The Multis Project: Meet the band

The Multis Project is an up-and-coming Birmingham band whose goal is to create a space where many can become one. Part of what makes the group special is that each member’s musical and cultural backgrounds are unique . I got to sit down with Trenton, vocalist and piano player for the group. He told me a little bit about each of the seven members of the project:

Copy of IMG_6429Jesus is from Peru and plays bass for Multis. He brings cultural history to the group while also keeping it relaxed with his “chill, soothing personality,” says Trenton. He plays rugby and is both athletic and hard-working. The other band members appreciate him for his smile that lights up a room and describe him as both approachable and a great listener.

 

 


Copy of IMG_6438Michaela is the sassy, creative, classy vocalist of the group. She’s got a soulful voice, and as an actress, she can bring the drama and stage presence needed when performing. Her band members appreciate her detail-oriented nature as well as her big, bubbly personality. “She loves to laugh and is always smiling,” says Trenton.

 

 


Copy of IMG_6433Geoffrey plays drums for the group. He is a hard worker and is always striving to grow as a musician. He invests himself completely in what he is  doing and will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. Trenton and Toussaint Louie, band members, met Geoffrey in Tennessee, and it wasn’t until they heard him play that they decided to begin putting a band together.

 

 


Copy of IMG_6411Zac is like the little brother of the group. Though he is the youngest member, he has plenty of potential and is ready to take on the world. He serves as the band’s DJ (“DJ Current”) and accessory percussionist when needed. He is energetic and “all over the place,” but he also has an excellent ear for hearing and creating art, according to Trenton.

 

 


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Hunter is the perfect mix between a hipster and a good ol’ country boy. He is from South Carolina and both plays guitar and sings for the group. He loves hunting and all things outdoors, but he is also known by the group for his sense of style. In addition to his role in the band, he works as the college and young adult minister at Christ City Church.

 

 


Copy of IMG_6413Toussaint Louie is Haitian-American and is the “big picture guy” for Multis as he helps cast visions by inspiring a strategic mindset. He also brings a hip-hop element to the group with his rapping skills. He acts as the big brother for the group and keeps rehearsals light-hearted with his sense of humor. He is passionate about what he does and is fiercely loyal. He knows that family and relationships are everything, so he maintains that whoever is in his circle while he is struggling are the people that will be there when he makes it.

 


Copy of IMG_6422Trenton’s motto is that “details make a beautiful or a horrible masterpiece.” He is optimistic and considers big ideas and pitching visions, while also being an asset to the group because of how business-minded he is. He works on the band’s schedule, communications and professionalism, and he also facilitates rehearsals and arranges songs. He plays keyboard and is a vocalist for the group.

 

 

The Multis Project will perform on April 9 at the Beeson Divinity School Barbecue at Samford University and on April 10 for the Samford Residence Life spring concert. Check out the Multis Project on Twitter and Instagram: @multisproject.

The Sun Also Rises Over Magic City

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Einstein Bros Bagels opens in Samford Library

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A new Einstein Bros Bagels, along with a renovated seating area, opened last Friday in the Samford University library.

“This was part of our original plan with Samford, and the library location fits nicely with the population on that part of campus,” says Brent Bolton, general manager of Sodexo Campus Services at Samford. “We knew coming into our first year that Samford needed more retail, and the look and feel of Einstein’s was a great match.”

The newest food offering on campus presents a tasty array of breakfast and lunch foods to the campus body. A lengthy list of bagels and schmears ranging from apple cinnamon to spinach florentine, egg sandwiches and “darn good” coffee are the breakfast staples. Sandwiches, soups, salads and bagel dogs are available for lunch, and there are plenty of sweets for dessert as well.

Samford students will be able to use their Dining Dollars credited on their student ID cards at Einstein Bros.

Einstein Bros’ only other Birmingham location is inside the Learning Resource Center at UAB. The Colorado-based company has approximately 800 locations nationwide.

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“My first Tasty Turkey bagel was delicious, but it contained no Tasty Turkey,” Philip Copeland, associate professor and director of choral activities at Samford, recalls of his first Einstein Bros experience. “The staff was beautifully contrite, and my second Tasty Turkey was even more delicious and full of very Tasty Turkey. I loved hanging out in the library with a good meal in a cool place.”

It seems more dining expansions may be in store for the Samford community. “At this time, we are looking at possible options over in the Southern Progress Corporation area, since a portion of the Samford campus will be relocating to this area in the coming months,” Bolton says. “We are evaluating the needs of the campus and how best to accommodate those needs.”

For more information about Einstein Bros, including nutrition data, visit http://www.einsteinbros.com/.

Hours of operation:

  • Monday – Thursday – 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Friday – 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday – Closed
  • Sunday – 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Chili for a Cause

More than 100 chili-cooking teams will battle for judges' and people's choice awards.
More than 100 chili-cooking teams will battle for judges’ and people’s choice awards.
The Exceptional Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, its Annual Chili Cook-Off, will be held on Saturday, March 7 in the Brookwood Village parking lot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 100 area teams will bring their best chili recipes and vie for a variety of prizes, including Grand Prize, 1st Runner Up, People’s Choice Award and Spirit Award. A panel of community judges will sample the chili, and the public is invited to sample the chilis and donate to the Foundation.

Advance tickets will be sold online at www.exceptionalfoundation.org or at the Exceptional Foundation for $10. Day-of tickets will be available for $15. All proceeds from the Cook-Off go toward the work of the Exceptional Foundation.

The Exceptional Foundation provides year-round social and recreational activities for mentally and physically challenged adults. Programs include competitive sports teams, field trips and social events. The Foundation serves over 400 individuals in the greater Birmingham area through its programs each year.

The New Fitness Fad: Activity Tracking Bracelets

The newest fitness trend is bracelets that track your activity level. There are various brands of these devices, but the most popular is Fitbit.
Rachel McCurry, a student at Samford University, got her Fitbit on Christmas Day of 2014. She said she decided to get the bracelet because she wanted “a stricter workout regimen” and she thought the Fitbit would help her reach that goal.
So far, she has felt successful in her endeavor, especially with the calorie-counting feature.
“I enter in my health goals, then enter in the food I eat each day, then the exercise for each day and that added to the steps that the Fitbit tracks keeps me on a healthy track,” McCurry said.
McCurry does not like the social feature of the Fitbit, which allows you to connect with other people around you with the same device.
“I don’t like the idea of other people keeping up with my health and fitness goals, nor do I want to compare myself with others,” she said.
She also added that the step counting feature can get thrown off by “a simple wrist flick” and therefore not be accurate.
Overall, though, McCurry is happy with her Fitbit.
“I benefit by being more aware of my daily activities and food intake, which also makes me more aware of my overall health,” she said.
Many people seem to feel the same way, as activity tracking bracelets continue to fly off the shelves. What do medical professionals have to say about the information overload of tracking yourself all day? Exodus Magazine plans to find out, and will have the full story in our print edition as well as online in May.

Website Revamp

Greetings! Please excuse our progress as our website undergoes construction. We are hoping to bring you a more user-friendly interface to improve your experience with Exodus magazine. Also, our spring 2015 edition of Exodus will be coming out in May. Stay tuned for more details!

Aly Hathcock
Exodus magazine
Web Designer

Fresh From the Field

Story and Photos by Virginia H. Harris

Nothing says fresh like the seasonal produce you can find at a local farmers market, and thanks to a recent push to “buy local,” farmers markets are enjoying a revival. If you’re craving farm fresh produce for your table, check out these markets in the Birmingham area.

 

 

Sign welcoming patrons to the Alabama Farmers Market.
Sign welcoming patrons to the Alabama Farmers Market.

Alabama Farmers Market

Undoubtedly the largest market in the state, The Alabama Farmers Market attracts 207 member growers from throughout Alabama along with 14 retail vendors and private flea market sellers. The market is open year-round but spring, summer and fall are the prime seasons to find locally-grown goods. Get lost among the vendors and you just might leave with more than a basket of tomatoes.

Where: 344 Finley Ave. W
Why: Enjoy the huge variety any day of the year.
www.alabamafarmersmarket.org

Mt. Laurel Farms

If you’re looking to go for a drive on one of Birmingham’s beautiful spring Saturdays, located 30 minutes down Highway 280 East is Mt. Laurel, a town akin to Andy Griffith’s Mayberry. The organic farm stand is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, year-round providing seasonal vegetables straight from the field. If you’re craving a day-trip, the Farmers Market and Craft Fair offers organically grown produce, freshly baked pies and cakes as well as crafts and artwork. The fair is open from 8 a.m.to noon each Saturday from May to October.

A Mt. Laurel sidewalk boasts fresh flowers for your spring beds.
A Mt. Laurel sidewalk boasts fresh flowers for your spring beds.

Where: 5 Mt. Laurel Ave.
Why: Get outside of the city and enjoy the small town atmosphere of this neighborhood.
www.mtlaurel.com

Pepper Place Market

Located in the Lakeview district of downtown Birmingham is an oasis of rural goodness.  While perusing the freshest produce available in downtown, enjoy live music, a cooking demonstration or just chat with the locals. The market opens on April 16, 2011 and runs every Saturday until Dec. 17, rain or shine. For the 2011 season, the market partnered with the Alabama Department of Tourism to promote and celebrate Alabama’s musical heritage with The Year of Alabama Music. Pepper Place promotes various local musicians and artists throughout the year as part of this statewide celebration.

Fresh peppers at Pepper Place Market (Photo by Lauren Womack)
Fresh peppers at Pepper Place Market

Where: 2829 Second Ave. S
Why: Jump start your day by arriving early and supporting local farmers.
www.pepperplacemarket.com