5 Bands You HAVE To See This Weekend @ The Bunbury Festival

THE BUNBURY FESTIVAL 2014 – YEATMAN’S COVE – CINCINNATI, OHIO – JULY 11th – 13th

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Bit O Java will be covering this year’s Bunbury Festival at Yeatman’s Cove in Cincinnati , Ohio this weekend. This year’s artists include headliners Paramore, Empire Of The Sun, Fall Out Boy & The Flaming Lips & we will be there with the buzz all weekend long. Other notable artists this year include ZZ Ward, Holy Ghost!, Dead Sara, Royal Teeth, Foxy Shazam, Cage The Elephant, Fitz & The Tantrums, Miner, Jesse Thomas, Cults, New Politics & more.

BUNBURY LINEUP: http://www.bunburyfestival.com/lineup-2014

BUNBURY SCHEDULE: http://www.bunburyfestival.com/schedule-2014

Below is our list of 5 bands you HAVE to see at The Bunbury Festival 2014, be sure to check them out:

#1: ZZ WARD

DAY: Sunday

STAGE:  Main Stage

WHEN: 5:00 pm

*ZZ Ward is a 27 year old blues – hip hop – pop artist, hailing from Oregon signed to Hollywood Records who is rapidly making a name for herself in the music biz. She has already worked with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, The Omy’s and Freddie Gibbs and just recently played 3 dates with legendary blues artist Eric Clapton. With a debut full album, Till The Casket Drops full of bluesy ballads and snappy acoustic numbers out, her set list is sure to have something everyone will love. Out of everyone playing at the fest this year, you HAVE to catch ZZ’s set. You won’t regret it!

#2: PARAMORE

DAY: Saturday

STAGE: Main Stage

WHEN: 7:45 pm

*The Franklin, Tennessee based alt – rock band just released their self – titled , fourth studio album last year and are set to take the Bunbury Main Stage at 7:45 pm Saturday night. Following the departure of two of the band’s founding members (brothers Josh & Zac Farro) in 2010, the band, who’s lineup currently includes Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis & Taylor York have released new music and are gaining more & more fans with each show. They are on tour with fellow Bunbury headliners , Fall Out Boy on their Monumentour summer tour which lasts until late August.

#3: CAGE THE ELEPHANT

DAY: Friday

STAGE: Main Stage

WHEN: 5:45 pm

*Indie rock band, Cage The Elephant is set to take the main stage at this year’s Bunbury Festival at 5:45 pm on Friday. They have previously toured with the likes of the Foo Fighters. the Silversun Pickups & Stone Temple Pilots and have released 3 studio albums since their forming in 2006. The band, who’s lineup currently consists of Matt Shultz,  Brad Shultz, Daniel Tichenor , and Jared Champion, are currently opening for fellow indie rockers, The Black Keys on their North American Turn Blue tour.

#4: FALL OUT BOY

DAY: Saturday

STAGE: Main Stage

WHEN: 10:00 pm

*After taking a 3 year haitus, Fall Out Boy (headlining Saturday night of the fest) is back and ready to rock! They are currently on tour supporting their sixth studio album, Save Rock and Roll, which rapidly reached #1 on the Billboard top 200 chart (their 2nd career #1), with 154,000 copies sold in just the first week. with the top – 20 single, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” reaching triple – platinum status here in the US, the band is headed back to the top, if they ever really left.

#5 HOLY GHOST!

DAY: Sunday

STAGE: River Stage

WHEN: 9:00 pm

* Holy Ghost! is a synth – pop band which formed in 2007 in Brooklyn, New York. The touring band currently consists of Chris Maher, Erik Tonnesen, Sam Jones & Jim Orso. With 2 albums, an EP and numerous remixes of songs by the likes of Katy Perry, MGMT & Donna Summer under their belt, the group is continously gaining a larger fan base. They hit the River Stage Sunday night at 9:00. Be sure to check them out!

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Can’t wait to see you all there! Rock On! \m/ \m/

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Tower of Chocolate Coffee Cake Recipe

Tower of chocolate coffee cake.
Ingredients:

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For cake:

2 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chopped
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
6 tablespoons hot coffee
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cup sugar, divided
4 large egg yolks
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large egg whites

For decorating:

4 cups of whipped cream
1 carton fresh strawberries, cleaned, cored, and sliced in half
1 handful each of fresh blueberries
1 handful each of fresh raspberries
1/2 cup chocolate ganache, warmed and ready to pour

Instructions

To bake the cake:
1. Butter single 3-inch deep, 9-inch cake pan, lining the bottom with a round of parchment or wax paper (trust me, this will make your life much easier). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Over a double boiler, melt both kinds of chocolates together with the 6 tablespoons of coffee. Stir until smooth, then set aside until the chocolate reaches room temperature.
3. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and 1 1/4 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. While beating, slowly drizzle in the melted chocolate, following with the egg yolks one at a time.
4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
5. Mix half of the sifted dry ingredients into the creamed butter, then add the buttermilk and vanilla. Follow with the rest of the dry ingredients.
6. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
7. Fold half of the egg whites into the cake batter to lighten it up a bit, then fold in the rest, stopping just when there’s no trace of egg white visible. Do not overbeat or you will flatten the batter.
8. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan with a parchment round in the bottom. Smooth the top of the batter with your finger and bake for about 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
9. Cool cake completely before decorating.

To decorate the cake
Note: If you’re going to slice your cake horizontally, I’d recommend putting it in the refrigerator overnight (or at least a few hours) to firm up before slicing. The firmness of the cake will allow for more effective slicing. I highly recommend the use of a cake leveler, though a serrated knife will work in a pinch.

Level your cake by removing the rounded top where it rose in the oven. You can either use a long serrated knife or a cake leveler. I use the leveler, because it’s a cheap tool that does the job very well, and it’s a lot easier to make straight layers by walking the leveler in a sawing motion, instead of making crooked layers with a serrated knife.
If you poured all of your batter into a single 9″ pan, cut it into three layers of equal thickness.
Place your base layer of cake onto a lazy Susan or other turnable decorating surface. Trust me, this will make your life easier.
Scoop whipped cream into a pastry bag, and using a large star tip of your choice, pipe a series of swirls around the edge of the cake, with a large swirl in the middle. Decorate each dab of whipped cream by adding a piece of fruit into the middle. Do not add any fruit to the large swirl of whipped cream in the middle.
Using the pastry bag, add a small dab of whipped cream between each larger swirl. Top each dab with a blueberry. If you have three layers, gently place the middle layer of cake on top of the decorated layer, making sure it’s straight. Decorate with whipped cream as you did the first layer, so that they look the same.
Place final layer of cake on top of decorated layer. Pour 1/2 cup ganache into the center of the cake, and using an icing spatula gently push the ganache to the edges, allowing it to artfully dribble over the sides. NOTE: You don’t want a lot of ganache flowing all over the place. You just want a few drips down the side as an accent.
Set the cake in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to solidify the ganache.
Decorate the top of the cake with more whipped cream and fruit, like you did the other layers. You can be as creative as you want here, so go all out! When you’re done, push more fruit into the visible whipped cream between the layers where it needs a little color. You should have something similar to the photo below.
This cake should be put in the fridge overnight to tighten up the whipped cream, which may droop and run in hot weather. Refrigerator until about an hour before serving. If it’s especially hot that day, leave it in the fridge until just before you cut it.

Enjoy!

Road Warrior Coffee Review: Blackbeard’s Revenge

 

Just south of the harbor, on the western side of Okracoke Island, in North Carolina , lies an anchorage deeper than the surrounding shallows.  It was here that the infamous Captain Edward Teach known as “Blackbeard” met his end in 1718.  Blackbeard’s ship the Adventure was caught at anchor by two British Naval warships sent by the governor of Virginia. It is said that despite being shot and stabbed a multitude of times, and then being beheaded, that his headless corpse swam around Adventure thrice after being thrown overboard.

 

Okracoke Island, Beach just north of Teach's Hole

Okracoke Island, Beach just north of Teach’s Hole

 

Legend also has it that Teach’s head was then hung from the bow of one of the British sloops and sailed into Norfolk, where it was made into a silver lined chalice.  Further legend is that it is this chalice that is used by the Ivy League Fraternity,  Skull and Bones in their initiations.
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Living Like A Runaway- An Interview With Lita Ford On Staying Confident Onstage, Girls In Rock and Guitars

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Without Lita Ford, Joan Jett, Cheri Currie, Sandy West & Jackie Fox , women would not be accepted in the Rock genre today.  It’s just that simple. The Runaways broke down barriers for women in the boy’s world of rock. They have opened the door for more women to get involved in the music industry, inspiring so many girls to rock out. They essentially made rock ‘okay’ for girls.

Lita Ford is by far the most iconic, talented female guitarist to have ever set foot on a stage.  Lita, the former lead guitarist of The Runaways, started playing guitar when she was 11, influenced by the likes of Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix & Deep Purple. Since the breakup of The Runaways in 1979 , she has made a name for herself as a solo artist.  Throughout the years, she has continued to put out hit after hit, working with the likes of Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue, Sixx AM) & Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath).

Her newest & 3rd live album, The Bitch Is Back, was recorded at The Canyon Club in Agoura, California ,featuring most of her greatest hits, including “Close My Eyes Forever” & “Kiss Me Deadly”, as well as a cover of her idol Elton John’s song , “The Bitch Is Back”.

TRACKLIST:

01. The Bitch Is Back
02. Hungry
03. Relentless
04. Living Like A Runaway
05. Devil In My Head
06. Back To The Cave
07. Can’t Catch Me
08. Out For Blood
09. Dancing On The Edge
10. Hate
11. Close My Eyes Forever
12. Kiss Me Deadly

Lita Ford took time out of her busy schedule for an interview with us about everything from staying confident onstage & working with Ozzy to women being accepted in rock and the five albums that have been most influential to her throughout her career.

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  1. How do you stay confident onstage? You need to make sure you feel good with your self before you go on stage , so when you hit the stage , you are warmed up right from the get go.  Ready to take on an audience.   Make sure you look good,  you sound good,  a sound check is always helpful,  make sure you have clothes and shoes , ”wardrobe” you feel comfy in,  your favorite guitars and amps. Then let it fly.  Never lose your focus on your band or the audience.
  2. Do you like coffee and if so what is your favorite kind? I like coffee a lot. Especially in the morning, A White Choc Mocha, Sweet and creamy.  Like my men.
  3. What are your best and worst onstage experiences? I’ve never really had too many bad experiences on stage I never could handle.  We try to keep it together on stage .
  4. What advice do you have for aspiring musicians? Stay original and true to yourself.  Don’t be a copy cat.
  5. What are the 5 most influential albums for you?Black Sabbath,  Are You Experienced?, The Who’,  Who’s Next?,   Deep Purple in Rock ,  Elton John, Yellow Brick Road. These were the albums I grew up on, but there were a lot more than five.
  6. Out of everyone you’ve toured with, who has been your favorite?My favorite would have been The Ramones.
  7. The Runaways were a groundbreaking band in rock music as far as helping make rock ‘okay’ for girls. How accepted do you think women are in rock today?  Well, we are accepted now, which is huge,  but we are not included in the same category as men.  They have a female category and a male category. They don’t have an interracial category , so why should women be separated from the men? It’s not a down hill race.  It’s only music. We should be equal.  In equal categories.
  8. What’s your favorite guitar that you own and what is included in your onstage set up/effects?I love my old BC Riches.   They are iconic instruments, and identifiable . The double neck is one of a kind . Prototype. The effects on that guitar are built in. A Flanger in the 12 string neck , and a pre – amp in the bottom neck. I use the double neck for Close My Eyes, and Kiss Me Deadly. The Hamer Explorer takes you back to The Runaways days. The Warlocks take you back to the 80’s.
  9. In the 80s , you had the opportunity to work with Ozzy Osbourne on “Close My Eyes Forever”. What was that like?  Ozzy is a great talent. Crazy,  but a great talent.
  10. Who is your favorite guitarist? My favorite guitarists vary from year to year , right now I’d say it’s me and my guitarist Mitch Perry. The two of us together are a fantastic dueling vision to watch and to listen to.
  11. How do you think the LA music scene has changed since the 70s & 80s? Everyone grew up. But we are mostly all ”still here rocking out”.  Everything has changed , today is different no matter what it is… If I could go back in time, I would.
  12. What’s your favorite song to play live and why? I don’t really have a fave song. I just love the rush of playing live. I’ve got a kick ass band.  We are like rolling thunder together. That rocks my boat.

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Photos Courtesy of Jon Freeman.

FOR MORE INFO ON LITA & HER UPCOMING TOUR DATES, CHECK OUT:

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