Billboard Album Chart Records

For over 50 years Billboard Magazine has been keeping up with the hottest album sales each week. In that time, numerous records have come and gone.

This week more records have been made.

Since winning “American Idol”, award winning Country music star Carrie Underwood has consistently topped the charts with her songs.

With the arrival of this week’s Billboard chart, Underwood has set another record – with the debut at number one of her nee album “Cry Pretty”, Underwood becomes the first female Country artist to have four albums in the number one spot. And for Underwood that translates into every one of her albums have topped the chart.

Carrie Underwood wasn’t the only artist to make history on the Billboard chart this week.

When the musical “Hamilton” hit the stage on Broadway, it took the theatre world by storm with sold out performances and a trophy case full of awards. This week the soundtrack from the hit musical set a record of its own when it passed Adele’s “21” album for the most weeks on the Billboard 200 Album chart. Holding down the number 32 spot, “Hamilton” has held a spot in the top 40 of the Album chart for 145 consecutive weeks. The soundtrack has been on the 200 Album chart for a total of 156 weeks.

Only the soundtrack for “The Sound of Music” has logged more weeks in the top 40 and it was after the mono and stereo versions were combined to form one record for 161 weeks.

With a total of 36,000 units sold, Tony Bennett and Diana Krall with their album “Love is Here to Stay” have had the highest selling Jazz album in almost two years.

The numbers also give Bennett and Krall the number one spot on the Traditional Jazz and Jazz album charts.

Khalid’s “American Teen” album has spent weeks on the 200 album and has just been certified double platinum for having sold two million copies.

Thrilling First Time Xfinty Win on The Roval

The Xfinity Series enters race tow in round one of the playoffs at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Drive for the Cure 200 on The Roval.

While the Xfinity drivers race on a number of road courses during the season, this is the first time that any of the drivers will run on the combination oval and road course at Charlotte.

Austin Cindric won the pole for the inaugural race at the Roval and will bring the field down for the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Drive for the Cure 200:
Austin Cindric
Daniel Hemric
Tyler Reddick
Justin Marks
Alex Labbe
Cole Custer
Matt Tifft
Ty Majeski
Chase Briscoe
Ryan Preece
Ryan True – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Justin Allgaier
Christopher Bell
Kaz Grala
Ryan Reed
Ros Chastain
Elliott Sadler
Brendan Gaughan
Jeremy Clements
Andy Lally
Lawson Aschenbach
Brandon Jones
Michael Annett
Timmy Hill
Spencer Gallagher
Katherine Legge
Ryan Sieg
Josh Bilicki
Joey Gase
Ray Black Jr
Landon Cassill
Bayley Currey
Dylan Murcott
David Starr
Spencer Boyd
Garrett Smithley
Chad Finchum
J.J. Yeley
Jeff Geen
Vinnie MIller

Stages one and two of the race are only 15 laps each with stage three lasting 25 laps for a total of 55 laps around the 17 corner roval.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane. The drivers are already getting three wide across the track. Austin Cindric and Daniel Hemric swap the lead back and forth with Austin Cindric edging out in front for the lead of the race.

Alex Labbe brings out the first caution flag of the race with a mechanical issue.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap four and holds on to his lead.

The top five are Austin Cindric, Tyler Reddick, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, and Justin Marks.

Lap five Austin Cindric continues to lead the race with Tyler Reddick behind him.

After starting from the back of the field, Ryan Truex has moved up to 18th place on lap five.

Lap six, Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Tyler Reddick with Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, and Matt Tifft rounding out the top five.

Lap seven, Ty Majeskit gets turned around but the track stays green.

Lap seven, Austin Cindric holds on to his near second and a half lead on Tyler Reddick; Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, and Matt Tifft round out the top five.

Lap eleven, Austin Cindric continues to lead the race with Daniel Hemric in second and Tyler Reddick in third.

Austin Cindric has a lead of over a second and a half on Daniel Hemric with Cole Custer in third.

Lap 13, Austin Cindric’s lead over Daniel Hemric is down to under a second.

Some of the drivers are making green flag pit stops ahead of the end to stage one.

The top five are Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick, and Justin Marks.

Austin Cindric spins out and makes a run through the grass/turf. Daniel Hemric takes over the lead of the race.

Daniel Hemric wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Austin Cindric
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Austin Cindric
Justin Marks
Ryan Preece
Matt Tifft
Brendan Gaughan
Justin Allgaier
Kaz Grala

Cole Cuter wins the race off of pit road but Daniel Hemric stayed out oun the track and will lead the way for stage two.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 18 but gets passed by Chase Briscoe for the lead.

The top five are Chase Briscoe, Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Elliott Sadler, and Cole Custer.

Katherine Legge gets out into the grass but the track stays green.

Lap 20, Chase Briscoe is in the lead with Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell, Andy Lally, and Elliott Sadler.

Lap 23, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over a second on Daniel Hemric with Christopher Bell in third.

Lap 24, Chase Briscoe has a one second lead on Daniel Hemric; Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, and Andy Lally round out the top five.

Lap 25, Chase Briscoe leads the race with Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, and Tyler Reddick rounding out the top five.

Lap 27, Chase Briscoe is in the lead as drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Lap 28 Christopher Bell leads the race after Chase Briscoe makes his pit stop.

Justin Allgaier gets turned around and makes contact with Ryan Sieg. Allgaier spun after getting hit by Austin Cindric. The track stays green as Ryan Sieg tries to get his damaged car back to pit road.

Christopher Bell wins stage two for his fifth stage win of the season.

The top seven at the end of stage two:
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Preece
Elliott Sadler
Andy Lally
Kaz Grala

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three but the caution flag comes out for a multi car crash. Ryan Truex and Michael Annett were both involved.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 36 and gets out in front to hold on to the lead.

The top five are Chase Briscoe, Daniel Hemric, Justin Mark, Matt Tifft, and Ryan Reed.

Lap 37, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with Daniel Hemric in second with Justin Marks, Austin Cindric, and Matt Tifft rounding out the top five.

Lap 40, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with Daniel Hemric in second.

Ryan Sieg has returned to the track but the tape did not hold and is dropping debris on the track. The caution flag comes out for the debris. Ryan Sieg has to bring his car down pit road for the team to make additional repairs.

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

Once all of the debris has been cleaned up, Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 44. Chase Briscoe has the lead with Daniel Hemric on his bumper.

With only 10 laps remaining in the race, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Justin Marks, Austin Cindric, Matt Tifft, and Ryan Preece.

Lap 46, Chase Briscoe has a lead of nearly a second on Justin Marks; Austin Cindric, Matt Tifft, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

Lap 48, Chase Briscoe is in the lead with Justin Marks in second.

Lap 50 – only five laps remaining in the race, Chase Briscoe holds on to his lead with Justin Marks, Austin Cindric, Matt Tifft, and Ryan Preece rounding out the top five.

Chase Briscoe has a one second lead on Justin Marks.

Doing the double this weekend, Justin Marks has announced that this is his final weekend as a racer. He will be retiring from racing to work on other projects.

Four to go, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Justin Marks.

Three to go, Justin Marks has closed the gap on leader Chase Briscoe to under a second.

Two to go with Chase Briscoe in the lead, Justin Marks in second, and Austin Cindric in third.

Chase Briscoe takes the white flag, one final lap before he will win his first race in the Xfinity Series.

Chase Briscoe earns his first win in the Xfinity Series.

The unofficial results for the Drive for the Cure 200:
Chase Briscoe
Justin Marks
Austin Cindric
Ryan Preece
Christopher Bell
Matt Tifft
Cole Custer
Kaz Grala
Tyler Reddick
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Reed
Ross Chastain
Alex Labbe
Elliott Sadler
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Truex
Brendan Gaughan
Jeremy Clements
Spencer Gallagher
Michael Annett
Lawson Aschenbach
Brandon Jones
Joey Gase
Josh Bilicki
Garrett Smithley
Ray Black Jr
David Starr
Chase Finchum
Spencer Boyd
Dylan Murcott
Vinnie Miller
Timmy Hill
Katherine Legge
Ty Majeski
Bayley Currey
Ryan Sieg
Andy Lally
Landon Cassill
Jeff Green
J.J. Yeley

New Music Friday – Sept 28

This week on New Music Friday features new collections, compilations, and new albums from dozens of artists including Lil Wayne, Cher, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Aretha Franklin Rod Stewart, Phil Collins, Loretta Lynn, Mile Rodgers and Chic, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Idol, alt-J, The Earls of Leicester, Celtic Woman, Nick Cannon, the Pixies, Joan Jett, Lang Lang, and Thelonious Monk

Albums:
“Tha Carter V” by Lil Wayne
“Dancing Queen” by Cher
“An American Treasure” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
“YSIV” by Logic
“Hallelujah Here Below” by Elevation Worship
“Luca Brasi 3” by Kevin Gates
“Disease” by Beartooth
“The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970” by Aretha Franklin
“Hollywood Africans” by Jon Batiste
“The Rick and Morty Soundtrack” by Rick and Morty
“Blood Red Roses” by Rod Stewart
“Elephants on Acid” by Cypress Hill
“Kid Gorgeous at Radio City” by John Mulaney
“Vessels 2.0” by Starset
“Home” by the John Butler Trio
“Plays Well with Others” by Phil Collins
“Bambi” by Hippo Campus
“White Sun III” by White Sun
“The Pain Collector” by Vinnie Paz
“Holler” by Amy Ray
“Visceral” by Getter
“Speak My Mind” by The Willis Clan
“Wouldn’t it be Great” by Loretta Lynn
“The Trip Home” by The Crystal Method
“Nyla” by Marsha Ambrosius
“Joe Strummer 001” by Joe Strummer
“Acoustic Volume 2” by Bayside
“Past Lives” by Against the Current
“Muscle Shoals: Small Town, Big Sound” by Various Artists
“The Outer Ones” by Revocation
“It’s About Time” by Nile Rodgers and Chic”
“Brighter Days” by Sigala
“Road to DeMaskUs” by Israel Houghton
“Detonate” by Ballyhoo!
“Politics of Living” by Kodaline
“AAARTH” by The Joy Formidable
“Infinite Games” by The Black Queen
“The Skeptic” by Tilian
“Live in Atlantic City” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Lean on Me” by Jose James
“Vital Idol: Revitalized” by Billy Idol
“Wasteland” by Riverside
“GANGIN II’ by SOB X RBE
“Re-Murmurations” by Simian Mobile Disco and jas Shaw
“The Window” by Cecile McLoris Salvant
“Greater Than” Live by GATEWAY
“Total Retaliation” by Terror
“Reduxer” by alt-J
“Where I Wanna Be” by Mark Leach
“Mental Knife” by Hail the Sun
“The Cozart” by Chief Keef
“Young Romance” by Roosevelt
“Atw” by All Them Witches
“New York Narcotic” by The Knocks
“Live at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Face” by The Earls of Ceicester
“Ancient Land” by Celtic Woman
“WUT WUT” by Dillon Francis
“Hardcastle 8” by Paul Hardcastle
“FuntCase Presents: DPMO, Vol 2” by Funcase
“World on Sticks” by Sam Phillips
“II: The Sword” by Andy Mineo
“The Vacancy” by Four Seconds Ago
“A New Kind of Horror” by Anaal Nathrakh
“Combo 66” by John cofield
“Mi Movimiento” by De La Ghetto
“Desobeissance” by Mylene Farmer
“The Almighty” by Alla Xul Elu
“Life After Fame” by Quando Rondo
“Surf Trap” by Felly
Original motion picture soundtrack for “Smallfoot” by Various Artists
“Digital Garbage” by Mudhoney
“Live from the Fallout Shelter” by the PIxies
“There You Have It” by Reason
Music from the original motion picture “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett
“Become” by Zardonic
“Piano Magic” by Lang Lang
“Monk” Live by Thelonious Monk
“fresh-ism” by Fre$h
“A Good Girl” by Ralph
“The Dream Thief” by Shai Maestro
“Amor Sin Limite” by Roberto Carlos
“I See What I Became” by Mirrors for Psychic Warfare
“Tha Cheat Code” by That Girl Lay Lay
“Louniversal” by lougotcash
“Mistaken”  by Vitja
“”A Sheik’s Legacy” by Thomas Abban
“Conatus” by Joep Beving
“Displaced Diaspora” by Moses Boyd
“Crynowdielater” by Sahtyre
“Little Devil” by Jocelyn Alice
“The Only One 2” by only One Felipe

EP’s:
“On the Rvn” by Young Thug
“Distant Sky” Live in Copenhagen by Nick Cave and The Bad Seed
“summer” by Jeremy Zucker
“Who Don’t Like Dollaz 2” by Zoey Dollaz
“Superclean, Vol. II” by The Marias
“Good Gas, Vol. 2” by Good Gas and FKi 1st

NASCAR Issues Richmond Penalties

In post race inspection after the races at Richmond Raceway last weekend, two top rated playoff teams were assessed penalties due to lug nut violations.

The number 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Kyle Busch was charged with having one of his lug nuts improperly secured. As a result of the infraction, crew chief Adam Stevens was fined $10,000. Kyle Busch won the Federated Auto Parts 400.

In similar fashion, the Xfinity Series race winner Christopher Bell, who also drives for Joe Gibbs Racing, had one of the lug nuts on his number 20 car improperly secured. Crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $5,000 for the infraction.

Anniversary White Album Coming

There is an old joke that you know you are old when you mention the name of Paul McCartney and someone says, wasn’t he in a band before Wings.

It has been nearly 50 years since The Beatles split up and went their separate ways, but on November 9 the band will release a 50th anniversary edition of their “White” album that will include lots of extras.

Mixed by Sir Giles Martin and Sam Okell, the release follows anniversary edition of “Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart’s Club Band”.

The original album was a double length two vinyl disc release with the Super Deluxe anniversary edition is a massive seven disc of the re-mixed original album, demos, session outtakes, jams, previously unreleased songs, and alternative versions of some songs.

The “White” album includes the songs”Blackbird”, “While y Guitar Gently Weeps”, and Helter Skelter”.

The Super Deluxe edition will also include a 164 page hard bound book featuring photos, handwritten lyrics, and album info.

The anniversary release will be available in a variety of formats – a two vinyl release with the updated stereo mix, three CD’s, four vinyl albums, a digital audio edition, and the seven disc super deluxe edition.

 

feature photo credit: By Beat 768 – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11866101

More Silly Season News from NASCAR

As the various NASCAR series enter the playoffs, Silly Season is in full swing with more seats being vacated as owners do not renew contracts.

JTG Daugherty has announced that the driver of the number 47 car AJ Allmendinger will not be returning to the team next season.

While team owner Tad Geschickter noted that Allmendinger has been a valuable asset to the team, he said that the team is moving in a different direction next season.

Matt DiBenedetto who drives the number 32 car for Go Fas Racing and Ryan Newman who drives the number 31 car for Richard Childress Racing have also announced that they will not be returning to their current teams next season.

In August, JR Motorsports drivers Elliott Sadler announced that at the end of the season he would be retiring from driving the number one car. Car owner Dale Earnhadt Jr has announced that he has found a new driver for the number one car beginning with the 2019 racing season – Noah Gragson.

Gragson is currently driving the number 18 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsport in the Camping World Truck Series where he is among the eight drivers in the playoffs.

Other silly season news: https://wordsmusicandnews.com/2018/09/12/nascar-silly-season-news/https://wordsmusicandnews.com/2018/09/12/nascar-silly-season-news/

Tiny Music Rocks a Big Sound

For many local musicians, performing on stage is a part time job with full time hours. But despite being a part time gig, there are some bands who take their job as a musician very seriously.

Tiny Music – a Stone Temple Pilots tribute band – is one of those bands. From setting up the stage to performing and even how they dress, band members showed that they were serious about the music. Each band member was in the words of ZZ Top, a “Smart Dressed Man”.

Taking their name from a Stone Temple Pilots album, Tiny Music rocked the night away on September 22 when they played the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York.

After opening the set with “Wicked Garden”, the band played “Vasoline”, “Down”, “Dead and Bloated”, “Interstate”, “Love Song”, “Big Bang Baby”, “Lady Picture Show”, “Meat Plow”, “Silvergun Superman”, “Pieces of Pie?/Still Remains?”, and “Between the Lines” before picking up the acoustic guitars for a short unplugged set of “Crackerman”, “Creep”, “Sour Girl”, and “Big Empty”.

Tiny Music finished out the first set with “Unglued”, “Sexy Type Thing”, “Plush”, and “Trippin’”.

For their second set the band performed what they call the Party Set which featured cover tunes that included “Learn to Fly”, “use Somebody”, “Counting Blue Car”, “Rebel Yell”, “Slither”, “Ever-long”, “Even-flow”, “Plowed”, “Shine”, and “Sweet Emotion”.

Whether a fan of the Stone Temple Pilots or hard driving rock and roll, Tiny Music is a band that can deliver the music with skill and finesse.

Blind Auditions part 2 on ‘The Voice’

On night two of season 15 of “The Voice” the blind auditions continue

Park Ranger Keith Paluso gets the night of auditions started off and gets Blake to push his button early in the song…and use his block on Adam who pushed his button on the last note. Jennifer said that Keith has a soulful voice that is full of depth. Kelly said that she loved Keith’s voice. Adam noted that he got lost listening to all of the styles in Keith’s voice. Blake said that America is going to love Keith’s voice.

Seventeen year old Claire DeJean is a musical theater veteran who got Blake’s attention early. Kelly made it a battle when she pushed her button at the end of the song. Noting that he was an idiot for not turning around, Adam called Claire amazing; adding that he thinks she will go far in the competition. Jennifer said that it was enjoyable to see and hear Claire. Blake said that Claire is one of those artists that doesn’t come around very often adding that she blends folk and pop music. Calling Clair a soulful singer songwriter, Kelly noted that there is no one like Claire on her team. Kelly enticed Claire with the jacket that she is giving her team members and Claire chose Kelly to be her coach.

The son of a pastor and Navy vet, Franc West began singing in church when he was just a child. Franc sang “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” but he had to wait until the end of the song before Jennifer pushed her button. Blake noted that Franc sounded seasoned. Kelly said that she was glad to see Franc on the show. Jennifer said that she had to see what was going on after falling love with his voice.

Newlywed Michael Lee was married only two weeks before the blind auditions. The professional musician chose the B.B. King hit “The Thrill is Gone” for his audition. As he sang, Adam pointed out that Michael was playing the guitar. Adam was the first one to push his button with Jennifer following and throwing her shoe. Blake made it a threesome on the last note. Blake said that Michael beat him to death with that performance; adding that he deserved to have all the button pushes he could get. Adam pointed out that he has worked with solo Blues guitarists before. Jennifer noted that Michael’s guitar was his superpower but she bet that her shoe would still be on the stage if he put the guitar down. Michael chose Blake to be his coach.

Nashville resident Elle Ivory played the keyboard as she sang but failed to turn any chairs but Adam admitted that he was so close. Adam said that Elle has a cool style and told Adam to come back and try again. Jennifer said that Elle has a beautiful voice; adding that it took a bit for Elle to find the right pitch. Kelsea Ballerini chose Elle as her second Comeback Stage artist.

In the final audition of the night, DeAndre Nico has been singing since he was seven years old. A survivor of hurricane Garvey, the Port Arthur, Texas native sang a Bruno Mars song and became the second artist to turn all four chairs with Adam leading the way; Jennifer, Blake, and Kelly followed. At the end of the song, Jennifer threw a shoe. Adam said that he heard the greatness in DeAndre’s voice; adding that he is amazing and he could go all the way with DeAndre. Kelly said that she loved the big round notes that DeAndre hit. Saying that DeAndre’s voice soars, Jennifer noted that DeAndre’s voice has depth and soul. Noting that Blake has so much skill; Blake again reminded everyone that he is the winningest coach on the show with six wins. DeAndre chose Adam to be his coach.

Team Adam:
RADHA
Tyke James
DeAndre Nico

Team Blake:
Kameron Marlowe
Mercedes Ferreira Dias
Keith Paluso
Michael Lee

Team Jennifer:
Tyshawn Colquitt
Patrick Fortson
Kennedy Holmes
Franc West

Team Kelly:
Sarah Grace
Mikele Buck
Claire DeJean

‘The Voice’ Debuts Season 15

For season 15 of “The Voice” original coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are joined by Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Carkson. Carson Daly returns as the host of the show.

Last season with the arrival of the new big red chairs, “The Voice” debuted the the block button where one coach could “block” another coach from turning their chair. The block button is back again this season.

Fifteen year old Sarah Grace got the blind auditions started and the multi instrumentalist got Kelly, Blake, and Jennifer to turn their chairs. Saying that she was a big fan and that Sarah had a big old soul voice, Kelly noted that Sarah had a stank face that lasted for days. Jennifer said that Sarah had sass and presence; adding that Sarah knew who she was and what she wants to do. Noting that he couldn’t get a crack in to speak, Blake said that he was a fan and noted that Sarah’s voice was full of passion and grit. Saying that it was a hard decision, and she thought that she had it figured out; Sarah chose Kelly to be her coach. Kelly has jackets for her tea embers this year.

New this season is the Comeback Stage with country music star Kelsea Ballerini who as the “fifth coach” will choose six artists who failed to turn any chairs, coach them through battle rounds of her own with the winner appearing on the live shows.

Tyshawn Colquitt puts his musical talents to work in an unusual way – he and his mom have a business called Pound4Sound in which she bakes pound cakes and he delivers them with a song. The oldest of 10 children, Tyshawn’s performance got Jennifer and Blake to turn their chairs. Blake noted that Tyshawn has a big strong voice; adding that even though he is in over his head, he really wants to be Tyshawn’s coach. Saying that Tyshawn’s voice is limitless in range, depth, and soul; Jennifer said that she wants to bring real R&B back. Tyshawn chose Jennifer to be his coach. Tyshawn brought pound cakes for the coaches.

Seventeen year old Tyke James calls the island state of Hawaii his home. His performance of Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” got Adam to turn his chair. Adam came on stage to give Tyke a hug. Adam said that he loves Tyke’s voice; adding that it has a cool aura that is classic and modern at the same time. Jennifer called Tyke interesting. Kelly loved Tyke’s long hair.

Former child actor and girl group singer Ayanna Joni failed to turn any chairs despite the coaches thinking that Ayanna has a great voice. Blake admitted that he was out of his lane; adding that he probably overthought things. Kelly told Ayanna to come back with something that has a little more space. Jennifer was waiting for the big note. Ayanna became Keslea Ballerini’s first singer for the comeback stage.

After failing to turn any chairs last season, Mercedes Ferreira Dias returned to “The Voice” for another try. Th 17 year old singer had to wait until the end of the song before Blake and Kelly pushed their buttons. Kelly recognized Mercedes and said that she was glad that Mercedes came back. Blake said that Mercedes’ voice was so personal adding that he could hear her heart. Kelly said that the was a beautiful angelic style to Mercedes’ voice. Saying that he mom has a big crush on Blake, Mercedes chose Blake to be her coach. Blake went backstage to meet the family…and give mom a hug.

First generation Filipino American Radha got Adam, Blake, and Jennifer to push their buttons but Adam had blocked Jennifer. Adam said that the beginning of the song threw him back in his chair; adding that he was amazed Radha and her control. Saying that her feelings were hurt, Jennifer noted that Radha outdid herself. Blake said that they had never had a blind audition where somebody had kicked the down down; adding that Radha’s voice stayed on point throughout the song. Blake said that he thinks Radha could win. Radha chose Adam to be her coach.

In his video package Kameron Marlowe said that working with Blake would be a dream come true. Kelly and Blake both pushed their buttons and Kelly was up dancing around. Jennifer said that Kameron was good. Adam was upset and said that he should have turned his chair and then pretended to be Blake. Kameron chose Blake without even giving Kelly a chance to speak.

Iraqi veteran Mikele Buck cleaned out roadside bombs while deployed. He is a third generation veteran but after returning home his good buddy became one of the many military members who have died by their own hand. The full time musician had to wait until the last note before Kelly and Blake pushed their buttons. Saying that Mikele is a little rough around the edges, Blake noted that they don’t have anyone like the old styles around anymore.Saying that she loves country music, Kelly loved what Mikele did. With his family yelling from backstage to choose Kelly, Mikele chose Kelly to be his coach.

Playing before the biggest crowd that he has ever performed before Sam Hastings failed to turn any chairs. Blake loved the voice and pitch but he wanted to see more range from Sam. Kelly thought that Sam had a cool voice but wanted to see ore range.

Patrick Forston refers to himself as the Clark Kent of music; noting that he is an insurance man by day and a musician by night. As a child, Patrick was a Gospel singer; in fact, he was the youngest artist ever signed to a Gospel label but then the record label defaulted on his album. Kelly said that Patrick has a beautiful gift. Adam said that he had to turn; otherwise it would be an insult to music. Adam said that he could make things happen for Patrick. Jennifer said that Patrick’s voice opened up the gates of heaven. Patrick chose Jennifer to be his coach.

The final audition of the night was from 13 year old Kennedy Holmes. Along with singing, she also dances and was the only four chair turn of the night with Adam leading the way. Saying that her voice already sounds seasoned and controlled, Blake called Kennedy the best vocalist to audition this year. Blake wanted Kennedy to pick him for her coach so that she could teach him to sing like that. Kelly said that Kennedy deserved every chair turn. Kennedy said that she dreamed of being able to sing with Jennifer. Jennifer came up on stage and the two sang together. Jennifer called Kennedy a star. Adam noted that very rarely does anyone come around that can ignite their passion for what they do….but Kennedy did that; adding that she is the biggest thing to come on the show. Saying that she loves and adores all of the judges, Kennedy chose Jennifer to be her coach.

The Voice” returns on Tuesday with more blind auditions.

Team Adam:
RADHA
Tyke James

Team Blake:
Kameron Marlowe
Mercedes Ferreira Dias

Team Jennifer:
Tyshawn Colquitt
Patrick Fortson
Kennedy Holmes

Team Kelly:
Sarah Grace
Mikele Buck

Jammin’ at the Hard Rock with Solar Plexus

For some the Hard Rock Café is a out burgers and beer, for others it is about the memorabilia that lines the walls. But no matter which concept you choose, the Hard Rock Café is about the music…and not just for the visitors who come there. Some of the Hard Rock enplanes are also musicians and occasionally they get to share that music on the Hard Rock stage.

Such was the case for Stevie who works at the Café in Niagara Falls, New York on September 21 when Stevie and his band Soular Plexus jammed on the stage with a mix of original songs and cover tunes.

What set Soular Plexus apart from other cover bands is the music itself. The band didn’t just play quick renditions of the songs suitable for the radio; but rather, played long extended versions of the songs that had unusual arrangements to the songs that offered a refreshing change from the norm.

Soular Plexus kicked off the night with “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart’s Club Band” Other cover songs included “Tell the Truth”, “Dancing in the Streets”, “Louie Louie”, “Scarlet”, “Eyes of the year World”, and “Nobody Knows You”.

The original compositions included “Let Love Loose”, “Shapes and Sounds”, “Soldier King”, “Riverside”, and “Stop Outside”.

The night offered a mix of rocking tunes, dance songs, and chill out music.

First Elimination on DWTS

On the second night of competition for “Dancing with the Stars”, the professiona dancers gets the night started off with a routine choreographed by award winning choreographer Mandy Moore.

Not all of the couples will have to perform on tonight’s show; just the six couple who are in jeopardy after the judges gave their scores and the fans cast their votes. The bottom six couples will perform a second dance for judge’s scores and the fans will get the opportunity for a live vote to save their favourites and at the end of the show, one couple will be eliminated.

In the first results of the night…
DeMarcus and Lindsay are safe
Tinashe and Brandon are also safe
Nancy and Val are in jeopardy
Joe and Jenna are safe despite earning the lowest score of the night

Mancy and Val are the first couple that will have to dance for their lives.

Beginning October 7 DWTS will begin the new series “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors”. In a preview, the DWTS Junior pros take to the dance floor for a performance.

In the next results…
Juan Pablo and Cheryl are safe
Nikki and Gleb are in jeopardy
John and Emma are also in jeopardy
Bobby and Sharna are safe – Bobby admits that he is not the best dancer on the show but says no one is going to have more fun than he will on the show.

Alexis and Alan are in jeopardy

Nikki and Gleb, John and Emma, and Alexis and Alan will join Nancy and Val in dancing for their lives.

During the television commercial breaks, members of the DWTS Troupe perform for the audience.

In the next results, the final couples learn their fates…
Milo and Witney are safe
Daneille and Artem are in jeopardy
Evanna and Keo are safe
Mary Lou and Sasha are in jeopardy

Danielle and Artem and Mary Lou and Sasha are the final couples to fill out the six couples that will have to dance for their lives.

Head judge Len Goodman noted that he saw some fantastic dances on premiere night; adding that everyone came out and gave it their all. Len said that the judges wanted to see DeMarcus and Lindsay reprise their saucy Cha Cha.

Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews introduce the stars that will be participating in DWTS Juniors beginning next month.

Miles Brown
Ariana Greenblatt
Honey Boo Boo
Akasha Yukotti
Sky Brown
Mandala Morris
Sophia Pippen
Hudson West
Mackenzie Ziegler
Tripp Palin
Addison Osta Smith
Jaoson Maybaum

The cast of DWTS Juniors take the stage to perform.

Before the bottom six couples dance, Tom Bergeron reveals that one couple is indeed safe and will not have to dance for their lives…John and Emma are safe for another week.

The couples are performing the same style of dance as they did on premiere night but with new dance steps.

Mary Lou and Sasha are the first couple on the dance floor for the second time to perform a Cha Cha to “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer. After the dance, Mary Lou said that the dance was for all the moms. Len said that the dance was clean and on tie with no messing about; adding that she did a great job. Saying that Mary Lou was back with a vengeance, Bruno noted that is how you deliver under pressure. Carrie Ann said that Mary Lou danced like a champ; adding it was the way to nail it. Mary Lou and Sasha scored 21 points for their dance. The couple have a total of 40 points from both performances.

Danielle and Artem perform a Foxtrot. Calling the performance lovely, Bruno noted that Danielle tried to use the dance floor more and tried to do what they told her to do; adding that her shoulders were better. Carrie Ann said that last night Danielle inspired her and tonight Danielle impressed her. Noting that of all the celebrities, Danielle has the greatest challenge, Len called Danielle a total inspiration. Danielle and Artem scored 18 points for their dance and have a total of 36 points over the two nights.

Nikki and Gleb performed a Salsa. Tom noted that Nikki looked like she was having more fun tonight. Carrie Ann like the overall presentation; adding that Nikki looked more comfortable tonight. Len said that last night the dance controlled Nikki, but tonight Nikki controlled the dance. Bruno noted that tonight Nikki’s attitude was much better; adding that the dance was frisky and flirty but she still needs to work on her hips. Nikki and Gleb scored 18 points for their dance and have a total of 35 points.

Alexis and Alan performed a Jive. Tom noted that Alexis had to be proud of that dance; adding that she did a good job. Len said that he was amazed to find Alexis in jeopardy; adding that she is a terrific dancer and they deserve to be there. Len said that if Alexis and Alan are eliminated, he will show his bum in the supermarket. Agreeing with Len, Bruno called the performance clean, precise, and strong; adding that Alexis s a great dancer. Carrie Ann said that she is more impressed with Alexis tonight. With the guys saying that it was the best dance of the night, Alexis and Alan scored 23 points for their dance.

The final dance of the night is a Quickstep from Nancy and Val. Noting that Nancy was much more at ease with herself, Bruno said that the dance was bright, vivacious and not so tense. Carrie Ann was impressed with the harder choreography tonight. Len noted that last night there was too much of a gap between the partners, but tonight they fixed the gap and were much closer together. Nancy and Val scored 21 points for their dance and have a total of 39 points.

Second Night scores:
Daneille and Artem – 18
Nikki and Gleb – 18
Mary Lou and Sasha – 21
Nancy and Val – 21
Alexis and Alan – 23

Total scores (for bottom five):
Nikki and Gleb – 35
Daneille and Artem – 36
Nancy and Val – 39
Mary Lou and Sasha – 40
Alexis and Alan – 44

Mackenzie Ziegler performed her new single “Wonderful”.

Fans were able to cast their votes online for their favourite couples before on couple was sent home.

In the final results of the night…
Danielle and Artem are safe
Alexis and Alan are also safe
Mary Lou and Sasha will also be dancing next week.

It is down to Nancy and Val and Nikki and Gleb with one of them going home.

Nikki and Gleb are the first couple to be eliminated on season 27 of DWTS. Nancy and Val are safe for another week.

Debut Night Scores:
Joe and Jenna – 14
Nikki and Gleb – 17
Evanna and Keo – 18
Danielle and Artem – 18
John and Emma – 18
Nancy and Val – 18
Mary Lou and Sasha – 19
Milo and Witney – 20
Bobby and Sharna – 20
Alexis and Alan – 21
Juan Pablo and Cheryl – 22
Tinashe and Brandon – 23
Demarcus and Lindsay – 23

Season 27 Premieres on DWTS

It’s a new season of stars and pro dancers competing in the Ballroom on “Dancing with the Stars”.

Season 27 kicks off the night with a group performance from the entire cast choreographed by two time Emmy Award winner Mandy Moore. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews return as hosts.

Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber kick off the competition with a Cha Cha to Bruno Mars. Retton is the first American female to win gold in the Olympics for gymnastics…and the first woman to grace the front of a Wheaties cereal box. Head judge Len Goodman congratulated Mary Lou, noting that it is always tough coming out first. Len said that Mary ou danced with terrific confidence and was pretty nifty for being fifty. Bruno said that Mary Lou hasn’t lost any of her competitive edge; adding that she is still very elastic and has great natural precision. Carrie Ann called Mary Lou golden; adding that the dance was clean, precise, sharp, and fantastic. Host To Bergron noted that Mary Lou looked relaxed on the dance floor but Mary Lou admitted to being nervous. Mary Lou noted that the Ballroom was filled with amazing energy. Mary Lou and Sasha scored 19 points for their dance.

Seventeen year old Disney star and “Zombies” actor Milo Manheim joined up with season 19 champion pro Witney Carson for a Cha Cha. After the dance, Tom noted that there was a proud mom in the audience. Bruno said there was a lot of energy and that Milo had brilliant timing; adding that Milo was great. Carrie Ann said that Milo was exciting to watch, had great dance stature and posture, but was a little wild. Calling it a dance well done, Len told Milo to stretch through the dance moves. Milo and Witney scored 20 points for their dance.

Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe danced a Foxtrot. Carrie Ann noted that Evanna can dance; adding that she had great lines and control in her dance. Noting that it is tough to perform a Ballroom dance on week one, Len said that there is a dancer in there. Saying that it is a long way from Hogwarts, Bruno said that the magic was in Evanna; adding that the quality was in there and she cast a spell with her body. Evanna and Keo scored 18 points for their dance.

Paralympic skier Danielle Umstead is the first star to come to DWTS who is blind. She is paired up with Artem and they performed a Foxtrot for their first dance. In the video package Artem admitted to, “being in the dark,” and having no idea of how to teach Danielle. Noting that Danielle would not allow her husband to see her in rehearsals, Tom invited Danielle’s husband on stage and asked what he thought. Danielle’s husband said that he was blown away. After telling Artem that he did a good job in teaching Danielle, Len said that Danielle had good footwork. Bruno called the dance lovely; adding that it was a classic Foxtrot and was well done. Saying that she was still processing what she saw, Carrie Ann said that she could feel the bond with Artem; adding that performance was magical and that she is moving in the right direction. Daniele and Artem scored 18 points for their dance.

Radio personality and “American Idol” mentor Bobby Bones teamed up with Sharna for a Jive. Noting that he has no dancing experience, Bobby was jumping up and down and was very excited after the dance. Bruno called the performance surreal; adding that it was exquisitely demented. Saying that it was a little rough around the edges, Carrie Ann said that Bobby had a wild rock star thing happening and she loved it. Saying that Bobby came out and attacked the dance, Len said that Bobby was full on and flat out but that he got carried away. Bobby said that he has never had so much fun in his life. Bobby and Sharna scored 20 points for their dance.

Actor and singer Juan Pablo di Pace is paired up with two time DWTS champion Cheryl Burke for a Salsa to the music of Jennifer Lopez. Tom said that it did not look like a week one dance. Saying that the dance has fuego potential, Carrie Ann said that the chemistry was of the chart. Noting that the dance had a lot of rhythm, Len said Milo was, “100 percent the hunk with the junk in the trunk.” Len called the performance a top rate dance that had energy. Noting that he saw something very very hot, Bruno called it a Salsa that gets under your skin. Milo and Sharna scored 22 points for their dance.

Comedian Nikki Glaser is paired up with Gleb for a Salsa. Gleb met Nikki at The Improv while she was on stage performing. Calling the performance awkward, Len said that Nikki was too careful and had no hip action. Bruno noted that the dance wasn’t a total train wreck but did have a slight derailment at the hip junction. Saying that she could tell that it was all new to Nikki, Carrie Ann said that Nikki has a great body and spirit for dancing. Nikki and Gleb scored 17 points for their dance.

Model and social media star Alexis Ren joined up with Alan Bersyn danced a Jive to “Good Golly Miss Molly”. Alexis said that she joined the cast for her mom who loved the show. Tom said that he thought Alexis’ mom would be pretty happy with the dance. Bruno called Alexis a very good dancer; adding that it was a very good Jive. Noting that the dance was well rehearsed and choreographed, Carrie Ann said that the dance was very clean but urged Alexis to perform out more. Noting that the dance had attack, Len called it a great Jive. Alexis and Alan scored 21 points for their dance.

With an orange car on the dance floor, actor and singer John Scheider and Emma Slater performed a “Dukes of Hazzard” themed Foxtrot. Noting that John knows his way around a dance foor, Carrie Ann said that John had a natural elegance and charm when he danced. Len called the dance a bit rough; adding that it lacked finesse and quality of movement. Bruno compared the dance to a cross country ride; saying that it was always interesting and didn’t run out of fuel. John and Emma scored 18 points for their dance.

Music artist Tinashe is dancing with the newest member of the DWTS pro cast Brandon. The duo performed a Jive that Tom said didn’t look like a week one dance. Len said that the dance had plenty of snap, crackle and pop; adding that it was a top notch performance. Bruno called it a foxy Jive that was dynamic and clean. Bruno told Brandon that he did a good job. Carrie Ann called Tinashe a star who was something spectacular and did a fantastic job. The duo scored 23 points for their dance.

Facts of Life” star Nancy McKeon and Val danced a Quickstep to “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got that Swing)”. Saying that he loved the energy, Bruno noted that Nancy made a face for every step of the dance. Calling Nancy a storyteller, Carrie Ann liked how Nancy told a story; adding that she delivered. Noting that the dance was nothing fancy, Len said that it was a good solid dance. Nancy and Val scored 18 points for their dance.

Businessman and “Bachelor” reality star Joe – also known as Grocery Store Joe – paired up with Jenna Johnson for a grocery store themed Quickstep. Saying that the good news was that Joe had a big fan section, Carrie Ann noted that Joe is not a dancer…yet, but he does have charm. Saying that he is rooting for Joe, Len really like Joe’s personality. Saying that he can’t have everything, Bruno said that Joe has incredible looks and charm. Joe and Jenna scored 14 points for their dance.

In the final performance of the night, retired football player DeMarcus Ware performed a Cha Cha with Lindsay Arnold that had a very excited Lindsay say was so good. Tom noted that they liked to end the show on a high note; adding that he thinks they did that. Len said that DeMarcus has fantastic stage presence, wonderful personality, and is not a bad dancer. Bruno said that delightful delicious DeMarcus the dancer was as strong as titanium but was light as a feather. Bruno called DeMarcus the one to watch. Agreeing with Bruno, Carrie Ann noted that football players have a huge legacy on the show…adding she could see why. DeMarcus and Lindsay scored 23 points for their dance.

Debut Night Scores:
Joe and Jenna – 14
Nikki and Gleb – 17
Evanna and Keo – 18
Danielle and Artem – 18
John and Emma – 18
Nancy and Val – 18
Mary Lou and Sasha – 19
Milo and Witney – 20
Bobby and Sharna – 20
Alexis and Alan – 21
Juan Pablo and Cheryl – 22
Tinashe and Brandon – 23
Demarcus and Lindsay – 23

2018 Wildlife Festival

On September 22 and 23, the annual wildlife Festival came to the grounds of the New York power Authority where visitors saw much more than wildlife.

Numerous science related organizations offered information and hands on demos of space, weather, archeology, robotics, and info on various animal families.  The police brought members of the canine unit for a demonstration and the primate tent did a little monkeying around.

Visitors could shoot and fish, watch an artist create sculptures out of logs, and members from the Tuscarora Nation offered samples of wildlife meats, crafts, and demonstrated dances.

Near Caution Free Race at Short Track Richmond

In race two of the first round of the playoffs, the Monster Energy Cup Series heads to Richmond Raceway for some Saturday night racing with the Federated Auto Parts 400.

After three rounds of qualifying Kevin Harvick wins the pole – his 24th career pole – and will bring the field to green.

The starting lineup for the Federated Auto Parts 400:
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Erik Jones
Kyle Larson
Cole Custer
Kyle Busch – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Jamie McMurray
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Newman
Matt Kenseth
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Paul Menard
Jimmie Johnson
Chis Buescher
Michael McDowell
Clint Bowyer
Bubba Wallace
David Ragan
Astin Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
AJ Allmendinger
Ty Dillon
Ross Chastain
Regan Smith
Corey LaJoie
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Gray Gaulding
Alon Day
Joey Gase
Landon Cassill
Timmy Hill

Stages one and two of the race are 100 laps each with stage three lasting 200 laps for a total of 400 laps around the ¾ mile track and 300 miles.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead from the inside lane.

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

Lap five Kevin Harvick leads the way with the drivers getting two and three wide across the track. After starting 39th Kyle Busch is up to 27th place.

Lap eight, Martin Truex Jr challenges Kevin Harvick for the lead but so far Harvick holds him off.

Lap 12, Kevin Harvick has a quarter of a second on Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Busch is up to 24th.

Lap 15, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch up to 22nd place.

Lap 23, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski. Kyle Busch is ow up to 19th place.

Martin Truex Jr again challenges Kevin Harvick for the lead.

Lap 29, Kevin Harvick holds on to his lead over Martin Truex Jr with Kyle Busch in 18th place. There are 34 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 33, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Martin Truex Jr with Kurt Busch in third. Kyle Busch is in 16th place with 34 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 40, the brake rotors on several cars are already glowing bright red. During the Xfinity Series race on Friday night, several of the drivers had issues with their brakes overheating.

Martin Truex Jr has finally gotten around Kevin Harvick to take over the lead of the race on lap 41.

Lap 44, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Kevin Harvick over half a second behind; Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five. Kyle Busch is in 15th place.

Lap 50 Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead over Kevin Harvick to a second. Brad Keselowski is now in third place. There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin nearly spins out but the track stays green when he and Ricky Stenhouse Jr make contact.

While the drivers can complete the stage without making a pit stop, many of the drivers are coming down pit road for fresh tires.

Kevin Harvick has closed the gap on leader Martin Truex Jr to under a second.

Lap 66, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick with Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and Aric Almirola rounding out the top five. Kyle Busch has moved up to 12th place with only 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 72, Kevin Harvick has closed the gap to leader Martin Truex Jr to under half a second.

AJ Allmendinger was charged with a commitment code violation during his pit stop.

Lap 78, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of less than half a second on Kevin Harvick; Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 82, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and Aric Almirola. Kyle Busch is just outside the top 10 in 12th place.

Lap 88, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead with a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Only sixr laps remain in stage one with Martin Truex Jr leading the way.Martin Truex Jr wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
Aric Almirola
Erik Jones
Alex Bowman
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Erik Jones was charged with leaving pit road with equipment and Jimmie Johnson was caught speeding on pit road.

Erik Jones had to make a third trip down pit road to make an adjustment.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down fo the green flag start of stage two on lap 110 and jumps out in front for the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Aric Almirola, Chase Elliott, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 117, Kyle Busch holds on to 12th place with 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 119, Martin True Jr has a lead of nearly a second on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 121,Kyle Busch is in the top 10.

Lap 125, all 40 cars are still on the track and there have been no caution flags for on track incidents.

Lap 130, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race by nearly a second and a half over Kevin Harvick; Aric Almirola is in third.

Lap 137, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Kevin Harvick; Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lpa 142, Martin Truex Jr continues to dominate the race with a lead of over a second and a half over Kevin Harvick; there are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Of the 155 laps run, leader Martin Truex Jr has led 114 of them.

Some of the drivers are making green flag pit stops looking for fresh tires.

Lap 159, Kevin Harvick has closed the gap on leader Martin Truex Jr to a second.

Lap 165, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of just over a second on Kevin Harvick with Aric Almirola in third.

Lap 175, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Chase Elliott, and Brad Keselowski. There are 15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 184, Martin Truex J has a lead of under a second on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 193, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick. Kyle Busch is p to ninth place.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski
Alex Bowman
Austin Dillon
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano

At the halfway point in the race, the only caution flags have been to mark the end of the stages.

Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr’s team was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 210 and jumps out in front of Kevin Harvick for the lead.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, and Austin Dillon.

After getting around Kevin Harvick for second, Brad Keselowski challenges Chase Elliott for the lead.

Lap 218, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over half a second on Chase Elliott with Aric Almirola in third.

Lap 224, Bad Keselowski has a lead of over a second on Chase Elliott with Aric Almirola in third.a

Lap 229 Brad Keselowski has a lead of nearly a second on Chase Elliott with Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

Lap 240, Chase Elliott is closing the gap to leader Brad Keselowski who is only half a second ahead.

Lap 243, Chase Elliott has caught up to Brad Keselowski and passes him for the lead.

Lap 247, there are 20 cars on the lead lap with Chase Elliott nearly a half second in front of Brad Keselowski with Kevin Harvick in third.

Lap 257, the top five are Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Aric Almirola.

Lap 261, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Brad Keselowski; Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 268, drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops. The drivers who come down pit road now will have to make another stop before the end of the race.

Joey Logano had an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to serve a penalty.

Brad Keselowski passes Chase Elliott to retake the lead while Elliott was on pit road.

Lap 276, Brad Keselowski is in the lead; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 282, Brad Keselowski has a half second lead on Kyle Busch with Kevin Harvick in third.

Lap 286, Kyle Busch has caught up to leader Brad Keselowski and is challenging for the lead. Lap 287, Kyle Busch passes Keselowski to take the lead.

Lap 290, Kyle Busch is pulling away and has a lead of nearly a second on Brad Keselowski; Kevin Harvick is in third over three seconds behind.

Lap 295, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Brad Keselowski with only 15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 302, Kyle Busch is in the lead; Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 311, Kyle Busch has increased his lead over Kevin Harvick to nearly three seconds on Brad Keselowski; Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Aric Almirola round out the top five. There are 14 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 215, coming from the back of the field at the start of the race, Kyle Busch took over first and is running away with it, he is nearly four seconds ahead of Brad Keselowski. There are only 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 219, Kevin Harvick passes Brad Keselowski for second with leader Kyle Busch five second ahead.

Lap 324, Kevin Harvick has closed the gap on leader Kyle Busch to under five seconds with Brad Keselowski in third.

Lap 325, drivers are beginning to make their second green flag pit stops. Matt Kenneth is charged with a commitment cone violation.

Lap 326, Jeffrey Earnhardt brings out the caution flag after spinning out with a flat tire.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road; followed by Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 334 and edging out Kevin Harvick for the lead. Drivers are getting thee wide as they battle for position.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Chase Elliott with 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 337, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 240, Kyle Busch is in the lead but is being challenged by Brad Keselowski with Keselowski passing to take the lead on lap 243.

Lap 245, Brad Keselowski is in the lead with Kyle Busch right behind; Kevin Harvick is in third a second behind.

The leaders are in traffic.

Lap 350, Kyle Busch is challenging Brad Keselowski for the lead and has come close to passing Keselowski on several occasion but has not quite been able to complete the pass.

Lap 362, Bad Keselowski is in the lead; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 363, Kyle Busch finally gets around Brad Keselowski to take the lead.

Lap 365, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 367, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Brad Keselowski with Kevin Harvick in third. Harvick has caught up to Keselowski and is challenging for the second spot.

Lap 370, Kyle Busch’s lead is now a second and a half as Kevin Harvick gets around Brad Keselowski to take second place.

Lap 373, Kyle Busch maintains his second and a half lead on Kevin Harvick as they encounter traffic.

Lap 376, Kyle Busch holds on to his lead over Kevin Harvick with Brad Keselowski in third over two and a half seconds back.

Lap 380 only 20 laps remaining in the race – Kyle Busch has increased his lead to nearly two seconds over Kevin Harvick with Martin Truex Jr in third.

Lap 385, the top five are Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Aric Almirola, and Chase Elliott.

Lap 386, Kevin Harvick has closed the gap on leader Kyle Busch to just a second with Martin Truex Jr in third.

Lap 388, Kyle Busch’s lead is now down to under a second over Kevin Harvick with 13 cars on the lead lap.

Only nine laps remaining in the race with Kyle Busch leading by a second over Kevin Harvick.

Five to go, Kyle Busch leads the race with Kevin Harvick less than a second behind.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

Going from worst to first, Kyle Busch wins the race; he sweeps the Richmond races this season as he wins his sixth race at Richmond and career win number 50.

With his win, Kyle Busch has locked in his spot in the next round of the playoffs as the teams go into the elimination race next week on the roval in Charlotte. After winning both stages in the race, Martin Truex Jr has also guaranteed his spot in the next round.

With failing brakes, Gray Gaulding is the only driver who did not finish the race on the track.

The unofficial results of the Federated Auto Parts 400:
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Kyle Larson
Jimmie Johnson
Brad Keselowski
Clint Bowyer
Erik Jones
Alex Bowman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Joey Logano
Ryan Newman
Denny Hamlin
Daniel Suarez
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Jamie McMurray
Paul Menard
David Ragan
Michael McDowell
Matt Kenseth
Cole Custer
Bubba Wallace
Ty Dillon
AJ Allmendinger
Chris Buescher
Regan Smith
Corey La Joie
Ross Chastain
Matt DiBenedetto
Joey Gase
Landon Cassill
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Alon Day
Timmy Hill
Gray Gaulding

Snir Yamin Moving ‘Down the Line’

Making a move of any kind is always a big deal, especially when it involves moving to a new country half way around the world.

For the past two years Israeli native Snir Yamin has been mired in the paperwork of immigration, visas, and green cards.

With it all over but the waiting, Snir has once again turned his focus back to the music. Armed with a new recording contract with the Indie label Red Media Records, Snir has been in the studio recording songs for a new album.

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Due out in the latter part of November, the self titled album will feature 12 original songs.

In a recent interview, Snir noted that making music in America is much different from recording music in Israel. In Israel the mixing of the music is more subdued and balanced; whereas, in the U.S. the mixing of the music is heavy on vocals and beats. Ever the perfectionist, Snir says that his new recordings are perfectly imperfect. He also notes that while recording the album, he is learning a great deal.

The first single – “Down the Line” – was released at midnight on September 21 but it was released at midnight in each time zone and Snir was very excited to discover that his song was ranked number three on the iTunes chart in Israel.

Putting the finishing touches on the new album, Snir and Red Media Records has planned for a second single to be released in mid October.

Calling himself a songwriter who sings and plays guitar, Snir has traded in his acoustic guitar in for an electric one on his first full length album. Snir said that he also plays some piano on the new album.

While he is the executive producer on the album, Snir admits that he is not comfortable with listening to himself singing: adding that he hears all the flaws in his voice, but those flaws are a part of what makes Snir Yamin the artist he is.

“Down the Line” is now available on all digital music formats.

 

photos courtesy of Snir Yamin and Red Media Records

Final Races and Thrilling Win for Xfinity in Richmond

The Xfinity Series begins their playoffs with some Friday night racing at the ¾ mile track in Richmond Raceway with the Go Bowling 250.

In his first race since retiring at the end of last season, NBC broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr comes down from the booth to drive the 88 car. Junior will also serve as the in-race reporter.

Female driver Katherine Legge is driving in her first short track oval in a stock car. Legge has driven various cars in a number of different series around the world.

After three rounds of qualifying with a time of 22. 691 seconds, Christopher Bell won his fifth pole of the season and will bring the field to the green.

The starting lineup for the Go Bowling 250:
Christopher Bell – in the playoffs
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Ros Chastain – in the playoffs – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Cole Custer – in the playoffs
Justin Allgaier – in the playoffs
Daniel Hemric – in the playoffs
Ryan Truex – in the playoffs
Shane Lee
Brando Jones – in the playoffs
Austin Cindric – in the playoffs
Ryan Preece
Matt Tifft – in the playoffs
Elliott Sadler – in the playoffs
Tyler Reddick – in the playoffs
Ty Majeski
Spencer Gallagher
Michael Annett
Ryan Sieg
Alex Labbe
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Reed – in the playoffs – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Mason Diaz
Joey Gase
Quin Houff
Matt Mills
Ray Black Jr
David Starr
JJ Yeley
Garrett Smthley
Spencer Boyd
Bayley Currey
Katherine Legge
Morgan Shepherd
Chad Finchum
Jeff Green
Tmmy Hill
Vinnie Miller
Mike Harmon
Josh Bilicki
Carl Long

Stages one and two of the race are 75 laps each with stage three lasting 100 laps for a total of 250 laps around the track.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag and edges out Dale Earnhardt Jr for the lead.

Lap four the top five are Christopher Bell, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer, and Daniel Hemric.

Lap five Dale Earnhardt Jr challenges Christopher Bell for the lead. Justin Allgaier passes Junior to take over second from the outside.

Justin Allgaier passes Christopher Bell on the outside and tkes over the lead of the race.

Lap nine, Justin Allgaier has the lead with Dale Earnhardt Jr in second and Christopher Bell in third.

Lap eleven, Dale Earnhardt Jr challenges Justin Allgaier for the lead. The duo have pulled away from the field and have a lead of half a second over Christopher Bell.

After starting the race from the back of the field, Ross Chastain has moved up to eleventh place.

Lap 14 the leaders have encountered slower traffic as they continue to battle for the lead.

Lap 17 Dale Earnhardt Jr continues to challenge Justin Allgaier for the lead.

Lap 20, Justin Allgaier is in the lead with Dale Earnhardt on Allgaier’s bumper, Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 22, Justin Allgaier barely fended off Dale Earnhardt Jr from taking the lead. Christopher Bell has caught up to the leaders.

Christopher Bell gets around Dale Earnhardt Jr to take over second place. Daniel Hemric has now caught up to the leaders.

Justin Allgaier and Christopher Bell battle to for the lead.

Lap 31, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Cole Custer.

Lap 33,Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell, and Daniel Hemric make it a three wide battle for the lead.

Lap 35, Christopher Bell gets past Justin Allgaier for the lead.

Lap 38, Justin Allgaier retakes the lead of the race.

Lap 339, there are 27 cars on the lead lap with two cars off the track.

Lap 40, Justin Allgaier is in the lead but Christopher Bell continues to challenge for the lead with Daniel Hemric on his bumper and looking to take second.

Virginia native Elliott Sadler is retiring at the end of the season, Richmond Raceway has a sign along the wall thanking Sadler. Sadler’s two children were among those who gave the command to start engines before the start of the race.

Daniel Hemric finally gets around Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier to take over the lead.

Lap 49, Daniel Hemric has a lead of over half a second on Justin Allgaier.

Lap 51, the leaders have encountered slower traffic as Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier continue to battle for second with Daniel Hemric in the lead.

Lap 54, Christopher Bell gets around Justin Allgaier to take over second with Daniel Hemric in the lead over a second in front of the field.

Lap 56 the top five are Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Dale Earnhardt J, and Matt Tifft.

Lap 62, Daniel Hemric is in the lead with Christopher Bell in second; Dale Earnhardt Jr, Matt Tift, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 66, Ros Chastain is just outside the top 10 in eleventh after having to start the race fr the back of the field.

Daniel Hemric has pulled out to a one second lead on Christopher Bell with Dale Earnhardt Jr in third.

Lap 70, Daniel Hemric has increased his lead to nearly a second and a half over Christopher Bell with Dale Earnhardt Jr in third.

Daniel Hemric wins stage one with a lead of nearly two seconds on Christopher Bell.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Daniel Hemric
Christopher Bell
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Matt Tifft
Justin Allgaier
Elliott Sadler
Ryan Truex
Tyler Reddick
Austin Cindric
Ross Chastain

Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road.

Matt Tifft makes a second unscheduled trip down pit road for a flat tire.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 86 and gets out in front of Daniel Hemric for the lead.

Austin Cindric was charged with improper fueling of his car on pit road.

Lap 89, the top five are Christopher Bell, Dale Earnhardt r, Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, and Ryan Truex.

Lap 92, there are 22 cars on the lead lap with Christopher Bell leading the way; Dale Earnhardt Jr is in second with Justin Allgaier in third.

Lap 99 Christopher Bell has a lead of nearly half a second on Dale Earnhardt with Justin Allgaier in third.

Ryan Preece brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with a flat tire.

Lap 108, Dale Earnhardt is challenging Christopher Bell for the lead; so far Bell has held him off.

Lap 113, Christopher Bell has a quarter of a second lead over Dale Earnhardt Jr with Justin Allgaier in third over a second behind. There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Elliott Sadler has moved into the top five.

Dale Earnhardt Jr gets around Christopher Bell to take over the lead on lap 124 with a pass on the outside.

Lap 127, the top five are Dale Earnhardt Jr, Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, and Ross Chastain.

Ross Chastain battles with Justin Allgaier for fourth place and takes over the spot.

Lap 138, Dale Earnhardt Jr is out in front with the lead; Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Ross Chastain, and Justin Allgaier rounding out the top five.

With only eight laps remaining in stage two, Dale Earnhardt Jr has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Christopher Bell; Daniel Hemric, Ross Chastain, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five. There are only 18 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out when Ty Majeski spins out and hits the wall. On his radio, Majeski says that team mate Ryan Reed hit him and causing the wreck. Majeski hit the wall hard and then went spinning.

With the stage ending under caution, Dale Earnhardt Jr wins the stage. This was Earnhardt’s first career stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Christopher Bell
Daniel Hemric
Ross Chastain
Justin Allgaier
Matt Tifft
Elliott Sadler
Tyler Reddick
Cole Custer
Austin Cindric

Dale Earnhardt Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Dale Earnhardt Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and holds on to his lead.

Lap 160, Dale Earnhardt Jr has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Christopher Bell.

Katherine Legge brings out the caution flag when she spins out and and makes a run through the grass after trying to go three wide.

Dale Earnhardt Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 166 and holds on to his lead despite a challenge from Christopher Bell and Daniel Hemric.

Lap 168, Dale Earnhardt Jr has a quarter second lead over Daniel Hemric with Christopher Bell in third.

Lap 173, Dale Earnhardt Jr has pulled out to a lead of over half a second with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 176, Dale Earnhardt Jr’s lead is now a second on Daniel Hemric.

Lap 180, Dale Earnhardt Jr has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Daniel Hemric with Christopher Bell in third.

Lap 182, Dale Earnhardt Jr’s lead is now a second and a half over Daniel Hemric.

Lap 186, the top five are Dale Earnhardt Jr, Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell, Elliott Sadler, and Justin Allgaier.

Lap 190, Dale Earnhardt Jr continues to lead the race with Daniel Hemric in second.

Lap 194, Dale Earnhardt Jr has a lead of nearly a second and a half over Daniel Hemric with Christopher Bell in third.

Lap 200, dale Earnhardt Jr continues to lead the race by over a second on Daniel Hemric with Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, and Matt Tifft rounding out the top five. There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

With only 47 laps remaining in the race, Dale Earnhardt Jr continues to lead the race.

Lap 209, Daniel Hemric has closed the gap on Dale Earnhardt Jr to under a second; Christopher Bell continues to run in third.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track as they battle for position.

Lap 215, Dale Earnhardt J holds on to his lead of nearly a second on Daniel Hemric.

The caution flag comes out on lap 219.

Matt Tifft wins the race off of pit road.

Matt Tifft brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 225. Justin Allgaier wrecks as the drivers battle for position including a four wide battle that brought out the caution flag.

Matt Tifft brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 14 laps remaining in the race and goes side by side with Christopher Bell. Christopher Bell gets out in front for the lead with Matt Tifft in second and Dale Earnhardt Jr in third.

Ten to go, Christopher Bell has a lead of over half a second on Ross Chastain with Daniel Hemric in third and Dale Jr in fourth.

With the laps winding down quickly, Christopher Bell holds on to his lead of over half a second.

Six to go, Christopher Bell continues to lead by over half a second on Ross Chastain.

Only three laps remain in the race, rookie Christopher Bell continues to lead the race.

Christopher Bell takes the white flag.

Christopher Bell has cemented his spot in the next round of the playoffs with a win in Richmond to sweep the two races at Richmond this year. This was Bell’s fifth win of the season.  This is the first time in his career that Christopher Bell has won the race fro the pole.

The unofficial results of the Go Bowling 250:
Christopher Bell
Ross Chastain
Daniel Hemric
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Matt Tifft
Elliott Sadler
Tyler Reddick
Brandon Jones
Shane Lee
Ryan Reed
Ryan Truex
Spencer Gallagher
Austin Cindric
Michael Annett
Cole Custer
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Sieg
Ryan Preece
Mason Diaz
David Starr
Alex Labbe
Joey Gase
Ray Black Jr
Garrett Smithley
JJ Yeley
Chad Finchum
Matt Mills
Katherine Legge
Bayley Currey
Josh Bilicki
Quin Houff
Justin Allgaier
Spencer Boyd
Ty Majeski
Mike Harmon
Carl Long
Vinnie Miller
Timmy Hill
Jeff Green
Morgan Shepherd

Kris Allen

Season eight “American Idol” winner Kris Allen has announced a handful of Christmas show dates around the U.S. after Thanksgiving.

Noting that he had such a good time last year, Allen said that he is ready to do it again and invites fans to come armed with sweaters, voices, and fun and join him on tour.

Kris Allen’s Somethin’ About Christmas dares:
Nov 27 at the World Café Live in Philadelphia, PA
Nov 28 at the City Winery in New York City, NY
Nov 29 at the City Winery in Washington DC
Nov 30 at the city winery in Boston, MA
Dec 2 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH
Dec 3 at 20 Front Street in Lake Orion, MI
Dec 4 at the City Winery in Chicago, IL
Dec 5 at the Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO
Dec 7 at the Ron Robinson Theatre in Little Rock, AR
Dec 11 at the City Winery in Atlanta, GA
Dec 12 at the City Winery in Nashville, TN

New Music Friday – Sept 21

In this week’s New Music Friday, Machine Gun Kelly, Josh Groban, Lupe Fiasco, The Neighbourhood, Noah Cyrus, Kid Rock, Slash, Joe Bonamassa, The Chainsmokers, Joey + Rory, Prince, Thomas Rhett, and the Ramones are among the artists with new albums out this week.

Albums:
“>>>” by Beak
“album1” by San Holo
“Art of Doubt” by Metric
“Awful Swim” by Father
“BINGE” by Machine Gun Kelly
“Bridges” by Josh Groban,”Besame Mucho” by Juan Diego Florez
“Can You Believe It!?” by the Hillsong Kids
“Chris” by Christine and the Queens
“Country Faith Southern Gospel” by Various Artists
“Dead Letter Circus” by the Dead Letter Circus
“Disney Peaceful Piano: Calm” by Disney Peaceful Piano
“Disney Peaceful Piano: Happy” by Disney Peaceful Piano
“DROGAS WAVE” by Lupe FIasco
“Facing Dragons” by Christian Sands
“Greatest Hit You Never Saw Coming ” by Kid Rock
“The Hex” by Richard Swift
The original motion picture soundtrack for “The House with a clock in its Walls” by Nathan Barr
“Hyperion” by St. Lucia
Music from the HBO original series “Insecure” season 3 by Various Artists
“iridescence” by BROCKHAMPTON
“Living the Dream” by Slash with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
“Magic” by Tiny Deaths
“Magic Ship” by Mountain Man
“Million Dollars to Kill Me” by Joyce Manor
“Pete the Cat” by Pete the Cat
The  original Broadway cast recording for “Pretty Woman: The Musical” by Various Artists
“Proper Dose” by The Story So FAr
Music from the Netflix original documentary “Quincy: A Life Beyond Measure” by Various Artists
“Redemption” by Joe Bonamassa
“Role Model” by Young Dolph
“Sick Boy…This Feeling” by The Chainsmokers
“The Singer and the Song: The Best of Joey + Rory” by Joey + Rory
“Surviving the Suburbs” by Tor Miller
“TerrorVision” by Aborted
“Town burned Down “By Adam’s House Cat
“The Wake” by Voivod
“15” by Bhad Bhabie
“Piano and a Microphone” by Prince
“Decided” byYoungBoy Never Broke
“ARC” by Anthony Roth Costanzo
“Old Dog Demos” by Mac DeMarco
“Life Changes” by Thomas Rhett
“Road to Ruin”  40th Anniversary Edition by the Ramones

EP’s:
“Better” by Stars Go Dim
“Ever Changing” by The Neighbourhood
“Good Cry” by Noah Cyrus
“Nice Girls Finish Last: Cuidado” by BIA
“When I Grow Up” Remixes by Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike with Wiz Khalifa
“Winnetka Bowling League” by the Winnetka Bowling League
“Wait” by Arlie

Seneca Gaming Wins Awards for Resorts

The Seneca Nation owns and operates three casinos in the western New York area – two of those include resorts.

Casino Player” magazine readers have spoken with the 2018 Best of Gang Awards. The Seneca Resorts and Casinos have come in near the top three positions in 27 categories for a total of 35 awards including a repeat win for the Best Resort and Casino for Vacation to Seneca Niagara.

The Seneca Niagara took the top spot in four awards and Seneca Allegany won the top spot in five awards.

Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino:
Best Dealers
Best Carnival Games
Best Keno
Favorite Casino Resort to Vacation

Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino:
Best Rooms
Best Pool
Best Slot Tournament
Best Video Poker
Best High Limit Room

Seneca Gaming Corporation President and CEO Holly Gagnon spoke on the awards recognition saying, “these awards mean something to us because they come from readers who have many options available to them and they chose Seneca Resorts and Casinos again and again.”

 

 

feature photo credit: By Buffalutheran – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19927063

New President in at NASCAR

Like the Commissioners of the NFL, MLB, and NBA; the job of president of NASCAR is a short list of men who have held the position for many years.

On September 20, NASCAR has named only it’s fifth President in the sport’s 70 year history when Steve Phelps was announced as the sport’s new President. Phelps will assume his new role on October 1.

Prior to becoming President, Phelps held the positions as Chief Marketing Officer, and Chief Operating Officer,

Phelps, who is a lifelong racing fan, called the appointment, “an incredible honour”. Phelps continued, “I want fans to know that I love NASCAR. It’s in my blood; adding for our fans, we will work tirelessly to fulfill the promise of what NASCAR racing is — and that’s the best motorsport product on the planet. It’s our job to continue to fine-tune it and give you more of what you want — close, competitive, side-by-side racing.”

Speaking on the choice of Phelps as the new President, CEO and Chairman Jim France said, “we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Steve Phelps as our leader. His passion for NASCAR and proven ability to work with our partners has been unparalleled over the years.”

Bill France Sr. founded NASCAR in 1948. Since that time France Sr, Bill France Jr, Mike Helton, and Brent Dewar have served as President of the car racing association.

Current President Brent Dewar, will be staying on with NASCAR but will be taking on more of an advisory and consulting role beginning in 2019.

Liz Vice

Songstres Liz Vice has recently released a new single – a remix of her song “Where Can I Go” that includes Los Angeles rapper Propaganda.

Vice began a tour on Sept 8 that will run through the beginning of November with Propaganda joining her on some of the dates. On the tour, Liz Vice is performing music from her newest album “Save Me” that was released over the summer.

Sept 20 at Shank Hill in Milwaukee, WI
Sept 21 at the 7th St. Entry Room in Minneapolis, MN
Sept 22 at the Vaudeville Newes in Des Moines, IA
Oct 25 at The Crocodile in Seattle, WA
Oct 27 at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR
Nov 1 at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, CA
Nov 4 at the Moab Folk Festival in Moab, UT

Widow Maker Jams the Night Away at the Hard Rock

On September 14, western New York rockers Widow Maker brought their show to the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York for a night of rock and pop music.

The night featured antics from Widow Maker lead guitarist and Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Michael Hund and some special guest performances including BMHOF member Jesse Galante and DoDriver lead singer Jody Velletta.

The night of fun and music began with the Fleetwood Mac hit Rhiannon.

With no planned set list, Hund polled members of the audience asking them where they were from, the name of their favourite band, and what they wanted to hear.

The first set of the night continued with “Stone in Love”, “You’re So Vain”, “Sweet Child of Mine”, “Surrender”, “Peace of Mind”, “Sympathy for the Devil”, “Pink Cadillac”, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, “Under the Bridge”, and “Don’t Stop Believing”.

After taking a break, the band returned to the stage for more music. Jesse Galante helped to get the set started as the band performed “Kiss Me Deadly”, “I Will Survive”, “Promises in the Dark”, “La Grange”, “Tush”, “White Rabbit”, “High Road Easy”, “I Don’t Want to Lose Your Love”, “Little Red Corvette”, “Purple Rain”, “Take it on the Run”, “What’s Up?”, and “Rocky Mountain Way”.

Jody Velletta joined the band for performances of “Rock and Roll All Night Long”, “Panama”, and “Strangle Hold” and had the stage jumping.

 

With music from Journey, Fleetwood Mac, Carly Simon, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Cheap Trick, Boston, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Pat Benetar, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lita Ford, Gloria Gaynor, ZZ Top, Jefferson Airplane, Sass Jordan, KISS, Van Halen, The Outfield, Prince, REO Speedwagon, 4 Non Blondes, Joe Walsh, and Ted Nugent – for whom Hund once played, Michael Hund showed off his diversity as an artist and why in 1992 he was the youngest member to ever be inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.

70th Annual Emmy Awards – Complete Winners List

On a Monday night – September 17 – the Television Academy presented the 70th annual Prime Time Emmy Awards.

Before the broadcast began, it was announced that this season the Emmy Awards is the most diverse list of nominees in history. Sandra Oh is the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for a leading role.

After 13 minutes of opening song and monologue, the Emmy’s presented the first award of the night for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series to Henry Winkler for his role as Gene Cousineau in “Barry”.

The award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series went to Ale Borstein for her role as Susie in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”.

The award for Oustanding Writing for a Comedy Series went to Amy Sherman-Palladino for the Pilot of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”.

The award for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series went to Amy Sherman-Palladino for the Pilot of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”.

The award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series went to Rachel Bronsnahan for her role as Miriam “Midge” Maisel on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”.

The award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series went to Bill Hader for his role as Barry in “Barry”.

The award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie went to Merritt Wever for her role as Mary Agnes in “Godless”

The award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie went to Jeff Daniels for his role as Frank Griffin in “Godless”.

The award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special went to “USS Callister (Black Mirror)”.

A 96 year old Betty White made an appearance and spoke about her longevity in the television business.

The award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special went to Ryan Murphy for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”.

The award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Limited Series or Movie went to Regina King for her role as Latrice Butler in “Seven Seconds”.

The award for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Limited Series or Movie went to Darren Criss for his role as Andrew Cunanan in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”.

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series: Don Roy King for “Saturday Night Live”. King proposed to his girlfriend during his acceptance speech. He gave her the same ring that his father gave his mother 67 years ago.

The award for Outstanding Directing in a Variety Special went to Glenn Weiss for “The Oscars”.

Tina Fey presented the In Memorium segment to honour those who have passed on in the past year.

The award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series went to Peter Dinklage for his role as Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones”

The award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series went to Thandie Newton for her role as Maeve in “Westworld”

The award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series went to Joel Fields and Joe Weisbert for “The Americans – Start”

The award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series went to Stephen Daldry for “The Crown – Paterfamilias”.

The award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series went to Matthew Rhys for his role as Philip Jennings in “The Americans”.

The award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series went to Claire Foy for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown”.

The award for Outstanding Reality Competition Series went to “RuPaul’s Drag Race”.

The award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series went to “Saturday Night Live”

The award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series went to “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”.

The award for Outstanding Comedy Series went to “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”.

The award for Outstanding Drama Series went to “Game of Thrones”.

Awards not presented during the live television broadcast…
Outstanding Children’s Program: “The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Stet Special”
Outstanding Choreography: Mandy Moore on “So You Think You Can Dance”
Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie: “Genus; Picasso”
Outstanding Commercial: “The Talk – P&G – My Black is Beautiful”
Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Series: “Wild Wild Country”
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, and Video Control for a Series: “Saturday Night Live”
Outstanding Television Movie: “USS Cllister *Black Mirror)”
Outstanding Music Composition of an Original Dramatic Score for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special: “March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step”
Outstanding Music Composition of an Original Dramatic Score for a Series: “Game of Thrones”
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: “Saturday Night Live”
Outstanding Live Variety Special: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”
Outstanding Sound Editing for a One Hour Comedy or Drama Series: “Stranger Things – Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer”
Outstanding Writing for a Vaiety Special: John Mulaney for “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City”
Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking: “Strong Island” and “Star Trek”
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program: “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”
Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special: Courtney Bright and Nicole Daniels for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Outstanding Costumes For Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Programming: Zaldy Goco for RuPaul’s gowns on “RuPaul’s Drag Race – 10’s Across the Board”
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special: “USS Callister (Black Mirror)”
Outstanding Main Title Design: “Counterpart”
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie: “The Assasination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music: Carlos Rafael Rivera for “Godless”
Outstanding Music Direction: “Tony Bennett: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song”
Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Special: “The Zen Diaries of arry Shandling”
Outstanding Cinematography for a Non-Fiction Program: “Jane”
Outstanding Picture Editing for a Non-Fiction Program: “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Non-Fiction Program: “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”
Outstanding Special Visual Effects: “Game of Thrones – Beyond the Wall”
Outstanding Animated Program: “Rick and Morty – Pickle Rick”
Outstanding Short Form Animated Program: “Robot Chicken”
Outstanding Production Design for a One Hour or More Narrative Contemporary Program: “The Handmaid’s Tale – June”
Outstanding Production Design for a One Hour or More Narrative Period o r Fantsy Program: “Game of Thrones – Dragonstone”
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series: Meredith Tucker, Jeanie Bacharach, and Cindy Tolan for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series:” Nina Gold and Robert Sterne for “The Crown”
Outstanding Character Voice Over Performance: Alex Borstein for the voices of Lois Griffin, Babs Pewterschmidt, Matalia, Feale Hippo, and woman on “Family Guy”
Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series: “Will & Grace – A Gay Olde Christmas”
Outstanding Cinematography for a One Hour Single-Camera Series: “The Crown – Beryl”
Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program:
Life Below Zero”
Outstanding Directing for a Documentary or Non-Fiction Program: “Jane”
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Limited Series Or Movie: “USS Callister (Black Mirror)”
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie: “Genius: Picasso – Chapter One”
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series: Katt Williams for his role as Willy in “Atlanta”
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series: Ron Cephas Jones for his role as William on “This is Us”
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series: Tiffany Haddish as Host on “Saturday Night Live”
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series: Samira Wiley for her role as Moira on “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special: “RuPaul’s Drag Race – 10’s Across the Board”
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series Or Special: “Westworld – Akane No Mai”
Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program: RuPaul on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, and Video Control For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”
Outstanding Informational Series Or Special: “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”
Outstanding Interactive Program: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Series: “Saturday Night Live” with Kevin Hart as Host
Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”
Outstanding Non Prosthetic Makeup For A Limited Series Or Movie: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Outstanding Non Prosthetic Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special: Saturday Night Live with Tina Fey as Host
Outstanding Non Prosthetic Makeup For A Single-Camera Series: “Westworld – Akane No Mai”
Outstanding Limited Series: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series: “Will & Grace – Grandpa Jack”
Outstanding Narrator: Sir David Attenborough on “Blue Planet II”
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series: “The Marvelous Mrts Maisel – Pilot”
Outstanding Picture Editing For An Unstructured Reality Program: “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell – Sikhs in America”
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Limited Series, Movie Or Special: “Game of Thrones – The Dragon and the Wolf”
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series: “The Handmaid’s Tale – June”
Outstanding Sound Mixing For a Half Hour Comedy Or Drama Series and Animation: “Barry – Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast, and Keep Going”
Outstanding Sound Mixing For a Half Hour Comedy or Drama Series:
“Game of Thrones – Beyond the Wall”
Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role: “The Alienist – The Boy on the Bridge”
Outstanding Structured Reality Program: “Queer Eye”
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program:
Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Comedy Series Or Variety Program: “GLOW”
Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie: “Game of Thrones”
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program: “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell”
Outstanding Writing For A Nonfiction Program: “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – Southern Italy
Outstanding Period Costumes: “The Crown – Dear Mrs. Kennedy”
Outstanding Contemporary Costumes: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series: James Corden as himself in “James Corden’s Next James Corden
Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series: Christina Pickles for her role as Biz in “Break a Hip”
Outstanding Production Design For A Variety Special: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”
Outstanding Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series: “James Corden’s Next James Corden”
Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction Or Reality Series: “Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown”
Outstanding Short Form Variety Series: “Carpool Karaoke: The Series”
Outstanding Picture Editing For A Structured Or Competition Reality Program: “Queer Eye”
Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program: “Queer Eye”
Outstanding Cinematography For an Half Hour Single-Camera Series: “Atlanta – Teddy Perkins”
Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted Program: “Westworld – Chaos Takes Control Interactive Experience”
Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within An Unscripted Program: “CONAN Without Borders”
Outstanding Music Supervision: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Pilot”
Outstanding Original Interactive Program: NASA JPL Cassini’s Grand Finale
Outstanding Picture Editing For Variety Programming: “Last Week Tonight – Border Patrol segment”
Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Reality Or Reality-Competition Series: “Saturday Night Live” with Bill Hader as Host
Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program: “GLOW – The Dusty Spur”
Outstanding Fantasy or Sci-Fi Costumes: “Game of Thrones – Beyond the Wall”
Outstanding Directing For A Reality Program: Nick Murray for “RuPaul’s Dra Race – 10’s Across the Board”
Outstanding Pre Recorded Variety Special: “Dave Chapelle: Equaniity”
Outstanding Sound Editing For an Half Hour Comedy Or Drama Series and Animation: “Atlanta – Teddy Perkins”

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animaton:
Lindsay Small-Butera
Stu Livingston
Patrick Bryson
Jeff Scher
Justin Martin
Caroline Cruikshank

Outstanding Motion Design:
Mike Perry
Mike Houston

Shakey Graves – New EP and Tour Dates

Austin native Shakey Graves appeared at the annual SXSW Music Festival earlier this year and on September 21 he will be releasing his new EP that will include songs from his NPR Night Owl Performances as a part of his SXSW appearance.

Touring since late spring, Shakey Graves has added even more dates to his current tour and will be on the road through the end of the year.

https://www.facebook.com/nprmusic/videos/shakey-graves-counting-sheep/568544550172561/

Shakey Graves tour dates:
Sept 18 at The Filmore in Philadelphia, PA
Sept 19 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA
Sept 20 at the RBC Echo Beach in Toronto, ON
Sept 22 at Terminal 5 in New York City, NY
Sept 24 at StageAE in Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 25 at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH
Sept 26 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL
Sept 28 at The Sylvee in Madison, W
Sept 29 at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MNI
Sept 30 at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO
Oct 2 at the Louisville Palace in Louisville, KY
Oct 3 at the Ryman Auditorium min Nashville, TN
Oct 4 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA
Oct 5 at Iron City in Birmingham, AL
Oct 7 & 14 at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin ,TX
Oct 29 at the Tivoli Vendenburg Ronda in Utrecht, Netherlands
Oct 30 at the Kulturirche in Cologne, Germany
Oct 31 at Le Botanique in Brussels, Belgium
Nov 2 at the Hotel Cecil in Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov 3 at Take Root in Groningen, Netherlands
Nov 4 at the Heimathafen in Berlin, Germany
Nov at the Gruenspan in Hamburg, Germany
Nov 7 at Flex in Vienna, Austria
Nov 8 at the Freiheiz in Munich, Germany
Nov 9 at the ulturfabrik Kofmehl in Solothum, Switzerland
Nov 10 at La Maroquinerie in Paris, France
Nov 12 at the Academy 2 in Manchester, UK
Nov 13 at Koko in London, UK
Nov 14 at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, UK
Nov 15 at SWG3 in Glasgow, UK
Nov 16 at Vicar Street in Dublin, ireland
Nov 17 at the Elmwood Hall in Belfast, UK
Dec 3 at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo, CA
Dec 4 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA
Dec 6 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA
Dec 7 at the McDonald Theater in Eugene, OR
Dec 8 at the Neptune in Seattle, WA
Dec 11 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR
Dec 12 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC
Dec 14 at Belly Up in Aspen, CO
Dec 15 at Ford Park in Vail, CO

 

feature photo credit courtesy of Big Hassle Media by Danny Clinch

2018 American Music Awards

At the 2018 American Music Awards honoured musicians in Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Folk, and Americana music.

Taking home three awards, Grammy Award winner Jason Isbell was the biggest winner of the night.

Releasing his first album – “Tree of Forgiveness” – in 13 years, John Prine took home the biggest award of the night, Prine reprises his title of Artist of the Year.

Buddy Guy, k.d. Lang, Irma Thomas, Judy Dlugacz and Cris Williamson of Olivia Records were all presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Rosanne Cash was presented with the Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award.

2018 American Music Award winners:
Album of the Year: “The Nashville Sound” by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Artist of the Year: John Prine
Duo or Group of the Year: John Prine and the 400 Unit
Emering Artist of the Year: Tyler Childers
Song of the Year: “If We Were Vampires” by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Instrumentalist of the Year: Molly Tuttle