Kickstarter campaign under way for documentary on beloved Dayton band

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Former Daytonian Eric Mahoney is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign for his documentary on the career of Brainiac, pictured here circa 1996. (Left to right): Tim Taylor, Tyler Trent, John Schmersal and Juan Monasterio.
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As a producer and director, former Daytonian Eric Mahoney has worked on narrative films and documentaries. For his latest project, the Brooklyn-based filmmaker is revisiting the short but powerful career of Brainiac.

The beloved Dayton band was on the verge of signing a major label deal when frontman Tim Taylor died in a car accident in May 1997.

To help cover some of the expenses, Mahoney has mounted a Kickstarter campaign for the documentary. At press time, he was halfway to his goal of $40,000. The deadline to contribute is 11:45 p.m. Thursday, May 4.

Mahoney recently discussed the movie.

INNOVATION CITY

“I’ve always had a fascination with Dayton. I’ve always been really proud to be from a town known for such a copious amount of invention, like the cash register and flight, and it’s the same for Dayton’s artistic and musical output. That has always been a source of pride and fascination for me. Frankly, I don’t know of any other towns that size where this amount of creative genius has sprung from it. That has always resonated with me.”

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SWEAT EQUITY

“I’ve shopped the film to distribution companies and they all gave me the same feedback. They thought it was a great project and it had great people attached to it but it’s a little niche. Because I’m not a famous director, they aren’t able to write me a huge check to do it at this point. If I can deliver on the interviews, they said they would take a very serious look at the project. I have to do some of the heavy lifting up front but it’s something they’ll definitely look at. I decided to keep plugging along and the further I got into it the more emotionally attached I got to the story.”

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CROWD FUNDING

“Right now, from a financial standpoint this had been a one-man operation. That’s why I decided to launch the Kickstarter to try to finance all of these interviews. I’ll be moving at that speed until we get fully funded and I can bring some more hands on deck so we can really get rolling on this thing.”

PASSION PROJECT

“This is a dream project. I feel really fortunate they’re trusting me with their story. I feel a great sense of responsibility to handle this in an artful and appropriate way. I want to get it right and have all the central people be proud of the documentary. I feel that weight a little but I couldn’t be working on anything I feel more passionately about.”

Info: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1955677038/brainiac-documentary.

Patti LaBelle confronted by anti-fur protesters at book signing

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 6:35 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 03:  Patti LaBelle performs at the Kravis Center For The Performing Arts on February 3, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Mychal Watts/Getty Images)
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Patti LaBelle's book signing Tuesday was crashed by anti-fur protesters, TMZ reports.

LaBelle was signing copies of her "Desserts LaBelle" book at a Barnes & Noble when protesters posing as fans asked for a group photo. When LaBelle obliged, they pulled out signs and began chanting, "Patti LaBelle has blood on her hands."

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LaBelle is known for having an extensive fur collection.

Store security removed the protesters. 

Kenny G serenades Delta passengers mid-flight for charity

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 4:12 PM

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Musician Kenny G performs at the 2015 LA's Promise Gala at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 30, 2015 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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With tempers flaring on recent flights, perhaps a little music to soothe the soul is appropriate.

Enter Kenny G. and his soprano saxophone.

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TMZ reported that the legendary musician performed Saturday while walking up and down the aisle of a Delta flight from Tampa to Los Angeles, in support of the Relay for Life charity.

When a flight attendant announced that the crew was raising money for charity in support of a crew member, Kenny G agreed to perform if $2,000 could be raised on the flight. The goal was met and Kenny G. kept his promise, according to TMZ.

Iggy Pop turns 70, takes on jazz

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 1:26 PM

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16:  Musician Iggy Pop performs at the Tibet House US 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert & Gala Celebrating Philip Glass's 80th Birthday on March 16, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Tibet House US)
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Rock music icon Iggy Pop is still reinventing himself, even as he turns 70.

The prolific musician talked to Rolling Stone about turning 70 and collaborating on a project with Jamie Saft's jazz trio.

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Henry Rollins penned a tribute to Pop in LA Weekly, calling him the "Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of Rock & Roll." 

Pop doesn't show signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Watch: Kacey Musgraves joins Zac Brown Band on John Prine classic 'All the Best'

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 10:53 AM

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 02:  Recording artist Kacey Musgraves performs on the Samsung Stage during day 3 at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 at Zilker Park on October 2, 2016 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Samsung)
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Anticipation is building for the Zac Brown Band’s new album, "Welcome Home," which will be released May 12.

The Zac Brown Band is releasing a new single Friday, a cover of John Prine's "All the Best,” and it features a special guest appearance.

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Kacey Musgraves joined the band in the studio to record the song. A clip from the session was posted on Facebook as a preview. The single will be available for purchase on Friday.