Seneca Niagara Kicks Off Holiday Events

On November 29 the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino held their annual Christmas Tree lighting in a gala celebration featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus, performers The Midtown Men, the Buffalo Sabres hockey team mascot Sabretooth, the, the Buffalo Bisons AAA baseball team mascot Buster, and members of the Seneca Niagara management team.

Hugh Jackman

Australian born actor High Jackman is best known for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise, but Jackman has a few secrets up his sleeve.

In the entertainment world, Jackman is known as what they call a triple threat because he can not only act, but dances and sings.

And next summer he will be showing off some of those skills when he makes a world tour in what he is calling The Man. The Music. The Show.

The tour will begin in Europe on May 13 in Germany. Tickets go on sale beginning December 9 on HughJackmanTheShow.com.

Jackman will be accompanied by a live orchestra on the tour and will be performing the music of films and Broadway including his productions of “The Greatest Showman” and Les Misérables”.

Hugh Jackman tour dates:
May 13 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany
May 14 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany
May 16 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany
May 17 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 19 at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland
May 21 at the SAP Arena in Manheim,Germany
May 22 at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France
May 24 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK
May 27 at the Birmingham Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, UK
May 30 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland
June 2 & 3 at The O2 Arena in Londonm, UK
June 18 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
June 19 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
June 21 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
June 22 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
June 24 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
June 25 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
June 27 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
June 28 & 29 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
June 30 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
July 1 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
July 3 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
July 5 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
July 6 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
July 10 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
July 11 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
July 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV
July 14 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
July 16 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA
July 17 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA
July 19 & 20 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA

Meek Mill

Philadelphia MC Meek Mill has released a “comeback” album titled “Championships”. As a part of that comeback, he will be touring around the United States early next year in what he is calling The Motivation Tour.

Tickets for the 16 city tour go on sale to the general public on November 30.

Meek Mill tour dates:
Feb 19 at The Jackie Gleason Theatre in Miami, FL
Feb 22 at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas, TX
Feb 23 at the Revention Music Center in Houston, TX
Feb 26 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Feb 28 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA
March 1 at The Masonic in San Francisco, CA
March 5 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO
March 8 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL
March 9 at The Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI
March 12 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, NY
March 15 at The MET in Philadelphia, PA
March 19 at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT
March 20 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA
March 21 at The Anthem Washington, DC
March 23 at The Ritz in Raleigh, NC
March 24 at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta, GA

Snow Patrol

Just off of a stadium tour; Snow Patrol is launching a European tour next week and with some festival dates set in South America, the Irish and Scottish rockers have planned a tour of the U.S. next spring with a stop in Toronto and Vancouver.

Snow Patrol tour dates:
Dec 5 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, UK
Dec 7 & 8 at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Dec 11 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland
Jan 14 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan 15 at the Brclaycard Arena n Hamburg, Germany
Jan 16 at the Velodrom in Berlin, Germany
Jan 18 at the Zenith in Munich, Germany
Jan 19 at the Samsung Hall in Zurich, Switzerland
Jan 20 at the Konig Pilsner Arena in Oberhausen, Germany
Jan 22 at the Forest National in Brussels, Belgium
Jan 23 at the Zenith in Paris, France
Jan 25 at the Birmingham Arena in Birmingham, UK
Jan 26 at the O2 Arena in London, UK
Jan 27 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, UK
Jan 29 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, UK
Jan 30 at the Mnchester Arena in Manchester, UK
Jan 31 at The SSE Hyrdo in Glasgow, Scotland
Feb 2 at the SSE Arena Wembley in London, UK
Feb 8 at the Jahrhunderhalle in Frankfurt, Germany
Feb 9 at the Gasometer in Vienna, Austria
Feb 11 at the Fabrique in Milan, Italy
Feb 13 at the Razzmatazz in Barcelona, Spain
Feb 14 at la Riviera in Madrid, Spain
Feb 16 at the Campo Requeno in Lisbon, Portugal
Feb 20 at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival in Bubai, UAE
March 16 & 17 at the Vive La Tino Festival in Mexico City, Mexico
March 20 at the Acropolis Puebla in Puebla, Mexico
March 22 & 23 at the Pal Norte Festival in Monterrey, Mexico
March 25 at the Armando Music Hall in Bogota, Colombia
March 29 at Lollapalooza in Santiago, Chile
March 29 at Lollapalooza in Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 30 at Lollapalooza in Santiago, Chile
March 30 at Lollapalooza in Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 31 at Lollapalooza in Santiago, Chile
March 31 at Lollapalooza in Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 5-7 at Lollapalooza in Sao Paulo, Brazil
April 18 at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas, TX
April 20 at the Moody Theater in Austin, TX
April 21 at the Revention Music Center in Houston, TX
April 23 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
April 24 at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA
April 26 at The Anthem in Washington, DC
April 27 at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia, PA
April 29 at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA
April 30 at Terminal 5 in New York City, NY
May 3 at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON
May 4 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Detroit, MI
May 7 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL
May 8 at the First Arena in Minneapolis, MN
May 10 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver, CO
May 11 at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT
May 13 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC
May 14 at the Roseland Theatre in Portland, OR
May 15 at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle, WA
May 18 at The Joint at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, NV
May 20 at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA
May 21 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA

Lindsey Stirling

Holiday season means decorations, presents, and sometimes snow. But it also means holiday music and touring for many artists.

New age violinist Lindsey Stirling has just launched her winter holiday tour. Though feeling a bit under the weather, she is soldiering on to entertain her fans.

Lindsey is offering a little something special for concert goers, a free copy of her holiday album “Warmer in the Winter” via digital download.

She also has a deluxe edition of the album available that includes five new songs.

And of course, holiday season for Lindsey means new holiday music videos…

You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” featuring Sabrina Carpenter

I Wander as I Wander” with Lindsey singing

Lindsey Stirling tour dates:
Nov 27 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO
Nov 28 at the Baxter Arena in Omaha, NE
Nov 29 at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, KS
Nov 30 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall in Springfield, MO
Dec 1 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
Dec 3 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
Dec 4 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, WI
Dec 5 at the Alliant Energy Center – Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, WI
Dec 6 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, IL
Dec 7 at the Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington, IL
Dec 8 at the Old National Events Plaza in Evansville, IN
Dec 10 at Benedum Center for Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 12 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY
Dec 13 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI
Dec 14 at The Anthem in Washington, DC
Dec 15 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY
Dec 17 at The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Dec 18 at the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia, PA
Dec 19 at the Altria Theater in Richmond, VA
Dec 20 at the Johnny Mercer Theater in Savannah, GA
Dec 21 at the Thomas Wolfe Civic Center Auditorium in Asheville, NC
Dec 22 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, SC

Top 10 Revealed on ‘The Voice’

Tonight on “The Voice” results show the top eleven become the top 10 when one more singer is sent home.

At the close of voting at noon; seven artists had their songs in the top 10 of an iTunes genre chart with one of those artists in the top 10 of the overall iTunes chart. And once again this week, Reagan Strange was the most streamed artist on Apple Music.

Host Carson Daly gets the show started off with some results…
Team Jennifer’s Kennedy Holmes is safe
Team Kelly’s Kymberli Joye is also safe

Blake Shelton takes the stage with his team Dave Fenley, Kirk Jay, and Chris Kroeze for a performance of the Alabama hit “Dixieland Delight”.

In the next results…
Team Adam’s Reagan Strange is safe
Team Blake’s Chris Kroeze is also safe.

Comeback Stae coach Kelsea Ballerini takes “The Voice” stage to perform her newest hit “Miss Me More”.

In the next results…
Team Blake’s Kirk Jay is safe
Team Jennifer’s Makenzie Thomas

Jennifer Hudson joins her team members Kennedy Holmes and Makenzie Thomas for a performance of the Bette Midler song “The Rose”.

In the next results…
Team Kelly’s Sarah Grace is safe
Team Blake’s Dave Fenley is also safe
and team Team Kelly’s Chevel Shepherd is safe

Team Adam’s DeAndre Nico and for the second week in a row team Kelly’s Lynnea Moorer are in the bottom and in danger of going home. The decision of who will stay and who will go home is up to the fans and the instant save on twitter.

In the last chance performances Lynnea Moorer sang “Tattooed Heart”.

For his last chance performance, DeAndre Nico sang the gospel song “Take Me to the King” and gets Jennifer to throw one of her shoes on the stage.

In the final results to fill out the top 10…with their twitter votes America has saved DeAndre Nico.

Lynnea Moorer has been eliminated from the competition.

Front Row Motorsports Adds New Team

The NASCAR racing season is over, but the NASCAR silly season is still in full swing as owners make changes and drivers play musical steering wheels.

In the latest round of silly season; one team has closed its doors but another is expanding. The Monster Energy Cup Series team Furniture Row Racing shut down at the end of the 2018 racing season but the Front Row Motorsports is expanding to three teams next season.

Joining the number 34 team with driver Michael McDowell and the number 38 team with driver David Ragan will be the new number 36 team with Matt Tifft as the driver.

Two years ago the 22 year old Xfinity Series driver was sidelined mid season by a brain tumour and subsequent surgery.

Speaking on his move up to the Monster Energy Cup Series; Tifft said via statement, “today is a huge moment in my career, announcing my move to the Cup Series. This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid, and I can’t believe it’s finally coming true.”

Tifft continued, “I’m so thankful to Front Row Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to drive the No. 36 next season. I’m looking forward to guidance from veterans Michael McDowell and David Ragan and am ready to take on the challenge of driving with 39 of the best drivers in the world.”

Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins spoke on the new addition saying, “not only are we here to stay, we’re here to grow. We already have two proven veterans in our lineup, and now we’ll get to add an impressive young talent and championship contender who will inject some new energy into the group. With the introduction of the Ford Mustang into the Cup Series, 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting season for us.”

Fan Choice Week on ‘The Voice’

It’s fan’s choice night on “The Voice” where the fans have chooses which songs the top eleven will perform.

Team Blake’s Dave Fenley kicks off the night of music with a performance of Bill Withers’ “Use Me” that included some beat boxing. Saying whoa, Adam said that he was in shock; saying that it was wild, Adam noted that he is happy that Dave is doing whatever he wants. Coach Blake said that Dave just had THAT moment.

Team Kelly’s 16 year old Chevel Shepherd sang the Kacey Musgraves song “Space Cowboy”. An excited coach Kelly said that Chevel nailed it…even the high note. Kelly noted that Chevel is a great storyteller.

Adam’s 14 year old singer Reagan Strange sant the Avril Lavigne hit “Complicated” and had the coaches on their chairs with Adam standing on his chair. Blake said that he is such a fan of Reagan’s; adding that she has a ton of charisma and sings perfectly. Blake called Reagan awesome. Saying that he adores her, Adam noted that she continues to impress him every week. Adam said that Reagan has unbelievable talent and could become a tremendous star.

Team Kelly’s gospel singer Kymberli Joye sang the gospel song “Break Every Chain” and brought the judges to their feet while the crowd cheered. Host Carson Day said that Kymberli had a real moment there. Jennifer said that Kymberli opened up the doors of the church tonight. Kelly said that Kymberi blows people away; adding that Kymberli reminded her of Jennifer.

Blake’s Alabama country boy Kirk Jay took on Sam Hunt with “Body Like a Back Road”. After beginning the song at the keyboard, Kirk showed off a few of his dance moves and interacted with the audience as he sang. Calling Kirk incredible, Blake said that Kirk is a mix of George Strait and Rascal Flatts; adding that he is one of a kind.

Team Blake’s Chris Kroeze took on the Doobie Brothers with a performance of “Long Train Runnin’” including the guitar solo that brought the judges to their feet. Coach Blake called the performance incredible; adding that Chris gets better with every performance.

Team Kelly’s Comeback Stage artist Lynnea Moorer sang the Camila Cabello song “Consequences”. Saying that Lynnea surprises her every time, Jennifer said that she looks and sounds like a star. Saying that she is so proud that Lynnea had this moment, Kelly noted that Lynnea is making the most of each moment.

Team Jennifer’s Makenzie Thomas sang the Bee Gees his “Emotion”. Calling Makenzie so skilled, Jennifer said that Makenzie was amazing and flawless.

Team Kelly’s Sarah Grace took on Florence + the Machine’s “Dog Days are Over”. Saying that he has been a fan from the beginning, Blake called it his favourite performance. Kelly said that Sarah Grace had her best moment; adding that she is such a small singer.

Team Adam’s DeAndre Nico sang “Cry for You”. Jenifer said that the performance took her back “to the neighbourhood”. Adam said that DeAndre did a song everyone wanted to hear but didn’t know; adding that he has all of the elements with a unique tone to his voice and it demands attention.

Closing out the night was team Jennifer’s 13 year old singer Kennedy Holmes with “Greatest Love of All” which was originally recorded by George Benson. Jennifer called Kennedy a shining star.

After the east coast airing, seven of the artists have their songs on one of the iTunes genre charts with one singer in the number one spot.

After the airing on both coasts, one singer was in the overall top 10 iTunes chart and seven artists on the various genre iTunes charts with one of those at the number one spot.

DWTS: Juniors Enter the Time Machine

This week on “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” the five remaining couples are taking a ride on a time machine as they perform dances from different eras from the 1920’s to the future.

Miles and Rylee get the night started off with a 1950’s Jive to “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Hailey and the Comets. Calling it an incredible Jive, Jordan noted that’s how you kick off the night. Saying that she loves that Miles came to compete and win, Mandy said that the dance had great Jive content and side by side synchronization; adding that they set the bar high. Adam said that Miles seized the moment and did n excellent job. Val said that Miles has so much soul, and you can’t teach that; adding that Miles was born to dance and Rylee owned it. Miles and Rylee scored 28 points for their dance.

Mackenzie and Sage performed a 1980’s Jazz dance to the Carly Rae Jepson hit “Call Me Maybe” that included using corded phones in the beginning. While Adam thought that the dance was amazing; Adam said that Mackenzie is giving 100 percent but isn’t letting go. Agreeing with Adam, Val called Mackenzie an amazing dancer; adding that he is just waiting for “the moment”. Noting that the dance had great Jazz content, Mandy called it a very strong performance. Mackenzie and Sage scored 26 points for their dance.

Mandla and Brightyn performed a futuristic Paso Doble that Jordan called amazing; adding that it felt like a movie trailer. Val noted that Mandla had his moments but felt like the dance missed the feeling of triumph. After reminding everyone that Mandla came into the competition with no previous dance experience, Mandy loved Mandla’s compassion, the character in the dance, and the shaping. Adam said that what Mandla has done in this competition is incredible; adding that he has attacked and delivered every challenge. Mandla and Brightyn scored 24 points for their dance.

Ariana and Artyon performed a 1940’s Hollywood Quickstep. Saying that Ariana was stunning, Mandy called the performance very good. Calling Ariana a performer, Adam noted that Ariana has come so far in the competition; adding that she was on time with the dance. Calling Ariana a little Hollywood starlet, Val said that they had a great frame and danced a great Quickstep. Ariana and Artyon scored 27 points for their dance.

In the final dance of the night, Sky and JT dances a 1920’s Charleston. Calling the dance so good, Jordan said that they took the way back. Noting that what Sky has done all season is incredible, Adam called Sky a role model. Saying that he believes in Sky, Val said that Sky belongs on the dance floor and he is glad the show found her; adding that she has IT. Sayung that she loves the Charleston, Mandy thought the dance was great but cautioned Sky on watching the beat. Sky and JT scored 27 points for their dance.

Time Machine scores:
Mandla and Brightyn – 24
Mackenzie and Sage – 26
Ariana and Artyon – 27
Sky and JT – 27
Miles and Rylee – 28

Prior to announcing the results for this week, Jordan told the dancers that they have outdone themselves with their talent and sportsmanship. Frankie added that they were all proud of them.

This week the couple going home is Mandla and Brightyn.

Next week is the semi finals on DWTS: Juniors and the remaining four couples will have to perform two dances including the team dance.

Billboard Live Music Award Winners

Billboard is known for keeping track of album sales, downloads, and streams each week, but each year they also hold a Live Music Summit each year. And as a part of that Summit ae the Billboard Live Music Awards.

The 2018 edition of those awards were held in Beverly Hills with comedian Roy Wood Jr serving as host.

This year’s awards included the new honours for Artist of the Year, the Chip Hooper Award, and Comedian of the Year.

2018 Billboard Live Music Award winners:
Legend of Live: John Mayer
Artist of the Year: Shawn Mendes
Chip Hooper Award: Kelly Stelbasky of Live
Nation
Comedian of the Year: Sebastian Maniscalco
Breakthrough Artist: Post Malone
Top World Tour: Ed Sheeran
Top U.S. Tour: Taylor Swift
Top Tour and Top Draw: Ed Sheeran
Top Comedy Tour: Kevin Hart
Top Festival: Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
Top Agency: CAA
Concert Marketing and Promotion: Khalid x Hollister
Top Manager: Dre London
Top Arena: Madison Square Garden in New York City
Top Venue with under 10,000 seats: Radio City Music Hall in New York City
Top Venue with under 5,000 seats: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
Top Club with under 2,000 person capacity: Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY
Top Amphitheater: Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles
Top Promoters: Live Nation
Top Independent Promoter: OCESA-CIE
Top Boxoffice: U2 on Oct 19-25 at the Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paolo, Brazil

Chemical Brothers

The Manchester duo known as the Chemical Brothers last released an album in 2015, but are slated to release a new album “No Geography , No Geography” some time in the spring.

The duo will follow up that release with a few dates in the UK and North America with The Black Madonna opening the U.S. dates. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning December 7.

The Chemical Brothers tour dates:
May 12 at the Pepsi Center WTC in Mexico City, MX
May 15 at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles, CA
May 16 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
May 17 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. CA
Nov 21 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, UK
Nov 22 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK
Nov 23 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, UK
Nov 28 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, UK
Nov 29 at the Birmingham Arena in Birmingham, UK

2018 Latin Grammy Award Winners (complete list)

On November 15 the Latin Recording Academy presented the 19th annual Latin Grammy Awards; but before the big gala celebration, the Academy presented the Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards to artists whose musical careers have made significant contributions to Latin music.

Erasmo Carlos, Dyango, Andy Montanez, Jose Maria Napoleon, Chucho Valdes, Wilfrido Vargas, and the only female recipent Yuri were all presented with Awards.

Horacio Malvicino and Tomas Munoz received Trustees Awards for their significant contributions to Latin music as non-performers.

Winners of the 2018 Latin Garmmy Awards:
Record of the Year: “Telefonia” by Jorge Drexler
Album of the Year: “¡MÉXICO Por Siempre!” by Luis Miguel
Song of the Year: “Telefonia” written by Jorge Drexler
Best New Artist: Karol G
Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album: “F.A.M.E.” by Maluma
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Hazte Sentir” by Laura Pausini
Best Urban Fusion/Performance: “Malamente” by Rosalia
Best Urban Music Album: “Vibas” by J Balvin
Best Urban Song: “Dura” written by Daddy Yankee, Urbani Mota Cedeño, Juan G. Rivera Vazquez, and Luis Jorge Romero
Best Rock Album: “Expectativas” by Bunbury
Best Pop Rock Album: “Geometria del Ravo” by Manolo Garcia
Best Rock Song: “Tu Vida Mi Vida” written by Fito Paez
Best Alternative Music Album: “Claroscua” by Aterciopelados
Best Alternative Song: “Malamente” written by Antón Alvarez Alfaro, Pablo Diaz-Reixa, and Rosalía
Best Salsa Album: “25/7” by Victor Manuelle
Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album: by Silvestre Dangond
Best Contemporary Tropical Album: “Vives” by Carlos Vives
Best Traditional Tropical Album: A Mí Qué – Tributo A Los Clásicos Cubanos by José Alberto El Canario and El Septeto Santiaguero
Best Tropical Fusion Album: “Como Anillo Al Dedo” by Aymee Nuviola
Best Tropical Song: “Quiero Tiempo” written by Juan Carlos Luces and Víctor Manuelle
Best Singer-Songwriter Album: “Salvavidas De Hielo” by Jorge Drexler
Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album: “¡MÉXICO Por Siempre!” by Luis Miguel
Best Banda Album: “Los Gustos Que Me Doy” by Banda Los Recoditos
Best Tejano Album: “Tex Mex Funk” by Roger Velásquez and The Latin Legendz
Best Norteño Album: “Guerra De Poder” by Calibre 50
Best Regional Song: “Probablemente” written by Christian Nodal
Best Instrumental Abum: “Identidad” by Miguel Siso
Best Folk Album: “Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos), Vol. 2” by Natalia Lafourcade
Best Tango Album: “Vigor Tanguero” by Pedro Giraudo
Best Flamenco Album: “Al Este Del Cante” by Arcángel
Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album: “Natureza Universal” by Hermeto Pascoal and Big Band
Best Spanish Language Christian Album: “Setenta Veces Siete” by Alfareros
Best Portuguese Language Christian Album: “Som Da Minha Vida” by Fernanda Brum
Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album: “Noturno” by Anaadi
Best Portuguese Language Rock or Alternative Album: “Lenine Em Trânsito” by Lenine
Best Samba/Pagode Album: “Amor E Música” by Maria Rita
Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album: “Caravanas” by Chico Buarque
Best Sertaneja Music Album: “Elas Em Evidências” by Chitãozinho & Xororó
Best Portuguese Language Roots Album: “+AR” by Almir Sater and Renato Teixeira
Best Portuguese Language Song: “As Caravanas” written by Chico Buarque
Best Latin Children’s Album: “Imaginare” by Claraluna
Best Classical Album: “Mágica y Misteriosa” by Claudia Montero
Best Classical Contemporary Composition: “Luces y Sombras. Concierto Para Guitarra y Orquesta De Cuerdas” composed by Claudia Montero
Best Arrangement: “Se Le Ve’ arranged by Milton Salcedo
Best Recording Package: “Diferentes Tipos De Luz” with Carlos Sadness as art director
Best Engineered Album: “50 Años Tocando Para Ti” engineered by Rafa Sardina
Producer of the Year: Linda Briceño
Best Short Form Music Video: “Pa Dentro” by Juanes
Best Long Form Music Video: the documentary “En Letra De Otro” directed by Diego Álvarez and produced by Vicente Solís

2109 MusiCares Person of the Year

Each year as a part of the Grammy Award week festivities, the Recording Academy celebrates an artist who has not only made significant musical contributions to the world, but has also made a significant presence with philanthropic endeavours with the MusicCares Person of the Year.

Tapping in to the Nashville Country music scene for the first time in it history, the Recording Academy has chosen eight time Grammy Award winner Dolly Parton as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year.

Proceeds from the MusicCares tribute concert and auction go to the MusiCares Foundation to help support musicians in time of need whether it be medical or personal need.

Speaking on being selected for the honour; Parton said, “I am so excited and humbled to be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year. It’s even more special knowing the gala benefits music people in need. I can’t wait to hear all of the great artists singing my music.”

The MusiCares Foundation has released the first round of artists scheduled to perform Parton’s music at the gala concert on February 8.

Tapping into all genres of music; Leon Bridges, Lauren Daigle, Norah Jones, Shawn Mendes, P!nk, Mark Ronson, and Chris Stapleton have all been named as performers with more to come.

 

feature photo credit: By White House photo by Eric Draper – whitehouse.gov, cropped from File:Zubin Mehta laughs with singers Dolly Parton and William Smokey Robinson during a reception for the Kennedy Center honorees.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5712600

Barry Manilow

Award winning entertainer Barry Manilow has returned to Las Vegas for another residency but before he begins his 2019 Las Vegas dates, he is making a few stops for his “A Very Barry Christmas” Show.

Barry Manilow Christmas show dates:
Dec 6 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL
Dec 7 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Dec 8 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
Dec 13 at the Vieias Arena in San Diego, CA
Dec 14 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA
Dec 15 & 16 at the Agua Caliente Casino and Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA

Barry Manilow Las Vegas show dates:
Fans can see Barry Manilow at The International Theatre at the Westgate Las Vegas on…
Feb 14-16 and 21-23
March 7-9 and 28-30
April 11-13 and 18-20
May 9-11 and 23-25
June 6-8 and 13-15

Sultans of String

The Canadian World Music band Sultans of String have launched their annual Christmas Caravan tour across Canada with a few stops in the northern United States. The tour will also feature some special guest appearances at some of the tour stops.

Sultans of String Christmas Caravan tour dates:
Nov 24 at the Utopia Hall in Utopia, ON
Nov 25 at the Registry Theatre in Kitchener, ON – two shows
Nov 29 at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre in Invermere BC
Dec 1 at the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook, BC
Dec 2 at the McKim Theatre in Kimberley, BC
Dec 3 at the Goden Civic Center in Golden, BC
Dec 4 at the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail, BC
Dec 5 at the Centennial Theatre in Vancouver, BC
Dec 7 at the ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge, BC
Dec 12 at the Regent Theatre in Picton, ON
Dec 13 at the Flato Markham Theatre in Markham, ON
Dec 14 at the College Boreal Concert Hall in Sudbury, ON
Dec 15 at the J.M. Ennis Auditorium in Welland, ON
Dec 16 at the Aeolian Hall in London, ON
Dec 17 at the Academy Theatre in Lindsay, ON
Dec 18 at the NAC Studio Theatre in Ottawa, ON
Dec 19 at the Stone Church Center in Bellows Falls, VT
Dec 20 at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT
Dec 21 at the Chester Concerts in Stroudsburg, PA
Dec 22 a live broadcast at the Extended Play Sessions in Boston, MA
Dec 23 at the Catherine Cummings Theatre in Cazenovia, NY

Other Sultans of String tour dates:
Jan 5 & 6 at APAP in New York City, NY
Jan 24 at the Pure Life Studios in La Grange, GA
Jan 25 at the Mudville Music Room in Jacksonville, FL
Jan 26 at the Sandhill Stage I Gainesville, FL
Jan 27 & 28 at the Fripp Island Community Center in Fripp Island, SC
Jan 31 at the Edison Ford Winter Estates in Fort Meyers, FL
Feb 1 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay, FL – two shows
Feb 2 at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach, FL
Feb 22 & 23 at the Calgary Philharmonic in Calgary, AB
March 9 at the Catskill Symphony Orchestra in Oneonta, NY
April 6 at the Black River Valley Concerts in Lowville, NY
July 18 at the Bancroft Village Playhouse in Bancroft, ON
July 24 at the MacPherson House in Napanee, ON – this is a young audiences show

The Rolling Stones

The iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Rolling Stones will be making a tour of stadiums around the United States next spring. The aging rockers have been entertaining fans for over 50 years and show no signs of slowing down. The tour begins in south Florida on April 20 and ends on June 21 in Chiago

The Rolling Stones tour dates:
April 20 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL
April 24 at the TIAA Bank Field in in Jacksonville, FL
April 28 at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX
May 7 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ
May 11 at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA
May 18 at the Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA
May 22 at the Centurylink Field in Seattle, WA
May 26 at Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO
May 31 at FedExField in Washington, DC
June 4 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA
June 8 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA
June 13 at MetLife Satdium in Rutherford, NJ
June 21 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL

New Music Friday – Nov 23

The Friday after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday – a time when people are out shopping for the best deals as they prepare for the holiday season.  On this Black Friday, there are less than two dozen new albums released including a number of compilations and music from Alfie Boe, Rita Ora, and Mackenzie Ziegler.

Albums:
“10 Years of Mom+Pop” by Various Artists
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Anna and the Apocalypse” by Various Artists
“As Time Goes by” by Alfie Boe
“The Berlin Recital” Live by Yuja Wan with the Berlin Philharmonic
“DOG Power” by DOG Power
“Extinctions (S)” by Unearth
“Glockoma” by Key Glock
“Magnetic Memory” by Hprizm
“Manifesto of an Alchemist” by Roine Stolt’s The Flower King
“Medium Rarities” by Cattle Decapitation
“NCT #127 Regulate – The 1st Album Repackage” by NCT  127
“Phoenix” by Rita Ora
“Skald” by Wardruna
“True Stories, A Film by David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack” by Various Artists
“Phases” by Mackenzie Ziegler

EP’s:
“The Bela Session” by Bauhaus
“Christmas” by The Kingdom Choir
“Freak Yourself Out” by Lake Street Dive
“Offering B Sides and Remixes” by Cults

Warriors and Snowmen Coming to The Strong

The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York kicks off the month of December with a Ninja Warrior Challenge.

Visitors to The Strong on December 1 and 2 can run an obstacle course like those seen on the hit television series and meet one of the contestants from “American Ninja Warrior”.

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The Warrior Factory in Rochester is providing an endurance course to test participant’s test their strength via jumping spinning, and hopping through the challenges.

There is also a junior version of the obstacle course for the younger visitors who wish to meet the challenge.

Warrior Factory founder Car Fantauzzo participated on the show four times. The Greece, New York resident will be on hand from 11am to 4pm on Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sunday to meet with visitors.

Visitors wishing to run the obstacle course sign a liability release form and be wearing closed toed shoes.

The following weekend on December 8 and 9, Frosty the Snowman comes to The Strong and is bringing some friends along for the fun.

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Visitors can meet and take photos with Snowmen Frosty and Huggable who will be strolling about the museum.

The Rochester LEGO Users Group has created a winter village scene for visitor’s to view and enjoy.

Tacky the Penguin will be sharing a snowy story or cozy up in the Winter Reading Corner with a book. Or play a game of snowman bowling.

Visitors can craft a penguin using their hand print or create a colourful snowman.

On December 8 only, the New York State Ballet will perform preview of “The Nutcracker”.

Rumble in the Hard Rock with Kickstart Rumble

At one time it was seen as an assault on music and the rage of every teenager cruising the Malt Shops. Then the British invaded America and ever since musical styles have evolved and changed as the original became known as classic. Today they call it vintage, but the beat goes on.

And on November 17, the western New York banc Kickstart Rumble brought their Vintage Rock and Roll sound to Niagara Falls and the Hard Rock Cafe.

But the rockers brought more than just the original rock and sounds of Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, and The Drifters; the band performed music from The Stray Cats, Big Bad voodoo Daddy, some original song, and even “Go Like an Egyptian”.

Complete with a tenor saxophone player, a standup bass, and Lindy dancers; the night featured songs like “Fade Away”, “King of the Road”, “Zoot Suit Ryan”, “Maybeline”, “Go Daddy-O”, “Stray Cat Strut”, the original song “Austin”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Save the Last Dance for Me”, “Ball and Chain”, “Dancing with Myself”, “Honey Don’t”, “20 Flight Rock”, “Dance, Dance, Dance”, “Help Me Rhonda”, “Think We’re Alone Now”, “Mac the Knife”, “Walk Don’t Run”, “Burning Love”, “Should I Stay, or Should I Go”, and “18 Miles from Memphis”.

Eric, Mike, Tony, and Madison rocked the house and kept the dance floor busy with their mix of Rock and Roll through the decades with some fun filled tunes from days gone by.

BPO Pictured, Rocked, and Rolled Kleinhans

Continuing to celebrate 20 years of Joann Falletta as the musical director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra the BPO went to the non-traditional side for their program on November16 & 17.

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It has long been the belief that women could not create powerful classical compositions because they could only write fluff. Becoming the first female American composer to reach international recognition, Joan Tower proved the theory wrong.

Opening the program with Town’s “Tambor”, Joan Falletta got a workout that left her breathless. Spanish for drum, the “Tambor” also gave the percussion section quite a workout as the piece featured many of the section’s instruments including the chimes and marimba.

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Originally composed for the piano by Modest Petrovich Mussorsky, “Pictures at an Exhibition” is the music interpretation of an art exhibit featuring 10 painting by Victor Hartmann and one movement for each painting.

French composer Maurice Ravel re-arranged “Pictures” for the orchestra and it is this arrangement performed by orchestras including the BPO.

Seventies rockers Emerson, Lake, and Palmer recorded the piece and made it popular among modern rock fans.

During the intermission the stage was turned around and set up with a piano, drums set, and amps for a special performance by R.E.M. bass player Mike Mills and violinist Robert McDuffie.

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Before the performance began, Mills told the crowd that since the piece was not a traditional classical music piece the normal classical music rules did not apply; therefore, anyone who wished to express themselves was free to do so.

The “Concerto for Rock Band, Violin, and String Orchestra” is a piece in six movement that could easily be six instrumental songs played back to back. And with titles like “Pour it Like You Mean It”, “On the Okeefenokeef”, “Sunny Side Up”, “Stardancer’s Waltz”, “Nightswiming”, and “You Can Go Home Again” it is easy to imagine them as individual songs.

The composition had little in common with classical music other than it was backed by an orchestra. The Concerto was more like a fusion of Rock and New Age music. Mills, McDuffie, and the band rocked Kleinhans in a way seldom seen for a Classical Music venue.

The band reprised a piece of the Concerto for an encore performance.

What began as a light crowd, turned out to be a full house of music fans who had braved the first snowstorm of the season to see and hear a fusion of traditional Classical music and some good ole Rock and Roll.

BPO’s Carnival of Fire

Like Goethe’s “Faust” and American Blues guitarist Robert Johnson, it is said that Italian composer Noccolo Paganini sold his soul to the devil to play the violin and compose like no one ever had…or will.

I was the Paganini composition the “Concerto No 1 in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op 6” also known as Paganini’s “Fire” that was the focus of the program on Nov 10 and 11.

With Austrian born guest conductor Hans Graf is a conductor who is enthusiastic in his moves but not overly animated.

In the pre concert talk Graf spoke on meeting and working with a orchestra for the first time saying that it is always an interesting moment to stand in front of an orchestra you don’t know for the first time – you judge them as they are judging you. He added that it is always pleasant to find an orchestra who is ready to go.

But before the “Fire” of Paganini, the BPO and Graf opened the program with the Antonin Dvorak composition “Carnival Overture, Op 92”.

Mallorcan native Francisco Fullana joined that BPO on violin for a performance of “Niccolo Paganini’s Concerto No 1 for Violin in D Major”. Fullana performed the piece with passion and flair.

After some rousing applause and an extended standing ovation, Fullana played an encore – a Recitative and Scherzo by the Viennese violinist and composer Friedrich Kreisler.

After the intermission, the BPO returned to perform another Dvorak composition – the “Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Op 60”.

It was an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon while America honoured those who have served in the American armed forces.

Pro Football Hall Semi Finalists

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has released the names of the 25 semi finalists for the 2019 class of the Hall of Fame. The list was cut down from the original list of 103 nominees. The list will be cut down to 15 plus the contributor players – Pat Bowlen Gil Brandt, and Johnny Robinson – from which the new inductees will be chosen and revealed on the evening before the Super Bowl on February 2.

In order to be considered for eligibility into the Hall of Fame a player or coach must be retired from active duty for at least five years.

In order to be inducted into the Hall of Fame a player must receive an 80 percent approval rating from the Hall of fame selection committee.

Five of the 25 names on the list are a part of the semi finals for the first time; with 13 defensive players, nine offensive players, and three coaches.

The 2019 list of Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees are:
Denver Broncos and New York Jets safety Steve Atwater
Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback and safety Ronde Barber
Jaguars and Houston Texans tackle Tony Boselli
Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Isaac Bruce
Green Bay Packers (and the man who invented the Lambeau Leap) safety LeRoy Butler
St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers coach Don Coryell
Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, and Arizona Cardinals guard Alan Faneca
Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders and Seattle Seahawks coach Tom Flores
Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez
St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Torry Holt
Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, and Tennessee Titans guard Steve Hutchinson
Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, and Seattle Seahawks running back Edgerrin James
Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson
New England Patriots, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, and Denver Broncos cor Ty Law
Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos free safety John Lynch
Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons linebacker Clay Matthews
Seattle Seahawks, New York Jest, and Tennessee Titans center and guard Kevin Mawae
Denver Broncos linebacker Karl Mecklenburg
New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panhters linebacker Sam Mills
Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, and Houston Texan free safety Ed Reed
New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders defensive end and defensive tackle Richard Seymour
Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Zach Thomas
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward
Dallas Cowboys safety Darren Woodson

The official ceremony for the players to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame will take place on August 3 in Canton, Ohio.

Again this year fans will be allowed to cast their votes for the players that they want to see in the Hall of Fame by going to www.nfl.com/hofvote.

Baseball Reveals Hall of Fame Candidates

The Baseball Writer’s Association of America have released the names of players who are eligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Once a player becomes eligible – five years after he has retired from the game – he remains eligible for 10 years. After that it will be up to the Veteran’s Committee.

Over the last five years, the BBWAA has inducted 16 players. This year there is a whole new crop of players whose name could become a part of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Copperstown, New York.

Players must earn a minimum of 80 percent to become a members of the Hall of Fame. A number of the players who have been on the ballot for the past several years are facing somewhat of a long climb due to issues with performance enhancing substance issues.

Players on the ballot for the 2019 MLB Hall of Fame:
New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera
Two time Cy Young Award winning pitcher Roy Halladay
Colorado Rockies Todd Helton
New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte
Seattle Mariners Edgar Martinez – entering his last year of eligibility
Fred McGriff
Home run king Barry Bonds
Pitcher Roger Clemments
Pitcher Curt Schilling
Mike Mussina
Sammy Sosa
Manny Ramirez
Colorado Rockies Larry Walker
Short Stop Omar Vizquel
Andruw Jones
Scott Rolen
Jeff Kent
Gary Sheffield
Billy Wagner
Lance Berkman
Roy Oswalt
Rick Ankiel
Jason Bay
Freddy Garcia
Jon Garland
Travis Hafner
Ted Lilly
Derek Lowe
Darren Oliver
Juan Pierre
Placido Polanco
Miguel Tejada
Vernon Wells
Kevin Youkilis
Michael Young

‘The Voice’ Top 13 Results

The battles are over, the knockouts have concluded, and the teams have been assembled; only to haven them slowly taken away via the fans choice.

On Monday night the top 13 finalists performed their dedication songs. Tonight, the first eliminations will e made when two of the 13 go home.

When the results show went on the air six of the 13 artists had their songs in the top 10 of the various iTunes genre charts.

Host Carson Daly gets the show started off with the first results of the night…
The first safe artist is team Adam’s Reagan Strange. Carson noted that she was the most streamed artist on Apple Music after the show.

The next safe artist is team Blake’s Kirk Jay

Also safe is team Jennifer’s Kennedy Holmes

After a break, Carson reveals the next two artists that are safe…
From team Kelly Chavel Shepherd is safe

From team Blake’s Chris Kroeze

Adam Levine takes the stage with his team members – DeAndre, Regan, and Tyke for a performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Reannon”.

In the next results…
Team Adam’s DeAnde Nico is safe

Team Kelly’s Kymberlie Joye is also safe

Team Jennifer’s Makenzie Thomas is also safe

The Grinch visits “The Voice” stage.

Kelly takes the stage with her all girl team of Chavel, Lynnea, Kymberli, and Sarah Grace for a performance of “I Will Always Love You”.

The last five artists learn their fates – who is safe and who is in danger of going home…
Team Blake’s Dave Fenley is safe, making all of Blake’s team safe

Team Kelly’s Sarah Grace is also safe

Sandyred, Lynnea, and Tyke will all have to perform one more time for fan votes via the instant save in Twitter.

Sandyred sang “Believer”.

Tyke James sang “Home”. Carson made the observation that it was an interesting choice to sing a song about wanting to go home for a potential last song.

Lynnea sang “If I Ain’t Got You”.

In the final results of the night…
America saved Lynnea Moorer via the instant save. Tyke James and Sandyredd have been eliminated from the competition.

Top 13 Perform on ‘The Voice’

This week the 13 finalists perform for fan votes on “The Voice”.

This year is the first time that one of the finalists came to the show via the Comeback Stage with Kelsea Ballerini and gave an extra team member to coach Kelly Clarkson.

On the Tuesday results night, two artists will be sent home.

This week the artists will be dedicating their songs.

Team Blake and Chris Kroeze gets the nigh started off with a performance of “Let it Be” that he dedicated to his hoe town in Wisconsin. Adam loved the version of the song; adding that Chris did his own thing. Adam said that he was jealous of Chris’ voice. Coach lake said that the performance was a testament to Chris’ work ethic; adding that Chris made the song his own.

Team Adam’s Tyke James dedicated his performance of the Bryan Adams hit “Everything I Do” to his mom. Calling the performance so great, Kelly said that Tyke stands apart from everyone else. Kelly said that it was her favourite performance from Tyke. A proud coach, Adam said that Tyke made the song his own with a never before attempted stripped down simplified version of the song. Adam said that he wanted the song and was going to download it from iTunes.

Tea Adam’s DeAndre Nico dedicated his performance of the MercyMe song “I Can Only Imagine” to his girlfriend Crystal. Jennifer said that he must have a mighty girlfriend to take a spiritual song and dedicate it to her. Jennifer noted that DeAndre made the song his own. Saying that he could go on and on about DeAndre, Adam said that DeAndre has a unique identifable voice; adding that he is an amazing singer with a unique gift.

Team Kelly’s Kymberli Joye dedicated her performance of “Diamonds” to her younger sister. Kelly called Kymberli the best kind of vocalist because she sings it differently every time; adding that she is beautiful to watch.

Tea Jennifer’s Kennedy Holmes sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” and dedicated it to her parents. In the video package, Jennifer noted that she sang the very same song during eighth grade graduation. Kennedy’s performance brought the coaches to their feet. The youngest singer in the competition, Jennifer noted that she couldn’t imagine what her parents think; adding that Kennedy was born to be a star.

Team Jennifer’s Sandyred sang the Boyz II Men hit “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” and dedicated it to her mother who died of cancer. Blake said that he loved seeing the emotional side of Sandyred; adding that she is an incredible singer with an amazing lower register. Calling her lower register a powerful thing, Jennifer said that the lower register brought them in.

Team Kelly’s Chavel Shepherd sang the Little Big Town song “Little White Church” and dedicated it to her dad. A standing coach Kelly called Chavel magnificent. Calling Chavel awesome, Adam said that he is obsessed with her.

Makenzie Thomas chose to sing a song by her own coach Jennifer Hudson with “I Am Changing” and dedicated to her coach because Jennifer is the only coach that turned her chair for Makenzie. After thanking Makenzie for that beautiful dedication, Jennifer said that Makenzie’s skill is bananas.

Team Kelly’s Sarah Grace sang the Sir Elton song “Goodbye to Yellow Brick Road” while she played the piano. Kelly noted that the world doesn’t know how talented Sarah Grace is.

Team Blake’s Dave Fenley sang “Hard to Love” for his wife and brought Blake to his feet. Saying that he is a huge fan, Adam noted that he was mad when Dave didn’t get voted through. Blake called it a very important performance to show off Dave’s vocal ability.

Team Kelly’s Comback Stage singer Lynnea Moorer chose the song “Moves” and dedicated it to her mom who is in prison. Jennifer said that she is blown away by Lynnea; adding that she has such great star quality. Calling Lynnea such a star, Kelly said that the comeback kid was killing everybody tonight.

Team Blake’s Kirk Jay chose the Lonestar hit “I’m Already There” and dedicated it to his mom who has never seen him perform before. She was in the audience for the performance that brought the judges to their feet. Jennifer said that she almost threw her notebook at Kirk but needed it for her notes. Saying that she didn’t understand what Kirk just did, Jennifer called him bad bad bad. Blake said that Kirk knocked the song out of the park with an incredible performance.

Team Adam’s Reagan Strange closed out the night with her performance of Lauren Daigle’s “You Say” that she dedicated to her grandparents. Adam said that Reagan epitomizes everything the show is; adding that she is an amazing artist and filled the room with her voice.

Again this year, singers who have their songs in the top 10 of the iTunes charts will get their votes multiplied by five.

After the show aired in all American mainland time zones, six of the 13 artists had their songs in the top 10 on one of the iTunes genre charts. One artist ranked number two on a chart whose top 10 is dominated by Queen.

Shocking Winner Crowned on DWTS

After a very controversial double elimination in the semi finals on “Dancing with the Stars”, it all comes to an end in a two hour grand finale that features the ever popular Freestyle dances.

The festivities begin with a dancing parade complete with floats and bands down the red brick road.in the eastern and central time zones only.

Last chance live online voting was available to viewers

The four finalists will have to perform two dances tonight – their most memorable dance and the Freestyle.

Alexis and Alan get the dancing started with their “Swan Lake” Argentine Tango. Tom called it a beautiful way to start the night; adding that Alexis did a lovely job. Saying that they pulled off a fantastic dance, Len noted that overall Alexis was consistently good all season. Saying that Alexis had the poise of a “Black Swan”, Bruno said that Alexis has found herself and the connection worked. Carrie Ann said that Alexis has become so expressive; adding that they did a poetically beautiful dance. The first time they performed the dance, Alexis and Alan scored 25 points; this time around, they scored 27 points.

Bobby and Sharna chose the trio week MC Hammer Cha Cha as their most memorable dance. This time around Bobby and Sharna had a lot of help on the dance floor. Host Tom Bergeron said that it was such fun to watch Bobby having fun. Digging it, Bruno said that Bobby honestly has fun no matter what he does. Carrie Ann said that Bobby is proof that hard work and dedication pays off; adding she loves the way he dances. Saying that Bobby put the Ham in Hammer, Len noted that Bobby had so much fun out there. The first time around Bobby and Sharna scored 20 points but this time they got a 24.

The lady pro dancers took the stage for a performance.

Country music stars Dan + Shay performed their hit song “Speechless” while Sharna and Artem danced.

Joe and Jenna were joined by Val and some “Bachelor” alumni for a Salsa performance to the Right Said Fred hit “Too Sexy”.

Evanna and Keo chose their Halloween night Tango to “Disturbia”. The first time around the couple earned the near perfect score of 29 points. After congratulating Keo for doing such a great job, Carrie Ann called Evanna the most improved dancer; adding that the dance was better this time around. Len noted that last time he challenged Evanna to work on her posture and frame. This time he said that the mission was accomplished. Saying that he loved to see Evanna growing, Bruno called Evanna a leading girl. This time Evanna and Keo earned a perfect score for their dance.

The pro guys took of their shirts for a performance that included DeMarcus Ware.

Milo and Witney closed out round one with performance of the week two New York City subway Charleston but this time they danced to a live performance by Robin Thicke. Saying that it means so much that Robin was there, Tom revealed that Robin is one of the people who lost his home to the California fires. Noting that Milo is only 17, Len said that Milo came out with so much confidence and maturity. Saying that he didn’t like the Charleston as much the first time because it lacked the Charleston swivel, Len said that this time it was 100 percent on the money. Bruno said that the dance was even more exciting, sharper than ever and had attention to detail with incredible musicality. Len said that Milo was destined for greater things. Carrie Ann called the performance ridiculously amazing; adding that she thinks Milo is the one to beat. The first time Milo and Witney scored 26 points for their dance; this time they earned a perfect score of 30.

Most Memorable Dance scores:
Bobby and Sharna – 24
Alexis and Alan – 27
Evanna and Keo – 30
Milo and Witney – 30

The pros take the dance floor for a performance.

Each year after the season, the pro dancers make a tour around the United States and are accompanied by one or two of the stars. This year nearly half of the season 27 stars will be a part of the tour – Bobby, Joe, John, Milo, Juan Pablo, and Mary Lou.

After the shocking elimination of the one couple with the highest season scores ad five perfect dances – Juan Pablo and Cheryl return to the dance floor for an encore performance of their steamy Argentine Tango.

Tinashe and Brandon returns with some of the pro guys but this time Tinashe sings “Fever”.

Alexis and Alan begin the Freestyle round to a live performance of “Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne. Tom said that they did a beautiful job. Len noted that the dance was full of drama to a powerful song; adding that the dance had strength and was dramatic with musicality. Noting that they took a big risk, Bruno said that they aimed very high and were on top of it all the way through the dance. After a bit of a shaky start, Carrie Ann noted that Alexis did her best dancing after they hit the dance floor. As with all Freestyle dancers, Alexis and Alan earned a perfect score for their dance.

John Schneider returns to the Ballroom but this time to sing his song “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” while newlyweds Emma and Sasha danced.

Bobby and Sharna performed a Freestyle that encapsulated all of their dances from the season. Bruno said that it was the perfect Freestyle for a free spirit; adding that Sharna did a stunning job with the choreography. A confused Carrie Ann noted that there was so much in the dance. Len noted that Bobby has not always been the judge’s champion but he has always been the people’s champion. Tom noted that Bobby’s energy has been infectious all season. Bobby and Sharna earned his first 10’s with a perfect score of 30.

Milo and Witney performed a Freestyle to “Ain’t No Sunshine” that included umbrellas and the duo dancing in some water. At the end of the dance, Carrie Ann had a shocked look on her face. Saying that he mind is blown, Carrie Ann noted that there has never been a Freestyle with so much content. Len loved the mix in the dance; noting that it was full of control and drama and the two dancers were brilliant. Calling Milo a star, Bruno said that the dance had versatility and incredible quality of movement. Milo and Witney also earned a perfect score.

For the final dance of the season, Evanna and Keo gave a performance that Tom noted was the way to finish the season. Noting that it was a fantastic evening, Len called their performance the cherry on the cake. Bruno called the dance bright, colourful and quirky that put Evanna at the center of attention and let her shine; adding that Evanna was the leading lady. Saying that they did such a great job, Carrie Ann said that she wants to see it over and over again. Evanna and Keo finished out the night with a perfect score.

Freestyle scores:
Alexis and Alan – 30
Bobby and Sharna – 30
Milo and Witney – 30
Evanna and Keo – 30

Total scores:
Bobby and Sharna – 24 + 30 = 54
Alexis and Alan – 27 + 30 = 57
Evanna and Keo – 30 + 30 = 60
Milo and Witney – 30 + 30 = 60

While the final votes were being tallied, Lauren Daigle performed “You Say”.

In the last results of the season, Tom Bergeron named Bobby and Sharna as the winners of the Mirrorball Trophy.

DoDriver and Tokyo Monsters Rock the Hard Rock

Living up to its name, the Niagara Falls Hard Rock Café featured performances by two of western New York’s biggest rock bands – DoDriver and Tokyo Monsters – on November 10.

Known for their hard driving melodies and “melodic screaming” by lead singer Jody Velletta, DoDriver took the stage first for something completely different – a stripped down acoustic show.

Just three weeks after major surgery – he donated a kidney to an uncle – Jody was not yet ready for his usual jumping a out the stage.

Playing to a full house, DoDriver performed reworked versions of “On Our Way”, “Pray”, “Alright Tonight”, The Beatles song “We Can Work it Out”, “White Flag”, “Avalon”, “Flower Bed”, “Circus”, “Dust”, “It Feels Good to be Home”, and “Life Changes Everything”.

Unsure of how the show would be received, the band earned glowing praise for the performance and promised to do another acoustic show some time in the future.

Making a return visit to the Hard Rock Café, Tokyo Monsters rocked the house before an enthusiastic crowd ready for some rock and roll.

Performing only one long set, the band played “Séance”, “Paper Tigers”, “Battle for the Waterfall pt 2”, “Dangerous”, “Headspace”, “Tears of the Earth”, “The Side Effects of You”, “Tightrope Melodrama”, “Origin”, “Criminal”, “Elevenses”, “Dare Devil of “Marywood”, and “Witch Hunt”.

Whether stripped down or flat out in your face, DoDriver and Tokyo Monsters brought down the house with a performance not soon forgotten by all who attended the show.

 

Big Jim, Twins Tribute to the 90’s

On November 9 the Hard Rock Café in Niagara Falls, New York offered something a little different for their Friday night entertainment when Big Jim and the Twins presented not just the music of the ‘90’s but a specific genre of that music.

The ‘90’s saw the rise of a variety of musical styles including Grunge music – a mix of Heavy Metal and Punk – and it is this particular style that the band performed.

Calling the performance a Grunge / Alternative tribute, lead singer and drummer Ryan (Big Jim) offered a bit of history for some of the songs along the way.

Over the course of the night, the band featured music from Nirvana, the Stone Temple Pilots, the Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Audioslave, System of a Down, Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer, Alice in Chains, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Gavin deGraw – hey, because they like the song.

There was no “November Rain” to match the weather outside, but the set list did include “Are You Going My Way”, “Backwater”, “Vasoline”, “Times Like These”, “Californication”, “1979”, “I Don’t Wanna Be”, “Brain Stew”, “Like a Stone”, “Aerials”, “No One Knows”, “Plush”, “Say it Ain’t So”, “Check My Brain”, “Hero”, “Machinehead”, “Mysterious”, “Black Days”, “Give it Away”, and “High and Dry”.

As winter begins to settle over western New York, Ryan, Nick, and Joe as Big Jim and the Twins offered a musical respite from the November chills outside.

Giving Thanks on DWTS: Juniors

On this Sunday before Thanksgiving the dancers of “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” “Give Thanks” with their dances.

Ariana ad Artyon get the night of dancing and thanks with a dedication Salsa to her her parents. Her mom and grandparents surprise Ariana during rehearsals. Host Jordan Fisher called it an amazing Salsa. Mandy said that she was grateful for that Salsa; adding that she loved that it was a complex dance. Agreeing with Mandy, Adam called the performance great. Val called it an authentic and spicy Salsa. Ariana and Artyon scored 27 points for their dance.

Wearing a tuxedo, Mandla and Brightyn danced a Foxtrot to Mandla’s favourite song by his Dad – “Isn’t She Lovely”. Stevie himself performed the song live as his son danced. Jordan said that the dance was beautiful and an amazing memory for Mandla. After thanking Stevie for the performance, Val said that Mandla owned the dance. Stevie said that it looked good to him. Saying that she loved the number, Many said that she watched a beautiful couple dance around the floor. Mandla and Brightyn scored 27 points for their dance.

Akash and Kamri danced a Bollywood themed Jazz dance dedicated to his family to his parents favourite song “Jai Ho”. The family made a visit to rehearsals during the week. Val called it Akash’s best dance of the season; adding that there were so many things gong on and so many elements in the dance. Agreeing with Val, Mandy noted that there was a lot of brain work happening with the dance. Saying that Akash should be very proud of himself, Adam noted that Akash did a lot of work this week and put on his best dance so far. Earning his highest score of the season, Akash and Kari scored 23 points for their dance.

Miles and Rylee danced a Foxtrot to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” for his family. Miles’ parents made a visit to rehearsals. Miles and Rylee had some flower props in the dance. After the dance, he gave them to Mandy. Saying that she is in love, Mandy noted that there was some really beautiful dynamics in the dance and a genuine sense of joy in the dance. Adam said that Miles is killing it in the competition this season; adding that it took a lot of skill and control to perform the dance. Calling it one of his best dances all season, Val said that Miles danced big and with technique. Miles and Rylee scored 26 points for their dance.

Sky and JT danced a Foxtrot for her family who traveled all the way from Japan to see her dance. An impressed Adam said that their dance is what the show is all about. Val noted that the world has fallen in love with dance because of dances like that one; adding that it was exceptional. After saying that Sky looked stunning, Mandy called it an excellent performance and gave props to mentor Alan for his coaching. Earning the highest score of the season, Sky and JT scored a near perfect 29 points for their dance.

In the final dance of the night, Mackenie and Sage dance a Samba to “Cheap Thrills” dedicated to big sister Maddie. Maddie was in the music video for the song. Maddie also took to the dance floor to join Madkenzie and Sage in the dance. Jordan said that it was an amazing and incredible Samba. Val said that Mackenzie killed that and Maddie was awesome. Saying that it was a treat to see Maddie, Mandy said that Mackenzie did a great job. Wanting to know how he could become the third Ziegler sister, Adam said that it was a great way to celebrate the relationship between the sisters. Mackenzie nd Sage scored 27 points for their dance.

Giving Thanks scores:
Akash and Kamri – 23
Miles and Rylee – 26
Ariana and Artyon – 27
Manda and Brightyn – 27
Mackenzie and Sage – 27
Sky and JT – 29

After the audience votes and judges scores were added together, Jordan named Akash and Kamri as the couple going home this week. Akash thanked everyone and noted that he was going home with some lifelong memories.

Next week the five remaining couples will enter a time zone with their dances.

NASCAR Ends Season with Historic Win

The Monster Energy Cup Series caps off the 2018 racing season and an exciting Championship weekend with the Ford EcoBoost 400. The Championship Four – Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr – will battle it out for the title of 2018 Champion.

After three rounds of qualifying with a time of 31.05 seconds around the track, Denny Hamlin takes the pole and will lead the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Ford EcoBoost 400:
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Ryan Newman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Aric Almirola
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Chase Elliott
Ran Blaney
Austin Dillon
Matt Kenseth
Daniel Suarez
Jimmie Johnson
AJ Allmendinger
Jamie McMurray
Paul Menard
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell
David Ragan
Clint Bowyer
Chris Buescher
William Byron
Matt DiBenedetto
Regan Smith
Ty Dillon
Landon Cassill
J.J. Yeley
Corey Lajoie
Kyle Weatherman
BJ McLeod
Tanner Berryhill
Timmy Hill
Ross Chastain – did not make a qualifying run

Stages one and two of the race are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps around the mile and a half track.

As a part of the pre-race ceremonies the sky divers scheduled to land in the grass, ended up in the fence on this windy Sunday afternoon and delays the start of the race.

After a rousing command to start the engines, the engines are fired for the final time in 2018 and the cars get moving as they prepare to run the final race.

Alex Bowman starts the race not feeling well and has Xfinity Series driver Justin Allgaier on standby in case he cannot complete the race. The drivers cannot complete any of the stages without making a pit stop for fuel.

On the pace laps, Regan Smith gets black flagged for dropping oil on the track and has to bring his car down pit road for unscheduled repairs.

Pole sitter Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out in front of Kyle Busch to take the lead of the race.

As with the end of every season, pit road is filled with stories of drivers and team members moving on, retiring, and even shutting down. Along with the tension of running and crewing the perfect race, there is the high emotions of change.

Lap three, Denny Hamlin is in the lead with Kyle Busch in second and Joey Logano in third; Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Only five laps into the race and Kyle Larson has already moved up to the top of the track to run along the wall.

Lap eight, Denny Hamlin has a one second lead on Kyle Busch with Joey Logano nearly two seconds back.

Lap 10, half of the drivers are running along the bottom of the track, while the other half has already moved up to the top line.

Lap eleven, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr rounding out the top five.

Race leader Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Kyle Busch and is hoping for a big birthday present by winning the race.

Brad Keselowski makes contact with Kyle Weatherman but the track stays green.

Lap 20, Denny Hamlin now has a three second lead on Kyle Busch; joey Logano, martin Truex jr, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 23, there are 32 cars on the lead lap.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr.

Regan Smith returns to the track 26 laps down after making repairs for leaking oil.

Lap 32, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race and is three seconds ahead of Kyle Busch; Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 34, Denny Hamlin dominates the lead with Kyle Busch in second, but Kevin Harvick is moving through the field and is now in third place with Joey Logano in fourth and Martin Truex Jr in fifth.

Lap 36, Kyle Larson is the first driver to make a green flag pit stop. Riding the top of the track, Kyle Larson was running some of the fastest speeds on the track before making his pit stop.

Other drivers are beginning to make their green flag pit stops; including the championship four.

With Denny Hamlin making his pit stop, Martin Truex Jr takes over the lead of the race.

Martin Truex Jr makes his pit stop and give the lead over to Michael McDowell.

After pit stops cycle through, Denny Hamlin resumes the lead of the race.

Lap 43, Kevin Harvick passes Denny Hamlin to take the lead of the race and is pulling away from the field.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin over two seconds back, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Kyle Larson. Martin Truex Jr is in ninth place.

Lap 50, there are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 53, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over two seconds on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Busch in third nearly three seconds back.

Lap 55, Kevin Harvick leads with Denny Hamlin in second; Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 58, Kevin Harvick leads by nearly three seconds on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Busch in third.

Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johns have consecutive win records on the line for winning at least one race several years in a row. Neither driver has won a race this season.

Lap 65, Kevin Harvick leads with Kyle Busch in second and Joey Logano in third but Rim riding Kyle Larson is coming on hard.

Lap 67, the top five are Kevin Harvick by over four seconds, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 69, there are only 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 70, Kyle passes Kyle as Kyle Larson is running speeds faster than leader Kevin Harvick.

Lap 71, Kevin Harvick is in the lead but the gap back to second place Kyle Larson down to less than four seconds with Kyle Busch in third and Joey Logano in fourth. Martin Truex Jr is in sixth place.

Lap 74, Kyle Larson has closed the gap on leader Kevin Harvick to less than three seconds.

Lap 77, Kevin Harvick is just over two seconds ahead of Kyle Larson with Kyle Busch in third; Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick wins stage one.

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

Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road but Kyle Busch loses six spots and falls to ninth place.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 87 but it is Kyle Larson who gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Kyle Larson, Joey Logano Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 90, Kyle Larson has a lead of only two tenths of a second on Joey Logano; Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Joey Logano challenges Kyle Larson for the lead. Kevin Harvick joins the battle as Joey Logano gets out in front for the lead with Harvick and Larson side by side.

Kevin Harvick gets around Kyle Larson to take second place.

Lap 93, the top five are Joey Logano Kevin Harvick Kyle Larson.

Kyle Larson passes Kevin Harvick to take second place with Joey Logano out in front for the lead. There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 98, Joey Logano is out in front with Kyle Larson less than a second back in second.

Lap 102, Kyle Larson has once again found his way to the top of the track and is less than half a second behind lead Joey Logano.

Lap 104, Kyle Larson gets around Joey Logano for the lead; Kevin Harvick is in third.

Lap 107, Kyle Larson leads the race with Kevin Harvick now in second place and Joey Logano in third.

Lap 109, the top five are Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, and Aric Almirola.

Lap 116, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly two seconds on Kevin Harvick with Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Aric Almirola rounding out the top five. All 39 cars are still on the track.

Lap 119, Kyle Larson is the first driver to make a green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Kevin Harvick.

Lap 121 Kevin Harvick makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Martin Truex Jr.

Denny Hamlin is the new leader when Martin Truex Jr makes his pit stop.

Once green flag pit stops have cycled through, Kyle Larson resumes the lead of the race.

Lap 128, the top five are Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Aric Almirola. Kyle Busch is in seventh place.

Lap 130, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly four seconds on Kevin Harvick with 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 134, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race riding up along the wall with Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Aric Almirola rounding out the top five.

Lap 138,the top five are Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Aric Almirola with Kyle Busch in sixth place.

For the first time all weekend the first caution flag of the race for an on track incident comes out on lap 140 for debris on the field after Erik Jones gets into the wall.

Leaders bring their cars down pit road for fresh tires and service.

Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road with Kevin Harvick in second.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 145 and jumps out in front for the lead from the inside lane.

The top five are Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr.

As night approaches, the lights have come on around the track.

Lap 147, Kevin Harvick goes nose to nose with Kyle Larson before passing for the lead of the race.

Only 10 laps remain in stage two; the championship four are all in the top five with Kyle Larson in second.

Lap 151, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kyle Larson.

Martin Truex Jr gets around Kyle Busch to take over fourth.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch.

With five laps remaining in stage two, all 39 cars are still on the track.

Lap 156, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Larson as Larson slowly closes the gap to Harvick.

Kyle Larson edges out Kevin Harvick to win stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Martin Truex Jr
Aric Almirola
Kyle Busch
Kurt Bust
Denny Hamlin
Jimmie Johnson
Clint Bowyer

Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road with Kevin Harvick in second. Kyle Larson comes out in fifth.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 167 but it is Kevin Harvick that gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 168, Joey Logano gets round Kevin Harvick for the lead; Martin Truex Jr also passes Harvick to take over second place.

The top five are Joey Logano, Martin Truex, Jr, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 172, Joey Logano has a second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 177 Joey Logano holds on to the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second.

Lap 182,, Kyle Larson is on the move again and has passed Kevin Harvick to take over third place.

Lap 183, Joey Logano has a lead of nearly a second and a half over Martin Truex Jr. with Kyle Larson in third, Kevin Harvick in fourth, and Kyle Busch in fifth.

After Kyle Larson had to move down the track to get around slower traffic, Kevin Harvick passes Larson to take third place.

Kevin Harvick is reporting that he doesn’t have any rear grip.

Lap 189, Kyle Larson has retaken third and now passes Martin Truex Jr for second with Joey Logano in the lead.

The caution flag comes out on lap 194 when Kyle Larson having to come down pit road with a flat tire after getting too close to the wall.

Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road. Kyle Busch loses four spots on pit road after the air gun got caught under the car during the pit stop.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 200 and gets out in front for the lead but Martin Truex Jr catch up to him and goes nose to nose for the lead. Joey Logano finally gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch.

During the battle for the lead, Martin Truex Jr makes contact with Joey Logano, but there is only slight damage to the cars.

There are 21 cars on  the lead lap with all 39 cars on the track.

Lap 206, the top five are Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch.

Kyle Busch gets past Denny Hamlin to take fourth place.

Lap 212, Joey Logano continues to lead the race with Martin Truex Jr in second, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick reports that the balance in his car still isn’t quite right.

Lap 217, Martin Truex Jr has caught up to leader Joey Logano and is challenging for the lead. Lap 281, Logano and Truex are nose to nose. Lap 219, Martin Truex Jr finally gets around Joey Logano for the lead.

Erik Jones has a flat tire and brings his car down pit road, the track stays green.

Lap 221, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Joey Logano, with Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch ronding out the top five.

Lap 222, Joey Logano’s team tells him to start working his way to the top of the track.

The drivers have to make one more pit stop to make it to the end of the race.

Lap 226, the top five remains the same – Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch.

Chris Buescher brings his car down pit road with a flat tire but the track stays green.

Chase Elliott brings his car down pit road on lap 229 to begins the final round of green flag pit stops.

Denny Hamlin reports a tight racing condition; adding that he has a car capable of winning the race.

Kevin Harvick is the first of the championship four to come down pit road.

Kyle Busch takes the lead of the race after Martin Truex Jr and Joey Logano make their pit stops.

Joey Logano beats Martin Truex Jr off of pit road. After stopping first, Kevin Harvick beats out Logano and Truex.

Kyle Busch is in the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr follow.

Joey Logano challenges Kevin Harvick for second but has so far failed to make the pass.

Lap 238, the top five are Kyle Busch (still needs to make a pit stop), Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano.

The top three divers – Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Jimmie Johnson – have yet to make pit stops.

With only 2 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch is still the leader with a lead of over five seconds on Matt Kenseth. Martin Truex Jr is catching up to Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano.

Lap 246, Martin Truex Jr has caught up to Joey Logano and the two battle for the position with Truex getting around Logano for fourth.

With 20 laps remaining in the race, the top five are Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Joey Logano.

The caution flag comes out on lap 247 when Daniel Suarez gets hit and blows a tire, spreading debris on the track.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

When the green flag flies, the championship four will be 1-2-3-4.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 252 with Martin Truex Jr alongside. Martin Truex Jr gets out in front for the lead with Kyle Busch in second, Joey Logano in third, and Kevin Harvick in fourth.

Lap 253, Joey Logano gets around Kyle Busch for second with Martin Truex Jr in front.

Lap 254Joey Logano has caught up to Martin Truex Jr and on lap 255, Logano gets around Truex for the lead.

The top four are Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch.

Ten to go, Joey Logano is three tenths faster than Martin Truex Jr.

Joey Logano has pulled out to a led of a second on Martin Truex Jr with Kevin Harvick over two seconds back and Kyle Busch over three seconds behind.

With only eight laps remaining in the race, Joey Logano holds on to his one second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Five to go, Joey Logano has increased his lead to nearly a second and a half over Martin Truex Jr. Of the championship four, Joey Logano is the only driver who has not yet won a championship title.

Last week at the race at Phoenix, Joey Logano proclaimed that he was the only driver guaranteed a spot in the final four and the favourite to win the title.

Only two laps remain before Logano’s claims could come true.

With a lead of nearly two seconds, Joey Logano takes the white flag.

Joey Logano wins the race…and his first championship title as the crew on pit road cheers and jumps up and down.

Logano’s car disappears I a cloud of smoke as he celebrates with a massive burnout while holding the championship flag high. He is the 33rd driver in the history of NASCAR to win a championship.

The unofficial results of the Ford EcoBoost 400:
Joey Logano
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Matt Kenseth
Chase Elliott
Clint Bowyer
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
Austin Dillon
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Jimmie Johnson
Ryan Newman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Jamie McMurray
AJ Allmendinger
David Ragan
Bubba Wallace
Ty Dillon
Chris Buescher
William Byron
Paul Menard
Matt DiBenedetto
Erik Jones
Michael McDowell
Alex Bowman
Daniel Suarez
Landon Cassill
J.J. Yeley
Ross Chastain
Corey LaJoie
BJ Mceod
Kyle Weatherman
Timmy Hill
Tanner Berryhill
Regan Smith

Dominating Historic Win for Xfinity Series in Homestead

The 2018 racing season comes to an end for the Xfinity Series with the Ford EcoBoost 300.

Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, and Daniel Hemric will all battle for the championship. Whichever driver takes the title, it will be a first for all of them.

There were 45 teams who brought cars to Homestead-Miami hoping for a starting spot in the race but there are only 40 starting spots. Josh Williams, Stephen Leicht, Josh Bilicki, Bayley Currey, and Tim Viens all failed to qualify for the race.

After three rounds of qualifying championship contender Cole Custer wins the pole and will bring the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Ford EcoBoost 300:
Cole Custer
Christopher Bell
John Hunter Nemechek
Tyler Reddick
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Elliott Sadler
Brandon Jones
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Reed
Ryan Preece
Chase Briscoe
Michael Annett
Ryan Truex
Jeremy Clements
Spencer Gallagher
Kaz Grala
Ryan Sieg
Alex Labbe
Shane Lee
Max Tullman
Ross Chastain
Landon Cassill
Chad Finchum
Joey Hase
Brandon Brown
J.J. Yeley
Garrett Smithley
Tommy Joe Martins
Timmy Hill
BJ McLeod
Caesar Bacarella
David Starr
Quin Houff
Spencer Boyd
Jeff Green
Vinnie Miller
Carl Long
Angela Ruch

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

Cole Custer dominated the race last year and is looking for a repeat to take the championship this year as he leads the field to the green flag. Christopher Bell spun his tires on the race start, Cole Custer jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick, Justin Allgaier, John Hunter Nemechek, and Christopher Bell.

Lap five, Cole Custer has pulled out to a lead of a second on Tyler Reddick.

Of the four championship contenders, Daniel Hemric is the only driver who has not won a race to get into the championship round.

All four of the championship drivers are in the top six.

Lap 10, Cole Custer has a lead of nearly two second on Tyler Reddick with John Hunter Nemechek in third.

Lap 12, Cole Custer leads the race by nearly two seconds; Tyler Reddick, John Hunter Nemechek, Daniel Hemric, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 16, Cole Custer has led every lap and has a lead of over two seconds on Tyler Reddick. There are 32 cars on the lead lap with one car off the track – Vinnie Miller.

The top five are Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick, Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek, and Christopher Bell.

Last year, Cole Custer led 182 of the 200 laps in the race. Leading all 22 laps so far, Custer is looking to repeat his performance, except this time he is a part of the championship four.

Lap 24, there are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 25, Cole Custer has a lead of over two seconds on Tyler Reddick; Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek, and Christopher Bel round out the top five.

Lap 32, Cole Custer continues to lead the race but Daniel Hemric is challenging Tyler Reddick for second place amid lapped traffic.

There are only 22 cars on the lead lap with four cars off of the track.

Lap 35, Cole Custer has a two second lead on Tyler Reddick and Daniel Hemric; John Hunter Nemechek and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 40, Cole Custer continues to dominate the race with Tyler Reddick rim riding in second; Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 41, Daniel Hemric has finally gotten around Tyler Reddick for second place. Driving the wheels off of it, Cole Custer has lapped half the field even before stage one is complete.

After 24 years f driving a race car, Elliott Sadler is making his final run. When the race ends, Elliott Sadler will retire from being a racer and in his words will retire to being a full time Dad.

Cole Custer wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Cole Custer
Daniel Hemric
Tyler Reddick
Justin Allgaier
John Hunter Nemechek
Christopher Bell
Austin Cindric
Ryan Preece
Elliott Sadler
Ryan Reed

Caesar Bacarella gets sideways and spins out.

Cole Custer wins the race off of pit road, but second place driver Daniel Hemric lost five spots after the crew had trouble with one of his tires.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 52 and gets out in front to continue his lead.

The top five are Cole Custer, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, and Austin Cindric.

Lap 55, Cole Custer has a half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek with Christopher Bell over a second back.

Lap 58, Cole Custer has a lead of over half a second on John Hunter Nemechek; Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 62, Cole Custer continues to dominate the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second and Christopher Bell in third.

Lap 66, Cole Custer has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Christopher Bell with 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 70, Cole Custer holds on to his lead of over a second and a Half on Christopher Bell with John Hunter Nemechek, Austin Cindric, and Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five.

Lap 75, Cole Custer continues to lead the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second and Christopher Bell in third; Daniel Hemric and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 81, John Hunter Nemechek has closed the gap on leader Cole Custer to just over a second with Christopher Bell in third.

Justin Allgaier runs a little too high along the wall and scrapes it but the track stays green.

Lap 84, Cole Custer has dominated the race and led every lap; John Hunter Nemechek is less than a second back in second; Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

Rim riding, Tyler Reddick also scrapes the wall but there is no caution flag.

Lap 87, John Hunter Nemechek has closed to within half a second on leader Cole Custer.

Cole Custer wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Cole Custer
John Hunter Nemechek
Christopher Bel
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Preece
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
Tyler Reddick
Elliott Sadler
Brandon Jones

John Hunter Nemechek wins the race off of pit road with Christopher Bell out second. Cole Custer loses two spots to come out third. For the first time in the race, Cole Custer will not be the leader of the race when stage three begins.

From the outside lane, John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 97 and despite a challenge from Christopher Bell, Nemechek holds on to the lead.

The top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, and Ryan Preece. There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

With a stage of 110 laps, the drivers cannot make it to the end of the race without making a pit stop.

Lap 105, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of nearly a second on Cole Custer; Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 111, John Hunter Nemechek has a one second lead on Cole Custer with Christopher Bell in third; Daniel Hemric and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

There are 21 cars on the lead lap with six cars out of the race.

Lap 115, John Hunter Nemechek leads the field by less than a second; Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 119, John Hunter Nemechek has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Cole Custer; with Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, and Tyler Reddick rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick is running the high line and has scraped the wall a number of times.

Lap 122, the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, and Daniel Hemric.

Lap 124, Shane Lee has to bring his number three car down pit road.

Lap 125, Tyler Reddick has passed Christopher Bell to take third place rim riding along the wall.

The top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, and Daniel Hemric.

There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 130, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of half a second on Cole Custer with Tyler Reddick running some of the fastest laps on the track along the wall in third.

Tyler Reddick began the 2108 season by winning the closest race in Xfinity history at Daytona.

Lap 134, the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, and Daniel Hemric.

Lap 138, John Hunter Nemechek holds on to the lead of the race with Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, and Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five.

Lap 139, John Hunter Nemechek continues to lead the race, but Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick are beginning to challenge for the lead.

The drivers are now in their fuel window.

Lap 142, Christopher Bell is the first driver to begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

John Hunter Nemechek’s lead is less than a second on Cole Custer.

John Hunter Nemechek, Cole Custer, and Daniel Hemric have yet to make a pit stop.

Lap 146, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race by over half a second on Cole Custer with Daniel Hemric in third.

Leader John Hunter Nemechek makes his pit stop on lap 147; giving the lead over to Cole Custer.

Cole Custer finally makes his pt stop and Tyler Reddick is the new leader of the race with 53 laps remaining in the race.

The top five are Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, John Hunter, Nemechek, Cole Custer, Austin Cindric, and Daniel Hemric.

Lap 150, Tyler Reddick has a half second lead on Christopher Bell.

Garrett Smithley spins out getting on to pit road but the track stays green.

Lap 151, Christopher Bel is closing the gap on leader Tyler Reddick.

Christopher Bell gets around Tyler Reddick to take over the lead.

Lap 157, the top five are Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, John Hunter Nemechek, Cole Custer, and Austin Cindric.

Lap 158 Christopher Bell has a lead of over half a second on Tyler Reddick with 15 cars on the lead lap.

Running the top lane, Tyler Reddick is gaining on leader Christopher Bell.

With 39 laps remaining in the race, Tyler Reddick has caught leader Christopher Bell and is challenging for the lead.

Lap 163, Tyler Reddick has finally passed Christopher Bell to become the new leader.

Lap 165, Cole Custer has passed Christopher Bell to take third.

The top five are Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek, and Daniel Hemric.

Lap 167, Tyler Reddick has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Cole Custer with Christopher Bell nearly three seconds back.

Only 32 laps remain in the race, Cole Custer has moved up the track to run the high line against the wall.

Lap 169, Tyler Reddick has pulled out to a lead of two and a half seconds on Cole Custer.

Lap 172, the top five are Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek, and Daniel Hemric.

Lap 175, John Hunter Nemechek gets around Christopher Bell to take third place.

Lap 176, Tyler Reddick has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Cole Custer with 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 177, Tyler Reddick continues to slowly increase his lead with Cole Custer in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Christopher Bell, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Elliott Sadler makes an unscheduled stop on pit road with a bad vibration.

Running against the wall, Christopher Bell makes contact with the wall but the track stays green.

Only 17 laps renaming in the race, Tyler Reddick has pulled out to a lead of four and a half seconds on Cole Custer.

Lap 185, Tyler Reddick’s lead is now over five seconds on Cole Custer.

Running only inches off the wall, Tyler Reddick is driving it like he stole with a lead of six seconds on Cole Custer.

Lap 189, there are only nine cars on the lead lap.

Ten to go, Tyler Reddick holds on to a six second lead.

Christopher Bell has to make an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire sustained when he hit the wall. Bell managed to get his car down pit road without bringing out the caution flag.

Lap 192, Tyler Reddick’s lead is now over six seconds. Rim riding all race long, Reddick finally comes down the track a few inches.

Lap 193, Tyler Reddick’s lead is nearly six and a half seconds on Cole Custer.

There are only seven cars on the lead lap.

Four laps remain in the race, Tyler Reddick has a lead of nearly six and a half seconds on Cole Custer.

Tyler Reddick takes the white flag six and a half seconds in front of Cole Custer.

Tyler Reddick wins the Ford EcoBoost 300…and the championship. Reddick ends the season the way he began, with a win. In Daytona he won the race by the closest time in Xfinity Series history; this time he won by over six seconds. The 22 year old rookie driver is the first person to ever win the first and the last race of the season.

Car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr won an Xfinity Series championship but never a Monster Cup title, he is a champion once again…as an owner.

Doing his burnout Tyler Reddick got the championship flag caught in the wheel and ripped it off of the pole.

The unofficial results of the Ford EcoBoost 300:
Tyler Reddick
Cole Custer
John Hunter Nemechek
Daniel Hemric
Austin Cindric
Ryan Preece
Justin Allgaier
Brandon Jones
Michael Annett
Matt Tifft
Christopher Bell
Ryan Reed
Chase Briscoe
Elliott Sadler
Ryan Truex
Ross Chastain
Spencer Gallagher
Kaz Grala
Jeremy Clements
Shane Lee
Alex Labbe
Ryan Sieg
Joey Gase
Brandon Brown
Max Tullman
Tommy Joe Martins
Garrett Smithley
David Starr
Quin Houff
Spencer Boyd
Chad Finchum
BJ McLeod
Carl Long
Caesar Bacarella
Timmy Hill
J.J. Yeley
Angela Ruch
Landon Cassill
Jeff Green
Vinnie Miller

New Music Friday – Nov 16

This week in New Music Friday there are dozens of new albums for plenty of new tunes for Thanksgiving.  The list of 75 plus albums include new releases, re-imagined releases, anthologies, and re-issued releases including music from Anderson .Paak, Mumford & Sons, Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Little Mix, Casting Crowns, Vance Joy, John Coltrane, Smashing Pumpkins, NEEDTOBREATHE, Mark Knopfler, deadmau5,Tyler, The Creator; P.O.D., Jimmy Buffett, Loudon Wainwright III, Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones, Acoustic Alchemy, Fleetwood Mac, Yanni, Chris Cornell, and David Bowie.

Albums:
“Oxnard” by Anderson .Paak
The Greatest Showman: Reimagined” by Various Artists
“Delta” by Mumford & Sons
“love” by Michael Buble
“Caution” by Mariah Carey
“Chris Cornell” by Chris Cornell, Soundgarden, and Temple of the Dog
“Creed II: The Album” by Mike WiLL Made-It
“LM5” by Little Mix
“Lost at Sea 2” by Birdman & Jacquees
“Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14” Live by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and  Gustavo Dudamel
“Only Jesus” by Casting Crowns
“Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre” by Vance Joy
“Upside Down Flowers” by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
“1963: New Directions” by John Coltrane
“Harry Hard-On” by Allan Rayman
“SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1/LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN.” by Smashing Pumpkins
“Acoustic Live, Vol. 1” by NEEDTOBREATHE
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Ralph Breaks the Internet” by Henry Jackman
“Ain’t No Goin’ Bacc” by Yella Beezy
“Love the Holidays” by Old 97’s
“Down the Road Wherever” by Mark Knopfler
“mau5ville: Level2” by deadmau5
“Circles” by P.O.D.
“Broken” by Memphis May Fire
“Brainfeeder X” by Various Artists
“License to Chill” by Jimmy Buffett
“88GLAM2” by 88GLAM2
“Narrated for You” by Alec Benjamin
“Disney Peaceful Piano: Chill” by Disney Peaceful Piano
“Disney Peaceful Piano: Lullaby” by Disney Peaceful Piano
“DCappella” by DCappella
“Maranda Presents a Holy Christmas” by Maranda Curtis
“A Gun in the Teachers Desk” by Montana of 300
“IIWII” by Kirk Knight
“Christmas Together” by Caleb and Kelsey
“Surviving Twin” by Loudon Wainwriht III
“Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions” by Kip Moore”Broken” by Memphis May Fire
“50 Years – Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac
“Sadism” by Z-Ro
“Waylon & Willie III” by Jelly Roll and Struggle Jennings
“Controlled Chaos” by Nita Strauss
“Voodoo Lounge” by The Rolling Stones
“Beggars Banquet” (50th Anniversary) by The Rolling Stones
“Merrie Land” by The Good, the Bad and the Queen
“The Huntsman” by JJ Lawhorn
“The Pursuit of Vikings: Live at Summer Breeze” by Amon Amarth”Begars
“20 Years of Hits” by Montgomery Gentry
“The Green Trip” by T3r Elemento
“The Mayor of Lagos” by Mayorkun
“A Gun in the Teachers Desk” by Montana of 300
“Girl Code” by City Girls
“Believe in Christmas” by Hannah Huston
“Deep Field” by Eric Whitacre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
“Thirty Three and a Third” by Acoustic Alchemy
“The Execution of X-Raided” by Anerae VeShaughn
“My New Moon” by Amos Lee
“Thank You & Goodnight” by Boyzone
“Living the Alien (1983-1988)” by David Bowie
“Polynesia” by Nora En Pure
“Live at the Acropolis” 25th Anniversary by Yanni
“Showboat” by Brian Newman
“The Lillywhite Sessions” by Ryley Walker
“Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466; Piano Sonatas, K. 281 & 332” by seong-Jin Cho, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Yannick Nezet-Seguin.
“Unchained Melodies: Roy Orbison & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” by Roy Orbison and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
“Acrylic” by Leikeli47
“THis Too Won’t Pass” by Can’t Swim
“Harry Hard-On” by Allen Rayman
The original motion picture soundtrack for” reed II” by Ludwig Goransson
“Northern Sun Session” by The Virginmarys
“HOUSES ON THE HILL’ by 24hrs
“Everything’s OK” by Whose Hat is This with Kokayi
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Robin Hood” by Joseph Trapanese
“2 Minute Drills” by ALLBLACK and Kenny Beats
“Seasons Greetings from the Sandbar” by We the Kings
“LOW” by Kossisko
“Bass Funk, Vol. 4” mixed by Featurecast by Various Artists
“Hardwired Mixtape” by Hailey Knox
“7 Hits from Hell” by Useless ID
“Chest Pains” by Warhol.SS
“Anjunadeep Explorations 97” by Various Artists

EP’s:
“Love, me” by Lennon Stella
“Sunset Season” by Conan Gray
“Music Inspired by Illumination & Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” by Tyler, The Creator
“Christmastime is Here” by Marc Martel
“Praise Before My Breakthrough” by Bryan and Katie Torwalt
“Direction” by Ayanis
“Before U I Didn’t Exist” by FRND
“RVLTN (Chapter 2): The Art of Resistance” by Bobby Sessions
“Carnival” by Briston Maroney
“Broken by the Other” by Powell and Wolfang Tillmans
“Hydroplane” by Kulick
“Peer Pressure” by L Devine
“Doomsday” the Remixes by VASSY and Lodato

 

 

 

CWTS Crowns a Champion

The Camping World Truck Series ids off the final weekend of the racing season with the Ford EcoBoost 200 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Justin Haley, Noah Gragson, Brett Moffitt, and Johnny Sauter will be competing for the championship title.

While the drivers will run the race in stages, there will be no stage points awarded this weekend. All that matters is the final four and the race for the championship.

For some drivers this will be their final race as a driver; for others it will be their final race as a CWTS driver because they will be moving on to the Xfinity Series; and for others it is just the beginning…

After two rounds of qualifying, with a time of 31.88 seconds, Grant Enfinger wins his second pole of the season and will bring the field to green. The Championship Four will start the race three through six.

The starting lineup for the Ford EcoBoost 200:
Grant Enfinger
Stewart Friesen
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
Brett Moffitt
Johnny Sauter
Ross Chastain
John Hunter Nemechek
Jesse Little
Chris Windom
Ben Rhodes
Myatt Snider
Sheldon Creed
Harrison Burton
Todd Gilliland
Austin Hill
Tyler Dippel
Robby Lyons
Cory Roper
Joe Nemechek
Jeb Burton
Matt Crafton
Brennan Poole
Austin Wayne Self
Jordan Anderson
Tanner Thorson
D.J. Kennington
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Ray Ciccarelli
Reid Wilson
Justin Fontaine
Camden Murphy

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

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead with Stewart Friesen in second.

Lap two, the top five are Grant Enfinger, Justin Haley, Stewart Friesen, John Hunter Nemechek, and Johnny Sauter.

Lap three Justin Haley challenges Grant Enfinger for the lead but Enfinger holds his off so far.

Lap five, the championship four are in second, fourth, fifth, and seventh.

Gran Enfinger leads the race by over half a second over Justin Haley; Stewart Friesen, Johnny Sauter, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap seven, Grant Enfinger has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Justin Haley.

Lap eight with a lead of over a second, Grant Enfinger continues to lead the race; Justin Haley, Stewart Friesen, Noah Gragson, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap 10, Gran Enfinger continues to stretch his lead over Justin Haley with Noah Gragson over two seconds behind.

Lap 14, Gran t Enginger has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Noah Gragson; Brett Moffitt, Justin Haley, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

There are 30 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 18, Noah Gragson has closed the gap on leader Grant Enfinger to under two seconds; Brett Moffitt is in third with Justin Haley and John Hunter Nemechek swapping back and forth for fourth and fifth.

Lap 20 Grant Enfinger’s lead over Noah Gragson is just over a second and a half with Brett Moffitt in third.

Lap 26, Grant Enfinger continues to lead the race but Noah Gragson has closed the gap to just over a second with Brett Moffitt over two seconds back; John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

With only two laps remaining in stage one, there are 21 trucks on the lead lap with two drivers off of the track.

Grant Enfinger wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Grant Enfinger
Noah Gragson
Brett Moffitt
John Hunter Nemechek
Matt Crafton
Justin Haley
Stewart Friesen
Jesse Little
Ben Rhodes
Sheldon Creed

Matt Crafton wins the race off of pit road.

While many of the drivers were complaining of loose conditions, Brett Moffitt was reporting a tight condition.

Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two but it is Noah Gragson who gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 38, the top five are Noah Gragson, Matt Crafton, Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger, and Justin Haley.

Lap 39, Matt Crafton retakes the lead after spinning his tires on the restart. Crafton began the race in 22nd spot and worked his way forward.

Brett Moffitt challenges Matt Crafton for the lead and on lap 41, Brett Moffitt takes the lead.

The top five are Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, Noah Gragson, Grant Enfinger, and Justin Haley.

Lap 43, Brett Moffitt leads the race with Matt Crafton and Noah Gragson battling for second. Noah Gragson takes over second place.

Lap 45, the top five are Brett Moffitt, Noah Gragson, Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton, and Justin Haley.

Lap 48, Brett Moffitt leads the race; Noah Gragson, Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 53, Brett Moffitt has pulled out to a lead of nearly two second on Noah Gragson; Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

There are 22 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 55, Brett Moffitt’s lead is now a second and a half on Noah Gragson.

Lap 57, Brett Moffitt continues to lead the race with a second and a half lead on Noah Gragson.

Brett Moffitt wins stage two.

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

Brett Moffitt wins the race off of pit road. Drivers were still reporting loose conditions.

With 74 laps in stage three, the drivers cannot complete the stage on one load of fuel and will have to make a green flag pit stop.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 68 but it is Noah Gragson who gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Noah Gragson, Brett Moffitt, Sheldon Creed, Grant Enfinger, and Justin Haley.

Lap 70, Noag Gragson has a quarter second lead on Brett Moffitt; Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 72, Brett Moffitt challenges Noah Gragson for the lead but so far Gragson has held him off.

Lap 74, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a half second lead on Brett Moffitt; over a second back, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, and Justin Haley round out the top five

Lap 77, Brett Moffitt again challenges leader Noah Gragson for the lead.

Robby Lyons slaps the wall but gets down to pit road and the track stays green.

Lap 80, Noah Gragson leads the race with Brett Moffitt in second and challenging for the lead; Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 85, the top five are Noah Gragson, Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, and Sheldon Creed.

Lap 90, Brett Moffitt continues to challenge leader Noah Gragson grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five.

Lap 94, Grant Enfinger gets around Brett Moffitt for second but Brett Moffitt gets it back as Noah Gragson increases his lead to over half a second.

Lap 98, the battle continues as the drivers get side by side but Brett Moffitt has not been able to get out in front. Lapped traffic has also played a role.

After battling side by side for several laps, Brett Moffitt finally gets around Noah Gragson to take over the lead of the race on lap 100.

Lap 101, Brett Moffitt gives up a hard fought lead to make his green flag pit stop as the cycle of green flag stops begins.

Once the green flag pit stops have cycled through, Brett Moffit rtetakes the lead of the race and has a lead of over two seconds on Grant Enfinger.

Lap 107, the top five are Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger, Noah Gragson, Stewart Friesen, and Sheldon Creed with only 15 trucks on the lead lap.

Only 20 laps remaining in the race, Brett Moffitt has a lead of over a second and a half on Grant Enfinger and a lead of four and a half seconds on Noah Gragson; Stewart Friesen and Sheldon Creed round out the top five.

Only 16 laps remain in the race, Brett Moffitt has a lead of nearly two seconds on Grant Enfinger and just under four seconds on Noah Gragson.

Thirteen to go, Brett Moffitt’s lead is now two seconds on Grant Enfinger with Noah Gragson over four seconds back; Stewart Friesen and Sheldon Creed round out the top five with 13 trucks on the lead lap.

Ten to go, it took a while for Brett Moffitt to get the lead of the race, but he has made the best of it with a two second lead on Grant Enfinger and a five second lead over Noah Gragson.

Six to go Brett Moffitt continues to lead the race with a lead of nearly two seconds on Grant Enfinger and over five seconds on Noah Gragson. There are 12 trucks on the lead lap.

Four to go, Grant Enfinger has closed the gap on leader Brett Moffitt to a second and a half with Noah Gragson nearly six seconds back.

Chris Windom hits the wall with a flat tire but the track stays green.

Brett Moffitt takes the white flag.

Brett Moffitt wins the race and his first championship in dominating fashion. There were several times throughout the season that there was some question as to whether Brett Moffitt’s team would be able to field a truck; but somehow they persevered and triumphed to win the championship in an on track caution free race.

The unofficial results for the Ford EcoBoost 200:
Brett Moffitt
Grant Enfinger
Noah Gragson
Stewart Friesen
Sheldon Creed
Matt Crafton
John Hunter Nemechek
Justin Haley
Jesse Little
Ben Rhodes
Harrison Burton
Johnny Sauter
Todd Gilliland
Myatt Snider
Tyler Dippel
Ross Chastain
Cory Roper
Jeb Burton
Brennan Poole
Jordan Anderson
Austin Hill
Justin Fontaine
Austin Wayne Self
Chris Windom
Ray Ciccarelli
D.J. Kennington
Robby Lyons
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Tanner Throson
Reid Wilson
Joe Nemechek
Camden Murphy

NASCAR Issues Post Race Inspection Change

Homestead-Miami is the final race of the NASCAR season and unlike some recent election results, NASCAR officials do not want to make fans and drivers wait for three or four days to learn the results of the races…or post inspection penalties.

As a result, NASCAR has changed the inspection process after the races. The initial, pre-qualifying, and pre-race inspections will proceed as usual for the Camping World Truck, Xfinity, and Monster Energy Cup Series during the racing weekend.

The change will come in the in depth post race inspection that usually takes place at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, North Carolina will take place at the track once the race is complete. The post race inspection process will take two to two and a half hours to complete.

NASCAR has a no tolerance policy when it comes to rules infractions and ensures the rules are followed properly with the various inspection procedures. Fans and drivers will know within a few hours of the championship races whether or not there were any rules infractions that would alter the championship or race results.

NASCAR has planned a meeting with all 12 championship teams to ensure they are aware of the rules.

Ian McKellen

British acting veteran Ian McKellen has found a unique way to celebrate his 80th birthday…with a tour!

Appropriately, McKellen has planned 80 tour dates – one for each birthday – around the United Kingdom.

The solo tour will feature a variety of venues, many of which hold some personal significance for him from childhood memories to notable professional venues.

The tour is scheduled to kick off in London in January and continue through most of the year. The show will feature anecdotes and some acting including his Shakespearean and Tolkien roles.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit charitable causes specific to each theatre.

Spending over half of his life on the stage, McKellen has appeared on Broadway and been a part of National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Prospect Theatre, and the Actors’ Company.

Ian McKellen tour dates:
Jan 25 & 26 at The Space in London
Jan 28 at the National Lyttleton in London
Jan 30 at the Young Vic in London
Feb 3 at the Bridge Theatre in London
Feb 4 at the Richmond Theatre in Richmond
Feb 6 at the Above the Stag Theatre in London
Feb 10 at the Hampstead Theatre in London
Feb 11 at the Arts Theatre in London
Feb 12 & 13 at the Theatre Royale in Windsor
Feb 17 at the Old Vic in London
Feb 19 & 20 at the Old Vic in Bristol
Feb 22 at the Royal Court in London
Feb 24 & 25 at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch
Feb 26 at RADA in London
March 1 at the Donmar Warehouse in London
March 3 at the Lyric Theatre in London
March 4 at the Questors Theatre in London
March 7 at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London
March 8 & 9 at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich
March 10 at the Theatre Royale Stratford East in London
March 13 at the Swansea Grand in SwanseaMarch 14 & 15 at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in Aberystwyth
March 16 at The Hafren in Newtown
March 18 & 19 at Theatre Clwyd in Moth
March 24 at the Theatre Royal Bath in Bath
March 29 & 30 at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich
April 2 at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone
April 5 at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester
April 12 & 13 at the Theatre Royal in Bury Staint Edmunds
April 14 at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton
April 17 & 18 at the Colchester Mercury in Colchester
April 20 at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry
April 24 & 25 at the Nrwich Playhouse in Norwch
April 27 & 28 at the Guildhall of St. George in King’s Lynn
April 30 and May 1 at the Oxford Playhouse in Oxford
May 3 & 4 at the Jersey Opera House in Jersey
May 6 at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury
May 7 & 8 at the Everyman Theatre in Gloucestershire
May 1 & 11 at the Cambridge Arts Theatre in Cambridge
May 13 & 14 at the Wigan Little Theatre in Wigan
May 15 at The Forum Theatre in Stockport
May 17 & 18 at the Liverpool Playhouse in Liverpool
May 19 at the Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry
May 20 at the Blackpol Grand in Blackpool
May 23 at the Burnley Youth Theatre in Burnley
May 25 at The Albert Halls in Bolton
May 28 at The Dukes in Lancaster
May 31 at the Buuxton Opera House in Buxton
June 1 & 2 at the Leicester Curve Studio in Leicester
June 3 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield
June 4 at the Theatre Royal in Wakefield
June 5 & 6 at the Home Manchester in Manchester
June 9 at the Forum Theatre Billingham in Stockton-on-Tees
June 11 at The Civic Barnsley in Barnsley
June 12 at the Doncaster Cast in Doncaster
June 14 at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond
June 16 at the Hull New Theatre in Hull
June 17 at the York Opera House in York
June 21 & 22 at the Birmngham Repertory Theatre in Birmingham
June 25 & 26 at the Nottingham Playhouse in Nottingham
June 27 & 28 at the New Theatre in Cardiff
July 1 at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter
July 2 at the Lighthouse in Poole
July 3 at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis
July 5 at The Watermill Theatre I Newbury
July 9 at the Princess Theatre in Torquay
July 15-18 at the Theatre Royal in Brighton
July 22 at the RST & Swan Theatre in Stratford
July 25 & 26 at the Lyric in Belfast
July 27 at the Waterside in Derry
July 29 at The Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena
July 31 & Aug 1 at the Theatre at The Mill in Newtonabbey
Aug 9 at the Dundee Rep Theatre in Dundee
Aug 11 at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre in Pitlochry
Aug 12 at the Eden Court in Inverness
Aug 14 at the Tivoli in Aberdeen
Aug 18 at the Newcastle Theatre Royal in Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 20 at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick
Aug 22-25 at the Edinburgh International Festival in Edinburgh
Aug 28 at the Orkeny Arts Theatre in Orkney
Sept 15 at the National Theatre, Oliver in London

CMA Celebrates 52 Years of Awards

The Country Music Association opened their 52nd annual Awards ceremonies with a moment of silence and a memorium…not for those we have lost over the past year, but for the 12 innocent Country Music fans who were killed while enjoying the music at a Country music bar in southern California.

The show began with a group performance of “What Makes Us Country” led by Luke Bryan.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host the annual awards show.

Lady Antebelum presents the first award of the night for Song of the Year to Chris Stapleton and Mike Henderson for “Broken Halos”.

Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert perform “Drowns the Whiskey”.

The award for New Artist of the Year went to Luke Combs.

Thomas Rhett performs “Life Changes”.

Dan + Shay perform their hit song “Tequila”.

The award for Single of the Year went to Chris Stapleton for “Broken Halos”. Stapleton dedicated the award to the people of California.

Lauren Alaina sings a Dottie West song before announcing that West has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Kelsea Ballerini performs her hit “Miss Me More”.

Old Dominion performs.

Carrie Underwood sings.

The award for Vocal Group of the Year went to Old Dominion.

Brett Young performs his hit “Mercy”.

Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Ricky Skaggs performs with his band Kentucky Thunder.

Keith Urban joins Skaggs on stage for a performance. Brad Paisley also joins Skaggs for some “Country Boy”.

Midland performs the Jerry Reed hit “East Bound and Down” in a tribute to The Bandit – Burt Reynolds.

Little Big Town present the award for Album of the Year to Kacey Musgraves for “Golden Hour”.

Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha perform “Meant to Be”.

New Artist of the Year Luke Combs performs.

Keith Urban returns to the stage to perform “Never Coming Down”.

Garth Brooks takes the stage to debut a brand new song dedicated to his wife Trisha Yearwood – “Stronger than Me”.

Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess present the award for Vocal Duo of the Year to Brothers Osborne.

The Pistol Annies perform “Got My Name Changed Back”.

Dierks Bentley joins the Brothers Osborne for a performance of “Burning Man”.

Maren Morris, Mavis Staples, Morgan Stapleton, Marty Stuart, and Chris Stapleton join forces for a performance.

Host Brad Paisley performs “Bucked Off”.

The award for Male Vocalist of the Year went to Chris Stapleton.

Kacey Musgraves performs a song form her CMA winning album “Golden Hour” – “Slow Burn”.

Eric Church performs the title track from his chart topping album “Desperate Man”.

Trisha Yearwood and Dennis Quaid presented the award for Female vocalist of the Year to Carrie Underwood.

Lionel Richie presented the award for Entertainer of the Year to Keith Urban!

 

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