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Huge Stars to Appear at iHeartRadio Festival in Vegas

Single performances are good, concerts are better; but there’s nothing as good as a festival filled to the brim with some of the biggest names in music — and that’s just what fans will get if they take the chance to go to the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas this year!

The festival, which will take place over two days of September 21-22 will see huge stars gathered in Sin City all at the same time. The list of names that are already set to perform is huge and includes: Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Usher, Green Day, Swedish House Mafia, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Brad Paisley, Pitbull, Linkin Park, Lil Wayne, Miranda Lambert, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, and Jason Aldean.

It’s only the second year that the iHeartRadio Festival has been held in Las Vegas, but last year was a roaring success with the entire festival being sold out within ten minutes of tickets going on sale. This year, the festival will be held at the Las Vegas MGM Grand, and tickets will go on sale July 14.

Taylor Swift is one of the newest names to be added to the lineup and when gushing about the event she said, “It was one of those things where I saw everyone tweeting about it, everyone talking about streaming it live on the Internet, just how amazing it was. I thought, next year I’m saving the date. I’m making sure I’m there. Because, the idea that you can bring so many formats and genres together, and have everyone appreciating it. It highlights the differences between different musical acts, and makes it a cool thing.”

San Francisco Botches but Takes Aim at the Dodgers

Do the San Francisco Giants have the chops to win the win the series?  With four out of six wins, the National League team is setting a good record, but a low confidence score.  Fans are placing Sunday’s loss against the Philadelphia Phillies, square on Giants’ manager, Bruce Bochy’s shoulders.  Something had to give in the twelve-inning game, and ultimately, what gave were the Giants.  Cry the critics, “Bochy doesn’t know how to play small ball.”

The Giants built their reputation on the strength of their pitchers and by being formidable on the home turf, but their troubles began with who was at the bat.  With a runner on third and less than two outs, Bochy placed Brandon Belt at the plate, and instead of belting it, he struck out.  Neither was Emmanuel Burriss, with a season league batting average of 2.91 able to save the game, striking out and leaving Giants’ fans groaning in their seats.  Looking for a home run, instead of a bunt or a fly ball, the Giants rolled the dice…and lost.

The question on everybody’s mind is, after a strong start, will the Giants be able to keep up their lead in the second half of the series?  All eyes are on Nate Schierholz.  While his playing has been erratic, with a lot of downs along with his ups, he managed to score two home runs in the Giants’ twelve inning losing game against the Phillies.  However, Schierholz is a bit disgruntled by Bochy’s apparent reluctance to use him much in the game.  He has hinted that if the Giants are willing to make a trade, he’s interested in a team that will give him a consistent role.  With an unreliable bat, this may be easier said than done.

Not so easy to dismiss are Gregor Blanco and Melky Cabrera.  Batting in their home runs against both Atlantis and Philadelphia, they prove the Giants do have power hitters.  With games looming against the L.A. Dodgers, who have just swept up the New York Mets and tied two to two wins against the Cardinals, it’s the Giants turn to make it or break it.  The Dodgers aren’t going to take the games lying down.  After a slow start, they’re pounding the bases for their fifth straight win.  The Giants have the pitchers, but they also need their batters, because when it comes to the Dodgers, it’s going to be close and exciting.  Get those tickets now, because these are the games you won’t want to miss.

Strobing out on the Electric Zoo

With strobe lights punctuating the air and glow bracelets dangling down arms that wave enthusiastically to electronic music, the Electric Zoo Festival gears into its fifth year of International celebration.  It is the concert of concerts for New Age music goers who love the spectacular light shows as well as the best in electronic performances.  In its inaugural year, 26,000 people passed through the gates of Randall Island’s Park in New York City to listen to the festival’s exciting performers; names that ring high on the electric music lovers list, such as Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta and Ferry Corsten.

The one-day festival became so popular that by 2011, it was featuring a three-day affair, with record crowds of 85,000.  It was fun.  It was exciting.  Attendees showed up in Darth Vader masks, robot or Transformer masks, riding plastic sharks, and generally just sharing the spirit of festivity.

Despite its short history, the Electric Zoo is clearly on the path to distinction.  It has already received the coveted International Dance Music Awards nominations for “best music event” three years in a row, and is highlighted for press coverage from the major media outlets, including CNN, New York Times, Huffington Post and Village Voice.  Do you feel like a rock star?  Then join the event that has the world buzzing on its ear.

The 2012 festival is scheduled to take place from August 31 to September 2nd.  Featured acts include “Above and Beyond”, “Pretty Lights”, and David Guetta.  The music may be a hybrid that developed out of disco and techno, but it’s a sound all its own that has electric fans bouncing in wavelengths.  What’s more, the Electric Zoo has a conscience.  Beginning in 2011, the Electric Zoo introduced an on-site recycling program for all trash, water in cardboard containers, compostable plates and utensils and required that all meat vendors use organic, hormone free, humanely raised animals.  Is this the beginning of social awareness and responsible progress?  With a new generation of youth taking the reins for environmental protection laws, we can only suspect that it does.

Step up to the sounds of the twenty-first century and into the world of the future.  The Electric Zoo is sure to carry you there with the most talked about, best covered and exciting festival of the year.

The Magic of Disney on Ice

Cue Mickey Mouse!  Cue Jasmine and Belle!  There’s even room for Gaston and Ursula!  Yes, it’s time for a Disney celebration.  It’s hard to believe so much magic has descended from the mind of one man, Walt Disney, who believed that fairy tales were marketable in any age.

For generations, Disney has captured the hearts of the young and old, with its fanciful cartoon figures and storybook characters come to life on the big screen.  Now they come to larger life as Disney presents the best, the most memorable of Disney favorites on ice.

Figure skating is perhaps one of the most beautiful art forms there is as it combines the the exacting performance of ballet with the skills of skating.  How will you be able to forget the poised dance of Tinker Bell or The Little Mermaid gliding gracefully over the ice?  The answer is, you won’t.  Nor will you forget the charm of Goofy, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, or the unforgettable, animated Cars!

Of course, what makes the show truly amazing is the combination of artistry and talent with names we all know and love.  Pick a show, any show, and you won’t be disappointed.  Opening the season’s fanfare of delight are the fresh, new shows, “Disney on Ice, Rockin’ Ever After“, and “Worlds of Fantasy”.  With beautiful flying acrobats as well as classic Disney storylines and dance to rip away the most hardened skeptic, it won’t be just the children who laugh, applaud and leap for joy.

There is something very primal about Disney storylines.  The archetypes of good and evil, the yearning for uncertain romance and of course, the ability to draw humor AND pathos out of virtually any situation.  Disney is not just entertainment; it is a part of American culture.  No doubt, you have watched Disney films for years and have given your children plenty to think about.  Now it’s time to let them come and experience the magic in person.

That’s what so special about Disney–the desire to make happy endings out of somber reality.  Come experience an important part of the American dream–the Disney Happy Ending.

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival

Do you know what the perfect end to summer is?  How about some beer, bourbon, and barbecue?  That’s right, it isn’t too late to get your very own tickets to the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival that is touring the country.  In fact, it has been rated as the “Best BBQ Festival” by and is making fans out of everyone who joins in.

Imagine attending events such as Whole Hog Friday, VIP Bacon Session, Beer and Bacon Tastings and more.  Finger licking pulled pork, ribs, chicken, and every type of barbecue imaginable will be waiting for you to taste.  There will also be all you care to try bourbon, barbecue sauce challenges, and so much more.  You can taste over 60 different delicious beers and well over 40 different bourbons from your souvenir tasting glass.

There are plenty of fun contests to enjoy as well.  If you happen to be a sizzling hot daisy duke wearing babe (or an admirer of such) don’t miss out on the Ms.BBQ Babe Contest.  This contest isn’t just about looks however–you have to bring your smarts too, as questions about moonshine, and barbecue may help you nab the crown…or in this case, a giant beer glass and cash prize!  Have you been working on that beer belly for years?  Then enter the opposite of the babe beauty contest in the Best Beer Belly Contest.  Size of the belly and a personality to match is what will nab you the top prize.  There is a baked bean-eating contest for those with an iron stomach as well.

If booze, babes, and barbecue weren’t enough to get your attention, then how about some great music to boot?  Honky Tonk Confidential, Phillip Bray, Bourbon Jug Band, the Piedmont Boys, The Kelly Bell Band, Tailgate Down, Uncle Hamish and the Hooligans, Heavy Seas, and many more will be performing live free shows for all in attendance of the festival.

This is a can’t miss festival, and the proper way to send off summer.  Find out the next stop of the festival, get your tickets today and be sure to come hungry!

Neil Diamond is Live and in Concert

Sweet Caroline, now is your chance to see one of the greatest contemporary singers and song writers to take the stage.  Neil Diamond is on tour, with his wistful melodious voice leaving audiences as spell bound as when he first rolled out with “Brother Love’s Traveling Show.”

While rated the third most successful contemporary artist ever on the Billboard charts, ranking just below Elton John and Barbara Streisand, his song writing will be remembered with the same long term endearment as Bob Dylan.  Picking up lyrics that include “Song Sung Blue” and “Red, Red Wine”, his music has been replayed by numerous international performers enchanted with the soulful depths of his messages.

There really is nobody quite like Neil Diamond.  He spreads across the music board, appealing to the young the old, the fine attunement of classical lovers and the cheering crowds of rock and roll fans.  Sometimes he twangs with a hint of country, other times, it’s just a tender melody designed to pull at your heart strings.

In 2010, he released the album ‘Dreams’, a collection of 14 interpretations of his favorite songs by other artists from the rock era. Later that year, Diamond made an appearance on NBC’s ‘The Sing-Off’, performing “Ain’t No Sunshine” along with Committed and Street Corner Symphony.  On May 27, 2011, he appeared on Irish Television in a live recording in front of a celebrity audience.

This year the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will be touring North American breaking out all his classic hits that have regaled fans for twenty-three years.

Besides his upcoming tour, Diamond will be making guest appearances at the Kennedy Center Honoree, NBC’s Tree Lighting at Rockefeller and as a special guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  You’re bound to be a believer the first time you see this icon of rock and roll history live and you’ll be convinced you should be forever in blue jeans.  Check your concert guide for this Grammy award-winning performer whose songs have made him a legend and a household name.

Fiona Apple Extends Her Tour

Fiona Apple just announced her tour a couple of months ago, and already she’s extending it so that she can add more dates and give fans more of what they’ve been waiting over six years for!

First extending through the entire summer, Fiona has now added fall dates going all the way to the end of October. Fans who haven’t already gotten the chance to see Fiona live this year can still get a taste of what to expect from her new album The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do, was released in the United States and United Kingdom earlier this month.

The summer leg of the tour began on June 19 when Fiona performed at the State Theatre in Ithaca, New York; and it will run until July 29 where this leg will wrap at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California. Taking off the month of August, Fiona will then pick up the fall leg on September 9, 2012 at the San Jose Civic Auditorium. That will be the start of a road trip that will take Fiona to just about every major city in the United States including Las Vegas, Austin, Houston, New Orleans, Orlando, Buffalo, New York City and more. The fall leg will wrap on October 21, 2012 at the Stage AE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Fiona appeared on Jimmy Fallon recently, speaking about her infamous on-stage meltdown at the Roseland Ballroom in New York during the early 2000s; a performance Fallon opened for. During the show at Roseland, Fiona repeatedly apologized for the poor sound quality, broke down into tears, sneered at critics in the crowd, and eventually left the stage after performing for just over half an hour.

“The short answer,” she explained, “is that I’m a human being and that I was reacting to life.”