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Enjoy the Magic and Illusions of Rick Thomas

Anyone who loves magic and illusions probably knows that the best place to see some of the top magicians in the world is in Las Vegas. Other than the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, Vegas is the place with the greatest reputation when it comes to illusion and magic. Consider some of the huge names to have been a part of Vegas, such as David Copperfield, Lance Burton, along with the new generation of street and shock magicians. One of the best entertainers in Vegas, who performs 600 shows a year and creates some of the most impressive illusions in the field, is Rick Thomas.

Thomas came from a family of performers, so it is no wonder that he would somehow go into entertainment. His family was into competitive ballroom dancing, and he and his sister actually won the title of Amateur United States Ballroom Dancing Champions. He has been interested in magic since he was only seven years old. That love stuck with him and by the time he was eighteen years old, he had a show at the Disneyland Hotel, which ran for two years.

He also performed on cruise ship lines, as well as expositions and fairs around the country. He’s toured the world five different times, and he’s been performing his own show in Vegas for fifteen years. He is one of the most talented and fun to watch magicians performing today, and you don’t want to miss him if you have the opportunity to see a show.

You can see Thomas in Vegas, but he also happens to tour his show on occasion. If you are in Vegas, you can see him in The Showroom. When he’s on tour, he goes to places such as Hawaii, New York, Connecticut, and more, If you like magic and want to see someone who is a bit different from so many of the other performers who are out there today, Thomas is a great choice. Check to see where he will be performing and get your tickets today. You will not regret the experience you have at the show.

You’re Off to See the Wizard of Oz

You probably know where to find the Yellow Brick Road. It’s over there, just beyond the Rainbow in the magical and magnificent land of Oz. People young and old know the story of Dorothy, the young girl swept away to Oz. She meets a cast of colorful and crazy characters, including the Munchkins, Glenda the Good Witch, the Wizard, and of course, the Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Man. Based on the screenplay from the movie, rather than a direct adaptation of the book, The Wizard of Oz, this new production from Andrew Lloyd Webber will delight everyone who sees it.

Just like the movie, you will get to watch Dorothy while she is at her aunt and uncle’s farm in Kansas before the tornado comes along and sweeps her away to Oz, where the house lands on and kills the Wicked Witch of the East. In order to get home, Glenda the Good Witch and the Munchkins tell Dorothy that she must follow the Yellow Brick Road. It’s along that road that she meets all of her other friends, including Scarecrow. Follow along as she meets the Wizard and has her confrontation with the Wicked Witch of the West.

There have been other adaptations and takes on the story, such as Wicked, and the recent movie The Great and Powerful Oz, but this is the classic everyone knows and wants to see. If you’ve watched the movie, and most people have, then you probably know some of the songs you get to hear in the musical. Some of the numbers you will hear include “Nobody Understands Me”, “Over the Rainbow”, “If I Only Had a Brain”, and “Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead”.

You don’t need any magical ruby slippers to see the show. Just check out the areas where the tour is coming and find something near you! You and the entire family can have a great time. If you are bringing some youngsters to see the show and they’ve never seen the movie, this can be a wonderful introduction to Oz for them. Go on and get some tickets. Isn’t it about time that you’re off to see the wizard?

Check out American Idiot for a Punk Pop Musical Experience

When the band Green Day first hit the mainstream back in the 90s, few people would have imagined that a couple decades later, there would be a musical based on one of the trio’s albums. However, when Green Day released American Idiot in 2004, it signified a definite change in the type of music the punk band was putting out. There was a different level of maturity to the music, which most fans found refreshing. The new album, which was something of a punk/rock/opera, really took off with old and new fans alike. The album went on to reach multiplatinum status and even to win a Grammy.

In fact, the success was so great that Green Day even decided to turn the album into a narrative story and a musical based on the strength of the songs on the album. As fans heard the band was doing this, some were unsure of just how it would translate. Would it still have the same impact as a musical as it did as an album?

It took nearly six years from the time the album released to the opening of the musical in 2010. The first run ran for 422 performances, and they are again touring. It received a nomination for best musical Tony, and it actually won two Tony Awards in 2010 — one for best lighting and one for best scenic design. In 2011, it won a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.

You can watch the story of disaffected youth growing up and growing apart in America, all set to the music of Green Day. The show features all of the great music from the album, along with some surprises. Some of the popular songs you will hear include “American Idiot”, “Holiday”, “21 Guns”, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, and “Wake Me Up When September Ends”.

If you love musicals and you are a fan of the band, you certainly want to see the show when it comes to a town near you. The latest tour will take American Idiot: The Musical to Portland, Salt Lake City, Baton Rouge, and more. Check to see if they are coming to your area and buy tickets soon.

Listen to the Smooth and Fun Sounds of Earth, Wind and Fire

The name Earth, Wind and Fire evokes many images and thoughts for music lovers. They are a popular group that’s been around since 1969, and they are still going very strong, as evidenced by the popularity of their latest tour. This musical fixture has been writing hits for more than four decades. They are one of the groups that really have staying power, and one of the reasons for this is the fact that they’ve never been the type of band that only does one thing. They span genres. The group is just as comfortable playing rock, jazz, and disco, as they are R&B and soul. They’ve been able to straddle different types of musical styles, which help with their songwriting prowess and broad appeal.

Over the years, the band has had a number of different members, but the level of talent and dedication by the musicians in the band has never wavered. They’ve had more than twenty Grammy nominations and six wins. They also have twelve nominations for the American Music Awards, and four wins. Earth, Wind and Fire are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they have their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Several members, including Maurice White and Philip Bailey are in the Songwriters Hall of Fame too.

While the awards are nice, it’s probably the thought of all of the music that really gets you excited about seeing this group perform live. Here are some of the songs that you know and love, and you can be sure they will play at their shows: “Boogie Wonderland”, “Shining Star”, and “That’s the Way of the World”.

If you love the sounds of Earth, Wind and Fire, you certainly do not want to miss this group in action. They are currently touring, and you will regret missing them this time around. Check out their various tour dates and see if they are coming to a town near you. It’s a great night out for you and your friends, or just you and that someone special. Buy some tickets today and have a great night!

What’s the Deal with Jerry Seinfeld’s Latest Tour?

It is not often you get to see a live performance from a television legend hailed by many as a comedic genius. You get to experience that when you check out Jerry Seinfeld’s latest tour.

Seinfeld has been performing standup for much longer than most people realize. In 1976, he tried out at an open-mic night at Catch a Rising Star in NYC. His performance there led to his appearing on a Rodney Dangerfield HBO Special. His first performance on a sitcom was on Benson in 1979, where he was in several episodes as Frankie.

He continued with his stand-up routines and appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1981. His appearance on the show turned out to be popular, and he came back for more appearances. He also performed on Late Night with David Letterman. These television performances helped him build a wider audience and a following that continued to grow.

Of course, most people know and love Seinfeld from his hit television show that ran from 1988 to 1998. Created by himself and Larry David, Seinfeld was different from other sitcoms of its time. It had a slightly darker edge with characters that were fun to watch and follow, even though they were shallow. The show is still popular today thanks to syndication.

After spending nearly a decade playing a fictionalized version of him on television, Seinfeld moved on to other things. First and foremost, he returned to doing stand-up. He also wrote several books, appeared in commercials, and at awards presentations. He also co-wrote and produced Bee Movie. He also lent the voice to the main character, Barry B. Benson. Today, he continues to perform and look for new challenges in his career.

If you are a fan of Jerry Seinfeld’s brand of humor, and if you loved the show, you know you can’t miss the opportunity to see him live! Check out all of the various areas where he’s taking this latest tour and buy tickets to a location near you. You will have a great evening watching one of the best observational comedians ever.

Surprise Picks Make for Exciting NBA Draft

This is what makes drafts so exciting. All last week when talking about the NBA draft that was Thursday night, the two top choices came down to Alex Len and Nerlens Noel. But when it was time for David Stern to step up and announce who the Cleveland Cavaliers had chosen for the top pick, no one expected what he was going to say. The Cavs had chosen Anthony Bennett from UNLV, the first Canadian to be chosen to go first overall in the NBA.

The choice wasn’t surprising because Bennett isn’t a good player. On the contrary, he’s an extremely powerful forward who had a 37.5 percentage from the three-point range last season. His shooting percentage overall is 52.6 per cent, and his innate ability to predict and make rebounds is also one of his biggest strengths. In addition to that, his sheer size at 6’7″ and 239 pounds will also be a bone of contention for any defense trying to overtake him.

It wasn’t just the top spot that ended up as a surprise pick. The Orlando Magic, who held the second spot also didn’t choose Len or Noel, but Victor Oladipo from Indiana instead. That may not have been so surprising in itself, but it does add fuel to fire of the rumors that Orlando is looking to trade Arron Afflalo to the Clippers for Eric Bledsoe.

Len waited until the number five pick, when he was chosen by the Phoenix Suns; and Noel went to the New Orleans Pelicans soon after that at number six.

Don’t Miss Ke$ha and Pitbull on Tour Together!

Ke$ha and Pitbull are ringing in this summer in a huge way, and fans who want to check out what’s sure to be one of the best shows of the year have less than three weeks to do it. The co-headlining tour is stopping in over 20 cities to perform 30 shows, and they’re bringing Justice Crew along with them for the ride.

Ke$ha didn’t take much time off after wrapping her hit television show, “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life,” in late May; she started this tour with Pitbull almost right away. While on the road, she’ll be promoting her latest album, “Warrior,” which was released late last year. Once finished with this one, she still won’t have a lot of downtime, as she’s set to go out on her solo tour beginning in July.

Pitbull has been pretty busy himself too, finishing up his latest single, “Feel This Moment” with Christina Aguilera, and just coming off his own “Global Warming” tour from his album release, which was also last year. Throughout the co-headlining tour, Pitbull will be performing tracks from both his latest album, as well as some of the classics that made fans fall in love with him in the first place.

With a short opening number, Justice Crew starts off every show with a hugely dynamic dance number that always gets the crowd going. If you want to check out Ke$ha and Pitbull when they’re in your town, check out their concert dates here and then book your tickets quick!

Are You Going to Coachella 2014?

Coachella 2013 just wrapped up last month and already the organizers of the event, Goldenvoice, have released next year’s dates. Just like this year those are spread over two back-to-back weekends, and there’s a payment plan for those that are also already wondering how they’re going to pay for their way into the festival.

The weekends for Coachella 2014 are April 11-13, and April 18-20, and tickets went on sale May 24. One of the biggest benefits of the festival being announced so early (in addition to just being able to book the weekend off,) is that concert-goers can take advantage of the payment plan offered by Goldenvoice. Ticket buyers who make a 20 per cent down payment can stretch the remainder of the payment over six months — so no one has to miss the chance to go to Coachella.

Along with the early date announcement, there’s also already a fake lineup that’s been announced — and a fraudulent poster to go along with it. This advertisement includes big names such as Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and U2, to name just the biggest names. But beware. Even though next year’s Coachella is bound to have a massive lineup with only the hugest names in music, no one has yet to be announced; so take the fake poster for what it is — over exuberant fans. Coachella will most likely announce the lineup at the same time they always do, which is about three months before the festival starts.

Luke Bryan Has Busy Touring Summer Ahead

It’s been a great run for Luke Bryan, one of country music’s biggest stars of 2013. Bryan has pending nominations at the CMT Music Awards for vide of the year, male video of the year, collaboration video of the year and CMT performance of the year. The songs that have earned him nominations include “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” “The Only Way I know,” “Drunk on You,” and “Feel Again.”

Last year, Bryan cleaned up at the American Country Awards, with a staggering 10 wins, including Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year. His single was “I Don’t Want This Night to End.” The song hit number one on the United States Country chart, the third of his four number one hits.

Bryan’s winning album, “Tailgates and Tanlines,” also hit number one on the United States Country charts, his first album to reach the top spot after two albums hit number two.

Bryan broke out with the number two hit, “Do I,” in 2009. In 2010, he had two chart toppers in “Rain is a Good Thing,” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby.”

“I Don’t Want This Night to End,” was the next number one hit, following “Country Girl (Shake it for Me),” which hit number four.

In 2012, Bryan dropped “Drunk On You,” another number one hit. Since, he’s had “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” reach number three on the charts and “Crash My Party,” is his current single, up to number two and possibly climbing higher.

Bryan is a 36-year-old from Leesburg, Georgia. His tour is headed to New Jersey and Massachusetts in early June, but it really picks up in mid June with three shows in three nights in Peoria, IL, Maryland Heights, MO and Tinley Park, IL.

Bryan hits Birmingham, AL, Charlotte, NC, Raleigh, NC, and Atlanta, GA, in a four night run from July 11th to July 14th. His tour continues through July and August with stops in Ohio, Michigan, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, Oregon, California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wichita, Tulsa, Utah, Colorado, Tennessee and Florida.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see Bryan, as he’s likely coming to a venue near you.

Will the Heat or the Pacers Face the Spurs in NBA Finals?

It was almost a week ago that the San Antonio Spurs ousted the Memphis Grizzlies from the NBA championship, and since that time they’ve been waiting to see who they’ll play — along with the rest of the country.

The Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers will team up against each other tonight in a very decisive, and most likely very intense Game 7 to see who will go on to face the Spurs in the Finals. The Heat were the biggest favorites to win it all since before the playoffs even started this year but now faced with elimination if they can’t pull it together, the NBA Finals could look very different this year than from what people expected.

The Heat are still favored to win, and they haven’t lost back to back games in nearly five months. One of the times they did before that however, it was to the Indiana Pacers on January 8. The Heat will also be playing on home court, which they always seem to take full advantage of. Miami will need to rely on that, as well as the sheer size and power they have against the Pacers.

The Pacers haven’t counted themselves out yet though, and they shouldn’t. Where Miami has size, Indiana has speed and pace; and they know how to use that to their benefit, too. In the end, this game seven is going to come down to who can keep their wits about them, when the opponent is bringing all they’ve got.

In other words, it’s going to be a classic playoff game.