Saturday, May 12, 2018

The #MissIdaho2018 contestants' official #PHOTOS are now on the website!

#NEWS The #MissIdaho2018contestants'official #PHOTOS are now on the website! 

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A look at Michael Strickland: Author, Educator

Michael Strickland teaches literacy education at Boise State University.

His site is a labor of love designed to help authors, educators, parents and librarians in the ever changing and complex world of literature.

And visit for reviews, analyses, author bios and classroom recommendations for children's and young adult literature.

For more about Michael's work, please see: "Publishing is a wonderful journey that I would recommend for anyone," Michael writes.

Here is another one of his web resources for anyone who needs more support: "Get Published: Free Tips and Resources" (on Facebook).

An avid book reviewer, "Hopefully I will write about your book next!" Michael writes.

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Read more about Michael Strickland at Story Story Night in Boise:

Be sure to stay at #MissIdaho2018 official hotel: Best Western Plus Peppertree Nampa Civic Center Inn

Coming to town for #MissIdaho2018 on June 8th and 9th? 

Be sure to stay at our official hotel: Best Western Plus Peppertree Nampa Civic Center Inn

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Thanks - Michael Strickland

Monday, December 11, 2017

Young Peoples Pavilion: Using Classical Music to Stimulate Children's Writing.

Source: Wikipedia

In 1979 I remember sitting in the front of the tent at summer camp, with classic rock music from the era blaring from the radio. Many of those songs endure today. It made me ponder the universal reach of classics, from rock n’ roll to Mozart. I have been pondering how to use such creative motivations from my youth to help stimulate creative writing in my classroom.

In recent discussions with professional development communities, we have been exploring the idea that when children are engaged with films, television shows, movies and video games, they are subliminally listening to a soundtrack.

The students make associations are being made to the atmosphere of a scene. With their sudden changes in tempo and atmosphere, film soundtracks are particularly useful. It is important for teachers to review, reflect on and analyze various experiences to see how they can connect them to the classroom.

With symphonies lingering in my head from a recent concert, I decided to use music to inspire some writing. As with a soundtrack, a symphony is filled with sudden changes in volume, tempo, beat, rhythm and mood. I will choose from Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mahler, and Mozart.

Such elaborate instrumental compositions are filled with the wonder, grand proportions and varied elements. This week, I will play a symphony in my classroom. To begin with, I will let the children infer what is happening. I will ask the children to write one word that summarizes the overall work of music. We will discuss what they hear and feel, and I will list sample words on the board.

We will listen to the symphony again. Then we will share: did the piece change? How did it change? The words drafted will be used to stimulate further ideas and write stories. I will model some whole sentences for the class to use. The children will have to write their stories based on the music.

I will use the analogy of an old radio. Before the digital age, we found our favorite radio station by carefully turning the radio dial until it lined up with the station’s frequency. As we approached the number, we could only hear static. But when we finally achieved the proper alignment, the music could be heard. I will tell the students that talking, thinking and reading about works of art such as music is a way to align yourself with your own best writing frequency.

After this assignment is done, I will write another diary, reflecting on how it went. Additional assignments that can be drawn from this learning experience can include writing reviews of concerts, recordings, art, and local events.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

BOSTYX Rocks the Nampa Civic Center

Featuring David Victor formerly of Boston
NAMPA, ID. (October 10, 2017) – What do you get when you combine all the smash hit music of two great American classic rock artists BOSTON and STYX into one power-packed show? The answer is BOSTYX™, a completely unique act that performs the feel-good, highly-polished hit music which dominated radio in the 70s and 80s. Get tickets now at For more information, please or call 208-442-3232.
BOSTYX features lead vocalist and guitarist DAVID VICTOR formerly of the actual multi-platinum band BOSTON. David Victor is one of two rock vocalists who've had a #1 charting hit as a lead vocalist in BOSTON, 2014's "Heaven on Earth".
BOSTYX re-creates the amazing music of two classic rock icons with a full complement of world-class musicians, reproducing BOSTON's soaring guitar harmonies and lightning-fast keyboard runs as well as the lush backing vocals and theatrical style of STYX. BOSTYX performs all the best-loved hits including "More Than a Feeling", "Come Sail Away", "Lady" and "Foreplay / Long Time" and also delves into deeper album cuts like STYX's "Crystal Ball" and BOSTON's "A Man I'll Never Be", a fan-favorite song that BOSTON has not performed live since the 1980s.
Thanks to his time in BOSTON, David learned how to achieve the classic ROCKMAN sound, dialing in the perfect EQ and compression settings. ROCKMAN amplifiers were custom designed by Tom Scholz and, properly “tweaked”, form a crucial part of the band's signature sound. And just like BOSTON, no backing tracks are ever used in a BOSTYX performance -- this show is as real as rock 'n roll gets!
BOSTYX features a spectacular lineup of LA’s finest professional musicians. Drummer GLENN JOST is a monster behind the kit, while also deftly handling the operatic vocal stylings of STYX’s Dennis DeYoung. Bluesy blazer ROBY DURON performs the most intricate lead guitar work of the ensemble with style and showmanship. MANNY AGUIRRE handles the very complex bass lines of BOSTON and STYX with startling dexterity, while keyboardist VICTOR BENDER performs all the incredibly complex arrangements, including the blistering “Foreplay” with ease. BOSTYX is a band that performs this epic hit music with care and enthusiasm.
David Victor’s journey to rock stardom reads much like a real-life version of Mark Wahlberg’s "Rock Star" movie: BOSTON the band, having recently lost one of their key members, was on the lookout for a guitarist who could also handle the lead vocals of the late Brad Delp, one of the most underrated and amazing rock vocalists in history. David was tapped share lead vocals with singer Tommy DeCarlo while holding down the all-important rhythm guitar slot.
Receiving a surprise call from BOSTON's management, David flew out to Massachusetts and recorded vocals for what turned out to be the new BOSTON album, 2014's "Life, Love & Hope". Band leader and founder Tom Scholz quickly invited David to join BOSTON and David toured with the band extensively and was honored to sing some
of the band's biggest hits in concert, including "Peace of Mind", "More Than a Feeling" and the band's #1 smash hit "Amanda".
Highlights from David's experience in BOSTON included performing at the sold-out Boston Strong benefit in 2013 at the famed "Boston Garden" in front of 20,000 people. The Boston Strong benefit was the first time that BOSTON had played in the city of Boston in nearly 20 years. David Victor helped close the very moving and poignant show with Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffet, Extreme and many other New England area favorites, sharing vocals with Steven Tyler on the epic "Come Together".
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Joseph Hall's Elvis Rock & Remember Tribute To Rock the Nampa Civic Center

NAMPA — Elvis is in the building. Joseph Hall is thrilled to be bringing his Elvis Rock N Remember tribute show to the Nampa Civic Center, the Idaho Press Tribune Reports.

WHAT: Rock N Remember  WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday  WHERE: Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S.  ADMISSION: $26  WEBSITE:
This show is designed to show the roots of Elvis in a fast-paced show that will have the audience finding it hard to stay in its seats. It caters to both the young and the young at heart. He’s got the look, the voice, the charm and the moves that take us back to a time when parents were flabbergasted by the flauntingly provocative hip action.
The article goes on to say that in Hall’s Elvis Rock N Remember show, he achieves a powerful flashback experience to the moment when fans fell in love with the talented, handsome, carefree, energetic, high spirited young man that is Elvis Presley.

The show is masterfully produced with a mixture of Elvis hits — from rock n’ roll to country to gospel — as well as stage props, multiple costume changes, and a live rock band. The finale features a one of a kind heartfelt tribute to our veterans. He’s even got the teddy bears and scarves to woo the ladies. It’s a show that’s appropriate and fun for all ages to see.
There are thousands of Elvis impersonators out there. Why settle for the average when you can see Joe Hall live? Hall was a top 10 finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” He is officially recognized by Elvis Presley Enterprises and was Branson’s 2014 male performer and tribute show of the year.
Rock N Remember also features music by the Rock’n Horse Medicine Show.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Sean Rogers and Chicken Dinner Road Ignite the Nampa Civic Center!

TONIGHT! Sean Rogers brings a lively show to the Nampa Civic Center. Rogers joins together with local Idaho progressive bluegrass band Chicken Dinner Road to provide an evening of ragtime, rock-a-billy and fun. With visual art and great music, this is a must see show!

Sean has won praise and acclaim nationally and internationally for his artistic mastery at the keyboard. Sean is a concert artist who is just as comfortable in classical as he is with jazz. At the age of eight, Sean accepted his first organist-post for a church and has continued playing ever since. He started playing the organ in restaurants at age 12 and accepted a job of playing cocktail piano in a lounge when he was 16 years old. 

At age 16, Sean accepted the job of musical director for the “Illustrious Onion-Skin Players” where he improvised background music throughout their dramatic productions and performed ragtime and honky-tonk music for their touring productions. 

Sean’s experience in productions has led him to direct over 80 Opera and Musical Theatre productions. Sean is currently General Music Director/ Resident Conductor of The Utah and Idaho Performing Arts Company in Draper, Utah.

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