Fest in the First celebrates 20 years in Miller


Fest in the First will celebrate 20 years in Gary’s 1st District.

Gary’s Miller Spotlight’s Education Youth & Child Programming Action Group, the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District and the Reimagine Gary Crew will stage the event from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.

“Fest in the First is a celebration of Gary’s First District Neighborhoods: Emerson, Aetna, Glen Ryan and Miller,” organizer Jessica Renslow said.

The 20th annual Fest in the First will feature live music, horseback rides, carnival attractions, a ferris wheel, a 65-foot inflatable obstacle course, an art walk, a Slow Roll bike tour and a community art project lead by the HAÜS + Hömmegoods team. It also will feature local food including from Chef Blāque who has been featured on Food Network and Netflix shows like “The Big Bake Halloween.”

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“We will have five hours of live music starting at noon at the Nelson Algren 616 Sound Stage on Lake Street featuring The Fabulous Kings, Funky Mojo Daddy and The Nick Danger Trio. Community volunteers are hosting a family corridor in the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts,” Renslow said. “These nonprofits cater to families in Gary and the greater NWI region.”

There will be free horseback rides next to the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts at 540 S. Lake St.

“As it’s the 20th anniversary, this year the festival is bigger and better than ever, stretching across three city blocks, from 6th and Lake Street to 3rd and Lake Street,” Renslow said.

Attendees can park at The Miller School Shops at 665 S. Lake St. in Gary, at St Mary of the Lakes at 6060 Miller Ave. in Gary or at The Revolution Church Gary at 301 S. Lake St. in Gary.

Sponsors include The Shops on Lake Street, The Miller School Shops, the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District and The Nelson Algren Museum of Miller Beach.

For more information or to become a vendor email festinthefirst@gmail.com, visit festinthefirst.com or find Fest in the First on Facebook or Instagram.

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‘Music is like a constant companion to me’:


Cillian Murphy, best known for his iconic roles in projects like Peaky Blinders and this year’s box office success Oppenheimer, is taking a nostalgic journey back to his musical beginnings as he returns to BBC Radi

o 6.

Cillian Murphy’s musical odyssey

BBC Radio 6 Music recently revealed that Cillian Murphy will host a Sunday night radio show starting on September 17th. This weekly program will showcase a diverse collection of music from his personal record collection, each track holding a special significance in his life. Murphy’s musical selections will span various genres and eras. In the announcement, they wrote, “His weekly nocturnal playlist sees Cillian explore music from all corners of his record collection & share why they hold a special place in his life.” Murphy joined host and DJ Nemone on Friday, September 1, to announce the news. He said: “It’s been a while, but I am thrilled to be back playing tunes on 6 Music, my favourite radio station in the world. The show will be a sound collage of new, old and limited edition tunes for your discerning ears. Can’t wait.”

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The long-awaited return of Cillian Murphy

Fans of Cillian Murphy have eagerly awaited his return to radio since the first series of Cillian Murphy’s Limited Edition aired in autumn 2020, followed by a second series in autumn 2021. The news of his comeback was met with enthusiastic reactions on Twitter, with fans expressing their anticipation for the show’s return and praising Murphy’s impeccable musical taste. One fan said “Absolutely cannot recommend these shows enough. Impeccable music taste and guaranteed new finds.”

ALSO READ: ‘He’s so transporting’: Emily Blunt once revealed her ‘secret language’ with Cillian Murphy on Oppenheimer set

Although Cillian Murphy is primarily recognized for his impressive acting career in films and series, his return to BBC Radio 6 allows him to reconnect with his earlier passion for music. Having sung and played guitar in various bands during his teenage and early adult years, Murphy’s musical expertise is well-rooted. His previous radio collections have featured a wide range of musical genres, demonstrating his eclectic tastes. As he embarks on this new radio venture, listeners can expect an auditory journey curated by a man who has always had a deep connection with the world of music.

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Here’s what’s going on in Lincoln’s music scene,


Wolfgang Van Halen

Wolfgang Van Halen will bring his band Mammoth WVH to the Bourbon Theatre on Tuesday.  

Mammoth WVH with FREAKABOUT, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Bourbon Theatre. Mammoth WVH is the band created and fronted by Wolfgang Van Halen, the son of the late Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli, that emerged in the last couple of years as one of the leaders of a rock renaissance.

Mammoth WVH, which takes its name from one of Eddie Van Halen’s early bands, put out its debut album on which Wolfgang played every instrument and sang in 2021. It features the lead single “Distance,” which was released just a month after his father’s death, earning a Grammy nomination for best rock song.

That sent the band that he put together on the road for both opening and club headlining gigs, where it earned the reputation as one of the top rock outfits.

“Mammoth II” was released a month ago, with Bertinelli, who calls herself “Wolfie’s mom” on social media, making an appearance in the video for one of the band’s songs, “I’m Alright.” It debuted at No. 1 on multiple charts — independent album, rock album, hard rock album and digital album — and at No. 4 in album sales and vinyl album sales.

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Look for Mammoth WVH to play a bunch of songs from both albums when it makes its Lincoln debut at the Bourbon Theatre on Friday. But know you won’t hear any Van Halen songs. Wolfie never covers his dad nor his uncle Alex’s music.

Tinsley Ellis, 3 p.m. Sunday, Zoo Bar. Longtime Zoo Bar favorite Tinsley Ellis returns Sunday afternoon for a rare live acoustic solo performance on his newly launched coast-to-coast tour “Tinsley Ellis — Acoustic Songs & Stories.” Ellis will be performing some of his most popular songs, Delta blues covers and classics by the likes of Gregg Allman, Bob Dylan and Leo Kottke on his 1937 National Steel and 1969 Martin D-35 guitars, tying the songs together with telling stories from his 40 years on stage, in motels and truck stops.

Flatfoot 56 with Bombs Blast, Cutthroat Kids, Danny Attack, 8 p.m. Sunday, 1867 Bar. Last year, Chicago Celtic punks Flatfoot 56 played 1867 Bar with The Rumjacks after the bands put out the joint recording “Brass For Gold,” a disc of hard-charging Celtic-tinged, ska-influenced punk.

Sunday, the now 23-year-old band, broke through with 2006’s “Knuckles Up” and 2007’s “Jungle of the Midwest Sea,” and saw its music placed in the TV series “Sons of Anarchy” and the video game “Watch Dog.” It will be back at the corner of 14th and O streets, playing its positive, hardcore-tinged, Irish-inflected punk.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7244 or kwolgamott@journalstar.com. On Twitter @KentWolgamott  

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Jamaican artiste Sean Paul gets nominated for 2023


Jamaican Dancehall icon Sean Paul is in the running for one of the music industry’s most esteemed accolades. He has been nominated for Crossover Artiste of the Year at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, a category that boasts other formidable contenders such as Lil Jon, Justin Timberlake, Maître Gims, and Marshmello.

New single lights the way to prestigious nomination

The nomination announcement comes on the heels of Sean Paul’s freshly released single, “Summa Hot.”

This latest track is under the banner of Dutty Rock Productions, his own music label, and showcases his continual influence in the global music scene.

Sean Paul.

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Billboard Latin Music Awards: A melting pot of Latin genres

Scheduled for October 5, 2023, the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards serves as a platform to honor the most popular artistes in various Latin music genres. 

Categories span from pop and rock to tropical and Mexican regional music, also including Reggaeton. 

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The event aims to recognize the performers who have made significant strides in these categories and will air live from Miami.

Sean Paul set to join lineup in New York for Hip Hop 50 celebration

As Sean Paul gears up for the Latin Music Awards, he is also set to share the stage with a host of other music legends. 

He is part of the lineup for the Hip Hop 50 celebrations scheduled for September 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York. 

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The event will feature performances from Wu Tang Clan, Mary J Blige, Tyrese, Maxwell, and Mariah Carey, among others, setting the stage for what promises to be a month of high-profile appearances for the artiste.

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Exclusive Interview with Badshah: ‘I’m well aware


Ruling over the music charts and everyone’s playlist, Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia, popularly known as Badshah, has been working towards changing the game for the hip-hop rapping industry. In an exclusive interview with financialexpress.com’s Eshita Bhargava, he talks about his songs, his alter ego, hip-hop music culture in India, depression, creating a legacy, and more. Excerpts from the interview:

When I think of you Badshah, I think of a cool and blingy oversized jacket, baggy pants, and super stylish sneakers. But I want to understand if it gets too much sometimes to carry that image. What is Aditya’s style like?

I always loved fashion even before I became Badshah.  The only thing that changed with the success is that I could afford the more expensive stuff. Before I entered the industry, I was buying sneakers and jackets, but it was not premium stuff. I’m not a fan of putting a facade, you get what you see.  On an everyday basis, I’m not dripping in brands and bling. If you come to my home, you’ll see me in a T-shirt and shorts. I wear a cap because I don’t like doing my hair. It’s my job to put on a different persona when I am working. That part of me is an employee of Badshah, the brand.

Do you think luxurious brands add to the style? Or being able to carry what you have can make you stand out?

Style needs to be a personal statement. I invest in brands that I resonate with. I don’t follow the trends, I make them. You stand out when you’re confident and comfortable in your own skin, the brands are just the extra layering. If you notice the whole pop lifestyle movement, it’s rarely about the brands and more about the individuals.

I want to understand something – Your Instagram handle is called BadBoyShah and your clothing line is BADFIT. What is this fascination with the word Bad?

My moniker is the exact opposite of who Aditya is.  It’s a way of appeasing my alter ego because in reality I’m your simple boy next door who doesn’t like the bling or the parties. I was always an obedient down-to-earth child. I played by the rule book and never got myself into any trouble in my early days. So, when I entered the music scene, I created this alter ego who is the wild poster boy that I’m not. Let’s say I’ve always been too good all my life, and being bad, even for the sake of a public avatar, sometimes helps push the boundaries!

You visited Tata Memorial Hospital. What made you do that?

Music teaches you goodness. You see I meet a lot of influential people and most of them aren’t good people. So, I decided that I’d let music help me become a good person. My greatness shows by my goodness and I use music as a medium.

What makes it important for you to give back to society?

Giving to others is a gift to yourself. It’s not about giving back because you’re a celebrity or that you’re financially blessed, it’s about your responsibility as a human to help others, in whatever small way you can. What you unleash into the universe, has a way of finding itself back to you. If you want more love, you need to love others, if you want more respect, you need to respect others!

What are the things you keep in mind while writing your songs? How do you ensure that they are peppy and stay with the audience?

I’m just very fluid with the process. I don’t have a set template and ideas and inspiration just came to me impromptu. I love that my party anthems resonate with fans, and every time one of my numbers is played at a wedding or a celebration, I feel like I’m a part of the milestone moment creating memories, and I’m very grateful for that. But I’m also keen to explore a different creative space, like I did in O.N.E. It’s a very personal work; the guy in those songs is the real me. I want to explore that side of me more and write more lyrical songs.  I have to meet the demands of the market. I’m not complaining — but I’m at that juncture where I need to find new ways to explore my creativity. It’s a huge pressure to be a hitmaker.  The most difficult bit about the last few years has been to stay consistent and relevant.  My biggest fear is not maximizing my full potential. I don’t want to miss out on anything. My goal is to be better than my last project.

Does creative satisfaction ever get compromised in the number game and competition or have you managed to find a way to keep them separate? 

The views aren’t a definition by any means to a song’s success. The consumption model needs to steer away from the whole views and likes theory, because an artist who isn’t established may rely on this feedback to determine a song’s popularity. I’d say if your audiences like the song and show you appreciation, keep working at it till you reach a point where the views or likes don’t matter. Because titles and records are nothing when you can’t sustain a faithful fanbase or have fans coming out to support you at public performances.

What does a day in the life of Badshah look like?

Always hustling, always on the go and being grateful for the gift of life. It’s a whirlwind of meetings, promotional shoots and fan interactions. I’m a late riser, I start off the day with a prayer for being alive, followed by checking the news and keeping myself updated on current affairs. I like to be disciplined about my workout though most of my meals are on the go since I’m either traveling, touring, shooting or meeting people. I don’t like interacting with so many people, but I don’t have a choice.

Do you ever fear that you can lose that crown?

Someday I know I’ll have to give up the titles and the status just like any other top tier artist. I’m well aware that my music has a shelf life. I don’t know how easy it will be, when that day comes, for me to walk away. But it won’t jolt me. I want to leave a legacy behind graciously, but it’s not happening anytime soon.

Where does that strength to persevere come from?

I think faith, hope, and God. When you come from a place of being one of those kids that was counted out and you get a shot to prove your worth, you’re just going to keep going, grinding, because that’s all you got. Music is all I got for real. I’m not selling out for fame or wealth. Accept the good and bad as being beautiful. God tests you and how much of life you can handle when you say you love life. We have to take life on its terms and not on our own terms.

What is the most misunderstood thing about being Badshah?

Let’s say I’ve grossly been misunderstood but I’m not looking to be understood anymore. I have a great inner circle and they know the real me and that’s all that matters. But the biggest misconception is that Badshah didn’t have to go through trials and tribulations and I bought my success. People need to understand that success is not served à la carte, it’s a buffet and my hunger and hard work has rewarded me with this success.

Badshah, you have never been shy while talking about depression and body positivity. Can you please tell my readers how it has been for you? And what kept you going?

You have to hit rock bottom. That’s the way up. The struggle of a comeback is beautiful. Without a test there is no testimony. I’m being more honest than ever before with myself and those around me. I’ve been making myself a top priority, and not catering to social expectations expected out of me.  It’s been a hard journey but it’s very therapeutic. Social media and the constant broadcasting of self for public consumption is not ideal for mental health or relationship to our inner world.

One thing that I’ve noticed about Punjabi songs, in particular, is that a lot of cuss words are used, and women are often objectified. Why do you think it happens and why are we not making a sincere effort to stop it?

The way audiences perceive creativity is a very subjective matter. Something might sound like something to someone, and it might sound entirely different to someone else. Yes, some might not like the lyrics, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are vulgar or disrespectful. For me personally, I’ve always encouraged women empowerment and support causes that leverage this narrative.

A lot of youngsters follow you; does it add an additional responsibility to do things in the right way?

 It’s always a blessed thing to be able to be in a position to enrich the lives of others, not just materialistically but also at a soul level. I have always been someone who goes the extra mile to add qualitative value to my interactions and I guess that responsibility has doubled down in the last couple of years. I’m very conscious of the fact that I’m a mentor and it’s a role I take very diligently.

What is your source of happiness?

It’s in Chandigarh, I’m the happiest with my family. My family keeps me grounded. Even if I want to be a star, they don’t let me be one.

How many pairs of sneakers do you own?

I’m a sneakerhead. I have over 500 pairs and it’s only increasing.

What’s next for you?

I’m working on a few collaborations, new songs, new tours and some new business ventures. I really want to take the Indian music banner ahead and make an impact globally now. I’d like to lead from the front.

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