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The tri-state's ultimate lifestyle guide!

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  • 1 | February 2015 www.evansvillemediagroup.com

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    ACROSS:

    7. Krewes 9. Fat Tuesday 10. Shrove Tuesday

    11. Baby 12. Jazz 13. Mask

    DOWN:

    1. Order of Myths 2. French Quarter 3. Pancake Day

    4. Joseph Cain 5. Doubloons 6. Carnival 8. Russian

    February 2015

    ON THE COVER

    Established in 1991 by Bashar Hamami

    PublisherBrian Bennett info@evansvillemediagroup.com

    VP of OperationsJohn Hewinsbilling@evansvillemediagroup.com

    NEWS 4U IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY AND IS DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE TRI-STATE. FOR INFORMATION ABOUT ADVERTISING, SUBSCRIPTIONS, DISTRIBUTION OR GUIDES & LISTS, CALL (812) 426-6398 OR WRITE US

    AT 125 N WEINBACH AVE, STE 510 EVANSVILLE, IN 47711. NEWS 4U IS PUBLISHED BY EMG PUBLISHING. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. REPRODUCTION WITHOUT PERMISSION IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. DISTRIBUTION OF THE

    MAGAZINE DOES NOT NECESSARILY CONSTITUTE ENDORSEMENT OF PRODUCTS, SERVICES OR OPINIONS WITHIN. ADVERTISERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTENT OF THEIR ADS.

    Managing Editor & WriterThomas Ellistommy@evansvillemediagroup.com

    Account ExecutivesMark Hackertmark@evansvillemediagroup.com

    Terri Hilbornterri@evansvillemediagroup.com

    Hillerie Kandulhillerie@evansvillemediagroup.com

    Keith LaCrossekeith@evansvillemediagroup.com

    Production Manager, Designer & Layout ArtistZac Willett zac@evansvillemediagroup.com

    Graphic Designer,Director of Social MediaJen McKee

    Graphic DesignerPreeti Sampath

    Staff WriterWhitney Patt erson

    Editorial InternRussell Finn

    ContributorsPaul Bragin, Alexander Burton, Nikki Davis, Johnny Fletcher, Jabez, Daniel Knight, John Thurgood, Lavender Timmons

    Luke Bryan: His Kind of Night at the Ford Center

    Crossword Puzzle Answers:

    A Quick Note from the Editor4 Love is in the Air

    Beauty18 Beauty Date with Dakyissa

    Business19 Smokefree Communiti es26 Bobs Gym

    Coupons30 Save Big!

    Cuisine & Dining31 Restaurant Spotlight: Sauced32 Whats Cookin: Crickets33 Local Chef Spotlight: Cate Sisco: Piece of Cake34 Restaurant Guide40 Fresh from the Kitchen with Chef Doug Rennie

    Entertainment 12 Disney On Ice: Princesses & Heroes16 20 Questi ons from a 20- Something22 My City: Alexander Burton27 My Random Sh*t28 Tri-State Ink29 Mugshots

    38 EPO: Music City Hit- Makers & More54 In Town & Around61 Rock Out @ KCs Time Out Lounge62 2015 Really Big Show: Late Night 63 Mardi Gras on Franklin Street69 Flashdance: The Musical71 More Mug Shots72 How I Roll74 Local Talent: Sarah Bohrer & Libby Nelson75 Soundboard: Zion78 Arts & Acti viti es 79 Local Writer Spotlight: John Thurgood 80 Words from Whitney81 Brain Games: Crossword82 Community & Family83 Centred On Kids: Curious George88 Local Musician Spotlight: Perry Datti lo93 We Were There94 Club Guide

    Local Happenings45 Thank You, Tri-State: Junior League of Evansville58 VHS Spay-ghetti & No Balls Bene t Dinner64 CMB Valenti nes Day Events

    82 Kentucky Repti le Expo84 PC Pound Puppies Hearts for Hounds85 Go Red for Women Luncheon

    Reviews76 Beer: Cure What Ales You 86 Film: The Gambler87 DVD Reviews/Fletchers Finds

    Sports66 Evansville IceMen Pro les

    Cover Story: 6 Luke Bryan at the Ford Center Crash His Party

    8 Styx @ the Victory Theatre An Interview with Bassist Ricky Phillips

    10 Bob & Tom Comedy Show Tour @ the Victory An Interview with Comedian Greg Hahn

    14 The Crunk Chronicles Pt. 2 The Conti nuing Saga of Fancy Free

    20 88.3 WNIN Red Blue Hoops Local Radio, Raging Debate

    24 Mardi Gras Party Guide Get in on All the Acti on!

    48 Valenti nes Day Gift Guide Shop to Your Hearts Content

    FEATURES

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    Holding true to guitarist Tommy Shaws proclamation that Styx will rock till they drop, the band is back out on the road after a short break, headlining a theatre tour across America. The Chicago-based group known for such hits as Come Sail Away, Lady and The Best of Times still loves to perform; even five decades in, the fire burns bright. Bassist/guitarist Ricky Phillips, a former member of The Babys and Bad English, spoke with News4U about finding his place in Styx and the future of the band.

    The Babys started just a couple of years after Styx released their debut album in 1972. What was your initial impression of the band?I was playing in a lot of clubs at the time, traveling around the country, and I remember going through Salt Lake City and hearing Lady which was a huge hit. Theyd had a couple albums out before that, but I wasnt aware of them until then. I thought the song was cool, because it was tough underneath the sweetness. In the later 70s when The Babys were on the road with Styx and I first met the guys, (Babys lead singer) John Waite and I would go out front and watch. It was just this crazy thing three lead singers with completely different styles and yet the sound of the band always stayed true. How did your bass playing mesh with the band initially? Did you have to adapt your style or did you simply put your own spin on the classic riffs? Probably a little bit of both. I was concerned about it at first, because I come from a little bit more aggressive approach on bass. But I figured that I understood the band well enough to know how to fit in. I certainly

    didnt want to be a karaoke player at that point in my career. So what I did was learn everything that (original bassist) Chuck Panozzo did and then I added little bits. Over time, the parts comfortably became my own while staying true to the Styx catalog. Styx often plays arenas with the likes of REO Speedwagon and Foreigner. This time the band is out on its own in smaller venues. Do you prefer that to the package tours?I think this tour is where we like to be. Its nice going out during the summer and playing the big arenas, the big rock show. But the favorite bit for all of us is when we get to play a House of Blues or a small theatre where at some point in the show, people get to rush the stage and grab at your feet its so much more intimate. And we can play a longer set with deep cuts instead of just hit after hit. We can see and feel the excitement from the crowd when we play a song that nobody expects to hear. Youve been with Styx for years. Whats the vibe right now in terms of the band and its future? Im in my 12th year with the band, and its just flown by were having a blast. In fact, we just had a dinner last night because weve been off through the holidays. We were talking about how we still dig each other and still love playing the music. The band has elevated itself very carefully and very meticulously. Im very impressed with the way the guys have taken care of Styx. I wish that some of my prior bands had been that careful and cautious. TEThe Victory Theatre is located at 600 Main St. For ticket info, visit victorytheatre.com.

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    When we last left Eddie Crunk and his Fancy Free band mates, they were floundering, stung by the disappointment of a debut album that crossed too many genres, ultimately appealing to no one. The road to nowhere was fast approaching, and yet, in the distance, a signpost to success was about to appearif they could only see it.

    Its 1990 and despite the general consensus that Fancy Frees debut is dead in the water, Vista Records hits upon a seemingly brilliant marketing ploy: package it together with the new release by the labels main draw, comedian Elmer Fudpucker, guaranteeing sales of 50,000. Crunk and his crew are ecstatic, but the celebration is short-lived. We listened [to Fudpuckers album] for about 30 minutes, and we didnt even giggle, Crunk recalls. We couldnt tell if it was a joke. Neither, apparently, could the truck stop company that agreed to sell it at all their locations. The deal is quickly nixed and

    Fancy Free is once again back at square one and back out on the road.

    To kill time, they document life on tour, compiling a homemade video appropriately set to Lonesome Highway, a Fancy Free crowd favorite. The tape is sent to numerous Nashville movers and shakers, eventually falling into the hands of a man known simply as Saxon. Back home after a long run of shows, the band is worn out and depressed, teetering on collapse. Then the phone rings. I got a call from Saxon who owned a video company, and he wanted to know about redoing Lonesome Highway, Crunk explains. Initially, it appears to be the long-awaited big break. But like all things Fancy Free, there is a catch: Saxon really liked (guitarist) Danny Darnell who was now gone and had been replaced and that ruined the deal, Crunk laments.

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