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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Kids love Happy Meals. Not only are they getting the delicious, fatty, indulgent food they’ve been begging Mom for over the past two hours, but they also get a cool toy! The best part is that there’s usually a toy for girls and a toy for boys so no one gets left out.

All of that is about to change in Santa Clara, California.

For years the debate has been brewing about fast food and today’s children. It has been noted that childhood obesity is on the rise, and it may just have something to do with all those Happy Meals they’ve been eating. In order to fight this childhood obesity, a group of elected officials in the California county have passed an ordinance that will remove all toys from Happy Meals, discouraging kids to eat the unhealthy food.

In an article from Yahoo! News, county supervisor Ken Yeager said, “This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children’s love of toys to peddle high-calorie, high-fat, high-sodium kids meals.” The county’s public health officials agree.

Of course, the ordinance is spreading hatred from fast food chains like McDonald’s and Burger King. It be put into motion in 90 days, unless the restaurant owners can think up a better solution to lure kids into their eating establishments.

Check out this video, which was made just before the ordinance was passed:

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

“If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding!”

I like pudding. Apparently so does Roger Waters. He has just announced that he will be doing a solo tour, performing songs off the famous Pink Floyd album ‘The Wall.’ It’s going to be just like the old days….aaah. Refreshing.

The tour will run for thirty six shows. It will begin in Toronto, Canada on September 15 and finish up on December 13 in Anaheim, California. According to the New York Times, each performance of ‘The Wall’ will feature a 35-foot-tall, 240-foot-wide wall on stage. It will also have a full band and some intense videos.

Some people have been asking themselves why Roger Waters is doing this tour. On his website, he writes a letter to his fans: “This new production of  The Wall is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years.”

For tour dates and all other information on ‘The Wall’ tour, visit Roger Water’s website.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Some bands have truly made their mark on us. Their staying power has far outlived anything their original songs were meant to make us feel in one single moment. In some cases, the legacy can live on, even after a lead singer’s death.

I’m talking about Sublime, a punk-ska-reggae band from California that still holds a place in many fans hearts, especially after lead singer Bradley Nowell’s death from a drug overdose in 1996. But now, 14 years later, the rest of the band members want to give it another go, but this time, with a new singer.

Rome Ramirez, the newbie singer of Sublime with Rome.

Rome Ramirez, the 21 year old newbie, will replace Nowell’s vocals and guitar. The rest of the band says he has a creepy resemblance to Nowell, both in his singing and guitar skills. Rolling Stone Magazine reported that Ramirez had been playing solo around California, and then had a chance to jam with Sublime originals Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh. The three hit it off, and now have scheduled seven tour dates. If all goes well with that, the band says it will start touring regularly and making albums.

The band had to change its name because of a previous lawsuit made by Nowell’s family. Now, they will play as ‘Sublime with Rome.’ But the name change is welcomed because a Sublime without Nowell needs a fresh start.

The first tour date will kick off in Los Angeles on none other than April 20 (4/20 for the potheads in the audience). Some things never change.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Because people know that I loooove to read, I am often the recipient of books that “you absolutely have to read.” Today’s post is about the latest book I’ve been given, and it does, in fact, fall into that category.

When I was first loaned the book South of Broad by Pat Conroy, I didn’t know what to expect. I had never read anything by the author, so it was a real shot in the dark for me. At the beginning of the book, I was drawn in by its charm, very likeable main character named Leo King, and the easiness that comes with Conroy’s writing style.

Pat Conroy's latest book is a must-read!

Pat Conroy's latest book is a must-read!

Here’s a brief synopsis: We meet Leo King and he introduces us to his lovely town of Charleston. He is a paper delivery boy whose life is changed during one summer when he meets the people he will remain friends with for the rest of his life. All of his friends are plagued by certain obstacles in their own lives, such as racial identity, family issues, and discovering who they are.

The book travels in between Leo’s past as a child with his friends and the present, during which he is a leading columnist for the Charleston newspaper he once delivered on the foot of many people’s doorsteps. One of his friends, Trevor, has gone missing in the present and they all travel out to San Fransisco to find him and save him — the awful truth is that he is dying of AIDS.

In their traveling, the friends discover new emotions and relationships with each other. However, the whole time they are there, they are being stalked by Trevor and his sister Sheba’s father, who intends to kill them. The story weaves in and out between San Fransisco, Charleston, past and present from there.

This book was truly great; a rare gem amongst fiction books. It makes you become incredibly engrossed in it’s story. So engrossed, probably, that you will put other things off just to lock yourself in a nice comfy reading place to finish it. But hey, that doesn’t sound like such a bad idea to me!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

For those of you lucky Phish phans going to Festival 8, you might be pleased to know that the band has officially announced its plans for setlists. The festival is three days long and there will certainly be no shortage of music. The band plans to play eight different sets during the three days.

Here is what seems to be shaping up as the official lineup:

Friday (10/30/09)

  • 4 pm: Concert field opens
  • 7:30 pm: Set 1
  • 10 pm: Set 2

Saturday (10/31/09)

  • 12 pm: Concert field opens
  • 3pm: Set 1
  • 7:30 pm: the Halloween Set (please don’t pick Thriller as your cover album)
  • 10 pm: Set 3

Sunday (11/1/09)

  • 10 am: Concert field opens
  • 12 pm: Acoustic Set
  • 5:30 pm: Set 2
  • 8:30 pm: Set 3

I know what you’re thinking. Did I read right? Are they really doing an all acoustic set? Yup, you got it. For the first time ever in the history of Phish performances, they have decided to go unplugged for the masses. They are starting the set at the crack of noon on Sunday, so make sure you still have energy left after your first two days of partying.

And yes, the Halloween Set usually includes some fun costumes and a good time. Phish picks one album from another artist and covers many songs from it during that time. There has been quite some speculation that this year, they will go with Thriller. I think that might be a bit much.

Phish performing at Saratoga Springs, NY. Photo by Dave Vann.

Phish performing at Saratoga Springs, NY. Photo by Dave Vann.

Check out the Phish Blog for more Phish news, ticket availability, and other important information.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

I know I recently did a post about Sirius Satellite radio and it’s celebration of “Jerry Week,” but today just wouldn’t be the same without some acknowledgement of the anniversary of his death. (By the way, Jerry Week ends today.)

Thank you, Jerry, for so many years of wonderful music. Photo from cuckoobird.net.

Thank you, Jerry, for so many years of wonderful music. Photo from cuckoobird.net.

On this date, 24 years ago, Jerry Garica suffered a fatal heart attack while he was at a drug treament center. He was only 53 years old. Not incredibly young, but young enough to declare that “only the good die young.”

Now he lives on through the thousands of recordings of his music. Also in the spirit of Dark Star Orchestra, a Grateful Dead tribute band, and Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, two of the remaining members who still tour the country regularly.

Many Grateful Dad fans paid their respects yesterday (and I’m sure more will today) by visiting Jerry’s hometown near San Francisco, CA.

Of course, Jerry has generated so much business since his death, it’s a real shame he couldn’t have been around to witness it. Think about all the commercial products available to consumers — Cherry Garcia ice cream, the Jerry Garcia necktie, t-shirts, photographs, Grateful Dead bears, books, music, and guitar picks. His family, I’m sure, is doing well in the horrible economy of today.

As the years go by, I can only hope that this important musician will stay as remembered as he is today. The Grateful Dead may not be one of the most recognizable bands in the world, but they are certainly one of the most loved. Deadheads are like no other fans around. They are loyal and always see the music for what it truly is.

I’d like to take this one opportunity to say “Thank you Jerry” for creating such an immense number of recordings and providing so many of us with a sense of good feeling and peacefulness.

We will always remember you.

Visit the New York Times for a very nice story on the anniversary of Jerry’s death.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

After endless amounts of talk and speculation, the jam band Phish has finally decided on a location for their fall three day music festival, called Festival 8. It will happen during Halloween, on October 30 through November 1, and will surely give Phish fans something to talk about.

Photo by Jeff Kravitz.

Photo by Jeff Kravitz.

The location, you ask? The Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The venue is beautiful, judging from the photos on its website. Fans will be surrounded in a tropical, lush paradise overlooking the gorgeous Santa Rosa mountains.

It was not easy to decipher exactly where the band would choose to play their festival.  Leading up to the big announcement, fans checked their site daily. They dragged fans on a mysterious adventure through their website to find out. On a map of the United States, they took away a different state each day until, finally, California was the last man standing.

East coast Phish fans might be really bummed (I know I was) to find out that the band will play on the other side of the country. It’s not always easy for some people to travel that far to see good music. However, Phish played the least amount of shows on the west coast in their comeback tour. Perhaps this is their way of evening things out a little.

The band will play eight sets over the course of the three days. To purchase tickets and read up about the festival, visit the Festival 8 website.

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