Award Winning Singer James Ingram Dies

Grammy Award winning singer James Ingram died January 29 at the age of 66. While no official cause of death has been revealed, reports are that Ingram died as a result of brain cancer.

Along with his numerous solo hits, Ingram had hit songs with Patti Austin, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Smyth, Dolly Parton, and Michael McDonald. He also worked with Ray Charles, Anita Baker, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, and Nancy Wilson.

Ingram began his career in 1973 not as a solo artist but as a part of Revelation Funk – a band formed with some college mates in Akron. He also played keyboards for Ray Charles, was the keyboard player for The Coasters, and as Leon Haywood’s musical director. Later he collaborated with Quincy Jones; co-writing the Michael Jackson hit “PYT: Pretty Young Thing”, “The Secret Garden”, and was a part of the fund raising song “We Are the World”.

Ingram released his final album in 2008 “Stand (in the Light)”.

Along with a variety of reality competition programs and award shows, Ingram’s music can be heard on numerous films and television programs including “Scandal”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Glee”, “CSI: NY”, “New York Undercover”, “Forget Paris”, “Beethoven’s 2nd”, “City Slickers”, “An American Tail”, “The Color Purple”, “Fast Forward”, and “Best Friends”.

He also made a few appearances as an actor in “End of the Road”, “The Fearless Four”, “Quincy Jones: The Secret Garden”, “An American Tail”, and “Dolemite”. As himself Ingram has appeared on award programs, variety shows, documentaries, talk shows, and various special program presentations.

He was born James Edward Ingram on February 16, 1952 in Akron, Ohio; one of six children born to a Deacon.

Predeceased by his parents Alistine and Henry, Ingram is survived by his wife Debra of 43 years – they married on his birthday – and children

James Ingram discography:
“It’s Your Night”
“Never Felt So Good”
“It’s Real”
“Always You”
“Stand (in the Light)

 

feature photo credit: By Kingkongphoto & http://www.celebrity-photos.com from Laurel Maryland, USA – JAMES INGRAM, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74899313

 

Nicky Jam

Nicky Jam is ready to hit the road again for a tour.

It has been two years since the Reggaeton star has released a new album, but he is ready to get back out on the road to share the music.

Nicky Jam tour dates:
Feb 28 at the Sames Auto Arena in Laredo, TX
April 11 at the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, IL
April 13 at the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA
April 14 at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA
April 18 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA
April 20 at the Vamu Theater in Seattle, WA
April 26 at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX
April 27 at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, TX
May 3 at The The Chelsea in The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV
May 5 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA
May 9 at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA
May 10 at the United Palace Theatre in new York City, NY
May 17 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
May 18 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL

John Mayer

Since the revival of the remaining members of The Grateful Dead as Dead and Company, John Mayer has been very busy touring both with the band and as a solo artist.

After spending part of the summer on tour with The Dead, Mayer will return to the road for a solo tour around North America.

This is the first time that Mayer will appear on stage as a solo artist.

Tickets go on safe February 1 at 12noon local time.

John Mayer tour dates:
July 19 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY
July 20 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI
July 22 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
July 23 at the Capital One Arena in Washington DC
July 25 & 26 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
July 28 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
July 30 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Aug 2 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Aug 3 at the Schottenstein Center in Colubus, OH
Aug 5 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
Aug 6 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Aug 8 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Aug 9 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
Aug 11 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
Aug 12 at the Bankers life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 14 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
Aug 31 at Snowmass Mountain in Snowmass Village, CO
Sept 2 at the Spring Center in Kansas City, MO
Sept 3 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Sept 5 at the American Airines Center in Dallas, TX
Sept 7 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
Sept 8 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Sept 10 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Sept 11 at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
Sept 13 & q4 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA

Female Stunt Double Kitty O’Neil Has Died

After surviving mumps, measles and smallpox as an infant and two bouts of cancer, stunt woman Kitty O’Neil died November 2, 2018 as the result of pneumonia in Eureka, South Dakota at the age of 72.

Left deaf after surviving the illnesses when she was only five months old, O’Neil’s mother refused to teach her daughter sign language but instead taught Kitty how to read lips and speak the words by feeling the vibrations on her mother’s throat. Her mother later became a speech therapist and opened a school for the deaf – The Listening Eyes School for the Deaf.

A stunt double for some of the biggest stars in Hollywood including Linda Carter and Lindsey Wagner, O’Neil made her debut in “Airport 1975” and went on to appear in “Two-Minute Warning”, “Airport ’77”, “September 30, 1955”, “Foes”, 58 episodes of “The Bionic Woman”, “Damien: Omen II”, “Foul Play”, “Silent Victory: The Kitty O’Neil Story”, 52 episodes of “Wonder Woman”, “The Blues Brothers”, and “Smokey and the Bandit II”.

She was born Kitty Linn O’Neil on March 24, 1946 in Nueces, Texas the only daughter of a Cherokee mother and an oil wildcat father. She also learned to play the piano and cello. An accomplished diver, Kitty missed the 1964 Summer Olympics after a broken wrist and a bout of spinal meningitis.

After recovering, she looked for a way to reinvent herself…something fast…and turned her hand to racing and daredevil stunts. Becoming the first woman to join Stunts Unlimited, her stunts set records including the land-speed record of over 600mph in a rocket car, leaping 127 feet off of a hotel roof to land in an inflated air bag, and leaping from a helicopter at a height of 180 feet.

O’Neil had no children; there are no known survivors.

 

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Asian Actor Soon-Tek Oh Has Died

Asian born actor Soon-Tek Oh died April 4 in Los Angeles as a result of Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 85.

While Oh worked to break the stereotypes of Asians; he also portrayed a number of those roles early in his career.

Along with his on screen appearances, Oh performed on the stage; first with the East West Players, the Korean American Theater Ensemble (later the Society of Heritage Performers), and a production on Broadway – “Pacific Overtures”.

Oh made his screen debut in 1965 in the television series “I, Spy”; from there he went on to appear in over 100 film and television productions including “The Wackiest Ship in the Army”, “The Wild Wild West”, “It Takes a Thief”, “Night Gallery”, “The Magician”, “Kung Fu”, Lieutenant Hip in the James Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun”, the made for TV movie “Pacific Overtures”, “How the West Was Won”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “The Final Countdown”, “M*A*S*H”, the TV mini-series “Marco Polo”, “Airwolf”, “Magnum P.I.”, “MacGyver”, “Highlander”, “Babylon 5”, “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues”, “Stargate SG-1”, the voice of Fa Zhou in “Mulan” and “Mulan 2”, and his final role in 2006 in “Les formidables”.

He was born Sun-taek Oh on June 29, 1932 in Mokpo in what was Japanese occupied Korea. He moved to the United States in 1959 after graduating from Yonsei University in Seoul. Oh then earned a master’s degree in playwriting and acting from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).

He is survived by his son James and sister Onjah.

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2019 SAG Awards

Awards season has begun and this year the Screen Actor’s Guild celebrates 25 years of honouring the best in acting. While the Golden Globe Awards are determined by the foreign press and the Academy Awards are determined by the academy members; the Screen Actor’s Guild Award winners are determined by the fellow actors themselves.

Megan Mullally is hosting this year’s gala event.

Alec Baldwin presented the first award of the evening for Best Actor in a Comedy Series to Tonly Shalhoub for his role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”.

The award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series went to Rachel Brosnahan for her role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”.

The award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series went to the acting ensemble of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”.

The award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Film went to Emily Blunt for her role in “A Quiet Place”. This was her first SAG Award win.

The award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Film went to Mahershala Ali for his role in “Green Book”.

The award for Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries goes to Darren Criss for his role in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”. This was Criss’s first SAG win.

The award for Best Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries went to Patricia Arquette for her role in “Escape at Dannemora”.

Tom Hanks presents the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award to award winning actor Alan Alda.

The award for Best Actor in a Television Drama Series went to Jason Bateman for his role in “Ozark”. This is Bateman’s first SAG Award.

The award for Best Actress in a Television Drama Series went to Sandra Oh for her role in “Killing Eve”.

Scott Bakula presented the In Memoriam sgemant, remembering those who have died in the past year.

The award for Best Ensemble in a Television Drama Series went to the ensemble of “This is Us”.

The award for Best Actor in a Leading Film Role went to Rami Malek for his role as Freedie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”. This is Malek’s first SAG win.

The award for Best Actress in a Leading Film Role went to Glen Close for her role in “The Wife”.

Jodie Foster presents the final award of the night for Best Cast in a Motion Picture to the cast of “Black Panther”.

 

NASCAR’S ‘Silver Fox’ Has Died

NASCAR driver and Hall of Famer David Pearson died November 12, 2018 in Spartenburg, South Carolina at the age of 83. No further details of his death were available. Pearson had a stroke in 2014.

Known to the racing world as “the Silver Fox”, Pearson won 105 races in only 574 race starts and won the sports top honours three times. His name is also engraved on the Harley Earl trophy as one of the winners of the Daytona 500.

He was born David Gene Pearson on December 22, 1934 near Spartanburg, South Carolina where he also began his racing career on dirt tracks when he was in his teens.

Pearson only earned $13 for his first win, but he was hooked by the thrill of the sport.

Pearson began his career in NASCAR in 1960 when he was named Rookie of the Year. While he never competed in a full season, Pearson led the field to the green flag as the pole sitter 113 times.

Along with the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Pearson was a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the National Motor Sports press Association’s Hall of Fame, the Charlotte Motor Speedway’ Court of Legends, and was inducted into the Heroes of Bristol.

Predeceased by his wife Helen, Pearson is survived by his sons Eddie, Larry, and Ricky.

 

Feature photo credit: By Freewheeling Daredevil from Kingston, TN, USA – David Pearson, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74372692

Composer and Songwriter Michel Legrand Dies

Award winning composer Michel Legrand died January 26 in Paris, France at the age of 86. No official cause of death was given but he was performing on stage only a month ago.

Saying that melody is a mistress to whom he would always be faithful, Legrand spoke on his love of music saying, “ever since I was a boy, my ambition has been to live completely surrounded by music. My dream is not to miss out anything. That’s why I’ve never settled on one musical discipline. I love playing, conducting, singing and writing, and in all styles. So I turn my hand to everything – not just a bit of everything. Quite the opposite. I do all these activities at once, seriously, sincerely and with deep commitment.”

Throughout his long musical career, Legrand has shared the stage with numerous artists including Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Rufus Wainwright, Yves Montand, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Andy Williams, Lena Horne, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Liza Minelli, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Nana Mouskouri, Kiri Te Kanawa, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Oscar Peterson, Alison Moyet, Stephane Grappelli, Phil Woods, George Benson, and Natalie Dessay.

Legrand composed and orchestrated music for the Broadway productions “Amour’, “Andy Williams with Michel Legrand”, “Of Love Remembered”, and “Zizi”.

Legrand has composed music for over 200 films and television productions including “The Guardians”, “Les Miserables”, “Switching Channels”, “Yentl”, “Best Friends”, “Bolero”, “The Other Side of Midnight”, “Gulliver’s Travels”, “The Smurfs and the Magic Flute”, “The Three Musketeers”, “Lady Sings the Blues”, “Brian’s Song”, “Le Mans”, “Summer of ’42”, “Wuthering Heights”, “Ice Station Zebra”, “The Thomas Crown Affair”, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”, and his debut in 1955 for the short documentary Visages de Paris”.

The film “Morning Shine” is in pre-production.

Legrand’s list of soundtrack credits is also an impressive one with his music appearing in 175 of them; including “The Clash”, “Deadpool 2”, “Scandal”, “The Simpsons”, “Glee”, “Nip/Tuck”, “American Masters”, “Entourage”, “Futurama”, “Cheers”, “The Muppet Show”, and numerous variety, award, and reality competition shows.

He even appeared in a few productions offering his voice in “The Price of Fame”, playing himself in “Love Lasts Three Years”, “Echt tu matsch’, “A Time for Loving”, “L’or et le plomb”, an uncredited singer in “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”, “Cleo from 5 to 7”, and “Son Dernier Noel”.

A prolific composer, his most recognizable songs include “The Windmills of Your Mind”, Summer of ’42”, “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?”, “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” and “The Summer Knows”.

Along with a vast catalog of music, Legrand’s accomplishments include three Academy Awards, five Grammy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, A Golden Globe Award, took the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival twice, and is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Michel Jean Legrand as born February 24, 1932 in Paris into a musical family. He entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 10 when he discovered a whole new world with the introduction of music theory.

He is survived by his third wife Macha and children.

 

Feature photo credit: By John Turner – Flickr: Michel Legrand, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15613788

Disability No Issue for Racing Zanardi

There is nothing unusual about seeing cars racing around the high banks of Daytona International Speedway, but when the 60 plus cars take to the track on January 26 for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, there will be one very special driver joining the racers…

Two time CART champion Alex Zanardi will be the first race car driver to pilot a car using only hand controls.

In 2001, only four days after the 9/11 tragedy, Zanardi was involved in a horrific crash in Germany that resulted in his car scattering debris all across the track and left Zanardi a bilateral amputee above the knee.

Never on to complain or sit still, Zanardi immersed himself in a wide variety of sports including the Iron Man Triathlon and the Paralympics where he has medaled four times.

While Zanardi helped to design his own prosthetic legs, he jokes that he made himself taller, he will not be using those legs during the race but a specially designed steering wheel that will feature all the controls normally operated by a driver’s feet. BMW built the special steering wheel for Zanardi.

An endurance race, the 24 Hours of Daytona involves teams of multiple drivers. Zanardi and his team member Jesse Krohn have practiced the driver change that includes the switching of steering wheels and can make the transfer in less than 15 seconds. Krohn remarked that Zanardi can get in and out of the car faster than he can. John Edwards and Chaz Mostert are also a part of the racing team.

Drivers are used to being stopped by fans for autographs and photos, but Zanardi is constantly being stopped by his fellow drivers and racing personnel as he zips around the racing area in an electric wheelchair.

The Italian born racer eventually competed the race at EuroSpeedway that took his legs and has been racing in way form or another ever since.

 

Feature photo credit: By Morio – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1951712

 

‘Cheyenne’ Actor Clint Walker has Died

Western acting star Clint Walker died May 22, 2018 in Grass Valley, California (north of Sacramento) as a result of congestive heart failure at the age of 90.

He was born Norman Eugene Walker on May 30, 1927 in Hartford, Illinois. After leaving school at the age of 16 he held a number of jobs including a Merchant Marine, a nightclub bouncer, a riverboat man, a sheet metal worker, and as a doorman in Las Vegas before before making his way to Hollywood and a career as an actor.

While Walker made his screen debut in 1954 as an uncredited actor in “Jungle Gents”; it was a meeting with Cecile B. DeMille that earned him his first credited role as the captain of the Sardinian Guards in “The Ten Commandments”.

In 1955 when Warner Brothers decided to break protocol and debut the first one hour western on television, they cast Walker in the lead role of Cheyenne Bodie. He appeared 108 times in the series “Cheyenne”.

Walker also appeared in dozens of other productions including “Maverick”, “77 Sunset Strip”, the only film ever directed by Frank Sinatra “None But the Brave”, “The Lucy Show”, “The Dirty Dozen”, “The Great Bank Robbery”, “Pancho Villa”, “Kodiak”, “Centennial”, “The Love Boat”, ‘the Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw”, and “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues”.

As himself, Walker appeared in documentaries, game shows, variety shows, and talk shows.

A talented singer, Warner Brothers took advantage of Walker’s baritone voice and had him sing in a number of episodes.

Predeceased by his second wife Giselle and twin sister Lucille, Walker is survived by his third wife Susan, daughter Vallerie, grandson, and half sister.

 

Feature photo credit: By Macfadden Publications page 2 – TV Radio Mirror page 38., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28127875

The Rolling Stones

While a lot of older artist have stopped touring or are on their farewell tours, The Rolling Stones have plans to hit the road again with no end in sight.

Among the dates this spring is a stop at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to help them celebrate 50 years of making music in new Orleans. Many of the dates are in stadiums.

Rolling Stones No Filter tour dates:

April 20 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL
April 24 at the TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL
April 28 at the NRG Stadium in Houston, TX
May 2 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA
May 7 at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ
May 11 at The Rose Bowl in Pasadina, CA
May 18 at levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA
May 22 at 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 &17 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
June 21 & 25 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL

Black Sabbath Gets Benched

The UK Music and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame heavy metal band Black Sabbath burst onto the Birmingham, England music scene in 1968. Since those early days, the band has sold over 70 million albums and entertained millions of metal fans.

On February 9 Birmingham is honouring their native sons with the most unusual artifact – a steel bench emblazoned with the images of the band’s original members.

The bridge that spans Broad Street has also been named after the rockers and the new bench will eventually make its way to that bridge.

Westside Business improvement District Manager Mike Olley spoke on the upcoming event saying, “we’re wo excited to be arranging this spectacular event when we expect Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward to accept the bench; honouring what’s arguable Birmingham’s most famous band.”

Drummer Bill Ward will receive an additional honour when he receives a Star on the Walk of Stars. Five stars – one for each original band member and one for the band – will be realigned into a cross to lie at the ground by the bench on the Black Sabbath Bridge.

The ceremony will be held at St. Luke’s Church on Gas Street but space is very limited and only 350 seats are available. Tickets are £12 each and ans are encouraged to act quickly in order to get a seat.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Westside Charitable Endeavour which is dedicated to recording historical attributes.

 

Feature photo credit: By Vertigo Records – itemfrontback, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43431612

BBWAA Names 2019 Hall of Famers

When the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced their choices for the 2019 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, there were only four players named, but the event was a historic one.

For the first time in the history of the Baseball Hall of Fame a player earned a score of 100 percent. A player must receive a yes vote from at least 75 percent of the voters in order to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina will join the members of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.. Each of the four newest inductees have something unique to offer. Last month Harold Baines and Lee Smith were selected as Hall of Fame inductees by the Game Era Committee.

Relief pitcher Mariano Rivera became the first player to ever receive a vote of 100 percent from the voters. This was the first time that Rivera’s name was placed on the Hall of Fame ballot. As a losing pitcher, Mariano Rivera spent 18 years with the New York Yankees and earned a record setting 652 saves with an ERA of 0.70.

Also a first timer on the ballot, Ray Halliday’s induction will be a posthumous one after he was killed in a plane crash last year. Halliday received 85.4 percent of the vote. Starting pitcher Ray Halladay is a two time Cy Young Award winner who pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies. A first round draft pick in 1995, he became the first pitcher to throw a no hitter and a perfect game in the same season.

Also receiving 85.4 percent of the vote, Edgar Martinez was in his tenth and final year of eligibility when he earned the right to become a member of the Hall of Fame. Edgar Martinez is one of only 10 major league players to hit at least 300 home runs, 500 doubles, and 1,000 walks with a batting average of over .300 and an on-base percentage of .400.

In his sixth year of eligibility, Mike Mussina squeaked by with a vote of 76.7 percent of the vote. Mike Mussina spent 16 years in the Major leagues pitching for the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees.

While Rivera made history, several controversial players who have struggled for votes in the past few years, continue to fall short of the required number of votes, but showed a slight increase in votes including Larry Walker, Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens, and Barry Bonds; but none achieved more than 60 percent of the vote.

The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in Cooperstown on July 21.

2019 Razzie Nominations

While the annual Academy Award ceremonies honour the best in Hollywood, the annual Golden Raspberry Awards – The Razzies- pay homage to the worst. And oddly enough, there have been occasions when the same person was nominated for both awards.

The 2019 edition of The Razzies have some very prestigious celebrities in the running including Jennifer Garner, Melissa McCarthy, John Travolta, Johnny Depp, and the President and First Lady.

“Gotti”, “Holmes & Watson”, “Death of a Nation”, and “The Happytime Murders” lead the way with six nominations each on the somewhat short list of awards.

Winners of the annual worst fest will be presented on February 23, the night before the annual Academy Award ceremonies.

And the nominees are:
Worst Picture:
“Gotti”
“The Happytime Murders”
“Holmes &Watson”
“Robin Hood”
“Winchester”

Worst Actress:
Hopper Stone in “STX”
Jennifer Garner in “Peppermint”
Amber Heard in “London Fields”
Melissa McCarthy for “The Happytime Murders” and “Life of the Party”
Helen Mirren in “Winchester”
Amanda Seyfried in “The Clapper”

Worst Actor:
The voice of Johnny Depp in “Sherlock Gnomes”
Will Ferrell in “Holmes &Watson”
John Travolta in “Gotti”
Bruce Willis in “Death Wish”
Donald J. Trump portraying himself in “Death of a Nation” and “Fahrenheit 11/9”

Worst Supporting Actor:
Jamie Foxx in “Robin Hood”
The voice of Ludacris in “Show Dogs”
Joel McHale in “The Happytime Murders”
John C. Reilly in “Holmes &Watson”
Justice Smith in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

Worst Supporting Actress:
Kellyanne Conway as herself in “Fahrenheit 11/9”
Marcia Gay Harden in “Fifty Shades Freed”
Kelly Preston in “Gotti”
Jaz Sinclair in “Slender Man”
Melania Trump as herself in “Fahrenheit 11/9”

Worst screen Combo:
Any two actors or puppets in “The Happytime Murders”
Johnny Depp and his fast fading film career in “Sherlock Gnomes”
Will Derrell and John C. Reilly in “Holmes & Watson”
Kelly Preston and John Travolta in “Gotti”
Donald J. Trump and his sef perpetuating pettiness in “Death of a Nation” and “Fahrenheit 11/9”

Worst Remake, Rip Off, or Sequel:
“Death of a Nation”
“Death Wish”
“Holmes & Watson”
“The Meg”
“Robin Hood”

Worst Director:
Bill Watters for “Getty”
Etan Cohen for “Holmes & Watson”
Kevin Connolly for “Gotti”
James Foley for “Fifty Shades Freed”
Brian Henson for “The Happytime Murders”
Michael and Peter Spierig for “Winchester”

Worst Screenplay:
Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley for “Death of a Nation”
Niall Leonard for “Fifty Shades Freed”
Leo Rossi and Lem Dobbs for “Gotti”
Todd Berger for “The Happytime Murders”
Tom Vaughan, Michael Spierig, and Peter Spierig for “Winchester”

 

Fleetwood Mac

With a tour already in the works, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rockers Feetwood Mac have added more dates to their tour with stops in Australia and New Zealand.

With the departure of Lindsey Buckingham, the band has added Mike Campbell of The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House and the Split Enz.

Already a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks is among the 2019 class of inductees as a solo artist. She will be joining Def Leppard, The Cure, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Roxy Music, and The Zombies at the induction ceremony at the Barclays Center on March 29.

Fleetwood Mac tour dates:
Jan 31 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Feb 2 at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center in Sioux Falls, SD
Feb 5 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Feb 7 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Feb 9 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX
Feb 13 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL
Feb 16 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
Feb 18 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Feb 20 at the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Feb 22 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC
Feb 24 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
Feb 27 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
March 1 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
Mar 3 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
March 5 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
March 9 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ
March 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
March 13 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
March 15 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT
March 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
March 20 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY
March 22 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
March 24 at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD
March 26 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
March 31 & April 2 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
April 5 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
April 8 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
April 11 at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB
April 13 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
April 15 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
June 6 at the Waldbuhne in Berlin, Germany
June 13 at the RDS Arena in Dublin, Ireland
June 16 & 18 at Wembley Stadium in London, UK
Aug 9 at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia
Aug 20 at the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia
Aug 27 & 29 at the Quodos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia
Sept 2 & 4 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia
Sept 16 & 19 at the Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand
Sept 21 at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand


Billy Idol

Billy Idol has been entertaining audiences for decades and has no signs of slowing down; he has planned a Las Vegas residency and a tour for the coming year.

Billy Idol Performances:
Jan 23, 25, & 26 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV
March 3 at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC
March 5 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, WA
March 7 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco, CA
March 11 at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey, CA
March 13 at Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA
March 15 at the Ace Hotel Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
March 19 at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO
March 21 at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL
March 22 at the Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek, MI
March 25 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto, ON
March 27 at the Town Hall in New York City, NY
March 30 at the Xcite Center at Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA
April 1 at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC
April 3 at the Lynn Auditorium in Lynn, MA
April 4 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ
Oct 4, 5, 9, 11, & 12 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV

Voivod

Supporting their new album “The Wake”, Voivod are launching a North American tour beginning in late March. YOB and Amenra will be joining them on the road.

Voivod tour dates:
March 26 at Fine Line in Minneapolis, MN
March 27 at Thalia Hall in Chicago, IL
March 28 at Ace of Cup in Columbus, OH
March 29 at the Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH
March 30 at Phoenix in Toronto, ON
March 31 at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY
April 2 at Geno’s in Portland, ME
April 3 at the Royale in Boston, MA
April 4 at Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY
April 5 at the Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA
April 6 at Broadberry in Richmond, VA
April 7 at Kings in Raleigh, NC
April 9 at the Concourse in Knoxville, TN
April 10 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
April 11 at One Eyed Jack’s in New Orleans, LA
April 12 at the Warehouse in Houston, TX
April 13 at Barracuda in Austin, TX
April 14 at the Gas Monkey in Dallas, TX

Def Leppard

Rockers Def Leppard have planned at European tour beginning in June and will make a trip to Canada later in the summer.

Def Leppard tour dates:
June 6 at the Sween Rock Festival in Solvesborg, Sweden
June 9 at Rockfest in Helsinki, Finland
June 11 at the Slagmarken in Sonderborg, Denmark
June 14 at the Download Festival in Donington Park, UK
June 17 at the O2 Arena in Praue, Czech Republic
June 19 at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy
June 20 at Rock The Ring Festival in Hinwil, Switzerland
June 22 at Hellfest in Clisson, France
une 23 at the Graspop Festival in Dessel, Belgium
June 27 at Trondheim Rocks in Trondheim, Norway
June 29 at Tons of Rock in Oslo, Norway
July 2 at itadelle in Berlin, Germany
July 3 at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany
July 5 at the Olympiastadion in Munich, Germany
July 7 at the Rock Fest in Barcelona, Spain
July 12 at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, NS
July 13 at the Avenir Centre in Moncton, NB
July 15 at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, QC
July 17 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
July 19 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
July 20 at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, ON
July 22 at the Budweiser Gardens in London, ON
July 25 at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB
July 27 at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, SK
July 29 at the Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
July 31 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB

Three-peat for Racer Christopher Bell

True racers are always looking for the chance to drive and as long as it has wheels, they are ready to race.

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Christopher Bell continued his winning ways and raced his way into the record books on January 19 at the annual Chili Bowl Nationals.

Bell made a last lap pass on leader, and fellow NASCAR driver, Kyle Larson to win the annual midget car race for the third year in a row.

Bell is only the second Chili Bowl racer to win three races in a row – Kevin Swindell won four – and joins Sammy and Kevin Swindell as the only drivers to win three races. Sammy leads with five, son Kevin has four, and Bell now has three.

Noting his pass on Larson for the win, Bell said he, “is the most talented race car driver a lot of us have ever seen. Yeah, it’s pretty surprising that he did slip.”

Losing out on a win for the second year in a row, a disappointed Larson said, “coming to the white, I missed (Turns) 3 and 4 and lost some time. I glanced at the monitor and hoped he wouldn’t be there. He was. I missed the corner and he got inside me.”

Justin Grant, Brady Bacon, and Zach Daum round out the top five.

Other NASCAR driver finishes…
Monster Energy Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr finished 22nd.
Xfinity Series driver Chase Briscoe just missed making the main race.
Monster Energy Cup Series driver Alex Bowman hit the wall in a qualifying race and failed to make the main race. Car owner Alex Bowman made it to the main race.
Xfinity Series drivers Tanner Berryhill and Justin Allgaier wrecked during their qualifying race and failed to make the main event.
Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup Series driver J.J. Yeley flipped his car during his qualifying run and failed the make the main event.
Monster Energy Cup Series driver Landon Cassill flipped his car during his qualifying run and failed to reach the main event.
Eighteen year old Karsyn Elledge and neice of Dale Earnhardt Jr flipped her car during her qualifying race and failed to make the main event.
Retired Monster Energy Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne wrecked during his qualifying run and did no qualify for the main race.

Jason Aldean

Award winning Country music star Jason Aldean is ready to “Ride All Night” for his new tour and he is bringing Kane Brown, Carly Pearce, and Dee Jay Silver along with him.

The tour will also include some festival stops including the Tortuga Music Festival, Stagecoach, and Summerfest.

With a number of open dates, Aldean promises that there are more shows on the way.

Jason Aldean tour dates:
April 12 at the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, FL
April 28 at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA
May 3 & 4 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
May 9 at The Ford Center in Evansville, IN
May 10 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
May 11 at the Huntington Center in Toledo, OH
May 16 at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview in Syracuse, NY
May 17 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD
May 18 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
June 28 at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI
July 19 & 20 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH
July 25 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
July 26 at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Denver, CO
July 27 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 9 at the Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, OH
Aug 10 at the CMAC Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, NY
Aug 22 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 23 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 24 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
Sept 5 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
Sept 6 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
Sept 7 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
Sept 12 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Sept 13 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, NC
Sept 14 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA
Sept 19 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA
Sept 20 at the Xfinity Center in Boston, MA
Sept 27 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Chicago, IL
Sept 29 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI

Luke Bryan

Country music star and “American Idol” judge Luke Bryan has planned a tour that will span most of the year as he schedules limited dates on the road during the spring airing of the competition reality singing show.

The North American tour includes a number of festivals including Crash My Playa, Stagecoach, and Country Shake.

Luke Bryan tour dates:
Jan 24-16 at Crash My Playa in Riviera Maya, Mexico
Feb 28 at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX
March 24 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, FL
April 26 at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA
May 4 at Off the Rails in Frisco, TX
May 31 at the BB&T Pavilion in Philadelphia, PA
June 1 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
June 2 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
June 6 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA
June 7 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA
June 8 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
June 13 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
June 14 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
June 23 at the Country Lake Shake in Chicago, IL
June 28 at the Country Fest in Cadott, WI
July 11 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
July 13 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
July 19 & 20 at The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach, AL
July 21 at the Brandon Amphitheater in Brandon, MS
July 25 at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Birmingham, AL
July 26 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA
Aug 16 at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA
Aug 17 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
Aug 18 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 22 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA
Aug 23 at the Toyota Amphitheatre in Sacramento, CA
Aug 24 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA
Sept 5 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
Sept 7 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Sept 8 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
Sept 12 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY
Sept 14 at the Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, OH
Oct 12 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, NC

Maren Morris

Country music singer Maren Morris has announced plans for a 2019 tour that will see her visit most of the planet beginning later this winter in the United States and visiting North American, Europe, and Down Under to finish out the tour.

The Voice” alums Cassadee Pope and RaeLynn will split the opening duties during the tour for the Country Music Association New Artist of the Year winner.

Maren Morris’ “Girl” tour tickets go on sale January 22.

Maren Morris tour dates:
Feb 1 at Brandi Carlie’s Girls Just Wanna Weekend in Riviera Maya, Mexico
Feb 16 at the KAABOO Festival in George Town, Cayman Islands
March at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL
March 13 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
March 15 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Miland in Kansas City, MO
March 16 at The Criterion in Oklahoma City, OK
March 18 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO
March 19 at The Union in Salt Lake City, UT
March 21 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
March 23 at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle, WA
March 26 at The Masonic in San Francisco, CA
March 28 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
March 30 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA
April 11 at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta, GA
April 12 at the Tortuga Festival in Fort Lauderdale, FL
April 18 at the Revention Music Center in Houston, TX
April 19 at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX
April 20 at the Whitewater Amphitheatre in New Braunfels, TX
April 25 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA
April 26 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA
April 27 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA
May 2 at the Anthem in Washington DC
May 3 at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY
May 4 at Terminal 5 in New York City, NY
May 9 at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO
May 10 at the Egyptian Room at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis, IN
May 11 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI
May 17 at the Columbia Theatre in Berlin, Germany
May 18 at the Kantine in Cologne, Germany
May 19 at the Mascotte in Zurich, Switzerland
May 21 at the Gruenspan in Hamburg, Germany
May 22 at Paradiso in Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 24 at The Academy in Dublin, Ireland
May 25 at the O2 Academy in Leeds, UK
May 26 at the O2 Academy in Glasgow, UK
May 27 at the Albert Hall in Manchester, UK
May 29 at the O2 Academy in Bristol, UK
May 30 at the O2 Institute in Birmingham, UK
May 31 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK
June 15 at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts estival in Manchester, TN
June 21 at the Lake Shake Festival in Chicago, IL
July 19 at Faster Horses in Brooklyn, MI
July 20 at Country Jam USA in Eau Claire, WI
Aug 2 at the Merritt Rockin’ River Festival in Merritt, BC
Aug 3 at the Sunfest Country in Duncan, BC
Aug 8 at the Boots and Hearts Music Festival in Oro, ON
Aug 16 at The Logan Campbell Centre in Auckland, New Zealand
Aug 17 at the Town Hall in Christchurch, New Zealand
Aug 19 at the City Hall in Brisbane, Australia
Aug 21 at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne, Australia
Aug 22 at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney, Australia
Aug 23 at the UC Refectory in Canberra, Australia
Aug 30 at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island, NE

Wood Brothers Racing Patriarch Glen Wood Dies

NASCAR Hall of Fame car owner Glen Wood died January 18 in Stuart, Virginia at the age of 93. While an official cause of death as not revealed, the team announced that Wood had been in declining health recently.

A former driver, Wood founded Wood Brothers Racing with his brother Len in 1950. Beginning the team with a car they bought for $50, the pioneering brothers have built the longest running team in NASCAR and have helped to create the choreography seen during pit stops. Their over the wall speed led the brothers to pit road at the 1965 Indianapolis 500 and Victory Lane.

Winning a total of 99 races, through the years the team have employed numerous drivers including David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Curtis Turner, A.J. Foyt, Trevor Bayne, Marvin Panch, Fireball Roberts, Dan Gurney, Tiny Lund, Parnelli Jones, Junior Johnson, Fred Lorenzen, Bill Elliot and current driver Paul Menard.

Wood first caught the racing bug in 1947 after watching the races on the beaches of Daytona; a tradition he continued for 71 years. Wood stopped racing in 1964 but remained with the team to help run the operation.

Before turning to racing, Wood worked at a saw mill. His accomplishments include four race wins, a North Carolina Sportsman champion, NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver in 1959, and is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Glen Wood was born July 18, 1925 in Stuart, Virginia – small town in western Virginia near the North Carolina border.

Wood’s survivors include his brother and fellow Wood Brothers Racing owner Len, wife Bernece and son Eddie.

 

feature photo from Wood Brothers Racing Facebook page

The Strong Offers Winter Break Activities

Finding ways to keep the young ones busy during their time off from school can sometimes be challenging, especially when the weather is frightful and playing outside is not an option.

But The Strong Museum is offering a few activities to occupy young minds.

On Saturday February 2 Clifford the Big Red Dog is stopping by The Strong for Clifford’s Valentine Fun. From 11am to 4pm visitors can take photos with Clifford, enjoy story time including a reading of “Clifford’s Valentine”, play games, and perform the Valentine Hop.

clifford

For the winter break February 16 to 24, Doc McStuffins has an exhibit to offer that will help young visitors learn some healthy habits and spend some time with Doc McStuffins in her backyard “clinic”.

doc with friends

Bring you favourite stuffed animal and check them out in the Play Pals exhibit in the GUND Teddy Bear Check-Up area where you can measure, weigh, and check their vital signs.

The Strong Museum is open Monday-Thursday from 10am to 5pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday from noon to 5pm.

General admission to The Strong is free for members and children under two and $16 for everyone else. Admission to the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is $4 for members, $5 for non-members, and free for children under the age of two.

 

Seneca Niagara Offers Aid to TSA and Border Patrol

Making ends meet can be a challenge even in the best of times; but for thousands of people who have been furloughed or must continue to work for no pay, the task becomes a monumental effort.

Beginning January 18, The Seneca Gaming Corporation and the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino are offering all TSA and Border Patrol workers free meals at the Thunderfalls Buffet.

TSA and Border Patrol workers can come to the Thunerfalls Buffet inside the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino Monday through Friday, show their official ID and receive two free buffet tickets throughout the month of January.

The Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino is less than half a mile from the Rainbow Bridge and the Canadian border.

Seneca Gaming Corporation President and CEO Holly Gagnon spoke on the announcement saying, “we want to recognize the dedication that our TSA and US Customs and Border Protection Officers show every day especially during this difficult time. We wanted to show our appreciation for all they do on a daily basis.”

Chili Bowl Nationals

The annual Chili Bowl Nationals is not a cooking competition or a new post season football game but a racing event – one that features drivers from all across motorsports.

The week long event culminates in a 55 lap race where the annual champion is crowned. For many the event marks the unofficial start of the racing season – for NASCAR the season begins with Speedweeks in Daytona.

Chili Bowl competitors drive Midgets which they whip around a quarter mile dirt track that has been constructed for the event.

This year 360 drivers spanning 33 states and five countries – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States – will be competing at the River Sprint Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Throughout the course of the week – Monday thru Friday – drivers compete in preliminary rounds until just 24 drivers remain for the 55 lap main event on Saturday.

Among those drivers entered into the competition is two time defending champion Christopher Bell, five time Chili Bowl champion Sammy Swindell, Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kasey Kahne, Landon Cassill, Tanner Berryhill, Justin Allgaier, Chase Briscoe, J.J. Yeley, and competing in her first Chili Bowl Dale Earnhardt Jr’s niece Karsyn Elledge.

Santana

Music icon Carlos Santana has been entertaining audiences for over 50 years; as a result, 2019 marks a number of anniversaries for the rocker.

One of the performers at the original Woodstock in 1969, Santana will return to the spot for the Festival’s 50th anniversary in Bethel Woods, New York August 16-18. Original Woodstock promoter Michael Lang is also putting together a celebration but opted to join the event sponsored by Live Nation where Santana will serve as the house band.

Santana spoke to “Rolling Stone” magazine about the event saying, “I’m going to invite whoever is still here, whether it’s Joan Baez or members from Sly Stone, and I’m going to play Santana music. Santana’s going to be the house band, but I want to be able to honor those who are still here and maybe invite rappers like Common or Kendrick Lamar.”

It has been 20 years since the record setting Grammy Award winning album “Supernatural” was released and in celebration of that event, Santana will be joining forces with the Doobie Brothers for a tour.

Carlos Santana tour dates:
June 22 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
June 23 at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in San Diego, CA
June 24 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA
June 26 at the Shoreline in Mountain View Amphitheatre, CA
June 27 at the Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA
June 29 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, WA
June 30 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Portland, OR
July 2 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT
July 3 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
July 6 at the Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, TX
July 9 at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX
July 11 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
July 12 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
Aug 3 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
Aug 4 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Chicago IL
Aug 6 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
Aug 7 at the Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, OH
Aug 9 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 10 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 11 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI
Aug 13 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Aug 14 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Washington DC
Aug 16 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY
Aug 18 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Aug 20 at the Xfinity Center in Boston, MA
Aug 21 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
Aug 23 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, NY
Aug 24 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
Aug 25 at the Northwell Health at the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY

Mac DeMarco

Rocker Mac DeMarco has planned a tour of North America and Europe that will begin at Coachella and run into October. He will also be performing at this year’s Bonnaroo Festival in June.

Mac DeMarco tour dates:
April 13 & 20 at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA
May 7 at the Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma, CA
May 10 at the Arlene Schniter Concert Hall in Portland, OR
May 11 & 12 at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle, WA
May 15 at the Blue Lake Casino in Blue Lake, CA
May 16 at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
May 18 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA
May 20 at The Henry Miller Library in Bug Sur, CA
May 21 at the Fenwood Resort in Big Sur, CA
May 22 at the Expo Center at Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA
May 30 at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain
June 1 at the Best Kept Secret in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
June 2 at the All Points East Festival in London, UK
June 16 at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN
June 30 at the Rock Werchter in Werchter, Belgium
July 12 at the Pohoda Festival in Trencin, Slovakia
Aug 6 at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, NY
Sept 20 at The Anthem in Washington DC
Sept 21 at the Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia, PA
Sept 22 at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA
Sept 24 at Echo Beach in Toronto, ON
Sept 26 at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH
Sept 27 at the Masonic Temple Theatre in Detroit, MI
Sept 28 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL
Oct 1 at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI
Oct 2 at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN
Oct 6 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO

Bryan Ferry

British music icon Bryan Ferry is traveling across the pond for some performances in North America this summer.

Scheduled to be among the newest class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Ferry will be performing music from his solo career, Avalon, and Roy Music days.

Bryan Ferry tour dates:
July 30 at the Sony Centre in Toronto, ON
Aug 1 at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL
Aug 3 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI
Aug 5 at the Boston Opera House in Boston, MA
Aug 7 at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY
Aug 9 at the United Palace Theater in New York City, NY
Aug 11 at The Met in Philadelphia, PA
Aug 13 at The Anthem in Washington, DC
Aug 15 at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA
Aug 17 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Aug 21 at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, TX
Aug 23 at the Moody Theater in Austin, TX
Aug 25 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver, CO
Aug 27 at the Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego, CA
Aug 29 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 31 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA
Sept 3 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, WA
Sept 5 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC

The Steve Miller Band

The Steve Miller Band has been making music for over 40 years. This March they will continue doing so with a jaunt around the south with stops in Forida, Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

This short tour includes several venues that will be a first for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his Band.

Steve Miller Band tour dates:
March 12 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater FL
March 13 at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, FL
March 16 at the Music Plaa Stage at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL
March 17 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL
March 20 at the Peace Center in Greenville, SC
March 21 at the Performing Arts Center in Montgomery, AL
March 23 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, MS
March 24 at the Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove3 in Southaven, MS

Original “Dolly” Carol Channing Dies

Tony Award winning actress Carol Channing died In the early hours of January in Rancho Mirage, California only two weeks shy of her 98th birthday. The cause of death is being listed as natural causes.

Channing is best known for originating the role of Dolly Levi in the Broadway production of Hello, Dolly”, a role she performed over 5,000 times. Channing was in her 70’s when she last reprised the role in a national tour of the musical.

Channing also originated the role of Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, a show that contained what became her signature song “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”.

She made her Broadway debut in 1941 in “Let’s Face It”, “Proof Thro’ the Night”, “Lend an Ear”, “Gentle Prefer Blondes”, “Wonderful Town”, “The Vamp”, “Show Girl”, “The Swingers”, and “Four on a Garden”,

Along with her Broadway appearances, Channing performed in the touring productions of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”., “Wonderful Town”, and “Hello, Dolly”.

She made her screen debut in 1950 in an uncredited role as Mrs Peters in “Paid in Full”. Her first credited role came in 1953 in the television series “Omnibus”. From there she went on to appear in a little over two dozen productions including “The First Traveling Saleslady”, “The Red Skelton Hour”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band”, as the White Queen in the made for television film “Alice in Wonderland”, “The Love Boat”, “Where’s Waldo?”, the voice of Grandma Addams in 15 episodes of “The Addams Family”, “Touched by an Angel”, and “Family Guy”.

As herself Channing was a staple on the morning game shows and afternoon talk shows for decades. She also appeared on numerous comedy and variety shows, award shows, late night talk shows, the halftime entertainment for Super Bowl IV in 1970 and Super Bowl VI in 1972, the children’s programs “Captain Kangaroo” and “Sesame Street”, “The Muppet Show”, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, her own specials, and the daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful”.

During her career she has shared the stage or screen with George Burns, Ginger Rogers, and Julie Andrews.

She was born Carol Elaine Channing on January 31, 1921 in Seattle, Washington; the only child of a newspaper editor – a man she later learned was half German and half African-American. The family moved to San Francisco when Carol was only three months old. A young Carol was only seven years old when she decided that she wanted to entertain people and it was while studying drama and dance at ton College in Vermont that she got her first taste of the stage in New York City.

But it was not on the stage in New York where Carol got her first break, but in Los Angeles as a part of the revue “Lend an Ear”. And after captivating audiences, when the show headed east to New York, Carol went with it.

A three time Tony Award winner, Theater World Award winner and a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame; Channing considers being placed on President Richard Nixon’s “enemies list” as one of her greatest accomplishments.

Married four times and divorced twice, Channing is predeceased by husbands Charles Lowe and high school sweetheart Harry Kullijan; she is survived by her only child, cartoonist Channing (Carson) Lowe.

 

feature photo credit: By Allan Warren – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10973223

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande has planned a world tour but after being added to the lineup for the annual Coachella Music Festival, she has had to rearrange some of the dates for that tour.

The new tour dates have now been released.

Ariana Grande North American tour dates:
March 18 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY
March 20 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
March 22 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
March 25 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
March 26 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
March 28 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH
March 30 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
April 1 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
April 3 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
April 5 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
April 14 & 21 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indo, CA
April 25 at the Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
April 27 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
April 30 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
May 2 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA
May 3 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
May 6 & 7 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
May 10 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA
May 11 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
May 14 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
May 17 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, T
May 19 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
May 21 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
May 23 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
May 25 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
May 28 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
May 29 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
May 31 & June 1 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL
June 4 & 5 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
June 7 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
June 8 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
June 10 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N
June 12 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
June 14 & 15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
June 18 & 19 at Maison Square Garden in New York City, NY
June 21 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
June 22 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
June 24 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
June 26 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
June 29 at the Bankers Lie Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
July 1 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH
July 5 at the Fiserv Center in Milwaukee, WI
July 6 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
July 8 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
July 11 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
July 13 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT

Kid Friendly Pip’s Island to Open in March

The Christmas holidays are over and now it is time to look toward spring and summer vacations.

For families looking for that something special and new, Pip has the perfect answer with Pip’s Island in New York City.

The groundbreaking interactive show is designed especially for children but also has something to offer to adults. Previews of Pip’s Island begin March 11 with the Island officially opening on March 21 in its new permanent home at 400 West 42nd Street near the corner of Ninth Ave at the Pod Hotel.

Pip’s Island made a limited engagement appearance in 2016 but has returned as a permanent kid friendly entertainment adventure. The space is filled with interactive adventures to spark creativity in children.

The timed event is an hour in length walking journey featuring live entertainers, puppets, animated characters, and interactive games and challenges.

While designed for children between four and 10 years of age, everyone – including the adults – will find some fun and inspiration on Pip’s Island.

Adventurers are advised to arrive 15 minutes prior to their adventure time. Tickets are $59 each at the Box Office and $49 online at pipsisland.com. Discounts are available for groups and schools. Birthday parties are also welcome for groups up to 50.

 

 

 

photo and video courtesy o Pip’sIsland

 

 

Thomas: First Female NFL Playoff Official

In 2015 Sarah Thomas made history when she became the first female official in the National Football League.

On January 13, 2019; she made history again by being the first female to be a part of the officiating crew for a divisional playoff game when the Los Angeles Chargers faced the New England Patriots in Foxborough to determine who would face the Kansas City Chiefs for the right to play in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

Thomas will serve as the down judge on referee Ron Torbet’s crew.

She was one of nine officiating rookies in 2015; 50 years after Burl Toler broke the colour line and became the league’s first African-American official.

Thomas continues her trailblazing moments; previously she was the first female to officiate in a college football game.

Thomas’ quest to became an official began when she followed one of her brothers to an official’s meeting.

The Pascagoula, Mississippi native earned herself a scholarship to he University of Mobile where she played softball and basketball and graduated with a BA in Communications in 1995.

Her officiating career began with grade school game and then moving up to high school where she was a part o the crew who officiated the high school championship game between teams from Alabama and Mississippi.

It was that game that helped lead Thomas to the ranks of the college football and Conference USA.

Thomas noted that being the only female in an all male crew has not been an issue, “everybody has been very professional, and they look at me just like another official.”

Her first taste of the NFL came in 2013 when she became a part of the League’s development program and was a part of the officiating crew in pre-season games.

When not on the grid-iron, the mother of three is a pharmaceutical sales rep.

Replay official Terri Valenti also became a pioneer when she was a part of the replay officiating crew for the Indianapolis Colts – Kansas City Chiefs game.

 

feature photo taken from Facebook

 

JGR Co-Founder J.D. Gibbs Dies

J. D. Gibbs, the son of NFL Hall of Fame coach and NASCAR team owner, Joe Gibbs, died January 11 at the age of 49 after a long battle with a neurological disorder.

Young Gibbs co-founded Joe Gibbs Racing with his father and held the position of president and later co-chairman of the company. Before founding the team with Joe Gibbs, young J.D. was a part time driver making 13 race starts and a member of the over the wall pit crew. During the four years that Coach Gibbs returned to the Washington Redskins and coaching, J.D. was left to run the company where it won a third Championship and added a third team. Currently Joe Gibbs Racing fields four teams – Denny Hamlin in the number eleven car, Kyle Busch in the number 18 car, Martin Truex Jr in the number 19 car, an Erik Jones in the number 20 car – in the Monster Energy Cup Series.

He was born Jason Dean Gibbs on February 21, 1969 in the Los Angeles area while father Joe was an assistant coach for the University of Southern California Trojans. As the family followed Gibbs through his coaching career, J.D. lived in Arkansas, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, San Diego, and Washington.

Choosing not to follow in their father’s footsteps, J.D. and brother Coy felt the need for speed and began racing anything that would go fast including go-karts, jet skis, and motorbikes.

While attending college at William and Mary, Gibbs played on the football team as a defensive back and as the quarterback.

J.D. is survived by his wife Melissa and children – Jackson, Miller, Jason, and Taylor – and his parents Joe and Patricia.

 

feature photo taken from Joe Gibbs Racing Facebook page

BJ McLeod Expands Team

With the start of the 2019 NASCAR season less than a month away, team owners are frantically working to complete their teams and get their cars on the track for testing.

On January 10, car owner BJ McLeod of BJ McLeod Motorsports announced that he is expanding his Xfinity Series team from two cars to three. Two of the teams will have a single driver, but the third team will employ a variety of drivers throughout the season.

Vinnie Miller will continue the driving duties in the number 78 car after signing a multi year deal last September.

Speaking on Miller, BJ McLeod said, “Vinnie did a great job coming on board the last six races of last year. We are ready to repeat and this time, it will be for a full season.”

Matt Mills will be behind the wheel of the number eight car. The 22 year old has driven in the Gander Outdoor Truck Series and the Xfinity Series.

Speaking on Mills, McLeod said, “we’re thrilled to be working with Matt again this year. He is a very hard-working young man with lots of talent. Our goal for the year is to work together to create a solid foundation for this season and beyond.”

For the 99 car, McLeod will employ a number of drivers including McLeod himself, Tommy Joe Martins, JA Avila Jr.

 

Doc McStuffins to Open at The Strong

The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York features numerous exhibits permanently on display including the stoop from “Sesame Street” and a miniature version of the Wegman’s grocery store.

Along with those permanent displays are traveling and temporary exhibits. The newest of these exhibits is Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit set to open February 9.

doc with friends

The Exhibit is based on the Peabody Award winning television series seen on Disney Junior and will take visitors on a backyard adventure. Adventurous visitors can become a doctor in training at the backyard clinic where they can not only learn about healthy habits; but also about nurturing the environment o a hospital as they help six year old Dottie “Doc McStuffins”repair toys and car or stuffed animals.

On opening weekend of the exhibit, visitors can meet with a “toy” doctor, make their own doctor bag, create a “Big Book of Boo Boos”, and play games to learn about parts of the body. Young visitors can learn how to keep their toys in good working order from The Strong’s “toy doctor”.

Upon first entering the backyard hospital, visitors enter the reception area where they hear encouraging messages from Doc McStuffins, Hallie, Sty, and Lambie. Then don a lab coat and get to work lending a hand with the “patients” who suffer with everything from frayed stitches to low batteries.

Visiting “doctors” can scrub up and attend to wounds like torn seams an fill up parts where needed.

There is even a nursery or new arrivals where Lambie baths, diapers, and rocks them with a warm bottle before tucking them into bed.

The exhibit also included a Pet Vet for diagnosing, caring for, bathing, and brushing pets.

Opening weekend activities begin February 9 tom 11am to 4pm and February 10 from 1pm to 4pm.

The exhibit will be at The Strong until May 27.

The Strong is open Monday-Thursday from 10am to 5pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm, and on Sunday from noon to 5pm.

Admission to The Strong is $16 for everyone over the age of two, $3 for SNAP card holders, and free for members and children under the age of two. Admission to the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden requires an extra fee.

 

Photos courtesy of The Strong

 

Morgan Sheppard Dies

Award winning acting veteran Morgan Sheppard died January 6 in Los Angeles at the age of 86. Son Mark reported that Sheppard’s wife was by his side at the time of his death.

The British born actor was an alumni of RADA and made four appearances in the “Star Trek” franchise; appearing in two movies, an episode of The Next Generation, and an episode of Voyager.

Prior to his coming to the screen, Sheppard was a stage actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company for 12 years after graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he performed in over 100 plays and traveled the world.

His acting career spanned some sixty years and included the Royal stage, Broadway, film, and television which included a number o productions working alongside his son Mark even playing different stages of the same person in an episode of “Dr. Who” and “NCIS”.

Sheppard made his television acting debut in 1961 on an episode of the series “Theatre Night”. From there he went on to appear in nearly 200 productions including “New Scotland Yard”, “Dial M for Murder”, “Anthony and Cleopatra” – while with the Royal Shakespeare Academy, “The New Avengers”, “A Family Affair”, “Shogun”, the 1982 production of “The Nutcracker”, “Ma Headroom”, “Elvira: Mistress of the Dark”, “MacGyver”, “Quantum Leap”, “Needful Things”, “Gettysburg”, “Seaquest 2032”, “Good King Wenceslas”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Babylon 5”, “Biker Mice from Mars”, the animated series “Gargoyles”, “JAG”, the daytime drama “Days of Our Lives”, “Criminal Minds”, “NCIS”, “Doctor Who”, “The Librarians” and his final role in 2017 in the short “Designated Caretaker Redux”.

On Broadway, he appeared in the revival of the play “Sherlock Holmes” and “The Persecution and Assassination of Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade”.

Sheppard has earned the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award an the Drama-Logue Critics Award.

Along with his acting in hundreds of productions, Sheppard has also directed a number of productions and has taught acting in Hollywood.

He was born William Morgan Sheppard on August 24, 1932 in London, England but grew up in Dublin. He later served with the Norwegian Merchant Navy before entering RADA.

Sheppard is survived by his wife, son Mark, and two grandchildren.

 

feature photo credit: By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Morgan Sheppard, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46622117

Austin Hill Gets Full Time Ride

With less than a month before the 2019 NASCAR racing season begins, team owners continue to build teams and sign drivers.

On January 8, Hattori Racing Enterprises announced that the organization has signed Austin Hill to drive the number 16 truck in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series for 2019.

The NASCAR Next graduate – a program that taps new drivers – and K&N Pro Series veteran has made a total of 51 starts in the Truck Series over the past five years with 2018 being his first full series run.

Hill will begin his quest or the ruck Series championship at Daytona International Speedway next month.

Speaking on his new position Hill said, “I’m thrilled to join HRE this season. Shige has built a great team and what they accomplished last season has me extremely optimistic heading to Daytona. I’ve had the pleasure to work with great teams in the past, including my family’s team in the K&N Series, but this is an opportunity of a lifetime at HRE. Scott and the team proved what they’re capable of last season, and I can’t wait to get to work and see what we can accomplish this season.”

Team owner Shige Hattori spoke on his newest driver saying, “we’re proud of what all of our team members did last season, and I’m looking forward to having Austin drive our trucks and work with United Rentals and all of our partners. Austin had a great career in the K&N Pro Series and did well in his first full-time truck series season last year. I’m looking forward to what we can do together this season.”

In the Monster Energy Cup Series, it was announced yesterday tat Daniel Suarez was taking over the driving duties or the number 41 car that was vacate when Kurt Busch moved over to drive the number 1 car.

The list of drivers in Monster Cup so far…
Landon Cassill in the StarCom Racing number 00 car
Kurt Busch in the Chip Ganassi Racing number 1 car
Brad Keselowski in the Team Penske number 2 car
Austin Dillon in the Richard Childress Racing number 3 car
Kevin Harvick in the Stewart-Haas Racing number 4 car
Ryan Newman in the Roush Fenway Racing number 6 car
Daniel Hemric in the Richard Childress Racing number 8 car
Chase Elliott in the Hendrick Motorsports number 9 car
Aric Almirola in the Stewart-Haas Racing number 10 car Denny Hamlin in the Joe Gibbs Racing number 11 car
Ryan Blaney in the Team Penske number 12
Ty Dillon in the Germain Racing number 13 car
Clint Bowyer in the Stewart-Haas Racing number 14 car
Ricky Stenhouse Jr in the Roush Fenway Racing number 17 car
Kyle Busch in the Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 car
Martin Truex Jr in the Joe Gibbs Racing number 19 car
Erik Jones in the Joe Gibbs Racing in the number 20 car
Paul Menard in the Wood Brothers Racing number 21 car
Joey Logano in the Team Penske number 22 car
William Byron in the Hendrick Motorsports number 24 car
Corey LaJoie in the Go Fas Racing number 32 car
Michael McDowell in the Front Row Motorsports number 34 car
Matt Tifft in the Go Fas Racing number 36 car
Chris Buescher in the JTG Daugherty Racing number 37 car
David Ragan in the Front Row Motorsports number 38 car
Daniel Suarez in the Stewart-Haas Racing number 41 car
Kyle Larson in the Chip Ganassi Racing number 42 car
Bubba Wallace in the Richard Petty Motorsports number 43 car
Ryan Preece in the JTG Daugherty Racing number 47 car
Jimmie Johnson in the Hendrick Motorsports number 48 car
Alex Bowman in the Hendrick Motorsports number 88 car
Matt DiBenedetto in the Leavine Family Racing number 95 car
Tanner Berryhill in the Obaika Racing number 97 car

Bonnaroo Reveals 2019 Festival LIneup

Each summer the population on Manchester, Tennessee grows by several thousand as music fans gather for the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

This year the festival will take place June 13-16 and will again feature some of the biggest names in music spanning numerous genres.

Tickets for the annual summer festival go on sale January 10 beginning at noon eastern time and will available exclusively on the Festival site at Bonnaroo.com/tickets with general admission passes beginning at $47.

The four day event will offer music around the clock on over 10 different stages.

Last year Bonnaroo upgraded the public plaza areas including free wifi and showers; they have also provided better lighting on the campgrounds.

This year at Bonnaroo along with the return of the circus acts, art installations, and immersive cinema, Festival goers will get to view the first Pride Parade in Bonnaroo’s 18 year history. A new wooded hangout will also be available for the first time.

Bonnaroo brings together thousands of music fans from around the world, but is also symbol of environmental friendliness with the only permanent solar array and onsite compost waste.

The Grand Ole Opry gets the Festival started off on Thursday night with Saba, Space Jesus b2b Eprom b2b Shlump,c12th Planet, Sunsquabi, All Them Witches, Magic City Hippies, The Nude Party, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, The Comet Is Coming, Jack Harlow, Eprom, Caroline Rose, Donna Missal, Peach Pit, Hekler, and the Dorfex Bos.

The 2019 edition of the Bonnaroo Music and Art Festival will include performances by:
Phish
Childish Gambino
Solange
The Avett Brothers
Brockhampton
GRiZ
RL Grime
Beach House
GRiZ SuperJam
NGHTMRE
Gojira
Courtney Barnett
Girl Talk
AJR
Catfish And The Bottlemen
K.Flay
Anoushka Shankar
Nahko & Medicine For The People
Liquid Stranger
Deafheaven
Parquet Courts
Rival Sons
Ibeyi
Jade Cicada
Las Cafeteras
Cherry Glazerr
The Teskey Brothers
Medasin
Tyla Yaweh
Ducky
Monsieur Periné
Mersiv
Crooked Colours
Post Malone
Odesza
Hozier
Kacey Musgraves
The National
The Lonely Island
ZHU
Juice WRLD
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Gucci Mane
John Prine
Jim James
Maren Morris
Gramatik
Shovels & Rope
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Quinn XCII
Clairo
Bishop Briggs
Hippo Campus
Space Jesus
Tokimonsta
Chelsea Cutler
The Record Company
SNBRN
Ruston Kelly
Whipped Cream
Rubblebucket
Little Simz
Memba
Deva Mahal
DJ Mel
The Lumineers
Cardi B
Brandi Carlile
Illenium
Walk The Moon
Mac DeMarco
King Princess
Lil Dicky
G Jones
Trampled By Turtles
The Wood Brothers
Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers
Princess (Featuring Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum)
The Soul Rebels
The Lemon Twigs
Two Feet
AC Slater
CID
Dombresky
Bombino
Faye Webster
Ripe
Kikagaku Moyo
Igloohost

 

Super Dave Actor Bob Einstein Dies

Award winning Comedic actor and writer Bob Einstein died January 2 after a short battle with cancer in his Indian Wells, California home at the age of 76.

Einstein is best now for his appearances on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and his creation of the character Super Dave Osborne – a bumbling stuntman whose adventures often went awry.

Before stepping out from behind the camera, Einstein was known as a comedy writer whose credits include The Smothers Brothers, Andy Williams, Pat Paulsen, Sonny and Cher, Dick Van Dyke, Redd Foxx, and himself as Super Dave.

He made his acting debut in 1968 as Officer Judy on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”. His other acting credits include “Pat Paulsen’s Half a Comedy Hour”, “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour”, “Another Nice Mess”, “Modern Romance”, various Super Dave incarnations including “Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire”, “Roseanne”, “Teddy Bear’s Picnic”, “Crank Yankers”, “Arrested Development”, “Ocean’s Thirteen”, and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.

Einstein also served as a producer and executive producer on “Joey & Dad”, “Van Dyke and Company”, “Lola!”, “Redd Foxx” and “The Redd Foxx Special”, “Bizarre”, and the various incarnations o Super Dave.

Appearing as himself, Einstein first appeared on “The Smother Brothers Comedy Hour” in 1967 and went on to appear on variety shows, award shows, game shows, late night talk shows, documentaries, and as Super Dave on the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telefon.

Coming from a show business family, he was born Stewart Robert Einstein on November 20, 1942 in Los Angeles. At six foot four, Einstein payed basketball while attending Chapman University.

He won an Emmy Award for his comedic writing on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”.

He is survived by his second wife Roberta, daughter Erin, brothers Albert and Clifford, and two grandchildren.

 

Feature photo credit: By ABC Television – eBay itemphoto frontphoto back, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66317192

Suarez Gets a Ride

In one of the best keep secrets in NASCAR, Monster Energy Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez has finally revealed what his future holds…a new ride.

In the perfect birthday present, Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Daniel Suarez will be taking over driving duties of the number 41 car. The spot was vacated by Kurt Busch when he left after last season to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing. Suarez will be joining SHR team members Kevin Harvick, Aric Almrola, and Clint Bowyer.

The new team also means a new car manufacturer for Suarez who has been driving a Toyota as a part of JGR; he will now be driving a Ford. This season the Ford drivers will have a new model – the Mustang – which replaces the Fusion.

Speaking on the shift, Suarez said, “It is different, for sure. If you look at it, I had a long career with Toyota, pretty much my entire career in NASCAR — not just in the U.S., but in Mexico. They were nothing but great to me. Great people, great company and I have nothing bad to say about them. They were nothing but great to me all the time, 100 percent. But you know, sometimes you have to make a change and things work out differently. … I made great friends over there, and we’re still friends. Now, I’m extremely excited to be part of the Ford family.”

Suarez lost his ride with Joe Gibbs Racing last season and was uncertain about his future after Furniture Row Racing announced that they were shutting down operations and driver Martin Truex Jr moved to JGR to take over driving duties in the number 19 car.

A native of Mexico, Suarez has spent the off season back in Mexico. Speaking on his status Suarez said, “it’s been a really exciting time for me. It’s been a little bit hard as well. A lot of people ask me those questions and I’ve been trying to avoid those answers, but I’m very excited that finally the word is going to be out and I’m going to be able to be more relaxed and more comfortable without feeling like I’m hiding something.

Suarez continued, “I’m just really excited to be a part of Stewart-Haas Racing, a great organization. So far, everybody here has been making me feel at home.”

A classic car enthusiast, Suarez is excited to drive a Mustang; “I’m a car guy, so I’m extremely excited to drive a Ford Mustang. My dad’s first car actually was a Ford Mustang and I feel like it’s now a good excuse for myself to build one.”

Speaking on the newest team member; SHR co-owner Tony Stewart said via a statement, “in each series Daniel has raced in, he’s advanced quickly from rookie to race winner. In four years, he went from the K&N Series to the NASCAR Cup Series. In between, he won an Xfinity Series championship, and he did it all while learning a new language and a new culture. He’s dedicated, he’s talented and we’re proud to have him as a key part of our race team.”

First Timers Win Big at 76th Golden Globes

On January 6 the Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards with Sandra Oh and Andy Samburg hosting the gala event.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga get the night of awards started off with the presentation of the first award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical or Comedy Television Series to Michael Douglas who after thanking many family members, he dedicated the award to his 102 year old father Kirk Douglas.

The award for Best Animated Feature Film went to “Spider Man: Into the Spider-verse”.

The award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Drama Series went to Richard Madden. This was Madden’s first nomination and win.

The award for Best Television Drama Series went to “The Americans”.

The award for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Limited Series, or TV Movie went to Ben Whishaw for his role in “A Very English Scandal”. This was his first win and nomination. Wishaw dedicated his award to Norman Scott – the man he portrays.

The award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television went to Patricia Arquette for her role in “Escape at Dannemora”.

The winner of the inaugural Carol Burnett Award for Outstanding Achievement in Television went to the person for whom the award was named – Carol Burnett. In her acceptance speech Burnett noted that she was always fascinated by the people on the screen who could make her laugh and cry; adding that it was a dream come true for her to do the same. She also noted that what she did for eleven years on her variety show could not be done today because of the cost involved. She dedicated the award to all of those who made her dreams come true…and performed on television as she did.

The award for Best Original Score went to Justin Hurwitz for “First Man”.

The award for Best Original Song went to Shallow” from “A Star is Born” written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt. This was the first win for the writing team.

The award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture went to Regina King for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk”. In her acceptance speech, King vowed that everything she produces in the future will include at least 50 percent women.

The award for the Best Actress in a Television Drama Series went to host Sandra Oh for her role in “Killing Eve”.

The award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture went to Mahershala Ali for his role in “Green Book”.

The award for Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture went to Nick Vallekonga, Brian Currie, and Peter Farelly for “Green Book”

The award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series, Limited Series, or TV Movie went to Patricia Clarkson for her role in “Sharp Objects”.

The award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture went to Christian Bale for his role as the Vice President in “Vice”. He thanked Satan for the inspiration in playing his role in the film.

The award for Best Foreign Language Film went to the Mexican film “Roma”.

The award for Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie went to Darren Criss for his role in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: An American Crime Story”. This is Criss’ first win and nomination.

With an acting career that spans six decades, Jeff Bridges as presented with the Cecil B. de Mille Award.

Harrison Ford presented the award for Best Direction of a Motion Picture to Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma”.

The award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series went to Rachel Brosnahan for her role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”.

The award for Best Musical or Comedy Television Series went to “The Kominsky Method”.

The award for Best Limited Series or Made for TV Movie went to “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: An American Crime Story”.

The award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture went to Olivia Colman for her role in “The Favourite”.

The award for Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture went to “Green Book”.

The award for Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture went to Glen Close for her role in “The Wife”.

The award for Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture went to Rami Malek for his role as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Malek said that his award was for and because of Freddie Mercury – you gorgeous beautiful man.

The award for Best Motion Picture Drama went to “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Surviving Queen members Brian May and John Taylor were among those on stage to accept the award.

 

Feature photo credit: By Peter Dutton from Forest Hills, Queens, USA – Golden Globe Awards, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5709910

Joe Bonamassa

Smokin’ Joe Bonamassa is hitting the road again this year for another tour and his annual Blues Cruise – Keeping the Bues Alive at Sea – beginning in late February with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Samantha Fish, Davy Knowles, the Walter Trout Band, the Nick Moss Band with Dennis Gruenling, Larkin Poe, Sarah Rogo Josh Smith, Grilee Train, Monte Montgomery, King Solomon Hicks, Ruthie Foster, Kirk Fletcher, Duane Betts, and the Devon Allman Project.

Joe Bonamassa tour dates:
Feb 15-17 at the Broward Center for the PerformingArts in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Feb 19 at the Hertz Arena in Estero, FL
Feb 22 & 23 at the Walt Disney Theater in Orlando, FL
Feb 25-March 1 the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Cruise out of Tampa, FL
March 2 at the Civic Center in Savannah, GA
March 4 at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, SC
March 5 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium in Knoxville, TN
March 7 at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, IA
March 8 & 9 at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL
March 11 at the F. M. Kirby Center For the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre, PA
March 12 at the Hershey Theatre in Hershey, PA
March 14 at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ
March 15 at The Modell Lyric in Baltimore, MD
March 16 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA
March 18 at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC
March 19 at the Altria Theater in Richmond, VA
March 21 at the Mortensen Hall in Hartford, CT
March 22 & 23 at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury, NY
April 22 at the SEC Armadillo in Glasgow, UK
April 24-26 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK
April 28 at the Zenith in Caen, France
April 29 at the Zenith Europe in Strasbourg, FR
May 1-3 at the Royal Theatre Carre in Amsterdam, NL
May 5 at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland
May 7 at Le Dome in Marseille, FR
May 8 at the Zenith d’ Auvergne in Clemont-Ferrand, FR
May 10 at Le Seine Musicale in Paris, FR
May 11 at the Cirque Royal in Brussels, BE
May 12 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany
May 14 at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle in Dusseldorf, Germany
May 15 at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in Uhr Baden Baden, Germany
May 17 at the MCC Halle Munsterland in Uhr Munster, Germany
May 18 at the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgard, Germany
May 20 at the Olympiahalle in Munchen, Germany
May 22 at the Spodek Katowice in Katowice, Poland

Justin Timberlake

After taking off a little sick time for a bruised vocal chord, Justin Timberlake returns to the stage and his Man of the Woods tour. The return includes rescheduled dates for the postponed dates.

Fans who have tickets for the postponed dates can redeem thenm at ther escheduled dates.

Man of the Woods tour dates:
Jan 8 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
Jan 10 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
Jan 12 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN
Jan 15 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
Jan 17 at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, AR
Jan 19 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
Jan 22 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Jan 24 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Jan 26 at the Chesapeake Enegry Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
Jan 28 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Jan 31 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Feb 4 at the Bell MT Place in Winnipeg, MB
Feb 6 & 7 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Feb 10 & 11 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA
Feb 14 & 15 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Feb 18 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Feb 21 at the Pechanga Center in San Diego, CA
Feb 22 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Feb 24 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
March 5 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
March 8 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
March 10 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
March 13 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA
March 15 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA
March 21 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
March 23 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, NE
March 25 at the LIttle Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
March 28 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
March 31 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
April 2 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
April 4 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
April 6 at the KeyBank Center in Buffao, NY
April 9 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
April 12 & 13 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT

61st Grammy Nominees – Complete List

In a just a few short weeks, the Recording Academy wlll present the 61st annual Grammy Awards in a gala ceremony filled with musical performances and special collaborations.

While only a few of the awards are presented during the live television broadcast, there are 84 different categories with award presentations.

This yea the Record, Song, and Album of the Year categories; along with the Best New Artist Award have all grown from five to eight nominees this year. The Recording Academy has also updated some terms and definitions for a number of the categories.

Late night talk show host James Corden returns to host the Awards gala on February 10 for the third year.

The nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards are:
Record of the Year:
Cardi B., Bad Bunny, and J Balvin for “I Like It”
Brandi Carlile for “The Joke”
Childish Gambino for “This is America”
Drake for “God’s Plan”
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper for “Shallow”
Kendrick Lamar and SZA for “All the Stars”
Post Malone with 21 Savage for “Rockstar”
Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey for “The Middle”

Album of the Year:
Cardi B. for “Invasion of Privacy”
Brandi Carlile for “By the Way, I Forgive You”
Drake for “Scorpion”
H.E.R for “H.E.R.”
Post Malone for “Beerbongs & Benteys”
Janelle Monae for “Dirty Computer”
Kacey Musgraves for “Golden Hour”
Music from and Inspired by “Black Panther: The Album

Song of the Year: (a songwriter’s award)
Kendrick Duckworth, Solana Rowe, A Shuckburgh, Mark Spears, and Anthony Tiffith for “All the Stars”
Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, and Dijon McFarlane for “Boo’d Up”
Aubrey Graham, Daeon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels, and Noah Shebib for “God’s Plan”
Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes, and Geoffrey Warbuton for “In My Bood”
Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth, and Tim Hanseroth for “The Joke”
Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha, and Anton Zaslavski for “The Middle”
Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt for “Shallow”
Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson, and Jeffrey Lamar Wlliams for “This is America”

Best New Artist:
Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta VanFleet
H.E.R.
Dua Lipa
Margo Price
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance:
Beck for “Colors”
Camila Cabello for “Havana” Live
Ariana Grande for “God is a Woman”
Lady Gaga for “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?”
Post Malone for “Better Now”

Best Pop Duo or Group Performance:
Christina Aguilera with Demi Lovato for “Fall in Love”
The Backstreet Boys for “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
Tony Bennett and Diana Krall for “S Wonderful”
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper for “Shallow”
Maroon 5 with Cardi B for “Girls Like You”
Justin Timberlake with Chris Stapleton for “Say Something”
Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey for “The Middle”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
“Loe is Here to Stay” by Tony Bennett and Diana Krall
“My Way” by Willie Nelson
“Nat ‘King’ Cole & Me” by Gregory Porter
“Standards” (Deluxe) by Seal
“The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic!” by Barbra Streisand

Best Pop Vocal Album:
“Camila” by Camila Cabello
“Meaning of Life” by Kelly Clarkson
“Sweetener” by Ariana Grande
“Shawn Mendes” by Shawn Mendes
“Beautiful Trauma” by P!nk
“Reputation” by Taylor Swift

Best Dance Recording:
“Northern Soul” by Above & Beyond with Richard Bedford
“Ultimatum” by Discosure with Fatoumata Diawara
“Losing It” by Fisher
“Electricity” by Silk City and Dua Lipa with Diplo and Mark Ronson
“Ghost Voices” by Virtual Self

Best Dance/Electronic Album:
“Singularity” by Jon Hopkins
“Worman Worldwide” by Justice
“Treehouse” by Sofi Tukker
“Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides” by SOPHIE
“Lune Rouge” by TOKiMONSTA

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:
“The Emancipation Procrastination” by Christian Scott Tunde Adjuah
“Steve Gadd Band” by the Steve Gadd Band
“Modern Lore” by Julian Lage
“Laid Back” by Marcus Miller
“Protocol 4” by Simon Phillips

Best Rock Performance:
“Four Out of Five” by Artic Monkeys
“When Bad Does Good” by Chris Cornell
“Made An America” by THE FEVER 333
“Highway Tune” by Greta an Fleet
“Uncomfortable” by Halestorm

Best Metal Performance:
“Condemned to the Gallows” by Between the Buried and Me
“Honeycomb” by Deafheaven
“Electric Messiah” by High on Fire
“Betrayer” by Trivium
“On My Teeth” by Underoath

Best Rock Song:
“Black Smoke Rising” written by Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka, and Daniel Robert Wagner
“Jumpsuit” written by Tyler Joseph
“MANTRA” written by Jordan Fish, Mathew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholis, and Olier Sykes
“Masseduction” written by Jack Antonoff and Annie Clark
“Rats” written by Tom Dalgety andA Ghoul Writer

Best Rock Album:
“Rainier Fog” by Alice in Chains
“MANIA” by Fall Out Boy
“Prequelle” by Ghost
“Greta Van Fleet” by Gretta Van Fleet
“PacificDaydream” by Weezer

Best Alternative Music Album:
“Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino” by Arctic Monkeys
“Colors” by Beck
“Utopia” by Bjork
“American Utopia” by David Byrne
“Masseduction” by St. Vincent

Best R&B Performance:
“Long As I Live” by Toni Braxton
“Summer” by The Carters
“Y O Y” by Lalah Hathaway
“Best Part” by H.E.R. With Daniel Caesar
“First Began” by PJ Morton

Best Traditional R&B Performance:
“Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” by Leon Bridges
“Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight” by Bettye LaVette
“Honest” by MAJOR
“How Deep is Your Love” by PJ Morton with Yebba
“Made for Love” by Charlie Wilson

Best R&B Song:
“Boo’d Up” writen by Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, and Jijon McFarlane
“Come Through and Chill” written by Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel, and Salaam Remi
“Feels Like Summer” written by Donald Glover and Ludwig Goransson
“Focus” by Darhyl Camper Jr, H.E.R., and Justin Love
“Long As I Live” written by Paul Boutin, Toni Braton, and Antonio Dixon

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
“Everything is Love” by The Carters
“The Kids Are Alright” by Chloe Halle
“Chris Dave and the Drumhedz” by Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
“War & Leisure” by Miguel
“Ventriloquism” by Meshell Ndegeocello

Best R&B Album:
“Sex & Cigarettes” by Toni Braxton
“Good Thing” by Leon Bridges
“Honestly” by Lalah Hathaway
“H.E.R.” by H.E.R.
“Gumbo Unpugged” (Live) by PJ Morton

Best Rap Performance:
“Be Careful” by Cardi B
“Nice for What” by Drake
“King’sDead” by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake
“Bubblin” by Anderson .Paak
“Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, and Swae Lee

Best Rap/Sung Performance:
“Like I Do” by Christina Aguilera with Goldlink
“Pretty Little Fears” by 6lack with J. Cole
“This is America” by Childish Gambino
“All the Stars “by Kendrick Lamar and SZA
“Rockstar” by Post Malone with 21 Savage

Best Rap Song:
“God’s Plan” written by Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels, and Noah Shebib
“King’s Dead” written by Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Axel Morgan, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn, and Michael Williams II
“Lucky You” written by R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels, and J. Sweet
“Sicko Mode” written by Khalif Brown, Roget Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim, and Cydel Young
“Win” written by K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels, and C. Thompson

Best Rap Album:
“Invasion of Privacy” by Cardi B.
“Swimming” by Mac Miller
“Victory Lap” by Nipsey Hussle
“Daytona” by Pusha T
“Astroworld” by Travis Scott

Best Country Solo Performance:
“Wouldn’t it Be Great?” by Loretta Lynn
“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” by Maren Morris
“Butterflies” by Kacey Musgraves
“Millionaire” by Chris Stapleton
“Parallel Line” by Keith Urban

Best Country Duo or Group Performance:
“Shoot Me Straight” by the Brothers Osborne
“Tequila” by Dan + Shay
“When Someone Stops Loving You” by Little Big Town
“Dear Hate” by Maren Morris with Vince Gill
“Meant to Be” by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line

Best Country Song:
“Break Up in the End” written by Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill,and Jon Nite”
“Dear Hate” written by Tom Douglas, David Hodges, and Maren Morris
“I Lived It” written by Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, and Ben Hayslip
“Space Cowboy” writen by Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves
“Tequila” written by Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, and Dan Smyers
“When Someone Stops Loving You” writen by Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill, and Lori McKenna

Best Country Album:
“Unapologetically” by Kelsea Ballerini
“Port Saint Joe” by the Brothers Osborne
“Girl Going Nowhere” by Ashley McBryde
“Golden Hour” by Kacey Musgraves
“From a Room: Volume 2” by Chris Stapleton

Best New Age Album:
“Hiraeth” by Lisa Gerrard and David Kuckhermann
“Beloved” by Snatam Kaur
“Opium Moon” by Opium Moon
“Molecules of Motion” by Steve Roach
“Moku Maluhia – Peaceful Island” by Jim Kimo West

Best Improvised Jazz Soo Performance:
“Some of that Sunshine” by Regina Carter
“Don’t Fence Me In” by John Daversa
“We See” by Fred Hersch
“De-Dah” by Bad Mehldau
“Cadenas” by Miguel Zenon

Best Jazz Vocal Album:
“My Mood is You” by Freddy Cole
“TheQuestions” by Kurt Elling
“The Subject Tonight is Love” by Kae McGarry, Keith Ganz, and Gary Versace
“If You Really Want” by Raul Midon with The Metropole Orkest
“The Window” by Cecile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
“Diamond Cut” by Tia Fuller
“Live in Europe” by the Fred Hersch Trio
“Seymour Reads The Constitution” by the Brad Mehldau Trio
“Still Dreaming” by Joshua Redman,Ron Miles, Scott Colley, and Brian Blade
“Emanon” by The Wayne Shorter Quartet

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:
“All About that Basie” by The Count Basie Orchestra
“American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom” by the John Daversa Big Band with DACA Artists
“Presence” by Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band
“All Can Work” by the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
“Barefoot Dancers and Other Visions” by JimMcNeely and The Frankfurt Radio Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album:
“Heart of Brazil” by Eddie Daniels
“Back to the Sunset” by the Dafnis Prieto Big Band
“West Side Story Reimagined” by the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
“Cinque” by Elio Villafranca
“Yo Soy La Tradicion” by Miguel Zenon with the Spektral Quartet

Best Gospel Performance or Song:
“You Will Win” by Jekalyn Carr
“Won’t HeDo It” by Koryn Hawthorne
“Never Alone” by Tori Kelly with Kirk Franklin
“Cycles” by Jonathan McReynolds with DOE
“A Great Work” by Brian Courtney Wilson

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance or Song:
“Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury
“You Say” by Lauren Daigle”
“Joy” by For King and Country
“Grace Got You” by MercyMe
“Known” by Tauren Wells

Best Gospel Album:
“One Nation Under God” by Jekalyn Carr
“Hiding Place” by Tori Kelly
“Make Room” by Jonathan McReynolds
“The Other Side” by The Walls Group”
“A Great Work” by Brian Courtney Wilson

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
“Look Up Child” by Lauren Daigle
“Hallelujah Here Below” by Elevation Worship
“Living with a Fire” by the Jesus Culture
“Surrounded” by Michael W. Smith
“Survivor: Live from Harding Prison” by Zach Williams

Best Roots Gospel Album:
“Unexpected” by Jason Crabb
“Clear Skies” by ErnieHaase and SignatureSound
“Favorites: Revisted By Request” by The Isaacs
“Still Standing” byThe Martins
“Love Love Love” by Gordon Mote

Best Latin Pop Album:
“Prometo” by Pablo Alboran
“Sincera” by Claudia Brant
“Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos), Vol. 2” by Nataia LaFourcade
“2:00am” by Raquel Sofia
“Vives” by Carlos Vives

Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album:
“Claroscura” by Aterciopelados
“Coastcity” by COASTCITY
“Encanto Tropical” by Monsieur Perine
“Gourmet” by Orishas
“Aztlan” by Zoe

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (includes Tejano music):
“Primero Soy Mexicana” by Angela Aguilar
“Mitad Y Mitad” by Calibe 50
“Totalmente Juan Gabriel Vol. II” by Aida Cuevas
“Cruzando Borders” by Los Texmaniacs
“Leyendas De Mi Pueblo” by Mariachi Sol DeMixico De Jose Hernanadez
“¡México Por Siempre!” by Luis Miguel

Best Tropical Latin Album:
“Pa’ Mi Gente” by Charie Aponte
“Legado” by Formell Y Los Van Van
“Orquesta Akokán” by Orquesta Akokán
“Ponle Actitud” by Felipe Pelaez
“Anniversary” by the Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Best American Roots Performance:
“Kick Rocks” by Sean Ardoin
“Saint James Infirmary Blues” by JonBatiste
“The Joke” by Brandi Carlile
“All On My Mind” by Anderson East
“Last Man Standing” by Willie Nelson

Best American Roots Song:
“All the Trouble” written by Wayon Payne, Lee Ann Womack, and Adam Wright
“Build a Bridge” written by Jeff Tweedy
“The Joke” written by Brandi Carlie, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth, and Tim Hanseroth
“Knockin’ on Your Screen Door” written by Pat cLaughlin and John Prine
“Summer’s End” written by Pat McLaughlin and John Prine

Best Americana Album:
“By the Way, I Forgive You” by Brandi Carlile
“Things Have Chaned” by Bettye LaVette
The Tree of Forgiveness” by John Prine
“The Lonely, The Lonesome &The Gone” by Lee Ann Womack
“One Drop of Truth” by The Wood Brothers

Best Bluegrass Album:
“Portraits in Fiddles” by Mike Barnett
“Sister Sadie II” by Sister Sadie
“Rivers and Roads” by Special Consensus
“The Travelin’ McCourys” by The Travelin’ McCourys
“North of Despair” by Wood and Wire

Best Traditional Blues Album:
“Something Smells Funkhy ‘Round Here” by Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
“Benton County Relic” by Cedric Burnside
“The Blues is Alive and Well” by Buddy Guy
“No Mercy in This Land” by Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
“Don’t You Feel My Leg (The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker” by Maria Muldaur

Best Contemporary Blues Album:
“Please Don’t Be Dead” by Fantastic Negrito
“Here in Babylon” by Teresa James and The Rhythm Tramps
“Cry No More” by Danielle Nicole
“Out of the Blues” by Boz Scaggs
“Victor Wainwright and the Train” by Victor Wainwright and the Train

Best Folk Album:
“Whistle Down the Wind” by Joan Baez
“Black Cowboys” by Dom Flemons
“Rifles & Rosary Beads” by Mary Gauthier
“Weed Garden” by Iron & Wine
“All Ashore” by the Punch Brothers

Best Regional Roots Music Album:
“Kreole Rock and Soul” by Sean Ardoin
“Soyboy” by Cha Wa
“Aloha from Na Hoa” by Na Hoa
“No “Ane’i” by Kalani Pe’a
“Newasinsational – Cree Round Dance Songs” by Young Spirit

Best Reggae Album:
“As the World Turns” by Black Uhuru
“Reggae Forever” by Etana
“Rebellion Rises”By Ziggy Marley
“A Matter of Timne” by Protoje
“44/876” by Sting & Shaggy

Best World Music Abum:
“Deran” by Bombino
“Fenfo” by Fatoumata Diawara
“BlackTimes”bySeunKuto & Egypt 80
“Freedom” by the Soweto Gospel Choir
“The Lost Songs of World War II” byYiddish Glory

Best Children’sAlbum:
“All the Sounds” by Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats
“Building Blocks” by Tim Kubart
“Falu’s Bazaar” by Falu
“Giants of Science” by The Pop Ups
“The Nation of Imagine” by Frank & Deane

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books, and Storytelling):
“Accessory to War” by Courtney B. Vance
“Calypso” by David Sedaris
“Creative Quest” by Questlove
“Faith – A Journey For All” by Jimmy Carter
“The Last Black Unicorn” by Tiffany Haddish

Best Comedy Album:
“Annihilation” by Patton Oswalt
“Equanimity & The Bird Revelation” by Dave Chappelle
“Noble Ape” by Jim Gaffigan
“Standup for Drummers” by Fred Armisen
“Tamborine” by Chris Rock

Best Musical Theater Album:
“The Band’s Visit”
“Carousel”
“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”
“My Fair Lady”
“Once on This Island”

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media:
“Call Me By Your Name” by Various Artists
“Deadpool 2” by Various Artists
“The Greatest Showman” by Hugh Jackman andVarious Artists
“Lady Bird” by Various Artists
“Stranger Things” by Various Artists

Best Soundtrack Score for Visual Media:
“Black Panther”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Coco”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: He Last Jedi”

Best Song Written for Visual Media:
“All the Stars” from “Black Panther”
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me By Your Name”
“Remember Me” from “Coco”
“Shallow” from “A Star is Born”
“This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”

Best Instrumental Composition:
“Blut Und Boden” (Blood and Soil)” composed by Terence Blanchard
“Chrysalis” composed by Jeremy Kittel
“Infinity War” coomposed by Alan Silvestri
“Mine Mission” composed by John Powell and John Williams
“The Shape of Water” composed by Alexandre Desplat

Best Arrangement – Instrumental or A Cappella:
“Batman Theme” by Wynton Marsales
“Change the World” by Take 6
“Madrid Finale” by John Powell
“The Shape of Water” by Alexandre Desplat
“Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Daversa Big Band with DACA Artists

Best Arrangement – Instrumental and Vocals:
“It Was a Very Good Year” by Willie Nelson
“Jolene” by Dan Pugach
“Mona Lisa” by Gregory Porter
“Nina” by Magos Herrera andBrooklyn Rider
“Spiderman Theme” by Take 6 and Chris Potter

Best Recording Package:
“Be the Cowboy”
“Love Yourself: Tear”
“Masseduction”
“The Offering”
“Well Kept Thing”

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package:
“Appetite for Destruction (Locked n”Loaded Box)” by Guns ‘N’ Roses
“I’ll Be Your Girl” by The Decemberists
“Pacific Northwest ’73-74′: The Complete Recordings” by The Grateful Dead
“Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic” by “Weird Al” Yankovic
“Too Many Bad Habits” by Johnny Nicholas

Best Abum Notes:
“Alpine Dreaming: The Helvetia Records Story, 1920-1924” by VariousArtists
“4 Banjo Songs, 1891-1897: Foundational Recordings of America’s Iconic Instrument” by Charles A Asbury
“The 1960 Time Sessions” by the Sonny Clark Trio
“The Product Of Our Souls: The Sound And Sway Of James Reese Europe’s Society Orchestra” by Various Artists
“Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981” Deluxe Edition by Bob Dylan
“Voices Of Mississippi: Artists And Musicians Documented By William Ferris” by Various Artists

Best Historical Album:
“Any Other Way” by Jackie Shane
“At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight…” by Various Artists
“Battleground Korea: Songs And Sounds Of America’s Forgotten War” by Various Artists
“A Rhapsody In Blue – The Extraordinary Life Of Oscar Levant” by OscarLevant
“Voices Of Mississippi: Artists And Musicians Documented By William Ferris” by Various Artists

Best Engineered Non Classical Album:
“All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do” by he Milk Carton Kids
“Colors”by Beck
“Earthtones” by the Bahamas
“ Head Over Heels” by Chromeo
“Voicenotes” by Charlie Puth

Non-Classical Producer of the Year:
Boi-1da
Larry Klein
Linda Perry
Kanye West
Pharrell Williams

Best Remixed Recording:
“Audio” – CID Remix
“How Long” – EDX’sDubai Skyline Remix
“Only Road” – Cosmic Gate Remix
“Stargazing” – Kaskade Remix
“Walking Away” – Mura Masa Remix

Best Immersive Audio Album:
“Eye in the Sky – 35th Anniversary Edition” by The Alan Parsons Project
“Folketoner” by Anne Karin Sundal-Ask and Det Norske Jentekor
“Seven Words from the Cross” by Matthew Guard and Skyark
“Sommerro: Ujamaa & The Iceberg” by Ingar Heine Bergby and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Choir
“Symbol” by the Engine-Earz Experiment

Best Engineered Classical Album:
“Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” by Michael Christie, Garrett Sorenson, Wei Wu, Sasha Cooke, Edward Parks, Jessica E. Jones, and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra
“Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1” by Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
“John William at the Movies” by Jerry Junkin and the Dallas
“Liquid Melancholy – Clarinet Music of James M. Stephenson” by John Bruce Yeh
“Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11” by Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra
“Visions And Variations” by A Far Cry

Classical Producer of the Year:
Blanton Alspaugh
David Frost
Elizabeth Ostrow
Judith Sherman
Dirk Sobotka

Best Orchestral Performance:
“Beethoven: Symphony No.3; Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1” by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
“Nielsen: Symphony No. 3 and Symphony No. 4” by the Seattle Symphohny
“Ruggles, Stucky and Harbison: Orchestral Works” by the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
“Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4” by the San Francisco Symphony
“Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11” by the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Best Opera Recording:
“Adams: Doctor Atomic” by The BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers
“Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” by the Sante Fe Opera Orchestra
“Lully: Alceste” by Les Talens Lyriques and Choeur De Chambre De Namur
“Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier” by The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
“Verdi: Rigoletto” by the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra and he en of The Kaunas State Choir

Best Choral Performance:
“Chesnokov: Teach Me Thy Stautes” by the PaTRAM Institute Male Choir
“Kastalsky: Memory Eternal” by The Clarion Choir
“McLoskey: Zealot Canticles” by The Crossing
“Rachmoninov: The Bells” by the Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks
“Seven Words from the Cross” by Skylark

Best Chamber Music or Small Ensemble Performance:
“Anderson, Laurie: Landfall” by Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet
“Beethoven, Shostakovich and Bach” by The Danish String Quartet
“Blueprinting” by the Aizuri Quartet
“Stravinsky: The Rit of Spring Concerto for Two Pianos” by Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin
“Visions and Variations” by A Far Cry

Best Classical Instrumental Solo:
“Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2” by Yuja Wang and the Berliner Philharmonker
“Biber: The Mystery Sonatas” by Christina Day Martinson and the Boston Baroque
“Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op.46; Violin Concerto No.1 inG minor, Op. 26” by Joshua Bell and The Academy of St. Martin in The Fields
“Glass: Three Pieces in The Shape of a Square” by Craig Morris
“Kermis: Violin Concerto” by James Ehnes and the Seattle Symphony

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album:
“ARC” by Anthony Roth Costanzo and Les Vions Du Roy
“The Handel Album” by Philippe Jaroussky and Artaserse
“Mirages” by Sabine Devieilhe and Les Siecles
“Schubert: Winterreise” by Randall Scarlata
“Songs of Orpheus – Monteverdi, Caccini, D’India & Landi” by Karim Sulayman and Apollo’s Fire

Best Classical Compendium:
“Fuchs: Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’; Poemsof Life; Glacier; Rush” conducted by JoAnn Falletta
“Gold” by The King’s Singers
The John Adams Edition” conducted by Simon Rattle
“John Williamsat the Movies” by conducted by Jerry Junkin
“Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto; Oboe Concerto; Serenadeto Music; Flos Campi” conducted byPeter Oundijan

Best Contemporary Classical Composition:
“Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” composed by Mason Bates
“Du Yun: Air Glow” composed by Du Yun
“Heggie: Great Scott” composed by Jake Heggie
“Kernis: Violin Concerto” composed by Aaron Jay Kernis
“Mazzoli: Vespers for Violin” composed by Missy Mazzoli

Best Music Video:
“Apes***” by The Carters
“This is America” by Childish Gambino
“I’m Not Racist” by Joyner Lucas
“PYNK” by Janelle Monae
“MUMBO JUMBO” by Tierra Whack

Best Music Film:
“Life in 12 Bars” – Eric Clapton
“Whitney” – Whitney Houston
“Quincy” – Quincy Jones
“Itzhak” – Itzhak Perlman
“The King” – Elvis Presley

IMSA Gets Racing Season Started with The Roar

While the NASCAR teams are busy building cars and preparing for the new season, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship gets the 2019 racing season started with a three day event with the Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona on the high banks of the Daytona International Speedway.

After it was announced that 47 drivers would be participating in the even, 150 drivers have gathered at the two and a half mile track to help IMSA kick of their 50th anniversary of racing.

“The Roar” will also be the first race with Michelin Tires as the “Oficial Tire of IMSA”.

On track events begin at 11am on January 5. The weekend will also include qualifying sessions of each class for garage and pt lane assignments for the 2019 racing season and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge test sessions.

IMSA begins their 2019 racing season in Daytona with the BMW Endurance Challenge on January 25 with the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona following on January 26. NASCAR kicks off their season in February with Speedweeks.

Entry into The Roar is free for fans with tckets to the Rolex 24 hour race or can be purchased online at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.

Bollywood Star Sridevi Has Died

Bollywood actress Sridevi died February 18 in Dubai at the age of 54 as a result of drowning after having a heart attack while taking a bath.. She had been in the Arab city for a wedding at the time of her death.

A leading lady in India during the eighties and nineties and appearing in nearly 300 productions; she was considered a female superstar in a male dominated world. She has shared the stage with numerous leading men including Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Kamal Haasan, and Anil Kapoor of “Slumdog Millionaire”.

Sridevi was known for her comedic timing and daning skills; which was an asset in the song and dance films popular in Indian cinema.

Sridevi was only four years old when she made her film debut in 1967 in “Kandan Karunai”. From there she appeared in numerous productions including some 30 films all before she was 10 years old. She made her Bollywood debut in 1975 in the film “Julie” as a part of over 100 film roles before she reached the age of 18. Along with her near 300 film appearances, Sridevi appeared in 179 episodes of the television series “Malini Iyer”. Her final film role was in 2017 as Devki Sabarwal in “Mom”. Her appearance in “Zero” will be a posthumous appearance.

Her accomplishments include a spot on the Board of Directors for the Asian Academy of Film and Television, two Filmfare Best Actress Awards, and a State Film Best Actress Award.

She was born Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan on August 13, 1963 in Sivakasi, India.

She is survived by he husband Boney Kapoor and daughters Khushi and Janhvi.

 

feature photo credit: By Bollywood Hungama, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66836776

Boogie Monsters

Western New York party Band the Boogie Monsters helped party goers at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls ring in the New Year with lots of music for dancing and singing along.

The five piece band performed music from KC and the Sunshine Band to Prince including “Let’s Get it Started”, “Raspberry Beret”, “Don’t Do Me Like That”, “Kiss”, “Kryptomite”, “Stop Dragging My Heart Around”, “Stop Dragging My Heart ARound”, “Boogie Shies”, “Shakin'”, “1999”, “Purple Rain”, “Super Freak”, “I Got a Feeling”, ‘Exes and Oh’s”, “Cake by the Ocean”, “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, “Use Somebody”, “Wild West”, “Uptown Funk”, “Billie Jean”, “Little Red Corvette”, “Rebel Yell”, “White Wedding”, “Brick House” and “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy”.

At midnight, the Hard Rock Cafe held a Balloon drop from the ceiling and offered glasses of champagne to revelers to kick of the New Year.

Damn the Torpedoes: Firing on All Cylinders at Seneca Niagara

A little over a year ago the world lost one of its iconic music legends when Tom Petty died. But thanks to bands like Damn the Torpedoes, the music…and the legend…loves on.

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Taking their name from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ third album, Damn the Torpedoes has been paying tribute to Petty since 2007 and on December 28, the band made their first visit to western New York when they performed at the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls.

The five piece band performed for two hours before a crowd that was quick to join in even when lead singer Rich had the three sections of the Bear’s Den performing different parts on “Free Fallin'”.

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Opening the show with “Love is a Long Road”,the guys performed mostly Petty hits and kept the house rocking.

While it required a wee bit of imagination to see Rich as Tom Petty, there was no mistaking the voice that definitely had the sound of Tom Petty.

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After the opening number the set list also featured “Listen to Her Heart”, “I Need to Know”, “I Won’t Back Down”, “Runnin’ Down a Dream”, “Even the Losers”, “Don’t Do Me Like That”, “It’s Good to Be King”, “Woman in Love”, “The Waiting”, “Southern Accents” – a tribute to Petty’s southern upbringing in Florida, “You Don’t Know”, “Yer So Bad”, “Free Fallin'”, “Breakdown”, “You Got Lucky”, “Mary Jane”, “Here Comes My Girl”, “Refugee”, and “American Girl”.

With much encouragement from the nearly packed house, the band performed two encore songs – “You Wreck Me” and “Don’t Come Around”.

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Rich noted that one of the reasons he began performing the music of Tom Petty was that Petty Provided some great advice in his lyrics…like “Don’t Back Down”.

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After the show, some of the band members came out for a meet and greet with fans and were not only great players on stage; but were also, very personable and friendly off stage – they were as enthusiastic about meeting fans as they were playing before them.

Damn the Torpedoes gave a great tribute with a well played and fun filled show that left everyone pining for more.

KISS

The boys in KISS have formed, split up and formed again; but this time around it is time to put away the makeup case after one more spin around the world.

And to make fans’ musical libraries complete, they are putting out a big boxed collection of their music. Coinciding with the launching of the End of the Road tour, KISS is releasing KISSWORLD on January 25.

KISSWORLD” is a best of compilation that features 20 of the group’s most classic tunes the hit ballad “Beth”.

Issued in the United Kingdom in 2017, “KISWORLD” makes its North American debut and will be available in both physical CD and digital download formats. Vinyl and limited edition colour vinyl releases will not be available until March 29.

KISS are set to launch their farewell tour on January 31 on the west coast in Vancouver, British Columbia and tour around North America before heading to Europe in late May.

End of the Road tour dates:
Jan 31 at the Rogers arena in Vancouver, BC
Feb 1 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Feb 2 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA
Feb 4 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA
Feb 7 at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
Feb 8 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA
Feb 9 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Feb 12 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Feb 13 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
Feb 15 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Feb 16 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA
Feb 19 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX
Feb 20 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Feb 22 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
Feb 23 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN
Feb 26 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
Feb 27 at the Sprint Center n Kansas City, MO
March 1 at the Fisery Forum in Milwaukee, WI
March 2 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
March 4 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
March 6 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD
March 7 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE
March 9 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
March 10 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, IL
March 12 at the KFC Yum! Center n Louisville, KY
March 13 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detoit, MI
March 16 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
March 17 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH
March 19 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
March 20 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
March 22 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY
March 23 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
March 26 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
March 27 at Madison square Garden in New York City, NY
March 29 at the Well Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
March 30 at the the PPG Paints Arena n Pittsburgh, PA
April 2 at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, QC
April 3 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, ON
April 6 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
April 7 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
April 9 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
April 11 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
April 12 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memroial Arena in Jacksonville, FL
April 13 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL
May 27 at the Messepark Neue Messe in Leipzig, Germany
May 29 at the Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria
May 31 at the Konigsplatz in Munich,Germany
June 2 at the Stadio Essen in Essen, Germany
June 4 at the Waldbuhne in Berlin, Germany
June 5 at the Expo-Plaza in Hannover, Germany
June 7 at the Seden Rock Festval in Norje, Sweden
June 9 at Rockfest in Helsinki, Finland
June 11 at the Ice Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia
June 13 at the Dinamo Stadium in Moscow, Russia
June 16 at the NSC Olimpiyskiy in Kiev, Ukraine
June 18 at the Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland
June 19 at the Prague Rocks Festival in Prague, Czech Republic
June 22 at the Hellfest Open Air Festival in Clisson, France
June 23 at the Graspop Festival in Dessel, Belgium
June 25 at the Zippo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 27 at Ton of Rock in Oslo, Norway
June 28 at Trondheim Rocks in Trondheim, Norway
July 2 at the Ippodromo NSAI San Siro in Milan, Italy
July 4 a the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland
July 6 at the Rennbahn in Iffezheim, Germany
July 9 at the Birmingham Arena in Birmingham, UK
July 11 at the O2 Arena in London, UK
July 12 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK
July 14 at the Newcastle Arena in Newcastle, UK
July 16 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, UK
Aug 6 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
Aug 8 at the North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, SC
Aug 10 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charotte, NC
Aug 11 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
Aug 13 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 14 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Aug 16 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Aug 17 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Aug 20 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY
Aug 21 at HersheyPark Stadium in Hershey, PA
Aug 23 at the Darien Lake Amphitheatre in Darien Center, NY
Aug 24 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 27 at the Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse, NY
Aug 29 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 31 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
Sept 1 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
Sept 3 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA
Sept 5 at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, AR
Sept 7 at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, LA
Sept 8 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
Sept 9 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Sept 11 at the Isleta Amphitheatre in Albuquerque, NM
Sept 12 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Sept 14 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 16 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA
Nov 16 at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia
Nov 19 at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide, Australia
Nov 21 & 22 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia
Nov 23 at the Supercars Newcastle 500 in Newcastle, Australia
Nov 26 at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia
Nov 29 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia
Dec 3 at the Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand

Grammy Announces Lifetime Achievement Recipients

One week after the Super Bowl on February 10 the entertainment world gathers for the biggest night in music, the annual Grammy Award presentations with the 61st Grammy Awards.

Along with the awards for musical merit over the past year, the Recording Academy is presenting a number of Lifetime Achievement Awards for recognition of a lifetime of outstanding artistic contributions.

“Each year, the Recording Academy has the distinct privilege of celebrating music industry giants who have greatly contributed to our cultural heritage. This year, we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees and their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow.

Leading the list of recipients is the British heavy rock band Black Sabbath.

“Speaking on the iconic rockers, the Recording Academy said, “from their power riffs to their dark, gothic imagery Black Sabbath arguably invented the heavy metal signposts and influenced every heavy rock band that followed.

Also on the list of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners are George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave, and Dionne Warwick.

The Lifetime Achievement recipients will receive their awards in a special ceremony in May 11.