Top 24 Results on ‘The Voice’

In the biggest elimination of the season, “The Voice” will eliminate half of its 24 remaining singers with one of the eliminated singers from the Cross Battles earning the opportunity to return to the show.

The eight artists with the most votes will be put into the top 13; with each of the coaches will choose a team member, and the winner of the Comeback Stage/eliminated singer battle will fill out the top 13.

Host Carson Daly revealed that Gyth Rigdon was the most streamed artist.

In the first results of the night…
Team Blake’s Gyth Rigdon is the first artist moving on to the top 13
Team Legend’s Shawn Sounds is also in the top 13
Team Blake’s Carter Lloyd Hunter is in the top 13

Adam Levine joins his team – Mari, Betsy, Matthew, and Kalvin – for a performance of the Bob Marley song “Is This Love”.

In the next results…
Team Kelly’s Rod Stokes is moving on to the top 13
Team Blake’s Kim Cherry move on to the top 13

Coach Kelly Clarkson performs her song “Broken and Beautiful” from the film “Ugly Dolls”.

More results…
Team Blake’s Dexter Roberts is moving on to the top 13
Team Legend’s Maelyn Jarmon is in the top 13
and the final artist moving on to the top 13 via fan vote is Team Blake’s Andrew Sevener

After failing to get a chair turn in the blind auditions, Kanard Thomas performs “Call Out My Name” for fan votes. Eliminated singer LB Crew who sang “Electric Feel”. Like the instant save, fans will vote via Twitter to decide who will be the final artist in the top 13.

The winner of the battle between Kanard and LB is former team Adam member LB Crew. LB chose to rejoin Team Adam.

In the final results of the night, it’s up to the coaches to save one of their remaining team members…
Blake chose to save Oliv Blu
Kelly chose to save Jej Vinson
John chose to save Celia Babini
Adam chose to save Mari

Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame

Niagara Falls is known for it majestic Falls, but the area is also rich with music from musicians who have traveled around the world and down the block.

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On April 28 at the Evening Star Concert Hall the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame held their kickoff event to open nominations for the 2019 class of Hall of Fame inductees.

Throughout the afternoon Hall of Fame artists Lew Custode, Steve Parisi, Jamie Holka, Bruce Wojick, and Jim Jeckovich entertained the crowd; along with Russ Vesci and his Texas Revolvers and various guest performers.  NFMHOFamer and emcee Tom Gariano kept the show running smoothly…and joined in on a few songs.

 

For more information on the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame, go to NFMusicHOF.org.

 

Feature photo credit: taken from the NFMHOF Facebook page.

BPO with the Khachaturian Concerto

On April 26 and 27 the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra featured two debut performances and a piano concerto with a guest pianist and a guest conductor.

The program opened with a Classic Series debut of the Romantic era composer Antonin Dvorak in a lively performance of “Heldenlied” – Heroic Song.

Maltan born guest conductor Charles Olivieri-Munroe presented a striking pose on the conductor’s podium.  A conductor who puts his entire body into his work, Olivierie-Munroe was very emphatic and larger than life with his movements in the European style of Classical music performance and almost putting on a performance of his own.

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Next up was the “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra” by Russian composer Aram Khachaturian with guest pianist Tanya Gabrielian.  A 20th century composer, Khachaturian’s compositions are similar to that of fellow Russians Igor Stravinsky and Bela Bartok with dissonant and atonal melodies.  Though the composition at times resembled a small child discovering a keyboard, the work was none the less demanding and Gabrielian performed it with technical perfection.

After the intermission, the BPO returned to the stage for the Classic Series debut of the Bedrich Smetana and George Szell composition “String Quartet No 1 in E minor, From My Life”.  The lively composition was a fitting work to compliment the opening piece by Dvorak and surround the dissonant Khachaturian.

 

 

2019 Tony Award Nominees

On April 30 the Broadway Theatre League released the nominees for the 73rd annual Tony Awards. The female directed musical “Hadestown” leads the way with 14 nominations. The musical using the music of The Temptations, “Ain’t too Proud” follows with 12 nominations.

Tootsie”, “The Ferryman”, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “The Prom”, “Ink”, “The Cher Show”, “Beetlejuice”, and “Oklahoma” also garnered multiple nominations.

This year the Tony Awards will be held on June 9 at a gala event held at Radio City Music Hall with James Corden serving as host.

Nominees for the 2019 Tony Awards:

Best Musical:
“Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations”
“Beetlejuice”
“Hadestown”
“The Prom”
“Tootsie”

Best Play:
“Choir Boy”
“The Ferryman”
“Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
“Ink”
“What the Constitution Means to Me”

Best Revival of a Musical:
“Kiss Me, Kate”
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”

Best Revival of a Play:
“All My Sons”
“The Boys in the Band”
“Burn This”
“Torch Song”
“The Waverly Gallery”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Brooks Ashmanskas for “
The Prom”
Derrick Baskin for “
Ain’t Too Proud”
Alex Brightman for “
Beetlejuice”
Damon Daunno for “
Oklahoma!”
Santino Fontana for “
Tootsie”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Stephanie J. Block for “
The Cher Show”
Caitlin Kinnunen for “
The Prom”
Beth Leavel for “
The Prom”
Eva Noblezada for “
Hadestown”
Kelli O’Hara for “
Kiss Me, Kate”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:
Paddy Considine for “
The Ferryman”
Bryan Cranston for “
Network”
Jeff Daniels for “
To Kill a Mockingbird”
Adam Driver for “
Burn This”
Jeremy Pope for “
Choir Boy”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:
Annette Bening for “
All My Sons”
Laura Donnelly for “
The Ferryman”
Elaine May for “
The Waverly Gallery”
Janet McTeer for “
Bernhardt/Hamlet”
Laurie Metcalf for “
Hillary and Clinton”
Heidi Schreck for “
What the Constitution Means to Me”

Best Book of a Musical:
Ain’t Too Proud” by Dominique Morisseau
Beetlejuice” by Scott Brown and Anthony King
Hadestown” by Anaïs Mitchell
The Prom” by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin
Tootsie” by Robert Horn

Best Original Score Written for the Theatre:
Joe Iconis for “
Be More Chill”
Eddie Perfect for “
Beetlejuice”
Anaïs Mitchell for “
Hadestown”
Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin for “
The Prom”
Adam Guettel for “
To Kill a Mockingbird”
Tootsie” for David Yazbek

Best Direction of a Musical:
Rachel Chavkin for “
Hadestown”
Scott Ellis for “
Tootsie”
Daniel Fish for “
Oklahoma!”
Des McAnuff for “
Ain’t Too Proud”
Casey Nicholaw for “
The Prom”

Best Direction of a Play:
Rupert Goold for “
Ink”
Sam Mendes for “
The Ferryman”
Bartlett Sher for “
To Kill a Mockingbird”
Ivo van Hove for “
Network”
George C. Wolfe for “
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Andre De Shields for “
Hadestown”
Andy Grotelueschen for “
Tootsie”
Patrick Page for “
Hadestown”
Jeremy Pope for “
Ain’t Too Proud”
Ephraim Sykes for “
Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Lilli Cooper for “
Tootsie”
Amber Gray for “Hadestown”
Sarah Stiles for “
Tootsie”
Ali Stroker for “
Oklahoma!”
Mary Testa for “
Oklahoma!”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:
Bertie Carvel for “
Ink”
Robin De Jesús for “
The Boys in the Band”
Gideon Glick for “
To Kill a Mockingbird”
Brandon Uranowitz for “
Burn This”
Benjamin Walker for “
All My Sons”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
Fionnula Flanagan for “
The Ferryman”
Celia Keenan-Bolger for “
To Kill a Mockingbird”
Kristine Nielsen for “
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Julie White for “
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Ruth Wilson for “
King Lear”

Best Choreography:
Camille A. Brown for “
Choir Boy”
Warren Carlyle for “
Kiss Me, Kate”
Denis Jones for “
Tootsie”
David Neumann for “
Hadestown”
Sergio Trujillo for “
Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Orchestrations:
Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose for “
Hadestown”
Larry Hochman for “
Kiss Me, Kate”
Daniel Kluger for “
Oklahoma!”
Simon Hale for “
Tootsie”
Harold Wheeler for “
Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini for “
Ain’t Too Proud”
Peter England for “
King Kong”
Rachel Hauck for “
Hadestown”
Laura Jellinek for “
Oklahoma!”
David Korins for “
Beetlejuice”

Best Scenic Design of a Play:
Miriam Buether for “
To Kill a Mockingbird”
Bunny Christie for “
Ink”
Rob Howell for “
The Ferryman”
Santo Loquasto for “
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Jan Versweyveld for “
Network”

Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Michael Krass for “
Hadestown”
William Ivey Long for “
Beetlejuice”
William Ivey Long for “
Tootsie”
Bob Mackie for “
The Cher Show”
Paul Tazewell for “
Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Costume Design of a Play:
Rob Howell for “
The Ferryman”
Toni-Leslie James for “
Bernhardt/Hamlet”
Clint Ramos for “
Torch Song”
Ann Roth for “
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Ann Roth for “
To Kill a Mockingbird”

Best Sound Design of a Musical:
Peter Hylenski for “
Beetlejuice”
Peter Hylenski for “
King Kong”
Steve Canyon Kennedy for “
Ain’t Too Proud”
Drew Levy for “
Oklahoma!”
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz for “
Hadestown”

Best Sound Design of a Play:
Adam Cork for “
Ink”
Scott Lehrer for “
To Kill a Mockingbird”
Fitz Patton for “
Choir Boy”
Nick Powell for “
The Ferryman”
Eric Sleichim for “
Network”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Kevin Adams for “
The Cher Show”
Howell Binkley for “
Ain’t Too Proud”
Bradley King for “
Hadestown”
Peter Mumford for “
King Kong”
Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini for “
Beetlejuice”

Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Neil Austin for “
Ink”
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer for “
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Peter Mumford for “
The Ferryman”
Jennifer Tipton for “
To Kill a Mockingbird”
Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden for “
Network”

Lifetime Achievement Award winners:
Terrence McNally
Rosemary Harris
Harold Wheeler

Isabelle Stevenson Award winner: Judith Light

Regional Theatre Tony Award winner: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre:
Peter Entin
Joseph Blakely Forbes
FDNY Engine 54

Special Tony Award:
Jason Michael Webb
Sonny Tilders
Marin Mazzie – posthumous award

 

feature photo credit: By Goldnpuppy – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26671630

 

NASCAR Issues Talladega Penalties

After the races at Talladega Superspeedway last weekend, NASCAR has issued two penalties to teams in the Monster Energy Cup Series.

After practice on Friday, NASCAR confiscated the rear deck lid on the Richard Childress Racing number three car driven by Austin Dillon, citing a noncompliance with the NASCAR rule book.

NASCAR made no further moves during the weekend but on Tuesday (April 30) the ruling body issued penalties to the number three team.

Car owner Richard Childfress was docked 10 car owner points and driver Austin Dillon was docked 10 driver points. The loss in points drops Dillon from 13th to 14th in the points standings.

In addition, crew chief Danny Stockman was fined $25,000 and car chief Gregory Ebert has been suspended from the next race.

A spokesperson for Richard Childress Racing stated that the team will not appeal the ruling.

After post race inspection on Sunday, NASCAR found that the Penske Racing number 12 car driven by Ryan Blaney did not have all 20 lug nuts properly secured. As a result of the infraction, crew chief Jeremy Bullins has been fined $10,000.

Exmortus

Metal rockers Exmortus have been on tour with Venom Inc. and Homewrecker but have planned some shows on the western side of North America on their own.

Exmortus tour dates:
April 30 at the Rockpile in Toronto, ON with Venom Inc and Homewrecker
May 1 at Maverick’s in Ottawa, ON with Venom Inc and Homewrecker
May 2 at L’Anti in Montreal, QC with Venom Inc and Homewrecker
May 4 at the Kingsland in Brooklyn, NY with Venom Inc and Homewrecker
May 6 at the Black Circle in Indianapolis, IN
May 8 at the 89th Street Collective in Oklahoma City, OK
May 9 at the Club in Odessa, TX
May 10 at the Rockhouse Bar & Grill in El Paso, TX
May 11 at Club Red in Mesa, AZ
May 23 at the Oakland Metro in Oakland, CA
May 24 at Old Nick’s Pub in Eugene, OR
May 25 at The Third Street Pub in Bend, OR
May 26 at the Rickshaw Theater in Vancouver, BC
May 27 at Club Sur in Seattle, WA
May 28 at the Bossanova Ballroom in Portland, OR
May 29 at Strummer’s in Fresno, CA

Top 24 Perform on ‘The Voice’

After the Battle rounds and the Cross Battle rounds, 24 singers remain to battle it out for the title of “The Voice”.

All 24 singers will perform and on Tuesday’s results show half of the artists will be eliminated. Also on the results show the winner of the Comeback Stage will battle it out with an eliminated singer for the right to join the top 12.

With so many performances on the schedule, there will be no time for the coaches to make any comments.

Up first are Kelly’s six singers. Rod Stokes gets things started with “Midnight Rider” by The Allman Brothers.

Matthew Johnson sang “Ordinary People” by new coach John Legend.

Rebecca Howell sang “Wild One”.

Presley Tennant sings “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart”.

Kelly’s save Abby Kasch sang “I’ve Got the Boy”.

Jej Vinson finishes out the team Kelly performances with “Love Lies”.

Next up is John Legend’s team who also has six singers. Lisa Ramey gets the team performances started with “The Weight”.

John’s save Jacob Maxwell chose the Bonnie Tyler hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.

Jimmy Mowery sang “Youngblood”.

John’s steal Celia Babini sang “The Chain”.

Maelyn Jarmon performs of “Fallingwater”.

Houston school teacher Shawn Sounds closes out the team Legend performances with “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder.

Next up is Team Adam who has only four members on his team. Kalvin Jarvis gets the performances started off with his performance of “Mine”

Betsy Ade sang “Will You Be My Girl”.

Mari performs “Work it Out”.

Domenic Haynes closes out the team Adam performances with “Love is a Losing Game”.

Last up is Team Blake who has a whopping eight members. Andrew Sevener gets the team performances started off with “Boots On”.

Selkii performs the Goo Goo Dolls hit “Iris”.

Oliv Blu sings “The Girl from Ipanema” and performs some nice scatting.

Gyth Rigdon performs “I Want to be Loved Like That”.

Blake steal Kendra Checketts performs “Bad Guy”.

Carter Lloyd Horne took on the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley with “Heartbreak Hotel”.

Kim Cherry performs “Waterfalls”.

Dexter Roberts closes out team Blake and the night’s performances with “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You”.

Again this season, songs streamed on Apple Music also count toward the total vote count. Like the number of votes, song streams are limited to 10 per voter. The singers who have their songs at the top of the charts will receive a bonus of having their vote count multiplied by five.

Divisional Finals on ‘World of Dance’

Tonight on “World of Dance” it’s the Divisional Finals. Only 12 acts remain and two thirds of them will be eliminated before the final four compete in the World Final.

Twitch joins the show as the guest mentor this week.

This season the judges have the option of using their wildcard and save an eliminated act.

Ne-Yo is mentoring the Upper Division. First up are Derion and Madison. After a trick filled routine, the duo scored 92 points.

Poppin John took the stage next with a routine that brought Derek to his feet saying that it was John’s best routine of the season. In what Jennifer called a great routine, Poppin John scored 95 points.

The final act in the division is Contemporary dancer Briar Nolet with a gymnastics filled routine and scored 95.3 points to win the Division and move on to the Final.

Next up it’s the Junior Team Division with Jennifer as their mentor.

Up first are the Crazy 8’s with what Jennifer called a beautiful routine. The girls earned a score of 93 points.

Up next is the Filipino crew Vpeepz with a fight themed routine that brought the guys to their feet and earned a score of 96 points.

Last up in the division is the all girl crew Dancetown Divas with what Derek called their best routine yet; earning a score of 95.7 points and giving the win to the Vpeepz.

Next up is the Junior Division with Derek as their mentor.

Up first is the Contemporary duo and sisters Ellie and Ava with a routine that brought the guys to their feet and had Jennifer saying that it was a perfect performance. The sister earned a score of 96 points.

Next up are Julian and Charlize with a routine Jennifer called nuts with top notch choreography. The couple scored 95.7 points.

Last up in the division is the only solo performer in the division, ballerina Kayla Mak with a routine Derek called stunning. Kayla’s dance earned a score of 95.3 points giving the win to the sister duo of Ellie and Ava.

In the final division, Twitch mentored the Upper Team Division dancers.

Korean team The Heima take the stage first with a routine that Derek said was world class. The guys earned a score of 93.3 points for their dance.

Next up are Unity LA with an emotional routine to the music of Kelly Clarkson that Derek called pure art. Jennifer called it their best piece yet. Saying that he has never had goosebumps, Ne-Yo said that today he got his first goosies; adding that the dance was perfect. With perfect scores from Derek and Ne-Yo, Unity LA scored 98.7 points.

Last up are the Indian crew The Kings. One of the guys was injured during rehearsals but despite the injury he was determined to perform on stage. The routine included some very risky tricks that had the judges on their feet in shock. Jennifer called the routine out of this world; adding that it was mind blowing. Ne-Yo called the guys unforgettable. With a near perfect score of 99.7 points The Kings are the Upper Team Division champions.

Top 8 Take on Queen on Idol

It’s Queen night on “American Idol” and show begins with a performance of “We Will Rock You” by the top eight.

Again this week the show is simulcast in all time zones with live voting. Two more singers will go home this week.

Surviving Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor send a message of good luck to the contestants.

Season eight runner up and current Queen singer, Adam Lambert is the guest mentor this week.

Up first is Walker Burroughs with “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.

Madison Vandenburg chose “The Show Must Go On” for her performance.

This week the singers will also be performing duets of movie songs. Up first are Laci and Laine with the Johnny Cash song “Jackson” from “Walk the Line”.

Jeremiah is feeling some extra pressure this week, his parents are coming to the show for the first time. He is performing “Who Wants to Live Forever?”. Katy said that Jeremiah embodied Freddie Mercury with his performance. The son of a preacher, Jeremiah has had a hard road to acceptance for his lifestyle; calling the performance powerful, Jeremiah’s father admitted bias but said Jeremiah was the best one there.

Alejandro chose “Under Pressure” for his song but chose to give it an acoustic arrangement.

Alyssa and Wade perform “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell.

Jeremiah and Madison perform “A Million Dreams” from
“The Greatest Showman”.

For his Queen performance, Laine chose “Fat Bottom Girls” and had Katy out of her chair dancing.

A seven year old guest performed “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

Laci sang “Love of My Life” as she played the guitar.

Alejandro and Walker sang “Mrs Robinson” from “The Graduate”.

Wade chose “We are the Champions” for his Queen song.

In the final performance of the night, Alyssa chose “Somebody to Love” for her Queen song.

In this week’s results…
Jeremiah is the first person moving into the top six
Laci is also safe for another week
Madison is in the top six
Laine has made it to the top six
Alejandro has made it to the top six

It’s down to Walker, Wade, and Alyssa; one will move on and two will go home.

Wade is the final person moving on to the top six; Walker and Alyssa have been eliminated unless the judges use their one and only save for the season.

Luke revealed that they will not be using the save this week.

Most Popular Driver Gets First Talladega Win

From short track racing to the biggest track on the circuit, the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers come to Talladega Superspeedway for the Geico 500. And for the first time in over 30 years the drivers will not have restrictor plates on their cars.

On Friday, NASCAR officials confiscated the rear deck lid on the number three Richard Childress Racing car driven by grandson Austin Dillon when it was deemed that the deck lid did not comply with NASCAR rules. If any penalties are forthcoming, they will be implemented after the Geico 500.

After two rounds of single car qualifying with a time of 49.73 seconds, Austin Dillon puts his number three car on the pole for his fifth career pole…and a nice 29th birthday present.

The Geico 500 starting lineup:
Austin Dillon
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Brad Keselowski
Daniel Hemric
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Michael McDowell
Ty Dillon
Kurt Busch
david Ragan
Daniel Sujarez
Paul Menard
Matt Tifft
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Newman
William Byron
Matt DiBenedetto
Erik Jones
Bubba Wallace
Brendan Gaughan
Ryan Preece
Chris Buescher
Landon Cassill
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Ross Chastain
Parker Kligerman
Corey LaJoie
Reed Sorenson
Justin Haley
Stanton Barrett
Cody Ware

Nine drivers will have to start the race from the back of the field due to unapproved adjustments to their cars – Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Erik Jones, Reed Sorenson, and Cody Ware. Brendan Gaughan will also have to start from the back of the field after he missed qualifying when he attended his son’s confirmation.

Stages one and two of the race are 55 laps each with stage three lasting 78 laps for a total of 188 laps around the 2.66 mile track.

Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag start of the race but it is Aric Almirola who edges out in front for the lead.

Brad Keselowski passes Aric Almirola for the lead.

Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski are swapping the lead back and forth with Keselowski taking the lead.

Lap six and the drivers are three wide across the track with Brad Keselowski in the lead.

Joey Logano leads the outside lane to take the lead of the race.

Lap 10, Ryan Blaney gets out in front for the lead.

The first caution flag of the race comes out when Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace make contact and Wallace gets turned around involving several cars. Ryan Blaney, Bubba Wallace, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, and Michael McDowell were all involved in the crash.

Several of the drivers took fuel only on pit road with Alex Bowman winning the race off of pit road after missing his pit stall.

Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch were all caught speeding on pit road. Ryan Preece and Jeffrey Earnhardt were charged with having uncontrolled tires on pit road. All of the drivers will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Chase Elliott’s car fell off of the jack during his pit stop.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 17 with Daniel Suarez alongside on the front rtow.

Joey Logano leads the raceas the drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap 17, Aric Almirola takes the lead.

Bubba Wallace and Michael McDowell are out of the race. Kevin Harvick is also out of the race after hitting the wall during the crash.

Jimmie Johnson hit the wall and blows a tire but the track stays green.

Lap 24, Joey Logano passes Aric Almirola to take the lead.

Lap 31, Aric Almirola takes the lead.

Lap 32, Kyle Larson is now in the lead.

Kyle Larson and Aric Almirola swap the lead back and forth with Almirola taking the lead.

Matt Tifft is out of the race after damage from debris that his his car after the crash.

With 14 laps remaining in stage one, some of the teams are concerned about having enough fuel to make it to the end of the stage.

With nine laps remaining in stage one, Martin Truex Jr takes the lead as drivers begin making green flag pit stops for fuel.

Aric Almirola was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a drive thru penalty.

Lap 49, Ty Dillon takes the lead.

Ty Dillon wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ty Dillon
Alex Bopwman
Austin Dillon
Chase Elliott
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Newman
William Byron
Ricky Stenhbouse
Kyle Busch
Matt DiBenedetto

Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road. Ten drivers pitted before pit road was open and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Martin Truex Jr was charged with having too many crew members over the wall.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 61 and gets out in front for the lead as drivers get three wide behind him.

Lap 61, Alex Bowman passes team mate Chase Elliott for the lead.

Lap 67, Brad Keselowski gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 72, Joey Logano is in the lead.

Lap 74, David Ragan passes to take the lead.

Lap 75, Ryan Blaney is in the lead.

Lap 77, Ricky Stenhouse takes the lead.

Lap 77, Ryan Blaney retakes the lead.

Lap 78, Ricky Stenhouse takes the lead.

Lap 79, candy man Kyle Busch is in the lead.

Lap 79, Ricky Stenhuse is again in the lead.

With 28 laps remaining in stage two, the drivers begin making green flag pit stops taking fuel only.

Kyle Busch gets the lead as leads make green flag pit stops with 19 laps remaining in stage two.

With 16 laps to go in stage two, Chase Elliott is in the lead.

With three laps remaining in stage two, Chase Elliott is in the lead with 26 cars on the lead lap.

With Hendrick Motorsports Chevys leading the way, Chase Elliott wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Ryan Blaney
Austin Dillon
Kurt Busch
Kyle Larson
Daniel Hemric
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch

Chase Elliott leads the race off of pit road.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 116 and edges out for the lead.


With 67 laps remaining in the race, the first six cars are all Chevrolets with Chase Elliott in the lead.

The caution flag comes out with less than 60 laps to go for debris on the track.

Taking only two tires, Erik Jones wins the race off of pit road. The drivers will have to make one more pit stop.

Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart with 52 laps remaining in the race but it is Ryan Blaney gets gets out in front for the lead.

Erik Jones passes Blaney for the lead. There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

With 49 to go, Joey Logano takes the lead.

Ricky Stenhouse gets the lead shortly before Joey Logano retakes the lead as the drivers get four wide across the track.

Martin Truex Jr takes the lead of the race with 42 laps to go. Jeffrey Earnhardt continues the family legacy and is in 14th place. Jeffrey is the son of Dale Sr’s oldest child Kerry.

With 37 to go, Joey Logano is the new leader.

As drivers make green flag pit stops, Matt DiBenedetto is the leader.

Brad Keselowski spins out on pit road and ends up in his pit box facing the wrong direction.

Watermelon Man” Ross Chastain is the leader of the race. Chastain has yet to make his green flag pit stop.

Ross Chastain makes his pit stop and hands the lead over to Ricky Stenhouse with 24 laps remaining in the race.

With 21 laps to go, Joey Logano passes Ricky Stenhouse for the lead.

Only 15 laps remain in the race, Joey Logono is in the lead.

Fourteen to go, Kyle Busch challenges Logano for the lead and takes the lead briefly before Logano retakes the lead.

Ten to go, Joey Logano holds on to the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Big wreck with seven laps remaining in the race that left Matt DiBenedetto’s car in flames and Chris Buescher’s car nearly airborne. Matt DiBenedetto, Chris Buescher, Justin Haley, and Martin Truex Jr were all involved in the crash. All of the drivers walked away from the crash unharmed. NASCAR has red flagged the race in order to get the track cleaned up.

Once the track is cleaned up, NASCAR will throw out the yellow and open pit road for a quickie yellow – all drivers can come down at once – and then give the one to go signal.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with Kyle Busch alongside on the front row. With four laps to go, Joey Logano edges out Kyle Busch for the lead. The drivers are four wide across the track.

Four to go, Chase Elliott takes the lead.

Three to go, Erik Jones gets turned around but the track stays green.

Ricky Sgtenhouse hits the wall as Chase Elliott takes the white flag.

The caution flag comes out for a big crash on the final lap involving Jeffrey Earnhardt, Kyle Larson, and William Byron. Larson hit the wall and then rolled in the air several times.

Chase Elliott gets his fourth career win at the track where his father owns the speed record.

Elliott celebragtes his win with an impressive burnout.

Geico 500 results:
Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
Ryan Preece
Joey Logano
Daniel Hemric
Kurt Busch
Ryan Newman
Brendan Gaughan
Aric Almirola
Kyle Busch
Corey LaJoie
Daniel Suarez
Brad Keselowski
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Paul Menard
Ty Dillon
Reed Sorenson
Erik Jones
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Jeffrey Earnhardt
David Ragan
Kyle Larson
Ricky Stenhouse
Ross Chastain
Parker Kligerman
Cody Ware
Clint Bowyer
Chris Buescher
Matt DiBenedetto
Justin Haley
Jimmie Johnson
Landon Cassill
Stanton Barrett
Denny Hamlin
Matt Tifft
Kevin Harvick
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell

Vincent Bonelli and Ally Rose

More than just a musical museum of memorabilia, the Hard Rock Cafe is a family style restaurant and on April 26 the younger generation dominated the stage when 16 year old Vincent Bonelli and 14 year old Ally Rose performed for the large crowd.

Outside it was cold and rainy but inside the Hard Rock, the room was filled with warmth and sunshine from the performances of cover tunes and original songs.

Vincent took the stage first in a solo performance that featured cover songs from artists like John Mayer, Dave Mason, Allen Stone, and Kings of Leon and original music from Vincent’s debut album “Lines”.

 

Ally Rose joined Vincent on stage for a couple of songs before beginning her set.

 

After beginning the night with a band that included her vocal coach Zach at the keyboard, Ally performed some songs solo while she played the keyboard and was joined by a few guests on stage as she performed a variety of cover tunes and original songs.

 

Super Close Win at Talladega Superspeedway

The Xfinity Series hits the high banks of Talladega for the MoneyLion 300 on April 27 where the drivers will top 190 miles per hour around the track in the draft.

Thirty-seven teams signed up to race at Talladega Superspeedway and none of them have scored a win at the iconic track. Matt Mills has never made a start of any kind at Talladega.

This is the third Dash-4-Cash race and no Monster Energy Cup Series drivers may enter the race. The four drivers participating in the Dash-4-Cash this week are Cole Custer, Justin Allgaier, Tyler Reddick, and Austin Cindric.

After two rounds of single car qualifying with a time of 50.59 seconds, Michael Annett earned his first Xfinity Series pole and will lead the field to green in Talladega.

Monster Energy Cup Series drivers Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano will join Adam Alexander in the FOX broadcast booth for the race.

Stages one and two of the race are only 25 laps each with stage three lasting 63 laps for a total of 113 laps around the 2.66 mile track.

Michael Annett brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Tyler Reddick alongside on the front row. Reigning Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick gets out in front and leads the first lap as drivers get two and three wide across the track.

On lap seven Tyler Reddick and Ross Chastain swap the lead back and forth with Ross Chastain in the lead when Brandon Jones spins out and brings out the first caution flag of the race.

A few drivers come down pit road for service when pit road opens. Christopher Bell had to make a second trip down pit road for radio issues.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 12 but it is Tyler Reddick who takes the lead before he and Chastain swap the lead back and forth. Tyler Reddick takes the lead with Ryan Sieg in second and Jeffrey Earnhardt in third.

Halfway through stage one and the drivers are getting three and even four wide across the track with a 20 car pack leading the way.

Race leader Tyler Reddick reports issues with his mirror and is having difficulty seeing what is going on around him.

On lap 22, Ross Chastain retakes the lead but before the lap is over Tyler Reddick retakes the lead as the two drivers swap back and forth with Reddick eventually holding on to the top spot.

Tyler Reddick wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Tyler Reddick
Ross Chastain
Austin Cindric
Ryan Sieg
Gray Gaulding
Justin Allgaier
Christopher Bell
Justin Haley
Noah Gragson
John Hunter Nemechek

Taking fuel only Ross Chastain wins the race off of pit road with Noah Gragson coming out second with fuel only.

After staying out in the track, Justin Allgaier leads the race.

Tyler Reddick and Ross Chastain were both caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field. Justin Haley was also caught speeding on pit road.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the start of stage two on lap 31 but it is team mate Noah Gragson who edges out Allgaier for the top spot. Over the next couple of laps, Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson swap the lead back and forth with Noah Gragson, but it is Gragson who holds on to the lead.

John Hunter Nemechek and Brandon Brown were charged with locking bumpers and will have to serve a penalty. Drivers many bump the driver in front of them but locking bumpers is not allowed.

Just nine laps into the stage, Tyler Reddick and Ross Chastain have already moved into the top 10 after being penalized for speeding on pit road.

Forty laps into the race, all four of the Dash-4-Cash drivers are in the top eight; one of them will take home an extra $100,000 prize at the end of the race.

Rookie Noah Gragson wins stage two for his first career stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Sieg
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Christopher Bell
Brandon Jones
Justin Haley
Michael Annett
Tyler Reddick

Leader Noah Gragson had to make an early stop on pit road for overheating issues after his car attracted several pieces of trash on the front grille.

Taking fuel only, Ross Chastain wins the race off of pit road.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 56 but it is Ross Chastain who jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 57 Brandon Jones takes the lead from Ross Chastain.

Lap 58, Michael Annett and Brandon Jones battle for the lead with Michael Annett getting out in front.

Tyler Reddick hit the wall near the end of stage two and is in danger of going a lap down.

Ray Black Jr makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with a smoking car.

The caution flag comes out with 47 laps remaining in the race for debris and fluid on the track.

Ray Black Jr takes his car to the garage.

Tyler Reddick avoids getting lapped with the caution flag.

Taking fuel only Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road. With only four sets of tires for the entire weekend, several of the drivers took fuel only.

After staying out on the track David Starr brings the field down for the green flag restart with 42 laps remaining in the race. Christopher Bell jumps out in front for the lead.

Thirty to go, Justin Allgaier and Christopher Bell battle for the lead, with Justin Allgaier finally getting out in front for the lead.

Noah Gragson brings out the caution flag with 29 laps to go after spinning out and hitting the wall.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart with 22 laps remaining in the race and holds on to his lead but is getting challenged by Chase Briscoe who passes Allgaier for the lead.

With 19 laps to go, Christopher Bell takes the lead as a big crash brings out the caution flag involving Cole Custer, Michael Annett, Stephen Leicht, Justin Allgaier, and Ryan Sieg.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart with 13 laps remaining in the race. Christopher Bell takes the lead.

Eleven to go, Tyler Reddick takes the lead. The caution flag comes out for debris on the track.

Ryan Sieg and Ross Chastain are on pit road for car repairs.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart with only seven laps remaining in the race and holds on to his lead.

The caution flag comes out with five laps to go involving Alex Labbe, Justin Allgaier, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Timmy Hill, David Starr, and Jeremy Clements. Justin Allgaier’s car also caught on fire. NASCAR has displayed the red flag.

After a red flag delay of over 15 minutes, NASCAR displays the caution flag and the drivers are moving again.

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

Tyler Reddick takes the white flag.

After an eventful day of a speeding penalty, hitting the wall, and various other car issues; Tyler Reddick earns his first win of the 2019 season…and the $100,000 Dash-4-Cash prize.

MoneyLion 300 results:
Tyler Reddick
Gray Gaulding
Christopher Bell
Chase Briscoe
Austin Cindric
John Hunter Nemechek
Justin Haley
Josh Williams
Landon Cassill
Chris Cockrum
Noah Gragson
Garrett Smithley
Brett Moffitt
David Starr
Brandon Brown
Ryan Sieg
Matt Mills
Brandon Jones
Vinnie Miller
Max Tullman
Cody Ware
BJ McLeod
Mike Harmon
Stephen Leicht
Alex Labbe
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jeremy Clements
Justin Allgaier
Timmy Hill
Ross Chastain
Michael Annett
Cole Custer
Josh Bilicki
Ray Black Jr
Jeff Green
Chad Finchum
Joey Gase

Static-X

Embarking on a tour of North America in June, rockers Static-X and Devildriver have added to their list of bands joining in on the tour. Along with Dope, Wednesday 13 and Raven Black will now be a part of the tour.

The Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary tour dates:
June 18 at the Marquee Theater in Tempe, AZ
June 19 at the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, NM
June 21 at the Gas Monkey Live in Dallas, TX
June 22 at The Warehouse in Houston, TX
June 23 at The Aztec Theater in San Antonio, TX
June 25 at the Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
June 26 at The Firmament in Greenville, SC
June 28 at the Soundstage in Baltimore, MD
June 29 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ
June 30 at Levels in Scranton, PA
July 2 at the Opera House in Toronto, ON
July 3 at the Music Hall in London, ON
July 4 at the Brass Monkey on Ottawa, ON
July 5 at Wally’s in Hampton Beach, NH
July 6 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA
July 7 at the Reverb in Reading, PA
July 9 at Jergel’s in Cleveland, OH
July 11 at The Citadel in Indianapolis, IN
July 12 at the Clyde Theatre in Ft Wayne, IN
July 13 at Harpo’s in Detroit, MI
July 14 at the Manchester Music Hall in Lexington, KY
July 16 at the Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI
July 18 at the Cadott Rockfest in Cadott, WI
July 19 at the HardRock Casino in Sioux City, IA
July 20 at The Forge in Joliet, IL
July 21 at the Apollo Theater in Belvidere, IL
July 23 at the Oriental Theater in Denver, CO
July 25 at the Observatory on Santa Ana, CA
July 26 at Catch One in Los Angeles, CA
July 27 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV
Aug 22 at Eaton Hill in Brisbane, Australia
Aug 23 at Croxton in Melbourne, Australia
Aug 24 at the Metro in Sydney, Australia
Aug 26 at The Gov in Adelaide, Australia
Aug 27 at Rock Rover in Perth, Australia

Static-X will be performing solo shows in Russia in September
Sept 20 at the Cosmonact Club in St Petersburg
Sept 21 at the Giavclub in Moscow

Sept 24 at SWX in Bristol, UK
Sept 25 at the Tramshed in Cardiff, UK
Sept 26 at the Electric Ballroom in London, UK
Sept 27 at Rock City in Nottingham, UK
Sept 28 at the Stylus in Leeds, UK
Sept 29 at the Engine Room in Southampton, UK
Oct 1 at the Northumbria Institute in Newcastle, UK
Oct 2 at The Garage in Glasgow, UK
Oct 3 at The Ritz in Manchester, UK
Oct 4 at the O2 Institute in Birmingham, UK
Oct 5 at File 7 in Paris, France
Oct 6 at the Trix Club in Antwerp, Belgium
Oct 7 at the Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany
Oct 9 at the Essigfabrik in Cologne, Germany
Oct 10 at the MS Connex in Mannheim, Germany
Oct 11 at Dynamo in Zurich, Switzerland
Oct 12 at Rock Planet in Pinarella di Cervia, Italy
Oct 13 Backstage in Munich, Germany
Dec 10 at The Royal Bar in Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 11 at the Knitting Factory in Boise, ID
Dec 12 at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA
Dec 13 at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland, OR
Dec 14 at El Corazon in Seattle, WA
Dec 15 at the Rickshaw Theater in Vancouver, BC
Dec 17 at Slim’s in San Francisco

And the band is promising more concert dates to come.

2019 NFL Draft: Round 1

As the National Football League approaches its 100th anniversary season, the owners gather in Nashville, Tennessee to choose the next generation of grid iron stars with the 2019 NFL Draft of collegiate athletes.

This year, the Arizona Cardinals will get the annual event started.

Over the next three days, the owners will participate in seven rounds of draft picks with round one getting started on the evening of April 25.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, along with NFL Hall of Famers Joe Green and Jim Brown were a part of a giant prize give away – one super fan will receive two season passes for the next 100 years. A very excited Hampton family won the tickets, a golden football, and a football jersey representing his team the New York Giants with the name Hampton on the back.

The first player in the 2019 NFL Draft to be chosen is Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.

With the second pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers chose defensive end Nick Bosa from Ohio State.

The New York Jets have chosen Alabama nose tackle Quinnen Williams for their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

For their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders chose the Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell/

For their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose LSU linebacker Devin White.

The New York Giants choose Duke quarterback Daniel Jones for their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Jacksonville Jaguars chose Kentucky defensive end Josh Allen as their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

For their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions choose tight end T.J. Hockenson from Iowa.

The Buffalo Bills choose defensive tackle Ed Oliver form Houston for their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a trade with the Denver Broncos for their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and chose Michigan linebacker Devin Bush.

For their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals choose Alabama tackle Jonah Williams.

The Green Bay Packers choose Michigan linebacker Rashan Gary for their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

For their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Miami Dolphins choose Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins.

The Atlanta Falcons choose Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom for their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

For their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Washington Redskins chose Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

For their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Carolina Panthers choose Florida State defensive end Brian Burns.

In a pick acquired from the Cleveland Browns as a part of a trade, the New York Giants choose defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence from Clemson.

After a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Denver Broncos get their first choice in the 2019 NFL Draft and choose Iowa tight end Noah Fant.

In a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, the Green Bay Packers make another first round choice in the 2019 NFL Draft and pick Maryland defensive back Darnell Savage Jr.

In a trade with the Baltimore Ravens, the Philadelphia Eagles make their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and choose Washington State tackle Andre Dillard.

For their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Houston Texans choose Alabama State tackle Tytus Howard.

With their second pick of the night, the Oakland Raiders choose Alabama running back Josh Jacobs. After the longest drought for running backs and wide receivers, Josh Jacobs is the first running back to be drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft.

After a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Baltimore Ravens made their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and choose Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown to make him the first wide receiver chosen in the 2019 NFL Draft.

In a trade with the Indianapolis Colts, the Washington Redskins choose Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat.

In their thrid first round pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders choose Mississippi State defensive back Johnathan Abram.

For their pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Los Angeles Chargers choose Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery.

With the next two picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks choose TCU defensive end L.J. Collier and for their second pick the Seahawks have traded with the New York Giants.

With their third pick of the night, the New York Giants pick Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker. Baker is the first cornerback to be drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft.

In a trade with the Los Angeles Rams, the Atlanta Falcons make their second pick of the night when they choose Washington tackle Kaleb McGary.

In the final selection of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots choose Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry.

Will Young

Award winning “Pop Idol” Will Young has a new album – “Lexicon” – due out June 14 and is launching a tour to help promote the album.

Will Young tour dates:
June 7 at the Sudeley Castle & Garden in Gloucester, UK
July 7 at the Pub in the Park in Warwick, UK
Oct 1 at the Princess Theater in Torquay, UK
Oct 2 at the Plymouth Pavilions in Plymouth, UK
Oct 4 at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, UK
Oct 5 at the Regent Theatre in Ipswich, UK
Oct 6 at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend on Sea, UK
Oct 8 at St. David’s Hall in Cardiff, UK
Oct 9 at the Brighton Centre in Brighton, UK
Oct 11 at the Eventim Apollo in London, UK
Oct 12 at the Bournemouth Pavilion in Bournemouth, UK
Oct 14 at the New Theatre in Oxford, UK
Oct 15 at the Portsmouth Guildhall in Portsmouth, UK
Oct 17 at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, UK
Oct 18 at the O2 Apollo in Manchester, UK
Oct 20 at the York Barbican in York, UK
Oct 21 at the Bonus Arena in Hull, UK
Oct 22 at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, UK
Oct 24 at the Sheffield City Hall in Sheffield, UK
Oct 25 at the SEC Armadillo in Glasgow, UK
Oct 26 at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, UK
Oct 28 at the Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Oct 29 at the Blackpool Opera House in Blackspool, UK

Skillet and Sevendust

Hard rockers Skillet and Sevendust are pairing up for a tour with a co-headlining tour around the United States this summer. Devour the Day will be on hand to serve as a supporting act for The Victorious War tour with Pop Evil joining in on some of the dates.

Skillet and Sevendust tour dates:
Aug 11 at the Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN
Aug 13 at the Virginia Credit Union Live! In Richmond, VA
Aug 14 at the Freedom Hall in Lancaster, PA
Aug 16 at the PNC Pavilion at Riverbend in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 17 at The Lawn in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 18 at the Peoria Riverfront in Peoria, IL
Aug 20 at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA
Aug 21 at the Complex in Springfield. MO
Aug 24 at The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 25 at the Revolution Center in Boise, ID
Aug 27 at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA
Aug 28 at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle, WA
Aug 30 at the Gran Sierra Resort in Reno, NV
Aug 31 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV
Sept 1 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA
Sept 2 at the Marquee in Phoenix, AZ
Sept 4 at the Rialto Theater in Tucson, AZ
Sept 6 at the Warehouse Live Ballroom in Houston, TX

Lizzo

After selling out previous North American tour dates and rocking the stage at Coachella earlier this month, Lizzo has announced a series of North American dates this fall.

Tickets for the fall dates go on sale to the general public on April 26.

Lizzo tour dates:
July 18 at the Edgefield in Troutdale, OR
Sept 7 at The Fillmore in New Orleans, LA
Sept 10 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL
Sept 11 at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, FL
Sept 13 at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC
Sept 15 at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC
Sept 17 at the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA
Sept 18 at The Met in Philadelphia, PA
Sept 19 at the Rebel Complex in Toronto, ON
Sept 24 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY
Sept 25 at The Anthem in Washington, DC
Sept 28 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL
Sept 30 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Oct 2 at the Palace Theatre in Louisville, KY
Oct 8 at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO
Oct 9 at The Armory in Minneapolis, MN
Oct 10 at The Sylvee in Madison, WI
Oct 15 at The Fillmore in Denver, CO
Oct 18 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA
Oct 23 at The Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ
Oct 24 at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre in San Diego, CA
Oct 25 at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV
Oct 27 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA

Sir Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney is spending part of his late spring and early summer on the road touring North America that includes a number of stadium dates.

And on May 17 he will release the limited edition expanded “Egypt Station” album.

Paul McCartney tour dates:
May 23 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
May 27 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
May 30 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC
June 1 at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
June 3 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, IN
June 6 at the Kohl Center in Madison, WI
June 8 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI
June 11 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, IL
June 14 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX
June 22 at Petco Park in San Diego, CA
June 26 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
June 28 & 29 at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
July 6 at the BC Place in Vancouver, BC
July 10 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA
July 13 at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, CA

Cross Battle Results on ‘The Voice’

On Monday’s performance show on “The Voice” the Cross Battles concluded with the remaining 16 singers.

Tonight the singers…and their coaches learn who will make it to the next round after the fan vote.

Blake is the only coach with a steal remaining; while Kelly and John each have a save.

Season 14 “The Voice” winner Bryn Cartelli gets the night started off with a performance.

In the battle between team Adam’s LB and team Kelly’s Jej; host Carson Daly revealed that via the fan vote, America saved Jej Vinson.

In the next results, in the battle between team Adam’s Kendra Checketts and team John’s Jimmy Mowery, America saved Jimmy Mowery from team John Legend. Blake used his steal on Kendra Checketts after losing her to Adam in the battle rounds.

In the battle between team John’s Shawn Sounds and team Blake’s Karly Moreano, America saved the Houston school teacher Shawn Sounds.

In the battle between friends team Blake’s Carter Lloyd Horne and team John’s Jacob Maxwell, America saved team Blake’s Carter Lloyd Horne. And John uses his save on Jacob Maxwell.

In the battle between team John’s Julian King and team Adam’s Kalvin Jarvis, America saved team Adam’s Kalvin Jarvis.

In the battle between team John’s Beth Griffith-Manley and team Kelly’s Rebecca Howell, America saved Rebbeca Howell from team Kelly.

In the battle between team Blake’s Gyth Rigdon and team Kelly’s Abby Kasch, America saved team Blake’s Gyth Rigdon and Kelly finally used her save for Abby Kasch.

In the final results to fill the top 24; in the battle between team Blake’s Andrew Sevener and team Kelly’s family trio The Bundys, America saved team Blake’s Andrew Sevener.

Going into the top 24, Blake leads the way with eight artists; John and Kelly each have six artists, and Adam has only four artists.

The teams:

Team Blake:
Kim Cherry
Oliv Blu
Selkie – save
Dexter Roberts
Kendra Checketts – steal
Carter Lloyd Horne
Gyth Rigdon
Andrew Sevener

Team Adam:
Betsy Ade – steal
Domenic Haynes – save
Mari
Kalvin Jarvis

Team Kelly:
Matthew Johnson
Rod Stokes – steal
Presley Tennant
Jej Vinson
Rebecca Howell
Abby Kasch – save

Team John:
Maelyn Jarmon
Celia Babini – steal
Lisa Ramey
Jimmy Mowery
Shawn Sounds
Jacob Maxwell – save

New Years Day

Hard Rockers New Years Day have a new album coming out this Friday – “Unbreakable” and to help promote the band’s fourth album, they are launching a tour in June that will include a couple of dates in Canada.

Currently on tour with Falling In Reverse, the band will be the headlining act in the upcoming “Unbreakable” tour with female rocker Diamante and Savage After Midnight serving as support artists.

Tickets for the new tour go on sale April 26.

New Years Day tour dates:
April 23 at The Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, TX
April 24 at the House of Blues in Houston, TX
April 26 at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL
April 27 at The Music Farm in Charleston, SC
April 28 at the Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, GA
April 29 at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC
May 1 at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD
May 3 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ
May 4 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA
May 5 at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City, NY
May 7 at The TLA in Philadelphia, PA
May 8 at The NorVa in Norfolk, VA
May 9 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA
May 10 at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, MI
May 11 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH
May 12 at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL
May 14 at The Odgen in Denver, CO
May 15 at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT
May 17 at the Revolution in Boise, ID
May 18 at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland, OR
May 19 at the Showbox Market in Seattle, WA
May 21 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, CA
May 22 at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
May 24 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA
May 25 at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK
June 13 at Strummers in Fresno, CA
June 14 at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA
June 16 at Brick by Brick in San Diego, CA
June 17 at Club XS in Tucson, AZ
June 20 at the Empire Garage in Austin, TX
June 21 at Trees in Dallas, TX
June 23 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA
June 25 at Exit/In in Nashville, TN
June 26 at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
June 29 at the Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD
July 1 at the Westcott Theater in Syracuse, NY
July 2 at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA
July 4 at Cafe Campus in Montreal, QC
July 5 at The Mod Club in Toronto, ON
July 6 at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY
July 9 at the A&R Music Bar in Columbus, OH
July 10 at The Stache in Grand Rapids, MI
July 12 at the Majestic Theatre in Madison, WI
July 13 at the DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston, MI
July 15 at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, MN
July 16 at the Granada Theatre in Lawrence, KS
July 19 at The Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO
Aug 2 at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn, WA

dates with Halestorm:
Nov 13 at Pleyel in Paris, France
Nov 14 at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany
Nov 16 at the Tonhalle in Munich, Germany
Nov 18 at the Capitol in Offenbach, Germany
Nov 19 at the Grobe Freiheit in Hamburg, Germany
Nov 20 at AFAS Live in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 24 at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, UK
Nov 25 at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, UK
Nov 27 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, UK
Nov 28 at the Alexandra Palace in London, UK

Joe Bonamassa

Modern day Blues icon Joe Bonamassa is currently on a tour of Europe, has planned some summer dates, and has just added more tour dates for this fall.

Joe Bonamassa tour dates:
April 24-26 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK
April 28 at the Zenith in Caen, France
April 29 at the Zenith Europe in Strasbourg, France
May 1-3 at the Royal Theatre Carre in Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 5 at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland
May 7 at Le Dome in Marseille, France
May 8 at the Zenith d’ Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France
May 10 La Seine Musicale in Paris, France
May 11 at the Cirque Royal – Koninklijk Circus in Brussels, Belgium
May 12 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany
May 14 at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle in Dusseldorf, Germany
May 15 at the Festspielhaus in Baden Baden, Germany
May 17 at the MCC Halle Munsterland in Munster, Germany
May 18 at the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany
May 20 at the Olympiahalle in Munchen, Germany
May 22 at the Spodek in Katowice, Poland
July 22 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
July 24 at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA
July 26 at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
July 27 at theSaratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
July 28 at the Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row in Westbrook, ME
July 30 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY
Aug 1 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 2 & 3 at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 6 at the Fraze Pavilion in Dayton, OH
Aug 8 at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, IA
Aug 9 at the Pinewood Bowl Theater in Lincoln, NE
Aug 11 &12 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
Oct 18 & 19 at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA
Oct 22 at the Fox Theater in Bakersfield, CA
Oct 23 at The Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage in Rancho Mirage, CA
Oct 25 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Oct 27 The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV
Oct 29 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 30 at the Century II Concert Hall in Wichita, KS
Nov 1 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall in Springfield, MO
Nov 2 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City, MO
Nov 3 at the University of Illinois Springfield Performing Arts Center in Springfield, IL
Nov 5 at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, IN
Nov 7 at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI
Nov 8 at the FoxTheatre in Detroit, MI
Nov 9 at The Theater at MGM National Harbor
Nov 11 at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, VT
Nov 12 at the Broome County Forum Theatre in Binghamton, NY
Nov 14-16 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY
Nov 19 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC
Nov 20 at the BHCC Concert Hall in Birmingham, AL
Nov 22 at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS
Nov 23 at the St. augustine Amphitheater in St. Augustine, FL

 

Kacey Musgraves

Country music singer Kacey Musgraves has added some U.S. dates to her current “Oh, What a Wortld Tour” after selling out a number of shows.

Kacey Musgraves tour dates:
May 10 in Brisbane, Australia
May 12 in Sydney, Australia
May 14 in Melbourne, Australia
May 17 in Auckland, New Zealand
May 20 in Tokyo, Japan
May 22 in Shanghai, China
June 1 at The Governor’s Ball in New York City, NY
June 15 at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN
June 23 at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, CO
June 26 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
July 12 at the Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis, MN
July 14 at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in Winnipeg, MB
July 26 at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI
July 28 at the FloydFest in Floyd, VA
Aug 2 at the Hinterland Music Festival in St. Charles, IA
Aug 4 at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL
Aug 9 at Outside Lands in San Francisco, CA
Aug 20 in Las Vegas, NV
Aug 22 in San Diego, CA
Aug 23 & 25 in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 24 in Paso Robles, CA
Aug 27 in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 28 in Santa Fe, NM
Sept 4 in Kansas City, MO
Sept 5 in St. Louis, MO
Sept 6 in Cleveland, OH
Sept 7 in Vienna, VA
Sept 9 in Toronto, ON
Sept 11 in Philadelphia, PA
Sept 12 in Boston, MA
Sept 13 in Charlottesville, VA
Sept 14 in Cary, NC
Sept 16 & 17 in Asheville, NC
Sept 19 in Charlotte, NC
Sept 20 in Charleston, SC
Sept 21 at the Sing Out Loud Festival in St. Augustine, FL
Sept 27 & 28 in New Orleans, LA
Nov 11-15 at the All the Best Fest in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Tame Impala

Indie rockers Tame Impala will be spending part of their northern hemisphere summer in North America on tour including making the rounds of various festivals.

Tame Impala tour dates:
May 2 at the Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN
May 3 at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Asheville, NC
May 5 at the Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta, GA
May 6 at the St. Augustine Amphitheater in St. Augustine, FL
May 7 at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, FL
May 11 at the Corona Capital in Guadalajara, Mexico
May 24 at Boston Calling in Boston, MA
May 31 at Primavera in Barcelona, Spain
June 1 at We Love Green in Paris, France
June 5 at the Garden in Gothenburg, Sweden
June 6 at the Northside in Aarhus, Denmark
June 8 at the O2 Arena in London, UK
June 21 at the Hurricane Festival in Scheeshel, Germany
June 22 at the Southside Festival in Neauhausen Ob Eck, Germany
June 26 at the 3Arena in Blackpool, England
June 28 at the Glastonbury Festival in Pilton UK
July 19 at Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay, Australia

July 26 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
July 27 & 28 at Mo Pop in Detroit, MI
July 30 at the Surly Brewing Festival Field in Minneapolis, MN
Aug 1-4 at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL
Aug 8 at Oya in Oslo, Norway
Aug 10 at Flow in Helsinki, Finland
Aug 13 at Kindl-Buhne Wuhlheide in Berlin, Germany
Aug 15 at La Route Du Rock in Rennes, France
Aug 17 at Pukkelpop in Hasselt, Belgium
Aug 18 at the Lowlands in Flevoland, Netherlands
Aug 21 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Aug 23 at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA
Aug 24 at The Anthem in Washington DC

Cross Battle Conclude on ‘The Voice’

The Cross Battles conclude on “The Voice” as the coaches continue to challenge each other. Only Blake has a steal remaining. John and Kelly have both yet to use their saves.

New this season, in the Cross Battles the singers have no idea who they will be singing against until the moment they come on stage. The coaches have only one save and one steal to try and hold their teams together.

Adam gets the night of battlers started off with LB Crew. Adam chose Kelly as the challenger and Kelly chose Jej Vinson as her challenger.

For his second battle of the night Adam chose Calvin Jarvis and chose John Legend as his challenger. John chose the singer he blocked Adam to get, Julian King.

For his first battle, Blake chose Carter Lloyd Horne and picked John Legend to challenge; John chose Jacob Maxwell as the challenger.

Next up Kelly Clarkson chooses the family band The Bunds for a battle and chose Blake as the challenger. Blake chose Andrew Sevener for his singer.

John Legend chose Shawn Sounds and chose Blake as the challenger. Blake chose Karly Moreno as his singer.

Adam has one final artist – Kendra Checketts – and chose John Legend as the challenger. John chose former team Adam member Jimmy Mowery.

Kelly Clarkson has only two artists left and chooses Rebecca Howell for a battle, Kelly picked John Legend for her challenger. John chose Beth Griffith-Manley as his singer.

In the final battle of the night, team Blake’s Gyth Rigdon and team Kelly’s Abby Kasch

The teams:

Team Blake:

Kim Cherry

Oliv Blu

Selkie – save

Dexter Roberts

Team Adam:

Betsy Ade – steal

Domenic Haynes – save

Mari

Team Kelly:

Matthew Johnson

Rod Stokes – steal

Presley Tennant

Team John:

Maelyn Jarmon

Celia Babini – steal

Lisa Ramey

 

Disney Night on Idol…and 2 Go Home

This week on “American Idol” the top 10 take the stage for Disney Week.  The judges get things started off with a little help from some of the Disney characters including Mickey and Mini Mouse.

This week the show is simulcast in all three time zones with real time voting.  At the end of the show two singers will go home.

The judge’s save is back this season, but it can only be used one time during the season and the judge’s decision must be unanimous.

Rebel Wilson is the celebrity mentor this week.

After Lionel saved him last week, Uche, who got a big surprise from his mom and sister, gets the night of music started.  He chose “Eye to Eye” from “The Goofy Movie” for his performance.  None of the judges seemed to know the song.  Goofy came out on stage to express his thoughts on the performance.

Laci Kaye Booth chose “I See the Light” from “Tangled” for her performance.  

Alejandro Aranda put his own spin on “Remember Me” from “Coco”.  After telling Rebel that he didn’t know the lyrics, Alejandro gave his own arrangement of the song.  

Katy Perry save Alyssa Raghu was surprised by her family at Disneyland.  She chose “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas”.  

 Lea Michele takes the stage for a performance of music from “The Little Mermaid” and is joined by the top 10.

Wade Cota sang “You Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story”.

Luke’s save Dimitrius Graham got a big surprise from his mom who has been very ill.  He sang “You’ll Be in My Heart” from “Tarzan”.   After the very emotional performance Katy came up on the stage and gave Dimitrius a hug.  

Walker Burroughs chose “When She Loved Me” from “Toy Story 2” and chose to play the piano as he sang with only a cello playing with him.  Lionel called it as close to a perfect performance as he has ever seen.

Idol sweethearts last season’s winner and runner up Maddie Poppy and Caleb Lee Hutchinson performed “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin”.

Madison Vandenburg chose “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana” for her performance.  

Laine Hardy got surprised by his sister in Disneyland this week.  He chose the song “OO-De-Lally” from “Robin Hood” and had the audience clapping and stomping along.  

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon closes out the night of Disney songs with “Candle on the Water” from “Pete’s Dragon”.  Jeremiah was surprised by his sister this week.  It was the first time that any of his family has come to see him.  

Now that all of the performances are over, it is time for the first real time results…
Laine is the first person to make it into the top eight
Madison is also in the top eight
Alejandro has made it to the top eight
Jeremiah is in the top eight
Walker Burroughs is in the top eight
Laci Kaye Booth is also coming back next week
Wade Cota has also survived to make it into the top eight
Uche, Alyssa, and Dimitrius remain with Alyssa Raghu taking the final spot in the top eight.

The judges chose not to save Uche or Dimitrius this week.  Lionel said that they were going to hold their vote for a later date. 

The Cut Concludes on ‘World of Dance’

This week on “World of Dance” The Cut round concludes with the Junior and Upper Team divisions.  By the end of the night half of the teams will be eliminated. 

Up first is the Junior division with Jennifer as their mentor.

First up is the duo Funkanometry who have a secret weapon planned for their routine.  When the lights go down the boys are nowhere to be found, but once the music starts they pop up behind Jennifer at the judge’s table.  The boys earned a score of 91.3 points after getting 93’s from Ne-Yo and Jennifer and an 88 from Derek.

Next up was Lauren Yakima with a routine for her mom.    Lauren earned a score of 91.7 for her dance.

Moving 4ward “Come Together” for a routine dancing around and on a table.  The guys earned a scored of 90.3 points for their dance.

From this point forward, dancers will be eliminated.

Julian and Charlize perform a routine Julian based on “La La Land”.  With a score of 93 points, the duo takes the top spot and sends Moving 4ward home.

Ballerina Kayla Mak hopes to dance her way into the Divisional round after winning the Redemption.  Earning a score of 93.7 points Kayla puts herself at the top of the leader board and sends the duo Funkanometry home.

The final act in the Junior round is the sister duo of Ellie and Ava who are dedicating their dance to their grandfather who is in the audience.  After reworking the whole dance after their mentoring session, the girls scored 95.3 points to take over the top spot and sending Lauren Yakima home.

The three acts moving on to the next round in the Junior Division are:
Ellie and Ava
Kayla Mak
Julian and Charlize

Ne-Yo mentors the Upper Team dancers.  First up in the Upper Team Division are the Exiles.   After winning the Redemption, the small town dancers earned a score of 90.3 points.

Next up is 7the trick filled Indian dance crew The Kings and had Derek jumping on the table.  Creating a Transformer on stage, The Kings earned a score of 97.7 points to top the leader board.

Unity LA takes the stage next with a routine involving canes about aging, especially as dancers.  The crew earned a score of 93.3 points.

From this point on, one team will move on and one team will go home.

Hoping to impress Jennifer, Fuego Dance Crew takes the stage.  In a routine that had its moments, Fuego Dance Crew scored only 89.3 points and is the first crew to go home.

Next up is the all female crew Radiance who chose to perform not just to dance but for something they believe in with all of the gun violence that has occurred.  With their message of awareness, Radiance earned a score of 92.7 points to earn their spot on the leader board and sending Exiles home.

In the final performance of the night The Heima shed their masks to reveal their true selves in their routine.  In a risky routine, The Heima scored 97.7 points taking the final spot in the next round.  The score that included a perfect score of 100 from Ne-Yo, The Heima sent Radiance home.

The final teams in the Upper Division round:
The Heima
The Kings
Unity LA

Next week the dancers battle it out for the division titles. 

Bad Books

It has been six years since Bad Books have performed on American soil, but all of that will change beginning next month when they will launch a tour around the United States.

After making a surprise comeback at this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas; the band features core members Andy Hull and Robert McDowell with Kevin Devine.

Bad Books tour dates:
May 4 at the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, GA
June 19 at the Metro in Chicago, IL
June 20 at St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, MI
June 21 at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH
June 22 at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh, PA
June 23 at the Milkboy in College Park, MD
June 25 at The Sinclair in Boston, MA
June 26 at the Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA
June 27 at Elsewhere in Brooklyn, NY
June 28 at the White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, NJ
Aug 13 at The Showbox in Seattle, WA
Aug 14 at Revolution Hall in Portland, OR
Aug 16 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA
Aug 17 at the Lodge Room in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 19 at The Irenic in San Diego, CA
Aug 20 at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 22 at the Gas Monkey Bar & Grill in Dallas, TX
Aug 23 at the Scoot Inn in Austin, TX 

Hard Rock Goes Country with JB Aaron

It was a lot of Country and a little bit of Rock and Roll on April 20 at the Hard Rock Cafe when award winning Country music artist and Niagara Falls native JB Aaron returned to his native homeland for a performance.

Aaron brought his band – Bill, Tom, Scott, Alex, and Angelo – for a rip roaring night of Country music covers, original songs, and some hard driving Southern Rock.

In a show that ran for a solid two and a half hours, Aaron and the band kept the joint hopping with a variety of music including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Chris Stapleton, Toby Keith, Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, and Darius Rucker; a little Stevie Ray Vaughan by request; and original JB Aaron songs including brad new tunes “Boots” and “Breathe” before things got a little crazy with the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, and ZZ Top.

Returning home to Niagara Falls, JB Aaron packed the room with long time friends and family who danced, sang, and clapped the night away.

Grateful Dead: New Music and Comic Book

Jerry Garcia has gone beyond the rim and the original Grateful Dead band is no more but there is still plenty of new music to be found.

The remaining band members have joined forces with ZZ Comics for a new graphic novel and some new tunes to be released some time next year. 

Artist Noah Van Sciver and writer Chris Miskiewicz will be creating a new “Original History” on the iconic rockers with “Grateful Dead Origins”. 

The book will travel all the way back to the very beginning of the band; even before they were the Grateful Dead, but were the bar band the Warlocks.

ZZComics is releasing two editions of the book – a standard soft cover version that comes with a download of early Dead music. The deluxe edition is an individually numbered coffee table sized hard edition with autographed prints by the authors and a vinyl release of previously unheard Dead music.

The books are currently available for pre-order from http://www.z2comics.com/shop/grateful-dead.

Dead leader Jerry Garcia was a serious graphic novel enthusiast; it is fitting that one such creation feature the Grateful Dead.

Speaking on the upcoming book Grateful Dead audiovisual archivist and legacy manager David Lemieux said, “we’ve seen many archival releases that offer magnificent audio representations of the Grateful Dead’s history, and several filmed interpretations of the Dead’s story. To these, we’re thrilled to add to the Dead’s narrative canon this beautiful portrayal of the Dead’s origin story in the form of this wonderful new comic. Chris and Noah have captured the Dead’s sensibility in their words and images that bring to life on the page the earliest days of the Grateful Dead, from the band’s founding in 1965 through to Woodstock. We couldn’t be happier to be partnering with such talented artists who have delved so deeply into the Dead’s history and origin.”
Photo credit: This image was originally posted to Flickr by CJ Stone707 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/75738616@N04/8308660457. It was reviewed on 9 April 2013 by FlickreviewR and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by-sa-2.0.

Significant Other

For something a little different at the Hard Rock Café in Niagara Falls on April 19, the Rochester band Significant Other braved the rainy weather to make the trip west for an evening of amazing music.

The six piece band featured seasoned professional performers including a violin player from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Playing original music from their CD, the set list included music from Bruce Springsteen, Susan Tedeschi, Amy Winehouse, The Allman Brothers, Boz Skaggs, The Rolling Stones, and Bill Withers.

Along with the original songs “House of Cards”, “Freight Train”, “New Orleans”, “At 30,000 Feet”, “It’s This Music”, “Domino”, and “Maybe”; the band performed “Fire”, “Angel from Montgomery”, “Little by Little”, “Back to Black”, “You Don’t Love Me”, “Under My Thumb”, “Trouble No More”, “Rescue Me”, “That’sWhy I’m Crying”, “Low Down”, “One Way Out”, “Them Changes”, and “Lovely Day”.
Outside the skies were dreary and wet, but inside the Hard Rock Café the music…and the was HOT!

LEGOs as an Artform

The Buffalo Museum of Science is one of the treasures to be found in the city on Lake Erie. The Museum has something offer any visitor.

Now through May 5 the Museum features the Art of the Brick – an exhibit of artwork constructed solely out of LEGO bricks.

Created by Nathan Sawaya, the exhibit features all manner of creations from a simple pencil and people to life sized dinosaur skeleton and works of art including “Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh and the “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci. Each piece was constructed using thousands and thousands of LEGO bricks.

No longer just a child’s toy, Sawaya has turned the colourful plastic bricks into impressive works of art and recreations that boggle the mind.

Born in America’s Northwest, Sawaya took an obsession and turned ti into beautiful artistic creations to become the first artist to have an exhibit using LEGO bricks.