Dominating win for Xfinity Series in Chicagoland

In part two of a triple header weekend, the Xfinity Series comes to Chicagoland Speedway for the Camping World 300.

After single car qualifying, in his first Xfinity Series race of 2019, Monster Energy Cup Series driver Joey Logano won the pole with a time of 30.41 seconds and will lead the field to the green flag.

After making unapproved adjustments after qualifying, Chase Briscoe has to start the race from the back of the field.

Chicago is best known as the “Windy City” but this weekend it’s hot and the track is slick.

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.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Cole Custer starting alongside on the front row. Joey Logano edges out in front of Cole Custer to take the lead and lead the first lap.

Lap three, Cole Custer passes Joey Logano to take the lead. Tyler Reddick has already found the top of the track…and some clean air.

Lap eight, Cole Custer has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Joey Logano.

Joey Logano has picked up some debris on his grille – it appears to be a tear off from another car – but letting Justin Allgaier pass him and closing in on Allgaier’s bumper, the tear off is gone.

The first caution flag of the race comes out after Justin Allgaier gets loose on the track and spins out. After coming down pit road for fresh tires, Justin Allgaier will restart the race from the back of the field in 31st.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 16, but Joey Logano jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 20, Cole Custer gets past Joey Logano for the lead but Custer doesn’t pull away immediately; the two swap the lead before Custer finally gets out in front.

Lap 23, Justin Allgaier has made back into the top 10 after restarting in 31st place.

Lap 24, Cole Custer has a half second lead on Joey Logano with Christopher Bell in third and Tyler Reddick in fourth.

Lap 31, Cole Custer has pulled out to a second and a half lead on Tyler Reddick.

Lap 35, Tyler Reddick has closed to within a second of leader Cole Custer. There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Ten to go in stage one, Cole Custer has a three quarters of a second lead on Tyler Reddick with Christopher Bell in third.

Lap 40, the “Big Three” occupy the first three spots with Cole Custer in the lead; followed by Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell.

Three laps remain in stage one, Cole Custer leads the way with Tyler Reddick just over half a second behind.

Cole Custer wins stage one for his sixth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Christopher Bell
Bramdon Jones
Joey Logano
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
Michael Annett
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain

Cole Custer wins the race off of pit road; follows by Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 52 and edges out Tyler Reddick fro the lead from the outside lane.

Lap 54, Cole Custer has pulled out to a lead of half a second on Joey Logano.

Lap 56, David Starr takes his car to the garage.

Lap 57, Cole Custer has increased his lead to over a second on Joey Logano with Brandon Jones in third.

Lap 61, Joey Logano has closed the gap to leader Cole Custer to under a second; there are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 72, Cole Custer has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Joey Logano.

Lap 74, Cole Custer’s lead is now a second and a half on Joey Logano.

The caution flag comes out on lap 78 when Ryan Sieg gets loose on the track and slides down the track.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service…including leader Cole Custer.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 84, Logano and Christopher Bell go nose to nose before Logano finally gets out in front as drivers get three wide across the track.

Joey Logano wins stage two.

At the end of the stage, Chase Briscoe got loose and spun out.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Joey Logano
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Brandon Jones
Tyler Reddick
Zane Smith
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Justin Haley
Ross Chastain

Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road, but five drivers did not make a pit stop.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 97 with Brandon Jones getting out in front for the lead. Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Cole Custer passes Brandon Jones to take the lead with Joey Logano in second.

Lap 100, halfway, Cole Custer has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano with Brandon Jones in third. There are 24 cars on the lead lap and four cars off the track.

NASCAR is black flagging Austin Cindric for not having a right side window in the car.

Lap 105, Joey Logano has closed the gap on leader Cole Custer to only two tenths of a second.

Lap 110, Cole Custer has increased his lead to over half a second on Joey Logano.

Lap 111, Ryan Sieg brings out the caution flag for a second time when he spins out.

After having to comne down pit road to replace a window, Austin Cindric is the lucky dog and is back on the lead lap.

Cole Custer wins the race off of pit road, but not all of the drivers came down pit road.

Brandon Jones was caught speeding on pit road.

Noah Gragson’s team was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

After staying out on the track, Zane Smith and Jeffrey Earnhardt bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 116. Cole Custer gets out in front for the lead with fresh tires.

Justin Allgaier gets into the wall but the track stays green. Allgaier has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for fresh tires and repairs.

Lap 118, Cole Custer leads the race with Christopher Bell in second and Joey Logano in third.

Lap 120, Cole Custer has a lead of over a second and a half on Christopher Bell.

Lap 124, Joey Logano slaps the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 130, Justin Allgaier takes his car to the garage.

Lap 134, Cole Custer continues to lead the race with a second and a half lead on Christopher Bell.

Lap 138, Cole Custer now has a lead of nearly two seconds with 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 142, Cole Custer has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Christopher Bell.

Lap 149, the front four remain “the big three” and Joey Logano with Cole Custer leading the way; followed by Christopher Bell, Joey Logano, and Tyler Reddick. Custer’s lead is now over three seconds on Christopher Bell.

Lap 152, drivers begin making green flag pit stops beginning with Joey Logano and Landon Cassill.

Lap 154, Cole Custer makes his pit stop, Michael Annett is the new leader.

Lap 159, Michael Annett has a one second lead on Riley Herbst. Once all of the drivers make their pit stops, Cole Custer will retake the lead.

Zane Smith was caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 163, Michael Annett has pulled out to a lead of nearly four seconds on Noah Gragson.

Lap 170, Michael Annett has pulled out to a lead of over five seconds on Noah Gragson with Cole Custer in third.

The caution flag comes out with 28 laps remaining in the race after BJ McLeod gets into the wall.

Michael Annett wins the race off of pit road.

Michael Annett brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 22 laps remaining in the race. Cole Custer makes it three wide and goes nose to nose with Michael Annett before taking the lead and pulling away from the field.

Twenty to go, Col;e Custer has a lead of nearly a second on Joey Logano.

Sixteen to go, Cole Custer has a second and a half lead on Joey Logano with 19 cars on the lead lap.

With only 12 laps to go, Tyler Reddick is reporting a possible tire issue.

Ten to go, Cole Custer has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Joey Logano.

Six to go, Cole Custer continues to dominate the race with a near three second lead on Joey Logano.

Cole Custer takes the white flag.

Cole Custer wins his fourth race of the season, tying him with Christopher Bell for wins.

Camping World 300 results:
Cole Custer
Joey Logano
Christopher Bell
Michael Annett
Brandon Jones
Austin Cindric
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
Ross Chastain
Tyler Reddick
Riley Herbst
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Sieg
Jeremy Clements
Gray Gaulding
Chase Briscoe
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Zane Smith
Shane Lee
Landon Cassill
Ray Black Jr
Stephen Leicht
Brandon Btrown
BJ McLeod
Chad Finchum
Garrett Smithley
Josh Williams
Matt MIlls
Tommy Joe Martins
Vinnie MIller
Ronnie Bassett Jr
Camden Murphy
Justin Allgaier
Joey Gase
Timmy Hill
Josh Bilicki
David Starr
Jeff Green

Big Win in Truck Series at Chicagoland

The Gander Outdoor Series kicks off a triple header weekend at Chicagoland Speedway with the Camping World 225.

Johnny Sauter returns to the series after his one race suspension for an on track incident with Austin Hill in Iowa.

With summer finally here, there are only five more regular season races remaining in the 2019 Truck Series.

Thirty-two teams brought trucks to the track and all 32 of them will run in the race.

After single truck qualifying Austin Hill runs a time of 30,52 seconds to win his first career pole and will bring the field down to the green flag. Johnny Sauter will start alongside Hill on the front row.

Stages one and two of the race are only 35 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps for a total of 150 laps around the mile and a half track.

Matt Crafton will have to start from the back of the field after an engine change.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag from the bottom lane. As the trucks get the green flag, Ben Rhodes truck is throwing smoke badly. During qualifying his team had issues with the truck and thought that they had solved the problem.

Austin Hill leads the first lap.

Lap five, Grant Enfinger puts a slide job on Brett Moffitt to take second place and challenges leader Austin Hill.

The first caution flag comes out on lap six when Jordanc Anderson spins out.

Ben Rhodes team takes his truck to the garage for the repairs.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 10 and holds on to his lead over Brett Moffitt.

Lap eleven, Austin Hill gets a challenge from Grant Enfinger, even exchanging the lead back and forth before Grant Enfinger finally gets the lead.

Lap 15, Grant Enfinger leads the pack with drivers getting three wide through the field..

Ten laps remain in stage one, Grant Enfinger leads the race by less than half a second over Brandon Jones.

Johnny Sauter is also repoprting engine issues. Three of the four Thor Sport trucks have had engine problems this weekend.

Brandon Jones wins stage one in a last second pass for the win..

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brandon Jones
Grant Enfinger
Brett Moffitt
Austin Hill
Tyler Ankrum
Harrison Burton
Matt Crafton”
Stewart Friesen
Austin Wayne Self
Dylan Lupton

Brandon Jones wins the race off of pit road.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 43 from the inside lane and gets out in front of Grant Enfinger for the lead.

The caution flag comes out on lap 44 when Natalie Decker spins out and makes a bit of an off road excursion after making contact with Todd Gilliland.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 47 and holds on to the lead with Matt Crafton and Grant Enfinger on his bumper.

Lap 48, Grant Enfinger passes Brandon Jones for the lead.

Drivers are beating and banging each other all over the track but most of the drivers have saved their trucks and the track stays green.

Only six laps remain in stage two, Grant Enfinger has a half second lead on Brandon Jones.

Once again Grant Enfinger is in the lead with Brandon Jones on his bumper looking for the lead; but this time it is Grant Enfinger who gets the win for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Grant Enfinger
Brandon Jones
Brett Moffitt
Harrison Burton
Austin Hill
Stewart Friesen
Matt Crafton
Tyler Ankrum
Ross Chastain
Dylan Lupton

Brett Moffitt wins the race off of pit road.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the bottom lane on lap 78 and jumps out in front of Grant Enfinger for the lead.

The caution flag comes out on lap 80 for a big crash involving Spencer Davis, Grant Enfinger, and Austin Wayne Self.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 88 and jumps out in front to hold on to the lead with pole sitter Austin Hill on his bumper.

Lap 100, 50 to go, Brett Moffitt has a lead of nearly a second on Stewart Friesen.

Lap 102, Grant Enfinger brings his truck down pit road with a flat tire.

Lap 111, Brett Moffitt continues to lead the race with Stewart Friesen in second less than half a second behind. The drivers must make a pit stop during the stage, they cannot complete the race on one fuel load.

Lap 117, Tyler Ankrum begins the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 119, Brett Moffitt has a 1.68 second lead on Brandon Jones,

Tyler Ankrum is caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 120, leader Brett Moffitt makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead to Brandon Jones.

Lap 121, Brandon Jones makes his green flag pit stop and hands the lead over the Sheldon Creed.

Lap 123, Sheldon Creed makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Spencer Boyd.

Lap 125, Brett Moffitt retakes the lead with Brandon Jones in second.

With 22 laps remaining in the race, Brett Moffitt has a lead of nearly three seconds on Brandon Jones.

Eighteen to go, Brett Moffitt has increased his lead to over three seconds on Brandon Jones.

Fourteen to go, Brett Moffitt has pulled out to a lead of four seconds on Brandon Jones in the Kyle Busch Motorsports number 51 truck.

Ten to go, Brett Moffitt contines to lead the race with a commanding lead of nearly four seconds.

Five to go, Brett Moffitt has a four second lead on Brandon Jones as he aims to repeat his win on the track from last season.

Brett Moffitt takes the white flag.

Brett Moffitt gets his first driver win of the season. Moffitt was given the win earlier this season in Iowa after NASCAR determined that Ross Chastain’s truck failed post race inspection.

Unofficial results for the Camping World 225:
Brett Moffitt
Brandon Jones
Stewart Friesen
Harrison Burton
Austin Hill
Todd Gilliland
Ross Chastain
Matt Crafton
Anthony Alfredo”
Dylan Lupton
Sheldon Creed
Tyler Dippel
Tyler Ankrum
Natalie Decker
Gus Dean
Grant Enfinger
Spencer Boyd
Johnny Sauter
Josh Bilicki
Jordan Anderson
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Jesse Iwuji
Camden Murphy
Timmy Hill
Austin Wayne Self
Mason Massey
Spencer Davis
Joe Nemechek
Norm Benning
BJ McLeod
Joey Gase
Ben Rhodes

New Interactive Exhibit at Rock Hall

For the past 24 years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has displayed artifacts and memorabilia from artists and bands who have been inducted into The Hall. Beginning July 1, visitors to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will get a chance to be a rock star with The Garage.

The interactive exhibit will allow visitors to play real instruments, jam, make a video, and even create their own custom merchandise.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame CEO and President Greg Harris noted, “there’s nothing better than the thrill of cranking up the volume on an electric guitar.”

The interactive exhibit features 12 instrument stations with guitars, drums, and keyboards; and includes instructional videos. Visitors can select a song to perform in a variety of styles from classic rock to hip-hop. The songs have been selected to fit a wide range of musical abilities.

A recording room is also available for jamming and even recording a video of the performances to share with friends and family.

A lounge with acoustic instruments is also available for a comfortable setting, pop-up classes, and demonstrations.

The exhibit also includes an interactive design area for creating band logos and merchandise.

The Garage exhibit is a part of the recent upgrades to The Hall and is housed on the second floor of the Museum.

 

feature photo courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Brittany Howard

Brittany Howard of the Grammy Award winning group Alabama Shakes has her debut solo album coming out September 20. Titled “Jaime”, the album is named after a sister who died when Brittany was a teen.

Brittany is also launching a tour in August to support the new album.

Brittany Howard has also been a parto f Bermuda Triangle and Thunderbitch.

Brittany Howard tour dates:
Aug 17 & 18 at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
Aug 19 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Aug 23 & 24 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC
Aug 29 at the EartH in London, UK
Sept 2 at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sept 4 at the Alhambra in Paris, France
Sept 18 at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI
Sept 19 at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN
Sept 20 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL
Sept 22 at the Rebel in Toronto, ON
Sept 24 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY
Sept 25 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA
Sept 27 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA
Oct 5 at the ACL Festival in Austin, TX
Oct 8 & 9 at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA
Oct 12 at the ACL Festival in Austin, TX
Oct 13 at the AfroPunk Festival in Atlanta, GA

Thunderhand Joe and the Medicine Show

After participating in a call and response with Native drummers, Thunderhand Joe and his band the Medicine Show kicked off a musical evening in the amphitheater stage for the first Strawberry Moon Festival at Artpark.

With the scenic Niagara River as a backdrop, Thunderhand Joe, Jamie, Jack, and Dennis helped to celebrate summer and the first fruit of the season – strawberries – with performances of original music and songs from the Native American band Redbone.

After opening the set with “Over and Over”, the band played “Shalaka Laka”, “I Believe”, “Jingle Dress”, “Wounded Knee” the Redbone songs “Little Girl” and “Message”, and “Love in the 1st Degree” before finishing out the set with the Redbone hit “Come and Get Your Love”.

Nations Celebrate Strawberry Moon Festival

On the first full day of summer (June 22) members of the Cayuga and Tuscarora Nations held the first of what they hope to be many Strawberry Moon Festivals at Artpark in Lewiston, New York.

The strawberry is the first fruit of the new season and is celebrated with music and dance.

Collaborating with the Kakekalanecks Indigenous Arts and Consultancy, community leaders from the Nation, Cayuga Native Elder Allan Jamieson Sr, and Tuscarora Nation Elder Neil Patterson; Artpark was filled with Native foods, handcrafted artistic items, dance, and music that began with an opening ceremony of traditional prayer, song, and dance by Franklyn McNaughton, Jordan Smith, the Social Dance School from the elementary Tuscarora Indian School, and the Iroquois Indian Marching Band.

Visotors to the Festival were invited to join in on the social dances. Native dancers demonstrated the hoop dance, shawl dance, the warrior’s dance, and the smoke dance. Dancers also competed in a Smoke Dance competition.

The day’s festivities concluded with music from percussionists Cyro Baptista and Griffin Brady; followed by performances from Thunderhand Joe and the Medicine Show, the Sam Roberts Band, Alan Doyle, and A Tribe Called Red.

The Strong Launches New Intern Program

The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York has always been about play and education through discovery. Now in the first program of its kind in the area, adults will have the chance to do a little learning themselves.

The Strong has joined up with Arc of Monroe, AutismUp, and Monroe One BOCES for to launch the SELF – Strong Employment and Life Foundations – program. One of only a handful such programs in the nation, SELF is designed to teach employment skills and offer internships to people who have been diagnosed in the Autism spectrum.

Eight Rochester area adults and eight students from Monroe One BOCES will become interns at The Strong where they will learn skills in every aspect of the museum including facilities, guest services, collections, and marketing teams.

Arc of Monroe vocational experts will aid the participants in learning valuable employment skills. Understanding the different individuals learn in a variety of ways and at different speeds, there is no time limit attached to the program.

Speaking on the new initiative, The Strong president and CEO Steve Dubnik said, “the SELF program gets to the core of The Strong’s educational mission  and commitment to creating an inclusive environment. We’re pleased to partner with other community-minded organizations to provide these unique internship opportunities, and we hope that these 16 participants are just the first of many enrolled in what will be a long-lasting program in our community.”

The first group of interns are scheduled to begin on September 5.

More than just a museum, The Strong offers interactive exhibits that encourage play and is the home of the World Video Game Hall of Fame and the National Toy Hall of Fame.

 

Manilow Awards Prize to NC High School

In an age when school districts are slashing music and theater programs, celebrities and artists are striving to help fill the gap.

For the past several years award winning entertainer Barry Manilow has aided school music programs with his Manilow Music Project by presenting a new piano to a school in each city where he performed.

Manilow’s most recent initiative was to invite high schools to compete for a $100,000 prize in new instruments and uniforms by submitting a video describing why their school deserves to win.

After nearly 100 entries, Manilow selected the East Duplin High School in Beulaville, North Carolina as the winner.

But Manilow had an even bigger surprise in mind for the schools who entered the contest and awarded prizes totaling $55,000 to five runner ups – Orange Glen High School in Escondido, CA, Wasilla High School in Wasilla, AK, Sunbright High School in Sunbright, TN, Sioux City Schools in Sioux City, IA, and Terryville Hight School in Plymouth, CT.

Speaking on the contest, Manilow said, “it gives me such joy to be able to give these kids the gift of music.”

To date, Manilow has donated over $10 million worth of instruments and scholarships via his Manilow Music Project.

manilowmusicproject.org

Soulfly

Last October, Soulfly released their latest album “Ritual”. In September the rockers will be hitting the road for their “The Blood on the Street” tour.

Prison and Arrival of Autumn, Incite, and Unearth will be joining Soulfly on the tour.

Soulfly tour dates:
Sept 3 at the Gas Monkey in Dallas, TX
Sept 4 at the 89tu Street Collective in Oklahoma City, OK
Sept 5 at The Majestic ain St. Smith, AR
Sept 6 at Growlers in Memphis, TN
Sept 7 at the Full Terror Assault Festival in Cave in Rock, IL
Sept 8 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, OH
Sept 9 at Chrome in Buffalo, NY
Sept 10 at the Westcott Theater in Syracuse, NY
Sept 11 at the Poisson Rouge in New York City, NY
Sept 12 at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ
Sept 13 at the Fete Ballroom in Providence, RI
Sept 14 at One Centre Square in Easton, PA
Sept 15 at the Soundstage in Baltimore, MD
Sept 16 at The NorVa in Norfolk, VA
Sept 19 at 40 Watt in Athens, GA
Sept 20 at The Warehouse in Clarksville, TN
Sept 23 at the BFE Rock Club in Houston, TX
Sept 24 at Barracuda in Austin, TX
Sept 25 at the Rockhouse in El Paso, TX
Sept 26 at the Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM
Sept 28 at Brick By Brick in San Diego, CA
Sept 29 at Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA

Auditions Continue on SYTYCD

It’s week four of the auditions on “So You Think You Can Dance”. So far there have been some pretty impressive dancers to take the stage.

Jalen Sands gets the night of music started with her Contemporary routine that features some impressive contortion work. The judges simply waved tickets for the Dance Academy in the air.

Contemporary dancing identical twins Colton and Trent Edwards have been dancing for about three years. After an incredibly in sync routine, two very excited twin brothers earned their tickets to the Dance Academy.

Bryan “Clocks” Volozann is an animator who after missing out on season 12 became a part of the Jabbawackeez. He returns to SYTYCD for another try. After blowing away the audience…and the judges, Bryan got four yeses and a ticket to the Dance Academy.

Via video clips; Hip-Hop dancers John John Tarrayo, Lorenzo Rangel-Santos, Gerald Taplin, and Anna Linstruth all got their tickets to the Dance Academy.

Bringing along a dance partner is a good thing, but these dancing hopefuls took it up a notch and brought some seasoned veterans along:

Ballroom dancer Sofia Ghavami brought SYTYCD top 10 alum Kiki Myemchek to help her out on her audition.

Vlad Kvartin brought SYTYCD alum Magda Fialek for his audition.

Annie Lyn Sheketoff brought SYTYCD alum Ryan Di Lello

And it worked, all three dancers got their tickets to the Dance Academy.

But Ballroom dancer Antonio Frias performed a Salsa solo. Ballroom dancing expert Mary Murphy didn’t feel like Antonio was strong enough. Nigel asked if there were any Ballroom dancers in the audience and Destiny came on stage to give Antonio a hand. While Nigel said that the dancing improved, Antonio still did not get his ticket to the Dance Academy.

Sydney Burtis has been dancing when she was three years old. Diagnosed with mild autism, dancing was her way to communicate. Sydney is the first tap dancer of season 16. While Nigel was impressed with her technique, he noted that the music did not fit the dance. Sydney got her ticket to the Dance Academy.

Jarrod Tyler Paulson has been dancing since he was nine years old. Partner Madison Jordan is also auditioning for the show but they are not dancing as partners but solo dancers. After blowing the judges away, Jarrod got his ticket to the Dance Academy. Nigel offered to let Jarrod sit in his chair to watch his girlfriend Madison dance.

Nigel noted that Madison had great control; adding that both of them were memorable; adding that he couldn’t wait to audition their children. Dominic said that he would love to see them dance together and Nigel added, wouldn’t we all. The duo danced to Madison’s audition music and brought the house to their feet. Madison is joining Jarrod at the Dance Academy.

Next week the auditions conclude.

Road Racing in CA Wine Country

After a week off, the Monster Energy Cup Series travels out west to the wine country of Sanoma for the Toyota / Save Mart 350.

For 20 years the drivers have avoided running the carousel, but this year the carousel…and the hair pin turn…make a return to the track offering some real challenges for the drivers.

A road course, group qualifying also returns with two rounds to set the field.

In his final race as a broadcaster, the drivers are saluting Darrell Waltrip with stickers on their cars and a few of the drivers are even carrying former DW paint schemes.

Earning his first pole of the 2019 racing season, Kyle Larson will bring the field to green for the race. This is the third year in a row that Larson has won the pole for the road course race at Sanoma. And for the seventh time this season, William Byron will start on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Toyota / Save Mart 350:
Kyle Larson
William Byron
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Daniel Suarez’
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Chris Buescher
Jimmie Johnson
Alex Bowman
Michael McDowell
Clint Bowyer
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Davie Ragan
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Preece
Ryan Newman
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Paul Menard
Daniel Hemric
Austin Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Matt Tifft
Parker Kligerman
Bubba Wallace
Ty Dillon
Erik Jones
Justin Haley
Cody Ware
Landon Cassill
J.J. Yeley
Kyle Weatherman
Reed Sorenson

Due to an engine change Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones because of a tire change, Ross Chastain with a driver change, and J.J. Yeley because of unapproved adjustments will all have to start the race from the back of the field.

Stages one and two of the race are only 20 laps each with stage three lasting 50 laps for a total of 90 laps around the newly configured track.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and DW’s final Boogity, Boogity, Boogity. William Byron gets out in front for the lead.

Lap three, William Byron has a half second lead on team mate Chase Elliott. Pole sitter Kyle Larson is in third place.

Lap four, William Byron has increased his lead to over a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap seven, William Byron continues to lead the race and now has a two second lead on Chase Elliott. Pole sitter Kyle Larson has dropped to fifth place.

Lap 10 – halfway through stage one – William Byron holds on to his two second lead over team mate Chase Elliott.

Lap eleven, William Byron has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Chase Elliott.

Six laps remain in stage one, William Byron has a five second lead on Chase Elliott.

With only four laps remaining in the stage, several drivers are reporting some tight issues.

Matt DiBenedetto brings his car down pit road for service prior to the end of the stage.

Ryan Blaney and Clint Bowyer make pit stops before the end of the stage; along with a number of other drivers.

Michael McDowell spins out after contact with Kevin Harvick but the track stays green with just three laps remaining in stage one.

Joey Logano is reporting electrical issues in his car.

With a lead of over nine seconds, William Byron wins stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Aric Almirola
Chris Buescher
Alex Bowman
Kevin Harvick
Paul Menard
Jimmie Johnson

Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road; followed by Kyle Larson and William Byron.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 25 with Martin Truex Jr getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 27, Martin Truex Jr has a one second lead on Chase Elliott.

Lap 30, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over a secnd and a half on Chase Elliott.

Ryan Blaney had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel.

Lap 30, Aric Almirola makes an off road excursion but gets back on the course and the track stays green.

Lap 33, Parul Menard gets turned around but gets going again and the track stays green.

Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Chase Elliott.

With four laps remaining in stage two, drivers begns making green flag pit stops.

After staying out on the track, Denny Hamlin wins stage two for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
William Byron
Joey Logano
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Bubba Wallace

Drivers will have to make a green flag pit stop during stage three, with a fuel load of around 30 laps, they will not be able to complete the 50 laps on a single fuel load.

Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 45 and holds on to his lead but gets challenged by Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott.

Lap 48 of 90, all 38 cars in the race are on the lead lap.

Lap 51, Martin Truex Jr ahs a lead of over two seconds on Chase Elliott.

Lap 52, Ryan Preece gets turned around after making contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr but the track stays green.

Lap 53, Michael McDowell gets turned around but gets moving again and the track stays green.

Lap 53, Kyle Busch has close the gap to leader Martin Truex Jr to just over a second and a half.

Lap 58, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to nearly three seconds on Kyle Busch.

Lap 70, drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

Chase Elliott makes a slow trip down pit road, reporting no oil pressure and a smoking car.

Lap 64, leader Martin Treux Jr makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Kyle Busch.

Daniel Suarez was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

With 24 laps remaining in the race, leader Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road for his green flag pit stop. Martin Truex Jr retakes the lead.

Twenty to go, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly seven seconds on Kyle Busch with third place driver Ryan Blaney 14 seconds back.

Eighteen to go, Brad Keselowski brings his car down pit road.

With 17 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch has closed the gap between himself and lead Martin Truex Jr to less than four seconds.

With 15 laps to go, Joey Logano brings his car down pit road with battery issues. The gap between lead Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch has closed to under three seconds.

Ten to go and Kyle Busch has closed the gap to lead Martin truex Jr to just a second and a half.

Six to go, mired in traffic, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is down to less than a second on Kyle Busch.

Three to go, Martin Truex Jr continues to hold on to his lead over team mate Kyle Busch.

Martin Truex Jr takes the white flag with Kyle Busch just under a second and a half behind.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race for his fourth race win of the season and tying with Kyle Busch for race wins in the 2019 season.

Unofficial Save Mart 350 results:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Matt DiBenedetto
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Newman
Erik Jones
Arc Almirola
Kyle Larson
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Daniel Hemric
Chris Buescher
Daniel Suarez
Brad Keselowski
William Byron
David Ragan
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Paul Menard
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Michael McDowell
Bubba Wallace
Ty Dillon
Matt Tifft
Ryan Preece
Parker Kligerman
Landon Cassill
Corey LaJoie
Ross Chastain
Justin Haley
Reed Sorenson
Cody Ware
Chase Elliott
J.J. Yeley

Redemption Win at Gateway Park

This week the Gander Outdoors Truck Series travels to Gateway Park – Worldwide Technology Raceway – for the Villa Lighting Delivers the Gateway 200 and the final race in the Triple Truck Challenge.

After an on track altercation last week, NASCAR suspended Johnny Sauter for one race. Myatt Snider will the the wheel of the number 13 truck for this week.

Also involved in that altercation was Austin Hill; while NASCAR did not penalize Hill, they will be watching him closely.

Christian Eckes won the pole and will bring the field to the green flag after qualifying was canceled due to rain and set by truck owner points.

Stages one and two of the race are 35 laps each with stage three lasting 90 laps for a total of 160 laps and 200 miles.

Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag start of the race but it is Grant Enfinger that gets out in front for the lead.

Stewart Friesen passes Enfinger for the lead on lap three.

The first caution flag comes out on lap four when Gregory Rayl gets into the wall.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag restart and goes nose to nose with Grant Enfinger before Enfinger takes the lead.

Lap 10, Grant Enfinger continues to lead the field.

On lap 16, Sheldon Creed got way loose but saves the truck and the track stays green.

Lap 21, Grant Enfinger gets around Stewart Friesen to take the lead.

Lap 29, Grant Enfinger has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Stewart Friesen.

With a lead of over a second, Grant Enfinger wins stage one for his second stage win of the season

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Grant Enfinger
Stewart Friesen
Ben Rhodes
Harrison Burton
Christian Eckes
Ross Chastain
Matt Crafton
Sheldon Creed
Myatt Snider
Brett Moffitt

Taking only two tires, Grant Enfinger wins the race off of pit road. Ben Rhodes, Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, Sheldon Creed, Myatt Snider, Chandler Smith, Anthony Alfredo, and Austin Hill also took only two tires.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 44; Enfinger holds on to his lead over team mate Ben Rhodes.

With 24 trucks on the lead lap on lap 49, Grant Enfinger has a half second lead on Matt Crafton.

Lap 55, Grant Enfinger continues to lead the race with Myatt Snider only a quarter of a second back.

Brett Moffitt is reporting some of an issue with his truck.

Lap 65, Grant Enfinger holds on to his lead, but Myatt Snider is looking to challenge for the top spot.

After dominating stages one and two, Grant Enfinger sweeps the stages with a stage two win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Grant Enfinger
Myatt Snider
Matt Crafton
Christianb Eckes
Sheldon Creed
Ben Rhodes
Todd Gilliland
Stewart Friesen
Chandler Smith
Austin Hill

Taking only two tires, Christian Eckes wins the race off of pit road. Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain, Todd Gilliland, and Gus Dean also took only two tires.

Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 78 and holds on to the lead by a narrow margin over Ross Chastain.

The caution flag comes out on lap 79 when Natalie Decker gets into the wall.

Brett Moffitt recycled the engine control unit in his truck and all is well.

Christiabn Eckes brings the field down for the green flag restart with 75 laps remaining in the race but it is Ross Chastain who gets out in front for the lead.

With 74 laps to go, Christian Eckes retakes the lead.

With Christian Eckes in the lead by over half a second, Ross Chastain and Harrison Burton battle for the second spot.

Sixty-eight laps to go, Christian Eckes continues to lead the race but his lead over Ross Chastain is down to less than half a second.

Fifty-seven laps to go, in just his sixth truck race start Christian Eckes has a half second lead on Ross Chastain.

With 90 laps in stage three, the drivers cannot complete the stage on a single load of fuel and will have to make a pit stop.

Forty-four laps to go, Ross Chastain has closed the gap to lead Christian Eckes to under half a second.

Thirty-four laps to go, Christian Eckeds holds on to his lead by only a quarter of a second on Ross Chastain.

With 33 laps to go, Matt Crafton begins the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Thirty to go, there are only 14 trucks on the lead lap.

With 29 laps to go, leader Christian Eckes brings his truck down pit rtoad for service; Ross Chastain is the new leader, just holding off Harrison Burton.

Twenty-seven to go, Ross Chastain makes his pit stop but takes fuel only. Harrison Burton is the new leader.

Austin Hill takes the lead with 24 laps remaining in the race.

Twenty-two to go, Kyle Benjamin is the new leader. Once green flag pit stops cycle through, Ross Chastain is the leader of the race.

Harrison Burton and Sheldon Creed make contact and puts Burton into the wall and bringing out the caution flag with only 13 laps remaining in the race.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart with only seven laps remaining in the race. Ross Chastain holds on to the lead by a narrow margin.

Five to go, Ross Chastain leads the race with Christian Eckes les than a quarter of a second behind.

Ross Chastain takes the white flag.

For the second week in a row, Ross Chastain wins the race. Last week Chastain’s win was disqualified after his truck failed inspection. This week, he gets his redemption…and another chance to smash a watermelon in victory lane. Chastain wins a $50,000 bonus in the final race of the Triple Truck Challenge.

Unofficial results for the Villa Lighting Delivers the Gateway 200:
Ross Chastain
Todd Gilliland
Stewart Friesen
Chandler Smith
Brett Moffitt
Grant Enfinger
Sheldon Creed
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Myatt Snider
Austin Hill
Anthony Alfredo
Kyle Benjamin
Christian Eckes
Tyler Dippel
Harrison Burton
Austin Wayne Self
Jordan Anderson
Gus Dean
Spencer Boyd
Jesse Little
Bryant Barnhill
Josh Reaume
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Norm Benning
Daniel Sasuett
Natalie Decker
Camden Murphy
Cody McMahan
Tyler Ankrum
Lou Goss
Gregory Rayl

Academy Makes Grammy Changes

For 60 years the Recording Academy has required artists to submit a hard copy of their Grammy Award submission in the form of an album and later a CD. Beginning with submissions for the 2020 Grammy Awards, the Academy will accept streaming submissions for most of the 84 categories. Artists still have the option of submitting a CD is they choose.

Speaking on the decision The Academy said, “for most categories, we would prefer streaming distribution links for online entry submissions.”

However, this is not the first time that The Academy has allowed streaming submissions; for the past few years, artists have been allowed to submit albums via a streaming format. In 2016, Chance the Rapper became the first artist to win a Grammy Award with an online streamed entry for his album “Coloring Book”.

Noting that streamed entries makes the online submission process easier and most cost effective, The Academy said the links to the streamed entries would be used for all stages of the selection process and stressing that it is essential that the link remain active and accurate throughout the entire voting process. Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal streaming services are all eligible for streamed entries.

The new entry format allows the smaller labels to compete with the big labels when it comes to submitting song and album entries.

 

Other changes to the Grammy Award submission rules:
Previously the pop and rock categories were screened by the Core Committee, The Academy has separated those categories from the Core Committee and put them in their own committees.

The definition of Traditional Pop has been amended to include contemporary songs performed in a traditional style. The Academy noted that the word, ‘traditional’ being a reference, equally, to the style of the composition, vocal styling and the instrumental arrangement, without regard to the age of the material.”

In the past the Best Children’s Album category has included an Spoken Word albums. This year the Spoken Word category will include all spoken word albums including those for children.

The Gospel and Contemporary Christian Music categories will now include albums in English and Spanish.

 

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2019 Teen Choice Award Nominees

The adults have a plethora of award shows to pick and choose what they like to see and hear; the teens also gave an awards show where they decide what tops the list in music, film, television, sports, and entertainment.

When the list of Teen Choice Awards were released on June 19, Lil Nas X topped the list of music nominees with five nominations. Post Malone, Khalid, Taylor Swift, Halsey, and Katy Perry also garnered multiple nominations.

But the film “Avengers: Endgame” topped the nominations list with nine. “Aladdin” earned five nominations; while the television series “Riverdale”, “The Flash”, and “Shadowhunters” all earned four nominations each.

A short voting window of only one week, the voting is now open until June 25.

The 2019 Teen Choice Awards will present the winners in a live television broadcast on August 11.

Nominees for the 2019 Teen Choice Awards:
Choice Male Music Artist:
Ed Sheeran
Khalid
Lil Nas X
Post Maline
Shawn Mendes

Choice Female Music Artist:
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Cardi B
Halsey
Lauren Jauregui
Taylor Swift

Choice Music Group:
5 Seconds of Summer
Jonas Brothers
Panic! At The Disco
PRETTYMUCH
The Chainsmokers
Why Don’t We

Choice Country Artist:
Brett Young
Dan + Shay
Kacey Musgraves
Kane Brown
Kelsea Ballerini
Thomas Rhett

Choice Latin Artist:
Bad Bunny
Becky G.
CNCO
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Maluma

Choice R&B or Hip-Hop Artist:
Cardi B
Drake
Nicki Minaj
Normani
Post Malone
Travis Scott

Choice Rock Artist:
AJR
Cage the Elephant
Imagine Dragons
lovelytheband
Panic! At The Disco
twenty one pilots


Choice Female Artist Song:

“7 Rings” by Ariana Grande
“Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish
“Expectations” by Lauren Jauregui
“ME!” by Taylor Swift with Brendon Urie
“Never Really Over” by Katy Perry
“Nightmares” by Halsey

Choice Male Artist Song:
“Better” by Khalid
“If I Can’t Have You” by Shawn Mendes
“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X
“SICKO MODE” by Travis Scott
“Two of Us” by Louis Tomlinson
“Wow” by Post Malone

Choice Group Song:
“Bad Liar” by Imagine Dragons
“DDU-DU DDU-DU” by Blackpink
“Easier” by 5 Seconds of Summer
“Hey Look Ma, I Made It” by Panic! At the Disco
“Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers
“8 Letters” by Why Don’t We

Choice Pop Song:
“Dancing with a Stranger” by Sam Smith and Normani
“Don’t Care “ by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber
“ME!” by Taylor Swift with Brendon Urie
“Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers
“Sweet but Psycho” by Ava Max
“Thank you, Next” by Ariana Grande

Choice Country Song:
“Girl” by Maren Morris
“Good as You” by Kane Brown
“Look What God Gave Her” by Thomas Rhett
“Miss Me More” by Kelsea Ballerini
“Rainbow” by Kacey Musgraves
“Speechless” by Dan + Shay

Choice Electronic or Dance Song:
“365” by Zedd and Katy Perry
“Call You Mine” by The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha
“Close to Me (Red Velvet Remix)” by Ellie Goulding, Diplo, and Red Velvet
“Find U Again” by Mark Ronson with Camila Cabello
“Happier” by Marshmello and Bastille
“Who Do You Love” by The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds of Summer

Choice Latin Song:
“Baila Baila Baila” by Ozuna, Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko, and Anuel AA (Remix)
“Con Altura” by ROSALIA, J Balvin, and El Guincho
“Con Calma” by Daddy Yankee and Katy Perry with Snow
“MIA” by Bad Bunny with Drake
“Pretend” by CNCO
“Te Robare” by Nicky Jam and Ozuna

Choice R&B or Hip-Hop Song:
“Going Bad” by Meek Mill with Drake
“Old Town Road” (Remix) by Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus
“Pure Water” by Mustard and Migos

Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee
“Talk” by Khalid
“Wow” by Post Malone

Choice Rock Song:
“100 Bad Days” by AJR
“Hey Look Ma, I Made It” by Panic! At the Disco
“Joy” by Bastille
“Natural” by Imagine Dragons
“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant
“These are My Friends” by lovelytheband

Choice Breakout Artist:
Billie Eilish
HRVY
Juice WRLD
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
ROSALÍA


Choice International Artist:

Blackpink
BTS
CNCO
EXO
Little Mix
NCT 127

Choice Collaboration:
“Boy with Luv” by BTS and Halsey
“Dancing with a Stranger” by Sam Smith and Normani
“Don’t Care” by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber
“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus
“Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
“What a Time” by Julia Michaels with Niall Horan

Choice Action Movie:
“Ant-Man and the Wasp”
“Avengers: Endgame”
“Bumblebee”
“Captain Marvel”
“Men in Black: International”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse”

Choice Action Movie Actor:
Chris Evans in “Avengers: Endgame”
Chris Hemsworth in “Avengers: Endgame” and “Men in Black: International”
John Cena in “Bumblebee”
Paul Rudd in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Avengers: Endgame”
Robert Downey Jr in “Avengers: Endgame”
Samuel L Jackson in “Captain Marvel”

Choice Action Movie Actress:
Brie Larson in “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame”
Evangeline Lilly in “Ant-Man and the Wasp”
Hailee Steinfeld in “Bumblebee”
Scarlett Johansson in “Avengers: Endgame”
Tessa Thompson in “Men in Black: International”
Zoe Saldana in “Avengers: Endgame”

Choice Sci-Fi or Fantasy Movie:
“Aladdin”
“Aquaman”
“Dark Phoenix”
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Shazam!”

Choice Sci-Fi or Fantasy Movie Actor:
James McAvoy in “Dark Phoenix”
Jason Mormoa in “Aquaman”
Lin-Manuel Miranda in “Mary Poppins Returns”
Mena Massoud in “Aladdin”
Will Smith in “Aladdin”
Zachary Levi in “Shazam!”

Choice Sci-Fi or Fantasy Movie Actress:
Amber Heard in “Aquaman”
Emily Blunt in “Mary Poppins Returns”
Katherine Waterston in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
Keira Knightley in “he Nutcracker and the Four Realms”
Naomi Scott in “
Aladdin”
Sophie Turner in “Dark Phoenix”

Choice Drama Movie:
“After”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“Breakthrough”
“Five Feet Apart”
“The Hate U Give”
“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”

Choice Drama Movie Actor:
Bradley Cooper in “A Star is Born”
Cole Sprouse in “Five Feet Apart”
Hero Fiennes in “Tiffin” and “After”
Noah Centineo in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”
Rami Malek in “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Taron Egerton in “Rocketman”

Choice Drama Movie Actress:
Amandla Stenberg in “The Hate U Give”
Chrissy Metz in “Breakthrough”
Haley Lu Richardson in “Five Feet Apart”
Josephine Langford in “After”
Lady Gaga in “A Star is Born”
Lana Condor in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”


Choice Comedy Movie:
Crazy Rich Asians”
Instant Family”
Isn’t It Romantic”
Little”
Pokémon Detective Pikachu”
The Perfect Date”

Choice Comedy Movie Actor:
Henry Golding in “Crazy Rich Asians”
Kevin Hart in “Night School”
Liam Hemsworth in “Isn’ti it Romantic”
Mark Wahlberg in “Instant Family”
Noah Centineo in “The Perfect Date”
Ryan Reynolds in “Pokémon Detective Pikachu”

Choice Comey Movie Actress:
Awkwafina in “Crazy Rich Asians”
Constance Wu in “Crazy Rich Asians”
Laura Marano in “The Perfect Date”
Marsai Martin in “Little”
Rebel Wilson in “Isn’t it Romantic”
Tiffany Haddish in “Night School”

Choice Movie Villain:
Johnny Depp in “Fantastic Beatst: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
Josh Brolin in “Avengers: Endgame”
Jude Law in “Captain Marvel”
Mark Strong in “Shazam!”
Marwan Kenzari in “Aladdin”
Patrick Wilson in “Aquaman”

Choice Drama TV Show:
“Good Trouble”
“Marvel’s Runaways”
“Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists”
“Riverdale”
“Star”
“The Resident”

Choice Drama TV Actor:
Adam Huber in “Dynasty”
Cole Sprouse in “Riverdale”
Justin Hartley in “This is Us”
K. J. Apa in “Riverdale”
Oliver Stark in “9-1-1”
Sterling K. Brown in “This is Us”

Choice Drama TV Actress:
Camila Mendes in “Riverdale”
Cierra Ramirez in “Good Trouble”
Lili Reinhart in “Riverdale”
Maia Mitchell in “Good Trouble”
Ryan Destiny in “Star”
Sofia Carson in “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists”

Choice Sci-Fi or Fantasy TV Show:
Charmed”
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”
Legacies”
Shadowhunters”
Supernatural”
The 100”

Choice Sci-Fi or Fantasy TV Actor:
Aubrey Joseph in “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger”
Bob Morley in “The 100”
Dominic Sherwood in “Shadowhunters”
Harry Shum Jr in “Shadowhunters”
Jared Padalecki in “Supernatural”
Ross Lynch in “Chilling Adventures of “Sabrina”

Choice Sci-Fi or Fantasy TV Actress:
Danielle Rose Russell in “Legacies”
Ellen Page in “The Umbrella Academy”
Katherine McNamara in “Shadowhunters”
Kiernam Shipka in “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”
Melonie Diaz in “Charmed”
Olivia Holt in “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger”

Choice Action TV Show:
Arrow”
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”
Gotham”
MacGyver”
Supergirl”
The Flash”

Choice Action TV Actor:
Ben McKenzie in “Gotham”
Brandon Routh in “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”
Brenton Thwaites in “Titans”
Grant Gustin in “The Flash”
Lucas Till in “MacGyver”
Stephen Amell in “Arrow”

Choice Action TV Actress:
Candice Patton in “The Flash”
Danielle Panabaker in “The Flash”
Emily Bett Rickards in “Arrow”
Gabrielle Union in “L.A.’s Finest”
Jessica Alba in “L.A.’s Finest”
Melissa Benoist in “Supergirl”

 

Choice Comedy TV Show:
Black-ish”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Fuller House”
Jane the Virgin”
One Day at a Time”
The Big Bang Theory”

Choice Comedy TV Actor:
Andy Samberg in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Anthony Anderson in “Black-ish”
Daniel Radcliffe in “Miracle Workers”
Jamie Camil in “Jane the Virgin”
Jim Parsons in “The Big Bang Theory”
Marcel Ruiz in “One Day at a Time”

Choice Comedy TV Actress:
Candace Cameron Bure in “Fuller House”
Gin Rodriguez in “Jane the Virgin”
Kaley Cuoco in “The Big Bang Theory”
Nina Dobrev in “Fam”
Sarah Hyland in “Modern Family”
Yara Shahidi in “Black-ish”

Choice TV Villain:
Adam Scott in “The Good Place”
Cameron Monaghan in “Gotham”
Jon Cryer in “Supergirl”
Luke Baines in “Shadowhunters”
Sarah Carter in “The Flash”
Sea Shimooka in “Arrow”

Choice Reality TV Show:
America’s Got Talent”
Keeping Up with the Kardashians”
Lip Sync Battle”
Queer Eye”
The Masked Singer”
The Voice”

Choice Throwback TV Show:
All That”
Beverly Hills, 90210”
Friends”
Moesha”
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”
The Office”

Choice Ship:
Katherine McNamara & Dominic Sherwood in “Shadowhunters”
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in “A Star is Born”
Lana Condor and Noah Centineo in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”
Laura Marano and Noah Centineo in “The Perfect Date”
Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse in “Riverdale”
Madelaine Petsch and Vanessa Morgan in “Riverdale”

Choice Comedian:
Ellen DeGeneres
Ethan & Grayson Dolan
James Corden
Kevin Hart
Lilly Singh
Tiffany Haddish

Choice Male Athlete:
AJ Styles
James Harden
Lionel Messi
Patrick Mahomes
Stephen Curry
Tiger Woods

Choice Female Athlete:
Katelyn Ohashi
Serena Williams
Simone Biles
Sky Brown
The Bella Twins
Tobin Heath

Truck Series Driver Johnny Sauter Suspended

Last weekend during the M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway Austin Hill and Johnny Sauter made contact on the track, bringing out the caution flag. During that caution flag Sauter sought vengeance and ran his truck into Austin Hill’s truck, sending both drivers into the wall.

As a result of his actions, NASCAR pulled Sauter off of the track and parked him. Sauter finished the race in 27th place.

On Tuesday, NASCAR issued a further penalty on Sauter with a one race suspension.

While Sauter will miss running in the World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois; he did announce via Twitter that he will participate in the Super Late Model Dick Trickle 99 at Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin.

Currently Sauter ranks eighth in the playoff standings – the last driver eligible for the playoffs; NASCAR has stated that Sauter’s playoff standings will no be altered as a part of his penalty.

In other NASCAR penalties…
the number 88 truck driven by Matt Crafton was charged with having one of his lug nuts improperly secured. As a result of the infraction, truck crew chief Carl Joiner was fined $2,500.

Love and Passion with Jon Secada

Whether it be singing backup, songwriting, performing on Broadway, or starring hi his own show; three time Grammy Award winning Latin artist Jon Secada has taken advantage of every opportunity that has come his way. And on June 15, Secada brought his career spanning show to the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino.

After opening the show with “Do You Believe in Us?” and performing “I’m Free” and “Angel”, Secada spoke on a collaboration, one he never expected to happen, when the legendary Frank Sinatra sang a duet of “The Best is Yet to Come” at Sinatra’s request. Secada performed a bit of the song with a little technological help to include Sinatra’s voice.

Remarking on his career, Secada said that he had been a part of three Broadway productions including being the very first Cuban Danny Zuko in the musical “Grease”.

Taking off his jacket and rolling up his sleeves, Secada performed a bit his other Broadway role; that of the MC in “Cabaret” with “Wilkkommen” and “Cabaret”. Secada’s music was also a part of “On Your Feet”.

Known first for his songwriting skills, Secada’s singing abilities came to light when fellow Cuban-American Gloria Estefan gave Secada the stage during her shows.

Secada performed “Take Me”, “Georgia on My Mind”, and “Always Something” before leaving the stage for a costume change and the band took over for a performance of the Gloria Estefan hits “Conga” and “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”.

Secada returned to the stage for a performance of his first number one song as a songwriter with the “Gloria Estafan hit “Coming Out of the Dark” (her first single after the bus crash that nearly paralyzed her).

While Secada wrote “She’s All I Ever Need” and intended it for his next single, it was fellow Latin artist and friend Ricky Martin who took the song to number one.

Secada performed “One of a Kind”, “Whipped”, “Human Nature”, “Too Late, Too Soon”, “After all”, “September”, and “If You Go” before closing the show with his hit song “Just Another Day”.

Born Juan Francisco Secada in Havana, Cuba; Jon Secada came to the United States with his family when he was nine years old.

Whether it be his Latin heritage or he passion for the music, Jon Secada gives a master class in emotion and passion with every performance.

The Allman Betts Band

With the death of Gregg Allman, the Allman Brothers Band is no more, the next generation is taking over with Gregg’s son Devon and Dickey Betts son Duane.

The duo have formed a band of their own – The Allman Betts Band and have their debut album – “Down to the River” – set for a June 28 release.

The band has hit the road to support their album and will also be joining John Fogerty on a few of his summer concert dates.

The Allman Betts Band tour dates:
June 19 at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, MI
June 20 at the Taft Theatre Ballroom in Cincinnati, OH
June 21 at the Express Live in Columbus, OH
June 22 at the Kokomo Performing Arts Center in Kokomo, IN
June 23 at the Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, TN
June 25 at the Paramount in Bristol, TN
June 26 at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount, VA
June 27 at the State Theatre in State College, PA
June 28 at the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY
June 29 at the Back Home Festival in New Martinsville, WV
June 30 at the Blues from the Top in Winter Park, CO
July 2 at the Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI
July 5 at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Westhampton, NY
July 6 at the John Drew Theater in East Hampton, NY
July 7 at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, CT
July 8 at the Ocean City Music Pier in Ocean City, NJ
July 14 at the Suwalki Blues Festival in Suwalki, Poland
July 16 at the Backstage Halle in Munchen, Germany
July 17 at the Rockhal in Luxembourg, Luxembourg
July 19 at the Narcao Blues Festival in Marcao, Italy
July 20 at the Ramblin Man Fair in Maidstone, UK

July 21 at the Blues Peer in Peer, Belgium
July 22 at the Blues Garage in Isernhagen, Germany
July 23 at Die Kantine Neusser in Cologne, Germany
July 24 at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 26 at the Peach Music Fest in Scranton, PA
July 28 at the Herzberg Festival in Herzberg, Germany
July 29 at the Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany
July 30 at the Lido in Berlin, Germany
July 31 at the Hirsch in Nurnberg, Germany
Aug 2 at the Notodden Blues Festival in Notodden, Norway
Aug 9 at the Bold Point Park in Providence, RI
Aug 10 at the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth, MN
Aug 11 at the Maine Savings Pavilion in Portland, ME
Aug 13 at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
Aug 15 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY
Aug 16 at the Ann Arbor Blues Festival in Ann Arbor, MI
Aug 17 at the Hopewell Music Festival in Troy, OH
Aug 20 at the Skyloft in Albany, NY
Aug 21 at the Coonamessett Ballroom in Falmouth, MA
Aug 22 at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA
Aug 24 at the Lockn Festival in Arrington, VA
Aug 28 at the 20 Monroe Livei n Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 29 at The Arcada Theatre in ST. Charles, IL
Aug 30 at the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion in Ft. Wayne, IN
Aug 31 at the Rock Austism Festival in Ellicotville, NY
Sept 1 at the Cove Haven Southern Festival in Lakeville, PA
Sept 5-8 at the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, NV
Sept 10 & 11 at the MIM in Phoenix, AZ
Sept 13 at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, CO
Sept 14 at the Telluride Blues and Brew in Telluride, CO
Sept 16 & 17 at the Eat to the Beat Concert in Orlando, FL
Sept 21 at The Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, MD
Oct 19 at the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival in New Orleans, LA
Oct 23 at the Charleston Music Hall in Charleston, SC
Oct 27 at the Pembroke Pines City Center in Pembroke Pines, FL
Oct 31 at The Mercantile in Huntsville, AL
Nov 1 at the Woltosz Theatre in Auburn, AL
Nov 15 at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT

Trisha Yearwood

Country music star Trisha Yearwood is hitting the road this fall with her “Every Girl On Tour” tour.

The tour title stems from the new single “Every Girl In This Tour” from her upcoming album.

The tour begins in Nashville this October and runs into December.

Trisha Yearwood tour dates:
Oct 3-5 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN
Oct 13 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, GA
Oct 24 at The Palladium in Carmel, IN
Oct 25 at the Stifel Theatre in St. louis, MO
Oct 26 at the Tafy Theatre in Cincinnati, OH
Oct 27 at the KeyBank State Theatre in Cleveland, OH
Nov 2 at the Brady Theater in Tulsa, OK
Nov 3 at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, TX
Nov 4 at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, TX
Nov 7 at The Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL
Nov 8 at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI
Nov 9 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
Nov 21 at the Town Hall Theatre in New York City, NY
Nov 22 at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, MA
Nov 23 at The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Nov 24 at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA
Dec 4 at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, FL
Dec 5 at the Parker Playhouse in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Dec 6 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL
Dec 7 at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, FL
Dec 8 at the Artis-Naples in Naples, FL

Helmet

As a part of their 30th anniversary celebration, Helmet is launching a tour on both sides of the pond that will feature 30 stops with a 30 song setlist.

The North American tour includes 29 stops in the United States with the final date north of the border in Toronto.

Helmet North American tour dates:

Oct 23 at the Paradise Rock Café in Boston, MA

Oct 25 at the World Café Live in Philadelphia, PA

Oct 26 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, NY

Oct 27 at the Union Stage in Washington, DC

Oct 29 at The Senate in Columbia, SC

Oct 30 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA

Oct 31 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA

Nov 1 at the Scout Bar in Houston, TX

Nov 2 at The Mohawk in Austin, TX

Nov 3 at Trees in Dallas, TX

Nov 5 at The Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ

Nov 7 at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA

Nov 8 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV

Nov 9 at the 1720 un Los Angeles, CA

Nov 10 at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA

Nov 12 at the Holy Diver in Sacramento, CA

Nov 13 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA

Nov 14 at The Independent in San Francisco, CA

Nov 15 at Howiee’s On Front in Medford, OR

Nov 16 at Dante’s in Portland, OR

Nov 17 at the Substation in Seattle, WA

Nov 19 at the Soundwell in Salt Lake City, UT

Nov 20 at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, CO

Nov 22 at the Slowdown in Omaha, NE

Nov 23 at The Riot Room in Kansas City, MO

Nov 24 at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN

Nov 26 at the Delmar Hall in St Louis, MO

Nov 27 at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL

Nov 29 at St Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, MI

Nov 30 at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON

More Auditions on SYTYCD

It’s week three of the auditions on “So You Think You Can Dance” as Nigel, Mary, Laurieann and Dominique look for the best dancers to send to the Dance Academy.

Bailey “Bailrok” Munoz gets the night of dance started off with a B-Boy routine. Born two months premature, Bailey is only five feet tall but he is a powerhouse on the dance floor and brought the house to their feet with his dance. Bailey got his ticket to the Dance Academy.

Contemporary dancer Luke Romanzi is the son of a bagel shop owner who hopes that his son will take over the shop, but Luke just wants to dance. Luke didn’t get into Julliard, but the judges thought Luke was fantastic and gave him a ticket to the Dance Academy.

Victoria Neukom, Dustin Payne, and Jay Jackson all returned to SYTYCD for another try and this year they got their tickets to the Dance Academy.

Salsa dancing sibling Jordynn and Elan Lurie also made a return to the show after being cut in the first round of the Academy last season. Nigel wanted to see Jordynn dance with her grandfather who said that he has only danced with her once because he couldn’t keep up with her. And not to be left out, Elan joined in on the fun. Armed with a new trick filled routine, not only impressed Ballroom expert Mary Murphy, who put them on her hot Martamale train, but the rest of the judging panel and earned themselves another ticket to the Dance Academy.

Maria Babineau is a neuro-science student who has only been dancing for about four years. After never taking a dance lesson, her Hip-Hop robotic routine impressed the judges but not quite enough to get a yes vote from Dominique and Nigel.

Sophie Pittman comes from a small town in Tennesse and plans to make dancing a career. Her Contemporary routine to “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town earned her a ticket to the Dance Academy.

Frank “Ghost” Crisp Jr is a self taught street dancer who has been dancing literally all of his life. For two seasons, Frank was the mascot for the Harlem Globetrotters before being promoted in the organization. Dominique called Frank the definition of dance. Mary said that he was born to dance and would be remembered. Nigel said that Frank’s biggest mistake was calling himself ghost because he is the real thing. Frank got his ticket to the Dance Academy.

In the final audition of the night, Cotemporary dancer Lauren Luteran was only five months old when she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Dancing since she was five, Lauren says that dancing helps with her illness. Lauren got her ticket to the Dance Academy with four yeses from the judges.

Next week the auditions continue…

Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame Applications

Now in its third year, the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame is currently accepting applications for their third annual Hall of Fame class.

Only two weeks remain before the June 30 deadline.

Applications are open to any musician who was born in Niagara Falls or currently resides in the Niagara Falls area and has made significant contributions to music and music education in the area. Applications are available on the Hall of Fame website at NFMusicHOF.org or via the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame Facebook page.

Artists selected for induction into the Hall of Fame will be revealed in late August or early September with the official induction ceremony on October 13 at the Rapids Theater in Niagara Falls, New York.

As the organization continues to grow and expand, the Hall of Fame has recently achieved 501c non-profit status and has elected a new board of directors…

President – Peter Paonessa Jr
Vice-President – Bob Drozdowski
Secretary – JoAnn Simon
Treasurer – Dom Mitro
Sergeant at Arms – Mark Dixon

The Board Members at Large are:
Frank Fracassi
Tom Gariano
Tomny Nastasi
Lisa Sanders
Russ Vesci
Bruce Wojick

Married with Pride

Weddings are always a special occasion, but the ceremony set for June 30 is an especially big celebration.

Helping to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the then Gay Rights Movement – today it has become the LGBTQ+ community – Niagara County Pride in conjunction with the Pride Center of Western New York, the Hard Rock Cafe, the city of Niagara Falls, and the Niagara Falls State Park are holding a wedding / vows renewal ceremony.

While open to any couples, Married with Pride is designed with the LGBTQ+ community in mind.

Horseshoe Falls

The ceremony itself is scheduled for 4:30pm on Goat Island near the Horseshoe Falls in the Niagara Falls State Park. Expected to last an hour to an hour and a half, the ceremony will feature music from Buffalo’s Perrin, speeches, vows, and a proclamation from Niagara Falls City Mayor Paul Dyster.

Kitty Lambert-Rudd will officiate the ceremony but couples who wish to exchange their own vows may do so.

Lambert-Rudd is a pioneer for Marriage Equality in the state of New York and once same sex marriage became legal, Kitty Lamber and her partner Cheryle Rudd became the first couple to marry under the new law; exchanging their vows just after midnight with Mayor Paul Dyster officiating.

After the ceremony; couples, friends, and family are invited to gather at the Hard Rock Cafe located just outside the State Park on the corner of Prospect Street and Mayor O’Laughlin Blvd from 6 to 9pm for the Rainbow Reception.

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DJ Milk will be spinning tunes and area Drag Queens Keke Laasquex-Lord, Veronica Lace, Chevon Davis, and Fantasee Island are set to take the stage for a performance.

The Hard Rock Cafe will provide a special area for the happy couples with wedding cake and champagne.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The celebration will conclude with a blast when at 10pm The Falls will be lit up in the Rainbow colours with a fireworks display above The Falls.

Long known as the Honeymoon Capital of the World, Niagara Falls celebrated Marriage Equality with a big wedding ceremony in 2011 with dozens of couples ‘tying the knot” at a ceremony on Goat Island. On June 30 the site again will serve as the backdrop for another wedding and vow renewal ceremony to celebrate the beginning of a movement and the right to love one’s partner of choice.

For more information or to register for participation in the ceremony contact Pride Center of Western New York Program Manager Steve Jagord at sjagord@pridecenterwny.org.

 

feature photo taken from Ronald Zenon Piaseczny’s Facebook page

Dominating Win in Xfinity Series at Iowa

With the Monster Energy Cup Series taking a break for Father’s Day, the Xfinity Series takes to the track at the Iowa Speedway to cap off a double header with the CircuitCity.com 250.

After qualifying earlier in the afternoon, Cole Custer wins the pole and will bring the field down for the green flag start with Christopher Bell alongside on the front row.

Pit reporter Regan Smith joins Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip in the FOX broadcast booth for the race.

Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 130 laps for a total of 250 laps around the 7/8ths of a mile track.

Justin Haley starts from the back of the field after making an engine change.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag start of the track and edges out Christopher Bell for the lead.

With Cole Custer out in front, the drivers are getting three wide behind him.

Lap four, leader Cole Custer has already pulled out to a lead of a second on Noah Gragson.

Ryan Ellis was posted for a start violation.

Lap eleven, Cole Custer has increased his lead to over a second and a half on second place driver Christopher Bell.

In traffic, Cole Custer’s lead is down to just over a second ahead of Christopher Bell on lap 35; there are 22 cars on the lead lap.

David Starr brings out the first caution flag of the race when he blows an engine on lap 30.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 37 and continues to lead the race. Getting three wide Christopher Bell and Noah Gragson challenge Cole Custer for the lead but Custer holds them off.

With 16 laps remaining in stage one, Justin Haley has moved into the top 10 after starting the race in the back. Cole Custer has pulle out to a half second lead on Christopher Bell with 20 cars on the lead lap.

Joey Gase brings out the second caution flag of the race on lap 48 when he gets into the wall.

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Cole Custer wins the race off of pit road but it is Justin Haley, who stayed out, that will bring the field to green.

With only five laps remaining in stage one, Justin Haley brings the field down for the green flag and fends off challengers for the lead.

Tyler Reddick is slowed on the track with a possible flat tire. Reddick makes it to pit road but will go a lap down.

Cole Custer retakes the lead but with two laps to go, Christopher Bell gets out in front for the lead.

Christopher Bell wins stage one for his seventh stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Harrison Burton
Zane Smith
Justin Haley
John Hunter Nemechek
Austin Cindric
Michael Annett

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 69 and edges out Cole Custer for the lead.

Lap 70, Christopher Bell has already pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Justin Allgaier.

Noah Gragson brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with 46 laps remaining in stage two.

Lap 76, Christopher Bell has increased his lead to over a second and a half on Cole Custer with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Brandon Brown brings his car down pit road and quickly exits the car filled with smoke.

Noah Gragson had stripped threads on his lug nuts.

Lap 90, Christopher Bell now has a three second lead on Cole Custer with 18 cars on the lead lap.

Twenty-seven laps remaining in stage two, there are only 15 cars on the lead lap with Christopher Bell out in front by over three seconds on Cole Custer.

Twenty to go, Christopher Bell continues to dominate stage two with a lead of nearly five seconds on Cole Custer.

Lap 110, Christopher Bell has a near five second lead on Cole Custer with just 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 115, Christopher Bell is in traffic and only had a four second lead on Cole Custer.

Pulling way out in front, Christopher Bell wins stage two by over six seconds with only eleven cars on the lead lap. Bell wins his eighth stage win of the season with a stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Harrison Burton
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgiaer
Zane Smith
Michael Annett
Brandon Jones
John Hunter Nemechek
Justin Haley

Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the outside lane on lap 129 and jumps out in front as the drivers get three wide.

Lap 134 and Christopher Bell has jumped out to a one second lead on Zane Smith.

Lap 141, Christopher Bell has increased his lead to nearly two and a half seconds over Zane Smith.

Out of the infield care center, Brandon Brown reports that the engine expired and exhaust smoke got into the car. He is fine.

One laps to go, Christopher Bell has a near four second lead on Cole Custer.

Lap 158, Christopher Bell continues to dominate the race with a lead of over four seconds on Cole Custer.

Tyler Reddick stayed out at the end of the stage and took a wave around, with 87 laps remaining in the race, had to make a green flag pit stop.

Eighty to go, Christopher Bell continues to dominate the race with a near five second lead on Cole Custer with only 12 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out with 72 laps remaining in the race for Tyler Matthews. The caution erased a huge lead by Christopher Bell over Cole Custer.

Christopher Bell wins the race of of pit road with Cole Custer right behind him.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 64 laps remaining in the race. Bell jumps out in front to hold on to his lead.

Five of the drivers in the top 10 are rookies.

Lap 201, Christopher Bell has a half second lead on Cole Custer.

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

Forty to go, Christopher Bell holds a lead of over a second and a half on Cole Custer.

Thirty-seven to go, Christopher Bell’s lead is now over two seconds on Cole Custer.

The caution flag comes out for the sixth time with 35 laps remaining in the race. Cole Custer has brushed the wall.

Leaders come down pit road for fresh tires and fuel.

Cole Custer wins the race off of pit road at the line.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 28 laps remaining in the race. Cole Custer edges out for the lead but gets a challenge from Christopher Bell.

In a bump and run, Christopher Bell gets around Cole Custer to retake the lead with 26 laps remaining in the race.

Twenty to go, Christopher Bell has a lead of nearly a second on Cole Custer.

The caution flag comes out with 15 laps remaining in the race when Chad Finchum gets into the wall. When the caution flag came out, Christopher Bell had second and a half lead on Cole Custer.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 10 laps remaining in the race. Christopher Bell edges out Cole Custer to hold on to the lead.

Five to go, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a one second lead on Cole Custer; drivers are getting three wide on the track.

Christopher Bell takes the white flag with a lead of over a second and a half on Cole Custer.

Christopher Bell wins the race for his fourth win of the season and the Mother’s Day / Father’s Day sweep.

Bell celebrates with an impressive burnout.

The results of the CircuitCity.com 250:
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Justin Allgaier
Harrison Burton
Zane Smith
Noah Gragson
Chase Briscoe
John Hunter Nemechek
Michael Annett
Austin Cindric
Brandon Jones
Jeremy Clements
Justin Haley
Gray Gaulding
Tyler Reddick
Ray Black Jr
Josh Williams
Shane Lee
Joe Graf Jr
Tyler Matthews
Chad Finchum
Ryan Repko
Ryan Ellis
Ronnie Bassett Jr
Stephen Leicht
Matt Mills
Mike Harmon
Stan Mullis
Garrett Smithley
Ryan Sieg
Brandon Brown
Vinnie Miller
Joey Gase
David Starr
Morgan Shepherd
Timmy Hill
Jeff Green
Josh Bilicki

Hard Rock Celebrates Founder’s Day

Nearly 50 years ago, two American gentlemen living in London longed for a culinary taste of their homeland. With no eateries in the area serving American food, the guys decided to pen an establishment of their own.

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They name their establishment the Hard Rock Cafe – a place that specialized in American hamburgers. In those days, the walls were bare of treasures, but a musical gentleman from England who was known for his guitar prowess and the nickname Slowhand frequented the American Cafe and always sat on the same bar stool.

One day the owners of the Cafe received a package – a guitar with a not stating that the guitar was to mark the spot where Eric Clapton sat.

A short time later, a second package arrived – another guitar with a note that said, “mine’s as good as his..Pete Townsend,” and a tradition was born.

Today, there are nearly 200 Hard Rock Cafe restaurants, hotels, and casinos around the world each featuring hundreds of musical artifacts from thousands of artists.heaven6.jpg

Collectively the Hard Rock Cafe owns the largest collection of musical memorabilia in the world – even more than the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Each year on June 14 the Hard Rock Cafe celebrates Founder’s Day to mark the opening of that first Cafe in London in 1971.

In the past the day was marked by slashing the price of the original Legendary Burger to just 71 cents, but this year the day was marked with hundreds of balloons, DJ’s, and live music.

At the Hard Rock Cafe located in Niagara Falls, New York the DJ kept the tunes spinning all day long, but once the sun went down the rock band Last Call took the stage for some original songs and cover tunes primarily from the 80’s and 90’s.

After opening the show with a unique rendition of the Johnny Cash song “Ring of Fire”; the night included music from blink-182, Joan Jett, ZZ Top, Elle King, AC/DC, The Cranberries, Eve 6, the Tragically Hip, Alice in Chains, and the Violent Femmes before endinbg the night as they began with Johnny Cash and “Folsom Prison Blues”.

And to think it all began with a longing for a taste of home…and a single guitar.

Parked Truck, Disqualification Mark M&M’s 200 at Iowa

After the rains washed out qualifying and some Saturday night racing the Gander Outdoors Truck Series finally takes to the track at Iowa Speedway for the M&M’s 200.

Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps.

After qualifying was rained out the starting line has been set by truck owner points and with five truck wins, Kyle Busch Motorsports puts the number 51 truck on the pole with 16 year old Chandler Smith behind the wheel.

This is week two of the Triple Truck Challenge, the race winner will receive a bonus of $50,000.

Choosing the inside lane, Chandler Smith brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead with drivers getting three wide behind him.

Lap five and Chandler Smith has led the way every lap with Matt Crafton in second over a second back.

Lap 10, Chandler Smith has increased his lead to over two and a half seconds over Matt Crafton.

In his very first truck series race, Chandler Smith is reporting radio issues, he can’t hear his team, including the spotter.

Lap 13, there are 28 trucks on the lead lap with Chandler Smith over three seconds out in front of the field.

Lap 16, Juan Manuel Gonzalez brings his truck down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.

Lap 23, Chandler Smith continues to lead the race, over three and a half seconds in front of Matt Crafton.

At 7/8ths of a mile, Iowa Speedway is listed as a short track, but the drivers are running speeds of 150mph around the track.

Halfway through stage one, 16 year old Chandler Smith has led every lap and holds on to a three second lead over Matt Crafton with 20 trucks on the lead lap. Tyler Ankrum is off the track.

Lap 42, Chandler Smith continues to dominate the race with a lead of over three seconds on Matt Crafton. Smith cannot hear his spotter or crew chief on the radio.

Fifteen laps remain in stage one and already nearly half the field has been lapped with only 18 trucks on the lead lap.

Ten to go in stage one, leader Chandler Smith is nearly five seconds ahead of seconds place driver Matt Crafton with 16 trucks on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out with eight laps remaining in stage one when Juan Manuel Gonazlez spins out.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service including leader Chandler Smith for radio repairs. The team could hear him but he could not hear the team.

With only two laps remaining in stage one, Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green flag restart. Drivers quickly get three wide across the track with Matt Crafton in the lead.

Coming from third place, Ross Chastain wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one;
Ross Chastain
Matt Crafton
Grant Efginger
Johnny Sauter
Ben Rhodes
Sheldon Creed
Brett Moffitt
Austin Hill
Harrison Burton
Jesse Little

The 51 team has resolved their radio issues but will have to come from deep in the field to get back to the lead.

Johnny Sauter was caught speeding on pit road.

Choosing the outside lane, Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 67 and holds on to his lead.

Lap 70, Chandler Smith has moved up to tenth place.

After several drivers took the wave around, there are 24 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 75, Ross Chastain has a lead of under half a second on Ben Rhodes. Chandler Smith is now in sixth place.

Lap 78, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a one second lead on Ben Rhodes.

Lap 87, Ross Chastain has increased his lead of two seconds over Ben Rhodes; Chandler Smith is in fifth place after restarting the stage in 13th place.

Halfway through stage two, Ross Chastain has a lead of over two seconds on Ben Rhodes with 23 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 100 – halfway – Ross Chastain has a lead of nearly three seconds on Ben Rhodes with 19 trucks on the lead lap.

With 14 laps remaining in stage two, Ross Chastain has a four second lead on Ben Rhodes.

Seven laps remain in stage two with Ross Chastain four seconds out in front of Ben Rhodes with 18 trucks on the lead lap.

Ross Chastain wins stage two to sweep both stages.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ross Chastain
Ben Rhodes
Brett Moffitt
Grant Enfinger
Chandler Smith
Harrison Burton
Stewart Friesen
Matt Crafton
Austin Hill
Sheldon Creed

Ross Chastain wins the race off of pit road with Chandler Smith coming out in second.

Chandler Smith was caught speeding on pit road.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Brett Moffitt alongside on lap 129. Drivers get three wide across the track but leader Ross Chastain holds on to his lead.

Lap 137, Ross Chastain has a narrow lead on Brett Miffitt.

The caution flag comes out on lap 138 after Johnny Sauter makes contact with Austin Hill and hits the wall. During the caution, Johnny Sauter wrecked Austin Hill; NASCAR has parked Sauter and he is out of the race. Sauter has also been invited to the NASCAR hauler after the race.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 145 and gets challenged immediately by Brett Moffitt with Moffitt briefly taking the lead before Chastain reclaims his lead.

Fifty to go, Ross Chastain has a half second lead on Brett Moffitt with 16 trucks on the lead lap.

Forty to go, “Watermelon Man” Ross Chastain continues to dominate the race with a lead of less than half a second on Brett Moffitt.

Thirty to go, Ross Chastain holds on to his lead by just under half a second on Brett Moffitt.

Twenty to go and leader Ross Chastain has increased his lead to nearly a second on Brett Moffitt.

Fifteen to go, Ross Chastain has increased his lead to over a second on Brett Moffitt as the laps count down.

Ten to go, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Brett Moffitt with 14 trucks on the lead lap.

Five to go, Ross Chastain holds on to his second and a half lead on Brett Moffitt.

Ross Chastain takes the white flag.

Ross Chastain wins the race.

In post race inspection it was discovered that the number 44 truck driven by race winner Ross Chastain was deemed too low in the front and as a result has failed the inspection. As a result of failing inspection, Chastain has been disqualified and posted in last place. Second place driver Brett Moffit has been named the winner of the race. With the win, Moffitt also gets the Triple Truck Challenge $50,000 bonus.

M&M’s 200 official results:
Brett Moffitt
Ben Rhodes
Harrison Burton
Grant Enfinger
Stewart Friesen
Sheldon Creed
Matt Crafton
Chandler Smith
Raphael Lessard
Todd Gilliland
Brennan Poole
Austin Hill
Kyle Benjamin
Austin Wayne Self
Riley Herbst
Spencer Boyd
Natalie Decker
Jordan Anderson
Tyler Dippel
Gus Dean
Mason Massey
Jesse Little
CJ McLaughlin
Norm Benning
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Tyler Hill
Johnny Sauter
Chad Finley
Trey Hutchens III
Juan Manuel Gonzalez
Tyler Ankrum
Ross Chastain

REZ Blues Festival

Last year the REZ Blues Festival kicked off with a single day event. Now in it’s second year, the Festival has expanded to two days and features not just artists from western New York, but from around the country.

Taking place June 15 and 16, the REZ Blues Festival is on the Cattaraugus Indian Resevervation in the Fire Hall on Route 438 in Irving, New York.

Scrap Iron are hosting the event with John Nemeth, Mr. Sipp TNBC, Toronzo Cannon, the Caesar Brother’s Funk Box, David Julia, Marina Crouse, the Tommy Z Band, the Blue Ribbon Bastards, and the Jeremy Keyes Band all scheduled to perform.

Doors open at 1pm and also feature food and craft vendors – including Native American specialties.

The festivities are being indoors so there will be no problem with bad weather.

Storybook Summer at The Strong

This summer at The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York young bookworms can do more than read about their favourite storybook characters with Storybook Summer.

Beginning July 8 and running through the end of August, The Strong is featuring story readings at 1pm and 2pm each weekday; along with themed activities each week and photo opportunities with characters right out of the story book.

Storybook Summer schedule:

July 8-12 – “How Do Dinosaurs with the dinosaur from the book and activities including making a dinosaur headband and feet.

July 15-19 – Cookie Mouse with “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and building a mouse house.

July 22-26 – “Pete the Cat” with the Cool Cat Boogie and Pete the cat himself.

July 29 – Aug 2 – “Skippyjon Jones” with a musical fiesta and cat masks.

Aug 5-9 – “Fly Guy” with Fly Guy and his fun zone.

Aug 12-16 – “Biscuit” with Biscuit himself on hand to pose for photos and designing a puppy to adopt.

Aug 19-23 – Wild Things with “Where the Wild Things Are” and a romp through the jungle.

Aug 26-30 – and finish out the summer with the “Berenstain Bears” with a meet and greet with one of the bears and a search for honey.

Admission to The Strong is free to members and children under the age of two, all others is $16.

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

 

Photo credit courtesy of The Strong in Rochester, New York

Peter Murphy

Most artists make Las Vegas their home for a string of residency concerts, Godfather of Goth Peter Murphy has chosen the city of Manhattan and Le Poisson Rouge for his residency. And further stepping away from the norm, Murphy will give eleven very different performances during his time in Manhattan.

Eight of the shows will feature one of Murphy’s solo albums, one will be a greatest hits show, one will feature music from his band Bauhaus, and the series will conclude with a David Bowie tribute.

Tickets for the shows go on sale June 19.

Peter Murphy show schedule:

Aug 2 – “Should The World Fail To Fall Apart”

Aug 3 – “Love Hysteria”

Aug 5 – “Deep”

Aug 8 – “Holy Smoke”

Aug 9 – “Cascade”

Aug 10 – “Dust”

Aug 12 – “Ninth”

Aug 13 – “Lion”

Aug 15 – “Greatest Hits”

Aug 16 – “Bauhaus’ Mr. moonlight”

Aug 18 – Tribute to David Bowie

Andy Grammer

Pop singer Andy Grammer is preparing to release his fourth album “Naïve” on July 26. This fall Grammer has planned a two month tour around the nation to promote his new tunes.

He has already previewed the first single from the album, “Don’t Give Up on Me” in a performance with the Chorus of Public School 22.

Tickets for the tour are currently available.

Andy Grammer tour dates:

Sept 2 at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA

Sept 3 at the Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ

Sept 5 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA

Sept 6 at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, CA

Sept 7 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA

Sept 12 at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA

Sept 14 at The Moon Theatre in Seattle, WA

Sept 15 at The Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA

Sept 18 at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO

Sept 20 at the Slowdown in Omaha, NE

Sept 22 at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN

Sept 24 at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL

Sept 26 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH

Sept 28 at the Pier 17 at South Street Seaport in New York City, NY

Sept 29 at the Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA

Oct 1 at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD

Oct 2 at The Ridgefield Playhouse I Ridgefield, CT

Oct 4 at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC

Oct 5 at the Music Farm in Charleston, SC

Oct 6 at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC

Oct 8 at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, GA

Oct 9 at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN

Oct 10 at Iron City inBirmingham, AL

Oct 11 at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL

Oct 13 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA

Oct 14 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX

Oct 15 at The Jones Assembly in Oklahoma City, OK

Oct 17 at The Mill & Mine in Knoxville, TN

Oct 20 at the Deluxe at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis, IN

Oct 21 at the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI

Oct 25 at the Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks, PA

Oct 27 at The National in Richmond, VA

Oct 30 at The Strand in Providence, RI

Nov 1 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA

The Punch Brothers

The Punch Brothers – collectively and separately – will spend a good good bit of the summer on tour, both in the United States and around the world.

Punch Brothers tour dates:
June 23 at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, CO
July 9-12 at the Blue Note Tokyo in Minato-machi, Japan

July 14 at the Woodville Town Hall in Nanneella, Australia

July 15 at The Tivoli in Fortitude Valley, Australia

July 16 at the State Theatre in Melbourne, Australia

July 17 at the En,ore Theatre in Newtown, Australia

July 28 at the RockyGrass in Lyons, CO
July 29 at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, CO

July 30 at the Eccles Center in Park City, UT

Aug 1 at The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts in Boone, NC

Chris Thile tour dates:
June 15 at the
Tanglewood: Live From Here in Lenox, MA
June 20 at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, CO
July 20 at the Green Music Center: Live from Here in Rohnert Park, CA
Sept 21 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY
Oct 22 at the Carolina Performing Arts in Chapel Hill, NC
Nov 5 at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD
Nov 13 at the Memorial Hall OTR in Cincinnati, OH
March 18 at the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, MA

Hawktail tour dates:
July 20 at the Rialto Theater in Tacoma, WA
July 21 at the Northwest String Summit in North Plains, OR
July 26 at the Rockygrass in Lyons, CO
Aug 13 at One Longfellow Square in Portland, ME
Aug 14 at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 15 at the Club Passim in Cambridge, MA
Aug 16 at the Earlville Opera House in Earlville, NY
Aug 17 at the Green Mountain Bluegrass and Roots Festival in Bennington, VT
Sept 21 at the Carolina in the Fall in Wilkesboro, NC
Sept 27 at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, MN
Sept 28 at the Boats and Bluegrass in Winona, MN
Sept 29 at the Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids, IA
Nov 23 at the Norton Center for the Arts in Danville, KY

Noam Pikelny tour dates:
June 22 at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, CO
June 26 at the Songbirds North in Chattanooga, TN
June 28 at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, TN
July 28 at the RockyGrass in Lyons, CO
Aug 14-18 at the Blue Ridge Banjo Camp in Brevard, NC
Aug 22 at the Tonder Festival in Tonder, Denmark
Aug 23-29 at the MinierAcustica Acoustic Music Camp in Urbino, Italy
Nov 20 at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA
Nov 21 at the Hopewell Theater in Hopewell, NJ
Nov 22 at the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, MA
Nov 23 at the Barre Opera House in Barre, VT

Cam

Country singer Cam is taking her “The Places We’ll Go!” tour across the pond later this summer for a 10 city tour with many of the dates in the United Kingdom.

Cam tour dates:
Aug 31 at the Millport Country Music Festival in Millport, UK
Sept 1 at the Empire Music Hall in Belfast, UK
Sept 4 at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, UK
Sept 5 at Leadmill in Sheffield, UK
Sept 6 at the Manchester Academy 2 in Manchester, UK
Sept 8 at The Long Road Festival in Lutterworth, UK
Sept 9 at the Melkweg in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sept 11 at Les Etoiles in Paris, France
Sept 13 at the Fabrik in Hamburg, Germany
Sept 14 at Huxleys in Berlin, Germany

New Orleans Icon Dr. John Dies

New Orleans musician Dr. John died June 6 as a result of a heart attack at the age of 77. No further details of his death were given.

A prolific musician, even in his seventies, Dr. John gave more than 50 performances each year. Over the course of his 50 plus year career, Dr. John’s concert appearances topped 1,000 shows.

A native of New Orleans, attending a Dr. John show would take one on a journey to the Crescent City.

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John’s accomplishments include six Grammy Awards and induction into the Louisiana Music and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Reportedly the Muppet band leader Dr. Teeth of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem was inspired by Dr. John.

Dr. John’s music appeared in nearly 100 film and television productions including his 1969 television debut on an episode of “Sesame Street”, “Casey’s Shadow”, “The Last Waltz”, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club”, “Starsky and Hutch”, “WKRP in Cincinnati”, “National Lampoon’s European Vacation”, “Bull Durham”, “Dazed and Confused”, “Sleeples in Seattle”, “The Sopranos”, “Walking Tall”, “True Blood”, “Treme”, “The Vampire Diaries”, “Vinyl”, and “The Jungle Book”.

Dr. John lent his musical…and acting…skills in a few productions – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “Candy Mountain”, “Touched by an Angel”, “Blues Brothers 2000”, and “NCIS: New Orleans”.

He was born Macolm John Rebennack Jr on November 21, 1940 in New Orleans, Louisiana the son of a record shop owner. He began his professional music career while still in his teens playing guitar and piano in a number of bands.

When New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison took a tough on crime stance vowing to shut down prostitutes, bars, and all night music venues Rebennack found himself in a federal prison. When he was released at age 24, the young session musician made his way to Los Angeles.

Fascinated with mysticism and voodoo, young Mac took on the persona of a male voodoo queen Marie Laveau known as Dr. John.

While a list of survivors was not given, Dr. John was married three times with his third wife surviving him and had two children.

Dr. John discography:
“Gris-Gris”
“Babylon”
“Remedies”
“The Sun, Moon, & Herbs”
“Dr. John’s Gumbo”
“In the Right Place”
“Triumvirate”
“Desitively Bonnaroo”
“Mardi Gras”
“Hollywood Be Thy Name”
“City Lights”
“Tango Palace”
“Take Me Back to New Orleans”
“Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack”
“Love Potion”
“The Brightest Smile in Town”
“Such a Night! Live in London”
“In a Sentimental Mood”
“On a Mardi Gras Day”
“Goin’ Back to New Orleans”
“Bre Rabbit & Boss Lion”
“Television”
“Afterglow”
“Trippin’ Live”
“Anutha Zone”
“Duke Elegant”
“Boogie to Heaven”
“Creole Moon”
“N’Awlinz: Dis Dat or d’Udda”
“Sippiana Hericane”
“Mercernary”
“City that Care Forgot”
“La Vie Cajun”
“Tribal”
“Locked Down”
“Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch”
“The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac & His Music”

 

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Getting Hip with the BPO

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra closed out the 2018-19 concert season in rousing fashion on June 8 with the music of the Tragically Hip.

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While Kleinhans Music Hall included the BPO, it was far from the typical Classical music performance when the tribute band Strictly Hip took the stage to perform the music of the iconic Canadian trio The Tragically Hip.

The concert hall was turned into a true rock and roll venue complete with the fashionably late – complete with ringing phone – crowd, whistles, and singing along to the songs.

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Featuring some beautiful orchestrations by the BPO, the performance included love songs, dance songs, tragic tales and story songs. During their 33 year career, the Tragically Hip released over a dozen albums, which offered Strictly Hip a ver large catalog of music to choose from; but band members noted that in deciding the set list for the show there were some songs that had to be done.

But at the end of the show, the crowd was still not satisfied and demanded more in the form of an encore…which was provided.

The house of was packed with fans and it is easy to see why Strictly Hip is such a popular band and draws a crowd.

The Verve Get Song Back

Songwriters and artists have long found inspiration in their fellow artists, but there are times when that inspiration crosses the line into plagiarism.

In 1997 the British rock band The Verve took a little liberty and sampled just a bit too much of the strings in the symphonic version of The Rolling Stones song “The Last Time” when creating their signature song “Bittersweet Symphony”.

As a result of the faux pas, The Verve were stripped of their rights to any royalties from the song.

Over 10 years after The Verve have split up, the long standing controversy surrounding the song has been resolved. Stones members Keith Richards and Sir Mick Jagger have agreed to relinquish their rights to claim royalties on the song.

For the first time since the song was released in 1997, members of The Verve will receive royalties for “Bittersweet Symphony”.

Never Too Much with Ambrosia

On June 7 the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino finished out the first week of June by hearkening back to a time of lyrics, melodies, and baby making music with a performance by Ambrosia in the Bear’s Den Showroom.

The six piece band made a return to Niagara Falls after being away for many years to play before a full house of enthusiastic fans.

Along with their original songs, Ambrosia performed a mashup with a Stevie Wonder song, The Beatles song “Magical Mystery Tour” from the 1975 film “All This and World War II”, and “The Way it Is” by former Ambrosia member Bruce Hornsby.

While it is well known that numerous artists can lay claim to providing the background music for many baby making sessions, Ambrosia claims the title of the highest conception rate to their song “How Much I Feel”.

After opening the show with “Still Not Satisfied”, the band promised the crowd that those who came to hear love songs would not be disappointed.

The 15 song set included “Rock and a Hard Place”, “You’re the Only Woman”, “Livin’ on My Own”, “Holdin’ On”, “Life Beyond LA”, and “Biggest Part of Me”.

After a night of dancing and singing along, the crowd was still not ready to go home. Ambrosia played a two song encore of “I’m Cryin’” and “Rock and Roll”.

With three of the original band members including the founding member, Ambrosia knows how to put on a show and please the crowd.

NASCAR Gives Out MIS Penalties

After the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday and the rain delayed Monster Energy Cup Series race on Monday, at Michigan International Speedway, a total of three penalties have been assessed.

In the Monster Energy Cup Series, the Stewart-Haas Racing number 41 car driven by Daniel Suarez and the JTG Daugherty Racing number 37 car driven by Chris Buescher were both found to have a single lug nut improperly installed.

As a result of the infractions, the number 41 crew chief Billy Scott and the number 37 crew chief Trent Owens were fined $10,000 each.

In the Xfinity Series, the race winning number two Richard Childress Racing car driven by Tyler Reddick was also found to have a lug nut improperly secured. Reddick’s crew chief Randall Burnett was fined $5,000 for the infraction.

More Auditions on SYTYCD

In week two of the auditions for “So You Think You Can Dance” Dominic and Laurieann return to join Mary Murphy and head judge Nigel Lythgoe at the judging table.

Japanese born Sumi Oshima got the night of dance started off with her animated audition. She got her ticket to the Dance Academy.

Next up Caroline De La Rocha performed a Contemporary routine that Mary called a passionate dance and earned her three yeses…and a ticket to the Dance Academy.

Break dancer Samuel Sweetser is the father of a two year old who also dances. Nigel had Samuel bring his son on stage to dance a bit. Samuel got his ticket to the Dance Academy with what Dominic called authentic dance moves.

Contemporary dancer Gianna Newborg has been dancing since she could walk. She chose to tell a dark story of being kidnapped with her dance and brought the judges to their feet. Gianna got her ticket to the Dance Academy.

Contemporary dancers Tra Wilson, Howard Johnson, and Abigail Hau also earned their tickets to the Dance Academy.

It often takes years for two dancers to become great on the dance floor together but Nazz Sldryan and Stefen Yeritsyan come together to perform a Cha Cha for the first time ever as a couple. During the dance, Ballroom dance expert Mary Murphy noted that the duo had great chemistry on the dance floor. Dominic said that they looked like they had been dancing together forever. And with that four yeses get a ticket for the Dance Academy.

Nigerian born “Korra” Obidi Dean is a member of the royal family in her native land. Being very pregnant does not stop Korra from strutting her stuff on the dance floor. Korra did not get her ticket to the Academy.

In the final audition of the night, the Contemporary Ballet duo Kaeli Ware and Brandon Talbott have been dancing together since they were seven and eight years old. The duo brought the house down and got their tickets to the Dance Academy.

Next week the auditions continue…

Close Overtime Win at Rain Delayed MIS for Monster Cup

The Monster Energy Cup Series closes out the weekend with the FireKeepers 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

After failing pre-qualifying inspection twice, Martin Truex Jr has lost his head engineer.

And for the first time this season, there will be a NASCAR race without The Watermelon Man Ross Chastain who raced his truck in Texas on Friday night and then flew to Michigan for the Xfinity Series race on Saturday.

Joey Logano puts his number 22 Team Penske car on the pole with a time of 38.47 seconds around the two mile track.

Thirty six teams brought cars to MIS for the race.

The starting lineup for the FireKeepers 400:
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Clint Bowyer
Paul Menard
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
Daniel Suarez
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Daniel Hemric
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Erik Jones
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Ryan Newman
Jimmie Johnson
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Kyle Larson
Michael McDowell
David Ragan
Ty Dillon
Matt Tifft
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Preece
Matt DiBenedetto
Landon Cassill
Chris Bueschder
Corey LaJoie
Kyle Weatherman
Josh Bilicki
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley

Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps for a total of 200 laps and 400 miles. The drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single fuel load.

After a rain storm and track drying delayed the start of the race, events finally get under way with a green track and cooler temperatures.

Drivers are seeing raindrops on their windshields as they move around the track on pace laps. After several pace laps,NASCAR brings the cars down pit road while they further assess the weather situation.

The cars are covered up and the drivers are again out of their cars while everyone waits out the rain cell moving through the area and the track drying equipment get back to work.

After over two hours of delays and attempted track drying, NASCAR has postponed the race until Monday evening.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution around lap 20.

After a delay of over 24 hours, Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and they are finally racing. Denny Hamlin takes the lead.

Lap four, Joey Logano gets around Denny Hamlin to take the lead with Paul Menard getting second; Hamlin drops to third.

Lap eight, Joey Logano holds on to a narrow lead over Kevin Harvick.

Lap 15, Joey Logano holds on to his narrow lead on Kevin Harvick.

NASCAR displays the competition caution on lap 21. Drivers can come down pit road for service including putting fuel in the cars.

Taking only two tires, Joey Logano leads the race off of pit road. After starting the race on the same tires they qualified on, Saturday morning; Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, Martin Truex Jr, Alex Bowman, and Daniel Hemric took fuel only.

Jimmie Johnson and Matt DiBenedetto made contact on pit road as they were trying to get in and out of their pit stalls. The contact caused some damage to Johnson’s car that precipitated in Johnson making multiple trips down pit road.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26 and holds on to his lead.

Lap 31, Joey Logano has a quarter of a second lead on Denny Hamlin while the drivers behind him battle for position.

Lap 39, Joey Logano’s lead is down to less than a quarter of a second on Erik Jones. Kurt Busch has moved into third place.

Kurt Busch bumps the wall but the track stays green.

Kevin Harvick is reporting that he has a loose wheel and may have to make an unscheduled trip down pit road.

With only 12 laps remaining in stage one, Joey Logano continues to lead the race as the positions behind him change; currently Aric Almirola holds the second spot with Erik Jones in third.

Lap 53, Kevin Harvick brings his car down pit road.

Aric Almirola battles Joey Logano for the lead but they are in traffic and Logano holds on to his lead.

Joey Logano wins stage one for his Cup leading sixth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Erik Jones
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
Martin treux Jr
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Paul Menard
Brad Keselowski

Joey Logano wins the race off of pit roads. This time around the teams took four tires.

Kevin Harvick has to make a second trip down pit road during the caution flag.

Matt Tifft was caught speeding on pit road.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 68 and goes nose to nose with Alex Bowman before edging out for the lead.

Bubba Wallace has been charged with a restart violation.

Kyle Weatherman brings out the caution flag after he hits the wall on lap 71.

Kevin Harvick is reporting a vibration, but it is not the lug nuts.

Several of the drivers come down pit road for service and to pack the fuel cell to complete the stage.

Jimmie Johnson again has an issue on pit road and makes contact with another driver.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 76 and continues to lead the race.

Lap 81, Joey Logano continues to dominate the race with Ryan Blaney in second.

Lap 90, Joey Logano took the lead early in the race and has not let go; he has a lead of less than two tenths of a second on Kyle Larson. Bowman is reporting some handling issues with the car.

After staying out on the track during the last caution flag, the top seven drivers are questionable on whether or not they can make it to the end of the stage without making a pit stop for fuel.

Lap 107, Joey Logano continues to lead the race with Kyle Larson in second.

Eight laps remain in stage two; after going a lap down, Kevin Harvick has moved up to eighth place.

Kyle Larson becomes the first of the front seven to make a pit stop for fuel and tires.

With seven laps to go in stage two, leader Joey Logano brings his car down pit road for fuel.

Erik Jones becomes the next driver to come down pit road.

New leader Ryan Blaney brings his car down pit road.

Brad Keselowski was charged with a safety violation on his pit stop and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Chase Elliott brings his car down pit road for fuel.

Clint Bowyer is the the leader and is the only driver yet to make a pit stop.

Clint Bowyer brings his car down pit road and gives the lead to Austin Dillon with Kevin Harvick in second.

Austin Dillon wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Austin Dillon
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch
Aric Almirola
Kyle Busch
Daniel Hemric
William Byron
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher

Taking only two tires, Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road.

Aric Almirola was charged with driving through too many pit boxes leaving pit road. He will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

After reviewing the video, NASCAR has deemed that Aric Almirola did not drive through too many pit boxes and he will restart in eleventh.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 128, but it is Kevin Harvick who takes the lead after Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano get three wide across the track.

Kyle Larson and Joey Logano make contact but the track stays green.

Clint Bowyer brings out the caution flag with 72 laps remaining in the race when he gets into the wall twice after making contact with Erik Jones.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 134 and jumps out in front of Kyle Larson for the lead.

Kyle Larson takes the lead briefly before Joey Logano retakes the lead.

Austin Dillon brings out the caution flag after getting into the wall after making contact with William Byron.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with Kevin Harvick alongside on lap 141 with Kevin Harvick getting the lead after drivers get three wide, but Joey Logano isn’t ready to let go and goes nose to nose with Harvick before Harvick finally takes the lead.

Erik Jones has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road with a possible flat tire.

Michael McDowell makes an unscheduled trip down pit road.

On lap 147 Joey Logano blows past Kevin Harvick to take the lead.

Bubba Wallace brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.

Kevin Harvick challenges leader Joey Logano but Lugano holds on to the lead.

Fifty to go, Joey Logano has the lead with Kurt Busch in second.

Chase Elliott made an unscheduled pit stop on pit road after an on track incident.

Only 43 laps remaining in the race and drivers are getting three wide across the track as they battle for position.

Kyle Busch has entered the top 10 after the team has made multiple adjustments all during the race.

Forty laps remain in the race and leader Joey Logano has led 129 of the 160 run so far.

David Ragan and Matt Tifft got too high on the track and hit the wall but the track stays green. David Ragan brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.

Thirty to go, Joey Logano continues to lead the race with Kevin Harvick in second.

Ty Dillon is the first driver to make green flag pit stops.

Twenty-six to go, leader Joey Logano brings his car down pit road for service and gives the lead over to Daniel Suarez.

Daniel Suarez comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski.

With 20 laps to go, the top six drivers have yet to make a pit stop.

Leader Brad Keselowski comes down pit road and handing the lead over to Denny Hamlin.

Denny Hamlin comes down pit road and hands the lead over to William Byron with 16 laps remaining in the race.

William Byron comes down pit road and hands the lead to Ryan Preece. Preece is the last driver to make a pit stop; giving the lead back to Joey Logano.

With only 12 laps to go, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr; the Busch brothers are right behind in third and fourth.

Ten to go, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr.

Seven to go, Martin Truex Jr has closed the gap on leader Joey Logano to just over half a second.

Six to go and Logano’s lead is down to just two tenths of a second with Kurt Busch a half a second behind.

Erik Jones spins out and gets into the grass and brings out the caution flag with just five laps to go.

In an overtime restart Joey Logano edges out for the lead but the cars are getting three wide across the track.

Joey Logano takes the white flag with Kurt Busch on his bumper.

Joey Logano edges out Kurt Busch for the win to get his 23rd win of his career.

FireKeepers 400 results:
Joey Logano
Kurt Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Daniel Suarez
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Newman
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Denny Hamlin
Daniel Hemric
Paul Menard
Kyle Larson
Jimmie Johnson
Chris Buescher
Aric Almirola
William Byron
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chase Elliott
Matt DiBenedetto
Ty Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Matt Tifft
Ryan Preece
Austin Dillon
Michael McDowell
Bubba Wallace
Landon Cassill
Garrett Smithley
Erik Jones
Quin Houff
Josh Bilicki
David Ragan
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Weatherman

Firsts, Diversity Mark Annual Tony Awards

Broadway celebrates the biggest night with the annual Tony Awards for the 73rd time with late night talk show host James Corden as this year’s host from Radio City Music Hall.

Corden gets the night started with a musical number that includes some help from dancers and various cast members.

The first award of the night goes go Celia Keenan-Bolger for her role in “To Kill a Mockingbird” as Best Featured Actress in a Play.

Cast members from “Ain’t Too Proud” perform.

The award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play went to Bertie Carvel for his role in “Ink”.

The award for Best Leading Actress in a Play went to Elaine May for her role in “The Waverly Gallery”.

Cast members from “Tootsie” perform.

The award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical went to Andre De Shields for his role in Hadestown”.

The cast of “Oklahoma” perform.

The award for Best Direction of a Musical went to Rachel Chavkin for “Hadestown” for her first directorial Tony Award.

Members from the cast of “Beetlejuice” perform.

The award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical went to Ali Stroker for her role in “Oklahoma”. Ali becomes the first person who uses a wheelchair to win a Tony Award.

Cast members of “The Prom” perform.

The award for Best Revival of a Play went to “The Boys in the Band”.

The cast of “Choir Boy” perform.

Host James Corden sings from the Tony’s bathroom with Josh Groban and Sara Baerillis.

The award for Best Direction of a Play went to Sam Mendes for “The Ferryman”.

The cast of “Hadestown” perform.

The award for Best Original Score written for the Theatre went to Anais Mitchell for “Hadestown”.

Members of the cast from “Kiss Me, Kate” perform.

The award for Best Revival of a Musical went to “Oklahoma” by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

The cast of “The Cher Show” perform.

The award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play went to Bryan Cranston for his role in “Network”.

The award for Best Play went to “The Ferryman”.

Cynthia Erivo performed for the In Memoriam segment.

The award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical went to Santino Fontana for his role in “Tootsie”.

The award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical went to Stephanie J Block for her role in “The Cher Show”.

Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban present the award for Best Musical to “Hadestown”!

Awards not presented during the live television broadcast:
Best Book of a Musical: “Tootsie”
Best Scenic Design of a Play: Rob Howell for “The Ferryman”
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: “Rachel Hauck for “Hadestown”
Best Costume Design of a Play: Rob Howell for “The Ferryman
Best Costume Design of a Musical: Bob Mackie for “The Cher Show”
Best Lighting Design of a Play: Neil Austin for “Ink”
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Bradley King for “Hadestown”
Best Sound Design of a Play: Fitz Patton for “Choir Boy”
Best Sound Design of a Musical: Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz for “Hadestown”
Best Choreography: Sergio Trujillo for “Ain’t Too Proud”
Best Orchestrations: Michael Chorney and Todd Sickofoose for “Hadestown”

Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement:
Rosemary Harris
Terrence McNally
Harold Wheeler

Special Tony Awards:
Marin Mazzle
Sonny Tilders and the Creature Technology Company
Jason Michael Webb

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award: Judith Light
Regional Theatre Tony Award: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, CA

Tony Honours for Excellence in the Theatre:
Broadway Inspirational Voices with Michael McElroy Founder
Peter Entin
FDNY Engine 54, Ladder 4, and Battalion 9
Joseph Blakely Forbes

 

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Fuel Mileage Big Role in Xfinity Race at Michigan

Taking to the two track at Michigan International Speedway, the Xfinity Series runs the LTi Printing 250.

And not even a plane flight of several hundred miles from Texas to Michigan stops The Watermelon Man Ross Chastain from running every race so far this season.

Paul Menard wins the pole and will bring the field down for the green flag.

Monster Energy Cup Series drivers Kevin Harvick and making his booth debut Bubba Wallace join Adam Alexander in the FOX broadcast booth for the race.

Stages one and two of the race are 30 laps each with stage three lasting 65 laps for a total of 125 laps around the two mile track.

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

The first caution flag of the race comes out when Dillon Bassett and Ray Black Jr make contact and spin out.

Paul Menard brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 10 and holds on to his lead briefly before swapping it back and forth with John Hunter Nemechek. Menard holds off Nemechek to keep the lead.

Riley Herbst hits the wall and the track stays green, but the caution flag comes out for Jeb Burton’s flat tire on lap 13.

Paul Menard brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 18, once again choosing the outside lane. Paul Menard and John Hunter Nemechek battle for the lead but it is Christopher Bell who comes from third to battle Paul Menard for the top spot. Menard continues to lead the race, leading every lap so far.

After leading every lap in the stage, Paul Menard wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Paul Menard
Christopher Bell
Tyler Reddick
John Hunter Nemechek
Noah Gragson
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Cole Custer
Michael Annett
Justin Haley

Taking only two tires, Paul Menard wins the race off of pit road. Cole Custer and Justin Haley also took only two tires.

Paul Menard brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 38 and gets out in front of Cole Custer to hold on to his lead.

Lap 50 Cole Custer challenges Paul Menard for the lead, but so far Menard has held him off and continues to lead the race.

Paul Menard has some debris on the front grille.

Ray Black Jr has some trouble on the track but the track stays green with four laps remaining in stage two.

On the final lap of stage two; Paul Menard and Christopher Bell battle for the lead with Christopher Bell getting the lead…and the stage two win for the sixth time this season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Paul Menard
Tyler Reddick
Justin Haley
John Hunter Nemechek
Justin Allgaier
Brandon Jones
Michael Annett
Noah Gragson

Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 68 and battles Cole Custer and Justin Allgaier for the lead.

Gray Gaulding brings out the caution flag when he spins out and backs into the wall.

Some drivers come down pit road to top off their fuel; while others gamble and stay out on the track.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart with 50 laps remaining in the race.

The caution flag comes out with 49 laps to go when Chase Briscoe spins out on the track and flat spots his tires.

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with Tyler reddick leading the way off pit road.

Christopher Bell stayed out on the track after a miscommunication with his team.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart with 44 laps remaining in the race.

Forty to go, Christopher Bell has a half second lead on Cole Custer with Tyler Reddick in third place.

With 31 laps remaining in the race, Cole Custer passes Christopher Bell for the lead of the race. Both Custer and Bell will need to make a fuel stop before the end of the race.

Twenty-five to go, Cole Custer holds on to the lead with Christopher Bell in second and Tyler Reddick in third.

Twenty to go, Cole Custer has a lead of over a second and a half on Christopher Bell; Tyler Reddick is in fuel conservation mode seven seconds back in third.

Fifteen to go, Cole Custer has increased his lead to over three seconds.

FOX reports that Christopher Bell and Cole Custer are about seven laps short on having enough fuel to finish the race without making a pit stop.

Christopher Bell brings his car down pit road for fuel with eleven laps remaining in the race.

Cole Custer brings his car down pit road for a fuel run with 10 laps remaining in the race.

Tyler Reddick is the new leader.

Five to go, Tyler Reddick has a lead of over two seconds on Michael Annett.

Tyler Reddick takes the white flag.

Tyler Reddick wins the race for his third win of the racing season.

Lti Printing 250 results:
Tyler Reddick
Noah Gragson
Michael Annett
Paul Menard
Justin Allgaier
Brandon Jones
Chase Briscoe
John Hunter Nemechek
Jeb Burton
Justin Haley
Austin Cindric
Cole Custer
Christopher Bell
Ross Chastain
Jeremy Clements
Gray Gaulding
Ryan Sieg
Tommy Joe Martins
BJ McLeod
Stephen Leicht
Josh Bilicki
Chad Finchum
Josh Williams
Matt Mills
David Starrr
Brandon Brown
Garrett Smithley
Vinnie Miller
Joey Gase
Ray Black Jr
Timmy Hill
Landon Cassill
Bayley Currey
Kyle Weatherman
Tyler Hill
Jeff Green
Riley Herbst
Dillon Bassett

Barbra Streisand to Perform in NYC

Multi-faceted entertainer and award winning performer Barbra Streisand would much rather remain behind the scenes than appear on the stage. But on occasion she garners the strength to fight her stage fright and perform live.

Such is the case when Streisand returns to the stage at Madison Square Garden after a 13 year absence from the iconic venue on Aug 3.

Tickets for the one night only performance go on sale at 9am EDT June 17.

Speaking on the return, Streisand said, “there are no fans like New York fans! and I can’t wait to return to Madison Square Garden to perform some new songs, some old songs and anything I find in between.” 

She has gone beyond the coveted EGOT – Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony – Award wins to be the only person who also has won awards from the Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts, Peabody Awards, France’s Legion d’Honneur, the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

With 52 gold albums – 31 of which have gone on to earn platinum status and 13 of those went multi platinum – Streisand is the only artist to have a number one albums for six consecutive decades!

Shocking Win in TX for Truck Series

The Gander Outdoors Truck Series kicks off a triple header racing weekend with the SpeedyCash.com 400 from Texas Motor Speedway.

While the truck series sharing the weekend with Indy Cars while the Xfinity and Monster Cup Series run races in Michigan, the weekend gets even more exciting as the Trucks mark the very first Triple Truck Challenge.

Similar to the Dash-4-Cash in the Xfinity Series, the Triple Truck Challenge offers regular Truck Series drivers the chance to earn some extra cash – up to $500,000.

Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway, and Gateway Motorsports Park will host the inaugural Triple Truck Challenge. The race winner earns a bonus of $50,000; but if the same driver can win the second race, the bonus is $150,000, and if the same drivers wins all three races, the bonus jumps to $500,000.

Todd Gilliland put his truck on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag for some Friday night racing in Texas.

After an accident in practice, Stewart Friesen is in a backup truck and will have to start the race from the back of the field.

After stepping away from racing, Greg Biffle returns to race in the Truck Series in Texas.

In the longest race of the truck season, stages one and two will last 40 laps each with stage three lasting 87 laps for a total of 167 laps around the mile and a half track.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front of Johnny Sauter to take the lead.

Lap five, Todd Gilliland holds on to his lead with Grant Enfinger in second.

Lap six, Grant Enfinger gets around Todd Gilliland for the lead.

Gus Dean brings out the first caution flag of the race after getting into the wall. Dean is the first driver out of the race.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 18 and holds on to his lead as drivers get loose and spread out across the track.

The second caution flag comes out on lap 21 when Kyle Benjamin gets loose and hits the wall. After significant damage to the truck, Kyle Benjamin becomes the second driver out of the race.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 25 and edges out Johnny Sauter to hold on to his lead.

Changing from the Xfinity Series to the Gander Outdoors Truck Series, Ross Chastain challenges Grant Enfinger for the lead.

The third caution flag of the race comes out on lap 27 after Codie Rohrbaugh gets into the wall.

A few drivers short pit and bring their trucks down pit road for service.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart with only eight laps remaining in stage one. Enfinger holds on to his lead.

Angelea Ruch brings out the fourth caution flag of the race when she gets into the wall on lap 33.

NASCAR has red flagged the race with four laps remaining in stage one while crews get Angela Ruch’s truck off of the track and the stage can end under green flag conditions.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart with only two laps remaining in stage one but it is team mate Johnny Sauter who edges out for the lead after a side by side battle.

Johnny Sauter wins stage one for his third stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Johnny Sauter
Austin Hill
Grant Enfinger
Ross Chastain
Matt Crafton
Todd Gilliuland
Tyler Dippel
Sheldon Creed
Jordan Anderson
Harrison Burton

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service, but not all of the drivers came down pit road.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 46 and holds on to his lead.

The caution flag comes out for the sixth time on lap 56 when Johnny Sauter sustains heavy damage after hitting the wall. Sauter was mired back in the middle of the field after pitting during the stage one break.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 62 and holds on to his lead as drivers get shuffled around behind him.

Cory Roper brings out the seventh caution flag with 16 laps remaining in stage two after getting loose and spinning out. Roper keeps the truck off of the wall.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag restart with 13 laps remaining in stage two but it is Ben Rhodes who gets out in front for the lead.

Todd Gilliland gets turned around and hits the wall bringing out the eighth caution flag of the race. The record for caution flags in a truck race at Texas is 10; there will be at least one more caution flag for the stage break.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restart with only seven laps remaining in stage two and holds on to his lead.

Tyler Ankrum spins out and makes a run down pit road and the track stays green.

The drivers are getting four wide across the track as they battle for position.

Three to go, Ben Rhodes is in the lead with Stewart Friesen only a tenth of a second behind; the third place truck of Harrison Burton is nearly five seconds back.

Jordan Anderson gets turned around but the track stays green and Ben Rhodes wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ben Rhodes
Stewart Friesen
Harrison Burton
Grant Enfinger
Brennan Poole
Greg Biffle
Ross Chastain
Matt Crafton
Tyler Dippel
Sheldon Creed

Taking fuel only, Tyler Dippel wins the race off of pit road. Cory Roper, Austin Wayne Self, and Anthony Alfredo also took fuel only.

Tyler Dippel brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 88 and holds on to the lead while drivers jossle for position.

After a battle for the lead, Ben Rhodes gets out in front with Greg Biffle in second.

Tyler Dippel ties the caution record when he gets loose and hit the wall with a flat tire, bringing out the caution flag on lap 90.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 95 but Rhodes gets off the pace on the restart and Grant Enfinger takes the lead with Greg Biffle in second. Biffle has not been in NASCAR since 2016 and has not been in a truck si