OFFBEAT ARTISTS COOPERATIVE OPENS DOORS TO BROADER CULTURAL COMMUNITY

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BohemeCollectif, Nashville's most diverse art and event space,
announces 1 year anniversary and official public launch


East Nashville, TN (September, 2012) – Boheme Collectif, the best-kept secret in Nashville's burgeoning art scene, will mark the end of a successful first year Oct 31 with a celebratory Halloween soiree for its tight-knit members and the creative community at large. “Boheme's Swinging Macabre Spooktacular” will serve as the official public launch for an underground art house and event space that had primarily relied on word-of-mouth for its membership enrollment as well as for its diverse events, workshops and classes.

The first annual Halloween party, which lasts from 8pm to midnight, doesn't aim to compete with the  infamous Five Points pub crawl. Boheme's creative director, Sabrina Langlois, believes it will instead be the perfect place for grown-up ghosts and goblins to kick off the night in a spooky speakeasy setting. “I love the pub crawl,” she said, “and I think our gathering will be a great way to start so that one is ready for that madness. We’ll have music, magic, burlesque, and other performances – and of course we will have some drinks.”

Langlois also sees the retro-themed event as a mainstream launch for the growing artists collective, which has primarily operated under the radar in the community at large. Nestled among a group of nondescript brick warehouses on Gallatin Road, the bright stenciled sign that beacons drivers along East Nashville's main thoroughfare piqued interest among passersby. But Langlois, an east side resident for 7 years, did little promotion for the first six months, shying away from the public eye when she began work on the space last October.







“It has been a natural evolution,” she said. “Generally artists want to feel connected – to themselves, to their intentions, to others, and even to the world at large. Art is created to share, so we offer a place for artists of all genres and forms to experiment and grow.” One visit to the impressively eccentric space and it's apparent that this growth was inevitable.

“Originally, it was set up more as a workshop downstairs and a performance and gallery-style space upstairs. But as time went on and it began to expand organically, we realized that we needed the help of
many hands to keep the place alive.” Her background in theatre, visual art, and non-profits helped inspire her to take Boheme to the next level.


This resulted in the completion of a chic upstairs loft space that recalls Andy Warhol's Factory with high ceilings and metallic-colored walls. Langlois asserts that the metamorphosis was encouraged by the collaborative experience of the cooperative's early days. “I get energized by art and artists, and I love the process of creation and execution of projects, self-improvement and self-discovery,” she said.

Since the first art exhibit in January, Boheme has expanded to include regular events that cater to both niche audiences and a mainstream crowd alike. Big Daddy Cool brings his voodoo circus and cabaret act to the space on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Vinyasa flow yoga takes place every Saturday morning. The Funky Junk flea market, which features local vintage, art and craft vendors, attracts savvy shoppers once a month. On top of that, new events are constantly being added to the regular event calender – like a UK Bass & Dubstep night, a wine-fueled writing workshop, and a 6-week belly dancing course for beginners.

Langlois is also in the process of acquiring a 501 (c) 3 non-profit status for the art house, which has already been partnering with local non-profits for fundraisers and  community-focused, affordable art classes and workshops for home-schooled children, teenagers, adults and couples. “We are so fortunate,” she said. “The people who join the collective want to hone in on their own artistic skills, but also come with the desire to teach and share with others, so it’s a great network.”

In the coming year, Langlois plans to further expand the uses of the multifunctional facility. “If there is something that the community wants, we will try to provide an outlet for it,” she said. “I hope it gives people a place to be, learn, grow and maybe even get to know themselves and the world around them a little better.”


For more information, contact Sabrina Langlois or Graham Griffith at boheme.arthouse@gmail.com or 615-517-6801.

Free Entry To Artists: Design Contest For Band's Upcoming Tour T-Shirts

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Female fronted hard rock/ melodic metal band Oblivious Signal is taking submissions from all artists worldwide for their new T-Shirt design.

The Ft Lauderdale based band’s singer was recently named “Florida’s Queen of Rock” with over 25,000 votes. They are now looking for a new T-Shirt design to print prior to an upcoming tour to promote their upcoming sophomore album.


This contest will be open to the public and run until the May 31st deadline when the top three entries, as chosen by the band, will be presented to the fans for popular vote. Both Oblivious Signal’s fans and the fans of the artists will be able to vote for their favorite design until the June 8th deadline, when the submission with the most likes will be named the winner.

An exceptional promotional opportunity for graphic artists with public voting via facebook, top three submissions announced and shared via press release and a free ad on www.Oblivioussignal.com. Additional prizes include an Oblivious Signal T-Shirt with the new design and a free album download with bonus track.

To enter, go to the Oblivious Signal fan page ‘like’ it. 


After reviewing a little about the band and listening to a few tracks if you aren’t already familiar with their work, create a design that you feel their fans will like and represents their sound. Submit to RockMonstarMgt@gmail.com by May 31st.

The band will choose the top 3 picks and send those on to the fans for their votes starting June 1st. The design with the top number of likes before the stroke of midnight June 8th will be announced and will go on the new shirt to be printed prior to the next tour and be on sale at upcoming shows and festivals.


Artists are encouraged to get their fans and friends to ‘like ‘ their work on Oblivious Signal’s page. This gives everyone a chance to vote once and gives all the artists additional exposure.

For additional information contact band management through RockMonstarMgt@gmail.com or contact the band directly through their facebook.

Vlada Tomova Sings at the Urbane Edge of Tradition

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All roads lead to the Balkans, and Bulgarian-born, Brooklyn-based singer Vlada Tomova hears it.

The region welcomed mysterious wanderers from Inner Asia; Greeks and Romans trading in the East; bands of weary migrants on a road that stretched from Rajastan to Andalusia. The lines of ancient movement across the peninsula are audible and tightly bound to one another, like the lives in a village.

Embracing sounds far outside the confines of tradition, Tomova has distilled years of learning songs from traditional singers and modern songwriters to tell Balkan Tales. Her arrangements fearlessly embrace flamenco flourishes and Indian resonances, Brazilian flair and Romany rhythms. Yet her mutable, flexible voice evokes the stark, rich spirit of Balkan mountainsides and byways, the old paths and deep roots of thousands of years of cultural conversation.


“The Balkans have something very unique that mixes well with other musics because of its complex and long history,” explains Tomova. “And it’s very emotional for me; it’s about connecting to the places, the ancient villages I’ve loved since childhood. It’s about home.”

Tomova recalls sitting at a modest kitchen table on a recent song-finding trip to Bulgaria. She had brought the members of her choir, Yasna Voices, to a remote pomak village, people whose ancestors had converted to Islam. There, Tomova and the American vocalists had met up with a pair of singers who were the real deal.

Across from her sat two older women who had been life-long singing partners. Traditionally, two girls start finding the close, vibrating intervals of old songs together and will continue blending their voices until death do them part. They could feel each other’s timing without a glance, sense what to say as the other improvised lyrics.

This commitment and intimacy moved Tomova deeply. “Those two women were so close, and they relied so much on each other, in an unspoken, down-to-earth, unquestioning way, which you could hear in their singing, the two voices flowing together as one,” Tomova reflects. “I wish we could find much more of that kind of interdependence, trust, and connectedness in the different layers of our everyday life today, especially in large cities, and in the Western world.”

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