Juniors Duel on ‘World of Dance’

On this third week of the duel rounds on “World of Dance” the Junior division takes to the dance floor for a chance to move on to The Cut round.

Ellie and Ava chose to battle Audrey and Mia in a duel of Contemporary dance sisters and a pair of Krumpers. Ellie and Ava scored 91.7 points and Aubrey and Mia scored 90 points giving Ellie and Ava the win.

Next up ballet dancer Kayla Mak chose to duel the duo Funanometry. Funanometry scored 91.7 points and Kayla Mak scored 91 points giving the win to Funanometry.

Aydin Eyikan chose to duel the quartet Moving 4Ward in a Contempoary dance battle. Aydin Eyikan scored 90.3 points and Moing 4Ward scored 93 points giving the quartet the win.

Julian and Charlize will duel with The Trilogy. Julian and Charlize scored 95.3 points and The Trilogy scored 90 points giving the win to Julian and Charlize. The Trilogy did not earn enough points to moe on to the Redemption round.

The final duel of the night are top scoring dancer Lauren Yakima and House of Tap who were the lowest scoring duo on the leaderboard. Lauren Yakima scored 95 points for her dance and House of Tap scored 91,3 points giving the win to Lauren Yakima.

The final two dancers in the Redemption round are Kayla Mak and House of Tap. Both acts must perform to the same song and the judges will name a winner; no points will be given.

The final act moving on to the next round is ballet dancer Kayla Mak.

Next week the final duels…

TX Sweep Blocked by JGR Team Mate

NASCAR moves to Texas and the Texas Motor Speedway with new rules hen it comes to qualifying. As the Monster Energy Cup Series takes to the track to qualify for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, they must be mindful of where stage themselves before heading out on the track; as ell as, watching their speeds on pit road.

Timmy Hill was aught speeding on pit road heading for the track and will have to come back and start over.

Clint Bowyer brought out the caution flag when he got loose and got into the wall. The caution flag stops the clock and laps being run when the caution flag comes out do not count.

Alex Bowman also hit the wall and will have to go to a backup car.

After three rounds of qualifying Jimmie Johnson will sit on the pole after leading all three rounds and bring the field to the green flag. William Byron will start alongside to make it an all Hendricks Motor Sports front row.

The starting lineup for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500:
Jimmie Johnson
William Byron
Daniel Hemric
Chase Elliott
Ty Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Austin Dillon
Denny Hmalin
Joey Logano
Bubba Wallace
Erik Jones
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Paul Menard
Michael McDowell
Kyle Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Newman
Chris Buescher
Martin Truex Jr
Aric Almirola
Kyle larson
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Clint Bowyer
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Preece
David Ragan
Matt Tifft
Kurt Busch
Corey LaJoie
Landon Cassill
Parker Kligeran
BJ McLeod
Ross Chastain
Bayley Currey
Reed Sorenson
Garrett Smithley
Timmy Hill

After winning the Truck and Xfinity Series races, Kyle Busch is looking to sweep the weekend and go home with three trophies for the third time; but pole sitter Jimmie Johnson is looking to end his winless streak and notch a spot in the playoffs.

Stages one and two of the race are 85 laps each with stage three lasting 164 laps for a total of 334 laps.

Alex Bowman in a backup car and Ryan Newman with inspection issues will have to start the race from the back of the field.

Jimmie Johnson brings the field down for the green flag and gets out in front of team mate William Byron for the lead.

Seven laps in, Jimmie Johnson has pulled out to a lead of over a second on second place driver Chase Elliott.

Erik Jones brings out the first caution flag of the race on lap 15 when he gets loose and spins out.

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. A number of them are taking fuel only.

Kyle Busch did not see his pit stall and passed it by.

Jimmie Johnson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 19 and holds on to his lead.

Lap 25, Jimmie Johnson continues to lead the race, but he is being challenged by Joey ogano, Chase Elliott, and Austin Dillon who are all on Johnson’s bumper.

Lap 35, Jimmie Johnson has led every lap so far and shows no signs of giving it up.

FOX pit reporter Larry McReynods reports that his crew were not aware that Kyle Busch was coming down pit road and did not put the sign out in time.

Lap 41, leader Jimmie Johnson just ran his fastest lap of the race.

Lap 43, Jimmie Johnson has led more laps today then he did all of last season.

Aric Almirola is battling the flu and is not feeling very well. Prior to the race, he had three bags of fluids at the infield care center.

Lap 53, Jimmie Johnson has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Joey Logano.

With 26 laps remaining in stage one, the drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Austin Dillon takes over the lead when Jimmie Johnson comes down pit road.

Austin Dillon makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Kyle Busch. He is the only driver who has not made a pit stop.

Denny Hamlin is caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a drive through penalty.

On lap 65, Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road and gives the lead over to William Byron.

As the drivers who made pit stops on lap 16 make pit stops with less than 10 laps in stage one, the leaderboard continues to move.

Lap 79, Clint Bowyer takes over the lead of the race when leader William Byron comes down pit road.

Alex Bowman was charged with making a commitment cone violation and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Joey Logano takes over the lead when Clint Bowyer comes down pit road.

Joey Logano wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Joey Logano
Jimmie Johnson
Chase Elliott
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Paul Menard
Daniel Suarez
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Chris Buescher

Ryan Preece is slowed on the track out of fuel.

Taking only two tires, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road. Austin Dillon also took only two tires.

Brad Keselowski slowly comes down pit road with rear end issues.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage tow on lap 93. The top six drivers did not make a pit stop during the stage break.

Barreling through the field, Kyle Busch went three wide, bumping his brother on the way, to move into third place.

Brother Kurt Busch returns the favour and makes it three wide on Kyle.

Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Kyle Busch in second on lap 97.

Lap 98, Kyle Busch challenges Martin Truex Jr for the lead and passes to become the new leader.

Brad Keselowski takes his car to the garage.

Chase Elliott passes Kyle Busch for the lead on lap 109.

Lap 115, Chase Elliott holds on to his lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Lap 120 Chase Elliott leads the race with 23 cars on the lead lap. Brad Keselowski is the only car off the track – he is in the garage where the team is attempting to make mechanical repairs.

Lap 128, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch and Joey Logano who are battling for second.

With 32 laps remaining in stage two, divers begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 130, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race and has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano.

Kyle Busch is reporting that he is having down force issues.

Chase Elliott makes his pit stop giving the lead over to Joey Logano.

Kyle Busch takes the lead when Joey Logano makes his pit stop.

Fifty-six laps down, rad Keselowski returns to the track.

The caution flag comes out with 22 laps remaining in stage two when Kyle Larson hit the wall and the car was flaming as he came down pit road.

Kyle Larson becomes the first driver out of the race.

Pit road has been closed for an extended period of time to get the fire in Kyle Larson’s car out and then get it cleaned up.

The drivers bring their cars down pit road.

Taking fuel only, Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road; taking four tires, Kyle Busch is out second.

Joey Logano was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 159 and swaps the lead back and forth with Kyle Busch before Hamlin finally takes the top spot.

Joey Logano is reporting that his hood is popping up and down.

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

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Suarez
Kyle Busch
Paul Menard
Ryan Newman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
William Byron
Michael McDowell
Jimmie Johnson

Taking fuel only, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road. Jimmie Johnson also took fuel only.

Martin Truex Jr is having some roof flap issues on pit road.

Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick were charged with pit road violations of uncontrolled tires on pit road.

After staying out on the track, Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 178 and gets out in front for the lead.

Paul Menard brings his car down pit road with a vibration.

With 130 laps to go, Kurt Busch brings his car down pit road with a vibration.

Kyle Busch battle Daniel Suarez for second place…so far Suarez holds on to the spot.

With 120 laps remaining in the race, there have 10 leaders in today’s race.

With 120 laps to go, Austin Dillon makes his green flag pit top; the remaining drivers will be down shortly.

Kurt Busch’s vibration was a tire coming apart…similar to what happened to team mate Kyle Larson’s car before he hit the wall.

Ryan Blaney makes his green flag pit stop with 117 laps to go and giving the lead over to Daniel Suarez.

With 113 to go, Daniel Suarez brings his car in for service and gives the lead to Kyle Busch as green flag pit stops begin.

Ryan Blaney had to make an unscheduled pit stop with possible engine issues.

Clint Bowyer is reporting possible alternator or battery issues.

Ryan Blaney’s car is being pushed to the garage.

One hundred to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly seven second over Airc Almirola; Denny Hamlin s over eleven seconds back in third.

Leader Kyle Busch rings his car down pit road for service with 96 lap to go, giving the lead over to Jimmie Johnson.

Jimmie Johnson comes down pit road and Daniel Suarez takes the lead.

Kyle Busch passes Daniel Suarez to take the lead on lap 246 and pulls out to a one second lead in just over a lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 254 for Daniel Hemric and his flat tire.

Taking fuel only, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag restart with 75 laps remaining in the race but it is Erik Jones who takes the lead.

Kyle Busch passes team mate Erik Jones with 70 laps remaining in the race to take the lead.

Kyle Busch gets up the track and drops to fourth place; Erik Jones takes the lead of the race on lap 275.

With 53 laps remaining in the race Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road for a tire change  after slapping the wall and drops to 18th, one lap down.

Of the 15 cars on the lead lap, only Denny Hamlin has won a race this season.

Forty to go, the cycle of green flag pit stops have begun.

Erik Jones make his green flag pit stop with 31 laps to go and gives the lead over to Denny Hamlin.

Twenty to go, Denny Hamlin is in the lead, but he and the remainder of the top eleven drivers cannot finish the race on their current fuel load and will have to make a stop.

Denny Hamlin makes his trip to pit road and gives the lead to William Byron.

William Byron comes down pit road and gives the lead to Austin Dillon.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr was caught speeding on pit road.

Austin Dion makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Denny Hamlin.

Five to go, Denny Hamlin leads the race by nearly two seconds. Hamlin had two penalties in the race today.

Denny Hamlin takes the white flag.

Denny Hamlin wins the race by over two seconds and thwarts the sweep of team mate Kyle Busch.

The O’Reilly Auto Parts results:
Denny Hamlin
Clint Bowyer
Daniel Suarez
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
William Byron
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Ryan Newman
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Austin Dillon
Michael McDowell
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Paul Menard
Chris Buescher
Ty Dillon
Ryan Preece
Bubba Wallace
Matt Tifft
David Ragan
Matt DiBenedetto
Parker Kligerman
Corey LaJoie
Ross Chastain
Landon Cassill
BJ McLeod
Garrett Smithley
Daniel Hemric
Reed Sorenson
Bayley Currey
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Timmy Hill
Kyle Larson

Triple Threat

Calling themselves a human jukebox, the female fronted band Triple Threat played to a full house at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York on March 30 in a performance that had band members coming out in the audience and members of the crowd up dancing.

The band performance incuded music by Aretha Franklin, Free, The Doobie Brothers, Blind Melon, the Eagles, Loverboy, REO Speedwagon, Jefferson Airplane, Big and Rich, Robert Palmer, Steppenwolf, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Crosby Stills and Nash, Fleetwood Mac, Joan Jett, The Band Perry, The Beatles, Neon Trees, Walk on the Moon, Jimmy Eat World, 3 Doors Down, Justin Tmberlake, DNCE, Pink, and KISS.

Wild Ride for Xfinity Series at Texas Motor Speedway

In race two of a triple header weekend, the Xfinity Series runs the My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jeremy Clements had his qualifying time disallowed in round one after getting caught speeding on pit road and will have to make another run.

Garrett Smithley spun out on the track and brought out the red flag. Drivers making a qualifying run when the red flag came out will not have their times count.

After a delay to dry the track after some rain, the teams make only two qualifying rounds and Christopher Bell puts his number 20 car on the pole with Brandon Jones starting alongside on the front row.

Kevin Harvick and Austin Dillon join Adam Alexander in the FOX Broadcast booth for the race.

The Dash-4-Cash returns to the Xfinity Series and today’s race sets the field of the four drivers that will be eligible for the $100,000 Dash-4-Cash prize.

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

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead from the outside lane.

Jeremy Clements spins out and makes an off road excursion through the grass on the first lap, bringing out the first caution flag of the race.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap six and holds on to his lead over Brandon Jones.

With a lead of over half a second, Christopher Bell has led every lap so far.

Lap 25, leader Christopher Bel has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Justin Allgaier.

Running the triple header, Kyle Busch has moved up to second place with nine laps remaining in stage one.

Five to go in stage one, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Busch.

With two laps remaining in stage one, there are only 18 cars on the lead lap.

Christopher Bell wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Christopher Bell
Kyle Busch
Justin Allgaier
Cole Custer
Brandon Jones
Tyler Reddick
Austin Cindric
Brad Keselowski
John Hunter Nemechek
Noah Gragson

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road with Christopher Bell in second.

Christopher Bell was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Brandon Jones left pit road with the jack still attached to the car.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 54 and jumps out in front of Tyler Reddick for the lead. Christopher Bell restarts the race in 19th.

Timmy Hill and David Starr bring out the third caution flag of the race when they get into a wreck.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 64 with Kyle Busch holding on to the lead; Noah Gragson, Cole Custer, Justin Allgaier, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski brings out the caution flag on lap 65 when he gets turned around and backs into the wall.

Justin Haley was also involved in the wreck when he got loose and came up on Keselowski. Keselowski is out of the race.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 71 but gets edged out by Noah Gragson for the lead.

Austin Cindric brushes the wall but the track stays green.

The caution flag comes out on lap 80 after Ray Black Jr makes a hard hit into the wall.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road with Noah Gragson in second.

After staying out on the track, Ryan Sieg brings the field down for the green flag restart with only three laps remaining in stage two. Ryan Sieg holds on to the lead.

Ryan Sieg wins his first stage ever.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:

Ryan Sieg
Ross Chastain
Tyler Reddick
Kyle Busch
Christopher Bell
Noah Gragson
Jeb Burton
Cole Custer
Justin Haley
Brandon Jones

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 99 and holds on to the lead.

Lap 100 Christopher Bell comes from third place to take the lead.

With 83 laps remaining in the race Christopher Bell continues to lead the race.

The caution flag comes out when Justin Allgaier gets loose and makes a run through the grass.

Tyler Reddick wins the race off of pit road.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart with 69 laps remaining in the race and hols on to the lead.

The eighth caution flag comes out when Cole Custer and Brandon Jones get into a crash with Cole Custer hitting the wall.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart with 62 laps remaining in the race.

With 60 laps to go, Christopher Bell takes the lead.

Forty-one laps to go, Christopher Bell holds on to the lead.

With only 23 laps remaining in the race, Christopher Bell has pulled out a lead of over a second lead over Tyler Reddick.

The caution flag comes out with only eleven laps remaining in the race.

Taking fuel only, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with only six laps remaining in the race and holds on to his lead.

Kaz Grala gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

Kyle Busch wins his second race of the weekend with win number 95 in the Xfinity Series and overall win number 202.

My Bariatric Solutions 300 results:
Kyle Busch
Tyler Reddick
Christopher Bell
Chase Briscoe
Jeb Burton
Michael Annett
Justin Haley
Jeffrey Earnhardt
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Sieg
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Josh Williams
Ronnie Bassett Jr
Ross Chastain
Brandon Brown
Kaz Grala
Tommy Joe Martins
David Starr
Gray Gaulding
Stephen Leicht
Chad Finchum
Joey Gase
Vinnie Miller
Jeremy Clements
Matt Mills
Tyler Hill
Mike Harmon
Josh Bilicki
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod
Brandon Jones
Cole Custer
Ray Black Jr
Brad Keselowski
Timmy Hill
Jeff Green

Queensryche

Currently on a U.S. tour, hard rockers Queensryche have planned a tour around Europe this fall to support their new album “The Verdict” to follow their Summer tour.

Fellow rockers Firewind will be joining them for some of the dates.

Queensryche tour dates:
April 2 in Portland, OR
April 3 in Seattle, WA
April 26 at the Peppermill Concert Hall in West Wendover, NV
May 18 at the Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City, NJ
June 15 at the IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi, MS
June 22 at the Cannery Casino Hotel in North Las Vegas, NV
June 28 at Batavia Downs in Batavia, NY
June 29 at the Freedom Festival in Golden, CO
July 12 at the Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park in Northfield, OH
July 13 at Gettysburg Bike Week in Gettysburg, PA
July 25 at the Headbangers Open Air in Brande-homerkirchen, Germany
July 26 at Rock of Ages in Seebronn, Germany
July 27 at the Fezen Festival in Szfvar, Hungary
July 28 at the King Siska Centre for Urban Culture in Ljubljana, Slovenia
July 30 at the Free and Easy Festival in Munchen, Germany
July 31 at the Colos-Saal in Ab, Germany
Aug 2 at the Wa ken Open Air in Schleswig-holstein, Germany
Aug 3 at the Effenaar Café-Restaurant in Eindhoven, Netherlands
Aug 4 at Petit Bain in Paris, France
Aug 6 at the Rock Planet in Pinarella, Italy
Aug 7 at the Konzertfavrik in Pratteln, Switzerland
Aug 8 at the Catton Hall and Park in Walton on Trent, UK
Aug 9 at the Alcatraz Festival in Kortrijk, Belgium
Aug 10 at the Into the Grave Metal Festival in the Netherlands
Aug 11 at the Bloodstock Open Air 2019 in Walton on Trent, UK
Aug 13 at the Waterfront in Norwich, UK
Aug 14 at the Islington Assembly Hall in London, UK
Aug 15 at the Garage in Saar rucken, Germany
Aug 16 at the Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany
Aug 17 at the Turock Festival in Essen, Germany
Oct 13 on the Megacruise out of Los Angeles, CA
Oct 20 at the Fronterizo Fest 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico
Nov 15 at the Fix Factory of Sound in Thessaloniki, Greece
Nov 16 at the Fuzz Club in Tavros, Greece
Nov 17 at SO 36 in Berlin, Germany
Nov 19 at the Kwadrat in Krakow, Poland
Nov 21 at the Rathaussaal Telfs in Telfs in Tirol, Austria
Nov 23 at the Fryshuset Klubben in Sodermalm, Sweden
Nov 24 at the Tradgam in Gothenburg, Sweden
Nov 25 at the Vulkan Arena in Grunerlokka, Norway
Nov 26 at the Pumpehusetin Kobenhavn, Denmark
Dec 4 at the MS Connexion Complex in Mannheim, Germany
Dec 5 at the Conrad Sohm in Dornbirn, Austria
Dec 6 at the Christmasbash in Geiselwind, Germany
Dec 7 at the Ruhrpott Metal Meeting in Oberhausen, Germany

NASCAR Slows Down Cars on Super Speedways

In an attempt to increase safety and slow the cars down on the super speedway tracks of the circuit, NASCAR competition committee officials have issued some new rule for the Monster Energy Cup Series.

For the races at the circuits two biggest tracks – Daytona International and Talladega Super Speedways – the spoilers and bolt on track bar will be raised one inch. For the spoilers they will go from eight to nine inches and the track bar mount will go from eleven inches to 12 inches which will result in the cars being raised an inch higher.

In 2018 NASCAR eliminated the minimum ride height for the cars which resulted in the teams lowering the cars to nearly touching the track in order to reduce drag and increase speed.

NASCAR has also eliminated the use of the restrictor plate at the super speedway tracks, instead choosing to use aerodynamic devices to slow the cars down to around 550 horsepower.

NASCAR Announces Driver Swap Race

Race car drivers don’t just because it is their job, they race because they love racing and will drive anything with wheels when given the chance.

And that includes swapping rides with other drivers when the opportunity presents itself.

In a swap between NASCAR’s Peak Mexico and Whelen Euro Series, the champions in each series will swap a ride.

Peak Mexico Series champion Ruben Garcia will drive in the Euro Series ELITE 1 division road course race in Valencia, Spain April 13 and 14.

And on November 30 and December 1, the 2019 Euro Series champion will run the Peak Mexico Series finale Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico.

Garcia is a two time Peak Series champion, a Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next driver, and a full time driver in the K&N Pro Series East driver.

Noting that he has been trying to put something together for the past couple of years, Garcia said that hearing about the swap was “great news”. He adds that while he has been to Spain before, he has never been to Valencia.

Gander Truck Series Kicks Off Texas Weekend

The Gander Outdoors Truck Series kicks off a triple header weekend with the Vankor 350 at Texas Motor Speedway from Fort Worth, Texas.

Thirty-three teams brought trucks to Texasbut only 32 of them will make the race.

Norm Benning failed to qualify for the race.

Due to making an engine change on Thurs, Stewart Friesen will have to move to the back of the field to start the race.l

After two rounds of single truck qualifying Grant Enfinger puts his number 98 truck on the pole with Brett Moffitt starting alongside on the front row.

Stages one and two of the race are only 35 aps each with stage three lasting 77 laps as the diers race under the lights.

Pole sitter Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out Brett Moffit to take the lead of the race.

With a push from Kyle Busch, Brett Moffitt passes Grant Enfinger for the lead on lap three.

Kyle Busch passes Brett Moffitt for the lead on lap four asthe first caution flag comes for Todd Gilliland who got into the wall and spun out.

Bret Mofftt brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap nine and holds on to the lead.

Kyle Busch and Brett Moffitt battle for the top spotThe caution flag comes out on lap 12 when Harrison Burton pins out and hits the wall after getting loose on the track.

Due to truck damage, Harrison Burton is out of the race.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 18 and with a little help from Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt holds on to thelead.

The third caution flag of the race comes out on lap 18 when Angela Ruch spins out and backs into the wall after making contact with Gus Dean.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 24 and holds on to his lead but has to battle with Kyle Busch to hold on to the spot.

On lap 25, Kyle Busch takes over the lead of the race.

Lap 27 the fourth caution flag of the race comes out when Gus Dean spins out with a flat tire.

After leader Kyle Busch made a pit stop during the caution flag, Brett Moffitt beings the field down for the green flag restart with only four laps remaining in stage one. Grant Enfinger passes Moffitt for the lead.

With three laps remaining in the stage, Sheldon Creed and Grant Enfinger swap the lead back and forth.Grant Enfinger wins his first stage of the season.

The top 1o at the end of stage one:
Grant Enfinger
Ben Rhodes
Stewart Friesen
Sheldon Creed
Austin Hill
Brett Moffitt
Tyler Ankrum
Kyle Busch
JohnnSauter
Jordan Anderson

Taking only fuel, Grant Enfinger wins the race off of pit road; coming out second, Ben Rhodes also took fuel only.

Grant Enfinger was charged with having a crew member over the wall too soon and will have to serve a drive through penalty.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 43 and gets out in front of the field for the lead.

The sixth caution flag comes out on lap 49 when Anthony Alfredo gets turned around, hits the wall, and catches fire. He quickly exits the truck and is unharmed.

NASCAR has red flagged the race on lap 53 to get the track cleaned up from Anthony Alfredo’s wreck.

After a red flag condition of over 10 minutes, NASCAR displays the cuation flag and the trucks begin moving again.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 58 and gets out in front for the lead with Matt Crafton in second.

Austin Hill brings his truck down pit road with power and overheating issues.

After the longest green flag run of the night, Kyle busch wins stage two for his sixth stage win in four races.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Ross Chastain
Stewart Friesen
Brett Moffitt
Grant Enfinger
Bubba Wallace
Brennan Poole
Tyler Ankrum

Taking fuel only, Johnny Sauter wins the race off of pit road with Kyle Busch right behind on four fresh tires.

Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with 71 laps remaining in the race and holds on to the lead.

With 65 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch reclaims the lead of the race.

With 49 laps remaining in the race, Brett Moffitt gets aroundKyle Busch to take the lead.

The eighth caution flag comes out with 45 laps to go when Korbin Forrister spins out.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road after taking only two tires; Matt Crafton, Ross Chastain, and Brennan poole also took only two tires. Tyler Ankrum and Jesse Little took fuel only during their pit stops.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with 38 laps remaining in the race. Busch holds on to his lead as Matt Crafton and Ros Chastain battle for the second spot.

With only 31 laps remaining in the race, codie Rohrbaugh brings out the caution flag after he spins out and hits the wall.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 25 laps remaining in the race. Busch umps out in front to hold on to his lead with the reigning Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt in second.

With 24 laps to go, Brett Moffitt gets around Kyle Busch to take the lead but Kyle Busch takes it right back.

With 21 laps to go, Stewart Friesen challenges Kyle Busch for the lead but Busch hangs on to the top spot.

Brett Moffitt had to bring his truck down pit road with a flat tire.

Ten to go, Kyle Busch has a narrow lead on Stewart Friesen.

Five to go Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Stewart Friesen.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

Kyle Busch wins his fourth Truck Series race of the season in four starts. Number 55 in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series and number 202 over all three Series.

For the fifth time, Stewart Friesen finishes in second place behind Kyle Busch.

Vankor 350 results;
Kyle Busch
Stewart Friesen
Johnny Sauter
Grant Enfinger
Matt Crafton
Tyler Ankrum
Ross Chastain
Tyler Dippel
Brennan Poole
Ben Rhodes
Spencer Boyd
Cory Roper
Jesse Little
Todd Gilliland
Garrett Smithley
Ray Ciccarelli
Jesse Iwuji
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Brett Moffitt
Bubba Wallace
Jordan Anderson
Sheldon Creed
Codie Rohrbaugh
Korbin Forrister
Joe Nemechek
Timmy Hill
Austin Hill
Anthony Alfredo
Gus Dean
Angela Ruch
harrison Burton
Josh Reaume

Historic Opening Day for MLB

After New York Mets second baseman Robinson Canoe helped to end the top of the first inning against the Washington Nationals with a double play, he took the plate in the bottom of the first inning and for Canoe’s first at bat in the new season he went over the left centerfield wall for a home run.

Though not the first major league player to do so, it was an impressive start to a historic opening day to the 2019 Major League Baseball season.

Canoe hit his home run off of Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, but despite that homer, Scherzer joined up with opposing pitcher Jacob deGrom for a historic start to the season. In only the second time in MLB history Scherzer and deGrom both racked up double digit strikeouts in a single game. Both pitchers reached 10 strikeouts in their respective half of the sixth inning.

Today’s game also brought another new MLB record – Jacob deGrom has now made 30 consecutive starts where he has allowed no more than three runs in a game. That streak is the longest in MLB history.

Scherzer had a total of 12 strikeouts in his 7 2/3 innings pitched.

While the Mets and Nationals were involved in a pitcher’s duel, the Los Angeles Dodgers went on a hitting fest earning a record eight home runs in their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Joc Pederson got the hitting display started in the second inning and repeated the demonstration in the sixth inning; Enrique Hernandez, Austin Barnes, Corey Seager, Max Muncy, and Cody Bellinger all hitting homers with Hernandez topping it off with a second home run. The shortest distance of the homers was 399 feet from Max Muncy with Joc Pederson hitting the longest at 420 feet.

Bidini and BPO Perform Brahms

In a preview of their upcoming Florida tour program, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performed a concert of Russian and German music on March 24 and 25 that had some music fans coming back for the second performance on Sunday afternoon.

Noting that the Romantic program represents The Orchestra well, Music Director and Classical conductor Joann Falletta said the orchestra can learn a lot about themselves by performing in different music halls.

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The program opened with the “Overture to Prince Igor” by Russian composer Alexandr Borodin.  The Russian composer did not consider himself such; but rather, a scientist.  A professor of organic chemistry and doctor, he translated a number of medical books into Russian and founded the first medical school for women in Russia.

Borodin was unable to complete “Prince Igor” before his death.  Fellow composers Nikolai Rimsky-Korsikov and Alexander Glazunov completed the orchestration for the masterpiece.

Italian pianist Fabio Bidini returned to Buffalo to join the BPO for a masterful performance of the Johannes Brahms composition the “Concerto No. 2 in B flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83”.

Written shortly after his Violin Concerto, Brahms had a movement that did not fit in with that Concerto and instead he added it to the Piano Concerto giving the piece four movements instead of the usual three.

After being “discovered” by Robert Schumann, Brahms spent a great deal of time in the Schumann home and fell in love with Schumann’s wife Clara – a pianist in her own right that insisted on playing a Brahms piece at every one of her concerts – and composed the third movement as a song for Clara.

A lover of Hungarian Dances, Brahms included a Hungarian Dance as the fourth movement to the Piano Concerto.

After the intermission, the Orchestra returned to perform excerpts from the “Romeo and Juliet” Suites by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.  Composed after the ballet by the same name, the Suites has 20 movements.  Joann Falletta chose nine of those movements for the performance that included an encore of one of those movements.

The BPO will spend a week in sunny Florida for a five city tour before returning to Buffalo for the remainder of the season.

Brothers Grimm…A Hidden Treasure

On March 24 the acoustic band Brothers Grimm packed the house in a royal performance at the Hard rock Cafe in Niagara Falls with music from Knights, legends, and icons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After opening the show with some David Bowie tunes, the guys covered everything from The Beatles to Kansas and The Who.

 

 

 

 

 

With Mark, Mike, and Jason seemingly capable of playing anything thrown at them, the pressure is on lead singer Rob to deliver the vocals  And it is a job that he not only does with ease; Rob has the rare talent to perform any song flawlessly.

 

 

 

Fans of the reality singing competition shows are constantly hearing the coaches or judges talk about a singer finding the right songs for their voices.   This is no problem for Rob.  Whether it be performing a Sir Tom Jones song as if he were the man himself or a tender rendition of the KISS song “Beth”, Rob delivers the goods with perfection.

 

Taking on David Bowie, Sir Time Jones, Neil Diamond, The Monkees, The Partridge Family, Billy Joel, Paper Lace, The Who, The Beatles, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Kansas, B.J. Thomas, America, Sir Paul McCartney and Wins, Sir Elton John, Barry Manilow, KISS, and Meatloaf; The Brothers performed “Space Oddity”, “Ziggy Stardust”, “It’s Not Unusual”, “Forever in Blue Jeans”, “Daydream Believer”, “I Think I Love You”, “Honesty”, “Always a Woman to Me”, “Night Chicago Died”, “Behind Blue Eyes”, “Norwegian Wood”, “Heart of Gold”, “Julio”, “Dust in the Wind”, “Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song”, “Sister Golden Hair”, “Wish You Were Here”, “Delilah”, “I’ve Just Seen a Face” “Rocky Raccoon”,  “Sundown”, “Let ‘Em In”,  “Don’t Le Me Down”, “Imagine”, “Tiny Dancer”, “Sweet Caroline”, “Love on the Rocks”, “Mandy”, “Beth”, “People are Strange”, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”, “Southern Man”, “Under Pressure”, and “I’m So Tired” and left the crowd screaming for more even after performing over 30 songs.

NASCAR Releases 2020 Schedule

Although the 2019 NASCAR racing season has barely started, NASCAR officials have released the Monster Energy Cup Series schedule for the 2020 racing season and for the first time in over a decade, the schedule includes some major changes including a new finale, a doubleheader, a new night race, and a race on Mother’s Day – traditionally a day off for the racers.

The 36 race race season includes only three off weekends  with the remainder of the races crisscrossing the country. The 10 playoff races have also been reworked.

For the first time the regular season will begin and end in Daytona with the summer race moved from the Fourth of July weekend to the end of August.

The night race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the road course race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the new night race at Martinsville will all end each round of the playoffs and serve as an elimination race.

The round of 16 begins at Darlington Raceway, the round of 12 begins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the round of eight begins at Kansas Speedway, and the final four will battle it out at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.

But perhaps the most notable change to the schedule a doubleheader race at Pocono. Previously the racers ran Pocono six weeks apart. In 2020 the Monster Energy Cup Series will race at Pocono on Saturday and then again on Sunday in the same weekend.

The 2020 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series schedule:
Feb. 9 – The Clash
Feb 13 – the Duels at Daytona
Feb 16 – Daytona 500
Feb 23 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 1 – Auto Club Speedway
March 8 – ISM Raceway
March 15 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 22 – Homestead-Miami Speedway
March 29 – Texas Motor Speedway
April 5 – Bristol Motor Speedway
April 19 – Richmond Raceway
April 26 – Talladega Superspeedway
May 3 – Dover International Speedway
May 9 – Martinsville Speedway
May 16 – All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 24 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 31 – Kansas Speedway
June 7 – Michigan International Speedway
June 14 – Sonoma Raceway
June 21 – Chicagoland Speedway
June 27 – Pocono Raceway
June 28 – Pocono Raceway
July 5 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
July 11 – Kentucky Speedway
July 19 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Aug 9 – Michigan International Speedway
Aug 16 – Watkins Glen International
Aug 23 – Dover International Speedway
Aug 29 – Daytona International Speedway
Sept 6 – Darlington Raceway
Sept 12 – Richmond Raceway
Sept 19 – Bristol Motor Speedway
Sept 27 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Oct 4 – Talladega Superspeedway
Oct 11 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
Oct 18 – Kansas Speedway
Oct 25 – Texas Motor Speedway
Nov 1 – Martinsville Speedway
Nov 8 – ISM Raceway

NASCAR Tweaks Qualifying Rules

During their trip to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California drivers attempted to outsmart and outmaneuver each other on round three of qualifying. As a result none of the top 12 drivers completed a lap putting Austin Dillon on the pole with his round two qualifying speed.

Noting that returning to single car qualifying like they do for the restrictor plate races would be a last result, NASCAR officials have made some changes to the group qualifying procedures.

The new changes will take place this weekend in Texas and will apply to all three of the racing series – Gander Outdoors Truck Series, Xfinity Series, and the Monster Energy Cup Series. NASCAR is looking to create order on pit road and provide an exciting qualify session for the fans.

Beginning this weekend in Texas, a driver must participate in all of the qualifying round in order to have his time recorded and accepted. Any driver who fails to complete all of the rounds will have to start the race from the back of the field.

Also an issue in Fontana was drivers parking at the end of pit road and blocking other drivers from entering the track. To that end, NASCAR has determined that in future any driver who blocks pit road will have to serve a penalty.

Beginning this weekend, any driver not exiting pit road for a qualifying run must remain in the NASCAR designated area until they are ready to leave pit road; at which time they must continue directly to the track.

Qualifying rounds will remain the same with round one lasting 10 minutes and rounds two and three lasting five minutes.

NFL Makes Rule Changes

As a part of their annual meeting in Phoenix, the team owners of the National Football League have made some tweaks and changes in the rules of the game.

In the wake of a controversial call over the non-call of an interference play during the 2018 playoff season between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints, the owners voted overwhelmingly to allow all pass interference calls to be eligible for challenge and review…even the ones that were not called. Only the Cincinnati Bengals voted against the measure.

Like other challenges, coaches may do so in the first 28 minutes of each half with challenges going to the booth in the final two minutes of each half. Coaches are still allowed only two red flag challenges per game.

So far, the rule change only applies to the 2019/20 playing season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell noted that the rule change was a good thing because it was important to get the calls right.

Citing safety of the players and noting that one third of all concussions were due to a blindside block, the NFL owners have eliminated blindside blocks.

Other rule changes for the coming season:
The kickoff rues implemented last season have become permanent.

The competition committee has expanded the protections for defenseless players

NASCAR Assesses Penalties After Martinsville Races

After the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 25 NASCAR officials assessed penalties to three teams hen it was discovered that not all of the lug nuts were properly secured.

The number three Richard Childress Racing car driven by Austin Dillon, the number 36 Front RowMotorsports car driven by Matt Tifft, and the number 47 JTG Daugherty Racing car driven by Ryan Preece were all found to have one lug nut not properly secured.

As a result of the infractions, the crew chiefs for the nimbler three car – Danny Stockman -, the number 36 team – Mike Kelley-, and the number 47 team – Tristan Smith – were each fined $10,000.

After the Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on March 24, crew chief Ryan Fugle for the race winning Kyle Busch Motorsports number 51 truck driven by Kyle Busch was fined $2,500 after NASCAR found that one of the lug nuts on the truck was not properly secured.

American Idol: Hollywood Week

The auditions are over and 175 hopefuls move on to Hollywood Week for the most grueling week of the season on their way to being the next “American Idol”.

Radio personality Bobby Bones returns this season to serve as a mentor for the singers.

Round one all of the singers must give a solo performance A Capella…unless they provide their own music. Noticing that Colby Swift had holes in his boots, Luke Bryan gave Colby his boots.

After a round that had Katy throwing things, 98 singers survived to move on to some all night rehearsals and the group round.

After a trip to the hospital and barely able to talk, Nate Walker survived the group round.

About 70 singers survived the group round for the last shot to the final round…a solo performance with the band. Only 40 singers will be able to move on.

Joanna got a big surprise when her boyfriend not only showed up for Hollywood Week but proposed to her on stage and she said yes.

Once all of the performances are over the singers are divided into three rooms. Two of the rooms will be moving on to the Final Judgement round but one room will be going home.

The singers that make it to the Final Judgement round will get a big surprise…a trip to Hawaii to perform before half of them are eliminated.

Battles Begin on ‘The Voice’

The blind auditions are over and it is time for the Battles to begin on “The Voice”.

Again this season the coaches are bringing a little celebrity help to mentor their teams for the battle rounds.

Adam has brought in Charlie Puth
Kelly has brought in Kelsea Ballarini
John has brought in Khalid
and Blake has brought in the Hall of Fame duo Brooks and Dunn

John kicks off the battles with four chair turns Matthew Johnson and Shawn Sounds performing “Never too Much” by Luther Vandross. John chose Shawn Sounds as the winner of the battle.

And the steal returns again this season and Adam wasted no time in pushing his button. Kelly folowed right behind him. Matthew chose Kelly to be his new coach.

Next up, Kelly paired the family trio The Bundys against Mikaela Astel for a performance of “Songbird”. Kely chose the family trio of The Bundys as the winners of the battle.

Blake paired up Gyth Rigdon and Rod Stokes for a battle with “Drunk Me”. After saying they both gave 150 percent, Blake chose Gyth Rigdon as the winner of the battle. Adam pushed his button to steal Rod.

Adam paired up Domenic Haynes and Trey Rose for a battle off “I Need a Dollar”. Adam chose Domenic Haynes as the winner of the battle.

John chose to pair Savannah Brister and Maelyn Jarmon for a battle with “When We Were Young” by Adele. John chose Maelyn Jarmon as the winner of the battle. Comeback coach Bebe Reha chose Savannah as her first singer in the battle rounds.

Kelly paired up Beth Griffith-Manley and Jej Vinson for the final battle of the night. The duo sang “Jealous” for their battle. Kelly chose Jej Vincent as the winner of the battle. John quickly pushed his button to steal Beth.

The Teams:
John Legend:

Shawn Sounds
Maelyn Jarmon
Beth Griffith-Manley

Kelly Charkson:
Matthew Johnson
The Bundys
Jej VIncent

Blake Shelton:
Glyth Rigdon

Adam Levine:
Rod Stokes
Domenic Haynes

Part 2 of the Duels on ‘World of Dance’

It’s week two of the duel rounds on “World of Dance”. Last week the Upper Division dancers battled it out; this week its the Junior Teams turn to strut their stuff.

Ten acts will dance for the right to occupy six spots in the next round.

First up its the Filipino group Vpeepz vs the Belgian team Battle Droids Crew. Vpeepz scored 92.7 points; the Battle Droids Crew scored 90.3 points giving the win to Vpeepz. The Battle Droids are not out yet, they have a chance to move on to the Redemption round.

Next up, the all female group Intention chose to duel with whackers Get Down District. After a huge improvement from the qualifiers, Get Down District scored 88 points. Intention scored 87 points giving the win to Get Down District.

Mkam chose to due Elektro Crew. During rehearsals one of the members of Mkam fell and broke his foot and will be unable to perform in the duel. Mkam earned 90.7 points and Elektro Crew earned 91.0 giving them the duel. Mkam has earned their spot in the Redemption round and eliminated Intention.

Dance Town Divas take on JDC for a duel. Dance Town Divas earned 95 points. After bringing the judges to their feet, JDC scored 96 points after getting a 98 from Ne-Yo. The Dance Town Divas move on to the Redemption round and sent the Battle Droids Crew home.

In the final duel of the division, top scoring crew The Crazy 8’s chose to battle the lowest scoring crew West Springfield Dance. West Springfield Dance’s scary clown routine earned 89.3 points. After a routine that shocked Derek, The Crazy 8’s scored 93.3 points to win the duel.

The final battle is the Redemption round with Mkam and Dance Town Divas. IN the redemption round the teams perform to the same song and the winner is chosen by the judges…no points.

After bringing the judges to their feet, the final team moving on the the next round is Dance Town Divas!

Next week the Duels continue…

Dominating Win for Penske in Martinsville

The west coast swing is over and NASCAR has moved back east for some short track racing at the half mile paperclip known as Martinsville.

Unlike last week in Fontana, the drivers wasted no time in getting out on the track to get the tires warmed up and hopefully make a clean qualifying lap.

Under the new qualifying pit speeds rule, Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Daniel Suarez were both caught speeding on pit road. For Stenhouse his time was disallowed and he had to make another run; but for Suarez, he had to come back around and start over.

After three rounds of qualifying, with a time of 19.35 seconds Joey Logano puts his number 22 car on the pole with Aric Almirola starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the STP 500:
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
William Byron
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Daniel Suarez
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson
Chris Buescher
Kyle Busch
Paul Menard
Ryan Preece
Alex Bowman
Ryan Blaney
Erik Jones
Kurt Busch
Ryan Newman
Matt DiBenedetto
Ty Dillon
Michael McDowell
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
David Ragan
Bubba Wallace
Landon Cassill
Daniel Hemric
Austin Dillon
Ross Chastain
Matt Tifft
Jeb Burton
D.J. Kennington
Corey LaJoie
Cody Ware

Kyle Busch continues his record setting weekend by making his 1,000th NASCAR start. Busch is also looking for his third Monster Energy Cup Series win in a row.

Stages one and two of the race are 130 laps each with stage three lasting 240 laps. The drivers can complete stages one and two on a single fuel load but will have to make at least one stop during stage three.

William Byron was moved to the back of the field after some inspection issues.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead.

After giving team mate Joey Logano a bump, Brad Keselowski passes Logano for the lead on lap six.

On lap 26, Brad Keselowski has puled out to a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin with 32 cars on the lead lap.

Fifty laps into the race, Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race with a half second lead on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 57, there are 24 cars on the lead lap.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 65 when Michael McDowell blows a tire and gets into the wall. Ryan Blaney is the “lucky dog”.

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

Ty Dillon was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 71 and holds on to his lead.

Lap 88, Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race by a second and a half on Chase Elliott. There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Brad Keselowski wins stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Aric Almirola
Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer
Joey Logano
Martin True Jr
Kyle Busch
Austin Dillon

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 141 and jumps out in front of Chase Elliott for the lead. There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 146 for debris on the track. Several drivers were running up the track. There is an axle shaft…and grease on the track.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 154 and holds on to his lead.

Lap 225, Brad Keselowski continues to dominate the race with a half second lead on Chase Elliott with 21 cars on the lead lap.

Looking for the sweep, Brad Keselowski wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Daniel Suarez
Joey Logano

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman were charged with an uncontrolled tire and Ty Dillon was again charged with speeding on pit road.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with 229 laps remaining in the race. Ryan Blaney led the first five laps of the race and Brad Keselowski has led the rest, meaning that Team Penske drivers are the only ones to lead today’s race.

The caution flag comes out on lap 313 when Ty Dillon and William Byron make contact and spins out Byron.

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

Clint Bowyer was caught speeding on pit road.

Brad Keselowski brings the filed down for the green flag restart with 181 laps remaining in the race and holds on to his lead. The drivers cannot make it to the end of the race without making another pit stop.

Erik Jones has tire issues and is trying to make it to pit road before the caution flag comes out. Jones limped to pit road with two bad tires.

With 169 laps remaining in the race, Chase Elliott gets around Brad Keselowski to take the lead of the race for his first lead of the season.

With 155 laps to go, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half over Brad Keselowski. There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out with 129 laps to go when Matt Tifft hits the wall.

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

Clint Bowyer was caught speeding on pit road again.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart with 121 laps to go and retakes the lead of the race as Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch battle for second.

Seventy five to go, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over a second on Chase Elliott who is in a battle with Kyle Busch for the second spot.

With 60 laps to go, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Chase Elliott.

Ross Chastain brings out the caution flag with 55 laps to go.

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road. Coming down pit road, Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott make contact.

With 21 cars on the lead lap, Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 45 laps remaining in the race and holds oln to his lead.

Less than 40 laps to go, Chase Elliott challenges leader Brad Keselowski for the lead but is unable to make the pass.

Fifteen to go, Brad Keselowski continues to dominate the race with Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch right behind him.

Brad Keselowski takes the white flag.

In a dominating win never seen before in Martinsville, Brad Keselowski leads 446 of the 500 laps to win the race.

STP 500 results:
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Martin Truex Jr
Aric Almirola
Daniel Suarez
Austin Dillon
Kurt Busch
Ty Dillon
Alex Bowman
Paul Menard
Ryan Preece
Bubba Wallace
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano
Matt DiBenedetto
Chris Buescher
William Byron
Ryan Newman
Jimmie Johnson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
David Ragan
Daniel Hemric
Landon Cassill
Matt Tifft
Erik Jones
Michael McDowell
D. J. Kennington
Corey LaJoie
Ross Chastain
Jeb Burton
Cody Ware

Short Tracking at Martinsville for Truck Series

After a few weeks off, the Gander Outdoors Truck Series returns for some short track racing in Martinsville, Virginia for the TruNorth Global 250.

In group qualifying, 38 trucks are vying for 32 starting spots.

After three rounds of qualifying with a time of 19.63 seconds around the half mile track, Stewart Friesen wins the pole and will bring the field to the green flag.

Stages one and two of the race are 70 laps each with stage three lasting 110 laps. The drivers will not have to make a pit stop for fuel during any of the stages.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and holds on to the lead of the race with Kyle Busch on his bumper.

Lap five Stewart Friesen and Kyle Busch swap the lead back and forth for a few laps with Stewart Friesen holding on to the lead.

Lap 10, Kyle Busch takes over the lead of the race.

Lap 25, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Stewart Friesen with 30 trucks on the lead lap.

Halfway through stage one and Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over two seconds on Johnny Sauter.

Lap 50, leader Kyle Busch has now pulled out to a lead of three seconds over second place driver Johnny Sauter as Busch encounters slower traffic. There are 19 trucks on the lead lap.

Johnny Sauter is reporting power issues.

Driving it “like he stole it”, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly six seconds with 18 trucks on the lead lap.

Gus Dean brings out the caution flag on lap 62 with a flaming truck.

With stage one ending in a caution, Kyle Busch wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one
Kyle Busch
Stewart Friesen
Johnny Sauter
Todd Gilliland
Ross Chastain
Matt Crafton
Brett Moffitt
Austin Hill
Austin Dillon
Raphael Lessard

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Matt Crafton, Austin Theiault, and Cory Roper were all charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road. Spencer Boyd was charged with having too many crew members over the pit wall.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 80 and jumps out in front to hold on to the lead.

Lap 90 Kyle Busch has only a half second lead on Ross Chastain.

Halfway through stage two, Kyle Busch continues to dominate the lead of the race.

Johnny Sauter’s power issues have been repaired – the crew tightened the loose plug wire.

Daniel Sasnet brings out the caution flag with 22 laps remaining in stage two when he spins out.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road, but not all of the drivers made a pit stop.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag restart with 17 laps remaining in stage two. Friesen holds on to the lead of the race.

With 10 laps remaining in the stage, Ross Chastain passes Stewart Friesen to take the lead of the race.

With a lead of over a second, Ross Chastain wins stage two for his first stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ross Chastain
Ben Rhodes
Kyle Busch
Stewart Friesen
Brett Moffitt
Harrison Burton
Johnny Sauter
Austin Hill
|Myatt Snider
Todd Gilliland

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 150 and holds on to the lead but has to fend off a challenge form Ben Rhodes.

After fixing a plug wire issue, Johnny Sauter is reporting some issues with his brakes.

With 69 laps remaining in the race Kyle Busch challenges Ross Chastain for the lead.

With 65 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch passes Ross Chastain for the lead.

Johnny Sauter blows a tire and spews debris across the track but the track stays green until Daniel Sasnett spins out and brings out the caution flag. Johnny Sauter was charged with a commitment cone violation.

With only 52 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart; Busch holds on to the lead as the drivers get three wide across the track as they battle for position.

Cory Roper brings out the caution flag with only 40 laps remaining in the race.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart of the race with only 35 laps remaining in the race. Busch holds on to his lead.

Twenty to go, Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Ben Rhodes with Ross Chastain in third.

Ten to go, Kyle Busch holds on to a lead of over a second on Ben Rhodes with 19 trucks on the lead lap.

Tyler Dippel brings out the caution flag with only eight laps remaining in the race when he spins out.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with only three laps remaining in the race. Kyle Busch holds on to his lead.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

The caution flag comes out for a stopped truck on the truck but Kyle Busch wins Gander Outdoors Truck Series number 53 to extend his lead of all time Truck Series race winners. Busch now has 201 total NASCAR career wins.

TruNorth Global 250 results:
Kyle Busch
Ben Rhodes
Brett Moffitt
Ros Chastain
Stewart Friesen
Myatt Snider
Grant Enfinger
Matt Crafton
Johnny Sauter
Bubba Wallace
Harrison Burton
David Gilliland
Austin Dillon
Raphael Lessard
Todd Gilliland
Austin Hill
Sheldon Creed
Derek Kraus
Tyler Ankrum
Spencer Davis
Timmy Hill
Austin Theriault
Tyler Dippel
Reid Wilson
Korbin Forister
Jordan Anderson
Spencer Boyd
Travis Kvapil
Brennan Poole
Daniel Sasnett
Cory Roper
Gus Dean

Will Young

Original “Pop Idol” winner Will Young will be releasing his new album “Lexicon” on June 14 and this fall he will be touring around the United Kingdom to promote the album.

Will Young tour dates:

Oct 1 at the Princess Theatre in Torquay

Oct 2 at the Pavilions, Plymouth
Oct 4 at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham
Oct 5 at the Regent in Ipswich
Oct 6 at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend
Oct 8 at Davids Hall in Cardiff
Oct 9 at the Brighton Centre in Brighton
Oct 11 at the Eventim Apollo in London
Oct 12 at the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth
Oct 14 at the New Theatre in Oxford
aoct 5 at the Guildhall in Portsmouth
Oct 17 at the Liverpool Philharmonic in Liverpool
Oct 18 at the Apollo in Manchester
Oct 20 at the Barbican in York
Oct 21 at the Bonus Arena in Hull
Oct 22 at the Royal Concert Hal in, Nottingham
Oct 24 at City Hall in Sheffield
Oct 25 at the Armadillo in Glasgow
Oct 26 at Usher Hall in Edinburgh
Oct 28 at City Hall in Newcastle
Oct 29 at the Opera House in Blackpool

Decide

Rockers Decide have planned a North American tour for this spring to support their new album “Overtures Of Blasphemy”.

The band has also announced that Chris Cannella is the band’s guitarist.

Origin, Jungle Rot, and The Absence wiil be joining Decide on some dates.

Decide tour dates:
May 11 at Come and Take It Live! In Austin, TX
May 12 at the Gas Monkey Bar and Grill in Dallas, TX
May 13 at the Rockhouse Var and Grill in Wl Paso, TX
May 14 at Club Red in Mesa, AZ
May 15 at 1720 in Los Angeles, CA
May 16 at Oakland Metro in Oakland, CA
May 18 at El Corazon in Seattle, WA
May 20 at the Metro Music Hall in Salt Lake City, UT
May 22 at The Riot Rom in Kansas City, MO
May 23 at Reggie’s in Chicago, IL
May 24 at The Odeon in Cleveland, OH
May 25 at the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, MD
May 27 at Macericks in Ottawa, ON
May 28 at the Mod Club in Toronto, ON
May 29 at L’Astral in Montreal, QC
May 30 at Le d’Auteuil in Quebec City, QC
May 31 at the Jewel Nightclub in Manchester, NH
June 1 at the Gramercy Theater in New York City, NY

Rachael Sage

Fresh off of another visit to the SXSW Festival and the release of a new album – “PseudoMyopia” – Rachael Sage is hitting the road for some shows on both sides of the pond.

Rachael Sage tour dates:
March 30 at Atomic Tom’s in Binghamton, NY
April 12 at Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY
April 14 at The Burren Backroom in Somerville, MA
April 18 at Joe’s Pub in New York City, NY
April 26 at the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, GA
April 27 at the Isis Restaurant and Music Hall in Asheville, NC
May 1 at Club Café in Pittsburgh, PA
May 9 at The Globe in Cardiff, UK
May 10 at The Met in Bury, UK
May 11 at Webster’s Theatre in Glasgow, UK
May 13 at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, UK
May 14 at Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh, UK
May 15 at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale, UK
May 16 at The Bedford in London, UK
May 30 at the Hotel Café in Hollywood, CA
May 31 at The Lost Church in San Francisco, CA
June 1 at Studio 519 in Redondo Beach, CA
June 2 for the Refugee House Concert in Visalia, CA
June 13 at the Uncommon Ground Edgewater in Chicago, IL
June 30 at the Wortley Beer Festival in Bamsley, UK
July 5 at the Combury Festival in Oxfordshire, UK
July 9 at Nice N Sleazy in Glasgow, UK
July 10 at The Exchange in North Shields, UK
July 11 at St. cuthburt’s Church in Bradford, UK
July 13 at Parafest in Caerwys, UK
July 14 at Percy’s Cafe Bar in Whitchurch, UK
July 19 at the Enchantica Festival in Cheltenham, UK
July 20 at Tucker’s Grave Inn in Faulkland, UK

Calexico and Iron & Wine

The band Calexico and singer Sam Beam – better known as Iron & Wine – have paired up for a tour this summer and fall that will include some festival dates.

Calexico and Iron & Wine tour dates:
June 18 at River Ballroom in Saapahaw, NC
July 19 at the Super Bock Super Rock in Lisbon, Portugal
July 20 at the Stimmen Festival in Arlesheim, Switzerland
July 22 at the La Triennale di Milano in Milano, Italy
July 23 at the Anfiteatro del Vittoriale in Gardone Riviera, Italy
July 24 at the Villa Ada in Rome, Italy
July 25 at the Cavea del Nuovo Teatro dell’opera in Florence, Italy
July 26 at the Auditorium Horszowski in Monforte D’Alba, Italy
July 28 at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria
July 29 at the Auditorium de Palma de Mallorca in Palma, Spain
July 31 at the Stadtpark in Hamburg, Germany
Aug 2 at the Cambridge Folk Festival in Cambridge, UK
Aug 3 at the M-idzommer Festival in Leuven, belgium
Aug 4 at the Festival Du Bout Du Monde in Crozon, France
Aug 16 at the Orpheum theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 17 at the Rialto Theatre in Tuscon, AZ
Aug 21 at the Twilight Series at Ogden Amphitheater in Ogden, UT
Aug 22 at the Knitting Factory in Boise, ID
Aug 23 at the Keller Auditorium in Portland, OR
Aug 24 at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC
Sept 22 at the FreshGrass Festival in North Adams, MA
Nov 5 at the TrivoliVrendenburg – Ronda in Utrecht, Netherlands
Nov 6 at the den Atelier in Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Nov 7 at De Roma in Antwerp, Belgium
Nov 9 at the Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany
Nov 10 at the Posthof in Linz, Austria
Nov 11 at the Muffathalle in Munich, Germany
Nov 12 at the Mupa in Budapest, Hungary
Nov 14 at Musensaal Rosengarten in Manheim, Germany
Nov 15 at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany
Nov 16 at La Cigale in Paris, France
Nov 18 at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, UK
Nov 19 at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, UK
Nov 20 at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, UK
Nov 21 at the Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry, UK
Nov 23 at the Royal Festival Hall in London, UK
Nov 24 at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, UK

Former Dodger Pitcher Don Newcombe Has Died

Major League Baseball pitching legend Don Newcombe died February 19, 2019 at the age of 92. No details of his death were given other than it was after a long illness.

The Cy Young winning pitcher spent his career as a Dodger, first in Brooklyn and later in Los Angeles. Newcombe was also a member of the Cincinnati Reds, the Cleveland Indians, and the Chunichi Dragons in Japan before retiring from the game. Prior to joining the Dodgers, Newcombe was a member of the Negro League.

Newcombe later returned to the Dodgers working in the front office.

Along with winning the League’s first Cy Young Award; Newcombe was a Rookie of he Year winner, a Most Valuable Player winner, a four time all Star, and was a member of the 1955 World Series winning team; the same year he hit seven home runs – a record that still stands.

Off the field, Newcombe was an admirer of Dr. Martin Luther King and a champion for equality.

Jackie Robinson was the first player to cross the colour line, but he, Ray Campanella, and Don Newcombe broke the colour line of the minor leagues together.

He was born on June 14, 1926 in Madison, New Jersey. He began pitching full time while still in his teens after dropping out of high school. Newcombe took two years away from the game of baseball to serve in the United States military during the Korean War in 1952 and 53.

Newcombe is survived by his wife Karen, children Donald Jr, Brett, Anna, and stepson Chris; and two grandchildren.

 

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2019 World Video Game Hall of Fame Nominees Revealed

On March 20 the Strong Museum and the World Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester New York revealed the 12 finalists for induction into the Hall of Fame in May.

Games are nominated based on their impact on popular culture and gaming itself. The longevity of the game is also a consideration in the induction process.

The nominees range from pioneers in the field to newcomers that have dominated the download gaming industry.

From the thousands of video games that were nominated; Candy Crush, Centipede, Colossal Cave Adventure, Dance Dance Revolution, Half-Life, Microsoft Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Myst, NBA 2K, Sid Meier’s Civilization, Super Mario Kart, and Super Smash Bros. Melee were chosen for possible induction.

Meet the World Video Game Hall of Fame Nominees:

Candy Crush.jpg

Newcomer to the video gaming world is the free mobile gaming phenomenon Candy Crush which has totaled some three billion downloads around the world and has 300 million active players at its peak.

Centipede (arcade).jpg

One of the early arcade games Centipede has challenged the eye / hand co-ordination of millions of players as they tried to blast a zig-zagging centipede around the screen. Centipede has the distinction of having one of the only female programmers in the field – Dona Bailey – of the time in 1981.

Colossal Adventure

Created during the “dark ages” of the computer industry in 1976, Colossal Cave Adventure is a text based game of interactive fantasy. The game became a pioneer for generations of fantasy games to come.

Dance Dance Revolution (flyer)

Dance Dance Revolution got a generation of gamers moving in 1998 when it challenged players to test not only their dance skills but their balance and dexterity; similar to the popular board…floor…game of Twister generations before. Dance became the forerunner of the popular music games Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

Half-Life

Also created in 1998, Half-Life is a shooting game that resembles the obstacle courses run by law enforcement and military personnel. The games that followed have greatly enhanced the graphics and options of play.

Windows Solitaire

This centuries old card game made its debut in 1991 with the release of Windows 3.0. Since it debut, the game of Microsoft Windows Solitaire has appeared on over a billion computers and played by millions of computer owners looking to waste a little time…constructively.

Mortal Kombat (arcade)

The fighting game Mortal Kombat is known for its cutting edge graphics of he time in 1992. The controversial game was the subject of Congressional hearings and spawned the creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) in 1994. The game has sparked the generation of action figures and Hollywood movies.

Myst

Harnessing the new technology of the CD-ROM, Myst offered a world of mysterious puzzles and was one of the biggest selling games in the nineties.

NBK 2K

The global sports phenomenon NBA 2K makes a basketball star of anyone from the comfort of their own homes. Millions of sport star wannabes and B-ball stars have played this game since it debuted in 1999.

Sid Meier's Civilization

Released in 1991, the simulation game Civilization by Sid Meier. Players were challenged to create their own empires that spanned centuries. Since the original game release, there have been numerous other versions.

Super Mario Kart

The franchise Mario Brothers launched a racing game called Super Mario Kart and has gone on to be the longest racing series in the history of gaming.

Super Smash Bros

The Super Smash Brothers released the fighting game Melee. The game encouraged multi player participation. It also inspired numerous sequels.

From now to March 28 fans can go to worldvideogamehalloffame.org and cast their votes for the games they want to see become a part of the Video Game Hall of Fame. The fan votes will be tabulated and added as a single ballot. The new inductees will be announced on May 2. The new inductees will join the other 19 inductees on display on the second floor of The Strong Museum.

 

photos courtesy of The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York

2019 JUNO Awards

On March 17 The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences – L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement – (CARAS) presented the annual Juno Awards honouring the best in Canadian music and musicians. The Juno Awards is the culmination of week long musical events.

Award winning musician and Hall of Famer Sarah McLachlan hosted the gala event held in London, Ontario this year.

The Arkells, Bahamas, NAV, Whitehorse, bülow, Cœur de Pirate and Loud, Corey Hart, Jeremy Dutcher with Blake Pouliot, Loud Luxury, The Reklaws, and McLachlan herself all performed during the ceremonies.

A busy lady, McLachlan also inducted singer-songwriter Corey Hart into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

And the winners are:
JUNO Fan Choice: Avril Lavigne
Single of the Year: “In My Blood” by Shawn Mendes
International Album of the Year: “beerbongs & bentleys” by Post Malone
Album of the Year: “Shawn Mendes” by Shawn Mendes
Artist of the Year: Shawn Mendes
Group of the Year: Arkells
Breakthrough Artist of the Year: bülow
Breakthrough Group of the Year: The Washboard Union
Songwriter of the Year: Nate Mercereau, Scott Harris, TeddGeiger, Geoff Warburton, Khalid Robinson, and Shawn Mendes for “Shawn Mendes”
Country Album of the Year: “We Were That Song” by Brett Kissel
Adult Alternative Album of the Year: “Earthtones” by the Bahamas
Alternative Album of the Year: “Baby Teeth” by Dizzy
“Pop Album of the Year: “Shawn Mendes” by Shawn Mendes
Rock Album of the Year: “Ral Cry” by the Arkells
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year: “Laila Biali” by Laila Biali
Solo Jazz Album of the Year: “Old Soul” by Robi Botos
Group Jazz Album of the Year: “The Sessions of Being” by Andy Milne & Dapp Theory
Instrumental Album of the Year: “China Cloud” by Gordon Grdina
Francophone Album of the Year:Une année record” by Loud
Children’s Album of the Year: “You, Me and the Sea” by Splash’N Boots”
Solo or Chamber Classical Album of the Year: “he End of Flowers: Workd by Clarke & Ravel” by the Gryphon Trio
Large Ensemble Classical Album of the Year: “Vaughan Williams” by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian conductor with Louis Lortie, Sarah Jeffrey, and Teng Li
Vocal or Choral Classical Album of the Year: “Vienna: Fin de siecle” by Barbara Hannigan with Reinbert De Leeuw
Classical Composition of the Year: “Golden Slumbers Kiss Your Eyes” by Ana Sokolovic
Rap Recording of the Year: “LoVE me Now” by Tory Lanez
Dance Recording of the Year: “Body” by Loud Luxury
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: “Being Human in Public” by Jessie Reyez
Reggae Recording of the Year: “Sly & Robbie meet Dubmatix – Overdubbed” by Dubmatix
Indigenous Music Album of the Year: “olastoqivyik Lintuwakonawa” by Jeremy Dutcher
Contemporary Roots Album of the Year: “Both Ways” by Donovan Woods
Traditional Roots Album of the Year: “Sweet Old Religion” by Pharis and Jason Romero
Blues Album of the Year: “Miles to Go” by Colin James
Contemporary Christian or Gospel Album of the Year: “Tired of Basic” by LOVECOLIDE
World Music Album of the Year: “Rapadou Kreyol” by Wesli
Producer of the Year: Eric Ratz
Recording Engineer of the Year: Shawn Everett
Album Artwork of the Year: “BLOOD -Rhye” by Mike Milosh
Video of the Year: “No Depression” by the Bahamas
Electronic Album of the Year: “Deception Bay” by Milk & Bone
Metal or Hard Rock Music Album of the Year: “The Wake” by Voivod
Adult Contemporary Album of the Year: “Love” by Michael Buble
Comedy Album of the Year: “Good Friend Bad Gramar” by Dave Merheje
Humanitarian Award: David Foster
Special Achievement Award: Duff Roman

 

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Auditions Conclude on Idol

It’s the final week of auditions on “American Idol” before the singing hopefuls make their way to Hollywood for the toughest week in the competition.

Katy celebrates her birthday during the Louisville auditions including a video message from Dolly Parton and a Louisville slugger bat.

Big Katy Perry fan Jessica Whitley returns to Idol after a seven year absence to give it another go but again failed to get her golden ticket.

Jacob Moran blew the judges away and earned his ticket to Hollywood. Luke said that Jacob was the best voice in Kentucky.

Several auditioners returned from previous seasons, and some of them earned their tickets to Hollywood. After being eliminated in the top 24 last season, Alyssa Raghu returned to audition again and after giving Luke goosebumps, she got her ticket to Hollywood for another try.

And after numerous wannabes, Colby Swift walked in and brought a smile to Luke’s face. Luke said that Colby reminded him of himself at 19. Despite the judges feeling that Colby is very unpolished, he got his ticket to Hollywood.

Evelyn Cormier chose the Chris Isaaks song “Wicked Game” for her audition. Katy called it one of her favourite voices ever. Evelyn got her ticket to Hollywood.

Former dental hygienist Ashley Hess played the piano as she auditioned with a Norah Jones song. Ashley had the judges gathering around the piano to hear hers sing. After praising Ashley for her control, she got her ticket to Hollywood.

Gaba chose an Adele song for her audition. Luke said that Gaba has a very polished voice. Gaba go her ticket to Hollywood.

Cheerleader and straight A student Peach Martine got mixed remarks from the judges but ended up getting her ticket to Hollywood.

While it is a singing competition, many of the singers bring their instruments along and had to get some help from the judges in getting their guitars tuned up.

Construction worker Dalton Elliott can put up his tools for a while, while he goes to Hollywood.

Katie Belle chose Jennifer Hudson’s version of “Golden Slumbers” for her audition and while Katy thinks Katie needs to work on her voice, Katie Belle got her ticket to Hollywood.

For the final audition on the Sunday night episode, 27 year old widow Lauren Engle chose an original song about her husband for her audition and earned her ticket to Hollywood.

In the final audition show on Monday, the last group of hopefuls audition in hopes of getting their golden tickets to Hollywood.

Jade Flores got the show kicked off and impressed the judges with her entertaining, not just singing. She got her ticket to Hollywood.

Jacob O’Brien chose to sing an original song he wrote about America as he auditioned wearing a flag shirt. But only Luke gave him a yes vote.

Christian Padavan chose a Billy Joel song for his audition. Katy told Christian to bring in his girlfriend, who is very shy. Christian got his ticket to Hollywood. They talked the girlfriend into singing.

Ryan Hammond grew up singing in church chose a Sam Smith song for his audition as his family listened at the door. Lionel said that Ryan made the song his own. Ryan got his ticket to Hollywood.

Chloe Channell brought Country music star Billy Dean to play guitar for her audition. Chloe got her ticket to Hollywood. Luke and Billy sang together.

Emma Kleinberg chose an Allen Stone song for her audition and earned her ticket to Hollywood.

Zeb Spencer showed off a little of clogging expertise before singing. Luke called Zeb his favourite Country voice over the past two years. He got his tcket to Hollywood.

Israeli born Jorgie performed an original song with his band – violin and piano – for his audition. After Lionel said that Jorgie nailed it, he got his ticket to Hollywood.

Hunkasourous Rex” – Nick Merico is a veteran of Nickelodeon TV. He chose an Amy Winehouse song for his audition as he played the piano. After the audition, Luke asked if they could school him on the girls screaming. Nick got his ticket to Hollywood.

Lady Mapo dressed in black walked into the room but when she got ready to sing, she pulled her wig off and it was last season’s winner Maddie Poppy. Many of the former Idols made surprise visits during the auditions this season.

Fireman Jared Sanders chose a George Srait song for his audition as Caleb Lee Hutchinson looked on with the judges. With only a yes from Lionel, Jared did not get his ticket to Hollywood.

For the final audition of the season, Jackson Gillies amazed Luke and earned his ticket to Hollywood.

Next week it’s on o Hollywood…

Derek Hough Goes Solo

Award winning dancer, choreographer, and judge Derek Hough is launching his first ever solo tour this spring. The 60 city extravaganza will feature far more than Hough’s signature Ballroom dances. He has planned a show that features a wide variety of dance styles from Ballroom to Hip-Hop.

Hough has tapped award winning choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha – Nappy Tabs – to serve as the tour’s directors and choreography supervisors.

Derek Hough tour dates:
April 5 at the Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, NC
April 6 at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, SC
April 7 at the Florida Theater in Jacksonville, FL
April 9 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL
April 10 at the Dreyfoos Hall in West Palm Beach, FL
April 11 at the Bob Carr Theater in Orlando, FL
April 12 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA
April 13 at the Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC
April 14 at the Altria Theater in Richmond, VA
April 16 at the Modell Performing Arts Center in Baltimore, MD
April 17 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA
April 18 at the Hershey Theatre in Hershey, PA
April 19 at the MGM National Harbor in Washington DC
April 20 at the Count Basie Center for the Performing Arts in Red Bank, NJ
April 23 at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, MA
April 24 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ
April 26 at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY
April 27 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
April 28 at the Kodak Center Theater in Rochester, NY
April 30 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI
May 1 at the Aiken Theatre in Evansville, IN
May 2 at the Opry House in Nashville, TN
May 3 at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis, IN
May 4 at the Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH
May 5 at the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, IL
May 7 at the DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, MI|
May 8 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH
May 9 at the Palace theatre in Louisville, KY
May 10 at the Stifel Theatre in St. louis, MO
May 11 at the Arvest Bank Theatre in Kansas City, MO
May 12 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in Springfield, MO
May 14 at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, IN
May 15 at the Civic Center Theater in Peoria, IL
May 16 at the Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA
May 17 at The State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
May 18 at Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI
May 19 at the Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, WI
May 21 at the Orpheum Theatre in Omaha, NE
May 22 at the Bellco Theatre in Denver, CO
May 23 at The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City, UT
May 25 at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA
May 26 at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, OR
May 28 at the Luher Burbank Center for the Performing Arts in Santa Rose, CA
May 29 at the Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose, CA
May 30 at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, CA
May 31 at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, NV
June 1 at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, CA
June 2 at the Comerica Theater in Phoenix, AZ
June 4 at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center in Midland, TX
June 5 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, TX
June 6 at the Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land, TX
June 7 at the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, TX
June 8 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, LA
|June 9 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, AL
June 11 at the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum in Knoxville, TN
June 12 at the Akron Civic Center in Akron, OH
June 13 at the Beacon Theater in New York City, NY
June 14 at The Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia, PA
June 15 at the Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading, PA

iHeart Radio Awards

It was a woman’s world at this year’s iHeart Radio Awards where female artists dominated the list of winners, many becoming the first to do so

“The Masked Singer” winner T-Pain hosted the gala event that honours radio airplay from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

Ariana Grande, Cardi B., Ella Mai, and Alicia Keys all broke the male dominated wins in their categories.

Drake, 5 Seconds of Summer, Three Days Grace, and Bad Bunny also became first time winners.

After Halsey, Travis Barker and Yungblud opened the show; Ariana Grande (via a taped performance), Ella Mai, Alicia Keys accompanied by her eight year old son, Marshmello with Lauv, Garth Brooks, Kacey Musgraves with Chris Martin, John Legend, lovelytheband and the Backstreet Boys all performed during the awards presentation.
2019 iHeart Radio Award winners:
Song of the Year: “The Middle” by Maren Morris with Zedd and Grey
Female Artist of the Year: Ariana Grande
Male Artist of the Year: Drake
Best Duo or Group of the Year: 5 Seconds of Summer
Best Collaboration: “Finese” remix by Bruno Mars with Cardi B.
Best New Pop Artist: Marshmello
Alternative Rock Song of the Year: “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco
Alternative Rock Album of the Year:
“Pray for the Wicked” by Panic! At the Disco
Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:
Imagine Dragons
Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:
lovelytheband
Rock Song of the Year:
“Safari Song” by Greta Van Fleet
Rock Artist of the Year:
Three Days Grace
Country Song of the Year: “Meant To Be” by Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line
Country Artist of the Year: Luke Combs
Best New Country Artist: Jordan Davis
Dance Song of the Year: “The Middle” by Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey
Dance Artist of the Year: Marshmello
Hip-Hop Song of the Year: “God’s Plan” by Drake
Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: Cardi B
Best New Hip-Hop Artist: BlocBoy JB
R&B Song of the Year: “Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai
R&B Artist of the Year: Ella Mai
Best New R&B Artist: Ella Mai
Producer of the Year: Louis Bell
Latin Song of the Year: “X” by Nicky Jam and J Balvin
Latin Artist of the Year: Bad Bunny
Latin Album of the Year: J Balvin
Best New Latin Artist: Manuel Turizo
Regional Mexican Song of the Year: “Mi Sorpresa Fuiste Tú” by Calibre 50
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: Calibre 50
Pop Album of the Year: Ariana Grande
Innovator Award: Alicia Keys
Tour of the Year: Taylor Swift
L’Oreal Fangirls Award: Halsey
Artist of the Year: Ariana Grande
Artist of the Decade: Garth Brooks
Most Thumbed-Up Artist of the Year: Imagine Dragons
Country Album of the Year: Jason Aldean
Rock Album of the Year: twentyonepilots
Dance Album of the Year: The Chainsmokers
Socially Voted Categories:
Best Lyrics: “Consequences” by Camila Cabello
Best Cover Song: “You’re Still The One” by Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves
Best Fan Army: BTSArmy for BTS
Best Music Video: “Delicate” by Taylor Swift
Social Star Award: Agnez Mo
Cutest Musician’s Pet: Gracie – Lauren Jauregui
Best Solo Breakout: Tiffany Young
Song That Left Us Shook: “I’ll Never Love Again” by Lady Gaga
Favorite Tour Photographer: Helene Pambrun for Harry Styles

Duels Begin on ‘World of Dance”

The qualifying rounds are over and it’s time for the battles to begin with the duel rounds on “World of Dance”.

First up is the Upper Division with 10 dance acts to perform for only six spots. New this season is the redemption round where the two top scoring acts that were eliminated will have one final chance to make it on the show.

After earning the highest score in the qualifying round, Tobias and the EZTwins chose to challenge the tap dancing duo the D’Angelo Brothers. During rehearsals one of the brothers fell and broke his nose and a finger. After the duel, the D’Angelo Brothers scored 89.7 points and Tobias and the EZTwins scored 87.3 points giving the D’Angelo Brother the win. Jennifer said that it was the first time she had ever gotten goosebumps from a tap routine.

Next up Denise and Josh chose to battle Jonathan y Jorge. With a trick filled routine that set the hse on fire, Jonathan y Jorge scored 90.7 points and Denise and Josh scored 90 points giving Jonathan y Jorge the win.

WOD Thailand champions DD Flection chose Poppin John for a battle. DD Reflection scored 89 points and Poppin John scored 91.3 points to take the win.

Derek Piquette chose to battle Derion and Madison; saying that he wanted to challenge himself. With Jennifer saying that it was going to be a hard duel to score, Derion and Madison scored 90 points and Derek Piquette scored 89.3 points giving Derion and Madison he win.

In the final duel the duo All Ready will battle it out with Briar Nolet. All Ready scored 92.3 points and Briar Nolet earned 90.3 points. All Ready wins the battle, but Briar gets one more chance in the redemption duel.

In the final dance of he night Briar Nolet and Denise and Josh will battle it out for the final spot in he Upper Division.

In the final decision of the night, the judges chose Briar Nolet as the winner of the redemption duel.

Next week, another division will battle it out for a spot in the next round.

Blinds Conclude on ‘The Voice’

It’s the final night of the Blind Auditions on “The Voice”. John has only one spot remaining on his team, Blake has two spots open, and Adam and Kelly need three more singers each to fill their teams.

First up is Celia Babini who’s photographer father is traveling and won’t be able to make it to her blind audition. But backstage she gets a really big surprise when her dad shows up. She gets the show started with a four chair turn and brings the coaches to their feet.

Cecily Hennigan only got one chair to turn, but one was all she needed.

Kalvin Jarvis is the son of a rapper but chose to sing one of John Legend’s own songs for his blind audition and had John grooving along with the performance. Kalvin got a two chair turn for his audition.

Ava August is the youngest person to ever audition for the show at age 13. But her performance of “House of the Rising Sun” failed to turn any chairs.

New dad David Owens chose the Bonnie Raitt song “I Can’t Make You Love Me” for his audition and got Kelly to turn her chair.

Presley Tennant impressed Kelly enough to get her to turn her chair for the second time Kelly had no competition from the guys. Now each of the coaches need only one person to fill their teams.

Rod Stokes didn’t begin singing until he was 20 years old and it was at church. Rod got all three of the guys to turn their chairs. After Rod chose Blake to be his coach. Blake is the first coach to fill his team.

Calista Garcia is a modern day hippie who loves to sing about peace and love. While she failed to turn any chairs, she did have the coaches dancing in their chairs.

Andrew Janakos got a two chair turn and with Blake’s team full, he could not claim another Country singer. After choosing Adam to be his coach, Adam’s team is full.

Kayslin Victoria got both of the coaches with a spot on their teams to push their buttons. John’s team is now full.

Maddie Frasier chose a Janis Joplin song for her audition but failed to impress Kelly enough to turn her chair.

And it took er a while to find the artist she wanted.

Kelly finally fills her team when Jackson Marlow – Red . Marlow’s nephew – took the stage. And Kelly finally scored her Country music guy.

Next week when the battle rounds begin; Charlie Puth, Kelsea Ballerini, Khalid, and Country music duo Brooks and Dunn join the coaches to mentor the team members.

The teams:
Team Adam:
Domenic Haynes
Jimmy Mowery
Trey Rose
Karly Moreno
Patrick McAloon
LB Crew
Ciera Dumas
Mari
Anthony Ortiz
Celia Babini
Kalvin Jarvis
Andrew Janakos

Team Blake:
Gyth Rigdon
Hannah Kay
Kim Cherry
Lili Joy
Carter Lloyd Horne
Dexter Roberts
Dalton Dover
Kendra Checketts
Selki
Andrew Sevener
Cecily Hennigan
Rod Stokes

Team Kelly:
The Bundys
Karen Galera
Rizzi Myers
Alena D’Amico
Jej Vinson
Rebecca Howell
Beth Griffith-Manley
Abby Kasch
Mikeala Astel
David Owens
Presley Tennant
Jackson Marlow

Team John:
Julian King
Lisa Ramey
Maelyn Jarmon
Matthew Johnson
Savannah Brister
Jacob Maxwell
Talon Cordon
Betsy Ade
Dentin Arnell
Oliv Blu
Shawn Sounds
Kaslin Victoria

Prestige Worldwide Band

As a part of the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, the Prestige Worldwide Band brought their fun filled musical extravaganza to the stage.

With three band members who sing, the band offered a wide variety of music from The Beatles to Nineties pop music.  The band even threw in an old television commercial.

Band members invited the audience to make song requests and the crowd was eager to comply…even offering up a few questionable choices.  But in the end a fun time was had by all including the band themselves.

 

 

Historic Win Auto Club 400

On a very windy Friday afternoon, the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers took to the track at Auto Club Speedway to qualify for the Auto Club 400 on Sunday to finish out the west coast segment of the spring NASCAR racing schedule.

Beginning this week, the drivers must maintain the same pit road speeds they observe in the race. Any driver who is caught speeding heading for the track during qualifying will be brought back down pit road and will have to start again. Any driver caught speeding coming back on pit road after making a qualifying run will have their time disqualified.

Any speeding infractions could have some serious consequences for a driver with the first two rounds of qualifying lasting only 10 minutes and round three lasting only five minutes.

After three rounds of qualifying Austin Dillon wins the pole with his second round speed after nobody made it to the start/finish line in time to make a lap in round three.

The starting lineup for the Auto Club 400:
Austin Dillon
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Newman
Chase Elliott
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Blaney
Jimmie Johnson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Brad Keselowski
Chris Buescher
Kyle Larson
Ty Dillon
Daniel Hemric
Erik Jones
David Ragan
Daniel Suarez
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Alex Bowman
Matt DiBenedetto
Paul Menard
Ryan Preece
Martin Truex Jr
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell
Corey LaJoie
Ross Chastain
Matt Tifft
Landon Cassill
Cory Ware
Reed Sorenson
BJ McLeod
Garrett Smithley
Joey Gase

Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps for a total of 200 laps around the two mile track. The drivers will be racing 400 miles around one of the widest tracks on the circuit.

On the pace laps, in an impressive display the drivers went five wide for a fan salute.

Pole sitter Austin Dillon fell ill on Saturday night and had to spend time in the medical center getting some IV’s. While he is not feeling well and there is a standby driver standing by, Dillon assures the team that he is in the car for the duration.

Matt Tifft has moved to the back of the field after making an engine change.

On a hot windless day Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and the drivers quickly get five wide across the track.

Denny Hamlin leads the first lap.

Austin Dillon takes the lead on lap three.

Aric Almirola leads lap four.

Kyle Busch has come from third to take the lead of the race on lap 13.

After taking the lead on lap 13, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on lap 24.

Lap 26 drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

Leader Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road for his green flag pit stop on lap 30 and give the lead over to William Byron.

William Byron brings his car down pit road for his green flag pit stop with 26 laps remaining in stage one; Kyle Busch retakes the lead of the race.

Lap 40, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly four seconds.

Clint Bowyer is reporting some possible engine issues saying that he fells like he is down a cylinder and can smell oil burning.

With nine laps remaining in stage one, Ty Dillon brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.

The caution flag comes out on lap 55 for Austin Dillon’s smoking car with a cut tire.

Many of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with just four laps remaining in stage one. Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Clint Bowyer are the only drivers who did not make a pit stop.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with just one lap remaining in stage one.

Kyle Busch takes the lead as the caution flag comes out for a crash from Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Kyle Busch wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Daniel Suarez
Aric Almirola
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Hemric

Along with Ricky Stenhouse Jr; Martin Truex Jr, Erik Jones, and Kyle Larson also sustained damage from the crash.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 69 and after short battle with Joey Logano, Busch holds on to the lead.

Lap 70 Joey Logano takes the lead of the race.

Daniel Hemric brushes the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 72, Kyle Busch passes Joey Logano to take the lead.

Daniel Hemric brings his car down pit road with a flat tire on lap 75.

Lap 82, Kyle Bush has a two second lead on second place driver Joey Logano.

Drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops on lap 91.

Kyle Busch and Matt DiBenedetto are the last two drivers to make their pit stops.

Once the green flag pit stops have cycled around, Kyle Busch holds on to his lead…and increases his lead.

Bubba Wallace was caught speeding on pit road and will have to make a pass through penalty.

With 18 laps remaining in stage two, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over four seconds.

Lap 110, Kyle Busch is running away from the field with a lead of over five seconds.

Clint Bowyer made an unscheduled stop on pit road with a possible flat tire with less than 10 laps remaining in stage two.

Kyle Busch wins stage two by over six seconds. This is the third time in Kyle Busch’s career that he has won both stages in a race.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones
Burt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road and was caught speeding. He will have to start from the rear of the field.

Denny Hamlin was also caught speeding on pit road.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 127 and holds on to the led as drivers get four and five wide across the track.

Lap 130, Kyle Busch is in 16th place.

With 67 laps remaining in the race, Clint Bowyer takes his car to the garage and is the first car out of the race.

With 63 laps remaining in the race, Brad Keselowski has a two second lead.

Fifty to go, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of over four seconds on team mate Joey Logano. Kyle Busch has moved up to sixth place after starting back in the field from a speeding penalty.

Forty laps to go, drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

The caution flag comes out with 37 laps remaining in the race for Bubba Wallace who scattered debris all over the track after blowing a tire.

Kyle Busch was in the lead after not yet making his green flag pit stop. There are only seven cars on the lead lap with 14 cars one lap down.

Ryan Blaney did not make a pit stop and will bring the field down for the green flag.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag but it is Brad Keselowski who gets out in front with 31 laps remaining in the race. Keselowski and Kyle Busch battle back and forth for the lead with Keselowski getting out in front.

Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead but Keselowski holds on to the top spot.

With 27 laps to go, Joey Logano gets around team mate Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Coming from third place, Kyle Busch retakes the lead with 26 laps to go.

Twenty to go and Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second.

Fifteen to go, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds over Joey Logano.

Ten to go, Kyle Busch’s lead is now nearly two and a half seconds.

Five to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Joey Logano.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag with a lead of over two seconds.

Kyle Busch wins the race for Monster Cup Series win number 53 and NASCAR career win number 200!

Auto Club 400 results:
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Martin True Jr
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
Daniel Suarez
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
William Byron
Chris Buescher
Jimmie Johnson
Matt DiBenedetto
Erik Jones
Pal Menard
Alex Bowman
Ryan Newman
Ryan Preece
Michael McDowell
David Ragan
Matt Tifft
Ty Dillon
Ross Chastain
Landon Cassill
Bubba Wallace
Corey LaJoie
Cody Ware
Daniel Hemric
Reed Sorenson
Joey Gase
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod
Clint Bowyer

Gov’t Mule

Gov’t Mule have announced some spring and summer dates in the U.S. and Europe that features some headlining dates and music festivals.

April 12 at Spring Back to Vail in Vail, CO
April 13 &14 at Belly Up in Aspen, CO
April 16 at the Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln, NE
April 18 at the Pavst Theater in Milwaukee, WI
April 19 at the Peoria Music Hall in Peoria, IL
April 20 at the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, MO
April 21 at the Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS
April 22 at theTempleLive in Fort Smith, AR
April 24 & 25 at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA
April 26 at the Macon City Auditorium in Macon, GA
April 27 at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, LA
April 29 at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre in Wilmington, NC
May 1 at the Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL
May 3 at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, FL
May 4 at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, LA
May 27 at the O2 Academy in Glasgow, UK
May 28 at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
May 29 at the O2 Academy in Leeds, UK
May 31 at the Town Hall in Birmingham. UK
June 1 at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London, UK
June 2 at Academy 2 in Manchester, UK
June 4 at La Cigale in Paris, France
June 5 at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium
June 6 at Batschkapp in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
June 8 at the Ribs & Blues Raalte in Raalte, Netherlands
June 9 at Podium Victorie in Alkmaar, Netherlands
June 13-16 at the Mountain Jam in Bethel, NY
June 28 at the Smokey Run Music Festival in Butler, OH
July at the CMAC Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, NY
July 19 at the Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, MN
July 20 at the Moondance Jam in Walker, MN

Stray Cats

It is hard to believe but this year The Stray Cats will celebrate 40 years of rock and roll with a rockabilly flair.

To mark the occasion, Brian Setzer, Slim Jim, and Lee Rocker are getting together for some tour date and a new album with new tunes. This will be be the first album of new music from The Cats in over 25 years.

“40” was recorded live in the studio and will be released on vinyl, CD, and via digital formats on May 24.

The tour kicks off this summer in Europe with the U.S. Dates to follow.

Stray Cats tour dates:
June 21 at the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria, Spain
June 23 at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, UK
June 25 at the O2 Apollo in Manchester, UK
June 26 & 27 at the Eventim Apollo in London, UK
June 29 at the Retro C Trop in Tilloly, France
July 1 at the AFAS Live in Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 3 at the Columbiahalle in Berlin, Germany
July 4 at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany
July 6 at the American Tours Festival in Tours, France
July 7 at the Les Eurockeennes in Belfort, France
July 9 at the Killesberg in Stuttgart, Germany
July 11 at the Zenith in Munich, Germany
July 13 at the Musilac Festival in Aix-Les- Baines, France
July 18 at the Pori Jazz Festival in Pori, Finland
July 20 at the Summer Jamboree-Falum in Falun, Sweden
Aug 3 at the Ocean Resort Casino Ovati n Hall in Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 6 at the Pier 17 South Street Seaport in New York City, NY
Aug 13 at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA
Aug 14 at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, OH
Aug 15 at the Meijer Garden in Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 18 at the Treasure Island Casino in Wlch, MI
Aug 26 at the Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 28 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 31 at Humphrey’s in San Diego, CA

BPO Kids Guides Young Fans

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra capped off a weekend of music with a concert for the younger set in the BPO Kids Young People’s Guide to the Orchestra.

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BPO Assistant Conductor Jaman Dunn got the afternoon of music started by leading the BPO in a performance of the Dmitry Kabalevsky composition “Overture to Colas Breugnon, Op 24”.

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Guest conductor Maestro Ron and narrator Leah Wietig took the stage for “Young People’s Guide to the Orchestra” – a composition with a theme and 13 variations as each section/instrument of the orchestra is introduced. Wietig read the narrative poem written by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater (who was in attendance) before each variation was pkayed.

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The poem and photos were shown on the video screen during the performance. There were also various hand motions included for audience participation with the performance.

The musical afternoon concluded with a sing-a-long of “This Old Man”, “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt”, “Day O”, and “if You’re Happy and You Know It”. Lyrics and comical images appeared on the video screen during the songs.

Country Legends Tribute at Seneca Niagara

On March 9 the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino turned into a bit of Nashville when the Legendary Ladies of country music tribute show came to Niagara Falls.

In the early days of Country music it was very much a man’s world until Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, and Loretta Lynn came on the scene and paved the way for generations of Country music singers to come.

The Legendary Ladies of Country Music show pays tribute to the to the three pioneering Hall of Fame members with music and stories by three women who take on the persona of the stars.

Backed by a four piece band that included a banjo and a stand up bass play as the women took turns as they performed the familiar hit songs by the legendary entertainers.

With Dolly getting the night started off to a rousing start with “Mule Skinner Blues”; the show included “Gotta Lot of Rhythm in My Soul”, “You’re Looking at Country”, “Coat of Many Colors”, “Walking After Midnight”, “Fist City”, “Dumb Blonde”, “Leavin’ on Your Mind”, “You Ain’t Woman Enough”, “My Blue Tears”, “Over Me Honey Do”, “After the Fire is Gone”, “Joshua”, “Never No Moe”, “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, “Seven Bridges Road”, “Harper Valley PTA”, “Till I Get it Right”, a rendition of “Folsom Prison Blues”by the band, “Crazy”, “She’s Got You”, “Jolene”, “Jackson”, “Blue Kentucky Girl”, “Sweet Dreams”, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl”, and “Stand By Your Man”.

After some arousing cheers and applause from the audience, the ladies returned to give an encore performance of “9 to 5”.

The near packed house of Country music fans were eager to shout out their favourites, join in on the songs, and even stay for more as they continued to call out songs even after the ladies had left the stage.

MLB Makes Rule Changes

Major League Baseball and the Player Association have come together to make some changes in the rules of the game for the next couple of baseball seasons. The new rules cover all aspects of the game and still must be approved the all 30 professional baseball teams.

In an increasing effort to shorten the length of the game, the break between innings will be reduced to two minutes each. Beginning next season, the Baseball Commissioner’s office will have the option to reduce the break to just one minute 55 seconds.

The deadlines involving the trade process have been trimmed to include only the July 31 deadline for trading players. The waiver trade period has been eliminated; however players may still be placed on waivers and claimed after the deadline date.

In 2018 MLB initiated a limit on the number of times a manager or pitching coach may visit the mound in any game to six times. Beginning this season, that number has been decreased to only five visits per game per team.

In the 2020 season…
…there will be some major changes to the roster with the number of players increasing from 25 to 26 players with 25 of them active players. On dates when a doubleheader is played, the roster number may increase to an additional player. Previously the roster increased to 40 players beginning September 1 after the minor league season had concluded. Beginning September 1, 2020; the roster will increase by only two players to 28.

Yet to be determined; but beginning next season, there will be a limit to the number of pitchers a team is allowed to carry. To help ensure the proper number of pitchers are on any given team, teams will have to designate whether a player is a position player or a pitcher. A player may be designated a two way player if he has met the minimum for innings pitched; a position player may also pitch in extra innings or if the score is separated by at least six runs.

Over recent years, the game of baseball has seen “specialists” when it comes to pitchers facing batters. Beginning next season a pitcher must face at least three batters unless the end of the half inning has been reached. The only exceptions will be in the case of an injury of illness.

In 2017 MLB reduced the minimum number of days a player must be on the disabled list from 15 days to 10 days; beginning in 2020 that number will again be increased to 15 days. The same ruling will take effect for pitchers designated for assignment in the minors after an injury.

The All Star Game
The voting process for the All Star game players has been divided into two rounds with the top three vote getters from each league at every position wlll move on to a second round of voting. The winners of the fan vote will be deemed the All Star game starters.

In the All Star game itself, if a game goes into extra innings, the inning will begin with a runner at second base. Any player who has already left the game will be allowed to return to the game, but only as a runner.

Part of the All Star break festivities is the annual Home Run Derby contest. The biggest change to the Derby is the prize money; the overall prize money will be $2.5 million with the winner receiving $1 million; up from $125,000 last year. All Star players will also see an increase in the money they receive for the game.

NASCAR Applies Qualifying Pit Speeds

During each race NASCAR has a maximum speed limit for drivers on pit road but have not extended those rules to on track qualifying…until now.

Beginning with qualifying for the Auto Club 400 this weekend at Auto Club Speedway in California the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers must watch their speeds on pit road.

Drivers who exceed the speed limit while getting on the track to qualify will have to come back down pit road before being allowed to make a qualifying run.

Any driver who exceeds the speed limit getting back on it road after making a qualifying run will have their time disallowed and will have to make another run, time permitting.

BPO Plays Copeland Concerto

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra opened a weekend of music on March 8 with a Coffee Concert Series performance that featured guest conductor Leon Botstein and clarinetist Anthony McGIll.

The program began with the “Symphony No 8 in B minor” by Franz Schubert, also known as the Unfinished Symphony and includes only two movements instead of the usual four found in a symphony.

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After a short break to reset the stage, New York Philharmonic Orchestra principal clarinet player Anthony McGill took the stage for a performance of Aaron Copeland’s “Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra” in two distinctly different movements.

While the first movement – Slowly and Expressively – features a gorgeous melody, the second movement – Rather Fast – was more like a cross between “Rhapsody in Blue” and a Benny Goodman solo that had people moving in their seats. Not constrained by a chair, McGill used his body to help accent the notes as he played.

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Along with numerous performances as a guest performer with orchestras around the world, McGill also performed as a part of President Barack Obama’s inauguration with Israeli violinist Itzak Perlman.

After the intermission, the BPO returned to perform the “Symphony NO 2 in C major, Op 61” by German composer Robert Schumann.

The BPO repeated the performance of Saturday night.

NASCAR HOF Reveals 2020 Nominees

The NASCAR Hal of Fame has released the nominees for the 2020 class of Hall of Famers. Of the 20 nominees, only five of them will be chosen for admittance into the Hall of Fame.

Included in the new class is a three time champion, an Xfinity Series pioneer, a Daytona 500 winner, a short track master, and a master mechanic.

On May 22 the Hal of Fame voting panel and a popular vote via NASCAR.com will determine the newest class of inductees.

Along with the Hall of Fame class is the Landmark Award which recognizes non competitors who have dedicated their time to the sport itself. This year’s Landmark Award nominees are Edsel Ford II, Mike Helton, Dr. Joe Mattioli, Alvin Hawkins, and Ralph Seagraves.

The 2020 Hall of Fame nominees are:
Xfinity Series pioneer and two time champion Sam Ard
Daytona and Southern 500 winner Buddy Baker
Coca-Cola 600 winner Neil Bonnett
Late Model Sportsman and 1956 Modified champion Red Farmer
Car owner, crew chief, and engine builder Ray Fox
The original high line driver Harry Gant
Nine time champion car owner Joe Gibbs
Two time Series champion and car owner John Holman
Champion crew chief Harry Hyde
Championship driver Bobby Labonte
NASCAR West Series champion Hershel McGriff
Champion car owner Ralph Moody
Daytona 500 winner Marvin Panch
Short track master Jim Paschal
NASCAR weekly series national champion Larry Phillips
Brickyard 400 winner Ricky Rudd
Nine time NASCAR champion Mike Stefanik
Three time Series champion and car owner Tony Stewart
Master mechanic Red Vogt
Three time Series champion and engine builder Waddell Wilson

Ben Folds and Violent Femmes

This summer Ben Folds and Violent Femmes are pairing up for a co-headlinening tour around the United States.

The tour begins in late July and runs through the middle August. Tickets went on sale March 8. VIP packages that include a meet and greet and a signed copy of Folds upcoming memoir “A Dream About Lightning Bugs. A Life Of Music And Cheap Lessons” are also available.

Ben Folds and Violent Femmes tour dates:
July 28 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
July 30 at The Anthem in Washington, DC
Aug 1 at The Rooftop at Pier 17 in New York City, NY
Aug 2 on the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury, NJ
Aug 3 at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
Aug 4 at Bold Point in East Providence, RI
Aug 6 at Stage AE – Outdoors in Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 8 at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC
Aug 9 at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN
Aug 10 at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 11 at the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre in Detroit, MI
Aug 14 at the Surly Brewing Company in Minneapolis, MN
Aug 15 at the Water Works Park Amphitheater in Des Moines, IA
Aug 16 at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO

NASCAR Levies Lug Nut Penalties

This season NASCAR has implemented a new policy regarding rule infractions with violators being punished by having any wins taken away, along with an points for the wins and playoff bonuses.

However, unsecured lug nuts are not a part of the new penalties.

This pas weekend at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, three teams were found to have lug nut infractions including the race winner Kyle Busch.

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s number 18 car passed post race inspection but did have a single lug nut found to be unsecure. As a result of the infraction, NASCAR has fined crew chief Adam Stevens $10,000.

Xfinity Series number eight JR Motorsports car driven by Ryan Truex and the number 74 Mike Harmon Racing car driven by Mike Harmon were both found to have a single lug nut unsecured after the iK9 Service Dog 200. As a result, number eight crew chief Taylor Moyer and number 74 crew chief Timothy Goulet were fined $5,000 each.

There were no further penalties found after post race inspections in both racing series.

Clint Black and Trace Adkins

Country music stars Clint Black and Trace Adkins are joining forces for what they are calling The Hits, Hats, History tour.

Known for their wearing of cowboy hats on stage, the two Country stars have also collected a number of hit songs and have cemented their spot in Country music history.

In typical Country music tradition, the guys will have some special guests along the way including Terri Clark, John Berry and Craig Campbell.

The Hits, Hats, History tour dares:
May 2 at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC
May 3 at the Suwannee River Jam in Live Oak, FL
May 4 at The Bowl in Sugar Hill, GA
May 5 at the CCNB Amphitheatre in Simpsonville, SC
June 6 at the White Oak Amphitheatre in Greensboro, NC
June 8 at the Foxwoods Amphitheatre in Mashantucket, CT
June 9 at the Bank of New Hampshire Amphitheatre in Gilford, NH
August 8 at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, TX
August 9 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, TX

 

Blind Auditions Continue on The Voice’

As week three of the blind auditions begin on “The Voice” Blake and John each have eight singers on their team with Adam and Kelly halfway there with six singers each.

Background singer and daughter of Motown keyboard player and Funk Brother Johnny Griffith, Beth Griffith-Manley kicked off the auditions with her version of an Aretha Franklin song that got John and Kelly to tunt heir chairs.

South African Selki did not fulfill her husband’s wish of a four chair turn but she did get Adam and Blake to battle over her.

Dentin Arnell got a coach to turn a chair…and a yes to his proposal to his girlfriend.

Ciera Dumas got Adam and John to turn around together and had John dancing.

Andrew Sevener has been in a band with his parents since he was 15 and is now a part of “The Voice”.

In a true blind audition, no one saw Mari’s face until after three of the four chairs turned around.

Abby Kasch had to wait until near the end of her performance before she got a country battle going.

Fourteen yea old Mikaela Astel got a two chair turn early on.

Crystal Rose and Kayla Seeber are the newest artists to be a part of the Comeback Stage with Bebe Rexha.

The final singer of the night is middle school teacher Shawn Sounds earned the only four chair turn of the night.

The Voice” is taking off this Tuesday but will be back next Monday to finish filling up the teams.

The teams so far:
Team Adam:
Domenic Haynes
Jimmy Mowery
Trey Rose
Karly Moreno
Patrick McAloon
LB Crew
Ciera Dumas
Mari
Anthony Ortiz

Team Blake:
Gyth Rigdon
Hannah Kay
Kim Cherry
Lili Joy
Carter Lloyd Horne
Dexter Roberts
Dalton Dover
Kendra Checketts
Selki
Andrew Sevener

Team Kelly:
The Bundys
Karen Galera
Rizzi Myers
Alena D’Amico
Jej Vinson
Rebecca Howell
Beth Griffith-Manley
Abby Kasch
Mikeala Astel

Team John:
Julian King
Lisa Ramey
Maelyn Jarmon
Matthew Johnson
Savannah Brister
Jacob Maxwell
Talon Cordon
Betsy Ade
Dentin Arnell
Oliv Blu
Shawn Sounds

Auditions Continue on ‘Idol’

It’s week two of season 17 (two on ABC) of “American Idol” and the episode got off to a good start with a familiar face and a little sing a long with the judges. Gator hunter Laine returned to play for friend Ashton and they both walked out with a golden ticket.

Country boy Austin sang “Your Man” – the song that had Idol fans going crazy for Scotty McCreery – and danced around a bit and earned a golden ticket with a yes from the guys and then put on a little roping demonstration sitting on Luke’s shoulders.

Jake’s song choice of “This is How We Do It” had Luke and Katy dancing – including the worm from Katy – and got his ticket to Hollywood.

But along with the good performances were hopefuls who were definitely not ready to quite their day job.

Drake chose the spiritual “His Eye is on the Sparrow” for his audition and had Katy joining in. Then they did “O Happy Day from “Sister Act”. Drake got his ticket to Hollywood.

And eight other singers got their golden tickets to Hollywood.

Next week the auditions continue…