Moonalice: The FastForward Interview

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FastForward Interviews MOONALICE at the 2016 BottleRock Festival

By Matt Geffen, Student Editor

Back for their fourth year at BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival, Moonalice appear quite comfortable as they walk into the Media Lounge. Taking seats in front of an eager crowd of reporters and photographers, band members Roger McNamee, Pete Sears, Barry Sless and John Molo joke about whether or not they’ll be invited back next year, though they have remained one of the few constants of a festival that has changed significantly from year to year. The psychedelic, roots-rock band Moonalice was birthed in the Bay Area in 2007, the brainchild of producer T Bone Burnett, and has been a welcome presence in the Bay Area in its 9 years of improvisation at venues such as Sweetwater Music Hall and festivals such as Hardly Strictly.

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Bottlerock Napa Valley 2015

FF Reviews Bottlerock Napa Valley 2015


By Matt Geffen, Student Editor

Image of the stage set at the Bottlerock Napa Valley 2015 festival In its third year, the inaugural BottleRock Napa Valley has made quite the name for itself as one of Northern California’s biggest and well-known music festivals. Attracting 100,000 festival-goers of all ages, this year’s sold out festival welcomed acts such as Imagine Dragons, Cage the Elephant, Public Enemy, Robert Plant and No Doubt. In addition to the variety of music, the culinary side of the festival introduced a vast array of local restaurants, also providing the opportunity for chefs to showcase their musical talent on the Culinary Stage alongside artists such as Imagine Dragons and Snoop Dogg.

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NEWSIES - Cast Interview

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - February 2015

A group of our FastForward reporters set to visit the cast of Newsies By Sophie Devincenti, Katrina Horsey, Ellie Jenkins, Elise Lamarre, Sari Wisoff, Skye Schoenhoeft, from Branson, Marin Horizon, Marin School of the Arts, Mill Valley Middle and Ross Schools

Underneath the high vaulted ceiling of the San Francisco Orpheum theater, a cast of ragtag boys leap to an entertaining score dressed in 1890's garb. The show exerts a tangible zealous energy that is reflected in everything from the actors, to the orchestra, to the audience. A perfect combination of heartfelt plot intertwined with dynamic characters, Newsies offers something for everyone. It takes place in New York during the tumultuous struggle between big-name newspapers, and their sellers—otherwise known as "Newsies." When the flippant main character, Jack Kelly, is faced with the inflation of newspaper prices, he bands together with David Jacobs and the other "Newsies" of Manhattan to form a union. Together they find strength in brotherhood and tell their story of their fight for what is right in song and dance.

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