Friday, April 9, 2010

Wizard Wrock - July 13, 2010

Please join the Lamar County Library System as we welcome FIVE wizard wrock bands to the Oak Grove Public Library on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 4 p.m. A few of these bands have been here before, but two of them are totally new. We need a HUGE turnout for these fantastic musicians.

You can see these bands just in time for the first part of the seventh Harry Potter film (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One) which is set to open in November 2010. Also, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios ( will have their grand opening on June 18.

About the bands...


Kristina Horner and Luke Conard met each other through their respective wizard rock bands three years ago. With much in common, they quickly became friends and found themselves collaborating musically rather frequently. After a while, they decided to take one step outside the Harry Potter genre and expanded their music repertoire to include a myriad of other nerdy topics (including zombies, nerdy love songs, and the online role playing game World of Warcraft [which they disagree on whether it's cool or not]), and thus, ALL CAPS was born. They have released two full length albums and a handful of successful music videos on YouTube. In December of 2009, they were also signed to the up and coming Internet music label DFTBA Records.

The Whomping Willows

The Whomping Willows is the solo project of singer/songwriter Matt Maggiacomo. Combining an offbeat sense of humor with light political commentary and catchy melodies, Matt has written five full-length albums and two EPs (loosely) from the perspective of the violent tree at Hogwarts. Since the band's inception in October 2005, the Whomping Willows has played over 400 shows throughout the United States and Canada.

The Moaning Myrtles

The Moaning Myrtles have been having the time of their afterlives writing and performing music from everyone's favorite whiny bathroom ghost's perspective since 2005. They are known for their piano-heavy songs with catchy harmonies, but the Myrtles occasionally take the form of a solo guitarist. Lauren Fairweather and Nina Jankowicz have released a handful of albums and played shows in libraries, bookstores, clubs, hotels, and living rooms all over the eastern half of the United States.

Over 13,000 people subscribe to Lauren's YouTube partner channel, devilishlypure, and her videos have received over a million views. She also makes a weekly appearance on the collaborative partner channel fiveawesomegirls, which has 30,000 subscribers, over six million video views, and has inspired hundreds of other channels with a similar format.

Justin Finch-Fletchley

Justin Finch-Fletchley has self-released three full length albums, two live albums, and one greatest hits EP of music written from the perspective of a classmate who witnessed most of the events Harry, Ron, and Hermione experienced. Justin has been touring the US and Canada for the past few years, performing in libraries, bookstores, clubs, and many other places helping to promote literacy, arts, activism, and equality. Justin combines wit and insight along with an unbridled amount of passion and energy to bring eager wizard rock fans their dose of catchy sing-along acoustic rock music.

The Parselmouths

The Parselmouths are a wizard rock band that take the Hogwarts experience from the perspective of those spoiled, popular rich girls (think "Mean Girls"). Their girlband has been writing and performing songs since 2004, and even though the lineup of the band has changed a bit since then, it's still the folky, upbeat, slightly 'evil' band it always was, singing about everything from school dances to boys to having crushes on their teachers. Kristina Horner and Eia Waltzer currently have three albums out and have played shows in a plethora of venues all over the country, bringing their music to audiences of all ages.

Kristina Horner, also known as "italktosnakes" on YouTube, has an audience-base of approximately 36,000 people. Her youtube-approved partner channel has received over four million views in the three years she's been using the website, and her most viewed video has 500,000 views alone. She, too, makes a weekly appearance on the collaborative partner channel "fiveawesomegirls", a channel with not only 30,000 subscribers and six million video views, but one that was also the model for hundreds of other copycat channels that spawned since its creation in 2008.

Friday, April 2, 2010

On Display: Art by Jeanette Graham

Jeanette, a self-taught artist, is passionate about her art. A lover of flowers and bright colors, she has her own flower garden. She combines her love of flowers with her love of the camera – painting fresh flowers in the spring and summer, and painting from photos in the winter.

She has fun! The learning process is a continuous one, each painting a learning experience. She believes in herself and paints to her own satisfaction. What Jeannette knows about painting, she learned from books, a few workshops and classes and by doing.

She is an award winner in regional art shows, and has shown in Hattiesburg at City Hall, and at Java Werks. She is a member of South Mississippi Art Association in Hattiesburg and an art club in Jackson. She has attended workshops given by Judi Betts of Baton Rouge, LA, Ann Warner from Covington, LA, and Paula Payne also from Louisiana.

Her favorite medium is watercolor, but she also uses oils, acrylic, pastel, pen & ink drawing, and prize sculpture.

She is married to Darrell Graham of Sumrall, MS, has three children – Michael, Craig, and Monica – and has three grandchildren.