Journey and The Pretenders

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands Journey and the Pretenders are joining forces for a big tour of North America next year that will begin in the spring and run through the summer.

Tickets for the tour that will include many arena and stadium dates go on sale November 8 at 10am local time.

Journey and Pretenders tour dates:
May 15 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, WA
May 16 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA
May 18 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
May 20 at the ExtraMile Arena in Boise, ID
May 21 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UTMay 23 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA
May 24 at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
May 26 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
May 27 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA
May 29 at the Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA
May 30 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
June 1 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
June 2 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
June 4 at the Pepsi Center in Devner, CO
June 6 at the Apline Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI
June 7 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
June 9 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Cebnter in Sioux Falls, SD
June 10 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA
June 19 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
June 20 at the Choctaw Grand Theater in Durant, OK
June 22 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR
June 24 at the FedExForum in Memphis, TN
June 26 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
June 27 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN
June 29 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati. OH
June 30 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. OH
July 2 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, IL
July 3 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park (Chicago), IL
July 5 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
July 8 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
July 10 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
July 11 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA
July 13 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
July 14 at the Videotron Center in Quebec City, QC
July 17 at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT
July 18 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY (Buffalo)
July 29 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
July 30 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
Aug 1 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 2 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
Aug 4 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Aug 5 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
Aug 7 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 8 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Aug 10 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
Aug 12 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Aug 13 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA
Aug 21 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
Aug 22 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
Aug 24 at the VyStar Veterans Arena in Jacksonville. FL
Aug 26 at The Whart in Orange Beach, AL
Aug 27 at the Moothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
Aug 29 at the Century Link Center in Bossier City, LA
Aug 30 at the Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, TX
Sept 2 at the ATT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
Sept 3 at the American Bank Center Arena
Sept 5 at the The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
Sept 9 at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Sept 11 at the Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA
Sept 12 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY

‘HaitiaNola: When Worlds Collide

Throughout the history of the United States, people have come from every corner of the world and brought their culture, language, and music with them. In a celebration of culture and music, the Hatian band Lakou Mizik has released “HaitiaNola” – an album of music that combines the rich roots of Haiti’s island nation and the cultural melting of the the south known as New Orleans.

The 14 track album is filled not with just the music, but a number of musical guests as well including Trombone Shorty, Tank of Tank and The Bangas, Win Butler and Regine Chassagne from Arcade Fire, Cyril Neville, Jon Cleary, Leyla McCalla, The Soul Rebels, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, 79ers Gang, Raja Kassis, King James, Anders Osborne, and the Preservation Jazz Hall Band.

In New Orleans they say “laissez les bon temps roulez” (let the good times roll) and “HaitiNola” does just that with feel good sounds and rhythms.

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In recent years Haiti has been ravaged by mother nature with hurricanes and earthquakes, but Lakou Mizik is here to show the world, Haiti will not only survive but thrive in the wake of disaster.

 

video and photos courtesy of Cumbacha and Lakou Mizik

Tifft Out for the Season

Front Row Motorsports driver Matt Tifft missed the fall Monster Energy Cup Series race at Martinsville due to what was termed a “medical issue” after Tifft was taken to the hospital.

On Tuesday, Front Row Motorsports revealed that Tifft will not be returning to the number 36 car for the last three races of the 2019 racing season.

Via social media, Tifft revealed that prior to Monster Cup practice Saturday morming he “blacked out”and had a seizure in the team’s hauler. Tifft will be consulting with medical personnel in the near future with the hopes of returning to racing next season.

Tifft continued, “Hate that I have to miss out the rest of my rookie season, but the most important thing right now is my health and figuring out what is going on and hopefully get to the bottom of this here soon.”

Three years ago Tifft missed 10 weeks due to surgery for a brain tumor. Tifft indicated that the current testing shows no sign of a return of the tumor.

Xfinity Series driver John Hunter Nemechek will be substituting for Tifft the remainder of the season. The Monster Cup Series race at Texas will be Nemechek’s Monster Cup debut.

Speaking on his debut Monster Cup race Nemechek said via a statement, “this isn’t the way any driver wants to make their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut. I am hoping that Matt feels better and can get back in his car as soon as possible. That is what is important.”

A Magical Spooktacular with the BPO

On October 27 the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra debuted their sixth season of BPO Kids with the annual Spooktacular Halloween concert.

The festive and magical afternoon began with activities in the Mary Seaton room and costumed characters in the lobby greeting children and posing for photos.

The annual Halooween event featured Kleinhans staff, ushers, and even the BPO attires in a myriad of costumes. BPO conductor Ian Passmore came dressed as a football referee, complete with yellow penalty flag in his back pocket.

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Playing before a full house of concert goers, many attired in costumes of their own, the BPO opened with music from the Harry Potter films with “Hedwig’s Flight” and “Harry’s Wondrous World” from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”.

Taking into account the shorter attention spans of the wee ones, the BPO Kids programs are much shorter than the normal BPO concerts. The program ended with a performance of “The Conductor’s Spellbook” with BPO conductor Jaman Dunn as the official storyteller.

The Conductor’s Spellbook” is a story with elements from “Peter and the Wolf” and “The Young People’s Guide to the Orchestra”. The boy in this tale is name Tony Stradivarius and as young boys are want todo he stows away in the music hall until everyone is gone and beholds a spectacle when the instruments come to life. After discovering the “Conductor’s Spellbook”, young Tony attempts to conduct the orchestra as the storyteller describes the instruments and their “special power”.

Jaman’s storytelling was augmented by music from the orchestra and pictures up on the video board.

Audience members were given a “baton” upon entering the auditorium and were invited to help Tony in his conducting ventures.

With his deep resonating voice (a la James Earl Jones) Jaman Dunn was well suited to tell the story.

The afternoon’s festivities concluded with the traditional “Funeral March of the Marionette” as the children marched across the stage in their costumes as proud parents took photos. Each year the parade of costumes grows and it took over 15 minutes for everyone to make their way across the stage.

Rockin’ the Night Away with Swill

Closing out the month of October’s music at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls was the western New York band Swill with some original rock music.

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But before Swill took the stage the Long Island band Long Pilot took the stage in their first visit to the Hard Rock Cafe in western New York.

Performing a mix of original songs and cover tunes, the set list included “Better Off”, “Sat it Ain’t So”, “Rolling on Home”, “Santeria”, and “Goodbye Sunshine”.

These days even the original rock band often perform a cover tune or two, but the guys in Swill perform exclusively original songs. And with three CD’s out they had plenty of songs to choose from when they rocked the house for their Hard Rock Cafe performance on October 26.

Swill is a well rehearsed band who perform well together and plays straight up rock music; but it is the softer side of rock, songs that are often referred to as “power ballads”.

Along with music from their CD’s, the band threw in a few new songs for a teaser of things to come on the next album.

Over two sets Swill performed “On the Floor”, “Broken Radio”, “Can’t Take it Away”, “Git Yer Drink On”, “Mid Life Crisis”, “A Little Time for Me”, “Wide Open”,”Pearl”, “Sturgis”, “Can’t”, “Voyeur”, “Falling Into You”, “Lucky”, “Bad Girl”, “Make it Through”, “Favorite Fix”, “Times Up”, “The Line, “Into My Eyes”, “The Case”, “Tidal Wave”, “Don’t Want to Know”, “Dreamin’”, and “Full Circle”.

Knockouts Continue on ‘The Voice’

On Monday’s episode of “The Voice” the knockout rounds began with Blake and John each have one member on their team; with Kelly adding two members to her team after using her only steal.

On Tuesday’s episode the knockout rounds continue as the coaches add more singers to their teams.

John gets the knockouts started with a battle between steal James singing “Stay” by Post Malone and Khalea singing the Celine Dion song “Because You Love Me”. John chose Khalea as the winner of the battle.

Gwen paired Jessie singing “Dancing with a Stranger” and Kyndal singing the Sia song “Elastic Heart” for a battle. Gwen chose Kyndal Inskeep as the winner of the battle.

In the final battle of the night, Blake paired up Joana singing “California Dreaming” and Ricky singing “She Talks to Angels” by The Black Crows. Blake chose Ricky as the winner of the battle. As Joana was leaving the stage, Gwen pushed her button to steal Joana.

Knockout Round Teams:
Team Blake:
Cali Wilson
Ricky Duran

Team Kelly:
Jake Hoot
Max Boyle – steal

Team Legend:
Katie Kaden
Khalea Lynee

Team Gwen:
Kyndal Inskeep
Joana Martinez – steal

Next week the knockouts conclude.

Tony Stewart to Make Stock Car Run

Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart has not been behind the wheel of a stock car since his retirement in 2016. But on October 31 it will be no trick when “Smoke” fans get the treat of seeing him make a return to stock car racing at Circuit of America.

While Stewart will be behind the wheel of his old car – the number 14 Haas Automation Ford Mustang, he will not be in the race itself; but instead, he will be making a demonstration run around the 3.426 mile road course with Formula One drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen as passengers.

Speaking on his venture Stewart said, “it’s kind of hard to believe that it’s been three years since I last drove a stock car, but seeing some of these road-course races – especially the Roval at Charlotte – have piqued my interest a bit, so this is a good way to sort of satisfy that hunger.

While he retired from driving stock cars, Tony Stewart continues to race Sprint cars where he has won 10 races this year.c Stewart runs nearly 100 Sprint car races a year.

Even with 20 plus years of driving experience, Stewart has never driven at Circuit of the Americas, saying that even after all those years there is still something new to experience.

Stewart will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on January 31 as a part of the 2020 class of new members.

Martinsville Penalties Include Suspension

An on track incident between Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano on Oct 27 at Martinsville Speedway during the Fast Data 500 spilled over to pit road after the race when the two drivers exchanged more than words.

During the altercation members were both teams got involved in the incident that left Denny Hamlin on the ground.

As a result NASCAR competition officials have suspended tire technician for the Penske Racing number 22 car driven by Joey Logano.

In other NASCAR penalties…
Four Monster Cup Energy Series team were charged with having a lug nut improperly secured in post race inspection.

As a result of the infractions crew chief Jeremy Bullens for the Penske Racing number 12 car driven by Ryan Blaney, crew chief Brian Pattie for the Roush-Fenway Racing number 17 car driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr, crew chief Adam Stevens for the Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 driven by Kyle Busch, and crew chief Chad Knaus for the Hendricks Motorsports number 24 driven by William Byron were all fined $10,000 each.

Dominating Win for Monster Cup in Martinsville

Martinsville Speedway is a half mile track shaped like a paperclip and it brings a lot of excitement as the drivers beat and bang each other for position on the track.

It’s race one in the round of eight for the Monster Energy Cup Series with the Fast Data 500.

Shortly before Monster Cup practice was to begin on Saturday morning, Matt Tifft fell ill and after a visit to the infield care center, and was then sent to a local hospital where he was treated and released. Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Matt Crafton will be taking over the driving duties for Tifft this weekend.

Chase Elliott’s team had to change the engine in Elliott’s car; as a result, he will have to start the race from the back of the field. Chase Elliott had a good enough time at 19.38 seconds to start second.

After single car qualifying, with a speed of 19.354 seconds, Denny Hamlin wins the pole for his 33rd career pole.

The starting line up for the Fast Data 500:
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Aric Almirola
Michael McDowell
Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer
Erik Jones
Daniel Suarez
Joey Logano
William Byron
Matt DiBenedetto
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Brad Keselowski
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
David Ragan
Daniel Hemric
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher
Ryan Preece
Kevin Harvick
Austin Dillon
Jimmie Johnson
Kurt Busch
Bubba Wallace
Ty Dillon
Paul Menard
Matt Crafton – driving for Matt Tifft
Landon Cassill
Reed Sorenson
JJ Yeley
Ross Chastain
Garrett Smithley
Ryan Newman
Corey LaJoie
Timmy Hill
BJ McLeod
Chase Elliott

Stages one and two of the race are 130 laps each with stage three lasting 240 laps for a total of 500 laps around the half mile track. With a fuel load of around 145 laps, the drivers can complete stages one and two on a single fuel load but will have to make a pit stop in stage three.

An overnight rain has washed all of the rubber put down during practice and the Truck Series race on Saturday.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead. Hamlin leads lap one.

Lap five, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of over half a second.

Lap nine, Denny Hamlin has a near one second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Ryan Blaney in third.

Lap 12, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over a second.
Lap 17, after starting the race in last place due to an engine change, Chase Elliott is in 25th place. There is only one car not on the lead lap.

Lap 18, the field has caught up to leader Denny Hamlin.

Lap 27, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half.

Although it is autumn, it is a hot day in Martinsville and could cause issues for the drivers.

NASCAR puts out the caution flag on lap 30 for debris on the track after some bumping on the track.

The field comes down pit road for service and fresh tires. Each team is allotted only eight sets of tires for the race.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road. Denny Hamlin had an issue during his pit stop and comes out in fifth place.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 35 and gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 39, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Rayn Blaney a half second back and Denny Hamlin in third.

Lap 43, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over half a second with 34 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 48, Denny Hamlin is a second behind leader Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 51, Chase Elliott is reporting that the temperatures are getting high in his engine. Elliott started the race from the back of the field after his team had to change an engine during practice.

Lap 60, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of a second and a half on Denny Hamlin with Ryan Blaney in third over two seconds back.

Lap 66, Martin Truex Jr has a second and a half lead on Denny Hamlin with 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 71, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin.

Beginning to show dominance, Martin Truex Jr has a second and a half lead on Denny Hamlin. There are 25 cars on the lead lap. Chase Elliott has moved into the top 10 in tenth place.

Lap 91, Martin Truex Jr holds on to his second and a half lead on Denny Hamlin; Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Lap 96, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to two seconds on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 106, Martin Truex Jr has a two second lead on Denny Hamlin with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 110, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a two and a half second lead on Denny Hamlin with 18 cars on the lead lap.

As stage one nears an end, Martin Truex Jr has dominated the race since taking the lead after the caution flag on lap 30.

Lap 122, Martin Truex Jr has a three and a half second lead on Denny Hamlin with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage one for his seventh stage win this season and his fourth win of the playoffs. Kyle Larson is the “lucky dog”.

The top 10 after stage one:
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer
Joey Logano
William Byron
Aric Almirola
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Daniel Suarez

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 140 and holds on to his lead; Clint Bowyer is in second.

Lap 144, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Clint Bowyer on his bumper; William Byron is in third.

Lap 153, Alex Bowman had to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for a loose wheel.

Lap 154, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Clint Bowyer a half second back; William Byron, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 167, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with William Byron one second back in second place.

Lap 172, Martin Truex Jr has led 142 laps so far. There are 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 176, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on William Byron with Clint Bowyer in third.

The caution flag comes out on lap 178 when Ty Dillon spins out after making contact with Daniel Hemric.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Chase Elliott is reporting issues with his car, a possible axle issue, and has to make a second trip down pit road. Jimmie Johnson also had to make a second trip down pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 185 and gets out in front as he continues to dominate the race.

Brad Keselowski’s car is smoking with a possible tire rub.

Lap 189, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Clint Bowyer; Ryan Blaney is in third.

The top five are Martin Truex Jr, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, William Byron, and Joey Logano. Chase Elliott is still on pit road while the team makes an axle change.

Lap 192, Martin Truex Jr has dominated the race so far, leading all but 30 laps; he has a one second lead on Clint Bowyer.

Lap 195, Chase Elliott takes his car to the garage to continue making repairs. While teams can no longer make repairs in the garage after a crash, they are still allowed to make any mechanical repairs in the garage.

Lap 199, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Clint Bowyer; Ryan Blaney, William Byron, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 210, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Clint Bowyer with 20 cars on the lead lap.

Massive changes and repairs are taking place on Chase Elliott’s car in the garage with several Hendricks Motorsports team members helping out.

Lap 217, Martin Truex Jr holds on to his half second lead on Clint Bowyer; still in the garage, Chase Elliott is listed in last place.

Lap 231, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead by half a second over Clint Bowyer with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 237, Chase Elliott returns to the track 53 laps down. Martin Truex Jr has a one second lead on Ryan Blaney with Clint Bowyer in third.

Lap 242, after encountering traffic, Ryan Blaney has closed to within half a second of leader Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 249, Clint Bowyer comes down pit road with a flat tire. The team changed the left side tires but it was the right rear tire that was flat and Bowyer had to make a second trip down pit road but before he can make it, the caution flag comes out on lap 252.

The drivers come down pit road for service; several drivers are reporting loose or free conditions.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road but Kyle Larson stayed out on the track and will bring the field to green.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart with only three laps remaining in stage two and holds on to the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second.

On the final lap of stage two, Martin Truex Jr edges out Kyle Larson for the lead and the stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Wiliam Byron
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Brad Keselowski

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the start of stage three on lap 269 with Truex getting out for the lead; Ryan Blaney is in second; Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 272, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead with 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 278, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to a second over Ryan Blaney.

Lap 283, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a second and a half lead on Ryan Blaney; Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, and William Byron round out the top five.

After several laps of battling back and forth, Joey Logano gets around Ryan Blaney for second place.

Erik Jones brings his car down pit road with a flat tire.

Lap 296, Martin Truex Jr continues his lead in dominating fashion; he has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Joey Logano.

Lap 303, William Byron gets around Ryan Blaney for third; Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over three seconds on Joey Logano.

Lap 307, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to over four seconds on Joey Logano; there are 34 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 321, Joey Logano has closed the gap to three seconds behind leader Martin Truex Jr; William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 327, Martin Truex Jr has again pulled out to a four second lead on William Byron.

Lap 333, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over three and a half seconds on William Byron; there are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 341, Martin Truex Jr’s lead on William Byron has closed to under three and a half seconds.

Austin Dillon brings out the caution flag on lap 346 with a flat tire after making contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 352 and holds on to his lead with Ryan Blaney in second and William Byron in third. On lap 353, William Byron passes Blaney to take second.

With 144 laps remaining in the race, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on William Byron.

Lap 360, Martin Truex Jr continues to dominate the lead with William Byron on his bumper; Ryan Blaney is in third.

With 139 laps to go the caution flag comes out for a big wreck. Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Preece, Matt DiBenedetto, and Aric Almirola, are all involved in the crash.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 370 and holds on to the lead with Ryan Blaney in second and 18 cars on the lead lap.

Bubba Wallace hits the wall and brings out the caution flag. Daniel Suarez and Alex Bowman have flat tires after the three drivers made contact on the track.

A few drivers come down pit road for service including Kyle Busch who needed to make further cash repairs.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 118 laps remaining in the race and edges out pole sitter Denny Hamlin for the lead.

With 114 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr has a one second lead on Ryan Blaney; Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Aric Almirola and Jimmie Johnson are the first two drivers out of the race after crash damage.

With 105 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr continues to dominate the race with a second and a half lead over Ryan Blaney; William Byron is in third.

One hundred to go, Martin Truex Jr has a near two second lead on Ryan Blaney. William Byron is in third and challenging Blaney for second.

Lap 407, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to nearly three seconds on Ryan Blaney with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 412, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over three seconds on Ryan Blaney; William Byron, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano round out the top five. The sun is beginning to set and the lights have come on at the track.

With 80 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly four seconds on Ryan Blaney. Corey LaJoie is the last car on the lead lap in 17th place.

Lap 432, Martin Truex Jr has a three second lead on Ryan Blaney with 16 cars on the lead lap.

Sixty to go, continuing his dominance, Martin Truex Jr has a three and a half second lead on Ryan Blaney; William Byron, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 446, Martin Truex Jr now has a four second lead on Ryan Blaney; Clint Bowyer has a big tire rub and his car is smoking badly, he spins out and brings out the caution flag.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road, followed by Ryan Blaney and William Byron.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart with 45 laps to go and edges out Ryan Blaney for the lead; William Byron and Ryan Blaney battle for second.

Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano make contact on the track sending Logano into the wall and spins out which brings out caution flag number 10 with 42 laps remaining in the race.

With 36 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the restart and edges out William Byron for the lead after the two go side by side around the track.

The caution flag comes out with 29 laps to go when Michael McDowell and Daniel Hemric make contact on the track.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart with 25 to go and edges out William Byron for the lead.

Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski make contact on the track but there is no caution flag.

The drivers are beating and banging all through the field and causing a lot of damage to the cars as they battle for position.

This is the first time all race that Martin Truex Jr has not pulled out to a large lead in the race, William Byron is staying close on Truex’s bumper.

Fifteen to go, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead with William Byron in second less than half a second behind.

Nine to go, William Byron is only half a second behind leader Martin Truex Jr.

Six to go and Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on William Byron.

Three to go, Martin Truex Jr holds on to his half second lead on William Byron, the leaders have encountered lapped traffic.

Martin Truex Jr takes the white flag.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race after leading over 460 laps and becomes the first driver to earn his way into the final four drivers to battle it out for the championship in Homestead. This is Truex’s seven race win of the 2019 season.

After the race Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano get aggressive on pit road.

Fast Data 500 results:
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Ryan Newman
David Ragan
Chris Buescher
Bubba Wallace
Kyle Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Matt DiBenedetto
Daniel Hemric
Corey LaJoie
Ryan Preece
Erik Jones
Paul Menard
Austin Dillon
Michael McDowell
Ty Dillon
Matt Crafton
Landon Cassill
BJ McLeod
JJ Yeley
Ross Chastain
Alex Bowman
Daniel Suarez
Garrett Smithley
Reed Sorenson
Timmy Hill
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott
Aric Almirola
Jimmie Johnson

Battles End/Knockouts Begin on ‘The Voice’

It’s the final day of the battle rounds on “The Voice”. Blake is the only coach with a steal and Gwen is the only coach who still has a save.

John has only one spot remaining on his team; Blake Gwen, and Kelly each have two spot remaining.

First up is Team Gwen with Caroline and Jake for a battle of “Just Like a Pill”. Gwen chose Jake as the winner of the battle.

For his final pairing John paired 15 year old Preston and Mendeleyev for a battle of the James Taylor hit “Fire and Rain”. John chose Preston as the winner of the battle. John is the first coach to complete his battle round team.

In a series of clips…
Blake paired Ricky and Jordan for a battle with Ricky taking the win.
In Gwen’s final battle she paired Brennen and Calvin for a battle with Calvin taking the win.

Kelly paired Lauren and the duo Hello Sunday for a battle of the Mylie Cyrus song “Wrecking Ball”. Kelly chose the teen duo of Hello Sunday as the winners of the battle. Blake used his button to steal Lauren.

Battle round teams:
Team Legend:
Khalea Lynee
Zoe Upkins – saved
Max Boyle
Katie Kaden
Will Breman
James Violet -steal
Marybeth Byrd
Preston Howell

Team Blake:
Kat Hammock
Cali Wilson
Ricky Duran
Marina Chello – save
Joana Martinez
Zach Bridges
Ricky Duran
Lauren Hall – steal

Team Kelly:
Shane Q
Melinda Rodriguez – save
Alex Guthrie
Jake Hoot
Gracee Shriver
Kiara Brown – steal
Damali
Hello Sunday

Team Gwen:
Myracle Holloway
Destiny Rayne – steal
Royce Lovett
Kyndel Inskeep
Rose Short
Jessie Lawrence
Jake HaldenVang
Calvin Lockett

And the knockout rounds begin right away with “mega mentor” Taylor Swift.

Blake kicks off the knockout rounds with Cali and his save Marina to battle it out. Cali chose the Chris Isaak song “Wicked Game” for her performance. Marina chose the Tom Jones song “I Who Have Nothing” for her performance. Blake chose Cali as the winner of the knockout battle and will move on to the live shows.

Kelly paired Jake and Melinda for a battle. Jake chose “Cover Me Up” for his song and Melinda chose the Mariah Carey song “Always be My Baby”. Kelly chose Jake Hoot as the winner of the knockout battle.

John chose to pair Katie and Max for a battle. Katie chose Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin. Max chose “When the Party’s Over” by Billie Eilish. John chose Katie as the winner of the battle. As Max was leaving the stage Gwen and Kelly both pushed their button to steal Max. The coaches get only one steal in this round. Max chose Kelly to be his new coach.

Knockout Round Teams:
Team Blake:
Cali Wilson

Team Kelly:
Jake Hoot
Max Boyle – steal

Team Legend:
Katie Kaden

Halloween Haunts on DWTS

It’s Halloween Week on “Dancing with the Stars” and the remaining couples are looking for some ghostly fun with ghoulish routines. And the team dance returns.

The night of dance opens with a “Thriller” styled group dance.

First up are Kel and Witney with a snakey Jive to “Time Warp” form “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. After some rousing applause, Len said that Kel was rocking and he was reeling with a terrific way to start the evening. Bruno loved that they took a cult classic and made it imaginative and original. Carrie Ann called the performance incredible; adding that Kel was off the hook. Kel and Witney earned their highest scores of the season with 27 points for their dance.

James and Emma perform a Viennese Waltz to the Annie Lennox version of “I Put a Spell on You”. Bruno called James the Prince of Darkness in command and pulling all the strings; adding that it was a powerful performance. Carrie Ann called the routine perfection and flawless. Len said that James put a spell on him; adding that the dance was terrific and a lovely mix of tricks and treats. Despite a small incident on the dance floor, James and Emma earned 27 points for their dance.

Ally and Sasha perform a frightful Tango that had Tom saying that’s how you stay here. Carrie Ann noted that Halloween has everyone on point. Len said that Ally came back to life with a terrific Tango. Bruno called it premiere league Tango with attitude; adding that the dance was full of content. Ally and Sasha also scored 27 points for their dance.

Hannah and Alan perform a Jazz dance to “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer. Alan has Hannah playing a dead beauty queen. Tom said that Hannah did the bad girl thing okay. Len noted that Hannah came out and performed full on. Bruno said that there was nothing scary about the dance and a great performance. Agreeing with her fellow judges, Carrie Ann said that Hannah is disconnected with the dance. Hannah and Alan scored 25 points for their dance.

Karamo and Jenna Paso Doble to the music of Beyonce – “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child. During rehearsals the duo carved pumpkins. Bruno said that there was no lack of power or purpose in the dance; adding that Karamo cut the shaping a little short. Carrie Ann called Karmao a sonic boom on the dance floor; adding that he opened up and let it rip. Len congratulated hair, makeup, and wardrobe; while he liked the attack in the dance he noted the importance of the shaping in the dance. Karamo and Jenna scored 25 points including a nine from Carrie Ann.

Lauren becomes a vampire queen for her Argentine Tango with Gleb. Lauren said that the song wasn’t “Whatever Lola Wants” but “Whatever Lauren Wants”. Carrie Ann noted that even with a slip, Lauren made it work for her. Len said that he saw plenty of what Lenny wants, calling it a spirited performance. Bruno asked Lauren for a bit; adding that at time it was like watching Marilyn Monroe as a vampire with a little Madonna thrown in. Lauren has been dancing with fractured ribs. Lauren and Gleb scored 27 points for their dance.

Sean and Lindsay dance a Jive to “Monster Mash” with Sean as Frankenstein. Sean noted that he can relate to Frankenstein; saying that they both have the same kind of moves. Sean noted that it took about four hours in makeup; adding that he now understands why his wife takes so long. Saying that Halloween is about the super natural, he noted that the dance was not super or natural lacking Jive content but he liked that Sean comes out and gives it his all. Bruno said that the monster part was perfection but the Jive part was six feet behind; adding that it was entertaining. Carrie Ann said that it was a dance only your mummies could love; adding that it wasn’t his best dance but she does love his spirit. Sean and Lindsay scored 18 points for their dance.

Kate and Pasha Rumba as Red Riding Hood and the Wolf to ‘Wicked Game” by Chris Isaaks. Bruno called it a beautiful and haunting Rumba; adding that her extensions are better. Carrie Ann loved the confidence Kate had in the dance. Len complimented Pasha on his choreography; adding that it was a knockout performance. Kate and Pasha scored 24 points for their dance.

Individual scores:
Sean and Lindsay – 18
Kate and Pasha – 24
Hannah and Alan – 25
Karamo and Jenna – 25
Kel and Witney – 27
James and Emma – 27
Ally and Sasha – 27
Lauren and Gleb – 27

Len divided the eight couples in to two teams – Team Trick and Team Treat – for the team dances. The scores earned will be added to their individual scores for a total score. There is no set dance style, the teams choreograph their own dances.

Up first is Team Trick with James and Emma, Lauren and Gleb, Hannah and Alan, and Ally and Sasha who will be dancing to “Somebody’s Watching Me”. Len noted that it was a mix of styles that were put together with great choreography; adding that he enjoyed it. Bruno called the dance elegant and dramatic. Carrie Ann loved the dance. They earned a scored of 27 points for their dance.

Team Treat is Karamo and Jenna, Kate and Pasha, Sean and Lindsay, and Kel and Witney who danced to “Sweet Dreams” by Beyonce. Bruno called the dance nightmarishly entertaining; adding that he loved the effort. Carrie Ann loved the concept. Len liked the fun of the dance; adding that it was wonderful entertainment. They scored 24 points for their dance.

Team dance scores:
Team Treat – Karamo and Jenna, Kate and Pasha, Sean and Lindsay, and Kel and Witney – 24
Team Trick – James and Emma, Lauren and Gleb, Hannah and Alan, and Ally and Sasha – 27

Total scores:
Sean and Lindsay – 18 + 24 = 42
Kate and Pasha – 24 + 24 = 48
Hannah and Alan – 25 + 24 = 49
Karamo and Jenna – 25 + 24 = 49
Kel and Witney – 27 + 27 = 54
James and Emma – 27 + 27 = 54
Ally and Sasha – 27 + 27 = 54
Lauren and Gleb – 27 + 27 = 54

After all of the scores and votes have been added together…
Ally and Sasha are safe
Hannah and Alan are safe
Kel and Witney are safe
James and Emma are safe
Lauren and Gleb are safe
Sean and Lindsay are safe

Karamo and Jenna and Kate and Pasha are in the bottom two.

Carrie Ann chose to save Karamo and Jenna
Bruno chose to save Kate and Pasha
Breaking the tie, head judge Len Goodman said that neither couple deserved to be there but chose to save Kate and Pasha.

Karamo and Jenna have been eliminated.

BMHOF: Celebrating a Legacy

The western New York Hard Rock Cafe is located in Niagara Falls, but it features much more than the 300 plus pieces of memorabilia on the wall. The Niagara Falls Hard Rock Cafe also includes a special room that is filled with memorabilia of musicians who call Buffalo home; but not just any musicians, this room is dedicated to the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and its members.

On October 24, the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame celebrated the sixth anniversary of the Buffalo room with food, friends, and of course music.

 

While old friends chatted in the Buffalo room, the BMHOF band Only Human performed classic rock tunes on the Hard Rock stage in the main room.

 

Only Human entertained the house with songs from The Beatles to Prince including “With or Without You”, “We Can Work it Out”, “This Magic Moment”, “Somebody’s Baby”, “Running on Empty”, “Boys of Summer”, “Purple Rain”, “Spirit in the Sky”, “In the Air Tonight”, “Two Tickets to Paradise”, “Helter Skelter”, and a rocking instrumental version of “The Star Spangled Banner”.

 

Along the way some special guests joined Only Human on the stage. BMHOF members Van Taylor, Dan Lorenze, Jim Crean, and Mark Dixon joined in on the celebration with some music.

 

The BMHOF is about much more than a collection of musicians; among their varied programs is the Lucille and Jack Yellon Songwriting Scholarship which gives young songwriters the opportunity to perform their songs before a live audience with the winning songwriter entering the studio to record their song with professional musicians.

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While Only Human took a break the 2019 Yellon Songwriting Scholarship winner Michael DeLano took the stage for a performance of a few of his original songs.

 

 

Along with supporting its members and helping to pass the knowledge on to future generations, the BMHOF promotes healing through music with their Music Medics and Music to Remember programs. Members involved with Music Medics visit area hospitals to perform for the patients. The Music to Remember program offers some musical therapy to nursing home and memory care unit patients living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Like the Hard Rock Cafe is more than just a burger joint, the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame offers Buffalo and western New York much more than a list of musicians.

Established in 1983, the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and currently features over 300 members including some very famous Buffalo natives and former residents including Rick James, Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs, Ani DiFranco,Tommy Tedesco, Harold Arlen, Cory Wells of Three Dog Night, Brian McKnight, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Spyro Gyra, Take 6, and Aretha Franklin.

 

To learn more about the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame go to bmhof.org

Teens Rule in Wild One for Trucks at Martinsville

The Gander Outdoors Truck Series returns to the smallest track on the circuit with the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 from the paperclip shaped track of Martinsvillle.

This is race two in the round of six with only two more races in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series in the 2019 racing season after Martinsville.

After single truck qualifying with a time of 19.84 seconds, Christian Eckes puts his Kyle Busch Motorsports number 51 turck on the pole for his third career pole with Brett Moffitt starting alongside on the front row.

Stages one and two of the race are 50 laps each with stage three lasting 100 laps for a total of 200 laps around the half mile track. With a fuel load of around 130 laps, the drivers can complete the race on only one pit stop.

Truck driver Sam Mayer is only 16 years old.

Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and goes nose to nose with Brett Moffitt for the lead.

Lap three Brett Moffitt takes the lead.

Lap six, Brett Moffitt has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Christian Eckes.

At only half a mile around, the leaders will be encountering slower traffic quickly.

Various tracks on the NASCAR circuit off some unique trophies; Martinsville offers one of the most unique – a grand father clock.

Lap 10, Brett Moffitt has increased his lead to a second and a half on Christian Eckes.

Cody McMahon is off the track.

The first caution flag of the race comes out when Ray Ciccarelli spins out.

Lap 22, Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart and takes the lead with Christian Eckes in second and Ben Rhodes in third.

Lap 27, Brett Moffitt has a lead of over half a second on Christian Eckes. There are 27 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 30, Brett Moffitt continues to lead the race with a near second lead on Christian Eckes.

Lap 33, Brett Moffitt is in the lead; Christian Eckes, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap 40, Brett Moffitt has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Christian Eckes with Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.

Lap 43, Brett Moffitt now has a lead of over two seconds on Christian Eckes.

Lap 46, Brett Moffitt has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Christian Eckes with 25 trucks on the lead lap.

Brett Moffitt wins stage one for his fifth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brett Moffitt
Christian Eckes
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Johnny Sauter
Harrison Burton
Tyler Ankrum
Stewart Friesen
Grant Enfinger
Ross Chastain

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service and adjustments. Johnny Sauter wins the race off of pit road.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 62 and holds on to the lead with Christian Eckes in second.

Lap 64, Brett Moffitt has already pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Christian Eckes.

Lap 66, Brett Moffitt’s lead is now nearly two seconds on Christian Eckes with Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, and Harrison Burton rounding out the top five.

Lap 70, Brett Moffitt has increased his lead to nearly two and a half seconds on Christian Eckes.

Lap 73, Brett Moffitt has a near three second lead on Christian Eckes with 25 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 77, Brett Moffitt has a three second lead on Christian Eckes.

Tanner Gray brings out the caution flag after spinning out and most of the drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.

After being in the top five, Matt Crafton lost power on the track and had to be pushed down pit road. His crew has to make a battery change and putting Crafton laps down.

After staying out on the track, Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart with 13 laps remaining in stage two.

The 16 year old Sam Mayer takes the lead in only his second Truck Series start.

John Hunter Nemechek brings out the caution flag after spinning out. On the radio, Nemechek said that he was hit from behind by the 99 truck (Ben Rhodes).

Eight laps down, Matt Crafton returns to the track with eight laps remaining in stage two.

Sam Mayer brings the field down for the green flag restart with only five laps remaining in stage two. Mayer holds off Grant Enfinger to keep the lead.

In only his second Truck Series start, 16 year old Sam Mayer wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Sam Mayer
Grant Enfinger
Austin Hill
Ross Chastain
Christian Eckes
Tyler Dippel
Brett Moffitt
Johnny Sauter
Danny Bohn
Stewart Friesen

Sam Mayer brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 111 and gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 112, Sam Mayer has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Grant Enfinger with 25 drivers on the lead lap.

The drivers are beating and banging all through the field for positon.

Lap 115, Sam Mayer has a lead of over a second on Grant Enfinger.

Jeb Burton brings out the caution flag on lap 116 when he spins out after being hit by Natalie Decker and catches up a number of other drivers including Brett Moffitt.

Sam Mayer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 122 but it is Ross Chastain who gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 123, the caution flag comes out after a crash involving several drivers including Austin Hill, Tyler Dippel, Tyler Ankrum, Grant Enfinger, Todd Gilliland, Sam Mayer, and Danny Bohn were all involved in a wreck that started when drivers tried to get four wide across the track. NASCAR has red flagged the race to get the track cleaned up.

After a 15 minute red flag delay, NASCAR has displayed the caution flag and the trucks are again moving.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 130 and edges out Sheldon Creed to take the lead.

Lap 133, Ross Chastain has a near half second lead on Christian Eckes. Austin Hill takes his car to the garage. Tyler Ankrum is running slow and is in danger of not making the minimum speed.

Driving the Kyle Busch Motorsports truck number 51 that won the race with boss Kyle Busch behind the wheel is Christian Eckes; Eckes is giving Ross Chastain a challenge for the lead.

Tyler Ankrum was told by NASCAR to bring his truck down pit road for failure to make the minimum speed.

Ray Ciccarelli brings out the caution flag for the second tie on lap 141 when he spins out.

Playoff drivers Tyler Ankrum, Austin Hill, and Brett Moffitt are all out of the race.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 146 and holds on to the lead with Christian Eckes in second.

Johnny Sauter gets into the back of Stewart Friesen sending him around on lap 149 and brings out the caution flag.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 156 but it is Sheldon Creed who edges out in front for the lead.

Christian Eckes comes from third place to take the lead on lap 148.

NASCAR has ruled that Sheldon Creed jumped the restart and will have to serve a pass through penalty. Ross Chastain retakes the lead with Harrison Burton in second; Todd Gilliland, Johnny Sauter, and Timmy Hill round out the top five.

Norm Benning spins out and brings out the caution flag with just 38 laps remaining in the race.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 32 laps remaining in the race and holds on to the lead after defending a challenge from Harrison Burton.

Twenty eight to go, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a half second lead on Harrison Burton. There are 19 trucks on the lead lap and seven trucks out of the race.

Ross Chastain holds on to a half second lead on Harrison Burton.

Jennifer Jo Cobb brings out the caution flag after losing an axle with 21 laps remaining in the race.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 10 laps remaining in the race. Chastain jumps out in front for the lead.

Todd Gilliland comes from third to take the lead.

While Harrison Burton challenges Ross Chastain for the second spot, Todd Gilliland has pulled out to over a second lead with six laps to go.

The caution flag comes out when Natalie Decker, Jordan Anderson, and Gus Dean get into a wreck with only six laps to go.

The race goes into overtime.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green/white/checker overtime finish.

Todd Gilliland takes the white flag. Harrison Burton gets turned around but the track stays green.

Nineteen year old Todd Gilliland gets his first Truck Series win after holding off Ross Chastain.

Unofficial results of the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200:
Todd Gilliland
Ross Chastain
Johnny Sauter
Grant Enfinger
Timmy Hill
Stewart Friesen
John Hunter Nemechek
Danny Bohn
Jeb Burton
Codie Rohrbaugh
Sheldon Creed
Jordan Anderson
Dawson Cram
Gus Dean
Spencer Boyd
Ben Rhodes
Christian Eckes
Harrison Burton
Austin Wayne Self
Tanner Gray
Ray Ciccarelli
Natalie Decker
Matt Crafton
Norm Benning
Tyler Ankrum
Austin Hill
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Sam Mayer
Brett Moffitt
Tyler Dippel
Josh Reaume
Cody McMahan

Broadway’s Red Bucket Challenge and Follies Begins

Every so often someone will start some fad challenge to draw attention to one cause or another. On December 9 and 10 the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will present the annual Red Bucket Follies.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of what began back in 1989 as the Gypsy of the Year Competition. In that first year $70,000 was raised; last year the Red Bucket Follies brought in over six million dollars which is used to aid those in need. The Follies will take place at 4:30pm on December 9 and 2pm on December 10 at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd St).

But before the grand Red Bucket Follies take place the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraiser takes place with Broadway, Off-Broadway, and National touring companies collecting money after each show. Cast members man the red buckets and even offer up autographed memorabilia – posters, playbills, etc. in exchange for donations.

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Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations”, “The Book of Mormon”, “Derren Brown: Secret”, “The Great Society”, “Hadestown”, “The Lightening Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical”, “Linda Vista”, “The Lion King”, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”, “Tootise”, “Wicked” and “The Play that Goes Wrong” are all participating in the program.

Aladdin”, “Betrayal”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, “Frozen”, “Hamilton, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, Mean Girls”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Waitress”, “Fiddler on the Roof” in Yiddish, “Jersey Boys”, “A Musical About Star Wars”, “Naked Boys Singing”, and “Rock of Ages” will all be joining the fundraising initiative in the coming days.

The Red Bucket Follies is a collection of performances by Broadway cast members ranging from parodies to serious pieces.

Companies who raise the most money during the fundraising drive are also awarded with prizes.

 

feature photo credit: By Ajay Suresh from New York, NY, USA – New Amsterdam Theater – Aladdin, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=80146854

red bucket credit: By Free Clip Art – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=68985996

Seneca Gaming Corp Execs Earn Top Awards

Since opening their first casino in Niagara Falls in 2002, the Seneca Nation and the Seneca Gaming Corporation has won a number of awards for their casinos and hotels.

The most recent awards came from Native Business Magazine and the Casino Entertainment Awards.

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Native Business Magazine has named Seneca Gaming Corporation President and CEO Holly Gagnon one of their 30 top CEO’s.

Gagnon is one of only a handful of female CEO’s in the gaming industry. Her 26 years of experience has taught Gagnon that the guest experience comes first, and that employee engagement and to drive for superior results.

A founding board member of Global Gaming Women, Gagnon is a Certified Public Accountant, who earned her Bachelor of Science from Bentley University in Massachusetts and her Masters of Business Administration from Chaminade University in Honolulu. She is also a member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership Board of Directors and a former member of the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience.

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At the recent Casino Entertainment Awards in Las Vegas, Executive Director of Entertainment and Special Events Christian Printup was presented with the Casino Entertainment Executive of the Year Award. Joining the Seneca Gaming Corporation in 2016, Printup brings years of experience in working with signing some of the biggest acts in the entertainment business.

Most recently, Printup helped to set new attendance records when he brought Hammer’s House Party and Time McGraw to the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino for summer outdoor concerts. Selling out months in advance, the Tim McGraw concert brought over 5,000 Country music fans to the Niagara Falls area.

The Seneca Gaming Corporation operates the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, NY, the Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino in Salamanca, and the Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo; all in the western New York area. The SGC is one of the largest private sector employers in Western New York with some 4,000 employees serving around 15 million visitors each year.

 

Photos courtesy of the Seneca Gaming Corporation and the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino

American Music Awards Nominees

On October 24 Dick Clark Productions revealed the nominees for the American Music Awards. Hip-Hop artist Post Malone leads the way with seven nominations. Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish each received six nods with Little Nas X, Taylor Swift, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ella Mai, Khalid, BTS, Dan + Shay, Drake, Halsey, Lizzo, Luke Combs, an Panic! At the Disco all received multiple nominations. Bradley Cooper, Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown, the Jonas Brothers, Kane Brown, Lady Gaga, Marshmello, P!nk, Shawn Mendes, Swae Lee, and Travis Scott each received two nominations each.

The 2019 edition of the American Music Awards will be held November 24 in Los Angeles.

The current record holder for the most AMA’s is Michael Jackson with 24; however pop princess Taylor Swift is right on his heels with 23 and can surpass Jackson if she wins just two of her five nominations.

The American Music Awards is a fan voted award and fans can cast their votes on the AMA website – theamas.com.

American Music Award nominees:
Artist of the Year:
Drake
Ariana Grande
Halsey
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

New Artist of the Year:
Luke Combs
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Ella Mai

Collaboration of the Year:
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper for “Shallow”
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus for “Old Town Road”
Marshmello and Bastille for “Happier
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello for “Señorita”
Post Malone and Swae Lee for “Sunflower”

Tour of the Year:
BTS
Ariana Grande
Sir Elton John
P!nk
Ed Sheeren

Favorite Music Video:
Billie Eilish for “Bad Guy”
Ariana Grande for “7 Rings”
Halsey for “Without Me”
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus for “Old Town Road”
Taylor Swift for “You Need to Calm Down”

Favorite Social Artist:
BTS
Billie Eilish
EXO
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes

Favorite Pop, Rock Male Artist:
Drake
Khalid
Post Malone

Favorite Pop, Rock Female Artist:
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift

Favorite Pop, Rock Duo or Group:
BTS
the Jonas Brothers
Panic! At the Disco

Favorite Pop, Rock Album:
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” by Billie Eilish
“Thank U, Next” by Ariana Grande
“Lover” by Taylor Swift

Favorite Pop, Rock Song:
“Without Me” by Halsey
“Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers
“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus
“High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco
“Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee

Favorite Country Male Artist:
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett

Favorite Country Female Artist:
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Country Duo or Group:
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

Favorite Country Album:
“Experiment” by Kane Brown
“Dan + Shay” by Dan + Shay
“Cry Pretty” by Carrie Underwood

Favorite Country Song:
“Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs
“Speechless” by Dan + Shay
“God’s Country” by Blake Shelton

Favorite Rap or Hip-Hop Artist:
Cardi B
Drake
Post Malone

Favorite Rap or Hip-Hop Album:
“Championships” by Meek Mill
“Hollywood’s Bleeding” by Post Malone
“Astroworld” by Travis Scott

Favorite Rap or Hip-Hop Song:
“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus
“Wow” by Post Malone
“Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott

Favorite Soul or R&B Artist:
Chris Brown
Khalid
Bruno Mars

Favorite Soul or R&B Female Artist:
Beyonce
Lizzo
Ella Mai

Favorite Soul or R&B Album:
“Indigo” by Chris Brown
“Free Spirit” by Khalid
“Ella Mai” by Ella Mai

Favorite Soul or R&B Song:
“Talk” by Khalid
“Juice” by Lizzo
“Trip” by Ella Mai

Favorite Alternative Rock Artist:
Billlie Eilish
Imagine Dragons
Panic! At the Disco

Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist:
Maroon 5
P!nk
Taylor Swift

Favorite Latin Artist:
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna

Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist:
Lauren Daigle
For King & Country
MercyMe

Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist:
Avicii
Marshmello
The Chainsmokers

Favorite Soundtrack:
“A Stary is Born” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Kacey Musgraves Gets Guinness World Record

Think of an activity and the Guinness Book of World Records will have it listed and there are a number of musical achievements among those listings.

Country music star Kacey Musgraves has just gotten her name listed in the Guinness Book of World Records but it wasn’t for one of her musical accomplishments.

With the help of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Musgraves set the record for the most colouring pages in a single location with 1,550 of them.

The record was set on October 22, National Colour Day. The total display weighed 500 pounds and was contributed by people from over 30 states around the union.

The exhibit can be found at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville under Kacey Musgraves: All of the Colors and will be on display until June 7, 2020.

 

Kris Allen

American Idol” winners Kris Allen and David Cook are pairing up for a spring acoustic tour in Europe. But before the season eight and season six winners of the reality singing competition pair up for their European adventure, Kris Allen is in the midst of an American tour and still has some dates coming to promote his new album “10”.

Kris Allen tour dates:
Oct 24 at The Soiled Dove Underground in Denver, CO
Oct 25 at eTown in Boulder, CO
Oct 26 at the Magic Rat Live Music in Fort Collins, CO
Nov 2 & 3 at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in Orlando, FL
Nov 7 at The Don Gibson Theatre in Shelby, NC
Nov 8 at the Roasting Room Lounge & Listening Room in Bluffton, SC
Nov 9 at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA
No 19 at the Hi-FI in Indianapolis, IN
Nov 20 at the City Winery in Chicago, IL
Nov 21 at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI
Nov 22 at 20 Front Street in Orion Charter Township, MI
Nov 23 at The Listening Room in Grand Rapids, MI
April 15 at Whelan’s in Dublin, Ireland
April 17 at Bush Hall in London, UK
April 18 at The Deaf Institute in Manchester, UK
April 19 at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, UK
April 21 at Hotel Cecil in Copenhagen, Denmark
April 22 at the Skive Theater in Skive, Denmark
April 24 at Nalen in Stockholm, Sweden
April 26 at On the Rocks in Helsinki, Finland

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson has old over six million copies of her album “Rhythm Nation” since its release over 30 years ago. Her album “Rhythm Nation 1814” has sold over two million copies.

Her recent Las Vegas residency was a celebration of that album. She is continuing that celebration with a tour “Downunder” in November.

The performances are a part of Australia’s RNB Fridays Live concert series which also features The Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent, and Jason Derulo.

It has been eight years since Jackson was last in Australia and over 20 years since she performed in New Zealand.

Janet Jackson tour dates:
Nov 8 at the Nib Stadium in Perth, Australia
Nov 9 at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia
Nov 10 at the Adelaids Showgrounds in Adelaide, Australia
Nov 15 at the Brisbane Showgrounds in Brisbane, Australia
Nov 16 at the Spotless Stadium in Sydney, Australia
Nov 17 at the Western Springs Speedway in Auckland, New Zealand
Nov 20, 21, & 23 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, HI

Battles Continue on ‘The Voice’

Team Legend gets week two of the Battle Rounds started off with Jared and Will with a performance of the Sean Mendes song “Treat You Better”. John chose Will Breman as the winner of the battle.

Blake paired Marina and Ricky Duran for a battle of “Valerie”. Blake chose Ricky as the winner of the battle. Blake pushed his button to save Marina and Kelly pushed her button to steal Marina. Marina chose to stay with her coach Blake Shelton.

Kelly chose to pair Jake and Steve for a battle of “Always on My Mind” by Willie Nelson. Kelly chose Jake as the winner of the battle.

In a series of clips…
Kelly paired Brennan and Gracee for a battle with Gracee taking the win.
Kelly also paired Brooke and Damali for a battle with Damali taking the win.

Gwen paired Royce and Kiara for a battle of the Bob Marley song “Turn the Lights Down Low”. Gwen chose Royce as the winner of the battle. Gwen pushed her button to save Kiara and Kelly pushed her button to steal her. Kiara chose to move to Kelly’s team.

Blake paired Joana and Matthew for a battle of “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco. Saying that both singers were great, Blake chose 15 year old Joana Martinez as the winner of the battle. Out of saves and steals, Kelly told Matthew that if she had a steal left, he would have been it.

Gwen paired Kyndal and James for a battle of “I Can Use a Love Song” by Maren Morris. Gwen chose Kyndal as the winner of the battle. Gwen pushed to save James and John pushed his button to save him. James chose to change teams and join up with John.

Blake paired country guys Cory and Zach for a battle of the Toby Keith song “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”. Kelly said that the guys should be a duo and wanted a duo button. Blake chose Zach as the winner of the battle.

In his final pairing, John put Marybeth and the duo Dane and Stephanie for a battle of “Burning House” by Cam. After a standing ovation from the judges for the three singers, John chose Marybeth as the winner of the battle.

Gwen paired Rose and Jessie for a battle of The Weeknd song “Can’t Feel My Face”. Gwen chose Rose Short as the winner of the battle. Gwen pushed her button to save Jessie and Blake pushed his button to steal Jessie. Blake said that he wasn’t going to make a pitch because Gwen was the coach for him but he just wanted to show Jessie how much he deserved to be on the show. Jessie chose to stay with his coach Gwen.

Battle round teams:
Team Legend:
Khalea Lynee
Zoe Upkins – saved
Max Boyle
Katie Kaden
Will Breman
James Violet -steal
Marybeth Byrd

Team Blake:
Kat Hammock
Cali Wilson
Ricky Duran
Marina Chello – save
Joana Martinez
Zach Bridges

Team Kelly:
Shane Q
Melinda Rodriguez – save
Alex Guthrie
Jake Hoot
Gracee Shriver
Kiara Brown – steal

Team Gwen:
Myracle Holloway
Destiny Rayne – steal

Royce Lovett
Kyndel Inskeep
Rose Short
Jessie Lawrence

Next week the battles conclude and the knockout rounds begin with award winning artist Taylor Swift as the mentor.

Misfit Toys: Fit to Rock

The Hard Rock Cafe was rocking on October 19 when the Misfit Toys rolled in for a night of music from the nineties and 2000’s with a few classic tunes thrown in.

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Taking their name from the animated holiday special “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, the Niagara Falls band features multiple singer which allows them to do a wide variety of songs.

With Cass on the drums keeping the boys on the beat the night of music opened with “Machinehead”. Channeling her inner Grace Slick, Cass sang “White Rabbit” and noted that since they were in the Hard Rock Cafe there was no more appropriate band to cover than KISS and they performed “Detroit Rock City”.

The set list also included “Drive”, “Aerials”, “Creep”, “Evenflow”, “Are You Going My Way”, “Higher”, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”, “Short Skirt Long Jacket”, “Perfect Strangers” and “That Song”.

In the days before streaming and digital music, fans would buy a whole album and sometime they would buy the album just for THAT ONE SONG!, and of course, when seeing the band live, those fans would always hope the artists would play THAT SONG. The band Big Wreck has written a song title “That Song”.

The house full of Misfit Toys fans rocked all night long singing and dancing along; and they screamed for more even as the band began packing up for the night.

Country Music Hall Inducts New Members

On October 20 the Country Music Hall of Fame inducted the newest class of Hall of Fame members in a performance filled gala in Nashville.

Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Trisha Yearwood, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt all performed at the gala event.

 

Brooks and Dunn, Ray Stevens, and Jerry Bradley will all see their plaques added to the list of Hall of Fame members that line the rotunda of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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The bestselling country duo of all time, Brooks & Dunn, joined the Country Music Hall of Fame alongside comedian and singer Ray Stevens and record executive Jerry Bradley on Sunday evening, in a star-filled ceremony full of tributes to their lasting legacies.

With 20 number one hit songs, two Grammy Awards, 19 Country Music Association Awards, and 25 Academy of Country Music Awards; Brooks and Dunn are the bestselling and most awarded duo in Country music history.

Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn began their musical careers as solo artists but became an instant success when they joined forces.

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Comedic singer and entertainer Ray Stevens has been making audiences laugh and sing along with his comedic songs for over 50 years. The Grammy Award winning artist has filled the airwaves with songs like “The Streak”, “The Mississippi Squirrel”, and “Ahab the Arab”.

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In the non performer category, record executive Jerry Bradley becomes the latest member of the Bradley family to join the Hall of Fame. He follows in the footsteps of producer father Owen and guitar playing uncle Harold. Bradley is responsible for seeing the careers of Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, Dolly Parton, and Charley Pride flourish.

 

photos courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame

Mannheim Steamroller

Nearly 50 years ago Chip Davis sought a way to create some new music; especially holiday music.

Davis found that way…what today is known as New Age music and some unique arrangements of old traditional holiday songs.

Going by the name Mannheim Steamroller, Chip Davis released his debut album “Fresh Aire 1” 44 years ago and has sold 41 million copies so far.

Trained in classical music, Davis said that he wanted to mix his classical music with modern rock and roll…and “Fresh Aire” was born.

A Hamler, Ohio native; Chip Davis is the son of musicians, his father played saxophone in the Glen Miller Orchestra and his mother played trombone with the NBC Symphony Band.

Davis himself went to the University of Michigan where he studied music education and played basoon. After college he sang with the Norman Luboff Choir and later a middle school music teacher.

But it was a meeting with Don Sears while working as the musical director for “Hair” in Omaha that Davis began writing jingles and the music behind C.W. McCall of “Convoy” fame. It was at this time that Davis created “Fresh Aire”, the music that would become his first album.

Davis and his band made appearances at festivals and fairs performing the music of C.W. McCall. One night the opening act did not show up, so Davis and his band went on as the opening act as Fresh Aire.

When Davis began performing as Mannheim Steamroller, there wasn’t enough original music for a full show and he began playing his own versions of Christmas music…and a new genre of holiday music was born – modern Renaissance Christmas music.

Since Mannhem Steamroller began performing, the band has earned 10 gold albums, four platinum albums, and four multi platinum albums.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas tours. While Davis himself no longer tours with the band due to an old injury, two touring groups will travel around the country and perform the original Christmas album and some songs previously not performed live.

Mannheim Steamroller tour dates:
Nov 13 at the North Iowa Community Auditorium in Mason, IA – two shows
Nov 13 at Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL
Nov 14 at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, IA
Nov 14 at the Broward Center in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Nov 15 at the Johnny Mercer Theatre in Savannah, GA
Nov 15 at the Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN
Nov 16 at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI
Nov 16 at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, GA
Nov 17 at the UIS Performing Arts Center in Springfield, IL
Nov 17 at the Classic Center in Athens, GA
Nov 19 at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer, IA
Nov 19 at the Crown Theatre in Fayetteville, NC
Nov 20 at the Wicomico Center in Salisbury, MD
Nov 21 at the Aiken Theatre in Evansville, IN
Nov 21 at the Charleston Coliseum and Events Center in Charleston, WV
Nov 22 at the Koger Center in Columbia, SC
Nov 22 at the Clowes Hall in Indianapolis, IN
Nov 23 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO – two shows
Nov 23 at the Peace Center in Greenville, SC
Nov 24 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA
Nov 24 at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City, MO
Nov 25 at the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City, KS
Nov 25 at the Macon City Coliseum in Macon, GA
Nov 26 at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, SC
Nov 26 at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City OK
Nov 27 at Cape Fear in Willmington, NC – two shows
Nov 27 at the Civic Center in Amarillo, TX
Nov 29 at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA – two shows
Nov 29 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, VA
Nov 30 at the Gallo Center in Modesto, CA – two shows
Nov 30 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ – two shows
Dec 1 at The Playhouse in Wilmington, DE – two shows
Dec 1 at the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa, CA
Dec 2 & 3 at the Harris Center in Folsom, CA – two shows on the 3
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Dec 3 at the Scranton Cultural Center in Scranton, PA
Dec 4 at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY
Dec 4 at the Hult Center in Eugene, OR
Dec 5 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA
Dec 5 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY
Dec 6 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, OR
Dec 6 at the Lyric Opera House in Balitimore, MD
Dec 7 at the First Interstate Center for the Arts in Spokane, WA
Dec 7 at the Tilles Center in Brookville, NY
Dec 8 at the Luhrs Performing Arts Center in Shippensburg, PA – two shows
Dec 8 at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, WA
Dec 10 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, ID
Dec 10 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 11 at the Adams Center in Missoula, MT
Dec 11 at the RBTL Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY
Dec 12 at the Great Falls Civic Center in Great Falls, MT
Dec 12 at The Stanley in Utica, NY
Dec 13 at the Casper Event Center in Casper, WY
Dec 13 at the Warner Theatre in Erie, PA
Dec 14 & 15 at the Buell Auditorium in Denver, CO – two shows on the 14th
Dec 14 at the Santander Theatre in Reading, PA
Dec 15 at the Crouse Hinds in Syracuse, NY
Dec 17 at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center in Lima, OH
Dec 17 at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City, UT – two shows
Dec 18 at the Kent State Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia, PA – two shows
Dec 19 at the Honeywell Center in Wabash, IN – two shows
Dec 19 at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, CO
Dec 20 at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, NE
Dec 20 at the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, IL
Dec 21 & 22 at the Orpheum Theatre in Omaha, NE
Dec 21 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI
Dec 22 at the EJ Thomas in Akron, OH
Dec 23 at the Clemens Center in Elmira, NY
Dec 23 at the Hartman Arena in Park City, KS
Dec 26 at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, AZ – two shows
Dec 26 at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, OH
Dec 27 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL
Dec 27 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, NM
Dec 28 at the Wagner Noel Performin Arts Center in Midland, TX
Dec 28 at the TPAC in Nashville, TN
Dec 29 at the Civic Center in Mobile, AL
Dec 29 at The Pavilion at the Music Center in Irving, TX

Shocking Results on DWTS

Lat week on “Dancing with the Stars” the couples danced to the music from Disney movies and no one went home.

This week it’s the halfway point of the season and the nine couples return to try and dance their way to next week and the annual Halloween show.

Getting the night of dancing started, Ally Brooke and Sasha dance a Quickstep to the Aha hit “Take on Me”. Sasha brought Ally’s mom to rehearsals for a visit. Len called the dance first class with a nice group of steps. Bruno noted that the dance was full of energy but she lost synchronicity because of the speed. Carrie Ann loved the content and called it a great concept. Last week Ally and Sasha topped the leader board, can they repeat the feat this week? Ally and Sasha scored 25 points for their dance.

Next up are Kate and Pasha dance a Viennese Waltz to “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston. Bruno loved the dance; adding that it was in the best possible taste. Carrie Ann said that it felt like the most victorious Viennese Waltz ever. A happy Len saw a step that he rarely sees; adding that it was a great performance. Kate and Pasha scored 27 points for their dance.

Kel and Witney dance a Quickstep to Stevie Wonder’s “Part Time Lover”. Witney brought in a little help for a game of dodge ball to help Kel work on his footwork. Carrie Ann noted that the duo was so in sync; adding that the dance was ridiculously amazing. Len thought the routine was terrific; adding that they did an amazing job. Bruno called Kel a full time dancer; adding that he did some excellent work. Kel and Witney scored 26 points for their dance.

Karamo and Jenna dance a Contemporary routine to “Someone to Love”. Making his first trip to California, Karamo’s dad is in the audience. Len called the dance fluid with great lifts; adding that it was a well constructed dance. Bruno noted that Karamo had focus tonight with strength and fluidity. Carrie Ann said that she felt love and passion from the dance. Karamo and Jenna scored 25 points for their dance with his best scores of the season.

The pro dancers give a sneak peak of what’s to come when they go on tour later this year.

Hannah and Alan dance a Samba to the Carrie Underwood song “Southbound”. Homesick for Alabama, Hannah got a visit from her parents during rehearsals this week. Bruno said that Hannah brought Brazil to Nashville; adding at time she dances to high and looses the rhythm. Calling Hannah a phenomenal dancer, Carrie Ann agreed with Bruno about the rhythm. Len noted that the dance was full of content and liked the flair. Hannah and Alan scored 24 points for their dance.

Sailor and Val dance a Jive and to get her ready, Val takes her out on the streets of Los Angeles to perform the dance. The duo dance to the music of What and “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”. Carrie Ann called the dance amazing and so much fun. Len called the dance full of flavour; noting that Val seems to be enjoying himself. Bruno said that it was a great Jive. Sailor and Val earned 27 points for their dance.

Sean and Lindsay dance a Viennese Waltz to the Queen song “Somebody to Love”. At the end of the dance Sean gave a bouquet of flowers to his wife. Len praised Sean for giving it his all every week. Bruno called it a very brave attempt at a difficult dance. Carrie Ann said that there was a nice tenderness to the dance; adding that the audience loves him. Sean and Lindsay scored 21 points for their dance; it is their highest score so far.

James and Emma dance a Samba to some Electron Dance Music by Diplo and Major Lazer. The audience was so loud that you could not hear Bruno. Moving as he talked Bruno loved the dance. Carrie Ann called the dance ridiculously awesome. Len said, “tutti fruity what a booty,” adding that it was a really good Samba. James and Emma scored 27 points for their dance; that is the couple’s highest score so far.

Finishing out the night is an emotional Lauren dances a Contemporary routine with Gleb to her own song “The Other Side” in honour of the anniversary of her step father’s death. Lauren’s mom came to California to visit Lauren and see the dance live. Lauren and her mom embrace after the dance. Gleb has to pull her away to come back on stage. Carrie Ann called Lauren a brave women; adding that she touched all of their hearts tonight and it was beautiful. Len echoed what Carrie Ann said; adding that the dance was worthy of her step father. Noting that it was sad, Bruno said he was happy to see so much love and honesty. Lauren and Gleb scored 26 point for their dance.

Week six scores:
Sean and Lindsay – 21
Hannah and Alan – 24
Ally and Sasha – 25
Karamo and Jenna – 25
Kel and Witney – 26
Lauren and Gleb – 26
Kate and Pasha – 27
Sailor and Val – 27
James and Emma – 27

Disney Night scores:
Sean and Lindsay – 19
Karamo and Jenna – 21
Lauren and Gleb – 23
Sailor and Val – 24
Kate and Pasha – 24
Hannah and Alan – 25
Kel and Witney – 26
James and Emma – 26
Ally and Sasha – 27

Total scores:
Sean and Lindsay – 19 + 21 = 40
Karamo and Jenna – 21 + 25 = 48
Hannah and Alan – 25 + 24 = 49
Lauren and Gleb – 23 + 26 = 49
Kate and Pasha – 24 + 27 = 51
Sailor and Val – 24 + 27 = 51
Ally and Sasha – 25 + 27 = 52
Kel and Witney – 26 + 26 = 52
James and Emma – 26 + 27 = 53

And now the results…
Lauren and Gleb are safe
Karamo and Jenna are safe
Kate and Pasha are safe
Kel and Witney are safe
James and Emma are safe
Sean and Lindsay are safe
Hannah and Alan are safe

Ally and Sasha and Sailor and Val are in the bottom two and in jeopardy of going home.

Saying that she is shocked at the results, Carrie Ann chose to save Ally and Sasha

Saying that it is incredible and a position he didn’t want to be in, Bruno chose to save Ally and Sasha.

Tom Bergeron noted that it is a complete shock. Val spoke on how proud he was of Sailor as she stood crying over the results.

Next week it’s the team dances…and some Halloween surprises.

Battles Begin on ‘The Voice’ Season 17

The Blind Auditions are over and the teams have been completed, it’s time for the battles to begin on season 17 of “The Voice”.

Team Blake:

Cali Wilson
Cory Jackson
EllieMae
Joana Martinez
Jordan Chase
Josie Jones
Kat Hammock
Marina Chello
Matthew McQueen
Ricky Braddy
Ricky Duran
Zach Bridges

 

Team Gwen:

Brennen Henson
Calvin Lockett
Caroline Reilly
Destiny Rayne
Elise Azkoul
Jake HaldenVang
James Violet
Jessie Lawrence
Kiara Brown
Kyndal Inskeep
Myracle Holloway
Rose Short
Royce Lovett

Team Kelly:
Alex Guthrie
Brennan Lassiter
Brooke Stephenson
Damali
Gracee Shriver
Hello Sunday
Injoy Fountain
Jake Hoot
Lauren Hall
Melinda Rodriguez
Shane Q
Steve Knill

Team Legend:
Dane and Stephanie
Jared Herzog
Katie Kadan
Khalea Lynee
Marybeth Byrd
Matt New
Max Boyle
Mendeleyev
Preston C. Howell
Will Breman
Zoe Upkins

To help get the teams ready for the battle rounds, the coaches have brought in some extra special help…
John Legend brought in former “The Voice” coach Usher
Blake brought in award winning singer Darius Rucker
Kelly brought in former Fifth Harmony singer Normani

Gwen brought in “The Voice” UK coach and award winning artist will.i.am.

The first battle was from team Legend between Zoe and Khalea singing “The Boy is Mine”. John chose Khalea as the winner of the battle.

This season not only can the coaches steal a singer, a coach can also save one of their singers.

John pushed to save Zoe; Gwen and Kelly pushed to steal Zoe. Zoe chose to stay with John Legend.

Blake paired up Kat and Josie for a battle of the John Denver song “Take Me Home Country Roads”. Blake chose Kat as the winner of the battle. No one stole or saved Josie

Kelly paired Melinda and Shane for a battle of “Too Good at Goodbyes” by Sam Smith. Kelly chose Shane as the winner of the battle. Kelly pushed to save Melinda and John pushed to steal her. Melinda chose to stay with Kelly.

Kelly paired Alex and Injoy for a battle of “Home”. Kelly chose Alex as the winner of the battle. No one stole Injoy.

Kelly paired up Elise and Myracle for a battle of the Ariana Grande song “Breathin”. Gwen chose Myracle as the winner of the battle. No one stole or saved Elise.

In a series of cllips…
John paired Matt New and Max Boyle for a battle with Max winning the battle.

Blake paired Cali Wilson and EllieMae for a battle with Cali taking the win.

John paired Destiny and Katie for a battle of the Sir Elton John hit “Tiny Dancer”. John chose Katie Kaden as the winner of the battle. As she was walking off the stage Blake pushed his button to steal Destiny; followed by Gwen. Destiny chose Gwen to be her new coach.

Battle round teams:
Team Legend:
Khalea Lynee
Zoe Upkins – saved
Max Boyle
Katie Kaden

Team Blake:
Kat Hammock
Cali Wilson

Team Kelly:
Shane Q
Melinda Rodriguez – save
Alex Guthrie

Team Gwen:
Myracle Holloway
Destiny Rayne – steal

NAMAs to Honour Native American Musicians

In only 13 days, Niagara Falls will not only resound with the thundering sound of The Falls but also with the sounds of drums and music when the Native American Music Awards holds their 19th annual Awards presentation to honour the best in Native American music.

Being held on November 2, the NAMA’s will help to kick off Native American Heritage Month as they award some of the best Native American music and musicians.

The NAMA’s return to the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino for the ninth time with Native American Music Hall of Famer Mickie James and Oscar winning actor Wes Studi hosting the gala event.

Along with the presentation of the awards in 33 categories, the NAMA’s is also presenting some of the best musicians for a performance including Portugal. The Man, Keith Secola, JoAnne Shenandoah, Callie and Ellson Bennett, DJ Shub, Innastate, Jamie Coon, The Cody Blackbird Band, Kelly Derrickson, Shelly Morningsong, Fabian Fontenelle, the Newtown Women and Youth Singers, and the Niagara River Iroquois Dancers. Western New York’s own Ed Koban Band will return for the ninth year to serve as the house band for the gala ceremonies and offer musical accompaniment for the musical guests.

Comedian JR Redwater will also be on hand to offer up some comical erudition.

The 2019 inductee to the Native American Musical Hall of Fame will be award winning actor and musician Wes Studi. While he has appeared in nearly 100 film and television productions, Studi may be best known for his role as the Heron guide Magua in the 1992 version of “The Last of the Mohicans”.

This year’s Legend Award is being presented to the founders of the Alaskan band Portugal. The Man John Gourley and Zachary Carothers. The duo are being honoured for their Tribal Land Acknowledgment during their 2018 tour.

Along with the popular and contemporary music created by the artists being honoured are traditional musicians like The Newtown Women and Youth Singers whose goal is to preserve and pass on the songs and traditions of the Seneca Nation.

The NAMA awards are a fan voted award and music fans are invited to cast their votes at NAMALive.com. Voting is open until just before the presentation of the awards on November 2. Voters can also listen to music by the nominees at the NAMA website.

Wild Double Overtime Finish on Elimination Sunday in Kansas

It’s the end of the line for four more drivers when the Monster Energy Cup Series travels to Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400 and the second elimination race of the 2019 playoffs.

After having to go through the inspection process three times, Martin Truex Jr will have to start the race from the back of the field.

Kevin Harvick’s team will not be making a qualifying run after finding an issue with the car and having to make multiple trips through the inspection process and will have to start the race from the back of the field.

On a cool windy day in Kansas, with a time of 30.329 seconds around the mile and a half track, Daniel Hemric puts his number eight car on the pole for his first career pole.

The starting line up for the Hollywood Casino 400:
Daniel Hemric
David Ragan
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Larson
Michael McDowell
Ryan Newman
Daniel Suarez
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson
Aric Almirola
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Matt Tifft
Kyle Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Erik Jones
Clint Bowyer
Paul Menard
Denny Hamlin
Ty Dillon
William Byron
Chris Buescher
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Preece
Joey Logano
Landon Cassill
Corey LaJoie
Parker Kligerman
Ross Chastain
Reed Sorenson
Garrett Smithley
JJ Yeley
Josh Bilicki
Timmy Hill
Joey Gase
Kevin Harvick

Stages one and two of the race are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps around the one and a half mile track. With a fuel load of 60 to 63 laps the drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single fuel load and will have to make a pit stop during the stage.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the gren flag start of the race and the drivers waste no time in getting three wide across the track battling for position.

Daniel Hemric leads the first lap with Ryan Blaney in second; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Lap five Ryan Blaney battles Daniel Hemric for the lead with Hemric holding on but Kyle Larson comes from the outside lane to take the lead.

Lap six Kyle Larson has the lead with Brad Keselowski in second and Daniel Hemric in third.

Lap seven Brad Keselowski battle Kyle Larson for the lead and takes the top spot.

Lap nine Kyle Larson retakes the lead from the high line.

Lap nine Ryan Newman makes an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Lap 13, Kyle Larson leads the race with Brad Keselowski in second and Ryan Blaney in third.

After starting the race in 18th place, candy man Kyle Busch is in the top 10 at sixth place. Kevin Harvick has moved up to 22nd after starting last dure to an inspection/repair issue.

Lap 16 the top five are Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney, and Erik Jones.

After getting into the wall, David Ragan also had to make an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Lap 22, Kyle Larson has a lead of over a second on Brad Keselowski with Daniel Suarez nearly three seconds back in third.

Lap 24, there are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Joey Logano is reporting a vibration in his car.

Lap 26, several cars are already showing signs of damage due to aggressive and close racing.

Lap 29, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Brad Keselowski with 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 33, leader Kyle Larson isn’t letting some sore ribs slow him down, he has a lead of over five seconds on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 34, there are 24 cars on the lead lap with no drive down just one lap.

Daniel Suarez has passed Brad Keselowski to take second place over seven seconds behind leader Kyle Larson. Kyle Busch is in fifth place nine seconds back.

Joey Logano finally brought his car down pit road and he did have a loose wheel. Now two laps down, Logano is 12 points below the cut line. The defending champion faces elimination from the playoffs, loosing the chance to defend his championship.

Lap 41, Brad Keselowski comes down pit road to start the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 43, Kyle Larson is running away with the race, he now has a lead of over 10 seconds on Erik Jones; Kyle Busch is in third. There are currently only 10 cars on the lead lap as drivers make their green flag pit stops.

The windy conditions are proving to be a challenge for the drivers.

Lap 46, leader Kyle Larson makes his pit stop. William Byron is the new leader. Kyle Larson’s car stalls briefly on pit road.

Lap 51, William Byron makes his pit stop, Denny Hamlin is the new leader as green flag pit stops continue to cycle through.

Parker Kligerman was charged with a loose tire penalty on pit road.

Lap 61, Kyle Larson is back in the lead with Daniel Suarez in second and Kyle Busch in third.

With pit stops completed, there are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 67, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race with Daniel Suarez and Kyle Busch battleing for the second spot.

Lap 73, Kyle Busch has a near two second lead on new second place driver Kyle Busch.

Ryan Newman brings out the first caution flag of the race after making contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr and the wall.

Several drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road but there are a number of drivers who stayed out on the track.

It will be a two lap shootout until the end of stage one with Ryan Blaney leading the way.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart with the drivers getting four and five wide. Joey Logano takes the lead with Chase Eliott in second and Daniel Suarez in third.

Joey Logano wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Daniel Suarez
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

There are a number of drivers on pit road getting some damage repaired after contact on the track.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 87 with Daniel Suarez getting out in front for the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second and Chase Elliott in third.

Lap 92, Daniel Suarez leads the race with Ryan Newman as the only driver out of the race. There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 93, Martin Truex Jr passes Daniel Suarez for the lead. Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 98, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Daniel Suarez and Chase Elliott in third.

Lap 104, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of half a second on Daniel Suarez.

Lap 108, Chase Elliott has gotten around Daniel Suarez to take second place; over half a second behind leader Martin Truex Jr.

Jimmie Johnson has to bring his car down pit road after brushing the wall.

Lap 113, Denny Hamlin gets around Daniel Suarez to take third. Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of tow seconds on Chase Elliott.

The caution flag comes out on lap 115 when Joey Gase gets pushed from behind by Kyle Larson and sends Gase into the grass.

In need of a pit stop, the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Larson was charged with having an uncontrolled tire and Kyle Busch will was charged with having too many crew members over the wall. Both drivers will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Kyle Busch is reporting issues with his throttle.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart with Chase Elliott alongside on the front row. Truex gets out in front for the lead as the drivers are getting four and five wide acorss the track.

Lap 121, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Denny Hamlin in second and Daniel Suarez in third. Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 125, Denny Hamlin passes Martin Truex Jr for the lead but Truex battle back to retake the lead. The drivers continue to go side by side and swap the lead back and forth. Lap 126, Denny Hamlin finally gets around his team mate to take the lead.

Lap 131, Denny Hamlin holds on to the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second; Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 138, Denny Hamlin has a one second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, and William Byron rounding out the top five.

Lap 139, Ryan Blaney takes second place from Martin Truex Jr.

Clint Bowyer is reporting some sort of vibration; but vibrations are common at the Kansas Speedway.

Lap 144, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over a second and a half on Ryan Blaney with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 150, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over a second and a half on Ryan Blaney; Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 156, Denny Hamlin has a near two second lead on Ryan Blaney with Martin Truex Jr in third. Kyle Busch has entered the top 10.

Denny Hamlin wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Paul Menard
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Busch

Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road; Kyle Busch picked up five spots on pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 167 and gets out in front for the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second and Ryan Blaney in third.

Lap 169, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr battle for the lead with Denny Hamlin out in front. Drivers are battling for position all through the field. Playoff drivers are getting desperate to be a part of the round of eight.

Lap 172, Denny Hamlin leads the way with Ryan Blaney in second.

Ryan Blaney is reporting a vibration in the car but plans to wait it out.

Lap 175, Ryan Blaney is clsing in on leader Denny Hamlin.

Lap 177, Denny Hamlin has a lead of only a tenth of a second on Ryan Blaney with Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott rounding out the top five.

Lap 179, Kyle Busch gets around Martin Truex Jr for third and is closing in on Ryan Blaney.

Lap 182, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney who is getting a challenge from Kyle Busch for second.

Lap 188, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney with Kyle Busch over a second back.

Lap 191, Denny Hamlin has increased his lead to a second and a half on Ryan Blaney with Kyle Busch nearly two seconds back.

Lap 192, Kyle Busch challenges Ryan Blaney for second place and gets around Blaney to take the spot.

Lap 196, Denny Hamlin has a two second lead on Kyle Busch with Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron rounding out the top five.

Lap 201, Denny Hamlin has increased his lead over Kyle Busch to two and a half seconds.

There are 24 cars on the lead lap.

With 63 laps remaining in the race, the drivers still have to make one more pit stop.

Lap 215, Kevin Harvick and Erik Jones begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 216, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a three second lead on Kyle Busch.

Lap 219, Denny Hamlin comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop; Alex Bowman is the new leader.

Aric Almirola was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to serve a penalty.

Lap 225, nearly out of fuel, Alex Bowman brings his car down pit road for service; Denny Hamlin is the new leader and about to put Brad Keselowski a lap down.

Lap 228, Denny Hamlin puts Brad Keselowski and Alex Bowman a lap down. Kyle Busch is less than a second behind Hamlin.

Lap 235, Denny Hamlin has a one second lead on Kyle Busch with 16 cars on the lead lap.

Twenty-seven laps to go, Denny Hamlin holds on to a one second lead on Kyle Busch.

With 23 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch is slowly closing in on leader Denny Hamlin; Hamlin’s lead is down to just over half a second.

Lap 249, Kenny Hamlin holds on to a half second lead on Kyle Busch.

Ryan Blaney slaps the wall and the caution flag comes out for a flat tire with 15 laps remaining in the race.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.

Taking only two tires, Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road. While a number of drivers took only two tires, Kyle Busch took four tires.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with just nine laps remaining in the race with Kyle Larson alongside on the front row. The two go side by side. Seven to go, Denny Hamlin is in the lead with Kyle Busch right behind.

Six to go, Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott are in a points battle for the final round of eight spot. In the case of a tie, Chase Elliott wins with the best position.

Chase Elliott gets around Kyle Busch for second with only four laps to go.

The caution flag comes out for a crash between Bubba Wallace and Matt Tifft. One of the rear wheel tires comes off with the car going 180 miles per hour. The crash sends the race into overtime.

A few drivers come down pit road for service including Brad Keselowski and Alex Bowman who are in a battle to remain in the playoffs.

In a green/white/checker overtime start, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with Chase Elliott alongside on the front row. Denny Hamlin gets out in front for the lead with Kyle Busch in second and Chase Elliott in third.

A big wreck brings out the caution flag. Daniel Suarez, Daniel Hemric, and Joey Logano were all involved. The caution flag came out just before the white flag. There will be another overtime start.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the second overtime attempt with Kyle Busch alongside on the front row. Denny Hamlin gets a good restart and takes the lead and begins to pull away. Chase Elliott is on Denny Hamlin’s bumper but edges out Elliott to win the race. This is Hamlin’s fifth win of the season.

The results of the Hollywood Casino 400:
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott

Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Martin Truex Jr
Erik Jones
Clint Bowyer
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
Alex Bowman
Ryan Preece
Chris Buescher
Kyle Larson
Matt DiBenedetto
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Joey Logano
Paul Menard
Brad Keselowski
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Ty Dillon
Aric Almirola
Michael McDowell
Matt Tifft
David Ragan
Ross Chastain
Corey LaJoie
Parker Kligerman
JJ Yeley
Daniel Hemric
Daniel Suarez
Reed Sorenson
Garrett Smithley
Bubba Wallace
Josh Bilicki
Landon Cassill
Joey Gase
Timmy Hill
Ryan Newman

The round of eight has been set…
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
and Chase Elliott will all be moving on to the next round of the playoffs; but Brad Keselowski
William Byron
Alex Bowman
and Clint Bowyer have been eliminated from the playoffs.

Wild Finish in Kansas for Xfinity Series

It’s the first race in the Round of Eight when the Xfinity Series travels to Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300.

After single car qualifying, Christopher Bell put his number 20 on the pole and will bring the field to green with Brandon Jones alongside on the front row.

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

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and unlike last year when he crashed in the first turn, Bell gets out in front to lead the race.

Lap two, Tyler Reddick has already moved up to the top lane.

Lap four, Ryan Truex is on the apron with a smoking and flaming car bringing out the first caution flag of the race. Back in the garage, Ryan Truex said that he lost power steering and then blew up; adding that he had a top five car.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 12 and holds on to his lead with Austin Cindric in second.

Lap 17 Christopher Bell has a lead of over half a second on Cole Custer with Noah Gragson in third. Austin Cindric brushes the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 21, Christopher Bell continues to lead the race with 36 of the 38 cars that started the race still on the track and on the lead lap. JJ Yeley is off the track and Ryan

Turex is out of the race.

Lap 23, Christopher Bell has increased his lead to over a second on Cole Custer; Noah Gragson, Ross Chastain, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 32, Christopher Bell has a near one second lead on Cole Custer with Noah Gragson in third and getting a challenge from Tyler Reddick.

Lap 35, there are 22 cars on the lead lap with Christopher Bell leading the way. Bell has led every lap so far.

Lap 36, Austin Cindric makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with reports of a loose wheel.

Austin Cindric’s crew reports that there indeed was a loose wheel on his car.

Lap 41, Christopher Bell has a lead of over a second on Cole Custer with Noah Gragson in third over a second and a half back.

Leading every lap in the stage, Christopher Bell wins stage one for his 18th stage win and third playoff stage win of the season.

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

Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road. Noah Gragson had a bad spot in his pit box and lost several spots on the track.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 52 and continues to lead the race with Cole Custer in second and Justin Allgaier in third.

Lap 57, Cole Custer challenges Christopher Bell for the lead but so far, Bell holds on to the top spot.

Lap 68, Cole Custer finally gets around Christopher Bell for the lead. There are 19 cars on the lead lap with four cars out of the race.

The caution flag comes out on lap 71 when Harrison Burton hits the wall after being hit by Austin Cindric.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 75 but it is Chirstopher Bell that gets out in front to retake the lead before Cole Custer takes the top spot.

Lap 79, Austin Cindric has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road with a flat tire.

Lap 80, Cole Custer has a half second lead over Christopher Bell with Ross Chastain in third; Justin Allgaier and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 83, Cole Custer has increased his lead on Christopher Bell to over half a second with Justin Allgaier in third. Harrison Burton is out of the race.

Lap 86, Austin Cindric’s trouble continues; he has a smoking tire and has to make another trip down pit road.

Cole Custer wins stage two for his eighth stage win of the season.

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

Christopher Bells wins the race off of pit road.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Cole Custer alongside on the top lane on lap 97. Christopher Bell takes the lead with drivers getting htree wide across the track.

Justin Allgaier gets nearly sideways on the track and Noah Gragson brushes the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 102, Cole Custer passes Christopher Bell to take the lead after Bell gets loose and loses momentum.

The Big Three” are leading the way with Cole Custer in the lead, Christopher Bell second, and Tyler Reddick third.

Lap 110, there are 19 cars on the lead lap with five cars out of the race.

Lap 117, Cole Custer has a lead of over a second on Christopher Bell with Tyler Reddick in third nearly two seconds back.

Despite leading over 65 laps, Christopher Bell is reporting that he is still having handling issues with his car.

After hitting the wall twice, Noah Gragson has to bring his car down pit road for repairs and fresh tires.

Lap 128, Cole Custer has less than a half second lead on Christopher Bell with Tyler Reddick in third. There are 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 132, Cole Custer has a lead of less than half a second on Christopher Bell; Tyler Reddick is in third over half a second back.

Lap 135, Christopher Bell challenges Cole Custer for the lead as the drivers encounter lapped traffic. There are only 10 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 143, Cole Custer has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Christopher Bell. Tyler Reddick is in third with only 10 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 146 when Michael Annett got into the wall.

Tyler Reddick was coming down pit road when the caution flag came out. Pit road was closed and Reddick had to continue down pit road without making a pit stop.

The drivers are in their pit window and make a stop for fresh tires and a load of fuel.

Cole Custer wins the race off of pit road. Christopher Bell had a bad stop and came out in fourth.

Michael Annet has to make another trip down pit road for repairs after hitting the wall.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag restart with 49 laps remaining in the race. Chase Briscoe gets out in front for the lead. Cole Custer gets loose after a hit from Justin Haley and has to work his way back on the track. The track stays green.

Chase Briscoe leads the race with Christopher Bell in second a quarter of a second back with Tyler Reddick in third.

Christopher Bell challenges Chase Briscoe for the lead, so far Briscoe holds on to the top spot.

Forty three laps to go, Chase Briscoe holds on to the lead with Christopher Bell a quarter of a second back; Tyler Reddick is in third over a second back.

Thirty eight laps to go, there are eleven cars on the lead lap with Chase Briscoe in the lead.

John Hunter Nemechek brings out the caution flag with 37 laps to go when he gets loose and spins out.

Chase Briscoe wins the race off of pit road but Michael Annett did not pit.

Michael Annett brings the field down for the green flag restart with 32 laps remaining in the race. In a three wide battle for the lead Chase Briscoe takes the lead with Christopher Bell in second and Tyler Reddick in third.

Ross Chastain gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Noah Gragson gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Twenty five laps to go, Chase Briscoe is in the lead with Christopher Bell in second and moving up to challenge Briscoe. Cole Custer is in third nearly two seconds back.

Lap 179, Chase Briscoe is in the lead; Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out with 17 laps to go for a crash involving Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe, and Garrett Smithley that caused significant damage to Bell’s car after making a run through the grass.

Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick are on the front row and will lead the field down for the green flag restart and a 10 lap shootout. Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick battle for the lead but it is Brandon Jones that gets out in front for the lead with Michael Annett in third.

The caution flag comes out with eight laps to go for Noah Gragson’s flat tire.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart with just five laps remaining in the race. Brandon Jones gets out in front for the lead with Justin Allgaier in second and Chase Briscoe in third.

Four to go, Brandon Jones has a half second lead on Chase Briscoe with Tyler Reddick in third.

Tyler Reddick gets around Chase Briscoe for second.

Brandon Jones takes the white flag.

Brandon Jones wins the race for his first career win! Jones’ win doesn’t mix up the points standings but offers those at the bottom less of a chance to move on to the final four.

Results of the Kansas Lottery 300:
Brandon Jones
Tyler Reddick
Chase Briscoe
Michael Annett
Justin Allgaier
Jeremy Clements
Justin Haley
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Sieg
Cole Custer
Christopher Bell
Noah Gragson
Ray Black Jr
Alex Labbe
Dillon Bassett
Gray Gaulding
Brandon Brown
BJ McLeod
Matt Mills
Josh Williams
Kyle Weatherman
David Starr
CJ McLaughlin
Austin Cindric
Chad Finchum
Stephen Leicht
Tyler Matthews
Josh Bilicki
Vinnie Miller
Bobby Earnhardt
Joey Gase
Garrett Smithley
Harrison Burton
Bayley Currey
Landon Cassill
JJ Yeley
Ryan Truex

The Eagles

One of The Eagles most popular songs is “Hotel California”. They also have an album by the same name.

Next year the legendary band is launching a new tour where they will play the “Hotel California” album in its entirety and a second set of Eagles hits. The band will be performing with a choir and orchestra.

Joining Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit on the tour are Vince Gill and Glenn Frey’s son Deacon.

Eagles tour dates:
Feb 7, 8 & 11 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
Feb 14 & 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Feb 29 & March 1 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
March 6 & 7 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
March 17 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
April 11 & 12 at the Chase Center in San Francisco, CA
April 17, 18, & 24 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA

Jim Brickman

Come October it is not uncommon to see pumpkins, turkeys, and Christmas trees all lined up in the stores at the same time as retailers look to get a jump on the competition. Musicians too look to October as the time to start releasing holiday music.

Piano virtuoso Jim Brickman is getting an early start this year with the release of a new holiday music album that also celebrates 25 years of making music.

“A Christmas Celebration” features new original holiday songs and traditional favourites. Brickman has also invited some special guests to join him including Luke McMaster and Five for Fighting.

The album is set for an October 25 release.

Brickman is launching a tour next month that includes a 25 city holiday celebration tour.

Jim Brickman tour dates:
Nov 12 at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center in Cambridge, OH
Nov 29 at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA
Nov 30 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center in Yountville, CA
Dec 1 at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, CA
Dec 3 at the Rialto Theater Center in Loveland, CO
Dec 4 & 5 at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, NE
Dec 6 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. louis, MO
Dec 7 at the Pantates Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
Dec 8 at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA – 2 shows
Dec 10 & 11 at the Memorial Hall in Cincinnati, OH
Dec 12 at the Auer Performance Hall in Ft. wayne, IN
Dec 13 at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford, IL
Dec 14 at the KeyBank State Theatee in Cleveland, OH
Dec 15 at the Keswick Theatre I Philadelphia, PA
Dec 16 at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, VA
Dec 17 at The Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center I Johnstown, PA
Dec 18 at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, NY (Buffalo)
Dec 19 at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, SC
Dec 20 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL
Dec 21-5 the Lyric Theatre in Birmingham, AL
Dec 22 at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN
Dec 23 at the Walker Theatre in Chatanooga, TN
Dec 26 at the Marcus Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee, WI
Dec 27 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver, CO
Dec 28 at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego, CA
Dec 29-31 at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ – 2 shows each day
Jan 18 at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts in Avon Park, FL
Jan 25 at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, HI
Feb 8 at The Cabot in Beverly, MA
Feb 14 & 15 at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, NV
Feb 23 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of NW in Van Wert, OH
Feb 29 at the McPherson Opera House in McPherson, KS
Marxh 13 at the Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans, GA
April 1 & 2 at The Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA

Alice Cooper

The original shock rocker Alice Cooper is showing no sign of slowing down. After planning a tour for the fall, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has planned more tour dates in the spring.

Cooper has just released an EP titled “Breadcrumbs” – a tribute to some of his fellow Detroit rockers. The six song EP includes music by Johnny “Bee” Badenjek, the Detroit Wheels, Mark Farner of Grand Funk, and Wayne Kramer of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees MC5.

Alice Cooper tour dates:
Nov 3 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers, FL
Nov 5 at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, FL
Nov 6 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL
Nov 7 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL
Nov 9 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, MS
Nov 10 at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center in Montgomery, AL
Nov 12 at the Von Braun Center Arena in Huntsville, AL
Nov 14 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, SC
Nov 15 at the Peace Concert Hall in Greenville, SC
Nov 16 at the Berglund Performing Arts Center in Roanoke, VA
Nov 18 at the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond, VA
Nov 19 at the Louisville Palace Theatre in Louisville, KY
Nov 21 at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls, NY
Nov 22 at the Tilles Center’s Concert Hall in Brookville, NY
Nov 23 at the Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, NJ
Nov 25 at the Nurat Theatre in Indianapolis, IN
Nov 26 at the Stranahan Theater and Great Hall in Toledo, OH
Nov 27 at the Old National Events Plaza in Evansville, IN
Nov 29 at the Mystic Lake Casino Showroom in Prior Lake, MN
Nov 30 at the Genessee Theatre in Waukegan, IL
Feb 8 at the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia
Feb 11 at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Hindmarsh, Australia
Feb 14 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia
Feb 15 at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia
Feb 18 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Boondall, Australia
Feb 20 at The Trusts Arena in Auckland, New Zealand
Feb 22 at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand
April 1 at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough, ON
April 3 at the DeVos Music Hall in Grand Rapids, MI
April 5 at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Appleton, WI
April 7 at the Orpheum Theatre in Omaha, NE
April 8 at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, IA
April 10 at the Alerus Centeri n Grand Forks, ND
April 11 at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg, MB
April 13 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina, SK
April 15 at the Norther Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, AB
April 16 at the CN Centre in Prince George, BC
April 18 at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre in Abbotsford, BC
April 19 at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC
April 20 at the McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA
April 22 at the Keller Auditorium in Portland, OR

Blake Shelton

Country music star and “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton has announced a U.S. tour for next winter.

Calling it his Friends and Heroes tour, Shelton will include “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars” alum Lauren Alaina, The Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson, and Trace Adkins.

Shelton noted, “the Friends and Heroes Tour was so exciting and successful last year that I couldn’t imagine not trying something like that again.” He added, “I feel like it was the best concert experience that I’ve ever been involved in, and I’m ready to get fired up again.”

Blake Shelton Friends and Heroes tour dates:
Feb 13 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Feb 14 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA
Feb 15 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA
Feb 20 at the Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield, CA
Feb 21 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA
Feb 22 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Feb 27 at the Wivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
March 5 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, CA
March 6 at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, CA
March 7 at the Forum in Inglewood, CA
March 11 at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, KS
March 12 at the CHI Healt Center in Omaha, NE
March 14 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
March 19 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL
March 20 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
March 21 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI

Beatles to Release New Boxed Set

The Beatles have not been a group since 1970, but the Fab Four continue to be a major influence on music and music fans over 50 years after taking the music world by storm.

On November 22 The Beatles will be releasing a new boxed set; this time around, it’s a vinyl collection of their singles.

The Singles Collection” features all 22 singles and B sides released in the United Kingdom between 1962 and 1970. Some of those singles were never included on original British album releases. The singles “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love” will also be included in the package.

The set includes 46 tracks on 23 180 gram seven inch vinyl records. The singles have been reproduced from the originals right down to the picture record sleeves.

The package will also include a 40 page book with photos and essays by Beatles historian Kevin Howlett.

 

 

Molly Hatchet

Southern Rockers Molly Hatchet are releasing a new album and a tour.

The album is a live double album called “Battleground” on November 29 and the tour is on now. The album is a mix of performances in Pratteln, Switzerland, in Ludwigsburg, Germany, and during the band’s 40th anniversary tour in the U.S.

And the band has a new singer, Jimmy Elkins. Elkins is taking over for Phil McCormack who died earlier this year.

Molly Hatchet tour dates:
Oct 19 at the Palm Bay Harley Davidson in Palm Bay, FL
Oct 31 at the Val Air Ballroom in Des Moines, IA
Nov 2 at the Diamond Jo Casino and Resort in Dubuque, IA
Nov 7 at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA
Nov 8 at The Canyon in Monclair, CA
Nov 9 at The Canyon in Agoura Hills, CA
Nov 10 at The Canyon in Santa Clarita, CA
Nov 15 at the Space Coast Daily Part in Viera, FL
Nov 16 at Jessie’s Concert Venue in Winter Haven, FL
Nov 17 at the Performing Arts Center in Venice, FL
Nov 20 at Jergels Rhythm Room in Warrendale, PA
Nov 21 at XL Live in Harrisburg, PA
Nov 22 at the Madlife Stage & Studios in Woodstock, GA
Dec 6 at the Roxy in Fensburg, Germany
Dec 7 at the Werkhof in Lubeck, Germany
Dec 8 at the Downtown Blues Club in Hamburg, Germany
Dec 10 at the Meiserfrie in Dremen, Germany
Dec 11 at the Turock in Essen, Germany
Dec 12 at the Kubana in Siegburg, Germany
Dec 13 at Iduna in Drachten, Netherlands
Dec 14 at Rex in Bernsheim, Germany
Dec 15 at Kreuz in Obemarchtal, Germany
Dec 17 at 27 in Pretteln, Switzerland
Dec 18 at Hirsch in Nurmberg, Germay
Dec 19 at Backstage in Munich, Germany
Dec 20 at Kulturbastion in Torgau, Germany
Dec 12 at Spectrum in Augsburg, Germany

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are releasing a very limited edition Record Store Day EP on November 29. Limited to just 2,500 copies, the Latin guitar virtuosos are paying tribute to three of the biggest metal music artists with three previously unreleased songs.

Titled “Mettal” the album includes “Holy Wars” by Megadeth, “Battery” by Mettalica, and “Seasons in the Abyss” by Slayer.

Available at participating independent stores, the release will be available in 12” vinyl.

Rod and Gab are currently on tour in Europe and next month they will bring the tour to the United States.

Rodrigo y Gabriela tour dates:
Oct 19 at the Dock Des Suds in Marseille, France
Oct 21-23 at Le Trianon in Paris, France
Oct 25 at L’Aeronef in Euralille, France
Oct 26 at La Cartonnerie in Reims, France
Oct 27 at The Roma in Antwerpen, Belgium
Nov 15 at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, TX
Nov 16 at the South Side Music Hall in Dallas, TX
Nov 17 at The Jones Assembly in Oklahoma City, OK
Nov 19 at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO
Nov 20 at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, MO
Nov 22 at The Sylvee in Madison, WI
Nov 23 at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, IA
Nov 24 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
Nov 26 at the Rialto Square Theatrei n Joliet, IL
Nov 27 at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, KY
Nov 29 at the Roxian Theatre in Mckees Rocks, PA
Nov 30 at The Forum Auditorium in Harrisburg, PA
Dec 2 at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC
Dec 3 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC
Dec 4 at the Charleston Gaillard Center in Charleston, SC
Dec 6 at The Fillmore in Miami Beach, FL

More Silly Season News

With the 2019 racing season playoffs half over, silly season continues as more drivers get signed to teams in the Monster Energy Cup and Xfinity Series.

Stewart-Haas Racing has announced that the driver of their Monster Energy Cup Series number 14 car, Clint Bowyer, will return next season and continue driving the number 14 car.

Bowyer took over driving the number 14 car in 2016 after team co-owner Tony Stewart retired from driving in the Monster Cup Series.

Speaking on Bowyer driving for SHR, Tony Stewart said via a news release, “Clint Bowyer is a racer to his core who brings passion and energy to our race team. He’s exactly who I wanted to drive my No. 14 car and we’re very happy to have him continue with Stewart-Haas Racing.”

Also via a team news release, Clint Bowyer spoke on his contract extension saying, “I’m proud to be back with Stewart-Haas Racing next year and very happy to announce it the week leading into my home race. This is a team filled with racers who love to compete, and as a race car driver, it’s exactly where you want to be. Great equipment, great teammates, and we’re all backed by great people, which starts at the top with Tony and Gene. They know how to some fast Ford Mustangs and I’m the lucky guy who gets to drive ’em.”

The announcement that Clint Bowyer will remain with SHR comes on the heels of news that SHR team mates Aric Almirola and Kevin Harvick will also remain with the team. Only the fate of the 41 car currently being driven by Daniel Suarez has yet to be revealed.

In other “silly season” news…
Current Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Harrison Burton will be moving up to the Xfinity Series next season.

The 19 year old Burton will be taking over the driving duties for the Joe Gibbs Racing number 20 car being vacated by Christopher Bell who is moving up to the Monster Energy Cup Series next season.

DEX Imaging will serve as the primary sponsor for the JGR number 20 car next season.

While a Truck Series regular, Burton has participated in six Xfinity Series races this season.

Speaking on his new ride, Harrison Burton said via a statement, “I want to finish this season strong, but I’m excited to get 2020 started. My time with JGR this season will really help me because I’ve already gotten to know so many people there and it’s such a great team and organization. They have a long history of helping to develop drivers and this is big for the next step in my career.”

The son of former Monster Cup driver and current NBC broadcaster Jeff Burton, Harrison has worked his way through the various racing series including being the K&N Pro Series championship in 2017.

 

Rock Hall Names 2020 Nominees

On October 15, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released the 16 finalists for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.

For 2020 the gala event stays at home in Cleveland when the new inductees are officially enshrined on May 2.

This year’s nominees range from experimental music to hard core rock with two women, two men, and 12 groups from both sides of the Atlantic.

Nine of this year’s nominees are eligible for the first time – the Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, The Notorious B.I.G., Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, T.Rex, Thin Lizzy, and Whitney Houston.

The remaining acts – Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Nine Inch Nails Rufus and Chaka Khan, and Todd Rundgren have all been nominated before.

An artist or band is eligible for nomination into the Hall of Fame 25 years after their first commercial record release.

The new class of inductees will be revealed in January of 2020.

Rock fans may cast their votes for artists they want inducted into the Hall but the total will count toward only one overall vote. The winners are selected by a panel of over 1,000 artists, historians, and music industry professionals. Nominees are selected by a number of factors including their musical influence on music, their contributions to music and culture, and the longevity of their career.

ABOUT THE NOMINEES:
Eligible since 2004, Pat Benatar gets her first nod as a Hall of Fame nominee. Classically trained, Benatar has turned her mezzo-soprano voice into a powerhouse rock sound that has earned her four Grammy Awards. Along with husband Neil Giraldo, the duo have two multi platinum, five platinum, and three gold albums.

 

The Dave Matthews Band became eligible only last year and is being nominated for the first time. The band features Carter Beauford, Jeff Coffin, Stefan Lessard, Leroi Moore, Tim Reynolds, Rashawn Ross, Boyd Tinsley, and band leader Dave Matthews.

Calling Charlottesville, Virginia home, the band began in 1991 and carved their niche in rock and roll making use of non traditional rock instruments. The Grammy Award winning band has earned seven multi platinum albums including the seven time platinum “Crash”, three multi platinum videos, seven platinum albums, and three gold albums.

 

This is the third nomination for the British band Depeche Mode who first became eligible for induction in 2006. The experimental pop band features Vince Clarke, Andy Fletcher, Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Alan Wilder.

 

Hailing from Basildon, England; Depeche Mode formed in 1981 and continues to push the envelope of the pop music format. They have earned one multi platinum album, five platinum albums, and five gold albums.

 

The Doobie Brothers became eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame in 1996 but are just now earning their first nomination. Band members have included Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, John Hartman, Michael Hossack, Tom Johnston, Keith Knudsen, Michael McDonald, John McFee, Tiran Porter, and Patrick Simmons.

The veteran rockers have been entertaining audiences for over 50 years. The Grammy Award winning northern California rockers have earned four multi platinum albums including a Diamond Award for selling 10 million copies of their “Greatest Hits” album, three platinum albums, and six gold albums. Their world wide album sales have reached nearly 50 million albums.

Award winning singer Whitney Houston was eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2009 but has earned her first nomination for 2020 induction.

Growing up in a musical family, Houston signed with Arista Records when she was just 19. She became the first artist to have seven number one hits in a row, has the longest running number one single – “I Will Always Love You”, and is the first female artist to have an album debut in the number one position on the Billboard 200 Album chart.

 

The award winning artist has earned seven multi platinum albums including two Diamond Awards for selling at least 10 million copies in the United States. The soundtrack for “The Bodyguard” has sold 18 million copies. She also has numerous gold and platinum singles.

Eligible in 1999, the hard rocking band Judas Priest have earned their second nomination to the Hall of Fame after rocking the world for over 50 years.

 

Band members have included Les Binks, K. K. Downing, Bob Halford, Ian Hill, Dave Holland, Glenn Tipton, and Scott Travis.

The metal rockers have earned a multi platinum album, three platinum albums, and seven gold albums. They have also earned a number of gold and platinum awards for their music videos.

German rockers Kraftwerk were first eligible for the Hall of Fame in 1995; this is their sixth Hall of Fame nomination.

Band members include Karl Bartos, Wolfgang Flür, Ralf Hütter, and Florian Schneider.

Since their formation in Düsseldorf in 1970, Kraftwerk have been the blueprint for synth pop music. The band has earned a Grammy Award for their influential music.


The garage rock band Motor City 5 – MC5 – were first eligible for the Hall of Fame in 1991; since then they have earned five nominations.

Members of MC5 include Michael Davis, Wayne Kramer, Fred “Sonic” Smith, Dennis Thompson, and Rob Tyner.

Donned in red, white, and blue; the rockers mixed R&B, psychedelic music, and garage rock with political messages they became the voice of counter culture.

The band has been the voice of the anti-establishment for over 50 years.


Hard rockers Motorhead were first eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2002; this year marks their first nomination for induction.

The Grammy Award winning rockers features members ‘Fast’ Eddie Carke, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, and Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor. The band lost their lead singer Lemmy Kilmister in 2015.

Motorhead created loud, fast, and vicious rock music and has been featured on video games, films, and television shows.

The hard rocking band Nine Inch Nails were first eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2014 and have just earned their third nomination for induction into the Hall of Fame.

Trent Rezner formed the band in Cleveland in the 1980’s. While he originally planned for the band to be just a studio project, it didn’t take long for them to become a full fledged live band.

The Grammy Award winning rockers have earned three multi platinum albums and two gold albums.

Rapper The Notorious B.I.G. Became eligible for the Hall of Fame last year and has earned his first nomination for 2020. Murdered in 1997 at the age of 24, The Notorious B.I.G. – born Christopher Wallace – has racked up quite a list of gold and platinum awards including two multi platinum albums with his album “Life After Death” earning a Diamond Award for selling over 10 million copies after a posthumous release.

Rufus featuring Chaka Khan first became eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame in 1999; this marks their fourth nomination for induction.

Members include Chaka Khan, Dennis Belfield, Al Ciner, Andre Fischer, Tony Maiden, Nate Morgan, Kevin Murphy, Ron Stockert, and Bobby Watson.

Gold album artists Rufus and Chaka Khan became one of the most influential funk bands and went on to earn four number one albums in a row.

Todd Rundgren was first eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame in 1995 and has just earned his second nomination for The Hall.

A true multi talented individual, Todd Rundgren is singer, a songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, an in-demand producer, engineer, audiophile, and technophile. The Philadelphia native has been making music since the mid sixties.

Rockers Soundgarden first became eligible for induction in 2011; this marks their first nomination for the Hall of Fame.

Members of Soundgarden include Matt Cameron, Ben Shepherd, Kim Thayil, Hiro Yamamoto, and Chris Cornell who died last year.

Soundgarden became the first grunge band to release an album via a major record label. They helped to ring in the most recent alternative movement into the mainstream.

Formed in 1984, the Grammy Award winning Soundgarden has two platinum albums and to multi platinum selling albums.

Modern psychedelic rockers T. Rex was first eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame in 1993;this marks their first nomination for The Hall.

Members of T. Rex include Marc Bolan, Steve Currie, Mickey Finn, and Bill Legend.

The band formed in 1970 but like so many bands broke up after the death of a member when Marc Bolan died in 1977. While the band never earned a Grammy Award for their work, they have gone on to be a major influence to generations of musicians.

Irish rockers Thin Lizzy were first eligible for the Hall of Fame in 1996, but it has taken until now for them to earn their first nomination for induction.

Members of Thin Lizzy include Eric Bell, Brian Downey, Scott Gorham, Phil Lynott, and Brian Robertson.

Like so many bands, Thin Lizzy began with the meeting of school mates when Phil Lynott and Brian Downey created the band in 1969.

While their music influenced many artists, Thin Lizzy’s biggest notoriety is their makeup that crossed geographic – Northern Ireland and Ireland, racial – black and white, and religious lines – Catholic and Protestant..

 

Ricky Stenhouse Gets a New Ride

Monster Energy Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr is one of the handful of drivers who have been displaced this season and was in search for a ride.

In September Roush-Fenway Racing announced that they had replaced the driver of the number 17 car with Chris Buescher next year; leaving Stenhouse in search of a ride.

That search ended on October 16 when JTG Daughtery Racing announced that Ricky Stenhouse Jr would be joining the company as the driver for the number 37 car.

Stenhouse will be team mates with Ryan Preece who drives the JTG Daugherty Racing number 47 car.

Oddly enough, the number 37 JTG Daughtery Racing car is the same one vacated by Chris Buescher when he signed on with Roush-Fenway.

The signing of Ricky Stenhouse to JTG Daugherty and Chris Buescher moving to Roush-Fenway amounts to a swap in rides.

While driving for Jack Roush, Stenhouse earned an Xfinity Series championship in 2011 and 2012 and was the 2013 Rookie of the Year.

Speaking on his new team Stenhouse said, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join JTG Daugherty Racing next season. To be able to see what Tad, Jodi (Geschickter) and Brad (Daugherty) have built over the years says a lot about the team and the organization both on and off the track. JTG has grown from a small team in a barn to a two-car team with more than 100 employees, and I’m looking forward to joining the family. I’m grateful for the opportunity, and ready to go win races with the ultimate goal of making the Playoffs and competing for a championship.”

JTG Daughterty car owner Tad Geschickter said, “we’re very fortunate to have Ricky join us next season to continue to elevate our racing program at JTG Daugherty Racing. Ricky brings a lot of experience and talent to the team, and we know we can have two Playoff-contending teams next season with him and Ryan Preece at the helm of our cars.”

NFMusicHOF Inducts New Class

On October 13 the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame held their third annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony with a sold out gala event at the historic Rapids Theatre.

The Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame pays homage to artists who have made significant contributions to music whether it be in the Niagara Falls area or around the globe.

Since last year’s ceremonies the Hall of Fame committee lost one of its own when board member and Hall of Fame archivist Dr. Sam Morreale died. As a tribute to Dr. Sam, the Hall of Fame has created the Dr. Sam Morreale Music Award. The inaugural recipient of that award went to Al Giambattista who like Dr. Sam is a saxophone player. A life long resident of Niagara Falls, Al is a virtual walking encyclopedia of Niagara Falls music history.

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Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame member Tom Gariano returned to serve as host for what became a very emotional event that featured many memories, anecdotes, and performances by the new Hall of Fame inductees and those who inducted them.

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The afternoon began with keyboard player Michael Sanders Jr entertaining the crowd as they entered the theater and found their seats.

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The gala festivities began with a performance by NFMHOF member Marcangelo Perricelli and the CPSW Band.

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After opening remarks from NFMHOF Board members vice president Bob Drazdowski and president Peter Paonessa the presentations began.

Along with honouring Al Giambattista, journalist Norma Hicks was recognized for her literary contributions on local musicians.

In the non performance category, Hall of Fame member Bruce Wojick inducted soundman Bob Hillman and Lisa Minicucci-Chester inducted her father club owner Bobby Minicucci.

After an In Memorium slide presentation,, the Legacy inductees marking those who are no longer with us were presented. Maria Fava inducted her father Ralph Fava and cousins Ron and Jimmy Marasco inducted fellow cousin John Marasco.

This year two bands were inducted into the Hall of Fame with Ed Shredd from 103.3 The Edge inducted God’s Children and Bruce Wojick returned to the stage to induct Stemm who also gave a performance.

In the individual performance category…
Diana Volkman inducted Bob Volkman who also gave a performance.
NFMHOF President Pete Paonessa inducted April Stevens and Nino Tempo. Cousins Tom and Sal also spoke on April.

NFMHOF member Mark Dixon inducted Ed Supple.
Ivy D’Amico inducted Ronald Laster Sr who also gave a performance.
Stan Pietras inducted Mary Nero who also gave a performance.
NFMHOF Secretary JoAnn King Simon inducted Bobby Prevette.
Mike DeMeo inducted DeeAnn Demeo who also gave a performance.
NFMHOF member Marcangelo Perricelli inducted musician and photographer A D Ligammari II.

ABOUT THE INDUCTEES:
Sam Morreale Music Award recipient Al Giambattista was born in 1928. For the past 70 years he has been entertaining music fans with his saxophone including President Dwight David Eisenhower while in the Army.

 

Bobby Minicucci owned and operated the Ontario House in Niagara Falls for over 40 years where he featured many Jazz artists and bands including Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Maynard Fergusson, and Chuck Mangione; along with western New York’s Bobby Jones and Spider Martin.

Bob Hillman has been the “go to” sound man in western New York for over 40 years. Since getting his start while still in high school, he has worked with Zola, Dennison Stars, Spyro Gyra, Quarter Flash, Sir Elton John, Kenny Loggins, U2, 38 Special, the Police, Journey, Yes, Bruce Springsteen, Duran Duran, Boston, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

He also plays the clarinet and guitar.

 

Ralp Fava was not only the founder and owner of the Lockport Music Center; he was a musician and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He taught hundreds of western New Yorkers how to play the guitar and shared his talents with a number of nationally known musicians when they made a stop in the area including Rich Little, Susan Anton, Wayne Newton, Mary Wilson, Bobby Vinton, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Jim Nabors, Connie Francis, Shari Lewis, Don Rickles, the Drifters, Al Martino, and Jerry Vale.

John Marasco grew up in a musical family. The left handed guitar player performed and taught music for over 50 years including over 30 years at the Berklee College of Music. He has shared the stage with a variety of artists including Peter Allen, John Valenti, Louis St. Louis, Alexis Smith, Al Martino, Jerry Vale, Mundell Lowe, Joan Rivers, Don Rickles, Eartha Kitt, and The Lettermen.

 

God’s Children, also sometimes known as just The Children, was started in 1989 was known for their original music which gave them a leg up when it came to opening concerts for national acts making a stop in the area. Getting recognition far beyond their western New York home, God’s Children’s music has appeared on “A Thousand Acres”, “Vegas Vacation”, “Man of the House”, “The Good Doctor”, “Hard Justice”, “The X-Files”, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”, “Touched by An Angel” and “LA Firefighters”.

Though they split up in 1999, many of the band’s members continue to entertain local music fans.

God’s Children are: Peter Ajemian, Peter Vincent, Bruce Wojick, Leo McDonald, and Mark Pirolli.

 

Stemm is a metal music band that bagan in 1998 and found themselves opening for Sevendust less than a year after forming. Their song “Face the Pain” became the soundtrack for the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Their music has also appeared on “Here Comes the Boom”, “Iron Man 2”, “Vegas, Baby”, “MX World Tour featuring Jamie Little’, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphis”, and “UFC 50: The War of ’04”.

Throughout their musical career, they have opened for Run–DMC, Chimaira, Hatebreed, Sevendust, Stone Sour, Korn, Black Label Society, Staind, Alter Bridge, Machine Head, Soulfly, Killswitch Engage, and Damage Plan.

Stemm are: Joe Cafarella, Dan Nelligan, Alex Scouten, and Stever Crowl. Former members include Mario Nobilio, Louis Penque, TJ Frost, and Rich Spall.

Dee Ann DiMeo was born into a musical family and began her singing career when she was just seven years old. She also plays the guitar, the piano, and dances. She performs pop, blues, jazz, country, and big band music. Like Nat King and Natalie Cole, Dee Ann and her father Frank recorded a version of “Unforgettable”. Along with performing all over the western New York area, Dee Ann has opened for George Jones.

 

Ronald Laster Sr began his musical path with the violin but after six years, he turned his four stringed instrument in for a six stringed one – the guitar. After high school, the former honour student formed his own band and became one of the most sought after fink guitar players in the country including working with award winning artist Rick James. He also worked with James Brown and has shared the stage with B.B. King, Aretha Franklin,m Carolyn Franklin, Prince, Mciahel Jackson, Robert Randolph, Fred Wesley, and Maceo Parker.

A D Ligammari II is a world class visual artist who has photographed numerous rock artists.

And at the age of 60 A D returned to school to earn his degree in music.

He has worked with Jon Anderson of YES.

 

Mary Nero has been entertaining audiences for over six decades after giving her first performance at age five. She has performed as a solo artist, with her band Magenta, and shared the stage with numerous western New York musicians.

 

Bobby Previte got his musical start in a talent show with his version of the hit song “Hound Dog”. A home made drum set failed to impress but that did not slow him down. A year later he bought his first drum kit…and still uses it. A happenstance meeting with Jimi Hendrix led to a music degree and collaborations with world class musicians including composer John Adams, NRBQ’s Terry Adams, filmmaker Robert Altman, Jesse Colter, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Tom Waits, and Iggy Pop.

He has gone on to earn numerous awards and had his compositions heard all over the world and on television.

 

Ed Supple has been playing the guitar for over 50 years, but he is also an educator, promoter, and salesman.

He is responsible for creating the ‘Suppling’ finger style playing. He has appeared on multiple albums as a “ghost musician” session player. Supple is now a member of the Buffalo Music and Niagara Falls Music Halls of Fame.

 

April Stevens and Nino Tempo were born Caroline and Antonio LoTempio. The sister and brother duo have been performing together since they were very small in their grandmother’s Pine Avenue restaurant. Since those early days April and Nino have gone on to appear on “The Ed Sullivan Show”, the “Perry Como Show”, “American Bandstand”, and to earn a Grammy Award for the song “Deep Purple”. They have shared the stage with The Beach Boys, the Righteous Brothers, and Sonny and Cher. Her song “Teach Me Tiger” was requested by shuttle astronauts as their wake up song.

April Stevens and Nino Tempo are members of both the Buffalo Music and the Niagara Falls Music Halls of Fame.

 

Bobby Volkman is an award winning composer and keyboard player who has composed a number of works for theatrical and television productions. He is also a jingle writer. Bob is a member of the BBC Band – a Beatles tribute band, the Three Dog Night triubte band Eli, The Rockers, Beginnings – a Chicago tribute band, Everyday People, and his own band.

ABOUT THE NIAGARA FALLS MUSIC HALL OF FAME: a non profit organization dedicated to honouring the musicians of Niagara Falls, to protect and preserve the area’s musical culture and heritage, and to recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions in this area.

ABOUT THE RAPIDS THEATRE:
A former movie house and vaudeville theater known as The Bellevue, The Rapids has been refurbished into a modern concert venue in Niagara Falls, New York. Since 1921 the venue has been a movie house, a dance club, , and a night club.

Reportedly a haunted venue, The Rapids was featured on the Syfy original series “Ghost Hunters” in 2011.