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Entertainment briefs, Aug. 2, 2013

August 2, 2013


Aug. 02--Tommy & The High Pilots to return on Aug. 8

Tommy & The High Pilots will perform at the First Ward House at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 8. This show will mark the band's second performance in St. Joseph this year.

The four-piece from Santa Barbara, Calif., has accomplished quite a bit since 2009, playing multiple official showcases at the SXSW Music Festival and packing clubs and theaters across the country. The band has signed to Redbird Records -- the up-and-coming home to several alternative rock acts, including Ludo -- and has even scored a couple of music videos on MTV.

In March, Tommy & The High Pilots -- led by frontman Tommy Cantillon -- performed a set of its own original songs before launching into a segment of covers by Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads, The Beatles and more. It was a performance that St. Joe Live's own Shea Conner described as "the most entertaining live show I've ever seen in this town."

For more information about the event, call the First Ward House at 273-0039.

Parties on the Parkway continues on Thursday

The Parties on the Parkway series will conclude on Aug. 8, with a set of classic pop and oldies by local band Friends and Family. The event will be held on The Parkway across from Corby Pond from 5 to 8 p.m. The rain date is Aug. 15.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets. No alcoholic beverages may be brought to the event. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Park.

Although Parties on the Parkway concludes in August this year, the annual Rockin' on the River event has been moved to September. Rockin' on the River will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 near the Remington Nature Center and Riverwalk. The opening act will be bluegrass group Under the Big Oak Tree. The Disappointments, a band that plays rock and pop music from the 1980s through today, will be the main act. The event will include a motorcycle and auto Shine and Show, and will end with a fireworks display presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City.

For more information about the events, call the St. Joseph Metro Chamber at 232-4461.

Dsoedean and Scruffy featured in Care to Learn benefit

Alternative rock band Dsoedean and blues rock trio Scruffy and the Janitors will perform at a benefit concert for the Union Star, Mo., chapter of Care to Learn on Aug. 2. The concert will be held at 9:30 p.m. at the First Ward House.

Care to Learn -- a charitable organization based in the Ozarks that provides immediate funding for the emergent health, hunger and hygiene needs of school children -- started a new branch in the small DeKalb County town in April.

In addition to the entertainment, Care to Learn will be holding a raffle and silent auction for various prizes. The cover charge for the benefit show is $5. Visit for more information about the show or to donate directly to Care To Learn in Union Star.

Hayes duo headlines Jazz by the River

The Richard Allen Cultural Center & Museum in Leavenworth, Kan., will host its sixth annual Jazz by the River benefit concert on Saturday, Aug. 17. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and can be purchased online.

The concert will be held at the Leavenworth High School Performing Arts Center with a social hour that starts at 5 p.m. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. This year's entertainment is Shanice Hayes with special guest Maurice Hayes. Nineteen-year-old Shanice Hayes is gifted with a musical style that embraces spirituals, country, jazz and blues. As a vocal duo with her father, Maurice, they reached the top 10 on the latest season of NBC's "America's Got Talent."

For more information about the concert, visit

Trails West! Patrons Party celebrates 21 years

To celebrate the 21st year of the Trails West! festival, the steering committee will host the annual Trails West! Patrons Party at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15.

Held in the Beer Garden in Civic Center Park, the Patrons' Party includes a sneak peak of this year's festival and costs only $65. The committee lowered the cost, so that more people can celebrate. To register please visit, or call the Allied Arts Council at 233-0231 by Aug. 9.

The evening of fun hosted by Todd and Michele Euler and Mike and Kathy Decker features Apple Market Catering, including smoked beef brisket, summer strawberry salad and assorted appetizers and desserts. Following dinner, entertainment will be provided by the Mark Marek Trio, sponsored by Fairway Independent Mortgage and emceed by Greg Miller, morning news anchor for FOX 26 KNPN.

Admission to the festival is by souvenir button or 2013 Trails West! T-shirt. The buttons, good for admission to all three days of the festival, are on sale now and are $8 in advance and $10 at the festival gates. All guests over the age of 10 need a button for admission.

Foster's Film Festival coming this fall, seeking entries

Foster's Martini and Wine Bar will launch its first annual film festival Oct. 5. Foster's Film Festival (or FFF for short) is a new event geared toward filmmakers who are looking to have their work showcased in a public venue without the burden of entry fees. This daylong event not only will include several drink specials and a new cultural experience, but the qualifying filmmakers will be eligible for prizes across multiple categories: Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Music Video and F-Bomb (for the film that most creatively uses the ever controversial F-word).

The top film in each category will be honored with the Silver F Award. The best overall picture will take home the Golden F Award as well as the honor of being the first ever overall winner of the Foster's Film Festival.

Foster's Film Festival is not just limited to local projects. The word is being spread among filmmakers across the country to enter their best work, not only to be enjoyed by the public, but possibly honored by a panel of experienced judges.

Entries are due on Aug. 16 in DVD or Blu-Ray format. Applicants of every experience level are encouraged. Multiple entries are permitted. Selected filmmakers will be notified by Sept 1. For a complete list of rules and regulations, please visit the official website at

Shea Conner can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @stjoelivedotcom.


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