Lord of The Dance at DPAC – Ticket Giveaway!

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Photo courtesy Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games

Next Thursday, October 11th DPAC will host an amazing performance of Irish Dance. Lord of the Dance originally premiered in London two decades ago, and in 2014 Michael Flatley transformed the show making it even more thrilling than the original.

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games with music composed by Gerard Fahy premiered at the iconic London Palladium in September 2014 to mark the milestone 20th anniversary since Michael Flatley became an international sensation.

The production continues to thrill audiences around the globe with its intoxicating mix of dance and music that fuses the traditional with the contemporary in a classic tale that showcases the exceptional talent of the cast.

Ticket Giveaway!
I’ve partnered with DPAC to giveaway two tickets to the October 11th show in Durham. To enter leave a comment below and I will randomly select a winner on Monday October 8th. You can also enter by commenting on my Instagram post here.

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Photo Courtesy Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games

I recently spoke by phone with lead dancer James Keegan in anticipation of the shows arrival in Durham. It was exciting to learn about how he got into Irish dance and how pumped he is to bring the production to Durham!

James was born and raised in Manchester but influenced by his parent’s Irish roots. James took up Irish dancing at the age of 4 and competed regularly among the Irish Dance circuit starting at a young age and winning his first title at the American National Championships at the age of 7. For the past 15 years James has been touring with the production. Only 10 months after joining the cast he was asked to perform the lead role of ‘Lord’ which he performed for the first time in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and became the youngest dancer to ever perform the role.

How did you first become interested in Irish Dancing?
I’m from Manchester but I have Irish parents, and they wanted to keep the Irish culture alive so me and my siblings all danced and played Irish instruments starting at a young age. I entered my first competition when I was around five and started to win trophies. Over time you work your way through the “major” competitions like American Nationals, British Nationals, Great Britain Nationals, the Irish Nationals and the World Championships.

When did you realize you wanted to do it professionally?
I first realized I could do this professionally when I was eight back in 1994 and the family was watching Eurovision Song Contest  and saw Michael Flatley do Irish Dancing with a group.  A couple of years later when I was around 10 Michael created Lord of the Dance and I went to see it when it came to Manchester and thought this is what I do! It was just a dream for me at that point but now I am living my dream job!

How Has the Show changed over the years?
The current production is an updated version of the original Lord of the Dance.  It’s an extension of the original, but bigger and better, and more exciting with new technologies added and some new choreography, but the basis is still the same. It just has a bigger scale. I think the technology is what has changed most over the years. Now there is a big flat screen in the background, a light show and even dancing robots! The show really does have something for everyone.

What do you do when you are not playing the Lord ?
Being the lead is very physically demanding and we rotate between three leads. Normally when you are not lead on a night you would dance in the back line. For this production there are two people of each leading role which helps people get a chance to recover. But even when you are not dancing you are there and often watching and taking notes so that we can always improve the performance and keep it tight

What are your dreams for the future?
This job has been a dream come true for me, and I hope to do it for many years to come. When the day does come when this ends for me I look forward to teaching. My sister Louise has a school back home and I help out with that when I’m home and I love teaching a new generation.

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Photo Courtesy Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games will perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Thursday, October 11th at 7:30pm. For tickets visit https://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/lord-of-the-dance-dangerous-games

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Win Tickets to see The Naked Magicians at DPAC on October 5th!

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Christopher Wayne & Mike Tyler – The Naked Magicians

The world’s funniest and naughtiest magic show returns to DPAC next week when Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne aka The Naked Magicians, take the stage in Durham on Friday and Saturday October 5th & 6th.

The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious Aussie magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level.

This boisterous R-rated magic show strips away the top hats and capes, promising full-frontal illusions. Left without sleeves or pockets, their saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to “now you see it”.

Ticket Giveaway!
I’ve partnered with the great folks at DPAC to giveaway two tickets to the Friday, October 5th performance (Must be 18 to enter). For a chance to win just leave a comment below about why you want to see the show. You can also enter by leaving a comment on my instagram post about the show here. I will randomly select a winner on Sunday September 30th!

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Mike Tyler about the upcoming show at DPAC. We chatted about how he and Wayne came up with this crazy idea to life in Australia. It was probably one of the funnest interviews I have ever done and makes me thing audiences are in for a real treat when they see these two on stage!

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Mike Tyler

How did you guys come up with the idea of a naked magic show?
Chris and myself were best mates and magicians full-time and had successful careers with our clothes on. This was right around the time the Movie “Magic Mike” came out. With my name being Mike I’d get a lot of stripper related jokes like “How big is your magic wand and can make your clothes disappear?” We were both thinking that we wanted to take magic to an audience who wouldn’t normally attend a magic show and get away from the cliche black hat and cape. So those two things kind of mixed together and we thought what better way to do that than to do a naughty magic show with our sleeves up and our pants down? 

What is your typical audience like?
Well you have to be 18 to see our show, obviously, and it is predominantly female. We describe the show as an orgy of magic, comedy and nudity mixed together. It’s the perfect girls’ night out but we  also get a lot of guys coming to the show as well both straight and gay guys just looking for a cheeky night out. We love that too! 

How do you stay in shape for the show?
Oh it is so hard traveling. We have to be disciplined on the road. When we’re not touring, we work out two or three times a day and we try to work out when we can on the road. Both of us try to do at least one bit of exercise each day to stay in shape.

What are the challenges of doing a magic show naked?
We don’t use any technology in our show, it is all classic magic with slight of hand so obviously that is a bit harder when you don’t have clothes to hide anything. So we have had to modify our show in some regard, but we are naked, and that is a tool of distraction in itself. We have a saying, “good magicians don’t need sleeves, great magicians don’t need pants!”

“The Naked Magicians” perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Ocotber 5th and 6th. For tickets visit https://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/the-naked-magicians-1

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Beericana Returns this Saturday!

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Do you like craft beer and food trucks? Well, mark your calendars because the Beericana craft beer & music festival returns to Holly Springs Saturday, September 8th. This year’s event, organized by 919 Beer, will feature 70 breweries from across North Carolina and beyond, 15 food trucks, and 3 live bands. Entry to the festival gets you unlimited tastings from the breweries. Food is available for purchase from the many food trucks. You can view a map of the festival with the list of breweries and food trucks here.

Tickets are $75 for VIP tickets (gives you early access from noon to 2 p.m.) and $45 for general admission from 2 to 6 p.m. There is also a $15 option for music only. You can buy tickets at the gate, but they will be $10 more than advance ticket prices. For a peek at what Beericana was like last year check out the short clip below above.

Please note that no children are allowed at Beericana and a valid photo identification must be presented. Check out the FAQ on the the event website for additional details.

Visit the official website to order tickets.

Beericana Craft Beer & Music Festival
September 8th, 2018
Sugg Farm Park – Holly Springs, NC
www.beericana.com

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Caraleigh Commons in Raleigh

I was at Trophy Brewing on Maywood Avenue just south of downtown Raleigh over the Labor Day weekend and grabbed a quick picture of these new homes going up just across the street from Trophy Brewing. A quick search online tells me this new neighborhood is called Caraleigh Commons and it is being developed by CitySpace Homes.Once all phases of development are completed it will consist of  around 50 historically inspired homes just outside of downtown.

I like the fusion of historic and modern looks incorporated in the design of these houses. Some of them remind me of homes you might find along the beach. And of course living here means you are just a short stroll from one of Raleigh’s best breweries!

You can read more about the Caraleigh Commons neighborhood here:  http://www.caraleighcommons.com.

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Explore the Raleigh Night Market this Thursday!

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The Raleigh Night Market kicks off this Thursday, August 16th from 6-11pm in downtown Raleigh. This open air night market takes place on the third Thursday of August through October and showcases local vendors along the cobblestone streets of historic City Market.

The market will host 30+ Triangle area artisans and food vendors. There will also be beer, wine, and cocktails available for purchase and a specialty sour beer will also be tapped each hour at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.

Local entertainment will be provided by Jamie Dawson at 6pm a Ukulele jam from 7-9pm, a DJ, stilt walker and LED hoop dancer. Local musician, Tom Sowders at 9pm and Broom Raven at 10pm.

For a full list of vendors visit:
https://www.raleighnightmarket.com/vendors-and-sponsors/.

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