Ten Awesome Reasons to Road Trip to AURA Music Festival 2015

Categories: Music Festivals

Pictography by Margaret
Courtesy of AURA Music & Arts Festival

By Tracy Block

There's not much quite like AURA Music & Arts Festival. Though in its sixth incarnation, for the past three years, this celebration of all things art, sound, mind, and body has returned to Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. It's a time and place where you can catch forty diverse jam acts whose styles range from the innocent and melodic to trippy and nasty. It's also a spot where folks can come together and exercise their inner yogis or buy some one-of-a-kind artwork.

The fest starts on March 6 and runs through the 8th. Whether it's camping in the woods or pimping out an RV, the AURA experience is all about what you make of it. On the fence about embarking on the trek to Northern Florida? There's all kinds of reasons you should pack up your car and cruise out, and here are ten of the finest.

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Jerry Seinfeld is the Benjamin Button of Comedy

Categories: Comedy

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Jerry takes Kevin Hart for a spin in an episode of his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

One of the worst things that can happen to your favorite stand up comic is wild, unbridled success. Once they start selling out arenas, the end is near.

There's something about reaching the top that triggers that self-destructive part of the brain that's usually a bit more pronounced in all great stand ups.

Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, and Andrew Dice Clay, all saw the peaks and pits of their careers come within months of each other. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart seem to be riding the same massive waves that have crushed other comedy careers with relative ease. We're all crossing our fingers in hopes that they can maintain their balance. And Chris Rock has been able to remain a relevant force in the comedy community.

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Vanilla Fudge's Mark Stein Reminisces about Touring with Jimi Hendrix from His Fort Lauderdale Home

Categories: Interviews

Courtesy of Vanilla Fudge
Still tasty: Vanilla Fudge is keeping the spirit of '67 alive.

"I don't know about this weather lately. Everybody's getting colds. I've had bronchitis. Oh man, it's bad." The weather classic rock band Vanilla Fudge's founder, singer, and keyboardist Mark Stein is referring to isn't related to the snow storms that have been plaguing our Northern neighbors. Actually, he's complaining about the climate here at home in South Florida.

All this seems strange coming from Stein who's a New Jersey native. But he's resided in Fort Lauderdale for the past fifteen years, one of a growing number of aging rock stars who have sought shelter in the sun.

"My son was living down here in the '90s, and my wife and I were in New Jersey at the time," Stein explains. "When we'd come down and visit, I just fell in love with Fort Lauderdale and the whole tropical vibe. I remember driving up by the ocean and looking at all the boats and the beautiful blue green water and enjoying the warm temperatures. At the time, I was really into swimming and a lot of outside activities, and we just got the bug."

Even if he's not exactly satisfied with the current atmospheric conditions, he still has reason to rejoice. Vanilla Fudge, once heralded as one of the forebears of progressive symphonic rock, have released a new album, only its second since they reformed in 2005. Dubbed Spirit of '67, it finds the band putting its spin on some familiar standards from 1967, the year when the Fudge first formed.

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Lisa "Noodles" Hayden-Gordon's Car Found in Water at Cooley's Landing Marina

Categories: Music News

Andrea Richard
Police tow Lisa's car out of the water.

Reported by Andrea Richard

Update: On Sunday March 1, 2015, the police confirmed that the body in the car was that of Lisa "Noodles" Hayden-Gordon. Her funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale, 3970 NW 21 Ave., Oakland Park.

Lisa "Noodles" Hayden-Gordon's car was dredged out of the waterway behind Cooley's Landing Marina at about 1:35 p.m. on Friday, February 27. Using the boat ramp, Westway Towing pulled the mud-covered vehicle from the water. According to Fort Lauderdale Detective Tracy Figone, the company assisted with the search for her car.

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‪Friends Still Searching for Lisa "Noodles" Hayden-Gordon a Month After She Disappeared

Categories: Music News

Noodles is still missing.
If you see her, contact the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

Update: It's been confirmed that Lisa's car was found at Cooley's Landing Marina. There is a body inside the vehicle, but police will not confirm whose it is.

When Fort Lauderdale musician and piano teacher, Lisa "Noodles" Hayden-Gordon, was reported missing, her family, friends, and the South Florida music community quickly responded by launching an extensive search. They posted tirelessly on social media, created findnoodles.com, and distributed flyers around downtown Fort Lauderdale asking for any new information on her whereabouts. She was last seen around 1 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

Teajay Smith, photographer and longtime friend, was hanging out with Noodles the night before she disappeared. "She came over to comfort me about some anxiety I was having. We talked for about three and half hours and may have talked about every love we'd ever had," she recalls, also saying that Noodles didn't appear to be distressed at the time and was saving her money for a summer road trip.

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West Palm Musician Keelan O'Carroll Helps People Through the Power of Music

Categories: Interviews

Thomas Pinyati
Live shot

Florida native Keelan O'Carroll has known he wanted to make music since he was a 16-year-old kid, locked away in his room teaching himself to play guitar and pouring out all his teenage angst into lyrics.

Although music was always a passion, the West Palm musician only became serious about making his mark on the South Florida music scene about three years ago when he started putting the pieces of newly released EP, Words, together. He says that it offers a good idea of what he's been doing for the past 16 years. "I was writing, and some of the stuff that I recorded was newer and some of it was those ideas and things from when I was 16," he explains.

This Irish Floridian is more interested in the impact his songs have on others than on the sexier side of being a performing musician. When asked why he loves what he does he had a heartfelt answer. "Music has done so much for me throughout my life. Really, I just wanted to be able to give something back," and he's all about helping others with his words. Speaking of his track "Words" he explained, "It's all about the power of what we say and how we can build people up or tear people down."

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Boots, aka Jordy Asher, Premiers Short Film Motorcycle Jesus

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Jordy Asher is super big time.

Lately, there is no local musician that typifies the "local boy made good" idea more than Broward County native Jordy Asher. Dude has seriously hit the big time since moving to New York City a few years back. He's been known to County Grind readers for quite a while for his work with such sonic forces as Blonds, Young Circles, Blond Fuzz and Stonefox. But on the national level, Asher came out of seemingly nowhere to produce and write a significant portion of Queen Bey's impressive 2013 effort Beyonce. Not many people we know go from playing local dives in Lake Worth one minute to, in a matter of months, landing on the credits of the album from one of the music industry's biggest players.

Under the new nom de plume Boots, Asher quickly caught the world's attention. Who was this mysterious producer with the great footwear? Although somewhat begrudgingly, Boots' identity was unveiled (in part due to our recognition of his hirsute mug on one of Boots promo shots). Asher has really branched out since his work with Beyonce (for which he earned an Album of the Year Grammy), working with such a diverse range of artists as Run the Jewels, FKA Twigs, and Autolux.

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David Cronenberg Talks About His New Film, Maps to the Stars

Categories: Film and TV

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Mia Wasikowska in Maps to the Stars

Celebrities are flesh, David Cronenberg would say. Maps to the Stars, the latest film from the cult director, paints a grim picture behind the veneer of celebrity, but it also probes deep below the surface to explore damaged people in search of validity through speciousness.

Maps to the Stars follows a family of Hollywood archetypes disrupted by the appearance of an interloper (Mia Wasikowska), whose face and arms are mutilated by a childhood fire. She is Agatha, the sister of 13-year-old child star Benjie Weiss (Evan Bird), who is fresh out of rehab and hooked on energy drinks. Benjie's mother, a archetypal stage mother (Olivia Williams), pushes him to get back work on a sequel for a schlocky comedy hit called Bad Babysitter. His father (John Cusack) is a new-age sage who has his own TV show and offers private sessions that combine reflexology and Jungian psychoanalysis.

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SunFest Announces Impressive 2015 Lineup With Pixies, Kaskade, Wilco, ScHoolboy Q

Categories: Music Festivals

Kaskade is gonna make SunFest that much kooler.

West Palm Beach's annual five-day downtown cultural jamboree, SunFest, returns in 2015 with what we can honestly call an impressive lineup.

Each year (for 33 years), the list of performers serves to satisfy the tastes of more than just the 20- to 25-year old raver crowd. Organizers always are clever about who they book. Since the crowd's demographic includes every age from babies to great-grandparents, the acts reflect all ages and tastes that attend, including the youngest millennials.

This year, though, it seems SunFest has done a particularly interesting job with its list of musicians. Click on to make some impressive-sounding sounds while reading the full register.

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Five Things to Do Under $15 This Weekend

Categories: Things To Do

Staton Carter
Don't miss this palefaced duo at Dada.

5. Paleface at Dada with special guest David K
10:15 p.m. Thursday, February 26, at Dada, 52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. No cover. Visit Facebook.
Grammy winner Beck's former roommate Paleface comes back to play in a living room setting at one of his regular stomping grounds, Delray's chic and delicious restaurant bar Dada. Accompanying him is his long time girlfriend and bandmember Mo who'll be playing the drums and doing backup vocals. Indie with bluegrass undertones, Paleface is sure to please and keep your head bobbing all night long.

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