Sunday, May 26, 2019

I'm back.... Let's talk a legend in his time.....

HELLO FRIENDS AND FANS...

Wow !  All I can say is since my husband's accident it's been quite stressful and I took a little break. Getting this new office space ready has also added to the stress yet we are on a mission !  Marco and I are working hard to make this space fun and cool for everyone ! Tomorrow, Monday, from 10 - 12 Noon, we will be serving coffee and cookies to any active Military or Veteran in the area.... If you are in the Hammonton area of NJ stop by at 240 S. White Horse Pike Unit AA-3 for a free cup of coffee and to see the space before it opens.... Hubby is dong great ! In the meantime,  I'M BACK !  ....and we have several cool stories to share to catch up...

I am friendly with the man's former manager and he told me that this show was amazing. Boy, was he right. Just a cool brand from a man in the industry for a long time. He has found a way to incorporate a fresh young experience to his show and it's just very cool to watch. Now that  American Idol is over for the Season, we can probably expect to see more of the INCREDIBLE....

LIONEL RICHIE....


Let's begin with the beautiful venue....the brand new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City NJ
What a great space. The Hard Rock brand is certainly making a "splash" here at the shore. From the Gorgeous Renovations of the old Taj Mahal to Elvis' Rolls Royce in the lobby to the eatery area to the fabulous Mark Etess Arena, where Mark's Son came to be a part of the Grand Opening.  Lionel was in this arena performing.  Would have loved a personal interview yet he had to get back to Idol among other things at the time. I did get to be at the show as PRESS so here we go !

Lionel was engaging, funny and oh so talented . I had my husband with me at the show as it was his Birthday and I took him on my Press pass instead of an assistant. It was the first event he attended since the accident. He was actually singing to many of Lionel's songs. I found that amazing...
....and fun ! Of course, I was singing to all of them ! Hahaha




Ok, Loved the sequined jacket that said, "All Night Long" on the back. Hard to get a good shot of it. It was way cool !

So bringing in footage of a younger generation dancing on a screen behind him was just amazing....







Seeing the incredible Lionel Richie at an Incredible Venue in Atlantic City was just an amazing experience. .... As I was told....

Thank you Lionel for continuing to bring your "A" game. Looking forward to seeing you again....

Now go sing something ! LOL  and enjoy !











Loved the older Lionel Faces in the crowd..... so cool ! (Above)









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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Why doesn't New Jersey have a State Song?

Hello Wednesday ...( well, still a little under weather and fell asleep so it's still a Wednesday post... LOL)..........and a whole New Year ! Happy New Year to all of you . I ended 2018 and began 2019 in Gratitude.  Only a handful of you already know yet my husband was in a very bad car accident last month...then we both got sick on top of it . Still not 100 percent better yet moving along today ! So I am grateful that he survived the end of 2018, and is here to begin 2019.....
That said, we have many challenges right now yet I have him in one piece and almost as normal as before , whatever that is.... LOLOL

So I start this year's posts with the MUSIC.  Something that connects us all.... so growing up, we regarded "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen as the Jersey State Song. Many years ago there was this really cool song put out by the Phil Bernardi band called "I like Jersey Best". Great, cute song, did not hear anything about IT being thought of as our State song....

                                                Wow...found this....AWESOME ! Take a listen......

....then a few years back, there was talk about "Who says you can't go home" by Jon Bonjovi being in the running to be our State Song. I heard that it lost..... so I was under the impression that "Born to Run" was still our State song. So the other night , while sick in bed, something about a State song came up on Jeopardy....hubby and I got into a discussion about this and we looked it up.

                                            Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles..... Love the vid too !


"Born to Run" was never declared as an official State Song.... WHAAAAAAT???????

While most other State's have a song to represent, New Jersey sit's on the list with NONE next to it !

What the heck????


Bruce and "Born to Run"


So do you think we should send something to our legislature to officially adopt a State Song?

I just think it would be nice to have one and "Born to Run" fits the bill. ( I also love "Who says you can't go home")

Anyway, just a musical thought as we connect to great things in 2019.  Again, I thank you all for taking us close to 65,000 viewers now..... See you as we move to Wednesday posts for this year... at least for now. I'll be checking that out....

Enjoy !

Welcome to 2019 !!!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A little laughter, A little change with Greg Martiello part 2

Part 2 with Greg Martiello, the man of many voices....

What a few weeks I've had. I can't wait to get to part 2 of this post yet first let me say that A little laughter and a little change go a long way.....

I'm going to change my posts to Wednesday's and see how that goes. It's been a long time for a change and considering it's HUMP DAY of the week and I'm usually home in my office that day, I thought a little change would be good.

 This past week, my husband was in a terrible car accident. I believe my 2018 Miracle was my husband coming out of this with only minor injuries. The car was totally destroyed and crunched. They had to cut my husband out of the roof to get him out. He was in the hospital all last week and now I'm playing double car duty until we can get another car. Been a little out of the loop lately... That said, I'm so thankful, grateful and happy..... On to a little Laughter.... 

When Greg Martiello walks on stage, you know you are in for a treat. When he is doing his voices, a little laughter is in order and when he is singing in his special way, he lights up the stage....


At the US Stage Door Canteen we got to see the best of them....Holly Faris as Phyllis Diller and Marilyn Monroe.... and the beautiful voices of  Donnah Lisa Campbell and  Danielle Spence.


Not sure who took these great photos.... mine were light obstructed for the most part. Grabbed these from the FB page of the amazing Holly Faris !

Of course everyone went crazy when John Monforto showed up as "Elvis" 
He always brings the house down !

Other great performances included Kenny Jeremiah, Greg Armstrong , Michael Jones. James Lee and more. All performances were AMAZING.... so mark your calendars for the next US Canteen Special Event. 



Above James Lee


Above Kenny Jeremiah

So many people made this event great.... from on stage to off stage.... front to back,  Left to Right.... everyone was so awesome.....Thank you all for your hard work . You made us all feel special....

I know thsre were more of you involved than I could get photos of....know you were all fabulous and I know who to reach out to when needed. Thank you all !


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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Meet the man of many voices.... Part 1

Hey all. So this is blog post # 2 this week. Should be back to a Sunday routine  unless we have something special going on.... thanks for all of your support.  Stay tuned as we will be adding some promo items for you to check out down the road.... They will be at the end of each blog post when warranted.  For now, let's meet one of the greats in the Biz. THE MAN OF MANY VOICES....

Greg Martiello

I met Greg some years ago. Then met him again at a Patti Lattanzi event. ( stay tuned for a Patti Blog in the near future.....great stuff !)

Greg seen here with Patti Lattanzi, Billy Carlucci, Tom Delcorio and more..... 

If you are in the Swell area, of N.J. .... join us on Friday Evening for a great show of talent !


Other talents performing this evening that we know and love are Holly Faris and John Monforto.... I'm so excited to meet some of the others..... 

Getting back to Greg..... his voice is so incredible to be able to sound like so many of the great entertainers we know and love in the industry. Many of them have unique voices and not everyone can imitate that. Greg puts his heart and soul into each "voice" he portrays.... including his own. Check him out in this short clip....





Greg considers himself a singing impersonator yet he does a fabulous Rodney Dangerfield and is known for that impression as well.  Greg started at a young age. He always had music around him. Greg's brother was confined to a wheelchair due to an accident. Music was what kept his spirits high and Greg listened to music with him much of the time. In listening to music, Greg realized that he could actually sound like some of the greats he would listen to.  He says that some voices take a little more practice than others yet he is able to catch onto them pretty quickly.

Today, Greg has traveled the Country doing impersonations of some of our best beloved singers....

We will follow up with Greg after the show this week....so again, if you are in the area, stop in.
If not , catch the follow up in a couple of weeks.  Thanks, Greg for making us smile ! See you soonB
Find Greg on Face Book and You tube.... more to come !

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Part 2.... Game a con and more...

Hello all,

Wow ! so backed up on stories and projects.... We will be making 2 blog posts today so grab a cup of Joe, glass of tea,  warm cider, or your favorite beverage and catch up with me, your Balcony Blogger, Ava Holly....



So let's go to the event in Atlantic City, NJ a couple of weeks ago.... part one, introduced us to another year of Game A Con... part 2 takes us on the journey at the event inside Ocean Resort Casino....




Start by walking in and registering for the Game A Con experience. I had a chance to talk with founders Ari and Ben and got a real clear vision of what they see for Game A Con in the future. I'm so excited to be on this journey following them and learning about all the cool things coming up in the Gaming World.



Once you get on the floor, there are  booths set up for your adventures. From Racing cars to jumping off cliffs in virtual games, to collectibles, traditional board games and Cos Play. The whole staging area , up a few stairs, wa set up for competition play with live stream and live interviews going on. Amazing !!!!

Here are some of the people/ exhibits, and parts of the Gaming World I fell in love with while there....

1st, meet Terence....Artist both digital and media art . (Another great Terrence in the Art World)
Terrence Kingg- the King of Urban Design
and now Terence Leonard . You can email Terrence at tterenceleonard@gmail.com





Next we move on to local Cos Play talent and filmmaker: Carter Cosplay
Find her on FB at Carter Cosplay 007/ Insta at Carter Cosplay or send her a note at
cartercosplay@gmail.com

Carter encourages you to try out a character or create your own....
www.cartercosplay.com



I was fascinated by the Philly Avengers- working with non profits in the area ( all me, right?)
philadelphia.avengers.assemble@gmail.com

Wood Carving/ metalic carving....Amazing !




..... Even go my Artie into a brain game.....


 Stay tuned for more as we embark on an adventure with  Shamar Armstrong at Avolve Innovations !




Ocean Odyssey here we come .......

In speaking with co founder Ari Fox, I found out what love and determination for what you believe in does.... it creates magic ! So never give up on your dreams..... 
Starting out in AC as a small meet up, Now Game A Con comes back to AC/ Vegas/ NY with a strong presence and also adds fortnite experiences and esports to the mix.... 

Catch Game A Con on Nov. 17th in Queens NY for more fun.... 
Find them on Face Book Too !














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