal, the business of life has kept us quite busy lately.

Today the selections for the National Recording Registry were announced, with “3 Feet High and Rising” by De La Soul and “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green among the songs picked for preservation because of their cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance. The songs are nominated by the public and by members of the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board and are subsequently voted on by the board. For a complete list of the songs that were added to the National Recording Registry, see http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2011/04/your-life-flashes-before-your-ears/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter. If you would like to submit a song for nomination, visit the registry website at http://www.loc.gov/rr/record/nrpb.

Rumor has it that the Ying-Yang Twins played a concert at Capital City recently on April Fool’s Day. This has been both confirmed by numerous sources and refuted as just another April Fool’s joke by others. I’ve yet to find anyone that actually attended the alleged show, so if you were there let us know in the comments or via our social media. Don’t pull a Ying-Yang of your own and whisper to us either: proclaim your love for Atlanta party rap proudly!

In other news, Athens band Doc Ellis are playing a show at Amici Italian Cafe this Saturday, April 9. The band’s sound is a mix of blues, funk and rock, with flourishes of their own unique style. For more info on Doc Ellis and to listen to some of their songs, visit http://docellis.bandcamp.com/ or the band’s Facebook page.

We leave you today with a video filmed right here in town for a song by Milledgeville’s own Young Rod. Young Rod is an up-and-coming rapper on the local Neva Been Entertainment label. Keep an eye out for Rod and his crew walking down the Hancock St. sidewalk, passing by Digital Bridges and Jittery Joe’s. Somehow toward the end of the video the producers were able to turn the upstairs portion of The Velvet Elvis into a classy restaurant atmosphere. Good song+decent production values+local flavor=greatness:

Create Support for Japan

In the wake of last week’s tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, many Milledgeville residents are undoubtedly wondering what exactly they can do to aid relief and recovery efforts. This informative article from LifeHacker provides a list of legitimate organizations that you can feel confident donating to, among them the American Red Cross, USAID, and Doctors without Borders. These groups have all been vetted so that any donations they may receive are sure to reach those in need. For additional information on the legitimacy of any charitable organizations you may be considering giving to, check out www.charitynavigator.org.

On an unrelated note, March is Women’s History Month and just like we did with Black History Month, Digital Bridges will have a Featured Woman Artist of the Day all this month. Today’s featured artist is Neko Case, who just happens to have a concert lined up at Athens’ 40 Watt Club on May 18. Check the music player down below for a list of recently played tracks on Digital Bridges Radio.

Creative Expressions at Digital Bridges

This month at Digital Bridges we are featuring the artwork of Walter Norman, Jr., a self-taught artist from right here in middle Georgia. Walter’s inspired collection was crafted at the Creative Expressions Studio & Gallery here in Milledgeville. His artwork is inspired by works like “The Wizard of Oz” and “Superman,” as well as the the imagery of the natural world. These pieces are somewhat abstract and very colorful, providing a perfect blend of creativity that invites both interpretation and immediate aesthetic appeal. Come by the Knight Community Innovation Center and visit us here at Digital Bridges to see for yourself how these wonderful pieces can create a welcoming and colorful environment. While all of Norman’s art is available for purchase (prices range from $20-$120), the collection is currently part of a tour and will not be available for pickup until June 2011. If you are interested in purchasing some of the artwork, please contact Katie or Sara at Creative Expressions at 478-445-2270.

Creative Expressions is a local non-profit integrated arts program that promotes creativity for artists with developmental disabilities. Through mediums such as music therapy, horticulture, visual art, and performance arts, Creative Expressions offers these extremely talented individuals the resources and channels to express themselves to the world. For more information about Creative Expressions and to make a donation, visit www.creativeexpressionsstudio.org.
Mars, colored pencil on panel. By Walter Norman, Jr.
From left: Red Bird and Pink Flower, acrylic paint on wood; Clown, acrylic paint on wood. By Walter Norman, Jr.

The Honey Dewdrops Concert Review

The Honey Dewdrops concert was this past Friday at Allen’s Market Building. In case you were unable to make it to the show, Create Local is here with a review.

Allen’s Market Building proved to be an ideal setting for the Dewdrops’ brand of traditional and timeless mountain music. Although Allen’s is a fairly small space, the acoustics and artful decoration created an intimate experience, allowing the performers and audience to interact and connect with one another. We sincerely hope that Allied Arts will continue to take full advantage of this wonderful venue in the future for concerts and performances of all kinds.

The real star of the night was the Dewdrops’ collection of well-crafted, often deceptively sweet sounding songs. By their own admission, husband and wife duo Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish write primarily break up songs. While grounded in traditional bluegrass and country music, the band’s penchant for crafting catchy and highly melodic songs with somber and brokenhearted lyrics puts them in a similar songwriting league with artists like The Beatles, Elliott Smith, and Belle and Sebastian.

Highlights of the show included “Test of Time,” a tune about marriage and the beautiful struggles that accompany it; “Amaranth,” a song that written from the point of view of a flower the duo had planted in their garden, and “Farther Along.” The Honey Dewdrops performed “Bright Morning Stars” (a cover of a traditional folk song) a capella together, harmonizing with one another while also displaying their impressive individual vocal ranges. After a brief intermission, the Dewdrops launched into a lovely version of the Beatles’ “Across the Universe.” The traditional folksy sound of the group fit the transcendent lyrics of the song perfectly and the performance culminated with Parrish’s mandolin solo, turning an otherwise modest guitar solo into a breezy, almost flamenco-style riff.

Before “Farther Along,” the last song of the night, singer Laura Wortman requested that the audience participate by singing the song’s chorus and provided the lyrics for everyone. The song is a traditional hymnal as explained by Wortman, and the voices of the crowd blended with her own to elevate the tune beyond the stage, bringing the night’s set to a close with a rousing sing along when the Dewdrops dropped their instruments out of the song. The intimate setting, the crowd participation, the band’s rapport with the audience, the hymnal itself– while the show was by no means a religious experience, it was a powerfully communal one and very well-suited for the collective nature of the band’s folk genre.

Overall it was a great show by a very devoted and musically tight traveling band, and I heard quite a few people raving that they more than got their money’s worth out of the ten-dollar price of admission. The songs really shined rhythmically and lyrically, and the band’s between-song anecdotes and stories provided real substance to the tunes, creating a sense of familiarity with the audience. Be sure to check out the band’s website and Facebook page (where you can listen to songs) as well as the Create Local Flickr stream on the right of the blog for photos of the show. We leave you with a video recording of The Honey Dewdrops covering “Across the Universe.”

Deep Roots Awarded; ’40s come to the ‘Ville

Our own Deep Roots music festival was the recipient of several awards at the recent Southeast Festivals and Events Association’s annual conference! Deep Roots collected awards for its website and the festival’s volunteer support. Congrats to the festival organizers, community participants, attendees, and everyone involved with the event!

As the work week comes to a close, be sure to mark your calendars for a couple of the events around town this weekend:

  • Georgia College Theatre’s “The 1940s Radio Hour: A Johnny Mercer Swing Dance Musical,” featuring 1940′s dancing and performance, promises to be entertaining and jampacked with jazzy tunes. Audience participation is encouraged! The production starts tonight and will run through the next three evenings. For more information, check the Shop Local Milledgeville listing.
  • Remember to pick up your tickets for The Honey Dewdrops in concert at Allen’s Market Building tomorrow night at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at Allied Arts in Milledgeville; see our previous entry below for additional information. We have a feeling that this will be a really great show, so come out and support some great working musicians and enjoy some honey sweet tunes (ah, puns–sometimes they’re just the right fit)!
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