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Who Will Perform at the CMAs?

The CMAs are set to be held on November 1 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and the first few details of the event are just starting to be released. For the fifth time, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are set to take the stage as hosts for the event; and seeing as how they’re both up for an award, we might see some performances from them this year, too. So what else can we expect?

The evening will be a big one for Kelly Clarkson. Clarkson, who started out her career more pop than country, has been getting deeper into this genre recently, and she’s being rewarded for it. Not only will she be performing at the event, but this marks the first time she’s ever been nominated for an individual CMA. Last year she was nominated, and won, for her duet with Jason Aldean, “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” The award won was for “Musical Event of the Year.”

This year Aldean is nominated for “Entertainer of the Year,” and his name was also included in the first round of performers for this year’s show. Along with Aldean, Bentley will also be performing. Since his song “Home” is up for single and song of the year, there’s a good chance this is what fans can expect to hear.

Little Big Town, who’s nominated for “Single of the Year” and “Music Video of the Year,” will also be there to perform. The group is also nominated for “Vocal Group of the Year.”

That’s all the CMAs are willing to release now, but they do promise via their website that “more awesomeness to be announced soon.” If you want to be there to catch all that awesomeness yourself, get your tickets for the show. They go on sale today!

Paul Rudd Comes Back to Broadway in “Grace”

Best known for playing “the goofy guy” in movies and TV shows such as “40 Year Old Virgin,” and “Friends,” Paul Rudd is ready for a change. But while the genre and the character type might be a different take for Rudd, the medium he’s chosen is not. He’s going back to Broadway in the show “Grace” and it’s not his first return to the stage.

“Grace” is a show about a couple that moves to Florida wanting to open a chain of motels that were centered around the church and the gospel. Soon after meeting their rocket scientist neighbor, and another who’s an exterminator, their plans quickly unravels. And so does Rudd, who plays the Christian husband.

“I was drawn to this character because it’s different for me and certainly different than anything I’ve played in the last several years,” says Rudd when talking about the show. “I thought it was bold and fresh and something I hadn’t seen before.”

Not that he needs it, Rudd will have tons of support on-stage. Multiple Emmy Award winner, Edward Asner takes on the role of the bug-squishing friend; while Michael Shannon will play the part of the scientist. Kate Arrington, who has made her name at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, will be playing alongside Rudd as his wife.

It’s been six years since Rudd was last on Broadway, when he played opposite Julia Roberts in “Three Days of Rain” in 2006, but he couldn’t be more excited to be back.

“One of the things I love about doing plays in New York is to feel a part of the city and part of a community that’s really vital and tight-knit. I wanted to be back in that,” he says.

Rudd has many credits backing up his stage presence including “Twelfth Night,” “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” “The Shape of Things,” and “Bash.”

Come Bite the Big Apple Circus This Season!

There is just something about a circus that causes us to instantly revert back to childhood.  The smells of popcorn, the sticky tasty of caramel apples, the first sight of the big tent, and of course the amazing experiences inside!  If you are in the New York area, you are lucky to have a truly great circus nearby called the Big Apple Circus.

The first thing you will notice when arriving is that this isn’t your typical giant circus, where the seats feel as if you are miles away from the live performances.  No, this show is all about being up close and really seeing everything right before your eyes.  The furthest seat from the stage is less than 50 feet in fact.

When visiting the show you gather up some goodies at the entrance and find your seat.  The show begins as the classic character of the ringmaster appears before you.  He guides you into the wonderful show that is a full two hours of jaw dropping and side splitting entertainment.  Don’t worry though, they give you an intermission in the middle so you can catch your breath!

You will see all the classic circus acts of times gone by at the Big Apple Circus, as well as some new and amazing feats.  Laugh at the hijinks of the clowns, watch horses and dogs perform, see jugglers juggle just about everything in the room, and watch as acrobats soar overhead.  There is more, but much of it has to be seen to be believed.

If you have a really big party or event coming up you can make it unforgettable by hiring the circus!  Yes, Big Apple Circus can even come to you at your own venue.  You can also enjoy strolling performers that interact with guests such as face painters, magicians, puppeteers, and mimes to name a few.  They also offer educational shows to be performed at schools.  Prefer the tent?  You can also rent out the whole big top.   This is a wonderful children friendly show that is amazing enough to keep the adults mesmerized too.  Come relive your childhood, or make new memories with your own kids.  Tickets are on sale online now.

Will Glee Live! be Touring Next Summer?

When the producers of the television show Glee saw that they didn’t just have a hit TV show, but that fans were tuning in for the chance to attend a concert every single week, they saw opportunity. An opportunity to brings fans more of what they want, and live to boot, and a chance to expand their brand and bring the characters closer to the fans’ hearts. So in May of 2010 the cast embarked on their first tour, and were met with an overwhelming response. Now there’s rumor that they’re coming back and this time, they’re bringing new faces and new songs!

It’s all just speculation as of now, but Glee Live! In Concert! has been touring since that first one two years ago, and after a brief hiatus this year, fans want them back. And they want to come back! Many of the new cast members haven’t had the chance yet to go on the road and meet the fans face to face, and they’re itching to get out there. Creator of the show, Ryan Murphy, wants to get them out there, too!

“That was so important to the show and the life of the show,” he said in an interview regarding a possible tour. “The fans love it and I think it gets them close to the characters. I hear the new cast members and have heard them talking about it already and asking the old-timers what it was like. I know these new kids are so good that I really want to put them out in front of people.”

Although all of it is unconfirmed as of yet, but with the way talks are going, official word should come soon enough.

Las Vegas gets “Wicked”

It’s the story of the good witch and the, well, the misunderstood witch. Those around the country that have been lucky enough to see the show know that Wicked is the story of two witches that began as good friends, but slowly drifted apart. Now, hitting just about every other major urban city except for Sin City, the show is finally coming to Las Vegas!

The show, which is appropriate for ages 8 and up, is drawing in crowds of both adults and kids, and school tours are lining up out the door. Those who get in the door will be able to see an extremely talented touring cast which includes: Jackie Burns (Elphaba), Chandra Lee Schwartz (Glinda), Randy Danson (Madame Morrible), and Mark Jacoby (The Wizard). And those cast members are just as excited as audience members about the show.

“When the cast walked in for the first day, we couldn’t believe our eyes at how gorgeous this theater is, and how wonderful it is to play this city for the first time,” said Chandra Lee Schwartz. “It’s exciting, because the audience is really excited about it. They haven’t seen it like three or four years ago like our other cities have, so there is a special anticipation in the air.”

The show is based on the 1995 book by Gregory Maguire, and it’s been playing at the Smith Center since August 29. Being booked for a six-week run, it will play eight shows per week and will wrap up on October 7.

Wicked has been the best-selling Broadway hit for the past six years in a row, and audiences at The Smith Center have responded in the very same fashion. Grab Tonto and the Tin Man, you need to get your tickets to Wicked Las Vegas today!

Donny & Marie go to L.A. for the Holidays!

No one knows how to do the holidays like Donny and Marie Osmond, and now they’re bringing all their Christmas cheer to Los Angeles!

Beginning on December 4 and running through until December 23, Donny and Marie will be performing at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. Throughout the show this brother-sister duo will be sprinkling good cheer in the form of their notorious carols that they’ve brought to many a TV special; as well as hits from both of their separate and joint careers. In fact, the show has been very similarly modeled after the “Osmond Family Christmas” specials that Donny and Marie are so well known for.

But this isn’t the first time the pair has brought their act to the big stage. They also put on a holiday show in Broadway in 2010 before moving it to Toronto, Detroit, and Chicago in 2011. Fans that were lucky enough to catch these shows will have had a taste of what they can expect.

Tickets for “Donny and Marie — Christmas in Los Angeles” are already on sale, but those who want some must act quickly. The only thing Donny and Marie are more famous for than their singing is the fact that their shows sell out very quickly. So what are you waiting for? Get in the Christmas spirit early and buy your tickets today!

Deftones will be Busy!

The Deftones are going to be very busy in the next little while, giving fans a taste of music new and old, and a whole bunch of it!

First they’re up for playing a couple festivals, starting with the Epicenter Festival on September 22 in Irvine, California. The next day they’ll be in Sacramento, playing at the Aftershock Festival before taking a small rest before their North American tour. That begins on October 9 in Ventura, California and will take the band through 16 different cities; mostly throughout the United States with one stop in Vancouver, British Columbia. The major American stops include Boston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Chicago. You can find a full list of tour dates and venues at our Deftones Tickets page.

Those who are lucky enough to catch one of these live shows will most likely be able to hear some of the band’s newest music. They recently announced that their seventh studio effort is to be released on November 13, under the title of Koi No Yokan.

Fans can expect the same head-banging, thrashing music that they love about the Deftones on this new album, but the band has also taken a different approach this time.

“Some of my favorite things about Deftones are the dynamics,” says singer Chino Moreno. “Yes we’re a heavy band, but we’re just not in-your-face agro the whole time, punching you in the face. There’s a lot of aggression in some of the music, but there’s also this very soothing element where there’s a lot of soundscapes rather than attack, attack, attack the whole time. I understand that’s a big part of our sound, but I really feel like we reached a peak on our dynamics on this record with those two qualities — the beauty of something and just straight, ruthless aggression.”

Relive the 1990s with the Smashing Pumpkins on Tour

It is hard to believe that the 90’s were some 20 years ago!  Some great music came out of that time, and one band that is still rocking hard today are the Chicago natives, The Smashing Pumpkins.  They have just announced a new tour for October.  It will begin October 2nd and run until November 4th with 14 stops along the way.  Will they be stopping in a city near you?

The band includes the ever charismatic lead singer and main song writer Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder on guitar, Nicole Fiorentino on background vocals and bass, and Mike Byrne on drums.  The main reason for the current tour is the release of the bands newest album entitled “Oceania” which came out on the 19th of June and hit number 4 on the Billboard 200.

The album got some pretty good reviews from critics and fans alike saying it is a mix of sounds similar to their “Gish” and “Adore” albums.  This is the group’s 8th studio album and is themed after alienation in the electronic age according to the lead singer.  Notable songs include “The Celestials”, “Violet Rays”, “Pinwheels” and of course “Oceania”, though the album as a whole, with its 13 tracks, has been getting praise overall.  They say that this album is part of a larger work called “Teargarden By Kaleidyscope”.

Of course, if you head out to see the Smashing Pumpkins on their newest tour, they are sure to play some of your old favorites too.  Imagine getting to hear “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” “Tonight, Tonight”, “Adore” or your personal favorite live and in concert one more time.  The band is also claiming that they will perform every song from their new album as well.  It is sure to be a night to remember!

Come check out your favorite 90’s band The Smashing Pumpkins with their current era hit album when they come to a city near you.  They will be making stops in New York, Washington, California, Colorado, Missouri, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia and Connecticut as well as stops in Canada.  Buy your tickets today before the show near you is sold out!