The King Center’s Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner

The Salute to Greatness Award, one of the King Center’s highest honors, is presented during the Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner to individuals and progressive organizations in recognition of outstanding efforts toward building Dr. King’s Beloved Community. The award recognizes national and/or international individuals and organizations that exemplify excellence in leadership and have demonstrated a commitment to the principles and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Salute to Greatness Award was established and awarded for the first time in 1983 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King.

Below are highlights from this year’s ceremony:

Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

2015 Salute to Greatness Awards.

 

Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Former President Bill Clinton greats Civil Rights Activist and former UN Ambassador Andrew Young.

 

Dr. Bernice King, Former President Bill Clinton and Andrew Young pose for the camera.

Dr. Bernice King, Former President Bill Clinton and Andrew Young pose for the camera.

 

Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Former President Bill Clinton and Founder of the Clinton Foundation thanks the King Center for his award and challenges all to make a difference.

 

Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Dr. Bernice King hands award to Bernard J. Tyson with presenters Laura Turner-Seydel and Rutherford Seydel.

 

Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Dr. Bernice King helps Aidan Hornaday hold his ANGEL award. Presenter and King Center intern Demetrius Myatt assists.

 

Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Dr. Bernice King and King Center intern Kennedy Mack present ANGEL Award to Harris Rosen, Tangelo Park Program Developer.

 

 

St. Vincent was the perfect segue for the Black Keys at Philips Arena on Dec. 11

A stellar performance by St. Vincent was the perfect segue for the Black Keys Dec. 11 at Philips Arena.

St. Vincent - Photo by Bonnie M. Moret

St. Vincent

St. Vincent - Photo by Bonnie M. Moret

St. Vincent

St. Vincent - Photo by Bonnie M. Moret

St. Vincent

St. Vincent - Photo by Bonnie M. Moret

St. Vincent

St. Vincent - Photo by Bonnie M. Moret

St. Vincent

St. Vincent - Photo by Bonnie M. Moret

St. Vincent

The Ohio-born, Nashville-based band played music from the new album, “Turn Blue,” which sees the Keys tapping into a Southern groove, exploratory guitar solos and intricately plotted, rubbery bass tones. Less toe-tappingly insistent than their previous releases, the record seemed to pull back from the band’s chart-busting guitar rock formula.

Dan Auerbach’s and Patrick Carney delivered songs from throughout their discography, stretching back to “Leavin’ Trunk,” from the 2002 debut album, “The Big Come Up.”

“Turn Blue” is the album that the band needed to make. It shows that Auerbach and Carney are more interested in following their creative muse than chasing the paper trail.

Although the music has changed — grown deeper, less predictable — the stage show really hasn’t over the years, except the band now utilizes two backing musicians, keyboardist John Wood and bassist/vocalist Richard Swift.

Dan Auerbach - Photography by Bonnie M. Moret

Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach - Photography by Bonnie M. Moret

Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach - Photography by Bonnie M. Moret

Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach - Photography by Bonnie M. Moret

Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach - Photography by Bonnie M. Moret

Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach - Photography by Bonnie M. Moret

Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach - Photography by Bonnie M. Moret

Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach - Photography by Bonnie M. Moret

Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach - Photography by Bonnie M. Moret

Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach - Photography by Bonnie M. Moret

Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach - Photography by Bonnie M. Moret

Dan Auerbach

Patrick Carney - Photography by Bonnie M. Moret

Patrick Carney

Patrick Carney - Photography by Bonnie M. Moret

Patrick Carney

Patrick Carney - Photography by Bonnie M. Moret

Patrick Carney

Patrick Carney - Photography by Bonnie M. Moret

Patrick Carney

Patrick Carney - Photography by Bonnie M. Moret

Patrick Carney

For more information about the Black Keys, www.theblackkeys.com.

Sips and Songs at Sharp Mountain Vineyards

Nestled the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sharp Mountain Vineyards produces 11 varieties of the regions finest wines.  The award-winning vineyard is the only Georgia winery to grow and produce Pinot Noir, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Gris.

Sips and Songs is the vineyard’s signature monthly event of music and wine under the gazebo. Below are highlights from the July 5 event.

Sharp Mountain Vineyards is located in Jasper and is just an hour north of Atlanta.

Sharp Mountain Vineyards is located in Jasper and is just an hour north of Atlanta.

Pinot Gris grapes are thriving thanks to the bright Georgia sun.

Pinot Gris grapes are thriving thanks to the bright Georgia sun.

Ron and Jody Rathgeb are enjoying a glass wine and their recently-inherited 1957 Ford Thunderbird. What a beauty!

Ron and Jody Rathgeb are enjoying a glass wine and their recently-inherited 1957 Ford Thunderbird. What a beauty!

In about two weeks the Merlot grapes will begin to turn purple.

In about two weeks the Merlot grapes will begin to turn purple.

This sign says it all.

This sign says it all.

The Rathgebs prepare burgers and hot dogs for the arriving guests.

The Rathgebs prepare burgers and hot dogs for the arriving guests.

Award-winning vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Paul Douglas Sanner graced us with an afternoon of tunes.

Award-winning vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Paul Douglas Sanner graced us with an afternoon of tunes.

It looks like yours truly needs a refill.

It looks like yours truly needs a refill.

In addition to music under the gazebo some guests sipped wine in the tasting room.

In addition to music under the gazebo, some guests sipped wine in the tasting room.

 

Diesel the dog wanted in on the fun, too.

Diesel the dog wanted in on the fun, too.

 

Friends enjoyed a photo op with the 1957 Ford Thunderbird.

Friends enjoyed a photo op with the 1957 Ford Thunderbird.

The gazebo was with friends, food, sips and songs.

The gazebo was filled with friends, food, sips and songs.

Vintage meets vintage.

Vintage meets vintage.

Chardonnay under the shady leaves.

Chardonnay under the shady leaves.

My glass is no longer empty ... cheers!

My glass is no longer empty … cheers!

For more information about Sharp Mountain Vineyards, the wine or upcoming events, visit www.sharpmountainvineyards.com.

For information about Paul Douglas Sanner, visit www.pauldouglasmusic.com.

Tunes from the Tombs at Historic Oakland Cemetery

The day long event on June 14th featured musicians performing in and amongst Oakland’s extraordinary monuments, mausoleums and renowned gardens.   All genres of music were represented: rock, folk, Americana, jazz, classical and everything in-between. The highlight of the day was an evening performance by Shawn Mullins.

To keep spirits alive attendees sipped beer, wine hard cider and soft drinks.

To keep spirits alive attendees sipped beer,  wine,  hard cider and soft drinks.

Lady Esmere offered palm readings for those seeking enlightenment.

Lady Esmere offered palm readings for those seeking enlightenment.

From California via Nashville, Smooth Hound Smith is a name to remember.

From California via Nashville, Smooth Hound Smith is a name to remember.

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Julea and her Dear Johns put on quite a show.

The old and the new.

The old and the new.

Pete Knapp took a moment out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for these lovely attendees.

Pete Knapp took a moment out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for these lovely attendees.

Mudcat mixed it up a bit as the drummer assists the bass player. WOW!

Mudcat mixed it up a bit as the drummer assists the bass player. WOW!

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Tribute: A Celebration of the Allman Brothers.

Katharine Cole.

Katharine Cole channeling her inner Bonnie Raitt.

Music friends Joseph Burton, Mico Bowles and Jonny Hibbert pose for the camera.

Music friends Joseph Burton, Mico Bowles and Jonny Hibbert pose for the camera.

The event ended with a stellar performance by Shawn Mullins.

The event ended with a stellar performance by Shawn Mullins.

All proceeds benefited Historic Oakland Cemetery.  Talent booking by Pete Knapp & Company.

For more information about Historic Oakland Cemetery, visit www.oaklandcemetery.com.

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Ottmar Liebert Played to a Packed Variety Playhouse on June 11

Ottmar Liebert

 

Born in Cologne, Germany to Chinese-German father and Hungarian mother, Ottmar Liebert began playing guitar at 11, and traveled extensively through Europe and Asia intent on fully absorbing each musical tradition he encountered. After pursuing his Rock and Roll dreams first in his native Germany and then in Boston, he abandoned the frustrations of the East coast and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

Ottmar has said that “flamenco is a music both romantic and dangerous; it is an attitude as much as it is a musical genre.” Therein lies the philosophy that catapulted him to fame at the end of the ’80s with an engaging mix of subdued flamenco guitar and south American percussion, rock, jazz and pop influences. His attitude actually suppresses the more challenging and “dangerous” aspects of flamenco in favor of the romantic – and the stylish. He’s not a technical wizard on the guitar, but he has a feel for the music’s innate sensuality and a gift for creating memorable melodies.  His new CD is entitled three-oh-five.

 

Jon Gagan, Ottmar Liebert and Chris Steele.

Jon Gagan, Ottmar Liebert and Chris Steele.

Ottmar Liebert plays with focus, intent and bare feet.

Ottmar Liebert plays with focus, intent and bare feet.

The multi-talented Chris Steele.

The multi-talented Chris Steele.

Creative percussion.

Creative percussion.

Ottmar Liebert welcomes the audience and introduces his band.

Ottmar Liebert welcomes the audience and introduces his band.

 

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Jon Gagan on bass.

Ottmar Liebert in "the zone."

Ottmar Liebert in “the zone.”

Jon Gagan.

Jon Gagan.

Ottmar's strategically placed sandals.

Ottmar’s strategically placed sandals.

Romantic and dangerous flamenco.

Romantic and dangerous flamenco.

Chris Steele on cajon.

Chris Steele on cajon.

He’s not a technical wizard on the guitar, but Ottmar  has a feel for the music’s innate sensuality.

He’s not a technical wizard on the guitar, but Ottmar has a feel for the music’s innate sensuality.

 

For more information about Ottmar Liebert, visit www.ottmarliebert.com.

For more information about Variety Playhouse, visit www.variety-playhouse.com.

 

 

 

WERA Cycle Jam at Road Atlanta

Road Atlanta has been synonymous with world-class internationally significant racing for over four decades.  The rolling hills and park-like setting made the perfect location for the WERA Cycle Jam, June 6-8.

WERA Motorcycle Roadracing, Inc. was founded in 1973 and remains the foremost national sanctioning bodies conducting motorcycle races at road courses across the United States. There are over 3,000 roadracers holding a competition license, which includes over 135 lifetime members –  those who have held a competition license for ten consecutive years.

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Chase Mollak signs an autograph.

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Helmets are not boring … check out this beauty!

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WERA’s youngest fan. Thomas Birkle is 6-yrs old and has been riding since he was 4-yrs old. He is looking forward to his ninth birthday, as he will be able to race with WERA.

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One, two, three … GO!

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Look mom, no hands!

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Intense!

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Triple Threat Racing’s Tim Hunt.

WERA NATIONAL CHALLENGE CYCLE JAM SPRINT RACE RESULTS

OPEN SUPERSTOCK EXPERT

1. Luie Zendejas (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Jeffrey Purk (Duc 1199)

3. James Dellinger Suz (GXSR-1000)

4. Garrick Schneiderman (Kaw ZX-10R)

5. Jon Couch (Suz GSXR-1000) 6. Shane Horton (Kaw ZX-10R)

OPEN SUPERSTOCK NOVICE

1. Alex Pratt (BMW S1000RR)

2. Todd Stephen (Hon CBR1000RR)

3. Corey Rachau (Suz GSXR-1000RR)

HW TWINS SUPERBIKE EXPERT

1. Jeffrey Purk (Duc 1199)

2. David Grey (Tri Daytona 675)

3. Alistair Douglas (KTM 1190)

4. Stephen Tsotsoros (Buell 1125R)

5. Eric Ashbaugh (Buell 1125R)

6. Alex Rata (Tri Daytona 675)

HW TWINS SUPERBIKE NOVICE

1. Jacob Smith (Tri Daytona 675)

2. Terry Williams (Duc 899)

3. Michael L. Sanders (Tri Daytona 675)

600 SUPERSTOCK NOVICE

1. Gabe Miller (Tri Daytona 675)

2. Michael V. Ferro (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Derek Bell (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Austin Nagler (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Chase Mollack (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Johnathan Thibodaux (Yam YZF-R6)

600 SUPERSTOCK EXPERT

1. Gavin Elstad (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Jimmy Merck (Suz GSX-R600)

3. Hayden Gillim (Suz GSX-R600)

4. Giovanni Rojas (Tri Daytona 675)

5. Kollin Kozik (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Joseph Gianotto (Yam YZF-R6)

FORMULA 3

1. Caleb Smith (Mori MD250)

2. Jackson Blackmon (Mor MD250)

3. Matthew Wallace (Hon RS125)

4. Trevor Standish (Hon RS150)

750 SUPERSTOCK EXPERT

1. Gavin Elstad (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Jimmy Merck (Suz GSX-R600)

3. Kollin Kozik (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Joseph Gianotto (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Eric Swahn (Kaw ZX-6R)

6. Brian Ray (Suz GSX-R750)

750 SUPERSTOCK NOVICE

1. Michael V. Ferro (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Derek Bell (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Lester C. Helm (Suz GSX-R750)

4. Johnathan Thibodaux (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Kris Stewart (Hon CBR600RR)

6. Luca Vullo (Hon CBR600RR)

LW TWINS SS EXPERT

1. Xavier Zayat (Suz SV650)

2. Darrell Emerson (Suz SV650)

3. Darren Crooks (Suz SV650)

4. Russell P. Masecar (Suz SV650)

5. Jon Crawford (Suz SV650)

6. Greg Reisinger (Suz SV650)

600 SUPERBIKE NOVICE

1. Michael V. Ferro (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Chase Mollack (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Gabe Miller (Tri Daytona 675)

4. Donald Silvers (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Shawn Palyok (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Luca Vullo (Hon CBR600RR)

600 SUPERBIKE EXPERT

1. Hayden Gillim (Suz GSX-R600)

2. Kollin Kozik (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Joseph Gianotto (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Tim Hunt (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Nick McFadden (Suz GSX-R600)

6. Giovanni Rojas (Tri Daytona 675)

FORMULA 2 EXPERT

1. Ben Probst (Suz SV650)

2. Xavier Zayat (Suz SV650)

3. Steven Diver (Suz SV650)

4. Darren Crooks (Suz SV650)

5. Robert Dewitt (Suz SV650)

6. Jon Crawford (Suz SV650)

750 SUPERBIKE EXPERT

1. Chris King (Suz GSX-R750)

2. Eric Swahn (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Brian Ray (Suz GSX-R750)

750 SUPERBIKE NOVICE

1. Michael V. Ferro (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Derek Bell (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Lester C. Helm (Suz GSX-R750)

4. Shawn Palyok (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Terry Williams (Duc 899)

MICHELIN/WERA SUPERBIKE EXPERT

1. Garrick Schneiderman (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Jeffrey Purk (Duc 1199)

3. Andrew Fahsholtz (Suz GSX-R1000)

4. James Dellinger (Suz GSX-R1000)

5. Mike deBrabant (Suz GSX-R1000)

6. Eric Smith (Kaw ZX-10R)

7. John Wheatley (Suz GSX-R1000)

8. Michael O’Malley (Suz GSX-R1000)

For more information about Road Atlanta or to see the upcoming schedule, visit http://www.roadatlanta.com.

For more information about WERA, visit http://wera.com.

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Paris Luna records “Brasstown Ball” at historic Southern Tracks

Paris Luna records Brasstown Ball at historic Southern Tracks

By Bonnie Moret

 

Recorded during a birthday celebration, Paris Luna’s upcoming album combines the idea of having a ball with the name of Georgia’s highest point, Brasstown Bald. Once released, Brasstown Ball is sure to be a smash.

 

In case you didn’t know, Southern Tracks has almost as much history as the region in which it is located. The original studio, a converted schoolhouse, was founded by legendary music publisher Bill Lowery in the mid-1950′s. Lowery discovered such classic songs as “Be Bop A Lula,” “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden,” and Joe South’s “Games People Play.”

 

Many classic recordings have been made at the current Southern Tracks facility over the past 30 years. This studio was home to legendary producer Brendan O’Brien for nearly 20 years. Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Train, and the Black Crowes have all recorded classic records here.

The banner is hung.

The banner is hung.

Paris Luna, Mike Kee and Eric Heil enjoy a friendly embrace.

Paris Luna, Mike Kee and Eric Heil enjoy a friendly embrace.

Small bites were served courtesy of Ormsby's.

Small bites were served courtesy of Ormsby’s.

The cocktail du jour was created by Vixen Vodka.

The cocktail du jour was created by Vixen Vodka.

The stage is prepared.

The stage is prepared.

The engineers are ready ... let the recording begin.

The engineers are ready … let the recording begin.

Paris Luna takes  the stage.

Paris Luna takes the stage.

The anticipation of the crowd is overwhelming.

The anticipation of the crowd is overwhelming.

And, the rest of the evening is magic ...

And, the rest of the evening is magic …

For more information about Paris Luna, visit https://www.facebook.com/PARISLUNAandCOMPANY. Highlights from the evening are posted below:

 

 

The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan Hosts Atlanta Music Project Spring Concert

“The Walking Dead’s” Lauren Cohan Hosts Atlanta Music Project Spring Concert

 

Inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, Atlanta Music Project was founded in 2010 to provide intense music education for under-served youth in its neighborhood.  AMP believes the pursuit of musical excellence leads to the development of confidence, creativity and ambition, thus sparking positive social change in the individuals and the communities served.

Atlanta Music Project’s Gilbert House-South Bend Orchestra Spring Concert was held May 10 at the W Hotel Midtown.

Atlanta Music Project's pre-concert reception at Trace restaurant at W Hotel Midtown.

Atlanta Music Project’s pre-concert reception at Trace restaurant at W Hotel Midtown.

Board members and VIPs discuss the importance of music in the community.

Board members and VIPs discuss the importance of music in the community.

Guests had the opportunity to meet Lauren Cohan of "The Walking Dead."

Guests had the opportunity to meet Lauren Cohan of “The Walking Dead.”

Co-founder Dantes Rameau welcomed the overwhelming crowd.

Co-founder Dantes Rameau welcomed the overwhelming crowd.

Dantes Rameau explains the 2014 campaign pledge form.

Dantes Rameau explains the 2014 campaign pledge form.

Dantes Rameau and Lauren Cohan embrace as he welcomes her to the event.

Dantes Rameau and Lauren Cohan embrace as he welcomes her to the event.

Lauren Cohan waives hello to the audience.

Lauren Cohan waives hello to the audience.

Lauren Cohen explains her work with Atlanta Music Project.

Lauren Cohen explains her work with Atlanta Music Project.

Lauren Cohan expressed her passion for music and the importance of Atlanta Music Project.

Lauren Cohan expressed her passion for music and the importance of Atlanta Music Project.

 

AMP Gilbert House-South Bend Choir directed by Chanell Childers with Jessica Sheehan on piano.

AMP Gilbert House-South Bend Choir directed by Chanell Childers with Jessica Sheehan on piano.

The students wait attentively for instructions to begin.

The students wait attentively for instructions to begin.

Jessica Sheehan plays the piano as Zoriah Banks delights the audience with a solo of  "We Celebrate This Day" by Jeff Reeves.

Jessica Sheehan plays the piano as Zoriah Banks delights the audience with a solo of “We Celebrate This Day” by Jeff Reeves.

Averil Taylor conducts the AMP South Bend Wind Ensemble.

Averil Taylor conducts the AMP South Bend Wind Ensemble.

For more information about Atlanta Music Project, visit www.atlantamusicproject.org.

For more information about Atlanta Music Project, visit www.atlantamusicproject.org.

 

A Glimpse of Formula Drift Round 2 Road Atlanta May 9 – May 10

A Glimpse of Formula Drift Round 2 Road Atlanta May 9 – May 10

By Bonnie Morét

 

The driving “wows” me and the energy excites me … my name is Bonnie Morét and I LOVE DRIFTING!

Formula Drift, Inc. was co-founded by Jim Liaw and Ryan Sage in 2003. With 60 plus licensed drivers competing, Formula Drift is recognized as the premier North American professional drifting championship series. The series consists of a seven round championship played out at race tracks across the United States. Judged on execution and style rather than who finishes the course in the fastest time, Formula Drift joins traditional racing and extreme sports.

A bit of action at the starting line.

A bit of action at the starting line.

A crew member perfects the pressure of the tires.

A crew member perfects the pressure of the tires.

Anticipation ...

Anticipation …

Check out Grunewald's side mirror view.

Check out Grunewald’s side mirror view.

The landscape from the starting line.

The landscape from the starting line.

While waiting for the race to begin, Formula Drift fans create their own fun.

While waiting for the race to begin, Formula Drift fans create their own fun.

Hello Chanel ... fashion, Formula Drift style!

Hello Chanel … fashion, Formula Drift style!

The drivers enjoy meeting their fans and signing autographs.

The drivers enjoy meeting their fans and signing autographs.

Maximum smoke from Maximum Attack!

Maximum smoke from Maximum Attack!

A camera captures the action from a different point of view.

A camera captures the action from a different point of view.

Night racing.

Night racing.

From energy drinks to the military, Formula Drift works closely with a variety of endemic and non-endemic business partners. Most notably Formula Drift works with the largest amount of tire suppliers to a single series. Achilles, Falken, Hankook, Maxxis, Kenda, Nitto, GT Radial, and Yokohama all work together to supply teams and develop test their products.

Go U.S. Air Force!

Go U.S. Air Force!

Below are highlights from Round 2 at Road Atlanta on May 9 – May 10.