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"WITH VIDEO: Sing It, Act It, Play It raises more than $500 for Bike & Build"

James Slider is going to be spending a lot of time riding a bicycle and building houses this summer.

To help fund his trip, the Williamston senior organized Sing It, Act It, Play It at Central Michigan University’s Wesley Center, 1400 S. Washington St. More than 110 attendees showed up in support of Slider’s Bike & Build trip this summer.

Slider said he was pleased with the turnout of the Friday night show.

“I think everything went really well,” he said. “A lot of people have come out to support the cause and I just think we’ve had a really good crowd tonight.”

Sing It, Act It, Play It was divided into three acts, with A Cappella performances from Ebb N’ Flow and Fish N’ Chips, a comedy show performed by Trap Door Improv and an acoustic set featuring performances from Joe Hertler, Bloomill and Chano.

Each set had an hour to perform, with a half hour between acts. Snacks, including cheese and crackers, punch and cupcakes decorated in music notes and bicycles were provided between acts.

A large-screen TV was set up in the back of the room, flashing facts about the Bike & Build organization.

Sing It, Act It, Play It came to fruition after a conversation between Slider and his girlfriend, Battle Creek senior Anna Trupiano, who performs with Trap Door.

As the president of Moore Media Records, Slider knew of several bands who were willing to perform for the event.

The duo wanted to bring a wide range of entertainment together to support Bike & Build.

“The acts everyone performed were just really amazing,” Slider said.

Mount Pleasant senior Michael Knight was equally impressed. Knight showed up to watch his friends in Trap Door Improv, but decided to stick around for the whole show.

He said both A Cappella groups were “mind-blowingly awesome” and was excited to hear all three acoustic acts perform.

Knight said he was also an advocate of Bike & Build, and was supportive of spreading the word about the organization.

“It’s just a great mix of entertainment tonight,” he said. “To support a good cause through good entertainment is the best way to go about things.”

Knight said he had been invited to the show by Slider and Trupiano, and helped work the doors and manage the crowd on and off throughout the night.

Slider’s roommate Ryan Iles also showed up to support Slider’s summer adventure.

“He became interested because I shared the organization with him,” the Saginaw senior said. “I think it’s awesome. I actually thought about doing it myself.”

Iles first heard about Bike & Build from a friend, and shared the organization with Slider. The two were both interested in the summer trip, but Iles decided to pursue other plans instead.

Though Iles will not be making the bike trip, Slider will be riding with a team of 24 other individuals in support of Bike & Build this summer. - Central Michigan Life

"Rubbles Bar Hosts Local Band Benefit for TOMS Shoes"

The audience got its music, the bands got their audiences and the poor got shoes. Everybody won.

Central Michigan University’s TOMS Shoes registered student organization held a benefit concert from 7 p.m. to after midnight on Saturday at Rubbles Bar, 112 W. Michigan St. TOMS Shoes is a company that donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair it sells.

Terry Cole, public relations executive for the RSO, said the $5 cover charge was donated to help pay for Tiny TOMS, smaller shoes designed specifically for children, bound for Argentina.

“A lot of people are digging deep into their hearts and pockets,” the Kentwood freshman said. “We had one lady give us a 50 (dollar bill), and when we offered to give her a pair of shoes, she said she’d just rather it all went straight to the kids.”

Cole organized the event with the support of organizations Moore Media Records and To Write Love On Her Arms, and brought in entertainers Chano, Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, Zach Burger, Bloomill and Your Best Friend. Cole said Rubbles allowed them to host the show for free.
The crowd stretched from the stage to the front and brought in a total of $1,043, which could purchase about 54 pairs of shoes. It was an achievement TOMS Shoes CMU President Heather Burger, a junior from Lowell, said was an exciting surprise.

“We were only expecting $500 at the most,” she said. “We’re already thinking about making this a yearly event because it’s been so successful.”

Cole credited the night’s success to people’s love of music, the talent of the bands and an attitude of generosity that caused many to give more than just the coverage donation. - Central Michigan Life

"Spotlight Artist"

Straight out of the suburbs of Motown comes Bloomill, a band which can be called nothing but talented. Their three members: Evan Sherman (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals), CJ Opperthauser (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals), and Steven Sherbrook (Guitar, Bass, Drums) formed the group in 2007 during their senior year of High School. All three members are very skilled multi-instrumentalists, often switching instruments during their gigs (now mainly taking place in the East Lansing area). The boys follow in the footsteps of jam bands such as Phish, Tea Leaf Green, and Widespread Panic and I honestly cannot deny that they fill those shoes completely. I particularly like their original songs Chasing Shadows, My Pockets, and Tell Me; as well as their covers of Frankenstein and Chalkdust Torture. The thing is, this band is a group after my own heart. They blend all that is good about jam bands with the raw power found behind the sounds of groups like Led Zeppelin. In the simplest of terms, this band kicks ass. The pocket formed between Evan, CJ, and Steven is tighter than the combined jean inseams of Fall Out Boy, and I definitely look forward to attending a show soon. Definitely check these guys out when you get the chance. - Ginger Kid Music Blog


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Bloomill is a Detroit based rock band consisting of four very talented musicians. With influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to Phish, this band keeps you guessing "What's next?" Evan Sherman, Stephen Sherbrook, C.J. Opperthauser, and Alex Ball have been playing together for over three years and have developed an incredible musical chemistry. This band is meant to be heard live and can deliver a unique rocking performance at any venue. They have been playing extensively around college campuses and have been developing quite the reputation. Opening for some of Michigan's best band's including The Macpodz and Ella Riot (formerly My Dear Disco), they are quickly climbing up the ranks.They have a huge repertoire of both original material and covers that span tons of artists and styles. This large repertoire results in a unique set at every show, which keeps fans coming back for more. Their live shows span a huge variety of sounds while maintaining their own style. Their music is well rehearsed and delivered with the level of professionalism you would expect to hear from musicians twice their age. The unique stylistic differences (as well as similarities) between the four members of Bloomill make for a unique and entertaining style of music, unfitting to any one specific genre. Through their rocking originals, covers, and on the spot improvisation, Bloomill provides the sounds people have been listening for. Bloomill’s talent, aspirations, and charisma along with their downright love for music, makes for a well rounded band that is sure to become well known in the future. Don't pass up on an opportunity to see these guys play, you most certainly wont regret it.