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Mariel Darling Releases “No Mirrors”

Having Gotten Her Start In Music at the Tender Age of 9 and Transformed Into a Powerful Social Media Music Influencer, The Young Star Has Made an Empowering Debut About Transforming Oneself Through Mind, Body and Spirit

With a bold tenacity that shines bright in her music and brand new video, it’s no wonder singer/songwriter Mariel Darling has already had a headstart in her music career having been performing and building her career for the past seven years. And with her brand new single and video “No Mirrors, she continues to make waves in the ever growing and changing world of music media.

A Western Massachusetts native, 16yr old Mariel Darling started recording music when she was only nine years old after being discovered by manager Jackie Sarkis – formerly of Radio Disney, and at age ten she was already turning heads performing at the New York Knicks halftime show. Even in her early years, the young singer knew that she wanted to use her talent to help promote positive messages, and by eleven she was already hard at work writing and performing songs for the National Education Institute encouraging other kids in a fun and upbeat way to read, study, and focus on their education as a way to further their well-being. These initiatives lead Darling to perform on bigger national stages and festivals including the Maritime Festival, Washington D.C.’s CureFest for Childhood Cancer, and the Camplified Tour which saw her perform in front of thousands of teens and tweens at summer camps across the nation at fourteen.

Cut to 2017, and Darling has become an emerging star in the new music world of social media! A verified, crowned “Muser” and host of the globally syndicated show “Jukebox Countdown” on Musical.ly’s “Live.ly TV”, she quickly grew to have a large number of fans on the popular music app. Constantly writing and collaborating, she’s been recently working with major label producer/songwriter Cass Dillon, while consulting with Artist Manager/Developer Stefano DiBenedetto of The Hang Productions.

“All of the things that I let get to me, gonna let them fly away// All of the love that I have in me, Oh It’s gonna set me free//I don’t need no mirrors here, I can see it clearer and clearer”

WATCH: “NO MIRRORS” OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

Delving into her latest release “No Mirrors”, co-written with Dillon, the song and accompanying video were two incredibly creative experiences for Darling during a time where she was really trying to find herself. “This is a song about being confident on the inside. People, especially young girls, are always looking for external validation” she says, continuing “I wanted to write a song to encourage everyone to stop trying to look a certain way or act a certain way to fit in. As young woman we go through so many transformations – mind, body, soul. We need to stop trying to live up to all of the perfection”.

In the video, which sees her going through persona changes from “glam” to “raw” and finally finding inner beauty, she considered the process to be an amazing experience turning deeply personal lyrics into a unique visual representation. “I start off with a pop star look, trying to be something that I think people expect to see as a female pop star performer, and go through another phase as I look in the mirror. Done with the glam, I find myself in a kind of darker place and then transition into a simple look, nude colors, to show the raw internal me. The video helped me really express what I’m going through. The teenage years are tough- with social media and all of the images you see on Instagram. It just makes you second guess who you are and try to ‘be like them’, to fit in.

But through all the challenges and triumphs, Darling – who sees Taylor Swift as one of her biggest influences as a multitalented positive role model – still seems to be enjoying the ride. “Being in the studio is such a special experience. In my opinion it’s the hardest work, but the most fun! Its magical and so satisfying to see it all come together right before your eyes!”.

With more music on the way as she continues to write and collaborate with Dillon in 2018, make sure to check out “No Mirrors” (Available via iTunes, Google Play, Spotify etc.) today!

For More Information on Mariel Darling, VISIT:
www.MarielDarling.com

Instagram: @Mariel_Darling

New Medicare Cards

Next week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be automatically mailing new Medicare cards to more than 3.5 million people with Medicare in New York State.

People with Medicare in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont will also be receiving their new card. People with Medicare in these states and New York, should receive their new card by the end of August and can begin using it right away.

Key features of the new card and rollout process:

  • Social Security Numbers have been replaced with new unique identifying numbers.
  • Social Security numbers are no longer on the new Medicare, helping protect people with Medicare from identity theft and CMS fight fraud.
  • The new Medicare card is free. Avoid scammers by knowing that CMS will not call people with Medicare asking for any personal information, your Social Security Number, bank information, or to pay for the new Medicare card.
  • People with Medicare can sign up for email notifications on when the new cards will be mailed to their area by going towww.medicare.gov/newcard.
  • There are no changes to Medicare benefits. Once you receive your New Medicare card, you should destroy your old Medicare card by shredding or cutting it up with scissors.

You can also access new Medicare card fact sheets, graphics, b-roll, images and other resources here.

Izzy Escobar

Overcoming hardship and transforming it into triumph through music is nothing new, but it takes a unique talent to do it in a way that truly leaves an impact on one’s psyche. Such is the case with Singer-Songwriter Izzy Escobar, whose debut single “Broken Wings” (Available everywhere digitally on June 29th!) showcases her commanding attitude and powerful vocal prowess in very distinct fashion.

With “Broken Wings”, subtle synth work and a stomping beat lay the groundwork for an alluring lyrical journey of determination shining through pain as Escobar sings Right here in my place all these walls suddenly disintegrate // Into dust, into here, it flies away out of the atmosphere // And I feel like I can fly with broken wings”.


“I believed that music and song had the potential to change lives because of the way it is able to positively affect our emotions and perceptions”

WATCH: “BROKEN WINGS” OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

Izzy Escobar’s music is about loving one another the way we want to be loved ourselves. And having FUN along the way! Rising from a “never ending circle of violence” from an abusive stepparent, where she was voiceless in protecting her own family members, she began channeling that pain into lyrics–and eventually songs–at a very young age. “I began to write words, and soon realized that I could synchronize the words in my diary with the tune in my head” says the Massachusetts native, whose latest singles show how far she’s come from that frightened girl to a strong, capable woman who wants to spread her message of hope and strength to those who may face their own struggles. “A few years later, as I read through that same songbook, I noticed that I had made a shift from finding my voice to helping those who couldn’t find their own”.

As she continued on her musical journey, Escobar took to not only writing and singing, but reading sheet music and studying music theory, as well as playing the violin, guitar, and piano. “I believe that to be a healthy human being, we must have an idea of who we are, and what our existence is. But the promise of a home safe from physical abuse and fear remains elusive for many millions of women and children in this country. Now an accomplished singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, she continues to channel her strengths into giving a voice to the voiceless, and helping those who face the same fate as she had in her youth.

Make Sure to Check Out “Broken Wings”, Available Everywhere Digitally (iTunes, Spotify, Google Play etc.)

Why Dakota’s Thriving Economy Could Be a Good Bet

There are a number of factors that help decide whether a location is likely to be prosperous should you decide to set up home there. A recent study by Play USA took a look at all 52 states in the US and came up with a list of the ones that are thriving economically.

While states such as Alaska and Nevada may not be worth the gamble, you might be surprised to find that North Dakota, Washington and Massachusetts made it to the top of the table. All three have the fastest economic growth over the last decade and, according to the research, could well be pretty good places to settle down.

It’s long been known that the state of the economy in the location where you live is closely linked to your potential financial wellbeing. If you’re tempted by the prospect of the big city, however, you may be perplexed to find that New York lags a way behind states such as North Dakota.

The research looked at different parameters including growth in GDP, the rise in students going to college and percentage increases in house prices. Along with the number of new business that have started over the last ten years and levels of household income and employment opportunities, the list gives a good idea which states are currently the most prosperous in a purely economic sense.

The Top Five States With the Best Economic Prospects

  1. North Dakota: With a growth of 5.83% in new businesses and GDP up by 7.36%, it’s a surprise to find this state on the list. Growth has been driven by the oil industry over the last decade and this has led to a strong economic profile compared to many other states.

  2. Washington: Employment is up by just over 3% in the Garden State and household income has increased by 3.39% over the last ten years, some of which has been driven by the development in the information sector.

  3. Massachusetts: The state has seen a 3.42% increase in college admissions, which usually means that economic health is good, as well as boost to GDP of over 4%. Local household income took a big rise just before the financial crisis and jumped up 6%. Overall, it’s risen by 3.69% in the last ten years.

  4. California: You might expect this state to be on the list and that’s born out by a college admission growth of over 7%. Employment has also increased in a pretty healthy manner and is up by 3.35%.

  5. Missouri: Another surprise on the list, a 5.46% rise in new businesses indicates this state is the place to set up a company. Much of this has been due to high tech industries moving into the area.

The research was carried out using 6 measurements that point to good economic health between 2007 and 2018. You can view the full infographic on the Play USA website as well as download more detailed information about the performance of different states.

Missouri, California, Massachusetts, north Dakota, Washington, 360 MAGAZINE

Dress for Success x New Leaders

Dress for Success Worldwide announces the addition of two talented leaders to the Dress for Success Board of Directors- Chief Executive Officer of M Booth, Dale Bornstein, and Chief Operating Officer at Etsy, Linda Findley Kozlowski. These powerful women join an already impressive roster of board members, offering new perspectives and an array of skill sets derived from more than 25 years of experience in public relations and international marketing industries.

 

Dale Bornstein

In 2013, after a 25-year career at Ketchum, Dale Bornstein took the reins of M Booth and led the firm’s drive towards integration and expansion, deepening and building new capabilities and recruiting best-in-class talent, resulting in the agency’s most successful period of client acquisition and revenue growth. Dale believes that people who live inspiring lives do inspiring work. This philosophy is at the core of M Booth’s employee-centric culture, where staff are encouraged to pursue their passions and apply that inspiration to driving client success. The firm has doubled in size under her leadership, attracted diverse talent and won every major industry award for both the agency and its clients. Dale has been named to PRWeek’s “Power List” twice over the last two years and the agency has won over 40 industry awards since 2015. She is currently serving a three year term for the Public Relations Council (PRC) where she helps champion the SHEQUALITY

 

Linda Findley Kozlowski

Linda Findley Kozlowski, COO of Etsy, the global marketplace for unique and creative goods, also brings 25 years of experience in operations, strategy, marketing, business development, public relations and customer service. During her time at both public and private companies, she has proven her ability to scale organizations, expand into new markets, introduce products, manage change, improve processes, increase efficiency, and adapt within complex and rapidly changing environments. An accomplished technology, small business and consumer product executive, she has overseen growth initiatives in almost every region of the world including Europe, Asia, Latin America, Russia and India.

 

About Dress for Success:

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to 160 cities in 30 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped over 1,000,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.

MEGHAN TRAINOR x “NO EXCUSES”

Global superstar Meghan Trainor releases new dance video for her current hit single ‘No Excuses’. Shot in Los Angeles by Tim Milgrim (T. Milly Creative), this energetic new video showcases some of the top dance influencers from all over the world celebrating Trainor’s song and its theme of Respect. Watch it HERE.

 

Meghan’s Creative Director, Charm LaDonna says, “Meghan’s new single is so fun and energetic and we felt that this group of young influencers would help spread this message of respect with the younger generation all over the world”. She continues, “this group of dancers was hand selected by me and Meghan. We’ve worked with a bunch of them over the years and it’s been so fun to watch these strong, young women grow up. »

 

No Excuses was released March 1, 2018.  The single is currently sitting in the Top 15 at both Pop and Hot AC radio and has garnered rave reviews, People magazine said “With its confident lyrics and 80s tinged-production, ‘No Excuses’ is an instant day-brightener,”  while Forbes said “Meghan Trainor has crafted a stellar pop hook, she has returned to the spotlight to begin another era of her already enviable career, and has gifted the world with another lighthearted pop tune entitled ‘No Excuses.’”

 

 

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WAKANDA FOREVER x MARVEL

The Black Panther’s Dora Milaje Meet The Marvel Universe in WAKANDA FOREVER!


Hugo and Nebula Award winner Nnedi Okorafor brings Wakanda’s most fearless warriors to Marvel!

 

After their scene-stealing theatrical debut in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, Wakanda’s fiercest warriors are traveling outside of their country to fight new threats and new troubles, in an all-new story by award-winning science-fiction and fantasy author Nnedi Okorafor.

 

A Hugo and Nebula Award winner whose best-selling books include the Binti trilogy, Who Fears Death and Akaka Witch, Nnedi first brought her storytelling to Marvel in the digital comic series Black Panther: Long Live The King and in the Vernomverse anthology story “Blessing In Disguise.” With art by Alberto Jimenez Alqurquerque (Jean Grey), WAKANDA FOREVER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 brings the Dora Milaje out of their vibranium city and into New York in the first of a three-part story when a Wakandan threat falls upon Manhattan – and they meet webslinger Peter Parker! The Dora Milaje’s adventures continue in WAKANDA FOREVER: X-MEN and WAKANDA FOREVER: AVENGERS in July and August.

 

Learn more about WAKANDA FOREVER #1 and view exclusive character design sketches from Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque in Okorafor’s interview with Vogue Magazine.

 

“I’m super excited about writing this storyline. Powerful disciplined African women with futuristic spears who faced their shortcomings and changed a nation? Oh heck yeah, I’m so there,” shared Okorafor. “Fans of the Dora Milaje can look forward to seeing them out in the world beyond T’Challa and the Wakandan throne’s shadow. They’ll get to see the Dora Milaje come into their own, while teaming up with the unexpected.”

 

“As millions of moviegoers now know (and as comic readers already knew!), the Dora Milaje are the absolute coolest. And the rest of the Marvel Universe is about to learn this too when Okoye, Ayo and Aneka leave Wakanda on an adventure that will see them team up with Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers,” teased series editor Wil Moss. “Nnedi Okorafor and a talented team of artists will be telling one Dora Milaje story that runs through these three separate WAKANDA FOREVER one-shots. We’re lucky to have Nnedi on board for this — she’s an incredible novelist, and her recent BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING digital series proved that she’s a great comic book writer too. She’s come up with a crazy-tough problem for the Dora Milaje to solve — but if anyone can, it’s these crazy-tough women.”

 

Join the fearless trio of Okoye, Ayo and Aneka in all-new stories as they travel the globe to protect the country – for Wakanda!

 

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WAKANDA FOREVER #1

Written by Nnedi Okorafor

Art by Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque

Cover by Terry Dodson

On-Sale 6/27/18

Dairy Queen Celebrates Spring

Dairy Queen Celebrates First Day of Spring With Free Cone Day on March 20

 

Participating locations will collect donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

 

WHO: Participating non-mall Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill  locations throughout the United States 

 

WHAT: Will celebrate Free Cone Day on the first day of Spring. Fans will receive a FREE small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on top (limit one per customer while supplies last).

 

At participating locations, donations will be collected for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which raises funds to help save and improve the lives of kids treated at 170 children’s hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.

 

Last year, more than $300,000 was raised during Free Cone Day.

 

WHEN: All day on Tuesday, March 20

 

WHERE: To find a participating location, contact information for Dairy Queen locations can be found HERE.

 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

For more information about the Dairy Queen system, visit www.DairyQueen.com. Connect with the DQ system on Twitter using #LOVEmyDQ. Visit the DQ Facebook fan page, which has more than 11 million friends and become a friend.


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About IDQ:
International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation. Through its subsidiaries, IDQ develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,800 locations in the United States, Canada and more than 25 other countries. IDQ is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) which is led by Warren Buffet, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire. For more information visit DairyQueen.com.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals:
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

AARON HERNANDEZ UNCOVERED

Series Brings Unprecedented Access to those Closest to NFL Star Aaron Hernandez and Unravels his Shocking Double Life in Two-Night Special Event

Oxygen Media, the new destination for high-quality crime programming, premieres the new original docu-series Aaron Hernandez Uncovered with a two-night special event on Saturday, March 17 at 7PM ET/PT and Sunday, March 18 at 7PM ET/PT.Aaron Hernandez was a sports phenom who was destined to be one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history. He was adored by millions of fans, had a woman who loved him, and riches beyond his dreams until a series of events led him down a dark path to destruction. This two-part special goes beyond the headlines and takes a deep dive into Hernandez’s dual life through never-before-seen interviews, vivid eyewitness accounts, testimony never presented in trial, startling new medical revelations, and a secret that tormented him—a secret that some may have gone to extremes to keep. For a sneak peek, please visit:

Aaron Hernandez was a sports phenom who was destined to be one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history. He was adored by millions of fans, had a woman who loved him, and riches beyond his dreams until a series of events led him down a dark path to destruction. This two-part special goes beyond the headlines and takes a deep dive into Hernandez’s dual life through never-before-seen interviews, vivid eyewitness accounts, testimony never presented in trial, startling new medical revelations, and a secret that tormented him—a secret that some may have gone to extremes to keep. For a sneak peek, please visit:http://www.oxygen.com/aaron-hernandez-uncovered/season-1/videos/aaron-hernandez-uncovered-premieres-on-march-17th-at-76c.

“Aaron Hernandez Uncovered” is the untold true story of NFL superstar Aaron Hernandez from the viewpoint of those who knew him best. With unprecedented access to Shayanna Hernandez, Aaron’s fiancée and the mother of his only child, along with lead defense attorney Jose Baez, friends, former teammates, detectives, the prosecutor, the sheriff, and the journalists who covered his story extensively, this gripping two-part cautionary tale strips away the layers to answer the many questions left behind after Hernandez’s tragic death.

“Aaron Hernandez Uncovered” Part I: Saturday, March 17 at 7PM ET/PT

A detailed look into the world of Aaron Hernandez, a multi-million dollar football player with a beautiful wife and new baby…and a murder conviction. Why would he risk it all? The Massachusetts State Police paint a very dark image of Aaron Hernandez through definitive interviews detailing their strong murder case against him for the murder of Odin Lloyd, as well as damning surveillance footage from Aaron’s home that sealed his fate. New information and never-before-seen interviews uncover the duality of Aaron’s life, including a secret he held onto until death, and a murky background that led to a life of crime.

Aaron Hernandez Uncovered” Part II: Sunday, March 18 at 7PM ET/PT

Aaron’s fiancée and friends discuss their struggles with accepting Aaron’s new reality in prison. We then follow Aaron Hernandez’s second murder trial, this time for a double homicide. Through courtroom footage and interviews with journalists who covered the trial extensively, we watch as one of the country’s best defense lawyers, Jose Baez, successfully gets Aaron acquitted of all charges. Just when things are looking hopeful for Aaron, his darkest secret is revealed and his shocking suicide leaves us to wonder why.

“Aaron Hernandez Uncovered” is produced by Renegade 83 an Entertainment One Company, with David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe, Bob Kusbit, and Vince DiPersio serving as Executive Producers. Jose Baez is a Consulting Producer.

About Oxygen Media:

Oxygen Media is a multiplatform crime destination brand for women. Having announced the full-time shift to crime programming in 2017, Oxygen has become the fastest growing cable entertainment network with popular unscripted original programming that includes the flagship “Snapped” franchise, “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” “The Jury Speaks,” “Cold Justice,” “Three Days to Live,” and “It Takes a Killer.” Available in more than 77 million homes, Oxygen is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Oxygen anywhere: on demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs.

RETROGRADE

 

“A perfectly balanced duo. They both have incredible skills. They both have wonderful voices. The harmonies are fabulous. And they play the heck out of the guitar…” – NPR Music

Capitol Records will release Retrograde, the new EP from Striking Matches, on February 9. The EP’s title track and “Desire” are selections from the band’s upcoming full-length album, due out later this year. The collection also includes the duo’s compelling version of Buffalo Springfield’s classic protest song, “For What It’s Worth.”

 

Striking Matches will join Phillip Phillips on the first leg of The Magnetic Tour. The North American run will include a two-night stand at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA (February 14 & 15), a February 18 show at Irving Plaza in New York City and a concert at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville on February 25. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.strikingmatches.com/#/tour

 

The duo – comprising Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis – recently made its Sundance Film Festival debut, performing at the ASCAP Music Café. The pair was also featured on the NFL’s “Heart of the Game” webseries.

 

After releasing the Shameless EP onCapitol Recordslast fall, Striking Matches toured North America and Europe with JOHNNYSWIM. The Tampa Bay Times said, “Striking Matches are both an amazing acoustic songwriting duo and a pair of bluesy electrifying performers…Their voices vibrantly bounce off each other to fun harmonies, most notably in ‘Medicine,’ a song that got the crowd singing along almost immediately.”

 

Watch Striking Matches perform “Medicine” live from Capitol Studios in Hollywood in this video.

Shameless, which was produced by Kennedy Karate (Børns), follows the duo’s 2015 debut album, Nothing But The Silence, which has racked up more than 10 million cumulative streams worldwide.

 

Nothing But The Silence, which was produced by T Bone Burnett,won acclaim in the U.S. and abroad. NPR’s “World Café” hailed Striking Matches as an “Artist to Watch” andBuzzfeednamed the duo as one of the “Artists You Need In Your Life.” USA Today said, “Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis give off sparks as singers and writers, but they’re even hotter guitarists. Incendiary.” American Songwriter observed, “these songs crackle and sizzle.” Nothing But The Silence debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes UK Country Chart and several tracks were featured on BBC Radio 2’s playlist.

 

Zimmermann grew up outside Philadelphia, and mastered the guitar, clarinet and violin before middle school. Davis, who is from Atlanta, began playing guitar at an early age. A professor at Belmont University in Nashville paired them up for class projects, and they soon started writing together. Nine of their songs were performed in the first four seasons of the hit television show “Nashville.” In addition to numerous headline outings, Striking Matches have opened for Train and toured the U.S. with The Secret Sisters on a co-headline tour.

 

Retrograde – Track Listing

 

  1. Retrograde
  2. Desire
  3. For What It’s Worth

 

Striking Matches – 2018 Tour Dates

Supporting Phillip Phillips

 

2/10 – Charlotte, NC @ The Neighborhood Theatre

2/11 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa Theater

2/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

2/14 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

2/15 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

2/17 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

2/18 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

2/20 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

2/22 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre

2/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

2/24 – Macon, GA @ Cox Capitol Theatre

2/25 – Nashville, TN @ 3rd and Lindsley

2/27 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm

2/28 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Palladium Theatre

3/2 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre

3/3 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live