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Chicagoans Love Their Sports Teams

By David Jacobs | March 10th, 2014

You can take the Chicagoan out of Chicago but you can’t take Chicago out of the Chicagoan. Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the world. There is something about Chicago…something about the heart of the people here. Where that heart comes from is not 100% clear – but this is a city that rebuilt itself from the ground up after the catastrophic Great Chicago Fire – it’s literally been built on perseverance, tradition, and history which is exactly what its sports teams have been built on as well.

When it comes to professional sports teams in Chicago, they may have some of the best fans in the world. Why?

It starts with the love of the city. Chicagoans love their teams because they love their hometown. Los Angeles and New York get all the publicity while Chicago is the “forgotten city.” Inferiority complex? Possibly. But it’s like a badge of honor to be the underdog. It makes it that much sweeter when their sports teams are victorious since others aren’t expecting it.

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Big Concert News

By David Jacobs | March 9th, 2014

This week, hit country group Lady Antebellum made a major announcement, revealing they are extending their current tour.  After selling out some of the biggest arenas in the country, the trio revealed they will be adding another leg on to their in progress tour. This tour called the “Take Me Downtown Tour,” also features performances from Kip Moore and Kasey Musgraves, while some of the new shows will feature opening acts Billy Currington, David Nail and Joe Nichols. During the tour fans can expect to hear some of the group’s latest hits from their fourth studio album “Golden,” which the band released last May. Tickets are on sale now for this new leg of tours.

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This week the band Soundgarden also announced they will be celebrating their 20th anniversary of their hit album “Superunkown” with a new tour event. The band will be performing the album in its entirety during a March 13th performance at the iTunes Festival as part of South by Southwest. Other bands performing at the spring event include Coldplay, Pitbull, Imagine Dragons, Willie Nelson and Keith Urban. However, Lady Gaga who was supposed to perform at the Doritos Stage will no longer be able to perform at her selected venue. No word has been released on whether or not she will perform at the festival. Tickets are still on sale for these and other South by Southwest shows.

James Taylor and Blake Shelton Concert Update

By David Jacobs | March 8th, 2014

This week, established singer and songwriter James Taylor announced that he has plans to head out for a new extended tour outing. The singer has just revealed that he will be adding several theater stops to his busy summer schedule, which will include stops all around the country. Taylor will be joined on stage by his 11 piece band, and according to the new announcement he will be adding 26 new shows to his schedule, beginning with a performance on May 30th in Portland, OR. The new tour stops will extend throughout the month before he wraps up these shows on August 5th in Alpharetta Georgia. Taylor will then close out the summer with a handful of shows in Europe. Tickets are on sale now for those looking to see James Taylor live.

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This week, wildly successful country icon and coach of The Voice made a major announcement about his upcoming tour plans. The award winning singer and songwriter revealed that he will be heading out on a new tour this summer. The new outing will be called the “Ten Times Crazier” tour and will officially kick off this June. During this extensive outing, Shelton will be visiting several major arenas throughout North America. The tour will include stops in Sacramento, Dallas, New York City, Las Vegas and Charlotte, among other big cities.

Rod Stewart and Santana Tour plus Rick Springfield News

By David Jacobs | March 8th, 2014

This week, performer Rick Springfield made a major announcement regarding his upcoming tour plans. The singer revealed that he will be taking a break from his own tour this summer to co-headline a special tour event with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. The tour will be kicking off on June 29th in Raleigh, North Carolina. From there the tour will go throughout the country until the end of July, making stops in several major markets. Stops for the tour include performances in Atlantic City, Cincinnati and Kansas City among others. Tickets are on sale now for those interested in seeing this special tour event live. After Rick Springfield joins Pat Benatar on these special events, he will return to his own solo tour and keep heading out around the country for his event called the “Stripped Down” tour. Tickets are also available for those looking to see Rick Springfield take the stage live in this solo outing.

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Chicago Bulls Are On A Roll

By David Jacobs | March 7th, 2014

While the Chicago Bulls season got off to a rough start with the re-injury of star play Derrick Rose, this NBA powerhouse has proven they have the resilience to overcome one of the most devastating injuries in the team’s recent history. In fact, the Chicago Bulls are now the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, behind the Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat and the Atlantic Division leading Toronto Raptors. The Bulls have been dealing with roster issues throughout the season, in addition to the absence of Derrick Rose. At the beginning of 2014, the Bulls were seven games below .500 and the future was looking bleak.

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However, the team is on a high note now, with the addition of hot shooter Jimmer Fredette and several small hot win streaks behind them as the hold a 33-27 record. Of course, there is also the presence of Joakim Noah. Head coach Tom Thibodeau has been confident in the abilities of Noah and the rest of the team to pick up the slack left with Rose’s injury. Noah immediately took the challenge and has been playing one of his best seasons to date. Noah just made his second All-Star game and has become a major offensive threat. In the last month he has had two triple doubles and many believe he’s playing MVP level basketball.

Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna Tickets

By David Jacobs | March 6th, 2014

The popular production, Cirque Du Soleil or “the Circus of the Sun” has just announced their latest touring spectacular by unveiling Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna. This production has been getting the attention of audiences from all over the globe since it first debuted and with their latest show, they are once again awing audiences with gravity defying tricks, spectacular costumes and over the top costumes and sets. The show originally formed in Canada, with a single production. Now there are more than 19 different Cirque Du Soleil shows, performing in more than 271 cities throughout the world. In 2014, audiences in major cities such as Atlanta, New York, Boston and Washington D.C. will all be treated to the one-of-a-kind performance spectacular offered by Amaluna.


According to recent reports, to date more than 90 million people have experienced Cirque Du Soleil live, and with the new show, even more audiences will be able to experience the excitement of these truly incomparable productions. The show is known for mixing circus tricks, high aerials and acrobatics along with stunning costumes and light shows to create a truly unique entertainment experience, and now with this new show, the bar is even higher.

Jason Aldean, Drake and Haim News

By David Jacobs | February 27th, 2014

The popular female rock band Haim have just revealed that they will be taking this show called the “Days are Gone” outing on an international tour The singers will be visiting Europe and North American this spring supporting their top ten album of the same name. The North American portion of the tour will include 23 major market stops including two shows in Canada and will keep the rockers on the road throughout July. Tickets are on sale now.

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This week Jason Aldean, has just announced more dates for his 2014 tour “Night Train.” The outing will be taking the singer on a collection of arena tours across the country. The singer sold out many of his shows in just a few minutes, but there are some tickets still available for those looking to see him take the stage live. Since first announcing the tour, the singer has gone on to add almost 50 shows; and is schedule to be on the road throughout the month of March. Different dates along this North American trek will include performances from Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. This outing is supporting the singer’s 2012 album and fifth studio effort “Night Train.” During the tour, fans can expect to hear some of the biggest hits from this platinum selling record performed live. Tickets for the select added shows that haven’t sold out are on sale now.

Brad Paisley and Tori Amos update

By David Jacobs | February 25th, 2014

This week, singer Brad Paisley announced that he has added another leg to his current tour schedule. His current winter tour will quickly change names to the “Beat This Summer Tour” as he transitions into the new season. The Grammy winner is currently touring throughout the south, on this outing, with plans to wrap up the tour on March 4th with an appearance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Paisley also has plans to kick off a new summer jaunt on June 13th. Paisley has just announced another leg of the tour, and now the singer will be on the road throughout the summer before wrapping up the tour on September 20th. Paisley is known for selling out some of the largest arenas in the country during his outing and is once again expected to sell out some major markets as he tours. Some of the major stops along his North American jaunt will include stops in Milwaukee, Dallas, Charlotte, Phoenix and more. Tickets are on sale now for many of the shows on this jaunt.

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Morrisey, Lionel Richie and Brantley Gilbert News

By David Jacobs | February 23rd, 2014

This week the hit rocker Morrisey announced they will be returning to the US for the first time since their cancelled tour last year. The artist will be returning to the US this spring to start performing in different arenas and theaters across the country, heading from coast to coast. The former Smiths front man will kick off the outing on May 7th with a performance in San Jose, California. From there the singer will be visiting 25 additional cities, keeping him on the road throughout the month of May. Morrisey will be joined on stage by special guests Tom Jones ad Cliff Richard. During the tour fans can expect to hear some of his new songs from his upcoming album. Tickets are on sale now.

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This week, country singer Brantley Gilbert also made a major announcement about his upcoming tour plans. The singer, who is currently the reigning ACM New Male Artist of the Year will be heading out on the road for a new jaunt on his “Let It Ride” tour of the United States. Some major stops will include Omaha, Tuscaloosa and Louisville. Tickets are on sale now for these and other shows. During this tour, fans can expect to hear some of the singer’s new hit singles that helped him rise to the top of the country music industry. Tickets are expected to go fast, so fans will want to act quickly.

Music News

By David Jacobs | February 22nd, 2014

This week, there were several big announcements in store for music fans. The first, came from the hit band NEEDTOBREATH. The band revealed that they will be taking the road for the first time in years to promote their upcoming album release. The group’s new album called “Rivers in the Wasteland,” will officially be released in April 2014, with the tour kicking off on May 1st. This outing will start in Springfield, Missouri and will keep the band on the road throughout the end of June. The band will be promoting their first new album since 2011 and will be playing several hit songs from this latest effort. Tickets are on sale now and available to fans of the band looking to see the group takes the stage live.

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However, one of the big announcements of the week came regarding the wildly popular music festival, Bonnaroo. The team behind this concert event revealed plans for their 2014 lineup and fans are reeling with excitement about the planned performers who will be taking the stage this year. The full lineup for the festival includes headlining performances from Jack White, Lionel Richie, Kanye West and Elton John. Other performers include the Avett Brothers, Skrillex, the Flaming Lips, Kaskade, Phoenix, Wiz Khalifa and more. This year, the festival will be held from June 12th through June 15th at the Manchester, Tennessee Great Stage Park.

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