Wild Finish for CWTS in Chicago

It’s a triple header weekend for NASCAR at Chicagoland Speedway in Joilet, Illinois and the Camping World Truck Series getting things started with the Overton’s 225.

After two rounds of qualifying Noah Gragson gets his third pole this season – career sixth – and will bring the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Overton’s 225:
Noah Gragson
Dalton Sargeant
John Hunter Nemechek
Todd Gilliland
Stewart Friesen
Brett Moffitt
Johnny Sauter
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Justin Haley
Myatt Snider
Cody Coughlin
Grant Enfinger
Austin Hill
Austin Wayne Self
brandon Jones
Ross Chastain
Bo Lemastus
Justin Fontaine
Korbin Forrister
Max Tullman
Josh Reaume
Joe Nemechek
Camdon Murphy
Bayley Currey
Jordan Anderson
J.J. Yeley
Mike Harmon
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Brian Kaltreider
Norm Benning
Wendell Chavous

Stages one and two of the race are 35 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps for a total of 150 laps around the mile and a half track.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Noah Gragson and Dalton Sargeant going nose to nose around the track.

Lap two Dalton Sargeant has takent the lead of the race; Noah Gragson, Todd Gilliland, John Hunter Nemechek, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Lap three, Dalton Sargeant has a half second lead on Noah Gragson with Todd Gililand one second back.

Lap four Dalton Sargeant is in the lead; Noah Gragson, John Hunter Nemechek, Todd Gilliland, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Lap six, Dalton Sargeant has a lead of just over half a second on Noah Gragsn; over a second back John Hunter Nemechek, Todd Gilliland, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Lap eight, Dalton Sargeant has increased his lead to nearly a second on Noah Gragson. Norm Benning is eight laps down.

Lap 15 Dalton Sargeant maintains his one second lead on Noah Gragson with John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, and Stewart Friesen rounding out the top five. There are 24 trucks on the lead lap with Norm Benning and Mike Harmon off the track.

Lap 18 Dalton Sargeant is holding on to his one second lead on pole sitter Noah Gragson; John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Bo LaMastus brings out the first caution flag of the race on lap 20 when he gets loose and makes an off road excursion through the grass trailing smoke behind him.

Dalton Sargeant brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 25 but gets passed by Noah Gragson after spinning his tires on the restart.

Lap 26 Noah Gragson leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second, Dalton Sargeant, Stewart Friesen, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Lap 28 Noah Gragson is in the lead but John Hunter Nemechek is on his bumper in second; Stewart Friesen, Dalton Sargeant, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 30 Noah Gragson edges out to a half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek.

Justin Haley reports a very loose condition in his truck.

Lap 32 Noah Gragson leads John Hunter Nemechek; Stewart Friesen, Dalton Sargeant, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek passes Noah Gragson for the lead and the stage one win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
John Hunter Nemechek
Noah Gragson
Stewart Friesen
Dalton Sargeant
Brett Moffitt
Ben Rhodes
Johnny Sauter
Todd Gilliland
Justin Haley
Cody Coughlin

Noah Gragson wins the race off of pit road; edging out John Hunter Nemechek for the lead.

Korbin Forrister was on old tires for the restart and quickly fell through the field on the green flag start of stage two.

Lap 43, Noah Gragson is in the lead with Stewart in Second, John Hunter Nemechek, Matt Crafton, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 45, Noah Gragson holds on to the lead but gets a challenge from Stewart Friesen for the lead. Gragson holds him off and Friesen gets passed by John Hunter Nemechek for second.

Lap 50 Noah Gragson is in the lead; John Hunter Nemechek, Stewart Friesen, Matt Crafton, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 53, Noah Gragson holds on to the lead with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Stewart Friesen, Brett Moffitt, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 54 when Ross Chastain Blows a tire and hits the wall.

With 15 laps remaining in stage two, the drivers bring their trucks down pit road for fuel and adjustments.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 57 and holds on to the lead over Brett Moffitt in second less than a quarter of a second behind.

Lap 58 Noah Gragson is in the lead; Brett Moffitt, John Hunter Nemechek, Stewart Friesen and Dalton Sargeant rounding out the top five.

Breet Moffit challenges lead Noah Gragson as Dalton Sargeant gets loos and spins out but avoids hitting the wall. Just before the caution flag came out, Sargeant was reporting a very loose condition.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart with only six laps remaining in stage two.

Lap 69 Noah Gragson is in the lead with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Brett Moffitt, Stewart Friesen, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap 71, Noah Gragson holds on to his lead over Brett Moffitt; John Hunter Nemechek, Stewart Friesen, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Noah Gragson wins stage two for his sixth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Noah Gragson
Brett Moffitt
John Hunter Nemechek
Stewart Friesen
Johnny Sauter
Matt Crafton
Justin Haley
Todd Gilliland
Cody Coughlin
Grant Enfinger

In a near collision and a run through the grass, John Hunter Nemechek wins the race off of pit road.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 77 and edges out in front as drivers get three wide . Brett Moffitt and Noah Gragson keep swapping second place.

Lap 80 John Hunter Nemechek is in the lead by half a second over Brett Moffitt; Noah Gragson, Johnny Sauter, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

NASCAR has charged Myatt Snider for a restart violation and he must make a pass through penalty

Lap 85, John Hunter Nemechek continues to lead the race with Brett Moffitt only a tenth of a second behind in second; Noah Gragson, Johnny Sauter, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap 86 Brett Moffitt challenges John Hunter Nemechek for the lead but Nemechek hods him off…so far.

Lap 88 Brett Moffitt makes a run and passes John Hunter Nemechek for the lead; Noah Gragson, Johnny Sautr, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap 90 the top five are Brett Moffitt, John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, and Ben Rhodes.

Lap 97 Brett Moffitt holds on to the lead with John Hunter Nemechek only a tenth of a second behind.; Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap 98 John Hunter Nemechek passes Brett Moffitt to retake the lead of the race.

Lap 100 – 50 to go – John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Brett Moffitt in second; Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five. There are 18 trucks on the lead lap.

The drivers cannot finish the race on their current fuel load and will have to make at least one more pit stop.

Lap 105, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of nearly a second on Brett Moffitt; Johnny Sauter, Ben Rhodes, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 109, John Hunter Nemechek continues to lead the race; Brett Moffitt, Johnny Sauter, Ben Rhodes, and Noah Gragson round out toe top five.

Lap 113, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over half a second on Brett Moffitt; Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five. Sixth place driver Stewart Freisen is rim riding.

Lap 115 Brett Moffitt has closed the gap to leader John Hunter Nemechek with only 14 trucks on the lead lap as the gap between spots one and two and the ret of the field continues to grow.

Lap 117, Matt Crafton is the first driver to make a green flag pit stop. After John Hunter Nemechek passed Grant Enfinger, there are only 13 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 119, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race by over half a second with Johnny Sauter over three seconds back in third; Ben Rhodes and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Stewart Friesen and Jordan Anderson make contact and bring out the caution flag. The confrontation results is a lot of damage on Stewart Friesen’s truck.

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for their final set of tires, a load of fuel, and adjustments.

Brett Moffitt wins the race off of pit road. Johnny Sauter dropped six positions on the track after some jack issues during his pit stop. He has to make a second trip down pit road.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 125 but it is John Hunter Nemechek who gets the lead of the race.

Lap 127, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race; Brett Moffitt, Todd Gilliland, Ben Rhodes, and Noah Gragson wound out to top five. There are only eleven trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 130, John Hunter Nemechek has a quarter of a second lead on Brett Moffitt; Todd Gilliland, Ben Rhodes, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 131, John Hunter Nemechek has a third of a second lead on Brett Moffitt with the rest of the field seconds behind.

Lap 135, John Hunter Nemechek leads Brett Moffitt by less than half a second; Ben Rhodes, Todd Gilliland, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five. There are 10 trucks on the lead lap.

Todd Gilliland has a flat tire and brings his truck down pit road; the track stays green.

Ten to go, John Hunter Nemechek is in the lead with Brett Moffitt only a quarter of a second behind; Ben Rhodes, Johnny Sauter, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 142, John Hunter Nemechek continues to lead the race with Brett Moffitt a half second behind.

Lap 144, John Hunter Nemechek’s lead has increased to over half a second on Brett Moffitt. There are only nine trucks on the lead lap.

Five to go, John Hunter Nemechek continues to keep his number eight truck out in front of the field; Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, Johnny Sauter, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

With Ben Rhodes nearly five seconds behind, the race comes down to leader John Hunter Nemechek and Brett Moffitt only a quarter of a second behind.

John Hunter Nemechek takes the white flag.

Brett Moffitt goes to the bottom of the track and passes John Hunter Nemechek to win the race as Nemechek’s truck blows up.

Last week the 16 team was unsure whether or not they would be able to continue racing in the CWTS due to sponsorship issues; but on Tuesday a new sponsor stepped in and on Friday night, Brett Moffitt wins the race.

The unofficial results of the Overton’s 225:
Brett Moffitt
Ben Rhodes
Johnny Sauter
Noah Gragson
Brandon Jones
Justin Haley
John Hunter Nemechek
Grang Enfinger
Austin Hill
Myatt Snider
Matt Crafton
Cody Coughlin
Austin Wayne Self
Justin Fontaine
Bo LaMastus
Todd Gilliland
Jordan Anderson
Korbin Forrister
Stewart Friesen
Dalton Sargeant
Josh Reaume
Wendell Chavous
Max Tullman
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Brian Kaltreider
Ross Chastain
Bayley Currey
Joe Nemechek
J.J. Yeley
Camden Murphy
Norm Benning
Mike Harmon

New Music Friday – June 29

On this final Friday in June, New Music Friday features a variety of new releases including a large number of older albums finally available via digital download; along with some new music from current artists.  This week’s new music includes albums from The Milk Carton Kids, Guns N’ Roses, John Coltrane, Chicago, Bullet for My Valentine, Florence + The Machine, the Indigo Girls, Stanley Clarke, the Gorillaz, Ray Davies, Graham Nash,  Drake, The Flaming Lips, Tommy Shaw, Buffalo Springfield, and The Supremes.

Albums:
“3” by Cody Canada and The Departed
“All the Things that I Did and All the Things that I Didn’t Do” by The Milk Carton Kids
“Appetite for Destruction” – a super deluxe edition by Guns N’ Roses
“Barong Family: Shanghai Nights, Pt. 1” by Various Artists
“Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album” by John Coltrane
“Call My Life” by Blair St. Clair
“Chicago II” Live on Soundstage by Chicago
“Commissary” by Casanova
“Equals” by The Alarm
“Fight the Good Fight” by The Interrupters
“Flagged Channel” by Hyro the Hero
“Gravity” by Bullet for My Valentine
“Greetings from the Neon Frontier” by The Wild Feathers
“High As Hope” by Florence + The Machine
“I’m All Ears” by Let’s Eat Grandma
“III” by Hillsong Young and Free
“In Search of Sunrise 14” by Markus Schultz, Gabriel and Dresden, and Andy Moor
“Indigo Girls Live with the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra” by the Indigo Girls
“Jermaine Dupri Presents…So So Def 25” by Various Artists and Jermaine Dupri
“La Cultura” by Osmar Escobar
“Live Over Europe” by Fates Warning
“Love & War” by Nate Millyunz
“Mad Love: The Prequel” by Sean Paul
“Mask” by Code Red Riot
“The Mercury Sessions” by John Mark McMillan
“The Message” by The Stanley Clarke Band
“The Now Now” by the Gorillaz
“NYC Disco” by Louie Vega
“Our Country: Americana Act 2” by Ray Davies
“Over the Years…” by Graham Nash
“Philthy Rich & Pooh Hefner Present: #N.O.B.F.E., Vol. 4” by Various Artists
“The Reworks” by Pendulum
“Scorpion” by Drake
“Seein the Unseeable: THe Complete Studio Recordings of The Flaming Lips 198-1990” by The Flaming Lips
“Sing for the Day!” Live by Tommy Shaw
“Sun on the Square” by The Innocence Mission
“Unbreakable: Alborosie Meets the Wailers United” by Aborosie
“Uniform Distortion” by Jim James
“Vanished Gardens” by Charles Lloyd and The Marvels and Lucinda Williams
“What’s That Sound! Complete Albums Collection” by Buffalo Springfield
“Where We Come From” by Makaya McCraven
“God Level” by 03 Greedo
“Hatsukoi” by Hikaru Utada
Music from the HBO series “Westworld: Season 2” by Ramin Djawadi
“The Art & Science of Respect” by J Prince
“The Supremes Sing Holand – Dozier – Holland” by The Supremes
Original motion picture soundtrack for “Uncle Drew” by Various Artists
“Goodbye & Good Riddance” by Juice WRLD
“A Matter of Time” by Protoje
“Until Death Call My Name Reloaded” by YoungBoy Never Broke Again
“Gone Away with a Friend” by Frank Newsome

EPs:
“The Black Mile Demos” by Manchester Orchestra
“In a Truck Right Now” by Riley Green
“Live Tape ##” by Her
“Ryan Montgomery” by Ryan Montgomery
“Tacoma Night Terror, Pt. 1: I’ve Got the Blues” by Jackie Cohen
“Your Motherf**ker” by Mondo Cozmo
“Shoot Me : Youth Part 1”  by DAY6

Drag Race Crowns a Winner

RuPaul’s Drag Race” has reached the end to another season, and on this tenth grand finale a new winner will be crowned. In a live event before a studio audience Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Eureka, and Kameron Michaels will battle it out one last time for the crown.

Calling them drag pioneers, RuPaul brings back the queens from season one.

Vangy, Kalorie Kardashian Williams, Huya Hamasaki, Dustry Ray Bottoms, Mayhem Miller, Blair St. Clair, Monique Heart, The Vixen, Monet X Change, and Miz Cracker all return for the festivities to end the season.

And of course, there’s the queen of them all RuPaul!

RuPaul announces that there are no walls to divide anybody here tonight.

Before the battles begin, RuPaul gives a recap of each of the final four queens and speaks with them.

Aquaria has never been in the bottom two this season. She says that she thinks Asia O’Hara is the toughest competition.

Oprah sends congratulations to RuPaul for allowing people to be who they are and offering a truly inclusive environment.

Asia said that she isn’t looking to tear anybody down, but to show she is the best choice. She noted that it was dressing up like a woman where she learned how to be a man.

Dame Jude Dench and Finty Williams sent messages of congratulations to RuPaul…and Michelle Visage.

Eureka notes that the camera doesn’t add just 10 pounds but 43 pounds. She said that if she won the money, she would like to get her family out of debt and give them a fresh start.

RuPaul noted that Kameron Michaels lip synced four times to save herself. Kameron says that it is important to “know your words”!

Sally Jesse Raphael gives a recap of Drag Race through the seasons…and what it has meant to the world.

The queens of season one and 10 get together for a lip sync mega mix 10 years in the making of RuPaul’s music.

In the first lip sync battle of the night Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Eureka, and Kameron Michaels come to the stage to learn which two queens will battle head to head first.

Kameron Michaes and Asia O’Hara battle it out to the Janet Jackson song “Nasty”. RuPaul named Kameron Michaels as the winner of the first lip sync battle.

Aquaria and Eureka go at it in a lip sync battle of “If” by Janet Jackson. This time around RuPaul named both queens as the winner on the battle that included several costume changes from Eureka.

For the first time in Drag Race herstory, there will be a three way lip sync battle for the crown.

Season one Miss Congeniality winner Nina Flowers returns to present the award that was decided upon by the season 10 queens. Season nine Miss Congeniality Valentina announced that the season 10 Miss Congeniality Award winner is Monet X Change. Monet was very shocked that she was named the winner.

Season nine Drag Race winner Sasha Velour returns to crown a new winner…

…But first there’s one more lip sync battle between Aquaria, Eureka, and Kameron Michaels. IN a lip sync battle royale, the queens must perform “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj.

After a battle that brought the house down, RuPaul announced that Aquaria is the season 10 Next Drag Superstar!

Seneca Niagara Goes #FortheRecord in Wedding Vows

Niagara Falls has long been known as the Honeymoon Capital of the World.  On June 23 the area sought to also claim the title as the owners of a Guinness Book of World Records when they attempted to gather the largest number of couples to renew their wedding vows at the same time.

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While sponsored by the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino, organizers stated that it was a community event .

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Former Buffalo Bill and NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith served as the officiate for the event.

Attendees came attired in everything from T-shirts and flip flops to formal wedding dress with some brides wearing their original wedding dresses.  One couple came dressed as Peanut Butter and Jelly.  There were guys wearing kilts and even a Knight’s Templar.

costume photos taken from the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino Facebook page

The old record was set at Western Michigan University in 2016 when 1,201 couples gathered to set the record.

Casino workers began registering couple from across the area and the nation at 1pm for the 5pm ceremony.  The couples began gathering outside on Fourth Street in front of the Casino at 4pm.  And while some 1,800 couples had registered – more than enough to break the record – only about half of them actually participated in the renewing of the vows; thus falling short of a new world record.

Despite the disappointment of not setting the record, couples had a good time, with many stating that they would do it all over again.

Missing their eleventh wedding anniversary because her husband was in the hospital, one wife enlisted the help of a friend to surprise her husband with participating in the renewing the vows ceremony.

Participants in the event received a certificate, a T-shirt, and a free ticket for the Thunder Falls Buffet.

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More Qualifying Performances on ‘World of Dance’

This week on “World of Dance” the qualifying rounds continue with a new group of challengers.

First on the dance floor are the 13 member crew of Embodiement – a group of dancers who have performed backup for some of the best artists in the world including Jennifer Lopez, Prince, and Sia. Jennifer said that they were very strong technically with strong formations; adding that it was a great dance piece. Derek called the piece powerful, strong, and beautiful. Ne-Yo said that the dance was masculine and elegant at the same time. The guys scored 84,7 for their dance.

Ten year old world Ballroom champions Daniel and Mishella performed a Jive to “Runaway” by Bruno Mars. Daniel is a mini Derek. Saying that it was like looking in a mirror 20 years ago, Derek noted that he was nowhere near that good at 10. Derek said that Mishella had some fantastic footwork. Jennifer said that it was like watching two grownups; adding that they were adorable and outstanding. Ne-Yo said that what Daniel lacked in height, he made up for in fashion sense. The duo scored 82.7 for their dance.

The all female group Marissa and the Heartbreakers perform in high heels. Noting that they didn’t have a group like this last year, Jennifer said that they have a special skill; adding that while it was a really good routine, she knew that they wer capable of doing more. Calling them superheroes, Derek noted that the routine was clean and uniform. Saying that they caught everybody’s attention when they walked out on the stage, Ne-Yo said that the routine was super clean and tight. The team scored 83.7 points for their dance.

Twelve year old Madison Brown performed a Contemporary routine that caught Ne-Yo’s attention. Jennifer said that there was a womanly quality to the way she dances; adding that Madison was beyond her years. Calling the performance fantastic, Derek said that there was a maturity in Madison’s performance. Madison scored 87 points for her dance.

The Vancouver, British Columbia crew Freshh performed a Hip Hop routine. Saying that the dance was clean and tight, Ne-Yo said that their name completely fits the crew. Jennifer called the dance a funky Hip Hop; adding that they were in the pocket and did a really great job. Derek noted that the group had some fantastic footwork; adding that while their mechanics were on point but he wanted to feel something. The group scored 84 points for their dance.

Silver Beat is a group of dancers from various areas in Africa. They use their dance to inspire and help their fellow Africans. They performed an African dance inspired Hip Hop routine. Saying that they did a good job, Jennifer loved the energy and the feeling they brought to the stage. Ne-Yo said that it was a great performance; adding that the dance was not what it could be. Derek said that he loved the overall spirit and what the group was doing. Failing to reach the 80 point minimum, Silver Beat scored 78.7 points for their dance. Ne-Yo told the group to take their notes and come back because the group was needed. Jennifer noted that it was hard to send somebody that talented away.

In the last performance of the night, the Contemporary dance group Royal Flush returns after being eliminated in the dual round last week. Three hours before the show, one of the dancers was injured during a rehearsal. The injury turned out to be a fracture and was told not to put any weight on the foot. She opted to perform anyway. Derek said that they did a great job; adding that the transitions were so creative. Ne-Yo noted that the fact she went on despte the injury, spoke to the quality of the kind of athlete she was. Jennifer was glad that they came back; adding that they were great technical dancers and so emotional but wanted them to clean it up. Roayl Flux scored 87 points for their dance.

‘Face Off’ Visits the Grand Hotel

It’s an elimination week on “Face Off: Battle Royale” as the artists spend some time in the Grand Hotel.

Last week, Damien’s Aztec alien god won him the challenge…and a little extra help this week from Mike Mekash.

When the artists enter the lab, it is filled with an eerie hotel scene and host McKenzie Westmore as a hotel worker. She has rooms for all of them…on the 13th floor. But when the staff went to prepare the rooms they dsappeared.

This week’s challenge is to take the tag of a hotel worker and create a quirky ghostly hotel worker. The artists have only two days to complete the challenge.

Damien and Matt have the chef
Graham and Walter have the concierge
Kelly and Jordan have the bellhop
Kevon and Mel have the maid
Derek and Yvonne have the handyman

During her previous season, Yvonne created a ghostly handyman and is now questioning her choice of another handyman.

Award winning makeup artist Michael Westmore visits the lab to offer some suggestions and advice to the artists.

Damien is fabricating a fat suit for his chef.

Mel wants to create a boney ribcage for her character and gets a little help from Yvonne as a model to draw a ribcage.

Choosing the maid, Kevon uses a hot gun on a wig to create a spider web effect.

The end of day one is nearing and Kelly isn’t feeling her sculpt and says that it isn’t working.

On day two, Derek comes in to the lab and is happy with his mold. He plans on using silicone to create the face piece. Mel also chose to use silicone for her molds.

Damien is concerned about the contrast on his paint job and says that he has a lot of work to do in last looks.

Kelly left her brushes in the lab and had to use her lip gloss brushes to finish painting her model.

Yvonne used gelatin to create a burned effect; the gelatin on the mode was coming off and she had no time to repair it.

Going in to the reveal, Graham was not at all happy with his character.

When McKenzie introduced the judges, Ve Neill greeted the artists in a ghostly voice.

After the reveal the hote staff put on a little performance for the judges.

After closer looks, McKenzie revealed the winners of each pairing…

in Graham vs Walter, Graham was the winner
in Yvonne vs Derek, Derek was the winner
In Matt vs Damien, Matt was the winner
In Mel vs. Kevon, Kevon was the winner
In Kelly vs Jordan, Jordan was the winner

The judges wished to speak with a few of the artists…

Glenn had huge problems with Mel’s colour pallette; adding that her character didn’t look dead. Ve said that the makeup looked a bit muddy. Neville said that the paint job looked more like a theatrical makeup. The judges felt that Mel did not properly address the challenge.

Saying that the character had a great distance read, Ve called Kevon’s creation very successful. Nevill and Glenn noted that the character was perfectly balanced. The judges said that Kevon did an overall great job and created a cohesive character.

Neville said that Kelly’s character had a lack of integrity n the face. Glenn said that the face on Kelly’s character had the proportions of a mail box instead of a head. Ve said that the pain job was lacking. The judges noted that the character was not done well. Since her win on week one, Kelly has been in the bottom each week.

Glen said that Matt gave him exactly what he was looking for in the challenge; adding that the character worked exceedingly well in the performance. Ve loved the colour pallette…and the forks sticking out of the character. Ve said that Matt did a great job. While Neville loved the sculpture, there were some parts that didn’t add up for him.

Ve didn’t feel very inspired by Yvonne’s character. Neville felt that the character wasn’t cohesive. Glenn said that the character felt alive and organic; adding that it wasn’t a ghost.

Saying that he made some great stylistic choices, Glenn named Matt as the overall winner this week.

Again this week, two artists went home. Of the three women remaining in the competiton – Mel, Kelly, and Yvonne – only Mel is left in the competiton when Glenn sent Kelly and Yvonne home.

Swamp Drivers Kick Off Concert Series

The group Stomp is known for making music out of everything from a deck of cards to garbage cans and the kitchen sink. The central New York band Swamp Drivers has taken that concept a step further by using various items to create their instruments.

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On June 22 the Swamp Drivers brought their musical menagerie to Niagara Falls to open the Old Falls Street Summer Concert Series.

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After an opening set by Joe and Carina Webber, the Swamp Drivers took the stage for some rocking Blues and good ole rock and roll that features a drum set made from metal garbage cans and a bass player with a two string washtub bass, a bass made from parts of a Harley, and a bass made using a toilet seat – complete with a toilet paper roll.

Then there was band leader Terry Johnson who had a plethora of musical oddities – his guitar was made using a frying pan, a guitar made from parts of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and instruments made from a garden hoe, a plunger, and a broom.

With all three band members sharing the singing duties, the set list included “Shake it Don’t Break It”, “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”, “Taking Care of Business”, Suzy Q”, “Good Lovin’”, “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Little Sister”, “Your Mama Don’t Dance (and Your Daddy Don’t Rock and Roll)”, “Shaky Ground”, “Billie Jean”, “Tennessee Whiskey”, “Blues Train”, “Mustang Sally”, and “Take a Look at Yourself”.

While a somewhat odd collection of instruments, they…and the band…lent themselves well to the music of Lynyrd Skynrd, ZZ Top, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Michael Jackson, Joe Walsh, Chris Stapleton, The Marshall Tucker Band, and Eric Clapton.

Rainy skies chased away some concert goers but the crowd that remained braved the raindrops to dance, sing, and have a good time to welcome in the summer season.

A good tight band that is well worth hearing, the Swamp Drivers are well worth seeing over and over…if for nothing else to see what Terry is going to pull out next.

Richard Harrison of ‘Pawn Stars’ Dies

Reality TV star Richard Harrison died June 25 in Las Vegas at the age of 77. It is believed that Harrison’s death is a result of his Parkinson’s Disease.

Harrison was best known to fans of the reality series “Pawn Stars” as the “Old Man” who ran the “Gold & Slver Pawn” shop in Las Vegas.

Since the debut of “Pawn Stars” where he appeared in 272 episodes, Harrison has appeard as himself on an episode of “American Restoration”, “The 2011 American Country Awards”, and “Midway USA’s Gun Stories”.

Son Rick Harrison said, “he was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool ‘Old Man’ as my dad.”

He was born Richard Benjamin Harrison on March 4, 1941 in Lexington, North Carolina.

Prior to opening the pawn shop with his son, Harrison was a 20 year veteran of the United States Navy.

Survivors include his wife of over 50 years Joanne, son Rick, and grandson Corey.

 

feature photo credit: By Kristen Wong – Adapted from Existing Wiki file75px, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=70231129

 

Auditions Conclude on SYTYCD

This week on “So You Think You Can Dance” the New York auditions complete the auditions before the dancers move on to The Dance Academy.

First up to get the auditions started were Ballroom dancers Andrew Avila and Melany Mercedez who brought the judges to their feet. Calling the performance tremendous, Nigel said that they were so tight and beautiful to watch. Vanessa called them dynamic and talented dancers. Apologizing to Andrew, Mary said that she couldn’t keep her eyes off of Melany. Twitch was shimmying in his seat as he watch, saying that the routing was so much fun. The duo got their tickets to The Academy

B-Boy Randon “Tiger” Laungdraseth gave a performance that Twitch loved. He noted that Tiger had clean footwork and looked like he was having fun. Mary said that Tiger had great musicality. Noting that Tiger never stopped during the dance, Nigel questioned Tiger’s ability to dance other styles. Saying that the routine was insane and crazy, Vanessa also noted that dancers have to do a lot on the show. She advised Tiger to takes some classes in other dance styles because he was going to The Academy.

Contemporary dance Mika Doman’s audition “music” really wasn’t music at all but a dialogue. While the dance wasn’t his favourite, Twitch noted that he saw the potential in Mika. Mary said that the routine didn’t come across to her either but she could see Mika’s strengths. Nigel noted that Mika needed to tap into her emotions while she danced. Calling her audition music a very interesting song choice, Vanessa wanted more of a connection from Mika. With Nigel the deciding vote, he said that he didn’t have the heart to say no; Mika got her ticket for The Academy.

Jazz dancer Kory Geller put on a Broadwayesque routine that Nigel said was too pantomimey for him; adding that it was over the top and everything Broadway wasn’t. Vanessa said that Kory had a lot of strong things going for him and a lot of heart. Twitch noted that the dance was a bit Fossesque. Mary said that Kory needed to tone it back a lot and develop more technique. While he didn’t get his ticket for The Academy, Kory thanked the judges for their remarks.

Briana Penrose brought the judges to their feet with her Tap routine. Nigel loved Briana’s rhythms. Twitch loved her confidence; adding that she was on top of what she was doing. Saying that the Briana was dynamic and the dance had fluidity, Vanessa noted that Briana showed her range in the routine. Mary said that Briana showed many levels and layers. Briana got her ticket to The Academy.

After a series of no clips, professional ballet dancer Arcadian Broad took the stage. Coming to ballet late – age 14 – Arcadian became the youngest member of the Orlando Ballet at age 16. Calling the routine tremendous, Nigel said that Arcadian had great facility and a remarkable center. While technically stunning, Nigel wanted more personality in the dance. Vanessa noted that it was amazing to see a male Ballet dancer command the stage; adding that he was a pleasure to watch. Twitch said that the routine had a great display of power and grace. Mary noted that the dance had some of THOSE moments. The judges stood waving tickets at Arcadian.

After yes clips with Darius Hickman, Jenson Arnold, and Genessy Castillo; unconventional Contemporary dancer Bridget Dervilleteer gave a performance that Mary called beautiful; adding that Bridget was a little powerhouse. Nigel noted that Bridget was going to give him nightmares…in a good way; adding that it was like something out of a Japanese horror film. Calling the performance explosive, Vanessa said that it was amazing to watch. Noting that Bridget was fully committed, Twitch said that she did an excellent job. Bridget got her ticket for The Academy.

In the final performance of the night…and the auditions…Ryan Green returned to SYTYCD after being cut during Las Vegas week in season 12 with what he called Visual Intoxication. This time around the stage wasn’t big enough for Ryan as he slid off the stage and worked his way to the judge’s table in a performance that brought the judge’s to their feet. Saying that the routine was sick in so many ways, Nigel said that it was like the “Walking Dead” comes to “So You Think You Can Dance”. Saying that he remembered Ryan from season 12 and it was a great routine, Twitch said that right now Ryan is on another level. Saying that she didn’t want to miss a moment, Mary called Ryan a genius at what he does. Vanessa said that she is Ryan’s biggest fan. Nigel asked Ryan if he battles and when the answer was yes, Twitch went up on stage for a little dance battle to “Uptown Funk” that brought the house down and had Nigel chair dancing. The judges stood and waved tickets for The Academy at Ryan.

Next week The Academy begins…

Vinnie Paul Dies

Heavy metal musician Vinnie Paul died June 22 in Las Vegas at the age of 54. No details of the award winning drummer’s death have been released; but rumours state that he died in his sleep.

He was best known for being the drummer and co-founder, with his brother, of the platinum album selling metal band Pantera. He was also in the band Hellyeah and formed Damageplan with his brother after Pantera.

He was born Vincent Paul Abbott on March 11, 1964 in Abilene, Texas. He began playing the drums when he was 14.

Predeceased by his brother Darrell who died after being shot on stage in 2004, and mother; Paul is survived by his father and girlfriend Chelsey.

 

Feature photo credit: By Henry Laurisch – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27418007

First Repeat Winner in 10 Years at Sonoma

After taking a week off, the Monster Energy Cup Series returns to the track when they head west to Napa Valley and a little road racing with the Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

NASCAR has deemed the race an impound race which means that the teams cannot work on their cars after qualifying; as a result, there are adjustments that the teams would normally make to get the car race ready after qualifying that they will not be able to make.

With a road course, the teams will employ spotters in several locations around the track to help their drivers negotiate the course

After only two round of qualifying Kyle Larson wins the pole position for the second year in a row and will bring the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Save Mart 350:
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Jamie McMurray
AJ Allmendinger
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
William Byron
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Trevor Bayne
Ryan Newman
Paul Menard
Daniel Suarez
Alex Bowman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Clint Bowyer
Erik Jones
Denny Hamlin
Michael McDowell
Kurt Busch
Aric Almirola
Chris Buescher
Kasey Kahne
Austin Dillon
David Ragan
Gray Gaulding
Matt DiBenedetto
Ty Dillon
Cole Whitt
Justin Marks
Parker Kligerman
Bubba Wallace
Chris cook
Tomy Drissi
Cody Ware

Stages one and two of the race are only 25 laps each with stage three lasting 60 laps for a total of 110 laps around the road course.

Pole sitter Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green start of the race and gets out in front to lead the race; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, AJ Allmendinger, and Jamie McMurray round out the top five.

Kyle Larson leads lap one.

Lap two Kyle Larson has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; AJ Allmendinger, Chase Elliott, and Jamie McMurray round out the top five.

Michael McDowell and Erik Jones makes contact on the track, leaving Jones with a damaged car.

Lap three Martin Truex Jr passes Kyle Larson for the lead of the race; AJ Allmendinger, Chase Elliott, and Jamie McMurray round out the top five. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, William Byron, and Brad Keselowski complete the top 10.

Lap four Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly a second and a half on AJ Allmendinger; Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and Jamie McMurray round out the top five.

Lap five, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over a second and a half on AJ Allmendinger with Kyle Larson in third, Chase Elliott in fourth, and Jamie McMurray in fifth.

Lap seven, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race with AJ Allmendinger, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and Jamie McMurray rounding out the top five. After starting the race in 19th place, Clint Bowyer has moved up to 12th place.

Lap nine, Martin Truex Jr leads with AJ Allmendinger, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

Lap 10, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to over two seconds on AJ Allmendinger; Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap eleven, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of two and a half seconds on AJ Allmendinger; Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Larson round out the top five. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano complete the top 10.

Lap 14, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds; AJ Allmendinger, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five. Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, and Clint Bowyer complete the top 10.

Kevin Harvick gets around AJ Allmendinger to take over second, over three and a half seconds behind leader Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 15 Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race with Kevin Harvick in second; AJ Allmendinger, Chase Elliott, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 16, Kevin Harvick is very slowly eating into leader Martin Truex Jr’s lead; AJ Allmendinger, Jimmie Johnson, and Chase Elliott round out the top five. Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, and Jamie McMurray complete the top 10.

Lap 17 Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now under three seconds over Kevin Harvick; AJ Allmendinger, Jimmie Johnson, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 19 Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race; Kevin Harvick, AJ Allmendinger, Clint Bowyer, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 20 Martin Truex Jr’s lead is down to under two and a half seconds over Kevin Harvick; AJ Allmendinger, Clint Bowyer, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 21 Kevin Harvick has closed to within two seconds on leader Martin Truex Jr; AJ Allmendinger, Clint Bowyer, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

With three laps remaining in stage one, some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road before it closes to end stage one.

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

With leader Martin Truex Jr pitting, AJ Allmendinger is the new leader; Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Ryan Newman round out the top five.

Cody Ware is stopped on the track but is in a safe area and the track stays green.

AJ Allmendinger wins stage one for his first stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
AJ Allmendinger
Brad Keselowski
Jimmie Johnson
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
Ryan Newman
Aric Almirola
Daniel Suarez
Chris Buescher
Kasey Kahne

With the drivers who did not stop before the end of the stage, Martin Truex Jr will retake the lead.

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

Kasey Kahne and Gray Gaulding were caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 30 and edges out Kevin Harvick for the lead; Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 31, Martin Truex Jr already has a one second lead on Kevin Harvick; Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 32, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of a second on Kevin Harvick; Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurry, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Bowman complete the top 10.

Lap 34, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is down to only half a second on Kevin Harvick.

AJ Allmendinger reports to his team that he blew the engine and brings out the caution flag on lap 34.

Jamie McMurray’s car is being pushed to the garage with an oil pressure issue.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 37and gets out in front of Kevin Harvick to hold on to the lead.

The top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 38 Martin Truex Jr’s lead is over half a second on Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five. Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Larson complete the top 10.

Lap 40, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of less than half a second on Kevin Harvick; Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 41 only Jamie McMurray, AJ Allmendinger, and Cody Ware are not on the lead lap and are off the track.

Lap 42 Martin Truex Jr’s lead is under half a second over Kevin Harvick.

Lap 42, Kevin Harvick passes Martin Truex for for the lead. Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Bubba Wallace spins out but the track stays green.

Lap 44, Kevin Harvick has a one second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch round out the top five. Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Jimmie Johnson complete the top 10.

Lap 47, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Several drivers are making pit stops short of the end of the stage.

Leader Kevin Harvick makes a pit stop and gives the lead over to Denny Hamlin; Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott
Jimmie Johnson
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola
Alex Bowman
Michael McDowell
Chris Buescher
Ryan Newman

Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 55and holds off Martin Truex Jr to hold on to the lead. Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 56 Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch round out the top five. Chase Elliott is moving through the field and is currently in eleventh place.

Denny Hamlin reports a possible flat tire.

Lap 59, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly two seconds on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 60, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly two seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney’s car is smoking a bit and he is reporting a possible power steering issue.

Lap 61, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to over two seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch ,and Kyle Busch round out the top five. Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez, Joey Logano, and Jimmie Johnson complete the top 10.

Ty Dillon is slowing on the track reporting that his car is stuck in gear and he cannot shift. He is slowly working his way back to pit road.

Lap 63, Kevin Harvick has a two second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 65, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch round out the top five. Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez, Jimmie Johnson, and Joey Logano complete the top 10.

Lap 67, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly two seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 70, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second and a half over Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch round out the top five. Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Daniels Suarez, Jimmie Johnson, and Joey Logano complete the top 10.

Brad Keselowski is reporting handing issues, saying that the car will not turn.

With 40 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are in their pit window to make it to the end of the race. Some drivers are making green flag pit stops.

Lap 72, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race with Martin Truex Jr in second; Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Leader Kevin Harvick brings his car down pit road for service. Martin Truex Jr takes the lead.

Lap 74, Martin Truex Jr leads Kurt Busch by over 10 seconds; Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Lap 77, Martin Truex Jr has a 15 second lead on Kurt Busch; Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five. Alex Bowman, Chris Beuscher, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer complete the top 10.

Lap 80, Martin Truex Jr has a dominating lead over Kurt Busch; Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Lap 80, Martin Truex Jr finally brings his car down pit road for service. Kurt Busch takes over the lead of the race; Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

William Byron’s team had an uncontrolled tire during his pit stop and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 81, Kurt Busch comes down pit road; Erik Jones takes over the lead of the race.

Lap 82, Erik Jones is in the lead; Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Kasey Kahne’s team was also charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Erik Jones comes down pit road, handing the lead back to Kevin Harvick.

Lap 83, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 84, Kevin Harvick has a second and a half lead on Clint Bowyer; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 86, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over two seconds on Clint Bowyer; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 87, Kevin Harvick is in the lead; Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr Jr, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five. Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, and Kyle Larson complete the top 10.

Lap 88, Kevin Harvick is in the lead with Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr swapping second place back and forth.

Lap 89, Kevin Harvick has a two second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 89, Kevin Harvick’s lead is only a second ahead of Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 90, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr battle for the lead with Truex taking the top spot; Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 92, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead; Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Aric almirola, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five as several drivers make green flag pit stops.

Lap 93, Martin Truex Jr leads by over 20 seconds on Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 95, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Chase Elliott in second; Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 96 Martin Truex Jr continues to lead by over 20 seconds; Kevin Harvick is now in third place as he continues to run his fastest laps of the race. Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, Erik Jones, Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman, and Chris Buescher complete the top 10.

Lap 98, Martin Truex Jr’s lead over third place Kevin Harvick is down to under 30 seconds.

Lap 99, Martin Truex Jr holds on to the lead with Chase Elliott 22 seconds behind; Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 100, ten to go, Martin Truex Jr leads Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick has cut the lead to 24 seconds as he continues to run faster laps than the leader.

In a three wide battle, Kevin Harvick takes over second place.

Lap 102, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is down to 23 seconds as the laps tick down; Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 103, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is down to 22 seconds over Kevin Harvick; Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 104, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is down to 21 seconds over Kevin Harvick.

Lap 105, Kevin Harvick is 21 seconds behind leader Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 106, Martin Truex Jr’s lead over Kevin Harvick is down to less than 20 seconds with 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 107, Kevin Harvick is now 17 seconds behind leader Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 108, Martin Truex Jr has a 15 second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr takes the white flag.

Martin Truex Jr wins the Save Mart 350 with a eleven second lead over Kevin Harvick.

The Unofficial results for the Save Mart 350:
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Aric Almirola
Alex Bowman
Denny Hamlin
Jimmie Johnson
Chris Buescher
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Larson
Daniel Suarez
Austin Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Joey Logano
Kasey Kahne
Michael McDowell
David Ragan
Parker Kligerman
Ryan Newman
William Byron
Paul Menard
Trevor Bayne
Justin Marks
Bubba Wallace
Gray Gaulding
Chris Cook
Tomy Drissi
Ty Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Cole Whitt
Cody Ware
Jamie McMurray
AJ Allmendinger

Teens Rule in First Win for CWTS

In a stand along event the Camping World Truck Series travels to Gateway Motorsport Park for the Eaton 200.

Thirty four teams brought trucks the the track but ony 32 of them will start the race.

After three rounds of qualifying, setting a new track record of 32.45 seconds Grant Enfinger wins the pole and will bring the field to green.

The starting lineup for the Eaton 200:
Grant Enfinger
Christian Eckes
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
Ben Rhodes – moved to the back of the field on a backup truck
John Hunter Nemechek
Todd Gilliland
Jesse Little
Zane Smith
Brett Morffitt
Cody Coughlin
Johnny Sauter
Myatt Snider
Tate Fogelman
Stewart Friesen
Riley Herbst
Dalton Sargeant
Austin Hill
Chad Finley
Justin Fontaine
Wendell Chavous
Ross Chastain
Kevin Donahue
Austin Wayne Self
Jordan Anderson
Joe Nemechek
Bryant Barnhill
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Tyler Matthews
Norm Benning
Josh Reaume

BJ McLeod and Camden Murphy failed to quality for the race.

Starting in tenth place, Zane Smith is starting in his very first CWTS race. Smith revealed that he learned only three days ago that he would be running in the race this weekend.

Stages one and two of the race are 35 laps each with stage three lasting 90 laps for a total of 160 around the 1.25 mile newly repaved track.

In the 17 previous races no driver who has started outside the top 10 has won the race.

During warm up pace laps the trucks get four wide as they salute the troops.

Choosing the outside lane, Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag start and edges out 17 year old Christian Eckes for the lead.

Christian Eckes passes Grant Enfinger to lead lap two as he and Enfinger battle for the lead.

Lap three Grant Enfinger retakes the lead.

Ben Rhodes brings his truck down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire.

Lap four, Grant Enfinger is in the lead; Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, Noah Gragson, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Joe Nemechek is off the track.

Lap eight, Grant Enfinger has a lead of nearly half a second on Matt Crafton with John Hunter Nemechek, Noah Gragson, ad Christian Eckes rounding out the top five.

Lap 14 Grant Enfinger has a lead of nearly two seconds on Christian Eckes; Matt Crafton, Noah Gragson, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 15 Grant Enfinger increases his lead to over two seconds on Matt Crafton; Noah Gragson, Christian Eckes, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five. After starting the race in 13th, points leader Johnny Sauter has moved into the top 10 at number nine.

Lap 19 Grant Enfinger has a lead of over two seconds on Noah Gragson; Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 21 there are 25 trucks on the lead lap with Grant Enfinger in the lead by two seconds over Noah Gragson; Christian Eckes, John Hunter Nemechek, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 22 when Jordan Anderson stops on the track. Tyler Matthews is the “lucky dog”.

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

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green restart with only eight laps remaining in stage one.

With six laps remaining in stage one, Grant Enfinger is in the lead with Noah Gragson, Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, and Justin Haley rounding out the top five.

Lap 31, Grant Enfinger is in the lead. The caution flag comes out when Dalton Sargeant has a flat tire and hits the wall.

Grant Enfinger wins stage one under caution.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Grant Enfinger
Noah Gragson
Matt Crafton
John Hunter Nemechek
Justin Haley
Brett Moffitt
Christian Eckes
Jesse Little
Johnny Sauter
Stewart Friesen

Taking only two tires, Jesse Little wins the race off of pit road.

Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 42 and edges out Johnny Sauter for the lead.

Lap 43 the top five are Christian Eckes, Todd Gilliland, Johnny Sauter, Myatt Snider, and Stewart Friesen.

Lap 45, Christian Eckes has a lead of over half a second on Todd Gilliland; Johnny Sauter, Jesse Little, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five. Grant Enfiger has moved up to eighth place.

Lap 48, Christian Eckes has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Johnny Sauter; Todd Gilliland, Jesse Little, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 52 Christian Eckes continues to lead the race with Johnny Sauter in second; Todd Gilliland, Jesse Little, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

At 17, leader Christian Eckes is the youngest driver in the race.

Lap 54, Christian Eckes has a lead of a second on Johnny Sauter. Pole sitter Grant Enfinger is in eighth place.

Lap 56, Christian Eckes holds his one second lead on Johny Sauter; with Todd Gilliland, Noah Gragson, and Brett Moffitt rounding out the top five.

With nine laps remaining in stage two, Christian Eckes has pulled out to a lead of nearly two second on Johnny Sauter; Todd Gilliland, Noah Gragson, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five. There are 23 trucks on the lead lap.

With six laps remaining in the stage, the drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Matt Crafton is stopped on the track and brings out the caution flag with only five laps remaining in stage two.

Ending the stage under caution, Christian Eckes wins stage two for his first stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Christian Eckes
Johnny Sauter
Todd Gilliland
Noah Gragson
Brett Moffitt
John Hunter Nemechek
Jesse Little
Grant Enfinger
Stewart Friesen
Justin Haley

Austin Wayne Self is the “lucky dog” to make 20 trucks on the lead lap.

Taking only two tires, Noah Gragson wins the race off of pit road with Christian Eckes in second.

With a stage of 90 laps, the drivers cannot finish the race without making a pit stop.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 76; he edges out Christian Eckes for the lead with a little push from Brett Moffitt.

Lap 77, the top five are Noah Gragson, Brett Moffitt, John Hunter Nemechek, Christian Eckes, and Stewart Friesen.

The caution flag comes out on lap 77 when Christian Eckes spins out after making contact with Stewart Friesen.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green fag restart on lap 82 with Brett Moffitt getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 83 the top five are; Brett Moffitt, Noah Gragson, John Hunter Nemechek, Stewart Friesen, and Grant Enfinger.

Back on the lead lap, Ben Rhodes is in 18th place.

Lap 87, Brett Moffit has a lead of nearly half a second on Noah Gragson; John Hunter Nemechek, Grant Enfinger, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

With 66 laps remaining in the race, Brett Moffitt continues to lead the race; Noah Gragson, John Hunter Nemechek, Grant Enfinger, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

With 64 laps to go, the drivers are in their window to make a pit stop and finish the race.

Lap 97, Brett Moffitt has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Noah Gragson; John Hunter Nemechek, Grant Enfinger, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out after Stewart Friesen and Johnny Sauter make contact with Friesen spinning out and hitting the wall.

Lap 100, Brett Moffitt is in the lead; Noah Gragson, John Hunter Nemechek, Grant Enfinger, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

In their pit window, all of the drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.

Taking two tires, Noah Gragson wins the race off of pit road. Brett Moffitt had some issues on pit road and had to make two stops when the fuel can would not engage on the first stop.. He will restart the race in 18th position.

Johnny Sauter also had some pit road issues and will restart the race in eleventh place.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 104 with Noah Gragson jumping out in front for the lead.

Lap 104, the top five are Noah Gragson, John Hunter Nemechek, Justin Haley, Todd Gilliland, and Zane Smith. After being a lap down most of the night, Ben Rhodes is in seventh place.

Lap 105 Noah Gragson has a lead of nearly a second on John Hunter Nemechek; Todd Gilliland, Justin Haley, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap 108, Noah Gragson has increased his lead to over a second on John Hunter Nemechek; Todd Gillialnd, Justin Haley, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five. Brett Moffitt has moved up to ninth.

Lap 110, Noah Gragson’s lead is now a second and a half over John Hunter Nemechek; Todd Gilliland, Justin Haley, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five. Johnny Sauter is in sixth and Brett Moffitt is in eighth.

The caution flag comes out when Justin Fontaine hit the wall after getting into the fluid dropped on the track by John Hunter Nemechek after some debris punctured his oil pan. Tate Fogelman hits Fontaine’s truck in the driver’s side door. When Fontaine climbs out of his truck he immediately looks to check on Fogelman.

Under caution with an extended clean up, Noah Gragson leads the field with Todd Gilliland, Justin Haley, Ben Rhodes and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five. Zane Smith, Brett Moffitt, Riley Herbst, Jesse Little, and Myatt Snider complete the top 10.

To help with the cleanup, NASCAR brings out the red flag and stops the trucks on the track.

After a 13 minute red flag delay, NASCAR puts out the caution flag and the drivers begin moving around the track as the laps again begin to count down.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 124 and the drivers get three wide on the restart.

Lap 125 Noah Gragson holds on to the lead with Justin Haley in second; Todd Gilliland, Johnny Sauter, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 126, Noah Gragson is in the lead with Todd Gilliland in third, Johnny Sauter in fourth, and Brett Moffitt in fifth. Ben Rhodes is in sixth place.

Thirty to go, Noah Gragson has a lead of nearly a second on Justin Haley; Todd Gilliland, Johnny Sauter, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Ben Rhodes and Brett Moffitt make contact and bring out the caution flag while battling for position on lap 133. Both drivers were in the top 10 at the time of the incident. Ben Rhodes stayed out on the track but Brett Moffitt has had to make two trips down pit road for repairs.

With only 23 laps remaining in the race, Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart and jumps out in front for the lead; Justin Haley, Todd Gilliland, Johnny Sauter, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Grant Enfinger brings his truck down pit road after dropping some debris on the track.

Twenty to go, Noah Gragson has a lead of nearly half a second on Justin Haley; Johnny Sauter, Todd Gilliland, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five. There are 18 trucks on the lead lap.

Fifteen to go, Noah Gragson holds on to his lead with Justin Haley, Johnny Sauter, Todd Gilliland, and Ben Rhodes rounding out the top five.

Grant Enfinger makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with a flat tire…twice!

The caution flag comes out with only eleven laps remaining in the race for debris on the track.

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

Justin Haley takes the lead after a big push from Todd Gillialnd and the caution flag comes out for debris on the track.

Ben Rhodes brings his truck down pit road.

Five to go; Justin Haley is in the lead with Johnny Sauter, Brett Moffitt, Todd Gilliland, and Jesse Little rounding out the top five.

Noah Gragson reports some tire issues and has to bring his truck down pit road.

Justin Haley brings the field down for the green flag restart in a green/white/checker finish. Johnny Sauter gets out in front but gets passed by Justin Haley with Todd Gillialnd in second. Brett Moffitt gets turned around but the track stays green and he gets the truck straightened out.

Justin Haley takes the white flag.

Nineteen year old Justin Haley gets his first Camping World Truck Series win at Gateway.

The unofficial results of the Etan 200:
Justin Haley
Todd Gilliland
Johnny Sauter
Myatt Snider
Zane Smith
Chad Finley
Jesse Little
Riley Herbst
Cody Coughlin
Noah Gragson
Austin Hill
Kevin Donahue
Stewart Friesen
Brett Moffitt
Wendell Chavous
Austin Wayne Self
Tyler Matthews
Josh Reaume
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Grant Enfinger
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Jordan Anderson
Norm Benning
John Hunter Nemechek
Justin Fontaine
Tat Fogelman
Christian Eckes
Ross Chastain
Dalton Sargeant
Bryant Barnhill
Joe Nemechek

Murrow Awards Presented for Excellence in News

The Edward R

The Edward R Murrow Awards are presented to news organizations and outlets for excellence in reporting on television, radio, and digital formats.

This year’s award winners, which will be officially presented in October, were spread out across a variety of organizations and networks; but one netword is missing – FOX News was not among the list of winners.

The 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award winners:
Overall Excellence in Television: CBS News
Breaking News Coverage by a Television Network: NBC News for the Shooting at the Ft Lauderdale Airport
Continuing Coverage by a Television Network:
CNN for their coverage of Hurrican Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico
Ecellence in Innovation by a Television Network: CNN for the “Eclipse of the Century”
Excellence in Social Media by a Television Network: AJ+ for the War in the Koreas – Direct from with Dena Takruri
Excellence in Sound by a Televisio “n Network: Netflix for “Cuba and the Cameraman”
Excellence in Video by a Television Network: Netflix for “Chasing Coral”
Excellence in Writing by a Television Netowrk: CBS News “60 Minutes” for “The Isle of Eigg”
Excellence in Feature Reporting by a Television Network: ESPN for SC Features – Rod Carew
Excellence in Hard New by a Television Newtork: Vice New for “Inside the Marine’ fight againt the Taliban in Afghanistan”
Excellence in Invetigative Reporting by a Television Network: CBS New “60 Minutes” and The Washington Pot for “Too Big to Prosecute”
Excellence in a News Documentary by a Television Network: Netflix for “Icarus”
Excellence in a News Series by a Television Network: ABC News for “The Unwanted”
Excellence in a Newscast by a Television Network: ABC News – World News Tonight with David Muir
Excellence in Sports Rporting by a Television Network: the Big Ten Network for their Iowa Wave feature
Excellence in a Website by a Television Network: CNN for CNN.com

Large Market Television Station Awards…
Overall Excellence:
KCRA-TV in Sacramento, CA
Breaking News Coverage: KHOU-TV in Houston, TX
Continuing Coverage: WSMV-TV in Nashville, TN for Influence, Infidelity & Men in Power
Excellence in Innovation: WXIA-TV in Atlanta, GA for Atticus
Excellence in Social Media: KNTV in San Jose, CA for Wine Country Wildfires
Excellence in Sound: WTVF-TV in Nashville, TN for Strings for Hope
Excellence in Video: KING-TV in Seattle, WA for The Scott Legacy
Excellence in Writing: Eric Johnson at KOMO-TV in Seattle, WA
Feature Reporting: Joel at KING-TV in Seattle, WA
Hard News: KMGH-TV in Denver, CO for A Stolen Family – The Ryan Laber Story
Investigatative Reporting: WFAA-TV in Dallas, TX for Criminal Caretakers
News Documentary: KNTV in San Jose, CA for Kicked Out
News Series: KUSA-TV in Denver, CO for Show Us Your Bills
Newscast: WSB-TV in Atlanta, GA for Interstate Collapse
Sports Reporting: NEWS-TV in Cleveland, OH for The Meaning of Zach Proof
Website: KING-TV in Seattle, WA for KINGS.com

Small Market Television…
Overall Excellence:
WREX-TV in Rockford, IL
Breaking News Coverage: WDSU-TV in New Orleans, LA for the NOLA Tornado
Continuing Coverage: WVUE-TV and NOLA.com for Cracking the Code
Excellence in Innovation: KTVB-TV in Boise, ID for 360: Immerse Yourself in Idaho Life
Excellence in Social Media: KTUU-TV in Anchorage, AK for Interactive Stories on Facebook and YouTube
Excellence in Sound: WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, LA for Donna’s Voice
Excellence in Video: KTVB-TV in Boise, ID for 360: Insane Base Jumping
Excellence in Writing: KCCI-TV in Des Moines, IA for Eric Hanson’s This is Iowa
Feature Reporting: WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, IN for A Hall of Fame Life
Hard News: NEWS CENTER Maine in Portland, ME for Shoot or Don’t Shoot: In an Officer’s Shoes
Investigative Reporting: WVUE-TV in New Orleans, LA for State of Unrest
News Documentary: Hawaii News Now in Honolulu, HI or Prescribing Hope
News Series: KGPE-TV in Fresno, CA for The Wall
Newscast: WHEC-TV in Rochester, NY for March Misery – March 14, 6pm
Sports Reporting: Wisconsin Public Television in Madison, WI for Jaxon’s Wish
Website: KOMU-TV in Columbia, MO for KOMU 8 News Website

Radio Network…
Overall Excellence:
CBS News Radio in New York City, NY
Breaking News Coverage: CBS News Radio in New York City, NY for the Las Vegas Massacre
Continuing Coverage: NPR in Washington DC for Immigration Coverage
Excellence in Innovation: The Center for Investigative Reporting in Emeryville, CA for Follow the Money: Citizen Sleuths Investigate
Reveal
Excellence in Social Media: NPR in Washington DC for Hidden Brain
Excellence in Sound: NPR in Washington DC for What Happened When the Gunshots Started
Excellence in Writing: CBS News Radio in New York City, NY for Dave Ross
Feature Reporting: Youth Radio in Oakland, CA for Emancipation: One Young Man Leaves Foster Care On His Own Terms
Hard News: NPR in Washington DC for They Told Me I Wasn’t a Human Being’: Gay Men Speak Of Brutal Treatment in Chechnya
Investigative Reporting: Reveal and The Texas Tribunel for No Place to Run
News Documentary: NPR in Washington DC for Embedded: Trump Stories – “The Golf Course”
News Series: ABC News Radio in New York City, NY for America’s Fentanyl Crisis
Newscast: CBS News Radio in New York City, NY for CBS World News Roundup
Sports Reporting: NPR and WBUR in Boston, MA for Armless Archer Makes His Mark Among The World’s Best

Large Market Radio…
Overall Excellence:
WTOP-FM in Washington DC
Breaking News Coverage: KUOW – Puget Sound Public Radio in Seattle, WA for Amtrak Derailment
Continuing Coverage: Minnesota Public Radio News in St. Paul, MN for The Fatal Police Shooting of Justine Ruszczyk
Excellence in Innovation: WFDD in Winston-Salem, NC for WFDD’s Community Conversation on Mental Health
Excellence in Social Media: WBUR in Boston, MA for Boston’s Free Speech Rally
Excellence in Sound: KCBS Radio in San Francisco, CA for Wine Country on Fire
Excellence in Video: Ideastream in Cleveland, OH for A Peek Inside the Collectibles Empire of Terry Kovel
Excellence in Writing: KCUR-FM in Kansas City, MO for A New Kansas Museum Dares to Showcase Daredevil Evel Knievel
Feature Reporting: KIRO Radio in Seattle, WA for Homeless Girl Scouts
Hard News: WBEZ Chicago Public Radio in Chicago, IL for For Illinois Sex Offenders, Six Years Can Turn Into Life in Prison
Investigatative Reporting: KQED in San Francisco, CA for For Illinois Sex Offenders, Six Years Can Turn Into Life in Prison
News Documentary: WYPR in Baltimore, MD for Out of the Blocks: 2100 Edmondson
News Series: WCBS Newsradio 880 in New York City, NY for The Breaking Point
Newscast: WCBS Newsradio 880 in New York City, NY for October 31, 2017, 5pm
Sports Reporting: KTAR-FM in Phoenix, AZ for Vital Organ-ist
Website: KUT in Austin for KUT.org

Small Market Radio…
Overall Excellence:
New Hampshire Public Radio in Concord, NH
Breaking News Coverage: WGCU Public Media in Fort Myers, FL for Hurrican Irma Hits Soutwest Florida
Continuing Coverage: KBIA in Columbia, MO for Urgent for Care: Can Missouri’s Poorest County Keep Its Hospital Alive?
Excellence in Innovation: WITF in Harrisburg, PA for The Vietman War: WITF Stories
Excellence in Social Media: South Dakota Public Broadcasting in Vermillion, SD for South Dakota Public Broadcasting Social Media
Excellence in Sound: Community Idea Stations in Richmond, VA for Virginia Nonprofits Bring Theater To Life For Visually Impaired
Excellence in Video: WNPR in Hartford, CT for A Month After Maria, Efforts To Bring Clean Water To Remote Parts of Puerto Rico
Excellence in Writing: KAZU in Seaside, CA for Reality of Possible Separation Sets in for American Children of Undocumented Parents
Feature Reporting: WITF in Harrisburg, PA for Finding Solace at the Wall
Hard News: Vermont Public Radio in Colchester, VT for Some Immigrants Flee U.S., Knowingly Walking into Police Arrest in Canada
Investigative Reporting: WDEL-FM/AM in Wilmington, DE for Scandal Surrounds New Castle County Elected Leader
News Documentary: Vermont Public Radio in Colchester, VT for Why is Vermont so Overwhelmingly White?
News Series: Alabama Public Radio in Tuscaloosa, AL for Alabama Rural Health Care
Newscast: WFIU/WTIU News in Bloomington, IN for May 24, 2017, Morning Newscat
Sports Reporting: KUNR in Reno, NV for Reno 1868 FC’s Fan Base Is Growing Fast
Website: WUFT in Gainesville, FL for WUFT.ort

Large Digital News Organization…
Overall Excellence:
New York Times
Breaking News Coverage: New York Times for Harvey Hits Texas
Continuing Coverage: Guardian US for Keystone XL: Driving the US Pipeline Route
Excellence in Innovation: TIME for Finding Home
Excellence in Social Media: TIME for Finding Home
Excellence in Sound: The Boston Globe for Finding the Keys
Excellence in Video: Now This / Group Nine Media for Puerto Rico: After the Hurricane
Excellence in Writing: The Boston Globe for Disappearing Americana along Route 1 in Saugus and Lynnfield
Feature Reporting: Quartz for n the Deep
Hard News: The New York Times for The Rise of Body Cameras
Investigative Reporting: The Washington Post for Hacking Democracy: The Russian Investigation
News Documentary TIME and Mic for Life After Addiction
Sports Reporting: Retro report for All In the Game: The Black Athlete in America

Small Digital News Organization…
Overall Excellence:
The Marshall Project
Continuing Coverage: The Center for Public Integrity for Carbon Wars
Excellence in Innovation: ProPublica for Lost Mothers
Excellence in Social Media: The Center for Public Integrity, Reveal and PRX for #CitizenSleuth
Excellence in Sound: The GroundTruth Project for The New American Songbook: For My Ayeeyo
Excellence in Video: The Cincinnati Enquirer for Seven Days of Heroin
Excellence in Writing: The Texas Tribune for Sold Out
Feature Reporting: EastIdahoNews.com for Kaio’s Courage
Hard News: Circa News for Border Schools
Investigative Reporting: The Center for Investigative Reporting for Recovering from Rehab
News Documentary: The Texas Tribune for Beyond The Wall

feature photo credit: By US Information Agency – https://www.britannica.com/biography/Edward-R-Murrow, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63497776

New Music Friday – June 22

On this first Friday of summer, there are lots of new music to get the summer off to a good musical start.  Included in the new releases this week is music from House of Hamill, Nine Inch Nails, Jedi Mind Tricks, Joshua Bell, Dan + Shay, Bebe Rexha, Marshmello, Pantera, Calvin Harris, Panic! At the Disco, Dave Koz, and a Warped Tour compilation.

Albums:
“March Through Storms” by House of Hamill
“2.0” by TK Kravitz
“2018 Warped Tour Compilation” by Various Artists
“ACTIVE” by Gunplay
“All of This Life” by The Record Company
“Almost Persuaded” by Swing Out Sister
“The Art & Science of Respect” by J Prince
“Bad Witch” by Nine Inch Nails
“The Blackout” by Cory Ard
“The Bridge and the Abyss” by Jedi Minds Tricks
“Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46 – Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26” by Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
“Catacombs” by Like a Storm
“Collection: 50th State of Mind” by Fiji
“Dan + Shay” by Dan + Shay
“Desolation” by Khemmis
The original motion picture soundtrack for “The Domestics” by Nathan Barr
“Errorzone” by Vein
“Essentia” by Soulwax
“Expectations” by Bebe Rexha
“fabric 99: Sasha” by Various Artists
“Freddie” by Freddie Gibbs
“Garden” by United Pursuit
“Heaven and Earth” by Kamasi Washington
“Island Life Dance (Vol. 9)” by Various Artists
“Joytime II” by Marshmello
“Kazuashita” by Gang Gang Dance
“Kids in the Night” by Weathers
“L-1VE” Live in Amsterdam by Haken
“Less Noise: A Collection of Songs by a Band Called The Maine” by The Maine
“Less Talk More Hustle” by Red Cafe
“Let the Trap Say Amen” by Lecrae & Zaytoven
“Live at Dynamo Open Air 1998” by Pantera
The original soundtrack album for “Luke Cage: Season 2” by Various Artists
“Magic” by Ben Rector
“Mindset” by Vacationer
“New Blood” by Yellow Claw
“On Life, Vol. 2” by Teklife
“One Kiss” Remixes by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa
“Only a Holy God” Live by Here Be Lions
“Passwords” by Dawes
“Petaluma” by This Wild Life
“Plays Well with Others” by Lera Lynn
“Pray for the Wicked” by Panic! At the Disco
“The Rabbit Hole” by Ashe
“Ramble” by Chris Hennessee
“The Sea Within” by The Sea Within
“The Sin and Doom, Vol. II” by Impending Doom
“Soldier On” by MONA
“The Sound of Bootcamp, Vol. 2” Live by Jonathan Ferguson
“Stand for Something or Die for Nothing” by Street Dong
“Summer Horns II: From A to Z” by Dave Koz
“Supreme Blientele” by Westside Gunn
“Viktoria” by Marduk
“Warmech” by Front LIne Assembly
“Worship at the Well, Vol. 2” by The Well
“Year of the Snitch” by Death Grips
“International Artist” by A Boogie wit da Hoodie
“Maya” by Mabel Matiz
“Everything is Love” by The Carters
“Version 2.0” by Garbage
“Mixed Up” by The Cure

EPs:
“1975” by Billy Raffoul
“A Brighter Love/ Paradise is Waiting” by St. Lucia
“Have Mercy” by Paul Cauthen
“Make it Happen” by John Splithoff

More Challengers on ‘The Four’

As “The Four” continues to look for the best music artists, only two of the original Four remain.

Sharaya J and James Graham hold on to their spots with newcomers Whitney Reign and the show’s first rocker Jesse Kramer.

Meghan Trainor, DJ Khaled, and Sean Combs will decide who of the challengers will get the chance to unseat one of “The Four”.

Jesse Kramer and his guitar get the week’s group performance started off.

The first performer of the night is R&B singer Ebon Lurks with Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph”. Saying that Ebon made her want to cry, Meghan thought it was a great song choice; adding that Ebon felt comfortable on the stage. Saying that he though Ebon was holding back, Sean noted that Ebon did give him a feeling. Sean like the tone of Ebon’s voice. Saying that he liked Ebon’s tone and voice, DJ Khaled thought the performance was cool but added that Ebon needs more growth. Ebon got three yeses and the right to challenge one of “The Four”. Ebon decided to take on the rocker Jesse Kramer. Jese chose the Joe Cocker hit “You Are so Beautiful” for his performance and sang without his guitar. Ebon ang “Mine”. With the audience making the decisions, Fergie named Jesse as the winner of the challenge. The rocker holds on to his spot and is locked in for the night.

Next up was Martha Reeves godson and Rprince’s cousin Elijah Connor. He noted that the church, where he begna singing at age five, teaches you to move people without the auto-tune. DJ Khaled questioned whether Elijah could beat any of “The Four”. Meghan called him talented but didn’t think he could beat anyone already up there. A very unhappy Sean said that he did not like the performance; adding that it was filled with too many trick. Saying that he knows Elijah is talented, Sean said that Elijah could do better. Elijah got three nos for his performance. After a stare down with Sean, Elijah thanked everyone for the opportunity to perform.

Ready to leave it all on the stage, Matt Bloyd took on Whitney Houston with “How Will I Know” for his performance. Meghan loved what Matt did with the song; adding that Matt had a strong falsetto. Sean was not as enthusiastic about the falsetto; saying that it wasn’t as beautiful as it could be. But Sean did feel it was an excellent performance. DJ simply said, “I wanna see a challenge.” After gettng three yeses, Matt chose to challenge Whitney Reign who took on Carole King and Aretha Franklin with “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” and brought the house down. For his challenge performance Matt sang “Tennessee Whiskey”. After the audience vote, Whitney retained her seat as one of “The Four”.

The next singer to perform was rapper Lil Bri who had Sean bopping as she rapped. Fergie said, only 17 and you did that. Saying that she is a massive fan, Meghan called Lil Bri a young legend. Sean loved her poise on the stage; adding that she looked comfortable up there and represented Hip Hop the way it should be. DJ Khaled simply said that it was incredible. Lil Bri got three yeses and the right to challenge. Saying that she loves a battle between two female rappers, Lil Bri chose Sharaya J who is having some voice issue and a has a scratchy throat. Bad throat and all, Sharaya J holds on to her seat as one of “The Four”.

Jame Graham is the only one of “The Four” remaining that can be challenged tonight.

Saying that Meghan is always talking about playing a ukulele, DJ Khaled pulls out one and gives it to her to play. She does a little of “All About that Bass”.

Puerto Rican born Christian Gonzalez is looking to live the dreams of himself nad his father. The 16 year old performed in Spanish singing an Enriquq Iglesias song. Calling Christian one of those tricky ones; an impressed Meghan said he had some incredible dancer with a crazy voice. Sean liked the tones in Christian’s voice and breath control; adding that he felt the freedom in Christian’s dance moves. While DJ thought that Christian did a great job, he questioned whether he could beat James. With three yeses, James got his challenge. This was the first time on the show that everyone of “The Four” were challenged on the same night. James came out swinging with a performance of the Stevie Wonder song “Lately”. This time around Christian chose to sing in English with a song by Drake. So far all of “The Four” have held on to their seats, will James make it unanimous?

In the final decision of the night, James holds on to his seat. With that all members of “The Four” have successfully defended their spots.

Drag Race Reunite…and Spread the T

This week on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” all of the season 10 queens return for the annual reunion where the queens will let it all hang out and have their say.

After RuPaul asked the queens whether they were ready to spread the T…and nothing but the T.

Vangy left the show early n the season but her name lived on as an expression, greeting, and even a verb. Saying that she had not planned to go so early, but as soon as the promo came out, she began to make bookings and capitalize on the fame.

Ru notes that there were some epic lip sync performances this season and aired a few clips.

In every season there are queens who get into each others faces, fight constantly, and engage in lots of aggressive conversations. This season The Vixen was a fighter who would take on any queen in the room. The queens discuss a few of the confrontations with The Vixen this season. Eureka and The Vixen also some very aggressive discussions this season. When RuPaul asked them how it felt watching the episode, the queens were silent. Eureka tried to explain her side, but The Vixen wasn’t buying it. RuPaul told both queens that they were both responsible and weren’t off the hook. RuPaul says that they had a choice. After having her say and thanking her fans, The Vixen walked off the stage.

The queens discussed The Vixen’s leaving the stage, and the conversation got very passionate and emoitional. RuPaul herself talks about her feelings and how she has been in their place. She notes that the world is hard and we all have to learn to deal with it. Aja got very emotional saying that they were all human and they should try to help those who need it.

There was a clip of Dusty talking about being excorcised, and being forced to go to straight therapy. She finally told them enough and left. She says that while the famiy still doesn’t agree, they did apologized for what took place.

A deeply spiritual Monique also spoke on family issues because of parental issues. She says that it has been worth the pain to become the person she is and be a role model for the young black gay youth. RuPaul points out that Monique has found the truth in the Bible in her own way and she is walking the path.

On the mainstage Blair St. Clair gave a confession that her first sexual encounter was an assault. RuPaul asked her about the episode. Blair said that sometimes your heart knows things before your brain does. RuPaul asked how she dealt with the issue and Blair said that she drank a lot…something that she realized after coming home from the show. She is now sober. RuPaul thanked her for being so brave.

Aja talks about being from the Caribbean Island St. Lucia and her mother’s reluctance to admit that her son is gay – something that the church has demonized. She reveals that she sings in the choir every Wednesday night…in drag.

In China, drag queens are viewed as mentally ill.

Time for Toot or Boot – reviewing the runway looks.

Monet has a surprise for RuPaul…her won sponge dress.

Unseen clips from the judge’s table.

After the evil twin challenge, RuPaul asked the queens who should go home and why. RuPaul asked Miz Cracker about Aja’s remarks that Cracker was not a star. Aja apologized for her remarks.

RuPaul turned it over to the queens to pose questions to each other. The queens point out to Kameron that she walkes into the room and ignores everyone; but Kameron disagrees. They ask who are you?

And the library is open…

Aquaria, Aja O’Hara, Kameron Michael, and Eureka are the last four queens standing and will go head to head in a lip sync smackdown. RuPaul askes the remaining queens who they think should win.

In closing, RuPaul said that she may be the host of the show, but all the queens are her teachers.

More ‘Star Trek’ in the Works

Ever since Gene Roddenberry created the original “Star Trek” series, fans have discussed, argued, moaned, and complained about what should and should not be considered “real” “Star Trek”.

Last year a new television series called “Discovery” launched and saw enough success that CBS renewed it for another season.

But it will not stop there…

Discovery” co-creator, producer, and writer Alex Kurtzman has agreed to a five year contract extension to create more Trek that will include a new television series, a mini series, and an animated series. The deal will also allow CBS access to all future Kurtzman created content via his Secret Hideout company; giving Trek fans even more to discuss and argue about.

Production for season two of “Discovery” is currently underway.

Along with his numerous “Star Trek” credentials, Kurtman has worked on “Now You See Me”, “Transformers”, “Instinct”, “Salvation”, “Scorpion”, “Mission Impossible III”, “The Proposal”, “Sleepy Hollow”, “Fringe”, “Alias”, and is currently a member of the “Hawaii Five-O’ production team.

 

John Berry

June 22 at The Lowry Barn and Event Center in Roanoke, AL
June 25 at a private event in Panama City, FL
June 26 at The Ryman in Nashville, TN
July 21 at the Emory and Henry McGlothlin Center in Emory, VA
July 22 at the Porter County Fair in Valparaiso, IN
Aug 11 at The Imogene Theatre in Milton, FL
Aug 17 at the Henry Co Performing Arts Center in McDonough, GA
Aug 19 at The Arts Place of Stokes in Danbury, NC
Aug 25 at the Walhalla Performing Art Center in Walhalla, SC
Sept 13 at the Harper Creek High School Auditorium in Battle Creek, MI
Sept 15 at the Lars Hockstad Auditorium in Traverse City, MI
Sept 16 at the Muskegon Reeths-Puffer High School Auditorium in Muskegon, MI
Sept 19 at the Gwinnett County Fair in Lawrencevile, GA
Sept 26 at the JSU Stadium in Jacksonville, AL
Oct 18 at the Ultimate Family Weekend in Blue Ridge, GA
Dec 1 at The Caverns in Pelham, TN
Feb 9 at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA
March 15 at The Parker Theater in McMinnville, TN

New Music from Sir Paul

At 76, Sir Paul McCartney shows no sign of slowing down and has been working on a new album.

Taking the title from one of his artistic endeavours – a painting – Sir Paul will release “Egypt Station” on September 7. Sir Paul recorded the album in the United States and in his home country of England.

The first two singles from the album have already been released – “I Don’t Know” and “Come on the Me”.

Speaking on his choice of album title Sir Paul said, “I liked the words ‘Egypt Station.’ It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make… ‘Egypt Station’ starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from.” The 14 songs on the album take the listener through a journey from one destination to the next.

The album is currently available for pre-order.

More Amazing Performances on ‘World of Dance’

This week on “World of Dance” the qualifying rounds continue with dancers from around the world compete to move on to the next round and the ultimate $1 million prize.

Teens Jonas and Ruby get the night of dancing started off with a fusion Paso Doble. An impressed Jennifer was even more impressed when she learned that the dancers were only 15 and 14. Jennifer said that they were beautiful in sync and had a super strong performance quality. Ne-Yo called them both stars; adding that they did a great job. A Ballroom dancer himself, Derek loved the changes into different dance styles. Derek noted that last season there was a great Ballroom dance team who fell off in the duel round; Ruby revealed that one of those dancers was her brother. The duo scored 84.7 points for their dance.

New Zealand crew The Bradas grabbed the judge’s attention from the moment they walked on stage. Ne-Yo said that they were amazing to watch; making the difficult things look easy. Derek noted that the formations were super clean. Jennifer noted that the show is exposing how dancers really are athletes; adding that some of the best athletes in the world were on the “World of Dance” stage. The Bradas scored 87.7 points for their dance.

Fourteen year old tap dancer Lucas Marinetto impressed Ne-Yo with his swag and energy. Jennifer noted that Lucas was a showman who had a sense that it was about the crowd and not himself. Saying that the dance felt good, Derek was impressed with Lucas’ choices. The judges also had a little advice for Lucas on things that he could do for the next round pertaining to style and dance moves. Lucas scored 82.7 points for his dance.

The Contemporary dance team Expressenz were excited to dance for Derek. One of the girls drew a picture of Derek in art class. Derek noted that the turns were so in sync; but the routine felt more like a studio dance with no authentic emotion. Agreeing with Derek, Ne-Yo said that they were super together and made it look effortless. Disagreeing with the guys, Jennifer said that the routine made her heart soar; adding that the routine was beautiful with perfect execution. The girls scored 87 points for their dance. Derek came back stage to meet the girs and they gave him the picture of himself.

America’s Best Dance Crew” winners Poreotics gave a performance that had Derek saying had great control and all the ingredients to do very well on the show. Agreeing that the guys have what it takes to go far, Ne-Yo wanted to see something he hadn’t seen before. Again disagreeing with the guys, Jennifer said that her eyes were glued to the crew the whole time because she didn’t want to miss a move. The crew scored 88 points for their dance.

The last performance of the night was from last season’s runner up Eva Igo who brought the judges to their feet and had the crowd screaming after her dance. Jennifer said that the dance had a whole new level of intensity and passion. Eva blew Derek away and gave him chills with her performance. Ne-Yo said that she was a joy to watch with amazing flexibility, passion, and energy; adding that he was happy she was back. Eva scored 95 points for her dance.

Next week the qualifying rounds continue.

An Ancient Culture Comes to ‘Face Off’

Last week on “Face Off: Battle Royale” eliminated their first artists when Jo and Sasha were sent home and Walter claimed the win.

This week the remaining artists will delve into the world of ancient cultures when they must recreate the gods from the Meso-American culture of the Aztecs.

There are scrolls on the table with the names of some of the Aztec gods, each artist chooses a scroll to decide their god. The challenge is to incorporate the alien that inspired the gods.

Damien and Graham have Tonatiuh
Derek and Matt have Tlaloc
Yvonne and Mel have Xochipilli
Kelly and Walter have Quetzalcoatl
Kevon and Jordan have Tezcatlipoca

Mentor Michael Westmore visits the workroom to give the artists some tips and advice.

Mel’s fertility god is looking fishy and she has to get the fishy look out but doesn’t want to have to start over after spending the past two hours on the sculpture.

Kevon is hung up on his sculpture and asks Kelly for some advice…because he knows she will be honest with him.

Derek has decided to create a lot of different pieces for his character and is a bit worried about whether he has enough time to get it all molded and painted.

Not wanting to work with feathers, Kelly vacuum formed a mask and didn’t add any release to the mask to release the clay and is having some major issues getting the clay cleaned out of the mask.

Matt is creating a chest piece for his god.

The artists are giving the vacuum form machine a big workout on this challenge.

Kevon is having trouble getting the face to fit on his model.

Walter noted that his paint job will be the most intricate job he has ever done.

The last time Damien painted a yellow alien, Ve hated it; this time he hopes that she will love it.

Mel’s former fishy face now resembles what she calls a plucked chicken. Going into last looks, Mel is about to panic trying to get the face painting redone.

After the reveal and closer looks form judges Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill, and Neville Page; McKenzie Westmore reveals the winners of each battle…

Derek and Matt – Matt wins
Damien and Graham – Damien wins
Kevon and Jordan – Jordan wins
Mel and Yvonne – Mel wins
Kelly and Walter – Walter wins

In the judge’s remarks –
Kelly’s character didn’t feel like it fit the challenge to Glenn and Ve didn’t see any of the qualities of her god. Neville noted that the character felt more Greco-Roman than Aztec.

This time around Ve loved Damien’s paint job; calling it spectacular and phenomenal. Saying that it was so well done, Neville said that the sculpture was complex and interesting. Glenn noted that there were interesting notions that he had never seen before; adding that it looked more like a team challenge than a single artist creation. Neville said that it was so delightful to see that kind of form development; adding that the character looked like it could have inspired the god.

Neville felt that Graham’s creation was masky with no organic transitions. Glenn said that the character was more like a man than an alien. While Ve didn’t think the paint job have the character any definition, she did love the colour palette.

Glenn loved Matt’s sculpture and how he put the shapes in the sculpt instead of on it. Ve loved the colour scheme and Neville called the whole character striking.

Glenn named Damien as the overall winner of the challenge Next week he will get a little extra help from an award winning industry expert.

Tailgate Festival

Anyone who has ever attended a tailgate party at a sporting event knows how much fun they can be.

Now multiply that by a few thousand Country music fans and you have a rollicking party known as the Tailgate Fest where there is no need to pack up the gear to see the show because the tailgating is a part of the event. Festival goers can remain at the vehicles or stand up near the stage to enjoy the music or even enjoy the pool!

The event set to take place Labor Day weekend – September 1 – outside of The Forum in Inglewood, California has turned into a Who’s Who of Country music stars scheduled to take the stage. So far the ever growing list of stars includes Randy Houser, Eric Paslay, Toby Keith, Nelly, Joe Nichols. David Nail, Jana Kramer, and Parmalee.

But the Tailgate Fest isn’t just about the music, tailgate gamers can try their hand at the Cornhole World Championships, truck enthusiasts can enter the Jacked Up Truck Competition, and for those who want to show off their dance moves there is the Two Step Honky Tonk. And what tailgate party would be complete without a dunk tank and food trucks?

Tickets for Tailgate Fest begin at $109 for general admission. VIP packages are also available. Tickets are also available for music fans who just want to sit by the stage and enjoy the music without tailgating and a limited number of tickets are available for pool access.

Exile

Marking 50 years in the music business is always a major milestone. The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame band Exile is celebrating 55 years of making music.

After not releasing a studio album for nearly 20 years, the band has created a “Hits” album and has scheduled a tour around the U.S.

The album – a compilation of newly recorded hits through the years – is currently only available via the band’s website – exile.biz – or at the live shows.

Exile tour dates:
June 29 at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, KY
June 30 at the Ho-Chunk Casino in Baraboo, WI
July 3 at the Denton Family Farms in Denton, NC
July 4 at the High School Stadium in Petersburg, WV
July 13 at the Isleta Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, NM
July 20 at the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Expo in Mineral Wells, WV
July 21 at the Equus Run Vineyards in Midway, KY
July 22 at the Johnson County Fair in Iowa City, IA
Aug 11 at the Bevier Homecoming I Bevier, MO
Aug 16 at the Swift County Fair in Appleton, MN
Aug 17 in Sisseton, SD
Aug 18 at the Bad Ricer Days in Fort Pierre, SD
Sept 8 at the Johnson Country Old Settlers in Olathe, KS
Sept 29 at the Coshocton County Fair in Coshocton, OH
Oct 2 at the Cross Country Trail Ride in Eminence, MO
Oct 16 at the Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee, GA
Oct 19 at the Foothills Festival in Albany, KY
Oct 26 at the Walhalla Performing Arts in Walhalla, SC
Nov 10 at the Renfro Valley Entertainment in Renfro Valley, KY
Nov 17 at the Curtis Andrew Auctions Events in Federalsvurg, MD
Nov 24 at the Benefit for Love Tattoo Foundation in Lebanon, OH
Nov 30 & Dec 1 at the Ross Country Jamboree in Scottsburg, IN
Dec 15 at the Mill Town Music Hall in Bremen, GA
Feb 14 at the Lancaster Grand Theatre in Lancaster, KY

Lauryn Hill

R&B artist Lauryn Hill has planned a world tour, and she is bringing some of her friends along for at least some of the dates. The list of guest performers scheduled to appear on select dates include Nas, M.I.A., Dave Chapelle, A$AP Rocky, SZA, Big Boi, De La Soul, Bust Rhymes, Dave East, Jo Mersa Marley, Talib Kweli, Bambaata Marley, Shabazz Palaces, Patoranking, Tierra Whack, Protoje, Kelela, Victory, Raury, and Iman Omari.

Lauryn Hill tour dates:
June 30 at the St. Kitts Music Festival in Basseterre, St. Kitts
July 5 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
July 8 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
July 11 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
July 13 at the Festival Pier in Philadelphia, PA
July 15 at the Northwell Health Theater at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY
July 18 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
July 20 at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI
July 22 at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, IL
July 25 at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC
July 26 at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC
July 29 at the Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, FL
July 31 at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami, FL
Aug 2 at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL
Aug 3 at the State Bank Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA
Aug 5 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Aug 8 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Sept 7 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV
Sept 9 at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre in San Diego, CA
Sept 12 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR
Sept 14 at the Deer Lake Park in Bumaby, BC
Sept 18 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA
Sept 20 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
Sept 22 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Sept 24 at the Isleta Amphitheatre in Albuquerque, NM
Sept 26 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
Sept 29 at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, TX
Sept 30 at The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX
Oct 3 at the UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA
Oct 5 at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO
Nov 18 at the Vorst Nationaal in Brussels, Belgium
Nov 20 at the Accorhotels Arena in Paris, France
Nov 23 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, UK
Nov 26 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK
Nov 27 at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, UK
Nov 30 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland
Dec 3 at The O2 in London, UK
Dec 6 at the AFAS Live in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dec 8 at the Forum Black Box in Frederiksberg, Denmark
Dec 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm, Sweden
Dec 11 at the Spektrum Arena in Oslo, Norway

NYC Auditions Begin on SYTYCD

This week on “So You Think You Can Dance” the auditions travel across the country to New York City and some east coast diversity.

Nigel, Mary, Vanessa, and Twitch take their seats to see what New York has to offer.

Up first is Emily Carr who has been dancing since she was two years old. Nigel began by saying, “that’s what I call setting a standard,” and then called Emily magnificent. Saying that the dance was so beautiful, Vanessa noted that Emily showed her passion and skill. Twitch said that Emily’s power was incredible. Mary noted that Emily’s smile lights up the room. Emily got her ticket to the Dance Academy.

Next up was Dominican Republic native Gabriel Alvarez who used dance to avoid the violence. He comes out on stage with a big hoop. While Twitch thought there was something special that made Gabriel stand out, he wanted to see more dancing without the hoop. Nigel told Gabriel to lose the hoop and show them what he had to offer. Nige noted that it was well done, especially on the fly, but there wasn’t anythiing he hasn’t seen before in the past 10 years. Vanessa said that she has kind of seen it all. Twitch noted that Gabriel had skills and he loved the dance. Mary told Gabriel that he needed to be smarter about his auditons; adding that there wasn’t enough dancing. Only Twitch said yes.

Tap dancer Evan DeBenedetto returns after getting eliminated in the final cut last season and gave a performance that brought the judges to their feet. Twitch said that it felt good and Evan did a great job. Mary said that she thought it was going to be Evan’s year. Caling the performance tremendous, Nigel noted that las season Evan was cut for the guy who eventually won the title. Vanessa called the dance fantastic. Evan got his ticket to the Academy.

After a series of no clips, Jazz dancer Rachael Blanchard gave a performance that got mixed reviews from the judges. Calling Rachael adorable, Vanessa said that Rachael’s smile lit up the stage. Twitch noted that the performance quality of the dance was great but her transisitions were not so good. Mary noted that Rachael has tons of potential. Nigel called the performance a little juvenile. With a mied vote, Rachael got her ticket to the Academy.

After being cut during Academy week last season, animator and tutter Kyle Bennett returns for another try. Twitch noted that Kyle’s confidence read in his performance. Mary called the dance really amazing. Noting that he didn’t think people would realize how much work went into the dance, Nigel said that if Kyle can do other dance styles, he could be a star this season. Saying that her heart is pounding, Vanessa said that she thinks that they were all on the same page and told Kyle to come get his ticket to the Academy.

Victoria Neukon gave a performance that had Vanessa saying wow; adding that she loved it. Noting her incredible strength, Twitch said that Victoria used her body well. Calling the performance gorgeous, Mary said that the audition was amazing. Noting that Victoria’s Contemporary dance was based on gymnastics, Nigel said that he would have liked to see more dance movements. Victoria got her ticket to the Academy.

Bulgarian born identical twins Gratisela and Desislava Sandeva performed a hip-hop dance. Saying that they had some amazing originality, Vanessa said that her heart was melting for them. Calling the dance fun, Twitch said that the dance had some basic moves but it didn’t have the current punch. While Mary thought that the dance was a lot of fun, she said that it wasn’t strong enough. Nigel said that he wanted them to be great but they weren’t storng enough.

In the last performance of the night, brother and sister Salsa dancers Jordynn and Elan Lurie put on a show. The duo’s parents were in the house and Nigel invited mom to come down to the judge’s table. Ballroom expert Mary Murphy said that they did a fabulous job; adding that they had some unbelievable tricks. Nigel wanted to see more smiling. Saying that there were so many oooo and aaahhhh moments, Vanessa called the dance incredible. Saying that they were amazing, Twich noted that they had the family fire. When Nigel asked mom what she thought, mom said that she had seen better…then said that she was teasing. The duo got their ticket to the Academy.

Next week the New York auditins conclude with ome wild and crazy moves.

Keith Sweat Spreads Love and Song at Seneca Niagara

The multi million album selling R&B artist Keith Sweat brought his show to the Seneca Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on June 9 and brought the house down.

The only reason there were an empty seats in the house is because people were standing in the aisles dancing, screaming, and singing along.

The Harlem native may have grown up on the harsh streets of New York City, but his show was filled with love – songs about love, sharing love among fans, and loving each other.

Noting that he had a few hits, “back in the day,” Sweat began to perform at least a few of those hits including “Nothing”, “Twisted”, “I’ll Give All My Love to You”, “Don’t Stop Your Love”, “Make it Last Forever”, “How Deep is Your Love”, “Make You Sweat”, and even making up a few along the way as he talked to the crowd.

During one segment in the show, Sweat tried to get some of the couples to join him on the stage…and eventually he got a few who shared a slow dance on stage as Sweat sang.

To say that a good time was had by all would be an understatement. The house was loud with screaming fans who eagerly participated in the songs.

The night ended with raucous applause and as the fans filed out of the Events Center, it was clear that they would have loved to hear more from the love master Keith Sweat.

Three Stage Sweep for Win at Iowa in Xfinity Series

With the Monster Energy Cup Series taking the week off, the Xfinity Series will do some rare Sunday racing with the Iowa 250 from Iowa Speedway.

After a few weeks of nasty weather and canceled events; it’s a hot and humid day for the drivers with air temperatures in the 90s and track temperatures approaching 130 degrees.

As group qualifying begins, there are a number of teams trying to get through the inspection process. There are 40 teams at the track so everyone will be in the race.

Christopher Bell who did not make a qualifying run after inspection issues said that it is going to be a lot of fun coming from the back of the field in the race. Ryan Reed also failed to make a qualifying run.

With a time of 24.187; Justin Haley, Shane Lee, and Justin Allgaier ran the exact same time in round two of qualifying.

After three rounds of qualifying Austin Cindric wins his first pole of the season

The starting lineup for the Xfinity Series 250:
Austin Cindric
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Jones
Elliott Sadler
Cole Custer
Ryan Truex
Tyler Reddick
Kaz Grala
Riley Hebst
Michael Annett
Justin Allgiaer
Matt Tifft – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustment
Justin Haley
Shane Lee
John Hunter Nemechek
Ross Chastain
Ty Majeski
Alex LabbeJeremy Clements
Garrett Smthley
Ryan Sieg
BJ McLeod
David Starr
Jeff Green
Tommy Joe Martins
Spencer Boyd
Joey Gase
Brandon Hightower
Chad Finchum
Morgan Shepherd
J.J. Yeley
Blake Jones
Josh Williams
Josh Bilicki
Timmy Hill
Vinnie Miller
Mike Harmon
Stan Mullis
Christopher Bell
Ryan Reed

Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 130 for a total of 250 laps around the 7/8 mile short track.

Polesitter Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and edges out Daniel Hemric for the lead.

The top five are Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones, Elliott Sadler, and Cole Custer as the drivers are already three and four wide across the track/

The first caution of the race comes out when Garrett Smithley cuts a tire and brushes the wall on lap three.

Only three laps into the race and Christopher Bell and Ryan Reed have already passed half the field after starting the race at the back of the field when they failed to make a qualifying run due to  inspection issues. Christopher Bell is in 22nd and Ryan Reed is in 20th place.

Once again taking the outside lane, Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap eight and holds on to the lead as drivers are getting three wide on the restart.

The top five are Austin Cindric, Brandon Jones, Daniel Hemric, Ryan Truex, and Justin Allgaier.

Lap 12 Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly half a second on Brandon Jones; Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

The drivers are three wide throughout the field.

Christopher Bell is now in 12th place.

Lap 16 Austin Cindric has a half second lead on Bradnon Jones.

Lap 18 all 40 drivers are on the track and on the lead lap.

Lap 20 Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Brandon Jones; Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 23, Austin Cindric has increased his lead to over a secnd and a half on Brandon Jones; Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five. Christopher Bell is closing in on the top 10 in eleventh place.

Lap 28, Christopher Bell is now in the top 10. Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly two seconds on Brandon Jones.

Lap 35, Austin Cindric has a lead of over a second and half on Justin Allgaier with 27 cars on the lead lap. Christopher Bell is in ninth place.

Lap 43, Austin Cindric has a one second lead on Justin Allgaier with Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones, and Cole Custer rounding out the top five. Christopher Bell is in seventh.

Lap 47, Austin Cindric has increased his lead to nearly a second and a half on Justin Allgaier.

Ten to go, with 24 cars on the lead lap, Austin Cindric continues to dominate the race with a lead of over a second on Justin Allgaier.

Lap 51 Austin Cindric gets four wide as he encounters lapped traffic.

Lap 53, Justin Allgaier has pulled to within less than a second on leader Austin Cindric.

Lap 56, Elliott Sadler brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with a flat tire.

Lap 57, Austin Cindric is only a quarter of a second behind leader Austin Cindric.

Lap 58 Justin Allgaier passes Austin Cindric to take the lead.

Justin Allgaier wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Jones
Cole Custer
Christopher Bell
Tyler Reddick
John Hunter Nemechek
Riley Herbst
Shane Lee

With a pit stop of 15 and a half seconds, Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit road.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 70 and holds on to the lead of the race.

Lap 72 the top five are Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, Austin Cindric, Cole Custer, and Christopher Bell.

Lap 73, there are 22 cars on the lead lap. Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly half a second on Daniel Hemric.

Lap 77, Justin Allgaier has a half second lead on Daniel Hemric; Cole Custer, Austin Cindric, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Pit road reporters reveal that Elliott Sadler’s flat tire resulted in a brush against the wall and a broken sway bar arm that has left him four laps down.

Lap 90 Daniel Hemric challenges Justin Allgaier for the lead with Cole Custer on their bumpers in third. Christopher Bell has finally gotten around Austin Cindric for fourth place.

Lap 92 the top five are Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, and Austin Cindric.

Lap 95 Justin Allgaier has puled out to a lead of nearly a half a second on Daniel Hemric; Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 99, there are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Daniel Hemric’s team reports increasing water temperatures with debris on the grille.

Lap 102, Justin Allgaier is in the lead with Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, and Austin Cindric rounding out the top five.

Lap 106, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race with Daniel Hemric in second; Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Daniel Hemric’s car is now free of the debris on the grille thanks to the help of a lapped car.

Lap 110, Justin Allgaier has a one second lead on Daniel Hemric; Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 114, Justin Allgaier’s lead is still a second over Daniel Hemric with Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, and Austin Cindric rounding out the top five.

Three to go in stage two, Justin Allgaier holds on to the lead with Christopher Bell in second nearly a second behind.

After leading every lap in the stage, Justin Allgaier wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Austin Cindric
Brandon Jones
Riley Herbst
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Majeski
Ryan Reed

Cole Custer wins the race off of pit road with Justin Allgaier in second with the drivers getting three wide coming off of pit road.

Ty Majeski, Ryan Reed, and Jeremy Clements were all caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 129 but Just Allgaier edges out Custer to retake the lead from the inside lane.

Lap 131 the top five are Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, and Austin Cindric.

Lap 134, Christopher Bell challenges Justin Allgaier for the lead of the race as the two drivers go nose to nose with Justin Allgaier finally edging out for the lead on lap 139.

Lap 150, Christopher Bell again challenges Justin Allgaier for the lead.

With 100 laps to go, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bel, Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, and Austin Cindric.

Lap 152 Justin Allgaier’s lead is just a tenth of a second on Christopher Bell.

Lap 155, Justin Allgaier holds on to his lead of only a tenth of a second over Christopher Bell.

Lap 159, Justin Allgaier has increased his lead to three tenths of a second on Christopher Bel; Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 163, Christopher Bell has once again caught Justin Allgaier and is challenging for the lead.

Lap 171, Justin Allgaier has held on to his lead and is three tenths of a second ahead of second place driver Christopher Bell; Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Seventy five to go, there are 21 cars on the lead lap with Justin Allgaier in the lead.

The drivers cannot compete the race without making a pit stop.

Lap 180, leader Justin Allgaier has encounter lapped traffic and gets trapped, Christopher Bell passes Allgaier for the lead.

Lap 181 Justin Allgaier passes Christopher Bell to retake the lead.

With 67 laps remaining in the race, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, and Austin Cindric.

With 61 laps remaining in the race, there are only 17 cars on the lead lap.

John Hunter Nemechek made a pit stop with a tire issue.

Lap 190 Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly half a second on Christopher Bell; Cole Custer , Daniel Hemric, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 195, there are 15 cars on the lead lap with Justin Allgaier in the lead just under half a second on Christopher Bell.

Lap 197, Christopher Bell passes Justin Allgaier for the lead but the caution flag comes out for Chad Finchum when he brushes the wall.

When the caution fag comes out, the field is set by the electronic timers; as a result, Justin Allgier is named the leader of the race.

With a pit stop of 14.7 seconds, Justin Allgaer wins the race off of pit road.

Justin Allgaier brings the filed down for the green flag restart on lap 205 but is in a three way battle for the lead as Cole Custer, Austin Cindric, and Justin Allgaier get three wide.

Lap 207 Justin Allgaier is in the lead; Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, Austin Cindric, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 208, Christopher Bell challenges Justin Allgiaer for the lead, but Allgaier holds on to the top spot.

Lap 210, Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly half a second Cole Custer; Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

In a crossover move, Cole Custer retakes second place as he and Christopher Bell battle for second place.

Lap 213 Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of a second while Christopher Bell and Cole Custer battled for second; Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 215 the top five are Justin Allgaier by over a second, Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric,and Brandon Jones.

Lap 217, there are 17 cars on the lead lap with Justin Allgier out in front by over a second.

Lap 220, Justin Allgaier holds on to his one second lead on Christopher Bell; Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 233, Justin Allgaier’s lead is down to less than a second over Christopher Bell with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lapp 225 Christopher Bell has closed the gap on leader Justin Allgaier to half a second.

Lap 238, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bel, Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, and Brandon Jones.

Lap 230, Justin Allgaier’s lead is down to less than half a second on Christopher Bell.

Lap 232 the caution flag comes out when Brandon Hightower hits the wall. The teams have no fresh tires on pit road.

Taking the outside lane, Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 12 laps remaining in the race. Justin Allgaier edges out to take the lead.

Lap 239, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, and Cole Custer.

Christopher Bell gets around Brandon Jones to take second place.

Lap 240 Justin Allgaier is in the lead with Christopher Bell in second; Daniel Hremric, Cole Custer, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 244, Justin Allgaier has a lead of just under half a second on Christopher Bel. He has led 177 laps so far.

Four to to, Justin Allgaier has a lead of only two tenths on Christopher Bell; Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier takes the white flag.

Justin Allgaier sweeps all three stages for a win at Iowa!

The unofficial results of the Iowa 250:
Justin Allgaier
Christopher Bell
Daniel Hemric
Cole Custer
Brandon Jones
Riley Herbst
Ty Majeski
Tyler Reddick
Matt Tifft
Kaz Grala
Austin Cindric
Justin Haley
Michael Annett
Ryan Truex
John Hunter Nemechek
Shane Lee
Ryan Reed
Ryan Sieg
Ross Chastain
Jeremy Clements
Joey Gase
Spencer Boyd
Alex Labbe
David Starr
Garrett Smithley
Chad Finchum
Blake Jones
Elliottt Sadler
Brandon Hightower
Vinnie Miller
Tommy Joe Martins
Stan Mullis
Josh Williams
Jeff Green
Josh Bilicki
Timmy Hill
Mike Harmon
Morgan Shepherd
J.J. Yleley

Home Town Boy Wins Iowa in CWTS

On this Father’s Day weekend, the Monster Energy Cup Series is taking a rare week off; but the Camping World Truck Series and the Xfinity Series are on the track in Newton, Iowa at the Iowa Speedway. At 7/8th of a mile the short track allows the teenagers to shine.

The Camping World Truck Series gets the weekend started off with some Saturday night racing and the M&Ms 200.

There are 35 trucks at the track for 32 spots in the starting lineup.

On this weekend to celebrate fathers, racing is truly a family affair for Cory Roper who not only has his dad; but three brothers and a brother-in-law on the truck team.

David Gilliland and his son Todd; along with Joe Nemechek and his son John Hunter will be running in the race this weekend.

After three rounds of group qualifying 17 year old Harrison Burton earns his first career pole in a truck owned by Kyle Busch Motorsports and will bring the field down for the green flag.

The starting lineup for the M&Ms 200:
Harrison Burton
Matt Crafton
Noah Gragson
Topdd Gilliland
Stewart Friesen
Justin Haley
Johny Sauter
John Hunter Nemechek
Christian Eckes
Dalton Sargeant
Ben Rhodes
David Gilliland
Jesse Little
Cody Coughlin
Grant Enfinger
Brett Moffitt
Mhyatt Snider
Austin Hill
Austin Wayne Self
Reid Wilson
Joe Nemechek
Tanner Thorson
Jordan Anderson
Ross Chastain
J.J. Yeley
Cory Roper
Justin Fontaine
Wendell Chavous
Bayley Currey
Norm Benning
Jenifer Jo Cobb
Bobby Reuse

Josh Reaume, Bryant Barnhill, and Camden Murray did not qualify for the race.

Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps for 200 laps around the track.

Harrison Burton brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and goes side by side with Matt Crafton for the lead.

Harrison Burton leads lap one.

The top five are Harrison Burton, Matt Crafton, Todd Gilliland, John Hunter Nemechek, and Justin Haley.

Lap four, Harrison Burton has a half second lead on Matt Crafton with Todd Gillialand, John Hunter Nemechek, and Justin Haley rounding out the top five.

Lap nine, Harrison Burton has pulled out to a lead of a second on Matt Crafton; with Matt Crafton with Todd Gillialand, John Hunter Nemechek, and Justin Haley rounding out the top five.

Lap eleven, Harrison Burton has a lead of a second and a half on Matt Crafton.

Jennifer Jo Cobb has a tire issue but gets on pit road and the track stays green.

Lap 13 Harrison Burton has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Matt Crafton.

Lap 19, Harrison Burton continues to lead the race; he has a lead of over a second and a half on Matt Crafton with Matt Crafton with Todd Gillialand, John Hunter Nemechek, and Justin Haley rounding out the top five.

Lap 23, Harrison Burton’s lead is down to under a second and a half on Matt Crafton; Matt Crafton with Todd Gillialand, John Hunter Nemechek, and Justin Haley rounding out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 34 when Todd Gillialand hits the wall after fighting a very loose condition.

During the caution, Ben Rhodes brought his truck down pit road with complaints of a tight issue.

Harrison Burton brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 30 but before the lap is completed the second caution flag comes out for a crash involving several drivers. Christian Eckes, Ben Rhodes, and Grant Enfinger were all involved in the wreck.

Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 37 with Crafton holding on to the lead.

The top five are Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, Stewart Friesen, Harrison Burton, and Justin Haley.

Lap 39, John Hunter Nemechek challenges Matt Crafton for the lead but Crafton holds on to the top spot.

Separated by less than a second, the top five are Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, Harrison Burton, Stewart Friesen, and Johnny Sauter with 17 laps remaining in stage one.

Lap 45, John Hunter Nemechek is on Matt Crafton’s bumper challenging for the lead.

Lap 48, the top five are Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, Harrison Burton, Stewart Friesen, and Johnny Sauter.

Stewart Friesen makes it a three truck battle for the lead with Matt Crafton, and John Hunter Nemechek with 10 laps remaining in stage one. This is Friesen’s first time on the track in Iowa.

Lap 51 John Hunter Nemechek passes Matt Crafton for the lead of the race.

Lap 54, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of nearly a second on Matt Crafton with Harrison Burton, Stewart Friesen, and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
John Hunter Nemechek
Matt Crafton
Harrison Burton
Stewart Friesen
Johnny Sauter
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
Brett Moffitt
Dalton Sargeant
Christian Eckes

Harrison Burton’s team reports that his throttle stopped working and believes that they have the problem fixed. He will have to restart the race from the back of the field for pitting while pit road was still closed.

Matt Crafton wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag star of stage two on lap 69. Noah Gragson jumps out for the lead of the race.

Lap 70, the top five are Noah Gragson, John Hunter Nemechek, Stewart Friesen, Johnny Sauter, and Matt Crafton.

Lap 73, Noah Gragson holds on to his lead as Stewart Friesen and John Hunter Nemechek battle for second.

Lap 74 John Hunter Nemechek challenges Noah Gragson for the lead.

Lap 75 Stewart Friesen and John Hunter Nemechek b battle for the lead as they swap the lead back and forth.

Lap 77 Stewart Friesen takes the lead with John Hunter Nemechek in second, Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap 80 Stewart Friesen has a half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap 90, Stewart Friesen has a half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap 91, after restarting the race at the back of the field, Harrison Burton has moved into the top 10.

Lap 92, John Hunter Nemechek has moved to less than a quarter of a second on leader Stewart Friesen; Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 94, leader Stewart Friesen has pulled out to a half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter is in third over two seconds back.

With 21 laps remaining in stage two, John Hunter Nemechek continues to challenge leader Stewart Friesen.

The caution flag comes out for more issues with Todd Gillialnd after he blows a tire and hits the wall. With 15 laps remaining in stage two.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 114 and jumps out in front of the field for the lead with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Myatt Snider, Jesse Little, and Johnhy Sauter round out the top five.

Three laps remaining in stage two, Stewart Friesen leads the field by nearly half a second; John Hunter Nemechek, Brett Moffitt, Noah Gragson, and Myatt Snider round out the top five.

Stewart Friesen wins stage two.

The top five at the end of stage two:
Stewart Friesen
John Hunter Nemechek
Brett Moffitt
Noah Gragson
Myatt Snider
Harrison Burton
Jesse Little
Johnny Sauter
David Gilliland
Matt Crafton

Stewart Friesen wins the race off of pit road. John Hunter Nemechek had an extended pit stop.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 129 with Noah Gragson in second; David Gillialand, Ben Rhodes, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 130 home stage driver Brett Moffitt has the lead with David Gillialnd in second.

Lap 134, Matt Crafton and Stewart Friesen swap some paint.

The caution fag comes out on lap 136 with a crash involving John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, Stewart Friesen, and Matt Crafton. Nemechek takes his truck directly to the garage.

Justin Haley gets a push onto pit road with reports of a possible engine issue.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start on lap 145. Moffitt jumps out in front of David Gillialand to take the lead of the race and quickly puts a half second between himself and second place driver Noah Gragson.

Lap 148, the top five are Brett Moffitt, Noah Gragson, David Gillialand, Harrison Burton, and Johnny Sauter.

Lap 150, Brett Moffitt has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Noah Gragson.

Lap 153, Brett Moffitt has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Noah Gragson; David Gillialand, Harrison Burton, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap 159, Brett Moffitt has a lead of over a second on Noah Gragson. Moffitt started the race in 16th; no driver has ever won from that spot.

Lap 162, Brett Moffitt’s lead is down to under a second on Noah Gragson.

Lap 168, Brett Moffitt holds on to the lead over Noah Gragson with David Gillialand, Harrison Burton, and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.

Lap 171, Noah Gragson has pulled to within less than half a second on leader Brett Moffitt.

Lap 174, there are 14 trucks on the lead lap with Brett Moffitt out in front of Noah Gragson by just under half a second.

Lap 178, Brett Mofitt’s lead is less than half a second on Noah Gragson with Harrison Burton, David Gillialand, and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.

Nineteen to go, there are 12 trucks on the lead lap. Brett Moffitt holds on to the lead over Noah Gragson by about half a second.

Fifteen to go, Brett Moffitt holds on to the lead with Noah Gragson in hot pursuit; Harrison Burton, David Gillialand, and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.

Ten to go, Brett Moffitt holds on to the lead, but Noah Gragson is only a third of a second behind.

Six to go, Brett Moffitt’s lead is down to a quarter of a second on Noah Gragson; Harrison Burton, David Gillialand, and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.

Four to go, Noah Gragson challenges Brett Moffit for the lead, but Mofitt holds on to the top spot with a lead of a quarter of a second.

Two to go, Brett Moffitt, Noah Gragson, and Harrison Burton are separated by only half a second.

Brett Moffitt takes the white flag.

In a last second charge, Brett Moffitt holds off Noah Gragson to get his first win in front of his home crowd.

The unofficial results of the M&Ms 200:
Brett Moffitt
Noah Gragson
Harrison Burton
David Gillialand
Johnny Sauter
Jesse Little
Cody Coughlin
Christian Eckes
Stewart Friesen
Myatt Snider
Grant Enfinger
Justin Fontaine
Tanner Thorson
Austin Hill
Austin Wayne Self
Justin Haley
Ben Rhodes
Cory Roper
Dalton Sargeant
Norm Benning
Wendel Chavous
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Jordan Anderson
Bayley Currey
Bobby Reuse
Matt Crafton
John Hunter Nemechek
Reid Wilson
Todd Gillialand
Ross Chastain
Joe Nemechek
J.J. Yeley

More Challengers on ‘The Four’

Last week on “The Four” Majeste Pearson beat out Carvena Jones to become one of “The Four” and took her seat beside James Graham, Stephanie Zelaya, and Sharaya J.

DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, and Sean “Diddy” Combs will hear another set of challengers and determine who will get the change to challenge one of “The Four”.

The night of music begins with a group performance from “The Four” and brought the judges to their feet.

First up looking to challenge “The Four” is R&B singer Whitney Reign who sang the Julia Michaels song “Issues”. Host Fergie said that Whitney had attitude. Saying that Whitney had a magical gift, Meghan said that Whitney can entertain everyone. DJ Khaled loved the energy and swag, but felt that Whtiney needed to go harder. Sean said that while Whitney had a great personality, her voice was just average. During deliberations Meghan fights for Whitney and gets the guys to change their minds. Whitney gets three yes votes and chooses to challenge Stephanie. When a challenge is issued, the audience votes and determines the winner. The audience chose Whitney over Stephanie. Whitney becomes on of “The Four” and Stephanie goes home.

Sixteen year old R&B singer De’stani Bryant gave a performance that Meghan said looked effortless; adding that De’stani is gifted. DJ Khaled noted that De’stani had fun; adding that he loved the rap during the song. While Sean feels that De’stani is a new young talent; he believes that she needs more work but has a bright future before her and has potential. De’stani got only one yest from the judges.

Flashy Nashville artist Stella Amor put her own spin on “Mad World”. Meghan called the performance fun and entertaining. A speechless Sean loved her freedom but felt uncomfortable. DJ Khaled noted that sometimes different is great. Saying that he wanted to see what she would do next, DJ Khaled was the only judge who said yes.

Rapper James Farrow not only strutted his stuff on the stage, he was rather arrogant and a bit disrespectful toward “The Four”, especially fellow rapper Sharaya J. DJ liked what James did and wanted to see more. Sean said that if James had come to his office, he would not have asked to see more; but added that James has potential. James said that a rap battle was why he was there. He got his wish with three yeses and saying that gladiators only battle other gladiators he chose to battle with Sharaya. After the battle the audience chose Sharaya as the winner and she retains her seat.

Curisau native Skylar Dayne chose the Selena Gomez song “Wolves” for her performance. Meghan noted that Skylar’s falsetto was amazing. DJ wanted to see the passion throughout the song. Sean felt that Skylar was being safe. Meghan was the only judge to give Skylar a yes.

In the final performance of the night, rocker Jesse Kramer brought his guitar for a performance of “Hallelujah”. Saying that she was pleasantly surprised, Meghan said that Jesse gave her chills. Calling Jesse a raw talent, Sean said that he felt some an Elvis vibe; adding that it was refreshing. DJ simply said “Hallelujah”. Jesse got his three yeses and giving a slight bow said, “I choose your Majesty” to take on Majeste. After a laid back performance in his first song, Jesse cranked it up for his second performance with “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix. In what Fergie announced as the closes vote so far this season, she revealed that Jesse won the challenge.

The Four” continues with more challengers next week.

New Music Friday – June 15

This week iew Music Friday, there are some 50 new albums out for music fans including releases from The Gaslight Anthem, Betty Who, Buddy Guy, Johnny Marr, The English Beat, Christina Aguilera, The Darkness, the Gin Blossoms, DNCE, Mike Shinoda, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jason Aldean, and a compilation from the Allman Brothers.

Albums:
“The ’59 Sound Sessions” by The Gaslight Anthem
“4275” by Jacquees
“Arthur Buck” by Arthur Buck
“The Blues is Alive and Well” by Buddy Guy
“Bon Voyage” by Melody’s Echo Chamber
“Born Ready” by Steve Moakler
“Breakthrough” by Chris McClamey
“Call the Comet” by Johnny Marr
“Collagically Speaking” by R+R=NOW with Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, and Christian Scott
“Coming in Hot” by Diamante
“For the Cause” by Madball
“Free Rein” by Rebelution
“Head Over Heels” by Chromeo
“Here We Go Love” by The English Beat
“Hope Downs” by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
“In the Wasteand by Jason Charles Miller
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Incredibles 2” by Michael Giacchino
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Jurassic World: Fallen /Kingdom” by Michael Giacchino
“L.O.:S.T” by Anthony Amorim
“Last House on the Block” by Eligh
“Legendary Fold Songs” by PeterHollens
“Letters from the Fire” by Letter from the Fire
“Liberation” by Christina Aguilera
“Live at Hammersmith” by The Darkness
“Living Proof” by State Champs
“MIxed Reality” by the Gin Blossoms
“Monstercat Instinct, Vol. 1” by Various Artists
“Mud Digger 9” by Various Artists
“Muerte” by the Axe Murder Boyz
“My Midnight Things” by Lizzy Borden
“Nasty” by Rico Nasty
“No Question” by Apollo Brown & Locksmith
“OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES” by SOPHIE
“Please Don’t Be Dead” by Fantastic Negrito
“Post Traumatic” by Mike Shinoda
“Punk Rocksteady” by Mad Caddies
“Redemption” by Jay Rock
“SOLAR” by nobigdyl.
“Sunnyland” by Mayday Parade
“Survive Sunrise” by ASG
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Uncle Drew” by Various Artists
“While We’re At It” by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
“The Wolf Bites Back” by Orange Goblin
“Youngblood” by 5 Seconds of Summer
“Ninth” by The GazettE
“1999” by Joey Bada$$
“Rearview Town” by Jason Aldean
“Cream of the Crop 2003” by the Allman Brothers

EPs:
“Betty, Pt. 1” by Betty Who
“Make My Bed” by King Princess
“People to People” by DNCE
“The Story of Light’ – The 6th Album” by SHINee

It’s the Final Four on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Only four queens remain after Miz Cracker was eliminated in the evil twins challenge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. Aquaria earned her third win last week.

This week, RuPaul challenges the queens to sing and dance their way to the finale. In the final maxi challenge, RuPaul invites the queens to write their own verse for her song “American” – a song she wrote to hep united the country. Not only will they write their own lyrics and perform them, the queens will meet with Todrick Hall for choreography – their toughest yet.

Along with performing the song as a group, they will also be a guest on RuPaul’s podcast and show her and the judge’s why they deserve to be the Next Drag Superstar.

In the recording studio Aquaria had a little trouble getting the right key at first, Asia’s foot tapping and singing/rapping were not on the same beat, they were trying to teach Erueka how to sound like an elephant, and Kameron kept singing too low but Todrick told her to trust in herself.

Back in the workroom Eureka wanted to hear Kameron’s verse but Kameron didn’t want to sing it. Asia went after Eureka over continuing to ask Kameron to sing.

When it came time to meet with Todrick on the choreography, Aquaria was a quick study but Kameron and Eureka were having some trouble getting the steps down. Todrick reminded the queens that any mistakes would stand out and suggested the queens spend a lot of time rehearsing.

When the queens come into the workroom to get ready for the performance, they find some cocktails waiting for them. While getting made up and dressed, the queens discuss the best and worst moments over the season. Some of the queens wonder whether or not the odds are stacked against them when it comes to winning the competition.

For this final challenge, RuPaul kept it in the family at the judge’s table with herself, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Matthews, and Todrick Hall.

In their remarks the judges thought Aquaria had a phenomenal look; adding that she always has amazing looks. RuPaul said that Aquaria was one of the top five ever on the show with her runway looks. Todrick noted that it was awesome to work with someone who has clearly done their homework. Michelle called Aquaria a gem to watch.

RuPaul and Michelle spoke on how close many of the challenges were this week and that Asia came very close to winning on a number of occasions. Michelle said that Asia was a seasoned performer. The judges noted that Asia was happy during her dance performance. Todrick noted that Asia took every note he gave.

The judges said that Eureka lit up the stage and Todrick called her a spark of energy. Saying that Eureka has worked it all season, Michelle noted that Eureka turned it out on the dance routine. Michelle added that Eureka is what the competition is all about…and a dynamic performer.

Todrick said that watching Kameron sing was his favourite moment. An emotional Ross noted that Kameron’s lyrics spoke for so many of them. Having survived three lip sync battles, RuPaul called Kameron a true survivor. Saying that Kameron had some fabulous looks this season, Michelle was surprised to see Kameron in the final four this season.

Noting that she always gets emotional when they get to the final four, RuPaul told the queens that they should be proud of themselves.

Before any deliberations, RuPaul has some questions for the queens and asks them to reflect back to their younger selves and offer some advice. RuPaul also asks each queen why they should be crowned the winner over one of their opponents.

Once deliberations were over, RuPaul said ti bring back her girls. Todrick said that that should be RuPaul’s next single; and then they started singing it.

Telling the queens that each of them have fought fiercely for their spots, RuPaul has all four of the queens give a lip sync performance to “Call Me Mother” by RuPaul.

After the lip sync performance, RuPaul announced her decision as to which queen would be going home…no one!

All four of the queens will be a part of the grand finale.

As in seasons past, RuPaul asks the fans to express their thoughts on who they want to win.

Next week all of the queens from season 10 return for a reunion and in two weeks a new winner will be crowned.

In this week’s “Untucked” segment…
Asia called things intense but Eureka had fun.

Noting that she was wearing a gown, Kameron said that there would be no tricks in the lip sync performance this week, but then Aquaria – who is also in a gown – shows off a few moves.

Not shown during the show, RuPaul had asked the queens with whom they had made a connection between them and one of their fellow queens. Aquaria had sad she made a connection with Asia. Asia felt that she had been shown her true purpose and noted with that she felt like she had won. Asia added that outside of the pretty wigs, all the glitz, and glamour that the smallest things can change a person’s life.

Eureka got emotional when talking abut being a big queen and showing people that it was ok.

Kameron noted that Aquaria is strong and excels in everything; adding that it will get her more fans.

Eureka notices the video screen…and asks who is it???

It’s Kameron’s mom; they both get emotional and cry.

Asia’s parents are gone and gets emotional when the other queens talk about their moms, knowing that she wouldn’t get a video…and suddenly she hears her name when a video message comes on from her best friend David.

As the queens prepare to head back out on stage, they discover pieces of costumes that had been left by eliminated queens.

Back on stage, they learn that will all be a part of the grand finale.

Themes, Variations, and Endings for the BPO

For the final concert of the 2017-18 orchestra season the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra rang from its rafters to the bowels of Kleinhans Music Hall for an Italian Festival of music.

The afternoon began with a composition by composer, playwright, and scholar Ildebrando Pizetti. With a desire to return Italy to the days when it was the center of art and culture, Pizetti chose the tragedy “Oedipus Re” as the inspiration for the mood music “3 Symphonic Preludes from Sophocles ‘Oedipus Rex’”.

While not an Italian, Russian composer Sergei Rachmoninoff took inspiration from Italian violinist Niccolo Paganini for his “Variations on a Theme by Paganini”.

Van Cliburn medalist Benedetto Lupo returned to Buffalo to perform the piano portion of the piece.

Variations is a 22 minute piece that features 24 variations on a singe theme, the most famous of which was used to compose music for the Christopher Reeve film “Somewhere in Time”.

After a standing ovation Lupo returned to the stage for an encore performance of an etude.

After the intermission the BPO returned to the stage…mostly…for a performance of two compositions by Ottorino Respighi.

First up was “La ‘fontane di Roma” – The Fountains of Rome – with visits to the Valle Giulia, the Triton, the Trevi, and Villa Medici Fountains all in a single day. As night fell, Respighi used the clarinet to simulate the sound of a nightingale. The clarinet then gave way to the sound of a real nightingale. Unusual in its concept, even more unique is that included in the script is a disc with the original recording that Respighi made in 1924 when he composed the piece and it is that sound that listeners here during the performance.

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The afternoon of music concluded with “I pini di Roma” – The Pines of Rome. Again the piece is a visitation of four locations in a single day. Not satisfied to simply perform the work, musical director Joann Falletta strives for authenticity in sound. For the movement near the Catacombs, principal trumpet player Alex Jockapii played from the basement beneath the stage. And in the final movement when the soldiers marching down the Appian Way respond to call from the town, some of the horn players performed from up in the balcony.

Once the horns and strings went quiet, the Music Hall rang out with applause from the large crowd, a standing ovation and applause that lasted from several minutes while Joann Falletta pointed out soloists, shook hands, and thanked orchestra members for a joyous and successful end to another BPO season.

The BPO returns for a new season in September.

Young Actor Jackson Odell Dies

Actor Jackson Odell died June 8 at his San Fernando Valley, California home at the age of 20. While no foul play is suspected, an official cause of death has not been released.

Odell is most recently known for his role as Ari Caldwell in the television sitcom “The Goldbergs”.

Odell made his television debut in 2009 when he was only 12 years old in an uncredited role in “Private Practice”. His first credited roe was also in 2009 in “I’m in the Band”. Appearing in less than two dozen productions, Odell’s other appearances include the television series “State of the Union”, “Jefferson”, “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer”, an episode of ”iCarly”, “Modern Family”, “Arrested Development”, “The Fosters”, and “The Goldbergs”.

Along with his acting, Odell is a musician who has written music for the soundtrack of “Forever My Girl”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv6ktjg_RPk

He was born Jackson Reid Odell on July 2, 1997 in Colorado.

No list of survivors was given.

 

Feature photo credit: YouTube screen capture

NASCAR Issues Michigan Penalties

When the FireKeepers Casino 400 finally got underway on June 10, three of Joe Gibbs Racing’s drivers found themselves starting the race from the back of the field after failing pre-race inspection with an issue involving the front spittler.

The Monster Energy Cup Series teams of Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Erik Jones were all charged with having splitters that did not measure up to the rules; as a result of the infractions, the drivers started the race from the back of the field and their crew chiefs were fined $25,000 and the car chiefs have been suspended for one race.

Mike Wheeler is the crew chief and Brandon Griffeth is the car chief for Denny Hamlin.

Adam Stevens is the crew chief and Nate Bellows is the car chief for Kyle Busch.

Chris Gayle is the crew chief and Jason Overstreet is the car chief for Erik Jones.

LA Auditions Conclude on SYTYCD

The auditions continue on “So You Think You Can Dance” with more auditions from Los Angeles.

Twitch is also back to join judges Vanessa Hudgens, Mary Murphy, and Nigel Lythgoe.

First up was Tessa Dalke performing a Contemporary routine. Nigel said that she was one of those people who were good at everything; adding that her routine was quite brilliant and stunning with amazing control. Calling the routine graceful and beautiful, Vanessa said that Tessa was very strong. Twitch called Tessa super talented and awesome. Saying that Tessa just had it, Mary called Tessa extraordinary. Tessa got her ticket to the Academy.

Last season Jazz dancer Jay Jay Dixonbey made it to the Academy before getting cut; this season he has returned to take it even further. Since being cut from the show, Jay Jay has been a part of Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound. Calling Jay Jay so powerful, Mary noted that he can spin like a top. Nigel gave Jay Jay an A for Attitude. Vanessa called Jay Jay beautiful and so good, Twitch said that he did a great job. Jay Jay has earned himself another ticket to the Academy.

Best friends Nathan Hughes and Courtland Davis dance to inspire others. Saying that he didn’t see anything he hasn’t seen before, Nigel encouraged the guys to work on some signature moves. Noting that they had amazing chemistry, Vanessa said that she didn’t see anything memorable. Twitch said that they were super fun to watch but noted there was no solo moment from Courtand. Mary called them super entertainers. The duo survived and got their tickets to the Academy with three yeses.

After Hannahlei Caranila’s Contemporary routine, the judges simply stood holding tickets for the Academy.

After some clips of yes dances, Hip-Hop dancer CJ Butler took the stage. Dancing his way, CJ uses the medium as an outlet to express his feelings. Three years ago CJ witnessed his step-father murder his mom. Twitch commended CJ for his bravery and channeling the negative things; but noted he could see the energy and passion. Mary simply told CJ that it wasn’t his fault. Nigel noted that while it is good to let everything out, he felt the dance was a little uncontrolled. Saying that she could tell he had the sweetest heart, Vanessa said that CJ just needed some polish. CJ got nos from the judges but received some words of encouragement and reminders that the events that occurred were not his fault.

After a series of no clips, Animator Dustin Payne returns after getting cut in the Ballroom round at the Academy last season. Twitch said that he did a great job; adding that he was a good example of what a Hip-Hop dancer should do. Mary called him mesmerizing. Nigel said that he loved Dustin last year and again this year; adding that he hopes Dustin has been working on his Ballroom. Vanessa called the routine clean. Dustin will once again he heading for the Academy.

For the final audition of the night Nicole Clonch brought SYTYCD season two winner Benji Schwimmer to help her out with her audition. The duo have been West Coast Swing dance partners for over three years. Vanessa said that the routine was on fire with some insane tricks. Twitch noted that it was something to be on the stage with Benji and for them to be watching Nicole. Nigel called the routine stunning and the best he has ever seen. Mary called Nicole a standout. Nicole got her ticket to the Academy.

Next week it’s on to New York City for more auditions.

Qualifying Round part 3 on ‘World of Dance’

On week three of “World of Dance” the qualifying rounds continue with more dancers showing off their moves.

Getting the night of dance started off are a group of B-Boys from The Netherlands who call themselves The Ruggeds. Ne-Yo loved the huge trick in the beginning of the routine but had an issue with the transitions. Jennifer like their ideas; adding that the tricks and difficulty were there. Agreeing with his fellow judges, Derek added that the group needed finesse. Getting a score of 83.3 the group will move on to the next round. Ne-Yo tod them that they see the potential in the group but it is up to them.

After failing to make the cut lastseason, Alberta natives Josh and Taylor joined together to dance as a duo and brought the judges to their feet. Noting that they have their own thing Jennifer said that they made her feel. Ne-Yo said that there were a lot of moments in the routine to love; adding that they made the song mean something. Saying that they did a great job Derek noted that he couldn’t wait to see what else they would come up with. The duo scored 93,3 points for their dance.

The Korean dance drew of Lock and Lol impressed the judges with their on stage costume changes.Jennifer called the dance pure entertianment. After asking for the number of their tailor – he loved the jackets – Ne-Yo thought that they did a great job but lost a little energy as the dance went along. Derek loved the hat tricks; noting that they made it look easy. Despite getting a 79 from Jennifer, the crew scored 81 points for a chance to perform in the next round. Ne-Yo told them that it would only get harder from here.

In his native Australia, Michael Dameski won “So You Think You Can Dance”. He brought the judges to their fee with his Contemporary routine. Derek noted that you could see Michael’s passion; adding the routine was unbelievable and exactly what they were looking for. Calling the routine gorgeous and really beautiful, Jennifer said that it also felt dangerous with a sense of keeping you on the edge of your seat. Noting that Michael exploded from the beginning, Ne-Yo called the routine amazing. Michael scored 92.7 points for his dance.

The LD Dance Company from Houston performed a Samba that had Derek wondering whether it was enough to get them to the next round. Noting that the dance had so much energy and was entertaining, Jennifer questioned the artistry and creativity. Ne-Yo went up on the stage to shake a move with them. With a scored of 74.3 points, the dance company failed to earn enoug points to move on to the next round.

The junior team group the Rascals from Hawaii earned some high praise from Derek who noted that their personality was off the charts and had great executions in their moves. Calling the group adorable, Jennifer said that their was so much to love about what they did; adding that they needed better control and polish. Ne-Yo said that the group did a great job and he loved the energy. The group scored 84.7 points for their dance.

The final dance of the night was from the trio who call themselves Elektro Botz. Jennifer said that they smashed it and were so narrative in their moves. Ne-Yo called the routine amazing; adding that they had personality. Calling it a really strong performance, Derek thought that they were very clean and together. The trio scored 89 points for their dance.

Artists Face the Monsters Under the Bed on ‘Face Off’

The Battle Royale continues on “Face Off” season 13…and this week their will be an elimination.

In last week’s premiere, host McKenie Westmore revealed that this season the artists will be competing head to head but those battles will require an even number of artists. As a result, there will not be an elimination each week, but a double elimination every two weeks.

This week when the artists walk into the workroom, they find McKenzie standing in a space that looks like a little girl’s room.

McKenzie challenges the artists to take an object from under the bed that represents an ordinary occupation and use it to create a fun light-hearted monster that would do that job in the monster world.

But like all “Face Off” challenges, there’s a twist…McKenzie tells the artists that even a good monster must be able to scare someone on demand. The artists must also incorporate a physical gag within their makeup that wil transform the monster from a light-hearted one to a frightening one.

For winning the challenge last week, Kelly gets a little extra help from an industry expert. Two time Emmy Award winning monster maker Jamie Kelman comes to the “Face Off” workroom to give Kelly a hand for a few hours.

In the head to head pairings this week…
Kelly and Kevon got the diner waitress
Graham and Damian got the judge
Jo and Derek got the firefighter
Sasha and Yvonne got the hairdresser
Walter and Mel got the police officer
Jordan and Matt got the dentist

Sasha is having some trouble coming up with a concept and a character. Drawing a blank, Sasha searches in the reference books for some inspiration and comes up with an idea.

Award winning makeup artist Michael Westmore visits the workroom to offer some advice and tips for the artists.

Walter is a bit worried about his character and whether or not he can get everything worked out in time.

Matt is worried about whether he can get his gag to work.

Jo is having some trouble getting her gag to work.

It’s application day and many of the artists are stressed about getting their models ready and getting the gags to work. With only one hour remaining, last looks is nerve wracking for the artists.

Jo is not happy with her character and doesn’t feel that she has answered the challenge.

After the reveal and closer looks, McKenzie names the winners of the battles…
Jordan wins over Matt
Kevon wins over Kelly
Derek wins over Jo
Damian wins over Graham
Yvonne wins over Sasha
Walter wins over Mel

Before determining the overall winner and who goes home, the judges speak with a few of the artists…
The judges said that Walter’s character was exactly what they were looking for; adding he had some gorgeous paints and a stunning reveal. The judges called the character a brilliant and competant design.

The judge’s said that Jo’s character didn’t work this week and the reveal didn’t look scary. Saying that it was a bad idea from the beginning, Jo found herself one of the bottom looks again this week.

Jordan has some beautiful shapes and painting in his character but his gag didn’t answer the challenge. Calling the creation over the top, the judge’s liked that Jordan did his own thing.

Sasha character didn’t convey insect or alien as she had planned, her gag was uninspired and not well integrated, and Glenn worried about the technical aspects of Sasha’s work.

Saying that the character’s skin felt like yarn art, the judges noted that Mel’s character looked the same before and after her scary reveal. Mel also found herself in the bottom looks for the second week.

Head judge Glenn Hetrick named Walter as the overall winner this week; but for Jo and Sasha it was time to go home.

Next week the remaining artists will face ancient cultures.

Former AGT Winner Neal Boyd Dies

The 2008 “America’s Got Talent” winner Neal Boyd died June 10 at his mother’s home in Sikeston, Missouri at the age of 42. Boyd had a number of health issues and had been involved in a serious automobile accident last year.

Boyd won season three of the reality competition show by singing opera. He released only one album “My American Dream” in 2009.

While small town Missouri is far from the halls of the Metropolitan Opera, Boyd discovered opera music.

Before his time on “America’s Got Talent”, Boyd won an award from the National Music Teachers and performed at Carnegie Hall.

Along with his music career, Boyd dabbled in politics as a Republican but failed to win the election for a Missouri House of Representatives seat.

Boyd is survived by his mother Esther.

Natural Wonder Brings Stevie Wonder Music to Seneca Niagara

The 25 time Grammy Award winning music icon Stevie Wonder has been making music for most of his life. While he was first recorded at age 12 playing the harmonica on “Fingertips”, it was the song “Superstition” in 1972 that made Wonder a household name.

Since then, Wonder has records dozens of albums and released numerous hit singles.

On June 2, Natural Wonder – the Stevie Wonder tribute band – performed in the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls.

Concentrating on Wonder’s music from the seventies and eighties, with a focus on “Songs in the Key of Life”, the band spent the next hour and a half offering up just a sample of what Stevie Wonder has to offer.

After opening the show with “Signed Sealed Delivered”, the band performed “For Once in My Life”, “My Cherie Amore”, “a Motown medley – including “Superwoman”, “Golden Lady”, “As”, and “Jesus Children” -, “Sir Duke”, “Higher Ground”, “Master Blaster”, “Boogie on Reggae Woman”, “That Girl”, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” “Another Star”, “You are the Sunshine of My Life”, “ Just Called to Say I Love You”, “Isn’t She Lovely”, “I Wish” and finishing out the night with “Superstition”.

Gabriel Bello as Stevie engaged the crowd encouraging them to clap and sing along; and sometimes teasing the crowd by playing a few notes of the net song to see if they could “Name that Tune”.

Over the years, Stevie Wonder has amassed an extensive musical catalogue – one that would take several hours to cover. With less than two hours for a show, Natural Wonder performed a series of Stevie Wonder hits from a time when Wonder dominated the music charts in a performance that kept the hour rocking.

Rain Shortens Wild Race in Michigan

While the truck series traveled to Texas, the Xfinity and Monster Cup Series went to Michigan and the Irish Hills.

After qualifying was rained out, the field was set by car owner points.

The starting lineup for the Lti Printing 250:
Kyle Busch
Paul Menard
Elliott Sadler
Cole Custer
Daniel Hemric
Tyler Reddick
Christopher Bell
John Hunter Nemechek
Justin Allgiaer – moved to the rear of the field for unapproved adjustments
Alex Bowman
Brandon Jones
Ryan Truex
Austin Dillon
Matt Tifft
Ryan Reed
Ross Chastain
Michael Annett
Ryan Sieg
Joey Gase
Alex Labbe
Jeremy Clements
Garrett Smithley
Caesar Bagarella
Kevin Harvick
Tommy Joe Martins
Josh Williams
J.J. Yeley
David Starr
Austin Cindric
Matt Mills
Jeff Green
Vinnie Miller
Josh Bilicki
Spencer Boyd
Brandon Hightower
Chad Finchum – moved to the rear of the field for an engine change
Timmy Hill
BJ McLeod
Morgan Shepherd
Kaz Grala

Stages one and two of the race are only 30 laps each with stage three lasting 65 laps for a total of 125 laps around the two mile track.

Monster Energy Cup Series driver Joey Logano joins Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip in the broadcast booth for the race.

After a delay of over three hours for rain, the cars finally get on the track for some three and four wide racing.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out Paul Menard to lead the first lap.

Paul Menard passes Kyle Busch for the lead.

Elliott Sadler gets out in front for the lead.

Lap three the top five are Elliott Sadler, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, Paul Menard, and Brandon Jones.

Lap four Kyle Busch passes Elliott Sadler to take the lead. The top five are Kyle Busch, Elliott Sadler, Christopher Bell, Brandon Jones, and Cole Custer.

Lap six, Kyle Busch continues to hold a narrow lead on Elliott Sadler.

Lap nine, Kyle Busch leads the race with Elliott Sadler in second; Christopher Bell, Brandon Jones, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

Lap 15 Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with Elliott Sadler only a tenth of a second behind; Christopher Bell, Brandon Jones, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out when Christopher Bell gets loose and hits the wall.

Race leader Kyle Busch did not make a pit stop during the caution and brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 20.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Cole Custer, John Hunter Nemechek Ryan Reed and Brandon Jones.

Lap 23, Kyle Busch is in the lead with Cole Custer in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Ran Reed, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Christopher Bell has gotten his car repaired and is making minimum speed; he is back on the track two laps down.

Lap 26 Kyle Busch holds on to his tenth of a second lead on Cole Custer.

Kyle Busch wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Reed
Cole Custer
Brandon Jones
Ryan Truex
Elliott Sadler
Kaz Grala
Austin Dillon
Kevin Harvick

Taking only two tires, Cole Custer wins the race off of pit road.

Kaz Grala was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

After having stayed out during the end of stage caution, Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 36.

Paul Menard edges out Harvick for the lead with Alex Bowman in second and Kevin Harvick in third.

Lap 37 the top five are Paul Menard, Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman, Daniel Hemric, and Kyle Busch.

Alex Labbe and Caesar Bacarella get into a crash and bring out the caution flag.

Paul Menard brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 42 but gets passed by Kevin Harvick for the lead.

Alex Bowman gets a good push and takes the lead of the race.

Lap 43 the top five are Alex Bowman, Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, Elliott Sadler and Daniel Hemric.

Ryan Sieg brings out the caution flag when he spins out and flat spots his tires.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 49 and edges out Elliott Sadler to hold on to the lead.

Lap 49, Kevin Harvick passes Alex Bowman to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 50, the top fiver are Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman, Elliott Sadler, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Allgaier.

Reports are coming in that more rain is on the way.

Lap 53, Kevin Harvick is in the lead with Alex Bowman in second and Elliott Sadler in third; with Daniel Hemric and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

Matt Mills brings out the caution flag after blowing a tire and hitting the wall.

Elliott Sadler brings the field down for the green flag restart with only one lap remaining in stage two.

Elliott Sadler wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Elliott Sadler
Ryan Truex
Ryan Reed
Matt Tifft
Kaz Grala
Ross Chastin
Austin Cindric
Austin Dillon
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer

Elliott Sadler brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 66 and edges out Ryan True for the lead with Kaz Grala in second.

The top five are Elliott Sadler, Kaz Grala, Austin Dillon, Ryan Truex and Ryan Reed.

Kaz Grala passes Elliott Sadler for the lead. Grala started the race in last place.

Christopher Bell brings out the caution flag when he gets loose and spins out.

Kaz Grala brings the field down for the green flag restart with 55 laps remaining in the raace. Elliott Sadler and Kaz Grala battle for the lead when Daniel Hemric enters the picture to make it a three way battle.

Austin Dillon jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Austin Dillon, Ryan Reed, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Kaz Grala.

Austin Cindric goes on an off road excursion through the grass and brings out the eighth caution flag of the day.

Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart with 50 laps remaining in the race.

Lap 75 Ran Reed passes Austin Dillon for the lead.

The top five are Ryan Reed, Austin Dillon, Daniel Hemric, Kaz Grala, and Cole Custer.

Austin Dillon retakes the lead with 49 laps to go.

With 48 laps to go Austin Dillon is in the lead with Daniel Hemric, Ryan Reed Kyle Busch, and Cole Custer rounding out the top five.

The caution flag comes out with 46 laps remaining in the race when Brandon Hightower gets into a crash and hits the was. Caesar Bacarella is also involved in the crash.

Taking the outside lane, Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 37 laps remaining in the race, but rain is on the way. Daniel Hemric and Austin Dillon battle for the lead with Austin Dillon edging out for the top spot.

NASCAR has called for the caution flag for rain on the track with 37 laps remaining in the race.

There is a great deal of rain coming with no lights for night racing at Michigan.

With 35 laps remaining in the 125 lap race, NASCAR calls the race for rain and names Austin Dillon the winner.

Austin does his burn out in the rain but foregoes his signature slide through the grass.

The unofficial results of the LTi Printing 250:
Austin Dillon
Daniel Hemric
Cole Custer
Ryan Reed
Paul Menard
Kyle Busch
Tyler Reddick
Kevin Harvick
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Truex
Christopher Bell
Kaz Grala
John Hunter Nemechek
Ross Chastain
Jeremy Clements
Matt Tifft
Michael Annett
Brandon Jones
Ryan Sieg
J.J. Yeley
Alex Bowman
Spencer Boyd
Austin Cindric
Tommy Joe Martins
Vinnie Miller
Garrett Smithley
Josh Bilicki
BJ McLeod
Chad Finchum
Elliott Sadler
Timmy Hill
Josh Williams
David Starr
Caesar Bacarella
Brandon Hightower
Matt Mills
Alex Labbe
Morgan Shepherd
Joey Gase
Jeff Green

Angels, Harry Potter, and A Visit Big Winners at Tonys

On June 10 the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing held their annual Tony Award celebration to honour the best on and off Broadway.

Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles serve as host for the 72nd annual gala event at Radio City Music Hall

The evening begins with Groban and Bareillis at the piano for an opening number dedicated to all the people who will go home without an award. At the end of the performance they are joined by ensemble members from every nominated musical.

Kerry Washington gets the award celebration started by presenting the award for Best Leading Actor in a Play to Andrew Garfield for his role in “Angels in America”. Garfied dedicated his award to the LGBTQ community and those who have fought for equality and the right to be…; he adds that we are all sacred and we all belong so let’s bake a cake for everyone.

The cast of “Mean Girls” gives a performance.

The award for Best Featured Actress in a Play went to Laurie Metcalfe for her role in “Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women”.

The cast of “My Fair Lady” gives a medley performance of songs from the musical.

Award winning entertainer Billy Joel takes the stage to present a Special Tony Award to Bruce Springsteen for his one man show “Springsteen on Broadway”. He thanked Broadway for making him welcome on their block.

The award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical went to Lindsay Mendez for her role in “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel”.

Cast members from “SpongeBob Square Pants” gave a performance.

Hosts Josh Groban and Saraes perform a parody on singing in a show.

The award for Best Book of a Musical went to Itamar Moses for “The Band’s Visit”.

The award for Best Featured Actor in a Play went to Nathan Lane for his role in “Angels in America”.

Members from the cast of “Carousel” performed “Blow High, Blow Low”.

The award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical went to Ari’el Stachel for his role in “The Band’s Visit”. He noted in his speech that your biggest obstacle may become your purpose.

The award for Excellence in Theatre Education was presented to drama teacher Melody Herzfeld from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Hezrfeld herself shielded over five dozen students in her office while a gunman went on a shooting rampage in the school. Member of the drama club performed on the stage and received a standing ovation.

Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban do a little magic.

The award for Best Leading Actress in a Play went to Glenda Jackson for her role in “Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women”. This is her first Tony Award.

Cast members from “Frozen” give a performance.

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber has created some of the biggest hits on Broadway and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award…and a montage tribute of his musicals including performances by hosts Sara Bareillis and Josh Groban.

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Chita Rivera and Andrew Lloyd Webber present the award for Best Direction of a Musical to David Cromer for “The Band’s Visit”.

The award for Best Direction of a Play went to John Tiffany for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”. Since it is his boyfriend David’s birthday, John had the house sing “Happy Birthday” to David.

The cast of “Dear Even Hanson” perform during the In Memorium segment of the awards ceremonies.

Cast members from “Summer: The Donna Summer Story” gave a performance of “Last Dance”.

The award for Best Play went to “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”.

Members from the cast of “Once on this Island” performed.

The award for Best Revival of a Play went to “Angels in America”.

Cast members from “The Band’s Visit” give a performance of “Omar Sharif”.

The award for Best Revival of a Musical went to “Once on this Island”. In a business who often says no, the award was dedicated to all the people who said yes to the production.

Tony Award winning performer Bruce Springsteen takes the stage for a performance from his show.

The award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical went to Tony Shalhoub for his role in “The Band’s Visit”.

The award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical went to Katrina Lenk for her role in “The Band’s Visit”.

Bernadette Peters presented the final award of the night for Best Musical to “The Band’s Visit”.

Hosts Saraes and Josh Groban end the show the way it began with a performance dedicated to the theatre world and the dreamers.

Awards presented prior to the live television broadcast:
Best Original Score written for the Theatre: David Yazbek for “The Band’s Visit”
Best Scene Design of a Play: Christine Jones for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”
Best Scene Design of a Musical: David Zinn for “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”
Best Costume Design of a Play: Katrina Lindsay for “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”
Best Costume Design of a Musical: Catharine Zuber for “My Fair Lady”
Best Lighting Design of a Play: Neil Austin for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Tyler Nicoleau for “The Band’s Visit”
Best Sound Design of a Play: Gareth Fry for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”
Best Sound Design of a Musical: Kai Harada for “The Band’s Visit”
Best Choreography: Justin Peck for “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel”
Best Orchestrations: Jamshied Sharifi for “The Band’s Visit”
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Chita Rivera
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Regional Theatre Tony Award: La MaMa E. T. C.
Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award: Nick Scanalios
Special Tony Award:
John Leguizamo
Bruce Springsteen
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre:
Sara Krulwich
Bessie Nelson
Ernest Winzer Cleaners

 

Feature photo credit: Tony Award Facebook page

Rain Shortens FireKeepers 400

This weekend, NASCAR runs a split triple header with the Camping World Truck Series in Texas while the Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup Series take on the two mile track at Michigan Motor Speedway.

The Monster Energy Cup Series runs the FireKeepers Casino 400 and will reach speeds in excess of 200mph.

Prior to the three rounds of qualifying, all 39 teams passed inspection.

After three rounds of qualifying with a lap of 35.40 seconds, Kurt Busch won the pole and will bring the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the FireKeepers 400:
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch – moved to the back of the field for a splitter issue during inspection
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Erik Jones – moved to the back of the field for a splitter issue during inspection
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin – moved to the back of the field for a splitter issue during inspection
Ryan Newman
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Paul Menard
Austin Dillon
Martin Truex Jr
Chris Buescher
Matt Kenseth
Jimmie Johnson
Alex Bowman
Daneil Suarez
Michael McDowell
Jamie McMurray
AJ Allmendinger
Kyle Larson
David Ragan
Bubba Wallace
Kasey Kahne
Matt DiBenedetto
Ty Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Ross Chastain
Gray Gaulding
BJ McLeod
Landon Cassill
D. J. Kennington
Timmy Hill
Garrett Smithley

After causing major delays during the Xfinity race, the weather is once again causing issues for the drivers. The start of the race has been delayed due to rain. Once the race begins, NASCAR will throw a competition caution on lap 25.

After a delay of over two hours, NASCAR calls the drivers to their cars the get the race underway.

Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps for a total of 200 laps around the two mile track. The drivers must complete at least the first two stages in order for the race to be considered a complete race.

Getting ready to run speeds of over 200 miles per hours, pole sitter Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race but it is Brad Keselowski who started along side Busch on the front row that gets out in front first.

Kurt Busch leads lap one with Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Aric Amirola, and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five.

Garrett Smithley has taken his car to the garage.

Lap seven, Kurt Busch holds on to the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, and Joey Logano round out the top five. The three drivers who had to start from the back of the field – Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, and Denny Hamlin – have moved up at least 10 spots.

Divers are reaching speeds of 219mph.

Lap 10, Kurt Busch continues to lead with Kevin Harvick on his bumper.

Lap 12, after starting in 26th, Kyle Larson has moved up to 14th.

Lap 17 Kurt Busch has led every lap so far; Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 18, Kyle Busch is in the top 20.

Lap 20 Kurt Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kevin Harvick; Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

There are 34 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 23, Kurt Busch’s lead is down to under a second over team mate Kevin Harvick.

Lap 25, Kurt Busch has pulled out to a lead of over two and a half seconds on Kevin Harvick.

NASCAR throws the competition caution on lap 26. Corey LaJoie is the “lucky dog”.

Kurt Busch wins the race off of pit road with Kevin Harvick in second. Busch, Harvick, and Denny Hamlin all took only two tires.

Paul Menard and Erik Jones were caught speeding on pit road. Aric Almirola lost eleven spots on the track after sliding through his pit stall and having to make a second trip down pit road.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 29 with Kurt Busch getting out in front for the lead. The drivers are getting four wide across the track.

Lap 32, Kurt Busch is in the lead with Brad Keselowski in second; Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 34, Kyle Busch is just outside the top 10 in 12th after having to start the race at the back of the field.

David Ragan brings out the caution flag after getting loose, spins out and hits the wall. Bubba Wallace was also involved in the crash when Ragan made contact with Wallace’s car. Landon Cassi is the “lucky dog”.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 40 and holds on to the lead of the race with Brad Keselowski in second.

The top five are Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, and Brad Keselowski. Kyle Busch is in the top 10 in eighth place.

Lap 44, Kurt Busch is in the lead with Ryan Blaney in second; Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 46, Ryan Blaney passes Kurt Busch to take the lead; Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 50 Ryan Blaney is in the lead with Kurt Busch in second; Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 52, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a two second lead on Kurt Busch.

Lap 54, Ryan Blaney has a three and a half second lead on Kurt Busch.

Matt Kenseth brings out the third caution flag of the race after spinning out. Timmy Hill is the “lucky dog”.

Chase Elliott brings his car down pit road with a flat tire.

In a one lap shootout, Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart to end stage one.

Ryan Blaney wins stage one. This is Blaney’s fourth stage win this season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
Clint Bowyer
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola

Taking only two tires Kasey Kahne and Austin Dillon win the race off of pit road.

Kasey Kahne brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 66 and holds on to the lead while drivers jockey for position behind him.

Getting four wide, drivers get loose and stacked up. Daniel Suarez spins out and brings out the caution flag.

Kasey Kahne brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 72 but gets passed b Kevin Harvick.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney

Lap 75 Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a near one second lead on Clint Bowyer; Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Kasey Kahne round out the top five.

Lap 83, Kevin Harvick has a one second lead on Clint Bowyer with Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano rounding out the top five.

FOX broadcaster reports that he sees some raindrops as they discuss the drivers reaching speeds of 220mph.

Kyle Larson gets turned around and takes an off track excursion through the grass; bringing out the caution flag on lap 85.

Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Paul Menard brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 90 but Kevin Harvick takes the lead of the race.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 95, Kevin Harvick has a one second lead on Paul Menard; Clint Bowyer, Kurt and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 100, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Clint Bowyer; Kurt Busch, Paul Menard, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 105, Kevin Harvick’s lead is now three seconds on Clint Bowyer; Kurt Busch, Paul Menard, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 110 Kevin Harvick has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Clint Bowyer; Kurt Busch, Paul Menard, and Kyle Busch round out the top five. There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 115, Kevin Harvick has a two and a half second lead on Clint Bowyer; Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, and Paul Menard round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick wins stage two for his eighth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Paul Menard
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Jamie McMurray
Erik Jones
William Byron

Taking only two tires, Clint Bowyer wins the race off of pit road.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 126 with Kevin Harvick jumping out in front for the lead of the race. Harvick and Bowyer battle for the lead; swapping the lead back and forth for a few laps before Clint Bowyer finally takes the lead.

Brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch battle for position.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings out the caution flag when he gets bumped from behind by Kasey Kahne and spins out.

And the rains have returned with 67 laps remaining in the race. NASCAR has displayed the red flag.

If the race ends under these conditions, Stewart-Haas Racing will finish the race 1-2-3.

At 6:47pm NASCAR has called the race and Clint Bowyer has been named the winner of the race.

The unofficial results of the FireKeepers Casino 400:
Clint Bowyer
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Paul Menard
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Jamie McMurray
Aric Almirola
Denny Hamlin
William Byron
Austin Dillon
Erik Jones
Alex Bowman
AJ Allmendinger
Martin Truex Jr
Bubba Wallace
Jimmie Johnson
Ty Dillon
Ryan Newman
Kasey Kahne
Chris Buescher
Michael McDowell
Ross Chastain
Corey LaJoie
Kyle Larson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Daniel Suarez
Gray Gaulding
Landon Cassill
Matt Kenseth
DJ Kennington
Timmy Hill
BJ McLeod
Matt DiBenedetto
David Ragan
Garrett Smithley

New Music Friday – June 8

This week in New Music Friday The Beach Boys, Sugarland, the Dave Matthews Band, Ne-Yo, Megadeath, Dierks Bentley, Fetty Wap, Chief Keef, and a variety of soundtracks are among the list of new albums released this week.

Albums:
“5:5:1” by Andrew Schulz
“Artificial Selection” by Dance Gavin Dance
“The Beach Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” by The Beach Boys and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
The soundtrack for “Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story” by Various Artists
“Bigger” by Sugarland
“Blood and Bones” by Bob Schneider
“Childqueen” by Kadhja Bonet
The original television soundtrack for “Cloak & Dagger” by Various Artists
“Come Tomorrow” by the Dave Matthews Band
“Cynicism & Sincerity” by Michael Blume
“A Dying Machine” by Tremonti
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Eric Clapton Life in 12 Bars” by Various Artists
“Esto Si Es Cumbia” by the Los -Angeles Azules
“Fantast” by Claptone
“Generation Numb” by Fat Nick
“Good Man” by Ne-Yo
“Just Listen” by Lexi
“Kids See Ghosts” by Kids See Ghosts, Kanye West, and Kid Cudi
“Killing is My Business… And Business is Good…” by Megadeath
“Lost and Found” by Jorja Smith
“Lush” by Snail Mail
“The Midnight Hour” by The Midnight Hour
“The Mountain” by Dierks Bentley
“The Music in My Head” by Michael Franks
The Broadway cast recording for “My Fair Lady” by Various Artists
“No Shame” by Lily Allen
“NOW, That’s What I Call Country, Vol 11” by Various Artists
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Ocean’s 8” by Daniel Pemberton
“Our Raw Heart” by YOB
Music from the original TV series “Patrick Melrose” by Hauschka
“The Place You Can’t Remember, The Place You Can’t Forget” by Chicane
“Remain in Light” by Angelique Kidjo
“Rich Port 3” by Axel Leon
The 2018 Broadway cast recording for “ Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel” by the Broadway Cast
Music from thecRooster Teeth Series “Rwby, Vol. 5” by Jeff Williams
“second Bloom: The Hits Re-Imagined” by Sylvia”Shannon in Nashville” by Shannon Shaw
“so sad so sexy” by Lykke Li
“soil” by serpentwithfeet
“Stranger Fruit” by Zeal & Ardor
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Superfly” by Future, 21 Savage, and Lil Wayne
“SVVAMP” by SVVAMP
“Tenderheaded” by Leah Smith
“Watching the Sky” by Sheppard
“We the Funk” by Dillon Francis with Fuego
“Bruce Wayne” by Fetty Wap
“Never a Drought” by Peso Da Mafia

EPs:
“Kicker” by The Get Up Kids
“Level 1” by the Cheat Codes
“Live from the Revel” by Hearts Club
“Noon” by the Drax Project
“Temporary Things Taking Up Space” by Dead Sara
“Ottopsy” by Chief Keef

CWTS Shootout for Rattlesnake 400 Win

On a hot and steamy Friday night the Camping World Truck Series takes to the track in Fort Worth and Texas Motor Speedway for the Rattlesnake 400. This weekend the CWTS shares the track with the Indy cars.

With Michael Waltrip in Michigan with the Xfinity broadcast team, Todd Bodine joins the broadcasting crew for the race.

There are 33 teams vying for 32 spots in the race.

After second practice was canceled due to rain on Thursday, seven drivers never got to make a lap around the mile and a half track and will make their first forays onto the track during qualifying.

Todd Peck’s team had issues with the truck and failed to make the five minute clock; as a result Peck did not make a qualifying run.

After two rounds of qualifying Canadian born driver Stewart Friesen put his truck on the pole with a time of 29.17 seconds and will bring the field down for the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Rattlesnake 400:
Stewart Friesen
Todd Gilliland
Noah Gragson
Spencer Davis
Johnny Sauter
Chris Eggleston
Brett Moffitt
Grant Enfinger
Matt Crafton
Justin Haley
Ben Rhodes
Bo LeMastus
Myan Snider
Cody Coughlin
Austin Wayn Self
Joe Nemechek
Jordan Anderson
Justin Fontaine
Wendell Chavous
Tyler Young
Korbin Forrester
Austin Hill
Josh Reaume
Camden Murphy
Clay Greenfield
Bayley Currey
Kyle Donahue
Dalton Sargeant’
Reed Sorenson
Norm Benning
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Todd Peck

Mike Harmon failed to qualify for the race.

This race marks the halfway point of the regular season for the CWTS. Only Johny Sauter, Nnoah Gragson, and Brett Moffitt are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs after winning races. Sauter leads the way with three wins.

Stages one and two of the race are 40 laps each with stage three lasting 87 laps for a total of 167 laps around the mile and a half track.

Pole sitter Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out Todd Gilliland for the lead of the race.

Lap two, the top five are Stewart Friesen, Noah Gragson, Todd Lilliland, Johnny Sauter, and Spencer Davis.

Lap three Noah Gragson passes Stewart Friesen to take over the lead with Todd Gilliland in second.

Lap five Noah Gragson is in the lead with Todd Gilliland in second; Johnny Sauter, Stewart Friesen, and Spencer Davis round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap six when Justin Fontaine hits the wall hard and causing significant damage to his truck.

A few drivers brought their trucks down pit road for adjustments during the caution.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap eleven and holds on to the lead of the race.

Lap eleven Bayley Currey brings out the second caution flag after getting into the wall.

Noah Gragson again brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 16. The new high school graduate battle Todd Gilliland but holds on for the lead of the race.

Lap 18, the top five are Noah Gragson, Todd Gilliland, Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes, and Spencer Davis.

Todd Gilliland passes team mate Noah Gragson for the lead on lap 20.

Lap 23 Todd Gilliland is in the lead with Noah Gragson in second; Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap 25 Todd Gilliand has a lead of over half a second on Stewart Friesen.

The third caution flag of the race comes out when Brett Moffitt gets loose, spins out, and hits the wall.

With the top 10 staying out on the track, Ben Rhodes and Stewart Freisien battle for the lead when the green flag comes out on lap 32. Ben Rhodes has the lead.

Lap 34 Stewart Friesen passes for the lead with Matt Crafton in second; Myatt Snider, Johnny Sauter, and Cody Coughlin round out the top five.

Ben Rhodes has an issue with his truck and is bringing it down pit road with four laps remaining in stage one.

Stewart Friesen wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Stewart Friesen
Matt Crafton
myatt Snider
Johnny Sauter
Cody Coughlin
Austin Wayne Self
Spencer Davis
Todd Gilliland
Justin Haley
Bo LeMastus

Spencer Davis brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 45 with Justin Haley alongside. Davis holds on to the lead with Todd Gilliland in second.

Lap 47, the top five are Spencer Davis, Todd Gilliland, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, and Justin Haley.

Lap 49 Todd Gilliland passes Spencer Davis for the lead.

Lap 51 the top five are Todd Gilliland, Grant Enfinger, Spencer Davis, Stewartt Friesen, and Noah Gragson.

Lap 55 Todd Gilliland is in the lead with Grant Enfinger in second; Stewart Friesen, Spencer Davis, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 60 Todd Gilliland has a lead of nearly two seconds on Grant Enfinger with Stewart Friesen, Spencer Davis, and Noah Gragson rounding out the top five.

Lap 63 Todd Gilliland has a lead of over three seconds on Grant Enfinger. There are 17 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 68, Todd Gilliland’s leas is three seconds over Grant Enfinger with Stewart Friesen, Spencer Davis, and Noah Gragson rounding out the top five.

The fourth caution flag of the race comes out when Bo LaMastus hits the wall hard after apparently blowing a tire.

The green flag flies with only one lap remaining in stage two. Grant Enfinger gets out in front of Stewart Friesen for the lead.

Grant Enfinger wins stage two for his first stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Grant Enfinger
Stewart Friesen
Justin Haley
Austin Hill
Todd Gilliland
Tyler Young
Noah Gragson
Myatt Snider
Johnny Sauter
Matt Crafton

With 87 laps in stage three, the drivers cannot make it to the end without making a pit stop.

After pitting during the last caution flag, Todd Gilliland will bring the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 87.

Todd Gilliliand is in the lead with Noah Gragson in second; johnny Sauter, Spencer Davis, and Dalton Sargeant rounding out the top five.

Lap 90 Todd Gilliland has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Johnny Sauter; Noah Gragson, Spencer Davis, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap 92 Johnny Sauter is closing in on Todd Gilliland as he runs the fastest laps on the track.

Lap 94 Johnny Sauter and Todd Gilliland battle for the lead; with Todd holding on to the top spot.

Lap 98 Todd Gilliland is in the lead with Johnny Sauter in second; Noah Gragson, Matt Crafton,and Spencer Davis round out the top five.

Lap 100, Todd Gillialnd holds on to the lead of the race. Turning 18 last month, this is just Gilliland’s tenth truck race.

Lap 102, Johnny Sauter once again challenges Todd Gilliland for the lead, but Gilliland holds on to the lead.

Lap 106, Todd Gilliland has a half second lead on Johnny Sauter; Noah Gragson, Matt Crafton, and Spencer Davis round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 107 for an on track wreck between Jennifer Jo Cobb and Myatt Snider.

The drivers are on the very outside edge of being able to make it to the end of the race without making another pit stop.

Lap 114 Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart but it is Justin Haley who gets out in front for the lead of the race.

Lap 115 the top five are Justin Haley, Johnny Sauter, Spencer Davis, Todd Gillialnd, and Noah Gragson.

Lap 116, Johnny Sauter passes Justin Haley to take ove the lead of the race.

Lap 120, Johnny Sauter is in the lead with Justin Haley in second; Todd Gilliland, Matt Crafton, and Spencer Davis round out the top five.

Many of the teams are reporting that they are three to four laps short on fuel to making it to the end of the race.

With 43 laps remaining in the race, Johnny Sauter is in the lead with Justin Haley in second; Todd Gilliland, Matt Crafton and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

There are 34 laps remaining in the race, Johnny Sauter is in the lead with Justin Haley in second; Todd Gilliland, Matt Crafton, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Thirty to go, Johnny Sauter holds on to the lead with Justin Haley in second; Todd Gillialnd, Stewart Friesen, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Twenty five to go, Johnny Sauter is in the lead with Justin Haley in second. Sauter just ran the fastest lap of the night. Todd Gilliland, Stewart Fiesen, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Johnny Sauter has a lead of just under a second on Justin Haley with Todd Gilliland, Stewart Friesen, and Matt Crafton rounding out the top five.

Pit reporters announce that Todd Gilliland’s team reports he is seven laps short on fuel.

Brett Moffitt brings out the caution flag with 18 laps to go.

While a few drivers came down pit road for service, leader Johnny Sauter stayed out on the track.

The green flag flies with only 13 laps remaining in the race with Johnny Sauter holding on to the lead; Justin Haley, Stewart Friesen, Matt Crafton, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out with only nine laps remaining in the race for debris on the track after Jordan Anderson hit the wall.

With only three laps remaining in the race the green flag comes out for a shootout to the end. Johnny Sauter holds on to the lead to take the white flag with pole sitter Stewart Friesen in second.

Johnny Sauter holds off Stewart Friesen to win his fourth race of the season and his fifth race at Texas; only one behind leader Todd Bodine with six wins.

The unoffcial results of the Rattlesnake 400:
Johnny Sauter
Stewart Friesen
Justin Haley
Grant Enfinger
Matt Crafton
Todd Gilliland
Tyler Young
Cody Coughlin
Spencer Davis
Noah Gragson
Dalton Sargeant
Wendell Chavous
Austin Hill
Chris Eggleston
Joe Nemechek
Ben Rhodes
Austin Wayne Self
Brett Moffitt
Jordan Anderson
Clay Greenfield
Norm Benning
Korbin Forrester
Myatt Snider
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Josh Reaume
Bo LeMastus
Reed Sorenson
Kyle Donahue
Bayley Currey
Justin Fontaine
Camden Murphy
Todd Peck

Roadtrip

On June 7 the Niagara Falls band Roadtrip opened the summer concert season at Gill Creek Park for the third year in a row.  Though the temperatures were a bit on the cool side, Roadtrip chased the cold away with some hot rock and roll.

Featuring the music from the fifties to the present, the band featured the guitar playing abilities of guest musician 15 year old Starpoint High School freshman Vincent Bonelli.  The young guitar virtuoso, performed music creat4ed long before he was born as if had been playing it all his life.