Monday, January 14, 2019

Open Mic Monday Grand Finale to Take Place on January 21st, 2019 at 7pm


For Immediate Release


Contact:  Danita Gaudette, 706.244.0039

Date: 1/14/2019


RE: Historic Ritz Theatre Hosts Open Mic Monday Grand Finale on January 21st at 7pm

On Monday, January 21st, the Ritz Theatre in Toccoa is pleased to host the Grand Finale of Open Mic Monday’s second annual competition. The 2018 series, which began in September with monthly competitions held on the third Monday of each month, concluded in December. All of the competitors are winners and should be congratulated!

Our finalists competing for a paid performance at this summer’s Ida Cox Music Series in Downtown Toccoa are Garrett Lott, Jim Harrison, Zikerion Reese, and Krystina Littleton.

Grand Finale judges are renowned bluegrass artist Edgar Loudermilk, WNEG morning deejay Connie Gaines, and former music minister at Toccoa First Baptist Church Chris Watkins.

Everyone is invited to attend and admission is free.

The Historic Ritz Theatre is located at 139 E. Doyle Street in downtown Toccoa. For more information about Open Mic Monday, contact Danita Gaudette, General Manager, Historic Ritz Theatre at 706.244.0039.

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Milkshake Mayfield to Perform at the Ritz on February 7, 2019 at 7pm


Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact: Danita Gaudette, 706.244.0039

Date: January 14, 2019


RE: The Historic Ritz Theatre Welcomes Milkshake Mayfield

Toccoa, GA – January 14, 2019 – Main Street Toccoa is pleased to welcome local favorite Milkshake Mayfield to the Ritz Theatre on Thursday, February 7th at 7pm.

Milkshake Mayfield calls Toccoa, Georgia his hometown, but he's known internationally as one of the best Jazz artists around. He’s played with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Cab Calloway, Freddie Hubbard, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. The Milkshake Quintet will also perform.

Milkshake, backed up by the Milkshake Quintet, brings soulful jazz back to the Ritz Theatre as the February showing of Night at the Ritz.

Night at the Ritz, a regular event series at the Historic Ritz Theatre, is funded, in part, by a generous grant received from the Georgia Council for the Arts. Tickets for all shows may be purchased online at www.ritztheatretoccoa.com, or at the Toccoa Welcome Center. Adult tickets are $10, children under 12 and students with an ID are $5.  Doors open at 6:30.

For more information on Milkshake Mayfield’s performance or Night at the Ritz, please contact Ritz Theatre General Manager Danita Gaudette at dgaudette@cityoftoccoa.com or via phone at 706.244.0039.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Malpass Brothers Return to the Ritz on January 4, 2019

Release: Immediate
Contact: Danita Gaudette, 706.244.0039
Date: December 27, 2018
RE: The Malpass Brothers Return to the Historic Ritz Theatre

Toccoa, GA – December 27, 2018 – The Ritz Theatre is very pleased to welcome back North Carolina-based sensation, The Malpass Brothers, on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 7 pm as part of its Night at the Ritz series.

In an age of electronic music, Christopher and Taylor Malpass are grounded in the traditions of country music. The brothers have toured with the late Don Helms, former steel guitarist for Hank Williams, have opened for music legend Merle Haggard on multiple tours and appeared on stages from the Shetland Islands to Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest. Gifted musicians and songwriters, the brothers have shared billing with artists including Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson and more. These two talented, down-to-earth brothers from North Carolina are on their way to stardom.

As an added feature to the January 4th concert, ticket goers who arrive early will be treated to a short,
informal session from the Malpass Brothers on the roots and traditions of country music. Main Street
Toccoa sincerely thanks South Arts for providing this educational opportunity before a sellout concert.

Night at the Ritz, a regular event series at the Historic Ritz Theatre, is funded, in part, by a generous
grant received from Georgia Council for the Arts and South Arts. Tickets for all shows may be purchased online at www.ritztheatretoccoa.com or at the Toccoa Welcome Center. Adult tickets are $10, children under 12 and students with an ID are $5.

For more information on the performance or Night at the Ritz, please contact Ritz Theatre General Manager Danita Gaudette at dgaudette@cityoftoccoa.com or via phone at 706.244.0039.

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Friends of the Ritz Schedules First Meeting in January

For Immediate Release
Contact: Keith Kozicki, (404) 434-7705
Date: 12/27/2018

RE: Friends of the Ritz, Inc. to hold its first quarterly board meeting of 2019 on January 28th
Toccoa, GA,

The Friends of the Ritz, Inc. a new organization dedicated to raising funds for additional programming and building enhancements at the Historic Ritz Theatre, will hold its first quarterly board meeting Monday, January 28th at 7 PM at the Ritz Theatre. This meeting, which is open to the public, is the first of four board meetings to be held in 2019.

Meeting agenda items include:
- Update on IRS 501(c)(3) status
- Special recognition of Katie Peeples and Johnson & Fields, LLC
- Organizational goals for 2019
- Friends of the Ritz, Inc. basic membership and individual donation plans
- Friends of the Ritz, Inc. business sponsorship and corporate donation plans
- Friends of the Ritz, Inc special "80 for 80" donation campaign
- Discussion of overall marketing plan for the Historic Ritz Theatre aimed at boosting regional
awareness and event attendance
- Feedback from the general public regarding ways to improve the overall Ritz patron experience

"We will be rolling out a number of key fundraising campaigns in 2019 that will directly benefit the Ritz Theatre and we want to have the opportunity to discuss the specifics and share them with the public prior to final approval. It's an exciting time for the Ritz and a significant development for music, film and live theatre fans in Toccoa and the surrounding area," according to Friends of the Ritz, Inc. President Keith Kozicki.

The Friends of the Ritz, Inc board members are:
Alton Adams
Rucia Adams
Marie Cochran
Sharon Crenshaw, Secretary
Sharon Crosby, Treasurer
Evan Hellenga
Keith Kozicki, President
Elaine Alewine Martin
Bill Standard, President-elect

The meeting is open to the public and anyone who is interested in the future of the Historic Ritz Theatre is urged to attend. For more information contact Keith Kozicki, President, Friends of the Ritz, Inc. at (404) 434-7705.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

December Will Feature Open Mic Competition

Contact: Danita Gaudette, 706.244.0039

Date:

121/10/2018

RE: Historic Ritz Theatre Welcomes Open Mic Monday Competition on December 17th

On Monday, December 17 th , the Ritz Theatre in Toccoa is pleased to host the fourth and final
round of the Open Mic Monday competition. The first 12 interested performers to either sign up
by email at ritztheatretoccoa@gmail.com or show up at the Historic Ritz Theatre on the evening
of the show before 6:30 pm will be accepted. The December winner receives a $50 prize.

Contestants may play up to two songs lasting not more than 10 minutes. A December finalist will
be selected from a panel of three judges to return for a battle-of-the-singers-type competition on
January 21 st , 2019 to determine an Open Mic Monday 2018 champion. The Grand Finale winner
will receive a paid gig at the Ida Cox Summer Music series in June 2019.
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The Historic Ritz Theatre is located at 139 E. Doyle Street in downtown Toccoa. For more
information about Open Mic Monday, contact Danita Gaudette, General Manager, Historic Ritz
Theatre at 706.244.0039.

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