Deep Purple

It’s no “Smoke Across the Water”, Deep Purple is releasing a new album and will launch a summer tour in Europe.

The band is set to release their 21st album “Whoosh” on June 12. The album is being offered as a limited CD and DVD package, as a two LP and DVD package, as a limited edition boxed set, and on digital formats. The DVD will feature “Roger Glover and Bob Ezrin in Conversation” and the 2017 Hellfest performance on video.

Speaking on the upcoming album, guitarist Steve Morse said, “we’ve included everything that made the whole band smile, including (producer) Bob Ezrin. We’ve always enjoyed making music and having the incredible luxury of a loyal audience.”

Deep Purple tour dates:
March 14 at the Hell & Heaven Festival in Mexico City, Mexico
May 31 at the Megasport Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia
June 3 at Lifepark in Istanbul, Turkey
June 6 at the Rockwave Festival in Athens, Greece
June 20 at Hellfest in Clisson, France
June 21 at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium
June 24 at the Stadptark Freilichtbuhne in Hamburg, Germany
June 25 at the Skovdalen in Aalborg, Denmark
June 27 at the Tons of Rock Ekeberg in Oslo, Norway
June 30 at La Seine Musicale in Paris, France
July 1 at the Festival De Nimes Les Arenes in Nimes, France
July 3 at Clam Rock in Klam, Austria
July 4 at Lovely Days in Eisenstadt, Austria
July 6 at the Bologna Sonic Park in Bologna, Italy
July 8 at the Sion sous Sion sous les etoiles in Sion Switzerland
July 10 at the Kunst Rasen Granau in Bonn, Germany
July 11 at the Rosenheim Sommerfestival in Rosenheim, Germany
July 14 at the Freilichtbühne Peißnitz in Halle, Germany
July 15 at the Open Air Volkspark in Mainz, Germany
July 17 at the Guitare en Scene Festival in St. Julein en Genevois, France
July 18 at the Lieder Am See in Brombach, Germany
July 20 at the Festiva De Carcassone Theatre Jean Deschamps in Carcassone, France
July 22 at the Stimmen Festival in Lorrach, Germany
July 24 at the Festival De La Foire Aux Vins de Colmar Parc Des expositions in Colmar, France
Sept 26 at the Hovet Ice Hall in Stockholm, Sweden
Sept 27 at the Partille Arena in Gothenburg, Sweden
Sept 29 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct 2 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK
Oct 3 at the O2 in London, UK
Oct 5 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, UK
Oct 6 at the FD Arena in Leeds, UK
Oct 8 at the Arena in Birmingham, UK
Oct 10 at the Rockhal in Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Oct 13 at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany
Oct 14 at the Atlas Arena in Lods, Poland
Oct 16 at the Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany
Oct 17 at the KP Arena in Oberhausen, Germany
Oct 19 at the Forum in Milan, Italy
Oct 20 at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland
Oct 22 at the Zenith in Lille, France
Oct 24 at the Zenith in Dijon, France
Oct 26 at the Zenith D’Auvergne in Clermont Ferrand, France
Oct 28 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Historic First Win at Auto Club for Xfinity Series

In race two of the west coast swing, the Xfinity Series travels to Fontana and the Auto Club Speedway for the Production Allaince Group 300.

None of the drivers in today’s field have won a race at Auto Club Speedway; ensuring a first time winner at the end of the race. Some drivers are making their debut runs at the track.

After a shortened practice session on Friday due to red flag conditions, 36 drivers take to the track to qualify and later race 300 miles around the two mile track.

With a time of 39.994 seconds, Brandon Jones put his number 19 car on the pole and will bring the field to green. This is Jones’ third career pole win.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano and NASCAR Cup Series crew chief Chad Knaus will be joining Adam Alexander in the FOX broadcast booth for the race.

The starting lineup for the Production Allaince Group 300:
Brandon Jones
Harrison Burton
Chase Briscoe
Daniel Hemric
Riley Herbst
Ross Chastain
Austin Cindric
Ryan Sieg
Justin Haley
Justin Allgaier
Jeremy Clements
Noah Gragson
Anthony Alfredo
Michael Annett
Austin Hill
Jesse Little
Alex Labbe
Bayley Currey
Myatt Snider
Ray Black II
Brandon Brown
Joe Graf Jr
JJ Yeley
Landon Cassill
Josh Williams
BJ McLeod
Chad Finchum
Kyle Weatherman
Brett Moffitt
David Starr
Tommy Joe Martins
Matt Mills
Stephen Leicht
Josh Bilicki
Robby Lyons II
Vinnie Miller

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

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with team mate Harrison Burton starting alongside on the front row. Brandon Jones gets out in front for the lead as drivers spread out three wide across the track.

Brandon Jones leads the first lap.

Lap two, Brandon Jones leads the race with Harrison Burton, Daniel Hemric, Ross Chastain, and Chase Briscoe rounding out the top five.

Lap five, Brandon Jones has pulled out to a half second lead on Harrison Burton; Chase Briscoe, Daniel Hemric, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap eight, Brandon Jones has increased his lead to three quarters of a second on Harrison Burton; Chase Briscoe, Daniel Hemric, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 13, Brandon Jones has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half over Harrison Burton; Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

The drivers have a sign in their pit stall to show them which stall is theirs; Anthony Alfredo’s pit sign is a cartoon head shot of him with a knife and fork in front of a plate of Fettuccine Alfredo.

Lap 18, Leading every lap so far, Brandon Jones now has a lead of over two seconds on Harrison Burton.

With 12 laps remaining in stage one, Brandon Jones continues to lead the race and has a two second lead on team mate Harrison Burton.

The teams have only five sets of tires for this race.

Lap 25, Brandon Jones leads the way; Harrison Burton, Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Only five laps remain in stage one; Brandon Jones has a second and a half lead on Chase Briscoe; Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain, and Daneil Hemric round out the top five.

With only four laps to go in stage one, Chase Briscoe is closing in on leader Brandon Jones; Briscoe has gone from two seconds back to just a tenth of a second. There are 21 laps on the lead lap.

Brandon Jones wins stage one for his first stage win of the year.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brandon Jones
Chase Briscoe
Harrison Burton
Ross Chastain
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Sieg
Riley Herbst
Austin Cindric
Noah Gragson
Michael Annett

Twentieth place driver Vinnie Miller is the “lucky dog”

Brandon Jones wins the race off of pit road with Harrison Burton coming out second.

Austin Hill was caught speeding on pit road.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 43 from the outside lane and jumps out in front for the lead as drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap 45, Brandon Jones holds on to his lead of the race; Daniel Hemric, Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain, and Noah Gragson round out the top five. Noah Gragson’s team got him five spots on the track with their fast pit stop.

Lap 50, Brandon Jones has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Daniel Hemric; Harrison Burton, Chase Broscoe, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Kyle Weatherman slows down but gets off the track and down pit road; the track stays green.

Lap 55, Brandon Jones has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Harrison Burton; Daniel Hemric, Chase Briscoe, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Ten to go in stage two, Brandon Jones holds on to a second lead on Harrison Burton; Daniel Hemric, Chase Briscoe, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Harrison Burton had some overheating issues after some debris on the grille, the debris is gone now and the temperatures have dropped.

Five laps remain in stage two, Brandon Jones has a near second lead on Daniel Hemric; Harrison Burton, Chase Briscoe, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

With a lead of over a second and a half, Brandon Jones wins stage two for the sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Brandon Jones
Daniel Hemric
Harrison Burton
Chase Briscoe
Austin Cindric
Riley Herbst
Ross Chastain
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Sieg
Michael Annet

Daniel Hemric wins the race off of pit road; Brandon Jones has fallen back to fourth place for the start of stage three.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage trhee on lap 78 with Harrison Burton starting alongside on the front row.

Lap 81, Harrison Burton takes the lead with Daniel Hemric ove a second back; Justin Allgaier, Chase Briscoe, and Austin Cindric.

The first caution flag of the race for an on track issue comes out on lap 82 when the number eleven car of Justin Haley gets a flat tire and spins out.

Lap 85, Harrison Burton brings the field down for the green flag restart and takes the lead but a big crash brings out the caution flag. Michael Annett, Brett Moffitt, Brandon Brown, and Joe Graf Jr were all involved in the crash.

JR Motorsports drivers Daniel Hemric and Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 90 with Justin Allgaier getting out front for the lead with Daniel Hemric on his bumper.

Matt Mills brings out the caution flag when he gets loose and bumps the wall on lap 91.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires. Justin Allgaier wins ther ace off of pit road with Chase Briscoe in second.

After staying out on the track, Justin Haley brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 96 as the drivers get three and four wide across the track. Chase Briscoe gets out in front but the caution flag comes out again for a crash involving Noah Gragson and Ross Chastain after Gragson tries to avoid Anthony Alfredo.

With 52 laps remaining in the race, Chase Briscoe leads the field; Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

With 49 laps remaining in the race, Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart, but it is Daniel Hemric who gets out in front for the lead.

When Daniel Hemric gets loose, Chase Briscoe takes the lead. Brandon Jones has a flat tire and bumps the wall, he is near the top of the track and is having trouble getting dow to get on pit road.

With 47 laps to go, Chase Briscoe leads the race; Harrison Burton, Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, and Riley Gerbst round out the top five.

Forty-five to go, Chase Briscoe is in the lead with Harrison Burton on his bumper; Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, and Riley Herbst round out the top five. There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out with 42 laps to go for debris on the track. This is the seventh caution flag of the race.

Taking no tires, Alex Labbe wins the race off of pit road but Ross Chastain has stayed out on the track and is in the lead.

Justin Allgaier hit a tire on the track and caused some damage to his car.

Chase Briscoe is reporting voltage issues in his car.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart with 37 laps to go, Chase Briscoe takes the lead with Harrison Burton on his bumper.

The top five are Chase Briscoe, Harrison Burton, Riley Herbst, Daniel Hemric, and Ryan Sieg.

Landon Cassill is out of the race with Kyle Weatherman and Stephen Leicht off the track.

Chase Briscoe is in the lead but Harrison Burton is challenging for the lead with 34 laps to go.

Austin Cindric’s team is reporting that due to an air gun issue, they didn’t get enough torque in changing the tires.

Harrison Burton gets around Chase Briscoe for the lead with 33 laps to go.

Thirty to go, Harrison Burton leads the race with Chase Briscoe in second; Riely Herbst, Ryan Sieg, and Daniel Hemric round the the top five.

Austin Hill gets into the wall but gets his car down pit road and the track stays green.

With 29 laps to go, Chase Briscoe and Harrison Burton swap the lead back and forth with Burton getting out in front.

At 19 years old, Harrison Burton is the youngest driver in the top 10.

FOX broadcasters reveal that NASCAR has run an Xfinity race only one other time on Leap Day…and it was also won by a Burton – Ward Burton.

Twenty five to go, Harrison Burton leads the race with Chase Briscoe nearly a second back; Riley Herbst, Ryan Sieg, and Daniel Hemric round out the to five.

Chase Briscoe brings out the caution flag with 24 laps remaining in the race when he spins out and makes an off road excursion through the grass. Due to his voltage issue, Briscoe cannot get the car moving again. If he has to have a tow truck rescue him, then he will be out of the race.

The car gets moving again but Briscoe is now one lap down.

Leaders come down pit road for fresh tires.

Harrison Burton wins the race off of pit road.

Harrison Burton brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 19 laps remaining in the race. Riley Herbst and Harrison Burton go side by side before Harrison Burton takes the lead.

With 18 laps to go the top five are; Harrison Burton, Riley Herbst, Austin Cindric, Ryan Sieg, and Justin Haley.

Fifteen to go, Harrison Burton has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Riley Herbst; Austin Cindric, Ryan Sieg, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Ten to go, Harrison Burton has pulled out to a lead of two seconds on Riley Herbst; Austin Cindric, Ryan Sieg, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

With only six laps to go, leader Harrison Burton has encountered slower traffic; his lead is down to just over a second on Riley Hrbst.

There are 17 cars on the lead lap.

Five to go, Riley Herbst is only half a second behind leader Harrison Burton.

With a quarter of a second lead, Harrison Burton takes the white flag with team mate Riley Herbst in second.

Joining dad Jeff, rookie driver Harrison Burton wins the race in his first Auto Club start. He joins uncle Ward as the only race winners on February 29.

The unofficial results of the Production Allaince Group 300:
Harrison Burton
Riley Herbst
Austin Cindric
Ryan Sieg
Justin Haley
Anthony Alfred
Daniel Hemric
Ross Chastain
Jeremy Clements
Josh Williams
Myatt Snider
Justin Allgaier
Alex Labbe
Brett Moffitt
Vinnie Miller
Austin Hill
Michael Annett
Tommy Joe Martins
Chase Briscoe
Chad Finchum
David Starr
Ray Black II
Robby Lyons II
BJ McLeod
JJ Yeley
Noah Gragson
Matt Mills
Jesse Little
Josh Bilicki
Brandon Jones
Joe Graf Jr
Bayley Currey
Brandon BrownKyle Weatherman
Stephen Leicht
Landon Cassill

After celebrating his win, Harrison’s car will not start and has to have it towed to victory lane.

Allman-Betts Band

The Allman-Betts Band is ready to launch the next portion of their tour which will begin in Colorado and make a few stops in Australia and Japan before returning back to the United States.

Allman-Betts tour dates:
March 4 at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, CO
March 5 at the Lensic Performance Arts Center in Sante Fe, NM
March 6 at the MIM in Phoenix, AZ
March 7 at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA
March 8 at the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
March 11 at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, CA
March 12 at the Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA
March 13 at The Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, NV
March 14 at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, CA
March 15 at the Grass Valley Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, CA
March 17 at the Domino Room in Bend, OR
March 18 at the Fox Theater in Spokane, WA
March 19 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR
March 20 at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene, OR
March 21 at the Temple Theater in Tacoma, WA
April 8 at the Oxford Art Factory in Dalinghurst, Australia
April 9, 10 & 12 at the Bluesfest Byron Bay in Tyagarah, Australia
April 13 at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne, Australia
April 16 at the Billboard Live in Tokyo, Japan
April 18 at the Hawaii Theater Center in Honolulu, HI
April 23 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center in Cleveland, OH
April 24 at the SweetWater 420 Festival in Atlanta, GA
April 25 at the Wanee Block Party in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
April 26 at the Dixie Roadhouse in Cape Coral, FL
April 30 at the Saenger Theater in Mobile, AL
May 1 at The Fillmore in New Orleans, LA
May 2 at the First Financial Music Hall in El Dorado, AR
May 5 at the Walhalla Performing Arts Center in Walhalla, SC
May 6 at the Francis Marion University PAC in Florence, SC
May 8 at The Martin Centre in Douglas, GA
May 9 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL
May 10 & 11 at the Disney’s Garden Rock 2020 in Orlando, FL
May 14 at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA
May 15 at the Acadiana Center for the Performing Arts in Lafayette, LA
May 16 at the Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, TX
May 19 at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN
May 20 at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
May 22 at the Papa Joe’s Banjo B Que Music Festival in Augusta, GA
May 23 at the Cumberland Caverns Live in McMinnville, TN
May 30 at the Volvo Car Stadium in Charleston, SC
June 19 at the Lockn Festival in Arrington, VA
June 26 at the Kat Wolf Music Festival in Laytonville, CA
June 28 at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, CO
July 4 at the Peach Music Fest in Scranton, PA

IOC Bans Swimmer for Doping Issues

When it comes to violating the substance rule, the International Olympic Committee has a no tolerance policy. Athletes caught violating the Olympic drug policy can have their medals stripped, be suspended, or even banned from competition.

Sun Yang is the most decorated swimmer in China with three gold medals; but all of that has come to an end with an eight year ban from competing in the next two summer Olympics beginning with the upcoming games in Tokyo. Sun will also miss the 2024 summer Olympics in Paris, France.

All Olympians are required to participate in periodic drug tests to ensure that they are not violating the anti-doping rules.

The Court of Arbitration ruled in a unanimous decision that Sun violated the rules by not cooperating with officials charged with collecting a sample in September 2018; in addition, Sun’s mother told his security to smash the sample with a hammer…which he did. Saying that the people coming to take the samples did not have the proper paperwork, Sun refused to give them a urine sample.

“It is one thing, having provided a blood sample, to question the accreditation of the testing personnel while keeping the intact samples in the possession of the testing authorities; it is quite another thing, after lengthy exchanges and warnings as to the consequences, to act in such a way that results in destroying the sample containers, thereby eliminating any chance of testing the sample at a later stage,” the panel said.

After a request from the World Anti-Doping Agency, the CAS levied the maximum penalty.

This is not the first time that Sun has been charged with a rules violation.

Sun’s first violation was in 2014 where he was banned from competing for three months by Chinese officials; however, he never missed a competition.

Another Driver Joins the Rowdy Challenge

The Rowdy Challenge is gathering steam as a second NASCAR Cup driver has accepted the challenge to try and beat Rowdy in one of the four remaining Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series races he will be participating in this season.


On Thursday (February 27) Chase Elliott put his helmet into the ring to driver the number 24 GMS Racing truck at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

On Friday (February 28), another Kyle, Kyle Larson has thrown his helmet into the fray.

Kyle Larson

@KyleLarsonRacin

Count me in for @HomesteadMiami! Thanks for the opportunity to make some cash money @GMSRacingLLC and @TeamChevy.

Larson will take over the driving duties of the number 24 GMS Racing truck the following week at Homestead-Miami Speedway for a chance to try and beat Rowdy for the $100,000 prize.

With 57 Truck Series wins, Kyle Busch has won the most races of any driver in the Gander Truck Series. After his sixth win in a row at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 21, NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick issued a challenge to offer a bounty of any $50,000 to any NASCAR Cup Series driver who can beat Kyle Busch in Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series race.

After Harvick issued the challenge, Gander Outdoors CEO Marcus Lemonis matched the bounty saying…

Kevin Harvick

@KevinHarvick

· Feb 22, 2020

Sounds good to me!!! $100,000 grand boys!!! #gameon https://twitter.com/marcuslemonis/status/1231282831705309184 …

Marcus Lemonis

@marcuslemonis

Hey @KevinHarvick I’ll match that… I’m that comfortable @KyleBusch can’t be beat… @NASCAR_Trucks @GanderRV @NASCAR https://twitter.com/kevinharvick/status/1231266777130127360…

Elliott and Larson both have a pair of wins each in previous Gander Truck Series starts.

Maren Morris

Country singer Maren Morris has barely come off the road from touring and has already planned to go out on the road again for another tour of North America this summer. Her RSVP Tour includes festival dates and headlining stops.

Husband Ryan Hurd, James Arthur, and Caitlyn Smith will be joining Morris on some of the dates.

Tickets for the RSVP Tour go one sale March 6 at 10am local time.

Maren Morris RSVP Tour dates:
March 7 at the Houston Rodeo in Houston, TX
May 24 at the BottleRock in Napa, CA
June 5 at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
June 6 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH
June 7 at the Governor’s Ball Music Festival in New York City, NY
July 10 at The Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
July 24 at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton, FL
July 25 at Dailey’s Amphitheater in Jacksonville, FL
July 30 at the Jacobs Pavilion in Cleveland, OH
Aug 7 at the Starlight Amphitheatre in Kansas City, MO
Aug 8 at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 21 at the Ameris Bank Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA
Aug 22 at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleight, NC
Aug 22 & 23 AT THE Railbird Festival in Lexington, KY
Aug 27 at the Freedom Hil Amphitheatre in Detroit, MI
Aug 28 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
Sept 4-6 at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass in Aspen, CO
Sept 7 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO
Sept 10 at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre in Abbotsford, BC
Sept 11 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Sept 17 at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC
Sept 18 at the Sprint Pavilion in Charlottesville, VA
Sept 19 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD
Sept 25 at the Corona Theatre in Montreal, QC
Oct 1 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Tuscaloosa, AL
Oct 9 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR
Oct 15 at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre in San Diego, CA
Oct 17 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

Joe Rogan

Podcast host, actor, and comic Joe Rogan has announced that he will be embarking on a tour beginning this spring as he gets back to his roots as a comedian.

Along with hosting his “The Joe Rogan Experience”, Rogan has had over 25 years of stand up comedic experience.

Prior to launching his Sacred Clown Tour, Rogan will be joining Chappelle on a few dates and will make an appearance at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC.

Joe Rogan “Sacred Clown Tour” dates:
May 15 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA
May 16 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
May 29 & 30 at the Palace Theatre in Louisville, KY
June 26 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
June 27 at the Spectrum Arena in Charlotte, NC
July 10 at The Park Theater in Las Vegas, NV
Aug 13 at the BB&T Center in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Aug 14 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Aug 15 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
Aug 28 & 29 at The Met in Philadelphia, PA
Sept 11 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE
Sept 12 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
Oct 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Oct 10 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
Nov 1 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA
Nov 13 at the Fisery Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Nov 14 at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, KS
Dec 4 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA
Dec 5 at the Golden 1 Arena in Sacramento, CA

ACM Announces Award Nominations

On April 5 the Academy of Country Music Awards will present their 55th annual ACM Awards with reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year winner Keith Urban serving as host for the gala event in Las Vegas. This will be Urban’s first time at hosting the awards gala.

Country music duo Dan + Shay lead the list of nominations with five; with Dan earning an extra nomination; after working with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber the duo has four nominations for the hit “10,000 Hours”. The group Old Dominion have also earned five nominations with band members Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi each earned a sixth nomination for writing “One Man Band”. Other artists who have earned multiple nominations are Thomas Rhett, Dan Huff, Maren Morris, and Blake Shelton.

Nominees for the 55th ACM Awards:
Entertainer of the Year:
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Carrie Underwood

Female Artist of the Year:
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Male Artist of the Year:
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Duo of the Year:
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Group of the Year:
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion
The Highwomen

New Female Artist of the Year:
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Lindsay Eli
Caylee Hammock
Tenille Townes

New Male Artist of the Year:
Jordan Davis
Russell Dickerson
Riley Green
Cody Johnson
Morgan Wallen

Album of the Year:
“Center Point Road” by Thomas Rhett
“Girl” by Maren Morris
“Heartache Medication” by Jon Pardi
“What You See is What You Get” by Luke Combs
“Wildcard” by Miranda Lambert

Single of the Year:
“God’s Country” by Blake Shelton
“One Man Band” by Old Dominion
“Rainbow” by Kasey Musgraves
“Rumor” by Lee Brice
“What if I Never Geto Over You” by Lady Antebellum

Song of the Year:
“10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” by Ashley McBryde
“God’s Country” by Blake Shelton
“One Man Band” by Old Dominion
“Some of It” by Eric Church

Video of the Year:
“10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber
“God’s Country” by Blake Shelton
“One Man Band”
“Remember You Young” by Thomas Rhett
“Sugar Coat” by Little Big Town

Songwriter of the Year:
Ashley Gorley
Michael Hardy
Hillary Lindsey
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne

Music Event of the Year:
“10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber
“Dive Bar” by Garth Brooks with Blake Shelton
“Fooled Around and Fell in Love” by Miranda Lambert with Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammock, and Elle King
“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus
“What Happens in a Small Town” by Brantley Gilbert with Lindsay Ell

Casino Theater of the Year:
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV
The Joint in Tulsa, OK
Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, MI
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, NV
WinStar Global Event Center in Thackerville, OK

Casino Arena of the Year:
Mark G. Etess Arena in Atlantic City, NJ
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Sandia Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
Stir Concert Cove in Council Bluffs, IA
T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV

Fair or Rodeo of the Year:
California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, CA
Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, WY
Houston Livestock Show Rodeo in Houston, TX
Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, MN
San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in San Antonio, TX

Festival of the Year:
Boots and Hearts Music Festival in Ore-Medonte, ON
Stagecoach in Indio, CA
Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Watershed Festival in George, WA
Windy City Smokeout in Chicago, IL

Club of the Year:
Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, TX
Coyote Joe’s in Charlotte, NC
Grizzly Rose in Denver, CO
Joe’s Live in Rosemont, IL
Losers Bar & Grill in Nashville, TN

Theater of the Year:
The Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY
The Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL
DeJoria Center in Salt Lake City, UT
Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL
Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL

Outdoor Venue of the Year:
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH
Greek Theatre in Las Angeles, CA
Innsbrook After Hours in Glen Allen, VA
Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, OH
The Wharf at Orange Beach in Orange Beach, AL

Arena of the Year:
Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, GA
Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL

Talent Buyer of the Year:
Clay Campbell for Triangle Talent
Gary Osier for Gary Osier Presents
Gil Cunningham for Neste Live!
Kell Houston for Houston Productions
Nina Rojas for Nesta Live!
Todd Boltin for Variety Attractions

Promoter of the Year:
Adam Weiser for AEG Presents
Brian O’Connell for Live Nation
Jered Johnson for Pepper Productions
Stacy Vee for Goldenvoice, MTG
Troy Vollhoffer for Country Thunder

Bass Player of the Year:
Eli Beaird
Mike Brignardello
Tim Marks
Michael Rhodes
Jimmie Lee Sloas

Drummer of the Year:
Fred Eltringham
Miles McPherson
Greg Morrow
Jerry Roe
Nir Zidkyahu

Guitar Player of the Year:
Tom Bukovac
Dann Huff
Rob McNelley
Adam Shoenfeld
Ilya Toshinskiy

Piano or Keyboard Player of the Year:
David Dorn
Tony Harrell
Charlie Judge
Tim Lauer
Gordon Mote

Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year:
Stuart Duncan
Jenee Fleenor
Jim Hoke
Danny Rader
Joe Spivey
Charlie Worsham

Steel Guitar Player of the Year:
Dan Dugmore
Paul Franklin
Josh Grange
Russ Pahl
Justin Schipper

Audio Engineer of the Year:
Chuck Ainlay
Jeff Balding
Tony Castle
Julian King
Steve Marcantonio
Justin Niebank

Producer of the Year:
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Buddy Cannon
Dann Huff
Michael Knox
Joey Moi

NUMA & Dirk Pitt Creator Clive Cussler Dies

Prolific adventure series writer Clive Cussler died February 24, 2020 at his Scottsdale, Arizona home at the age of 88. An official cause of death was not revealed.

Cussler was best known for his novels involving the National Underwater and Marine Agency, protagonist Dirk Pitt, and his antique car collection.

Cussler’s newest novel “Journey of the Pharaohs” is set for a March 10 release. There are a number of manuscripts waiting in the wings for a posthumous release.

Bringing the expression Life imitates art to life, Cussler created his own NUMA where he participated in numerous vessel searches.

An only child, he was born Clive Eric Cussler on July 15, 1931 in Aurora, Illinois but was raised in California. Like his NUMA stars Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino, Cussler served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War where he worked as a mechanic and flight engineer.

Prior to becoming a successful author, Cussler worked as a copywriter and creative director for an advertising agency. Cussler’s first novel was “Mediterranean Caper” in 1973. Since that first release, he has written dozens of novels in a variety of series including the Dirk Pitt novels, “The Oregon Files”, “The Fargo Series”, the Isaac Bell series, and “The NUMA Files”.

Predeceased by his first wife Barbara, Cussler is survived by his second wife Janet; children Dirk, Teri, and Dayna; four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

 

feature photo credit: taken from Clive Cussler’s Facebook page

Rowdy Challenge Accepted

After Kyle Busch won his sixth Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series in a row February 21 – 57th career Truck Series win -, Kevin Harvick issued a challenge – the Rowdy Challenge – to any NASCAR Cup Series driver who can beat Busch in a Truck Series race.

One drivers has come forward to answer the challenge…

Chase Elliott

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Challenge accepted. I’ll see you all in Atlanta. @KyleBusch @KevinHarvick @marcuslemonis. Thanks to @GMSRacingLLC and @HootersRacing!!! #GameOn #di9 https://twitter.com/kevinharvick/status/1231288872371310592…

Kevin Harvick responded…
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@KevinHarvick

Sounds good to me!!! $100,000 grand boys!!! #gameon https://twitter.com/marcuslemonis/status/1231282831705309184…

Elliott will be joining GMS Racing to driver the number 24 truck at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 14.

Kevin Harvick offered a bounty of $50,000 to any NASCAR Cup Series driver who could beat Busch; Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis matched Harvick’s bounty for a total of $100,000.

Pioneering NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson Dies

The pioneering NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson made popular in the film “Hidden Figures” died February 24 in Newport News, Virginia at the age of 101.

Johnson was one of several women of colour who were responsible for calculating rocket trajectories in the early days of NASA and the American Space program. Prior to NASA, the organization based in Hampton, Virginia was called the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.

In the days before computers, women like Johnson were called “computers” and solved complicated mathematical computations by hand. Johnson once told The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, “you tell me when and where you want it to come down, and I will tell you where and when and how to launch it,” including the trajectory analysis for the Freedom 7 piloted by Alan Shepard.

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When the new IBM computer produced some questionable results for the Friendship 7 mission with John Glenn, it was Glenn who told NASA officials, “get the girl to check the numbers.” It was Johnson’s calculations that were used for the mission.

Before retiring from NASA in 1986, Johnson worked on the Apollo moon missions and the Space Shuttle.

At the age of 97, President Barack Obama presented Johnson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Along with the Medal of Freedom, Johnson has had one of the buildings at NASA named after her – Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility,

Johnson was 99 when she joined Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monet on stage at the annual Academy Award ceremonies.

She was born Katherine Coleman on August 26, 1918 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. A 10 year old Katherine began attending high school classes and graduated from West Virginia State College with the school’s highest honours at the age of 18 with degrees in mathematics and French.

Limited in her job opportunities, Coleman moved to Virginia and began teaching. But in 1939, she was one of only three students of colour to enroll in a graduate program at West Virginia University – the other two were men – but left after a year to marry James Goble. Goble died in 1956 as a result of cancer leaving Katherine with three girls.

Katherine began working at the National Advisory Comitte for Aeronautics in 1953 as a part of the West Computing Group which led to her later becoming responsible for work with rocket trajectories.

In 1959, she married James Johnson.

In 1960, as a part of the Space Task Group, she became not only the first woman, but the first woman of colour to have her name as one of the author’s of a research paper. She went on to author 25 more such reports.

Predeceased by both of her husbands and one of her daughters, Johnson is survived by two daughters, six grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.

 

 

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Jazz Musician Lyle Mays Dies

Grammy Award winning Jazz keyboard player Lyly Mays died February 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 66 after a long illness.

Mays frequently worked with fellow Jazz artist Pat Metheny and the Pat Metheny Group

Metheny spoke on Mays saying, “Lyle was one of the greatest musicians I have ever known. Across more than 30 years, every moment we shared in music was special. From the first notes we played together, we had an immediate bond. His broad intelligence and musical wisdom informed every aspect of who he was in every way. I will miss him with all my heart.”

Along with co-founding the Pat Metheny Group, Mays also worked with Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Woody Herman, and Earth, Wind and Fire.

Mays composed music for the film “The Falcon and the Snowman”.

Among is accomplishments, Mays earned 10 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Wisconsin Area Music Industry’s Hall of Fame.

He was born Lyle David Mays on November 27, 1953 in Wausaukee, Wisconsin the son of musicians. As a child, Mays played the organ and gave his first public performance when he was only nine years old.

Survivors include his niece Aubrey Johnson.

Lyle Mays discography:
“As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls”
“Later that Evening”
“Lyle Mays”
“Street Dreams”
“Peter Rabbit & 2 More Stories”
“Fictionary”
“Solo: Improvisations for Expanded Piano”
“The Ludwingsburg Concert”

 

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Dan Brown Pens Children’s Book

Best known for writing “The Da Vinci Code”, Dan Brown turns his attention toward younger readers in his new book with “Wild Symphony”.

This will be Brown’s first picture book release.

Set for a September 1 release, Rodale Kids books calls the book an “entertaining experience in which the playful Maestro Mouse, trusty baton in hand, brings readers along as he visits a variety of animal friends, from cheetahs and kangaroos to elephants and blue whales.”

Susan Batori has illustrated the book. The book is also being released with some classical music composed by Dan Brown.

Speaking on his new book, Brown said in a statement, “I love storytelling, and my novels always attempt to weave together varied themes. With ‘Wild Symphony,’ I was excited to build on this idea and create a truly layered experience by using three different languages simultaneously — art, music, and words. In the same way that an opera captivates its audience by presenting beautiful sets, dramatic music, and lyrical drama, ‘Wild Symphony’ strives to be an immersive feast for eyes, ears, and mind, all at the same time.”

A free download of an accompanying music app will be available at WildSymphony.com

 

 

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‘The Voice’ Premieres Season 18

The Voice” returns for a new season with returning coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend. Blake’s paramour Gwen Stefani is replaced this season by Jonas Brother Nick who makes his debut on “The Voice” set. Carson Daly also returns to host the singing competition.

Season 18 gets started with Nick coming down in a parachute…and a four chair turn as the blind auditions begin.

A 41 year old Todd Tilghman took the stage and not only received some rousing applause and cheers from the audience; he got all four of the coaches to turn their chairs beginning with Kelly. The father of eight even got to sing with Nick when the rookie coach gave him an impromptu lesson. Saying that he had a relatable personality, Todd chose Blake to be his coach.

Nelson Cade III is a full time musician who had music legend Stevie Wonder asking to play with him. Performing “Pride and Joy” for his audition, John wasted no time in turning his chair on the way to a four chair turn but Kelly blocked Nick. Nick said that he thought Nelson could probably win the competition and Blake noted that Nelson can run the gambit musically. Saying that it was a hard decision, Nelson chose a personal hero and picked John to be his coach.

A 16 year old songwriting Tate Brusa chose the Ed Sheeran song “Perfect” for his audition and had to wait a while before he got a chair turn when Nick pushed his button and was followed by Blake. A busy Nick took to the stage to give the teen a quick music lesson. Someone brought a puppy out to Blake and Blake noted that if Tate doesn’t choose him the dog goes to the shelter. Tate chose Nick to be his coach.

During the auditions Nick has a note pad where he makes notes…often single words. Blake was adding to Nick’s notes.

Tayler Green performed her own arrangement of the Julia Michaels song “Issues” and got Kelly to quickly push her button; Nick joined her later. After Kelly said that Tayler did an outstanding job, Tayler chose Kelly to be her coach. Kelly has jackets for her team members.


Ashely sings with a duo Nick and Ashely; she chose to sing “Baby, It’s You” for the first performance of the song on “The Voice” but failed to turn any chairs. While the coaches were impressed with her range and control, they noted she was not consistent and invited her to come back.


Church singer Darious Lyles chose a Sam Smith song for his audition and had John and Kelly turning their chairs very quickly. Kelly called Darious a talented singer but Darious chose John to be his coach. Backstage Darious got very emotional

Taking her first plane ride, 17 year old Megan Danielle had to wait a while before Kelly pushed her button. After asking her fellow coaches what was wrong with them, Kelly said that Megan has an incredible voice and control.

Born to Haitian parents, Crissy Jo Lee failed to turn any chairs with her performance. The coaches noted that while her performance had some good moments, there were some pitch issues. They invited Crissy to come back.


A 50 year old Todd Michael Hall blew the house away with his performance of the Foreigner hit “Juke Box Hero” but got only John and Blake to turn their chairs. Blake noted that Todd has carved his path to the finals. John noted that rock music was under utilized on the show. Saying that they made it tourgh, Todd chose Blake to be his coach.

Last year Emily Bass failed to turn any chairs in her audition. She made a return to “The Voice” to try again. Choosing a Justin Bieber song for this audition, and once again failed to turn any chairs. Emily is also a sketch artist and last season she had presented the coaches with sketches of themselves. This season she had a sketch for new coach Nick Jonas. Saying that he didn’t know how to draw, Nick gave Emily a drawing of a smiley face.

In the last audition of the night, Joanna Serenko performed her own version of The Beatles hit “All My Loving” for her audition. Kelly led the way for a four chair turn. The coaches were blown away by her performance; with Kelly adding that in five years on “The Voice” she had never heard anyone with a voice like that. Joanna chose Nick to be her coach.

At the end of the season 18 premiere, each of the coaches had two singers on their teams.

On Tuesday, Arei Moon – a first generation American with Cape Verde, West Africa – sang one of Kelly’s songs for her audition. Nick and Kelly both pushed their buttons, but Nick returned the favour and blocked Kelly. After her audition, Arei’s family came out on stage.

A 14 year old Levi Watkins gave his first real audition. The son of musicians said that he enjoys mowing and edging lawns. Blake was the only coach to turn his chair. After the audition, Blake noted that it was very hard for him to not show any emotion after turning his chair. Calling Levi adorable, Kelly said that she thought Levi was a girl.

Professional musician Cassidy Lee failed to turn any chairs on her audition. Cassidy did get a hug from Nick after her audition.

Kentucky native Zack Day had John grooving to his audition. John and Kelly turned their charis for Zack. A surpried Kelly said that she would have lost a lot of money after dicovering that Zack was white. After saying that Zack was mind blowing, amazing, and otherworldly with flawless execution; Zack chose John to be his coach.

Rock collector Chelle chose a Billie Eislish song for her audition and got Blake turning his chair after only a couple of seconds; Nick and Kelly waited until near the end of the song before turning their chairs. John noted that he was stupid for not turning his chair. Nick said that Chelle is the kind of singer he would die to write songs for. Saying that he has incredible instincts, Blake pointed out that he has won the show six times. Chelle chose Kelly to be her coach. Chelle brought some rocks for each of the coaches.

The final audition of the night was from Toneisha Harris. Eight years ago, Toneisha was scheduled to audition for the show but canceled when her son got sick with leukemia. In remission and doing well, Toneisha is ready to sing for a spot on the show. John led the way to a four chair turn. Nick called it one of the most powerful vocals he had ever heard; adding that the performance was phenomenal and there wasn’t on note out of tune. Kelly noted that while Toneisha may have taken some time off, but her voice didn’t. John said that Toneisha already deserves a spot in the finals. Toneisha chose Blake to be her coach.

The Teams:
Team Blake:
Levi Watkins
Todd Michael Hall
Todd Tilghman
Toneisha Harris

Team Kelly:
Chelle
Megan Danielle
Tayler Green

Team Legend:
Darious Lyles
Nelson Cade, III
Zach Day

Team Nick:
Arei Moon
Joanna Serenko
Tate Brusa

NASCAR Pays Tribute to Kobe

Since his death on January 26, 2020 as a result of a helicopter crash, fans and people all over the world have been paying tribute to NBA basketball champion Kobe Bryant. NASCAR is also paying tribute to the basketball star.

At the Auto Club 400 on March 1 Hendrick Motorsports will pay tribute to the fallen basketball star with a special one time only purple and gold paint scheme. Hendricks owns four cars, the car carrying the tribute is appropriately the number 24 car driven by William Byron which is sponsored by Axalta.

Bryant spent 20 years as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers whose colours are purple and gold. Bryant’s uniform number was 24.

Car sponors Axalta will be making a donation to the non profit organization After-School All-Stars – an organization where Bryant served as the National Ambassador. In addition, proceeds from the sale of the special paint scheme die cast replicas will be donated to the After-School All-Stars.

Number 24 driver William Byron spoke on the tribute saying, “we continue to pray for all of the families. It’s humbling to be able to run such a special car, especially in the Los Angeles area. I’m a huge sports fan and followed Kobe’s career really closely like so many other people. He left a legacy that goes beyond basketball and has reached across all of the sports world and into many different communities where he gave back. I’m very happy that Axalta wanted to do this, and I hope to make everyone proud in the No. 24 on Sunday.”

NASCAR Cup Series drivers Ryan Blaney and his Team Penske number 12 car will also carry a tribute to Bryant.

Mexican born driver Daniel Suarez is paying tribute to Bryant, his daughter and the other seven people who died in the crash by carrying the names on his number 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing car. Suarez will also be wearing special gloves and shoes for the race.

During the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Bubba Wallace and Richard Petty Motorsports paid tribute to the crash victims during the Daytona 500.

 

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Rowdy Accepts Challenge

After NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch ran and won the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series Strat 200 race on February 21 for his 57th career Truck Series win.

However, some race fans are not happy with Rowdy’s streak of Truck Series wins and have taken to social media to express their displeasure.

The backlash from fans has prompted fellow NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick to offer up a challenge…the Rowdy Challenge…where he offers $50,000 to any NASCAR Cup Series driver who will

not only run against Busch in the Truck Series, but will beat the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion.

Since Harvick’s making the challenge, Gander RV and Outdoors CEO Marcus Lemonis matched the bounty to offer up a full $100,000 for any Cup Series driver who can out run Rowdy in the Truck Series.

Not one to back down, Busch responded with, “well, there just better be an asterisk on it because if somebody crashes me, it doesn’t count. Put money on a bounty on somebody and then bad things tend to happen. I don’t know. Make it whatever y’all want. It don’t matter to me. I’ve got great stuff, I’m a good driver. Bring it.”

Since Harvick’s issuing the challenge; Austin Dillon, Corey Lajoie, Brendan Gaughan, Landon Cassill, and Timmy Hill have all expressed interest in the challenge.

The drivers have four more chances to take Harvick up one their offer at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Kansas Speedway.

NASCAR Levies Las Vegas Penalties

NASCAR levied three penalties after the triple header weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In the NASCAR Cup Series, the number 42 Chip Ganassi Racing car driven by Kyle Larson was charged with having a lug nut improperly secured; as a result, crew chief Chad Johnston was fine $10,000.

The Joe Gibbs Racing number 20 Xfinity Series car driven by Harrison Burton was also found to have an improperly secured lug nut in post race inspection. Crew chief Ben Beshore was fined $5,000 for the infraction.

Also found to have a loose lug nut during post race inspection, the ThorSport Racing number 99 Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series truck crew chief Matt Noyce was fined $2,500. Ben Rhodes drives the number 99 truck.

Cheers and Jeers as Idol Auditions Continue

It’s week two of the auditions and “American Idol” travels to Savannah to begin the auditions.

After a prayer from the family, Cyniah Elise wowed the judges with a performance that had Lionel comparing her to a young Whitney Houston. After getting her ticket to Hollywood, the large musical family comes into the audition room. Noticing all the young faces, Lionel notes who they will be seeing in seasons to come and invites them all to come…one by one.

Kay Genyse impressed the judges with her personality, but not so much with her voice.After initially getting a no, Kay told Katy that she would do whatever it took to make it to the next level. Katy told her to take it to the street where she performed for the crowd who gave her a yes, the judges agreed and Kay got her ticket to Hollywood.

The first male cheerleader to make it onto the Philadelphia Eagles cheer leading squad, Kyle Taylor brought the whole squad to join him for his audition. Even though he has no previous singing experience, Kyle impressed the judges enough to get his ticket to Hollywood. Katy requested Kyle sing the song one step up and later told him that picking the right key was important; Lionel and Luke noted that Kyle has some work to do and has some stiff competition. Kyle gave each of the judges an Eagles jersey.

Louisiana native Jovin Webb blew the judges away with his performance of “Whipping Post” by The Allman Brothers. Lionel said that Jovin brought the BBQ sauce to “American Idol”. Katy got chills and Luke said that he could drink a lot of bourbon listening to that voice; adding that he would fly to whatever bar Jovin was singing in to hear that voice. Jovin got his ticket to Hollywood.

There was a gas leak in the building that forced an evacuation and brought the fire department. The problem turned out to be an issue with the pilot light in the kitchen and once rectified, the auditions began. But first the firemen had to do a little singing of “Al Night Long” by Lionel for the judges.

After some crazy vocal warm ups, Claire Jolie Goodman sang Broadway and Opera for her audition. Noting that she was comfortable in the Broadway style, Lionel said that Idol was not in her wheelhouse. Katy told Claire that if she wanted to be a Broadway star, then she should go there. Saying that she has some tremendous gifts, Luke told Claire to go to Broadway.

In between singers, Luke and Lionel muck around on the piano.

After being cut in Hawaii last season, Margie Mays returns to Idol and this time she brings her boyfriend along to play piano and audition himself. Katy called the performance nice but Margie didn’t choose the right song. Noting that Margie sang some bad notes last time, Luke said that there were no bad notes this time. Lionel liked the Margie that came back. The guys gave Margie a yes…and her ticket back to Hollywood.

Boyfriend Johnny West sang an original song for his audition. Katy called him silent but deadly; adding that he was so pro and pleasing to the ear. Katy noted that Johnny may go further than Margie. Lionel said that Johnny has everything Johnny needs to be a star. Luke said that Johnny has some special stuff. Johnny got three yeses and his own ticket to Hollywood.

Big families were the theme of the day for “American Idol” but none was bigger than Sarah Isen’s. Raised by two moms, Sarah learned who her sperm donor father was at age 14…and that she has 25 half brothers and sisters. She brought her moms, biological dad, and 10 of her siblings with her for the audition. Calling her performance flawless, Luke was blown away by the audition. Lionel noted that Sarah’s low end voice that would have him listening to every word. Katy loved Sarah’s beautiful alto voice but wanted more dynamics in the performance. Sarah got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Calling herself a universal show opener, Eliza Catastrophe brought gifts for the judges that included some very strong smelling sardines. She sang her original song “Sardines” and while the judges liked the song and felt she was entertaining; they didn’t think she was right for Idol.

During another break, the judges were roller skating around the room.

Julia Gargano performed an original song that had Katy hugging the singer. Katy said that Julia was every bit as good as Catie Turner and Alejandro; adding that she was a top five artist. Luke called the performance big time and Lionel said that she gave them the whole thing. Julia got her ticket to Hollywood.

Margie and Johnny were not the only couple to come to Idol for a shot at the show; married couple Curt Jones and Hannah Prestridge entered the room together for an audition. With Curt going first, Katy called him an authentic Country singer, Luke and Lionel noted that Curt supports Hannah. For Hannah; Katy said that she had something special, Luke noted that he could hear the pain in Hannah’s voice, and Lionel called Hannah the lead. Curt got a no from the judges but Hannah got her ticket to Hollywood.

Debby Boone Shines At Seneca Niagara

After a postponement last year, Debby Boone returned to Niagara Falls for a performance in the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on February 22 with a performance worth waiting for.

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Playing before a full house, Boone spoke often of family as she performed a mix of songs from her most recent album – “Swing This” – and from artists who have influenced and inspired her throughout her life.

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After opening the show with “You and the Night and the Music” and “Sway” from her CD “Swing This”, Boone spoke on her first visit to Las Vegas when she was only eight years old when her dad Pat Boone performed there.

Next was a performance of “More than You Know” before talking about Las Vegas being the marriage capital of the world – you don’t need a marriage license – and some of the famous people who got married three before singing “Get Me to the Church on Time” while a video of famous couples who married in Las Vegas aired.

She sang “I’m Going to Live til I Die” and then noted that the female crooner Rosemary Clooney was her mother-in-law. A doting grandmother, Clooney had one song she always sang to grandson Jordan – “Blue Skies”. One day Clooney made a cassette tape recording of the song, Boone still has that tape and played it for the crowd before performing the song herself.

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Continuing the theme of family, Boone spoke on her deep Country music roots and noted that Country music pioneer Red Foley is her maternal grandfather. She sang the Hank Williams song “I’m So Lonesome I Could Die”.

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She performed “Home” while images of a young Debby showed on the video screen; followed by an edited video of Pat Boone on the “Ed Sullivan Show” performing a special song about the birth of his girls – he wanted a boy but got four girls.

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After a costume change, Boone returned to the stage to perform “I’m Waiting Just for You”, “A Song for You”, “How Sweet it Is” before talking about singing with her sisters and her mother’s love of tight harmonies. She sang the Barry Manilow hit “One Voice” harmonizing with herself.

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Noting that prior to her hit song she had never had a voice lesson. Boone said she was given a song by a voice coach that was really hard to learn; so now she always sings the song and performed the very fast paced “Cloudburst”.

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Saying that you can’t speak about Las Vegas without the Rat Pack, Boone talked about Dean Martin and his family before singing his hit “Everybody Loves Somebody”.

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She talked about working with Frank Sinatra and his generosity, she sang a medley of “It Never Entered My Mind” and “In the Wee Small Hours”.

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Boone ended the show with “From This Moment On”.

She began walking off the stage but turned around and came back saying that people would be mad if she didn’t do the song and performed her hit song “You Light Up My Life”.

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After the show Boone met with a long line of fans for autographs and photos.

‘High Octane Classics’ with the BPO and Time for Three

Joann Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchetra were joined by the trio Time for Three for a lively performance on February 21 and 22.

The program opened with the Paul Hindemith composition “Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber”. The rousing work that even had Joann Falletta’s hair bouncing up and down was just a hint of the things to come over the rest of the program.

Making their debut with the BPO, Time for Three – Charles Yang, Nicholas Kendall, and Ranaan Meyer -took the stage for a performance of “Concerto 4-3” by the Grammy Award winning composer Jennifer Higdon. The trio of performers – two violins and a double bass – offered up a performance of the contemporary avant garde piece that was reminiscent of The Piano Guys or Lindsey Stirling. Were it a rock venue rather than a concert hall, there is no doubt fans would be clapping along and moving to the beat of the music.

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After the intermission, Tine for Three returned to the stage to perform a few of their own works while Joann Falletta sat on her podium watching and similing.

In between performances of “Vertigo” and “Joy”, Time for Three had a little surprise in store for the crowd when BPO Concertmaster Nikki Choal joined the trio for a lively performance of “Csardas” by Vitorio Monti that brought the house to their feet.

While they travel the world performing on the concert stage with ymphonies, Time for Three looks as if they would be just as at home on the stage for a rock concert.

The program concluded with a performance of “Francesca de Rimini, Op 21” by Pyotr Illich Tchaikovsky for a wondrous and joyful musical adventure.

Harvick Issues Rowdy Challenge

Las Vegas native Kyle Busch – also known as Rowdy – continued his winning ways in the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series on February 21.

Busch, like all NASCAR Cup Series regulars with five or more years of experience, are limited to just five races each season in the Truck Series and five races in the Xfinity Series. Except over the past couple of years, Busch has been making the most out of his opportunities.

Last season, Kyle Busch won the race at all five of his Truck Series starts and when he got behind the wheel for the Strat 200 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he picked up where he left off with a win of the race.

Busch’s winning ways has drawn quite a bit of attention on social media. Fellow NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick has issued a challenge – the Rowdy Challenge – where he will give $50,000 to any fellow NASCAR Cup Series driver who can beat Kyle Busch and win in a Truck Series race.

Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis is also getting in on the fun and has pledged to match Harvick’s $50,000 for a total of $100,000 to any NASCAR Cup Series driver that can beat Rowdy to the checkered flag in a Truck Series race.

Busch owns his own Truck Series team of three trucks and picks one of them when he runs a Truck Series race.

The current NASCAR Cup Series champion holds the record for the most Truck Series wins with 57 and has a total career win list of over 200 races in the Truck, Xfinity, and NASCAR Cup Series.

Rumble in the Desert with Penzoil 400

As the NASCAR Cup Series begins its annual west coast swing, Mother Nature rules the day for the second week in a row when rains come to the desert in Las Vegas canceling qualifying for both the Xfinity and NASCAR Cup Series and postpones the Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300.

With qualifying canceled, the starting lineup for the Penzoil 400 has been set by the NASCAR rule book which uses the team owner points from the end of the 2019 racing season; putting NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Busch on the pole.

However, due to some issues during the inspection process, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Christopher Bell will all have to start the race from the back of the field. NASCAR deemed that the teams attempted to modify the shape on the nose of the car and altering its specifications; which is against the rules.

Along with starting from the back of the field, all three teams were docked 10 car owner and 10 driver points each.

Martin Truex Jr and Erik Jones’ teams were also found to have modified the cars but those drivers were only docked practice time; as were Busch, Hamlin, and Bell.

Kevin Harvick will be bringing the field to the green flag for the start of the race.

After failing pre qualifying inspection twice, the number nine car driven by Chase Elliott will lose its car chief Matt Barndt for the race and Elliott will lose 15 minutes of practice time at the next track – Auto Club Speedway.

The number 51 Petty Ware Racing car driven by Garrett Smithley failed inspection three times and will also have to start the race from the back of the field; along with losing a crew member and losing 30 minutes of practice time next week in California.

The starting lineup for the Penzoil 400:
Kyle Busch – moved to the back of the field
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin – moved to the back of the field
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Alex Bowman
Kurt Busch
Aric Almirola
Ross Chastain – sitting in for Ryan Newman
Erik Jones
Cole Custer
Jimmie Johnson
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Preece
Austin Dillon
Christopher Bell – moved to the back of the field
Chris Buescher
Ty Dillon
Tyler Reddick
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell
John Hunter Nemechek
Corey Lajoie
Joey Gase
Quin Houff
Brennan Poole
Garrett Smithley – moved to the back of the field
Daniel Suarez
Reed Sorenson
JJ Yeley
Timmy Hill

Stages one and two are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps around the mile and a half track.
The Miracle on Ice 1980 Olympic hockey team give the command to start the engines.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution for lap 25.

On a sunny Sunday afternoon Martin Truex Jr and Kevin Harvick bring the field down for the green flag start of the race and the drivers immediately get four wide.

Daniel Suarez has an issue getting started and brings out the caution flag on the first lap.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap five but it is Joey Logano who gets out in front for the lead.

Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Larson make contact but the track stays green.

Lap eight, Joey Logano is in the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney andKyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 13, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano make contact, Martin Truex Jr makes it a three wide battle.

Lap 20, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Leader Kevin Harvick has already begun lapping slower cars.

At the end of lap 25, NASCAR puts out the caution flag for the competition caution. Teams can bring their cars down pit road to examine tire wear. Most people f the teams come down pit road for service and adjustments.

Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 from the inside lane and edges out Martin Truex Jr for the lead. Drivers quickly get three wide across the track with Ryan Blaney nearly sending Chase Elliott to the grass.

Lap 32, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr battle for the lead with Harvick staying out I front.

Michael McDowell takes his car to the garage with a stuck throttle.

In NASCAR fashion the drivers are nearly wrecking on every lap, they just haven’t hit anything…or body.

Lap 40, Kevin Harvick leads the race followed by Joey Logano and Chase Elliott.

Lap 45, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 51, Michael McDowell has returned to the track with a repaired throttle.

William Byron reports a vibration.

Lap 60, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race but Chase Elliott is in second and bearing down on the leader. Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 66, Chase Elliott passes Kevin Harvick for the lead.

What th nine laps remaining in stage one, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kevin Harvick.

With a one second lead, Chase Elliott wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
William Byron
Kyle Larson
Alex Bowman
Jimmie Johnson
Ross Chastain

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 88 and the drivers get three wide on the restart with Kevin Harvick taking the lead.

Lap 90, Kevin Harvick holds on to the lead; Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 105, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race with Martin Truex Jr a half second back; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 118, drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr; Ryan Blaney, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Leader Chase Elliott makes his pit stop, giving the lead over to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 128, Austin Dillon gets around Ricky Stenhouse ajr before he makes his pit stop.

Lap 133, Ricky Stenhouse Jr continues to lead the race as he stretches out his fuel run.

With 19 laps remaining in stage two, Chase Elliott passes Martin Truex Jr for third place, Ricky Stenhouse Jr and John Hunter Nemechek have yet to make their pit stops.

Once Ricky Stenhouse makes his pit stop, Chase elliott will be the leader. Nemechek and Stenhouse pit with 16 laps to go in stage two.

Ten laps to go in stage two, Chase Elliott is the leader with Martin Truex Jr in second; Ryan Blaney, William Byron, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Christopher Bell brings out the caution flag on the last lap of stage two, ending the stage under caution. Chase Elliott wins stage two sweep voth stages.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Larson
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.p but he has to make a second trick down pit road to tighten lug nuts.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 167 but it is Joey Logano that gets out in front for the lead. Drivers immediately get four and five wide across the track as they battle for position.

John Hunter Nemecheck brings out the caution flag when he gets loose and spins out, but keeps the car off the wall.

Team mates Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 172 with Joey Logano taking the lead as drivers get five wide across the track.

Lap 175, Joey Logano leads the racewith Kevin Harvick in second; Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr brings out the caution flagon lap 176 when he gets into the wall with a flat tire.

Leaders stay out but back of the field come down pit road for service.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with 86 laps remaining in the race with Ryan Blaney getting out in front for the lead.

Kevin Harvick gets around Ryan Blaney for the lead with 84 laps to go.

Joey Logano and Chase Elliott make contact but the track stays green.

Timmy Hill takes his car to the garage and is the first driver out of the race with 80 laps to go.

Seventy five to go, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

With 67 laps remaining in the race, Ryan Blaney gets around Kevin Harvick for the lead.

Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott battle it out for the lead with Chase Elliott taking the lead with 63 laps to go.

Sixty to go, Chase Elliott is in the lead with Ryan Blaney in second; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Aric Almirola is the first driver to come down pit road for his green flag pit stop with 59 laps remaining in the race to begin the cycle.

Fifty to go, Chase Elliott leads the race as green flag pit stops continue.

Chase Elliott brings his car down pit road for service and gives the lead over to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Chase Elliott brings out the caution flag with a flat tire and hits the wall with 47 laps to go.

Ryan Preece takes his car to the garage and is out of the race.

Ricky Stenhouse brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 41 laps to go. John Hunter Nemechek gets out in front for the lead.

Joey Logano takes the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse, and William Byron roind out the top five.

Ryan Blaney is reporting a possible tire rub.

Thirty to go, Joey Logano continues to lead the race.

Twenty five to go; the top five are Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and William Byron.

Fifteen to go, Ryan Blaney is challenging Joey Logano for the lead and with 13 laps to go Blaney takes the lead.

The caution flag comes out with only seven laps to go when Ross Chastain gets loose and spins out.

With only five laps to go, some drivers bring their cars down pit road for fresh tires.

With just two laps to go, Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart and the drivers are beating and banging for position.

Joey Lagano takes the white flag as drivers wreck behind him and wins the race.

The unofficial results of the Penzoil 400:
Joey Logano
Matt DiBenedetto
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Austin Dillon
Jimmie Johnson
Bubbal Wallace
Brad Kesekowski
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Larson
Ty Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch
Chris Buescher
Corey Lajoie
Denny Hamlin
Tyler Reddick
Cole Custer
Martin Truex Jr
Aric Almirola
William Byron
Erik Jones
John Hunter Nemechek
Kurt Busch
Chase Elliott
Ross Chastain
JJ Yeley
Brennan Poole
Daniel Suarez
Joey Gase
Quin Houff
Christopher Bell
Reed Sorenson
Garrett Smithley
Michael McDowell
Ryan Preece
Timmy Hill

 

Long Wait Results in Win for Ford in VEgas

After a wild ride in Daytona, the Xfinity Series travels to Las Vegas for the Boyd Gaming 300.

After persistent rain showers canceled qualifying, the field was set by the NASCAR rule book which set the field according to car owner points putting Myatt Snider on the pole but after a crash during practice put Snider in a backup car, he had to move to the back of the field to start the race.

The starting lineup for the Boyd Gaming 300:
Myatt Snider
Chase Briscoe
Harrison Burton
Justin Allgaier
JJ Yeley
Austin Cindric
Noah Gragson
Michael Annett
Brandon Jones
Daniel Hemric
Justin Haley
Riley Herbst
Brett Moffitt
Joey Gase
Joe Graf Jr
Jeremy Clements
Robby Lyons
Ray Black Jr
Brandon Brown
Josh Williams
David Starr
Jesse Little
Alex Labbe
BJ McLeod
Ross Chastain
Matt Mills
Vinnie Miller
Mason Massey
Timmy Hill
Stephen Leicht
Joe Nemechek
Ryan Sieg
Kyle Weatherman
Chad Finchum
Tommy Joe Martins
Landon Cassill

After a delay of over 90 minutes, the drivers finally get on the track.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution at lap 20.

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. The drivers can run 52 to 54 laps on a load of fuel.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Dillon join FOX broadcasters Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip in the broadcast booth.

Chase Briscoe and Harrison Burton bring the field down for the green flag start of the race with Harrison Burton getting out in front for the lead as drivers gets three wide across the track.

Jesse Little is having some trouble with his car early.

Justin Allgaier comes from third place to take the lead on lap two.

Lap six, Justin Allgaier leads the race wth Harrison Burton, Chase Briscoe, Daniel Hemric, And Austin Cindric rounding out the top five.

Lap 12, Justin Allgaier has a lead of over half a second on Chase Briscoe.

Lap 18, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race with Chase Briscoe in second.

The caution flag comes out on lap 19 when Daniel Hemric spins out hitting the wall. Hemric was in fourth place when he crashed.

NASCAR has deemed this caution as the competition caution. Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Joe Nemechek is the “lucky dog”.

Chase Briscoe wins the race off of pit road.

Race leader Justin Allgaier had a slow pit stop after coming I to his pit box too close to the wall, making it difficult for his crew to service the car. Allgaier comes back out on the track in thirteenth place.

After staying out on the track, Ryan Sieg brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 23 but it is Chase Briscoe who jumps out in front to take the lead.

The drivers quickly get three wide a ross the track.

The top five are Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson, Ross Chastain, and Ryan Sieg.

After restarting the race in thirteenth, Justin Allgaier has moved into the top 10 in sixth place in only two laps.

Lap 27, Chase Briscoe has a lead of nearly half a second on Brandon Jones; Ross Chastain, Noah Gragson, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

After staying out on the track during the caution at lap 19, Ryan Sieg has dropped back to twentieth place with 18 laps remaining in stage one.

Fifteen to go, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with Brandon Jones in second; Ross Chastain, Noah Gragson, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Ten to go, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a two second lead on “Melon man” Ross Chastain; with Brandon Jones, Austin Cindric, and Noah Gragson rounding out the top five.

Five to go, Chase Briscoe holds on to his two plus second lead on Ross Chastain.

With a lead of two and a half seconds, Chase Briscoe wins stage one. There are 22 cars on the leas lap.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Austin Cindric
Brandon Jones
Justin Allgaier
Michael Annett
Harrison Burtona
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
Riley Herbst

JJ Yeley is the “lucky dog”.

Lap 47, the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with Chase Briscoe winning the race off of pit road.

FOX broadcasters report that there is more bad weather in the area. Under new NASCAR rules, a race is considered official once it has reached one lap past halfway or at the end of stage two, whichever comes first.

Under the caution flag, the rains begin again on lap 50.

Noah Gragson was caught speeding on pit road. He also has a bit of a leaky window.

NASCAR brings the cars down pit road on lap 51.

When NASCAR calls the race due to rain on lap 51 Joe Graf Jr is the leader of the race with Chase Briscoe in second.

Now ending under the lights with clear skies above, the drivers are ready to take to the track again for the remainder o the race.

Some of the teams come down pit road for adjustments after the change in track conditions. There are some drivers in the race who have just come from racing 400 miles in the Cup race.

After a few warmup laps, the drivers are ready to go.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 54 with Briscoe getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 60, Chase Briscoe leads the way with Austin Cindric in second; Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 65, Chase Briscoe has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Cindric; Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out for a smoking car.

The leaders stay out but the second half of the field come down pit road for service.

On lap 76 Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart but it is Justin Allgaier who gets out I front for the leadLap 80, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, Harrison Burton, and Michael Annett.

Only five laps remaining in stage two, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of over a second onAustin Cindric.

Justin Allgaier wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
Chase Briscoe
Michael Annett
Harrison Burton
Ross Chastain
Ryan Sieg
Riley Herbst
Brandon Jones
Myatt Snider

Justin Allgaier brings the field down on pit road. Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit road with team mate Michael Annett in second.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 94 and holds on to his lead. The drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap 100, halfway, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain, and Ryan Sieg.

Lap 105, leader Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of a second on Austin Cindric.

Lap 112, Austin Cindric has pulled to within half a second on leader Justin Allgaier. Ross Chastain, Chase Briscoe, and Ryan Sieg round out the top five.

The sun has set and the lights are on at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Lap 120, justin allgaier has just a quarter of a second lead on Austin Cindric; Rosos Chastain, Ryan Sieg, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Lap 124, Austin Cindric catches and passes Justin Allgaier for the lead; Ryan Sieg, Ross Chastain, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Ross Chastain gets loose and makes a big save.

Lap 127, Ryan Sieg gets around Justin Allgaier for second.

Ryan Sieg is reporting a vibration.

Lap 135, Austin Cindric has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Sieg; Chase Briscoe, Justin Allgaier, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 140, the drivers are at the far edge of the pit window with Austin Cindric out in front by a second and a half over Ryan Sieg.

Lap 144, Ryan Sieg is the first driver on pit road as green flag pit stops begin.

Justin Haley and Ross Chastain were caught speeding on pit road and have to serve a pass through penalty.

Once green flag pit stops have cycled through, Austin Cindric is I the lead with Ryan Sieg in second; Chase Briscoe, Justin Allgaier, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 160, Austin Cindric has a lead of over a second on Ryan Sieg with only 10 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 161 when Myatt Snider spins out but keeps it off the wall after making contact with Noah Gragson.

Tommy Joe Martins has a flaming tire well after having issues earlier.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Briscoe winning the race off of pit road.

With only 31 laps remaining I the race Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart with Chase Briscoe getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 172, Chase Briscoe already has a half second lead on Austin Cindric; Justin Allgaier, Ryan Sieg, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Only 20 laps remaining in the race with Chase Briscoe in the lead by over a second on Austin Cindric; Ryan Sieg, Noah Gragson, and Justin Allgaier round outthe top five.

Jeremy Clements has taken his car to the garage.

Michael Annett reports that his oil and water temps are pegged out.

Fifteen to go, Austin Cindric has closed the gap on leader Chase Briscoe to just half a second.

Ten to go, Chase Briscoe has incqreased his lead to a second on Austin Cindric; Ryan Sieg, Noah Gragson, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Five to go, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on Austin Cindric.

Chase Briscoe takes the white flag with a lead of over two seconds.

With a lead of nearly three seconds, Chase Briscoe wins the race for his third career win.

The unofficial results for the Boyd Gaming 300:
Chase Briscoe
Austin Cindric
Ryan Sieg
Noah Gragson
Harrison Burton
Brandon Jones
Michael Annett
Justin Allgaier
Riley Herbst
Ross Chastain
Brandon Brown
Justin Haley
Josh Williams
Jess Little
Brett Moffitt
Myatt Snider
Ray Black II
Alex Labbe
Joey Gase
Joe Graf Jr
Chad Finchum
JJ Yeley
Robby Lyons II
David Starr
Matt Mills
Timmy Hill
Joe Nemechek
Vinnie Miller
Mason Massey
Kyle Weatherman
Jeremy Clements
TommyJoe Martins
BJ McLeod
Stephen Leicht
Daniel Hemric
Landon Cassill

 

Renee Fleming Donates Personal Archive

Soprano, Grammy Award winner, and Roadway star Renee Fleming is donating her personal archives to her alma mater the Juilliard School of Music in New York City.

The collection of selected correspondence, press clippings, magazine features, press kits, programs, performance and professional engagement materials, video performances, memorabilia, and iconography dates back to the beginning of Fleming’s musical career. The collection will become a part of the Peter Jay Sharp Special Collections in the Lila Acheson Wallace Library. Juilliard plans on an exhibit featuring the collection every two years.

Fleming spoke on her decision to donate the collection to Juilliard via a statement saying, “I’m gratified that Juilliard, which has nurtured so many artists, will provide a central home for my archive. The world of music has undergone radical change, and I’ve observed that evolution first-hand. I have often forged my own way, on a path that hasn’t always conformed to a standard model. My hope is that this archive will be a useful resource for students, scholars, or music lovers who want to know more about my own experience as an artist.”

Juilliard President Damian Woetzel spoke on Fleming’s donations n saying, “we are truly honored that our distinguished alumna Renée Fleming is donating her archives to Juilliard. As Renée’s illustrious career continues to break new ground, these archives will expand and give great insight to generations of students, faculty and scholars from around the world.”

Along with her studies and many performances while a student at Juilliard, Fleming has helped in fund raising efforts, given the commencement address, has given master classes via online, and is on the advisory board to help guide Juilliard’s newest branch in China. In 2003, Juilliard presented Fleming with an honourary doctorate degree.

 

Feature photo credit: By David Shankbone – David Shankbone, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7873682

Newman Releases Statement

At the end of the Daytona 500 on February 17, the NASCAR world collectively held its breath when Ryan Newman’s number six Roush-Fenway Racing went airborne and landed on its roof sliding down the track and across the finish line.

Safety workers were at Newman’s side in seconds and after several minutes, got the car turned upright and Newman out of the car where he was immediately taken to the Halifax Medical Center.

On Wednesday afternoon, Newman not only left the hospital, he did so on his own accord walking out the door with his daughters at his side holding his hand.

On Sunday morning, February 23, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Roush-Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark spoke with members of the media and gave an update on Ryan Newman and read a statement written by Newman.

While Newmark noted that there is no set timetable for Newman’s return to Roush-Fenway and the number six car, he did note that Newman wanted to return to racing as soon as possible; adding that they are taking it one step at a time. Newmark said, “Ryan’s objectives have not changed this year. His goal is to win the 2020 Cup championship.”

Though not at the track, Newman has been involved with Roush-Fenway and the number six car communicating with the team by phone from his home.

In Newman’s absence, Ross Chastain will be driving the number six car and has gotten off to a good start by topping the chart in practice. Chastain will start the Penoil 400 in fifteenth place. Chastain drives a Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi. In order to put Chastain behind the wheel of the number six Ford, Newmark needed permission not only from Ganassi; but from Chevrolet Vice President Jim Campbell as well.

Newmark read Newman’s statement as a part of the press conference:
“I’m sorry that I can’t be at the track in person, but I asked Steve to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for all the support that was shown last week to both me and my family. The outpouring of emotion from not only the NASCAR community, but across the country has been truly humbling.

I want to personally thank everyone, including the man upstairs, for their support, encouragement and the numerous offers of assistance. We always say that the NASCAR community is one big family and never has that been more evident to me than after seeing this family rally together and provide the comfort and support that has been shown to my family and me over the past few days. The calls and visits from the NASCAR executives and my friends and competitors has been truly uplifting.

I want to thank everyone involved in my care, especially the staff at Halifax Medical Center, where I am convinced I received the best care available. I’m confident the efforts of each of those trained professionals played a major role in where I’m sitting today. And to the entire NASCAR organization, led by Jim France, thanks for being by my side the entire time. You truly stepped up to support me unconditionally when it mattered most.

Most importantly, I have to thank the guys back at the Roush Fenway Racing shop that built me a car not only fast enough to lead the final seconds of the Daytona 500, but strong enough to do its job under great distress, allowing me to survive such an accident. I am truly indebted to each of you and it is unlikely I will ever be able to properly express to you how much the diligent effort with which you conduct your craftsmanship has affected me and my family. I hope you took pride in the photograph of me walking out of the hospital hand-in-hand with my daughters on Wednesday. Thank you. I can’t wait to get back in your race car.

I was fortunate to avoid any internal organ damage or broken bones. I did sustain a head injury for which I’m currently being treated. The doctors have been pleased with my progression over the last few days.

Again, I want to thank each of you, from my partners, teammates and competitors and each and every fan across the country. Thank you everyone for the unparalleled concern and unwavering support. And to the media, who has acted with such respect and class during this time.

I have spoken with Jack Roush and he has assured me that the No. 6 car will be waiting and ready for my return. I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel and battling for another race win in the Roush Fenway Ford.”

 

Dominating Win in the Desert for Truck Series

The Gander RV and Outdoors Series kicks off another triple header weekend as the west coast swing gets started in La Vegas Motor Speedway.

With Daytona behind them, the teams look toward the mile and a half track.

Four teams found themselves in a hole even before qualifying started when NASCAR issued four penalties after the inspection process. All four teams were cited for the same infraction and have been docked 10 driver and 10 truck owner points. The number 13 ThorSport Racing truck driven by Johnny Sauter, the number 26 GMS Racing truck driven by Tyler Ankrum, the number 88 ThorSport Racing truck driven by Matt Crafton, and the number 98 ThorSport Truck driven by Grant Enfinger wwere all found to have made some unapproved adjustments with aerodynamic panels that are not allowed.

After qualifying, Johnny Sauter puts his number 13 truck on the pole for his eighth career pole.

The starting lineup for the Strat 200:
Johnny Sauter
Sheldon Creed
Kyle Busch
Christian Eckes
Ty Majeski
Austin Hill
Tyler Ankrum
Raphael Lessard
Grant Enfinger
Brett Moffitt
Timmy Hill
Ross Chastain
Matt Crafton – moved to the back of the field after a gear change
Tanner Gray
Zane Smith
Derek Kraus
Stewart Friesen
Ben Rhodes
Cory Roper
Jordan Anderson
Spencer Davis
Tate Fogleman
Brennan Poole
Stefan Parsons
Todd Gilliland
Austin Wayne Self
Codie Rohrbaugh
Josh Reaume
Natalie Decker
Spencer Boyd
Angela Ruch
Josh Bilicki

Last season NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch won all five of the Truck Series races he ran, can any of the Truck Series regulars dethrone Rowdy from winning at his home track?

NASCAR Cup driver Erik Jones joines Vince Welch and Michael Waltrip in the FOX broadcast booth for the race.

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

Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Sauter jumping out in front for the lead.

Johnny Sauter leads the first lap with Sheldon Creed in second.

Derek Kraus brings out the first caution flag of the race on lap three when he gets into the wall and flat spots the tires after getting loose on the track.

Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap six but it is Sheldon Creed who gets out in front. The drivers quickly get three and four wide across the track.

Lap seven, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Johnny Sauter, Kyle Busch, Christian Eckes, and Raphael Lessard.

Lap eight, Johnny Sauter challenges leader Sheldon Creed and on lap nine Sauter is the new leader with Kyle Busch in sdecond.

Lap 12, Kyle Busch passes Johnny Sauter for the lead with the two drivers swapping the lead back and forth before Kyle Busch holds on to the top spot.

Lap 15, halfway through stage one, Kyle Busch leads the way with Johnny Sauter in second; Christian Eckes, Sheldon Creed, and Tyler Ankrum round out the top five.

Lap 16, Matt Crafton has moved up 20 spots to the 12th position after starting the race from the back of the field.

Lap 18, Kyle Busch has put his number 51 truck in the lead and has a lead of over a second and a half on Johnny Sauter.

Christian Eckes passes Johnny Sauter for second place nearly two seconds behind leader Kyle Busch.

Lap 20, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of two and a half seconds on Christian Eckes.

With five laps remaining in stage one, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly three seconds on Christian Eckes; Johnny Sauter, Tyler Ankrum, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

With a lead of three and a half seconds, Kyle Busch wins stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
Christian Eckes
Johnnyh Sauter
Tyler Ankrum
Austin Hill
Raphael Lessard
Ross Chastain
Brett Moffitt
Ben Rhodes
Sheldon Creed

The drivers bring the trucks down pit road for service.

Christian Eckes wins the race off of pit road with Kyle Busch coming out in second.

The teams are showing some serious tire wear with some tires all the way down to the cords.

Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 39 from the outside lane but it is Kyle Busch who gets out in front for the lead.

As Christian Eckes takes the lead, the drivers are getting three and four wide across the track.

Lap 40, Christian Eckes leads the way with Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, Todd Gilliland, and Brett Moffitt rounding out the top five.

Lap 44, Kyle Busch challenges Christian Eckes for the lead and finally gets around Eckes for the lead on lap 45.

Lap 50, Kyle Busch hs pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Christian Eckes; Ross Chastain, Brett Moffitt, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Brennan Poole, Stewart Friesen, and Spencer Boyd were all penalized during the pit stop for improper fueling procedures. Zane Smith and Spencer Davis were charged with having equipment outside of the pit box. Austin Hill and Tate Fogleman were charged with having uncontrolled tires on pit road.

With five laps remaining in stage two, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Christian Eckes.

With a lead of over four seconds, Kyle Busch wins stage two to sweep the stage wins.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Christian Eckes
Ross Chastain
Grant Enfinger
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Brett Moffitt
Raphael Lessard
Todd Gilliland
Johnny Sauter

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road with Christian Eckes coming out second. Todd Gilliland’s crew got his six spots on the track with their pit stop. Ross Chastain and Grant Enfinger lost spots on the track after their pit stops.

Josh Reaume, Spencer Boyd, and Spencer Davis were are charged with penalties during their pit stops. Tyler Ankrum was charged with pitting outside of his pit box and has been held for one lap by NASCAR.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 68 from the inside lane with Kyle Busch jumping out in front for the lead.

Lap 70, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Todd Gilliland; Christian Eckes, Austin Hill, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five.

Lap 73, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over two seconds on Sheldon Creed.

Christian Eckes has a flat tire after hitting the outside wall and brings out the caution flag on lap 74.

Ben Rhodes has some damage to his truck after making contact with Zane Smith on the track.

With 25 trucks on the lead lap, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 79 but it is Sheldon Creed that gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 80, Kyle Busch is on Sheldon Creed’s bumper and passes Creed from the outside to retake the lead. While Busch and Creed battle for the lead, Ross Chastain is coming on quickly.

Lap 83, Kyle Busch takes the lead with Sheldon Creed in second and Ross Chastain in third; Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Fifty to go, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Sheldon Creed; Ross Chastain, Johnny Sauter, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

The drivers still have to make one more pit stop to finish the race.

Grant Enfinger brings out the caution flag when he brushes the wall after making contact with Raphael Lessard. Grant Enfinger’s team says that they are out of the race.

With 44 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are in their pit window and make a pit stop for fuel, fresh tires, and adjustments.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 95 with Kyle Busch and Sheldon Creed going nose to nose for the lead.

After going back and forth for four laps, Kyle Busch finally takes the lead and pulls away; Tanner Gray, Johnny Sauter, Austin Hill, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Thirty to go, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Johnny Sauter; Austin Hill, Matt Crafton, and Tanner Gray round out the top five.

Twenty five to go, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Johnny Sauter; Austin Hill, Matt Crafton, and Tanner Gray round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over three seconds on Johnny Sauter; Austin Hill, Matt Crafton, and Tanner Gray round out the top five.

Timmy Hill takes his truck to pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.

Only three turcks are out of the race; Raphael Lessard, Grant Enfinger, and Josh Bilicki. Stefan Parsons has been down pit road several times with issues.

Fifteen to go, Kyle Busch now has a lead of four and a half seconds on Johnny Sauter; Austin Hill, Matt Crafton, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Ten to go, passing slower traffic, Kyle Busch has increased hos lead to nearly six seconds on Johnny Sauter; Austin Hill, Matt Crafton, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Derek Kraus has a rear wheel issue and brings his truck down pit road; the track stays green.

With 18 trucks on the lead lap, Kyle Busch takes a lead of six seconds into the final five laps of the race.

Three laps remain in the race, Kyle Busch has a lead of over seven seconds on Johnny Sauter; Matt Crafton and Austin Hill battle it out for third.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

With a lead of nearly eight seconds, Kyle Busch wins his seventh race in a row for a win at his home track; giving him a total of 57 Truck Series victories. This is Kyle’s second win in as many days after winning on the Bullring in Las Vegas on Thursday night.

The unofficial results of the Strat 200:
Kyle Busch
Johnny Sauter
Austin Hill
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Zane Smith
Todd Gilliland
Tanner Gray
Stewart Friesen
Sheldon Creed
Tyler Ankrum
Spencer Davis
Ty Majeski
Ross Chastain
Brennan Poole
Brett Moffitt
Austin Wayne Self
Codie Rohrbaugh
Tate Fogleman
Jordan Anderson
Natalie Decker
Derek Kraus
Christian Eckes
Angela Ruch
Spencer Boyd
Cory Roper
Josh Reaume
Timmy Hill
Stefan Parsons
Raphael Lessard
Grant Enfinger
Josh Bilicki

Spotify Announces New Awards

Awards season just got a bit busier with the new addition of the Spotify Awards.

The inaugural awards ceremony will take place on March 5 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Latin music artist Bad Bunny leads the field of nominees with 13 nominations. Banda MS, J Balvin, Daddy Yankee have all garnered double digit nominations.

A streaming service, the Spotify Award winners will be based on the user-generated data of the service. The first of its kind, the Spotify Awards are specific to Mexico.

Major Spotify Awards category nominees:
Artist of the Year:
Bad Bunny
Banda Sinaloense MS by Sergio Lizárraga
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Ozuna

Podcast of the Year:
Dr. Muerte
The Alex FernándezPodcast
Fausto
Legendary Legends
Give a Gift Doubts

Most-Streamed Female Artist:
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Karol G
Natti Natasha
Shakira

Most-Streamed Male Artist:
Anuel AA
Bad Bunny
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Ozuna

Most-Streamed Track:
Callaíta” by Bad Bunny and Tainy
“Calma” Remix by Pedro Capó and Farruko
“Con Calma” by Daddy Yankee and Snow
“Otro Trago” Sech and Darell

Female Artist Biggest Increase in Fans:
Danna Paola
María José
Ms Nina
Natalia Jiménez
Tones and I

Male Artist Biggest Increase in Fans:
Guaynaa
Lunay
Micro Tdh
Sech
Tainy

Most-Shared Artist:
Bad Bunny
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
José José
Luis Miguel

Most-Followed Artist:
Bad Bunny
Banda Sinaloense MS by Sergio Lizárraga
SantaPoster
Ozuna
Paulo Londra

Emerging Artist:
Junior H
LÚA
Nicki Nicole
Tomorrow X Together
Tones and I

Most-Added to Playlists Artist:
Anuel AA
Bad Bunny
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Ozuna

Most-Streamed Mexican Artist Globally:
Alejandro Fernández
Banda Sinaloense MS by Sergio Lizárraga
Luis Miguel
Maná
Reik

 

feature photo credit: By Spotify – Perszone van Spotify, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26563275

The Weeknd

Urban artist The Weeknd has taken a couple of years off from touring, but is ready to make another tour this summer and fall.

The Weeknd is touring to support his newest album “After Hours” set for a March 20 release.

The Weeknd will kick off the tour in his native country of Canada in Vancouver and end the trek in Europe next November.

Sabrina Claudio, Don Toliver, and 88Glam will be joining The Weeknd on the tour.

Presale tickets begin February 25 at 10am local time.

The Weeknd “After Hours” tour dates:
June 11 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
June 14 at Rogers Placei n Edmonton, AB
June 17 at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB
June 22 at the Xcel Energy Centerin St. Paul, MN
June 24 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
June 26 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
June 27 at the Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit, MI
June 29 & 30 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
July 2 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
July 4 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT

July 7 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
July 8 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY
July 11 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
July 13 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
July 15 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
July 16 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
July 18 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL
July 21 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
July 23 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
July 24 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
July 25 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
July 27 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
July 29 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
July 31 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Aug 1 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA
Aug 3 at the Oakland Arena in Oakland, CA
Aug 4 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Aug 6 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Aug 8 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Aug 9 at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, CA
Aug 11 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
Aug 14 at & 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 19 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
Aug 20 at the Dickies Arena in Ft. Worth, TX
Aug 22 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
Aug 23 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, NE
Aug 25 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Aug 26 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Aug 28 at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
Sept 1 at the KeyBank Arena in Buffalo, NY
Sept 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Oct 11-13 at the O2 Arena in London, UK
Oct 15 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, UK
Oct 16 at the Arena in Birmingham, UK
Oct 18 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, UK
Oct 19 at the Arena in Manchester, UK
Oct 26 at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium
Oct 27 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Oct 29 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany
Oct 31 at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany
Nov 8 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany
Nov 9 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany
Nov 12 at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France

Magic and Royalty at The Strong

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Magic: The Gathering became a member of the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2019; on March 14, The Strong Museum – the home of the National Toy Hall of Fame – will present a workshop on how to play the role playing card game.

Children ages 10 to 15 can enter the magical world of “Magic: The Gathering” at a special workshop with experts from the Rochester store Just Games. From 2 to 5pm visitors will learn how to play the role playing game filled with mythical characters.

The workshop is a ticketed event intended for children with a charge of $15. While an adult is required to be present with their child, there is no fee for the adult. Tickets for the workshop are available online at museumofplay.org and are non-refundable.

princess palooza 2020 press

On March 20 and 21, meet Belle, Rapunzel, and Snow White when Princess Palooza comes to The Strong. From 11am to 4pm on March 20 and 1pm to 4pm on March 21, meet some of the Disney Princesses while helping frogs hop into a pond, have a tea party with Bell, give Rapunzel a hairstyle fit for a queen, and play with Snow White with her friends in the forest.

Princess Palooza is included in the regular price of admission at The Strong.

Admission to The Strong is free for members and children under the age of two, all others are $16. Admission to the Dancing Wings Butterfyl Garden is an extra charge of $4 for members, $5 for non-members, and free for children under the age of two.

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

 

Photos courtesy of The Strong in Rochester, New York

Trace Adkins

Country music star Trace Adkins is heading out on the road this spring and summer for his “The Way I Wanna Go” tour of North America that will include a number of Country and State Fair appearances.

Adkins notes that he may look down from the stage and see the face of a person who was not even born when he wrote the song. Adding, well, these songs still resonate today and are tried-and-true hits.’ It’s pretty special.”

Trace Adkins tour dates:
April 15 at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA
April 16 at the Packard Music Hall in Warren, OH
April 17 at The Ritz Theatre in Tiffin, OH
April 18 at the Midland Theatre in Newark, OH
April 19 at the Capitol Music Hall in Wheeling, WV
May 7 at the Clay Center in Charleston, WV
May 8 at the Del Lago Resort and Casino in Waterloo, NY
May 9 at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV
May 15 at the IP Casino Resort and Spa in Biloxi, MS
May 16 at the Delta Downs Racetrack Casino in Vinton, LA
June 27 at the Frederick Brown Jr Amphitheater in Peachtree City, GA
July 2 at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, OH
July 3 at the French Lick Resort Casino in French Lick, OH
July 5 at the Dauphin’s Countryfest in Dauphin, MB
July 8 at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair in Chippewa Falls, WI
July 9 at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, ND
July 10 at the Gathering on the Green in Mequon, WI
July 11 at the Hodag Country Fest in Rhinelander, WI
July 17 at the Sunset Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV
July 18 at the Peppermill Concert Hall in West Wendover, NV
July 19 at the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, WY
July 29 at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, MS
July 30 at the Tailgate N’ Tallboys Festival in Taylorville, IL
Aug 1 at the Jackson County Fair in Maquoketa, IA
Aug 7 at the Manitoulin Country Fest in Little Current, ON
Aug 13 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, MO
Aug 15 at the Chase County Fair in Imperial, NE
Aug 21 at the Antelope Valley Fair in Lancaster, CA
Sept 25 at the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City, OK
Nov 9-11 on the Country Cruising 2020 out of Tampa, FL

 

Rapper Pop Smoke Dies

Rap artist Pop Smoke died February 19, 2020 after a break-in to his Hollywood home where he was fatally shot. He was 20 years old.

Police say that they are just beginning the investigation into the incident.

Bashar Barakah Jackson was born in Brooklyn, New York, Pop Smoke had a hit with “Welcome to the Party” in 2018. The song – a gangsta anthem – saw the rapper bragging about drugs, shootings, and killing.

The freestyle rapper had just released his second album “Meet the Woo 2”. The album debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 album chart at number seven. The album was a follow-up to the debut album last July “Meet the Woo”.

The rap music world has had its share of tragedy over the past couple of years with the shooting deaths of Nipsey Hussle, Bankroll Gambino, and XXXTentacion.

 

feature photo credit: Pop Smoke Facebook page

Ryan Newman Goes Home!

Only two days after crossing the finish line of the Daytona 500 upside down, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman leaves the Halifax Medical Center.

Not only has Newman left the hospital…he WALKED out the door holding the hands of his daughters!

https://twitter.com/NewmanKrissie/status/1230202848912211968

After safety workers spent 20 minutes extricating Newman from the crashed race car, he was transported to Halifax Medical Center a short distance from the track – race fans can see the hospital behind the backstretch of Daytona International Speedway – where he was listed as being in serious condition with non life-threatening injuries. Neither Newman’s family or Roush-Fenway Racing have revealed any details about what Newman’s injuries were.

Racing is a dangerous sport and everyone involved in NASCAR understands the risks each time they get out on the track. But that doesn’t mean a bad crash doesn’t tug at a driver or affect him. After the race both Ryan Blaney and Corey LaJoie – both who were involved in Newman’s crash – were deeply affected by the wreck.

When Corey LaJoie climbed from his car at the end of the race, he dropped to his knees and was unaware of events until after he had left the infield care center.

Ryan Blaney was very distraught over the events on the track and has stepped back from the track for a few days.

Noting that their main concern is the continued recovery of Ryan Newman, Roush-Fenway Racing has announced that “melon man” Ross Chastain will step in for Ryan Newman and driver the number six car in the race at Las Vegas this weekend and until Newman returns to the track.

Ross Chastain has become one of the busies drivers in NASCAR. Last season he drove nearly every race in all three of the NASCAR series last season. This season he is registered as a competitor for the Xfinity Series driving for Kaulig Racing but will drive in the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series and NASCAR Cup series when the opportunity presents itself.

Chastain has earned the nickname of the “melon man” because he comes from eight generations of watermelon farmers in Florida. Whenever he wins a race, Chastain smashes a watermelon at the start/finish line and again in victory lane.

Speaking on his opportunity to drive the number six car Chastain said via Twitter, “no one could ever take the place of Ryan Newman on the track, and I can’t wait to have him back. As we continue to pray for a full and speedy recovery, I’ll do my best to make him and everyone at Roush Fenway Racing proud.”

Western NY Loses Amusement Park

Over the past couple of seasons the western New York amusement park Fantasy Island has had its share of issues from the closure of park activities to broken rides. Park visitors also found a number of the concession stands closed.

On February 19, park owners the Apex Park Group have announced that the park has been closed down permanently closed.

Fantasy Island marketing director Doug Mandell said that despite spending millions of dollars in renovations and upgrades, the park has not seen any “improvement in operating results”. He added that the decision to close the park was a difficult one that was not made lightly.

Park officials have not yet revealed how they will handle refunds for season ticket holders.

Mandell noted that the company is “working to minimize impact to those affected.”

Apex plans on selling the rides from the park that opened on Grand Island – an island in the Niagara River between Buffalo and Niagara Falls – in 1961.

The Pretty Reckless

The Pretty Reckless have announced a U.S. tour for this May. It will be their first tour in nearly three years.

The tour will consist of headlining dates and festival performances.

The rockers are putting the finishing touches on a new album and are ready to share some of the songs from that album on the tour.

The Pretty Reckless tour dates:
May 5 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, NY
May 8 at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA
May 9 at the Welcome to Rockville in Daytona Beach, FL
May 11 at the Basement East in Nashville, TN
May 13 at the U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC
May 15 at The Sinclair in Boston, MA
May 16 at the MMRBQ in Camden, NJ
May 17 at the Sonic Temple in Columbus, OH
May 19 at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL
May 20 at the Fine Line Cafe in Minneapolis, MN
May 22 at Wooly’s in Des Moines, IA
May 23 at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK
May 24 at BFD in Dallas, TX

 

Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters are packing up the van (bus) for a tour this spring and summer to celebrate 25 years of making music.

Some of the dates along the tour are the same cities where the band performed on their first tour in 1995.

Foo Fighters tour dates:
April 12 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
April 14 at the Santa Ana Center in Albuquerque, NM
April 16 at he Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
April 18 at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, KS
April 20 at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN
April 26 at Something in the Water in Virginia Beach, VA
April 26 at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA
May 10 at the Resch Center in Green Bay, WI
May 12 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
May 14 at the Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati, OH
May 16 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
May 18 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, OH
May 20 at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, ON
May 22-24 at Boston Calling in Boston, MA
June 10 at the Waldbuhne in Berlin, Germany
June 12 at the Nova Rock Festival in Nickelsdorf, Austria
June 14 at the I-Days in Milan, Italy
June 16 & 17 at Festival de Nimes in Nimes, France
June 19 at the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias in Valencia, Spain
June 21 at the Rock in Rio Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal
July 31 at Osheaga in Montreal, QC

Ozzy Cancels Tour Dates

Just days after rescheduling his postponed dates from the “No More Tours 2”, Ozzy Osbourne has canceled his North American tour dates.

Ozzy cites continued health issues as the reason for the cancellations.

Currently the European dates are still planned.

The former Black Sabbath singer has had more than his share of health issues in recent months. Last March Ozzy fell in his Los Angeles home that aggravated injuries sustained in a 2003 ATV accident and required surgery. As a result of the fall, Ozzy was forced to postpone his farewell tour concert dates. It is those dates that have again been canceled.

Further complicating his farewell tour plans was an upper respiratory infection that turned into pneumonia and resulted in the cancellation of the European tour dates.

Further complicating his recent health issues is a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease.

Noting that he has had a bad year, Ozzy said that he won’t be able to get to Switzerland for treatment until April and once there the treatment will take six to eight weeks.

Speaking on his decision to cancel the tour Ozzy said, “I don’t want to start a tour and then cancel shows at the last minute, as it’s just not fair to the fans. I’d rather they get a refund now and when I do the North American tour down the road, everyone who bought a ticket for these shows will be the first ones in line to purchase tickets at that time.”

Fans who have purchased tickets to canceled dates may obtain a refund from the site of purchase. The refund will include any fees incurred.

2020 BRIT Awards

The United Kingdom celebrates the best in music with a celebration of the 40th annual BRIT Awards.

In a gala event at the O2 Arena, Jack Whitehall returned for his third stint of hosting the awards ceremony.

Michael Ward, Niall Horan, Jorja Smith, Ellie Goulding, Kiefer Sutherland, Hailee Steinfeld, Courtney Love, Mel C, and Sir Tom Jones all served as presenters for the ceremonies.

Mabel, Lewis Capaldi, Celeste, Stormzy, Burna Boy, Lizzo, Dave, and Harry Styles all gave rousing performances. Billie Eilish and Finneas with Hans Zimmer and Johnn Marr performed the newest theme song from the James Bond series. Sir Rod Stewart took the stage for a performance and was then joined by Ronnie Wood and Kenny Jones for “Stay With Me” to close out the evening’s events.

2020 BRIT Award winners:
British Male Artist: Stormzy
British Female Artist: Mabel
Best Group: Foals
Best New Artist: Lewis Capaldi
International Female Artist: Billie Eilish
International Male Artist: Tyler the Creator
Producer of the Year: Fred Again…
Song of the Year: “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi
Album of the Year: “Psychodrama” by Dave

Previously known as the Critic’s Choice Award, the Rising Star Award went to Celeste

New Olympic Toys for Tokyo

For the first time in Olympic history, Mattel is creating a collection of Olympic themed toys to help celebrate the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Featuring inclusivity and innovation, the new toys products with Barbie, Hot Wheels, and UNO. Coming out this spring, the toys will be available as an international product line. The toys will also reflect the new sporting events for the 2020 Olympics – baseball, softball, sport climbing, karate, skateboarding, and surfing.

Speaking on the new toys, Managing Director of IOC Television and Marketing Services Timo Lumme said, “in line with our Global Licensing Strategy, this new international licensing collaboration with Mattel is a great way to engage with an important audience, our younger fans and their families, and through these high-quality products to connect them with the Olympic brand and values.”

In real Barbie fashion, she embodies all of the new sporting events.

The new Hot Wheels collection features the sports of the Olympics from the original sporting events of Athens to the newest additions to the Games. There are two cars in the collection that feature the Toyota Tundra and the Toyota 2000 GT.

The National Toy Hall of Fame game UNO will get a new edition featuring Miraitowa – the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascot. The limited edition set will include a unique design and a new special rule to the game.

 

Feature photo credit: By Makaristos – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4787743

BPO Kids Show Some Buffalove

On February 16 Jamon Dunn and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra presented the third installment of the annual BPO Kids program with Buffalove – a celebration of the Arts and Music of Buffalo.

Upon walking into the auditorium, BPO fans saw drums all across the front of the stage and a drum kit on the stage.

The Program opened with a lively performance of the “Suite from Coco” that had conductor Jamon Dunn appear to dance as he conducted.

Five member of the Just Buffalo Literary Center read poems that were inspired by music from “Enigma’s Variations” in an “Original Theme, Op 36”. After each student read their poem, the BPO played the piece that inspired the poem. After the performance, Jaman Encouraged the audience to try it at home.

Mixing tow musical forms that seem completely opposite from one another, the Differential Flava Crew from the Verve Dance Studio performed a Hip-Hop routine to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach with the Allegro from the “Brandenburg Concerto number 3 in C Major”.

Western New York native – Amherst – pianist Jimmy Featherstone joined the BPO for a performance of “Excerpt form Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin.

While a majority of the artwork in packed away awaiting completion of renovations to the Albright Knox Art Gallery, people can still enjoy and appreciate some of the artwork. Photos of some of that art aired on the video screen while the BPO performed the “Hungarian March” from “La Damnation de Faust, Op 24” by Hector Berlioz.

And finishing out the afternoon of music was the Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra from Lancaster High School with a performance of “Nora” and “Live it Up” which were arranged for the Orchestra by former Carnival Kids members.

Known for its football and hockey teams, Buffalo also offers numerous artistic opportunities with the BPO Kids demonstrating a few of them with Buffalove!.

BPO Honours Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch died in 2012 at the age of 68 but he left a legacy that will not soon be repeated. With well over 200 musical compositions for film and Broadway, Hamlisch is one of only two people to be named a PEGOT winner for earning a Pulitzer Prize, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards – Richard Rogers was the other one. He also has three Golden Globe Awards and was the POPS conductor for several symphony orchestras including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

On February 14 and 15 the BPO paid tribute to Hamlisch with “Nobody Does it Better: The Music of Marvin Hamlisch”. Former Hamlisch collaborator and pianist Kevin Cole and vocalist Carlyn Connolly joined the BPO for the celebration.

After opening with the Overture form Hamlisch’s ground breaking musical “A Chorus Line”, Carlyn came on stage to perform “They’re Playing My Song”.

For his first performance, Kevin Cole showed another side of Hamlisch’s compositions. Saying that Marvin Hamlisch revived Ragtine, Cole played “Solace”, “The Entertainer”, and “The Pine Apple Rag”.

Carlyn returned to perform “Dreams”, “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Roses”, and “The Way We Were”.

Kevin returned to play the “Allegro Agitato” from the “Concerto in F Major for Piano” as images of Hamlisch showed on the video screen.

After the intermission the BPO returned for a performance of selections form “Gypsy” and “Carousel” before Kevin Cole returned to perform three of Hamlisch’s favourite compositions – “The Way We Were”, “At the Ballet”, and “What I Did for Love”.

Carlyn returned to the stage to sing “What I Did for Love” the theme form “Ice Castles” – “Through the Eyes of Love”, and the James Bond theme that the BBC ranked as the number one Bond theme song “Nobody Does it Better” from “The Spy Who Lived Me”.

The celebration of Marvin Hamlisch concluded with Kevin Cole emulating Hamlisch on “The Chorus Line Concerto”. Hamlisch always improvised the piano solo for the work and never bothered to write it down.

Kevin noted that when he told Hamlisch’s widow that he would be performing with the BPO, she told him to make sure everyone knew how much Marvin loved Buffalo and the BPO.

For long time BPO fans, it was a day to get emotional as they recalled Hamlisch and his time with the orchestra.

Ryan Newman Update: Awake and Talking

Over the years, Daytona International Speedway has seen its share of “the big one” and horrific crashes; 19 years ago one of those crashes took the life of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr.

After a last lap crash at the Daytona 500 on February 17 that put Ryan Newman sliding across the finish line on his roof and in flames in the ninth position.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu_C4UhfAy4

After safety workers extricated Newman from his car, he was taken immediately to the Halifax Medical Center where he was listed as in severe condition with non-life threatening injuries.

While specifics on those injuries have not been revealed, the latest update says that Newman is awake and communicating with doctors and family.

Newman and his family have expressed their appreciation for the concern and support from fans and the NASCAR community.

Steve Miller Band

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Steve Miller has planned a tour this summer for his band he is calling the “Americana Tour”. Gary Mule Deer and Marty Stuart with his Fabulous Superlatives band will also be a part of the tour for most of the dates.

The Steve Miller band will be traveling to Canada alone and Matthew Curry will be joining the tour on the Canadian dates.

Only two days before he goes on tour, Steve Miller will be inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

In a 2018 interview, Miller noted that they are there to play a lot of music with no vocal loops or any other mechanical enhancements.

Steve Miller tour dates:
June 13 at the Travis County Expo Center in Austin, TX
June 15 at the Allen Event Center in Allen, TX
June 16 at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, TX
June 19 at the Winstar in Thackersville, OK
June 20 at the Downstream Amphitheater in Quapaw, OK
June 23 at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN
June 24 at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater in Youngstown, OH
June 29 at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
June 30 at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, OH
July 9 & 10 at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA
July 12 at the Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys, CA
July 14 at the Idaho Botanical Garden Outlaw Field in Boise, ID
July 15 at the Sun Valley Pavilion in Sun Valley, ID
July 18 at the Treasure Island Resort Events Center in Welch, MN
July 19 at the Stir Concert Cove in Coucil Bluffs, IA
July 22 at the Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville, KY
July 23 at The Colosseum at Caesar’s in Windsor, ON
July 25 at Kemptville Live in Kemptville, ON
July 26 at the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, ON
July 28 at the Entertainment Centre in Orillia, ON
July 30 at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY
July 31 at The Met in Philadelphia, PA
Aug 1 at the Spyglass Ridge Winery in Sunbury, PA
Aug 8 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
Aug 9 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Aug 11 at The Anthem in Washington, DC
Aug 12 at the Innsbrook Pavilion in Glen Allen, VA
Aug 14 at the Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row in Westbrook, ME
Aug 15 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT
Aug 21 at the St. Louis Music Park in Maryland Heights, MO
Aug 22 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, MO
Aug 24 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
Aug 25 at the Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 27 at The Range Amphitheater in Walla Walla, WA
Aug 29 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Aug 30 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Sept 1 at the Save on Foods Centre in Victoria, BC
Sept 2 at the Pacific National Exhibition Fair in Vancouver, BC
Sept 4 at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, WA

Update on Ryan Newman

On the last turn of the last lap of the second overtime finish of the Daytona 500, Ryan Newman was involved in a crash that sent his car airborne and put Newman’s car on its hood sliding down the track.

After safety workers and health officials extricated Newman from his car, he was transported to the Halifax Medical Center.

Roush-Fenway Racing officials released a statement saying that Ryan Newman was in serious condition but his injuries were not life threatening.

While specific injuries were not revealed, Roush-Fenway promised to keep fans updated; but requested fans respect the privacy of the family, asking only for thoughts and prayers for Newman.

Roush-Fenway stated that they appreciate your patience and cooperation and we will provide more information as it becomes available.

 

feature photo credit: By Zach Catanzareti – https://www.flickr.com/photos/58980992@N03/39920112921, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=85581307

Rose Tattoo

Australian rockers Rose Tattoo have not toured in the United States in nearly 40 years but all of that will change with a new tour this spring.

The current lineup for Rose Tattoo are Angry Anderson, Mark Evans, Bob Spencer, Dai Pritchard, and Jackie Barnes.

But before they hit American shores, Rose Tattoo will tour around Europe and at home in Australia beginning in early March.

The rockers have also announced that they will be releasing their newest album “Outlaws” on March 6.

Rose Tattoo tour dates:
March 3 at the Live Music Hall in Koln, Germany
March 4 at the Batschkapp in Frankfurt, Germany
March 6 at the Palac Akropolis in Prague, Czech Republic
March 7 at the Alter Schlachthof in Dresden, Germany
March 8 at the Astra Kulturhaus in Berlin, Germany
March 10 at the Capitol in Hannover, Germany
March 11 at Die Pumpe in Kiel, Germany
March 13 at the Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway
Marhc 14 at the Nöjesfabriken in Karlstad, Sweden
March 15 at the KB in Malmo, Sweden
March 17 at Hyde Park in Osnabruck, Germany
March 18 at the Metropool in Hengelo, Netherlands
March 20 at De Pul in Uden, Netherlands
March 21 at La Laiterie in Strasbourg, France
March 22 at the Electric Ballroom in London, UK
March 24 at La Cigale in Paris, France
March 25 at Ninkasi Kao in Lyon, France
March 27 at Komplex 457 in Zurich, Switzerland
March 28 at the Roxy in Ulm, Germany
March 29 at the Lowensaal in Nurnberg, Germany
April 3 at Peter Barclay Field in Tuncurry, Australia
April 4 at Parramatta Park in Sydney, Australia
April 5 at The Entertainment Grounds in Gosford, Australia
April 9 at Stuart Park in Wollongong, Australia
April 11 at the Hastings Foreshore Reserve in Mornington Peninsula, Australia
April 12 at the Showgrounds in Yarrawonga, Australia
April 13 at Bonythorn Park in Adelaide, Australia
April 17 at the Stadium in Sunshine Coast, Australia
April 18 at the Riverstage in Brisbane, Australia
April 19 at Foreshore Park in Newcastle, Australia
May 7-9 at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, CA
May 10 at the Garden Amphitheatre in Garden Grove, CA
May 12 at The Venue in Denver, CO
May 14 at the Warehouse Live! In Houston, TX
May 15 at The Rockbox in San Antonio, TX
May 16 at Trees in Dallas, TX
May 17 at The Lost Well in Austin, TX
May 20 at Reggies in Chicago, IL
May 21 at the Machine Shop in Flint, MI
May 22 at Ace of Cuos in Columbus, OH
May 23 at Oddbodys in Dayton, OH
May 25 & 27 at the Market Hotel in Brooklyn, NY
May 28 at The Jewel in Manchester, NH
May 29 at High Voltage in Philadelphia, PA
May 30 at The Vault in New Bedford, MA

Slipknot

Slipknot returns this year for another Knotfest Roadshow and this time they are bringing A Day To Remember, Underoath and Code Orange along for the fun.

Frontman Corey Taylor spoke on the upcoming events saying, “Knotfest is a showcase where you never know what to expect. This year is no exception.”

Currently on tour in Europe and Asia, the band will again tour in Europe after the Knottfest.

Slipknot tour dates:
Feb 20 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark
Feb 21 at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden
Feb 22 at the Talenor Arena in Oslo, Norway
Feb 24 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland
March 20 & 21 at the Makuhari Messe in Hibino, Japan
March 24 at the Fort Canning Park Tree Tunnel in Singapore, Singapore
March 27 at the Hammersonic Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia
Marhc 29 at the Amoranto Stadium in Manila, Philippines
May 16 at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH
May 23 at the Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK
May 30 at the St. Joseph’s Health Insurance Amphitheatre in Syracuse, NY
May 31 at the Xfinity Center in Boston, MA
June 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
June 4 at the Videotron Centre in Ville De Quebec, QC
June 5 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
June 6 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
June 8 at the DTE Energy Theatre in Detroit, MI
June 10 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
June 12 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN
June 14 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
June 15 at the iThink Financial Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, FL
June 17 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
June 18 at the Ameris Bank Amphitheater in Alpharetta, GA
June 20 at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham, AL
June 22 at the Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, TX
June 23 at the Germania Insurance Amphitheater in Austin, TX
June 25 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
June 27 at the Machaca Festival in Monterrey, Mexico
July 17 at the Rock Fest in Cadott, WI
July 18 at the Rock USA in Oshkosh, WI
July 24 at the Release Athens Festival in Kallithea, Greece
July 26 at the Hills of Rock in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
July 27 at the ROMEXPO in Bucharest, Romania
July 29 at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia
July 31 at the RheinEnergieStadion in Koln, Germany
Aug 1 at the Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany
Aug 6 at the Smukfest in Skanderborg, Denmark
Aug 7 at the Waldbuhne in Berlin, Germany
Aug 10 at the Knotfest at Sea in Barcelona, Spain
Aug 15 at the Metalnostrum in Fuengirola, Spain
Aug 17 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal
Aug 22 at The National Bowl in Milton Keynes, UK

System of a Down

Touring is the life blood for musicians with some artists at times spending weeks and even months of the road crisscrossing the nation and sometimes the globe.

System of a Down, Korn, and Faith No More have joined up for a couple of North American dates that will not begin until mid May but is already peaking enough interest of rock fans to require extra dates be added to the schedule. Helmet and Russian Circles will also be a part of the tour.

The rockers will also be spending part of their summer touring Europe.

System of a Down tour dates:
May 22 & 23 at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
June 3 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 5 at Rock im Park in Nuremberg, Germany
June 7 at Rock am Ring in Nürburg, Germany
June 8 at the Waldbühne in Berlin, Germany
June 10 at the Nova Rock Festival in Nickelsdorf, Austria
June 12 at the I-Days Festival in Milan, Italy
June 14 at the Download Festival in Castle Donington, UK
June 16 at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic
June 17 at the Laszlo Papp Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary
June 19 at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland
June 21 at the Hellfest Open Air in Clisson, France
June 23 at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden
June 25 at the Provinssirock Festival in Seinäjoki, Finland
June 30 at the Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland
July 2 at the VOA Heavy Rock Festival in Lisbon, Portugal
July 3 at the Resurrection Fest in Viveiro, Spain
July at Rock Werchter in Werchter, Belgium

Wild Overtime Finish in Daytona 500

After two weeks of preparation, practice, and prayer the drivers will finally have their day for some fast racing when the 2020 NASCAR season opens with the Great American Race – the Daytona 500.

After a round of qualifying and two Duel races, the 40 drivers are ready to take to the track for 500 miles.

After failing pre-race inspection Denny Hamlin will have to start the race from the back of the field.

The starting lineup for the Daytona 500:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Alex Bowman
Joey Logano
William Byron
Aric Almirola
Jimmie Johnson
Ryan Newman
Kyle Larson
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Bubba Wallace
Cole Custer
Austin Dillon
Erik Jones
Martin Truex Jr
Matt DiBenedetto
Christopher Bell
Kurt Busch
Chris Buescher
Ross Chastain
Denny Hamlinj – moved to the back of the field
Tyler Reddick
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Dillon
Chase Elliott
Michael McDowell
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Busch
Clint Bowyer
David Ragan
Ryan Preece
Timmy Hill
Justin Haley
Brennan Poole
Quin Houff
Corey LaJoie
Joey Gase
BJ McLeod
Brendan Gaughan
Reed Sorenson

After giving the command to start the engines, the President of the United States becomes the first sitting president to make a lap around the track as he paces the field.

Waving the green flag for today’s race is former Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Six rookies will start the race for their first Daytona 500.

Retiring at the end of the season, Jimmie Johnson moves to the front of the field for a lap of honour.

Stages one and two of the race are 65 laps each with stage three lasting 70 laps for a total of 200 laps around the two and a half mile track. With a fuel load of 38 to 42 laps, the drivers cannot complete a stage without making a pit stop.

The race was red flagged even before it began after a brief rain shower soaked the track and has to be dried before the drivers can get going.

The track is finally dry and ready for racing; Ricky Stenhouse brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead.

Ricky Stenhouse leads lap one with Joey Logano in second.

Lap three, the top five are Ricky Stenhouse, Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Ryan Newman, and Alex Bowman.

Lap five, the front pack are single file with the second pack two and three wide.

Ricky Stenhouse continues to lead the race with Joey Logano on his bumper; Aric Almirola, Ryan Newman, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 10, Ricky Stenhouse leads the way with Joey Logano holding on to the second spot; Aric Almirola, Ryan Newman, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 15, Ricky Stenhouse continues to lead the race; Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Ryan Newman, and Kevin Harvick continue to hold their spots in the top five.

The drivers have gotten single file in a 200 mile freight train.

NASCAR has thrown the caution flag on lap 20 because of more rain showers.

And after 21 laps, NASCAR has again thrown the red flag and stopped the race due to the weather.

With heavy rain showers in the area, NASCAR has postponed the race until Monday afternoon.

After a delay of over 24 hours, the drivers are ready to take to the track once more and get the race underway once again.

The race will restart on lap 21 under sunny skies and warmer temperatures.

The drivers are moving once again and are under the caution flag.

Once NASCAR opens pit road most of the field comes down for fresh tires and a full load of fuel.

Jimmie Johnson’s team was charged with having too many crew members over the wall. Johnson will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Corey LaJoie’s team was charged with coming over the wall too soon.

After staying out on the track, Michael McDowell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26.

Brad Keselowski leads the race with Ryan Newman in second; Aric Alrimola, Kevin Harvick, and Ricky Stenhouse round out the top five.

Lap 29 Aric Almirola passes Brad Keselowski for the lead; Kevin Harvick, Ryan Bewman, and Ricky Stenhouse round out the top five.

Lap 30, Brad Keselowski retakes the lead.

Lap 31, Aric Almirola takes the lead.

Lap 32, Brad Keselowski retakes the lead.

Lap 33, the top five are Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse, and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 38, Brad Keselowski holds on to the lead with nine of the top 10 cars a Ford; Ricky Stenhouse in fourth is the only Chevrolet in the top 10.

With 25 laps remaining in the stage, many of the drivers are in fuel conservation mode.

Lap 39 Ryan Newman takes the lead.

Lap 40 Aric Almirola takes the lead with Ryan Newman in second; Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Chris Buescher rounding out the top five.

Lap 44, Chase Elliot gets past Aric Almirola and takes the lead with Jimmie Johnson right behind him.

Lap 46, Hendrick Motorsports lead the way with Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman, and William Byron; Ricky Stenhouse rounds out the top five.

Lap 49, the top six cars are all Chevrolets. The Toyotas are still at the back of the field in fuel conservation mode.

Lap 50, 15 to go in stage one, Chase Elliott is in the lead; followed by Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman, William Byron, and Ricky Stenhouse.

Lap 53, the drivers are in two packs with 15 cars in the lead pack.

Lap 56, Chase Elliott continues to lead the rce with Jimmie Johnson in second; team mates Alex Bowman and William Byron are right behind with Ricky Stenhouse rounding out the top five.

With only eight laps remaining in stage one, drivers are beginning to make their move for position and the first stage points of the season.

William Byron brings out the caution flag when he sails across the infield and hits the inside wall after getting hit from behind by Ricky Stenhouse. Byron is out of the car and ok but must make the mandatory trip to the infield car center.

Many of the drivers come down pit road for service. Christopher Bell misses his pit stop and has to back it up.

William Byron becomes the first driver out of the race.

After the leaders stayed out on the track, Chase Elliott will lead the field down for the green flag restart and a shootout to the end of stage one on lap 63 and edges out team mate Jimmie Johnson for the lead.

Always looking to enhance a broadcast, FOX Sports has a new drone at Daytona with speeds of 80mph that offers some interesting and unique shots of the field.

Chase Elliott wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Jimmie Johnson
Ryan Blaney
Ricky Stenhouse
Matt DiBenedetto
Chris Buescher
Ty Dillon

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the inside lane and holds on to the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second; Cole Custer, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 75, Denny Hamlin leads the pack; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

There are only five Toyotas in the race; and they occupy the first five positons of the track.

The 39 cars on the track are in single file for a 200 mile an hour freight train.

Lap 78, several of the drivers have dropped to the bottom lane and are looking to move forward.

Lap 80, Denny Hamlin leads the race but other drivers are chasing him down as the outside lane is forming up and moving forward.

Denny Hamlin has attracted some debris on his grille.

Lap 85, the inside lane is moving quickly and leaving the outside lane behind.

Denny Hamlin is looking to get the debris off of his grille.

Third place driver Kyle Busch is concerned about how second place driver Martin Truex Jr’s car is handling; saying that it doesn’t look right and is affecting his car.

Rookie Quin Houff brings out the caution flag on lap 90 with a crash that also involves BJ McLeod after making contact with Aric Almirola.

Kevin Harvick is on pit road with some right rear bumper damage. He stopped before pit road was open and will have to restar the race from the back of the field.

Quin Houff becomes the second car out of the race.

Once pit road opens, the drivers come down for fuel and fresh tires.

The air hose got caught under Erik Jones’ car and cost him a lot of time on pit road.

Reed Sorenson was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 96 and edges out Martin Truex Jr for the lead but Trux is getting a push from Chase Elliott.

Lap 100, halfway, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Ricky Stenhouse in second; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 105, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race with Ricky Stenhouse in second; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

The sun is beginning to set on the track; parts of the track are in shadow, while other parts are in full sun which is causing some serious glare issues for the drivers.

Lap 110, leading the most laps so far, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race with Ricky Stenhouse in second; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Melon Man Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Ten laps remain in stage two with Denny Hamlin in the lead; Ricky Stenhouse, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Five laps remain in stage two with Denny Hamlin continuing to lead the way.

After being involved in an on track crash, BJ McLeod is out of the race. There are 37 cars still on the track with 35 of them on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Ricky Stenhouse
Martin Truex Jr
Ross Chastian
Jimmie Johnson
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Chris Buescher

Once pit road is open, the drivers stop for service with Timmy Hill winning the race off of pit road after taking fuel only. Martin Truex Jr runs over a gas can on his way out of pit road. The gas can belonged to Chase Elliott’s team; as a result, Elliott will have to serve a penalty for taking equipment out of the pit box.

Kevin Harvick will have to start from the back of the field after pitting before pit road was open.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the outside lane on lap136. Ryan Blaney takes the lead after getting a push from Joey Logano.

Lap 136, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse, Denny Hamlin, and Ross Chastain.

There are still over 60 laps remaining in the race but the drivers are already getting aggressive as they battle for position.

Lap 137, Ricky Stenhouse takes the lead.

Lap 138, Ryan Blaney retakes the lead with Joey Logano in second as the drivers get single file.

Lap 140, Ricky Stenhouse takes the lead with Ryan Blaney is second. Ryan Blaney retakes the lead.

Lap 141, Denny Hamlin makes is three wide with Kyle Busch in the lead

Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney battle for the lead with Kyle holding on to the top spot.

With 58 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch leads the race with Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, Erik Jones, and Matt DiBenedetto rounding out the top five.

Lap 149, Brad Keselowski takes the lead from Kyle Busch with Ryan Blaney in second; Ricky Stenhouse, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 155, Kyle Busch retakes the lead with Brad Keselowski in second; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Ricky Stenhouse round out the top five.

Lap 156, Brad Keselowski retakes the lead with Joey Logano in second.

Forty to go, Brad Keselowski holds on to the lead with team mate Joey Logano in second.

Ricky Stenhouse went below the yellow line and has been posted by NASCAR and will have to serve a pass through penalty. Going below the yellow line and advancing your position is against the rules; the only exception is if a driver is forced below that line.

With 37 laps remaining in the race Joey Logano is the new leader with Brad Keselowski in second.

Lap 165, the pit window for the final green flag pit stop is open. Joey Logano leads the pack with Brad Keselowski in second; Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

As the skies darken and the sun goes down, the lights have come on.

With 31 laps remaining in the race the drivers make a massive run for pit road and service. All of the drivers need fuel with some of them taking only two tires.

Jimmie Johnson is in the lead with team mate Alex Bowman in second; Kurt Busch, Ty Dillon, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr crashes after making contact with Erik Jones, but the track stays green when he gets on pit road.

Several drivers have yet to make their pit stops.

As pit stops continue, Alex Bowman takes the lead.

With 26 laps to go, Kyle Busch leads the race; Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Chris Buescher, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Twenty to go, running single file, Kyle Busch leads the way with Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Chris Buescher, and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five.

The top 15 drivers took only two tires and are running a second slower than the drivers 16th and back who took four tires.

Brad Keselowski takes the lead as Kyle Busch drops back in the field with a tire issue. Busch is trying to make his way to pit road. Kyle Busch’s tire issue may be more involved with smoke coming from the exhaust pipe.

With 18 laps to go, Ryan Newman and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead, swapping it back and forth.

Big crash with 17 laps to go involving several cars including Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Ty Dillon, Justin Haley, Chris Buescher, Martin Truex Jr, Matt DiBenedetto, Joey Logano, David Ragan, John Hunter Nemechek, Bubba Wallace, Jimmie Johnson, Brendan Gaughan, Ross Chastain, and Alex Bowman. The crash began with a push from Joey Logano.

Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick stlipped through the

NASCAR has put out the red flag to get the track cleared. All drivers are out of their cars and walking around.

Once the race restarts, Ryan Newman will be in the lead.

After a 10 minute delay the yellow flag is displayed and the drivers are again moving, most heading for pit road and service.

Kevin Harvick leads the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch’s car is smoking heavily.

Kyle Busch takes his car to the garage with a blown engine.

Twenty two cars remain on the lead lap and 13 laps remaining in the race.

Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr’s teams could not repair the car under the vehicle repair policy and are out of the race.


With only 10 laps remaining in the race, Ryan Newman brings the field down for the green flag restart and holds on to the lead with Christopher Bell in second; Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Crash with eight laps to go involving Timmy Hill and Reed Sorenson bringing out the caution flag.

Ryan Newman brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with only four laps remaining in the race and edges out Joey Logano for the lead. The drivers gets thee and four wide across the track.

Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin hook and get a big lead on the field.

Denny Hamlin gets around Ryan New For the lead.

Another big crash brings out the caution flag with only two laps to go. Joey Logano, Ross Chastain, Ryan Preece, Christopher Bell, and Ty Dillon were all involved in the crash.

The red flag has been displayed again to get the track cleaned up. Once the cars start moving again, the race will go into overtime.

Even after all the crashed cars, there are still 18 cars on the lead lap.

Once the cars get going again, Denny Hamlin will be in the lead with Chris Buescher starting alongside on the front row.

A great deal of fluid on the track has caused a lengthy delay, but the cars are moving once again with many heading for pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green/white/checker overtime start from the outside lane and edges out for the lead.

Clint Bowyer and Michael McDowell get into the infield on the restart after contact and bring out the caution flag. Justin Haley was also involved in the altercation.

Caution laps count but the race will be completed under the overtime policy.

In the second overtime start, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the restart with Ryan Newman starting alongside on the front row. Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman go side by side before Denny Hamlin gets out in front.

Denny Hamlin takes the white flag as cars crash behind him. With a push from Ryan Blaney, Ryan Newman takes the lead. Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin cross the finish line as a big crash happens that puts Ryan Newman in the air and on his roof.

NASCAR has determined that Denny Hamlin is the winner of the race. This is Hamlin’s second win in a row; making him only the fourth driver to have a back to back win joining Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, and Sterling Marlin.

Unofficially it is the second closest finish in Daytona 500 history and officially the longest 500 in the history of the race.

Safety officials see to Ryan Newman and get him out of the car and transfer him immediately to the hospital.

2020 Daytona 500 unofficial results:
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Chris Buescher
David Ragan
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Brendan Gaughan
Corey LaJoie
Ryan Newman
Kyle Larson
John Hunter Nemechek
Austin Dillon
Justin Haley
Michael McDowell
Brennan Poole
Bubba Wallace
Chase Elliott
Erik Jones
Matt DiBenedetto
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Christopher Bell
Aric Almirola
Joey Gase
Alex Bowman
Ross Chastain
Joey Logano
Timmy Hill
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Preece
Ty Dillon
Reed Sorenson
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Jimmie Johnson
Brad Keselowski
Cole Custer
BJ McLeod
Quin Houff
William Byron

Pollstar Honours Best Tours/Artists

Pollstar tracks concerts and tours from all manner of artists. And for the past 32 years they have honoured the best touring artists and venues.

The winners of the 2020 Pollstar Awards are:
Major Tour of the Year: Sir Elton John and his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour
Best Rock Tour: The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour
Best Hip-Hop or R&B Tour: Post Malone and his Beerbongs & Bentleys and Runaway tours
Best Pop Tour: Pink with her Beautiful Trauma World Tour
Best Country Tour: Kacey Musgraves with her Oh, What a World Tours
Best Latin Tour: Jennifer Lopez with her It’s My Party: The Live Celebration
Comedy Tour of the Year: Sebastian Maniscalco with his Stay Hungry and You Bother Me tours
Best Support or Special Guest Act: Joan Jett for Heart on the Love Alive Tour
Best Residency: Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden
Best Non-Music Tour of the Year: Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michellle Obama
Best New Headliner: Billie Eislish
Over 30,000 attendance U.S. Music Festival of the Year: Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX
Under 30,000 attendance U.S. Music Festival of the Year: Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI
International Music Festival of the Year: Glastonbury Festival in the UK
Nightclub of the Year: The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA
Theatre of the Year: Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Arena of the Year: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year: Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA
Best New Concert Venue: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
International Venue of the Year: The O2 Arena in London, UK
Venue Executive of the Year: Laurie Jacoby at Madison Square Garden
Talent Buyer of the Year: Stacy Vee of Goldenvoice and the Messina Touring Group
Small Venue Talent Buyer of the Year: Stacie George of Live Nation
Promoter of the Year: Louis Messina of the Messina Touring Group
International Promoter of the Year: Barrie Marshall of Marshall Arts
Agent of the Year: Marty Diamond of Paradigm
International Booking Agent of the Year: Emma Banks of CAA
Booking Agency of the Year: Paradigm
Independent Booking Agency of the Year: High Road Touring
Rising Star Award: Sara Bollwinkel of Paradigm
Personal Manager of the Year: Coran Capshaw of Red Light Management
Road Warrior of the Year: Gus Brandt for the Foo Fighters, Pharrell Williams, and NERD
Transportation Company of the Year: Rock-It Cargo
Best Concert Visuals: Moo TV
Best Concert Sound: Clair Global
Marketing or PR Executive of the Year: Kate McMahon of Messina Touring Group
Best Hang: Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX
Best Person to Score a Dinner With: Michael Rapino of Live Nation
The Wall (least likely to cave on agreed terms): Gerry Barad of Live Nation
Life of the Party: Ron Delsener of Live Nation
Most Frequently Name-Dropped: Irving Azoff of The Azoff Company

 

feature photo taken from the Pollstar Facebook page

Testament and Black Dahlia Murder

Thrash metal rockers Testament will be hitting the road this spring for a North American tour. Black Dahlia Murder will be joining them on the tour. Municipal Waste and Meshiaak will be joining them as opening acts on some of the dates.

Testament and Black Dahlia Murder tour dates:
April 20 at The Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ
April 21 at the El Rey in Albuquerque, NM
April 23 at the House of Blues in Houston, TX
April 24 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX
April 25 at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, OK
April 26 at Emo’s in Austin, TX
April 28 at the Vinyl Music Hall in Pensacola, FL
April 29 at the Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
April 30 at The Ritz in Raleigh, NC
May 5 at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD
May 6 at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA
May 7 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY
May 8 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ
May 9 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA
May 10 at M’Telus in Montreal, QC
May 11 at the Phoenix Concert Hall in Toronto, ON
May 13 at the Roxian Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA
May 14 at St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, MI
May 16 at The Forge in Joliet, IL
May 17 at The Fillmore in Minneapolis, MN
May 19 at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, CO
May 20 at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT
May 22 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR
May 23 at the Vogue Theater in Vancouver, BC
May 24 at the Showbox SoDO in Seattle, WA
May 26 at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
May 27 at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA
May 28 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA

Idol Begins New Season

A new season begins on “American Idol” and a whole new group of singing hopefuls. Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie return as judges for this season.

Last year Laine Hardy was crowned the winner on his second attempt on the show; but Alejandro proved that a singer doesn’t have to win to make a mark on the public.

Camryn Leigh Smith gets the auditons started off. Luke said that Camryn reminded him of a young Katy. Katy and Lionel said that Camryn gave them hope for the new season. Camryn got three yeses for a ticket to Hollywood.

Douglas is a dustman from Mobile who has never performed before. Lionel sends him out to warm up. Ryan takes him out get warmed up before a group. After a bit of a warm up, Douglas Kiker returns to the audition room and gives an A Cappella audition. Katy wanted to see Douglas’ range, a real novice, Douglas didn’t know what that was. Luke sat at the piano and offered some help. For a man who does not know what his voice can do or what key he sings in, is here for one thing…to show his daughter you can do anything. Douglas got him a ticket to Hollywood…and a hug from each judge.

Francisco Martin is very nervous; so Lionel and Luke tries to help him calm down before his audition. Calmed down and ready to sing; Katy said that Francisco has an incredible voice. Katy wants to hear one of Francisco’s songs. Katy called him top 10, but Luke said top five. Francisco got his ticket to Hollywood.

Hunter Gibson – The Come Back – feels that Idol needs more rock and has Katy singing along with him. Katy liked it but isn’t sure if it’s right for “American Idol”. Luke noted that the singing and the vocals weren’t there yet. Lionel said that it wasn’t for Idol. Hunter did not get his ticket to Hollywood.

Nick Merico returned for another try. Last year he earned his ticket to Hollywood due to some personal issues never made it to Hollywood. Luke said that Nick is still dreamy and can sing. Katy said that she felt that Nick thought he was too good for them. She told Nick not to let his ego get in the way. Lionel said that he has a big problem, he doesn’t like Nick’s voice or attitude; adding that he doesn’t think Nick can make it in Hollywood. Nick got his ticket to Hollywood…and a yes from Lionel. Nick noted that Lionel scared him.

Along with the auditions, the “American Idol” bus returns to cross the country finding voices worthy of “American Idol”.

Born in Nepal, Arthur Gunn, now call America home and performed a Bob Dylan song for his audition. Lionel wanted to hear another song; Katy wanted him to open his eyes and look at them. Luke asked if Arthur wanted to open for him in a couple of weeks. Arthur came to the Idol bus in Knasas for his original audition. The judges called him something special and unique. Arthur got his ticket to Hollywood.

Now in the nation’s capital, Alisa calls New York home but was born in Russia. Alisa brought her musical partner Luige Babe for the audition. She played a stripper in the film “Hustlers”. They performed an original song for the audition. Katy wants to hear some Heart but they try to be funny instead. Luke called them loads of fun but was not blown away by the singing. The judges agreed it was fun but not for “American Idol”. Alisa did not get her ticket to Hollywood. Alisa said that the judges were out of their mind and didn’t know what unique was.

Born in London, Louis Knight now call Philadelphia home. He performed an original song about a friend who had committed suicide. He gave a heartfelt and emotional performance that had Luke calling him the biggest star they had on Idol. Lionel said that Louis was on to something big. Louis got his ticket to Hollywood.

In Milwaukee, Canadian singer Saveria was a child star in her homeland. Now she is looking for another chance to make it again. She performed an original song for her audition. Lionel said that she had some great vocal moments but didn’t feel it. Luke noted that Saveria worked her butt off but didn’t make him jump out of his seat. Katy called Saveria a great singer with so much potential. Lionel gave it a no, because he didn’t think that Idol could help her. With a yes from Katy and a no form Lionel, Luke had the final vote and agreed with Lionel. Katy said that Saveria deserved a chance to go to Hollywood, but the guys did not agree with her.

Luke and Lionel had some fun with Meghan Fitton the fitness instructor’s name and occupation; but when it came to her singing, Luke called it incredible and rock star worthy. Lionel called her voice raw and wonderful. Katy said that she had some special moments. Meghan got her ticket to Hollywood.

In the final audition of the night, subway singer Just Sam hopes to get out of the underground and get her ticket to Hollywood. She was very emotional when she began her audition and had to start over a couple times. She used her subway spiel before singing to help her get comfortable. Luke said that what she has is really important. Lionel told her to forget about winning but to rely on them to help her through it all. Before the decision, Sam led them in a prayer. She got her ticket to Hollywood.

Next week the auditions continue…

The Strokes

Currently on tour, The Strokes have added a few performances on their own in British Columbia and the United States.

Alvvays will open for The Strokes in Vancouver and Seattle with King Princess taking the opening band duties in Los Angeles.

The Strokes tour dates:
Feb 18 at L’Olympia in Paris, France
Feb 24 at the Waterfront Hall Auditorium in Belfast, UK
March 5 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
March 9 at the WaMu Theater in Seattle, WA
March 14 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA
March 20 at the Tecate Pal Norte in Monterrey, Mexico
March 27 at Lollapalooza in Santiago, Chile
March 27 at Lollapalooza in San Isidro, Argentina
March 31 at the Asuncionico in Asuncion, Paraguay
April 3 at Lollapalooza in Sao Paulo, Brazil
April 3 at the Festival Estereo Picnic in Bogota, Colombia
May 1 at the III Points Festival in Miami, FL
May 1 at Shakey Knees in Atlanta, GA
May 16 at the Corona Capital Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico
June 4 at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain
June 12 at the Best Kept Secret Festival in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
June 25 at the Garorock Experience in Bordeaux, France
July 2 at Rock Werchter in Werchter, Belgium
July 9 at NOS Alive in Lisbon, Portugal
Aug 14 at the Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland

Ozzy Offers Listening Parties…and Tour

The Prince of Darkness has a new album to share with fans. To help promote the album, Ozzy has scheduled a special in store appearance in Los Angeles and some listening parties in dozens of cities around the world.

Ordinary Man” is set for a February 21 release. The mark the event, Ozzy will be appearing at Amoeba Records in Hollywood at 5pm. Along with the appearance, Ozzy will be signing some copies of the new album.

On February 20, fans in 50 cities around the world will be able to get a sneak listen to the album; but not in a record store or theater, but at a tattoo parlor where fans can also get a special Ozzy inspired tattoo.

Check local store for times and prices. Entry is available on a first come first served basis.

Ozzy “Ordinary Man” listening party locations:
Schiffmacher & Veldhoen in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sake Tatto in Athens, Greece
Liberty Tattoo in Atlanta, GA
Resurrection Tattoo in Austin, TX
Eastern Vintage Tattoo in Baltimore, MD
Blackfisk Tattoo in Berlin, Germany
Redemption Tattoo in Boston, MA
La Boucherie Moderne in Brussels, Belgium
American Tattoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Canvas Tattoo & Art Gallery in Charlotte, NC
Cod of Conduct Tattoo in Chicago, IL
Evolved Body Art in Columbus, OH
Handshake Studio in Copenhagen, Denmark
Think Tabk Tattoo in Denver, CO
Iron Heart Tattoo in Des Moines, IA
Harlequin Tattoo in Detroit, MI
The Ink Factory in Dublin, Ireland
Old 7 Tattoo in Helsinki, Finland
Old Ironside Tattoo in Honolulu, HI
Scorpion Studios Tattoo in Houston, TX
Tattoom Gallery in Istanbul, Turkey
Irezumi Tattoo in Kansas City, MO
Hart & Huntington Tattoo & Co in Las Vegas, NV
Queen of Hearts Tattoos in Lisbon, Portugal
The Black Heart in London, UK
Shamrock Social Club in Los Angeles, CA
Not a Gallery in Mexico City, Mexico
Tattoo And Co in Miami, FL
Milano City Ink in Milan, Italy
Black Coffin Tattoo in Minneapolis, MN
Mtl Tattoo in Montreal, QC
Faux Pas Tattoo in Moscow, Russia
Hart & Huntington Tattoo & Co in Nashville, TN
Sailor’S Cross & Gallery in New Orleans, LA
Inked Nyc in New York City, NY
Sacred Tattoo in Oakland, CA
Hart & Huntington Tattoo & Co in Orlando, FL
Attitude Tattoo in Oslo, Norway
Landscape Tattoo in Paris, France
Seven Swords Tattoo Company in Philadelphia, PA
Golden Rule Tattoo in Phoenix, AZ
In The Blood Tattoo in Pittsburgh, PA
Ever True Tattoo in Portland, OR
Black House Tattoo in Prague, Czech Republic
Providence Tattoo in Providence, RI
Mater Medusa Tattoo Shop in Rome, Italy
Black Tree Ink in Sa Paulo, Brazil
Big Deluxe Tattoo in Salt Lake City, UT
Let It Bleed Tattoo in San Francisco, CA
Secret Location in Stockholm, Sweden
The Darling Parlour in Sydney, Australia
Studio Malm in Tallinn, Estonia
Chronic Ink Tattoo in Toronto, ON
Rattlesnake Tattoo in Vienna, Austria
Juniorink Studio in Warsaw, Poland
Tattoo Paradise in Washington, DC
Zajawa Tattoo in Wroclaw, Poland

After a number of health issues sidelined him last year, Ozzy is once again healthy and ready to reschedule and complete his No More Tours 2 dates.

No More Tours 2 dates:
May 27 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
May 29 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
May 31 at the MidFLorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
June 2 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
June 4 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
June 6 at the Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA
June 11 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Pittsburgh, PA
Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME
June 16 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
June 18 at the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, ON
June 20 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
June 22 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
June 24 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
June 26 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
June 28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Des Moines, IA
July 1 at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI
July 3 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
July 7 at Rogers Place in Edomonton, AB
July 9 at the Rogers Arena in Vancluver, BC
July 11 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA
July 15 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
July 17 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
July 23 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
July 25 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
July 27 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA
July 29 at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
July 31 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Oct 23 at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle, UK
Oct 25 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, UK
Oct 28 at The O2 in London, UK
Oct 31 at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, UK
Nov 2 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK
Nov 5 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland
Nov 8 at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, UK
Nov 11 at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany
Nov 13 at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic
Nov 16 at the Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria
Nov 19 at the Unipol Arena in Bologna, Italy
Nov 22 at the WiZink Arena in Madrid, Spain
Nov 24 at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland
Nov 26 at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany
Nov 28 at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany
Nov 30 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany
Dec 3 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany
Dec 5 at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden
Dec 7 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland

Changes Coming to Indy 500

Last year race track and car owner Roger Penske added to his racing empire with the purchase Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy Racing Series which includes the Indy 500.

With just a few weeks before the qualifying process begins for the annual Memorial Day weekend event, Penske has announced some changes including the prize money.

The total prize money is now a record setting $15 million with the winner of the race receiving at least $2 million. The pole sitter, driver with the most laps, and other extras also earn payouts.

Other changes include NBC and NBCSN expanding qualifying coverage which will allow the slower cars at the back of the field extra time to qualify for the 33 car starting lineup.

Changes to the track itself include adding over two dozen new video boards including a giant video board in the pagoda area.

 

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Dead and Company

Like the days of old, surviving members of the Grateful Dead better known as Dead and Company will be spending their summer on the road with an American tour.

Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, and John Mayer will perform in 17 cities with many of the dates in outdoor venues.

But before that, Dead and Company will be performing at the annual Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans.

Dead and Company tour dates:
May 2 at the Heritage and Jazz Festival in New Orleans, LA
July 10 & 11 at Folsom Field in Boudler, CO
July 13 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, MO
July 15 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN
July 17 at Truist Park in Atlanta, GA
July 18 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, NC
July 20 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
July 22 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
July 24 & 25 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
July 27 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
July 29 at the Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA
Aug 1 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
Aug 3 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 5 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
Aug 7 & 8 at Fenway Park in Boston, MA

Record Win in Xfinity Series at Daytona

The Xfinity Series kicks off their 2020 racing season with the Racing Experience 300 on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. Forty teams have brought cars to fill 36 spots on the track.

Last season NASCAR cut the number of cars from a 40 car field to 36.

Before racing and even qualifying even started the number 66 team has been levied a big penalty. NASCAR found that the nose portion of the 66 team’s Toyota had been modified which is against the rules. As a result the 66 team owner has been docked 75 car owner points – putting him in the red even before the first race has been run – and has been fined $50,000. The 66 team crew chief Sebastian Laforge has been suspended for six Xfinity Series races including the race at Daytona; however, he will be allowed to crew the Gander Turck Series truck and the NASCAR Cup car. As a Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series regular driver Timmy Hill has not been penalized and will be allowed to run in the race.

Ross Chastain’s number 10 car had a mechanical issue with his car and the team is trying to put out the fire in the engine. The Kaulig Racing number 16 car driven by AJ Allmendinger is also having an issue with his car. Both drivers needed to qualify on time in order to make it into the race.

Myatt Snider puts his number 21 car on the pole with a time of 47.763 seconds for his first career pole in his first Xfinity Series start after moving up from the Truck Series.

The starting lineup for the Racing Experience 300:
Myatt Snider
Michael Annett
Justin Haley
Jeb Burton
Joe Graf Jr
Brandon Jones
Riley Herbst
Harrison Burton
Ryan Sieg
Chase Briscoe
Brandon Brown
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
Caesar Bacarella
Austin Cindric
Ray Black Jr
Josh Williams
Jesse Little
Alex Labbe
Robby Lyons
CJ McLaughlin
BJ McLeod
Jeff Green – Ross Chastain
Brett Moffitt
Vinnie Miller
Timmy Hill
Chris Cockrum
Austin Hill
Jeremy Clements
Matt Mills
David Starr
Josh Bilicki
Chad Finchum
JJ Yeley
Mike Harmon
Joe Nemechek

Colin Garrett, Tommy Joe Martins, AJ Allmendinger, and Ross Chastain have failed to make the field for the race.

Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski will be joining Adam Alexander in the broadcast booth for the race.

After qualifying his car, Jeff Green has given his ride over to Ross Chastain who had some mechanical issues with his car and did not make the race.

Stages one and two of the race are 30 laps each with stage three lasting 60 laps.

Drivers may bump the car in front of them to help them move forward, but pushing or locking bumpers is strictly prohibited.

Myatt Snider brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front after a bump from Justin Haley to take the lead.

Caesar Bacarelli gets loose and spins out after being stuck in the middle lane. He gets off the track and down pit road so the track stays green.

Lap three, Myatt Snider leads the race with Michael Annett in second; Jeb Burton, Justin Haley, and Joe Graf round out the top five.

All but eleven cars in the 36 car field are a Chevrolet.

Lap six, Myatt Snider holds on to the lead with Michael Annett in second; Jeb Burton, Harrison Burton, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 13, Myatt Snider continues to lead the race with Jeb Burton taking the second spot.

Lap 14 Harrison Burton gets around Myatt Snider to take the lead.

Lap 15, Myatt Snider retakes the lead of the race.

Lap 16, Myatt Snider is in the lead; Jeb Burton, Harrison, Noah Gragson, and Michael Annett round out the top five.

The top 10 positions has become fluid as the lanes move forward and back.

Lap 19, the caution flag comes out after Jeremy Clements’ roof disintegrates and throws debris all over the track. Clements brings his car down pit road.

Lap 20, 10 to go in stage one, Myatt Snider leads the race with Jeb Burton, Noah Gragson, Michael Annett, and Justin Allgaier rounding out the top five.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Jeremy Clements has returned to the track.

Myatt Snider brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 24 and holds on to his lead.

Jeb Burton gets around Snider for the lead.

Jeb Burton wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Jeb Burton
Michael Annett
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
Austin Cindric
Myatt Snider
Harrison Burton
Alex Labbe
Chase Briscoe


Noah Gragson was caught speeding on pit road and will have to start from the back of the field.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 36 and gets out in front for the lead with Justin Haley in second; Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain, and Timmy Hill round out the top five.

Lap 37, Harrison Burton and Justin Allgaier swap the lead back and forth with Harrison Burton taking the lead.

Michael Annett spins out and brings out the caution flag on lap 38 that causes a crash. Austin Hill and Joe Graf Jr are also involved. Austin Hill and Joe Graf are out of the race.

Harrison Burton brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 44 with Burton edging out Justin Allgaier for the lead after a push from behind.

Lap 44, Harrison Burton is in the lead; Justin Allgaier, Justin Haley, Timmy Hill, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 47, Justin Allgaier leads the race with Austin Cindric in second; Jeb Burton, Ryan Sieg, and Brandon Brown round out the top five.

Lap 51, Justin Allgaier leads the rce with Austin Cindric, Jeb Burton, Ryan Sieg, and Brandon Brown rounding out the top five.

Five to go in stage two, Justin Allgier is in the lead; Austin Cindric, Jeb Burton, Ryan Sieg, and Brandon Brown round out the top five.

On the final lap of stage two the caution flag comes out for a wreck involving Riely Herbst and Chris Cockrum.

Justin Allgaier wins stage two under caution.

The top10 at the end of strage two:
Justin Allgaier

Justin Haley
Jeb Burton
Ryan Sieg
Brandon Brown
Austin Cindric
Noah Gragson
Rosss Chastain
Brandon Jones
Chase Briscoe

With Jeb Burton and Justin Allgaier winning stages one and two, Junior Motorsports – Dale Earnhardt Jr – has swept the stage wins for the race.

Jeb Burton brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and gets out in front for the lead with a lettle help from team mate Noah Gragson.

Lap 68, Jeb Burton leads the race; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley
Austin Cindric, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

The clouds have rolled in, changing the track conditions.

Lap 71, Jeb Burton leads the race; Justin Allgaier’s number seven car has dropped to the seventh position.

The drivers have gotten single filed.

Lap 75, Jeb Burton leads the race; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Austin Cindric, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Ross Chastain has been black flagged and will have to bring his car down pit road.

Lap 80, Jeb Burton continues to lead the race; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Austin Cindric, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

With 40 laps remaining in the race, drivers begin making green flag pit stops with several drivers taking fuel only.

Lap 81, Timmy Hill takes the lead as pit stops begin.


Lap 82, Timmy Hill makes his pit stop, Alex Labbe takes the lead.

With 33 laps to go, Alex Labbe has a big lead on the field; Jesse Little, BJ McLeod, Caesar Bacarella, and JJ Yeley round out the top five.

The top 10 drivers still have not made their pit stops.

Twenty five to go, Alex Labbe continues to lead the race; JJ Yeley, Matt Mills, Jesse Little, and Vinnie Miller round out the top five.

The second pack who have already made their pit stops have caught up to the top 10 who have yet to make a pit stop. With 22 laps remaining in the race, Alex Labbe has a three second lead on Noah Gragson; Jeb Burton, Chase Briscoe, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Twenty to go, leader Alex Labbe and the other drivers who have not pitted, finally make their pit stop. David Starr stopped in the wrong pit box.

Noah Gragson is the new leader with Jeb Burton in second.

With 16 laps to go Noah Gragson leads the race with the front pack five seconds out in front.

The caution flag comes out with 13 laps to go for a wreck involving Justin Allgaier, Josh Bilicki, and Jeremy Clements.

Earnhardt is a big part of the history in Daytona with Dale Sr and Dale Jr topping the list of winners in Daytona. No longer a full time driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr continues to make his mark on events in Daytona. Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports has won six Xfinity Series races at Daytona with six different drivers; should he do so again, he will be the only car owner to do so.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart with just seven laps remaining in the race. Gragson and front row driver Jeb Burton are JR Motorsports team mates. Noah Gragson takes the lead of the race but Chase Briscoe gets in front.

The caution flag comes out for a big crash involving Austin Cindric, Jeb Burton, Brett Moffitt, Josh Williams, and CJ McLaughlin after Chase Briscoe blocks the outside lane causing a stackup of traffic.

NASCAR has red flagged the race in order to get the track cleaned up.

After a short delay the caution flag is again displayed with Chase Briscoe in the lead and Noah Gragson in second.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart with just three laps remaining in the race with Noah Gragson getting out in front. Briscoe and Gragson swap the lead back and forth before Noah Gragson getting out in front with less than two laps to go.

White flag is out when a crash happens that brings out the caution flag. Noah Gragson wins the race giving JR Motorsports and Dale Earnhardt Jr the seventh win – five of the last seven races. Junior becomes the first car owner to have seven different drivers win the race at a single track!

In the last lap crash, Michael Annett got airborne but landed on all four tires.

Racing Experience 300 results:
Noah Gragson
Harrison Burton
Timmy Hill
Chase Briscoe
Brandon Jones
Justin Haley
Brandon Brown
Ray Black II
Ryan Sieg
Alex Labbe
Michael Annett
JJ Yeley
BJ McLoed
Vinnie Miller
Joe Nemechek
Mike Harmon
Robby Lyons II
David Starr
Jesse LIttle
Chad Finchum
Josh Bilicki
Ross Chastain
Jeb Burton
Brett Moffitt
Austin Cindric
Josh Williams
CJ McLaughlin
Jeremy Clements
Caesar Bacarella
Justin Allgaier
Matt Mills
Riley Herbst
Myatt Snider
Chris Cockrum
Austin Hill
Joe Graf Jr

Truck Series Kicks Off Season with Overtime Finish

The Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series is set to kick off the 2020 racing season with some night racing on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway.

Prior to qualifying, several teams were frantically trying to get their trucks through the inspection process.

Thirty two trucks will battle it out in the NextEra Energy 250 and after one lap of single truck qualifying Riley Herbst puts his number 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports truck on the pole with a time of 49.544 seconds around the two and a half mile track; but eight drivers will have to go home after failing to make the cut.

After having issues with his truck Josh Reaume has withdrawn from the competition. Norm Benning, John Hunter Nemechek, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Ray Ciccarella, Clay Greenfield, Joe Nemechek, and Todd Peck all failed to qualify for the race.

The starting lineup for the NextEra Energy 250:
Riley Herbst
Brett Moffitt
Christian Eckes
Ross Chastain
Johnny Sauter
Zane Smith
Tyler Ankrum
Raphael Lessard
Korbin Forrister
Matt Crafton
Grant Enfinger
Sheldon Creed
Ben Rhodes
Tanner Gray
Austin Hill
Derek Kraus
Ty Majeski
Tate Fogleman
Cory Roper
Gus Dean
Codie Rohrbaugh
Ryan Dauzat
Jordan Anderson
Austin Wayne Self
Todd Gilliland
Jesse Little
Brennan Poole
Stewart Friesen
Spencer Boyd
Natalie Decker
Jason White
Angela Ruch

For the second night in a row, Mother Nature delays the start of the race with some rain showers.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano joins the FOX broadcast team in the booth.

After a 45 minute delay for rain track drying the drivers finally fire up the engines and get ready to race.

Stages one and two of the race are only 20 laps each with stage three lasting 60 laps. The drivers can run a fuel load of around 36 laps.

Riley Herbst brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and jumps out in front of Brett Moffitt for the lead of the race.

Drivers may bump draft but may not lock bumpers; locking bumpers will result in a drive through penalty.

Lap two, Riley Herbst holds the lead of the race with Christian Eckes in second; Johnny Sauter, Tyler Ankrum, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap five, Riley Herbst continues to lead the race with the outside lane trying to move forward. Ben Rhodes gets caught in the middle lane and quickly falls through the field.

Lap nine, Riley Herbst has led every lap so far with Christian Eckes in second. Derek Kraus has some sort of an issue with his truck and comes down pit road with a possible tire issue.

Topping 190mph, Riley Herbst leads the field around the track.

Lap 14, the top five are Riley Herbst, Christian Eckes, Johnny Sauter, Tyler Ankrum, and Grant Enfinger.

The caution flag comes out with five laps remaining in stage one after a big crash that put Ty Majeski on his roof. Austin Wayne Self and Tate Fogleman were also involved.

NASCAR has red flagged the race to get Majeski out of his truck and get the track cleaned up.

After track officials rolled the truck back onto its wheels, Ty Majeski crawled out of the car and walked to the ambulance for the mandatory ride to the infield care center.

After a red flag of nearly eight minutes, the trucks are again moving with many at the back of the field coming down pit road for service with the end of stage one only three laps away. Leaders stay out.

Riley Herbst brings the field down for the green flag restart with just one lap remaining in stage one. Riley Herbst holds on to his lead with Christian Eckes in second.

After leading every lap, Riley Herbst wins stage one. This is Herbst’s first stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Riley Herbst
Tyler Ankrum
Christian Eckes
Brett Moffitt
Johnny Sauter
Stewart Friesen
Austin Hill
Grant Enfinger
Raphael Lessard
Todd Gilliland

Johnny Sauter slides through his pit box and had to back up in order to get service. His pit sign was not displayed so that he could find the pit stall.

Taking fuel only, Christian Eckes wins the race off of pit road.

Ty Majeski has been released from the infield care center and is fine.

Grant Enfinger and Raphael Lessard bring the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 26 with Grant Enfinger getting out in front for the lead; Sheldon Creed, Ben Rhodes, Tyler Ankrum, and Raphael Lessard round ouf the top five.

Lap 30, Grant Enfinger leads the way with Sheldon Creed in second; Ben Rhodes, Tyler Ankrum, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

The window net has come down on Zane Smith’s truck and he will have to come down pit road to repair the issue.

Lap 34, Sheldon Creed gets around Grant Enfinger for the lead; Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap 35, Grant Enfinger retakes the lead with Ben Rhodes in second place.

Codie Rohrbaugh got loose and spun out on the apron and the track stayed green.

Grant Enfinger takes the white flag for the final lap in stage two. Grant Enfinger wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Grant Enfinger
Ben Rhodes
Tyler Ankrum
Austin Hill
Riley Herbst
Raphael Lessard
Stewart Friesen
Johnny Sauter
Sheldon Creed
Tanner Gray

Ross Chastain and Johnny Sauter were charged with having uncontrolled tires on pit road and Christian Eckes was charged with going through too many pit boxes on pit road. The drivers will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 44and edges out Austin Hill for the lead.

Austin Hill and Ben Rhodes swap the lead back and forth as each lane move forward…or back.

Lap 46, Grant Enfinger takes the lead only to battle with Austin Hill swapping the lead back and forth. Lap 48, Grant Enfinger and Austin Hill continue to swap the lead back and forth.

Lap 50, halfway, Continuing to battle, Grant Enfinger and Austin Hill are still swapping the lead back and forth.

Austin Hill finally takes the lead with Ben Rhodes in second; Stewart Friesen, Grant Enfinger, and Tyler Ankrum round out the top five.

Lap 53, the drivers have divided into two packs with Austin Hill, the 2019 race winner in the lead.

Lap 55, Grant Enfinger has taken the lead with Austin Hill in second; Ben Rhodes, Stewart Friesen, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Tate Fogelman had to make an unscheduled trip down pit road to secure his hood that had come off. Fogelman was one of the trucks involved in the stage one crash.

Reports are that Brett Moffit has some sort of an issue with his truck but he is staying out on the track with the team saying there is nothing that they can do.

Lap 65, Grant Enfinger is in the lead with Austin Hill in second; Ben Rhodes, Stewart Friesen, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Angela Ruch slams the wall and brings out the caution flag. Tate Fogelman’s truck was in flames. Brett Moffitt and Bryan Dauzat are also involved in the crash.

Taking fuel only, Stewart Friesen won the race off of pit road.

After starting the race in 28th place, Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag restart with 25 laps remaining in the race.

Lap 76, Stewart Friesen takes the lead with Raphael Lessard in second; Johnny Sauter, Tyler Ankrum, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap 69, Ben Rhodes briefly takes the lead but Stewart Friesen retakes the top spot.

Twenty to go, Stewart Friesen is in the lead but Ben Rhodes takes the lead as the two drivers swap the lead as each lane moves forward.

Seventeen to go, Ben Rhhodes is in the lead as the frontrunners narrow escape a big crash.

Sixteen to go, Ben Rhodes has the lead with Todd Gilliland in second with Austin Hill, Sheldon Creed, and Grant Enfinger rounding out the top five as Stewart Freisen gets shuffled back.

Twelve to go, Sheldon Creed becomes the new leader but Ben Rhodes retakes the lead.

Ten to go, Ben Rhodes is leading the outside lane with Sheldon Creed leading the inside lane. Ben Rhodes gets out in front of the field and takes the lead.

Lap 91, Sheldon Creed takes the lead after a push from Raphael Lessard.

Lap 92, Ben Rhodes retakes the lead.

Lap 94, Sheldon Creed takes the lead.

Raphael Lessard gets turned around but doesn’t hit anything and the track stays green.

Lap 95, Ben Rhodes retakes the lead.

Lap 96, Todd Gilliland takes the lead with Grant Enfinger in second.

The trucks are three wide battleing for the lead.

Ben Rhodes brings out the caution flag with the big one with just three laps remaining in the race. Jesse Little, Johnny Sauter, Sheldon Creed, Tyer Ankrum, Riley Herbst, Todd Gilliland, Christian Eckes, and Stewart Friesen were also involved.

Grant Enfinger is leading the race under caution. The race will go into overtime.

Last year it took eleven extra laps to complete the race under green to become the longest race in truck series history.

The top five are Grant Enfinger, Todd Gilliland, Austin Hill, Ross Chastain, and Derek Kraus.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the overtime start and holds on to the lead with Ross Chastain in second.

Grant Enfinger takes the white flag.

Grant Enfinger wins by a nose over Jordan Anderson to give Ford its 100th truck win.

The unofficial results of the NewEra Energy 250:
Grant Enfinger
Jordan Anderson
Codie Rohrbaugh
Derek Kraus
Natalie Decker
Austin Hill
Johnny Sauter
Ross Chastain
Sheldon Creed
Jason White
Zane Smith
Riley Herbst
Brett Moffit
Cory Roper
Matt Crafton
Todd Gilliland
Brennan Poole
Korbin Forrister
Spencer Boyd
Raphael Lessard
Stewart Friesen
Christen Eckes
Tanner Gray
Jesse Little
Ben Rhodes
Gus Dean
Tyler Ankrum
Angela Ruch
Bryan Dauzat
Tate Fogleman
Austin Wayne Self
Ty Majeski

Next week the Truck Series travels to Las Vegas.

The Masked Singer Tour

Now in its third season, “The Masked Singer” has become one of the most popular programs on television. The producers of the show are bringing the show to life with a tour of the U.S. Along with some of the familiar faces from the hit television show, each stop along the tour will feature a masked local celebrity for fans to guess their identity.

The tour kicks off in late May and will run through July.

The Masked Singer Tour dates:
May 28 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI
May 29 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH
May 30 at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA
May 31 at the Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH
June 2 at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI
June 3 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
June 4 at the Des Moines Civic Center in Des Moines, IA
June 5 at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago, IL
June 6 at the Stifel Theatre in St. Louis, MO
June 7 at the Murat Theater at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis, IN
June 9 at the KeyBank State There in Cleveland, OH
June 10 at the Hippodrome in Baltimore, MD
June 11 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC
June 12 at the NJ Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ
June 13 at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, MA
June 14 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
June 17 at The Met in Philadelphia, PA
June 18 at the Dominion Energy Center in Richmond, VA
June 19 at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC
June 20 at the Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, NC
June 21 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA
June 22 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
June 24 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC
June 25 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in Jacksonville, FL
June 26 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, FL
June 27 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
June 28 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, FL
June 30 at the BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham, AL
July 1 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, LA
July 2 at the Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land, TX
July 8 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, TX
July 10 at the Toyta Music Factory in Irving, TX
July 11 at the Brady Theater in Tulsa, OK
July 12 at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, MO
July 15 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, CO
July 16 at the Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, UT
July 18 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA
July 19 at the Keller Auditorium in Portland, OR
July 22 at the San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, CA
July 24 at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, NV
July 25 at The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV
July 26 at the William Saroyan Theatre in Fresno, CA
July 28 at the Tucson Music Hall in Tucson, AZ
July 29 at the Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
July 30 at the San Diego Civic Theatre in San Diego, CA
Aug 1 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

Daytona 500 Lineup Set with Duel Races

In a qualifying event like no other, the NASCAR Cup Series continues to set the lineup for the Daytona 500 and the start of the 2020 racing season.

On February 9, Ricky Stenhouse Jr qualified his way to the pole position with Alex Bowman starting alongside on the front row.

On February 13, the remainder of the field will be set with The Bluegreen Vacations Duel Races. With the starting lineups set by their qualifying times, the drivers in the odd number positions will run in duel number one and the even position drivers will race in duel number two. By the end of the night the field for the 62nd annual Daytona 500 will be set.

The starting lineup for Duel 1:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Aric Almirola
Christopher Bell
Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Newman
Ryan Preece
Chris Buescher
Martin Truex Jr
Brad Keselowski
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Blaney
Austin Dillon
Justin Haley
Bubba Wallace
Reed Sorenson
Daniel Suarez
Quin Houff
Chad Finchum
Joey Gase

Rain has delayd the start of the race with the cars sitting on pit road to wait out the bad weather.

The rain has stopped and the track is finally dry after an extended delay and the drivers are ready to go.

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

A 60 lap race, the drivers will have to make a stop for fuel.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr leads lap one with Chase Elliott right behind in second; Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap four, Clint Bowyer challenges Ricky Stenouse Jr for the lead but doesn’t quite have the push to take the lead.

Lap five, Ricky Stenhouse Jr holds on to the lead with Chase Elliott in second; Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Lap 10, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has led every lap so far with Chase Elliott holding down the second spot. The drivers are getting three wide across the track with Denny Hamlin caught up in the middle lane and falling back through the field.

A quarter of a way through the race, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is still in the lead with Chase Elliott right behind.

There is a lot of debris on the grille of Ricky Stenhouse Jr’s car but green flag pit stops are coming in a few laps.

Lap 18; the top five are Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, and Joey Logano.

Lap 20, one third of the way through the race, Ricky Stenhouse Jr continues to lead the race with Chase Elliott in second.

Green flag pit stops have begun with the Chevrolets on lap 23. Clint Bowyer is the new leader.

Drivers are taking fuel only.

Lap 24 the Toyotas come down pit road. Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr make contact on pit road.

With a fuel load of 38 to 42 laps, the Fords are staying out on the track a bit longer before making a pit stop.

Lap 30, half way, Clint Bowyer leads the race.

Lap 31 the caution flag come out for a crash involving Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney. Suarez was one of the “open” cars who had to race his way into the 500.

The Fords finally make a pit stop under caution.

John Hunter Nemechek stays out on the track and is the leader of the race.

Daniel Suarez is out of the race…and will not be racing in the Daytona 500.

NASCAR is checking to see if the drivers who came down pit road did so when pit road was closes. They have determined that Clinty Bowyer and Chris Buescher made their pit stops while pit road was closed and will have to restart the race from the back of the field. The other drivers drove through and were not penalized.

Lap 36, pit road is open and the field makes a stop for service.

After the pit stops, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has once again taken the lead and brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 38 with Chase Elliott in second.

After a big push from Aric Almirola, Joey Logano takes the lead form the outside lane on lap 39.

Lap 40, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has retaking the lead but gets passed again by Joey Logano.

Lap 41, Joey Logano is in the lead with Aric Almirola on his bumper; Austin Dillon, Ryan Preece, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five.

Lap 42, Joey Logano and Austin Dillon are nose to nose with Dillon and Logano swapping the lead with Logano finally taking the lead on lap 43.

Lap 44, Austin Dillon is the new leader with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in second.

Lap 45, Joey Logano takes the lead from the inside lane with Aric Almirola in second.

Lap 50, 10 to go, the top five are Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, and Clint Bowyer.

Five to go, Joey Logano leads the race with Aric Almirola in second; Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five.

Ricy Stenhouse and Joey Logano swap the lead back and forth with Joey Logano taking the lead at the white flag.

Joey Logano wins Duel number one and will start the race behind pole sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

One lap down, Reed Sorenson races his way into the Daytona 500.

The top 15 cars were separated by less than one second at the finish line.

The Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 results:
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Ryan Newman
Brad Keselowski
Bubba Wallace
Austin Dillon
Martin Truex Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Christopher Bell
Chris Buescher
Denny Hamlin
John Hunter Nemechek
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Preeece
Justin Haley
Reed Sorenson
Quin Houff
Chad Finchum
Joey Gase
Daniel Suarez

The starting lineup for the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2:
Alex Bowman
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Busch
William Byron
Erik Jones
Kevin Harvick
Cole Custer
Matt DiBenedetto
Tyler Reddick
Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
Michael McDowll
David Ragan
Ross Chastain
Ty Dillon
Brendan Gaughan
Timmy Hill
Corey LaJoie
JJ Yeley
Brennan Poole
BJ McLeod

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and goes nose to nose with Jimmie Johnson before edging out for the lead with Kyle Busch on his bumper.

Alex Bowman leads lap one with Kyle Busch in second; Erik Jones, Cole Custer, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap three and the drivers are already three wide.

Lap four, Kevin Harvick takes the lead but Alex Bwoman battles back and swaps the lead back and forth with Harvick for a couple of laps before Kevin Harvick gets the lead on lap six.

Lap eight, Kevin Harvick leads the race with Matt DiBenedetto in second; Alex Bowman, William Byron and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 13, Kevin Harvick holds on to the lead with Matt DiBenedetto in second; William Byron, Cole Custer and Alex Bowman round out the top five. Kyle Busch has dropped back to 13th.

Lap 16, Alex Bowman has brought the outside lane back up to challenge leader Kevin Harvick. Alex Bowman takes the lead with Erik Jones in second; Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick. and Michael McDowell round out the top five.

Lap 17 the inside lane has broken up.

Lap 18, the drivers have gotten single file with Alex Bowman leading the way.

Lap 20, one third through the race, Alex Bowman leads the race with Erik Jones in second; Kurt Busch, Michael McDowell, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Leader Alex Bowman and the Chevrolet’s come down pit road for service on lap 23. Erik Jones is the new leader.

Lap 27, Erik Jones is in the lead with Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Matt DiBenedetto, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

Lap 30, halfway, Erik Jones continues to lead the race. The Fords and Toyotas have yet to make a pitstop.

Lap 31, Kyle Busch takes the lead.

Lap 33, the Toyotas and the Fords finally make their pit stop.

Kevin Harvick beats Kyle Busch off of pit road to take the lead of the race.

Lap 38, there is a five car breakaway led by Kevin Harvick with Kyle Busch, Matt DiBenedetto, David Ragan, and Erik Jones.

Lap 40, 20 to go, Kevin Harvick leads the race with NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Busch in second.

Lap 42, JJ Yeley gets into the wall after making contact with Corey LaJoie, bringing out the caution flag.

JJ was attempting to race his way into the 500 but will not be a part of the race on Sunday.

Lap 44, pit road is open and most of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Taking only two tires, Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.

After the top five drivers stayed out on the track, Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 47 and jumping out in front of Kyle Busch for the lead after a push from Matt DiBenedetto.

Lap 49, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch swap the lead but Harvick holds on to the lead with Busch dropping through the field.

Lap 50, 10 to go, Kevin Harvick leads the race; Matt DiBendetto, Erik Jones, William Byron, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Eight laps to go, Kyle Busch gets hung out on the top lane and falls out of the top 10.

Lap 53, Kevin Harvick is in the lead with Matt DiBenedetto in second.

Five to go, Kevin Harvick holds on to the lead of the race; Matt DiBenedetto, Erik Jones, William Byron, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Three to go, William Byron pulls out and moves into second place as the Chevrolet’s begin to make their move.

Lap 58, William Byron takes the lead with Jimmie Johnson in second and Kurt Busch in third.

William Byron takes the white flag.

With the drivers three wide behind him, William Byron wins the second Duel.

The Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 results:
Willaim Byron
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Cole Custer
Erik Jones
Matt DiBenedetto
Kurt Busch
Ross Chastain
Tyler Reddick
Ty Dillon
Michael McDowll
Kyle Busch
David Ragan
Alex Bowman
Timmy Hill
Brendan Gaughan
Brennan Poole
Corey LaJOie
BJ McLoed
JJ Yeley

Foreigner

The rock band Foreigner are embarking on a world tour this year that they are calling the Juke Box Heroes tour. Joining the rockers on some of the dates are Kansas and Europe.

Between them Foreigner and Kansas have amassed numerous multi platinum albums and topped the Billboard charts dozens of times.

Tickets go on sale January 17 via Live Nation.

Foreigner tour dates:
Feb 14 at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, LA
Feb 15 at the the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, LA
Feb 28 at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico
March 10 at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, IA
March 11 at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI
March 13 at the Treasure Island Event Center in Welch, MN
March 15 at The Sylvee in Madison, WI
March 16 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL
March 18 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, IA
March 19 at the Mary W Sommerervold Hall in Sioux Falls, SD
March 21 at the Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD
March 23 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, WY
March 24 at the Butte Civic Center in Butte, MT
March 26 & 27 at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Enoch, AB
March 28 & 29 at the Grey Eagle Resort in Calgary, AB
April 21 at the Tucson Music Hall in Tucson, AZ
April 23 at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center in Midland TX
April 24 at the Riverwind Casino in Norman, OK
April 25 at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton, TX
April 26 at the Bert Odgen Arena in Edinburg, TX
May 31 at the O2 Arena in London, UK
June 1 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, UK
June 3 at the Arena in Birmingham, UK
June 4 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, UK
June 6 at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle, UK
June 8 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK
June 10 at the Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, Netherlands
June 12 at the Prague Summer Festival in Prague, Czech Republic
June 13 at the Freilichtbuhne Killesberg in Stuttgart, Germany
June 14 at the Freilichtbuhne Peissnitz in Saale, Germany
June 16 at the Spodek in Katowice, Poland
June 18 at the Rock the Ring in Zurich, Switzerland
June 20 at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium
June 21 at the Munchen Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany
June 23 at the Stadpark Open Air in Hamburg, Germany
June 27 at the Rock the Night Festival in Madrid, Spain
July 9 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
July 10 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
July 11 at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
July 13 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA
July 14 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
July 15 at the Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA
July 17 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Portland, OR
July 18 at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, WA
July 21 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT
July 22 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
July 24 at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater in Kansas City, MO
July 25 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
July 26 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
July 28 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI
July 29 at the Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, OH
July 31 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL
Aug 1 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 2 at the S&T Bank Music Park in Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 4 at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
Aug 5 at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview in Syracuse, NY
Aug 7 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY
Aug 8 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
Aug 9 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 21 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
Aug 22 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NY
Aug 23 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
Aug 25 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
Aug 26 at the Veteran United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 28 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
Aug 29 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Aug 30 at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Birmingham, AL
Sept 1 at the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA
Sept 4 at Daily’s Placei n Jacksonville, FL
Sept 5 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
Sept 6 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
Sept 8 at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN
Sept 9 at the BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove in Southaven, MS
Sept 11 at the Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, TX
Sept 12 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
Sept 13 at the Germania Insurance Amphitheater in Austin, TX

New Found Glory and Simple Plan

New Found Glory have a North American tour scheduled for this spring and early summer and Simple Plan will be joining them for some of the dates this summer. Knuckle Puck will be joining the bands as the opening act.

New Found Glory and Simple Plan tour dates:
May 29 at the Jannus Live! In St. Petersburg, FL
May 31 at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, GA
June 2 at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD
June 3 at the Rooftop at Pier 17 in New York City, NY
June 7 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA
June 9 at the Roxian Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA
June 10 at the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland, OH
June 12 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI
June 13 at the Concord Music Hall in Chicago, IL
June 14 at The Fillmore in Minneapolis, MN
June 16 at the Mission Ballroom in Denver, CO
June 17 at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT
June 19 at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle, WA
June 20 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR
June 21 at the UC Theater in Berkeley, CA
June 23 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
June 25 at the Marquee Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
June 27 at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas, TX
June 28 at Stubb’s in Austin, TX

New Found Glory tour dates:
April 3 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ

Simple Plan tour dates:
Feb 14 at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, UK
Feb 15 at The Brighton Centre in Brighton, UK
March 13-16 at the Garden Rocks Concert Series in Orlando, FL
April 19 at the LaLaLa Festival in Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Indonesia
May 29 at the Jannus Live! In St. Petersburg, FL
May 31 at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, GA
June 2 at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD
June 3 at the Rooftop at Pier 17 in New York City, NY
June 7 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA
June 9 at the Roxian Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA
June 10 at the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland, OH
June 12 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI
June 13 at the Concord Music Hall in Chicago, IL
June 14 at The Fillmore in Minneapolis, MN
June 16 at the Mission Ballroom in Denver, CO
June 17 at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT
June 19 at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle, WA
June 20 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR
June 21 at the UC Theater in Berkeley, CA
June 23 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
June 25 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ
June 27 at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas, TX
June 28 at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, TX
July 4 at the FESTIVOIX in Trois-rivières, QC
July 16 at Harris Park in London, ON

The Dead Daisies

Rockers The Dead Daisies are about to release a new album this spring and this summer they will be hitting the road for a European tour. They will be performing some headlining shows of their own, performing at festivals, and supporting other artists.

The Dead Daisies tour dates:
May 29 at the Turock in Essen, Germany
June 1 at the Song Festival Ground in Tallinn, Estonia with Judas Priest
June 3 at Yubileyny Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia with Judas Priest
June 5 at the Megasport Arena in Moscow, Russia with Judas Priest
June 9 at the Lucerna Music Bar in Prague Czech Republic
June 10 at the Hirsch in Nuremberg, Germany
June 12 at the Nova Rock Festival in Nickelsdorf, Austria
June 13 at the Freilichtbuhne Killesberg in Stuttgart, Germany with Foreigner
June 16 at the Spodek in Katowice, Poland with Foreigner
June 18 at the Rock the Rock Festival in Hinwil, Switzerland
June 20 at the Hellfest Festival in Clisson, France
June 21 at the Graspop Festival in Dessel, Belgium
June 23 at the Stadtpark in Hamburg, Germany with Foreigner
June 24 at the Arena in Oberhausen, Germany with Judas Priest
June 27 at the Rock the Night Festival in Madrid, Spain
June 30 at the Melkweg in Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 1 at the Schlachthof in Wiesbaden, Germany
July 3 at the Capitol in Hannover, Germany
July 4 at the MMC in Bratislava, Slovakia
July 7 at the Conrad Sohm in Dornbirn, Austria
July 8 at the Live Clyub in Milan, Italy
July 10 at the Backstage Werk in Munich, Germany
July 11 at the Columbia Theater in Berlin, Germany
July 13 at the Budapest Arena in Budapest, Hungary with Judas Priest
July 14 at the Rena Stozice in Ljublijana, Slovenia with Judas Priest
July 17 at the Faliro Olympic Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece with Judas Priest
July 19 at the Midalidare Estates in Sofia, Bulgaria with Judas Priest
July 21 at the Arenele Romaine in Bucharest, Romania with Judas Priest

Deftones

The Deftones will be spending their summer on the road touring around North America. Gojira and Poppy will be joining them on the tour.

Deftones tour dates:
July 27 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
July 28 at the MaWu Theater in Seattle, WA
July 30 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA
Aug 1 at The Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas, NV
Aug 2 at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 4 at the Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 5 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
Aug 7 at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, KS
Aug 8 at The Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI
Aug 9 at The Armory in Minneapolis, MN
Aug 11 at the Huntington Bank Pavilion in Chicago, IL
Aug 12 at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheater in Sterling Heights, MI
Aug 14 at the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA
Aug 15 at the Place Bell in Laval, QC
Aug 17 at the RBC Echo Beach in Toronto, ON
Aug 19 at The Rooftop at Pier 17 in New York City, NY
Aug 20 at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ
Aug 22 at The Met in Philadelphia, PA
Aug 23 at The Anthem in Washington, DC
Aug 24 at the Harbor Yard Amphitheater in Bridgeport, CT
Aug 26 at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 27 at The White River State Park Amphitheater in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 29 at the Cadence Bank Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA
Aug 30 at the Municipan Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Sept 1 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
Sept 2 at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX
Sept 3 at The Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX
Sept 5 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO

Lindsey Buckingham

Last year guitarist Lindsey Buckingham underwent emergency heart surgery. The incident also caused some damage to his vocal chords.

Now he is fully recovered and ready to hit the road for a short tour.

Buckingham is no longer a part of the rock group Fleetwood Mac but he has plenty of music on his own to share.

Tickets go on sale February 14 at lindseybuckingham.com.

Lindsey Buckingham tour dates:
April 25 at The Smith Center for Performing Arts in Las Vegas, NV
April 28 at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO
April 30 at the Uptown Theater n Kansas City, MO
May 1 at The pageant in St. Louis, MO
May 3 at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN
May 5 at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, GA
May 6 at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN
May 7 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL
May 9 at the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita, KS
May 10 at The Criterion in Oklahoma City, OK
May 12 at the Fox Theatre in Tucson, AZ
May 13 at the Magnolia Performing Arts Center in El Cajon, CA

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Founder Joseph Shabalala Dies

Joseph Shabalala, the founding member of the multi Grammy Award winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo died February 11 at the age of 78 in Pretoria, South Africa.

Though formed in 1964, the group gained international recognition in 1986 when they appeared on Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album.

It was Paul Simon who produced the band’s major label debut album “Shaka Zulu” which went on to earn them the first of the group’s five Grammy Awards. Previously the group recorded in South Africa.

Along with Simon; Ladysmith has performed with many artists including Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Josh Groban, and George Clinton.

Hailing from the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, Ladysmith Black Mambazo translates form the Zulu as “the black ax of Ladysmith”.

The singing group often performed in a style known as isicathamiya – a style derived from the South African Zulu Nation.

The group performed at Nelson Mandela’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and his Presidential inauguration. They performed on Broadway in “The Song of Jacob Zulu” and Shabalala collaborated with Ntozake Shange on the musical “Nomathemba”.

Joseph appeared in the “VeggieTales: The Little Drummer Boy” as a choir member, an episode of “Rugrats”, an episode of the Israeli version of “Sesame Street” “Shalom Sesame”, and as a Zulu Chief on three episodes of “Sesame Street”.

Shabalala retired from the group he formed in 2014 after 50 years of performing. He would make an occasional appearance with the group but over the past few years, he has been in and out of the hospital.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is currently on tour but will be returning home to South Africa. The group spoke on the death of Shabalala via Twitter saying, “our founder, our teacher and most importantly our father left us today for eternal peace. We celebrate and honor your kind heart and your extraordinary life. Through your music and the millions who you came in contact with, you shall live forever.”

Bhekizizwe Joseph Siphatimandla Mxoveni Mshengu Bigboy Shabalala was born August 28, 1941 in the town of Ladysmith, South Africa to farm hands. His first experience in singing with a group was the Highlanders in Durban before returning home to Ladysmith and forming the family group Black Ones in 1960.

Shabalala is survived by his second wife, nine children, and 36 grandchildren.

 

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BPO Celebrates Life with Jewish Composers

It was a day of celebration and remembrance when Joann Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performed a program of music by Jewish composers including Gustav Mahler and Leonard Bernstein; who though challenged did not forsake their religion but were inspired by it in their compositions.

The program opened with cellist Robert Hausmann reprising a piece by Maurice Ravel that he performed in 2018 at Auschwitz when the BPO traveled to Poland. He played the piece as a Kaddish – prayer for the dead – for his great grandmother who was one of the millions of European Jews killed at the Concentration camps during World War II.

While there was no “Fiddler on the Roof” there was a fiddler on the stage when Noah Bendix-Bagley livened up the Concert Hall with his composition “Fidl-Fantazye: A Klezmer Concerto”. The work was very reminiscent of the music from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”.

After the intermission, the BPO returned to the stage for a performance of the “Adagio” from “Symphony NO. 10 in F-sharp Major” by Gustav Mahler. Ill with a heart ailment, Mahler only finished the first (Adagio) movement for his tenth symphony. Like never calling “The Scottish Play” (Macbeth) by its name on the stage, composing a tenth symphony is thought to be a curse inviting death.

Joann Falletta and the BPO concluded the program with “Chichester Psalms for Chorus and Orchestra:. Noting that she has always wanted to perform the work with an adult – she had done the piece with children – Falletta and the BPO were joined by counter tenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus for the performance.

The world recently marked the 75th anniversary of World War II and the Camps like Auschwitz. The program of Jewish composers was a celebration of life and music along with a subtle reminder of historic events that should never be forgotten…or repeated.

John Sebastian Thrills in the Bear’s Den

Singer, songwriter, and former lead singer for The Lovin’ Spoonful, John Sebastian, has been making music for over 50 years. As a result; he has plenty of songs … and stories to share.

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And he shared some of them on February 8 when he performed before a full house in the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino.

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For this performance, John brought only himself and a couple of guitars. That was all he needed. The mostly older audience was quick to not only join in on the songs; but to do so in harmony. The Bear’s Den Showroom is known for its intimate atmosphere that brings fans closer to the stage and the performance. But this time, it was even more so with fans freely interacting with the events on the stage as if it was a big house concert in someone’s living room.

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He spoke fondly of his days with The Lovin’ Spoonful as he performed “Do You Believe in Magic”, “You Didn’t Have to Be so Nice”, “Younger Girl”, “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind”, and “Daydream”.

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He also spoke on the time honoured tradition of artists “borrowing” licks and ideas from those they admire or are inspired by as he showed a few examples. And that signature Lovin’ Spoonful sound came from his love of Jug Band Music.

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Whether it be tales of trying to get his sons to go to sleep with lullabies – the first one was easy, the second one…not so much – or traveling the southern United States in a big yellow school bus with The Supremes, John Sebastian enthralled the audience.

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Long before Vincent Price famously wrote his dialogue in a cab on the way to the studio to record “Thriller”; John Sebastian used an empty Camel cigarettes package – it was the only thing available – to pen the lyrics for one of his songs in a cab on the way to the studio.

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After many shouts of one more song, John Sebastian returned to the stage and promised to sing one more song IF the audience would put away their mobile phones – he was a bit unsettled by seeing people holding up their phones to video him. They did and he did – “Darling Be Home Soon”.

Even as the lights came up, the crowd was still chanting for one more song.

One song that was missing from the set list was “Summer in the City” but as John later noted, the song doesn’t sound good when played solo with just a guitar.

Dueling the Night Away with Music

The name Dueling Pianos conjures up a number of images from two guys battling it out in song to a musical performance that covers a wide variety of music.

It was the latter when Rob and Sandy brought their act to the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York on February 7 for their first visit the Cafe.

Armed with three keyboards and a very large repertoire of songs, the duo spent the night as a human jukebox performing requests from the audience. The tops of their baby grand piano shells were littered with request slips that sometimes contained more than one song.

After opening the night with the Sir Elton John hit “Bennie and the Jets”, the St. Catherine’s, Ontario duo took turns performing pop, rock, country, hip-hop, and rap songs including “Sailing”, “I Want You to Want Me”, “Take it Easy”, “What’s New Pussy Cat?”, “Rainbow Connection”, “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Friends in Low Places”, “Rocketman”, “Margaritaville”, “Proud Mary”, “Sweet Caroline”, “Sultans of Swing”, “Before He Cheats” with a guest singer, “Good as Hell” by Lizzo, “Crocodile Rock”, “Daydream Believer”, “Shallow”, “Piano Man”, “Stand By Me”, “Old Time Rock and Roll”, “I’m a Believer”, “Sweet Child of Mine”, “Feel Like a Woman”, and ending the night with “Don’t Stop Believing”.

Rob and Sandy have been performing together for over 10 years and can not only play off of each other well; they can change up lyrics and offer up some comic relief during the show. And this time they had a little extra help when a guest singers joined them on stage for a few songs by female singers.

The guys of Dueling Pianos provided a night filled with fun and music.

Chris Young

Country music star Chris Young has added some dates to his existing tour he is calling “Town Ain’t Big Enough World Tour”.

American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery will be joining Young on the tour with Payton Smith joining for some dates. The Grand Ole Opry member will also be promoting a “Next from Nashville” program where he will feature some up and coming artists each week during the tour.

Chris Young Town Ain’t Big Enough tour dates:
March 26 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
April 30 at The Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH
May 1 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, MO
May 2 at the Wells Farge Arena in Des Moines, IA
May 7 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA
May 9 at the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, ID
May 28 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI
May 29 at the Ruoff Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
May 30 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Chicago, IL
June 10 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT
June 12 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Portland, OR
June 13 at the White River Amphitheater in Seattle, WA
June 20 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA
June 26 at the Greeley Stampede in Greeley, CO
June 27 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
June 28 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
July 9 at the Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, OH
July 10 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
July 11 at the Dairen Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY
July 17 at the Country Jam in Eau Claire, WI
July 24 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
July 25 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH
July 30 at the Brandon Amphitheater in Brandon, MS
July 31 at The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Tuscaloosa, AL
Aug 1 at The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach, AL
Aug 7 at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, WI
Aug 13 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 14 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
Aug 15 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Aug 20 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
Aug 21 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR
Aug 22 at the Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, TX
Aug 28 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs. NY
Aug 29 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Sept 11 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
Sept 12 at the S&T Bank Music Park in Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 25 at the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA
Sept 26 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH

Girl Talk

Electric music artist Girl Talk has planned his first tour in over eight years to kick off this spring in the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Cleveland, Ohio.

April 29 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH
May 1 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA
May 2 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON
May 3 at the Metro in Chicago, IL
May 5 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN
May 7 at The Truman in Kansas City, MO
May 8 at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO
May 9 at The Depot in Sal lake city, UT
May 11 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
May 12 at The Showbox in Seattle, WA
May 13 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC
May 15 at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA
May 16 at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA
May 18 at Emo’s in Austin, TX
May 19 at the Granada Theater in Dallas, TX
May 21 at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
May 22 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC
May 23 at the Royale in Boston, MA
June 7 at the Governors Ball in New York City, NY

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson has a new album coming out some time this year titled “Black Diamond” and this summer she kicks off a new world tour that begins in North America.

Jackson will be performing music from the new album and her iconic career.

Tickets for the Black Diamond tour go on sale February 13 at Live Nation.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member will be announcing more dates at a later date.

Janet Jackson “Black Diamond” tour dates:
June 24 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL
June 26 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
June 27 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
June 29 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
July 1 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
July 3 at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, LA
July 5 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, NC
July 7 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
July 9 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
July 10 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
July 12 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
July 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
July 17 at The Grand Theater at Mashantucket, CT
July 18 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
July 21 at the KeyBank Arena in Buffalo, NY
July 22 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
July 25 at the Cincinnati Music Festival in Cincinnati, OH
July 27 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
July 28 at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
July 31 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Aug 1 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
Aug 3 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Aug 5 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Aug 7 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
Aug 9 at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 10 at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
Aug 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 15 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Aug 17 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Aug 18 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Aug 20 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Aug 22 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Aug 23 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA

Rage Against the Machine

It has been some 10 years since alternative rockers Rage Against the Machine have performed lived on stage, but all of that is about to change with a performance at Coachella and a big tour.

Rappers Run the Jewels will be joining the rockers for most of the dates.

Rage Against the Machine will also be working with a number of charities along the tour – in El Paso, Las Cruces, and Phoenix all of the proceeds from the concerts are going to immigrant rights organizations.

Rage Against the Machine tour dates:
March 26 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX
March 28 at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, NM
March 30 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
April 10 & 17 at Coachella in Indio, CA
April 21 at the Oakland Arena in Oakland, CA
April 25 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
April 28 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA
May 1 at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC
May 3 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
May 5 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
May 7 at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB
May 9 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD
May 11 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
May 14 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
May 16 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
May 19 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
May 23 at Boston Calling in Boston, MA
June 19 at the Firefly in Dover, DE
July 10 at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI
July 13 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
July 17 at the Ottawa Bluesfest in Ottawa, ON
July 18 at the Festival d’Ete de Quebec in Quebec, QC
July 23 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
July 27 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
July 29 at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
July 31 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 2 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Aug 4 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
Aug 7 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
Aug 10 & 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Aug 28 at the Leeds Festival in Leeds, UK
Aug 30 at the Reading Festival in Readking, UK
Sept 1 at the Rock En Seine Festival in Paris, France
Sept 4 at the Electric Picnic Festival in Stradbally Laois, Ireland
Sept 6 at Lollapalooza in Berlin, Germany
Sept 8 at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic
Sept 10 at the Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland


‘Wild Wild West’ Actor Robert Conrad Dies

Veteran actor Robert Conrad died February 8 as a result of heart failure in Malibu, California at the age of 84, less than one month from his 85th birthday. Ironically, his partner in the hit show “Wild Wild West”, Ross Martin also died as a result of heart failure.

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Best known for his roles in “Hawaiian Eye” and “The Wild Wild West”, Conrad appeared in 80 productions beginning with his debut in 1958 with an uncredited role in “Juvenile Jungle”. His other roles include “Sea Hunt”, “77 Sunset Strip”, “Mannix”, “Adam-12”, “The D.A.”, “Mission: Impossible”, “Assignment: Vienna”, “Columbo”, “Black Sheep Squadron”, the mini-series “Centennial”, “A Man Called Sloane”, “High Mountain Rangers”, “Jesse Hawkes”, “High Sierra Search and Rescue”, “Nash Bridges”, and his final role in 2002 in “Dead Above Ground”.

More than just an actor, Conrad directed and wrote a number of productions and often cast his children in his productions.

As himself, Conrad has appeared in variety shows, talk shows, award shows, game shows, and the celebrity challenge programs like “Battle of the Network Stars”.

He was born Konrad Robert Falkowski on March 1, 1935 in Chicago; the great grandson of German immigrants. He left home at 15 and held a number of odd jobs before making his way to Hollywood and getting his acting career started as a stuntman. Between his work as a stuntman and his very physical acting – he did most of the non dangerous stunts on “The Wild Wild West” – Conrad is one of only six actors to be inducted into the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame as an honourary member.

Divorced twice, Conrad is survived by his children Nancy, Shane, Christian, Joan, Christy, Kaja, Camille, Chelsea, and 18 grandchildren.

The family has requested that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

 

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‘Parasite’ Wins Big at 2020 Oscars

It’s the biggest night in Hollywood with the Academy Awards celebrating 92 years of film.

The theme song from “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” open the show as Janelle Monet and Billy Porter get the night started with a musical performance.

Comedians Steve Martin and Chris Rock take the stage for a little comedy.

Regina King presents the first award of the night for Best Supporting Actor in a Film to Brad Pitt for his role in “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”. This is Pitt’s first Oscar for acting but his second overall win.

The award for Best Animated Feature Film went to “Toy Story 4”.

The award for Best Animated Short Film went to “Hair Love”. The film makers dedicated the award to Kobe Bryant. They noted that the film was made to promote diversity.

Indina Menzel performed “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen 2”. She is joined by several performers who voice the film in other languages around the world.

The award for Best Original Screenplay went to Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won for “Parasite”.

The award for Best Adapted Screenplay went to Taika Waititi for “Jojo Rabbit”.

The award for Best Live Action Short Film went to “The Neighbor’s Window”.

The award for Best Achievement in Production Design and Set Design went to Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh for “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”.

The award for Best Achievement in Costume Design went to Jacqueline Durran for “Little Women”

i’m Standing with You” from “Breakthrough” by Diane Warren.

The award for Best Feature Documentary went to “American Factory”.

The award for Best Short Subject Documentary went to “Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone (If You’re a Girl)”

The award for Best Supporting Actress went to Laura Dern for her role in “Marriage Story”

The award for Best Achievement in Sound Editing went to Donald Sylvester for “Ford v. Ferrari”

The award for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing went to Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson for “1917”

Randy Newman takes the stage to perform “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from “Toy Story 4”.

The award for Best Achievement in Cinematography went to Roger Deakins for “1917”.

The award for Best Achievement in Film Editing went to Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland for “Ford v. Ferrari”

Tom Hanks announced that a museum dedicated to film; later this year a new museum dedicated the the Film Academy will be opening in December.

Cynthia Erivo performed “Stand Up” from the film “Harriet” in which she stars as abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Rebel Wilson and James Corden took the stage dressed as “Cats” to present the award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects to Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy.

The award for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling went to Anne Morgan, Vivian Baker, and Kozo Hiro

The award for Best International Film went to “Parasite” from South Korea

Sir Elton John takes the stage to perform “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” from the film “Rocketman” and Sir Elton brought his red piano for the occasion.

For the first time in Oscar history, a female conductor leads the orchestra at the awards as the nominees for best original score are shown.

The award for Best Original Film Score went to Hildur Gudnadottir for “Joker”. Hildur told the women who feel the music from within, speak up, we need to hear your voices.

The award for Best Original Song for a Film went to Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin for “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”.

Spike Lee presented the award for Best Achievement in Directing to Bong Joon Ho for “Parasite”

Steven Spielberg presented the In Memoriam segment with Billie Eilish and Finneas performed “Yesterday” while those who have died over the past year aired on the screen beginning with Kobe Bryant. Having died the day before the Oscars, Robert Conrad was not among those shown.

The award for Leading Actor in a Leading Role went to Joaquin Phoenix for his role in “Joker”. Noting that his position gives him a voice, Joaquin spoke on injustice; noting that we (as humans) should use love and guidance.

Rami Malek presented the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role to Renee Zellweger for her role as Judy Garland in “Judy”.

Jane Fonda presented final award of the night for Best Picture to “Parasite”. It is the first non English language film to win the award for Best Picture.

NASCAR Season Begins with Daytona 500 Qualifying

And so it begins…

On a beautiful Florida afternoon 43 drivers will take to the two and a half mile high banks of Daytona International Speedway to qualify for the pole and lead the field to the green flag at the Daytona 500 on February 16 as the NASCAR Cup Series kicks off the 2020 racing season.

A new season always brings changes, nearly half of the drivers will be talking to new crew chiefs over the radio this season.

Having announced that he is retiring at the end of the season after driving the four races at Daytona and Talladega, 44 year of Brendan Gaughan gets qualifying started off with a time of 47.663 seconds.

The drivers have just one lap to show off the speed in their cars.

David Ragan officially retired after last season but was asked to come run one more Daytona 500 for Rick Ware Racing.

Racers, past and present, are known for making friendly bets on various sporting events. NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer is a die hard Kansas City Chiefs fan; while former driver and current broadcaster Jeff Gordon is a die hard San Francisco 49ers fan. The bet was made – the fan of the losing team must wear the jersey from the winning team on a nationally televised NASCAR event. Clint Bowyer’s Chiefs won the Super Bowl, so when Bowyer took to the track for qualifying, Jeff Gordon donned a Chiefs jersey.

While 43 teams brought cars to the track, only 42 of them made a qualifying run; BJ McLeod did not make a run on the track.

After all of the drivers have made their qualifying run, Ricky Stenhouse Jr put his JTG Daugherty number 47 car on the pole with a time of 46.253 seconds around the track. Hendricks Motor Sports driver Alex Bowman will start alongside Stenhouse on the front row.

Thirty-six teams were guaranteed a starting spot in the race, the remaining seven teams must race their way into the four remaining spots. Brendan Gaughan and Justin Haley topped the list of the seven open drivers and are guaranteed a starting spot in the race on Sunday. The other drivers must race their way in during the Duel races on Thursday.

The lineup for the Duel races:
Duel 1:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Aric Almirola
Christopher Bell
Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Newman
Ryan Preece
Chris Buescher
Martin Truex Jr
Brad Keselowski
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Blaney
Austin Dillon
Justin Haley
Bubba Wallace
Reed Sorenson
Daniel Suarez
Quin Houff
Chad Finchum
Joey Gase

Duel 2:
Alex Bowman
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Busch
William Byron
Erik Jones
Kevin Harvick
Cole Custer
Matt DiBenedetto
Tyler Reddick
Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
Michael McDowell
David Ragan
Ross Chastain
Ty Dillon
Brendan Gaughan
Timmy Hill
Corey LaJoie
J.J. Yeley
Brennan Poole
BJ McLeod