Fit for a King

Rockers Fit for a King have joined forces with Like Moths to Flames and Currents for a U.S. tour this summer.

Fit for a King tour dates:
July 18 at Come and Take It Live in Austin, TX
July 19 at the Rail Club in Ft. Worth, TX
July 20 at Crossroads in Tyler, TX
July 21 at 89th Street in Oklahoma City, OK
July 22 at the Launchpad in Albuquerque, NM
July 24 at Club Red in Phoenix, AZ
July 25 at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA
July 26 at the White Oak in Van Nuys, CA
July 27 at Jub Jubs in Reno, NV
July 28 at The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT
July 29 at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO
July 31 at the Rock Island Live in Wichita, KS
Aug 1 at Davey’s Uptown in Kansas City, MO
Aug 2 at Big Bars in Sioux Falls, SD
Aug 3 at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth, MN
Aug 5 at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 7 at The oft in Lansing, MI
Aug 8 at The Bakery in Charleston, WV
Aug 9 at the Drunk Horse Pub in Fayetteville, NC
Aug 10 at Ground Zero in Spartanburg, SC
Aug 11 at the Soundbar in Orando, FL
Aug 12 at O’Malleys in Margate, FL
Aug 14 at the 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville, FL

Florence + the Machine

On June 29 Florence + the Machine will release their fourth studio album “High as Hope” and to help promote the album Florence is embarking on a North American tour later this summer and continue into the fall.

West, St. Vicent, Lizzo, Kamasi Washington, Billie Eilish, Beth Ditto, Grizzly Bear, and Perfume Genius will share the opening act duties with each performing in different cities.

Florence + the Machine tour dates:
Aug 5 at Osheage in Montreal, QC
Aug 9 at the Outdoor Arena in Lake Tahoe
Aug 11 at the Outside Lands in San Francisco, CA
Sept 8 at the Skookum Festival in Vancouver, BC
Sept 10 at the KeyArena in Seattle, WA
Sept 11 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Sept 14 at the Maverick Center in Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 15 at the Grandoozy Festival in Denver, CO
Sept 22 at Life is Beautiful in Las Vegas, NV
Sept 23 at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
Sept 25 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA
Sept 29 at The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory in Dallas, TX
Sept 30 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
Oct 2 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Oct 3 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
Oct 5 at The Anthem in Washington DC
Oct 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Oct 12 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
Oct 13 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Oct 14 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Oct 16 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON
Oct 19 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
Oct 20 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN

Bachman Goes into Overdrive in Niagara Falls

He wanted a party, but what he got was a rip roaring party of screaming, singing, and dancing fans when Randy Bachman brought his show to the Seneca Events Center in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on May 25.

Originally scheduled for Bachman and Turner, Fred Turner has since retired from touring, so Bachman has soldiered on as a solo act and has created a show filled with stories and music spanning his career.

After opening the show with “Rolling on Down the Highway” he informed the crowd that he was born in Winnipeg and the show would be a musical journey.

Upon the release of his first single, the band discovered that their band name was already taken; as a result, the record label wrote Guess Who for the artist name…and it stuck. That single was “Shakin’ All Over”.

While waiting for his date, Bachman discovered a piano in the house. The notes he played while waiting for the girl to get ready became the hit song “These Eyes”.

And the stories and song continued with “Laughing”, “No Sugar Tonight”, “Undun”, “No Time”, and “American Woman”.

Then came Bachman Turner Overdrive with “Let it Ride”, “Lookin’ Out for #1′, and “She’s So High”.

Musicians are often influenced and inspired by each other. Saying that he loved the song “Paperback Writer” by The Beatles, Bachman wanted to write a song just like it about the everyday working man. He wrote one called “White Collar Worker” but it was never released. One night a very hoarse Fred Turner told Bachman to finish the show and Bachman saw his chance.

Reworking lyrics on the fly, the words “White Collar Worker” were replace with “Takin’ Care of Business”…and a hit song was born. As Bachman and the band began to play the song, the crowd went crazy and voictrously joined in on the singing.

After performing “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” while the crowd were on their feet singing, Bachman ended the show with a medley that began and ended with “Hey You”.

Bachman began the show as a musical journey, but it ended as a rousing party of screaming fans who were not ready for the show to end.

Vicious Rumours

Rockers Vicious Rumours are celebrating an anniversary; 30 years ago the band embarked on their Digital Dictator World Tour. To mark the event, the band is again embarking on a tour of North America.

Music for the show will include the entire “Digital Dictator” album and songs from the band’s 39 year musical career.

Vicious Rumours tour dates:
Aug 31 at the University of Rock in Santa Rosa, CA
Sept 5 at Revolution in Seattle, WA
Sept 6 at the Rickshaw Theater in Vancouver, BC
Sept 7 at the 3rd Wheel in Lewiston, ID
Sept 8 at the Silver Bullet in Colombia, MT
Sept 9 at the Distortion in Calgary, AB
Sept 10 at the Rendezvous Pub in Edmonton, AB
Sept 11 at the Cloud 9 Live in Regina, SK
Sept 12 at the Park Theater in Winnipeg, MB
Sept 13 at The Garage Bar in Moorhead, MN
Sept 14 at Bigs Bar in Sioux Falls, SD
Sept 15 at Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis, MN
Sept 16 at The Frequency in Madison, WI
Sept 19 at The Gas Lamp in Des Moines, IA
Sept 20 at The Lift in Dubuque, IA
Sept 21 at Reggie’s in Chicago, IL
Sept 22 at the Empire Concert Club in Akron, OH
Sept 23 at Bar XIII in Wilmington, DE
Sept 25 at The Milestone in Charlotte, NC
Sept 26 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
Sept 28 at The Vanguard in Tulsa, OK
Sept 29 at The Elbow Room in Wichita, KS
Sept 30 at the Silver Music Hall in Lakewood, CO
Oct 1 at the Metro Music Hall in Salt Lake City, UT
“Oct 2 at The Gem in Idaho Falls, ID
Oct 3 at The Shredder in Boise, ID
Oct 5 at the Holy Diver in Sacramento, CA
Oct 6 at the Frost and Fire Festival in Ventura, CA
Oct 7 at the Red Club in Mesa, AZ
Oct 8 at the House of Bardsin Tucson, AZ
Oct 9 at the Rockhouse in El Paso, TX
Oct 10 at the Gabby-Doo Saloon in Odessa, TX
Oct 11 at The Rail Club in Ft. Worth, TX
Oct 12 at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX
Oct 13 at Fitzgerald’s in San Antonio, TX
Oct 14 at Comeand Take It in Austin, TX

The English Bear

It has been over 35 years since The English Bear have released an album, but that will change on June 15 when the band will release “Here We Go Love”.

To support the new album, the band has planned a tour around the U.S.

The English Bear tour dates:
June 21 at the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA
June 22 at the Underground Arts in Philadelphia, PA
June 23 at The Sinclair in Boston, MA
June 24 at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY
June 28 at The Rose in Pasadena, CA
June 29 at The Cave in Big Bear Lake, CA
June 30 at Romano’s in Riverside, CA
July 6 at The Metro in Chicago, IL
July 7 at First Ave in Minneapolis, MN
July 10 at The Kent Stage in Kent, OH
July 11 at the Turner Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI
July 12 at The Slowdown in Omaha, NE
July 15 at The Gothic in Denver, CO
July 16 at The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT
July 18 at the Riverfront Park in Salem, OR
July 19 at the Irvine Regional Park in Orange, CA
July 20 at The Showbox in Seattle, WA
July 25 at The Kessler in Dallas, TX
July 26 at The Scoot Inn in Austin, TX
July 27 at the Heights Theatre in Houston, TX
July 29 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
July 30 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA
Aug 7 & 8 at The Chicken Box in Nantucket, MA
Aug 9 at the Payomet PAC in Truro, MA
Aug 10 at the Ocean Mist in Kingston, RI
Aug 17 at the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, CA
Aug 24 at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
Nov 3 at Un the Sand in Punta Cana, DR

‘World of Dance’ Premieres Season Two

The competition dance show “World of Dance” returns for a second season with a whole new group of dancers.

Creator and judge Jenifer Lopez returns with judges Derek Hough, and Ne-Yo to help find the best dancers in the world.

The dancers are scored on their presentation, creativity, performance, musicality, and originality.

This season Junior Team joins the other categories of Upper Team, Junior, and Upper (adult).

Jenna Dewan returns to host the show and mentor the competitors.

First up in the qualifier rounds are Indian dancers Desi Hoppers – a Hip-Hop dance troupe. Dancing to “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran, the guys brought the house to their feet. Jennifer called it a great way to start off the season; adding that she loved how they mixed their Indian culture into the dance. Saying that the routine was just fun, Ne-Yo said that the dance was through the roof in entertainment value. Calling it pure entertainment, Derek said that the guys nailed it. Dancers need to earn a score of at least 80 in order to move on to the next level. Desi Hoppers scored 96 points for their dance.

Up next is the Los Angeles Hip-Hop Fusion duo Sean and Kaycee with a dance that began with them blindfolded. Saying the duo touched their hearts, Jennifer said the dance was beautifully done. Derek said that the routine was well thought out and very well executed; adding that they stood out. Ne-Yo noted that the duo were completely in sync…even when they wer blindfolded. Sean and Kaycee scored 96 points for their dance.

The Los Angeles crew S-Rank (S for Superior) gave a performance that Jennifer called it one of the stankiest routines she has ever seen; adding that it was awesome and so together. Calling the routine incredible, Derek noted that the movements were short but effective. Ne-Yo noted that when the choreography is good, the team is good. S-Rank scored 91 points for their dance.

Sixteen year old Contemporary dancer Jaxon Willard is a young man of colour who was adopted into a white family. Dancing to “Fragile” he choreographed the dance as an expression of who he is and his acceptance of that self. The performance brought the judges to their feet and tears to many eyes. Jennifer called it a very special moment that captivated the whole audience and made a bunch of them cry. Saying that he was proud of Jaxon, Ne-Yo added that he 100 percent felt Jaxon. Saying that Jaxon was beautiful, Derek noted that Jaxon embodied what it is to be a dancer and a storyteller. Jaxon scored 94 points for his dance. Ne-Yo said that dance is not just about moving your body, but about moving people.

The Canadian Junior Team Flip performed to “Feeling Good”. Ne-Yo loved the pictures and formations. Noting that the dancers were locked into each other, Jennifer said that the dance needed more diversity..Derek liked the contrast of the music and the choreography. Flip edged their way to the next round with a score of 82.7 points.

The Japanese duo of Hilty and Bosch have been Locking together for 20 years but Jennifer wanted to see a higher level of difficulty. Derek enjoyed the performance but was wondering how the performance was going to hold up in the scores. Ne-Yo wanted to be wowed; but noted that if he was just watching for enjoyment, then they would have had him. The duo failed to make the cut with a score of 78.3 points.

The final performance of the night was the Chilean Salsa duo of Karen y Ricardo. The nine time champions have been dancing since they were nine years old and revealed that they will be getting married. Their fast paced dance had Derek jumping on the desk and the house screaming. Saying that is what you call setting the stage on fire, Jennifer noted that she has seen a lot of Salsa on the stage but their dance was on another level. Saying that he loved it, Derek called the performance incredible. Ne-Yo called it the first million dollar performance they had seen. With two scores of 100, the duo earned the highest score ever on the show with a 99.7.

World of Dance” returns next week with more performances.

NASCAR Issues Charlotte Penalties

After the longest race of the season last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Furniture Row Racing number 78 car driven by Martin Truex Jr was charged with having one of the lug nuts improperly secured in post race inspection. As a result of the infraction, True’s crew chief Cole Pearn was fined $10,000.

In the Xfinity Series, the number 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Christopher Bell was charged with failing the height measurement requirements during post race inspection. As a result of the infraction, crew chief Jason Ratcliff has been suspended for one race and charged with a $10,000 fine, car owner Joe Gibbs has been docked 10 points, and driver Christopher Bell has been docked 10 driver points after finishing second in the Alsco 300 on Saturday.

The number eight BJ McLeod Motorsports car driven by Tommy Joe Martins was charged with a lug nut infraction when post race inspection revealed that two of the 20 lug nuts were not properly secured. Crew chief Keith Wolfe was fined $10,000 and suspended one race for the infraction.

 

Black Dahlia Murder

Rockers Black Dahlia Murder are on the road for a tour of North America that will see them working with a variety of bands including Homewrecker and White Chapel.

Black Dahlia Murder tour dates:
May 30 at The Working Class in Timmons, ON
May 31 at Club 151 in North Bay, ON
June 1 at Ground Zero in Traverse, MI
June 8 At the House of Blues in Chicago, IL
June 9 at the Agora Theater in Cleveland, OH
June 10 at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, MI
June 12 at The Opera House in Toronto, ON
June 13 at Funk N Waffles in Rochester, NY
June 14 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA
June 15 at Stage 48 in New York City, NY
June 16 at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, PA
June 17 at the Soundstage in Baltimore, MD
June 19 at The Norva in Norfolk, VA
June 20 at the Tarheel in Jacksonville, NC
June 22 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL
June 23 at Revolution Live in Ft Lauderdale, FL
June 24 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
June 26 at the Basement East in Nashville, TN
June 27 at the Southport Music Hall in New Orleans, LA
June 28 at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX
June 29 at the Vibes Event Center in San Antonio, TX
June 30 at the Gas Monkey in Dallas, TX
July 2 at the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, NM
July 3 at The Pressroom in Phoenix, AZ
July 5 at Strummer’s in Fresno, CA
July 6 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
July 7 at The UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA
July 8 at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
July 10 at the Ogden Theater in Denver, CO
July 11 at The Truman in Kansas City, MO
July 12 at the Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls, SD
July 13 at the Cabooze in Minneapolis, MN
July 14 at Rock USA in Oshkosh, WI

 

House of Hamill

The husband and wife Celtic music duo of Rose and Brian Buchanan – better known as House of Hamill – have packed up their violins and guitars for a trip around the U.S. to share some of their old music and yet to be released music.

House of Hamill tour dates:
May 31 at a house concert in Burke, VA
June 2 at the Isis Music Hall in Asheville NC
June 3 at Under the Oaks in Appomattox, VA
June 22 & 23 at the Celtic Fling and Highland Games in Manheim, PA
July 15 at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA
July 28 at the Great American Iris Festival in Frankfort, NY
Aug 4 & 5 at the Rocky Mountain Irish Gathering in Fort Collins, CO
Aug 7 at the Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA
Aug 22 at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA
Aug 24 at the Levitt Pavilion Steelstacks in Bethlehem, PA
Sept 29 & 30 at the KVMR Celtic Festival in Grass Valley, CA

Snow Patrol

On May 25, Snow Patrol released their first album in over seven years – “Wilderness”.

In June the band will be embarking on a European tour and beginning in August, the band will be the opening act for some of Ed Sheeran’s North American tour.

Snow Patrol tour dates:
June 2 at the Rock am Ring in Nurburg, Germany
June 3 at the Rock im Park n Nuremberg, Germany
June 15 at Megaland in Landgraaf, Netherlands
July 6 Rock Werchter in Werchter, Belgium
July 12 at the NOS Alive in Lisbon, Portugal
July 13 at the Mad Cool Festivalin Madrid, Spain
Aug 2 at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne, Australia
Aug 4 at the Air + Style Festival in Sydney, Australia
Aug 18 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA
Aug 21 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA
Aug 25 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA
Aug 30 & 31 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON
Sept 6 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
Sept 8 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI
Sept 14 & 15 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA
Sept 21 & 22 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
Sept 27 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA
Sept 29 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 4 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
Oct 6 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN
Oct 13 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO
Oct 17 at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND
Oct 20 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN
Oct 23 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI
Oct 27 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX
Oct 31 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA
Nov 3 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
Nov 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL
Nov 10 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA

Summer Slaughter Tour

Metal-heads, get ready to rock this summer when the Summer Slaughter Tour hits the road this July. Between the Buried and Me are set to headline the tour with Terror Universal, Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, Erra, The Agony Scene, Allegeaon, Entheos, and Soreption also set to perform.

Summer Slaughter Tour dates:
July 13 at The Ritz in Raleigh, NC
July 14 at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC
July 15 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
July 17 at Phase 2 in Lynchburg, VA
July 18 at The Sound Stage in Baltimore, MD
July 19 at the Irving Plaza in New York City, NY
July 20 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ
July 21at The Palladium in Worcester, MA
July 22 at the Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA
July 24 at the Concord Music Hall in Chicago, IL
July 26 at the Majestic Theater in Detroit, MI
July at Express live in Columbus, OH
Aug 2 at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, MO
Aug 3 at the Skyway Theater in Minneapolis, MN
Aug 5 at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO
Aug 7 at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle, WA
Aug 10 at The UC Theater in Berkeley, CA
Aug 11 at The Novo in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 12 at the Grove in Anaheim, CA
Aug 14 at The Marquee in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 17 at the Gas Monkey Live! In Dallas, TX
Aug 18 at the House of Blues in Houston, TX
Aug 19 at the Empire Garage & Control Room in Austin, TX

Historic Win in Coca-Cola 600 Race to Remember

It’s the longest race of the year on a very special weekend when NASCAR travels to Concord, North Carolina for the Coca-Cola 600 at the mile and a half track of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

On this Memorial Day weekend, each driver will carry the name of a military member who has fallen on their cars.

Man of the teams are carrying special and patriotic paint schemes for the occasion.

After having issues in inspection, Kevin Harvick will not make a qualifying run; as a result he will start the race from the back of the field. As a result of failing inspection three times, Harvick’s car chief is suspended for the race and he will lose 30 of practice time in final practice.

After three rounds of qualifying Kyle Busch wins the pole and earns his 30th career pole. The number 18 M&M car will bring the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Coca-Cola 600:
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Newman
Jamie McMurray
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola
Daniel Suarez
Kyle Larson
Austin Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Paul menard
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch
Matt Kenseth
Chris Buescher
David Ragan
Ty Dillon
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Jimmie Johnson
Bubba Wallace – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Ross Chastain
Kasey Kahne
Alex Bowman
Clint Bowyer
Michael McDowell
AJ Allmendinger
Matt DiBenedetto
Parker Kligerman
Corey LaJoie
Gray Gaulding
Landon Cassill – moved to the back of the field for inspection issues
Timmy Hill
Jeffery Earnhardt
BJ McLeod
Devin Harvick – did not make a qualifying run due to inspection issues
J.J. Yeley – did not make a qualifying run due to inspection issues

Due to the length of the race, the Coca-Cola has four stages of 100 laps each.

The Monster Energy Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 caps off a day of racing from around the world. Formula One got the day started with the race in Monaco with Daniel Ricciardo winning the race in his Red Bull car. Then it was on to Indianapolis and the Indy Racing League for the Indianapolis 500 with Will Power taking the win for owner Roger Penske who was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame last week. Now it is time for NASCAR to cap it off with the longest race of the season for 600 miles in Charlotte.

Charlotte Motor Speedway is the only track that Kyle Busch has not won a race.

Kyle Busch brings his number 18 M&Ms car down for the green flag start of the race and edges out Joey Logano for the lead.

Lap two, Joey Logano takes the lead with Kyle Busch in second, Erik Jones in third, Denny Hamlin in fourth, and Brad Keselowski in fifth.

Lap five Joey Logano leads the race with Kyle Busch on his bumper; Erik Jones, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Newman round out the top five.

Lap six Kyle Busch passes Joey Logano to retake the lead of the race.

Lap seven Erik Jones passes Joey Logano for second with Kyle Busch in the lead by over a second. After starting at the back of the field, Kevin Harvick has moved up 18 spots.

Lap 10, Kyle Busch has a lead of almost two seconds on Joey Logano with Erik Jones in third.

Chase Elliott is reporting a possible brake issue…and a vibration.

Lap eleven Erik Jones retakes second from Joey Logano as Kyle Busch increases his lead to nearly three seconds.

Lap 16 Kyle Busch has a two and a half second lead on Erik Jones with Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Newman rounding out the top five.

Lap 20 Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with 37 cars on the lead lap.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Newman.

Lap 22 Kevin Harvick is in 16th place after starting at the back of the field.

Lap 23, Erik Jones in biting into Kyle Busch’s lead, Busch leads by only two seconds over Jones.

Lap 25 Kyle Busch has increased his lead to nearly two and a half seconds on Erik Jones with Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, and Kyle Larson rounding out the top five.

Parker Kligerman hits the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 33 Kyle Busch holds on to his two second lead on Erik Jones. Kevin Harvick is now in 13th place.

Joey Logano is dropping through the field and is now out of the top 10.

Austin Dillon has hit the wall and brings out the first caution flag of the day on lap 37. There is a lot of damage to Dillon’s car, including the crush panels that help keep the fumes out of the car.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road. Erik Jones got blocked in his pit stall and had to backup to get out, causing him to come out of pit road back in the field.

Ryan Newman’s team came over the pit wall too soon and J.J. Yeley was caught speeding on pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 44 and jumps out in front of Denny Hamlin for the lead.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 45 Kyle Busch leads the race by just under half a second over Denny Hamlin. Kevin Harvick is in sixth place.

Lap 48, after a bad pit stop, Erik Jones has moved up to ninth place.

Halfway through stage one – lap 50 – Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Martin Truex Jr rounding out the top five.

Austin Dillon is on pit road with a flaming car.

Lap 52 Kyle Busch is in the lead by nearly a second with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 55 Kyle Busch now has a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin as he continues to dominate the race in his patriotic M&Ms car.

Lap 62 Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 66 Kyle Busch has increased his lead to two seconds on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Martin Truex Jr rounding out the top five and Kevin Harvick in sixth place.

Lap 69 Kyle Busch has a lead of two and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin with 29 cars on the lead lap. Austin Dillon is the first driver out of the race and in the garage attempting repairs.

Lap 76 Kyle Busch is running away with the race, he is ahead by over three seconds on Denny Hamlin. Kevin Harvick is in the top five in fourth.

Lap 78, the top five are Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 82, Kevin Harvick hits the wall and brings out the caution flag. Harvick reports he has a flat tire. The hit pancaked the right side of his car.

Taking no tires, Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road. He missed his pit stall.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 88 but it is Kyle Busch that gets out in front as Keselowski falls through the field.

Jamie McMurray is slowing on the track with a possible flat tire.

Ten to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Ryan Blaney with Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson, and Aric Almirola rounding out the top five.

Lap 96 Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second on Ryan Blaney. Brad Keselowski has fallen to 26th place on old tires.

Leading all but six of the laps, Kyle Busch wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Denny Hamlin
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Erik Jones

Matt DiBenedetto is the “lucky dog”.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

For the first time in 18 tries, Kevin Harvick will not finish the Coca-Cola 600.

Landon Cassill’s team was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 108 and goes nose to nose with Ryan Blaney before edges Blaney out for the lead.

Lap 111 Kyle Busch is in the lead with Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five.

Lap 114 William Byron gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag.

With only a few laps on their tires, some of the drivers choose to stay out on the track.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 120 and holds on to the lead.

Jimmie Johnson gets turned around and spins out after making contact with Denny Hamlin; in trying to avoid the maylee, Joey Logano gets spun out.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 124 and goes nose to nose with Kyle Larson before edging out Larson for the lead.

Lap 125 the top five are Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Aric Almirola.

Lap 127 Kyle Busch is in the lead with the cars getting three wide behind him.

Lap 128, Kyle Busch has already pulled out to a one second lead on Kyle Larson.

Lap 135, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a two second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 142 Kyle Busch has a three second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Aric Almirola rounding out the top five.

Lap 147 Kyle Busch continues to dominate the race with a lead of three and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 153 the top five are Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 158 the drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Denny Hamlin takes over the lead of the race when Kyle Busch makes his pit stop.

Lap 162 Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race as green flag pit stops are cycling through. Kyle Busch is currently in 10th place after making his pit stop.

Lap 165 Denny Hamlin makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Joey Logano. Kyle Busch is up to fourth place.

Lap 179 Joey Logano continues to lead the race, he has yet to come down pit road; Kyle Busch is in third behind Kasey Kahne

Lap 175, Kyle Busch is back in front with Martin Truex Jr in second; Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 178, Kyle Busch has a lead of over two second on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Larson , Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 184 Kyle Busch’s lead is down to under two second on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 189 the top five are Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Clint Bowyer.

Lap 192, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly three second with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Ryan Blaney is reporting some car issues but are not sure of the exact issue.

Lap 196 Kyle Busch is now over three seconds out in front of Martin Truex Jr; with Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five.

Leader Kyle Busch is picking them up and putting them down, there are only 16 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin
Clint Bowyer
Aric Almirola
Chase Elliott
Jimmie Johnson
Ryan Newman
Erik Jones

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr is caught speeding on pit road.

As darkness has settled in, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 208 and battles with team mate Denny Hamlin for the lead. Kyle Busch gets out in front to continue dominating the race.

Jamie McMurray makes contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr but saves the car and the track stays green.

Lap 211 Kyle Busch is over a half second out in front of Denny Hamlin with Kyle Larson in third, Aric Almirola in fourth, and Clint Bowyer in fifth.

Lap 216 Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of a second on Denny Hamlin; Kyle Larson, Aric Almirola, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 223, Kyle Busch is out in front by over two seconds and has led 202 of the 223 so far.

Lap 225 the top five are Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Aric Almirola, and Chase Elliott.

Lap 226 the caution comes out for the seventh time when Gray Gaulding spins out.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Michael McDowell and Martin Truex Jr both had uncontrolled tires on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 231 and edges out Denny Hamlin for the lead.

Coming into tonight’s race, Kyle Busch had led over 1,000 laps at Charlotte. With his dominating lead, he has passed Darrell Waltirp, Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin ,and Buddy Baker on the all time career laps led list.

Lap 234, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Larson with Denny Hamlin, Aric Amirola, and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five.

Lap 239 Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Kyle Larson.

Lap 242 Kyle Busch has pulled out to a second and a half lead on Kyle Larson; Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

Lap 247, Kyle Busch has led 226 laps.

Lap 251 Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly two second on Kyle Larson; Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 255 Kyle Busch is now three seconds out in front of Kyle Larson with Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, and Jamie McMurray rounding out the top five.

Lap 258 Kyle Busch’s lead is nearly four seconds over Kyle Larson.

Chris Buescher brings out the caution flag after hitting the wall with a flat tire.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green restart on lap 264 and again gets out in front for the lead; Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 270, Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second on Jamie McMurray with Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.

Lap 272, Kyle Larson spins out and brings out the caution flag. Larson’s car was smoking like a burn out but he keeps it off of the wall.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 277 and gets out in front of Jamie McMurray to maintain the lead. Big brother Kurt Busch is in second.

Lap 278, Ryan Blaney’s engine blows and the car is engulfed in flames. Blaney walks away from the wreck unharmed.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 285 and jumps out in front of brother Kurt for the lead.

Lap 289 Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Erik Jones with Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Jamie McMurray rounding out the top five.

Lap 291, Kyle Busch now has a lead of nearly a second and a half over Erik Jones with Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and Jamie McMurray rounding out the top five.

Lap 296, Kyle Busch has a lead of over two seconds on Erik Jones.

Kyle Busch wins stage three by over two seconds.

The top 10 at the end of stage three:
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Buwch
Jamie McMurray
Denny Hamlin
Kasey Kahne
Martin Truex Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Newman

Once again Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the fourth and final stage on lap 308 and gets out in front of Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Lap 310, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Brad Keselowski with Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Newman rounding out the top five.

Ryan Newman brings his car down pit road and to the garage with a tire issue.

Lap 314, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly two seconds on Brad Keselowski; Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 318 Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Brad Keselowski with Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.

Lap 321, Kyle Busch has led 300 laps so far.

Lap 324, Kyle Busch has a lead of three seconds over Brad Keselowski; Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 330, Kyle Busch has a lead of over three and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 335 the top five are Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 338, Kyle Busch is “driving it like he stole it” with a lead of nearly six seconds. Over Martin Truex Jr; Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 341 drivers begin making green flag pit stops. Kyle Busch’s lead is now over six seconds on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 345 Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over seven seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Only 50 laps remain in the race, Kyle Busch continues to dominate the race with Martin Truex Jr in second, Denny Hamlin in third, Erik Jones in fourth, and Michael McDowell in fifth. The top five and Ty Dillon in sixth have yet to make their pit stops.

Lap 351, Kyle Busch has an eight second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Denny Hamlin takes over the lead of the race when Kyle Busch makes his green flag pit stop on lap 353.

Lap 355, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly four seconds on Brad Keselowski; Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 360, Kyle Busch has a six second lead on Brad Keselowski with Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, and Martin Truex Jr rounding out the top five.

Lap 363, Kyle Busch has a lead of over six second on Brad Keselowski; Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, and Martin Truex Jr rounding out the top five.

If Kyle Busch can hold on for another 33 laps, he will have won a race at every track on the NASCAR circuit.

Lap 370, Kyle Busch continues to dominate the race with Martin Truex Jr in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jimmie Johnson in fourth, and Jamie McMurray in fifth.

Lap 373, Kyle Busch has a lead of over five seconds on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 380, Kyle Busch has a six secnod lead on Martin Truex Jr; Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Only 15 more laps to go, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race by nearly six seconds.

Lap 389, Kyle Busch has a four second lead with only 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 393, Kyle Busch’s lead is down to under four second on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 394, there are only nine cars on the lead lap with Kyle Busch over three seconds in front of the field.

Three to go, Kyle Busch is in the lead by over three seconds.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

Kyle Busch wins the Coca-Cola 600 in dominating fashion for his 47th career win and the first driver to win at least once at every track.

Kyle Busch called the win a little boy’s dream come true.

Busch’s young son Brexton kept saying, “we won , we won!”

The unofficial results of the Coca-Cola 600:
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Jimmie Johnson
Jamie McMurray
Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chase Elliott
Clint Bowyer
Aric Almirola
Paul Menard
Daniel Suarez
Bubba Wallace
Matt Kenseth
Michael McDowell
Erik Jones
Kasey Kahne
Ty Dillon
Joey Logano
AJ Allmendinger
Ross Chastain
David Ragan
Corey LaJoie
Parker Kligerman
Landon Cassill
Chris Buescher
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Gray Gaulding
Timmy Hill
BJ McLeod
Austin Dillon
Ryan Newman
Ryan Blaney
Matt DiBenedetto
J.J. Yeley
William Byron
Kevin Harvick

Rain Delay, Cautions Fill Charlotte Xfinity Race

Mother Nature has once again stepped in and has affected on track events at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After an early round of Monster Energy Cup Series practice was canceled, qualifying for the Xfinity Series Alsco 300 was delayed while officials dried the track.

For the first time in five weeks, there are Monster Energy Cup Series drivers on the track with the Xfinity Series drivers.

Forty three teams brought cars to Charlotte but there are only 40 spots in the race.

After three rounds of qualifying Brad Keselowski wins the pole with Cole Custer starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Alsco 300:
Brad Keselowski
Cole Custer
Kyle Busch
Tyler Reddick
Brandon Jones
Chase Elliott
Austin Cindric
Chase Briscoe
Justin Allgaier
Ty Majeski
Jamie McMurray
Elliott Sadler
Ty Dillon
Ryan Truex
Kaz Grala
Daniel Hemric
Ross Chastain
Matt Tifft
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Sieg
J.J. Yeley – moved to the back of the field for missing the driver’s meeting
Dylan Lupton
Timmy Hill
Michael Annett
Joey Gase
Alex labbe
Joe Nemechick
Jeff Green
B.J. McLeod
Tomm Joe Martins
Vinnie Miller – moved to the back of the field for an engine change
Sencer Boyd
Josh Williams
David Starr
Garrett Smithley
Ray Black Jr
Josh Bilicki
Brandon Hightower
Ryan Reed – did not make a qualifying run

Chad Finchim, Morgan Shepherd and Mike Harmon failed to qualify for the race.

Monster Energy Cup Series driver Erik Jones makes his broadcasting debut with Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip in the FOX booth today.

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three is 110 laps in length for a total of 200 laps around the mile and a half track.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and gets ut in front for the lead.

Lap three the top five are Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Tyler Riddick, Chase Elliott, and Cole Custer.

Lap five, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a one second lead on Kyle Busch with Chase Elliott in third, Tyler Reddick in fourth, and Cole Custer in fifth.

Lap eight, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch with Chase Elliott, Tyler Reddick and Brandon Jones rounding out the top five.

Lap 10 Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch nearly a second and a half behind; Chase Elliott, Tler Reddick, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 17, Brad Keselowski’s lead is down to less than half a second over Kyle Busch with Chase Elliott in third over a second behind.

Lap 20 Brad Keselowski has led ever lap so far with Kyle Busch on his bumper in second.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 22 when Brandon Hightower gets loose and spins out.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 27 but Kyle Busch edges out Keselowski to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 29 the top five are Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Brandon Jones, and Christopher Bell.

Lap 31, the top five are Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Christopher Bell, and Brandon Jones.

Lap 32, Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second on Chase Elliott with Brad Keselowski, Brandon Jones, and Christopher Bell rounding out the top five.

Ten to go in stage one and Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly two seconds on Chase Elliott.

Lap 39, Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second on Chase Elliott with Brandon Jones in third, Christopher Bell in fourth, and Justin Allgaier in fifth.

The three laps remaining in stage one, Brandon Jones has moved into the second spot behind Kyle Busch.

Kyle Busch wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
Brandon Jones
Chase Elliott
Christopher Bell
Brad Keselowski
Justin Allgiaer
Cole Custer
Daniel Hemric
Jamie McMurray
Tyler Reddick

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

After a slow pit stop, Brad Keselowski restarts the race in 14th place.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 53 and hold on to the lead of the race.

Lap 55, the top five are Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Justin Allgaier, Brandonn Jones, and Cole Custer.

Lap 58, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Chase Elliott; Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

Lap 61, Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Chase Elliott.

Lap 68 Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Chase Elliott with Brandon Jones in third, Cole Custer in fourth, and Justin Allgaier in fifth.

Lap 71, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over two seconds on Chase Elliott with 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 75, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly three seconds on Brandon Jones; with Chase Elliott, Cole Custer, and Justin Allgaier rounding out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 78 when Garrett Smithley spins out. Not many drivers came down pit road with 12 laps remaining in stage two.

Tyler Reddick’s team was charged with having too many crew members over the pit wall and he will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with only eight laps remaining in stage two. Kyle Busch holds on to his lead with Cole Custer in second.

Lap 83 Kyle Busch has a half second lead on the field with Cole Custer in second and Brandon Jones in third.

With five laps remaining in stage two Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Cole Custer.

Tommy Joe Martins has an issue with his car but gets it on pit road and the track stays green.

Kyle Busch wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Cole Custer
Brandon Jones
Jamie McMurray
Ty Dillon
Christopher Bell
Chase Elliott
Justin Allgaier
Matt Tifft
Chase Briscoe

Cole Custer wins the race off of pit road with Kyle Busch coming out second.

After staying out on the track Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 98 and edges out Tyler Reddick for the lead of the race.

Lap 100, the top five are Brad Keselowski, Cole Custer, Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick, and Justin Allgaier.

Chase Elliott is on pit road with engine related issues.

Lap 101 Brad Keselowski and Cole Custer are out in front of the field and battling for the lead.

Lap 103 Cole Custer takes the lead.

Lap 106, Cole Custer has a one second lead on Brad Keselowski with Justin Allgaier in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Tyler Reddick in fifth.

Lap 108, Vinnie Miller brings out the caution flag when he spins out.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 112 and holds off Kye Busch to hold on to the lead.

Lap 113, the top five are Cole Custer, Justin Allgaier, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Christopher Bell.

Chase Elliott takes his car to the garage and is done for the day with a transmission issue. He said that the transmission was stuck between two gears.

Lap 116 Cole Custer holds on to the lead of the race by half a second on Justin Allgaier.

Ryan Reed hits the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 120, Cole Custer has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Justin Allgaier with Christopher Bell in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Brad Keselowski in fifth.

Lap 123, Cole Custer has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Justin Allgaier.

Lap 127, NASCAR has displayed the caution flag for rain.

Cole Custer wins the race off of pit road. The drivers will still have to make one more pit stop for fuel.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 131 with Custer holding on to the lead.

During the pit stop, Ty Dillon was charged with an uncontrolled tire, Tyler Reddick was caught speeding on pit road, and Brad Keselowski had crew members come over the pit wall too soon.

Lap 132, Kyle Busch retakes the lead after passing Cole Custer; Jamie McMurray, Daniel Hemric, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 135, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Cole Custer with Daniel Hemric, Jamie McMurray, and Christopher Bell rounding out the top five.

With 62 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are getting aggressive and running three wide.

Lap 142 Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Cole Custer with Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell, and Brandon Jones rounding out the top five.

Lap 146 the caution flag come out when Josh Williams spun out and hit the wall after replacing Alex Labbe in the car.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 151 and holds off Cole Custer to stay in the lead; Jamie McMurray, Christopher Bell, and Elliott Sadler round out the top five.

Lap 154, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Cole Custer with Christopher Bell in third.

The caution flag comes out when Tyler Reddick spins out and and hits the wall after an apparent flat tire.

The top five come down pit road for service.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road but several drivers stayed out on the track which will put him back in traffic.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 161.

Kyle Busch brings out the caution flag after making contact with Dylan Lupton, running through the grass, and hitting the wall. Chase Briscoe is also involved in the crash.

Brad Keselowski is in the lead with Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones, T Dillon, and Ryan Truex rounding out the top five.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 166 and holds on to the lead with Brandon Jones getting around Daniel Hemric for the lead.

Dylan Lupton brings out the caution flag after making contact with Ty Majeski after the drivers got four wide across the track.

As rain threatens the area, NASCAR keeps the caution flag out.

NASCAR displays the red flag with 28 laps remaining in the race and brings the cars down pit road.

After a rain delay of over an hour, the drivers return to the track.

Just as Keselowski was about to take the white flag, NASCAR threw the caution flag for debris on the track.

With a green/white/checker finish Brad Keselowski edges out Cole Custer for the win.

The unofficial results of the Alsco 300:
Brad Keselowski
Cole Custer
Christopher Bell
Ty Dillon
Elliott Sadler
Ryan Truex
Daniel Hemric
Kyle Busch
Matt Tifft
Kaz Grala
Chase Briscoe
Michael Annett
Ryan Sieg
Garrett Smithley
Brandon Jones
Austin Cindric
Joey Gase
Joe Nemechek
Ray Black Jr
David Starr
Spencer Boyd
Ty Majeski
Tyler Reddick
Tommy Joe Martins
Josh Bilicki
Ross Chastain
Brandon Hightower
Vinnie Miller
Ryan Reed
Timmy Hill
Jamie McMurray
Justin Allgaier
Dyan Lupton
Alex Labbe
Jeremy Clements
J.J. Yeley
Chase Elliott
Josh Williams
Jeff Green
BJ McLeod

Post Malone Sets Billboard Record

It is considered to be quite an accomplishment when an artist can have five or six songs from a single album become hit songs and it usually takes several months to accomplish.

But young rapper and singer Post Malone has not only surpassed the feat; but he has also done so in a single WEEK!

Malone’s second album “beerbongs and bentleys” has reached the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart, tops the list of albums streamed, and has spawned NINE hit songs in the top 20 – three in the top eight – of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and breaking the record of six songs that had been held by The Beatles and J Cole. In fact, all 18 songs from the album are on the Hot 100 chart with “Psycho” leading the way. While 18 songs in the Hot 100 is impressive, Drake holds the record with 24.

 

feature photo credit: By The Come Up Show from Canada – Post Malone, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=68851618

New Music Friday – May 25

As we head into the beginning of summer on this holiday weekend Aine Minogue, Yungblud, Pusha T, Chvrches, Biffy Clyro, Hoovastank, Jessie J, Shawn Mendes, A$AP Rocky, J Balvin, Snow Patrol, and Secret Garden are among the artists who have some new albums to help you keep your summer jammin’.

Albums:
“Eve” by Aine Minogue
“#333” by Paty Cantu
“44/876” Remixes by Sting & Shaggy
“99” by Jaine
“Cherish” by Jay Prince
“DAYTONA” by Pusha T
“Gourmet” by Orishas
“Kontraband” by Kabaka Pyramid
“Love is Dead” by Chvrches
“Love Will Kill All” by Bleeding Through
“MTV Unplugged” Live at the Roundhouse in London by Biify Clyro
“N.E.R.N.L.4” by Philthy Rich
“No Place is Home” by Welshy Arms
“Open Heart Story” by Luke Howard
“Patina Echoes” by Various Artists
“Push Pull” bt Hoobastank
“The Return” by Kamaal Williams
“Sacrafices” by Sanap Dogg
“Shawn Mendes” by Shawn Mendes
“Sin Miedo” by ChocQuibTown
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” by John Williams and John Powell
“TESTING” by A&AP Rocky
“Thunderpussy” by Thunderpussy
“Tracyanne & Danny” by Tracyanne & Danny
“Trapholizay” by Zayoven
“Vibras” by J Balvin
“Wildness” by Snow Patrol
“You Raise Me Up: The Collection” by Secret Garden
“Goodbye & Good Riddance” by Juice WRLD
“Zephyr” by Niki
“Luis Miguel La Serie Soundtrack” by Diego Boneta & Izan Llunad

EPs:
“1995” by Derek King
“21st Century Liability” by Yungblud
“diary 001” by Clairo
“R.O.S.E.” Empowerment by Jessie J
“R.O.S.E.” Sex by Jessie J
“R.O.S.E.” Obsessions by Jessie J
“R.O.S.E.” Realisations by Jessie J
“Sink” by Sudan Archives
“Somebody” Remixes by The Chainsmokers
“Thirteen” by William Ryan Key
“Team” Remixes by Noah Cyrus & MAX

Kinky Friedman

It has been some 40 years since Kinky Friedman has released an album but on July 3 all of that will change when he releases a new album of his original music called “Circus of Life”.

To help support the new album, Kinky is embarking on a summer tour around the United States.

Kinky Friedman tour dates:
June 20 at the Banita Creek Hall in Nacagdoches, TX
June 21 at the Old Quarter in Galveston, TX
June 22 at the McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Houston, TX
July 1 at the Club Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA
July 2 at The Hungry Duck in Roaring Spring, PA
July 3 & 4 at Nighttown in Cleveland, OH
July 5 at the Woodlands Tavern in Columbus, OH
July 6 at the Buffalo Ironworks in Buffalo, NY
July 7 at Daryl’s House Club in Pawling, NY
July 8 at The City Winery in New York, NY
July 9 at The City Winery in Washington, DC
July 10 at Monty Hall in Jersey City, NJ
July 11 at The Narrows in Fall River, MA
July 12 at the Bridge Street Live in Collinsville, CT
July 13 at the Club Passim in Cambridge, MA
July 14 at Roy’s Hall in Blairstown, NJ
July 15 at Cafe Nine in New Haven, CT
July 16 at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA
July 17 at the Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis, MD
July 19 at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY
July 20 at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY
July 21 at the Live at Drew’s House in Ringwood, NJ
July 22 at The Turning Point in Piermont, NY
July 29 at the Period Modern in San Antonio,TX
July 30 at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas, TX
July 31 at The Blue Door in Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 1 at the Jazz Hall of Fame in Tulsa, OK
Aug 2 at Knuckleheads, The Gospel Lounge in Kansas City, MO
Aug 3 at Byron’s in Pomeroy, IA
Agu 4 at Kiki’s Hous of Righteous Music in Madison, WI
Aug 5 at Space in Chicago, IL
Aug 6 at the Shank Hall in Milwaukee, WI
Aug 7 at the Turf Club in St. Paul, MN
Aug 9 at Off Broadway in St. Louis, MO
Aug 11 at the Hi-Dive in Denver, CO

Kings Become Queens on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

After an epic lip sync battle last week on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” there was no elimination and six queens remain after Eureka and Kameron survived.

Aquaria and Cracker were upset that no one got eliminated. Cracker said that she didn’t like it that some queens were “skating by” and now she isn’t in the top five.

This week RuPaul tells the queens that they are experts of being a woman, but for their mini challenge they have to become macho men and do an ad for a new body spray – Trade. After the photo shoot, Eureka as BJ wins the challenge.

After introducing some of the nation’s top social media kings today:
Tyler Oakley
Chester See
Kingsley
Anthony Padillo
Ramond Braun
and Frankie Grande

For winning the mini challenge, Eureka gets to pair the kings and queens where the queens will transform the kings into queens.

Monet got Tyler
Cracker got Chester
Aquaria got Kingsley
Kameron got Anthony
Asia got Raymond
and Eureka got Frankie

There must be a clear family resemblence between the two queens.

Asia said that her and Raymond are a match made in heaven. Raymond is all excited about getting dragged up.

Tyler called being on the show a definite bucket list.

Chester is excited to learn about drag. Cracker thinks she is a great drag ambassakdor

Frankie is a Broadway veteran…and Ariana Grande’s brother. Frankie said that he has always wanted to be on the show but can’t do anything.

Kameron’s king – Anthony – is a straight guy, which makes her a bit timid over working with him.

RuPaul visits the workroom to check on the kings and queens.

Walking in heels is a big challenge for the guys.

RuPaul tells the kings that being in drag is liberating because you can do all the things you normally can’t do.

Frankie is very excited to be on the show. Frankie said that his biggest fear is expectations.

Before leaving the workroom RuPaul tells the queens and kings that they also have to make a homemade video.

The kings practice their walk in the workroom as the learn how to “sissy that walk”.

Joining RuPaul at the judge’s table this week are regulars Michelle Visage and Ross Matthews with guest judges Miles Heizer and Lizzo.

Asia and America O’Hara
Eureka and Eufreaka
Aquaria and Capricia Corn
Miz Cracker and Miz Cookie
Monet X and Short Change
Kameron and Kelly Michaels

In the judge’s remarks…
Asia and America were stunning and it was hard to tell who was the real queen; and they captured the essence of the family relationship.

Both dominating personalities, Eureka and Eufreaka were fantastic together, telling a story without saying a word. Mixing perfectly, the looked like they had been together for a long time.

While Aquaria nad Capricia Corn had a storyline and their makeup was stunning, there wasn’t much of a family resemblence – it felt more like queen and “Little House of the Prairie” than queen and princess.

Miz Cracker and Miz Cookie were a lot of fun and had a story with a flawless partnership. The judges felt that Cookie was beautiful and fully in character.

Monet was stunningly beautiful and the judges adored Tyler as Short Change but while the duo enjoyed themselves, they felt that there was no family resemblence; adding that this week the makeup was not her best.

Kameron and Kelly Michaels had a questionable family resemblence and the look was a bit too simple; especially for this far into the game.

After their deliberations, RuPaul announced that Asia, Eureka, and Aquaria were safe. Thanks to her partner Cookie, Cracker won the challenge. Kameron found herself in the bottom for the second week in a row and Monet X Change is in the bottom for the third time this season.

The lip sync song this week was “Good as Hell” by guest judge Lizzo.

After the performance RuPaul told Kameron to change ou stay but for Monet, the thrid time was not the charm and she was told to sashay away.

Next week it’s time for the Evil Twins.

Backstage in “Untucked” Miz Cracker noted that if she won it was Cookie who won the challenge.

Eureka congratulated everbody; noting that the all had such energy.

Kameron told Eureka that she knew she would be lip syncing again this week; adding that she was happy with what she did in the challenge.

While Kameron and Eureka are talking together, Cracker tells the others that she had issues with Eureka and Eufreaka’s looks – especially Eufreaka’s; saying that the proportions were all wrong.

Asia noted that when she first saw Monet, she was shocked by Monet’s drag and felt like Monet was a deadly threat.

Eureda noted that everytime she is doing well, that she gets second guessed.

The kings were all very excited about being on the show.

When asked wh she paired the kings and queens up the way she did, Eureka admitted that she was trying to make it harder for some of her fellow queens; adding that at this point in the competition, you had to have a strategy.

After learning that she has been eliminated, Monet noted that her drag had been up and down this season, but she has learned a lot. She tries on various wigs as she packs her stuff and calls her dollar store drage sponge dress one of the greatest parts of season 10. As she leaves the show, she is holding the dress in her hands.

And then there were five!

NFL Rules on Anthem Protests

It all began in 2016 when then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick decided to take a stand against the injustice toward people of colour by taking a knee and kneeling during the performance of the National Anthem.

And while there was some grumbling over the move, other players in the NFL some joined the movement. But it all came to a head last season when U.S. President Donald Trump erroneously assumed that the protests were disrespect for the flag and the military.

As a result of the vociferously rants and misconceptions, the NFL team owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell decided that some action was needed.

As a part of the owners meetings, a new rule has been created that addresses the issue. Any player wishing to continue their protest may do so…from the locker room. But any player who enters the field of play prior to the playing of the National Anthem must, “ stand and show respect for the flag” during the playing of the Anthem.

Commissioner Goodell stated that he will impose, “appropriate discipline”, for any player who is on the field and not standing for the Anthem which will include fines for the team.

The rule will take effect with the first preseason game of the season.

The ruling was touted as being a unanimous vote among the 30 tram owners, but team CEO for the San Francisco 49ers Jed York abstained and did not cast a vote. York said that they are exploring further actions including the suspension of concession sales while the Anthem is being performed.

Owner for the New York Jets Christopher Johnson has stated that he will cover any fine given a player who does follow the new ruling.

Saying that they were not consulted over the rule change, the NFL Players Union may be filing a grievance if it results in any changes to their collective bargaining agreement. NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith referred to the ruling as, “a blow against America’s most basic of rights — freedom of speech.” Smith added, “management has chosen to quash the same freedom of speech that protects someone who wants to salute the flag in an effort to prevent someone who does not wish to do so. I know that not all of the NFL CEO’s are for this and I know that true American patriots are not cheering today.”

It is important to note that non-white players make up 79 percent of NFL players.

Prior to the tragedy of September 11, 2001 the teams remained in the locker rooms during pre-game ceremonies – including the Anthem – but after 9/11 standing on the field was seen as a way to show patriotism and solidarity as a nation. And it became a requirement after the NFL signed a marketing deal with the military in 2009.

NASCAR Names 2019 HOF Inductees

On May 23 the NASCAR Hall of Fame named its ewest inductees into the Hall of Fame. The 2019 class features three drivers and two car owners.

The voting panel pared down the list of five inductees from a list of 20 finalists.

In his first year of eligibility, four time Monster Energ Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon leads the list. Gordon won 93 races to put him third on the winners list in 23 seasons of racing in the Hendricks Motor Sport number 24 car. He was just 24 years old in 1995 when he won hi first championship. Gordon follows his former crew chief Ray Evernham and car owner Rick Hendrick into the Hall of Fame.

Known around the circuit as “the cat in the hat”, car owner Jack Roush joins the Hall of Fame. After getting his start in drag racing, Jack Roush moved to NASCAR in 1988 where he fielded a stable of champion drivers including Mark Martin, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, and Greg Biffle. Over his career as a car owner, Roush has racked up a record 325 wins in the three NASCAR racing series.

Fellow champion car owner Roger Penske will join Roush in the Hall of Fame. Not only has he field a Cup champion, car owner Roger Penske has several Xfinity Series championships. Penske also owns teams in the Indy Racing League where his drivers have won the prestigious Indianapolis 500 16 times and has won 100 races in NASCAR as a car owner.

Making it a family affair, Davey Allison joins father Bobby in the Hall of Fame with a posthumous induction. Allison died in 1993 as a result of a helicopter crash in Talladega. Bobby and Dave Allison are the only father/son combination to finish the Daytona 500 one-two and the second father/son duo to be a part of the Hall of Fame along with Ned and Dale Jarrett.

Also in a posthumous induction, Alan Kulwicki – the man who invented the “Polish victory lap” rounds out the 2019 class in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Kulwicki also died in 1993 as a result of a plane crash less than five months after coming from behind to make up 278 points and winning the championship in the then Winston Cup by just 10 points over Bill Elliott.

Broadcaster and journalist Jim Hunter will be presented with the Landmark Award for his contributions to NASCAR.

The newest class of inductees will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame on February 1, 2019. When the 2019 class is inducted that will bring the total number of Hall of Fame members to 50.

feature photo dredit: By Justin Felder – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32415795

Metal Militia Storms Hard Rock Cafe with Metallica Music

It was a headbangers and metal heads delight at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls on May 19 when the Metallica tribute band Metal Militia performed before a full house.

Complete with cross props, the band brought their full on show with plenty of flying hair and interaction with the crowd including coming off the stage and playing right next to fans.

Performing music that spanned Metallica’s career, the four piece band opened the show with “Creeping Death”. Playing two sets, the night included performances of “Harvester of Sorrow”, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, “The Four Horsemen”, “(Welcome Home) Sanitarium”, “Moth into Flame”, “Enter Sandman”, “One”, “Master of Puppets”, “Wherever I May Roam”, “Fade to Black”, “ad but True”, “Seek and Destroy”, “Ride the Lightening”, “Damage, Inc.”, “Breadfan”, “Whiplash”, and “Blackened”.

For metal fans it is considenred goo music, but for those who are not fans, the music is thought of as noise. And for someone whose musical tastes run a lot mellower and knowledge of Metallica is limited to knowing that the name of the band’s drummer is Lars Ulrich, the titles of two of Metallica’s songs, and that Metallica took on Napster and is at lest partly responsible for the royalty format used for music downloads; it is because of the guys in Metal Militia that I have discovered that Metallica’s music does have some interesting melodic lines and bass riffs.

With fans yelling for the band to play more and louder, it was clear that the were not ready for the night to end…even after the Cafe had reached closing time.

As the Hard Rock Cafe heads into the bus tourist season, the performance by western New York’s Metal Militia served as a fine kick off for the summer.

BMHOF Names 2018 Yellen Scholarship Winner

Each year the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame showcase the next generation of songwriters and musicians wit the Yellen Songwriting Scholarship competition.

Young high school and college aged artists submit an original song to the judging panel who then select six finalists.

On May 16 the BMHOF held the finals at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls. Each artist performed tow or three songs including their nominated entry before a full house and a panel of judges.

Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members Rick Sargent, BMHOF President Anthony Casuccio, Greg Hennessey, Robin Grandin, and Jesse Galante served as the judges for this year’s competition.

Buffalo radio personality Hank Nevins served as the emcee for the night and offered up some musical trivia while the artists came on stage.

Before the competition began, 2017 Yellen Scholarship winner Matthew Connolly performed a few songs including his winning entry “The Wedding Dress”.

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First on the stage was Eleni DeGeorge to get the competition started. Next up was the songwriting duo of Nick Ceppoglia and Thomas Glick. The were followed by Ally Rose – the only performer to us a keyboard, Cullen “CJ” Westcott, Michael Brzyski and Lexi Raine.

Once all the ballots were tallied, Anthony Casuccio announced that this ear’s winner of the Yellen Songwriting Scholarship competition is 13 year old All Rose for her song “Brave”.

For winning the competition, Ally Rose will have her song recorded in the studio with professional musicians.

‘The Voice’ Crowns a Winner

The competition is over and it’s time for a little fun before the new winner is crowned “The Voice”.

When voting closed on Tuesday at noon, all four finalists had their original songs in the top 10 of the overall iTunes chart with Britton Buchanan leading the way. Britton and Brynn also had a second song in the top 10.

The night begins with a one hour recap of the performances from Monday night’s competition.

The Grand Finale kicks off with a group performance of “In the Air Tonight”.

British singer Dua Lipa comes to “The Voice” stage for a performance.

Kane Brown and Spensha Baker pair up for a performance of “What Ifs”.

The Brit winner and British musician James Bay is joined by Coach Alicia Keys for a performance of his song “Us”.

Season 13 “The Voice” winner Chloe Kohanski returns for a performance.

After writing Brynn’s original song, Julia Michaels comes to “The Voice” stage to sing with Brynn Cartelli.

Johnny, Kyla, Rayshun, and Sharane join up for a performance of “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”.

While the four finalists were outside celebrating with their families, host Carson Daly announces that each of them is getting a new Toyota.

Florence + the Machine perform their new single “Hunger”.

Britton Buchanan joins Ryan Adams on the stage for a performance of “To Be Without You”.

Halsey and Big Sean join forces on “The Voice” stage for a new collaboration.

Jason Aldean debuts his new song “Drowns the Whiskey”.

Jennifer Hudson and former backup singer Kyla Jade come together for a performance. Next season Jennifer Hudson will return to “The Voice” as a coach.

After all the musical performances, it is finally time for the final results of the season.

The artist in fourth place is…Spensha Baker
The artist in third place is…Kyla Jade

and the winner is…

 

 

 

…Bryan Cartelli, giving Kelly a win in her first season as a coach.

BPO Performs ‘Carmina Burana’

On May 12 and 13 the stage at Kleinhans Music Hall was barely large enough to contain the 300 plus musicians and singers for the blockbuster performance of Karl Orf’s “Carmina Burana”.

But first the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra directed by JoAnn Falletta performed the Jaakko Kuusisto composition “Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, Op 36” with BPO principal trumpet player Alex Jokipii as the featured soloist.

Speaking on the piece, Jokipii noted that the composition gave the player a chance to breathe, provided a musical challenge, and had a nice melody.

Although it is a Contemporary composition, the Concerto has a Romantic feel with elements of the folk songs from Jaakko’s homeland of Finland. The Concerto is also reminiscent of Gershiwin’s “American in Paris”.

Alex’s flawless performance earned him a callback to the stage three times for a bow.

During the intermission the risers were set for the Girls Choir that was created for the event. With Orchestra chairs inches from the edge of the stage the BPO, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, and the Buffalo GirlChoir filled the stage to capacity for a performance of “Carmina Burana”.

Composed in 1935, Karl Orf selected 24 of over 200 letters and poems from the 13th century that had been saved by the Monks in a nearby Monastery in his native Munich.

The work opens and closes with the most well known portion of the piece – “Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi” (Empress of the World). The remaining sections are about the wonders of Spring, eating and drinking – complete with a tavern setting, and love.

Along with the full chorus; soprano Am Owens had no difficulty in hitting the high notes with clarity and Elliot Madore provided the baritone parts. And standing in for an ailing Andrew Shoog, Jack Swanson not only provided the tenor part, but also served as some comic relief as he snag the part of the frightened main course of the meal in the tavern.

It was a delightful performance that brought together a number of musical elements in Buffalo and demonstrated the rich musical culture the area has to offer.

Bristol Mountain Adventures Returns to The Strong

For 10 days only, the Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park makes a return visit to Rochester, New York and The Strong Museum.

From 15 to June 25 visitors can experience the endurance zone filled with a spider web, vertical nets six feet in the air, log swings, and rope bridges.

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Due to the nature of the adventure, children must be at least 42 inches tall and weigh no more than 250 pounds to participate. The adventure is open to children ages four to 14. Closed toed shoes are also required for participation in the adventure and parents must sign a liability release.

The Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is the traveling adventure of the Aerial Adventure Park on the summit of Bristol Mountain.

Due to a limited capacity, entry into the Mobile Adventures Park is by timed ticket only. Tickets are available at The Museum’s admission desk are cost an extra $5 over The Strong admission price and $4 for members.

 

photos courtesy of The Strong

NFL Owners Amend Kickoff Rule

In their continuing efforts to improve safety in the game of football the NFL owners have voted to amend the rules of the game when it comes to kick offs.

During the annual owners meeting, the owners have decided to limit full speed collisions between players and to make the kick off more like a punt.

The decision came about after meetings with special teams coaches and the NFL Competition Committee.

Beginning with the 2018 season…
players on the kicking team must line up only one yard from the ball
the wedge block is no longer allowed with only players lining up in the setup zone will be allowed to make double team blocks
players on the receiving team will no longer be allowed to cross the restraining line or initiate a block until after the ball has touched the ground; thus decreasing the opportunity for a high speed collision or “attack” block
players on the receiving team will no longer need to “down the ball” for it to be a touch back, a ball will be deemed a touch back at the moment it hits the ground in the end zone.

‘American Idol’ Crowns a New Winner

The performances are over and the votes have been counted, for the three finalists on “American Idol” the wait is almost over as the all gather one last time to learn who will become the “next American Idol”.

Papa Richie kicks the night of music off with a performance of “All Night Long”. The top 10 join him on stage.

Host Ryan Seacrest reveals that over the years over 600 million Idol fans have watched the finale.

Caleb does some impressions of Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie…and shocks Lionel.

Nick Jonas returns to Idol for a performance of his new single “Anywhere”. Jurnee joins Jonas for a performance of “Jealous”.

Ryan spoke with the parents of the three finalists.

Luke Bryan performs his new single “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”. Gabby Barrett joins Luke on stage for a performance of “Most People are Good”.

Gary Clark Jr takes the stage with Dennis Lorenzo and Cade Foehner for some rock and roll with “Bright Lights”.

Maddie Poppe sang Kermit the Frog’s song “Rainbow Connection” for her audition. Tonight she is joined the Prince of Frogs himself for a reprisal of the song.

Noah Davis returns to Idol. During his audition, Noah said that if he won the show, he would buy an alpaca. Ryan took Noah backstage to present him with an alpaca.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson joins Darius Rucker for a performance of “Wagon Wheel” – a song made popular by Rucker but written by the Old Crow Medicine Show. Caleb plays the banjo.

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel comes out with a large barrel he says is a time capsule from the old Idol show – including a Simon Cowell t-shirt, locks from Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler’s scarves, the fingertips off of Adam Lambert’s gloves, Randy Jackson’s dog…and Sanjaya himself.

Bebe Rexha joins the three finalists for a performance of “Meant to Be”.

In the first results of the night, one of the finalists learns that they have fallen short of the title. Caleb is moving on to the top two…and Maddie Poppe is joining him. Gabby Barrett has been eliminated.

Layla Spring and her little sister Dixie return to the Idol stage for a performance of “Blue”. Leann Rimes surprises the girls on stage.

Katy and Catie join forces on stage for a performance of “Part of Me”.

Ilana Adams and Michael J Woodward perform “What the World Needs Now”.

Caleb reveals that Maddie is his girlfriend. The duo performed a mashup of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World”.

Ryan announces that the top two are getting a trip to Hawaii.

Patti LaBelle and Ada Vox pair up for a performance of “Lady Marmalade”.

And the time has finally arrived to crown the new winner. Over 200,000 singers auditioned and only 10 made it to the show, but only one will be crowned the winner.

The winner of the 2018 “American Idol” is…

 

 

…Maddie Poppe!

Finalists Perform – One Last Time – on ‘The Voice’

The Voice” reaches the end of another season with the final performances before the new winner is crowned. Alicia and Kelly each have one singer in the finals and Blake has two singers in the finals. Adam doesn’t have any singers in the finals.

Each finalist will perform three songs – a new cover song, a duet with their coach, and an original song.

Team Blake’s Kyla Jade gets the night of music started off with “A Little Help from My Friends”. Host Carson Daly noted that is how you kick off a finale. Noting that Kyla is always impressive, Kelly said that the best part of tonight’s performance was how Kyla included the people behind her. Coach Blake said that if Kyla doesn’t win, then he doesn’t know why the show is called “The Voice”.

Team Alicia’s Britton Buchanan performed his original song – one that he wrote himself with no collaborators – “Where You Come From”. Noting that he no longer has a horse in this race, Adam said that he is now Team Britton; adding that they would be lucky if he won the show because Britton hasn’t shown them everything. Noting that Britton wrote the song himself, Coach Alicia noted that ever feeling and vision is his own and it was exceptional.

Brynn Cartelli and Coach Kelly pair up for a duet of the Crowded House hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over”.

Team Blake’s Spensha Baker performed the Country song “Merr Go Round”. Calling her a great storyteller, Blake said that was why he saved Spensha; adding that the are looking at the next Country star.

Britton and Coach Alicia pair up for a performance of “Wake Me Up” by Avicii and Aloe Blacc with Britton playing the guitar and Alicia on the keyboard.

Kyla Jade returns to perform her original song “The Last Tear”. Kelly noted that it is a blessing for a songwriter to have a person who can perform any song given to them. Blake said that the show was designed for someone like Kyla.

Spensha Baker and Coach Blake pair up for their duet “Tell Me About It”.

Brynn performs her original song “Walk My Way” written by Julia Michaels. Adam noted that the fact that at 15 Brynn has come all this way with grace and poise was impressive. Kelly simply said that the performance was incredible.

Kyla and Blake join up for a duet of Wynonna’s song “Only Love”.

In a performance that brought the house to their feet, Britton performed The Rascals hit “Good Love”. Putting down the guitar for the first half of the song, Britton just had some fun. Carson said that Britton left it all out on the stage. Dancing around, Alicia said that it was electric in there; adding that Britton was in his element and set the place on fire.

For her original song Spensha Baker performed “Old Soul”. Blake said that she is ready for the Grand Ole Opry stage; adding that they need her in Country music.

Brynn finished out the night of music with a performance of “Skyfall” by Adele. Noting that Brynn has done it all, Kelly said that she was so lucky; adding that she was just a cheerleader.

DWTS Athletes Crowns a Winner

It’s the finals on season 26 of “Dancing with the Stars”. Tonya and Sasha, Adam and Jenna, and Josh and Sharna will compete for fan votes and judges scores one last time.

In an one hour performance, the couples will dance two more times including the Freestyle where there are no rules and anything goes.

First up was Tonya and Sasha with a Viennese Waltz to “Time of My Life” by David Cook. Tonya said that she has had the time of her life on the show. Len said that Tonya danced with elegance and sophistication; adding she showed great control and was on itme. Bruno said that it was like watching a born again Tonya; adding that he was enjoying the moment. Noting that it has been a truly incredible journey, Carrie Ann said that every one of Tonya’s moments had meaning to it; adding that she danced beautfully, but seemed a little nervous. Tonya and Sasha scored 26 points for their dance.

Josh and Sharna danced a Foxtrot that brought rousing cheers from the audience. Bruno said that the beast has been tamed by the beauty; adding that Josh was dashing and debonair. Carrie Ann said that Josh brings to life what the season is about; adding that she saw poetry that wasn’t there at the beginning of the season. Noting that Josh has had ease and elegance throughout the season, Len said that Josh had great style and gave a great performance. Josh and Sharna scored 27 points for their dance.

Performing a Jazz routine to “Anything You Can Do” from “Annie Oakley”, Adam and Jenna got a standing ovation. Host Tom Bergeron said that the did a great job. Carrie Ann told them that the need to take the routine to Broadway; adding that they were like the Wonder Twins and were amazing. Len had one word for the performance – fantastic! Bruno called the performance exquisitely theatrical and technically brilliant. Adam and Jenna earned a perfect score of the 30.

Last Chance Round:
Tonya and Sasha – 26
Josh and Sharna – 27
Adam and Jenna – 30

For the Freestyle Round, the dancers may do whatever they wish.

Tonya and Sasha get things started with a routine to “I Will Survive” that had Tonya coming down to the dance floor from the ceiling and starting the dance on her own. Len said that if Tonya could survive that routine, then she could survive anything. Len said that the dance was full of fun; adding that she threw everything they could think of in the routine. Calling Tonya the ultimate Disco diva, Bruno said that she was dancing like her life depended on it. Giving Tonya a hug, Carrie Ann said that the dance was so much joy and fun. Tonya and Sasha scored 30 points for their dance.

A shirtless Josh and Sharna danced a football themed Freestyle that included a few football moves and some rain. Calling it such a strong performance, Bruno called Josh solid as a rock and the leader of the pack. Noting that it was the most incredible piece of choreography that Sharna has ever created, Carrie Ann called the routine powerful with drama and brilliant lifts. Josh and Sharna scored 30 points for their dance.

Finishing out the competition, Adam and Jenna performed an Asian themed dance that included a light show and fan props. At the end of the dance, Tom noted that they had seen three distinctively different Freestyle dances. Calling the style incredible and a brave choice, Carrie Ann felt like the dance was missing something. Len said that what the dance lacked in convention, it made up for in invention. Calling it a high style Freestyle, Bruno called the dance fabulous. Adam and Jenna scored 28 points for their dance.

Freestyle round:
Adam and Jenna – 28
Tonya and Sasha – 30
Josh and Sharna – 30

Total scores:
Tonya and Sasha – 26 + 30 = 56
Josh and Sharna – 27 + 30 = 57
Adam and Jenna – 30 + 28 = 58

All of the couples return for a group dance choreographed by Mandy Moore.

In the final results of the season…

Host Tom Bergeron names Adam and Jenna as the champions and winners of the Mirror Ball trophy.

Ed Sheeran, Luis Fonsi Big Winners at Billboard Awards

Before the 2018 edition of the Billboard Music Awards, host and Texas native Kelly Clarkson gave an emotional and impassioned speech on the most recent shooting in Texas. Instead of a moment of silence – which she says isn’t working – Clarkson asks for a moment of action to make it safe for children to go to school.

From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Arianna Grande gets the night of musical celebration and awards started off with a performance.

The Billboard Music Award winners are chosen according to sales, streaming, and radio airplay.

Host Kelly Clarkson sang a medley of songs from a variety of genres by Billboard Music Awards nominated artists.

Rebel Wilson presents the first award of the night for Top New Artist to Khalid. In his acceptance speech, Khalid said that the award was for all the young people; encouraging them not to listen to the negativity.

British artist Dua Lipa performs her new song “New Rules”.

The Chainsmokers and Halsey speak on the passing of Avicii and present the award for Top Hot 100 Song to Luis Fonsi for “Despacito”. Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber also appeared on the song. Fonsi dedicated the award to all Latinos and people who are made fun of for speaking with an accent.

Shawn Mendes performs “In My Blood”.

The award for Top Female Artist went to Taylor Swift.

Khalid and Normani join forces for a performance.

John Legend performs “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”.

The award for Top Dance and Electronic Artist went to The Chainsmokers. The dedicated the award to Avicii; saying that all the nominees were influenced by him.

Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato give a world premiere performance of “Fall in Line”.

The award for Top Social Artist went to Korean boy band BTS. This is the second year in a row that the band has won the award.

Live with a performance from Dublin, Ed Sheeran sang the traditional Irish song “Galway Girl” with an Ed Sheeran twist. Normally a solo performer, Sheeran was joined by an Irish band for this song.

Jennifer Lopez with DJ Khalid premieres her new single “Dinero”.

The award for Top Rap Song went to Post Malone with 21 Savage for “Rockstar”. Malone said that this was his first award win.

Paying tribute to the victims in Santa Fe, Texas Shawn Mendes and Khalid are joined by the choir from the high school in Parkland who dealt with a shooting of their own a few months ago with “You Can’t Take My Youth Away”.

Zedd and Maren Morris perform the chart topping song “The Middle”.

The award for Top Selling Album went to Taylor Swift for “Reputation”.

Bruno Mars presented the Billboard Icon Award to Janet Jackson. She is the first woman of colour to be presented with the Icon Award. Taking the stage for the first time in nearly a decade, Janet performed she danced all around the stage.

The award for Top Country Song went to Sam Hunt for “Body Like a Back Road”.

Macklamore and Kesha perform via a satellite from the T-Mobile Arena.

Host Kelly Clarkson performs.

Simon Cowell called Kelly’s performance “bloody fantastic” before introducing Camilla Cabello and Pharrell for a performance of “Sangria Wine”. Cabella also performed “Havana”.

The award for Billboard Chart Achievement Award went to Camilla Cabello.

Donning a pair of big pink earmuffs Kelly Clarkson introduces BTS while the crowd screams. The boy band performs on stage but no one can hear them for the screaming girls.

Tyra Banks presents the award for the biggest award of the night – Top Artist – to Ed Sheeran. Ed accepted his award via a video message.

Salt & Peppa return with En Vogue for a performance.

Awards not presented during the live television broadcast:
Top Male Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Duo or Group: Imagine Dragons
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Drake
Top Hot 100 Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Streaming Songs Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Top Song Sales Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Radio Songs Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Touring Artist: U2
Top R&B Artist: Bruno Mars
Top R&B Male Artist: Bruno Mars
Top R&B Female Artist: SZA
Top R&B Tour: Bruno Mars
Top Rap Male Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Top Rap Female Artist: Cardi B
Top Rap Tour: Jay-Z
Top Country Artist: Chris Stapleton
Top Country Male Artist: Chris Stapleton
Top Country Female Artist: Maren Morris
Top Country Duo or Group Artist: Florida Georgia Line
Top Country Tour: Luke Bryan
Top Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons
Top Rock Tour: U2
Top Latin Artist: Ozuna
Top Christian Artist: MercyMe
Top Gospel Artist: Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Top Billboard 200 Album: “Damn” by Kendrick Lamar
Top Soundtrack: “Moana”
Top R&B Album: “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars
Top Rap Album: “Damn” by Kendrick Lamar
Top Country Album: “From a Room: Volume 1” by Chris Stapleton
Top Rock Album: “Evolve” by Imagine Dragons
Top Latin Album: “Odisea” by Ozuna
Top Dance or Electronic Music Album: “Memories…Do Not Open” by The Chainsmokers
Top Christian Album: “Precious Memories Collection” by Alan Jackson
Top Gospel Album: “Heart. Passion. Pursuit” by Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Top Audio Streaming Song: “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar
Top Video Streaming Song: “Despacito” b Luis Fonsi and Dadd Yankee with Justin Bieber
Top Selling Song: “Despacito” b Luis Fonsi and Dadd Yankee with Justin Bieber
Top Radio Song: “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
Top Collaboration: “Despacito” b Luis Fonsi and Dadd Yankee with Justin Bieber
Top R&B Song: “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
Top Country Song: “Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt
Top Rock Song: “Believer” by Imagine Dragons
Top Latin Song:“Despacito” b Luis Fonsi and Dadd Yankee with Justin Bieber
Top Dance or Electronic Music Song: “Something Just Like This “by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
Top Christian Song: “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship
Top Gospel Song: “You Deserve It” by J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise

Hometown Heroes Week for Idol Finalists

It’s the last time the finalists on “American Idol” will perform for fan votes as the rebooted season reaches the finale in a two night event.

Only three singers remain – Maddie Poppe, Gabby Barrett, and Caleb Lee Hutchinson. The last performance night is also the going home episode where the finalists returned home for a day of memories and celebration.

The finalists will perform three songs tonight – their single, most memorable song, and a song for their home town.

Bobby Bones returns to mentor the singers.

Caleb is up first with his original single – “Johnny Cash Heart”. Lionel said that now Caleb understands when he says, welcome to the business. While she adores Caleb, Katy called it his weakest performance yet; adding that she wished that Caleb would embody the song as his own. Luke felt that Caleb was too tight and needed to relax. Noting that the song was cool, Katy noted that Gabby was still getting her bearings. Luke said that he could tell that Gabby was also not completely comfortable with her song. Lionel told Gabby that from now on she should choose her song choices from the stage direction and not the studio – in reference to choosing what to perform.

Maddie Poppe finishes out round one with her original single “Going, Going, Gone”. Luke said that Maddie felt the most comfortable so far; adding that he could relax watching her and it was a solid performance. Saying that Maddie is in the sales business now, Lionel agreed that Maddie was the most comfortable so far. Agreeing with her fellow judges, Katy thought that Maddie had one of the better songs.

Speaking on their discomfort on stage, Lionel said that you have to fake it, no matter what make the audience feel good and fake it if you have to.

Bobby said that he thought that the judges were a little harsh; adding that they all did really good.

Round two is the most memorable song from the season.

Caleb kicks the round off with “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Keith Whitley. Lionel said that Caleb’s voice is his stamp of approval; adding that he should own it. Katy said that this performance was a light years difference from the first one; adding that Caleb felt more comfortable and let his voice come through. Saying welcome to the music business, Luke noted that a career is like a roller coaster ride; adding that Caleb gave them what he had been spoiling them with. Host Ryan Seacrest came out with an envelope that he said was some fan mail from a fan in Norcross, GA for Caleb. Reading a piece of the letter, the fan had made a list of songs she though Caleb should sing…one of them was “Don’t Close Your Eyes”.

Sounding a lot like the original singer, Gabby performed “Little Red Wagon” by Miranda Lambert. Katy called the performance awesome; adding she had seen some growth in the song. Luke said that he wanted her to loosen up. Lionel said that she came on stage and saw a comfortable performance; adding that she owned the stage.

For her most memorable performance, Maddie Poppe chose the original song “Don’t Ever Let Your Children Grow Up”. Saying that he was happy to hear the song again, Luke called the performance quintessential Maddie Poppe. Lionel said that Maddie owned her style; adding that you have to love yourself out on the stage. Katy loved that Maddie took a risk and showed that she was a many layered artist and authentic.

Harper Grace, Johnny Brenns, Michelle Sussett, and Catie Turner return to the Idol stage to perform their original songs. Harper sang “Yard Sale”, Johnny sang “Blue Jeans”, Michelle sang “I’m a Dreamer”, and Catie sang “21st Century Machine”.

Back home in Dallas, Georgia; Caleb has a whirlwind day of television and radio appearances, a visit to his old high school (he graduated last year), a visit home, a parade, throwing out the first pitch at a Braves game, and a live performance. For his final song Caleb performed the Johnny Cash smash hit “Folsom Prison Blues” and brought the judges to their feet. Lionel said that it’s always wonderful when Caleb Cash stops by to see us; adding that now he was in his wheelhouse. Katy said that she had no idea that Caleb is a big deal. Caleb noted that the crowds at home were bigger than the population. Luke noted that he enjoyed seeing Caleb’s visit home; adding that it made him want to say congratulations. Ryan asked what the secret to southern biscuits were and Caleb said a mother’s love.

Back home in Pittsburgh with streets lined with fans,Gabby made an emotional visit to her house, had a parade, and gave a musical performance. Gabby sang the Journey hit “Don’t Stop Believing” for her final performance. Former lead singer for Journey, Steve Perry was in the house and said that Gabby was amazing; adding that it was the most amazing version he had ever heard. Luke called Gabby one of the most amazing singers her had ever heard.

On her trip back to Iowa, Maddie went back to school where she sang “Rainbow Connection” with the kids (her audition song), went home and jammed with the family, had a parade, and gave a live performance. For her final performance Maddie sang the Fleetwood Mac hit “Landslide” and brought the judges to their feet. Luke said that was why he signed up for the show. Lionel said that she did an amazing job. With her phone in hand, Katy said that she was voting for Maddie.

Rockin’ the Falls…the Hard Way, with

Superego, Seven Faces, and Kidd Delicious.

It was a night of hard driving rock on May 12 when three western New York bands performed at the Hard Rock Café in Niagara Falls.

The trio Superego got the night started with a set of original tunes plus a tribute to Jimi Hendrix.

Superego got the crowd going with “I Believe”, “Day By Day”, “All Along the Watchtower”, “Been So Long”, “Don’t Give Up”, “Paint it Red”, “Can You Love it Often”, and “Catatonic”.

Next up to keep the rock and roll moving along was Seven Faces who were making a return visit to the Café to share their original music with a couple of cover tunes thrown in.

Seven Faces rocked it out with “Silence Defense”, “Papercut”, “Leaving”, “Trip Around the Sun”, “Sanatorium”, “Gone Wrong”, “The Flood”, and “Stereo”.

Capping off the night was the band formerly known as Loose Cattle. He who has the name first, has the rights to that name…as a result, a name change was in order and western New York’s Loose Cattle will henceforth be known as Kidd Delicious.

The band also carries a DJ with them and he played audio clips of old TV news bites, ad clips, and other snippets between and during the songs. When he wasn’t on the computer, the DJ displayed his artistic skills by decorating a T-shirt.

After opening with “Broken Spoke”, the band played “Camouflage”, “Divine”, “Running Away”, “Cold”, “Just Don’t”, “Smooth Sailin”, “Straight Contradiction”, “Heads on Fire”, and “Next” to help fans rock the night away.

Wild Ride in Race for $1Million at Charlotte

It’s one of the biggest races on the circuit. There are no points involved, no playoff points are awarded, and there are no special considerations for final positions…only a big check, and the right to be called an All Star racer.

Weather has caused NASCAR to cancel qualifying for the Monster Energy Cup Series Open. The starting line up will be set according to car owner points.

The starting line up for the Monster Energy Open:
Aric Almirola
Erik Jones
Alex Bowman
Chase Elliott
Paul Menard
William Byron
Daniel Suarez
Darrell Wallace Jr
AJ Allmendinger
David Ragan
Charis Bueacher
Michael McDowell
Matt DiBenedetto
Ty Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Ross Chastain
Landon Cassill
Gray Gaulding
BJ McLeod
Reed Sorenson
Timmy Hill

Practice was rained out so the drivers never got the opportunity to practice coming down pit road and to know how the track handles…and now the 17 drivers headed for the All Star race have to make three laps around the track and a four tire change pit stop. The one advantage for the drivers is that there is no speed limit on pit road; however, there are five second penalties for pit road infractions like pitting outside the box, loose lug nuts, uncontrolled tires, and crew members over the wall too soon. Crew members cannot come over the wall until after the car has come to a complete stop.

The teams will alternate between pit boxes 16 and 18 with all teams using the NASCAR issued air guns.

After taking some time off and being out of a car for five months, Matt Kenseth takes the pole for the All Star race in only his second race back.

The starting lineup for the All Star Race after qualifying:
Matt Kenseth
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Clint Bowyer
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Austin Dillon
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin – tire violation
Jimmie Johnson
Jamie McMurray – lug nut infraction
Ryan Newman – lug nut infraction
Kasey Kahne – lug nut infractions
Kurt Busch
Kyle Larson

First up is the Open…a race that is only 50 laps in length with stages one and two lasting 20 laps each and stage three lasting only 10 laps but only the green flag laps will count.

Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out in front for the lead.

Lap two Aric Almirola leads the race with Erik Jones in second, Alex Bowman in third, Paul Menard in fourth, and Chase Elliott in fifth.

Lap five Aric Almirola continues to lead the race; Alex Bowman, Erik Jones, Paul Menard, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap six, there is a bit of smoke coming from one of Chase Elliott’s tires.

Lap seven Aric Almirola has led every lap so far with Alex Bowman in second.

Lap eight Alex Bowman challenges Aric Almirola for the lead but Almirola holds on to lead the race.

Lap 10 Aric Almirola continues to lead the race with Paul Menard in second, Alex Bowman in third.

Lap eleven Alex Bowman retakes second place over Paul Menard with Aric Almirola still in the lead.

Lap 12 Alex Bowman passes Aric Almirola for the lead as the two swap back and forth with Alex Bowman eventually taking over the lead of the race on lap 14.

Lap 15 Alex Bowman is in the lead with Erik Jones in second; Aric Almirola, Chase Elliott, and Paul Menard round out the top five.

Lap 16 Erik Jones and Alex Bowman battle for the lead with Alex Bowman holding on to the top spot.

Three to go; the top five are Alex Bowman, Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Paul Menard, and Bubba Wallace.

Alex Bowman and Erik Jones have never competed in the All Star Race.

Alex Bowman wins the stage and will run in his first All Star race…if he passes the lug nut test.

Alex Bowman passes the lug nut test and is in the main event.

Erik Jones is the only driver who did not come down pit road for service.

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

Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and it isn’t long before the drivers are three wide across the track.

Daniel Suarez passes Erik Jones for the lead of the race.

Lap three the top five are Daniel Suarez, Aric Almirola, Paul Menard, AJ Allmendinger, and Chase Elliott.

David Ragan made a big save to keep the track green when his car got loose.

Lap five Daniel Suarez is still in the lead with Chase Elliott in second; Aric Almirola, AJ Allmendinger, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Lap eight Daniel Suarez continues to lead the race with Chase Elliott in second but gets passed by Aric Almirola.

Lap 10 Daniel Suarez leads the race as drivers battle for second behind him.

Lap 12 the top five are Daniel Suare, Chase Elliott, AJ Allmendinger, Paul Menard, and Bubba Wallace.

Lap 12 Chase Elliott challenges Daniel Suarez for the lead.

Lap 13 Chase Elliott passes Daniel Suarez for the lead of the race.

Lap 15 Daniel Suarez retakes the lead of the race with Chase Elliott in second.

Lap 16 the top five are Daniel Suarez, AJ Allmendinger, Chase Elliott, Paul Menard, and Bubba Wallace.

Lap 17 Daniel Suarez holds on to his lead with AJ Allmendinger in second. Paul Menard hit the wall but the track stays green.

Daniel Suarez holds off AJ Allmendinger to win stage two…and a spot in the All Star race.

Bubba Wallace brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and edges out for the lead of the race.

Bubba Wallace leads the race with Chase Elliott in second, Erik Jones in third, Aric Almirola in fourth, and Chris Buescher in fifth.

Cars are battling for position, getting three and four wide.

Bubba Wallace holds on to the lead with Chase Elliott in second with only five laps to go.

The top five are Bubba Wallace, Chase Elliott, AJ Allmendinger, Erik Jones, and Paul Menard.

As the laps wind down, Bubba Wallace loses his lead to Chase Elliott who is passes by AJ Allmendinger for the lead.

Chase Elliott takes the white flag but AJ Allmendinger puts on a crossover move on Erik Jones and wins stage three and the race to earn his way into the All Star race.

The final starting spot in the All Star race will be the driver chosen in the fan vote.

Chase Elliott wins the fan vote for the third year in a row.

The final starting lineup for the All Star race:
Matt Kenseth
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Clint Bowyer
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Austin Dillon
Joey Logano
Jimmie Johnson
Jamie McMurray – moved to the back of the field for an engine change
Ryan Newman
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Kyle Larson
Kasey Kahne
Alex Bowman
Daniel Suarez
AJ Allmendinger
Chase Elliott

The All Star race is an 80 lap race with four stages, 30, 20, 20, and 10 laps with only green flag laps counting.

Matt Kenseth brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and runs nose to nose with team mate Ricky Stenhouse Jr before Stehnhouse edges out to take the lead.

Lap two Matt Kenseth takes the lead.

Lap three Kevin Harvick takes over the top spot as Kurt Busch brings out the first caution flag of the race after getting loose and spinning out.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap six but Kevin Harvick takes the top spot to lead the race.

Lap seven, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Blaney, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap nine Kevin Harvick leads the race with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in second but gets passed by Martin Truex Jr; Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 10 the top five are Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex, Ricky Stenhouse, AJ Allmendinger, and Joey Logano.

Lap 12 Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race with Martin Truex Jr in second; AJ Allmendinger, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 14 Martin Truex Jr and Kevin Harvick swap the lead with Harvick taking the top spot; Joey Logano, AJ Allmendinger, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 15 Kevin Harvick holds on to his narrow lead on Martin Truex Jr with Joey Logano in third, AJ Allmendinger in fourth, and Ryan Blaney in fifth.

Lap 20 Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; with Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and AJ Allmendinger rounding out the top five.

Joey Logano and AJ Allmendinger are rim riding and almost crash.

Lap 23 Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Martin Truex Jr with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 25 the top five are Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger, and Joey Logano.

Lap 27 Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr battling for second.

Kevin Harvick wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
AJ Allmendinger
Joey Logano
Jimmie Johnson
Chase Elliott
TKyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Suarez

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Taking the outside lane, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two, but it is Martin Truex Jr who gets out in front for the lead.

Kyle Busch passes Truex on lap two to take the lead.

Lap three the top five are Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson, and Jimmie Johnson.

Lap four Daniel Suarez and Kyle Busch battle for the lead, and swapping it back and forth before Kyle Busch finally takes the top spot.

Lap seven Kyle Busch leads the race with Jimmie Johnson in second; Kevin Harvick, Daniel Suarez, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap eight Kyle Busch leads the race with Jimmie Johnson in second; Kevin Harvick, Daniel Suarez, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap eleven, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead with Daniel Suarez in second; AJ Allmendinger, Martin Truex Jr, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger hits the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 13 Kyle Busch has a narrow lead on Daniel Suarez with Martin Truex Jr in third, Kyle Larson in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson in fifth.

Lap 16, Kyle Busch is in the lead with Daniel Suarez in second.

Lap 17 the drivers are beating and banging as the vie for position.

Kyle Busch holds on to win stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Daniel Suarez
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex jr
Chase Elliott
Jimmie Johnson
Joey Logano
Kasey Kahne
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road after taking only two tires.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three; the drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap two Martin True Jr gets credit for leading.

Lap three, Brad Keselowski is out in front with Martin Truex Jr in second.

Lap four Brad Keselowski takes the lead of the race with Kyle Larson in second.

Lap six Kasey Kahne brings out the caution flag after getting into the wall.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 10 but it is Brad Keselowski that takes the lead of the race.

Lap eleven Martin Truex Jr retakes the lead.

The drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap 12 the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano.

Lap 14 Martin Truex Jr leads the race with Kyle Larson in second; Daniel Suarez in third.

Lap 14 Kyle Larson is in the lead

Lap 15 Martin Truex Jr retakes the lead with Kyle Larson in second.

Lap 16 Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Kyle Larson in second, Daniel Suarez in third.

Lap 18 Alex Bowman brings out the caution flag when he crashes and hits the wall. No stage can end under caution, so there will be an overtime run for the end of stage three.

Jimmie Johnson was caught speeding on pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the overtime shootout of stage three but Daniel Suarez takes the lead of the race.

Going four wide the drivers get into a big crash. Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and Martin Truex Jr were all involved in the crash with most of them out of the race.

Denny Hamlin will bring the field down for the second attempt at overtime to end stage three and gets out in front for the lead.

Kyle Larson passes Hamlin to take the lead of the race with Daniel Suarez in second.

Daniel Suarez takes the lead.

Kevin Harvick makes a last lap pass on Daniel Suarez to win stage three.

The top 10 at the end of stage three:
Kevin Harvick
Daniel Suarez
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott
Austin Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Jimmie Johnson

Kevin Harvick will bring the field down for the final stage – a 10 lap green flag shootout for the $1 million prize.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag and goes nose to nose with Daniel Suarez before eventually edging out Suarez for the lead.

Lap two, Kevin Harvick holds on to his lead over Daniel Suarez; with Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five.

Lap four, Kevin Harvick has a quarter second lead on Daniel Suarez.

Halfway home, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race but Daniel Suarez in second is running the fastest laps on the track.

Ryan Blane gets sideways and hits the wall but the track stays green.

Joey Logano gets into the wall and then hits Kyle Larson sending Larson on an off road excursion through the grass and bringing out the caution flag with only two laps remaining in the race.

Taking the outside lane, Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart and a two lap shootout. After Daniel Suarez edges out Kevin Harvick for the lead, Harvick retakes the lead and takes the white flag.

Kevin Harvick wins the race…and the million dollars!

The unofficial results of the All Star race:
Kevin Harvick
Daniel Suarez
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Larson
AJ Allmendinger
Kyle Busch
Kasey Kahne
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Austin Dillon
Jamie Mc
urray
Matt Kenseth
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Newman
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch
Clint Bowyer
Brad Keselowski
Alex Bowman

First Time Charlotte Win in CWTS

It’s an All Star weekend for the Monster Energy Cup Series, but before the cars take to the track to shine, the Camping World Truck Series will get the weekend started off with the North Carolina Education Lottery 200.

Todd Gillialnd turned 18 in the past week and can now race in all remaining CWTS events. Drivers must be 18 in order to race at tracks over one mile in length.

Mother Nature proved to be a major hindrance during the day with off and on rain showers. NASCAR would get the track dry and the rains would come again.

After several attempts to get the track dried, NASCAR officially canceled qualifying and the field was set by truck owner points with Points leader Johnny Sauter sitting on the pole.

The starting lineup for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200:
Johnny Sauter
Noah Gragson
Todd Gilliland
Kle Busch
Grant Enfinger
Brett Moffitt
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
John Hunter Nemechek
Stewart Friesen
Justin Haley
Dalton Sargeant
Matt Snider
Chris Eggleston
Cody Coughlin
Daniel Hemric
Austin Hill
Justin Fontaine
Austin Wayne Self – moved to the back of the field in a backup truck
Wendell Chavous
Jordan Anderson
Bayley Currey
Robby Lyons
Jesse Little
Norm Benning
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Parker Kligerman
Brandon Jones
Josh Reaume
Timmy Hill
Mike Harmon
J.J. Yeley

The weather has finally cleared up and the trucks are ready to race with Johnny Sauter bringing the field to the green flag.

Stages one and two are only 30 laps each with stage three lasting 74 laps for a total of 134 laps around the mile and a half track.

Johnny Sauter takes the green flag with Noah Gragson beside him but it is Johnny Sauter who leads the first race.

Lap two, Noah Gragson passes Johnny Sauter for the lead.

Lap three Johnny Sauter and Noah Gragson swap the lead back and forth. Todd Gilliland gets sideways but saves the truck, keeping the track green.

Lap four Johnny Sauter is out in front wit Noah Gragson in second.

Lap six the top five are Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, Kyle Busch, Brett Moffitt, and Ben Rhodes.

J.J. Yeley is off the track with mechanical issues.

Lap 14 Noah Gragson has retaken the lead of the race.

Lap 15 the top five are Noah Gragson, Johnny Sauter, Kyle Busch, Brett Moffitt, and Ben Rhodes.

Lap 20 Noah Gragson is in the lead with Johnny Sauter one second behind.

The first caution flag comes out for a flat tire on Grant Enfinger’s truck

Noah Gragson was caught speeding on pit road and Myatt Snider was charged with pitting outside his pit box.

After staying out, Johnny Sauter leads the race and brings the field down for the green flag restart with just four laps remaining in stage one.

Brett Moffitt passes Johnny Sauter for the lead of the race.

With the rest of the field on fresh tires, Johnny Sauter is falling through the field.

Brett Moffitt wins stage one for his first career stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brett Moffitt
Justin Haley
Johnny Sauter
Dalton Sargeant
John Hunter Nemechek
Kyle Busch
Parker Kligerman
Todd Gilliland
Matt Crafton
Jesse Little

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 38 and holds on to the lead as drivers swap positions behind him.

Lap 40 the top five are Brett Moffitt, John Hunter Nemechek, Justin Haley, Todd Gillialnd, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 42, John Hunter Nemechek challenges Brett Moffitt for the lead and on lap 43 John Hunter takes over the lead.

Lap 48 John Hunter Nemechek is in the lead with Brett Moffitt in second, Kyle Busch, Todd Gilliland, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 50 Brett Moffitt and John Hunter Nemechek continue to swap the lead with Nemechek out front; Kyle Busch is in third, with Todd Gilliland in fourth, and Justin Haley in fifth.

Lap 54 John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Kyle Busch right behind; Brett Moffitt, Todd Gilliland and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap 57, the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Kyle Busch, Brett Moffit, Todd Gilliland, and Johnny Sauter.

John Hunter Nemechek wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
John Hunter Nemechek
Kyle Busch
Brett Moffitt
Todd Gilliland
Johnny Sauter
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Justin Haley
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson

Brett Moffitt wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch had crew members come over the pit wall too soon.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 68 with Brett Moffitt holding on to the lead with trucks getting three and four wide behind him.

Lap 71 the top five are Brett Moffitt, Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Stewart Friesen.

With 63 laps remaining in the race, Johnny Sauter passes Brett Moffitt to take the lead.

Lap 74 Johnny Sauter is in the lead with Brett Moffitt right behind in second; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

With 56 laps to go, Johnny Sauter holds on to the lead with Brett Moffitt in second and Noah Gragson in third.

The caution flag comes out with 54 laps remaining in the race for a one truck wreck with Justin Fontaine.

John Hunter Nemechek wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch was again caught with crew members coming over the wall too soon.

After staying out, Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart with 49 laps to go and holds on to the lead with Parker Kligerman in second. Trucks are getting four wide across the track.

On fresh tires, Johnny Sauter passes Brett Moffitt for the lead of the race with 48 laps to go.

The caution flag comes out with 47 laps to go when Josh Reaume spins out.

Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart on 92 with Sauter holding on to the lead.

Lap 93 the top five are Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Stewart Friesen, and Brandon Jones.

Lap 96 Johnny Sauter leads the race with Noah Gragson in second; Justin Haley, Kyle Busch, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Lap 100, Johnny Sauter holds on to the lead over Noah Gragson with Justin Haley in third, Kyle Busch in third, and Stewart Frieen in fifth.

Lap 104 Johnny Sauter has a half second lead on Noah Gragson with Kyle Busch in third, Justin Haley in fourth, and Stewart Friesen in fifth.

Lap 108 Johnny Sauter holds on to the lead with Noah Gragson in second and Kyle Busch in third coming on strong.

Lap 112, NASCAR puts out the caution flag for debris out on the track.

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

Taking the outside lane, Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 17 laps remaining in the race. Sauter holds on to the lead with Justin Haley in second and Kyle Busch in third.

Matt Crafton’s truck is smoking and NASCAR brings out the caution flag.

Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 10 laps remaining in the race. Johnny Sauter jumps out in front to hold on to the lead with Justin Haley and Brandon Jones battling it out for second place.

Eight to go, Johnny Sauter holds on to the lead with Justin Haley in second, Brandon Jones in third, Brett Moffitt in fourth, and Kyle Busch in fifth.

Six to go Johnny Sauter has a lead of over a second as the drivers continue to battle behind him. Justin wrecked (but didn’t hit anything) but saved it and the track stayed green.

Only four laps to go, Johnny Sauter holds on to his lead of nearly a second and a half over Brandon Jones with Kyle Busch moving into third place.

Johnny Sauter takes the white flag.

Johnny Sauter gets his first win at Charlotte Motor Speedway and his third win of the season. Sounding like a teenager, the 40 year old was very excited on the radio after the win; calling it the biggest win of his life.

And for the second week in a row, Kyle Busch comes in second place as he remains tied with Ron Hornaday for the most wins in the CWTS with 50.

The unofficial results of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200:
Johnny Sauter
Kyle Busch
Brandon Jones
Brett Moffitt
Ben Rhodes
Stewart Friesen
Parker Kligerman
Noah Gragson
Todd Gilliland
John Hunter Nemechek
Matt Crafton
Grant Enfinger
Chris Eggleston
Justin Haley
Myatt Snider
Jesse Little
Cody Coughlin
Austn Hill
Dalton Sargeant
Jordan Anderson
Daniel Hemric
Wendell Chavous
Robb Lyons
Josh Reaume
Bayley Currey
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Austin Wayne Self
Timmy Hill
Mark Harmon
Justin Fontaine
Norm Benning
J.J. Yeley

New Music Frida – May 18

On this Royal weekend a soundtrack from the Royal Wedding on May 19 is available for pre-order.

Sir Paul McCartney has some new re-issues out.

Other artists with new releases this week include Selena Gomez, Five Finger Death Punch, Joe Bonamassa, Otis Redding, James Bay, BTS, Ray LaMontagne, Ziggy Marley, Nellie McKay, and Arturo Sandoval.

Albums:
Music from the original TV series “13 Reasons Why: Season 2” by Selena Gomez, OneRepublic, and Yungblud
“And Justice for None” by Five Finger Death Punch
“The Answer” by Jason Nelson
“Back Being Blue” by Kelly Willis
“British Blues Explosion” Live by Joe Bonamassa
“Buck Meek” by Buck Meek
“Butterflies” by Basia
“Cuerpo y Alma” by Beatriz Luengo
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Deadpool 2” by Various Artists
“Deafman Glance” by Ryeley Walker
“Dirty Pictures (part 2)” by Low Cut Connie
“Dock of the Bay Sessions” by Otis Redding
“Down Come the Walls” by Jai-Jagdeesh
“Dreamin’ Out Loud” by Nick Grant
“Electric Light” by James Bay
“F.A.M.E.” by Maluma
“Goodbye Sunshine, Hello Nightime” by Family of the Year
“Hard Times are Relative” by Jason Boland & The Stragglers
“Harder Than Ever” by Lil Baby
“Iration” by Iration
“Legion: XX” by Burn The Priest
“Letters of Irrelevance” by Patrick Paige II
“Light of Mine” by KYLE
“Live in Overhausen” by Overkill
“Love Yourself” by BTS
“MANTRA” b Sebastian Yatra
The original Broadway Cast Recording for “Mean Girls” by Various Artists
“Off the Boat” b JZAC
“Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70’s” by Various Artists
“Part of the Light” by Ray LaMontagne
“Parts of Life” by Paul Kalkbrenner
“Pretty in Kink” by Lords of Acid
“Queen of Time” by Amorphis
Music from the Netflix Original TV Series “Rapture” by Various Artists
“Rebellion Rises” by Ziggy Marley
“RECKLESS” by NAV
“Saved” by Now, Now
“Semour Reads the Constitution!” by the Brad Mehldau Trio
“Sister Orchid” by Nellie McKay
“Soy Yo” by Kany Garcia
“Sparkle Hard” by Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
“Take 3” by Bahja Rodriquez
“Tell Me How You Really Feel” by Courtney Barnett
“To Drink from the Night Itself”  by At the Gates
“Together Through Time” by TWRP
“Tomorrow’s Daughter” by Matthew Sweet
“Two Parts Together” by Big Ups
“Ultimate Duets” by Arturo Sandoval
“Wide Awake!” by Parquet Courts
“You Could Have” by Dice Soho
“You Got ‘Em All” by
Trent Harmon
“Big Wave More Fire” by DJDS
“Le’olum Voed” by Yerachmiel Begun & The Miami Boys Choir
“Poy Life Multi Soul” by cero
“Compro” by Skee Mask

EPs:
“Ann” by The Front Bottoms
“Isic Tutor” by Xavier Dunn
“Mishlawi” by mishlawi
“Parker Redmond” by Parker Redmond
“Realm” by Karajishi
“Remind Me to Forget” – Remixes by Kygo & Miguel
“What Kind ofLove” by TOMI

BMHOF Songwriting Scholarship Finals

On May 16 the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame held their annual Yellen Songwriting Scholarship Finalist performances that features six young songwriters.  The scholarship competition was judged by BMHOF members.

 

 

Queens Go Golden…Girls…on Drag Race

Last week the drag queens on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” paid tribute to the iconic Cher and at the end of the night Kameron Michaels earned her first win of the season but The Vixen was sent home.

A somewhat arrogant Aquaria not only believes that she was one of the best in the challenge last week; she believes that she should be one of the final three queens.

Asia noted that she needed the lip sync challenge last week to re-spark her dedication to drag.

Stephen Colbert greets the queens this week instead of RuPaul, but it is Ru who comes to the workroom to issue the challenges.

RuPaul calls in the pit crew who and the guys keep coming until 20 of them are in the workroom. This week’s mini challenge is a game – Pants Down, Bottoms Up. The queens play a match game with the pit crew members underwear. With the best memory, Aquaria wins the challenge.

The maxi challenge this week is an acting challenge – the queens are being transported to the magical world of drag queen robots in the television show “Breast World”.

Since she won the mini challenge, Aquaria gets to assign the roles for the show; but noting that she has become aware of how the other queens think of her, she is letting them choose what roles the want to play.

When RuPaul visits the workroom, she questions Aquaria’s tactics in letting the queens choose their roles. It also appears that Aquaria’s role has the fewest number of lines. RuPaul speaks with each of the queens about their roles and gives them a few tips of how to make the best of it.

The queens meet with Ross Matthews and Michelle Visage to work on their roles. Some of the queens are having issues with their parts.

The runway theme this week is silver foxy – the queens when they get old.

While getting ready for the runway, the queens discuss dating and boyfriends.

Joining RuPaul at the judge’s table this week are Michelle Visage and Ross Matthews with special guests Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson.

After the runway walk and airing the “TV show” the judges make their remarks…
Miz Cracker was stunning and well put together on the runway but in her performance on the TV show, she was a bit stiff; while she came armed with a good idea, she got caught up in the details.

Kameron had a fun runway look but her role in the show was one level and didn’t show an layers.

Monet X Change was wonderful on the show, funny, and on point with her ad libs but while funny RuPaul wanted more glamour in the runway look.

Aquaria’s runwa was stunning but did not answer the theme; leading Ross Matthews to say that she was the winner…of a different runway. The judge thought Aquaria was a great robot and relateable in the show.

Eureka’s runwa fell a bit short and the judges felt that she didn’t connect in the show. Noting that she struggled during rehearsals, the judges felt that Eureka didn’t deliver.

The judges didn’t get Asia’s runway look but she was a joyful burst of energy and fun in the challenge that included part of herself in the character.

Telling the queens that they all did amazing this week, RuPaul notes that decisions and cuts must be made.

Monet, Aquaria, and Miz Cracker are safe. After lip syncing for her life last week, Asia is the winner this week; but last week’s winner Kameron Michaels and Eureka are in the bottom and will have to lip sync for their lives.

This week’s lip sync song is “New Attitude” by Patti LaBelle.

After the battle RuPaul told Kameron Michaels chantey you stay.

Expecting to hear that it was time for her to go home, RuPaul told Eureka to also chantey you stay. RuPaul said that is what you call a lip sync for our life and that is why no one is going home tonight.

A very emotional Eureka said that she was freaking out.

Next week the queens turn social media kings into fabulous drag queens.

In untucked this week; Eureka feels that she is being treated more harshly than the other queens because she was on the show before, noting that she was read down during the remarks. Eureka is sure that she will be lip syncing for her life this week.

Kameron…who always assumes so…also believes that she will be lip syncing this week. Asia tries to convince Kameron that she is really good, but Kameron is buying it.

Monet X Change notes that since there are only six of them left, they cannot depend on their normal club tricks.

Believing that she may be leaving the show, Eureka speaks to her fellow queens saying that she wanted to thank them all and that she loves them. Telling them that they are all special to her, Eureka reminds them that they are all superstars and should count their blessings. She gets hugs from the queens.

This week Miz Cracker gets a video message. Her mom said that she felt like she is getting two sibling for the price of one. Cracker notes that her mother has a chronic illness and is going blind; adding that it is the last chance for her mom to actually see Cracker on the show.

Kameron noted that she expected to get the video message instead of Cracker.

In talking with Eureka, Kameron reveals that her dad died five years ago but she never dealt with it. Kameron noted that she is very much like her father when it comes to emotions.

The other queens are concerned thatKameron is so negative about herself.

Eureka notes that she deserves to be in the bottom this week; adding that she will give it her all to sta.

After they both learned that they are safe Kameron and Eureka discuss being safe for another week.