Film Director Casey Tebo Steals Clam Chowder Ingredients To Prove An Important Point

(PCM) When film director Casey Tebo discovered that one of his films had been illegally downloaded from a torrent site and then passed around among the employees of a certain grocery store he was incredibly angered and decided to take revenge into his own hands.

Tebo entered the store and began stealing the ingredients that would be used to make clam chowder. Tebo ended up getting caught, however not without strongly making his point to the store about the effect that illegal downloading has on the artist and the industry. Tebo feels very strongly that online piracy is the same as theft and he felt that he had to make a stand and do his part in an attempt to battle this ongoing issue.

Tebo is best known for his indie horror film “Happy Birthday” and for directing live performances from bands such as Aerosmith, Judas Priest and Motley Crue. He also won an Emmy award for his work on ESPN E:60’s Dream On: The Stories of Boston’s Strongest.

After a recent conversation with a friend where it was revealed that the friend had seen Tebo’s recent film “Happy Birthday”, Tebo asked where his buddy had seen the film. The friend admitted that some guy had brought it into work. Tebo innocently asked if it was via DVD, however eventually his friend admitted that the guy had illegally downloaded the film from a torrent site and shared it with various co-workers at the store.

Tebo’s “Happy Birthday” film had a tiny budget with only three investor putting in about $500k, so after speaking with some other friends Tebo decided to take his revenge on the store that felt it was okay to steal his creative property. He figured just go to the grocery store and begin stealing the ingredients to make a clam chowder. If he got caught he would simply tell the police “He steals my sh*t, why can’t I steal his sh*t”?

Tebo created a video to go along with the revenge plan aptly titled “PSA (Pirates Suck A**)” which has been posted on YouTube and is quickly going viral. In the video Tebo can be seen taking about $30 worth of groceries, however he is caught by a store employee in the parking lot. The employee threatens to call the cops however Tebo protests saying that if it is okay for the employees of the grocery store to steal from his industry, why can’t he steal from theirs?

Tebo did eventually return the stolen ingredients, however he definitely made sure to get his point across about the ongoing issue of internet piracy. Check out the video here!

 

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Megadeth’s David Ellefson Talks Coffee And Rock n’ Roll With PCM’s Kristyn Clarke

(PCM) As the bassist for metal giant Megadeth, David Ellefson has certainly reached rock god status, however did you know that he happens to be quite the coffee connoisseur as well?  He has created his very own coffee company, Ellefson Coffee Co and they have just recently opened their very first brick and mortar location in Ellefson’s hometown of Jackson, Minnesota.

It is truly amazing just how well coffee and rock n’ roll go hand in hand, especially when it comes to some of the Ellefson Coffee Co brews. I had a chance to sample Ellefson’s “She Wolf”, “Kenya Thrash” and “Roast In Peace” blend and they are excellent. Nothing like starting my day with rocking brew and being a dark roast coffee fan, the “Roast In Peace” blend was phenomenal. I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on some more!

I recently caught up with David Ellefson to chat about the launch of Ellefson Coffee Co, the opening of their first retail location, and his plans for the brand in the future. Being a huge rock festival junkie, we joked about the severe lack of coffee at many of these large summer events. Ellefson revealed that he would love to branch out at some of the rock festivals, and while people may not want a steaming hot cup of coffee on a sweltering summer day, a good brew over ice would work perfectly and I couldn’t agree more!

Also be sure to keep an ear out for some audio clips from this interview on an upcoming episode of the Coffee & Conspiracy podcast hosted by PCM’s Kristyn and Stephen!

Q: Two of my major passions are coffee and rock n’ roll, so we were super excited to hear that you were opening a brick and mortar location for Ellefson Coffee Co.!

David Ellefson: Yeah! First of all it’s really something that just fell into my lap. My label partner Tom, who also does my business strategy for coffee, and when we did a coffee brand with Susan Reiter back in my little town of Jackson, Minnesota. A discussion came up back in November about flipping the store over to Ellefson Coffee Company. It was the right thing at the right time and Susan, she knows how to run retail and I know how to market and brand coffee, so we just have a nice little synergy going between us.

Q: Would you like to see Ellefson Coffee Company expand to additional brick and mortar locations or is it special to have it there in Jackson?

DE: No, I am definitely open to the expansion. Our company started as a simple little mail-order based company and it was wonderful because it was profitable from the first bag we sold because we had the roasters do the roasting and the shipping and we created some nice labels with a nice little story around it. We came up with some nice names for our roasts and kind of preached to the choir right into my heavy metal fan base, so it was originally this fun little boutique project. Sometimes you start things and they get wings and they go to new levels which is exactly what the coffee has done.  I think in a lot of ways having a retail location gives some validity to what we’re doing and I think it also provides for the local economy and it brings the brand back home to where I was born and raised.  I think on every level this one just feels really good all the way around.

Q: What was amazing to me as I was doing research was just how many rockers have gone into the coffee business such as Charlie Benante from Anthrax, Green Day, Styx and even Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde. It works on such a great level.

DE: It does. In this day and age, that which doesn’t kill you only helps you live longer. (laughs) Those of us who have survived the treacherous roads of rock n’ roll, now at this point, we have other lifestyle interests and it’s fun to bring those in and have them be part of our overall brand, like who we are and what we do. I also think it is fun to bring the fans along on that journey, so we can all enjoy it together. For those of us that like coffee there’s kind of a head space around it all where we are probably of sober judgement which is good and it’s a nice feeling. There is a good synergy of our lifestyles, how we interact and we’re family guys despite the fact that we play some of the most menacing rock n’ roll out there.

Q: When did you first develop a love for coffee. It seems travelling around the globe with Megadeth would lead you to quite a few interesting locations to try some interesting brews.

DE: It really started when I first moved out to L.A. in 1983 in Hollywood. Our first drummer in Megadeth, Dijon Carruthers, he was a coffee drinker so he and I would sit together over at his apartment and drink a lot of coffee and try different things. We used different sweeteners and honey and all kinds of different stuff and that’s what really kind of prodded the inkling into my taste for coffee. I went on to travel the world through Europe and visited various cafes and even down into Latin America and into the area near the Sumatra Islands. Coffee really grows around the equator belt region of the Earth, so I started to become much more interested in it ironically from a farming point of view.

I grew up on a corn and soy bean farm in Minnesota so farming is something I know, as it was in my blood growing up. It’s funny because now I am getting hit up by growers down in Colombia and other areas of Central America as a lot of them are fans and they are also growers and they are sending me beans to roast. Guatemala sent me some stuff and it’s kind of fun that once I put it out there just this last year with my coffee company that it has really now gone to a whole other level of having the trading and export mindset with the whole thing too.

Q: You have four different brews right now. Are there any plans to expand the offering?

DE: Yeah. I think with the retail shop now I’m looking to get much more into iced coffee and the different iced beverages especially as we get into the summer. Back in Jackson, it’s a cool time of the year out there where summertime requires some cold drinks as well as hot drinks. I think we can also get into some other things that we can sell there. I’m going to have a lot of memorabilia there, I’ve got a line of clothing with the Puck Hockey brand and of course hockey in Minnesota is right there at home. So, a lot of the things … rock n’ roll, coffee, summertime, hockey … all of those things that I already have my name associated with are going to work really well out of that retail location.

We can also have it as a destination where fans can go and also a destination for shipping and ordering all kinds of different things. There is a lot we can do there!

Q: I have been thrilled to watch EMP Label Group grow with its roster. Doll Skin are amazing! Can you compare running the label with running a coffee company, even though they are kind of under the same umbrella?

DE: (laughing) My life is kind of like a big mutual fund. Everything that I’m into are sort of high risk ventures, as certainly forming Megadeth and playing rock n’ roll is as crazy as it gets, so I’m certainly used to that. It’s funny that I can see a parallel between Megadeth and my Minnesota farming upbringing being very similar. It’s very much feast or famine. You always have the stuff stored away from the cold, dark and rainy years and it’s always nice to enjoy the bumper crop years too. When you are in it as a life long profession, you tend to treat it a little differently than just sort of a one-hit wonder. I’ve been very lucky with that in Megadeth and also getting to be involved in a lot of other musical ventures as a result of that too.

With the label, it’s interesting, because there was a season when Megadeth was not operating and I think in a lot of ways that was an era … I was in my mid-thirties, I was married, my kids were real young … and it was a season for me to go to college, get educated and I started doing artist relations for Peavey and I really enjoyed being part of the business community. I think it’s kind of a thread that runs in the blood of the Ellefson’s. The Ellefson men were always astute businessmen, they were educated, so I feel business is in my bloodline and it was kind of a fun season to kind of put the bass in the background for a little bit and get involved in some other business ventures.  So, here I am and we’ve done all this great stuff over the last six or seven years with Megadeth and especially “Dystopia” has been an incredible year musically for us with all the successes that we’ve had and it’s fun now to also have a hand back over into creating the record label, creating the coffee company, managing and producing the things I’m doing with Doll Skin and its super fun to widen the horizons.

I remember on one of my report cards as a kid, my high school jazz band teacher said ‘David needs to broaden his horizons’. (laughs)  Don’t just be a rock n’ roll bass player! Broaden your horizons! I feel like now in my fifties I’ve finally kind of been able to parlay that sage wisdom into practical reality.

Q: Major congrats on the Grammy nomination for “Dystopia” by the way! I’m sure you guys are super excited about that!

DE: Yeah! For sure! We’ve been nominated for a lot of them over the years and I say every year when you get nominated again it’s that pinch me moment. The Grammy’s are the biggest music recognition in the world and you really feel that you are just a small part of a much greater community, so it’s always a thrill and very humbling to be invited back and be honored by them.

Q: Definitely. I’m always thrilled to see that they still have a rock and metal category and they have not just let that fall by the wayside.

DE: Yeah, Yeah, definitely!

Q: Can you share with me what is your ideal cup of coffee?

DE: Well, I like drip coffee. As I’ve traveled the world I’ve realized that drip coffee is predominantly a North American fancy. It’s not something throughout Europe and definitely not Latin America. Japan has embraced it, of course England has some of it. I love drip coffee probably because I grew up with it and I like that we invented a machine … I don’t really like percolated coffee … and it’s funny that something as simple as the Mr. Coffee is pretty much in everyone’s kitchen and even hotel rooms is really a marvelous machine. It’s simple to create the coffee and it’s pretty much an exact replication from pot to pot and I’m pretty good an eyeballing my own coffee. I like to do two tablespoons for every cup. In the morning I like kind of a medium roast, which for us is our “Kenya Thrash” and in the evening, I have a second cup around 4:00pm everyday, I like that coffee to be a darker roast, such as French, Italian or Sumatra and for me that would be our “Roast In Peace” that we have with Ellefson Coffee.

I like the dark a little later because it is a little less caffeinated generally and it has a darker smokier flavor. If you get a sweet tooth later in the day, which I do sometimes because I go the gym in the mornings, so when I crave something to take the edge off in the afternoon a cup of dark roast and a little sweet treat tides me over well.

Q: Are you a cream and sugar kind of guy or black when it comes to coffee condiment preference?

DE: I’m a cream guy. I don’t like sweeteners generally. I try to stay away from them because what I find with sweeteners is that it’s one of those evils that once you start putting it in your diet you begin to crave it more and more, so I try to keep it out. Usually if I do have it, I actually try to do it with honey. That is one of the things me and Dijon back in ’83 in Hollywood tried putting honey in black coffee and I really enjoyed it. So, if I do ever have a sweetener, I definitely like to stay away from high fructose corn syrup and I also try to stay away from all of the other artificial sweeteners such as stevia and all that stuff. I tend to go no sweetener or a touch of honey.

Q: I’ve never tried it with honey before, so I definitely want to give that a go now! 

DE: It gives kind of a nice thick smoothness to it! I like half and half, as cream to me, is a little too much and milk is a little too thin so I like half and half which is another very arrogant thing. In fact when I travel the world I always carry a french press with me just because life is too short for bad coffee! ::Author’s note: We totally want to print that on a t-shirt by the way::

So, I always have to protect myself. Often times when I’m away from home, like in the dressing room for Megadeth, we always make sure we have a drip coffee maker, you know some of the comforts of home. (laughs) But, I’ll get back home to America and I’ll be like I can’t wait to just use my own coffee maker, go in and get my own half and half, use my own grinder because I know how well it grinds the beans to a certain consistency I like, you know what I mean? So, as much as I have a place I record and make music and my bass is my axe, my coffee maker is also my axe. I’ve got my little coffee studio of things that make the perfect cup for me.

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Exclusive Interview With “20th Century Women” Actor Lucas Zumann

(PCM) When it comes to learning from a master in her craft, newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann has hit the motherlode for his recent film experience in “20th Century Women.”

The richly multilayered, funny, and heart-stirring movie from A24 opens on Friday, January, 19, and focuses on the complexities of women, family, time and connections. This is a compelling and thought-provoking story played by legendary actress Annette Bening as the mother and newcomer Zumann as her 15-year-old son.

Set in Santa Barbara in 1976, the film from writer/director, Mike Mills (“Beginners”), follows a quirky, but loving single mom in her mid-50s, Dorthea Fields, who is rearing her adolescent son, Jamie, at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion.

Dorthea loves Bogart and Amelia Earhart and often acts and sounds like she is from a different time, and often has difficulty connecting with her son. She enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing – Abbie, a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in their home, (Greta Gerwig), and Julie, a provocative 17-year-old neighbor, who Jamie has a crush on, (Elle Fanning).

Mills expertly recreates the warmth and passion of a great memory – but also the urgency and energy of three generations in the throes of momentous transition. For Mills, “20th Century Women,” started with his own elusive and unpredictable mother, and is a poignant “love letter” to the people who rear us – and the times that form us – as this makeshift family forges fragile connections that will mystify, haunt and inspire each of the embers through their lives.

Chicago native Zumann, now 16, made his film debut in “Sinister 2,” after having completed a role in the groundbreaking Netflix production of “Sense8,” in episodes directed by the Wachowski siblings. He also appeared in the indie film “Thrill Ride,” as well as having a featured role in the NBC TV drama, “Chicago Fire.”

His first introduction to the performing arts was in the ensemble of a 2012 production of the classic stage musical, “Oliver” put on by the Light Opera Works. When he is not working as an actor, he enjoys photography, playing the guitar, and martial arts.

PCM had the pleasure of an exclusive interview with Lucas Jade Zumann about his burgeoning career, working with Bening, family support, his love for music and more.

Bening, 58, the mother of four grown children, said she thoroughly enjoyed mentoring her young co-star.

“It was a pleasure working with Lucas,” said Bening, who is best known for “American Beauty,” “The American President,” and “The Kids Are All Right.” “Lucas is a talented young man with a great future ahead of him. I thoroughly enjoyed our collaboration.”

PCM: This is definitely not a cookie cutter movie, so why did you want to make this film?

LUCAS ZUMANN: From the moment I read the script I knew it was different from other films, so to be part of something like that at an early part of my career is super special. I knew when we all got together it was going to be a super special experience.

PCM: What were the biggest challenges in making this movie?

LZ: While I never felt intimidated, I can say that some of the hardest parts had to do with getting out of my comfort zone and being able to eventually be comfortable around each other and in our own skin.

PCM: Was there a rehearsal process, like in the theater?

LZ: Yes. There was a rehearsal process and a research process. [Director] Mike [Mills] had us do some studying. He sent me a big cardboard box of documentaries for me to get a feel for the time and the era. To keep us from worrying about focusing he gave us each individual songs, which let us have more freedom. He wanted me to listen to Talking Heads songs, and we danced to some of the songs.

PCM: What kind of music was involved?

LZ: Probably, Talking Heads more so than the hard core punk that my character Jamie listens to.

PCM: What kind of music do you listen to during your free time?

LZ: I like classic reggae a lot, as well as indie rock and indie bands and stuff like that. I’m pretty open when it comes to music.

PCM: What was it like working with Annette Bening and did she give you any acting tips or life advice?

LZ: Our rapport? It was very true to a mother and son relationship.

PCM: How so?

LZ: She taught me a lot about the whole process and she did so very politely. She walked me through the whole process, which was very helpful since I am not as familiar with making movies as everyone else is. We spent as much time off the set as we did on set. She taught me that you can’t be a good actor if you don’t understand your life and don’t understand enough to portray it.

PCM: Did you get any advice from the other ladies?

LZ: I learned a lot by watching all of them, but when it came to first-hand help, Annette was the main person who physically talked me and led me through everything.

PCM: With Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning and Annette Bening on the set, were you at all star-struck?

LZ: No, because I understood the significance these people have in the business and while I truly felt it was an honor to work with each of them, they were all real people. So while working on this project I was able to be real around them.

PCM: When did you see the finished film for the first time and what was the experience like for you?

LZ: I was getting ready to watch it at the New York Film Festival, when they sent me a link to watch it on my laptop, and I enjoyed it. But watching it later at the theater with an audience gave me closure from the whole process. I love with large audiences you find different parts of the audience reacting with emotion to various aspects. Some are tearing up or crying, some are laughing, while still others are awestruck. Everyone acts to it in a different way and get a different message from it. So I find it interesting to watch such a diverse audience watch this film because everyone relates to it different, which is what makes Mike’s words and direction so laudable.

PCM: How important has family support been for your career?

LZ: Family support is a huge factor, and one of the sole reasons I was able to make this movie and other projects. They were there to take me to the set and make sure there was vegetarian and vegan food for me there. I owe a lot to them.

PCM: How many times has your mom seeing the movie?

LZ: Three or four, so far. I’m sure she loves it.

PCM: How long have you wanted to be an actor?

LZ: I’m always been interested in acting. I started with neighborhood plays. I just really like the feeling I get when I’m in the middle of a scene, or when I’m acting. I knew right away that was something I wanted to pursue it if I was able to do so.

PCM: What’s next for you?

LZ: I am working on the TV show “Anne” based on the book “Anne of Green Gables.” Its looking really good and I am happy to be working on it. I play the part of Gilbert Blithe.

PCM: It’s a favorite book of mine. Were you familiar with it before you were cast in the new TV show?

LZ: My upstairs neighbor loved that book and shared the stories with me. Since then, I have also watched many different versions of the TV shows and the film.

PCM: Were there surprises being on the set?

LZ: This was my third film so I am familiar with being on sets, but there was nothing quite like this one.

PCM: Why?

LZ: Everyone was doing it for the passion and art of filmmaking and I hope that it really comes through on the screen when people watch this movie.

PCM: What do you hope that people will get out of this movie?

LZ: A lot of this movie is really about a series of gestures that are about being able to overcome barriers of time and age, so that people can leave with an understanding of how to truly connect with other

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Here’s What A $100,000 Music Video Looks Like When The Artist Doesn’t Show Up

(PCM) Rap artist Young Thug had some pretty big ideas in mind when he hired director Ryan Staake to create the music video for his song “Wyclef Jean”, however the end results ended up becoming a hilarious folly of errors when Young Thug failed to show up for his own $100,000 video shoot.

In fact, Young Thug is only featured in the video for a few seconds munching on some Cheetos in front of what appears to be a private jet. Those scenes were apparently filmed by Young Thug himself and only add to the hilarity of the overall project.

Young Thug’s label and management team kept telling the directors that he was on his way to the video shoot all day long, however once he finally did make an appearance on the set he refused to get out of his vehicle because … are you ready for this … his Instagram account got hacked! Oh no!  We’re sure that warrants missing an entire day of shooting and costing the label a whopping $100,000 … glad Young Thug has his priorities in check!

Rather than just canceling the whole project director Staake decided to have some fun with the budget and put together a video the explains in great detail just how the original video shoot fell apart. The result is amazing and it is definitely one of the more creative disaster stories we have seen. The artist and label must have agreed because they still allowed the video be released and are probably now cashing in on some of that good ol’ viral fame!

Either way Staake made the best of a bad situation and the video below is brilliant. Check it out:

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Interview With Acrobat Johan Prytz Who Brings The Wild West To Life In The Thrilling ‘Saloon’!

(PCM) For a thrilling way to escape the winter cold one doesn’t have to look any further than the current Philadelphia premiere of “Saloon – A Musical Acrobatic Adventure.”

The Wild West will come to life on stage in the exciting new show, swinging into the Kimmel Center’s Merriam Theater on Friday, Jan, 13, and Saturday, Jan.14. This is the 11th and newest production from the Montreal-based contemporary circus troupe, Cirque Eloize.

Front and center in this show with precise acrobatics, as well as expert comic timing, is acrobat and funny man Johan Prytz, who is front and center in this show. He blends his background in acrobatics, and comedy to the delight of audience members of all ages.

Born in Sweden, Prytz first studied at a high school specializing in sports. He moved to Denmark at age 21 to enter the AFUK Circus School of Copenhagen where he discovered the wonderful world of contemporary circus. This experience changed his perspective on life.

After two years, Prytz moved to Canada and began his four-year training at the National Circus School of Montreal, where he specialized in aerial straps. He also provides comic relief — he’s the ‘cowboy without a horse!’ He became enthralled with the art of the circus that he decided to make it his career. He calls the production of “Saloon,” the opportunity of a lifetime he is thrilled to share with audiences around the globe.

“Cirque Éloize has a long history of transporting audiences to a specific place and time through their magical performances and this newest creation will surely follow suit,” said Anne Ewers, the president and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

“Saloon, is the perfect addition to our Broadway Philadelphia season, a theatrical fusion of music and tremendous acrobatic feats that come together to tell an inspiring story.”

Inspired by the rich legacy of the Wild West, “Saloon” transports audiences to a dusty gathering place. For a perfect night of family entertainment, just swing open the “Saloon” doors and rustle up some fun for the entire family with this musical and acrobatic adventure.

The stage fizzes and pulses with infectious energy and phenomenal physical feats as 11 top-level cast members perform for a music-packed theatrical thrill-ride! Everyone in the audience should prepare to be blown away by a chase worthy of the great Westerns.

The Saloon is a wonderful playground for work of artistic exploration. It’s also a place of opportunity, one that made us want to try something different,” Jeannot Painchaud, the president and artistic Director of Cirque Éloize and the creative Director of Saloon.

“This show has the physical energy of acrobatics combined with the poetry of the theatrical approach, punctuated with humor and accompanied by amazing live music,” Painchaud said. “ Saloon is bright, funny and musical.”

Staying close to the musical roots of the artistic director and musical director, who happen to be cousins, “Saloon” mixes country extracts (Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash) with more festive, folk-inspired compositions. There are four musicians and singers on stage, and all the artists sing or play instruments.

“Saloon” director Emmanuel Guillaume has put together an acrobatic comedy with 11 top-level, multidisciplinary artists performing with exuberance and humour: “Saloon is an invitation to the party, a fertile ground for emotions where everything is permitted,” he said. “It’s also a meeting of different art forms that were already part of the rich heritage of this mythical place back then.”

Q: How did you get started with your career?

JOHAN PRYTZ: I used to be an athlete special high school in Sweden for handball players and then I broke my knee when I was 17, so I had to quit. I started juggling during my rehab and I met more people from the circus. So that took over in my life from sports. I started with a very small recreational circus in Sweden, and that led me to meet more people doing circus more seriously. When I was 20 I moved to circus school in Copenhagen. Then I did the national circus in Montreal and was picked up for “Saloon.”

Q: When did you start working on “Saloon?”

JP: We started in May. I am contracted with the show for a year and a half. I was approached late in the process; they saw I would fit better with the other comedic role. Our director gave us a lot of freedom with the writing. It was a big challenge for everyone and very fun, and he let us express ourselves as artists. It’s a very human show. The performers had a big part in creating the show, and this comes through in the fun and playfullness of the show.

Q: Have you always been funny?

JP: I would like to say yes, but if you ask some of my friends, maybe not.

Q: How do you feel you got to this point in performing?

JP: From quite early on in my career, I always enjoyed exploring physical comedy, and written and spoken comedy on stage. I always developed an interest in and taken every opportunity I could in the different comic styles and art forms. I guess it all starts out as a bit of a talent and you nurture it and much of it comes with a great deal of practice.

Q: Would you call this a family show?

JP: I would say definitely. It’s a family-oriented fun comedy. It’s an homage and parody of the western culture.

Q: Tell me about life on the road? It is good, bad, exciting or lonely?

JP: Everything at once. We travel all over the world. So there are so many experiences and we get to learn about the world, all the cultures, and we get to meet so many amazing people. Yes, it can be tiring and lonely. We live out of a backpack and in hotel rooms. There are long bus rides and airplane flights. I still have an apartment in Montreal, but I’m not there much. The other downside is that relationships back home are difficult. I have many friends from the Montreal circus community, but we never cross paths, so in that way it’s a difficult situation. We have hectic work schedules, especially during short runs in many cities. The show is physically demanding, and you have to stay rested and healthy as you travel around. Yet, today I couldn’t imagine doing a different job. So the good aspects outweigh the bad ones.

Q: Are you close friends with the other performers in the show?

JP: Oh, yes. We are one big family. This is a team of 15 artists and technical crew, so we are one family. We always hang out and make sure each of us is okay – we are there for one another if someone is having a problem. This is a family feeling, and that’s important. Your life is the tour, so it helps to have people looking out for one another.

Q: Will you please describe the show for me?

JP: It’s a Wild, Wild West Adventure. It’s a throwback to the old spaghetti westerns. There are colorful characters coming into the old saloon. It’s an action-filled, cheesy, love story; with tons of humor and crazy events. So I would say it’s a crazy action-filled Wild West adventure. There is amazing live music from the four musicians, who set the tone and bring this world to life in a whole new way.

Q: How do you rehearse the acrobatics?

JP: Mostly with individual training. If there is time during the day, in between or before the shows. If there is something that is not working well in the show, we go over it. There is two hours of prep time between each show. We make sure everything stays fresh. It is our responsibility to stay in shape and be technically prepared as well.

Q: How do you stay in shape?

JP: I undergo conditioning before and after the shows, and usually that’s enough for me to stay in shape. The show keeps all of us in really good shape. When we are off tour I go to the gym, and there is a studio where I do straps so I am prepared for when we go back on tour.

Q: Have your family members seen this show?

JP: My family came in Germany during the months of November and December when we were in Munich, Germany, since that was as close as we came to Sweden. My mother, my aunt, cousins, and friends.

Q: Have you been in Philadelphia before?

JP: No, this will be the first time and I am looking forward to seeing the city. I have a few friends from the city and I am looking forward to forming my own impression.

Q: What do you hope for your future?

JP: For now, to just keep performing and enjoy the life that we have, and move on with the show. After that, we will see where the show can go. At some point we have to figure out a career after the physical circus career. In the long run, I might stay in the circus community as a coach or in physio therapy. But for now, I am thoroughly enjoying where this show can go and all of the exciting adventures it will take us on. I am a truly lucky man.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

CIRQUE ÉLOIZE SALOON at the Merriam Theater

Dates and times: Friday, January 13, 2017, 8 p.m.Saturday, January 14, 2017, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (215) 893-1999, visiting www.kimmelcenter.org, or from the Kimmel Center Box Office. For overall information please go to: www.cirque-eloize.com

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A Brew To Rock Your Morning! Megadeths’ David Ellefson’s Thrashin’ Coffee Brand ‘Ellefson Coffee Co.’

(PCM) We seem to be noticing a trend that is blending coffee and metal hand in hand and we couldn’t be more overjoyed! We not big alcohol drinkers, so coffee has always been our drink of choice and to see it blended in with rock and metal (which also happened to be our other passion) is both refreshing and incredibly exciting.

We have already had a chance to sample rocker Zakk Wylde’s Valhalla Java blend for Death Wish coffee which we absolutely adore, so we absolutely can’t wait to get our hands on some crafted by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. PCM writers Stephen Nepa and Kristyn Clarke also host a podcast called “Coffee & Conspiracy” so we look forward to discussing Ellefson’s rocking new brand on our next upcoming episode as well!

Ellefson Coffee Co., the boutique Coffee brand of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will open its first brick and mortar Ellefson Coffee Co. shop next week in David’s hometown of Jackson, MN. In addition to serving a variety of custom blends of Ellefson Coffee Co brands, including Roast In Peace, She Wolf, Kenya Thrash, and Urban Legend, ECC will also be a retail outlet for Ellefson Coffee products and memorabilia, as well as a satellite retail outlet for titles and merchandise from Ellefson’s EMP Label Group.

The store will also serve as a “Museum of Deth” featuring permanently displayed artifacts and memorabilia from Ellefson’s personal collection , as well as memorabilia from other artists. After teaming up with local Jackson Coffee shop Coffee Choices (one of Ellefson’s personal Jackson haunts) and owner Susan Reiter for their Urban Legend blend, David’s ECC (and EMP) partner Thom Hazaert suggested taking the partnership farther.

“One day Susan and I had a conversation about the idea of sort of re-branding Coffee Choices into something more aligned with the ECC brand, and us coming in as partners.” Says Hazaert. “I pitched the idea to David, we had already discussed the idea of opening a brick and mortar outlet maybe in Phoenix, and we all loved the idea, being David’s hometown, and Susan’s amazing history in Jackson, and her experience running Coffee Choices.”

Adds Ellefson, “I’ve been blessed to travel the world year after year as a musician but my roots have always stayed in Jackson, MN. So, it’s a true honor for our coffee brand to have a retail shop on the main street USA I grew up on, and to serve the very community I was born and raised in. Aside from some great coffee and a fun Rock N’ Roll atmosphere, our store is a go-to destination for coffee that also tells my story of heavy metal and global music history. I look forward to seeing you there!”

And any Megadeth fan already knows Jackson well, even if they don’t know it, as the connections to this small Midwest town run deep in Megadeth lore. Loon Lake Cemetery, that spawned the legend of Mary Jane, immortalized on So Far, So Good, So What is a few miles down the street, while the Ellefson family farm that inspired Megadeth hit “Foreclosure of a Dream” is also a stone’s throw from where ECC is setting up shop.

Hazaert adds, “Not only will Ellefson Coffee Co. now have a permanent face in David’s hometown, but being able to tie in EMP, and everything else we do, and with the huge sense of Megadeth history in Jackson, we are excited to be able to create a really unique and amazing fan (and Coffee) experience, that we are sure will not only be a highlight for the people of Jackson, but a destination for Megadeth fans from around the World.”

The first day of business officially as Ellefson Coffee Co. will be Monday, January 10th, with a grand opening coming later in the Spring. You can pay ECC a visit at 404 Second St, Jackson, MN, 56143.

 

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