Entertainment

Heart Breaker to entertain local audiences at Gates Four

47Heart Breaker, a Heart and Led Zeppelin tribute band, will play at Gates Four Golf and Country Club Pavilion on Oct. 7. The concert was originally scheduled in May, but postponed due to inclement weather.
Last summer, they were part of a concert series held at Rock’n On the River on Person Street.

“These two girls look and sound like Heart; they are unbelievable. This crowd is going to be set back by this great band,” said Greg Adair, one of the organizers for the Gates Four Concert Series.

The Concert Series has grown in popularity as the music scene around Fayetteville has developed. This year, organizers added a sixth concert to the schedule. With multiple weather delays, the series has extended into the month of October.

“The whole concept of the concert series is to create a quality entertainment venue on that side of the county, the Hope Mills area,” said Bill Bowman, publisher, Up & Coming Weekly. Bowman is also a sponsor of the event.

“These bands coming up will knock your socks off,” said Adair. “You’ll think, ‘oh wow, I’m sitting here listening to Heart, or Lynard Skynard,’ or ‘I’m sitting here listening to AC/DC’.”

“There are so many really good bands going out there this year; it’s just phenomenal,” he said.

“To be able to have a quality concert in a classy environment like Gates Four is wonderful,” he added. “The bands appreciate the atmosphere as well.”

Heart Breaker won’t be the only musical act to take the stage. The concert will open with a local, up-and-coming singer/songwriter chosen every month before the show.

“The acts are chosen from a singer/songwriter event held every month at the Fayetteville Bakery and Cafe,” said Bowman. “It’s to give these young singer/songwriters an opportunity to perform in front of a good audience in association with a great band.”

The concert will conclude with an after-party at the Sand Trap, a bar on Purdue Street in Fayetteville. The opening act from the concert will perform at the after-party as well.

“The whole evening is centered around fun, good music, contributing to the community and giving young artists a chance to be seen,” said Bowman.

The concert will be free to attend for lawn seating. VIP tickets can be purchased for table seating within the pavilion itself. A single-seat VIP ticket is $38. An all-inclusive VIP ticket is $68 and includes food and beverage.

Part of the event proceeds go to the Kidsville News Literacy and Education Foundation, which provides education and reading resources to elementary-aged school children in Cumberland County.

“One of the reasons we are able to keep the concert series free is because of our sponsors who are helping fund all these quality bands,” said Bowman.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the local musical guest will perform at 6 p.m. Heart Breaker will take the stage from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The after party at the Sand Trap begins at 10 p.m.
For more information and tickets to the event, visit https://www.fayettevilledinnertheatre.

Soul Food Funk Fest II set to deliver feast of food, music

46The Soul Food Funk Fest II is set for Oct. 8 at the J. P. Riddle Stadium.

“This is the second annual Soul Food Funk Fest,” said promoter Reginald Lewis, owner of Cladom Enterprise and festival creator.

“It’s just something that I wanted to put together because ... I used to be stationed at Fort Bragg ... and Fayetteville is my life.”

The Soul Food Funk Fest II is Fayetteville’s chance to enjoy mature music in a family-oriented environment. Guests include national recording artists.

Freddie Jackson is best known for the 1980s Capitol Records mid-tempo soul hits “Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake),” “You Are My Lady” and “Have You Ever Loved Somebody.” Nominated for two Grammy awards, Jackson continues to record music.

Case had a string of 1990s hits such as “Touch Me, Tease Me” (featuring Foxy Brown and Mary J. Blige), “The Best Man I Can Be” (featuring Ginuwine, Tyrese and R.L.) and “Happily Ever After.” Russel Simmons signed Case to Def Jam Records in 1996.

Tom Browne, a multiple gold record certified trumpeter, is best known for the early 1980s tunes “Funkin’ for Jamaica (N.Y.),” which peaked at number 1 on Billboard Magazine’s R&B chart, and “Thighs High (Grip Your Hips and Move),” which made it to number four.

Cherrelle is an R&B singer known for “Everything I Miss at Home,” “Where Do I Run To” and “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On,” plus the duets “Saturday Love” and “Never Knew Love Like This,” with Alexander O’Neil. She has worked with music producer (and renowned fusion drummer) Narada Michael Walden and toured with Luther Vandross.

“The stage is going to be set up on the second base ... and only [customers] with field tickets can come on the field,” Lewis said. If you don’t have a VIP field level ticket, seats will be in the upper level [general admission] bleachers or the reserved lower level seating behind home plate, he said.

VIP tickets are $65, reserved seating is $55 and general admission is $40. There is a surcharge of $10 per ticket and $10 up-charge the day of the event.
The Soul Food Funk Fest II opens its gates at 4 p.m. There will be food vendors serving pulled pork, Cajun-style seafood and barbecue chicken and turkey. Tickets do not pay for food or drinks. The show begins at 5.

Tickets for the Soul Food Funk Fest II are on sale in Fayetteville at both Super Beauty World locations, Rhudy’s Pawn Shop and Lavish Beauty. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.MyEvent.com/SoulFoodFunkFest2.

Cladom Enterprise is promoting this event and can be reached at 800-341-6672.

J.P. Riddle Stadium is located at 2823 Legion Road.

Indigo Moon Film Festival set to inspire, entertain

40Historic flooding, power outages, a hurricane and even a pandemic have tried to halt the Indigo Moon Film Festival in recent years. But, as the saying goes, the show must go on.

Organizers Jan Johnson and Pat Wright seem to have a knack for weathering what storms may come and manage to deliver a film festival Fayetteville can be proud to host.
Scheduled for Oct. 7 to 9 this year, the festival begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at the Cameo Art House Theatre in historic downtown Fayetteville.

“Pat and I founded the film festival seven years ago,” said Jan Johnson, one of the festival creators. “And [international submissions] just kind of happened. We called for entries, and we accepted entries from all over the world.”

Johnson and Pat Wright created the Indigo Moon Film Festival to bring the “cultural art of film to this region” and celebrate the art of storytelling before a diverse audience.

“Our opening night film is ‘Mission Joy, Finding Happiness in Troubled Times,’ which is a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu. It’s just a wonderful film” that will make you smile, Wright said.

After “Mission Joy” ends around 9, ticketed guests are welcomed to reconvene a few doors down from the Cameo at the Skyview on Hay event center for the “opening night reception,” till 11 p.m.

“[Fayetteville happens] to be an open enough minded community to appreciate foreign films, [and] some of the finest films come from foreign countries,” Johnson said.

“All the people and filmmakers who are in town [will be gathered at the Skyview]. It’s a nice little soiree” with live music and food, Wright said.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, the Indigo Moon Film Festival will take a deep, sturdy breath before showing more than 50 films at three separate theaters all day long.

“From 10 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. [on Saturday] we show films . . . at the Cameo, the Loge and the Arts Council,” Wright said. “We’ve got 55 films from around the world, as well as a ‘locals block’ where we’re showing four films from local filmmakers,” Wright said.

Categories include short and feature documentaries and narratives, student films, the NC connection (for filmmakers connected to the state), horror shorts and features, and animated shorts. Be prepared for “blocks” of short films of the same genre that will play back-to-back.

“We’ve got several short blocks” at different time slots on Saturday, Wright said.

The Indigo Moon Film Festival will host films dealing with a diverse range of subject matter, such as a Palestinian man with autism who travels with his disabled sister to the Dead Sea for medical treatment; Black Panther Huey P. Newton’s trial for killing a white policeman during the height of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement; and extraterrestrials are on the schedule.

In fact, there are too many intriguing films on Saturday’s playlist to name. Best stop what you’re doing right now and check IndigoMoonFilmFest.com/full-schedule-of-films for Saturday’s complete goings on.
Remember, cinema lovers, parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays in downtown Fayetteville.

“Park once for free on Saturday and spend your day downtown going to the movies . . . out to eat and meeting filmmakers,” Wright said.

Downtown restaurants like Antonella’s, Archway Burgers, Dogs and Beer, Blue Moon Café and Coffee Scene at Prince Charles, plus shops like A Bit of Carolina, City Center Gallery and Books, Fabulous Finds boutique and The Downtown Market of Fayetteville are all within walking distance of the festival and a great way to relax cinema weary eyes.

Then on Sunday, there is the awards barbecue, where jury awards are presented to the filmmakers that have been selected. Everybody that comes to see a film gets to judge it and say whether they liked it or not, Wright said.

Awards will be given on Sunday at the Skyview on Hay, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“After the barbecue is done, we show the opening night film one more time at 1 o’clock, and then we show the jury award winning films for a second time,” Wright said.

If you would like to spread the art of storytelling through whatever means you can, please visit IndigoMoonFilmFest.com/support.

“We have a lot of support from the community. We have . . . individual, corporate and grant sponsors,” Wright said.

There are a lot of ticket options, from four VIP selections, student and day passes and even singles. Prices range from $100 for VIP tickets to $10 singles. Tickets for The Indigo Moon Film Festival can be purchased at IndigoFilmFest.com/buy-tickets. Tickets can be picked up at The Rainbow Room box office, at 223 Hay Street. Note VIP tickets do not reserve seating.
Fayetteville is made up of an eclectic group of people that appreciate foreign cinema, and the festival appreciates all peoples and nationalities, Johnson said.

The list of films is set for this year's festival, but planning is already in the works for next year. If you would like to find out how to submit a film for next year's festival, please visit FilmFreeway.com/IndigoMoonFilmFestival.

In addition to the festival, Pat Wright and Jan Johnson run Groundswell Pictures. Groundswell Pictures’ goal is to make and show films, teach filmmaking and support filmmakers through fiscal responsibility.
Groundswell Pictures is a not-for-profit organization that makes films that change the way people see the critical issues that shape our world.
From the recovery efforts in Haiti to the effects of desegregation, child pornography and Hollywood blacklisting, Groundswell Pictures is committed to educating the public and creating a groundswell of social change through film.

Groundswell Pictures is responsible for this event. Visit GroundswellPictures.com for more information or to contribute.
The Indigo Moon Film Festival will take place the weekend of Oct. 7,8 and 9 in downtown Fayetteville, around the Hay Street corridor.
Remember to visit IndigoMoonFilmFest.com/ beforehand to find out details about each film. Plan to arrive early to secure your place in line, as each venue is open seating.

Cumberland Choral Arts season begins with tribute, health fair

44The Cumberland Choral Arts season is kicking off with a theme of “Connections.” Throughout the 2022-2023 season, the CCA will be making connections with their audiences, community and businesses.

To kick off the season, CCA will be performing “The Sacred Veil,” a 12-movement work and the most recent collaboration between Eric Whitacre and poet/lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri. It tells a story of life, love and loss. The piece was inspired by Silvestri's wife, Julie, who died of ovarian cancer at age 36.

Dr. Michael Martin, the Artistic Director for the CCA, chose the piece because of its ties to cancer and because October is Cancer Awareness Month.

“So Eric Whitacre set in motion the idea of writing music to some of her blog posts, to the poetry that her husband wrote to try and cope with her passing and kind of put it together,” Martin said. “The best way to describe it is like a modern requiem to a person who passed of cancer. And it just seemed like the most appropriate type of music to dig into for cancer awareness.”

The choral piece will be backed by cellist Paul Kirkpatrick who has worked with the CCA before.
Martin did say that this piece may not be fully appropriate for children, but do bring a pack of tissues.

“Be prepared. It's something relatively very new. It's not the kind of thing where you're going to be able to stand up and start dancing to this kind of thing. I mean, some choral music is great and it's uplifting and it's very rhythmic. And then there's some that pay tribute to people and can be quite moving. This is certainly that kind,” Martin said.

In honor of the music and its inspiration, Cumberland Choral Arts decided to partner with local health organizations to host CHOOSE HEALTH, a free community health and wellness event on the same day as the concert.

Kathy Thaman, the event coordinator of the CHOOSE HEALTH event, says that they hope to get a great turnout for the event.

“We really want more connection with our community. We want our choir there to look like our community. Come for the health fair, get all those services for free. Find out more about our organization and consider joining us,” Thaman said.

This event will offer activities and health information for all age groups. Partners include Cape Fear Valley Regional Medical Center, Better Health, the Care Clinic, Fit 4 Life, Guiding Wellness Institute, Earth Monkey Energies, and more.

There will be opportunities to donate blood through the Cape Fear Blood Mobile, attend free Qigong (a type of Tai Chi), Chair Yoga and Mat Yoga classes, make a ribbon in honor or memory of a cancer patient, win a free Reiki session, and get healthy snacks for the kids.

The health event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 1601 Raeford Road on Saturday, Oct. 15.

“The Sacred Veil” will be performed that night at 7:30 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children and students with ID.

Tickets can be purchased at cumberlandchoralarts.org, through their Facebook page, or at the venue beginning at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Local coffee shops serving up seasonal specialty drinks

It is officially Autumn, meaning it's pumpkin spice latte season. Pumpkin isn’t the only fall flavor our local coffee shops are brewing this year. Each shop is offering their own twist on seasonal coffees. Some are sure to become new favorites.

34aThe Coffee Scene

This coffee shop, which has three locations around Cumberland County, is offering six special drinks this season. The first is a Pumpkin Cream Pie with pumpkin spice syrup and white chocolate sauce. Next is the Cream Brulea, which has white chocolate and caramel sauce. Then you have to try the Jack-O-Lantern, which has pumpkin spice and hazelnut, perfect for a coffee lover. The fourth drink they offer is the Toasted S’mores which has chocolate sauce and toasted marshmallow syrup. Next is the Salted Caramel, which has salted caramel syrup. Their last exceptional coffee of the season is Autumn in Canada. This drink has caramel sauce and maple-flavored syrup.
For more information visit https://thecoffeesceneinc.com/.

34bVagabond Cafe
This store has been in downtown Fayetteville for almost a year but has been creating quite a buzz locally. They are hosting three special drinks for the season. The first is a Pear Chai, which is made with their house chai and a hint of Pear syrup. The drink is spicy and aromatic. Next is their Churro Latte. This latte is made with their house syrups, oat milk and it’s paired with their Mexican single origin— La Chilana. Their last drink is the Autumn Harvest Latte. This drink has pumpkin, apple and caramel and it’s all paired with their specialty blend espresso.
For more information visit https://www.vagabondcafe910.com/.

34cRude Awakening
This downtown Fayetteville staple is offering several specialty drinks and a flight of four ‘fall’ themed coffees. Their September flight has a Pumpkin Patch Mocha (pumpkin pie & white chocolate), a Maple Cinnamon Latte, a Spiced Brown Sugar Chai and a Toasted Marshmallow Cold Brew topped with sweet cream. These drinks can also be served as stand-alone drinks. They are also offering a caramel apple latte and of course, pumpkin spice. All of these drinks can be hot, iced or blended.
For more information visit https://www.rudeawakening.net/.

34dMorning Jump Coffee Company
This drive-thru Spring Lake coffee shop is a great stop on the way to work, especially for those heading towards Fort Bragg. Their Pumpkin Pie latte is made with real pumpkin and is only offered during this season. They are also offering a Pumpkin Chai, Apple Cider, a Caramel Chestnut Latte, and a Bernstein Berry. The Bernstein Berry is a huckleberry cobbler latte.
For more information visit https://themorningjump.com/.

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