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Date Set for 2014 Little Walter Music Festival
Date Published: Aug 12, 2013
Alexandria, La – The 2nd Little Walter Music Festival will take place Saturday, May 24, 2014, in downtown Alexandria, Louisiana. Details and entertainment lineup will be announced at a later date.
“We are excited to announce the festival will be held again in Alexandria in 2014,” said Sherry Ellington, Executive Director of the Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The response from the 2013 festival was tremendous and we are already receiving inquiries about next year’s festival.”
Ellington also said the festival committee is working on an entertainment line-up that will range from local talent at the Amphitheater during the day to a ticketed concert at the Alexandria Riverfront Center in the evening.
For more information about the Alexandria/Pineville area, including hotel and restaurant listings, and the Little Walter Music Festival, visit http://www.theheartoflouisiana.com or call (800) 551-9546. For information on Little Walter, visit http://www.littlewalterfoundation.org.
And the man can skate too!
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jason Brown makes it sound so simple: The stakes of the U.S. Figure Skating Championship don't make for pressure, just a chance to show off for a big crowd. The 20-year-old Olympian won the short program Friday, setting himself up for his first national title. Brown posted a career-best 93.36 points to lead Joshua Farris by 2.96, while four-time U.S. champ Jeremy Abbott was third, another .47 back. Brown still doesn't do a quad jump, all but a necessity to contend for medals at major international competitions. But he can still rack up points with the rest of his performance, which proved to be plenty at the U.S. Championships, where Farris and Abbott didn't do a quad, either. Brown landed his four triples with ease Friday. Hooking his thumbs in his sequined suspenders and running his hand over that famous ponytail, he kicked and tapped his feet in perfect rhythm to the bluesy "Juke." Article by Associated Press
Marion's note: That's not a bluesy "Juke", that IS the Blues! Congratulations Jason, we are rooting for you in the Long program on Sunday!
Jason Brown, Olympic bronze medalist, US silver medalist and a native of Highland Park, IL is set to make blues history with his selection of "Juke" for his short program in this year's competitions.
"it's a great piece of music," Coach Kori Ade said. "As with our choices for music in the past, again this year we have given Jason two very different genres to explore. This is how we push our skaters artisically."
"I've never done anything bluesy, so it's really fun to play with that and work on it," Brown said. (Ward) Rohene has made the choreography fit the music. It's one of those programs that I am going to be excited to perform and hope the audience gets into it."
Jason, you and Little Walter are one of a kind, and we'll be behind you all the way!
Join us at the 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America in Hoffman Estates, IL (a suburb of Chicago) October 24-26, 2014. Skate America will feature three days of competition in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dance. The field of competitors is expected to include several athletes who competed at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Skate America will be the first of six events that make up the 2014 Grand Prix Series. Other stops include Skate Canada, Cup of China, Trophee Eric Bompard, Rostelecom Cup and NHK Trophy. Skaters earn points throughout the Grand Prix Series to qualify for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in December. The 2014 Grand Prix Final will be held Dec. 11-14, in Barcelona, Spain.
Blues fans all over the world will be able to see live performances from Jason Brown and hear one of Little Walter's greatest hits in a celebration of creativity and world class excellence. (Source: US Figure Skating Association)
Jason will be performing his short program on Friday night, October 24th. We'll be there with a Little Walter Foundation booth on Sunday, so look for us! (Right: Jason's choreographer Rohene Ward with Marion Diaz Reacco.) Rohene told us that it is his lifelong loves of the blues that affected his choice of music, and he had been waiting for years to be able to integrate it into a skating performance.