South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival, Myrtle Beach, November 26-28


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South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival, Myrtle Beach, November 26-28

The South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival is an indoor show that draws fans from throughout the eastern half of the United States and Canada for a “Who’s Who” array of traditional bluegrass talent.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC, November 2, 2015 – Jimmy Fortune along with Dailey & Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Marty Raybon, The Lonesome River Band and The Spinney Brothers headline this terrific talent lineup announced by promoters Adams Bluegrass, LLC, for the 46th Annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival, the Palmetto State’s oldest, largest, and best bluegrass event. The Thanksgiving weekend extravaganza of family fun and American music is slated for November 26-28, 2015 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, located at 2101 North Oak St., Myrtle Beach, SC. This is the world’s premier late fall Bluegrass Festival. This indoor show draws fans from throughout the eastern half of the United States and Canada for a “Who’s Who” array of traditional bluegrass talent.

This year’s talent lineup begins Thursday at 12:00 noon and goes until 10:00 p.m. with Flatt Lonesome (IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year), Al Batten & The Bluegrass Reunion, The Spinney Brothers, Big Country Bluegrass, Feller & Hill and The Bluegrass Buckaroos, and The Grascals (IBMA Entertainers of The Year 2006 and 2007).

Friday’s lineup of talent begins at 12:00 noon and goes until 10:30 p.m. featuring Ted Jones & The Tarheel Boys, Lonesome River Band, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Goldwing Express, Marty Raybon & Full Circle (formerly with the country group Shenandoah) and Old Friends, (Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams).

The Myrtle Beach Festival reaches its crescendo from 12:00 noon until 10:30 p.m. on Saturday with The Malpass Brothers, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (Seven Time Vocal Group & Gospel Recorded Performance of The Year), Jimmy Fortune Trio (formerly with The Statler Brothers and Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee) will perform two sets. Dailey & Vincent (IBMA Entertainers of the Year 2008-2010) will perform one 90 minute show beginning at 8:30 p.m. and Jimmy
Fortune will perform with Dailey & Vincent beginning at 9:30 p.m.

The luxurious accommodations at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center includes a large area for great jam sessions, and modern facilities all within walking distance of many hotels and motels.

TICKETS: Reserved Seat Tickets: Reserved Individual: Adult $45 Per Day (Thursday, Friday or Saturday). Children: 7-15 $25 Per Day; 3 day Reserved Adult: $95, Children $50. General Admission Tickets: Individual Adult $40 Per Day, Children $20 Per Day, 3 day Adult General Admission $90, Children $45 for General Admission with under 7 free with parents.

Reserved and general admission tickets will be sold at the Convention Center Box Office during the festival opening at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.

For Tickets or More Information go to http://www.adamsbluegrass.com or call: (706) 864-7203 Adams Bluegrass, LLC
Convention Center (843) 918-1225

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MEDIA CONTACT: Norman Adams
Email: info@adamsbluegrass.com
Phone: (706) 265-0655

Adams Bluegrass LLC
32 Park Street North, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Web: http://www.adamsbluegrass.com, Phone: (706) 864-7203

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Event Date: November 26-28, 2015
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Means Bluegrass on November 26-28
Jimmy Fortune along with Dailey & Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Marty Raybon, The Lonesome River Band and The Spinney Brothers headline this terrific talent lineup announced by promoters Adams Bluegrass, LLC, for the 46th Annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival, the Palmetto State’s oldest, largest, and best bluegrass event. The Thanksgiving weekend extravaganza of family fun and American music is slated for November 26-28, 2015 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, located at 2101 North Oak St., SC. This is the world’s premier late fall Bluegrass Festival. This indoor show draws fans from throughout the eastern half of the United States and Canada for a “Who’s Who” array of traditional bluegrass talent.
TICKETS: Reserved Seat Tickets: Reserved Individual: Adult $45 Per Day (Thursday, Friday or Saturday). Children: 7-15 $25 Per Day; 3 day Reserved Adult: $95, Children $50. General Admission Tickets: Individual Adult $40 Per Day, Children $20 Per Day, 3 day Adult General Admission $90, Children $45 for General Admission with under 7 free with parents. Reserved and general admission tickets will be sold at the Convention Center Box Office during the festival opening at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. For Tickets or More Information go to http://www.adamsbluegrass.com or call: (706) 864-7203 Adams Bluegrass, LLC. Convention Center (843) 918-1225

The Calvin Gilmore Theater is open and ready to entertain!


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October 6, 2015
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The Calvin Gilmore Theater is open and ready to entertain!

The Calvin Gilmore Theater extends deepest sympathies to those affected by the recent flooding in South Carolina. Fortunately, The Calvin Gilmore Theater was not damaged in any way and our parking lot is free and clear. The theater is open and all shows are running as usual. Calvin Gilmore adds, “We survived Hugo in 1989 and now we have survived the Thousand-Year-Flood. In the great show biz tradition—the show must go on!”

More About the TCO Show

Gilmore Entertainment has long been the leader of musical variety show entertainment in the Southeast, with the classic TCO show (The Carolina Opry) and their newest hits, Time Warp and Thunder and Light. Gilmore and his shows have been featured by USA Today, ABC Nightly News, Southern Living Magazine, Variety and a host of other newspapers and television shows. TCO is the only Myrtle Beach show to receive the coveted South Carolina Governor’s Cup, as well as being voted South Carolina’s Most Outstanding Attraction. In recent years, Gilmore has performed regularly on The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and he is designated as South Carolina’s Official Country Music Ambassador.

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For further information contact:
Jordan Watkins • 843-913-1453
jwatkins@GilmoreEntertainment.comhttp://www.TheCarolinaOpry.com

Gloria Gaynor at The Calvin Gilmore Theater August 30


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August 24, 2015

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Gloria Gaynor at The Calvin Gilmore Theater August 30

Gloria Gaynor will appear at The Calvin Gilmore Theater on August 30 for an exclusive concert. Gloria and her band are bringing her critically acclaimed performance to the stage with all of her biggest hits—“Never Can Say Goodbye”, “I Am What I Am”, “I Will Survive” and more. In addition to her powerhouse show, Gloria will add a local flair by inviting the Coastal Inspirational Ambassadors Gospel Choir (CIA) of Coastal Carolina University and the Socastee Singers each to perform in one special number with her.

Global superstar, World Music Award Honoree and Grammy Award winner, Gloria Gaynor, has topped the Billboard Music charts throughout her illustrious career spanning the past four decades. Her hit songs are known across the world and Gloria has performed in more than 80 countries. Gloria is also a Grammy Nominated author; an honor she received for the audio recording of her 2nd book, “We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song”. Gaynor’s famous “I Will Survive” not only became the greatest disco anthem of all time, but has also become an anthem for social survival across the world.

Gloria Gaynor will perform in Myrtle Beach for one night only, Sunday, August 30 at 6pm at The Calvin Gilmore Theater. Tickets start at $49 and are on sale now. To buy tickets call 800-843-6779, visit TheCalvinGilmoreTheater.com or visit the box office.

New Myrtle Beach Performing Arts Series

Gloria Gaynor is among many artists booked in the new Myrtle Beach Performing Arts series launched at The Calvin Gilmore Theater. The series was launched with Garrison Keillor’s performance this past January. The Theater plans to bring you musical artists, but also to add in some high profile celebrity lecturers, authors, and political figures. Possible artists include Bill Bryson, Frank Abagnail, Pat Conroy, Michael Bolton, Kevin James, Rachel Ray and various Tribute Bands.

Gilmore says, “With its burgeoning local population, the area is ready for something new in entertainment—something that brings popular culture and an intellectual edge to the forefront.”

More Information about Calvin Gilmore and Gilmore Entertainment

Gilmore Entertainment and The Calvin Gilmore Theater have long been the leader of musical variety show entertainment in the Southeast, with the classic TCO show, their new hit, Thunder and Light, and the all new retro show, Time Warp. Gilmore and his shows have been featured by USA Today, NBC Nightly News, Southern Living Magazine, Variety, and a host of other newspapers and television shows. It is the only Myrtle Beach show to receive the coveted South Carolina Governor’s Cup, as well as being voted South Carolina’s Most Outstanding Attraction. In recent years, Gilmore has performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and he is designated as South Carolina’s Official Country Music Ambassador.

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For further information contact:
Jordan Watkins • 843-913-1453
jwatkins@GilmoreEntertainment.comhttp://www.TheCarolinaOpry.com

Gloria Gaynor at The Calvin Gilmore Theater


High Res Images available for download here:
http://www.gilmoreentertainment.info/Other/GloriaGaynor/

Gloria Gaynor at The Calvin Gilmore Theater August 30

Gloria Gaynor will appear at The Calvin Gilmore Theater on August 30 for an exclusive concert. Gloria and her band are bringing her critically acclaimed performance to the stage with all of her biggest hits—“Never Can Say Goodbye”,  “I Am What I Am”, “I Will Survive” and more. In addition to her powerhouse show, Gloria will add a local flair by inviting the Coastal Inspirational Ambassadors Gospel Choir (CIA) of Coastal Carolina University and the Socastee Singers each to perform in one special number with her.

Global superstar, World Music Award Honoree and Grammy Award winner, Gloria Gaynor, has topped the Billboard Music charts throughout her illustrious career spanning the past four decades. Her hit songs are known across the world and Gloria has performed in more than 80 countries. Gloria is also a Grammy Nominated author; an honor she received for the audio recording of her 2nd book, “We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song”. Gaynor’s famous “I Will Survive” not only became the greatest disco anthem of all time, but has also become an anthem for social survival across the world.

Gloria Gaynor will perform in Myrtle Beach for one night only, Sunday, August 30 at 6pm at The Calvin Gilmore Theater. Tickets will go on sale to the public April 26 and start at $49. To buy tickets call 800-843-6779, visit TheCalvinGilmoreTheater.com or visit the box office.

New Myrtle Beach Performing Arts Series

Gloria Gaynor is among many artists booked in the new Myrtle Beach Performing Arts series launched at The Calvin Gilmore Theater. The series launched with Garrison Keillor’s performance this past January and will also include Jungle Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live on June 14 and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder on August 16.  The Theater plans to bring you musical artists, but also to add in some high profile celebrity lecturers, authors, and political figures.

Gilmore says, “With its burgeoning local population, the area is ready for something new in entertainment—something that brings popular culture and an intellectual edge to the forefront.”

More Information about Calvin Gilmore and Gilmore Entertainment

Gilmore Entertainment and The Calvin Gilmore Theater have long been the leader of musical variety show entertainment in the Southeast, with the classic TCO show, their new hit, Thunder and Light, and the all new retro show, Time Warp. Gilmore and his shows have been featured by USA Today, NBC Nightly News, Southern Living Magazine, Variety, and a host of other newspapers and television shows. It is the only Myrtle Beach show to receive the coveted South Carolina Governor’s Cup, as well as being voted South Carolina’s Most Outstanding Attraction. In recent years, Gilmore has performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and he is designated as South Carolina’s Official Country Music Ambassador. 

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For further information contact:

Jordan Watkins  • 843-913-1453

jwatkins@GilmoreEntertainment.comhttp://www.TheCarolinaOpry.com

 

Philip Simmons The Charleston Gatekeeper


A story I published in 2002 about the “Charleston Gatekeeper, Mr. Philip Simmons. Simmons was an amazing man to interview and meet. I still remember the passion held in his eyes. Now, we in the Charleston community remember him as a legacy. A tall, humble man with kind eyes and a pleasant voice. One of the most admirable characters I have ever met. Rest in peace, Philip Simmons!

Philip Simmons
The Charleston Gatekeeper
Hammering His Way into History

by

Barbie Perkins-Cooper

His eyes embrace a gentle, caring nature. When he speaks, his voice is soft and harmonious, demonstrating the pleasant, soft-spoken Southern gentleman named Philip Simmons, an internationally known blacksmith. Although he is almost 90 years old, he stands tall and upright, walking with a determined stride, passion dancing in his eyes.
Born on June 9, 1912 on Daniel Island, South Carolina, Simmons is truly an inspiration to others, a role model to the City of Charleston and the artistry he preserves.
He was just a small boy when he came to Charleston in 1920, with a gleam in his eyes, determination in his pace. Following the advice of his grandfather he moved from Daniel Island to Charleston to pursue his schooling.

Discovered His Passion

One day while walking in Charleston, he discovered a blacksmith shop. He entered the shop, watching the blacksmith while he worked. The blacksmith moved methodically hammering the iron into bits and pieces of works of art. Philip recognized he had discovered his life’s work. He told the blacksmith he wanted to learn the trade of a blacksmith, because he wanted a job. The blacksmith listened, encouraging the young lad to return when he was older.

When Simmons turned 13 in 1925, he returned to the blacksmith’s shop, working as an apprentice for Peter Simmons, a former slave, blacksmith, and mentor to Philip Simmons. Although not related, Peter Simmons saw something extraordinary in Philip Simmons and took him under his thumbs teaching Philip the artistry of blacksmithing.

Perceptive of the artistry of his protégé and friend, Peter Simmons, Philip Simmons strove to learn all that he could about iron working. He cleaned the shop, repaired items, and when the automobile era began, he found himself working on automobile metals, shaping iron objects into useful items for cars, and wagons. Continuing to expand his passion for his love of blacksmithing, in 1939 Simmons turned his infatuation with iron work into a lifetime career by repairing iron gates. Within a year or two he was making garden gates, stair banisters, balconies, and fences. Years later, Peter Simmons left him with a legacy and trade that would last Philip Simmons a lifetime.

Blacksmith Craftsmanship

The craftsmanship of a blacksmith dates back many centuries in history. Blacksmiths construct pieces of iron into objects by hammering the piece on an anvil. The metal is heated until it blazes with a burnt reddish shade of fire; then, the blacksmith welds the objects into shapes of his inspiration. The craftsmanship of a blacksmith can be a long, detailed process; nevertheless for Philip Simmons, the skill of blacksmithing is more than a job, or obligation. Blacksmithing is a part of his character, revealing the heart and soul of his personality. Working with irons, metals, hammers, tools, and fires reveals a visual portrait of the man he is. Excitement burns in his eyes, while his tall, lean muscular stature exemplifies the strapping sense of pride he has about the art form.

Simmons scribbles the inspiration for his designs on pieces of paper, or anything he can get his hands on when the ideas occur. Much of Simmons work reflects nature, because “I love to be outdoors,” he says with a grin. “Sometimes I look outside and see a bird, a leaf, a fish, or something close to nature, and I draw it on paper. I just love nature.”

Simmons Became a Family Man

During the 1930’s, Simmons lost his wife at a young age, leaving him with three small children. Fortunately, he found the strength to raise the children. “I didn’t find it too difficult. I had the good Lord watching over us, and I had two grown sisters who helped me with the children, chores, and myself.”

Living in a time of his life when most senior citizens are enjoying retirement, Simmons is still active at his shop. “I keep the shop open for the tourists, tour busses that drop by and for my cousin, Joseph Pringle,” he said. “Sometimes I go to teach blacksmithing with the South Carolina Blacksmith Association. Just a few weeks ago I went to Columbia to teach a class. I keep the shop open, and in some sense, I am still active. I no longer do the hard work of blacksmithing, but I do most of the drawings myself.”

International Fame

Philip Simmons is internationally known for his blacksmith talents. Charleston residents, the Historic Charleston Foundation, and South Carolina State Museum, located in Columbia are only a few of the commissioned ornamental works by Philip Simmons. In 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Simmons the National Heritage Fellowship. In 1994 he was recognized by the State of South Carolina, inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Smithsonian Museum has some of his work, along with an ornamental gazebo located at Charleston International Airport. In 1996, Simmons created a wrought iron gate for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Years back I did not do anything to distinguish my signature, but later, I used a stamp, putting my name and signature on the pieces,” he whispers.

Deeply religious, Simmons takes little credit for his accomplishments, preferring to give all the recognition to “the Lord, customers, and the children.”

Simmons is still active in the City of Charleston. “I’m a member of the YMCA, Boys Club and active in my church. I like being involved with kids, and I do all I can to provide deserving students a chance.”

Simmons lives on the East side of Charleston because he wants to preserve the site and his shop for future generations. “This place has four generations of blacksmiths here, starting with Peter Simmons, Guy Simmons, myself, and my cousin, Joseph Pringle. I hope this site is preserved. I lived a long time here,” he said with a smile.

When tourists arrive to see his shop and samples of his ornamental iron art work, he welcomes them. “They just want to meet a man who still does blacksmith work. They probably heard about me somewhere and just want to see the blacksmith shop.”

Walking in his shop, works of iron are remembrances of earlier times in America. “Some old ways were the best ways,” he grins. “I’ve been blessed by the good Lord,” he says, “So, I provide deserving kids a chance by teaching them how to blacksmith and to help them get an education. I tell them to work hard. I talk to the kids, deserving kids, and I do all I can to help them. When they come by to thank me, I am rewarded. Almost every day some kid will stop by to thank me for what I did, and that is my reward.”

Although Philip Simmons is a bit modest, stating that all he wanted to pursue in blacksmithing was a job; now, he has become an icon to the City of Charleston and the history and preservation of blacksmith artistry.

“Sometimes the old methods still work. I have to give all the credit to the Lord. I had to work hard to please the customers, because if you don’t have customers, you don’t have work. And if you don’t have work, you don’t have food on the table. I built things on quality, not quantity, respecting others while I worked. I’ve been blessed, so I try to bless others.”
With a passionate twinkle in his eyes, Philip Simmons, his name, artistry, and his love for blacksmith creations will remain as a hallmark to all who admire the works of a blacksmith. Hammering his way to preserve the tools of a trade no longer in demand as it was in the past, Philip Simmons is honored to be the Charleston Gatekeeper.

Jungle Jack Hanna Brings Into the Wild LIVE! To Myrtle Beach


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April 1, 2015
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Jungle Jack Hanna Brings Into the Wild LIVE! To Myrtle Beach

The Calvin Gilmore Theater • June 14, 2015

– Tickets on sale now –

America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award-winning television series to the live stage with Into the Wild Live! at The Calvin Gilmore Theater on June 14, 2015. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased at TheCarolinaOpry.com/SpecialEvents, 800-843-6779 or at The Calvin Gilmore Theater box office.

In this live show, prepare to be fascinated as Jungle Jack takes you into the wild with a spectacular array of incredible animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing footage from his adventures all around the world from Africa, to the Amazon, to Antarctica and beyond. He will also inspire with his passion and dedication to wildlife conservation.

Audiences can expect to see approximately fifteen animals in the live experience. The exact animals to appear aren’t confirmed until shortly before the show since each animal must receive medical clearance, however, fans can expect to see animals such as a baby cheetah, kangaroo, baby tiger, two-toed sloth, penguin and much more.

Recognized around the country as America’s favorite zookeeper, Jack has made countless television appearances on shows such as Good Morning America, Ellen, and The Late Show with David Letterman where he has made nearly 100 appearances. In 2013, Jack celebrated his 35th “Hanna-versary” as Director Emeritus with the Columbus Zoo and Good Morning America celebrated their 30-year relationship with Jack with a series of special segments.

In 1993, Jack became the host of Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, a nationally syndicated television series which ran for over ten years. In October 2007, his current tv series, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, was born. This unscripted and action-packed series shows Jack and his family as they explore the corners of the globe and discover amazing animals and cultures. Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, winning in the category of Outstanding Children’s Series in 2008, 2012 and 2013.

His second and newest TV show, Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown, airs on Saturday mornings around the country on ABC. Wild Countdown features some of Jack’s favorite experiences with the world’s rarest, most endearing, and fascinating animals. You’ll even get to see his base camp at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Both television series exist because of Jack’s longstanding partnerships with Nationwide Insurance and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium whom Jack has worked with for decades to protect and spread the word about wildlife conservation.

About Mills Entertainment

Mills Entertainment is a leading producer and promoter of branded live entertainment. Mills collaborates with top brands and personalities to develop, market and produce live theatrical events throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Some current projects include Theresa Caputo Live, FX’s Archer Live, Cesar Millan Live, MTV’s Guy Code + Girl Code Comedy Tour and America’s Test Kitchen Live with Christopher Kimball. http://www.millsentertainment.com

New Myrtle Beach Performing Arts Series

Jack Hanna is the third artist to be announced in the new Myrtle Beach Performing Arts series launched at The Calvin Gilmore Theater. The series was launched with Garrison Keillor’s performance this past January and Ricky Skaggs was announced earlier in March. The Theater plans to bring you musical artists, but also to add in some high profile celebrity lecturers, authors, and political figures. Possible artists include Calvin Trillin, Bill Bryson, Frank Abagnale, Pat Conroy, Michael Bolton, Kevin James, Rachael Ray and various tribute bands.

More Information about Calvin Gilmore and Gilmore Entertainment

Gilmore Entertainment and The Calvin Gilmore Theater have long been the leader of musical variety show entertainment in the Southeast, with the classic TCO show, their new hit, Thunder and Light, and the soon to be released all new retro show, Time Warp. Gilmore and his shows have been featured by USA Today, NBC Nightly News, Southern Living Magazine, Variety, and a host of other newspapers and television shows. It is the only Myrtle Beach show to receive the coveted South Carolina Governor’s Cup, as well as being voted South Carolina’s Most Outstanding Attraction. In recent years, Gilmore has performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and he is designated as South Carolina’s Official Country Music Ambassador.

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For interviews, high-resolution photos, or more information, please contact:

Jordan Watkins • 843-913-1453

jwatkins@GilmoreEntertainment.com

10th Annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival Billed as “The East Coast’s Answer to the Sundance Film Festival”


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10th Annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival Billed as “The East Coast’s Answer to the Sundance Film Festival”

Billed as “The East Coast’s Answer to the Sundance Film Festival,” the Festival boasts the most impressive lineup yet, according to organizers. Films and film makers from around the world will showcase their work, many as a world premier.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 23, 2015 – The 10th Annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (MBIFF), billed as “The East Coast’s answer to the Sundance Film Festival,” has set this year’s Festival dates for April 22-25, 2015. The Film Festival will utilize a state of the art theater at Carmike Cinema 17, Broadway at the Beach, 1175 Celebrity Cir., Myrtle Beach, SC.

Winner of prestigious international and national awards, such as “Top 25 Film Festivals To Submit To In The World,” by Movie Maker Magazine, and recognition as one of the best film festivals in the world, by Film International, the MBIFF call for entry has closed for this year’s event and organizers look forward to a phenomenal line up of films that will be on the big screen this year.

“The MBIFF’s reputation as one of the top venues for showcasing feature films, documentaries, and short films has helped the festival grow,” says founder and director, Jerry Dalton. “While we are proud of how international the festival has become, the beauty of expanding MBIFF over the years has also opened a submission category for local and regional student and budding filmmakers, in addition to the outstanding global films we enjoy. It simply is a wonderful opportunity for exposure for our community and artists.”

Attending this year’s event will be filmmakers, industry producers and several actors from featured films, short films, and documentaries, all of whom will have interaction with the audience in informal “Q&A” sessions following each film. This audience participation will not only provide film industry networking, but will also offer a deeper understanding of the filmmaking craft, from the on-the-screen and behind-the-screen perspective.

Over 80% of last year’s films had at least one if not many attached to the film attend the festival. The interactive setting makes for a unique film going experience.

In addition, this festival will host dinner on Friday, April 24 provided by Little Pigs BBQ and beer from New South Brewery. On Saturday evening, April 25th, Silver Coast Winery will have a wine sampling in the lobby and Sushi will be provided by Jimmyz Hibachi with entertainment provided by Denny Hess Jazz Trio. At the closing of the event on Saturday evening a gathering after the awards will be held at Sun City Café (801 Main St.) All the food, wine, beer, and after award gathering is included for the price of the ticket.

Tickets can be purchased individually for $10 per 2 hour film block or an All Access Pass for $50 which includes all films and all events available via Paypal at http://www.MyrtleBeachFilmFestival.com or call 843-497-0220.

For more information on purchasing tickets and event schedule, visit http://www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com or call 843-497-0220.

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MEDIA CONTACTS/MORE INFORMATION:

Film Descriptions:
http://www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com/assets/mbiff-10-booklet.pdf

For more information/interviews/speaking engagements for talk show/telecasts/radio, contact:

Jerry Dalton
Myrtle Beach International Film Festival
Founder/Director
843-497-0220
jerry@mbiff.com

Sharon DuRant
MBIFF Media Coordinator
843-455-5931
shdurant@sc.rr.com

Twitter@MBFilFest
Facebook Myrtle Beach International Film
Web MyrtleBeachfilmfestival.com

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 23, 2015 – 10th Annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival Billed as “The East Coast’s Answer to the Sundance Film Festival”
The 10th Annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (MBIFF), billed as “The East Coast’s answer to the Sundance Film Festival,” has set this year’s Festival dates for April 22-25, 2015. The Film Festival will utilize a state of the art theater at Carmike Cinema 17, Broadway at the Beach, 1175 Celebrity Cir., Myrtle Beach, SC. Winner of prestigious international and national awards, such as “Top 25 Film Festivals To Submit To In The World,” by Movie Maker Magazine, and recognized as one of the best film festivals in the world, by Film International. Attending this year’s event will be filmmakers, industry producers and several actors from featured films, short films, and documentaries, all of whom will have interaction with the audience in informal “Q&A” sessions following each film. This audience participation will not only provide film industry networking, but will also offer a deeper understanding of the filmmaking craft, from the on-the-screen and behind-the-screen perspective. Tickets can be purchased individually for $10 per 2 hour film block or an All Access Pass for $50 which includes all films and all events available via Paypal at http://www.MyrtleBeachFilmFestival.com or call 843-497-0220. For more information on purchasing tickets and event schedule, visit http://www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com or call 843-497-0220.

New Production Launched in Myrtle Beach, Thunder and Light, Featuring All That!


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November 12, 2014
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New Production Launched in Myrtle Beach, Thunder and Light, Featuring All That!

Calvin Gilmore, the groundbreaking producer and director that introduced live entertainment to Myrtle Beach nearly 30 years ago, debuted his latest production to standing ovations this past fall. Thunder and Light, directed by Jeffrey Gilmore, opened with a limited number of preview showings in September and October and was so successful that Gilmore is now announcing a full Thunder and Light schedule for the 2015 season. These shows will be in addition to the normal full schedule of TCO and Good Vibrations shows.

This entirely new live production features the nationally renowned clogging group All That!, combined with a multi-million dollar laser light show. The show blends exclusive, original choreography by All That!, thrilling contemporary music, interviews and background on the group, and the same multi-colored 5-laser show that toured with Pink Floyd and Madonna. Additionally, vocalists from TCO and Good Vibrations will make guest appearances on a rotating basis.

All That! have become a phenomenon amongst visitors in Gilmore’s award-winning productions, TCO and Good Vibrations, over the past 10 years, and will continue to appear in those shows nightly. Known nationally for their recent success on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, All That! has gathered a fanatical following. Gilmore commented, “The popularity of All That! has just been through the roof, this show will fulfill a great demand. These guys have worked tirelessly on new material and we have put together an incredible show. The footwork of All That! combined with the choreographed laser show is really amazing.”

Discounted group pricing is available for groups over 22 and special package rates for those attending other Calvin Gilmore Productions. Tickets are expected to sell fast for this rare opportunity to see a hit show on the ground floor. Visit ThunderAndLightShow.com for a full schedule and online booking, or call the box office at 800-843-6679.

More Information about Calvin Gilmore and Gilmore Entertainment

Gilmore Entertainment and The Calvin Gilmore Theater have long been the leader of musical variety show entertainment in the Southeast, with the classic TCO show, retro Good Vibrations, and their newest hit, Thunder and Light. Gilmore and his shows have been featured by USA Today, NBC Nightly News, Southern Living Magazine, Variety, and a host of other newspapers and television shows. It is the only Myrtle Beach show to receive the coveted South Carolina Governor’s Cup, as well as being voted South Carolina’s Most Outstanding Attraction. In recent years, Gilmore has performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and he is designated as South Carolina’s Official Country Music Ambassador.

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All That! And So Much More at Calvin Gilmore Theater, Myrtle Beach


For Immediate Release

October 29, 2014

Media contact:
Jordan Watkins
Director of Marketing
Gilmore Entertainment
843-913-1453
jwatkins@GilmoreEntertainment.com
http://www.TheCarolinaOpry.com

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TCO’s All That! Cloggers were featured halftime entertainment during Sunday’s Carolina Panther’s Game

The much-publicized and very popular All That! clogging group, who appear nightly at The Carolina Opry at The Calvin Gilmore Theater in Myrtle Beach, SC, were the requested entertainment for this week’s half-time entertainment at Sunday’s Carolina Panther’s vs. Seattle Seahawks football game. The group donned official Carolina Panthers jerseys with their name on the back as they took the stage on the 50 yard line and performed several numbers, some a cappella and one rousing number with the Carolina TopCats Cheerleaders.

In a competitive tourism market, it is always great to have Myrtle Beach showcased in such a highly-publicized national forum. It’s not the first time that Gilmore Entertainment has brought national eyes to our market. In 1994 they brought the first network programming to the beach with Country Music Spotlight through their affiliation with the Family Channel Television Network. In 2008 they performed the national anthem for the third Republican Presidential debate here in Myrtle Beach. And in 1992 Calvin Gilmore was featured on the front page of the entertainment section of USA Today for his achievements in the Carolinas.

Gilmore, founder and owner of Gilmore Entertainment, attended the Panthers game on Sunday along with Gilmore Entertainment president David Olive. Gilmore said “We love being a recognized entity in the Carolinas. They have been good to us and we love to give back, All That! is spectacular. We look forward to the new show that we have in development with them—so watch for it! They looked great up there on the Jumbotron.”

Over the past 10 years All That! have become a phenomenon amongst visitors in Gilmore’s award-winning productions, The Carolina Opry, Good Vibrations, and Gilmore’s newest production, Thunder and Light. Known nationally for their recent success on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, All That! has gathered a fanatical following. Gilmore commented, “The popularity of All That! has just been through the roof.”

More Information about Calvin Gilmore and Gilmore Entertainment

Gilmore Entertainment and The Calvin Gilmore Theater have long been the leader of musical variety show entertainment in the Southeast, with the classic TCO show, retro Good Vibrations, and their newest hit, Thunder and Light. Gilmore and his shows have been featured by USA Today, NBC Nightly News, Southern Living Magazine, Variety, and a host of other newspapers and television shows. It is the only Myrtle Beach show to receive the coveted South Carolina Governor’s Cup, as well as being voted South Carolina’s Most Outstanding Attraction. In recent years, Gilmore has performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and he is designated as South Carolina’s Official Country Music Ambassador.

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For further information contact:
Jordan Watkins
843-913-1453

jwatkins@gilmoreentertainment.com

http://TheCarolinaOpry.com

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Garrison Keillor to Kick Off a New Myrtle Beach Performing Art Series


For Immediate Release – Garrison Keillor to Kick Off a New Myrtle Beach Performing Art Series at The Calvin Gilmore Theater
Tabby Yagle
Oct 8

Immediate Release
October 8, 2014
(843) 913-1453

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Garrison Keillor to Kick Off a New Myrtle Beach Performing Art Series at The Calvin Gilmore Theater
This January, Garrison Keillor will appear at The Calvin Gilmore Theater in An Evening With Garrison Keillor. The renowned writer, actor and radio personality has an extensive and varied body of work. Writer of the popular books Lake Wobegon Days, Leaving Home and countless others, Keillor is probably best known for his award-winning radio series A Prairie Home Companion and the nationally-released movie adaptation, starring Keillor as himself and co-starring Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Woody Harrelson and Tommy Lee Jones.
His solo performance of An Evening With Garrison Keillor includes hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon and late-life fatherhood. With a wonderful, dry sense of humor, Keillor captivates audiences using his unique blend of comedy, class, charisma and wisdom.
The Calvin Gilmore Theater in Myrtle Beach is known for its high quality variety shows, TCO, Good Vibrations and The Carolina Opry Christmas Special. Gilmore’s new Performing Arts Series will feature a number of well-known artists of various genres throughout the year.
Gilmore says, “With its burgeoning local population, the area is ready for something new in entertainment—something that brings popular culture and an intellectual edge to the forefront. We are pleased to introduce this new series with Garrison Keillor, a writer and innovator of the highest caliber.” Other artists will encompass a number of genres, including music, comedy, politics and authors.
The full line-up of the new Performing Arts Series is yet to be announced. It will evolve into an 8 or 10 performance series and will be available as a series pass or by the individual performance.
An Evening With Garrison Keillor will be in Myrtle Beach for one night only, January 25, 2015 at 6 pm at The Calvin Gilmore Theater, with a limited half hour book signing after the show. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, October 15, at 12:00 pm. To buy tickets call 800-843-6779, visit TheCalvinGilmoreTheater.com or visit the box office.
More about The Calvin Gilmore Theater
Gilmore Entertainment and The Calvin Gilmore Theater have long been the leader of musical variety show entertainment in the Southeast, with the classic TCO show, retro Good Vibrations, and their newest hit, Thunder and Light. Gilmore and his shows have been featured by USA Today, NBC Nightly News, Southern Living Magazine, Variety, and a host of other newspapers and television shows. It is the only Myrtle Beach show to receive the coveted South Carolina Governor’s Cup, as well as being voted South Carolina’s Most Outstanding Attraction. In recent years, Gilmore has performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and he is designated as South Carolina’s Official Country Music Ambassador.

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For further information contact:
Jordan Watkins
843-913-1453
jwatkins@GilmoreEntertainment.com
http://www.TheCarolinaOpry.com

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