Cool underrated music app

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Today we are talking about a very underrated app. This app is called Four chords. If you are looking to learn how to play the guitar or to become better at playing the guitar then Four cords is the app you have been missing. It makes it very easy to learn how to play cords as well as gives you the opportunity to practice the cords you learned, with a list of well known songs. It even has a guitar tuner that works very well. It is free as well, go download and progress in your music. The app is in the app store; it is only available on apple products. Simply type in Four chords.

Music’s biggest impact!

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Have you ever wondered why you or your friend like a certain song or artist, well today we will be discussing a few reasons why we select the music we do. Some reasons people select the music they do is because it is something one may be going through or has went through and can relate to what the artist is saying. Another reason one may select a certain song or topic of music to listen to is because they may want to know that lifestyle. Some people also select certain topics or songs for reinforcement. The last reason that we will discuss in this blog is because one may feel a certain artist, song or song topic understand or describes them.

The first reason mentioned had to do with what one may be going through, went through or can relate to. We all go through different things in life, whether it is bad or good. During that time there are always those songs that totally state your situation, or atleast a good amount of it. It may cause you to cry it out, but it helps you get over the situation. When you can relate to a song it draws you to it because it includes you, and it means something to you. Therefore seeing this as helpful to yourself you are more likely to listen to that song again, or to listen to that artist more often and even listen to songs that talk about that certain topic as well. We at Ryan Ace Music tested this idea out by posting a question and answer on Instagram, in which ones could respond to. The question stated “Why do you choose the music you choose to listen to?” One of those responses were “because I can relate to it.” We will mention more of the responses I received throughout this article.

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photo from unsplash by Lechon Kirb

Second, people select certain songs for reinforcement. We know your wondering, “what do they mean by that?” Well let us explain. We all go through tough situations, but when we go through those things we all have that one song that comes to mind to help us through it. For example, we all know that one friend that refuses to leave their significant other alone no matter how toxic the relationship becomes, but why? They all have their own reasons, but we won’t get into that. Despite their friend’s telling them they should leave, after they ask for their advice, there’s always that one song that says pretty much what we said, but they must sound better singing or rapping it out to them. These are the songs we consider reinforcement. It helps remind the person what their going through and it can even muster up ones courage to get themselves out of a toxic situation.

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Photo from unsplash by Travis Yewell

The third topic I mentioned was that one may want to know what ones lifestyle is like. This itself has several topics within it because one may use this type of music to feel as though they are in that person’s situation to escape their own problems. Another reason is because their life may seem a bit more energized and fun, because they can buy anything they would like, travel anywhere and may have way more free time, let alone they are living their dream, and therefore it gets you excited and positive about life and feeling that this will be you one day. One other reason, within this type of reason for listening to music, is to really view things from a different side or to really know what its like to live that lifestyle, it may even influence changes you make within your own life. Also in this specific reason for listening to music it is the reason you will see a bus load of people at a party jumping around knowing all the lyrics to a song that does not describe them at all, but it allows you to feel as though you are living in their life in that moment. A response we got on our Question and answer that we put on Instagram stated “it makes you feel like you’re apart of that person’s life and the vibe catches you.”

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The Last point we will mention in this blog is that one may feel a certain artist, song or song topic understands or describes them. This kind of goes into the songs you can relate to, but it gets its own category because not only do people want to be able to relate to music, but people want to be understood, and when you don’t feel like you are in your day to day life, you may enjoy listening to music or artist that seem to be feeling misunderstood as well. It helps you to feel understood because you are not the only one misunderstood, but they tend to explain what they mean by this in there songs, and that alone may be the same reasons you feel people misunderstand you in life as well. One stated “it’s about the feeling for me” in response to my Q&A on Instagram.

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A few people that responded to my Q&A on Instagram mentioned that the reason they pick the music they do is based on the vibe of the song, which we did not mention in this blog, because it will be put into its own blog, you’ll just have to stay tuned in every week to hear more.

There are many reasons we all listen to the music we do, whether we want to say so or not, and as there are many reasons we listen to the music we do, many pieces play a part in that, but today we were able to focus on the emotional or more personal side to that.

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We hope you enjoyed this blog! If you did give a like and share, as well as comment the reasons you feel people listen and choose the music they choose. If you agree with the points mentioned in the blog tell us which categories the music you choose is in.

Behind the music

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Today we will be discussing a very important role in music today, songwriters. As well as giving them credit. Today we are able to enjoy multiple genres of great music, but one of the biggest reasons we choose the music we choose is because of the words in the song or message.

A big part of these words/message created through the song are because of the writers. The job of a songwriter is to write certain parts for songs for an artist to record, it is often seen as someone eles ideas or suggestions that would make the song sound better, so they help come up with ideas for the song and help complete a song for an artist. Song writers receive credit as an author, can receive awards and royalties from the success of the songs that they write.

Another type of writer is a ghost writer. A ghost writer, writes entire songs for someone else who is named author, which is why they are considered a ghost. When hired every song written by the ghostwriter is considered the artist’s song. This often becomes a big part of an artist’s career and music when they blow up and are constantly on tour. Artist often don’t have much free time to write so they hire a Ghostwriter. It is often discredited because one is expected to write their own song, especially a rapper; so when all their songs blow up and it’s all because of their ghost writer it seems as though the artist isn't as good as we think, people see them as an actor/actress rather than an rapper or artist. Ghost writers are not credited as a writer on the song, which makes them ineligible for any awards, and they only receive a one-time payment instead of royalties.

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As we can see songwriters are a very important part of the music we hear today, we really have to take time to appreciate our songwriters, and it is great to know that if you don’t actually want to perform music but still love making music you too can still be apart of the music heard worldwide today!

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(For more information check out djbooths article)

Is J-Cole a conscious Rapper?

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This question often arose in the young adults early stage of fame. It was after his first song to truly blow him up “who dat” that aired on BET. It was after this event took, place that everyone turned there attention to J-Cole. Not long after he took the spotlight people started to say he was a conscious rapper. Conscious rap is a subgenre of hip-hop in which artist raise awareness as well as imparting knowledge. He did not like that people were trying to call him this. As for one conscious rappers were looked down upon, but what bothered him the most was that he felt he was not a conscious rapper. He saw his rapping as what he thinks about, things that bother him about society today or just people in general including famous people, he was just sharing his thoughts and from there people can take what they want from it.

So back to the main question is J-cole a conscious rapper? Most of that is based on what qualifies a person for such a category in your opinion, but at the end of the day music is art and just like a museum you go there to observe art and take what you see from it. In the case of music done by a artist, it is normally them expressing how they feel or what they’re going through at that time, and that itself should not qualify a person’s music for such a category. Instead one should appreciate the art and see if they’re is something that they can take from it.

Chipotle Fundraiser

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Calling all Chipotle lovers to come dine and support Ryan Ace Music on August 8th between 4:00pm-8:00pm at the Sanford Chipotle location. To participate in our fundraiser, only in-store purchases will count. Upon ordering your food, just make sure you show the fundraiser flyer, or mention that you're with the Ryan Ace Music's fundraiser BEFORE payment and 33% of your total will be donated to our foundation. 

All proceeds will go towards helping make sure every child with a musical interest receives equal opportunity to take part in the services that we offer here at Ryan Ace Music. 

This will be another unforgettable fundraiser, so you don't want to miss it! You can RSVP by clicking the button below.

Instagram's Newest Music Feauture

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Photo by Linda Xu on Unsplash

If you're an active Instagram user, you might be elated to know that the company has made it possible for users to add music to their Instagram stories. This was due to the company making deals with numerous record labels, giving them the permission to pass this feature over to users. It is available in select countries, such as Australia, France, Sweden, Germany, the UK, New Zealand, and the U.S. 

There's an entire library of songs users can choose from upon uploading their content. You can locate this under the "add to story" feature where you will then either take a photo or video and then at the bottom of the screen to your left you will see an option that says music. After clicking on the music icon, you will be shown a list of top songs to choose from, as well as a search bar if you have a particular song in mind you wish to use. After choosing the song, it will automatically be added to your story, along with the option to trim/cut the song to your liking.

All of your favorite summer hits can be found with this latest Insta music feature! If you haven't already, check it out now to upgrade your Insta stories!

 

Tropical Nights Downtown DeLand

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Have you ever wanted to go on a tropical vacation but lacked the time, money, or resources? Well look no further, because on July 20th, from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm, MainStreet DeLand Association will be hosting a tropical nights event in Downtown DeLand, W. Indiana Ave. The best part about it is, it's free! Bring your kids and entire family to enjoy a night of fun, where there will limbo contests, hula hoop showdowns, kids’ activities and conga lines according to the Daytona Beach website's posting. 

If you want to really dress the part, put on your grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts, hats, and blend in with the scenery. The local restaurants and stores downtown will also be offering sales and discounts on food, drinks, and merchandise. There will also be a live steel band and a tropical hat contest! 

For more information about this event, click below!

Open House With YPATC

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Have you heard about all of the classes and activities offered here at the Youth Performing Arts Center (YPATC), but still have a few questions or unsure of whether this is the right place for your child(ren) to attend? If so, come on out to the YPATC's open house on July 20th, from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, where all of your questions will be answered. Here, you will get the chance to meet Ryan Ace Music and its wonderful team of instructors, as well as the YPATC's other affiliates. 

Some things that will be discussed include, the various classes/lessons offered, the prices, and the business hours these classes/lessons are held. You will also get to know more about the company Ryan ace Music, its non-profit foundation, involvement within the community, fundraisers, and the Music Shop where you can shop for music supplies that your child needs.

Have more questions about this event? Don't hesitate to contact us: 

Phone: (407) 451-4563

Email: ryanacemusic@gmail.com

Apple, Spotify, YouTube, and Amazon: How Do These Music-Streaming Apps Compare?

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The world of CDs, cassette tapes, and records are almost long gone and replaced with streaming. These streaming services allows us to listen to music wherever we are and instead of being limited to one song or one album, paying a small monthly fee or sometimes nothing at all to hear millions of songs anytime, anywhere!

The leading music-streaming apps are Apple music, Spotify, YouTube, and Amazon Music-I'm sure you have at least one downloaded on your phone now. They each provide practically the same service where you can listen to pretty much the same music from each, however they do have slight differences based on the features of price,  content, and the apps themselves. 

The Wall Street Journal discusses these four music-streaming apps and how they compare across five characteristics of price, content, curation, apps, and ecosystem. However, in this blog we will only focus on three, listed above. 

Price

When it comes to price, this is the breakdown:

Amazon Prime Music: free for prime members/$12.99 for non-prime members

Amazon Music Unlimited: $7.99/mo for prime members & $9.99/mo for non-prime members

Apple Music: $9.99/mo or $14.99/mo for a family plan of up to six members

Spotify: free

Sporify Premium: $9.99/mo or $14.99/mo for up to six family members

YouTube Music Premium: $9.99/mo

Content

They all offer similar content, where you will find most of the same songs, artists, albums across all platforms. However some offer unique features that may not be found on the others. For example, Apple music offers exclusive interviews with artists and YouTube Music Premium offers users the service of watching music videos in addition to listening to the song. 

To read a more detailed description of each service including its pros, cons, and what audience or group of people can best benefit from each Music streaming apps, check out Nicholas Deleon's article, Best Music Streaming Services.

Apps

In terms of how well each app was created and the features it provides there are some great differences. Spotify is one of the slower apps to load, according to the Wall Street Journal, as well as difficult to use. YouTube Music lacks the basic ability of sorting your library in alphabetical order and Apple has not done a great job of making the visibility friendly across all devices. 

My favorite app to use, however is Spotify, since i have been a member for the last four years and the app has adapted to my past music history. 

Displayed below is a video of the top 5 best music streaming services in 2018. Here you will find a few services mentioned in this blog and a couple that were not, nevertheless this video highlights the pros and cons of each service and what aspect each excels in. Click now to find out more!

 

Source: YouTube, Published by TechGumbo

The Impact of Music on Little Ears

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Many studies over the years have shown that it is never too early to introduce your child to music. Regardless of whether he or she truly comprehends the music being played, simply listening has been reported to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and sharpen memory and mental alertness- according to an article written by Katie Gagnon.   

While all of these benefits stand true no matter what age, it is said to be more distinguished among young children with developing brains. These long-term benefits that can take effect include, "improved language development, enhanced motor skills, better social skills, higher IQs, increased concentration and basic memory recall" (Katie Gagnon, May 2018). If you would like to see even greater mental and physical benefits in your child, consider signing them up for music lessons where they are taught to read music or play an instrument. The more involved your child is in music, the better your child's chances are of experiencing these benefits.

 

Many parents find trouble in starting their kids in music, because they do not know how to simply start their child on an instrument or think that it is too costly. However, having your child involved in music daily may be simpler thank you think! Many parents have even decided to begin exposing their child to music before they are even born by playing music out loud for them to hear in the womb. While this may seem like an early start to many, there are other ways to expose your child to music from a very early point in their lives. Some ideas that parents use from almost day one may include:

  1. Buying toys or instruments that play music or make sounds

  2. Playing music in the car (classical music is a good starter for younger children and babies)

  3. Singing songs to them (such as nursery rhymes or any other upbeat and kid-friendly song)

  4. Enrolling them in music lessons when able

  5. AND MORE!

There are a plethora of options for having your child enrolled in music, and these activities can evolve as the child grows older. While these activities may not stay consistent throughout their childhood years or even their whole lives, building an appreciation for music in your child from a young age can increase the chance in them being involved in music for the rest of their life.

Chick-Fil-A Fundraiser Event!

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Ryan Ace Music is hosting a fundraiser at the Chick-fil-A in Orange City! On Tuesday, June 26th from 4:30pm - 7:30pm, make a purchase and mention our name (Ryan Ace Music) to have 20% of your purchase donated to the Ryan Ace Music Foundation.

Our foundation makes it possible to help any child in need have the opportunity to become the musician they dream to be, funded by sponsors and awesome people just like you!

Come out on the night of June 26th to help support young musicians in the Central Florida area!

 

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Location: 1141 Saxon Blvd, Orange City, FL   32763

 

Make Music Day-Annual Celebration of Music

MAKE MUSIC DAY- AN ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF MUSIC

Music lovers: there's a day set aside just for you. The best part is, it's free!

On June 21st, the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation and Make Music Day alliance will host their annual worldwide celebration of music for all those who share a love for music. Make Music Day is held each year in more than 800 cities across 120 countries. So if you've planned a vacation out of the state or country around this time, there's still a chance to participate!

Over 4,500 outdoor concerts, music lessons, and other music-related events are scheduled in more than 80 U.S. cities- including Florida's very own, Miami Beach! 

These events were created to appeal to everyone and every music genre, whether you love hip-hop, opera, Broadway, country, or pop!

For an inside look of what to look forward to, check out the video below:

Pursuing a Career as a Music Teacher

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A career as a music teacher or instructor is a very unique profession to hold, considering the lasting effects you will have on those you teach and the daily activities a music teacher is involved in. This can range from teaching students how to read music, how to play an instrument, or vocal performance. For this reason, many music teachers specialize in specific areas of music where they have the experience- such as teaching how to play piano or sing opera. One can teach music within schools or be a private music teacher working from a studio or home. Public music teachers also usually have a lesson plan they follow, whereas the latter will have to adjust their lesson plans according to each child and their needs.

What are the Steps to Become a Music Teacher/Instructor? 

If you decide to become a public music teacher, having a bachelor's degree in music and completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is required. According to Teacher Certification Degrees the full process to becoming a music teacher generally includes:

  1. Earning a bachelor's degree in music or music education (including a teacher preparation program)
  2. Completing a music internship at the grade level you wish to teach
  3. Taking your state-certified test for teachers
  4. Applying for a teaching certificate
  5. Applying for music teacher positions wherever you can after college

On the other hand, becoming a private music instructor is less strenuous- there are no official requirements unless you are planning to work for a private company. Even then, the requirements will vary per company. Since having a degree in music is not necessarily needed, almost anyone can become a private music instructor. However, whether a person is qualified or not is an important point. While there is more flexibility when it comes to being a private music teacher, there are usually some minimum requirements that must be met in order to become a successful private instructor in your area. To see some of these requirements, check out these two blogs by Brian Jenkins and CareersinMusic.com.

Qualities Needed to Be a Great Music Teacher

There is a huge difference between being a music teacher and being a great music teacherIf you are interested in this career path, you should strive to become the best music teacher you can so that the impact you make on a young musician's life is lasting. Want to know if you have some of the qualities needed? Let's take a look! This is just a small list, inspired by Jordan Smith and his blog on 10 Qualities of a Great Music Teacher.

  1. Must be able to connect with students
  2. Have great communication skills
  3. Always willing to learn
  4. Not afraid to challenge students
  5. Make learning fun!

Being a music teacher, especially to young children, requires patience and dedication. It is not enough to be a skilled musician when taking on this job- you should also have a natural ability to work with children of all ages. This, of course, makes the job much more special! If you are deciding to be a music teacher, whether public or private, know that you will be making a lasting impact on your student's life. Not only will you be teaching them, but also guiding and instilling principles within them that will carry the rest of their lives.

If this sounds like the career for you, don't hesitate! Start taking the necessary steps now because you won't regret it! 

For more info or questions on how to get started, please contact us:

Phone: (407) 710-5675

Email: ryanacemusic@gmail.com

Musical Theatre Summer Camp!

Are you looking for a low-cost, yet fun and productive environment to send your kids for the summer? Has your child expressed interest in acting, singing, or dancing? 

If so, this might be the camp for you and them! The Youth Performing Arts Training Center has specially designed this camp for young individuals carrying interest in performing arts, whether the child is a beginner or has previous experience. We have talented instructors who can work with children from each level in dance, acting, and music, and engage them in a positive learning environment.

The is an eight-week session, beginning on June 4th and ending on July 27th; however, your child does not have to attend the entirety of the camp and can be enrolled for any set amount of time. For only $65 a week (or $13 per day) and an initial $10 registration fee, your child will enjoy daily activities such as games, crafts, watching movies, and talent shows with instructors and other children- all in a bully-free environment. The regular hours for each camp day are from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday at  the Youth Performing Arts Training Center at 689 Deltona Blvd, Deltona 32725.

For more information, or to set up a payment plan, please reach out to us:

Phone: (386) 574-3021

Email: YPAtrainingcenter@gmail.com

 

Strawberry Fest at Volusia County Fairgrounds

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Did you see us?

Ryan Ace Music and the group were at the Strawberry Fest this past weekend!

What a wonderful way to share music and spread the word about Ryan Ace Music! We had a blast at our booth during this event and meeting many new faces! Tons of great people and activities were at the Strawberry Fest, and we are glad we could be apart of such a wonderful occasion. If you weren't able to come up this time we hope to see you next year. We are working on a little special surprise next year and hope we can make it a reality this next Strawberry Fest! 

Relay for Life!

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American Cancer Society is hosting a relay for life in West Volusia at Gemini Springs this Saturday from noon to midnight! Relay For Life is a community based fundraising event that has more than 5,000 events take place in over twenty countries every year. This fundraising event funds groundbreaking research, crucial patient care programs, and education and prevention information for cancer. When you Relay, you help save lives. So come out this Saturday and Relay For Life!

 

Can singing in a choir help your health?

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Many people often think about church choir, or a schools choir when the word choir is brought up in a conversation, but nowadays there has been a change in attitude towards local choirs. With the help of X-factor and other talent TV shows people are progressively inclined to join their local choir which can become profitable towards them due to the many ways research has proved that singing in choir can improve physical and mental health, as well as encourage social bonding. 

PHYSICAL

The physical benefits of singing have been a topic that has been researched for many years and it is proven that singing exercises the brain and body. Singing is remarkably known to improve breathing, posture, and muscle tension. This is because when singing you cannot be tense and you must breathe correctly and have good posture to perform well.

MENTAL

Another great benefit of singing is that singing has also been proven to bring a sense of happiness and wellbeing, even more so than listening to music. Research shows that when one is singing there is a release of positive neurochemicals such as endorphin, dopamine, and serotonin.

SOCIAL

Singing in a choir brings people together that have a similar hobby influencing social connections which is also a big part of our mental health. Even if a choir member does not talk to anyone it still brings a sense of belonging and connection.

 

The fact that choirs are becoming more abundant is wonderful news and provides a great way for communities to grow strong together, physically, mentally, and socially. So if you love to sing don’t hesitate to join your local choir, as it will be beneficial to you in all sorts of ways!

Playing instruments at a young age: Could your child become a prodigy?

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Many parents are often concerned about placing their children into music lessons at a young age due to the fact that they are unable to make their own decisions about playing an instrument. This is a normal parenting concern, but music lessons aren't just about learning how to play an instrument, its about developing a relationship with music at a young age.

Research shows that from birth to age nine is the prime age for developing a musical sensibility within children. Within this age stretch the parts of the brain associated with processing and understanding music are in the prime stages of development.

  • Of course a parent should not enroll a 2 month old into music lessons, but immersing the baby into a musical environment by singing or dancing will help with musical sensibility.   
  • Once a child is 3 a parent can then choose to enroll their child into music lessons. These lessons would be used to further develop skills like identifying a beat in music, or identifying a melody, rather than just learning how to play a single instrument.  If a parent is still unsure about  3 still being to young they should voice their expectations and goals to the music teacher. 
  • By age 5 a child can start formalized lessons. These lessons would not be about becoming a great performer, but more about advancing a child's understanding of music. Piano is the most common instrument played at this age since it is  a foundation to most music education.

A wonderful example of a young pianist is Anke Chen. At age 6 she has mastered the piano.

 

Whether your child is a baby or 7 years old, introducing them to music at a young age is never a bad idea. What truly matters is that your kid is having fun and advancing their musical understanding. 

Youth Celebration: Performing Arts Festival at Gemini Springs

Debary's Youth Celebration! 

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Debary is bringing talented youth to you this March 3rd at the youth celebration of the arts. Gemini springs will host this event, as it has throughout several years. 

Among the many activities that will be available for friends and family, there will also be many young performers to view. Among these performers there will be the famous Preps Dance Company. 

Here is a video of one of their amazing performances (nothing beats a live performance though).

All festival goers will be able to experience many youth performers, from the stage to the grass. The stage will continuously be occupied by many of the talented Volusia county students, and the paths will be engulfed with musicians. 

Whether your son or daughter is going to be on stage, or if you just enjoy the arts, Gemini springs is the place to be this March 3rd!