Autumn Acoustics Music Festival Features Live Music Among the Trees

 On Saturday, October 7, 2023, Riveredge Nature Center will host the Autumn Acoustics Music Festival, presented by Lannon Stone. From 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, concert-goers will sway to the sounds of indie rock, folk, blues, and singer-songwriter tunes just as the leaves begin to turn color. This family-friendly celebration of fall includes food trucks, interactive art experiences for kids, tables from local art vendors, concessions, and a beer and wine bar. Beautiful fall foliage can be seen across the landscape surrounding the stages.

The festival lineup features headliner Trapper Schoepp, recently named by Milwaukee Magazine as the best local musician in the Milwaukee area. Other main stage acts include acclaimed local artists Ben Mulwana, The Stephen Hull Experience, and Long Mama. Intimate singer-songwriter sets will play at the Sugarbush House stage, with music from Bear in the Forest, Shell Bells, and BJ Fisher.

Riveredge Nature Center’s staff are excited for this event, which is in its second year running. “I can’t imagine a better way to be immersed in the beautiful Wisconsin fall,” says Marketing & Communications Specialist Amy Casey, “You have some of the best bands in the region playing against a gorgeous backdrop of forests, prairies, and ponds. Kids are playing and making art, adults are enjoying refreshments and good company. It’s just kind of magical.”

Tickets are available online now on Riveredge Nature Center’s website, priced at $30.00 for adults, $15.00 for children 5-12. Children 4 and under attend free. All proceeds from the event benefit Riveredge’s work in education, conservation, and community engagement.

About Riveredge Nature Center:
Established in 1968, Riveredge Nature Center is proud to be one of Wisconsin’s oldest independent nature centers. Riveredge annually engages 40,000+ people on over 485 acres of natural sanctuary in Ozaukee County and throughout the Greater Milwaukee Area in education, conservation, recreation, wellness, and community building programs. Riveredge uses the powerful combination of nature and relationships to help individuals better connect with the natural world, each other, and the greater community. Key programs and initiatives include outdoor adventure programs, environmental education, summer camps, sturgeon rehabilitation, and bird banding and monitoring.

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Dr. Eli Tabariai’s Music Reference Book “Like A Surgeon“ Your Ultimate 80s Music Odyssey

Los Angeles, California – WEBWIRE

Hold on to your boomboxes, folks. Dr. Eli Tabariai, not just your typical Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon but also a secret 80s music connoisseur, is about to drop a bombshell of a book called Like A Surgeon. Forget scalpels and medical charts for a moment, because He is taking you on a wild musical ride through the unforgettable 1980s. His inspiration? A lifetime of grooving to the beats that made his childhood rock, and a sudden rediscovery during those lockdown days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like A Surgeon isnt your run-of-the-mill music book. No sir, its a rollercoaster through the neon-drenched, big-haired, synth-heavy world of 80s music that still makes your feet tap and your heart race. Think back to those New Wave bands with lipstick-wearing dudes, hair that could touch the sky, and saxophones popping up like musical surprises. He creates a story that captures the very soul of this era. Get ready to explore the heart of the 80s music scene its a journey that promises to bring back memories and create new ones.

Hidden within the pages of Like A Surgeon are more than just songs; theyre life lessons, moments of pure inspiration, and a connection to something much bigger than ourselves. The author doesnt just stop at the music; he looks into the emotions, the experiences, and the very essence of these timeless tracks. Hes kind enough to share excerpts from the book, giving you a taste of the wisdom hidden behind the catchy melodies. Get ready to discover how music, in all its glory, can transform lives and perspectives.

Picture this: you, a cozy chair, and Like A Surgeon in your hands. Its an invitation to relive the electrifying 80s music scene through the eyes of Dr. Eli Tabariai. Whether youre an 80s music fanatic or someone just looking for a new adventure, this book is your golden ticket. Youll be transported to a world of neon lights, infectious beats, and lyrics that are impossible to forget. This isnt just a book; its a time machine that will whisk you away to an era where music ruled. Dont miss out on this incredible journey. Head, and crank up your favorite 80s tune, and secure your copy today.

Like A Surgeon: A Surgeons Guide To The Top 1000 Songs Of The 1980s
by: Dr. Eli Tabariai

Language : English
Paperback : 140 pages
ISBN-10 : 1088191754
ISBN-13 : 978-1088191750
Item Weight : 12 ounces
Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches

About The Author:

Dr. Tabariai is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who will help navigate you through his top 1000 (yes one-thousand) songs of the decade of the 1980s in order. In addition, there are another 100 songs that just missed the list. Working for over 30 years on this matter, the good doctor has spent countless of hours to become an expertise in this genre. It has both inspired and disciplined him to become who he is as a husband and father and what he does for his career. His career has involved both a duality of science and art.

He graduated from University of California, Los Angeles as an undergraduate. He then attended The University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine and received his dental degree. After a six year hospital residency in Fresno, CA, he achieved his specialty in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

After starting his practice in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Tabariai wanted to explore his artistic abilities. He initially ventured in movie making and has written and produced a feature film, Back In The No, and two short movies, Dinner With A Stranger and Blood Bank 2021.

But Dr. Tabariai had to further explore his lifelong passion in the music of the 1980s. What has come out of this passion is this book. This culminated in another two years of further commitment and research into the music of that decade which started as an initial idea of trying to list his favorite songs from that time.

Despite continuing with his practice in oral surgery, he found the time to navigate the top and also the not so popular songs of each year of the 1980s. Most of these songs have been carved into the pleasure centers of his memory from the past. However, and to his surprise, he found some rare gems that created new joy for him in his search.

–This text refers to the paperback edition.

Hong Kong – Hong Kong suona and jazz music light up Chengdu Music Festival and World University Games cultural activities (with photos)

Hong Kong suona and jazz music light up Chengdu Music Festival and World University Games cultural activities (with photos)


     The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Chengdu (CDETO) and the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the Chengdu Municipal People’s Government invited the Hong Kong music group Ma Wai Him & Jazzbird to participate in the 2023 “Chengdu International Sister Cities Youth Music Festival” (Music Festival) in August. The music group performed in “When Suona Meets Jazz Concerts” and as part of the cultural activities of the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games (World University Games).

     Jointly presented by Ma Wai-him, Principal Suona of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, and Jazzbird band, “When Suona Meets Jazz Concerts” was a crossover of suona and jazz through a mixed genre of traditional and pop pieces from China and overseas. The concerts showcased Hong Kong’s cultural strengths in blending East and West, as well as traditional and contemporary elements.

     Speaking at the concert, the Director of the CDETO, Mr Enoch Yuen, said the National 14th Five-Year Plan has expressed clear support for Hong Kong to develop into an East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchange. The CDETO aims to foster a closer relationship with and facilitate culture and youth exchanges between Hong Kong and the Mainland. The office will also seek to bring more high-quality cultural and art events from Hong Kong to places within the region under its coverage.

     Besides performing two “When Suona Meets Jazz Concerts”, Ma Wai Him & Jazzbird also played at the closing ceremony of the Music Festival and interacted with musicians from all over the world. During the cultural activities of the World University Games, the performance by Ma Wai Him & Jazzbird received a rapturous reception from the audience.

     The CDETO will continue to foster exchanges and collaboration in trade, culture, youth and other aspects between Hong Kong and the Mainland in the provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions under its coverage, namely Sichuan, Chongqing, Shaanxi, Guizhou, Yunnan, Tibet and Qinghai.

Blues Music Legend Stevie Hawkins Earns a Nomination in the 2023 Hollywood Independent Music Awards (HIMAwards)

 Renowned blues vocalist, drummer, and songwriter Stevie Hawkins celebrates exciting news with the announcement of his nomination for ‘Blues Artist’ for his recent single “Movin’ Down The Road” in the 2023 Hollywood Independent Music Awards (HIMAwards). The 2023 HIMAwards event will take place on August 17, 2023, at The Avalon in the entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood, California. The evening will feature live performances, a VIP dinner banquet, celebrity presenters, a red carpet, and award presentations.

Tom Stevens, Emphasis Records CEO, said, “Stevie Hawkins plays an important role in the future of blues music. He sings and plays with edge, vitality, and verve. Not only does he represent maintaining the integrity and legacy of past great American blues artists, but he also represents an example and creative growth for the next generation of real American blues artists. In my opinion, he is one of the most expressive undiscovered vocalists and drummers of his generation, selling the emotion of every line he sings and treating the songs he sings and plays like ecosystems that stretch and blossom after tilling and sunlight. Stevie is way overdue the recognition that he deserves, and we intend to change that now.”

The HIMAwards nomination follows Hawkins winning seven awards in the Indie Music Channel Awards (Hollywood): Best Blues Artist, Best Live Blues Performance, Best Blues Producer, Best Songwriter (Blues), Best Live Performance (Rock), Producer of the Year, and Artist of the Year.

“I am totally blown away that I am nominated for Blues Artist in the Hollywood Independent Music Awards. I am very touched that my creative work has been recognized to receive this honor, and I’m proud to be selected among major independent artists in the music industry. Thank you to the nomination committee, which selected me and my song. Congratulations to all of the award nominees,” said Hawkins.

The new single, “Movin’ Down The Road” by Stevie Hawkins, is a driving, infectious blues-rock song that features acclaimed guitarist Spencer Kirkpatrick, a founding member of the legendary southern rock band Hydra, and was recorded on Capricorn Records, Polydor Records, and Emphasis Records.

“Stevie Hawkins is an incredibly talented artist who sets the standard for maintaining the integrity of blues and soul music as well as its innovation and creativity. He believes in hard work, dedication, and determination, and he loves what he does in music with passion. Those characteristics are helping him achieve his music-industry goals one by one,” said Dr. Gerald Murray, owner of Gerald Murray Music LLC, an Artist Management and Booking Agency in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. “It is an incredible achievement for Stevie to be selected among the best, and he deserves to be among them. I look forward to representing this amazingly multi-talented artist for career guidance and future tour and show bookings.”

Hawkins recently completed recording his 2023–24 blues show promotional video. He will be working with Dr. Gerald Murray and Gerald Murray Music to initiate a campaign for concert bookings with his band in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

The Hollywood Independent Music Awards is a premier global platform for independent music. Emerging and established artists, songwriters, composers, and audio recording professionals around the world are recognized for their outstanding contributions and content creation. Founded by Brent Harvey, Executive Producer of the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, the HIMAwards Advisory Board is composed of some of the industry’s most respected and seasoned professionals.

Stevie Hawkins Management and Booking contact:
Dr. Gerald Murray – Gerald Murray Music LLC
2903 Woodward Avenue
Muscle Shoals, Al 35661
Cell Phone: (256) 710-0029

About Stevie Hawkins:
For 50 years, recording artist Stevie Hawkins has remained steadfast in touring the world performing and is no stranger to the big stage and recording studio. He is an adept, seasoned, soulful singer, musician, entertainer, songwriter, and music producer. Thus far in his career, Stevie has released three albums and five singles and amassed twenty awards as a singer, songwriter, and musician. He is a GRAMMY Participation Recipient in The Rolling Stones “Blue and Lonesome” album, which won “Best Traditional Blues Album” in the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards; recipient of four gold and eight multi-platinum record awards for creative involvement and contribution to RIAA certified sales; recipient of a Warner Bros. Pictures “Director’s Choice Song Award” for contribution to the Oscar-winning film “Judas and the Black Messiah,” and others. Since the mid-1970s, as a sideman, Hawkins has played drums for legendary blues, rock, and country music icons, Chuck Berry, Albert King, John Lee Hooker, Leon Russell, Johnny Rodriguez, Doug Stone, Ed Bruce, Jim Ed Brown, Miles Grayson, Percy Sledge, Chick Willis, Rufus Thomas, James Cotton, Willie Hill, and Harvey Scales, among others.

Official music video • “Movin’ Down The Road” – Stevie Hawkins

Movin’ Down The Road
Stevie Hawkins • Music & Lyrics
Spencer Kirkpatrick • Music & Lyrics

Stevie Hawkins • Vocals, Bass, Drums, Organ and Harmonica
Spencer Kirkpatrick • Guitars

Produced, engineered, mixed and arranged by Stevie Hawkins

Mastered by Pete Maher
Top Floor Productions • UK

Emphasis Records • Hannon Hawkins Music, BMI

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Hong Kong – Innovative Music Making: MO x e-Orch concert to showcase musical achievements

Innovative Music Making: MO x e-Orch concert to showcase musical achievements


     The finale concert of the first Innovative Music Making: MO x e-Orch music training pilot scheme in the 2022/23 academic year will be held at 7.30pm on July 15 (Saturday) at the Auditorium of Kwai Tsing Theatre. The pilot scheme is organised by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, in collaboration with the Education University of Hong Kong. Various awards and certificates of attendance will be presented to the participating students at the concert, which is also one of the commemorative programmes in celebration of the Music Office transcending beyond its 45-year mark. 

     Four digital music orchestras (e-Orchs) formed by about 80 students participating in the first pilot scheme from the Ho Lap College (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen), Lingnan University Alumni Association (Hong Kong) Primary School, Tuen Mun Government Primary School and Wah Yan College, Hong Kong, will showcase their original collaborative multimedia works at the concert. They will also be joined by the Chinese and String Ensembles formed by the trainees from the Instrumental Music Training Scheme of the Music Office to perform music pieces written or arranged for e-Orchs and acoustic instruments. Musicians from the e-Orch@EdUHK Music Innovation and Design Lab will also be invited to present their original collaborative works at the concert, bringing a brand new and extraordinary musical experience to the audience.

     Highlights include world premieres of local composers Leung Chi-hin’s “Toward the Unreachable Galaxy” and Au Tin-yung’s “Deconvolution”, which are commissioned by the Music Office with sponsorship from the CASH Music Fund, and Lau Hiu-lam’s arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty” and Yan Laolie’s “Thunder in a Drought”.

     To promote the integration of music and technology, the Music Office launched the first Innovative Music Making: MO x e-Orch music training pilot scheme in 2022 for students of participating primary and secondary schools to form e-Orchs and learn musical knowledge and music creation with the use of tablets.

     Tickets priced at $60 are now available at URBTIX ( For telephone bookings, please call 3166 1288. For programme enquiries and concessionary schemes, please call 2158 6467 or 3842 7776 or visit