Underoath

On April 6 Underoath will release a comeback album “Erase Me”.  A few weeks after the album release, they will be begin a tour of the United States and European Festivals.

April 20 at Las Rageous in Las Vegas, NV
April 27 at Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, FL
April 28 at Fort Rock in Sunrise, FL
April 30 at Iron City in Birmingham, AL
May 1 at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA
May 3 at Mill and Mine in Knoxville, TN
May 4 at the Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, NC
May 5 at Pahse 2 in Lynchburg, VA
May 6 at The Sands in Bethlehem, PA
May 8 at the Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD
May 9 at The Dome of Oakdale
May 11 at the Fete Ballroom in Providence, RI
May 12 at the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls, NY
May 14 at Wooly’s in Des Moines, IA
May 15 at Pop’s in Sauget, IL
May 16 at Piere’s in Ft. Wayne, IN
May 18 at Rock on the Range in Colukbus, OH
May 19 at the Manchester Music Hall in Lexington, KY
May 20 at Gillioz in Springfield, MO
May 22 at the Concrete Street Amphitheatre in Corpus Christi, TX
May 23 at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX
May 24 at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX
May 25 at the Metroplex in Little Rock, AR
May 26 at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK
June 15 at the Download Festival in Paris, France
June 16 at Melkweg in Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 21 at the Festivalpark Stenehi in Dessel, Belgium
June 22-24 at the Hurrican Festival i nscheessel, Germany
June 22-24 at the Southside Festiva in Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany
June 23 at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium
June 28 at the Aerodrome Festival in Prague, Czech Republic
June 29 at the Download Festival in Madrid, Spain
June 30 at Jera on Air in Ysselsteyn, Netherlands
July 12-14 at the Rock Fest in Cadott, WI
July 13 at Rock USA in Oshkosh, WI
July 28 & 29 at Heavy Montreal in Montreal, QC
Aug 24 at the Reading Festival in Reading, UK
Aug 25 at the Leeds Festival in Leeds, UK

Steven Van Zandt

For the past several years school districts have been cutting the funding when it comes to music and the arts.  Realizing the problem with funding, E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt is embarking on a tour and is using the tour to benefit his TeachRock initiative in his Rock and Roll Forever Foundation.

Van Zandt said, “music will forever be humanity’s most effective and consistent source of inspiration.  And, we have learned, music turns out to be our most solid common ground for establishing communication between teachers and students, which is where education begins.”

Steven Van Zandt and the Disciples of Soul tour dates:
April 29 at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ
May 1 at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT
May 2 at the Playstation Theatre in New York City, NY
May 4 at The Palace in Albany, NY
May 5 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ

David Crosby

Rock and Hall of Fame Folk legend David Crosby may be 75 years old, but he is still ready to rock and share his music.

Last year Crosby released a new album “Sky Trails” and will be touring around the U.S. this spring and summer to promote the new album.

At a few dates along the way, Crosby will be joined by some special guests – Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chris Hillman, and the Avett Brothers.

David Crosby tour dates:
May 19 at Club Brady in Tulsa, OK
May 20 at the Granada Theatre in Dallas, TX
May 22 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX
May 24 at the Joy Theatre in New Orleans, LA
May 26 at the Plaza Live in Orlando, FL
May 27 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
May 29 at the Charleston Music Hall in Charleston, SC
May 31 at The Paramount Theatre in Charlottesville, VA
June 2 at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA
June 3 at the Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg, PA
June 6 at the Wolf Trap Centre for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA
JUne 7 at the Pollak Theatre in West Long Branch, NJ
June 9 at the Performing Arts Centre in Westhampton Beach, NY
June 10 at the Infinity Music Hall in Hartford, CT
June 12 at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT
June 14 at the Boarding House Park in Lowell, MA
June 16 at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA
June 17 at the Mayo Performing Arts Centre in Morristown, NJ
June 28 at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO
June 29 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO

NASCAR Issues Atlanta Penalties

In what many drivers see as the real beginning to the NASCAR racing season, the Camping World Truck Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Monster Energy Cup Series ran races in Atlanta Motor Speddway last weekend.

Teams from all three series were charged with penalties after the races in Atlanta.

Folds of Glory QuikTrip 500 winner Kevin Harvick’s team was charged with a safety violation The number four car was found to have one of his lug nuts loos during post race inspection. As a result of the infraction the team’s crew chief was issued a $10,000 fine.

In the Xfinity Series, the number 42 car owned by Chip Ganassi Racing and driven by John Hunter Nemechek was charged with having a loose lug nut in post race inspection. Crew chief Mike Shiplett was fined $5,000. The number 52 Means Motorsports car driven by David Starr was also charged with having a loose lug nut during post race inspection. Starr’s crew chief Tim Brown was fined $5,000.

In the Camping World Truck Series, Kyle Busch’s truck was found to have an improperly installed wheel. After one pit stop, Busch’s truck lost a tire on the track bringing out the caution flag. As a result of the infraction, Busch’s crew chief Marcus Richmond, rear tire change Coleman Dollarhide, and jackman Ernie Peirce were all suspended for three races.

Ghost

The Swedish rock group Ghost have panned a spring tour of the United States in May they are calling “Rats! On The Road”.

Tickets for the tour go on sale March 3.

Ghost tour dates:
May 5 at RMA in Riverside, CA
May 6 at the Tucson Music Hall in Tucson, AZ
May 8 at Revention in Houston, TX
May 10 at Tivoli in Chattanooga, TN
May 11 at The Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH
May 12 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI
May 13 at Express Live in Columbus, OH
May 15 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY
May 16 at the Crouse Hinds Theater in Syracuse, NY
May 18 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA
May 19 at the WMMR BBQ in Philadelphia, PA
May 20 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC
May 22 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC
May 23 at the Tennessee PAC in Nashville, TN
May 25 at the Peabody Opera House inSt. Louis, MO
May 26 at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK
May 27 at the Cannon Center in Memphis, TN
May 29 at The Clyde Theater in Ft. Wayne, IN
May 31 at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI
June 1 at The Palace Theater in St. Paul, MN

Pentatonix

The A Cappella vocal group Pentatonix is releasing their new album “PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. 1” on April 13.

To support the album, the group will be launching a tour of the United States with a stop in Toronto this summer.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale March 9.

July 12 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT
July 14 at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, WA
July 15 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, WA
July 17 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
July 19 at the FIvePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA
July 21 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
July 22 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
July 24 at the Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City, OK
July 25 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR
July 26 at the Starplex Pavilion in Dallas, TX
July 28 at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX
July 29 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
July 31 at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA
Aug 2 at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham, AL
Aug 4 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Aug 5 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 7 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
Aug 9 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
Aug 11 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
Aug 12 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
Aug 14 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
Aug 15 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY
Aug 20 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Aug 22 at he Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 23 at the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY
Aug 25 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA
Aug 26 at the XFINITY Theatre n Hartford, CT
Aug 28 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
Aug 30 at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME
Sept 1 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA
Sept 2 at the Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA
Sept 5 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Sept 6 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
Sept 8 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN
Sept 9 at the Allegan County Fair in Allegan, MI
Sept 11 at Harrah’s Council luffs Hotel and Casino in Council Bluffs, IA
Sept 13 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sept 15 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
Sept 16 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL

Metallica

The metal band Metallica has planned a trip around the world with dates beginning in late March in Europe.

Some of the dates have already sold out.

March 27 at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark
March 29 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany
March 31 at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria
April 2 at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic
April 5 at the Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary
April 7 & 9 at the Schleyerhalle in Stuttgart, Germany
April 11 at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland
April 23 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA – Metallica night with the Giants
April 26 at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany
April 28 at the Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland
April 30 at the Arena Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany
May 2 at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway
May 5 & 7 at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden
May 9 & 11 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland
Sept 2 at the Kohl Center in Madison, WI
Sept 4 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Sept 6 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE
Sept 8 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND
Sept 11 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD
Sept 13 at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB
Sept 15 at the Sasktel Centre in Saskatoon, SK
Oct 16 at the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center in Milwaukee, WI
Oct 18 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 20 at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA
Oct 22 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
Oct 27 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Oct 29 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY
Nov 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Nov 28 at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, ID
Nov 30 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 2 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA
Dec 5 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Dec 7 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Dec 9 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA
Jan 18 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
Jan 20 at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, AR
Jan 22 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL
Jan 24 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Jan 28 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Jan 30 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH
Feb 1 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH
Feb 28 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX
March 2 at the United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, TX
March 4 at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, KS
March 6 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
March 9 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisvile, KY
March 11 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
March 13 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI

Day 2 of the Blind Auditions on “The Voice”

It’s night two of the Blind Auditions on season 14 of “The Voice”.

On the premiere Blake and Alicia have already used their one and only block of the season in the new twist of the season.

First up is Davison with the BeeGees hit “To Love Somebody” and got the guys – Adam and Blake – to push their buttons at the same time. Alicia said that Davison was outrageous; adding that his voice had a storyteller energy to it. Saying that he loved the song, Blake said that there was something so vintage about his voice; adding that it was magical and would be honoured to be Davison’s coach. Adam said that Davison embodies what the show is; adding that Davison’s voice speaks to all of them. Adam said that he thinks Davison could win “The Voice”. Davison chose Adam to be his coach.

Sixteen year old Jaclyn Lovey chose “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for her audition and got Alicia and Blake to turn their chairs. Kelly noted that there was no one like Jaclyn on the show. Alicia thought that it was special how Jaclyn’s performance was simple and pure. Blake said that Jaclyn’s voice made you feel everything. Jaclyn chose Alicia to be her coach.

Seventeen year old Sophia Dion chose “What a Man” for her audition but failed to turn any chairs. Kelly noted that she was very close to turning her chair but while the arrangement was cool, she was waiting for something. Blake said that Sophia needed to clean the song up a bit, specifically making it so people could understand what she was saying. There were clips of other no performances where nerves got the best of them, the song got away from them, or it was a bad song choice.

Molly Stevens chose “Heavenly Day” for her audition and got Blake and Kelly to turn their chairs early in the song. Kelly noted that Blake is not the only coach on the show who can help Country music artists. Kelly said that Molly doesn’t sound like every other Country music artist. Blake said that it was fun to watch Molly perform. Molly chose Kelly to be her coach.

Former Boy Band member Dylan Hartigan chose “Danny’s Song” for his audition but had to wait until near the end of the song before Kelly pushed her button. Kelly said that he had a solid voice; adding that she couldn’t wait to see what was in his arsenal. Kelly has shirts for her team members.

The final artist of the night was Pryor Baird with “I Don’t Need No Doctor” and got Adam to turn his chair early in the song. Blake and Alicia came next with Kelly making it the first four chair turn of the season. Kelly said that she loves it all. Adam said Pryor was singular and unitque the way he played the guitar. Blake said that Pryor was an incredible vocalist; adding Pryor was born with that weathered sound. Pryor sat on the stage and Adam sat beside his chair. Alicia said that Pryor had such a power and range to his voice. Pryor chose Blake to be his coach.

“The Voice” returns next week with more blind auditions.

Alicia’s team:
Britton Buchanan
Kelsea Johnson
Jaclyn Lovey

Kelly’s team:
Brynn Cartelli
D. R. King
Justin Gilmore
Molly Stevens
Dylan Hartigan

Adam’s team:
Rayshaun LaMarr
Drew Cole
Davison

Blake’s team:
Kyla Jade
Kaleb Lee
Pryor Baird

The Rat Pack – Together Again

Known as The Rat Pack Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, and Joey Bishop entertained and thrilled millions of fans for decades before they passed on.

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The days of the original Rat Pack like the era of the Variety Show are gone, but their spirit lives on with performers like Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack.

In a two night event, The Rat Pack returned – were returned to Earth from above in a clash of thunder – for one more engagement together – on February 23 & 24 at The Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.

After Joey, Sammy, Dean, and Frank opened the show with a group musical performance, Joey Bishop launched into a comedic monologue that at times included the unsuspecting audience as Joey unleashed his roast worthy imporov on the packed house.

 

Earning a reputation for being a lush, Dean Martin played on the fact with a little comedy before getting the audience involved in a rendition of ”That’s Amore” that included him coming down into the audience.

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Next up was Sammy Davis Jr with “Black Magic” and “What Kind of Fol Am I” before Dean joined him for “Sam’s Song” that Dean tried to turn into “Dean’s Song”.

Helping to “celebrate” Chinese New Year, Joey came out dressed as an Asian – bad accent and all.

 

Sammy performed a bit of “Mr. Bojangles” and “Will I Still Be Me” before Frank took the stage for a medley of “Come Fly With Me”, “Fly Me to the Moon”, “That’s All”, “The Best is Yet to Come”, “You Make Me Feel So Young”, and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”.

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Suddenly Joey was in the audience playing a heckler and hawking the group’s merchandise.

Sammy comes out dressed as the Lone Ranger, then Dean comes out dressed as Tonto and Joey comes out dressed as an Indian. After a few jokes Franks runs them off the stage and sings “For Once in My Life”.

Noting that he has a reputation as a ladies man, Frank admitted that there has been only one true love in his entire life. Representing a composite of the women in Frank’s life, Lisa Miller performed with Frank.

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After a “drink” and toasts from the guys, they performed a very appropriate song for a casino – “Luck Be a Lady” from “Guys and Dolls”. Sammy and the guys sang “Mack the Knife” and added their own words.

No performance from Frank Sinatra would be complete without performances of “My Way” and “New York, New York”. They ended the show with “Birth of the Blues”.

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In this world of heightened sensitivity and political correctness, it was a pleasant change to just let go for a bit. While not politically charged the jokes were very risque but kept the house roaring with laughter and singing along with the songs for a good time that will not be soon forgotten.

Joe Bonamassa

A man who spends a great deal of time on the road touring the globe, Blues master Joe Bonamassa has planned some tour dates in Europe and the United States this year and into the net.

Aug 7 at the Orpheum Theatre in Omaha, NE
Aug 9-11 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Sept 22 at the Helsinki Ice Hall in Helsinki, Finland
Sept 24 at the HOVET in Stockholm, Sweden
Sept 26 at the LISEBERGHLLEN in Gothenburg, Sweden
Sept 28 at the Spektrum Arena in Oslo, Norway
Sept 29 at the Opera House in Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct 1 at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany
Oct 2 at the Konig-Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany
Oct 3 at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Hermany
Oct 5 at the Esperantohalle in Fulda, Germay
Oct 6 at the Rittal Arena in Wetzlar, Germany
Oct 8 at the Ratiopharm Arena in Neu-Ulm, Germany
Oct 9 at the Rockhal in Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg
Oct 11 at the Plymouth Pavilions in Plymouth, UK
Oct 12 at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, UK
Oct 13 at the International Centre in Bournemouth, UK
Oct 26 & 27 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY
Oct 29 at the Grand Theatre in Quebec City, QC
Oct 31 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Nov 2 & 3 at the Sony Centre in Toronto, ON
Nov 4 at the Budweiser Gardens in London, ON
Nov 6 at the Embassy Treatre in Fort Wayne, IN
Nov 7 at the Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH
Nov 9 at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis, IN
Nov 10 at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, MO
Nov 12 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH
Nov 13 at the Palace Theatre in Louisville, KY
Nov 14 at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN
Nov 16 at the Brady Theatre in Tulsa, OK
Nov 17 at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX
Nov 20 at the Tucson Music Hall in Tucson, AZ
Nov 21 at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, CA
Nov 23 at the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach, CA
Nov 24 at the Reno Arts Center in Reno, NV
Nov 25 at the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton, CA
Nov 27 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, OR
Nov 29 & 30 and Dec 1 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC
Feb 15-17 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Feb 19 at the Germain Arena in Ft. Myers, FL
Feb 22 & 23 at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, FL
March 2 at the Savannah Civic Center in Savannah, GA
March 4 at the Charleston Gaillard Center in Charleston, SC
March 5 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium in Knoxville, TN
March 7 at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, IA
March 8 & 9 at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL
March 11 at the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA
March 12 at the Hershey Theatre in Hershey PA
March 14 at the State Theater in New Brunswick, NJ
March 15 at the Modell Performing Arts Center in Baltimore, MD
March 16 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA
March 18 at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC
March 19 at the Altria Theatre in Richmond, VA
March 21 at The Bushnell in Hartford, CT
March 22 & 23 at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury NY
April 24-26 at Royal Albert Hall in London, UK
May 12 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany
May 14 at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle in Dusseldorf, Germany
May 15 at the Festspielhaus in Baden Baden, Germany
May 17 at the MCC Halle in Uhr Munster, Germany
May 18 at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany
May 20 at the Olympiahalle in Munchen, Germany

 

The Rolling Stones

Showing no signs of slowing down, The Rolling Stones have planned yet another tour for Europe this spring and summer.

Tickets are n sale now.

May 17 at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland
May 22 & 25 at London Stadium in London, UK
May 29 at St. Mary’s Stadium i Southampton, UK
June 2 at Ricoh Stadium in Coventry, UK
June 5 at the Trafford Football Stadium in Manchester, UK
June 9 at the BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, UK
June 15 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, UK
June 19 at Twickenham in London, UK
June 22 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany
June 26 at the Orange Velodrome in Marseille, France
June 30 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart, Germany
July 4 at the Letnany Airport in Prague, Czech Republic
July 8 at the PGE Narodowy Stadium in Warsaw, Poland

Season 14 of ‘The Voice’ Premieres

A new season of “The Voice” begins with a new coach and a new group of singing hopefuls.

Season 14 brings back Adam Levine and Blake Shelton with season 12 winning coach Alicia Keys and the original “American Idol” winner and three time Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson.

The new season also features new chairs…and a big twist. The chairs have a blcok button that allows each coach one chance to block a fellow coach from getting a singer. But the blocked coach will not know right away that they have been blcoked.

Getting the blind auditions started is Norht Carolina native Britton Buchanan his guitar for “Trouble”. Blake and Alicia pushed their buttons but someone blocked Adam. Blake said that it wasn’t him. Alicia called Britton genuine with honest in his music. Kelly said that Britton was good. Finally admitting that he blocked Adam, Blake said that Britton was intense in his performance. Britton chose Alicia to be his coach.

Kelly called Blake a good liar.

The next singer is 14 year old Brynn Cartelli with “Beneath Your Beautiful”. Kelly pushed her button but Blake waited until the last note before he turned his chair. Kelly said that Brynn has a lot of elements to her voice. Alicia added that Brynn has a beautiful voice. Blake noted that he has had more success with young female artists than any other coach on the show. Brynn chose Kelly to be her coach.

Cancer survivor Rayshaun LeMarr sings in the band The Sound Connecton. He chose the Journey hit “Don’t Stop Believing” for his audition and had Adam pushing his button after just a few notes with Alicia following right behind him. Adad called Rayshaun’s performance amazing and it is sheer blis to hear him sing. Alicia said that Rayshaun sang with so much hoy; adding that she was ready for her second win as Rayshaun’s coach. Alicia went up on the stage and gave Rayshaun a hug. Kelly said that it was awesome to see Rayshaun living what he sang. Blake noted that Rayshaun has earned this moment. Rayshaun chose Adam to be his coach.

Background and session singer Kyla Jade has sung with Wynona Judd, Carrie Underwood, and it currently with Jennifer Hudson. She chose the Aretha Franklin song “See Saw” for her audition. Blake and Kelly turned their chairs for Kyla. Adam said that Kyla was amazing. Alicia said that Kyla had a flawless way of hitting the notes. Kelly said that she loves everything about Kyla. Blake noted that his first win was with one of Alicia’s background singers. Kyla chose Blake to be her coach.

Pool tech and worship leader Blaise Raccuglia failed to turn any chairs with his performance of “Wanted”. Kelly noted that Blaise had round tones when he sang but was a bit pitchy; adding that she could feel that his nerves got the best of him. Blake noted that the performance didn’t feel completely put together. Alicia also noted that while Blaise has a beautiful voice, his nerves got the better of him.

Kelsea Johnson chose “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” for her audition and got Adam, Kelly, and Alicia to turn their chairs. Saying that his backside needs kicking for not turning his chair, Blake said that Kelsea was really good. Adam called the performance absolutely stunning. Kelly said that hands down, Kelsea could make a record right now and have a career. Alicia said that Kelsea has a gift; adding she believes that they could win together. Kelsea chose Alicia to be her coach.

Drew Cole chose “Sex and Candy” for his audition and had Adam pushing his button after only a few notes; later in the song Blake also pushed his button. Adam said that Drew wasn’t a voice but “The Voice”; adding that Drew could go way beyond the competition. Blake said that it was unbelievable the way Drew navigated his voice through the song. Drew chose Adam to be his coach.

D.R. King sang “Believe” for his audition and got Kelly and Blake to turn their chairs. Kelly loved the soul D.R. brought to the song; adding that he took a song they all knew and made it his own. Calling D.R. A super special man, Alicia noted that something magical was going to happen for him. Adam noted that it took a special quality to fill a room with their voice. Saying that D.R. Has a natural gift, Blake called D.R.’s voice explosive. D.R. Chose Kelly to be his coach.

Father of three Kaleb Lee sang “Never Wanted Nothing More” for his audition and got Blake and Kelly to turn their chairs. Kelly noted that she would be a really good coach for him. Blake said that Kaleb’s voice and style reminded him of the Texas red dirt Country music; adding that his voice would stand out on Country radio. After consulting with his children, Kaleb chose Blake to be his coach.

Makenzie Thomas chose “Redbone” by Childish Gambino for her audition but failed to turn any chairs. Adam noted that she has a lot of magic in her voice but things just got away from her. Alicia noted that she had such a vibe and energy about her.

In the final audition of the night, Justin Gilmore performed “Tomorrow” for his audition. Kelly was the first to push her button, followed by Alicia – who also blocked Blake, and Adam. Kelly and Adam celebrated that Blake had been blocked. Alicia said that Justin moved her spirit. After noting that he was inspired by Reba, Kelly got very excited (Reba McEntire is her mother in law). Kelly noted that her goal is to achieve longevity with an artist. Adam noted that he wouldn’t be mad is someone else was chosen for a coach because it wouldn’t be Blake. Justin chose Kelly to be his coach.

Alicia’s team:
Britton Buchanan
Kelsea Johnson

Kelly’s team:
Brynn Cartelli
D. R. King
Justin Gilmore

Adam’s team:
Rayshaun LaMarr
Drew Cole

Blake’s team:
Kyla Jade
Kaleb Lee

Young Stars Shine in Hard Rock Event

TV talent shows aren’t the only places to find and showcase young and up and coming musicians, local venues also offer a place to see and hear good music.

On Feb 23 the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York featured the music of area artists with 13 year old Ally Marella and Noah Moses.

Getting the night of music started was Ally who performed as her vocal coach Zach Carr played the keyboard, sang with a music track, and played the keyboard herself as she sang.

Ally’s set included “every Breath You Take”, “I Will Always Love You”, “Stay” by Rihanna, “Hero”, “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith, and the original song “Take Me Away”.

Then Noah took the stage with Lex on bass and Steve on drums for some rocking Blues that not only had Noah playing the guitar and singing, but also offering up some pretty impressive harmonica playing.

His performance included “When Love Comes to Town”, “Whammer Jammer” by The J. Geils Band, his favourite Allman Brothers song “Soulshine”, and the original song “Restless Blues”.

Ally Marella returned to the stage for another set that included the original songs “Brave” and “By Your Side”, “And I’m Telling You”, “You Raise Me Up”, and “All of Me”.

When Noah returned to the stage to finish out the night it became a family jam as he filled the stage with brothers and more rocking Blues with a performance that included the song “Forward Something” – a song that the band had just completed the video for less than an hour before taking the stage and the original song “From the Water”.

During the night Ally and Noah helped to keep the full house rocking and showing what is in store for the future of the musical culture of western New York.

The Kids are All Right!”

BPO: Schumann, Beethoven, and Guests

Classical music is often thougtht to be soothing and relaxing. There have even been occasions when the music produced on the stage has lulled a concert goer to sleep.

But such cannot be said of a concert with Rebecca Miler behind the baton. While she calls California home, Miller has enthralled audiences around the world with her unique and energetic style of conducting.

On February 23 and 24 Miller was the guest conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Schumann and Beethoven concert.

Going far beyond just waving the baton, Miller made sweeping movements with her arms, moved up and down with the beat, and even jumped up and down as she conducted in a performance worthy of an aerobic workout. While not cartoony, Miller brought visions of a rabbit bouncing up and down.

The BPO opened the concert with “Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56A” by Johannes Brahms.

After a short break to reset the stage wit the grand piano for a guest performance, Julliard School of Music graduate Fei-Fei Dong gave a masterful performance of the “Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 54” by Robert Schumann. As expected from a student from the Julliard School of Music, Dong was a technical master; but she was also very passionate in her performance and expressed feeling as her fingers sometimes glided and at other times flew across the keyboard with a light touch.

For an encore, Dong performed the “Turkish March” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

After the intermission, Miller and the BPO returned to the stage for a rousing performance of “Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60” by Ludwig von Beethoven.

With Rebecca Miller taking the podium for the Schumann and Beethoven concert with the BPO, it was a musical event filled with sights and sounds.

Pints for Progress Holds Community Event

With funding for community projects at a premium everywhere, a group of citizens in Niagara Falls, New York created Pints for Progress as an answer to the problem.

On February 21 Pints for Progress held their 23rd event since forming in 2013 at the Hard Rock Cafe. This unique fundraising event brings citizens together not only to raise funding for a community project, but to have a say in which project that money will go toward.

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Attendees paid $10 and received an adult beverage, food, and one vote. Once everyone had an opportunity to eat, community organizations…and individuals…who were seeking funding for their projects, spoke on those endeavours in hopes of convincing the audience of the worthiness of their project. Once all of the projects had been presented, the audience cast their votes. The winning project received the funds collected during the night for their project.

For this event there were three proposals presents to the crowd…

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Realizing that once school let out for the summer many of Niagara Falls’ younger citizens had no outlets to occupy their time so track coach Willie formed the Niagara Track and Field Club. While it began as a way for area youth to fill their time, the club has since expanded to accept people of all ages.

Entering track meets all around western New York and beyond, every athlete who has competed at a meet has finished the race no lower than the top three positions.

This year Willie is seeking funding to aid with expenses for an international track meet being held in Rochester this summer.

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Next up was Silence Breakers which has been created in reaction to the #MeToo movement on social media. Noting that the internet can be such an impersonal medium, Silence Breakers are seeking to bring the human element back into the issue by bringing the stories to life via poetry, song, dance, and other performance medium. The group was asking for aid in helping to bring the project to life.

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The final proposal of the night featured something that is often buried beneath mounds of snow for several months of the year – Community Gardens…most specifically the Rose Garden in Hyde Park.

Nora was asking for help in purchasing garden tools and equipment that would allow community volunteers to restore and maintain the Rose Garden.

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Once the votes were in, the project that received the most votes and the $490 collected during the event was the Rose Garden project in Hyde Park.

While area residents gathered and ate, western New York musician Zack Ward provided some musical entertainment. Singing and playing his guitar, Zack’s set list included “Here Comes the Sun”, “Layla”, “Stuck in the Middle with You”, “Kodachrome”, “My Girl”, “Thinking Out Loud”, “A Little Help from My Friends”, “You Got a Friend”, “Pinball Wizard”, and “I’m a Believer”.

Winter Olympics – Final Medal Count

Seventeen days ago the world came together to celebrate the XXIIIrd Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Before the events even began, it was clear that these Games would be a history making event when a divided country came together as one…at least for a short time…when North and South Korea joined to form a single women’s hockey team.

But the games have not been without controversy. Though they were allowed only to compete under the Olympic flag and not their native flag, Russian athletes were allowed to participate in the games. Due to doping issues, Russia has been banned from Olympic competition. During these games it was discovered that two Russian athletes tested positive for banned substances.

Along with the historic coming together of the two Koreas, the Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang also set a number of records – the most athletes, the most countries, and a new record was set for the most medals won by a single country. The games this year featured 102 medal events.

In the final medal count for the 23rd Winter Olympic games athletes from 30 nations are bringing home awards of valour for their athletic prowess.

Setting the record, Norway tops the list of total medals. Germany and Norway tied for the most gold medals won with 14 each. Canada was the only other country to reach double digits in gold medals with eleven.

Final Total Medal Count:
Norway – 39
Germany – 31
Canada – 29
United States – 23
Netherlands – 20
Olympic Athletes from Russia – 18
South Korea – 17
Switzerland – 15
France – 15
Sweden – 14
Austria – 14
Japan – 13
Italy – 10
China – 9
Czech republic – 7
Finland – 6
United Kingdom – 5
Belarus – 3
Slovakia – 3
Australia – 3
Poland – 2
Slovenia – 2
New Zealand – 2
Spain – 2
Hungary – 1
Ukraine – 1
Belgium – 1
Kazakhstan – 1
Latvia – 1
Liechtenstein – 1

Long Awaited Win in Atlanta Motor Speedway

After the wild ride that was the Daytona 500, the Monster Energy Cup Series moves to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

Even before the race has begun the drama has started. NASCAR penalized drivers who cannot make it through the inspection process in a timely manner. But also in the rule book it states that any team who cannot pass inspection after the third try will also loose a crew member.

After failing pre-qualifying inspection three times, the number 78 car driven by Monster Energy Cup Series Champion Martin Truex Jr will run the race without his car chief and will have to start the race at the back of the field because he was not allowed to make a qualifying run. Harrison Rhodes also did not make a qualifying run and will start the race from the back of the field.

NASCAR and FOX announced a time change for the race in order to try and beat the inclement weather that was expected; however mother nature had other plans and came earlier and the start of the race has been delayed while NASCAR dries the track.

Only 36 teams brought cars to Atlanta this week for the race; the lowest number of cars in a Monster Energy Cup Series race since 1996.

After three rounds of qualifying that put several top drivers in the back of the field, Kyle Busch puts his number 18 M&Ms/Snickers car on the pole.

The starting lineup for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500:
Kyle Busch
Ryan Newman
Kevin Harvick
Daniel Suarez
Brad Keselowski
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kurt Busch
Kyle Larson
Clint Bowyer
Erik Jones
Aric Almirola
Denny Hamlin
Jamie McMurray
Kasey Kahne
Paul Menard
Joey Logano
Michael McDowell
Alex Bowman
Darrell Wallace Jr
Trevor Bayne
AJ Allmendinger
Jimmie Johnson
William Byron
Chris Buescher
Austin Dillon – moved to the back of the field for a gear change
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Ty Dillon
David Ragan
Matt DiBenedetto
Gray Gaulding
Cole Whitt
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Ross Chastain
Martin Truex Jr
Harrison Rhodes

NASCAR has announced a competition caution for lap 30. NASCAR considers it a complete race after they have reached the end of stage two.

Stages one and two of the race will be 85 laps each with stage three lasting 155 laps for a total of 325 laps around the mile and a half track.

After a rain delay of a little over two hours, the track is dry and the drivers are ready to race.

After winning his first Atlanta pole, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race but it is Ryan Newman who gets out in front for to lead the first lap.

Lap three and Ryan Newman has pulled out to a lead of three quarters of a second.

Lap six Ryan Newman continues to lead the race by three quarters of a second over Kyle Busch with Daniel Suarez in third, Brad Keselowski in fourth, and Kurt Busch in fifth.

Lap nine Ryan Newman holds on to his three quarters of a second lead over Kyle Busch.

After starting at the back of the field, Austin Dillon has moved up to 21st place in 13 laps and Martin Truex Jr has moved up to 15th.

Lap 14 Ryan Newman has increased his lead to over a second on Kyle Busch; Daniel Suarez is in third, with Kevin Harvick in fourth.

Lap 19 Kyle Busch passes Ryan Newman for the lead.

Lap 21 Kevin Harvick passes Kyle Busch for the lead with Ryan Newman in third, Kurt Busch in fourth, and Daniel Suarez in fifth. Ryan Truex Jr is in the top 10 in eighth place. Austin Dillon is in eighteenth.

Lap 23 Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of a second on Kyle Busch.

Chase Elliott is reporting a brake vibration.

Lap 25 Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Kyle Busch.

Lap 27 there are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 28 Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds as the teams on pit road prepare for the upcoming pit stops.

Jeffrey Earnhardt brings his car down pit road with a flat tire.

The competition caution flag flies at the end of lap 30, erasing a Kevin Harvick lead of over two seconds.

The flat tire from Jeffrey Earnhardt’s car was shredded.

With a pit stop of 14.9 seconds Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road with Kyle Busch right behind him after a 15 second pit stop.

After Harrison Rhodes got the “lucky dog” only Jeffrey Earnhardt and Gray Gaulding are laps down.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 36 and holds on to the lead of the race with Ryan Newman in second, Martin Truex Jr in third, and Joey Logano in fourth.

Lap 37 Kevin Harvick has already pulled out to a half second lead over Ryan Newman.

Lap 39 Kevin Harvick’s lead is a half second over Ryan Neman with Martin Truex Jr in third, Joey Logano in fourth, and Kurth Busch in fifth. Pole sitter Kyle Busch is in seventh.

Lap 42 Martin Truex Jr passes Ryan Newman for second place with Kevin Harvick continuing to lead the race.

Lap 46 Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half over Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 50 Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to over two seconds on Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman is in third, Kyle Busch is fourth and Kurt Busch is in fifth.

Lap 57 Kevin Harvick continues to dominate at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a two and a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 58 all four the of the Stewart-Hass Racing cars are in the top 10 – 1st, fourth, fifth, and ninth.

Lap 60 Kevin Harvick now has a three second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 63 Kevin Harvick leads Martin Truex Jr by three seconds with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 64 Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to nearly four seconds on Martin Truex Jr.

Fifteen laps remaining in stage one and the top five are Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Kurt Busch.

Kevin Harvick is running away with the race, he has a lead of nearly five seconds on Martin Truex Jr.

Eleven laps remaining in stage one, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over four and a half seconds on team mate Clint Bowyer with Martin Truex Jr in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Brad Keselowski in fifth. There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Joey Logano is reporting a vibration.

Seven laps remaining in stage one and Kevin Harvick’s lead is down to three and a half seconds over Clint Bowyer.

Lap 80 Ryan Newman brings his car down pit road after hitting the wall.

Kevin Harvick’s lead is back over four seconds on Clint Bowyer. There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 82 Kevin Harvick’s lead is now over five seconds with only 18 cars on the lead lap. Harvick has now put half the field a lap down.

Kevin Harvick wins stage one by over six seconds.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Bread Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Aric Almirola
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano

After Erik Jones misses being lapped by inches, Jimmie Johnson is the “lucky dog”.

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road. Kevin Harvick came out in sixth place.

Ryan Blaney was charged with a crew member coming over the wall too soon, Erik Jones ran over an air hose, and Alex Bowman was caught speeding on pit road.

Kevin Harvick’s team has an issue with the air gun.

Kevin Harvick has to restart the race the last car on the lead lap in 19th after having to make a second trip down pit road to ensure all the lug nuts were tight.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 94 and pulls out in front of Martin Truex Jr for the lead.

Kyle Busch has a track bar issue and cannot make adjustments from within his car.

Lap 98 Brad Keselowski is getting challenged by Kurt Busch who is only a tenth of a second behind in second.

Kevin Harvick is in 15th place as he begins to move through the field after the restart.

Lap 101 Kurt Busch passes Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Lap 109 Kurt Busch has a second and a half lead over Brad Keselowski. Kevin Harvick has moved up to eighth place.

Lap 113 Kurt Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Brad Keselowski. Kevin Harvick is now in seventh place.

Lap 120 Kurt Busch has a half second lead on Brad Keselowski. Kevin Harvick is now in third place less than two seconds behind.

Lap 125 Kurt Busch’s lead is down to less than half a second on Brad Keselowski with Brad Keselowski in second and Kevin Harvick in third.

Lap 125 drivers get three wide for the lead with Kurt Busch holding on to the lead.

Lap 126 Kevin Harvick passes Kurt Busch to retake the lead of the race.

Kyle Larson brings his car down pit road with a tight condition.

Martin Truex Jr also brings his car down pit road for service beginning a cycle of green flag pit stops.

Several teams are reporting handling issues.

Lap 127 Kevin Harvick has already pulled out to a lead of three quarters of a second over Brad Keselowski.

Lap 131 Kyle Busch is the only car on the lead lap because he was the only driver who has yet to pit.

Once Kyle Busch pits, Kevin Harvick will resume the lead of the race.

Lap 137 Kevin Harvick has a one second lead on Brad Keselowski with Kurt Busch in third, Kyle Larson in fourth, and Martin Truex Jr in fifth. There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 140 Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Brad Keselowski.

With 26 laps remaining in stage two, Jimmie Johnson goes a lap down in 19th place.

Lap 145 Kevin Harvick is leading by two seconds.

Lap 153 Kevin Harvick leads by over two and half seconds and continues to lap cars – there are only 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 155 Kevin Harvick leads by nearly three seconds with Brad Keselowski in second, Kurt Busch in third, Denny Hamlin in fourth, and Kyle Larson in fifth. There are 16 cars on the lead lap.

Jimmie Johnson brings the caution flag out on 159 when he spins out after a possible tire issue.

With the end of the stage less than 20 laps away, drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

During his pit stop, Martin Truex Jr’s team had an issue with getting the lug nuts tight. The team is reporting an air gun issue.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart with only seven laps remaining in stage two. After a bad restart, Kevin Harvick falls back to fifth place.

Lap 165 Brad Keselowski has a one second lead on Kurth Busch with Kyle Busch in third, Joey Logano in fourth, and Kevin Harvick in fifth.

Brad Keselowski wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Daniel Suarez

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for fresh tires and service.

Kurt Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 178 and holds on to the lead. Kevin Harvick restarts the race in fifth place.

After getting the “lucky dog”, Alex Bowman had to make a green flag pit stop with a tire issue

Lap 182 Kurt Busch holds on to the lead with Brad Keselowski in second one second behind.

Lap 184 Kurt Busch holds on to the lead but Kevin Harvick has moved up to third place.

Lap 188 Kurt Busch has a one second lead on Brad Keselowski.

Teams have been told that there is more rain on the way and they are racing the weather – anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour.

With 131 laps to go Kurt Busch is being challenged by Brad Keselowski for the lead. Kevin Harvick is in third.

With 127 to go Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski battle it back and forth for the lead with Kevin Harvick a third of a second behind.

With 124 to go, Kevin Harvick passes Kurt Busch for second and is only half a second behind leader Brad Keselowski.

Spotters are chattering about rain drops, but so far nothing on the track.

One hundred and twenty to go, Brad Keselowski holds on to the lead with Kevin Harvick in second, Kurt Busch in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Clint Bowyer in fifth.

With 116 laps remaining in the race, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick briefly swapped the lead but Keselowski holds on to the lead of the race by a narrow margin.

There are 114 laps remaining in the race, drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

With 108 laps to go, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano are the only drivers who have not made a pit stop.

Denny Hamlin leads the race with Joey Logano in second, Kevin Harvick in third, Brad Keselowski in fourth, and Kyle Busch in fifth.

When Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano finally made their pit stop, Kevin Harvick had pulled within eight seconds of the leaders.

Kevin Harvick takes over the lead of the race with 99 laps remaining in the race when Hamlin and Logano come down pit road.

With 92 laps remaining in the race Kevin Harvick has his number four Ford out in front of the field.

With 85 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has a seven second lead on Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch is in third, Clint Bowyer in fourth, and Kurt Busch in fifth.

After their pit stops Denny Hamlin is up to eighth place and Joey Logano is in eleventh.

Eighty to go and Kevin Harvick had a lead of nearly eight seconds on Brad Keselowski. There are only eleven cars on the lead lap.

Only 76 laps to go, Kyle Larson is the first driver to make a green flag pit stop as he begins the next cycle of pit stops.

When Kevin Harvick makes his pit stop, Denny Hamlin takes over the lead of the race.

There are 66 laps remaining in the race with 10 cars on the lead lap. Kevin Harvick returns to the track in third place behind Hamlin and Joey Logano. Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

With 62 laps to go, Denny Hamlin has a lead of less than three seconds over Kevin Harvick.

With 60 laps to go Kevin Harvick has closed the lead to less than a second and passes Denny Hamlin to take over the lead of the race.

One lap later, Kevin Harvick has pulled out ot a lead of over a second.

With 58 laps remaining in the race Kevin Harvick’s lead is now two and a half seconds over Denny Hamlin with Brad Keselowski in third, Joey Logano in fourth, and Kyle Busch in fifth.

With 56 to go, Kevin Harvick’s lead is not up to three and a half seconds over Denny Hamlin.

With 51 laps to go Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano bring their cars down pit road for service.

Kevin Harvick has a lead of over 10 seconds on Brad Keselowski with Clint Bowyer in third, and Kyle Busch in fourth.

There are only eight cars on the lead lap.

There are 46 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has a 10 second lead on Brad Keselowski with Clint Bowyer in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Kyle Larson in fifth with six cars on the lead lap.

Forty two to go, Kevin Harvick’s lead is nearly eleven seconds with five cars on the lead lap.

Forty to go, fifth place driver Kyle Larson makes a pit stop to begin the next cycle of green flag pit stops.

Kevin Harvick’s lead is now over 12 seconds.

Thirty eight to go, Kevin Harvick makes his green flag pit stop. Denny Hamlin resumes the lead less than three seconds ahead of Harvick.

AJ Allmendinger brings his car down pit road with a flat tire.

With 35 laps to go, Kevin Harvick passes Denny Hamlin for the lead and quickly pulls out to a lead of over a second.

There are nine cars on the lead lap.

Trevor Bayne brings out the caution flag when his engine blows up with only 29 laps remaining in the race. Trevor Bayne left a massive amount of smoke when his engine blew.

Bubba Wallace’s car also has some significant damage to his car when he makes contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr after getting caught up in the smoke from Bayne’s car.

With 26 laps to go the drivers comes down pit road for service. There are only nine cars on the lead lap

Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 21 laps remaining in the race. Kevin Harvick gets out in front of the field while drivers are getting three and four wide behind him.

Twenty laps to go and Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Brad Keselowski.

Eighteen to go and Harvick’s lead is over a second on Keselowski.

Fifteen to go, Harvick’s lead is over a second and a half.

There are 14 cars on the lead lap.

Ten to go, Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds.

Eight to go, Harvick has a lead of nearly three seconds on Brad Keselowski.

Five to go, Kevin Harvick has a lead of two and a half seconds over Brad Keselowski.

Three to go and Kevin Harvick has a three second lead on Brad Keselowski with 13 cars on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick takes the white flag.

In a win that hasn’t happened since he began driving in the Monster Energy Cup Series, Kevin Harvick wins the race for his second win at Atlanta.

Making his victory lap, Kevin Harvick gave a salute to Dale Earnhardt Sr. In 2001 Richard Childress asked Harvick to take over driving duties in what became the 29 car after the death of Dale Earnhardt Sr at Daytona. Harvick went on to a very emotional win in Atlanta for his first Cup win. While he has dominated a number of races, Harvick has not won a race in Atlanta until today.

The unofficial results of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500:
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Clint Bowyer
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Erik Jones
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Paul Menard
William Byron
Jamie McMurray
Aex Bowman
Kasey Kahne
Ryan Newman
David Ragan
Michael McDowell
Chris Buescher
Ty Dillon
Jimmie Johnson
Cole Whitt
AJ Allmendinger
Ross Chastain
Matt DiBenedetto
Darrell Wallace Jr
Harrison Rhodes
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Trevor Bayne
Gray Gaulding

And the rains came down…

Winter Olympics Medal Count – Day 15

On this final full day of competition at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea; Norway adds to their total medal count with Germany retaking the number two spot; followed by Canada, the United States, and the Netherlands. The top spot for gold medals is a tie between Norway and Germany with 14 each.

Belgium earned a silver medal to make it a total of 30 countries who have earned medals in these Olympic winter games.

Total Medal Count:
Norway – 39
Germany – 31
Canada – 29
United States – 23
Netherlands – 20
Olympic Athletes from Russia – 18
South Korea – 17
Switzerland – 15
France – 15
Sweden – 14
Austria – 14
Japan – 13
Italy – 10
China – 9
Czech Republic – 7
Finland – 6
United Kingdom – 5
Belarus – 3
Slovakia – 3
Australia – 3
Poland – 2
Slovenia – 2
New Zealand – 2
Spain – 2
Hungary – 1
Ukraine – 1
Belgium – 1
Kazakhstan – 1
Latvia – 1
Liechtenstein – 1

Trucks Go Overtime in Atlanta

In part Atlanta double header, the Camping world Truck Series runs the Active Pest Control 200.

After two rounds of qualifying, Kyle Busch wins the pole driving one of his own trucks.

The starting lineup for the Active Pest Control 200: Kyle Busch
Matt Crafton
Noah Gragson
Spencer Davis
Justin Haley
Dalton Sargeant
Stewart Friesen
Cody Coughlin
Johnny Sauter
Brett Moffitt
Joe Nemechek
Jesse Little
Austin Dillon
Ben Rhodes
Bo Lemastus
Grant Enfinger
Parker Kligerman
Austin Hill
Myatt Snider
Austin Wayne Self
Korbin Forrister
Justin Fontaine
Akinori Ogata
Josh Reaume
Jordan Anderson
Joey Gase
Robby Lyons
Norm Benning
Wendell Chavous
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Clay Greenfield
Scott Stenzel

Timothy Viens and Travis Kvapil did not qualify for the race.

Stages one and two of the race are 40 laps each with stage three lasting 50 laps for a total of 130 trips around the mile and a half track.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out Matt Crafton for the lead of the race but Noah Gragson jumps around his boss Kyle Busch for the lead.

The first caution flag comes out on lap two when Norm Benning gets loos and spins out flat spotting his tires.

Korbin Forrister and Wendell Chavous jumped ahead on the start of the race before the green flag waved; as a result, they will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap six with Gragson holding on to the lead of the race as the drivers get three wide across the track.

The top five are Noah Gragson, Matt Crafton, Kyle Busch, Cody Coughlin, and Spencer Davis.

Lap eight Kyle Busch passes Matt Crafton for second with Noah Gragson holding on to the lead by nearly half a second.

Lap 15 Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch.

Ben Rhodes is reporting a possible engine issue.

Lap 19 Noah Granson’s lead is now over two seconds on Matt Crafton with Kyle Busch in third, Ben Rhodes in fourth, and Brett Moffitt in fifth.

Lap 26 Noah Gragson continues to dominate the race with a lead of over a second on Matt Crafton. Ben Rhodes is in third, Kyle Busch is in fourth and Brett Moffitt is in fifth.

Lap 30 Noah Gragson has a lead of a second and a half on Matt Crafton.

Justin Haley has a flat tire and has to bring his truck down pit road for new tires. He is now two laps down.

Five laps remaining in the stage and Noah Gragson continues to dominate the stage with a lead of two seconds on Matt Crafton.

Noah Gragson wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Noah Gragson
Matt Crafton
Kyle Busch
Brett Moffitt
Jeffe Little
Ben Rhodes
Johnny Sauter
Grant Enfinger
Stewart Friesen
Spencer Davis

Matt Crafton wins the race off of pit road. Noah Gragson had some pit road issues and came off of pit road back in the field.

Stewart Friesen’s team was charged with the pit crew coming over the pit wall too soon.

Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green falg start of stage two on lap 48 but gets a challenge from Johnny Sauter for the lead with the two drivers swapping the lead back and forth for a few laps with Joohnny Sauter taking the lead on lap 52. Kyle Busch has moved into second place.

Lap 53 Kyle Busch passes Sauter for the lead of the race.

Ben Rhodes is still reporting engine issues. He was charged with having too many crew members over the pit wall during the pit stop.

Lap 57 Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with Johnny Sauter in second, Brett Moffitt in third, Matt Crafton in fourth, and Grant Enfinger in fifth.

The caution flag comes out on lap 60 for debris on the track.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 63 but gets challenged by Brett Moffitt for the lead of the race. Busch holds him off and holds on to the lead.

Lap 68 Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Brett Moffitt with Johnny Sauter in third, Matt Craafton in fourth, and Noah Gragson in fifth.

Lap 71 Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over a second on Brett Moffitt.

Six to go in stage two, Kyle Busch’s lead is over a second and a half on Brett Moffitt. Drivers are getting three wide across the track vying for position…and stage points.

With three laps remaining in stage two Johnny Sauter passes Brett Moffitt for second place and sets the fastest time in the field. Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with a lead of over a second.

Kyle Busch wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Johnny Sauter
Brett Moffitt
Matt Crafton
Noah Grafson
Grant Enfinger
Spencer Davis
Jesse Little
Parker Kligerman
Dalton Sargeant

Johnny Sauter wins the race off of pit road with Kyle Busch coming out second.

Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 87 with Johnny Sauter holding on to the lead of the race.

Matt Crafton challenges Johnny Sauter of the lead.

With 40 laps remaining in the race Johnny Sauter holds on to the lead by less than half a second on Matt Crafton.

Kyle Busch passes Matt Crafton for second.

With 37 laps remaining in the race Kyle Busch is one again in the lead of the race with Johnny Sauter in second, Ben Rhodes in third, and Matt Crafton in fourth. Jesse Little rounds out the top five.

With 33 laps remaining in the race Kyle Busch holds on to the lead over Johnny Sauter.

Thirty to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Johnny Sauter; Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Twenty six to go, Kyle Busch hold on to the lead by a second and a half over Johnny Sauter.

With 22 laps to go Kyle Busch holds on to his second and a half lead on Johnny Sauter with Ben Rhodes, Brett Moffitt, and Matt Crafton in the top five.

Twenty to go, Kyle Busch is still out front with the lead.

Only 15 laps remaining in the race and Kyle Busch is looking to win race number 50 in the CWTS as the trucks race under the lights.

Ten to go, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Johnny Sauter with Brett Moffitt in third, Ben Rhodes in fourth, and Jesse Little in fifth.

With only six laps remaining in the race Josh Reaume brings out the caution flag after he gets loose and hits the wall. He also get hit by Dalton Sargeant when Sargeant didn’t see him through the smoke.

In an attempt to get back out on the track quickly after the pit stop, Kyle Busch’s team did not get all of the lug nuts tightened properly and he lost a wheel.

With an overtime green/white/checker finish, Brett Moffitt jumped out in front of the field and took the checkered flag for his first win.

The unofficial results of the Active Pest Control 200:
Brett Mofitt
Noah Gragson
Johnny Sauter
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Stewart Friesen
Myatt Snider
Jesse Little
Grant Enfinger
Austin Dillon
Parker Kligerman
Joe Nemechek
Spencer Davis
Dalton Sargeant
Austin Wayne Self
Korbin Forrister
Bo Le Mastus
Austin Hill
Justin Fontaine
Cody Coughlin
Kyle Busch
Justin Haley
Wendell Chavous
Jordan Anderson
Robby Lyons
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Josh Reaume
Clay Greenfield
Norm Benning
Akinora Ogata
Joey Gase
Scott Stenzel

 

Xfinity Series: Rinnai 250

In the first race of a double header Saturday, the Xfinity Series runs the Rinnai 250 from Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Chase Elliott will be joining the FOX broadcast crew in the booth for the race.

“Get ‘er done” comedian Larry the Cable Guy will give the command for engine start.

While the Monster Energy Cup Series had more than enough room for all the drivers to race, the Xfinity Series has more than enough teams with 42 drivers for 40 spots and over a third of the drivers have yet to race a lap in Atlanta.

After three rounds of qualifying, Xfinity Series rookie Christopher Bell wins the pole and will bring the field down for the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Rinnai 250:
Christopher Bell
Joey Logano
John Hunter Nemechek
Cole Custer
Kevin Harvick
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Jones
Kyle Benjamin
Austin Cindric
Elliott Sadler
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Reed
Spencer Gallagher
Matt Tifft
Ryan Truex
Ty Dillon
Justin Allgaier
Chase Briscoe
J.J. Yeley
Kaz Grala
Michael Annett
Jeremy Clements
BJ McLeod
Ross Chastain
Ryan Sieg
Tommy Joe Martins
Jeff Green
Dylan Lipton
TimmyHill
Joey Gase
Morgan Shepherd
Garrett Smithley
Alex Labbe
Chad Finchum
Spencer Boyd
David Starr
Josh Williams
Stephen Leicht
Vinnie Miller
Matt Mills

Josh Bilicki and Mike Harmon failed to qualify for the race.

Stages one and two of the race are 40 laps each with stage three lasting 83 laps.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and gets out in front of the field for the lead but before the end of lap one Joey Logano takes over the lead of the race.

Lap five Christopher Bell passes Joey Logano for the lead of the race with Cole Custer in third, John Hunter Nemechek in fourth, and Kevin Harvick in fifth.

Lap nine Christopher Bell has increased his lead to nearly half a second on Joey Logano. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Benjamin, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

The first caution flag of the race comes out when Cole Custer gets loose and makes contact with John Hunter Nemechek and Elliott Sadler. Custer hits the wall and has significant damage to his car and is likely out of the race.

The teams only have four sets of tires for the race; as a result no driver will come down pit road for fresh tires this early in the race…unless there is an issue.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 17 and it is Kevin Harvick who takes over the lead from third place after making it three wide.

Lap 20 and Kevin Harvick has already pulled out to a lead of over a second on Joey Logano.

Cole Custer is out of the race.

Lap 22 the top five are Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, Elliott Sadler, and Tyler Reddick.

Lap 23 Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a helf.. Christopher Bell passes Joey Logano for second place and is slowly closing the gap.

Joey Logano is reporting a very loose issue with his car.

Lap 26 Kevin Harvick holds on to the lead with Christopher Bell in second place; Joey Logano is in third.

Lap 30 Joey Lognao passes Christopher Bell to take over second place; Elliott Sadler and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 32 Kevin Harvick has a lead of over two seconds on Joey Logano with Christopher Bell in third, Elliott Sadler in fourth, and Daniel Hemric in fifth.

Lap 33 John Hunter Nemechek brings his car down pit road reporting a possible tire issue and goes a lap down.

Michael Annett also comes down pit road with a tire issue.

The caution flag comes out on lap 35 for debris on the track – pieces of tires.

Michael Annett is the “lucky dog”.

Many of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service including fresh tires.

With the new pit crew policy, Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road with a four tire pit stop in 15.5 seconds.

After staying out, Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with only one lap remaining in stage one.

Restarting the race in tenth place, Kevin Harvick takes advantage of fresh tires and comes through the field to win stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kevin Harvick
Christopher Bell
Ryan Reed
Joey Logano
Tyler Reddick
Kyle Benjamin
Elliott Sadler
Austin Cindric
Ty Dillon
Justin Allgaier

Taking the inside lane, Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 48 and holds on to the lead of the race.

Lap 53 Kevin Harvick has a lead of three quarters of a second on Christopher Bell.

Brandon Jones brings his car down pit road on lap 55 after hitting the wall with a tire issue. The track stays green.

Lap 62 Kevin Harvick has led 42 laps and now had a lead of nearly two seconds on Christopher Bell. Joey Logano, Elliott Sadler and Ryan Reed round out the top five.

Ryan Truex and Justin Allgaier have been mixing it up on the track.

Lap 68 Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds over Christopher Bell with Joey Logano in third and Elliott Sadler in fourth. Tyler Reddick rounds out the top five.

Lap 74, stage two is quickly coming to a close and Kevin Harvick is running away with the lead. Harvick is over three seconds in front of Christopher Bell.

With only four laps remaining in stage two, leader Kevin Harvick is now over four seconds in front of Christopher Bell. There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick wins stage two in dominating fashion.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Christopher Bell
Joey Logano
Elliott Sadler
Tylder Reddick
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
Ty Dillon
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Reed

With a pit stop of only 14.4 seconds Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road.

Kaz Grala lost power in his car and had to be pushed to the garage.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 89 and gets out in front o hold on to his lead.

With only 18 cars on the lead lap, Kevin Harvick continues to dominate the race with a lead of over a second on Joey Logano. Christopher Bell, Elliott Sadler, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 97 Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second on Christopher Bell who is now in second place after passing Joey Logano. Elliott Sadler and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

With 57 laps remaining in the race, Kevin Harvick has led over 80 laps.

Fifty four to go and Kevin Harvick’s lead is again over two seconds ahead of Christopher Bell with Joey Logano in third, Elliott Sadler in fourth, and John Hunter Nemechek in fifth.

With 42 laps remaining in the race Kevin Harvick as the expression goes “driving it like he stole it” with a lead of nearly five seconds over Christopher Bell. Joey Logano, Elliott Sadler and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

The drivers cannot finish the race without making another pit stop.

Lap 126, Kevin Harvick’s lead is now over six seconds; there are only 16 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 127 green flag pit stops begin.

Joey Logano takes over the lead of the race when Kevin Harvick comes down pit road for service.

When Joey Logano makes his pit stop, Kevin Harvick retakes the lead of the race.

Ty Dillon’s team was charged with the pit crew coming over the pit wall too soon.

Only 28 laps remaining in the race, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race but his lead is down to less than two seconds over Christopher Bell.

Tyler Reddick’s team is reporting a possible tire issue and brings his car down pit road. Reddick is dropping a lot of debris as he makes his way to pit road but the track stays green.

Leading 121 laps so far, Kevin Harvick has a lead of two seconds on Christopher Bell with 20 laps remaining in the race. There are only 12 cars on the lead lap.

Sixteen to go and leader Kevin Harvick continues to lap traffic with a two second lead on Christopher Bell. Joey Logano, John Hunter Nemechek, and Elliott Sadler rounding out the top five.

Twelve to go and there are only 10 cars on the lead lap with Kevin Harvick out in front by nearly three seconds.

Only eight to go and Kevin Harvick has a lead of over four seconds on Christopher Bell.

With five to go Christopher Bell brushes the wall and gets passed by Joey Logano to take over second. Christopher Bell falls to third place.

Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly four seconds on Joey Logano and nearly five seconds on Christopher Bell; the fourth place car of John Hunter Nemechek is over 20 seconds behind. There are only eight cars on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick takes the white flag.

Kevin Harvick wins the race for his fifth win in Atlanta.

The unofficial results of the Rinnai 250:
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Christopher Bell
John Hunter Nemechek
Elliott Sadler
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
Kyle Benjamin
Ryan Truex
Ryan Reed
Danile Hemric
Matt Tifft
Ty Dillon
Spencer Gallagher
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Brandon Jones
Alex Labbe
Tyler Reddick
Michael Annett
Dylan Lupton
Ryan Sieg
Kaz Grala
Josh Williams
Garrett Smithley
Joey Gase
Jeremy Clements
David Ragan
Spencer Boyd
BJ McLeod
Vinnie Miller
Stephen Leicht
Tommy Joe Martins
Timmy Hill
Chad Finchum
Matt Mills
J.J. Yeley
Morgan Shepherd
Cole Custer
Jeff Green

Bishop Briggs

On April Bishop Briggs is releasing her debut album “Church of Scars”.  On week later she will launch a North American tour to support the album.  But before that she will be making a few festival stops.

March 3 at the Botanica Music Festival in San Antonio, TX
March 9 & 10 at the BUKU Music & Art Project in New Orleans, LA
March 23 at the Innings Festival in Tempe, AZ
April 27 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC
April 28 at The Showbox in Seattle, WA
April 29 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
May 1 at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
May 3 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA
May 4 at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
May 5 at The Observatory North Park in San Diego, CA
May 8 at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO
May 10 at Truman in Kansas City, MO
May 11 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN
May 15 at the Opera House in Toronto, ON
May 16 at L’Astral in Montreal, QC
May 18 at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA
May 19 at Royale in Boston, MA
May 22 at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY
May 23 at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C.
May 25 at The Underground in Charlotte, NC
May 26 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA
May 27 at the Music Farm in Charleston, SC
May 29 at Saturn in Birmingham, AL
May 30 at the Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN
June 1-3 at the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, OH
June 2 at Metro in Chicago, IL
June 21-24 at the Electric Forest in Rothbury, MI
June 23 at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton, ON
June 28-July 1 at the Electric Forest in Rothbury MI

The Women Who Rock Tour

The Lilith Tour is not longer making stops around the country but four rock groups that feature female rockers is preparing to make a tour of the United States and show the boys how its done.

Halestorm, In This Moment, Stitched Up Heart, and New Years Day and coming together for a tour this spring and will include some festival stops.

Women Who Rock tour dates:
April  27 at Rockville 2018 in Jacksonville, FL
April 28 at Fort Rock in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
April 30 at the White Oak Lawn in Houston, tX
May 1 at at the Concrete Street Amphitheatre in Corpus Christi, TX
May 3 at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN
May 4 at the PNC Pavilion at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
May 5 at the Carolina Rbeliion in Charlotte, NC
May 7 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA
May 8 at the FBI Lawn at the White River State Park in Indianapolis, IN
May 10 at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA
May 11 at the Tsongas Center in Boston, MA
May 12 at the Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ
May 14 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, WV
May 15 at the Deltaplex in Grand Rapids, MI

Winter Olympics Medal Count – Day 14

In the past two weeks the International Olympic Committee has awarded a total of 281 gold, silver, and bronze medals to athletes in 29 of the over 90 countries participating in the 23rd Winter Olympic games.

With only one more day of competition remaining, Norway continues to hold the lead in the overall medal count; but Germany has tied Norway for the most gold medals with 13 each.

Canada has taken over the number two spot in the overall count with the United States in fourth place.

Total Medal Count:
Norway – 38
Canada – 28
Germany – 26
United States – 22
Netherlands – 18
France – 15
Olympic Athletes from Russia – 15
Austria – 14
Switzerland – 14
South Korea – 12
Sweden – 11
Japan – 11
Italy – 10
China – 9
Czech Republic – 6
United Kingdom – 5
Finland – 4
Belarus – 3
Slovakia – 3
Australia – 3
Poland – 2
New Zealand – 2
Spain – 2
Hungary – 1
Ukraine – 1
Slovenia – 1
Kazakhstan – 1
Latvia – 1
Liechtenstein – 1

New Music Friday – February 23

This week in New Music Friday are dozens of releases of soundtracks, re-releases, and music from Bea Miller, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Nina Simone, the Jerry Garcia Band, The Doors, Vance Joy, Michael W. Smith, Bon Jovi, and the cast of “Nashville”.

Albums:
“2.23” by Blac Youngsta
“41” by Reggie and the Full Effect
“All at Once” by the Screaming Females
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for “Annihiation” by Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow
“Aurora” by Bea Miller
“Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7” by the New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden
“Chime” by Dessa
“Cry No More” by Danielle Nicole
“DAY69” by 6ix9ine
“The Colpix Singles” Mono – Remastered by Nina Simone”
“Concert for George” Live by Various Artists
“Crushed Coins” by Caleb Caudle
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for “Death Wish” by Ludwig Goransson
“Disney Junior Music: Muppet Babies” by the cast of “Mppet Babies”
“Evergreen” by Audrey Assad
“Extralife” by Darlingside
“Fever” by Black Milk
“GANGIN” by SOB X RBE
“GarciaLive Vo. Ten: May 20th, 1990 Hilo CivicAuditorium” by the Jerry Garcia Band
“Gemini Nyte” by MGT
“Hundred Acres” by S. Carey
“Khrysis & Elzhi Are Jericho Jackson” by Jericho Jackson
“Leather Teeth” by Carpenter Brut
“Lies are More Flexible” by GusGus
“Life After Love, Pt. 1” by Victoria Monet
“Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970” by The Doors
“Lo Moon” by Lo Moon
“LONER” by Caroline Rose
“Lullaby Renditions of Johnny Cash” by Rockabye Baby!
“Mark of the Necrogram” by Necrophobic
“Nation of Two” by Vance Joy
“OMGRONNY” by Rony J
New Broadway Cast Recording for “Once on This Island” by Various Artists
“One Nation Under God” by Jekalyn Carr
“The Optimist” byRyan Porter
“Opus” by Al Di Meola
“Piano Chill” by Michael Forster
“Royalty” by EARTHGANG
“SECRETS” by SECRETS
“Special Reserve” by Gib Smo
“Sunder” by Nathan Fake
“Surrounded” by Michael W. Smith
“This House is Not for Sale” by Bon Jovi
“Time and Space” by Turnstile
“rippple Cross” by Young Scooter
“Un Auditorio Muy Original, Vol. 2” by La Original Banda El Limon
“Until the Ribbon Breaks” by Until the Ribbon Breaks
“Whole Heart” by Passion
“WWW.” by Towkio
“Ultimo Heroe” by Blass
“Coma” by Modern Day Babylon
Original Soundtrack for“The Music of Nashville: Season 6, Vol. 1” by the Nashville Cast

EPs:
“Amsterdam Trap Music, Vol. 3” by Yellow Claw
“The Clubs” by Kiko Bun
“Eyes on You” by Millie Turner
“Greatest T**s” by Thunderpussy
“Mitchell Tenpenny” by Mitchell Tenpenny
“Momentary” by Demo Taped
“Sweets” by July 7
“We are History” by El Perro del Mar
“Black Dress” by CLC
“Blood Type” by Cautious Clay
“All the Things I Never Said” by Pale Waves
“Totep” by Kero Kero Bonito

Winter Olympics Medal Count – Day 13

As the 23rd Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea begin to wind down China wins their first ever gold medal in short track speed skating and Hungary adds their name to the medal count with a gold medal in short track speed skating.

Another first on this 13th day of competition is that Russian ice skater Alina Zagitova won the gold medal in women’s ice skating to give the Olympic Athletes from Russia their first gold medal.

Germany has once again tied Norway for the lead in gold medals, but Norway continues to lead the total medal count with Canada taking over the second spot.

Total Medal Count:
Norway – 35
Canada – 27
Germany – 25
United States – 21
Netherlands – 17
France – 15
Olympic Athletes from Russia – 15
Austria – 13
Switzerland – 12
South Korea – 11
Japan – 11
Sweden – 10
Italy – 10
China – 9
Czech Republic – 6
United Kingdom – 4
Finland – 4
Belarus – 3
Slovakia – 3
Australia – 3
Poland – 2
New Zealand – 2
Spain – 2
Hungary – 1
Ukraine – 1
Slovenia – 1
Kazakhstan – 1
Latvia – 1
Liechtenstein – 1

RuPaul’s All Stars Channel Andy Warhol

Last week on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Shangela and BenDeLaCreme again found themselves in the top and winners of the “Snatch Game” challenge. Both queens chose Chi Chi DeVayne as the queen to go home.

This week when the queens entered the workroom they discovered that Chi Chi left them a positive mirror message, something that has been lacking in recent weeks.

Only six queens remain in the competition.

RuPaul enters the workroom wearing a blonde wig and shades with a Polaroid camera in her hands. The mini challenge is an Andy Warhol pop art challenge where RuPaul will turn their photo portraits into pop art works a la Andy Warhol.

Calling her a true pop tart, RuPaul named Aja the winner. Aja noted that she has never won a mini challenge.

For the maxi challenge the queens must create two Andy Warhol inspired looks from scratch – an homage to the soup can – capture a soup can that demonstrates your personality. The second look is a disco extravaganza for the Warhol Ball.

This is a make from scratch challenge and some of the queens are not skilled at sewing. This is the first sewing challenge of the season.

Shangela chose a fabric that doesn’t stretch and has to start over.

Trixie noted that after they show off their soup cans, one of them is going to get canned.

Joining RuPaul at the judge’s table this week are Michelle Visage and Ross Matthews; along with guest judges Shay Mitchell and Tituss Burgess.

In the judge’s remarks…
Aja’s soup can didn’t say anything about her and while the runway look was put together nicely, it didn’t say disco.

Shangela’s soup can looked fishy but was a turn off. Her runway look was a little crazy and looked homemade. RuPaul noted that they couldn’t see her face and didn’t know what’s going on with her look.

Tituss said RIP to the challenge because Trixie murdered it. Her runway look was great and she made it herself.

Kennedy’s soup can look didn’t work but her runway look would definitely turn heads at the disco.

Bebe’s look was artistically beautiful and her runway was stunning. Michelle noted that she had not negatives.

BenDeLaCreme had a fantastic soup can look but her runway didn’t say disco. The judges added that her look was very basic; adding that she can…and has…do better.

After the judge’s remarks, RuPaul named Trixie and Bebe as the top looks this week. This is the first time that BenDeLaCreme and Shangela were not a part of the top two.

BenDeLaCreme and Kennedy Davenport are safe; leaving Shangela and Aja in the bottom and facing elimination.

The lip sync song this week was “The Boss” by Diana Ross.

After the lip sync performance, RuPaul named Bebe Zahara Benet as the winner.

Trixie is safe for another week.

An emotional Bebe chose to send Aja home. Shangela is safe for another week.

Dressed as women from “The Handmaid’s Tale” the eliminated queens return…for their revenge.

Next week RuPaul auditions for her music group.

Niagara Falls Rocks the Music

The city of Niagara Falls, New York is known as the gateway to the thundering water that gives the city its name.

But Niagara Falls also has a rich musical culture of artists who have traveled around the globe sharing their music.

To help honour some of those musicians, last year area musicians and music enthusiasts created the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame and inducted their first class of Hall of Famers in a grand gala.

On February 21 the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame and the City of Niagara Falls joined forces at the Hard Rock Cafe to launch a new music initiative – Niagara Falls Rocks USA – and two new websites – NFRocksUSA.com and NFMusicHOF.org – to share the rich music culture o the area.

NFMHOF member Bruce Wojick and his band The Struggle provided the musical entertainment for the night.

And when it came time to show off some of Niagara Falls music culture, it was no struggle for Bruce Wojick and The Sturggle who rocked the house filled with music fans.

After NFMHOF Vice President Lew Custode and the City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster spoke n the new project and websites, Bruce and the band took the stage for a performance of mostly original music that spanned their career including “Louder than Concord”, “Cadillac Kid”, “Grown”, “Back on Track”, “Nasty Dogs”, “All on Me”, “Keep Hangin”, “Powerlines”, “See that Light”, “Oh Well”, “Cheap Wine”, “Worried Sick”, and “In the Morning.

And it became a family affair when Bruce’s song Vito joined the band and took over the drum kit for a couple of songs and had the drum sticks flying.

Bruce Wojick and The Struggle gave the new musical project a proper rock and roll send off to keep the music going.

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons has imagined a summer tour of the United States with a stop in Toronto.  They are bringing Grace VanderWaal along for some of the dates.

Tickets go on sale to the general public March 3.

Imagine Dragons tour dates:
June 5 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
June 6 at the Xfinity Center in Boston, MA
June 8 at Darling’s Waterfron Pavilion in Bangor, ME
June 9 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
June 11 at the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY
June 13 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
June 16 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA
June 17 at the Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, OH
June 19 a Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
June 21 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI
June 22 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
June 24 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE
June 26 at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center in Sioux Falls, SD
June 27 at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI
June 29 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
June 30 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
July 2 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
July 3 at  the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
July 5 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
July 7 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC
July 8 at the Brandon Amphitheater in Brandon, MS
July 10 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
July 11 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
July 13 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL
July 14 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
July 16 at the Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
July 18 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
July 21 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA
July 24 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA
July 26 at Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman, MT
July 30 at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, KS
Aug 1 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
Aug 2 at the Austin 360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX
Aug 4 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
Aug 5 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
Aug 7 at The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach, AL
Aug 9 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
Aug 10 at the MIDFLORIDA  Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
Oct 20 at the Toyota Stadium in Dallas, TX

 

The Monkees Present: Mike and Mickey

Back in the sixties a group of four ads were chosen for a new television show about a band.  The television show is long gone but the band lives on.

This summer surviving members of The Monkees Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz are teaming up for some fun in the sunas they hit the road together for a tour.

Choosing to focus his attention on other projects, the third surviving member Peter Tork has decided not to join his former band mates.

The fourth member of The Monkees – Davy Jones died in 2012.

The Monkees Present: The Mike and Micky Show tour dates:
June 1 at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler, AZ
June 2 at The Orpheum in Los Angeles, CA
June 3 at Humphrey’s in San Diego, CA
June 5 at The Grove in Anaheim, CA
June 6 at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA
June 8 at the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton, CA
June 9 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in Statelien, NV
June 12 at the Paramount in Denver, CO
June 14 at the Copernicus Center in Chicago, IL
June 15 at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, OH
June 16  at Cain Park in Cleveland, OH
June 18 at the Sony Center in Toronto, ON
June 19 at the Centre in the Square in Kitchener, ON
June 21 at the Keswick Theatre in Philadelphia, PA
June 22 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY
June 25 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ

Glenn Hughes Plays Deep Purple

Glenn Hughes has set some dates to perform Classic Deep Purple songs live in South America and the United Kingdom.

April 7 at the Rock Aisne Festival in Chauny, France
April 12 at the Teatro Municipal in Valparaiso, Chile
April 14 at the Club Chocolate in Santiago, Chile
April 15 at the Teatro Flores in Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 17 at the Centro de Convenceos, Sala Planalto in Brasilia, Brazil
April 19at the Cine Theatro Brasil in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
April 21 at Tropical Butanta in Sao Paulo, Brazil
April 22 at Studio Mirage in Limeira, Brazil
April 24 at the Opera de Arame in Curitiba, Brazil
April 26 at the Porao do Alemao in Manaus, Brazil
April 28 at Bar Opiniao in Porto Alegre, Brazil
April 29 at Circo Voador in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
June 7 at the Sweden Rock Festival in Solvesborg, Sweden
July 28 at the Steelhouse Festival in Ebbw Vale, UK
Oct 2 at the Academy in Bristol, UK
Oct 3 at the Assembly in Leamington, UK
Oct 5 at the Engine Rooms in Southampton, UK
Oct 6 at the Tramshed in Cardiff, UK
Oct 9 at the University Union in Leeds, UK
Oct 10 at the O2 Academy in Newcastle, UK
Oct 12 at ABC in lasgow
Oct 13 at the Academy in Manchester, UK
Oct 15 at Koko in London, UK

Foreigner

Eighties rockers Foreigner are joining up with The Dave Eggar Orchestra for a short Orchestral tour this spring and then tour North America rocking out during the summer.

March 16 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL
March 18 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL
March 20 at the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
March 29 at the US Cellular center in Cedar Rapids, IA
March 30 at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, IA
April 3 at the All Seasons Arena in Minot, ND
April 4 at the Decc Auditorium in Duluth, MN
June 15 at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME
June 16 at the Saratoa Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Sp;rings, NY
June 19 at the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY
June 20 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
June 22 at the NOrthwell Health at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY
June 23 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
June 26 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
June 27 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA
June 29 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
June 30 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
July 3 at the Walnut Creek Amphtheatre in Raleigh, NC
July 4 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
July 6 at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN
July 7 at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA
July 8 at the Heritage Park Amphitheatre in Simpsonville, SC
July 10 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
July 11 at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, IL
July 13 at the Ruoff Home MOrtgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN
July 15 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
July 17 at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO
July 18 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
July 20 at the Cynthia Woods MItchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
July 21 at The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX
July 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
July 25 at the USANA Amphitheater in West Valley City, UT
July 27 at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, WA
July 28 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre in Ridgefied, WA
July 31 at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
Aug 1 at the Five Point Amphitheater in Irvine, CA

Winter Olympics Medal Count – Day 12

On this 38th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice” when the United States men’s hockey team beat the Soviet Union to take the gold medal at the Winter Olympic games in Lake Placid, New York; history was once again made when in an exciting over time win the United States women survived a six round shootout to bring home the gold medal and deprived the Canadian team of a historic five Olympic Championships in a row.

The last time the U.S. won a gold medal in women’s hockey was 1998. It also marks the first loss for Canada since the 1998 Olympics.

New Zealand became the 27th country to get their names on the medal count with two bronze medals.

Norway has retaken the lead in the gold medal count and has added to their lead in the total medal count.

Thanks to some incredible tricks in the half pipe, the U.S. has moved up to fourth place in the gold medal count.

Medal count:
Norway – 33
Germany – 24
Canada – 21
United States – 21
Netherlands – 16
France – 14
Olympic Athletes from Russia – 13
Austria – 12
Switzerland – 11
Japan – 11
Sweden – 9
South Korea – 9
Italy – 9
China – 7
Czech Republic – 6
United Kingdom – 4
Finland – 4
Slovakia – 3
Australia – 3
Belarus – 2
Poland – 2
Ne Zealand – 2
Spain – 2
Ukraine – 1
Slovenia – 1
Kazakhstan – 1
Latvia – 1
Liechtenstein – 1

NASCAR Issues CWTS Daytona Penalty

For NASCAR teams who have difficulty making it through the inspection process prior to qualifying are charged with serving a loss of practice time. Last week before the Daytona 500, several teams were charged with a reduction in their practice time.

But when it came to post race inspection, only one team was charged with a penalty that will result in fines and suspension.

The number 41 ThorSport truck driven by Ben Rhodes from the Camping World Truck Series was found to fail the height measurements in post race inspection after the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday February 16.

As a result of the infraction, the 41 truck crew chief Eddie Troconis has been fined $5,000 and is suspended from the next Camping World Truck Series race – which will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday February 24. The team has also been docked 10 owner points and Ben Rhodes has been docked 10 driver points. Rhodes finished the NextEra Energy Resources 250 in fourth place.

 

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MLB Makes Rule Changes

Baseball is a gentleman’s game meant to be played at a leisurely pace with mo limits or restrictions on the length of play. But with the increasingly shortened attention spans, Major League Baseball has been searching for ways to shorten the time it takes to play the game.

To that end, MLB has instituted a new set of rules for the 2018 season.

This season MLB has decided not to implement a pitch clock – pitchers have a specific amount of time in which to throw a pitch – but has put a limit on the number of times a coach can make a visit to the pitcher’s mound.

Each team will be permitted to make only six visits to the pit her’s mound during a regular nine inning game. In the case of extra innings, each team will receive one extra visit per inning.

While visits for injury or potential injury, an offensive player substitution, or the cleaning off of cleats in inclement weather will be exempt; the rule applies for any visit to the mound including coaches and fellow players. Players communicating via shouting or signals from their field position will also be exempt from the mound rule.

If a team has used up all of their mound visits, a catcher may ask the umpire for permission to visit the pitcher if he believes there is a mix up in signals.

 

Always a bone of contention among teams is the stealing of signs. MLB is installing new dugout phones that connect to the video review rooms. These will be monitored to help eliminate players from stealing signs.

 

The rule indicating the time limit between innings has been tweaked this year. While the time itself has not been changed – 2:05 for local broadcasts,2:25 for national broadcasts, and 2:55 for post season play – the timing of events within that time have changed. A pitcher must begin his final warmup pitch before the countdown reaches 20 seconds at which time the batter’s name will be announced. The pitcher must then begin his wind up once the countdown clock reaches five seconds.

The new timing does not ensure that a pitcher will receive his traditional eight pitch warmup; however, a pitcher may throw more than eight as long as he can do so within the time limit allowed. The inning clock will begin as soon as the last out is made. If the pitcher was involved in the play or on deck the clock begins as soon as the pitcher reaches the dugout. In case of a play review, the clock begins as soon as the umpire makes the call.

The inning clock will also apply to pitching changes and begins the moment the relief pitcher crosses the warning track.

 

While MLB has not announced specific penalties, the have promised that persistent violators of the new rules will face increasing levels of discipline.

Winter Olympics Medal Count – Day 11

On this eleventh day of Olympic competition at the 23rd Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea Norway increases its lead in the total medal count but Germany has tied the score in the gold medal count with Norway at eleven each.

The United States has dropped to sixth place in the gold medal count with just five.

And while the Russian athletes under the Olympic flag have yet to win a gold medal in any sport.

Winter Olympics total medal count:
Norway – 30
Germany – 23
Canada – 20
Netherlands – 14
France – 13
United States – 13
Olympic Athletes from Russia – 12
Austria – 10
Japan – 10
Italy – 9
South Korea – 8
Switzerland – 8
Sweden – 7
China – 7
Czech Republic – 6
United Kingdom – 4
Slovakia – 3
Australia – 3
Finland – 3
Belarus – 2
Poland – 2
Spain – 2
Ukraine – 1
Slovenia – 1
Kazakhstan – 1
Latvia – 1
Liechtenstein – 1

Chris Young

Next week Country music star Chris Young is embarking on a U.S. tour that will run through the spring.  He has added some Sept dates to the tour.

Feb 22 at the Resch Center in Green Bay, WI
Feb 23 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Feb 24 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, IA
March 4 at Sea World in Orlando, FL
March 9 at the Rodeohouston in Houston, TX
April 5 at the Concrete Street Amphitheater in Corpus Christi, TX
April 6 at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX
April 18 at the Brandon Amphitheater in Brandon, MS
April 19 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Tuscaloosa. AL
April 20 at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL
May 3 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH
May 4 at the Huntington Center in Toledo, OH
May 5 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, WI
May 10 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, SD
May 11 at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center in Sioux Falls, SD
May 12 at the Pinnacle Ban Arena in Lincoln, NE
May 16 at the Adams Center in Missoula, MT
May 17 at the Yakima Valley Sundome in Yakima, WA
May 18 at the Natthew Knight Arena in Eugene, OR
May 19 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA
Sept 13 at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, NM
Sept 14 at the United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, TX
Sept 15 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
Sept 20 at the Miss Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS
Sept 21 at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, MS
Sept 22 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Sept 27 at the Volvo Car Stadium in Charleston, SC
Sept 28 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC
Sept 29 at The Mann in Philadelphia, PA

Pete Townshend Expands Debut Album

In 1972 Pete Townshend released his debut slo album “Who Came First”.

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of that album release, he is reissuing the album in an expanded version that will feature eight previously unreleased songs – three of which have never been heard outside of the studio.

Also included in the double length album are new liner notes and a 24 page book with rare photos.

The album is set for an April 24 release.

Classic Fun and Music with The Grass Roots

On February 16 the sixties band The Grass Roots made a return visit to the Bear’s Den Showroom in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls to play before a full house.

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Performing their own hit songs, the band also played a few tunes from the classic rock era and fans were treated to a live version of AM radio and vinyl albums.

After opening the show with “I’d Wait a Million Years”, the Hamilton, Joe, Frank, and Reynolds hit “Don’t Pull Your Love”, and “Heaven Knows”; lead singer and bass player Mark noted it was going to be a weird night and welcomed the crowd to what he called the rock and roll version of the senior tour.

With fans joining in, The Grass Roots played “Sooner or Later”, “Things I Should Have Said”, and “Baby Hold On” before Mark noted that they were going to play something to make everybody smile – “Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes” by Edison Lighthouse.

Saying that they loved coming to Niagara Falls and the Bear’s den the band acknowledged veterans and members of the military – especially those from Vietnam because they were the only ones who did not come home to a heroes welcome. The band dedicated the song “Live for Today” to the veterans.

After performing the first single they released “Where Were You When I Needed Your”, Mark spoke on their song that was released on July 20, 1969 – the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon and noted that Neil Armstrong was up there (in heaven) teaching Michael Jackson how to do the real moon walk. The band then played the song “The River is Wide”. Then came “Sooner or Later”, “Mamaista”, “The Runway”, and “Two Divided by Love”.

In 1968 The Grassroots were asked to be a part of the film “With Six You Get Eggroll” starring Doris Day and Brian Keith. During a club scene there is a band playing in the background – The Grassroots – and they played the song from that film – “Feelings”.

The Grassroots finished out the night with “Temptation Eyes” and “Midnight Confession” before joining fans for a meet and greet session.

Mark noted that it was a great way to spend a Friday night…and it was – a night of good fun and good music.

Post Malone

Rapper Post Malone is hitting the road for a North American tour this spring with 21 Savage and SOB x RBE coming along for some of the dates.

Tickets o on sale February 23.

Post Malone tour dates:
April 26 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR
April 27 at the Rogers Arena n Vancouver, BC
April 29 at the ShowWare Center n Seattle, WA
May 1 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT
May 2 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
May 4 at Battery Park at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City, IA
May 8 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN
May 9 at the Heritage Park Amphitheatre in Simpsonville, SC
May 10 at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL
May 16 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
May 18 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, NC
May 19 at the Preakness in Baltimore, MD
May 23 at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA
May 24 at the Xfinity Center in Boston, MA
May 26 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY
May 27 at the RBC Echo Beach in Toronto, ON
May 29 at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill in Detroit, MI
June 2 at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland, OH
June 5 at the Huntington Bank Pavilion in Chicago, IL
June 6 at the Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn in Indianapolis, IN
June 10 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA
June 14 at The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory in Dallas, TX
June 15 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
June 16 at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX
June 19 at the Rawhide Event Center in Phoenix, AZ
June 21 at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU in San Diego, CA
June 22 at the Park Theater at the Park MGM in Las Vegas, NV
June 24 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco, CA

Radiohead

British rockers Radiohead are making a tour of North America this summer.

Tickets go on sale February 23.

Radiohead tour dates:
July 7 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
July 10, 11, & 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
July 16 & 17 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
July 19 & 20 at the Ar Canada Centre in Toronto, ON
July 22 at the Lttle Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
July 23 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH
July 25 at the US Bank Arena in Cncinnat, OH
July 26 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
July 28 & 29 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
July 31 & Aug 1 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

Winter Olympics Medal Count – Day 10

On this tenth day of competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea, 18 of the 27 medal winning teams have earned gold. Latvia has added its name to the medal winning countries.

Norway not only holds the lead n the total number of medals, they have also taken the lead in the gold medal count with eleven.

The United States is still in fifth place with five gold medals.

Total Medal Count:
Norway – 28
Germany – 20
Canada – 18
Netherlands – 13
Olympic Athletes from Russia – 11
United States – 11
France – 11
Austria – 10
Japan – 10
Sweden – 7
South Korea – 7
Switzerland – 7
China – 7
Italy – 6
Czech Republic – 6
United Kingdom – 4
Slovakia – 3
Australia – 3
Finland – 3
Belarus – 2
Spain – 2
Poland – 2
Ukraine – 1
Slovenia – 1
Kazakhstan – 1
Latvia – 1
Liechtenstein – 1

Actress Elsa Martinelli Has Died

Italian actress Elsa Martinelli has died. She died July 8, 2017 in Rome at the age of 82 as a result of cancer.

Before becoming an actress, Martinelli was a model who graced the covers of “Vogue” and Life” Magazines.

She made her film debut in 1953 with “Se vincessi cento millioni”. It would be two more years before U.S. Audiences were introduced to Martinelli when she appeard as Onahti in “The Indian Fighter” with Kirk Douglas. She went on to appear in dozens of productions including “Four Girls in Town”, “Costa Azzurra”, “Blood and Roses”, “Love in Rome”, “The Rogues”, “The Oldest Profession”, “If it’s Tuesday, This Must be Belguim”, “The Lion’s Share”, “Return of The Saint”, “Once Upon a Crime”, and her final final role in 2005 in “Orgoglio”.

She also worked alongside Anthony Perkins, Richard Burton, and Elizabeth Taylor.

She was born Elsa Tia January 30, 1935 in Tuscany, Italy, one of eight children.

Predeceased by her second husband Willy Rizzo in 2013, Martinelli is survived by her daughter Christina, siblings, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

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Lee DeWyze: From Idol to Walking Dead

In 15 seasons “American Idol” launched the careers of numerous performers; and while it has brought a good deal of success to a number of finalists, ony two of the 15 winners have had massive breakout success – Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

But not every winner was seeking the fame and fortune of the stage.

On season nine Lee DeWyze won the title of “American Idol” for that season. A songwriter, DeWyze had to rely on the music of others to woo voters; but eight years later, DeWyze has his original music scattered all over television including “Elementary”, “Suits”, “The Fosters”, “Nashville”, “The Walking Dead”, and “Shameless”.

DeWyze noted that, “it was always about the songwriting for me. It’s what I loved. That’s why I did all of that in the first place.” He adds that he wasn’t looking for the fame or “any of that stuff.”

A singing competition, DeWyze notes that Idol didn’t cater to songwriters. He broke away from his Idol contract in 2010 and shortly thereafter had his first song placement, “Blackbird Song” on “The Walking Dead” – a song he had written specifically for the show.

Driver Analysts Return to FOX Broadcasts

Last year FOX Sports enlisted the help of a few drivers from the Monster Energy Cup Series and join the broadcast booth during the Xfinity Series races. During one of those races, FOX Sports turned the broadcast booth over to the drivers for one Xfinity Series race broadcast.

This season FOX Sports is again letting the drivers join in on the broadcast duties. FOX Sports President and Executive Producer John Entz noted, “as long as no one sets fire to the FOX Sports booth or pulls the plug that knocks us off the air, the drivers have free rein.”

This year Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Brad Keselowski, and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr will take over all of the broadcasting and pit road duties for the April 28 race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Harvick, Bowyer, and Logano will run things from the broadcast booth; while Blaney, Jones, and Wallace will take over the pit road reporting duties. Keselowski will run things from the Hollywood Hotel with Stenhouse.

Talladega is the sport’s longest track at 2.66 miles around and is often the scene of some wild races and big wrecks.

FOX Sports is also bringing back the driver guest announcer role during the Xfinity races. Brad Keselowski kicked the season off in Daytona with the PowerShares QQQ 300 on February 17.

The Camping World Truck Series is also getting in on the game with Kevin Harvick joining the broadcast team for the races at Eldora and Talladega.

While the guest broadcasting role from the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers is an unpaid position, FOX Sports does make contributions to the driver’s charities and offers the drivers an opportunity to speak about those charities.

Guest driver broadcasting appearances for the 2018 Xfinity Series racing season:

Chase Elliott will join the broadcast crew at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Brad Keselowski will join the broadcast crew at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway.

Ryan Blaney will join the broadcast crew at Phoenix International Raceway.

Clint Bowyer will join the broadcast crew at Texas Motor Speedway.

Joey Logano will join the broadcast crew at Bristol Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway.

Kevin Harvick will join the broadcast crew at Richmond International Raceway.

Austin Dillon will join the broadcast crew at Dover International Speedway.

Erik Jones will join the broadcast crew at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Jamie McMurray will join the broadcast crew at Pcoono Raceway.

And new FOX pit reporter Regan Smith will join the broadcast crew at Iowa Speedway.

 

Winter Olympics Medal Count – Day 9

The second week of the 2018 Winter Olympics is in full swing with more events and the team events like hockey continuing.

Catching Germany in the gold medal count of nine, Norway stretches its lead in the overall medal count and the Ukraine earns its first medal – a gold in freestyle skiing. The United States has reached the 10 medal mark.

Total Medal Count:
Norway – 26
Germany – 18
Canada – 16
Netherlands – 13
Olympic Athletes from Russia – 11
United States – 10
Austria – 10
France – 10
Japan – 10
Sweden – 7
Switzerland – 7
Italy – 6
South Korea – 6
Czech Republic – 6
China – 6
United Kingdom – 4
Slovakia – 3
Australia – 3
Finland – 3
Belarus – 2
Spain – 2
Poland – 1
Ukraine – 1
Slovenia – 1
Kazakhstan – 1
Liechtenstein – 1

Folk Artist Tom Rapp Dies

Sixties Folk Rock artist Tom Rapp died February 11 in Melbourne, FL as a result of cancer at the age of 70.

Rapp performed with the group Pearls Before Swine. Fans of the Netflix series “Stranger Things” have heard some of Rapp’s music.

Noting that he liked to write songs about old things – myths and legends -, Rapp referred to his musical style as transcendental rock.

During his music career Rapp shared the stage with a number of fellow musicians including Pink Floyd, Phil Ochs, and Dave van Ronk; and it is said that the hit song “Rocket Man” by Sir Elton and Bernie Taupin was inspired by Pearls Before Swine.

Thomas Dale Rapp was born March 8, 1947 in Bottineau, North Dakota but moved with his family to Minnesota when he was only six years old. That was also the same time he got his first guitar. Young Tom began entering various talent contests where on one occasion he beat out another Minnesota resident by the name of Robert Zimmerman – later to be known as Bob Dylan.

The family again moved and this time it was to Eau Gallie, Florida – near Melbourne on the Atlantic coast. It is there that Rapp created the group Pearls Before Swine with high school friends.

Reportedly the group sold 200,000 copies of the debut album “One Nation Underground” but Rapp noted he never received any money from the album.

By 1969 Rapp was the only original member of the group remaining and used freelance and session musicians to complete the group.

Turning away from music, Rapp became a civil rights attorney in 1976.

Rapp is survived by his third wife Lynn, son David, sister Kathy and Patty, and a granddaughter.

 

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NME Award Winners

Each year the British music magazine NME presents awards to music artists including one for a godlike genius.

In the 2018 ceremonies, many of the awards went to modern artists; however, a few awards went to veteran artists including Liam Gallagher and Sihrley Manson of Garbage.

Noting that no artist has graced the cover of NME in it 66 year history, Editor in Chief Mike Williams named Liam Gallagher as the Godlike Genius.

Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson was given the NME Icon Award.

Radiohead won the award for the Best Reissue of “OK Not OK”.

Other winners of the 2018 NME Awards:
Best British Band: Alt-J
Best British Solo Artist: Loyle Carner
Best New Artist: Stefflon Don
Best Live Artist: Kasabian
Best Track: “Boys” by Charli XCX
Best International Band: Haim
Best Mixtape: “No Bullshit” by Avelino
Best Album: “Common Sense” by J Hus
Best Collaboration: “I Know You” by Craig David and Bastille
Best Festival: Glastonbury
Best Film: “Baby Driver”
Best Music Video “Sucker” by The Big Moon
Under the Radar: Pale Waves
Best Festival Headliner: Muse
Best International Solo Artist: Lorde
NME Innovation Award: Boy Better Know
Best Book: “Eskiboy” by Wiley
Best TV Show: “Stranger Things 2”
Best Small Festival: Festival Number 6
Music Moment of the Year: One Love Manchester
Best Music Film: “Gaga: Five Foot Two”
Heoro of the Year: Ariana Grande
Villain of the Year: Piers Morgan