Top 11 Perform Fan’s Choice on ‘The Voice’

It’s fan night on “The Voice” and the top eleven singers will be performing songs suggested by the fans.

Getting the night started off is Team Blake’s Pryor Baird with “Night Moves” by Bob Seeger and the Silver Bullet Band and got wild cheers from the crowd. Kelly noted how comfortable Pryor is on stage and that you can’t teach that; adding that Pryor connects with the audience. An excited coach Blake said that he felt the softer side of Pryor; adding that Pryor has so much momentum building right now.

Team Adam’s Sharane Callister took on Diva Queen Mariah Carey with “Hero”. Former coach Alicia Key aid that she feels a connection to Sharane; adding that Sharane is blooming before their eyes and finding her footing. Alicia noted that Sharane did the song her way. Coach Adam noted that he was afraid for the song; adding that Sharane did a great job vocally…and in her own style.

Team Kelly’s Kaleb Lee took on Travis Tritt for a song Kaleb performed when he was only eight years old – “Trouble”. Blake said that it was all he could do to sit there and not run up on stage to jam with Kaleb; adding that the song was perfect for Kaleb’s voice. Coach Kelly said that Kaleb did a killer job and nailed it.

Team Alicia’s Jackie Foster took on The Who with “Love Reign O’er Me”. Adam said that the performance was all Jackie’s and amazing. Alicia kept saying RA RA; adding that the fans picked a great song for Jackie.

Team Adam’s Jackie Verna sang “Strawberry Wine”. Blake said that it was awesome to get the fan picks; adding the song was perfect for Jackie’s voice. Adam said that Jackie gets better every show; adding that she is one of the best singers on the show. Adam called Jackie’s performance flawless.

Team Blake’s Kyla Jade took on the Queen of Soul with “Sweet Baby, Since You’ve Been Gone”. Alicia called Kyla phenomenal; adding that Kyla is inspiring. Coach Blake noted that Kyla has gone from being afraid to dominating the stage.

Team Alicia’s Christinia Danielle took on Rihanna with “Umbrella”. Alicia said that Christinia is so lovable; adding that she makes every song her own.

Team Kelly’s Brynn Cartelli took on Lady Gaga with “You and I”. Carson noted that the fans have been doing a great job of picking the songs. Kelly called Brynn cool and confident; adding Brynn is beautiful and confident.

Last week’s save team Adam’s Rayshun LaMarr performed “Try a Little Tenderness” and had the house raising the roof. Waiting for the crowd to settle down, Adam noted that last week Rayshun was in the bottom but this week he is number one; adding that it was the first time in the show that the coaches were on their felt before the song was over.

Team Alicia’s Britton Buchanan performed Ed Sheeran’s mash hit “Perfect”. Britton revealed that he does have a girlfriend…and she was on Alicia’s team – Oiivia Faith – and is dedicating the song to her. This is the first time that Britton performs without his guitar. Alicia said that Britton is no joke; adding that in his quietness he is even more powerful.

Closing out the night of music is Team Blake’s Spensha Baker with the Little Big Town song “Better Man”. Blake took his team to a bar, played some pool and gave them a gift of a new guitar. Kelly said that it’s crazy how big Spensha’s voice is. Coach Blake said that Spensha is important to Country music and the show is proof she is doing what she is meant to do.

For the first time this season, an artist has scored a song on the iTunes overall top 10 chart. Several of the artists have their songs in the top 10 of the various genre iTunes charts.

DWTS Athletes Season Premieres

This season of “Dancing with the Stars” is an abbreviated edition of only four weeks and features only pro dancers and athletes.

After a group opening number to “We Will Rock You”, dressed as referees head judge Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli return as judges for another season. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews also return.

The first ever all athletes show, there will be a double elimination at the end of the show.

Award winning Olympic Luge champion Chris Mazdzer pairs up with Witney Carson for a Salsa. Tom noted that through the years he has seen a lot of first dances and Chris didn’t look like he was nervous. Saying that it was the first time he has seen Chris vertical, Len was impressed; adding that Chris had style and a lot going on in the dance. Noting the Chris got into the groove, Bruno said that Chris had some good hip action and as a first dance it was very exciting; adding that Chris needs to watch the placement of his weight. Calling Chris incredible, Carrie Ann noted that the dance was packed with choreography. Saying that Chris has star quality, Carrie Ann said that he has a lot of potential. Partner Witney said that Chris did a fantastic job. Chris and Witney scored 21 points for their dance.

Basketball champion and former Los Angeles Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabber is partnered with Lindsey Arnold for a basketball themed Cha Cha to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”. Kareem is over seven feet tall and Lindey is only five foot four. Having changed clothes the judges make their remarks. Asking how could he criticize a national treasure, Bruno said that Kareem didn’t over dance; keeping it simple and dignified. Carrie Ann noted that as a performance, it is what the audience loves; adding that it was wonderful entertainment but Kareem could get a little groovier. Saying that if he was scoring on admiration alone, Kareem would get a 10, Len noted that Kareem is the tallest star they have ever had and at 71 he is the oldest this season and told Kareem that he needs to loosen up a bit. Kareem and Lindsey scored 17 points for their dance.

Award winning team USA softball pitcher Jennie Finch-Dagle partners up with Keo Motsepe for a Foxtrot with her children joining them at the end. Saying that the dance was such a joy to watch, Carrie Ann said that Jennie attacked every move full out. Noting that the Foxtrot is a hard dance, Len said that overall Jennie did a good job. Saying that he felt a sense of abondonment, Bruno said that the dance needs to be controled with sophistication and elegance; adding that Jennie has the talent. Jennie and Keo scored 21 points for their dance.

Award winning Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson pairs up with Artem Chigvintsev for a Viennese Waltz. Noting that the dance was a little skippy on occasion, Len said that Jamie had personality and elegance about her dancing. Saying that she started out very well, Bruno noted that Jamie lost her footing; telling her to never lose the flow. Carrie Ann said that Jamie is way more elegant than she thinks she is; adding that nerves got to her and she was rushing, but overall did very well. Jamie and Artem scored 19 points for their dance.

Bronze medal winning ice skater Mirai Nagasu pairs up with Alan Bursten for a Salsa. Tom noted that Mirai did not look nervous at all. Bruno called it a spicy Salsa and did the tricks very well; adding that she had a lot of attack. Carrie Ann said that Mirai owned the dance; but cautioned Mirai to watch the head bopping and to be more one with the dance. Len said that the dance was full of vim, vigor, and vitality; adding that it was a terrific dance. Mirai and Alan scored 23 points to their dance.

Women’s college basketball champion and the youngest star this season Arike Ogunbowale pairs up with Gleb Savchenco for a basketball themed Salsa. An impressed Carrie Ann noted that Arike had an ease about her on the dance floor; but Arike has to put on the heels. Len said that the dance was energetic and fast paced but he wanted to see more hip action. Noting that Arike shook it up, Bruno said she made him want to join her, but cautioned her on her shoulders. Arike and Gleb scored 20 points for their dance.

Medal winning Olympic ice skater and the first openly gay American winter athlete Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson danced a Cha Cha to the music of RuPaul. The routine had the house cheering and screaming. Saying that it was good, Len noted the dance was clean and full of Cha Cha content. Len added that he enjoyed watching the dance. Calling Adam the angel of the Ballroo, Bruno noted that the synchronicity between partners was impressive especially for the first week. Noting that kids across America are going to be saying “Sissy that Walk” all week, Carrie Ann said that Adam was born to do the show; adding that the dance was fantastic. Carrie Ann called the pairing a match made in heaven. Adam and Jenna scored 24 points for their dance.

World Series champion Johnny Damon and Emma Slater paired up for a baseball themed Foxtrot to “Centerfield” – Damon’s position when he played baseball. Saying that the dance wasn’t smooth or effortless, Bruno noted that the Foxtrot is a demanding dance and Johnny will get better. Calling Johnny adorable, Carrie Ann said that there was something likable about Johnny’s dancing. She cautioned Johnny to watch his hold. A stickler for the traditional Foxtrot style, Len had a bit of an issue with Johnny’s hold but saluted him for coming out in the first week and attempting the dance. Johnny and Emma scored 18 points for their dance.

Medal winning ice skater Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber paired up for a Foxtrot. Harding noted that she was banned from skating in 1994, but no one said that she couldn’t dance. Noting that her journey has been emotional, Carrie Ann called Tonya a beautiful dancer; adding that Tonya had gorgeous lines and eloquence in her dance. Len called it a charming dance with fluid movement with a great mix of moves in and out of hold; adding that it was a lovely performance. Bruno noted that Tonya had a lyrical quality of movement to her dance. Tonya and Sasha scored 23 points for their dance.

The final dance of the night is from Washington Redskins football player Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess with a Cha Cha. Len said that the dance was bright and breezy, free and easy, and full of rhythm and style; adding that Josh is one of a long line of footballers who can dance. Bruno said that Josh has star quality, charisma and sex appeal by the truck load; adding that Josh has natural musicality and a feel for the dance. Len noted that Josh is the latest in a long line of footballers that can dance. Carrie Ann saind that Josh has finesse and the X facotr; adding that he has moves and style and there is something special about him. A former Fly Girl, Carrie Ann named Josh the Fly Guy of the night. Josh and Sharna scored 24 points to tie Adam and Jenna with the highest scores of the night.

First dance scores:
Kareem and Lindsey – 17
Johnny and Emma – 18
Jamie and and Artem – 19
Arike and Gleb – 20
Chris and Witney – 21
Jennie and Keo – 21
Mirai and Alan – 23
Tonya and Sasha – 23
Adam and Jenna – 24
Josh and Sharna – 24

In the first results of the season…
Jamie and Artem are in jeopardy
Johnny and Emma are in jeopardy
Tonya and Sasha are in jeopardy

The remaining couples are safe for another week.

Tonya and Sasha are safe.

Johnny and Emma and Jamie and Artem have been eliminated from the competition.

Actress Gertrude Jeanette Dies

Playwright, actor, and activist Gertrude Jeanette died in her Harlem home April 4, 2018 at the age of 103.

An Arkansas native, she moved to New York City in 1934 where she became the first female to hold a motorcycle license the following year. In 1942 when the city was searching for taxi drivers to replace those who were drafted, Jeanette became New York’s first female taxi driver.

She took the money she earned and took acting and theater classes where some of her classmates included Ruby Dee, Sidney Portier, and Ossie Davis.

Gertrude made her Broadway debut in 1949 where she was one of the original performers in the musical tragedy “Lost in the Stars”. She was also in the original productions of “The Long Dream”, “Nobody Loves an Albatross”, “The Amen Corner”, and “Vieux Carre”. She also appeared in the revival of “The Skin of Our Teeth”.

A career that lasted over 70 years, Gertrude made her Hollywood debut in 1964 with an episode of “The Defenders”. She also appeared in “Nothing But a Man”, “Cotton Comes to Harlem”, “Shaft”, “The Legend of N****r Charley”, and “Black Girl”.

Gertrude began writing when she discovered a lack of authentic roles and characters for women of colour.

Looking to offer young artists an opportunity to have a place to develop their craft, she created H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players (Harlem Artists Development League Especially for You) in 1979.

A Southern girl, she had her first encounter with members of the Klu Klux Klan when her husband served as a bodyguard for Paul Robeson. The Klan had come to lynch Robeson.

Her accomplishments include membership into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, the Outstanding Pioneer Award, the Personality of the Year Award from the Black American Newspaper, the Harlem business Recognition Award from the Manhattan Section of the National Council of Negro Women, as a Living Legend by the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, the Lionel Hampton Legacy Award, and the Actors’ Equity Association’s Paul Robeson Award.

She was born Gertrude Hadley in Urbana, Arkansas on November 28, 1914.

She was predeceased by her heavyweight prizefighter husband Joe Jeanette – who was 35 years older – and their son who died when he was only five. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

 

feature photo taken from Faceboook page.

A Perfect Circle

Rockers A Perfect Circle have planned a tour and are adding dates to that tour that will take them through the end of the year.

On April 20 the band released their first album in over a decade – “Eat the Elephant” – and have already reached the top five on the album chart.

A Perfect Circle tour dates:
May 12 at the Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI
May 15 at the Baxter Arena in Omaha, NE
May 16 at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia, MO
May 18 at the Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, OH
May 22 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL
May 23 at the Landers Center in Southaven MS
May 25 at the Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, OK
May 26 at the Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, TX
June 1 & 2 at the Rock am Ring in Nurburg, Germany
June 5 at the Fryshuset Arenan in Stockholm, Sweden
June 6 at the Oslo Spektrum Arena in Oslo, Norway
June 8 at the Northside Festival in Aarhus, Denmark
June 9 at the Sideways Festival in Helsinki, Finland
June 12 at the O2 Apollo in Manchester, UK
June 13 & 14 at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, UK
June 16 at the Pinkpop in Landgraaf, Netherlands
June 17 at the Spandau Zitadelle in Berlin, Germany
June 20 at the Halle 622 in Zurich, Switzerland
June 22 at the Hellfest in Clisson, France
June 23 at the Rockhal in Roeser, Luxembourg
June 24 at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium
June 26 at the Olympia in Paris, France
June 28 at the Download Festival in Madrid, Spain
June 29 at the Be Prog! My Friend in Barcelona, Spain
July 1 at the Rock the Castle in Verona, Italy
Oct 20 at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 22 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
Oct 24 at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX
Oct 29 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA
Oct 30 at the CFE Arena in Orlando, FL
Nov 1 at the Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte, NC
Nov 2 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Nov 6 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Nov 17 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Nov 18 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in La Vegas, NV
Nov 20 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Dec 2 at the O2 Academy in Glasgow, UK
Dec 3 at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, UK
Dec 5 at The SSE Arena in London, UK
Dec 7 at the Lotto Arena in Merksem, Belgium
Dec 13 at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany
Dec 15 at the TAURON Arena in Krakow, Poland
Dec 16 at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria
Dec 18 at the Mediolanum Forum in Assago, Italy
Dec 19 at the PalaLottomatica in Rome, Italy

Disney Night and Live Voting on Idol

This week on “American Idol” the top 10 take one the songs of Disney in the first ever cross the country simulcast.

Mickey and Minnie join Snow White – Katy – Lionel, and Luke to get the show started.

Starting at the beginning of the show, fans across the country can cast their votes until the last commercial break. At the end of the show, three of the top 10 will go home.

This week the artists get a visit to Disneyland and the help from a mentor – Tony Award winning performer Indina Menzel.

First up is Maddie Poppe with “The Bare Necessities” from “The Jungle Book” as she plays the ukulele. Saying that he hopes she is having a lot of fun, Lionel said that Maddie is coming of age right before their eyes. Snow White appreciated Maddie’s taking on all of those notes; adding she did a great job. Luke said that Maddie’s voice feels timeless and makes him want to keep listening.

Host Ryan Seacrest noted that even before the first song, a million and a half votes have been cast.

Jurnee performed “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”. Katy said that Jurnee was very connected and vulnerable – which she says is a strength. Luke said that Jurnee did a great job; adding that no matter what happens to keep dreaming. Lionel reminds Jurnee that music is a business and sometimes people get it right; adding that tonight it felt like she was singing from her heart.

Ryan revealed that this week Jurnee’s Army wife was deployed and when he asked Jurnee where Ashley was going, Jurnee replied that she couldn’t say but it was very dangerous.

D Cappella perform “Never Had a Friend” from “Alladin”.

Idol rocker Cade Foehner showed off another side when he performed “Kiss the Girl” from “The Little Mermaid”. Luke said that with everything he is bringing, he is excited to see what Cade will do. Lionel noted that Cade has instant identity; adding that he loves what Cade is doing. Fanning herself with a card, Katy said that she felt like she was the only person in the room; noting that she had never seen that side of Cade. Ryan noted that there was something special about Cade’s performance.

D Cappella performs music from “The Lion King”.

Ada Vox takes on “The Lion King” when she channels her inner lioness with “The Circle of Life”. Indina called Ada a role model for kids. Ada got a rousing applause for her performance. Lionel called her a movement unto herself; adding that she needs to keep it up. Katy said that tonight she really embodied Ada Vox. Luke said that Ada has the voice to take their heads off; adding that her taking a subtle route was great.

D Cappella performs music form “The Little Mermaid”.

Michelle Sussett performed “Remember Me” from “Coco” – a song in English and Spanish. Katy noted that in the past some of Michelle’s performances didn’t focus on the sound but this time the sound was a priority. Luke said that Michelle came and did what she was supposed to do. Lionel said that Michelle’s true identity finally came through.

Ryan noted that about eight million votes have come in and there is a clear leader.

Gabby Barrett sang “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas”. Luke said that Gabby has all the tools to win the show; adding she did a great job. Lionel called Gabby the package; adding she is star quality. Katy said that Gabby is diverse and showed that she can sing anything tonight.

D Cappella sang music form “Beauty and the Beast”.

Michal J. Woodard performed “Beauty and the Beast” from “Beauty and the Beast” and shocks the house when he holds a note for several counts. Lionel called Michael his little martian and Katy called him her little angel. She said that Michael fits between Michael Jackson and Frank Ocean. Luke called Michael magical like Disney.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson took on the theme from “Toy Story” with”You’ve Got a Friend in Me”. Katy said the performance was so believable and a great song choice. Luke called it a great song choice and make America smile. Lionel said that Caleb doesn’t have to anything tricky…just open his mouth.

Caty Turner took on “Sleeping Beauty” with “Once Upon a Dream”. Lionel said that Caty took them on a magical journey. Katy said that Caty showed some growth; going from a girl to a woman. Luke said they stole all his words; adding he hoped that America appreciated what all the singers were doing.

In the final performance of the night, Dennis Lorenzo also takes on “The Lion King” with “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – a song that has some personal meaning for him. Luke called the performance a home run; adding that Dennis always knocks it out of the park for him. Lionel called the performance very good. Katy was eating an apple that “some lady” backstage gave her.

Saying that millions of votes were cast, Ryan noted that the results were very close.

After the live vote, the results that will see three singers go home…

Caleb Lee Hutchinson is the first person in the top seven
Gabby Barrett is also in the top seven
Michael Woodard is also in the top seven
Idol’s rocker Cade Foehner is in the top seven
Maddie Poppe is in the top seven
Caty Turner is also in the top seven
The final singer in the top seven is Jurnee!

Ada Vox, Dennis Lorenzo, and Michelle Sussett were eliminated from the competition.

The Damned

Celebrating their best chart debut of their career, British punk rockers The Damned have planned a UK tour.

June 16 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, UK
June 17 at the Arena in Manchester, UK
June 19 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, UK
June 20 at the SSE Arena Wembley in London, UK
Aug 22 at the O2 Guildhall in Southampton, UK
Aug 23 at the Picture House in Holmfirth, UK
Aug 24 at the Parr Hall in Warrington, UK
Aug 25 at the Belsonic Festival in Belfast, UK
Nov 19 at UEA in Norwich, UK
Nov 22 at the Townhall in Cheltenham, UK
Nov 23 at the O2 SHepherd’s Bush Empire in London, UK
Nov 24 at the Pyramids in Portsmouth, UK
Nov 26 at the Plug in Sheffield, UK
Nov 27 at the Liquid Room in Edinburgh, UK
Nov 29 at the O2 Academy in Liverpool, UK
Nov 30 at the Empire in Coventry, UK
Dec 1 at the O2 Academy in Oxford, UK

Walls of Jericho, First Blood, Left Behind, and Sanction

Rockers the Walls of Jericho, First Blood, Left Behind, and Sanction are joining forces for a few dates in the northeastern United States with a stop in Toronto in June.

June 6 at the Amityville Music Hall in Amityville, NY
June 7 at the Voltage Lounge in Philadelphia, PA
June 8 at the Webster Underground in Hartford, CT
June 9 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA
June 10 at St. Vitus in Brooklyn, NY
June 11 at DIngbatz in Clifton, NJ
June 12 at Photo City in Rochester, NY
June 13 at the Hard Luck Bar in Toronto, ON

 

Blackmore’s Night

Ritchie Blackmore has played with Deep Purple and Rainbow, now he has his own band Blackmore’s Night.

In support of their new album “To the Moon and Back: 20 Years and Beyond” the band is performing a few concert dates this July.

July 19 at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA
July 21 at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA
July 22 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY
July 25 at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC
July 26 at Penns Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA
July 28 at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT
July 29 at The Wellmont in Montclair, NJ

Wild Ride in Talladega for the Geico 500

The Monster Energy Cup Series moves to the biggest track on the NASCAR circuit with the 2.66 mill super speedway of Talladega Motor Speedway for the Gieco 500. After several weekends of battling bad weather, the elements are perfect for a day of racing in Talladega.

At a track that is at best unpredictable, Kyle Busch is looking to make it four in a row after winning the past three races. No driver who came to Talladega carrying a winning streak has been able to maintain the streak at Talladega.

Even before the race got started, the drivers were reminded of how dangerous and unpredictable Talladega can be when Jamie McMurray cut a tire, got loose and was broadsided by Ryan Newman; resulting in McMurray’s car barrel rolling across the track over six times and catching up other drivers. Luckily McMurray walked away from the maylee unharmed but he, Ryan Newman, Ty Dillon, and Daniel Suarez have all had to move to a backup car and will have to start the race in the back of the field.

After two rounds of single car qualifying Kevin Harvick puts his plaid number four car on the pole even after running over some debris that caused some damage to the car when Aric Almirola’s car had an issue on the track.

The starting lineup for the Geico 500:
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott – moved to the back of the field for a tire change
Erik Jones
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Clint Bowyer
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Alex Bowman
David Ragan
Paul Menard
Daniel Suarez – moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Darrell Wallace Jr
Jimmie Johnson
William Byron
Ryan Newman – moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Kyle Busch
Michael McDowell
Revor Bayne
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Austin Dillon
Chris Buescher
Kasey Kahne
Jamie McMurray – moved to the back of the field in a backup car
AJ Allmendinger
Ty Dillon – moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Brendan Gaughan
D.J. Kennington
Timothy Peters
Matt DiBenedetto
Joey Gase
Ross Chastain
Cole Whitt
Gray Gaulding
Reed Sorenson
Timmy Hill
Aric Almirola

Stages one and two of the race are 55 laps each with stage three lasting 78 laps for a total of 188 laps around the 2.66 mile track.

Kurt Busch’s team is having radio issues and is late in rolling off of pit road while the issue is repaired.

Kevin Harvick brings his plaid car down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and edges out Kurt Busch to lead the race.

Lap three Kevin Harvick is in the lead with Kurt Busch in second, Martin Truex Jr in third, Joey Logano in fourth, and Ale Bowman in fifth.

Lap five the field has divided into two packs. In the first pack Kevin Harvick leads the field with a tenth of a second lead on Kurt Busch. With the draft, drivers are hitting speeds of 202mph.

After starting last, Aric Almirola has moved up 16 spots to 25th.

Lap eight Kevin Harvick holds on to the lead by a tenth of a second on Kurt Busch; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 10, the drivers have gotten single file with little movement.

With the stage lasting 55 laps, the drivers cannot make it to the end of the stage without a pit stop. On lap 14 the drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Kurt Busch was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a drive through penalty at pit road speed.

David Ragan was also caught speeding on pit road.

Amidst pit stops, the 88 car of Alex Bowman is in the lead with Bubba Wallace in second; William Byron, Kyle Larson, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 22 Alex Bowman continues to lead the race with William Byron in second, Kyle Larson in third, Bubba Wallace in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson in fifth. There are 33 cars in the lead lap.

Several drivers are reporting overheating issues.

Lap 25, Kevin Harvick is running in 25th after making his pit stop, Alex Bowman continues to lead the race and has yet to pit.

Lap 27 Alex Bowman continues to lead the race with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 30 Alex Bowman continues to lead the race by two tenths of a second over William Byron; Bubba Wallace, Jimmie Johnson, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 33 there are 28 cars on the lead lap as more drivers make green flag pit stops. Sixteen drivers have yet to make a pit stop.

Lap 35 Alex Bowman is in the lead. After flipping over six times and running in a backup car, Jamie McMurray is in seventh place.

Lap 39 Bubba Wallace has passed Alex Bowman to take over the lead of the race with Jimmie Johnson in third.

With 14 laps remaining in stage one, there are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 42 Bubba Wallace leads the race with Alex Bowman, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson, and Chase Elliott rounding out the top five.

Lap 43 the remaining drivers make their pit stops. Brad Keselowski is in the lead with Joey Logano in second.

Lap 45 the top five are Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 48 Brad Keselowski is in the lead with Joey Logano in second, Martin Truex Jr in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Denny Hamlin in fifth.

Lap 50, Brad Keselowski continues to lead with 26 cars on the lead lap.

Brad Keselowski wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Paul Menard
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson

With several drivers taking only two tires, Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road on a two tire change.

Kevin Harvick had an extended pit stop making adjustments to his car. Martin Truex Jr’s team had issues changing a tire and caused a long pit stop.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 62 and edges out Joey Logano for the lead of the race.

Lap 62 the top five are Brad Keselowski, William Byron, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 62 William Byron passed Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Lap 63 rookie William Byron leads the race with Jamie McMurray in second and Brad Keselowski in third.

Lap 64 Brad Keselowski passes William Byron to retake the lead.

Lap 65 the top five are Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, William Byron, Paul Menard, and Jamie McMurray. There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

The drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap 67 Brad Keselowski holds on to the lead with Joey Logano in second, Paul Menard in third, William Byron in fourth, and Kyle Busch in fifth.

Several drivers come down pit road for green flag pit stops on lap 68.

Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr were all caught speeding on pit road.

Chris Buescher is in the lead with Matt DiBenedetto in second; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Jamie McMurray round out the top five.

Alex Bowman was also caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 70 Matt DiBenedetto is in the lead with Joey Logano in second.

Lap 71 the top five are Matt DiBenedetto, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Chase Elliott, and Kurt Busch.

The caution flag comes out on lap 72 for a big crash on the back stretch. Martin Truex Jr, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson, Trevor Bayne, and Erik Jones were all involved in the crash and are now on the crash clock. The teams have six minutes to make repairs and get the car up to minimum speeds on the track.

Kyle Larson’s team could not meet the crash clock limit and are out of the race.

Chase Elliott’s team is charged with having too many crew members over the wall.

Lap 78, Joey Logano is leading the field with Paul Menard in second; Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 79 and holds on to the lead of the race.

Lap 80 the top five are Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney. There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 82 Joey Logano continues to lead the race with Paul Menard in second. Pole sitter Kevin Harvick has moved into the top 10.

With 23 laps remaining in stage two, Joey Logano holds on to the lead with Paul Menard in second; Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five with 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 90 Joey Logano has a tenth of a second lead on Paul Menard with Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five. Chasing his fourth win in a row, Kyle Busch is in eighth place.

Lap 91 Denny Hamlin takes over the lead with Paul Menard in second, Joey Logano in third, Jimmie Johnson in fourth, and Kurt Busch in fifth.

Lap 100 the top five are Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 104 Paul Menard and Denny Hamlin battle for the lead, swapping it back and forth with Paul Menard finally getting out in front on lap 106 leading the pack in the outside lane.

Paul Menard wins stage two for his first career stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Paul Menard
Joey Logano
Rayn Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
David Ragan
Jimmie Johnson|
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Kyle Busch

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

Kyle Busch was caught speeding on pit road.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 116 and edges out Ryan Blaney for the lead.

Lap 119 the top five are William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Paul Menard, Joey Logano, and Rick Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 124 Kurt Busch uses some side drafting to shoot past William Byron to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 128 Kurt Busch is in the lead with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in second; Kevin Harvick, Michael McDowell, and Kasey Kahne round out the top five.

The caution flag come out on lap 129.

Taking fuel only Ricky Stenhouse Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Chase Elliott was charged with an outside tire violation and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Paul Menard’s team is reporting radio issues.

Rick Stenhouse Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 133 but it is Denny Hamlin who gets out in front first; only to loose the lead to Stenhouse.

Lap 134 the top five are Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Daniel Suarez, and Joey Logano.

In a three wide battle for the lead Denny Hamlin takes over the top spot with Kasey Kahne in second.

Lap 138 Joey Logano passes Denny Hamin for the lead. Brad Keselowski is in second.

Lap 139 the top five are Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Kasey Kahne.

With 47 laps to go Brad Keselowski gets around Joey Logano for the lead but Logano battles back as the two swap the lead back and forth.

With 45 laps to go Joey Logano retakes the lead with Daniel Suarez in second.

Lap 144 Daniel Suarez is in the lead as the field begins to make green flag pit stops.

Denny Hamlin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr were caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 146 Kasey Kahne is in the lead.

Daniel Suarez was also caught speeding on pit road.

Serving his pass through penalty, Denny Hamlin was again caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 147 Joey Logano is in the lead with Brad Keselowski in second, Aric Almirola in third, Paul Menard in fourth, and Ryan Baney in fifth.

With 37 laps to go, Joey Logano leads the field with Brad Keselowski in second.

Joey Logano is reporting a vibration.

Thirty five to go; the top five are Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman.

The caution flag comes out when Timmy Hill has a badly smoking car and takes his car to the garage.

Leaders stay out, including Joey Logano despite reporting a vibration. D.J. Kennington is the lucky dog.

Martin Truex Jr was caught speeding on pit road.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 159 and holds on to the lead with Aric Almirola in second.

Aric Almirola and Joey Logano swap the lead back and forth with Joey Logano holding on to the lead.

The drivers are getting three and four wide across the track.

Lap 161 the top five are Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman, and Jimmie Johnson.

The drivers who made pit stops for fresh tires are driving through the field.

Lap 163 Joey Logano leads the race with pole sitter Kevin Harvick in second.

Crash on the track! The caution flag comes out on lap 165 for the big one. At least 13 cars were involved in the crash. Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, William Byron, Michael McDowell, Darrell Wallace Jr, AJ Allmendinger, Jimmie Johnson, Brendan Gaughan, Cole Whitt, and Kasey Kahne were all involved in the crash with a number of the them ending up in the garage.

All drivers sent to the infield care center are fine.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 170 and holds on to the lead.

The top five are Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 173 Joey Logano leads the pack with Kevin Harvick in second; Kurt Busch, Chae Elliott, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five.

Lap 175 – only 10 to go – Joey Logano holds on to his tenth of a second lead on Kevin Harvick with Kurt Busch in third; Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Only seven laps to go and Joey Logano holds on to the lead with Kevin Harvick in second and Kurt Busch in third.

Four to go, Joey Logano continues to lead the field; followed by Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch.

Joey Logano takes the white flag. It has been a year since Logano has been to victory lane.

Joey Logano wins the race at Talladega!

The unofficial results of the Geico 500:
Joey Logano
Kurt Busch
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
David Ragan
Aric Almirola
Alex Bowman
Ryan Newman
Daniel Suarez
Chris Buescher
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Ty Dillon
Darrell Wallace Jr
Kasey Kahne
Ryan Blaney
Matt DiBenedetto
D.J. Kennington
Cole Whitt
Brendan Gaughan
Timothy Peters
Gray Gaulding
Ross Chastain
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Gase
Jamie McMurray
William Byron
Paul Menard
Clint Bowyer
Michael McDowell
Brad Keselowski
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Dillon
Timmy Hill
Reed Sorenson
Trevor Bayne
Erik Jones
Kyle Larson

Myles Kennedy

After Bridge lead singer Myles Kennedy has released his debut solo album “Year of the Tiger”.  To support the album, he is embarking on a short tour.

Tickets for the tour went on sale April 27.

Myles Kennedy and After Bridge tour dates:
June 30 at the Ramblin’ Man Fair in Kent, UK
July 2 at the Liquid Rooms in Edinbugh, UK
July 4 at the Limelight in Belfast, UK
July 7 at the Academy 2 in Liverpool, UK
July 8 at the Stylus in Leeds, UK
July 10 at the Waterfront in Norwich, UK
July 12 at the Rockhal Club in Luxembourg, Luxembourg
July 13 at the Garage in Saarbrucken, Germany
July 15 at the Colos-Seal in Aschaffenburg, Germany
July 16 at the Christukirche in Bochum, Germany
July 18 at the Teatro Dal Verne in Milan, Italy
July 19 at the Ostia Antica Theatre in Rome, Italy
July 21 at the Castello in Udinese, Italy
July 23 at the Razzamatazz 2 in Barcelona, Spain
July 24 at the Sala But in Madrid, Spain
July 26 at the Caberet Sauvage in Paris, France
July 28 at the Steelhouse Festival in Wales, UK
July 29 at the Palladium in London, UK

The Alarm

The Alarm have not released an album in eight years, but all of that will change on June 29 when they release “Equals”.

Prior to the album release, the band is launching a tour of the U.S. with a stop in Toronto to promote the album.

The Alarm tour dates:
May 10 at the Bowery Electric in New York City, NY
May 11 at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City, NY
May 12 at the Like Totally Fest in Huntington Beach, CA
July 25 at the Dakota in Minneapolis, MN
July 26 at the Shank Hall in Milwaukee, WI
July 27 at the Brauer House Live in Chicago, IL
July 28 at the Magic Box in Detroit, MI
July 29 at the Music Box in Cleveland, OH
July 31 at Lee’s Plalace in Toronto, ON
Aug 1 at the Tepelo Music Hall in Derry, NH
Aug 2 at the Boulton Center in Bay Shore, NY
Aug 3 at Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY
Aug 4 at the Spirit of The 80’s in the Park in Buffalo, NY
Aug 5 at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ
Aug 7 at the World CafA in Philadelphia, PA
Aug 8 at the City Winery in Washington, DC
Aug 9 at the Tin Pan in Richmond, VA
Aug 10 at the City Winery in Atlanta, GA
Aug 11 at the City Winery in Nashville, TN
Aug 23 at Belly Up in San Diego, CA
Aug 24 at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA
Aug 25 at The Rose in Pasadena, CA
Aug 26 at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA

NASCAR Partners with ARCA

On their way to driving in NASCAR’s premiere series, potential drivers have a series of levels, car models, and sanctioned events to help hone their racing skills. One such series is ARCA – the Automobile Racing Club of America.

For over 60 years, ARCA and NASCAR have had a working relationship. On April 27, NASCAR bought ARCA.

The relationship began with NASCAR founder Bill France Sr and ARCA founder John Marcum. Now the grandsons of the original founders Jim France and Ron Drager have joined forces for a commitment to future generations of racers.

There will be no changes in the ARCA structure through the 2019 racing season with plans for the 2020 season and beyond forthcoming.

ARCA currently runs nine of its 20 races as a part of a NASCAR event weekend and frequently serves as one of the stepping stones for drivers on their way to the Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity Series, and Monster Energy Cup Series.

Jim France was also the force behind the merger of the Grand-Am and American Le-Mans Series to form the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).

Manilow Returns to Vegas

After taking a break for one big final tour, award winning entertainer Barry Manilow is returning to Las Vegas and the Westgate International Theater at the Westgate Resort and Casino for a new residency .

Slated to begin May 24, Manilow is bringing a new show where he will perform hits from his massive musical catalogue.

The preview shows run May 24 to 26 with the shows opening June 14.

Barry Manilow Westgate Resort dates:
May 24-26, June 14-16 and 21-23, July 19-21 and 26-28, September 27-29, and October 4-6.

Tickets are currently available on Manilow’s website at manilow.com/tickets or by calling 424-298-4818. Special Platinum Experience packages are also available including select dates to benefit the Manilow Music Project.

The Westgate is also offering a special offer for fans who travel to Las Vegas for the show. Fans who use http://bit.ly/2r1GEyY and enter the code PBARFAN will receive a special discount rate and a surprise gift at check in.

Wild First Win for Xfinity Series in Talladega

It’s a big day for the Xfinity Series when they take to the track in Talladega for the Sparks Energy 300. Talladega Motor Speedway will host the third of four “Dash-4-Cash” races and a group of Monster Energy Cup Series drivers will take over the broadcasting duties for the race from the booth itself to the pit road and the Hollywood Hotel.

Last week’s “Dash-4-Cash” winner Elliott Sadler, Austin Cindric, Matt Tifft, and Christopher Bell are all competing for the $100,000 prize this week.

Forty one teams brought cars to the track, but only 40 will make the field for the race.

After two rounds of single car qualifying Daniel Hemric beats out the field in dominating fashion to win the pole and bring the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Sparks Energy 300:
Daniel Hemric
Elliott Sadler – moved to the back of the field for an engine change
Spencer Gallagher
John Hunter Nemechek
Michael Annett
Justin Allgaier
Shane Lee
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Truex
Matt Tifft
Austin Cindric
Cole Custer
Christopher Bell
Ty Majeski
Brandon Jones
Chase Briscoe
Dylan Lupton

Joey Gase – moved to the rear of the field for unapproved adjustments
Ryan Reed
Noah Gagson
Alex Labbe
Ryan Sieg
Joe Nemechek
Jeremy Clements
Vinnie Miller
Ross Chastain
J.J. Yeley
Tommy Joe Martins
BJ McLeod
Spencer Boyd
Josh Williams
Josh Bilicki – moved to the rear of the field for unapproved adjustments
Kaz Grala
Garrett Smithley
Jeff Green
Chad Finchum
David Starr
Timy Hill
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Mike Harmon

Morgan Shepherd did not qualify for the race.

Stages one and two of the race are only 25 laps each with stage three lasting 63 laps around the 2.66 mile super speedway.

In the drivers only broadcast:
Kevin Harvick is the play by play man
Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano are booth analysts
Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, and Bubba Wallace are pit reporters
and Brad Keselowski and Ricky Stenhouse Jr will take over the Hollywood Hotel.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out Spencer Gallagher for the lead of the race.

Lap two the drivers are getting three wide. Elliott Sadler has already moved up to 27th place after starting at the back of the field.

Lap four Daniel Hemric holds on to the lead over John Hunter Nemechek; Elliott Sadler has already moved into the top 10 at the number nine position.

Lap five Elliott Sadler is in seventh; Daniel Hemric has a narrow lead on John Hunter Nemechek.

Lap six the top five are Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, Tyler Reddick, Elliott Sadler, and Ryan Truex.

Lap seven the four “Dash-4-Cash” drivers are in the top 15.

Lap eleven, Daniel Hemric holds on to the lead with Justin Allgaier in second; Tyler Reddick, Elliott Sadler, and Ryan Truex round out the top five.

Lap 13 the top five are Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, Tyler Reddick, Elliott Sadler, and Ryan Truex.

Lap 15 Daniel Hemric has led every lap so far; Justin Allgaier is a tenth of a second behind.

Lap 20 Daniel Hemric continues to lead with Justin Allgaier, Tyler Reddick, Elliott Sadler, and Ryan Truex rounding out the top five.

With only four laps remaining in the stage, the drivers are getting spread out in single file.

Daniel Hemric wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Daniel Hemric
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Truex
Brandon Jones
John Hunter Nemechek
Matt Tifft
Cole Custer
Elliott Sadler
Shane Lee
Tyler Reddick

Taking only two tires, Daniel Hemric wins the race off of pit road.

Ryan Truex was caught speeding on pit road and will have to start the race at the back of the field.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 32 and edges out Justin Allgaier to hold on to the lead.

Lap 33 the caution flag comes out for a crash involving several cars including Xfinity newcomer Ty Majeski. Ryan Truex, Dylan Lupton, Kaz Grala, Chad Finchum, and Spencer Boyd were also involved in the crash.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 41 from the inside lane and jumps out in front of Ryan Reed to hold on to the lead of the race.

Ten to go in stage two and Ryan Reed passes Daniel Hemric to take over the lead of the race.

Daniel Hemric is falling through the field and has dropped out of the top 10.

Lap 42 Elliott Sadler has taken over the lead of the race with Ryan Reed in second; Spencer Gallagher, Michael Annett, and Matt Tifft round out the top five.

Lap 44 Elliott Sadler has a tenth of a second lead on Ryan Reed with Spencer Gallagher in third, Michael Annett in fourth, and Matt Tifft in fifth.

Tyler Reddick’s team has reported some electrical issues and has no AC.

Lap 47 Elliott Sadler continues to lead the race with Ryan Reed in second; Spencer Gallagher, Nichael Annett, and Matt Tifft round out the top five.

Elliott Sadler wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Elliott Sadler
Ryan Reed
Spencer Gallagher
Michael Annett
Matt Tifft
Tyler Reddick
Cole Custer
Justin Allgaier
Joey Gase
John Hunter Nemechek

After taking only fuel, Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag tart of stage three on lap 57 but it is Elliott Sadler who jumps out in front of the field.

Jeremy Clements’ car blew the engine and he is out of the race.

Lap 58 Elliott Sadler leads the race with Christopher Bell in second with Ryan Reed, John Hunter Nemechek, and Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five.

With 63 laps in stage three the drivers cannot make the entire stage on a single load of fuel; the drivers will have to make a pit stop.

The caution flag came out with 52 laps remaining in the race after Justin Allgaier and Matt Tifft make contact.

Drivers are making pit stops, but some of them will still have to make another stop.

With 47 laps remaining in the race, Elliott Sadler brings the field down for the green flag restart and edges out Christopher Bell to hold on to the lead of the race. The drivers are getting three and four wide back in the field.

Lap 68 Elliott Sadler holds on to the lead of the race with Christopher Bell in second, John Hunter Nemechek in third, Michael Annett in fourth, and Daniel Hemric in fifth.

Lap 70, the top five are Elliott Sadler, John Hunter Nemechek, Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell, and Matt Tifft.

Elliott Sadler is reporting a possible tire issue.

Drivers are coming down pit road for green flag pit stops. Justin Allgaier is currently in the lead.

Elliott Sadler was caught speeding on pit road avoiding contact with John Hunter Nemechek who hit some water and spun out.

With 36 laps remaining in the race Justin Allgaier is in the lead with Austin Cindric in second.

Lap 79 Justin Allgaier is in the lead with Austin Cindric, Garrett Smithley, Timmy Hill, and Vinnie Miller rounding out the top five.

Lap 83 Justin Allgaier holds on the to lead with Austin Cindric 10 seconds behind; Garrett Smithley, Vinnie Miller, and BJ McLeod round out the top five.

With 27 laps to go, Justin Allgaier has increased his lead to over 12 seconds on Austin Cindric.

Twenty five to go, Justin Allgaier is in the lead by nearly 15 seconds over Austin Cindric; Garrett Smithley, Vinnie Miller, and JB McLeod round out the top five.

Lap 93, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race and has pulled out to a lead of over 20 seconds on Austin Cindric. There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

With 18 laps to go, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, Garrett Smithley, Vinnie Miller, and BJ McLeod.

Sixteen to go, There are only 14 cars on the lead lap with Justin Allgaier over 23 seconds out in front.

Lap 100 Justin Allgaier is in fuel conservation mode as he continues to lead the field by a wide gap. Second place drier Austin Cindric is 24 seconds behind.

Ten to go, Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly 25 seconds on Austin Cindric; Garrett Smithley, Vinnie Miller, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out with nine laps remaining in the race for a flat tire on Daniel Hemric’s car. The caution flag erases a 25 second lead for Justin Allgaier.

Cole Custer’s car ran out of fuel.

Justin Allgaier has run out of gas.

Austin Cindric takes over the lead of the race with three laps to go. The track is still under yellow flag conditions.

More drivers get stalled on the track out of fuel.

The race will end under a green/white/checker conditions.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag overtime start but stalls out on the track and Tyler Reddick gets out in front for the lead. The drivers are getting four wide across the track.

Spencer Gallagher challenges Tyler Reddick for the lead and gets out in front after the white flag has waved.

Spencer Gallagher wins the Sparks Energy 300!

The unofficial results of the Sparks Energy 300:
Spencer Gallagher
Brandon Jones
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Elliott Sadler
Ryan Sieg
John Hunter Nemechek
Thyler Reddick
Cole Custer
Garrett Smithley
J.J. Yeley
Christopher Bell
Jeff Green
Michael Anett
Shane Lee
Chase Briscoe
Vinnie Miller
Tommy Joe Martins
BJ McLeod
Kaz Grala
Joey Gase
Ryan Reed
Daniel Hemric
Alex Labbe
Matt Tifft
Josh Williams
Timmy Hill
Josh Bilicki
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Austin Cindric
Joe Nemechek
David Starr
Mike Harmon
Ross Chastain
Jeremy Clements
Dylan Lupton
Ty Majeski
Ryan Truex
Chad Finchum
Spencer Boyd

NASCAR Makes Rule Change for Talladega

Auto racing is a dangerous sport even in the best of times; but NASCAR makes every effort to ensure the sport is as safe as it can possibly be at all times.

During final practice of the Monster Energy Cup Series on Friday afternoon at Talladega Motor Speedway, the drivers were reaching speeds of over 200mph. Only five laps into the practice session Jamie McMurray blew a tire and got loose. Unable to stop, Ryan Newman hit McMurray sending into a flip that barrel rolled the car over six times.

While McMurray walked away from the crash unharmed, NASCAR deemed the speeds unsafe and has since reduced the size of the restrictor plate in order to slow the cars down to a safer speed.

An impound race with practices completed, the drivers will have their first opportunity to run the cars with the new restrictor plate when they qualify on Saturday.

AT 2.66 miles around, Talladega Motor Speedway is the largest track on the NASCAR circuit.

New Music Friday – April 27

On this final Friday of April, there are dozens of new albums including music from Missy Higgins, Hawthorne Heights, Post Malone, Janelle Monae, Keith Urban, Take 6, Anthrax, Willie Nelson, Sigur Ros, Armin van Buuren, Godsmack, Foreigner, Van Morrison, and some new releases from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Albums:
“Solastalgia” by Missy Higgins
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Avengers: Infinity War” by Alan Silvestri
“Bad Frequencies” by Hawthorne Heights
“beerbongs & bentleys” by Post Malone
“Big Tings” by Skindred
“Bright Gloom by 77
“Bright Ones” by Bright Ones
“Bruises” by the Cary Brothers
“Caer” by Twin Shadow
“Campfire” by Kasey Chambers
“Changed” by Sanctus Real
“Comere Callado, Vol. 2” by Gerardo Ortiz
“Critical Equation” by Dr. Dog
“The Devil in Dickies”  by C-Mob
“Dirty Computer” by Janelle Monae
The original television soundtrack for “Doctor Who – Series 9” by Murray Gold
“Domination” by Kreyol La
“Easy Never Needed You” by Sarah Reeves
“El Alfa y el Omega” by Kendo Kaponi
“Elohim” by Elohim
“Espejo” by Javiera Mena
The original West End cast recording for “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” by the Original West End Cast
“Exotic Worlds and Masterful Treasures” by Stiulator Jones
“For Now” by the DMA’S
“Forth Wanderers” by the Forth Wanderers
“Graffiti U” by Keith Urban
“Hear Me Now” by Domo Wilson
“High Places” by Janine the Machine
“The Higher Experience” by Kelontae Gavin
“Human” by Steve Angello
“Iconic” by Take 6
“If I Know Me” by Morgan Wallen
“In the Rainbow Rain” by Okkervil River
“Dings Among Scotland” by Anthrax
“Last Man Standing” by Willie Nelson
“The Level Above Human” by Ingested
“Lullaby Renditions of Beastie Boys” by Rockaby Baby!
“The Nights We Lived” by Eli Lieb
“Old Fashioned Gal” by Kat Edmonson
“Open Heaven – The Maranda Experience” by Maranda Curtis
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Overboard” by Various Artists
“Poo Bear Presents: Bearthday Music” by Poo Bear
“Prevail II” by Kobra and the Lotus
“R&B III” by Authority Zero
“Randall King” by Randall King
“Route One” by Sigur Ros
“Royal Coda” by Royal Coda
“Scars” by Ilan Bluestone
“Souls” by Shallou
“Speak Your Mind” by Anne-Marie
“A State of Trance 2018” by Armin van Buuren
“Twerp Verse” by Speedy Ortiz
‘Until Death Call My Name” by YoungBoy Never Broke Again
“Vortex” by Toundra
The Wanting” by Red Wanting Blue
“When Legends Rise” by Godsmack
“White Sun Gong” by White Sun
“With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus” by Foreigner
“Worth of Souls” by Paul Cardall
“You’re Driving Me Crazy” by Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco
“Flamingo & Koval” by Bobby Feeno
“Ringos Desert, Pt. 1” by ZHU
“The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert 2014” Live by Various Artists
“The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert 2015” Live by Various Artists
“Fate” by Tammy Rivera

EP’s:
“The Hearse” by Matt Maeson
“I: The Arrow” by Andy Mineo
“Solar Sensitivity, Pt. 6” by Solar
“Greater” by by Jess and Gabriel
“Lovelyz 4th Mini Album Heal” by Lovelyz

Seneca Niagara Reveals Arrival Experience Project

In 2002 the Seneca Nation of Indians opened the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, New York on the site of the old Convention Center only three blocks from the Niagara Falls State Park and the thundering majesty of Niagara Falls.

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In 2005 the Seneca Nation expanded the Casino and opened the Hotel and the Casino became the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino. Over the years since opening the Casino the Seneca Nation has made a variety of upgrades including the gaming room floor, the opening of Stir Bar, and new retail locations.

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On April 27 the Seneca Nation and the Seneca Gamin Corporation announced a new project – the Seneca Arrival Experience. The $40 million project will include work both inside and outside of the Resort property.

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The new renovations are designed to impact the experience of visitors even before they enter the building by offering a dedicated turning lane for entrance on to the Resort grounds and increasing the current entrance from one to two lanes.

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Pat Bassney

Western New York winters are notoriously hard on asphalt and as a part of the renovations, the parking area will be redone and enhanced with landscaping and a new covered entryway into the Hotel lobby. The entrance itself will be redesigned with a new glass facade.

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Holly Gagnon

Inside the Hotel lobby some significant changes are planned including a new registration and VIP check in area, a relocation of the Lobby Bar and the Three Sisters Restaurant. The closing of Morrie’s deli, and an enhancement of the entrance to the Casino’s gaming room floor.

Seneca6 ToddPresident Todd Gates

With the arrival of spring, the outdoor work has already begun. The inside work is slated to begin later in the summer after July 4. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in May 2019.

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Barry E. Snyder Jr

Seneca Niagara General Manager Pat Bassney opened the press conference announcing the Seneca Arrival Experience project with several of the original Casino employees in attendance. Also on hand to speak were Seneca Gaming Corporation President and CEO Holly Gagnon, President of the Seneca Nation Todd Gates, Seneca Gaming Corportation Chairman Barry E. Snyder Jr,and Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development Michael Kimelberg.
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Since before opening the Casino doors in 2002, the Seneca Nation has employed thousands of workers and has spent over half a billion dollars in construction, renovations, and upgrades to the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino as they work to provide an unforgettable experience to the millions of guest who visit each year.

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race” Goes Drag Con

Last week Eureka stole the show in the talk show challenge as a big baby and won her first challenge; but it was time for Mayhem Miller to sashay away.

RuPaul tells the queens that it is time to separate the pros from the cons…

In the mini challenge, is the new game Sittin’ on a Secret. The queens are blindfolded and must identify items by sitting on them.

The items the queens had to identify included a fax machine, an eggplant, a bag of chips, a cake, a traffic cone, marshmallows, and a pork chop.

The queen who guessed the most items was Asia O’Hara.

This week’s maxi challenge was to create their own

Drag Con panel. The panels were on body, face, and wigs. This week the queens were allowed to pick their own teams.

Blair, The Vixen, and Miz Crackaer were the wig panel.
Monet, Kameron, and Eureka were the body panel.
Asia Monique, and Aquaria were the face panel.

The panels have to prepare for a talk and to answer questions from the audience.

Oh, and one more thing, since drag con is a place to make the fans fall in love with a queen, the audience will be rating the panels…and the queens.

Eureka has been to a drag con and has participated in one of the panels.

The runway look this week Hat’s incredible.

Joining RuPaul at the judge’s table this week are Michelle Visage and Ross Matthews; along with special guest judges the married couple Kumall Nanjiani and Emily Gordon.

First up was the Body Panel and when it came time for the Q&A on person asked with today’s political climate, why is drag so important.

Eureka’s answer was that we are all afraid and for a queen it is a way to escape the bad things in their lives. She said, “we do drag to celebrate ourselves.” She adds that other celebrate drag because it is also a way for them to escape and a way to belong. Eureka said, “in the political climate right now, none of us feel like we belong.”

The body panel brought a guy on stage and showed how to make him a woman.

Next up was the Face Panel. The question to the panel was what can a regular woman learn from a drag queen. The answer was not to be afraid to try new things. Aquaria said that since there are no rules, do what makes you happy. The guy that the body panel dressed, returns to get his face painted. Asia demonstrates putting on eye lashes and Aquaria does her lips.

The Hair Panel spoke on wigs…and how to make your wig life better and how to turn your wig woes into wig wows. Their question was what to do with wigs for baby queens. And the model returns for his wig with a stocking and duct tape. The Hair panel brought some hair to chair with the audience.

After the runway reveal, RuPaul named Kameron Michaels, Monet X Change, and Eureka the top three of the week. But Miz Cracker, Blair St. Clair, and The Vixen are the bottom three for this week. Aquaria, Monique Heart, and Asia O’Hara are safe for this week.

In the judges remarks…
The judges like Kameron’s runway look; adding that they liked to see her personality and it was nice to see her come through.

After being in the bottom for the past two weeks, Monet X Change found herself one of the top three queens this week. The judges loved her on the panel; adding that she was funny and gave an amazing performance.

The judges loved Eureka’s runway look; adding that she did a great job on the panel and was voted the fan favourite from the audience. Michelle noted that Eureka is in her groove and commanded the room.

While the judges loved Miz Cracker’s runway look, they felt she was lacking on the panel. The judges noted that no one on the Hair panel really gave them any real info on hair.

Also on the Hair panel, Blair St. Claire got bulldozed over by her panel mates. Blair revealed that her first sexual encounter was an assault while at a college party. She noted that she has been searching for pretty things ever since.

While the judges thought that The Vixen’s big floppy hat was a great interpretation of the runway theme, they noted that they couldn’t see her face. The judges again noted that they wanted some real info from the panel.

Saying that she had one word for Eureka – Proportionize, RuPaul named Eureka the winner again this week. This is the first time this season that a queen has not only won two challenges; but also, won them back to back.

Monet, Kameron, and Miz Cracker are all safe but Blair St. Claire and The Vixen find themselves in the bottom and will have to lip sync for their lives.

The lip sync song for this week was “I’m Coming Up” by Diana Ross that included a segment in the middle of the song that was only music with no words.

After the performance, RuPaul told The Vixen to chantey you stay, but for Blair St. Claire it was time to sashay away.

Next week it’s the Snatch Game!

In the “Untucked” segment this week, the safe queens talked about being safe and who they thought would go home from the queens in the bottom.

A former Seminary student, Monique talked about “praying the gay away” and how it doesn’t work; saying “nothing changes.”

When the remaining queens come backstage they talk about the judge’s remarks.

Crew members bring a television backstage and discover there are a couple of messages.

Eureka gets a message from her sister and mom. A very emotional Eureka noted that when she left her mother wasn’t talking, but she did on the video.

Blair also got a video message from her mom. Blair talks about her assault and how it has affected her outlook on life. Blair said that it was the first time she has ever spoken about the event. The other queens give her a hug.

2018 NFL Draft – Round One

Other than the Super Bowl, it is the biggest night in football…the annual NFL Draft.

This year the draft takes place in Texas for the first time at AT&T Stadium – the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and some NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winners and former Cowboy players are on hand to kick off the draft officially started. There are some 100,000 fans on hand and they booed loudly when the group came out to open the draft.

The first team to draft a player are the Cleveland Browns who failed to win a single game last season. For the first pick in 2018 draft, the Cleveland Browns chose quarterback Baker Mayfield from the University of Oklahoma and the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner.

For the second pick of the 2018 NFL draft, the New York Giants chose running back Saquon Barkley from Penn State University.

For the third pick in the 2018 NFL draft the New York Jets chose quarterback Sam Darnold from the University of Southern California (USC).

With a second pick in the first round, the Cleveland Browns chose corner back Denzel Ward from Ohio State.

The fifth pick of the NFL Draft Commissioner Goodell gets a little help from St. Jude’s Hospital patient Austin to announce that for the fifth pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncoes chose defensive end Bradley Chubb from North Caolina State.

For the sixth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts chose guard Quenton Nelson from Notre Dame.

In a trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Buffalo Bills chose quarterback Josh Allen from Wyoming.

With the eighth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft the Chicago Bears chose linebacker Roquan Smith from the University of Georgia.

In the ninth pick of the 2018 NFL Draft the San Francisco 49ers chose tackle Mike McGlinchey from Notre Dame.

In a trade from the Oakland Raiders, the Arizona Cardinals chose quarterback Josh Rosen from UCLA.

In the eleventh pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins chose safety Minkah Fitzpatrick from the University of Alabama.

In the the twelfth pick of the 2018 NFL Draft the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose defensive tackle Vita Vea from the University of Washington.

In the thirteenth pick of the 2018 NFL Draft the Washington Redskins chose defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne from the University of Alabama.

In a trade from the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints chose defensive end Marcus Davenport from the University of Texas San Antonio as the fourteenth pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

For the fifteenth pick of the 2018 NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders chose tackle Kolton Miller from UCLA.

In a trade from the Baltimore Ravens, the Buffalo Bills chose linebacker Tremaine Edmunds from Virginia Tech as the sixteenth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

For the seventeenth pick of the 2018 NFL Draft the Los Angeles Chargers chose safety Derwin James from the Florida State University Seminoles.

In a trade from the Seattle Seahawks, the Green Bay Packers chose cornerback Jaire Alexander from the University of Louisville.

And now the time that Dallas Cowboy fans have been waiting for, with the help of members of area high school football teams, in the nineteenth pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys chose linebacker Leighton Vander Esch from Boise State.

Amidst drafting for new players, the Pittsburgh Steelers traded wide receiver Martavis Bryant to the Oakland Raiders the the 75th overall draft pick – third round.

For the twentieth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft the Detroit Lions chose center Frank Ragnow from Arkansas.

For the twenty-first pick of the 2018 NFL Draft the Cincinnati Bengals chose center Billy Price from Ohio State.

In a trade from the Baltimore Ravens, the Tennessee Titans chose linebacker Rashaan Evans from the University of Alabama.

The New England Patriots chose tackle Isaiah Wynn from the University of Georgia in the twenty-third pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

In the twenty-fourth pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers chose wide receiver DJ Moore from Maryland.

The Baltimore Ravens chose tight end Hayden Hurst from South Carolina for the twenty-fifth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

For the twenty-sixth pick of the 2018 NFL Draft the Atlanta Falcons chose wide receiver Calvin Ridley from the University of Alabama.

In the twenty-seventh pick of the 2018 NFL Draft the Seattle Seahawks chose running back Rashaad Penny from San Diego State.

In an emotional moment, Ryan Shazier walked out on the stage with his fiancee to help deliver the twenty-eighth pick of the 2018 NFL Draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who chose safety Terrell Edmunds from Virginia Tech.

With the draft of Terrell and Tremaine Edmunds, it is the first time that a set of brothers have ever been drafted in the first round.

The Jacksonville Jaguars chose defensive tackle Taven Bryan from the University of Florida.

For the thirtieth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft the Minnesota Vikings chose defensive back Mike Hughes from the University of Central Florida.

In their second pick of the round, the New England Patriots chose running back Sony Michel from the University of Georgia.

In the final pick of the first round in the 2018 NFL Draft the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles traded their pick to the Baltimore Ravens who chose quarterback Lamar Jackson from the University of Louisville.

The NFL Draft will return on Friday for rounds two and three.

Drivers Only Broadcast Ready to Go

Like Daytona, Talladega means exciting racing with fans watching in anticipation of “the big one” as drivers move back and forth through the field.

This year the Xfinity Series race will bring even more excitement as the FOX broadcast team is replaced…with Monster Energy Cup Series drivers.

After the success of the drivers only weekend at Pocono last year, FOX has brought the event back, and this time it’s in Talladega on April 28.

FOX Sports President & Executive Producer of Production John Entz spoke on the upcoming broadcast saying, “as long as no one sets fire to the FOX Sports booth or pulls the plug that knocks us off the air, the drivers have free rein.”

Over the past couple of season FOX has had a Monster Energy Cup Series driver join FOX broadcasters Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip in the broadcast booth for the Xfinity Series races.

Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Brad Keselowski, and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr are all scheduled for the driver’s only broadcast. All but Keselowski and Wallace were a part of the broadcast last season.

Kevin Harvick is the play by play man
Clint Bowyer will serve as race analyst
Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, and Bubba Wallace are the pit reporters
Brad Keselowski and Ricky Stenhouse Jr will work the Hollywood Hotel.

Joey Logano noted that when he was asked to participate at Pocono last year the broadcast would be either really awesome or really bad; but there was no way he was going to miss out on the experience.

Ryan Blaney said that he had a ton of fun last year; adding that he thinks this year it will be even more exciting in Talladega.

 

BTS

The current heartthrobs and Korean boy band BTS have announced the first dates of a world wide tour they are calling Love Yourself after their newest album set for release next month.

“Love Yourself: Tear” is slated for a May 18 release.

BTS promises more concert dates to be released in the coming months.

Love Yourself tour dates:
Aug 25 & 26 at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, Korea
Sept 5 & 6 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA
Sept 15 & 16 at the Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX
Sept 20, 22 & 23 at the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, ON
Sept 28 & 29 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Oct 2 & 3 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
Oct 9 & 10 at The O2 Arena in London, UK
Oct 13 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Oct 16 & 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany
Oct 19 & 20 at the Accorhotels Arena in Paris, France

Coming to the New World with the BPO

In a multi media presentation, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra gave an emotional performance celebrating the New World on April 21 and 22.

New World 1

There were only two pieces listed on the program, but it was an impactful and powerful performance that while out of the past, was also relevant to the world today.

Syracuse’s Symphinia conductor Lawrence Loh was the guest conductor for a performance of “Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op 95” by Antonin Dvorak – better known as The New World Symphony.  Dvorak composed the piece after visiting the U.S. and was inspired by the African American Spirituals and Native American music that he heard.  Composed in four movements, the third movement contains what is considered some of the most rhythmically difficult passages for the string players.

New World2

Since its composition in 1893, The New World Symphony has been the inspiration for a number of works including the Spiritual “Going Home”.

After the intermission, the video screen came down and the BPO was joined by seven local actors for a performance of “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” by Peter Boyer.

Composed post 9-11, the works features monologues by actors who are retelling the stories from seven of the millions of immigrants that passed through Ellis Island on their way to becoming Americans.

Ellis Island

While the Orchestra played, a video that depicted images of boats filled with hopeful immigrants and the faces of some of them.  Then one by one Andrea Call Andolina, Diane Dibernardo, Cassie Gorniewicz, Darleen Pickering Hummert, Gerry Maher, David Marciniak, and Doug Zschiezner came to the microphone to tell stories of peril, loss, and hope on the journey to America and freedom.

The very emotional work ended with the actors reading the words emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty.

Statue of Liberty

A nation of immigrants, Ellis Island is a subtle reminder to all America of the struggle for freedom and the lengths at which some of its residents went to obtain the freedoms taken fore granted by those who were born to them.

 

 

Rock and Roll with the Hall of Fame Revue

On April 21, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame artists Sam Guarino and Nick Veltri brought a stripped down version of their Hal of Fame Revue to the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls for a night of “Old Time Rock and Roll” including music from Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Janice Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Donna Summer, and a Joe Bonamassa composition.

Nine performers crowded on to the Hard Rock stage, most of whom shared the vocal duties.

Joining Sam and Nick were Sue, Dolly D. Patti Parks, Doug, Pete, Ron, and Matt with all but Sue and Matt – Sam said that they weren’t old enough…yet  – members of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.

After opening the show with the instrumental “Honky Tonk”, Patti kicked off the singing with “Black Drawers”.  In a two set show, the music continued with “Some Other Day, Some Other Time”, “Little Sister”, “Blueberry Hill”, “Only You Know and I Know”, “Our Day Will Come”, “Rainy Day Woman”, “After Midnight”, “C’est La Vie”, “Piece of My Heart”, “Chain of Fools”, “Remedy”, “I Like it Like That”, “Yeah Yeah”, “Whole Lotta Loving”, “Mess of Blues”, “Walking in the Sand”, “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”, the instrumental “Sleep Walk”, “Can’t Find My Way Home”, “I Don’t Need No Man”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, and “Bad Girls”.

As the temperatures outside finally warmed up, the Hall of Fame Revue was a fun way to celebrate the final arrival of spring and some good music from the Days of early Rock and Roll, Soul, and Disco.

 

Fleetwood Mac

Recently there have been some changes in the lineup for the Grammy Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Fleetwood Mac.  With the departure of Lindsey Buckingham, Mike Campbell and Neil Finn have joined the band.

Beginning in October the revamped lineup will be embarking on a North American tour that will run into next spring.

Tickets go on sale May 4.

Fleetwood Mac tour dates:
Oct 3 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
Oct 6 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
Oct 10 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
Oct 12 at the PInnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE
Oct 14 at the WElls Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA
Oct 16 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Oct 18 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
Oct 20 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO
Oct 22 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul MN
Oct 26 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH
Oct 28 at the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center in Milwaukee, WI
Oct 30 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Nov 1 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 3 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Nov 5 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON
Nov 7 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
Nov 10 at the Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Nov 12 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Nov 14 at the Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Nov 17 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WANov 19 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Nov 21 at he SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Nov 23 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Nov 25 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA
Nov 28 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Nov 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Dec 3 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Dec 6 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA
Dec 8 at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
Dec 11 & 13 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA
Feb 5 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Feb 7 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Feb 9 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX
Feb 13 at the Legacy ARena at the BJCC in Birmingham, AL
Feb 16 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
Feb 18 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Feb 20 at the BB&T Center in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Feb 22 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC
Feb 24 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
Feb 27 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
March 3 at the Philips Arena in ATlanta, GA
March 5 at the Capital One Arena in WAshington, DC
March 9 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ
March 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
March 13 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
March 15 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT
March 20 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY
March 24 at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD
March 26 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
March 31 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
April 5 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

Garbage

Twenty years ago, the band Garbage released their second album “Version 2.0”.  This fall the band will be hitting the road for a month long tour around the U.S. to celebrate the album.

Before the tour, a new expanded version of the album will be released on June 22

Garbage tour dates:
Sept 29 at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle, WA
Sept 30 at the Roseland Theatre in Portland, OR
Oct 3 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA
Oct 5 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, NV
Oct 7 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ
Oct 9 at the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, NM
Oct 11 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX
Oct 12 at the House of Blues in Houston, TX
Oct 13 at the Paradise Cove at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, OK
Oct 17 at the Riviera Theater in Chicago, IL
Oct 18 at the Hard Rock Live in Northfield, OH
Oct 20 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, nY
Oct 21 at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC
Oct 23 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA
Oct 25 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA
Oct 26 at the Borgata Spa and Resort Music Box in Atlantic City, NJ
Oct 27 at the King Theatre in Brooklyn, NY

 

Dead Daisies

Rockers The Dead Daisies have planned a summer tour in Europe in addition to their current European stint and trip to Japan.

The Dead Daisies tour dates:
April 26 at the Backstage Werk in Munich, Germany
April 27 at the Barba Negra Track in Budapest, Hungary
April 29 at Simm City in Vienna, Austria
May 1 at the Thanks Jimi Festival in Wroclaw, Poland
May 3 at Kesselhaus in Berlin, Germany
May 4 at the Schlachthof in Wiesbaden, Germany
May 5 at the Live Music Hall in Cologne, Germany
May 6 at Le Trabendo in Paris, FranceMay 8 at Z7 n Pratteln, Switzerland
May 9 at the Live Club in Trezzo Sull’adda, Italy
June 25 at the Umeda Club Quattro in Osaka, Japan
June 26 at the Ebisu Liquidroom in Tokyo, Japan
June 28 at the Nagoya Club Quatrro in Nagoya, Japan
July 7 at the Rock Fest in Barcelona, Spain
July 9 at Sala Caracol in Madrid, Spain
July 11 at the Estadio Municipal de Oeiras in Lisboa, Portugal
July 14 at the Beer and Flowers Festival in Lasko, Slovenia
July 16 at the Song Festival Ground in Tallinn, Estonia
July 18 at Substage in Karlsruhe, Germany
July 19 at Festival Guitare en Scene in Saint-Julien-En-Genevoi, France
July 20 at VAZ in Burglengenfeld, Germany
July 21 at Colos-Saal in Aschaffenburg, Germany
July 22 at the Lucerna Music Bar in Prague, Czech Republic
July 24 at the GARAGE in Saarbrucken, Germany
July 25 at the Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany
July 27 at the PICTUREDROME in Holmfirth, UK
July 28 at the Rock and Bluest Custom Show in Pentrich, UK
July 29 at the STEELHOUSE fESTIVAL in Ebbw Vale, UK
Aug 15 at the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland, OH
Aug 16 at Piere’s in Fort Wayne, IN
Aug 17 at The Forge in Joliet, IL
Aug 18 at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI
Aug 19 at Diamonds in Louisville, KY
Aug 22 at the Montage Music Hall in Rochester, NY
Aug 23 at Harris Park in London, ON
Aug 24 at the Phoenix Theatre in Toronto, ON
Aug 25 at The Brass Monkey in Ottawa, ON
Aug 26 at Foufounes Electriques in Montreal, QC
Aug 28 at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, NY
Aug 29 at Jergel’s in Warrendale, PA
Aug 30 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 31 at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA
Sept 1 at the Upstate Concert Hall in Albany, NY
Sept 4 at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN
Sept 6 at the Scout Bar in Houston, TX
Sept 7 at Trees in Dallas, TX
Sept 8 at Come and Take It Live in Austin, TX
Sept 12 at the Fremont Country Club in Las Vegas, NV
Sept 13 at Brick by Brick in San Diego, CA
Sept 14 at The Glass House in Pomona, CA
Sept 15 at The Marquee in Phoenix, AZ
Sept 16 at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Oct 31-Nov 5 on the KISS Kruise VIII out of Miami, FL
Nov 10 at Hard Rock Hell in Rhyl, UK
Nov 11 at the Monsterfest in Inverness, UK
Nov 24 at the WinterStorm Rock Festival in Troon, UK

Kenseth to Join Roush Fenway Racing

In the middle of the Monster Energy Cup Series racing season last year, Matt Kenseth began to suspect that he would not be returning to the number 20 car for Joe Gibbs Racing. When the season ended, Kenseth indeed found himself out of a job and unsure of what he would do.

Kenseth won 15 races in five years with JGR.

With the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series a quarter of the way through, Kenseth has found himself a new ride…at least part time…for Jack Roush and Roush Fenway Racing.

Kenseth will be sharing the driving duties in the number six car with Trevor Bayne for the remainder of the 2018 season.

The 46 year old Kenseth spent 13 seasons with Roush before moving over the Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013. He has 24 wins and a Monster Energy Cup Series championship with Roush.

 

feature photo credit: By ZappaOMati – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60360574

First Results and Instant Save on ‘The Voice’

On Monday’s performance show of “The Voice”, the 12 finalists performed songs that meant something to them.

Again this season, singers who have their songs in the top 10 of at least one of the iTunes charts will have their votes multiplied by five. While no one made it to the top 10 of the overall iTunes chart, five artists had their songs on one of the genre top 10 charts; with one singer making it up to the number two spot.

Tonight is the first all fan voted results show…and the instant save returns.

Host Carson Daly revealed that Britton Buchanan was the most streamed artist on Apple Music.

Results are announced in no particular order.

With the first results of the night, Carson announced that the first artist in the top eleven is…

…Team Alicia’s Britton Buchanan!

Also safe are Team Kelly’s Brynn Cartelli and Team Adam’s Sharane Callister.

Birthday girl Kelly Carkson joins her team – Caleb, Brynn, and D.R. – for a performance of “Don’t Take the Money”.

In the next results, Carson announced that Team Blake’s Pryor Baird and Team Alicia’s Christiana Danielle are safe.

Coach Adam joins his Maroon 5 band mates for a performance of their new single “Wait”.

In the next results, Carson announced that Team Blake’s Spensha Baker and Team Kelly’s Caleb Lee are safe.

The cast of “Rise” perform “Scars to Your Beautiful”.

Coach Blake takes the stage with his team – Kyla, Pryor, and Spensha – for a performance of “I Thank You”.

In the final results before the instant save, the last safe artists are Team Adam’s Jackie Verna, Team Team Blake’s Kyla Jade, and Team Alicia’s Jackie Foster.

Team Kelly’s D.R. King and Team Adam’s Rayshun LaMarr are in the bottom and will have to battle it out for the instant save.

D.R. King chose “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” for his last chance performance.

Rayshun LaMarr chose “I Can’t Stand the Rain” for his last chance performance.

In the final results of the night, America chose to save Rayshun LaMarr with the instant save.

D.R. King is the first of the top 12 to go home.

Next week, it’s the top eleven.

Deep Purple and Judas Priest

Rockers Deep Purple and Judas Priest are joining up for a North American tour later in the summer and into the fall. The tour will include a number of outdoor dates.

Deep Purple and Judas Priest tour dates:
Aug 21 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 22 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Chicago, IL
Aug 24 at the Michigan Lottery Ammphitheatre at Freedom Hill in Detroit, MI
Aug 25 at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, MI
Aug 27 at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, ON
Aug 29 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Aug 30 at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, QC
Sept 1 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
Sept 2 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel Woods, NY
Sept 5 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY
Sept 6 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Sept 8 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
Sept 9 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
Sept 11 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Sept 12 at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL
Sept 14 at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA
Sept 16 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS
Sept 18 at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO
Sept 20 at the Treasure Island Casino in Welch, MN
Sept 21 at the Harrah/’s Council Bluffs in Council Bluffs, IA
Sept 23 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Sept 26 at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in San Diego, CA
Sept 27 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA
Sept 29 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain
View, CA
Sept 30 at the Toyota Amphitheatee in Wheatland, CA

‘American Idol’ Reveals the Top 10

On Sunday the top 14 singers on “American Idol” all performed. On the the first official results show of the season, the top 10 will be revealed with the fans voting in six of the 10 and after the remaining eight singers perform, the judges will decide the final four.

The stage has been divided into two zones – the victory zone and the danger zone.

With the names revealed in no particular order, host Ryan Seacrest calls Maddie Poppe to the stage. Ryan tells Maddie that she is the first singer to make it in the top 10. With all of the singers giving a performance, Maddie sang “Walk Like an Egyptian”.

Next on stage is Michelle Sussett who learns that she is in the danger zone before she sings her original song “I’m a Dreamer”.

Next up is Marcio Donaldson who comes on stage to rousing applause and cheers. Ryan told Marcio that he is also in the danger zone. He chose to sing “Jealous” by Nick Jonas.

Back in the lounge, Ryan brings Cade up on stage where Cade learns that he is in the top 10. Cade performs “Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr and brought the judges to their feet.

Garrett Jacobs takes the stage to learn that he is not in the top 10. Ryan used football terms to deliver the news, saying that he did not get into the end zone on fourth and inches. He sang “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Credence Clearwater Revival.

Country singer Gabby Barrett learns that she is the next singer to make it into the top 10. She performs “Little Red Wagon” by Miranda Lambert.

Dennis Lorenzo was the next singer to learn his results and is in the danger zone. Dennis sang “This Women’s Work” by Maxwell and brought the judges to their feet.

Ryan reveals that next week for the first time in television history, next Tuesday the show will go live in all three time zones simultaneously and fans will be able to vote and get the results at the end of the show.

Jonnie Brenns is in the danger zone and will have to sing for his life. He chose “Demons” by Imagine Dragons for his performance and brought the judges to their feet and cheers from the crowd.

The next singer in the top 10 is Caleb Lee Hutchinson who sang “Getting You Home” by Chris Young.

Next up on sage is Mara Justine who learns that she is not in the top 10. She chose “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna for her performance and had the crowd cheering and the judges on their feet.

Next up on the stage is Jurnee who took on Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande with her performance of “Bang Bang” on performance night; but it was not enough for the voters who did not put her in the top 10. Jurnee chose to sing “Never Enough” from the soundtrack for “The Greatest Showman”.

Only two spots remain for the fan vote top six with three singers waiting in the lounge.

Next up is Michael J Woodard takes one of the two remaining seats in the top 10. He sings “Believe in Yourself” from “The Wiz”.

The last spot from the fan vote is between Catie Turner and Ada Vox; and the final spot goes to Catie Turner. Catie sings “Havana”.

The final performance of the night is Ada Vox with “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” by Jennifer Holiday and brought the house down. Everyone is on their feet and the crowd was screaming Ada. Taking her earrings off and remarking that between the three of them – judges – Katy says they know talent and making an executive decision, Ada is in the top 10.

Three spots remain in the top 10…

After some deliberations the judges have determined that Jurnee, Michelle Sussett, and Dennis Lorenzo round out the top 10.

Marcio Donaldson, Mara Justine, Garrett Jacobs, and Jonnie Brenns have all been eliminated.

Lionel said that the fact that the singers who did not make it in the top 10 are there, show that they are special. He reminded them that The Commodores heard lots of nos before making it…and they did.

Next week the competition moves up another notch.

Live Playoffs Begin with Top 12 Performances

The 12 finalists on “The Voice” have reached the Live Playoffs. The decisions are now out of the coaches hands and up to the American fans. And with the season already over half way complete, the competition is heating up.

The theme for tonight is songs that have a personal meaning to the singer.

Getting the night of music started off is Rayshun LaMarr from Team Adam. He chose “When Love Takes Over” for his performance. Host Carson Daly said that Rayshun electrified the room. Alicia noted that there is something so electric about Rayshun; adding his skills are not to be denied. Adam noted that Rayshun continues to amp it up with every performance; adding that at that moment he became the front runner.

Carson announced that each of the four finalists will be performing an original song.

Team Kelly’s Country singer Kaleb Lee with “Amazed” by Lonestar. Kaleb chose not to play his guitar this week. Former coach Blake Shelton said that it was regretful that he let Kaleb go; adding the performance was amazing. Saying that she has been a fan of Kaleb’s since the blinds, Kelly loved his voice; adding that he did an amazing job.

Team Alicia’s Jackie Foster chose the Britney Spears hit “Toxic” with her own spin on the song. Former coach Kelly compared the performance to Sandy Dee at the end of “Grease”; adding that it was sexy and cool. An excited Alicia said that the song was Jackie’s and a perfect cross section of who she is.

Carson Daly announced that again this season, artists who have their songs in the top 10 of the iTunes charts will have their votes multiplied by a factor of five.

Team Blake’s Spensha Baker chose Trisha Yearwood’s “Down on My Knees”. Adam noted that it is rare when a singer has it all…and she has it. Blake said that Spensha is one of his favourite singers to work with; adding that she is authentic and is doing exactly what she was meant to do.

Team Alicia’s Christiana Danielle chose the Great Big World hit “Say Something”. Kelly noted that the low tones in Christiana’s voice are so beautiful. Coach Alicia says that is constantly being taken by Christiana; adding that there is no one like her.

Team Kelly’s D.R. King took on Dido with “White Flag” and brought Kelly to her feet. Blake said that there is so many sounds to D.R.’s voice and is capable of doing so many things. Kelly called D.R. an amazing vocalist; adding she wants to hear the record he is going to make.

Team Adam’s Sharane Callister chose the new Shawn Mendes song “In My Blood”. Former coach Alicia said that there was something so special about Sharane; adding that has a power about her. Adam noted that it is very hard to tell when an artist will make it; adding that Sharane has the ability to bring people along with her when she performs.

Team Blake’s Blues Rocker Pryor Baird chose “Pickin’ Wildflowers” by Keith Anderson for this performance. Amid screams from the audience, Kelly said that every time Pryor sings, she wants to go out and have a good time. Blake said that Pryor is to a song like a bulldozer is to trees.

The youngest singer in the competition is Team Kelly’s Brynn Cartelli sang “Up to the Mountain” by Patty Griffon. Alicia said noted that the 15 year old is following her daydream; adding that she has a capacity from another world. Kelly said that Brynn constantly shocks her; noting that she has an eclectic taste in music.

Team Adam’s Jackie Verna sang the Avril Lavigne song “I’m with You”. Blake said that Jackie is direct when she sings; adding that she is a great singer. Adam noted that Jackie’s growth has been explosive; adding that she rose to the challenge of the song.

Team Alicia’s Britton Buchanan performed a song that has never been done on the show when he sang “Small Town” by John Mellencamp. After the performance Alicia was screaming. Kelly called Britton the coolest person ever; adding that he is an old soul. Alicia said, on the record she thanked Blake for blocking Adam. Alicia that Britton doesn’t need the stage because his destiny is to be here; adding that all they want to do is see him play.

Closing out the night of music is Team Blake’s Kyla Jade singing “One Night Only” by Jennifer Hudson. Kylea used to sing background for Jennifer Hudson. In the video clip, Blake called Kyla a world class singer. After the performance the coaches were on their feet and Carson said that she is not a backup singer any more. Blake said on behalf of himself..and Jennifer…welcome to the front of the stage; adding that she owned it and it was time to start mowing them down.

After the east coast and central time zone airing, four artists who have a song in the top 10 of one of the iTunes charts.

Record Setting at Bat in Giants vs Angles Game

In the game of baseball, a pitcher is considered to have had a very good inning if he throws around 15 pitches.

On April 22 Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jaime Barria topped that number to a single batter when he and San Francisco Giant first baseman Brandon Belt paired up for a record setting 21 pitch at bat that lasted 13 minutes. The count was three balls and two strikes – full count – and with each successive pitch, Belt hit the ball foul. After 12 such pitches, Belt sent one in the outfield only to be caught. Belt foued off 16 of the 21 pitches.

The 21 pitch at bat beat the previous record of 20 pitches set in June 1998 between Ricky Gutierrez and Bartolo Colon.

The record settng at bat happed in the first inning when Belt was the second batter to come to the plate. Escaping a bases loaded jam, Barria threw a total of 49 pitches in the first inning.

Barria ended up leaving the game in the third inning after throwing 77 pitches.

The Giants would go on to win the game 4-2, including a home run by Brandon Belt in a nine pitch at bat.

After the game belt apologized to the Angels…and all of baseball…saying, “when I’m in the field I hate it when a batter keeps fouling pitches off. I’m like ‘Dude, just put it in play. It’s not that hard. Let’s go.”

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that he had never seen anything like it.

Ana Popovic Gets Funky in the Den

A lot of musicians today are copying their musical idols and are seeking success as tribute bands.  Meanwhile, artists like Ana Popovic seek to keep the music alive by creating and performing new original music.

On April 19 Ana Popovic and her band played before a full house in the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in a night filled with music.

Fans were not sitting stoically in their seats  as Ana rocked the stage with Blues, Funk, and Jazz; but were clapping and moving to the beat of the music as Ana performed mostly her original music.

While she played a variety of songs from her musical career, Ana focused on the music from her latest album “Trilogy” – a three CD collection with each album having its own theme of Blues, Funk, and Jazz – including “Long Road Down”, “New Coast of Paint”, “If Tomorrow Was Today”, and “Show You How Strong You Are”.

Along with Joe Bonamassa – who appears on “Trilogy” and has shared the stage with her – Ana Popovic has assured that the future of the Blues is secure and will live on for many years to come.

Swedish DJ Avicii Dies

Swedish born DJ and producer Avicii died April 20 at the age of 28. The DJ was found in Muscat, Oman – a popular holiday location on the Arabian Sea – but a cause of death was not revealed.

Avicii had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014 and has had issues with acute pancreatitis due to alcohol consumption.

The Electronic Dance Music DJ performed before thousands of fans around the world; but in 2016 he announced that he was going to retire from touring due to health issues; however, he would continue to produce music in the studio.

A two time Grammy nominated artist, Avicii has two MTV European Music Awards and a Billboard Music Award.

As a producer, Avicii worked with Madonna, Coldplay, Nile Rodgers, and Mike Posner. Avicii played at the wedding of Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia.

Avicii’s music has appeared in over 50 productions including “Pitch Perfect 3”, the documentary “Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour”, “Supergirl”, “Coronation Street”, “Glee”, reality competition dance shows, and a variety of sports programs.

He was born Tim Berling on September 8, 1989 in Stockholm, Sweden the son of Swedish actress Anki Liden. He was just 16 when he began producing music and was on tour by the time he was 18.

A list of survivors was not given.

 

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Top 14 Perform on ‘American Idol’

The auditions have been completed, Hollywood Week is over, and the top 14 have been chosen…and now it is up to America to decide who will be the next “American Idol”!

All 14 singers will be performing tonight, but only six of them will survive the fan vote. On Monday night the remaining eight singers will battle it out for the final four spots in the top 10 which will be chosen by the judges.

There is no musical theme for tonight’s performances, the singers can perform any song they want.

First up is Caleb Lee Hutchinson playing the banjo as he performs “Midnight Train to Memphis”. Katy noted that it felt like Caleb thinks he can’t believe he is here; adding that it seemed like his nerves got the best of him. Luke noted that Caleb has grown a great deal; adding that Caleb did a great job even though he wasn’t cray about the song choice. Lionel noted that when the girls started singing, Caleb forgot about the song. This was Caleb’s first on stage performance with the banjo.

Michelle Sussett sang “Friends”. Luke said that she became a pop star tonight; adding that is what they need. Lionel agreed with Luke; adding that she owned it. Katy said that it felt like early Shakira; reminding her that she needs to play more to the voters than the audience.

Marcio Donaldson chose the Barry Manilow hit “It’s a Miracle”. On his feet, Lionel called it an old school performance; adding that Marcio’s confidence is about to get out of control and he is on fire. Katy said that it was really good and joyful; adding that Marcio is an inspiration. Luke wasn’t sold on the song but added it was a good job showing them another side. Marcio told Ryan Seacrest that he wanted to show entertainment.

Speaking on the nerves, Lionel said that he remembers all the times that the audience didn’t come to rehearsals; adding that whatever happens on stage, pretend that you meant to do it.

The youngest contestant in the competition, Mara Justine sang “This is Me” from the film “The Greatest Showman”. Katy said that Mara has come a long way toward owning the stage. Luke noted that Mara took them on a variety of rides; adding he wasn’t totally sold on that performance. Lionel noted that he knows what Mara has been through.

Garrett Jacobs took on “American Idol” champion Phillip Phillips with “Raging Fire”. Luke called it a very dynamic performance; adding that Garrett took them on a ride. He noted that Garrett is the first performer of the night who really looked comfortable on the stage. Lionel told Garrett to remember just stay in character. Katy said that she believed that Garrett was comfortable on stage; adding that he did great.

Ada Vox performed the Queen song “The Show Must Go On”. Standing Lionel said that Ada has no idea how fabulous she is; adding that she came to stop the show. Lionel noted that Ada takes them to a different level each time she performs and he is there to make sure she gets to the top; adding that she is on fire. Katy said that Ada started the show; adding that it was exciting to see her spreading her wings. Luke said it was the biggest voice he has ever heard. When Ryan asked Ada about her focus, Ada said that she loves what she does.

Next up was Catie Turner with Hozier’s “Take Me to Church”. Katy said that whatever happens, she would like to sing with Catie. Luke noted that Catie can win this thing. Lionel agreed with him; adding that there is no one like Catie.

Rocker Cade Foehner took on Carlos Santana with “Black Magic Woman”. Saying that his wife loves Cade, Luke noted that the performance showed so much about who Cade is. Lionel said that they call that the package – the talent from singing, the playing…and the swivel hips. Katy said that her mom is obsessed with Cade and wants a lock of hair for her mom…and got it. A fan from Fresno sent a bouquet of Kale to Cade.

Dennis Lorenzo sang the Shawn Mendes song “In My Blood”. Lionel congratulated Dennis for taking the next step. Katy said that it felt a little shaky at first; adding that Dennis showed him another side tonight. Luke noted that Dennis has shown so many sides of himself; adding that it was amazing.

Maddie Poppe chose the Simon and Garfunkel song “Homeward Bound”. Katy said that she closed her eyes and thought that she was listening to Joni Mitchell; adding that a lot of people can sing but not everybody has taste. Luke called Maddie seasoned in her vocal choices. Lionel said that Maddie presents herself with every song.

Jurnee chose “Bang Bang” for her performance. Luke thanked her for showing another side of herself; adding tht she brought it. Lionel kept saying oh yeah; adding that she brought it. Katy noted that they had never seen Jurnee move; adding that she is an artist now.

Jonnie Brenns took Katy’s advice and took some ballet. He chose Panic! at the Disco’s “This is Gospel” for his performance. Lionel said that he loves to watch Jonnie perform; noting that Jonnie enjoys himself on stage. Katy said that real men can wear tights and thanked him for taking her advice. Katy agreed that the performance was fun; adding she wants to hear more. Luke noted that Jonnie came in a lounge singer but is now attacking the big notes; adding that he comes out and goes after it.

Michael J. Woodard has been keeping the judge’s guessing all season long; tonight he performed the Sia song “Titanium”. Katy said that she is going to see Sia and will tell her that she met a star who did an incredible job on her song. Luke said that he felt ii in his heart that people love him; adding Michael pulls them in every time he sings. Lionel said that Michael is giving them another level and he keeps tuning in to see what Michael will do next. Michael thanked the judges for encouraging him to be himself.

The final performance of the night is Gabby Barrett chose “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus for her performance. Luke called it his favourite vocal of the night; adding that for the first time Gabby is not playing around anymore. Katy said that Gabby went through the “starwash”; adding she rode the song so well and is impressed. Lionel noted that there are things in the music business that just happen.

On Monday’s results the top 10 are revealed.

Late Cautions, Overtime for a Thrilling Finish in Richmond

After three weeks of bad weather, race delays, and red flags the Monster Energy Cup Series moves to Richmond…and the hope of better weather…for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.

When the first round of qualifying began, six teams were still trying to make it through inspection.

After three rounds of qualifying Martin Truex Jr wins his first pole at Richmond and his third pole for the 2018 racing season.

The starting lineup for the Toyota Owners 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Jamie McMurray
William Byron
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Newman
David Ragan
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson
Darrell Wallace Jr
Chris Buescher
Paul Menard
Trevor Bayne
Daniel Hemric
Austin Dillon
Michael McDowell
Aric Almirola
Daneil Suarez
Matt DiBenedetto
Brad Keselowski
Kasey Kahne
Ross Chastain
Ty Dillon
Kyle Busch
AJ Allmendinger
Gray Gaulding
Cole Whitt
Landon Cassill
Reed Sorenson
Harrison Rhodes

Rowdy Busch is looking for three in a row, but he has never won a race when he has started further back than thirtieth – he starts in thirty second place for this race.

Staqes one and two of the race are 100 laps each with stage three lasting 200 laps for a total of 400 laps. around the ¾ mile track.

Pole sitter Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and holds on to lead the first lap.

Lap three Kyle Busch has moved up four spots to 28th.

Lap four, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap five Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Kyle Larson.

Lap seven Kyle Busch has moved up to 23rd place.

Lap eight, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Joey Logano. Kyle Busch is in 20th place.

Lap eleven, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead Joey Logano by nearly two seconds with Kyle Busch up to 18th place.

Lap 13, Kyle Busch has moved up 15 places.

Lap 21 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of a second and a half on Joey Logano. Kyle Busch is in 15th place.

Lap 23 Martin Truex Jr has a one second lead on Joey Logano.

Jimmie Johnson reports that he had a fight with the wall…and the wall won. Kyle Busch is in 13th place.

Lap 25 the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 27 Reed Sorenson is off the track with 35 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 28 Martin Truex Jr’s lead is down to less than a second on Joey Logano. Kyle Busch is now in 12th place – he has moved up 20 spots since the start of the race.

Lap 30 Martin Truex Jr holds on to his lead of less than a second on Joey Logano with Chase Elliott in third, Kurt Busch in fourth, and Denny Hamlin in fifth. Kyle Busch is now in eleventh place.

Lap 34 Martin Truex Jr is now only a half second ahead of Joey Logano and Kyle Busch is now in the top 10.

Lap 36 Martin Truex Jr leads by a half second over Joey Logano with Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Lap 39 Joey Logano catches and passes Martin Truex Jr for the lead with Kurt Busch in third, Chase Elliott in fourth and Kevin Harvick in fifth with Kyle Busch in ninth less than 10 seconds behind the leader.

Lap 48 it’s the Kyle and Kyle show with the number 18 M&Ms car driven by Kyle Busch coming out in front of Kyle Larson for ninth place.

Lap 49 Joey Logano has a lead of over a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr with Kurt Busch in third, Chase Elliott in fourth, and Kevin Harvick in fifth.

Lap 52 Joey Logano hold on to his lead of nearly two seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five. Kyle Busch is mired back in ninth place after charging through the field.

Lap 55, Joey Logano encounters lapped traffic but holds on to his lead of over a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr with 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 57 Kyle Busch is now in eighth place with Joey Logano leading the race.

Lap 64 Joey Logano has a lead of over two and a half seconds in front of Kurt Busch with Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Aric Almirola rounding out the top five. Kyle Busch is in eighth place. There are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 70 Joey Logano has a two and a half second lead on Kurt Busch; with Martin Truex Jr in third, Aric Almirola in fourth, and Chase Elliott in fifth. Kyle Busch is in seventh over eight seconds behind the leader. There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 73, Joey Logano’s lead is down to under two seconds ahead of Kurt Busch.

Lap 75 Kurt Busch has closed to within a second and a half of leader Joey Logano.

Lap 80 the top five are Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, Martin Truex Jr, and Willian Byron with Kyle Busch in seventh.

Lap 83 Joey Logano’s lead is down to half a second over Kurt Busch with Aric Almirola, William Bryon, and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five.

Lap 86 there are only 20 cars on the lead lap with Joey Logano leading by less than half a second over Kurt Busch.

Lap 90 Joey Logano holds on to the lead over Kurt Busch; younger brother Kyle has moved up to sixth place. There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

After short pitting, Ricky Stenhouse Jr was down by two laps; on lap 92 he unlapped himself and is back on the lead lap.

Lap 93 Joey Logano has increased his lead to back over a second on Kurt Busch.

Lap 94, Aric Almirola passes Kurt Busch to take over second place with Joey Logano over a second and a half in the lead.

Joey Logano wins stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Austin Dillon
Kevin Harvick

Bubba Wallace is the “lucky dog”.

Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road.

Aric Almirola’s team had a 20 second pit stop after the tire fell on the jack and dropped the car.

Kevin Harvick was sent to the back of the field after being charged with throwing equipment in the pit box – the crew member tossed the wrench after making an adjustment.

Kyle Larson and AJ Allmendinger were both charged with having uncontrolled tires in their pit boxes and will have to restart the race at the back of the field.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 112, followed by the Busch brothers. Joey Logan and Kurt Busch battle for the lead with Kurt Busch taking over the top spot.

Lap 114 Kurt Busch has a half second lead on Joey Logano with William Byron in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Aric Almirola in fifth. There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 118 Kurt Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Joey Logano with William Byron in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Aric Almirola in fifth.

Lap 123 Kurt Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Joey Logano.

Lap 131 Kurt Busch has a one second lead on Joey Logano with Kyle Busch in third, Clint Bowyer in fourth and William Byron in fifth.

Lap 135 Kurt Busch’s lead is now over a second on Joey Logano with Kyle Busch on his bumper.

Lap 137 Kurt Busch has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Joey Logano with Kyle Busch in third, Clint Bowyer in fourth, and William Byron in fifth.

Lap 141, Kurt Busch has a lead of over a second and a half on brother Kyle Busch with Clint Bowyer in third, Joey Logano in fourth and Aric Almirola in fifth.

Lap 144, Kurt Busch as a lead of less than a second on brother Kyle.

Lap 153, Kurt Busch is out in front by a second but Clint Bowyer has taken over second place with Kyle in third; Joey Logano and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 157 Kurt Busch has a lead of just over half a second on Clint Bowyer with Kyle Busch in third.

Several drivers have come down pit road for service.

Leader Kurt Busch is reporting a loose condition as the track begins to cool.

Lap 160 Kurt Busch’s lead is down to under half a second over Clint Bowyer wit Kyle Busch in third

Clint Bowyer has caught up to Kurt Busch and takes over the lead on lap 169 with Joey Logano in third.

Lap 172 Kurt Busch challenges Clint Bowyer for the lead with Bowyer holding on to the lead.

Lap 175 Clint Bowyer has a lead of under half a second on Kurt Busch with Joey Logano in third, Aric Almirola in fourth, and Kyle Busch in fifth.

Lap 178 Clint Bowyer has a narrow lead on Kurt Busch with Joey Logano in third challenging the top two drivers.

Lap 180 Joey Logano passes Kurt Busch for second with Aric Almirola in fourth, and Kyle Busch in fifth.

Lap 186 Clint Bowyer holds on to the lead of the race with Joey Logano in second, Kurt Busch in third, Aric Almirola in fourth, and Kyle Busch in fifth.

Twelve laps remain in stage two and Joey Logano and Kurt Busch battle it out for second place.

Ten to go in stage two, Clint Bowyer leads the race by half a second on Joey Logano with Kurt Busch in third. There are 17 cars on the lead lap.

Eight to go and Joey Logano has closed the lead to Clint Bowyer and is battling for the lead.

Lap 193, Joey Logano retakes the lead of the race and is looking for another playoff point.

Four laps to go in stage two and Joey Logano has a one second lead on Clint Bowyer.

Joey Logano wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Kyle Busch
Ryan Newman
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick

Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road.

William Byron and Alex Bowman were caught speeding on pit road.

Ryan Newman was charged with an uncontrolled tire in his pit box.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 213 but it is Kurt Busch who gets out in front for the lead of the race.

Lap 215 Kurt Busch has pulled out to a half second lead on Joey Logano with Clint Bowyer in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Aric Almirola in fifth.

Lap 217 Kurt Busch has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano.

Lap 220 Kurt Busch has increased his lead to nearly a second on Joey Logano with Clint Bowyer in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Martin Truex Jr in fifth.

Lap 222 Kurt Busch hass pulled out to a lead of over a second on Joey Logano with Clint Bowyer in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Martin Truex Jr in fifth.

Lap 225 Kurt Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Joey Logano with Clint Bowyer in third and Kyle Busch in fourth.

Lap 234, Kurt Busch has a second and a half lead on Clint Bowyer with Joey Logano in third, Martin Truex Jr in fourth, and Kyle Busch in fifth.

Lap 238 there are 19 cars on the lead lap with Kurt Busch out in front by a second and a half on Clint Bowyer.

Lap 242, Kurt Busch has a lead of just under a second and a half on Clint Bowyer with Martin Truex Jr in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Joey Logano in fifth.

Lap 250, Kurt Busch’s lead is down to just a tenth of a second on Clint Bowyer with Martin Truex jr in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Kevin Harvick in fifth.

With 145 laps remaining in the race, Clint Bowyer is in the lead by nearly a second on Kurt Busch.

Lap 157 Clint Bowyer leads the field.

Lap 265 Clint Bowyer has a lead of nearly two seconds on Martin Truex Jr with Kevin Harvick in third, Kurt Busch in fourth, and Kyle Busch in fifth.

Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman mix it up on the track but the track stays green.

Lap 269, drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Lap 270 Clint Bowyer has a lead of a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr with Kevin Harvick in third; followed the the Busch brothers.

Kyle Busch takes over the lead of the race with 127 laps to go as green flag pit stops cycle through.

Lap 274 Denny Hamlin is the new leader

Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Bubba Wallace were both charged with commitment cone violations.

Lap 276 Martin Truex Jr takes over the lead.

When coming down pit road, Daniel Suarez ran over Kurt Busch’s air hose and yanked it out of the crew member’s hand. Suarez was caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 285 Martin Truex Jr leads Clint Bowyer by nearly two seconds with only15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 290 Martin Truex Jr’s lead is down to just over a second and a half over Clint Bowyer with Kevin Harvick in third.

Lap 298 Martin Truex Jr has a quarter second lead on Clint Bowyer with Kevin Harvick in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Joey Logano in fifth. There are 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 301, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to half a second on Clint Bowyer.

Lap 305, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of just over half a second on Clint Bowyer with Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano rounding out the top five.

Lap 313 Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick with Clint Bowyer in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Joey Logano in fifth.

Lap 116 Ricky Stenhouse r hits the wall but the track stays green.

Martin Truex Jr has less than a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer battle for the lead with 78 laps remaining in the race.

Lap 323 Kevin Harvick takes over the lead of the race with Clint Bowyer moving into second and Martin Truex Jr in third; Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 326 Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer swap the lead with Harvick holding on to the top spot.

Another cycle of green flag pit stops begins. Ryan Blaney was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Leaders come down pit road for service.

Lap 335 Martin Truex Jr has the lead after green flag pit stops cycle through. Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

With 13 cars on the lead lap, Martin Truex Jr leads the race with Clint Bowyer in second, Kevin Harvick in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Joey Logano in fifth.

Lap 343 Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano rounding out the top five.

Fifty three to go, Martin Truex Jr has a three quarter second lead on Clint Bowyer with Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five.

Lap 352, there are only eleven cars on the lead lap.

Ryan Blaney and Ricky Stenhouse bring out the first caution flag for an on track incicdent in the race. Ryan Blaney spins out and hits Stenhouse. Cole Whitt was also involved in the crash.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 361 and jumps out in front for the lead; Kyle Busch takes over second place with Kevin Harvick in third, Joey Logano in fourth, and Denny Hamlin in fifth.

Drivers are battling hard and getting three wide across the track as they vie for position.

Lap 366 Jamie McMurray hit the wall hard and Ryan Newman has a badly smoking car with a bad tire rub and the caution flag comes out with 32 laps remaining in the race.

Ryan Newman takes his car to the garage.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 22 laps remaining in the race. After starting the race in 32nd place, Kyle Busch leads the race. The drivers are beating and banging behind the leader as they get three and four wide.

Twenty laps to go, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on pole sitter Martin Truex Jr.

There are only 17 cars on the lead lap with Kyle Busch out in front by over half a second on Martin Truex Jr.

Eleven to go, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead of the race.

The caution flag comes out when David Ragan spins out and hits the wall with only 10 laps remaining in the race.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road. Martin Truex Jr’s team had a slow stop with jack issues and he drops to ninth place.

Daniel Suarez’ car is smoking.

Paul Menard’s team was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with only six laps remaining in the race and jumps out in front for the lead.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag with only four laps to go.

The race now goes into overtime for a green/white/checker finish.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart and holds on to the lead of the race with Chase Elliott in second, Denny Hamlin in third, Joey Logano in fourth, and Kevin Harvick in fifth.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

Kyle Busch gets the hat trick and for the eighth time, Chase Elliott comes in second with Denny Hamlin in third.

Kyle Busch now has 46 career wins. This is the first time he has won a race after starting the race in 32nd place.

The unofficial results of the Toyota Owner’s 400:
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Larson
Brad Keselowski
Clint Bowyer
Daniel Suare
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Erik Jones
Martin Truex Jr
Austin Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Aric Almirola
Alex Bowman
Jamie McMurray
Ty Dillon
Trevor Bayne
Ryan Blaney
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Paul Menard
Darrell Wallace Jr
Chris Buescher
AJ Allmendinger
Ross Chastain
Kasey Kahne
Cole Whitt
Michael McDowell
Daniel Hemric
David Ragan
Landon Cassill
Gray Gaulding
Harrison Rhodes
Ryan Newman
Reed Sorenson

New Music Friday – April 20

This week in New Music Friday a few dozen artists have new albums out on this day before Record Store Day.  Among the new releases are Shaggy and Sting with a Reggae album, Bishop Briggs, A Perfect Circle, J. Cole, Brotherss Osborne, Dokken, The Chainsmokers, Donna Summer, and Old Crow Medicine Show.

Albums:
“44/876” by Sting & Shaggy
“Aztlan” by Zoe
“Church of Scars” by Bishop Briggs
“Eat the Elephant” by A Perfect Circle
“Family Tree” by Black Stone Cherry
“The Future” by From Ashes to New
“Game Over” by Vayb
“God Damn Evil” by Stryper
“Hugsja” by Ivar Bjornson and Einar Selvik
“KOD” by J. Cole
“Kontra-Band” by Stevie Stone and JL
“Lonesome as a Shadow” by Charley Crockett
“Love is for Losers” by The Longshot
“Mr. Jukebox” by Joshua Hedley
“Never Gonna Die” by Pennywise
“Not for Sale” by Smoke DZA
“Pinkus Abortion Technician” by the Melvins
“Port Saint Joe” by the Brothers Osborne
“Primal Heart” by Kimbra
The original Broadway Cast Recording for “Prince of Broadway” by Various Artists
“Pura Lumbre” by LEGADO 7
“Return to the East Live 2016” by Dokken
“Revenant” by Inferi
“The Sciences” by Sleep
“Sonder” by TesseracT
“Sparrow” by Ashley Monroe
“Summer: The Original Hits by Donna Summer
“T.K.O. (The Knock Out)” by Mya
“Treasures from the Temple” by the Thievery Corporation
“Unexpected” by Jason Crabb
“The Unfolding” by Timothy Brindle
“Victory…in Black & White (Live)” by G. Mayes
“Vide Noir” by Lord Huron
“Volunteer” by the Old Crow Medicine Show
“Overflow” by Korey Mickie
The original television soundtrack for “RIverdale: Special Episode – Carrie the Musical” by the Riverdale Cast
“EAU DE VIXX by VIXX

EPs:
“Sick Boy” by The Chainsmokers
“PRETTYMUCH’ by PRETTYMUCH

Night Racing for Xfinity Series in Richmond

The Xfinity Series continues the series of short track races with the Toyota Care 250 from Richmond Raceway.

Richmond is also host to round two of the “Dash-4-Cash” run. This week Daniel Hemric, Spencer Gallagher, Elliott Sadler, and Justin Allgaier will battle it out for the $100,000 prize…and a chance to run again next week in Talladega.

After three rounds of qualifying Cole Custer wins his second pole of the season and will bring the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Toyota Care 250:
Cole Custer
Christopher Bell
Austin Cindric – moved to the back of the field for an unapproved adjustment
Daniel Hemric – Dash-4-Cash driver
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Truex
Justin Allgaier – Dash-4-Cash driver
Elliott Sadler – Dash-4-Cash criver
Michael Annett
Tyler Reddick
Noah Gragson
Matt Tifft
Ryan Reed
Jeb Burton
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Spencer Gallagher – Dash-4-Cash driver
Brandon Jones
Alex Labbe
Joe Nemechek
Brandon Brown
Kaz Grala
Joey Gase
Ryan Sieg
David Starr
Jeremy Clements
J.J. Yeley
Garrett Smithley
Stephen Leicht
Tommy Joe Martins
Morgan Shepherd
Jeff Green
Chad Finchum
Spencer Boyd
Tony Markovich
BJ McLeod
Josh Bilicki
Vinnie Miller
Timmy Hill
Mike Harmon

Monster Energy Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick joins Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip in the broadcast booth for tonight’s race.

Stages one and two of the race will last 75 laps each with stage three lasting 100 laps.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag in the first night race of the season and gets out in front for the lead of the race.

Lap three, Cole Custer has pulled out to a half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek.

Lap five the top five are Cole Custer, John Hunter Nemechek, Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, and Daniel Hemric.

Lap eight, Cole Custer’s lead is now over half a second on John Hunter Nemechek with Christopher Bell over a second behind.

David Starr has taken his car to pit road.

Lap eleven Cole Custer’s lead is now over a second on John Hunter Nemechek with Justin Allgaier in third, Christopher Bell in fourth, and Daniel Hemric in fifth.

Lap 14 Cole Custer continues to lead the race.

Mark Harmon brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.

Lap 21 the track is under the yellow flag after an on track issue for David Starr.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green restart on lap 25 and holds off Christopher Bell to hold on to the lead of the race.

Lap 29 Cole Custer has a narrow lead on Christopher Bell with John Hunter Nemechek in third, Justin Allgaier in fourth, and Daniel Hemric in fifth.

Lap 31 Cole Custer has a quarter of a second on Christopher Bell as Bell begins to challenge Custer for the lead.

Lap 33 Cole Custer and Christopher Bell battle for the lead.

Lap 36 Cole Custer continues to lead the race with Christopher Bell right behind him; John Hunter Nemechek, Daniel Hemric, and Elliott Sadler round out the top five.

Lap 39 Justin Allgaier has a tire rub after making contact on the track.

Lap 40 Christopher Bell and Cole Cuter are again battling for the lead with Custer holding on to the lead; Daniel Hemric, Elliott Sadler, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 43 Christopher Bell finally gets around Cole Custer to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 47 the top five are Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, Elliott Sadler, and John Hunter Nemechek.

Lap 50 Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of a second on Cole Custer.

Lap 55 Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Cole Custer with Daniel Hemric, Elliott Sadler, and Noah Gragson in his Xfinity Series debut round out the top five. There are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 59 Christopher Bell has pulled out to a two second lead on Daniel Hemric with Cole Custer in third, Elliottt Sadler in fourth, and Noah Gragson in fifth. There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 63 when Josh Bilicki gets into the wall.

Noah Gragson was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road and leaving pit road with equipment.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 66 but Daniel Hemric jumps out to take over the lead of the race.

After having to start the race at the back of the field, Austin Cindric ha moved up to the top 10.

Daniel Hemric wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Daniel Hemric
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Jeb Burton
Elliott Sadler
Matt Tifft
Tyler Reddick
Brandon Jones
John Hunter Nemechek
Austin Cindric

Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road but it will be John Hunter Nemechek leading the race after making a pit stop on lap 65.

The caution flag is extended while NASCAR takes care of an on track issue.

Justin Allgaier’s team reports possible suspension issues.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 89 and holds on to the lead.

Lap 90 the top five is John Hunter Nemechek, Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, Michael Annett, and Spencer Gallagher.

Lap 92 John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Daniel Hemric in second; Noah Gragson, Spencer Gallagher, and Elliott Sadler round out the top five.

Lap 93 Daniel Hemric and John Hunter Nemechek battle for the lead with Nemechek holding on to the top spot.

Lap 97 John Hunter Nemechek has a quarter second lead on Daniel Hemric with Noah Gragson in third, Spencer Gallagher in fourth, and Christopher Bell in fifth.

Lap 100 John Hunter Nemechek is in the lead with Noah Gragson in second, Christopher Bell in third, Spencer Gallagher in fourth, and Daniel Hemric in fifth.

Lap 105 John Hunter Nemechek holds on to the lead with Noah Gragson in second, Christopher Bell in third, Elliott Sadler in fourth, and Spencer Gallagher in fifth.

Pit reports state that crew chiefs are telling their drivers to protect the tire.

Lap 116 Christopher Bell passes John Hunter Nemechek for the lead with Elliott Sadler in third, Noah Gragson in fourth, and Spencer Gallagher in fifth. There are 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 120 Christopher Bell ha a lead of nearly a second on Elliott Sadler with John Hunter Nemechek in third; Noah Gragson and Matt Tifft round out the top five.

With 28 laps remaining in stage two, Christopher Bell is in the lead with Elliott Sadler less than a half second behind.

Lap 125 Christopher Bell holds on to a narrow lead on Elliott Sadler with Noah Gragson, John Hunter Nemechek, and Matt Tifft rounding out the top five.

Lap 130 Elliott Sadler battle Christopher Bell for the lead but Bell hold on to the top spot.

Lap 130 Christopher Bell holds on to the lead with points leader Elliott Sadler in second.

With 19 laps remaining in stage two Elliott Sadler takes over the lead of the race.

Daniel Hemric reports a tire issue. Matt Tifft is also reporting a tire issue.

Only 14 laps remaining in stage two, Elliott Sadler has a lead of nearly half a second on Noah Gragson with Christopher Bell in third, Matt Tifft in fourth and Cole Custer in fifth.

Lap 140 Elliott Sadler has a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson with Christopher Bell in third.

Daniel Hemric is falling back with a flat tire.

With nine laps remaining in stage two, Matt Tifft has moved into third place.

Five to go in stage two, Elliott Sadler is out in front with Noah Gragson in second; Matt Tifft, Christopher Bell and Cole Custer round out the top five.

Daneil Hemric’s tire blows but the track stays green while Hemric limps around the track.

Elliott Sadler wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Elliott Sadler
Noah Gragson
Matt Tifft
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
John Hunter Nemechek
Brandon Jones
Tyler Reddick
Austin Cindric
Ryan Truex

Elliott Sadler wins the race off of pit road.

Several drivers have been charged with pit road penalties.

Elliott Sadler brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 163 but Noah Gragson gets out in front for the lead with Christopher Bell in second and Elliott Sadler in third.

Justin Allgaier brings out the caution flag when he spins out after making contact with Spencer Gallagher who got checked up by another driver.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart with 80 laps remaining in the race.

Noah Gragson and Christopher Bell battle for the lead with Christopher Bell taking over the top spot with Noah Gragson in second, Elliott Sadler in third, Matt Tifft in fourth, and Tyler Reddick in fifth.

Seventy five laps to go, Christopher Bell has a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson; Elliott Sadler, Matt Tifft, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

With 69 laps to go in the race, Christopher Bell continues to lead the race by over a second on Noah Gragson; Elliott Sadler is in third.

Sixty one laps to go and Christopher Bell has a lead of over a second on Noah Gragson with Elliott Sadler in third.

Lap 200 Christopher Bell continues to lead the race by nearly two seconds on Noah Gragson; Elliott Sadler, Matt Tifft, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

With 23 cars on the lead lap, Christopher Bell has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Noah Gragson with Elliott Sadler in third, Matt Tifft in fourth, and Austin Cindric in fifth.

With 40 laps to go, Christopher Bell is the fastest car on the track and has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Noah Gragson.

Encountering lapped traffic, leader Christopher Bell’s lead is down to under a second on Noah Gragson.

With 33 laps remaining in the race, Christopher Bell has a lead of less than half a second on Noah Gragson with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Twenty nine laps to go and team mates Christopher Bell and Noah Gragson continue to lead the field with Bell half a second in front of Gragson.

Twenty two to go, Christopher Bell has a half second lead on Noah Gragson with 18 cars on the lead lap.

Twenty to go, Christopher Bell’s lead is down to under half a second on Noah Gragson with 16 cars on the lead lap.

With 15 laps to go, there are 15 cars on the lead lap with Christopher Bell leading the field by just over half a second on Noah Gragson.

Twelve to go and Noah Gragson has caught up to leader Christopher Bell and is challenging for the lead.

Ten to go, Christopher Bell has a narrow lead on Noah Gragson with 15 cars on the lead lap.

Seven to go and Christopher Bell holds on to his lead over Noah Gragson.

Three to go, Christopher Bell has a half second lead on Noah Gragson with 14 cars on the lead lap.

Christopher Bell take the white flag.

Christopher Bell wins the Toyota Care 250 for his second career win. Elliott Sadler wins the $100,000 “Dash-4-Cash” at his home track.

The unofficial results of the Toyota Care 250:
Christopher Bell
Noah Gragson
Elliott Sadler
Matt Tifft
Austin Cindric
Cole Custer
Ryan Truex
Jeremy Clement
Ryan Reed
Brandon Jones
Tyler Reddick
Jeb Burton
John Hunter Nemechek
Justin Allgaier
J.J. Yeley
Alex Labbe
Spencer Gallagher
Ross Chastain
Brandon Brown
Michael Annett
Ryan Sieg
Joey Gae
Tomy Joe Martins
Tony Mrakovich
Joe Nemechek
Chae Briscoe
Garrett Smithley
Spencer Boyd
Daniel Hemric
Kaz Grala
Vinnie Miller
BJ McLeod
Josh Bilicki
Chad Finchun
David Starr
Mark Harson
Stephen Leicht
Timmy Hill
Morgan Shepherd
Jeff Green

Billboard Announces Music Award Nominees

On May 20 Billboard will celebrate their annual Music Awards from the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas with Grammy Award winning artist and “The Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson who notes that she has some 20 costume changes planned; along with a variety of grand entrances.

Since winning “American Idol” in 2002, Clarkson has had 27 Billboard hits – three of which have reached the number one spot.

Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, and Bruno Mars lead the list of nominees with 15 each. Post Malone, Imagine Dragons, Drake, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, and Cardi B have also garnered multiple nominations.

The Billboard Music Award winners are determined not by merit, but by popularity in the form of sales, airplay, streaming, touring, and social engagement.

2018 Billboard Music Award nominees:

Top Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:
21 Savage
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Khalid
Kodak Black

Billboard Chart Achievement Award:
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Drake
Sam Hunt
Ed Sheeran

Top Male Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist:
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Halsey
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift

Top Duo or Group:
The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons
Migos
U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Chris Stapleton
Taylor Swift

Top Ho 100 Artist:
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
Cardi B
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Song Sales Artist:
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Charlie Puth
Ed Sheeran

Top Social Artist:
Justin Bieber
BTS
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist:
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
U2

Top R&B Artist:
Chris Brown
Khalid
Bruno Mars
SZA
The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist:
Khalid
Bruno Mars
The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist:
Beyonce
Rihanna
SZA

Top R&B Tour:
Bruno Mars
Lionel Richie
The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Lil Uzi Vert
Migos
Post Malone

Top Rap Male Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone

Top Rap Female Artist:
Bhad Bhabie
Cardi B
Nicki Minaj

Top Rap Tour:
J. Cole
JAY-Z
Kendrick Lamar

Top Country Artist:
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Top Country Male Artist:
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Top Country Female Artist:
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris

Top Country Duo or Group Artist:
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Top Country Tour:
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Top Rock Artist:
Imagine Dragons
Linkin Park
Portugal. The Man
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
twenty one pilots

Top Rock Tour:
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
U2

Top Latin Artist:
J Balvin
Daddy Yankee
Luis Fonsi
Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Top Dance or Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Calvin Harris
Kygo
Marshmello
ODESZA

Top Christian Artist:
Elevation Worship
Hillsong UNITED
Hillsong Worship
MercyMe
Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy
Travis Greene
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Tamela Mann

Top Billboard 200 Album:
“More Life” by Drake
DAMN” by Kendrick Lamar
Stoney” by Post Malone
÷ (Divide)” by Ed Sheeran
Reputation” by Taylor Swift

Top Selling Album:
DAMN” by Kendrick Lamar
Beautiful Trauma” by P!nk
÷ (Divide)” by Ed Sheeran
From Room: Volume 1” by Chris Stapleton
Reputation” by Taylor Swift

Top Soundtrack:
Black Panther”
The Fate of the Furious: The Album”
The Greatest Showman”
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix”
Moana”

Top R&B Album:
American Teen” by Khalid
24K Magic” by Bruno Mars
CTRL” by SZA
Starboy” by The Weeknd
17” by XXXTentacion

Top Rap Album:
More Life” by Drake
DAMN” by Kendrick Lamar
Luv is Rage 2” by Lil Uzi Vert
Culture” by Migos
Stoney” by Post Malone

Top Country Album:
Kane Brown” by Kane Brown
This One’s for You” by Luke Combs
Life Changes” by Thomas Rhett
From a Room: Volume1” by Chris Stapleton
Brett Young” by Brett Young

Top Rock Album:
Evolve” by Imagine Dragons
One More Light” by Linkin Park
Death of a Bachelor” by Panic! at the Disco
Woodstock” by Portugal. The Man
Songs of Experience” by U2

Top Latin Album:
Fenix” by Nicky Jam
Me Deje Llevar” by Christian Nodal
Odisea” by Ozuna
Golden” by Romeo Santos
El Dorado” by Shakira

Top Dance or Electronic Album:
AVICI (01)” by Avicii
Memories…Do Not Open” by The Chainsmokers
Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1” by Calvin Harris
Stargazing” by Kygo
A Moment Apart” by ODESZA

Top Christian Album:
There is a Cloud” by Elevation Worship
Wonder” Hillsong UNITED
Let There Be Light” by Hillsong Worship
Precious Memories Collection” by Alan Jackson
Lifer” by MercyMe

Top Gospel Album:
“A Long Way From Sunday” by Anthony Brown & group therAPy
“Crossover: Live fro Music City” by Travis Greene
“You Deserve It” by J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise
“Heart. Passion. Pursuit” by Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Close” by Marvn Sapp

Top Hot 100 Song:
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with Justin Bieber
“Humble” by Kendrick Lamar
“That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars”
“Rockstar” by Post Maline with 21 Savage
“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran

Top Streaming Audio Song:
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with Justin Bieber
“Humble” by Kendrick Lamar
“XO Tour LLIF3” by Lil Uzi Vert
“Rockstar” by Post Maline with 21 Savage
“Congratulations” by Post Malone with Quavo

Top Streaming Video Song:
“Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” by Cardi B
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with Justin Bieber
“Gucci Gang” by Lil Pump
“That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran

Top Selling Song:
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with Justin Bieber
“Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt
“Believer” by Imagine Dragons
“Thunder” by Imagine Dragons
“Perfect” by Ed Sheeran

Top Radio Song:
“Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
“Believer” by Imagine Dragons
“That’s What I Like” by Bruo Mars
“Attention” by Charlie Puth
“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran

Top Collaboration:
“Havana” by Camila Cabello with Young Thug
“Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with Justin Bieber
“Unforgettabe” by French Montana with Swae Lee
“Rockstar” by Post Malone with 21 Savage

Top R&B Song:
“Redbone” by Childish Gambino
“Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled with Rihanna nad Bryson Tiller
“Young Dumb & Broke” by Khalid
“That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
“Finesse” by Bruno Mars with Cardi B.

Top Rap Song:
“Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” by Cardi B.
“Chance” by DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber and Quavo
“I’m the One” by The Rapper and Lil Wayne
“Unforgettabe” by French Montana with Swae Lee
“Humle” by Kendrick Lamar
“Rockstar by Post Maline with 21 Savage

Top Country Song:
“What Ifs” by Kane Brown with Lauren Alaina
“Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt
“Small Town Boy” by Dustin Lynch
“Meant to Be” by Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha
“In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young

Top Rock Song:
“Believer” by Imagine Dragons
“Thunder” by Imagine Dragons
“Heavy” by Linkin Park with Kiiara
“Feel it Still” by Portugal. The Man
“Wish I Knew You” by The Revivalists

Top Latin Song:
“Mi Gente” by J Balvin, Willy William with Beyonce
Mayores” by Becky G with Bad Bunny
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with Justin Bieber
“Felices Los 4” by Maluma
“Escapate Conmigo” by Wisin with Ozuna

Top Dance or Electronic Song:
“Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
“No Prises” by Cheat Codes with Demi Lovato
“Rockabye” by Clean Bandit with Sean Paul and Ann-Marie
“It Ain’t Me” by Kygo and Selena Gome
“Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara

Top Christian Song:
“O Come to the Altar” by Elevation Worship
“What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong Worshop
“I’ll Find You” by Lecrae with Tori Kelly
“Even If” by MercyMe
“Old Church Choir” by Zach Williams

Top Gospel Song:
“Trust in You” by Anothy Brown & group therAPy
“You Waited” by Travis Greene
“You Deserve It’ by J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise
“Change Me” by Tamela Mann
“I’m Blessed” by Charlie Wilson

 

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It’s the “Bossy Rossy Show” on Drag Race

Last week on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Aquaria was the queen of the Ball but Dusty Ray Bottoms had to sashay away.

After helping all of the queens with their costumes last week, Asia found herself in the bottom. When the queens asked her how she felt, Asia said that she felt used; noting that no one came over and asked is she needed anything.

This week, after noting that the queens have always been on the front lines of the LGBTQ community. For their mini challenge the queens have to drag up some government issue duffel bags and come out as a Drag Army. The Vixen won the challenge.

Saying that back in the day she was on an episode of “Geraldo”, RuPaul tells the queens that the maxi challenge this week is the be wild guests on the new daytime talk show “Bossy Rossy”.

Working in pairs, the queens must appear in a variety of episodes where they will have to show off their improvisational skills with “Bossy Rossy” Ross Matthews before a live audience.

As the winner of the mini challenge, The Vixen gets to choose her own partner and then pair up the other queens.

The Vixen chose Asia O’Hara for her partner. Their episode is titled “Why are you so obsessed with me”. One queen is copying another.

Blair and Monique are on “I married a cactus”. And the cactus is cheating on her with Monique Heart.

Monet and Kameron were on the episode “My freaky addiction is ruining my life”.

Miz Cracker and Mayhem were on the episode “Save me from my deadly fear…of pickles”. Mizz Cracker is Dr. Dill – a pickle.

Eureka and Aquaria were on the episode “Look at me! I’m a sexy baby!”.

Last week during the “Untucked” episode, The Vixen and Eureka got very aggressive in their discussion. While the queens are getting ready for the runway, the conversation continues…but at a more civilized manner.

Joining RuPaul at the judge’s table this week are Michelle Visage and Carson Kressley; along with special guests Carrie Preston and Shania Twain.

The runway look this week is Denims and Diamonds.

After the runway, RuPaul named Asia O’Hara, Blair St. Clair, Kameron Michaels, and Aquaria were all safe.

In the judge’s remarks…
The judges felt that Monet X Change’s runway look was a bit of a hit and miss; adding that her comedy on the talk show kind of fizzled out.

The judges were a bit mixed when it came to The Vixen’s runway look; adding that her performance on the talk show was a bit one note. The Vixen said that she was going to throw her partner Asia O’Hara under the bus, but stated that Asia missed her cues.

The judges like Eureka’s runway look. In her talk show performance the judges noted that she came out as she was and stole the show as a big baby.

Michelle liked that Monique Heart came out and went for it…but she wasn’t sure what “IT” was. On the talk show, she had some of her best moments with the cactus and owned the scene.

While Mayhem’s runway was adorable, it felt a bit juvenile. On the talk show, she created a great character but needed to take it further.

Mizz Cracker was brilliant as Dr. Dill with some really hilarious puns. The judges loved her runway look.

After the deliberations, RuPaul named Mizz Cracker, Monique, and The Vixen as safe with Monet X Change and Mayhem Miller in the bottom to lip sync for their lives. And for the first time, RuPaul named Eureka as the winner of the challenge.

The lip sync performance this week was “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” by guest judge Shania Twain.

Monet and Mayhem have been in the bottom two before. RuPaul told Monet X Change, “chantey, you stay” but for Mayhem Miller it was time to sashay away.

Next week it’s a Drag Con.

In this week’s episode of “Untucked” the safe queen kick off their shoes and get comfortable backstage. Conversations are much calmer this week as they discus sleeping with girls, what kind of guy is their type, and which queen they think should go home based on the competition so far.

When the remaining queens come backstage, the queens note that Mayhem Miller is in a good mood despite being one of the bottom queens. Mayhem admits that she is having fun; adding that it was the reason why she started doing drag.

Mizz Cracker apologized to the queens saying that there was no excuse for why she has a low face and is “sucking the air out of the room.” Cracker notes that she doubts herself but promises to work on doing better.

Eureka noted that this was the episode last season where she went home due to her knee injury and this week at the same time, she is one of the top looks. She notes that it means a lot to her.

Asia talks to Monet about having to lip sync; Eureka joins them and lends some support.

DoDriver Rocks the Falls

When it comes to the music scene in western New York, there is an artist or band for every musical taste.    When it comes to rock, the guys of DoDriver are among the best there is.

 

After performing as one of the opening bands for award winning Detroit rockers KISS at Darien Lake in 2010, the band has continued to perform around western New York including performances at the Hard Rock Cafe.

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Last October the band made their first European tour with 12 shows in 14 days in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Croatia, and Switzerland.

Despite a few logistical issues like small showers, wet bed sheets from leaking roofs, and missing equipment – somehow the luggage never made it on the plane in Toronto and finally showed up halfway through the sour – band members Mark, Chris, Mike,and Jody – rocked the stage at every venue, making new friends…and fans…along the way.  And the band said that the fans bought merchandise at every show.

Back home in the U.S., DoDriver headed for the studio to put the finishing touches on a new album – “Hi-Test” – which is due to be released on May 26.  They are also beginning to make plans for another tour in 2019…this time along the eastern seaboard of the United States.

There are some who say that rock music is dead, but as long as DoDriver keeps creating music…rock is here to stay.

DoDriver and Tokyo Monsters Rock the Cold Away

Fans who braved the snow and ice on a Saturday night in April to see the popular western New York band DoDriver got an extra treat at the Niagara Falls Hard Rock Cafe when fellow western New York rockers Tokyo Monsters opened the April 14 show.

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Performing a set of all original songs Tokyo Monsters gave a Monster of a performance that chased away the the cold.Car, Steve, Nathan, and Joe got the night off to a rocking start with “Seance”, “Battle”, “Tightrope”, “Dangerous”, “Daredevil”, “Oldest Ghost”, “Headspace”, “Tears”, “Side Effects”, “Origin”, “Criminal”, and “Witchhunt”.

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Then it was time for some hard drivin’ rock with DoDriver also performed all original songs including debuting a few new songs from their upcoming album “Hi-Test” which is set for a May 26 release.

 

After getting the crowd rocking with “White Flag”, DoDriver performed Half a Million Miles”, “Life Changes Everything”,”Another Day”, “It Feels Good to Be Home”, “Your Favorite Song”, “How We Roll”, “Alright Tonight”, “Curve of the Earth”, “Watch Me”, “I Got This”, “4-32”, “Read it Wrong”, and “Dozier”.

 

The weather outside was frightful but the music inside was very delightful as Tokyo Monsters and DoDriver rocked the house with some of the best rock and roll in western New York.

‘The Voice” Reveals Top 12!

It’s the final night of a three night live playoff round event on “The Voice”. On Monday fans voted Sharane Callister, Britton Burchanan, Kyla Jade, and Brynn Cartelli into the top 12. On Tuesday night Blake and Alicia’s remaining team members performed. Tonight Team Kelly and Team Adam will perform and at the end of the night the remaining artists in the top 12 will be revealed.

With six members on each team, half of the singers will be eliminated by the end of the show.

Up first is Team Kelly with Kaleb Lee singing “Die a Happy Man”. An excited Kelly said that she loved Kaleb; adding that in her opinion he is the best Country singer on the show.

Alexa Cappelli sang “Stop and Stare”. An emotional Kelly said that she was so proud of Alexa; adding that Alexa shocks her every time she takes the stage.

D.R. King sang “All in My Mind” and had the house screaming. Kelly said that D.R. is seriously so talented.

Dylan Hartigan sang “Last Dance for Mary Jane”. Kelly said that Dylan has a beautiful package and is super talented. She said that he is capable of taking a song and making it his own.

Finishing out Team Kelly is Tish Haynes Keys with the Etta James classic “At Last”. Carson called it elegant and effortless. Kelly called Tish a phenomenal singer.

Kicking things off for Team Adam is Reid Umstatd with “Long Tall Women in a Black Dress”. Adam liked the old school classic rock performance; adding that it was perfect.

Jackie Verna sang “Once”. Adam said that he was beaming with pride; adding that there is no one who can carry the notes like she does.

Drew Cole took on The Rollin Stones with “Wild Horses”. After thanking Drew for singing the song, Adam said that the performance was unbelievable.

Mia Bustrom sang “Either Way”. Adam said that it felt like just him and Mia; adding that he applauded the attempt.

Rayhun LaMarr finished out the night of singing with “I’m Going Down” and ends the performance laying on the floor. The house is screaming and the coaches are on their feet. Adam said that Rayshun is one of a kind; adding that he just won the week.

And now time for the results…

Only one of the remaining top 12 singers from each team will be decided by fan vote with the final spot chosen by the coach.

Up first is Team Blake with America moving Pryor Baird into the top 12.

Blake chose to put Spensha Baker in the top 12.

Next up is Team Kelly…

America put Kaleb Lee in the top 12.

Saying that she hates this part, Kelly chose D.R. King to be in the top 12.

Now time for Team Alicia to learn who moves on to the top 12…
America chose to put Jackie Foster in the top 12.

Saying that it was attractions and the worst moment ever, Alicia chose to put Christiana Danielle in the top 12.

And finally for Team Adam…
America voted to put Rayshun LaMarr in the top 12.

And the final decision, Adam chose to put Jackie Verna in the top 12.

On Monday the top 12 perform for fans votes.

Actor Tim O’Connor – Dr. Huer – Dies

Long time actor Tim O’Connor died April 5 in his Nevada City, California home at the age of 90. O’Connor was only three months away from his 91st birthday when he died in his sleep.

For many science fiction fans the Chicago native is best know for his role of New Chicago resident Dr. Elias Huer on “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”.

He was born Timothy Joseph O’Connor on July 3, 1927 on Chicago’s South Side. He originally entered school to study radio engineering and acting but began working in television locally after he won a scholarship for the Goodman Theatre.

A move to New York City in 1953 brought with it some television acting roles.

O’Connor made his Broadway debut in 1961 in the original play “First Love”. He also appeared in the original play “General Seeger” the following year.

O’Connor appeared in over 100 television and film productions beginning in 1954 with “Look Up and Live”. His other roles include “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour”, an episode of the daytime drama “General Hospital”, “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”, “The Fugitive”, 416 episodes of “Peyton Place” as Elliot Carson, “Daniel Boone”, “Longstreet”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “Gunsmoke”, “Medical Center”, “All in the Family”, “The Six Million Dollar Man”, “Cannon”, “The Streets of San Francisco”, “Wonder Woman”, “Barnaby Jones”, “M*A*S*H”, “Dynasty, “Knight Rider”, Ambassador Briam on an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, and 21 episodes of “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”.

O’Connor’s final television acting role was in 2011; since then he has co-founded a Children’s Theater in Nevada City and was the director of the Foothill Theater Company.

O’Connor is survived by his second wife Sheila, son Timothy, and three step sons.

 

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Playoff Round part 2 on ‘The Voice’

On Monday night’s airing of “The Voice”, fans voted Team Kelly’s Brynn Cartelli, Team Adam’s Sharane Callister, Team Blake’s Kyla Jade, and Team Alicia’s Britton Buchanan into the top 12.

Tonight Team Blake and Team Alicia perform for more fan votes with all the results revealed on Wednesday’s show.

Up first for Team Blake is Spensha Baker with “Smoke Break”. Kelly said that she is a big fan. Blake said that he loves her voice and her stage presence.

Wilkes chose the No Doubt song “Don’t Speak” and brought the coaches to their feet. Alicia said that Wilkes is special and stands out for her; adding that he has an incredible range.

Pryor Baird took on Dolly Parton with “9 to 5”. Host Carson Daly said that it was like Bob Seger doing Dolly Parton. Adam called Pryor amazing; adding that he needs to be on the show. Blake said that Pryor is the one everybody talks to him about; adding that it sounded like he sang in the same key as Dolly herself.

Crooner Austin Giorgio chose to sing Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself”. Blake said that it’s exciting for him to have someone like Austin on his team – who is not like anyone else.

Finishing out Team Blake, Gary Edwards chose to sing “America” in a rousing rendition that had Carson saying he felt like he was at the Super Bowl. Kelly noted Gary’s big range. Blake said that Gary has made his presence known; adding that Gary did a great job.

And now for Team Alicia…
Terrence Cunningham kicks off Team Alicia’s performances playing the piano as he sings “Ain’t Nobody”. Adam says that Terrence is what the show epitomizes – unique. Alicia called Terrence special; noting that he arranges his own music.

Christiana Danielle sings “Take Me to Church” and had the crowd screaming. Kelly said that she love Christiana. Alicia calls Christiana a special soul with pure energy.

Jackie Foster sang “Alone” by Heart.

Carson said that he doesn’t envy America tonight.

Kelsea Johnson sang “Need You Bad”. Carson said that Alicia’s is on fire tonight. Alicia said that Kelsea was swagging it; adding she has an essence about her and is carving out her own space.

Johnny Bliss closes out the night of music with “One and Only” in English. Alicia said that Johnny is very versatile with a one of a kind voice.

On Wednesday Team Kelly and Team Adam performs…and all the results for the top 12.

First Lady Barbara Bush Dies

Former First Lady Barbara Bush died April 17 in her Houston, Texas home less than two months from her 93rd birthday. It was reported over the weekend that the First Lady was gravely ill and had chosen not to seek further medical treatment. It is being reported that Bush suffered from COPD and congestive heart disease.

A 16 year old Barbara met George Bush at a Christmas dance in 1941. They were engaged less than two years later, just before a 19 year old George left to serve in the United States Navy during World War II. And when George returned to the U.S. after being shot down in 1945, Barbara married, “the first man I ever kissed.”

As the wife of an oil baron and later a politician, Barbara Bush was a staunch supporter of her husband and children.

As First Lady of the United States, Bush was known for classic style, string of pearls, and being everybody’s grandmother. Each First Lady chooses a cause to promote during their time in the White House. For Barbara Bush it was literacy – a cause she continued to pursue even after leaving the White House with her Barbara Bush Foundation for Literacy.

She was also the AmeriCares ambassador-at-large and served on the board at the May Clinic; along with a number of other charitable endeavours after she and George returned to private life.

Barbara Bush joins Abigail Adams as the only women to be the wife and mother of a U.S. President.

A sports fan, Barbara and husband George have thrown out the first pitch at a Houston Astros game, could be seen keeping score at Astro games, and was a part of the annual coin toss when the Super Bowl was held in Houston in 2017.

She was born Barbara Pierce on June 8, 1925 in New York City and is a distant relative to former U.S. President Franklin Pierce.

The First Lady has appeared on “Sesame Street”, “Kennedy Center Honors”, various documentaries, awards shows, news programs, talk shows, and uncredited roles on “Saved By the Bell”, “Ferris Bueller”, “Under Siege”, and “This Revolution”.

She is survived by her husband of 73 years George Herbert Walker Bush; children George, Neil, Marvin, Dorothy, and Jeb; and 14 grandchildren.

She will be buried on the grounds of the George H. W. Bush presidential library in College Station, Texas next to her daughter Robin who died of leukemia at age three.

 

feature photo credit: By Bush Presidential Library – George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12369343

CKY and Slaves

CKY and Slaves are planning a tour this summer where they will be coheadlining but there will be a few dates where the rockers will be performing some solo dates. Royal Thunder and Awaken I Am will serve as opening acts.

CKY and Slaves tour dates:
July 27 at the Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ
July 28 at Once Centre Square in Easton, PA
July 29 at Jergels in Warrendale, PA
July 31 at the Montage Music Hall in Rochester, NY
Aug 1 at the Opera House in Toronto, ON
Aug 2 at St. Andrews Hall in Detorit, MI
Aug 3 at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL – CKY only
Aug 4 at Diamonds in Louisville, KY
Aug 5 at Fubar in St. Louis, MO
Aug 7 at the Sanctuary in Fargo, ND
Aug 8 at Gabes in Iowa City, IA
Aug 9 at the Bourbon Theater in Lincoln, NE
Aug 10 at the Iron Horse Saloon in Sturgis, ND – CKY only
Aug 11 at the Sunshine Studios in Colorado Springs, CO
Aug 12 at the Bluebird Theatre in Denver, CO – Slaves will not be appearing
Aug 14 at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, BC
Aug 15 at Revolution in Seattle, WA
Aug 16 at Dantes in Portland, OR
Aug 17 at the Psycho in Las Vegas, NV – CKY only
Aug 19 at the Marquee in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 21 at Jakes in Lubbock, TX
Aug 23 at Trees in Dallas, TX
Aug 24 at the Scout Bar in Houston, TX
Aug 25 at ACMH in San Antonio, TX
Aug 27 at Masquerade in Atanta, GA
Aug 30 at the Bazaar in Brooklyn, NY
Aug 31 at the Underground Arts in Philadelphia, PA
Sept 1 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are about to hit the road for the next several months, touring the United States with a stop in Spain for a Festival show.

Tickets are available from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood website; including VIP and meet and greet packages.

Chris Robnson Brotherhood tour dates:
April 20 at the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, FL
May 26 & 27 at the Great Alaska Music Festival in Palmer, AK
June 7 at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, CO
June 22 at the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
July 8 at the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA
July 9 & 10 at Marty’s on Newport in Tustin, CA
July 12 at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo, CA
July 14 at the Orpheum Theatre in Flagstaff, AZ
July 15 at the Ride Festival in Telluride, CO
July 17 at The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE
July 18 at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay, WI
July 20 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH
Juy 21 at the Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA
July 22 at The Warehouse in Fairfield, CT
July 24 at the Fete Music Hall in Providence, RI
July 26 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ
July 27 at the Stereo Garden in Patchogue, NY
July 28 at the Cabot Theatre in Beverly, MA
July 29 at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth, NH
July 31 at the Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore, MD
Aug 2 at The National in Richmond, VA
Aug 3 at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington, NC
Aug 4 at The Shed in Maryville, TN
Aug 5 at the 20th Century Theatre in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 7 at the Deluxe at the Old National Center in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 9 at the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI
Aug 10 at the Bell’s Beer Garden in Kalamazoo, MI
Sept 21 & 22 at the Freaks for the Festival in Fernadle, CA
Oct 6 at the Catskills Wine & Food Festival in Burlingham, NY

Buckberry, P.O.D., Lit, and Alien Ant Farm

Package tour are a great deal for the fans and a way to pool resources for the artists.

This time around Buckberry, P.O.D., Lit, and Alien Ant Farm are teaming up for what they are calling the Gen-X Tour.

Tickets for the tour go on sale April 20.

Gen-X tour dates:
June 28 at the Harley Davidson Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI
June 29 at the Corbin Arena in Corbin, KY
June 30 at the Stars and Stripes Festival in Novi, MI – this is a free show
July 3 at the Miramar Amphitheater in Miramar, FL
July 5 at The Stage on the Bay in Savannah, GA
July 6 at The Beaver Bar in Murrels Inlet, SC
July 7 at the Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD
July 26 at The Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Farmingville, NY
July 27 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA
July 28 at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ
July 30 at the Exhibition Hall in Watertown, NY
July 31 at the Maverick’s Music Hall in Barrie, ON
Aug 3 at the Bluestem Amphitheater in Moorhead, MN
Aug 6 at the Iron Horse Saloon in Sturgis, SD – this is a free show
Aug 9 at the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Pocola, OK – this is a free show
Aug 10 at the Golden Nugget Casino – H20 in Lake Charles, LA
Aug 11 at the Griffin MusicHall in El Dorado, AK
Aug 12 at Summers at the River in Nixa, MO
Aug 14 at the Stampede in Aurora, CO
Aug 17 at The Northwoods Rock Rally in Glen Fora, WI
Aug 19 at the Providence Medical Center in Bonner Springs, KS
Aug 21 at the Concrete Street Pavilion in Corpus Christi, TX
Aug 22 at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, TX
Aug 24 at The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX
Aug 25 at the Speaking Rock Entertainment Center in El Paso, TX – this is a free show
Aug 26 at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugarlamd, TX
Aug 28 at the Abilene Civic Center in Abilene, TX
Aug 30 at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, IA
Aug 31 at the DuQuoin StTe Fair in DuQuoin, IL
Sept 1 at the Naperville Last Fling in Naperville, IL
Sept 3 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
Sept 6 & 7 at BLK Live in Scottsdale, AZ

Idol Completes Top 14

On Sunday the remaining 12 singers in the top 24 performed their solos; tonight they will be performing All Star duets before the remaining seven singers are revealed for the top 14.

First up is Caleb Lee Hutchinson with Bebe Rexha singing “Meant to Be”. Katy said that it was really fun to see Caleb having fun. Luke said that nobody has the aw shucks country boy down better than Caleb; adding that he is really endearing to watch. Lionel called the performance amazing.

Ada Vox pairs up with Lea Michele for a performance of “Defying Gravity”. Lea said that Ada’s voice is out of control. Lionel said that every time he thinks he knows where Ada is going she hits the stratosphere; adding a star is born. He said that there is no denying her talent. Katy called it so much fun; adding that Ada’s voice transcends words. Luke said that Ada always figures out how to bring the house down.

Maddie Poppe and Colbie Caillat performed “Bubbly”. Luke called Maddie their mot complete artist; adding she did a great job. Katie said that Maddie and Colbie complimented each other. Lionel noted that Maddie is very comfortable on stage.

Ron Bultongez pairs up with Banners for “Someone to You”. During rehearsals, Banners said that Ron was doing his song better than he was. Katy said that it was fun to see Ron’s adventure; adding that it wasn’t perfect but perfection was boring. Lionel loved that Ron lost control. Luke said that Ron is anointed to be someone special.

Amelia Hammer Harris joins Bebe Rexha for “Me, Myself, and I”. Lionel said that it isn’t about the win but the platform you are standing on and Amelia has a firm solid grip on the platform. Katie called Amelia a star; adding that Amelia could be anything she wanted to be. Luke said that Amelia held her own with a star.

Shannon O’Hara and Cam teamed up for “Burning House”. Luke called the performance mesmerizing; adding that it is fun to see them perform with the stars. Katy said that it was fun to see Shannon come out of her shell; adding her voice is something to be respected. Lionel said that it was a master class of a duet – performing together.

Banners returns to pair up with Alyssa Raghu for Coldplay’s first hit song “Yellow”. Katy called it a good push and pull of two different voices; adding Alyssa has a spectacular voice. Lionel noted that the performance didn’t give him what made Alyssa stand out. Luke said that Alyssa has all the tools.

Originally scheduled to perform with Toni Braxton, Marcio Donaldson and Allen Stone join forces after just one day of rehearsals for the Marvin Gaye classic “What’s Going On”. Calling Marcio, “My Brother”, Lionel said that it was a spiritual moment. Luke said that nobody has grown more than Marcio; adding that it is so fun watching the horsepower start. Katy noted that Marcio is a different person from what they saw yesterday…and he has arrived.

Lea Michele returns to join up with Jurnee for an emotional performance of “Run to You”. Luke said that he loves everything about Jurnee’s voice and her effortlessness. Katy said that there was so much flow in the song and they complemented each other so well. Lionel said that the journey Jurnee is taking them on is incredible.

Colbie Cailat returns to sing with Garrett Jacobs. Colbie called Garret a natural. Katy said that it felt like Garrett’s heart was in it and he owned it; adding that he is a dreamboat. Luke said that it was a great step in the right direction. Lionel noted that all they have to work on is presentation. Garrett was singing to his girlfriend whome he thought was back home…and she was in the audience!

Mara Justine joins up with Rachel Platten for “Fight Song”. Lionel said that if they’d only known getting to stand still to get her center…and it paid off. Luke said way to shine at the right time; adding that sitting and singing could carry her far. Katy said that Mara found her center and now she can combine them; adding that what she did was beautiful.

Cam returns to join Effie Passero for the final performance of the night with “Diane”. Luke said great job; adding that she harmonized wonderfully. Katy said that it was good. Lionel called Effie on fire.

And now it is time for the results in the judge’s final decisions before the fans have their say.

The seven artists moving on to the top 14:
Mara Justine
Jurnee
Maddie Poppe
Ada Vox
Caleb Lee Hutchinson
Garrett Jacobs

and the final singer moving on is…Marcio Donaldson!

Next week, it’s America’s turn to decide…

Rain, Red Flags Dominate Cup Race in Thunder Valley

The Monster Energy Cup Series leaves the big state of Texas and the mile and a half track of Texas Motor Speedway and come to Thunder Valley and the fast half mile track of Bristol for the Food City 500.

Current FOX broadcaster and former driver Darrell Waltrip has the records for the most consecutive wins at Bristol with seven in a row – for three and a half years DW was the only driver to win in Thunder Valley.

After crashing during practice, Kevin Harvick has to go to a backup car and will have to start the race at the back of the field. With 39 teams at the track, all drivers are guaranteed a starting spot as a result, Kevin Harvick’s team has decided not to make a qualifying run but to concentrate on getting their backup car ready for Saturday practice and the race on Sunday.

Nearly five minutes of the 15 minute round one of qualifyng was gone before the first driver – Gray Gaulding – put his car out on the track for a qualifying run.

After three rounds of qualifying the Busch brothers make it the third time that they will share the front row with Kyle taking the pole. Kyle beatu out brother Kurt by two thousandths of a second for the top spot.

The starting lineup for the Food City 500:

Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch – moved t the back of the field in a backup car after crashing in final practice
Brad Keselowski
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
Paul Menard
Alex Bowman
Michae McDowell
Joey Logano
William Byron
Daniel Suarez
Erik Jones
Clint Bowyer
Kasey Kahne
Chase Elliott
Jimmie Johnson -moved to the back of the field for an unapproved tire change
AJ Allmendinger
Aric Almirola
Darrell Wallace Jr
Austin Dillon
Chris Buescher
David Ragan
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Newman
Jamie McMurray
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Ross Chastain
Gray Gaulding
Landon Cassill
Ty Dillon
Trevor Bayne
Corey LaJoie
D.J. Kennington
Reed Sorenson
Harrison Rhodes
Chad Finchum
Kevin Harvick – did not make a qualifying run

Stages one and two of the race will be 125 laps long with stage three lasting 250 laps.

Due to the rain, NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 45. Drivers may stop on pit road for repairs or tires but may not fuel their cars until the competition caution.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and jumps out in front of the field for the lead of the race with a big lead.

Lap four the first caution flag of the race comes out for a wreck involving Chase Elliott, Michael McDowell, and Martin Truex Jr. Daniel Suarez got turned around and caught up the other drivers. Aric Almirola, David Raga and D.J. Kennington were also involved in the crash.

Maritn Truex Jr reports that his steering is pushed way to the right but is planning to soldier on.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 10 from the outside lane and holds on to the lead of the race.

Lap 12 the top five are Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Joey Logano, and Paul Menard.

Lap 16 Kyle Busch holds on to the lead with Ryan Blaney in second.

Lap 17 Ryan Blaney passes Kyle Busch for the lead of the race.

Michael McDowell is out of the race. Ross Chastain is also off the track.

Lap 18 the second caution flag of the race comes out when AJ Allmendinger spins out after making contact with Jamie McMurray.

Martin Truex Jr’s team was charged with having too many crew members over the pit wall.

Canadian driver D.J. Kennington has the logo for the Humboldt Broncos on the hood of his car in memory of the team members lost after a crash with the team bus and a tractor trailer.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 23 with Joey Logano is second.

Lap 26 Ryan Blaney has a lead of under half a second over Joey Logano with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in third, Kyle Busch in fourth.

Lap 32 Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in third, Kyle Larson in fourth and William Byron in fifth. Pole sitter Kyle Busch has dropped to tenth place.

NASCAR has moved the competition caution to lap 50 after the early caution flags for wrecks.

Lap 39 Ryan Blaney has a lead of nearly a second on Joey Logano with Ricky Stenhouse in third, Kyle Larson in fourth, and Brad Keselowski in fifth.

Jimmie Johnson is reporting a possible flat tire.

Lap 45 NASCAR put out the caution flag for rain.

After 49 complete laps, NASCAR has put out the red flag and stopped the race for the rain.

Jamie McMurray is the last car on the lead lap in 30th place. Ross Chastain and Michael McDowell are out of the race.

After a delay of about 25 minutes, NASCAR has called the drivers back to their cars.

Once the drivers return to the track, NASCAR has announced that this will serve as the competition caution.

Under red flag conditions team are not allowed to work on the cars – they cannot even touch the cars other than put the car cover on. NASCAR is holding Chase Elliott one lap because his team was caught working on the car during the red flag.

The cars have returned to the track but pit road is not yet open on lap 51.

Once pit road opens, the drivers brng their cars down for service.

Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road.

Alex owman’s team is charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Ryan Newman was caugh speeding on pit road.

Joey Logano had an extended pit stop and lost several positions.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 60 and holds on to the lead with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in second, Erik Jones in third.

The caution flag comes out on lap 61 when Erik Jones got loose and catches up several drivers. Ricky Stenhouse Jr got spun around.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 68 and holds on to the lead with Joey Logano in second.

Lap 69 the top five are Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Brad Keselowski, and Erik Jones. After starting at the back of the field Kurth Busch is in the top 10 in sixth place.

Lap 76 Ryan Blaney as a lead of nearly a second on Joey Logano with Paul Menard, Brad Keselowski, and Erik Jones rounding out the top five.

Lap 81 Ryan Blaney’s lead is now over a second on Joey Logano.

Lap 84 Ryan Blaney ahs increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Joey Logano with Brad Keselowski in third, Paul Menard in fourth, and Erik Jones in fifth.

Lap 94 Ryan Blaney continues to lead the pack with Brad Keselowski in second, Joey Logano in third, Paul Menard in fourth, and Erik Jones in fifth.

Lap 97 Ryan Blaney’s lead is over two and a half seconds on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 100 Ryan Blaney’s lead is down to under a second and a half on Brad Keselowski; Joey Logano, Paul Menard, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 103, lead Ryan Blaney has encountered slow traffic.

FOX broadcaster report the that “sticky stuff” compound is wearing off.

Lap 107 Ryan Blaney has a lead of a little over a second on Brad Keselowski with Kyle Larson in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Joey Logano in fifth.

Lap 109 Ryan Blaney’s lead is now under a second on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 113 there are 26 cars on the lead lap. Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race.

Lap 115 Brad Keselowski has chosed to within half a second on leader Ryan Blaney.

Lap 127 the caution comes out for a big crash; leader Ryan Blaney, Harrison Rhodes, Trevor Bayne, Jamie McMurray, and Chris Buescher were all involved in the crash.

NASCAR has again put out the red flag, this time to clean up the track after the wreck.

After clearing the track and a red flag of six minutes, the cars are again moving under the caution flag but pit road remains closed.

Once pit road opens, the drivers are not waiting until the end of the stage to make pit stops and bring their cars down for some fresh tires.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road but leader Brad Keselowski is one of six drivers who stayed out on the track.

With only one lap remaining in stage one, Brad Keselowski brings the field down for a one lap sprint to the end of stage one. Keselowski holds on to his lead over Ryan Newman.

Brad Keselowski wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Newman
Clint Bowyer
AJ Allmendinger
Kyle Larson
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

The drivrs who stayed out during the caution flag have pitted at the end of the stage. Lyle Larson becomes the new leader.

Ricky Stenhouse’s team was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road. Jamie McMurray had too many crew members over the pit wall.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 135 and jumps out in front of Erik Jones for the lead of the race with Kurt Busch on his bumper.

Lap 137 the top five are Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson, and Paul Menard.

Chad Finchium gets turned around and on to the apron but the track stays green.

Lap 141 Kyle Larson has a half second lead on Kurt Busch with Erik Jones in third, Jimmie Johnson in fourth, and Paul Menard in fifth.

Lap 145, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to over half a second on Kurt Busch.

FOX reports sprinkles on the camera lenses.

Lap 148 Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly a second on Kurt Busch with Jimmie Johnson in third, Erik Jones in fourth, and Paul Menard in fifth.

Lap 152 there are 25 cars on the lead lap with six cars off the track.

Lap 155 Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and half on Kurt Busch.

Trevor Bayne brings out the caution flag on 156 when he gets loose and spins out, hitting the wall in a single car incidient.

Jimmie Johnson wins the race off of pit road.

Bubba Wallace was caught speeding on pit road.

As NASCAR was about to restart the race, it began to rain and the caution flag remains in place.

For the third time today, NASCAR has displayed the red flag to stop the race…this time for the rain and the jet driers are out again.

The drivers return to their cars in hopes of making it to the end of stage two after a 27 minute red flag delay.

The caution flag comes out on lap 166.

The lights are finally out on the pace car and Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start with 81 laps remaining in stage two.

With 79 laps to go in stage two, Kyle Larson is in the lead by over a second with Paul Menard in second, Joey Logano in third, Kurt Busch in fourth, and Denny Hamlin in fifth.

Lap 175 Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Paul Menard with Joey Logano in third, Denny Hamlin in fourth, and Kurt Busch in fifth.

Lap 177, Kyle Larson has driven away with it; he has a lead of nearly four seconds on Paul Menard.

Lap 180 Kyle Larson’s lead isnow over four and a half seconds on Paul Menard.

With 66 laps remaining in stage two, Kyle Larson has a lead of over five secnds on Denny Hamlin.

Kurt Busch saved his car and got down pit road with a tire issue and the track stays green.

Lap 189 Kyle Larson has a five second lead on Denny Hamlin with Paul Menard in third, Joey Logano in fourth, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr in fifth.

Lap 190 there are 25 cars on the lead lap…and raindrops on the cameras.

Fifty-six laps to go in stage two, Kyle Larson holds on to his big lead with Denny Hamlin in second; Paul Menard, Joey Logano, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five.

Lap 200 Kyle Larson is out in front with a big lead; followed by Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Kyle Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 203 the caution flag comes out again for rain and erasing a seven second lead from Kyle Larson..

NASCAR has again put out the red flag for rain as they attempt to get a completed race in.

AT 4:56pm eastern time, NASCAR has officially called the race for today and will resume the race on Monday.

The race was scheduled to resume at 1pm on Monday, but Mother Nature is not quite through with Tennessee. While the deluge of Sunday has passed, there are still cells of rain and sleet delaying the re-start of the race on a cold April Monday.

After a delay of nearly 24 hours, the engines are finally fired and the drivers are ready to go.

The race will restart on lap 205 with 45 laps remaining in stage two.

Race leader Kyle Larson has a leak in his car from the rain.

The caution laps are counting as the drivers get the cars warmed up.

And the rain drops have returned to the track in Bristol.

Pit road is not yet open but Ty Dillon made a pit road stop; as did Trevor Bayne who came down to make further repairs to his car.

NASCAR has opened pit road on lap 211. Most of the drivers brought their cars down pit road for service but leader Kyle Larson has stayed out on the track. Ryan Newman also stayed out on the track.

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

Lap 215 the drivers have been given the one to go signal and the race will resume.

There are 24 cars on the lead lap when the green flag finally flies.

Kyle Larson brings the field to the green flag restart and holds on to the lead with Kyle Busch in second; Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman round out the top five.

Lap 220 Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half over Kyle Busch.

Lap 222 Kyle Larson has increased his lead to over two second on Denny Hamlin; with Jimmie Johnson in third.

Lap224 the drivers are getting three wide across the track. Lap 226 Kyle Larson’s lead is two and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin with Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five.

Kasey Kahne brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.

Lap 230 Kyle Larson holds on to a two and a half second lead on Jimmie Johnson; Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 233 Kyle Larson lead is down to under two and a half seconds over Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 237 Kyle Larson’s lead is down to under two seconds on Brad Keselowski with Kyle Busch in third, Jimmie Johnson in fourth, and Denny Hamlin in fifth. There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 240 Brad Keselowski has pulled to within a second of leader Kyle Larson.

Lap 242 Kyle Larson’s lead is down to half a second over Brad Keselowski.

Lap 243 Brad Keselowski passes Kyle Larson for the lead.

Four laps remaining in stage two, Brad Keselowski is in the lead with Kyle Larson in second, Kyle Busch in third, and Jimmie Johnson in fourth.

Brad Keselowski wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Jimmie Johnson
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Alex Bowman
Kevin Harvick
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace

Ricky Stenhouse’s team was charged with having too many crew members over the pit wall as they tried to make repairs on his car.

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and and holds off Jimmie Johnson for the lead on lap 261.

Lap 262 Denny Hamlin passes Brad Keselowski to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 264 the top five are Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 266 Jimmie Johnson passes Kenny Hamlin for the lead of the race.

Lap 267 Brad Keselowski retakes the lead form Jimmie Johnson

Lap 270 Brad Keselowski has a half second lead on Kyle Busch; followed by Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson.

Lap 273 Brad Keselowski has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch with Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson and Daniel Suarez rounding out the top five. Bubba Wallace is in sixth place in his Bristol debut.

Lap 277 Brad Keselowski has a half second lead on Kyle Busch; Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Lap 281 Brad Keselowski’s lead is under half a second on Kyle Busch; Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Lap 284 Kyle Busch is challenging Brad Keselowski for the lead but so far Keselowski holds on to the top spot.

Lap 287 there are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 290 Brad Keselowski holds on to a narrow lead over Kyle Busch with Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, and Daniel Suarez founding out the top five.

Lap 290 Kyle Larson passes Kyle Busch for second place with Brad Keselowski holding on to a narrow lead.

Lap 293 Kyle Larson passes Brad Keselowski for the lead of the race. The leaders encounter a lot of slower traffic.

Lap 297 Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Brad Keselowski with Kyle Busch in third, Jimmie Johnson in fourth, and Daniel Suarez in fifth. With 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 301 Kyle Larson’s lead is down to under half a second on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 304 Kyle Larson had a half a second lead on Brad Keselowski; Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Lap 307 Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 310 Kyle Larson is in the lead with Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Alex Bowman rounding out the top five.

Lap 316 Kyle Larson is in the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Lap 320 Kyle Larson had a one second lead over Kyle Busch with Brad Keselowski in third, Jimmie Johnson in fourth, and Alex Bowman in fifth.

Lap 324 the caution flag comes out when Kyle Larson gets turned around trying to make a quick lane change and making contact with Ryan Newman.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 329 and holds on to the lead over Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 330 Kyle Busch is in the lead with Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez, and Bubba Wallace rounding out the top five.

Lap 335 Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Jimmie Johnson.

Kyle Larson is reporting a tire rub.

Lap 340 the sun is coming out; Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Jimmie Johnson with Brad Keselowski in third; Daniel Suarez and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Lap 344 Kyle Busch’s lead is now over a second and a half over Brad Keselowski with Jimmie Johnson in third.

Lap 350 Kyle Busch leads the race with Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Daniel Suarez, and Bubba Wallace rounding out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 353 when Reed Sorenson hits the wall hard after blowing a tire for the twelfth caution flag of the race.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road, but it will Daniel Suarez bringing the field to green after staying out on the track.

Chase Elliott was caught speeding on pit road.

Kevin Harvick had to make a second trip down pit road with a loose tire.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 365 and holds off Kyle Busch for the lead.

Brad Keselowski passes Daniel Suarez for the lead with Bubba Wallace in third and Kyle Busch in fourth; Alex Bowman is in fifth place.

Lap 368 Bubba Wallace moves to second with Kyle Busch in third. Brad Keselowski holds on to a narrow lead.

Lap 370 Brad Keselowski has a narrow lead on Bubba Wallace with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 374 Bubba Wallace passes Brad Keselowski for the lead of the race with Kyle Busch in second. This is the first time Bubba Wallace has led a Monster Energy Cup race.

Lap 377 Bubba Wallace has a narrow lead on Kyle Busch with Brad Keselowski in third.

Lap 381 Kyle Busch has taken the lead with Kyle Larson in second with Ryan Newman, Bubba Wallace, and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five.

Lap 386 Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Kyle Larson; followed by Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, and, Bubba Wallace.

With 110 laps remaining in the race, the rain is again coming.

Lap 390 the caution flag comes out for rain.

To this point, 25 percent of the laps run have been under the caution flag.

The Kyle’s bring the field down for the green flag restart with just 101 laps remaining in the race. Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead.

One hundred to go – the top five are Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, and Austin Dillon.

Lap 402 Kyle Busch has pulled out to a second lead on Kyle Larson with Jimmie Johnson in third.

Lap 406, there are 17 cars on the lead lap with Kyle Busch out in front by a second over Kyle Larson.

Lap 409, Kyle Busch is out in front by nearly a second over Kyle Larson; Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 413, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race.

Lap 420 Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with Kyle Larson less than half a second behind.

Lap 427 Kyle Busch has a lead of less than half a second on Kyle Larson with Jimmie Johnson in third, Ricky Stenhouse in fourth, and Ryan Newman in fifth.

Lap 432 Kyle Busch holds on to the lead by less than half a second on Kyle Larson.

Lap 438 Kyle Larson finally catches and passes Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap 441 Kyle Larson has pulled out t