One of summer’s most anticipated concert tours, the Honda Civic Tour, is in full swing with multi-platinum-band OneRepublic – featuring special guests Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur – and is all set to add the new “City Flavor” pop-up food and music experience at select Civic Tour concert venues.
As part of the promotion, the band recorded a promotional video set in Nashville… with Matt as the lead!
Now in its 16th year, the robust North American tour includes dates in Detroit, Virginia Beach, Philadelphia, Hartford, Dallas and Los Angeles, as well as in Anaheim at the Honda Center on Sept. 2.
Offering the most engaging experiences and promotions in the tour’s history, the 2017 Civic Tour will debut “Civic Tour City Flavor,” a pop-up food experience in select markets. Music and culinary fans everywhere can follow exclusive backstage livestream of Civic Tour City Flavor content featuring some of the most infamous food trucks and local cuisine of some of America’s beloved cities via Honda Stage social channels: honda.us/CityFlavor. Civic Tour City Flavor will include appearances from chefs, OneRepublic, Fitz and the Tantrums, James Arthur as well as YouTube singer-songwriters and social media stars.
Civic Tour City Flavor’s first stop will be in Detroit at the DTE Energy Music Center, with stops in Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver and Dallas areas.
“We’ve always really loved immersing ourselves in the cities we travel to,” said Ryan Tedder. “We came up with the Honda Civic Tour City Flavor promotion as a way to combine our love for music and food. We can’t wait to bring some of the best food trucks chefs in the country backstage to our shows for our fans, our crew and us to enjoy.”
This year has seen new music from OneRepublic starting with the release of No Vacancy in April and more recently, Truth To Power, last month. Truth To Power was written and produced by Ryan Tedder and T Bone Burnett and will be featured in Paramount Pictures and Participant Media’s film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, out in theaters July 28th. Just last week OneRepublic released Rich Love, a collaboration with Norwegian production trio Seeb.
Civic Tour Fan Involvement
For 2017, OneRepublic took the all-new Honda Civic Type R and 2017 Honda Rebel motorcycle to the next level by designing their very own special-edition vehicles for Honda Civic Tour. These custom, autographed rides are joining the band on the road this summer, and fans can catch them at each stop of the 2017 Honda Civic Tour. The OneRepublic custom Civic Type R – the most powerful production Honda ever sold in the US – is inspired by the band’s love of modern architecture and clean design. The red accents, mixed with a combination of gloss and matte black, complete this one-of-a-kind vehicle.
Throughout the duration of the tour, fans will have the opportunity to enter in the Honda Civic Tour Sweepstakes for a chance to win multiple experiences, including the “Which Civic R You?” sweepstakes that highlights the Civic line up, noting “there is a Civic out there for everyone.” One lucky winner will get to drive home in their choice of a brand new 2017 Honda Civic Sedan, Coupe, Hatchback, Si or Type R. Civic Tour fans also will have the opportunity to cruise away on a Honda Rebel motorcycle, plus the chance to fly out to Los Angeles to see OneRepublic live on the Civic Tour courtesy of Honda Financial Services. For complete rules and to enter online, please visit HondaCivicTour.com.
The playful song is simply about the fun of being flirtatious (and how Matt gets nervous around pretty women), and the video, directed by Logen Christopher, takes place at a summertime pool party set against a gorgeous Nashville skyline.
Watch the video below, or on CMT HERE!
About Lena Stone
As Billy Dukes of Taste Of Country said, Lena Stone is “flat out easy to listen to,” a singer/songwriter whose melodies and personal storytelling make her “feel like a friend after just a few minutes.” After earning a name for herself penning breakthrough songs for other up-and-coming country females (Kalie Shorr’s Fight Like A Girl and He’s Just Not That Into You, and Kasey Tyndall’s Everything Is Texas), Stone is making her own splash onto the country music scene with her debut single Nervous. The Carlisle, Massachusetts native grew up singing and writing songs, influenced by artists from James Taylor to Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and Taylor Swift. At 18, Stone moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music and jumped into Music City’s songwriting community, spending several years as a staff writer at Song Factory Publishing.
Stone has been at the heart of the Song Suffragettes showcase and movement in Nashville since the very first show. Song Suffragettes, the acclaimed Listening Room Café’s only regularly scheduled show, is a weekly songwriters night spotlighting the newest and brightest women in country music. Stone’s 2+ years as a co-anchor of the show have given her an opportunity that hundreds of Nashville songwriter’s crave: a chance to build a dedicated fan base while honing her songwriting and performing skills. Stone lights up onstage; she is an engaging and enthusiastic performer, enchanting audiences with personal songs about love and love lost.
Recently, Stone has achieved independent success as a writer on Kalie Shorr’s Fight Like A Girl, performed across the United States from Austin, TX to Key West, FL, and partnered with YouTube for their Nashville Sessions. With the release of Nervous, plans for an EP and endless performance opportunities, 2017 is shaping up to be the year of Lena Stone.
Motke Dapp’s visionary romantic comedy, Everyday Yeti, is still enchanting audiences over a year after it was named Best Picture at the Nashville 48 Hour Film Festival. Recently, Dan Nelson posted a rave review on the site Monologue Blogger, citing it as a film that will have you “smiling from start to well after finish,” and describing Matt’s performance as “sublime.” Read the full review HERE!
Motke Dapp… has made one of the quirkiest and most divine short films in recent memory.
– Dan Nelsen
Watch the film HERE!
Lessons in Accidental Magic, the award-winning 48 Hour Film by Motke Dapp, Drive Media House and a crew of around 40 people, has officially been selected to screen at the Nashville Film Festival! Magic is about Liam (Matt), who is enamored with a girl he frequently sees at dinner parties. In an attempt to win her heart, Liam teaches himself to cook from a cookbook he finds at an unusual library. The recipes are unorthodox and the results are quite… unexpected.
LIAM is one of 186 shorts films selected for competition from the 4,246 films submitted. Of the selected films, 42 will make their World, North American or US Premieres. Winners in the Narrative, Animated and Documentary Shorts Competitions will qualify for consideration for the 2017 Academy Awards®, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
Last year’s winner for Best Animated Short, Borrowed Time, went on to receive an Academy Award® nomination. This year’s winners will be announced at an award ceremony on Sunday April, 23rd. The 48th Nashville Film Festival will take place April 20-29.
Below is a list of all the Tennessee First Shorts screening at the festival:
Animals Animals Animals / USA (Director: Dave Ogle) – A depressed house husband decides to take a journey into the unknown world of his own backyard. Three homeless men give him drugs and maybe a reason to go on. World Premiere
Be Brave, Be Strong / USA (Director: Micah Russell) – A view into the life of a young boy with pediatric cancer as he balances a normal life with chemotherapy. World Premiere
Broke Dick Dog / USA (Director: GB Shannon) – Three newly acquainted brothers track down and confront their absent and unapologetic father. Nashville Premiere
Death$ in a $mall Town / USA (Director: Mark Jones) – A mayor has a unique way to revive the fortunes of his small town that had been losing citizens, businesses and tourist prior to his taking office. Nashville Premiere
Dust to Dust / USA (Director: Joel Edwards / Jesse Edwards) – “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” In this experimental / elemental / fashion short film, we explore visual & sonic interpretations of origination; and our inherent destiny of returning to that from which we came. Nashville Premiere
A Far / USA (Director: Drew Maynard) – A young woman and her father explore the remains of a burnt building. World Premiere
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Beast in the Cave / USA (Director: Cameron McCasland) – An adaptation of one of H.P. Lovecrafts earliest stories which finds a man hopelessly lost while exploring the Mammoth Cave system. Darkness brings a unknown fear. Nashville Premiere
Knock Knock / USA (Director: David Shamban) – A paranoid shut-in hears a knock at the door, and can only come to dark and comedic conclusions about who – or what – is on the other side. Delusions and a little science ensue. World Premiere
Little Kurdistan / USA (Director: Ava Lowrey) – Just off Nolensville Pike on the southern outskirts of Nashville lies Little Kurdistan—a thriving community of Kurdish immigrants and new generations of Kurdish-Americans. Little Kurdistan explores this community through the stories of four residents. Tennessee Premiere
The Little Stage / USA (Director: Will Berry) – Bon Aqua, Tennessee – an abandoned building is on the verge of collapse until an old tape is found, revealing its historical significance. Nashville Premiere
Lives Restarted / USA (Director: Waheed AlQawasmi) – From the Holocaust to Memphis: Stories of courage and resilience. Nashville Premiere
Martha / USA (Director: Taylor Burgess) – A lifelong songwriter and musician, Martha Starin, a 92-year-old, has always dreamed of recording the songs she has written. So that’s exactly what we did. World Premiere
McMurphy / USA (Director: Charles Dillon Ward) – One afternoon during detention, a left-handed student stands up to a right-handed teacher. World Premiere
Millenium Girl / USA (Director: Grayson Propst) – On New Year’s Eve of 1999, Jane attends a party despite her parents’ wishes and irrational fear of the Y2K computer crisis. World Premiere
Prelude / USA (Director: Isaiah Stratton) – With the help of an intuitive therapist and the love of a woman that he does not remember, a damaged musician fights through the loss of his memory. World Premiere
The Rugby Boys of Memphis / USA (Director: David Darg) – At an inner city high school in south Memphis, Tennessee, an unlikely sport has arisen, and with it a team of untapped potential. Nashville Premiere
The Sacred Disease / USA (Director: Erica Scoggins) – Reeling from the death of her brother and oppressed by the medication meant to cure her, a small town epileptic ditches her pills and follows a mysterious woman into the deep woods of Tennessee. Southeast US Premiere
Still Sophie / USA (Director: Caroline Knight) – Four and a half years ago, young talent Sophia Salveson’s life changed forever. Doctors said she may never walk again, may never talk again…may never perform again. They were wrong. Tennessee Premiere
Take It All The Way / USA (Director: Cody Rogers) – When two people try to interview for a job at a real estate agency, they both do what they can to get the job.
To Those Who Doubt / USA (Director: Joel Edwards / Jesse Edwards) – Using incredibly unique & rare high speed underwater photography, the film points to the fragility of humanity; the message calls to those who doubt themselves, doubt their worth, or doubt what they are capable of. Nashville Premiere
The Wilkinson Family Band / USA (Director: Manuel Lagos) – In order to pay for their stay at a motel while on tour, Bob Wilkinson and his homeschool family band must sing a few songs. But keeping the band together proves harder than usual as Bob finally learns to be a father, not a front man. Nashville Premiere
Your Baby Is Most Certainly the Size of Some Kind of Fruit / USA (Director: Hillary Good) – Your baby is the size of a blueberry. And a sweet pea. And a pumpkin. Journey into the miracle of life in this entirely handmade stop-motion short adapted from a McSweeney’s article. US Premiere
In somewhat of a previous life, Matt co-founded Nashville Underground Management with his business partner Shawn Carnes. Their flagship artist: Zeke Duhon. Matt left day-to-day management of the company to focus on acting. Now, in a fun, full-circle twist, Matt makes a cameo as a “bro” in Zeke’s video for his newest single, Got A Lover!
Every once in a while, a fun little project comes along that allows you to step out of yourself and play for a weekend. Introverts Anonymous, written and directed by Jason Cunningham, is the story of Dorothy (Victoria Crawford), an obsessive recluse doing all she can to overcome her severe social anxiety. With the help of Tony (Thomas Marino), the extrovert who runs weekly Introverts Anonymous meetings, Victoria tries to open up to the boy she has a crush on – Robbie (me).
Nashville has a new home on CMT, and Matt made a co-starring appearance as a Production Assistant on Episode 5!
Nashville is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them, and often complicating their lives, are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people. In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and are doing everything in their power to stay on top.
Shaken not Stirred, written and directed by Roxanne Nawrot (Producer of the WTF?! Web Series), tells the story – based on real-life events – of Larry (David Dittmore) and Michael (me), a couple searching for a surrogate to bear their child. Michael is unaware that Larry is hiding a secret that could not only prevent them from starting a family, but also end their relationship. However, Michael has a secret of his own.
This was my first time playing a gay character (well, an openly gay character) on screen, so I wanted to do it justice. The last thing I wanted to do was “play gay.” I had read that Eric Stonestreet found the character of Cam on Modern Family by channeling his mother, so I set out to find mannerisms and characteristics of strong females in my life who shared qualities with the character of Michael.
There were also a couple emotional scenes I shared with David. These are never easy, but in the moment, when paired with an experienced actor like him, wonderful discoveries can happen. I was legitimately sad he wanted to break up with me at one point haha.
Matt is set to star in the upcoming short film Shaken Not Stirred, written and directed by Roxanne Nawrot (WTF?! Web Series). Matt plays Michael, a man looking for a surrogate mother with his partner Larry. Michael is unaware that Larry is hiding a secret that could potentially damage not only their relationship, but also his dream for starting a family with the one he truly loves.