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ABBACADABRA Continues to Revive the Unforgettable Solid Gold Sound of ABBA This Fall

ABBACADABRA Continues to Revive the Unforgettable Solid Gold Sound of ABBA This Fall

The astonishing tribute band, ABBACADABRA (, give fans an endless summer as they hit cities in California, Nevada and North Dakota this fall, including a stop at Norsk Hostfest – the largest Scandinavian American Festival in North America.

Driven by the dynamic musical vision of group founder Gary Raffanelli—a dead ringer for ABBA’s Benny Andersson—ABBACADABRA has become an entertainment sensation in its own right since its debut at the Eldorado Resort and Casino in Reno on New Year’s Eve 2004. The ensemble, which features Fred Sampson (Bjorn), Christine Shelton (Frida) and Raffanelli’s longtime musical partner Sandra Selby (Agnetha), has been a smash throughout Northern Nevada, performing multiple times performing multiple times at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Caesar’s Palace, Reno’s Silver Legacy, and most recently at the Las Vegas Hilton.”

Managed by Jerry Greenberg–– the former president of Atlantic Records and discoverer of ABBA—along with James Elliott, ABBACADABRA consistently performs spot-on shows featuring ABBA’s hit songs in front of energetic crowds. Raffanelli, the band’s front man, commented about a recent show in Vegas, “The three day experience at the Las Vegas Hilton Showroom almost seemed imaginary. And appearing in the theater where I saw Elvis actually performed was completely surreal.”

In other news, ABBACADABRA was recently signed to perform on the inaugural cruise for Royal Caribbean‘s newest ship, the Oasis of the Seas, during Thanksgiving week. ABBACADABRA is the only group in the cruise lines’ history to perform on four inaugurals in a row.

Check out the band’s remaining 2009 tour schedule below.

September 4, 5 & 7

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

The South Shore Room

Lake Tahoe, NV

7:30 PM

September 17

Lodi Grape Festival

Festival Grounds
413 E. Lockeford St.

Lodi, CA

7 & 9 PM

September 30 – October 3

Norsk Hostfest
Minot, ND

Concerts Daily

October 10

El Campanil Performing Arts Theater

602 W. 2nd St.
Antioch, CA

8 PM

December 31 – January 2

Eldorado Resort Showroom

New Year’s Eve Concerts
7:30 PM & 10 PM

Reno, NV




J. Noize ( ) understands instinctively that his native Chicago’s musical reputation is the envy of the world, yet the 24-year-old hip-hop producer-turned-rapper is undaunted in his quest to add his unique flavor to the 2nd city’s glorious history.  With the release of his debut project, Young, Gifted & Black (Y.B.G), on the Soul Electric, J. Noize pours his heart and soul into a series of tracks that weave together to tell a story of the city and its denizens, yet each cut stands on its own as a singular masterpiece. As a rapper, J. Noize brings a reporter’s keen eye for observation of the underbelly of street life, in the process, exposing necessary knowledge for uplifting those stuck in an environment where there is seemingly no way out.

J. Noize’s musical style, a gathering of hip-hop history from coast to coast and all points in between, suggests that he will indeed reach his lofty goal on Young, Gifted & Black (Y.B.G.). The collection, executive produced by John Hoerni and Roy Davis Jr., with production assistance from platinum producers Tim & Bob, Waajeed of the R&B group Platinum Pied Pipers, Doc Link, Joey Fernandez (who co-engineered the project with Kid Soul) and J. Noize’s own Heat Fam Productions, pulls the listener into his vision.

Along with Yung Nef, J. Noize is co-founder of Heat Fam Productions.  Their love affair with music caused them to bond together and to dedicate themselves to raising the rap and hip-hop bar as high as possible.  Despite his young age, J. Noize stands on solid ground, experience-wise: “I’ve been producing for 10 years and started emceeing in high school.” While in high school, friends and family encouraged J Noize to enter talent contests in order to further his career. One of the loudest voices of encouragement was his own brother, House music legend Roy Davis, Jr., whose remixes catapulted the careers of the likes of Eric Benet, Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, Seal, and Terry Dexter, who adds her voice to the driving single, Bangin’ Beats and Dope Rhymes.”

After high school, J. Noize—a.k.a. Jason Davis—attended Chicago State University where none other than Kanye West’s late mother, Donda West, who was a teacher at the university, gave J. Noize her stamp of approval. “She said to me after I played her a four-song demo, ‘I’m gonna be honest with you, son, this is your calling in life.’”  Armed with such a ringing endorsement, J. Noize threw all his efforts into improving his craft. “That was my motivation to continue as an MC and as a producer.” Friends later encouraged him to enter the “Dynamic Producers 2005” beat battle, where he ended up winning the city-wide competition in its only incarnation. By winning, J. Noize realized he truly had the goods to take his talents to a larger stage.

When J. Noize related Mrs. West’s glowing critique, Roy Davis flew J. Noize to Los Angeles, where he was producing tracks for Dexter. “Roy has been like a brother/father to me. I was the last of four children, and Roy pretty much guided me through everything I was going through while growing up; he was my rock and kept me focused in the right direction.” While in Los Angeles, J. Noize absorbed all the nuances of a state-of-the-art studio, and took the experience back to Chicago, where his reputation grew as one of the top underground producers in the city. Over the years, J. Noize worked with Chicago acts King David & Goliath, Brittany Jenean and, currently, Erin Martin. So, with his reputation assured, J. Noize calls in favors from the above-mentioned and more of the cream of the Second City hip-hop scene to flesh out his ideas and turn a dream into reality. Other featured artists on Y.G. B. include vocalists Kaye Fox, Andrew Bees of Black Uhuru, Manny and I.M.A.G.E., and rappers D-Illa ( J. Noize’s older brother), Kazi the Blak and Sunn.

J. Noize feels that Chicago’s musical reputation –from electric blues to House to R. Kelly to hip-hop/rap stars Twista, Common and, of course Kanye West, will continue to grow. Because of its central position, the Midwest draws influences from the East, West and the South. ““Chicago has a multitude of styles, depending on which area of the city you come from,” he notes. “It’s a melting pot. We draw off different things from each side. You’ve got the Lupe Fiascos, the Shawnnas, the Twistas, Do or Die, Crucial Conflict, the Kanyes. So it covers a large breadth of playaz that represent the city on a nation-wide level. I’m looking to add my flavor to that mix.”

J. Noize gathers his material from a wide range of influences, influences that cover the “Golden Age” of rap, hip-hop and R&B. “LL Cool J, Nas, Tupac Shakur, Scarface, Outkast, Organized Noize, the Dogg Pound and 8 Ball & MJG were some of the acts I looked up to. Producers that influenced my style were DJ Premier, Dr. Dre, Kanye of course, No I.D. from here in Chicago, Just Blaze, Slice Tee and T-Mix and Jazze Pha. Oh, and DJ Quik; I can’t forget him; he’s one of my favorite producers. Favorite R&B atrist R. Kelly, Joe, Musiq Soulchild, Maxwel, Usher,  Justin Timberlake, Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, D’Angelo—whom my brother Roy worked with—Mary J. Blige, Dwele, Faith Evans… The list goes on.”

The 1st single from Y.B.G is “Find Him,” a tale of finding one’s positive direction in life. R&B diva Terry Dexter joins  J. Noize, and later adds her voice, along with Sunn on “Bangin’ Beats & Dope Rhymes,” a hypnotic track that amply supports J. Noize as he spits hot rhymes. “Warning Shots” is an ominous tale of the senseless and seeming endless gang violence that saturates everyday life in the inner city which features Andrew Bees of Black Uhuru. The message, over a ragamuffin reggae rhythm coupled with a crunching beat, paints a grim picture that warns of malfeasance from both those sworn to uphold the law and the street denizens looking to survive some way, somehow. Young, Gifted & Black also features an appearance by Kazi The Blak along with Virgil Strafford on Knocking on Heavens Door Pt.3.

J. Noize stresses that the positive slant of his music is no better or worse than that of rappers who, seemingly, glory in the rough and tumble gang life: “I don’t take away anything from any other artist and how they make their music. That’s just the way I was raised by my parents. I was always instilled with morals and values: Those are the same morals and values that I want to present to the world.” His mother, Patricia Davis, who passed away in 2002, was an in-demand background vocalist in the Chicago area, while his father, Roy Davis, Sr., is a drafting engineer. “There was always music in the house, and by the time I came along, she was the piano player for our church. We come from a family that has a long musical bloodline in the church.”

Once his project is on cruise, J. Noize will concentrate on partner Yung Nef’s solo project called PRODUCA MC. He’s soon to be 20, but Yung Nef is already one of the best producers in Chicago,” J. Noize notes. Then, J. Noize plans to concentrate on D-Illa’s PRODUCTS & GOODS project, which is scheduled for release in 2010 next year. “We’re working very diligently on those two projects,” he emphasizes, “but we’re going to continue to solidify the Chicago area talent. I feel we always leave our city short-handed because the entertainment industry is pretty much based in New York or Los Angeles or Atlanta or Miami. I want to emphasize with my listeners three points on this project: First and foremost, God first. Second, it has to have a message. And third, the beat’s gotta be slammin’!”

Friday night it’s DJ Stevie D, Sunday night Herold White and the Country Masters!

SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA – End your summer with a big ban with fireworks and top-notch Central Florida band Paradise Saturday night, dine and dance with DJ Stevie D Friday night and enjoy Herold White and the Country Masters’ Band Sunday night, all at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla.

In addition to the huge fireworks at dusk Saturday night and music all weekend, the SOSMP also offers camping on the beautiful Suwannee River, mini and disc golf, hiking, golf cart rental, Bubba Slide, canoe rental, Country Store, world’s largest bat house (and the bats have returned!), enclosed honey bee exhibit, arts and crafts and much, much more. Happy hour on the deck of the SOS Café is 4 – 6 p.m.

The headline group for the weekend, Paradise, has been for 20 years and continues to be one of Orlando’s most requested bands for musical entertainment for special events such as conventions, trade shows and corporate events! The band includes vocalists, guitars, a three-piece horn section, percussionist, keyboard, bass and drummers to spice things up! Paradise has played for Universal Studios, Sea World of Orlando, Give Kids the World, Sysco Foods, U.S. Navy, Make A Wish Foundation, Hallmark, American Cancer Association, Hard Rock Live, House of Blues, and the NFL. Highlights of the band’s shows include a corporate dinner-dance program with Ray Charles in San Juan, PR for American Express, opening for Bruce Hornsby & the Range at Light-Up Orlando, New Year’s Eve parties with The Commodores, Chubby Checker, Richard Elliot and Ramsey Lewis, sharing the stage with Wilson Pickett for Publix Corporation; backing up Donnie Osmond and Marilyn McCoo for Children’s Miracle Network at Epcot Center and MGM Studios; exclusive band for PGA Merchandise awards show for four years in a row and corporate shows in San Antonio, Aruba and Sun City, South Africa.

Admission to the Music Hall Friday and Sunday night is $5 and may be applied to food and beverage purchases Friday and Sunday night only. Admission Saturday night to the Music Hall is $10. Don’t forget your dancing shoes! Doors open at 6 p.m., shows begin at 7 p.m. all three nights.

Admission to the SOSMP during the weekend for non-campers is $10 per carload.

Sponsors for this Labor Day Celebration are B & B Food Store, Johnson & Johnson, 1st Street Music & Sound Company, WQHL 98.1, Suwannee Democrat, Lake City Reporter, Lake City Advertiser, Power County 102 and WLVO 106.1.

If you would like to find out more about this weekend’s events, please call the SOSMP at 386-364-1683 or go to We will be looking for ya’ll this Labor Day weekend! Bring the kids!

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park – voted Best Live Music Venue in Florida for 2009.


Bobblehead Adventures Continue As Cast Members From “The Office” Connect With Desktop Doppelgangers



Fans Of “The Office” Can Make Their Own Bobblehead Connection At



New York, NY – August 31, 2009 – It started with Dwight. And then slowly, inexorably, it began to spread to the others, with Steve Carell (Michael Scott), Oscar Nunez (Oscar Martinez), Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin), Creed Bratton (Creed), and B.J. Novak (Ryan Howard), all finding themselves face to face with desk top sized versions of their characters featuring spring-loaded necks, and heads that can be set a-jiggle with a flick of the finger.


But the insanity doesn’t stop there.


The next bobblehead from “The Office” is slated to debut on Thursday, September 3, with a new bobblehead emerging every Thursday from then through October.


Fans of “The Office” can connect with the entire tribe of bobbles here at where they are available for purchase. Moving forward, will continue to capture the first meeting of each actor and their bobblehead through the magic of video technology. The bobble introductions conducted so far can be found here at




4th Annual Global Event Honoring The Blockbuster, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror and Comic Book Genres of the Year

Tapes Saturday, October 17 At The Greek Theater In Los Angeles


 “SCREAM 2009” Nominees Chosen By Advisory Board of Hollywood And Genre Leaders Including

Tim Burton, Wes Craven, Roland Emmerich, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Eli Roth,

Zack Snyder And Many More


Two-Hour Event To Reveal Exclusive World Premiere Footage Of The Most Anticipated Releases of 2010


Voting Begins Today Only At


New York, NY, August 31, 2009 Resistance is futile” this October as Spike TV presents the fourth annual “SCREAM,” the first and only global event of its kind to honor the best in  sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic genres.  Taping on Saturday, October 17 at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA, “SCREAM 2009” celebrates the hottest films, tv shows, comics, actors, creators, icons and pioneers who have influenced and shaped the industry.  This year’s show will also continue the tradition of featuring exclusive World Premieres from some of the most anticipated movies of 2010.  The two-hour extravaganza will premiere on Spike TV on Tuesday, October 27 (10:00 PM-Midnight, ET/PT).  Presenters and musical performers will be announced shortly.


“Eight out of the 10 highest grossing films of all time are in  the ‘SCREAM’ genres, which is due to the incredible passion and loyalty of these fans,” said Casey Patterson, executive producer of “SCREAM 2009” and senior vice president of event production, talent development and studio relations for Spike TV.  “We’re thrilled to once again to present the only global event honoring their heroes.”


Some of the nominees’ reactions include:


 “Without all of the fans, the claws would have been sheathed a long time ago!  Thank you so much,” said Hugh Jackman after hearing he was nominated for two “SCREAM” awards and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was nominated for 13.


“Everyone knows it’s the VILLAINS who have the most fun.  Thanks to the ‘SCREAM’ team and congrats to everyone at ‘True Blood.’  This is very exciting for the whole show,” said Best Villain nominee and star of  HBO’s “True Blood” Alexander Skarsgard.


“Thank you for the nomination and thank you for letting me frighten you.  I look forward to doing it again sometime soon,” said Ryan Kwanten after hearing he was nominated for Best Horror Actor for his role as Jason Stackhouse on “True Blood.”


“Getting nominated for kissing a Vulcan is a better fate than logic,” said “Star Trek’s” Zoe Saldana after getting word she received two “SCREAM” Awards nominations for Best Breakout Performance: Female and Best Science Fiction Actress.


J.J. Abrams’ Sci-Fi action-adventure “Star Trek” tops the list with 17 nominations including The Ultimate Scream, Best Science Fiction Movie, Best Director, Best Ensemble, Holy Sh*t Scene of the Year and a nod in the all-new Fight-to-the-Death Scene of the Year category.  Comic book-inspired blockbusters “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “Watchmen” each nabbed 13 nominations, while HBO’s vampire-themed television series “True Blood” garnered nine nominations.  A full list of categories and nominations are included below. 


Ballots were sent out to Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2009” advisory board, consisting of some of the most respected and well-known members of the horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic book worlds who were responsible for advising on categories and determining nominees in each category.  All films, television shows and comic books were deemed eligible for inclusion if they were released between August 9, 2008 and July 15, 2009 and were representative of the genres listed.  Winners will be determined by online voting at


Esteemed members of this year’s advisory board* include:

*A full list of Spike TV’s 2009 Advisory Board members can be found on


Tim Burton, (writer/director/producer “Edward Scissorhands”)

Wes Craven (writer/director “A Nightmare on Elm Street”)        

Roland Emmerich (writer/producer/director, “Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “2012”) 

Neil Gaiman (writer/producer “Beowulf,” “Stardust,” “Mirrormask”)

Frank Miller (writer/producer/director “Sin City,” “300,” writer/producer “The Spirit”)                                      

Eli Roth (writer/producer/director, “Hostel,” “Cell”, “Cabin Fever”)         

Zack Snyder (director, “300,” “Watchmen”)



Beginning today, Monday, August 31 and continuing until Saturday, October 17 fans can vote for their favorites, as well as view exclusive red carpet and backstage coverage of the event, by visiting


The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2009” are Subaru and Taco Bell.


Following are several of the categories and nominees for Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2009:”  For the full list fans can go to


THE ULTIMATE SCREAM                                                                 BEST FANTASY MOVIE

-“Drag Me to Hell”                                                                                 -“Coraline”

-“Let the Right One In”                                                                          -“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

-“Star Trek”                                                                                            -“Twilight”

-“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”                                                 -“Up”     

-“Twilight”                                                                                             -“Watchmen”

-“Up”                                                                                                      -“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”


BEST HORROR MOVIE                                                                     BEST SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE

-“Dead Snow”                                                                                         -“Knowing”

-“Drag Me to Hell”                                                                                 -“Moon”

-“Friday the 13th”                                                                                   -“Outlander”

-“Let the Right One In”                                                                          -“Star Trek”

-“My Bloody Valentine 3D”                                                                  -“Terminator Salvation”

-“Splinter”                                                                                              -“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”



-Ed Asner; “Up”                                                                                     -Bruce Campbell; “My Name is Bruce”

-Hugh Jackman; “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”                                       -Michael C. Hall; “Dexter”

-Robert Pattinson; “Twilight”                                                                -Kåre Hedebrant; “Let the Right One In”

-Brad Pitt; “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”                             -Justin Long; “Drag Me to Hell”

-Daniel Radcliffe; “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”                -Ryan Kwanten; “True Blood”

-Michael Sheen; “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”                              -Stephen Moyer; “True Blood”



– Jennifer Carpenter; “Quarantine”                                                         -Scarlett Johansson; “The Spirit”

– Jaime King; “My Bloody Valentine 3D”                                             -Jaime King; “The Spirit”

-Lina Leandersson; “Let the Right One In”                                            -Rhona Mitra; “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”

-Alison Lohman; “Drag Me to Hell”                                                      -Kristen Stewart; “Twilight”

-Anna Paquin; “True Blood”                                                                  -Emma Watson; “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

-Monica Potter; “The Last House on the Left”


BEST COMIC BOOK                                                                         BEST COMIC BOOK MOVIE

Green Lantern                                                                                       -“Dragonball Evolution”

Hack/Slash                                                                                            -“Punisher: War Zone”

Kick-Ass                                                                                                 -“The Spirit”

Thor                                                                                                       -“Watchmen”

The Walking Dead                                                                                 -“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”

-Wolverine: Old Man Logan                                                                                                                                 


BEST DIRECTOR                                                                                BEST VILLAIN                                                    

-J.J. Abrams; “Star Trek”                                                                       -Eric Bana as Nero; “Star Trek”

-Tomas Alfredson; “Let the Right One In”                                            -Cam Gigandet as James; “Twilight”

-Michael Bay; “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”                          -Lorna Raver as Mrs. Ganush; :Drag Me to Hell”

-Pete Doctor & Bob Peterson; “Up”                                                      -Liev Schrieber as Victor Creed/Sabretooth; “X-Men”

-Duncan Jones; “Moon”                                                                         -Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman; “True Blood”                               

-Sam Raimi; “Drag Me to Hell”                                                             



-The Death Eaters Attack London; “Harry Potter and the                    -The Arm Removal Surgery; “Splinter”

Half-Blood Prince”                                                                                 -Arms Cut Off by Rotary Saw; “Watchmen”

-The Destruction of Manhattan; “Watchmen”                                       -The Eyeball Cake; “Drag Me to Hell”

-Space Dive onto Orbital Drill; “Star Trek”                                           -Head Ripped Apart by Nazi Zombies; “Dead Snow”

-The Séance; “Drag Me to Hell”                                                             -The Pendulum; “Saw V”

-The Subway Crash; “Knowing”                                                            -The Swimming Pool Scene; “Let the Right One In”

-The Swimming Pool Scene; “Let the Right One In”



OR TV SHOW                                                                                      OR TV SHOW

-Nicolas Cage; “Knowing”                                                                      -Moon Bloodgood; “Terminator Salvation”

-Josh Holloway; “Lost”                                                                         -Eliza Dushku; “dollhouse”

-Shia LaBeouf; “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”                          -Megan Fox; “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

-Chris Pine; “Star Trek”                                                                         -Lena Headey; “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”

-Zachary Quinto; “Star Trek”                                                                -Katee Sackhoff; “Battlestar Galactica”

-Sam Rockwell; “Moon”                                                                        -Zoe Saldana; “Star Trek”


Casey Patterson, Michael Levitt,  and Cindy Levitt serve as executive producers for “SCREAM 2009.”  Greg Sills is supervising producer, Gary Tellalian and Austin Reading are producers and Hamish Hamilton will direct.