Baroness Elisa and Synergy to Perform in St. Petersburg, Russia Monday June 6thWritten by Daniel J. Rowe
Baroness Elisa (www.baronesselisa.com) is performing with “Synergy” on luxury Fred Olsen cruise liner Braemer in St. Petersburg, Russia on Monday June 6th. "Elegant, but not stuffy" best describes atmosphere on board Braemar which came into service in 2001. At 19,089 tons and with 376 well-appointed cabins and suites, Braemar upholds Fred Olsen tradition of small-ship intimacy without compromising on personal space. On board, Baroness’ performance is small and intimate before returning to United States for a charitable event in South Florida later this summer. Baroness Elisa defines best in cabaret theater and South Florida audiences are invited support leading Gay and Lesbian organization, Compass,in a spectacular charity fundraiser in Delray Beach on Sunday, August 7th.
Compass, Inc. (www.compassglcc.com), is Palm Beach County gay and lesbian community center dedicated to promoting pride, diversity, and public awareness of, for, and by Palm Beach County’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents and visitors. Compass provides social services and support for gay youth and gay families. Compass also offers a clean, safe meeting space for a variety of national, state, and local organizations as well as social, service, support and athletic groups that meet diverse interests of county’s LGBT people. Compass is largest LGBT community center in Southeast United States and is seventh largest in nation in budget size, staff size and diversity of funded programs.
Interested in Improving the Sound of Your Stereo? Consider RecordsWritten by Charles Essmeier
Introduced in 1982, compact disc was intended to provide better sound than 40-year-old long-play record album, popularly known as LP. Using a laser rather than a diamond needle for playback compact disc was smaller, more convenient to use, and less susceptible to damage than LP. A bonus was that format was said to offer “perfect sound forever.” “Forever” isn’t that long these days; improvements in digital sound have come along in last twenty years and music industry introduced two new formats this decade that are designed to improve upon “perfect” sound of compact disc. Those formats are Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD) and DVD Audio (DVD-A.) Over years, various audio publications have criticized sound of compact discs, describing sound as “harsh”, “brittle” or “sterile” compared to sound of LP. After years of research, SACD and DVD-A were introduced several years ago and introduced sound that was said to be cleaner and more natural than that of compact disc. In addition, these formats offered multi-channel sound, and artists such as Pink Floyd offered special multi-channel versions of their albums to entice sales. It hasn’t worked, and sales of both formats peaked in 2003. What is interesting, however, is that both formats still trail LP in sales!
According to Recording Industry Association of America, combined sales of SACD and DVD-A were less than those of LP in 2004. The music industry is in a slump at moment, and sales of all formats were down last year. But sales of LPs were down 13% from 2003, while combined SACD and DVD-A sales were down 33%. It would appear that new formats are failing, even though they are said to be superior to compact disc. The LP, on other hand, continues to have steady sales. While major labels are still somewhat hesitant to release new product in LP form, labels that specialize in reissuing older material, such as Classic Records, are releasing as much product as their manufacturing capacity will permit. It is worth noting that much