FlipSide guide 11/21/14: Celtic Festival, Old Tyme Fall Fest, Lewis Black

Special events

  • Celebrate Music Friday, from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 21 in downtown Lancaster. The community will be buzzing with musical performances throughout the afternoon. In addition to live music, Music Friday will also feature retailers, restaurants and other attractions.

Festivals and food

  • The Rose & Shamrock Celtic Festival returns to the Red Rose City, from noon to midnight Nov. 22 at Millersville University’s Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St, Lancaster. The popular festival incorporates a full day of concert performances, food, workshops, and other Irish and Scottish inspired festivities. [Tickets are $35 advance, $40 at the door.]
  • The Amish Markets at Hanover invite you to celebrate the Old Tyme Fall Fest, Nov. 20-22 in 1649 Broadway, Hanover. Reminisce and reconnect with the community, as you celebrate the tradition of local famers markets. Entertainment, deals and other great opportunities will be available during the weekend festival. [Free]

On stage

  • Composer Daniel Bernard Roumain will be presenting Civil Rights Portraits as Democratic Vistas, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center, 60 W. Cottage Ave., Millersville. The musical display will pay homage to iconic Civil Rights figures, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Maya Angelou. Roumain’s work will also reference Walt Whitman’s “Democratic Vistas.”
  • Lewis Black will make his appearance 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York. The critically-acclaimed comic is known for his dark humor and entertaining rants. A traveled comedian, Black has also notched numerous late-night television appearances with shows like “Larry King Live,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brian,” and “The Late Show with David Letterman,” to add to his popularity. [Tickets are $58, $64, and $69]
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FlipSide Panel: What are you doing this Nov. weekend around York, Pa.?

Edquina Washington

Edquina Washington

Edquina Washington: My Friday night is going to be filled with poetic words as I enjoy the King’s Courtyard Arts Collective Poetry Night at 7 p.m. basking in the wordplay of one of my poetic partners in word art, Shane Tanzymore. On Saturday, I’ll have to take a mini detour from my favorite place, York City, and head to Aberdeen, MD for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Mu Gamma Sigma Alumnae Chapter’s Charter and Founder’s Day Celebration.

Mel Conrad

Mel Conrad

Mel Conrad: This Saturday night at 7:30, I’ll be hanging out with a group of friends at the Strand Theater in York to see “Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson.
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‘The Voice': 10 remain, but who will win?

"The Voice" Top 10. Photo courtesy NBC

“The Voice” Top 10.
Photo courtesy NBC

With only 10 contestants left on NBC’s “The Voice,” I wanted to switch up the format of this blog post. Instead of just doing general overall views of each team, I’m going to check out each artist individually.

The show has been really good this season – better than most seasons – and I think a lot of that has to do with the coaches, particularly Pharrell Williams.

I love how “The Voice” shows Williams in his element – explicitly telling each member of the band what to do to get the most out of his artist performing. We’ve seen the other coaches tell the contestants how to change their voice or how to attack the song differently, but Pharrell sees the whole picture.

Who else can say to the band “I want to hear how Al Green would do this song” then describe to the drummer exactly what he wants.

His “big picture” attitude will help out York County’s own DaNica Shirey and fellow Team Pharrell member Luke Wade.

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‘The Walking Dead': Emotions for emotionless characters

I won’t spend too much time this week on the non-spoiler part of this post because there’s too many spoilers involved.

For several seasons, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has built up Daryl and Carol as this zombie apocalypse super-duo. They’re a pair of zombie-killing machines with next-to-no signs of emotion.

Michonne has become one of these characters as well, but because she’s only been in about two seasons of the show, she’s not held in as high regard.

But things change this episode, and we explore a whole new side of “The Walking Dead’s” power couple that isn’t really dating.

Check out the rest of the info, chocked full of spoilers. Beware! Also, send me your thoughts on Twitter @Machcinski_YDR.
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The Voice: Live Playoffs heat up the competition

'The Voice' coaches (from left) Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton. Not pictured: Adam Levine.  Photo courtesy NBC.

‘The Voice’ coaches (from left) Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton. Not pictured: Adam Levine.
Photo courtesy NBC.

Upon writing this blog post, I kept trying to ask myself the question “Who could win season 7 of NBC’s “The Voice?”

Maybe it’s York County’s DaNica Shirey, or the Harry Potter-lookalike Matt McAndrew, or the southern rock revival Craig Wayne Boyd.

The answer… it’s any of them.

More than any other season, I feel lost trying to predict a winner, even with only 12 people from which to choose. That just shows the quality and depth of the talent this season.

Personally, I’m pulling for DaNica Shirey or Craig Wayne Boyd. The pair are two talented singers that have unique voices rarely seen in today’s music.

DaNica Shirey feels like “the old, spunky me”


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But once again, the choice is in the hands of the viewers.

The show will narrow down to 10 singers, with nine chosen from America’s public vote, then a final of the bottom three can be voted in via Twitter, in what the show calls an “instant save.”

The artists will perform their selections on Monday night, and voting will take place after the show and into Tuesday. The results – including the instant save – will take place on Tuesday’s show.

 

Team Adam from left: Matt McAndrew, coach Adam Levine, Damien Lawson and Chris Jamison. Photo courtesy NBC.

Team Adam from left: Matt McAndrew, coach Adam Levine, Damien Lawson and Chris Jamison.
Photo courtesy NBC.

Team Adam

Chris Jamison – “Don’t” (Adam’s Choice)

Matt McAndrew – “God Only Knows” (America’s Choice)

Damien Lawson – “I’m Not the Only One” (America’s Choice)

Taylor Phelan – “Cool Kids” (Eliminated)

Mia Pfirrman - “Young and Beautiful” (Eliminated)

I guess it’s time the world was introduced to Damien Lawson.

Lawson’s a TSA agent at LAX (Los Angeles Airport) who got onto the show singing the emotional Boyz 2 Men classic “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye.”

Lawson’s performance turned the chairs of all four judges, but the soulful singer eventually chose Adam Levine to be his coach – a decision he hasn’t regretted.

With Levine’s coaching, Lawson’s raw emotion has been channeled into powerful performances each time he has stepped onto The Voice stage. Nearly every performance has left the audience in tears.

I’d like to see Lawson step outside of his R&B comfort zone a bit, but there’s no denying his talent. We’re at the stage any of these 12 final contestants can win the show, so his talent will have to continue to shine.

In addition to Lawson, Levine’s connection with Matt McAndrew continues to win over the hearts of America.

McAndrew’s rendition of  The Beach Boys classic “God Only Knows” not only showcased McAndrew’s passion but also his vocal range. His song choice also showed off McAndrew’s vocal improvisation, adding another simple, yet effective dimension to the singer’s repertoire.

Team Blake from left: Reagan James, coach Blake Shelton, Jessie Pitts and Craig Wayne Boyd. Photo courtesy NBC.

Team Blake from left: Reagan James, coach Blake Shelton, Jessie Pitts and Craig Wayne Boyd.
Photo courtesy NBC.

Team Blake

Jessie Pitts – “Holding Out for a Hero” (Blake’s Choice)

Reagan James – “Try” (America’s Choice)

Craig Wayne Boyd – “Some Kind of Wonderful” (America’s Choice)

James David Carter- “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House” (Eliminated)

Taylor Brashears – “Long Time Gone” (Eliminated)

The real shocker here is the elimination of James David Carter.

Carter was the big artist Blake Shelton won in the first episode of this season, but despite Carter’s extreme talent, his lack of risk taking lead to his eventual downfall.

Carter did well in the song “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House,” but the song choice didn’t afford him the opportunity to show off his skills.

Carter’s a country artist without a doubt, but that doesn’t leave him boxed in vocally. He’s the type of artist you could see being successful, even without a win on the show. Look for him to sprout up on country stations – like former Team Blake members The Swon Brothers – within the next year.

As for people who did make the cut, Craig Wayne Boyd is a certified star in the making.

Boyd is a blast from southern rock’s past – a modern vocal reincarnation of the late Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant.

To classify him as a “country artist,” like many have, is simply just wrong.

Boyd’s best talent is his versatility. Like Van Zant, Boyd can rock a crowd with loud, boisterous performances, but can also dial down the excitement and sing a ballad similar to the Skynyrd hit “Freebird.”

From losing two battles to the top 12, Boyd’s rise to stardom isn’t done yet. I’ll be looking for him to stay in his southern rock roots. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” would be a perfect fit for him in this round.

Team Gwen from left: Anita Antoinette, coach Gwen Stefani, Taylor John Williams and Ryan Sill.  Photo courtesy NBC.

Team Gwen from left: Anita Antoinette, coach Gwen Stefani, Taylor John Williams and Ryan Sill.
Photo courtesy NBC.

Team Gwen

Ryan Sill – “I Lived” (Gwen’s Choice)

Anita Antoinette – “All About That Bass” (America’s Choice)

Taylor John Williams – “Stuck in the Middle with You” (America’s Choice)

Bryana Salaz – “Amnesia” (Eliminated)

Ricky Manning – “Lay Me Down” (Eliminated)

Another round of “The Voice,” and another round where Anita Antoinette advances – this time with America’s vote.

Personally, I’m not sure how Antoinette has made it this far with the vocal talent Gwen has had throughout the competition. Antoinette was helped this round by one thing – choosing a popular song.

“All About that Bass” has been all over the pop charts recently, and choosing such a popular song has resulted in iTunes downloads.

I think Gwen’s big star is Taylor John Williams, who performed the Stealers Wheel hit, “Stuck in the Middle with You.”

Williams turned the the classic into a bluesier version, forcing listeners to groove and rock their heads to the beat.

If I had to choose one of Gwen’s singers to win the competition, Williams would be my choice.

Team Pharrell from left: Sugar Joans, coach Pharrell Williams, DaNica Shirey and Luke Wade. Photo courtesy NBC.

Team Pharrell from left: Sugar Joans, coach Pharrell Williams, DaNica Shirey and Luke Wade.
Photo courtesy NBC.

Team Pharrell

Sugar Joans – “I Say A Little Prayer” (Pharrell’s Choice)

DaNica Shirey – “Help Me” (America’s Choice)

Luke Wade – “Let’s Get it On” (America’s Choice)

Jean Kelley – “Piano in the Dark” (Eliminated)

Elyjuh Rene – “Latch” (Eliminated)

How about DaNica Shirey?

I’ll admit, I wasn’t the most familiar with Joni Mitchell, and I didn’t believe America would know her as well as some of the other artists covered in this competition, but that didn’t stop the nation from voting her on to the next round.

Shirey’s a real talent and America has gotten behind the 25-year-old York County resident.

If there’s one outstanding quality of Shirey that stands out, it’s her vocal control and clarity.

You could hear how clear and perfect her voice is when she reaches the high notes as she sings the word “freedom” in Mitchell’s “Help Me.”

That clarity, as well as full display of her vocal range to – literally and figuratively – end the song on a high note, will continue to help her impress the nation.

Shirey will see big competition however from Luke Wade, whose rendition of the Marvin Gaye hit “Let’s Get it On” flaunted the vocalist’s powerful voice.

Wade was able to remain powerful while remaining within the confines of the song – a trait obviously loved by America. He’s got a command of the audience as well, which shows that “The Voice” might have another legit star on its hands.

Have your own thoughts on the show? Tweet them and follow me at @Machcinski_YDR.

 Wondering how we got here? Check out the analysis from the earlier rounds. 


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Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani shine bright in ‘Voice’ debuts

 

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FlipSide guide 11/13/14: American Girl Fashion Show, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Matuto

Special events

  • The American Girl Fashion Show is scheduled for Nov. 14-15 in the Burle Business Park (IU Building), 1020 New Holland Ave., Lancaster. The event combines entertainment and education by providing insight into how generations of American girls have used clothing to express their own unique style and personality. The two-day fashion show includes lively commentary and music, and will display historical fashions, from daywear and sleepwear to special occasion clothing. Proceeds will benefit Hands on House Children’s Museum. [Tickets ($35) can be purchased directly through the Hands on House Children’s Museum.]

Festivals and food

  • Attend Wine Just Off The Vine, Nov. 15-16 at the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail in York. Visitors will be provided a firsthand glimpse into the winemaking process, as well as wine samples. The weekend excursion also provides an excellent opportunity to stock up on wine for the holidays. [2014 tickets are $15]

On stage

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Nov. 14, 15, 16: What are you doing this weekend around York, Pa.?

Jeff Gochoco

Jeff Gochoco

Jeff Gochoco: I will be attending the York Economic Alliance Drawdown this Friday at the historic Valencia Ballroom. Then seeing Sabrina Duke Band at Columbia Kettle Works, 6-9 p.m.!

Raquel Lilly poses with her children from left clockwise, Jilani, 12, Yazir, 15, and Zhyrie, 11

Raquel Lilly poses with her children from left clockwise, Jilani, 12, Yazir, 15, and Zhyrie, 11

Raquel Lilly: Friday, Nov. 14, I’m attending the ribbon cutting for 56 (a new shop in Royal Square, York) Sunday, Nov. 16, our family and friends will be celebrating my daughter Jilani’s 13th birthday with brunch at Teavolve (an innovative spin on tea and culinary with vegan options). Located at 1401 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, Md. at Harbor East (Little Italy and Canton Area).
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The Walking Dead recap: Everybody’s lost something

Rick contemplates the things he's lost - including his ability to bathe.  Photo courtesy AMC.

Rick contemplates the things he’s lost – including his ability to bathe.
Photo courtesy AMC.

In Season 5 of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” it’s been about two years or so since the apocalypse broke out, and boy how things have changed.

Above all else, the one thing most evident in this episode is that everyone has lost something.

Through flashbacks, we get Abraham’s backstory and see just how much he’s really lost (I’ll save that for the spoilers below).

But even outside of losing a home or a family member, many of the people left on the show have lost two things more important than any family – the hope for survival and a large chunk of their humanity.

Neither of those intangible items are something people can just get back.

Even if a cure is found, even if the government is resurrected, survivors have spent the better part of two years killing walkers and living life in constant danger, do we really think that they can come back?

The show – and the graphic novels for that matter – have done a great job transitioning from “What can we do to survive” to an apocalyptic study on how society reacts with no set structure.

Don’t worry, the blood and guts are still there along the way, but the show will begin to explore these social elements.

Ok, now onto the episode. Obviously, spoilers ahead.
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“The Voice” live rounds: Where singers become stars

The Voice coaches watch DaNica Shirey's live audition.

The Voice coaches watch DaNica Shirey’s live audition.

The Live Rounds on NBC’s hit show “The Voice” are where the true stars of the show shine.

Even years later, renditions of songs performed in the live rounds still find their way into playlists on my computer. Dia Frampton’s “Losing My Religion,” Juliet Simms’s “Roxanne” and Tony Lucca’s “Yesterday” were all live performances that took the contestants from middle-of-the-pack singers to the top-of-the-chart stars.

Bigger names on “The Voice,” such as York County’s own DaNica Shirey, will generally shine whether the show is taped or live, but it’s the lesser-known stars that will create their own name on the live shows.

Frampton is the best example. In season 1, the bubbly Frampton used her happy and soft voice to get her into the live rounds. Once into the live rounds, Frampton chose REM’s “Losing My Religion,” showing off a more emotional side of the singer the audience hadn’t seen prior.

Artists like Craig Wayne Boyd – who has gone from Team Blake to Team Gwen and back to Blake – can show he belongs by stepping out of his comfort zone and nailing an unusual song. Look for Team Pharrell’s Jean Kelley to do the same.

Overall, just enjoy the performances. Nothing beats good live music – whether it’s an old concert on YouTube, a performance on TV or a small band in a local dive bar – and “The Voice” is one of the best at bringing riveting live performances to the masses.

The live rounds begin tonight (Monday, Nov. 10) and will continue Tuesday and Wednesday.

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