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April 21-13 Preview: JOHN MUELLER’S WINTER DANCE PARTY at South Point Hotel & Casino

In The News, Winter Dance Party

Broadway World Las Vegas: by Debbie Hall Apr. 19, 2017

In 1959, pioneers of rock Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper were part of the Winter Dance Party tour when their plane crashed in an Iowa cornfield. But the music and their contribution lives on and John Mueller‘s “Winter Dance Party” will pay tribute to the artists, their music and legacy at the South Point Showroom in the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa April 21-23.

Hosted by John Mueller (as Buddy Holly), the tribute show re-creates the iconic legends’ final tour during a high-energy, two-hour live performance. Fans can sing and dance to the trio’s iconic hit songs of the ’50s, including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Donna,” “La Bamba,” “Chantilly Lace” and “Crazy Blues.”

Mueller’s parents were older when he was born and the family listened to the music of 1950s. “My older Brother Loved Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry and it struck a chord with me too,” Mueller told BroadwayWorld.com. “My friends would make fun of me but I kept listening.”

He grew up and followed a career in acting, first in Chicago and then in Los Angeles. While Mueller is also a musician and plays guitar, he was focused on acting. Set up for audition as Buddy Holly for a television show, Mueller brought the trademark Buddy Holly frames and guitar.

“I strummed by guitar and I was cast on the spot,” he explained. “I didn’t realize that I resembled Buddy so much.”

After that television appearance, Mueller was cast in musical “The Buddy Holly Story.” Audience members would comment that while they didn’t care for the play, they loved the music. After touring with the show for a few years, Mueller decided to create “Winter Dance Party” and focus on the music. The show debuted in 1996 and has been touring throughout the years.

The passing of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper has affected popular culture. In 1971, Don McLean released “American Pie,” which lamented, “the day the music died” in reference to the plan crash and loss. The song reached No. 1 in 1972 and No. 12 when it was reissued in 1991.

Lou Diamond Phillips starred as Richie Valens in the biopic “La Bamba” released in 1987. An original soundtrack with some of the “Winter Party Songs” was released and the film was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Drama in 1988.

“They were all unique performers and this makes it fun for the audience,” Mueller said. A documentary about the show is being produced with an anticipated completion date in 2018. Mueller also works on other projects including original music but mainly focuses on the tour.

John Mueller‘s “Winter Dance Party” will be performed in South Point Showroom in the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa April 21-23. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information about the show and Mueller, visit winterdanceparty.com.

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April 13, 2017 – Fox 25 News WFXT Chef Jason Santos – Delivering Southern hospitality to folks in the heart of Back Bay, nationally recognized Chef Jason Santos has opened his third restaurant here in the Hub. Buttermilk & Bourbon brings a taste of New Orleans to Boston with their signature dishes like buttermilk biscuits, fried chicken, and steamed mussels. Their specialty drinks also bring a southern flare; a popular pick is their unique take on the Voodoo Grenade.  If the cool atmosphere and delicious food and drinks aren’t enough to get you there, there are plenty of reasons throughout the year to party at Buttermilk & Bourbon.

 

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C3 Entertainment Adds National Day Calendar As Client

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C3_NationalDayCalendar_CelebrateEveryDay_RedGLENDALE, CA – March 27, 2017 – C3 Entertainment Inc. has added National Day Calendar to their brand roster. The authoritative source for national days, National Day Calendar, and their slogan Celebrate Every DayTM, reaches millions of people daily via social media, website, newspapers, radio and television. C3 will be seeking licensing, merchandising, and sponsorships for the brand.

Ever wonder what’s behind National Chocolate Day? National Day Calendar takes “unofficial days” throughout the year like Chocolate, Coffee, Pizza and Beer Days, just to name a few, and gives them the spotlight they deserve through sponsorships and merchandising. They also add new days to the calendar each year.

From Fortune 500 Companies to food and beverage groups, from automakers to clothing manufacturers, brands are gaining high exposure by sponsoring popular national days. Recent high-profile brand partners include Jeep, Starbucks, Essie, Promgirl, and Culvers.

Over 20,000 media outlets follow and use National Day Calendar for production prep. The media list includes shows such as Ellen, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, Jimmy Kimmel, The Today Show, and Conan. NationalDayCalendar.com has approximately 6 million monthly visitors and over 2 million email subscribers.

Marlo Anderson, founder of National Day Calendar, is thrilled to be part of the C3 Entertainment portfolio, saying, “Both C3 Entertainment and National Day Calendar are steeped in history, highly regarded in their respective fields and excited about what the future holds. We expect great things from this collaboration.”

“The licensing and sponsorship opportunities for this brand are unlimited. We are excited to take #CelebrateEveryDay to a whole new level by collaborating with different brands in endless categories from apparel to toys and more,” says, Ani Khachoian, C3’s Executive Vice President of Licensing, Merchandising and Distribution. “National Day Calendar is the perfect addition to our C3 brand roster.”

About C3 Entertainment, Inc:

C3 Entertainment, Inc. is a diversified Entertainment and Media company engaged in motion picture, television, digital and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution, as well as licensing and brand management of world famous classic brands and personalities. For more information, please visit www.c3entertainment.com 

About National Calendar Day:

Founded by Marlo Anderson in 2013, National Day Calendar has become the go-to source for everything about national days. Whether you want to sponsor an existing National Day, Week or Month or create a new one, National Day Calendar is the official registrar to contact. If you want to celebrate things like Coffee, Chocolate, Pizza or Talk Like a Pirate Days, National Day Calendar supplies and promotes the information you need so you can Celebrate Every Day.TM

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C3 Entertainment Inc. Bridges Classic Entertainment Such as The Three Stooges with Contemporary Brands

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Three Stooges fans really are wise guys. When the calendar rolls over to any of The Boys’ birthdays, fans call the offices of C3 Entertainment, the brand owner of The Three Stooges, to wish them a happy birthday.C3 2 Info

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Ani Khachoian, executive vice president of licensing, merchandising and distribution, pictured with The Three Stooges® Pillowfighters by Throwboy.

Sometimes they even call to ask if The Boys are still alive. The staff just laughs and enjoys the calls as if they were one of the Stooges’ famous bits. “It’s actually a good sign, especially if it’s a younger person calling because it reinforces their contemporary relevance,” Marketing and Social Media Manager Andrea DeLesDernier says.

The Three Stooges silly slapstick comedy remains just as popular today among longtime fans and all generations. Even after 20 years with the company, Ani Khachoian, executive vice president of licensing, merchandising and distribution, still finds herself surprised by some of the requests she receives. She’s been asked to sign off on everything from clearances for a Three Stooges-themed birthday cake to rap lyrics. “I’ve seen throughout the years younger generations and more women become fans,” Khachoian says.

Maintaining Legacy

C3 Entertainment is the company charged with introducing The Three Stooges’ laughs and nyuks to each new generation. The Three Stooges founded the company as Comedy III Productions Inc. in 1959 to handle their licensing and productions.

Six decades later, C3 continues to evolve. The licensing of Stooges’ materials still makes up the bulk of its business, but in the last five years, the company has added other brands as well as content distribution. “You won’t find a lot of licensing agencies that also do content distribution and productions,” Khachoian says.

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C3’s library of more than a thousand hours of content consists of many Three Stooges titles, which include 156 cartoon episodes, to feature films in many genres, including faith-based, romantic comedies and cult horror movies, military and historical documentaries and educational programs for children. Khachoian says content distribution was a natural evolution for the company with the rise of streaming services such as Hulu and Amazon. But its distribution is not limited to digital; C3 distributes content globally for cable and network broadcasts and home entertainment products. C3 also produces TV specials and feature films for theatrical distribution on a worldwide basis.

Content distribution is only a part of the expansion going on at C3. The Three Stooges have long been intertwined with the company’s lineage, but C3 also represents other brands and personalities that span generations. Some of these brands include pioneering rock ‘n’ rollers Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, famously known as “The Big Bopper.”

C3 is also developing a licensing program for John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party, a traveling tribute show commemorating the 1959 tour of musical legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper that ended tragically when the three musicians and their pilot were killed in a plane crash, widely referred to as “The Day The Music Died.”

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“The Three Little Stooges,” a new family movie coming soon.

The acts may be considered oldies rock, but Khachoian says Valens, The Big Bopper, and Holly are still appreciated by listeners, and their timeless music continues to inspire today’s biggest artists. “[Valens] was the first Latino rock star, so there’s nothing old about that,” she says. Valens especially resonates with a younger cross-cultural audience.

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Cover art by Jon Pinto for The Three Stooges® comic book series from American Mythology.

The company represents modern talent and brands as well. Celebrity Chef Jason Santos, who operates three restaurants in Boston; Magician Michael Grandinetti, a staple on CW’s Masters of Illusion; and world-renowned artist, Marc Lacourciere, better known as Motor Marc, are among C3’s more contemporary personalities. Recent additions to the company’s brand roster include National Day Calendar and the Rainbow Valley Fire Department education series for children.

Brands come to C3 both through existing relationships and C3’s recognition as a top global licensor. “We pick and choose who we want to represent and our brands all have broad and enduring appeal,” Khachoian says.

Serving Clients

The diversity of its brands sets C3 apart from most other licensing companies. Where others might focus on brands in a specific entertainment field, C3 represents brands across a wide spectrum. “It’s fun and challenging because it’s a little bit of everything,” Khachoian says.

The range of its brands enables the company to touch multiple industries, but it also leaves few opportunities for overlap and cross-promotion. Each brand must be handled on its own merits and C3 challenges itself to be creative in finding licensees and other opportunities.

“There isn’t a rock I’ve left unturned,” Khachoian says. “I go everywhere. I reach out to everybody. Licensing is one of those things where the sky is the limit. Whatever you can think of, you can license.” As an example, Motor Marc’s artwork will appear on collectible rifles. Ritchie Valens’ name and likeness appear on Soy Capitan Cola released in the first quarter of 2017. Then there is The Three Stooges evergreen brand. “How many classic comedy brands can you think of that have

Rainbow Valley Fire Department, a 3D animated series for kids.

Rainbow Valley Fire Department, a 3D animated series for kids.

products at market in virtually every category?” Khachoian says.

As popular as The Three Stooges brand is, C3 knows it must produce new Three Stooges content to keep the classic comedy trio relevant to modern audiences.

The company is working on the next new Three Stooges feature film that will reunite Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso, who played Moe, Larry and Curly in 2012’s The Three Stooges Movie and is currently scheduled to begin production in 2018.

For younger fans, C3 is working on The Three Little Stooges, a movie featuring 12-year old versions of Larry, Moe and Curly. The film is slated to begin production this year. “Having new productions is vital to help drive demand for our licensing programs,” Khachoian says.

Continuing she says, “We have worked very hard to achieve this marketplace success with The Three Stooges brand and expand the multigenerational fan base for the brand and we are very proud of our accomplishments.”

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Available Now On ShopKnuckleheads.com The Three Stooges® Plush Toy Pillow Fighters® by Throwboy

C3 Entertainment, Press Releases, The Three Stooges

GLENDALE, CA – March 1, 2017 – C3 Entertainment, Inc. announced the addition of 
Throwboy, LLC as a licensee for The Three TTSPillowFightersStooges® brand for Throwboy’s popular Pillow Fighters®. Larry, Moe and Curly Pillow Fighters are now available on http://shopknuckleheads.com

“Throwboy’s character-driven Pillow Fighters featuring The Three Stooges is a fun and unique idea. They will appeal to Three Stooges fans, young and old!” says Ani Khachoian, C3’s Executive Vice President of Licensing, Merchandising, and Distribution.

“I’m beyond thrilled to have Throwboy welcomed into The Three Stooges family,” said Throwboy Founder & CEO Roberto Hoyos. “We’re planning exciting plush toys combining our Pillow Fighters characters with The Three Stooges likeness that are ‘soitenly’ going to impress.”

Product information:

Have the ultimate pillow fight with these emoji-style, special edition Three Stooges Pillow Fighters®! Throw a monkey wrench with Curly, bust out of jail with Larry’s saw, and brain your friends with Moe’s hammer!

Special edition Pillow Fighters® The Three Stooges collection

Ultra-soft faux fur material, poly fiber filling, and satin stitch embroidery detail.

Premium quality and craftsmanship! Collect all 3!

Curly: 7 1/2″ (L) x 7 1/2″ (H)

Larry: 8″ (L) x 8.5″ (H)

Moe: 7 1/2″ (L) x 7 1/2” (H)

About C3 Entertainment, Inc:
C3 Entertainment, Inc. is a premier Entertainment and Media company engaged in motion picture, television, digital and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution, as well as licensing and brand management of world famous classic brands and personalities. For more information, please visit www.c3entertainment.com.

About Throwboy:
Throwboy is a toy and entertainment company that specializes in plush products with new media and traditional licenses. It’s premium plush throw pillows inspired by pop culture have amassed a large and diverse fanbase of all ages.

The Throwboy brand is synonymous with unique, chic, high-end throw pillows made for self-expression. Started in 2007 as a one-man pillow factory in Seattle Washington USA, they became the home decor staple among the internet savvy with our trendy product line and high-quality craftsmanship. The idea for Throwboy formed after Roberto Hoyos hand-sewed seven pillows shaped like computer icons as a gift for his girlfriend. When photos of the pillows went viral online, causing Hoyos’ website to crash, a business opportunity was born. With a built-in audience, Throwboy took off and went on to define a new kind of throw pillow.

Throwboy built upon the original idea and continued to introduce more pillows inspired by digital lifestyle including the first Emoji Pillows. From there they expanded into multimedia with our Pillow Fighters® brand that includes apps, comics, stuffed figures and more. We now collaborate with select top brands for special edition Throwboy pillows and Pillow Fighters, while infusing their signature style into each collection. For more information, please visit www.throwboy.com.

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Chef Jason Santo’s New Restaurant Buttermilk & Bourbon featured in Boston Magazine

C3 Entertainment, Chef Jason Santos, In The News
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Celebrity Chef Jason Santos opens his third Boston area restaurant, Buttermilk & Bourbon starring Creole fusion dishes and his lush, neon Voodoo Lounge.

The latest from Jason Santos has upgraded Bourbon Street cocktails, Southern-inspired creative plates, and several sexy spaces to linger.

by: Jacqueline Cain for Boston Magazine 2/17/17 – Photos by Mike Diskin

UPDATE, February 27, 1:30 p.m.: Just in time for Mardi Gras, Buttermilk & Bourbon opens to the public tonight, Eater Boston reports.

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When Jason Santos saw the labyrinthine, subterranean space that was formerly BarLola, he knew it was the future home of the New Orleans-inspired restaurant he’s long wanted to open. With multiple rooms, exposed brick, wrought iron and gold details, and, come spring, an enormous outdoor patio, Buttermilk & Bourbon is on track to open in Back Bay this month.

“I have a bucket list of restaurants. At some point in my life, I would love to open a pizza place. This place, the actual space, screamed Southern to me,” says Santos, the blue-haired chef, and owner of Abby Lane and Back Bay Harry’s. “I love the food, I love Southern hospitality, I love the feel of it, and that’s really what I’m trying to go after.”

Santos (whose mane you may recognize from Hell’s Kitchen and Bar Rescue) has never done a Southern-inspired venture, but New Orleans is his favorite city to visit, he says. Before opening his neighborhood spots, the Boston native cooked with Andy Husbands at Tremont 647, was executive chef at the now-closed Gargoyles in Davis Square and operated the New American Blue Inc. on the waterfront. He’s not pigeonholing Buttermilk & Bourbon as simply Southern—Cajun Guacamole, for example, is on the new menu.

“It’s as fusion as it gets,” Santos says. “I strive to be the best I can be, but at the end of the day, I believe it’s really about having a good time. I wanted this to be whimsical.”

Santos is working with Michael and Erica Diskin of Assembly Design Studio, and the space features a lot of whitewashed brick, graffiti, hanging mirrors, and “wrought iron” bars on the windows, which were actually 3D-printed. Bright neon lights, including a sign for the “Voodoo Lounge,” shine on black tables and distressed wood furniture and live vines and ferns soften the space, too.

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The restaurant has a dining room with a decorative fireplace and red banquettes. Another room has curved ceiling and repurposed church pews for seating at long, hardwood tables. A bar area seats about 30 at window-fronting high tops, a 15-seat bar, and a perimeter drink rail, and the “voodoo lounge” area, which will be used on busy nights for reservations, as well as private parties, has a backlit, 3D mural hand-painted by Mark Grundig. That’s where the tarot card reader will be stationed during the grand opening, Santos says.

The main bar area will have a frozen drink machine churning out the house version of a Hand Grenade, a trademarked potion available only on Bourbon Street. At Buttermilk & Bourbon, it will be upgraded with fresh melon purée. A raw bar will offer Hurricanes on tap, alongside a daily selection of a few oysters-on-the-half-shell and shrimp.

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The main dining experience will be small plates meant for sharing. Some of the opening menu items include deviled egg toast with crab fat butter, Benton’s country ham, and spicy pepper salad; braised short rib boudin with shaved mushroom salad; boiled peanut hummus and crackers with house-made andouille sausage; and aged gouda macaroni and cheese with pork scraps, topped with crushed Red Hot Cheetos. Alongside Southern- or Nashville-style fried chicken, the chef will offer a white barbecue sauce as well as sweet and spicy barbecue syrup, which he describes as having the viscosity of maple syrup with the flavor of a traditional barbecue sauce. He also plans to sell those by the bottle.

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Buttermilk & Bourbon won’t have a full dessert program, but it will have beignets, as well as rotating flavors of house-made soft serve. Santos will use the kitchen’s small smoker to make a smoked cinnamon and bourbon flavor, and some other possibilities include chocolate buttermilk, root beer and date, and peach and smoked pecan come summertime.

“I’m trying not to take myself too seriously here, and everything is thoughtful,” Santos says.

Buttermilk & Bourbon will open for dinner on February 24, and weekend brunch will come in due time. On February 28, it will throw down for its first Mardi Gras party.

Buttermilk & Bourbon website

Address: 160 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-266-1122, Facebook.

Link to article in Boston Magazine: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/blog/2017/02/13/buttermilk-bourbon-jason-santos-first-look-photos/

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C3 Entertainment, Chef Jason Santos, In The News

Chef Jason Santos draws inspiration from New Orleans

February 27, 2017 by: Dana Hatic for Eater Boston – Photos Courtesy of Maria DeNapoli

A Southern-style restaurant opens its doors in Back Bay this evening, unveiling plates full of fried chicken, beignets, and oysters. Buttermilk & Bourbon is the latest restaurant from chef Jason Santos, also of Abby Lane and Back Bay Harry’s, and it draws inspiration from New Orleans.

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Buttermilk & Bourbon takes over the space formerly occupied by BarLola, and Santos told Boston Magazine he thought that the 160 Commonwealth Ave. spot called for Southern cuisine. The menu features just that: In addition to a raw bar with oysters and peel and eat shrimp, there are honey-glazed biscuits, buttermilk fried chicken, crawfish and crab soup, and a whole host of other New Orleans-inspired dishes like steamed mussels, fried pickles, short rib croquettes, and barbecue shrimp.

The bar at Buttermilk & Bourbon is open from 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, with the kitchen open from 5 to 10 p.m., and the Friday and Saturday hours will extend one hour, with the bar open until 1 a.m. and the kitchen until 11 p.m.

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C3 Entertainment, Inc. To Distribute Kids Animated Series Rainbow Valley Fire Department®

C3 Entertainment, In The News, Rainbow Valley Fire Department

Updated April 12, 2017 – Rainbow Valley Fire Department is now available to download on Amazon.com!

GLENDALE, CA – February 1, 2017 – C3 Entertainment Inc. has secured rights to the children’s series, Rainbow Valley Fire Department®. C3 will be brokering distribution opportunities for the titles in the arena of broadcast, digital, mobile, online, VOD, home entertainment, civic and educational distribution, in addition to merchandising for the many characters in the series.

Rainbow Valley Fire Department® combines 3-D animation and live action with songs and interactive play. The nine-episode series entertains children and families with a troupe of talking emergency vehicles as they go on rescue adventures, helping people in need, all the while educating children about important life lessons in fire safety.

The series was created by Daniel Taylor and stars Tim Conway as Rusty the Firefighter (Carol Burnett Show, Sponge Bob Square Pants, Air Bud) and Rob Riggle as Captain Andy (The Daily Show, Modern Family, New Girl) with songs by the Grammy Award-winning recording artist, B.J. Thomas (“Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”). The musical score was created by multiple award-winning composers John Bettis and Steve Dorff.

“We’re looking forward to securing new channels of distribution for this fantastic series,” says, Ani Khachoian, C3’s Executive Vice President of Licensing, Merchandising and Distribution. “Rainbow Valley is perfect for entertaining and educating kids at home, and the perfect tool for Fire Education Professionals, classroom teachers, and homeschoolers.”

Rainbow Valley Fire Department® 10 minute episodes include:

The Fire Station

Fire Equipment

Fire Trucks

What Causes Fire

Home Fire Prevention Tools

Home Fire Escape Plan

Fire In Your House Part 1

Fire In Your House Part 2

If Fire Gets On Your Clothes

As a bonus for teachers, there is an in-depth Facilitators Guide

About C3 Entertainment, Inc:

C3 Entertainment, Inc. is a diversified Entertainment and Media company engaged in
motion picture, television, digital and home entertainment production and worldwide
distribution, as well as licensing and brand management of world famous classic brands and personalities. For more information, please visit www.c3entertainment.com 

About Rainbow Valley Fire Department®:

Daniel Taylor’s company, FreeState Entertainment, is a motion picture studio dedicated to the protections and preservation of family values and is committed to developing and producing filmed content that entertains, inspires, and challenges with redemptive and hopeful themes. Taylor drew inspiration for Rainbow Valley Fire Department® from his three young sons. Understanding their love for fire trucks and rescue vehicles. Taylor is a graduate from University of Southern California film school and has enjoyed a successful career as a Hollywood screenwriter.

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C3 Entertainment Licenses Ritchie Valens Brand To Rocket Fizz For Bottled Soft Drink

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: GLENDALE, CA – February 2, 2017 – C3 Entertainment, Inc. is excited to announce a license with Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shops to produce a Ritchie Valens soft drink called Soy CapitanTM Cola for sale in all Rocket Fizz stores and other select outlets. http://rocketfizz.com/ritchie-valens-soy-capitan-cola/

In stores now, you can enjoy a bottle of Ritchie Valens’ Soy CapitanTM Cola around the country in 28 states and over 120 locations. The bottle features classic imagery of Ritchie Valens with one of his electric guitars.

According to the Valens family, cola was Ritchie’s favorite soft drink flavor. He could often be found sipping a cola with friends at the popular Southern California diner, Bob’s Big Boy.

Ritchie Valens rose to fame in the late 1950s as the first Latino rock star and a pioneer of rock ’n’ roll with hits such as “Come On, Let’s Go” and “Donna.” The lyrics from his iconic version of  “La Bamba,” which fused elements of a traditional Mexican folk tune with rock ’n’ roll, inspired the name of the soft drink – “Yo no soy marinero, soy capitan…”RitchieValensSoyCapitanColaad1Original

“Ritchie Valens is a legendary artist who still resonates today,” said Ani Khachoian, Executive Vice President of Licensing, Merchandising and Distribution for C3. Rocket Fizz and its nostalgia-packed stores are the perfect place for old and new fans to celebrate the legacy of Ritchie Valens.”

“We are thrilled and honored to be bottling this collectible cola. As a true rock ’n’ roll icon, Valens is a natural fit for our stores,” said Robert Powells, President and Co-Founder of the Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shops.

More about Ritchie Valens: Valens began recording for Del-Fi Records in 1958. In a career spanning only eight months, he recorded three albums of over 30 songs and released nine singles including five chart-toppers with “Donna” peaking at #2 on the Billboard pop chart in 1958.

Ritchie Valens along with legendary musicians Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper died in a tragic plane crash on February 3, 1959, during their Winter Dance Party tour; a day referred to as the day the music died.

Since his untimely death at the age of 17, his music has gained in popularity and influenced generations of musicians. Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana are both cited as influenced by Valens’ guitar playing. Artists from Led Zeppelin to Los Lobos have recorded his music.

Valens who was inducted into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, is remembered with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a major motion picture, La Bamba, a U.S. Postage Stamp, and now a namesake soft drink.

About C3 Entertainment, Inc.:

C3 Entertainment, Inc. is a diversified Entertainment and Media company engaged in motion picture, television, digital and home entertainment production and worldwide
distribution, as well as licensing and brand management of world famous classic brands and personalities. For more information, please visit www.c3entertainment.com.

About Rocket Fizz:
Rocket Fizz is the largest soda pop and candy shop franchise company in America with over 100 stores in 28 states. Each store is packed with over 500 different glass bottled fun soda pops, 1000’s of crazy and retro candies, and toys, gag gifts, and other unique and awesome nostalgic products for everyone. For more information and a list of
Rocket Fizz store locations, visit www.rocketfizz.com.

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Ritchie Valens Soy Capitan Cola is bottled and distributed by the Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shops, LLC

©2017 C3 Entertainment, Inc.

Contact:

Contact: Andrea DeLesDernier

(818) 956-1337 Ext 217

adelesdernier@c3entertainment.com

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