Jesse Ruben & Caitlin Crosby

  1. Jesse Ruben & Caitlin Crosby
    Event on 2013-09-16 20:00:00
    Bar opens at 4pm and doors open at 6:30pm if sound check is complete. This is an 18+ show!
    23-year-old, Philly-bred singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben freely confides that hes done a bit of obsessing over his second album, The Ones That Matter.

    Not that such anxiety is evident on the highly accomplished disc, the follow-up to Rubens self-released 2008 debut, Aiming for Honesty. Adding full-band accompaniment to his lush, soulful pop-rock, Ruben also stretches impressively as a writer on The Ones That Matter, achieving a near-novelistic sense of character and setting on finely hewn tracks like A Lack of Armor, Bleeker and Sixth, and Unbreakable. His relentless attention to detail pays off handsomely.

    He makes no apology for meticulously fine-tuning all aspects of his work and presentation. Every time you create something you have an opportunity to say something new or at least something honest, he says. I take that opportunity seriously.

    Rubens expansive and deeply compassionate point of view has resonated strongly with an ever-growing audience, whom the performer has cultivated with virtually nonstop touring and persistent online networking; as a result, hes sold some 5,000 copies of Honesty on his own.

    He often receives emotional messages from fans declaring that his songs have crystallized their feelings, commemorated milestones in their lives and even helped repair broken bonds. One woman wrote to me and said she and her daughter didnt get along, but when she drives the girl to school every day they listen to my music and its the only time they dont fight, he marvels. The songs I wrote in my basement helped her relationship with her daughter. How could I ask for more than that? Indeed, his compositions have connected so powerfully with listeners that several cover versions have been posted on YouTube.

    Such moments of connection helped inspire the title of The Ones That Matter. Ruben had compiled a list of some 80 candidates, but it was in the aftermath of the recording process that he realized what the disc should be called.

    I was on an epic road trip, he remembers of this epiphany. I realized that as much as this album is about music, its ultimately a representation of who I am and all that amounts to is all the incredible people Ive surrounded myself with, and the places Ive spent time, and the stories and jokes that came out of those experiences with those people. Thats when I understood that the only logical name for the album was The Ones That Matter.

    Recorded during a record-breaking snowstorm in Charlottesville, Virginia where producer Chris Keup (Jason Mraz, OAR, Parachute) and partner Stewart Myers (Mraz, Lifehouse, Rachel Yamagata, Mandy Moore) have their studio the disc afforded Ruben a chance to fully appreciate the devotion of his pals. I had some of my best friends in the world come down to help me finish the record, he relates. Other players on the disc include drummer Brian Jones (Mraz, Yamagata, Moore); and keyboardist Daniel Clark (Ryan Adams, kd lang, Moore). Meyers handled bass on several tracks.

    The profound gratitude Ruben felt upon finishing the album snowballed in the coming days. I wanted the title of this record to express my thanks to everyone who mattered not just my friends who worked on the record, but their friends. The people who gave me a couch to crash on, made me dinner, drove me to the train station. Everyone who came to my shows, and walked up to tell me what the songs meant to them. Im thanking them all with this record.

    Rubens story begins in the heart of a musical family. His father and grandfather were both professional musicians, performing at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, corporate events and other gatherings in Philadelphia and its environs. Ruben recalls watching in awe as his dads band rehearsed rock, pop and R&B hits. He began taking piano lessons, but lost interest during his adolescence. I had told myself I couldnt play guitar because that was my dads instrument, he notes. Then I realized how stupid that was. His father bought him a cheap guitar with the promise of a better instrument if he made progress; the guitar felt right in Jesses hands, and by age 16 he was writing songs.

    The artist cites singer-songwriters like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor as his greatest influences, but also admits a fondness for the standards penned by Cole Porter and the Gershwins. While hes loath to compare himself to his idols, he says he takes courage in their stories. Paul Simon wasnt always hailed as a genius, he points out. At first, he was a 20-year-old kid with a guitar who dreamed up these incredibly ambitious songs. Realizing that helped me give myself permission to write what I wanted to write.

    He only applied to one college: Berklee College of Music in Boston. His first year there was a struggle, as he plunked out rudimentary solos in guitar classes filled with fusion-shredding virtuosos. But once he was able to focus on songwriting, Ruben blossomed; regular gigging soon followed. By the time I graduated, he points out, I was on the road pretty much every weekend.

    As a live performer he racked up odd experiences like playing backyard barbecues, singing at a daytime Sweet 16 party, and even serenading a couple of fans on their anniversary (he showed up in their kitchen with his guitar, at the womans bidding, to surprise her boyfriend). The gigs gradually got bigger, and soon Ruben was paying his rent with engagements across the East Coast becoming adept at getting around by commuter rail, booking cheap flights, promoting his shows and maintaining contact with fans via Facebook, his blog and the comments on his YouTube video posts.

    The online community also came in handy when he was recording his debut album. I had no money, and five of my friends held a Facebook fundraiser for me, he reports. They presented me with a giant check for ,500 on my twenty-first birthday. And though elements of this initial effort seem distant to him now, Ruben credits Honesty with giving him a leg up in building his audience; in addition to the brisk sales of his debut, he continues to enjoy rapturous fan feedback about its songs.

    Upon graduating from Berklee in 2008, Ruben was already living out of a suitcase in his battle-tested Toyota. If I had my choice, Id be touring all the time, he volunteers. I love the lifestyle sleeping late and getting up and driving and playing and meeting a bunch of people and doing the same thing the next day. I love not having to worry about cleaning my room or doing dishes; Im cool with living out of a suitcase; Im just working toward the day when I can trade the Greyhound for a bus of my own.

    Im staying out of New York for a while, Ruben sings in A Lack of Armor, although that self-imposed exile may soon be coming to an end, as the singer-songwriter plans a move to the Empire State from his temporary base in Nashville. But for the time being, Rubens true home is the road where hell no doubt continue to touch lives, have offbeat adventures and add new names to the ever-growing list of The Ones That Matter. more >>>

    at WorkPlay Theatre
    500 23rd St S
    Birmingham, United States

  2. Permaculture Design Course
    Event on 2013-08-18 07:30:00

    Permaculture Design Course at Possum Creek –

    Bangalow/Byron Bay

    This is an intensive 72 hour curriculum spread over 2 weeks in the beautiful Northern Rivers NSW just outside of Bangalow.

    Permaculture is a set of ethics and principles to help us to work with nature not against it, to develop sustainable living systems. You will be shown how to observe and interact positively with the design patterns that exist in nature and apply them to your own living system in any dwelling.

    Permaculture brings us closer to our food and how it should be grown. Understanding the use of energy from all aspects and calling upon our inherit skills that over the years have been subdued. If you have ever thought "there must be a better way of doing things" your right there is and Permaculture can show you how, through practical design that makes sense.

    From completing this course you will obtain a solid understanding of designing your own living systems whether it be an urban plot, apartment or large acreage. You will be empowered with knowledge and skills to help you design better sustainable homes for you, your family and friends.

    Please join us in a stunning location at the newly established Possum Creek Farm 2 min from Bangalow, 10 min from Byron Bay for a educational journey that will give you tools to create positive change in the way we live.

    "What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don't know what details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and permaculturists are one of the critical gangs that are doing that" Dr David Suzuki

    Course Description

    This 2 week course will involve the 72 hour curriculum set out by the Permaculture Designers Manual. We want to bring more than usual hands on teaching to the experience. During your course you will have the opportunity to get involved in some of the day to day activities of what makes a productive food system here at Possum Creek. Additional tours of the property and its function's will be on offer through out the two weeks.

    Some Specific Topic Include

    • Ethics and principles of Permaculture
    • Design methods and concepts
    • Pattern understanding
    • Soil biology and rehabilitation
    • Sustainable energy strategies
    • Organic food production
    • Water harvesting and management
    • Drought-proofing
    • Waste management and recycling
    • Animal systems
    • Windbreaks and fire control

    About Location – Possum Creek Farm, Bangalow.

    Possum Creek is a new regenerative agricultural project set on 100 acres of pristine rolling hills in the Byron Bay hinterland. With a beautiful sub tropical climate we have nice dry sunny winters and an array of ecology to help create stronger biodiversity.

    We are using Permaculture design principles to set up a productive food system that works with nature not against it. We take a holistic approach with our plants and animal systems. Our chickens and cows are used to regenerate our pasture putting life back into the soils, whilst obtaining a yield. We utilise what resources we have onsite to the utmost potential and we want to share this with others.

    You will get a very rare opportunity to see such a project in its very early stages. With our first earthworks beginning in May involving 2 dams and around 1km of swale, it proves an ideal setting to learn Permaculture principles whilst it is happening around you.

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    Our Teachers

    We are very fortunate to have some of Australias most highly regarded teachers for this 2 week learning experience.

    Nick Huggins From Permaculture Exchange

    Studying Permaculture Design with (PRI) Permaculture Research Institute of Australia directors Geoff and Nadia Lawton. With the vision for a more fulfilling career and life in earth care and lifestyle transition.

    After the completion of an Internship at the PRI, Nick stepped in to his first Permaculture project and has since then been involved in more rural, broadacre land repair projects.

    His experience includes comprehensive designs based on Equine Permaculture and Regenerative farming, Holistic Management Grazing and Financial Planning for Profitable farms. Working with companies such as Global Land Repair in Canberra, Permaculture Sustainable Consulting, Mulloon Farm Pty Ltd, Twynam Agriculture NSW, Mariette van den Berg from MB Equine Services in the NSW Southern Tablelands just to name a few!

    Nicks primary focus and drive in Permaculture is to guide and mentor fellow Permaculture consultants into building businesses inline with the ethics and principals set out by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.

    Nick is committed to training creative, confident and professionally superior PERMACULTURE Designers.

    Paul Taylor of Trust Nature.

    Paul Taylor is the managing director of Trust Nature Pty Ltd, he has been working as a recognized educator and sustainable design consultant for the past 30 years. Paul has Australian Federal Government Farm Ready approval as an educator, is a recognized Permaculture Teacher and organic soil management specialist and has completed his Certificate IV in Education, Training and Assessment qualifying him as an educator under the Australian Federal Government VET (Vocational Education and Training) guidelines. Paul has worked extensively as a consultant and educator in Australia, India, the Middle East and the U.S.A.

    Accommodation and Meals

    Camping sites are provided with access to showers and toilets or there are a number of B&B's located very close to Possum Creek. We will also have options for onsite housing please let us know if you are interested in those.

    All meals are provided during the 2 weeks course, given we are in the early stages of our project we will supply as much as we can of our own produce, otherwise it will be sourced locally and organically catering for both omnivores and vegetarians.

    Getting here

    Driving -We are located just 1km off the Pacific Highway. 2hour drive from Brisbane, 1hr drive from the Gold Coast.

    Air -Ballina Airport is 20min and Coolongatta 40min.

    Bus/Train -Byron Bay bus station and Train station 10 min, Bangalow bus station 2min.

    Pick up transfers can be arranged, please let us know.


    For any additional information or enquiries please contact

    Phone: 0478 737 005

    Booking into the course.
    You can pay with credit card in the ticket section above or get in contact with us to arrange other forms of payment.

    at Possum Creek
    92 Possum Creek Road
    Bangalow, Australia

  3. Chatman Realty Presents Unlocking the Keys to Homeownership – FREE SEMINAR
    Event on 2013-08-24 10:00:00

    Chatman Realty presents Unlocking the Keys to Homeownership, a free home buyer seminar. Hosted by Real Estate Consultants, Shakeima S. Chatman and Felicia S. Smalls the seminar will provide you with information on the foundation, framework and finances required to unlock the door to homeownership and make the American Dream a reality for you and your family.

    Special Guests, Jay Ingram of Ameris Bank and a representative from Family Services, Inc. will be onsite to provide information on obtaining:

    • A pre-approval for a home loan.
    • A tri-merge credit report from all three credit bureaus.
    • Assistance with credit repair and down payment assistance.
    • The door to homeownership will be unlocked for you and your family after attending this information packed seminar!

    Register at:

    at Keller Williams Offices
    496 Bramson Ct
    Mount Pleasant, United States

  4. Financial Empowerment Boot Camp! 1st Series
    Event on 2013-08-27 18:00:00

    This boot camp consists of 7 sessions. You will be expected to attend all 7 sessions.

    Workshops will be every Tuesday from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at

    the Patten University Campus!

    First session will be on August 27, 2013

    Heres what youll learn

    The Fundamentals of Financial Planning

    Applying Your Mission, Visions & Core Values

    Budgeting the Fun Way

    Goal Setting on Purpose

    Creating your 8- Point Savings Plan

    Credit Building and Credit Repair

    The Secrets to The Credit Card Industry

    Debt Elimination, including Student Loans & Mortgage Debt

    Taxes and Insurance

    Assets Protection or CYA 101

    Fair Lending/ Fair Housing Basics

    Avoiding Predatory Lenders

    Entrepreneurial Basics

    We are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit, HUD-Approved Counseling Agency that provides accurate, common sense, no holds barred financial education, counseling and coaching that creates well informed, empowered consumers and default resistant homeowners.

    at Patten University

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