Recent Harvests and Massive Fires in California Wine Country Wants World to Know Still Open for Business

Nolan Apostle
Producer & Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

The Northern California Wine Country harvest is complete and the threat from wildfires has subsided, these Northern California communities now face the daunting task of healing and rebuilding. This article is about YOU coming to the Wine country in California to help bring it back. This obviously was an enormous disaster to say the least and it will take a very long time not just to heal, but to rebuild all of the communities destroyed by these fires. We bow our heads to say a short prayer, to offer positive thoughts to those who lost their lives, to their families and friends. We ask ourselves, how can we help everyone affected by this disaster, practically speaking, with such a discouraging task? By visiting the wineries, staying in the Hotels and exploring the area just like you would any other time, but now they need you more than ever!

Tourism is the area’s lifeblood. Many residents and businesses, even those not directly impacted by the fires, lost weeks of work and income as fires forced evacuations and road closures. Many will not have their jobs back for months or longer. Some have lost their jobs and need to find new work because their businesses are gone. The more people who will visit the area will play a role in building these communities back and help get them on the road to recovery.

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The people at Visit Napa Valley are so passionate about helping the area rebuild they have plastered their website with some great photos urging you to explore the Wine Country – the restaurants, the wineries, the hotels, all the various events, letting everyone know that the entire area is “Open for Business.” They are also very passionate about thanking those that helped during this crisis as you can see above.

“We are incredibly grateful for the work of first responders who fought to save these communities, and we are relieved that firefighters have gained the upper hand,” said Visit California President & CEO Caroline Beteta. “Now we need to do our part to help the recovery.”

“We can all help: Now is the time to visit the Wine Country,” Beteta said. “If you’re already planning a trip, don’t cancel — Wine Country residents need your business now more than ever.”

Consider a trip this fall, when the weather is beautiful, vines show autumn colors and there’s plenty to see, taste and experience.

“We’re open for business,” said Clay Gregory, president & CEO of Visit Napa Valley. “Now is the perfect time to experience the #NapaValleySpirit for yourself.”

“We need people to visit,” said Tim Zahner, interim CEO of Sonoma County Tourism. “We are open and ready to welcome guests. We are #SonomaStrong.”

The region has more than 1,200 wineries, and fewer than 10 were heavily damaged. Most tasting rooms have reopened. And vintners expect the 2017 vintage to be excellent — 90 percent of this year’s grapes were harvested before the fires struck.

In addition to buying California wine and visiting Wine Country, there are many ways to help Wine Country communities recover. For the latest travel and fundraising information please visit the following locations:

“We are doing everything we can to tell the world it’s time to visit #CaliforniaWineCountryNOW,” Beteta said.






Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

BREAKING NEWS! Unfortunately with heavy heart, just a few minutes ago the news came in, about 9pm PST, that Tom Petty passed away!!

Watch for a future reports and stories about Tom Petty and his illustrious career!

Rest in Peace our Prince of Rock’n’Roll!!

Such a horrible day today, Monday October 2nd, 2017. First the Las Vegas tragedy where over 50 people died in the worst massacre in US History. Then then Tom Petty was found by his wife Dana York unconscious in their home. He had a massive heart attack. Even though reports came in from media all over the world, many of them “major media outlets” that Tom Petty died, he wasn’t dead yet, he was on life support and still alive. Confusing, but so very sad for many of us. The journalist in me wants him to live far beyond his current 66 years, but understanding that his brain had lost oxygen for a while, much more than the 4-6 minutes that the medical professionals tell us we have to survive the outlook for Tom didn’t look good.

As a professional photographer in the Music and Entertainment industry, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was the first Musician/Band I photographed during my career as a Professional Photographer (you know, when you get a gig where you actually get paid). That was an experience that I will never forget and will live in my heart forever. The Tom Petty that we all got to know through his magnificent music and songwriting expertise will live on forever. Do you have a Tom Petty Story you’d like to share? Please share it with us at on our Facebook Group Site.

Word came in a short while ago, around 9pm, that Tom passed away. The official announcement was read by this career long manager and very close friend, Tony Dimitriades, “On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

I first met Tom Petty in Palo Alto on June 3, 1978, at the Stanford Memorial Auditorium. I was told to come to the backstage entrance of the venue. While walking towards the back of the building who comes walking around the corner, Tom Petty and his guitarist Mike Campbell (one of the best guitarist in Rock’n’Roll), and they were indulging in a nice doobie! I introduced myself as the photographer and said I was here to see Tony D (his manager). He pointed to the door and then offered me a hit. I responded – “I’m a lightweight, and if you want good photos from this show you don’t want me to have any of that.” We all laughed, I went in, met his manager, photographed the show and was amazed even as a young teenager how their music was so timely and timeless. I thought to myself, even when I become an old guy I’m gonna love the music of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers!! Here I am an old guy, and God do I love TP & his Heartbreakers. My heart breaks for him, his wife Dana, his family, of course his band (which was still almost the same lineup since his first album released in Nov 1976), manager Tony Dimitriades (probably the longest running band manager in the history of Rock’n’Roll – 40 years), and of course all of his fans!

One of my favorite all time photos came from that show. First time I ever used my Star Lens filter (these were big in the 80’s). Tom was somewhat of a mentor in the few conversations we had, he was philosophical, funny, courageous, humble and one of the nicest people I ever met, from any walk of life. His career as a band leader grew to more of a Father figure than anything, and watched over his “family” intently. The lasting togetherness of his bandmates, his manager and his life overall stemmed from that positive family attitude he had with all of those important to him in his life.

I don’t have a lot of those “Music Biz” Tom Petty stories, but the few I do, are precious and always showed me the gentle man he was, and how he is now busy elsewhere creating music at the big concert in the sky, knowing we will remember him forever more as our Prince of Rock’n’Roll. Rest in Peace Tom, our hearts are broken, and you’ll be missed, but always remembered as one of the greatest Musicians, Songwriters and Rock’n’Roll performers of all time!! (Other photos include Mike Campbell and original drummer Stan Lynch)

New Invention To Create Music Win Redbull’s National Collegiate Start-Up Contest Showcase at Tech Crunch Disrupt 2017

Red Bull Launchpad Sponsors Winner of National Collegiate Start-Up Contest at Tech Crunch Disrupt: App-Connected Rings Turn Color from Any Physical Object Into Sound

Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine
Technology Blogworld

The Red Bull Launchpad, a program introduced last spring to give wings to collegiate entrepreneurs and their ideas is now in its second iteration. It has named a winner of contest, a University of Colorado Boulder grad student and Co-founder/CEO of Specdrums, Steven Dourmashkin,

The Red Bull contest provides college students with a platform to cultivate innovative concepts into reality while providing access to people and events that will increase their exposure and help them grow. “It’s a brilliant concept and a fantastic tool to help our young innovators expand and seek their dreams,” says Felix Solomon, an writer and educator assistant at Laney College in Oakland California.

For winning the digital pitch-off portion of Red Bull Launchpad, Dourmashkin was awarded a coveted spot for Specdrums to exhibit in the Startup Battlefield at the upcoming TechCrunch Disrupt, September 18 through 20 in San Francisco. His team will also be provided access to several networking events and given an opportunity to develop future content that spotlights the products.

Spec Drums aims to bring music to a whole other level with this new product. Many of the Event City readers are musicians, songwriters and bands, and although they may not immediately run out to their local music store to buy the product, they will surely have an interest in seeing this new technology perform. Here’s a couple videos displaying the product and how it is used.

Growing up as a drummer and gearing up for his undergraduate college years at Cornell University, Dourmashkin became motivated to develop an extremely portable drumming machine. Realizing the most accessible, reliable solution possible would be to use color to create a virtual drum set out of any physical object, he invented Specdrums, app-connected rings that turn the world’s colors into a personal sound machine, allowing people of all ages and musical backgrounds to create beats and melodies by tapping on anything with color.

“My entire team and I are so thrilled to win Red Bull Launchpad and thankful for the amazing opportunity to showcase Specdrums among some of the tech industry’s top innovators,” says Dourmashkin. “Things have been moving very fast lately with the success of our Kickstarter campaign, and Red Bull is really taking that to the next level by setting us up to attend Disrupt.”

College undergraduate and graduate degree students were invited to submit a 90 second video showcasing their business or product idea for a chance to be a part of the Red Bull Launchpad program that features a trip to San Francisco and an opportunity to join other top entrepreneurs at the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield. An expert panel of judges — including Chad Campbell, head of marketing, WeWork; Joey Hinson, AOL Tech director of operations; Amanda Signorelli, CEO, Techweek; Ryan Kelly, senior marketing manager, Hyperloop One; and John Mannes, TechCrunch journalist specializing in machine learning and AI — selected Specdrums as this fall’s winner from a field of over 100 creative entrepreneurial entries including representatives from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and Lehigh.

“The collegiate level is ripe with innovation and entrepreneurship, and the submissions we received for Red Bull Launchpad were no exception,” adds WeWork’s Campbell. “While there were many strong contenders, we ultimately selected Specdrums as the winner because their innovation has the potential to change the way people create, consume and learn music. We’re excited to see the Specdrums team compete on a national platform at Disrupt, and ultimately leverage resources provided by the Red Bull Launchpad program to scale their start-up.”

Previous winners, Virginia Tech students David Hall and Jordan Klein of Park and Diamond, gained access to the prestigious Disrupt event in New York last spring for their stylized yet collapsible bike helmet.

Co-founder Hall commented, “In addition to the business relationships we forged and the hands-on experience we obtained through the TechCrunch Disrupt opportunity, we gained invaluable lessons and feedback on our marketing plan through our amazing connections with Red Bull. We have enjoyed countless opportunities that have accelerated our growth as entrepreneurs and which resulted from Red Bull Launchpad, from working with their marketing team to share our story to obtaining feedback on our design from their team of athletes. Red Bull gave our business wings and continues to be a catalyst to our success.”

Red Bull Launchpad was developed in spring 2017 as a program to give wings to collegiate entrepreneurs and their ideas. The program provides college students with a platform to cultivate innovative concepts into reality while providing access to people and events that will increase their exposure and help them grow. To learn more visit




Above sample apartment complexes do not represent the actual building projects.

By Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Creative Magazine

Bitcoiners Can Now Buy A Luxury Apartment Using Their Cryptocurrency Holdings

While China and Russia are going back and forth on the legal intricacies associated with Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrency ownerships or transfers, most other countries are putting the details to one side for a while and forging ahead with large scale bitcoin related development programs.

Reports are coming out of Dubai that suggest a couple of British entrepreneurs have teamed up to build the world’s first property development to be priced in the Cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

The project is being spearheaded by two big names in the UK business and political-spheres – Michelle Mone and Doug Barrowman. Mone is the entrepreneur behind the lingerie brand Ultimo,which she founded back in 1996 through her holding company MJM International, and she’s now the head of her own interior design firm Michelle Mone Interiors. She was also a lawmaker under former UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Barrowman is Chairman of the Knox Group, an an independent group of businesses with over £1.25 billion of assets under management and administration that employing over 200 people.

So what will the development look like?

Well, as mentioned, it’s in Dubai and it’s going to include more than 2.4 million square feet of floor space spread across two towers, each of which will come in at 40 stories tall. Mone will be responsible (through her design firm) for planning the lobby and the communal areas, but that’s about all we know so far. There are some pretty neat mockups on the development promo website (available here) but how close these will be to the finished product remains to be seen.

Reportedly, prices will start at 30BTC for an apartment in the complex (which at current prices amounts to somewhere in the region of $140,000 and the entire development is going to price in at around $325 million from foundation to sale.

The total size of the complex will comprise of 1,000 apartments, a shopping center and much more. The development is expected to be completed by September 2019.



Event City’s Harmonica Mike Performs at the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas

By Michael Handler, Writer/Reporter
Nolan Apostle, Contributing Editor
Event City Creative Magazine

Harmonica Mike of Event City takes a turn at a yellow plastic saxophone at this years Big Blues Bender at the Plaza hotel in Las Vegas…. Nothin’ but the blues….

The Big Blues Bender is one of the largest and arguably, one of the most exciting Blues shows in the country. It is 4 days and nights of Blues music and accommodations all taking place at the Plaza Hotel with “Everything, just an Elevator Ride Away”.

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is located in downtown Las Vegas located at 1 South Main Street.

The Big Blues Bender is finishing up its last part of the show today. It ran from September, 2017. Music fans have enjoyed top Blues Artists all just steps away from their hotel rooms. Besides the music, all attendees had a chance to enjoy a Vendor Village, Activities, Artists’ Panels, Theme Nights and of course the Fabulous Fremont Street Experience at your front door.




By Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

Over 15 dead and hundreds feared missing in the worst earthquake to shake up Mexico in over a Century. The quake was felt as far south as Guatamala and Honduras. Tsunami warnings and shaking as far away as 650 miles from the epicenter in Mexico City where reports are coming in that the quake shook for at least a full minute.

MexicoQuake9-2017Here’s a report from ABC News. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by this devastation.

What is an ICO? EC COIN ICO and Educating YOU on Digital Currencies

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By Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

As some of you know Event City is in the midst of planning an ICO. Many have asked the question – What is an ICO? It stands for an Initial Coin Offering, it is an unregulated form of fundraising through the world of Crypto Currency (it is also known as Digital or Internet Currency), and with the International success of Bitcoin, there are many cryptocurrency projects popping up.

ICO’s are a way to gain funding for these projects. The below video will help to give you a very basic understand about ICO’s. The ICO has become a huge focus for the world of Digital Currency – from founders and experts in the field to inspiring Digital Traders, Cryptocurrency enthusiast, Business and even Governments. Well over a month ago the US Government announced they would look into the possibility of regulating ICO’s, then the Chinese followed with their own announcement the following day.

To help you become better acquainted with the opportunities in the investment world of Digital Currency, we will post projects, stories and many educational pieces about Cryptocurrency and how it is reshaping the economies throughout the world. Please watch this short video at your leisure. It is a very basic explanation of what an ICO is and how they work. We plan on having weekly Conference Calls to discuss the Event City ICO, the opportunities that are offered and to help gain knowledge of the Digital Currency market and overall how it is effecting the world. We plan to help educate everyone on what many are saying is the FUTURE of WORLD ECONOMICS.

As we mentioned Event City is in the midst of initiating an ICO (Initial Coin Offering), it’s like an IPO but with it’s own Digital Currency, Token or Coin. Event City will use the ECCOIN for much more than just purchasing products and services. The Token sale or Coin Offering will help the company and it’s partners and associates to change many elements in the industries represented by the Event City Network. Below are a good collection of sites to help you to better understand the Cryptocurrency world and better understand exactly what is an ICO. Feel free to send your questions, comments, interest in the below Comments area.

It is very important to do your research on ICO’s, or any investment opportunity, before investing and only invest what you can afford to lose – Cryptocurrency is a free market and there is no way to determine price post launch vs ICO pricing.

Please browse the many resources below that will allow you to somewhat time travel into the future because the future is here, now: — A very well written article explaining ICOs. It is fairly easy to follow and of course written with the pizzazz that only TECH CRUNCH can deliver! is an ICOGREAT Article and a Video featuring major Venture investor Dan Morehead. Exchange – one of the most popular in Crypto-trading. — Local Exchange purchases – a Different approach to purchasing BitCoins. — Real Estate – Connecting vendors, buyers, sellers and agents over a fast, flexible and free global listing network.

ICOlertMobile App – Simple ICO presentation  —  Main Digital Currency Exchange  —  IRS Approved Ethereum IRAs—  Real Estate – Propy ICO site  —  Real Estate – Buy & Sell Investment Properties
Real Estate, Propy Article about it’s ICO  —  Smart Contracts help you make transactions to exchange money, property, shares, or anything of value in a transparent, conflict-free way while avoiding the services of a middleman.
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Bitcoin News 1 September 2017 – Cryptocurrency Market Cap Heading for $200Billion

A list of ICO’s and Crowdsales…

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A way to Order a Bitcoin Debit Card –
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