February 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm, thousands of people all over the country logged onto Track29.co to purchase tickets to a Jack White concert.
Jack White. Single "Love Interruption"
But not just any concert. This would be his very first stop on his very first solo tour here in little ole’ Chattanooga, TN. Just 20 minutes later the show was completely sold out. I told my then significant other, who is a major Jack White fan, I would be getting him tickets for Valentine’s day, the only problem…they hadn’t gone on sale yet. I had been extremely lucky in making my final purchase at 1:10. 2 tickets to see Jack White. Fans all over the country were either boasting about their recent ticket purchase or grieving about being a minute too late. After discussing the concert with some family and friends I learned I wasn’t the only one who didn’t know exactly who Jack White was, but I was definitely the only one who didn’t know who he was yet had tickets to his concert. I was a little caught off guard by the response that followed the concert announcement. What have I done? I now hold a potentially $300 ticket in my hand for a guy who I only recognize by his name while some of my best friends, some of his biggest fans, left the ticket booth empty-handed. Of course that feeling turned into curiosity and I knew I had to keep this ticket. In the days leading up to the concert I did my homework and made sure to keep “Love Interruption” (the first single off of his upcoming album Blunderbuss) on repeat since that would be the only song from the album anyone would know and then I wouldn’t look like a clueless idiot at the concert, right? Wrong.
March 10, 2012 at 9:00, after a very…interesting performance by his opening act Hell Beach, Jack White finally took the stage accompanied by a very empowering, all female band. Their presence literally filled the room before they ever made a sound. However that amazing feeling faded with the first song. It was new to me, but not to the voices singing all around me (which I swear had a hint of taunting laughter at the fact that I was ill prepared). His full set included “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”, “Ball and Biscuit”, “I’m Slowly Turning Into You”, “Hotel Yorba”, “Seven Nation Army” and “We Are Going to be Friends”; and that was just some The White Stripes! He also performed “I Cut Like a Buffalo” by The Dead Weather and “Top Yourself” by The Raconteurs and a few other songs. Needless to say after the brief embarrassment I settled into the groove along the help of my significant other whispering which band originally played what song into my ear.
I think I’m becoming a fan…. I highly enjoyed the feeling of hearing not just 1 band but essentially 4 bands for the first time live. His music is 2 parts blues, a hint of folk, the perfect helping of grunge and tiny bit of blue grass which creates one of the most unique yet insanely fun blends of music I’ve ever heard. Each song was completely different and allowed me to freestyle dance accordingly. But what really clicked for me was that Jack White sang his heart out on that stage and it sounded almost identical to his voice on his albums.
So I say, you go Jack White, but make sure you come back of course. And I’m sure I’ll be attending more concerts just for another opportunity to discover a new band live
When Garry Posy founded Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga several years ago, he quickly realized he needed something to distinguish his company from all the other ones in the city. He wanted to do new plays, but that wasn’t quite enough. “What we finally decided to do was mix the new with the old,” said Posey. “We have innovative fare, and we also have classics. We do 1 Shakespearean play per year, which is a big draw, especially since our conception of the plays dig deeper than standard productions. For example, several McCallie School faculty members liked the way we produced Hamlet so much, they invited us to the school to present it to the entire 10th grade class. They said our presentation changed their approach to the play.”
And that is what Posey and his group like to do: make people think about things on a deeper level, provoke them to get out of their comfort zones. In the past, some of those works have included the Laramie Project, about the murder of Matthew Shepherd and Columbina, about Columbine. During part of April the group is doing a play called Stoning Mary, which addresses severe needs in Africa such as family members not having enough AIDS medicine, the recruitment of children as soldiers, and young girls getting stoned to death. However, the playwright, Debbie T Green, insists that a white cast portray the characters as she wants these problems not to just be black ones, but to belong to humanity.
Beginning at the end of April the theatre is going to perform My Children, My Africa by Athold Fugard, a work that concerns apartheid.
And judging by the audience responses as they left the theatre one recent Sunday, Ensemble Theatre Group of Chattanooga has already achieved its goal of encouraging people to think outside of the box
Producing a TV show can be quite a task. Getting 40+ students in two different classes working together on one product with demanding technical and creative challenges, is even more of an accomplishment. Student at Chattanooga’s State’s Media Technology program are pulling it off rather well.
Jason Hann and Michael Travis(percussionist and drummer from the band The String Cheese Incident) make up this 100% improvised live Breakbeat/ House/ Drum n Bass/ Trip Hop/ Dubstep project. Drawing from the ethos of some of the great DJ’s and computer artists of the world, they use cutting edge technology to create truly original and melodic dance music in the moment, with the undeniable power of live drums. The music is all created on the spot, recorded, then mixed and remixed LIVE to create an ever evolving musical experience. Since the project is 100% improvised, every night promises to be a unique dance experience. Hann and Travis play different roles in this band than in SCI. Jason plays the drum kit, percussion and sampler, while Travis is in charge of the tonal elements, playing bass, guitar, keyboards, as well as hand percussion and live mixing.
10.) British Woman stabs boyfriend through the eye with stiletto heel. The woman (who is still unnamed) faces attempted murder charges.
9.) Teenage girl in New Zealand auctions off her virginity for $32,000 to help pay for college tuition.
8.) Man finds $200,000 in counterfeit bills in a car purchased from a towing lot. Serious investigations by the C.I.A to ensue.
7.) Oregon man caught breaking into jail over the barb wire fence. When asked why he would try and break INTO jail he said “I knocked on the door and needed help, I had been drinking and using illegal drugs all night.
6.) A 21 year old knoxville student was arrested after being pulled over and saying the white powder that was all over his face and clothes was from a sugar doughnut. The substance was proved to be cocaine.
5.) Burger King announces that the first of their stores will begin to serve alcohol at its Miami location, more to follow.
4.) 11 middle school arrested for starting a holiday at school called kick a jew day. Many Jewish students were assaulted throughout the day at many different schools.
3.) Famed Tree man offered new hope as doctor says he will help in the removal of his human roots.
2.) Yoda cat saved from abuse at the hand of drunks at a bar. He was adopted and nursed back to health, a couple months later when the picture surfaced he immediatly became and overnight celebrity.
1.) This is for my social networking class so this had to be number 1. Social networking has become an addictive phenomenan for young people. Even so addicting that a 17 year old girl in Italy accidentally killed herself while she was twittering on her laptop in the tub.