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Spring Italy/Switzerland Tour & Sister City Music Program

The People Now Announce Spring Italy/Switzerland Tour & Sister City Music Program Launch Show Friday, March 15, 2013 • The Crocodile • 21+ Seattle, WA (February 8, 2013) — Seattle-based, cause-rock band, The People Now will be kicking off their Spring tour of Italy and Switzerland and Sister City Music Exchange Program in conjunction with a show on March 15, 2013 at The Crocodile located at 2200 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA.

The People Now will be touring the Milan, Italy area and Lugano, Switzerland from April 3 – 15, 2013 as well as co-headlining the Layne Staley Italian Tribute Benefit Concert on April 6, 2013 in Seregno, Italy. For the 3rd consecutive year, fans in Italy will celebrate Layne Staley’s life and artistic impact on music. This year’s artist roster will bring Seattle and Italian performers together, united in music and in honor of Layne’s legacy. Proceeds will benefit the Layne Staley Memorial Fund, which is held at Therapeutic Health Services (THS) in Seattle, WA.

The tour is a part of a Sister City Music Exchange Program created by The People Now which allows musicians to connect and share their music on stages around the world. The People Now will host bands from Alternative Grunge Crew based out of Milan, Italy in Seattle in August of 2013 as part of the program.

"Neither Seattle, nor grunge, nor our will to exchange art with the world is dead: opportunity has never been more alive. To be provided this by such a welcoming community in Italy, as well as the chance to represent Seattle as hosts for Music Exchange, is proof that we are back on the map: connecting dots with like-mind & like-hearts. Without borders," states Garth Hockersmith, founder and lead singer of The People Now.

The Crocodile show line-up will feature The People Now (with guest performers Jonny Smokes - guitar and Dagna Barrera - bass); Seattle musician, Jonny Smokes who is releasing a new, solo CD and will also be touring Italy as a solo artist; and headliner, Jar of Flies, a Seattle-based, Alice in Chains tribute band which has sold out shows and garnered many accolades from the discerning Seattle music lover. The show will also serve as a fundraiser which will contribute to and allow The People Now’s non-profit work to continue to reach the masses.

The People Now is a Seattle-based, cause-oriented rock band and non-profit organization with a depth of music and message, striving to make a difference in their community, both locally and globally and acting as a conduit to raise funds and awareness for selected charities and non-profit organizations. The People Now is founding members and collaborative partners, Garth Hockersmith – songwriter, lead vocals, and guitar, and Tim Karman –drums and engineer. The People Now is unique in that they feature of variety of guest musicians from many genres and backgrounds, creating a dynamic and fresh, live experience for the fans at every performance. Joining The People Now on their Spring Tour is Reid Strange – bass and Jonny Smokes – guitar.

The People Now music management team is headed by Jamie Richards who is also a co-founder of the non-profit division.

Advance tickets are $10.00 and available online at The Crocodile website: http://thecrocodile.com Tickets will be sold at the door day-of-show, if still available, for $12.00.

For more information about The People Now: http://www.thepeoplenow.com https://www.facebook.com/thepeoplenow

The People Now Management and Media Contact: Jamie Richards – Emerald City Musician’s Network: (206) 271-5946 – emeraldcitymusicians@live.com For more information about the artists: Jonny Smokes: https://www.facebook.com/jonny.smokes Jar of Flies: https://www.facebook.com/jaroffliesband

The People Now Announce Fall Fundraising Campaign to Benefit MusiCares®

The People Now Announce Fall Fundraising Campaign to Benefit MusiCares® Seattle, WA (October 23, 2012) — Seattle-based, cause-rock band and non-profit organization, The People Now will donate proceeds from the sale of their newly released single, “One by One” to benefit MusiCares® through the end of the year. MusiCares® provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares® services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares® also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. The People Now is a Seattle-based, cause-oriented band and non-profit organization with a depth of music and message, striving to make a difference in their community, both locally and globally and acting as a conduit to raise funds and awareness for selected charities and non-profit organizations. Band members include: Garth Hockersmith – founder, lead vocals and guitar, Tim Karman – founder and drums, Arman Birang – guitar, and Reid Strange – bass. “This campaign is perfect for Seattle! It needs some New Love; a bone-crushing hug to the music world that helped put our city on the map. Everyone in this city knows a musician, or is somehow connected to the music community: it’s in the walls, on the streets, in our schools, and in our economy. To be able to donate our art and the contributions made by you guys (the community) to an organization such as MusiCares® is a dream come true for The People Now.”– Garth Hockersmith. To download the single, “One by One” and for more information about The People Now, please visit: http://thepeoplenow.com/1x1/ For more information about MusiCares®, please visit: http://www.musicares.org. The People Now Management and Media Contact: Jamie Richards – Emerald City Musician’s Network: (206) 271-5946 – emeraldcitymusicians@live.com

One by One - The People Now. A benefit for MusiCares. Photo by: Martin Stranka

Life = The People Now presents MusiCares Benefit Show

THE PEOPLE NOW TO HOST BENEFIT SHOW FOR MUSICARES® SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2011 • SHOWBOX at the MARKET • ALL AGES FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEATTLE, WA (July 5, 2011) — Seattle-based, cause-rock band, THE PEOPLE NOW will host an all ages benefit show for MUSICARES® on SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2011, 7:30PM at SHOWBOX at the MARKET located at 1426 1st Ave., Seattle, WA. The music line-up will feature the band, NINE50NINE; an incarnation of Seattle alumni, featuring; TY WILLMAN (formerly of GREEN APPLE QUICK STEP), DAVE KRUSEN (formerly of PEARL JAM), ALAN HUNT, CAMERON BROWNFIELD and guests. Also scheduled to perform is the show’s host, THE PEOPLE NOW, a Seattle-based, cause-oriented band and organization with a depth of music and message, striving to make a difference in their community, both locally and globally. Band members include: Kyle Wimbish – vocals, Garth Hockersmith – lead guitar/vocals, Arman Birang – guitar, Joey Keller – bass, and Tim Karman – drums. "This campaign/benefit show is perfect for Seattle. Everyone in this city knows a musician, or is somehow connected to the music community, and this is our opportunity to do what we, in Seattle, do very well: make great music and celebrate its creation in a live setting. To be sharing this honor with other artists that support MUSICARES such as Slash, Ozzy, Jerry Cantrell, Josh Groban, Ray LaMontagne, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, James Taylor and others is a dream come true for THE PEOPLE NOW." – Garth Hockersmith, founder and lead guitarist of THE PEOPLE NOW. MUSICARES® provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MUSICARES' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MUSICARES also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. “Without the generosity and support of individuals, organizations, and bands such as THE PEOPLE NOW, our work in providing support to the music industry, would not be possible. This event will truly make a difference in the lives of music people and their families." – ERICA KRUSEN, Sr. Director of MUSICARES. The show will also feature local Seattle artists; VILLAINS OF YESTERDAY, a group of musicians from Seattle's Industrial District. Band members include: Terry Houser - vocals, Carl Klein - guitars, Shawn Zellar - drums, and Sean Gephardt - bass. Opening the show is AMANDA HARDY, a 14 year-old singer/songwriter who hails from the South Puget Sound area. AMANDA will be joined on stage by REGARDING SILENCE, a project she is also involved in, featuring: Austin Grandon – drums, TJ Wheeler – bass, and Brandon Boucher – lead guitar. The evening will also feature a silent auction of items donated by local and national musicians. For more information about MUSICARES, please visit: http://www.musicares.org and http://www.beapartoftheheart.com Advance tickets are $17.00 plus applicable service charges and will go on sale Friday, July 8 at 10am at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Showbox Market box office during business hours, 11am to 6pm. The box office is CASH ONLY, and there is a $2.00 service charge per ticket. Tickets will be sold at the door day-of-show, if still available, for $19.00. For more information about THE PEOPLE NOW: http://www.thepeoplenow.com For more information about the artists: VILLAINS OF YESTERDAY: http://villainsofyesterday.com AMANDA HARDY: http://www.facebook.com/amandahardymusician Event Producer and Media Contact: Jamie Richards – Emerald City Musician’s Network: (206) 271-5946 – emeraldcitymusicians@live.com

Life = TPN's Japan Relief: NOW Campaign

And he walked on. This man, like so many others that donated during the weekend of May 21-22 at the U-District Street Fair (Seattle, WA), sports the official Shirt of The People Now's "Japan Relief: NOW" fundraising campaign. A great photo taken by Joe Keller behind our booth, as the man strapped the shirt to his bag to show that he'd given aid to the Japanese suffering due to recent and, ongoing fallout occurring from, the Tsunami and Earthquake disasters.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/garth-hockersmith/life-japan-relief-now/194232113955674

It could never have been done alone, and so many of You made this (we) possible. The People Now's thanks extend to all who volunteered time and energy on staff, to all those who donated to our efforts with the American Red Cross, to everyone who spread the word and helped organize more awareness about who we are and what we can do together, to all the vendors/businesses/musicians/craftsman that donated auction items (official list to be posted on TPN site and FB), to the Festival Adminstrators and Street/Stage Managers, and every person that simply mentioned it to a friend - keeping the dialogue going. A very warm and special thank you to:

Alice in Chains Vendetta Red Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder KISW 99.9FM Tzu Chi Foundation U-District Chamber of Commerce Japanese Student Association of the University of Washington Laurie Davis / Suzanne Darrow / Kyle Wimbish / Jamie Richards The Fans of The People Now Ben Steele of Aoineko

...and all of You - only with You is there We.

A drop in the waterfall of worldly compassion, for sure, but it was just as wet. Our efforts raised numbers over a thousand, and the response was incredible. So many coming together under the banner standard of compassion; and to be part of the soundtrack to it all, playing music and sharing with others - it was incredible. This, to me, is one of Music's greatest contributions: the capacity to inspire, to commune, and to encourage. This, for me, is a journey I am privileged and honored to walk. This, is me. And, to coin a phrase...

Life = Good.

~Garth

Guitarist, The People Now

The People Now - New Studio Work!

T.P.N. heads to the forge to craft some breaking new material that we are STOKED about: stay tuned and stay updated on our Facebook, Twitter, and Reverbnation pages for Fans! ~T.P.N.

TPN & Art pARTies Seattle (2/26/11 with Rishloo Show)

Life=

February 26th, 2011 - The People Now took stage during Rishloo's premier "Wolves in the Walls" tour show, bringing in some new ideas, talent, and individuals to the event. To share with you all, we were blessed to present to you Art pARTies Seattle. These painters and artists were LIVE at the show, working and painting diligently in the dark to render an emotion of the evening as we played.

What's better? These artists not only donated their time, supplies, and creativity, but a percentage of their sales were donated to support local charity - in this case, city of Tacoma's Phoebe House, providing housing and resources to single parent mothers in their county. Truly...truly...inspired.

~T.P.N.

TPN & NW Harvest Food/Donation Drive: Dec 18th Tix Available!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEATTLE, WA (December 8, 2010) — Seattle band, THE PEOPLE NOW is pleased to announce that a food and donation drive for NORTHWEST HARVEST will be held in conjunction with their “MASQUERADE MAYHEM” show at STUDIO SEVEN on Saturday, December 18, 2010.

The mission of NORTHWEST HARVEST is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger.

NORTHWEST HARVEST supplies food to a network of 300 partner food banks, meal programs and elementary schools throughout the state. Currently, their partners are providing well over 640,000 food services each month in their communities. They rely on community donations, especially during the holiday season. All of their food and funds come from individuals, businesses, foundations and other organizations, and 93 percent of their total budget goes to food distribution.

THE PEOPLE NOW consists of members; Tim Karmen, Kyle Wimbish, Garth Hockersmith, Mike Loomer and Reid Strange and is a band with a depth of music and message, striving to make a difference in their community, both locally and globally.

“The Northwest is The People Now’s home, and we believe that, in partnership with Northwest Harvest’s brilliant efforts, no one goes hungry in our home”, states Hockersmith.

Having played in festivals and venues up and down the West Coast, distributing their first full-length album in 2010 and building momentum, THE PEOPLE NOW share music of deliberation and high-energy with a borderless audience. They are currently in the studio, working on a follow-up EP.

Masquerade Mayhem is a unique, all ages, rock-show experience which will include; music, magicians, dancers and door prizes. Costumes are encouraged. The evening will feature bands; The People Now, ESITU, Lacero and the Purpose Being.

The show will be held at Studio Seven which is located at: 110 S Horton Street, Seattle, WA 98134. Advance tickets can be purchased for $10.00 at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/136885. Tickets will be sold at the door day-of-show for $12.00. Doors open at 7:30pm, music starts at 8:00pm.

NORTHWEST HARVEST food and donation drive is being coordinated by Jamie Richards of EMERALD CITY MUSICIAN’S NETWORK. Donation boxes will be available onsite for both food and monetary donations. For a list of suggested items and for more information about the organization, please visit their website at: http://www.northwestharvest.org/

For more information about THE PEOPLE NOW, please visit:

www.thepeoplenow.com www.myspace.com/thepeoplenow www.sonicbids.com/thepeoplenow (EPK)

Contact for THE PEOPLE NOW:

Garth Hockersmith, (206) 601-8769

management@thepeoplenow.com thepeoplenow@gmail.com

Contact for EMERALD CITY MUSICIAN’S NETWORK:

Jamie Richards, emeraldcitymusicians@live.com

TPN = NOT the Tea Party Nation

Today, a Tea Bagger asked me if I was ready to quit with the ad hominem attacks and diatribes and start talking facts. I said, When your Tea Party buddies stop denying climate change, pointing instead to their bibles as proof of God' ...s sanctioning the turning of the world into a giant shithole, when they quit pointing at the illegals as the reason for their jobs disappearing, when they quit calling Obama a Muslim, when calling someone a Muslim isn't an insult, when they acknowledge the gazillion dollar deficit racked up by the Bush administration to pay for the dual quagmires we're in in Iraq and Afghanistan, when they finally realize that the deregulation of the banking industry that went viral under Bush is what caused the collapse of the housing market, when they get the fact that Reagan was a fucking retard cartoon character, when they admit that insurance corporations and big oil companies don't have our best interests at heart, when they stop acting like owning a high-powered assault rifle is an inalienable right, when they can finally get their heads out of their asses so that they can at least be in the anatomical position to have a conversation, then I'll offer them some breath mints and we can talk.

~Garth Guitarist, The People Now

TPN w/ Malawi Children's Walk

In conjunction with Germany-based Roche CO. and their annual Children's Walk Fundraiser for Malawi, The People Now are selling Music for Malawai for the enitre month of November.

Every dollar spent on music donated to the fundraiser will be matched by Roche/Ventana, donated to 5 support centers through the country's communities, providing health care, food and water, clothing, and education. To find our more, visit:

http://www.roche.com/corporate_responsibility/society/community/feature-childrenswalk.htm

Thanks to all for your part, your voice, and your focus - We are making the difference, together.

~TPN

Sweet Crude - We burn (oil) while they burn.

In the summer of 2008, militants from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) declared an “oil war” in Nigeria. This was one of the biggest spikes yet on a radar screen dotted with conflict and tragedy.

The documentary film Sweet Crude is the story of the Niger Delta; of the villagers of Oporoza, headquarters of the insurgency; and of members of the armed resistance who, in the three years since the filmmakers met them as college students, became the young men of MEND.

The Niger Delta is a powder keg. Escalating unrest and kidnappings by militants have shut down as much as 20% of oil production in the region. The Nigerian government continues to make and break a long string of promises to resolve the crisis. The international community is standing by while impending war looms.

Meanwhile, the people of the Delta are suffering as they have for half a century. Billions of dollars of crude oil are pumped out from beneath their feet, while they live in desperate poverty – without means of livelihood in a decimated environment. Oil spills, dredging and acid rain from gas flaring have destroyed habitats, killed the fish population, fouled the soil and poisoned the villagers. Their villages lack potable water, sanitation, infrastructure, healthcare and schools. Job prospects are bleak and people die young.

There is a long legacy of nonviolent protest in the Delta. But it has consistently been met by the Nigerian government with violence – not only against those who spoke out but against whole villages. By 2005, the people had had enough. A new armed resistance, MEND, emerged. They began kidnapping oil workers to bring international attention to the crisis. In the years since, the region has become increasingly unstable. Yet they have repeatedly stated their desire to negotiate. In this moment, there is an opportunity to tip the scales toward peace.

Sweet Crude is about the humanitarian, environmental and economic devastation in the wake of 50 years of oil extraction – and the opportunity for the international community to do something. The film also raises broader issues of oil politics, mass media agendas and the role of independent journalists in getting the truth out.

What if the world paid attention before it was too late?

People of Now - check out the info, the website, and movie. One lone voice will be all.

~TPN

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