Sunday, November 16, 2014

'Tunesmithing' to Feature Lisa Aschmann, Terry Bell, Kelley Cline, Sam Cooper and Jason Kabler

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

'Artlightenment' to Bring Film, Art, Fashion and Song to Nashville from Nov. 13-15

     NASHVILLE – "Artlightenment", the annual multi-media art show and film festival that showcases dozens of  visual artists, painters, sculptors and filmmakers is slated to run Nov. 13, 14 and 15 at The Celebrity Centre (Old Fall School Building), 1130 Eighth Ave. S. in Nashville. 

     Created by painter, sculptor and film producer Robyn Morshead in 2009, the three-day event also will feature workshops, live music and a fashion show, making it a vital force in Nashville’s creative community. The theme for this year’s festival is “The Light Side of Art” with a spotlight on the works of underwater photographer and filmmaker Christy Rogers, a visionary artist who uses the refraction of light on her subjects to create beautiful images reminiscent of the paintings of Rubens and Caravaggio. Her work, which is being shown internationally, is currently on display at the Angers Nantes Opera House in Angers, France. "Artlightenment" will be the only opportunity to see her large-format prints in Nashville. She will host a special pre-show seminar, “My Career in Underwater Photography and Film”, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

    This year’s festival will also highlight the works of landmark photographer Raeanne Rubenstein whose photos have graced the pages of numerous publications such as People Magazine and The New York Times. Rubenstein will host a talk, “The Funny Side of Art and Film”at 7p.m. Thursday.

    Actress Carla Christina Contreras will kick off "Artlightenment’s" film festival at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with her talk, A Long and Successful Acting Career”. Contrera's recent film works include "Two Eggs" (with Tom Skirret), "Self Offense" (Official Selection in more than eight film festivals), "Static" (11 awards including Best Actress), as well as the feature film, "Summer Snow".  Some of her other works include "Army Wives", "America’s Most Wanted", and a co-starring role in "Following Her Heart", which starred Ann-Margret, George Segal and Brenda Vacarro.

     The festival is proud to feature "The MTSU Paris Project", three films produced by well-known documentary filmmaker Tom Neff and shot by student filmmakers from Middle Tennessee State University's Electronic Media Communications Department.  The films center on the unlikely cross-cultural exchange between Paris, France and Murfreesboro, Tenn., as MTSU student-filmmakers traveled there to make these extraordinary documentaries about contemporary French artists, their work and methodology.

     Three-Day Tickets for "Artlightenment" are $15. Ticketholders have access to all exhibits and workshops, as well as the film festival and closing-night awards and fashion shows. For more information on the "Artlightenment 2014 Art and Film Festival" and to purchase tickets, visit:  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Songwriters to Honor the Late Patricio Tower with Memorial Service, Show and Silent Auction

            NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 2014) -- Nashville area songwriters will take the stage at two separate events on Nov. 15 (Saturday) to honor the late Patricio Tower, an aspiring songwriter and taxi driver who died from a heart attack after suffering a brutal beating in downtown Nashville.
Patricio Tower

          Tower will be honored during a memorial service from 1-3 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living Nashville, 6705 Charlotte Pike in West Nashville. Tunesmiths also will put on a special songwriters show and silent auction in his memory from 6-7 p.m. at the Commodore Lounge, 2613 West End Ave. More than a dozen songwriters will perform at the events, including Lisa Aschmann, Michael Laidley, and Chuck Whiting. Donations from both events will help cover Patricio's medical and funeral expenses and provide support for his widow, Roxanne. 

         "Patricio was a wonderful, kind and giving man who was loved by many in the Nashville songwriting community," said long-time friend and co-writer Michael Laidley. "Losing him in such a tragic, senseless way is an absolute shock." 

          Witnesses reported that Patricio was attacked on Oct. 31 shortly after he arrived at a United Neighborhood Health Services clinic to pick up medical prescriptions. The 57-year-old taxi driver was rushed to Centennial Medical Center with a broken jaw, broken collarbones, fractured ribs, and a severely injured eye. He died from a heart attack following emergency reconstructive surgery.

Patricio and Roxanne Tower
          Roxanne, who is recovering from a head injury sustained in an automobile accident, continues to live at the couple's home in Old Hickory. The Towers' adjusted gross income ("in the uninsurable income gap") disqualified them from receiving medical insurance through Obamacare or Medicare. Roxanne hopes to continue operating the taxi vehicle they rented. 

          Donations may be made to the Patricio Tower Memorial/Medical Fund at To donate items for the silent auction on Saturday night, contact Michael Laidley at (615) 947-6726 or

Monday, November 3, 2014

'Tunesmithing' to Feature Five Songwriting Acts on Nov. 19 in Nashville

            NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 2014) -- The monthly "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase will spotlight five professional songwriting acts from 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 19 (Wednesday) at WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at the Aloft Nashville Hotel, 1719 West End Ave. (near Music Row).

Lisa Aschmann
          Taking the stage for 25-minute performances will be Lisa Aschmann (cuts by Art Garfunkel, Diamond Rio and others), Terry Bell, Kelley Cline, Sam Cooper, and Jason Kabler. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

         Publicists Chuck Whiting and Scott Johnson will emcee the show. Songwriter/audio engineer AJ Bigler will handle sound. "Tunesmithing" is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & Promotions, Music City Arts Update, Striking Moon Music, and Shine Time Records and Books.

Terry Bell

          "Tunesmithing" was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for tunesmiths at all levels.

          For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write, or visit

Kelley Cline
Sam Cooper

Joshua Nelson