Woodstock Gets Boxed

While organizers and financial backers conduct aggressive discussions over whether or not the anniversary concert celebrating 50 years since the three day rock and roll event that changed the music world will go on, Andy Zax and Steve Woolard have put together a massive boxed set of music from the original festival performances.

Limited to just 1,969 numbered copies, the duo have compiled 432 tracks into a 38 disc collection that will include every performance given in 1969.

“Woodstock – Back To The Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive” is due out August 2. Organized in chronological order of appearance, the set includes 267 previously unreleased performances.

But the boxed collection which comes in a screen printed plywood box with a canvas insert contains much more than music. Also included in the collection are a Blu-Ray edition of the Woodstock film, a copy of the original festival program, two posters, a guitar strap, a reprint of a diary written by a festival goer, prints, essays, and a hard bound book.

Prior to the 36 disc set, a variety of smaller editions of the collection will be released including a 10 CD set, a 3CD/5LP version, and single disc versions.

Nearly half a million music fans gathered in upstate New York from August 15 to 18 to hear over 30 acts perform including The Band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, and The Who

Ronnie James Dio

Hard rock musician Ronnie James Dio died in 2010 as a result of stomach cancer but the music never did.

Now Dio will return to the stage…as a hologram…in a tour that begins May 31 in Florida.

The tour group is comprised of former Dio band members Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, and Scott Warren with Tim “Ripper” Owens and Oni Logan providing the vocals on most of the songs. Dio’s holographic self will perform on eight songs during the 90 minute show.

Ronnie James Dio tour dates:
May 31 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Ft. Myers, FL
June 1 at The Plaza Live in Orlando, FL
June 2 at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersberg, FL
June 3 at the Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta, GA
June 6 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA
June 7 at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA
June 8 at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ
June 9 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY
June 11 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI
June 12 at 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids, MI
June 14 at The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL
June 15 at the Myth in St. Paul, MN
June 16 at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, WI
June 19 at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, MO
June 20 at The Criterion in Oklahoma City, OK
June 21 at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX
June 22 at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX
June 23 at the Jefferson Theatre in Beaumont, TX
June 26 at The Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
June 28 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA
June 29 at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV

Disco Duck in the Falls

Closing out the annual block party on Memorial Day, Old Falls Street caught the “Boogie Fever” when the band Disco Duck took the stage.  It didn’t take long for the crowd to hit the dance floor for a trip to “Funkytown”, and get their “Boogie Oogie Oogie” on as Disco Duck “Played that Funky Music”.

After opening the show with the Kool and the Gang hit “Celebration”, the band kept the crowd hopping with great dance tunes from the Disco era including “Upside Down”, “Ladies Night”, “Hot Stuff”, “Heatwave”, “Groove Tonight”, “La Freak”, “Disco Inferno”, “Billie Jean”, “It’s Raining Men”, “Get Down Tonight”, “We are Family”, and “Last Dance”.

The night also featured dance contests and special guest performances including rock guitarist Jay Neubauer from That 80’s Hair Band.

Disco Duck provided a great night of fun and music in their final Old Falls Street performance.  It is unfortunate that at the end of the summer the band is breaking up when band leader and drummer Disco Dave is retiring.

 

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The Rock Show on Old Falls Street

Memorial Day was created as a solemn remembrance to those who have lost their lives in service to their country.  But like so many American holidays, it has become a time for celebration and parties.

Over the weekend, the city of Niagara Falls, New York held a block party that featured games, food trucks, and music.

On Sunday, May 26 the band The Rock Show had Old Falls Street jumping.  Re-uniting after many years apart, the five piece band worked the crowd into a frenzy as they rocked and sang along with the songs.

After opening with some Pat Benatar and “Promises in the Dark”, The Rock Show performed music from Styx, Journey, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Joan Osbourne, Alanis Morrissette, Audioslave, Four Non Blondes, Toto, Pink Floyd, Kansas, Aerosmith, and the Cranberries.

With several members sharing the vocal duties, the band is able to perform a large variety of songs.  While lead singer Maria Sebastian has quite a vocal range, keyboard player Michael McGuire does an excellent job of performing Steve Perry from Journey.

After performing nearly 30 songs including “Stop Dragging My Heart Around”, “Heartbreaker”, “Hold the Line”, “Leather and Lace”, “Dust in the Wind”, “Take it Easy”, “Any Way You Want It”, “I’m the Only One”, and “Carry on Wayward Son”; the crowd demanded a encore, which was cheerfully provided in “Stand By Me”.

The Rock Show put on an excellent show that rocked Old Falls Street and left the crowd wanting more.

Barry Manilow “On Broadway”

At 75 award winning entertainer Barry Manilow no longer takes to the road for extended tours, nor does he shows no signs of slowing down his performance schedule with lengthy residencies.

After a Tony Award and three sold out concert stints on Broadway, Manilow will return to the city of his birth this summer for a fourth Broadway appearance in a series of dates at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Speaking on his return to The Great White Way Manilow said, “I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway. It holds a very special place in my heart.”

Barry Manilow concert dates:

June 6-8 and 13-15 at the International Theater at the Westgate Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV

July 26-28, 30, and 31 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City, NY

Aug 2-4, 6 & 7, 9-11, 13 & 14, and 16 & 17 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City, NY

Sept 6 & 7 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Sept 14 at Proms in the Park in London, UK at Hyde Park

Sept 19-21 and 26-28 at the International Theater at the Westgate Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV

Oct 10-12 and 17-19 at the International Theater at the Westgate Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV

Packers Legend Bart Starr Dies

Hall of Fame football player Bart Starr died May 26 in Birmingham, Alabama at the age of 85. While an official cause of death has not been given, Starr had been in failing health over the past few years as a result of two strokes and a heart attack.

A quarterback, Starr was known for his graceful throwing movements that turned a run heavy league into one that has become known for its passing team leaders.

Starr played for Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers and helped to lead the Packers to six division titles, five NFL championships, and two Super Bowls. Star was also selected to the Pro Bowl four times during his playing career and a three time Most Valuable Player.

The Green Bay Packers drafted Starr from the University of Alabama Crimson Tide in 1956. Starr was drafted in the 17th round – number 200.

Considered one of the greatest Packers players, Starr’s uniform number 15 was retired in 1973 and in 1977 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With a winning percentage of .900, Starr holds the record for postseason wins and for the highest postseason passer rating at 104.8.

In 1975, the Packers hired Starr to be the team’s head coach but he was replaced in 1984 after a winning game success rate of only 40 percent.

A humanitarian, Starr and his wife Cherry co-founded a facility for at trouble youth known as the Rawhide Boys Ranch.

Like Walter Payton, Bart Starr has an award named for him. The award that is given to the player with the most character has Starr’s name upon it.

Bryan Bartlett Starr was born on January 9, 1934 in Montgomery. Alabama; the oldest of two sons to a military man.

Predeceased by his son Brett, Starr is survived by his wife Cherry of over 60 years, son Bart Jr, and grandchildren.

 

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600 Almost Not Enough for Coke 600

It’s more than just a special weekend for NASCAR with a hometown race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It’s the longest race of the year where the drivers will run 600 miles.

It is also a big weekend for America with the annual Memorial Day weekend – a time to salute those who have served in the Armed Forces. NASCAR will also salute the troops this weekend by the words “Honour and Remember” on the sidewalls of the Goodyear tires the teams use, all of the cars, even the pace car, will carry the name of a member of the Armed Services on their windshields, and many of the teams have covered their cars in special military paint schemes including replicas of airplanes.

Earlier this week, the NASCAR Hall of Fame revealed the names of the five nominees who have been selected for induction into the Hall of Fame in January – engine builder Waddell Wilson, champion car owner Joe Gibbs, and drivers Bobby Labonte, Buddy Baker, and Tony Stewart.

With a time of 29.44 seconds William Byron wins the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 and becomes the youngest driver to sit on the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 at age 21 after single car qualifying. Aric Almirola will start alongside Byron on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Coca-Cola 600:
William Byron
Aric Almirola
Kyle Busch
Austin Dillon
Kevin Harvick
Daniel Suarez
Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer
Ricky Stenhouse
Daniel Hemric
Kurt Busch
Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson
Paul Menard
Ryan Newman
Ryan Blanehy
Dennyh Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Chris Bueacher
Michael McDowell
Ryan Preece
Kyle Larson
Matt Tifft
Matt DiBenedetto
Ty Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Corey LaJOie
David
Landon Cassill
Bayley Currey
Parker Kligerman
Ross Chastain
JB McLeod
Reed Sorenson
Cody Ware
Quin Houff
Joey Gase

Lasting 600 miles, the race has four stages instead of the normal three. Normally the stages are broken up into different numbers but for this race each stage will be 100 laps each for a total of 400 laps around the mile and a half track and 600 miles.

After a three wide salute to the fans, William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out for the lead after getting a push from Kyle Busch.

Temps during the day have topped 90 degrees and the insides of the cars are well over 100 degrees.

Lap seven, William Byron holds on to a narrow tenth of a second lead on Aric Almirola.

Lap 16 scrapes the wall but the track stays green. Landon Cassill brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with a smoking car.

Lap 19, William Byron has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kevin Harvick.

Erik Jones brings out the first caution flag of the day when he slams into the wall on turn four causing major damage to his car. Jones reports that he blew a tire.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Ty Dillon and BJ McLeod were charged with having a crew member come over the pit wall too soon.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 27 and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 30, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is reporting a tire rub on his car.

Lap 31, Kevin Harvick challenges Kyle Busch for the lead but so far Busch holds on to the top spot.

Lap 32, Kevin Harvick gets the lead.

Lap 33, Kyle Busch retakes the lead.

Erik Jones is out of the race.

Lap 46, Cody Ware makes a trip down pit road. Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick.

Matt DiBenedetto brings out the caution flag when he gets into the wall on lap 48.

Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road.

Aric Almirola was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road and Chase Elliott was caught speeding on pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 55 and goes nose to nose with Kyle Busch before Busch retakes the lead.

Lap 60, Kevin Harvick gets around Kyle Busch to take the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second and Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 61, Martin Truex Jr passes Kevin Harvick to take the lead.

Lap 68, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds.

On lap 72, leader Martin Truex Jr gets into the wall after reporting a tire issue and brings out the third caution flag of the race.

Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road, but not all of the drivers did not make a pit stop.

After staying out on the track, Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 78 and holds on to the lead.

Lap 81, Brad Keselowski passes Daniel Hemric for the lead.

FOX broadcasters report that this is the first time that the race has had this many caution flags – three – in the first 120 miles of the race.

Lap 84, Ricky Stenhouse spins out and makes an off road excursion through the road course and infield and brings out the fourth caution flag.

As some of the drivers come down pit road for service, other stay out on the track.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 90 and holds on to the lead.

Daniel Hemric brings out the caution flag on lap 91 after he hits the wall just missing Clint Bowyer.

A few drivers bring their cars down pit road, but with the plethora of caution flags, the teams must save tires; they get only 12 sets of tires for the entire race.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 95. Brad Keselowski gets around Kevin Harvick for the lead.

Brad Keselowski wins stage one of the race.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
William Byron
Joe Logano
Jimmie Johnson
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney

Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road but not all of the drivers came down pit road for service.

Ryan Blaney and Corey LaJoie were caught speeding on pit road.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 107 but Denny Hamlin jumpos out in front for the lead.

Lap 108, Brad Keselowski retakes the lead.

Lap 109, Denny Hamlin takes the lead.

Landon Cassill brings his smoking car down pit road, but the track stays green on lap 116.

Chris Buescher bumps the wall but stays on the track and the track stays green.

Lap 119, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race.

Lap 123, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kevin Harvick.

The seventh caution flag of the race comes out on lap 127 when Chris Buescher hits the wall…again.

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

Clint Bowyer was caught speeding on pit road. Bubba Wallace was charged with having a member of the pit crew over the wall too soon. Daniel Hemric was charged with having too many crew members over the wall.

After staying out on the track, Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 132 but it is Ryan Blaney who jumps out in front for the lead as the drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap 133, Brad Keselowski passes Ryan Blaney for the lead.

Contact on the track, Michael McDowell has a smoking car but the track stays green. Bubba Wallace and Michael McDowell bring their cars down pit road.

Lap 141, Brad Keselowski has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 150, Brad Keselowski has increased his lead to nearly a second over Kevin Harvick.

Lap 152, Joey Logano brings his car down pit road for service.

Lap 155, this is the longest green flag segment of the race so far.

Lap 157, drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

Lap 160, Brad Keselowski has a lead of three seconds on Kevin Harvick.

Denny Hamlin brings out the eighth caution flag after on lap 161 after hitting the wall with a flat tire.

William Byron wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch got trapped coming down pit road after following a slow David Ragan.

Willian Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 136 and edges out Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Lap 167, Brad Keselowski and William Byron swap the lead back and fourth for a lap before Keselowski takes the lead.

Lap 175, Jimmie Johnson’s team is reporting a radio issue.

Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race with Ryan Blaney in second a third of a second back.

Kevin Harvick is reporting a tight issue.

Denny Hamlin is reporting smoke in the car.

Ryan Preece brings out the caution flag on lap 188 after getting into the wall and has a badly smoking car as a result of a flat tire.

The race is not even halfway through and some of the teams have only five sets of tires remaining for the rest of the race.

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road but not all of the teams made a pit stop.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart with seven laps remaining in stage two. William Byron gets out in front for the lead with team mate Alex Bowman in second.

Lap 194, Alex Bowman shoots past William Byron for the lead.

Lap 198, Brad Keselowski passes Alex Bowman for the lead.

On the final lap of stage two, Alex Bowman rim rides to try and get around Brad Keselowski for the lead, but it is Brad Keselowski who wins his second stage of the race.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Brad Keselowski
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson

As the flag of remembrance is brought out on the infield, the drivers cut their engines and the track has a moment of silence – remembrance. The flag of remembrance pays homage to those who have lost their lives in service to their country.

The engines are refired and Brad Keselowski leads the way down pit road.

William Byron wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and the second half of the race and gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 213, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead by only a tenth of a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 217, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of half a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 223, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over half a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 228, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over 1 second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 334, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds and a half seconds on Chase Elliott.

Lap 246, Kyle Busch is driving the wheels off of it with a lead of over three and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr.

Bayley Currey brings out the eleventh caution flag of the race on lap 250 when he spins out and hits the wall hard. Currey climbs out of his car.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 258 with 24 cars on the lead lap. Martin Truex Jr gets out in front first but has to battle Kyle Busch to hold on to the lead.

Lap 259, Kyle Busch retakes the lead briefly before Martin Truex Jr gets back out in front. Truex and Busch are Joe Gibbs Racing team mates.

Lap 265, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 267, Martin Treux Jr now has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 278, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Kyle Busch.

Lap 276, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now up to two and a half seconds over Kyle Busch.

Lap 280, Martin Truex Jr continues to pull away from the field with a lead of nearly three seconds over Kyle Busch.

Lap 284, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is up to 3.68 seconds over Kyle Busch.

Ten to go in stage three and Martin Truex Jr is approaching the four second mark over Kyle Busch.

Five to go in stage three and Martin Truex Jr continues to hold a commanding lead on Kyle Busch and the rest of the field.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage three for his secnd stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage three:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Ricky Stenhouse
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin

Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road. Denny Hamlin overshot his pit stall and had to back up to get into his pit stall causing a slow stop.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage four on lap 307 but Martin Truex Jr takes the lead and he and Elliott go nose to nose and swap the lead back and forth.

Kurt Busch makes a run through the road course and barely misses a pack of cars bringing out the caution flag on lap 309. Kurt tagged his brother Kyle in the rear when he spun out and caused some damage to the car.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 314 with Elliott and Martin Truex Jr going nose to nose with Chase Elliott getting out in front on lap 315.

Lap 315 the caution flag comes out with a big crash involving several cars with some hitting the wall. Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Kyle Larson, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Clint Bowyer, and Ryan Preece were all involved.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 323 and goes nose to nose with Martin Elliott J before taking the lead.

Sixty four to go and Chase Elliott holds on to his lead over Martin Truex Jr.

With 57 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr battles Chase Elliott for the lead and on lap 344, Truex takes the lead.

Lap 345, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a one second lead on Chase Elliott.

Fifty two to go, Martin Treux Jr is again pulling away from the field and has a lead of nearly two seconds on Chase Elliott.

Lap 353, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is up to nearly two and a half seconds.

Alex Bowman brings his car down pit road with a flat tire after getting into the wall.

Lap 355, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now nearly three seconds over Chase Elliott as drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Denny Hamlin gets into the wall again and has a smoking car that brings out the fifteenth caution flag of the race on lap 359. This is now the most caution flags in a 600 mile race.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 35 laps remaining in the race and holds on to his lead.

Thirty to go, Martin Truex Jr has not pulled away this time, his lead is only two tenths of a second over Joey Logano.

Twenty five to go, Martin Truex Jr holds on to his lead over Joey Logano and is out in front by half a second.

Twenty to go, Martin Truex Jr holds on to his half second lead on Joey Logano.

Fifteen to go, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a one second lead over Joey Logano.

Jimmie Johnson brushes the wall but the track stays green.

Ryan Blaney brings his car down pit road with only 12 laps remaining in the race with a serious vibration in the corners.

Brtad Keselowski brings out the caution flag with 10 laps to go with a rear end issue.

Taking only two tires, Ryan Newman wins the race off of pit road.

Daniel Suarez was penalized one lap for pitting outside of his pit box.

After staying out on the track, David Ragan brings the field down for the green flag restart with only five laps remaining in the race.

Kyle Busch makes it three wide and then Martin Truex Jr makes it four wide. Martin Truex Jr gets the lead with Joey Logano in second; David Ragan, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Drivers are getting four wide across the track.

Martin Truex Jr takes the white flag and leads Joey Logano by three tenths of a second.

Denny Hamlin crashes but the track stays green and Martin Truex Jr wins the race by less than half a second over Joey Logano. This is Truex’s second 600 win and his third of the season.

Coca-Cola 600 results:
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chris Buescher”
Alex Bowman
Jimmie Johnson
William Byron
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Corey LaJoie
Ryan Blaney
Paul Menard
David Ragan
Ryan Newman
Denny Hamlin
Daniel Suarez
Brad Keselowski
Matt Tifft
Daniel Hemric
Michael McDowell
Ty Dillon
Clint Bowyer
Bubba Wallace
Parker Kligerman
Kurt Busch
Quin Houff
BJ McLeod
Reed Sorenson
Ryan Preece
Joey Gase
Kyle Larson
Austin Dillon
Bayley Currey
Ross Chastain
Landon Cassill
Cody Ware
Matt DiBenedetto
Erik Jones

Bowie Demos Release Due in June

Long before David Bowie started selling out stadiums around the world, he made some demo recordings at home.

To celebrate 50 years of David Bowie music, Mercury is releasing “The Mercury Demos” on June 28. The new release follows two previously released collections “Spying Through a Keyhole” and “Clareville Grove Demos”.

The album features 10 early recordings by David Bowie that were originally recorded on a reel to reel tape machine in Bowie’s London apartment. John “Hutch” Hutchinson accompanies Bowie on the recordings.

Nine of the recordings have never been released, but portions of “Space Oddity” first appeared on the “Sound + Vision” boxed set.

Along with the vinyl album, the set comes in a replica of the original tape box and includes a print, two photo contact sheets, and liner notes by Mark Adams.

The “Mercury Demos” track list:
“Space Oddity”
“Janine”
“An Occasional Dream”
“Conversation Piece”
“Ching-a-Ling”
“I’m Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione)”
“Lover To The Dawn”
“Love Song”
“When I’m Five”
“Life Is A Circus”

 

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Flat Tires, Wall, Mark Xfinity Charlotte Race

It’s a hot one for the longest race of the Xfinity Series with 300 miles at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Alsco 300. With air temperatures approaching 90, the temps on the track will top 130 degrees.

As the drivers prepare for qualifying on Saturday morning, several drivers are still working their way through the inspection process after failing a couple of times.

After a number of drivers had issues during the qualifying round, with a qualifying time of 29.29 seconds Christopher Bell put his number 20 car on the pole and will lead the field to the green flag. This is Bell’s ninth career pole in his short driving career and third for this season.

It’s a drivers only weekend where some of the Monster Cup Series drivers take over the broadcast and this year they are getting a little help from the pit box with crew chief Chad Knaus joining Brad Keselowski and Ricky Stenhouse Jr in the FOX studio. Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Clint Bowyer are in the broadcast booth with Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney, and “That Jones Boy” Erik Jones on pit road.

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.

On the warm up lap the temperatures have already topped 100 inside the cars.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and goes nose to nose with Cole Custer before Custer takes the lead. The drivers are already getting four side across the track.

Christopher Bell hits the wall but the track stays green. Bell recovers after his brush with the wall and on lap seven is up to second place with Cole Custer in the lead.

Christopher Bell challenges Cole Custer for the lead but so far, Custer holds on to the top spot. On lap 16 Christopher Bell gets around Cole Custer to take the lead.

The caution comes out on lap 18 after Timmy Hill drops water on the track after blowing an engine. Matt Mills gets into the water and spins out but does not hit anything.

Ross Chastain comes down pit road before pit road is open. He will have to serve a penalty for pitting while pit road is closed.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 24 and holds on to his lead after a quick challenge from Cole Custer.

Mason Diaz hit the wall and had to make a trip down pit road, but the track stays green.

Lap 34, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Cole Custer.

On lap 40, the air temperature is 90 degrees and 142 degrees on the track.

Lap 41, Cole Custer has closed the gap on leader Christopher Bell to less than a second.

Christopher Bell wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Chase Briscoe
Brandon Jones
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Michael Annett
Ryan Sieg
John Hunter Nemechek

Brandon Jones wins the race off of pit road. Christopher Bell comes out in third. Cole Custer has damage to his car after hitting debris on the track.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 55 and jumps out in front for the lead with a push from behind.

Chase Briscoe got way loose but saved the car and the track stays green.

Halfway through stage two the caution flag comes out after Austin Cindric spins out.

Jeb Burton’s team is reporting that they cannot hear him on the radio

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 72 but it is Tyler Reddick who gets out in front for the lead.

Matt Mills is not feeling well and the team has Josh Bilicki standing by in case they need to make a driver change.

Christopher Bell hits the wall and has a flat tire. Brandon Jones also hits the wall and has a flat tire. The track stays green.

Tyler Reddick wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Tyler Reddick
Chase Briscoe
Noah Gragson
John Hunter Nemechek
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
Cole Custer
Austin Dillon
Michael Annett
Jeffrey Earnhardt

Christopher Bell stayed out on the track; as a result the tire shredded and caught fire. He is now out of the race.

Chase Briscoe wins the race off of pit road.

Reports are that Brandon Jones and Christopher Bell ran over some debris on the track.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 100. The drivers get three wide on the track putting Tyler Reddick out in front.

Mason Diaz hits the wall again and brings out the caution flag on lap 101.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 106 and goes nose to nose with Noah Gragson before finally retaking the lead.

Lap 110, Tyler Reddick has pulled out to a lead of over a second on John Hunter Nemechek.

John Hunter Nemechek got loose and hit the wall and brings out the caution flag.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 118 and holds on to the lead after a short challenge from Chase Briscoe.

With 70 laps remaining in the race, Tyler Reddick has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds over Cole Custer.

Sixty to go and Tyler Reddick’s lead is now over three seconds.

Jeffrey Earnhardt spins out hitting the wall and brings out the caution flag.

Yyler Reddick wins the race off of pit road.

Noah Gragson was charged with having too many crew members over the wall when a tire got away from the crew member.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart with 54 laps remaining in the race and jumps out in front for the lead.

Fifty to go, Tyler Reddick is in the lead by half a second over Chase Briscoe.

With 44 laps remainig in the race, the caution flag comes out after a crash involving the 36 car driven by Josh Williams and the 52 car driven by David Starr.

Taking fuel only, Austin Cindric wins the race off of pit road but not all of the drivers made a pit stop.

Austin Dillon is having issues with carbon monoxide coming in the car and the team has made a driver change putting Daniel Hemric in the car.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart with 38 laps remaining in the race.

With 35 laps to go, Tyler Reddick passes John Hunter Nemechek for the lead.

John Hunter Nemechek smacks the wall but the track stays green.

After making a couple of laps, Daniel Hemric brings the number 10 car down pit road and is out of the race.

John Hunter Nemechek brings out the caution flag with 31 laps to go with a flat tire after hitting the wall.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart with 23laps remaining in the race but it is Cole Custer that gets out in front for the lead.

Chase Briscoe has a flat tire and has to come down pit road but the track stays green.

Josh Williams brings out the caution flag with 20 laps to go when he spins out.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 15 laps remaining in the race but it is Tyler Reddick who gets out in front for the lead.

Ten to go, Tyler Reddick has a half second lead on Justin Allgaier with Jeffrey Earnhardt in third.

Seven to go, Tyler Reddick has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Justin Allgaier in one of the few clean cars remaining in the race.

Cole Custer has hit the wall again and brings his car down pit road out of the race.

Tyler Reddick takes the white flag.

Tyler Reddick gets his fifth Series win of his career nearly two seconds in front of Justin Allgaier.

Alsco 300 results:
Tyler Reddick
Justin Allgaier
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
Michael Annett
Jeb Burton
Ryan Sieg
Austin Cindric
Brandon Jones
Ross Chastain
John Hunter Nemechek
Jeremy Clements
Gray Gaulding
Stephen Leicht
Ray Black Jr
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod
Chase Briscoe
Brandon Brown
Joey Gase
David Starr
Vinnie Miller
Cole Custer
Ronnie Bassett Jr
Matt Mills

Josh Williams
Austin Dillon
Camden Murphy
Mason Diaz
Christopher Bell
Joe Nemechek
Bayley Currey
Landon Cassill
Timmy Hill
Josh Bilicki
Jeff Green
Chad Finchum

Rob Thomas

Currently on tour, Rob Thomas has added 18 more dates to the tour that is supporting his album “Chipped Tooth Smile”. Max Frost, Abby Anderson, and Chris Trapper will join Thomas on varying dates of the tour.

Fans who buy tickets to the show will also receive a digital download of the album.

Fans who attend the show will also have the opportunity to purchase live copies of the show. Each show on the tour will have 500 copies of the concert available for purchase. Each CD will be numbered and once they have sold out, there will be no new copies made.

Fans can pre-order a copy of the CD and either pick it up at the concert or have it shipped to them; you do not have to be at the show to get a live CD. Go to robthomasmusic.com for more details.

Rob Thomas tour dates:
May 28 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ
May 30 at the FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, MI
May 31 at the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield, OH
June 1 at the Meadow Brook in Rochester Hills, MI
June 3 at the PNC Pavilion at the Riverbend Music Centeri n Cincinnati, OH
June 4 at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn in Indianapolis, IN
June 6 at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL
June 7 at the Breese Stevens in Madison, WI
June 8 at the Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN
June 10 at the Levitt Pavilion in Denver, CO
June 11 at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT
June 13 at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, WA
June 14 at the Rose Quarter in Portland, OR
June 16 at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA
June 18 at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
June 20 at Humphrey’s by the Bay in San Diego, CA
June 21 at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV
June 23 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
June 25 at the Austin City Limits Live in Austin, TX
June 26 at The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX
June 28 at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, TX
June 29 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, LA
June 30 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Tuscaloosa, AL
July 2 at the Miznen Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, FL
July 3 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL
July 5 at the Mahaffrey Theater in St. Petersburg, FL
July 6 at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL
July 8 at the State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park in Atlanta, GA
July 9 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN
July 11 at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC
July 12 at The Anthem in Washington, DC
July 13 at The Met in Philadelphia, PA
July 15 at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, PA
July 17 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ
July 18 at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
July 20 at the Casino Rama Entertainment Centre in Orillia, ON
July 21 at the CMAC in Canandaigua, NY
July 23 at the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY
July 24 at the SPAC in Saratoga Springs, NY
July 25 at the Meadowbrook in Gilford, NH
July 27 at the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ
July 29 & 30 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY
Aug 2 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY
Aug 3 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ
Aug 4 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Aug 16 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY
Aug 18 at the Flynn Theatre in Burlington, VT
Aug 20 at the Metropolis in Montreal, QC
Aug 21 at the State Theatre in Portland, ME
Aug 23 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Aug 24 at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, ON
Aug 25 at the Budweiser Gardens in London, ON
Aug 30 at the Brady Theater in Tulsa, OK
Aug 31 at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, MO
Sept 1 at the Stifel Theatre in St. Louis, MO
Sept 4 at the Palace Theatre in Louisville, KY
Sept 5 at the Foundation Amphitheater in Youngstown, OH
Sept 13 at the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, NM
Sept 20 at the Fox Theater in Riverside, CA
Sept 21 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA
Sept 24 at the Music Hall in Tucson, AZ
Sept 27 at the Grand Sierra in Reno, NV
Sept 28 at the Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, CA
Nov 8 at the AIS Arena in Bruce Canberra, Australia
Nov 9 at the Rochford Wines in Coldstream, Australia
Nov 13 at the ICC Theatre in Sydney, Australia
Nov 16 at the Bimbadgen Wines in Hunter Valley, Australia
Nov 17 at the Sirromet Winery in Mount Cotton, Australia
Nov 19 at the Margaret Court in Melbourne, Australia
Nov 23 at the Kings Park in Perth, Australia

New Music from Ed Sheeran on the Way

British pop sensation Ed Sheeran is set to release a new album but this time there are no mathematical symbols involved.

The new album is called the “No. 6 Collaborations Project” and is set for a July 12 release.

Sheeran’s current single “I Don’t Care” is a collaboration with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. The single is listed as the number one song in Sheeran’s homeland of the United Kingdom. The song will be a part of the new album.

The title is a tribute to a previous work by Sheeran that was created prior to the star’s signing a record contract in 2011. Speaking on the title, Sheeran said, “before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called No.5 Collaborations Project. Since then, I’ve always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year. I’m a huge fan of all the artists I’ve collaborated with and it’s been a lot of fun to make.”

Sheeran has also revealed what his next single will be, a collaboration with Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock called “Cross Me” and is set to come out close to the album release date.

Though he has yet to reveal who his collaborators are, Sheeran has released the 15 song track list for the album:

“Beautiful People”
“South of the Border”
“Cross Me”
“Take Me Back to London”
“Best Part of Me”
“I Don’t Care”
“Antisocial”
“Remember the Name”
“Feels”
“Put It All on Me”
“Nothing on You”
“I Don’t Want Your Money”
“1000 Nights”
“Way to Break My Heart”
“Blow”

 

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NASCAR Names Nominees for 2020 HOF Class

In its short life, the NASCAR Hall of Fame has inducted 50 members. On May 22 the Hall of Fame revealed the list of nominees for the 2020 class of Hall of Famers.

More than just a place for visitors to see the members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the 150,000 square foot facility features interactive exhibits, a theater suitable for nearly 300 viewers, and artifacts that span the 70 plus year history of NASCAR.

Along with the drivers and racing teams, the Hall of Fame includes the Landmark Award which is given to people who have made significant contributions to the sport but are not a direct part of a racing team.

Nominees for the 2020 Landmark Award are:
Edsel Ford II
NASCAR Presidentl Mike Helton
Pocono Raceway founder Dr. Joseph Mattioli
Flagman Alvin Hawkins
Ralph Seagraves

Of the 20 nominees in the new class, six are on the ballot for the first time.

The 2020 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame are:
Xfinity Series pioneer and two time champion Sam Ard
Cup Series driver Buddy Baker
Alabama gang member and Cup Series driver Neil Bonnett
Three time Late Model Sportman and Modified Champion Red Farmer
Engine builder, crew chief, and car owner Ray Fox
Cup Series driver and rim riding specialist Harry Gant
Nine time Cup champion car owner Coach Joe Gibbs
Two time Cup Series champion co-owner John Holman
Cup Series champion crew chief Harry Hyde
Xfinity and Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte
NASCAR West Series champion Hershel McGriff
Two time Cup Series champion co owner with John Holman Ralph Moody
Cup Series champion Marvin Panch
NASCAR short thack winner Jim Paschal
Five time NASCAR weekly series champion Larry Phillips
Cup Series champion Ricky Rudd
Nine time NASCAR champion Mike Stefanik
Three time Cup Series champion and co-owner Tony Stewart
Master mechanic Red Vogt
Three time Cup Series champion engine builder Waddell Wilson

Award Winning Writer Herman Wouk Dies

Prolific writer Herman Wouk died In his Palm Springs, California home on May 17, 2019 at the age of 103 just 10 days from turning 104.

The award winning author was best known for his works “The Caine Mutiny” and “The Winds of War”.

He was presented with the Pulitzer Prize for “The Caine Mutiny.

Wouk himself reworked “Winds of War” into an Emmy Award winning mini series that drew some of the highest ratings in television history. Wouk himself even appeared in the series as an Archbishop.

Nearly two dozen of his works were rewritten for film and television productions beginning with “The Traitor” in 1950. Other works include “The Caine Mutiny” in several languages, “Marjorie Morningstar”, “The Winds of War”, and “War and Remembrance”.

Wouk even paired up with the “Margaritaville” singer Jimmy Buffet to pen a musical.

Writing until his death, Wouk penned his memoir at the of 100.

He was born on May 27, 1915 in New York City to a Russian Jewish family. After the Japanes bombed Pearl Harbor, Wouk enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served in the Pacific. It was there that he published his first novel “Aurora Dawn”.

A devout Jew, Wouk studied Talmud and even taught classes in Talmud. The Jewish Book Council presented Wouk with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Library of Congress presented Wouk with their inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for his Fiction Writing.

Predeceased by his agent and wife of over 65 years Betty and son Abraham, Wouk is survived by sons Nathaniel and Joseph.

 

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Rockin’ Back to the Bars at the Hard Rock

On May 18 Back to the Bars made a return visit to the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls to perform classic pop and rock, but not the typical songs heard by every other cover band.  More than just good musicians, the members of Back to the Bars are ridiculously good.

Despite fighting illness, lead singer Mark Chimes put on a master class of how to perform a great show.

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After opening the show with Sir Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets”; the set list included “Hello, It’s Me”, “How Long (Has This Been Going On)”, “Baby Come Back”, “Summer Breeze”, “Dance with Me”, “These Eyes”, “Your Smiling Face”, “She’s Gone”, a Police set including “Synchronicity II”, a Beatles medley, “Misunderstanding” which featured a short mashup of Genesis songs, a Electric Light Orchestra medley,  the overture from “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Kashmir”, music from Queen, the theme from “Rocky”, and “Beginnings” by Chicago.

Hinder

Rockers Hinder will be spending most of their summer on the road touring around North America.

Fellow rockers Saving Abel, American Sin, and Adama will be a part of the first half of the tour, while Royal Bliss will finish out the tour as the opening act.

Hinder has planned an album release for later this year and are hitting the road to get the word out.

Hinder tour dates:

May 30 at the Midwest Event Center in Marion, IL

May 31 at The Citadel in Indianapolis, IN

June 1 at the V Club in Huntington, WV

June 2 at the One Square Center in Easton, PA

June 4 at the London Music Hall in London, ON

June 5 at the Rockpile West I Toronto, ON

June 6 at the Brass Monkey in Ottawa, ON

June 7 at Wally’s Pub in Hampton Beach, NH

June 8 at the Aura in Portland, ME

June 9 at the Harley Fest in Farmington, MI

June 11 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayerville, NJ

June 12 at the Beacon Theater in Hopewell, VA

June 13 at The Spinning Jenny in Greer, SC

June 14 at the Capones in Johnson City, TN

June 15 at The Lounge at Ledo in Lynchburg, VA

June 16 at the Cone Denim in Greensboro, NC

June 18 at the Hub City Brewery in Jackson, TN

June 19 at The Complex in Springfield, MO

June 20 at The Royal Grove in Lincoln, NE

June 21 at the Icon Lounge and Event Hall in Sioux Falls, SD

June 22 at the Music Fights Back Festival in Paire Du Chien, WI

June 23 at The Apollo Theater in Belvidere, IL

June 25 at the Civic Music Hall in Toledo, OH

June 26 at the U Hall in Washington, DC

June 27 at the Cowboy Coast Saloon in Ocean City, MD

June 28 at the Rock N Ribs in Boardman, OH

June 29 at the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, WV

July 17 at the Sunshine Studios in Colorado Springs, CO

July 18 at the Mesa Theater in Grand Junction, CO

July 19 at The Marquee in Tempe, AZ

July 20 at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA

July 21 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV

July 23 at Strummers in Fesno, CA

July 24 at the Montbleu Resort in Stateline, NV

July 25 at The Rose in Pasadena, CA

July 26 at The Cave in Big Bear Lake, CA

July 27 at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA

July 28 at The Canyon Club in Santa Clarita, CA

July 31 at the Royal Bar in Salt Lake City, UT

Aug 2 at the Iron Horse Saloon on Sturgis, SD

Aug 3 at the abuffalo Rose in Golden, CO

Aug 4 at the Aftershock in Merriam, KS

Aug 6 at the Cavalier Theatre in LaCrosse, WI

Aug 7 at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, MN

Aug 9 at the Pub Station in Billings, MT

Aug 10 at Rockin the River in Three Forks, MT

Aug 22 at the Backwater Stage Q Casino in Dubuque, IA

Aug 24 at Diamond Jo’s Casino in Dubuque, IA

Sept 7 at the Marion Popcorn Festival in Marion, OH

‘The Voice’ Crowns a Winner

Will coach Blake Shelton get his record setting seventh win or will rookie coach John Legend follow in coach Kelly Clarkson’s footsteps and win in his first season on the show?

After Adam lost his team members before the semi finals and Kelly Clarkson getting beat out in the semi finals, it is all down to one singer for John Legend in Maelyn Jarmon and Blake Shelton with three singers – Andrew Sevener, Dexter Roberts, and Gyth Rigdon.

Even as the grand finale went on the air in the eastern and central time zones, all four of the finalists had multiple songs on the iTunes top 40 chart.

Getting the night of music off to a rousing start, Andrew Sevener and Country legend Travis Tritt take the stage for a performance of “T R O U B L E”.

The Jonas Brothers take the stage for their newest single “Cool”.

The Voice” advisor for John Legend, Khalid takes the stage to perform his hit “Talk”.

Mari and Kim Cherry take the stage for a performance and are joined by other eliminated artists as they perform a medley of songs. The coaches were out of their chairs dancing, including Kelly who had major surgery less than a month ago.

OneRepublic debuts their new single “Rescue Me”.

Host Carson Daly announces that each of the four finalists will receive a brand new Toyota Rav4.

Darius Rucker reunites with his buddies of Hootie and the Blowfish for a performance of their first hit “Let Her Cry”.

Maelyn Jarmon joins up with award winning Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan for a performance of “Angel”.

World sensation BTS take the stage to perform their new single “Boy in Love” with lots of dance moves and Korean rap.

Dexter Roberts joins Country music star Toby Keith for a performance of Keith’s new single “That’s Country Bro”.

Halsey debuts her new single “Nightmare”.

More of the eliminated singers take the stage for a performance of “Edge of 17”.

Hootie and the Blowfish return to perform their smash hit “Hold My Hand” with Gyth Rigdon.

Award winning performer Taylor Swift joins Brandon from Panic! At the Disco for a performance of their hit song “Me”.

And it is finally time for some results…
The singer in fourth place is Andrew Sevener
The singer in third place is Dexter Roberts

It’s all down to Team Legend’s Maelyn Jarmon and Team Blake’s Gyth Rigdon.

And the winner is….Maelyn Jarmon giving John Legend the win in his first season on the show!

The Voice” will return next fall for another season.

7th Heaven Rocks the Falls

On May 17  the Rochester band  7th Heaven rocked Niagara Falls anf the Hard Rock Cafe.  Band members noted that while they were formed in 1996, this was the first time that they had been this close to the Canadian border – which is less than half a mile away.

Performing Classic Rock from the 70’s and 80’s, the band included some tunes from bands who call Canada home.

After opening with “anyway You Want It” by Journey, 7th Heaven fillex the next three hours with rock and roll including music from Billy Idol, Led Zeppelin, Loverboy, Don Henley, AC/DC, Foreigner, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Sweet, and Aerosmith.

 

New ‘American Idol’ Crowned

It has all come down to the final three on the second season of “American Idol” on ABC. In a three hour live cross country simulcast, Madison Vandenburg, Alejandro Aranda, and Laine Hardy will perform for the last time for the title of “American Idol”.

Judge Lionel Richie gets the night started off with a performance and is joined by the top 10 on stage.

Each of the singers perform twice before the third place singer is eliminated.

Up first is Laine Hardy with “Home

Madison Vandenburg chose the Academy Award winning song “Shallow” for her first performance.

Continuing a trend he has done all season, Alejandro Aranda chose to perform an original song – “Millennial Love”.

This past week the three finalists made a trip home for salutes, family time, and performances.

Laine kicks off round two of the performances with the Hank Williams song “Jambalaya”.

Last year’s winner Maddie Poppy returns to the Idol stage to promote her new single and album.

Next up Madison sang the Kelly Clarkson song “Breakaway”.

Received a very special surprise when he went home, a children’s choir performed his own songs for him and he was given a new guitar. closes out round two of the performances with another original song “Tonight”.

Season four champion Carrie Underwood returns to the Idol stage to perform her new single “Southbound”.

In the first results of the night, host Ryan Seacrest announced that the singer in third place is Madison Vandenburg and has been eliminated from the competition. It’s down to Laine and Alejandro for the title.

Monttell Jordan takes the stage an Idol themed “This is How We Do It”.

Idol judge Katy Perry takes the stage with Daddy Yankee for a performance.

Alejandro takes the stage to perform his song “10 Years” with an orchestra.

Idol alum and mentor Adam Lambert returns to the Idol stage for a performance of “New Eyes”. Adam pairs up with Demetrius Graham for the Queen smash hit rock anthem “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

Award winning Country music stars Dan +Shay take the stage for a performance. Madison joins the duo for a performance of their hit song “Speechless”.

Judge Luke Perry takes the stage for a performance of his hit “Knockin’ Boots”. Laci Kaye Booth joins Luke for a performance of The Police hit “Every Breath You Take”.

John Pardi and Laine Hardy pair up for a performance of “Dirt on amy Boots” and “Night Shift”.

Katy Perry returns to the stage for a performance of “Unconditionally” with Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon.

Weezer take the stage with Walker Burroughs and Wade Cota for a performance.

Country artist Kane Brown performs. Alyssa Raghu joins Brown for one of the songs.

Ryan Seacrest reveals that each of the two finalists, plus a guest, will go on a Disney Cruise.

Shay returns to perform the Andra Day song “Rise Up” and is joined by Day on stage.

Kool and the Gang take the stage with Uche, and other members of the top 10,for a performance.

The finalists have one final performance to give before the winner is announced.

Laine performs the Sam Cooke song “Bring it on Home to Me”.

For his final performance Alejandro performs his Idol audition song, his original “Out Loud”.

In the final results of the season, Ryan Seacrest names Laine Hardy as the new “American Idol”! Laine performs his Idol single “Flame”.

Final Four Perform on ‘The Voice’

It’s all down to the final four on “The Voice”. The finalists will perform one last time for fan votes.

John has one singer in the finals and Blake has three singers in the finals.

Each of the singers will perform three times – a new cover time, a duet with their coach, and an original single.

Team Legend’s Maelyn Jarmin gets the night of music started off with her original song “Wait for You”.

Blake and Andrew pair up for “All Right Now” and had Kelly out of her chair dancing.

Team Blake’s Dexter Roberts sings “Anything Goes” and got a standing ovation from all four of the judges. Kelly called it her favourite performance. Blake called Dexter the next George Strait.

Blake joins up with Gyth Rigdon for a performance of The Eagles hit “Take it Easy”.

Team Blake’s Andrew Sevener performs his original song “Rural Route Raising” for some good old rocking Country music. Blake revealed that Andrew is going to get to sing with Country star Travis Tritt.

John Legend pairs up with his singer Maelyn Jarmin for a performance of the Nat King Cole hit “Unforgettable”.

Gyth Rigdon performs the Earl Thomas Conley song “Once in a Blue Moon”. Blake said that Conley is his hero.

Dexter returns to the stage to perform his original song “Looking Back”. Blake noted that of all the finalists, Dexter is the most ready to step into stardom.

Andrew Sevener performs “Lips of an Angel” and brought the coaches to their feet.

Blake and Dexter pair up for the Brooks and Dunn song “Hard Working Man”.

Gyth returns to perform an original song that he himself wrote – “Proof I’ve Always Loved You” – a song he wrote when he and his wife first started dating. Gyth is the only finalist to pen his own song.

Maelyn Jarmin closes out the night with her performance of the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah” and left the crowd screaming. Calling the performance stunning, John said that it was her best performance yet.

Exciting Finish for Big Prize in All Star Race

NASCAR goes home to Charlotte for the annual All Star festivities and a chance to win $1 million.

Only 15 drivers have already earned their spot in the All Star race by either being a race winner during the 2018 and 2019 racing seasons or by being a regular driver who has won a previous All Star race or is a Series Champion.

More drivers will earn their way into the race by being a Monster Energy Open stage winner or race winner and by winning the fan vote.

For qualifying, the drivers must make three laps with a stop on pit road for a four tire change. Any penalty will cost the team five seconds but pitting outside the pit box will cause a driver to be disqualified.

In All Star Open qualifying rookie driver Daniel Hemric will sit on the pole for the Monster Energy Open.

The starting lineup for The Open:
Daniel Hemric
Michael McDowell
William Byron
Daniel Suarez

Paul Menard
Alex Bowman
Kyle Larson
Chris Buescher
David Ragan

Bubba Wallace
Ryan Preece
Matt DiBenedetto
Matt Tifft
Ty Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse
Corey LaJoie
Landon Cassill
Ross Chastain
BJ McLeod
Bayley Currey
Cody Ware
Timmy Hill
Quinn Houff
Joey Gase

The Open is a short race with 20, 20, and 10 green flag laps for the hottest race in All Star history.

Winners from each stage and the race will advance to the All Star race.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and puts his gold number eight car out in front. Paul Menard brushes the wall but the track stays green.

Lap four, Daniel Hemric has pulled out to a lead of a second on Michael McDowell.

Lap six, Daniel Hemric has increased his lead to over a second and a half with Kyle Larson in second.

Halfway through stage one, Daniel Hemric has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Kyle Larson.

Paul Menard is reporting a lot of smoke inside his car.

BJ McLeod brings out the caution flag when his car blows up and fills the the car with smoke. There are only four laps remaining in the stage but the stage must finish under green conditions.

The track bar on Chris Buescher’s car has broken.

The clean up is taking a while because BJ McLeod spread a lot of fluid on the track.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart but it is Kyle Larson who gets out in front first.

Bubba Wallace takes the lead with two laps to go.

With one lap to go Kyle Larson and Bubba Wallace swap the lead back and forth but coming from the bottom lane, William Byron edges them out to win stage one…and a spot in the All Star Race.

After winning the stage, William Byron does not need to continue into the race, he has earned his spot and the team can now work on the car to prepare it for the race.

The caution flag laps between the stages do not count; drivers who need repairs to their cars have the time to complete them without losing a lap.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out for the lead as cars are getting four wide across the track.

Lap two, Alex Bowman takes the lead and quickly pulls out to a one second lead.

Lap five, Alex Bowman holds on to his one second lead on Daniel Suarez.

Halfway through stage two, Alex Bowman is still in the lead but his lead is down to under a quarter of a second.

Five to go, Alex Bowman holds on to a narrow lead with Daniel Suarez only three tenths of a second back.

The caution flag comes out with only two laps remaining in the race after Ryan Preece and Daniel Hemric make contact.

After staying out on the track, Alex Bowman brings the remaining field down for the green flag restart of stage two with Bubba Wallace – who also stayed out – alongside on the front row. Bubba Wallce takes the lead with two laps to go.

On the final lap of stage two Daniel Suarez takes the lead but Bubba Wallace passes for the lead.

Bubba Wallace wins stage two as Daniel Suarez is right behind and goes on an off road excursion through the infield after getting blocked by Wallace.

Stage three is a 10 lap shootout with Kyle Larson and Ty Dillon on the front row and bringing the field to the green flag.

Ty Dillon takes the lead with Kyle Larson right behind him.

Five to go, Kyle Larson gets around Ty Dillon to take the lead.

Kyle Larson takes the white flag.

Kyle Larson wins the race by over three quarters of a second.

Alex Bowman wins the fan vote and is the final driver to enter the All Star Race.

After a qualifying round that includes a no speed limit trip down pit road for a pit stop, Clint Bowyer wins the pole for his first All Star pole and will bring the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup after qualifying:
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Austin Dillon
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Newman
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch

Kyle Larson
Bubba Wallace
William Byron
and Alex Bowman fill out the field.

The All Star race features four stages of 30 – 20 – 20 – 15 laps around the mile and a half track.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag start of the race but it is Kevin Harvick who jumps out in front for the lead from his third place starting spot.

Row six, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch right behind him only one tenth of a second back.

Lap 12, Kevin Harvick has led every lap with Kyle Busch right behind, the duo have pulled out to a lead of over a second on the rest of the field.

Lap 18, Kyle Busch challenges Kevin Harvick for the lead and passes Harvick for the lead.

Lap 23, the first three cars – Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr – are over four seconds ahead of the field.

Lap 25, Erik Jones brings his car down pit road with a flat tire and some front end damage, but does not make it to pit road in time and the caution flag comes out on lap 27.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

While the caution laps do count, the stage must end on green flag conditions and stage one will end in overtime.

Brad Keselowski did not make a pit stop and will bring the field to the green flag restart for the stage one overtime finish. Brad Keselowski edges out for the lead after a push on the restart but Kyle Busch takes the lead briefly before Clint Bowyer takes the top stop. After swapping the lead back and forth with Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch wins stage one.

There are no stage wins or points for this race.

Aric Almirola is reporting a loose wheel condition. Jimmie Johnson has a tire rub.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and edges out Kevin Harvick for the lead The drivers get three and four wide across the track..

Ryan Newman brings out the caution flag when he makes a run through the grass and comes back out on the track after making contact with Bubba Wallace.

Clint Bowyer also made contact on the track but saved the car.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with 15 laps remaining in the stage. Kevin Harvick edges out Busch to take the lead.

Lap 27, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Joey Logano as he approaches lapping Ryan Newman.

Leading every lap in the stage, Kevin Harvick wins stage two.

Taking only two tires, Clint Bowyer wins the race off of pit road.

Erik Jones was caught speeding on pit road and Alex Bowman was charged with pitting too soon.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and holds on to the lead but is getting challenged by Joey Logano.

Lap two, Joey Logano passes Bowyer for the lead.

Kevin Harvick is off the pace and is reporting a loose wheel. The caution flag comes out on lap five of stage three after Erik Jones and Austin Dillon make contact sending Jones into the wall. Prior to the crash, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon made contact sending Dillon up the track and into Jones.

Kevin Harvick was charged with pitting too soon and will restart the race from the back of the field.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with 12 laps remaining in stage three. Joey Logano jumps out for the lead.

The drivers are three wide across the track.

After restarting the race from the back of the field, Kevin Harvick is charging through the field and in four laps he has moved up to 12th place.

Joey Logano wins stage three; Kevin Harvick finished the stage in sixth place.

Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Blaney take only two tires to lead the race off of pit road, but not all of the drivers came down pit road.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage four. Joey Logano and Chase Elliott go nose to nose for the first lap with Chase Elliott getting out in front.

Four drivers go side by side at the start finish line as Kyle Busch takes the lead.

The caution flag comes out with 13 laps to go when Ryan Blaney makes contact with Denny Hamlin and spins Hamlin out. Austin Dillon was also involved in the crash. Hamlin had slowed on the track with a tire going down when he was hit from behind by Blaney.

In stage four only the green flag laps will count.

Martin Truex Jr and Ryan Newman also made contact.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with 12 laps remaining in the race. Chase Elliott gets out in front for the lead as the drivers are getting there and four wide across the track.

Kyle Larson takes the lead of the race after restarting in sixth.

Erik Jones brings out the caution flag when his tire goes flat and brushes the wall.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart with 12 laps to go bit it is Kyle Busch that gets out in front first.

Ten to go and Kyle Larson is out in front with Kevin Harvick in second.

Kurt Busch bounces off of the wall but the track stays green with eight laps to go.

Kyle Busch gets into the wall but the track stays green and Busch holds on to his third place spot.

Kyle Larson takes the white flag.

After running all three stages in The Open, Kyle Larson goes on to win the All Star Race…and the million dollar prize!

After the race, Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer go at it with Bowyer throwing punches.

All Star Race results:
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Bubba Wallace
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Martin Truex Jr
Brad Keselowski
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Newman
Chase Elliott
Jimmie Johnson
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones

2019 Drama League Awards

Established in 1922, the Drama League Awards are among the oldest awards ceremonies America. On May 17 the league held their annual awards ceremony honouring the best of Broadway.

Julie White and Kristine Nielson hosted the gala event.

The Drama League Awards includes the Distinguished Performance Award – an award that can be won only once in an actor’s lifetime. This year that award went to Bryan Cranston.

The 2019 Drama League Award winners:

Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical: “Hadestown”

Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical: “Kiss Me, Kate”

Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play: “The Ferryman”

Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play: “The Waverly Gallery”

Previously announced award winners:

Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre: Kelli O’Hara

Founders Award for Excellence in Directing: Alex Timbers

Unique Contribution to the Theatre: Taylor Mac

Feature photo credit: taken from Drama League Facebook page

Quixotic Salutes Women with new CD

The performance art collective known as Quixotic provides fans with a total sensory immersion experience at their shows.

On May 17, the group has released their newest album “Goddess”. Filled with vocals, strings, harps, and drums; “Goddess” is the first album with vocals featured on every song.

In an era when women are being attacked at every turn, “Goddess” celebrates the powerful feminine and divine instinct with pop driven tunes.

 

Five Race Win Sweep in Truck Series

As the Monster Energy Cup Series prepares for a weekend of All Star racing, the Gander Outdoors Truck Series takes on the mile and a half track of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The drivers are set to run the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 with Matt Crafton putting his number 88 truck on the pole for the second week in a row.

Thirty six teams brought trucks to the track for 32 starting spots.

One and two of the race are only 30 laps each with stage three lasting 74 laps for a total of 134 laps around the mile and a half track.

Starting from the eighth spot, Truck Series wins leader Kyle Busch makes his final Gander Outdoors Truck Series start of the season and is looking to extend his winning streak to six in a row.

Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and the drivers make it three wide on the wave of the flag.

Ben Rhodes leads lap one as the drivers act like it is the last lap instead of the first.

Todd Gilliland leads lap two with Kyle Busch only a quarter of a second behind in second.

Natalie Decker gets into the wall and has to come down pit road for repairs, but the track stays green.

Lap five, Kyle Busch passes Todd Gilliland to take the lead.

Lap 13, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of three seconds on Todd Gilliland.

Lap 20, Kyle Busch has increased his lead of over four seconds.

Lap 21, Kyle Busch’s lead is now over five seconds on Todd Gilliland.

The caution flag comes out on lap 23 when Natalie Decker hits the wall for the second time.

After Kyle Busch was blocked in his pit box and took a little longer getting off of pit road. Todd Gilliland will bring the field to the green flag with Kyle Busch back in seventh.

With only two laps remaining in stage one, Todd Gilliland brings the field to the green flag and after a brief lead by Ben Rhodes, Gilliland takes the lead.

Matt Crafton passes Gilliland briefly before winning stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Matt Crafton
Todd Gilliland
Grant Enfinger
Ben Rhodes
Roiss Chastain
Stewart Friesen
Kyle Busch
Sheldon Creed
Harrison Burton
Johnny Sauter

Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 37 and edges out Grant Enfinger for the lead before Enfinger gets out in front to take over the top spot.

Lap 39, Ross Chastain gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 41, Kyle Busch gets around Ross Chastain to retake the lead of the race.

Lap 50, Kyle Busch has a lead of two seconds over Ross Chastain.

Five laps remain in stage two, Kyle Busch has a lead of over two seconds on Ross Chastain.

Kyle Busch wins stage two for his seventh stage win in the Truck Series this season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Ross Chastain
Grant Enfinger
Matt Crafton
Brett Moffitt
Stewart Friesen
Sheldon Creed
Ben Rhodes
Harrison Burton”
Chad Finley

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 67

and holds on to his lead as he begins to pull away.

The drivers are getting three wide across the track as they jockey for position in the field.

The caution flag comes out on lap 72 when Cody Rohrbaugh gets into the wall.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 77 and holds on to his lead as the drivers get three wide behind him.

The caution flag comes out with 57 laps to go when Gus Dean and Korbin Forrister both have damaged trucks.

The drivers are in the window for making it to the end of the race, but Kyle Busch stays out on the track as most of the field comes down pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with 52 laps to go and holds on to his lead.

Fifty to go, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Be Rhodes as the caution flag comes out for debris on the track.

Stefan Parsons is rim riding and has brushed his truck against the wall.

Taking fuel only, Todd Gilliland wins the stage off of pit road with Kyle Busch being the first truck out with four tires. But there are some drivers who did not come down pit road.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart with 44 laps remaining in the race and holds on to this lead briefly before Tyler Ankrum and then Austin Hill battle for the lead with the three driver swapping the lead back and forth before Johnny Sauter comes from the outside and takes the lead.

Forty two to go and Ben Rhodes takes the lead.

One lap later, Johnny Sauter takes the lead before Ben Rhodes takes the lead.

Stewart Friesen his the wall but the track stays green.

Forty to go, Kyle Busch challenges Ben Rhodes for the lead.

Kyle Busch passes Ben Rhodes to take the lead with 39 laps remaining in the race.

With 35 laps to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second.

With 29 laps to go, Kyle Busch has a two second lead on Ben Rhodes.

Twenty five to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of over two seconds on Ben Rhodes.

Twenty to go, Kyle Busch is driving the wheels off of it with a lead of over three and a half seconds on Ben Rhodes.

With 18 to go, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a five second lead on Ben Rhodes.

With only 13 laps to go, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly six seconds on Ben Rhodes.

Ten to go, Kyle Busch is “driving it like he stole it” and has a lead of nearly six seconds on Ben Rhodes.

The caution flag comes out with only eight laps remaining in the race after the tire from Brett Moffitt’s truck comes off on the track.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with only three laps remaining in the race but it is Ben Rhodes who jumps out in front first before Kyle Busch retakes the lead.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

Kyle Busch wins the race for career truck series win number 56 and win number eight in the trucks at Charlotte. Kyle Busch has swept all five of his truck series starts this season.

North Carolina Education Lottery 200 results:
Kyle Busch
Brennen Poole
Stewart Friesen
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Austin Hill
Todd Gilliland
Anthony Alfredo
Grant Enfinger
Ross Chastain
Harrison Burton
Sheldon Creed
Tyler Dippel
Jesse Little
Jordan Anderson
Timmy Hill
Johnny Sauter
Chad Finley
Brett Moffitt
Cory Roper
Austin Wayne Self
Spencer Boyd
Angela Ruch
Stefan Parsons
Korbin Forrister
Gus Dean
Tyler Ankrum
Josh Reaume
Codie Rohrbaugh
Camden Murphy
Natalie Decker
Joe Nemechek

Comedian Tim Conway Dies

Award winning comedic actor Tim Conway died May 14, 2019 in Los Angeles at the age of 85 with his wife and daughter at his side. Conway died just four days before his 35th wedding anniversary.

Conway’s accomplishments include six Emmy Awards – four of them for his work on the “Carol Burnett Show” -, is a Golden Globe Award winner, and is a member of the Comedy and Academy of Television Arts, & Sciences’ Halls of Fame.

Along with his numerous acting roles, Conway created the character Dorf and was the voice of Barnacle Boy on the animated series “SpongeBob SquarePants”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVnFwHpS_g4

He made his national screen debut in 1963 in an episode of “Channing”. After earning recognition as Ensign Charles Parker” in 138 episodes of “McHale’s Navy” Conway went on to appear in over 100 film and television productions including “Rango”, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”, “The Apple Dumpling Gang”, “The Carol Burnett Show”, “Cannonball Run II”, numerous Dorf videos, “Married with Children”, “Dear God”, “Coach”, “Speed II: Cruise Control”, “Touched by an Angel”, “Hermie and Friends”, “30 Rock”, and “Hot in Cleveland”.

Conway has made over 150 appearances as himself on talk shows, variety shows, game shows, an episode of Sesame Street. Award shows, an episode of “The Simpsons”, documentaries, variety show. and his own short lived variety show.

His writing credits include an episode of “McHale’s Navy” and 31 episodes of “The Carol Burnett Show”.

Thomas Daniel Conway was born on December 15, 1933 in the Cleveland, Ohio suburb of Willoughby. His television debut came in the Cleveland area after serving in the United States Army.

Conway is suvived by his second wife Charlene; children Jackie, Tim Jr, Patrick, Jamie, Kelly, Corey, and Seann; and two grandchildren.

 

feature photo credit: By Alex Erde – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3902934

Lots of Fun with Tony Orlando…and Friends

At a time when many veteran musicians are hanging up the microphone and putting away the suitcases, 75 year old Tony Orlando is still putting on shows.

 

 

After 60 years in the music business, Orlando has seen and done it all. But the one thing he remembers above all else is a piece of advice given to him by entertainer Sammy Davis Jr who said to leave your ego in the dressing room because your job is to entertain the people.

 

Not only does Orlando follow that advice, he remembers who got him where he is…the fans!

 

And when Tony Orlando took the stage of the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino for a matinee performance on Mother’s Day May 12, the entire show was a big thank you to the fans, especially the ones who filled the room.

 

In an opening that left you wondering where can he go from here, Orlando performed the Neil Diamond song “America” as a salute to the troops that included having veterans from each conflict beginning with World War II standing up for a salute from the audience. And when it came time to honour the veterans of Vietnam, he had everyone tell them “welcome home!”. While there were only one or two currently serving present, there was a large number of family members in attendance. The salute concluded with the house going dark for a moment of silence for those who were lost in battle.

 

Once the lights came back up, Orlando proclaimed that they were going to have fun tonight and began the antics with a performance of “Call Me Al” that included Orlando playing drums on a bar stool and a drumming demonstration…on the stage and everything in reach.

 

Noting that in his 60 years of entertaining, Orlando said that he has bee all over the world but the Bear’s Den Showroom is a real jewel. Adding that he was 75 but the gathered crowd made him feel like 25.

 

In the next segment Orlando performed his hit songs “Tie a Yellow Ribbon”, “Candida”, “Knock Three Times”, and “He Don’t Love You” before reminiscing about his youth and his “Rooftop Dreams” – a musical about his life by the same name is set to debut on Broadway next year – and performed a variety of songs beginning with a little Doo Wop from the 50’s.

 

A veteran of Broadway, Orlando performed songs from the hit musical “Smokin’ Joe’s Cafe”.

 

The drummer wasn’t the only band member on stage to get the spotlight during the show. One of the three keyboard players on stage was Dave Orlando – Tony’s brother who also got a chance to shine.

 

The Orlando brothers weren’t the only brother act on the stage – Terry and Tracy – were also featured with Tracy on electric guitar and Terry playing keyboard and acoustic guitar…and impersonations.

 

Filling out a full two hours the show also included performances of “Walk the Line”, “You are My Sunshine”, “She Thinks I Still Care”, “Fire and Rain”, “purple Rain”, “Bless, Oh My Soul” by Tracy, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”, “A Groovy Kind of Love” by songwriter Toni Wine – also a keyboard player, “Sugar, Sugar”, and rollicking Beatles medley.

 

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All throughout the show fans readily joined in to clap, sing, and dance in their chairs for a memorable day and a show not to be forgotten.

Hearts Don’t Lie but DoDriver the Rock

Sir Elton John sang that “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” but it is also a great night for some rock and roll. On Saturday May 11, western New York rockers Hearts Don’t Lie and DoDriver rocked the house at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York.

Hearts Don’t Lie got the night of music started in a set that featured original songs and cover tunes including “White Rabbit”, “Focus”, “I Needed You”, “Truth Always Hurts”, and “Uninvited”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The five piece band features a female lead singer with the range to cover a wide variety of sings and a father-son duo on guitar.

 

 

 

 

Hearts Don’t Lie didn’t just get the full house wound up, they got the crowd rocking the joint and shaking the rafters.

Then came DoDriver with the Hard Rock Cafe’s own Jody Velletta on vocals. Velletta and the band – Mark, Mike, and Chris – not only rocked it out; they had the house worked into a frenzy as they danced and sang along.

Performing mostly original songs, the set included old favourites and a new cover tune that was an immediate crowd pleaser.