NC may have free cash for you – and sure, it’s respectable

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – At a time when the pandemic is creating tough economic times, there is a way to get free money and it is legitimate. You may be owed unclaimed money.

The North Carolina State Treasury said last year the average North Carolinaian received $ 563 in unclaimed money.

For the fiscal year that ended in June, Treasurer Dale Folwell said a record number of unclaimed cash payments had been made.

He said 125,000 claims totaling over $ 70 million in payouts have been met.

The Treasury Office oversees unclaimed property, and while it can take many forms, many are cash.

The treasurer’s office was always the one that held and distributed unclaimed funds.

In the days leading up to the pandemic, a way to raise awareness of this service was by setting up a booth at the state fair to remind people can go online to see if they owe cash.

Last October, the treasurer’s office took over a new tactic that initiated a pilot program called NCcash Match, which searched computer records for people who owed $ 250 or less.

As part of this program, people received a letter in the US Mail from the Treasurer’s office telling them that a check was coming to them.

“The pilot should cut red tape and get people to their money faster,” said Folwell.

This pilot program was so successful that lawmakers decided to make it permanent and enact law that would allow the treasurer’s office to automatically send checks up to $ 5,000 to people after they searched computer records for unclaimed money .

“We take 3,000 files a week and send letters to individuals,” said Folwell. “If this letter is not returned to us within 8 weeks, we will automatically write a check, without bureaucracy or the like.”

This NCcash Match system is designed to complement people’s online searches as the treasurer’s office literally has a treasure trove of property.

“When a safe deposit box is abandoned in North Carolina, the bank sends that content to us,” Folwell said.

He said it was mostly stocks and bonds in those lockers, but his office received everything from baby teeth to military medals that people kept and forgot.

Funds can go unclaimed for a variety of reasons, including failing to get a final paycheck, rent or security deposit for incidental expenses owed to you, or property that you put in a bank vault and simply lost track of.

Although the treasurer’s office returned more than $ 70 million worth of cash and property to rightful owners last fiscal year, Folwell expects that number to double over the next year.

A join a free evaluation on how to economize in your electrical invoice helps NAACP elevate funds

Editor’s Note: This story is part of Southwest Michigan Second Wave On the ground Battle Creek range.

Battle Creek residents interested in saving money on their utility bills and building more energy efficient homes can register for free until August 13th Energy analysis at home offered through Consumers Energy.

In addition to benefiting homeowners and tenants, the program raises funds for the Battle Creek branch of of NAACP (National Association for the Promotion of Colored People).

“Consumers are working with minority and women-led nonprofits to promote this program and turn it into a fundraiser,” said Kathy Antaya, who leads the fundraiser and is the third vice president of the local NAACP. “They really go out of their way to target black and brown communities where people are least likely to let ‘the man’ into their home.”

To sign up, people should click here or visit HomeEnergyAnalysis.com or call 833-685-1312 to make an appointment. When registering online, enter NAACPBC in the promotional code field. When you call to make an appointment, Antaya says, “Be sure to give the call center agent the code.”

She hopes this will build people’s confidence in the work Consumers Energy is doing to save money and in their own ability to make these kinds of improvements.

“It makes a lot of sense to me, especially for households that are less energy efficient and more likely to benefit from it, and these are mostly low-income people or people who don’t trust a white person to come to their door,” Antaya says.

Although the fundraising opportunity has existed with organizations in the east of the state for several years, this is the first time an organization in Battle Creek has had the opportunity to partner with Consumers Energy, says Erin Donnelly, senior marketing & outreach manager for energy efficient solutions Logistics, LLC. SEEL, LLC is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and an Authorized Consumers Energy Contractor based in Comstock Park.

The payment for partner organizations is based on a tiered system. For every 50 energy analysis appointments completed, an organization receives US $ 500; for all 75 appointments this amount is $ 1,000 and continues from there up to a maximum of $ 5,000 for 200 completed appointments.

Donnelly says there were seven completed Battle Creek events listed as of yesterday.

“We need at least 50 visits to start a fundraiser,” says Antaya. “Our goal is 200 visits. We struggled to get 20. “

The participating organizations had a three-month window to register and complete appointments. The fundraiser began June 13th in Battle Creek, and Antaya hopes more people will sign up before the deadline.

Antaya is one of the seven people who already have an energy analysis carried out at home. During this analysis, she had 30 lightbulbs replaced and received four LED night lights, all free of charge for her. She says if her house, which is around 50 years old, had an electrical water connection, she could have got free plastic wrap and insulation for the hot water pipes and tape sealant for the water heater.

“The man who did my energy analysis was very experienced and professional,” says Antaya. “He made me feel so comfortable. He even pointed out a few things that had nothing to do with energy efficiency and asked questions such as whether I had had a radon test done in my basement. “

The technicians who perform the personal analyzes bring items such as light bulbs and insulation, and replace and install anything needed during the visit. Those doing the virtual analyzes will be sent home free of charge materials that may be needed for improvement.

In addition to the items that Antaya replaced, premium upgrades are available for those who are 200 percent or below the federal poverty line, which according to the U.S. Department of Health or 80 percent of the Annual Median Income (AMI), which in Calhoun County was $ 49,055, according to the US Census Bureau.

These premium upgrades include items like new refrigerators, dehumidifiers, or air conditioners, says Donnelly.

“We carry out the initial assessment and if you are eligible for the premium upgrades, we will contact you and see if you are interested. If so, you will need to provide proof of income eligibility. Order a new refrigerator and set up delivery and installation. “

Donnelly says the energy analysis program is funded by an average fee of 30 cents that is part of the monthly bill that Consumers Energy customers receive.

“The whole point of this fundraising program is to help the community and the businesses and organizations in that community, and to help the community save money on their energy bills on an individual basis,” says Donnelly. “People get very hesitant when they hear the word ‘free’. But it’s something that every customer is already paying for. There is a small fee on your bill that goes straight to funding this program. “

“The program is completely free to anyone in Michigan who is a Consumers Energy customer,” says Donnelly. “Consumers Energy offers virtual and personal appointments to give tips on energy efficiency and energy reports at home that show customers their energy consumption and how they can save money. The aim is to reduce energy consumption. We have certain goals that we want to achieve as a company that uses energy. If we can help the customer in any way, we want to do that. “

Read more articles from Jane Simons.

Jane Simons is a freelance reporter and writer with over 20 years of experience and the owner of In so many words based in Battle Creek. She is the project editor for On the Ground Battle Creek.

Free cash? How Wisconsin residents can test if they’ve unclaimed cash

(WFRV) – Finding unknown or forgotten cash can bring a smile to almost everyone’s face.

On the Wisconsin Department of the Treasury (DOR) website, there is an option for users to verify that they have unclaimed property.

What is unclaimed property? The DOR defines it as any financial asset that has not had owner activity for a year or more and the owner of the asset cannot contact the owner.

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As early as October 2020, the DOR announced that it was almost $ 600 million in unclaimed money.

Some common unclaimed properties include:

  • Savings accounts
  • Check accounts
  • Unredeemed dividends
  • Stocks and mutual funds
  • Customer deposits or overpayments
  • Certificates of deposit
  • Credit
  • Refunds
  • Expired life insurance
  • Unredeemed death benefit checks

The DOR website is an easy place for people to check if they have unclaimed property. Those who want to see if they have unclaimed property can Click here, then just enter your first and last name and hit Search.

When there are results, they will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. After the results are displayed, there is a “Select” button that people can use to claim the money.

There is security information that is required to prove the identity of the person claiming the money.

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The DOR has a dedicated unclaimed property FAQ page for more information on unclaimed property visit their website.

CT free jail telephone calls to save cash, present ‘a lifeline,’ advocates say

Phone calls to her son cost thousands of dollars in the 14 years he was in prison, but Diane Lewis felt she needed to make sure he was safe.

“He was 17 when he first went to prison, so I had to speak to him very regularly,” said Lewis of her son Jovaan Lumpkin, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit first degree assault in 2004, down from one Attempted murder charges.

“When your child is in jail, you want to talk to them every day just to see if they’re still alive,” she said. “It could get expensive; you juggle it around. Sometimes the lights went out. Sometimes the gas went out. “

But the law, signed by Governor Ned Lamont on June 16, will call prisoners for free will bring peace of mind to Lewis and other family members of prisoners without incurring an enormous financial burden. The law also allows prisoners up to 90 minutes of phone time per day. But the law, which goes into effect July 1, 2022, will also increase the likelihood of those incarcerated successfully returning to society after their release, proponents say.

Connecticut becomes the first state to phone inmates and their families to jail for free; New York City made free calls from city jails in 2019. The state, which charges up to $ 5 for a 15-minute phone call, has a contract with Securus Technologies from Dallas. According to Securus, Securus makes about $ 7 million a year and Connecticut keeps $ 6 million CT News Junkie.

Karen Martucci, spokeswoman for the state law enforcement agency, said in a statement emailed that the agency expects “phone use to increase with the new guidelines within the recently passed legislation.

“We plan to overhaul operations to allow maximum phone access,” she said.

“Commissioner (Angel) Quiros and the correctional facility support efforts to keep detainees in contact with their families,” Martucci said. “We recognize family reunification as a factor that leads to a successful transition into the community.”

‘Connected’

Lewis, who lives in Hartford, said her son was allowed to make four calls a day, “and we basically got those four calls. As a mom, when your teenage girl who hasn’t even graduated from high school is in jail, you’ll want to talk to your child. It is at its lowest point and you have to support it. “

Over the years, Lewis said she had spent “tens of thousands” of dollars calling Lumpkin. “I wanted to make sure he wasn’t going crazy,” said Lewis.

“It’s not just the money,” she said. “Having your family member in jail and connected to the family will lower the relapse rate.” Staying in touch meant that after his release, Lumpkin knew of family members who died or were born while in custody.

“For me it was everything, because sometimes you just need this escape when there’s a lot of chaos around you,” said Lumpkin. “I was fortunate that I could almost always use the phone whenever I wanted.”

“When I got back it wasn’t that overwhelming because the phone calls kept me in touch with reality per se,” he said. “I didn’t have to be a prisoner 100 percent of the time. I could be a normal person. “

He said opponents of the bill have raised concerns that the free calls would lead to long lines and fights over the phones. Quiros testified that additional phone lines will likely need to be installed. But Lumpkin said concerns about inmates struggling for phone time were not justified.

When he was in prison, Lumpkin said: “I noticed that people who made a lot of phone calls or were visited often stayed out of trouble so as not to lose these privileges.” He said that if he was told to call on Thursday and his son would call, “it is easier for me to avoid trouble, go on the phone.”

“My lifeline for him”

Rahisha Bivens is a restorer for her brother Joshua Stanley, who spent three years in custody, sentenced to prison, and “spent up to 21 hours a day in his cell with the general population,” she said.

Joshua Stanley and his sister Rahisha Bivens on the day he was released from prison in January.

Contributed photo

Stanley, who advocated first-degree assault under the Alford Doctrine to reduce his sentence, said it was “very important” to have contact with his family and said his sister could not have stood up for him without it can make calls. “I had to speak to my sister to find out what the plan was,” he said.

Bivens said it was important to speak to her brother to stand up for him and reduce his sentence. An Alford plea means that the accused does not admit guilt, but admits that the state likely has enough evidence to convict him.

“When I didn’t speak to them for months, I was in a bad mood all the time,” said Stanley. “I got into a lot of arguments, felt lost. … It really helps to have support and just love. You have this love when you are in prison. You don’t feel like the road is over. [It’s] as if there were light at the end of the tunnel. “

“He knew he was empowered. He knew he was loved, ”said Bivens, organizer of the prison reform organization Stop Solitary. “It was just a lifeline to make sure he didn’t give up hope and was loved, that he was treated and cared for.”

Stanley has several mental health issues, and Bivens said the days when she couldn’t speak to her brother were “definitely scary for me and for him. There were moments when he could have become hopeless. “

She said that while calls cost $ 100 every few weeks, family members could “pool money. We could afford it. “

However, she said, “If the phone calls hadn’t been so high, we could have saved the money for his return to the community. We no longer have that to redirect to other resources. “

Joshua Stanley

Contributed photo

Bivens said prisoners should be recognized as people with life and families, not just people who broke the law. Many are in custody like their brother.

“My brother was in college before he was arrested,” Bivens said. “He’s had a whole life and I think people forget that. You have potential. If people fail to maintain this connection with mental health, it can get really ugly for people and their wellbeing. “

Charging phone calls means that “you are burdening their loved ones financially … who already have enough burden”. Many are low-income families and people of color, Bivens said.

“An expensive experience”

Jacqueline James, a former New Haven alder, once had a brother in jail and said the cost of socializing was a burden. “My parents, who have a steady income, wanted to be there for their child in every possible way,” she says. “If you’ve been on the phone every day for a year, it’s eight, nine, ten thousand dollars.”

James said she also has friends in prison that she speaks to. “It’s just a costly experience,” she said. “When you talk about the process of keeping people connected, the state has done a really bad job.”

She pointed out that Securus is a private company that benefits from several prison communication platforms.

“You do video technology. They make phones. They make debit cards, ”she said. “It’s a prison communications company specifically.”

Securus, which has held the State Treaty since 2012, did not respond to a request for comment.

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Evers broadcasts greater than $140M for tourism, leisure industries | Free

LAKE GENVA – Governor Tony Evers announced over $ 140 million in grants to businesses and organizations that play an important role in the Wisconsin tourism and entertainment industries. The new scholarship programs will be invested in industries hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, including live venues, cinemas, summer camps, minor league sports, and the hospitality industry. Additional investments will be made in reopening historic sites in Wisconsin and in marketing support for the Wisconsin tourism industry.

“Wisconsin is recovering faster than ever,” said Evers. “Whether it’s an urban or rural destination, these investments will help local venues and businesses emerge from this pandemic and are ready to welcome people from communities in Wisconsin and across the country. Wisconsin is the best place to live, play and work, and investing in companies that promote culture and entertainment in our communities will pay off for Wisconsinites and communities in our state. “

“I am grateful to Governor Evers for his commitment to tourism, one of Wisconsin’s largest industries,” said Anne Sayers, interim secretary for the Department of Tourism. “From leisure travelers looking to reconnect with friends and family to business travelers attending meetings and conventions, these dollars will be critical to helping our industry recover. We can’t wait to help more travelers discover the unexpected in Wisconsin. ”

The investments announced by Evers include:

  • $ 75 million for housing grants
  • $ 11.25 million for cinemas
  • $ 12 million for small businesses at live events
  • $ 2.8 million for minor league sports teams
  • $ 10 million for live events
  • $ 15 million for destination marketing organizations
  • $ 8 million for summer camp
  • $ 1 million for the Wisconsin Historical Society in support of reopening historic sites and
  • $ 7.5 million to increase marketing support for the Wisconsin tourism industry

These investments are funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) and managed by the State Department of Administration and the Department of Revenue.

“Reg. Evers’ investments in Wisconsin make a difference for small businesses, organizations and all Wisconsiners, “said DOA Secretary Joel Brennan. “Last year local venues kept their doors closed to protect their communities. Now that nearly half of all Wisconsinites have received at least one dose of the vaccine, life is returning to normal – smaller league ball games welcoming families, theaters reopening, and concert venues booking new shows. These investments will ensure our communities recover more strongly than before. “

There Is No Free Cash To Be Had From Altering Taxation Of U.S. Multinational Companies

Every government comes into office pretending to have a huge pot of money that can easily be raised by changing the taxation of international businesses on US multinational corporations. It’s a chimerical notion, however, and the Biden government’s inappropriate and contradicting plans to change the taxation of foreign-sourced income would likely generate low income and nothing to create employment in the US

How the US taxes the income of US corporations that do business abroad has been controversial for some time. Until the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed in 2017, the US taxed income from foreign sources worldwide, which meant that a domestic company operating overseas would pay taxes at the US tax rate rather than the domestic tax rate. Hardly any other country has a territorial regime.

The rationale for a global tax system was that Congress didn’t want a multinational company with offices around the world to have tax incentives to manufacture elsewhere. However, it forced US companies competing in overseas markets to pay a higher effective tax rate than their competitors in the market.

For example, if Caterpillar – a company with significant operations in my hometown – were to sell tractors in Spain before 2018, it would be subject to the US corporate tax rate of 39 percent (including state and local taxes) on its profits, highest in the OECD – while its non- American competitors in Spain were only subject to the Spanish corporate tax rate of 25 percent. This difference was a major reason why many US companies, after merging with a foreign company, moved their headquarters to outside the US – a process known as corporate inversion.

The proliferation of corporate inversions, combined with a high corporate tax rate and the ability for U.S. companies to defer tax liabilities on income from foreign sources until those profits are repatriated, resulted in the Treasury Department raising relatively little money from the overseas operations of U.S. companies.

The Tax Code and Jobs Act attempted to correct these problems. Not only did it lower the federal tax rate to 21 percent, but it also shifted tax law from a global tax system to a territorial one, which helped put US firms on an equal footing when doing business abroad.

That’s a good thing, because overseas sales by US corporations can create many jobs in the US, even if what is sold is not made in the US, high-margin tractors are mostly made in the US. Its market presence through the sale of its low-margin merchandise is driving global demand for its high-margin devices. But even if it produces and sells abroad, it still creates jobs in the US: Most of the logistics, marketing and technical support, for example, are still done domestically.

The much lower corporate tax rate – exactly on average across OECD countries – also reduced the incentives for corporate inversions.

Another issue the TCJA addressed was the practice of US companies to move intellectual property overseas so that the income from it would be taxed at a lower rate. US multinationals have large tax departments that seek to spread profits across jurisdictions through intellectual property or debt transfers in an attempt to minimize global tax liabilities – which usually means reducing US tax liabilities in the first place.

The TCJA’s inclusion of a Global Intangible Low-Tax Income (GILTI) targeted this practice by imposing an effective tax of between 10 and 13 percent on what it believed to be “above average” returns.

However, it is not clear whether GILTI – or the hybrid territorial global tax system – will remain in place. The recently published “Green book“, Which describes the revenue proposals of the Biden administration in detail for the 2022 financial year, suggests” revising the global minimum tax system “, which many have understood as a doubling of GILTI.

However, that’s not what it is suggesting. Rather, it calls for the resumption of a global tax system, as it was before 2018, and the introduction of a minimum tax on foreign profits – more precisely on EBITDA. If a company does not pay enough tax in a foreign jurisdiction, it owes tax to the United States G-7 agreement to introduce some kind of minimum tax for multinational companies.

Unfortunately, there is no reason to believe that this will ultimately lead to more tax revenue for the US or more domestic economic activity.

The main motivation for France and the other developed European countries to introduce some kind of global minimum tax is that they want to tax the revenues of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google – the so-called FAANGs.

These US-based multinationals – with a combined market capitalization of nearly $ 7 trillion – are all US based and also have most of their employment in the United States. This is where they currently pay most of their taxes.

Europe wants to change that. France’s attempt to implement a digital tax system was only suspended at the last moment by the G7 tax treaty, although it is unclear whether the US – or any of the other countries – will keep the vague promises made at the meetings.

But if the US pushes through both the Biden Green Paper proposals and the G7 agreement, the US will again put its multinationals at a competitive disadvantage when they operate overseas, sacrificing tax revenues from US companies to European countries without much to get for it.

Corporate tax is not a very good tax: it discourages capital investment, which in turn reduces productivity, production and wages. It’s also not nearly as advanced as most people assume, and it’s devilishly expensive for businesses to adhere to.

The French philosopher Jean-Baptist Colbert famously said that taxation is the art of plucking feathers from the goose to get the most feathers with the least hiss. Corporate income tax – like all investment taxes – generate a lot of hiss for relatively few feathers.

The TCJA has done a feat by lowering the corporate tax rate and making it difficult for multinational corporations to circumvent it. While it may have reduced revenue, there is evidence that it also boosted economic growth and domestic investment.

A return to a global tax system and the introduction of a burdensome minimum corporation tax instead of GILTI would not bring much additional revenue to the US Treasury Department, but it would undoubtedly reduce economic growth.

Hen Soup for the Soul Leisure’s Free Crackle App

A new ad-supported experience and access to thousands of Crackle movies and TV series, including Crackle originals and exclusives

COS COB, Connecticut, June 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE), one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, announced Today announced the agreement to launch an Android-based application from the Crackle brand on the TCL service.

TCL audiences get access to the vast Crackle Plus library of studio movie titles and classic TV series, as well as an ever-growing list of original and exclusive programs that uplift, entertain and inspire audiences like PROMISELAND, Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story , Bucket List, Sew the Winter to My Skin, Insomnia, Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story, Robert the Bruce, Spides, Anything is Possible: The Serge Ibaka Story, Road to Race Day, The Clearing and Going From Broke, now in his Second season.

“Crackle’s extensive library of award-winning films and TV shows will enable TCL customers to have even more choices across a wide variety of topics and content genres,” said Philippe Guelton, President of Crackle Plus. “With this new touchpoint for Crackle, we are giving our advertisers who use Crackle Plus additional reach and frequency in order to build a growing audience.”

Crackle Plus Linear and VOD networks are available in the US and can be accessed on 31 devices and services including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), game consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex , iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops under Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in around 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.

In addition to Crackle, the Crackle Plus network consists of Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Popcornflix Comedy, Frightpix and Espanolflix as well as the subscription video-on-demand platform (SVOD) Pivotshare.

ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR SOUL ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates streaming video-on-demand (VOD) networks. The company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad-supported and subscription-based VOD networks, including Crackle, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix, and Frightpix. The company also purchases and distributes video content through its subsidiary Screen Media and produces long and short original content through Landmark Studio Group, Chicken Soup for the Soul Unscripted, APlus.com and Halcyon Television. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super premium pet foods under the brand name Chicken Soup for the Soul.

CRACKLE PLUS, A CHICKEN SOUP FOR SOUL ENTERTAINMENT, INC. COMPANY
Crackle Plus owns and operates the ad-supported VOD networks Crackle, Popcornflix and Chicken Soup for the Soul, making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the United States. Crackle Plus owns AVOD rights to over 11,000 films and 22,000 episodes of television series. Crackle Plus networks present at least one original and one exclusive program each month that sets it apart from other AVODs. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns Crackle Plus and also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short form content through Halcyon Television, Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Unscripted division and APlus Productions. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous series of books and produces super premium pet foods under the brand name Chicken Soup for the Soul.

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Free stage leisure lineup at Mid-State Honest introduced

Alle Shows sind bei bezahltem Eintritt zur Messe kostenlos

–Die California Mid-State Fair freut sich, die folgenden Künstler für die Frontier Stage und die Mission Square Stage ankündigen zu können. Alle Shows sind bei bezahltem Eintritt zur Messe kostenlos.

Frontier Stage – Shows beginnen um 20 Uhr

21.07.21 – Der Miss California Mid-State Fair Pageant – Kommen Sie und sehen Sie, wie die besten und klügsten jungen Frauen von San Luis Obispo County in vier herausfordernden Kategorien gegeneinander antreten: Interview, Talent, Abschlussfrage und Abendgarderobe. Die Sonderschau beginnt um 19:00 Uhr!

22.07.21 – Wir sind Boten – Die gefeierte irisch-amerikanische Band We Are Messengers ist eine bunt zusammengewürfelte Gruppe von Freunden, bestehend aus Darren Mulligan (Lead-Gesang), Kyle Williams (Gitarre), Drew Kerxton (Schlagzeug) und Raul Aguilar (Bass), die immer noch glauben, dass es möglich ist, die Welt. Die Band identifiziert sich mit den Verletzten, Außenseitern und Außenseitern und bietet den Ausgegrenzten der Gesellschaft Songs wie einen Olivenzweig. Sie haben das Publikum auf der ganzen Welt mit einer Live-Show in ihren Bann gezogen, die ebenso rau und rauflustig wie zart und verbindend ist. Am bekanntesten für Songs wie „Maybe It’s OK“, „Magnify“, „My Victory“ und „Point To You“.

23.07.21 – Hochspannung (AC/DC-Tribut) – A Tribute to AC/DC spielt seit 2010 ausverkaufte Shows in ganz Kalifornien. High Voltage genießt einen wohlverdienten Ruf als energiegeladener, authentischer AC/DC-Tribute-Act. High Voltage emuliert die pure Essenz, Kraft und Elektrizität einer AC/DC-Show. High Voltage bietet das Beste aus AC/DC; von den frühen Wurzeln der australischen Club-Circuit-Tage bis hin zum weltweiten Superstar-Status ihrer aktuellen Hits. Verpassen Sie nicht Klassiker wie „You Shook Me All Night Long“, „Highway To Hell“ und „Back In Black“. Folgen Sie ihnen auf Facebook @highvoltagetribute.

24.07.21 – Blauer Öyster-Kult – Seit über vier Jahrzehnten begeistert Blue Öyster Cult Fans von intelligentem Hardrock weltweit mit kraftvollen Alben voller Klassiker. Tatsächlich wird die Band aus Long Island, NY, in der Hardrock- und Heavy Metal-Szene für ihre Pionierarbeit verehrt. Blue Öyster Cult nimmt einen einzigartigen Platz in der Rockgeschichte ein, weil es eine der wenigen Hardrock/Heavy Metal-Bands ist, die sowohl echtes Mainstream-Kriterium als auch kommerziellen Erfolg verdient. Der Kanon von BÖC umfasst drei eiskalte Klassiker, die noch lange nach dem Sonnenbrand durch den Kosmos wehen werden: Das wahrhaft eindringliche „(Don’t Fear) The Reaper“ aus Agents of Fortune von 1976, das hämmernde „Godzilla“ aus den Specters von 1977 und das hypnotisch melodische „Burnin’ for You“ aus dem 1981 erschienenen Fire of Unknown Origin.

25.07.21 – Solide Investition – Die Mission von Sound Investment als Band ist einfach: großartige Musik zu spielen, die die Weichen für einen unvergesslichen Abend stellt. Ob zum Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll oder Uptown Funk, zum Mitsingen zu At Last oder sogar zum Linedance zu I Feel Lucky, ihr Publikum fühlt sich genauso als Teil der Unterhaltung wie die Band selbst.

26.07.21 – Wahrheit über Meeresfrüchte – Truth About Seafood ist ein langjähriger Favorit der Central Coast. Mit ihrer energiegeladenen Live-Show und einem Mix aus Originalmusik und modernen/klassischen Rock-Cover-Songs sind TAS eine Partyband, die ihrem Publikum immer eine gute Zeit bringt.

27.07.21 – Kenny Lee Lewis & The FrenZ – The FrenZ ist eine Gruppe gleichgesinnter Musiker/Singer/Songwriter, die im San Joaquin Valley aufgewachsen sind und es genießen, zusammenzukommen und der Goldenen Ära des 60er-70er-Jahre-Classic-Rock, R&B und mildem Prog zu huldigen. Das FrenZ bietet auch Originalsongs und Neuarrangements dieser Ära. Der Leader, Kenny Lee Lewis, ist sehr stolz darauf, Shows mit diesem talentierten Quintett zu präsentieren. Wenn er nicht mit der Steve Miller Band auf Tour ist, kann sich Kenny Lee mit Leadgitarre und Gesang ausstrecken. Außerdem bricht er gerne seine Gitarrensammlung aus, um seine Fans und Freunde mit den authentischen Klängen dieser Zeit zu verführen.

28.07.21 – Joe & Martina – Wie die Country-Könige vor ihnen haben Joe & Martina einen gegenseitigen Respekt für ihr Handwerk und die Liebe füreinander ist offensichtlich, ob auf oder neben der Bühne. Ihre Musik entfaltet sich als kommunikatives Geschichtenerzählen durch komplementäre Harmonien; Es ist eine klangliche Liebesgeschichte, die mit Bakersfield Edge, einem Hauch von modernem Einfluss und dem schwer fassbaren Gitarrensolo enthüllt wird.

29.07.21 – Tausend Pferde – An der Kreuzung von eingefleischtem Country, Southern Soul und bluesigem Rock ‘n’ Roll wirbeln A Thousand Horses Staub auf und reiten vorwärts. Das zweifach für den ACM Award nominierte Quartett aus Nashville—Michael Hobby [vocals], Bill Satcher [guitar], Zach Brown [guitar], und Graham DeLoach [bass]– hat sich mit über 100 Millionen Streams, ausverkauften Shows und dem Beifall von Billboard, Rolling Stone, The Boot und anderen leise zu einem Platin-Phänomen entwickelt. Mit der Platin-zertifizierten Debütsingle „Smoke“, die sowohl in den Mediabase- als auch in den Billboard Country Airplay-Charts Platz 1 erreichte, machte die Band von Anfang an Eindruck. Der Track stammt von ihrem Debütalbum Southernality, das auf Platz 3 der Billboard Top Country Albums-Charts kletterte und ihre Nachfolge-Single “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial” enthält.

30.07.21 – Gelbes Hausorchester – Yellow House Orchestra ist eine original Latin Jazz & Salsa Band mit Wurzeln in New York City, San Francisco und hier in Paso Robles. Die Band verbindet afro-kubanische Percussion-Grundlagen mit Salsa-Hörnern und Pop-Melodien. Zusammen ist es eine Kombination, die Ihre Zehen mit Sicherheit zum Klopfen bringt.

31.07.21 – Reise USA (Reise-Tribut) – Journey USA kommt der Journey-Musik der 70er und 80er Jahre am nächsten, die Sie jemals hören werden! Die talentierteste Journey-Tribute-Band auf dem Markt fängt den charakteristischen Sound der Supergroup mit Hits wie Don’t Stop Believing, Open Arms, Separate Ways und Any Way You Want It ein, wobei jeder Song mit atemberaubender Präzision ausgeführt wird!

21.08.21 – Dante Marsh & The Vibe Setters – The Vibe Setters, eine Mischung aus Island, Soul, Funk und RnB, mit bunten Melodien und heftigen Grooves. Die Vibe Setters sind seit 2 Jahren zusammen und bestehen aus einigen der besten Musiker in San Luis Obispo County. In dieser kurzen Zeit haben The Vibe Setters einen SLO New Times Music Award gewonnen und konnten auch während ihrer Shows ein Erlebnis pflegen, das immer mehr Veranstaltungsorte füllt und mehr Fans gewinnt. In den Worten der Fans im ganzen Land: “It’s a Vibe”.

Mission Square Bühne – Shows beginnen um 19 Uhr at

21.07.21 – Markus Adams – Mark Adams ist entweder ein musikalischer Winzer oder ein Winzer, je nachdem, wen Sie fragen. Er wuchs an der Central Coast von Kalifornien auf, wo er nach Aufenthalten in Nord- und Südkalifornien zurückkehrte, um Trauben anzubauen, Wein zu machen und in und um seine Heimatstadt Templeton Musik zu machen. Seine Aufnahmen werden überregional ausgestrahlt und begleiteten zahlreiche Filme und Fernsehsendungen.

22.07.21 – Monte Mills & The Lucky Horseshoe Band – 2021 markiert das 45-jährige Jubiläum von Monte Mills und seiner Lucky Horseshoe Band, die hauptsächlich Country-Musik spielen, aber sie können genauso gut in alten Rock’n’Roll der 50er und 60er Jahre, Bigbandmusik der 40er oder Gospel schlüpfen.

23.07.21 – Bärenmarkt-Aufstand – Bear Market Riot ist ein „Power-Folk“-Duo von der kalifornischen Central Coast. Nick Motil und Kirk Nordby wurden viermal als beste Band in der New Times-Leserumfrage von San Luis Obispo ausgezeichnet und kombinieren harmonisierenden Gesang und Gitarren mit einem tobenden und stampfenden Beat, den Sie sicher lieben werden.

24.07.21 – Wilder Kojote – Der in Templeton geborene und in LA lebende Singer/Songwriter Wild the Coyote ist ein aufstrebender Star in der Outlaw-Country-Musik, der mit einem dunklen und dröhnenden Sound, der in Country, Blues und Rock n Roll verwurzelt ist, seinen eigenen Weg einschlägt. Sie können Coyotes Musik auf Bühnen und Bildschirmen weltweit finden, vor allem in der neuen Hitserie Yellowstone von Paramount Pictures. Sehen Sie sich WTCs elektrisierende und fesselnde Live-Performance an, während er weiterhin durch Nordamerika und darüber hinaus tourt. Es wird die Show sein, von der Sie nie wussten, dass Sie sie brauchen.

25.07.21 – Die Pfahlwurzeln – Seit 2016 ein fester Bestandteil bei Konzerten, Weingütern und privaten Veranstaltungen in Kalifornien, sind The Taproots vor allem für ihr kreatives Songwriting, ihre starken Harmonien und ihre innovative Gitarrenarbeit bekannt. Die Band spielt eine einzigartige Mischung aus originaler zeitgenössischer Americana-Musik mit Rock-, Folk- und Jazz-Einflüssen sowie frischen Interpretationen von Coversongs.

26.07.21 – Hilary Watson – Die in Santa Barbara ansässige Roots-Künstlerin Hilary Watson, auch bekannt als Sängerin und Gitarristin des Duos Hilary und Kate, hat mit ihrem jüngsten Solodebüt Aufmerksamkeit auf sich gezogen. Jahre des Tourneens, Schreibens und Auftritts gipfelten in dem neuesten Projekt der Powerhouse-Sänger. Durch die Mischung aus Soul, Blues und ein wenig Country-Western werden Sie die Erfahrung und Überzeugung einer Künstlerin spüren, die einen ganz eigenen Sound geschaffen hat, mit subtilen Anspielungen auf die Großen, die sie beeinflusst haben. Diese nuancierte und kraftvolle Aretha Franklin-meets-Patsy Cline-Künstlerin sollte man sich nicht entgehen lassen.

27.07.21 – Kenny Taylor – Kenny Taylor ist ein Singer-Songwriter aus Minneapolis, MN. Er ist seit 2007 in Kalifornien und kann jedes Wochenende an der zentralen Küste und in Konzerthallen gesehen werden!

28.07.21 – Die Truthahnbussarde – Ähnlich wie das Duo selbst reichen die Songs nah und fern. Von der stickigen Feuchtigkeit North Carolinas bis zu den staubigen Kellern des Westens erzählen The Turkey Buzzards einfache Geschichten, die sich durch düstere Vocals und durchdachte Harmonien entwirren.

29.07.21 – Erin und die Erdbeben – Die Rhythmusgruppe von Wayne Gamble (Bass) und Dan Robba (Schlagzeug) schlossen sich mit dem Rock-„Power-Paar“ Erin Montgomery (Gesang) und Chris Rollard (Gitarre) zu den Earthquakes zusammen. Sie etablierten sich schnell als DIE führende Eventband im San Luis Obispo County. Steh auf und tanze zu ihrem Mix aus Rock, Funk, Blues und Jazz für jeden Anlass!

30.07.21 – Shawn Clark – Shawn Clark schreibt Musik aus dem Kernland. Besuchen Sie eine Show der Shawn Clark Family Band und hören Sie eine Melodie von Hank Williams, Sr. oder ein obskures Lied von Marty Robbins. In erster Linie hören Sie die Originalmelodien von Shawn Clark, vorgetragen in seinem selbstbewussten Bariton. Inspiriert, als er während des Films The Big Lebowski Townes Van Zandts Version der Rolling Stones „Dead Flowers“ hörte, dachte Shawn Clark: „Ich möchte Musik schreiben, die so klingt.“ Zwei Jahre später hat er zwei Alben, eine feine Gruppe von Musikerkollegen, die die „Shawn Clark Family Band“ bilden, und sein Ziel ist es, diese Country-Musik im alten Stil einem breiteren Publikum zugänglich zu machen.

31.07.21 – Noach Tangeras – Noach Tangeras Band ist eine Americana-Gruppe mit Wurzeln im Folk/Rock/Country/Blues. Kraftvoller Gesang mit Vintage-Gitarrenlinien, Bass, Keyboard, Ukulele und Schlagzeug.

21.08.21 – Grauschnabel – Graybill wird oft mit Jack Johnson, G. Love und Nick Drake verglichen und ist der Bühnenname des Sängers, Songwriters und Gitarristen Kevin Graybill. Obwohl er mit anderen vergleichbar ist, hat er seinen eigenen einzigartigen Sound und sein eigenes Genre entwickelt, das manchmal als Coastal-Folk oder Ganja-Blues bezeichnet wird. 2020 sollte Graybills bisher größtes Jahr werden, da eine Tour durch die Westküste und Montana gebucht wurde. Dann schlug COVID ein. Anstatt sich in Enttäuschung zu suhlen, lenkte er den Ehrgeiz für eine Tour in die Aufnahme seines Debütalbums High Tide/Low Tide. Aufgenommen als zwei Sechs-Track-EPs, finden sie zusammen eine Balance zwischen High Tides sonnigem Optimismus und Full-Band-Arrangements und Low Tides eher abgespeckter regnerischer Introspektion. High Tide/Low Tide wurde am 16. April in Eigenregie veröffentlicht.

Die California Mid-State Fair 2021 findet vom 21. Juli bis 1. August statt und feiert dieses Jahr ihr 75-jähriges Bestehen.

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Butterflies, agriculture recreation present to offer free leisure on the honest

There is magic in the air at this summer’s Montcalm County Fair, starting with two new free exhibits that offer visitors both entertainment and education.

Tim Balster, left, owner of the game show Wheels of Agriculture, takes the Trivia Tractor with him for a mini-show at a fair. The agriculture-themed interactive quiz game will be released for three days from June 24-26 at the Montcalm County Fair. – Submitted photo

Many fairs offer free entertainment, and Fair Board treasurer Lisa Johnson said she has started “going hard on the ground” to host at least one exhibition for 2020. Then the fair was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Johnson himself was visiting a butterfly house and knew it would be something that would appeal to Montcalm County’s carnival goers.

“I thought that was really neat,” she said.

“You will be here all week and people can visit more than once. I just think it will be something for the kids. “

Johnson installed Butterfly Effects from Spring Hill, Florida for this year’s show. Owner Ted Moss will bring his House of Butterflies to the fairgrounds, where visitors can see butterflies that are native to Michigan in a screened display area.

There are more than 750 different species of butterflies in the United States, and each state has certain species that are native to that area, Moss said. He’s careful to bring “the right species to the right state” when traveling with his exhibit, he said. “Otherwise it can mess up the food chain and lots of different things in the area.”

So in Montcalm County, visitors can expect to see the Eastern Monarch Butterfly, the Painted Lady, and various fritillary butterflies up close. Everyone who enters is also given a nectar-coated food stick to encourage the butterflies to come closer to viewing and taking photos.

Visitors of all ages enjoy seeing and feeding butterflies at the House of Butterflies exhibit, a free attraction coming to the Montcalm County Fair. – Submitted photo

The exhibition also includes videos explaining the butterfly’s life cycle. There is one that shows how to fix a monarch wing.

“Children come with a smile on their faces. But it’s not just kids – teenagers, seniors, all ages love it, ”said Moss. “Everyone has fun with it. You’re having a great time. ”

Moss started his business a few years ago when he saw something similar at another fair. He liked the idea, mostly because he knew that butterflies, like bees, are pollinators. He thought he could have a business and at the same time help the environment by keeping the butterfly population growing, he said.

“Butterflies seemed like a nice idea. We can release them and that will help keep the species alive, ”Moss said. “You contribute so much to the world. If we don’t have it, we’ll get into serious trouble. ”

Moss also has a butterfly set for sale at the exhibit for around $ 5. The set includes two caterpillars, a monarch and a painted lady – these are the easiest to grow at home, he said – and a food cup.

“You can watch the pupa grow and then release the butterflies,” he said.

For more information, visit The Butterfly Effects on Facebook at @ butterflyfx.events.

Another new show attraction this year is Wheels of Agriculture, an interactive farming knowledge game show for the whole family. Johnson said she was particularly intrigued by the topic because while many people recognize the importance of the Ag to the community, “some aren’t sure what’s growing out there”.

“The quiz game is a way to educate people,” she added.

A young participant enters the “Cash Cab” to collect money for prizes as part of the Wheels of Agriculture game show. The interactive game show asks agricultural questions that allow participants and the entire audience to win prizes. The show arrives at the Montcalm County Fair for three days June 24-26. – Submitted photo

Game show participants and viewers win points and prizes by answering randomly selected questions about local and state agriculture, animals, plants and crops, food groups, farm and barns, music and other sounds.

The Wheels of Agriculture stage features three shows daily from June 24th to 26th. The Trivia Tractor, a similar but smaller walking game show, brings the fun to other corners of the exhibition grounds with two mini shows per day.

Owner Tim Balster, who brings the show from his western Chicago suburb, said he is preparing for all ages of game show players. In the three rounds behind the stand, questions are asked for kindergarten children through to third graders, then fourth graders through to high school students, and then there is “a wildcard”.

“Sometimes it’s all parents or one parent and one child. In the audience you never know what you’re going to get, ”he said. “Another way to include all ages is for us to have an audience spin. Even a boy who wouldn’t be comfortable answering questions can have fun spinning the wheel. “

If attendees cannot answer a question, the audience has the opportunity to intervene.

“If we get blank looks, we can give multiple choice. Even if that doesn’t help them get it right, at some point we’ll get the right answer, ”said Balster, adding that the show also has lucky components. “Even if you’re in last place, you’re lucky to win.”

A young spectator turns the wheels of agriculture to see which category the participants will answer questions from. The interactive farming quiz game will be released for three days from June 24th to 26th at the Montcalm County Fair. – Submitted photo

With a lifelong interest in magic, Balster made money as a magician and illusionist after college, doing shows in restaurants, theaters, fairs, festivals, and other venues. He spent many years at the show with KidBucks, an interactive, energetic game show at shows. After all, instead of doing action seasons, Balster wanted to do something that was fun but also included education, and the wheels of agriculture were born.

“People just enjoy the fact that all ages can participate, whether they’re spinning the wheel, answering questions, or standing in the crowd,” he said.

Balster said he believed that the people of Montcalm County might know more about agriculture than he does. Sounds like a challenge.

For more information, visit räderofagriculture.com / or on Facebook at @WheelsofAgricultureGameShow.

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Krista L. Kafer is a weekly columnist for the Denver Post. Follow her on Twitter: @kristakafer.

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