Jeremy Lister + Andy Davis + Red Cross = Amazing Night

Nashville residents Andy Davis and Jeremy Lister will be performing for one night only in a special benefit concert to raise money for the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Louisiana-born Andy Davis will bring more of his unforgettable hooks and dynamic stage presence to fans new and old when he returns to the Meyer. His musical influences range from David Wilcox to Stevie Wonder and Radiohead to Rufus Wainwright. Davis’ first album, Thinks of Her, sold out on college campuses when it released in 2004. His songs have been heard on Grey’s Anatomy, Jersey Shore, One Tree Hill, and Davis himself appeared on Drop Dead Diva, acting and performing the song “Unchained Melody.” He has worked with legendary producer Mitchell Froom to produce the albums Let the Woman and Heartbreak Yellow. His latest, Help! is the product of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, a true testament to the devotion of his fans. Davis is a prominent member of Ten Out of Tenn, a critically acclaimed collective of Nashville singer/songwriters.

Jeremy Lister appeared as part of the group Street Corner Symphony which won second place on the popular television show, The Sing-Off. Lister is perhapsbest known for his song “Set Us Free,” which was used as the theme song for season two of the MTV docu-drama World of Jenks.

We are also excited to have Naomi Khang added to this amazing line up. Naomi  is the second place winner of this year’s Talent Jam, where she performed “Heartbeat” by Johnny Swim. Talent Jam is a local talent competition for high school and college students. This year, eleven acts competed on stage at the Meyer Theatre on November 2, 2013. Naomi represented West De Pere High School.

Click HERE to purchase your tickets. Tickets are $20. All ticket proceeds benefit the American Red Cross on behalf of James Rivett who will be Dancing With Our Stars 2014.

Click HERE for full event details.

Meyer Concert

Get to Know: Mike Spurlock from Partner, Spurlock, Runyan, Miller & Associates, C.P.A.s

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photo by Frievalt Photography

Describe your first dance lesson: I was about 14, taking lessons at a church function.  My partner was about 1 ½ feet taller than me and I couldn’t miss stepping on her feet.  The town bully didn’t like me dancing with her (or any other girl for that matter), and picked a fight with me.  He was a big guy and I wasn’t (4’8’’).  He lost and I never was bullied again!  Dancing must have made me quick on my feet.

Who is your dream dance partner:  Jennifer Grey

Why support the American Red Cross: It is a world-wide supporter of people in crisis.  They are there when we cannot be.

Hobbies or Passions: I am an avid aviator.  Started when I turned 60 and haven’t looked back!  I am also a proud grandfather of six (who will be taught to fly!).  Reading, cigars, board gaming re-enactments, gardening, Young Eagles, church and other civic functions, Civic Air Patrol, modeling, did I mention flying?

Get to Know: Brian Bartel

IMG_2648BLKI can’t dribble a basketball without looking at it…

I’ve done the Jacksonport Polar Plunge MORE THAN ONCE!

I cry at the end of The Natural, every time I see it.

I’ve been to Tonga.  They sell beer at the hardware store but not the liquor store.  Makes sense to me.

I’m terrified of bats, and of flying, and of dancing in front of large groups of people.

I once read James Joyce’s “Ulysses” and “The Companion to James Joyce’s Ulysses” simultaneously over a 6 month period.

My favorite bands are Cake, Sublime, the Foo Fighters, and I’m going through a Black Sabbath renaissance.

I once crewed on a tall ship for three months.  When I got off the boat I had working man hands, Popeye forearms, and a ridiculous beard.

I’m secretly mortified at all this talking about myself, but hey, it’s a bio!

Just Try….. Wise Advise from the Next Generation

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Tammy Elliott photo courtesy of Frievalt Photography.

I’m an early riser by trade my alarm goes off at 2:20am to get ready for Action 2 News This Morning at 4:30. But seriously I love the nightlife. I want to go where the people dance. I want some action, I want to live!  Are you singing along with me yet? “I love the nightlife; I got to boogie on the disco, yeah”.

When I started writing my bio that song started running through my head. “I love the Nightlife” Alicia Bridges, circa 1978. Yes, I was alive and old enough to boogie to that beat.

So I’m hoping to polish my moves I now only show off at home during a fun time my family calls: “Friday Night Dance Party”.

“Dancing with Our Stars” will be an incredible opportunity to get into the groove and express myself in a new way!

Jim & Therese are a Little Camera Shy…..

We stopped into Simply Ballroom last night to capture star dancer,  Jim Rivett & his dance partner Therese Clarke…. they were a little camera shy, not to reveal their top secret dance moves, but we succeeded in capturing part of their practice.

One thing is for sure…. FUN is a big part of their lessons! Jim needs your support on his quest to win the Fundraising Mirrorball Trophy.  VOTE here!!

Jody Weyers Shares Her 2nd Lesson Dance Experience

1010158_632813020084142_1218340083_nThis is lesson number two for me with my dance partner Michael Witte, of Simply Ballroom. I must admit when our development team first came up with the “Dancing with the Stars” concept for a fundraiser, I thought, it would be fun to learn how to dance. After 10 lesson in 2009, my dance shoes have not been used since.

They are being dusted off now!  I will be doing two dances. The Tango and the Cha Cha. In this video we are practicing some basic steps for the Tango. In a tango, the women’s head is to the side of her partner. I had a big issue, that every time Michael would talk to me, I would look at him. Good eye contact is great in meetings and in social setting, NOT in ballroom dancing.

You will see my arm is along the side of Michael’s head. This is not your Tango dance hold, that is so my head does not go past the line of my arm. This dancing thing is much more physical than it looks, and I am in the “easy stuff”.  Try this exercise at home. 

  1. Stand up
  2. Make yourself tall (not by standing on your tippy toes) lift through your rib cage.
  3. Now drop your shoulders
  4. Lift your arms in Tango Position
  5. Hold
  6. And…. Don’t forget to breath…..

Not an easy task!!!  This Sunday is lesson number three!  Keep you posted on this journey, and please remember to VOTE (either for me or one of our other dancers) Either way the Red Cross and the community benefits but of course I prefer if you vote for me to help in my “40 for 40 campaign.

Thank you for the support.

Jody  

American Red Cross “Dancing” Fundraiser to Announce 2014 Event Participants at October 1 Kickoff Party

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Another cast of local celebrities is assembling to participate in Dancing with Our Stars 2014 for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin, presented by the Schneider National Foundation.  The star dancers will compete to raise the most money and take home the coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy.  This year’s dancers will be revealed during a private kickoff party Tuesday, October 1st.  Presented by Festival Foods, the kickoff party will be held at The Marq on French Road in De Pere.

“This event continues to grow and create a buzz in the community,” says Chapter Executive Steve Hansen.  “The star dancers do a tremendous job not only on the dance floor but more importantly raising funds to help support local Red Cross efforts.”

Dancing with Our Stars is now in its sixth year and it is has been a sold-out event each year.  Not only do those in attendance support local efforts, so can those not attending as the star dancers receive votes in the form of donations to the Red Cross.  One dollar equals one vote.  All funds raised support disaster prevention, preparation and relief, the life-saving training of first aid, CPR/AED classes, collection and testing of blood and blood products, support to military members serving around the globe, the transportation program and international programs.

Last year’s event raised nearly $370,000 for the local Red Cross.  Betina Driver, wife of former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, took home the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy after raising $158,000.

Betina Driver, and her husband and dancer partner Donald Driver, showing off their matching mirrorball trophies.

Betina Driver, and her husband and dancer partner Donald Driver, showing off their matching mirrorball trophies.

Dancing with our Stars 2014 will take place Saturday, February 15th at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. Information about tickets will be available at a later date. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

Website: http://redcross.org/newisconsin

Dancing with our Stars blog: http://redcrossdwosblog.org

Facebook: http://facebook.com/NEWRedCross

Twitter: @NEWRedCross (#DWOS to join the conversation!)

The Schneider National Foundation, Arketype, Associated Bank, Bay Industries, Festival Foods, Green Bay Packaging, Inc., Green Bay Packers, Jack’s Maintenance, WBAY-TV, WIXX and the Green Bay Press-Gazette are proud sponsors of Dancing with our Stars 2014.