New Things We Love Now
Sometimes we just need to celebrate the things we adore, and that’s what this feature is all about.
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Local band SuperCharge, made of a group of 13- to 15-year-old boys, is making big things happen. The group of guys, who first performed together at the Field Elementary School talent show in May 2008, recently performed in Hollywood’s world-famous Whisky A Go-Go. Yes, the same Whisky A Go-Go that has played host to some of rock ’n’ roll’s biggest legends, including the Doors, Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin. The group, which includes 13-year-old guitarist Sam Holmes, 14-year-old bass player and lead vocalist Ben Grosser, 14-year-old lead guitarist George Timson and 15-year-old drummer Brock Cantrell, also performed in the South Coast Battle of the Bands while in California. They scored this gig after being selected from more than 100 online submissions and ended up placing second at the event, which qualified them to go to the finals. The group was preparing to perform at the finals at press time, and we can’t wait to hear the results! We love these four young, talented, handsome fellas, and we are excited that they’re being recognized not only locally, but across the country.
We love that Tina King and her family started Ozark Mountain Bottleworks (ozmb.com) and created a line of Branson-based
sodas named for our region. You could say it’s just branding, just business. But we sense some real local-loving heart in the operation, and we adore those vintage-looking bottles full of bright soda pop. It’s our soda, and that we appreciate.
Our Hot Fishing Guide
Secret confession: After we took photos of fishing guide Eric Olliverson for the June 2011 issue of 417 Magazine, there wasn’t a single woman in our office who wasn’t whispering about how adorable he is. And it turns out, our lady readers agree! Since being profiled in the magazine, Olliverson says he has had a flood of business, particularly from the female crowd. “Oh my gosh, I’ve never had so many single mothers who wanted to take their kids fishing!” Olliverson says. We love that our charming, extra-handsome fishing guide has a sense of humor about his new fame, and we love that our readers love him, too!
Paul Sundy is one of the guys behind local favorites like Big Whiskey’s, Parlor 88 and Whole Hog Café. He might not be “new,” but we love the new things he’s been doing around town. He continues to bring new life to 417-land’s restaurant scene. He is building a new Big Whiskey’s location in the old J. Parrino’s restaurant space. And he recently brought Irish food and Guinness galore to town with Dublin’s Pass. In a sluggish restaurant scene, his pace never slowed.
Michaela Wallace loves Justin Bieber, and we love Michaela Wallace. Last summer, this 15-year-old Monett native, best-known for her single “Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend,” performed at summer camps across the country with the Camplified rock concert series. She’s a big, big deal. In fact, Yahoo! Music said she could be the next Taylor Swift. The young singer-songwriter has been involved with music since age 8, when she took piano lessons and sang at her local church. Years later, and after posting videos of herself performing on Facebook, people started buzzing about her. She even captured the attention of Nashville songwriter Deanna Harper, and she was invited to meet with her. Soon after this, “Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend,” a song that talks about Michaela’s (and the other millions of Bieber-crazy girls) love for the teen star, was born. Michaela got to go backstage at a Justin Beiber concert and play Xbox Kinect with him. The song quickly became a YouTube smash hit, and it had more than 2,141,045 views at press time. Michaela has received a ton of press, including a mention on MTV’s The Seven, a daily show that highlights seven things the music television network wants viewers to know about. Also, Ryan Seacrest tweeted about the song and posted the video on his website, and it was posted on Yahoo’s homepage. And Michaela was interviewed by and featured in Bop, Tiger Beat, J-14, M, Twist and Pixie magazines. But she’s not stopping anytime soon. She has had several other songs produced, and she hopes to tour the world and play her music for as many people as possible. You go, girl! Learn more about her and what’s happening now at michaelawallacemusic.com.