“No Refunds” – New Ex Norwegian Live Album

Ex Norwegian are done with their #PureGoldTour and have a limited live release titled “No Refunds“. The digital album comprises of 12 songs recorded on their March 2016 tour which sees the band completely rearranging many of their classics as well as revved up versions from their latest studio album, “Pure Gold“. Check it out on BandCamp.


1308 PRODUCTIONS AND NEW PARTNER PREPARE ANOTHER KIDS MUSIC PROGRAM IN HAITI

After another successful school year of supporting music education programs in South Florida, 1308 Productions and new Haiti partner Torch of Hope are preparing for the commencement of a new kids music program in Fauge, Haiti.  Kids in the remote area of Fauge will have the opportunity to participate in beginning music classes, mainly in guitar and flute.  The instruments are being provided by 1308 Productions and the teachers are being provided by Torch of Hope.  Kids will begin the program in September 2015 and updates will be coming in from Fauge at that time. Here are just a few of the 25+ various instruments, being readied for shipment to Haiti in July:

CONCERT FOR BURRIS at NORTH BEACH BANDSHELL

Please join Ex Norwegian, The Velocity Gospel and friends for a celebration of love, music, and devotion to dedication to a man who changed and influenced so many of our lives and left the world a better place than which he found it, Clark Douglas Burris.

SUNDAY, April 3rd at the North Beach Bandshell
7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
FREE EVENT, starts 7PM

The event’s lineup represents four decades of performers born through Burris’ inspiration, not just as a teacher, but also a friend and mentor. All groups are almost entirely comprised of former music students and aides. Burris, the beloved quadriplegic music teacher, fostered hundreds of artists through his 40-year tutelage at Miami Beach Senior High School and his Rock Ensemble program – the first ever of its kind – started back in 1972. Burris passed away on January 28th at the age of 73 after a lifetime battle with multiple sclerosis.

Spacekamel, an up-and-coming groove band, will kick off the show followed by The Macsters, a power pop band who originally formed in the late ‘80s. Psychedelic experimental rock act The Velocity Gospel will follow before Ex Norwegian, proclaimed as one of the “brightest pop rock bands” by RingMaster Review, brings the night to a close. In between acts will be acoustic performers connected to this local legend: David Weinstein, Jennifer Kaiser, Rodolfo Troncoso, and Karen Feldner, and more.

“To Burris, every day was an invitation to enjoy great music. This concert will unite his fans, his friends, and anyone who shares a part of his spirit through their love of music will come together, said Emmanuel Canete. “We will honor him with a once in a lifetime ‘Concert for Burris.’”

Burris wrote in his memoir, Walk & Roll, “The community [always] deserved a free concert, especially around the holidays and in the spring.” This night will stay true to that creed.

The free event at the beautiful open-air North Beach Bandshell welcomes people of all ages and abilities. There will be food trucks and beverage stations available throughout the event.

The city of Miami Beach proclaimed April 11 as “Doug Burris Day,” in recognition of his 40 years of commitment to the musical education of his students, his contribution to the arts and entertainment industry, and for serving as a beacon of accomplishment for others with multiple sclerosis as well as the Miami Beach community at large.

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Ex Norwegian
The Velocity Gospel
The Macsters
spacekamel

More info:
www.northbeachbandshell.com/event/concert-for-burris/
rockensemble.com/CDB/miami-beach-concert-for-burris/
https://www.facebook.com/events/675994592503883/

AN INSPIRATIONAL WOMAN OF VALOR: MICKEY NOVACK

The woman who gave birth in a bomb shelter and ran a South Florida city

Mickey Novack huddled with her family in a bomb shelter as the Nazis launched their air assault, known as the London Blitz, on Sept. 7, 1940.

Mickey Novack Claude PepperNovack’s challenges inside that shelter in Bethnal Green, a Jewish section of London, were just beginning.

“She gave birth to my sister in the bomb shelter during the air raid,” her son, attorney Paul Novack said on Monday, a day after his mother, a former vice mayor for Surfside, died at 97.

“For 40 days and nights, the Nazis bombed them every single day,” he said. “She spent a lot of time in that bomb shelter.”

Two decades later, the little girl born in that shelter as Carole Kent was on her way to becoming cabaret singer Carole Taran. She was a fixture at South Florida’s beachfront hotel lounges in the 1960s and ’70s and was an events producer.

Her mother Mickey, remarried to Robert Novack, worked alongside her daughter and son-in-law Bob for their firm Adam Productions. The company booked name acts like Luciano Pavarotti, Aretha Franklin and Chris Rock for corporate events. (Taran died at age 72 in 2013; another son, Harry Novack, also predeceased his mother.)

In the 1960s, Novack, living in Surfside since 1958, took her son Paul on a trip to see Bethnal Green. Many of its buildings remained in rubble. That imagery, and having lost some members of her family to the Holocaust in Europe, left an impression.

“She loved this country and appreciated it and gave herself to it,” her son said. “She was a trailblazer. She came from a time when women didn’t serve in public positions.”

Novack volunteered as a teacher of business education classes, particularly for girls. When her sons were students at Bay Harbor Elementary in the 1960s, the school lacked air conditioning.

“My mom and other moms took that as a cause and put in the first AC in the old school,” her son said.

Novack served on Surfside’s planning and zoning board from 1975 to 1979 and would spend the next 11 years, until retiring in 1990, as the town’s vice mayor. She was the longest-serving female on the council. During her run, she opposed runaway development, speaking out against developers who wanted variances to build oversized condominiums.

She sponsored an ordinance that outlawed the parking of cars on house lawns for more than 48 hours at a time. “You see cars on lawns everywhere. It’s just disgusting,” she said in a 1986 Miami Herald article.

Paul Novack served as Surfside’s mayor from 1992 to 2004.

Mickey Novack also served as president of Surfside Taxpayers Association, and treasurer for numerous organizations, including Hadassah, Women in Government Service, the PTA of Bay Harbor Elementary and P.R.O.P.S. The latter, a woman’s charitable organization, put on shows with stars like Carol Channing and Phyllis Diller to raise money for women who wanted to pursue careers in entertainment.

In 2008, on her 90th birthday, Novack scored letters of congratulations from President Bill Clinton (“You’ve had the opportunity of living through one of the most fascinating times the world has ever known,” he wrote) and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“The fervor and ardor with which former Vice Mayor Novack devoted herself to the community and her family in conjunction with her life achievements is truly inspirational,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said when she entered Novack’s name into the Congressional Record in 2008.

In addition to her son Paul, Novack is survived by her grandchildren Adam Taran, Jason and Allison Novack, and great-grandchild Samantha Taran.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. March 8 at Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapels, 20955 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura. Donations in her name can be made to 1308 Productions to support scholarships for young musicians and local music education programs.

Obituary appeared March 7th, 2016 on the Miami Herald: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/obituaries/article64671882.html#storylink=cpy

Clark Douglas Burris—A Tribute

A unique, incredible human being.
An inspiration larger than life.
A tune, and a beat, that will be heard forever.

ThankfulForBurris

FEATURED VIDEOS

“For fifteen minutes, Freebird built to a cresendo with so many repeats of the chorus that I began to onder if anyone would, or even could, cue the ending! Someone finally did and the Freebird extravaganza ended with group bows to a standing ovation, and plenty of hugs onstage. In high school I dreamt of becoming a rock star. That night, I was!”
-Doug Burris, Walk and Roll excerpt

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Walk & Roll chronicles the remarkable life of Clark Douglas Burris, a pioneer in music education who founded the Miami Beach Senior High School Rock Ensemble, the first program of its kind in the world. Doug recounts his story with exquisite detail, humor, and uncanny insight into the peaks and valleys of directing alternative music programs for over forty years while enduring the physical challenges of multiple sclerosis. A triumph of the human spirit, Doug’s story demonstrates that passion and determination can overcome any obstacle. Like Doug’s students, readers will find ample inspiration to play in time, live in harmony, plug in, and crank it up.

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Walk And Roll – The Story of Doug Burris

1308 would like to congratulate Miami Beach Sr. High School Rock Ensemble founding director Doug Burris on his brand new book Walk & Roll, released October 2015.

Walk & Roll chronicles the remarkable life of Clark Douglas Burris, a pioneer in music education who founded the Miami Beach Senior High School Rock Ensemble in 1972, among the first programs of its kind in the world.

With exquisite detail, humor, and uncanny insight, Doug recounts the peaks and valleys of directing alternative music programs for over forty years while enduring the physical challenges of multiple sclerosis.

A triumph of the human spirit, Doug’s story demonstrates that passion and determination can overcome any obstacle. Like Doug’s students, readers will find ample inspiration to play in time, live in harmony, plug in, and crank it up.

Order it from Amazon or visit the book’s homepage: http://walkandrollbook.com

Friends and Neighbors: Students honored with Bob Novack Student Music Awards

from the Miami Herald Community Voices, June 4, 2015

Today, I want to say congratulations to all the 2015 graduates — whether you are stepping up from kindergarten to the first grade, or from college to grad school. This is a very important time in your life and my blessings on you all for a great future.

In keeping with that, it’s also “Hats off” time to the winners of the annual Bob Novack Student Music Awards. Each year, music faculty at two local public schools select their most talented and dedicated students. The award, presented by 1308 Productions, comes a scholarship check to inspire continued achievement.

The 2015 winners are Leonardo Tedesco of Nautilus Middle School and Tobias Pagliaroli at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center.

Leonardo is a skilled bass guitarist and a devoted assistant to the music program at Nautilus. Ray Modia, his music teacher said, “Leonardo has been a great asset to our band. He practices hard, helps his peers in all respects, and plans to become a professional musician.”

Leonardo also has been instrumental in helping to set up for all school concerts and other events. He will attend Miami Beach High in the fall to continue his education and development of his musical skills.

Tobias’ Broad music teacher Onil Rodriguez said of him, “Tobi has been the first chair violin in our orchestra since he was in the sixth grade. He is a great musician and a great young man.”

Rodriguez said Tobias helps tune the orchestra, is a featured soloist and is an enthusiastic mentor to younger students. He has performed publicly many times, including at All State and the Florida Youth Symphony. “I am a better teacher for having Tobi in my classes and ensembles,” Rodriguez said.

Former Surfside Mayor Paul Novack, son of the late Bob Novack, introduced and congratulated the winners at the awards ceremony. Bob Novack was a life-long musician, band leader and music educator who performed with several famous bands throughout the United States, including the Glenn Miller Band. He led the Bob Novack Orchestra in South Florida for four decades.

In addition to sponsoring these two awards, the Novack family also produces many music education programs, including a new one for children in Haiti. For more information visit www.1308productions.org.

Read full article here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/community-voices/article23119347.html

OUTSTANDING STUDENT MUSICIANS HONORED WITH 2015 BOB NOVACK MUSIC AWARDS

Music faculty at two local public schools select their most talented and dedicated students each year and 1308 Productions presents each one with the Bob Novack Music Award and a scholarship check to recognize them and inspire their continued achievement.

The 2015 award winners are Leonardo Tedesco at Nautilus Middle School and Tobias Pagliaroli at RKB Bay Harbor K-8 Center.

Leonardo Tedesco is an outstanding music student, a skilled bass guitarist, and a devoted assistant to the music program at Nautilus Middle School. Legendary music teacher Ray Modia said that “Leonardo has been a great asset to our band; he practices hard, helps his peers in all respects, and plans to become a professional musician.” Leonardo has also been instrumental in helping to set up for all school concert and events, always being there to help in any way possible. He will be going on to Beach High to continue his education and development of his musical skills.

At Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor Elementary, the award winner in 2015 is Tobias Pagliaroli. “Tobi has been the First Chair Violin in our orchestra since he was in the 6th grade!”, said renowned music teacher Onil Rodriguez. “He is a great musician and a great young man,” he added. Tobias helps tune the orchestra, is a featured soloist, and is an enthusiastic mentor to younger students. He has performed publicly many times including at All State and the Florida Youth Symphony. “I am a better teacher for having Tobi in my classes and ensembles,” said Mr. Rodriguez.

The award winners were congratulated by their teachers, and by former mayor Paul Novack, son of the late Bob Novack, after whom the awards are named. The winners were applauded by packed house audiences including their families, friends, and community officials.

Each year the Bob Novack Music Awards are presented at both Nautilus Middle School and Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 School. The award is given in memory of the late Bob Novack, a life-long musician, band leader and music educator. Mr. Novack performed with famous bands throughout the United States including the Glenn Miller Band, and he led the Bob Novack Orchestras in South Florida for four decades.

Congratulations to this year’s winners, now added to an amazing list of honorees: check out the Winners of the “Bob Novack Music Awards

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MIAMI HERALD: Friends and Neighbors: Students honored with Bob Novack Student Music Awards

“CAROLE AWARD” Presented at Seniors Ceremony

The second annual Carol Taran Award for Excellence in Performing Arts at Miami Beach Senior High School was presented to senior Mary Figueroa, a superbly talented performer who was selected for the award by the faculty of the Fine Arts Academy at Beach High.


“Mary is a shining star in musical theatre. She is extremely talented and has a phenomenal voice,” said Nina Duval, Lead Teacher and Fine Arts Chair at the high school. Mary will be attending Columbia College Chicago and studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre.

During high school Mary performed in nine school (9) productions, competed in the world’s largest theater festival and was rated Superior as a Solo Artist. She has also performed in numerous public service, community and hospital events and has created a youth empowerment organization to inspire young people to positively impact the lives of others.


The 2015 Senior Awards Ceremonies were held on Friday May 22st at the Beach High Auditorium and the “Carole Award” was presented to Mary Figueroa at that time. Mary was presented with a plaque and a $500.00 scholarship check from 1308 Productions.
 

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