Rise Against and AFI

Rockers Rise Against are joining forces with fellow rockers AFI for a North American tour this summer with Anti-Flag joining the tour as special guests.

The July 27 date is a Rise Against solo event before joining AFI and Anit-Flag for the tour.

Mourning in Amerika tour dates:
July 27 at the ’77 Montreal Festival in Montreal, QC
July 28 at the RBC Echo Beach in Toronto, ON
July 31 at The palladium in Worcester, MA
Aug 1 at the Ford Amphitheater at the Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, NY
Aug 3 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Aug 4 at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA
Aug 5 at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ
Aug 7 at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC
Aug 9 at the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls, NY
April 10 at the Osisko En Lumieres Fest in Rouyn-Noranda, QC
Sept 6 at The Armory in Minneapolis, MN
Sept 8 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Sept 9 at the Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN
Sept 11 at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, TX
Sept 12 at the Revention Music Center in Houston, TX
Sept 13 at the Toyota Music Factory in Dallas, TX
Sept 15 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO
Sept 16 at The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 17 at the Revolution Concert House in Boise, ID
Sept 19 at the Brick Breeden Feildhouse in Bozeman, MT
Sept 20 at the Grey Eagle Event Centre in Calgary, AB
Sept 21 at the Expo Centre Hall Ba in Edmonton, AB
Sept 23 at the PNE Forum in Vancouver, BC
Sept 24 at the WaMu Theater in Seattle, WA
Sept 25 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
Sept 28 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA
Sept 29 at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA
Sept 30 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA

Halsey

Halsey is going to be very busy this summer; she has announced that she will be embarking on a world tour that will begin in Australia next month.  The tour will also makes stops in South America, North America, before heading to Asia and finishing up in Europe.

Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour dates:
April 21 at MCA in Melbourne, Australia
April 22 & 26 at Hordern in Sydney, Australia
April 24 at the HBF Stadium in Perth, Australia
April 27 at the Riverstage in Brisbane, Australia
June 6 at the Espaco das Americas in San Paulo, Brazil
June 7 at Vivo Rio in Rio de Janiero, Brazil
June 9 at Teatro Gran Rex in buenos Aires, Argentina
June 12 at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile
June 15 at the Pepsi in Mexico City, Mexico
July 8 at MTELUS in Montreal, QC
July 11 at the Bold Point Pavilion in Providence, RI
July 12 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
July 14 at the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City, NJ
July 15 at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA
July 17 at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, IN
July 18 at the Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN
July 20 at the Walmart Amphitheatre in Rogers, AR
July 21 at the Silverstein Eye Center Arena in Independence, MO
July 25 at the McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, OR
July 27 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
July 28 at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV
July 30 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
Aug 3 at the Neal S Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, HI
Aug 6 at the Yes 24 Live Hall in Seoul, Korea
Aug 8 at The Star Theatre in Singapore, Singapore
Aug 10 at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines
Aug 11 at the On-Off Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia
Aug 12 at the Bali Beach Club in Bali, Indonesia

Sept 22 at the Eventim Appollo in London, UK

 

Everclear

Alternative rockers Everclear are reviving their Summerland Tour again this year.  Celebrating its sixth year, Everclear have asked Marcy Playground and Local H to join them on the tour of the U.S. with a stop in Ontario.

Speaking on the tour Everclear frontman Art Alexakis said that this year they are going to mix things up with every night bringing something a little different.

Summerland tour dates:
May 17 at the Gas Monkey Live in Dallas, TX
May 18 at the River Road Ice House in New Braunfels, TX
May 19 at Buck’s Backyard in Buda, TX
May 23 at Topgolf in Nashville, TN
May 24 at the Buckhead in Atlanta, GA
May 25 at Mavericks in Jacksonville, FL
Ma 26 at the Abacoa Amphitheater in Jupiter, FL
May 31 at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
June 2 at the Dr. Pepper Park at the Bridges in Roanoke, VA
June 3 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY
June 5 at the Irving Plaza in New York City, NY
June 6 at Jergel’s in Pittsburgh, PA
June 7 at Piere’s in Fort Wayne, IN
June 11 at the London Music Hall in London, ON
June 13 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH
June 14 at The Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI
June 15 at the Indian Crossing Casino in Waupaca, WI
June 16 at The Forge for the Outside Street Fest in Joliet, IL
June 17 at the Crossroads in Kansas City, MO
June 18 at the Brenton Skate Plaza in Des Moines, IA
June 22 at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle, WA
June 24 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
Jun 27 at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
June 28 at Fonda in Los Angeles, CA
June 29 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
June 30 at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, NV
July 1 at The Cave in Big Bear Lake, CA

Rachael Sage

After spending time on the road as the opening act for Howard Jones, award winning performer Rachael Sage will be heading back out on the road for a solo tour of her own as she prepares for a new album release “Myopia” which is set for a May 4 release.

Rachael Sage tour dates:
April 7 at Phoenix Pride in Phoenix, AZ
April 19 at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles, CA
April 21 at the Refugee House Concert in Visalia, CA
April 22 at The Monkey House in Berkeley, CA
April 26 at the North City Bistro in Seattle, WA
April 28 at the Concerts at Indie Air Radio in Spokane, WA
April 30 at the Rolling Hills Radio at Shawbucks in Jamestown, NY
May 2 at Joe’s Pub in New York City, NY
May 4 at the Burlap & Bean in Newtown Square, PA
May  at Atomic Tom’s in Binghampton, NY
May 21 at the 49 West Coffeehouse in Annapolis, MD
July 13 at the Combury Festival at the Caffe Nero Stage in Oxfordshire, UK
July 14 at The Pink Picnic at Salford Pride in Salford, UK
July 18 at St. CUthbert’s Church in Wrose, UK
July 21 at the Isle of Wight Pride in Newport, Isle of Wight, UK
July 27 at The Exchange in North Shields, UK
Sept 16 at the Folk-N-Great Music House Concert in Rockville, MD
Oct 20 at the Stockton Arts Centre in Stockton-On-Tees, UK
Oct 21 at the Gorilla in Manchester, UK
Oct 22 at the Glee Club in Birmingham, UK
Oct 25 at the Jazz Cafe in London, UK
Oct 26 at The Brook in Sothampton, UK

MLB 2018 Opening Day: Firsts

After opening the 2018 Major League Baseball season on March 29 – the earliest date in MLB history – the sport saw a number of other firsts that included the usual firsts that begin every season and a few milestones.

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena got his season started off in memorable fashion when Chicago Cubs hitter Ian Happ sent the first pitch of the game over the fence for a home run – an event that hasn’t happened since 1986 when Dwight Evans hit the first pitch for a homer off of Jack Morris.

Jose Urena also got the credit for the first strikeout of the season when Cubs catcher Wilson Contreas struck out swinging; but it was New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard who got credit for being the first pitcher to strike out a side in the new season. Syndergaard also gets the credit for the first 10 strikeout game.

St. Louis Cardinals rookie pitcher Jordan Hicks not only hit the somewhat elusive century mark on the first pitch of his Major League career, he proved that it wasn’t a fluke when he hit over 101mph later in the same game.

After earning a League leading 47 saves in the 2017 MLB season, Tamp Bay Rays relief pitcher Alex Colome earned the first save of the 2018 season in 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Home run king Giancarlo Stanton got his season of to a booming start when he sent his first at bat with his new team – he switched from the Miami Marlins to the New York Yankees in the off season – by hitting a ball into the seats that had a recorded exit velocity of over 117mph. Stanton ended the game in the same manner sending his second homer of the game off the bat at 109mph.

Chicago White Sox’ Matt Davidson became just the fourth MLB player to hit three home runs in the opening day game. The White Sox hitters had a total of six home runs on the way to a 14-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Highly sought after as a pitcher in the off season, the Los Angeles Angels finally landed Japanese player Shohei Ohtani who not only pitches but can also hit and in his first at bat in an American Major League game, he hit a single. Ohtani will show off his pitching skills on Easter Sunday.

It took eleven innings before Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones notched a victory with a walk off home run for a win over the Minnesota Twins.

It’s the hardest part of the cycle – a triple. Miami Marlins Derek Dietrich hit a triple in the third inning in the opening game against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Field.

While the championship series is called the World Series and in fact is played only by North American teams of the MLB, the sport itself is truly an international affair. When MLB opened the season, there were 254 players from the 30 teams who were born outside of the United States from a record breaking 21 countries and every continent except Antarctica. Among those 254 players were two firsts – South African Gift Noepe and Lithuanian Dovydas Neverauskas are the first from their countries to play in the MLB. With a total of 84 MLB players, the Dominican Republic again leads the way of foreign born players. Venezuela is second with 74. While a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico counts in the list of foreign born players and this year 19 MLB players call the island nation home.

The Texas Rangers leads the way in player diversity with 14 players from five countries and territories. The Chicago White Sox with 13; Miami Marlins with 12; Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, and Toronto Blue Jays all with eleven round out the top six teams.

New Music Friday – March 30

This week in New Music Friday Rob Zombie, Kacey Musgraves, Her, “The Voice” season eight winner Sawyer Fredericks, Manhattan Transfer, The Weeknd, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Damian McGinty from Celtic Thunder, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kate Nash, and Todrick Hall are among the dozens of artists with new albums out this week.

Albums:
“206: Act I” by Bohnes
“Amala” by Doja Cat
“Astro-Creep: 2000 Live – Songs of Live, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions” by Rob Zombie
“Bare Fee” by Caroline Jones
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for “Before Anythang” by Various Artists
“Blackout” by Steffany Gretzinger
“Christopher” by Don Trip
“Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slures” by Napalm Death
“Cole” by Merkules
“Collection One” by SAINT JHN
“Combat Sports” by The Vaccines
“Culberson County” by Red Shahan
“Czarface Meets Metal Face” by CZARFACE  & MF Doom
“Destined for Greatness (Side A) by Ty Brasel
“Edgeland” by Ki Richey
“Everything’s Fine” by Jean Grae & Quelle Chris
“Expectations” by Hayley Kiyoko
“Fine Print” y Invisible Inc.
“Forever M.C.” by Forever M.C. & It’s Different
“Freedom” by Amen Dunes
‘Girl Going Nowhere” by Ashely McBryde
“Golden Hour” by Kasey Musgraves
“Her” by Her
“Hide Your Ghost” by Sawyer Fredericks
“I Am Human” by Escape the Fate
“The Junction” by Manhattan Transfer
“Just Cause Y’all Waited” by Lil Durk
“Just Sayin'” by Buddy Brown
“Kolorblind” by DJ ESCO
“Liberty” by Lindi Ortega
“Lier” by Barbarossa
“Live at Omeara” by Freya Ridings
“Lovesick” by Romain Virgo
“Mirror Might Steal Your Charm” by The Garden
“My Dear Melancholy,” by The Weeknd
“Never Come Down” by Kooley High
“No Mercy in This land” by Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
“Off to the Races” by Jukebox the Ghost
“On” by Altin Gun
“Palo Duro” by Shotgun Rider
Original motion Picture Soundtrack for “Ready Player One” by Alan Silvestri
“Resurrection Letters, Vol. 1” by Andrew Peterson
“Revival” by Light The Torch
“Rio Grande” by Delroy Edwards
“SLUFF” by Naked Giants
“Sometimes Just the Sky” by Mary Chapin Carpenter
“Things Have Changed” by Bettye LaVette
“Thread” by RED SUN RISING
“Unfaithful” by Damar Jackson
“Vessel” by Frankie Cosmos
“Virtue” by The Voidz
“When the Curtain Falls” by Carrie Hope Fletcher
“With Love” by Maoli
“The World is Yours” by Rich the Kid
“Yesterday Was Forever” by Kate Nash
“Yesterday’s Tomorrow Night” by Harry Hudson
“Your Queen is a Reptile” by Sons of Kemet
“Block Boy” by SG Tip
“New Chapter #1: The Chance of Love – The 8th Album” by TVXQ
“Parking Lot Music” by Current$y
“Forbidden” by Todrick Hall
“Refresh Worship Live II: For the Nations” by Psalmist Raine & Te Refresh Team
“The Connect: Dejavu” by MONSTA X
“Preachers” by Harvest

EPs:
“Church” The Remixes by Alison Wonderlan”
“Flatline, Vol. 8 by Various Artists
“Higher Ground” Remixes by ODESZA with Naomi Wild
“I Like it Loud” by Tiesto
“Kids in the Night” by Weathers
“No More Time” by Damian McGinty
“Pain & Pleasure” by Tink
“Something to Remember” by Haux
“Stay for Me” by Haulm

 

It’s a PharmaRusical on Drag Race

Last week on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 10 debut, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo’s dollar store glam wasn’t quite enough to keep her in the workroom.

This week the queens will face another challenge before a second queen will be sent home.

RuPaul comes into the workroom wearing a cowboy with Andy Cohen tagging along.

This week’s mini challenge – Hay Girl Hay – where the queens have 20 minutes to get dragged up Country style and then strut their stuff.

Andy named Asia O’Hara and The Vixen as the two winners of the challenge.

Saying that she loves the pharmacuitical ads on the television, RuPaul has written her own prescription for the musical PharmuRusical. The queens will be divided into two teams with the winners of the mini challenge as the captains in charge of selecting the teams.

Asia O’Hara: :
Aquaria
Monique Heart
Dusty Ray Bottoms
Yuhua
Kalorie Karbdashian Williams

The Vixen:
Kameron Michaels
Miz Cracker
Monet X Change
Blair St. Clair
Mayhem Miller

As the final queen standing, Eureka gets to choose which team she wants to be on and she chose to be on Asia’s team.

The Vixen decides to assign the roles without input from the team members.

Even though they are meeting with a choreographer, Asia wants to create her own choreography beforehand.

RuPaul comes into the workroom and meets with the queens and talks to them about their roles.

Drag Race alum Alyssa Edwards is the choreographer for the Rusical. Eureka says that her knee is fine, but admits to herself that it’s in her head about getting hurt last time.

Blair is having some trouble with her dancing.

In the workroom Eureka is having some confidence issues.

After Michelle’s remarks last week, Dusty is in a quandary as to whether to put the dots on her face again this week. Dusty said that the dots on her face is her signature look.

Joining RuPaul at the judge’s table this week are regulars Michelle Visage and Ross Matthews with special guest judges Halsey and Padma Lakshmi.

After their Rusical performance, the runway theme this week was Very Best Drag.

Team The Vixen was the winning team of the challenge with The Vixen winning the challenge. The team is safe and will not be eliminated.

Team Asia O’Hara are all up for elimination. But only one will go home.

In their remarks the judges said:
While Asia stayed in character and had one of the most eye catching looks her performance was good but not great and left the judges not knowing who she really is.

Yuhua did not impress with her runway look but did stand out in the performance. When she said that she had a better look she chose not to use, Ross told her that if a costume is left in the closet, it doesn’t help you.

Choosing not to put the dots on her face this week, Dusty had an awesome runway look and the judges lover her performance.

Monique’s runway look was fun and different but her performance wasn’t memorable and she struggled with the words.

Kalorie didn’t know her words and she disappeared in the crowd during the performance. Her runway look was more what someone would wear to the club. The judges wanted more imagination and creativity from her.

Eureka chose to wear one of many bodysuits on the runway tonight and the judges felt like she struggled with the words. Eureka herself was very emotional; saying that she didn’t realize how emotional she was over what happened last season. Ross told her that last season her knee sent her home but if she doesn’t get out of her head, her head will send her home this season. The judges noted that Eureka was her own worst enemy.

Aquaria had a fantastic runway look and was a great dancer but her old lady look failed to impress.

After deliberations RuPaul said that Asia, Aquaria, Dusty, and Yuhua were all safe but Eureka founder herself in the bottom two with Karlorie and facing elimination.

The lip sync performance this week was “Best of My Love” by the Emotions.

After the lip sync performance, RuPaul told Eureka to chantay you stay, but after finding herself in the bottom two for the second week, it was time for Kalorie Karbdashian Williams to sashay away.

In the untucked episode the winning queens of team Vixen kicked off their shoes and got comfortable to discuss why they thought they had the winning team. Vixen noted that in choosing her team, she did not want big personalities on her team.

When the losing queens of team Asia cam backstage, Asia noted that she thought they had the harder number to perform. The queens began talking over each other as they discussed the issue.

Eureka said that she knew she would end up in the bottom and probably with Kalorie. Kalorie agreed with Eureka; adding that she felt like a failure. Kalorie noted that in her home in New Mexico she was somebody but here (the show) she is forgettable.

Eureka was very emotional and upset the entire time she was backstage.

Monique is concerned about what her family would say if they saw her on the show.

The queens are still teasing Asia about her Dollar Store sponge costume last week.

Hemlock

Metal rockers Hemlock is celebrating 25 years of making music with a U.S. tour this spring and summer with all dates west of the Mississippi River.  SevidemiC will be joining the band on stage for many of the dates.

Hemlock tour dates:
April 20 at Cafe Acoustic in St. Joseph, MO
April 21 at Peak 31 in union Station in Colorado Springs, CO
April 22 at The Roxy Theater in Denver, CO
April 23 at Lupe’s Lounge in Trujillos in Las Vegas, NM
April 24 at the Zombiez Bar in Amarillo, TX
April 25 at Kendell’s in Oklahoma City, OK
April 26 at Stick’s Place in Wichita Falls, Tx
April 27 at The Curtain Club in Dallas, TX
April 28 at Backstage in Lubbock, TX
May 1 at The RocHouse in El Paso, TX
May 2 at The Launchpad in Albuquerque, NM
May 3 at Juggernaut Music in Gallup, NM
May 4 at The Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff, AZ
May 5 at the Backstage Bar & Billiards in Las Vegas, NV
May 6 at The Hub in Colton, CA
May 11 at The Rock in Tucson, AZ
May 12 at Club Red in Mesa, AZ
May 13 at Brick by Brick in San Diego, CA
May 15 at The Slide Bar in Fullerton, CA
May 16 in Taft, CA – venue is yet to be determined
May 17 at The Blue Lamp in Sacramento, CA
May 18 at Jubs Jub’s in Reno, NV
May 19 at the Ukiah Brewing Company in Ukiah, CA
May 20 at The Bistro in Hayward, CA
May 23 in Shotski’s in Salem, OR
May 24 at the Community Center in Warm Springs, OR
May 25 at The Eagles 2485 in Kennewick, WA
May 26 at Studio 7 in Seattle, WA
May 27 at The Pin in Spokane, WA
May 30 at The Dark Horse in Missoula, MT
May 31 at The Pub Station in Billings, MT
June 1 at The DO Bar in Great Falls, MT
June 2 at The Party Palace in Butte, MT
June 6 at The Gem in Idaho Falls, ID
June 7 at the Diamondz Event Center in Jerome, ID
June 8 at The Royal in Salt Lake City, UT
June 9 at The Mesa Theater in Grand Junction, CO
June 10 at the Bombers Sports Bar in Riverton, WY
July 11 at the Elk Creek Steakhouse in Piedmont, SD
June 13 at The Marquee in Sioux, City, IA
June 14 at Bigs Bar in Sioux Falls, SD
June 15 at The Lookout Lounge in Omaha, NE
June 16 at Aftershocks in Merriam, KS
June 22 at The Rusty Needle in Hutchinson, KS
June 23 at Lefty’s Live in Des Moines, IA
July 5 at The Bourbon Theater in Lincoln, Ne
July 6 at the Shotz Bar and Grill in Scottsbluff, NE
July 7 at My Buddys Place in Sheridan, WY
July 8 at The EAgles Club in Casper, WY
July 13 at the Bottle Hollow Lake Marina in Ft. Duchesne, UT
July 14 at Stanley’s Triangle Bar in Mt. Pleasant, UT
July 18 at The Legacy Inn in Tuba City, AZ
July 20 at the President Parking Lot in Window Rock, AZ
July 21 at the Alien Fest in Dulce, NM

Hollywood Vampires

Some very busy dudes int heir own right, The Hollywood Vampires – Alice Cooper, johnny Depp, and Joe Perry – have planned only three concert dates in the United States and one in Canada  before heading across the pond for a European tour this summer.

Hollywood Vampires tour dates:
May 17 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY
May 18 at the Casino Rama Resort in Orillia, ON
May 20 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT
May 21 at The Sands Casino Resort in in Bethlehem, PA
May 28 at the Olympsiky in Moscow, Russia
May 30 at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia
June 2 at the Stadtpark in Hamburg, Germany
June 4 at the Zitzdele Spandau in Berlin, Germany
June 10 at the Rockin’ helsinki in Helsinki, Finland
June 12 at Torwar in Warsaw, Poland
June 13 at Prague Rocks 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic
June 14 at the Sparkassenpark in Monchengladbach, Germany
June 16 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, UK
June 17 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, U
June 19 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, UK
June 20 at the Wembley Arena in London, UK
June 22 at the Hellfest in Clisson, France
June 24 at the Graspop Festival in Dessel, Belgium
June 27 at Tollwood in Munich, Germany
June 29 at the Jahrhunderthalle in at
June 30 at the Clam Castle in Klam, Austria
July 3 at the Samsung hall in Zurich, Switzerland
July 7 at the Summer Festival in Lucca, italy
July 8 at Cavea in Rome, Italy

Augie Garrido Dies

Former College baseball coach Augie Garrido, holds the record as the winningest coach in NCAA college baseball, died March 15 in Newport Beach, California at the age of 79 as a result of complications from a stroke.

Garrido retired from coaching in 2016 after coaching for 48 years with a record of 1,975 wins, 951 losses, and nine ties. Garrido has also led his teams to five NCAA College World Series championships. A two time Coach of the Year winner, Garrido was presented with the Tony Gwynn Lifetime Achievement Award by Baseball America.

Speaking on Garrido’s death, Florida State University Seminoles head coach Mike Martin said, “college baseball and the world lost one of the finest men in our coaching profession. Augie dedicated his life to making young men better people. He will be deeply missed by myself and many others.” Martin, who began coaching at his alma mater in 1980, is just eleven victories away from tying Garrido’s record of 1,975 victories.

Before becoming a head coach, Garrido played college baseball at Fresno State where he became one of only eleven people to be a part of the College World Series in Omaha both as a player and as a head coach. He played minor league baseball as an infielder in the Cleveland Indians organization for six years where he rose as far as AAA.

Garrido began his coaching career in 1969 at San Francisco State. He then coached at Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton where he made his first trip to Omaha in 1975 and won his first championship in 1979. He also coached at Illinois and a second stint at Cal State Fullerton before taking over the coaching duties in Texas with the Longhorns in Austin where he finished his coaching career. After retiring from coaching, Garrido became a special assistant to the Athletic Director at the University of Texas.

Garrido’s accomplishments include the first coach to win a national championship with two different teams, setting the record for most Division I wins, and the most overall wins. Three of Garrido’s players won the Golden Spikes Award – the highest honour in college baseball – Tim Wallach, Phil Nevin, and Mark Kotsay. He is also a member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

He was born August Edmun Garrido Jr on February 6, 1939 in Vallejo, California – outside San Francisco. He was introduced to baseball very early, his father played fast pitch baseball.

While Augie Garrido is best known for his baseball, he also played basketball.

Award winning actor Kevin Costner has appeared in numerous movies, but three of his biggest movies are baseball films – “Bull Durham”, “Field of Dreams”, and “For Love of the Game”. Costner admits that he used Garrido as inspiration for his characters in “Bull Durham” and “Field of Dreams” and in “For Love of the Game” Costner case Garrido as the manager for the New York Yankees.

Garrido is survived by his third wife Jeannie and daughter Lisa.

 

feature photo credit: By Johntex – Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1663812

JD McPherson

JD McPherson is heading out on the road for a tour this spring of the U.S. with a stop in Montreal and a visit to Belgium n August.

JD McPherson tour dates:
April 10 at the 20th Century Theater in Cincinnati, OH
April 11 at the Rout 33 Rhythm & Brews in Wapakoneta, OH
April 12 at Mr. Smalls in Millvale, PA
April 13 at the Harro East Ballroom in Rochester, NY
April 14 at L’astral in Montreal, QC
April 15 at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT
April 16 at the Port City Music Hall in Portland, ME
April 17 at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA
April 18 at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA
April 19 at the Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA
April 20 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, NY
April 21 at the Old Settler’s Music Festival in Dale, TX
April 27 at the Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville, KY
May 2 at Down Home in Johnson City, TN
May 3 at the New Brooklyn Tavern in West Columbia, SC
May 4 at The Charleston Pour House in Charleston SC
May 5 at the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival in Thomson, GA
June 9 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO
June 12 at Belly in Solana Beach, CA
June 13 at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana, CA
June 14 at The Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA
June 15 at the Live Oak Music Festival in Santa Barbara, CA
June 16 at The Independent in San Francisco, CA
June 23 at the Outlaw Music Festival in Noblesville, IN
July 13 at the Master Musicians Festival in Somerset, KY
July 14 at the Sunset Arts and Music Festival in Knoxville, TN
July 27 at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI
Aug 17 at Pukkelpop in Kiewit, Belgium

Rise Against, AFI, and Anti-Flag

Rockers Rise Against are joining forces with fellow rockers AFI for a North American tour this summer with Anti-Flag joining the tour as special guests.

The July 27 date is a Rise Against solo event before joining AFI and Anit-Flag for the tour.

Mourning in Amerika tour dates:
July 27 at the ’77 Montreal Festival in Montreal, QC
July 28 at the RBC Echo Beach in Toronto, ON
July 31 at The palladium in Worcester, MA
Aug 1 at the Ford Amphitheater at the Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, NY
Aug 3 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Aug 4 at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA
Aug 5 at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ
Aug 7 at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC
Aug 9 at the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls, NY
April 10 at the Osisko En Lumieres Fest in Rouyn-Noranda, QC
Sept 6 at The Armory in Minneapolis, MN
Sept 8 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Sept 9 at the Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN
Sept 11 at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, TX
Sept 12 at the Revention Music Center in Houston, TX
Sept 13 at the Toyota Music Factory in Dallas, TX
Sept 15 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO
Sept 16 at The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 17 at the Revolution Concert House in Boise, ID
Sept 19 at the Brick Breeden Feildhouse in Bozeman, MT
Sept 20 at the Grey Eagle Event Centre in Calgary, AB
Sept 21 at the Expo Centre Hall Ba in Edmonton, AB
Sept 23 at the PNE Forum in Vancouver, BC
Sept 24 at the WaMu Theater in Seattle, WA
Sept 25 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
Sept 28 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA
Sept 29 at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA
Sept 30 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA

Nightwish

Metal rockers Nightwish are amidst a world tour and have added a few more dates to the schedule.

March 29 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO
March 30 at The Myth in Minneapolis, MN
March 31 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL
April 2 at the Sokol Auditorium in Omaha, NE
April 3 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver, CO
April at the norther Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, AB
April 6 at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA
April 7 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC
April 8 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR
April 10 at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV
April 12 at The Majestic Ventura Theatre in Ventura, CA
April 13 at the City National Civic in San Jose, CA
April 14 at the City National Grove in Anaheim, CA
April 15 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ
April 17 at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX
April 18 at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN
April 19 at the Saenger Theater in Mobile, AL
April 21 at the Jannus landing in St. Petersburg, FL
April 22 at the Olympia Theater in Miami, FL
May 18 at the Saku Suurhall in Tallinn, Estonia
June 1 at the Metalfest Open Air in Plzen, Czech Republic
June 2 at the Forta Rock in Nijmegen, Netherlands
June 21 at the Copenhell in Copenhagen, Denmark
June 24 at the Hellfest in Clisson, France
July 6 at Norway Rock in Kvinesdal, Norway
July 13 at Ilosaarirock in Joensuu, Finland
July 21 at the Mukkulan Tapahtumapuisto in Lahti, Finland
Aug 3 at the Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany
Aug 7 at the Stars in Town in Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Aug 9 at the leyendas del Rock Festival XIII in Villena, Spain
Aug 12 at the Bloodstock Festival in Derbyshire, UK
Aug 19 at the Varna Roc Festival in Varna, Belgium
Nov 2 at the Partille Arena in Goteborg, Sweden
Nov 5 at the Max-Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany
Nov 6 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany
Nov 7 at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium
Nov 9 at the Konig-Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany
Nov 10 at the Accorhotels Arena in Paris, France
Nov 11 at at the Arena in Genf, Switzerland
Nov 13 at the incheba Expo Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia
Nov 14 at the Olympiahalle in Munchen, Germany
Nov 16 at the Arena in Leipzig, Germany
Nov 17 at the Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland
Nov 20 at the Arena in Budapest, Hungary
Nov 22 at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland
Nov 23 at the Arena Nurnberger Versicherung in Numberg, Germany
Nov 24 at the Scheyerhalle in Stuttgart, Germany
Nov 27 at the Saarlandhalle in Saarbrücken, Germany
Dec 4 at the Medionalum Forum in Milano, Italy
Dec 5 at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany
Dec 8 at The SSE Arena in London, UK
Dec 10 at the Arena in Birmingham, UK
Dec 11 at the Arena in Manchester, UK

 

Blues, Jazz, and Fun at the Hard Rock

On March 23 the hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls presented an evening of Jazz, Pop, and Blues with the duo Nineteen Sixty and Carina and the Six String Preacher.

While only a duo on stage, Naomi and Nick – Nineteen Sixty – produced the sound of a full band with Naomi on drums and keyboards – sometimes at the same time – and Nick on guitar and Keyboards with both musicians sharing the vocal duties.

Performing a mix of cover tunes and original songs the duo performed “Take It”, “Crazy” by Seal, “Uptown Underground”, “If I Ever Lose My Faith”, “N.Y.C.”, “When the World”, “Dance Guitar”, “Virtual Insanity”, “Walkie Talkie”, and “ Major Descent”.

It was a night of pleasant but joyous music showcasing some of the great local talent of the area.

After a break to reset the stage, Carina and the Six String Preacher featuring Carina on vocals, Vince on guitar, and John on drums took the stage. Carina is a Bluesy styled singer that harkens back to the days of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. On guitar Vince is easily the Santana of the Blues.

The group performed two sets of mostly original songs that were composed to bring out the sultry sounds of Carina’s voice.

After opening with Cher’s “Bang Bang”, the trio performed “Champagne Smoke and Light”, “Boy”, “Honey”, “Summertime”, “Cheap Perfume”, “Crybaby”, “How High the Moon”, “Cabin Fever”, “The Great Hideaway”, “Preacher Theme”, “Black Hole Sun”, “Forget About Me”, “Ashtray”, “A Man I Could Love”, “Liquid Think”, “Sweet Dreams”, “In too Deep”, “Fell in Love with a Girl”, “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me”, and “Jack Ash”.

Though winter has not quite left western New York, Nineteen Sixty and Carina and the Six String Preacher warmed up the night with the sounds of Smooth Jazz and Blues for a great way to spend a Friday evening in March.

NASCAR Issues Martinsville Penalties

In a race that was postponed by snow, the lug nut monster targeted four teams in the Monster Energy Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville.

During post race inspection on Monday, car numbers 3, 12, 34, and 42 were all charged with not having all 20 lug nuts properly secured.

As a result of the infractions crew chief Justin Alexander for the number three car driven by Austin Dillon, crew chief Jeremy Bullins for the number 12 driven by Ryan Blaney, crew chief Derrick Finley for the number 34 driven by Michael McDowell, and crew chief Chad Johnston for the number 42 driven by Kyle Larson have all been fined $10,000 each.

3 Doors Down and Collective Soul

The rock band 3 Doors Down and Collective Soul are teaming up for a North American tour this summer. Soul Asylum will be joining the bands on some of the dates as a special guest.

Rock and Roll Express tour dates:
July 6 at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA
July 7 at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL
July 10 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, FL
July 11 at the Al Lang Stadium in Tampa, FL
July 13 at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham, AL
July 14 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS
July 15 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
July 17 at The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX
July 18 at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, TX
July 20 at The Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City, OK
July 21 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO
July 24 at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, IL
July 26 at The Armory in Minneapolis, MN
July 27 at the Washington County Fair in West Bend, WI
July 28 at the Riverside Casino in Riverside, IA
Aug 3 at the Clearfield County Fair in Clearfield, PA
Aug 4 at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, MI
Aug 7 at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI
Aug 8 at the Rose Music Center at The Heights in Huber Heights, OH
Aug 10 at the Bank of new Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH
Aug 11 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Aug 14 at The Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Brookhaven, NY
Aug 16 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Aug 18 at the Seneca Events Center in Niagara Falls, NY
Aug 19 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 21 at the Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD
Aug 22 at the White Oak Amphitheatre n Greensboro, NC
Aug 24 at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN
Aug 25 at the Heritage Park Amphitheatre in Simpsonville, SC
Sept 6 at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, CA
Sept 7 at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV
Sept 8 at the Harrah’s Resort SoCal in Funer, CA
Sept 11 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO
Sept 12 at the Utah State Fair in Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 14 at the Inn of the Mountain God Casino in Mescalero, NM
Sept 16 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ

NFL Clarifies Catch Rule

One of the biggest issues in the National Football League is the ruling over what exactly is a catch. Over the past few years the League has made various tweaks and changes in an attempt to clairfy just exactly what they call a catch.

During their annual meeting, the NFL has once again made an attempt to “simplify” the catch rule.

In a decision that was approved in a unanimous decision, the competition committee defines a legal catch as:
a player controling the ball
two feet or some other body part on the ground
and a football move which is defined as:
a third step
reaching for or extending toward the line with intent to gain
or the ability to perform the act

The committee eliminated the “going to the ground” portion of the rule.

The NFL hopes that the new ruling will eliminate some of the questionable calls that have occurred in games in recent years.

Other changes to the NFL rules:
While the NFL has yet to adopt a targeting rule, the League has broadened the rule involving hits using a player’s helmet. Any player who uses the crown of his helmet to initiate a hit will receive a penalty. If the hit is severe enough, the officials can eject the player from the game. The cites player safety as the reason for the changes.

The League announced that from 2016 to 2017 there was a 13.5 percent increase in diagnosed concussions.

 

Battle Rounds Conclude on ‘The Voice’

It’s the final night of the battle rounds on “The Voice”. Kelly has seven artists on her team; while Alicia, Blake, and Adam all have six. Only Alicia has a steal remaining.

The night began with Team Adam’s Stephanie Skipper and Jackie Verna are paired up for a performance of The Heart song “These Dreams”. Blake said that there some very impressive moments in the performance; adding that it was one of the most even battles he has every seen. Kelly siad that the girls kind of captured Country music in the song; adding that they were pretty fantastic. Alicia noted that it was about what kind of journey Adam wanted to be on. Adam said that they both did an amazing job. Adam chose Jackie as the winner of the battle.

Alicia paired Livia Faith and Terrance Cunningham for a battle of “Stars” by Grace Potter. Terrance provided the only music for the song, playing the piano. Adam called the performance super beautiful. Kelly said that they did a very good job as a team. Blake said that the performance took him away; adding that they brought a moment together. Alicia said that Livia was impressive and Terrance was powerful. Alicia chose Terrance as the winner of the battle.

In a series of clips:
Adam paired Angel Ronilla and Gary Edwards for a battle with Gary winning the battle. Adam’s knockout team is full

Blake paired Austin Giorgio and Brett Hunter for a battle with Blake named Austin as the winner of the battle.

For her final battle, Kelly had paired Hannah Goebal and Alexa Cappelli for a battle but Hannah had to withdraw leaving Alexa as the final member of Kelly’s team.

In the final battle, Blake pairs Dallas Caroline and Spensha Baker for a battle of “I Could Use a Love Song”. Kelly called Dallas a tiny package with a big voice and she just wants a record from Spensha. Alicia said that they put their all into the song. Adam called it an impossible decision to make. Blake called Dallas a great singer; adding that Spensha has the ability to blow Nashville’s mind. Wondering what he has done to himself, Blake named Spensha as the winner of the battle. Alicia used her final steal on Dallas before host Carson Daly could even finish saying Dallas was available to steal.

Team Alicia:
Sharane Calister
Christiana Danielle
Jonny Bliss
Kelsea Johnson
Miya Bass – steal
Britton Buchanan
Terrance Cunningham
Dallas Caroline

Team Kelly:
Brynn Cartelli
Tish Haynes Keys – steal
D.R. King
Davison
Jamella
Kaleb Lee – steal
Justin Kilgore
Alexa Cappelli

Team Blake:
Dylan Hartigan – steal
Kyla Jade
Jaron Strom
Pryor Baird
Wilkes
Jaclyn Lovey – steal
Austin Giorgio
Spensha Baker

Team Adam:
Rayshun LaMar
Jackie Foster – steal
Reid Umstattd
Jordyn Simone – steal
Mia Boostrom
Drew Cole
Jackie Verna
Gary Edwards

Chris Brown

R&B artist Chris Brown has made some plans this summer to tour the U.S. with his “Heartbreak on a Full Moon” tour.  6lack,H.ER., and Rich The Kid will make guest appearances on some dates.

Tickets go on sale March 30.

Chris Brown tour dates:
June 19 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, WA
June 21 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA
June 24 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
June 28 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
June 29 at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX
July 1 at the Starplex Pavilion in Dallas, TX
July 3 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA
July 5 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
July 6 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
July 7 at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham, AL
July 9 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
July 10 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
July 12 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
July 13 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
July 15 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
July 16 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
July 18 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
July 19 at the Xfinity Center in Boston, MA
July 21 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
July 22 at the KeyBank pavilion in Burgettstown, PA
July 24 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
July 25 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI
July 27 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN
July 28 at the Hollywod Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL
July 29 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
Aug 1 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
Aug 4 at the T-Mobile ARena in Las Vegas, NV

Yes

The iconic progressive rock band Yes have been rocking the world for 50 years. To mark the historic event the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are launching a tour of North America.

Currently touring in Europe, Yes will begin their North American trek in June with tour dates coming soon.

Yes in Europe:
March 27 at the 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands
March 28 at De Roma in Antwerp, Belgium

March 30 at the Olympia in Paris, France

U.S dates:
June 5 & 6 at the Arcada Theatre in Charles, IL
June 8 at the Four Winds Casino Ballroom in New Buffalo, MI
June 10 at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City, MO
June 11 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver, CO
June 13 at the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, ID
June 14 at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, WA
June 16 at the Spectrum Amphitheater in Bakersfield, CA
June 17 at the City National Grove in Anaheim, CA
June 19 at the Ford Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
June 20 at the City National Civic in San Jose, CA
June 22 at the Peppermill Casino Hall in Wendover, NV
June 23 at the Edgewater Hotel & Casino in Laughlin, NV
June 24 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA
June 28 at the Kresge Auditorium in Interlochen, MI
June 29 at the 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids, MI
June 30 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI
July 2 at the PNC Pavilion at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
July 5 at the Caregie of Homestead Music Hall in Pittsburgh, PA
July 6 at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA
July 7 at The Wellmont Theater in montclair, NJ
July 10 at The Wilbur Theatre in Boston, MA
july 11 at the hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH
July 14 at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, NJ
July 15 at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, NY
July 17 at the paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill, NY
July 18 at the Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, NY
July 20 & 21 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA
July 23 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC
July 26 at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, FL
July 27 at The Plaza Live in Orlando, FL
July 28 at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in Atlanta, GA

 

Hollywod Week Begins on ‘American Idol’

The auditions are over and now it’s time for the 169 singers who got their golden tickets to arrive in Hollywood for the toughest week of the season as the judges work to pare it down to only 24 singers.

This is the first time that the singers get to hear each other sing.

Round one is a solo performance round. There is no piano or band on the stage, the only instruments are the ones that the singers bring onstage themselves.

After the first 10 singers perform, the judges make the first decisions of Hollywood week.

During his audition David Francisco walked out using crutches – he had been paralyzed from the waist down after being hit by a car while on his bicycle – and sat down for his audition. This time David walked out with the crutches and threw them away. He sang standing up. Unfortunately David did not make it through the solo round and is going home.

Round two is the dreaded group round where the singers must learn to work together as they prepare for a performance overnight. The group round is more than just singing, the group must entertain the judges.

As happens every season during group round there were singers who were wholly unprepared and did not know the words to their song.

Single Dad Marcio survived the group round and is moving on to the next round.

Some of the singers are having vocal issues.

Milo’s mom has become the show mom and has to put herself into the group’s decisions. At the last minute, Mile tries to convince his group to make changes in the song. Even as they are walking on the stage, there is some issue with the song’s arrangement. The changes paid off and the whole group was moved on to the next round.

Drag queen Ada Vox did some beat boxing in her group and is moving on to the next round along with the rest of her group.

Laine is in a group with girls who are also major Justin Bieber fans…and he isn’t. The girls chose the Justin Bieber song “Love Yourself”. Despite his discomfort with the song, Laine made it through to the next round.

Karaoke singer Crystal felt way out of her league when she was paired with a group of more experienced singers. Katy called it a really good performance but added that they only had a spot for three more singers and asked for a volunteer to go home. After Crystal said that she would do it, Katy told them that all four girls will be moving on.

Next week, Hollywood week continues with the solo round…and the top 24 will be revealed.

Part 3 of the Battle Rounds on ‘The Voice’

As week two of the Battle Rounds begin on “The Voice” in the first of a three night event, Adam has used both of his steals, Alicia and Adam have four members on their team, Kelly has five artists on her team, and Blake has only three members on his team. Alicia has yet to use one of her steals.

Getting the night of battles started is team Blake with Kaleb Lee and Pryor Baird singing the Tom Petty song “Don’t Do Me Like That”. Kelly said that it was real good; adding that they both have cool tones and are evenly matched. Kelly said that Pryor could tour right now. Alicia said that they both owned it and had vibrant energy. Coach Blake noted that both guys had put music on the back burner for a while, but came out sounding like they played in a bar every night. Saying that this was without question the worst part of the job, Blake named Pryor Baird as the winner of the battle. Kelly used her last steal on Kaleb Lee.

Next up Adam paired Mia Boostrom and Genesis Diaz for a battle of Kelly Clarkson’s “Because of You”. Lake said that both girls are great singers; noting how difficult the song is to perform. Alicia thought that the song fit Genesis better. Kelly loved hearing the girls sing the song; adding that she wrote the song when she was 16. Kelly thought the song better suited Mia. Coach Adam loved how almost out of control Genesis was; adding that it was like a stalemate. Adam chose Mia Boostrom as the winner of the battle.

Kelly paired Justin Kilgore and Molly Stevens in a battle of “Burning Houses”. Kelly was not aware that both of the singers were gay and was surprised when they told her. Alicia said that there was a real tenderness between them. Adam said that the emotions and feelings were real; adding that he loved the two made a connection. Noting that he turned his chair for both of them, Blake noted that the song fit Justin’s voice better but loved the sound of Molly’s voice. Coach Kelly noted that both voices are different but both are very emotional. Saying that it is the hardest show ever, Kelly chose Justin as the winner of the battle.

Next up for Adam Miya Bass and Drew Cole for a battle of Bob Dylan’s hit “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”. Adam told the duo not to sing the Dylan version of the song but to give it something more…like the Guns ‘N’n Roses version and brought the coaches to their feet. Blake said that it was a Grammyish type performance. Blake said that both singers were incredible. Alicia said that it was beautiful to see the two different interpretations. Adam said that the two of them encapsulate what he loves about music; adding that it was in their wheelhouse. Adam called the performance a special moment; adding they both did an eleven out of 10. Adam chose Drew as the winner of the battle. Alicia uses her first steal for Miya.

Blake paired Jordan Kirkdorffer and Wilkes with the Chris Stapleton song “Nobody to Blame”. An excited Kelly loved the performance. Alicia called the performance electric and alive; adding both had their own lane. Adam admitted to being a fan of Wilkes but said that Jordan had a fantastic voice. Blake said that both guys did a great job and brought the energy and delivered. Saying that he loved both of the guys, Blake chose Wilkes as the winner of the battle.

In the final battle of the night, Alicia paired Britton Buchanan and Jaclyn Lovey for a battle of “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. Adam called it a great performance. Blake said that their singing and stage presence are timeless. Alicia said that she was very proud of both singers. Alicia named Britton Buchanan as the winner of the battle.

As Jaclyn was about to leave the stage, Blake pushed his button to steal her for his final steal.

On Tuesday the battle rounds will conclude.

Team Alicia:
Sharane Calister
Christiana Danielle
Jonny Bliss
Kelsea Johnson
Miya Bass – steal
Britton Buchanan

Team Kelly:
Brynn Cartelli
Tish Haynes Keys – steal
D.R. King
Davison
Jamella
Kaleb Lee – steal
Justin Kilgore

Team Blake:
Dylan Hartigan – steal
Kyla Jade
Jaron Strom
Pryor Baird
Wilkes
Jaclyn Lovey – steal

Team Adam:
Rayshun LaMar
Jackie Foster – steal
Reid Umstattd
Jordyn Simone – steal
Mia Boostrom
Drew Cole

First Win in Dominating Fashion at Martinsville

After running around the two mile track at Auto Club Speedway, the Monster Energy Cup Series heads back east and the tiny half mile track at Martinsville Speedway for the STP 500.

Rain and snow postponed the Camping World Truck Series race after 23 laps and caused NASCAR to cancel Monster Energy Cup Series qualifying; as a result, the starting order for the STP 500 on March 25 has been set by car owner points.

Even though he has won three of the five races run so far, Kevin Harvick will not be sitting on the pole for the race; that job belongs to last week’s race winner Martin Truex Jr. This is Truex’s third pole in a row. Kyle Busch will start alongside Truex on the front row.

The starting lineup for the STP 500:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
Austin Dillon
Erik Jones
Ryan Newman
Paul Menard
Alex Bowman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr – moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Jimmie Johnson
Darrell Wallace Jr
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Daniel Suarez
Michael McDowell – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
AJ Allmendinger
Jamie McMurray
Trevor Bayne
David Ragan
Kasey Kahne
Harrison Rhodes
Matt DiBenedetto
Ty Dillon
Ross Chastain
Gray Gaulding – moved to the back of the field for inspection issues
Cole Whtt
Landon Cassill
D.J. Kennington
J.J. Yeley

The snow has gone and the track is clear and ready for racing in the first short track race of the season. Martinsville Speedway and the Martinsville area received six inches of snow on Saturday night; as a result, NASCAR moved the races to Monday.

On a cold Monday afternoon the drivers are concerned about getting their cars properly warmed up before they start the beating and banging that is short track racing.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 50.

Stages one and two of the race are 130 laps each with stage three lasting 240 laps for a total of 500 laps around the half mile track that resembles a paperclip.

Twenty-four hours after the original start time, Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of the STP 500 and edges out Kyle Busch to take the lead of the race.

Lap four Kyle Busch is on leader Martin Truex Jr’s bumper.

Lap five, Kyle Busch passes martin Truex Jr for the lead with Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Lap seven, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap nine with Kyle Busch in the lead, Denny Hamlin passes Joey Logano for third with Brad Keselowski in fifth.

The drivers are dropping some 50 miles per hour when they head into the corners.

Lap 14 Kyle Busch has a lead of less than half a second on Martin Truex jr with Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five. All 38 cars are still on the lead lap.

Lap 18 Kyle Busch holds on to his lead over Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 19 Denny Hamlin passes Martin Truex Jr for second place.

Kyle Larson is reporting a very tight condition and has fallen to 13th.

Lap 27 Denny Hamlin has passed Kyle Busch to take the lead of the race; Martin Truex jr, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 30 Joey Logano passes Martin Truex Jr for third. Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Kyle Busch.

Lap 34, leader deny Hamlin encounters lapped traffic. Brad Keselowski passes Martin Truex Jr for fourth place.

Lap 38 Denny Hamlin has a lead of less than half a second on Kyle Busch with Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr rounding out the top five.

Austin Dillon’s team is reporting some radio issues.

Only 40 laps into the race and the brake rotors are already glowing bright orange and red.

Lap 44 Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Kyle Busch with Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr rounding out the top five.

Lap 48 Brad Keselowski passes Joey Logano for third with Denny Hamlin in the lead and Kyle Busch in second. There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

NASCAR throws the competition caution.

The drivers bring their cars down pit road for adjustments and service.

Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road. Even having to dodge traffic, Kyle Busch comes out second.

Aric Almirola, Jamie McMurray, and Bubba Wallace were all caught speeding on pit road. Aric Almirola and Kevin Harvick make contact on pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 57 and holds on to the lead over Kyle Busch.

Lap 59 the top five are Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 60 Martin Truex Jr passes Ryan Blaney for fourth.

Austin Dillon had to make two trips down pit road to replace his radio and is now in 35th place.

Kevin Harvick is reporting smoke in the car…and a tire rub.

Lap 65 Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Kyle Busch with Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five.

Bubba Wallace and Michael McDowell make contact on the track but the track stays green. Wallace brings his car down pit road with a flat tire.

Lap 69 Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 74 Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Kyle Busch with Brad Keselowski in third, Martin Truex Jr in fourth, and Ryan Blaney fifth.

Cars are tightly packed around the track.

Lap 87 Brad Keselowski passes Kyle Busch for second. Denny Hamlin has a lead of over a second. Ryan Blaney is in fourth with Martin Truex Jr in fifth.

Lap 90 Brad Keselowski has closed the gap to leader Denny Hamlin to less than a second and is slowly closing the gap.

Lap 94 Clint Bowyer passes Martin Truex Jr for fifth.

Lap 96 Brad Keselowski has closed the gap to Denny Halin to less than half a second.

Lap 98 the top five are Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, and Clint Bowyer.

There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 101 Denny Hamlin has a lead of less than half a second on Brad Keselowski with Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five.

Lap 110 Denny Hamlin’s lead is down to only a quarter of a second on Brad Keselowski with Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five. There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 114 Brad Keselowski is riding Denny Hamlin’s bumper.

Landon Cassill has taken over driving duties of the 00 car after the team parted ways with Jeffrey Earnhardt last week.

Lap 117 Denny Hamlin is in the lead with Brad Keselowski in second; Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Lap 119 Brad Keselowski challenged Denny Hamlin for the lead but got hung up by slower traffic.

Lap 124 Denny Hamlin holds on to the lead with Brad Keselowski in second with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Busch
Clint Bowyer
Kevin Harvick
AJ Allmendinger
Kurth Busch
Joey Logano
Jimmie Johnson

A crewmember on Chris Buescher’s team was injured during a pit stop earlier in the race. Pit road remained closed while the ambulance got out to take the crewmember to the hospital.

Bubba Wallace took his car to the garage for a mechanical repair – sway bar.

Austin Dillon pitted for more radio issues before pit road was open.

Ryan Blaney won the race off of pit road.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 143 but Denny Hamlin passes Blaney to retake the lead of the race.

Lap 145 Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin battle for the lead of the race with Ryan Blaney taking the lead on lap 147.

Kasey Kahne and Austin Dillon were caught speeding on pit road. Chris Buescher had too many men over the pit wall.

Jamie McMurray was the “lucky dog”.

Lap 150 the top five are: Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Dyle Busch, and Clint Bowyer.

Lap 157 Ryan Blaney has a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin.

One of the air guns in Daniel Suarez’s team broke in half during their last pit stop.

Lap 159 Ryan Blaney’s lead is now over a second and a half. Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch pass Denny Hamlin.

Lap 161 the top five are Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Clint Bowyer.

Lap 162 Clint Bowyer passes Deny Hamlin for fourth.

Lap 166 Brad Keselowski has closed the gap to leader Ryan Blaney to less than a second and a half.

Martin Truex Jr’s car is losing positions on the track; he is now in ninth place.

Lap 170 Ryan Blaney’s lead over Brad Keslowski is now just over a second with Kyle Busch in third, Clint Bowyer in fourth, and Denny Hamlin in fifth.

Lap 177 Ryan Blaney has a lead of just over a second on Brad Keselowski. AJ Allmendinger passes Martin Truex Jr for ninth.

Lap 181 Ryan Blaney’s lead is now under a second on Brad Keselowski with Clint Bowyer in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Denny Hamlin in fifth. There are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 187 Ryan Blaney’s lead is back up to nearly a second and a half with Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Lap 193, Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race with a lead of over a second on Brad Keselowski; with Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Lap 196 Clint Bowyer passes Brad Keselowski for second; two seconds behind leader Ryan Blaney.

After the team could not hear Gray Galulding on the radio, the team requested that NASCAR black flag their driver.

Lap 207, Ryan Blaney has a lead of nearly two seconds on Clint Bowyer with Brad Keselowski in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Denny Hamlin in fifth.

Jimmie Johnson passes Martin Truex Jr to take over tenth place.

Lap 212 Clint Bowyer has closed the gap between him and lead Ryan Blaney down to second and a half.

Lap 216 Ryan Blaney has a lead of just over a second on Clint Bowyer with Kyle Busch in third, Brad Keselowski in fourth, and Denny Hamlin in fifth

Lap 220 Ryan Blaney’s lead is down to less a second on Clint Bowyer with 20 cars on the lead lap.

Landon Cassill has taken his car to the garage and is out of the race.

Lap 231 Ryan Blaney’s lead is now down to half a second on Clint Bowyer with only 18 cars on the lead lap.

With 25 laps remaining in stage two, Ryan Blaney’s lead is less than half a second on Clint Bowyer with Kyle Busch in third, Brad Keselowski in fourth and Denny Hamlin in fifth.

Lap 240 Ryan Blaney passes Daniel Suarez, making only 17 cars on the lead lap. Blaney’s lead is down to only a quarter of a second on Clint Bowyer.

Lap 249, there are only 16 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 250, Kenny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski battle for fourth place.

Lap 251 Ryan Blaney has a half second lead on Clint Bowyer with Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Chase Elliott just went a lap down for 15 cars on the lead lap.

With over 250 laps completed in the race, there have been no caution flags for on track incidents.

Ryan Blaney wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
AJ Allmendinger
Joey Logano
Jimmie Johnson

Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road with Kyle Busch coming out in second.

Austin Dillon was caught speeding on pit road.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 272 and holds on to the lead after a challenge from Kyle Busch.

Lap 274 the top five are Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick.

Matt DiBenedetto’s car is smoking with a flat tire after making contact with Chase Elliott.

Clint Bowyer passes Kyle Busch to take over second place. Ryan Blaney has a lead of over half a second.

Pit reports reveal that Clint Bowyer’s team did not get the fuel cell packed on their pit stop. With 218 laps remaining in the race, the drivers cannot make it to the end of the race without making a pit stop.

Lap 284, Clint Bowyer has caught leader Ryan Blaney.

Lap 286 Clint Bowyer passes Ryan Blaney to take over the lead of the race.

Kyle Busch is on Ryan Blaney’s bumper, challenging for second.

Lap 289, Kyle Busch passes Ryan Blaney for second. Deny Hamlin passes Blaney to take over third.

Lap 290 Clint Bowyer leads the race by over a second with Kyle Busch in second, Denny Hamlin in third, Ryan Blaney in fourth, and Kevin Harvick in fifth.

Lap 292 Kevin Harvick passes Ryan Blaney for fourth.

Lap 300 Clint Bowyer has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 311 Clint Bowyer has a lead of nearly two seconds on Kyle Busch with Denny Hamlin in third, Kevin Harvick in fourth, and Ryan Blaney in fifth.

Lap 316 Clint Bowyer has a lead of over a second and a half over Kyle Busch with Deny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five.

Lap 322 Clint Bowyer’s lead is down to a second over Kyle Busch.

Aric Almirola passes Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano for tenth place.

Lap 330, the top five are: Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 334 Kyle Busch is over a second behind Clint Bowyer.

Lap 339, there are 15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 342, Clint Bowyer continues to lead Kyle Busch by a second with Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

Lap 351, Clint Bowyer holds on to his one second lead over Kyle Busch.

Lap 354, AJ Allmendinger passes Kevin Harvick to take over fifth place.

Lap 356, Clint Bowyer’s lead is down to less than a second over Kyle Busch.

Lap 358, Clint Bowyer has increased his lead back to over a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 362, Kyle Busch has pulled to within half a second of leader Clint Bowyer; with Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

Lap 372, Clint Bowyer has a half second lead on Kyle Busch with Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

With 125 laps remaining in the race, Clint Bowyer is out in front of the field but will have to make his pit stop soon after the crew did not get the fuel cell full on his last pit stop.

Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr make contact battling for position but the track stays green.

The caution flag comes out on lap 383 when Jamie McMurray spins out and hits the wall after making contact with Austin Dillon.

The caution flag is a big break for race leader Clint Bowyer who had been told that he would have had to pit within 10 laps.

The only car one lap down, Chase Elliott is the “lucky dog”.

Clint Bowyer wins the race off of pit road.

Aric Almirola is caught speeding on pit road.

Denny Hamlin made a second trip down pit road for repairs to his car after making contact on the track.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 392 and holds on to the lead over Kyle Busch.

Lap 393, Clint Bowyer leads the race with Kyle Busch in second; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 398, Clint Bowyer continues to dominate the race with Kyle Busch in second; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 400 Ryan Blaney passes Martin Truex Jr to take over third.

Lap 402, the top five are: Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 410, Clint Bowyer has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch; Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 417 Clint Bowyer has a lead of nearly a second on Kyle Busch; Ryan Blaney is in third, Martin Truex Jr is in fourth, and Kevin Harvick is in fifth.

Lap 425, leading over 100 laps, Clint Bowyer continues to hold off Kyle Busch by nearly a second.

Fox broadcasters report that it has been 190 races since Clint Bowyer last won a race.

Lap 430, Clint Bowyer’s lead is now over a second on Kyle Busch with Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

Lap 435 Clint Bowyer continues to dominate the race with a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch.

Driver of the number 88, Alex Bowman, has not driven on the track at Martinsville since 2015; on lap 439 he is running in ninth place.

Lap 443 Clint Bowyer holds on to a one second lead over Kyle Busch.

Lap 447, Clint Bowyer continues to lead the race by a second over Kyle Busch while the broadcast team discuss the snow and snowmen.

Lap 455 Trevor Bayne hits the wall and makes it to pit road without a caution flag.

With only 38 laps remaining in the race, Clint Bowyer continues his dominating ways with a one second lead on Kyle Busch.

Lap 468 Clint Bowyer continues to lead the race; Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, martin Truex Jr, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Only 25 laps to go, Clint Bowyer maintains his one second lead on Kyle Busch.

Twenty two laps to go and the top five remains the same as it has for the past several laps – Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, and Kevin Harvick.

Seventeen to go sower traffic running side by side slows Clint Bowyer up allowing Kyle Busch to close up just a bit on the leader.

AJ Allmendinger and Brad Keselowski make contact but the track stays green.

Ten to go, Clint Bowyer holds on to his one second lead on Kyle Busch.

Jamie McMurray has a smoking tire but he makes it to pit road and the track stays green.

Harrison Rhodes got into the wall but there is no caution flag.

Five to go, Clint Bowyer continues to dominate the race.

Clint Bowyer takes the white flag.

Clint Bowyer breaks his 190 race losing streak and earns his first Martinsville win and Grandfather clock. He started doing his burnout even before he got the car slowed down.

He led more laps in today’s race then he has in his last 159 races combined! A very excited Clint Bowyer hugs everybody in sight on his way to collect the checkered flag. Bowyer goes to the cach fence and asks if anyone has a beer.

The unofficial results of the STP 500:
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
AJ Allmendinger
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Paul Menard
Aric Almirola
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Larson
Erik Jones
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Newman
William Byron
Michael McDowell
Ty Dillon
Chris Buescher
Kasey Kahne
David RaganJam
ie McMurray
Cole Whitt
DJ Kennington
Ross Chastain
Austin Dillon
J.J. Yeley
Matt DiBenedetto
Trevor Bayne
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr
Harrison Rhodes
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Gray Gaulding
Landon Cassill

NASCAR returns in two weeks after taking a week off for the Easter holiday.

First Time Winner in CWTS at Martinsville

After a couple of weeks off the Camping World Truck Series returns to the track on a cold Saturday in Martinsville, Virginia. With a threat of snow in the air, the CWTS is set to run the Alpha Energy Solutions 250.

After three rounds of qualifying Ben Rhodes wins his third pole and will bring the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250:
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Grant Enfinger
Kyle Benjamin
Stewart Friesen
Johnny Sauter
Brett Moffitt
John Hunter Nemechek
Myatt Snider
Cody Coughlin
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
Harrison Burton
Tyler Matthews
Austin Hill
Timothy Peters
Corey Roper
Dalton Sargeant
Justin Fontaine
Reid Wilson
Austin Wayne Self
Kyle Donahue
Todd Gilliland – move to the back of the field for an engine change
Robby Lyons
Jordan Anderson
Josh Reaume
Kevin Donahue
Davison Cram
Wendell Chavous
Norm Benning
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Mike Senica

With 33 trucks for 32 spots, Mike Harmon did not qualify for the race.

This week there are no Monster Energy Cup Series drivers participating in the CWTS race.

Stages one and two of the race are 70 laps each with stage three lasting 110 laps. The race is considered complete at the end of stage two.

The start of the race was delayed while the drivers circled the half mile track under caution with snow flurries in the air and reports of a slick track.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down to start the race and holds on to the top spot to lead lap one.

Lap four, Todd Gilliland have moved up to 27th place. Ben Rhodes is leading the race with Matt Crafton in second; Kyle Benjamin, Grant Enfinger, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Lap seven, Ben Rhodes is still in the lead, followed by Matt Crafton. Todd Gilliland is up to 21st place in his first Truck Series start of the season.

Lap 12 Ben Rhodes continues to keep his green truck out in front for the lead with Matt Crafton over a second behind.

Lap 19 Ben Rhodes is still out in front of the field with the track under caution for Mike Senica’s stalled truck but have continued the caution flag for precipitation on the track.

Lap 23, still under caution, the drivers bring their trucks down pit road as NASCAR throws the red flag.

NASCAR has postponed the race because of the weather. The CWTS race will continue after the Monster Energy Cup Series race on Sunday.

After a red flag condition of over 45 hours, the CWTS finally returns to the track in Martinsville.

The trucks were parked out in the cold, but it has not slowed the drivers down. Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 27 but is quickly passed by Matt Crafton for the lead.

Lap 30 Ben Rhodes passed Matt Crafton and retakes the lead of the race.

Lap 33 the top five are Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, rant Enfinger, Kyle Benjamin, and Johnny Sauter.

Lap 38, Ben Rhodes has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Matt Crafton. The top five remains the same with Grant Enfinger, Kyle Benjamin, and Johnny Sauter.

Lap 49 Ben Rhodes continues to lead the race by nearly two seconds over Matt Crafton.

Lap 57, Ben Rhodes continues to dominate the stage and the race with a lead of nearly two seconds on Matt Crafton.  There are 27 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 65 Jennifer Jo Cobb’s brakes are on fire but she makes it to pit road and the track stays green. Ben Rhodes now has a lead of two and a half seconds on Matt Crafton with Grant Enfinger in third, Johnny Sauter in fourth, and Kyle Benjamin in fifth.

Ben Rhosed wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Grant Enfinger
Johnny Sauter
Kyle Benjamin
John Hunter Nemechek
Stewart Friesen
Noah Gragson
Brett Moffitt
Myatt Snider

Taking only two tires, Stewart Friesen wins the race off of pit road.

Cody Coughlin was held a lap on pit road for pitting outside of his pit box. Grant Enfinger lost five spots after a slow pit stop.

Stewart Friesen rings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 83 with Ben Rhodes passing Friesen to take the lead.

Lap 86 Stewart Friesen brings out the caution flag when he spins out. Tyler Matthews, Dawson Cram, Cody Coughlin, and Harrison Burton were also involved in the wreck in a chain reaction event.

Stewart Friesen has been held for two laps after having too many crew members over the pit wall attempting to repair his truck.

Lap 93 Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restart and holds on to the lead.

Lap 94 Todd Gilliland passes Ben Rhodes to take the lead of the race but Rhodes nose to nose with Gilliland.

Lap 96 Ben Rhodes retakes the lead of the race with Todd Gilliland in second; Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 100, Ben Rhodes has a half second lead on Todd Gilliland with Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, and John Hunter Nemechek rounding out the top five. There are 22 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 107 Ben Rhodes holds on to his half second lead on Todd Gillland.

Lap 116 Tyler Matthews brings out the caution flag when he hits the wall and gets into some snow in the grass after making contact with Stewart Freisen.

Some drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 122 and holds on to the lead with Todd Gilliland in second; Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 131 Ben Rhodes has a half second lead on Todd Gilliland; with Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.

FOX broadcasters report that Johnny Sauter has been in the top 10 in the last 23 race stages.

Lap 135 the top five is Ben Rhodes, Todd Gilliland, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, and John Hunter Nemechek.

Ben Rhodes wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ben Rhodes
Todd Gilliland
Johnny Sauter
Matt Crafton
John Hunter Nemechek
Brett Moffitt
Noah Gragson
Grant Enfinger
Myatt Snider
Harrison Burton

Ben Rhodes had a number of issues on pit road and will restart the race in 15th place. Kyle Benjamin is leading the race.

Kyle Benjamin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 152. Benjamin and Dalton Sargeant stayed out on the track and did not make a pit stop at the end of stage two.

The drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap 155 Kyle Benjamin is in the lead with Grant Enfinger in second and Austin Hill in third.

Lap 157 Kyle Benjamin has a half second lead on Grant Enfinger; with Todd Gilliland, John Hunter Nemechek, and Brett Moffitt rounding out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 159 when Justin Fontaine and Tyler Matthews spins out. Ben Rhodes has moved up to eleventh place since the start of stage three.

Kyle Benjamin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 164 and holds on to the lead despite a challenge from Grant Enfinger.

Ben Rhodes is reporting a tight issue in traffic.

Lap 169, Kyle Benjamin has a half second lead on Grant Enfinger with Todd Gilliland, Brett Miffitt, and John Hunter Nemechek rounding out the top five.

Leader Kyle Benjamin is making his first CWTS race; he has a lead of nearly a second on Grant Enfinger with 22 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 180 the top five are Kyle Benjamin, Grant Enfinger, Todd Gilliland, Brett Moffitt, and John Hunter Nemechek.

Lap 186 Kyle Benjamin has a two second lead on Grant Enfinger and Todd Gilliland who are battling for second.

With 60 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are beginning to bump and block each other for position.

Grant Enfinger is reporting a very tight issue, saying that he can’t turn.

Lap 192 Kyle Benjamin’s lead is down to a second and a half over Todd Gilliland; John Hunter Nemechek, Grant Enfinger, and Brett Moffit round out the top five.

Lap 196 Todd Gilliland has closed the gap on leader Kyle Benjamin to a second.

Lap 207, Kyle Benjamin has a lead of less than a second on Todd Gilliland. After dominating the race, Ben Rhodes is mired in 12th place reporting tight and overheating issues.

Only 39 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Benjamin’s lead is now over a second on Todd Gilliland with John Hunter Nemechek, Grant Enfinger, and Brett Moffit in rounding out the top five. There are only 17 trucks on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 214 for debris on the track.

Some of the drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.

Kyle Benjamin brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 31 laps remaining in the race. Benjamin, Todd Gilliland, and John Hunter Nememchek made it three wide with John Hunter Nemechek taking the lead of the race.

Lap 221 John Hunter Nemeche leads the race with Grant Enfinger ins second, Kyle Benjamin in third, Todd Gilliland in fourth, and Brett Moffit in fifth.

The caution flag comes out when Johnny Sauter had an on track issue and was hit from behind by Matt Crafton.

Johnny Sauter had power issues and had to replace the battery in his truck.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart.

With only 20 laps remaining in the race, John Hunter Nemechek is in the lead with Kyle Benjamin in second; Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 233 when Robby Lyons is stopped on the track with engine issues.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 238 and holds on to the lead of the race.

The caution flag comes out for Reid Wilson before the lap is complete.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart with only seven laps remaining in the race.

Fox broadcaster Michael Waltrip noted that it would take a miracle to finish the race without another caution flag.

Kyle Benjamin challenges John Hunter Nemechek for the lead but Nemechek holds on to lead the race.

Five to go, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Kyle Benjamin, Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger, and Noah Gragson rounding out the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek takes the white flag.

John Hunter Nemechek holds off Kyle Benjamin to win the race.

The unofficial results of the Alpha Energy Solutions 250:
John Hunter Nemechek
Kyle Benjamin
Brett Moffitt
Grant Enfinger
Noah Gragson
Myatt Snider
Timothy Peters
Harrison Burton
Austin Hill
Justin Haley
Dalton Sargeant
Ben Rhodes
Corey Roper
Todd Gilliland
Matt Crafton
Reid Wison
Dawson Cram
Wendell Chavous
Johnny Sauter
Stewart Friesen
Tyler Matthews
Jordan Anderson
Kyle Donahue
Robby Lyons
Josh Reaume
Cody Coughlin
Austin Wayne Self
Justin Fontaine
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Kevin Donahue
Norm Benning
Mike Senica

Auditions Conclude on ‘American Idol’

On the final night of auditions on “American Idol” the crew is quickly planning a big surprise for Lionel Richie…when he arrives at the auditorium, they sing his hit song “Hello”. Lionel said that he loved the performance.

Gabby Barrett sang a song from her idol Carrie Underwood for her audition. Katy stopped her and asked her to sing another song. Gabby chose another Carrie song but the judges tried to moved her in another direction…because they wanted to hear her. Gabby chose a church song and had Lionel saying that she was on fire. Gabby got three yeses and her ticket to Hollywood. Katy wanted to punk her Dad. Katy told her Dad that Gabby didn’t make it and was upset.

Caitlin Lucia chose Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” for her audition. Katy said that Caitlin put her own spin on the song. The judges think that Caitlin was only scraping the top. Caitlin got three absolute yeses fro the judges.

Back in New Orleans, Amelia Presley claims to be a sixth cousin of The King, Billy Crunk, and Bailey Eubanks all sang Elvis songs for their auditions. But Elvis impersonator Drake Milligan chose a Country song for his audition. Luke said that Drake crushed it. Lionel noted that Drake is comfortable in himself. Katy called Drake a star in the making. Drake got his ticket to Hollywood.

In Savannah, Mylon Shamble chose “Stand By Me” for her audition but got stopped by Luke but after Katy said it was best she had ever heard, they told Mylon to keep singing. She got her ticket to Hollywood.

But there were several singers whose nerves got the better of them.

When Lee said that “Zoom” by The Commodores was her favourite song, Lionel Richie started singing the song and Lee joined in. Katy said that she felt that she was watching something very special. Luke called it awesome. Then Lee Vasi chose a Toni Braxton song for her audition song. Lionel said that she wasn’t quite all together. Katy called her a good performer but has more to learn. Luke said that she is very close to being a complete package. Luke added that if Lee would listen to them, she could be top 10. Lee got her ticket to Hollywood.

Back to Los Angeles where the judges see some real characters and some questionable song choices.

An energetic Michael Woodard got a shakedown form Lionel to help settle his nerves that allowed him to belt out his audition. Lionel noted that Michael sang from his heart; adding that it was refreshing. Katy said that he has a soft and beautiful soul. Luke said that America is going to pull for Michael. With three yeses Michael got his golden ticket.

Choreographer Brielle Rathbun gave Luke a dance lesson, Katy wanted to see a hip thrust, before performing “Gravity” by Sara Bareillis. A smiling Lionel said that he really liked what she did and was in control. Luke liked that Brielle was just singing and looked natural. Brielle got her ticket to Hollywood.

Carly Moffa sang an original song for her audition. Lionel said that Carly gave them the whole package. Luke called her tremendous. Katy compared Carly to Florence of Florence and the Machine. Luke yelled for Carly’s mama to come in the room.

Back to Savannah and Ayana “rose” Lawson sang the Bonnie Raitt song “I Can’t Make You Love Me” for her audition. Saying that he wanted for her, Lionel noted that the competition is staggering. Luke said that she has a good voice. Katy said that Rose needs to develop a little more. Lionel told her to practice and come back next year.

Back in New York, Alabama native Samuel Swanson chose Al Green’s “Lets Stay Together” for his audition. Luke said that he could see that Samuel was nervous; adding that Samuel’s voice is velvet. Lionel said that there was an effortless quality to Samuel’s voice; adding that Samuel’s voice reminded him of Luther Vandross. He got his ticket to Hollywood.

Heavy metal rocker Damiano Scarfi showed off his range with “More than a Feeling” but did not impress the judges enough to move on. Luke called it a time capsule moment; adding he has a lot of tools. Lionel said that he doesn’t know where to put it.

In Savannah, Luke is streaming the Georgia Bulldogs Florida Gators game between singers.

For the final audition in Savannah, Jurnee chose the Andra Day song “Rise Up” for her audition. Lionel called the performance fantastic. Katy didn’t believe Jurnee’s name was Jurnee. Katy said that Jurnee has arrived. Lionel loved the vocal control. Jurnee got her ticket to Hollywood.

The auditions completed, Luke crashed a wedding party where the couple were big fans of his.

After getting eliminated during Hollywood week in season 12, Adam Sanders returns to try again in drag as Ada Vox. Lionel called it amazing. Luke wanted to know her range. Lionel said that he was very happy Ada owned her talent and was true to herself; adding that she has an amazing amount of talent. She got her ticket to Hollywood.

On Monday Hollywood week begins for 169 singers.

45th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominees

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 45th annul Daytime Emmy Awards on March 21. The gala event revealing the winners will be on April 29 in Pasadena, California.

Sheryl Underwood and Mario Lopez will be hosting the event.

The Daytime Emmy Awards covers all television programming from 2am til 6pm.

Winners for Outstanding Achievement in Animation have already been awarded:
Marie Thorhauge Torslev – production designer on “Through the Woods”
Steve C. Meyers – background layout artist for “Puppy Dog Pals”
Tom Caulfield – storyboard artist for “Tangled: The Series”
Michelle Park – colour designer for “Star vs. the Forces of Evil”
Robyn Yannoukos – colourist for “Tumble Leaf”

The nominees for the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards are:
Outstanding Dram Series:
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“Days of Our Lives”
“General Hospital”
“The Young and the Restless”

Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series:
“The Bay The Series”
“Eastsiders”
“Ladies of the Lake”
“Tainted Dreams”
“Venice The Series”
“Zac & Mia”

Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series:
“Dino Dana”
“Julie’s Greenroom”
“Sesame Street’
“Sprout House”

Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series:
“Annedroids”
“Free Rein”
“Nat Geo Kids Block”
“Odd Squad”
“Top Chef Junior”

Outstanding Education or Informational Series:
“Giver”
“Mind Field”
“Sea Rescue”
“The Henry Ford’s nnovation Nation”
“Xploration DIY Sci”
“Xploration DIY Space”

Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Series:
“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”
“Nature Cat”
“Peg+Cat”

The Stinky & Dirty Show”
“Tumble Leaf”

Outstanding Children’s Animated Series:
“Lost in Oz”
“SpongeBob SquarePants”
“The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show”
“Trollhunters”
“Wild Kratts”

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program:
“DuckTales: Woo-oo!”
“All Hail King Julien: Exiled”
“Octonauts: Operation Dee Freeze”
“Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale”
“A StoryBots Christmas”

Outstanding Culinary Program:
“A Chef’s Life”
“Giada Entertains”
“Lidia’s Kitchen”
“Mind of a Chef”
“Valerie’s Home Cooking”

Outstanding Game Show:
“Family Feud”
“Jeopardy!”
“Let’s Make a Deal”
“The Price is Right”
“Who Wants to be a Millionaire”

Outstanding Legal or Courtroom Program:
“Couples Court wit the Cutlers”
“Divorce Court”
“Judge Judy”
“Judge Mathis”
“Justice with Judge Mablean”
“The People’s Court”

Outstanding Lifestyle Program:
“Ask This Old House”
“Home & Family”
“Naturally Danny Seo”
“Renovation Realities: Ben and Ginger”
“This Old House”

Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program:
“1
st Look”
“Destination Craft with Jim West”
“Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild”
“The Voyager with Josh Garcia”
“Xploration Awesme Planet”

Outstanding Morning Program:
“CBS Sunday Morning”
“CBS This Morning”
“Good Morning America”
“Today”

Outstanding Spanish Language Morning Program:
“Cafe’”
“Despierta”
“Neustro Mundo”
“Un Nuevo Dia”

Outstanding Informative Talk Show:
“The Chew”
“The Dr. Oz Show”
“Megyn Kelly Today”
Larry King Now”
“Steve Harvey”

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show:
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
“Live with Kelly and Ryan”
“The Real”
“The Talk”
”The View”

Outstanding Spanish Language Entertainment Program:
“Destinos”
“El Gordo y la Flaca”
“Lanzate”
‘Showbiz”
“SuperLatina with Gaby Natale”

Outstanding Entertainment News Program:
“Access Hollywood”
“DailyMailTV”
“E! News”
“Entertainment Tonight”
“Extra”

Outstanding Special Class Series:
“The Great Big Show”
“Lucky Dog with Brandon McMillan”
“Roman Atwood’s Day Dreams”
“Super Soul Sunday”
“Xploration Earth 205”

Outstanding Special Class Special:
“The 91
st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”
“An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance”
“Bean”
“I’m with the Banned”
“KEVYN AUCOIN Beauty & The Beast in Me”
“Skyward”

Outstanding Special Class Short Format Daytime Program:
“8-Bit Legacy: The Curious History of Video Games”
“DreamWorks Celebrates International Women’s Day 2017”
“Sesame Street: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with Julia & Elmo”
“Storyline Online”
“Weird but True! Shorts”

Outstanding Interactive Media Enhancement to a Daytime Program or Series:
“Annedroids”
“DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender”
“Fruit Ninja Frenzy Force”
“Jeopardy!”
“Sesame Street”
“A StoryBots Christmas – StoryBots.com”

Outstanding Interactive Media for an Original Daytime Program or Series:
“ASTEROIDS!
“I’m with The Banned”
“Manifest 99”
“Son of Jaguar”

Outstanding Topical Daytime Promotional Announcement:
“Dr. Phil: Mother Knows Best: A Story of Munchausen By Proxy and Murder”
“Dr. Phil: Singer Sinead O’Connor Speaks Out after Hotel Breakdown: The Exclusive Interview”
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show: The Puppy Episode”
“Top Chef Junior Launch Campaign”
“Undocumented and Unafraid: Forbidden”

Outstanding Brand Image Campaign Promotional Announcement for a Network or Program:
“Asian Pacific Heritage Month: Be Inspired”
“Black History Month”
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Be Kind to One Another”
“Nickelodeon: 217 Black History Month Campaign”
“Nickelodeon: That’ Me Campaign”
“Nick Junior: Girls in Charge”
“Value PBS: Landon’s Story”

Outstanding Leading Actress in a Drama Series:
Eileen Davidson as Ashley Abbot on “The Young and the Restless”
Nancy Lee Grahn as Alexis Davis on “General Hospital”
Marci Miller as Abigail Deveraux in “Days of Our Lives”
Maura West as Ava Jerome in “General Hospital”
Laura Wright as Carly Corinthos in “General Hospital”

Outstanding Leading Actor in a Drama Series:
Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott in “The Young and the Restless”
Michael Easton as Hamilton Finn in “General Hospital”
“John McCook as Eric Forrester in “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Billy Miller as Jason Morgan/Drew in “General Hospital”
James Reynolds as Abe Carver in “Days of Our Lives”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Maria Adams as Dina mergeron in “”The Young and the Restless”
Camryn Grimes as Mariah Copeland in “The Young nd the Restless”
Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie Williams in “Days of Our Lives”
Elizabeth Hendrickson as Chloe Mitchell in “The Young and the Restless”
jacqueline MacInnes Wood as Steffy Forrester Spencer in “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Mishael Morgan as Hilary Curtis in “The Young and the Restless”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Wally Kurth as Ned Quartermaine in “General Hospital”
Chandler massey as Will horton on “Days of Our Lives”
Anthony Montgomery as Dr. Andre Maddox in “General Hospital”
Greg Rikaart as Kevin Fisher in “The Young and the Restless”
Greg Vaughan as Eric Brady in “Days of Our Lives”

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series:
Reign Edwards as Nicole Avant Forrester in “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Hayley Erin as Kiki jerome in “General Hospital”
Cait Fairbanks as Tessa Porter in “The Young and the Restless”
Olivia Rose keegan as Clair Brady in “Days of Our Lives”
Chloe Lanier as Nelle Benson in “General Hospital”

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series:
Lucas Adams as Tripp Dalton in “Days of Our Lives”
Rome Flynn as Zende Forrester in “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Tristan lake Leabu as Reed Hellstrom in “The Young and the Restless”
Casey moss as JJ Deveraux in “Days of Our Lives”
Hudson West as Jake Webber in “General Hospital”

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series:
Ryan Ashton as Zach Sinnett in “The Young and the Restless”
Robb Derringer as Scooter Nelson in “Days of Our Lives”
John Enos as Roger in ‘Days of Our Lives”
Morgan Fairchild as Anjelica in “Days of Our Lives”
Vernee Watson as Stella Henry in “General Hospital”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series:
Mary Beth Evans as Sara Garrett in “The Bay The Series”
Vanessa Kelly as Journee in “Giants”
Lilly Melgar as Janice Ramos in “The Bay The Series”
Alicia Minshew as Angelica Caruso in “Tainted Dreams”
Anne Winters as Mia Phillips in “Zac & Mia”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series:
Kristos Andrews as Pete Garrett in “The Bay The Series”
james Bland as Malachi in “Giants”
Richard Brooks as Augustus Barringer in “The Rich and the Ruthless”
Van Hansis as Thom in the “Eastsiders”
Kian Lawley as Zac Meier in “Zac & Mia”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series:
Molly Burnett as laura in “Relationship Status”
Jade Harlow as Lianna Ramos in “The Bay The Series”
Terri Ivens as Orchid in “The Bay The Series”
Kira Reed Lorsch as Jo Connors in “The Bay The Series”
Alexis G. Zall as Bec Meier in “Zac & Mia”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series:
Brandon Beemer as Evan Blackwell in “The Bay The Series”
Stephen Guarino as Quicny in “Eastsiders”
John Halbach as Ian in “Eastsiders”
Eric Nelsen as Daniel Garrett in “The Bay The Series”
Derrell Whitt as Will Campbell in “The Bay The Series”

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Daytime Drama Series:
Jennifer Bassey as Beverly Newman in “Anacostia”
Thomas Calabro as Arthur Tobin in “The Bay The Series”
Patrika Darbo as Mickey Walker in “The Bay The Series”
Chad Duell as Adam Kenway in “The Bay The Series”
Mike E. Winfield as Jeremy in “Conversations in L.A.”

Outstanding Performer in a Children’s, Preschool Children’s, or Educational and Informational Program:
Kristos Andrews as Tyler in “This Just In”
Ed Asner as Santa Claus in “A StoryBots Christmas”
Dove Cameron as Liv and Maddie Rooney in “Liv and Maddie: Cali Style”
Michela Luci as Dana in “Dino Dana”
Raven Symone as Raven Baxter in “Raven’s Home”

Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program:
Christopher Diamantopoulos as Master Eon in “Skylanders Academy”
Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants in “SpongeBob SquarePants”
Tress MacNeille as Aprilcot, madame Blueberry, Junior Asparagus, Lisa Asparagus, and Night Pony in “VeggieTales in the City”
Andy Richter as Mort, Grammy Mort, and Smart Mort in “All Hail King Julien: Exiled”
John Tartaglia as Splash and Mirs. Tidy on “Splash and Bubbles”

Outstanding Culinary Host:
Vivian Howard on “A Chef’s Life”
Giada De Laurentiis on “Giada Entertains”
Guy Fieri on “Guy’s Ranch Kitchen”
Lidia Bastianich on “Lidia’s Kitchen”
Danny Bowien on “Mind of a Chef”

Outstanding Spanish Language Talent in a Daytime Program:
Raul De Molia as host on “El Gordo y la Flaca”
Lili Estefan as host on “El Gordo y la Flaca”
Francisco Fuentes as a Correspondent on “El Gordo y la Flaca”
Guillermo Arduino as Anchor on “Encuentro”
Gabriela Natale as host on “SuperLatina with Gaby Natale”

Outstanding Game Show Host:
Steve Harvey on “Family Fued”
Alex Trebek on “Jeopardy”
Wayne Brady on “Let’s Make a Deal”
Pat Sajak on “Wheel of Fortune”
Chris Harrison on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”

Outstanding Host for a Lifestyle, Travel, Children’s, or Educational and Informational Program:
Roman Atwood for “Roman Atwood’s Day Dreams”
Jack Hanna for “Jack Hanna’s into the Wild”
Brandon McMillan for “lucky Dog with Brandon McMillan”
David osmond for “Wonderama”
Steve Spangler for “Xploration DIY Sci”

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host:
Kit Hoover and Natalie Morales on “Acess Hollywood”
Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron on “Pickler and Ben”
Steve Harvey on ‘Steve Harvey”
Dr. Mehmet Oz on “The Dr. Oz Show”
Larry King on “Larry King Now”

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host:
Harry Connick, Jr on “Harry”
Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seachrest on “Live with Kelly and Ryan”
Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry-Housley on “The Real”
Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Shreyl Underwood, and Aaisha Tyler on “The Talk”
Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain, Paula Faris, and Jedediah Bila on “The View”

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series:
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“Days of Our Lives’
“General Hospital”
“The Young and the Restless”

Outstanding Direction in a Drama Series:
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“Days of Our Lives’
“General Hospital”
“The Young and the Restless”

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series:
“Days of Our Lives’
“General Hospital”
“The Young and the Restless”

Outstanding Art Direction, Set Decoration, and Scenic Design for a Drama Series:
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“Days of Our Lives’
“General Hospital”
“The Young and the Restless”

Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama Series:
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“Days of Our Lives’
“General Hospital”
“The Young and the Restless”

Outstanding Technical Team for a Drama Series:
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“Days of Our Lives’
“General Hospital”
“The Young and the Restless”

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama Series:
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“Days of Our Lives’
“General Hospital”
“The Young and the Restless”

Outstanding Sound Mixing for Live and Direct to Tape in a Drama Series:
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“Days of Our Lives’
“General Hospital”
“The Young and the Restless”

Outstanding Music Direction and composition for a drama Series:
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“Days of Our Lives’
“General Hospital”
“The Young and the Restless”

Outstanding Original Song in a Drama Series:
“End of Time” from “The Bold and the Beautiful”
“Sun Still Shines” from “Days of Our Lives”
“Perfume Smoke” from “General Hospital”
“Who I Am” from “General Hospital”
“Moon and Back’ form “The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Costume Design for a Drama Series:
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“General Hospital”
“The Young and the Restless”

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Drama Series:
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“Days of Our Lives’
“General Hospital”
“The Young and the Restless”

Outstanding Makeup for a Drama Series:
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“Days of Our Lives’
“General Hospital”
“The Young and the Restless”

Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special:
“Blaze and the Monster Machines”
“Elena of Avalor”
“Puppy Dog Pals”
“Sunny Day”
“Tangled; The Series”

Outstanding Writing for a Digital Drama Series:
“The Bay The Series”
“Conversations in L.A.”
“Eastsiders”
“Relationship Status”
“Zac & Mia”


Outstanding Writing for an Animated Preschool Program:
“Disney Doc McStuffins”
‘Octonauts”
“Peg+Cat”
“A StoryBots Christmas”
“Vampirina”

Outstanding Writing fo an Animated Program:
“All Hail King Julien”
“Elena of Avalor”
“The Loud House”
“Trollhunters”
“Welcome to the Wayne”

Outstanding Writing for a Chridren’s, Preschool Children’s, or Family Viewing Program:
“Biz Kid$”
“Free Rein”
“Julie’s Greenroom”
“Odd Squad”
“Sesame Street”

Outstanding Special Class Writing:
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
“Super Soul Sunday”
“The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation”
“Xploration Earth 2050”
“Xploration Outer Space”

Outstanding Direction for a Digital Drama Series:
“The Bay The Series”
“Eastsiders”
“Relationship Status”
“Venice The Series”
“Zac & Mia”

Outstanding Direction in an Animated Program:
“Danger & Eggs”
“Disney Mickey Mouse”
“The Loud House”
“The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show”
“Niko and the Sword of Light”

Outstanding Direction in a Preschool Animated Program:
“The Stinky & Dirty Show”
“A StoryBots Christmas”
“Through the Woods”
“Tumble Leaf”
“Vampirina”

Outstanding Direction in a Children’s, Preschool Children’s, or Family Viewing Program:
“Free Rein”
“Julie’s Greenroom”
“Odd Squad”
“Sesame Street”
“Top Chef Junior”


Outstanding Direction in a Single Camera Lifestyle, Culinary, Travel or Educational and Informational Program:
“Ask This Old House”
“A Chef’s Life”
“Family Ingredients”
“Giada’s Holiday Handbook”
“Mind of a Chef”
“Renovation Realities: Ben & Ginger”

Outstanding Direction in a Multi Camera Lifestyle, Culinary, or Educational and Informational Program:
“Furze World Wonders”
“The Kitchen”
“Milk Street”
“Nick Stellino Storyteller in the Kitchen”
“Trisha’s Southern Kitchen”

Outstanding Direction in a Talk Show, Entertainment News, or Morning Program:
“DailyMailTV”
“Harry”
“Pickler and Ben”
“Rachael Ray”
“The Real”

Outstanding Direction in a Game Show:
“Family Feud”
“Let’s Make a Deal”
“The Noise”
“The Price is Right”

Outstanding Direction in Special Class Programming:
“An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life”
“Disney’s Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall”
“East Los High”
“Skyward”
“Super Soul Sunday”


Outstanding Art Direction, Set Decoration, and Scenic Design:
“Buddy Thunderstruck”
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
“Odd Squad”
“Project Mc
2
“Sesame Street”
“The Talk”


Outstanding Lighting Direction:
“Annedroids”
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
“Odd Squad”
“Sesame Street”
“The Talk”

Outstanding Techical Team:
“Disney pars Magical Christmas Celebration”
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
“Jeopardy!”
“Sesame Street”
“The Price is Right”


Outstanding Cinematography:
“An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance”
“Buddy Thunderstruck”
“Family Ingredients”
“Free Rein”
“Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin”
“Scars of Nanking”

Outstanding Single Camera Editing:
“1st Look”
“Cop and a Half: New Recruit”
“Free Rein”
“Giada in Italy”
“Scars of Nanking”

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing:
“Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen”
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
“Roman Atwood’s Day Dreams”
“Sesame Street”
“Trisha’s Southern Kitchen”


Outstanding Sound Mixing for Live and Direct to Tape Programming:
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
“Family Feud”
“Harry”
“The Price is Right”

Outstanding Sound Mixing:
“Annedroids”
“Disney’s Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall”
“Odd Squad”
“Sesame Street”
“Super Soul Sunday”

Outstanding Sound Mixing in an Animated Program:
“The Adventures of Puss in Boots”
“All Hail ing Julien”
“All Hail King Julien: Exiled”
“Dragons: Race to the Edge”
“Lost in Oz”

Outstanding Sound Mixing in a Preschool Animated Program:
“Beat Bugs: All Together Now”
“Dinotrux”
“If You Give a Mous a Cookie”
“Pete the Cat A Groovy New Year”
“Rusty Rivets”
“The Stinky & Dirty Show”

Outstanding Live Action Sound Editing:
“An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance”
“Annedroids”
“Dino Dana”
“Sesame Street”
“Weird But True”

Outstanding Sound Editing in Animated Programming:
“The Adventures of Puss in Boots”
“All Hail King Julien”
“All Hail King Julien: Exiled”
“LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures”
“Marvel’s Spider-Man”
“Trollhunters”

Outstanding Sound Editing in a Preschool Animated Program:
“Beat Bugs: All Together Now”
“Click Clack Moo: Christmas at the Farm”
Dinotrux”
“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”
“Mickey and the Roadster Racers”
“A StoyBots Christmas”
“The Stinky and Dirty Show”


Outstanding Music and Composition:
“Blaze and the Monster Machines”
“Elena of Avalor”
“Sofia The First”
“Tangled: The Series”
“The Tom & Jerry Show”

Outstanding Original Song:
“Forever Bold” from “Becoming Bold and Beautiful”
“60 Second Song” from “Harry”
“Prologue – El Fez’ Song” from “Hotel Transylvania The Series”
“A Song About Songs” from “Sesame Street”
“Try a Little Kindness” from “Sesame Street”

Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytie Program:
“Cumberland Gap: If We Were Vampires” by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit from “CBS This Morning Saturday”
“Runnin’” by Pharrell Williams on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
“Love Do What It Do” by Robert Randolph & The Family Band on “Rachael Ray”
“Rise Up” by Andra Day and Common on ‘The View”
“You Will Be Found” by Ben Platt and the Cast of “Dear Evan Hansen” on the “Today Show”

Outstanding Costume Design and Styling:
“An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance”
“Liv and Maddie: Cali Style”
“Odd Squad”
“Project Mc
2
“The Talk”
“The View”


Outstanding Hairstyling:
“Harry”
“Live with Kelly and Ryan”
“Odd Squad’
“Pickler and Ben”
“Project Mc
2
“Sesame Street”

Outstanding Makeup:
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
“Harry”
“Live with Klly and Ryan”
“The Talk”
“Walk the Prank”

Outstanding Stunt Coordination:
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“Cop and a Half: New Recruit”
“Days of Our Lives”
“Free Rein”
“The Young and the Restless”

NEEDTOBREATHE

The rock band NEEDTOBREATHE are embarking on a tour around the U.S. with stops in Toronto and Abbotsford.  the tour will last into the fall.

JOHNNYSWIM will be the opening act for all tour dates with Billy Raffoul, Forest Blakk, and The Rocketboys opening on various dates.

Tickets for the Forever On Your Side tour go on sale march 30.

Forever On Your Side tour dates:
Aug 1 at the Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, TX
Aug 11 at the Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 12 at the Mud Island Amphitheater in Memphis, TN
Aug 14 at the Meadow Brook Amphithreatre in Rochester Hills, MI
Aug 15 at the RBC Echo Beach in Toronto, ON
Aug 17 at The Anthem in Washington, DC
Aug 18 at the Blue Hills Bank pavilion in Boston, MA
Aug 19 at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA
Aug 21 at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC
Aug 22 at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC
Aug 24 at the Verzon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA
Aug 25 at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN
Aug 26 at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, IN
Sept 4 at the PNC Pavilion at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Sept 5 at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland, OH
Sept 7 at The Armory in Minneapolis, MN
Sept 8 at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, IL
Sept 9 at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO
Sept 10 at the Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater in Lincoln, NE
Sept 12 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO
Sept 14 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR
Sept 15 at the WMu Theater in Seattle, WA
Sept 16 at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre in Abbotsford, BC
Sept 18 at The Fox Theater in Oakland, CA
Sept 19 at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA
Sept 21 at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre in San Diego, CA
Sept 22 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Sept 23 at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Sept 27 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR
Sept 28 at The Pavilion at the Toyota Msuic Factory in Irving, TX
Sept 29 at The Cynchita Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
Sept 3 at The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach AL
Oct 2 at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL
Oct 4 at the Legacy Arena at BJCC in Birmingham, AL
Oct 5 at the Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN
Oct 6 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC
Oct 7 at the Volvo Car Stadium in Daniel Island, SC

Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and Dwight Yoakam

Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and the Dukes, and Dwight Yoakam are joining forces for what they are calling the LSD Tour this summer.

King Leg is joining the tour as the opening act for the tour.

Tickets for the tour go on sale March 30.

LSD Tour dates:
June 12 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
June 13 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY
June 15 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY
June 16 at the Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford, NH
June 17 at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD
June 19 at the Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD
June 20 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
June 21 at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO
Aug 1 at The Masonic in San Francisco, CA
Aug 3 at the Open Air Theatre in San Diego, CA
Aug 4 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 10 at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC
Aug 11 at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater in Charlotte, NC
Aug 12 at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN
Aug 14 at the Red Rock Amphitheater in Morrison, CO
Aug 16 at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL
Aug 17 at the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre in Rochester, MI
Aug 18 at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn in Indianapolis, IN

Ringo Starr’s All Star Band

Newly knighted Sir Ringo Starr is continuing his All Star Band tour.

The band will begin their musical journey of spreading peace and love in Europe over the summer and then head for North America for the fall.

For this tour Sir Ringo’s All Stars include Colin Hay from Men at Work, Greg Rolie from Journey and Santana, and Graham Gouldman from 10cc.

Ringo Starr’s All Star Band tour dates:
June 2 at the Borgata Casino Event Center in Atlantic City, NJ
June 6 at the L’olympia in Paris, France
June 8 at the Holland Blues Festival in Grolloo, Netherlands
June 9 at the Flens Arena in Flensberg, Germany
June 10 at the StadtPark in Hamburg, Germany
June 13 at the Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland
June 15 at the Lunden in Horsens, Denmark
June 16 at the Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany
June 17 at the Stadthalle in Zwickau, Germany
June 19 at the Congress Hall in Prague, Czech Republic
June 20 at the Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria
June 23 at the Menorah in Tel Aviv, Israel
June 26 at the St. Jordi Club in Barcelona, Spain
June 28 at the WiZink Center in Madrid, Spain
June 29 at the Coliseum in La Caruna, Spain
July 1 at the Bizkia Arena in Bilbao, Spain
July 4 at the Rockhal in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
July 6 at the Sporting Complex in Monte Carlo, Monaco
July 8 at the Piazza Napoleone in Lucca, Italy
July 9 at the Piazza Degli Scacchi in Marostica, Italy
July 11 at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica Cavea in Rome, Italy
Sept 1 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, OK
Sept 2 at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers, AR
Sept 3 at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO
Sept 5 at the Iowa State Center in Ames, IA
Sept 7 at The Fox Theatre in St Louis, MO
Sept 8 in Milwaukee, WI – venue yet to be determined
Sept 9 at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, IN
Sept 11 at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, OH
Sept 13 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY
Sept 14 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
Sept 15 at The Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT
Sept 17 at the Bosch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, MA
Sept 19 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 21 at the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield Park, OH
Sept 22 at The Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL
Sept 23 at the Ordway Center for the performing Arts in St. Paul, MN
Sept 25 at the paramount Theatre in Denver, CO
Sept 27 at Humphreys in San Diego, CA
Sept 28 at the City National Civic in San Jose, CA
Sept 29 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

New Music Friday – March 23

This week in New Music Friday there are nearly five dozen new releases that includes music from the Squirrel Nut Zippers, the Grateful Dead, Jack White, The Moody Blues, some bootleg music from Miles Davis and John Coltrane, Kelly Clarkson, Chief Keef, Neil Young, Toni Braxton, George Ezra, and Wynton Marsalis.

Albums:
“‘Til the End” by MitiS
“137 Avenue” by Kaniama
“25/7” by Victor manuelle
“Auri” by Auri
“Beasts of Burgundy” by the Squirrel Nut Zippers
“A Beautiful Story” by Poodieville
“The Best of the Grateful Dead” Live Remastered by the Grateful Dead
“Boarding House Reach” by Jack White
“Calidad Y Cantidad” by La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho
“Castles” by Lissie
“Cruise Control” by DJ Luke Nasty
“Days of Future Passed” Live by The Moody Blues
“Don Talk by Don Q
“Don’t Let the Devil Ride” by Paul Thorn
“Earthrage” by W.E.T.
“Edgewood” by Trouble & Mike WiLL Made-It
“The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. y” by Miles Davis and John Coltrane
“Future” by Jordan Feliz
“A Great Work” by Brian Courtney Wilson
“Hard Feelings” by blessthefall
“Home State” by Jordan Davis
“”Infinite” by Goody Grace
Original Soundtrack for “Isle of Dogs” by Various Artists
“The Kid are Alright” by Chloe x Halle
“The Leek, Vol.5″ by Chief Keef
Made an America” by THE FEVER 333
“Mindf****r” by Monster Magnet
“New Material” by Preoccupations
Original motion picture soundtrack for “Pacific Rim Uprising” by Lorne Balfe
Original Music from the film “Paradox” by Neil Young and Promise of the Real
“Pilot” by Hot Mulligan
“Places We Don’t KNow” by Kasbo
“The Questions” by Kurt Elling
“Radio Voltaire” by Kino
“Rough Drafts, Pt. 1” by Trevor Jackson
“Run Deep” by Deva Mahal
“Sex & Cigarettes” by Toni Braxton – in both clean and explicit versions
“Staying at Tamara’s” by George Ezra
Original motion picture soundtrack for “The Strangers: Prey at Night” by Adrian Johnston
“Summertime Songs” by Field Report
“Sweet Unknown” by Erika Wennerstrom
“Twentytwo in Blue” by Sunflower Bean
“United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas” by the Wynton Marsalis Septet featuring Wynton Marsalis
“Used Future” by The Sword
“Wayon & WIllie 2” by Jelly Roll and Struggle Jennnings
“Jazz Me OUtside, Pt. 2” by Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

EPs:
“Accidents on Purpose” by LeMay
“Califormia” by Diplo
“Covers” by JP Cooper
“FLYGOD is Good…All the Time” by Westside Gunn
“Glitter” by 070 Shake
“I Don’t Think About You” Remixes by Kelly Clarkson
“Pineapple Wine” by Morgan Heritage
“Smoke” by Ro James
“To Dream” by Timeflies
“Topbrazil” Remixes by Fischerspooner
“Yung Bans, Vol 4” by Yung Bans

Echo Black

The rocker of Echo Black have created and released their debut album “Dawn” complete with the help of their fans and a crowd sourcing campaign.

And next month the band will be heading out on the road for a tour.

April 7 at The Drunk Horse Pub in Fayetteville, NC
April 9 at The Blue note in Tampa, FL
April 10 at The haven Lounge in Winter Park, FL
April 11at Rack ‘Em Spirits & Times in Cape Coral, FL
April 13 at the Carts, Bikers, 7 Babes Rally in Houston, TX
April 14 at The Zone in Abilene, TX
April 15 at Boozers Rockbar in Corpus Christie, TX
April 16 at The Rail Club in Ft. Worth, TX
April 17 at the Red Brick Bar in Norman, OK
April 18 at Hero’s in Fort Smith, AR
April 19 at Aftershock live in Merriam, KS
April 20 at The Phoenix Lounge in Sioux Falls, SD
April 21 at Lifers in Algona, iA
April 24 at Bayso’s in Grayson, KY
April 26 at Hijynx in Fort Atkinson, WI
April 27 at The Music Factory in Battle Creek, MI
April 28 at the Ground Flor 2.0 in Williamsport, PA
April 29 at the Therapy Cafe in Dayton, OH
April 30 at Mohawk Place in Buffalo, NY
May 2 at the Asbury Park Music Foundation in Asbury Park, NJ
May 3 at the Voltage Lounge in Philadelphia, PA
May 4 at The Knitting Factory in New York City, NY
May 5 at 37th and Zen in Norfolk, VA

Joe Perry

Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler isn’t the only member of the rock band to go solo.  Lead guitarist Joe Perry has a new album out – “Sweetzerland Manifesto”.

To celebrate…and promote…the release, Perry has picked three cities where he will perform live in his Joe Perry and Friends show.

Tickets for the three April shows are currently on sale.

April 18 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA
April 19 at the Hampton Beach Casino in Hampton Beach, NH
April 20 at the Borgata Music Box in Atlantic City, NH

RuPaul Premiere’s Drag Race Season 10

It has been 10 years since RuPaul first launched her reality series “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. After crowning three All Star champions, RuPaul is ready to launch her tenth season of Drag Race with 14 new queens, new guest star judges, and new challenges for the queens.

The queens for season 10 are:
After injuring her knee on season nine Eureka has returned to Drag Race.
Asia O’Hara from Dallas
Miz Cracker from New York City
Yuhua Humasaki from New York City – she was born in China
Blair St. Clair from Indianapolis – she is the first queen from Indiana
Monet X Change from The Bronx
Kameron Michaels from Nashville
Mayhem Miller from Riverside – finally made it on the show after years of auditioning
Kalorie Karbdashion Williams from Albufquerque
Monique Heart from Kansas City
Dusty Ray Bottoms from New York City
The Vixen from Chicago
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo from Tampa
Aquaria from Brooklyn

In her first video, RuPaul uses the names of past Drag Race queens’ names in her message.

Coming into the workroom, RuPaul begins the season with a mini challenge she has been a decade in the making. RuPaul has invited former queens to help her judge the challenge. The queens must “walk the runway” dancing and strutting their stuff.

Back in the workroom, the queens are disrobing and they are shocked at what they see from each other. The girly boys are eyeing each other…

RuPaul comes to the workroom to announce that Monet X Change is the winner of the mini challenge.

Saying that they are going back to their roots, RuPaul issues the first big challenge – the very first challenge in Drag Race – Drag on a Dime. Create million dollar looks creating it from, “a bunch of junk from the 99 cent store.”

Eureka’s knee injury turned out to be a fully torn ACL. She was terrified that she would not be able to dance again.

Miz Cracker has a scrapbook of all of her makeup looks. She says that when things get harried, it helps her to have something to look at.

Miz Cracker and Aquaria are doing the same makeup look.

Joining RuPaul at the judges table are Michelle Visage – her tenth season -, Carson Kressley, and Ross Matthews.

Saying that the runway look was worth every penny, RuPaul said that Kameron Michaels, Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Eureka, Monet X Change, Monique Heart, and The Vixen are all safe for this week.

The remainder of the queens are the top and bottom looks this week.

RuPaul said that before the judging began, she had an announcement to make…she is adding another queen this season – “one we all know and love” – and announces Phera Moan. The person who comes out is really guest judge Christina Aguilera.

In the judges remarks…
Christina loved Kalorie Karbdashion Williams confidence but Michelle was concerned that designing is not Kalorie’s strong suit; adidng that they have seen her design done a few times before. Noting that Kalorie looked like she ran out of time, Carson wanted more impact and Ross noted that she needs to wow them.

Ross loved all the textures in Blair St. Clair’s look. Carson said that she was gorgeous. Christina liked her a lot; adding Blair made her costume look cool and futuristic. Michelle liked the regalness in Blair.

Carson thought Dusty Ray Bottoms’ look was fun and modern. Michelle like Dusty’s costume and how it all came together but did not like the cone on her head for a hat and questioned Dusty’s makeup of dots all over her face.

Carson loved Mayhem Miller’s look. Christina said Mayhem’s creativity is off the chart; adding that she loved the boldness and fearlessness. Michelle noted that it was a great way to come out and start the season. Ross agreed that it was a great start for her. Mayhem got very emotional after trying so many times to get on the show.

Ross said that Vanessa Vanjie Mateo had a lot of flavour. While Michelle loved the quarkiness and campiness of the costume, she noted that Vanessa’s body had no definition, it just looked like stuff was stuck all over the place.

Michelle said that Yuhua was cute and had personality but was predictable. Ross noted that Yuhua knows who she is but questions whether or not she has what it takes to back it up.

Carson gave Miz Cracker kudos for her construction; adding that she sold it on the runway. Michelle said that Mi Cracker constructed a masterpiece, was funny, and smart. Christina was blown away by the look.

After deliberations RuPaul named Miz Cracker, Blair St Clair, Yuhua Hamasuke, and Dusty Ray Bottoms as safe for another week with Mayhem Miller the winner of this week’s challenge; but Kalorie Karbdashion Williams and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo as the two queens in the two queens in the bottom and at risk of going home.

The lip sync for your life this week is “No Other Man” by guest judge Christina Aguilera.

After the lip sync performance, RuPaul tells Kalorie Karbdashion Williams, “chantey, you stay” but for Vaness Vanjie Mateo it was time to “sashay away.”

Next week its a lip syn extravaganza.

During the untucked episode the safe queens discuss the various looks, the first entrances, and RuPaul’s incredible look. The queens noted that mi Cracker has copied Aquaria’s looks and since they are on the show together, Aquaria says that the issue may have to be addressed this soon.

Eureka reveals that this season is a lot harder for her this season because her mom – who is named Eureka – has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

When the remaining queens come backstage, they kick off their shoes. The queens discuss the judges remarks and talk about who they think will be in the bottom. Mayhem gets emotional again as she says that she is convinced that she wasn’t going to make it.

Christina comes back stage and the queens go crazy. They ask her questions and look for some advice. Christina tells them to remember who they are as a person, to remember the good, and the good around you.

Eureka comforts Vanessa who is upset that she might be the one going home.

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Rockers Arcade Fire have planned a quick tour this July around the U.S. that they are calling the Everything Now Continued Tour.

Tickets for the tour are on sale now.

Arcade Fire our dates:
July 7 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
July 8 at the Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI
July 10 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA
July 12 at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC
July 14 at the Sloss music and Arts Festival in Birmingham, AL
July 15 at the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY
July 18 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
July 19 at The Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA
July 20 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA

Devon Allman Project

Blues rockers the Devon Allman Project are on a tour of North America.

July 5 at the Ridgway Town Park in Ridgway, CO
July 7 at The Kessler in Dallas, TX
July 8 at The Heights in Houston, TX
July 9 at Duling Hall in Jackson, MS
July 10 at the Songbirds South in Chattanooga, TN
July 11 at the Southgate House in Newport, KY
July 13 at The Hamilton in Washington, DC
July 14 at The National in Richmond, VA
July 15 at the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue, NY
July 16 at the Port City Music Hall in Portland, ME
July 17 at Songs at Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY
July 18 at The Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY
July 19 at Bull Run in Shirley, MA
July 20 at Concerts on the Beach in Somers Point, NJ
July 21 at The Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA
July 24 at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY
July 25 at the Infinity Music Hall in Hartford, CT
July 26 at Party in the Park in Rochester, NY
July 27 at The Egg in Albany, NY
July 28 at the Red Light Amphitheater in Baldwinsville, NY
July 29 at Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY
July 31 at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford, MA
Aug 2 at Club XL in Harrisburg, PA
Aug 3 at the Flood City Music Fest in Johnstown, PA
Aug 4 at the Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale, PA
Aug 5 & 7 at the Music by the Bay in Ajax, ON
Aug 8 at the Kent Stage in Kent, OH
Aug 9 at the Arcada Theater in Charles, IL
Aug 10 at the Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO
Aug 11 at Riverside Park in Rushville, IN
Aug 12 at the Prairie Magic Music Festival in Valparaiso, IN
Aug 18 at the XIX Frank Rock & Blues Festival in Torreperogil, Spain
Aug 19 at the Sound Stage in Madrid, Spain
Aug 20 at Razzmatazz 3 in Barcelona, Spain
Aug 22 at the Colos-Saal in Aschaffenburg, Germany

Aug 23 at the Musicktheater Piano in Dortmund, Germay
Aug 24 at the Gevarenwinkel Blues Roots and Rock Festival in Herselt, Belgium
Aug 25 at the Culemborg Blues Festival in Culemborg, Netherlands
Aug 26 at Bosuil in Weert, Netherlands
Aug 27 at the Downtown Bluesclub in Hamburg, Germany
Aug 28 at the Privateclub in Berlin, Germany
Aug 29 at the Yard Club in Koln, Germany
Aug 30 at at the Backstage Halle in Munchen, Germany
Aug 31 at Hirsch in Numberg, Germany
Sept 2 at The Fleece in Bristol, UK
Sept 3 at Robin 2 in Bilston, UK
Sept 4 at the Islington Assembley Hall in London, UK
Sept 5 at The 1865 in Southampton, UK
Sept 6 at the Riverside in Newcastle, UK
Sept 7 at the Brudenell in Leeds, UK
Sept 8 at the Academy in Manchester, UK
Sept 9 at the HRH C.R.O.W.S Festival in Sheffield, UK
Sept 30 at the Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD
Oct 2 at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA
Oct 5 at the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh, NC
Oct 6 at the Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC
Oct 7 at The Ramkat in Winston-Salem, NC
Oct 11 at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY
Oct 14 at the Vinyl Music Hall in Pensacola, FL
Oct 17 at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL
Oct 19-21 at Eat to the Beat in Orlando, FL
Feb 14-18 on the Rock Legends Cruise 7 out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Feb 25-March 1 at Keeping the Blues Alive in Tampa, FL

Kansas

The rock band Kansas has some celebrating to do…this year marks 40 years since the band released the album “Point of No Return”.

The fall tour will feature the band playing the six time platinum certified album in its entirety for the first time n history as they entertain fans with more than tow hours worth of music. The band promises to perform songs that they haven’t played in years.

Kansas Anniversary tour dates:
Sept 28 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, GA
Sept 29 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Oct 5 at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA
Oct 6 at Heinz Hall in Pitssburgh, PA
Oct 12 at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, WI
Oct 13 at the Chicago Theater in Chicago, IL
Oct 19 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City, MO
Oct 20 at the Fabulous Fox Theater in St. Louis, MO
Oct 2 at The State Theatre in Kalamazoo, MI
Oct 27 at the Fo Theater in Detroit, MI
Nov 2 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, TX
Nov 3 at the Majestic Theater in Dallas, TX
Nov 9 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH
Nov 10 at the Murat Theatre at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis, IN
Nov 16 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY
Nov 17 at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA
Nov 23 at The F.M Kirby. Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Nov 24 at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric in Baltimore, MD
Nov 30 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC
Dec 1 at The Township Auditorium in Columbia, SC
Dec 6 at the Saenger Theatre in Mobile, AL
Dec 8 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL
Dec 14 at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, FL
Dec 15 at the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Cenbter in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Culture Club, B-52’s and Tom Bailey

This summer Boy George and Culture Club and joining forces with the B-52’s, and Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins for a tour of the United States that will run into the fall. Several of the dates will be in outdoor venues.

Life Tour dates:
June 29 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL
June 30 at the USF Sundome in Tampa, FL
July 1 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre in Pompano Beach, FL
July 6 at the Casino Resort and Sap in Biloxi, MS
July 7 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, TX
July 10 at the Moody Theatre in Austin, TX
July 11 at the Verizon Grand Prairie in Dallas, TX
July 12 at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, OK
July 15 at the Smart Financial in Sugar Land, TX
July 17 at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Carly, NC
July 18 at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA
July 20 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
July 22 at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA
July 24 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
July 26 at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY
July 27 at the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA
July 28 at the Forest Hills Stadium in Forest Hills, NY
July 31 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ
Aug 3 at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Ashbury Park, NJ
Aug 28 at Artpark in Lewiston, NY
Aug 30 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI
Aug 31 & Sept 1 at Ravinia in Chicago, IL
Sept 3 at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, MN
Sept 5 at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, OH
Sept 6 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO
Sept 7 at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO
Sept 8 at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Denver, CO
Sept 13 at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, WA
Sept 14 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA
Sept 15 at the Theatre of the Clouds in Portland, OR
Sept 16 at the Ironstone Amphitheater in Murphys, CA
Sept 18 & 19 at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA
Sept 21 at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 22 at the Reno Event Center in Reno, NV
Sept 23 at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA
Sept 25 at the Open Air Theatre in San Diego, CA
Sept 27 at the Sandia Casino in Albuquerque, NM
Sept 28 at the Morongo in Cabaon, CA
Sept 29 at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center in Las Vegas, NV
Sept 30 at the Talking Stick Resort in Phoenix, AZ
Oct 3 at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Oct 5 at The Big Fresno Fair in Fresno, CA

Panic! at the Disco

Panic! at the Disco has a lot to offer their fans in the coming months.Two new singles have just been released, a new album is on the horizon with a June 22 release, and a tour this summer of the United States with stops in Toronto and Vancouver.

Tickets for the tour go on sale March 30

July 11 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
July 13 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
July 14 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
July 15 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
July 17 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
July 18 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
July 20 at the NYCB Live: Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY
July 21 at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD
July 22 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON
July 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
July 25 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
July 27 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
July 28 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
July 29 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, GA
July 31 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
Aug 1 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Aug 3 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Aug 4 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Aug 5 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
Aug 7 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Aug 8 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 10 at the KeyArena in Seattle, WA
Aug 11 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Aug 12 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Aug 14 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Aug 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 17 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, A
Aug 18 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV

NASCAR Issues Fontana Penalties

After some major issues with inspection difficulties by over a dozen teams prior to qualifying for the Auto Club 400 at Fontana last weekend, the penalties issued by NASCAR after post race inspection were very light.

The lug nut monster took issue with the number 18 over the weekend in the last stop on the west coast swing.

In the Monster Energy Cup Series, the Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 driven by Kyle Busch was charged with not having all 20 of his lug nuts properly secured in post race inspection. As a result of the infraction, Busch’s crew chief Adam Stevens was fined $10,000 with no further punishment issued.

The Xfinity Series number 18, also owned by Joe Gibbs Racing, driven by Ryan Preece in the Monster Energy debut was also charged with not having all of his lug nuts properly secured in post race inspection. As a result, crew chief Eric Phillips has been fined $5,000.

G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, and YBN Nahmir

Hip-Hop artists G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, and YBN Nahmir have teamed up for a summer tour of the United States with a stop in Toronto.

The Endless Summer tour dates:
July 20 at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, WA
July 21 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, WA
July 24 at the Idaho Center Amphitheater in Nampa, ID
July 26 at the USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City, UT
July 28 at the Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA
July 29 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
July 31 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA
Aug 1 at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
Aug 3 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 4 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
Aug 7 at the Provdence Medical Center Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, KS
Aug 9 at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX
Aug 10 at the Starplex Pavilion in Dallas, TX
Aug 11 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR
Aug 12 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO
Aug 14 at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, IL
Aug 16 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
Aug 17 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN
Aug 18 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 22 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
Aug 24 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY
Aug 25 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
Aug 26 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
Aug 28 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
Aug 29 at the Wild Things Park in Washington, PA
Aug 30 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
Aug 31 at the PNC Bank Art Center in Holmdel, NJ
Sept 1 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
Sept 4 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, NC
Sept 5 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA
Sept 7 at the Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Grounds in Tampa, FL
Sept 8 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Pam Beach, FL

Hard Rockin’ with Coffin Hook, God’s Creatures, and Seven Faces

While millions of people around the world were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with pints of Guinness, corned beef, and Irish music; the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls lived up to its name providing some hard rocking music with three western New York bands.

Buffalo’s own Coffin Hook got the night started with what they called death rock that featured lots of screaming guitars and vocals.

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Next up was God’s Creatures to keep the heavy rock and rol going with “Heaven Wants You”, “Goodbye”, “Down the Drain”, “Underground”, “Enemy”, “Hate is a Game”, “Fade”, “Stumble”, “Bury”, and “Shotgun Blues”.

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Seven Faces capped off the night of hard driving rock performing mostly original tunes with “Mr. Crowley”, “Exit Trainwreck”, “Red Light”, “The Flood”, “Charlie Don’t Cry”, “Sanitorium” by Metallica, “#41”, and “Door Wide Open”.

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The three bands packed the house with fans who were ready to rock all night long…and did. The calendar said that it was St. Patrick’s Day but at the Hard Rock Cafe, the calendar didn’t matter…it was time to ROCK!

Godsmack and Shinedown

Hard rockers Godsmack have announced that they are joining up with Shinedown for a summer tour of the United States.

Like a Storm will be the opening act for the first half of the tour with Red Sun Rising taking over the opening act duties for the second half.

July 22 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI
July 24 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY
July 25 at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, MI
July 27 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Tinley Park, IL
July 28 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN
July 29 at the KAZAR B-Day Show in Des Moines, IA
July 31 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Aug 2 at the USANA Amphitheater in West Valley City, UT
Aug 3 at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center in Las Vegas, NV
Aug 4 at the Fivepoint Amphitheater in Irvine, CA
Aug 6 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
Aug 11 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
Aug 12 at the Starplex Pavilion in Dallas, TX
Aug 14 at the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, AR
Aug 15 at the the Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS
Aug 16 at the Cellairis Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA
Aug 18 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 19 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
Aug 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 22 at the Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford, NH
Aug 24 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
Aug 25 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
Aug 26 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
Aug 28 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA
Aug 29 at the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY
Aug 31 at the Mortgage Mountain Performing Arts Center in Scranton, PA
Sept 1 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Sept 2 at the Northwel Health at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY

Yes

The iconic progressive rock band Yes have been rocking the world for 50 years. To mark the historic event the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are launching a tour of North America.

Currently touring in Europe, Yes will begin their North American trek in June with tour dates coming soon.

Yes in Europe:
March 21 at the Centre in Brighton, UK
March 23 at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, UK
March 24 & 25 at the Palladium in London, UK
March 27 at the 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands
March 28 at De Roma in Antwerp, Belgium
March 30 at the Olympia in Paris, France

Additional dates will be added as they come available.

 

Battle Rounds Continue on ‘The Voice’

The battle rounds began on season 14 of “The Voice” on Monday night. Kelly, Blake, and Adam have all used a steal to add to their teams. Kelly has three artists on her team; while Alicia, Blake, and Adam each have two artists on their teams.

Kelly got round two of the battle rounds with Amber Sawyer and Jorge Eduardo performing mentor Hailee Steinfeld’s song “Starving”. The duo sing the song in English and Spanish. Alicia loved the energy. Adam noted that Amber is a fantastic singer but said that Jorge is a diverse performer. Blake like Amber’s stage pressence and personality. Saying that it is her dumbest so far, Kelly noted that Amber rose to the challenge of singing in Spanish but loved the cultural diversity of Jorge. Kelly chose Jorge as the winner of the battle.

Adam paired Davison and Reid Umstattd for the Rihanna song “Love on the Brain” and brought the coaches to their feet. Blake loved the falsetto in Reid’s voice; adding that Davison had some cool runs. Kelly called Davison’s runs like warm biscuits and butter. Alicia said that the song fit Reid’s vibe but Davison owned it. Coach Adam said that it was the right pairing. Saying that he was going to choose the person who surprised him every time he sang, Adam chose Reid as the winner of the battle.

In a series of clips…
Blake paired Bransen Ireleand and Jaron Strom for a performance of “Head Over Boots” Jaron as the winner of the battle.
Alicia paird Jonny Bliss and Megan Lee for a battle of “Versace on the Floor”. Alicia named Jonny Bliss as the winner of the battle.
Kelly paired Jamella and Teana Boston together for a performance of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”. Kelly named Jamella as the winner of the battle.

In the final battle of the night, Alicia paired Jordyn Simone and Kelsea Johnson for a battle of the En Vogue song “Don’t Let Go (Love)”. In rehearsals Alicia noted that the performance could be something great or a train wreck. Adam said that he hears a lot of Alicia in Kelsea but Jordyn has a lot of power. Blake said that the performance was evenly matched. Kelly said that Kelsea’s voice felt lived in and also noted Jordyn’s power. Alicia chose Kelsea as the winner of the battle. Adam and Kelly pushed their buttons to steal Jordyn. Kelly said that if Jordyn doesn’t choose her, she will steal Jordyn later. Jordyn chose Adam to be her new coach. Adam has no more steals.

Next week the battle rounds conclude in a three night event.

Team Alicia:
Sharane Calister
Christiana Danielle
Jonny Bliss
Kelsea Johnson

Team Kelly:
Brynn Cartelli
Tish Haynes Keys – steal
D.R. King
Davison
Jamella

Team Blake:
Dylan Hartigan – steal
Kyla Jade
Jaron Strom

Team Adam:
Rayshun LaMar
Jackie Foster – steal
Reid Umstattd
Jordyn Simone – steal

Idol Auditions Continue

Night four of the “American Idol” auditions begins in New Orleans with goat farmer Trevor McBane singing “Colder Weather” by the Zac Brown Band. Luke called Trevor raw in a good way. Trevor got himself a ticket to Hollywood.

In Nashville, Audriana Bolton with “Natural Woman”. Lionel wasn’t sure what he was supposed to judge. Katy and Luke also gave her a no.

In a series of no clips, there was one that included one person who brought her dog. The dog kept pooping on the floor.

Genavieve Linkowski played the piano as she sang her audition. Katy was impressed. Luke said that there was magic in her voice. Her voice reminded Lionel of Celine Dion. Genavieve got her ticket to Hollywood.

Back to New Orleans, Luke had to turn one singer’s guitar before he could sing and he didn’t get a ticket to Hollywood.

Kennedy Rittenhouse hails from the same Oklahoma town as Idol winner Carrie Underwood and got to sing with Underwood when she was in fifth grade. She sang “I Told You So” for her audition. Luke and Lionel said that she did a good job. Lionel was wondering how they could develop her. Katy loved Kennedy’s dress. Luke said that Kennedy looked like an “American Idol” but her voice didn’t set him on fire. Kennedy got her ticket to Hollywood.

Brandon Elder sang an original song for his audition. Luke said that he was honoured and Brandon slayed the song. Lionel called the song amazing and in Brandon’s wheelhouse but has to think about the singing part. Katy said that there is a genuineness about his voice. Brandon got his ticket to Hollywood.

Cody Martin came out singing Happy Birthday to Katy and the judges sent him to Hollywood.

Victoria McQueen was born the same day Idol premiered. She chose “Don’t You Worry About a Thing” by Stevie Wonder for her audition. Lionel said that she was spot on; adding that she couldn’t get it any better. Katy said that she lit up a room when she walked in. Victoria is going to Hollywood.

Vocal coach Britney Holmes chose Whitney Houston for her audition with “I Have Nothing”. Katy and Luke called her a great singer but didn’t feel a connection. She didn’t get her ticket to Hollywood. Lionel told her to throw out teaching and bring in feeling.

After a series of clips where the judges didn’t “feel” it, Dominque chose “A Song for You” for his audition and gave the judges goosebumps. Dominique got his ticket to Hollywood.

Back in New York, Angola native Amalia Watty chose the Bob Dylan song “Make You Feel My Love” for her audition. Lionel said that she has range, sound, and uniqueness – things they are all looking for. Katy thinks there is more to hear. Amalia is just cool to Luke. She got her ticket to Hollywood.

Back in Nashville, Daniel Ethridge was asked to sing a second song – an original – for his audition. Luke said that he sang and played great. Lionel said that he loves singer songwriters; adding that he thinks Daniel can go places. Daniel got his ticket to Hollywood.

Taryn Coccia sang “Masterpiece” by Jessie J while her sister played the guitar. Katy and Lionel wanted to hear sister Payton Taylor and she chose “Angel from Montgomery”. Lionel said that it could be a family affair; adding that they have two unique voices. Both sisters got their tickets to Hollywood.

As Sam walked in, the judges could only talk about his hair. He played the piano as he sang “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton. Luke called Sam a great performer. Katy wants him to stretch it. Lionel said that Sam has the goods. Sam got his ticket to Hollywood.

In the last audition of the night, Marcio Donaldson brought his six month old son with him for his audition. Luke asked to hold the baby while Marcio sang. Lionel said that the performance was moving and Marcio had range. Marcio was very emotional after the performance. Luke called it a real voice. Katy called Marcio a sensable soul. Marcio got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Next week the auditions will conclude and Hollywood begins.

 

Battles Begin on ‘The Voice’

The blind auditions are over ant it’s time for the battles to begin on “The Voice”. And while the blocks are all gone, the steal makes a return.

Once again the coaches have recruited some help for mentoring their team members.

Team Alicia gets the battles stated off with Sharane and Jamai with “Mercy” by Shawn Mendes. Alicia has tapped award winning entertainer Shawn Mendes to help her out with her artists. Noting that there were some wow moments, Adam called the battle a dead heat. Blake called both of them incredible performers. Alicia said that she was supremely proud of the battle. Alicia chose Sharane as the winner of the battle.

Next up Kelly has tapped Halee Steinfeld for her advisor. Kelly has paired Brynn and Dylan for a battle of “Ready for It” by Taylor Swift. Calling the performance crazy, Alicia loved it; adding it was well done. Adam said that they had infectious energy; adding that Brynn is a star. Blake noted that Dylan was like one of those guys from “Grease” and a really good singer. Blake said that Brynn didn’t sound like anybody else; adding that she had a lot of energy and power. Saying that Dylan had magical pressence on stage and Brynn had an old soul vibe, Kelly named Brynn as the winner of the battle. Dylan was walking off the stage when Blake pushed his button to steal Dylan.

Blake brought in his “Hillbilly Bone” partner Trace Adkins for an advisor. He paired Jesslee and Kyla Jade for a battle of the Ariana Grande song “One Last Time”. Kelly loved the performance; adding that Jesslee is amazing and Kyla makes it look effortless. Alicia said that they did a beautiful and incredible job; adding that both shined. Blake called them incredible. Blake chose Kyla as the winner of the battle.

Adam brought in singer and songwriter Julia Michaels for a battle of the Rufus with Chaka Kahn hit “Sweet Thing”. Adam noted that the moment could not have happened without the two of them toghether. Kelly said that she would love to have both of them on her team. Blake called both singers equal. Alicia said that they did an amaing job. Adam said that Rayshun showed who he was when he kept up with Trish. Noting that both singers should be in the competition, Adam chose Rayshun as the winner of the battle. Kelly stole Tish for her team.

In her second batle Alicia paired Christiana Danielle and Shana Halligan for a performance of the Kings of Leon song “Use Somebody”. During rehearsals Shawn noted that the girls had a musical connection and belonged together. Adam noted that he had never heard the song done that way before; adding that both girls were unique. Kelly called the performance award show caliber. Blake called them equal but different at the same time. Alicia loved the version of the song; adding it took her to another place. Calling it a beautiful performance, Alicia chose Christiana as the winer of the battle.

In the final battle of the night, Kelly paired up Jackie Foster nad D.R. King for a performance of “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles and brought the house to their feet. Alicia called it her favourite battle of the day. Adam called it a special thing and he was glad that he got to hear it. Kelly said that she loves both singers and chose D.R. King as the winner of the battle; noting that she knows Jackie will be saved. All three of the remaining coaches putshed to steal Jackie. Saying that it was harder than choosing a college, Jackie chose Adam to be her new coach.

Team Alicia:
Sharane Calister
Christiana Danielle

Team Kelly:
Brynn Cartelli
Tish Haynes Keys – steal
D.R. King

Team Blake:
Dylan Hartigan – steal
Kyla Jade

Team Adam:
Rayshun LaMar
Jackie Foster – steal

Outsiders Bring Old Rock to Bear’s Den

On March 16 the Cleveland, Ohio band The Outsiders have their debut Niagara Falls performance before a full house in the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino.

A band that formed during the rock and roll era of the sixties, lead singer Eric told the crowd that they were going to play the music their parents hated. While the parents who grew up on Big Band music, Perry Como, and Pat Boone may have hated it, their kids loved it and though they are parents and grandparents themselves; the audience not only loved it, but remembered it and didn’t hesitate to join in on the singing…even trying to add a little of the backup harmonies now and then.

Performing a mix of their own songs and cover tunes the set lit began with the Outsiders hit “Respectable”. And continued with “Don’t Fight It’, “What Makes You So Bad?”, “Help Me Girl”, “Aint’ too Proud to Beg”, “Girls in Love”, “Show Me”, “Morning Girl”, “Double Shot”, “Precious and Few”, “Rock and Roll Heaven”, “Bend Me Shape Me”, “Charlena”, “Love Potion No 9”, “Gimme Gimme Good Living’”, “Good Livin”, and ended with The Outsiders hit “Tome Won’t Let Me”.

The band returned to the stage for a two song encore of “Little Latin Lupe Lu” and “Come on Up”.

The cold has not yet left western New York, but The Outsiders brought the heat and kept the crowd warmed up and ready to dance and sing along with the show.

Liam Gallagher

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is teaming up with Richard Ashcroft of The Verve for a North American tour this spring for a few dates.

May 10 at The Masonic in San Francisco, CA
May 11 at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
May 13 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, ON
May 14 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
May 16 on the Central Park Summer Stage in New York City, NY
May 17 at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA
May 18 at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC

This fall Gallagher has planned a European tour he is calling the As You Were tour after his chart topping album.

Liam Gallagher European tour dates:
Nov 12 at the Luxepo in Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Nov 13 at Zenith in Munich, Germany
Nov 15 at Zoppas Arena in Conegliano Veneto, Italy
Nov 16 at Palalottomatica in Rome, Italy
Nov 20 at Zenith in Paris, France
Nov 21 at Forest National in Brussels, Belgium
Nov 23 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 24 at the Mehr! Theatre in Hamburg, Germany
Nov 26 at Vega in Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov 27 at Annexet in Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 29 at Spektrum in Oslo, Norway

Steven Tyler

Known as the hard rocking lead singer for the band Aerosmith, Steven Tyler has been spreading his wings and has released a Country music album.  Now he is planning a North American tour  ending the summer tour in Canada.

Tyler is bringing the Nashville band Loving Mary along on the trip.

Steven Tyler Tour Dates:
July 2 at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas, NV
July 5 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
July 8 at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA
July 10 at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, BC
July 14 at The Masonic in San Francisco, CA
July 20 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
July 23 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, CO
July 26 at the Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX
July 29 at the Brown Theater at the Wortham Center in Houston, TX
Aug 1 at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, TX
Aug 13 at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL
Aug 17 at the Andrew Jackson Hall at TPAC in Nashville, TN
Aug 23 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC
Aug 29 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL
Sept 1 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, GA
Sept 4 at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston, MA
Sept 7 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, PA
Sept 10 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI
Sept 13 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, ON

Auditions Continue on ‘American Idol’

As the new “American Idol” continues to search for more singing hopefuls, Katy, Luke, and Lionel travel to Savannah, Georgia to get the next round of auditions started.

Crstal Alicea got the auditions started with her version of the Sam Smith song “Lay Me Down”. Lionel said it was very good and refreshing; adding that Crystal is likable. Luke said she did a good job. Katy said that Crystal had a fantastic personality; adding that Crystal has something very special. Crystal got her ticket to Hollywood.

After a chair malfunctioin for Lionel and an encounter with a whoopie cushion, Texas native and cowgirl Kristyn Harris performed for the judges including some yodeling. Luke and Katy were trying to country dance. Luke kept saying he loved it; adding that she is a one woman show. Katy said that Kristyn had a unique delivery; adding she didn’t think it was “American Idol” stuff. Lionel wasn’t sure where her voice fit, but in the end Kristyn got her ticket to Hollywod.

Back to New York City with Johnny Brenns and an original song for his audition. Luke said Johnny had a good voice but wanted more of a Michael Buble sound from Johnny -telling him to dig in. Luke said that Johnny had a great beautiful voice. Lionel said that if he had more time to work with Johnny it would be a yes, but not right now. Katy said that Johnny needs a lot of work but there is something there and gave Johnny a yes…and a ticket to Hollywood.

Back to Los Angeles for Ricky Manning and an original song for his audition. Katy called Ricky an exceptional songwriter. Lionel called him a songwriter. Luke said that Ricky was really good. Ricky hot his ticket Hollywood.

After a series of no clips, Effie Passero played the piano while she sang an original song. Luke called Effie a secret weapon and Luke said that she was a patriot missle. Katy said that she couldn’t wait to see more. Effie got her ticket for Hollywood.

Back to Savannah where Tyler Gordon didn’t quite have enough to get his ticket for Hollywood but the judges did admit he was very close.

Johnny White sang “This is a Man’s World” for his audition. Lionel asked Johnny to dial it back and sing a second song. Lionel stood behind Johnn with his hands on Johnn’s shoulders. Luke called Johnn inspiring. Katy called Johnny top 10 material. Johnny got three yeses and his ticket to Hollywood.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson sang “If it Hadn’t Been for Love” by the Steel Drivers for his auditon. Lionel said that Caleb’s voice is way above his age. Katy like the texture and vibrato in Caleb’s voice; adding that he seems really centered. Luke noted that Caleb had a big voice. Caleb got three yeses…and his ticket to Hollywood.

Shannon O’Hara played the piano while singing Adele for her audition. Lionel noted that Shannon was interesting. Katy called Shannon an old soul with an exceptional voice. Luke called Shannon a songbird. Shannon got her ticket to Hollywood.

Back in Los Angeles with the daughter of songwriter Jack Hammer, Amelia Hammer Harris is looking carry on the family legacy. She sang “Give Me Shelter” for her audition. Lionel said that she has a sultry voice. Katy is surprised that Amelia is not already a star; adding she is top 10 material. Luke loved her and called her a put together artist. Lionel wanted to see what she is going to do next. Amelia got her ticket to Hollywood.

Ryan Zamo attempted the Sara Barellis song “Gravity” for his audition. Ryan did not get his ticket to Hollywood.

Malibou twins Julian and Milo Sposato took on Bruno Mars for their audition that included a little trumpet playing and guitar accompaniment by Pops Sposato. Katy thought it was cool that they were into music. Luke called tham amazingly interesting. The boys got their tickets to Hollywood.

Les Greene chose the Sam Cooke song “A Change is Gonna Come” for his audition. Luke called Les raw rugged and full speed ahead. Katy loved Les’ personal style. Les got his ticket to Hollywood.

In the final audition of the night, Idaho native Maddie Zahm chose to perform Dua Lupa for her audition. Katy called Maddie an incredible woman; adding that she had a set of pipes on her. Maddie got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Idol returns on Monday with more auditions.

Dominating Win by Over 10 Seconds in Auto Club 400

It’s the final race of the west coast swing when the Monster Energy Cup Series travels to Fontanta and the Auto Club Speedway for the Auto Club 400.

When the track opened for qualifying, there were still 16 cars waiting to get through pre-qualifying inspection. One of those cars belongs to Daniel Suarez who crashed during practice.

On his first lap of qualifying, Kevin Harvick broke the longstandng track record with a lap of 38.147 seconds around the two mile track.

Since not all of the 36 cars at the track did not make it through inspection in time, some of the drivers are running slow laps around the track to make it into the top 24 and move on to the next round of qualifying. Only 24 cars made it on to the track for first round qualifying. The teams who did not get out on the track will have their starting spots determined by car owner points.

After three rounds of qualifying with a lap of 38.59 seconds, Martin Truex Jr will sit on the pole and bring the field to green for his second pole of the season.

The starting lineup for the Auto Club 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Erik Jones
Austin Dillon
Joey Logano
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Newman
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Chris Buescher
Trevor Bayne
Paul Menard
Jamie McMurray
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ty Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Darrell Wallace Jr
Gray Gaulding – moved to the back of the field with an engine change
David Ragan
Michael McDowell – moved to the back of the field with a gear change
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Reed Sorenson
Denny Hamlin
Clint Bowyer
Aric Almirola
Alex Bowman – moved to the back of the field with an engine change
William Byron
Daniel Suarez – moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Chase Elliott
Jimmie Johnson
AJ Allmendinger
Kasey Kahne
Timmy Hill
Ross Chastain

Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps for a total of 200 laps around the two mile track. The drivers cannot complete a stage without making a pit stop.

Defending Monster Energy Cup Series champion Martin Truex r brings the field down for the green flag start of the race after winning the pole two weeks in a row.

Making a bid for his fourth win in a row, Kevin Harvick begins the race in tenth place.

Martin Truex Jr leads lap one with Kyle Busch two tenths of a second behind; Erik Jones, Joe Logano, and Kle Larson round out the top five.

Lap four, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Kyle Busch.

Lap six, Alex Bowman has moved up 15 spots since the race began to 19th place.

Martin True Jr holds on to the lead with Kle Busch in second a half second behind; Erik Jones, Joey Logano, and Kyle Larson fill ou the top five. Kurth Busch, Ryan Blane, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Newman round out the top 10.

Lap eleven, Kyle Busch closes in and passes Martin Truex Jr to take over the lead of the race. Kevin Harvick has moved up to sixth place.

Lap 14 Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Erik Jones, Kyle Larson, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 17 Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Martin Truex Jr. After starting the race in 31st place, Chase Elliot is now in 17th.

Lap 18 the top five are Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, and Erik Jones.

After the issue with qualifying, NASCAR issued a ruling allowing the 24 teams that qualified to purchase a new set of tires and trade in the old ones; allowing all of the teams to start the race on an even footing with fresh tires.

Lap 20 Kyle Busch continues to hold a lead of nearly a second with Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, and Erik Jones rounding out the top five.

Lap 25 some of the drivers have begun making green flag pit stops.

Lap 27, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over a second on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 28, Kyle Larson passes Martin Truex Jr for second, Brad Keselowski takes third with Jamie McMurray in fourth nad Martin Truex Jr in fifith.

Lap 29 leader Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road for service.

Once green flag pit stops have cycled through, Kyle Busch retakes the lead of the race.

Lap 31 Martin Truex Jr retakes th lead from Kyle Busch and begins pulling away. Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson battle for third.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 38 when Kevin Harvick has a lot of damage to his car after making contact with Kyle Larson and hitting the wall. Kyle Larson reports slight damage to his car.

Kevin Harvick is on the caution clock – his team has six minutes to make sufficient repairs for Harvick to maintain minimum speed.

Lap 41 Martin Truex Jr brings the filed down for the the green flag restart and holds on to the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Lap 43 the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Austin Dillon. There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick is reporting that his steering wheel is off by about six inches, but he continues to stay in the race.

Lap 47 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly two seconds on Kyle Busch with Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five. Seven time champion Jimmine Johnson is in sixth place.

With 10 laps remaining in stage one, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Busch.

After getting loose and hitting the wall on lap 49, Ryan Blaney brings his car down pit road for repairs.

Lap 54, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over three seconds on Kyle Busch with Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five.

Lap 58 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly four seconds on Kyle Busch.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle larson
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Clint Bowyer
Denny Hamlin

Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road with Martin Truex Jr coming off in second.

Ryan Blaney’s team was penalized for having too many crew members over the pit wall and Kevin Harvick was also penalized for having too many men over the pit wall.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 66 and hold on to the lead.

Lap 69 Joey Logano has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; with Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Larson rounding out the top five.

Lap 72 Joey Logano’s lead on Martin Truex is down to just two tenths of a second. Kyle Busch holds on to third with Brad Keselowski in fourth and Kyle Larson in fifth.

Lap 73 Martin Truex Jr passes Joey Logano to retake the lead.

Kurt Busch had air gun issues during his pit stop causing his to lose eight spots on the track.

Lap 75 Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of a second on Joey Logano.

Lap 80 Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 83 Martin Truex Jr’s lead is nearly four seconds on Kyle Busch with Joey Logano in third, Kyle Larson in fourth, and Brad Keselowski in fifth.

Lap 87 drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Lap 89 Martin Truex Jr now has a lead of over four seconds on Kyle Busch.

Lap 90, leader Martin Truex Jr makes his green flag pit stop and handing the lead over to Kyle Busch.

Lap 92 Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road for service. Martin Truex Jr retakes the lead of the race.

Lap 97 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly five seconds on Kyle Larson with Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Lap 100 – halfway – there are 26 cars on the lead lap. Martin Truex Jr has a six second lead on Kyle Larson.

Lap 104, Martin Truex Jr is “driving it like he stole it” with a lead of nearly eight seconds on Kyle Busch; with Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski in fifth.

Lap 108 Trevor Bayne hits the wall and brings out the caution flag, erasing a huge lead by leader Martin Truex Jr.

Trevor Bayne reported, “that’s the hardest hit I’ve ever had in my life.”

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Paul Menard had also hit the wall and was heading for pit road when the caution flag came out.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 113 and edges out Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch to hold on to the lead.

Lap 116 drivers are getting four wide across the track. Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly a second on Brad Keselowski with Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Erik Jones rounding out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Truex Jr
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Joey Logano
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Larson
Clint Bowyer
William Byron

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 127 and edges out Martin Truex Jr for the lead. Jimmie Johnson got way loose on the restart but held on to save the car.

David Ragan blows a tire after hitting the wall and brings out the caution flag for debris on the track on lap 129.

After only running three green flag laps, Klyle Busch brings the field down pit road for fresh tires.

Taking only two tires, William Byron wins the race off of pit road.

After not stopping Kasey Kahne brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 132 with William Byron taking the lead and Kyle Busch in second. Kyle Busch passes William Byron for the lead with William Byron, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr rounding out the top five.

After staying out on the track and not pitting, Kasey Kahne is falling through the field and is in 13th place on lap 134.

Lap 135 Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 167, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Brad Keselowski with Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, and Erik Jones rounding out the top five.

Lap 142 Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr with Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Kyle Larson rounding out the top five.

Lap 149 Kyle Busch has a two second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano rounding out the top five.

Matt DiBenedetto hits the wall on lap 151 but the track stays green as DiBenedetto makes his way to pit road.

Lap 152 Kyle Busch has a second and a half lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 155 Martin Truex Jr has closed to within a second of lead Kyle Busch; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 159 Martin Truex Jr has caught Kyle Busch and is challenging for the lead. Teams are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

Lap 160 Martin Truex Jr finally gets around Kyle Busch to take the lead.

Daniel Suarez was caught speeding on pot road.

Leaders are on pit road with 37 laps remaining in the race. Denny Hamlin is now leading the race.

Kyle Busch is the first driver off of pit road and will take over the lead once Denny Hamlin makes his pit stop.

Lap 165 Kyle Busch is out in front by less than half a second on Martin Truex Jr with Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano rounding out the top five.

Lap 167 bMartin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch battle it out for the lead, but so far Kyle Busch holds on to the lead.

Lap 168 Martin Truex Jr passes Kyle Busch for the lead.

With 30 laps remaining in the race, Trevor Bayne is the only car out of the race.

Lap 173, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Busch. During his pit stop, Kyle Busch’s team made the wrong adjustment on the car; causing Busch’s car to be freer instead of tighter. Busch has been fighting a loose condition all race long.

Lap 175 – 25 laps to go – Martin Truex Jr has a three second lead on Kyle Busch. There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 177, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead on Kyle Busch to over four seconds; Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 181 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of five seconds on Kyle Larson with Kyle Busch in third, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano in fifth.

Lap 182, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now over six seconds as he continues to run away with the race.

Now nine laps down, Kevin Harvick continues to run the race.

Lap 186, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now seven seconds in front of Kyle Larson.

With only 12 laps remaining in the race, Martin Truex Jr has a six and a half second lead on Kyle Larson with 15 cars on the lead lap.

Ten to go and Chris Buescher brings a smoking car down pit road.

Martin Truex Jr continues to lead Kyle Larson by six and a half seconds with only 13 cars on the lead lap.

Seven to go – the longest green flag run of the day – Martin Truex Jr has a seven and a half second lead on Kyle Larson with Kyle Busch in third, Brad Keselowski in fourth, and Joey Logano in fifth.

Five to go and Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to over eight seconds on Kyle Larson.

Three to go, Martin Truex Jr has driven away with it and has a lead of over nine seconds on Kyle Larson. There are only 10 cars on the lead lap.

Martin Truex Jr takes the white flag.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race to sweep all three stages in the race.

The unofficial results of the Auto Club 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Deny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Ryan Blaney
Jimmie Johnson
Austin Dillon
Clint Bowyer
Aric Almirola
Alex Bowman
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Jamie McMurray
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Paul Menard
Darrell Wallace Jr
Ryan Newman
AJ Allmendinger
Kasey Kahne
Daniel Suarez
David Ragan
Michael McDowell
Ty Dillon
Cole Whitt
Ross Chastain
Chris Bueacher
Matt DiBenedetto
Gray Gaulding
Reed Sorenson
Timmy Hill
Kevin Harvick
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Trevor Bayne