NOLA Crawfish King and Live for Live Music are thrilled to present the second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival, bringing together some of New Orleans’ finest musicians, food, and craft beer at a brand new home of Central City BBQ. Taking place in the days between Jazz Fest weekends, May 1-3, NOLA Crawfish Festival promises a true New Orleans experience from top to bottom. Featuring some of the most prominent artists to emerge from the Crescent City along with national favorites, this year’s talent includes George Porter Jr., John Medeski, Eric Krasno, Luther Dickinson, Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville, and many more in various unique supergroup formations.The festival will bring together a trifecta of Southeast Louisiana perfection – the absolute best crawfish, live music, and beer the city has to offer. The full roster of artists includes George Porter, Jr., Jon Cleary, John Medeski, Luther Dickinson, Eric Krasno, John “Papa” Gros, Robert Mercurio, Jeff Raines, Ivan Neville, Nigel Hall, June Yamagishi, Corey Henry, Tony Hall, Derwin “Big D” Perkins, Raymond Weber, Cris Jacobs, Raw Oyster Cult, Terence Higgins, Khris Royal, Boukou Groove, Eric Lindell, Simon Lott, Joe Ashlar and Organ Freeman. Anticipate various super jams, exciting collaborations and surprise sit-ins, all in true New Orleans fashion.The festival will run from 3 PM to 10 PM each day. Attendees can enjoy over 5,000 pounds of hot boiled crawfish prepared on-site by Chris “Shaggy” Davis and his NOLA Crawfish King staff, ice-cold beer from NOLA Brewing Company, and critically acclaimed barbecue from Central City BBQ. The three-day event will conclude with the Ultimate Crawfish Cook-Off, where twenty teams will compete for the best crawfish boil determined by a panel of NOLA celebrity judges.General admission includes one beer and a guaranteed minimum of two pounds of crawfish, complete with all the fixings. BBQ dishes will also be available for purchase. Single day passes will be available, but a three-day pass is the best way to enjoy the full hometown experience. A limited amount of Super VIP passes will also be available, allowing full 360° access to a festival experience that you will never forget.A portion of all ticket proceeds will go to The CAN’d Aid Foundation‘s “Send Me A Friend“ program, which was launched in partnership with Anders Osborne to provide newly-sober musicians and music industry professionals a support network to enable them to get back to work.More information and tickets are available here. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks. This event is rain or shine.Daily Breakdowns5/1:Khris Royal & Dark Matter + special guestsGood Enough For Good Times (Robert Mercurio, Jeff Raines, Simon Lott & Joe Ashlar)Eric LindellNeville Jacobs (Ivan Neville, Cris Jacobs, Tony Hall, Brady Blade)5/2:Boukou GrooveAlvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory With Luther DickinsonMVP (Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, Tony Hall, Derwin “Big D” Perkins & Raymond Weber)NCF Funk Squad (Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., John Medeski & Terence Higgins)5/3:Organ FreemanRaw Oyster CultCorey Henry & The Treme FunktetCrawfish Fest All Stars (George Porter Jr., John “Papa” Gros, June Yamagishi, Terence Higgins) + special guests TicketsGA Includes:-Music-2 lbs. hot boiled crawfish w/ fixins’ per day-1 specialty brew per day (21+)VIP Single-Day Includes:-Music-5 lbs. hot boiled crawfish w/ fixins’ per day-3 specialty brews per day (21+)-1 BBQ platter each day-Limited edition event poster-Private outdoor VIP hang area with bar access-No-wait VIP entrance-VIP viewing area (at one stage)VIP Three-Day Includes:-Music-5 lbs. hot boiled crawfish w/ fixins’ per day-4 specialty brews per day (21+)-1 BBQ platter each day-Free signed limited edition event poster-Private outdoor VIP Hang Area W/ Bar access-No-wait VIP entrance-VIP Viewing Area (at one stage)-Artist Meet ‘n’ Greet each day W/Headliner-1 free Ticket to Nola Crawfish Kings 17th Annual Jazz Fest Crawfish Bash W/Erica Falls on May 7th Just outside the gates of Jazz Fest-1 Free Ticket to All 3 NCF after showsSuper VIP Includes:-Everything from VIP 3 Day Pass-Open bar all 3 days-BBQ Platter each day-Backstage Access-Personal concierge service-1 free Ticket to Nola Crawfish Kings 17th Annual Jazz Fest Crawfish Bash W/Erica Falls on May 7th Just outside the gates of Jazz Fest-1 Free Ticket to All 3 NCF after showsMore info/tickets available here.
The sun rising over the Gold Coast skyline. Photo: Jerad WilliamsNERANG is shedding its down-market image with a host of new apartments in the pipeline.Bankwest’s 2017 Housing Density Report revealed the suburb’s unit approvals had jumped 39 per cent in the 12 months to March 2017 — the second highest increase in the country.The gateway to the Hinterland is topped only by Western Australia’s Cottesloe-Claremount, which recorded a 43 per cent increase. CoreLogic data shows Nerang’s median unit price is $310,280, up 2.6 per cent in 12 months. Bankwest general manager broker sales Stewart Saunders said while the rest of country was experiencing huge declines in medium density housing, Nerang was continuing a long-term trend towards apartment living. Nerang is transforming into a central hub.“Over the 12 months to March this year over three quarters, almost 80 per cent of all housing approvals in Nerang were for medium density housing,” Mr Saunders said.“What we see in Nerang is reflected when we look at the national picture.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“The report paints a picture of a country where, overall, there is a continuing long term trend towards apartment style living.”According to Bankwest’s report, medium density approvals declined by 6.5 per cent nationally to 110,471, down from 118,156 the previous year. Afternoon light hits the Gold Coast skyline. Picture: Jerad Williams LJ Hooker Nerang sales manager Chris Pittaway said developers predicted “huge growth potential” in Nerang.“I have lived in Nerang for the past 14 years after I moved here from Sydney and I think it has evolved a bit like Redfern,” he said. “No one wanted to touch it in the past but now a lot of new developments have started springing up. There is a new Red Rooster, service station and a golfing and tennis academy KDV Sport and these have given the place a modern facelift.”He said Nerang’s location and infrastructure was driving interest.“There are four golf courses within five minutes of Nerang, it is an incredibly central area and it’s right on the M1,” he said. “It was just waiting to be discovered by developers.“The 2018 Commonwealth Games are playing a huge role in the growth of the area too.”Mr Pittaway said the suburb wasn’t considered an option for many people in the past but it was now high on the list for home buyers and investors. Mr Pittaway said 30 per cent of his sales were from investors and Brisbane buyers after a unit or townhouse.On Cotton St there are 12 new boutique townhouses for rent at $465 per week.
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Thank you for your input. -3 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 284 weeks ago I’m really glad to hear Mr. Hoffman state the need for a fair income tax for all wages!! Report Reply 1 reply · active 284 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 284 weeks ago Ok, imposter….this is getting out of hand! I don’t like politicians, no matter what their stance. 😉 Please stop trying to confuse my lemming followers. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Kyle HoffmanBy Kyle Hoffman, State Representative of the 116th District â€” On Friday February 27, we reached the halfway point of the regular session for 2015 and sent to the Senate for consideration 71 House bills.Â This week we will begin working on the 79 Senate bills that were sent to the House by the Senate, as well as any House bill that is still in Appropriations, Taxation, or Federal & State Committees, all other House bills are considered dead and will not be worked.Over the next month, Appropriations and Taxation Committees will start finalizing the budget and any changes in taxes and send them to the full House for consideration.Please remember bills and other helpful information can be easily accessed through the legislatureâ€™s website at www.kslegislature.com.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Budget and tax policiesThis last week, the budget committee I chaired finished our last budget for this year; I will report our committee report to the Appropriations Committee on Thursday.Â We are getting close to having all the Budget Committees finish their reporting; giving us initial budget figures for all the 99 agency budgets in FY2016 and FY2017.Â We will then finalize it and send it to the full House for consideration.In the meantime, the Taxation Committee has been looking at all the tax bills that have been introduced, most will not make it out of committee, but I do believe that some will be forwarded to the full House.One change I hope is seriously considered is the income tax pass through exemption.Â In 2012, we passed sweeping tax changes that lowered the income tax burden on all taxpayers in Kansas.Â Kansas now has some of the lowest income tax rates of all the surrounding states.Â I supported it then and will continue to support lower taxes, but with any major policy change unintended consequences or loop holes can occur andÂ should be corrected.I believe that one loop hole which is occurring is a large percentage of entities that are qualifying for the tax exemption on pass-through income, are sheltering wages and passive income along with working capital income, this was not the intent of the exemption.Â The legislative intent was to provide an incentive for small businesses to grow jobs and expand their businesses by giving a tax exemption on “non-wage income”, also known as working capital, not wages and passive income.In order to make the tax policy fair, I believe we should close this loop hole this session and make it effective January 1, 2015.Â As long as we have an income tax and we tax wages, our tax policy should include taxing ALL WAGES, I believe we can do this and still incentive small business growth in Kansas.Budget and Tax policy will take up most of our time the rest of the session.Â Along with budget cuts, there will most likely be other changes offered to help with the shortfall we are dealing with right now, but this one tax policy modification will go a long way to make structural changes to make our tax policy fairer and stabilize the budget in the long term.Tax receipts to dateThis week, we received the month of February tax receipts and the good news; they came in $22 million over estimates.Â However, for the eight month period ending February 27th, total tax collections for FY15 remain down $79 million from the prior year period.The biggest outlier remains in personal income tax collections. These are down $114 million or 7.4% compared to FY14.Â That’s to be expected in the short range and I am glad that more money is staying in the hands of Kansans, my concern is that because of the loop hole mentioned above, some that probably should be paying are not.The above graph, (or click on larger version here) will help you visualize our tax receipts for the eight months of FY15 compared to FY14.Regional Water Supply meetingsDuring the month of March, 26 public meetings will be conducted across the state to begin the goal setting process of developing water supply goals for each region. All regional stakeholders are encouraged to attend and provide input to help identify the regionâ€™s water supply priorities.According to the Governorâ€™s Water Vision Team, the most resounding message Kansas citizens shared last year during the vision tour was the need for regional water supply goals, instead of statewide water supply goals. Below is a list of some of the closest meetings to District 116:Tuesday, March 3â€¢ Equus-Walnut, Winfield â€“ 7 p.m., Southwestern College Campus, Wroten Hall, 100 College StreetMonday, March 9â€¢ Equus-Walnut, Hutchinson â€“ 7 p.m., Justice Theater, Shears Technology Center, Hutchinson Community College, Plum & 14th StreetTuesday, March 10â€¢ Great Bend Prairie, Larned, KS â€“ 7 p.m., J A Haas Building, 400 E. 18th StreetTuesday, March 24â€¢ Equus-Walnut, Wichita, KS â€“ 7 p.m., City Council Chambers, 455 N. MainMonday, March 30â€¢ Red Hills, Medicine Lodge â€“7 p.m., Jr./Sr. High School Gym, 400 W El Dorado AveThe teams will present the proposed draft regional water supply goals to the Kansas Water Authority (KWA) in May 2015. The KWA will help with further development of the regional goals with final goals to be approved in August 2015.For more information on all the upcoming public meetings, water supply information about each region or read the final version of the Long-Term Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas, visit www.kwo.org.Pages needed for the session.Would your Jr/Sr. High student like to be a page for a day at the Capitol? Please call, so we can work out a date that works for you. Along with paging on the House floor, they will get a guided tour of the beautifully restored Capitol and their picture with the Governor; please contactÂ Dave, my office assistantÂ at 785-296-7643 if you are interested.Visitors to the Capitol.Â Since my last newsletter, I have had a good number of visitors come and visit with me in Topeka, thank you for taking the time to come; I enjoyed our visits and your input. If you are coming to Topeka, I look forward to seeing you; if you are attending a conference or reception, I would ask that you let my office know, so that I can make every effort to attend.Iâ€™m also always happy to arrange a time to meet with you individually, but even if you are unable to come to Topeka, please contact me anytime; Iâ€™m always interested in hearing your thoughts on what youâ€™re hearing around the district.Â Itâ€™s very helpful for me when I have reliable feedback.As always, I welcome your comments as I work through this session.Â I want to thank you for this opportunity and I consider representing you a great honor.Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your neighbors in District 116.In Service, Kyle Hoffman, 116th District.Follow us on Twitter.