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2013-2014 NBA season in full swing

By David Jacobs | April 6th, 2014

With the 2013-2014 NBA season in full swing, fans of the National Basketball League are just getting in to the mid-season excitement as the post-season quickly approaches. This season has already been one filled with upsets and surprising twists and turns. For many, this season would mark the long-awaited return of Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose. However, shortly into this season, the star point guard was hurt once again, leaving him out of play for the rest of the season. However, Derrick Rose isn’t the only superstar that has dealt with injuries this season. Several big name players have dealt with their own minor injuries that have left them out of major games this season. This includes Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin and Dwayne Wade. However, when the post season rolls around, fans can expect most of these key players to return, fully rested and ready for the end of season.

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April Showers Bring Summer Theatre

By David Jacobs | April 5th, 2014

There were several big announcements this week from the world of live theatre, beginning with an announcement about the live production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. This much talked about production will include performances from big names in the industry such as Noah Racey, Jennifer Cody and Erin Lindsey. The show will be led by Tony award winner Michael McGrath as Oscar Madison. Performances will begin on April 22nd for the show. Tickets to see this production are on sale now and available to the public.

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However, one of the biggest announcements from the world of live theater came from the production Jesus Christ Superstar. The team behind the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice production just revealed that they will be bringing the tour across North America in a massive new outing. The tour will be led by actor Ben Forster, who played the role of Jesus in the UK version of the tour. He will be joined on stage by Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child who will play the role of Mary Magdalene. NSYNC’s JC Chasez will also be joining the cast in the role of Pontius Pilot. Rounding out the all-star cast will be John Lydon from the Sex Pistols who will be acting as King Herod and Brandon Boyd from Incubus who will be taking on the role of Judas. With an all star cast behind the production, there has been a great deal of talk about the play and about the new North American production.

Lebowski Festival, The Eagles and More

By David Jacobs | April 5th, 2014

This week, there were several major announcements regarding upcoming concert festivals, shows and tours, beginning with a major announcement regarding the highly anticipated Lebowski Festival. This annual festival, based off the hit movie “The Big Lebowski,” is held every year in Los Angeles, California. The movie’s lead actor Jeff Bridges and his band “Abiders” have just revealed that they are set to headline the festival this year. The event will be taking place in April at the Wiltern Theatre in LA. The Kyle Gass Band, which features one of the singers from Tenacious D will open up for the group. Tickets are on sale now and available to the public for those who want to see this concert and a screening of the movie live.

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Another big announcement this week came from the rock band Vampire Weekend. The hit group has just revealed that they will be extending their current tour outing after selling out many of the shows already on their summer schedule. The band is currently touring around the United States in support of their album “Modern Vampires of the City.” The new announcement has the rockers confirming ten additional stops along their tour, starting with a performance in Oklahoma City on June 1st and an appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, TN on June 13th. The Grammy-award winning band is also heading to South America before their return to the United States for their summer tour. Tickets for the newly announced shows are on sale now, but fans are encouraged to act quickly as this group is known for selling out their appearances quickly.

2014 National Hockey League season is in full swing

By David Jacobs | April 4th, 2014

The 2014 National Hockey League season is in full swing, and the post-season playoffs are quickly approaching, having many hockey fans excited about what the coming weeks hold. With the Stanley Cup quickly approaching, many of the league’s top teams are vying for a spot in the Stanley Cup. One of the biggest match ups in preparing for the Stanley Cup featured the Chicago Blackhawks against the Boston Bruins. This was the official matchup last year for the Stanley Cup finals and is a game that many people believe will be a Stanley Cup preview for this year’s final. Ultimately, the Bruins walked away with the victory.

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Currently the Boston Bruins are the winningest team in the league. They are also at the head of the Eastern Conference. With the current Eastern Conference competition relatively week in this conference, the Boston Bruins are still expected to walk away with the top spot in their conference. The Chicago Blackhawks are another heavily favored team in the NHL, and while they are in the notoriously difficult Western Conference, they are still expected to find success in the post-season. As the league’s defending champions, many are expecting big things from the Blackhawks as they make their way towards another Stanley Cup victory.

MLB Season Is In Full Affect

By David Jacobs | April 3rd, 2014

For baseball fans, April 1st was a great day as it was the official Opening Day of the season. Thousands of fans from all over the country went to their local ballparks to celebrate the home openers of their favorite teams. With the Major League Baseball season now in full swing, there are many excited about the 2014 season and what it may entail. With an exciting and often unpredictable 2013 now in the books, there are many already speculating about the twists and turns that this season has in store for fans.

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Spectators can expect a big season ahead as it is clear that fans are already clamoring for the return of baseball. According to statistics about the 2014 spring season, fans made it a record setting Spring Training season around the league. The kick off of the season didn’t disappoint either. Pitchers Wade Miley and Scott Feldman helped the Diamondbacks and Astros (respectively) pull out a win for their opening day events. While the A’s experienced their first rain out since 1998 on their opening day. The Rangers pulled off their first win of the season with a walk-off win on their home opening night, while the Orioles, a dark horse favorite for the season, also pulled off a win at home.

April Entertainment News

By David Jacobs | April 2nd, 2014

This week the K-pop band Block B revealed plans for a new upcoming tour. The band announced that they will be making their official US debut this year with three US tour dates along the East Coast. The independent band will make their three tour stops this June starting at the NYCB Theater at Westbury in New York on June 22nd. The group will then visit the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. on June 24th. Finally they will wrap up their mini outing in Miami Beach, FL on June 27th. The band is hoping that they can help spread the K-pop movement during their tour outing. Tickets are on sale now and available to the public.

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This week, the World Cup also announced the plans for their closing anthem performances. The upcoming tournament, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will feature several big performances. The governing body of the tournament has already revealed that Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez will open the tournament with the official World Cup song “We Are One,” however, now the tournament has revealed their plans for a big closing ceremony concert. This concert will include performances from Avicii, Carlos Santana, Wyclef and Alexandre Pires, a Brazillian Latin Grammy Winner. The singers will be performing the closing anthem “We Will Find a Way,” during this concert. Tickets are on sale now for all of the ceremony and concert excitement.

Kiss Def Leppard Tour

By David Jacobs | April 2nd, 2014

Two of the biggest and most iconic rock bands in the history of the music industry, KISS and Def Leppard recently came together to make a major announcement regarding their upcoming tour plans. The two rock outfits revealed that they will be joining forces for a new upcoming North American tour in the summer of 2014. The tour will include stops in 42 different cities across the continent. This exciting new outing will bring the two rock bands together to perform both their own original sets and several collaborative performances as well. Some of the major stops along the tour will include concerts at The Forum in Los Angeles, the Target Center in Minneapolis and the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas.

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According to the announcement from the group regarding the new tour, this outing will begin on June 23rd in West Valley City, Utah. From there the groups will continue to some of the biggest markets in North America before wrapping up their tour on August 31st. The band made their tour announcement in March at the House of Blues in Los Angeles and tickets went on sale later in the month. The announcement event also included press conferences that were streamed live through the Live Nation website.

Danity Kane and Fleetwood Mac Tour Info

By David Jacobs | March 31st, 2014

This week one of the major announcements in the touring world came from the group Danity Kane. According to an announcement from the band, the girl group is set to reunite this summer for a new tour called the “No Filter” tour. All of the original members of the group, except for member D. Woods will be coming back together for a new coast-to-coast tour. Members of the band will be coming back together after breaking up in 2009 following the success of hits such as “Damaged.” The band will officially kick off their tour in May and will travel around to several major cities such as St. Louis, Philadelphia and Cincinnati during this outing. Tickets are on sale now and available to the public for those who are looking to see this new concert event live.

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Christine McVie to tour with Fleetwood Mac

By David Jacobs | March 31st, 2014

The Reunion Tour Even Stevie Nicks Didn’t Think Would Happen – Christine McVie Reunion Tour with Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks said it wouldn’t happen. No one believed Christine McVie would reunite with Fleetwood Mac for a reunion tour. But just days ago Fleetwood Mac announced their reunion tour dates with Christine McVie. After quitting the band in 1998, McVie is back to tour with the band in September and even possibly put out a new album.

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On With the Show, appropriately titled, will begin on Tuesday September 30 in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Target Center. It’s just the beginning of a 34 show tour in 33 cities across the US. American Express card holders will have the privilege of being able to buy tickets
before the general public beginning today, March 31 at 10am, through Sunday April 6pm at 10pm. The general public will be able to buy their tickets beginning April 7 Monday through the Live National mobile app as well as Live Nation’s website.

Kiss and Def Leppard – 2014 Heroes Tour

By David Jacobs | March 27th, 2014

Two historic bands, one historic summer together. USA TODAY described the upcoming tour of Kiss and Def Leppard perfectly, “One will pour some sugar on you, the other will lick it up.”

Tickets went on sale Friday, March 21 for what promises to be the hottest rock tour of the summer. Kiss and Def Leppard are joining forces and will plow through 40-plus cities throughout North America starting with Salt Lake City, UT at the USANA Amphitheater on June 23 and closing in Woodlands, TX at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion on August 31.

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Together on March 17, the groups announced the tour from the House of Blues in Los Angeles and couldn’t be more amped to start the tour. This has been a tour in the works for over two years now back when Def Leppard’s lead singer, Joel Elliott, and Kiss’ Gene Simmons first tossed around the idea of going on tour together while they were both performing on a rock-and-roll all-stars tour in South America. Elliott stated, “It’s finally happened, which is fantastic.” Fans couldn’t agree more. Both bands will get equal playing time so fans will be guaranteed a good time with great music.

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