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It's another "happy hour for the mind" and you're welcome into the virtual lounge for a candid conversation with actor/comedian Jason Stuart.  The entertainment veteran joins Ty and Nick to discuss the Sundance Film Festival smash hit “The Birth Of A Nation." The movie written and directed by Nate Parker tells the story of Nat Turner who led a slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831. The movie is getting rave reviews ahead of its release this October.  Stuart talks about his role in the movie as well as his struggles as a gay actor in Hollywood. Plus, Ty and Nick give their picks for top 5 historical films of all-time. It's all right here in this editon of Beats and Eats. 


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It's a very special edition of Beats and Eats and you're welcome inside to experience the magic of master illusionist Dan Sperry. Your hosts Ty Ray and Nick Gelso will talk with Dan about his upcoming entertaining and shocking "Dan Sperry/Magic No Longer Sucks" at House of Independents in Asbury, N.J. on May 21st.

You've seen him on America's Got Talent and for the last four years on Broadway in the smash hit "Illusionists Live From Broadway." Now, Dan brings his incredible act into the virtual lounge for your listening pleasure.

Plus, Nick and Ty chat with Dan about his life as a successful entrepreneur.  He created the popular "Zombie Java" coffee java blend in 2012 and works with a multi-generational family who are the oldest coffee importers in New York. The best-selling coffee ships worldwide throughout America, Europe, and the Far East.

So sit back and enjoy as the sensational Dan Sperry brings his amazing act to this very special edition of Beats and Eats.

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The virtual lounge is open and you're welcome inside for a lively chat with actress/hostess Kira Reed on this edition of Beats and Eats.  You saw her on Playboy TV and all over late night cable, now Kira fills us in on her role as Jo Connors on the Daytime Emmy-winning "The Bay."  The web soap just took home 3 statues at the recent Daytime Emmy Awards.

Ty and Nick chat with Kira about how the series has grown in popularity in just 3 seasons and the rebirth of the soap opera.  Plus, the trio talk the possibility of a live call-in show based on Kira's book: SCORE:How to win the Girl of your Dreams.

So join us for a lively conversation with one of the smartest and sexiest guests ever to grace the presence of the virtual lounge.
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Welcome to another Happy Hour For The Mind. The Virtual Lounge is open and you're welcome inside for a pop culture edition of Beats & Eats.  On today's show, Nick and Ty have a belated tribute to music superstar Prince.  The duo discuss their favorite  Prince memories and his impact on the music industry as a whole.  Plus, they dissect the Trump phenomenon and what that will mean for the general election.  The episode concludes with a look ahead to Desert Trip in October.  The music extravaganza features The Stones, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, The Who, and Bob Dylan. So sit back, relax, pour yourself a tall cool one, and enjoy this happy hour for the mind.

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The virtual lounge is open and Ty and Nick welcome singer/songwriter Andy Logan to Beats and Eats.  Andy had big success with his arena rock band "Little America" in the late 80's selling thousands of records for the Geffen label.  He's continued his success as a solo artist and his latest release is "Transistors of Mercy."  The new record features a heavy guitar sound that harkens back to a time when the instrument was an important part of American music.  Ty and Andy discuss decline of the guitar in popular music and why it's due to make a comeback.  Plus, Andy looks back on the start of his career with Little America and his evolution as a solo artist.  If you're a fan of rock music, and the guitar, this happy hour for the mind is not to be missed.  

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Welcome to another Happy Hour For The Mind. The Virtual Lounge is open, take a seat and chill out for an engaging conversation with the voice of one of the 80's biggest hits-Clive Farrington from When In Rome.  "The Promise" was a monster dance hit, reaching number 1 on the charts!  Clive will talk to Nick and Ty about the success spawned by the song as well as the ultimate break-up of When In Rome.  Plus, the trio talk about Clive's attempt to blend dance music and the 80's into a new tv show called EDM TV.  The episode concludes with an epic TOP 5 as Nick and Ty list their favorite dance tracks of the 80's.  So stick around, pour yourself a cold one, and enjoy your stay with Beats & Eats.

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The Virtual Lounge is open... Nick Gelso here. Our long-time listeners may remember that Beats and Eats started as a celebrity musician podcast (the "beats") and a celebrity chef podcast (the "eats"). With the popularity of our episode with Hell's Kitchen Chef Chad, we decided to continue to venture back into the foodie realms by meeting other former HK15 chefs.

Beats and Eats has a proud tradition of celebrating fine food and the chefs that create it. We are proud to say that we were even nominated for a national Stitcher/Deezer award for Best Food and Wine Podcast of 2013. We lost to Alton Brown- I can honestly say that we are not embarrassed to tell people we lost to the celebrity chef.

As with any show or concept, over time it's personality evolves. Though we still talk food on occasion, "BNE" has really ventured into more of the celebrity interviews and trending topics genres. In 2015, we partnered up with the ECP Charters, celebrity vacation, The 80's Cruise and, thus our subjects dove even deeper into the retro, celebrity interview genre. We will still be bringing you the best in current and retro guests but, we do intend to bring you the occasional chef again as well.

Anyway, today we venture back into the "virtual kitchen" in a fashion reminiscent of our show topics from 2012-13. We welcome Hell's Kitchen Season 15 Chef, Hassan (follow on Facebook here or Twitter here).

Chef Hassan opens up about his experience on HK, his early dismissal (you may be surprised by his reaction and his current projects. Outspoken as ever, Hassan also strongly defends Chef Frank from HK15- you won't want to miss this!

As usual, Ty Ray asks the tough questions as he requests Chef Hassan's opinions on fellow contestants and how contestants are portrayed by shows such as Hell's Kitchen.

The trio also discuss the renaissance of the dining scene is Hassan's home city of Detroit.

If you're a Hell's Kitchen or Celebrity Chef Junkie, this truly is the episode for you.

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The Virtual Lounge is open and Ty and Nick welcome actor Michael Sun Lee inside on this edition of Beats and Eats.

Lee is coming off his role on the new Netflix series “Fuller House". The popular 80's sitcom reboot is a favorite of fans and critics alike.

The trio will discuss that show as well as the popularity of streaming services like Amazon Prime and Netflix.  Plus, Michael will discuss his upcoming projects.

The episode concludes with the return of the Beats and Eats top 5.  Nick and Ty list their 5 favorite supporting characters in television history.

If you love tv, you won't want to miss this edition of Beats and Eats.

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The Virtual Lounge is open and you're welcome inside for a lively discussion of CNN's "The 80's.."  Ty and Nick examine the first episode of the 7-part series that examines the influence of 80's television.  The two discuss everything from Dallas to Miami Vice.  Ray and Gelso aso look back at how prime time television became the thing to talk at the water cooler.  It's a fast moving episode of Beats and Eats featuring many of the great names and shows you cherish even after 30 years.  So sit back, relax, and for old time sake open yourself a wine cooler! The "virtual lounge" is the place where everybody knows your name.

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The Virtual Lounge is open and you're welcome inside for a rare discussion with Dave Bickler, the former front man of the rock group Survivor.  Bickler is the voice of "Eye Of The Tiger" one of the biggest hits of all-time listened to by millions around the world daily. On this episode, you'll hear how Dave was quietly just dismissed from the group in early March. You'll get a behind the scenes look of what it was like to be a member of Survivor.  Nick and Ty talk to Dave about his favorite songs and stories that span a 40-year career in rock music.  Plus, Bickler discusses the release of his new album (check his new song out at  

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