Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Holman Ranch Tasting Room Celebrates The Holidays

Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus and He Must Drink Wine!

Carmel Valley, CA, September 30, 2015 - At some point it’s going to happen. You’re going to have to attack that Christmas list of yours. It can seem like the holiday season is full of potential wine-related pitfalls: what's the correct bottle to give to your boss? Which bottle would be nice for a dinner hostess gift, and what can you buy for a party? There is better time than now to warm up with a glass of wine at the Holman Ranch Tasting Room. Let our team help you shop for the wine lover in your life and take home a few bottles for yourself. It's one-stop, slightly selfish shopping at its best. How grand!

Whether you are looking to pair wines with Christmas Dinner, share new wines with friends and family at holiday parties or need the perfect wine lover's gift. Let Holman Ranch help you spread the cheer this Christmas.

Give The Gift of Membership
The perfect gift for anyone on your shopping list if the Holman Ranch Wine Club! Your Ticket to Unique Members-only Experiences. There are two levels of membership that perfectly pair with your preferences.

2 shipments per year / 1 case total
(6 bottles per shipment)

Estate Membership guarantees access to all of our small production wines and is an excellent way to become familiar with our Holman Ranch Estate mountain vineyards. Many of these wines are exclusive to our tasting room and Wine Club and not available anywhere else. In addition to regular event invitations, Holman Ranch will host preferred events and exclusive Members Only release parties on the Ranch and in our wine cave. We offer a Pinot Noir and White option, as well as a Pinot Noir-only option for those who prefer reds.

The Estate Club Membership includes:
• Two week pre-release email notification of wines to be shipped, pricing and expected ship date
• Complimentary tastings for you and up to three guests (maximum of four people)
• Exclusive access to “Wine Club Only” and new release wines as well as our Estate Olive Oil
• Pre-release opportunity to purchase new wines before Tasting Room release
• Complimentary VIP tours of the Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery, by appointment
• Two free tickets to Holman Ranch’s annual Fiesta de los Amigos
• Preferred reservation status to any wine education or hospitality event (plus discounted Wine Club pricing to many of these public events)
• Holman Ranch wine key as a welcome gift
• Option to customize each shipment to your current varietal needs or budget
2 shipments per year / 2 cases total
(12 bottles per shipment)

Enjoy the prestige of being a part of an exclusive, limited membership club! A selection of our limited-production Pinot Noirs and/or White wines in each case – an excellent way to build your cellar through regular install- ments of our finest varietals. As an exclusive benefit to the Grand Membership, each member is entitled to a complimentary two-night stay for two in one of Holman Ranch’s hospitality cottages. In addition, all Wine Club shipping charges are complimentary.* Of course, the Grand Membership makes you eligible for all member only events and special invitations to private dinners and barrel tastings with our winemaker in our wine cave. Choose our Pinot Noir and White option or a Pinot Noir-only option if you prefer reds.

The Grand Estate Club Membership includes:
All of the benefits of Estate Club as well as:
• Complimentary shipping on wine club shipments (ground)*
• Enjoy a complimentary two-night stay in one of Holman Ranch’s Hospitality cottages each year (subject to availability)**
• Invitation to private dinners and barrel tastings with our winemaker in our wine cave
• Holman Ranch “welcome” gift: keepsake wine key and a bottle of our Extra Virgin Estate Olive Oil

Enter to Win!
Purchase a membership to give as a holiday gift and you will be entered into a drawing for a complimentary Estate Club Membership for 1 year! One lucky winner will be drawn December 23rd.

Hostess Gifts
It’s that time of year, when parties seem to pop up every night. In need of the perfect hostess gift? Grab a bottle of wine or ask up to put together a custom wine package for you, or have something shipped.

The estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé of Pinot Noir are the perfect hostess or holiday gift.

Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery Background:
Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate.

Holman Ranch estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 19 acres of undulating terrain. The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle. The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of their wines. The warmth of the inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has proven to be an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The vineyards' Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils.

The estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our trees has a delightfully distinctive flavor.

Stop by Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley tasting room at 19 E. Carmel Valley Road in Carmel Valley to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines. There is something for everyone (4 varietals in fact), from the full-bodied Pinot Noirs to the light, fruity flavors of our Pinot Gris and lightly oaked Chardonnay. Holman Ranch also offers estate grown and bottled Olive Oil available for tasting and purchase at the Tasting Room.

The Tasting Room showcases the estate wines of Holman Ranch which includes our Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our Tuscan trees has a delightful spice followed by a buttery finish.
Tastings are offered daily. A standard tasting includes four varietals. For more information, call (831) 659-2640.

The tasting room is open daily from 11:00 am–6:00 pm and can be reserved for private events.

Holman Ranch Background:
Holman Ranch: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning Property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more.

About the Wine Caves:
The winery at Holman Ranch, located in The Caves, is completely underground in order to take advantage of the natural cooling and low humidity of the caves. The 3,000-square-foot area maintains a constant temperature of 58-60 degrees Fahrenheit and contains four 750-gallon tanks, four 1,200-gallon tanks, and four open-top tanks that can hold two tons of grapes each. One hundred French oak barrels are maintained year-round. Winery operations such as de-stemming, pressing, fermenting and aging take place in the cool environment of The Caves. Bottling is done directly outside using a mobile bottling line. During harvest, 6 to 8 tons of grapes a day are processed. This may seem a low figure, but harvesting hours are limited to between 7 a.m. to noon on any given day. Grapes are hand picked and loaded into half-ton bins, transferred to the winery by tractor and then moved by forklift to the de-stemmer. White wines take around three weeks to ferment at 50 degrees Fahrenheit and are bottled in February, while red varietals ferment for two weeks and are bottled in early June. All skins, seeds and stems are composted and returned to the fields. Slow months for our winery are June, July and August, with the busiest time being September. The winery produces 3,000-5,000 cases annually.

About The Owners:
Carmel Valley’s iconic steakhouse Will’s Fargo is owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Nick Elliott and Hunter Lowder, who also team up to run nearby Holman Ranch, a wedding and special event venue that also produces wine and olive oil. Lowder formerly served as manager of Rio Grill in Carmel, while Elliott is a culinary school graduate. At Will’s, Lowder manages the front of the house while Elliott runs the bar. The couple maintains Will’s Fargo’s reputation as an elite steakhouse and popular locals’ hangout, while also using the property as an off-site option for Holman Ranch guests.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wines for a Worthy Cause

Give The Gift of Jarman Wines and Give Back This Holiday Season

Carmel Valley, CA, September 29, 2015 — Toast the holidays with a wine that gives back. By purchasing Jarman Wines you will not only get premium wines, but you will be supporting a worthy cause, finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

Jarman Wines, from Carmel Valley's newest winery, make the perfect hostess gifts and party offerings. Even better, each purchase will help to benefit the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF). In addition, the winery has opened a tasting lounge in Carmel Valley that offers three levels of wine tasting and three specially themed picnic packages. Gift certificates for the picnic packages make the perfect stocking stuffer.

To honor her late mother's memory, Holman Ranch manager and eldest daughter Hunter Lowder took the best hand-selected estate grapes and created two premium varietals—Jarman Chardonnay and Jarman Pinot Noir—with $1 from each bottle sold going to the ADDF.

Jarman Lowder, Hunter’s mother, grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn., and lived up to being voted “best all around” in high school. She earned a nursing degree, worked as an R.N. and raised three daughters with her husband, Thomas. An active volunteer, animal lover, athlete and enthusiastic traveler, Jarman wanted to spend her golden years making wine with her husband at Holman Ranch, an idyllic piece of property in Carmel Valley, Ca. they purchased to realize that dream. Tragically, Lowder died in March 2011 at age 60 following a long battle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Holman Ranch and Jarman Wines have partnered with the ADDF to support research toward treatment and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and to celebrate the life of Jarman Lowder.

“We wanted to honor her, give back and increase awareness,” said her daughter Hunter. “Everything we do here and the reason all this exists is because of her.”

“We appreciate the generous support of Holman Ranch and the Lowder family,” says Dr. Howard Fillit, founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer for the ADDF. “And we are proud that 100 percent of every dollar donated through this partnership will go directly to fund drug research for Alzheimer’s disease.”

Dr. Fillit knew Jarman Lowder personally and was excited by the opportunity to honor her legacy in such a meaningful way.

Give the Gift of a Wine Society Membership:
Enjoy the prestige of being a part of an exclusive membership! Receiving shipments of limited-production Jarman Pinot Noir and Jarman Chardonnay is an excellent way to build a cellar through two special installments of Jarman vintages, Heritage Society and Legacy Society.

Heritage Society
3 Bottles of Chardonnay & 3 Bottles of Pinot Noir each Spring and Fall
• One month pre-release email notification of wines to be shipped, pricing and expected ship date
• Complimentary Cru tastings for a member and one guest (maximum of two people)
• Pre-release opportunity to purchase new wines before Tasting Room release
• Complimentary VIP tours of the Estate Vineyard and Winery, by appointment
• Two free tickets to Holman Ranch’s annual Fiesta de los Amigos
• Preferred reservation status to any wine education or hospitality event (plus discounted Wine Club pricing to many of these public events)
• Jarman wine key as a welcome gift
• Year-round 10% discount on meals at Will's Fargo Steakhouse and Bar.

Legacy Society
6 Bottles of Chardonnay & 6 Bottles of Pinot Noir each Spring and Fall
Enjoy all of the benefits of the Heritage Society, plus:
• Complimentary shipping on wine club shipments to a business address (ground)
• Complimentary two-night stay in one of Holman Ranch’s hospitality cottages each year (subject to availability)
• Invitation to private dinners and barrel tastings with our winemaker in our wine cave
• Jarman Wines welcome gift: keepsake wine key and a bottle of Holman Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Red Wine Vinegar.
• Year-round 15% discount on meals at Will's Fargo Steakhouse and Bar.

About Jarman Wines
Jarman’s terroir (a French word that speaks to a wine’s place of origin, its subtle nuances of traceable character, flavor, lineage and integrity) refers to a special place in Carmel Valley — and also to a special woman who inspired a family to bottle the essence of a mother’s spirit. The Jarman label reflects quality, with only the best local grapes used during an artisanal, small-batch winemaking process. Jarman wine uses only 100 percent estate-grown, organic and certified-sustainable grapes. Aged in French oak barrels, Jarman’s vintages are held in limited supply, and are not available anywhere outside their tasting room.

The two varietals include:
#The 2013 Jarman Pinot Noir takes on nuances of warm blueberry pie, cloves and cinnamon that mingle in the nose with oak notes from 10 months in the barrel. The mouth-feel is plump and juicy with overtones of cassis and blackberries.

#The 2014 Jarman Chardonnay features floral notes reminiscent of walking by a parfumerie in France — subtle and pleasant with a hint of earthiness. When serving this wine lightly chilled, rich notes of underripe berries and raw honey will waltz across your palate.

To further honor their mother’s memory, the family has opened a special tasting room in Carmel Valley Village (open noon to 5 p.m., Thurs.-Sun.; or by appointment) next to Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar, the restaurant they purchased in 2014. The tastings will feature full-fledged experiences, including tours and wine education, and each will include a food element that complements the wine. The new Jarman tasting room will provide visitors with three unique experiences: Cru Tasting, Premier Cru Experience and the Grand Cru Experience.

About the ADDF
Founded in 1998 by co-chairmen Leonard A. and Ronald S. Lauder, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation is dedicated to rapidly accelerating the discovery of drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer's disease. It follows a venture philanthropy model, funding promising research in academia and the biotech industry. It’s the only such charity solely dedicated to funding the development of drugs for Alzheimer’s. Since its founding, the ADDF has awarded more than $75 million to fund over 450 Alzheimer’s drug discovery programs and clinical trials in 18 countries. By supporting innovative research projects around the globe, the ADDF increases the chance of finding a cure.

Jarman Tasting Lounge and Patio
18 W. Carmel Valley Road,
Carmel Valley, CA
Phone: 831-298-7300

About The Owners:
Carmel Valley’s iconic steakhouse Will’s Fargo is owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Nick Elliott and Hunter Lowder, who also team up to run nearby Holman Ranch, a wedding and special event venue that also produces wine and olive oil. Lowder formerly served as manager of Rio Grill in Carmel, while Elliott is a culinary school graduate. At Will’s, Lowder manages the front of the house while Elliott runs the bar. The couple maintains Will’s Fargo’s reputation as an elite steakhouse and popular locals’ hangout, while also using the property as an off-site option for Holman Ranch guests.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bidology begins National expansion in Arizona. Taking on Angie’s List, Thumbtack, and others that have a “Pay to Play” Mentality

As a small business owner, Adam Younger became increasingly frustrated with paying membership dues, and purchasing credits to apply toward a service request, none of which guaranteed him business.

Gilbert, AZ, September 25, 2015 – As a small business owner, Adam Younger became increasingly frustrated with paying membership dues, and purchasing credits to apply toward a service request, none of which guaranteed him business. As such, he decided to re-engineer the way consumers connect with local service providers. Welcome to Bidology, the new local service marketplace that is taking on Angie’s List, Thumbtack, and others that have a “pay to play” mentality.

Bidology offers a comprehensive bidding platform for consumers looking to hire for services across the home improvement, automotive repair, health and beauty, professional, sporting, entertainment and other applicable categories.

The premise behind Bidology is simple. Consumers log onto and type a brief description of the service they need completed and upload any relevant information to better explain to request to providers. Before submitting their request, the consumer then enters either a maximum bid amount they are willing to pay for the service to be completed, of they can simply request bids from local providers whose skillset matches their request. Once a service provider is hired, Bidology safely administers the consumer’s payment, and funds are released to the service provider once project is complete, or in milestone payments as mutually agreed upon. With Bidology, there is finally a platform for consumers to tackle their to-do list and stay within their budget.

True to Younger’s vision, Bidology does not charge membership fees or makes service providers apply credits toward a consumer request. Bidology only gets paid when the service provider gets paid, by deducting a small 2% fee from their payment.

“We could not be more pleased with the response since our July 1st Phoenix launch. The market is very hungry for a solution like this; a straightforward approach that empowers the consumer while providing the local business owner a platform to grow their business.” says Adam Younger, Founder and CEO of The Bidology Corporation. “Bidology’s mission is to build local communities by encouraging everyone to shop local. By not charging membership dues or requiring credits to apply toward requests, our service providers receive qualified leads at no charge; and we only get paid when they do! The concept is taking off like wildfire here in Phoenix, and we are truly blessed to be part of this movement.”

Since its July 1st launch, Bidology has enrolled more than 850 local providers awaiting service requests in the Phoenix market. Consumers simply submit their service request to start making connections at no charge. With its Phoenix market launch, Bidology is looking for user feedback so that they can continue to refine the offering in preparation of its national launch, beginning in October. Bidology is the new local service marketplace!

About Bidology:
Headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, Bidology offers an e-commerce solution that is revolutionizing the way consumers shop for professional services. Focused on growing communities by encouraging consumers to shop local, Bidology empower consumers to stay on their budget by placing a bid for any type of professional services. Service Providers utilizing Bidology receive qualified consumer requests at no charge. Bidology is completely free for the consumer, and only receives payment when the provider does, by deducting a small 2% service fee from their payment. Since its launch, Bidology has enrolled more than 850 local service providers in Phoenix, and plans to seek funding to scale nationally beginning in October. More information about Bidology’s offerings can be found at

Scott Kelly
Black Dog Promotions
9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste 108
Tempe, AZ 85284

Friday, September 25, 2015

Nonprofit Fundraising Startup iPrytaneum to Join Constant Contact's InnoLoft Program

iPrytaneum announced today that they have been chosen to join the Constant Contact, Inc. Small Business Innovation Program, a residency program supporting entrepreneurs and startups.

Cambridge, MA, September 25, 2015 (Straight Line PR) -- iPrytaneum today announced that the company has been chosen by Constant Contact, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTCT) to join its Small Business Innovation Program, a four-month residency program designed to support entrepreneurs and startups as they solve problems for small businesses. iPrytaneum will join other startup class members in Constant Contact's Innovation Loft (InnoLoft), a 30,000 square foot office space at the company's Waltham, MA headquarters.

"iPrytaneum is announcing that we will be launching the first platform that will level the playing field and promote a nonprofit's voice by providing a space that brings together the public, brands and the nonprofits in a single space. This platform will empower them to launch, manage and measure viral campaigns and innovate as a group rather than individuals," said Joshua S. Raymond, Co-Founder & CEO. "Our organizations share an incredible passion for helping nonprofits succeed, so getting into the InnoLoft program is huge. Having the ability to work with some of the industry's best and brightest to help solve major problems that affect nonprofits in an environment that fosters innovation, creativity and amazing resources - absolute game changer."

The Small Business Innovation Program ( ) is a first-of-its-kind accelerator program, entirely hosted and run by Constant Contact. It's designed to support entrepreneurs who are passionate about helping small businesses, by building new products, features and services. Twice a year, small classes of startups take up residence in the InnoLoft: 30,000 square feet of lab, test kitchen, play room, business school, safe space, and launch pad for startups to work, dream, test, disrupt, strategize and plan.

iPrytaneum uses an integrated, multi-faceted approach, combining mobile and web applications and digital marketing expertise to create much higher exposure for nonprofit organizations, while helping them run highly engaging challenges and customized fundraising campaigns.

A new YouTube/Google Hangout video about iPrytaneum has been created and can be viewed here:

"iPrytaneum's participation in the Innovation Program will be a big win for everyone involved," said Andy Miller, Chief Innovation Architect for Constant Contact ( ). "iPrytaneum can leverage Constant Contact's resources and small business expertise; Constant Contact can continue to tap the startup ecosystem for inspiration; and, most importantly, nonprofits will have valuable solutions that provide a free, easy-to-use platform that fully facilitates the fundraising process to help them do more business."

iPrytaneum strives to create the platform that provides a rich multimedia experience. In addition to mobile apps, iPrytaneum will be launching a responsive web app that allows organizations as well as individuals to create challenges, upload and share videos and pictures, and participate in live events run by nonprofits.

More information about iPrytaneum can be found at the company's web site,

Members of the Innovation Program receive a number of benefits ( ), including residence in the InnoLoft, $10,000 to spend on marketing activities, access to Constant Contact's official small business focus group Test Drive, and mentorship from the angel and venture communities. Additionally, two startups that show exceptional growth and success during their tenure will be invited to remain at the InnoLoft for two extra months to take further advantage of Constant Contact's resources.

About iPrytaneum:
iPrytaneum is a startup company founded in 2014, and dedicated to providing nonprofits with a unique ability to create fun, easy and exciting opportunities for people to give back to good causes. The company takes the cause-driven social media marketing approach and solidifies it into a concrete, actionable viral marketing strategy that other nonprofit organizations can use to launch similar social initiatives that inspire action, increase supporter engagement and drive meaningful results for their organization.

About Constant Contact, Inc.
Constant Contact introduced the first email marketing tool for small businesses, nonprofits, and associations in 1998. Today, the company helps more than 600,000 customers worldwide find marketing success through the only all-in-one online marketing platform for small organizations. Anchored by a world-class email marketing tool, the Constant Contact Toolkit(tm) helps small businesses drive repeat business and find new customers. It features multi-channel marketing campaigns (newsletters/announcements, offers/promotions, online listings, events/registration, and feedback) combined with shared content, contacts, and reporting; free award-winning coaching and product support; and integrations with critical business tools - all from a single login. The company's extensive network of educators, consultants/resellers, technology providers, franchises, and national associations offer further support to help small organizations succeed and grow. Through its Innovation Loft, C onstant Contact is fueling the next generation of small business technology.

Constant Contact and the Constant Contact Logo are registered trademarks of Constant Contact, Inc. All Constant Contact product names and other brand names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Constant Contact, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

Brendan Kincaid
Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

SAFE International™ Launches Ottawa Family Self Defense Courses – Ottawa, ON Self Defense

SAFE International™ is the leading provider of mobile self defense/personal protection training in Ottawa, Canada. SAFE International™ has taught more than 195,000 clients since 1994.

Ottawa, ON, September 24, 2015 (via Straight Line PR) — SAFE International™ is the leading provider of mobile self defense/personal protection training in Ottawa, Canada. SAFE International™ has taught more than 195,000 clients since 1994. SAFE International™ is expanding its seminar options to include family self defense courses in Ottawa, ON.

SAFE International™ has listened to their clients and their needs, and is pleased to announce the launch of their 4-hour Ottawa Family Self Defense course. One of the reasons that SAFE International™ enjoys teaching family self defense, is how receptive parents are to the skills that the SAFE International™ instructors provide, giving families Peace of Mind. SAFE International™ teaches much more than just the physical side of self defense, but also how to identify and avoid dangerous scenarios, how to verbally defuse an aggressor, and how to deal with the most common attacks.

SAFE International™ always covers Awareness and Avoidance strategies which are based on families’ daily routines. We examine what an attacker looks for, what an attacker wants and does not want, in confrontation. One of the biggest topics we explore is how most people are too polite, even when their intuition is telling them the complete opposite.We cover the most common distraction techniques an attacker will use to gain an advantage. We then move on to verbal strategies in the event that avoidance is no longer possible. Rather than just teaching to yell at a potential attacker, we cover a few verbal strategies based on the aggressor and the scenario. The next step in our Ottawa family self defense course addresses the physical aspects. We begin with the advantages of adopting a passive stance rather than an aggressive stance. We only teach gross motor strikes due to the adrenaline rush one gets when they are in a highly stressful state such as an attack/assault scenario. We teach a philosophy of “Attack the Attacker” which reverses one from being the Prey, to that of being the Predator.

Why is our Ottawa Family Self Defense course so popular? It is due to our unique method of teaching with humour and sharing of anecdotes. Get to experience this potentially life-saving course in the comfort of your own home with your loved ones. What better way to spend quality time with your family?

To inquire about booking, you can reach us toll free at 1-800-465-5972, or by email at

Chris Roberts
SAFE International™
Ottawa, ON

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Humble Grapes Gear up for the Release of their Next Single “Young and Alive” out September 18th

Duo’s Forthcoming EP Due Out January 2016

Los Angeles, CA, September 20, 2015 – The dynamic duo making waves in the NYC indie circuit are The Humble Grapes consisting of producer David Kaufman and vocalist Brie Capone. Set to release their brand new highly anticipated single “Young and Alive” September 18th, the talented musicians will also be prepping for the rollout of their forthcoming EP out January 2016.

“We wanted to create a fun and upbeat song. Nothing too heavy lyrically, but we love arranging rich and funky bass lines, drum parts and vocal lines. The lyrics speak to a youthful urge to just be, and have fun, something both Dave and I can relate to. The song is about wanting to get out and enjoy life while you can even if you’re young and broke as a window,” states lead vocalist Brie Capone.

Young and Alive” is an honest depiction of the band’s unique style and music. The duo bring a fresh breath of modernity. Capone's incredibly rich, throaty voice that interplays over David Kaufman's brilliance on the piano into a rock infused, luscious romp through their many original compositions and songs are a joy to listen to and watch.

“Indie rock has melded a lot of genres and styles and Humble Grapes may not be the first to mash up cabaret music and rock but the band adds dashes or blues and classic soul and does it well.” –The Morning Call

The music video for “Young and Alive” will be on the band’s YouTube page September 15th and is directed by Mikhail Torich. Catch The Humble Grapes at The Bitter End in October and November. They will continue playing in the NYC area and have plans to expand touring throughout the tri-state area throughout 2016.

Watch The Humble Grapes “Young And Alive” on Youtube:

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct. 7 – The Bitter End – New York, NY
Nov. 14 – The Bitter End – New York, NY

For more information on The Humble Grapes:

For more information about The Humble Grapes or to set an interview, please contact Chip Schutzman at Miles High Productions: 323-806-0400 or

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093

Ann Wilson New EP will be Released Digitally on September 18 and in Stores October 9 by Rounder

“The Ann Wilson Thing” Additional Tour Dates Announced

Los Angeles, CA, September 20, 2015 — Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ann Wilson is set to release her first solo EP, The Ann Wilson Thing, on Rounder Records. Featured tracks on the EP include “Fool No More,” which was written by Wilson and described by her as “a heavy blues song about bad love and the fleeting of time” and “For What It’s Worth,” described by Wilson as “a melding of some timeless lyrics with meat, hair and teeth.” The Ann Wilson Thing will be released digitally on September 18 and in stores October 9.

Wilson previously announced her first solo mini tour kicking off September 21 in Solana Beach, CA. Additional dates include The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center on October 6 and a second show at City Winery in New York on October 7. Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris with be sitting in with Wilson at her Nashville City Winery date on October 15 and Jon Batiste, the band leader of the Colbert show, will join Ann for a song at the New York City Winery show.

In addition, Wilson’s Hartford, CT show at the Kate Hepburn Theater will be filmed by Connecticut PBS as part of their new “Kate Hepburn Series” and will air on PBS in February.

As a songwriter and lyricist, Ann Wilson has created a truly impressive body of work (“Crazy on You,” “Barracuda,” “Magic Man,” “Dog & Butterfly,” “Straight On”, “Even it Up,” “Mistral Wind,” and many, many more). However, her greatest gift, and first “calling” is singing and with this intimate tour, she prepares to blow away her fans with up, close and personal, raw performances of blues and rock songs. The Ann Wilson Thing won’t replace Heart but it will be a new experience for existing Heart fans, as well as for new fans who will love these songs.

The Ann Wilson Thing Tour Dates:

Sept 21 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
Oct 6 – Hartford, CT – The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
Oct 7 – New York, NY – City Winery (two shows)
Oct 9 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head on Stage
Oct 10 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head on Stage
Oct 12 – Vienna, VA – The Barns at Wolf Trap
Oct 13 – Vienna, VA – The Barns at Wolf Trap
Oct 15 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
Nov 23 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s
Nov 24 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s (two shows)

For more information about Ann Wilson, please visit, follow @AnnHeartMusic on Twitter, @AnnHeartMusic on Instagram and like "Ann Wilson" on Facebook.

Click here to preview “Fool No More” written by Ann Wilson.

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Capital Insurance Group® Announces the New Location for The 3rd Annual CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday™ on October 10, 2015: The Monterey County Fair & Event Center

This free community event, hosted by Capital Insurance Group (CIG), will provide valuable safety information and activities for the whole family, including important fire prevention and water conservation tips! Children, teens and adults alike will learn how to play it safe.

Monterey, CA, September 18, 2015 – The 3rd Annual CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday™ is expanding and moving to the Monterey County Fair & Event Center located at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey. This important and free family-friendly, community safety event will be held on October 10, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday™, which was developed by CIG in 2010 and has been held throughout California, Nevada, and Washington, features activities, demonstrations, and educational services designed to improve the safety and security of children, teens, families and communities. People of all ages will enjoy free games, prizes, food and a wealth of safety materials and resources from many different booths staffed by local and regional organizations.

L. Arnold Chatterton, President and CEO of Capital Insurance Group, remarks, “We are very excited to hold our Community Safety Saturday event at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. We may never know how many people we touch with this important information. But we do know that the safety information and tools we provide at these events truly empower parents. If our efforts result in one less tragic story of a child injured while riding in a car because of a faulty or improperly installed child car safety seat, or one less tragic story of a child gone missing, or one less tragic story of a teen killed in a car crash, then we are thankful.”

One of the most important features of Community Safety Saturday is a free child car-seat safety inspection station operated by the California Highway Patrol. National studies reveal that 80 to 90 percent of children are not properly restrained when in a vehicle, and many local car-seat check points report that 95 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly. At Community Safety Saturday, expert technicians will check for proper installation and give parents and caregivers critical information about installing car seats correctly for their particular child and vehicle.

The CHP will also provide information and take signups for its Start Smart teen driver education classes. Start Smart classes increase traffic-safety knowledge and better prepare teens for the road ahead. The CHP will also bring information about the Impact Teen Driver program as well as talk to teens and parents about the dangers of distracted driving.

Another main attraction will be the KlaasKids Foundation Print-A-Thon, a free service providing digital photo ID and fingerprinting for every child. Parents receive a free DNA collection kit, child safety tips, and a 9-point plan on what to do if their child disappears. KlaasKids Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to stop crimes against children by providing education and knowledge to the general public, and by promoting partnerships with concerned citizens, the private sector, organizations, law enforcement and legislators. Marc Klaas, whose daughter Polly was abducted in 1993, advises, “The best way to avoid victimization is through education and knowledge.” Marc and his wife will personally attend Community Safety Saturday to conduct the Print-A-Thon and speak with attendees.

KlaasKids will also present child-safety technology products including the Cocoon for KlaasKids, a browser that utilizes the Cloud to protect privacy and provide age-appropriate websites, and Polly’s Guardian Angel, a missing-child alert system for iPhone and Android. Klaas remarks, “KlaasKids believes that technology has advanced to the point that certain applications can and do protect children from those wishing to exploit them.”

John La Porta, Director of Sales and Marketing for CIG, remarks, "We are very proud to partner with our local safety-oriented public services and to bring this important event to our community. CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday was born from our concern and commitment to keep children, teens and families safe. This year will be bigger and better than ever at this exciting new location!”

At the conclusion of Community Safety Saturday, a drawing will be held at which many exciting, family-oriented prizes will be given away.

Community Safety Saturday will feature the following attractions:
• California Highway Patrol – Monterey Area will conduct a child car seat inspection station and do sign-ups for their Start Smart program.
• KlaasKids Foundation will conduct their Print-A-Thon, a free service providing digital photo ID & fingerprinting for every child.
• Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast will provide safety information.
• Monterey Fire Department will bring a fire engine and safety information.
• U.S. Forest Service will bring informational handouts as well as a wildland fire engine. Smokey Bear will also be on hand if he’s not off fighting a forest fire!
• Monterey County Sheriff’s Office–Coastal Station Monterey will bring crime prevention information.
• California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) will bring a fire engine and fire safety materials.
• Monterey County Boys and Girls Club will have a Wheel of Fortune Safety Game and information about their organization.
• Community Partnership for Youth will bring face painters and offer a lanyard-making activity.
• California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services will provide educational materials about how to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis.
• Monterey County Office of Emergency Services will bring emergency preparedness information.
• U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will bring water and boating safety materials as well as environmental protection information.
• United Way Monterey County will have an information booth including handouts about the 2-1-1 program.
• Restorative Justice Partners will bring information about dispute resolution programs that foster empathy, accountability and restoration of fairness to victims and the community.
• Family Service Agency of the Central Coast/Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast will have a bean-bag toss and tic-tac-toe game and distribute their brochures and STOP cards.
• Community Emergency Response Volunteers (CERV) of the Monterey Peninsula will give out materials about turning off the gas/electricity and water in emergencies and simple medical responses learned in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training.
• Central Coast CERT Association will provide emergency preparation information.
• The U.S. Coast Guard will bring their 29’ fast boat for tours and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will provide water, boating and environmental protection information. Auxtter the Sea Otter mascot will also be on hand.

For more information about CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday, please go to

About Capital Insurance Group
Capital Insurance Group® (CIG) is the leading regional property and casualty insurer serving the Western U.S. since 1898. CIG insures Personal Auto, Homeowners, Farmowners, Condo Owners, Vacation Property, Renters, Apartment Building Owners, and many kinds of Commercial and Agricultural Auto and Property. The more-than-115-year-old company is rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best, the independent financial monitor of the insurance industry. CIG manages personal, business, and agriculture risks underwritten by its affiliate companies: California Capital Insurance Company, Eagle West Insurance Company, Nevada Capital Insurance Company, and Monterey Insurance Company. Types of policies may vary from state to state. For more information, please visit

CIG DELIVERS MORE. Continuously. ™

About the KlaasKids Foundation
The KlaasKids Foundation was established by Marc Klaas in 1994 to give meaning to the death of his twelve-year-old daughter, kidnap and murder victim Polly Hannah Klaas, and to create a legacy in her name that would be protective of children for generations to come. The foundation’s mission is to stop crimes against children by providing education and knowledge to the general public and promoting partnerships with concerned citizens, the private sector, organizations, law enforcement and legislators.

Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940

Lack of Sufficient Sleep Matters

New book by Roger W. Washington, M.D. Reveals Root Cause of Illness

Santa Clara, CA, September 18, 2015 - In his new book, “Lack of Sufficient SLEEP MATTERS: Decode The Root Cause of Your Illness,” Roger W. Washington, M.D. decodes the root cause of illness he discovered in California’s Silicon Valley, where sacrificing sleep is the norm.

People want to know why they got sick and what they can do to prevent it from happening again. For 30 years, Dr. Washington has studied why people get sick. It turns out the cause is rather simple. In “Lack of Sufficient SLEEP MATTERS: Decode The Root Cause of Your Illness,” Dr. Washington gives readers the tools to understand:

* Why sickness predictably occurs after we slowdown from demanding activities or stressful circumstances, not during
* How lack of sufficient sleep (LOSS) is the trigger for diseases such as migraines, IBS, PMS, fibromyalgia, and neuropathy
* How the onset of diabetes, which is supposedly genetic and environmental, could be delayed or even prevented with proper sleep patterns
* A simple algebraic equation to predict and prevent becoming ill
* A set of Sick Questions to ask to isolate and pinpoint behaviors that lead to illness
* The type of sleep needed to achieve good health and longevity

Some of the advance praise for Lack of Sufficient SLEEP MATTERS:

A TRULY PIVOTAL book that will change the way illness is understood
“Dr. Washington’s concepts of accelerated, crashed, and burned, while being intuitive, are truly revolutionary. This book is a must read of all people concerned with health and for all physicians, especially those in the field of primary care.” ~ R. Michael Contro, MD, FACOG

A MUST READ for all professionals, teachers, parents, and healthcare providers
“Dr. Washington tactfully uses his personal experiences with his patients who have distinctive conditions to illustrate how sufficient sleep affects how we feel, how we think, and how we could stay healthy. ~ Robert C. Ang, MD, FCCP, FAASM

About the Author: A Stanford Medical School graduate and Academy of Family Physicians Fellow, Roger W. Washington has answered the question, “Doctor, Why Am I Sick?” for 30 years. In his first book, “Lack of Sufficient SLEEP MATTERS,” Dr. Washington decodes the root cause of illness he discovered in California’s Silicon Valley, where sacrificing sleep is the norm.

To download a free chapter of Dr. Washington’s book, go to For more information, visit the online press kit at and the public site, For interviews, contact Executive Publicist Michelle Tennant Nicholson, 828-749-3200,

Michelle Tennant Nicholson
Wasabi Publicity, Inc.
Santa Clara, CA

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Vendange Carmel - Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Only Wine Themed Hotel introduces its Two New Packages

Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites has partnered with 15 Monterey County wineries to create a unique guest experience, celebrating the bounty of Monterey County’s vineyards.

Carmel, CA, September 16, 2015 -- Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites has partnered with 15 Monterey County wineries to create a unique guest experience, celebrating the bounty of Monterey County’s vineyards. Each winery sponsors one room or suite, providing its own creative touches. From the McIntyre Vineyards room with its impressive 100-year-old section of grapevine to J. Lohr’s wine barrel on the balcony, every winery’s room offers a signature luxury experience. The participating wineries are: Blair, Cima Collina, Dawn’s Dream, Galante, Holman Ranch, J. Lohr, Joullian, Manzoni, McIntyre, Otter Cove, Tudor, Twisted Roots and Ventana.

The rooms have sleek, modern bathrooms, with imported Spanish marble. Sleeping areas have memory foam-top beds, deluxe linens, and high-definition flat screen televisions. The separate Cottage Suite offers 650 sq. ft. of space, with a California King bed, 50” HF television, and kitchenette. It’s the perfect place for a honeymoon or romantic getaway. The Inn offers breakfast daily and wine tasting on weekends.

Packages Include:
• The hotel has now launched its new package The Charms and Delights of ?#?Carmel. The Charms and Delights of ?#?Carmel are not easily experienced in a single day. So why not take advantage of a special offer of two nights in the luxurious surroundings of ?#?VendangeCarmelInnAndSuites, Carmel’s only wine-themed hotel. Book two nights, Monday through Thursday, for only $20 more, and get a $50 gift certificate to Carmel’s popular seafood restaurant?#?FlahertysSeafood Grill & Oyster Bar or ?#?AndresBouchee, the chic French bistro with a ?#?California coastal flair. But take advantage of this special offer soon, it's only valid through October 31st, online only (This offer is only valid when booking through our website and while supplies last.)

• Isn’t It Romantic! Vendange is offering a Romance Package. Guests will enjoy floral pedals on the, LED candles throughout the room and local gourmet Cabernet Chocolate Blueberries and Pinot Noir Chocolate Cherries. The room will have beautiful vase of florals and bottle of the guests choice of a bottle of local wine or champagne. The package is $100.00.

To book these packages, go to When you reserve your room, please choose the package and will have the price included with your stay.

Vendange is located at 24815 Carpenter Street in Carmel, a short drive away from the Monterey Peninsula Airport, just off of scenic Highway 1, with free parking for guests. It’s minutes from downtown Carmel’s shopping, fine dining, scenic 17-Mile Drive, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Telephone 831- 624-6400; email:

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Tickets on Sale Monterey Symphony Announces 70th Anniversary Season Concert 1 October 16, 17, 18, 2015

Concert 1 is Sponsored by Lexus Monterey Peninsula

Monterey, CA, September 16, 2015 — The Monterey Symphony is excited to announce its 2015-16 Season, and its 70th Anniversary! International, award-winning artists will perform with the Monterey Symphony orchestra throughout the season at Sherwood Hall in Salinas and Sunset Center in Carmel. Come celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Monterey Symphony, led by Maestro Max Bragado-Darman! (Schedule and details below)

PROGRAM 1 – Oct 16-18

“Siegfried’s Rhine Journey” from Götterdämmerung Richard Wagner
Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24 Richard Strauss
Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10 Dimitri Shostakovich

The Monterey Symphony opens the 70th Anniversary Season with a magnificent program of powerful music, led by Maestro Max Bragado-Darman. The majestic music of Richard Wagner highlights this program with “Siegfried’s Rhine Journey,” an orchestral excerpt from the fourth installment of the epic Ring cycle, Götterdämmerung.

Also featured are Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24, by Richard Strauss, and Symphony No. 1, Op. 10, by Dimitri Shostakovich, the first of his fifteen symphonies, composed at age nineteen while studying at the Leningrad Conservatory. Experience the profundity of the full Romantic orchestra as the Monterey Symphony opens a season of magical music with powerful excitement!

Max Bragado-Darman states, “I feel privileged to continue leading this orchestra for another five years. I work with a dedicated, talented group of musicians. We all share the same love and passion for bringing beautiful music to this community, and I can’t wait to introduce the 70th Anniversary Season to our patrons in October!”

The Season Opener Sponsor is Lexus Monterey Peninsula. "Lexus Monterey Peninsula is proud to be a Premier Partner of the Monterey Symphony as they bring exceptional performances to our region and impactful Music in the Schools programs that reach over 20,000 young people every year.

Happy 70th Monterey Symphony." - Peter Blackstock

Max Bragado-Darman Biography
Max Bragado-Darman has served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Monterey Symphony since July 2004. Mr. Bragado-Darman was Music Director and Conductor of the Symphony orchestra of Castile and León in Valladolid, Spain, for nine years. From its formation in 1991, he built it into one of the most prestigious orchestras in Spain. Under his direction, the orchestra performed for enthusiastic audiences in all the major cities of Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Germany. He recorded with this ensemble many unknown works of the Spanish repertoire as well as most of the orchestral works of Turina and Rodrigo on the Naxos label.

In May 1995, Max Bragado-Darman was appointed Music Director and Conductor of The Louisville Orchestra. Under his direction, the orchestra grew in popularity due to his rapport with audiences, the community in general, and his innovative programming. He has worked with distinguished artists such as Alicia de Larrocha, Teresa Berganza, Horacio Gutièrrez, Elmar Oliveira, Dubravka Tomsic, Andre Watts, Angel Romero, Gary Graffman, and Aaron Rosand among many others.

As a guest conductor, Max Bragado-Darman has performed in the United States with the symphony orchestras of Honolulu, San Diego, Nashville, Delaware, West Virginia, Cedar Rapids, Savannah, Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, Austin, Fresno, and Boulder. He has led the National Orchestra, the Radio Television Orchestra and most other orchestras of Spain, as well as orchestras in Portugal, England, Argentina, Germany, and Mexico. In the fall of 2003, he made his debut at the distinguished Wexford Opera Festival with the Granados opera “Maria del Carmen,” in a version he researched and edited himself.

His conducting career has been guided by the knowledge he received from teachers and musicians such as Robert Fountain, Robert Baustian, George Szell, Igor Markevich and Franco Ferrara. Most recently, Max Bragado-Darman has appeared on the podiums of orchestras in Monterrey, Mexico and Mexico City. In the spring of 2009, in the heart of Andalucia he took on the challenge of presenting a fusion of flamenco and classical music featuring a pianist, guitarist, dancer, and full symphony orchestra. He has been the conductor for the prestigious “Iturbi Piano Competition” in Valencia, Spain for the last two editions.

Max and Mary Bragado have two children: Julio who was formerly a dancer with The American Ballet Theatre and is now studying acting in New York City, and Ilia who teaches dance in Valladolid, Spain and is married to José Manuel Concejo. They have two grandsons, six year old Max and 4 year old Alejandro. Both are enchanted with “Abuelito” and “Granny.”

There is a special event to celebrate the 70th Anniversary held by the Friends of the Symphony.

• Sunday, October 18th
• 5:00 p.m. start time
• Held in the foyer of the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea
• Event includes Monterey Symphony Chamber Players, Live Auction, Spectacular fare from Portobello’s as well as complimentary wine and champagne
• The event costs $70.00 per person to attend
• Event tickets can be purchased by calling (831) 646-8511 or at

PROGRAM 2 – Nov 20-22 “Unknown America”

Letter from Home Aaron Copland
Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 23 Edward MacDowell
Orion Weiss, piano
Symphony No. 2 Charles Ives

A program entirely comprised of American composers will be featured for the second concert program of the 70th Anniversary Season, starring the amazing talent of young pianist Orion Weiss, named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in 2010. Weiss will be performing Piano Concerto No. 2 by Edward MacDowell, a highly regarded American composer who served as a professor at Columbia University.

This program also includes Aaron Copland’s Letter from Home, a lesser-known work composed in 1944 for soldiers abroad, and Symphony No. 2 by Charles Ives, the progressive New England composer who receives less attention than he deserves. Come hear this tremendous program of American brilliance and expression rarely heard.

PROGRAM 3 – Feb 19-21
Farkhad Khudyev, Guest Conductor

The Sounds of Eternity Farkhad Khudyev
Clarinet Concerto in A Major, KV 622 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Emil Khudyev, clarinet
Symphony No. 7, Op. 92 Ludwig van Beethoven

The Symphony’s third program will feature the diverse talents of our very own Farkhad Khudyev, Music Director for Youth Music Monterey, who will conduct his own composition, written in honor of our 70th Anniversary Season: The Sounds of Eternity. We are honored to present local audiences with an opportunity to hear this young composer perform his own work in its world premiere live on stage with the Monterey Symphony!

Khudyev will also lead the Monterey Symphony in Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 7, Op. 92, and his own brother – Emil Khudyev, clarinetist – in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, KV 622. Do not miss this unique and exciting opportunity to balance a world premiere with timeless classics.

PROGRAM 4 – Mar 18-20

Dante Enrique Granados
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 Johannes Brahms
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Men’s Chorus: Cabrillo College Choir
Daphnis et Chloé, Suite Nos. 1 and 2 Maurice Ravel
Cabrillo College Choir

Voices return to the stage with the Monterey Symphony! The Symphony will present an engaging program for the fourth concert program of the 70th Anniversary Season, led by our Music Director Max Bragado-Darman, featuring works by Brahms, Ravel, and Granados. Appearing with the Symphony will be Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano, lauded for her radiant, intense, and rich voice; and the Cabrillo College Choir, prepared by its director Cheryl Anderson.

The beautifully warm Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53, by Johannes Brahms is featured, Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Suites 1 and 2, and the Dante, by Enrique Granados will add a thrilling touch to this monumental program.

PROGRAM 5 – Apr 22-24

Symphony in E-flat, Op. 50 Paul Hindemith
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 “Emperor” Ludwig van Beethoven
Vadym Kholodenko, piano

Winner of the coveted gold medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013, Vadym Kholodenko takes the stage with the Monterey Symphony for the fifth concert program of the 70th Anniversary Season. Kholodenko will amaze our audiences with his virtuosic performance of Beethoven’s masterwork the “Emperor Concerto.”

The Symphony in E-flat, Op. 50, by the prolific German Neo-classicist composer Paul Hindemith completes the first half of this concert program, guaranteed to thrill audiences and musicians alike. Don’t miss this chance to hear one of the worlds’ most acclaimed young pianists perform perhaps the king of all concertos in a riveting concert experience!

PROGRAM 6 – May 20-22 “Capriccio”

Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66 Antonin Dvorák
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 Camille Saint-Saëns
Tzigane Maurice Ravel
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
Capriccio Italien, Op. 45 Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34 Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Celebrated violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will illuminate the stage with the Monterey Symphony in the final concert of the 70th Anniversary Season in brilliant fashion. Known for her artistry and ability to connect with audiences, Meyers is a best-selling recording artist with over thirty albums in her discography. She will dazzle our audiences with Ravel’s Tzigane, a fantastical and rhapsodic masterwork that is thrilling from the first note to the last!

Rounding out the program are four works from the genre of the capriccio, humorous pieces of music that joyfully celebrate the completion of seventy years of “Great Music Live” in Monterey. Dvorák, Saint-Saëns, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Tchaikovsky are all featured, each displaying the delightful moods and colors of orchestral music. Come experience one of the most joyful and engaging programs a “capricious” final concert of this magical 70th Anniversary Season!

The Facts:
• Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at Sherwood Hall, 940 N Main St, Salinas, CA 93906
• Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at Sunset Center, San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
• Pre-Concert Lecture Series: All concerts will feature a free pre-concert lecture at the concert hall one hour prior to the performance. These lectures, provided by Dr. Todd Samra, offer intriguing facts and historical context about the composers and the pieces to be performed, which greatly enhance the concert-going experience. To learn more about Dr. Samra, visit:
• Fridays/ Sherwood Hall/ $20/ General Admission
o Discounts:$10 Students and Military (Must present ID and can only be purchased the day of the concert)
• Saturdays and Sundays/ $79/ $59/ $39/ $29/ Assigned Seating
o Discounts: $20 Students, Military, and Carmel Foundation (Must present ID and can only be purchased the day of the concert)
• To purchase tickets, call 831-646-8511 or visit for season details.
• Contact the Monterey Symphony Box Office at 831-646-8511 or email to purchase tickets or for more information regarding discounted group rates.

The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides triple performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel’s Sunset Theater and Salinas’s Sherwood Hall, as well as youth education programs that include visits to classrooms by musicians and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for schoolchildren.

The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported in part through the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Monterey Symphony, and through grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Harden Foundation, The Robert and Virginia Stanton Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Todd Lueders Fund for the Arts of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Berkshire Foundation, The Monterey Peninsula Foundation, The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Arts Council of Monterey County, The S.T.A.R. Foundation, The Hind Foundation, Upjohn California Fund, and many other generous foundations and individual donors.

For additional information, please call 831-646-8511 or visit our web site:

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Monday, September 7, 2015

Project Grand Slam to Release their Unique Take on Jimi Hendrix’s Fire (Song and Video) on September 18th

The Band’s New Full Lengh Album to be Released on October 16th

Playing NYC’s Cutting Room on September 9th Join the #Groovemovement

Donating Proceeds from “NYC Groove” to Charities

Hollywood, CA, September 04, 2015 - Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam is gearing up for a busy fall with the September 18th release of their next single featuring their unique take on Jimi Hendrix’s Fire. The song showcases Guest Vocalist Kat Robichaud from NBC’s The Voice, who lends her rock n’ roll and glam roots to the song and the related video. This cover of Fire is unlike any other. It’s a sexy, smoldering version that captures the full emotion of the Hendrix classic.

On October 16th PGS will release their new full length album that includes the singles New York City Groove and Fire as well as two tracks recorded “live” at the world famous Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. All of the songs on the album (except for Fire) were composed by Robert and reflect the band’s distinctive trademark sound and feel.

The band’s most recent single, released on July 10th, is Robert’s catchy, snazzy New York City Groove, also featuring Kat Robichaud on vocals. The song is “a love letter to my NYC home,” says Robert, leader/bassist/composer for PGS. In the month since its release, the Groove video has been viewed over 102,000 times on YouTube, and the instrumental version of the song is moving up the charts on jazz radio.

The Groove video ( contains Kat and others doing their own “Groove move”, which in turn has spawned a “Groove Movement” of people dancing their own “move” to the song. PGS is inviting everyone to join the “Groove Movement” by creating their own individual “Groove Move” video and uploading the video to any of their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) using the hashtag #GrooveMovement.

On September 9th PGS will be performing at The Cutting Room in NYC. This comes on the heels of their highly regarded performance on August 5th at The Iridium in NYC.

The band has decided to donate 10% of the sales from New York City Groove to three New York City based art and culture non-profit organizations that benefit underprivileged and inner-city children. “I thought it was appropriate for us to align the success of New York City Groove with our support for several NYC-based arts non-profits that provide great programs and services for children in need,” said Robert, adding: “It’s our way of ‘playing it forward’.”

For more information and press inquiries, please contact:
Chip Schutzman at Miles High Productions: or 323-806-0400

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Big Band Jazz Revue Act Sasha's Bloc to Perform at the KJazz Fall Benefit Concert At Wallis Center For The Performing Arts Friday September 18, 2015

Featuring Special Guest Vocalists Jane Monheit and Alvin Chea

Los Angeles, CA, September 04, 2015 - Jazz collective Sasha’s Bloc will join special guests for KKJZ’s (KJAZZ) first annual fall benefit concert featuring Grammy nominated vocalist Jane Monheit and Take 6’s Alvin Chea. The jazz collective take influence from the Big Band Jazz sound of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s, and to a performance style that evokes such seminal acts as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Count Basie, Scott Joplin, Ella Fitzgerald and more.

The benefit concert will take place at 8pm in Beverly Hills at the Wallis Center for the Performing Arts with tickets ranging from $50-$150. Showcasing their electrifying live show for this special night, Sasha’s Bloc will bring their 15 piece band comprised of Brandon Fields, saxophone; Alex Budman, saxophone, clarinet; Kye Palmer, trumpet; Bob McChesney, trombone; Kevin Winnard, drums; James Lum, guitar, banjo; Andy Langham, piano. Guest artists on the upcoming album include: Jane Monheit, vocal; Alvin Chea, vocal; Jesse Palter, vocal; Tony Galla, vocal; Princess Fortier, vocal; Glynis Leflore, vocal; Akua Willis, vocal, Jason Fabus, accordion; Marc T. Bolin, tuba. Gershman plays upright bass and electric bass.

An amalgam of varied artists, nationalities and experiences, Sasha’s Bloc is fueled by bassist and songwriter Alex Gershman that all together delivers a sound that is consistently big, boisterous, full of spirit and rich.

The group has built a name for itself in recent years via multiple sold out concerts at the key Jazz Clubs in Los Angeles, including Catalina Bar and Grill, Vibrato, Baked Potato and Vitello's.

For additional information on the show please go to:

Tickets: $50-$150 and can be purchased in advance
8:00PM PST
To purchase tickets please go to:

For more information about Sasha’s Bloc or to set an interview with Alex Gershman or other band members, please contact Chip Schutzman at Miles High Productions: 323-806-0400 or

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Mystery Author Reveals Massive Government Conspiracy in his Latest Release

In Lady Justice and the Conspiracy, the 21st volume in his award-winning series, mystery author, Robert Thornhill, exposes a government conspiracy that affects every American.

Independence, MO, September 09, 2015 - Often truth is stranger than fiction, but in this case, mystery author, Robert Thornhill, uses fiction to expose a far reaching government conspiracy that affects every American

Are we being poisoned?
Those fluffy white trails crisscrossing the sky --- some say they are simply water vapor frozen into crystals. Others say they are deadly chemicals, some of which are used for military defense, and others used to control the weather and the world’s food supply.

Are the chemtrails really part of a clandestine government conspiracy? In Lady Justice and the Conspiracy, four people believe so, and claim they have proof, but each of their lives comes to a tragic and mysterious end before they can offer their proof to the world.

Thornhill, after exhausting research, introduces his readers to verifiable government programs including Indigo Skyfold, Project Cloverleaf, Geo-engineering and HAARP, the massive transmitter array located in Gakona, Alaska.

Christina Jones writes, “After Edward Snowden burst our complacent bubble that our government would never spy on us, just the “bad guys”, Americans have become suspicious of all activities. One recurring conspiracy involves the use of military planes to control weather, genetically modify our food supply, inoculate the citizenry without their knowledge and/or cause metabolic changes in the DNA structures by the use of chemicals, and geoengineering for the greater good. Robert Thornhill plunges his alter-ego Walt Williams into the middle of the fray and gives the reader references at the end of his tale so that they can decide for themselves what is fact and what is fiction in this saga of possible governmental conspiracy. Are we becoming paranoid without justification; afraid of all that rustles? Or should we be looking over our shoulders in order to keep ourselves safe? Is it too late to save ourselves? Do we need saving?”

Harold Mitzner writes, “I have followed Robert Thornhill's novels since the beginning.

This is by far the best one yet. He has addressed many timely and relevant issues over the course of his 20+ books, but this subject is one of the most intriguing. The premise is: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. We live in a time when those concepts have become evident if we are aware. I like the way this book was the only way it really could. You will have to read it for yourselves to find out.”

Eric James writes, “Robert Thornhill has no fear when it comes to tackling enormous issues. He once again took on a very delicate and controversial subject, tackled it from all sides, exposed the inner workings of a conspiracy, and escaped cleanly out the other side. If this book doesn’t get you thinking about what is going on in our world, then you need to take off the blinders and look up.

“In Lady Justice and the Conspiracy, he takes on the biggest topic in all his books so far, yet still manages to present the facts, stay objective, and all the while weaving a thrilling and intriguing fictional story.”

For more information, references, and videos, go to

Robert Thornhill
Books By Bob
11323 E. 37th Terr Ct S
Independence, MO 64057

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa Announces A Contest In Celebration of California Wine Month

The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey announces a contest in celebration of California Wine Month!

Monterey, CA, August 31, 2015 – The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey announces a contest in celebration of California Wine Month!

Contest Details:
We are lucky to live in a state abundant with fabulous wines…several of which we feature here at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa! What’s your favorite California Wine we serve at TusCA or Knuckles and why? Post favorites on our Facebook Page all month long (pictures encouraged) and our favorite posts will receive a dinner for two at #TusCA paired with California Wines selected by Chef Steve!

*Enter between September 1st- September 30th. Winner announced October 1st.

About Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course:
Nestled in 22 acres of soaring Monterey Pines, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course is a destination resort providing the discerning traveler the quintessential Monterey experience. Its location offers guests close proximity to downtown Monterey and Monterey Airport and easy access to some of the Peninsula’s most well-known attractions. With its warm, contemporary ambiance, elegant furnishings and convenient amenities, the hotel offers both leisure and business travelers a Northern California respite of unmatched serenity and comfort. Features include 550 guestrooms including 32 suites, and the President’s house, TusCA Ristorante, Knuckles Sports Bar, Fireplace Lounge, a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, tennis courts, pools and whirlpools, and 12,000 square foot full service spa. The hotel is located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, California. For information call (831) 372-1234 or visit

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea Announces New Pin it to Win it Contest

Wine Tasting with friends is always a good time and we are fortunate to live in California with so many wineries to choose from.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, September 01, 2015 - Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea announces its new Pin It To Win It contest! Wine Tasting with friends is always a good time and we are fortunate to live in California with so many wineries to choose from. Share your fun pics out wine tasting on our Pinterest Page all month long and our favorite post will win a one-night stay with a Carmel-by-the-Sea Wine Passport to enjoy the #CarmelWineWalk! We will also choose two other winners to receive the Wine Passport to enjoy the Carmel Wine Walk! Happy Posting!

• Follow us on Pinterest:
• Pin your wine tasting images and don’t forget to use the hashtags #HofsasHouse and #CaliforniaWineMonth
• Email a link to your board to
• One lucky winner will receive a one-night stay at our beautiful hotel in Carmel and two other winners we receive passes to enjoy the Carmel Wine Walk!
• Contest runs September 1st-September 30th. Winner announced October 5th.

About Hofsas House:
Owned and operated by the Theis Family, Hofsas House Hotel is within walking distance of everything Carmel has to offer, including a stunning beach, fine restaurants and shops and wine tasting. It provides peaceful respite and European charm just minutes from Monterey, Pebble Beach, Big Sur and Pacific Grove. The Hofsas House’s 38 spacious, one-of-a-kind rooms boast European comfort and lovely views and amenities such as fireplaces, private balconies, wet bars, kitchens and patios. Large suites provide the perfect stay for newlyweds and anyone else seeking an extra special getaway. Dutch doors in every room allow guests to welcome in the ocean air, and free WiFi enables them to stay connected — if they want to.

The Hofsas House Hotel family works to ensure every visitor's experience is special, striving to offer the highest quality personal services. Consider the continental breakfast, abundant with fresh French Roast coffee, tea, juice, fruit and pastries from a neighborhood bakery, or the personalized concierge services for guests and their families, including their four-legged family members, who are welcome as well.

For large groups — wedding parties, company meetings, family reunions and others — Hofsas House Hotel offers a spacious room equipped with a fireplace and full kitchen that can comfortably accommodate 40 people. A heated pool, dry saunas, decks with views and off-street parking are on-site as well.

Hofsas House Hotel is located on San Carlos Street, north of Fourth Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea. For more information, call (831) 624-2745 or visit

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455