Ann Wilson, Jeff Beck, and Paul Rodgers

Ann Wilson of Heart, Jeff Beck, and Paul Rodgers of Bad Company and toured with Queen are teaming up for a summer tour of North America in what they are calling the “Stars Align Tour”.

Tickets go on sale February 2.

July 18 at the USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City, UT
July 20 at the Five Point Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, CA
July 22 at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
July 24 at the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land in Houston, TX
July 25 at the Toytoa Music Factory Pavilion in Dallas, TX
July 28 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
July 29 at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, IL
July 31 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
Aug 1 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
Aug 3 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
Aug 4 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
Aug 8 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 10 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 12 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Aug 14 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY
Aug 17 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Aug 19 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Aug 25 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
Aug 26 at the MIdFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Earnhardt Nation Continues

Since the earliest days of NASCAR there has been at least one Earnhardt behind the wheel of a race car winging their way around a track.

First there was Ralph Earnhardt, then came Dale Sr who died on the last lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001, then came Dale Jr who announced his retirement from driving last year. Dale Jr’s departure from driving left some question as to whether or not the sport would see another Earnhardt in NASCAR.

Thanks to StarCo Racing, the tradition of an Earnhardt on a NASCAR track will continue with Jeffrey – Kerry’s son and Dale Sr’s grandson. Jeffrey Earnhardt is a fourth generation NASCAR driver.

Star Com Racing has acquired one of the NASCAR charters for the Monster Energy Cup Series that will ensure Earnhardt a spot in each race.

StarCom Racing is managed by former driver and Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope. Earnhardt’s crew chief will be Tony Furr for the number 00 Chevrolet.

VRX Simulators out of British Columbia will be the primary sponsor for Earnhardt’s car

VRS Simulators founder Robert Stanners noted that they had been working on a deal for seven years, “and it is finally go time.” Stanners continued, “we are proud to continue Earnhardt Nation and its legacy for the 40th year in the 60th running of the Daytona 500.”

 

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The War on Drugs

Grammy Award winning rockers The War on Drugs will be spending part of their spring and summer on the road touring. The tour also features a number of festivals including both weekends at Coachella.

The War on Drugs tour dates:
April 11 at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV
April 13 & 20 at the Coachella Music festival in Indio, CA
April 17 at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, AZ
April 18 at The Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ
May 4-6 at the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, GA
June 15-17 at the Mountain Jam Festival in Hunter, NY
July 5 at the Royal Oak Music Hall in Royal Oak, MI
July 11 at the Hallifax Jazz Festival in Halifax, NS
July 13 at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH
July 13-15 Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY
July 14 & 15 at the Sloss Music & Arts Festival in Birmingham, AL
July 22 at the Riverside Festival in Milwaukee, WI
July 27 at the Panorama Music & Arts Festival in New York City, NY
July 28 at the XpoNential Music Festival in Camden, NJ

Mixing it Up with Andrew Collins

Since its beginning music has continued to evolve. No longer are there simply Pop – short for popular, Rock, Country, and Alternative – an alternative to what is popular. Today’s music crosses genres, countries, and generations to truly become a world of music.

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Award winning Canadian multi instrumentalist Andrew Collins has adopted a few new terms to describe the musical style of his band – The Andrew Collins Trio. Going beyond the term New Acoustic music or New Grass (a modernized bluegrass), Collins prefers the term Chambergrass.

After picking up the mandolin while he was in his early 20’s, Andrew said that he knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his life after only playing for six months. Andrew said that the music began to take over his life. Since first picking up the mandolin; Andrew has added the mandolo, the mandocello, fiddle, and guitar to his list of instruments.

But Andrew isn’t the only multi instrumentalist in the band. While Mike holds down the bottom on his standup bass, guitarist James can switch off on a variety of instruments with Andrew.

Noting that he likes surprising the audience with the unexpected, Andrew and James change things up on stage, swapping instruments and sharing the vocals.

The Andrew Collins Trio is an acoustic trio who do not use any monitors on stage; instead choosing to listen to each other as they perform and there isn’t a bunch of equipment out in front of the performers blocking the audience’s view. That truly acoustic setting is one reason why Andrew says that he really enjoys playing house concerts.

The Toronto native is currently working on a new album – a concept themed album – which has the working title of “Tongue and Groove”. A rarity for this age of single digital downloads and streaming, the album will be a double release with on album only vocals – Tongue – and the other only instrumentals – Groove.

Looking to release the album in April, Tongue features mostly cover tunes – including a couple of obscure Roger Miller songs, while Groove will feature mostly original instrumental pieces.

Like the violin family that includes the violin, viola, cello, and bass; the mandolin also has a family of the mandolin, mandola, and mandocello. Not a typical band instrument, Andrew frequently has difficulty in locating strings for his mandocello. Once wile in Australia he found himself in need of some new mandocello strings. Upon walking into the music store, to Andrew’s delight there on the counter was a pile of strings that the store owner had just taken down because he had not sold any in a long time. Not only did Andrew find himself with enough sets of strings to last for several months, the store owner was overjoyed to have sold the strings and gave Andrew a great deal to take them all.

 

photos courtesy of The Andrew Collins Trio

BPO Celebrates Mozart

Each January the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with a performance.

This year – in celebration of Mozart’s 262nd birthday – the BPO selected exerts from a few of his Operas.

In a concert titled “Mozart’s Operatic Favourites”, the BPO Performed pieces from “The Marriage of Figaro”, “Don Giovanni”, and Cosi fan tutte”.

Guest conductor Andrew Bisantz led a smaller ensemble of the BPO that included a harpsichord. Joining the BPO performing the lyrics written by Lorenzo DePonte were soprano Rebecca Farley, mezzo soprano Kara Dugan, tenor David Margulis, baritone Jonathan Bryan, and bass baritone Leo Radosauljevic.

With the performance singing only a few songs from each of the operas, Julie Newell served as the narrator to help the audience follow the story lines and to offer a little background on the three compositions that were written between 1786 and 1790.

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The Orchestra was set back on the stage to provide a space for a few stage props and some room for the singers to move around as they performed. An illusion of a stage setting was provided using lighting and light filters.

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In a concert that lasted over two hours, the BPO and guest singers performed “Overture”, “Voi Che Sapete”, “Cosa Sento”, “Non piu Andrai”, “Hai gia vinta la causa!…Vedro mentr’io sospiro”, and “E Susanna non vien!…Dove Sono” from The Marriage of Figaro; the “Overture”, “Madamina”, “Don Ottavio son morta!…Or Sai Che L’onore”, “Dalla Sua Pace”, and “Fin ch’han dal vino” from “Don Giovanni; and the “Overture”, “La mia Dorabella capace non e”, “Ah, Guarda Sorella”, “Soave sia il vento”, “Ah, scostati!…Smanie implacabile”, and “Fra gli amplessi” from “Cosi fan tutte”. The concert concluded with the “Finale from Act 4” of “The Marriage of Figaro”.

In a break from the norm of performing symphonic instrumental works, it was a pleasant performance of music from a few of Mozart’s operatic works.

So You Want to be an American…

In the past year much has been made over the issue of immigration to the United States. But unfortunately it is not a cut and dry issue; there are many grey areas.

Along with the issue of undocumented workers who come over seeking a better life and spend their days harvesting produce for minimal wages; there are a great number of people who actually come into the country with a legal visitor’s visa and simply fail to leave.

But even the process of obtaining a visa can be a difficult and costly process.

In a recent interview, Israeli born musician Snir Yamin spoke on the lengthy process involved to become a legal immigrant to the United States.

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After making a visit to the U.S. For a performance, Yamin made the decision to move to the United States.

Making a search online and a great deal of research, he discovered that the United States offers a wide variety of visa options. As a musician, Yamin’s option was the O-1 visa.

Trying to work through the process alone, he was denied a work visa on his first attempt in 2014. Yamin said that the decision was a good thing, because it got him motivated.

Before trying again, Yamin secured himself an agent – who also served as his sponsor. While working on the getting his visa Yamin could visit the U.S. But he could not earn any money for the performances he gave.

Yamin noted that the process can be a long one because of the mountain of paperwork involved. As a musician, he had to not only prove that he is a musician; but also, a musician at the top of his craft. Such proof included press articles, testimonials from people he had worked with, proof of song and record sales, and his chart successes for downloads and streaming.

Yamin figures that it cost him between three and five thousand dollars to obtain his O-1 visa plus another $1,200 to expedite the process so that he could give a paid performance.

Once Yamin obtained his visa, he had to repeat the process for his new bride. Finally getting the approval, the Yamins moved to the United States in September of 2016 but the visa is only good for three years when he will have to repeat the process all over again.

Yamin pointed out that an immigrant with a visa (even a green card and citizenship) can be revoked for criminal behaviour.

Knowing that they wanted to stay in the U.S., the Yamins opted to apply for a green card.

Once an immigrant begins the process of applying for a green card, they cannot leave the country until the decision has been made to grant or deny the request. Even though they have family back in Israel, Snir and his wife cannot go back to see the family.

The green card application process requires numerous forms – each of which has a fee of at least $100 attached to to. While a language requirement to speak English is not needed for a green card, a medical exam is required and has a fee of $450.

Both visa and green card applications also require an extensive criminal background check.

Yamin noted that the application process for a green card runs about $12,000 per person.

It is clear that applying for legal status to the United States is a costly venture open only to those persons with access to large amounts of money. But at the same time, those people who have access to that kind of money required for legal status are well off enough that they have no need of seeking a better way of life in another country.

America is and always has been a nation of mostly immigrants whose early residents left everything behind to find a better life for those who followed. Somewhere along the way those concepts have been forgotten and replaced by the all nightly dollar.

 

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Beck – Updated

Originally scheduled to perform at the In Bloom Music Festival, Beck has decided to add a few more dates for a mini tour to show off some new music from his newest album “Colors”.

Beck has since added several more dates to the tour

Tickets go on sale February 2.

March 23 at the Toyota Music Factory Pavilion in Irving, TX
March 24 at the In Bloom Music Festival in Houston, TX
April 7 at Ceremonia 2018 in Toluca, Mexico
April  26 & 27 at Anthem in Washington, DC
April 29 at the Charlotte Metro Credit Amphitheater in Charlotte, NC
April 30 at Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA
May 1 at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA
May 4 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest in New Orleans, LA
May 5 at the BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham, AL
May 6 at the Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN
May 23 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland
May 25 at the BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend in Belfast, Ireland
May 27 at the All Points East Festival in London, UK
May 28 at the BIC in Bournemouth, UK
June 1 at This is Not a Love Song in Nimes, France
June 2 at We Love Green in Paris, France
June 4 at the 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands
June 5 & 6 at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium
June 8 at the Stadtpark in Hamburg, Germany
June 9 at the NorthSide Festival in Aahus, Denmark
June 11 at Grona Lund in Stockholm, Sweden
July 6 at The Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI
July 7 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
July 10 at the Place Bell in Montreal, QC
July 12 at the Festival de Quebec, in Quebec City, QC
July 13 at the RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa, ON
July 15 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
July 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
July 20 at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA
Aug 18 & 19 at Summer Sonic in Tokyo, Japan
Sept 22 at the Maverick Center in Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 24 at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, CO
Sept 28 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA

‘Baby Sittin’ Boogie’ Singer Dies

The man who made the novelty song “Baby Sittin’ Boogie” famous – Buzz Clifford died January 26 as a result of complications from the flu at the age of 76.

Clifford had a hit with the song in 1960 that went on to sell over a million copies.

He was born Reese Clifford III in Berwyn, Illinois. After learning to play the guitar as a child, he entered and won talent shows. Bow Records signed him to a contract when he was only 15 years old but Clifford failed to chart either of his two single releases – “14 Karat Fool” and “Pididdle (The Car with One Light)”.

In 1960 he signed with Columbia Records and again failed to reach success with his next single “Blue Lagoon”. He finally found success with “Baby Sittin’ Boogie” when the song reached number six on the Hot 100. The song also reached the top 30 on the Country and R&B music charts. Failing to reach the music charts again, Clifford became a “one hit wonder”.

He left music for a time and served in the U.S. National Guard.

After being discharged from the service, Clifford turned his hand to songwriting where he again found success on the music charts for his compositions. Keith Barbour, Petula Clark, Clyde McPhatter, Lou Rawls, Leon Russell, and Kris Kristofferson all recorded songs penned by Clifford.

Turning his hand once again to performing, Clifford joined the band Carp and later Hamilton Streetcar.

Clifford, along with his sons and David Marks continued to tour for a number of years.

Buzz Clifford discography:
“Baby Sittin’ with Buzz”
“See our Way Clear”
“More than Just Babysittin’”
“Norse Horse”
“Buzz for Sale”
“Bright Lights Shine”

Chris Stapleton

Grammy Award winning Country star Chris Stapleton is launching a tour in June that will run into the fall.  He is bringing Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb along for the trip.

Tickets for the tour go on sale February 9.

Chris Stapleton tour dates:
June 16 at the Brandon Amphitheater in Brandon, MS
June 22 at the Walmart Amp in Rogers, AR
June 28 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, NY
June 29 at the BB&T Pavilion in Philadelphia, PA
June 30 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
July 13 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
July 19 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA
July 20 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Portland, OR
July 21 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, WA
July 26 at the Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena in South Lake Tahoe, NV
July 27 at the Toytoa Amphitheatre in Sacramento, CA
July 28 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
Aug 2 at the Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings, MT
Aug 3 at the Adams Center in Missoula, MT
Aug 4 at the ford Idaho Center Arena in Boise, ID
Aug 9 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
Aug 10 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Aug 11 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 16 at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in San Diego, CA
Aug 17 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Aug 18 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 23 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 24 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH
Oct 4 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Oct 5 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Centr in Indianapolis, IN
Oct 6 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Chicago, IL
Oct 11 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Oct 12 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
Oct 13 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
Oct 19 at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA
Oct 20 at the Lakewood Amphitheater in ATlanta, GA
Oct 25 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC
Oct 26 at the Thompson Bling Arena in Knoxville, TN
Oct 27 at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Nov 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Nov 3 at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA

Gaslight Anthem

Celebrating 10 years of their album “The ’59 Sound” Gaslight Anthem with a tour.  The quartet will give a couple of performances in the U.S. before heading to Europe for a handful of dates before returning the North America for two more dates.

Tickets go on sale February 2.

May 27 at the (:30 Club in Washington, DC
June 2 at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City, NY
July 20 at the Eventim Apollo in London, UK
July 23 at Vicar Street in Dublin, Ireland
July 24 at Barrowland in Glasgow, UK
July 25 at the Apollo in Manchester, UK
July 27 at the O13 in Tiburg, Netherlands
July 28 at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany
Aug 10 at the Rebel in Toronto, ON
Aug 11 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL

Def Leppard

This summer Def Leppard are joining Journey for a tour of North America.  Once that tour has completed, Def Leppard will be making a trip across the pond for a tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

As a part of the tour, the rockers will be performing their album “Hysteria”.  Originally released in 1987, the band released a 30th anniversary edition of the album last year.

Def Leppard “Hysteria” tour dates:
Dec 1 at the 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland
Dec 2 at the SSE Arena in Belfast, UK
Dec 4 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, UK
Dec 6 at The O2 in London, UK
Dec 8 at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, UK
Dec 9 at the Metro Radio Arena in newcastle, UK
Dec 11 at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, UK
Dec 12 at the Arena in Manchester, UK
Dec 14 at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield, UK
Dec 15 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK
Dec 17 at the Arena in Birmingham, UK
Dec 18 at teh SSE Arena Wembley in London, UK

2018 Grammy Award Winners (Complete list of all 84 winners)

The Grammy Awards are about much more than Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, and Country music. There are over 80 categories covering many different styles of music.

The winners at the 60th annual Grammy Awards are:
Record of the Year: “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars|
Album of the Year: “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars|Song of the Year: “That’s What I Like” written by Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Ray Charles McCullough II, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus, and Jonathan Yip
Best New Artist:
Alessia Cara
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
Best Pop Duo or Group Performance: “Feel it Still” by Portugal. The Man
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” by Various Artists
Best Pop Vocal Album:÷ (Divide)” by Ed Sheeran
Best Dance Recording: “Tonite” by LCD Soundsystem
Best Dance/Electronic Album: “3-D The Catalogue” by Kraftwerk
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: “Prototype” by the Jeff Lorber Fusion
Best Rock Performance: “You Want it Darker” by Leonard Cohen
Best Metal Performance: Mastodon for “Sultan’s Curse”
Best Rock Song: “Run” written by the Foo Fighters
Best Rock Album: “A Deeper Understanding” by The War on Drugs”
Best Alternative Music Album: Sleep Well Beast” by The National “
Best R&B Performance: Bruno Mars for “”That’s What I Like”
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Childish Gambino for “Redbone”
Best R&B Song: “That’s What I Like” written by Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Ray Charles McCullough II, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus, and Jonathan Yip
Best R&B Album: “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars
Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Starboy” by The Weeknd
Best Rap Performance: “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap/Sung Performance: “Loyalty” by Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna
Best Rap Song: “Humble” written by K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan, and M. Williams II
Best Rap Album: “4:44” by Jay-Z
Best Country Solo Performance: “Either Way” by Chris Stapleton
Best Country Duo or Group Performance: “Better Man” by Little Big Town
Best Country Song: “Broken Halos” written by Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton
Best Country Album: “From a Room Volume 1”by Chris Stapleton
Best New Age Abum:
“Dancing on Water” by Peter Kater
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Miles Beyond” by John McLaughlin soloist
Best Jazz Vocal Album: “Dreams and Daggers” by Cecile McLorin Salvant
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: “Rebirth” by Billy Childs
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: “Bringin’ It” by the Christian McBride Big Band
Best Latin Jazz Album: “Jazz Tango” by the Pablo Ziegler Trio
Best Gospel Performance or Song: “Never Have to be Alone” by Cece Winans
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance or Song: “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship
Best Gosepl Album: “Let Them Fall in Love” by CeCe Winans
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: “Chain Breaker” by Zach Williams
Best Roots Gospel Album: “Sing it Now: Songs ofFaith & Hope” by Reba McEntire
Best Latin Pop Album: “El Dorado” by Shakira
Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album:
“Residente” by Residente
Best Regional Mexican Music Album: “Arriero Somos Versiones Acústicas” Aida Cuevas
Best Tropical Latin Album: “Salsa Big Band” by Ruben Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquestra
Best American Roots Performance: “Killer Diller Blues” by Alabama Shakes
Best American Roots Song: “If We Were Vampires” written by Jason Isbell
Best Americana Album: “The Nashville Sound” by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Best Bluegrass Album: “Laws of Gravity” by The Infamous Stringbusters
Best Traditional Blues Album: “Blue & Lonesome” by The Rolling Stones
Best Contemporary Blues Album: “TajMo” by Taj Mahal and Keb Mo
Best Folk Album: “Mental Illness” by Aimee Mann
Bet Regional Roots Music Album: “Kalenda” by the Lost Bayou Ramblers
Best Reggae Album: “Stony Hill” by Damian “Jr, Gong” Marley
Best World Music Album: “Shaka Zulu Revisted: 30th Anniversary Celebration” by Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Best Children’s Album: “Feel What U Feel” by Lisa Loeb
Best Spoken Word Album: “The Princess Diarist” by Carrie Fisher
Best Comedy Album: “The Age Of Spin & Deep In The Heart Of Texas” by Dave Chappelle
Best Musical Theater Album: “Dear Evan Hansen”nby the Broadway Cast|
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: “La La Land” by Various Artists
Best Soundtrack Score for Visual Media: “La La Land” by Various Artists
Best Song written for Visual Media: “How Far I’ll Go” by Lin-Manuel Miranda for “Moana: The Songs”
Best Instrumental Composition: “Three Revolutions” by Arturo O’Farrill
Best Instrumental or A Cappella Arrangement: “Escapades For Alto Saxophone And Orchestra’ from “Catch Me If You Can” by John Williams
Best Instruments and Vocals Arrangement: “Putin” by Randy Newman
Best Recording Package: “Pure Comedy” Deluxe Edition by Father John Misty
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: “The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition” by Various Artists
Best Album Notes: “Live at the Whisky a Go Go: The Complete Recordings” by Otis Redding with notes written by Lynell George
Best Historical Album: “Leonard Bernstein – The Composer” compiled by Robert Russ
Best Non-Classical Engineered Album: “24K Magic” engineered by Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Charles Moniz, and Tom Coyne
Non-Classical Producer of the Year: Greg Kurstin
Best Remixed Recording: “You Move” – Latroit Remix by Depeche Mode and remixed by Dennis White
Best Surround Sound Album: “Early Americans” by Jane Ira Bloom
Best Engineered Classical Album: “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” engineered by Mark Donahue
Classical Producer of the Year: David Frost
Best Orchestral Performance: “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Best Opera Recording: “Berg: Wozzeck” by conducted by Hans Graf
Best Choral Performance: “Bryars: The Fif Century” by The Crossing; PRISM Quartet
Best Small Ensemble Chamber Music: “Death & The Maiden” by Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Transcendental” by Daniil Trifonov
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album:
“Crazy Girl Crazy” by Barbara Hannigan
Best Classical Compendium: “Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto” by James Button, Roberto Diaz, and the Nashville Symphony
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Viola Concerto” by Jennifer Higdon
Best Music Video: “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar
Best Music Film: “The Defiant Ones” by Various Artists

60th Annual Grammy Award Ceremonies

It’s being billed as the the “biggest night in music” with the 60th annual Grammy Award ceremonies. For the first time in the award’s history, the top categories are not dominated by rock or pop music…hip-hop has now taken over the top spot.

While there are over 80 award categories, only a few of them are presented during the live performance packed live television broadcast.

James Cordon is hosting this year’s gala event.

The night of music at Madison Square Garden opens with a performance from Kendrick Lamar with an American flag waving in the background. U2 and Dave Chappelle joins Lamar on stage for a performance.

Lady Gaga takes the stage with her piano for a performance dedicated to her Aunt Joanne.

After a quick verse of “New York, New York” John Legend and Tony Bennett presented the first award of the night for Best Rap/Sung Performance to Kendrick Lamar and Rhianna for “Loyalty”.

British pop star Sam Smith performs his song “Pray”.

The award for Best New Artist went to Alessia Cara.

Little Big Town performed their Grammy nominated song “Better Man”.

Gary Clark Jr and Jon Batiste gave a tribute performance to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino – both of whom died in the past year.

The award for Best Pop Solo Performance went to Ed Sheeran for his song “Shape of You”.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee perform their massive record breaking smash hit “Despacito”.

Actor and performer Childish Gambino performed his hit “Terrified”.

James Cordon recognized the Music Educator of the Year Melissa Salgeuro from New York City.

Comedian Dave Chappelle presented the award for Best Rap Album to Kendrick Lamar for his album “Damn”.

Pink takes the stage for a performance of “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken”.

Shaggy and Sting join James Cordon for a little Subway Karaoke.

Cardi B joins award winning entertainer Bruno Mars for a performance.

Trevor Noah presented the award for Best Comedy Album to Dave Chappelle for his album “The Age Of Spin & Deep In The Heart Of Texas”.

Former Police member and award winning artist Sting performs his hit song “Englishman in New York”. Shaggy joins Sting on stage for the performance.

Winners of the Trustees Award for the 60th Grammy Awards are concert promoter Bill Graham, record executive Seymour Stein, and award winning composer John Williams.

The 2018 winners of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award went to:
Hall Blaine
Neil Diamond
Emmylou Harris
Louis Jordan
The Meters
Queen
and Tina Turner

Rhianna, DJ Khalid, and Bryson Tiller join up for a performance of “Wild Thoughts”.

The award for Best Country Album went to Chris Stapleton for his album “From a Room, Volume 1”.

Maren Morris, Eric Church, and Brother Osbourne paid a tribute to those music fans who died in the past year during mass acts of violence while attending concerts with a performance of “Tears of Heaven”. Behind the performers were signs with the names of the fans who were lost.

Kesha took the Grammy stage to perform her song “Praying”. She was joined by Cyndi Lauper, Camilla Cabello, Andra Day, Bebe Rexha, and Julia Michaels.

Irish rockers U2 gather along the Hudson River in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty for a performance of “Get Out of Your Own Way”.

Sting takes the stage to present the award for Song of the Year to Bruno Mars for his song “That’s What I Like” written by Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Ray Charles McCullough II, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus, and Jonathan Yip.

Sir Elton John give a performance of his hit “Tiny Dancer” and is joined on stage by Miley Cyrus.

Benn Plat from “Dear Evan Hanson” performs “Somewhere” from “West Side Story” in a Grammy tribute to Broadway and composer Leonard Berstein. Continuing the salute to Broadway, Patty LaPone performs “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” form “Evita” in a tribute to Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.

SZA performed her song “Broken Clocks”.

New York girl and 15 time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys presented the award for Record of the Year to Bruno Mars for “24K Gold”.

For the In Memorium segment Emmylou Harris and Chris Stapleton take the stage for a performance of a Tom Petty song.

Khalid, Alessia Cara, and Logic take the stage for a performance together.

Bono and The Edge from U2 present the award for Album of the Year to Bruno Mars for “24K Gold”.

Jack White

Jack White’s new album “Boarding House Reach” is currently up for pre-order. This spring White will be touring North America and Europe to support the new album. Some dates on the tour are already sold out.

As previously reported, White has a strict no electronic devices allowed policy for the tour but will make official photos available to fans after each show.

Jack White tour dates:
April 19 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
April 20 at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI
April 21 at 20 Monroe in Grand Rapids, MI
April 23 at the Baxter Arena in Omaha, NE
April 24 at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, KS
April 25 at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO
April 27 & 29 at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX
April 30 & May 1 at the Revention Music Center in Houston, TX
May 2 at the Austin 360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX
May 4 & 5 at the Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta, GA
May 6 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA
May 26 at the Boston Calling Music Festival in Boston, MA
May 27 at the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY
May 29 & 30 at The Anthem in Washington, DC
June 1 at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City, NY
June 2 & 3 at the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, OH
June 4 at the Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheater in Columbus, OH
June 6 at the Jacobs Pavilion in Cleveland, OH
June 7 at the Dome Arena in Rochester, NY
June 8 at Artpark in Lewiston, NY
June 9 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
June 26-28 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, UK
July 2 at afas live in Amsterdam-Zuidoost, Netherlands
July 3 & 4 at l’Olympia in Paris, France
July 7 at Rock Werchter in Werchter, Belgium
July 13 at the Mad Cool Festival in Madrid, Spain
July 14 at NOS Alive in Lisbon, Portugal
July 15 at the Ilosaarirock Festival in Joensuu, Finland
Aug 6 at The Armory in Minneapolis, MN
Aug 8 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO
Aug 9 at Saltair in Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 11 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR
Aug 12 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Aug 13 at the WaMu Theatre in Seattle, WA
Aug 15 &16 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA
Aug 19 at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 21 at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
Aug 22 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 23 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV

Jack White Goes Photo Free

Despite numerous announcements and signs forbidding mobile phone use, venues are filled with concert going fans who pay more attention to their phones taking photos and shooting videos.

Rocker Jack White is determined that people who come to his concerts have their attention on the stage and not their phones.

When White launches his upcoming tour, there will be a policy of “no recording devices allowed” – including phones.

According to a statement from White’s team, “upon arrival at the venue, all phones and other photo or video-capturing gizmos will be secured in a Yondr pouch that will be unlocked at the end of the show. You keep your pouch-secured phone on you during the show and, if needed, can unlock your phone at any time in a designated Yondr Phone Zone located in the lobby or concourse.”

White will also have an official tour photographer on hand to capture the show and fans will be able to access those photos after the show via jackwhiteiii.com and his Instagram site @officialjackwhitelive.

White says, “repost our photos & videos as much as you want and enjoy a phone-free, 100% human experience.”

 

feature photo credit: By Michael Morel from Barcelona, Spain – the white stripesUploaded by Yarl, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7386170

2018 Oscar Nominees

On January 23 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the nominees for the 2018 Academy Awards. This year Jimmy Kimmell will host the 90th celebration of the best that Hollywood has to offer in film.

The annual Academy Award presentation will be on Sunday March 4 in a live television gala event.

The nominees for the 2018 Academy Awards are:
Best Leading Actor in a Film:
Timothee Chalemet in “Call Me By Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis in “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya in “Get Out”
Gary Oldman in “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Best Supporting Actor in a Film:
Willem Dafoe in “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”
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 Leading Actress in a Film:
Sally Hawkins in “The Shape of water”
Frances McDormand in “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie in “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan in “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep in “The Post”

Best Supporting actress in a Film:
Mary J. Blige in “Mudbound”
Allison Janney in “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville in “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf in “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer in “The Shape of Water”

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

Best Cinematography:
Roger A. Deakins for “Blade Runner 2049”
Bruno delbonner for “Darkest Hour”
Hoyte van Hoytema for “Dunkirk”
Rachel Morrison for “Mudbound”
Dan Laustsen for “The Shape of Water”


Best Costume Design:
Jacqueline Durran for “Beauty and the Beast”
Jacqueline Durran for “Darkest Hour”
Mark Bridges for “Phantom Thread”
Luis Sequeira for “The Shape of Water”
Consolata Boyle for “Victoria and Abdul”

Best Film Direction:
Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk”
Jordan Peele for “Get Out”
Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird”
Paul Thomas Anderson for “Phantom Thread”
Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water”

Best Feature Documentary:
“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
“Faces Places”
“Icarus”
“Lat Men in Aleppo”
“Strong Island”

Best Short Subject Documentary:
“Edith+Eddie”
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405”
“Heroin(e)”
“Knife Skills”
“Traffic Stop”

Best Film Editing:
Paul Machless and Jonathan Amos for “Baby Driver”
Lee Smith” for “Dunkirk”
Tatiana S. Riegel for “I, Tonya”
Sidney Wolinsky for “The Shape of Water”
Jon Gregory for “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Foreign Language Film:
“A Fantastic Woman” from Chile
“The Insult” from Lebanon
“Loveless” from Russia
“On Body and Soul” from Hungary
“The Square” from Sweden

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, and Lucy Sibbick for “Darkest Hour”
Daniel Philips and Lou Sheppard for “Victoria & Abdul”
Arjen Tuiten for “Wonder”

Best Original Music Score:
Hans Zimmer for “Dunkirk”
Jonny Greenwood for “Phantom Thread”
Aleandre Desplat for “The Shape of Water”
John Williams for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
Carter Burwell for “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Original Song:
“Mighty River” from “Mudbound”
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me By Your Name”
“Remember Me” from “Coco”
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall”
“This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”

Best Motion Picture Film:
“Call Me By Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Production Design:
Sara Greenwood and Katie Spencer for “Beauty and the Beast”
Denni Gassner and Alessandra Querzola for “Blade Runner 2049”
Sara Greenwood and Katie Spencer for “Darkest Hour”
Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis for “Dunkirk”
Paul Denham Austerberry ,Shane Vieau, and Jeff Melvin for “The Shape of Water”

Best Animated Short Film:
“Dear Basketball”
“Garden Party”
“Lou”
“Negative Space”
“Revolting Rhymes”

Best Live Action Short Film:
“DeKalb Elementary”
“The Eleven O’Clock”
“My Nephew Emmett”
“The Silent Child”
“Watu Wote/All of Us”

Best in Sound Editing:
Julian Slater for “Baby Driver”
Mark Mangini and Theo Green for “Blade Runner 2049”
Richard King and Alex Gibson for “Dunkirk”
Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira for “The Shape of Water
Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Best in Sound Mixing:
Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin, and Mary H. Ellis for “Baby Driver”
Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, and Mac Ruth for “Blade Runner 2049”
Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, and Gary A. Rio for “Dunkirk”
Christian Cook, Brad Zoem, and Glen Gauthier for “The Shape of Water”
David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, and Stuart Wilson for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Best in Visual Effects:
John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, and Richard R. Hoover for “Blade Runner 2049”
Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, and Dan Sudick for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, and Mike Meinardus for “Kong: Skull Island”
Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan, and Chris Corbould for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon, and Joel Whist for “War for the Planet of the Apes”

Best Adapted Screenplay Writing:
James Ivory for “Call Me by Your Name”
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for “The Disaster Artist”
Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green for “Logan”
Aaron Sorkin for “Molly’s Game”
Virgil Williams and Dee Rees for “Mudbound”

Best Original Screenplay Writing:
Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani for “The Big Sick”
Jordan Peele for “Get Out”
Gret Gerwig for “Lady Bird”
Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor for “The Shape of Water”
Martin McDonah for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

 

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Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse has announced that they will be embarking on a tour of the United States this spring and will be a part of the Forecastle festival this summer.

April 18 at the Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, AL
April 20 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL
April 21 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in st. Augustine, FL
April 23 & 24 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
April 26 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC
April 27 at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC
April 28 at The Ritz in Raleigh, NC
April 30 at The Anthem in Washington, DC
May 1 at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH
May 2 & 3 at The Filmore in Detorit, MI
May 5 at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI
May 6 at the Verizon Center in Mankato, MN
May 8 at the McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids, IA
May 9 at the Ralston Arena in Ralston, NE
May 10 at the Brady Theatre in Tulsa, OK
May 11 at the Starlight Amphitheatre in Kansas City, MO
May 13 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
May 15 at the Villa Hispana Pavilion in Albuquerque, NM
May 16 at the Pepsi Amphitheatre in Flagstaff, AZ
May 18 at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium in Riverside, CA
May 19 at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA
May 20 at the Civic Auditorium in Redding, CA
May 22 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, CA
May 24 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA
July 13-15 at the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY

Slayer

Metal rockers Slayer have announced that they are among the recent collection of artists who have decided it is time to hang up the microphones and park the tour bus.

The band will make one final world tour with North American dates beginning in May.  Fellow metalheads Lamb of God, Testament, and Behemoth will be coming along for the ride.  Anthrax will also be appearing at some dates.

Slayer tour dates:
May 10 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA
May 11 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in irvine, CA
May 13 at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento, CA
May 16 at the PNE Forum in Vancouver, BC
May 17 at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC
May 19 at the Big four in Calgary, AB
May 20 at the Shaw Centre in Edmonton, AB
May 22 at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB
May 24 at The Armory in Menneapolis, MN
May 25 at the Hollywood casino Amphitheatre in Chicago, IL
May 27 at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill in Detroit, MI
May 29 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
May 30 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
June 1 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
June 2 at the PNC Banks Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
June 4 at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA
June 6 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cleveland, OH
June 9 at the KeyBank Pavilion in PIttsburgh, PA
June 10 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
June 12 at the VUHL Amphitheatre in Virginia Beach, VA
June 14 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
June 15 at the Orlando Amphitheatre in Orlando, FL
June 17 at the Smart Financial center in Houston, TX
June 19 at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX
June 20 at the Austin 360 Amphitheatre in Austin, TX
July 26 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH
July 27 at the Impact Music Festival in Bangor, ME
July 29 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Amphitheater in Wantagh, NY
July 31 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA
Aug 1 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY
Aug 3 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, NY
Aug 4 at the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY
Aug 6 at the Budweiser Gardens in London, ON
Aug 7 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 9 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in St Louis, MO
Aug 10 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA
Aug 12 at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Aug 13 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR
Aug 15 at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, TX
Aug 16 at The Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 18 at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Denver, CO
Aug 19 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 21 at the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater in Boise, ID
Aug 23 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Portland, OR
Aug 26 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA

 

New Music Friday – January 26

This week in New Music Friday there are new releases from veteran and young artists including Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, Machine Head, Migos, Mike Posner, Rick Springfield, Calexico, and Celtic Woman.

Albums:
“All for One” by Jamison Ross
Original Motion PIcture soundtrack for “American Satan” by Various Artists
“Best of Ibiza 2018” by Various Artists
“Black Coffee” by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa
“Catharsis” by Machine Head
“Chris Dave and the Drumhedz” by Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
“Clarity” by For All Seasons
“Common Ground” by Above and Beyond
“Con Todo El Mundo” by Khruangbin
“Culture II” by Migos
“The Dangerous Summer” by The Dangerous Summer
“David Lang: The Day” by Maya Beiser
“Dawn Chorus Remixes” by Hidden Orchestra
“Down Below” by Tribulation
“Dream Wife” by dream Wife
“Entertainment” by Waterparks
“Freedom’s Goblin” by Ty Segall
Original Television Soundtrack for “Get Shorty” by Antonio Sanchez
“i was born in detroit on a very very very very very very very cold day” by Mike Posner and the egendary Mike Posner Band
“Inspiration” by Sheku Kanneh-Mason
“Knowing What You Know Now” by Marmozets
“Lionheart” by H.C. McEntire
“Marble Skies” by Django Django
“The Mastery” by Accuser
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for “Maze Runner: The Death cure” by John Paesano
“Nightfall” by Till Bronner and Dieter Ilg
“Outside” by Burna Boy
“Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury
Original Score for “Runaways” by siddhartha Khosla
“Shape the Future” by Nightmares on Wax
“The Snake King” by Rick springfield
“Snares Like a Haircut” by No Age
“Swell” by Tiny Moving Parts
“Thelonious Sphere Monk” by Mast
“The Thread That Keeps Us” by Calexico
“The Time is Now” by Craig david
“Ultra Dance 19” by Various Artists
“Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs” by Orphaned Land
“Vessel of Love” by Hollie cook
“Weather or Not” by Evidence
“Windows” by Bruce Levingston
“Wuthering Nights: Live in birmingham” by Steve Hackett
“Return” by iKON
“Get with the Times” by Bekon
“Young & Reckless” by OMB Peezy and Sherwood Marty
“Homecoming – Live from Ireland” by Celtic Woman

EPs:
“& The Brite Lites at Svenska Grammofonstudion’ by Jose Gonzalez
“Berghain 08” by Various Artists
“Born Again” by RAIGN
“Diary of a Creep” by New Year’s Day
“Hardwell & Friends, Vol. 03” by Hardwell
“Son de los Diablos” by Dengue Dengue Dengue

Lynyrd Skynyrd

As the end of a musical era continues southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd has announced that they are making one final tour before retiring from the road.

In their nearly 50 years of making music Skynyrd has seen more than their share of ups and downs including losing band members to crashes and sharing the music with millions of fans.

Skynyrd does not have one set opening act but Kid Rock, Hank williams Jr, the Charlie Daniels Band, Bad Company, the Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Blackberry Smoke and Blackfoot will be taking turns sharing the stage.

the final tour begins in May in the band’s home state of Florida.  Tickets go on sale February 2.

Lynyrd Skynyrd tour dates:
May 4 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
May 5 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
May 11 at the Starplex Pavilion in Dallas, TX
May 12 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
May 18 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
May 19 at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
May 25 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
May 26 at the glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA
June 22 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
June 23 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY
June 29 at the coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, NC
June 30 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
July 6 at the veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
July 7 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
July 13 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY
July 14 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
July 20 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
July 21 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY
July 27 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
July 28 at Herseypark Stadium in Hershey, PA
Aug 3 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL
Aug 4 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN
Aug 10 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI
Aug 11 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
Aug 17 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 18 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
Aug 24 at the Lakeview Amphitheatre in syracuse, NY
Aug 25 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA
Aug 31 at the Oak  Mountain Amphitheatre in Peham, AL
Sept 1 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA

RuPaul Premieres All Stars 3

It’s another All Star season on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” when queens from past seasons return for the third All Star season.

Trixie Matel, Milk, Chi Chi Devane, Thorgy Thor, Morgan McMichaels, Aja, BenDeLaCreme, Kennedy Davenport, and Shangela – back for the third time.

RuPaul tells the queens that it is time for them to make a killer comeback and earn their spot in the Drag Hall of Fame…but first there’s one more queen to join the cast…

…Bebe Zahara Benet – the very first Drag Race winner.

All Star rules are in full effect with the top two queens lip syncing for their legacy and the queens will choose who goes home. The winning queen decides which of the two bottom queens goes home.

The first challenge of the season is a get acquainted event – The Library is open, let the reading begin!

The winner is BenDeLaCreme.

The big challenge for this week is an All Star Variety Show before a live audience.

Joining RuPaul at the judge’s table this week are Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley Ross Matthews, and special guest judge Vanessa Hudgens.

Shangela danced and sang for her talent performance.

Bebe Zahara Benet who also danced and sang for her performance. A true African, Bebe performed some African dance.

Thorgy Thor played the violin for her performance.

Aja danced for her talent that included a little gymnastics.

Kennedy Davenport also chose to give a dance performance.

BenDeLaCreme gave a comedic dance performance that included some impressive tassel twirling.

Chi Chi Devane did a dancing baton twirling routine.

Morgan McMichaels chose to perform a song and dance routine.

Trixie Mattel played an autoharp and sang.

And coming up last was Milk with “rap” about fashion with stick on fashions.

Trixie, Bebe, Milk, and Kennedy were all safe for this week.

In the first critiques of the season…
Carson said that Shangela’s performance was a great way to start the show.

Thorgy had an amazing look and the judges like seeing Drag and Classical music

The judges liked Aja’s reveals; adding that she looked like a model and did some very good drag.  Michelle said that it was what she had been waiting for all of season nine.

The judges said that BenDeLaCreme was beautiful and had a stunning look.

Chi Chi had a beautiful look but the judges did not like her wearing the flat shoes and felt her hair kept getting in the way.

While Morgan McMichaels look amazing, the judges felt that her nerves got the best of her.

RuPaul announced that Aja and BeDeLaCreme were the top two looks for the week and would face off in a lip sync for their legacy to determine the winner.  They both won a trip to Ft. Lauderdale.

 

Shangela and Throgy Thor were safe but Chi Chi and Morgan were in the bottom and are facing elimination.

 

Aja and BenDeLaCreme lip synced to “Anaconda” with BenDeLaCreme taking the win with her comedic lip sync performance. She wins a $10,000 for her winning performance.

BenDeLaCreme chose to send Morgan McMichaels home.

Next week it’s the Divas…

 

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‘The Four’ Continues (Week 4)

It’s week four of “The Four” and only a few weeks remain before the first champion is crowned.

After defending her seat last week Zhavia is the longest sitting member of “The Four” and the only girl of “The Four”. Jason Warrior also defended his seat. Rell Jerv and Tim Johnson Jr are the newcomers to “The Four”.

First up vying for a chance to take over one of the seats was Nicolina who has been making music videos and posting them on YouTube. While he called her competitive, Charlie said that Nicolina did not give him goosebumps. Meghan thought that Nicolina had a beautiful voice but did not care for her stage presence. Diddy felt that Nicolina’s voice was not strong enough and DJ Khalid didn’t think she was better than any of “The Four”. Nicolina got a no from all four of the panelists.

Former background singer Ravaughn stepped away from music for the past couple of years and is returning to the stage. She has also performed on “Glee”. DJ noted he has seen her around, noting that she has been putting in the work. Diddy told her to make him a believer. Diddy said that he liked her because she didn’t try to do too much; adding that he felt like she did herself. DJ noted that she has been doing something right and told her to keep it up. Charlie noted that Ravaughn has been working hard, but he wasn’t sure whether she could beat one of “The Four”. When Meghan asked Ravaughn what genre would she like to do, Ravaughn didn’t know. Ravaughn got four yeses and earned the right to challenge one of “The Four”. Diddy told her to think deep because it was a potential life changing event. Ravaughn chose to challenge Jason Warrior. Host Fergie noted that it was the closest vote to date with only one percent separating the two singers. Jason held on to his seat and cannot be challenged any more tonight.

Edi Callier chose a Nick Jonas song for his performance. DJ liked his stage presence but questioned whether or not Edi could be Zhavia. Charlie called his sweet; adding that Edi did a great job of presenting himself. Meghan said that Edi made her smile and she though his riffs were incredible. Diddy said that the was looking for the total package; adding that he thinks Edi still has some work to do. Edi got four nos from the panel.

Nick Harrison performed an original song. Fergie said that he slayed the stage. Calling Nick amazing Meghan loved his confidence; adding that he is a star. DJ wanted to see a classic battle right then. Nick got four yeses and chose to challenge Rell Jerv. In a battle of the original lyric rappers, Nick pulled out the win and takes over the seat. Nick is locked in for the night and cannot be challenged this week.

Canadian musician Josh Wyper is a member of The Pompadors but chose a Chris Stapleton song for his performance. Meghan said that his voice was perfect for the song but she wanted more from him. Diddy noted that the song didn’t move him; adding that his voice resonates emotion. Josh got four nos from the panel.

In the final performance of the night, small town resident Kendyle Paige got mixed reviews from the panel with Meghan liking her growl but was not impressed enough to want a challenge. Diddy loved her posed; adding that she hit all the right notes. Diddy wanted to see a challenge. In the end Kendyle got four yeses and chose to challenge Zhavia. After three weeks as a member of “The Four”, Zhavia loses her seat to Kendyle.

Meghan Trainor was very upset after Kendyle was announced the winner. She didn’t want Kendyle to be in a challenge; saying the guys talked her into it.

Next week is the comeback episode where eliminated artists get a second chance to become one of “The Four”.

New XFL Football League Coming

World Wrestling Entertainment Chairman Vince McMahon announced on January 25 that he intends to resurrect the defunct XFL football league. McMahon plans on launching the season in 2020.

McMahon had previously launched an XFL football league in 2001; but despite some original interest the league only lasted a single season.

The revamped XFL will consist of eight teams in a 10 game season with a four team postseason.

The new league will come under Alpha Entertainment and will not be a part of his WWE in any way.

Speaking on the new league McMahon said “our approach to presenting games will be multi-platform, which will allow us to engage fans and customize the viewing experience in ways that were unimaginable just a few years ago.”

McMahon is also looking at making some major changes to the game of football including simplifying the game – including fewer rules infractions -, invoking more action, and shortening the game to only two hours.

Other ways the XFL will dffer from the NFL is that McMahon intends to add a rule requiring every player to stand during the playing of the National Anthem because, “people don’t want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained.”

Noting that the new XFL is looking only for players with “a high moral character,” players with an type of criminal past will not be allowed to participate in the league.

Team cities, names, and personnel have yet to be announced; nor has McMahon revealed what part of the year he intends to have the games played – will they coincide with the NFL or whether they will play in the NFL off season.

 

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Elton John Farewell Tour Dates

Sir Elton John has been entertaining audiences around the world for over 50 years. With two boys at home he is looking to make one final spin around the world before he parks the piano and spends more time with his children – because in the words of Sir Elton, they are the most important thing.

The tour is set to begin in the United States in September and will take three years to complete as he travels to nearly every continent on the planet – except the Arctic and Antarctica.

Tickets begin going on sale February 2.

Sir Elton is asking fans to travel down the Yellow Brick Road one final time:
Sept 8 at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA
Sept 11& 12 at The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Sept 15 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Sept 16 at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA
Sept 19 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT
Sept 21& 22 at the Capital One Arena in Washington DC
Sept 25 & 26 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON
Sept 28 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Sept 29 at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City, QC
Oct 4 at the Bell Centre in Montreal QC
Oct 6 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
Oct 10 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 12 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Oct 15 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
Oct 18 & 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York City NY
Oct 23 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
Oct 24 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Oct 26 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
Oct 27 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO
Nov 2 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH
Nov 3 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH
Nov 8 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Nov 23 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
Nov 24 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
Nov 27 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
Nov 28 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Nov 30 & Dec 1 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA
Dec 4 at the Legacy Arena at The BJCC in Birmingham, AL
Dec 6 at the Snoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
Dec 8 & 9 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Dec 12 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
Dec 14 & 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Jan 11 at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, ID
Jan 12 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Jan 15 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA
Jan 16 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Jan 18 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA
Jan 19 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Jan 22 & 23 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
Jan 26 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
Jan 29 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA
Feb 7 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Feb 9 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
Feb 12 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE
Feb 13 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
Feb 19 at the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center in Milwaukee, WI
Feb 21 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Feb 27 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH
March 1 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY
March 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
March 12 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
March 13 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia SC
March 15 at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL
May 2 at the Stadhalle in Veinna, Austria
May 4 at the Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland
May 7 at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic
May 9 at the OVB Arena in Bremen, Germany
May 11 at the Schleyerhalle in Stuttgart, Germany
May 12 at the KoPi Arena in Oberhausen, Germany
May 15 at the Ziggodome in Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 18 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark
May 19 at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden
May 22 at the Tui Arena in Hannover, Germany
May 23 at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp Belgium
May 26 at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany
June 1 at the Bowling Green in Wiesbaden, Germany
June 12 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland
June 29 & 30 at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland

More dates will be coming…

 

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Greta Van Fleet

Detroit rockers Greta Van Fleet are ready to hit the road for a tour this spring that features a number of Festivals including Coachella.  Some of the dates have already sold out.

April 13 & 20 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA
April 29 at the Welcome to Rockville Festival in Jacksonville, FL
May 1 at the House of Blues in Houston TX
May 2 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX
May 3 at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre in Austin TX
May 5 at the Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta, GA
May 6 at the Carolina Rebellion in Concord NC
May 9 at the Rams Head Live in Baltimore MD
May 11 at the the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ
May 12 at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
May 14 & 16 at the Marathon Music Works in Nashville in TN
May 18 at the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, OH
May 20 at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL
May 22, 23 & 25 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI
July 27 at Floydfest in Floyd VA

Baseball Hall of Fame Names Newest Members

On January 24 the Baseball Writers Association of America released the inductees for the annual Major League Baseball Hall of Fame induction. For only the fourth time in the Hall of Fame’s 74 year history, more than three players were selected to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for July 29 in Cooperstown, New York.

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was selected for the Hal of Fame on his first year of eligibility. With 97.2 percent of the vote, Jones tops the list of new inductees.

Joining Jones for the 2018 Hall of Fame induction are Vladimir Guerrero with 92.9 percent, Jim Thome with 89.8 percent, and Trevor Hoffman with 79.9 percent.

Players eligible for the Hall of Fame must receive at least 75 percent of the vote from the BBWAA members.

Edgar Martinez just missed becoming the fifth inductee with 70.4 percent of the vote.

Missing the vote again, Roger Clemens received only 57.3 percent of the vote, Barry Bonds received 56.4 percent of the vote, Curt Schilling received 51.2 percent of the vote, Fred McGriff received 23 percent of the vote, Manny Ramirez received 22 percent of the vote, Sammy Sosa received only 7.8 percent and Andruw Jones received 7.3 percent of the vote.

Livan Hernandez and Carlos Lee earned only one vote each; while Orlando Hudson, Aubrey Huff, Jason Isringhausen, Brad Lidge, Kevin Millwood, and Carlos Zambrano failed to earn any votes.

Players who received less than five percent of the vote will have their names stricken from any future consideration.


 

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Neil Diamond Retires

Entertainer Neil Diamond has decided to hang up the microphone after 50 years of making music.

The award winning music icon made the announcement January 22 after revealing that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

Diamond was in the middle of a tour celebrating 50 years of music at the time of his announcement and has since cancelled the remainder of the tour…at his doctor’s request.

Diamond released a statement on his website saying, “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years. My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.” He added, “I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come.”

The 77 year old Diamond will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Recording Academy at the 59th annual Grammy Award ceremonies on January 28.

Country Singer Lari White Dies

Grammy Award winning Country music singer Lari White died January 23 as a result of cancer at the age of 52.

Long before there was an “American Idol”, “Nashville Star”, or “The Voice” there was “You Can Be a Star” with Jim Ed Brown. White won the show in 1988.

Along with singing White was a songwriter, record producer – including the album “White Trash with Money” by Toby Keith, an indie record label owner, and an actress. Tammy Wynette, Toby Keith, Lonestar, Danny Gokey, and Pat Green have all recorded her music.

White appeared on Broadway as June Carter Cash in “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash”. She has sung with the New York Pops, the Boston Pops the Atlanta Symphony and the Nashville Symphony.

Her music has appeared on “Big Eden”, “No Regrets”, and “Confetti”. As an actress White was a housekeeper in “The Unholy”, Greta in “XXX’s & OOO’s”, was Bettina Peterson in “Cast Away” starring Tom Hanks, “No Regrets” was a hairstylist in “Country Strong”, and was one of Santas helpers in “The Peter Austin Noto Show”. It had been announced that she would play the role of Caroline Reve in “Jubilee”.

She was born Lari Michele White on May 13, 1965 in Dunedin, Florida. She began her singing career performing Gospel music when she was just four years old.

White is survived by her husband songwriter Chuck Cannon and children.

 

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Luke Bryan

Country music star Luke Bryan has added dates to his current American tour and will now be on tour into September.

Jon Pardi is set to open for many of the stops on the tour with Morgan Wallen filling in  over the summer.

Feb 16 at the JQH Arena in Springfield, MO
Feb 17 at the Ford Center in Evansville, IN
Feb 18 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
Feb 22 at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA
Feb 23 at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ
Feb 24 at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA
April 6 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque NM
May 31 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON
June 2 at Met Life Stadium in New York City, NY
June 14 at the Charleston Civic Center i Charleston, WV
June 16 at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH
June 21 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach FL
June 22 at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL
June 23 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL
June 28 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
June 29 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
June 30 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA
July 5 at Fenway Park in Boston, MA
July 21 at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
July 28 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 2 at the CentruyLink Center in Omaha, NE
Aug 4 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO
Aug 17 at the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY
Aug 18 at the JIffy Lube Live in Bristol, VA
Aug 19 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 24 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 25 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
Aug 26 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
Sept 1 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Sept 8 at the Starplex Pavilion in DAllas, TX
Sept 13 at the Rushmore Plaza Barnett Arena in Rapid City, SD
Sept 14 at the Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings, MT
Sept 20 at the Ford Idaho Center in Boise, ID
Sept 21 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 13 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC
Oct 26 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI

 

Modest Mouse

Rockers Modest Mouse are embarking on a U.S. tour beginning this spring.

April 18 at the Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, AL
April 20 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL
April 21 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL
April 23 & 24 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
April 26 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC
April 27 at The FIllmore in Charlotte, NC
April 28 at The Ritz in Raleigh, NC
April 30 at The Anthem in Washington, DC
May 1 at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH
May 2 & 3 at The Fillmore in Detroit MI
May 5 at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI
May 6 at the Verizon Center in Mankato, MN
May 8 at the McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids, IA
May 9 at the Ralston Arena in Ralston, NE
May 10 at the Brady Theatre in Tulsa, OK
May 11 at the Starlight Amphitheatre in Kansas City, MO
May 13 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison CO
May 15 at the Villa Hispana Pavilion in Albuquerque, NM
May 16 at the Pepsi Amphitheatre in Flagstaff, AZ
May 18 at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium in Riverside CA
May 19 at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA
May 20 at the Civic Auditorium in Redding, CA
May 22 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo CA
May 24 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA
July 13-15 at the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY

BPO Swings to Duke and Ella

Taking a break from their normal fare of Classical music, members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra joined up with Byron Stripling, Carmen Bradford, and Ted Louis Levy for an evening of Swing music.

Featuring the music of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald The Orchestra performed what Byron called “pork chop eating music.”

Just like in the days of te Big Bands where the band leader also played an instrument, Byron Stripling led the BPO and played his trumpet as they opened the show with the hit song “IT Don’t Mean a Thing”.  Donned in a sparkling black gown, vocalist Carmen Bradford joined in to sing the song.

Along with Big Band music, soft shoe and tap dancing were very popular at venues like The Cotton Club in New York’s Harlem.  Showing off some of his fancy dance steps tap dancer Ted Louis Levy also took the stage with some fancy dance moves.

More than just a trumpet player Byron sang on a number of songs, including some pretty impressive scatting on “Dinah” “Saint James Infirmary” “I Got Rhythm”, and Minnie the Moocher”.

Along with her rendition of “Stormy Weather” Carmen returned to the stage in a gold gown for a performance of “Am I Blue”.

Showing off his vocal and dance skills Ted channeled his inner Sammy David Jr of “Smile Darn Ya” and strutted his stuff on “Kick the Gong Around”.

Also on the program were “Symphony in Riffs”, “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love” “Cap Hands Here Comes Charlie” “St. Louis Blues”, and a Cotton Club Medley.

The Orchestra, Byron, Carmen, and Ted all joined together for an encore performance of “Bill Bailey”.

It was a fun filled evening of song and dance from the days when Swing was king and Saturday night was a night for dancing the night away.

Bruce in the USA Rocks the Den

Years ago there was a commercial for an audio recording tape that asked, “is it live or Memorex.” The premise was that the Memorex audio tape was so good that the listener could not tell the difference between a live performance and a recorded one.

When the show Bruce in the USA gave a performance in the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on January 19, it was hard to tell the tribute artist from the real thing.

Canadian born multi instrumentalist Matt Ryan looked and sounded like “The Boss” himself. The seven piece band not only performed flawless renditions of Springsteen’s music; but also engaged the full house and invited them to sing along on those songs even letting the audience sing the songs at times.

During the hour and a half show the band performed over 15 songs including “Thunder Road” “Glory Days”, “Badlands” “Hungry Heart”, Out in the Street”, “In the Fire” “Rosie”, “10th Ave”, “American Love” “Promiseland”, “Born in the USA”, “Dancing in the Dark”, and “Born to Run”.

After a standing ovation and screams of Bbrrruuucce!, the band returned to the stage for an encore performance of “Jungleland”.

The avid Bruce Springsteen fans in the house recognized some tunes after only a few notes and were eager to join in on the songs and for those fans the night ended all too soon.

Bruce in the USA has been entertaining audiences across the country since its formation in 2000 in Las Vegas.

Grateful Dead Get Live Release

In 2015 The Grateful Dead released a Best Of collection from their vault of studio recordings. On March 23 they will be releasing a live performance set.

The Best of the Grateful Dead Live” is a two disc career spanning release that features recording from official albums and a few from the Dead’s own vault. The Grateful Dead last performed live in 1995 at Soldier Field in Chicago; “So Many Roads” from that performance is included in the package.

In their hey day, it was a mark of true Dead fan was one who could boast about the number of concerts they had attended. Fans would often follow the band from city to city – selling their wares in the makeshift parking lot market to earn enough money for the next show.

Songs included on the two disc set are:
“St. Stephen”
“Bertha”
“Wharf Rat”
“Sugar Magnolia”
“Jack Straw”
“Truckin’”
“Morning Dew”
“Brown Eyed Women”
“The Music Never Stopped”
“Estimated Prophet”
“Friend of the Devil
“Feel Like a Stranger”
“Fire on the Mountain”
“Bird Song”
“Ripple”
“Eyes of the World”
“Touch of Grey”
“Blow Away”
“So Many Roads”

 

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Jingle King Dick Noel Has Died

Crooner and Jingle singer Dick Noel died October 27 2017 in Escondido, California as the result of pancreatic cancer at the age of 90.

Along with performing numerous commercial jingles – it is believed that he sang on some 15,000 ads – Noel performed during the Big Band era with the Ray Anthony Orchestra He also performed on television shows with Arthur Godfrey and Tennessee Ernie Ford. Before making the move to television, Noel appeared on a number of radio programs as a singer.

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He was born Richard L. Noel on in Brooklyn, New York.

During World War II, Noel served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Admiral H.T. Mayo.

Noel is survived by his wife of 40 years Nancy and children – Patricia, Catherine, Ken, Cliff, and Laura.

Kendrick Lamar and SZA

Hip-Hop artists Kendrick Lamar and SZA are joining forces for a spring tour they are calling “TDE: The Championship Tour”.  Schoolboy Q Jay Rock, AB-Soul, SiR, and Lance Skiiwalker will also be coming along on the tour.

May 4 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
May  5 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, WA
May 6 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Portland, OR
May 8 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA
May 10 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA
May 13 at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in San Diego, CA
May 14 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
May 15 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
May 17 at the Starplex Pavilion in Dallas, TX
May 18 at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX
May 19 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
May 22 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphither in Tampa, FL
May 23 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
May 25 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA
May 26 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
May 27 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach VA
May 28 at Madion Square Garden in New York City, NY
May 30 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
June 1 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
June 2 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA
June 3 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, NY
June 5 at the Xfinity Center in Boston MA
June 7 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
June 8 at the BB&T Pavilion in Philadelphia, PA
June 9 at the Saratoga Performing ARts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
June 12 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
June 13 at the DTE Energy Music Theater in Detroit, MI
June 15 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Chicago, IL
June 16 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Pittsburgh PA

Tedeschi Trucks Band, Drive-By Truckers, and Marcus King

This summer the Tedeschi Trucks Band are launching a summer tour of the United States.  Drive-By Truckers and the Marcus King Band will also be a part of the Wheels of Soul tour.

June 30 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Tuscaloosa, AL
July 1 at the Volvo Car Stadium in Charleston, SC
July 3 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
July 6 at The Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
July 7 at the Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford, NH
July 8 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
July 10 at the Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands PAC in Canandaigua, NY
July 13 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NCJuly 15 at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC
July 17 at Artpark in Lewiston NY (near Buffalo)
July 18 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA
July 20 at the Farm Bureau Insurance  Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis IN
July 21 at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill in Detroit, MI
July 22 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati OH
July 26 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO
July 28 at the Red Rocks Aphitheatre in Morrison, CO

 

Foo Fighters

Previously the Foo Fighters announced a tour of North America to begin in the spring.  And even before the tour begins in April, the band has added more dates on to the end of the tour in the fall.  Some dates are already listed as sold out.

April 18 at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX
April 19 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands TX
April 21 at the Starplex Pavilion in Dallas, TX
April 22 at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, LA
April 25 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
April 26 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
April 28 at the Georgia State Stadium in Atlanta, GA
April 29 at Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, FL
May 1 at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
May 3 at the Fed Ex Forum in Memphis, TN
May 4 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
July 7 at the BB&T Pavilion in Philadelphia, PA
July 12 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON
July 14 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh NY
July 16 & 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
July 19 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
July 21 & 22 at Fenway Park in Boston, MA
July 25 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
July 26 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN
July 29 & 30 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, ILSept 1 at Safeco Field in Seattle, WA
Sept 4 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Sept 6 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Sept 8 at the Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena in Vancouver BC
Sept 10 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Sept 12 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Oct 5 & 6 at the CalJam18 in San Bernardino, CA
Oct 8 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Oct 10 at the Pepsi Center in Denver CO
Oct 12 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City MO
Oct 13 at the Scottrade Center in ST. Louis, MO
Oct 15 at the LIttle Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Oct 17 at the Entertainment and Sports Center in Milwaukee, WI
Oct 18 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN

Patrick Gets Daytona Ride

Last week popular female race car driver Danica Patrick announced that she had acquired a sponsor for her final two races – Go Daddy – but had yet to secure a ride for those two final races – the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.

On January 22 Patrick announced that she now has a car for “The Great American Race” in Daytona on February 18.

Patrick will be driving the number seven Premium Motorsports Chevrolet with Tony Eury Jr as crew chief atop the pit box.

When Patrick first came to NASCAR she drove the number seven car and had Tony Eury Jr for her crew chief.

Premium Motorsports has obtained a charter for the number seven car which means that she will definitely be in the race but will still have to qualify to determine her starting spot.

In 2013 Danica Patrick sat on the pole for the Daytona 500.

Plans for racing in the Indianapolis 500 have not yet been announced or finalized.

2018 SAG Awards

On January 21 the Screen Actors Guild presented their 24th annual awards presentation. This year’s ceremonies are hosted by Kristen Bell.

The SAG Awards are the only awards where the winners are selected by the actors themselves.

The first award of the night was for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a TV Comedy Series and the award went to William H. Macy for his role in “Shameless”.

The award for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a TV Comedy Series went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for her role in “Veep”.

The award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series went to he cast of “Veep”. This is their first win as an ensemble.

The award for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Supporting Film Role went to Allison Janney for her role in “I, Tonya”.

The award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Supporting Film Role went to Sam Rockwell for his role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”.

The award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a TV Movie or Limited Series went to Aleander Skarsgard for his role in “Big Little Lies”.

The award for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a TV Movie or Limited Series went to Nicole Kidman for her role in “Big Little Lies”. It is her first SAG Award win.

Rita Moreno presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to Morgan Freeman.

The award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Drama Series went to Sterling K. brown for his role in “This is Us”. This is his first SAG Award win.

The award for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a TV Drama Series went to Claire Foy for her role in “The Crown”.

The award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series went to the cast of “This is Us”. This is their first win as an ensemble.

The award for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Film Role went to Gary Oldman for his role in “Darkest Hour”.

Halle Berry presented the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Leading Film Role to Frances McDormand for her role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Msisouri”.

The award for Outstanding Performance by a Motion Picture Cast went to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”.

Awards not presented during the live television broadcast:
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a TV Series: The stunt crew for “Game of Thrones”
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: The stunt crew for “Wo
nder Woman”

 

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2018 GLAAD Media Award Nominees

Each year the GLAAD Media Awards honour those people, organizations, and programs that promote inclusion, diversity, and understanding in and of the LGBTQ community.

On January 19 GLAAD announced the Media Awards for 2018.

The 2018 edition of the GLAAD Media Awards will take place in Los Angeles on April 12 and in New York City on May 5.

And the nominees are:
Outstanding Wide Release Film:
“Battle of the Sexes”
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Lady Bird”
“Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman”
The Shape of Water”


Outstanding Limited Release Film:
“BPM”
“A Fantastic Woman”
“God’s Own Country”
“Thelma”
“The Wound”

Outstanding TV Comedy Series:
“The Bold Type”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
“Modern Family”
“One Day at a Time”
“One Mississippi”
“Superstore”
“Survivor’s Remorse”
“Transparent”
“Will & Grace”

Outstanding TV Drama Series:
“Billions”
“Doubt”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Nashville”
“Sense8”
“Shadowhunters”
“Star”
“Star Trek: Discovery”
“This is Us”
“Wynonna Earp”

Outstanding Individual Episode of a Series without a regular LGBTQ character:
“Chapter 8” from “Legion”
“Grace” from “Pure Genius”
“Lady Cha Cha” from “Easy”
“The Missionaries” from “Room 104”
“Thanksgiving” from “Master of None”

Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series:
“American Horror Story: Cult”
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“Godless”
“Queens”
“When We Rise”

Outstanding Kids and Family Programming:
“Andi Mack”
“Chosen Family” from “Danger and Eggs”
“The Emergency Plan” from “Doc McStuffins”
“Steven Universe”
“The Loud House”

Outstanding Spanish Language Scripted TV Series:
“Las chicas del cable”
“La doble vida de Estela Carillo”
“Ingobernable”

Outstanding Documentary:
“Chavela”
“Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric”
“Kiki”
“Real Boy” from “Independent Lens”
“This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous”

Outstanding Reality Program:
“Gaycation with Ellen Page”
“I am Jazz”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Survivor: Game Changes”
“The Voice”

Outstanding Music Artist:
Miley Cyrus for “Younger Now”
Halsey for “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom”
“Honey Dijon for “The Best of Both Worlds”
Kehlani for “SweetSexySavage”
Kelela for “Take Me Apart”
Perfum Genius for “No Shape”
Sam Smith for “The Thrill of it All”
St. Vincent for “MASSEDUCTION”
Wrabel for “We Could Be Beautiful”

Outstanding Comic Book:
“America”
“The Backstagers”
“Batwoman”
“Black Panther”
“Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love”
“Goldie Vance”
“Iceman”
“Lumberjanes”
“Quantum Teens are Go”
“The Woods”

Outstanding Daily Drama:
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“Days of Our Lives”
“The Young & the Restless”

Outstanding Talk Show Episode:
“Australia Marriage Equality” from “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Danica Roem” from “The Opposition with Jordan Klepper”
“Laila and Logan Ireland, Transgender Military Couple” from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
“Lavern Cox and Gavin Grimm” from “The View”
“Trans Veterans React to Ban” from “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”

Outstanding TV Journalism Newsmagazine:
“A Boy Names Lucas” from “20/20”
“China Queer” from “The Naked Truth”
“Gay Pure?” from “Nightline”
“The Pulse of Orlando: Terror at the Nightclub” from “Anderson Cooper 360”
“Trans Youth” from “VICE”

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment:
“The Abolitionists Face the Love Army” from KAPP-KVEW
“DJ Zeke Thomas Goes Public” from “Good Morning America”
“Murders Raise Alarm for Transgender Community” from “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt”
“Transgender Murders in Louisiana Part of Disturbing Trend” from the “CBS Evening News”
“Transgender Rights under Fire in Trump Era” from “AM Joy”

Outstanding Newspaper Article:
“Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Journey of a Transgender Man” by Lauren McGaughy from The Dallas Morning News
“Lesbian College Coaches Still Face Difficult Atmosphere to Come Out” by Shannon Ryan from the Chicago Tribune
“Pulse Victims’ Families in Puerto Rico: ‘We Have to Cry Alone'” by Jennifer A. Marcial Ocasio from the Orlando Sentinel
“Revised Guidance on HIV Proves Life-Transforming” by Lenny Bernstein in The Washington Post
The series “Revised Guidance on HIV Proves Life-Transforming” in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Outstanding Magazine Article:
“America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic” by Linda Villarosa in The New York Times Magazine
“Beyond ‘He’ or ‘She’: The Changing Meaning of Gender and Sexuality” by Katy Steinmetz in Time
“Forbidden Lives: The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge” by Masha Gessen in The New Yorker
“Free Radical” by Nathan Heller in Vogue
“Trans, Teen, and Homeless” by Laura Rena Murray in Rolling Stone

Outstanding Overall Magazine Coverage:
The Advocate
Billboard
People
Teen Vogue
Time

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article:
“The Ballad of Bobby Brooks, the First Gay Student-Body President of Texas A&M” by Lauren Larson on GQ.com
“For Those We Lost and Those Who Survived: The Pulse Massacre One Year Later” by James Michael Nichols on HuffPost Queer Voices
“‘I Am a Girl Now,’ Sage Smith Wrote. Then She Went Missing.” by Emma Eisenberg on Splinter
“Meet the Transgender Student Who Fought Discrimination at His Maryland High School (and Won)” by Nico Lang on INTO
“Why Bisexual Men Are Still Fighting to Convince Us They Exist” by Samantha Allen on Spinter

Outstanding Multimedia Digital Journalism:
“Former Patriots and Chiefs Tackle Ryan O’Callaghan Comes Out as Gay” by Cyd Zeigler on Outsports/SB Nation
“Made to Model: Trans Beauty in Fashion” on LogoTV.com
“‘This Is How We Win’: Inside Danica Roem’s Historic Victory” by Diana Tourjée on Broadly.Vice.com
“Transgender Day of Remembrance” by Saeed Jones on BuzzFeed News
“US Travel Ban Leaves LGBT Refugees in Limbo” by Nina dos Santos on CNN.com

Outstanding Blog:
Autostraddle
Gays with Kids
My Fabulous Disease
Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents
Transgriot

Special Recognition:
“In a Heartbeat” by Esteban Bravo and Beth David
“Smile” by Jay-Z with Gloria Carter from “4:44”

Outstandin Spanish Language TV Jouralism Newsmagazine:
“Así viven los estudiantes transgénero después de que Trump anulara la ley de baños de Obama para escuela públicas” on Primer Impacto
“Pulse, huellas de la masacre” on CNN in Espanol
“Ser transgénero en Latinoamérica: sus experiencias y crecimiento” on CNN in Espanol

Outstanding Spanish Language TV Journalism Segment:
“Comunidad LGBTQ vulnerable bajo nuevo gobierno” on Perspectiva Nacional
“Entrevista con Daniela Vega” on CNN en Espanol
“Joven transgénero tiene un mensaje para las familias: ‘Acepten a sus hijos'” on Al Punto
“El triunfo de una diseñadora mexicana transgénero en Nueva York” on Noticias Telemundo
“Unidos contra la discriminación y el acoso contra la comunidad LGBT” on Despierta America

Outstanding Spanish Language Digital Journalism:
“La compleja realidad de ser gay en América Latina” on

cnnespanol.cnn.com
“‘No aprobar el Dream Act significaría una sentencia de muerte’, jóvenes LGBT y DACA” on laopinion.com
“Padres de familia de Dallas luchan por los derechos de su hija transgénero” on aldiadallas.com
“Primera senadora trans aspira a impulsar medidas para sectores discriminados” on efe.com
“Tres hermanitos para dos papás”

 

feature photo credit: By Steven Damron from San Francisco – presenter, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30321265

Sultans of String

The world music band Sultans of String are celebrating 10 years of making their unique brand of music.

As a part of the celebration the band is touring the United Kingdom and North America with lost of dates in their native Canada.

Jan 23 at the Hall for Cornwall in Truro UK
Jan 24 at the Dorchester Arts in Dorset UK
Jan 25 at thePhoenix in Exeter, UK
Jan 26 at the Troubadour in London, UK
Jan 27 at the Quay Theatre in Suffolk, UK
Jan 28 at the Brindley Theatre in Runcorn Cheshire UK
Jan 30 at The Stables in Wavendon, UK
Jan 31 at the Under Ground Theatre in Eastbourne, UK
Feb 1 at The Prince Albert in Stroud, UK
Feb 2 at the Queens Hall in Narberth UK
Feb 4 at Celtic Connections in Glasgow UK
Feb 10 with the Northumberland Orchestra and Choir i Cobourg, ON
Feb 21 at Keys I.C.E. in Islamorada FL
Feb 22 at a House Concert in Tampa, FL
Feb 23 at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach FL
Feb 24 at the Banyan Bowl in Pinecrest, FL
Feb 25 at the Indian River Arts and Concert Hall in Vero Beach, FL
March 9 at Festival Place in Sherwood Park, AB
March 10 at The Nickelodeon in Calgary, AB
March 11 at the Beneath the Arch Concerts in Turner Valley AB
April 21 at the Chocolate Church Art Center in Bath, ME
April 22 at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI
April 28 & 29 with the Kingston Symphony in Kingston, ON
May 6 at a Mapleview House Concert in Markdale ON
May 7 at the MASC in Ottawa, ON
May 11 at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY
May 12 at the Strand Theater in Hudson Falls, NY
June 1 at the Fiddle and Bow Society in Winston-Salem NC
June 2 at Songs from the Wood House Concerts in Deep Gap, NC
June 3 at the Cameo Art House Theatre in Fayetteville, NC
June 7 at Music in St. James Park in Toronto, ON
July 17 at Jazz and More in the Park in Wasaga Beach, ON
July 18 at the Aurora Bandshell in Aurora, ON
July 20 & 21 at the Elora Festival in Elora ON

Keith Urban

Australian born Country music star Keith Urban has planned a tour to begin early in the summer and will continue through to the fall landing in 58 cities.

The tour is in support of Urban’s upcoming album “Graffiti U”.

June 15 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
June 16 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis IN
June 22 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
June 23 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Pittsburgh, PA
June 27 at the  Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
June 29 & 30 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
July 5 & 6 at the Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford, NH
July 8 at the CMAC in Canandaigua, NY
July 13 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT
July 14 at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Denver, CO
July 15 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque in NM
July 20 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
July 21 & 22 at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys in Lake Tahoe, NV
July 27 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
July 28 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
July 29 at the VErizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta GA
Aug 3 at the BB&T Pavilion in Philadelphia, PA
Aug 4 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
Aug 5 at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME
Aug 10 at the Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, OH
Aug 11 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
Aug 12 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 15 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR
Aug 17 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
Aug 18 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Chicago, IL
Aug 19 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 24 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Aug 25 at The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach, AL
Aug 26 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Tuscaloosa AL
Sept 7 & 8 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Sept 14 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa ON
Sept 15 at the Budweiser Gardens in London, ON
Sept 19 at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg MB
Sept 21 at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, SK
Sept 22 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Sept 23 at the ScotiaBank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Sept 25 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver BC
Sept 27 at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, OR
Sept 28 at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, ID
Sept 29 at the Adams Center in Missoula, MT
Oct 4 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
Oct 5 at the Laughlin Event Center in Laughlin, NV
Oct 12 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria IL
Oct 13 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Oct 14 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND
Oct 18 at the Huntington Center in Toledo, OH
Oct 19 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
Oct 20 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
Oct 24 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, OH
Oct 25 at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA
Oct 27 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Oct 28 at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA
Nov 1 at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, AR
Nov 2 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
Nov 3 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX

Haim

The trio of sisters known as Haim are preparing to hit the road for a tour in support of the newest album “Something to Tell You”.

Tickets go on sale January 26 for the springtime tour

April 3 at Schnitzer Hall in Portland OR
April 4 at the WaMu Theater in Seattle, WA
April 6 at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA
April 7 at the Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara CA
April 13 at The Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas, NV
April 14 & 21 at Coachella in Indio, CA
April 24 at Stubb’s in Austin, TX
April 25 at the Revention Music Center in Houston, TX
April 26 at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas, TX
April 28 at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta, GA
April 29 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, TN
May 1 at Anthem in Washington, DC
May 3 at the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA
May 4 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY
May 7 at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON
May 8 at The Fillmore in Detorit, MI
May 10 at the Uptown Theatre in Kansas City, MO
May 11 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL
May 14 at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN
May 28 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO

U2

Late last year Irish rockers U2 released a new album ” Songs of Experience” that went on to give the band their eighth number one album.

Beginning this spring the band will be making a tour of Untied States with a stop in Montreal and in Europe.

Tickets for the U.S. leg of the tour are currently on sale with European tickets going on sale January 26.

U2 tour dates:
May 4 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, M
May 7 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA
May 11 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
May 15 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA
May 22 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
May 26 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
May 28 at the Infinite Energy Arena in Atlanta, GA
June 5 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
June 9 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY
June 13 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
June 17 at the Capital One Arena in Washington DC
June 21 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
June 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
June 29 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Aug 31 at the Nercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, DE
Sept 4 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne DE
Sept 8 & 9 at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris FR
Sept 16 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, PT
Sept 20 at the Wizink Arena in Madrid ES
Sept 29 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, DK
Oct 3 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, DE
Oct 7 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, NL
Oct 11 & 12 at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, IT
Oct 19 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK
Oct 23 at The O2 in London, UK

The rockers are looking to book dates in their home nation of Ireland.

Dead and Comapny

In 2015 the surviving members of the Grateful Dead – Mickey Hart, Bill Breutzmann. and Bob Weir – joined up with Grammy Award winning artist John Mayer and bass player Oteil Burbridge from the Allman Brothers band and keyboard player Jeff Chimenti of Fare Thee Well and RatDog to form Dead and Company.

This spring the rockers will be making a tour of the U.S.

Tickets go on sale January 26.

Dead and Company tour dates:
May 30 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
June 1 & 2 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
June 4 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
June 6 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN
June 8 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA
June 9 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
June 11 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
June 13 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
June 15 & 16 at Citi Field in New York City, NY
June 19 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY
June 20 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls OH
June 22 & 23 at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI
June 29 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George WA
June 30 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, OR
July 2 & 3 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA
July 6 at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
July 7 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
July 11 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque NM
July 13 & 14 at Folsom Field in Boulder, CO

Afghan Whigs and Built to Spill

Rockers Afghan Whigs and Built to Spill are joining forces for a tour of the U.S. with a stop in Toronto.

April 11 at the Majestic in Madison, WI
April 12 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL
April 13 at the Vogue in Indianapolis, IN
April 14 at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA
April 16 at the Fete Music Hall in Providence, RI
April 18 at the Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY
April 20 at the House of Blues in Boston MA
April 21 at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
April 23 at the Danforth in Toronto, ON
April 24 at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY
April 25 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH
April 27 at the Rams Head in Baltimore, MD
April 28 at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC
April 29 at the Orange Peel in Asheville NC
May1 at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA
May 2 at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans, LA
May 3 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX
May 4 at Emo’s in Austin, TX
May 5 at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, TX
May 8 at Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ
May 9 at the North P Observatory in San Diego, CA
May 10 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA
May11 at the UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA
May 15 at the Showbox in Seattle, WA

Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy released a new album “M A N I A” on January 19.  Hot on the trail of that new album, the trio will be launching a tour of the U.S….including a stop at Wrigley Field – which is a big thrill for the lads from Chicago.

Aug 29 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale NY
Aug 31 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT
Sept 1 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA
Sept 2 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Sept 4 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Sept 5 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pitssburgh, PA
Sept 6 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
Sept 8 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Sept 9 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
Sept 11 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Sept 12 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisvile, KY
Sept 14 at the Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, NC
Sept 16 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
Sept 21 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
Sept 22 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
Sept 23 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX
Sept 25 at the UTEP Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX
Sept 26 at the Tucson Arena in Tucson, AZ
Sept 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Sept 29 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Sept 30 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Oct 2 at the TAco Bell Arena in Boise, ID
Oct 3 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 5 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE
Oct 6 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA
Oct 7 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Oct 9 at the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, AR
Oct 10 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA

Def Leppard and Journey

Rock and rollers Def Leppard and Journey are joining forces for a tour of arenas and stadiums in North America beginning in May.

It has been 12 years since the two groups have toured together.

May 21 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT
May 23 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY
May 25 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey,
May 26 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
May 28 at the Quicken Loans ARena in Cleveland, OH
May 30 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH
June 1 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto ON
June 2 at the PPG Paints ARena in Pittsburgh PA
june 5 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
June 6 at the Tomphson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN
June 8 at the jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
June 9 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
June 11 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
June 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
June 15 at the Purdential Center in Newark, NJ
June 16 at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD
July 1 at the SunTrust Park in Atlanta, GA
July 3 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville IN
July 4 at Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
July 6 at the FedExForum in Memphis, TN
July 7 at the Verizon Arena in North LIttle Rock, AR
July 9 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
July 11 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
July 13 at Comerica Park in Detorit, MI
July 14 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
July 16 at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, KS
July 18 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in sioux Falls, SD
July 19 at the PInnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE
July 21 at Coors Field in Denver, CO
July 23 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA
July 25 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
July 27 at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
July 28 at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND
Aug 11 at Fenway Park in Boston, MA
Aug 13 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 15 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC
Aug 17 at the BB&T Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Aug 18 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Aug 20 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL
Aug 22 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH
Aug 24 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
Aug 25 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Aug 27 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
Aug 29 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas TX
Aug 31 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
Sept 1 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Sept 5 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
Sept 7 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Sept 8 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Sept 21 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA
Sept 23 at Petco Park in San Diego, CA
Sept 25 at the VIiint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 26 Ford Idaho Center Arena in Nampa, ID
Sept 28 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Sept 29 at the Gorge Aphitheatre in Seattle, WA
Oct 1 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Oct 4 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Oct 7 & 8 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA

 

 

 

 

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Carbon Leaf

The band Carbon Leaf is celebrating 25 years of making music and have planned a big tour of the U.S. to mark the occasion.

Carbon Leaf  tour dates:
Aug 31 at the American Music Fest in Virginia Beach, VA
Sept 12 at Exit/In in Nashville, TN
Sept 13 at the Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO
Sept 14 at the Deep Ellum Art Company in DAllas, TX
Sept 15 at the 3Ten in Austin, TX
Sept 17 at the MIM Museum in Phoenix, AZ
Sept 18 at Winston’s Beach Club in San Diego, CA
Sept 19 at the Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Sept 20 at The Chapel in San Francisco, CA
Sept 21 at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR
Sept 22 at The Crocodile in Seattle, WA
Sept 23 at the Triple Door in Seattle, WA
Sept 24 at The Bartlett in Spokane, WA
Sept 25 at the Neurolux in Boise, ID
Sept 26 at the State Room in Sat Lake City, UT
Sept 27 at Washington’s in Ft. Collins, CO
Sept 28 at the Levitt Pavlion in Denver, CO
Sept 29 at the Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, KS
Oct 2 at the Turf Club in Menneapolis, MN
Oct 3 at the Back Room at Collectivo in MIlwaukee, WI
Oct 4 at SPACE in Evanston, IL
Oct 5 at the Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, OH
Oct 6 at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI
Oct 7 at The Festy in Arlington, VA
Oct 17 at the O2 Academy Islington in London, UK
Oct 18 at the O2 Academy Birmingham in London, UK
Oct 19 at The Deaf Institute in Manchester, UK
Oct 20 at King Tut’s Glasgow, UK
Oct 21 at La Peniche Antipode in Paris, France
Oct 23 at MTC in Cologne, Germany
Oct 24 at the Frann Club in Berlin, Germany
Oct 25 at Beta in Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov 2 at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City, NY
Nov 3 at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA
Nov 15 at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT
Nov 16 at the Port City Music Hall in Portland, ME
Nov 17 at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT
Nov 29 at the Fairfield Theatre in Fairfield, CT
Nov 30 at Tupelo Hall in Derry, NH
Dec 1 at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA
Dec 7-9 at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD
Dec 13 & 14 at The Birchere in Alexandria, VA
Dec 15 at The National in Richmond, VA

New Music Friday – January 19

This week in New Music Friday Chick Corea and Steve Gadd, Of Mice and Men, Fatboy Slim, Fleetwood Mac, Fetty Wap, Black Label Society, Fall Out Boy, Whitesnake, Joe Perry, The Shins, and the cast of “Nashville” are among the artists who have new releases this week.

Albums:
“Between Two Shores” by Glen Hansard
“Chinese Butterflies” by Chick Corea and Steve Gadd
“Dark Horse” by Devin Dawson
“Defy” by Of Mice and Men
“The Dreemas” by Jono Ma and Dreems
“Earthtones” by the Bahamas
“Fleetwood Mac” by Fleetwood Mac
“For My Fans” by Fetty Wap
“Good News” by Rend Collective
“Grimmest Hits” by Black Label Society
“Hallelujah Nights” by LANCO
“The House” by Porches
“Let the Record Play” by Moon Taxi
“M A N I A” by Fall Out Boy
“Mi Guitarra y Yo, Vol. 3” by Regulo Caro
“The Mutual Admiration Society” by Sterling Ball, John Ferraro, and Jim Cox
“Never Nothing” by Super Whatevr
“November” by SiR
“The Purple Tour” by Whitesnake
“Really Nice Guys” by Ron Gallo
“Retrospective” by Hilary Hahn
“Ruins” by First Aid Kit”
Music from the original television series “Scandal” by Chad Fischer
“Starcrawler” by Starcrawler
“Starfire” by Caitlyn Smith
“Sweetzerland Manifesto” by Joe Perry
Music from the TV series “Tangled: The Series
“This is Not the End” by MILCK
“Too Far Gone” by Cane Hill
“Ultraviolet” by Justine Skye
“Vertigo” by EDEN
“Vier” by Perfect Beings
“The Worms Heart” by The Shins
“WP2” by Walking Papers
“Your Great Name” by Todd Dulaney
Music from the original TV series “Nashville” by the “Nashville” Cast
“The Big Prescado” by Berner
“P2” by Dave East
“NOW That’s What I Call Disney Princess” by Various Artists
“NOW That’s What I Call Disney 2” by Various Artists
“NOW That’s What I Call Disney 3” by Various Artists

EPs:
Music from season 1 of “Dreamworks Trolls – The Beat Goes On” by Various Artists
“Fatboy Slim vs Australia” by Fatboy Slim
“How to Solve Our Human Problems – Pt. 2” by Belle and Sebastian
“Mat Kearney” by Mat Kearney
“Medusa” by Kailee Morgue
“Pancake” by Jaded with Ashnikko
“Say it to My Face” by Maty Noyes
“VIII” by Wafia
“yungblud” by Yungblud
“Dear Annie, Pt. 1” by Rejjie Snow
“Hurtin’ Me” by Stefflon Don
“Lockdown” by SVLR

‘The Four’ – Week Three

On week three of “The Four” a new group of artists will perform in an attempt to challenge Zhavia, Cheyenne Elliott, Candice Boyd, and Jason Warrior for their seats as a member of “The Four”.

But first the artist must face record executive Charlie Walk and musicians DJ Khalid, Meghan Trainor, and Sean “Diddy” Combs. Any right to challenge one of “The Four” must come after a unanimous vote from the panel.

Zhavia has had a bad week and was put on vocal rest by her doctors. She wasn’t even sure whether or not she would be able to perform tonight.

First up is rapper Rell Jerv who noted that going up against a singer would be a tough challenge, but he was ready to take it on. He performed an original song for his performance. Meghan loved that she could hear and understand every word; adding that Rell had some great breath control. Charlie and Diddy noted that Rell did himself and they could tell it was him and not imitating someone else. Rell got four yeses for his performance. When host Fergie asked Diddy who Rell should choose to challenge, Diddy said, “I don’t know”. Noting that it was only fair to challenge the person who beat the rapper, Rell chose to challenge Cheyenne. He performed another original song in his challenge performance. After the audience vote Rell Jerv becomes one of “The Four” sending Cheyenne home. Rell’s seat is locked and cannot be challenged tonight.

Next up was former boy band member Sean Cavaliere who is now looking to launch his solo career. Performing a Shawn Mendes song, Sean sounded very much like Mendes. Meghan noted that she felt that it was tough to see where Sean could fit in in today’s music business. DJ was looking for a vibe; adding that while Sean was good, he didn’t think he was as good as “The Four”. Sean only got two yeses from the panel.

Texas singer songwriter Jefferson Clay brought his guitar for the performance of a James Morrison song. Diddy was banging on the table at the end of the performance; adding that Jefferson was loose and did a beautiful job. Saying that he did a great performance, Meghan noted that he came out like he was at home. Jefferson got four yeses and chose to challenge Jason Warrior. After the challenge performances, Jason held on to his seat for another week and cannot be challenged any more this week.

Next up was Nicole Boggs who has been performing in Nashville. Her dad played in the Johnny Gunn Band. She sang one of Meghan’s songs for her performance. Fergie said that she was speechless after the performance. Meghan said that Nicole was amazing; adding Nicole made it look easy. After getting four yeses, only Candice and Zhavia were left for a challenge; Nicole chose to challenge Zhavia. Zhavia retains her seat after an emotional performance from both singers. Her seat is locked for the night and only Candice remains for a challenge.

Tim Johnson Jr is the son of a Gospel singer and has performed in the stage production of “The Lion King”. He chose to perform the Al Green song “Let’s Stay Together”. Asking is he was sure that he is only 18, Meghan noted that she could see the music in Tim’s body. Calling Tim the ultimate performer, Charlie noted that he couldn’t wait to see what Tim was going to do next if he got to challenge. Tim got four yeses and for the first time on “The Four” all four of the singers in the chairs had to perform. After the final performances of the night, the winner of the challenge was Tim Johnson Jr for the second new member of “The Four” this week.

The Four” returns next week with new challengers and performances.

Jason Aldean

Country music star Jason Aldean will embark on a tour around the U.S. with a stop in Toronto beginning late this spring.  He is bringing Luke Combs and Laruen Alaina along to serve as opening acts.

The High Noon Neon Tour is named after a song title on his upcoming album.

May 10 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City ,MO
May 11 at the Peoria Civic Center Arena in Peoria, IL
May 12 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA
May 17 at the Hollywood Casijo Aphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
May 18 at the Hollywood Casijo Aphitheatre in Chicago, IL
May 19 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
May 25 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
May 26 at the Xfinity Center in Namsfield, MA
May 27 at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME
July 13 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY
July 14 at the Jiffy Lube LIve in Bristow, VA
July 15 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
July 21 at the SunTrust Park in Atlanta, GA
July 25 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheter in Tuscaloosa, AL
July 26 at The Amphitheater at the Wharf in Orange Beach, AL
July 27 at the Brandon Amphitheater in Brandon, MS
July 28 at the Starplex Pavilion in Dallas, TX
Aug 10 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY
Aug 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Aug 17 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Aug 18 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
Aug 19 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 23 at the Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, OH
Aug 24 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 25 at the BB&T Pavilion in Philadelphia, PA
Sept 7 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Sept 13 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Sept 14 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
Sept 15 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
Sept 20 at the Mattress Firm Aphitheatre in San Diego, CA
Sept 22 at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA
Sept 27 at the Toyota Amphitheatre in Sacramento, CA
Sept 28 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
Sept 29 at the FivePoint Amphitheater in Irvine, CA

Patrick Inks Racing Sponsor

Racing’s most popular female driver Danica Patrick will return to the two most famous tracks in racing one last time.

On January 18, internet hosting giant Go Daddy announced that they would one again sponsor Patrick in her final two races – the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 – in 2018. Go Daddy sponsored Patrick’s cars for a total of eight seasons – two seasons of Indy racing and six seasons of NASCAR racing.

Last September Danica Patrick’s car owner Stewart-Haas Racing announced that they were no longer retaining Patrick as one of their drivers. Patrick later announced that she intended to run the two biggest races of the year before hanging up her firesuit for good.

While Patrick has yet to find a car owner to let her drive a car, the signing of a major sponsor for the car should attract some attention…and a car owner.

While she has announced that she intends to run the races, Patrick will have to qualify for those races.

 

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Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews and his Band have a new album coming out this summer and are hitting the road to support the new release.

May 18 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
May 19 at the Starplex Pavilion in Dallas, TX
May 22 at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX
May 26 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA
May 27 at The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach, AL
May 29 at the Brandon Amphitheater in Brandon, MS
May 30 at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers, AR
June 1 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgertstown, PA
June 2 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
June 5 at the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY
June 6 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
June 7 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
June 9 at the Jiffy Lube Live In Bristow, VA
June 12 & 13 at NH Bank Pavilion in Gilford, NH
June 15 & 16 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden NJ
June 22 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
June 23 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
June 27 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY
June 29 & 30 at the Huntington Bank Pavilion in Chicago, IL
July 1 at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater in Milwaukee,WI
July 6 & 7 at the Ruoff HomeMortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN
July 10 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
July 11 at the Bluesfest in Ottawa, ON
July 13 & 14 at the Saratoga Performing ARts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
July 17 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
July 18 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
July 20 at the Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
July 21 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
July 24 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
July 25 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
July 27 & 28 at the Cora Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
Aug 24 & 25 at theFiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Denver, CO
Aug 28 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, OR
Aug 31- Sept 2 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, WA
Sept 7 at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys in Stateline, NV
Sept 8 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
Sept 10 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA

Jack White

When people reach across a table, they often say, “pardon my boarding house reach.”  But rocker Jack White is inviting his fans to join him in a Boarding House Reach…tour that is.

“Boarding House Reach” is the name of White’s new album – set for a March 23 release – and the name of his upcoming tour set to begin in his home town of Detroit on April 19.

Jack White tour dates:
April 19 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
April 20 at the EAgles Ballroom in Miwaukee, WI
April 21 at 20 Monroe in Grand Rapids, MI
April 23 at the Baxter Arena in Omaha, NE
April 24 at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, KS
April 25 at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO
April 27 & 29 at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX
April 30 & May 1 at the Revention Music Center in Houston, TX
May 2 at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX
May 4-6 at the Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta, GA
May 25-27 at the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY
May 29 at The Anthem in Washington, DC
June 1-3 at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City, NY
June 4 at the Express Live! Outdoor Amphtheater in Columbus, OH
June 6 at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland, OH
June 7 at the Dome Arena in Rochester, NY
June 8 at the Artpark Mainstage Theater in Lewiston, NY
June 9 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
June 27 & 28 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, UK
July 2 at AFAS Live in Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 3 & 4 at L’Olympia in Paris, France
Aug 6 at The Armory in Minneapolis, MN
Aug 8 at the 1st BAnk Center in Broomfield, CO
Aug 9 at SaltAir in Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 11 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR
Aug 12 at the Rogers ARena in Vancouver, BC
Aug 13 at the WAMU Theatre in Seattle, WA
Aug 15 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA
Aug 19 at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 21 at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
Aug 22 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 23 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV

The Dead Daisies

On April 6 The Dead Daisies will be releasing a new album – “Burn it Down”.  Two days later they will be embarking on a European tour that will take them to the United Kingdom and across the Continent.

April 8 at the Garage in Glasgow, UK
April 9 at Robin 2 in Bilston, UK
April 10 at Koko in London, UK
April 12 at the Academy 2 in Manchester, UK
April 13 at Rock City in Nottingham, UK
April 14 at the Academy in Bristol, UK
April 16 at the 013 in Tiburg, Netherlands
April 17 at Biebob in Vosselaar, Belgium
April 18 at the Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany
April 20 at Sticky Fingers in Gottenburg, Sweden
April 21 at Parktreateret in Oslo, Norway
April 22 at Klubben in Stockholm, Sweden
April 24 at Pumpehuset in Copenhagen, Denmark
April 25 at Rosenhof in Osnabrueck, Germany
April 26 at Backstage Werk in Munich, Germany
April 27 at the Barba Negra Track in Budapest, Hungary
April 29 at Simm city in Vienna, Austria
May 1 at the Thanks Jimi Festival in Wrockaw, Poland
May 3 at Kesselhaus in Berlin, Germany
May 4 at Schlachthof in Wiesbaden, Germany
May 5 at the Live Music Hall in Cologne, Germany
May 6 at Le Trabendo in Paris, France
May 8 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland
May 9 at the Live Club in Trezo, Italy
May 11 at Zentral in Pamplona, Spain
May 12 at Mon in Madrid, Spain

Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker

Friends and award winning Country music stars Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker are joining together this summer and fall for a North American tour they are calling “Summer Plays On”.

Taking advantage of the warm summer weather, many of the concerts are in open air theaters.

Currently dates are set through the beginning of October with more dates expected to be added.

LadyAntebellum and Darius Rucker tour dates:
July 19 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
July 20 at the Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, OH
July 21 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Dariend Center, NY
July 26 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY
July 27 at the NH Bank Pavilion in Gilford, NH
July 28 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
Aug 2 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD
Aug 3 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Aug 4 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
Aug 16 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
Aug 17 at the Toyota Amphitheatre in Sacramento, CA
Aug 19 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, WA
Aug 23 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 24 at the FivePoint Amphitheater in Rivine, CA
Aug 25 at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in San Diego, CA
SEpt 6 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Sept 7 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
Sept 8 at the KeyBank Pavilion in PIttsburgh, PA
Sept 13 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
Sept 14 at the Ruoff HomeMortgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
Sept 15 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Chicago, IL
Sept 20 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
Sept 21 at the BB&T Pavilion in Philadelphia, PA
Sept 22 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
Sept 27 at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA
Sept 28 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
Sept 29 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
Oct 4 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
Oct 5 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Oct 6 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA

MGMT

Psych-rockers MGMT have a new album coming out on February 9 and beginning on March 2 they will be hitting the road for a North American tour in support of the album – “Little Dark Age”.

March 2 at the Myth in St. Paul, MN
March 3 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL
March 5 at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, MO
March 7 at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas, TX
March 8 at ACL Live at the Moody theater in Austin, TX
March 9 at the BUKU Music and Art Project in New Orleans, LA
March 11 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashvile, TN
March 13 at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta, GA
March 15 at The Anthem in Washington, DC
March 16 at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA
March 17 at MTELUS in Montreal, QC
March 19 at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON
March 20 at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
March 24 at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY
March 25 at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY
May 7 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO
May 9 at the Big Four Building in Calgary, AB
May 11 at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, BC
May 12 at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle, WA
May 15 at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, CA
May 18 at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA
May 19 at the Civic Theatre in San Diego, CA
May 20 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ
Jun 14-17 at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE

Recording Academy Inducts New Hall of Fame Members

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honours the musicians for their lifelong contributions to music. The Grammy Hall of Fame honours the music itself.

On January 16 The Recording Academy has released the 2018 list of songs and albums to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. With the addition of the 25 new works, the Grammy Hall of Fame now has a total of 1,063 songs and albums.


To be eligible, a song or album must have been released at least 25 years and made a “qualitative or historical significance” contribution to our culture.

This year’s of inductees are from a variety of artists, genres, and eras including Billie Holiday, Queen, David Bowie, Whitney Houston, and Aerosmith.

The list of 2018 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees are:
“Band of Gypsys” by Jimi Hendrix
“Bring it on Home to Me” by Sam Cooke
“The Chronic” by Dr. Dre
“Dream On” by Aerosmith
“Fight the Power” by Public Enemy
“Flash Light” by Parliament
“Grazing in the Grass” by Hugh Masekela
“Heart Like a Wheel” by Linda Rondstadt
“I Can’t Help Myself” by the Four Tops
“I Heard it Through the Grape Vine” by Gladys Knight and the Pips
“(I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons” by The King Cole Trio
“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
“Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison” by Johnny Cash
“Mary Had a Little Lamb” by Thomas Alva Edison – a recording made in 1878
“Me and Mrs Jones” by Billy Paul
“Moon River” by Andy Williams
“My Man” by Billie Holiday
“Nevermind” by Nirvana
“A Night at the Opera” by Queen
“Paint it Black” by The Rolling Stones
“Savoy Blues” by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five
“A Song For You” by Leon Russell
“Space Oddity” by David Bowie
“That’s All Right” by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
“Tubular Bells” by Mike Oldfield

 

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New Found Glory

Pop punk rockers New Found Glory will spend the late spring and early summer on the road touring the United States, with a stop in Toronto.  Bayside, The Movielife, and Ryan Key are scheduled to open the shows.

New Found Glory tour dates:
May 17 at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL
May 18 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
May 19 at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC
May 20 at The NorVa in Norfolk, VA
May 22 at The Fillmore in SIlver Spring, MD
May 23 at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
May 25 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA
May 26 at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON
May 27 at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ
May 29 at the Playstation Theater in New York City, NY
May 30 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA
June 1 at The Crofoot in Pontiac, MI
June 2 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, OH
June 4 & 5 at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL
June 6 at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO
June 8 at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO
June 9 at The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT
June 11 at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle, WA
June 12 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
June 14 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, CA
June 15 at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV
June 16 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA
June 17 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
June 19 at The Marquee in Tempe, AZ
June 21 at Emo’s in Austin, TX
June 22 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX

BPO Goes French

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra began the 2018 portion of the season on January 12 with a program filled with French composers.

After welcoming the crowd, principal classical conductor for the BPO Joann Falletta led the Orchestra in what she called a fairy tale with the “Suite from Pelleas at Melisande, Op 80” by Gabriel Faure. Joann’s graceful flowing movements as she conducted the piece were a perfect fit for a fairy tale work.

Principal cellist Ronan Mekinulov took center stage to perform the “Concerto No 1 in A minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op 33” by Camille Saint-Saens. Ronan is not one of those musicians who is stiff and robotic as he plays; quite the opposite, he is very animated, bobbing his head and working the bow with flair as he plays. Ronan even stamps his foot at time as he keeps the beat. After receiving a standing ovation and being called back for a bow twice, the Orchestra joined Ronan for an encore.

After the intermission, the Orchestra returned to the stage for a performance of “Iberia No 2” from “Images” by Claude Debussy.

The program concluded with perhaps the most famous work Maurice Ravel ever composed – “Bolero”. The composition that offers many instruments in the orchestra the chance to shine as they perform the theme is well known to fans of the movie “10” and original “Star Trek” series fans who frequently heard excerpts of the piece during a variety of action scenes.

As the western New York winter weather threatened to bring more snow and frigid temperatures, the French themed program by the BPO was a pleasant destraction from the cold outside.

Dale Jr’s NBC Broadcast Duties Begin Early

Even before he finished out his final year as NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr had lined up a new job…that of a broadcaster for NBC.

While it was expected that Junior would join the NBC crew in the broadcast booth for NASCAR races, it appears that Junior will start his new gig a little sooner.

Junior fans will get the chance to see their favourite driver as a part of the Super Bowl LII lineup and again as a part of the 2018 Winter Olympics crew.

Speaking on his new gig Junior said, “I’m excited to get to work with my new NBC family. Beginning with two huge events like the Super Bowl and Olympics, right out of the gate, should be quite the introduction. I’m looking forward to raising the profile of NASCAR, and all that we’re going to be doing during the 2018 season.”

NBC Sports President of Production and Executive Producer Sam Flood spoke on Junior’s new position saying, “Dale is a star on the race track and off, and we are excited to have him join the NBC team. It will be fun to have him be a part of our coverage of the Super Bowl, and we are looking forward to watching him explore a new world with the Winter Olympics.”

As a part of the Super Bowl broadcast crew, Junior will be reporting on some of the outdoor events surrounding the football championship game.

As a race car driver, Dale Jr is uniquely qualified to report on Olympic events involving speed. With that in mind, Junior will be reporting on speed skating and bobsled events with a slant toward the speed involved in the sport and on the track; including a run on the ice in a bobsled.

After a serious concussion in the 2015 racing season that put Junior out of the car for the second half of the season, Dale Earnhardt Jr and wife Amy made the decision to retire from driving after the 2016 season. Junior is a two time Daytona 500 winner and has been the sport’s most popular driver 15 seasons in a row – including his final season.

 

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49th Annual NAACP Awards

As the nation celebrated the work and legacy of Martin Luther King on January 15, the NAACP gathered to present their annual Image Awards to entertainers and artists of colour for their contributions to the arts.

Three time Image Award winner Anthony Anderson is hosting the 49th annual gala event in Pasadena for the fifth time.

The first award of the night was for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture and went to Octavia Spencer for her role in “Gifted”.

The award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series went to Anthony Anderson for his role in “Black-ish”. This is Anderson’s fourth Image Award win.

The award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series went to Taraji P. Henson for her role in “Empire”.

The award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series went to Tracee Ellis Ross for her role in “Black-ish”. This is her seventh Image Award win and her fourth for “Black-ish”.

The award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series went to Omari Hardwick for his role in “Power”.

On this 49th annual NAACP Image Awards, the NAACP presents the inaugural Music Makes a Difference Honour – an award presented to an artist who uses their platform to help improve those in need. The first award goes to Charlie Wilson.

The award for Outstanding Comedy Series went to “Black-ish”.

Activist William Lucy was presented with the Chairman’s Award.

The Memphis Sanitation workers were presented the Vanguard Award.

Andra Day performs the Billy Holiday song “Strange Fruit”. Andra and Common join together for a performance of “Stand Up for Something”.

NAACP President Derek Johnson presented the President’s Award to actor and activist Danny Glover.

The award for Outstanding TV Drama Series went to “Power”.

During the In Memorium segment, the music of Boyz II Men sang “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye”.

The award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture went to Daniel Kaluuya for his role in “Get Out”.

The award for Outstanding Motion Picture went to “Girl’s Trip”.

The final award for the night was for Entertainer of the Year. Mary J Blige presented the award to Ava Duvernay. It is her first Image Award. When she went up on stage, Ava asked, “what am I doing here, I’m a director”. The Entertainer of the Year Award is a fan voted award.

Awards not presented during the live television broadcast…
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Idris Elba for his role in “Thor: Ragnarok”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Tiffany Haddish for her role in “Girls Trip”
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture: “Detroit”
Outstanding Documentary: “STEP”
Outstanding Film Writing: Jordan Peele for “Get Out”
Outstanding Film Directing: Jordan Peele for “Get Out”
Best New Music Artist: SZA
Best Male Music Artist: Bruno Mars
Best Female Music Artist: Mary J Blige

Best Duo, Group, or Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar with Rihanna
Best Jazz Album: “Petite Afrique” by Somi
Best Gospel or Christian Album: “Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2” by Greenleaf Soundtrack
Best Music Video or Visual Album: “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
Best Traditional Song: “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
Best Album: “DAMN” by Kendrick Lamar
Best Contemporary Song: “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Jay Ellis for his role in “Insecure”
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Marsai Martin for her role in “Black-ish”
Outstanding Suppo

Actor in a Drama Series: Joe Morton for his role in “Scandal”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Naturi Naughton for her role in “Power”
Outstanding TV Movie, Limited Series, or Dramatic Special: “The New Edition Story”
Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie, Limited Series, or Dramatic Special: Idris Elba for his role in “Guerrilla”
Out Actress TV Movie, Limited Series, or Dramatic Special: Queen Latifah in “Flint”
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Anton Cropper for “Black-ish”
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: Carl Franklin for “13 Reasons Why”
Outstanding Directing in a TV Movie, Limited Series, or Dramatic Special: Allen Hughes for “The Defiant Ones”
Outstanding News or Information Series or Special: “Unsung”
Outstanding Documentary: “The 44th President: In His Own Words”
Outstanding Talk Series: “The Real”
Outstanding Reality or Reality Competition Series: The Manns”
Outstanding Variety or Game Show Series or Special: “Lip Sync Battle”
Outstanding Children’s Program: “Doc McStuffins”
Outstanding Performance by a Youth: Caleb McLaughlin for his role in “Stranger Things”
Outstanding Talk, News, or Information Series Host: Roland Martin on “News One Now”
Outstanding Reality, Reality Comp, Game Show, or Variety Show Host: LL Cool J on “Lip Sync Battle”
Outstanding Voice Over Character Performance: Tiffany Haddish in “Legends of Chamberlain Heights”
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Janine Barrois for “Claws”
Outstanding Writing for a Dramatic Series: Gina Prince-Bythewood for “Shots Fired”
Outstanding Writing for a TV Movie or Specia: Abdul Williams for “The New Edition Story”
Best Fiction: Henry Louis Gates and Maria Tater for “The Annotated African American Folktales”
Best Non-Fiction: Dick Gregory for “Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies”
Best Debut Author:
Stephanie Powell Watts for “No One is Coming to Save Us”
Best Biography or Autobiography: Susan Burton and Cari Lynn for “Becoming Ms. Burton, From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women”
Best Instructional Work: Dr. Tererai Trent for “The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting our Sacred Dreams”
Best Work of Poetry: Patricia Smith for “Incendiary Art: Poems”
Best Children’s Book: Vashti Harrison for “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History”
Best Youth and Teens Book: Rita Williams-Garcia and Frank Morrison for “Clayton Byrd Goes Underground”

Cranberries Lead Singer Dolores O’Riordan Dies

Lead singer for the Irish rock band The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan died January 15 in London at the age of 46. No details as to the cause of death have been revealed; only that she died suddenly. O’Riordan had been dealing with a number of health issues in past years.

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She was in London for a recording session at the time of her death.

The Cranberries released an acoustic album last year “”Something Else” and had planned to tour to support the album.

Speaking on O’Riordan,the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins said she, had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally.” Adding, “to all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts, her death will be a big loss.”

The Cranberries have sold over 40,000,000 albums around the world since their debut in 1993. She was also a part of the band D.A.R.K.

A favourite singer of Pope John Paul II, she has performed at the Vatican twice.

O’Riordan came to The Cranberries in 1990 after answering an advertisement for a lead singer. More than just the lead singer, she wrote the song’s lyrics and often collaborated with her band mates on the music.

The Cranberries took a break in 2003 and O’Riordan released two solo albums – “Are You Listening” and “No Baggage”. They reformed in 2009.

Along with appearing in documentaries, talk shows, and musical performances, she portrayed herself in an uncredited role of “Charmed”, and “Loose Women”. The music of The Cranberries has been heard on dozens of film and television productions including “The Next Karate Kid”, “Milk Money”, “Beverly Hills 90210”, “Mission Impossible”, “You’ve Got Mail”, “Smallville”, “Click”, “The Office”, and “Inside Amy Schumer”.

She was born Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riorden on September 6, 1971 in Ballybricken, County Limerick, Ireland; the youngest of seven children.

She is survived by her children – Taylor, Molly, and Dakota – and her mother Eileen.

The Cranberries discography:
“Everybody Else is Doing it, So Why Can’t We?”
“No Need to Arugue”
“The the Faithful Departed”
“Bury the Hatchet”
“Bury the Hatchet/The the Faithful Departed”
“Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”
“Live 2010”
“Roses”
“Something Else”

 

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2018 BRIT Award Nominees

On January 13 the BRIT Awards revealed the nominees for the 2018 awards ceremonies. British pop stars Dua Lipa topped the list of nominees with five, followed by Ed Sherran with four.

The ceremonies will take place in London at the O2 Arena on February 21. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, Stormzy, and the Foo Fighters are all scheduled to perform at the gala event.

Lipa is the only female nominee vying for the Album of the Year award.

Former One Direction bandmates Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, and Liam Payne are all competing for the Video of the Year award.

East London rapper J Hus, Liam Payne, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Stormzy, Little Mix, Calvin Harris with Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean;Clean Bandit with Zara Larsson, Loyle Carner, and Jonas Blue with William Single have all garneerd multiple nominations.

Jorja Smith was name the 2018 BRIT Critics Choice Award winner. Sam Smith, Ed Sherran, and Jessie J have all won the award and gone on to great success in music.

Steve Mac was named the Producer of the Year.

The nominees for the 2018 BRIT Award nominees are:

British Album of the Year:
“Dua Lipa” by Dua Lipa
“Divide” by Ed Sheeran
“Common Sense” by J Hus
“Humour” by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
“Gang Signs & Prayer” by Stormzy

British Male Solo Artist:
Ed Sheeran
Liam Gallagher
Loyle Carner
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
Stormzy

British Female Solo Artist:
Paloma Faith
Kate Tempest
Jessie Ware
Laura Marling
Dua Lipa

British Group:
Wolf Alice
Gorillaz
London Grammar
The XX
Royal Blood

British Breakthrough Artist:
Dave
Dua Lipa
J Hus
Loyle Carner
Sampha

British Artis Video of the Year:
“Ciao Adios” by Anne-Marie
“Feels” by Calvin Harris with Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean
“Symphony” by Clean Bandit with Zara Larsson
“New Rules” by Dua Lipa
“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
“Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles
“Mama” by Jonas Blue with William Singe
“Strip that Down” by Liam Payne with Quavo
“Touch” by Little Mix
“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” by Zayn with Taylor Swift

British Single of the Year:
“Strip that Down” by Liam Payne with Quavo
“You Don’t Know Me” by Jax Jones with Raye
“Symphony” by Clean Bandit with Zara Larsson
“Human” by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
“Did You See by J Hus
“Feels” by Calvin Harris with Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean
“New Rules” by Dua Lipa
“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
“Mama” by Jonas Blue with William Singe
“Touch” by Little Mix

International Female Solo Artist:
Taylor Swift
Lorde
Bjork
P!nk
Alicia Keys

International Male Solo Artist:
Kendrick Lamar
Childish Gambino
Drake
Beck
DJ Khalid

International Group:
Foo Fighters
Arcade Fire
LCD Soundsystem
Haim
The Killers

 

photo taken from The BRITS Facebook page.

 

Motorhead’s Eddie Clarke Dies

On January 10 “Fast” Eddie Clarke died in a London hospital as a result of pneumonia at the age of 67. With his death, all of the iconic members of the British heavy metal band Motorhead are gone.

Bandmates Lemmy and Phil both died in 2015; Phil as a result of liver failure and Lemmy from cancer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWB5JZRGl0U

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Prior to becoming a part of Motorhead in 1976, Clarke was a member of several bands including Bitter End, Zeus, and Blue Goose. He left the band in 1982 over creative differences, and later formed Fastaway. While he never officially returned to Motorhead as a full member of the band, he did make several on stage appearances.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3G-2Kth1n4

He was born Edward Allen Clarke on October 5, 1950 in London, England. He was a teen before he started playing the guitar. While Eric Clapton earned the nickname of slow hand for his deliberate guitar playing, Clarke earned his nickname of “Fast” Eddie for his fast guitar playing.

Clarke is predeceased by his bandmates Lemmy Kilmister and Phil Taylor; with no list of familial survivors

Eddie Clarke’s discography with Motorhead:
“Motorhead”
“Overkill”
“Bomber”
“On Parole”
“Ace of Spades”
“No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith”
“Iron Fist”

 

photo credit: By Andrew King – Flickr: Motorhead Port Talbot 1982, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15810408

 

 

February Events at The Strong

The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York starts off the new year with two special events this February.

On February 3 man’s best friend comes to The Strong for “Puppy Love”. Beginning at 11am, visitors can meet various service dogs and the younger visitors can create some dog themed crafts.

Puppy Love

Events planned for the day include meeting Biscuit from the Alyssa Stain Caucilli book series, retired Greyhound racing dogs from Greyhound Adoption of Greater Rochester, animals from the Pet Assisted Therapy Program at Lollypop Farm, learn about the Tail Waggin’ Tutors program that helps children with reading, the Monroe Veterinary Associates offers up some lessons on pet first aid, and visit the Puppy Play Zone for some pet themed crafts.

royal ball

On February 10 and 11 The Strong presents the Royal Ball. Inviting visitors to come attired in their finest regal costumes, visitors can meet Her Majesty the Queen and travel back in time with all the pageantry fit for the Royal Court.

The Nonsuch Early Music Ensemble provides the musical entertainment with musical instruments that have been around since Medieval times. Mitzie Collins, Roxanne Ziegler, and John Heyer perform on the hammered dulcimer, hurdy-gurdy, Celtic harp, and percussion instruments.

Visitors can slay a dragon with a catapult, attend the royal “feast”, meet the Fairy Godmother and receive a gift, embark on a knightly quest, and play a game of croquet with the Queen of Hearts.

Both of the special events at The Strong in February are included with a general admission ticket to The Museum. Regular admission does not include admission to the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden which requires an additional fee.

Tickets to The Strong are $15 each with members and children under the age of two free. Entry to the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is by timed ticket only and are $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Children under two are free.

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

 

photos courtesy of The Strong Museum

Bell Defends Chili Bowl Championship

In the final race of the 2018 Chili Bowl, of the 344 drivers who entered, it came down to a championship race of 24 drivers – three of whom are NASCAR drivers.

After pole sitter Kyle Larson had engine trouble, it came down to two time Chili Bowl champion Ricky Abreu and defending Chili Bowl champion Christopher Bell.

Bell won to hold on to take his second Chili Bowl Championship and the Golden Driller trophy.

Last year, the Camping World Truck Series driver started his year with a win at the annual Chili Bowl and then went on to win the Camping World Truck Series Championship. Bell is starting off his 2018 racing season in the same fashion.

NASCAR drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kasey Kahne, and Justin Allgaier also participated in the dirt Midget car Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Bell will not be defending his Truck Series championship in the 2018 season, he has moved up to the Xfinity Series where he will be driving the number 20 car for Joe Gibbs Racing where he will vie for the Rookie of the Year Award and the Xfinity Series championship.

 

photo credit: By Royalbroil – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41789452

Iconic Sportscaster Keith Jackson Dies

Whoa, Nellie!” Once of college football’s most iconic broadcasters died January 12 at the age of 89.

Keith Jackson died less than a month after another iconic broadcaster – Dick Enberg. NO official cause of death has been given, only that Jackson died in southern California.

While best known for his college football broadcasts, Jackson also covered pro football, professional basketball, major league baseball’s World Series, and the Olympics while working for ABC Sports. After calling games for over 50 years, Jackson called his final game in 2006 at the Rose Bowl – a national championship game where Texas took the crown after upsetting favoured Southern California.

Long time broadcaster Brent Musburger spoke on Jackson saying, “he was one of our giants He could do anything and loved doing it.”

Born Keith Max Jackson in the rural west Georgia town of Roopville on October 18, 1928, he easily included the folksy country expressions of his childhood making his broadcasts unique and readily recognizable. His most well known expression of “Whoa, Nellie” he learned from his great grandfather.

Prior to becoming a sports broadcaster, Jackson enlisted at the age of 16 and spent four years in the United States Marine Corps. He called his first game as an undergraduate at Washington University in 1952.

Keith Jackson is a member of the Sports Broadcasting and the National Sports Media Association Halls of Fame. He is also a member of the American Sportscasters Association.

Coining the phrase Granddaddy of them all – he called more Rose Bowl games than any other broadcaster with 15. The Rose Bowl has named their broadcast booths after Jackson and has been inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.

Over the course of his career Keith Jackson has worked with Jackie Robinson, Frank Broyles, Bud Wilkinson, Bill Russell, Dick Vitale, Dan Fouts, Bob Griese, Ara Parseghian, Howard Cossell, Don Meredith, and Al Michaels.

He is survived by his wife of over 60 years Gertrude Ann (Turi Ann), children – Melanie Ann, Lindsey and Christopher -, and three grandchildren.

 

Sugarland

The Country music duo of Sugarland have taken some time off, but now Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Busch are together again and will be spending the summer on the road for their “Still the Same” tour.

Sugarland tour dates:
May 4 at the Choctaw Grand Theatre in Durant, OK
May 25 at the James Brown Arena in Augusta, GA
May 26 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
May 27 at the Country 500 Festival in Daytona Beach, FL
May 31 at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix, AZ
June 1 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
June 2 at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, CA
June 7 at the Accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, WA
June 8 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA
June 9 at the MODA Center in Portland, OR
June 12 at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA
June 14 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
June 15 at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, CA
June 16 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV
June 21 at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Denver, CO
June 22 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, SD
June 23 at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, ND
June 28 at the CenturyLInk Center in Omaha, NE
June 29 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, IL
June 30 at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO
July 6 &7 at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, ON
July 8 at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY
July 12 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH
July 13 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, OH
July 14 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD
July 19 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
July 20 at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX
July 21 at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, TX
July 26 at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, FL
July 27 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL
July 28 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
Aug 2 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Aug 3 at the Infinite Energy Arena in Atlanta, GA
Aug 4 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC
Aug 9 at the Huntington Center in Toledo, OH
Aug 10 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 11 at the Resch Center in Green Bay, WI
Aug 16 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD
Aug 17 at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA
Aug 18 at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, KS
Aug 23 at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, IL
Aug 24 at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, MN
Aug 25 at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island, NE
Aug 30 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Aug 31 at the Allentown Fair in Allentown, PA
Sept 1 at the Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford, NH
Sept 7 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA
Sept 8 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ

Rachael Sage and Howard Jones

Award winning performer and multi instrumentalist Rachael Sage is teaming up once again with music pioneer Howard Jones for a tour this winter.

The duo have previous paired up for a tour together in the United Kingdom.  Sage is joining Jones as the opening act for his US dates.

Rachael Sage and Howard Jones tour dates:
Jan 24 at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle, WA
Jan 25 at the Aladdin Theater in POrtland, OR
Jan 26 at the Admiral Theater in Bremerton, WA
Jan 29 at The Chapel in San Francisco, CA
Jan 30 at Harlow’s in Sacramento, CA
Feb 1 at Romano’s Concert Lounge in Riverside, CA
Feb 3 at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, CA
Feb 4 at Whittier College in Whittier, CA
Feb 5 at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA
Feb 13 & 14 at the Soiled Dove Underground in Denver, CO
Feb 15 at the Tobin Center For the Performing Arts in San Antonio, TX
Feb 18 at the Dosey Doe, The Big Barn in The Woodlands, TX
Feb 20 at the City Winery in Nashville, TN
Feb 21 at the City Winery in Atlanta, GA
Feb 23 at the Infinity Music Hall in Hartford, CT
Feb 24 at the YMCA Boulton Center for Performing Arts in Bay Shore, NY
Feb 25 at Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY
Feb 26 at the Sellersville Theater 1894 in Sellersville, PA
Feb 28 at the City Winery in Boston, MA
March 1 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA
March 2 & 3 at the City Winery in New York City, NY
March 4 at the Hangar Theater in Ithaca, NY
March 7 at the Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, OH
March 8 at the City Winery in Chicago, IL
March 9 at The Tarkington in Carmel, IN
March 10 at the Live! at The Ludlow Garage in Cincinnati, OH
March 11 at St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, MI

Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town

Award winning Country music stars Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town are hopping on “The Bandwagon” for a summer tour together of the United States iwth a stop in Toronto.

July 12 at the PC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
July 13 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
July 14 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
July 20 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
July 21 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
Aug 2 at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL
Aug 3 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
Aug 4 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
Aug 16 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien, NY
Aug 17 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 18 at the BB&T Pavilion in Philadelphia, PA
Aug 23 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
Aug 24 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI

Brandy Clark

Country singer Brandy Clark will be spending the net couple of months on the road touring – first as her own headliner and then serving as the opening act for Dwight Yoakam and then for the reunited Sugarland.

Jan 25 at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT
Jan 26 at the City Winery in New York  City, NY
Jan 27 at the Wolf Den at the Mohegan Sun Reosrt in Montville, CT
Jan 28 at the City Winery in Boston, MA
Feb 3 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN
Feb 8 at Dosey Doe in The Woodlands, TX
Feb 9 at the Deep Ellum Art Co. in Dallas, TX
Feb 10 at the Revolution Music Room in Little Rock, AR
Feb 14 at the City Winery in Chicago, IL
Feb 15 at the 20th Century Theater in Cincinnati, OH
Feb 16 at the Carnahan Hall in Lafayette, IN
Feb 17 at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI
Feb 22 at The Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC
Feb 23 at the City Winery in Atlanta, GA
Feb 24 at the WorkPlay Theatre in Birmingham, AL
March 3 at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, BC
March 5 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, AB
March 6 at TCU Place in Saskatoon, SK
March 7 at the ENMAX Centre in Lethbridge, AB
March 8 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Clagary, AB
March 10 at the Club Regent Casino in Winnipeg, MB
March 11 at the Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks, ND
March 28 at The Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL
March 30 the Mayor Civic Center in Rochester, MN
March 31 at The Missouri Theatre in St. Joseph, MO

Bon Jovi

New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Bon Jovi will be spending this spring on the road touring North America.  The tour includes a stop in Cleveland where they will participate in the official Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

March 14 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
March 16the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
March 17 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
March 20 at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, AR
March 22 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
March 23 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
March 25 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
March 26 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
April 2 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
April 4 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
April 7 & 8 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
April 18 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
April 20 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA
April 21 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
April 24 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
April 26 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
April 28 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
April 29 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee,WI
May 2 at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA
May 3 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
May 5 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
May 7 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
May 9 & 10 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
May12 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON
May 14 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC

 

Zac Brown Band

Alice isn’t the only one to go “Down the Rabbit Hole”.  This summer Country musicians the Zac Brown Band are embarking on a tour they have titled “Down the Rabbit Hole” and are bringing OneRepublic and Leon Bridges along for the ride on some shows.

Join Zac Brown and the Band “Down the Rabbit Hole”:
June 8 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE
June 9 at the Denny  Sanford Premier Center in Siou Falls, SD
June 14 & 15 at Fenway Park in Boston, MA
June 22 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA
June 23 at the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY
June 24 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY
June 30 at Sun Trust Park in Atlanta, GA
July 13 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON
July 14 at Comerica Park in Detroit, MI
July 19  20 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
July 27 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC
July 28 & 29 at Citi Field in Flushing, NY
Aug 2 at the Blossom MusicCenter in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Aug 3 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN
Aug 4 at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 10 at Target Field in Minneapolis,MN
Aug 11 & 12 at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI
Aug 31 at Safeco Field in Seattle, WA
Sept 13 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Sept 14 at the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, NC
Sept 15 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
Sept 20 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA
Sept 22 at Petco Park in San Diego, CA

New Music Friday – January 12

Now that the holidays have passed, it is time to look to what the new year has to bring.

This week in New Music Friday Camila Cabello, Anderson East, Joe Satriani, the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and K.Flay all have new albums out this week.

With the annual Grammy Awards just two weeks away, the Recording Academy has released an album of Grammy nominated songs.

Albums:
“2018 Grammy Nominees” by Various Artists
“Avatar Country” by Avatar
“Blue Madonna” by BORNS
“Camila” by Camila Cabello
“Encore” by Anderson East
Soundtrack from the Motion Picture “Lady Bird” by Various Artists
“No Cross No Crown” by Corrosion of Conformity
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for”Phanton Thread” by Jonny Greenwood
Original Soundtrack for “Runaways” by Various Artists
“Serenata Espanola” by Xavier de Maistre
“Seventeen” by Kayak
Original Motion Picture Score for “he Star” by John Paesano
“Tamsins Likam” by Hamfero
“Underworld” by Tonight Alive
“Vale” by Black Veil Brides
“What Happens Next” by Joe Satriani
“Wrong Creatures” by the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
“Life of a Dark Rose” byLil Skies
“Porpora: Germanico in Germania” by Max Emanuel Cencic, Capella Cracoviensis, and Jan Tomasz Adamus
“Every Where is Some Where” by K.Flay
“Code Blue” by Bandhunta Izzy
“Instrmntl” by Dabrye
“One/Three (2018 Remaster)” by Dabrye

EPs:
“Afraid of the Dark” by EZI
“Danger to Myself” by The Unlikely Candidates
“HurtSomebody” by Noah Kahan
“Hurtin’ Me” by Stefflon Don
“In My body” by SYML
“Stay Off My Mind” by Skott
“To Imagine” by The Neighbourhood
“Walker McGuire” by Walker McGuire

NASCAR Makes Pit Crew Rule Changes

In an effort to help teams with costs and to ensure safety, NASCAR is constantly making rule changes and tweaking existing rules.

NASCAR fans will see a number of changes when the 2018 racing season begins in February, including some changes on pit road.

The biggest change will be the number of crew members who are allowed to go over the wall the service the car.

There was a time when the number of crew members over the wall was unlimited. Then under the guise of safety, that number was limited to seven – two tire changers, two tire carriers, a jack man, a gasman, and a catch can man to collect excess fuel that escaped during fueling. When the new fueling system was implemented, the catch can man was no longer needed and the over the wall crew was cut down to six. NASCAR has not dictated which pit crew member will no longer be allowed over the wall; but does admit they expect pit stops to be a couple of seconds slower in 2018. Furthermore; the gas man will no longer be alowed to perform any other function besides fueling the car. In the past the gas man would also help to make adjustments to the car like raising or lowering the trackbar.

The reduced number of over the wall crew members is effective for all three of the NASCAR series’ – Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity, and Camping World Trucks.

Operating a NASCAR team is a very expensive venture with a single car costing some $15 million per year. Not every team has the appropriate funding to properly field a car.

To that end, NASCAR is constantly trying to help the less afluent teams compete on an even basis.

Another cost saving move for 2018 is limiting the number of crew members that travel with the team to each track. The “traveling roster” will consist of two teams – the organizational team and the mechanical team. NASCAR is moving to a baseball styled roster where each team member will have a name and number with armbands to designate their team duties. Under the new rules, only crew members assigned to a specific car may work on that car; unlike in year’s past where a multi car owner could pool crew members from other teams in order to get a driver back on the track quicker.

While NASCAR will not dictate who will make up each crew, they have mandated the number of members permitted on each crew:

In the Monster Energy Cup Series three to four organizational members are allowed (depending on number of teams an owner has) with 12 mechanical or road crew members and five pit crew members.

For the Xfinity Series only one organizational member is allowed with seven mechanical crew and five pit crew members.

In the Camping World Truck Series one organizational member is allowed with six mechanical crew members, and five pit crew members.

 

‘The Four’ Face New Challengers

Last week on “The Four” two of the original superstars held on to their seats when Lex Lu won her challenge and Ash Minor was never challenged; however, Elanese and Blair lost their challenges and were sent home to be replaced by two new superstars – Zhavia and Saeed Renaud.

This week “The Four” will face new challengers when DJ Khalid, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Meghan Trainor, and Charlie Walk determine who is worthy of the challenge.

In order for an artist to earn the right to challenge on of “The Four”, they must get a yes vote from all four of the judges. Once the challenge performances are over the studio audience makes the decision as to who won.

Diddy noted that so far they have seen some good performances, but now they need to see some great performances.

After performances from “The Four”, Candice Boyd was the first to take the stage. Diddy noted that Candice did her thing; adding that he would love to see her go toe to toe with one of “The Four”. Meghan said that her heart was exploding with joy over the performance. Charlie said that the eyes don’t lie; adding that he felt like Candice was singing only to him. DJ Khalid noted that it was a great way to start the show. Candice got four yeses and challenged Ash for his spot. After the performances the audience voted. Host Fergie noted that it was the closest vote so far 55 to 45 percent with Candice taking the win. DJ Khalid told Ash to keep going and do not stop.

Candice’s seat is locked for the night and she cannot be challenged.

After watching the show last week, former child star Stevie Brock took the stage to perform the Maroon 5 hit “Sugar”. Meghan loved Stevie’s stage presence and falsetto but not so much with the rest. Charlie said that he thought Stevie was sweet; adding that a brand is a promise and he wasn’t sure what Stevie’s promise was. Noting the Stevie is a fairly decent performer, Diddy didn’t think it was a great performance. DJ Khalid said that this is not the show to be nervous. For the first time on the show, Stevie got four no votes.

New York City native Cheyenne Elliott came from a musical family…her cousin was Whitney Houston and her grandmother is Dionne Warwick. Meghan loved Cheyenne’s performance of “Wings”; saying that it was a beautiful performance. Diddy told Cheyenne that she needed to sing every word like it was her favourite part. Cheyenne got four yeses and chose to challenge Lex Lu. After the audience vote, Cheyenne dethroned Lex Lu and takes over one of the chairs. With the elimination of Lex, none of the original four remain.

Next up was Brooklyn native Cocoa Sarai. Meghan called the performance beautiful; adding that she believed every second of the song. Diddy asked her if she felt like she could beat one of “The Four”. While he felt deeply emotional, Charlie didn’t think Cocoa had enough to take on one of “The Four”. DJ Khalid was hoping that Charlie wouldn’t fold and they would see a challenge. Cocoa only got three yes votes.

Eighteen year old Kayla Ember got mixed reviews from the judges with DJ Khalid and Charlie noting that while she can sing, they couldn’t go into the studio with just anybody. Meghan noted that performing comes with practice; but Diddy thought Kayla had that something. She received only one yes vote from the judges.

Next up was Jason Warrior who had Charlie saying that he liked him even before Jason opened his mouth to sing. When asked if he was ready, Jason said that he was born ready. He brought the house down with his performance of John Legend’s “Love You Now”. Diddy kept saying, “and the church said Amen!” DJ Khalid said that he felt the pain and the passion in the performance; adding that’s what it’s all about. Charlie said that what he saw from Jason is what he signed up for. Saying that when he buys a ticket for a show, he wants to be taken to another place, Diddy said that what he felt the most was that Jason wanted to challenge one of “The Four”. Getting four yeses, Jason chose to challenge Saeed. After the audience vote, Jason won the challenge and takes over a seat as one of “The Four”.

Next week “The Four” continues with new challenges.

39th Annual Blues Music Award Nominees

The Blues Foundation has released the nominees for the 39th annual Blues Music Awards.

The Blues Awards pay homage to the accomplishments of Blues musicians around the world and to uphold the Blues traditions and cultures.

The 2018 edition of the Blues Awards will be presented May 10 in The Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Blues harmonica player Rick Estrin and his band The Nightcats lead the list of nominations with a total of eight. Don Bryan, Wee Willie Walker, Mike Ledbetter and Monster Mike Welch, and The North Mississippi All-Stars have also garnered multiple nominations this year.

This year the Blues Foundation has added two new categories – Blues Rock Artist and Best Instrumentalist-Vocals – bringing the total of awards to 28.

The nominees for the 39th annual Blues Music Awards are:
B.B. King Entertainer of the Year:
Bobby Rush
Michael Ledbetter
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford
Taj Mahal

Band of the Year:
The Cash Box Kings
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter
Nick Moss Band
North Mississippi All-Stars
Rick Estring and The Nightcats

Album of the Year:
“Don’t Give Up on Love” by Don Bryant
“Right Place, Right Time” by Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter
“Groovin’ in Greaseland” by Rick Estring and The Nightcats
“TajMo” by TajMo”
“After a While” by Wee Willie Walker and The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra

Song of the Year:
“The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere” written by Rick Estrin
“Don’t Give Up on Love” written by Scott Bomar and Don Bryant
“Don’t Leave Me Here” written by Kevin R. Moore, Taj Mahal, and Gary Nicholson
“Hate Take a Holidy” written by Willie Walker, Anthony Paule, and Ernie Williams
“Prayer for Peace” written by Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, and Oteil Burbridge

Best Emerging Artist Album:
“Charmed & Dangerous” by Altered Five Blues Band
“Peach” by Larkin Poe
“Lady of the Blues” by Miss Freddye
“Roll and Tumble” by R.L. Boyce
“Southern Avenue” by Southern Avenue
“Simmered & Stewed” by Tas Cru

Historical Album of the Year:
“Mr. Luck: The Complete Vee-Jay Singles” by Jimmy Reed
“King of the Boogie” by John Lee Hooker
“A Legen Never Dies” by Luther Allison
“Live at Notodden ’97” by The Paul deLay Band
“American Epic: The Collection” by Various Artists

Acoustic Album of the Year:
“Mississippi River Blues” by catfish Keith
“Break the Chain” by Doug MacLeod
“Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train” by Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi
“Who U Tellin’?” by Harrison Kennedy
“Friends Along the Way” by Mitch Woods
“Keepin’ Outta Trouble” by Rory Block

Acoustic Artist of the Year:
Doug MacLeod
Guy Davis
Harrison Kennedy
Rory Block
Taj Mahal

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year:
“Fire on the Floor” by Beth Hart
“Night After Night” by the Corey Dennison Band
“Times Have Changed” by Ronnie Baker Brooks
“Pick Your Poison” by Selwyn Birchwood
“TajMo” by TajMo

Contemporary Female Blues Artist:
Beth Hart
Karen Lovely

Samantha Fish
Shemekia Copeland
Vanessa Collier

Contemporary Male Blues Artist:
Keb’ Mo’
Michael Ledbetter
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Selwyn Birchwood
Toronzo Cannon

Rock Blues Album of the Year:
“Lay it on Down” by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
“Make Blues Not War” by Mike Zito
“Prayer for Peace” by the North Mississippi All-Stars
“Witchy Feelin’” by Savoy Brown
“We’re All in This Together” by Walter Trout

Rock Blues Artist:
Eric Gales
Jason Ricci
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Mike Zito
Walter Trout

Soul Blues Album of the Year:
“Don’t Give Up on Love” by Don Bryant
“Waiting for the Train” by Johny Rawls
“Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm” by Robert Cray and Hi Rhythm
“The World that We Live In” by Sugaray Rayford
“After a While” by Wee Willie Walker and The Anthony Paule Sould Orchestra

Female Sould Blues Artist:
Bettye LaVette
Denise LaSalle
Mavis Staples
Trudy Lynn
Vanessa Thomas

Male Soul Blues Artist:
Curtis Salgado
Don Bryant
Johnny Rawls
Sugaray Rayford
William Bell
Wee Willie Walker

Traditional Blues Album of the Year:
“Royal Mint” by The Cash Box Kings
“Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio by Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
“Blues and Boogie Vol. 1” by Kim Wilson
“Right Place, Right Time” by Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter
“Groovin’ in Greaseland” by Rick Estrin and The Nightcats

Female Traditional Blues Artist:
Annika Chambers
Diunna Greenleaf
Janiva Magness
Miss Freddye
Ruthie Foster

Male Traditional Blues Artist:
John Primer
Kim Wilson
Lurrie Ball
R.L. Boyce
Rick Estrin

Best Instrumental – Bass:
Benny Turner
Bob Stroger
Larry Fulcher
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn

Best Instrumentalist – Drums:
Jimi Bott
June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Best Instrumentalist – Guitar:
Anson Funderburgh
Chris Cain
Christoffer “Kid” Andersen
Monster Mike Welch
Ronnie Earl

Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica:
Billy Branch
Dennis Gruenling
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin

Best Instrumentalist – Horn:
Al Basile
Jimmy Carpenter
Nancy Wright
Trombone Shorty
Vanessa Collier

Best Instrumentalist – Piano:
Anthony Geraci
Henry Gray
Jim Pugh
Mitch Woods
Victor Wainwright

Best Instrumentalist – Vocals:
Beth Hart
Don Bryant
John Nemeth
Michael Ledbetter
Sugaray Rayford
Wee Willie Walker

Josh Ritter

Singer songwriter Josh Ritter has a new album “Gathering” and he is embarking on a tour in just a couple of days.

Jan 12 at the ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, TX
Jan 13 at the Heights Theater in Houston, TX
Jan 15 at the Rialto Theater in Tucson, AZ
Jan 16 at Belly Up in San Diego, CA
Jan 17 at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA
Jan 19 & 20 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA
Jan 21 at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, CA
Jan 23 at the Sisters High School in Sister, OR
Jan 24 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
Jan 25 at Neptune in Seattle, WA
Jan 26 at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA
Jan 27 at the Knitting Factory in Boise, ID
Jan 29 at the Ogden Theater in Denver, CO
Jan 30 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS
Jan 31 at the Fitzgerald Theater in Minneapolis, MN
Feb 16 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Feb 17 & 18 at the KCD Theatre in Louisville, KY
March 1  at the Fargo Theatre in Fargo, ND
March 2 at Slowdown in Omaha, NE

The Breeders

The Breeders is the latest band to reunite and put out an album of new music. And the band is coming together with all five original members – sister Deal, Kim, and Kelly; Jim Macpherson, and Josephine Wiggs.

The album – “All Nerve” – will be released on March 2.

Along with the new album The Breeders will be launching a tour beginning in April.

April 6 at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA
April 7 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA
April 8 at The Masonic in San Francisco, CA
April 10 at the McMenamins Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
April 11 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC
April 13 at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle, WA
April 15 at the Knitting Factory in Boise, ID
April 16 at The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT
Apil 18 at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO
April 19 at the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, NM
April 21 at Emo’s in Austin, TX
April 22 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX
April 23 at the House of Blues in Houston, TX
April 25 at Iron City in Birmingham, AL
April 26 at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN
April 30 at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY
May 2 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY
May 4 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA
May 5 at the Corona Theatre in Montreal, QC
May 6 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON
May 8 at the Vic Theater in Chicago, IL
May 9 at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI
May 11 at The Truman in Kansas City, MO
May 13 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN

She Rocks Awards to Honour Pat Benetar

The world of rock music has long been dominated by men, but thanks to women like Ann and Nancy Wilson, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, and Joan Jett;women have been making their mark on the music and the music charts.

Celebrating women who play rock music, The Women’s International Music Network is set to hold the sixth annual She Rocks Awards on January 26 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California.

The event is being hosted by DJ Kat Corbett and WIMN founder Laura B. Whitmore.

Four time Grammy Award winner Pat Benatar, Melissa Etheridge, and B-52’s members Katie Pierson and Cindy Wilson are among those being honoured.

The She Rocks Awards were created to not only honour the women who stand out in the music industry; but also, demonstrate leadership.

Queen

British rockers Queen changed rock and roll as we knew it when they burst on the scene with “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

The rockers were nominated for a Grammy Award four times but never won the award.  Two of their songs have been listed in the Grammy Hall of Fame – “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions”.

Now the band has been selected to be awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award – an award that recognizes outstanding artist contributions to the world of music.

Speaking on the honour, Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said, “these exceptionally inspiring figures are being honoured as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries.  Their outstanding Accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy.”

The award ceremony and a concert paying tribute to the band will take place sometime this summer.

The 60th annual Grammy Awards are scheduled for January 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt

The original JT – James Taylor is pairing up with Bonnie Raitt for a tour in the late spring and early summer. While a number of dates have already been set, more shows are in the works and will be added to the tour.

Shows for Charlotte, Greensboro, Charleston, Greenville, Wichita, Oklahoma City, Seattle, Green Bay, and Indianapolis are in the works with confirmed dates being announced at a later date.

May 8 at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL
May 9 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
May 11 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
May 12 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
May 21 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO
May 22 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
May 27 at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Denver, CO
May 29 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
May 31 and June 1 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA
June 3 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
June 5 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
June 22 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
June 25 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
June 28 at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater in Milwaukee, WI
June 30 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH
July 1 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY

Astronaut John Young Dies

Moon walking American astronaut John Young died January 5 in his Houston home as a result of complications from pneumonia at the age of 87.

While Young was the ninth astronaut to walk on the moon, he was NASA’s most experienced space traveler having gone on six separate occasions – two Gemini missions, two Apollo missions, and two Shuttle missions. He is the only astronaut to have been a part of the Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs during his 42 year NASA career.

Credited with being the first astronaut to make six trips into space, Young technically piloted seven vehicles when he was the pilot on both the ship and the lunar module on Apollo 16.

Around NASA Young was known for his memo writing, frequently citing safety issues and ways to fix them. Young once stated, “By whatever management methods it takes, we must make Flight Safety first. If we do not consider Flight Safety first all the time at all levels of NASA, this machinery and this program will NOT make it.”

Young became a part of the NASA space program. In 1962 along with Neil Armstrong, Pete Conrad, and James Lovell after being inspired by President Kennedy’s speech on putting a man on the moon. He became the first ember of his class to make it into space in 1965 in the for Gemini flight with Gus Grissom – the first manned Gemini flight. He was a part of Apollo 10 and 16; walking on the moon on Apollo 16. Enterprise was the first Space Shuttle created, but it was Columbia who made the maiden voyage with Young as its pilot. He made his final voyage into space again on the Columbia as a part of the ninth Shuttle mission and the first to meet up with Skylab. Young was also a member of five space flight backup crews.

Young logged a total of 835 hours in space and over 15,000 hours of flight time.

Known as a bit of a prankster, Young once snuck a corned beef sandwiches on board the spaceship and gave it to Grisson as part of the “official” NASA food. However, NASA and the US Congress were not pleased over the prank and thereafter banned corned beef sandwiches on board any spacecraft.

He was born John Watts Young on September 24, 1930 in San Francisco the son of a civil engineer, but grew up in Orlando only a couple of hours west of the Kennedy Space Center. Learning to read even before he went to school, Young noted that he could read the encyclopedia at age five.

He earned an aeronautical engineering degree from the Georgie Institute of Technology before entering the Navy and serving as a gunnery office during the Korean War conflict. After the war, Young became a test pilot for the Navy where re retired as a captain.

During his career Young earned a number of honours including the Congressional Space Medal of Honour, five Distinguished Service Medals – three from NASA and two from the Navy, an Outstanding Leadership Medal from NASA, two Distinguished Flying crosses, a Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Georgia Tech, an Exceptional Engineering Achievement Award, and the Space Flight Award from the American Astronautical Society. He is also a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Young was married to Susy Feldman. The couple had two children and three grandchildren.

2018 College Football Hall of Fame Inductees Named

While former professional football players on the finalists list for induction to the NFL Hall of Fame await their fate, 13 college football coaches and players have been named to the College Football Hall of Fame and will be officially inducted in December.

Topping the list are legendary college football coaches Frank Beamer from Virginia Tech and Mack Brown from Texas.

Also being inducted into the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame class are:
Running back from Rice Trevor Cobb
Quarterback from Penn State Kerry Collins
Quarterback from Montana Dave Dickenson
Linebacker from Illinois Dana Howard
Wide receiver from Georgia Tech Calvin Johnson
Running back from Temple Paul Palmer
Safety from Miami Ed Reed
Outside tackle from Georgia Matt Stinchcomb
Cornerback from Michigan Charles Woodson
Coach Mel Theerdsma who coached at Austin College and Northwest Missouri State

NASCAR Drivers to Run Chili Bowl

Race car drivers love nothing more than to race and some will often drive anything as long as it has four wheels.

Since the 2018 NASCAR season does not begin for another few weeks, a some of the drivers have decided to start their racing season a little early with the The Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The dirt track races begin January nine and run through January 13.

Racing on dirt is where many of the NASCAR circuit drivers got their start and one of the reasons the Chili Bowl is so popular with the drivers.

Monster Energy Cup Series drivers Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr; along with Xfinity Series drivers Justin Allgaier and defending champion Christopher Bell have all entered the event. “The Chili Bowl’s always a cool event,” said Kasey Kahne who has run the event three times.

In the past Rico Abreu and Dave Blaney have also won the race. Retired NASCAR driver and current car owner Tony Stewart has won the event twice.

Justin Timberlake

This new year is starting out to be a very busy one for pop performer Justin Timberlake who has a new album – “Man of the Woods” on February 2.  Two days later he will be offering up the halftime entertainment for the annual NFL Superbowl game in Minneapolis, and he will kick off a new tour in Toronto on March 13 that will run through the spring.

March 13 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON
March 18 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
March 21 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
March 25 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
March 27 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
March 21 at the Quicken Loans Arena
March 25 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
March 27 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
March 31 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH
April 2 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
April 4 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
April 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
April 12 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
April 14 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
April 24 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA
April 28 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA
May 2 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
May 5 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
May 7 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
May 9 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
May 11 at the Infinite Energy Arena in Atlanta, GA
May 14 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
May 15 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
May 18 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL
May 19 at the BB&T Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 23 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
May 27 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
May 30 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN

The Eagles

UPDATE: Eagles add more dates!

After the death of Eagles founding member Glen Frey, there was some speculation as to whether the band would ever tour again.  Not only has the band carried on they have added more dates to their upcoming tour.

Joining Eagles members Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit on the tour are Glen Frey’s son Deacon and Country music legend Vince Gill.

The Eagles North American tour dates:
March 12 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
March 14 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
March 15 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
March 18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO
March 19 at the Spring Center in Kansas City, MO
March 23 & 24 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
March 26 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA
April 8 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
April 10 at the Rupp Arena n Lexington, KY
April 11 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
April 14 at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL
April 16 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC
April 17 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
April 19 at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham, AL
April 21 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL – Jimmy Buffett will also be appearing
May 3 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
May 5 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
May 8 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA
May 10 & 11 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
May 14 at the Saddledome in Calgary, AB
May 15 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
May 17 at the Mosaic Stadium in Regina, SK
June 15 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX – Chris Stapleton will also be appearing
June 17 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
June 20 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
June 23 at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX – Chris Stapleton will also be appearing
June 28 at Coors Field in Denver, CO – Jimmy Buffett will also be appearing
June 30 at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN – Jimmy Buffett will also be appearing
July 14 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
July 15 & 17 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON
July 20 & 21 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
July 24 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
July 26 at Nationals Park in Washington DC – James Taylor will also be appearing
July 28 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA  – James Taylor will also be appearing
Sept 8 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Sept 12, 14 & 15 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA
Sept 18 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Sept 20 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA – Zac Brown will also be appearing
Sept 22 at Petco Park in Dan Diego, CA – Zac Brown will also be appearing
Oct 6 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT
Oct 9 & 10 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Oct 12 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Oct 14 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Oct 15 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
Oct 18 at the Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center in Milwaukee, WI
Oct 20 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH

 

Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers

Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers are joining forces this summer for a tour of North America.  This will be the first time that Steely Dan will perform since the death of Walter Becker.

May 10 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
May 11 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
May 13 at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL
May 14 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
May 17 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
May 19 at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA
May 20 at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN
May 22 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
May 24 at the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land in Houston, TX
May 25 at The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory in Dallas, TX
May 27 at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX
May 30 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA
June 1 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco, CA
June 4 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
June 5 at the KeyArena in Seattle, WA
June 7 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA
June 9 at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, ID
June 10 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT
June 12 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
June 15 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
June 16 at the Breese Stevens Field in Madison, WI
June 18 at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO
June 19 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
JUne 21 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Chicago, IL
June 23 at the Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, OH
June 24 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
June 26 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detoit, MI
June 27 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
June 30 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
July 2 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
July 3 at the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY
July 6 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
July 7 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
July 10 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
July 11 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
July 13 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH
July 14 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY

Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper

After sharing a successful tour last summer, Sir Rod and Cyndi Lauper are pairing up again this summer for a tour of North America.

June 25 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA
July 24 at the Hard Rock Event Center in Hollywood, FL
July 26 at the Amway Arena in Orlando, FL
July 28 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
July 29 at the KFC YUM! Arena in Louisville, KY
Aug 1 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Aug 3 at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA
Aug 4 at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, JN
Aug 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Aug 10 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
Aug 11 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 14 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
Aug 15 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
Aug 18 at the Ruoff Home MOrtgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 19 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St Louis, MO
Aug 22 at the Pepsi Center Arena in Denver, CO
Aug 24 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 26 at the Mattress FIim Amphitheatre in San Diego, CA
Aug 28 at the Event Center in Reno, NV
Aug 29 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco, CA
Aug 31 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre in Portland, OR
Sept 1 at the White River Amphitheater in Seattle, WA

2018 Golden Globe Awards

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association gets the Hollywood award season started off with the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards.

Seth Meyers is hosting the gala event this year.

The ballroom inside the Beverly Hilton is a sea of black as Hollywood elite are standing up against sexual harassment. Seth Meyers noted that it is the first time that a male in Hollywood can hear his name without being worried.

Wonder Woman” Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson presented the first award of the night for Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie to Nicole Kidman for her role in “Big Little Lies”.

The award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture went to Sam Rockwell for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”.

The award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series went to Rachel Brosnahan for her role “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”.

The award for the Best Actress in a TV Drama Series went to Elisabeth Moss for her role in “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

The award for Best Actor in TV Drama went to Sterling K Brown for his role in “This is Us”.

The award for Best TV Drama Series went to “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

The award for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie went to Alexander Skarsgard for his role in “Big Little Lies”.

The award for the Best Original Score went to Alexandre Desplat for the soundtrack to “The Shape of Water”.

The award for Best Original Song went to “This is Me” from “The Shape of Water”.

The award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture went to James Franco for his role in “Th Disastr Artist”.

The award for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, TV Series, or TV Movie went to Laura Dern for her role in “Big Little Lies”.

The award for the Best Animated Feature went to “Coco”.

Dwayne Johnson presents the first ever HFPA Ambassador Award to his daughter Simone.

The award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture went to Allison Janney for her role in “I, Tonya”.

The Hollywood Foreign Press paid tribute to ir Douglas for his film career. Douglas turned 101 last month. Using a wheelchair, Douglas came out on stage to a standing ovation. It was Doulas who ended the Hollywood Blacklist.

The award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay went to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”.

The award for the Best Foreign Motion Picture went to “In the Fade” from Germany and France.

The award for Best Actor in a Limited Series went to Ewan McGregor for his role in “Fargo”.

The award for Best Musical or Comedy TV Series went to “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”.

The award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series went to Aziz Ansari for his role in “Master of None”.

Award winning actress Reese Witherspoon presented the the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Oprah Winfrey. She took the stage to a standing ovation and rousing applause. She is the first woman of colour to receive the award…the same award that was given to Sidney Portier – the first man of colour to win an Academy Award. Noting the complicated times, Oprah said that she appreciates the press even more now.

The award for Best Director went to Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water”.

The award for Best Made for TV Limited Series or Movie went to “Big Little Lies”.

The award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture went to Saoirse Ronan for her role in “Ladybird”.

The award for the Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture went to “Ladybird”.

The award for Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture went to Gary Oldman for his role in “Darkest Hour”.

The award for Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture went to Frances McDormand for her role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”.

Entertainment icon Barbra Streisand – the only woman to receive the Best Director Award – presented the last award of the night for Best Drama Motion Picture to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”.

 

photo credit: By Mavelus – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64736240

Robing Thicke Heats Up Seneca Niagara

There were no “Blurred Lines” when Robin Thicke helped to kick off the 2018 music scene in the Seneca Events Center on January 6 as the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino celebrate 15 years of gambling and entertainment in Niagara Falls, New York.

Thicke and his band played before a full house as fans shrugged off the frigid temperatures and warmed up to the music as they sang and dance along.