Vietnamese Christmas Dance

Christmas Eve means many things to different people. For some it is a time for a family gathering. For others it is a night of religious observance. And for some it is a time to party.

On this most recent December 24, members of the Vietnamese community gathered at the Seneca Events Center in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino for a holiday dance party that lasted into the early hours of Christmas Day.

The mirror ball hung from the ceiling and the dance floor was laid and ready as the audience filed in for the late night show.

While everyone wished the crowd a Merry Christmas, there were a very few Christmas songs performed including George Michael’s “Last Christmas” and Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad”.

Jaydon Pham, Hoang Ghy Uy, Y Phuong, Gia Huy, Ha Thanh Xuan, and Doan Phi kept the dance floor filled as they performed predominantly Cha Cha and Techno songs including “Em Dep Em Co Quayen”, “When a Man Lovves a Woman”, “Trai Tim Nguc Tu, Trai Tim Ben Le, E Da Quan Dong”, “Anh Muon Em Song Sao”, “Ngan Nan Van Do”, “Se Hon Bao Gio Het”, Lanh Lung”, “Tantro, Vi Ngot Doi Moi, Khong”, “Neu Co Yeu Toi”, “Trieu Doa Hoa Hong”, “Anh Con No Em”, “Mot Lan Dang Do”, “Hai Mua Noel”, “Thien Than Toi Loi-Con Tim Mu Loa”, and “Ngo”.

At 10 minutes to midnight the musicians took a break from performing for a drawing to award 20 members from the audience $50 in free slot or table play. Since winners had to be present at the time of the drawing, it took a little time to draw all the winners; but once all the winners were named, the musicians returned to the stage for more singing and dancing.

Even though it was after midnight the dance floor was filled and the dancers were ready to keep the party going when the show finally ended around 1am.

As with all of the Vietnamese shows, the dialogue and nearly all of the songs were in Vietnamese, but it makes no difference whether the words are understood or not because with the help of the Headline band, the singers gave a great performance with good music to keep everyone moving…especially the Techno.

Maroon 5 Manager Jordan Feldstein Dies

Band manager Jordan Feldstein died suddenly December 22 in Los Angeles as the result of a heart attack only 10 days after turning 40.

According to the family, Feldstein himself called for assistance reporting shortness of breath but went into full cardiac arrest and paramedics could not revive him.

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The long time Maroon 5 manager is also the brother of actor Jonah Hill. Friends since childhood with Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, Feldstein has managed the band from the beginning.

The founder of Career Artist Management, Feldstein also managed artists Miguel, Elle King, Robin Thicke, Big Boi, and the contract for “The Voice” coach Adam Levine.

Before starting his own management company, Feldstein worked with ICM and Bill Leopold Management.

He was born Jordan David Feldstein on December 12, 1977 in Los Angeles.

Feldstein is survived by his children – Josh and Charlie – and siblings Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein.

Nice Guy Johnny: Nice Guys and Dark Sounds

There are musicians who perform the same music their entire musical lives, then there are those musicians who change genres with the times and their changes in musical direction.

Johnny Knehr – you pronounce the K – was a typical boy growing up. Learning to play the piano from the first grade and trading it in for a guitar in the sixth grade, but discovering sports put music on the sidelines for a while.

But after causing some serious nerve damage in a fall Johnny picked up the guitar again and the physical therapy rekindled the love of music and opened up a new career.

First it was Johnny E.K. And the Memphis Storm with upbeat Swing and Rockabilly. But the Memphis Storm gave way to Nice Guy Johnny and a darker sound and the Blues.

 

 

 

While Johnny still performs with Nice Guy Johnny, his newest album – due out early in the year – is a solo project with Johnny playing all of the instruments.

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He also wrote all of the songs – something he began doing after some encouragement from his brother in law. In a genre he calls Dark Americana, Johnny pens songs from the darker areas of life including a song he wrote over three years ago title “The Raven”. About suicide, Johnny says that he has not performed the song since the death of his brother in law – Chester Bennington – earlier this year. But Johnny says that the proceeds from the sale of the song will go to the One More Light Foundation (https://www.facebook.com/OneMoreLightFoundation/) – a foundation founded in Chester’s name to raise the awareness of depression and suicide.

The New Jersey native notes that in his musical career he has been everything from the musical background for a bar fight to performing while patrons danced along the bar and on the tables.

Fiddler Goes Yiddish

Storyteller Shalom Aleichem penned a story about a poor milkman and his family with five daughter in 1894. Like all of Aleichem’s stories, he wrote in Yiddish.

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In 1964 the story made its Broadway debut as the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” and in 1971, it became a movie.

Now the award winning production is returning to Broadway…but this time it will be in the original Yiddish. Since the debut of “Fiddler on the Roof” and its subsequent revivals, the musical has won 17 Tony Awards and three Academy Awards for the film.

Set for a summer 2108 debut, The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene in New York City has already begun selling tickets for the production which is scheduled to play at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Tevye and his family made their stage debut in 1919 in the Yiddish Art Theater in New York City. Since that debut, the play has been seen around the world.

In 1965 Fiddler was presented in Hebrew on the stage at the Habimah in Tel Aviv.

 

photoa credit: By Otterbein University Theatre & Dance from USA – Fiddler On the Roof, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63487692

Top Tours of 2017

As the end of the year draws near, it is time to reflect on the year that was. For music and musicians that means compiling various lists in the “Best Of” category. Among those is the list of who made it big on the road over the year.

The online concert site Pollstar has compiled a list of the top 20 artists and bands who toured in 2017. Calculated according to box office receipts, Irish rockers U2 topped the list with over two million tickets sold bringing in $316 million. Guns N’ Roses with $292.5 million, Coldplay with $238 million, Bruno Mars with $200.1 million, and hard rockers Metallica with $152.8 million rounds out the top five.

Leading the way for country artists Garth Brooks with $101.4 million in tenth place and Celine Dion came in at $101.2 in eleventh place for the top earning female of the year.

The top 20 touring artists in 2017 are:
1. U2
2. Guns N’ Roses
3. Coldplay
4. Bruno Mars
5. Metallica
6. Depeche Mode
7. Sir Paul McCartney
8. Ed Sheeran
9. The Rolling Stones
10. Garth Brooks
11. Celine Dion
12. Justin Bieber
13. Roger Waters
14. Bruce Springsteen
15. Lady Gaga
16. Billy Joel
17. The Weeknd
18. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
19. Red Hot Chili Peppers
20. Ariana Grande

Dollar amounts are for the amounts the tour.

 

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photo taken from the Pollstar Facebook page.

Entertainer Cuba Gooding Sr Has Died

Entertainer Cuba Gooding Sr has died at the age of 72.. Gooding was found dead in his automobile in Woodland Hills, California on April 20 just a week before his 73rd birthday. The official cause of death has been listed as Hypertensive and Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease – hardening of the arteries. The disease can lead to to heart attacks and strokes.

Gooding is best known as the lead singer for the group The Main Ingredient with their R&B hits “Everybody Plays the Fool” and “Just Don’t Want to be Lonely.” He is also the father of Academy Award winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

After leaving The Main Ingredient, Gooding embarked on a solo career; releasing a couple of albums, but later returned to the group as their lead singer.

Gooding appeared in a few video productions – “Children of the Struggle”, “Gedo”, “Roscoe’s House of Chicken n Waffles” and “Destination Fame”. He was filming “The Regiment” at the time of his death where he was also the producer. Gooding’s song “Dance All Night” was a part of the soundtrack for “Thank God It’s Friday”. As himself Gooding has appeared in documentaries, several episodes of “Soul Train”, and other variety shows.

The son of a taxi driver, Cuba Gooding Sr is a first generation American, who was born in New York City on April 27, 1944.

He is survived by his second wife (third marriage) Shirley, children – Cuba Jr, Omar, April, and Tommy, and grandchildren – Spencer, Mason, and Piper.

 

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NASCAR Crew Chief Barry Dodson Dies

In NASCAR fans see mainly the driver but it is a team sport that requires dozens of people working on the cars to keep them in proper working order and to make them go as fast as possible. One of the most important members of each team is the crew chief who makes the on track decisions when it comes to the car during a race.

Champion crew chief Barry Dodson died December 20 at the age of 64. No official cause of death has been given.

Dodson was the crew chief in 1989 when NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace won what was then known as the Winston Cup – today it is known as the Monster Energy Cup Series.

With a total of 19 Monster Energy Cup Series race victories to his credit, Dodson has also served as the crew chief for Tim Richmond, Mike Bliss, Mickey Gibbs, Jimmy Hensley, Doresy Schroeder, Dick Trickle, Kenny Wallace, Derricke Cope, Todd Bodine, Buckshot Jones, Jeff Fuller, Rick Mast, and NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip. Dodson’s final race win as a crew chief came in 1995 at Dover International Raceway with Kyle Petty behind the wheel – it was also Petty’s final win as a driver.

In the Xfinity Series Dodson worked with Darrell Waltrip and Travis Kittleson. In the Camping World Truck Series he was crew chief for Mike Bliss, Dave Rezendes, Chad Chafin, Derricke Cope, Tim Fedewa, Shane Huff, Ryan Moore, Clay Rogers, and Jason White. He was also Darrel Waltrip’s crew chief for a couple of races in the ARCA Racing and K&N Pro Series West.

When Rusty Wallace decided to field a team of his own in the Xfinity Series, he hired Dodson as the team’s general manager.

Predeceased by his children Trey and Tia (automobile accident in 1994), Dodson is survived by his brother John and stepson crew chief for JTG Daugherty Racing Trent Owens.

photo taken from Dodson’s Facebook page.

Vietnamese Christmas Show

The Vietnamese Community gathered at the Seneca Events Center in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on December 24 with Doan Phi, Gia Huy, Ha Tranh Xuan, Hoang Thuy Uy, Jaydon Pham, and Y Phuong entertained the crowd while they filled the dance floor.

Tammie Shannon: Positively Alive

Ideas for songs can come from most anywhere with the most popular answer being “things I see around me.” But for storyteller and musician Tammie Shannon, she has to go no further than her own life to create new songs.

For Tammie, life didn’t just get in the way, it nearly killed her.

After raising a family, Tammie decided that it was her turn and with a little encouragement from one of her children, she decided to return to music – she had been singing since she was a small child.

But in 2013 an automobile accident and subsequent emergency appendectomy led to some complications that left Tammie with damaged vocal chords – one of them was paralyzed. With some hard work, she not only learned to talk again, but to also sing again.

Currently Tammie is putting the finishing touches on her debut album – “All of Me” – and is looking to have the album ready to release early in the year.

The album features all original songs penned by Tammie. She has an interesting and unique format when it comes to songwriting. Using her mobile phone as a songwriting tool, Tammie begins with the beats from the bass and drums; she then builds the song from there.

Tammie considers her songs as her children and says that it is nice to see them grow up.

Along with growing up singing in the church in Arkansas, Tammie has shared the stage with Percy Sledge. She considers Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, and Etta James as her biggest influences.

Tammie currently calls Nashville home and notes that it is nice working with talented people.

Kathy Zimmer: Quiet Voice and ‘White Noise’

Hollywood is filled with the stories and films of a small town girl who dreams of becoming a star in the big city.

Nebraska farm girl Kathy Zimmer doesn’t have to dream…she is living it as a musician in New York City.

But it is there that the typical story ends. Kathy has taken the old folk music originally made popular by Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan and brought it in to the 21st century in what she calls Cosmopolitan Folk music.

Kathy was destined to make her mark in music in one form or another; as a child in Nebraska the large family would gather to play and have a good time jam. Learning to play acoustic and electric guitar, Kathy joined in.

Over the past 10 years, Kathy has released three albums and an EP. In January 5 she will release her new EP “White Noise”. The album features all original songs written by Kathy. She says that her song mostly come from what’s in her head with a few characters and sometimes song ideas from from life itself.

On January 25 Kathy will be giving a performance in what she says is her favourite venue – The Slipper Room – to promote the new album. Kathy noted that she would like to go beyond New York City and get out to perform and promote the album this coming spring and summer.

When not performing her own music, the music major is helping to pass the music on to the next generation as a teacher.

 

photo courtesy of HyPR Media.

Led Zeppelin is Getting Booked

It’s hard to believe that the musical British Invasion happened over 50 years ago, but next year British rockers Led Zeppelin will mark 50 years of music.

And they are doing so in a big way with a book and the promise of new music.

While the surviving members of the band – Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones are not reuniting as a band, the lads are working together on an anniversary book that is an illustrated history of the band. The book is set for a release some time in 2018.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has also revealed that he is working on putting together some new Led Zeppelin music to celebrate the anniversary. Page has said that the new release will be music that was never released.

Page noted that he also has plans to do some performing next year.n

 

photo credit:  By p_a_h from United Kingdom – flickr.com, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3251626

Velvet Underground Gets Boxed

Rockers Velvet Underground will celebrate 50 years of music next year and to mark the occasion, the band is releasing a career spanning vinyl boxed set.

Set for a February 23 release the box will include the band’s four studio albums, an album that was “lost”, and Nico’s debut solo album.

But, there’s a catch…only 1,000 copies of the set are being released and it is selling for $179.98.

Velvet Underground is pressing the albums on 180 grain black vinyl with the songs in stereo and featuring the original cover art. Also included in the set is a 48 page book of vintage photos and lyrics. Maureen “Moe” Tucker has penned a new forward to the book for the event.

Albums included in the boxed set are:
“The Velvet Underground and Nico”
“Nico: Chelsea Girl”
“White Light / White Heat”
“The Velvet Underground”
“1969” a double album including many of the original mixes
“Loaded”

 

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Onondaga Chief Powless Crosses Over

Chief Irving Powless Jr of the Onondaga Nation has died at the age of 88. Chief Powless crossed over in November; no official cause of death was given.

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Powless was the Chief of the Daha‘tgatdohs, Beaver Clan; a teacher , lecturer, author, protector of the environment, a historian for the Nation, served as the secreatryfor the Onondaga Coucil of Chiefs for many years, and played lacrosse.

Along with being a Chief of his clan, Powless served in the United States Navy during World War II along side his brother Everett on the USS Randolph. He worked for Conrail for over 30 years before retiring in 1989.

One of Poweless’ biggest historical moments was from his own personal history – the time he hip checked legendary football player Jim Brown during a lacrosse game, putting Brown on the ground.

A lover of the ancient Native game of lacrosse, Chief Powless founded the Onondaga Athletic Club where he also played. He is also a member of the Central New York Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Speaking on Chief Powless, son Neal said, “the greatest gift that he gave me was the gift to dream;” adding, “and a faith that everything was going to work out.”

The Onondaga Nation is one of the six Nations of the Iroquios Confederation who makes their home in the ecntral New York area.

Powless was an expert when it came to Onondaga Nation treaties, using his knowledge for legal battles with New York state. It was Poweless who won the Haudenosaunee Confederacy their non-taxable status. He also used his knowledge as a historian and treaty expert to ensure the Nation was not cheated out of its land claims.

Predeceased by his wife Helen; Chief Powless is survived by children Nancy, Barry, Bradley, and Neal; siblings Phyllis and Beverly; 10 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and many neices and nephews.

Holly Jolly Holiday with the BPO Pops

Conductor John Morris Russell and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concluded the holiday concerts and the 2017 portion of the season with the annual Holiday Pops concerts December 15-17 performing fours concerts in three days. For the Holiday Pops the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus joined in and the Buffalo Girlchoir made their BPO debut.

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After opening the concert with “The First Noel” the lights were dimmed with only the lights above the music stands glowing as the BPO played “O Tanenbaum”. The light came up slowly as the song was played.

Soprano Katy Minor joined the BPO for a performance of “We Three Kings” and the Appalachian tune I Wonder as I Wander”.

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The days of December are filled with holidays other than Christmas. Paying tribute to one of those holidays, the BPO performed a medley of Chanukah songs with the “Festive Sound of Hanukkah”.

The BPO performed the percussion heavy song “Pat-a-Pan”, a “Winter Medley” that featured a number of key changes and a piece that fused the music of “Bolero” and “The Little Drummer Boy” title “Little Bolero Boy” before taking a break for the intermission.

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Noting that some BPO musicians have a musical life outside of the BPO, Maestro Russell introduced violinist Amy Licata, bassist Brett Shurtliffe, and Buffalo musician Matthew Spurber on guitar as the Celtic music trio Normal Street Entrance who performed a medley of tunes. Named for the stage door entrance used by BPO musicians, the trio played “I Saw Three Ships”, “Ice in the Road”, and “Christmas Eve”.

After intermission the BPO returned to the stage and were joined by the Chorus and the Girlchoir with a performance of “Deck the Halls Boughs of Holly ( A Merrie Fugue)”.

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Buffalo TV personality Mike Randall came on stage to read the story of the “Polar Express” as the BPO, the BPC, and the Girlchoir performed.

The holiday musical merriment concluded with a sing-a-long that included “Jingle Bells”, “Joy to the World”, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, “Away in a Manger”, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, and Silent Night”.

Jingles, Bells, and Jam with the BPO

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra calls their holiday kids program the Jingle Bell Jam and when the BPO played before a full house on December 10 it was indeed a Jingle Bell Jam when the audience joined in on the music with bells.

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Conductor Stefan Sanders and the BPO opened the concert with a rousing rendition of Jingle Bells with the sound of bells filling the room.

With the sounds of “Here Comes Santa Claus”, Santa himself did indeed come down the aisle and joined the BPO on the stage.

And who knew? Santa has a great singing voice which he showed off as he performed with the BPO on “Winter Wonderland”, “Frosty the Snowman”, “Leit it Snow”, “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”, and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”.

One of the most popular tunes from “The Nutcracker” Ballet is the “Waltz of the Flowers”. Members of the Royal Academy of Ballet joined the BPO to perform the song. After the Ballet dancers performed, members of the Verve Dance Studios took the stage to perform a modern Hip-Hop inspired version of the piece to “Dance of the Floreadors”.

The BPO also performed music from “Polar Express” and the “Minuetto” from the “Toy Symphony in C Major H11:47” by Josef Hayden. The BPO got a little help from a few young audience members on the piece. The BPO closed out the concert and escorted Santa on his way with a very lively version of “Sleigh Ride” with the Music Hall filled once again with the sound of bells.

While the kid themed concerts are held to only an hour in length to accommodate the shortened sitting still time of children, the afternoon seemed to fly by as the music marched along in a joyous manner.

Sportscaster Dick Enberg Dies

Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Dick Enberg died in his La Jolla, California home December 21 at the age of 82 – only a few short weeks from his 83rd birthday. While no official cause of death was given, family members believe that Enberg had a heart attack.

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While Enberg broadcast a number of sporting events throughout his career, his true love was baseball. Enberg himself once noted, “it has been in my DNA since I was in diapers.”

Along with being inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York; Enberg has earned the highest award any broadcaster can get – the Ford C. Frick Award. He is the only person to have been awarded the Emmy Award as a sports broadcaster, writer and producer. In total, Enberg won 14 Emmy Awards and was named Sportscaster of the Year nine times. Enberg has also been honoured by the NFL and NBA for his broadcasting.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke on Enberg saying, “Dick Enberg was first and foremost a true gentleman, one who just happened to be among the most distinguished sports broadcasters in history. He was well-known for bringing many different sports into the homes of fans, but he had a special bond with the national pastime.”

For “Star Trek” fans the expression “Oh my” belongs to none other than Mr. Sulu himself George Takei; but when it comes to sport, and especially baseball, the phrase belongs to Dick Enberg. He used the phrase as the title to his autobiography and as the opening remarks for his Hall of Fame acceptance speech.

Over the course of his long career Enberg has called games for the California Angeles (now the Los Angeles Angels), the San Diego Padres, NCAA college basketball championships, 42 seasons of the NFL, Wimbledon matches, 10 Super Bowls, nine Rose Bowls, horse races, tennis and golf matches, the Olympics, and the 1982 World Series. One of the rarest events in baseball is the no hitter; Enberg called nine of them over the course of his career.

Along with his numerous appearances as a sportscaster, Dick Enberg has a number of acting credits for his appearances – many of them as an announcer – in the “Mod Squad”, “CSI: NY”, “The Felony Squad”, “Where’s Huddles?”, “Emergency”, “Kolchak: The Night Stalker”, “Gus”, “Murder at the World Series”, “Heaven Can Wait”, “The Longshot”, “Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!”, “Built to Last”, “Hooves of Fire”, “The King of Queens”, “Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe”, “Mr. 3000”, and “Pitch”. He has also appeared on talk shows, game shows, documentaries, and the Rose Bowl Parade.

He has worked with Don Drysdale, Al McGuire, Billy Packer, and Mark Grant.

After retiring from broadcasting, Enberg wrote another book, and recorded a number of podcasts.

He was born Richard Alan Enberg on January 9, 1935 in Mount Clemons, Michigan. Prior to becoming a sportscaster, Enberg was a teacher and baseball coach at San Fernnando Valley State College in California.

He is survived by his wife of over 30 years Barbara and children.

 

New Music Friday – December 22

On this weekend before Christmas, there are only a handful of new albums listed in this week’s New Music Friday including David Guetta, Gucci Mane, and John Williams.

Albums:
Original motion picture soundtrack for “All the Money in the World” by Daniel Pemberton
“El Gato: The Human Glacier” by Gucci Mane
“Pete the Cat: A Groovy New Year” by Various Artists – a Children’s album
Original motion picture soundtrack for “The Post” by John Williams
“Big Beat Ignition: Denver” by Various Artists
“Huncho Jack,Jack Huncho” by Huncho Jack, Travis Scott, and Quavo
“Wednesday” by Chris Webby
“A Christmas Story Live!” by Various Artists
“Monstercat: Best of 2017” by Various Artists

EPs:
“Dirty Sexy Money” Remixes by David Guetta and Afrojack with Charli XCX and French Montana
“Hello There” The Remixs by Dillon Francis with Yung Pinch
“High on You” Acoustic Vrsion by State of Sound
“Mat Kearney” by Mat Kearney

NFL Names 2018 Pro Bowl Players

On December 20 the National Football League revealed the players that have been chosen to participate in the annual Pro Bowl game.

The game is scheduled for a 3pm start on January 28 – one week before Super Bowl LII – at Camping World Stadium in a return to Orlando, Florida. The game has returned to the AFC vs NFC format.

Players chosen for the teams were selected via votes from footbal fans, team mates, and coaches. This time around there are 24 first Pro Bowlers including four rookie players.

The Pittsburgh Steelers led the list of players to make the team with eight of the 86 total players – offense, defense, and special teams. The New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles each have six players heading to the Pro Bowl.

The roster of players who actually make the trip will change as the playoff and Super Bowl teams are determined. The as yet to be named coaching staffs will come from the losing teams in the Divisional Playoffs with the best regular season record.

The 2018 Por Bowl Legends Captains are Derrick Brooks and Warrick Dunn for the NFC with Jason Taylor and La Dainian Tomlinson for the AFC. The former Por Bowlers will also serve as team mentors and be a part of the sideline crew during the game.

The 2018 Pro Bowl roster:
AFC:
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen
Cincinnati Bengals interior lineman Geno Atkins
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell
Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa
Pittsburgh Steelers placekicker Chris Boswell
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell
Tennessee Titans interior lineman Jurrell Casey
Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney
Pittsburgh Steelers guard David DeCastro
New England Patriots fullback James Develin
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski
Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward
Kansas City Chiefs return specialist Tyreek Hill
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins
Oakland Raiders center Rodney Hudson
Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt
Buffalo Bills strong safety Micah Hyde
Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito

Jacksonville Jaguars interior lineman Malik Jackson
Miami Dolphins strong safety Reshad Jones
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce
Tennessee Titans punter Brett Kern

Tennessee Titans tackle Taylor Lewan

Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy
Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller
Baltimore Ravens inside and middle linebacker C.J. Mosley
Oakland Raiders guard Kelechi Osemele
Oakalnd Raiders tackle Donald Penn
Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers
Pittsburgh Steelers inside and middle linebacker Ryan Shazier (out for the season with an injury)
New England Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater
Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs
Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib
Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Alejandro Villanueva
Baltimore Ravens free safety Eric Weddle

 

NFC:
Arizona Cardinals special teamer Budda Baker
Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anothy Barr
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees
Philadelphia Eagles guard Brandon Brooks
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins
Los Angeles Rams return specialist Pharoh Cooper
Philadelphia Eagles interior lineman Fletcher Cox
Los Angeles Rams interior lineman Aaron Donald
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald
Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley
Los Angeles Rams punter Johnny Hekker
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram
Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins
Philadelphia Eagles tackle Lane Johnson

Arinoza Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones
Atlanta Falcons wide reciever Julio Jones
New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan
San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara
Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan
Carolina Panthers inside and middle linebacker Luke Kuechly
New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence
Atlanta Falcons center Alex Mack
Tampa Bay Buccaneers interior lineman Gerald McCoy
Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes
Washington Redskins guard Brandon Scherff

Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay
Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen
Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas
New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas
Seattle Seahawks inside and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (out for the season with an injury)
Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson
Los Angeles Rams placekicker Greg Zuerlein

The Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, and the Indianapolis Colts do not have any players on the 218 Pro Bowl roster.

Thomas the Train to Pull into The Strong

Trains have been the fascination of children ever since the first rail was laid.

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The Strong museum in Rochester, New York is kicking off 2018 with an exhibit dedicated to the smiling train of Thomas…and his Friends.

Thomas will roll into The Strong on January 20 and be on display until May 6.

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Thomas, Percy, and Gordon will introduce visitors to the island of Sodor and work to solve a variety of math and science challenges.

The exhibit will include an oversized Thomas the Train engine where visitors can take plenty of photos and climb aboard to work the controls. The head of the railway Sir Topham Hatt will also be available to pose for photos.

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Outside at the Knapford Train Station, visitors can pretend to be a Pullman and sort baggage or freight and load it on to the train. Visitors can also take on the role of a ticket seller or even the conductor…complete with conductor’s uniform.

Visitors can race the train around the island with the large diorama; making stops at the Tidmouth Shed, Brendam Docks, the Rescue Station, and the Quarry. Visitors can test their math and engineering skills by reworking track layouts, building bridges and building, and calculating speed to ascend the climbs.

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The wall graphic provides information on Sodor’s “Steam Team” engine crew.

At the Sodor Steamworks, help Victor work on the engines and to learn their various parts. Load coal and water for the upcoming journey.

The new Thomas exhibit even has some activities for the wee ones with the Sodor Tot Spot where they can learn about opening doors, turn knobs, and even move trains along the track.

The Engine Driver’s Common Room offers a history of Thomas the Train from his inception in the 1940s.

The Strong has special events scheduled for opening weekend on January 20 and 21 with a history of trains in Rochester, make train related crafts, pose for photos with a railroad director, and see presentations from Otto M. Vondrak – editor for “Railfan & Railroad” magazine.

Events run from 11am to 4pm on Saturday and 1pm to 4m on Sunday.

The Strong museum is open from 10am to 5pm Monday thru Thursday, 10am to 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5pm on Sunday.

General admission to The Strong is $15 for adults and children over two, two and under are free, and free for The Strong members. Admission to the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is an extra $5 for non-members and $4 for members with children under the age of two free.

Photos courtesy of The Strong Rochester, New York

Marsha McWilson: Spreading Holiday Cheer with Music

The holiday season is a time of giving – some give money, others give gifts, then there is the gift of music.

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On December 9, Niagara Catholic High School held their second annual fundraising event where Marsha McWilson, Richie Derwald, Debbie Derwald, Steadfast, and Melissa Kate presented the crowd with the gift of a musical extravaganza that included holiday songs and music from across the decades.

 

After an opening prayer Melissa Kate got the night of music started with the holiday tunes “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, and “A Prayer for Christmas Eve”.

 

Next up was Marsha McWilson and her youngest son Cameron for a performance of “This Christmas” Marsha continued with her original song “Balance” and “Let’s Stay Together”.

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Richie and Debbie Derwald took the stage for a Las Vegas styled set that included the music of Judy Garland, Neil Diamond, Sir Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley. Along with performance of the Christmas songs “Joy to the World”, “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Ave Maria”, “O Holy Night”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, and “Blue Christmas”; Richie and Hillary of Steadfast paired up for a performance of the Bing Crosby and David Bowie version of “Little Drummer “Boy”. Marsha returned to the stage for a performance of “O Happy Day” with Richie.

 

Soliciting some help from the audience, Marsha recruited some Pips for a rendition of “Midnight Train to Georgia”.

 

After a performance from Steadfast, Marsha returned to the stage…and the audience… to perform “Santa Baby” while sitting on the laps of various audience members. After her inaugural performance last year, several men put in their “reservations” this year for the right to have Marsha sing from their laps.

 

Melissa Kate returned to the stage for a performance of the Karen Carpenter song “Marry Christmas Darling” and a Niagara Falls version of “Sleigh Ride”. Steadfast performed “Mary Did You Know”.

 

Dressed a Tina Turner, Marsha “recruited” an Ike Turner – Richie Derwald – for a performance of “Proud Mary” but Richie was replaced by Hillary later in the song.

 

Young western New York heartthrob Troy Chiappone made a special guest appearance and performed the Frank Sinatra hit “The Lady is a Tramp”.

 

Finishing out the night of music Marsha returned to the stage for her signature performance of Etta James with “Let it Roll”, “I’d Rather Be Blind” – including husband Howard on stage, “Tell Mama”, and “At Last”.

 

For three hours on a Saturday night, members of the audience at Niagara Catholic could forget the troubles of the world and revel in their gift of music from Melissa Kate, Steadfast, the Derwald family, and Marsha McWilson.

Classical Christmas with the BPO

After a series of guest conductors, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra principal conductor and musical director Joann Falletta returns to kick off the holiday season with the first of three concerts that will mark the end of the 2017 BPO concert season.

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Normally attired in black, Falletta greeted the large Friday morning crowd wearing a festive red and green sequined jacket. Falletta and the BPO got the concert off to a lively start with a performance of “Dance of the Tumblers from Snow Maiden” by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsikov.

After a performance of two pieces from “The Nutcracker Suite” by Peter Illych Tchaikovsky and “Farandole from the “L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2” by Georges Bizet; soprano Aundi Marie Moore joined the BPO for a performance of “Ave Maria”. Throughout the concert Aundi would return to the stage for performances of “O Holy Night”, “Gesu Bambino”, and “Mary’s Lullaby”.

Full of guest performances, the concert also included the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus for the “Candlelight Carol”, conductor Joann Falletta’s favourite holiday piece “Jauchzt Frohlocket”, “Fanfare to Joy to the World”, and “The Hallelujah Chorus” from “The Messiah”.

When the BPO returned from the intermission Falletta and the BPO honoured two members of the Orchestra who are retiring from performing after over 50 years with the BPO.

BPO principal cellist Roman Mekinulov was joined by his 16 year old son Benjamin for their BPO debut in a performance of the first movement of the “Concerto in G minor for Two Cellos and Orchestra, RV 531” by Antonio Vivaldi.

The Orchestra performed “Concerto Grosso, Op 6, No 8” – also known as the Christmas Concerto and the “Introduction, March, and Shepherd’s Dance” from “Amahl and the Night Visitors” before Joann Falletta led the Orchestra and the audience in a festive sing-a-long that included “Joy to the World”, “Deck the Halls”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, “Good King Wincelos”, Silent Night”, “Jingle Bells”, and “O Come All Ye Faithful”.

The lively and festive concert ended with the encore performance of a rousing rendition of “Sleigh Ride”.

John Oates

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates of Hall and Oates has added to his upcoming tour set to begin in January.

Jan 14 at the Mountain Stage in Morgantown, WV
Jan 15 at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 5 at Joe’s Pub in New York City, NY
Feb 6 at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA
Feb 8 at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, IL
Feb 10 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA
Feb 11 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA
Feb 16 at the Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO
Feb 18 at the Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis, MD
Feb 27 & 28 at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA
March 2 at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC
March 4 at the Music Farm in Charleston, SC
March 16 at The Heights Theater in Houston, TX
March 17 at The Kessler Theater in Dallas, TX

The Punch Brothers

The Punch Brothers perform as a band, but various band members also venture out on their own for some solo tours.  The lads are currently gathered in New York City to work on some new music, but Chris Thile is planning some dates to promote his new album “Thanks for Listening”.

The Punch Brothers:
April 24 at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts in Storrs Mansfield, CT

Chris Thile:
Jan 6 at Campbell Hall at USCB in Santa Barbara ,CA
June 17 at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, CA
June 18 at the Musco Center for the Arts in Orange, CA

 

Driftwood

Central New York’s Driftwood is helping Buffalo and their Ithaca hometown ring in the New Year before taking a short break and launching their winter tour in January.

Dec 29 at the Tralf Music Hall in Buffalo, NY
Dec 30 & 31 at The Haunt in Ithaca, NY
Jan 12 at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA
Jan 13 & 14 at the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV
Jan 19 at The Abbey Bar in Harrisburg, PA
Feb 1 at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY
Feb 2 at the Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar in Nashua, NH
Feb 3 at Cafe 939 in Boston, MA
Feb 9 at the Towne Crier in Beacon, NY
Feb 10 at the Oswego Music Hall in Oswego, NY
Feb 15 at Jammin Java in Vienna, VA
Feb 16 at the Avalon Theatre in Easton, MD
Feb 17 at Dantes in Frostburg, MD
Feb 22 at the Motorco Music Hall in Durham , NC
Feb 23 at the New Belgium Brewery in Asheville, NC
Feb 24 at the Clementine Cafe in Harrisonburg, VA

34th International Blues Challenge

Each March thousands of music fans flock to Austin, Texas for the annual SXSW music festival; but Blues fans travel to Memphis.

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Beginning January 16 Blues music fans and musicians will meet in Memphis, Tennessee for the 34th annual International Blues Challenge for five days of music, master classes, documentary movie screening, a memorabilia auction, a Blues Hall of Fame memorabilia unveiling and expert panels.

There is also a music competition with awards for best band, best solo or duo act, best band guitarist, best solo or duo guitarist, and best harmonica player.

The showcase takes place in the historic Clayborn Temple with the competition held in various venues along Beale Street. The finals being held at the Orpheum Theater.

Guests at the festival include John Oates of Hall and Oates who will be signing autographs of his book and discussing his various projects, Little Steven Van Zandt is a part of the “Blues and Social Action” panel, Eric Gales, LaDonna Gales, Doug MacLeod, and Lance Lopez.

Mike Kappus, Jim Pugh, Dr. Janice Johnston, and author Marie Trout are also among the panelists scheduled to appear.

Members of Lonnie Brooks family will be on hand as the Blue Hall of Fame accepts Baker’s guitar and hat into their collection.

The featured documentary planned for screening is “Shake ‘Em on Down: The Blues According to Fred McDowell”.

Bob Margolin, Bob Corritore, Danny Banks, and Russell Jackson will all be holding master classes.

Tickets to events are $10 and $15 for WednesdayThursday, and Friday. The competition finale at the Orpheum is $55. Festival passes are $100. Tickets (wristbands) are available at www.blues.org or via phone at 901-527-2583.

Charlie Puth

Charlie Puth is releasing a new album ” “VoiceNotes” in January.  Charlie will be spending his summer on the road promoting the album with a North American tour.

Hailee Steinfeld will also be a part of the tour.

July 11 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
July 13 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
July 16 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY
July19 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
July 21 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH
July 22 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
July 24 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
July 25 at the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA
July 27 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
July 28 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, NC
July 31 at the Huntington Bank Pavilion in Chicago, IL
Aug 2 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
Aug 3 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 5 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN
Aug 6 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO
Aug 8 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
Aug 9 at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas city, MO
Aug 11 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
Aug 12 at The Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas, NV
Aug 14 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 15 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA
Aug 17 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
Aug 18 at the Lake Tahoe Harvey’s Outdoor Arena in Stateline, NV
Aug 20 at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
Aug 21 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 23 at The Irving Music Factory in Irving, TX
Aug 24 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
Aug 26 at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers, AR
Aug 29 at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN
Aug 29 at the Verizon Amphitheater in Alpharetta, GA
Aug 31 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
Sept 1 at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL

Sara Evans

Country singer Sara Evans will be launching a tour early next year..Headlining the CMT Women of Country Tour will be joined by upstarts Kalie Shorr and “The Voice” alum RaeLynn as tour openers.

Evans’ Women of Country Tour begins in the most unlikely of places and venues when she gets things started at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York City.

Women of Country Tour dates:
Feb 12 at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York City
Feb 14 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH
Feb 15 at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY
Feb 16 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY
Feb 17 at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford, MA
Feb 23 at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium in Athens, OH
Feb 24 at the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond, KY
Feb 25 at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL
March 9 at the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts in Salina, KS
March 10 at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Pocola, OK
March 15 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO
March 16 at the Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN
March 17in Waukegan, IL
April 6 at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, LA
April 7 at the Saenger Theatre in Mobile, AL

Cirque Musica Amazes and Awes

There was t time when children dreamed of running away to join the circus and what they perceived to be fame and fortune.  The circus as we knew it is all but gone today.  But the dreams live on with Cirque Musica.

When Cirque Musica made a tour stop on December 8 and 9 in Niagara Falls in the Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino for their holiday show they brought a family of performers…and much more.

Along with the family, Cirque Musica included former members of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Baily Circus and Cirque du Soleil.  There was even one member of the cast who is an eighth generation performer.

Titled “Believe” the show opened by saying, “believing is the first step to making dreams come true.”

Amidst a tour of 24 cities in 35 days, Cirque Musica went beyond a dream when the performers demonstrated feats of strength and flexibility with gravity defying tricks, dances, and song while a full orchestra played on the stage behind ad below them.

Not forgetting the full house of fans, during the performance of “The 12 Days of Christmas” one of the performers ran around handing out cards with numbers for people to raise for each day in the song.

While cirque Musica entertained the crowd for an hour and a half, the show was somewhat limited by the size of the Events Center which prevented the performance of the grand finale Wheel of Death – a double ringed apparatus where performers work outside the wheel up in the air.  Visitors to Seneca Niagara saw the wheel outside the Casino a few summers ago.

Despite the program change, Cirque Musica was a site to behold…and Believe!

For more photos: https://wordsmusicandnews.com/2017/12/13/cirque-musica-holiday-show/

NASCAR’s Bud Moore Dies

Former NASCAR crew chief and car owner Bud Moore died November 27 at the age of 92.

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Inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011, Moore was the oldest living member of The Hall. He was the crew chief for Buck Baker in 1957 when Baker took home the championship. Moore was the car owner when he won what would be his only titles in 1962 and 1963 whe Joe Weatherly won the championship. Weatherly died during a race at Riverside, California in 1964.

Dale Earnhardt Sr, Bobby Allison, Buddy Baker, Benny Parsons, and Ricky Rudd also drove for Moore.

Moore would be the winning car owner 63 times in his NASCAR career with his final win coming in 1993 at Sonoma Raceway in California.

He was born Walter Moore Jr. in Spartanburg, South Carolina. An 18 year old Moore joined the Army in 1943 and the Gunney found himself one of the soldiers who stormed Utah Beach on D-Day in 1944 and as a part of the unit led by General George W. Patton, helped to liberate Europe. During his time in the Army, Moore was awarded five Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, and a Bronze Star with clusters.

Moore was there when NASCAR was born in 1948; saying that he was, “a country mechanic who loved to make ’em run fast.”

Predeceased by his wife of over 60 years Betty, he is survived by children Daryl, Brent, and Greg; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; and siblings Ralph, William, Richard and Ann.

Pearl Jam

Hard rockers Pearl Jam will begin 2018 tour dates south of the equator for four dates in South America before traveling to Europe for the summer.

June 12 & 13 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 15 at the Pinkpop Festival in Landgraaf, Netherlands
June 18 & 19 at the O2 Arena in London, UK
June 22 at the i-Days Festival in Milan, Italy
June 24 at Stadio Euganeo in Padova, Italy
June 26 at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy
July 1 at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic
July 3 at the Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland
July 5 at Waldbuhne in Berlin, Germany
July 7 at the Rock Werchter Festival in Werchter, Belgium
July 10 at Palau St. Jordi in Barcelona, Spain
July 12 at the Mad Cool Festival in Madrid, Spain
July 14 at the NOS Alive Festival in Lisbon, Portugal
Aug 8 & 10 at Safeco Field in Seattle, WA
Aug 13 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, MT
Aug 18 & 20 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Sept 2 & 4 at Fenway Park in Boston, MA

 

Styx

Classic rockers Styx have planned a couple of tours for 2018 – one where they will be the headlining act and one where they will share the stage with REO Speedwagon and Don Felder.

Jan 18 at the Bancrop South Arena in Tupelo, MS
Jan 19 at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, LA
Jan 23 at the Delta Hall at the Eccles Theatre in Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 26 & 27 at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas, NV
Jan 28 at the Saban Theatre in Veverly Hills, CA
Jan 31, Feb 2 & 3 at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas, NV
Feb 21 at The Rose in Pasadena, CA
Feb 22 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Feb 24 at the Pala Casino and Resort in Pala, CA
March 2 at the French Lick Resort and Casino in French Lick, IN
March 3 at the Silver Creek Event Center in New Buffalo, MI
March 5 on the Jamica ’70’s Rock & Romance Cruise

Styx with REO Speedwagon and Don Felder:
March 13 at the Amsoil Arena in Duluth, MN
March 14 at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, ND
March 16 at the Swiftel Center in Brookings, SD
March 17 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, IL
March 19 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
March 20 at the Dow Event Center Arena in Saginaw, MI
March 23 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, MO
March 24 at the JQH Arena in Springfield, MO – Don Felder will not appear in this show
March 25 at the Hartman Arena in Park City, KS
April 4 at the John Paul Jones ARena in Charlottesville, VA
April 6 at the big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, WV
April 7 at the Bon Secours Arena in Greenville, SC
April 8 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre in Tuscaloosa, AL
April 10 at he Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, AR
April 11 at the Cajun Dome in Lafayette, LA
April 14 at The Wharf Amphitheatre in Orange Beach, AL
April 15 at the North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, SC

Stone Temple Pilots

Rockers Stone Temple Pilots have finally found themselves a new lead singer in Jeff Gutt and are now ready to hit the road for a short tour of the west coast in March, plus a few festival dates later in the spring.

March 2 at The Canyon in Santa Clarita, CA
March 3 at the Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience in Indio, CA
March 4 at the Observatory in San Diego, CA
March 8 at The Rose in Pasadena, CA
March 9 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV
March 10 at the Marquee in Phoenix, AZ
March 12 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA
March 13 at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
March 15 at Roseland in Portland, OR
March 16 at the Knitting Factory in Boise, ID
March 17 at the Pub Station Ballroom in Billings, MT
April 28 at Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, FL
April 29 at the Fort Rock Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 1 at Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
May 2 at The Mill & Mine in Knoxville, TN
May 4 at the Carolina Rebellion in Concord, NC
May 6 at The Dome at Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT
May 8 at the Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg, PA
May 9 at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY
May 11 at Topgolf Live in Nashville, TN
May 13 at the Norther Invasion Summer in Somerset, WI
May 15 at the Anthem at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sioux City, IA
May 16 at Club Five in Cedar Rapids, IA
May 17 at the WIXO Spring Fling 2018 in Peoria, IL
May 19 at the MMRBQ in the BB
&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
May 20 at Rock on the Range in Columbus, OH
May 22 at The Signal in Chattanooga, TN
May 23 at the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis, TN
May 25 at the Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, OK
May 27 at the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, KS
May 29 at the Flags Event Center in Clive, IA
May 31 at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO
June 1 at the Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln, NE
July 14 at the Rock USA 2018 in Oshkosh, WI

Rachael Yamagata

Rachael Yamagata has planned a US tour beginning in January.

Jan 25 at Daryl’s House Club n Pawling, NY
Jan 27 at The Dock in Ithaca, NY
Jan 28 at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA
Feb 1 at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI
Feb 2 at SPACE in Evanston, IL
Feb 5 at The Back Room at Colectivo in Milwaukee, WI
Feb 7 at the Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN
Feb 9 at the Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, OH
Feb 19 at the Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, KY
Feb 12 at the City Winery in Nashville, TN
Feb 20 at the City Winery in Boston, MA
Feb 21 at StageOne at FTC in Fairfield, CT
Feb 22 at the City Winery in New York City, NY
Feb 23 at The Ardmore Music Hall in Philadelphia, PA
Feb 24 at the Ram’s Head on Stage in Annapolis, MD
Feb 25 at Union Stage in Washington, DC
Feb 28at the Globe Hall in Denver, CO
March 4 at The State Room in Salt Lake City, UT
March 6 at the Columbia City Theater in Seattle, WA
March 7 at The Old Church Concert Hall in Portland, OR
March 13 at the Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles, CA
March 15 at Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA

Grammy to Tribute Sir Elton

Earlier this year the Recording Academy paid tribute to The BeeGees with a star studded concert.  A portion of the concert aired on network television in April.

On January 30, the Recording Academy will hold and film a tribute honouring Sir Elton John.  “Elton John: I’m Still Standing” will be held in the theater in Madison Square Garden.

So far in a Country music heavy line up Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Maren Morris, Sam Smith, and Keith Urban are scheduled to perform the music of the legendary British rocker.

Gaelic Storm

The Celtic band Gaelic Storm gets 2018 started off with a tour.

Jan 22 & 23 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA
Jan 24 at the Ram’s Head in Annapolis, MD
Jan 25 at The Queen in Wilmington, DE
Jan 26 at Tin Pan in Richmond, VA
Jan 27 at the Harvester Performance center in Rocky Mount, VA
Jan 28 at theCat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC
Jan 30 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Ponte Vedra, FL
Jan 31 at Plaza LIVE in Orlando, FL
Feb 1 at the Culture Room in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Feb 2 at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart, FL
Feb 15 at The Cabot Theater in Beverly, MA
Feb 16 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT
Feb 17 at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA
Feb 18 at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, ME
Feb 22 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH
Feb 23 at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH
Feb 24 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH
Feb 25 at Hergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale, PA
Feb 27 at the Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO
Feb 28 at Knuckleheads in Kansas City, MO
March 1 at The Arts Center at Iowa Western in Council Bluffs, IA
March 2 at the North Iowa Community College in Mason City, IA
March 3 at The Englert Theatre in Iowa City, IA
March 7 at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay, WI
March 8 at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, IA
March 9 at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN
March 10 at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb, IL
March 11 at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, WI
March 14 at the State Theatre in Eau Claire, WI
March 15 at the Northern Lights Theater at the Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, WI
March 16  & 17 at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL

Songwriter’s Hall Names Nominees

The rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame reward artists for their music. The Songwriters Hall of Fame rewards the men and women who create the songs.

On November 7 the Songwriters Hall of Fame released the list of nominees eligible for induction in The Hall on June 14.

In order to be eligible for the Songwriters Hall of Fame a songwriter must have had his or her first published 20 years ago and demonstrate a successful catalog of hit songs.

The list of nominees are:

Bill Anderson – the only songwriter to have his songs appear on the music charts for seven decades and one of a few Country stars to crossover into the Pop music charts. Anderson has had 24 number one hits and has had his music recorded by numerous artists including Ray Price, Connie Smith, Porter Wagoner, Jim Reeves, Faron Young, Roger Miller, Kitty Wells, Steve Wariner, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, George Strait and Brad Paisley.

Australian native Mike Chapman has penned hit songs for The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Exile, Toni Basil, Tina Turner, and Pat Benatar.

Steve Dorff has written hit songs for Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Ann Murray, George Strait, Eddie Rabbit, and Vanessa Williams. Dorff has also composed music for film and television.

The songwriting duo of Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan have composed hit songs for Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap, and Sylvia.

Jermaine Dupri was only 12 when he started in the entertainment world as a Hip-Hop dancer. He is one half of the duo known as Kris Kross. Along with writing music for Krs Kross, Durpi has penned music for Lil Kim, Xscape, Da Brat, Destiny’s Child, Bow Wow, Usher, and Mariah Carey.

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Randy Goodrum helped to put Anne Murray on the map with her hit song “You Needed Me”. More than a Country music songwriter, Goodrum has also composed the Steve Perry hit “Oh Sherrie” and the DeBarge hit “Who’s Holding Donna Now”. He has also composed music for Dottie West and Kenny Rogers.

The songwriting duo of Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell have written songs for the Toys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and The Monkees; along with joining forces with other songwriters.

British songwriter Tony Macaulay started at Pye Records. He has written songs for The Foundations, Herman’s Hermits, The Hollies, the Flying Machine, Edison Lighthouse, and The Fortunes.

Maurice Starr has created and written for the New Edition and New Kids on the Block.

Motown A&R director William “Mickey” Stevenson went beyond just discovering talent and teamed up with Ivy Jo Hunter to pen hit songs for Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and The Four Tops. He was also a co-writer on “Devil with the Blue Dress On”.

Award winning songwriter Allee Willis has penned hit songs for Earth Wind and Fire, the Pointer Sisters, The Pet Shop Boys, Dusty Springfield and The Rembrandts. She has also worked with Bob Dyan, James Bown, Herbie Hancock, and Oprah Winfrey on the Broadway musical “The Color Purple”.

Pop diva Mariah Carey has co-written a number of her own songs. She currently holds the record for the solo artist with the most number one Pop hits at 18.

Grammy Award winning performer and songwriter Tracy Chapman has catapulted her original song “Fast Car” into a successful music career that has earned her four Grammy Awards. During her career she has recorded with B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Luciano Pavarotti, Dave Matthews, and Buddy Guy. The American Conservatory Theater commissioned Chapman to compose the music for their production of the Apartheid play “Blood Knot” by Athol Fugard.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Raggae star Jimmy Cliff has penned a number of his own hit songs.

Shock rocker and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper has penned a number of his own hit songs under his birth name Vincent Damon Furnier including a favourite of every teen “School’s Out”.

Country music songwriter and storyteller Tom T. Hall has penned hit songs for Jeannie C. Riley, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings and Alan Jackson; as well as, his own.

Lead singer for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Pretenders Chrissie Hynde has composed a number of the band’s hit songs.

The Isley Brothers – Ernie, Marvin, O’Kelly, Ronald, and Rudolph with brother in law Chris Jasper – have been penning their own hit songs since 1959. Jimi Hendrix, Ice Cube, and Notorious B.I.G also recorded songs composed by The Isley Brothers.

Country Music and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Alan Jackson notched 35 number one hits on the Country music charts in the past nearly 30 years with 26 of them his own compositions. He has also composed songs for Randy Travis, Faith Hill, Clay Walker and Chely Wright. Along with his Grammy, CMA, and ACM awards, Jackson has earned over 50 ASCAP awards for his songwriting.

Kool and The Gang – Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown and James “JT” Taylor – have composed a number of the group’s own hit songs. DJ Kool, Mase, Too Short, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Boogie Down Productions, Brand Nubian, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, N.W.A., Kris Kross and Jermaine Dupri have all used Kool and The Gang’s music in their records.

Originally known as John Cougar, Grammy Award winning rocker John Mellencamp penned numerous hit songs that have earned him a roomful of awards including an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

NWA – Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella – were influential in the world of Rap with their Gangsta Rap and used the lyrics to raise awareness of the violence that occurred in their Compton neighborhood. NWA are also members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Grammy Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Waits has had his songs recorded by Bruce Springsteen, Sir Rod Stewart, The Eagles, Sarah Mclachlan, Bob Seger, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Patty Smyth have also recorded Wait’s songs.

Eurythmics Remastered

Award winning duo the Eurythmics have big plans for the coming year – a re-release of their entire studio catalog. The new albums have been re-mastered from the original tapes, not the digitally compressed formats.

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Beginning on April 13 with “In the Garden”, “Sweet Dreams”, and “Touch” RCA/Legacy will be releasing the albums on vinyl.

Be Yourself Tonight”, “Revenge”, and “Savage” are set for a July release. And “We too Are One” and “Peace” will complete the vinyl set in October.

While most of the catalog was previously released on vinyl, this will mark the first time that “Peace” will get a vinyl release, by the time “Peace” was released in 1999 few albums were being printed on vinyl; as a result the album was only available as a CD and on cassette.

The new releases will feature the original artwork and liner notes.

The duo is also offering up an eleven minute video title Eurythmix that is a mashup of 23 different Eurythmics songs. The career spanning video features videos from 1983 to 2005.

Eurythmics impressive list of awards include an MTV Music Video Award, a Grammy, three Ivor Novellas, eleven Brit Awards – as a duo and as solo awards for Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, a Silver Clef, 26 ASCAP Awards, and induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame.

New Music Friday – December 15

With Christmas less than two weeks away, a few dozen artists have new albums out on this New Music Friday including rapper Eminem, G-Eazy, John Williams, LINKIN PARK, N.E.R.D, Charli XCX, Panic! At the Disco, Darren Criss, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, The 1975, and Chris Brown.

Albums:
Revival” by Eminem
“The Beautiful & Damned” by G-Eazy
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” by John Williams
“One More Light Live” by LINKIN PARK
“Asking Alexandria” by Asking Alexandria
“No One Ever Really Dies” by N.E.R.D
“Saturation III” by BROCKHAMPTON
“BooPac” by Boosie Badazz
“Bright: The Album” by Various Artists
“Pressure” by Jeezy
“Deeply Rooted: The Lost Files” by Scarface
“Sir Rosevelt” – in clean and explicit versions
“Pop 2” by Charli XCX
“All My Friends, We’re Glorious: Death of a Bachelor Tour Live” by Panic! At the Disco
“A State of Trance Year Mix 2017” by Armin van Buuren
“Price of Admission (POA)” by Hi-Tone
“The Only Road” by Gabiel & Dresden
“The World is Yours” by Slim Thug
Original motion picture soundtrack for “Pitch Perfect 3” by Various Artists
“Live in London” by Foy Vance
Original soundtrack for “Sonic Forces: A Hero Will Rise” by SEGA
“Dangerous Man” by Jason Gould
“The Will to Rebuild” by For All Eternity
Original series soundtrack for “Star Trek: Discovery” by Jeff Russo
“Buddha-Bar by Armen Miran & Ravin” by Buddha-Bar
“Quiet Storm” by Shy Glizzy
“This Christmas – Winter is Coming” by TAEYEON
Original Broadway Cast Rocording for “The Band’s Visit” by David Yazbek
“Another Light” by Red Vox
“The Punishment of Luxury: B Sides & Bonus Material” by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
“The Ghetto” by DJ Mustard & RjmrLA
“Heartbreak on a Full Moon: Cuffing Season – 12 Days of Christmas” by Chris Brown
“The Savory Collection, Vol. 4: Embraceable You: Bobby Hackett and Friends” by Various Artists
“DH00278 (Live from The O2, London, 12/16/2016)” by The 1975
“Merry & Happy” by TWICE
“NOW That’s What I Call a Workout 2018” by Various Artists
“El Hijo Del Desierto” by El Dasa
Original motion picture soundtrack for “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” by Henry Jackman
“Island Life Dance, Vol. 7” by Various Artists
“Man’s Not Hot” The Remixes by Big Shaq

EPs:
Homework” by Darren Criss
“The Gift 2” by Pia Mia
“Boy Afraid” by Saro

2018 Golden Globe Nominees

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association have released the nominees for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. Two thousand eighteen will mark the 75th year of the Golden Globes.Golden_GlobeBy Mavelus – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64736240

 

The first awards ceremony of the year, the Golden Globes will air on January 7 with Seth Meyers set to host the gala event.

The nominees for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards are:

Best Drama Motion Picture:
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Dunkirk”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”


Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture:
“The Disaster Artist”
“Get Out”
“The Greatest Showman”
“I, Tonya”
“Lady Bird”

Best Animated Feature Film:
“The Boss Baby”
“The Breadwinner”
“Coco”
“Ferdinand”
“Loving Vincent”

Best Foreign Language Film:
“A Fantastic Woman” from Chile
“First They Killed My Father” from Cambodia
“In the Fade” from Germany and France
“Loveless” from Russia
“The Square” from Sweden, Germany, and France

Best Motion Picture Director:
Guillermo Del Torro for “The Shape of Water”
Martin McDonagh for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk”
Ridley Scott for “All the Money in the World”
Steven Spielberg for “The Post”

Best Motion Picture Screenplay:
Guillermo del Torro and Vanessa Taylor for “The Shape of Water”
Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird”
Elizabeth Hannah and Josh Singer for “The Post”

Martin McDonagh for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Aaron Sorkin for “Molly’s Game”

Best Actor in Drama Motion Picture:
Timothee Chalamet in “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day Lewis in “Phantom Thread”
Tom Hanks in “The Post”
Gary Oldman in “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture:
Jessica Chastain in “Molly’s Game”
Sally Hawkins in “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Meryl Streep in “The Post”
Michelle Williams in “All the Money in the World”

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture:
Steve Carell in “Battle of the Sexes”
Ansel Elgort in “Baby Driver”
James Franco in “The Disaster Artist”
Hugh Jackman in “The Greatest Showman”
Daniel Kaluuya in “Get Out”

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture:
Judi Dench in “Victoria and Abdul”
Helen Merren in “The Leisure Seeker”
Margot Robbie in “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan in “Lady Bird”
Emma Stone in “Battle of the Sexes”

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:
Willem Dafoe in “The Florida Project”
Arnie Hammer in “Call Me by Your Name”
Richard Jenkins in “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer in “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
Mary J Blige in “Mudbound”
Hong Chau in “Downsizing”
Allison Janney in “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalfe in “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer in “The Shape of Water”

Best Original Song for a Motion Picture:
“Home” from “Ferdinand”
“Mighty River” from “Mudbound”
“Remember Me” from “Coco”
“The Star” from “The Star”
“This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”

Best Original Score for a Motion Picture:
Carter Burwell for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Alexander Desplat for “The Shape of Water”
Jonny Greenwood for “Phantom Thread”
John Williams for “The Post”
Hans Zimmer for “Dunkirk”

Best TV Drama Series:
“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Stranger Things”
“This is Us”

Best TV Comedy Series:
“black-ish”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“Master of None”
“Smilf”
“Will & Grace”

Best TV Movie or Limited Series:
“Big Little Lies”
“Fargo”
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“The Sinner”
“Top of the Lake: China Girl”

Best Actor in a TV Drama Series:
Jason Bateman in “Ozark”
Sterling K. Brown in “This is Us”
Freddie Highmore in “The Good Doctor”
Bob Odenkirk in “Better Call Saul”
Liev Schreiber in “Ray Donovan”

Best Actress in a TV Drama Series:
Caitriona Balfe in “Outlander”
Claire Foy in “The Crown”
Maggie Gyllenhaal in “The Deuce”
Katherine Langford in “13 Reasons Why”
Elisabeth Moss in “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best Actor in a TV Comedy Series:
Anthony Anderson in “black-ish”
Aziz Ansari in “Master of None”
Kevin Bacon in “I Love Dick”
William H. Macy in “Shameless”
Eric McCormack in “Will & Grace”

Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series:
Pamela Adlon in “Better Things”

Alison Brie in “GLOW”
Rachel Brosnahan in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Issa Rae in “Insecure”
Frankie Shaw in “Smilf”

Best Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series:
Robert De Niro in “The Wizard of Lies”
Jude Law in “The Young Pope”
Kyle MacLachlan in “Twin Peaks”
Ewan McGregor in “Fargo”
Georffrey Rush in “Genius”

Best Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series:
Jessica Biel in “The Sinner”
Nicole Kidman in “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Lange in “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Susan Sarandon in “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Reese Witherspoon in “Big Little Lies”

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie:
David Harbour in “Stranger Things”
Alfred Molina in “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Christian Slater in “Mr Robot”
Alexander Skarsgard in “Big Little Lies”
David Thewlis in “Fargo”

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie:
Laura Dern in “Big Little Lies”
Ann Dowd in “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Chrissy Metz in “This is Us”
Michelle Pfeiffer in “The Wizard of Lies”
Shailene Woodley in “Big Little Lies”

24th Annual SAG Award Nominees

Awards season is in full swing with the release of nominees for film and television from a variety of organizations.

The Screen Actors Guild have released the nominees for their 24th annual awards presentation to be held on January 21.

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Along with award winners chosen by their peers, the SAG awards recognizes the work of the stunt men and women who make all the tricks look flawless and easy. SAG is also one of the very few awrds ceremonies that presents all of its awards during the live television broadcast.

The nominees for the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards are:

Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress in a Film:
Judi Dench as Queen Victoria in “Victoria & Abdul”
Sally Hawkins as Elisa Esposito in “The Shape of Water”
Frances MmcDormand as Mildred in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan as Lady Bird McPherson in “Lady Bird”

Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actor in a Film:
Timothee Chalamet as Elio in “Call Me By Your Name”
James Franco as Tommy Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist”
Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington in “Get Out”
Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington as Roman J. Israel, Esq in “ Roman J. Israel, Esq”

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Film:

Mary L. Blige as Florence Jackson in “Mudbound”
Hong Chau as Ngoc Lan Tran in “Downsizing”
Holly Hunter as Beth in “The Big Sick”
Allison Janney as LaVona Golden in “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalf as Marion McPerson in “Lady Bird”

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Film:
Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in “Battle of the Sexes”
Willem Dafoe as Bobby in “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson as Willoughby in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins as Giles in “The Shape of Water”
Sam Rockwell as Dixon in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
“The Big Sick”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Mudbound”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:
“Baby Driver”
“Dunkirk”
“Logan”
“War for the Planet of the Apes”
“Wonder Woman”

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series:
Laura Dern as Renata Klein in “Big Little Lies”
Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright in “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Langa as Joan Crawford in “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis in “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Reese Witherspoon as Madeline MacKenzie in “Big Little Lies”

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series:
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock: The Lying Detective”
Jeff Daniels as Frank Griffin in “Godless”
Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff in “The Wizard of Lies”
Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein in “Genius”
Alexander Skarsgard as Perry Wright in “Big Little Lies”

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series:
Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in “Stranger Things”
Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown”
Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde in “Ozark”
Elisabeth Moss as Offred and June in “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in “House of Cards”

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series:
Jason Bateman as Martin “Marty” Byrde in “Ozark”
Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson in “This is Us”
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones”
David Harbour as Jim Hopper in “Stranger Things”
Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill and Saul Goodman in “Better Call Saul”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Stranger Things”
This is Us”

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series:
Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in “Orange is the New Black”
Alison Brie as Ruth Wilder in “Glow”
Jane Fonda as Grace Hanson in “Grace and Frankie”
Julia Louis Dreyfus as Selina Meyer in “Veep”
Lily Tomlin as Frankie Bergstein in “Grace and Frankie”

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Series:
Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson in “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansair as Dev in “Master of None”
Larry David as Himself in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland in “Will & Grace”
William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher in “Shameless”
Marc Maron as Sam Sylvia in “Glow”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
“Black-ish”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Glow”
“Orange is the New Black”
“Veep”

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series:
“Game of Thrones”
“Glow”
“Homeland”
“Stranger Things”
“The Walking Dead”

Morgan Freeman is being honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Billy Idol

After a couple of festival dates in the United States, Billy Idol will spend his spring and early summer in Europe touring.

April 29 at the Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville Fesitval in Jacksonville, FL
May 6 at the Carolina Rebellion Festival in Concord, NC
June 20 at theO2 Apollo in Manchester, UK
June 21 at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, UK
June 23 at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, UK
June 25 at the Rockhal in Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
June 26 at the Donau Arena in Regensburg, Germany
June 30 at the Guitar Festival in Zajecar, SErbia
July 2 at the Budapest Park Open Air in Budapest, Hungary
July 3 at the Tollwood Festival in Munich, Germay
July 6 at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland
July 14 at the Peissnitz Insel in Halle, Germany
July 17 at the Tanzbrunnen in Koln, Germany
July 19 at the Zitadelle in Berlin, Germay
July 21 at the Charlotta Valley in Slupsk, Poland
July 22 at the Stadtpark in Hamburg, Germany

Yep Roc Records Offers Complete Deal

There was a time when nearly every week an advertisement would arrive in the post (snail mail) offering music fans an opportunity to subscribe to a music club.  With downloads and streaming those days have gone by the wayside.

Yep Roc Records is offering music fans a similar deal.  For a single fee a subscriber will receive a copy of every album Yep Roc Records releases in 2018.  Grant Lee Phillips, Kim Richey, Josh Rouse and approximately a dozen other artists have new releases scheduled for next year.

But as they say in the commercials on TV…wait there’s more.  Music fans who subscribe to the Completist program will also receive a 10% discount on other Yep Roc Record purchases, free shipping on orders, free tickets to Yep Roc Records’ artist shows, access to the exclusive Yep Roc Records completist Facebook group, and other extras.

Yep Roc Records is offering the deal for $179.99 for CD’s and $269.99 for vinyl albums.

Go to Yep Roc Records at yeproc.com to subscribe to the Completist deal.

The Cure Celebrate 40 Years

Most bands mark big anniversaries with limited edition album releases, but British rockers The Cure have bigger plans…an all day concert event in Hyde Park.

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On July 7 The Cure has scheduled a 40th anniversary celebration at BST Hyde Park that includes Interpol, Goldfrapp, Slowdive, Ride, the Editors, Twilight Sad, and more acts to come with The Cure culminating the event with a two hour set.

G-Eazy

Rapper G-Eazy has planned a North American tour  beginning in February.  He has Trippie Red, Phora, and Anthony Russo opening up the shows for him.

Feb 15 at the Smart Financial Centre in Houston, TX
Feb 17 at The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory in Dallas, TX
Feb 20 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Feb 22  & 23 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA
Feb 24 at The Shrine in Los Angeles, CA
Feb 25 at the Park Theater in Las Vegas, NV
Feb 28 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA
March 1 at The Fox Theater in Oakland, CA
March 3 at the ShoWare Center in Seattle, WA
March 6 at the 1STBANK Center in Denver, CO
March 8 at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Minneapolis, MN
March 9 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL
March 13 & 14 at Rebel in Toronto, ON
March 16 at the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City, NJ
March 17 at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC
March 18 at the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA
March 20 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY

Ty Dolla $ign

Hip Hop artist Ty Dolla $ign is starting 2018 off with a tour of North American beginning in February.

Feb 21 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA
Feb 22 at The Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, CA
Feb 23 23 at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
Feb 24 at The UC Theatre in Berkley, CA
Feb 25 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA
Feb 27 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR
Feb 28 at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC
March 1 at The Showbox in Seattle, WA
March 2 at Drais in Las Vegas, NV
March 3 at In The Venue in Salt Lake City, UT
March 4 at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, CO
March 7 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN
March 8 at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL
March 9 at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI
March 10 at the Ready Room in St. Louis, MO
March 11 at Deluxe at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis, IN
March 13 at the Majestic Theatre in Detorit, MI
March 14 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON
March 16 at Reverb in Reading, PA
March 17 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA
March 18 at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY
March 20 at Irving Plaza in New York City, NY
March 21 at TLA in Philadelphia, PA
March 22 at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD
March 23 at the Mainstage in Morgantown, VA
March 24 at The Norva in Norfolk, VA
March 25 at The Ritz in Raleigh, NC
March 27 at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
March 28 at Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
March 29 at the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis, TN
March 31 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX
April 1 at the House of Blues in Houston, TX
April 3 at the Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM
April 4 at The Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ
April 5 at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA

BPO: From Mozart to Mendelssohn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has been called a prodigy and a musical genius, but he is not the only Classical composer to earn the title of a genius.

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December 2 and 3 the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performed the music of two musical geniuses with a program titled Mendelssohn and Mozart. The concert also featured the music of Ravel, a guest conductor, and a guest performer.

Guest conductor Andre Raphel revealed to the audience in a pre-concert discussion that he began by playing the trombone – because nobody else wanted to play it – but it was Andre Previn and the way he connected with his orchestra and the audience that drew Raphel to conducting.

Raphel and the BPO opened the concert with “Le Tonbeau de Couperin” by Maurice Ravel.Le Tombeau is a Classical composition that was inspired by Baroque dances that was originally designed to be a work for piano solo, but after serving time in the military during World War I, Ravel chose to use the piece as a tribute to fallen colleagues and composed it as an orchestral work.

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French violinist Armoud Sussman joined the BPO for a performance of the “Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra” by Felix Mendelssohn. Sussman’s performance brought the artist out for three bows and an encore performance of the third movement from the Partita for solo violin.

After the intermission, the BPO returned fro a performance of Mozart’s “Symphony No. 41 in C major, K 551”. The work in four movements is also known at “The Jupiter”.

As a conductor Raphel movements sometimes were delicate and even made his hands appear to flutter like a bird and at other times his moves were sweeping movements that included his entire body. But no matter what movements Raphel make, they were precise and interesting to watch.

Rock Hall Names New Inductees

The 2018 class of inductees includes a group of true rockers from the sixties, seventies, and eighties that span both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

American rockers Bon Jovi bon_jovi(1)

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completes the list with Sister Rosetta Tharpe sisterrosettatharpe

is also being inducted under the early influence category.

While millions of fans may cast their votes for whom they would like to see in The Hall, the top vote getters only earns a single vote in the final count towards induction. This year Bon Jovi was the fan favourite.

This year over half of the new inductees earned their way in on their first nomination – Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

The 2018 class of inductees marks the 33rd time the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has added to its ranks of musicians who have influenced the lives of music fans around the world.

An artist or band becomes eligible for nomination to the Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their debut album.

The ceremony will be the culmination of week long events and performances on April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio – the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

All photos except The Moody Blues courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The Moody Blues photo by Sherrill Fulghum